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  • agape (definition)
    adj 1: with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe; "the gaping audience"; "we stood there agape with wonder"; "with mouth agape" [syn: agape(p), gaping] n 1: (Christian theology) the love of God or Christ for mankind 2: selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature) [syn: agape, agape love] 3: a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship [syn: agape, love feast]
  • airway (definition)
    n 1: a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines) [syn: air passage, air duct, airway] 2: a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another [syn: air lane, flight path, airway, skyway] 3: the passages through which air enters and leaves the body [syn: respiratory tract, airway] 4: a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers [syn: airline, airline business, airway]
  • alibi (definition)
    n 1: (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question 2: a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; "he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable" [syn: excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification] v 1: exonerate by means of an alibi
  • alkali (definition)
    n 1: any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water; "bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia" [syn: base, alkali] 2: a mixture of soluble salts found in arid soils and some bodies of water; detrimental to agriculture
  • allay (definition)
    v 1: lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears" [syn: still, allay, relieve, ease] 2: satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst" [syn: quench, slake, allay, assuage]
  • alleyway (definition)
    n 1: a narrow street with walls on both sides [syn: alley, alleyway, back street]
  • alloy (definition)
    n 1: a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten; "brass is an alloy of zinc and copper" [syn: alloy, metal] 2: the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something [syn: admixture, alloy] v 1: lower in value by increasing the base-metal content [syn: debase, alloy] 2: make an alloy of
  • ally (definition)
    n 1: a friendly nation 2: an associate who provides cooperation or assistance; "he's a good ally in fight" [syn: ally, friend] [ant: enemy, foe] v 1: become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage; "He allied himself with the Communists"
  • amplify (definition)
    v 1: increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was magnified in her mind" [syn: magnify, amplify] 2: to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery" [syn: overstate, exaggerate, overdraw, hyperbolize, hyperbolise, magnify, amplify] [ant: downplay, minimise, minimize, understate] 3: exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" [syn: inflate, blow up, expand, amplify] 4: increase the volume of; "amplify sound"
  • andante (definition)
    adv 1: at a moderately slow tempo; "this passage must be played andante" adj 1: (of tempo) moderately slow n 1: a moderately slow tempo (a walking pace) 2: a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
  • anti (definition)
    adj 1: not in favor of (an action or proposal etc.) [ant: pro] n 1: a person who is opposed (to an action or policy or practice etc.); "the antis smelled victory after a long battle"
  • anyway (definition)
    adv 1: used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement; "Anyhow, he is dead now"; "I think they're asleep; anyhow, they're quiet"; "I don't know what happened to it; anyway, it's gone"; "anyway, there is another factor to consider"; "I don't know how it started; in any case, there was a brief scuffle"; "in any event, the government faced a serious protest"; "but at any rate he got a knighthood for it" [syn: anyhow, anyway, anyways, in any case, at any rate, in any event] 2: in any way whatsoever; "they came anyhow they could"; "get it done anyway you can" [syn: anyhow, anyway]
  • apply (definition)
    v 1: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer" [syn: use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ] 2: be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone" [syn: apply, hold, go for] 3: ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job" 4: apply to a surface; "She applied paint to the back of the house"; "Put on make-up!" [syn: put on, apply] 5: be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data" [syn: lend oneself, apply] [ant: defy, refuse, resist] 6: give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose" [syn: give, apply] 7: avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance" [syn: practice, apply, use] 8: ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone"; [syn: enforce, implement, apply] [ant: exempt, free, relieve] 9: refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; "He applied this racial slur to me!" 10: apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"
  • archway (definition)
    n 1: a passageway under a curved masonry construction; "they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory" [syn: arch, archway]
  • argufy (definition)
    v 1: have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These two fellows are always scrapping over something" [syn: quarrel, dispute, scrap, argufy, altercate]
  • array (definition)
    n 1: an orderly arrangement; "an array of troops in battle order" 2: an impressive display; "it was a bewildering array of books"; "his tools were in an orderly array on the basement wall" 3: especially fine or decorative clothing [syn: array, raiment, regalia] 4: an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics v 1: lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line; "lay out the clothes"; "lay out the arguments" [syn: range, array, lay out, set out] 2: align oneself with a group or a way of thinking [syn: align, array]
  • ashtray (definition)
    n 1: a receptacle for the ash from smokers' cigars or cigarettes
  • assegai (definition)
    n 1: the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa [syn: assegai, assagai]
  • astray (definition)
    adv 1: away from the right path or direction; "he was led astray" 2: far from the intended target; "the arrow went wide of the mark"; "a bullet went astray and killed a bystander" [syn: wide, astray]
  • atelier (definition)
    n 1: a studio especially for an artist or designer [syn: artist's workroom, atelier]
  • away (definition)
    adv 1: from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete); "ran away from the lion"; "wanted to get away from there"; "sent the children away to boarding school"; "the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"; "went off to school"; "they drove off"; "go forth and preach" [syn: away, off, forth] 2: from one's possession; "he gave out money to the poor"; "gave away the tickets" [syn: away, out] 3: out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts); "brush the objections aside"; "pushed all doubts away" [syn: aside, away] 4: out of existence; "the music faded away"; "tried to explain away the affair of the letter"- H.E.Scudder; "idled the hours away"; "her fingernails were worn away" 5: at a distance in space or time; "the boat was 5 miles off (or away)"; "the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)"; "away back in the 18th century" [syn: off, away] 6: indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily; "he worked away at the project for more than a year"; "the child kept hammering away as if his life depended on it" 7: so as to be removed or gotten rid of; "cleared the mess away"; "the rotted wood had to be cut away" 8: freely or at will; "fire away!" 9: in or into a proper place (especially for storage or safekeeping); "put the toys away"; "her jewels are locked away in a safe"; "filed the letter away" 10: in a different direction; "turn aside"; "turn away one's face"; "glanced away" [syn: away, aside] 11: in reserve; not for immediate use; "started setting aside money to buy a car"; "put something by for her old age"; "has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day" [syn: aside, by, away] adj 1: not present; having left; "he's away right now"; "you must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away" 2: used of an opponent's ground; "an away game" [ant: home(a)] 3: (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter; "the pitch was away (or wide)"; "an outside pitch" [syn: away, outside]
  • awry (definition)
    adv 1: away from the correct or expected course; "something has gone awry in our plans"; "something went badly amiss in the preparations" [syn: awry, amiss] 2: turned or twisted to one side; "rugs lying askew"; "with his necktie twisted awry" [syn: askew, awry, skew-whiff] adj 1: turned or twisted toward one side; "a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry"- G.K.Chesterton; "his wig was, as the British say, skew-whiff" [syn: askew, awry(p), cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiff] 2: not functioning properly; "something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine" [syn: amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p)]
  • backstay (definition)
    n 1: a stay that supports the back of something
  • ballet (definition)
    n 1: a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers [syn: ballet, concert dance] 2: music written for a ballet
  • banzai (definition)
    n 1: a Japanese cheer of enthusiasm or triumph
  • bay (place) (definition)
    adj 1: (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color n 1: an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf [syn: bay, embayment] 2: the sound of a hound on the scent 3: small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors [syn: true laurel, bay, bay laurel, bay tree, Laurus nobilis] 4: a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital; "they put him in the sick bay" 5: a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose; "he opened the bomb bay" 6: a small recess opening off a larger room [syn: alcove, bay] 7: a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color v 1: utter in deep prolonged tones 2: bark with prolonged noises, of dogs [syn: bay, quest]
  • beautify (definition)
    v 1: make more beautiful [syn: fancify, beautify, embellish, prettify] [ant: uglify] 2: be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere" [syn: deck, adorn, decorate, grace, embellish, beautify] 3: make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day" [syn: decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify]
  • belay (definition)
    n 1: something to which a mountain climber's rope can be secured v 1: turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him 2: fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat
  • belie (definition)
    v 1: be in contradiction with [syn: contradict, belie, negate] 2: represent falsely; "This statement misrepresents my intentions" [syn: misrepresent, belie]
  • beltway (definition)
    n 1: a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center [syn: beltway, bypass, ring road, ringway]
  • beret (definition)
    n 1: a cap with no brim or bill; made of soft cloth
  • betray (definition)
    v 1: reveal unintentionally; "Her smile betrayed her true feelings" [syn: betray, bewray] 2: deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country" [syn: betray, sell] 3: disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake; "His sense of smell failed him this time"; "His strength finally failed him"; "His children failed him in the crisis" [syn: fail, betray] 4: be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?" [syn: cheat on, cheat, cuckold, betray, wander] 5: give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam" [syn: denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag] 6: cause someone to believe an untruth; "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house" [syn: deceive, betray, lead astray] [ant: undeceive]
  • bidet (definition)
    n 1: a basin for washing genitals and anal area
  • birthday (definition)
    n 1: an anniversary of the day on which a person was born (or the celebration of it) 2: the date on which a person was born [syn: birthday, natal day]
  • blowfly (definition)
    n 1: large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds [syn: blowfly, blow fly]
  • bobsleigh (definition)
    n 1: formerly two short sleds coupled together [syn: bobsled, bobsleigh] 2: a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism [syn: bobsled, bobsleigh, bob]
  • bonsai (definition)
    n 1: a dwarfed ornamental tree or shrub grown in a tray or shallow pot
  • botfly (definition)
    n 1: stout-bodied hairy dipterous fly whose larvae are parasites on humans and other mammals
  • boucle (definition)
    n 1: a fabric of uneven yarn that has an uneven knobby effect
  • bouquet (definition)
    n 1: an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present [syn: bouquet, corsage, posy, nosegay] 2: a pleasingly sweet olfactory property [syn: bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, redolence, sweetness]
  • brae (definition)
    n 1: a slope or hillside
  • bray (name) (place) (definition)
    n 1: the cry of an ass v 1: braying characteristic of donkeys [syn: hee-haw, bray] 2: reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic" [syn: grind, mash, crunch, bray, comminute] 3: laugh loudly and harshly
  • breakaway (definition)
    adj 1: having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude; "a breakaway faction" [syn: breakaway, fissiparous, separatist] n 1: the act of breaking away or withdrawing from; "there was a breakaway by the discontented members"; "a breaking away from family and neighborhood" [syn: breakaway, breaking away]
  • brute (name) (definition)
    adj 1: resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility; "beastly desires"; "a bestial nature"; "brute force"; "a dull and brutish man"; "bestial treatment of prisoners" [syn: beastly, bestial, brute(a), brutish, brutal] n 1: a cruelly rapacious person [syn: beast, wolf, savage, brute, wildcat] 2: a living organism characterized by voluntary movement [syn: animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna]
  • buckeye (place) (definition)
    n 1: the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut [syn: buckeye, horse chestnut, conker] 2: tree having palmate leaves and large clusters of white to red flowers followed by brown shiny inedible seeds [syn: horse chestnut, buckeye, Aesculus hippocastanum] 3: a native or resident of Ohio [syn: Ohioan, Buckeye]
  • buffet (definition)
    n 1: a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers [syn: buffet, counter, sideboard] 2: a meal set out on a buffet at which guests help themselves 3: usually inexpensive bar [syn: snack bar, snack counter, buffet] v 1: strike against forcefully; "Winds buffeted the tent" [syn: buffet, knock about, batter] 2: strike, beat repeatedly; "The wind buffeted him" [syn: buffet, buff]
  • butterfly (definition)
    n 1: diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings 2: a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down [syn: butterfly, butterfly stroke] v 1: flutter like a butterfly 2: cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking; "butterflied shrimp" 3: talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women" [syn: chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash]
  • buy (name) (place) (definition)
    n 1: an advantageous purchase; "she got a bargain at the auction"; "the stock was a real buy at that price" [syn: bargain, buy, steal] v 1: obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; "She buys for the big department store" [syn: buy, purchase] [ant: sell] 2: make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought" [syn: bribe, corrupt, buy, grease one's palms] 3: be worth or be capable of buying; "This sum will buy you a ride on the train" 4: acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange; "She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work" 5: accept as true; "I can't buy this story"
  • by (name) (definition)
    adv 1: so as to pass a given point; "every hour a train goes past" [syn: by, past] 2: in reserve; not for immediate use; "started setting aside money to buy a car"; "put something by for her old age"; "has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day" [syn: aside, by, away]
  • bye (name) (definition)
    n 1: you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent; "he had a bye in the first round" [syn: bye, pass] 2: a farewell remark; "they said their good-byes" [syn: adieu, adios, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, au revoir, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, good-by, goodby, good-bye, goodbye, good day, sayonara, so long]
  • byplay (definition)
    n 1: incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious" [syn: business, stage business, byplay]
  • byway (name) (definition)
    n 1: a side road little traveled (as in the countryside) [syn: byway, bypath, byroad]
  • cabaret (place) (definition)
    n 1: a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink; "don't expect a good meal at a cabaret"; "the gossip columnist got his information by visiting nightclubs every night"; "he played the drums at a jazz club" [syn: cabaret, nightclub, night club, club, nightspot] 2: a series of acts at a night club [syn: cabaret, floorshow, floor show]
  • cabriolet (definition)
    n 1: small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and a folding hood [syn: cab, cabriolet]
  • cache (place) (definition)
    n 1: a hidden storage space (for money or provisions or weapons) 2: a secret store of valuables or money [syn: hoard, cache, stash] 3: (computer science) RAM memory that is set aside as a specialized buffer storage that is continually updated; used to optimize data transfers between system elements with different characteristics [syn: cache, memory cache] v 1: save up as for future use [syn: hoard, stash, cache, lay away, hive up, squirrel away]
  • cachet (definition)
    n 1: an indication of approved or superior status [syn: cachet, seal, seal of approval] 2: a warrant formerly issued by a French king who could warrant imprisonment or death in a signed letter under his seal [syn: cachet, lettre de cachet] 3: a seal on a letter
  • cafe (name) (place) (definition)
    n 1: a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are sold [syn: cafe, coffeehouse, coffee shop, coffee bar]
  • calcify (definition)
    v 1: become impregnated with calcium salts [ant: decalcify] 2: become inflexible and unchanging; "Old folks can calcify" 3: turn into lime; become calcified; "The rock calcified over the centuries" 4: convert into lime; "the salts calcified the rock"
  • calve (definition)
    v 1: release ice; "The icebergs and glaciers calve" [syn: calve, break up] 2: birth; "the whales calve at this time of year" [syn: calve, have young]
  • caraway (place) (definition)
    n 1: a Eurasian plant with small white flowers yielding caraway seed [syn: caraway, Carum carvi] 2: leaves used sparingly in soups and stews
  • carriageway (definition)
    n 1: one of the two sides of a motorway where traffic travels in one direction only usually in two or three lanes
  • castaway (definition)
    n 1: a person who is rejected (from society or home) [syn: outcast, castaway, pariah, Ishmael] 2: a shipwrecked person [syn: castaway, shipwreck survivor]
  • catchfly (definition)
    n 1: any plant of the genus Silene [syn: silene, campion, catchfly] 2: mostly perennial herbs with sticky stems that catch insects; widespread in north temperate zone [syn: lychnis, catchfly]
  • causeway (definition)
    n 1: a road that is raised above water or marshland or sand v 1: provide with a causeway; "A causewayed swamp" 2: pave a road with cobblestones or pebbles
  • cay (name) (place) (definition)
    n 1: a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida [syn: key, cay, Florida key]
  • certify (definition)
    v 1: provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; "His high fever attested to his illness"; "The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; "This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness" [syn: attest, certify, manifest, demonstrate, evidence] 2: guarantee payment on; of checks 3: authorize officially; "I am licensed to practice law in this state" [syn: license, licence, certify] [ant: decertify, derecognise, derecognize] 4: guarantee as meeting a certain standard; "certified grade AAA meat" [syn: certify, endorse, indorse] 5: declare legally insane
  • chalet (definition)
    n 1: a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
  • chambray (definition)
    n 1: a lightweight fabric woven with white threads across a colored warp
  • chevalier (name) (definition)
    n 1: French actor and cabaret singer (1888-1972) [syn: Chevalier, Maurice Chevalier] 2: a gallant or courtly gentleman [syn: cavalier, chevalier]
  • chi (name) (definition)
    n 1: the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health [syn: qi, chi, ch'i, ki] 2: the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet [syn: chi, khi]
  • chine (definition)
    n 1: cut of meat or fish including at least part of the backbone 2: backbone of an animal v 1: cut through the backbone of an animal
  • citify (definition)
    v 1: accustom to urban ways; "Immigration will citify the country?"
  • clarify (definition)
    v 1: make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death" [syn: clarify, clear up, elucidate] [ant: obfuscate] 2: make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating; "clarify the butter"; "clarify beer"
  • classify (definition)
    v 1: arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?" [syn: classify, class, sort, assort, sort out, separate] 2: declare unavailable, as for security reasons; "Classify these documents" [ant: declassify] 3: assign to a class or kind; "How should algae be classified?"; "People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms" [syn: relegate, classify]
  • clay (name) (place) (definition)
    n 1: a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired 2: water soaked soil; soft wet earth [syn: mud, clay] 3: United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978) [syn: Clay, Lucius Clay, Lucius DuBignon Clay] 4: United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852) [syn: Clay, Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser] 5: the dead body of a human being; "the cadaver was intended for dissection"; "the end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse"; "the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river"; "honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay" [syn: cadaver, corpse, stiff, clay, remains]
  • clearway (definition)
    n 1: a road on which you are not allowed to stop (unless you have a breakdown)
  • codify (definition)
    v 1: organize into a code or system, such as a body of law; "Hammurabi codified the laws"
  • comply (definition)
    v 1: act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules" [syn: comply, follow, abide by]
  • convey (definition)
    v 1: make known; pass on, of information; "She conveyed the message to me" 2: serve as a means for expressing something; "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot of anger" [syn: carry, convey, express] 3: transfer to another; "communicate a disease" [syn: convey, transmit, communicate] 4: transmit a title or property 5: transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat" [syn: impart, conduct, transmit, convey, carry, channel] 6: take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point" [syn: bring, convey, take] 7: go or come after and bring or take back; "Get me those books over there, please"; "Could you bring the wine?"; "The dog fetched the hat" [syn: bring, get, convey, fetch] [ant: bear away, bear off, carry away, carry off, take away]
  • counterspy (definition)
    n 1: a spy who works against enemy espionage [syn: counterspy, mole]
  • coupe (name) (definition)
    n 1: a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment
  • crochet (definition)
    n 1: needlework done by interlocking looped stitches with a hooked needle [syn: crochet, crocheting] v 1: create by looping or crocheting; "crochet a bedspread" 2: make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle; "She sat there crocheting all day" [syn: crochet, hook]
  • croquet (definition)
    n 1: a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops; the winner is the first to traverse all the hoops and hit a peg v 1: drive away by hitting with one's ball, "croquet the opponent's ball" 2: play a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops
  • crosstie (definition)
    n 1: one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track; "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper" [syn: tie, railroad tie, crosstie, sleeper]
  • crossway (definition)
    n 1: a junction where one street or road crosses another [syn: intersection, crossroad, crossway, crossing, carrefour]
  • crucify (definition)
    v 1: kill by nailing onto a cross; "Jesus Christ was crucified" 2: treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher" [syn: torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate] 3: hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh" [syn: mortify, subdue, crucify] 4: criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage" [syn: savage, blast, pillory, crucify]
  • cry (definition)
    n 1: a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience" [syn: cry, outcry, call, yell, shout, vociferation] 2: a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); "a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain" [syn: cry, yell] 3: a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'" [syn: war cry, rallying cry, battle cry, cry, watchword] 4: a fit of weeping; "had a good cry" 5: the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night" v 1: utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me" [syn: shout, shout out, cry, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squall] 2: shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs" [syn: cry, weep] [ant: express joy, express mirth, laugh] 3: utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost" [syn: exclaim, cry, cry out, outcry, call out, shout] 4: proclaim or announce in public; "before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news"; "He cried his merchandise in the market square" [syn: cry, blazon out] 5: demand immediate action; "This situation is crying for attention" 6: utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying" 7: bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy cried himself to sleep"
  • cutaway (definition)
    n 1: a representation (drawing or model) of something in which the outside is omitted to reveal the inner parts [syn: cutaway, cutaway drawing, cutaway model] 2: a man's coat cut diagonally from the waist to the back of the knees
  • damselfly (definition)
    n 1: slender non-stinging insect similar to but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at rest
  • dandify (definition)
    v 1: dress like a dandy
  • day (name) (definition)
    n 1: time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis; "two days later they left"; "they put on two performances every day"; "there are 30,000 passengers per day" [syn: day, twenty-four hours, twenty-four hour period, 24-hour interval, solar day, mean solar day] 2: some point or period in time; "it should arrive any day now"; "after that day she never trusted him again"; "those were the days"; "these days it is not unusual" 3: a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance; "Mother's Day" 4: the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside; "the dawn turned night into day"; "it is easier to make the repairs in the daytime" [syn: day, daytime, daylight] [ant: dark, night, nighttime] 5: the recurring hours when you are not sleeping (especially those when you are working); "my day began early this morning"; "it was a busy day on the stock exchange"; "she called it a day and went to bed" 6: an era of existence or influence; "in the day of the dinosaurs"; "in the days of the Roman Empire"; "in the days of sailing ships"; "he was a successful pianist in his day" 7: the period of time taken by a particular planet (e.g. Mars) to make a complete rotation on its axis; "how long is a day on Jupiter?" 8: the time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day [syn: sidereal day, day] 9: a period of opportunity; "he deserves his day in court"; "every dog has his day" 10: United States writer best known for his autobiographical works (1874-1935) [syn: Day, Clarence Day, Clarence Shepard Day Jr.]
  • dayfly (definition)
    n 1: slender insect with delicate membranous wings having an aquatic larval stage and terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two days [syn: mayfly, dayfly, shadfly]
  • de (definition)
    n 1: a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies [syn: Delaware, Diamond State, First State, DE]
  • deadeye (definition)
    n 1: a dead shot 2: (nautical) a round hardwood disk with holes and a grooved perimeter used to tighten a shroud
  • decay (definition)
    n 1: the process of gradually becoming inferior 2: a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current [syn: decay, decline] 3: the organic phenomenon of rotting [syn: decay, decomposition] 4: an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying; "the corpse was in an advanced state of decay"; "the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair" 5: the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation [syn: decay, radioactive decay, disintegration] v 1: lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process" [syn: disintegrate, decay, decompose] 2: fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay" [syn: decay, crumble, dilapidate] 3: undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
  • decry (definition)
    v 1: express strong disapproval of; "We condemn the racism in South Africa"; "These ideas were reprobated" [syn: condemn, reprobate, decry, objurgate, excoriate]
  • defray (definition)
    v 1: bear the expenses of
  • defy (definition)
    v 1: resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held" [syn: defy, withstand, hold, hold up] 2: elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation" [syn: defy, resist, refuse] [ant: apply, lend oneself] 3: challenge; "I dare you!" [syn: defy, dare]
  • deify (definition)
    v 1: consider as a god or godlike; "These young men deify financial success" 2: exalt to the position of a God; "the people deified their King"
  • dejeuner (definition)
    n 1: a midday meal [syn: lunch, luncheon, tiffin, dejeuner]
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