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phr. - 'on horseback'; astride; straddling.
|a corps perdu|
phr. - 'with lost body'; impetuously; in desperation.
phr. - 'to the bottom'; thoroughly.
|a la belle étoile|
phr. - 'under the beautiful star'; in the open air at night.
|a la mort|
phr. - 'to the death'; mortally.
|a mensa et thoro|
adj. - 'from table and bed'; applied to judicial separation of husband and wife.
phr. - 'to the utmost'; to the death.
phr. - from the beginning; from the very start or outset
phr. - from an angry man: hence, not to be taken tooseriously
phr. - from the egg: from the very beginning, hence completely and in great detail; throughly or voluminously
adj. - pertaining to foolish or excessive laughter
adj. - having or pertaining to a distended stomach
n. - extravagance in cooking and serving
n. - a mania for washing oneself
n. - hormone which triggers the fall of autumn leaves in certain trees
v. - to leave hurriedly, suddenly, or secretly
adv. - serving to cleanse or purge
n. - the inability to work with numbers
n. - person who doesn't smoke
n. - infestation with mites or ticks; the itch.
n. - substance killing mites. acaricidal, adj.
adj. - Botany, not yielding fruit.
n. - state of being impossible to understand; Philosophy, sceptic doctrine that knowledge cannot be certain. acataleptic, adj.
adj. - incomprehensible
adj. - lacking tail.
adj. - lacking a stem.
n. - Roman Catholic, acolyte.
n. - the settlement of a debt without payment
n. - honourable mention of one who comes nearest to a prize.
n. - Music, very short note played before a longer note; short appoggiatura.
n. - rhetorical device of pretending to refuse.
n. - slope upward. acclivitous, acclivous, adj.
adj. - neighbouring.
n. - childbirth. accoucheur, accoucheuse, n. male and female midwife respectively
n. - Biology growth by addition of similar matter.
adj. - Botany, growing larger even after flowering.
n. - act or state of reclining at table; Medicine, accouchement.
adj. - Botany, (of plants) lying against something.
n. - a person who is slothful or wickedly lax when it comes to spiritual or religious matters
n. - field, or scene, of bloodshed.
n. - the balky maverick who acknowledges no head or superior or authority
adj. - lacking a head or a leader; lacking the first syllable or foot (of a hexameter).
adj. - pertaining to the maple.
adj. - like a needle.
adj. - without horns or antennae.
n. - one who has never had a haircut
adj. - Botany, growing in heaps; clustered.
n. - heaping up.
adj. - resembling small heaps
adj. - becoming, or tending to be, sour.
n. - cuplike hollow on hipbone to receive thighbone.
adj. - applied to plants used in salads.
n. - instrument measuring strength of acetic acid or vinegar. acetometry, n.
n. - kind of pickles.
n. - small one-seeded fruit of plant; naked seed.
adj. - darky, gloomy, forbidding
adj. - Botany having neither petals nor sepals.
adj. - lacking bile.
n. - condition where cartilage does not develop normally, resulting in dwarfism.
n. - Medicine, archaic, eruption on the scalp.
n. - color-blindness, where only white, grey and black are visible.
n. - Medicine, pallor. achromic, adj.
adj. - Occurring at nightfall
adj. - colorless.
n. - a needle-shaped prickle, spine or crystal. acicular, adj. aciculate, adj. having bristles or spines; with scratched appearance.
adj. - easily stained by acid dyes; thriving in acid environment.
adj. - sharp or sour in taste or manner. acidulate, v.
n. - process of steel-plating. acierate, v. make into steel.
adj. - needle-shaped.
adj. - having shape of scimitar.
adj. - shaped like cluster of grapes; full of seeds, like a grape.
adj. - containing small seeds or drupes.
n. - sturgeon.
adj. - non-refractive.
adj. - applied to line passing through all points where there is no magnetic inclination. aclinic line, magnetic equator.
n. - science of medical remedies.
n. - baldness.
n. - the monk's-hood or wolf's-bane plant.
n. - poisonous alkaloid obtained from aconite.
n. - & a. Medicine, curative of fatigue.
n. - Medicine, stomach acidity.
n. - doctrine denying existence of universe distinct from God. acosmist, n.
n. - plant without differentiated seed lobes. acotyledonous, adj.
n. - a ringing sound in the head
n. - instrument measuring keenness of hearing. acoumetry, n.
n. - ringing noise in head.
n. - payment of, or release from, debt; full receipt.
n. - foul-tasting butterfly's juice
n. - anarchy, disorder.
n. - impotence.
n. - color-blindness.
adj. - esoteric, told only orally.
adj. - pertaining to profound learning
n.,adj. - pertaining to pointed heads; someone with apointed head
adj. - (of a tooth) fused with the jaw; having such teeth.
n. - Botany, any flowerless plant where growth takes place at the tip of the main stem. acrogenous, adj.
n. - statue with wooden trunk and stone head and extremities.
adj. - pertaining to initials.
n. - gigantism; enlargement of extremities, head, jaw, etc., due to excess secretion of pituitary gland. acromegalic, adj.
adj. - applied to verse in which each line begins with letter with which preceding line ended.
adj. - Astronomy, happening at sunset, especially of star whose rising is at sunset.
n. - ingrowing nail.
n. - The use of a word starting with a letter of the alphabet as the name of the letter.
adj. - Botany, facing, or moving to, apex.
n. - the first real shoot developing in a germinating grain seed.
adj. - pertaining to or affecting the extremities.
n. - Architecture, ornament or its pedestal at angle of pediment.
adj. - pertaining to surface. acrotism, n. failure of pulse.
n. - a substance preventing the growth of bacteria in cosmetics and soaps.
n. - property of solar radiation of causing chemical change. actinic, a.; actinic glass, glass opaque to actinic rays.
n. - chemical study of actinism; photo-chemistry.
n. - instrument for calculating time of photographic exposures.
adj. - star-shaped; like rays.
n. - science of chemical effects of light.
n. - instrument measuring heating power of the sun's rays; Photography, instrument for calculating exposure times. actinometry, n.
adj. - Botany, having symmetrically radiated shape.
n. - parasitic disease in men and cattle resulting in inflammation of jaw; 'lumpy jaw'.
n. - instrument in which sound is produced by actinic rays. actinophonic, adj.
n. - use of ultra-violet and other actinic rays in medical treatment.
|actum ut supra|
phr. - 'done as above' (abbr. a.u.s.).
adj. - Botany, bearing many sharp points; Zoology, having sting; incisive.
adj. - thorn-shaped.
adj. - pointed; tapering; v.t. sharpen; v.i. end in point.
adj. - very sharply pointed; ending in minute point.
n. - term of address: darling.
n. - twisting artery with needle to stop bleeding.
n. - color blindness towards blue.
n. - incorrect diction.
phr. - to the rod: appealing to or suggesting the use of force to settle the question
|ad captandum (vulgus)|
phr. - 'to capture' the affection or suit the taste (of the crowd).
|ad captandum benevolentiam|
phr. - with intent to win good will or favor
|ad captandum vulgus|
phr. - with intent to take in the public: designed to court the crowd emotionally, even if using unsound reason
phr. - to the purse: appealing to greed or to the hearer's pocket
phr. - 'to the end' (abbr. ad fin.).
|ad hanc vocem|
phr. - 'to this word' (abbr. a.h.v).
|ad hunc locum|
phr. - Law, 'at this place'; on this passage (abbr. ad loc. ; a.h.l.).
phr. to ignorance: depending for its effect on thehearer's not knowing something essential; arguing that something is true because it has not been proven false, or challenging another to disprove rather than endeavoring to prove
adj. - 'at interval'; meanwhile; for the present (abbr. ad int.).
phr. - to judgment: appealing to the common sense of mankind or to the judgment of the people
adj. - 'at one's pleasure'; as much or long as desired; Music, according to desire of performer (abbr. ad lib.). ad-lib, v.i. & t. speak impromptu, especially (of actors) jokes, words, etc., not written or rehearsed, or to replace forgotten lines; a. said on the spur of the moment; n. an ad-lib statement.
phr. - 'at the place' (abbr. ad loc.)
phr. - to compassion: appealing to a sense of pity or mercy; asking compassion
phr. - to the people: appealing to popular sentimental weaknesses rather than to facts or reasons
phr. - to the matter: to the point; pertinent to the matter
phr. - to the fingernail: with great precision; finely
phr. - 'to usage'; according to custom (abbr. ad us.)
adj. - in proportion to value, especially of import duties of a percentage of the value of the imports (abbr. ad val.).
phr. - to the word: word for word; literally; verbatim
phr. - to modesty: appealing to traditional values, reverence for authority, or sense of prestige; requiring an opponent to offend against decorum
|ad vitam aut culpam|
phr. - 'to life or misdeed'; so long as good behaviour lasts.
adj. - lacking fingers, toes or claws. adactylia, n. congenital lack of toes or fingers.
adj. - on, beside, or turned towards, axis of an organ, organism, or plant.
n. - thing added.
adj. - pertaining to, or resulting from, addition; Astronomy, applied to force increasing gravitation between planet and satellite.
v. - (of muscles) draw towards a central axis. adductor, n. such a muscle.
adj. - evergreen.
n. - form of marriage in which brothers share a wife or wives.
n. - person denying existence of demons or the Devil.
n. - Law, revoking by testator, donor, etc., of legacy, donation, etc., by previously paying sum or parting with object bequeathed.
n. - Medicine, enlargement of glands.
adj. - gland-shaped.
n. - inflammation of glands.
n. - usually non-lethal tumour of gland. adenomatous, adj.
n. - glandular disease.
n. - incision into or removal of gland.
adj. - gluttonous
n. - anonymous saying, poem, etc.
n. - denial of legendary gods.
v. - grant admittance to; apply; attach.
adj. - without losing or gaining heat. adiabatic gradient, rate of change in temperature of rising or falling air.
n. - person denying existence of the Devil.
adj. - not transmitting actinic rays.
n. - absence or lack of perspiration. adiaphoretic, n & adj. (drug) preventing perspiration.
adj. - theologically indifferent
n. - (pl. -ra), matter of indifference; Theology, religious observance left to conscience; amoral matter. adiaphorism, n. belief in doctrine of adiaphora. adiaphorist, n. adiaphoristic, adj. applied to certain controversies on religious observances. adiaphorous, adj. neutral; indifferent, neither right nor wrong (of conduct, etc.)
adj. - neutral; neither right nor wrong; neither deleterious nor salubrious
n. - defective perspiration.
adj. - impervious to heat. adiathermancy, n.
adj. - tending to expose an organism to, or turn it towards, a stimulus or situation.
adj. - becoming fatty.
adj. - Chemistry, pertaining to fatty or greasy substance.
n. - lack of thirst. adipsous, adj. Medicine, quenching thirst.
n. - entrance, especially horizontal passage into mine.
adj. - added, thrown in
adj. - helping; Medicine, remedial; n. such drug.
adj. - near or connected with jaw.
n. - something that helps or supports; corroboratory evidence; explanatory proof
adj. - Botany closely attached; related; grown together especially unusually. adnation, n.
n. - punning
v. -i. & t. ornament; adorn oneself (of men).
n. - doctrine that Christ was Son of God by adoption and not birth. adoptionist, n. & a.
adj. - near to mouth.
n. - sexual impregnation by contact only; wind-pollination.
n. - good writing on a trivial subject
adj. - close to rectum.
adj. - released or activated by adrenalin.
adj. - not essential; supplemental; superfluous
v. - attract and hold to surface (minute particles of mixture or molecules of gas or liquid). adsorbate, n. substance or molecules adsorbed. adsorbent, n. & a. (substance) adsorbing. adsorption, n.
phr. - 'I am present'.
adj. - shadowy.
v. - shadow forth; outline; sketch out. adumbrative, adj. adumbration, n.
adj. - hook-shaped; crooked. aduncity, n. inward curvature.
adj. - (sun) burnt or scorched; dried up by heat; gloomy, sad.
n. - horizontal movement of an air mass, causing temperature changes.
adj. - due to outside causes. advenience, n.
adj. - Medicine, Botany, added from without; not essential; accidental; casual; acquired; adventive.
adj.,n. -. Botany, (plant) not completely naturalized or growing out of natural habitat.
n. - pl. collection of notes and comments; commonplace book.
adj.,n. -. Grammar, (word or clause) expressing opposition or antithesis.
adj. - lacking strength; causing weakness. adynamia, n..
n. - magnifying or exaggerating an actual event by reference to something impossible
n. - inner sanctuary of temple; secret room.
n. - head of ancient Roman office of works. aedility, n. aedile's office.
n. - study of generative organs.
n. - mountain goat of Asia Minor.
n. - stye in inner corner of eye.
n. - 'he or she is ill'; certificate of student's illness for absence from university lectures or examination. aegrotat degree, degree given to student absent from examination by reason of illness.
adj. - like brass.
n. - use of erudite words or allusions to appeal to the learned
n. - first steam engine, with globe made to revolve by steam jets, described in 1st century AD.
adj. - long-winded.
adj. - having different physical properties in different positions or directions.
n. - large fossil bird of Madagascar.
adj. - lacking substance, unreal; gaseous.
n. - the biology of airborne particles and organisms.
n. - science of gliding.
adj. - derived from air; gas-forming. aerogenesis, n.
n. - meteorite.
n. - study of physical properties of atmosphere, especially meteorological.
n. - divination by the state of the air; weather forecasting. aeromantic, adj.
n. - science of mechanical properties of gases.
n. - instrument measuring weight or density of gases. aerometry, n. such measurement; pneumatics.
n. - study of chemical and physical phenomena in the upper atmosphere. aeronomic, adj.
n. - level above surface of earth above which ordinary aircraft cannot fly.
n. - neurotic habit of swallowing air.
n. - fear of air, draughts.
n. - apparatus for inflating lungs, especially of still-born child.
n. - plant obtaining all nourishment from the air; epiphyte.
adj. - pertaining to aerial navigation.
n. - observation of varying air conditions.
adj. - brassy.
n. - the Earth's atmosphere and space beyond it.
n. - the entire atmosphere surrounding the Earth.
n. - lighter-than-air craft. aerostatic, adj. aerostatics, n. science of gases in equilibrium. aerostation, n. navigation of aerostats.
n. - rust, especially of copper and brass; verdigris. aeruginous, adj.
adj. - pertaining to or like horse-chestnut; belonging to the horse- chestnut family of plants.
adj. - relating to that which is medical or to the artof healing
n. - sensibility, sense perception.
adj. - causing sensation.
n. - instrument measuring acuteness of sense perception.
n. - sense perception, aesthesia.
adj. - of summer. aestivation, n. Zoology, sleepiness in animals during summer; Botany, arrangement of organs in flower bud.
adj. - free from fever.
adj. - carrying towards, especially of nerves carrying impulses to centres.
n. - poster; placard.
adj. - related by marriage.
adj. - closely related; connected.
n. - divine breath; inspiration. afflation, n. act of breathing upon; inspiration.
n. - flowing towards or together.
v. - liberate from servitude, debt etc.
n. - hiring of a ship to carry freight; such a contract.
n. - rub; grate on;, n. Phonetics, sound, as or, comprising a stop developing into a fricative. affrication, n. affricative, n., adj.
n. - pouring liquid on, especially in baptismal ceremony or as medical treatment.
n. - in Arabian mythology, an evil spirit or giant monster.
n. - a dense tropical hardwood resembling teak, used for furniture and panelling.
n. - poisonous gas (mixture of carbon dioxide and nitrogen) remaining after explosion of fire-damp in mine; choke-damp.
n. - Medicine, absence or lack of milk secretion. agalactic, agalactous, adj.
adj. - non-sexual.
n. - non-sexual reproduction. agamogenetic, adj.
n. - lack of marriage or sexual reproduction.
n. - admiration of a particular part of someone's body
n. - somebody who absolutely never laughs
n. - incomplete development of body or part of body. agenesic, adj.
n. - a guest at an inn who, after having stayed for three nights, was considered one of the family
n. - opposition to birth control
adj. - Botany, turning away from the earth; apogeotropic.
n. - absence of sense of taste.
n. - earth rampart or bank, especially Roman.
n. - heaping up; mound raised by prehistoric people when erecting standing stones. aggerose, adj. in heaps; having many heaps.
n. - locks of hair that frame the face
v. - collect, especially into a mass; a. so collected; clustered; n. Geology, rock comprised of angular volcanic fragments.
v. - join firmly; thicken; make like glue; coagulate; Philology, make compound words by additions. agglutinin, n. substance in blood causing coagulation. agglutinogen, n. substance causing production of agglutinin. agglutinative, adj. applied to agglutinated words or languages containing many such words. agglutination, n.
n. - compound-word formation from discrete word elements, or the creation of derivatives and inflections, by added affixes, e.g. 'disestablishment' from 'dis', 'establish',and 'ment'
n. - charge made when cash is given for paper currency, or one currency is exchanged for another. agiotage, n. such exchange; speculation; brokerage.
n. - playing the stock market
v. - Law, care for, feed cattle, horses, for payment. agistment, n. this practice; pastureland available for this.
adj. - Zoology, lacking tongue.
n. - state of being unable to swallow.
adj. - grouped.
adj. - having same male forefather; allied; Law, related on father's side; n. such relative. agnation, n. kinship.
adj. - lacking jaws. agnathia, n.
n. - of unknown cause
n. - the study of ignorance
n. - additional name. agnomination, n. surname; punning; alliteration.
n. - loss of ability to recognize familiar things or people.
n. - ignorance; especially ignorance shared by the wholehuman race
adj. - toothless.
n. - struggle, contest (especially athletic); conflict between main characters in a play, novel etc. agonist, n. competitor; protagonist in literary work. agonistic, a., competitive; striving for effect.
adj. - applied to line drawn through all places where magnetic north is the same as true north.
n. - a struggler; a person who is contending, whether in a mental or spiritual conflict or against an opponent for an athletic prize
n. - combative; strained for the sake of effect
n. - hook, especially on piano-string to prevent rattle.
n. - inability to write due to form of aphasia.
adj. - growing in country, fields (especially of weeds).
adj. - of the countryside; rustic, uncouth.
n. - study of customs of primitive peoples.
n. - scientific study of soils. agrological, adj.
n. - Botany, study of grasses. agrostologic(al), adj. agrostologist, n. agrostography, n. description of grasses.
n. - sleeplessness. agrypnotic, n. & a. (stimulant) causing wakefulness.
adj. - Botany, lacking female organs.
n. - principle of non-violence towards any living creature, in Hinduism and Buddhism.
n. - insomnia.
n. - tidal wave in river; bore.
n. - spray of feathers; any object in that shape; egret.
n. - 'needle'; sharp point; peak.
n. - one fond of cats. ailurophilia, n. ailurophobe, n. one with dread of cats.
n. - the person who can't stand cats
n. - the man or woman who is attracted to visionary ideas and projects
n. - worship of filth, dirt, smut; obscenity cult
n. - small island in river or lake; eyot.
n. - paralysis of motor nerves. akinetic, adj.
n. - (pl. -lae ) 'wing'; wing- shaped projection.
n. - loss of speech.
n. - soft, light silk, used in 19th century for shawls, dresses, etc.
n. - an amino-acid occuring in protein.
adj. - like or pertaining to a wing or shoulder.
n. - disease like, or mild form of, smallpox.
adj. - winged. alation, n. state of having wings; disposition of wings in insect.
phr. - adj. belonging to bird family which includes the skylark; like or pertaining to skylark.
n. - long white priestly garment.
adj. - becoming white; whitish.
adj. - growing white. albication, n. formation of white patches in plants.
adj. - able to whiten.
adj. - having white flowers.
n. - morning song.
n. - white of eye; white fibrous tissue. albugineous, adj. like white of eye or egg.
n. - Medicine, white spot on cornea of eye; leucoma; Botany, white rust.
n. - presence of albumin in urine.
adj. - (of electronic music) with random elements inside a framework.
adj. - dependent on chance; pertaining to gambling or luck.
n. - cock-fighting.
n. - sour ale; malt vinegar.
n. - in good spirits, happy
n. - ancient distilling apparatus; purifying or transforming apparatus or act. alembicate, v. distil. alembicated, adj. rather too refined (of literary style).
n. - first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
n. - study of nature of truth.
n. - instrument measuring gluten content of flour.
n. - protein granules in plant seeds; external protein layer of cereal seeds.
n. - young fish, especially salmon just hatched.
n. - inability to read due to aphasia.
adj.,n. -. (antidote) against poisoning.
n. - & a. (drug) curative of fever.
n. - & a. preventive of contagion; antidote against poison.
n. - test in which an accused person plunges his hand into vat of boiling water
n. - bishop in game of chess
adj. - pertaining to pain, especially in association with pleasure.
n. - the science of pleasure and pain
adj. - cooling.
adj. - chilly, especially during fever. algidity, n.
adj. - making cold.
n. - Medicine, painful urination.
adj. - feeding on algae.
adj. - producing pain; reducing body temperature.
n. - taking sexual pleasure in inflicting or enduring pain. algolagnic, adj. algolagnist, n.
n. - instrument measuring sensitivity to pain. algometry, n.
n. - morbid dread of pain.
n. - coldness; shivering fit in fever.
n. - art of calculating, especially in Arabic numeration; arithmetic. algorismic, adj.
adj. - pertaining to algae.
adj. - otherwise called; n. assumed name.
adj. - nourishing.
adj. - denoting organic compounds that are both aliphatic and cyclic, i.e. aliphatic in chemical behaviour but having their carbon atoms in a ring.
n. - instrument used in surveying & navigation.
n. - study of mental disease. alienist, n. expert in alienism; American, psychiatrist specialising in legal aspects of mental illness.
adj. - having wings.
adj. - like a wing.
adj. - winged.
n. - food; nourishment. alimental,, adj. affording food. alimentary, adj. pertaining to food; nourishing; alimentation, n. act of feeding or being fed. alimentative, adj. nourishing.
n. - Medicine, treatment by dieting.
adj. - having winged feet; n. such an animal.
adj. - pertaining to fat; Chemistry, applied to group of organic compounds, including the fats, having open-chain structure.
adj. - (number) not dividing exactly into another number; not aliquot.
adj.,n. -. (number) contained an exact number of times in another number; equal share; v.t. divide into equal parts.
phr. - adv. 'otherwise'; Law, requiring a different rule.
n. - resin obtained from turpentine tree.
n. - universal solvent sought by alchemists.
v. - & v.i. change into alkali.
adj. - grim and ghastly
n. - sausage poisoning.
adj. - pertaining to allantois; sausage-shaped. allantoid, adj.
n. - sac-like fetal membrane developing into umbilical cord and forming part of placenta.
n. - & a. Grammar, (case) expressing motion towards.
adj. - having smell or taste of garlic; belonging to the onion family of plants.
n. - act or state of attaching or being attached; Arithmetic, archaic method of solving 'mixture' problems; 'rule of mixtures'.
n. - intentional collision, especially of ships.
n. - Law, (certificate of) allowance of costs.
adj. - pertaining to change of color; variable in color.
adj. - changing in color.
adj. - foreign
n. - authoritative or exhortatory address; Roman Catholic, formal papal address to College of Cardinals.
n. - property under absolute ownership; freehold; American, estates in fee simple. allodial, adj.
n. - cross-fertilization. allogamous, adj.
adj. - different in kind. allegeneity, n.
n. - surgical graft from a non-identical donor.
n. - writing especially signature, for another; opposite of autograph.
n. - form of aphasia in which words are spoken at random.
n. - Chemistry, variation in constitution without variation in form.
n. - study of growth of a part of an organism in relation to the whole.
n. - Commerce, slip of paper attached to bill of exchange for additional endorsements.
n. - other person's name assumed by writer; work published under an allonym. allonymous, adj.
n. - any of several speech sounds regarded as variants of a given phoneme.
adj. - synthetic drug used against gout.
adj. - having imitative protective coloration.
n. - worship of strange gods
n. - the craving for weird food
n. - existence of an element in more than one form. allotrope, n. form taken by allotropic element. allotropic, adj.
n. - impact of water on shore; flood; alluvium.
n. - comprehensive treatise or textbook, especially on astronomy, generally the treatise of Ptolemy.
n. - kind of violet-colored garnet.
n. - furniture for storing, e.g. cupboard or chest.
n. - official who distributes alms; hospital official who interviews prospective patients, etc. almonry, n. place for alms distribution.
n. - Astronomy, circle of celestial sphere parallel with horizon; parallel of altitude; telescope that, in rotating, sweeps out curves of this kind.
n. - trademark, permanent magnet alloy of aluminium, nickel and cobalt, with some iron and sometimes copper.
n. - speech defect due to brain lesion, etc.
n. - unreasonableness; absurdity
n. - fox-like.
adj. - pertaining to alpine zone.
n. - Medicine, lack of skin pigmentation.
n. - pink-flowered clover, grown as forage.
adj. - like or pertaining to chickweed; belonging to chickweed family of plants.
n. - offerings at altar; payment for masses for dead; certain payments to priest.
n. - instrument measuring altitude and azimuth of heavenly bodies.
adj. - causing change; Medicine, changing gradually to healthy state; n. drug or other treatment changing nutritional processes.
n. - state of being different.
n. - pompous, high-sounding speech.
adj. - high-sounding, pompous.
adj. - flying high.
n. - part of a bird's wing, corresponding to thumb.
n. - beehive; outer canal of ear.
n. - (pl. -lae ) Botany, small cavity, especially in surface of an organ.
adj. - pertaining to alveolus; bearing alveolae; Phonetics, pronounced with tongue and alveolus; n. sound so pronounced. alveolar arch, tooth-bearing part of upper jaw.
adj. - having many deep cavities; like a honey-comb.
adj. - purgative.
adj. - pertaining to belly or intestines.
adj. - gregarious.
n. - albumin in sweet almonds; cold cream composed of that substance.
adj. - lacking hands.
n. - (pl. amanuenses ), employee who writes from dictation; secretary.
adj. - eternally beautiful; unfading; everlasting
n. - arthritis of several joints.
n. - belladonna lily; any of several similar plants; poetic name for country girl.
adj. - amorous.
n. - explosive composed of T.N.T. and ammonium nitrate.
n. - an insignificant or hypocritical lover
n. - loss of sight without noticeable change in eye, due to failure of optic nerve; gutta serena. amaurotic, adj.
n. - absence of breasts dating back to one's birth
n. -pl. pl. archaic, circuitous path or approach; circumlocution. ambagious, adj.
n. - fibre-yielding plant of E Indies; kenaf.
n. - spongy wood, often used for rafts
n. - left-handed in both hands; awkward.
n. - scope, limits.
n. - someone who is both extroverted and introverted.
n. - partial loss of sight not due to disease of eye; early stage of amaurosis.
n. - phrasing in such a way as to forewarn or to cushion a dire announcement, but sometimes thereby alarming in itself
n. - raised place or pulpit in early Christian Church.
n. - niche containing sacred vessels in chancel.
n. - double ace; lowest score; bad luck.
phr. - "lost soul'; dupe; tool; devoted follower.
n. - substance killing amoebas.
n. - formation of tooth-enamel.
n. - enamel-producing cell of tooth.
n. - fine; reparation. amende honorable, public apology; full reparation for dishonour.
n. - abnormal absence or arrest of menstruation.
n. - catkin. amentaceous, adj. like or composed of catkins. amentiferous, adj. bearing catkins. amentiform, adj. catkin-shaped.
n. - severe, usually congenital, mental deficiency.
v. - punish, especially by fine. amercement, n. amerciable, adj.
n. - abnormality in optical refraction, resulting in inability to focus images on the retina. ametropic, adj.
|ami de cour|
n. - the fairweather or foul-hearted friend
n. - asbestos with silky fibres. amianthine, adj.
n. - Roman Catholic, white linen square covering shoulders of celebrant priest.
n. - murder or murderer of a friend.
n. - one of the smallest microscopically detectable particles.
|amicus humani generis|
n. - a philathropist
n. - compound derived from ammonia.
n. - synthetic pain-relieving drug, less addictive than morphine.
n. - direct cell division. amitotic, adj.
adj. - sand-loving.
n. - medical treatment by sand baths.
n. - self-love; self-respect.
adj. - of or like the vine.
n. - Medicine, grape cure.
n. - rock-forming silicate similar to asbestos and hornblende.
adj. - able to turn backwards or forwards, especially of joints and limbs; ambiguous; like amphibole.
n. - rock composed of amphibole; hornblende.
n. - ambiguous speech; equivocation; quibble. amphibolous, adj.
adj. - susceptible of two meanings; ambiguous; equivocal,e.g. 'we'll engage them in battle hopefully after our reinforcementsarrive.'
adj. - producing two colors. amphichrome, n. such a plant. amphichrom, n.
adj. - Zoology, having both surfaces concave.
adj. - applied to ancient Greek council of state-deputies. amphictyany, n. league of adjacent states.
adj. - with both sides convex.
adj. - found or occuring throughout the world
n. - sexual reproduction.
n. - nonsensical writing
n. - circumlocution.
n. - interbreeding; joining of germ plasm of two individuals in sexual reproduction.
adj. - Zoology, having both walking and swimming feet.
adj.,n. -. (building) with columns at each end but not at sides.
adj. - with two nostrils.
n. - Mythology double-headed serpent able to move in both directions; kind of worm-like lizard.
n. - & a. (inhabitant) of tropics, whose shadow falls in different ways according to the time of year.
adj. - both carnivorous and herbivorous.
adj. - of both kinds; Chemistry, reacting as either alkali or acid.
n. - an improved form of penicillin taken by mouth.
n. - the mating embrace of frogs and toads.
adj. - supplementary.
n. - bombast; pompous style
adj. - stinking; filled with dregs
adj. - irritating; abrasive
n. - (pl. -lae ) any almond-shaped formation in body, e.g. tonsil.
n. - glucoside in bitter almonds, used as an expectorant. amygdaline, adj. pertaining to almonds; pertaining to tonsils.
n. - basaltic rock with almond-shaped cavities, adj. almond-shaped.
n. - conversion of starch into soluble products in digestive process. amylolytic, adj.
n. - deficiency of muscle tone.
n. - (pl. -ses ) upward journey; military advance inland, especially of Persians and Greeks under Cyrus (401 BC); Medicine, first phase of disease; increase of fever. anabatic, adj. ascending; Meteorology, (of wind) moving upwards.
n. - return to life after seeming death.
n. - something which can bring back a lost love
adj. - pertaining to cashew nut.
n. - & a. (drug) causing vomiting.
n. - foreign to a certain locality; geographically impossible
adj. - out of (chronological) order; out of date.
adj. - overly dependent on another
n. - an abrupt shift in midsentence in syntax to another construction
adj. - jovial, festive and amatory
n. - unaccented syllable(s) at beginning of verse-line, or such notes at beginning of piece of music. anacrustic, adj.
n. - band; wreath; fillet.
n. - rhetorical device of repetition of last word of one clause at beginning of next.
n. - Medicine, abnormal thirst. anadipsic, adj.
adj. - pertaining to excessive thirst
adj. - ascending, especially of fish that ascend rivers to spawn.
n. - insufficient nourishment of blood.
adj. - Medicine destructive.
n. - Botany, anaerobic plant.
adj. - Astronomy, beyond our galaxy; not galactic.
n. - lack of interest in former loved ones
n. - tissue regeneration.
n. - denouement in play, arising from recognition.
n. - spiritual exaltation; mystical interpretation of sacred works such as the Bible. anagogic(al), adj. mystical.
adj. - relating to things spiritual and mystical; occult;gnostic
n. - selected parts of a literary work or works
n. -pl. pl. collection of writings; literary gleanings. analectic, adj.
n. - graduated scale in figure-of-eight, showing difference between actual time and that shown by the sun.
adj. n. - Medicine, restorative.
adj. - Mathematics, unchanged in shape by inversion.
n. - an illiterate, or one who is literally ignorant of the abc's
n. - act of reminiscence; history of medical case. anamnestic, adj.
adj. - reminiscent; aiding the memory
n. - distorted image only recognisable if viewed through appropriate device; method of making such images; Biology, evolution by slow changes; Botany, abnormal change of shape. anamorphoscope, n. device for viewing anamorphosis.
adj. - impotent.
adj. - Botany, without stamens.
n. - a teller of untruths; liar (from a follower of the apostles who was struck dead for lying)
adj. - having no flowers.
n. - name written backwards as pseudonym.
n. - repitition of a word or phrase in successive clauses,sentences, or paragraphs for rhetorical effect, e.g. "a sure man,a sure alternative, a sure vote!"
n. - absence of sexual desire. anaphrodisiac, n. & a. (drug) reducing sexual desire.
adj. - asexually produced.
n. - reversion of plant or animal cells to a simpler form.
adj. - undemonstrable
adj. - Philology, with weakened or no case inflections.
n. - insertion of a vowel between two consonants for ease of pronunciation.
adj. - Zoology, non-jointed; Grammar, without the article (of Greek nouns).
n. - (pl. -ses ) intercommunication between branches of blood-vessels, nerves, etc., or of rivers; formation of network. anastomotic, adj.
n. - rhetorical device of reversing natural order of words; inversion.
n. - compound interest; taking such interest.
adj. - defeating, refuting
n. - loss of voice.
n. - perpetual unhappiness
n. - a sidekick who helps another to accomplish or master something difficult or complicated
adj. - having two faces or edges; double-headed; twofold.
n. - having shape of hook.
n. - Architecture, one of a pair of brackets supporting a cornice.
adj. - like an anchor; hooked.
n. - infestation with hookworms, leading to anaemia.
n. - one who is hoodwinked, in the dark or virtually blind to the realities of a situation
adj. - revolving around men; regarding the male sex as primary.
adj. - with human head.
n. - domination of society by men. androcratic, adj.
n. - hermaphrodite; effeminate man; masculine woman. androgynism, n.
n. - international governmental kidnapping forpolitical gain
n. - a poisonous substance extracted from plants of the heath family and used in medicine to lower high blood pressure.
adj. - cannibal.
adj. - preferring the male sex, or humans rather than animals.
n. - dread or hatred of men.
n. - homicidal mania.
adj. - Zoology, having male organs.
n. - figure with man's head and lion's body.
n. - androgenic steroid male hormone.
adj. - free from echoes and reverberations; sound-absorbent.
v. - archaic anoint; administer extreme unction to.
n. - kind of pianoforte having strings vibrated by air currents.
n. - recording anemometer. anemogram, n. record made by an anemograph.
adj. - Botany, pollinated by wind. anemophile, n. such plant. anemophily, n. such pollination.
n. - morbid dread of high winds, hurricanes, etc.
n. - any instrument indicating direction of wind.
n. - state of lacking a brain or a part of the brain. anencephalic, anencephalous, adj.
adj. - lacking intestine or stomach.
n. - absence of energy; loss of immunity.
adj. - not using liquid. aneroid barometer, instrument measuring atmospheric pressure by recording the movements of the surface of an air- tight box.
n. - Medicine, abatement of symptoms; Music, tuning to lower pitch.
n. - thiamine.
adj. - winding, tortuous
n. - right of belligerent to take or destroy property of neutral, subject to compensation.
n. - prayer(s) said at early morning, noon and sunset. angelus bell, bell calling to prayer at such times.
n. - Medicine, inflammation of vessel.
n. - technique for X-raying major blood vessels, using dye opaque to X-rays.
n. - like blood or lymph vessel.
n. - study of blood and lymphatic system.
n. - tumour due to dilated blood vessels. angiomatosis, n. state of having many angiomas. angiomatous, adj.
n. - sudden contraction of blood vessels. angiospastic, a.; n. substance causing angiospasm.
n. - dissection of or incision into blood vessel.
n. - Brazilian tree and its bark; tonic fluid extracted from the bark.
adj. - having shape of snake.
adj. - having shape of eel.
adj. - pertaining to or like a snake.
n. - the inability to be happy
n. - denoting the angle at which the main planes of an aircraft are inclined downwards to the lateral axis.
n. - shortness of breath.
adj. - without idols; (of objects of worship) portrayed symbolically rather than representationally. aniconism, n. worship of object symbolising but not representing god; iconoclasm.
adj. - old-womanish, weak; feeble-minded
adj. - (of an embryo) shapeless.
adj. - like a very old woman; imbecile.
n. - sexual desire for older women
n. - poisonous substance obtained from indigo, nitro-benzene, etc., used in manufacture of dyes; a. applied to dye prepared with aniline.
n. - generally adverse criticism
v. -i. take notice; comment; criticize; reprove. animadversion, n.
n. - negatively charged ion. anionic, adj.
n. - dried fruit of anise; cordial made from it.
n. - condition of eyes having unequal refractive power. anisometropic, adj.
adj. - of unequal strength.
n. - elephant goad with hook and spike.
n. - joining together of bones or hard parts; resulting stiffness. ankylose, v.i. (of bones) to fuse or stiffen in this way.
n. - lockjaw.
adj. - having shape of hook.
n. - short double-edged sword or long dagger.
n. - reddish dye used for coloring foodstuffs; tropical American tree from seeds of which it is obtained.
v. - strengthen; temper, especially by subjecting to great heat and slow cooling.
adj. - connecting; Biology, linking, especially of species.
n. - play on words; pun.
phr. - 'lived (so many) years'; was aged (abbr. a.v.).
n. - one-year-old, especially bird after first moult.
adj. - nodding, especially of muscles that nod the head.
n. - ringed structure.
v. - announce; proclaim. Annunciation, n. announcement of the Incarnation to Mary, mother of Jesus; feast celebrated on Lady Day (March 25); Annunciation lily, madonna lily. annunciative, annunciatory, adj.
n. - wild ox of Celebes.
n. - one of the family of beetles which includes the deathwatch and the furniture beetle.
adj.,n. -. (drug) causing vomiting or expectoration.
n. - Electricity, positive terminal; electrode by which current enters, or to which electrons flow. anodal, anodic, adj. anodize, v. coat with protective film electrolytically.
n. - hingeless and toothless bivalve; freshwater mussel.
n. - absence of teeth.
adj. - painless, soothing
n. - imbecility.
n. - Psychology, mere reception of impressions without understanding or intellectual effort.
n. - period between two periods of sexual activity in animals. anoestrous, adj.
adj. - pertaining to anoesis.
adj. - Geology, formed from below; plutonic.
n. - Electricity, portion of electrolyte about anode.
adj. - Astronomy, pertaining to anomaly. anomalistic month, interval between two perigees of moon. anomalistic year, interval between two perihelion passages of Earth.
n. - device for testing for color blindness.
n. - an insignificant anonymous writer
n. - upward squint.
n. - kind of mosquito. anopheline, adj.
adj. - bearing writing, etc., on one side only.
adj. - without testicles; or gutless
n. - inability to write correctly due to imperfect muscular co-ordination.
n. - loss of sense of smell. anosmic, adj.
n. - the lack of interest or belief in the existence of one's disease
adj. - lacking a tail, especially applied to frog.
adj. - not associated with ovulation; suppressing ovulation.
adj. - having a handle. ansate cross, ankh. ansation, n. handlemaking.
n. - intuition; sense awareness of perception
adj. - like or pertaining to a goose; foolish.
adj.,n. -. (drug) alleviating pain.
n. - a phrasing in which the topic or key word is repeated, sometimes with a different sense or connotation, for a play on words, e.g. "the business of america is business"
n. - Astronomy, point 180° from that to which sun is moving.
adj. - (drug) used against gout.
phr. - 'before death'.
adj. - before in time.
n. - (pl. -xes, -xa) ornament at end of classical building, hiding ends of roof tiles.
adj. - pertaining to or occurring before dawn
adj.,n. -. (drug) preventive of vomiting.
adj. - before the Creation.
adj. - before birth.
adj. - before marriage.
adj. - before Easter or the Passover.
n. - foretaste, especially a first course.
n. - altar frontal; similar cloth on pulpit or lectern.
n. - antepenultimate syllable or word. antepenultimate, adj. third from last.
adj. - preventive of nightmares
adj. - before dinner.
adj. - preceding.
v. - to displace a body organ forwards. anteversion, n.
adj. - immediately preceding a vowel.
n. - kind of solar halo opposite sun; antisun.
n. - (remedy) used against intestinal worms.
n. - (pl. -ia) flat cluster of leaves or flowers as ornament in classical art; Architecture, honeysuckle ornament.
n. - Botany, male, pollen-bearing organ of flower. antheral, adj. antherozoid, n. male sexual element in lower plants; spermatozoid.
n. - (pl. -dia) male organ in cryptogams.
n. - the process or period of flowering.
n. - the using of one part of speech for another for a strking effect
n. - great love of flowers.
adj. - feeding on flowers.
adj. - flower-loving; feeding on flowers.
adj. - Botany, flower-bearing.
n. - a counterdefinition, or a delineation or description differing from that of an opponent
n. - Botany, disposition of flowers in cluster.
n. - sea-anemone; coral polyp; any creature of the natural class Anthozoa. anthozoan, anthozoic, adj. anthozooid, n. coral polyp.
adj. - resembling anthrax; resembling carbon, coal or charcoal.
n. - study of human generation or evolution. anthropogenetic, adj.
adj. - pertaining to the effect of human beings on the natural world.
n. - study of geographical distribution of human beings.
n. - animal with human-like tongue; parrot.
n. - worship, deification of a human being.
n. - petrified human remains.
n. - measurement of parts and functions of human body, especially as part of study of evolution.
n. - ascribing human feelings to a god or inanimate object. anthropopathic, adj.
n. - a cannibal
n. - fear of meeting people; fear of society
n. - ascribing human nature to God.
n. - ascribing human-like soul to nature.
n. - evaluation of human bodily characteristics by inspection rather than anthropometry.
n. - study of effect of environment on race, and vice versa.
n. - knowledge of human nature; human wisdom; form of mysticism akin to theosophy. anthroposophical, adj.
n. - belief that gods have human nature or are only deified human beings.
n. - human anatomy.
adj. - opposed to principle of monarchy.
adj. - opposing growth, especially of harmful substances; giving natural immunity.
adj. - pertaining to forearm.
adj. - causing the elimination of odors; deodorizing
adj. - blocking nerve impulses, in order to control intestinal spasms.
n. - (pl. -ses ) possession and enjoyment of mortgaged property by mortgagee in lieu of interest payments.
adj. - having transverse and opposite curvatures of surface.
n. - Geology, upward fold. anticlinal, adj. anticlinorium, n. arch-shaped group of anticlines and synclines.
adj. - Botany, turning away from axis.
adj. - Zoology, having protective resemblance to environment.
adj. - (of nerve fibres) conducting impulses in the opposite direction to normal; Botany, twining towards right and left in members of one species.
n. - & a. preventive or curative of fever.
adj.,n. -. preventive of milk-secretion.
adj.,n. -. (drug) used against jaundice.
adj.,n. -. (person) denying doctrine of the fall of Man.
n. - counterpoising.
n. - number of which logarithm is a power of 10 or other base (abbr. antilog.).
n. - Logic, statement containing three propositions two of which contradict the third. antilogistic, adj.
adj. - contrary; inconsistent
n. - self-contradictory statement.
n. - repetition of words or ideas in different order.
n. - repetition of parts of antithesis in reverse order. antimetathetic, adj.
adj.,n. -. preventive of neuritis, especially applied to vitamin B or food containing it.
n. - one believing that belief in Christ frees someone from normal legal and moral obligations.
n. - an inconsistency, or built-in contradiction; opposition of one law to another
adj.,n. -. (drug) used against toothache.
adj.,n. -. sedative.
adj.,n. -. (person) denying validity of infant baptism.
n. - opposition; resistance; denying an inference while admitting the fact on which it is based.
n. - & a. (drug) used against inflammation.
n. - a response said or sung as part of the liturgy; a psalm etc. sung alternately by two choirs. antiphonal, adj. (of music) sung alternately.
n. - Rhetoric use of a word in the opposite sense to its usual one, for humorous or ironic purposes.
adj. - used against gout.
adj.,n. -. (drug) alleviating itching.
n. - treatment of mental illness not relying on drugs, etc.
adj.,n. -. (treatment) used against burns.
adj. - preventive of rickets, especially applied to vitamin D or food containing it.
n. -pl. pl. persons living on opposite sides of equator but in same longitude.
n. - & a. preventive of scurvy, especially applied to vitamin C or food containing it.
adj.,n. -. (substance) counteracting effect of iron.
n. - metrical foot comprising an iambus followed by a trochee.
n. - the defense of an action that prevented something worse from happening
n. - stanza answering strophe in Greek chorus, recited during movement from left to right. antistrophic, adj.
n. - remedy for scrofula.
adj. - disapproving of festivity and laughter.
n. - substance in blood preventing coagulation of blood.
adj. - neutralizing poison. antitoxin, n. antibody, especially obtained from infected animal.
adj. - Zoology, symmetrically reversed, as right and left hands. antitrope, n. such appendage. antitropy, n. state of being antitropic.
n. - & a. (drug, etc.) that alleviates or prevents coughing.
n. - object or person prefigured by the type or symbol. antitypic, antitypical, adj.
n. - resistance to penetration or alteration.
adj.,n. -. preventive of fermentation. antizymotic n.
adj. - applied to places in opposite hemispheres but in same latitude and longitude. antoecians, n.pl. persons living in such places.
n. - literary device of using descriptive epithet or phrase instead of person's name; using proper name as epithet.
adj. - Biology, turning upward and forward.
n. - (pl. -ra) sinus; cavity, especially leading into nose.
n. - fear of staying single
n. - any of the order of amphibians which includes frogs and toads.
n. - inability to urinate. anuretic a.
n. - inability to produce urine.
adj. - lacking a tail, especially applied to frog.
n. - a person who claims to be inspired--to feel within that sudden wind of genius or artistic urgency; the wind is sometimesmore like a draft
n. - Grammar, (tense) signifying happening in unrestricted or unspecified past. aoristic, adj. indefinite; pertaining to aorist.
n. - loss of feeling in limb.
n. - the angry putting aside of a matter to be takenup later
n. - Mathematics, argument by reductio ad absurdum. apogogic(-al), adj.
adj. - pertaining to a proof by reductio ad absurdum; an indirect demonstration of a proof
adj. - having non-functioning male organs (of fungi, etc.).
n. - dislike of being with people; love of solitude
adj. - Zoology, having protective imitative coloration or shape.
n. - a quick, penetrating insight; immediate impression,intuition, or estimate
n. - & a. laxative (medicine). aperitive, adj.
adj. - Botany, lacking petals.
n. - cutting off beginning of word. aphaeretic, adj.
n. - inability to swallow.
adj. - growing away from the sun. apheliotropism, n.
n. - loss of power of articulate speech; motor aphasia.
n. - the person who doesn't like being touched
n. - (pl. -ses) loss of unaccented vowel at beginning of word. aphetic, adj.
n. - a feeling that one is unloved or unwanted
n. - (pl. -ides, plant-louse; member of genus Aphis which includes greenfly, etc. aphidiphagous, adj. feeding on aphides.
n. - loss of voice. aphonic, adj. voiceless.
adj. - without light.
n. - inability to speak, or to make intelligible phrases.
n. - absence of leaves. aphyllous, adj.
adj. - parsley-like; belonging to plant family including carrot, parsley, etc.
adj. - pertaining to bees.
adj. - at the summit or tip; Phonetics, pertaining to a consonant formed with help of tip of tongue. apicad, adv. towards the summit.
adj. - (of leaves) having short point at tip.
n. - bee-keeping. apiculturist, n.
n. - study of bees.
adj. - eating bees.
n. - aplanatic lens. aplanatic, adj. free from spherical aberration. aplanatism, n.
n. - Medicine, incomplete development. aplastic, adj.
n. - simple surgical cut.
n. - suicide by starvation
n. - restoration; Medicine, relapse; subsidence; Astronomy, reversion to same position; Theology, conversion of whole world to Christianity.
n. - point in orbit opposite centre of attraction. apocentric, adj. different from archetype. apocentricity, n.
n. - cutting off end of word. apocopate, v. & a.
n. - replying to one's own arguments
adj.,n. -. astringent (medicine).
n. - point in an orbit of the moon which is farthest from the moon's centre.
adj. - evident; demonstrable; incontrovertible.
n. - diabolical treatment
adj. - absolutely certain or necessarily true;uncontestable
n. - indisputable evidence or proof
n. - (pl. -ses ) main clause in conditional sentence.
n. - feverish desire to undress
adj. - pertaining to apogee.
n. - Biology, interbreeding in a separated group which has no characteristic differentiating it from parents; Botany, non-sexual reproduction in some ferns.
n. - Botany, sterility. apogenous, adj.
adj. - Botany, bending up or away from the ground. apogeotropism, n.
n. - copy; facsimile. apographal, adj.
adj. - given to enjoyment; self indulgent
adj. - Biology, pertaining to selection, especially sexual.
n. - parable, moral tale.
n. - point in the orbit of body revolving round the moon that is farthest from the centre of the moon.
n. - instrument measuring height and distance.
n. - organism reproducing by, or formed by, apomixis.
n. - non-sexual reproduction. apomictic, adj.
n. - quoting an approved authority
n. - rhetorical device of emphasizing a fact, by pretending to ignore or deny it.
n. - brief wise saying. apophthegmatic, adj.
n. - Architecture, curve between shaft and base, or between shaft & capital, in a column.
n. - offshoot; projecting part, especially of bone. apophyseal, apophysial, adj. apophysate, adj. Botany, having an apophysis.
n. - professing to be at a loss as to what to say, where to begin, or how to express something; true or feigned doubt or deliberation about an issue
adj. - Zoology, giving warning, applied to coloration, odour, etc., of animals.
n. - a conscious breaking off in the middle of a sentence because of emotion, a dramatic change in thought, or, sometimes, a shifting to understatement or irony
n. - desertion from religion or similar body.
n. - & a. (person) committing apostasy. apostatize, v.i. change one's religious allegiance; forsake one's principles.
n. - comment; note in margin.
n. - casting of horoscope.
n. - a concise formulation of a truth; an aphorism
n. - perpendicular from centre of regular polygon to any of its sides.
n. - Medicine, setting of broken limb.
adj. - averting or combating evil. apotropaism, n. such magical practice.
adj. - differing from type.
n. - perquisite; provision, such as land or office, for younger son(s) of king or high official.
n. - herald; harbinger; officer executing order of ecclesiastical court.
n. - perception of inner meaning, and of relation of new facts to facts already known; mental assimilation; state of being conscious of perceiving. apperceptive, adj. apperceive, v.
n. - delusion of insane person that he is another, generally famous, person.
n. - strong desire; craving; powerful instinct. appetent, adj.
adj. - desirable. appetition, n. yearning.
adj. - flattened. applanation, n.
n. - Music, short note placed before a longer one. short appoggiatura, acciaccatura.
n. - tangible object caused to appear by spiritualist medium; production of such object.
v. - to place (things) side by side or next to each other.
adj. - appropriate, fitting, apt, suitable
n. - juxtaposition; Grammar, putting two nouns or phrases together as attributive or adjunct terms; relationship of such nouns or phrases. appositive, adj.
n. - act of striking against; Astronomy, close approach of two celestial objects.
n. - impaired ability to execute complex muscular movements.
n. - inability to concentrate on anything
n. - rounded extension at end of building, especially at east end of church; Astronomy, apsis.
adj. - having shape of apse; pertaining to apsides.
n. - (pl. -sides ) Astronomy, point at which heavenly body is most or least distant from centre of attraction. higher apsis, most distant point. lower apsis, least distant point.
adj. - (of classical temple) having columns at front or back only; (of church) lacking aisles: apterous.
adj. - lacking wings.
adj. - wingless; finless.
n. - a name befitting the occupation, role or nature of a person or character, e.g. doctor sawbones
n. - lack or absence of saliva.
adj. - without fever. apyrexy, n. absence or abatement of fever.
adj. - non-inflammable.
n. - 'royal water'; mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acids which dissolves some metals. Used in etching and by alchemists to dissolve gold.
n. - method of painting in transparent water-color; such painting. aquarellist, n. artist painting aquarelles.
n. - person who studies aquatic life; owner of an aquarium.
n. - (print made by) a method of etching having effect of water- color drawing.
adj. - eating spiders.
n. - spider; a. pertaining to spiders. araneiform, adj. shaped like a spider. araneology, n. study of spiders.
adj. - like a spider's web; transparent; delicate.
adj. - seamless.
n. - cross-bow with mechanism for drawing string.
adj. - pertaining to or like a tree; wooded.
adj. - having many trees.
adj. - branched; having shape or growth like a tree. arborescence, n.
adj. - pertaining to trees.
n. - living in trees.
adj. - shaped like a tree.
v. - take on or give tree-like shape. arborization, n.
adj. - pertaining to trees; composed of trees.
n. - dwarf tree; shrub-like tree. arbuscular, adj.
n. - tuft of hairs.
n. - (pl. -ta) copse; orchard.
n. - strawberry tree.
adj. - shaped like a bow. arcature, n. small or blind arcade.
n. - (pl. arcs-boutants [pron. same]) flying buttress.
adj. - living in the earliest geological era.
adj. - pertaining to archetype.
n. - worship of archaic customs, expressions, etc.
n. - headteacher of school etc. archididascalian, adj.
adj. - pertaining to an archbishop.
n. - dye obtained from certain lichens; lichens yielding this.
n. - (pl. -gi ) great magician.
n. - superior of large monastery of Greek Church; abbot.
adj. - pertaining to architecture, or to the systematization of knowledge; resembling architecture; structural; showing constructive ability; n. pl. science of architecture; constructive skill.
n. - beam resting directly on columns; epistyle; moulding at head and sides of window or doorway.
n. - curved moulding on face of arch.
adj. - pertaining to earliest living things.
n. - theory of origins; science of government.
n. - a chief magistrate of ancient Athens. archontic, adj.
adj. - having a frontier which forms a natural defence.
adj. - shaped like an arch.
adj. - pertaining to the region including Europe, Africa, Asia and N America.
n. - like a bear.
n. - person who loves or collects teddy bears.
adj. - bow-shaped. arcuation, n.
n. - 'senile ring'; whitish ring round iris in eyes of old people.
n. - several palm trees, especially the betel. areca nut, betel-nut.
adj. - like or consisting of sand; growing in sand.
adj. - living in sand.
adj. - pertaining to sandstone.
adj. - like sand.
adj. - sandy; containing much sand.
n. - description of surface of planet Mars; descriptive biogeography.
n. - study of planet Mars.
n. - highest legal tribunal in ancient Athens; any important tribunal. Areopagite, n. member of such a tribunal.
n. - science of virtue.
n. - relation of wonderful deeds of a god or hero.
n. - silver; silver-like. argentate, argenteous, argentic, argentine, argentous, adj. argentiferous, adj. yielding silver. argentine, n. silvery metal. argentometer, n. instrument measuring strength of silver solutions.
n. - clay, especially used in pottery. argillaceous, argillous, adj. containing clay; clay-like. argilliferous, adj. yielding or containing clay. argilloid, adj. like clay.
n. - crust formed on long-kept wine.
n. - monster with a hundred eyes; careful watcher. Argus-eyed, adj. ever watchful. argus, n. any of several small brown butterflies with eyespots.
adj. - quick; sharp; shrill; astute; subtle.
adj. - with silvery or shining head.
n. - short aria.
adj. - characterized by or like melody.
n. - severe critic.
adj. - extremely critical
n. - art or science of dining. aristological, adj. aristologist, n.
n. - condition of having a superior intellect
n. - divination by numbers.
n. - rule of the numerical majority
n. - number composed of numerical values assigned to letters in a word. arithmocracy, n. government by the majority. arithmography, n. representing a number with letters having numerical values. arithmomania, n. obsession with numbers, especially compulsion to count things. arithmometer, n. early adding machine.
adj. - carrying weapons or arms.
n. - armour-bearer; knight's squire; person bearing heraldic arms. armigerous, armigeral, adj.
adj. - like, pertaining to or composed of rings. armillary sphere, celestial globe composed only of rings marking equator, tropics, etc.
adj. - having strong armament. armipotence, n.
adj. - resounding with the clash of arms.
n. - genus of plants including the mountain tobacco; tincture obtained from mountain tobacco used for bruises, etc.
v. -i. archaic, (imperative) begone!
n. - ancient hand gun supported on tripod. arquebusier, n. soldier armed with arquebus.
n. - tapestry, especially covering wall. arrasene, n. embroidery material of silk and wool.
adj. - raised up; attentive.
n. - (pl. -ae ) pledge; earnest money. arrhal, adj.
n. - to only give birth to boys
adj. - rootless.
n. - summoning by king of his feudatories and their vassals to military service; vassals so called; the nobility.
n. - hidden meaning; ulterior motive; mental reservation.
n. - sharp edge formed by two angled surfaces, especially edge of fluting on column. arriswise, adj. edgewise.
n. - pushful, ambitious person.
v. - take or claim beyond one's rights. arrogation, n.
n. - largest subdivision of a French department.
n. - rhinoceros-like fossil mammal.
n. - pain in a joint.
n. - joint or articulation connecting two bones.
adj. - pertaining to joints.
v. - to tear limb from limb
n. - large-spathed plant, called 'cuckoo-pint' or 'lords and ladies'. arum lily, calla lily.
adj. - like or pertaining to a reed.
adj. - living in the fields or countryside. arviculture, n. cultivation of fields.
n. - one without a shadow: applied to the inhabitants of the torrid zone, where the sun is vertical at noon for a few days every year
n. - sea-squirt.
adj. - free from earthquakes; designed to withstand earthquakes. aseismatic, adj. reducing or withstanding effect of earthquakes.
n. - squared building stone; stonework composed of these; thin, dressed stone for facing rough wall. ashlaring, n. partition in attic to cut off angle made by rafters and floor.
adj. - incorporeal; lacking body. asomatophyte, n. Botany, plant in which body and reproductive cells are undifferentiated.
adj. - pertaining to, like or eaten like asparagus.
adj. - rather rough; v.t. make rough. asperation, n.
v. - sprinkle. asperges, n. Roman Catholic, ceremony of sprinkling holy water.
n. - Roman Catholic, brush-like implement used to sprinkle holy water.
n. - (pl. -li ) minute fungus forming mould. aspergilliform, aspergillosis, n. animal disease caused by aspergilli.
n. - roughness, acrimony.
n. - failure of male generative powers. aspermic, adj.
n. - Roman Catholic, vessel holding holy water; aspergil.
adj. - Botany, rather rough.
n. - emphatic guaranteeing of what one is saying, as by assuring others, wagering about the truth of something
n. - doctrine that there should be no private property.
n. - kind of liliaceous plant; daffodil; Literature, flower of the Elysian fields. bog asphodel, British grass-like moorland plant.
adj. - shield-shaped.
n. - removal, especially crime of removing property.
n. - marine insurance.
adj. - acquiescent.
n. - ready, insincere assent. assentatious, adj. willing to assent. assentator, n. flatterer; one assenting insincerely or conniving. assentatory, adj.
v. - to state positively, emphatically
v. - pronounce with sibilant sound or hiss. assibilation, n.
n. - unremitting care; unflagging or obsequious attention. assiduous, adj.
v. - pardon; absolve; acquit; release. assoilment, n.
n. - custom or habit
n. - Law, contract (not under seal); suit for breach of such contract.
adj. - ascending; Botany, upward-curving. assurgency, n.
n. - inability, due to imperfect muscular co-ordination, to keep erect.
adj. - unstable; in neutral equilibrium; Electricity, not tending to assume a definite position. astatic pair, pair of magnetized needles of opposite charges. astatics, n. study of equilibrium of body under known forces.
n. - radioactive element of the halogen group.
n. - an ingeniously polite insult
n. - gem cut so as to show asterism.
adj. - starlike; n. a fossil starfish.
adj. - having star-like rays.
n. - constellation of stars; group of asterisks; appearance of star-like reflection by certain crystals. asterismal, adj.
n. - debility. asthenic, adj. weak; of slender build; weakening.
n. - the circumspect stoic, the stiff-upper-lip afraid to admit to weakness of any sort
n. - optical weakness, especially muscular. asthenopic, adj.
n. - hypothetical layer of fluid matter below rigid surface of earth's crust.
adj. - having no stomata.
n. - ankle-bone; rounded beading or moulding on column; pl., dice. astragalar, adj. astragalomancy, n. divination by ankle-bones or dice. astragalus n. Medicine, ankle-bone.
n. - closely-curled black or grey fur from fleece of karakul lambs: cloth resembling this.
n. - morbid fear of thunder and lightning.
v. - astringe. astriction, n. astrictive, adj.
v. - bind; brace; restrict; constipate.
v. - guide (spaceship, etc.); v.i. navigate in space.
n. - knowledge of fixed stars.
n. - theory of the origin of the stars.
n. - star-shaped.
n. - worship of stars.
n. - study of meteorites.
n. - person fond of learning about stars.
adj. - having keen perception; of astute and penetrating discernment
adj. - Architecture, lacking columns.
n. - line approaching a curve but meeting it only at infinity. asymptotic, adj.
adj. - not connected by conjunctions: I came, I saw, I conquered
n. - rhetorical device of omitting conjunctions. asyndetic, adj.
n. - Medicine, lack of co-ordination, especially of muscles.
n. - Botany, failure to effect cross-fertilization due to asynchronous development of flowers.
adj. - asyntactic; irregular; pertaining to ataxy.
n. - imperturbability; utter calmness
adj. - of or pertaining to freedom from anxiety or emotional disturbance; calm and imperturbable
n. - tranquillity of mind; imperturbability. ataractic, ataraxic, n. & a. (drug) able to calm or tranquillize.
n. - inability, due to imperfect muscular co-ordination, to speak sentences.
n. - inability to co-ordinate muscles; lack of order. ataxic, adj.
n. - childlessness.
n. - incomplete dilatation or collapse of lungs.
n. - imperfect development; dwarfism.
n. - the driven perfectionist, one with a morbid fear of having things less than perfect
n. - immortality
n. - Anglo-Saxon noble; prince, especially heir apparent.
adj. - impervious to radiant heat. athermancy, n.
adj. - leading to atheroma.
n. - fatty degeneration of the arteries. atherosclerosis, n. hardening of the inner lining of the arteries with fatty degeneration. atheromatous, adj.
v. - to spurn, reject
n. - nervous twitching of fingers and toes.
n. - complete debility in children. athreptic, adj.
n. - melancholy.
n. - pl. male figures used as columns.
adj. - Geology, of atmospheric origin.
n. - study of laws of watery vapour.
n. - method of separating gases of different densities.
n. - instrument measuring rate of evaporation into atmosphere. atmometry, n.
adj. - lacking offspring.
n. - very small creature; skeleton.
n. - a gloomy hypochondriac
adj. - very melancholic; hypochondriac.
n. - very dark liquid; ink. atramentous, adj.
n. - lack or closing of a passage of the body. atretic, adj.
n. - baldness.
adj. - jet black.
n. - loss of civil rights, formerly result of outlawry or death sentence.
v. - pass sentence of attainder on; sully; attach disgrace to; infect; n. dishonour; misfortune. attainture, n.
v. - alter quality by addition or mixture; moderate. attemperate, v. archaic, moderate temperature. attemporator, n. apparatus for moderating temperature.
adj. - touching, in contact.
adj. - attracting; drawing towards or forward; n. such thing or muscle.
phr. - 'to the fact'; having complete and up-to-date knowledge; conversant.
n. - musical piece performed at or describing dawn.
adj. - pertaining to an author.
n. - person whose mental processes are stimulated more strongly by hearing than by other senses; a. pertaining to such persons; auditory.
adj. - caused by sound waves, especially of high frequency.
adj. - pertaining to hall
n. - flautist.
adj. - courtly; ceremonious.
adj. - gilded.
adj. - golden-colored; ornate.
n. - properties of gold.
n. - trademark, an antibiotic drug extracted from a soil mould, used in treatment of infections, especially of eyes, skin, etc.
adj. - pertaining to, like or composed of gold.
n. - external ear; ear-shaped appendage; upper cavity of heart.
adj. - having golden hair; making hair golden.
adj. - pertaining to hearing, or to the ear; spoken secretly. auricular finger, the little finger.
adj. - having ears or ear-shaped outgrowths; lobed; ear-like.
adj. - containing gold.
adj. - ear-shaped.
v. - change into gold. aurific, adj. producing gold. aurification, n. working with gold.
n. - gold embroidery. auriphrygiate, adj.
n. - specialist on the ear and its diseases.
adj. - pertaining to, containing, or made of gold.
adj. - gold-colored.
v. - Medicine, listen to sounds in human body; examine in this manner. auscultation, n. auscultative, adj. auscultator, n. person practising auscultation; stethoscope. auscultatory, adj.
n. - the process of listening
n. - final sound of syllable or word.
n. - hormone. autacoidal, adj.
n. - perpetual happiness
n. - absolute sovereignty; autocracy. autarchic, autarchical, adj.
n. - the ecology of the individual organism.
n. - one who does his own communicating
adj. - Ecclesiastical, self-governing. autocephaly, n.
n. - native; aboriginal species. autochthonous, adj. autochthony, n.
adj. - native, aboriginal, indigenous
n. - introducing an idea or subject by seeming to refuse discussion of it, thereby arousing interest
adj. - (of fungus, etc.) passing through all life stages on same species of host.
n. - self-fertilization. autogamic, autogamous, adj.
n. - spontaneous generation. autogenetic, adj.
adj. - self-generated.
n. - knowledge of self, especially the appreciation of one's own emotional conflicts
n. - poisoning due to toxins produced in body.
n. - voluntary or automatic movement. autokinetic, adj.
n. - self-worship.
adj. - self-descriptive, or being a word that exemplifies what it means, e.g. "english" is english, "polysyllabic" is polysyllabic
adj. - formed after its or one's own pattern. automorphism, n.
n. - writer's own name; work published under own name.
n. - devouring of cell constituents by enzymes of same cell. autophagous, adj.
n. - the socializer who does not like to be alone
n. - fear of solitude.
n. - apparent distortion of one's own voice due to infection or stoppage of ears; sound of auscultator's voice as reverberating in patient's chest.
n. - plant able to organize its foodstuffs; nonsaprophytic plant. autophytic, adj.
n. - grafting tissue from patient's own body. autoplastic, a.; Biology, pertaining to self-adaptation to environment; pertaining to autoplasty.
n. - improvization. autoschediastic, adj.
adj. - impromptu; on the spur of the moment
n. - internal skeleton.
n. - motorway.
adj. - having itself as its only purpose.
n. - the coy or cagey person whose mission is to appear mysterious or quite remarkable
n. - belief in self-subsistence of God the Son; deification of oneself.
n. - the individual who is not only self-centered but self-deifying, or at least self-worshipping
n. - reflex loss of part of the body to save the whole (in lizards, etc.)
adj. - Botany, nourishing itself; autophytic.
adj. - Botany, tending to grow in straight line.
n. - facsimile; true copy. autotypy, n. process of producing such copies.
n. - instrument measuring rate of growth of plants.
n. - an ordering of thoughts expressed in a sequence of ascending importance
n. - Chemistry, substance increasing growth of plants; plant hormone.
n. - instrument recording variations in volume.
n. - science of growth.
adj. - according or due to growth.
adj. - hazel.
adj. - pertaining to or like oats. aveniform, adj. like oats in shape.
adj. - lacking veins.
n. - glass containing golden or green flecks; quartz containing mica flakes.
v. - avert; weed out.
n. - killing of birds.
adj. - pertaining to small birds.
n. - rearing of birds.
n. - birdlife of a region.
n. - aerial navigation.
adj. - (of bacteria) not virulent.
adj. - involuntary.
n. - act of pulling away part of body, either by injury or surgery. avulsive, adj.
adj. - free of parasites and similar forms of life; surgically sterile.
adj. - centrifugal.
n. - upper angle between leaf and stem, or branch and trunk. axile, adj.
n. - (pl. -las, -lae ,) armpit; shoulder. axillary a. of arm-pit; of or growing in an axil.
adj. - having shape of axe-head.
n. - study of ultimate values. axiological, adj. axiologist, n.
n. - measurement of or by axes. axonometric projectio, n. method of representing three-dimensional object in two-dimensional drawing.
n. - medicinal lard or grease.
n. - nitrogenization of soil by bacteria. azofier, n. bacterium causing azofication.
adj. - lacking life, especially of geological period.
n. - study of inanimate nature.
n. - nitrogen. azotaemia, azotemia, n. excess of nitrogen in blood. azotic, adj. azotize, v. combine with nitrogen.
n. - alchemists' name for mercury; Paracelsus' postulated panacea.
n. - brightly colored tile of Near East, Spain and Holland.
adj. - unpaired; odd.
n. - unleavened bread; Passover cake; pl. feast of such bread.
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