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a cheval
phr. - 'on horseback'; astride; straddling.
 
a corps perdu
phr. - 'with lost body'; impetuously; in desperation.
 
a fond
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.
 
a outrance
phr. - 'to the utmost'; to the death.
 
ab initio
phr. - from the beginning; from the very start or outset
 
ab irato
phr. - from an angry man: hence, not to be taken tooseriously
 
ab ovo
phr. - from the egg: from the very beginning, hence completely and in great detail; throughly or voluminously
 
abderian
adj. - pertaining to foolish or excessive laughter
 
abdominous
adj. - having or pertaining to a distended stomach
 
abliguration
n. - extravagance in cooking and serving
 
ablutomania
n. - a mania for washing oneself
 
abscissin
n. - hormone which triggers the fall of autumn leaves in certain trees
 
absquatulate
v. - to leave hurriedly, suddenly, or secretly
 
abstersive
adv. - serving to cleanse or purge
 
acalculia
n. - the inability to work with numbers
 
acapnotic
n. - person who doesn't smoke
 
acariasis
n. - infestation with mites or ticks; the itch.
 
acaricide
n. - substance killing mites. acaricidal, adj.
 
acarpous
adj. - Botany, not yielding fruit.
 
acatalepsy
n. - state of being impossible to understand; Philosophy, sceptic doctrine that knowledge cannot be certain. acataleptic, adj.
 
acataleptic
adj. - incomprehensible
 
acaudate
adj. - lacking tail.
 
acaulescent
adj. - lacking a stem.
 
accensor
n. - Roman Catholic, acolyte.
 
acceptilation
n. - the settlement of a debt without payment
 
accessit
n. - honourable mention of one who comes nearest to a prize.
 
acciaccatura
n. - Music, very short note played before a longer note; short appoggiatura.
 
accismus
n. - rhetorical device of pretending to refuse.
 
acclivity
n. - slope upward. acclivitous, acclivous, adj.
 
accolent
adj. - neighbouring.
 
accouchement
n. - childbirth. accoucheur, accoucheuse, n. male and female midwife respectively
 
accrementition
n. - Biology growth by addition of similar matter.
 
accrescent
adj. - Botany, growing larger even after flowering.
 
accubation
n. - act or state of reclining at table; Medicine, accouchement.
 
accumbent
adj. - Botany, (of plants) lying against something.
 
acediast
n. - a person who is slothful or wickedly lax when it comes to spiritual or religious matters
 
aceldama
n. - field, or scene, of bloodshed.
 
acephalist
n. - the balky maverick who acknowledges no head or superior or authority
 
acephalous
adj. - lacking a head or a leader; lacking the first syllable or foot (of a hexameter).
 
aceric
adj. - pertaining to the maple.
 
acerose
adj. - like a needle.
 
acerous
adj. - without horns or antennae.
 
acersecomic
n. - one who has never had a haircut
 
acervate
adj. - Botany, growing in heaps; clustered.
 
acervation
n. - heaping up.
 
acervuline
adj. - resembling small heaps
 
acescent
adj. - becoming, or tending to be, sour.
 
acetabulum
n. - cuplike hollow on hipbone to receive thighbone.
 
acetarious
adj. - applied to plants used in salads.
 
acetometer
n. - instrument measuring strength of acetic acid or vinegar. acetometry, n.
 
achar
n. - kind of pickles.
 
achene
n. - small one-seeded fruit of plant; naked seed.
 
acherontic
adj. - darky, gloomy, forbidding
 
achlamydeous
adj. - Botany having neither petals nor sepals.
 
acholous
adj. - lacking bile.
 
achondroplasia
n. - condition where cartilage does not develop normally, resulting in dwarfism.
 
achor
n. - Medicine, archaic, eruption on the scalp.
 
achromatopsia
n. - color-blindness, where only white, grey and black are visible.
 
achromia
n. - Medicine, pallor. achromic, adj.
 
acronychal
adj. - Occurring at nightfall
 
achroous
adj. - colorless.
 
acicula
n. - a needle-shaped prickle, spine or crystal. acicular, adj. aciculate, adj. having bristles or spines; with scratched appearance.
 
acidophilic
adj. - easily stained by acid dyes; thriving in acid environment.
 
acidulous
adj. - sharp or sour in taste or manner. acidulate, v.
 
acierage
n. - process of steel-plating. acierate, v. make into steel.
 
aciform
adj. - needle-shaped.
 
acinaciform
adj. - having shape of scimitar.
 
aciniform
adj. - shaped like cluster of grapes; full of seeds, like a grape.
 
acinous, acinose
adj. - containing small seeds or drupes.
 
acipenser
n. - sturgeon.
 
aclastic
adj. - non-refractive.
 
aclinic
adj. - applied to line passing through all points where there is no magnetic inclination. aclinic line, magnetic equator.
 
acology
n. - science of medical remedies.
 
acomia
n. - baldness.
 
aconite
n. - the monk's-hood or wolf's-bane plant.
 
aconitine
n. - poisonous alkaloid obtained from aconite.
 
acopic
n. - & a. Medicine, curative of fatigue.
 
acor
n. - Medicine, stomach acidity.
 
acosmism
n. - doctrine denying existence of universe distinct from God. acosmist, n.
 
acotyledon
n. - plant without differentiated seed lobes. acotyledonous, adj.
 
acouasm
n. - a ringing sound in the head
 
acoumeter
n. - instrument measuring keenness of hearing. acoumetry, n.
 
acousma
n. - ringing noise in head.
 
acquittance
n. - payment of, or release from, debt; full receipt.
 
acraein
n. - foul-tasting butterfly's juice
 
acrasy
n. - anarchy, disorder.
 
acratia
n. - impotence.
 
acritochromacy
n. - color-blindness.
 
acroamatic
adj. - esoteric, told only orally.
 
acroatic
adj. - pertaining to profound learning
 
acrocephalic
n.,adj. - pertaining to pointed heads; someone with apointed head
 
acrodont
adj. - (of a tooth) fused with the jaw; having such teeth.
 
acrogen
n. - Botany, any flowerless plant where growth takes place at the tip of the main stem. acrogenous, adj.
 
acrolith
n. - statue with wooden trunk and stone head and extremities.
 
acrologic
adj. - pertaining to initials.
 
acromegaly
n. - gigantism; enlargement of extremities, head, jaw, etc., due to excess secretion of pituitary gland. acromegalic, adj.
 
acromonogrammatic
adj. - applied to verse in which each line begins with letter with which preceding line ended.
 
acronychal, acronycal,
adj. - Astronomy, happening at sunset, especially of star whose rising is at sunset.
 
acronyx
n. - ingrowing nail.
 
acrophony
n. - The use of a word starting with a letter of the alphabet as the name of the letter.
 
acroscopic
adj. - Botany, facing, or moving to, apex.
 
acrospire
n. - the first real shoot developing in a germinating grain seed.
 
acroteric
adj. - pertaining to or affecting the extremities.
 
acroterion
n. - Architecture, ornament or its pedestal at angle of pediment.
 
acrotic
adj. - pertaining to surface. acrotism, n. failure of pulse.
 
actamer
n. - a substance preventing the growth of bacteria in cosmetics and soaps.
 
actinism
n. - property of solar radiation of causing chemical change. actinic, a.; actinic glass, glass opaque to actinic rays.
 
actino-chemistry
n. - chemical study of actinism; photo-chemistry.
 
actinograph
n. - instrument for calculating time of photographic exposures.
 
actinoid
adj. - star-shaped; like rays.
 
actinology
n. - science of chemical effects of light.
 
actinometer
n. - instrument measuring heating power of the sun's rays; Photography, instrument for calculating exposure times. actinometry, n.
 
actinomorphic, actinomorphous
adj. - Botany, having symmetrically radiated shape.
 
actinomycosis
n. - parasitic disease in men and cattle resulting in inflammation of jaw; 'lumpy jaw'.
 
actinophone
n. - instrument in which sound is produced by actinic rays. actinophonic, adj.
 
actinotherapy
n. - use of ultra-violet and other actinic rays in medical treatment.
 
actum ut supra
phr. - 'done as above' (abbr. a.u.s.).
 
aculeate
adj. - Botany, bearing many sharp points; Zoology, having sting; incisive.
 
aculeiform
adj. - thorn-shaped.
 
acuminate
adj. - pointed; tapering; v.t. sharpen; v.i. end in point.
 
acuminulate
adj. - very sharply pointed; ending in minute point.
 
acushla
n. - term of address: darling.
 
acutorsion
n. - twisting artery with needle to stop bleeding.
 
acyanopsia
n. - color blindness towards blue.
 
acyrology
n. - incorrect diction.
 
ad baculum
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
 
ad crumenam
phr. - to the purse: appealing to greed or to the hearer's pocket
 
ad finem
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.).
 
ad ignorantium
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
 
ad interim
adj. - 'at interval'; meanwhile; for the present (abbr. ad int.).
 
ad judicium
phr. - to judgment: appealing to the common sense of mankind or to the judgment of the people
 
ad libitum
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.
 
ad locum
phr. - 'at the place' (abbr. ad loc.)
 
ad misericordiam
phr. - to compassion: appealing to a sense of pity or mercy; asking compassion
 
ad populum
phr. - to the people: appealing to popular sentimental weaknesses rather than to facts or reasons
 
ad rem
phr. - to the matter: to the point; pertinent to the matter
 
ad unguem
phr. - to the fingernail: with great precision; finely
 
ad usum
phr. - 'to usage'; according to custom (abbr. ad us.)
 
ad valorem
adj. - in proportion to value, especially of import duties of a percentage of the value of the imports (abbr. ad val.).
 
ad verbum
phr. - to the word: word for word; literally; verbatim
 
ad verecundiam
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.
 
adactylous
adj. - lacking fingers, toes or claws. adactylia, n. congenital lack of toes or fingers.
 
adaxial
adj. - on, beside, or turned towards, axis of an organ, organism, or plant.
 
additament
n. - thing added.
 
addititious
adj. - pertaining to, or resulting from, addition; Astronomy, applied to force increasing gravitation between planet and satellite.
 
adduct
v. - (of muscles) draw towards a central axis. adductor, n. such a muscle.
 
adeciduate
adj. - evergreen.
 
adelphogamy
n. - form of marriage in which brothers share a wife or wives.
 
ademonist
n. - person denying existence of demons or the Devil.
 
ademption
n. - Law, revoking by testator, donor, etc., of legacy, donation, etc., by previously paying sum or parting with object bequeathed.
 
adenia
n. - Medicine, enlargement of glands.
 
adeniform
adj. - gland-shaped.
 
adenitis
n. - inflammation of glands.
 
adenoma
n. - usually non-lethal tumour of gland. adenomatous, adj.
 
adenopathy
n. - glandular disease.
 
adenotomy
n. - incision into or removal of gland.
 
adephagous
adj. - gluttonous
 
adespoton
n. - anonymous saying, poem, etc.
 
adevism
n. - denial of legendary gods.
 
adhibit
v. - grant admittance to; apply; attach.
 
adiabatic
adj. - without losing or gaining heat. adiabatic gradient, rate of change in temperature of rising or falling air.
 
adiabolist
n. - person denying existence of the Devil.
 
adiactinic
adj. - not transmitting actinic rays.
 
adiaphoresis
n. - absence or lack of perspiration. adiaphoretic, n & adj. (drug) preventing perspiration.
 
adiaphoristic
adj. - theologically indifferent
 
adiaphoron
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.)
 
adiaphorous
adj. - neutral; neither right nor wrong; neither deleterious nor salubrious
 
adiapneustia
n. - defective perspiration.
 
adiathermic
adj. - impervious to heat. adiathermancy, n.
 
adient
adj. - tending to expose an organism to, or turn it towards, a stimulus or situation.
 
adipescent
adj. - becoming fatty.
 
adipic
adj. - Chemistry, pertaining to fatty or greasy substance.
 
adipsy
n. - lack of thirst. adipsous, adj. Medicine, quenching thirst.
 
adit
n. - entrance, especially horizontal passage into mine.
 
adjectitious
adj. - added, thrown in
 
adjuvant
adj. - helping; Medicine, remedial; n. such drug.
 
admaxillary
adj. - near or connected with jaw.
 
adminicle
n. - something that helps or supports; corroboratory evidence; explanatory proof
 
adnate
adj. - Botany closely attached; related; grown together especially unusually. adnation, n.
 
adnomination
n. - punning
 
adonize
v. -i. & t. ornament; adorn oneself (of men).
 
adoptionism
n. - doctrine that Christ was Son of God by adoption and not birth. adoptionist, n. & a.
 
adoral
adj. - near to mouth.
 
adosculation
n. - sexual impregnation by contact only; wind-pollination.
 
adoxography
n. - good writing on a trivial subject
 
adrectal
adj. - close to rectum.
 
adrenergic
adj. - released or activated by adrenalin.
 
adscititious
adj. - not essential; supplemental; superfluous
 
adsorb
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.
 
adsum
phr. - 'I am present'.
 
adumbral
adj. - shadowy.
 
adumbrate
v. - shadow forth; outline; sketch out. adumbrative, adj. adumbration, n.
 
aduncous, aduncate
adj. - hook-shaped; crooked. aduncity, n. inward curvature.
 
adust
adj. - (sun) burnt or scorched; dried up by heat; gloomy, sad.
 
advection
n. - horizontal movement of an air mass, causing temperature changes.
 
advenient
adj. - due to outside causes. advenience, n.
 
adventitious
adj. - Medicine, Botany, added from without; not essential; accidental; casual; acquired; adventive.
 
adventive
adj.,n. -. Botany, (plant) not completely naturalized or growing out of natural habitat.
 
adversaria
n. - pl. collection of notes and comments; commonplace book.
 
adversative
adj.,n. -. Grammar, (word or clause) expressing opposition or antithesis.
 
adynamic
adj. - lacking strength; causing weakness. adynamia, n..
 
adynaton
n. - magnifying or exaggerating an actual event by reference to something impossible
 
adytum
n. - inner sanctuary of temple; secret room.
 
aedile
n. - head of ancient Roman office of works. aedility, n. aedile's office.
 
aedoeology
n. - study of generative organs.
 
aegagrus
n. - mountain goat of Asia Minor.
 
aegilops
n. - stye in inner corner of eye.
 
aegrotat
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.
 
aeneous
adj. - like brass.
 
aenos
n. - use of erudite words or allusions to appeal to the learned
 
aeolipyle, aeolipile
n. - first steam engine, with globe made to revolve by steam jets, described in 1st century AD.
 
aeolistic
adj. - long-winded.
 
aeolotropic
adj. - having different physical properties in different positions or directions.
 
aepyornis
n. - large fossil bird of Madagascar.
 
aeriform
adj. - lacking substance, unreal; gaseous.
 
aerobiology
n. - the biology of airborne particles and organisms.
 
aerodonetics
n. - science of gliding.
 
aerogenic
adj. - derived from air; gas-forming. aerogenesis, n.
 
aerolite, aerolith
n. - meteorite.
 
aerology
n. - study of physical properties of atmosphere, especially meteorological.
 
aeromancy
n. - divination by the state of the air; weather forecasting. aeromantic, adj.
 
aeromechanics
n. - science of mechanical properties of gases.
 
aerometer
n. - instrument measuring weight or density of gases. aerometry, n. such measurement; pneumatics.
 
aeronomy
n. - study of chemical and physical phenomena in the upper atmosphere. aeronomic, adj.
 
aeropause
n. - level above surface of earth above which ordinary aircraft cannot fly.
 
aerophagia
n. - neurotic habit of swallowing air.
 
aerophobia
n. - fear of air, draughts.
 
aerophore
n. - apparatus for inflating lungs, especially of still-born child.
 
aerophyte
n. - plant obtaining all nourishment from the air; epiphyte.
 
aeropleustic
adj. - pertaining to aerial navigation.
 
aeroscopy
n. - observation of varying air conditions.
 
aerose
adj. - brassy.
 
aerospace
n. - the Earth's atmosphere and space beyond it.
 
aerosphere
n. - the entire atmosphere surrounding the Earth.
 
aerostat
n. - lighter-than-air craft. aerostatic, adj. aerostatics, n. science of gases in equilibrium. aerostation, n. navigation of aerostats.
 
aerugo
n. - rust, especially of copper and brass; verdigris. aeruginous, adj.
 
aesculaceous
adj. - pertaining to or like horse-chestnut; belonging to the horse- chestnut family of plants.
 
aesculapian
adj. - relating to that which is medical or to the artof healing
 
aesthesia
n. - sensibility, sense perception.
 
aesthesiogenic
adj. - causing sensation.
 
aesthesiometer
n. - instrument measuring acuteness of sense perception.
 
aesthesis
n. - sense perception, aesthesia.
 
aestival
adj. - of summer. aestivation, n. Zoology, sleepiness in animals during summer; Botany, arrangement of organs in flower bud.
 
afebrile
adj. - free from fever.
 
afferent
adj. - carrying towards, especially of nerves carrying impulses to centres.
 
affiche
n. - poster; placard.
 
affinal
adj. - related by marriage.
 
affined
adj. - closely related; connected.
 
afflatus
n. - divine breath; inspiration. afflation, n. act of breathing upon; inspiration.
 
afflux
n. - flowing towards or together.
 
affranchise
v. - liberate from servitude, debt etc.
 
affreightment
n. - hiring of a ship to carry freight; such a contract.
 
affricate
n. - rub; grate on;, n. Phonetics, sound, as or, comprising a stop developing into a fricative. affrication, n. affricative, n., adj.
 
affusion
n. - pouring liquid on, especially in baptismal ceremony or as medical treatment.
 
afreet
n. - in Arabian mythology, an evil spirit or giant monster.
 
afrormosia
n. - a dense tropical hardwood resembling teak, used for furniture and panelling.
 
afterdamp
n. - poisonous gas (mixture of carbon dioxide and nitrogen) remaining after explosion of fire-damp in mine; choke-damp.
 
agalactia
n. - Medicine, absence or lack of milk secretion. agalactic, agalactous, adj.
 
agamic, agamous
adj. - non-sexual.
 
agamogenesis
n. - non-sexual reproduction. agamogenetic, adj.
 
agamy
n. - lack of marriage or sexual reproduction.
 
agastopia
n. - admiration of a particular part of someone's body
 
agelast
n. - somebody who absolutely never laughs
 
agenesis
n. - incomplete development of body or part of body. agenesic, adj.
 
agenhina
n. - a guest at an inn who, after having stayed for three nights, was considered one of the family
 
agenocratia
n. - opposition to birth control
 
ageotropic
adj. - Botany, turning away from the earth; apogeotropic.
 
ageustia
n. - absence of sense of taste.
 
agger
n. - earth rampart or bank, especially Roman.
 
aggeration
n. - heaping up; mound raised by prehistoric people when erecting standing stones. aggerose, adj. in heaps; having many heaps.
 
aggerwator
n. - locks of hair that frame the face
 
agglomerate
v. - collect, especially into a mass; a. so collected; clustered; n. Geology, rock comprised of angular volcanic fragments.
 
agglutinate
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.
 
agglutination
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'
 
agio
n. - charge made when cash is given for paper currency, or one currency is exchanged for another. agiotage, n. such exchange; speculation; brokerage.
 
agiotage
n. - playing the stock market
 
agist
v. - Law, care for, feed cattle, horses, for payment. agistment, n. this practice; pastureland available for this.
 
aglossal, aglossate
adj. - Zoology, lacking tongue.
 
aglutition
n. - state of being unable to swallow.
 
agminate
adj. - grouped.
 
agnate
adj. - having same male forefather; allied; Law, related on father's side; n. such relative. agnation, n. kinship.
 
agnathous
adj. - lacking jaws. agnathia, n.
 
agnogenic
n. - of unknown cause
 
agnoiology
n. - the study of ignorance
 
agnomen
n. - additional name. agnomination, n. surname; punning; alliteration.
 
agnosia
n. - loss of ability to recognize familiar things or people.
 
agnosy
n. - ignorance; especially ignorance shared by the wholehuman race
 
agomphious
adj. - toothless.
 
agon
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.
 
agonic
adj. - applied to line drawn through all places where magnetic north is the same as true north.
 
agonist
n. - a struggler; a person who is contending, whether in a mental or spiritual conflict or against an opponent for an athletic prize
 
agonistic
n. - combative; strained for the sake of effect
 
agraffe
n. - hook, especially on piano-string to prevent rattle.
 
agraphia
n. - inability to write due to form of aphasia.
 
agrestial
adj. - growing in country, fields (especially of weeds).
 
agrestic,
adj. - of the countryside; rustic, uncouth.
 
agriology
n. - study of customs of primitive peoples.
 
agrology
n. - scientific study of soils. agrological, adj.
 
agrostology
n. - Botany, study of grasses. agrostologic(al), adj. agrostologist, n. agrostography, n. description of grasses.
 
agrypnia
n. - sleeplessness. agrypnotic, n. & a. (stimulant) causing wakefulness.
 
agynary
adj. - Botany, lacking female organs.
 
ahimsa
n. - principle of non-violence towards any living creature, in Hinduism and Buddhism.
 
ahypnia
n. - insomnia.
 
aiger
n. - tidal wave in river; bore.
 
aigrette
n. - spray of feathers; any object in that shape; egret.
 
aiguille
n. - 'needle'; sharp point; peak.
 
ailurophile
n. - one fond of cats. ailurophilia, n. ailurophobe, n. one with dread of cats.
 
ailurophobe
n. - the person who can't stand cats
 
airmonger
n. - the man or woman who is attracted to visionary ideas and projects
 
aischrolatreia
n. - worship of filth, dirt, smut; obscenity cult
 
ait
n. - small island in river or lake; eyot.
 
akinesia, akinesis
n. - paralysis of motor nerves. akinetic, adj.
 
ala
n. - (pl. -lae ) 'wing'; wing- shaped projection.
 
alalia
n. - loss of speech.
 
alamode
n. - soft, light silk, used in 19th century for shawls, dresses, etc.
 
alanine
n. - an amino-acid occuring in protein.
 
alar(y)
adj. - like or pertaining to a wing or shoulder.
 
alastrim
n. - disease like, or mild form of, smallpox.
 
alate
adj. - winged. alation, n. state of having wings; disposition of wings in insect.
 
alaudine
phr. - adj. belonging to bird family which includes the skylark; like or pertaining to skylark.
 
alb
n. - long white priestly garment.
 
albescent
adj. - becoming white; whitish.
 
albicant
adj. - growing white. albication, n. formation of white patches in plants.
 
albificative
adj. - able to whiten.
 
albiflorous
adj. - having white flowers.
 
alborado
n. - morning song.
 
albuginea
n. - white of eye; white fibrous tissue. albugineous, adj. like white of eye or egg.
 
albugo
n. - Medicine, white spot on cornea of eye; leucoma; Botany, white rust.
 
albuminuria
n. - presence of albumin in urine.
 
aleatoric
adj. - (of electronic music) with random elements inside a framework.
 
aleatory
adj. - dependent on chance; pertaining to gambling or luck.
 
alectryomachy
n. - cock-fighting.
 
alegar
n. - sour ale; malt vinegar.
 
aleger
n. - in good spirits, happy
 
alembic
n. - ancient distilling apparatus; purifying or transforming apparatus or act. alembicate, v. distil. alembicated, adj. rather too refined (of literary style).
 
aleph
n. - first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
 
alethiology
n. - study of nature of truth.
 
aleurometer
n. - instrument measuring gluten content of flour.
 
aleurone
n. - protein granules in plant seeds; external protein layer of cereal seeds.
 
alevin
n. - young fish, especially salmon just hatched.
 
alexia
n. - inability to read due to aphasia.
 
alexipharmic
adj.,n. -. (antidote) against poisoning.
 
alexipyretic
n. - & a. (drug) curative of fever.
 
alexiteric
n. - & a. preventive of contagion; antidote against poison.
 
alfet
n. - test in which an accused person plunges his hand into vat of boiling water
 
alfin
n. - bishop in game of chess
 
algedonic
adj. - pertaining to pain, especially in association with pleasure.
 
algedonica
n. - the science of pleasure and pain
 
algefacient
adj. - cooling.
 
algid
adj. - chilly, especially during fever. algidity, n.
 
algific
adj. - making cold.
 
alginuresis
n. - Medicine, painful urination.
 
algivorous
adj. - feeding on algae.
 
algogenic
adj. - producing pain; reducing body temperature.
 
algolagnia
n. - taking sexual pleasure in inflicting or enduring pain. algolagnic, adj. algolagnist, n.
 
algometer
n. - instrument measuring sensitivity to pain. algometry, n.
 
algophobia
n. - morbid dread of pain.
 
algor
n. - coldness; shivering fit in fever.
 
algorism
n. - art of calculating, especially in Arabic numeration; arithmetic. algorismic, adj.
 
algous
adj. - pertaining to algae.
 
alias
adj. - otherwise called; n. assumed name.
 
alible
adj. - nourishing.
 
alicyclic
adj. - denoting organic compounds that are both aliphatic and cyclic, i.e. aliphatic in chemical behaviour but having their carbon atoms in a ring.
 
alidade
n. - instrument used in surveying & navigation.
 
alienism
n. - study of mental disease. alienist, n. expert in alienism; American, psychiatrist specialising in legal aspects of mental illness.
 
aliferous
adj. - having wings.
 
aliform
adj. - like a wing.
 
aligerous
adj. - winged.
 
aliment
n. - food; nourishment. alimental,, adj. affording food. alimentary, adj. pertaining to food; nourishing; alimentation, n. act of feeding or being fed. alimentative, adj. nourishing.
 
alimentotherapy
n. - Medicine, treatment by dieting.
 
aliped
adj. - having winged feet; n. such an animal.
 
aliphatic
adj. - pertaining to fat; Chemistry, applied to group of organic compounds, including the fats, having open-chain structure.
 
aliquant
adj. - (number) not dividing exactly into another number; not aliquot.
 
aliquot
adj.,n. -. (number) contained an exact number of times in another number; equal share; v.t. divide into equal parts.
 
aliter
phr. - adv. 'otherwise'; Law, requiring a different rule.
 
alk
n. - resin obtained from turpentine tree.
 
alkahest
n. - universal solvent sought by alchemists.
 
alkalify
v. - & v.i. change into alkali.
 
allagrugous
adj. - grim and ghastly
 
allantiasis
n. - sausage poisoning.
 
allantoic
adj. - pertaining to allantois; sausage-shaped. allantoid, adj.
 
allantois
n. - sac-like fetal membrane developing into umbilical cord and forming part of placenta.
 
allative
n. - & a. Grammar, (case) expressing motion towards.
 
alliaceous
adj. - having smell or taste of garlic; belonging to the onion family of plants.
 
alligation
n. - act or state of attaching or being attached; Arithmetic, archaic method of solving 'mixture' problems; 'rule of mixtures'.
 
allision
n. - intentional collision, especially of ships.
 
allocatur
n. - Law, (certificate of) allowance of costs.
 
allochromatic
adj. - pertaining to change of color; variable in color.
 
allochroous
adj. - changing in color.
 
allochthonous
adj. - foreign
 
allocution
n. - authoritative or exhortatory address; Roman Catholic, formal papal address to College of Cardinals.
 
allodium
n. - property under absolute ownership; freehold; American, estates in fee simple. allodial, adj.
 
allogamy
n. - cross-fertilization. allogamous, adj.
 
allogeneous
adj. - different in kind. allegeneity, n.
 
allograft
n. - surgical graft from a non-identical donor.
 
allograph
n. - writing especially signature, for another; opposite of autograph.
 
allolalia
n. - form of aphasia in which words are spoken at random.
 
allomerism
n. - Chemistry, variation in constitution without variation in form.
 
allometry
n. - study of growth of a part of an organism in relation to the whole.
 
allonge
n. - Commerce, slip of paper attached to bill of exchange for additional endorsements.
 
allonym
n. - other person's name assumed by writer; work published under an allonym. allonymous, adj.
 
allophone
n. - any of several speech sounds regarded as variants of a given phoneme.
 
allopurinal
adj. - synthetic drug used against gout.
 
allosematic
adj. - having imitative protective coloration.
 
allotheism
n. - worship of strange gods
 
allotriophagy
n. - the craving for weird food
 
allotropy
n. - existence of an element in more than one form. allotrope, n. form taken by allotropic element. allotropic, adj.
 
alluvion
n. - impact of water on shore; flood; alluvium.
 
almagest
n. - comprehensive treatise or textbook, especially on astronomy, generally the treatise of Ptolemy.
 
almandine
n. - kind of violet-colored garnet.
 
almira
n. - furniture for storing, e.g. cupboard or chest.
 
almoner
n. - official who distributes alms; hospital official who interviews prospective patients, etc. almonry, n. place for alms distribution.
 
almucantar
n. - Astronomy, circle of celestial sphere parallel with horizon; parallel of altitude; telescope that, in rotating, sweeps out curves of this kind.
 
alnico
n. - trademark, permanent magnet alloy of aluminium, nickel and cobalt, with some iron and sometimes copper.
 
alogia
n. - speech defect due to brain lesion, etc.
 
alogism
n. - unreasonableness; absurdity
 
alopecoid
n. - fox-like.
 
alpestrine
adj. - pertaining to alpine zone.
 
alphosis
n. - Medicine, lack of skin pigmentation.
 
alsike
n. - pink-flowered clover, grown as forage.
 
alsinaceous
adj. - like or pertaining to chickweed; belonging to chickweed family of plants.
 
altarage
n. - offerings at altar; payment for masses for dead; certain payments to priest.
 
altazimuth
n. - instrument measuring altitude and azimuth of heavenly bodies.
 
alterative
adj. - causing change; Medicine, changing gradually to healthy state; n. drug or other treatment changing nutritional processes.
 
alterity
n. - state of being different.
 
altiloquence
n. - pompous, high-sounding speech.
 
altisonant
adj. - high-sounding, pompous.
 
altivolant
adj. - flying high.
 
alula
n. - part of a bird's wing, corresponding to thumb.
 
alveary
n. - beehive; outer canal of ear.
 
alveola
n. - (pl. -lae ) Botany, small cavity, especially in surface of an organ.
 
alveolar
adj. - pertaining to alveolus; bearing alveolae; Phonetics, pronounced with tongue and alveolus; n. sound so pronounced. alveolar arch, tooth-bearing part of upper jaw.
 
alveolate
adj. - having many deep cavities; like a honey-comb.
 
alviducous
adj. - purgative.
 
alvine
adj. - pertaining to belly or intestines.
 
amadelphous
adj. - gregarious.
 
amandine
n. - albumin in sweet almonds; cold cream composed of that substance.
 
amanous
adj. - lacking hands.
 
amanuensis
n. - (pl. amanuenses ), employee who writes from dictation; secretary.
 
amaranthine
adj. - eternally beautiful; unfading; everlasting
 
amarthritis
n. - arthritis of several joints.
 
amaryllis
n. - belladonna lily; any of several similar plants; poetic name for country girl.
 
amative
adj. - amorous.
 
amatol
n. - explosive composed of T.N.T. and ammonium nitrate.
 
amatorculist
n. - an insignificant or hypocritical lover
 
amaurosis
n. - loss of sight without noticeable change in eye, due to failure of optic nerve; gutta serena. amaurotic, adj.
 
amazia
n. - absence of breasts dating back to one's birth
 
ambages
n. -pl. pl. archaic, circuitous path or approach; circumlocution. ambagious, adj.
 
ambari
n. - fibre-yielding plant of E Indies; kenaf.
 
ambatch
n. - spongy wood, often used for rafts
 
ambisinister
n. - left-handed in both hands; awkward.
 
ambit
n. - scope, limits.
 
ambivert
n. - someone who is both extroverted and introverted.
 
amblyopia
n. - partial loss of sight not due to disease of eye; early stage of amaurosis.
 
amblysia
n. - phrasing in such a way as to forewarn or to cushion a dire announcement, but sometimes thereby alarming in itself
 
ambo
n. - raised place or pulpit in early Christian Church.
 
ambry
n. - niche containing sacred vessels in chancel.
 
ambsace
n. - double ace; lowest score; bad luck.
 
âme damnée
phr. - "lost soul'; dupe; tool; devoted follower.
 
amebicide
n. - substance killing amoebas.
 
amelification
n. - formation of tooth-enamel.
 
ameloblast
n. - enamel-producing cell of tooth.
 
amende
n. - fine; reparation. amende honorable, public apology; full reparation for dishonour.
 
amenorrhoea
n. - abnormal absence or arrest of menstruation.
 
ament, amentum
n. - catkin. amentaceous, adj. like or composed of catkins. amentiferous, adj. bearing catkins. amentiform, adj. catkin-shaped.
 
amentia
n. - severe, usually congenital, mental deficiency.
 
amerce
v. - punish, especially by fine. amercement, n. amerciable, adj.
 
ametropia
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
 
amiantus, amianthus
n. - asbestos with silky fibres. amianthine, adj.
 
amice
n. - Roman Catholic, white linen square covering shoulders of celebrant priest.
 
amicicide
n. - murder or murderer of a friend.
 
amicron
n. - one of the smallest microscopically detectable particles.
 
amicus humani generis
n. - a philathropist
 
amine
n. - compound derived from ammonia.
 
aminobutene
n. - synthetic pain-relieving drug, less addictive than morphine.
 
amitosis
n. - direct cell division. amitotic, adj.
 
ammophilous
adj. - sand-loving.
 
ammotherapy
n. - medical treatment by sand baths.
 
amour-propre
n. - self-love; self-respect.
 
ampelideous
adj. - of or like the vine.
 
ampelotherapy
n. - Medicine, grape cure.
 
amphibole
n. - rock-forming silicate similar to asbestos and hornblende.
 
amphibolic
adj. - able to turn backwards or forwards, especially of joints and limbs; ambiguous; like amphibole.
 
amphibolite
n. - rock composed of amphibole; hornblende.
 
amphibology, amphiboly
n. - ambiguous speech; equivocation; quibble. amphibolous, adj.
 
amphibolous
adj. - susceptible of two meanings; ambiguous; equivocal,e.g. 'we'll engage them in battle hopefully after our reinforcementsarrive.'
 
amphichroic, amphichromatic
adj. - producing two colors. amphichrome, n. such a plant. amphichrom, n.
 
amphicoelous
adj. - Zoology, having both surfaces concave.
 
amphictyonic
adj. - applied to ancient Greek council of state-deputies. amphictyany, n. league of adjacent states.
 
amphicyrtic
adj. - with both sides convex.
 
amphigean
adj. - found or occuring throughout the world
 
amphigony
n. - sexual reproduction.
 
amphigory
n. - nonsensical writing
 
amphilogism
n. - circumlocution.
 
amphimixis
n. - interbreeding; joining of germ plasm of two individuals in sexual reproduction.
 
amphipodous
adj. - Zoology, having both walking and swimming feet.
 
amphiprostyle
adj.,n. -. (building) with columns at each end but not at sides.
 
amphirhinal
adj. - with two nostrils.
 
amphisbaena
n. - Mythology double-headed serpent able to move in both directions; kind of worm-like lizard.
 
amphiscian
n. - & a. (inhabitant) of tropics, whose shadow falls in different ways according to the time of year.
 
amphivorous
adj. - both carnivorous and herbivorous.
 
amphoteric
adj. - of both kinds; Chemistry, reacting as either alkali or acid.
 
ampicillin
n. - an improved form of penicillin taken by mouth.
 
amplexus
n. - the mating embrace of frogs and toads.
 
ampliative
adj. - supplementary.
 
ampollosity
n. - bombast; pompous style
 
amurcous
adj. - stinking; filled with dregs
 
amyctic
adj. - irritating; abrasive
 
amygdala
n. - (pl. -lae ) any almond-shaped formation in body, e.g. tonsil.
 
amygdalin
n. - glucoside in bitter almonds, used as an expectorant. amygdaline, adj. pertaining to almonds; pertaining to tonsils.
 
amygdaloid
n. - basaltic rock with almond-shaped cavities, adj. almond-shaped.
 
amylolysis
n. - conversion of starch into soluble products in digestive process. amylolytic, adj.
 
amyotonia
n. - deficiency of muscle tone.
 
anabasis
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.
 
anabiosis
n. - return to life after seeming death.
 
anacampserote
n. - something which can bring back a lost love
 
anacardic
adj. - pertaining to cashew nut.
 
anacathartic
n. - & a. (drug) causing vomiting.
 
anachorism
n. - foreign to a certain locality; geographically impossible
 
anachronic
adj. - out of (chronological) order; out of date.
 
anaclitic
adj. - overly dependent on another
 
anacoluthon
n. - an abrupt shift in midsentence in syntax to another construction
 
anacreontic
adj. - jovial, festive and amatory
 
anacrusis
n. - unaccented syllable(s) at beginning of verse-line, or such notes at beginning of piece of music. anacrustic, adj.
 
anadem
n. - band; wreath; fillet.
 
anadiplosis
n. - rhetorical device of repetition of last word of one clause at beginning of next.
 
anadipsia
n. - Medicine, abnormal thirst. anadipsic, adj.
 
anadipsic
adj. - pertaining to excessive thirst
 
anadromous
adj. - ascending, especially of fish that ascend rivers to spawn.
 
anemotrophy
n. - insufficient nourishment of blood.
 
anaeretic, aneretic
adj. - Medicine destructive.
 
anaerophyte
n. - Botany, anaerobic plant.
 
anagalactic
adj. - Astronomy, beyond our galaxy; not galactic.
 
anagapesis
n. - lack of interest in former loved ones
 
anagenesis
n. - tissue regeneration.
 
anagnorisis
n. - denouement in play, arising from recognition.
 
anagoge, anagogy
n. - spiritual exaltation; mystical interpretation of sacred works such as the Bible. anagogic(al), adj. mystical.
 
anagogig
adj. - relating to things spiritual and mystical; occult;gnostic
 
analects
n. - selected parts of a literary work or works
 
analects, analecta
n. -pl. pl. collection of writings; literary gleanings. analectic, adj.
 
analemma
n. - graduated scale in figure-of-eight, showing difference between actual time and that shown by the sun.
 
analeptic
adj. n. - Medicine, restorative.
 
anallagmatic
adj. - Mathematics, unchanged in shape by inversion.
 
analphabet
n. - an illiterate, or one who is literally ignorant of the abc's
 
anamnesis
n. - act of reminiscence; history of medical case. anamnestic, adj.
 
anamnestic
adj. - reminiscent; aiding the memory
 
anamorphosis
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.
 
anandrious
adj. - impotent.
 
anandrous
adj. - Botany, without stamens.
 
ananias
n. - a teller of untruths; liar (from a follower of the apostles who was struck dead for lying)
 
ananthous
adj. - having no flowers.
 
ananym
n. - name written backwards as pseudonym.
 
anaphora
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!"
 
anaphrodisia
n. - absence of sexual desire. anaphrodisiac, n. & a. (drug) reducing sexual desire.
 
anaphroditic
adj. - asexually produced.
 
anaplasia
n. - reversion of plant or animal cells to a simpler form.
 
anapodictic
adj. - undemonstrable
 
anaptotic
adj. - Philology, with weakened or no case inflections.
 
anaptyxis
n. - insertion of a vowel between two consonants for ease of pronunciation.
 
anarthrous
adj. - Zoology, non-jointed; Grammar, without the article (of Greek nouns).
 
anastomosis
n. - (pl. -ses ) intercommunication between branches of blood-vessels, nerves, etc., or of rivers; formation of network. anastomotic, adj.
 
anastrophe
n. - rhetorical device of reversing natural order of words; inversion.
 
anatocism
n. - compound interest; taking such interest.
 
anatreptic
adj. - defeating, refuting
 
anaudia
n. - loss of voice.
 
anautarchia
n. - perpetual unhappiness
 
ancilla
n. - a sidekick who helps another to accomplish or master something difficult or complicated
 
ancipital, ancipitous
adj. - having two faces or edges; double-headed; twofold.
 
ancistroid
n. - having shape of hook.
 
ancon
n. - Architecture, one of a pair of brackets supporting a cornice.
 
ancoral
adj. - like an anchor; hooked.
 
ancylostomiasis, ankylostomiasis
n. - infestation with hookworms, leading to anaemia.
 
andabate
n. - one who is hoodwinked, in the dark or virtually blind to the realities of a situation
 
androcentric
adj. - revolving around men; regarding the male sex as primary.
 
androcephalous
adj. - with human head.
 
androcracy
n. - domination of society by men. androcratic, adj.
 
androgyne
n. - hermaphrodite; effeminate man; masculine woman. androgynism, n.
 
androlepsia
n. - international governmental kidnapping forpolitical gain
 
andromedotoxin
n. - a poisonous substance extracted from plants of the heath family and used in medicine to lower high blood pressure.
 
androphagous
adj. - cannibal.
 
androphilic
adj. - preferring the male sex, or humans rather than animals.
 
androphobia
n. - dread or hatred of men.
 
androphonomania
n. - homicidal mania.
 
androphorous
adj. - Zoology, having male organs.
 
androsphinx
n. - figure with man's head and lion's body.
 
androsterone
n. - androgenic steroid male hormone.
 
anechoic
adj. - free from echoes and reverberations; sound-absorbent.
 
anele
v. - archaic anoint; administer extreme unction to.
 
anemochord
n. - kind of pianoforte having strings vibrated by air currents.
 
anemograph
n. - recording anemometer. anemogram, n. record made by an anemograph.
 
anemophilous
adj. - Botany, pollinated by wind. anemophile, n. such plant. anemophily, n. such pollination.
 
anemophobia
n. - morbid dread of high winds, hurricanes, etc.
 
anemoscope
n. - any instrument indicating direction of wind.
 
anencephaly
n. - state of lacking a brain or a part of the brain. anencephalic, anencephalous, adj.
 
anenterous
adj. - lacking intestine or stomach.
 
anergy
n. - absence of energy; loss of immunity.
 
aneroid
adj. - not using liquid. aneroid barometer, instrument measuring atmospheric pressure by recording the movements of the surface of an air- tight box.
 
anesis
n. - Medicine, abatement of symptoms; Music, tuning to lower pitch.
 
aneurin
n. - thiamine.
 
anfractuous
adj. - winding, tortuous
 
angary
n. - right of belligerent to take or destroy property of neutral, subject to compensation.
 
angelus
n. - prayer(s) said at early morning, noon and sunset. angelus bell, bell calling to prayer at such times.
 
angiitis
n. - Medicine, inflammation of vessel.
 
angiography
n. - technique for X-raying major blood vessels, using dye opaque to X-rays.
 
angioid
n. - like blood or lymph vessel.
 
angiology
n. - study of blood and lymphatic system.
 
angioma
n. - tumour due to dilated blood vessels. angiomatosis, n. state of having many angiomas. angiomatous, adj.
 
angiospasm
n. - sudden contraction of blood vessels. angiospastic, a.; n. substance causing angiospasm.
 
angiotomy
n. - dissection of or incision into blood vessel.
 
angostura
n. - Brazilian tree and its bark; tonic fluid extracted from the bark.
 
anguiform
adj. - having shape of snake.
 
anguilliform
adj. - having shape of eel.
 
anguine, anguinous
adj. - pertaining to or like a snake.
 
anhedonia
n. - the inability to be happy
 
anhedral
n. - denoting the angle at which the main planes of an aircraft are inclined downwards to the lateral axis.
 
anhelation
n. - shortness of breath.
 
aniconic
adj. - without idols; (of objects of worship) portrayed symbolically rather than representationally. aniconism, n. worship of object symbolising but not representing god; iconoclasm.
 
anicular
adj. - old-womanish, weak; feeble-minded
 
anidian
adj. - (of an embryo) shapeless.
 
anile
adj. - like a very old woman; imbecile.
 
anililagnia
n. - sexual desire for older women
 
aniline
n. - poisonous substance obtained from indigo, nitro-benzene, etc., used in manufacture of dyes; a. applied to dye prepared with aniline.
 
animadversion
n. - generally adverse criticism
 
animadvert
v. -i. take notice; comment; criticize; reprove. animadversion, n.
 
anion
n. - negatively charged ion. anionic, adj.
 
aniseed
n. - dried fruit of anise; cordial made from it.
 
anisometropia
n. - condition of eyes having unequal refractive power. anisometropic, adj.
 
anisosthenic
adj. - of unequal strength.
 
ankus
n. - elephant goad with hook and spike.
 
ankylosis, anchylosis
n. - joining together of bones or hard parts; resulting stiffness. ankylose, v.i. (of bones) to fuse or stiffen in this way.
 
ankylostoma
n. - lockjaw.
 
ankyroid, ancyroid
adj. - having shape of hook.
 
anlace
n. - short double-edged sword or long dagger.
 
annatto
n. - reddish dye used for coloring foodstuffs; tropical American tree from seeds of which it is obtained.
 
anneal
v. - strengthen; temper, especially by subjecting to great heat and slow cooling.
 
annectant, annectent
adj. - connecting; Biology, linking, especially of species.
 
annomination
n. - play on words; pun.
 
annos vixit
phr. - 'lived (so many) years'; was aged (abbr. a.v.).
 
annotine
n. - one-year-old, especially bird after first moult.
 
annuent
adj. - nodding, especially of muscles that nod the head.
 
annulism
n. - ringed structure.
 
annunciate
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.
 
anoa
n. - wild ox of Celebes.
 
anobiid
n. - one of the family of beetles which includes the deathwatch and the furniture beetle.
 
anocathartic
adj.,n. -. (drug) causing vomiting or expectoration.
 
anode
n. - Electricity, positive terminal; electrode by which current enters, or to which electrons flow. anodal, anodic, adj. anodize, v. coat with protective film electrolytically.
 
anodon
n. - hingeless and toothless bivalve; freshwater mussel.
 
anodontia
n. - absence of teeth.
 
anodyne
adj. - painless, soothing
 
anoesia, anoia
n. - imbecility.
 
anoesis
n. - Psychology, mere reception of impressions without understanding or intellectual effort.
 
anoestrus
n. - period between two periods of sexual activity in animals. anoestrous, adj.
 
anoetic
adj. - pertaining to anoesis.
 
anogenic
adj. - Geology, formed from below; plutonic.
 
anolyte
n. - Electricity, portion of electrolyte about anode.
 
anomalistic
adj. - Astronomy, pertaining to anomaly. anomalistic month, interval between two perigees of moon. anomalistic year, interval between two perihelion passages of Earth.
 
anomaloscope
n. - device for testing for color blindness.
 
anonymuncule
n. - an insignificant anonymous writer
 
anoopsia, anopsia
n. - upward squint.
 
anopheles
n. - kind of mosquito. anopheline, adj.
 
anopisthographic
adj. - bearing writing, etc., on one side only.
 
anorchous
adj. - without testicles; or gutless
 
anorthography
n. - inability to write correctly due to imperfect muscular co-ordination.
 
anosmia, anosphresia
n. - loss of sense of smell. anosmic, adj.
 
anosognosia
n. - the lack of interest or belief in the existence of one's disease
 
anourous
adj. - lacking a tail, especially applied to frog.
 
anovulatory
adj. - not associated with ovulation; suppressing ovulation.
 
ansate
adj. - having a handle. ansate cross, ankh. ansation, n. handlemaking.
 
Anschauung
n. - intuition; sense awareness of perception
 
anserine
adj. - like or pertaining to a goose; foolish.
 
antalgic
adj.,n. -. (drug) alleviating pain.
 
antanaclasis
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"
 
antapex
n. - Astronomy, point 180° from that to which sun is moving.
 
antarthritic
adj. - (drug) used against gout.
 
ante mortem
phr. - 'before death'.
 
antecedaneous
adj. - before in time.
 
antefix
n. - (pl. -xes, -xa) ornament at end of classical building, hiding ends of roof tiles.
 
antelucan
adj. - pertaining to or occurring before dawn
 
antemetic
adj.,n. -. (drug) preventive of vomiting.
 
antemundane
adj. - before the Creation.
 
antenatal
adj. - before birth.
 
antenuptial
adj. - before marriage.
 
antepaschal
adj. - before Easter or the Passover.
 
antepast
n. - foretaste, especially a first course.
 
antependium
n. - altar frontal; similar cloth on pulpit or lectern.
 
antepenult
n. - antepenultimate syllable or word. antepenultimate, adj. third from last.
 
antephialtic
adj. - preventive of nightmares
 
anteprandial
adj. - before dinner.
 
antevenient
adj. - preceding.
 
antevert
v. - to displace a body organ forwards. anteversion, n.
 
antevocalic
adj. - immediately preceding a vowel.
 
anthelion
n. - kind of solar halo opposite sun; antisun.
 
anthelmintic
n. - (remedy) used against intestinal worms.
 
anthemion
n. - (pl. -ia) flat cluster of leaves or flowers as ornament in classical art; Architecture, honeysuckle ornament.
 
anther
n. - Botany, male, pollen-bearing organ of flower. antheral, adj. antherozoid, n. male sexual element in lower plants; spermatozoid.
 
antheridium
n. - (pl. -dia) male organ in cryptogams.
 
anthesis
n. - the process or period of flowering.
 
anthimeria
n. - the using of one part of speech for another for a strking effect
 
anthomania
n. - great love of flowers.
 
anthophagous
adj. - feeding on flowers.
 
anthophilous, anthophilian
adj. - flower-loving; feeding on flowers.
 
anthophorous
adj. - Botany, flower-bearing.
 
anthorism
n. - a counterdefinition, or a delineation or description differing from that of an opponent
 
anthotaxy
n. - Botany, disposition of flowers in cluster.
 
anthozoan
n. - sea-anemone; coral polyp; any creature of the natural class Anthozoa. anthozoan, anthozoic, adj. anthozooid, n. coral polyp.
 
anthracoid
adj. - resembling anthrax; resembling carbon, coal or charcoal.
 
anthropogenesis, anthropogeny
n. - study of human generation or evolution. anthropogenetic, adj.
 
anthropogenic
adj. - pertaining to the effect of human beings on the natural world.
 
anthropogeography
n. - study of geographical distribution of human beings.
 
anthropoglot
n. - animal with human-like tongue; parrot.
 
anthropolatry
n. - worship, deification of a human being.
 
anthropolith, anthropolite
n. - petrified human remains.
 
anthropometry
n. - measurement of parts and functions of human body, especially as part of study of evolution.
 
anthropopathy
n. - ascribing human feelings to a god or inanimate object. anthropopathic, adj.
 
anthropophaginia
n. - a cannibal
 
anthropophobia
n. - fear of meeting people; fear of society
 
anthropophuism
n. - ascribing human nature to God.
 
anthropopsychism
n. - ascribing human-like soul to nature.
 
anthroposcopy
n. - evaluation of human bodily characteristics by inspection rather than anthropometry.
 
anthroposociology
n. - study of effect of environment on race, and vice versa.
 
anthroposophy
n. - knowledge of human nature; human wisdom; form of mysticism akin to theosophy. anthroposophical, adj.
 
anthropotheism
n. - belief that gods have human nature or are only deified human beings.
 
anthropotomy
n. - human anatomy.
 
antibasilican
adj. - opposed to principle of monarchy.
 
antiblastic
adj. - opposing growth, especially of harmful substances; giving natural immunity.
 
antibrachial
adj. - pertaining to forearm.
 
antibromic
adj. - causing the elimination of odors; deodorizing
 
anticholinergic
adj. - blocking nerve impulses, in order to control intestinal spasms.
 
antichresis
n. - (pl. -ses ) possession and enjoyment of mortgaged property by mortgagee in lieu of interest payments.
 
anticlastic
adj. - having transverse and opposite curvatures of surface.
 
anticline
n. - Geology, upward fold. anticlinal, adj. anticlinorium, n. arch-shaped group of anticlines and synclines.
 
anticous
adj. - Botany, turning away from axis.
 
anticryptic
adj. - Zoology, having protective resemblance to environment.
 
antidromic
adj. - (of nerve fibres) conducting impulses in the opposite direction to normal; Botany, twining towards right and left in members of one species.
 
antifebrile
n. - & a. preventive or curative of fever.
 
antigalactic
adj.,n. -. preventive of milk-secretion.
 
antihydropic
adj.,n. -. (drug) used against jaundice.
 
antilapsarian
adj.,n. -. (person) denying doctrine of the fall of Man.
 
antilibration
n. - counterpoising.
 
antilogarithm
n. - number of which logarithm is a power of 10 or other base (abbr. antilog.).
 
antilogism
n. - Logic, statement containing three propositions two of which contradict the third. antilogistic, adj.
 
antilogous
adj. - contrary; inconsistent
 
antilogy
n. - self-contradictory statement.
 
antimetabole
n. - repetition of words or ideas in different order.
 
antimetathesis
n. - repetition of parts of antithesis in reverse order. antimetathetic, adj.
 
antineuritic
adj.,n. -. preventive of neuritis, especially applied to vitamin B or food containing it.
 
antinomian
n. - one believing that belief in Christ frees someone from normal legal and moral obligations.
 
antinomy
n. - an inconsistency, or built-in contradiction; opposition of one law to another
 
antiodontalgic
adj.,n. -. (drug) used against toothache.
 
antiorgastic
adj.,n. -. sedative.
 
antipedobaptist
adj.,n. -. (person) denying validity of infant baptism.
 
antiperistasis
n. - opposition; resistance; denying an inference while admitting the fact on which it is based.
 
antiphlogistic
n. - & a. (drug) used against inflammation.
 
antiphon
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.
 
antiphrasis
n. - Rhetoric use of a word in the opposite sense to its usual one, for humorous or ironic purposes.
 
antipodagric
adj. - used against gout.
 
antipruritic
adj.,n. -. (drug) alleviating itching.
 
antipsychiatry
n. - treatment of mental illness not relying on drugs, etc.
 
antipyrotic
adj.,n. -. (treatment) used against burns.
 
antirachitic
adj. - preventive of rickets, especially applied to vitamin D or food containing it.
 
antiscians
n. -pl. pl. persons living on opposite sides of equator but in same longitude.
 
antiscorbutic
n. - & a. preventive of scurvy, especially applied to vitamin C or food containing it.
 
antisideric
adj.,n. -. (substance) counteracting effect of iron.
 
antispast
n. - metrical foot comprising an iambus followed by a trochee.
 
antistasis
n. - the defense of an action that prevented something worse from happening
 
antistrophe
n. - stanza answering strophe in Greek chorus, recited during movement from left to right. antistrophic, adj.
 
antistrumatic
n. - remedy for scrofula.
 
antithalian
adj. - disapproving of festivity and laughter.
 
antithrombin
n. - substance in blood preventing coagulation of blood.
 
antitoxic
adj. - neutralizing poison. antitoxin, n. antibody, especially obtained from infected animal.
 
antitropic
adj. - Zoology, symmetrically reversed, as right and left hands. antitrope, n. such appendage. antitropy, n. state of being antitropic.
 
antitussive
n. - & a. (drug, etc.) that alleviates or prevents coughing.
 
antitype
n. - object or person prefigured by the type or symbol. antitypic, antitypical, adj.
 
antitypy
n. - resistance to penetration or alteration.
 
antizymic
adj.,n. -. preventive of fermentation. antizymotic n.
 
antoecial
adj. - applied to places in opposite hemispheres but in same latitude and longitude. antoecians, n.pl. persons living in such places.
 
antonomasia
n. - literary device of using descriptive epithet or phrase instead of person's name; using proper name as epithet.
 
antrorse
adj. - Biology, turning upward and forward.
 
antrum
n. - (pl. -ra) sinus; cavity, especially leading into nose.
 
anuptaphobia
n. - fear of staying single
 
anuran
n. - any of the order of amphibians which includes frogs and toads.
 
anuresis
n. - inability to urinate. anuretic a.
 
anuria
n. - inability to produce urine.
 
anurous
adj. - lacking a tail, especially applied to frog.
 
aolist
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
 
aorist
n. - Grammar, (tense) signifying happening in unrestricted or unspecified past. aoristic, adj. indefinite; pertaining to aorist.
 
apaesthesia
n. - loss of feeling in limb.
 
apaetesis
n. - the angry putting aside of a matter to be takenup later
 
apagoge
n. - Mathematics, argument by reductio ad absurdum. apogogic(-al), adj.
 
apagogic
adj. - pertaining to a proof by reductio ad absurdum; an indirect demonstration of a proof
 
apandrous
adj. - having non-functioning male organs (of fungi, etc.).
 
apanthropy
n. - dislike of being with people; love of solitude
 
apatetic
adj. - Zoology, having protective imitative coloration or shape.
 
apercu
n. - a quick, penetrating insight; immediate impression,intuition, or estimate
 
aperient
n. - & a. laxative (medicine). aperitive, adj.
 
apetalous
adj. - Botany, lacking petals.
 
aphaeresis
n. - cutting off beginning of word. aphaeretic, adj.
 
aphagia
n. - inability to swallow.
 
apheliotropic
adj. - growing away from the sun. apheliotropism, n.
 
aphemia
n. - loss of power of articulate speech; motor aphasia.
 
aphephobe
n. - the person who doesn't like being touched
 
aphesis
n. - (pl. -ses) loss of unaccented vowel at beginning of word. aphetic, adj.
 
aphilophrenia
n. - a feeling that one is unloved or unwanted
 
aphis
n. - (pl. -ides, plant-louse; member of genus Aphis which includes greenfly, etc. aphidiphagous, adj. feeding on aphides.
 
aphonia
n. - loss of voice. aphonic, adj. voiceless.
 
aphotic
adj. - without light.
 
aphrasia
n. - inability to speak, or to make intelligible phrases.
 
aphylly
n. - absence of leaves. aphyllous, adj.
 
apiaceous
adj. - parsley-like; belonging to plant family including carrot, parsley, etc.
 
apian
adj. - pertaining to bees.
 
apical
adj. - at the summit or tip; Phonetics, pertaining to a consonant formed with help of tip of tongue. apicad, adv. towards the summit.
 
apiculate
adj. - (of leaves) having short point at tip.
 
apiculture
n. - bee-keeping. apiculturist, n.
 
apiology
n. - study of bees.
 
apivorous
adj. - eating bees.
 
aplanat
n. - aplanatic lens. aplanatic, adj. free from spherical aberration. aplanatism, n.
 
aplasia
n. - Medicine, incomplete development. aplastic, adj.
 
aplotomy
n. - simple surgical cut.
 
apocarteresis
n. - suicide by starvation
 
apocatastisis
n. - restoration; Medicine, relapse; subsidence; Astronomy, reversion to same position; Theology, conversion of whole world to Christianity.
 
apocentre
n. - point in orbit opposite centre of attraction. apocentric, adj. different from archetype. apocentricity, n.
 
apocope
n. - cutting off end of word. apocopate, v. & a.
 
apocrisis
n. - replying to one's own arguments
 
apocrustic
adj.,n. -. astringent (medicine).
 
apocynthion
n. - point in an orbit of the moon which is farthest from the moon's centre.
 
apodeictic, apodictic
adj. - evident; demonstrable; incontrovertible.
 
apodiabolosis
n. - diabolical treatment
 
apodictic
adj. - absolutely certain or necessarily true;uncontestable
 
apodixis
n. - indisputable evidence or proof
 
apodosis
n. - (pl. -ses ) main clause in conditional sentence.
 
apodysophilia
n. - feverish desire to undress
 
apogaic
adj. - pertaining to apogee.
 
apogamy
n. - Biology, interbreeding in a separated group which has no characteristic differentiating it from parents; Botany, non-sexual reproduction in some ferns.
 
apogeny
n. - Botany, sterility. apogenous, adj.
 
apogeotropic
adj. - Botany, bending up or away from the ground. apogeotropism, n.
 
apograph
n. - copy; facsimile. apographal, adj.
 
apolaustic
adj. - given to enjoyment; self indulgent
 
apolegamic
adj. - Biology, pertaining to selection, especially sexual.
 
apologue
n. - parable, moral tale.
 
apolune
n. - point in the orbit of body revolving round the moon that is farthest from the centre of the moon.
 
apomecometer
n. - instrument measuring height and distance.
 
apomict
n. - organism reproducing by, or formed by, apomixis.
 
apomixis
n. - non-sexual reproduction. apomictic, adj.
 
apomnemonysis
n. - quoting an approved authority
 
apophasis
n. - rhetorical device of emphasizing a fact, by pretending to ignore or deny it.
 
apophthegm
n. - brief wise saying. apophthegmatic, adj.
 
apophyge
n. - Architecture, curve between shaft and base, or between shaft & capital, in a column.
 
apophysis
n. - offshoot; projecting part, especially of bone. apophyseal, apophysial, adj. apophysate, adj. Botany, having an apophysis.
 
aporia
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
 
aposematic
adj. - Zoology, giving warning, applied to coloration, odour, etc., of animals.
 
aposiopesis
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
 
apostasy
n. - desertion from religion or similar body.
 
apostate
n. - & a. (person) committing apostasy. apostatize, v.i. change one's religious allegiance; forsake one's principles.
 
apostil(le)
n. - comment; note in margin.
 
apotelesm
n. - casting of horoscope.
 
apothegm
n. - a concise formulation of a truth; an aphorism
 
apothem
n. - perpendicular from centre of regular polygon to any of its sides.
 
apothesis
n. - Medicine, setting of broken limb.
 
apotropaic
adj. - averting or combating evil. apotropaism, n. such magical practice.
 
apotypic
adj. - differing from type.
 
appanage, apanage
n. - perquisite; provision, such as land or office, for younger son(s) of king or high official.
 
apparitor
n. - herald; harbinger; officer executing order of ecclesiastical court.
 
apperception
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.
 
appersonation
n. - delusion of insane person that he is another, generally famous, person.
 
appetence, appetency
n. - strong desire; craving; powerful instinct. appetent, adj.
 
appetible
adj. - desirable. appetition, n. yearning.
 
applanate
adj. - flattened. applanation, n.
 
appoggiatura
n. - Music, short note placed before a longer one. short appoggiatura, acciaccatura.
 
apport
n. - tangible object caused to appear by spiritualist medium; production of such object.
 
appose
v. - to place (things) side by side or next to each other.
 
apposite
adj. - appropriate, fitting, apt, suitable
 
apposition
n. - juxtaposition; Grammar, putting two nouns or phrases together as attributive or adjunct terms; relationship of such nouns or phrases. appositive, adj.
 
appulse
n. - act of striking against; Astronomy, close approach of two celestial objects.
 
apraxia
n. - impaired ability to execute complex muscular movements.
 
aprosexia
n. - inability to concentrate on anything
 
apse
n. - rounded extension at end of building, especially at east end of church; Astronomy, apsis.
 
apsidal
adj. - having shape of apse; pertaining to apsides.
 
apsis
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.
 
apteral
adj. - (of classical temple) having columns at front or back only; (of church) lacking aisles: apterous.
 
apterous
adj. - lacking wings.
 
apterygial
adj. - wingless; finless.
 
aptronym
n. - a name befitting the occupation, role or nature of a person or character, e.g. doctor sawbones
 
aptyalism
n. - lack or absence of saliva.
 
apyretic
adj. - without fever. apyrexy, n. absence or abatement of fever.
 
apyrous
adj. - non-inflammable.
 
aqua regia
n. - 'royal water'; mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acids which dissolves some metals. Used in etching and by alchemists to dissolve gold.
 
aquarelle
n. - method of painting in transparent water-color; such painting. aquarellist, n. artist painting aquarelles.
 
aquarist
n. - person who studies aquatic life; owner of an aquarium.
 
aquatint
n. - (print made by) a method of etching having effect of water- color drawing.
 
arachnophagous
adj. - eating spiders.
 
araneid, araneidan
n. - spider; a. pertaining to spiders. araneiform, adj. shaped like a spider. araneology, n. study of spiders.
 
araneous, araneose
adj. - like a spider's web; transparent; delicate.
 
araphorostic, araphostic
adj. - seamless.
 
arbalest, arbalist
n. - cross-bow with mechanism for drawing string.
 
arboraceous
adj. - pertaining to or like a tree; wooded.
 
arboreous
adj. - having many trees.
 
arborescent
adj. - branched; having shape or growth like a tree. arborescence, n.
 
arborical
adj. - pertaining to trees.
 
arboricole
n. - living in trees.
 
arboriform
adj. - shaped like a tree.
 
arborize
v. - take on or give tree-like shape. arborization, n.
 
arborous
adj. - pertaining to trees; composed of trees.
 
arbuscle, arbuscula
n. - dwarf tree; shrub-like tree. arbuscular, adj.
 
arbuscule
n. - tuft of hairs.
 
arbustum
n. - (pl. -ta) copse; orchard.
 
arbutus
n. - strawberry tree.
 
arcate
adj. - shaped like a bow. arcature, n. small or blind arcade.
 
arc-boutant
n. - (pl. arcs-boutants [pron. same]) flying buttress.
 
archaeozoic
adj. - living in the earliest geological era.
 
archecentric
adj. - pertaining to archetype.
 
archeolatry
n. - worship of archaic customs, expressions, etc.
 
archididascalos, archididascalus
n. - headteacher of school etc. archididascalian, adj.
 
archiepiscopal
adj. - pertaining to an archbishop.
 
archil, orchil
n. - dye obtained from certain lichens; lichens yielding this.
 
archimage, archimagus
n. - (pl. -gi ) great magician.
 
archimandrite
n. - superior of large monastery of Greek Church; abbot.
 
architectonic
adj. - pertaining to architecture, or to the systematization of knowledge; resembling architecture; structural; showing constructive ability; n. pl. science of architecture; constructive skill.
 
architrave
n. - beam resting directly on columns; epistyle; moulding at head and sides of window or doorway.
 
archivolt
n. - curved moulding on face of arch.
 
archizoic
adj. - pertaining to earliest living things.
 
archology
n. - theory of origins; science of government.
 
archon
n. - a chief magistrate of ancient Athens. archontic, adj.
 
arcifinious
adj. - having a frontier which forms a natural defence.
 
arciform
adj. - shaped like an arch.
 
arctogeal
adj. - pertaining to the region including Europe, Africa, Asia and N America.
 
arctoid
n. - like a bear.
 
arctophile
n. - person who loves or collects teddy bears.
 
arcuate, arcual
adj. - bow-shaped. arcuation, n.
 
arcus senilis
n. - 'senile ring'; whitish ring round iris in eyes of old people.
 
areca
n. - several palm trees, especially the betel. areca nut, betel-nut.
 
arenaceous
adj. - like or consisting of sand; growing in sand.
 
arenicolous
adj. - living in sand.
 
arenilitic
adj. - pertaining to sandstone.
 
arenoid
adj. - like sand.
 
arenose
adj. - sandy; containing much sand.
 
areography
n. - description of surface of planet Mars; descriptive biogeography.
 
areology
n. - study of planet Mars.
 
Areopagus
n. - highest legal tribunal in ancient Athens; any important tribunal. Areopagite, n. member of such a tribunal.
 
aretaics
n. - science of virtue.
 
aretalogy
n. - relation of wonderful deeds of a god or hero.
 
argent
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.
 
argil
n. - clay, especially used in pottery. argillaceous, argillous, adj. containing clay; clay-like. argilliferous, adj. yielding or containing clay. argilloid, adj. like clay.
 
argol, argal
n. - crust formed on long-kept wine.
 
Argus
n. - monster with a hundred eyes; careful watcher. Argus-eyed, adj. ever watchful. argus, n. any of several small brown butterflies with eyespots.
 
argute
adj. - quick; sharp; shrill; astute; subtle.
 
argyrocephalous
adj. - with silvery or shining head.
 
arietta
n. - short aria.
 
ariose
adj. - characterized by or like melody.
 
aristarch
n. - severe critic.
 
aristarchian
adj. - extremely critical
 
aristology
n. - art or science of dining. aristological, adj. aristologist, n.
 
aristophrenia
n. - condition of having a superior intellect
 
arithmancy
n. - divination by numbers.
 
arithmocracy
n. - rule of the numerical majority
 
arithmogram
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.
 
armiferous
adj. - carrying weapons or arms.
 
armiger
n. - armour-bearer; knight's squire; person bearing heraldic arms. armigerous, armigeral, adj.
 
armillary
adj. - like, pertaining to or composed of rings. armillary sphere, celestial globe composed only of rings marking equator, tropics, etc.
 
armipotent
adj. - having strong armament. armipotence, n.
 
armisonant, armisonous
adj. - resounding with the clash of arms.
 
arnica
n. - genus of plants including the mountain tobacco; tincture obtained from mountain tobacco used for bruises, etc.
 
aroint
v. -i. archaic, (imperative) begone!
 
arquebus(e), harquebus
n. - ancient hand gun supported on tripod. arquebusier, n. soldier armed with arquebus.
 
arras
n. - tapestry, especially covering wall. arrasene, n. embroidery material of silk and wool.
 
arrect
adj. - raised up; attentive.
 
arrha
n. - (pl. -ae ) pledge; earnest money. arrhal, adj.
 
arrhenotoky
n. - to only give birth to boys
 
arrhizal
adj. - rootless.
 
arrière-ban
n. - summoning by king of his feudatories and their vassals to military service; vassals so called; the nobility.
 
arrière-pensée
n. - hidden meaning; ulterior motive; mental reservation.
 
arris
n. - sharp edge formed by two angled surfaces, especially edge of fluting on column. arriswise, adj. edgewise.
 
arriviste
n. - pushful, ambitious person.
 
arrogate
v. - take or claim beyond one's rights. arrogation, n.
 
arrondissement
n. - largest subdivision of a French department.
 
arsinotherium
n. - rhinoceros-like fossil mammal.
 
arthralgia
n. - pain in a joint.
 
arthrosis
n. - joint or articulation connecting two bones.
 
articular
adj. - pertaining to joints.
 
artuate
v. - to tear limb from limb
 
arum
n. - large-spathed plant, called 'cuckoo-pint' or 'lords and ladies'. arum lily, calla lily.
 
arundinaceous
adj. - like or pertaining to a reed.
 
arvicoline
adj. - living in the fields or countryside. arviculture, n. cultivation of fields.
 
ascian
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
 
ascidian
n. - sea-squirt.
 
aseismic
adj. - free from earthquakes; designed to withstand earthquakes. aseismatic, adj. reducing or withstanding effect of earthquakes.
 
ashlar
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.
 
asomatous
adj. - incorporeal; lacking body. asomatophyte, n. Botany, plant in which body and reproductive cells are undifferentiated.
 
asparaginous
adj. - pertaining to, like or eaten like asparagus.
 
asperate
adj. - rather rough; v.t. make rough. asperation, n.
 
asperge
v. - sprinkle. asperges, n. Roman Catholic, ceremony of sprinkling holy water.
 
aspergil, aspergill(um)
n. - Roman Catholic, brush-like implement used to sprinkle holy water.
 
aspergillus
n. - (pl. -li ) minute fungus forming mould. aspergilliform, aspergillosis, n. animal disease caused by aspergilli.
 
asperity
n. - roughness, acrimony.
 
aspermatism, aspermia
n. - failure of male generative powers. aspermic, adj.
 
aspersorium
n. - Roman Catholic, vessel holding holy water; aspergil.
 
asperulous
adj. - Botany, rather rough.
 
asphalia
n. - emphatic guaranteeing of what one is saying, as by assuring others, wagering about the truth of something
 
aspheterism
n. - doctrine that there should be no private property.
 
asphodel
n. - kind of liliaceous plant; daffodil; Literature, flower of the Elysian fields. bog asphodel, British grass-like moorland plant.
 
aspidate
adj. - shield-shaped.
 
asportation
n. - removal, especially crime of removing property.
 
assecuration
n. - marine insurance.
 
assentaneous
adj. - acquiescent.
 
assentation
n. - ready, insincere assent. assentatious, adj. willing to assent. assentator, n. flatterer; one assenting insincerely or conniving. assentatory, adj.
 
asseverate
v. - to state positively, emphatically
 
assibilate
v. - pronounce with sibilant sound or hiss. assibilation, n.
 
assiduity
n. - unremitting care; unflagging or obsequious attention. assiduous, adj.
 
assoil(zie)
v. - pardon; absolve; acquit; release. assoilment, n.
 
assuetude
n. - custom or habit
 
assumpsit
n. - Law, contract (not under seal); suit for breach of such contract.
 
assurgent
adj. - ascending; Botany, upward-curving. assurgency, n.
 
astasia
n. - inability, due to imperfect muscular co-ordination, to keep erect.
 
astatic
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.
 
astatine
n. - radioactive element of the halogen group.
 
asteism
n. - an ingeniously polite insult
 
asteria
n. - gem cut so as to show asterism.
 
asterial
adj. - starlike; n. a fossil starfish.
 
asteriated
adj. - having star-like rays.
 
asterism
n. - constellation of stars; group of asterisks; appearance of star-like reflection by certain crystals. asterismal, adj.
 
asthenia
n. - debility. asthenic, adj. weak; of slender build; weakening.
 
asthenophobe
n. - the circumspect stoic, the stiff-upper-lip afraid to admit to weakness of any sort
 
asthenopia
n. - optical weakness, especially muscular. asthenopic, adj.
 
asthenosphere
n. - hypothetical layer of fluid matter below rigid surface of earth's crust.
 
astomatal, astomous
adj. - having no stomata.
 
astragal
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.
 
astrakhan
n. - closely-curled black or grey fur from fleece of karakul lambs: cloth resembling this.
 
astraphobia, astrapophobia
n. - morbid fear of thunder and lightning.
 
astrict
v. - astringe. astriction, n. astrictive, adj.
 
astringe
v. - bind; brace; restrict; constipate.
 
astrogate
v. - guide (spaceship, etc.); v.i. navigate in space.
 
astrognosy
n. - knowledge of fixed stars.
 
astrogony
n. - theory of the origin of the stars.
 
astroid
n. - star-shaped.
 
astrolatry
n. - worship of stars.
 
astrolithology
n. - study of meteorites.
 
astrophile, astrophil
n. - person fond of learning about stars.
 
astucious
adj. - having keen perception; of astute and penetrating discernment
 
astylar
adj. - Architecture, lacking columns.
 
asymptote
n. - line approaching a curve but meeting it only at infinity. asymptotic, adj.
 
asyndetic
adj. - not connected by conjunctions: I came, I saw, I conquered
 
asyndeton
n. - rhetorical device of omitting conjunctions. asyndetic, adj.
 
asynergy, asynergia
n. - Medicine, lack of co-ordination, especially of muscles.
 
asyngamy
n. - Botany, failure to effect cross-fertilization due to asynchronous development of flowers.
 
atactic
adj. - asyntactic; irregular; pertaining to ataxy.
 
ataraxia
n. - imperturbability; utter calmness
 
ataraxic
adj. - of or pertaining to freedom from anxiety or emotional disturbance; calm and imperturbable
 
ataraxy, ataraxia
n. - tranquillity of mind; imperturbability. ataractic, ataraxic, n. & a. (drug) able to calm or tranquillize.
 
ataxaphasia
n. - inability, due to imperfect muscular co-ordination, to speak sentences.
 
ataxy, ataxia
n. - inability to co-ordinate muscles; lack of order. ataxic, adj.
 
ateknia
n. - childlessness.
 
atelectasis
n. - incomplete dilatation or collapse of lungs.
 
ateliosis
n. - imperfect development; dwarfism.
 
atelophobe
n. - the driven perfectionist, one with a morbid fear of having things less than perfect
 
athanasia
n. - immortality
 
atheling
n. - Anglo-Saxon noble; prince, especially heir apparent.
 
athermanous
adj. - impervious to radiant heat. athermancy, n.
 
atherogenic
adj. - leading to atheroma.
 
atheroma
n. - fatty degeneration of the arteries. atherosclerosis, n. hardening of the inner lining of the arteries with fatty degeneration. atheromatous, adj.
 
athetise
v. - to spurn, reject
 
athetosis
n. - nervous twitching of fingers and toes.
 
athrepsia
n. - complete debility in children. athreptic, adj.
 
athymy
n. - melancholy.
 
atlantes
n. - pl. male figures used as columns.
 
atmogenic
adj. - Geology, of atmospheric origin.
 
atmology
n. - study of laws of watery vapour.
 
atmolysis
n. - method of separating gases of different densities.
 
atmometer
n. - instrument measuring rate of evaporation into atmosphere. atmometry, n.
 
atokous
adj. - lacking offspring.
 
atomy
n. - very small creature; skeleton.
 
atrabilarian
n. - a gloomy hypochondriac
 
atrabilious
adj. - very melancholic; hypochondriac.
 
atrament
n. - very dark liquid; ink. atramentous, adj.
 
atresia
n. - lack or closing of a passage of the body. atretic, adj.
 
atrichia
n. - baldness.
 
atrous
adj. - jet black.
 
attainder
n. - loss of civil rights, formerly result of outlawry or death sentence.
 
attaint
v. - pass sentence of attainder on; sully; attach disgrace to; infect; n. dishonour; misfortune. attainture, n.
 
attemper
v. - alter quality by addition or mixture; moderate. attemperate, v. archaic, moderate temperature. attemporator, n. apparatus for moderating temperature.
 
attingent
adj. - touching, in contact.
 
attrahent
adj. - attracting; drawing towards or forward; n. such thing or muscle.
 
au fait
phr. - 'to the fact'; having complete and up-to-date knowledge; conversant.
 
aubade
n. - musical piece performed at or describing dawn.
 
auctorial
adj. - pertaining to an author.
 
audile
n. - person whose mental processes are stimulated more strongly by hearing than by other senses; a. pertaining to such persons; auditory.
 
audiogenic
adj. - caused by sound waves, especially of high frequency.
 
aularian
adj. - pertaining to hall
 
aulete
n. - flautist.
 
aulic
adj. - courtly; ceremonious.
 
aurated
adj. - gilded.
 
aureate, aureous
adj. - golden-colored; ornate.
 
aureity
n. - properties of gold.
 
aureomycin
n. - trademark, an antibiotic drug extracted from a soil mould, used in treatment of infections, especially of eyes, skin, etc.
 
auric
adj. - pertaining to, like or composed of gold.
 
auricle
n. - external ear; ear-shaped appendage; upper cavity of heart.
 
auricomous
adj. - having golden hair; making hair golden.
 
auricular
adj. - pertaining to hearing, or to the ear; spoken secretly. auricular finger, the little finger.
 
auriculate
adj. - having ears or ear-shaped outgrowths; lobed; ear-like.
 
auriferous
adj. - containing gold.
 
auriform
adj. - ear-shaped.
 
aurify
v. - change into gold. aurific, adj. producing gold. aurification, n. working with gold.
 
auriphrygia
n. - gold embroidery. auriphrygiate, adj.
 
aurist
n. - specialist on the ear and its diseases.
 
aurous
adj. - pertaining to, containing, or made of gold.
 
aurulent
adj. - gold-colored.
 
auscultate
v. - Medicine, listen to sounds in human body; examine in this manner. auscultation, n. auscultative, adj. auscultator, n. person practising auscultation; stethoscope. auscultatory, adj.
 
auscultation
n. - the process of listening
 
auslaut
n. - final sound of syllable or word.
 
autacoid
n. - hormone. autacoidal, adj.
 
autarchia
n. - perpetual happiness
 
autarchy
n. - absolute sovereignty; autocracy. autarchic, autarchical, adj.
 
autecology
n. - the ecology of the individual organism.
 
autoangelist
n. - one who does his own communicating
 
autocephalous
adj. - Ecclesiastical, self-governing. autocephaly, n.
 
autochthon
n. - native; aboriginal species. autochthonous, adj. autochthony, n.
 
autochthonous
adj. - native, aboriginal, indigenous
 
autoclesis
n. - introducing an idea or subject by seeming to refuse discussion of it, thereby arousing interest
 
autoecious
adj. - (of fungus, etc.) passing through all life stages on same species of host.
 
autogamy
n. - self-fertilization. autogamic, autogamous, adj.
 
autogenesis
n. - spontaneous generation. autogenetic, adj.
 
autogenous
adj. - self-generated.
 
autognosis
n. - knowledge of self, especially the appreciation of one's own emotional conflicts
 
autointoxication
n. - poisoning due to toxins produced in body.
 
autokinesis
n. - voluntary or automatic movement. autokinetic, adj.
 
autolatry
n. - self-worship.
 
autological
adj. - self-descriptive, or being a word that exemplifies what it means, e.g. "english" is english, "polysyllabic" is polysyllabic
 
automorphic
adj. - formed after its or one's own pattern. automorphism, n.
 
autonym
n. - writer's own name; work published under own name.
 
autophagy
n. - devouring of cell constituents by enzymes of same cell. autophagous, adj.
 
autophobe
n. - the socializer who does not like to be alone
 
autophobia
n. - fear of solitude.
 
autophony
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.
 
autophyte
n. - plant able to organize its foodstuffs; nonsaprophytic plant. autophytic, adj.
 
autoplasty
n. - grafting tissue from patient's own body. autoplastic, a.; Biology, pertaining to self-adaptation to environment; pertaining to autoplasty.
 
autoschediasm
n. - improvization. autoschediastic, adj.
 
autoschediastic
adj. - impromptu; on the spur of the moment
 
autoskeleton
n. - internal skeleton.
 
autostrada
n. - motorway.
 
autotelic
adj. - having itself as its only purpose.
 
autothaumaturgist
n. - the coy or cagey person whose mission is to appear mysterious or quite remarkable
 
autotheism
n. - belief in self-subsistence of God the Son; deification of oneself.
 
autotheist
n. - the individual who is not only self-centered but self-deifying, or at least self-worshipping
 
autotomy
n. - reflex loss of part of the body to save the whole (in lizards, etc.)
 
autotrophic
adj. - Botany, nourishing itself; autophytic.
 
autotropic
adj. - Botany, tending to grow in straight line.
 
autotype
n. - facsimile; true copy. autotypy, n. process of producing such copies.
 
auxanometer
n. - instrument measuring rate of growth of plants.
 
auxesis
n. - an ordering of thoughts expressed in a sequence of ascending importance
 
auxin
n. - Chemistry, substance increasing growth of plants; plant hormone.
 
auxograph
n. - instrument recording variations in volume.
 
auxology
n. - science of growth.
 
auxotonic
adj. - according or due to growth.
 
avellaneous
adj. - hazel.
 
avenaceous
adj. - pertaining to or like oats. aveniform, adj. like oats in shape.
 
avenous
adj. - lacking veins.
 
aventurine
n. - glass containing golden or green flecks; quartz containing mica flakes.
 
averruncate
v. - avert; weed out.
 
avicide
n. - killing of birds.
 
avicular
adj. - pertaining to small birds.
 
aviculture
n. - rearing of birds.
 
avifauna
n. - birdlife of a region.
 
avigation
n. - aerial navigation.
 
avirulent
adj. - (of bacteria) not virulent.
 
avolitional
adj. - involuntary.
 
avulsion
n. - act of pulling away part of body, either by injury or surgery. avulsive, adj.
 
axenic
adj. - free of parasites and similar forms of life; surgically sterile.
 
axifugal
adj. - centrifugal.
 
axil
n. - upper angle between leaf and stem, or branch and trunk. axile, adj.
 
axilla
n. - (pl. -las, -lae ,) armpit; shoulder. axillary a. of arm-pit; of or growing in an axil.
 
axiniform
adj. - having shape of axe-head.
 
axiology
n. - study of ultimate values. axiological, adj. axiologist, n.
 
axonometry
n. - measurement of or by axes. axonometric projectio, n. method of representing three-dimensional object in two-dimensional drawing.
 
axunge
n. - medicinal lard or grease.
 
azofication
n. - nitrogenization of soil by bacteria. azofier, n. bacterium causing azofication.
 
azoic
adj. - lacking life, especially of geological period.
 
azoology
n. - study of inanimate nature.
 
azote
n. - nitrogen. azotaemia, azotemia, n. excess of nitrogen in blood. azotic, adj. azotize, v. combine with nitrogen.
 
azoth
n. - alchemists' name for mercury; Paracelsus' postulated panacea.
 
azulejo
n. - brightly colored tile of Near East, Spain and Holland.
 
azygous
adj. - unpaired; odd.
 
azym(e)
n. - unleavened bread; Passover cake; pl. feast of such bread.
 

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