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  • ga - noun a state in southeastern United States; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War;  a rare silvery (usually trivalent) metallic element; brittle at low temperatures but liquid above room temperature; occurs in trace amounts in bauxite and zinc ores;  the first known nerve agent, synthesized by German chemists in 1936; a highly toxic combustible liquid that is soluble in organic solvents and is used as a nerve gas in chemical warfare
  • gadus - noun type genus of the Gadidae: the typical codfishes
  • gafsa - noun a city in west central Tunisia
  • gag - noun restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting;  a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter;  verb make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit; cause to retch or choke;  struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake;  make jokes or quips;  tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them;  prevent from speaking out;  be too tight; rub or press
  • gage - noun a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.; street names for marijuana;  verb place a bet on
  • gain - noun the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating;  the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input;  the advantageous quality of being beneficial;  a quantity that is added; verb increase (one's body weight);  increase in;  obtain advantages, such as points, etc.;  earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages;  rise in rate or price;  reach a destination, either real or abstract;  win something through one's efforts;  derive a benefit from;  obtain
  • gait - noun a person's manner of walking;  a horse's manner of moving;  the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
  • gal - noun alliterative term for girl (or woman);  a unit of gravitational acceleration equal to one centimeter per second per second (named after Galileo);  United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters
  • galactocele - noun a cystic tumor containing milk or a milky substance (especially in the mammary glands)
  • galactose - noun a simple sugar found in lactose
  • galbanum - noun a bitter aromatic gum resin that resembles asafetida
  • galen - noun Greek anatomist whose theories formed the basis of European medicine until the Renaissance (circa 130-200)
  • galena - noun soft blue-grey mineral; lead sulfide; a major source of lead
  • gall - noun abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury;  a skin sore caused by chafing;  the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties;  a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats;  a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will;  an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle;  verb irritate or vex;  become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  • gallbladder - noun a muscular sac attached to the liver that secretes bile and stores it until needed for digestion
  • gallic - adj. of or pertaining to Gaul or the Gauls;  of or pertaining to France or the people of France
  • gallon - noun United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters;  a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters
  • gallop - noun a fast gait of a horse; a two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously;  verb ride at a galloping pace;  cause to move at full gallop;  go at galloping speed
  • galloping - adj. that are running rapidly
  • galvanic - adj. affected by emotion as if by electricity; thrilling; pertaining to or producing electric current by chemical action
  • galvanism - noun electricity produced by chemical action;  the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis)
  • galvanization - noun either the work of covering with metal by the use of a galvanic current or the coating of iron with zinc to protect it from rusting;  stimulation that arouses a person to lively action; stimulation with a galvanic current
  • gambia - noun a narrow republic surrounded by Senegal in West Africa
  • gamboge - noun a strong yellow color;  a gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative
  • game - adj. willing to face danger;  disabled in the feet or legs;  nounan amusement or pastime;  a contest with rules to determine a winner;  a single play of a sport or other contest;  frivolous or trifling behavior;  your occupation or line of work;  animal hunted for food or sport;  the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game;  the flesh of wild animals that is used for food;  (games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win;  a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal);  verb place a bet on
  • gamma - noun the 3rd letter of the Greek alphabet;  a unit of magnetic field strength equal to one-hundred-thousandth of an oersted;  Portuguese navigator who led an expedition around the Cape of Good Hope in 1497; he sighted and named Natal on Christmas Day before crossing the Indian Ocean (1469-1524)
  • gander - noun mature male goose
  • gang - noun tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together;  an organized group of workmen;  an association of criminals;  an informal body of friends;  verb act as an organized group
  • ganglion - noun an encapsulated neural structure consisting of a collection of cell bodies or neurons
  • gangrene - noun necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass;  the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply);  verb undergo necrosis
  • gangrenous - adj. suffering from tissue death
  • gap - noun a narrow opening;  a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures;  a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations;  an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity;  a pass between mountain peaks;  an open or empty space in or between things;  verbmake an opening or gap in
  • gape - noun a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open); an expression of openmouthed astonishment;  verb be wide open; look with amazement; look stupidly
  • gaping - adj. with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
  • gar - noun primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth;  elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jaws; abundant in coastal waters
  • garb - noun clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; verb provide with clothes or put clothes on
  • garbage - noun a receptacle where waste can be discarded;  food that is discarded (as from a kitchen);  a worthless message
  • garcinia - noun evergreen trees and shrubs: mangosteens
  • garden - noun a plot of ground where plants are cultivated;  a yard or lawn adjoining a house;  the flowers or vegetables or fruits or herbs that are cultivated in a garden;  verb work in the garden
  • gardiner - noun British historian remembered for his ten-volume history of England (1829-1902)
  • gargle - noun the sound produced while gargling;  a medicated solution used for gargling and rinsing the mouth;  verb rinse one's mouth and throat with mouthwash;  utter with gargling or burbling sounds
  • garlic - noun aromatic bulb used as seasoning;  bulbous herb of southern Europe widely naturalized; bulb breaks up into separate strong-flavored cloves
  • garment - noun an article of clothing;  verb provide with clothes or put clothes on
  • garrulous - adj. full of trivial conversation
  • garrulousness - noun the quality of being wordy and talkative
  • garter - noun a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve);  verb fasten with or as if with a garter
  • gas - noun the state of matter distinguished from the solid and liquid states by: relatively low density and viscosity; relatively great expansion and contraction with changes in pressure and temperature; the ability to diffuse readily; and the spontaneous tendency to become distributed uniformly throughout any container; a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely;  a pedal that controls the throttle valve;  a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal;  a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines;  a fossil fuel in the gaseous state; used for cooking and heating homes;  verb attack with gas; subject to gas fumes;  show off
  • gas burner - noun burner such that combustible gas issues from a nozzle to form a steady flame
  • gas jet - noun burner such that combustible gas issues from a nozzle to form a steady flame
  • gas stove - noun a range with gas rings and an oven for cooking with gas
  • gaseous - adj. existing as or having characteristics of a gas
  • gash - noun a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument;  a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation; a wound made by cutting;  verb cut open
  • gasometer - noun a large gas-tight spherical or cylindrical tank for holding gas to be used as fuel;  a meter for measuring the amount of gas flowing through a particular pipe
  • gasping - adj. breathing laboriously or convulsively
  • gastralgia - noun an ache localized in the stomach or abdominal region
  • gastrectomy - noun surgical removal of all or part of the stomach
  • gastric - adj. relating to or involving the stomach
  • gastrin - noun polypeptide hormone secreted by the mucous lining of the stomach; induces the secretion of gastric juice
  • gastritis - noun inflammation of the lining of the stomach; nausea and loss of appetite and discomfort after eating
  • gastrocnemius - noun the muscle in the back part of the leg that forms the greater part of the calf; responsible for the plantar flexion of the foot
  • gastroenteritis - noun inflammation of the stomach and intestines; can be caused by Salmonella enteritidis
  • gastroenterostomy - noun surgical creation of an opening between the stomach wall and the small intestines; performed when the normal opening has been eliminated
  • gastrointestinal - adj. of or relating to the stomach and intestines
  • gastrostomy - noun surgical creation of an opening through the abdominal wall into the stomach (as for gastrogavage)
  • gate - noun a movable barrier in a fence or wall;  a computer circuit with several inputs but only one output that can be activated by particular combinations of inputs;  passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark;  total admission receipts at a sports event;  verb restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment;  control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate;  supply with a gate
  • gathered - adj. having accumulated or become more intense; brought together in one place
  • gator - noun either of two amphibious reptiles related to crocodiles but with shorter broader snouts
  • gaultheria - noun widely distributed genus of creeping or upright evergreen shrubs
  • gauntlet - noun a form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim;  a glove with long sleeve;  a glove of armored leather; protects the hand;  to offer or accept a challenge
  • gauss - noun German mathematician who developed the theory of numbers and who applied mathematics to electricity and magnetism and astronomy and geodesy (1777-1855);  a unit of magnetic flux density equal to 1 maxwell per square centimeter
  • gauze - noun a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave; (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings
  • gavage - noun feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat
  • gay - adj. homosexual or arousing homosexual desires;  given to social pleasures often including dissipation;  offering fun and gaiety; full of or showing high-spirited merriment;  bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer;  brightly colored and showy;  nounsomeone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
  • gaze - noun a long fixed look;  verb look at with fixed eyes
  • ge - noun (Greek mythology) goddess of the earth and mother of Cronus and the Titans in ancient mythology;  a brittle grey crystalline element that is a semiconducting metalloid (resembling silicon) used in transistors; occurs in germanite and argyrodite
  • gear - noun a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion;  equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.;  a mechanism for transmitting motion for some specific purpose (as the steering gear of a vehicle); wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed;  verb set the level or character of
  • gee - noun a unit of force equal to the force exerted by gravity; used to indicate the force to which a body is subjected when it is accelerated;  verb give a command to a horse to turn to the right side;  turn to the right side
  • gel - noun a colloid in a more solid form than a sol;  a thin translucent membrane used over stage lights for color effects;  verb become a gel;  apply a styling gel to
  • gelatin - noun a thin translucent membrane used over stage lights for color effects;  an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods;  a colorless water-soluble glutinous protein obtained from animal tissues such as bone and skin
  • gelatinous - adj. thick like gelatin
  • gelsemium - noun evergreen twining shrubs of Americas and southeastern Asia
  • gem - noun art highly prized for its beauty or perfection;  a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry;  a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry;  a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan;  a person who is a brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
  • gen - noun informal term for information
  • gender - noun a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness;  the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles
  • general - adj. prevailing among and common to the general public; not specialized or limited to one class of things;  applying to all or most members of a category or group;  of national scope;  affecting the entire body;  somewhat indefinite;  of worldwide scope or applicability;  noun a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular); a general officer of the highest rank;  the head of a religious order or congregation;  verb command as a general
  • generalization - noun (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus;  reasoning from detailed facts to general principles;  an idea or conclusion having general application; the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
  • generalized - adj. spread throughout a body or system;  not biologically differentiated or adapted to a specific function or environment
  • generally - adv. without distinction of one from others;  usually; as a rule;  without regard to specific details or exceptions
  • generate - verb bring into existence;  produce (energy);  make children;  give or supply
  • generation - noun the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production;  the production of heat or electricity;  group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent;  the normal time between successive generations;  a stage of technological development or innovation;  a coming into being;  all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
  • generative - adj. producing new life or offspring;  having the ability to produce or originate
  • generator - noun engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction;  an apparatus that produces a vapor or gas;  an electronic device for producing a signal voltage;  someone who originates or causes or initiates something
  • generic - adj. applicable to an entire class or group;  (of drugs) not protected by trademark;  relating to or common to or descriptive of all members of a genus;  noun any product that can be sold without a brand name;  a wine that is a blend of several varieties of grapes with no one grape predominating; a wine that does not carry the name of any specific grape
  • generous - adj. more than adequate;  willing to give and share unstintingly;  not petty in character and mind
  • genesis - noun the first book of the Old Testament: tells of creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God's covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers;  a coming into being
  • geneva - noun gin made in the Netherlands;  a city in southwestern Switzerland at the western end of Lake Geneva; it is the headquarters of various international organizations
  • genital - adj. of or relating to the external sex organs
  • genitalia - noun external sex organ
  • genitals - noun external sex organ
  • genitive - adj. serving to express or indicate possession;  noun the case expressing ownership
  • genitourinary - adj. of or related to the genital and urinary organs or their functions
  • gent - noun port city in northwestern Belgium and industrial center; famous for cloth industry;  informal abbreviation of `gentleman';  a boy or man
  • gentian - noun any of various plants of the family Gentianaceae especially the genera Gentiana and Gentianella and Gentianopsis
  • gentian violet - noun a green crystal (violet in water) used as a dye or stain or bactericide or fungicide or anthelmintic or burn treatment
  • gentle - adj. having or showing a kindly or tender nature;  quiet and soothing;  soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe;  marked by moderate steepness;  having little impact;  belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy;  easily handled or managed;  verb stroke soothingly;  cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of;  give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
  • gentleman - noun a man of refinement;  a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
  • gentleness - noun acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered;  the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual
  • gently - adv. in a gradual manner;  in a gentle manner;  with little weight or force
  • genu - noun hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella
  • genuine - adj. not fake or counterfeit;  not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed;  being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
  • genuineness - noun the state of being genuine;  undisputed credibility
  • genus - noun a general kind of something;  (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species
  • geographic - adj. determined by geography;  of or relating to the science of geography
  • geographical - adj. determined by geography;  of or relating to the science of geography
  • geology - noun a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
  • george - noun Elector of Hanover and the first Hanoverian King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1714 to 1727 (1660-1727);  King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover from 1727 to 1760 (1683-1760);  King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 to 1820; the American colonies were lost during his reign; he became insane in 1811 and his son (later George IV) acted as regent until 1820 (1738-1820);  King of Great Britain and Ireland and Hanover from 1820 to 1830; his attempt to divorce his estranged wife undermined the prestige of the crown (1762-1830);  King of Great Britain and Ireland and emperor of India from 1910 to 1936; gave up his German title in 1917 during World War I (1865-1936);  King of Great Britain and Ireland and emperor of India from 1936 to 1947; he succeeded Edward VIII (1895-1952);  Christian martyr; patron saint of England; hero of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in which he slew a dragon and saved a princess (?-303)
  • georgia - noun a republic in Asia Minor on the Black Sea separated from Russia by the Caucasus mountains; formerly an Asian soviet but became independent in 1991;  a state in southeastern United States; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War; one of the British colonies that formed the United States
  • geranium - noun any of numerous plants of the family Geraniaceae
  • germ - noun a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism;  a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use;  anything that provides inspiration for later work
  • germ plasm - noun the protoplasm of the germ cells that contains chromosomes and genes
  • german - adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of Germany or its people or language;  of a more or less German nature; somewhat German;  noun the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic;  a person of German nationality
  • germany - noun a republic in central Europe; split into East German and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
  • germicidal - adj. preventing infection by inhibiting the growth or action of microorganisms
  • germicide - noun an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease
  • germinal - adj. containing seeds of later development;  noun seventh month of the Revolutionary calendar (March and April); the month of buds
  • germination - noun the origin of some development;  the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow
  • gestation - noun the conception and development of an idea or plan;  the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans);  the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
  • gestational - adj. of or relating to gestation
  • gesture - noun motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling;  something done as an indication of intention;  the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals;  verb show, express or direct through movement
  • get - noun a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent;  verb cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition;  reach by calculation;  communicate with a place or person; establish communication with, as if by telephone;  succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase;  reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot;  overcome or destroy;  evoke an emotional response; irritate;  reach and board;  receive as a retribution or punishment; purchase;  come into the possession of something concrete or abstract;  acquire as a result of some effort or action;  make children; undergo (as of injuries and illnesses);  be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness;  come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes);  give certain properties to something;  enter or assume a certain state or condition;  take the first step or steps in carrying out an action;  receive a specified treatment (abstract); grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of;  be a mystery or bewildering to;  cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; move into a desired direction of discourse;  take vengeance on or get even;  go or come after and bring or take back;  attract and fix;  earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher;  apprehend and reproduce accurately;  reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress;  leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form;  go through (mental or physical states or experiences);  suffer from the receipt of;  perceive by hearing;  achieve a point or goal
  • getting - noun the act of acquiring something
  • gettysburg - noun a battle of the American Civil War (1863); the defeat of Robert E. Lee's invading Confederate army was a major victory for the Union;  a small town in southern Pennsylvania; site of a national cemetery
  • ghost - noun a mental representation of some haunting experience; the visible disembodied soul of a dead person;  a suggestion of some quality;  a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else; verb write for someone else;  move like a ghost;  haunt like a ghost; pursue
  • gi - adj. of or relating to the stomach and intestines;  noun a unit of magnetomotive force equal to 0.7958 ampere-turns;  verb clean in preparation for inspection
  • giant - adj. of great mass; huge and bulky;  noun any creature of exceptional size;  an unusually large enterprise;  an imaginary figure of superhuman size and strength; appears in folklore and fair tales; someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful;  a very large person; impressive in size or qualities;  a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun);  a person of exceptional importance and reputation
  • giantism - noun excessive size; usually caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland;  excessive largeness of stature
  • gibberish - noun unintelligible talking
  • gibson - noun United States tennis player who was the first Black woman player to win all the major world singles titles (1927-2003); Australian actor (born in the United States in 1956);  United States illustrator remembered for his creation of the `Gibson girl' (1867-1944)
  • giddiness - noun an impulsive scatterbrained manner;  a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall
  • gigantism - noun excessive largeness of stature;  excessive size; usually caused by excessive secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland
  • gill - noun respiratory organ of aquatic animals that breathe oxygen dissolved in water;  any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the underside of the cap of a mushroom or similar fungus;  a United States liquid unit equal to 4 fluid ounces;  a British imperial capacity unit (liquid or dry) equal to 5 fluid ounces or 142.066 cubic centimeters
  • gillette - noun United States inventor and manufacturer who developed the safety razor (1855-1932)
  • gimlet - noun a cocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice;  hand tool for boring holes
  • gin - noun a form of rummy in which a player can go out if the cards remaining in their hand total less than 10 points;  strong liquor flavored with juniper berries;  a machine that separates the seeds from raw cotton fibers;  a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose;  verb trap with a snare;  separate the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin
  • ginger - adj. (used especially of hair or fur) having a bright orange-brown color;  noun pungent rhizome of the common ginger plant; used fresh as a seasoning especially in Oriental cookery;  dried ground gingerroot;  perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems;  liveliness and energy;  verb add ginger to in order to add flavor
  • gingival - adj. of or relating to the gums
  • gingivitis - noun inflammation of the gums
  • ginglymus - noun a freely moving joint in which the bones are so articulated as to allow extensive movement in one plane
  • girdle - noun a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers;  an encircling or ringlike structure;  a woman's close-fitting foundation garment;  verb put a girdle on or around;  cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients
  • girl - noun a young woman;  a friendly informal reference to a grown woman;  a female human offspring;  a youthful female person;  a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved
  • girth - noun the distance around a person's body;  stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place;  verb encircle or bind;  tie a cinch around
  • give - noun the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length;  verb proffer (a body part);  consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man;  occur;  estimate the duration or outcome of something;  dedicate;  inflict as a punishment; allow to have or take;  guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion; submit for consideration, judgment, or use;  give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause;  offer in good faith;  manifest or show; convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture; convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow;  bestow; accord by verdict;  propose;  be flexible under stress of physical force;  cause to happen or be responsible for;  perform for an audience;  present to view;  transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody;  leave with; give temporarily;  give as a present; make a gift of;  convey or reveal information;  give or convey physically;  give (as medicine);  cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense;  deliver in exchange or recompense;  emit or utter;  execute and deliver;  give food to;  give or supply;  bring about;  organize or be responsible for;  move in order to make room for someone for something;  break down, literally or metaphorically; place into the hands or custody of;  tell or deposit (information) knowledge;  contribute to some cause;  bestow, especially officially; be the cause or source of;  endure the loss of;  afford access to
  • given - adj. acknowledged as a supposition;  having possession delivered or transferred without compensation;  (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward;  noun an assumption that is taken for granted
  • giving - adj. given or giving freely;  noun disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return;  the act of giving; the imparting of news or promises etc.
  • glabella - noun a smooth prominence of the frontal bone between and above the eyebrows; the most forward projecting point of the forehead in the midline at the level of the supraorbital ridges
  • glacial - adj. relating to or derived from a glacier;  extremely cold; devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
  • gladiolus - noun the large central part of the breastbone;  any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers; widely cultivated
  • glance - noun a quick look;  verb throw a glance at; take a brief look at;  rebound after hitting
  • gland - noun any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream
  • glanders - noun a destructive and contagious bacterial disease of horses that can be transmitted to humans
  • glandular - adj. relating to or affecting or functioning as a gland
  • glans - noun a small rounded structure; especially that at the end of the penis or clitoris
  • glare - noun an angry stare;  great brightness;  a focus of public attention;  verb shine intensely;  be sharply reflected;  look at with a fixed gaze
  • glasgow - noun largest city in Scotland; a port on the Clyde in west central Scotland; one of the great shipbuilding centers of the world
  • glass - noun a container for holding liquids while drinking;  glassware collectively;  the quantity a glass will hold;  a brittle transparent solid with irregular atomic structure;  a small refracting telescope;  a mirror; usually a ladies' dressing mirror;  an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant;  verb put in a glass container;  enclose with glass;  scan (game in the forest) with binoculars;  furnish with glass;  become glassy or take on a glass-like appearance
  • glasses - noun optical instrument consisting of a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
  • glassful - noun the quantity a glass will hold
  • glaucoma - noun increased pressure in the eyeball due to obstruction of the outflow of aqueous humor; damages the optic disc and impairs vision (sometimes progressing to blindness)
  • glazed - adj. having a shiny surface or coating;  fitted or covered with glass;  (of foods) covered with a shiny coating by applying e.g. beaten egg or a sugar or gelatin mixture;  (used of eyes) lacking liveliness
  • gleet - noun a thin morbid discharge as from a wound or especially chronic gonorrhea
  • glide - noun the activity of flying a glider;  the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it;  a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant;  verb move smoothly and effortlessly; cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly;  fly in or as if in a glider plane
  • gliding - noun the activity of flying a glider
  • glioma - noun a tumor of the brain consisting of neuroglia
  • glis - noun type genus of the Gliridae
  • glistening - adj. reflecting light
  • globe - noun a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented;  the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on;  an object with a spherical shape
  • globin - noun a colorless protein obtained by removing heme from hemoglobin; the oxygen carrying compound in red blood cells
  • globular - adj. having the shape of a sphere or ball
  • globule - noun a small globe or ball
  • globulin - noun a family of proteins found in blood and milk and muscle and in plant seed
  • glomerular - adj. of or relating to glomeruli
  • glomerulonephritis - noun nephritis marked by inflammation of the glomeruli of the kidney; characterized by decreased production of urine and by the presence of blood and protein in the urine and by edema
  • glomerulus - noun a small intertwined group of capillaries in the malpighian body; it filters the blood during urine formation
  • gloominess - noun the quality of excessive mournfulness and uncheerfulness;  a feeling of melancholy apprehension;  an atmosphere of depression and melancholy
  • gloomy - adj. characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom; depressingly dark;  causing dejection;  reflecting gloom;  causing or suggestive of sorrow or gloom
  • glossina - noun bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc.
  • glossiness - noun the property of being smooth and shiny
  • glossitis - noun inflammation of the tongue
  • glossopharyngeal - adj. pertaining to the tongue and throat
  • glossy - adj. (of paper and fabric and leather) having a surface made smooth and glossy especially by pressing between rollers; having a smooth, gleaming surface;  reflecting light;  noun a photograph that is printed on smooth shiny paper;  a magazine printed on good quality paper
  • glottis - noun the vocal apparatus of the larynx; the true vocal folds and the space between them where the voice tone is generated
  • glove - noun handwear: covers the hand and wrist;  the handwear used by fielders in playing baseball;  boxing equipment consisting of big and padded coverings for the fists of the fighters; worn for the sport of boxing
  • glow - noun a feeling of considerable warmth;  a steady even light without flames;  an appearance of reflected light;  light from nonthermal sources;  the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface;  the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised;  an alert and refreshed state; verb experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion;  be exuberant or high-spirited;  emit a steady even light without flames;  have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink;  shine intensely, as if with heat
  • glucose - noun a monosaccharide sugar that has several forms; an important source of physiological energy
  • glue - noun cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive;  verb be fixed as if by glue;  join or attach with or as if with glue
  • glued - adj. affixed or as if affixed with glue or paste
  • gluteal - adj. of or relating to or near the gluteus muscles
  • gluten - noun a protein substance that remains when starch is removed from cereal grains; gives cohesiveness to dough
  • gluteus - noun any one of three large skeletal muscles that form the buttock and move the thigh
  • glutinous - adj. having the sticky properties of an adhesive
  • glutton - noun musteline mammal of northern Eurasia;  a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
  • gluttony - noun eating to excess (personified as one of the deadly sins);  habitual eating to excess
  • glycerin - noun a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils
  • glycerite - noun a medicine made by mixing a substance in glycerin
  • glycerol - noun a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils
  • glyceryl - noun a trivalent radical derived from glycerol by removing the three hydroxyl radicals
  • glycogen - noun one form in which body fuel is stored; stored primarily in the liver and broken down into glucose when needed by the body
  • glycogenic - adj. of or relating to or involving glycogen
  • glycosuria - noun the presence of abnormally high levels of sugar in the urine
  • glycyrrhiza - noun sticky perennial Eurasian herbs
  • gm - noun a metric unit of weight equal to one thousandth of a kilogram
  • go - adj. functioning correctly and ready for action;  noun a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters;  a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else);  a usually brief attempt;  street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine;  verbbe abolished or discarded;  be spent;  move away from a place into another direction;  follow a procedure or take a course;  pass, fare, or elapse; of a certain state of affairs or action;  be or continue to be in a certain condition;  be awarded; be allotted;  lead, extend, or afford access;  be sounded, played, or expressed;  be contained in;  be ranked or compare;  enter or assume a certain state or condition; follow a certain course;  pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life;  stop operating or functioning;  progress by being changed;  give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number;  have a turn; make one's move in a game;  to be spent or finished;  go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way;  perform as expected when applied;  change location; move, travel, or proceed;  begin or set in motion;  make a certain noise or sound;  continue to live; endure or last;  be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired;  stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point;  blend or harmonize;  have a particular form;  be in the right place or situation
  • goa - noun a state of southwestern India; a former Portuguese colony
  • goaded - adj. compelled forcibly by an outside agency
  • goat - noun any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns;  the tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Capricorn;  a victim of ridicule or pranks
  • goblet - noun a drinking glass with a base and stem;  a bowl-shaped drinking vessel; especially the Eucharistic cup
  • goggles - noun tight-fitting spectacles worn to protect the eyes
  • going - adj. in full operation;  noun advancing toward a goal;  act of departing;  euphemistic expressions for death
  • goiter - noun abnormally enlarged thyroid gland; can result from underproduction or overproduction of hormone or from a deficiency of iodine in the diet
  • gold - adj. made from or covered with gold;  having the deep slightly brownish color of gold;  noun something likened to the metal in brightness or preciousness or superiority etc.;  great wealth;  coins made of gold;  a soft yellow malleable ductile (trivalent and univalent) metallic element; occurs mainly as nuggets in rocks and alluvial deposits; does not react with most chemicals but is attacked by chlorine and aqua regia;  a deep yellow color
  • gold leaf - noun a very thin form of gold foil
  • golden - adj. favoring or bringing good luck;  suggestive of gold; marked by peace and prosperity;  having the deep slightly brownish color of gold;  supremely favored or fortunate;  made from or covered with gold
  • golden seal - noun perennial herb of northeastern United States having a thick knotted yellow rootstock and large rounded leaves
  • golden-yellow - adj. of yellow tinged with gold
  • goldfinch - noun small European finch having a crimson face and yellow-and-black wings;  American finch whose male has yellow body plumage in summer
  • golf - noun a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes;  verb play golf
  • gone - adj. having all been spent;  no longer retained;  dead; destroyed or killed;  well in the past; former;  not present; having left
  • gong - noun a percussion instrument consisting of a metal plate that is struck with a softheaded drumstick;  a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument;  verb sound a gong
  • gonococcus - noun the pus-producing bacterium that causes gonorrhea
  • gonorrhea - noun a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra
  • good - adj. thorough;  generally admired;  resulting favorably;  not left to spoil;  not forged;  having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified;  morally admirable;  in excellent physical condition;  appealing to the mind;  agreeable or pleasing; most suitable or right for a particular purpose;  capable of pleasing; of moral excellence;  promoting or enhancing well-being;  having the normally expected amount;  with or in a close or intimate relationship;  exerting force or influence;  tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health;  deserving of esteem and respect; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude;  financially sound;  adv. (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well');  in a complete and thorough manner (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly');  noun moral excellence or admirableness;  that which is pleasing or valuable or useful;  benefit;  articles of commerce
  • good-humored - adj. disposed to please
  • goodly - adj. large in amount or extent or degree
  • goodman - noun United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including Black as well as White musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)
  • goose - noun web-footed long-necked typically gregarious migratory aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks;  flesh of a goose (domestic or wild);  a man who is a stupid incompetent fool; verb give a spurt of fuel to;  prod into action;  pinch in the buttocks
  • goose egg - noun a quantity of no importance
  • gorged - adj. fed beyond capacity or desire
  • gorget - noun armor plate that protects the neck
  • gossamer - adj. characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy;  so thin as to transmit light;  noun a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture;  filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
  • gossypium - noun herbs and shrubs and small trees: cotton
  • gouge - noun the act of gouging;  and edge tool with a blade like a trough for cutting channels or grooves;  an impression in a surface (as made by a blow);  verb force with the thumb;  make a groove in; obtain by coercion or intimidation
  • gould - noun United States financier who gained control of the Erie Canal and who caused a financial panic in 1869 when he attempted to corner the gold market (1836-1892);  United States paleontologist and popularizer of science (1941-2002)
  • gout - noun a painful inflammation of the big toe and foot caused by defects in uric acid metabolism resulting in deposits of the acid and its salts in the blood and joints
  • gouty - adj. suffering from gout
  • govern - verb direct or strongly influence the behavior of;  exercise authority over; as of nations;  require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood;  bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
  • governed - noun the body of people who are citizens of a particular government
  • governing - adj. responsible for making and enforcing rules and laws;  noun the act of governing; exercising authority
  • government - noun the act of governing; exercising authority; (government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed;  the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit;  the study of government of states and other political units
  • gown - noun a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions;  outerwear consisting of a long flowing garment used for official or ceremonial occasions;  protective garment worn by surgeons during operations; the members of a university as distinguished from the other residents of the town in which the university is located;  lingerie consisting of a loose dress designed to be worn in bed by women; verb dress in a gown
  • graceful - adj. characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution;  suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
  • gradation - noun the act of arranging in grades;  relative position in a graded series;  a degree of ablaut
  • grade - noun a variety of cattle produced by crossbreeding with a superior breed;  the gradient of a slope or road or other surface;  the height of the ground on which something stands;  a degree of ablaut; a relative position or degree of value in a graded group;  a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality;  a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance);  a body of students who are taught together;  one-hundredth of a right angle; verb determine the grade of or assign a grade to;  assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation;  level to the right gradient; assign a rank or rating to
  • graded - adj. arranged in a sequence of grades or ranks
  • grading - noun changing the ground level to a smooth horizontal or gently sloping surface;  evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score;  the act of arranging in a graduated series
  • gradual - adj. proceeding in small stages;  (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt;  noun (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
  • gradually - adv. in a gradual manner
  • graduate - adj. of or relating to studies beyond a bachelor's degree; noun a measuring instrument for measuring fluid volume; a glass container (cup or cylinder or flask) whose sides are marked with or divided into amounts;  a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university);  verb confer an academic degree upon;  receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies;  make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring
  • graduated - adj. (of taxes) increasing as the amount taxed increases;  (of taxes) decreasing as the amount taxed increases; taking place by degrees;  marked with or divided into degrees
  • graft - noun the act of grafting something onto something else; (surgery) tissue or organ transplanted from a donor to a recipient; in some cases the patient can be both donor and recipient;  the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage;  verb cause to grow together parts from different plants; place the organ of a donor into the body of a recipient
  • grafting - noun the act of grafting something onto something else
  • graham - noun United States dancer and choreographer whose work was noted for its austerity and technical rigor (1893-1991); United States evangelical preacher famous as a mass evangelist (born in 1918);  flour made by grinding the entire wheat berry including the bran; (`whole meal flour' is British usage)
  • grain - noun the direction or texture of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric;  foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses;  a small hard particle;  dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn; 1/7000 pound; equals a troy grain or 64.799 milligrams;  1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams;  a weight unit used for pearls or diamonds: 50 mg or 1/4 carat;  verb paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood;  become granular;  form into grains; thoroughly work in
  • gram - noun Danish physician and bacteriologist who developed a method of staining bacteria to distinguish among them (1853-1938); a metric unit of weight equal to one thousandth of a kilogram
  • gram-positive - adj. (of bacteria) being or relating to a bacterium that retains the violet stain used in Gram's method
  • grama - noun pasture grass of plains of South America and western North America
  • grammatically - adv. in a grammatical manner
  • gramme - noun a metric unit of weight equal to one thousandth of a kilogram
  • gran - noun the mother of your father or mother
  • grand - adj. the most important and magnificent in adornment;  large and impressive in physical size or extent;  used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person;  of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope;  of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style;  of or befitting a lord; extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers;  rich and superior in quality;  noun a piano with the strings on a horizontal harp-shaped frame; usually supported by three legs
  • grandeur - noun the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand;  the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
  • granite - noun something having the quality of granite (unyielding firmness);  plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texture; generally composed of feldspar and mica and quartz
  • granny - noun an old woman;  a reef knot crossed the wrong way and therefore insecure;  the mother of your father or mother
  • granted - adj. given as a grant;  acknowledged as a supposition
  • granular - adj. having a granular structure like that of chondrites; composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency
  • granulate - verb form granulating tissue;  become granular;  form into grains
  • granulated - adj. made grainy or formed into granules
  • granulation - noun the act of forming something into granules or grains;  new connective tissue and tiny blood vessels that form on the surfaces of a wound during the healing process
  • granule - noun a tiny grain
  • granuloma - noun a tumor composed of granulation tissue resulting from injury or inflammation or infection
  • grape - noun any of various juicy fruit of the genus Vitis with green or purple skins; grow in clusters;  any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries
  • grape juice - noun the juice of grapes
  • grape sugar - noun an isomer of glucose that is found in honey and sweet fruits
  • grapefruit - noun large yellow fruit with somewhat acid juicy pulp; usual serving consists of a half;  citrus tree bearing large round edible fruit having a thick yellow rind and juicy somewhat acid pulp
  • graph - noun a visual representation of the relations between certain quantities plotted with reference to a set of axes;  verb represent by means of a graph;  plot upon a graph
  • graphic - adj. describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail; evoking lifelike images within the mind;  written or drawn or engraved;  relating to or presented by a graph;  of or relating to the graphic arts;  noun an image that is generated by a computer
  • graphically - adv. in a graphic way;  with respect to graphic aspects; in a diagrammatic manner
  • grappling - noun the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down;  the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
  • grasp - noun the act of grasping;  a firm controlling influence;  the limit of capability;  understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something;  verb hold firmly;  get the meaning of something
  • grasping - adj. immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; noun the act of gripping something firmly with the hands; understanding with difficulty
  • grass - noun German writer of novels and poetry and plays (born 1927);  narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay;  street names for marijuana;  animal food for browsing or grazing;  verb shoot down, of birds;  feed with grass;  cover with grass;  spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach;  cover with grass;  give away information about somebody
  • grate - noun a frame of iron bars to hold a fire;  a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air;  a harsh rasping sound made by scraping something;  verb make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together;  reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface;  furnish with a grate;  scratch repeatedly;  gnaw into; make resentful or angry
  • grateful - adj. feeling or showing gratitude;  affording comfort or pleasure
  • gratefulness - noun warm friendly feelings of gratitude
  • gratification - noun the act or an instance of satisfying;  state of being gratified; great satisfaction
  • gratified - adj. having received what was desired
  • gratify - verb yield (to); give satisfaction to;  make happy or satisfied
  • gratifying - adj. pleasing to the mind or feeling;  occasioning pride; affording satisfaction or pleasure;  giving pleasure or satisfaction
  • grating - adj. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound;  noun optical device consisting of a surface with many parallel grooves in it; disperses a beam of light (or other electromagnetic radiation) into its wavelengths to produce its spectrum;  a frame of iron bars to hold a fire;  a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
  • grave - adj. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought;  dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises;  causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm;  noun a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone);  death of a person;  a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation;  verb carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface;  shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
  • gravel - adj. unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound;  noun rock fragments and pebbles;  verb cover with gravel;  be a mystery or bewildering to;  cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • gravely - adv. in a grave and sober manner;  to a severe or serious degree
  • graver - noun a tool used by an engraver
  • graves - noun English writer known for his interest in mythology and in the classics (1895-1985)
  • gravid - adj. in an advanced stage of pregnancy
  • gravida - noun a pregnant woman;  the number of the pregnancy that a woman is in
  • gravitate - verb move due to the pull of gravitation;  be attracted to; move toward
  • gravitation - noun a figurative movement toward some attraction; movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction; (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface
  • gravity - noun a solemn and dignified feeling;  (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface;  a manner that is serious and solemn
  • gray - adj. of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black;  darkened with overcast; intermediate in character or position;  used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms);  showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair;  noun a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black;  United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888);  American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806);  English poet best known for his elegy written in a country churchyard (1716-1771); horse of a light gray or whitish color;  clothing that is a grey color; any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey;  verbturn grey;  make grey
  • grayish - adj. of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black
  • grayish-blue - adj. of blue tinged with grey
  • grayish-brown - adj. of brown tinged with grey
  • grayish-white - adj. of white tinged with grey
  • grayness - noun a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
  • graze - noun the act of grazing;  a superficial abrasion;  verb scrape gently;  break the skin (of a body part) by scraping;  eat lightly, try different dishes;  feed as in a meadow or pasture;  let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
  • grazing - noun the act of brushing against while passing;  the act of grazing
  • grease - noun a thick fatty oil (especially one used to lubricate machinery);  the state of being covered with unclean things;  verblubricate with grease
  • greased - adj. smeared with oil or grease to reduce friction
  • greasy - adj. smeared or soiled with grease or oil;  containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
  • great - adj. of major significance or importance;  relatively large in size or number or extent; larger than others of its kind;  remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect;  in an advanced stage of pregnancy;  marked by active interest and enthusiasm;  very good;  uppercase;  noun a person who has achieved distinction and honor in some field
  • greater - adj. greater in size or importance or degree
  • greatest - adj. highest in quality
  • greatly - adv. to an extraordinary extent or degree
  • green - adj. of the color between blue and yellow in the color spectrum; similar to the color of fresh grass;  not fully developed or mature; not ripe;  looking pale and unhealthy;  concerned with or supporting or in conformity with the political principles of the Green Party;  naive and easily deceived or tricked;  noun green color or pigment; resembling the color of growing grass;  an area of closely cropped grass surrounding the hole on a golf course;  a river that rises in western Wyoming and flows southward through Utah to become a tributary of the Colorado River;  an environmentalist who belongs to the Green Party;  United States labor leader who was president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952 and who led the struggle with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (1873-1952);  street names for ketamine;  any of various leafy plants or their leaves and stems eaten as vegetables;  a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area;  verb turn or become green
  • green-blindness - noun dichromacy characterized by a lowered sensitivity to green light resulting in an inability to distinguish green and purplish-red
  • green soap - noun a soft (or liquid) soap made from vegetable oils; used in certain skin diseases
  • greene - noun English novelist and Catholic (1904-1991)
  • greenish - adj. of the color between blue and yellow in the color spectrum; similar to the color of fresh grass
  • greenish blue - noun a shade of blue tinged with green
  • greenish-brown - adj. of brown tinged with green
  • greenish-gray - adj. of grey tinged with green
  • greenish-white - adj. of white flowers tinged with green
  • greenish yellow - noun a shade of yellow tinged with green
  • greens - noun any of various leafy plants or their leaves and stems eaten as vegetables
  • gridiron - noun the playing field on which football is played;  a cooking utensil of parallel metal bars; used to grill fish or meat
  • grief - noun something that causes great unhappiness;  intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)
  • grieg - noun Norwegian composer whose work was often inspired by Norwegian folk music (1843-1907)
  • grievous - adj. causing or marked by grief or anguish;  causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm;  shockingly brutal or cruel;  of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
  • grin - noun a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement;  verb to draw back the lips and reveal the teeth, in a smile, grimace, or snarl
  • grindelia - noun large genus of coarse gummy herbs of western North and Central America
  • grinder - noun a machine tool that polishes metal;  machinery that processes materials by grinding or crushing;  grinding tooth with a broad crown; located behind the premolars;  a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
  • grinding - noun a harsh and strident sound (as of the grinding of gears);  matter resulting from the process of grinding;  the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
  • grindstone - noun a revolving stone shaped like a disk; used to grind or sharpen or polish edge tools
  • grip - noun a firm controlling influence;  worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made;  the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road);  the act of grasping;  a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes;  a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place;  the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it;  verb hold fast or firmly;  to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match;  to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
  • gripe - noun informal terms for objecting;  verb complain
  • griping - noun acute abdominal pain (especially in infants)
  • grippe - noun an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
  • gristle - noun tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
  • grit - noun a hard coarse-grained siliceous sandstone;  fortitude and determination;  verb clench together;  cover with a grit
  • grits - noun coarsely ground hulled corn boiled as a breakfast dish in the southern United States
  • gritty - adj. willing to face danger;  composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency
  • groan - noun an utterance expressing pain or disapproval;  verbindicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure
  • grog - noun rum cut with water
  • groin - noun the crease at the junction of the inner part of the thigh with the trunk together with the adjacent region and often including the external genitals;  a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away;  verb build with groins
  • groove - noun (anatomy) any furrow or channel on a bodily structure or part;  a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record);  a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape;  verb make a groove in, or provide with a groove;  hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove
  • grooved - adj. established as if settled into a groove or rut;  having grooves or tracks cut or incised
  • groping - adj. acting with uncertainty or hesitance or lack of confidence
  • gross - adj. repellently fat;  lacking fine distinctions or detail;  before any deductions;  conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible;  conspicuously and tastelessly indecent;  visible to the naked eye (especially of rocks and anatomical features);  without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers;  nounthe entire amount of income before any deductions are made; twelve dozen;  verb earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
  • grossly - adv. in a gross manner
  • grotesque - adj. distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous;  ludicrously odd;  noun art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants
  • ground - noun (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting;  a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage);  a relatively homogeneous percept extending back of the figure on which attention is focused;  a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle);  the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface;  the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground;  a rational motive for a belief or action;  the solid part of the earth's surface;  material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use);  a relation that provides the foundation for something;  the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface;  verb instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject;  connect to a ground;  hit onto the ground;  hit a groundball;  throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage; place or put on the ground;  confine or restrict to the ground;  hit or reach the ground;  bring to the ground;  use as a basis for; found on; fix firmly and stably;  cover with a primer; apply a primer to
  • ground glass - noun glass that diffuses light due to a rough surface produced by abrasion or etching;  particulate glass made by grinding and used as an abrasive
  • grounding - noun fastening electrical equipment to earth;  education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge
  • grounds - noun a tract of land cleared for some special purposes (recreation or burial etc.);  the enclosed land around a house or other building;  your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief;  a justification for something existing or happening; sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid
  • groundwork - noun preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation;  lowest support of a structure;  the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
  • group - noun any number of entities (members) considered as a unit;  a set that is closed, associative, has an identity element and every element has an inverse;  (chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule;  verbarrange into a group or groups;  form a group or group together
  • grouped - adj. arranged into groups
  • grouping - noun the activity of putting things together in groups;  a system for classifying things into groups;  any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
  • grow - verb come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes);  become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; increase in size by natural process;  cause to grow or develop; become attached by or as if by the process of growth;  cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques;  pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become;  develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation;  grow emotionally or mature;  come into existence; take on form or shape
  • growing - adj. increasing in size or degree or amount;  relating to or suitable for growth;  having or showing vigorous vegetal or animal life;  noun (electronics) the production of (semiconductor) crystals by slow crystallization from the molten state;  (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
  • grown - adj. (of animals) fully developed
  • growth - noun vegetation that has grown;  something grown or growing;  (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; a progression from simpler to more complex forms;  (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor);  the gradual beginning or coming forth;  a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
  • gruel - noun a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)
  • grumous - adj. transformed from a liquid into a soft semisolid or solid mass
  • guaiac - noun hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
  • guaiacum - noun small genus of evergreen resinous trees or shrubs of warm and tropical America;  medicinal resin from the lignum vitae tree;  hard greenish-brown wood of the lignum vitae tree and other trees of the genus Guaiacum
  • guano - noun the excrement of sea birds; used as fertilizer
  • guarantee - noun a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications;  a pledge that something will happen or that something is true;  a collateral agreement to answer for the debt of another in case that person defaults;  verb give surety or assume responsibility;  make certain of; stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of; promise to do or accomplish
  • guard - noun a position on a basketball team;  a position on the line of scrimmage;  a device designed to prevent injury;  a posture of defence in boxing or fencing;  a group of men who escort and protect some important person;  the person who plays that position on a football team;  a person who keeps watch over something or someone;  the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team;  the duty of serving as a sentry;  a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.; verb watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect;  to keep watch over;  take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence;  protect against a challenge or attack
  • guarded - adj. prudent
  • guardedly - adv. in a conservative manner
  • guess - noun an estimate based on little or no information;  a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence;  verbguess correctly; solve by guessing;  put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation;  expect, believe, or suppose;  judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
  • guidance - noun the act of guiding or showing the way;  something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action; the act of setting and holding a course
  • guide - noun someone who shows the way by leading or advising;  a model or standard for making comparisons;  something that offers basic information or instruction;  someone who can find paths through unexplored territory;  someone employed to conduct others; verb guide or pass over something;  use as a guide;  be a guiding force, as with directions or advice;  direct the course; determine the direction of travelling;  take somebody somewhere
  • guided - adj. subject to guidance or control especially after launching
  • guiding - adj. exerting control or influence;  showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on
  • guillotine - noun instrument of execution that consists of a weighted blade between two vertical poles; used for beheading people; closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill;  verb kill by cutting the head off with a guillotine
  • guinea - noun a republic in western Africa on the Atlantic; formerly a French colony; achieved independence from France in 1958;  a former British gold coin worth 21 shillings;  a west African bird having dark plumage mottled with white; native to Africa but raised for food in many parts of the world;  offensive terms for a person of Italian descent
  • guinea pig - noun stout-bodied nearly tailless domesticated cavy; often kept as a pet and widely used in research;  a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation
  • guinea worm - noun parasitic roundworm of India and Africa that lives in the abdomen or beneath the skin of humans and other vertebrates;  a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skin
  • guise - noun an artful or simulated semblance
  • gulf - noun an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding);  a deep wide chasm;  an arm of a sea or ocean partly enclosed by land; larger than a bay
  • gull - noun mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs;  a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of; verb fool or hoax;  make a fool or dupe of
  • gullet - noun the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
  • gulp - noun a large and hurried swallow;  a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing;  verb utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly;  to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
  • gum - noun any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying;  the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth;  a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing;  any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum;  wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum; cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive; verb exude or form gum;  become sticky;  cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum;  grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty
  • gum arabic - noun gum from an acacia tree; used as a thickener (especially in candies and pharmaceuticals)
  • gum elastic - noun an elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees (especially trees of the genera Hevea and Ficus) that can be vulcanized and finished into a variety of products
  • gum-lac - noun an inferior lac produced by lac insects in Madagascar
  • gum plant - noun any of various western American plants of the genus Grindelia having resinous leaves and stems formerly used medicinally; often poisonous to livestock
  • gum resin - noun a mixture of resin and gum
  • gumma - noun a small rubbery granuloma that is characteristic of an advanced stage of syphilis
  • gummy - adj. having the sticky properties of an adhesive;  treated with an adhesive gum
  • gun - noun the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies;  a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel);  a pedal that controls the throttle valve;  large but transportable armament;  a hand-operated pump that resembles a revolver; forces grease into parts of a machine;  a professional killer who uses a gun;  a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability);  verb shoot with a gun
  • guncotton - noun nitric acid esters; used in lacquers and explosives
  • gunpowder - noun a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in a 75:15:10 ratio which is used in gunnery, time fuses, and fireworks
  • gunshot - noun the act of shooting a gun
  • gurgle - noun the bubbling sound of water flowing from a bottle with a narrow neck;  verb utter with a gurgling sound;  make sounds similar to gurgling water;  drink from a flask with a gurgling sound; flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise
  • gush - noun an unrestrained expression of emotion;  a sudden rapid flow (as of water);  verb praise enthusiastically;  issue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth;  gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
  • gushing - adj. flowing profusely;  extravagantly demonstrative; uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm
  • gustatory - adj. of or relating to gustation
  • gut - noun a narrow channel or strait;  a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery;  the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus;  verb remove the guts of; empty completely; destroy the inside of
  • gutta-percha - noun a whitish rubber derived from the coagulated milky latex of gutta-percha trees; used for insulation of electrical cables
  • gutter - noun a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater;  a tool for gutting fish;  a worker who guts things (fish or buildings or cars etc.);  misfortune resulting in lost effort or money;  verb provide with gutters;  wear or cut gutters into; flow in small streams;  burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker
  • guttural - adj. relating to or articulated in the throat;  like the sounds of frogs and crows;  noun a consonant articulated in the back of the mouth or throat
  • gym - noun athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training
  • gymnastic - adj. of or relating to or used in exercises intended to develop strength and agility;  vigorously active
  • gymnastics - noun a sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility
  • gynecologic - adj. of or relating to or practicing gynecology
  • gynecological - adj. of or relating to or practicing gynecology
  • gynecology - noun the branch of medicine that deals with the diseases and hygiene of women
  • gypsum - noun a common white or colorless mineral (hydrated calcium sulphate) used to make cements and plasters (especially plaster of Paris)
  • gyrate - verb to wind or move in a spiral course;  revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
  • gyrus - noun a convex fold or elevation in the surface of the brain
  • h - noun the 8th letter of the Roman alphabet;  (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity equal to the internal energy of a system plus the product of its volume and pressure;  the constant of proportionality relating the energy of a photon to its frequency; approximately 6.626 x 10^-34 joule-second;  a unit of inductance in which an induced electromotive force of one volt is produced when the current is varied at the rate of one ampere per second;  a nonmetallic univalent element that is normally a colorless and odorless highly flammable diatomic gas; the simplest and lightest and most abundant element in the universe
  • ha - noun (astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial point measured westward along the celestial equator from the zenith crossing; the right ascension for an observer at a particular location and time of day
  • habit - noun a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition;  a distinctive attire (as the costume of a religious order); an established custom;  excessive use of drugs;  verb put a habit on
  • habit-forming - adj. causing or characterized by addiction
  • habitat - noun the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs
  • habitual - adj. made a norm or custom or habit;  having a habit of long standing;  commonly used or practiced; usual
  • habitually - adv. according to habit or custom;  according to routine or established practice
  • habituation - noun a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions;  being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  • hail - noun enthusiastic greeting;  precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents;  verb greet enthusiastically or joyfully;  call for;  be a native of;  precipitate as small ice particles; praise vociferously
  • hair - noun a filamentous projection or process on an organism;  any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal;  a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss;  filamentous hairlike growth on a plant;  cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments;  a very small distance or space
  • hair dye - noun a dye or tint for the hair
  • haired - adj. having or covered with hair
  • hairiness - noun the quality of having hair
  • hairless - adj. having no hair or fur
  • hairy - adj. hazardous and frightening;  having or covered with hair
  • haldane - noun Scottish statesman and brother of Elizabeth and John Haldane (1856-1928);  Scottish writer and sister of Richard Haldane and John Haldane (1862-1937);  Scottish physiologist and brother of Richard Haldane and Elizabeth Haldane; noted for research into industrial diseases (1860-1936);  Scottish geneticist (son of John Haldane) who contributed to the development of population genetics; a popularizer of science and a Marxist (1892-1964)
  • hale - adj. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health;  nounprolific United States writer (1822-1909);  United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938);  a soldier of the American Revolution who was hanged as a spy by the British; his last words were supposed to have been `I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country' (1755-1776);  verb draw slowly or heavily;  to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
  • half - adj. consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity;  (of siblings) related through one parent only;  partial;  adv.partially or to the extent of a half;  noun in various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval; one of two equal parts of a divisible whole
  • half-hearted - adj. feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm
  • half-hour - noun a half of an hour
  • half-pint - noun disparaging terms for small people
  • half pound - noun 8 ounces
  • halfway - adj. including only half or a portion;  at a point midway between two extremes;  equally distant from the extremes;  adv. at half the distance; at the middle
  • hall - noun a large building for meetings or entertainment;  a large room for gatherings or entertainment;  a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research;  United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907);  United States explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1821-1871);  United States chemist who developed an economical method of producing aluminum from bauxite (1863-1914);  United States child psychologist whose theories of child psychology strongly influenced educational psychology (1844-1924);  English writer whose novel about a lesbian relationship was banned in Britain for many years (1883-1943);  a large entrance or reception room or area;  a college or university building containing living quarters for students;  an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open;  the large room of a manor or castle;  a large and imposing house
  • hallucination - noun an object perceived during a hallucinatory episode;  illusory perception; a common symptom of severe mental disorder;  a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea
  • hallux - noun the first largest innermost toe
  • halo - noun a circle of light around the sun or moon;  an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint;  a toroidal shape
  • halt - adj. disabled in the feet or legs;  noun an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement;  the event of something ending;  the state of inactivity following an interruption; verb cause to stop;  stop the flow of a liquid;  come to a halt, stop moving;  stop from happening or developing
  • ham - noun meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked);  an unskilled actor who overacts;  a licensed amateur radio operator; (Old Testament) son of Noah;  verb exaggerate one's acting
  • hamamelis - noun deciduous shrubs or small trees: witch hazel
  • hamburg - noun a port city in northern Germany on the Elbe River that was founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century and is today the largest port in Germany; in 1241 it formed an alliance with Lubeck that became the basis for the Hanseatic League
  • hamilton - noun the capital of Bermuda;  a port city in southeastern Ontario at the western end of Lake Ontario;  United States statesman and leader of the Federalists; as the first Secretary of the Treasury he establish a federal bank; was mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr (1755-1804);  United States toxicologist known for her work on industrial poisons (1869-1970);  English beauty who was the mistress of Admiral Nelson (1765-1815);  Irish mathematician (1806-1865)
  • hammer - noun the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows);  a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking;  a power tool for drilling rocks; a striker that is covered in felt and that causes the piano strings to vibrate;  the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled;  a heavy metal sphere attached to a flexible wire; used in the hammer throw;  the ossicle attached to the eardrum;  verb beat with or as if with a hammer;  create by hammering
  • hammered - adj. shaped or worked with a hammer and often showing hammer marks
  • hammering - noun the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)
  • hammock - noun a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swings easily;  a small natural hill
  • hamstring - noun one of the tendons at the back of the knee;  verbcripple by cutting the hamstring;  make ineffective or powerless
  • hand - noun physical assistance;  terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos);  a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece;  the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb;  ability;  one of two sides of an issue;  a round of applause to signify approval;  the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time;  a position given by its location to the side of an object;  a member of the crew of a ship;  a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses;  something written by hand;  a card player in a game of bridge;  a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; verb guide or conduct or usher somewhere;  place into the hands or custody of
  • handbook - noun a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location
  • handed - adj. having or involving the use of hands
  • handful - noun the quantity that can be held in the hand;  a small number or amount
  • handicap - noun advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning;  something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress;  the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness;  verb put at a disadvantage;  attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant;  injure permanently
  • handicraft - noun a craft that requires skillful hands;  a work produced by hand labor
  • handkerchief - noun a square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose or as a costume accessory
  • handle - noun the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it;  verb touch, lift, or hold with the hands;  show and train;  deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression;  handle effectively;  be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; interact in a certain way
  • handled - adj. having a usually specified type of handle
  • handling - noun the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means;  manual (or mechanical) carrying or moving or delivering or working with something;  the management of someone or something
  • hands - noun (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child;  the force of workers available
  • handy - adj. skillful with the hands;  easy to use;  easy to reach;  nounUnited States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958)
  • hang - noun a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms;  the way a garment hangs;  a special way of doing something;  verb suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste;  cause to be hanging or suspended;  place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction;  be placed in position as by a hinge;  be suspended or poised;  be suspended or hanging;  fall or flow in a certain way;  decorate or furnish with something suspended;  let drop or droop;  kill by hanging;  prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury;  be menacing, burdensome, or oppressive;  be exhibited;  hold on tightly or tenaciously;  give heed (to)
  • hanging - adj. supported from above;  noun a form of capital punishment; victim is suspended by the neck from a gallows or gibbet until dead;  decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window;  the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)
  • hap - noun an accidental happening;  verb come to pass
  • haphazard - adj. marked by great carelessness;  dependent upon or characterized by chance;  adv. without care; in a slapdash manner
  • happen - verb come to pass;  come into being; become reality; happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance; chance to be or do something, without intention or causation;  come upon, as if by accident; meet with
  • happily - adv. in an unexpectedly lucky way;  in a joyous manner
  • happiness - noun emotions experienced when in a state of well-being;  state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
  • happy - adj. well expressed and to the point;  enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure or good fortune;  marked by good fortune; eagerly disposed to act or to be of service
  • harbor - noun a place of refuge and comfort and security;  a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo;  verbmaintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings);  hold back a thought or feeling about;  keep in one's possession; of animals;  secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)
  • hard - adj. dried out;  unfortunate or hard to bear;  resisting weight or pressure;  dispassionate;  (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum;  (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source;  being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content;  very strong or vigorous;  not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure;  characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort;  given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors;  produced without vibration of the vocal cords;  adv. with effort or force or vigor;  to the full extent possible; all the way;  slowly and with difficulty;  causing great damage or hardship;  with firmness; earnestly or intently;  with pain or distress or bitterness;  very near or close in space or time;  into a solid condition;  indulging excessively
  • hard rubber - noun a hard nonresilient rubber formed by vulcanizing natural rubber
  • harden - verb become hard or harder;  make hard or harder;  cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate;  make fit;  harden by reheating and cooling in oil
  • hardened - adj. converted to solid form (as concrete);  protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons);  used of persons; emotionally hardened;  made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment;  made tough by habitual exposure
  • hardening - noun the act of making something harder (firmer or tighter or more compact);  the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization;  abnormal hardening or thickening of tissue
  • hardly - adv. almost not;  by a small margin
  • hardness - noun the quality of being difficult to do;  the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale;  excessive sternness;  devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness
  • hardship - noun something that causes or entails suffering; something hard to endure;  a state of misfortune or affliction
  • hare - noun swift timid long-eared mammal larger than a rabbit having a divided upper lip and long hind legs; young born furred and with open eyes;  flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food;  verb run quickly, like a hare
  • harelip - noun a congenital cleft in the middle of the upper lip
  • harm - noun the act of damaging something or someone;  the occurrence of a change for the worse;  any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.;  verb cause or do harm to
  • harmful - adj. causing or capable of causing harm;  able or likely to do harm;  constituting a disadvantage;  tending to cause great harm; contrary to your interests or welfare;  injurious to physical or mental health
  • harmless - adj. not threatening to life or health; not malignant;  not causing or capable of causing harm;  unlikely to harm or disturb anyone;  not producing any toxic effects;  not injurious to physical or mental health
  • harmlessly - adv. in a harmless manner
  • harmonious - adj. existing together in harmony;  exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents of an entity or between different entities;  musically pleasing;  suitable and fitting
  • harmonize - verb bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing;  bring into consonance or accord;  bring into consonance or relate harmoniously;  sing or play in harmony;  write a harmony for;  go together
  • harmony - noun compatibility in opinion and action;  an agreeable sound property;  the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords;  agreement of opinions;  a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
  • harris - noun publisher of the first newspaper printed in America (1673-1713);  British marshal of the Royal Air Force; during World War II he directed mass bombing raids against German cities that resulted in heavy civilian casualties (1892-1984);  Irish writer noted for his sexually explicit but unreliable autobiography (1856-1931); United States diplomat who was instrumental in opening Japan to foreign trade (1804-1878)
  • harrison - noun 9th President of the United States; caught pneumonia during his inauguration and died shortly after (1773-1841);  23rd President of the United States (1833-1901);  English rock star; lead guitarist of the Beatles (1943-2001);  English actor on stage and in films (1908-1990)
  • harsh - adj. sharply disagreeable; rigorous;  severe;  unkind or cruel or uncivil;  unpleasantly stern;  disagreeable to the senses;  of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
  • harshness - noun the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions;  the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses;  excessive sternness;  the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
  • hartley - noun English philosopher who introduced the theory of the association of ideas (1705-1757)
  • harvard - noun American philanthropist who left his library and half his estate to the Massachusetts college that now bears his name (1607-1638);  a university in Massachusetts
  • harvest - noun the season for gathering crops;  the gathering of a ripened crop;  the consequence of an effort or activity;  the yield from plants in a single growing season;  verb remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation;  gather, as of natural products
  • harvey - noun English physician and scientist who described the circulation of the blood; he later proposed that all animals originate from an ovum produced by the female of the species (1578-1657)
  • hashish - noun purified resinous extract of the hemp plant; used as a hallucinogen
  • haste - noun the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; overly eager speed (and possible carelessness);  a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry
  • hasten - verb act or move at high speed;  cause to occur rapidly; step on it;  speed up the progress of; facilitate
  • hastily - adv. in a hurried or hasty manner
  • hasty - adj. excessively quick;  done with very great haste and without due deliberation
  • hatch - noun a movable barrier covering a hatchway;  shading consisting of multiple crossing lines;  the production of young from an egg;  verb emerge from the eggs;  draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper;  inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating;  sit on (eggs);  devise or invent
  • hatched - adj. shaded by means of fine parallel or crossed lines; produced from an egg
  • hatching - noun shading consisting of multiple crossing lines;  the production of young from an egg
  • hate - noun the emotion of hate; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action;  verb dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards
  • have - noun a person who possesses great material wealth;  verbsuffer from; be ill with;  undergo;  have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense;  have left;  achieve a point or goal; have a personal or business relationship with someone;  have as a feature;  be confronted with;  cause_to_be_born;  undergo (as of injuries and illnesses);  cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition;  cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;  serve oneself to, or consume regularly;  have sex with; archaic use;  organize or be responsible for;  go through (mental or physical states or experiences);  have ownership or possession of; get something; come into possession of;  receive willingly something given or offered
  • haven - noun a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary;  a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
  • haw - noun the nictitating membrane of a horse;  a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus;  verb utter `haw'
  • hawaii - noun a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands;  the largest and southernmost of the Hawaii islands; has several volcanic peaks
  • hawk - noun diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail;  an advocate of an aggressive policy on foreign relations;  a square board with a handle underneath; used by masons to hold or carry mortar;  verb hunt with hawks;  clear mucus or food from one's throat;  sell or offer for sale from place to place
  • hay - noun grass mowed and cured for use as fodder;  verb convert (plant material) into hay
  • hay fever - noun a seasonal rhinitis resulting from an allergic reaction to pollen
  • hazard - noun an obstacle on a golf course;  a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune;  an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another;  verb put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation;  take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome;  put at risk
  • hazardous - adj. involving risk or danger
  • hazel - adj. of a light brown or yellowish brown color;  noun the fine-grained wood of a hazelnut tree (genus Corylus) and the hazel tree (Australian genus Pomaderris);  Australian tree grown especially for ornament and its fine-grained wood and bearing edible nuts;  any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Corylus bearing edible nuts enclosed in a leafy husk
  • hazelnut - noun nut of any of several trees of the genus Corylus; any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Corylus bearing edible nuts enclosed in a leafy husk
  • haziness - noun cloudiness resulting from haze or mist or vapor; vagueness attributable to being not clearly defined
  • hazy - adj. filled or abounding with fog or mist;  indistinct or hazy in outline
  • he - noun the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet;  a very light colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses; the most difficult gas to liquefy; occurs in economically extractable amounts in certain natural gases (as those found in Texas and Kansas)
  • head - noun a single domestic animal;  a projection out from one end;  (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship;  the striking part of a tool;  (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head;  that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves;  the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains;  the rounded end of a bone that bits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint;  (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent;  the front of a military formation or procession;  the top of something;  the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container;  a rounded compact mass;  a user of (usually soft) drugs;  a person who is in charge;  an individual person;  the pressure exerted by a fluid;  the length or height based on the size of a human or animal head;  the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates);  oral stimulation of the genitals;  a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum;  (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk;  that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason;  a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about;  the subject matter at issue;  a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; forward movement;  a difficult juncture;  the source of water from which a stream arises;  the part in the front or nearest the viewer;  a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea); the educator who has executive authority for a school;  a dense clusters of flowers or foliage;  verb remove the head of;  to go or travel towards;  be in charge of;  form a head or come or grow to a head;  be in the front of or on top of;  be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel;  take its rise;  direct the course; determine the direction of travelling;  travel in front of; go in advance of others
  • head louse - noun infests the head and body of humans
  • headache - noun pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs;  something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
  • headboard - noun a vertical board or panel forming the head of a bedstead
  • headed - adj. having a head of a specified kind or anything that serves as a head; often used in combination;  having a heading or caption;  of leafy vegetables; having formed into a head;  having a heading or course in a certain direction
  • heading - noun a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about;  a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine;  the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
  • heal - verb get healthy again;  provide a cure for, make healthy again;  heal or recover
  • healed - adj. freed from illness or injury
  • healing - adj. tending to cure or restore to health;  noun the natural process by which the body repairs itself
  • health - noun the general condition of body and mind;  a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease
  • healthful - adj. conducive to good health of body or mind;  free from filth and pathogens
  • healthier - adj. improved in health or physical condition
  • healthy - adj. having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease;  exercising or showing good judgment; financially secure and functioning well;  promoting health; healthful; physically and mentally sound or healthy
  • hear - verb receive a communication from someone;  perceive (sound) via the auditory sense;  examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process;  get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally;  listen and pay attention
  • heard - adj. detected or perceived by the sense of hearing
  • hearing - adj. able to perceive sound;  noun (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence;  the ability to hear; the auditory faculty;  a session (of a committee or grand jury) in which witnesses are called and testimony is taken;  an opportunity to state your case and be heard; the act of hearing attentively;  the range within which a voice can be heard
  • hearsay - adj. heard through another rather than directly;  noungossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
  • heart - noun a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it;  an inclination or tendency of a certain kind;  the courage to carry on;  the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body;  the locus of feelings and intuitions;  a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal);  a plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom; conventionally used on playing cards and valentines;  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;  a positive feeling of liking;  an area that is approximately central within some larger region
  • hearts - noun a form of whist in which players avoid winning tricks containing hearts or the queen of spades
  • heart block - noun recurrent sudden attacks of unconsciousness caused by impaired conduction of the impulse that regulates the heartbeat
  • heart disease - noun a disease of the heart
  • heart failure - noun inability of the heart to pump enough blood to sustain normal bodily functions
  • heart muscle - noun the muscle tissue of the heart; adapted to continued rhythmic contraction
  • heart rhythm - noun the rhythm of a beating heart
  • heartburn - noun a painful burning sensation in the chest caused by gastroesophageal reflux (backflow from the stomach irritating the esophagus); symptomatic of an ulcer or a diaphragmatic hernia or other disorder
  • hearts - noun a form of whist in which players avoid winning tricks containing hearts or the queen of spades
  • hearty - adj. without reservation;  consuming abundantly and with gusto;  endowed with or exhibiting great bodily or mental health; providing abundant nourishment;  showing warm and heartfelt friendliness
  • heat - noun the trait of being intensely emotional;  the sensation caused by heat energy;  a preliminary race in which the winner advances to a more important race;  a form of energy that is transferred by a difference in temperature;  utility to warm a building; the presence of heat;  applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity;  verb make hot or hotter;  gain heat or get hot;  provide with heat;  arouse or excite feelings and passions
  • heat exhaustion - noun a condition marked by dizziness and nausea and weakness caused by depletion of body fluids and electrolytes
  • heated - adj. made warm or hot (`het' is a dialectal variant of `heated');  marked by emotional heat; vehement
  • heater - noun device that heats water or supplies warmth to a room; (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
  • heating - noun the process of becoming warmer; a rising temperature;  utility to warm a building
  • heatstroke - noun collapse caused by exposure to excessive heat
  • heavens - noun the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
  • heavily - adv. to a considerable degree;  indulging excessively;  in a manner designed for heavy duty;  in a heavy-footed manner;  with great force;  slowly as if burdened by much weight
  • heaviness - noun the property of being comparatively great in weight;  persisting sadness;  unwelcome burdensome difficulty;  used of a line or mark;  an oppressive quality that is laborious and solemn and lacks grace or fluency
  • heaving - adj. rising and falling alternately as in waves;  nounthrowing something heavy (with great effort);  the act of lifting something with great effort;  breathing heavily (as after exertion);  an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)
  • heavy - adj. darkened by clouds;  (of sleep) deep and complete; lacking lightness or liveliness;  requiring or showing effort;  full of; bearing great weight;  sharply inclined;  dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal; of comparatively great physical weight or density;  large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work; marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness;  unusually great in degree or quantity or number;  (physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight;  of great intensity or power or force;  slow and laborious because of weight;  of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment;  full and loud and deep;  made of fabric having considerable thickness;  of relatively large extent and density;  (of an actor or role) being or playing the villain;  in an advanced stage of pregnancy;  (used of soil) compact and fine-grained;  characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort;  usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it;  of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought;  given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors; prodigious;  permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter;  adv. slowly as if burdened by much weight; noun a serious (or tragic) role in a play;  an actor who plays villainous roles
  • hebephrenia - noun a form of schizophrenia characterized by severe disintegration of personality including erratic speech and childish mannerisms and bizarre behavior; usually becomes evident during puberty; the most common diagnostic category in mental institutions
  • hebephrenic - adj. suffering from a form of schizophrenia characterized by foolish mannerisms and senseless laughter along with delusions and regressive behavior
  • hebetude - noun mental lethargy or dullness
  • hebrew - adj. of or relating to the language of the Hebrews;  of or relating to or characteristic of the Hebrews;  noun the ancient Canaanitic language of the Hebrews that has been revived as the official language of Israel;  a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties
  • hebrews - noun the ethnic group claiming descent from Abraham and Isaac (especially from Isaac's son Jacob); the nation whom God chose to receive his revelation and with whom God chose to make a covenant (Exodus 19);  a New Testament book traditionally included among the epistle of Saint Paul but now generally considered not to have been written by him
  • hectic - adj. marked by intense agitation or emotion
  • hectogram - noun 100 grams
  • hectoliter - noun a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 100 liters
  • hectometer - noun a metric unit of length equal to 100 meters
  • hedeoma - noun small genus of American herbs (American pennyroyal)
  • hedge - noun a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes;  an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement;  any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change;  verbminimize loss or risk;  avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues);  enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges;  hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
  • hedged - adj. evasively worded in order to avoid an unqualified statement
  • heel - noun the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation;  (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft;  the lower end of a ship's mast;  the back part of the human foot;  one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread;  someone who is morally reprehensible;  verb put a new heel on;  strike with the heel of the club;  perform with the heels; follow at the heels of a person;  tilt to one side
  • height - noun the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top;  (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot;  elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface;  the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
  • heights - noun a high place
  • held - adj. occupied or in the control of; often used in combination
  • heliotherapy - noun therapeutic exposure to sunlight
  • helix - noun type genus of the family Helicidae;  a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle;  a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
  • hellebore - noun any plant of the Eurasian genus Helleborus; perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes
  • helleborus - noun a genus of Helleborus
  • helmholtz - noun German physiologist and physicist (1821-1894)
  • help - noun the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose;  a means of serving;  a resource; a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose;  verb improve the condition of;  improve; change for the better;  give help or assistance; be of service; contribute to the furtherance of;  be of use;  help to some food; help with food or drink;  take or use;  abstain from doing; always used with a negative
  • helper - noun a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help);  a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  • helpful - adj. showing a willingness to cooperate;  providing assistance or serving a useful function;  of service or assistance
  • helping - noun an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
  • helpless - adj. unable to manage independently;  unable to function; without help;  lacking in or deprived of strength or power
  • helplessness - noun powerlessness revealed by an inability to act; a feeling of being unable to manage;  the state of needing help from something
  • hem - noun lap that forms a cloth border doubled back and stitched down;  verb utter `hem' or `ahem';  fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
  • hemangioma - noun benign angioma consisting of a mass of blood vessels; some appear as birthmarks
  • hematemesis - noun vomiting blood
  • hematin - noun a complex red organic pigment containing iron and other atoms to which oxygen binds
  • hematocele - noun swelling caused by blood collecting in a body cavity (especially a swelling of the membrane covering the testis)
  • hematocolpos - noun accumulation of menstrual blood in the vagina (usually due to an imperforate hymen)
  • hematocrit - noun a measuring instrument to determine (usually by centrifugation) the relative amounts of corpuscles and plasma in the blood;  the ratio of the volume occupied by packed red blood cells to the volume of the whole blood as measured by a hematocrit
  • hematoidin - noun an orange-yellow pigment in the bile that forms as a product of hemoglobin; excess amounts in the blood produce the yellow appearance observed in jaundice
  • hematologic - adj. of or relating to or involved in hematology
  • hematology - noun the branch of medicine that deals with diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs
  • hematoma - noun a localized swelling filled with blood
  • hematuria - noun the presence of blood in the urine; often a symptom of urinary tract disease
  • hemeralopia - noun inability to see clearly in bright light
  • hemianopsia - noun blindness in one half of the visual field of one or both eyes
  • hemic - adj. relating to or containing or affecting blood
  • hemicrania - noun a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
  • hemiplegia - noun paralysis of one side of the body
  • hemiplegic - noun a person who has hemiplegia (is paralyzed on one side of the body)
  • hemisphere - noun either half of the cerebrum;  half of the terrestrial globe;  half of a sphere
  • hemispheric - adj. of or relating to the cerebral hemispheres
  • hemlock - noun an evergreen tree;  soft coarse splintery wood of a hemlock tree especially the western hemlock;  large branching biennial herb native to Eurasia and Africa and adventive in North America having large fernlike leaves and white flowers; usually found in damp habitats; all parts extremely poisonous;  poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium
  • hemoglobin - noun a hemoprotein composed of globin and heme that gives red blood cells their characteristic color; function primarily to transport oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues
  • hemoglobinuria - noun presence of hemoglobin in the urine
  • hemolysis - noun lysis of erythrocytes with the release of hemoglobin
  • hemolytic - adj. relating to or involving or causing hemolysis
  • hemophilia - noun congenital tendency to uncontrolled bleeding; usually affects males and is transmitted from mother to son
  • hemophilic - adj. relating to or having hemophilia
  • hemoptysis - noun coughing up blood from the respiratory tract; usually indicates a severe infection of the bronchi or lungs
  • hemorrhage - noun flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessels; verb lose blood from one's body
  • hemorrhagic - adj. of or relating to a hemorrhage
  • hemorrhoid - noun pain caused by venous swelling at or inside the anal sphincter
  • hemosiderin - noun a granular brown substance composed of ferric oxide; left from the breakdown of hemoglobin; can be a sign of disturbed iron metabolism
  • hemostasis - noun surgical procedure of stopping the flow of blood (as with a hemostat)
  • hemostat - noun a surgical instrument that stops bleeding by clamping the blood vessel
  • hemostatic - adj. tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels
  • hemothorax - noun accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity (the space between the lungs and the walls of the chest)
  • hemp - noun a plant fiber;  a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging; any plant of the genus Cannabis; a coarse bushy annual with palmate leaves and clusters of small green flowers; yields tough fibers and narcotic drugs
  • hen - noun female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster; adult female bird;  adult female chicken;  flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing
  • henbane - noun poisonous fetid Old World herb having sticky hairy leaves and yellow-brown flowers; yields hyoscyamine and scopolamine
  • hence - adv. from this time;  from this place;  (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result
  • henry - noun United States physicist who studied electromagnetic phenomena (1791-1878);  a leader of the American Revolution and a famous orator who spoke out against British rule of the American colonies (1736-1799);  English chemist who studied the quantities of gas absorbed by water at different temperatures and under different pressures (1775-1836);  a unit of inductance in which an induced electromotive force of one volt is produced when the current is varied at the rate of one ampere per second
  • hepatic - adj. pertaining to or affecting the liver;  noun any of numerous small green nonvascular plants of the class Hepaticopsida growing in wet places and resembling green seaweeds or leafy mosses
  • hepatica - noun a common liverwort;  any of several plants of the genus Hepatica having three-lobed leaves and white or pinkish flowers in early spring; of moist and mossy subalpine woodland areas of north temperate regions
  • hepatitis - noun inflammation of the liver caused by a virus or a toxin
  • herald - noun (formal) a person who announces important news;  an indication of the approach of something or someone;  verb praise vociferously;  greet enthusiastically or joyfully;  foreshadow or presage
  • heralded - adj. publicly announced
  • herb - noun aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities;  a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
  • herd - noun a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans;  a group of wild mammals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra;  a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things;  verb move together, like a herd;  cause to herd, drive, or crowd together;  keep, move, or drive animals
  • here - adj. being here now;  adv. in or at this place; where the speaker or writer is;  to this place (especially toward the speaker);  in this circumstance or respect or on this point or detail;  at this time; now;  noun the present location; this place;  queen of the Olympian gods in ancient Greek mythology; sister and wife of Zeus remembered for her jealously of the many mortal women Zeus fell in love with; identified with Roman Juno
  • hereafter - adv. following this in time or order or place; after this;  in a future life or state;  in a subsequent part of this document or statement or matter etc.;  noun the time yet to come;  life after death
  • hereby - adv. (formal) by means of this
  • hereditary - adj. inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent;  tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity
  • heredity - noun the total of inherited attributes;  the biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next
  • herein - adv. in this place or thing or document
  • hereinafter - adv. in a subsequent part of this document or statement or matter etc.
  • hereinbefore - adv. in the preceding part of the current text
  • heretofore - adv. used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time
  • hereunder - adv. under the terms of this agreement;  in a subsequent part of this document or statement or matter etc.
  • herewith - adv. (formal) by means of this
  • hermaphrodite - adj. of animal or plant; having both male female reproductive organs;  noun one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
  • hermaphroditic - adj. of animal or plant; having both male female reproductive organs;  of or relating to monoclinous plants
  • hermaphroditism - noun congenital condition in which external genitalia and internal sex organs have both male and female characteristics;  showing characteristics of both sexes
  • hermetically - adv. in an airtight manner
  • hernia - noun rupture in smooth muscle tissue through which a bodily structure protrudes
  • heroic - adj. having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes; relating to or characteristic of heroes of antiquity;  showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort;  of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope;  very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale);  noun a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter
  • heroin - noun a narcotic that is considered a hard drug; a highly addictive morphine derivative; intravenous injection provides the fastest and most intense rush
  • herpes - noun any of the animal viruses that cause painful blisters on the skin;  viral diseases causing eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane
  • herring - noun commercially important food fish of northern waters of both Atlantic and Pacific;  valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled
  • hesitancy - noun a certain degree of unwillingness;  a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something
  • hesitate - verb pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
  • hesitating - adj. lacking decisiveness of character; unable to act or decide quickly or firmly
  • hesitation - noun the act of pausing uncertainly;  indecision in speech or action;  a certain degree of unwillingness
  • heterogeneous - adj. consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature;  originating outside the body
  • hexagonal - adj. having six sides or divided into hexagons
  • hg - noun 100 grams;  a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
  • hi - noun an expression of greeting;  a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands
  • hiatus - noun a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript);  a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure; an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  • hibernating - adj. in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
  • hiccough - noun (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion; verb breathe spasmodically, and make a sound
  • hiccup - noun (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion; verb breathe spasmodically, and make a sound
  • hidden - adj. difficult to find;  designed to elude detection;  not accessible to view
  • hide - noun body covering of a living animal;  the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal);  verb prevent from being seen or discovered;  be or go into hiding; keep out of sight, as for protection and safety;  make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing;  cover as if with a shroud
  • hideous - adj. so extremely ugly as to be terrifying;  grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
  • high - adj. happy and excited and energetic;  slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana);  (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high');  greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount;  used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency;  (used of the smell of meat) smelling spoiled or tainted;  standing above others in quality or position;  adv. at a great altitude;  far up toward the source;  in or to a high position, amount, or degree;  in a rich manner;  noun a lofty level or position or degree;  a high place;  a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics;  a state of sustained elation;  an air mass of higher than normal pressure;  a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed;  a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12
  • high frequency - noun 3 to 30 megahertz;  a pitch that is perceived as above other pitches
  • high-pitched - adj. set at a sharp or high angle or slant;  used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
  • high-strung - adj. being in a tense state
  • higher - adj. of education beyond the secondary level;  advanced in complexity or elaboration
  • highland - adj. used of high or hilly country;  noun elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
  • highly - adv. in a high position or level or rank;  to a high degree or extent; favorably or with much respect;  at a high rate or wage
  • hill - noun a local and well-defined elevation of the land;  risque English comedian (1925-1992);  United States railroad tycoon (1838-1916);  structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones;  (baseball) the slight elevation on which the pitcher stands;  verb form into a hill
  • hillside - noun the side or slope of a hill
  • hilum - noun the scar on certain seeds marking its point of attachment to the funicle;  (anatomy) a depression or fissure where vessels or nerves or ducts enter a bodily organ
  • hilus - noun (anatomy) a depression or fissure where vessels or nerves or ducts enter a bodily organ
  • hind - adj. located at or near the back of an animal;  noun female red deer;  any of several mostly spotted fishes that resemble groupers
  • hinder - adj. located at or near the back of an animal;  verb put at a disadvantage;  be a hindrance or obstacle to;  hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  • hindering - adj. preventing movement
  • hindrance - noun the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding; any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome;  something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  • hinge - noun a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other;  a circumstance upon which subsequent events depend;  verb attach with a hinge
  • hint - noun a slight indication;  an indirect suggestion;  an indication of potential opportunity;  a just detectable amount;  a slight but appreciable addition;  verb drop a hint; intimate by a hint
  • hip - adj. informed about the latest trends;  noun either side of the body below the waist and above the thigh;  the ball-and-socket joint between the head of the femur and the acetabulum;  the fruit of a rose plant;  the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates
  • hip bath - noun a bathtub in which your buttocks and hips are immersed as if you were sitting in a chair and you bathe in a sitting position
  • hip joint - noun the ball-and-socket joint between the head of the femur and the acetabulum
  • hippocrates - noun medical practitioner who is regarded as the father of medicine; author of the Hippocratic oath (circa 460-377 BC)
  • hippocratic - adj. of or relating to Hippocrates or the school of medicine that took his name
  • hiss - noun a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval);  a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt;  verb make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval;  express or utter with a hiss;  move with a whooshing sound;  show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
  • hissing - noun a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)
  • histologic - adj. of or relating to histology
  • histologically - adv. involving the use of histology or histological techniques
  • historical - adj. having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary;  of or relating to the study of history;  belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past;  used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time
  • history - noun the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings;  all that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing; a body of knowledge;  a record or narrative description of past events;  the aggregate of past events;  the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future
  • histrionic - adj. characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected
  • hit - noun (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball);  a conspicuous success;  the act of contacting one thing with another;  a connection made via the internet to another website;  a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate;  a dose of a narcotic drug;  (physics) an brief event in which two or more bodies come together;  verb pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to;  hit the intended target or goal; consume to excess;  affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely;  hit against; come into sudden contact with;  deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument;  cause to move by striking;  drive something violently into a location;  cause to experience suddenly; gain points in a game;  make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target;  hit with a missile from a weapon; produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically;  reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; reach a destination, either real or abstract;  encounter by chance;  kill intentionally and with premeditation
  • hitch - noun the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg;  a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it;  a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls;  any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome;  an unforeseen obstacle;  the state of inactivity following an interruption; a period of time spent in military service;  verb to hook or entangle; connect to a vehicle: "hitch the trailer to the car";  jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched;  walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury;  travel by getting free rides from motorists
  • hitherto - adv. used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time
  • hitter - noun someone who hits;  (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
  • hive - noun a teeming multitude;  a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees;  a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree;  verb gather into a hive;  move together in a hive or as if in a hive;  store, like bees
  • hives - noun an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs
  • hn - noun a colorless explosive liquid that is volatile and poisonous and foul-smelling
  • ho - noun a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs together with yttrium; forms highly magnetic compounds
  • hoariness - noun great age (especially grey or white with age);  a silvery-white color
  • hoarse - adj. deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
  • hoarseness - noun a throaty harshness
  • hob - noun a shelf beside an open fire where something can be kept warm;  a hard steel edge tool used to cut gears;  (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous;  (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings;  verb cut with a hob
  • hoffa - noun United States labor leader who was president of the Teamsters Union; he was jailed for trying to bribe a judge and later disappeared and is assumed to have been murdered (1913-1975)
  • hog - noun domestic swine;  a sheep up to the age of one year; one yet to be sheared;  a person regarded as greedy and pig-like;  verbtake greedily; take more than one's share
  • hogshead - noun a large cask especially one holding 63 gals;  a British unit of capacity for alcoholic beverages
  • hold - noun a cell in a jail or prison;  a stronghold;  power by which something or someone is affected or dominated;  the act of grasping; the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo;  the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something;  a state of being confined (usually for a short time);  time during which some action is awaited;  verb keep from exhaling or expelling;  remain committed to;  assert or affirm;  hold the attention of;  aim, point, or direct;  have or hold in one's hands or grip;  be the physical support of; carry the weight of;  cover as for protection against noise or smell;  support or hold in a certain manner;  organize or be responsible for;  take and maintain control over, often by violent means;  keep from departing;  stop dealing with;  remain in a certain state, position, or condition;  contain or hold; have within;  have as a major characteristic;  keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; be in accord; be in agreement;  declare to be;  bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted;  protect against a challenge or attack;  drink alcohol without showing ill effects;  to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement;  maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); cause to stop;  have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense;  secure and keep for possible future use or application;  have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices;  arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance;  lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits;  be valid, applicable, or true;  be pertinent or relevant or applicable;  keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean";  be capable of holding or containing;  resist or confront with resistance;  have room for; hold without crowding
  • holder - noun a holding device;  the person who is in possession of a check or note or bond or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever holds it
  • holding - noun the act of retaining something;  something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone
  • hole - noun an opening deliberately made in or through something; one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course;  an opening into or through something;  a depression hollowed out of solid matter;  an unoccupied space;  a fault;  informal terms for the mouth; informal terms for a difficult situation;  verb make holes in;  hit the ball into the hole
  • holiness - noun the quality of being holy
  • holism - noun the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole
  • holland - noun a constitutional monarchy in western Europe on the North Sea; half the country lies below sea level
  • hollander - noun a native or inhabitant of Holland
  • hollow - adj. as if echoing in a hollow space;  not solid; having a space or gap or cavity;  devoid of significance or point;  deliberately deceptive;  noun a small valley between mountains;  a cavity or space in something;  a depression hollowed out of solid matter;  verbremove the interior of;  remove the inner part or the core of
  • holly - noun United States rock star (1936-1959);  any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
  • holmes - noun English geologist and supporter of the theory of continental drift (1890-1965);  United States writer of humorous essays (1809-1894);  United States jurist noted for his liberal opinions (1841-1935);  a fictitious detective in stories by A. Conan Doyle
  • holy - adj. belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power;  noun a sacred place of pilgrimage
  • homburg - noun a hat made of felt with a creased crown
  • home - adj. inside the country;  used of your own ground;  relating to or being where one lives or where one's roots are;  adv. at or to or in the direction of one's home or family;  to the fullest extent; to the heart;  on or to the point aimed at;  noun an institution where people are cared for;  the country or state or city where you live;  where you live at a particular time;  place where something began and flourished;  an environment offering affection and security;  housing that someone is living in;  (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score;  a social unit living together;  the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end;  verb return home accurately from a long distance;  provide with, or send to, a home
  • homeopathy - noun a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated
  • homesickness - noun a longing to return home
  • homicidal - adj. characteristic of or capable of or having a tendency toward killing another human being
  • homicide - noun the killing of a human being by another human being
  • hominy - noun hulled corn with the bran and germ removed
  • homogeneity - noun the quality of being similar or comparable in kind or nature;  the quality of being of uniform throughout in composition or structure
  • homogeneous - adj. all of the same or similar kind or nature
  • homologous - adj. corresponding or similar in position or structure or function or characteristics; especially derived from an organism of the same species;  having the same evolutionary origin but serving different functions
  • homonymous - adj. of or related to or being homonyms
  • homy - adj. having a feeling of home; cozy and comfortable
  • honest - adj. not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent;  marked by truth;  without pretensions;  without dissimulation; frank;  free from guile;  habitually speaking the truth; worthy of being depended on
  • honesty - noun the quality of being honest;  southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration
  • honey - adj. of something having the color of honey;  noun a sweet yellow liquid produced by bees;  a beloved person; used as terms of endearment;  verb sweeten with honey
  • honeycomb - noun a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by bees;  a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae;  verb make full of cavities, like a honeycomb;  penetrate thoroughly and into every part;  carve a honeycomb pattern into
  • honeycombed - adj. pitted with cell-like cavities (as a honeycomb)
  • honorable - adj. worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect;  used as a title of respect;  not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent;  deserving of esteem and respect; adhering to ethical and moral principles
  • honored - adj. worthy of honor;  having an illustrious reputation; respected
  • hood - noun protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine;  a headdress that protects the head and face;  the folding roof of a carriage;  metal covering leading to a vent that exhausts smoke or fumes;  an aggressive and violent young criminal; verb cover with a hood
  • hook - noun a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent;  a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer;  a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something;  a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something;  a catch for locking a door;  a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook;  a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket;  anything that serves as an enticement;  verb approach with an offer of sexual favors;  entice and trap;  secure with the foot;  fasten with a hook; catch with a hook;  hit with a hook;  hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left;  take by theft;  to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug); make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle;  make off with belongings of others;  rip off; ask an unreasonable price
  • hooked - adj. addicted to a drug;  curved down like an eagle's beak
  • hooking - noun a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
  • hooks - noun large strong hand (as of a fighter)
  • hookworm - noun parasitic bloodsucking roundworms having hooked mouth parts to fasten to the intestinal wall of human and other hosts;  infestation of the intestines by hookworms which enter the body (usually) through the skin
  • hoops - noun a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
  • hop - noun the act of hopping; jumping upward or forward (especially on one foot);  an informal dance where popular music is played;  twining perennials having cordate leaves and flowers arranged in conelike spikes; the dried flowers of this plant are used in brewing to add the characteristic bitter taste to beer;  verb travel by means of an aircraft, bus, etc.;  jump lightly;  make a jump forward or upward;  jump across;  make a quick trip especially by air;  move quickly from one place to another
  • hope - noun one of the three Christian virtues;  a specific instance of feeling hopeful;  the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled; someone (or something) on which expectations are centered;  United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (1903-2003);  grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; verb intend with some possibility of fulfilment;  be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes;  expect and wish
  • hopeful - adj. having or manifesting or inspiring hope;  presaging good fortune;  noun an ambitious and aspiring young person
  • hopeless - adj. (informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform;  without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success;  certain to fail;  of a person unable to do something skillfully
  • hopelessly - adv. without hope; desperate because there seems no possibility of comfort or success;  in a hopeless manner;  in a dispirited manner without hope
  • hopkins - noun Welsh film actor (born in 1937);  English biochemist who did pioneering work that led to the discovery of vitamins (1861-1947);  English poet (1844-1889);  United States financier and philanthropist who left money to found the university and hospital that bear his name in Baltimore (1795-1873);  United States educator and theologian (1802-1887)
  • hops - noun twining perennials having cordate leaves and flowers arranged in conelike spikes; the dried flowers of this plant are used in brewing to add the characteristic bitter taste to beer
  • hordeolum - noun an infection of the sebaceous gland of the eyelid
  • horizon - noun the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated;  the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet;  the great circle on the celestial sphere whose plane passes through the sensible horizon and the center of the Earth;  a specific layer or stratum of soil or subsoil in a vertical cross section of land
  • horizontal - adj. parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line;  noun something that is oriented horizontally
  • horizontally - adv. in a horizontal direction
  • horn - noun one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates;  any hard protuberance from the head of an organism that is similar to or suggestive of a horn;  an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound;  a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather);  a noisemaker (as at parties or games) that makes a loud noise when you blow through it;  a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning;  the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails;  a device on an automobile for making a warning noise;  a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves;  a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves;  verb stab or pierce with a horn or tusk
  • horny - adj. having horns or hornlike projections;  made of horn (or of a substance resembling horn);  feeling great sexual desire
  • horrible - adj. provoking horror
  • horribly - adv. of a dreadful kind
  • horror - noun something that inspires dislike; something horrible; intense and profound fear;  intense aversion
  • horse - noun solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times;  a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs;  a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa);  a framework for holding wood that is being sawed;  troops trained to fight on horseback;  verb provide with a horse or horses
  • horse chestnut - noun tree having palmate leaves and large clusters of white to red flowers followed by brown shiny inedible seeds;  the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut
  • horse radish - noun coarse Eurasian plant cultivated for its thick white pungent root
  • horseback - adv. on the back of a horse;  noun the back of a horse; a narrow ridge of hills
  • horsehair - noun fabric made from fibers taken from the mane or tail of horses; used for upholstery;  hair taken from the mane or tail of a horse
  • horseradish - noun grated horseradish root;  coarse Eurasian plant cultivated for its thick white pungent root;  the root of the horseradish plant; it is grated or ground and used for seasoning
  • horseshoe - noun U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof;  game equipment consisting of an open ring of iron used in playing horseshoes;  verb equip (a horse) with a horseshoe or horseshoes
  • hose - noun a flexible pipe for conveying a liquid or gas;  man's close-fitting garment of the 16th and 17th centuries covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet;  socks and stockings and tights collectively (the British include underwear);  verbwater with a hose
  • hospital - noun a health facility where patients receive treatment;  a medical institution where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care
  • host - noun an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association; a technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion;  archaic terms for army;  any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event;  the owner or manager of an inn;  a person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there;  (medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor;  (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network;  a vast multitude;  a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers);  verb be the host of or for
  • hostile - adj. unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business);  marked by features that oppose constructive treatment or development;  very unfriendly;  not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally;  very unfavorable to life or growth; characterized by enmity or ill will;  impossible to bring into friendly accord;  noun troops belonging to the enemy's military forces
  • hot - adj. marked by excited activity;  charged or energized with electricity;  having or dealing with dangerously high levels of radioactivity;  of a seeker; very near to the object sought;  having or showing great eagerness or enthusiasm;  newly made;  very good; often used in the negative;  used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning;  extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm;  recently stolen or smuggled; having or bringing unusually good luck;  newest or most recent;  very unpleasant or even dangerous;  very popular or successful;  sexually excited or exciting;  performed or performing with unusually great skill and daring and energy;  being very spicy;  characterized by violent and forceful activity or movement; very intense;  wanted by the police;  (color) bold and intense;  very fast; capable of quick response and great speed
  • hot air - noun air that has been heated and tends to rise;  loud and confused and empty talk
  • hot water - noun a dangerous or distressing predicament
  • hotel - noun a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services
  • hour - noun distance measured by the time taken to cover it;  a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day;  clock time;  a special and memorable period
  • hours - noun an indefinite period of time;  a period of time assigned for work
  • hourglass - noun a sandglass that runs for sixty minutes
  • hourly - adj. occurring every hour or payable by the hour;  adv. every hour
  • hours - noun an indefinite period of time;  a period of time assigned for work
  • house - noun play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults;  a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families;  a building in which something is sheltered or located;  aristocratic family line;  an official assembly having legislative powers;  the audience gathered together in a theatre or cinema;  the members of a religious community living together;  the management of a gambling house or casino;  a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented;  the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments;  a social unit living together; (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided; verb provide housing for;  contain or cover
  • house fly - noun common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases
  • household - noun a social unit living together
  • housing - noun structures collectively in which people are housed;  a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component;  stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
  • houston - noun the largest city in Texas; located in southeastern Texas near the Gulf of Mexico; site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration;  United States politician and military leader who fought to gain independence for Texas from Mexico and to make it a part of the United States (1793-1863)
  • howard - noun Queen of England as the fifth wife of Henry VIII who was accused of adultery and executed (1520-1542);  English actor of stage and screen (1893-1943)
  • however - adv. despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession);  in whatever way or manner;  to whatever degree or extent;  by contrast; on the other hand
  • however - adv. despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession);  in whatever way or manner;  to whatever degree or extent;  by contrast; on the other hand
  • hp - noun a unit of power equal to 746 watts
  • hq - noun the military installation from which a commander performs the functions of command
  • hs - noun a radioactive transuranic element
  • hudson - noun a New York river; flows southward into New York Bay; explored by Henry Hudson early in the 17th century;  English navigator who discovered the Hudson River; in 1610 he attempted to winter in Hudson Bay but his crew mutinied and set him adrift to die (1565-1611);  English naturalist (born in Argentina) (1841-1922)
  • hue - noun the quality of a color as determined by its dominant wavelength;  verb take on color or become colored;  suffuse with color
  • huge - adj. unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
  • hughes - noun United States jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1862-1948);  United States industrialist who was an aviator and a film producer; during the last years of his life he was a total recluse (1905-1976);  United States writer (1902-1967);  English poet (born in 1930)
  • hull - noun the frame or body of ship;  a large fishing port in northeastern England;  United States diplomat who did the groundwork for creating the United Nations (1871-1955);  United States naval officer who commanded the `Constitution' during the War of 1812 and won a series of brilliant victories against the British (1773-1843);  persistent enlarged calyx at base of e.g. a strawberry or raspberry;  dry outer covering of a fruit or seed or nut;  verbremove the hulls from
  • hum - noun a humming noise;  an Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan that fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s; now operates as a terrorist organization primarily in Kashmir and seeks Kashmir's accession by Pakistan;  the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity;  verb sing with closed lips;  make a low continuous sound;  sound with a monotonous hum; be noisy with activity
  • human - adj. having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings;  characteristic of humanity;  relating to a person;  noun any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
  • humanely - adv. in a humane manner
  • humanity - noun the quality of being humane;  all of the living human inhabitants of the earth;  the quality of being human
  • humble - adj. marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful;  used of unskilled work (especially domestic work);  low or inferior in station or quality;  of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense);  verb cause to be unpretentious;  cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
  • humbug - noun communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive;  something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage;  pretentious or silly talk or writing;  verb trick or deceive
  • humerus - noun bone extending from the shoulder to the elbow
  • humid - adj. containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor
  • humidity - noun wetness in the atmosphere
  • humming - noun the act of singing with closed lips;  a humming noise
  • humor - noun the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous;  the quality of being funny;  (Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state;  the liquid parts of the body;  a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter;  a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling;  verb put into a good mood
  • humoral - adj. of or relating to bodily fluids
  • humulus - noun hops: hardy perennial vines of Europe, North America and central and eastern Asia producing a latex sap; in some classifications included in the family Urticaceae
  • humus - noun partially decomposed organic matter; the organic component of soil;  a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East
  • hunch - noun the act of bending yourself up together;  an impression that something might be the case;  verb arch one's back
  • hundred - adj. being ten more than ninety;  noun ten 10s
  • hung - adj. (usually followed by `with' or used in a combining form) having items suspended on or from a support
  • hungarian - adj. relating to or characteristic of Hungary;  noun the official language of Hungary (also spoken in Rumania); belongs to the Ugric family of languages;  a native or inhabitant of Hungary
  • hunger - noun strong desire for something (not food or drink);  a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation; verb feel the need to eat;  be hungry; go without food;  have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
  • hungry - adj. feeling hunger; feeling a need or desire to eat food; (usually followed by `for') extremely desirous
  • hunter - noun a watch with a hinged metal lid to protect the crystal; someone who hunts game;  a person who searches for something;  a constellation on the equator east of Taurus; contains Betelgeuse and Rigel
  • hunting - noun the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport;  the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts;  the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
  • hurdles - noun a footrace in which contestant must negotiate a series of hurdles
  • hurling - adj. rushing and whirling;  noun a traditional Irish game resembling hockey; played by two teams of 15 players each
  • hurried - adj. moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste
  • hurriedly - adv. in a hurried or hasty manner
  • hurry - noun a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry; the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner;  overly eager speed (and possible carelessness);  verb urge to an unnatural speed;  act or move at high speed;  move very fast
  • hurt - adj. damaged inanimate objects or their value;  suffering from physical injury especially that suffered in battle;  noun the act of damaging something or someone;  a damage or loss;  feelings of mental or physical pain;  psychological suffering;  any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.; verb give trouble or pain to;  cause damage or affect negatively;  hurt the feelings of;  feel physical pain;  feel pain or be in pain;  cause emotional anguish or make miserable;  be the source of pain
  • hurtful - adj. causing hurt;  harmful to living things
  • hurting - noun a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
  • hus - noun Czechoslovakian religious reformer who anticipated the Reformation; he questioned the infallibility of the Catholic Church was excommunicated (1409) for attacking the corruption of the clergy; he was burned at the stake (1372-1415)
  • husband - noun a married man; a woman's partner in marriage; verb use cautiously and frugally
  • husk - noun outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds; material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds;  verb remove the husks from
  • husky - adj. deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion;  muscular and heavily built;  noun breed of heavy-coated Arctic sled dog
  • hut - noun temporary military shelter;  small crude shelter used as a dwelling
  • hutchinson - noun American colonist (born in England) who was banished from Boston for her religious views (1591-1643)
  • hyalin - noun a glassy translucent material that occurs in hyaline cartilage or in certain skin conditions
  • hyaline - adj. resembling glass in transparency or translucency; noun a glassy translucent material that occurs in hyaline cartilage or in certain skin conditions
  • hyaloid - adj. resembling glass in transparency or translucency; noun transparent membrane that enveloping the vitreous humor of the eye and separating it from the retina
  • hydatid - noun cyst filled with liquid; forms as a result of infestation by tapeworm larvae (as in echinococcosis)
  • hyderabad - noun a city in south central India in Andhra Pradesh;  a city in southern Pakistan on the Indus River
  • hydra - noun small tubular solitary freshwater hydrozoan polyp; trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality;  a long faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near the equator stretching between Virgo and Cancer;  (Greek mythology) monster with nine heads; when struck off each head was replaced by two new ones
  • hydramnios - noun an abnormality of pregnancy; accumulation of excess amniotic fluid
  • hydrant - noun a discharge pipe with a valve and spout at which water may be drawn from the mains of waterworks;  a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
  • hydrargyrum - noun a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
  • hydrarthrosis - noun inflammation and swelling of a movable joint because of excess synovial fluid
  • hydrastis - noun small genus of perennial herbs having rhizomes and palmate leaves and small solitary flowers; of northeastern United States and Japan
  • hydrate - noun any compound that contains water of crystallization; verb cause to be hydrated; add water or moisture to;  become hydrated and combine with water;  supply water or liquid to in order to maintain a healthy balance
  • hydrated - adj. containing combined water (especially water of crystallization as in a hydrate)
  • hydration - noun the process of combining with water; usually reversible
  • hydraulic - adj. of or relating to the study of hydraulics;  moved or operated or effected by liquid (water or oil)
  • hydremia - noun blood disorder in which there is excess fluid volume compared with the cell volume of the blood
  • hydrocarbon - noun an organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen
  • hydrocele - noun disorder in which serous fluid accumulates in a body sac (especially in the scrotum)
  • hydrocephalic - adj. relating to or characterized by or evidencing hydrocephalus
  • hydrocephalus - noun an abnormal condition in which cerebrospinal fluid collects in the ventricles of the brain; in infants it can cause abnormally rapid growth of the head and bulging fontanelles and a small face; in adults the symptoms are primarily neurological
  • hydrochloride - noun a complex consisting of an organic base in association with hydrogen chloride
  • hydroelectric - adj. of or relating to or used in the production of electricity by waterpower
  • hydrogen - noun a nonmetallic univalent element that is normally a colorless and odorless highly flammable diatomic gas; the simplest and lightest and most abundant element in the universe
  • hydrolysis - noun a chemical reaction in which water reacts with a compound to produce other compounds; involves the splitting of a bond and the addition of the hydrogen cation and the hydroxide anion from the water
  • hydronephrosis - noun accumulation of urine in the kidney because of an obstruction in the ureter
  • hydropathic - adj. of or relating to hydropathy or its administration
  • hydrophobia - noun a morbid fear of water;  a symptom of rabies in humans consisting of an aversion to swallowing liquids;  an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain
  • hydrops - noun swelling from excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissue
  • hydrostatic - adj. relating to fluids at rest or to the pressures they exert or transmit
  • hydrotherapy - noun the internal and external use of water in the treatment of disease
  • hydrothorax - noun accumulation of fluid in the pleural cavity (the space between the lungs and the walls of the chest) often resulting from disease of the heart or kidneys
  • hydrous - adj. containing combined water (especially water of crystallization as in a hydrate)
  • hydroxyl - noun the monovalent group -OH in such compounds as bases and some acids and alcohols
  • hygeia - noun (Greek mythology) the goddess of health; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Panacea
  • hygiene - noun the science concerned with the prevention of illness and maintenance of health;  a condition promoting sanitary practices
  • hygienic - adj. tending to promote or preserve health
  • hygroscopic - adj. absorbing moisture (as from the air)
  • hymen - noun a fold of tissue that partly covers the entrance to the vagina of a virgin;  (Greek mythology) the god of marriage
  • hymenopterous - adj. of or relating to insects of the order Hymenoptera
  • hyoid - adj. of or relating to the hyoid bone;  noun a U-shaped bone at the base of the tongue that supports the tongue muscles
  • hyoscyamus - noun genus of poisonous herbs: henbane
  • hyperacidity - noun excessive acidity
  • hyperactivity - noun a condition characterized by excessive restlessness and movement
  • hyperacusia - noun abnormal acuteness of hearing due to increased irritability of the sensory neural mechanism; characterized by intolerance for ordinary sound levels
  • hyperemia - noun increased blood in an organ or other body part
  • hyperemic - adj. relating to or caused by hyperemia
  • hyperextension - noun greater than normal extension
  • hyperhidrosis - noun excessive and profuse perspiration
  • hyperidrosis - noun excessive and profuse perspiration
  • hypermetropia - noun abnormal condition in which vision for distant objects is better than for near objects
  • hypermetropic - adj. abnormal ability to focus of distant objects
  • hyperope - noun a person with hyperopia; a farsighted person
  • hyperopia - noun abnormal condition in which vision for distant objects is better than for near objects
  • hyperopic - adj. abnormal ability to focus of distant objects
  • hyperplasia - noun abnormal increase in number of cells
  • hyperpyrexia - noun extremely high fever (especially in children)
  • hypersecretion - noun excessive secretion
  • hypersensitive - adj. having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility (especially to a specific factor)
  • hypertension - noun a common disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high (a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or greater)
  • hyperthermia - noun abnormally high body temperature; sometimes induced (as in treating some forms of cancer)
  • hyperthyroidism - noun an overactive thyroid gland; pathologically excessive production of thyroid hormones or the condition resulting from excessive production of thyroid hormones
  • hypertonic - adj. (of a solution) having a higher osmotic pressure than a comparison solution;  (of living tissue) in a state of abnormally high tension
  • hypertrophied - adj. (of an organ or body part) excessively enlarged as a result of increased size in the constituent cells
  • hypertrophy - noun abnormal enlargement of a body part or organ; verb undergo hypertrophy
  • hypesthesia - noun impairment of tactile sensitivity; decrease of sensitivity
  • hypnagogic - adj. sleep inducing
  • hypnogenesis - noun the induction of sleep or hypnosis
  • hypnosis - noun a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion
  • hypnotic - adj. attracting and holding interest as if by a spell;  of or relating to hypnosis;  noun a drug that induces sleep
  • hypnotism - noun the act of inducing hypnosis
  • hypnotist - noun a person who induces hypnosis
  • hypnotized - adj. having your attention fixated as though by a spell
  • hypnotizer - noun a person who induces hypnosis
  • hypo - noun a compound used as a fixing agent in photographic developing;  a piston syringe that is fitted with a hypodermic needle for giving injections
  • hypochlorite - noun any salt or ester of hypochlorous acid
  • hypochondriac - adj. suffering from hypochondria;  noun a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments
  • hypochondriasis - noun chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments
  • hypochondrium - noun the upper region of the abdomen just below the lowest ribs on either side of the epigastrium
  • hypodermic - adj. relating to or located below the epidermis;  noun a piston syringe that is fitted with a hypodermic needle for giving injections
  • hypoglossal - noun supplies intrinsic muscles of the tongue and other tongue muscles
  • hypophysis - noun the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain
  • hypoplasia - noun underdevelopment of an organ because of a decrease in the number of cells
  • hypospadias - noun an abnormal condition in males in which the urethra opens on the under surface of the penis
  • hypostasis - noun (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality;  any of the three persons of the Godhead constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united;  the accumulation of blood in an organ;  the suppression of a gene by the effect of an unrelated gene
  • hypotension - noun abnormally low blood pressure
  • hypothesis - noun a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena;  a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations;  a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
  • hypothetic - adj. based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence
  • hypothetical - adj. based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence;  noun a hypothetical possibility, circumstance, statement, proposal, situation, etc.
  • hysterectomy - noun surgical removal of the uterus
  • hysteria - noun excessive or uncontrollable fear;  neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions;  state of violent mental agitation
  • hysteric - adj. characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria;  noun a person suffering from hysteria
  • hysterical - adj. marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion; characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria
  • hysterics - noun an attack of hysteria
  • i - noun the 9th letter of the Roman alphabet;  a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks)
  • ia - noun a state in midwestern United States
  • iberian - adj. of or relating to the Iberian Peninsula or its inhabitants; noun a native or inhabitant of the Iberian Peninsula (especially in ancient times);  a native or inhabitant of Iberia in the Caucasus
  • ic - noun a group of government agencies and organizations that carry out intelligence activities for the United States government; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence
  • ice - noun a frozen dessert with fruit flavoring (especially one containing no milk);  the frozen part of a body of water;  diamonds; water frozen in the solid state;  a rink with a floor of ice for ice hockey or ice skating;  a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine;  an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant;  a flavored sugar topping used to coat and decorate cakes;  verb put ice on or put on ice;  decorate with frosting
  • ice bag - noun a waterproof bag filled with ice: applied to the body (especially the head) to cool or reduce swelling
  • ice cap - noun a mass of ice and snow that permanently covers a large area of land (e.g., the polar regions or a mountain peak)
  • ice chest - noun a refrigerator for cooling liquids
  • ice-cold - adj. as cold as ice
  • ice cream - noun frozen dessert containing cream and sugar and flavoring
  • ice water - noun water served ice-cold or with ice
  • icecap - noun a mass of ice and snow that permanently covers a large area of land (e.g., the polar regions or a mountain peak)
  • iceland - noun a volcanic island in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle;  an island republic on the island of Iceland; became independent of Denmark in 1944
  • ichorous - adj. of or resembling or characterized by ichor or sanies
  • ichthyosis - noun any of several congenital diseases in which the skin is fishlike (dry and scaly)
  • icing - noun (ice hockey) the act of shooting the puck from within your own defensive area the length of the rink beyond the opponent's goal;  a flavored sugar topping used to coat and decorate cakes;  the formation of frost or ice on a surface
  • icterus - noun type genus of the Icteridae;  yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood; can be a symptom of gallstones or liver infection or anemia
  • icy - adj. covered with or containing or consisting of ice;  shiny and slick as with a thin coating of ice;  extremely cold;  devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
  • id - noun (psychoanalysis) primitive instincts and energies underlying all psychic activity;  a card or badge used to identify the bearer;  a state in the Rocky Mountains
  • idaho - noun a state in the Rocky Mountains
  • idea - noun the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about;  a personal view;  an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth;  your intention; what you intend to do;  (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
  • ideal - adj. constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception;  conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal;  of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas;  noun the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain;  model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
  • ideally - adv. in an ideal manner
  • identical - adj. (of twins) derived from a single egg or ovum; coinciding exactly when superimposed;  having properties with uniform values along all axes;  exactly alike; incapable of being perceived as different;  being the exact same one; not any other:
  • identification - noun the attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons);  evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing;  the condition of having your identity established;  the act of designating or identifying something;  the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering
  • identified - adj. having the identity known or established
  • identify - verb consider to be equal or the same;  recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something;  identify as in botany or biology, for example;  consider (oneself) as similar to somebody else;  conceive of as united or associated;  give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
  • identity - noun the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity;  exact sameness;  the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known;  an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates
  • idiocy - noun extreme mental retardation
  • idiopathic - adj. (of diseases) arising from an unknown cause
  • idiosyncrasy - noun a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
  • idiot - noun a person of subnormal intelligence
  • idleness - noun having no employment;  the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work;  the quality of lacking substance or value
  • ie - adv. that is to say; in other words;  noun a commercial browser
  • ifc - noun a United Nations agency that invests directly in companies and guarantees loans to private investors; affiliated with the World Bank
  • ignatius - noun bishop of Antioch who was martyred under the Roman Emperor Trajan (died 110)
  • ignited - adj. set afire
  • ignorance - noun the lack of knowledge or education
  • ignorant - adj. uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field;  uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication;  unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge
  • ignored - adj. disregarded
  • il - noun a Midwest state in north-central United States
  • ileum - noun the part of the small intestine between the jejunum and the cecum
  • ileus - noun blockage of the intestine (especially the ileum) that prevents the contents of the intestine from passing to the lower bowel
  • ilex - noun a large genus of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs of the family Aquifoliaceae that have small flowers and berries (including hollies)
  • iliac - adj. of or relating to the ilium
  • ilium - noun the upper and widest of the three bones making up the hipbone;  an ancient city in Asia Minor that was the site of the Trojan War
  • ill - adj. presaging ill fortune;  distressing;  resulting in suffering or adversity;  indicating hostility or enmity;  affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function;  adv. (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well;  with difficulty or inconvenience; scarcely or hardly;  unfavorably or with disapproval;  noun an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
  • ill-advised - adj. without careful prior deliberation or counsel
  • ill-defined - adj. poorly stated or described
  • ill-fed - adj. not getting adequate food
  • ill-fitting - adj. not the right size or shape
  • ill-treated - adj. subjected to cruel treatment
  • illegal - adj. prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
  • illegible - adj. (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible
  • illegitimacy - noun unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law;  the status of being born to parents who were not married
  • illegitimate - adj. contrary to or forbidden by law;  of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful;  noun the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
  • illicit - adj. contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention;  contrary to or forbidden by law
  • illinois - noun the Algonquian language of the Illinois and Miami;  a Midwest state in north-central United States;  a member of the Algonquian people formerly of Illinois and regions to the west
  • illiterate - adj. lacking culture, especially in language and literature; not able to read or write;  uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field;  nouna person unable to read
  • illness - noun impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
  • illogic - noun invalid or incorrect reasoning
  • illogical - adj. lacking in correct logical relation;  lacking orderly continuity
  • illuminant - noun something that can serve as a source of light
  • illuminate - verb add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts);  make lighter or brighter;  make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
  • illuminated - adj. provided with artificial light
  • illuminating - adj. providing light;  tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance
  • illumination - noun the degree of visibility of your environment; painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts);  the luminous flux incident on a unit area;  an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding;  a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
  • illusion - noun something many people believe that is false;  an erroneous mental representation;  an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers;  the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
  • illustrate - verb supply with illustrations;  depict with an illustration; clarify by giving an example of
  • illustration - noun a visual representation (a picture or diagram) that is used make some subject more pleasing or easier to understand; artwork that helps make something clear or attractive;  an item of information that is representative of a type;  showing by example
  • illustrative - adj. clarifying by use of examples;  serving to demonstrate
  • illustrious - adj. having or conferring glory;  widely known and esteemed;  having or worthy of pride
  • image - noun the general impression that something (a person or organization or product) presents to the public;  an iconic mental representation;  a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture);  a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface;  (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world;  a standard or typical example;  language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense; someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor);  verb imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
  • imaginable - adj. capable of being imagined
  • imaginary - adj. not based on fact; dubious;  noun (mathematics) a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1
  • imagination - noun the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses;  the ability to form mental images of things or events;  the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems
  • imaginative - adj. (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action
  • imagine - verb form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case;  expect, believe, or suppose
  • imagined - adj. not based on fact; dubious
  • imbalance - noun a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium; (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
  • imbecile - adj. having a mental age of three to seven years;  noun a person of subnormal intelligence
  • imbecility - noun retardation more severe than a moron but not as severe as an idiot;  a stupid mistake
  • imbibition - noun (chemistry) the absorption of a liquid by a solid or gel;  the act of consuming liquids
  • imbricated - adj. used especially of leaves or bracts; overlapping or layered as scales or shingles
  • imitate - verb make a reproduction or copy of;  reproduce someone's behavior or looks;  appear like, as in behavior or appearance
  • imitation - adj. not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article;  noun copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else; a copy that is represented as the original;  the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations;  a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
  • immaterial - adj. not consisting of matter;  (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other;  of no importance or relevance especially to a law case;  without material form or substance;  not pertinent to the matter under consideration
  • immature - adj. lacking in development;  not yet mature; characteristic of a lack of maturity;  (of birds) not yet having developed feathers;  not fully developed or mature; not ripe;  (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
  • immaturity - noun not having reached maturity
  • immediate - adj. having no intervening medium;  performed with little or no delay;  immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect;  of the present time and place;  very close or connected in space or time
  • immediately - adv. without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening;  near or close by;  bearing an immediate relation
  • immense - adj. unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
  • immensely - adv. to an exceedingly great extent or degree
  • immerse - verb thrust or throw into;  enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing;  engross (oneself) fully;  cause to be immersed
  • immersion - noun a form of baptism in which part or all of a person's body is submerged;  the act of wetting something by submerging it;  complete attention; intense mental effort;  (astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse;  sinking until covered completely with water
  • imminent - adj. close in time; about to occur
  • immobile - adj. not capable of movement or of being moved; securely fixed in place
  • immobility - noun the quality of not moving;  remaining in place
  • immobilization - noun the act of limiting movement or making incapable of movement;  fixation (as by a plaster cast) of a body part in order to promote proper healing
  • immobilize - verb cause to be unable to move;  convert (assets) into fixed capital;  make defenseless;  hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital;  prohibit the conversion or use of (assets);  to hold fast or prevent from moving
  • immobilizing - noun the act of limiting movement or making incapable of movement
  • immoderate - adj. not within reasonable limits
  • immoral - adj. deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong;  morally unprincipled;  marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good;  characterized by wickedness or immorality;  not adhering to ethical or moral principles
  • immovable - adj. not able or intended to be moved;  noun property consisting of houses and land
  • immovably - adv. so as to be incapable of moving
  • immune - adj. (usually followed by `to') not affected by a given influence;  relating to or conferring immunity (to disease or infection); secure against;  relating to the condition of immunity;  noun a person who is immune to a particular infection
  • immunised - adj. having been rendered unsusceptible to a disease
  • immunity - noun the quality of being unaffected by something; (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease;  an act exempting someone;  the state of not being susceptible
  • immunization - noun the act of making immune (especially by inoculation)
  • immunize - verb perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation;  law: grant immunity from prosecution
  • immunized - adj. having been rendered unsusceptible to a disease
  • immunological - adj. of or relating to immunology
  • impact - noun the striking of one body against another;  a forceful consequence; a strong effect;  influencing strongly;  the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat;  verb press or wedge together; pack together;  have an effect upon
  • impacted - adj. wedged or packed in together
  • impaction - noun a disorder in which a tooth is so crowded in its socket that it cannot erupt normally;  a disorder in which feces are impacted in the lower colon;  the condition of being pressed closely together and firmly fixed;  a sharp collision produced by striking or dashing against something
  • impair - verb make worse or less effective;  make imperfect
  • impaired - adj. diminished in strength, quality, or utility;  mentally or physically unfit
  • impairment - noun damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality;  the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine);  the occurrence of a change for the worse;  the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness;  a symptom of reduced quality or strength
  • impalpable - adj. imperceptible to the senses or the mind;  not perceptible to the touch;  incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch
  • impart - verb tell or deposit (information) knowledge;  make known; pass on, of information;  make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret;  bestow a quality on
  • impartial - adj. showing lack of favoritism;  free from undue bias or preconceived opinions
  • imparting - noun the transmission of information
  • impassable - adj. incapable of being passed
  • impassive - adj. having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited;  deliberately impassive in manner
  • impede - verb be a hindrance or obstacle to;  block passage through
  • impeded - adj. made difficult or slow
  • impediment - noun any structure that makes progress difficult; something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  • impeding - adj. preventing movement
  • impelled - adj. urged or forced to action through moral pressure
  • impending - adj. close in time; about to occur
  • impenetrable - adj. impossible to understand;  not admitting of penetration or passage into or through;  permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
  • imperative - adj. requiring attention or action;  relating to verbs in the imperative mood;  noun some duty that is essential and urgent;  a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
  • imperceptible - adj. impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses
  • imperceptibly - adv. in an imperceptible manner or to an imperceptible degree
  • imperfect - adj. not perfect; defective or inadequate;  having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings;  noun a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
  • imperfectly - adv. in an imperfect or faulty way
  • imperforate - adj. not perforated; having no opening
  • imperial - adj. belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler;  befitting or belonging to an emperor or empress;  relating to or associated with an empire;  noun a piece of luggage carried on top of a coach;  a small tufted beard worn by Emperor Napoleon III
  • impermeability - noun the property of something that cannot be pervaded by a liquid
  • impermeable - adj. preventing especially liquids to pass or diffuse through
  • impertinent - adj. characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality;  improperly forward or bold;  not pertinent to the matter under consideration
  • impervious - adj. not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
  • impetigo - noun a very contagious infection of the skin; common in children; localized redness develops into small blisters that gradually crust and erode
  • impinge - verb impinge or infringe upon;  advance beyond the usual limit
  • impinging - noun the physical coming together of two or more things
  • implantation - noun a surgical procedure that places something in the human body;  the act of planting or setting in the ground; (embryology) the organic process whereby a fertilized egg becomes implanted in the lining of the uterus of placental mammals
  • implanted - adj. (used especially of ideas or principles) deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held
  • implicate - verb bring into intimate and incriminating connection; impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result
  • implicated - adj. culpably involved
  • implication - noun an accusation that brings into intimate and usually incriminating connection;  a relation implicated by virtue of involvement or close connection (especially an incriminating involvement);  a logical relation between propositions p and q of the form `if p then q'; if p is true then q cannot be false;  something that is inferred (deduced or entailed or implied);  a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
  • implicitly - adv. without ever expressing so clearly;  without doubting or questioning
  • implied - adj. indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed directly
  • imply - verb express or state indirectly;  suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic;  have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail;  have as a logical consequence;  suggest that someone is guilty
  • import - noun commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country;  an imported person brought from a foreign country; having important effects or influence;  a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred;  the message that is intended or expressed or signified;  verb bring in from abroad;  indicate or signify
  • importance - noun the quality of being important and worthy of note;  a prominent status
  • important - adj. of great significance or value;  having or suggesting a consciousness of high position;  of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis;  having authority or ascendancy or influence; important in effect or meaning
  • importation - noun the commercial activity of buying and bringing in goods from a foreign country;  commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country
  • imported - adj. used of especially merchandise brought from a foreign source
  • impose - verb impose something unpleasant;  impose and collect; compel to behave in a certain way
  • imposed - adj. set forth authoritatively as obligatory
  • imposition - noun the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo);  an uncalled-for burden
  • impossibility - noun an alternative that is not available;  incapability of existing or occurring
  • impossible - adj. not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with;  totally unlikely;  used of persons or their behavior;  nounsomething that cannot be done
  • impotence - noun an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate;  the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
  • impotency - noun the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble;  an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate
  • impotent - adj. lacking power or ability;  (of a male) unable to copulate
  • impoverish - verb make poor;  take away
  • impoverished - adj. destroyed financially;  poor enough to need help from others
  • impoverishment - noun the act of making someone poor;  the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
  • impracticable - adj. not capable of being carried out or put into practice
  • impregnable - adj. incapable of being overcome, challenged or refuted;  able to withstand attack;  capable of conceiving
  • impregnate - verb make pregnant;  fertilize and cause to grow; infuse or fill completely;  fill, as with a certain quality
  • impregnation - noun the process of totally saturating something with a substance;  material with which something is impregnated; creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
  • impress - noun the act of coercing someone into government service;  verb dye (fabric) before it is spun;  produce or try to produce a vivid impression of;  mark or stamp with or as if with pressure; impress positively;  take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship;  reproduce by printing;  have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
  • impressed - adj. deeply or markedly affected or influenced
  • impression - noun the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another;  an impressionistic portrayal of a person; (dentistry) an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster;  an outward appearance;  a vague idea in which some confidence is placed;  all the copies of a work printed at one time;  a clear and telling mental image;  a symbol that is the result of printing;  a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
  • imprisoned - adj. in captivity
  • improbable - adj. too improbable to admit of belief;  not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred;  having a probability too low to inspire belief
  • improbably - adv. not easy to believe
  • improper - adj. not suitable or right or appropriate;  not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention;  not appropriate for a purpose or occasion
  • improperly - adv. in an improper way
  • improve - verb get better;  to make better
  • improved - adj. become or made better in quality;  made more desirable or valuable or profitable; especially made ready for use or marketing;  (of land) made ready for development or agriculture by clearing of trees and brush
  • improvement - noun the act of improving something;  a change for the better; progress in development;  a condition superior to an earlier condition
  • improving - adj. getting higher or more vigorous
  • improvised - adj. done or made using whatever is available
  • imprudence - noun a lack of caution in practical affairs
  • imprudent - adj. lacking wise self-restraint;  not prudent or wise
  • impulse - noun the act of applying force suddenly;  an impelling force or strength;  the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber;  (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients);  a sudden desire;  an instinctive motive
  • impulsive - adj. without forethought;  proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus;  characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation;  determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason;  having the power of driving or impelling
  • impunity - noun exemption from punishment or loss
  • impure - adj. (used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene; combined with extraneous elements;  ritually unclean or impure
  • impurity - noun the condition of being impure;  worthless or dangerous material that should be removed
  • imputation - noun the attribution to a source or cause;  a statement attributing something dishonest (especially a criminal offense)
  • in - adj. currently fashionable;  directed or bound inward;  holding office;  adv. to or toward the inside of;  noun a state in midwestern United States;  a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot;  a rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite
  • inability - noun lacking the power to perform;  lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
  • inaccessible - adj. capable of being reached only with great difficulty or not at all;  not capable of being obtained
  • inaccurate - adj. not accurate;  containing or characterized by error
  • inaction - noun the state of being inactive
  • inactive - adj. not active physically or mentally;  not engaged in full-time work;  lacking activity; lying idle or unused;  not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly;  not exerting influence or change; not in physical motion;  not participating in a chemical reaction; chemically inert;  lacking in energy or will;  of e.g. volcanos; not erupting and not extinct;  not involved in military operations
  • inactivity - noun being inactive; being less active;  a disposition to remain inactive or inert;  the state of being inactive
  • inadequate - adj. (sometimes followed by `to') not meeting the requirements especially of a task;  not sufficient to meet a need
  • inadmissible - adj. not deserving to be admitted
  • inadvisable - adj. not prudent or wise; not recommended;  not advisable
  • inanimate - adj. not endowed with life;  belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things;  appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse
  • inanition - noun exhaustion resulting from lack of food;  weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy
  • inapplicable - adj. not capable of being applied
  • inaptitude - noun a lack of aptitude
  • inarticulate - adj. without or deprived of the use of speech or words
  • inaudible - adj. impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear
  • inaugurate - verb be a precursor of;  commence officially;  open ceremoniously or dedicate formally
  • inauguration - noun the act of starting a new operation or practice; the ceremonial induction into a position
  • incandescent - adj. emitting light as a result of being heated; characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance
  • incapability - noun the quality of not being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally;  lack of potential for development
  • incapable - adj. not meeting requirements;  (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability;  (followed by `of') not having the temperament or inclination for;  lacking the necessary skill or knowledge etc.;  not being susceptible to or admitting of something (usually followed by `of')
  • incapacitating - adj. that cripples or disables or incapacitates
  • incapacity - noun lack of physical or natural qualifications;  lack of intellectual power
  • incarceration - noun the state of being imprisoned
  • incase - verb enclose in, or as if in, a case
  • incased - adj. covered or protected with or as if with a case
  • incautious - adj. carelessly failing to exercise proper caution; lacking in caution
  • inception - noun an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
  • incessant - adj. occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted;  uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
  • inch - noun a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot;  a unit of measurement for advertising space;  verb advance slowly, as if by inches
  • incidence - noun the striking of a light beam on a surface;  the relative frequency of occurrence of something
  • incident - adj. falling or striking of light rays on something; (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence;  noun a single distinct event;  a public disturbance
  • incidental - adj. not of prime or central importance;  (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence; following as a consequence;  noun an item that is incidental; (frequently plural) an expense not budgeted or not specified
  • incineration - noun the act of burning something completely; reducing it to ashes
  • incipiency - noun beginning to exist or to be apparent
  • incipient - adj. only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
  • incise - verb make an incision into by carving or cutting
  • incised - adj. cut into with a sharp instrument;  sharply and deeply indented;  cut or impressed into a surface
  • incision - noun the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation);  a depression scratched or carved into a surface
  • incisive - adj. suitable for cutting or piercing;  having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  • incisor - noun a tooth for cutting or gnawing; located in the front of the mouth in both jaws
  • inclement - adj. used of persons or behavior; showing no clemency or mercy;  (of weather or climate) severe
  • inclination - noun the act of inclining; bending forward;  an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others;  that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking;  (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis);  (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees; a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect;  the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical;  (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
  • incline - noun an inclined surface connecting two levels;  an elevated geological formation;  verb lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow;  bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well;  make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief;  be at an angle;  have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
  • inclined - adj. at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position;  (often followed by `to') having a preference, disposition, or tendency;  used especially of the head or upper back;  having made preparations
  • inclining - noun the act of inclining; bending forward
  • inclose - verb introduce;  surround completely
  • include - verb add as part of something else; put in as part of a set, group, or category;  consider as part of something;  have as a part, be made up out of;  allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
  • included - adj. enclosed in the same envelope or package
  • inclusion - noun the act of including;  the relation of comprising something;  the state of being included;  any small intracellular body found within another (characteristic of certain diseases)
  • inclusive - adj. including much or everything; and especially including stated limits
  • incoherence - noun nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible;  lack of cohesion or clarity or organization
  • incoherent - adj. unable to express yourself clearly or fluently; without logical or meaningful connection
  • incoming - adj. arriving at a place or position;  noun the act of entering
  • incomparably - adv. in an incomparable manner or to an incomparable degree
  • incompatibility - noun the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination;  the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time;  (immunology) the degree to which the body's immune system will try to reject foreign material (as transfused blood or transplanted tissue)
  • incompatible - adj. not compatible;  incapable of being used with or connected to other devices or components without modification; used especially of solids or solutions; incapable of blending into a stable homogeneous mixture;  not suitable to your tastes or needs; not in keeping with what is correct or proper;  not compatible with other facts;  used especially of drugs or muscles that counteract or neutralize each other's effect;  not easy to combine harmoniously;  of words so related that one contrasts with the other
  • incompetence - noun lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications;  inability of a part or organ to function properly
  • incompetency - noun lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications
  • incompetent - adj. not qualified or suited for a purpose;  not doing a good job;  not meeting requirements;  showing lack of skill or aptitude;  noun someone who is not competent to take effective action
  • incomplete - adj. not complete or total; not completed;  not yet finished
  • incompletely - adv. not to a full degree or extent
  • incomprehensible - adj. difficult to understand;  incapable of being explained or accounted for
  • inconceivable - adj. totally unlikely
  • incongruity - noun the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate
  • inconsiderable - adj. too small or unimportant to merit attention
  • inconsistent - adj. displaying a lack of consistency;  not capable of being made consistent or harmonious;  not in agreement
  • inconspicuous - adj. not prominent or readily noticeable
  • inconstant - adj. likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable
  • incontestable - adj. incapable of being contested or disputed;  not open to question; obviously true
  • incontinence - noun involuntary urination or defecation;  indiscipline with regard to sensuous pleasures
  • inconvenience - noun the quality of not being useful or convenient; an inconvenient discomfort;  a difficulty that causes anxiety;  verb to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
  • inconvenient - adj. not suited to your comfort, purpose or needs; not conveniently timed
  • incoordination - noun a lack of coordination of movements
  • incorporate - adj. formed or united into a whole;  verb unite or merge with something already in existence;  form a corporation; include or contain; have as a component;  make into a whole or make part of a whole
  • incorporated - adj. introduced into as a part of the whole;  organized and maintained as a legal corporation;  formed or united into a whole
  • incorrect - adj. not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
  • incorrectly - adv. in an incorrect manner;  in an incorrect manner
  • incorrigible - adj. impervious to correction by punishment
  • increase - noun the act of increasing something;  the amount by which something increases;  a change resulting in an increase;  a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important;  a quantity that is added;  verb make bigger or more; become bigger or greater in amount
  • increased - adj. made greater in size or amount or degree
  • increasing - adj. becoming greater or larger;  music
  • incredible - adj. beyond belief or understanding
  • incredulity - noun doubt about the truth of something
  • increment - noun the amount by which something increases;  a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
  • incrustation - noun a decorative coating of contrasting material that is applied to a surface as an inlay or overlay;  the formation of a crust;  a hard outer layer that covers something
  • incubation - noun maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development;  (pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear;  sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body
  • incubation period - noun the period between infection and the appearance of symptoms of the disease
  • incubator - noun apparatus consisting of a box designed to maintain a constant temperature by the use of a thermostat; used for chicks or premature infants
  • incur - verb make oneself subject to; bring upon oneself; become liable to;  receive a specified treatment (abstract)
  • incurable - adj. unalterable in disposition or habits;  incapable of being cured;  noun a person whose disease is incurable
  • incurring - noun acquiring or coming into something (usually undesirable)
  • incurvation - noun the action of creating a curved shape;  a shape that curves or bends inward
  • incurved - adj. bent into or having an inward curve
  • incus - noun the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes
  • indeed - adv. (used as an interjection) an expression of surprise or skepticism or irony etc.;  in truth (often tends to intensify)
  • indefinite - adj. not decided or not known;  vague or not clearly defined or stated
  • indefinitely - adv. to an indefinite extent; for an indefinite time
  • indelible - adj. cannot be removed, washed away or erased
  • indent - noun an order for goods to be exported or imported;  the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line;  verbnotch the edge of or make jagged;  make a depression into;  cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication;  set in from the margin;  bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
  • indented - adj. having the central portion lower than the margin; having or resembling repeated square indentations like those in a battlement
  • independence - noun the successful ending of the American Revolution;  a city in western Missouri; the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail;  freedom from control or influence of another or others
  • independent - adj. not dependent on or conditioned by or relative to anything else;  not contingent;  free from external control and constraint;  (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence;  not controlled by a party or interest group;  (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces;  noun a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them;  a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
  • independently - adv. on your own; without outside help;  apart from others
  • indescribable - adj. defying expression or description
  • index - noun the finger next to the thumb;  an alphabetical listing of names and topics along with page numbers where they are discussed;  a number or ratio (a value on a scale of measurement) derived from a series of observed facts; can reveal relative changes as a function of time;  a numerical scale used to compare variables with one another or with some reference number;  a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself;  verb adjust through indexation;  provide with an index;  list in an index
  • index finger - noun the finger next to the thumb
  • india - noun a republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
  • india rubber - noun an elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees (especially trees of the genera Hevea and Ficus) that can be vulcanized and finished into a variety of products
  • indian - adj. of or pertaining to American Indians or their culture or languages;  of or relating to or characteristic of India or the East Indies or their peoples or languages or cultures;  noun a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived;  a native or inhabitant of India;  any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
  • indiana - noun a state in midwestern United States
  • indianapolis - noun the capital and largest city of Indiana; a major commercial center in the country's heartland; site of an annual 500-mile automobile race
  • indicate - verb indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively;  to state or express briefly;  suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine;  give evidence of;  be a signal for or a symptom of
  • indication - noun something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary;  something that serves to indicate or suggest;  (medicine) a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure;  the act of indicating or pointing out by name;  a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument
  • indicative - adj. (usually followed by `of') pointing out or revealing clearly;  relating to the mood of verbs that is used simple declarative statements;  noun a mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or state as an objective fact
  • indicator - noun a device for showing the operating condition of some system;  a signal for attracting attention;  (chemistry) a substance that changes color to indicate the presence of some ion or substance; can be used to indicate the completion of a chemical reaction or (in medicine) to test for a particular reaction;  a number or ratio (a value on a scale of measurement) derived from a series of observed facts; can reveal relative changes as a function of time
  • indictable - adj. liable to be accused, or cause for such liability
  • indifference - noun unbiased impartial unconcern;  the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally;  the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern; apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
  • indifferent - adj. showing no care or concern in attitude or action; neither too great nor too little;  being neither good nor bad; characterized by a lack of partiality;  marked by no especial liking or dislike or preference for one thing over another;  fairly poor to not very good;  (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed;  (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other;  marked by a lack of interest;  having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
  • indifferently - adv. with indifference; in an indifferent manner
  • indigence - noun a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  • indigenous - adj. originating where it is found
  • indigestible - adj. digested with difficulty
  • indigestion - noun a disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort or heartburn or nausea
  • indigo - adj. having a color between blue and violet;  noun a blue-violet color;  deciduous subshrub of southeastern Asia having pinnate leaves and clusters of red or purple flowers; a source of indigo dye;  a blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically
  • indirect - adj. not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination;  extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action;  having intervening factors or persons or influences;  not as a direct effect or consequence;  descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
  • indirectly - adv. not in a forthright manner
  • indiscreet - adj. lacking discretion; injudicious
  • indiscretion - noun a petty misdeed;  the trait of being injudicious
  • indiscriminate - adj. not marked by fine distinctions;  failing to make or recognize distinctions
  • indiscriminately - adv. in a random manner;  in an indiscriminate manner
  • indispensable - adj. unavoidable;  not to be dispensed with; essential;  absolutely necessary; vitally necessary
  • indisposed - adj. (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed; somewhat ill or prone to illness
  • indisposition - noun a slight illness;  a certain degree of unwillingness
  • indisputable - adj. impossible to doubt or dispute;  not open to question; obviously true
  • indistinct - adj. not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand
  • indistinctly - adv. in a dim indistinct manner
  • indistinctness - noun the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
  • indistinguishable - adj. not capable of being distinguished or differentiated;  exactly alike; incapable of being perceived as different
  • individual - adj. being or characteristic of a single thing or person; separate and distinct from others of the same kind;  concerning one person exclusively;  characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing;  noun a single organism;  a human being
  • individuality - noun the quality of being individual;  the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity
  • individualization - noun discriminating the individual from the generic group or species
  • individually - adv. apart from others
  • indivisible - adj. impossible of undergoing division
  • indolent - adj. (of tumors e.g) slow to heal or develop and usually painless;  disinclined to work or exertion
  • indoor - adj. within doors;  located, suited for, or taking place within a building
  • indoors - adv. within a building
  • induce - verb reason or establish by induction;  cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;  cause to arise;  cause to occur rapidly; produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes
  • induced - adj. brought about or caused; not spontaneous
  • inducement - noun act of bringing about a desired result;  a positive motivational influence
  • inducing - noun act of bringing about a desired result
  • induction - noun the act of bringing about something (especially at an early time);  an electrical phenomenon whereby an electromotive force (EMF) is generated in a closed circuit by a change in the flow of current;  an act that sets in motion some course of events; reasoning from detailed facts to general principles;  stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors;  a formal entry into an organization or position or office
  • indulge - verb enjoy to excess;  give free rein to;  yield (to); give satisfaction to;  treat with excessive indulgence
  • indulgence - noun the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution;  the act of indulging or gratifying a desire;  a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone;  an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires;  foolish or senseless behavior
  • induration - noun any pathological hardening or thickening of tissue
  • industrial - adj. suitable to stand up to hard wear;  having highly developed industries;  employed in industry;  of or relating to or resulting from industry;  employed in industry
  • inebriate - noun a chronic drinker;  verb become drunk or drink excessively;  make drunk (with alcoholic drinks);  fill with sublime emotion; tickle pink
  • inebriety - noun a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol
  • inedible - adj. not suitable for food
  • ineffective - adj. lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate;  not producing an intended effect;  lacking in power or forcefulness
  • ineffectual - adj. not producing an intended effect;  lacking in power or forcefulness;  producing no result or effect
  • inefficiency - noun unskillfulness resulting from a lack of efficiency
  • inefficient - adj. not producing desired results; wasteful;  lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate
  • inelastic - adj. not elastic
  • inelasticity - noun the lack of elasticity
  • inequality - noun lack of equality
  • inert - adj. slow and apathetic;  unable to move or resist motion; having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
  • inertia - noun (physics) the tendency of a body to maintain is state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force;  a disposition to remain inactive or inert
  • inestimable - adj. beyond calculation or measure
  • inevitable - adj. incapable of being avoided or prevented;  invariably occurring or appearing;  noun an unavoidable event
  • inevitably - adv. in such a manner as could not be otherwise;  by necessity
  • inexpedient - adj. not suitable or advisable;  not appropriate to the purpose
  • inexpensive - adj. relatively low in price or charging low prices
  • inexperienced - adj. lacking practical experience or training
  • infallible - adj. incapable of failure or error
  • infancy - noun the earliest state of immaturity;  the early stage of growth or development
  • infant - noun a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
  • infant feeding - noun feeding an infant
  • infanticide - noun murdering an infant;  a person who murders an infant
  • infantile - adj. being or befitting or characteristic of an infant;  of or relating to infants or infancy;  indicating a lack of maturity
  • infarct - noun localized necrosis resulting from obstruction of the blood supply
  • infarction - noun localized necrosis resulting from obstruction of the blood supply
  • infect - verb contaminate with a disease or microorganism; communicate a disease to;  affect in a contagious way;  contaminate with ideas or an ideology
  • infected - adj. containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms
  • infection - noun (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure;  moral corruption or contamination;  an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted;  (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease;  (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound;  the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms;  the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people
  • infectious - adj. easily spread;  caused by infection or capable of causing infection;  of or relating to infection
  • infective - adj. able to cause disease;  caused by infection or capable of causing infection
  • infer - verb believe to be the case;  guess correctly; solve by guessing;  reason by deduction; establish by deduction;  conclude by reasoning; in logic;  draw from specific cases for more general cases
  • inference - noun the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation
  • inferior - adj. of or characteristic of low rank or importance;  of low or inferior quality;  having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit;  lower than a given reference point;  inferior in rank or status; falling short of some prescribed norm;  written or printed below and to one side of another character;  noun one of lesser rank or station or quality;  a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
  • infertile - adj. incapable of reproducing
  • infest - verb invade in great numbers;  live on or in a host, as of parasites;  occupy in large numbers or live on a host
  • infiltrate - verb pass through an enemy line; in a military conflict; pass into or through by filtering or permeating;  cause (a liquid) to enter by penetrating the interstices;  enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members
  • infiltration - noun a process in which individuals (or small groups) penetrate an area (especially the military penetration of enemy positions without detection);  the slow passage of a liquid through a filtering medium
  • infinite - adj. total and all-embracing;  having no limits or boundaries in time or space or extent or magnitude;  of verbs; having neither person nor number nor mood (as a participle or gerund or infinitive); too numerous to be counted;  noun the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
  • infinitely - adv. continuing forever without end;  without bounds
  • infinity - noun time without end
  • infirm - adj. lacking firmness of will or character or purpose;  lacking physical strength or vitality
  • infirmary - noun a health facility where patients receive treatment
  • infirmity - noun the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
  • inflame - verb become inflamed; get sore;  cause inflammation in; arouse or excite feelings and passions;  cause to start burning;  catch fire
  • inflamed - adj. adorned with tongues of flame;  resulting from inflammation; hot and swollen and reddened;  lighted with red light as if with flames
  • inflammable - adj. easily ignited
  • inflammation - noun arousal to violent emotion;  a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat;  the act of setting something on fire;  the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
  • inflammatory - adj. characterized or caused by inflammation; arousing to action or rebellion
  • inflatable - adj. designed to be filled with air or gas
  • inflate - verb fill with gas or air;  exaggerate or make bigger; increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value;  cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit;  become inflated
  • inflated - adj. expanded by (or as if by) gas or air;  enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness;  increased especially to abnormal levels; pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)
  • inflation - noun the act of filling something with air;  (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang;  a general and progressive increase in prices;  lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
  • inflexible - adj. resistant to being bent;  incapable of change; incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances;  not making concessions
  • inflict - verb impose something unpleasant
  • infliction - noun an act causing pain or damage;  the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo);  something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
  • influence - noun causing something without any direct or apparent effort;  a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc;  a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do;  one having power to influence another;  the effect of one thing (or person) on another;  verb have and exert influence or effect;  shape or influence; give direction to;  induce into action by using one's charm
  • influenza - noun an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
  • inform - verb give character or essence to;  impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to;  act as an informer
  • information - noun (communication theory) a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome;  knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction;  a message received and understood; formal accusation of a crime;  a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
  • informed - adj. having much knowledge or education
  • informing - noun a speech act that conveys information;  to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law (usually in return for favors)
  • infra - adv. (in writing) see below
  • infrequency - noun noteworthy scarcity
  • infrequent - adj. not frequent; not occurring regularly or at short intervals
  • infrequently - adv. not many times
  • infundibulum - noun any of various funnel-shaped parts of the body (but especially the hypophyseal stalk)
  • infusion - noun the act of infusing or introducing a certain modifying element or quality;  (medicine) the passive introduction of a substance (a fluid or drug or electrolyte) into a vein or between tissues (as by gravitational force);  the process of extracting certain active properties (as a drug from a plant) by steeping or soaking (usually in water);  a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water)
  • infusoria - noun in some recent classifications, coextensive with the Ciliata: minute organisms found in decomposing infusions of organic matter
  • ingenious - adj. showing inventiveness and skill;  skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends;  (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action
  • ingeniously - adv. in an ingenious manner
  • ingenuity - noun the property of being ingenious;  the power of creative imagination
  • ingesta - noun solid and liquid nourishment taken into the body through the mouth
  • ingestion - noun the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
  • ingredient - noun a component of a mixture or compound;  food that is a component of a mixture in cooking;  an abstract part of something
  • ingress - noun (astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse;  the act of entering
  • ingrowing - adj. growing abnormally into the flesh
  • ingrown - adj. growing abnormally into the flesh
  • inguinal - adj. of or relating to or near the groin
  • inhabit - verb be present in; be inside of;  inhabit or live in
  • inhabited - adj. having inhabitants; lived in
  • inhalant - adj. inhaling or serving for inhalation;  noun a medication to be taken by inhaling it;  something that is inhaled
  • inhalation - noun the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing;  a medication to be taken by inhaling it
  • inhale - verb draw in (air);  draw deep into the lungs in by breathing
  • inhaler - noun a dispenser that produces a chemical vapor to be inhaled in order to relieve nasal congestion
  • inherent - adj. in the nature of something though not readily apparent;  existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
  • inherently - adv. in an inherent manner
  • inherit - verb obtain from someone after their death;  receive by genetic transmission;  receive from a predecessor
  • inheritance - noun hereditary succession to a title or an office or property;  any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors;  (genetics) attributes acquired via biological heredity from the parents;  that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
  • inherited - adj. tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity
  • inheriting - adj. having the legal right to inherit
  • inhibit - verb limit the range or extent of;  to put down by force or authority
  • inhibition - noun (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires;  the quality of being inhibited; (physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part;  the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)
  • inhibitory - adj. restrictive of action
  • inimical - adj. not friendly
  • initial - adj. occurring at the beginning;  noun the first letter of a word (especially a person's name);  verb mark with one's initials
  • initiatory - adj. serving to set in motion
  • inject - verb give an injection to;  to introduce (a new aspect or element);  feed intravenously;  take by injection;  force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing;  to insert between other elements
  • injection - noun the forceful insertion of a substance under pressure;  the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe;  any solution that is injected (as into the skin)
  • injudicious - adj. lacking or showing lack of judgment or discretion; unwise
  • injun - noun offensive terms for Native Americans
  • injure - verb cause injuries or bodily harm to;  cause damage or affect negatively;  hurt the feelings of
  • injured - adj. usually used of physical or mental injury to persons
  • injurious - adj. tending to cause great harm;  harmful to living things
  • injuriously - adv. in an injurious manner
  • injury - noun an act that injures someone;  an accident that results in physical damage or hurt;  any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.;  a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
  • injustice - noun an unjust act;  the practice of being unjust or unfair
  • ink - noun dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods;  a liquid used for printing or writing or drawing;  verb fill with ink;  append one's signature to
  • inky - adj. of the color of black ink
  • inland - adj. situated away from an area's coast or border;  adv.towards or into the interior of a region
  • inlet - noun an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
  • inmate - noun one of several resident of a dwelling (especially someone confined to a prison or hospital);  a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison;  a patient who is residing in the hospital where he is being treated
  • innate - adj. present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development;  being talented through inherited qualities; not established by conditioning or learning
  • inner - adj. inside or closer to the inside of the body;  located or occurring within or closer to a center;  located inward;  innermost or essential;  exclusive to a center; especially a center of influence; confined to an exclusive group
  • innermost - adj. situated or occurring farthest within;  being deepest within the self
  • innervation - noun the distribution of nerve fibers to an organ or body region;  the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
  • innocent - adj. (used of things) lacking sense or awareness;  lacking intent or capacity to injure;  not knowledgeable about something specified;  free from evil or guilt;  lacking in sophistication or worldliness;  completely wanting or lacking;  free from sin;  noun a person who lacks knowledge of evil
  • innocuous - adj. not injurious to physical or mental health;  not causing disapproval;  lacking intent or capacity to injure;  unlikely to harm or disturb anyone
  • innovation - noun the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new;  a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation;  the creation of something in the mind
  • innumerable - adj. too numerous to be counted
  • inoculation - noun taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
  • inodorous - adj. having no odor
  • inoperable - adj. not suitable for surgery;  not able to perform its normal function
  • inordinate - adj. beyond normal limits
  • inorganic - adj. relating or belonging to the class of compounds not having a carbon basis;  lacking the properties characteristic of living organisms
  • inquire - verb have a wish or desire to know something;  inquire about;  conduct an inquiry or investigation of
  • inquiry - noun a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest;  a search for knowledge;  an instance of questioning
  • insane - adj. afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement; very foolish
  • insanity - noun relatively permanent disorder of the mind
  • insatiable - adj. impossible to satisfy
  • inscribed - adj. written (by handwriting, printing, engraving, or carving) on or in a surface;  cut or impressed into a surface
  • inscription - noun the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words;  letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something;  a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
  • insect - noun small air-breathing arthropod;  a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  • insecticide - noun a chemical used to kill insects
  • insecure - adj. lacking self-confidence or assurance;  lacking in security or safety;  not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way; not safe from attack
  • insensibility - noun a lack of sensibility;  devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness
  • insensible - adj. unresponsive to stimulation;  incapable of physical sensation;  unaware of or indifferent to;  barely able to be perceived
  • insensibly - adv. in a numb manner; without feeling
  • insensitive - adj. not responsive to physical stimuli;  deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive
  • inseparable - adj. not capable of being separated
  • inseparably - adv. without possibility of separation
  • insert - noun an artifact that is inserted or is to be inserted;  a folded section placed between the leaves of another publication;  (film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film; (broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program;  verb introduce;  put or introduce into something;  insert casually;  fit snugly into
  • insertion - noun the act of putting one thing into another;  a message (spoken or written) that is introduced or inserted
  • inside - adj. away from the outer edge;  being or applying to the inside of a building;  relating to or being on the side closer to the center or within a defined space;  confined to an exclusive group; adv. within a building;  on the inside;  in reality;  with respect to private feelings;  noun the inner or enclosed surface of something;  the region that is inside of something
  • insidious - adj. working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way;  intended to entrap;  beguiling but harmful
  • insidiously - adv. in a harmfully insidious manner
  • insidiousness - noun the quality of being designed to entrap;  subtle and cumulative harmfulness (especially of a disease)
  • insignificant - adj. not large enough to consider or notice;  not worthy of notice;  of little importance or influence or power; of minor status;  signifying nothing;  not important or noteworthy
  • insincerity - noun the quality of not being open or truthful; deceitful or hypocritical
  • insipid - adj. not pleasing to the sense of taste;  lacking interest or significance;  lacking significance or impact;  lacking taste or flavor or tang
  • insist - verb assert to be true;  be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge;  beg persistently and urgently
  • insistence - noun the act of insisting on something;  continual and persistent demands;  the state of demanding notice or attention
  • insistent - adj. persistently continual;  demanding attention
  • insisting - noun continual and persistent demands
  • insolation - noun incident solar radiation;  therapeutic exposure to sunlight;  sudden prostration due to exposure to the sun or excessive heat
  • insole - noun the inner sole of a shoe or boot where the foot rests
  • insolubility - noun the quality of being insoluble and difficult to dissolve in liquid;  the property (of a problem or difficulty) that makes it impossible to solve
  • insoluble - adj. without hope of solution;  (of a substance) incapable of being dissolved;  admitting of no solution or explanation
  • insomnia - noun an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness
  • inspect - verb look over carefully;  examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification;  come to see in an official or professional capacity
  • inspection - noun a formal or official examination
  • inspector - noun a high ranking police officer;  an investigator who observes carefully
  • inspiration - noun arousing to a particular emotion or action;  a product of your creative thinking and work;  a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem;  arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity;  the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing;  (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings
  • inspiratory - adj. pertaining to the drawing in phase respiration
  • inspired - adj. being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods
  • inspissate - verb become thick or thicker;  make thick or thicker; make viscous or dense
  • instability - noun the quality or attribute of being unstable and irresolute;  unreliability attributable to being unstable;  an unstable order;  a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium
  • installation - noun the act of installing something (as equipment);  a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry;  a formal entry into an organization or position or office
  • instance - noun an item of information that is representative of a type;  an occurrence of something;  verb clarify by giving an example of
  • instant - adj. in or of the present month;  demanding attention; occurring with no delay;  noun a particular point in time;  a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat)
  • instantaneous - adj. occurring with no delay
  • instantaneously - adv. without any delay
  • instantly - adv. without any delay;  without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
  • instead - adv. in place of, or as an alternative to;  on the contrary
  • instep - noun the part of a shoe or stocking that covers the arch of the foot;  the arch of the foot
  • instil - verb enter drop by drop
  • instillation - noun the introduction of a liquid (by pouring or injection) drop by drop;  a liquid that is instilled drop by drop
  • instilling - noun teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction or repetition
  • instinct - adj. (followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated;  nouninborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli
  • instinctively - adv. as a matter of instinct
  • institute - noun an association organized to promote art or science or education;  verb advance or set forth in court;  set up or lay the groundwork for
  • institution - noun an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated;  a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society;  an organization founded and united for a specific purpose;  the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new;  a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
  • institutional - adj. organized as or forming an institution;  relating to or constituting or involving an institution
  • instruction - noun (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program;  the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill;  the profession of a teacher; a message describing how something is to be done
  • instructions - noun a manual usually accompanying a technical device and explaining how to install or operate it
  • instructive - adj. serving to instruct of enlighten or inform
  • instructor - noun a person whose occupation is teaching
  • instrument - noun the means whereby some act is accomplished;  a device that requires skill for proper use;  a person used by another to gain an end;  any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds;  the semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process;  (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right;  verb address a legal document to; write an instrumental score for;  equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
  • instrumental - adj. relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments;  serving or acting as a means or aid
  • instrumentation - noun the act of providing or using the instruments needed for some implementation;  the instruments called for in a musical score or arrangement for a band or orchestra;  the act of arranging a piece of music for an orchestra and assigning parts to the different musical instruments;  an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
  • insufficiency - noun lack of an adequate quantity or number; (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally;  a lack of competence
  • insufficient - adj. of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
  • insufficiently - adv. to an insufficient degree
  • insufflation - noun an act of blowing or breathing on or into something;  (medicine) blowing air or medicated powder into the lungs (or into some other body cavity)
  • insular - adj. narrowly restricted in outlook or scope;  suggestive of the isolated life of an island;  relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island
  • insult - noun a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect;  a rude expression intended to offend or hurt;  verb treat, mention, or speak to rudely
  • insuperable - adj. impossible to surmount;  incapable of being surmounted or excelled
  • insurable - adj. capable of being insured or eligible to be insured
  • insurance - noun promise of reimbursement in the case of loss; paid to people or companies so concerned about hazards that they have made prepayments to an insurance company;  written contract or certificate of insurance;  protection against future loss
  • insure - verb take out insurance for;  be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something;  make certain of;  protect by insurance
  • insured - adj. covered by insurance;  noun a person whose interests are protected by an insurance policy; a person who contracts for an insurance policy that indemnifies him against loss of property or life or health etc.
  • insurmountable - adj. not capable of being surmounted or overcome;  impossible to surmount
  • intact - adj. undamaged in any way; whole;  not impaired or diminished in any way;  (of a woman) having the hymen unbroken; constituting the undiminished entirety; lacking nothing essential especially not damaged;  (used of domestic animals) sexually competent
  • intake - noun an opening through which fluid is admitted to a tube or container;  the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
  • integral - adj. constituting the undiminished entirety; lacking nothing essential especially not damaged;  existing as an essential constituent or characteristic;  noun the result of a mathematical integration; F(x) is the integral of f(x) if dF/dx = f(x)
  • integrated - adj. not segregated; designated as available to all races or groups;  formed into a whole or introduced into another entity; resembling a living organism in organization or development; caused to combine or unite;  formed or united into a whole
  • integrating - noun the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community
  • integration - noun an operation used in the calculus whereby the integral of a function is determined;  the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community;  the act of combining into an integral whole
  • integrity - noun moral soundness;  an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
  • integument - noun an outer protective covering such as the skin of an animal or a cuticle or seed coat or rind or shell
  • integumentary - adj. of or relating to the integument
  • intellect - noun knowledge and intellectual ability;  the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination;  a person who uses the mind creatively
  • intellection - noun the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  • intellectual - adj. appealing to or using the intellect;  of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind;  of or relating to the intellect; involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct;  noun a person who uses the mind creatively
  • intellectually - adv. in an intellectual manner
  • intelligence - noun the operation of gathering information about an enemy;  the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience;  secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy); a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy;  new information about specific and timely events
  • intelligent - adj. having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree;  endowed with the capacity to reason; possessing sound knowledge;  exercising or showing good judgment
  • intelligently - adv. in an intelligent manner
  • intelligible - adj. well articulated or enunciated, and loud enough to be heard distinctly;  capable of being apprehended or understood
  • intemperance - noun excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence;  consumption of alcoholic drinks;  the quality of being intemperate
  • intemperate - adj. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors;  excessive in behavior;  (of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes
  • intended - adj. future; betrothed;  intentional or planned
  • intense - adj. (of color) having the highest saturation;  in an extreme degree;  extremely sharp or intense
  • intensely - adv. in an intense manner
  • intensification - noun action that makes something stronger or more extreme;  the act of increasing the contrast of (a photographic film)
  • intensified - adj. made more intense
  • intensify - verb become more intense;  make more intense, stronger, or more marked;  make the chemically affected part of (a negative) denser or more opaque in order produce a stronger contrast between light and dark;  increase in extent or intensity
  • intensifying - adj. increasing in strength or intensity
  • intensity - noun high level or degree; the property of being intense; the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation);  chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue;  the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
  • intent - adj. giving or marked by complete attention to;  noun the intended meaning of a communication;  an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
  • intention - noun an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out;  (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal;  an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
  • intentional - adj. done by design;  by conscious design or purpose; done or made or performed with purpose and intent
  • intentionally - adv. with intention; in an intentional manner
  • inter - verb place in a grave or tomb
  • interaction - noun a mutual or reciprocal action; interacting; (physics) the transfer of energy between elementary particles or between an elementary particle and a field or between fields; mediated by gauge bosons
  • intercellular - adj. located between cells
  • interchange - noun mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information);  a junction of highways on different levels that permits traffic to move from one to another without crossing traffic streams;  reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money especially the currencies of different countries;  verbreverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action);  cause to change places;  give to, and receive from, one another
  • interchangeability - noun the quality of being capable of exchange or interchange
  • interchangeable - adj. (mathematics, logic) such that the arguments or roles can be interchanged;  capable of replacing or changing places with something else; permitting mutual substitution without loss of function or suitability
  • interchangeably - adv. in an interchangeable manner
  • intercostal - adj. located or occurring between the ribs;  nounmuscles between the ribs; they contract during inspiration
  • intercourse - noun communication between individuals;  the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  • interdict - noun a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity;  an ecclesiastical censure by the Roman Catholic Church withdrawing certain sacraments and Christian burial from a person or all persons in a particular district;  verb destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication;  command against
  • interest - noun the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.);  a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something;  (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims;  (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something;  a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed;  a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly);  a reason for wanting something done;  verb excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of;  be on the mind of;  be of importance or consequence
  • interested - adj. having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern;  involved in or affected by or having a claim to or share in
  • interesting - adj. arousing or holding the attention
  • interfere - verb come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle; get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
  • interference - noun (American football) blocking a player's path with your body;  the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding;  any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome;  a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries;  electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
  • interfering - adj. intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  • interim - adj. serving during an intermediate interval of time;  nounthe time between one event, process, or period and another
  • interior - adj. of or coming from the middle of a region or country; inside and toward a center;  situated within or suitable for inside a building;  located inward;  inside the country;  noun the United States federal department charged with conservation and the development of natural resources; created in 1849;  the inner or enclosed surface of something;  the region that is inside of something
  • interlaced - adj. having a pattern of fretwork or latticework
  • interlobular - adj. between lobes or lobules
  • intermediary - noun a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
  • intermediate - adj. lying between two extremes in time or space or degree;  around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures;  noun a substance formed during a chemical process before the desired product is obtained;  verb act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
  • intermediation - noun the act of intervening for the purpose of bringing about a settlement
  • interment - noun the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave
  • intermingled - adj. caused to combine or unite
  • intermission - noun the act of suspending activity temporarily;  a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • intermittence - noun the quality of being intermittent; subject to interruption or periodic stopping
  • intermittency - noun the quality of being intermittent; subject to interruption or periodic stopping
  • intermittent - adj. stopping and starting at irregular intervals; stopping and starting at regular intervals
  • intermittently - adv. in an intermittent manner
  • intern - noun an advanced student or graduate in medicine gaining supervised practical experience (`houseman' is a British term);  verbwork as an intern;  deprive of freedom
  • internal - adj. happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface;  occurring within an institution or community; located inward;  inside the country;  innermost or essential
  • internal revenue - noun government revenue from domestic sources (excluding customs)
  • internally - adv. on or from the inside
  • international - adj. concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations;  from or between other countries;  noun any of several international socialist organizations
  • interpose - verb introduce;  be or come between;  to insert between other elements;  get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
  • interposition - noun the act of interposing one thing between or among others;  the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
  • interpret - verb make sense of; assign a meaning to;  give an interpretation or rendition of;  make sense of a language;  give an interpretation or explanation to;  restate (words) from one language into another language;  create an image or likeness of
  • interpretation - noun an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious;  a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something;  an explanation that results from interpreting something;  the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
  • interpreted - adj. understood in a certain way; made sense of
  • interpreting - noun an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
  • interrogation - noun formal systematic questioning;  a transmission that will trigger an answering transmission from a transponder;  an instance of questioning;  a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
  • interrupt - noun a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out;  verbterminate;  destroy the peace or tranquility of;  interfere in someone else's activity;  make a break in
  • interrupted - adj. discontinued temporarily;  intermittently stopping and starting
  • interrupter - noun a device for automatically interrupting an electric current
  • interruption - noun some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity;  an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity;  a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • interstice - noun small opening between things;  a small structural space between tissues or parts of an organ
  • interstitial - adj. of or relating to interstices
  • intertrigo - noun chafing between two skin surfaces that are in contact (as in the armpit or under the breasts or between the thighs)
  • interval - noun the distance between things;  a set containing all points (or all real numbers) between two given endpoints;  the difference in pitch between two notes;  a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  • intervene - verb occur between other event or between certain points of time;  get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force;  be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events
  • intervening - adj. standing between or separating two objects or areas;  occurring or falling between events or points in time
  • intervention - noun (law) a proceeding that permits a person to enter into a lawsuit already in progress; admission of person not an original party to the suit so that person can protect some right or interest that is allegedly affected by the proceedings;  the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute);  a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries
  • intervertebral - adj. pertaining to the space between two vertebrae
  • interwoven - adj. linked or locked closely together as by dovetailing
  • intestinal - adj. of or relating to or inside the intestines
  • intestine - noun the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
  • intima - noun the innermost membrane of an organ (especially the inner lining of an artery or vein or lymphatic vessel)
  • intimate - adj. marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity;  thoroughly acquainted through study or experience; involved in a sexual relationship;  having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship;  having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere;  innermost or essential;  nounsomeone to whom private matters are confided;  verb give to understand;  imply as a possibility
  • intimately - adv. with great or especially intimate knowledge;  in a close manner
  • intimation - noun a slight suggestion or vague understanding;  an indirect suggestion
  • intolerable - adj. incapable of being put up with
  • intolerance - noun impatience with annoyances;  unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
  • intolerant - adj. unwilling to tolerate difference of opinion;  narrow-minded about cherished opinions
  • intoxicated - adj. stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol);  as if under the influence of alcohol
  • intoxicating - adj. extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic; able to intoxicate
  • intoxication - noun excitement and elation beyond the bounds of sobriety;  a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol;  the physiological state produced by a poison or other toxic substance
  • intracellular - adj. located or occurring within a cell or cells
  • intracranial - adj. within the skull
  • intractable - adj. not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
  • intracutaneous - adj. relating to areas between the layers of the skin
  • intralobular - adj. inside lobes or lobules
  • intramural - adj. carried on within the bounds of an institution or community
  • intramuscular - adj. within a muscle
  • intramuscularly - adv. in an intramuscular way
  • intrauterine - adj. within the womb
  • intravenous - adj. within or by means of a vein
  • intravenously - adv. in an intravenous manner
  • intraventricular - adj. within the system of ventricles in the brain
  • intricate - adj. having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate
  • intrinsic - adj. situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts;  belonging to a thing by its very nature
  • intrinsically - adv. with respect to its inherent nature
  • intro - noun a brief introductory passage to a piece of popular music;  formally making a person known to another or to the public
  • introduce - verb put before (a body);  cause to come to know personally;  bring before the public for the first time, as of an actor, song, etc.;  bring in or establish in a new place or environment;  bring something new to an environment;  introduce;  be a precursor of; furnish with a preface or introduction;  put or introduce into something;  bring in a new person or object into a familiar environment
  • introduction - noun the act of beginning something new;  the first section of a communication;  a basic or elementary instructional text; a new proposal;  the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new;  the act of putting one thing into another; formally making a person known to another or to the public
  • introspective - adj. given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences
  • intrusion - noun entrance by force or without permission or welcome;  rock produced by an intrusive process;  the forcing of molten rock into fissures or between strata of an earlier rock formation;  entry to another's property without right or permission; any entry into an area not previously occupied
  • intubate - verb introduce a cannula or tube into
  • intubation - noun the insertion of a cannula or tube into a hollow body organ
  • intussusception - noun (biology) growth in the surface area of a cell by the deposit of new particles between existing particles in the cell wall;  the folding in of an outer layer so as to form a pocket in the surface
  • inulin - noun used to manufacture fructose and in assessing kidney function
  • inunction - noun anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
  • inured - adj. made tough by habitual exposure
  • invade - verb march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation;  penetrate or assault, in a harmful or injurious way;  occupy in large numbers or live on a host;  to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate
  • invading - adj. involving invasion or aggressive attack
  • invagination - noun the folding in of an outer layer so as to form a pocket in the surface;  the condition of being folded inward or sheathed
  • invalid - adj. no longer valid;  having no cogency or legal force;  nounsomeone who is incapacitated by a chronic illness or injury;  verbforce to retire, remove from active duty, as of firemen;  injure permanently
  • invalidate - verb take away the legal force of or render ineffective; show to be invalid;  declare invalid;  make invalid for use
  • invalidism - noun chronic ill health
  • invaluable - adj. having incalculable monetary, intellectual, or spiritual worth
  • invariable - adj. not liable to or capable of change;  noun a quantity that does not vary
  • invariably - adv. in an invariable manner
  • invasion - noun the act of invading; the act of an army that invades for conquest or plunder;  (pathology) the spread of pathogenic microorganisms or malignant cells to new sites in the body;  any entry into an area not previously occupied
  • invent - verb come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort;  make up something artificial or untrue
  • invented - adj. formed or conceived by the imagination
  • inventor - noun someone who is the first to think of or make something
  • inverse - adj. reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect;  opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; noun something inverted in sequence or character or effect
  • inversely - adv. in an inverse or contrary manner
  • inversion - noun the act of turning inside out;  turning upside down; setting on end;  a term formerly used to mean taking on the gender role of the opposite sex;  (counterpoint) a variation of a melody or part in which ascending intervals are replaced by descending intervals and vice versa;  (genetics) a kind of mutation in which the order of the genes in a section of a chromosome is reversed;  the layer of air near the earth is cooler than an overlying layer;  a chemical process in which the direction of optical rotation of a substance is reversed from dextrorotatory to levorotary or vice versa;  abnormal condition in which an organ is turned inward or inside out (as when the upper part of the uterus is pulled into the cervical canal after childbirth);  the reversal of the normal order of words
  • invert - verb make an inversion (in a musical composition);  turn inside out or upside down
  • inverted - adj. being in such a position that top and bottom are reversed;  (of a plant ovule) completely inverted; turned back 180 degrees on its stalk
  • invest - verb make an investment;  provide with power and authority; furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors;  place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position;  give qualities or abilities to
  • invested - adj. officially endowed with authority or power
  • investigate - verb conduct an inquiry or investigation of;  investigate scientifically
  • investigating - noun the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
  • investigation - noun the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically;  an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities
  • investigator - noun someone who investigates;  a police officer who investigates crimes;  a scientist who devotes himself to doing research
  • investing - noun the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
  • investment - noun the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank;  the act of putting on robes or vestments;  outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism;  money that is invested with an expectation of profit;  the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an enterprise with the expectation of profit
  • inveterate - adj. having a habit of long standing
  • invidious - adj. containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice
  • invigorating - adj. imparting strength and vitality
  • invigoration - noun the activity of giving vitality and vigour to something;  quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous
  • inviolate - adj. (of a woman) having the hymen unbroken;  must be kept sacred
  • invisible - adj. impossible or nearly impossible to see; imperceptible by the eye;  not prominent or readily noticeable
  • invite - noun a colloquial expression for invitation;  verb ask someone in a friendly way to do something;  request the participation or presence of;  ask to enter;  increase the likelihood of;  invite someone to one's house;  have as a guest;  express willingness to have in one's home or environs;  give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
  • inviting - adj. attractive and tempting
  • involuntarily - adv. against your will
  • involuntary - adj. not subject to the control of the will;  controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control
  • involution - noun the action of enfolding something;  a long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction;  reduction in size of an organ or part (as in the return of the uterus to normal size after childbirth);  the process of raising a quantity to some assigned power;  the act of sharing in the activities of a group;  marked by elaborately complex detail
  • involve - verb make complex or intricate or complicated;  occupy or engage the interest of;  wrap;  contain as a part;  connect closely and often incriminatingly;  engage as a participant;  require as useful, just, or proper;  have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail
  • involved - adj. emotionally involved;  entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mire;  connected by participation or association or use;  enveloped; highly complex or intricate
  • involvement - noun a connection of inclusion or containment;  the act of sharing in the activities of a group;  a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something;  the condition of sharing in common with others (as fellows or partners etc.);  a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
  • inward - adj. relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts;  directed or moving inward or toward a center;  adv. toward the center or interior;  to or toward the inside of
  • io - noun the closest of Jupiter's moons; has active volcanoes; (Greek mythology) a maiden seduced by Zeus; when Hera was about to discover them together Zeus turned her into a white heifer
  • iodin - noun a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks)
  • iodine - noun a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks);  a tincture consisting of a solution of iodine in ethyl alcohol; applied topically to wounds as an antiseptic
  • iodized - adj. treated with iodine
  • iodoform - noun a yellowish crystalline solid with a penetrating odor; sometimes used as an antiseptic dressing;  sweet smelling yellow solid haloform CHI3
  • ion - noun a particle that is electrically charged (positive or negative); an atom or molecule or group that has lost or gained one or more electrons
  • ionic - adj. containing or involving or occurring in the form of ions;  of or relating to Ionia or its inhabitants or its language;  or or pertaining to the Ionic style of architecture;  noun the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Ionia
  • ionization - noun the process of ionizing; the formation of ions by separating atoms or molecules or radicals or by adding or subtracting electrons from atoms by strong electric fields in a gas; the condition of being dissociated into ions (as by heat or radiation or chemical reaction or electrical discharge)
  • ip - noun the sciences concerned with gathering, manipulating, storing, retrieving, and classifying recorded information
  • ipecac - noun a medicinal drug used to evoke vomiting (especially in cases of drug overdose or poisoning)
  • iq - noun a measure of a person's intelligence as indicated by an intelligence test; the ratio of a person's mental age to their chronological age (multiplied by 100)
  • ir - noun a board of the British government that administers and collects major direct taxes;  a heavy brittle metallic element of the platinum group; used in alloys; occurs in natural alloys with platinum or osmium
  • iridectomy - noun surgical removal of part of the iris of the eye
  • iridescent - adj. having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors; varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
  • iridic - adj. of or relating to the iris of the eye;  of or containing iridium
  • iridotomy - noun a surgical procedure that makes an incision in the iris of the eye in order to enlarge the pupil or to treat glaucoma
  • iris - noun diaphragm consisting of thin overlapping plates that can be adjusted to change the diameter of a central opening;  muscular diaphragm that controls the size of the pupil; it forms the colored portion of the eye;  plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
  • irish - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Ireland or its people; noun the Celtic language of Ireland;  whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley;  people of Ireland or of Irish extraction
  • iritic - adj. of or relating to located near the iris of the eye
  • iritis - noun inflammation of the iris
  • irksome - adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
  • iron - adj. extremely robust;  noun home appliance consisting of a flat metal base that is heated and used to smooth cloth;  a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head;  implement used to brand live stock;  a heavy ductile magnetic metallic element; is silver-white in pure form but readily rusts; used in construction and tools and armament; plays a role in the transport of oxygen by the blood;  verbpress and smooth with a heated iron
  • ironing - noun the work of using heat to smooth washed clothes in order to remove any wrinkles;  garments (clothes or linens) that are to be (or have been) ironed
  • irons - noun metal shackles; for hands or legs
  • irradiation - noun (Pavolvian conditioning) the elicitation of a conditioned response by stimulation similar but not identical to the original stimulus;  the apparent enlargement of a bright object when viewed against a dark background;  (physiology) the spread of sensory neural impulses in the cortex;  the condition of being exposed to radiation;  (medicine) the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance;  a column of light (as from a beacon)
  • irrational - adj. not consistent with or using reason;  real but not expressible as the quotient of two integers;  noun a real number that cannot be expressed as a rational number
  • irrecoverable - adj. incapable of being recovered or regained
  • irreducible - adj. incapable of being made smaller or simpler
  • irregular - adj. not occurring at expected times;  independent in behavior or thought;  of a surface; not level or flat;  lacking continuity or regularity;  contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice; (of solids) not having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume must be determined with the principle of liquid displacement; (used of the military) not belonging to or engaged in by regular army forces;  deviating from normal expectations; somewhat odd, strange, or abnormal;  noun merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name;  a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
  • irregularity - noun not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals;  an irregular asymmetry in shape; an irregular spatial pattern;  behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality;  irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis
  • irregularly - adv. in an irregular manner;  in an irregular manner;  in an irregular manner;  having an irregular form
  • irrelevant - adj. having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
  • irremediable - adj. impossible to remedy or correct or redress
  • irremovable - adj. incapable of being removed or away or dismiss
  • irreparable - adj. impossible to repair, rectify, or amend
  • irreparably - adv. in an irreparable manner or to an irreparable degree
  • irresistible - adj. overpoweringly attractive;  impossible to resist; overpowering
  • irrespective - adv. in spite of everything; without regard to drawbacks
  • irreversible - adj. incapable of being reversed
  • irrigate - verb supply with a constant flow or sprinkling of some liquid, for the purpose of cooling, cleansing, or disinfecting;  supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams
  • irrigation - noun (medicine) cleaning a wound or body organ by flushing or washing out with water or a medicated solution; supplying dry land with water by means of ditches etc
  • irritability - noun an irritable petulant feeling;  a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger;  excessive sensitivity of an organ or body part
  • irritable - adj. abnormally sensitive to a stimulus;  easily irritated or annoyed;  capable of responding to stimuli
  • irritant - noun something that causes irritation and annoyance
  • irritate - verb excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame; excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • irritated - adj. feeling inflammation or other discomfort (especially in a part of the body);  aroused to impatience or anger
  • irritating - adj. causing physical discomfort;  (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite;  causing irritation or annoyance
  • irritation - noun the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed;  (pathology) abnormal sensitivity to stimulation;  the act of troubling or annoying someone;  unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment;  an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress;  a sudden outburst of anger;  the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
  • irritative - adj. (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite
  • ischemia - noun local anemia in a given body part sometimes resulting from vasoconstriction or thrombosis or embolism
  • ischemic - adj. relating to or affected by ischemia
  • ischia - noun a volcanic island (part of Campania) in the Tyrrhenian Sea at the north end of the Bay of Naples
  • ischium - noun one of the three sections of the hipbone; situated below the ilium
  • isi - noun the Pakistan intelligence agency; a powerful and almost autonomous political and military force; has procured nuclear technology and delivery capabilities; has had strong ties with the Taliban and other militant Islamic groups
  • isinglass - noun any of various minerals consisting of hydrous silicates of aluminum or potassium etc. that crystallize in forms that allow perfect cleavage into very thin leaves; used as dielectrics because of their resistance to electricity
  • island - noun a zone or area resembling an island;  a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
  • ism - noun a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
  • isolate - verb place or set apart;  obtain in pure form;  separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them;  set apart from others
  • isolated - adj. not close together in time;  under forced isolation especially for health reasons;  cut off or left behind;  remote and separate physically or socially;  being or feeling set or kept apart from others;  marked by separation of or from usually contiguous elements
  • isolating - adj. relating to or being a language in which each word typically expresses a distinct idea and part of speech and syntactical relations are determined almost exclusively by word order and particles
  • isolation - noun the act of isolating something; setting something apart from others;  a country's withdrawal from international politics; a feeling of being disliked and alone;  (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it;  a state of separation between persons or groups
  • isomeric - adj. of or relating to or exhibiting isomerism
  • issuance - noun the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)
  • issue - noun the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity);  the act of issuing printed materials;  an important question that is in dispute and must be settled;  one of a series published periodically;  supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government;  an opening that permits escape or release;  some situation or event that is thought about;  the becoming visible;  the immediate descendants of a person;  a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon;  the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property;  verb come out of;  bring out an official document (such as a warrant);  circulate or distribute or equip with;  prepare and issue for public distribution or sale;  make out and issue
  • issuing - noun the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)
  • isthmus - noun a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure;  a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas
  • it - noun the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information
  • italian - adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of Italy or its people or culture or language;  noun the Romance language spoken in Italy; a native or inhabitant of Italy
  • italy - noun a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD
  • itch - noun an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch;  a strong restless desire;  a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation;  verb have a strong desire or urge to do something;  have or perceive an itch;  scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
  • itch mite - noun whitish mites that attack the skin of humans and other animals
  • itching - noun an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch
  • itchy - adj. causing an irritating cutaneous sensation; being affect with an itch;  unable to relax or be still
  • ithaca - noun a Greek island west of Greece; in Homeric legend Odysseus was its king;  a college town in central New York on Lake Cayuga
  • iud - noun contraceptive device consisting of a piece of bent plastic or metal that is inserted through the vagina into the uterus
  • iv - noun administration of nutrients through a vein
  • ivory - noun a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses;  a shade of white the color of bleached bones
  • ivy - noun Old World vine with lobed evergreen leaves and black berrylike fruits

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