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  • j - noun the 10th letter of the Roman alphabet;  a unit of electrical energy equal to the work done when a current of one ampere passes through a resistance of one ohm for one second
  • jet - adj. of the blackest black; similar to the color of jet or coal;  nounan airplane powered by one or more jet engines;  the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid);  a hard black form of lignite that takes a brilliant polish and is used in jewellery or ornamentation;  an artificially produced flow of water;  street names for ketamine;  verbissue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth;  fly a jet plane
  • jacket - noun a short coat;  an outer wrapping or casing;  the tough metal shell casing for certain kinds of ammunition;  the outer skin of a potato;  (dentistry) an artificial crown fitted over a broken or decayed tooth;  verb put a jacket on;  provide with a thermally non-conducting cover
  • jackson - noun a town in south central Michigan;  capital of the state of Mississippi on the Pearl River;  a town in western Tennessee;  a town in western Wyoming;  7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency (1767-1845);  general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War whose troops at the first Battle of Bull Run stood like a stone wall (1824-1863);  United States writer of romantic novels about the unjust treatment of Native Americans (1830-1885);  United States civil rights leader who led a national campaign against racial discrimination and ran for presidential nomination (born in 1941);  United States singer who did much to popularize gospel music (1911-1972);  United States singer who began singing with his four brothers and later became a highly successful star during the 1980s (born in 1958);  English film actress who later became a member of British Parliament (born in 1936)
  • jacksonian - adj. of or pertaining to Andrew Jackson or his presidency or his concepts of popular democracy;  noun a follower of Andrew Jackson or his ideas
  • jacobs - noun Dutch physician who opened the first birth control clinic in the world in Amsterdam (1854-1929);  United States writer and critic of urban planning (born in 1916);  English writer of macabre short stories (1863-1943)
  • jacobi - noun German mathematician (1804-1851)
  • jactitation - noun (pathology) extremely restless tossing and twitching usually by a person with a severe illness;  (law) a false boast that can harm others; especially a false claim to be married to someone (formerly actionable at law);  speaking of yourself in superlatives
  • jaeger - noun rapacious seabird that pursues weaker birds to make them drop their prey
  • jagged - adj. having a sharply uneven surface or outline;  having an irregularly notched or toothed margin as though gnawed
  • jam - noun preserve of crushed fruit;  deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems;  a dense crowd of people;  informal terms for a difficult situation;  verb interfere with or prevent the reception of signals;  crush or bruise;  crowd or pack to capacity;  get stuck and immobilized;  push down forcibly;  block passage through;  press tightly together or cram
  • jamaica - noun an island in the West Indies south of Cuba and west of Haiti;  a country on the island of Jamaica; became independent of England in 1962; much poverty; the major industry is tourism
  • james - noun a river that rises in North Dakota and flows southward across South Dakota to the Missouri;  a river in Virginia that flows east into Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads;  (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of John; author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament;  writer who was born in the United States but lived in England (1843-1916);  United States pragmatic philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910);  United States outlaw who fought as a Confederate soldier and later led a band of outlaws that robbed trains and banks in the West until he was murdered by a member of his own gang (1847-1882);  the first Stuart to be king of England and Ireland from 1603 to 1625 and king of Scotland from 1567 to 1625; he was the son of Mary Queen of Scots and he succeeded Elizabeth I; he alienated the British Parliament by claiming the divine right of kings (1566-1625);  the last Stuart to be king of England and Ireland and Scotland; overthrown in 1688 (1633-1701);  a Stuart king of Scotland who married a daughter of Henry VII; when England and France went to war in 1513 he invaded England and died in defeat at Flodden (1473-1513);  a New Testament book attributed to Saint James the Apostle
  • jamestown - noun a former village on the James River in Virginia north of Norfolk; site of the first permanent English settlement in America in 1607
  • jan - noun the first month of the year; begins 10 days after the winter solstice
  • january - noun the first month of the year; begins 10 days after the winter solstice
  • japan - noun lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient;  lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer;  a string of more than 3,000 islands east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean;  a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building;  verb coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan
  • japanese - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Japan or its people or their culture or language;  noun the language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese;  a native or inhabitant of Japan
  • jar - noun a vessel (usually cylindrical) with a wide mouth and without handles;  the quantity contained in a jar;  a sudden impact; verb place in a cylindrical vessel;  affect in a disagreeable way; shock physically;  move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion;  be incompatible; be or come into conflict
  • jarring - adj. making or causing a harsh and irritating sound
  • jasmine - noun any of several shrubs and vines of the genus Jasminum chiefly native to Asia
  • jaundice - noun 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;  a rough and bitter manner;  verb affect with, or as if with, jaundice;  distort adversely
  • jaundiced - adj. showing or affected by prejudice or envy or distaste;  affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc
  • java - noun a simple platform-independent object-oriented programming language used for writing applets that are downloaded from the World Wide Web by a client and run on the client's machine;  an island in Indonesia south of Borneo; one of the world's most densely populated regions;  a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
  • javanese - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Java or its inhabitants;  noun the Indonesian language spoken on Java;  a native or inhabitant of Java
  • jaw - noun holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object;  the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth;  the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth;  verb censure severely or angrily;  talk incessantly and tiresomely;  talk socially without exchanging too much information; chew (food)
  • jay - noun crested largely blue bird;  United States diplomat and jurist who negotiated peace treaties with Britain and served as the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1745-1829)
  • jean - noun (usually plural) close-fitting pants of heavy denim for manual work or casual wear;  a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric
  • jefferson - noun 3rd President of the United States; chief drafter of the Declaration of Independence; made the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and sent out the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore it (1743-1826)
  • jejunum - noun the part of the small intestine between the duodenum and the ileum
  • jelly - noun a preserve made of the jelled juice of fruit;  a substance having the consistency of semisolid foods;  an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods;  verb make into jelly
  • jellylike - adj. thick like gelatin
  • jenner - noun English physician who pioneered vaccination; Jenner inoculated people with small amounts of cowpox to prevent them from getting smallpox (1749-1823)
  • jeopardize - verb put at risk;  pose a threat to; present a danger to
  • jeopardy - noun a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
  • jerk - noun an abrupt spasmodic movement;  raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms;  a dull stupid fatuous person;  (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration;  a sudden abrupt pull;  meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun;  verb throw or toss with a quick motion; move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions;  make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion;  pull, or move with a sudden movement;  jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
  • jerking - adj. not having a steady rhythm;  noun an abrupt spasmodic movement
  • jerky - adj. having or revealing stupidity;  marked by abrupt transitions;  not having a steady rhythm;  noun meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
  • jersey - noun a breed of diary cattle developed on the island of Jersey;  a slightly elastic machine-knit fabric;  a close-fitting pullover shirt;  the largest of the Channel Islands;  a Mid-Atlantic state on the Atlantic; one of the original 13 colonies
  • jet - adj. of the blackest black; similar to the color of jet or coal;  nounan airplane powered by one or more jet engines;  the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid);  a hard black form of lignite that takes a brilliant polish and is used in jewellery or ornamentation;  an artificially produced flow of water;  street names for ketamine;  verbissue in a jet; come out in a jet; stream or spring forth;  fly a jet plane
  • jets - noun atmospheric discharges (lasting 10 msec) bursting from the tops of giant storm clouds in blue cones that widen as they flash upward
  • jewish - adj. of or relating to Jews or their culture or religion
  • ji - noun a clandestine group of southeast Asian terrorists organized in 1993 and trained by al-Qaeda; supports militant Muslims in Indonesia and the Philippines and has cells in Singapore and Malaysia and Indonesia
  • jimson weed - noun intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits
  • jnd - noun (psychophysics) the difference between two stimuli that (under properly controlled experimental conditions) is detected as often as it is undetected
  • john - noun the last of the four Gospels in the New Testament;  (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation;  youngest son of Henry II; King of England from 1199 to 1216; succeeded to the throne on the death of his brother Richard I; lost his French possessions; in 1215 John was compelled by the barons to sign the Magna Carta (1167-1216);  a room or building equipped with one or more toilets;  a prostitute's customer
  • johns - noun United States artist and proponent of pop art (born in 1930)
  • johnson - noun 17th President of the United States; was elected vice president and succeeded Lincoln when Lincoln was assassinated; was impeached but acquitted by one vote (1808-1875);  36th President of the United States; was elected vice president and succeeded Kennedy when Kennedy was assassinated (1908-1973);  English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)
  • join - noun a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets;  the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made;  verb make contact or come together;  cause to become joined or linked;  become part of; become a member of a group or organization;  come into the company of;  be or become joined or united or linked
  • joined - adj. of or relating to two people who are married to each other;  connected by a link, as railway cars or trailer trucks
  • joining - noun the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)
  • joint - adj. involving both houses of a legislature;  united or combined;  affecting or involving two or more;  noun marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking;  junction by which parts or objects are joined together;  a disreputable place of entertainment; (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion);  a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion;  the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made;  verb separate (meat) at the joint;  fasten with a joint;  provide with a joint;  fit as if by joints
  • jointed - adj. having joints or jointed segments
  • joist - noun beam used to support floors or roofs
  • jolting - adj. causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements
  • jones - noun English phonetician (1881-1967);  one of the first great English architects and a theater designer (1573-1652);  American naval commander in the American Revolution (1747-1792);  United States golfer (1902-1971);  United States railroad engineer who died trying to stop his train from crashing into another train; a friend wrote a famous ballad describing the incident (1864-1900);  United States labor leader (born in Ireland) who helped to found the Industrial Workers of the World (1830-1930)
  • jong - noun United States writer (born in 1942)
  • jordan - noun an Arab kingdom in southwestern Asia on the Red Sea;  a river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan
  • joseph - noun (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus;  (Old Testament) the 11th son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel; Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and they sold him into slavery in Egypt;  leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
  • joule - noun English physicist who established the mechanical theory of heat and discovered the first law of thermodynamics (1818-1889);  a unit of electrical energy equal to the work done when a current of one ampere passes through a resistance of one ohm for one second
  • journal - noun the part of the axle contained by a bearing;  a record book as a physical object;  a periodical dedicated to a particular subject;  a daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations;  a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred
  • journey - noun the act of traveling from one place to another;  verbundertake a journey or trip;  travel upon or across
  • joy - noun something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness;  the emotion of great happiness;  verb make glad or happy;  feel happiness or joy
  • jr - noun a son who has the same first name as his father
  • judge - noun a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice;  an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality;  verb determine the result of (a competition);  put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of;  form a critical opinion of;  judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); pronounce judgment on
  • judges - noun a book of the Old Testament that tells the history of Israel under the leaders known as judges
  • judgeship - noun the position of judge
  • judging - noun the cognitive process of reaching a decision or drawing conclusions
  • judgment - noun the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event;  (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it;  the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions;  the cognitive process of reaching a decision or drawing conclusions;  an opinion formed by judging something;  the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations;  the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision
  • judicial - adj. decreed by or proceeding from a court of justice; relating to the administration of justice or the function of a judge; belonging or appropriate to the office of a judge;  expressing careful judgment
  • judicious - adj. marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
  • judiciously - adv. in a judicious manner
  • jug - noun a large bottle with a narrow mouth;  the quantity contained in a jug;  verb stew in an earthenware jug;  lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
  • jugular - adj. relating to or located in the region of the neck or throat;  noun a vital part that is vulnerable to attack;  veins in the neck that return blood from the head
  • juice - noun any of several liquids of the body;  the liquid part that can be extracted from plant or animal tissue;  electric current; energetic vitality
  • juicy - adj. full of juice;  having strong sexual appeal;  lucrative; suggestive of sexual impropriety
  • julian - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Julius Caesar;  nounRoman Emperor and nephew of Constantine; he restored paganism as the official religion of the empire and destroyed Christian temples but his decision was reversed after his death (331?-363)
  • july - noun the month following June and preceding August
  • jumping - noun the act of participating in an athletic competition in which you must jump;  the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground
  • junction - noun an act of joining or adjoining things;  the place where two or more things come together;  something that joins or connects; the state of being joined together;  the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
  • juncture - noun an event that occurs at a critical time;  a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made;  the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
  • june - noun the month following May and preceding July
  • jung - noun Swiss psychologist (1875-1961)
  • jungle - noun a location marked by an intense competition and struggle for survival;  an impenetrable equatorial forest;  a place where hoboes camp
  • juniper - noun coniferous shrub or small tree with berrylike cones; desert shrub of Syria and Arabia having small white flowers; constitutes the juniper of the Old Testament; sometimes placed in genus Genista
  • juniperus - noun junipers
  • junkers - noun German aircraft engineer who designed the first all-metal airplane (1859-1935)
  • junket - noun a trip taken by an official at public expense;  dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet;  a journey taken for pleasure;  verb partake in a feast or banquet;  provide a feast or banquet for;  go on a pleasure trip
  • jurisdiction - noun in law; the territory within which power can be exercised;  (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
  • jurisprudence - noun the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do;  the collection of rules imposed by authority
  • jury - noun a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law;  a committee appointed to judge a competition
  • jury mast - noun a temporary mast to replace one that has broken off
  • just - adj. used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting;  free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules; implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair to all;  of moral excellence;  adv. only a moment ago; absolutely;  by a small margin;  and nothing more;  indicating exactness or preciseness
  • justice - noun the administration of law; the act of determining rights and assigning rewards or punishments;  the quality of being just or fair;  the United States federal department responsible for enforcing federal laws (including the enforcement of all civil rights legislation); created in 1870;  a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
  • justifiable - adj. capable of being justified
  • justified - adj. having words so spaced that lines have straight even margins
  • justify - verb adjust the spaces between words;  show to be right by providing justification or proof;  show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for;  defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning;  let off the hook
  • justly - adv. in accordance with moral or social standards;  with honesty
  • jute - noun a member of a Germanic people who conquered England and merged with the Angles and Saxons to become Anglo-Saxons;  a plant fiber used in making rope or sacks
  • jutting - adj. extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary; noun the act of projecting out from something
  • juvenile - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of or appropriate for children or young people;  displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity;  noun a youthful person
  • juxtaposition - noun the act of positioning close together (or side by side);  a side-by-side position
  • jv - noun a college or university team that competes at a level below the varsity team
  • k - noun street names for ketamine;  the 11th letter of the Roman alphabet;  a unit of information equal to one thousand (1024) bytes; the basic unit of thermodynamic temperature adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites;  a light soft silver-white metallic element of the alkali metal group; oxidizes rapidly in air and reacts violently with water; is abundant in nature in combined forms occurring in sea water and in carnallite and kainite and sylvite
  • kala-azar - noun leishmaniasis of the viscera
  • kandahar - noun a city in southern Afghanistan; an important trading center
  • kangaroo - noun any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail
  • kansas - noun a state in midwestern United States;  a river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River;  the Dhegiha dialect spoken by the Kansa;  a member of the Siouan people of the Kansas river valley in Kansas
  • kaolin - noun a fine usually white clay formed by the weathering of aluminous minerals (as feldspar); used in ceramics and as an absorbent and as a filler (e.g., in paper)
  • karyokinetic - adj. of or relating to the division of the nucleus of a cell during mitosis or meiosis
  • karyoplasm - noun the protoplasm that constitutes the nucleus of a cell
  • katabolism - noun breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
  • kb - noun a unit of information equal to one thousand (1024) bytes
  • keen - adj. having a sharp cutting edge or point;  as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument;  very good;  intense or sharp;  having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions;  noun a funeral lament sung with loud wailing;  verbexpress grief verbally
  • keep - noun the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress;  a cell in a jail or prison;  the financial means whereby one lives;  verb maintain by writing regular records;  hold and prevent from leaving;  retain possession of;  look after; be the keeper of; have charge of;  maintain for use and service;  have as a supply;  store or keep customarily;  supply with room and board;  raise;  keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean";  maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger;  fail to spoil or rot;  prevent (food) from rotting;  observe correctly or closely;  supply with necessities and support;  retain rights to;  allow to remain in a place or position; keep under control; keep in check;  prevent from doing something or being in a certain state;  celebrate, as of holidays or rites;  conform one's action or practice to;  continue a certain state, condition, or activity
  • keeping - noun conformity or harmony;  the act of retaining something;  the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
  • kellogg - noun United States food manufacturer who (with his brother) developed a breakfast cereal of crisp flakes of rolled and toasted wheat and corn; he established a company to manufacture the cereal (1860-1951)
  • kelly - noun United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996);  United States film actress who retired when she married into the royal family of Monaco (1928-1982);  United States circus clown (1898-1979)
  • keloid - noun raised pinkish scar tissue at the site of an injury; results from excessive tissue repair
  • kentucky - noun a state in east central United States; a border state during the American Civil War; famous for breeding race horses
  • kept - adj. (especially of promises or contracts) not violated or disregarded
  • keratitis - noun inflammation of the cornea causing watery painful eyes and blurred vision
  • keratoconus - noun abnormal cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea of the eye; can be treated by epikeratophakia
  • keratohyalin - noun hyaline in the large granules of the stratum granulosum
  • keratoscope - noun medical instrument to examine the cornea in order to detect irregularities in its anterior surface
  • keratosis - noun a skin condition marked by an overgrowth of layers of horny skin
  • kerchief - noun a square scarf that is folded into a triangle and worn over the head or about the neck
  • kerion - noun ringworm infection of the hair follicles of the scalp and beard that usually results in a swelling that is covered with pustules and oozes fluid
  • kernel - noun the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;  a single whole grain of a cereal;  the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone
  • kerosene - noun a flammable hydrocarbon oil used as fuel in lamps and heaters
  • ketchup - noun thick spicy sauce made from tomatoes
  • ketone - noun any of a class of organic compounds having a carbonyl group linked to a carbon atom in each of two hydrocarbon radicals
  • kettle - noun a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid;  a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it;  the quantity a kettle will hold;  (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits
  • key - adj. serving as an essential component;  effective; producing a desired effect;  noun metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated;  a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed;  pitch of the voice;  something crucial for explaining;  a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access;  a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations;  a list of answers to a test;  any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music;  (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court;  a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida;  United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843);  a kilogram of a narcotic drug;  the central building block at the top of an arch or vault;  mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock);  a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple;  verb harmonize with or adjust to; regulate the musical pitch of;  vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key;  provide with a key;  identify as in botany or biology, for example
  • keyhole - noun the hole where a key is inserted
  • keynote - noun a fundamental or central idea;  the principal theme in a speech or literary work;  (music) the first note of a diatonic scale; verb set the keynote of;  give the keynote address to (an audience)
  • khaki - adj. of a yellowish brown color;  noun a sturdy twilled cloth of a yellowish brown color used especially for military uniforms
  • ki - noun goddess personifying earth; counterpart of Akkadian Aruru; the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health
  • kick - noun the act of delivering a blow with the foot;  a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics;  the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs); informal terms for objecting;  the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired;  the swift release of a store of affective force;  verb make a goal;  stop consuming;  strike with the foot;  drive or propel with the foot;  thrash about or strike out with the feet;  kick a leg up;  express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness;  spring back, as from a forceful thrust
  • kicking - noun the act of delivering a blow with the foot;  a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics
  • kid - noun young goat;  soft smooth leather from the hide of a young goat;  a young person of either sex;  a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age;  English dramatist (1558-1594);  verb be silly or tease one another;  tell false information to for fun
  • kidney - noun either of two bean-shaped excretory organs that filter wastes (especially urea) from the blood and excrete them and water in urine
  • kidney disease - noun a disease affecting the kidneys
  • kill - noun the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile;  the act of terminating a life;  verb destroy a vitally essential quality of or in;  cause to cease operating;  tire out completely;  mark for deletion, rub off, or erase;  cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly;  cause the death of, without intention; deprive of life;  hit with great force;  hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games;  overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration;  be the source of great pain for;  thwart the passage of;  be fatal;  end or extinguish by forceful means;  drink down entirely
  • killing - adj. very funny;  noun the act of terminating a life;  an event that causes someone to die;  a very large profit
  • kiln-dried - adj. dried in a kiln
  • kilo - noun one thousand grams; the basic unit of mass adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  • kilogram - noun one thousand grams; the basic unit of mass adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  • kiloliter - noun a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 1000 liters
  • kilometer - noun a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles)
  • kind - adj. tolerant and forgiving under provocation;  agreeable, conducive to comfort;  having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; noun a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
  • kinesthesia - noun the perception of body position and movement and muscular tensions etc;  the ability to feel movements of the limbs and body
  • kinesthetic - adj. of or relating to kinesthesis
  • king - noun (chess) the weakest but the most important piece;  one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king;  a checker that has been moved to the opponent's first row where it is promoted to a piece that is free to move either forward or backward; a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom;  a competitor who holds a preeminent position;  United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968);  United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925);  United States woman tennis player (born in 1943); preeminence in a particular category or group or field;  a very wealthy or powerful businessman
  • kingdom - noun a basic group of natural objects;  the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped; one of five biological categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or Animalia;  a monarchy with a king or queen as head of state;  the domain ruled by a king or queen;  a country with a king as head of state;  a domain in which something is dominant
  • kink - noun a difficulty or flaw in a plan or operation;  an eccentric idea;  a person with unusual sexual tastes;  a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight;  a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British); verb form a curl, curve, or kink;  curl tightly
  • kino - noun East Indian tree yielding a resin or extract often used medicinally and in e.g. tanning;  a gum obtained from various tropical plants; used as an astringent and in tanning
  • kiss - noun a light glancing touch;  the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof);  any of several bite-sized candies;  a cookie made of egg whites and sugar;  verb touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.;  touch lightly or gently
  • kissing - noun affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
  • kit - noun young of any of various fur-bearing animals;  gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose;  a case for containing a set of articles;  verb supply with a set of articles or tools
  • kitchen - noun a room equipped for preparing meals
  • km - noun a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles)
  • knapsack - noun a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder
  • knead - verb make uniform;  manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes
  • knee - noun the part of a trouser leg that provides the cloth covering for the knee;  hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella;  joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee
  • knee jerk - noun a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon
  • knee joint - noun hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella
  • kneel - noun supporting yourself on your knees;  verb rest one's weight on one's knees
  • kneeling - noun supporting yourself on your knees
  • knell - noun the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something;  verb ring as in announcing death; make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification
  • knife - noun edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle;  a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point;  any long thin projection that is transient; verb use a knife on
  • knife blade - noun the blade of a knife
  • knife-handle - noun marine clam having a long narrow curved thin shell
  • knight - noun a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa); originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit;  verb raise (someone) to knighthood
  • knit - noun needlework created by interlacing yarn in a series of connected loops using straight eyeless needles or by machine;  a basic knitting stitch;  a fabric made by knitting;  verb make (textiles) by knitting;  tie or link together;  to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
  • knitted - adj. made by intertwining threads in a series of connected loops rather than by weaving
  • knitting needle - noun needle consisting of a slender rod with pointed ends; usually used in pairs
  • knob - noun a round handle;  a circular rounded projection or protuberance;  an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger;  any thickened enlargement
  • knobbed - adj. used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
  • knock - noun the act of hitting vigorously;  negative criticism;  a bad experience;  the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing);  a vigorous blow;  verb find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws;  deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room";  rap with the knuckles; knock against with force or violence;  sound like a car engine that is firing too early;  make light, repeated taps on a surface
  • knock-down - adj. strong enough to knock down or overwhelm
  • knock-knee - noun an inward slant of the thigh
  • knockout - adj. very strong or vigorous;  noun a blow that renders the opponent unconscious;  a very attractive or seductive looking woman
  • knot - noun a sandpiper that breeds in the arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere;  any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object;  a tight cluster of people or things;  something twisted and tight and swollen;  a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged;  soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design;  a unit of length used in navigation; equivalent to the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude; 1,852 meters;  verb tie or fasten into a knot;  make into knots; make knots out of;  tangle or complicate
  • knotted - adj. tied with a knot;  tangled in knots or snarls;  used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
  • knotty - adj. tangled in knots or snarls;  making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe;  highly complex or intricate;  used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
  • know - noun the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people;  verb be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object;  be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about;  be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt;  know how to do or perform something;  have fixed in the mind;  have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations;  perceive as familiar;  be able to distinguish, recognize as being different;  know the nature or character of;  accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority; have sexual intercourse with
  • knowing - adj. evidencing the possession of inside information; highly educated; having extensive information or understanding; alert and fully informed;  by conscious design or purpose;  noun a clear and certain mental apprehension
  • knowledge - noun the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
  • known - adj. apprehended with certainty
  • knox - noun Scottish theologian who founded Presbyterianism in Scotland and wrote a history of the Reformation in Scotland (1514-1572)
  • knuckles - noun a small metal weapon; worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand
  • koch - noun German bacteriologist who isolated the anthrax bacillus and the tubercle bacillus and the cholera bacillus (1843-1910)
  • kola - noun tree bearing large brown nuts containing e.g. caffeine; source of cola extract;  a Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad
  • koumiss - noun an alcoholic beverage made from fermented mare's milk; made originally by nomads of central Asia
  • kraurosis - noun atrophy and shriveling of the skin or mucous membrane
  • ky - noun a state in east central United States; a border state during the American Civil War; famous for breeding race horses
  • kyphosis - noun an abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column
  • kyphotic - adj. characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column
  • l - noun the 12th letter of the Roman alphabet;  a metric unit of capacity equal to the volume of 1 kilogram of pure water at 4 degrees centigrade and 760 mm of mercury (or approximately 1.76 pints);  a cgs unit of illumination equal to the brightness of a perfectly diffusing surface that emits or reflects one lumen per square centimeter
  • la - noun the syllable naming the sixth (submediant) note of a major or minor scale in solmization;  a state in southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War;  a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a rare earth
  • lab - noun a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
  • label - noun trade name of a company that produces musical recordings;  a brief description given for purposes of identification;  an identifying or descriptive marker that is attached to an object;  a radioactive isotope that is used in a compound in order to trace the mechanism of a chemical reaction;  verb distinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions;  distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom;  assign a label to; designate with a label;  pronounce judgment on;  attach a tag or label to
  • labeled - adj. bearing or marked with a label or tag
  • labelled - adj. bearing or marked with a label or tag
  • labial - adj. relating to or near the female labium;  of or relating to the lips of the mouth;  noun a consonant whose articulation involves movement of the lips
  • labium - noun any of the four lip-shaped folds of the female vulva
  • labor - noun productive work (especially physical work done for wages);  a social class comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages;  any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; the federal department responsible for promoting the working conditions of wage earners in the United States; created in 1913;  a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and the socialization of key industries; an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement; concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child;  verb undergo the efforts of childbirth;  work hard;  strive and make an effort to reach a goal
  • labor pains - noun a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth
  • laboratory - noun a workplace for the conduct of scientific research; a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation
  • labored - adj. lacking natural ease;  requiring or showing effort
  • laborer - noun someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
  • laboring - adj. doing arduous or unpleasant work
  • laborious - adj. characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
  • laburnum - noun flowering shrubs or trees having bright yellow flowers; all parts of the plant are poisonous
  • labyrinth - noun complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost;  a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium
  • labyrinthine - adj. resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity; relating to or affecting or originating in the inner ear
  • lac - noun resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects; used in e.g. varnishes and sealing wax
  • laced - adj. trimmed or decorated with lace;  closed with a lace; edged or streaked with color
  • lacer - noun a workman who laces shoes or footballs or books (during binding)
  • lacerate - adj. having edges that are jagged from injury;  irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn;  verb cut or tear irregularly;  deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
  • lacerated - adj. having edges that are jagged from injury;  irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
  • laceration - noun the act of lacerating;  a torn ragged wound
  • lacing - noun a small amount of liquor added to a food or beverage; the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows;  a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
  • lack - noun the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;  verb be without
  • lacking - adj. not existing;  inadequate in amount or degree
  • lacquer - noun a hard glossy coating;  a black resinous substance obtained from certain trees and used as a natural varnish;  verb coat with lacquer
  • lacrimal - adj. relating to or located near the organ that produces tears;  of or relating to tears
  • lacrimation - noun shedding tears
  • lactate - noun a salt or ester of lactic acid;  verb give suck to
  • lactation - noun the production and secretion of milk by the mammary glands;  the period following birth during which milk is secreted;  feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
  • lacteal - adj. relating to or consisting of or producing or resembling milk;  noun any of the lymphatic vessels that convey chyle from the small intestine to the thoracic duct
  • lactic - adj. of or relating to or obtained from milk (especially sour milk or whey)
  • lactose - noun a sugar comprising one glucose molecule linked to a galactose molecule; occurs only in milk
  • lacuna - noun a blank gap or missing part;  an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome
  • lacustrine - adj. of or relating to or living near lakes
  • laden - adj. burdened psychologically or mentally;  filled with a great quantity;  verb fill or place a load on;  remove with or as if with a ladle
  • lady - noun a woman of the peerage in Britain;  a polite name for any woman;  a woman of refinement
  • lager beer - noun a general term for beer made with bottom fermenting yeast (usually by decoction mashing); originally it was brewed in March or April and matured until September
  • lagophthalmos - noun abnormal condition in which an eye cannot close completely
  • lagos - noun chief port and economic center of Nigeria; located in southwestern Nigeria on the Gulf of Guinea; former capital of Nigeria
  • laid - adj. set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people"
  • laity - noun in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
  • lake - noun a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land;  any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments;  a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal
  • lamb - noun young sheep;  the flesh of a young domestic sheep eaten as food;  a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child);  a person easily deceived or cheated (especially in financial matters);  English essayist (1775-1834);  verb give birth to a lamb
  • lambert - noun English composer and conductor (1905-1951);  a cgs unit of illumination equal to the brightness of a perfectly diffusing surface that emits or reflects one lumen per square centimeter
  • lamella - noun thin plate;  a thin membrane that is one of the calcified layers that form bones;  any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the underside of the cap of a mushroom or similar fungus
  • lameness - noun an imperfection or defectiveness;  disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet
  • lamentable - adj. bad; unfortunate
  • lamina - noun a thin plate or layer (especially of bone or mineral)
  • laminar - adj. arranged in or consisting of laminae
  • laminaria - noun type genus of the family Laminariaceae: perennial brown kelps
  • laminectomy - noun surgical removal of the bony arches on one or more vertebrae
  • lamp - noun an artificial source of visible illumination;  a piece of furniture holding one or more electric light bulbs
  • lamppost - noun a metal post supporting an outdoor lamp (such as a streetlight)
  • lan - noun a local computer network for communication between computers; especially a network connecting computers and word processors and other electronic office equipment to create a communication system between offices
  • lance - noun a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions;  a long pointed rod used as a weapon;  an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish;  verb open by piercing with a lancet;  pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight;  move quickly, as if by cutting one's way
  • lance-shaped - adj. shaped like a lance
  • lanceolate - adj. of a leaf shape; shaped like a lance head; narrow and tapering to a pointed apex
  • lancet - noun a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions;  an acutely pointed Gothic arch, like a lance
  • lancinating - adj. as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
  • land - adj. relating to or characteristic of or occurring on land;  nounthe 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);  United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one-step photographic process (1909-1991);  the land on which real estate is located;  agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life;  the people who live in a nation or country;  a politically organized body of people under a single government;  the territory occupied by a nation;  territory over which rule or control is exercised;  extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use;  a domain in which something is dominant;  verb reach or come to rest;  cause to come to the ground;  arrive on shore;  bring ashore;  deliver (a blow);  bring into a different state;  shoot at and force to come down
  • landing - noun the act of coming to land after a voyage;  the act of coming down to the earth (or other surface);  structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods;  an intermediate platform in a staircase
  • landmark - noun an anatomical structure used as a point of origin in locating other anatomical structures (as in surgery) or as point from which measurements can be taken;  a mark showing the boundary of a piece of land;  an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend; the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape
  • lane - noun a narrow way or road;  a well-defined track or path; for e.g. swimmers or lines of traffic
  • language - noun the mental faculty or power of vocal communication;  a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols;  the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication;  a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline;  the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number;  (language) communication by word of mouth
  • languid - adj. lacking spirit or liveliness
  • languor - noun inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy;  a feeling of lack of interest or energy;  a relaxed comfortable feeling
  • lanolin - noun an emollient containing wool fat (a fatty substance obtained from the wool of sheep);  a yellow viscous animal oil extracted from wool; a mixture of fatty acids and esters; used in some ointments and cosmetics
  • lantern - noun light in a transparent protective case
  • lanthanum - noun a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a rare earth
  • lanugo - noun the fine downy hair covering a human fetus; normally shed during the ninth month of gestation
  • lap - noun movement once around a course;  a flap that lies over another part;  the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs; the upper side of the thighs of a seated person;  an area of control or responsibility;  touching with the tongue;  verb take up with the tongue;  move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound;  lie partly over or alongside of something or of one another; wash or flow against;  pass the tongue over
  • laparotomy - noun surgical incision into the abdominal wall; often done to examine abdominal organs
  • laplace - noun French mathematician and astronomer who formulated the nebular hypothesis concerning the origins of the solar system and who developed the theory of probability (1749-1827)
  • lapping - noun covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
  • lapse - noun a break or intermission in the occurrence of something; a failure to maintain a higher state;  a mistake resulting from inattention;  verb drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards;  end, at least for a long time;  let slip;  go back to bad behavior;  pass into a specified state or condition;  pass by
  • lapsed - adj. no longer active or practicing
  • lapsing - noun a failure to maintain a higher state
  • lard - noun soft white semisolid fat obtained by rendering the fatty tissue of the hog;  verb prepare or cook with lard;  add details to
  • large - adj. having broad power and range and scope;  above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent;  fairly large or important in effect; influential;  in an advanced stage of pregnancy;  conspicuous in position or importance;  generous and understanding and tolerant;  ostentatiously lofty in style;  adv. with the wind abaft the beam;  at a distance, wide of something (as of a mark);  in a boastful manner;  noun a garment size for a large person
  • largely - adv. in large part; mainly or chiefly;  on a large scale
  • larger - adj. large or big relative to something else
  • larva - noun the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
  • larval - adj. immature of its kind; especially being or characteristic of immature insects in the newly hatched wormlike feeding stage; relating to or typical of a larva
  • laryngeal - adj. of or relating to or situated in the larynx
  • laryngectomy - noun surgical removal of part or all of the larynx (usually to treat cancer of the larynx)
  • laryngismus - noun laryngeal spasm caused by the sudden contraction of laryngeal muscles
  • laryngitis - noun inflammation of the mucous membrane of the larynx; characterized by hoarseness or loss of voice and coughing
  • laryngoscope - noun a medical instrument for examining the larynx
  • larynx - noun a cartilaginous structure at the top of the trachea; contains elastic vocal cords that are the source of the vocal tone in speech
  • lascivious - adj. driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires
  • lassitude - noun weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy;  a feeling of lack of interest or energy;  a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)
  • last - adj. occurring at the time of death;  lowest in rank or importance;  coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining;  highest in extent or degree;  most unlikely or unsuitable;  immediately past;  not to be altered or undone; occurring at or forming an end or termination;  conclusive in a process or progression;  adv. more recently than any other time;  the item at the end;  noun a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do;  holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes;  a unit of capacity for grain equal to 80 bushels;  a unit of weight equal to 4,000 pounds;  the last or lowest in an ordering or series;  the concluding parts of an event or occurrence;  the time at which life ends; continuing until dead;  the temporal end; the concluding time;  verb persist for a specified period of time;  continue to live; endure or last
  • last mentioned - adj. the one most recently mentioned
  • lasting - adj. lasting a long time without change;  existing for a long time;  continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place;  retained; not shed
  • lastly - adv. the item at the end
  • lat - noun a broad flat muscle on either side of the back
  • late - adj. having died recently;  being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time;  at or toward an end or late period or stage of development;  of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages;  of the immediate past or just previous to the present time;  (used especially of persons) of the immediate past;  after the expected or usual time; delayed;  adv. later than usual or than expected;  at an advanced age or stage;  in the recent past;  to an advanced time
  • lately - adv. in the recent past
  • latency - noun the state of being not yet evident or active;  the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it;  (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head
  • latent - adj. not presently active;  potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
  • later - adj. coming at a subsequent time or stage;  at or toward an end or late period or stage of development;  adv. comparative of the adverb `late';  happening at a time subsequent to a reference time;  at some eventual time in the future
  • lateral - adj. lying away from the median and sagittal plane of a body;  situated at or extending to the side;  noun a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
  • laterally - adv. in a lateral direction or location;  to or by or from the side
  • latest - adj. in the current fashion or style;  up to the immediate present; most recent or most up-to-date;  noun the most recent news or development
  • lather - noun the foam resulting from excessive sweating (as on a horse);  a workman who puts up laths;  the froth produced by soaps or detergents;  agitation resulting from active worry;  verb form a lather;  cover with soap;  rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning;  beat severely with a whip or rod
  • latin - adj. having or resembling the psychology or temper characteristic of people of Latin America;  of or relating to the ancient Latins or the Latin language;  of or relating to the ancient region of Latium;  relating to people or countries speaking Romance languages;  relating to languages derived from Latin;  noun any dialect of the language of ancient Rome;  a person who is a member of those peoples whose languages derived from Latin;  an inhabitant of ancient Latium
  • latitude - noun scope for freedom of e.g. action or thought; freedom from restriction;  the angular distance between an imaginary line around a heavenly body parallel to its equator and the equator itself; an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator;  freedom from normal restraints in conduct
  • latrine - noun a public toilet in a military area
  • latter - adj. referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several);  noun the second of two or the second mentioned of two
  • latterly - adv. in the recent past
  • latticed - adj. having a pattern of fretwork or latticework
  • laud - verb praise, glorify, or honor
  • laudable - adj. worthy of high praise
  • laudanum - noun narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient
  • laugh - noun a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing; the sound of laughing;  a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter;  verb produce laughter
  • laughing - adj. showing or feeling mirth or pleasure or happiness
  • laughter - noun the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth or scorn;  the sound of laughing
  • laundering - noun washing clothes and bed linens
  • lav - noun a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
  • lavage - noun washing out a hollow organ (especially the stomach) by flushing with water
  • lavandula - noun lavender
  • lavender - adj. of a pale purple color;  noun any of various Old World aromatic shrubs or subshrubs with usually mauve or blue flowers; widely cultivated
  • law - noun the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system; a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society;  a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature;  legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity;  the collection of rules imposed by authority;  the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do;  the force of policemen and officers
  • lawful - adj. conformable to or allowed by law;  authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law;  according to custom or rule or natural law;  having a legally established claim
  • lawfully - adv. by law; conforming to the law;  in a manner acceptable to common custom
  • lawn tennis - noun a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
  • laws - noun the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit
  • lawyer - noun a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
  • lax - adj. emptying easily or excessively;  lacking in rigor or strictness;  not taut or rigid; not stretched or held tight;  pronounced with muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet');  lacking in strength or firmness or resilience
  • laxation - noun the act of making something less tight;  the elimination of fecal waste through the anus
  • laxative - adj. stimulating evacuation of feces;  noun a mild cathartic
  • lay - adj. not of or from a profession;  concerning those not members of the clergy;  noun a narrative poem of popular origin;  a narrative song with a recurrent refrain;  verb put in a horizontal position;  lay eggs;  prepare or position for action or operation;  impose as a duty, burden, or punishment;  put into a certain place or abstract location
  • layer - noun thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells;  a hen that lays eggs;  single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance;  a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another;  an abstract place usually conceived as having depth; verb make or form a layer
  • laying - noun the production of eggs (especially in birds)
  • layman - noun someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person
  • laziness - noun relaxed and easy activity;  apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins); inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
  • lazy - adj. moving slowly and gently;  disinclined to work or exertion
  • lb - noun 16 ounces
  • le - noun a chronic inflammatory collagen disease affecting connective tissue (skin or joints)
  • lea - noun a unit of length of thread or yarn;  a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
  • lead - noun the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge;  a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead');  mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil;  thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing;  an advantage held by a competitor in a race; evidence pointing to a possible solution;  the introductory section of a story;  a news story of major importance;  (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning;  the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile);  a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey;  a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire;  restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal;  the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine;  an indication of potential opportunity;  an actor who plays a principal role;  verb cause to undertake a certain action;  travel in front of; go in advance of others; take somebody somewhere;  tend to or result in;  be ahead of others; be the first;  pass or spend;  preside over;  lead, as in the performance of a composition;  move ahead (of others) in time or space;  be in charge of;  be conducive to;  have as a result or residue;  stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point;  lead, extend, or afford access; cause something to pass or lead somewhere
  • lead poisoning - noun toxic condition produced by the absorption of excessive lead into the system
  • leaden - adj. (of movement) slow and laborious;  made heavy or weighted down with weariness;  made of lead;  darkened with overcast;  lacking lightness or liveliness
  • leading - adj. going or proceeding or going in advance; showing the way;  indicating the most important performer or role;  greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement;  having the leading position or higher score in a contest;  noun the activity of leading;  thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  • leaf - noun hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door); a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book);  the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants;  verb produce leaves, of plants;  turn over pages;  look through a book or other written material
  • leaflet - noun part of a compound leaf;  a thin triangular flap of a heart valve;  a small book usually having a paper cover
  • leak - noun unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information;  an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape;  a euphemism for urination;  soft watery rot in fruits and vegetables caused by fungi;  the unwanted discharge of a fluid from some container;  verb have an opening that allows light or substances to enter or go out;  enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure;  be leaked;  tell anonymously
  • leakage - noun the unwanted discharge of a fluid from some container
  • leaky - adj. used informally; unable to retain urine;  permitting the unwanted passage of fluids or gases;  prone to communicate confidential information
  • lean - adj. not profitable or prosperous;  lacking in mineral content or combustible material;  containing little excess;  lacking excess flesh; noun the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical;  verb rely on for support;  cause to lean or incline;  to incline or bend from a vertical position;  cause to lean to the side; have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
  • leaning - adj. departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal;  noun the act of deviating from a vertical position;  an inclination to do something;  the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical;  a natural inclination
  • leanness - noun the property of having little body fat;  the quality of being meager
  • learn - verb gain knowledge or skills;  get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally;  be a student of a certain subject;  commit to memory; learn by heart;  impart skills or knowledge to;  find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
  • learned - adj. acquired by learning;  highly educated; having extensive information or understanding;  established by conditioning or learning;  having or showing profound knowledge
  • learning - noun the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge;  profound scholarly knowledge
  • lease - noun a contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified time for a specified payment;  property that is leased or rented out or let;  the period of time during which a contract conveying property to a person is in effect;  verb engage for service under a term of contract;  grant use or occupation of under a term of contract;  let for money;  hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
  • leased - adj. hired for the exclusive temporary use of a group of travelers
  • leash - noun restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal;  a figurative restraint;  verb fasten with a rope
  • least - adj. the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree;  adv. used to form the superlative;  noun something that is of no importance
  • leather - noun an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning;  verb beat with a lather strap
  • leathery - adj. resembling or made to resemble leather; tough but pliable
  • leave - noun permission to do something;  the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty;  the act of departing politely; verb leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking;  be survived by after one's death;  go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness;  go away from a place; remove oneself from an association with or participation in;  have as a result or residue;  make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain;  act or be so as to become in a specified state;  have left or have as a remainder;  leave behind unintentionally;  move out of or depart from;  leave or give by will after one's death;  tell or deposit (information) knowledge;  put into the care or protection of someone
  • leaving - noun act of departing
  • lecithin - noun a yellow phospholipid essential for the metabolism of fats; found in egg yolk and in many plant and animal cells; used commercially as an emulsifier
  • lecture - noun teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class);  a lengthy rebuke;  a speech that is open to the public;  verb deliver a lecture or talk;  censure severely or angrily
  • lecture room - noun classroom where lectures are given
  • lecturer - noun someone who lectures professionally;  a public lecturer at certain universities
  • led - noun diode such that light emitted at a p-n junction is proportional to the bias current; color depends on the material used
  • lee - adj. towards the side away from the wind;  noun the side of something that is sheltered from the wind;  American general who led the Confederate armies in the American Civil War (1807-1870); soldier of the American Revolution (1756-1818);  leader of the American Revolution who proposed the resolution calling for independence of the American colonies (1732-1794);  United States physicist (born in China) who collaborated with Yang Chen Ning in disproving the principle of conservation of parity (born in 1926); United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films (1941-1973);  United States striptease artist who became famous on Broadway in the 1930s (1914-1970);  United States filmmaker whose works explore the richness of Black culture in America (born in 1957)
  • leech - noun carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end;  a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage;  verb draw blood
  • left - adj. intended for the left hand;  of or belonging to the political or intellectual left;  being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north;  not used up;  adv. toward or on the left; also used figuratively;  noun a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east;  the hand that is on the left side of the body;  those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare;  location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east; the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
  • left-hand - adj. located on or directed toward the left;  intended for the left hand
  • left-handed - adj. ironically ambiguous;  (of marriages) illicit or informal;  using or intended for the left hand;  lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands;  rotating to the left;  (of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior
  • leg - noun (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack;  a cloth covering consisting of the part of a pair of trousers that covers a person's leg;  one of the supports for a piece of furniture;  a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle; a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion;  the limb of an animal used for food;  a section or portion of a journey or course;  a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg;  a part of a forked or branching shape
  • legal - adj. allowed by official rules;  established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules;  having legal efficacy or force;  of or relating to jurisprudence;  relating to or characteristic of the profession of law
  • legality - noun lawfulness by virtue of conformity to a legal statute
  • legible - adj. (of handwriting, print, etc.) able to be read
  • legion - noun a large military unit;  association of ex-servicemen;  a vast multitude;  archaic terms for army
  • legislation - noun the act of making or enacting laws;  law enacted by a legislative body
  • legislative - adj. of or relating to or created by legislation;  relating to a legislature or composed of members of a legislature;  nounpersons who make or amend or repeal laws
  • legitimacy - noun lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law;  undisputed credibility
  • legitimate - adj. of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful;  in accordance with recognized or accepted standards or principles; based on known statements or events or conditions;  authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law;  verb make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone);  show or affirm to be just and legitimate;  make legal
  • legs - noun staying power
  • leguminous - adj. relating to or consisting of legumes
  • leiomyoma - noun benign tumor of smooth muscle (usually in the uterus or digestive tract)
  • leisure - noun freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity; time available for ease and relaxation
  • lemniscus - noun a bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus
  • lemon - noun an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory;  a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons; yellow oval fruit with juicy acidic flesh;  a small evergreen tree that originated in Asia but is widely cultivated for its fruit;  a strong yellow color
  • lemon juice - noun usually freshly squeezed juice of lemons
  • lemon rind - noun the rind of a lemon
  • lemon yellow - noun a strong yellow color
  • lemonade - noun sweetened beverage of diluted lemon juice
  • lend - verb give temporarily; let have for a limited time;  bestow a quality on;  have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to
  • length - noun a section of something that is long and narrow;  the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest horizontal dimension of something that is fixed in place;  the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end;  continuance in time;  size of the gap between two places
  • lengthen - verb become long or longer;  make longer
  • lengthened - adj. drawn out or made longer spatially
  • lengthening - noun the act of prolonging something
  • lengthwise - adj. running or extending in the direction of the length of a thing;  adv. in the direction of the length
  • lengthy - adj. relatively long in duration; tediously protracted
  • lenity - noun mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
  • lens - noun a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images;  electronic equipment that uses a magnetic or electric field in order to focus a beam of electrons; biconvex transparent body situated behind the iris in the eye; it focuses light waves on the retina;  (metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood;  genus of small erect or climbing herbs with pinnate leaves and small inconspicuous white flowers and small flattened pods: lentils
  • lens capsule - noun a tenuous mesoblastic membrane surrounding the lens
  • lense - noun a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images
  • lent - noun a period of 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday
  • lentic - adj. of or relating to or living in still waters (as lakes or ponds)
  • lenticular - adj. convex on both sides; shaped like a lentil
  • lentigo - noun a small brownish spot (of the pigment melanin) on the skin
  • leo - noun the fifth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about July 23 to August 22;  a zodiacal constellation in northern hemisphere between Cancer and Virgo;  (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Leo
  • leon - noun a city in central Mexico;  a city in northwestern Spain at the foot of the Cantabrian Mountains;  a historical area and former kingdom in northwestern Spain
  • leone - noun the basic unit of money in Sierra Leone; equal to 100 cents
  • leonine - adj. of or characteristic of or resembling a lion
  • leprosy - noun chronic granulomatous communicable disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regions; characterized by inflamed nodules beneath the skin and wasting of body parts; caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae
  • leprous - adj. relating to or resembling or having leprosy
  • leptomeningitis - noun inflammation of the leptomeninges
  • lesion - noun any visible abnormal structural change in a bodily part;  any break in the skin or an organ caused by violence or surgical incision
  • less - adj. (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree;  (nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer; (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality;  adv. used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs;  comparative of little
  • lessen - verb decrease in size, extent, or range;  wear off or die down;  make smaller
  • lessened - adj. decreased in severity; made less harsh;  impaired by diminution
  • lessening - noun a change downward
  • lesser - adj. smaller in size or amount or value;  of less size or importance
  • lesson - noun a task assigned for individual study;  a unit of instruction;  the significance of a story or event;  punishment intended as a warning to others
  • let - noun a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again;  the most brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India;  verb leave unchanged;  actively cause something to happen;  make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen;  cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition;  consent to, give permission;  grant use or occupation of under a term of contract
  • lethal - adj. of an instrument of certain death
  • lethargy - noun a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness);  inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy;  weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy
  • letter - noun a written message addressed to a person or organization;  an award earned by participation in a school sport;  the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech;  a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention);  owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire; verb mark letters on or mark with letters;  set down or print with letters;  win an athletic letter
  • letter writer - noun someone who communicates by means of letters
  • letters - noun the literary culture;  scholarly attainment
  • letting - noun property that is leased or rented out or let
  • lettuce - noun leaves of any of various plants of Lactuca sativa;  any of various plants of the genus Lactuca;  informal terms for money
  • leu - noun the basic unit of money in Romania;  the basic unit of money in Moldova
  • leucadendron - noun large genus of evergreen trees and shrubs having silvery white leaves and solitary terminal flowers with conspicuous silvery bracts
  • leukemia - noun malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues; characterized by abnormal proliferation of leukocytes; one of the four major types of cancer
  • leukocyte - noun blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system
  • leukocytosis - noun an abnormal increase in the number of white blood cells in the blood as a result of infection (as in leukemia)
  • leukoderma - noun a congenital skin condition characterized by spots or bands of unpigmented skin
  • leukoma - noun eye disease consisting of an opaque white spot on the cornea
  • leukopenia - noun an abnormal lowering of the white blood cell count
  • leukorrhea - noun discharge of white mucous material from the vagina; often an indication of infection
  • lev - noun the basic unit of money in Bulgaria
  • levant - noun the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon and Syria and Israel;  a heavy morocco often used in bookbinding;  verb run off without paying a debt
  • levantine - adj. of or relating to the Levant or its inhabitants;  noun(formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Levant
  • levator - noun a muscle that serves to lift some body part (as the eyelid or lip)
  • level - adj. oriented at right angles to the plumb;  being on a precise horizontal plane;  not showing abrupt variations;  of the score in a contest;  having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another;  noun indicator that establishes the horizontal when a bubble is centered in a tube of liquid;  height above ground; an abstract place usually conceived as having depth;  a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale;  a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line;  a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality;  a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process;  a relative position or degree of value in a graded group;  verb become level or even;  talk frankly with; lay it on the line;  aim at;  tear down so as to make flat with the ground;  direct into a position for use;  make level or straight
  • leveling - noun the act of making equal or uniform;  complete destruction of a building;  changing the ground level to a smooth horizontal or gently sloping surface
  • lever - noun a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum;  a flat metal tumbler in a lever lock;  a simple machine that gives a mechanical advantage when given a fulcrum;  verb to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
  • leverage - noun investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains (at the risk of greater losses);  strategic advantage; power to act effectively;  the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever;  verb provide with leverage;  supplement with leverage
  • levis - noun a popular brand of jeans
  • levulose - noun a simple sugar found in honey and in many ripe fruits
  • lewdness - noun the trait of behaving in an obscene manner
  • lewis - noun English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963);  United States novelist who satirized middle-class America in his novel Main Street (1885-1951); United States labor leader who was president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960 and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations from 1935 to 1940 (1880-1969);  United States explorer and soldier who lead led an expedition from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River (1774-1809); United States athlete who won gold medals at the Olympics for his skill in sprinting and jumping (born in 1961);  United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)
  • ley - noun a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
  • leyden - noun a city in the western Netherlands; residence of the Pilgrim Fathers for 11 years before they sailed for America in 1620
  • lf - noun 30 to 300 kilohertz
  • li - noun Chinese distance measure; approximately 0.5 kilometers;  a soft silver-white univalent element of the alkali metal group; the lightest metal known; occurs in several minerals
  • liability - noun the quality of being something that holds you back; the state of being legally obliged and responsible;  an obligation to pay money to another party
  • liable - adj. held legally responsible;  (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with;  subject to legal action;  at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant
  • liao - noun the dynasty that ruled much of Manchuria and northeastern China from 947 to 1125
  • liberal - adj. tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition;  having political or social views favoring reform and progress;  showing or characterized by broad-mindedness;  not literal;  given or giving freely;  noun a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties;  a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets
  • liberally - adv. in a generous manner;  freely in a nonliteral manner
  • liberate - verb grant freedom to;  grant freedom to; free from confinement;  give equal rights to; of women and minorities
  • liberated - adj. (of a gas e.g.) released from chemical combination; free from traditional social restraints;  freed from bondage
  • liberation - noun the act of liberating someone or something;  the attempt to achieve equal rights or status;  the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
  • liberty - noun freedom of choice;  personal freedom from servitude or confinement or oppression;  an act of undue intimacy;  immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence;  leave granted to a sailor or naval officer
  • libra - noun the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22;  a small faint zodiacal constellation in the southern hemisphere; between Virgo and Scorpius;  (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra
  • library - noun a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study;  a room where books are kept;  a building that houses a collection of books and other materials;  (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use;  a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing
  • librium - noun a tranquilizer (trade names Librium and Libritabs) used in the treatment of alcoholism
  • licensed - adj. given official approval to act
  • lichen - noun any thallophytic plant of the division Lichenes; occur as crusty patches or bushy growths on tree trunks or rocks or bare ground etc.;  any of several eruptive skin diseases characterized by hard thick lesions grouped together and resembling lichens growing on rocks
  • lick - noun touching with the tongue;  (boxing) a blow with the fist;  a salt deposit that animals regularly lick;  verb pass the tongue over; find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of;  take up with the tongue;  beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
  • licorice - noun a black candy flavored with the dried root of the licorice plant;  deep-rooted coarse-textured plant native to the Mediterranean region having blue flowers and pinnately compound leaves; widely cultivated in Europe for its long thick sweet roots
  • lid - noun a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening of a container;  headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim;  either of two folds of skin that can be moved to cover or open the eye
  • lie - noun a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth; position or manner in which something is situated;  Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968);  verb tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive;  be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position;  be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position;  have a place in relation to something else;  be and remain in a particular state or condition; assume a reclining position;  originate (in)
  • lien - noun the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged;  a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses
  • lieu - noun the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
  • life - noun living things collectively;  the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities;  a motive for living;  a living person;  the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones;  the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living;  a characteristic state or mode of living;  the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death);  the period between birth and the present time;  the period from the present until death; animation and energy in action or expression;  an account of the series of events making up a person's life;  the condition of living or the state of being alive;  a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
  • lifeless - adj. deprived of life; no longer living;  not having the capacity to support life;  destitute or having been emptied of life or living beings;  lacking animation or excitement or activity
  • lifelong - adj. continuing through life
  • lifetime - noun the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)
  • lift - noun the act of raising something;  a ride in a car;  the act of giving temporary assistance;  one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot;  a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg;  a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground;  transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable);  plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised;  lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building;  a powered conveyance that carries skiers up a hill;  the event of something being raised upward;  the component of the aerodynamic forces acting on an airfoil that opposes gravity;  verb remove from a surface;  take off or away by decreasing;  remove from a seedbed or from a nursery;  remove (hair) by scalping;  put an end to;  rise upward, as from pressure or moisture;  raise in rank or condition;  call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs;  make audible;  take (root crops) out of the ground;  take hold of something and move it to a different location;  move upwards;  pay off (a mortgage);  perform cosmetic surgery on someone's face;  invigorate or heighten;  annul by recalling or rescinding;  fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means;  raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help;  move upward;  raise from a lower to a higher position;  make off with belongings of others;  take illegally;  take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property;  rise up
  • lifted - adj. held up in the air
  • ligament - noun any connection or unifying bond;  a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs
  • ligate - verb bind with a bandage or ligature;  bind chemically;  join letters in a ligature when writing
  • ligation - noun (surgery) tying a duct or blood vessel with a ligature (as to prevent bleeding during surgery)
  • ligature - noun thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood);  a metal band used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a clarinet or saxophone;  character consisting of two or more letters combined into one;  (music) a group of notes connected by a slur;  the act of tying or binding things together; something used to tie or bind
  • light - adj. characterized by or emitting light;  (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent;  (of sleep) easily disturbed; demanding little effort; not burdensome;  having relatively few calories;  easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned;  of comparatively little physical weight or density; designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight; psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles;  not great in degree or quantity or number;  (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average;  of little intensity or power or force;  moving easily and quickly; nimble;  of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment; intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound;  having little importance;  less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so;  casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior;  (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency;  (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims;  silly or trivial;  used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress;  marked by temperance in indulgence;  very thin and insubstantial;  weak and likely to lose consciousness;  adv. with few burdens;  noun any device serving as a source of illumination;  the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures;  public awareness;  mental understanding as an enlightening experience;  a particular perspective or aspect of a situation;  a visual warning signal;  an illuminated area;  a person regarded very fondly;  (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; having abundant light or illumination;  a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination;  a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires;  merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance;  the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light;  a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul;  verb make lighter or brighter;  begin to smoke; get off (a horse);  to come to rest, settle;  fall to somebody by assignment or lot;  cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
  • light-tight - adj. not penetrable by light
  • lighted - adj. set afire or burning;  provided with artificial light
  • lighten - verb become lighter;  become more cheerful;  reduce the weight on; make lighter;  make more cheerful;  alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive;  become brighter; make lighter or brighter
  • lighter - noun a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals);  a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire;  verb transport in a flatbottom boat
  • lighting - noun the craft of providing artificial light;  apparatus for supplying artificial light effects for the stage or a film;  the act of setting something on fire;  having abundant light or illumination
  • lightly - adv. with indifference or without dejection;  indulging with temperance;  to a slight degree;  with little weight or force;  with few burdens;  without good reason;  in a small quantity or extent
  • lightness - noun having a light color;  the property of being comparatively small in weight;  the trait of being lighthearted and frivolous;  the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures;  the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble;  a feeling of joy and pride
  • lightning - noun the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash); can scintillate for a second or more;  abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light
  • lignin - noun a complex polymer; the chief constituent of wood other than carbohydrates; binds to cellulose fibers to harden and strengthen cell walls of plants
  • like - adj. resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination;  equal in amount or value;  having the same or similar characteristics;  conforming in every respect;  noun a kind of person;  a similar kind;  verb feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard;  be fond of;  find enjoyable or agreeable;  want to have;  prefer or wish to do something
  • likelihood - noun the probability of a specified outcome
  • likely - adj. within the realm of credibility;  has a good chance of being the case or of coming about;  likely but not certain to be or become true or real;  expected to become or be; in prospect;  adv.with considerable certainty; without much doubt
  • likeness - noun picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing;  similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things
  • likewise - adv. in addition;  equally;  in like or similar manner
  • liking - noun a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
  • lilac - adj. of a pale purple color;  noun any of various plants of the genus Syringa having large panicles of usually fragrant flowers
  • lily - noun any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy pendulous flowers
  • lima - noun capital and largest city and economic center of Peru; located in western Peru; was capital of the Spanish empire in the New World until the 19th century
  • limb - noun the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles;  either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip;  one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper;  (astronomy) the circumferential edge of the apparent disc of the sun or the moon or a planet;  any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree;  any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
  • limbus - noun a border or edge of any of various body parts distinguished by color or structure
  • lime - noun the green acidic fruit of any of various lime trees;  any of various related trees bearing limes;  any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia with heart-shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant flowers; several yield valuable timber;  a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds;  a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide;  a caustic substance produced by heating limestone;  verb cover with lime so as to induce growth;  spread birdlime on branches to catch birds
  • lime juice - noun usually freshly squeezed juice of limes
  • limestone - noun a sedimentary rock consisting mainly of calcium that was deposited by the remains of marine animals
  • limit - noun the greatest possible degree of something;  the boundary of a specific area;  as far as something can go;  the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed;  the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity;  final or latest limiting point; verb restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"; place limits on (extent or access);  decide upon or fix definitely
  • limitation - noun an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation); the quality of being limited or restricted;  (law) a time period after which suits cannot be brought;  a principle that limits the extent of something;  the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed
  • limited - adj. including only a part;  not unlimited;  having a specific function or scope;  small in range or scope;  not excessive;  mediocre; subject to limits or subjected to limits;  noun public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops
  • limiting - adj. strictly limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase;  restricting the scope or freedom of action;  noun the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase
  • limp - adj. not firm;  lacking in strength or firmness or resilience; noun the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg; verb walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury;  proceed slowly or with difficulty
  • limpid - adj. (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable;  transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity;  clear and bright
  • limping - noun disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet
  • limpness - noun a flabby softness
  • lin - noun United States sculptor and architect whose public works include the memorial to veterans of the Vietnam War in Washington (born in 1959)
  • lindsay - noun United States poet who traveled the country trading his poems for room and board (1879-1931);  United States playwright who collaborated with Russel Crouse on several musicals (1889-1931)
  • line - noun acting in conformity;  something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible;  the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed;  a commercial organization serving as a common carrier;  a particular kind of product or merchandise;  a conceptual separation or distinction;  a mark that is long relative to its width;  text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen;  a formation of people or things one behind another;  a formation of people or things one beside another;  a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent;  in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area;  a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops);  a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum;  a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point;  the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money;  a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power;  a pipe used to transport liquids or gases;  mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it;  a telephone connection;  the methodical process of logical reasoning;  (often plural) a means of communication or access;  a short personal letter; a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence;  the descendants of one individual;  a connected series of events or actions or developments;  the maximum credit that a customer is allowed;  space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising;  a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface;  verb reinforce with fabric;  fill plentifully; cover the interior of;  mark with lines;  be in line with; form a line along;  make a mark or lines on a surface
  • linear - adj. of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension;  designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree;  measured lengthwise;  of a leaf shape; long and narrow;  of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input
  • lined - adj. bordered by a line of things;  having a lining or liner or a liner; often used in combination;  (used especially of skin) marked by lines or seams
  • linen - noun white goods or clothing made with linen cloth;  a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant;  a high-quality paper made of linen fibers or with a linen finish
  • ling - noun American hakes;  elongated marine food fish of Greenland and northern Europe; often salted and dried;  water chestnut whose spiny fruit has two rather than 4 prongs;  elongate freshwater cod of northern Europe and Asia and North America having barbels around its mouth;  common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
  • linger - verb take one's time; proceed slowly;  remain present although waning or gradually dying;  leave slowly and hesitantly;  be about;  move to and fro
  • lingering - noun the act of tarrying
  • lingual - adj. pertaining to or resembling or lying near the tongue; consisting of or related to language;  noun a consonant that is produced with the tongue and other speech organs
  • liniment - noun a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
  • lining - noun the act of attaching an inside lining (to a garment or curtain etc.);  providing something with a surface of a different material;  a protective covering that protects an inside surface;  a piece of cloth that is used as the inside surface of a garment
  • link - noun a fastener that serves to join or connect;  an interconnecting circuit between two or more locations for the purpose of transmitting and receiving data;  (computing) an instruction that connects one part of a program or an element on a list to another program or list;  a unit of length equal to 1/100 of a chain;  the means of connection between things linked in series;  a two-way radio communication system (usually microwave); part of a more extensive telecommunication network;  a channel for communication between groups;  a connecting shape;  the state of being connected;  verb make a logical or causal connection;  connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces;  link with or as with a yoke;  be or become joined or united or linked
  • linked - adj. connected by a link, as railway cars or trailer trucks
  • linseed - noun the seed of flax used as a source of oil
  • lint - noun cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side; used to dress wounds;  fine ravellings of cotton or linen fibers
  • lion - noun large gregarious predatory feline of Africa and India having a tawny coat with a shaggy mane in the male;  a celebrity who is lionized (much sought after);  the fifth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about July 23 to August 22;  (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Leo
  • lip - noun fleshy folds of tissue as those surrounding the mouth;  the top edge of a vessel or other container;  an impudent or insolent rejoinder
  • lipoma - noun a tumor consisting of fatty tissue
  • liquefaction - noun the conversion of a solid or a gas into a liquid
  • liquefied - adj. reduced to a liquid state;  reduced to liquid form by heating
  • liquefy - verb become liquid or fluid when heated;  make (a solid substance) liquid, as by heating;  become liquid
  • liqueur - noun strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
  • liquid - adj. clear and bright;  smooth and flowing in quality; entirely free of harshness;  existing as or having characteristics of a liquid; especially tending to flow;  filled or brimming with tears;  in cash or easily convertible to cash;  smooth and unconstrained in movement; changed from a solid to a liquid state;  noun a frictionless continuant that is not a nasal consonant (especially `l' and `r');  the state in which a substance exhibits a characteristic readiness to flow with little or no tendency to disperse and relatively high incompressibility; a substance in the fluid state of matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume;  a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
  • liquidambar - noun any tree of the genus Liquidambar;  sweet gum; aromatic exudate from the sweet gum tree
  • liquor - noun the liquid in which vegetables or meat have be cooked;  an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented; a liquid substance that is a solution (or emulsion or suspension) used or obtained in an industrial process
  • liquorice - noun a black candy flavored with the dried root of the licorice plant;  deep-rooted coarse-textured plant native to the Mediterranean region having blue flowers and pinnately compound leaves; widely cultivated in Europe for its long thick sweet roots
  • list - noun a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics);  the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical;  verb give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of;  tilt to one side;  cause to lean to the side;  include in a list;  enumerate
  • listed - adj. on a list;  officially entered in a roll or list
  • listen - verb hear with intention;  listen and pay attention;  pay close attention to; give heed to
  • listener - noun someone who listens attentively
  • listening - noun the act of hearing attentively
  • lister - noun moldboard plow with a double moldboard designed to move dirt to either side of a central furrow;  assessor who makes out the tax lists;  English surgeon who was the first to use antiseptics (1827-1912)
  • listless - adj. lacking zest or vivacity;  marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm
  • liston - noun United States prizefighter who lost his world heavyweight championship to Cassius Clay in 1964 (1932-1970)
  • lit - adj. provided with artificial light;  set afire or burning;  noun the humanistic study of a body of literature
  • liter - noun a metric unit of capacity equal to the volume of 1 kilogram of pure water at 4 degrees centigrade and 760 mm of mercury (or approximately 1.76 pints)
  • literally - adv. (intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration;  in a literal sense
  • literary - adj. appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing;  knowledgeable about literature;  of or relating to or characteristic of literature
  • literature - noun the profession or art of a writer;  the humanistic study of a body of literature;  creative writing of recognized artistic value;  published writings in a particular style on a particular subject
  • lithiasis - noun the formation of stones (calculi) in an internal organ
  • lithic - adj. relating to or composed of stone;  of or containing lithium
  • lithium - noun a soft silver-white univalent element of the alkali metal group; the lightest metal known; occurs in several minerals
  • lithotomy - noun surgical removal of a stone (calculus)
  • litmus - noun a coloring material (obtained from lichens) that turns red in acid solutions and blue in alkaline solutions; used as a very rough acid-base indicator
  • litter - noun conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers;  the offspring at one birth of a multiparous mammal;  rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places);  material used to provide a bed for animals;  verb give birth to a litter of animals;  make a place messy by strewing garbage around;  strew
  • littered - adj. filled or scattered with a disorderly accumulation of objects or rubbish
  • little - adj. small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context);  (of a voice) faint;  lowercase; (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some;  (of children and animals) young, immature;  (informal) small and of little importance; limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent;  of short duration or distance;  adv. not much;  noun a small amount or duration
  • littre - noun French lexicographer (1801-1881)
  • live - adj. exerting force or containing energy;  of current relevance; in current use or ready for use;  abounding with life and energy; actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing;  charged with an explosive;  highly reverberant;  capable of erupting; possessing life;  charged or energized with electricity;  elastic; rebounds readily;  adv. not recorded;  verb lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style;  pursue a positive and satisfying existence; have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations;  have life, be alive;  support oneself;  continue to live; endure or last;  inhabit or live in
  • liver - adj. having a reddish-brown color;  noun large and complicated reddish-brown glandular organ located in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity; secretes bile and functions in metabolism of protein and carbohydrate and fat; synthesizes substances involved in the clotting of the blood; synthesizes vitamin A; detoxifies poisonous substances and breaks down worn-out erythrocytes;  liver of an animal used as meat;  someone who lives in a place;  a person who has a special life style
  • liver disease - noun a disease affecting the liver
  • livid - adj. furiously angry;  (of a light) imparting a deathlike luminosity;  anemic looking from illness or emotion;  discolored by coagulation of blood beneath the skin
  • lividity - noun a state of fury so great the face becomes discolored; unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
  • living - adj. (informal) absolute;  (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried;  still in active use;  true to life; lifelike;  pertaining to living persons;  dwelling or inhabiting; often used in combination;  still in existence;  noun people who are still living;  the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities;  the financial means whereby one lives;  the condition of living or the state of being alive
  • lloyd - noun United States comic actor in silent films; he used physical danger as a source of comedy (1893-1971)
  • lm - noun a unit of luminous flux equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle of 1 steradian by a point source of 1 candela intensity radiating uniformly in all directions
  • loaded - adj. (of statements or questions) charged with associative significance and often meant to mislead or influence;  (of weapons) charged with ammunition;  very drunk;  filled with a great quantity; having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
  • loading - noun the labor of putting a load of something on or in a vehicle or ship or container etc.;  the ratio of the gross weight of an airplane to some factor determining its lift;  goods carried by a large vehicle;  weight to be borne or conveyed;  a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time
  • loads - noun a large number or amount
  • loaf - noun a shaped mass of baked bread;  verb be about;  be lazy or idle
  • loathing - noun hate coupled with disgust
  • lobar - adj. of or relating to or affecting a lobe
  • lobe - noun a rounded projection that is part of a larger structure; (anatomy) a somewhat rounded subdivision of a bodily organ or part;  the enhanced response of an antenna in a given direction as indicated by a loop in its radiation pattern;  (botany) a part into which a leaf is divided
  • lobed - adj. having deeply indented margins but with lobes not entirely separate from each other
  • lobelia - noun any plant or flower of the genus Lobelia
  • lobster - noun any of several edible marine crustaceans of the families Homaridae and Nephropsidae and Palinuridae;  flesh of a lobster
  • lobular - adj. of or relating to or resembling a lobule
  • lobule - noun a small lobe or subdivision of a lobe
  • local - adj. relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area; affecting only a restricted part or area of the body;  of or belonging to or characteristic of a particular locality or neighborhood;  noun public transport consisting of a bus or train that stops at all stations or stops;  anesthetic that numbs a particular area of the body
  • locality - noun a surrounding or nearby region
  • localization - noun a determination of the place where something is; (physiology) the principle that specific functions have relatively circumscribed locations in some particular part or organ of the body
  • localize - verb restrict something to a particular area;  concentrate on a particular place or spot;  locate;  identify the location or place of
  • localized - adj. made local or oriented locally;  confined or restricted to a particular location
  • locally - adv. by a particular locality;  to a restricted area of the body
  • locate - verb discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining;  assign a location to;  take up residence and become established;  determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
  • located - adj. situated in a particular spot or position
  • locating - noun a determination of the place where something is; the act of putting something in a certain place
  • location - noun a point or extent in space;  a workplace away from a studio at which some or all of a movie may be made;  a determination of the place where something is;  the act of putting something in a certain place
  • lochia - noun substance discharged from the vagina (cellular debris and mucus and blood) that gradually decreases in amount during the weeks following childbirth
  • lock - noun any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured;  a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed;  a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key; enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be closed to control the water level; used to raise or lower vessels that pass through it;  a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun;  a strand or cluster of hair;  verb become rigid or immoveable;  fasten with a lock;  hold in a locking position;  build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels;  hold fast (in a certain state);  pass by means through a lock in a waterway;  place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape;  keep engaged;  become engaged or intermeshed with one another
  • locke - noun English empiricist philosopher who believed that all knowledge is derived from sensory experience (1632-1704)
  • locked - adj. firmly fastened or secured against opening
  • locking - noun the act of locking something up to protect it
  • lockjaw - noun an acute and serious infection of the central nervous system caused by bacterial infection of open wounds; spasms of the jaw and laryngeal muscles may occur during the late stages
  • loco - adj. informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
  • locomotion - noun self-propelled movement;  the power or ability to move
  • locomotive - adj. of or relating to locomotion;  noun a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
  • locomotor - adj. of or relating to locomotion
  • lodestone - noun a permanent magnet consisting of magnetite that possess polarity and has the power to attract as well as to be attracted magnetically
  • lodge - noun any of various native American dwellings;  a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter;  small house at the entrance to the grounds of a country mansion; usually occupied by a gatekeeper or gardener;  English physicist who studied electromagnetic radiation and was a pioneer of radiotelegraphy (1851-1940);  a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers;  a formal association of people with similar interests;  verb fix, force, or implant;  provide housing for;  be a lodger; stay temporarily;  file a formal charge against
  • lodging - noun the act of lodging;  structures collectively in which people are housed;  the state or quality of being lodged or fixed even temporarily
  • lodgment - noun the state or quality of being lodged or fixed even temporarily;  bringing a charge or accusation against someone
  • logan - noun a mountain peak in the St. Elias Range in the southwestern Yukon Territory in Canada (19,850 feet high)
  • logic - noun reasoned and reasonable judgment;  a system of reasoning;  the principles that guide reasoning within a given field or situation;  the system of operations performed by a computer that underlies the machine's representation of logical operations;  the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
  • logical - adj. capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning;  marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts;  capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner;  based on known statements or events or conditions
  • logwood - noun spiny shrub or small tree of Central America and West Indies having bipinnate leaves and racemes of small bright yellow flowers and yielding a hard brown or brownish-red heartwood used in preparing a black dye;  very hard brown to brownish-red heartwood of a logwood tree; used in preparing a purplish red dye
  • loin - noun either side of the backbone between the hipbone and the ribs in humans as well as quadrupeds;  a cut of meat taken from the side and back of an animal between the ribs and the rump
  • loins - noun the region of the hips and groin and lower abdomen; the lower part of the abdomen just above the external genital organs
  • loll - verb be lazy or idle;  hang loosely or laxly
  • lombardia - noun a region of north central Italy bordering Switzerland
  • lombardy - noun a region of north central Italy bordering Switzerland
  • london - noun the capital and largest city of England; located on the Thames in southeastern England; financial and industrial and cultural center;  United States writer of novels based on experiences in the Klondike gold rush (1876-1916)
  • long - adj. having or being more than normal or necessary:"long on brains";  primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified;  primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified;  (of speech sounds or syllables) of relatively long duration;  holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices;  involving substantial risk;  of relatively great height;  planning prudently for the future;  good at remembering;  adv. for an extended time or at a distant time;  for an extended distance;  verb desire strongly or persistently
  • long-handled - adj. having a long handle
  • long-standing - adj. having existed or continued for a long time
  • longer - adv. for more time;  noun a person with a strong desire for something
  • longest - adv. for the most time
  • longevity - noun the property of being long-lived;  duration of service
  • longing - noun prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
  • longitudinal - adj. over an extended time;  running lengthwise;  of or relating to lines of longitude
  • longitudinally - adv. with respect to longitude;  across time;  in the direction of the length
  • longstanding - adj. having existed for a long time;  having existed or continued for a long time
  • look - noun the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually;  physical appearance;  the feelings expressed on a person's face;  the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people;  verb have a certain outward or facial expression;  convey by one's expression;  perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards;  give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect;  accord in appearance with;  have faith or confidence in;  look forward to the probable occurrence of; search or seek;  take charge of or deal with;  be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
  • looking - adj. appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms;  noun the act of searching visually;  the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
  • lookout - noun the act of looking out;  a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings;  an elevated post affording a wide view;  a person employed to watch for something to happen
  • loop - noun a flight maneuver; aircraft flies a complete circle in the vertical plane;  an intrauterine device in the shape of a loop;  a computer program that performs a series of instructions repeatedly until some specified condition is satisfied;  the basic pattern of the human fingerprint;  an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan);  anything with a round or oval shape (formed by a curve that is closed and does not intersect itself);  a complete electrical circuit around which current flows or a signal circulates; fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines;  the topology of a network whose components are serially connected in such a way that the last component is connected to the first component;  (computer science) a single execution of a set of instructions that are to be repeated; verb fasten or join with a loop;  make a loop in;  fly loops, perform a loop;  move in loops;  wind around something in coils or loops
  • looped - adj. like the pattern basic to the human fingerprint
  • loos - noun Austrian architect (1870-1933)
  • loose - adj. not bound or fastened or gathered together;  not compact or dense in structure or arrangement;  (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player;  not restrained or confined or attached;  freely producing mucus;  not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting;  not carefully arranged in a package;  not fixed firmly or tightly;  (of textures) full of small openings or gaps;  not tense or taut;  not affixed;  casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior;  emptying easily or excessively;  not literal;  having escaped, especially from confinement;  not officially recognized or controlled;  lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility;  adv. without restraint;  verb become loose or looser or less tight;  make loose or looser;  turn loose or free from restraint; grant freedom to; free from confinement
  • loosely - adv. knitted in a loose manner;  in a relaxed manner; not rigid;  in a loose manner;  without regard to specific details or exceptions
  • loosen - verb become loose or looser or less tight;  make loose or looser;  make less dense;  cause to become loose;  disentangle and raise the fibers of;  become less severe or strict;  make less severe or strict
  • loosened - adj. straightened out
  • looseness - noun movement or space for movement;  the quality of movability by virtue of being free from attachment or other restraints; a lack of strict accuracy; laxity of practice;  freedom from restraint; dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure;  frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor
  • loosening - noun the act of making something less tight;  an occurrence of control or strength weakening
  • loquacity - noun the quality of being wordy and talkative
  • lordosis - noun an abnormal inward (forward) curvature of the vertebral column
  • lorenz - noun Austrian zoologist who studied the behavior of birds and emphasized the importance of innate as opposed to learned behaviors (1903-1989)
  • lose - verb fail to win;  suffer the loss of a person through death or removal;  allow to go out of sight;  miss from one's possessions; lose sight of;  fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense;  fail to get or obtain;  fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit;  be set at a disadvantage; retreat;  place (something) where one cannot find it again;  fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
  • loss - noun the act of losing;  the disadvantage that results from losing something;  the experience of losing a loved one;  the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue;  something that is lost;  gradual decline in amount or activity;  euphemistic expressions for death;  military personnel lost by death or capture
  • losses - noun something lost (especially money lost at gambling)
  • lost - adj. not caught with the senses or the mind;  no longer in your possession or control; unable to be found or recovered;  spiritually or physically doomed or destroyed;  not gained or won;  incapable of being recovered or regained;  unable to function; without help; having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity;  perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment;  no longer known; irretrievable;  deeply absorbed in thought;  noun people who are destined to die soon
  • lot - noun a parcel of land having fixed boundaries;  (Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were told to flee without looking back at the destruction;  anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random;  any collection in its entirety;  an unofficial association of people or groups;  (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;  your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you);  verb divide into lots, as of land, for example;  administer or bestow, as in small portions
  • lotion - noun any of various cosmetic preparations that are applied to the skin;  liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin
  • lots - noun a large number or amount
  • loud - adj. characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity;  attracting attention by showiness or bright colors;  used chiefly as a direction or description in music;  tastelessly showy;  adv.with relatively high volume
  • loudly - adv. with relatively high volume;  used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly;  in manner that attracts attention
  • loudness - noun tasteless showiness;  the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
  • louis - noun United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight campion for 12 years (1914-1981)
  • louisiana - noun a state in southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
  • louisville - noun the largest city in Kentucky; located in north central Kentucky on the Ohio river; site of the Kentucky Derby
  • louse - noun wingless usually flattened bloodsucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals;  wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds;  any of several small insects especially aphids that feed by sucking the juices from plants;  a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  • lousiness - noun the quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotions;  infestation with lice (Pediculus humanus) resulting in severe itching
  • love - noun any object of warm affection or devotion;  a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction;  a strong positive emotion of regard and affection;  a score of zero in tennis or squash;  sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people;  a beloved person; used as terms of endearment;  verb have a great affection or liking for;  be enamored or in love with;  get pleasure from;  have sexual intercourse with
  • low - adj. literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension;  less than normal in degree or intensity or amount;  used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency;  very low in volume;  unrefined in character;  being the gear producing the lowest drive speed;  low in spirits;  of the most contemptible kind;  subdued or brought low in condition or status;  no longer sufficient;  low or inferior in station or quality;  adv. in a low position; near the ground;  noun a low level or position or degree; British political cartoonist (born in New Zealand) who created the character Colonel Blimp (1891-1963);  an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation;  the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving;  verb make a low noise, characteristic of bovines
  • low-grade - adj. of inferior quality
  • low-lying - adj. having a small elevation above the ground or horizon or sea level;  lying below the normal level
  • low pitch - noun a pitch that is perceived as below other pitches
  • low-pitched - adj. set at a low angle or slant;  used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
  • lowell - noun United States educator and president of Harvard University (1856-1943);  United States poet (1874-1925);  United States astronomer whose studies of Mars led him to conclude that Mars was inhabited (1855-1916);  United States poet (1917-1977)
  • lower - noun the lower of two berths;  verb set lower;  cause to drop or sink;  move something or somebody to a lower position;  look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval; make lower or quieter
  • lowered - adj. below the surround or below the normal position
  • lowering - adj. darkened by clouds;  noun the act of causing something to move to a lower level;  the act of causing to become less
  • lowermost - adj. farthest down
  • lowest - adj. lowest in rank or importance;  adv. in the lowest position; nearest the ground
  • lowland - adj. of relatively low or level country;  noun low level country
  • lowlands - noun the southern part of Scotland that is not mountainous
  • lowness - noun a low or small degree of any quality (amount or force or temperature etc.);  the condition of being low; lacking height; a feeling of low spirits;  a position of inferior status; low in station or rank or fortune or estimation
  • lozenge - noun a small aromatic or medicated candy;  a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
  • lu - noun a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; usually occurs in association with yttrium
  • lube - noun a substance capable of reducing friction by making surfaces smooth or slippery;  verb apply a lubricant to
  • lubricate - verb make slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant;  apply a lubricant to;  have lubricating properties
  • lubricated - adj. smeared with oil or grease to reduce friction
  • lucas - noun United States screenwriter and filmmaker (born in 1944)
  • lucid - adj. having a clear mind;  (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable;  transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity;  capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
  • lucidity - noun a lucid state of mind; not confused;  free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression
  • luke - noun one of the four Gospels in the New Testament; contains details of Jesus's birth and early life;  (New Testament) the Apostle closely associated with St. Paul and traditionally assumed to be the author of the third Gospel
  • lukewarm - adj. moderately warm;  feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm
  • lumbago - noun backache affecting the lumbar region or lower back; can be caused by muscle strain or arthritis or vascular insufficiency or a ruptured intervertebral disc
  • lumbar - adj. of or relating to or near the part of the back between the ribs and the hipbones
  • lumber - noun the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material;  an implement used in baseball by the batter;  verbmove heavily or clumsily;  cut lumber, as in woods and forests
  • lumbosacral - adj. of or relating to or near the small of the back and the back part of the pelvis between the hips
  • lumen - noun a cavity or passage in a tubular organ;  a unit of luminous flux equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle of 1 steradian by a point source of 1 candela intensity radiating uniformly in all directions
  • luminosity - noun the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
  • luminous - adj. softly bright or radiant
  • lump - noun a compact mass;  a large piece of something without definite shape;  an awkward stupid person;  abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement;  verb put together indiscriminately;  group or chunk together in a certain order or place side by side
  • lumpy - adj. having lumps; not smooth and even in texture;  like or containing small sticky lumps
  • lunacy - noun obsolete terms for legal insanity;  foolish or senseless behavior
  • lunar - adj. of or relating to or associated with the moon
  • lunatic - adj. insane and believed to be affected by the phases of the moon;  noun an insane person;  a reckless impetuous irresponsible person
  • lung - noun either of two saclike respiratory organs in the chest of vertebrates; serves to remove carbon dioxide and provide oxygen to the blood
  • lupus - noun a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Centaurus;  any of several forms of ulcerative skin disease
  • lurk - verb lie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner;  wait in hiding to attack;  be about
  • lurking place - noun a place suitable for lurking
  • luster - noun a surface coating for ceramics or porcelain;  a quality that outshines the usual;  the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
  • lusterless - adj. lacking luster or shine;  lacking brilliance or vitality
  • lustily - adv. in a healthy manner
  • luting - noun a substance for packing a joint or coating a porous surface to make it impervious to gas or liquid
  • luxation - noun displacement or misalignment of a joint or organ
  • luxuriant - adj. produced or growing in extreme abundance; displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses;  marked by complexity and richness of detail
  • luxuriantly - adv. in an elegantly luxuriant way;  in an abundant and luxuriant manner
  • luxurious - adj. displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses;  rich and superior in quality
  • lx - noun a unit of illumination equal to 1 lumen per square meter; 0.0929 foot candle
  • lycopodium - noun type and sole genus of the Lycopodiaceae; erect or creeping evergreen plants often used for Christmas decorations
  • lye - noun a strong solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide
  • lying - adj. given to lying;  noun the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
  • lying-in - noun concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child
  • lymph - noun a thin coagulable fluid (similar to plasma but) containing white blood cells (lymphocytes) and chyle; is conveyed to the blood stream by lymphatic vessels
  • lymph node - noun the source of lymph and lymphocytes
  • lymphadenitis - noun inflammation of lymph nodes
  • lymphadenoma - noun an abnormally enlarged lymph node
  • lymphangiectasis - noun dilatation of a lymph vessel
  • lymphangioma - noun benign angioma consisting of a mass of lymphatic vessels
  • lymphangitis - noun inflammation of a lymph vessel
  • lymphatic - adj. of or relating to or produced by lymph
  • lymphocyte - noun an agranulocytic leukocyte that normally makes up a quarter of the white blood cell count but increases in the presence of infection
  • lymphocytosis - noun an abnormal increase in the number of lymphocytes in the circulating blood
  • lymphoid - adj. resembling lymph or lymphatic tissues
  • lymphoma - noun a neoplasm of lymph tissue that is usually malignant; one of the four major types of cancer
  • lyons - noun the council of the Western Church in 1245 that excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and planned a new crusade against the Holy Land;  the council in 1274 that effected a temporary reunion of the Greek Orthodox with the Roman Catholic church;  a city in east-central France on the Rhone River; a principal producer of silk and rayon
  • lysin - noun any substance (such as an antibody) or agent that can cause lysis
  • lysis - noun (biochemistry) dissolution or destruction of cells such as blood cells or bacteria;  recuperation in which the symptoms of an acute disease gradually subside
  • lysol - noun a clear oily brown solution of cresols in soap; used as an antiseptic and disinfectant
  • lyssa - noun 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
  • m - noun the 13th letter of the Roman alphabet;  concentration measured by the number of moles of solute per liter of solution;  the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
  • ma - noun informal terms for a mother;  a master's degree in arts and sciences;  a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies; one thousandth of an ampere
  • mac - noun a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
  • macaroni - noun pasta in the form of slender tubes;  a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms
  • mace - noun a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority;  spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed;  (trademark) a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization;  an official who carries a mace of office
  • macedon - noun the ancient kingdom of Philip II and Alexander the Great in the southeastern Balkans that is now divided among modern Macedonia and Greece and Bulgaria
  • macerate - verb soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result;  become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking;  separate into constituents by soaking; cause to grow thin or weak
  • maceration - noun softening due to soaking or steeping;  extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)
  • mach - noun Austrian physicist and philosopher who introduced the Mach number and who founded logical positivism (1838-1916)
  • machine - noun any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks;  a device for overcoming resistance at one point by applying force at some other point;  a group that controls the activities of a political party;  an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently;  an efficient person;  a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine;  verb make by machinery;  turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
  • machinery - noun machines or machine systems collectively;  a system of means and activities whereby a social institution functions
  • mackenzie - noun a Canadian river; flows into the Beaufort Sea; Canadian explorer (born in England) who explored the Mackenzie River and who was first to cross North American by land north of Mexico (1764-1820)
  • mackerel - noun any of various fishes of the family Scombridae; flesh of very important usually small (to 18 in) fatty Atlantic fish
  • mackintosh - noun a lightweight waterproof (usually rubberized) fabric;  a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
  • macrocytosis - noun the presence of macrocytes in the blood
  • macroglossia - noun a congenital disorder characterized by an abnormally large tongue; often seen in cases of Down's syndrome
  • macrophage - noun a large phagocyte; some are fixed and other circulate in the blood stream
  • macroscopic - adj. large enough to be visible to the naked eye
  • macroscopically - adv. without using a microscope
  • macula - noun a yellowish central area of the retina that is rich in cones and that mediates clear detailed vision;  a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases;  a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field
  • macule - noun a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases
  • madame - noun title used for a married Frenchwoman
  • made - adj. produced by a manufacturing process;  (of a bed) having the sheets and blankets set in order;  successful or assured of success
  • madeira - noun an amber dessert wine from the Madeira Islands;  an island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa; the largest of the Madeira Islands;  a Brazilian river; tributary of the Amazon River
  • madison - noun capital of the state of Wisconsin; located in the southern part of state; site of the main branch of the University of Wisconsin;  4th President of the United States; member of the Continental Congress and rapporteur at the Constitutional Convention in 1776; helped frame the Bill of Rights (1751-1836)
  • madness - noun unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm;  the quality of being rash and foolish;  a feeling of intense anger;  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;  obsolete terms for legal insanity
  • mag - noun a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it
  • magic - adj. possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers;  noun any art that invokes supernatural powers;  an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
  • magical - adj. possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers
  • magistrate - noun a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
  • magma - noun molten rock in the earth's crust
  • magnesia - noun a white solid mineral that occurs naturally as periclase; a source of magnesium
  • magnesium - noun a light silver-white ductile bivalent metallic element; in pure form it burns with brilliant white flame; occurs naturally only in combination (as in magnesite and dolomite and carnallite and spinel and olivine)
  • magnet - noun (physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field;  a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts
  • magnetic - adj. having the properties of a magnet; i.e. of attracting iron or steel;  determined by earth's magnetic fields;  capable of being magnetized;  of or relating to or caused by magnetism;  possessing an extraordinary ability to attract;  having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull
  • magnetism - noun the branch of science that studies magnetism; attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
  • magnified - adj. enlarged to an abnormal degree
  • magnifier - noun a scientific instrument that magnifies an image
  • magnify - verb increase in size, volume or significance;  make large; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
  • magnitude - noun the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small);  relative importance;  a number assigned to the ratio of two quantities; two quantities are of the same order of magnitude if one is less than 10 times as large as the other; the number of magnitudes that the quantities differ is specified to within a power of 10
  • magnum - noun a large wine bottle for liquor or wine
  • mahler - noun Austrian composer and conductor (1860-1911)
  • mahogany - noun any of various tropical timber trees of the family Meliaceae especially the genus Swietinia valued for their hard yellowish- to reddish-brown wood that is readily worked and takes a high polish;  wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture
  • mail - noun a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system;  the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office;  the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service;  any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered;  (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings;  verb cause to be directed or transmitted to another place;  send via the postal service
  • maimed - adj. having a part of the body crippled or disabled;  badly injured, perhaps with amputation;  noun people who are wounded
  • maimer - noun a person who mutilates or destroys or disfigures or cripples
  • main - adj. of force; of the greatest possible intensity;  (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence; most important element;  noun a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage;  any very large body of (salt) water
  • maine - noun a state in New England
  • mainly - adv. for the most part
  • maintain - verb state or assert;  observe correctly or closely;  support against an opponent;  state categorically;  maintain by writing regular records;  supply with necessities and support;  maintain for use and service;  have and exercise;  keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction;  keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
  • maintained - adj. kept in good condition;  continued in your keeping or use or memory
  • maintenance - noun the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community;  means of maintenance of a family or group;  activity involved in maintaining something in good working order;  the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence;  court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
  • maize - noun a strong yellow color;  tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
  • major - adj. greater in number or size or amount;  greater in scope or effect;  of full legal age;  of a scale or mode;  of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes;  of greater importance or stature or rank;  of greater seriousness or danger; noun the principal field of study of a student at a university;  a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain;  a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject; British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943);  verb have as one's principal field of study
  • majority - noun the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part;  (elections) more than half of the votes;  the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs
  • make - noun the act of mixing cards haphazardly;  a recognizable kind;  verb act in a certain way so as to acquire;  eliminate urine; behave in a certain way;  give certain properties to something;  put in order or neaten;  develop into;  change from one form into another; favor the development of;  cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable; calculate as being;  consider as being;  represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like;  assure the success of;  make or cause to be or to become;  compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way;  make by shaping or bringing together constituents;  gather and light the materials for;  perform or carry out; reach in time;  proceed along a path;  appear to begin an activity; engage in;  carry out or commit;  form by assembling individuals or constituents;  constitute the essence of;  amount to;  be or be capable of being changed or made into;  add up to;  be suitable for;  undergo fabrication or creation;  have a bowel movement;  institute, enact, or establish;  make, formulate, or derive in the mind;  cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;  induce to have sex;  create or design, often in a certain way;  create or manufacture a man-made product; create by artistic means;  give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally;  make by combining materials and parts; prepare for eating by applying heat;  organize or be responsible for; reach a destination, either real or abstract;  reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team";  head into a specified direction;  earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; achieve a point or goal;  charge with a function; charge to be;  to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"
  • make-up - noun cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
  • maker - noun a person who makes things;  a business engaged in manufacturing some product;  terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God
  • makeshift - adj. done or made using whatever is available;  nounsomething contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
  • making - noun (usually plural) the components needed for making or doing something;  the act that results in something coming to be; an attribute that must be met or complied with and that fits a person for something
  • malachite - noun a green or blue mineral used as an ore of copper and for making ornamental objects
  • maladjusted - adj. not well adjusted;  poorly adjusted to demands and stresses of daily living;  emotionally unstable and having difficulty coping with personal relationships
  • malady - noun any unwholesome or desperate condition; impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
  • malaga - noun a port city and resort in Andalusia in southern Spain on the Mediterranean
  • malaise - noun physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)
  • malar - noun the arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek
  • malaria - noun an infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito; marked by paroxysms of chills and fever
  • malarial - adj. of or infected by or resembling malaria
  • male - adj. being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation;  for or pertaining to or composed of men or boys;  characteristic of a man;  noun an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova);  the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands;  a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
  • male fern - noun fern of North America and Europe whose rhizomes and stalks yield an oleoresin used to expel tapeworms
  • malformation - noun something abnormal or anomalous;  an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed
  • malformed - adj. so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly
  • malignancy - noun (medicine) a malignant state; progressive and resistant to treatment and tending to cause death;  quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will
  • malignant - adj. dangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)
  • malingerer - noun someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
  • malingering - noun evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated
  • malleable - adj. capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out; easily influenced
  • mallet - noun a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing;  a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike percussion instruments;  a sports implement with a long handle and a head like a hammer; used in sports (polo or croquet) to hit a ball
  • malleus - noun the ossicle attached to the eardrum
  • malnutrition - noun a state of poor nutrition; can result from insufficient or excessive or unbalanced diet or from inability to absorb foods
  • malocclusion - noun (dentistry) a condition in which the opposing teeth do not mesh normally
  • malodorous - adj. having an unpleasant smell
  • malonylurea - noun a white crystalline acid derived from pyrimidine; used in preparing barbiturate drugs
  • malposition - noun faulty position
  • malpractice - noun a wrongful act that the actor had no right to do; improper professional conduct;  professional wrongdoing that results in injury or damage
  • mals - noun a master's degree in library science
  • malt - noun a cereal grain that is kiln-dried after having been germinated by soaking in water; used especially in brewing and distilling;  a lager of high alcohol content; by law it is considered too alcoholic to be sold as lager or beer;  a milkshake made with malt powder;  verb convert into malt;  convert grain into malt;  turn into malt, become malt;  treat with malt or malt extract
  • malta - noun a strategically located island south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea;  a republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
  • malted - adj. of grain that has been converted into malt;  noun a milkshake made with malt powder
  • maltose - noun a white crystalline sugar formed during the digestion of starches
  • mamma - noun milk-secreting organ of female mammals;  informal terms for a mother
  • mammal - noun any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk
  • mammalia - noun warm-blooded vertebrates characterized by mammary glands in the female
  • mammary - adj. of or relating to the milk-giving gland of the female
  • man - noun game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games;  one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea;  an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman);  a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman;  an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent);  the generic use of the word to refer to any human being;  a male subordinate;  any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage;  all of the living human inhabitants of the earth;  someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force;  a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer;  verb provide with men;  take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place
  • manage - verb be in charge of, act on, or dispose of;  watch and direct;  be successful; achieve a goal;  carry on or manage;  achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods;  come to terms or deal successfully with
  • manageable - adj. capable of being managed or controlled;  capable of existing or taking place or proving true; possible to do
  • management - noun the act of managing something;  those in charge of running a business
  • mandate - noun the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory;  a document giving an official instruction or command;  a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves;  verbassign authority to;  make mandatory;  assign under a mandate
  • mandible - noun the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth
  • mandibular - adj. relating to the lower jaw
  • mandrake - noun a plant of southern Europe and North Africa having purple flowers, yellow fruits and a forked root formerly thought to have magical powers;  the root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a narcotic
  • maneuver - noun an action aimed at evading an opponent;  a move made to gain a tactical end;  a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill;  a military training exercise;  a plan for attaining a particular goal;  verb act in order to achieve a certain goal;  perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense;  direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  • manganate - noun a salt of manganic acid containing manganese as its anion
  • manganese - noun a hard brittle grey polyvalent metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic; used in making steel; occurs in many minerals
  • mangold - noun beet with a large yellowish root; grown chiefly as cattle feed
  • manhattan - noun a cocktail made with whiskey and sweet vermouth with a dash of bitters;  one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • manhood - noun the status of being a man;  the state of being a man; manly qualities;  the quality of being human
  • mania - noun an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action;  a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently
  • maniacal - adj. wildly disordered
  • manic - adj. affected with or marked by frenzy or mania uncontrolled by reason
  • manifest - adj. clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment;  noun a customs document listing the contents put on a ship or plane;  verb reveal its presence or make an appearance; record in a ship's manifest;  provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
  • manifestation - noun a manifest indication of the existence or presence or nature of some person or thing;  a clear appearance;  a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature); expression without words;  an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)
  • manifestly - adv. unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')
  • manifold - adj. many and varied; having many features or forms; noun a pipe that has several lateral outlets to or from other pipes;  a set of points such as those of a closed surface or an analogue in three or more dimensions;  a lightweight paper used with carbon paper to make multiple copies;  verb make multiple copies of; combine or increase by multiplication
  • manipulate - verb treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed;  hold something in one's hands and move it;  control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage; influence or control shrewdly or deviously;  manipulate in a fraudulent manner;  fake or falsify
  • manipulation - noun exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage;  the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means
  • manipulative - adj. skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage
  • mankind - noun all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
  • mann - noun German writer concerned about the role of the artist in bourgeois society (1875-1955);  United States educator who introduced reforms that significantly altered the system of public education (1796-1859)
  • manna - noun hardened sugary exudation of various trees;  (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the Exodus
  • manner - noun a way of acting or behaving;  how something is done or how it happens;  a kind
  • manometer - noun a pressure gauge for comparing pressures of a gas
  • manson - noun Scottish physician who discovered that elephantiasis is spread by mosquitos and suggested that mosquitos also spread malaria (1844-1922)
  • mantle - noun (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell;  the cloak as a symbol of authority;  the layer of the earth between the crust and the core;  United States baseball player (1931-1997);  a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter;  hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window);  shelf that projects from wall above fireplace;  anything that covers;  verb cover like a mantle;  spread over a surface, like a mantle
  • manual - adj. requiring human effort;  doing or requiring physical work;  of or relating to the hands;  noun a small handbook;  (military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
  • manubrium - noun the upper part of the breastbone
  • manufacture - noun the organized action of making of goods and services for sale;  the act of making something (a product) from raw materials;  verb put together out of components or parts;  make up something artificial or untrue
  • manufactured - adj. produced in a large-scale industrial operation
  • manufacturer - noun a business engaged in manufacturing some product;  someone who manufactures something
  • manure - noun any animal or plant material used to fertilize land especially animal excreta usually with litter material;  verb spread manure, as for fertilization
  • manus - noun the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
  • many - adj. a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number
  • maple - noun any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Acer bearing winged seeds in pairs; north temperate zone;  wood of any of various maple trees; especially the hard close-grained wood of the sugar maple; used especially for furniture and flooring
  • mar - noun a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body);  the month following February and preceding April;  verb make imperfect;  destroy or injure severely
  • maranta - noun any of numerous herbs of the genus Maranta having tuberous starchy roots and large sheathing leaves
  • maraschino - noun cherry preserved in true or imitation maraschino liqueur;  distilled from fermented juice of bitter wild marasca cherries
  • marasmus - noun extreme malnutrition and emaciation (especially in children); can result from inadequate intake of food or from malabsorption or metabolic disorders
  • marble - noun a small ball of glass that is used in various games;  a sculpture carved from marble;  a hard crystalline metamorphic rock that takes a high polish; used for sculpture and as building material; verb paint or stain like marble
  • marbles - noun a children's game played with little balls made of a hard substance (as glass);  the basic human power of intelligent thought and perception
  • march - noun a steady advance;  the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind);  a procession of people walking together;  the month following February and preceding April;  a degree granted for the successful completion of advanced study of architecture;  genre of music written for marching; district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area;  verb walk fast, with regular or measured steps; walk with a stride;  march in a procession;  force to march; cause to march or go at a marching pace;  lie adjacent to another or share a boundary;  walk ostentatiously;  march in protest; take part in a demonstration
  • marche - noun a region in central Italy
  • marching - noun the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)
  • mare - noun female equine animal;  a dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon
  • margarin - noun a glyceryl ester of margaric acid;  a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter
  • margin - noun an amount beyond the minimum necessary;  the blank space that surrounds the text on a page;  the amount of collateral a customer deposits with a broker when borrowing from the broker to buy securities;  the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary;  a strip near the boundary of an object;  a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits;  (finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold
  • marginal - adj. being close to a lower limit or or of lower class; producing at a rate that barely covers production costs;  of a bare living gained by great labor;  at or constituting a border or edge;  of questionable or minimal quality;  just barely adequate or within a lower limit
  • marigold - noun any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers
  • marina - noun a fancy dock for small yachts and cabin cruisers
  • marine - adj. native to or inhabiting the sea;  of or relating to the sea; of or relating to military personnel who serve both on land and at sea (specifically the U.S. Marine Corps);  relating to or involving ships or shipping or navigation or seamen;  noun a member of the United States Marine Corps;  a soldier who serves both on shipboard and on land
  • marjoram - noun pungent leaves used as seasoning with meats and fowl and in stews and soups and omelets;  aromatic Eurasian perennial
  • mark - noun the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember;  a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance);  the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament;  a symbol of disgrace or infamy;  a visible indication made on a surface;  a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation);  Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel; formerly the basic unit of money in Germany;  something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal;  a marking that consists of lines that cross each other;  an indication of damage;  a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened);  a reference point to shoot at;  a distinguishing symbol;  a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of;  verb make or leave a mark on;  designate as if by a mark;  insert punctuation marks into;  mark by some ceremony or observation;  be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense;  assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation;  put a check mark on or near or next to;  remove from a list;  make underscoring marks;  establish as the highest level or best performance;  make small marks into the surface of;  mark with a scar;  attach a tag or label to;  notice or perceive;  to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
  • marked - adj. singled out for notice or especially for a dire fate; strongly marked; easily noticeable;  having or as if having an identifying mark or a mark as specified; often used in combination
  • markedly - adv. in a clearly noticeable manner
  • market - noun the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold;  the securities markets in the aggregate;  the customers for a particular product or service;  a marketplace where groceries are sold;  verb engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of;  deal in a market;  buy household supplies;  make commercial
  • marking - noun the act of making a visible mark on a surface; evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score;  a pattern of marks;  a distinguishing symbol
  • marks - noun English businessman who created a retail chain (1888-1964)
  • maroon - adj. of dark brownish to purplish red;  noun an exploding firework used as a warning signal;  a dark purplish-red to dark brownish-red color;  a person who is stranded (as on an island);  verbleave stranded on a desert island without resources;  leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
  • marred - adj. blemished by injury or rough wear;  having the surface damaged or disfigured
  • marriage - noun the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony;  two people who are married to each other;  the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce);  a close and intimate union
  • married - adj. joined in matrimony;  of or relating to the state of marriage;  noun a person who is married
  • marrow - noun the fatty network of connective tissue that fills the cavities of bones;  large elongated squash with creamy to deep green skins;  very tender and very nutritious tissue from marrowbones;  any of various squash plants grown for their elongated fruit with smooth dark green skin and whitish flesh;  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  • marrubium - noun Old World aromatic herbs: horehound
  • marsala - noun dark sweet or semisweet dessert wine from Sicily
  • marsh - noun low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water;  New Zealand writer of detective stories (1899-1982);  United States painter (1898-1954)
  • marsh gas - noun methane gas produced when vegetation decomposes in water
  • marsh mallow - noun European perennial plant naturalized in United States having triangular ovate leaves and lilac-pink flowers
  • marshall - noun United States jurist; as chief justice of the Supreme Court he established the principles of United States constitutional law (1755-1835);  United States general and statesman who as Secretary of State organized the European Recovery Program (1880-1959);  United States actor (1914-1998);  a law officer having duties similar to those of a sheriff in carrying out the judgments of a court of law;  (in some countries) a military officer of highest rank
  • marshmallow - noun spongy confection made of gelatin and sugar and corn syrup and dusted with powdered sugar
  • marsupium - noun an external abdominal pouch in most marsupials where newborn offspring are suckled
  • martin - noun any of various swallows with squarish or slightly forked tail and long pointed wings; migrate around Martinmas; United States singer (1917-1995);  United States actress (1913-1990);  United States actor and comedian (born in 1945);  French bishop who is a patron saint of France (died in 397)
  • marvelous - adj. being or having the character of a miracle;  too improbable to admit of belief;  extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers
  • mary - noun the mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics
  • maryland - noun a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies;  one of the British colonies that formed the United States
  • masculine - adj. associated with men and not with women;  of grammatical gender;  (music or poetry) ending on an accented beat or syllable;  noun a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male
  • mask - noun activity that tries to conceal something;  a covering to disguise or conceal the face;  a protective covering worn over the face;  a party of guests wearing costumes and masks;  verb put a mask on or cover with a mask;  shield from light;  cover with a sauce; hide under a false appearance
  • masked - adj. having its true character concealed with the intent of misleading
  • masking - noun the blocking of one sensation resulting from the presence of another sensation;  the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it;  scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen
  • mass - adj. gathered or tending to gather into a mass or whole; noun (Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Churches) the celebration of the Eucharist;  the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field;  a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite;  a musical setting for a Mass;  an ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people); a body of matter without definite shape;  the property of something that is great in magnitude;  the common people generally;  (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;  verb join together into a mass or collect or form a mass
  • massachusetts - noun a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies;  one of the British colonies that formed the United States;  the Algonquian language of the Massachuset;  a member of the Algonquian people who formerly lived around Massachusetts Bay
  • massage - noun kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation;  verb give a massage to; manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes
  • masse - noun a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically; the cue ball spins around another ball before hitting the object ball
  • massed - adj. brought together into a group or crowd
  • masses - noun the common people generally
  • masseter - noun a large muscle that raises the lower jaw and is used in chewing
  • masseur - noun a male massager
  • masseuse - noun a female massager
  • massive - adj. consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter;  imposing in size or bulk or solidity;  imposing in scale or scope or degree or power;  being the same substance throughout
  • mast - noun a vertical spar for supporting sails;  any sturdy upright pole;  nuts of forest trees used as feed for swine;  nuts of forest trees (as beechnuts and acorns) accumulated on the ground; used especially as food for swine
  • mastic - noun an evergreen shrub of the Mediterranean region that is cultivated for its resin;  a pasty cement used as an adhesive or filler;  an aromatic exudate from the mastic tree; used chiefly in varnishes
  • masticate - verb grind and knead;  chew (food)
  • mastication - noun biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
  • mastitis - noun inflammation of a breast (or udder)
  • mastoid - adj. relating to or resembling a nipple;  of or relating to or in the region of the mastoid process;  noun process of the temporal bone behind the ear at the base of the skull
  • mastoiditis - noun inflammation of the mastoid
  • masturbation - noun manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure
  • match - noun lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction;  an exact duplicate;  a burning piece of wood or cardboard;  something that resembles or harmonizes with;  a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete;  the score needed to win a match; a pair of people who live together;  a person who is of equal standing with another in a group;  a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect;  verb be equal or harmonize;  make correspond or harmonize;  bring two objects, ideas, or people together;  give or join in marriage;  provide funds complementary to;  be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics;  make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching;  set into opposition or rivalry;  satisfy or fulfill;  be equal to in quality or ability
  • matched - adj. provided with a worthy adversary or competitor; going well together; possessing harmonizing qualities
  • mate - noun South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate;  the officer below the master on a commercial ship;  informal term for a friend of the same sex;  the partner of an animal (especially a sexual partner);  South American holly; leaves used in making a drink like tea;  a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king;  an exact duplicate;  a person's partner in marriage; a fellow member of a team;  verb place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game;  bring two objects, ideas, or people together;  make love
  • mated - adj. of or relating to a marriage partner;  mated sexually; used of gloves, socks, etc.
  • mater - noun an informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
  • material - adj. derived from or composed of matter;  directly relevant to a matter especially a law case;  concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being; concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests;  having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary;  having material or physical form or substance;  noun things needed for doing or making something;  information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form;  a person judged suitable for admission or employment;  the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object;  artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  • materially - adv. with respect to material aspects;  to a significant degree
  • maternal - adj. characteristic of a mother;  relating to or derived from one's mother;  relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent; related on the mother's side
  • maternity - noun the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother;  the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother;  the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
  • mates - noun a pair of people who live together
  • matricaria - noun chiefly Old World strong-smelling weedy herbs; comprises plants sometimes included in other genera: e.g. Tanacetum; Tripleurospermum
  • matrix - noun mold used in the production of phonograph records, type, or other relief surface;  the formative tissue at the base of a nail;  the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded;  a rectangular array of elements (or entries) set out by rows and columns;  an enclosure within which something originates or develops (from the Latin for womb)
  • matted - adj. tangled in a dense mass;  not reflecting light; not glossy
  • matter - noun (used with negation) having consequence;  a vaguely specified concern;  a problem;  written works (especially in books or magazines);  that which has mass and occupies space;  some situation or event that is thought about;  verb have weight; have import, carry weight
  • matthew - noun one of the Gospels in the New Testament; includes the Sermon on the Mount;  (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel
  • matting - noun floor covering of coarse fabric (usually of straw or hemp);  mounting consisting of a border or background for a picture
  • mattress - noun a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed
  • maturation - noun coming to full development; becoming mature; (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus;  (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
  • mature - adj. fully considered and perfected;  having reached full natural growth or development;  characteristic of maturity;  (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination; fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used;  verbdevelop and reach maturity; undergo maturation;  become due for repayment;  develop and work out fully in one's mind;  cause to ripen and discharge pus;  grow old or older;  cause to ripen or develop fully
  • matured - adj. fully considered and perfected;  fully ripe; at the height of bloom
  • maturely - adv. in a mature manner
  • maturity - noun state of being mature; full development;  the date on which a financial obligation must be repaid;  the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed
  • maunder - verb wander aimlessly;  speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly;  talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
  • max - noun street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate
  • maxi - adj. used of women's clothing having a hemline at the ankle; noun a long skirt ending below the calf
  • maxilla - noun the jaw in vertebrates that is fused to the cranium
  • maxillary - adj. of or relating to the upper jaw;  noun the jaw in vertebrates that is fused to the cranium
  • maximal - adj. the greatest or most complete or best possible
  • maximum - adj. the greatest or most complete or best possible; noun the point on a curve where the tangent changes from positive on the left to negative on the right;  the largest possible quantity;  the greatest possible degree
  • may - noun the month following April and preceding June;  thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America
  • maybe - adv. by chance
  • may apple - noun edible but insipid fruit of the May apple plant; North American herb with poisonous root stock and edible though insipid fruit
  • maybe - adv. by chance
  • mayer - noun United States filmmaker (born in Russia) who founded his own film company and later merged with Samuel Goldwyn (1885-1957);  United States physicist (born in Germany) noted for her research on the structure of the atom (1906-1972)
  • mayo - noun egg yolks and oil and vinegar
  • mayor - noun the head of a city government
  • mays - noun United States baseball player (born in 1931)
  • md - noun a doctor's degree in medicine;  a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies;  a licensed medical practitioner;  a radioactive transuranic element synthesized by bombarding einsteinium with alpha particles (Md is the current symbol for mendelevium but Mv was formerly the symbol)
  • mdi - noun a Sunni organization formed in 1989 and based in Pakistan; opposes missionary groups from the United States; has Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as its armed wing
  • me - noun a state in New England
  • meadow saffron - noun bulbous autumn-flowering herb with white, purple or lavender-and-white flowers; native to western and central Europe
  • meager - adj. deficient in amount or quality or extent
  • meagre - adj. deficient in amount or quality or extent
  • meal - noun coarsely ground foodstuff; especially seeds of various cereal grasses or pulse;  the food served and eaten at one time;  any of the occasions for eating food that occur by custom or habit at more or less fixed times
  • mealy - adj. containing meal or made of meal;  composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency
  • mean - adj. (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity;  excellent;  of no value or worth;  (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt; characterized by malice;  having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality;  approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value;  marked by poverty befitting a beggar;  noun an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n;  verb destine or designate for a certain purpose;  denote or connote;  mean or intend to express or convey;  have a specified degree of importance;  have in mind as a purpose;  intend to refer to;  have as a logical consequence
  • meandering - adj. of a path e.g.
  • meaning - adj. rich in significance or implication;  noun the idea that is intended;  the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  • meaningless - adj. having no meaning or direction or purpose
  • means - noun how a result is obtained or an end is achieved;  an instrumentality for accomplishing some end;  considerable capital (wealth or income)
  • meantime - adv. during the intervening time;  noun the time between one event, process, or period and another
  • meanwhile - adv. during the intervening time;  at the same time but in another place;  noun the time between one event, process, or period and another
  • measles - noun an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children
  • measly - adj. contemptibly small in amount
  • measurable - adj. of distinguished importance;  capable of being measured
  • measurably - adv. to a measurable degree
  • measure - noun how much there is of something that you can quantify;  any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats;  the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule; measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements;  a statute in draft before it becomes law;  (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse;  a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated;  verb determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of;  place a value on; judge the worth of something;  have certain dimensions;  express as a number or measure or quantity
  • measured - adj. determined by measurement;  the rhythmic arrangement of syllables;  with care and dignity;  carefully thought out in advance
  • measurement - noun the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
  • measuring - noun the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
  • meat - noun the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food;  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;  the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone
  • meatus - noun a natural body passageway
  • mechanic - adj. resembling the action of a machine;  noun someone whose occupation is repairing and maintaining automobiles;  a craftsman skilled in operating machine tools
  • mechanical - adj. using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices;  relating to or governed by or in accordance with mechanics;  relating to or concerned with machinery or tools
  • mechanically - adv. in a machinelike manner; without feeling;  in a mechanical manner; by a mechanism
  • mechanism - noun the technical aspects of doing something; device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function;  (philosophy) the philosophical theory that all phenomena can be explained in terms of physical or biological causes;  a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function;  the atomic process that occurs during a chemical reaction
  • meconium - noun thick dark green mucoid material that is the first feces of a newborn child
  • med - noun a master's degree in education
  • meddlesome - adj. intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  • medial - adj. dividing an animal into right and left halves;  relating to or situated in or extending toward the middle
  • median - adj. relating to or situated in or extending toward the middle;  relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values);  dividing an animal into right and left halves;  nounthe value below which 50% of the cases fall
  • mediastinum - noun the part of the thoracic cavity between the lungs that contains the heart and aorta and esophagus and trachea and thymus
  • mediate - adj. acting through or dependent on an intervening agency;  being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series; verb occupy an intermediate or middle position or form a connecting link or stage between two others;  act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
  • mediated - adj. acting or brought about through an intervening agency
  • medical - adj. requiring or amenable to treatment by medicine especially as opposed to surgery;  relating to the study or practice of medicine;  of or belonging to Aesculapius or the healing art;  noun a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person
  • medically - adv. involving medical practice
  • medicament - noun (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
  • medicate - verb treat medicinally, treat with medicine;  impregnate with a medicinal substance
  • medication - noun the act of treating with medicines or remedies; (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
  • medicinal - adj. having the properties of medicine
  • medicinally - adv. in a medicinal manner
  • medicine - noun the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries;  (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease;  the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques;  punishment for one's actions;  verb treat medicinally, treat with medicine
  • medicolegal - adj. pertaining to legal aspects of the practice of medicine (as malpractice or patient consent for operations or patient information)
  • medina - noun the ancient quarter of many cities in northern Africa; a city in western Saudi Arabia; site of the tomb of Muhammad; the second most holy city of Islam
  • mediterranean - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of or located near the Mediterranean Sea;  noun the largest inland sea; between Europe and Africa and Asia
  • medium - adj. (meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside;  around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures;  noun an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication;  a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information;  (usually plural) transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public;  the surrounding environment;  someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead;  a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position;  an intervening substance through which something is achieved;  (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed;  a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter;  an occupation for which you are especially well suited; (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms
  • medium-sized - adj. intermediate in size
  • medulla - noun the inner part of an organ or structure in plant or animal;  lower or hindmost part of the brain; continuous with spinal cord; (`bulb' is an old term for medulla oblongata);  a white fatty substance that forms a medullary sheath around the axis cylinder of some nerve fibers
  • medullary - adj. of or relating to the medulla of any body part;  of or relating to the medulla oblongata;  containing or consisting of or resembling bone marrow
  • medullated - adj. (of neurons) covered with a layer of myelin
  • meet - adj. being precisely fitting and right;  noun a meeting at which a number of athletic contests are held;  verb contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle;  fill or meet a want or need; meet by design; be present at the arrival of;  come together;  collect in one place;  get together socially or for a specific purpose;  satisfy or fulfill;  get to know; get acquainted with;  satisfy a condition or restriction;  experience as a reaction;  be in direct physical contact with; make contact;  undergo or suffer;  be adjacent or come together
  • meeting - noun the social act of assembling for some common purpose;  a casual or unexpected convergence;  a formally arranged gathering;  a small informal social gathering;  the act of joining together as one;  a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
  • megrim - noun a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
  • melancholia - noun extreme depression characterized by tearful sadness and irrational fears
  • melancholic - adj. characterized by or causing or expressing sadness;  noun someone subject to melancholia
  • melancholy - adj. characterized by or causing or expressing sadness;  grave or even gloomy in character;  noun a feeling of thoughtful sadness;  a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed;  a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy
  • melanism - noun a condition characterized by abnormal deposits of melanin (especially in the skin)
  • melanoderma - noun abnormally dark skin caused by increased deposits of melatonin
  • melasma - noun a tan discoloration of a woman's face that is associated with pregnancy or with the use of oral contraceptives
  • melbourne - noun the capital of Victoria state and 2nd largest Australian city; a financial and commercial center;  a resort town in east central Florida
  • melena - noun abnormally dark tarry feces containing blood (usually from gastrointestinal bleeding)
  • melt - noun the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid;  verb become less intense and fade away gradually; lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually;  reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating;  become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly;  become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial;  become or cause to become soft or liquid
  • melted - adj. changed from a solid to a liquid state
  • melting - adj. becoming liquid;  noun the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid
  • melting point - noun the temperature below which a liquid turns into a solid
  • mem - noun the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
  • member - noun an organization that is a member of another organization (especially a state that belongs to a group of nations); one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participates in a group organization);  anything that belongs to a set or class;  the male organ of copulation (`member' is a euphemism);  an external body part that projects from the body
  • membered - adj. having members; normally used in chemistry in combination with a number
  • membership - noun the body of members of an organization or group;  the state of being a member
  • membrane - noun a thin pliable sheet of material;  a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects organs or cells of animals
  • membranous - adj. characterized by formation of a membrane (or something resembling a membrane);  relating to or made of or similar to a membrane
  • memorial - noun a structure erected to commemorate persons or events;  a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority;  a recognition of meritorious service
  • memory - noun an electronic memory device;  the power of retaining and recalling past experience;  the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered;  something that is remembered;  the area of cognitive psychology that studies memory processes
  • memphis - noun an ancient city of Egypt on the Nile (south of Cairo);  largest city of Tennessee; located in southwestern Tennessee on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River
  • men - noun the force of workers available
  • menace - noun a threat or the act of threatening;  something that is a source of danger;  verb act in a threatening manner;  express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture;  pose a threat to; present a danger to
  • mend - noun sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment);  the act of putting something in working order again;  verbheal or recover;  restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
  • meningeal - adj. relating to the meninges
  • meninges - noun a membrane (one of 3) that envelops the brain and spinal cord
  • meningitis - noun infectious disease characterized by inflammation of the meninges (the tissues that surround the brain or spinal cord) usually caused by a bacterial infection; symptoms include headache and stiff neck and fever and nausea
  • meningocele - noun a congenital anomaly of the central nervous system in which a sac protruding from the brain or the spinal meninges contains cerebrospinal fluid (but no nerve tissue)
  • meningoencephalitis - noun inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and their meninges
  • meniscus - noun (physics) the curved upper surface of a nonturbulent liquid in a vertical tube;  (optics) a lens that is concave on one side and convex on the other;  (anatomy) a disk of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet at a joint
  • menopause - noun the time in a woman's life in which the menstrual cycle ends
  • menorrhagia - noun abnormally heavy or prolonged menstruation; can be a symptom of uterine tumors and can lead to anemia if prolonged
  • menses - noun the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause
  • menstrual - adj. of or relating to menstruation or the menses
  • menstruate - verb undergo menstruation
  • menstruation - noun the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause
  • menstruum - noun (archaic) a solvent;  the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause
  • mensurate - verb determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of
  • mensuration - noun the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
  • mental - adj. affected by a disorder of the mind;  involving the mind or an intellectual process;  of or relating to the chin- or liplike structure in insects and certain mollusks;  of or relating to the mind; of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw
  • mentality - noun a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations;  mental ability
  • mentally - adv. in your mind
  • mentation - noun the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  • mentha - noun mint plants
  • menthol - noun a lotion containing menthol which gives it the smell of mint;  a crystalline compound that has the cool and minty taste and odor that occurs naturally in peppermint oil; used as a flavoring and in medicine to relieve itching, pain, and nasal congestion
  • mention - noun an official recognition of merit;  a remark that calls attention to something or someone;  a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage;  verb commend;  make reference to;  make mention of
  • mentum - noun a projection below the mouth of certain mollusks that resembles a chin;  a projection like a chin formed by the sepals and base of the column in some orchids;  the protruding part of the lower jaw
  • mercurial - adj. relating to or containing or caused by mercury; relating to or having characteristics (eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, thievishness) attributed to the god Mercury;  relating to or under the (astrological) influence of the planet Mercury;  liable to sudden unpredictable change
  • mercuric - adj. of or containing mercury
  • mercurous - adj. of or containing mercury
  • mercury - noun temperature measured by a mercury thermometer; the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun;  (Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes;  a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
  • mere - adj. being nothing more than specified;  apart from anything else; without additions or modifications;  noun a small pond of standing water
  • merely - adv. and nothing more
  • merge - verb join or combine;  become one;  mix together different elements
  • merged - adj. formed or united into a whole
  • merging - adj. flowing together;  combining or mixing;  noun the act of joining together as one;  a flowing together
  • meridian - adj. of or happening at noon;  being at the best stage of development;  noun an imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the north and south poles at right angles to the equator;  a town in eastern Mississippi;  the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
  • meridional - adj. located in the south or characteristic of southern people or places;  of or relating to a meridian
  • merit - noun any admirable quality or attribute;  the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance);  verb be worthy or deserving
  • mesenteric - adj. of or relating to or located in a mesentery
  • mesentery - noun a double layer of peritoneum that attaches to the back wall of the abdominal cavity and supports the small intestines
  • mesh - noun the act of interlocking or meshing;  the number of opening per inch of a screen; measures size of particles;  an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals; the topology of a network whose components are all connected directly to every other component;  contact by fitting together;  verbwork together in harmony;  coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively;  entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh; keep engaged
  • mesial - adj. being in or directed toward the midline or mesial plane of the body
  • mesmeric - adj. attracting and holding interest as if by a spell
  • mesmerism - noun the act of inducing hypnosis
  • mesoblast - noun the middle germ layer that develops into muscle and bone and cartilage and blood and connective tissue
  • mesoblastic - adj. relating to or derived from the mesoderm
  • mesocolon - noun mesentery that holds the lower colon the back abdominal wall
  • metabolic - adj. undergoing metamorphosis;  of or relating to metabolism
  • metabolism - noun the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life;  the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals
  • metacarpal - adj. of or relating to the metacarpus;  noun any bone of the hand between the wrist and fingers
  • metacarpus - noun the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges
  • metal - adj. containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal;  noun a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten;  any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.;  verb cover with metal
  • metallic - adj. containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal;  noun a yarn made partly or entirely of metal;  a fabric made of a yarn that is partly or entirely of metal
  • metamorphopsia - noun a defect of vision in which objects appear to be distorted; usually due to a defect in the retina
  • metamorphosis - noun a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft;  the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals;  a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
  • metastasis - noun the spreading of a disease to another part of the body;  the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life
  • metastatic - adj. relating to or affected by metastasis
  • metatarsal - adj. of or relating to the metatarsus;  noun any bone of the foot between the ankle and the toes
  • metatarsus - noun the skeleton of the human foot between the toes and the tarsus; the corresponding part of the foot in birds or of the hind foot in quadrupeds
  • metazoa - noun multicellular animals having cells differentiated into tissues and organs and usually a digestive cavity and nervous system
  • metchnikoff - noun Russian bacteriologist in France who formulated the theory of phagocytosis (1845-1916)
  • meteorologic - adj. of or pertaining to atmospheric phenomena, especially weather and weather conditions
  • meter - noun any of various measuring instruments for measuring a quantity;  rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration; (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse;  the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards);  verb measure with a meter;  stamp with a meter indicating the postage
  • methane - noun a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel
  • method - noun a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps);  an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
  • methodically - adv. in a methodical manner
  • methodist - adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of the branch of Protestantism adhering to the views of Wesley;  noun a follower of Wesleyanism as practiced by the Methodist Church
  • methyl - noun the univalent radical CH3- derived from methane
  • methyl alcohol - noun a light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol; used as an antifreeze and solvent and fuel and as a denaturant for ethyl alcohol
  • methylated - adj. having received a methyl group
  • methylene - noun the bivalent radical CH2 derived from methane
  • methylene blue - noun a dark green dye used as a stain, an antiseptic, a chemical indicator, and an antidote in cyanide poisoning
  • metic - noun an alien who paid a fee to reside in an ancient Greek city
  • metric - adj. based on the meter as a standard of measurement;  the rhythmic arrangement of syllables;  noun a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic;  a decimal unit of measurement of the metric system (based on meters and kilograms and seconds);  a function of a topological space that gives, for any two points in the space, a value equal to the distance between them
  • metritis - noun inflammation of the lining of the uterus (of the endometrium)
  • metrorrhagia - noun bleeding from the uterus that is not due to menstruation; usually indicative of disease (as cervical cancer)
  • mexican - adj. of or relating to Mexico or its inhabitants;  noun a native or inhabitant of Mexico
  • mexico - noun a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810
  • mezereon - noun small European deciduous shrub with fragrant lilac-colored flowers followed by red berries on highly toxic twigs
  • mezereum - noun the dried bark of the shrub mezereon
  • mg - noun one thousandth (1/1,000) gram;  a light silver-white ductile bivalent metallic element; in pure form it burns with brilliant white flame; occurs naturally only in combination (as in magnesite and dolomite and carnallite and spinel and olivine)
  • mi - noun the syllable naming the third (mediant) note of any major scale in solmization;  the government agency in the United Kingdom that is responsible for internal security and counterintelligence overseas;  the government agency in the United Kingdom that is responsible for internal security and counterintelligence on British territory;  a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region;  a unit of length equal to 1760 yards;  a unit of length used in navigation; equivalent to the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude; 1,852 meters;  a British unit of length equivalent to 1,853.18 meters (6,082 feet);  destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle
  • mica - 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
  • michigan - noun a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops; the player who plays a card matching one in the layout wins all the chips on that card;  a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region;  the 3rd largest of the Great Lakes; the largest freshwater lake entirely within the United States borders
  • micro - adj. extremely small in scale or scope or capability
  • microbe - noun a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
  • microbic - adj. of or involving or caused by or being microbes
  • microcephalus - noun an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain
  • micrococcus - noun type genus of the family Micrococcaceae
  • microcrystalline - adj. containing crystals that are visible only under a microscope
  • microfarad - noun a unit of capacitance equal to one millionth of a farad
  • micrometer - noun caliper for measuring small distances;  a metric unit of length equal to one millionth of a meter
  • micron - noun a metric unit of length equal to one millionth of a meter
  • microorganism - noun any organism of microscopic size
  • microphage - noun a neutrophil that ingests small things (as bacteria)
  • microscope - noun magnifier of the image of small objects
  • microscopic - adj. too small to be seen except under a microscope; extremely precise with great attention to details;  of or relating to or used in microscopy;  infinitely or immeasurably small
  • microscopical - adj. too small to be seen except under a microscope;  of or relating to or used in microscopy
  • microscopically - adv. by using a microscope; so as to be visible only with a microscope; as seen with a microscope;  as if by using a microscope; with extreme precision and attention to detail; in minute detail
  • microscopist - noun a scientist who specializes in research with the use of microscopes
  • microscopy - noun research with the use of microscopes
  • microtome - noun scientific instrument that cuts thin slices of something for microscopic examination
  • microvolt - noun a unit of potential equal to one millionth of a volt
  • micturition - noun the discharge of urine
  • mid - adj. used in combination to denote the middle
  • midbrain - noun the middle portion of the brain
  • midday - noun the middle of the day
  • middle - adj. between an earlier and a later period of time;  of a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages;  equally distant from the extremes;  being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series;  noun the middle area of the human torso (usually in front);  an intermediate part or section;  time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period;  an area that is approximately central within some larger region;  verb put in the middle
  • middle-aged - adj. being roughly between 45 and 65 years old
  • middle ear - noun the main cavity of the ear; between the eardrum and the inner ear
  • midnight - noun 12 o'clock at night; the middle of the night
  • midst - noun the location of something surrounded by other things
  • midway - adj. equally distant from the extremes;  adv. at half the distance; at the middle;  noun naval battle of World War II (June 1942); American planes based on land and on carriers decisively defeated a Japanese fleet on its way to invade the Midway Islands; the place at a fair or carnival where sideshows and similar amusements are located
  • midwife - noun a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies
  • midwifery - noun assisting women at childbirth;  the branch of medicine dealing with childbirth and care of the mother
  • midwinter - noun the middle of winter
  • mien - noun dignified manner or conduct
  • might - noun physical strength
  • migraine - noun a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
  • migrate - verb move from one country or region to another and settle there;  move periodically or seasonally
  • migration - noun the movement of persons from one country or locality to another;  the periodic passage of groups of animals (especially birds or fishes) from one region to another for feeding or breeding;  (chemistry) the nonrandom movement of an atom or radical from one place to another within a molecule;  a group of people migrating together (especially in some given time period)
  • mil - noun an angular unit used in artillery; equal to 1/6400 of a complete revolution;  a unit of length equal to one thousandth of an inch; used to specify thickness (e.g., of sheets or wire);  a Cypriot monetary unit equal to one thousandth of a pound;  a metric unit of volume equal to one thousandth of a liter
  • milan - noun the capital of Lombardy in northern Italy; has been an international center of trade and industry since the Middle Ages
  • mild - adj. moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme;  mild and pleasant;  humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
  • mildly - adv. to a moderate degree;  in a gentle manner
  • mildness - noun good weather with comfortable temperatures; mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant;  acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered
  • mile - noun a footrace extending one mile;  a unit of length equal to 1760 yards;  a Swedish unit of length equivalent to 10 km;  an ancient Roman unit of length equivalent to 1620 yards;  a large distance;  a unit of length used in navigation; equivalent to the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude; 1,852 meters;  a British unit of length equivalent to 1,853.18 meters (6,082 feet);  a former British unit of length once used in navigation; equivalent to 1828.8 meters (6000 feet)
  • miliaria - noun obstruction of the sweat ducts during high heat and humidity
  • military - adj. associated with or performed by armed services as contrasted with civilians;  characteristic of or associated with soldiers or the military;  of or relating to the study of the principles of warfare; noun the military forces of a nation
  • militate - verb have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
  • milium - noun a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland
  • milk - noun produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young;  a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings;  any of several nutritive milklike liquids;  a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River;  verb take milk from female mammals;  add milk to;  exploit as much as possible
  • milk punch - noun a punch made of spirits and milk and sugar and spices
  • milk sugar - noun a sugar comprising one glucose molecule linked to a galactose molecule; occurs only in milk
  • milk-white - adj. of a white the color of fresh milk
  • milky - adj. resembling milk in color or cloudiness; not clear
  • milled - adj. (of grains especially rice) having the husk or outer layers removed
  • millet - noun small seed of any of various annual cereal grasses especially Setaria italica;  French painter of rural scenes (1814-1875);  any of various small-grained annual cereal and forage grasses of the genera Panicum, Echinochloa, Setaria, Sorghum, and Eleusine
  • milliampere - noun one thousandth of an ampere
  • milligram - noun one thousandth (1/1,000) gram
  • milliliter - noun a metric unit of volume equal to one thousandth of a liter
  • millimeter - noun a metric unit of length equal to one thousandth of a meter
  • milling - noun corrugated edge of a coin
  • million - adj. (in Roman numerals, M written with a macron over it) denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000,000 items or units;  noun the number that is represented as a one followed by 6 zeros;  a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)
  • mills - noun United States architect who was the presidentially appointed architect of Washington D.C. (1781-1855)
  • milwaukee - noun largest city of Wisconsin; located in southeastern Wisconsin on the western shore of Lake Michigan; a flourishing agricultural center known for its breweries
  • mimicry - noun the resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects; provides concealment and protection from predators;  the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
  • min - noun any of the forms of Chinese spoken in Fukien province; an Egyptian god of procreation;  a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
  • mina - noun tropical Asian starlings
  • mince - noun food chopped into small bits;  verb make less severe or harsh;  cut into small pieces;  walk daintily
  • mincer - noun a kitchen utensil that cuts or chops food (especially meat) into small pieces
  • mind - noun that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason;  knowledge and intellectual ability;  attention;  recall or remembrance;  your intention; what you intend to do;  an opinion formed by judging something;  an important intellectual;  verb keep in mind;  be concerned with or about something or somebody;  be offended or bothered by; take offense with, be bothered by;  be on one's guard; be cautious or wary about; be alert to;  be in charge of or deal with;  pay close attention to; give heed to
  • mindful - adj. bearing in mind; attentive to
  • mine - noun explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel;  excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted;  verb lay mines;  get from the earth by excavation
  • mined - adj. extracted from a source of supply as of minerals from the earth
  • mineral - adj. of or containing or derived from minerals;  composed of matter other than plant or animal;  relating to minerals;  noun solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
  • ming - noun the imperial dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644
  • mingle - verb get involved or mixed-up with;  to bring or combine together or with something else;  be all mixed up or jumbled together
  • mingling - adj. combining or mixing;  noun the action of people mingling and coming into contact
  • mini - adj. used of women's clothing; very short with hemline above the knee;  noun a very short skirt
  • miniature - adj. being on a very small scale;  noun copy that reproduces something in greatly reduced size;  painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)
  • minim - noun a United States liquid unit equal to 1/60 fluidram;  a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 1/60th fluid dram or 0.059194 cubic centimeters;  a musical note having the time value of half a whole note
  • minimal - adj. the least possible
  • minimize - verb make small or insignificant;  cause to seem less serious; play down;  represent as less significant or important
  • minimized - adj. reduced to the smallest possible size or amount or degree
  • minimum - adj. the least possible;  noun the point on a curve where the tangent changes from negative on the left to positive on the right;  the smallest possible quantity
  • minimus - noun the fifth digit; the little finger or little toe
  • mining - noun the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth; laying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy personnel and equipment
  • minneapolis - noun largest city in Minnesota; located in southeastern Minnesota on the Mississippi river; noted for flour mills; one of the Twin Cities
  • minnesota - noun a midwestern state
  • minor - adj. limited in size or scope;  inferior in number or size or amount;  lesser in scope or effect;  not of legal age;  of a scale or mode;  of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization;  of lesser importance or stature or rank;  of lesser seriousness or danger;  warranting only temporal punishment;  nouna young person of either sex
  • minority - noun being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts;  a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part;  any age prior to the legal age
  • mint - adj. as if new;  noun a plant where money is coined by authority of the government;  a candy that is flavored with a mint oil; the leaves of a mint plant used fresh or candied;  any north temperate plant of the genus Mentha with aromatic leaves and small mauve flowers;  (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;  verb form by stamping, punching, or printing
  • minus - adj. involving disadvantage or harm;  on the negative side or lower end of a scale;  noun an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated
  • minute - adj. characterized by painstaking care and detailed examination;  infinitely or immeasurably small;  immeasurably small; noun a short note;  a unit of angular distance equal to a 60th of a degree;  a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour; distance measured by the time taken to cover it;  a particular point in time;  an indefinitely short time
  • minutely - adv. in minute detail
  • minutes - noun a written account of what transpired at a meeting
  • miosis - noun reflex contraction of the sphincter muscle of the iris in response to a bright light (or certain drugs) causing the pupil to become smaller;  (genetics) cell division that produces reproductive cells in sexually reproducing organisms; the nucleus divides into four nuclei each containing half the chromosome number (leading to gametes in animals and spores in plants)
  • miotic - adj. of or relating to or causing constriction of the pupil of the eye;  noun a drug that causes miosis (constriction of the pupil of the eye)
  • miraculous - adj. peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention;  being or having the character of a miracle
  • mire - noun a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot;  a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from; deep soft mud in water or slush;  verb soil with mud, muck, or mire; cause to get stuck as if in a mire;  be unable to move further;  entrap
  • mirror - noun polished surface that forms images by reflecting light; a faithful depiction or reflection;  verb reflect or resemble;  reflect as if in a mirror
  • mirth - noun great merriment
  • misapprehension - noun an understanding of something that is not correct
  • miscarriage - noun failure of a plan;  a natural loss of the products of conception
  • miscellaneous - adj. constituting a grab-bag category;  consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)
  • mischief - noun reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others;  the quality or nature of being harmful or evil
  • mischievous - adj. badly behaved;  deliberately causing harm or damage;  naughtily or annoyingly playful
  • miscible - adj. (chemistry, physics) capable of being mixed
  • misdemeanor - noun a crime less serious than a felony
  • miserable - adj. characterized by physical misery;  very unhappy; full of misery;  contemptibly small in amount;  of the most contemptible kind;  deserving or inciting pity;  of very poor quality or condition
  • misery - noun a feeling of intense unhappiness;  a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune
  • misfortune - noun unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event;  an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
  • mishap - noun an instance of misfortune;  an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
  • misleading - adj. designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently
  • misnomer - noun an incorrect or unsuitable name
  • misplaced - adj. put in the wrong place or position;  lost temporarily; as especially put in an unaccustomed or forgotten place
  • miss - noun a form of address for an unmarried woman;  a failure to hit (or meet or find etc);  a young woman;  verb fail to experience;  fail to reach;  feel or suffer from the lack of;  fail to reach or get to;  fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind;  fail to attend an event or activity;  be without;  be absent;  leave undone or leave out
  • missed - adj. not caught with the senses or the mind
  • misshapen - adj. so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly
  • missile - noun a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control;  a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
  • mission - noun the organized work of a religious missionary;  a special assignment that is given to a person or group;  an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters;  an organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work;  a group of representatives or delegates
  • mississippi - noun a state in the Deep South on the gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate States during the American Civil War;  a major North American river and the chief river of the United States; rises in northern Minnesota and flows southward into the Gulf of Mexico
  • misstep - noun an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
  • mist - noun a thin fog with condensation near the ground;  verbbecome covered with mist;  spray finely or cover with mist;  make less visible or unclear
  • mistake - noun a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention;  an understanding of something that is not correct;  part of a statement that is not correct;  verb identify incorrectly;  to make a mistake or be incorrect
  • mistaken - adj. arising from error;  wrong in e.g. opinion or judgment
  • mistaking - noun putting the wrong interpretation on
  • mistletoe - noun shrub of central and southeastern Europe; partially parasitic on beeches, chestnuts and oaks;  Old World parasitic shrub having branching greenish stems with leathery leaves and waxy white glutinous berries; the traditional mistletoe of Christmas; American plants closely resembling Old World mistletoe
  • misunderstanding - noun an understanding of something that is not correct;  putting the wrong interpretation on
  • misuse - noun improper or excessive use;  verb change the inherent purpose or function of something;  apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly
  • mit - noun an engineering university in Cambridge
  • mitchell - noun United States dancer who formed the first Black classical ballet company (born in 1934);  United States labor leader; president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1898 to 1908 (1870-1919);  United States writer noted for her novel about the South during the American Civil War (1900-1949);  United States astronomer who studied sunspots and nebulae (1818-1889);  United States aviator and general who was an early advocate of military air power (1879-1936);  English aeronautical engineer (1895-1937)
  • mite - noun any of numerous very small to minute arachnids often infesting animals or plants or stored foods;  a slight but appreciable addition
  • mitigate - verb make less severe or harsh;  lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  • mitigated - adj. made less severe or intense
  • mitigation - noun the action of lessening in severity or intensity;  to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious;  a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
  • mitosis - noun cell division in which the nucleus divides into nuclei containing the same number of chromosomes
  • mitra - noun Hindu god of friendship and alliances; usually invoked together with Varuna as a supporter of heaven and earth
  • mitral - adj. of or relating to or located in or near the mitral valve; relating to or resembling the miter worn by some clerics
  • mix - noun the act of mixing together;  an event that combines things in a mixture;  a commercially prepared mixture of dry ingredients; verb add as an additional element or part;  combine (electronic signals);  to bring or combine together or with something else;  mix together different elements;  mix so as to make a random order or arrangement;  open (a place) to members of all races and ethnic groups
  • mixed - adj. consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity);  involving or composed of different races;  caused to combine or unite
  • mixing - noun the act of mixing together
  • mixture - noun (chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding);  the act of mixing together;  an event that combines things in a mixture;  any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients;  a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
  • ml - noun a metric unit of volume equal to one thousandth of a liter
  • mm - noun a metric unit of length equal to one thousandth of a meter
  • mn - noun a midwestern state;  a hard brittle grey polyvalent metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic; used in making steel; occurs in many minerals
  • mo - noun a midwestern state in central United States; a border state during the American Civil War, Missouri was admitted to the Confederacy without actually seceding from the Union;  a polyvalent metallic element that resembles chromium and tungsten in its properties; used to strengthen and harden steel
  • more - adj. (comparative of `much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree; (comparative of `many' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning greater in number;  adv. used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs;  comparative of much; to a greater degree or extent;  noun English statesman who opposed Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and was imprisoned and beheaded; recalled for his concept of Utopia, the ideal state
  • moaning - adj. making low inarticulate sound as e.g. of pain or sorrow
  • mobile - adj. capable of changing quickly from one state or condition to another;  moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place);  having transportation available;  (of groups of people) tending to travel and change settlements frequently; affording change (especially in social status);  noun sculpture suspended in midair whose delicately balanced parts can be set in motion by air currents;  a port in southwestern Alabama on Mobile Bay;  a river in southwestern Alabama; flows into Mobile Bay
  • mobility - noun the quality of moving freely
  • mockery - noun humorous or satirical mimicry;  showing your contempt by derision;  a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
  • mod - adj. relating to a recently developed fashion or style;  noun a British teenager or young adult in the 1960s; noted for their clothes consciousness and opposition to the rockers
  • modality - noun a method of therapy that involves physical or electrical therapeutic treatment;  a particular sense;  a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility;  verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
  • mode - noun the most frequent value of a random variable;  any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave;  a particular functioning condition or arrangement;  how something is done or how it happens;  verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker;  a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility
  • model - adj. worthy of imitation;  noun the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale);  representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale);  a type of product;  a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process;  a representative form or pattern;  a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor;  someone worthy of imitation;  something to be imitated;  a woman who wears clothes to display fashions;  verb form in clay, wax, etc;  construct a model of;  create a representation or model of; plan or create according to a model or models;  display (clothes) as a mannequin;  assume a posture as for artistic purposes
  • modeled - adj. resembling sculpture
  • modem - noun (from a combination of MOdulate and DEModulate) electronic equipment consisting of a device used to connect computers by a telephone line
  • moderate - adj. not extreme;  being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme;  marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes;  noun a person who takes a position in the political center;  verb make less fast or intense;  preside over; restrain or temper;  make less strong or intense; soften;  make less severe or harsh;  lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  • moderate-sized - adj. intermediate in size
  • moderately - adv. in a moderate manner;  to a moderately sufficient extent or degree
  • moderating - adj. lessening in intensity or strength
  • moderation - noun the action of lessening in severity or intensity; quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes;  the trait of avoiding excesses;  a change for the better
  • modern - adj. characteristic of present-day art and music and literature and architecture;  used of a living language; being the current stage in its development;  belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages;  relating to a recently developed fashion or style; ahead of the times;  noun a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes;  a contemporary person
  • modification - noun slightly modified copy; not an exact copy;  the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase;  the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment);  an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  • modified - adj. changed in form or character;  mediocre
  • modify - verb make less severe or harsh or extreme;  add a modifier to a constituent;  cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  • mohave - noun the Yuman language spoken by the Mohave;  a member of the North American Indian people formerly living in the Colorado river valley in Arizona and Nevada and California;  a desert area in southern California and western Arizona
  • moist - adj. slightly wet
  • moisten - verb make moist;  moisten with fine drops
  • moistening - noun the act of making something slightly wet
  • moisture - noun wetness caused by water
  • mol - noun the molecular weight of a substance expressed in grams; the basic unit of amount of substance adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  • molar - adj. pertaining to large units of behavior;  containing one mole of a substance;  designating a solution containing one mole of solute per liter of solution;  of or pertaining to the grinding teeth in the back of a mammal's mouth;  noun grinding tooth with a broad crown; located behind the premolars
  • molasses - noun thick dark syrup produced by boiling down juice from sugar cane; especially during sugar refining
  • mold - noun container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens;  sculpture produced by molding;  a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter;  loose soil rich in organic matter;  the process of becoming mildewed;  the distinctive form in which a thing is made;  verb become moldy; spoil due to humidity;  fit tightly, follow the contours of;  shape or influence; give direction to;  make something, usually for a specific function;  form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold;  form in clay, wax, etc
  • molded - adj. shaped to fit by or as if by altering the contours of a pliable mass (as by work or effort)
  • molding - noun the act of creating something by casting it in a mold; a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge;  a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing;  a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied;  sculpture produced by molding
  • mole - noun small velvety-furred burrowing mammal having small eyes and fossorial forefeet;  a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin;  spicy sauce often containing chocolate;  a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away;  a spy who works against enemy espionage;  the molecular weight of a substance expressed in grams; the basic unit of amount of substance adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  • molecular - adj. relating to simple or elementary organization; relating to or produced by or consisting of molecules
  • molecule - noun (physics and chemistry) the simplest structural unit of an element or compound;  (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
  • moleskin - noun a durable cotton fabric with a velvety nap
  • mollusc - noun invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell
  • molluscum - noun any skin disease characterized by soft pulpy nodules
  • mom - noun informal terms for a mother
  • moment - noun the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value;  a turning force produced by an object acting at a distance (or a measure of that force);  a particular point in time;  an indefinitely short time; having important effects or influence;  at this time
  • momentarily - adv. at any moment;  for an instant or moment
  • momentary - adj. lasting for a markedly brief time
  • momentous - adj. of very great significance
  • momentum - noun the product of a body's mass and its velocity;  an impelling force or strength
  • mon - noun the Mon-Khmer language spoken by the Mon;  a member of a Buddhist people living in Myanmar and adjacent parts of Thailand;  the second day of the week; the first working day
  • money - noun wealth reckoned in terms of money;  the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender;  the official currency issued by a government or national bank
  • mongoose - noun agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents
  • monition - noun a summons issued after the filing of a libel or claim directing all parties concerned to show cause why the judgment asked for should not be granted;  cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger);  a firm rebuke
  • monkey - noun any of various long-tailed primates (excluding the prosimians);  one who is playfully mischievous;  verb do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly;  play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly
  • monkshood - noun a poisonous herb native to northern Europe having hooded blue-purple flowers; the dried leaves and roots yield aconite
  • monoclinic - adj. having three unequal crystal axes with one oblique intersection
  • monograph - noun a detailed and documented treatise on a particular subject
  • monomania - noun a mania restricted to one thing or idea
  • mononuclear - adj. having only one nucleus
  • monoplegia - noun paralysis of a single limb
  • monotonous - adj. tediously repetitious or lacking in variety; sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
  • monotony - noun constancy of tone or pitch or inflection;  the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety
  • monoxide - noun an oxide containing just one atom of oxygen in the molecule
  • mons - noun a mound of fatty tissue covering the pubic area in women
  • monster - noun (medicine) a grossly malformed and usually nonviable fetus;  an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts;  a cruel wicked and inhuman person;  a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed;  someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
  • monstrosity - noun something hideous or frightful;  a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
  • montana - noun a state in northwestern United States on the Canadian border
  • montevideo - noun the capital and largest city of Uruguay; a cosmopolitan city and one of the busiest ports in South America
  • montgomery - noun the state capital of Alabama on the Mobile River;  English general during World War II; won victories over Rommel in North Africa and led British ground forces in the invasion of Normandy (1887-1976);  Canadian novelist (1874-1942)
  • month - noun a time unit of approximately 30 days;  one of the twelve divisions of the calendar year
  • montreal - noun a city in southern Quebec province on the Saint Lawrence River; the largest city in Quebec and 2nd largest in Canada; the 2nd largest French-speaking city in the world
  • mood - noun verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker;  a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling;  the prevailing psychological state
  • moodiness - noun having temperamental and changeable moods;  a sullen gloomy feeling
  • moon - noun any natural satellite of a planet;  the natural satellite of the Earth;  any object resembling a moon;  United States religious leader (born in Korea) who founded the Unification Church in 1954; was found guilty of conspiracy to evade taxes (born in 1920);  the light of the moon;  the period between successive new moons (29.531 days);  verb expose one's buttocks to;  be idle in a listless or dreamy way;  have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake
  • moor - noun open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss;  one of the Muslim people of north Africa; of mixed Arab and Berber descent; converted to Islam in the 8th century; conqueror of Spain in the 8th century;  verb secure with cables or ropes;  come into or dock at a wharf;  secure in or as if in a berth or dock
  • moot - adj. of no legal significance (as having been previously decided);  open to argument or debate;  noun a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise;  verb think about carefully; weigh
  • mop - noun cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors;  verb make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip;  to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
  • mopping - noun cleaning with a mop
  • moral - adj. concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles;  psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect; arising from the sense of right and wrong;  relating to principles of right and wrong; i.e. to morals or ethics;  adhering to ethical and moral principles;  noun the significance of a story or event
  • morals - noun motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
  • morbid - adj. suggesting an unhealthy mental state;  caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology;  suggesting the horror of death and decay
  • morbific - adj. able to cause disease
  • morbilli - noun an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children
  • more - adj. (comparative of `much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree; (comparative of `many' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning greater in number;  adv. used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs;  comparative of much; to a greater degree or extent;  noun English statesman who opposed Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and was imprisoned and beheaded; recalled for his concept of Utopia, the ideal state
  • moreover - adv. in addition
  • moribund - adj. being on the point of death; breathing your last;  not growing or changing; without force or vitality
  • morning - noun the time period between dawn and noon;  a conventional expression of greeting or farewell;  the earliest period; the first light of day
  • moro - noun a member of the predominantly Muslim people in the southern Philippines
  • morose - adj. showing a brooding ill humor
  • moroseness - noun a gloomy ill-tempered feeling;  a sullen moody resentful disposition
  • morphea - noun localized scleroderma
  • morphine - noun an alkaloid narcotic drug extracted from opium; a powerful, habit-forming narcotic used to relieve pain
  • morphologic - adj. relating to or concerned with the morphology of plants and animals;  relating to or concerned with the formation of admissible words in a language;  pertaining to geological structure
  • morphological - adj. relating to or concerned with the morphology of plants and animals;  pertaining to geological structure;  relating to or concerned with the formation of admissible words in a language
  • morphologically - adv. in a morphological manner; with regard to morphology
  • morphology - noun the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants;  the branch of geology that studies the characteristics and configuration and evolution of rocks and land forms;  the admissible arrangement of sounds in words;  studies of the rules for forming admissible words
  • morris - noun United States statesman who led the committee that produced the final draft of the United States Constitution (1752-1816);  leader of the American Revolution who signed the Declaration of Independence and raised money for the Continental Army (1734-1806);  English poet and craftsman (1834-1896);  United States suffragist in Wyoming (1814-1902)
  • mors - noun (Roman mythology) Roman god of death; counterpart of Thanatos
  • morsel - noun a small amount of solid food; a mouthful;  a small quantity of anything
  • mortal - adj. unrelenting and deadly;  subject to death;  causing or capable of causing death;  involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death;  noun a human being
  • mortality - noun the quality or state of being mortal;  the ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 per year
  • mortar - noun a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range;  a bowl-shaped vessel in which substances can be ground and mixed with a pestle; used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall;  verb plaster with mortar
  • mortification - noun (Christianity) the act of mortifying the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation (especially by bodily pain or discomfort inflicted on yourself);  an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect;  strong feelings of embarrassment;  the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply)
  • mortified - adj. made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride;  suffering from tissue death
  • morton - noun United States jazz musician who moved from ragtime to New Orleans jazz (1885-1941)
  • mortuary - adj. of or relating to a funeral;  of or relating to or characteristic of death;  noun a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
  • moschus - noun musk deer
  • moscow - noun a city of central European Russia; formerly capital of both the Soviet Union and Soviet Russia; since 1991 the capital of the Russian Federation
  • moselle - noun German white wine from the Moselle valley or a similar wine made elsewhere
  • moses - noun (Old Testament) the Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites from Egypt across the Red sea on a journey known as the Exodus; Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai;  United States painter of colorful and primitive rural scenes (1860-1961)
  • mosquito - noun two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals
  • mosquito bite - noun a sting inflicted by a mosquito
  • moss - noun tiny leafy-stemmed flowerless plants
  • most - adj. the superlative of `much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree;  (superlative of `many' used with count nouns and often preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number;  adv. used to form the superlative;  very;  (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished
  • mostly - adv. in large part; mainly or chiefly;  usually; as a rule
  • mote - noun (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
  • mother - noun a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation;  a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother);  a term of address for a mother superior;  a term of address for an elderly woman;  a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar;  verbcare for like a mother;  make children
  • mother-of-pearl - noun the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell
  • motile - adj. (of spores or microorganisms) capable of movement; noun one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
  • motility - noun ability to move spontaneously and independently;  a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  • motion - noun the act of changing location from one place to another;  a change of position that does not entail a change of location;  a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote;  a state of change;  the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals;  a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something;  an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object;  verb show, express or direct through movement
  • motionless - adj. not in physical motion
  • motive - adj. causing or able to cause motion;  impelling to action; noun the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior;  a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
  • motor - adj. causing or able to cause motion;  conveying information to the muscles from the CNS;  noun machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion;  a nonspecific agent that imparts motion;  verb travel or be transported in a vehicle
  • mottled - adj. having spots or patches of color
  • mottling - noun the act of coloring with areas of different shades
  • mount - noun a mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place;  the act of climbing something;  a lightweight horse kept for riding only;  something forming a back that is added for strengthening;  a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill;  verb fix onto a backing, setting, or support;  attach to a support;  put up or launch; prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance;  go up or advance;  copulate with;  go upward with gradual or continuous progress;  get on the back of
  • mountain - noun a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill;  a large number or amount
  • mountain climbing - noun the activity of climbing a mountain
  • mountainous - adj. containing many mountains;  like a mountain in size and impressiveness;  having hills and crags
  • mounted - adj. decorated with applied ornamentation; often used in combination;  assembled for use; especially by being attached to a support
  • mounting - noun framework used for support or display;  an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)
  • mouse - noun any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails;  a hand-operated electronic device that controls the coordinates of a cursor on your computer screen as you move it around on a pad; on the bottom of the device is a ball that rolls on the surface of the pad;  person who is quiet or timid;  a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye;  verb manipulate the mouse of a computer;  to go stealthily or furtively
  • mouse nest - noun where mice bear and raise their young
  • mouth - noun the opening of a jar or bottle;  the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening;  the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge;  the point where a stream issues into a larger body of water;  an opening that resembles a mouth (as of a cave or a gorge);  a person conceived as a consumer of food;  an impudent or insolent rejoinder;  a spokesperson (as a lawyer);  verbarticulate silently; form words with the lips only;  touch with the mouth;  express in speech
  • mouthful - noun the quantity that can be held in the mouth;  a small amount eaten or drunk
  • mouthwash - noun a medicated solution used for gargling and rinsing the mouth
  • movability - noun the quality of being movable; capable of being moved or rearranged
  • movable - adj. capable of being moved or conveyed from one place to another;  (of personal property as opposed to real estate) can be moved from place to place (especially carried by hand);  nounpersonal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)
  • move - noun the act of deciding to do something;  (game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game;  the act of changing your residence or place of business;  the act of changing location from one place to another;  a change of position that does not entail a change of location;  verb go or proceed from one point to another;  progress by being changed;  propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting;  have a turn; make one's move in a game; arouse sympathy or compassion in;  move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion;  cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense;  change residence, affiliation, or place of employment;  dispose of by selling;  live one's life in a specified environment;  be in a state of action;  give an incentive for action;  have an emotional or cognitive impact upon;  change location; move, travel, or proceed;  perform an action, or work out or perform (an action);  follow a procedure or take a course
  • moved - adj. being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion
  • movement - noun the act of changing the location of something;  the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock); a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata;  a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something;  a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals;  the act of changing location from one place to another;  a change of position that does not entail a change of location;  a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end;  a general tendency to change (as of opinion);  an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object;  a euphemism for defecation
  • mover - noun a company that moves the possessions of a family or business from one site to another;  someone who moves;  workman employed by a moving company;  (parliamentary procedure) someone who makes a formal motion
  • moving - adj. arousing or capable of arousing deep emotion;  in motion;  used of a series of photographs presented so as to create the illusion of motion
  • mow - noun a loft in a barn where hay is stored;  verb cut with a blade or mower;  make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip
  • moynihan - noun United States politician and educator (1927-2003)
  • mp - noun a military corps that enforces discipline and guards prisoners;  a member of the military police who polices soldiers and guards prisoners
  • mph - noun the ratio of the distance traveled (in miles) to the time spent traveling (in hours);  a speedometer reading for the momentary rate of travel
  • mps - noun a widely distributed system of free and fixed macrophages derived from bone marrow
  • mr - noun a form of address for a man
  • mrs - noun a form of address for a married woman
  • mu - noun the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet
  • much - adj. (quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or degree or extent;  adv. (degree adverb used before a noun phrase) for all practical purposes but not completely;  very;  to a great degree or extent;  frequently or in great quantities;  to a very great degree or extent;  noun a great amount or extent
  • mucilage - noun a gelatinous substance secreted by plants;  cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
  • mucilaginous - adj. having the sticky properties of an adhesive
  • mucin - noun a nitrogenous substance found in mucous secretions; a lubricant that protects body surfaces
  • mucinoid - adj. resembling mucin
  • mucocutaneous - adj. of or relating to the mucous membranes and skin
  • mucoid - adj. relating to or resembling mucus;  noun any of several glycoproteins similar to mucin
  • mucopurulent - adj. containing or composed of mucus and pus
  • mucosa - noun mucus-secreting membrane lining all body cavities or passages that communicate with the exterior
  • mucous - adj. of or secreting or covered with or resembling mucus
  • mucous membrane - noun mucus-secreting membrane lining all body cavities or passages that communicate with the exterior
  • mucus - noun protective secretion of the mucous membranes; in the gut it lubricates the passage of food and protects the epithelial cells; in the nose and throat and lungs it can make it difficult for bacteria to penetrate the body through the epithelium
  • mud - noun slanderous remarks or charges;  water soaked soil; soft wet earth;  verb plaster with mud;  soil with mud, muck, or mire
  • muddy - adj. dirty and messy; covered with mud or muck;  (of especially liquids) clouded as with sediment;  (of color) discolored by impurities; not bright and clear;  (of soil) soft and watery;  verb make turbid;  cause to become muddy;  dirty with mud
  • muffled - adj. wrapped up especially for protection or secrecy;  being or made softer or less loud or clear
  • mulatto - noun an offspring of a Black and a White parent
  • mulberry - noun sweet usually dark purple blackberry-like fruit of any of several mulberry trees of the genus Morus;  any of several trees of the genus Morus having edible fruit that resembles the blackberry
  • mule - noun hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse; usually sterile;  a slipper that has no fitting around the heel
  • mull - noun an island in western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides;  a term used in Scottish names of promontories;  verb heat with sugar and spices to make a hot drink;  reflect deeply on a subject
  • muller - noun a vessel in which wine is mulled;  United States geneticist who studied the effects of X-rays on genes (1890-1967); British philologist (born in Germany) who specialized in Sanskrit (1823-1900);  German mathematician and astronomer (1436-1476); German physiologist and anatomist (1801-1858);  Swiss physicist who studied superconductivity (born in 1927);  Swiss chemist who synthesized DDT and discovered its use as an insecticide (1899-1965);  a heavy tool of stone or iron (usually with a flat base and a handle) that is used to grind and mix material (as grain or drugs or pigments) against a slab of stone;  a reflective thinker characterized by quiet contemplation
  • multifarious - adj. having many aspects
  • multiform - adj. occurring in or having many forms or shapes or appearances
  • multinucleate - adj. having two or more nuclei
  • multiparous - adj. producing more than one offspring at a time
  • multiple - adj. having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual;  noun the product of a quantity by an integer
  • multiplex - adj. having many parts or aspects;  many and varied; having many features or forms;  noun communicates two or more signals over a common channel
  • multiplication - noun an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division; the product of two numbers is computed;  a multiplicative increase;  the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
  • multiplicity - noun the property of being multiple;  a large number
  • multiplied - adj. greatly increased as by multiplication
  • multiplier - noun the number by which a multiplicand is multiplied
  • multiply - adv. in several ways; in a multiple manner;  verb combine or increase by multiplication;  combine by multiplication;  have offspring or young;  have young (animals)
  • multitude - noun the common people generally;  a large gathering of people;  a large indefinite number
  • multitudinous - adj. too numerous to be counted
  • mum - adj. failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to; noun secrecy;  informal terms for a mother;  of China
  • mumbling - noun ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth);  indistinct enunciation
  • mummification - noun embalmment and drying a dead body and wrapping it as a mummy;  a condition resembling that of a mummy; (pathology) gangrene that develops in the presence of arterial obstruction and is characterized by dryness of the dead tissue and a dark brown color
  • mummify - verb dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture;  remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it;  preserve while making lifeless
  • mummy - noun a body embalmed and dried and wrapped for burial (as in ancient Egypt);  informal terms for a mother
  • mumps - noun an acute contagious viral disease characterized by fever and by swelling of the parotid glands
  • munich - noun the capital and largest city of Bavaria in southwestern Germany
  • municipal - adj. of or relating to the government of a municipality; relating or belonging to or characteristic of a municipality
  • municipality - noun people living in a town or city having local self-government;  an urban district having corporate status and powers of self-government
  • mural - adj. of or relating to walls;  noun a painting that is applied to a wall surface
  • murder - noun unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being;  verb kill intentionally and with premeditation;  alter so as to make unrecognizable
  • murderous - adj. characteristic of or capable of or having a tendency toward killing another human being
  • murmur - noun a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant;  a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone;  a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech;  an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves;  verb make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath;  speak softly or indistinctly
  • murphy - noun an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
  • murray - noun an southeast Australian river; flows westward and then south into the Indian Ocean at Adelaide;  Scottish philologist and the lexicographer who shaped the Oxford English Dictionary (1837-1915);  British classical scholar (born in Australia) who advocated the League of Nations and the United Nations (1866-1957)
  • mus - noun type genus of the Muridae: common house mice; the tips of the upper incisors have a square notch
  • muscle - noun authority or power or force (especially when used in a coercive way);  animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells;  one of the contractile organs of the body; possessing muscular strength;  a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard;  verb make one's way by force
  • muscle fiber - noun an elongated contractile cell that forms the muscles of the body
  • muscular - adj. having or suggesting great physical power or force; of or relating to or consisting of muscle;  having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer;  (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful
  • musculature - noun the muscular system of an organism
  • muse - noun the source of an artist's inspiration;  in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science;  verb reflect deeply on a subject
  • museum - noun a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value
  • mush - noun a journey by dogsled;  cornmeal boiled in water;  an expression that is excessively sweet and sentimental;  any soft or soggy mass;  verb drive (a team of dogs or a dogsled);  travel with a dogsled
  • mushroom - noun fleshy body of any of numerous edible fungi;  a large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb);  any of various fleshy fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota consisting of a cap at the end of a stem arising from an underground mycelium; common name for an edible agaric (contrasting with the inedible toadstool);  verb grow and spread fast;  pick or gather mushrooms
  • mushy - adj. having the consistency of mush;  effusively or insincerely emotional
  • music - noun musical activity (singing or whistling etc.);  punishment for one's actions;  any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds; (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds);  an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
  • musical - adj. characteristic of or resembling or accompanied by music;  talented in or devoted to music;  characterized by or capable of producing music;  containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody;  noun a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
  • musician - noun artist who composes or conducts music as a profession;  someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
  • musk - noun the scent of a greasy glandular secretion from the male musk deer;  an odorous glandular secretion from the male musk deer; used as a perfume fixative
  • musk deer - noun small heavy-limbed upland deer of central Asia; male secretes valued musk
  • muslin - noun plain-woven cotton fabric
  • mussel - noun marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.;  black marine bivalves usually steamed in wine
  • must - adj. highly recommended;  noun grape juice before or during fermentation;  a necessary or essential thing;  the quality of smelling or tasting old or stale or mouldy
  • mustache - noun an unshaved growth of hair on the upper lip
  • mustard - noun leaves eaten as cooked greens;  pungent powder or paste prepared from ground mustard seeds;  any of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica
  • musty - adj. stale and unclean smelling;  covered with or smelling of mold
  • mutilated - adj. (of compositions e.g.) damaged;  having a part of the body crippled or disabled;  badly injured, perhaps with amputation
  • mutilation - noun an injury that deprives you of a limb or other important body part
  • mutism - noun the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak
  • mutter - noun a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech; a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone;  verb make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath;  talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
  • muttering - noun a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone;  a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
  • mutton - noun meat from a mature domestic sheep;  the square of a body of any size of type
  • mutual - adj. concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return;  common to or shared by two or more parties
  • mutualism - noun the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from the other
  • mutually - adv. in a mutual or shared manner
  • myalgia - noun pain in a muscle or group of muscles
  • myalgic - adj. of or relating to myalgia
  • myasthenia - noun any muscular weakness;  a chronic progressive disease characterized by chronic fatigue and muscular weakness (especially in the face and neck); caused by a deficiency of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junctions
  • mycelium - noun the vegetative part of a fungus consisting of a mass of branching threadlike hyphae
  • mycosis - noun an inflammatory condition caused by a fungus
  • mydriasis - noun reflex pupillary dilation as a muscle pulls the iris outward; occurs in response to a decrease in light or certain drugs
  • mydriatic - noun a drug that causes the pupil of the eye to dilate; used to aid eye examinations
  • myelin - noun a white fatty substance that forms a medullary sheath around the axis cylinder of some nerve fibers
  • myelitis - noun inflammation of the spinal cord
  • myelocyte - noun an immature leukocyte normally found in bone marrow
  • myeloid - adj. of or relating to bone marrow;  of or relating to the spinal cord
  • myeloma - noun a tumor of the bone marrow (usually malignant) composed of cells normally found in bone marrow
  • myiasis - noun infestation of the body by the larvae of flies (usually through a wound or other opening) or any disease resulting from such infestation
  • myocardial - adj. of or relating to the myocardium
  • myocarditis - noun inflammation of the myocardium (the muscular tissue of the heart)
  • myocardium - noun the middle muscular layer of the heart wall
  • myoma - noun a benign tumor composed of muscle tissue
  • myopathic - adj. of or relating to any disease of the muscles that is not caused by nerve dysfunction
  • myopathy - noun any pathology of the muscles that is not attributable to nerve dysfunction
  • myope - noun a person with myopia; a nearsighted person
  • myopia - noun (ophthalmology) eyesight abnormality resulting from the eye's faulty refractive ability; distant objects appear blurred
  • myopic - adj. lacking foresight or scope;  unable to see distant objects clearly
  • myosarcoma - noun sarcoma of muscle tissue
  • myosin - noun the commonest protein in muscle; a globulin that combines with actin to form actomyosin
  • myositis - noun inflammation of muscle tissue
  • myotomy - noun surgical incision or division of a muscle
  • myotonia - noun abnormally long muscular contractions; slow relaxation of a muscle after a contraction
  • myotonic - adj. of or relating to or caused by myotonia
  • myriameter - noun a metric unit of length equal to 10,000 meters
  • myristica - noun type genus of Myristicaceae; tropical Asian evergreen trees with small white or yellow flowers followed by fleshy fruits
  • myrrh - noun aromatic resin that is burned as incense and used in perfume
  • mysterious - adj. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding;  of an obscure nature
  • mystery - noun something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained;  a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
  • mytilus - noun type genus of the family Mytilidae: smooth-shelled marine mussels
  • myxedema - noun hypothyroidism marked by dry skin and swellings around lips and nose as well as mental deterioration
  • myxoma - noun a benign tumor of connective tissue containing jellylike material

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