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  • s - noun the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet;  (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity representing the amount of energy in a system that is no longer available for doing mechanical work;  a unit of conductance equal to the reciprocal of an ohm;  the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees;  an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions);  1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  • sa - noun Nazi militia created by Hitler in 1921 that helped him to power but was eclipsed by the SS after 1943
  • sabal - noun American dwarf fan palms
  • sabre - noun a stout sword with a curved blade and thick back;  a fencing sword with a v-shaped blade and a slightly curved handle; verb cut or injure with a saber;  kill with a saber
  • sac - noun a structure resembling a bag in an animal;  a member of the Algonquian people formerly living in Wisconsin in the Fox River valley and on the shores of Green Bay;  a case or sheath especially a pollen sac or moss capsule;  an enclosed space
  • saccharin - noun a crystalline substance 500 times sweeter than sugar; used as a calorie-free sweetener
  • saccharine - adj. overly sweet
  • saccharomyces - noun single-celled yeasts that reproduce asexually by budding; used to ferment carbohydrates
  • sacculated - adj. formed with or having saclike expansions
  • sack - noun the plundering of a place by an army or mob; usually involves destruction and slaughter;  a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases;  a woman's full loose hiplength jacket;  any of various light dry strong white wine from Spain and Canary Islands (including sherry);  the quantity contained in a sack; the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart);  a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist;  a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swings easily;  an enclosed space; verb put in a sack;  plunder (a town) after capture;  make as a net profit;  terminate the employment of
  • sacral - adj. of or relating to sacred rites;  of or relating to or near the sacrum
  • sacred - adj. (often followed by `to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person;  concerned with religion or religious purposes;  worthy of respect or dedication;  made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use;  worthy of religious veneration
  • sacrifice - noun (sacrifice) an out that advances the base runners; the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity; personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective);  a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value;  the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.;  verb kill or destroy;  make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals;  endure the loss of; sell at a loss
  • sacrum - noun wedge-shaped bone consisting of five fused vertebrae forming the posterior part of the pelvis; its base connects with the lowest lumbar vertebra and its tip with the coccyx
  • sad - adj. experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness;  of things that make you feel sad;  bad; unfortunate
  • saddle - noun posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl;  a seat for the rider of a horse;  a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe;  cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins;  a seat for the rider of a bicycle;  a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle);  verb load or burden; encumber;  put a saddle on;  impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
  • saddle-shaped - adj. shaped in the form of a horse's saddle
  • sadly - adv. in an unfortunate way;  with sadness; in a sad manner; in an unfortunate or deplorable manner
  • sadness - noun emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being;  the state of being sad;  the quality of excessive mournfulness and uncheerfulness
  • safe - adj. (of an undertaking) secure from risk;  free from danger or the risk of harm;  having reached a base without being put out;  in safekeeping;  financially sound;  noun strongbox where valuables can be safely kept;  a ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests;  contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
  • safeguard - noun a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.;  a document or escort providing safe passage through a region especially in time of war;  verb make safe; escort safely
  • safely - adv. with safety; in a safe manner
  • safety - noun a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line;  a safe place;  the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions;  (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely;  contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse;  a device designed to prevent injury
  • safety pin - noun a pin in the form of a clasp; has a guard so the point of the pin will not stick the user
  • saffron - noun dried pungent stigmas of the Old World saffron crocus;  Old World crocus having purple or white flowers with aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring food;  a shade of yellow tinged with orange
  • safranin - noun any of a class of chiefly red organic dyes
  • sage - adj. of the grey-green color of sage leaves;  having wisdom that comes with age and experience;  noun aromatic fresh or dried grey-green leaves used widely as seasoning for meats and fowl and game etc;  a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom;  any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb
  • sagging - adj. hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness)
  • sagittal - adj. located in a plane that is parallel to the central plane of the sagittal suture
  • sago - noun powdery starch from certain sago palms; used in Asia as a food thickener and textile stiffener
  • said - adj. being the one previously mentioned or spoken of
  • saigon - noun a city in South Vietnam; formerly (as Saigon) it was the capital of French Indochina
  • sailing - noun the departure of a vessel from a port;  riding in a sailboat;  the activity of flying a glider;  the work of a sailor
  • saint - noun person of exceptional holiness;  a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization;  model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal;  verb declare (a dead person) to be a saint;  hold sacred
  • sake - noun a reason for wanting something done;  the purpose of achieving or obtaining;  Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot
  • salaam - noun a deep bow; a Muslim form of salutation;  verb greet with a salaam
  • salad - noun food mixtures either arranged on a plate or tossed and served with a moist dressing; usually consisting of or including greens
  • sale - noun a particular instance of selling;  the general activity of selling;  an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices;  an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller (vendor) to the buyer (vendee) for a fixed price in money (paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer);  the state of being purchasable; offered or exhibited for selling
  • saleratus - noun a white soluble compound (NaHCO3) used in effervescent drinks and in baking powders and as an antacid
  • salerno - noun a battle in World War II; the port was captured by United States troops in September 1943
  • salicylate - noun a salt of salicylic acid (included in several commonly used drugs)
  • saline - adj. containing salt;  noun an isotonic solution of sodium chloride and distilled water
  • salinity - noun the relative proportion of salt in a solution;  the taste experience when common salt is taken into the mouth
  • saliva - noun a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches
  • salivary - adj. of or relating to saliva
  • salivate - verb produce saliva;  be envious, desirous, eager for, or extremely happy about something
  • salivation - noun the secretion of saliva
  • sallow - adj. unhealthy looking;  noun any of several Old World shrubby broad-leaved willows having large catkins; some are important sources for tanbark and charcoal;  verb cause to become sallow
  • salmon - adj. of orange tinged with pink;  noun any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn;  flesh of any of various marine or freshwater fish of the family Salmonidae;  a tributary of the Snake River in Idaho
  • salol - noun a white powder with a pleasant taste and odor; used to absorb light in sun tan lotions or as a preservative or an antiseptic or a coating for pills in which the medicine is intended for enteric release
  • salpingitis - noun inflammation of a Fallopian tube (usually the result of infection spreading from the vagina or uterus) or of a Eustachian tube
  • salt - adj. (of speech) painful or bitter;  one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of sea water;  noun the taste experience when common salt is taken into the mouth;  white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food;  a compound formed by replacing hydrogen in an acid by a metal (or a radical that acts like a metal);  negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons; verb preserve with salt;  add zest or liveliness to;  sprinkle as if with salt;  add salt to
  • salted - adj. (used especially of meats) preserved in salt
  • salting - noun the act of adding salt to food
  • saltish - adj. somewhat salty
  • saltpeter - noun (KNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive
  • salty - adj. containing or filled with salt;  one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of sea water;  engagingly stimulating or provocative
  • salutary - adj. tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
  • salve - noun anything that remedies or heals or soothes;  semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation;  verb apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing;  save from ruin, destruction, or harm
  • salvia - noun any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb
  • same - adj. unchanged in character or nature;  closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree;  same in identity; equal in amount or value;  noun the language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula;  a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer
  • sample - noun a small part of something intended as representative of the whole;  all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class;  items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population;  verbtake a sample of
  • samuel - noun (Old Testament) Hebrew prophet and judge who anointed Saul as king
  • sanction - noun a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards;  the act of final authorization;  formal and explicit approval;  official permission or approval;  verb give religious sanction to, such as through on oath;  give authority or permission to;  give sanction to
  • sanctioned - adj. established by authority; given authoritative approval;  formally approved and invested with legal authority; conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
  • sanctity - noun the quality of being holy
  • sand - noun French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876);  a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral;  fortitude and determination;  verb rub with sandpaper
  • sand fly - noun any of various small dipterous flies; bloodsucking females can transmit sandfly fever and leishmaniasis
  • sandal - noun a shoe consisting of a sole fastened by straps to the foot
  • sandalwood - noun close-grained fragrant yellowish heartwood of the true sandalwood; has insect repelling properties and is used for carving and cabinetwork
  • sandarach - noun a brittle and faintly aromatic translucent resin used in varnishes
  • sands - noun the region of the shore of a lake or sea or ocean
  • sandwich - noun two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them;  verb insert or squeeze tightly between two people or objects; make into a sandwich
  • sandy - adj. abounding in sand;  resembling or containing sand; or growing in sandy areas;  of hair color; pale yellowish to yellowish brown;  (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
  • sane - adj. mentally healthy; free from mental disorder;  marked by sound judgment
  • sanger - noun United States nurse who campaigned for birth control and planned parenthood; she challenged Gregory Pincus to develop a birth control pill (1883-1966);  English biochemist who determined the sequence of amino acids in insulin and who invented a technique to determine the genetic sequence of an organism (born in 1918)
  • sanguinaria - noun one species: bloodroot
  • sanguine - adj. confidently optimistic and cheerful;  inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life;  noun a blood-red color
  • sanguineous - adj. accompanied by bloodshed
  • sanious - adj. of or resembling or characterized by ichor or sanies
  • sanitary - adj. free from filth and pathogens
  • sanitation - noun making something sanitary (free of germs) as by sterilizing;  the state of being clean and conducive to health
  • sanity - noun normal or sound powers of mind
  • santa - noun the legendary patron saint of children
  • santalum - noun parasitic trees of Indonesia and Malaysia
  • sapid - adj. full of flavor
  • saponaria - noun mostly perennial Old World herbs
  • saponification - noun a chemical reaction in which an ester is heated with an alkali (especially the alkaline hydrolysis of a fat or oil to make soap)
  • saponified - adj. converted into soap
  • saponify - verb convert into soap by hydrolizing an ester into an acid and alcohol as a result of treating it with an alkali;  become converted into soap by being hydrolized into an acid and alcohol as a result of being treated with an alkali
  • saponin - noun any of various plant glucosides that form soapy lathers when mixed and agitated with water; used in detergents and foaming agents and emulsifiers
  • sapper - noun a military engineer who does sapping (digging trenches or undermining fortifications);  a military engineer who lays or detects and disarms mines
  • sapremia - noun blood poisoning caused by putrefactive bacteria; results from eating putrefied matter
  • saprophytic - adj. (of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter;  obtaining food osmotically from dissolved organic material
  • saratoga - noun a battle during the American Revolution (1777); the British under Burgoyne were defeated
  • sarcoma - noun a usually malignant tumor arising from connective tissue (bone or muscle etc.); one of the four major types of cancer
  • sarcoptes - noun type genus of the family Sarcoptidae: itch mites
  • sarsaparilla - noun carbonated drink flavored with an extract from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras;  any of various prickly climbing plants of the tropical American genus Smilax having aromatic roots and heart-shaped leaves
  • sartorius - noun a muscle in the thigh that helps to rotate the leg into the sitting position assumed by a tailor; the longest muscle in the human body
  • sas - noun a specialist regiment of the British army that is trained in commando techniques of warfare and used in clandestine operations (especially against terrorist groups)
  • sassafras - noun dried root bark of the sassafras tree;  yellowwood tree with brittle wood and aromatic leaves and bark; source of sassafras oil; widely distributed in eastern North America
  • sassy - adj. improperly forward or bold
  • sat - noun the seventh and last day of the week; observed as the Sabbath by Jews and some Christians
  • sated - adj. fed beyond capacity or desire
  • satiety - noun the state of being satisfactorily full and unable to take on more
  • satisfaction - noun act of fulfilling a desire or need or appetite;  the contentment you feel when you have done something right; compensation for a wrong;  state of being gratified; great satisfaction
  • satisfactorily - adv. in a satisfactory manner
  • satisfactory - adj. meeting requirements;  giving satisfaction
  • satisfied - adj. filled with satisfaction;  allayed
  • satisfy - verb make happy or satisfied;  fulfil the requirements or expectations of;  fill or meet a want or need
  • saturate - verb cause (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance;  infuse or fill completely
  • saturated - adj. (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black;  used especially of organic compounds; having all available valence bonds filled;  being the most concentrated solution possible at a given temperature; unable to dissolve still more of a substance;  wet through and through; thoroughly wet
  • saturation - noun the act of soaking thoroughly with a liquid; chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue;  a condition in which a quantity no longer responds to some external influence;  the process of totally saturating something with a substance
  • saturnine - adj. bitter or scornful;  showing a brooding ill humor
  • saturnism - noun toxic condition produced by the absorption of excessive lead into the system
  • satyriasis - noun abnormally intense sexual desire in men
  • sauce - noun flavorful relish or dressing or topping served as an accompaniment to food;  verb add zest or flavor to, make more interesting;  dress (food) with a relish;  behave saucy or impudently towards
  • saucepan - noun a deep pan with a handle; used for stewing or boiling
  • saucer - noun a small shallow dish for holding a cup at the table;  a disk used in throwing competitions;  directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation; something with a round shape like a flat circular plate
  • sauerkraut - noun shredded cabbage fermented in brine
  • sausage - noun highly seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings;  a small nonrigid airship used for observation or as a barrage balloon
  • sausage-shaped - adj. shaped like a sausage
  • sauterne - noun semisweet golden-colored table or dessert wine from around Bordeaux in France; similar wine from California
  • savage - adj. without civilizing influences;  (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering;  wild and menacing;  marked by extreme and violent energy;  noun a member of an uncivilized people;  a cruelly rapacious person;  verb criticize harshly or violently;  attack brutally and fiercely
  • savannah - noun a port in eastern Georgia near the mouth of the Savannah river;  a river in South Carolina that flows southeast to the Atlantic;  a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions
  • save - noun (sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring;  verb make unnecessary an expenditure or effort;  to keep up and reserve for personal or special use;  feather one's nest; have a nest egg;  spend less; buy at a reduced price;  spend sparingly, avoid the waste of;  bring into safety;  retain rights to;  refrain from harming; save from ruin, destruction, or harm;  save from sins
  • saved - adj. rescued; especially from the power and consequences of sin;  guarded from injury or destruction
  • savin - noun procumbent or spreading juniper
  • saving - adj. characterized by thriftiness;  bringing about salvation or redemption from sin;  noun recovery or preservation from loss or danger;  an act of economizing; reduction in cost;  the activity of protecting something from loss or danger
  • saw - noun hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting;  a power tool for cutting wood;  a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people;  verb cut with a saw
  • saw palmetto - noun small hardy clump-forming spiny palm of southern United States
  • sawdust - noun fine particles of wood made by sawing wood
  • sawyer - noun any of several beetles whose larvae bore holes in dead or dying trees especially conifers;  one who is employed to saw wood
  • say - noun the chance to speak;  verb indicate;  communicate or express nonverbally;  recite or repeat a fixed text;  utter aloud;  state as one's opinion or judgement; declare;  give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority;  express a supposition; speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way;  express in words;  report or maintain;  have or contain a certain wording or form
  • saying - noun a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
  • sb - noun a bachelor's degree in science;  a metallic element having four allotropic forms; used in a wide variety of alloys; found in stibnite
  • scab - noun the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion;  someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike;  verb form a scab; take the place of work of someone on strike
  • scabies - noun a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation
  • scaffold - noun a temporary arrangement erected around a building for convenience of workers;  a platform from which criminals are executed (hanged or beheaded);  verb provide with a scaffold for support
  • scald - noun the act of burning with steam or hot water;  a burn cause by hot liquid or steam;  verb burn with a hot liquid or steam; heat to the boiling point;  treat with boiling water;  subject to harsh criticism
  • scalding - adj. marked by harshly abusive criticism
  • scale - noun a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals;  an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks;  a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass;  (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave);  a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin;  a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin;  relative magnitude;  the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it;  an ordered reference standard;  a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners);  verbsize or measure according to a scale;  measure with or as if with scales;  remove the scales from;  pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard;  climb up by means of a ladder;  reach the highest point of;  take by attacking with scaling ladders;  measure by or as if by a scale
  • scalene - adj. of or relating to any of the scalene muscles;  of a triangle having three sides of different lengths
  • scalenus - noun any of four pairs of muscles extending from the cervical vertebrae to the second rib; involved in moving the neck and in breathing
  • scaling - noun ascent by or as if by a ladder;  act of measuring or arranging or adjusting according to a scale;  the act of arranging in a graduated series
  • scalp - noun the skin that covers the top of the head;  verb remove the scalp of;  sell illegally, as on the black market
  • scalpel - noun a thin straight surgical knife used in dissection and surgery
  • scaly - adj. having the body covered or partially covered with thin horny plates, as some fish and reptiles;  rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
  • scam - noun a fraudulent business scheme;  verb deprive of by deceit
  • scammony - noun twining plant of Asia Minor having cream to purple flowers and long thick roots yielding a cathartic resin;  resin from the root of Convolvulus scammonia;  tropical American morning glory
  • scanning - noun the act of systematically moving a finely focused beam of light or electrons over a surface in order to produce an image of it for analysis or transmission;  the process of translating photographs into a digital form that can be recognized by a computer
  • scant - adj. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so;  verb limit in quality or quantity;  supply sparingly and with restricted quantities;  work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially
  • scantily - adv. in a sparse or scanty way
  • scantiness - noun the quality of being meager
  • scantling - noun an upright in house framing
  • scanty - adj. lacking in amplitude or quantity;  noun short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)
  • scaphoid - adj. shaped like a boat
  • scapula - noun either of two flat triangular bones one on each side of the shoulder in human beings
  • scapular - adj. relating to or near the shoulder blade;  noun a feather covering the shoulder of a bird;  garment consisting of a long wide piece of woolen cloth worn over the shoulders with an opening for the head; part of a monastic habit
  • scar - noun a mark left (usually on the skin) by the healing of injured tissue;  an indication of damage;  verb mark with a scar
  • scar tissue - noun the connective tissue that forms a scar; consists of fibroblasts in new scars and collagen fibers in old scars
  • scarcely - adv. by a small margin;  almost not
  • scarcity - noun a small and inadequate amount
  • scarf - noun a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration;  a joint made by notching the ends of two pieces of timber or metal so that they will lock together end-to-end; verb wrap in or adorn with a scarf;  unite by a scarf joint;  masturbate while strangling oneself
  • scarify - verb puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals;  break up;  scratch the surface of
  • scarlatina - noun an acute communicable disease (usually in children) characterized by fever and a red rash
  • scarlet - adj. of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies;  noun a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge
  • scarlet fever - noun an acute communicable disease (usually in children) characterized by fever and a red rash
  • scarred - adj. deeply affected or marked by mental or physical pain or injury;  blemished by injury or rough wear
  • scat - noun singing jazz; the singer substitutes nonsense syllables for the words of the song and tries to sound like a musical instrument;  verb flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
  • scattered - adj. occurring or distributed over widely spaced and irregular intervals in time or space;  lacking orderly continuity
  • scattering - adj. spreading by diffusion;  noun a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby;  the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions; a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly;  the act of scattering;  spreading widely or driving off
  • scene - noun graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept;  a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film;  a subdivision of an act of a play;  an incident (real or imaginary);  the place where some action occurs;  the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale;  the visual percept of a region;  the context and environment in which something is set;  a situation treated as an observable object;  a display of bad temper
  • scheme - noun an elaborate and systematic plan of action;  a schematic or preliminary plan;  an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world;  a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery;  a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole;  verb form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner;  devise a system or form a scheme for
  • schistosomiasis - noun an infestation with or a resulting infection caused by a parasite of the genus Schistosoma; common in the tropics and Far East; symptoms depend on the part of the body infected
  • schizomycetes - noun a former classification
  • schmidt - noun German statesman who served as chancellor of Germany (born in 1918)
  • schnapps - noun any of various strong liquors especially a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
  • school - noun a building where young people receive education;  the process of being formally educated at a school;  a large group of fish; a body of creative artists or writers or thinkers linked by a similar style or by similar teachers;  an educational institution;  an educational institution's faculty and students;  the period of instruction in a school; the time period when schools is in session; verb swim in or form a large group of fish;  educate in or as if in a school;  train to be discriminative in taste or judgment
  • schwann - noun German physiologist and histologist who in 1838 and 1839 identified the cell as the basic structure of plant and animal tissue (1810-1882)
  • sciatic - adj. of or relating to the ischium (or the part of the hipbone containing it);  relating to or caused by or afflicted with sciatica
  • sciatica - noun neuralgia along the sciatic nerve
  • science - noun a particular branch of scientific knowledge;  ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
  • scientific - adj. conforming with the principles or methods used in science;  of or relating to the practice of science
  • scientifically - adv. with respect to science; in a scientific way
  • scilla - noun an Old World plant of the genus Scilla having narrow basal leaves and pink or blue or white racemose flowers
  • scissors - noun a gymnastic exercise performed on the pommel horse when the gymnast moves his legs as the blades of scissors move;  a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze; and edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades
  • sclera - noun whitish fibrous membrane (albuginea) that with the cornea forms the outer covering of the eyeball
  • scleritis - noun inflammation of the sclera
  • scleroderma - noun genus of poisonous fungi having hard-skinned fruiting bodies: false truffles;  an autoimmune disease that affects the blood vessels and connective tissue; fibrous connective tissue is deposited in the skin
  • sclerosis - noun any pathological hardening or thickening of tissue
  • sclerotic - adj. of or relating to the sclera of the eyeball;  relating to or having sclerosis; hardened
  • sclerotium - noun compact usually dark-colored mass of hardened mycelium constituting a vegetative food-storage body in various true fungi; detaches when mature and can give rise to new growth;  form genus of sterile imperfect fungi; many form sclerotia; some cause sclerotium disease in plants
  • sclerotomy - noun surgical incision of the sclerotic coat of the eye
  • scoliosis - noun an abnormal lateral curve to the vertebral column
  • scoop - noun a large ladle;  the shovel or bucket of dredge or backhoe;  the quantity a scoop will hold;  a hollow concave shape made by removing something;  street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate;  a news report that is reported first by one news organization;  verb take out or up with or as if with a scoop;  get the better of
  • scope - noun an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet";  electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities;  a magnifier of images of distant objects;  the state of the environment in which a situation exists
  • scopolamine - noun an alkaloid with anticholinergic effects that is used as a sedative and to treat nausea and to dilate the pupils in ophthalmic procedures
  • scorbutus - noun a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  • scorching - adj. hot and dry enough to burn or parch a surface;  adv.capable of causing burns
  • score - noun the act of scoring in a game or sport;  the facts about an actual situation;  a written form of a musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages;  a set of twenty members;  grounds;  a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest;  a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally);  an amount due (as at a restaurant or bar);  a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse;  a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance);  a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation;  verb make underscoring marks;  gain points in a game; get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance; make small marks into the surface of;  write a musical score for; assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation;  induce to have sex
  • scorpion - noun arachnid of warm dry regions having a long segmented tail ending in a venomous sting;  the eighth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about October 23 to November 21;  (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Scorpio
  • scotch - adj. avoiding waste;  of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language;  noun whiskey distilled in Scotland; especially whiskey made from malted barley in a pot still;  a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally);  verb make a small cut or score into;  hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  • scotoma - noun an isolated area of diminished vision within the visual field
  • scott - noun United States slave who sued for liberty after living in a non-slave state; caused the Supreme Court to declare the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional (1795?-1858);  British author of historical novels and ballads (1771-1832);  United States general who was a hero of the War of 1812 and who defeated Santa Anna in the Mexican War (1786-1866);  English explorer who reached the South Pole just a month after Amundsen; he and his party died on the return journey (1868-1912);  award-winning United States film actor (1928-1999)
  • scrambled - adj. thrown together in a disorderly fashion
  • scranton - noun an industrial city of northeastern Pennsylvania
  • scrap - noun a small piece of something that is left over after the rest has been used;  the act of fighting; any contest or struggle;  a small fragment of something broken off from the whole;  worthless material that is to be disposed of;  verb make into scrap or refuse; have a disagreement over something;  dispose of (something useless or old)
  • scrape - noun a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility);  a harsh noise made by scraping;  an indication of damage;  an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off;  verbscratch repeatedly;  gather (money or other resources) together over time;  make by scraping;  bend the knees and bow in a servile manner;  cut the surface of; wear away the surface of;  bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of
  • scraped - adj. having surface damage
  • scraping - noun (usually plural) a fragment scraped off of something and collected;  a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility);  a harsh noise made by scraping
  • scraps - noun food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
  • scratch - noun an indication of damage;  poor handwriting;  a harsh noise made by scraping;  dry mash for poultry;  informal terms for money;  a depression scratched or carved into a surface;  an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off;  verb cut the surface of; wear away the surface of;  carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; cause friction;  gather (money or other resources) together over time; remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line;  scrape or rub as if to relieve itching;  postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
  • scratched - adj. having surface damage
  • scratching - adj. (of a pain) as if caused by scraping with nails or claws;  noun a harsh noise made by scraping
  • screaming - adj. so extremely intense as to evoke screams;  loud and sustained; shrill and piercing;  resembling a scream in effect; marked by or causing boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter; noun sharp piercing cry;  a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry
  • screen - noun protective covering consisting of a metallic netting mounted in a frame and covering windows or doors (especially for protection against insects);  a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something;  partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space;  display on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube on which is electronically created;  a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing; something that keeps things out or hinders sight;  a door that consists of a frame holding metallic or plastic netting; used to allow ventilation and to keep insects from entering a building through the open door;  a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles;  verb examine methodically;  prevent from entering;  project onto a screen for viewing;  examine in order to test suitability;  test or examine for the presence of disease or infection; protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm;  separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
  • screening - noun testing objects or persons in order to identify those with particular characteristics;  fabric of metal or plastic mesh; the display of a motion picture;  the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it
  • screw - noun a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head;  a propeller with several angled blades that rotates to push against water or air;  a simple machine of the inclined-plane type consisting of a spirally threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a similarly threaded hole;  slang for sexual intercourse;  someone who guards prisoners;  verb tighten or fasten by means of screwing motions;  cause to penetrate, as with a circular motion;  turn like a screw;  defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit; have sexual intercourse with
  • screwing - noun slang for sexual intercourse
  • scrofula - noun a form of tuberculosis characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands
  • scrofulous - adj. having a diseased appearance resembling scrofula;  morally contaminated;  afflicted with scrofula
  • scroll - noun a document that can be rolled up (as for storage);  a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals);  verb move through text or graphics in order to display parts that do not fit on the screen
  • scrotal - adj. relating to or having or lying within a scrotum
  • scrotum - noun the external pouch that contains the testes
  • scrubbed - adj. made clean by scrubbing
  • scrubbing - noun the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
  • scrum - noun (rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms; play starts when the ball thrown in between them and the two sides compete for possession
  • scruple - noun an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action; uneasiness about the fitness of an action;  a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains;  verb have doubts about;  raise scruples; hesitate on moral grounds
  • scruples - noun motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
  • scrupulous - adj. having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled;  characterized by extreme care and great effort
  • scrupulously - adv. with extreme conscientiousness
  • scum - noun a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid;  worthless people;  verb remove the scum from
  • scurf - noun (botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts;  a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
  • scurvy - adj. of the most contemptible kind;  noun a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  • scutellaria - noun an asterid dicot genus that includes the skullcaps
  • se - noun the compass point midway between south and east; at 135 degrees;  a toxic nonmetallic element related to sulfur and tellurium; occurs in several allotropic forms; a stable grey metallike allotrope conducts electricity better in the light than in the dark and is used in photocells; occurs in sulfide ores (as pyrite)
  • sea - adj. relating to or characteristic of or occurring on the sea or ships;  noun a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land;  turbulent water with swells of considerable size;  anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume
  • sea bathing - noun bathing in the sea or ocean
  • sea-level - adj. lying below the normal level
  • sea tangle - noun any of various kelps especially of the genus Laminaria
  • seal - noun any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions;  a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents; fastener that provides a tight and perfect closure;  a finishing coat applied to exclude moisture;  a stamp affixed to a document (as to attest to its authenticity or to seal it);  the pelt or fur (especially the underfur) of a seal;  fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters;  an indication of approved or superior status;  a member of a Naval Special Warfare unit who is trained for unconventional warfare;  verb decide irrevocably;  hunt seals;  close with or as if with a seal;  make tight; secure against leakage;  affix a seal to;  cover with varnish
  • sealed - adj. covered with a waterproof coating;  having been paved; determined irrevocably;  closed or secured with or as if with a seal; established irrevocably;  undisclosed for the time being;  (of walls) covered with a coat of plaster
  • sealing - noun the act of treating something to make it repel water
  • sealing wax - noun fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters
  • sealskin - noun a garment (as a jacket or coat or robe) made of sealskin;  the pelt or fur (especially the underfur) of a seal
  • seamstress - noun someone who makes or mends dresses
  • seance - noun a meeting of spiritualists
  • sear - adj. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture; verb make very hot and dry;  cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat;  burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color;  become superficially burned
  • search - noun an investigation seeking answers;  boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas;  the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone;  the examination of alternative hypotheses;  an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property;  verb try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of;  subject to a search; search or seek;  inquire into
  • searcher - noun large metallic blue-green beetle that preys on caterpillars; found in North America;  a customs official whose job is to search baggage or goods or vehicles for contraband or dutiable items;  someone making a search or inquiry
  • searching - adj. exploring thoroughly;  having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect; diligent and thorough in inquiry or investigation
  • seared - adj. having the surface burned quickly with intense heat
  • seashore - noun the shore of a sea or ocean
  • seasickness - noun motion sickness experienced while traveling on water
  • seaside - noun the shore of a sea or ocean regarded as a resort
  • season - noun one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions;  a recurrent time marked by major holidays;  a period of the year marked by special events or activities in some field;  verb make fit; lend flavor to;  make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
  • seasonable - adj. in keeping with the season;  done or happening at the appropriate or proper time
  • seasonal - adj. occurring at or dependent on a particular season; noun a worker who finds employment only in certain seasons
  • seasoned - adj. rendered competent through trial and experience; aged or processed
  • seasoning - noun the act of adding a seasoning to food;  something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts
  • seat - noun any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit);  furniture that is designed for sitting on;  the cloth covering for the buttocks;  a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane);  a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised);  the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on;  verb show to a seat; assign a seat for; provide with seats;  put a seat on a chair;  be able to seat;  place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position
  • seated - adj. (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks
  • seats - noun an area that includes places where several people can sit
  • seattle - noun a major port of entry and the largest city in Washington; located in west central Washington on the protected waters of Puget Sound with the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Ranier visible to the south and east; an aerospace and computer center; site of the University of Washington
  • seawater - noun water containing salts
  • seaweed - noun plant growing in the sea, especially marine algae
  • sebaceous - adj. containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
  • seborrhea - noun a condition in which overactivity of the sebaceous glands causes the skin to become oily
  • sebum - noun the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands; with perspiration it moistens and protects the skin
  • sec - adj. (of champagne) moderately dry;  noun an independent federal agency that oversees the exchange of securities to protect investors;  ratio of the hypotenuse to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle;  1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  • secale - noun cereal grass widely cultivated for its grain: rye
  • seclusion - noun the act of secluding yourself from others;  the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others
  • second - adj. having the second highest gear ratio;  coming next after first;  a part or voice or instrument or orchestra section lower in pitch than or subordinate to the first;  coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude;  adv. in the second place;  noun a speech seconding a motion;  the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match;  a 60th part of a minute of arc; following the first in an ordering or series;  1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites;  the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield;  merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name;  the gear that has the second lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle;  a particular point in time;  an indefinitely short time;  verb transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment;  give support or one's approval to
  • secondarily - adv. of secondary import
  • secondary - adj. belonging to a lower class or rank;  not of major importance;  being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate;  depending on or incidental to what is original or primary;  inferior in rank or status;  noun the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen;  coil such that current is induced in it by passing a current through the primary coil
  • secondly - adv. in the second place
  • secret - adj. the next to highest level of official classification for documents;  not expressed;  indulging only covertly;  communicated covertly;  not open or public; kept private or not revealed;  not openly made known;  having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods;  (of information) given in confidence or in secret;  hidden from general view or use;  designed to elude detection;  noun information known only to a special group;  something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on); something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
  • secretary - noun a desk used for writing;  an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization;  a person who is head of an administrative department of government; a person to whom a secret is entrusted
  • secrete - verb generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids; place out of sight; keep secret
  • secretion - noun a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell;  the organic process of synthesizing and releasing some substance
  • secretory - adj. of or relating to or producing a secretion
  • sect - noun a subdivision of a larger religious group;  a dissenting clique
  • section - noun one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object;  a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical);  a segment of a citrus fruit;  a small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon;  a small army unit usually having a special function;  a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class;  (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid;  a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people;  a very thin slice (of tissue or mineral or other substance) for examination under a microscope;  a land unit of 1 square mile measuring 1 mile on a side;  the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation);  one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole;  a specialized division of a large organization;  verb divide into segments
  • secure - adj. free from fear or doubt; easy in mind;  free from danger or risk;  not likely to fail or give way;  kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss;  financially sound;  able to withstand attack; verb assure payment of;  make certain of;  furnish with battens;  cause to be firmly attached;  fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug;  get by special effort
  • secured - adj. secured by written agreement;  firmly fastened or secured against opening
  • securely - adv. in a secure manner; in a manner free from danger; in an invulnerable manner;  in a manner free from fear or risk;  in a confident and unselfconscious manner
  • security - noun measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.;  a guarantee that an obligation will be met;  freedom from anxiety or fear;  a department responsible for the security of the institution's property and workers;  defense against financial failure; financial independence;  property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation;  a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends;  the state of being free from danger or injury;  an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in
  • sedative - adj. tending to soothe or tranquilize;  noun a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
  • sedentary - adj. requiring sitting or little activity
  • sediment - noun matter that has been deposited by some natural process;  verb settle as sediment;  deposit as a sediment
  • sedimentation - noun the phenomenon of sediment or gravel accumulating
  • seduction - noun enticing someone astray from right behavior;  an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone
  • seductive - adj. tending to entice into a desired action or state
  • see - noun the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located;  verb be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something;  deem to be;  deliberate or decide;  match or meet; receive as a specified guest;  accompany or escort;  perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight;  see and understand, have a good eye;  observe as if with an eye;  go to see for professional or business reasons;  go to see for a social visit;  perceive (an idea or situation) mentally;  get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally;  make sense of; assign a meaning to;  find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind;  come together;  go or live through;  perceive or be contemporaneous with;  observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect;  see or watch;  date regularly; have a steady relationship with;  visit a place, as for entertainment;  take charge of or deal with
  • seed - noun a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa;  a small hard fruit;  the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract;  anything that provides inspiration for later work;  one of the outstanding players in a tournament;  verb remove the seeds from;  inoculate with microorganisms;  sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain;  distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds;  go to seed; shed seeds; bear seeds;  help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money;  place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
  • seed-like - adj. resembling a seed
  • seeing - adj. having vision, not blind;  noun normal use of the faculty of vision;  perception by means of the eyes
  • seek - noun the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track on a disk;  verb inquire for;  go to or towards;  try to get or reach; try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of;  make an effort or attempt
  • seeking - adj. trying to obtain;  noun an attempt to acquire or gain something;  the act of searching for something
  • seem - verb appear to one's own mind or opinion;  appear to exist; give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect;  seem to be true, probable, or apparent
  • seeming - adj. appearing as such but not necessarily so
  • seemingly - adv. from appearances alone
  • segment - noun one of the parts into which something naturally divides;  one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object;  verb divide or split up;  divide into segments
  • segmentation - noun the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart; (embryology) the repeated division of a fertilised ovum
  • segmented - adj. having the body divided into successive metameres or segments, as in earthworms or lobsters
  • seize - verb affect;  take hold of; grab;  take or capture by force;  hook by a pull on the line;  capture the attention or imagination of;  take possession of by force, as after an invasion;  take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority;  seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
  • seized - adj. taken without permission or consent especially by public authority
  • seizing - noun small stuff that is used for lashing two or more ropes together;  the act of gripping something firmly with the hands
  • seizure - noun the taking possession of something by legal process; a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease;  the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property;  the act of taking of a person by force
  • seldom - adv. not often
  • select - adj. selected or chosen for special qualifications;  of superior grade;  verb pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  • selected - adj. chosen in preference to another
  • selection - noun an assortment of things from which a choice can be made;  the act of choosing or selecting;  the person or thing chosen or selected;  a passage selected from a larger work;  a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment
  • selective - adj. tending to select; characterized by careful choice; characterized by very careful or fastidious selection
  • self - adj. (used as a combining form) relating to--of or by or to or from or for--the self;  noun your consciousness of your own identity; a person considered as a unique individual
  • self-control - noun the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior;  the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses
  • self-destruction - noun the act of destroying yourself;  the act of killing yourself
  • self-evident - adj. evident without proof or argument
  • self-limited - adj. relating to a disease that tends to run a definite course without treatment
  • self-regulating - adj. designed to activate or move or regulate itself
  • self-respect - noun the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
  • self-respecting - adj. having or showing self-esteem
  • sell - noun the activity of persuading someone to buy;  verbpersuade somebody to accept something;  give up for a price or reward;  exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent;  be sold at a certain price or in a certain way;  be responsible for the sale of;  be approved of or gain acceptance;  do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood;  deliver to an enemy by treachery
  • seltzer - noun naturally effervescent mineral water;  effervescent beverage artificially charged with carbon dioxide
  • semblance - noun an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading;  picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing;  an erroneous mental representation
  • semen - noun the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
  • semi - noun a trailer having wheels only in the rear; the front is supported by the towing vehicle;  a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together;  one of the two competitions in the next to the last round of an elimination tournament
  • semicircle - noun a plane figure with the shape of half a circle
  • semicircular - adj. curved into a half circle
  • semicomatose - adj. in a state of partial coma
  • semiconscious - adj. partially conscious; not completely aware of sensations
  • semiconsciousness - noun marginal consciousness
  • semidiameter - noun the apparent radius of a celestial body when viewed as a disc from the earth
  • semiliquid - adj. somewhat liquid
  • semilunar - adj. resembling the new moon in shape
  • seminal - adj. pertaining to or containing or consisting of semen; containing seeds of later development
  • seminiferous - adj. bearing or producing seed or semen
  • semisolid - adj. partly solid; having a rigidity and viscosity intermediate between a solid and a liquid
  • semitransparent - adj. almost transparent; allowing light to pass through diffusely
  • semitropic - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics
  • semitropical - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics
  • semiweekly - adj. occurring twice a week;  adv. twice a week;  nouna periodical that is published twice each week (or 104 issues per year)
  • sen - noun a fractional monetary unit of Japan and Indonesia and Cambodia; equal to one hundredth of a yen or rupiah or riel
  • send - verb transfer;  to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place;  cause to go somewhere;  broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television;  cause to be directed or transmitted to another place;  assign to a station;  transport commercially;  cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
  • sending - noun the act of causing something to go (especially messages)
  • seneca - noun the Iroquoian language spoken by the Seneca;  a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living in New York state south of Lake Ontario;  Roman statesman and philosopher who was an advisor to Nero; his nine extant tragedies are modeled on Greek tragedies (circa 4 BC - 65 AD)
  • senecio - noun enormous and diverse cosmopolitan genus of trees and shrubs and vines and herbs including many weeds
  • senega - noun perennial bushy herb of central and southern United States having white flowers with green centers and often purple crest; similar to Seneca snakeroot;  dried root of two plants of the genus Polygala containing an irritating saponin
  • senegal - noun a republic in northwestern Africa on the coast of the Atlantic; formerly a French colony but achieved independence in 1960
  • senescence - noun the property characteristic of old age;  the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing age
  • senile - adj. mentally or physically infirm with age
  • senility - noun the state of being senile;  mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations
  • senna - noun any of various plants of the genus Senna having pinnately compound leaves and showy usually yellow flowers; many are used medicinally
  • sens - noun street names for marijuana
  • sensation - noun an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation;  a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest; a state of widespread public excitement and interest;  the faculty through which the external world is apprehended;  someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  • sensational - adj. causing intense interest, curiosity, or emotion; relating to or concerned in sensation;  commanding attention
  • sense - noun the faculty through which the external world is apprehended;  a general conscious awareness;  a natural appreciation or ability;  the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted;  sound practical judgment;  verb comprehend;  become aware of not through the senses but instinctively;  detect some circumstance or entity automatically;  perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
  • senseless - adj. (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment;  unresponsive to stimulation;  lacking import;  not marked by the use of reason
  • sensibility - noun mental responsiveness and awareness;  refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions;  (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
  • sensible - adj. aware intuitively or intellectually of something sensed;  readily perceived by the senses;  able to feel or perceive; showing reason or sound judgment
  • sensitive - adj. of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security;  hurting;  responsive to physical stimuli; being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others;  able to feel or perceive;  noun someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead
  • sensitiveness - noun the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment;  the ability to respond to physical stimuli or to register small physical amounts or differences; (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation;  sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
  • sensitized - adj. having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility (especially to a specific factor)
  • sensorimotor - adj. of or relating to the sensory and motor coordination of an organism or to the controlling nerves
  • sensorium - noun the areas of the brain that process and register incoming sensory information and make possible the conscious awareness of the world
  • sensory - adj. involving or derived from the senses;  of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system;  relating to or concerned in sensation
  • sensuous - adj. taking delight in beauty
  • sent - adj. caused or enabled to go or be conveyed or transmitted; noun 100 senti equal 1 kroon in Estonia
  • sentinel - noun a person employed to watch for something to happen
  • sep - noun the month following August and preceding October
  • separably - adv. with possibility of separation or individuation
  • separate - adj. separated according to race, sex, class, or religion; independent; not united or joint;  standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything;  have the connection undone; having become separate;  characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing;  not living together as man and wife;  noun a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments;  a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication;  verb divide into components or constituents; force, take, or pull apart;  come apart;  go one's own way; move apart;  make a division or separation;  discontinue an association or relation; go different ways;  act as a barrier between; stand between; divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork;  become separated into pieces or fragments;  mark as different;  arrange or order by classes or categories;  separate into parts or portions;  treat differently on the basis of sex or race
  • separated - adj. spaced apart;  no longer connected or joined; separated at the joint;  being or feeling set or kept apart from others; not living together as man and wife
  • separately - adv. apart from others
  • separation - noun the act of dividing or disconnecting;  the social act of separating or parting company;  sorting one thing from others;  the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal);  coming apart;  the space where a division or parting occurs;  the state of lacking unity;  (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order);  the distance between things
  • separator - noun an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension
  • sepia - noun type genus of the Sepiidae;  rich brown pigment prepared from the ink of cuttlefishes;  a shade of brown with a tinge of red
  • sepsis - noun the presence of pus-forming bacteria or their toxins in the blood or tissues
  • septal - adj. of or relating to a septum
  • september - noun the month following August and preceding October
  • septic - adj. containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms;  of or relating to or caused by putrefaction
  • septicaemia - noun invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms from a focus of infection
  • septicemia - noun invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms from a focus of infection
  • septicemic - adj. characteristic of septicemia
  • septum - noun (anatomy) a dividing partition between two tissues or cavities;  a partition or wall especially in an ovary
  • sequel - noun a part added to a book or play that continues and extends it;  something that follows something else
  • sequence - noun film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie;  a following of one thing after another in time;  several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys;  serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern;  the action of following in order;  verb arrange in a sequence;  determine the order of constituents in
  • sequent - adj. following as an effect or result;  in regular succession without gaps
  • sequestration - noun seizing property that belongs to someone else and holding it until profits pay the demand for which it was seized;  a writ that authorizes the seizure of property;  the action of forming a chelate or other stable compound with an ion or atom or molecule so that it is no longer available for reactions;  the act of segregating or sequestering
  • serenoa - noun one species: saw palmetto
  • serial - adj. of or relating to the sequential performance of multiple operations;  pertaining to or occurring in or producing a series; pertaining to or composed in serial technique;  in regular succession without gaps;  noun a serialized set of programs;  a periodical that appears at scheduled times
  • series - noun (mathematics) the sum of a finite or infinite sequence of expressions;  a periodical that appears at scheduled times; (sports) several contests played successively by the same teams; similar things placed in order or happening one after another;  a group of postage stamps having a common theme or a group of coins or currency selected as a group for study or collection; (electronics) connection of components in such a manner that current flows first through one and then through the other;  a serialized set of programs
  • serin - noun any of various brown and yellow finches of pats of Europe
  • serious - adj. requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve;  of great consequence;  concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities;  causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm;  appealing to the mind; completely lacking in playfulness
  • seriously - adv. in a serious manner;  to a severe or serious degree
  • seriousness - noun the trait of being serious;  the quality of arousing fear or distress;  an earnest and sincere feeling
  • serosa - noun a thin membrane lining the closed cavities of the body; has two layers with a space between that is filled with serous fluid
  • serous - adj. of or producing or containing serum
  • serpens - noun a constellation in the equatorial region of the northern hemisphere near Ophiuchus and Corona Borealis
  • serpent - noun an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake;  a firework that moves in serpentine manner when ignited;  limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
  • serpentine - adj. resembling a serpent in form
  • serrate - adj. notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex; verb make saw-toothed or jag the edge of
  • serrated - adj. notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex
  • serratus - noun any of several muscles of the trunk
  • serum - noun watery fluid of the blood that resembles plasma but contains fibrinogen
  • service - noun the performance of duties by a waiter or servant;  the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone;  work done by one person or group that benefits another;  (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him;  employment in or work for another;  the act of public worship following prescribed rules;  an act of help or assistance;  tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table;  a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation;  Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958);  periodic maintenance on a car or machine;  (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play;  the act of mating by male animals;  a means of serving;  a force that is a branch of the armed forces;  verb make fit for use;  be used by; as of a utility;  mate with
  • serve - noun (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play;  verb put the ball into play;  do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function; provide (usually but not necessarily food);  help to some food; help with food or drink;  mate with;  deliver a warrant or summons to someone;  do military service;  work for or be a servant to;  devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas; contribute or conduce to;  promote, benefit, or be useful or beneficial to;  serve a purpose, role, or function;  spend time in prison or in a labor camp;  be used by; as of a utility;  be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  • service - noun the performance of duties by a waiter or servant;  the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone;  work done by one person or group that benefits another;  (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him;  employment in or work for another;  the act of public worship following prescribed rules;  an act of help or assistance;  tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table;  a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation;  Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958);  periodic maintenance on a car or machine;  (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play;  the act of mating by male animals;  a means of serving;  a force that is a branch of the armed forces;  verb make fit for use;  be used by; as of a utility;  mate with
  • serviceable - adj. intended or able to serve a purpose without elaboration;  ready for service or able to give long service;  capable of being put to good use
  • services - noun performance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to others
  • serving - noun the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone;  an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
  • sesame - noun East Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed and sesame oil
  • sesamoid - noun any of several small round bones formed in a tendon where it passes over a joint
  • sessile - adj. attached directly by the base; not having an intervening stalk;  permanently attached to a substrate; not free to move about
  • set - adj. being below the horizon;  converted to solid form (as concrete);  fixed and unmoving;  set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people";  (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed;  situated in a particular spot or position;  determined or decided upon as by an authority;  noun several exercises intended to be done in series;  the act of putting something in position;  any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals;  (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way;  the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon;  a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used;  (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols;  an unofficial association of people or groups;  evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris;  a unit of play in tennis or squash;  representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production;  a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way;  the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization;  verb set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly;  put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state; establish as the highest level or best performance;  give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor;  insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink);  fix in a border;  put into a position that will restore a normal state;  apply or start;  locate;  disappear beyond the horizon; arrange attractively;  bear fruit;  alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard;  make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc;  get ready for a particular purpose or event;  equip with sails or masts; become gelatinous;  estimate;  fix conclusively or authoritatively; decide upon or fix definitely;  urge a dog to attack someone;  put into a certain place or abstract location;  put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground;  adapt for performance in a different way;  set in type
  • setback - noun an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
  • setting - noun the context and environment in which something is set;  the physical position of something;  the state of the environment in which a situation exists;  arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted;  a mounting consisting of a piece of metal (as in a ring or other jewelry) that holds a gem in place;  a table service for one person
  • settle - noun a long wooden bench with a back;  verb take up residence and become established;  form a community;  become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; establish or develop as a residence;  become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet;  settle conclusively; come to terms;  end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement;  accept despite complete satisfaction;  get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury;  arrange or fix in the desired order;  cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids);  become clear by the sinking of particles;  come to rest;  settle into a position, usually on a surface or ground;  dispose of; make a financial settlement;  come as if by falling;  make final; put the last touches on; put into final form;  bring to an end; settle conclusively;  come to terms;  fix firmly;  sink down or precipitate;  go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
  • settled - adj. not changeable;  established in a desired position or place; not moving about;  established or decided beyond dispute or doubt;  clearly defined;  inhabited by colonists
  • settlement - noun something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making;  a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it;  an area where a group of families live together;  termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities;  the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies;  a community of people smaller than a town;  a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government
  • settling - noun a gradual sinking to a lower level
  • seven - adj. being one more than six;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one
  • seven-day - adj. lasting through a week
  • seventeen - adj. being one more than sixteen;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of sixteen and one
  • seventeenth - adj. coming next after the sixteenth in position;  nounposition 17 in a countable series of things
  • seventh - adj. coming next after the sixth and just before the eighth in position;  noun the musical interval between one note and another seven notes away from it;  position seven in a countable series of things;  one part in seven equal parts
  • seventy - adj. being ten more than sixty;  noun the cardinal number that is the product of ten and seven
  • seventy-five - adj. being five more than seventy
  • seventy-two - adj. being two more than seventy
  • sever - verb set or keep apart;  cut off from a whole
  • several - adj. distinct and individual;  (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many;  considered individually
  • severally - adv. in the order given;  apart from others;  apart from others
  • severance - noun the act of severing;  a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  • severe - adj. very bad in degree or extent;  unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment;  intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality;  causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm;  severely simple;  very strong or vigorous
  • severed - adj. detached by cutting
  • severely - adv. to a severe or serious degree;  causing great damage or hardship;  with sternness; in a severe manner
  • severing - noun the act of severing
  • severity - noun excessive sternness;  extreme plainness;  something hard to endure;  used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
  • sew - verb fasten by sewing; do needlework;  create (clothes) with cloth
  • sewage - noun waste matter carried away in sewers or drains
  • sewed - adj. fastened with stitches
  • sewer - noun a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water;  someone who sews;  misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
  • sewerage - noun a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water;  waste matter carried away in sewers or drains
  • sewing - noun joining or attaching by stitches;  needlework on which you are working with needle and thread
  • sewing needle - noun a needle used in sewing to pull thread through cloth;  slender-bodied non-stinging insect having iridescent wings that are outspread at rest; adults and nymphs feed on mosquitoes etc.
  • sex - noun the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles;  all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses;  either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided;  activities associated with sexual intercourse;  verb tell the sex (of young chickens);  stimulate sexually
  • sexual - adj. having or involving sex;  of or relating to or characterized by sexuality;  involved in a sexual relationship
  • sexually - adv. by sexual means;  with respect to sexuality
  • shad - noun herring-like food fishes that migrate from the sea to fresh water to spawn;  bony flesh of herring-like fish usually caught during their migration to fresh water for spawning; especially of Atlantic coast
  • shade - noun protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight;  a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment);  a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color;  a position of relative inferiority;  relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body;  a mental representation of some haunting experience;  a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude;  a slight amount or degree of difference;  verb protect from light, heat, or view;  represent the effect of shade or shadow on;  cast a shadow over
  • shaded - adj. protected from heat and light with shade or shadow; (of pictures or drawings) drawn or painted with degrees or gradations of shadow
  • shades - noun spectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun
  • shading - noun a gradation involving small or imperceptible differences between grades;  graded markings that indicate light or shaded areas in a drawing or painting
  • shadow - noun refuge from danger or observation;  a premonition of something adverse;  an inseparable companion;  a dominating and pervasive presence;  shade within clear boundaries;  something existing in perception only;  an indication that something has been present;  an unilluminated area;  a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements;  verb follow, usually without the person's knowledge;  make appear small by comparison;  cast a shadow over
  • shaft - noun a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow);  a vertical passage into a mine;  (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column;  a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator);  a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer;  the hollow spine of a feather;  a revolving rod that transmits power or motion;  a long pointed rod used as a weapon;  obscene terms for penis;  the main (mid) section of a long bone;  an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect;  a column of light (as from a beacon);  verb equip with a shaft;  defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
  • shake - noun causing to move repeatedly from side to side;  a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement;  grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract);  a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it;  frothy drink of milk and flavoring and sometimes fruit or ice cream;  building material used as siding or roofing;  verb move with or as if with a tremor;  undermine or cause to waver;  bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking;  shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state;  move or cause to move back and forth;  get rid of;  stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of;  move back and forth or sideways;  shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively
  • shaken - adj. disturbed psychologically as if by a physical jolt or shock
  • shaking - noun the act of causing something to move up and down (or back and forth) with quick movements;  a shaky motion
  • shale - noun a sedimentary rock formed by the deposition of successive layers of clay
  • shallow - adj. lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center;  not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply;  lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious; noun a stretch of shallow water;  verb become shallow;  make shallow
  • shame - noun a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt;  a state of dishonor;  an unfortunate development;  verb surpass or beat by a wide margin;  cause to be ashamed;  compel through a sense of shame;  bring shame or dishonor upon
  • shampoo - noun the act of washing your hair with shampoo; cleansing agent consisting of soaps or detergents used for washing the hair;  verb use shampoo on (hair)
  • shank - noun a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball;  the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole;  cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill;  cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head;  cylinder forming a long narrow part of something;  the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle;  a cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg;  lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals;  verb hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction
  • shape - noun the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance;  any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline);  a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept;  the visual appearance of something or someone; alternative names for the body of a human being;  a perceptual structure;  the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe; the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape');  verb give shape or form to;  make something, usually for a specific function;  shape or influence; give direction to
  • shaped - adj. shaped to fit by or as if by altering the contours of a pliable mass (as by work or effort);  having the shape of
  • shapeless - adj. lacking symmetry or attractive form;  having no definite form or distinct shape
  • share - noun assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group;  any of the equal portions into which the capital stock of a corporation is divided and ownership of which is evidenced by a stock certificate;  any one of a number of individual efforts in a common endeavor;  the allotment of some amount by dividing something;  a sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil;  verb communicate;  give out as one's portion or share;  use jointly or in common;  have in common;  have, give, or receive a share of
  • shared - adj. have in common; held or experienced in common; distributed in portions (often equal) on the basis of a plan or purpose
  • sharp - adj. having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing;  keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point;  quick and forceful;  very sudden and in great amount or degree;  raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone;  harsh; marked by practical hardheaded intelligence;  (of something seen or heard) clearly defined;  extremely steep;  having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones;  having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions;  ending in a sharp point;  adv.changing suddenly in direction and degree;  noun a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point;  a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
  • sharp-pointed - adj. having a sharp point
  • sharper - noun a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
  • sharply - adv. in a well delineated manner;  changing suddenly in direction and degree;  in an aggressive manner;  very suddenly and to a great degree
  • sharpness - noun thinness of edge or fineness of point;  the quality of being keenly and painfully felt;  harshness of manner;  the quality of being sharp and clear;  a strong odor or taste property;  the attribute of urgency;  a quick and penetrating intelligence
  • shattered - adj. ruined or disrupted
  • shattering - adj. seemingly loud enough to break something; violently rattling or clattering;  noun the act of breaking something into small pieces
  • shave - noun the act of removing hair with a razor;  verb remove body hair with a razor;  touch the surface of lightly;  cut closely;  make shavings of or reduce to shavings;  cut the price of;  cut or remove with or as if with a plane
  • shaved - adj. having the beard or hair cut off close to the skin
  • shaving - noun the act of brushing against while passing;  the act of removing hair with a razor;  a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something
  • shawl - noun cloak consisting of an oblong piece of cloth used to cover the head and shoulders
  • sheath - noun a protective covering for a knife or sword;  an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part;  a dress suitable for formal occasions
  • shed - adj. shed at an early stage of development;  noun an outbuilding with a single story; used for shelter or storage;  verb cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers;  get rid of;  cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over;  pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities
  • sheep - noun woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat;  a docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision;  a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon
  • sheer - adj. complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers;  very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front;  not mixed with extraneous elements;  so thin as to transmit light;  adv. directly;  straight up or down without a break;  verb cause to sheer;  turn sharply; change direction abruptly
  • sheet - noun bed linen consisting of a large rectangular piece of cotton or linen cloth; used in pairs;  (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind; a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width;  used for writing or printing;  any broad thin expanse or surface;  a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel;  newspaper with half-size pages; (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape;  verb cover with a sheet, as if by wrapping;  come down as if in sheets
  • sheet anchor - noun spare anchor for use in emergency
  • sheeting - noun fabric from which bed sheets are made
  • shell - noun the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc; ammunition consisting of a cylindrical metal casing containing an explosive charge and a projectile; fired from a large gun;  the housing or outer covering of something;  a very light narrow racing boat;  a rigid covering that envelops an object;  the exterior covering of a bird's egg;  the hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts;  the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals;  hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles;  a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners);  verb remove from its shell or outer covering;  look for and collect shells by the seashore;  hit the pitches of hard and regularly;  fall out of the pod or husk;  remove the husks from;  come out better in a competition, race, or conflict;  use explosives on
  • shellac - noun a thin varnish made by dissolving lac in ethanol; used to finish wood;  lac purified by heating and filtering; usually in thin orange or yellow flakes but sometimes bleached white;  verb cover with shellac
  • shelled - adj. of animals or fruits that have a shell
  • shelter - noun a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger;  protective covering that provides protection from the weather;  temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons;  a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings;  the condition of being protected;  verb invest (money) so that it is not taxable;  provide shelter for
  • sheltered - adj. protected from danger or bad weather
  • sherry - noun dry to sweet amber wine from the Jerez region of southern Spain or similar wines produced elsewhere; usually drunk as an aperitif
  • shield - noun armor carried on the arm to intercept blows;  a protective covering or structure;  hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles;  verb protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm;  hold back a thought or feeling about
  • shielded - adj. (used especially of machinery) protected by a shield to prevent injury
  • shift - noun the act of moving from one place to another;  an event in which something is displaced without rotation;  a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time;  the time period during which you are at work;  the act of changing one thing or position for another;  a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist;  a woman's sleeveless undergarment;  the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters;  a qualitative change;  (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; verb move and exchange for another;  change gears;  move from one setting or context to another;  change in quality;  change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change;  use a shift key on a keyboard;  change place or direction;  make a shift in or exchange of; lay aside, abandon, or leave for another;  move abruptly;  move sideways or in an unsteady way;  move very slightly;  move around
  • shifting - adj. (of soil) unstable;  changing position or direction; continuously varying;  noun the act of moving from one place to another
  • shilling - noun an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound;  a former monetary unit in Great Britain;  the basic unit of money in Kenya; equal to 100 cents;  the basic unit of money in Somalia; equal to 100 cents;  the basic unit of money in Tanzania; equal to 100 cents;  the basic unit of money in Uganda; equal to 100 cents
  • shimmer - noun a weak and tremulous light;  verb give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk;  shine with a weak or fitful light
  • shin - noun the front part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle;  the 22nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet;  a cut of meat from the lower part of the leg;  the inner and thicker of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle;  verb climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
  • shingles - noun eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia
  • shining - adj. marked by exceptional merit;  reflecting light; abounding with sunlight;  made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow;  noun the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it
  • shiny - adj. reflecting light;  abounding with sunlight;  having a shiny surface or coating;  made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
  • ship - noun a vessel that carries passengers or freight;  verb place on board a ship;  travel by ship;  hire for work on a ship;  transport commercially;  go on board
  • shipboard - adj. taking place or existing on board a ship
  • shipment - noun the act of sending off something;  goods carried by a large vehicle
  • shirt - noun a garment worn on the upper half of the body;  verb put a shirt on
  • shivering - adj. vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze;  noun a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever
  • shock - noun the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat;  an unpleasant or disappointing surprise;  an instance of agitation of the earth's crust;  a bushy thick mass (especially hair);  a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field;  (pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory insufficiency and pallor;  a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body;  a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses;  the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally;  verb subject to electrical shocks;  collect or gather into shocks;  collide violently;  strike with horror or terror;  surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off;  strike with disgust or revulsion;  inflict a trauma upon
  • shocking - adj. giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation;  glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism
  • shoe - noun footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material;  (card games) a case from which playing cards are dealt one at a time;  a restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel's rotation; U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof;  verb furnish with shoes
  • shoemaker - noun a person who makes or repairs shoes
  • shoes - noun a particular situation
  • shook - noun a disassembled barrel; the parts packed for storage or shipment
  • shooting - noun the act of firing a projectile;  killing someone by gunfire
  • shop - noun a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services;  a course of instruction in a trade (as carpentry or electricity);  small workplace where handcrafts or manufacturing are done;  verb do one's shopping;  shop around; not necessarily buying; give away information about somebody;  do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
  • shore - noun a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support;  the land along the edge of a body of water;  verbserve as a shore to;  support by placing against something solid or rigid;  arrive on shore
  • short - adj. tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening;  (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length;  primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration;  of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration;  not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices;  lacking foresight or scope; low in stature; not tall;  marked by rude or peremptory shortness;  (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range;  not sufficient to meet a need;  less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so;  adv. at a disadvantage;  so as to interrupt;  at some point or distance before a goal is reached;  clean across;  without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold;  quickly and without warning;  in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner;  noun the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed;  the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base;  accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference;  verbcreate a short circuit in;  cheat someone by not returning him enough money
  • short-lived - adj. lasting a very short time
  • shorten - verb become short or shorter;  make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration;  make short or shorter;  edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  • shortened - adj. with parts removed;  cut short;  shortened by or as if by means of parts that slide one within another or are crushed one into another;  cut short in duration
  • shortening - noun act of decreasing in length;  fat such as butter or lard used in baked goods
  • shorthand - adj. written in abbreviated or symbolic form;  noun a method of writing rapidly
  • shortly - adv. for a short time;  at a short distance;  in the near future; in a concise manner; in a few words;  in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
  • shortness - noun the property of being shorter than average stature;  the property of being of short temporal extent;  the property of being of short spatial extent;  the property of being truncated or short;  the condition of being short of something;  an abrupt discourteous manner
  • shot - adj. varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles;  noun informal words for any attempt or effort;  an attempt to score in a game;  a blow hard enough to cause injury;  a solid missile discharged from a firearm;  an explosive charge used in blasting;  sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put;  an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect;  a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot);  a chance to do something;  the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination;  the act of firing a projectile;  (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand;  the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe;  an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera; an estimate based on little or no information;  a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film;  a small drink of liquor
  • shoulder - noun narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road;  the part of the body between the neck and the upper arm;  a ball-and-socket joint between the head of the humerus and a cavity of the scapula;  a cut of beef from the shoulder of the animal; verb push with the shoulders;  carry a burden, either real or metaphoric;  lift onto one's shoulders
  • shoulder girdle - noun the bony arch formed by the collarbones and shoulder blades in humans
  • shoulder joint - noun a ball-and-socket joint between the head of the humerus and a cavity of the scapula
  • shouting - adj. noisy with or as if with loud cries and shouts;  nounuttering a loud inarticulate cry as of pain or excitement; encouragement in the form of cheers from spectators
  • shovel - noun a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle;  a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace;  the quantity a shovel can hold;  a machine for excavating;  verb dig with or as if with a shovel
  • show - noun the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining;  a social event involving a public performance or entertainment;  pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; something intended to communicate a particular impression;  verbgive evidence of, as of records;  finish third or better in a horse or dog race;  make visible or noticeable;  be or become visible or noticeable;  show or demonstrate something to an interested audience;  establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment;  indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments;  indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively;  give expression to;  provide evidence for; show in, or as in, a picture;  show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums;  make clear and visible
  • shower - noun washing yourself by standing upright under water sprayed from a nozzle;  a plumbing fixture that sprays water over you;  a sudden downpour (as of tears or sparks etc) likened to a rain shower;  a party of friends assembled to present gifts (usually of a specified kind) to a person;  a brief period of precipitation;  someone who organizes an exhibit for others to see;  verb take a shower; wash one's body in the shower;  provide abundantly with;  spray or sprinkle with;  rain abundantly;  expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
  • shower bath - noun washing yourself by standing upright under water sprayed from a nozzle;  booth for washing yourself, usually in a bathroom
  • showing - noun something shown to the public;  the display of a motion picture
  • showing - noun something shown to the public;  the display of a motion picture
  • showy - adj. displaying brilliance and virtuosity;  marked by ostentation but often tasteless;  (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
  • shredded - adj. prepared by cutting
  • shriek - noun sharp piercing cry;  a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry;  verb utter a shrill cry
  • shrill - adj. of colors that are bright and gaudy;  being sharply insistent on being heard;  having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones;  verb utter a shrill cry
  • shrink - noun a physician who specializes in psychiatry;  verbdecrease in size, range, or extent;  become smaller or draw together; reduce in size; reduce physically;  wither, as with a loss of moisture; draw back, as with fear or pain
  • shrinkage - noun the amount by which something shrinks;  the act of stealing goods that are on display in a store;  process or result of becoming less or smaller
  • shrinking - noun the act of becoming less;  process or result of becoming less or smaller
  • shrivel - verb wither, as with a loss of moisture;  decrease in size, range, or extent
  • shriveled - adj. reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity;  lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness;  (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
  • shrub - noun a low woody perennial plant usually having several major branches
  • shrunken - adj. reduced in size by being drawn together;  reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity;  lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
  • shuffling - noun walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet;  the act of mixing cards haphazardly
  • shun - verb avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of; expel from a community or group
  • shut - adj. not open;  used especially of mouth or eyes;  verb move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut;  become closed;  prevent from entering; shut out
  • shutter - noun a hinged blind for a window;  a mechanical device on a camera that opens and closes to control the time of a photographic exposure;  verb close with shutters
  • shutting - noun the act of closing something
  • si - noun the syllable naming the seventh (subtonic) note of any musical scale in solmization;  a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela);  a tetravalent nonmetallic element; next to oxygen it is the most abundant element in the earth's crust; occurs in clay and feldspar and granite and quartz and sand; used as a semiconductor in transistors
  • siam - noun a country of southeastern Asia that extends southward along the Isthmus of Kra to the Malay peninsula
  • sib - noun one related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another;  a person's brother or sister
  • sibilant - adj. of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then'); noun a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
  • sick - adj. deeply affected by a strong feeling;  shockingly repellent; inspiring horror;  having a strong distaste from surfeit;  affected with madness or insanity;  (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble;  affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function;  feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit;  noun people who are sick;  verb eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • sick headache - noun a headache accompanied by nausea;  a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
  • sickening - adj. causing or able to cause nausea
  • sickly - adj. unhealthy looking;  somewhat ill or prone to illness
  • sickness - noun defectiveness or unsoundness;  impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism;  the state that precedes vomiting
  • sickroom - noun a room to which a sick person is confined
  • side - adj. located on a side;  noun an extended outer surface of an object;  either the left or right half of a body;  an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect);  an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute;  a lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food;  a family line of descent;  one of two or more contesting groups;  a surface forming part of the outside of an object;  a line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane figure;  a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location;  (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist;  an elevated geological formation;  verb take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for;  take the side of; be on the side of
  • siderosis - noun fibrosis of the lung caused by iron dust; occurs among welders and other metal workers
  • sierra - noun a Spanish mackerel of western North America;  a range of mountains (usually with jagged peaks and irregular outline)
  • sieve - noun a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles;  verb distinguish and separate out;  check and sort carefully;  separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements;  examine in order to test suitability
  • sifting - noun the act of separating grain from chaff
  • sigh - noun an utterance made by exhaling audibly;  a sound like a person sighing;  verb heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily;  utter with a sigh
  • sight - noun a optical instrument for aiding the eye in aiming, as on a firearm or surveying instrument;  the range of vision;  the ability to see; the visual faculty;  an instance of visual perception;  a range of mental vision;  anything that is seen;  the act of looking or seeing or observing;  (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;  verb catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes
  • sightless - adj. lacking sight
  • sightly - adj. very pleasing to the eye
  • sigmoid - adj. of or relating to the sigmoid flexure in the large intestine;  curved in two directions (like the letter S)
  • sigmoidoscope - noun an endoscope (a flexible fiberoptic probe) for examining the sigmoid colon
  • sign - adj. used of the language of the deaf;  noun a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened);  a public display of a (usually written) message;  a character indicating a relation between quantities;  a gesture that is part of a sign language;  a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified;  (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease;  structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted;  any communication that encodes a message;  an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come;  (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided;  having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges);  verb be engaged by a written agreement; communicate in sign language;  mark with one's signature; write one's name (on);  communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs;  place signs, as along a road;  engage by written agreement;  approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation;  make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
  • signal - adj. notably out of the ordinary;  noun any communication that encodes a message;  any incitement to action;  an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes; verb be a signal for or a symptom of;  communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
  • signature - noun a sheet with several pages printed on it; it folds to page size and is bound with other signatures to form a book;  your name written in your own handwriting;  a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program;  a distinguishing style;  the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key
  • signed - adj. having a handwritten signature;  used of the language of the deaf
  • significance - noun the quality of being significant;  a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred;  the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  • significant - adj. fairly large;  important in effect or meaning;  too closely correlated to be attributed to chance and therefore indicating a systematic relation;  rich in significance or implication
  • significantly - adv. in a significant manner;  in a statistically significant way;  in an important way or to an important degree
  • signification - noun the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  • signify - verb convey or express a meaning;  make known with a word or signal;  denote or connote
  • silence - noun the absence of sound;  the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking);  a refusal to speak when expected;  the trait of keeping things secret;  verb keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure;  cause to be quiet or not talk
  • silent - adj. having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility;  not made to sound;  marked by absence of sound;  unable to speak because of hereditary deafness;  failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to;  indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed directly
  • silica - noun a white or colorless vitreous insoluble solid (SiO2); various forms occur widely in the earth's crust as quartz or cristobalite or tridymite or lechartelierite
  • silicate - noun a salt or ester derived from silicic acid
  • siliceous - adj. relating to or containing or resembling silica
  • silicious - adj. relating to or containing or resembling silica
  • silicosis - noun a lung disease caused by inhaling particles of silica or quartz or slate
  • silk - noun a fabric made from the fine threads produced by certain insect larvae;  fibers from silkworm cocoons provide threads for knitting
  • silkworm - noun hairless white caterpillar of the Asian silkworm moth; source of most commercial silk;  larva of a saturniid moth; spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon
  • silky - adj. having a smooth, gleaming surface
  • silly - adj. dazed from or as if from repeated blows;  inspiring scornful pity;  lacking seriousness; given to frivolity;  ludicrous, foolish;  noun a word used for misbehaving children
  • silver - adj. having the white lustrous sheen of silver;  made from or largely consisting of silver;  expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively;  of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver;  noun coins made of silver;  a soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography;  silverware eating utensils;  a trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition;  a light shade of grey;  verb turn silver;  make silver in color;  coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam
  • silver-white - adj. of a white that resembles silver
  • silvery - adj. having the white lustrous sheen of silver;  resembling or reminiscent of silver;  of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver
  • similar - adj. marked by correspondence or resemblance;  (of words) expressing closely related meanings;  resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination;  having the same or similar characteristics;  capable of replacing or changing places with something else; permitting mutual substitution without loss of function or suitability
  • similarity - noun the quality of being similar;  a Gestalt principle of organization holding that (other things being equal) parts of a stimulus field that are similar to each other tend to be perceived as belonging together as a unit
  • similarly - adv. in like or similar manner
  • simmer - noun temperature just below the boiling point;  verb boil slowly at low temperature
  • simon - noun United States economist and psychologist who pioneered in the development of cognitive science (1916-2001); United States playwright noted for light comedies (born in 1927); United States singer and songwriter (born in 1942);  one of the twelve Apostles (first century)
  • simple - adj. unornamented;  (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions;  having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved;  easy and not involved or complicated;  apart from anything else; without additions or modifications;  lacking mental capacity and devoid of subtlety;  exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity;  noun any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties;  a person lacking intelligence or common sense
  • simplex - adj. allowing communication in only one direction at a time, or in telegraphy allowing only one message over a line at a time;  having only one part or element
  • simplicity - noun the quality of being simple or uncompounded; absence of affectation or pretense;  a lack of penetration or subtlety; lack of ornamentation;  freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort
  • simplified - adj. made easy or uncomplicated
  • simplify - verb make simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent
  • simply - adv. absolutely; altogether; really;  and nothing more;  in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment;  absolutely
  • simpson - noun Scottish obstetrician and surgeon who pioneered in the use of ether and discovered the anesthetic effects of chloroform (1811-1870);  United States divorcee whose marriage to Edward VIII created a constitutional crisis leading to his abdication
  • simulate - verb make a pretence of;  create a representation or model of;  reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  • simulated - adj. reproduced or made to resemble; imitative in character;  not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article
  • simulation - noun the act of imitating the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous (especially for the purpose of study or personnel training);  (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program;  the act of giving a false appearance;  representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
  • simulator - noun a machine that simulates an environment for the purpose of training or research
  • simulium - noun type genus of the Simuliidae: blackflies
  • simultaneous - adj. occurring or operating at the same time
  • simultaneously - adv. at the same instant
  • sin - noun an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will;  violent and excited activity;  estrangement from god; the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet;  (Akkadian) god of the moon; counterpart of Sumerian Nanna;  ratio of the opposite side to the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle;  verb commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law;  commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake
  • sinai - noun a peninsula in northeastern Egypt; at north end of Red Sea;  a desert on the Sinai Peninsula in northeastern Egypt;  a mountain peak in the southern Sinai Peninsula (7,500 feet high); it is believed to be the peak on which Moses received the Ten Commandments
  • sinapis - noun small genus of Old World herbs usually included in genus Brassica
  • sinapism - noun a plaster containing powdered black mustard; applied to the skin as a counterirritant or rubefacient
  • sincere - adj. open and genuine; not deceitful;  characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions
  • sincerity - noun a quality of naturalness and simplicity;  the quality of being open and truthful; not deceitful or hypocritical;  the trait of being serious;  an earnest and sincere feeling
  • sinciput - noun the front part of the head or skull (including the forehead)
  • sine - noun ratio of the opposite side to the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle
  • singing - adj. smooth and flowing;  noun the act of singing vocal music;  disclosing information or giving evidence about another
  • single - adj. not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective;  having uniform application;  existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual;  used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of petals;  being or characteristic of a single thing or person;  not married or related to the unmarried state;  characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing;  noun a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base; verb hit a single
  • singleness - noun the quality of concentrating on one central objective;  without hypocrisy
  • singly - adv. one by one; one at a time;  apart from others
  • singular - adj. being a single and separate person or thing; grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit; composed of one member, set, or kind;  the single one of its kind; beyond or deviating from the usual or expected;  unusual or striking; noun the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
  • singularly - adv. in a singular manner or to a singular degree
  • singultus - noun (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion
  • sinister - adj. on or starting from the wearer's left;  threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments;  stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
  • sink - noun plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe;  (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system;  a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it;  a depression in the ground communicating with a subterranean passage (especially in limestone) and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof;  verb descend into or as if into some soft substance or place;  pass into a specified state or condition;  fall or drop to a lower place or level;  cause to sink;  go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned";  fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly; embed deeply;  fall or sink heavily;  appear to move downward
  • sinking - noun a slow fall or decline (as for lack of strength);  a descent as through liquid (especially through water);  a feeling caused by uneasiness or apprehension
  • sinuous - adj. curved or curving in and out
  • sinus - noun any of various air-filled cavities especially in the bones of the skull;  a wide channel containing blood; does not have the coating of an ordinary blood vessel;  an abnormal passage leading from a suppurating cavity to the body surface
  • sinusitis - noun inflammation of one of the paranasal sinuses
  • sion - noun an imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal; Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine;  originally a stronghold captured by David (the 2nd king of the Israelites); above it was built a temple and later the name extended to the whole hill; finally it became a synonym for the city of Jerusalem
  • sip - noun a small drink;  verb drink in sips
  • siphon - noun a tubular organ in an aquatic animal (especially in mollusks) through which water can be taken in or expelled;  a tube running from the liquid in a vessel to a lower level outside the vessel so that atmospheric pressure forces the liquid through the tube;  verbmove a liquid from one container into another by means of a siphon or a siphoning action;  convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a siphon
  • sir - noun term of address for a man;  a title used before the name of knight or baronet
  • sis - noun a female person who has the same parents as another person
  • sister - noun a female person who is a fellow member of a sorority or labor union or other group;  (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a nun (and used as a form of address);  a female person who has the same parents as another person;  (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
  • sit - verb be seated;  be in session;  sit around, often unused;  show to a seat; assign a seat for;  sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions;  take a seat;  assume a posture as for artistic purposes;  work or act as a baby-sitter
  • site - noun physical position in relation to the surroundings;  the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located);  a computer connected to the internet that maintains a series of web pages on the World Wide Web;  verb assign a location to
  • sitting - adj. not moving and therefore easy to attack;  (of persons) having the torso erect and legs bent with the body supported on the buttocks;  noun the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position; (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait);  a session as of a legislature or court;  a meeting of spiritualists
  • situated - adj. situated in a particular spot or position
  • situation - noun a condition or position in which you find yourself; the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time;  a complex or critical or unusual difficulty;  a job in an organization;  physical position in relation to the surroundings
  • sitz bath - noun a bathtub in which your buttocks and hips are immersed as if you were sitting in a chair and you bathe in a sitting position
  • sium - noun perennial of wet and marshy places in the northern hemisphere: water parsnips
  • six - adj. denoting a quantity consisting of six items or units;  nounthe cardinal number that is the sum of five and one
  • six-sided - adj. having six sides
  • sixteen - adj. being one more than fifteen;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of fifteen and one
  • sixteenth - adj. coming next after the fifteenth in position;  nounposition 16 in a countable series of things;  one part in sixteen equal parts
  • sixth - adj. coming next after the fifth and just before the seventh in position;  noun the musical interval between one note and another six notes away from it;  position six in a countable series of things; one part in six equal parts
  • sixtieth - adj. the ordinal number of sixty in counting order;  nounposition 60 in a countable series of things;  one part in sixty equal parts
  • sixty - adj. being ten more than fifty;  noun the cardinal number that is the product of ten and six
  • size - adj. (used in combination) sized;  noun the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing);  the physical magnitude of something (how big it is);  a large magnitude;  the actual state of affairs;  any glutinous material used to fill pores in surfaces or to stiffen fabrics;  verb make to a size; bring to a suitable size;  sort according to size;  cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)
  • sized - adj. having a specified size;  having the surface treated or coated with sizing
  • skating - noun the sport of gliding on skates
  • skein - noun coils of worsted yarn
  • skeleton - noun the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape;  a scandal that is kept secret;  something reduced to its minimal form;  the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
  • skepticism - noun doubt about the truth of something;  the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge
  • skiagram - noun a photographic image produced on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light (especially by X-rays or gamma rays)
  • skiagraph - noun a photographic image produced on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light (especially by X-rays or gamma rays)
  • skiagraphy - noun the process of making a radiograph; producing an image on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light
  • skilful - adj. having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
  • skilfully - adv. with skill
  • skill - noun ability to produce solutions in some problem domain;  an ability that has been acquired by training
  • skilled - adj. having or showing or requiring special skill
  • skillful - adj. done with delicacy and skill;  having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
  • skim - adj. used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed;  noun reading or glancing through quickly;  a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid;  verb read superficially;  remove from the surface;  coat (a liquid) with a layer;  cause to skip over a surface;  move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of;  travel on the surface of water;  examine hastily
  • skimmed - adj. used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed
  • skimming - noun failure to declare income in order to avoid paying taxes on it;  the act of removing floating material from the surface of a liquid;  the act of brushing against while passing;  reading or glancing through quickly
  • skin - noun an outer surface (usually thin);  a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the hide of an animal;  a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch;  a person's skin regarded as their life;  the tissue forming the hard outer layer (of e.g. a fruit);  body covering of a living animal;  the rind of a fruit or vegetable;  verb strip the skin off;  bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of;  remove the bark of a tree;  climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
  • skin disease - noun a disease affecting the skin
  • skin eruption - noun eruption on the skin occurring as a symptom of a disease
  • skirting - adj. being all around the edges; enclosing
  • skull - noun the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates
  • skullcap - noun rounded brimless cap fitting the crown of the head; a herbaceous plant of the genus Scutellaria which has a calyx that, when inverted, resembles a helmet with its visor raised;  the dome of the skull
  • sky - noun the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth;  verb throw or toss with a light motion
  • slab - noun block consisting of a thick piece of something
  • slack - adj. flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide; lacking in rigor or strictness;  lacking in strength or firmness or resilience;  not tense or taut;  noun a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely;  the condition of being loose (not taut);  a stretch of water without current or movement;  dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve;  a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot;  a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality;  verbcause to heat and crumble by treatment with water;  make less active or fast;  release tension on;  be inattentive to, or neglect;  avoid responsibilities and work, be idle;  become less in amount or intensity;  make less active or intense;  become slow or slower
  • slake - verb make less active or intense;  cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water;  satisfy (thirst)
  • slaked - adj. allayed
  • slant - noun a biased way of looking at or presenting something; degree of deviation from a horizontal plane;  verb present with a bias;  lie obliquely;  heel over;  to incline or bend from a vertical position
  • slanted - adj. having an oblique or slanted direction;  favoring one person or side over another
  • slanting - adj. having an oblique or slanted direction
  • slash - noun a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument; an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind);  a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information;  a wound made by cutting;  verb cut drastically;  cut open;  cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete;  beat severely with a whip or rod;  move or stir about violently
  • slashing - adj. as if striking with slashing blows
  • slate - noun (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate;  a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices;  a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers;  thin layers of rock used for roofing;  verb designate or schedule;  cover with slate;  enter on a list or slate for an election
  • slaughter - noun the killing of animals (as for food);  the savage and excessive killing of many people;  a sound defeat;  verb kill a large number of people indiscriminately;  kill (animals) usually for food consumption
  • slave - adj. held in servitude;  noun a person who is owned by someone;  someone who works as hard as a slave;  someone entirely dominated by some influence or person;  verb work very hard, like a slave
  • sleep - noun a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended;  a torpid state resembling deep sleep;  a period of time spent sleeping;  euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb);  verbbe asleep;  be able to accommodate for sleeping
  • sleeper - noun an unexpected hit;  tropical fish that resembles a goby and rests quietly on the bottom in shallow water;  a piece of furniture that can be opened up into a bed;  pajamas with feet; worn by children;  a rester who is sleeping;  an unexpected achiever of success;  a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal;  a passenger car that has berths for sleeping; one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track
  • sleeping - adj. lying with head on paws as if sleeping;  noun the suspension of consciousness and decrease in metabolic rate;  the state of being asleep;  quiet and inactive restfulness
  • sleeping room - noun a room used primarily for sleeping
  • sleepless - adj. without having the eyes closed or covered by the eyelids;  experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness
  • sleeplessness - noun a temporary state in which you are unable (or unwilling) to sleep
  • slender - adj. being of delicate or slender build;  small in quantity; having little width in proportion to the length or height;  very narrow; moving and bending with ease
  • slice - noun a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer;  a spatula for spreading paint or ink;  a thin flat piece cut off of some object;  a share of something;  a serving that has been cut from a larger portion;  a wound made by cutting;  verb hit a ball so that it causes a backspin;  cut into slices;  hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels in a different direction;  make a clean cut through
  • sliced - adj. used of meat; cut into pieces for serving;  prepared by cutting
  • slicing - noun the act of cutting into slices;  a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer
  • slide - noun the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it;  a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector;  a small flat rectangular piece of glass on which specimens can be mounted for microscopic study; plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide;  (geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.;  sloping channel through which things can descend; (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale;  verb move smoothly along a surface;  move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner;  to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly
  • sliding - adj. being a smooth continuous motion
  • slight - adj. almost no or (with `a') at least some; very little;  being of delicate or slender build;  having little substance or significance; noun a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval);  verb pay no attention to, disrespect
  • slightly - adv. to a small degree or extent;  in a slim or slender manner
  • slime - noun any thick messy substance;  verb cover or stain with slime
  • slimy - adj. morally reprehensible;  covered with or resembling slime
  • sling - noun bandage to support an injured forearm; consisting of a wide triangular piece of cloth hanging from around the neck;  a simple weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a projectile is whirled and then released;  a highball with liquor and water with sugar and lemon or lime juice;  a shoe that has a strap that wraps around the heel;  a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones;  verb hurl as if with a sling
  • slip - noun the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning);  a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.;  a flight maneuver; aircraft slides sideways in the air;  a small sheet of paper;  an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall;  a young and slender person; potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics;  a socially awkward or tactless act;  an unexpected slide; bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow;  a woman's sleeveless undergarment;  artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material;  a slippery smoothness;  a place where a craft can be made fast;  a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting;  verb insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly;  get worse;  pass out of one's memory;  move smoothly and easily;  pass on stealthily;  move out of position;  to make a mistake or be incorrect;  move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner;  move stealthily
  • slippery - adj. causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide;  not to be trusted
  • slippery elm - noun North American elm having rough leaves that are red when opening; yields a hard wood
  • slipping - adj. moving as on a slippery surface
  • slit - noun a long narrow opening;  a narrow fissure;  obscene terms for female genitals;  a depression scratched or carved into a surface; verb cut a slit into;  make a clean cut through
  • sloped - adj. having an oblique or slanted direction
  • sloping - adj. having a slanting form or direction;  having an oblique or slanted direction
  • slothfulness - noun a disinclination to work or exert yourself
  • slouching - adj. with shoulders drooping
  • slough - noun any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake);  a stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou);  a hollow filled with mud;  necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass;  verb cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
  • sloughing - noun the process whereby something is shed
  • slovenly - adj. negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt
  • slow - adj. not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time;  at a slow tempo;  (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time;  (of business) not active or brisk;  slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity;  so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;  adv. without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly');  of timepieces;  verb become slow or slower;  cause to proceed more slowly;  lose velocity; move more slowly
  • slower - adv. more slowly
  • slowest - adv. most slowly
  • slowing - noun a decrease in rate of change
  • slowly - adv. without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly');  in music
  • slowness - noun a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry; lack of normal development of intellectual capacities;  unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
  • sludge - noun the precipitate produced by sewage treatment;  any thick messy substance
  • sluggish - adj. with little movement; very slow;  slow and apathetic; (of business) not active or brisk
  • sluggishly - adv. in a sluggish manner
  • sluggishness - noun the pace of things that move relatively slowly; inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy;  a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)
  • sm - noun a master's degree in science;  a grey lustrous metallic element of the rare earth group; is used in special alloys; occurs in monazite and bastnasite
  • small - adj. limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent;  slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope;  have fine or very small constituent particles; made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth);  limited in size or scope;  (of a voice) faint;  lowercase;  not large but sufficient in size or amount;  (of children and animals) young, immature;  low or inferior in station or quality;  adv. on a small scale;  noun a garment size for a small person;  the slender part of the back
  • smaller - adj. small or little relative to something else
  • smallness - noun the property of having relatively little strength or vigor;  the property of having a relatively small size;  the property of being a relatively small amount;  lack of generosity in trifling matters
  • smallpox - noun a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars
  • smart - adj. capable of independent and apparently intelligent action;  showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness;  quick and brisk;  painfully severe;  improperly forward or bold;  elegant and stylish;  characterized by quickness and ease in learning;  noun a kind of pain such as that caused by a wound or a burn or a sore;  verb be the source of pain
  • smarting - noun a kind of pain such as that caused by a wound or a burn or a sore
  • smear - noun a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope;  slanderous defamation;  an act that brings discredit to the person who does it;  a blemish made by dirt;  verb make a smudge on; soil by smudging;  stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance;  charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone;  cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it
  • smegma - noun a white secretion of the sebaceous glands of the foreskin
  • smell - noun the act of perceiving the odor of something;  the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents;  the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form;  any property detected by the olfactory system;  the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people;  verb emit an odor;  smell bad;  inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
  • smelling - adj. (used with `of' or `with') noticeably odorous;  noun the act of perceiving the odor of something
  • smilax - noun fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral decoration; sometimes placed in Smilacaceae
  • smile - noun a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement;  verbchange one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure;  express with a smile
  • smith - noun someone who works metal (especially by hammering it when it is hot and malleable);  someone who works at something specified;  Scottish economist who advocated private enterprise and free trade (1723-1790);  English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia; was said to have been saved by Pocahontas (1580-1631);  religious leader who founded the Mormon Church in 1830 (1805-1844);  United States blues singer (1894-1937);  United States suffragist who refused to pay taxes until she could vote (1792-1886);  United States singer noted for her rendition of patriotic songs (1909-1986);  United States sculptor (1906-1965); Rhodesian statesman who declared independence of Zimbabwe from Great Britain (born in 1919)
  • smoke - noun the act of smoking tobacco or other substances; something with no concrete substance;  an indication of some hidden activity;  a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas;  a hot vapor containing fine particles of carbon being produced by combustion; (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity;  street names for marijuana;  tobacco leaves that have been made into a cylinder;  verbinhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes;  emit a cloud of fine particles
  • smoked - adj. (used especially of meats and fish) dried and cured by hanging in wood smoke
  • smoking - adj. emitting smoke in great volume;  noun the act of smoking tobacco or other substances;  a hot vapor containing fine particles of carbon being produced by combustion
  • smoky - adj. marked by or emitting or filled with smoke;  tasting of smoke
  • smooth - adj. lacking obstructions or difficulties;  having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities;  of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence;  of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth;  (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves;  smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication;  smooth and unconstrained in movement;  (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected;  noun the act of smoothing;  verb make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing;  free from obstructions;  make (a surface) shine
  • smoothed - adj. made smooth by ironing
  • smoother - noun a power tool used for sanding wood; a loop of sandpaper is moved at high speed by an electric motor
  • smoothly - adv. with no problems or difficulties;  in a smooth and diplomatic manner;  with great ease and success
  • smoothness - noun the quality of being free from errors or interruptions;  the quality of having a level and even surface;  a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch;  the quality of being bland and gracious or ingratiating in manner;  powerful and effective language
  • smothered - adj. held in check with difficulty;  completely covered
  • smut - noun any fungus of the order Ustilaginales;  destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores;  creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire;  an offensive or indecent word or phrase;  a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink;  verb affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn;  become affected with smut;  stain with a dirty substance, such as soot;  make obscene
  • smyrna - noun a port city in western Turkey
  • snake - noun limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous; something long, thin, and flexible that resembles a snake;  a tributary of the Columbia River that rises in Wyoming and flows westward; discovered in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition;  a deceitful or treacherous person;  a long faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near the equator stretching between Virgo and Cancer; verb move along a winding path;  move smoothly and sinuously, like a snake;  form a snake-like pattern
  • snake-like - adj. resembling a snake
  • snake venom - noun venom secreted by certain snakes
  • snakebite - noun a bite inflicted by a (venomous) snake
  • snakeroot - noun any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower heads;  a plant of the genus Sanicula having palmately compound leaves and unisexual flowers in panicled umbels followed by bristly fruit; reputed to have healing powers
  • snap - noun the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand;  a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound;  a sudden breaking;  the noise produced by the rapid movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand;  a spell of cold weather;  (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back;  the act of catching an object with the hands;  any undertaking that is easy to do;  an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera;  the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed;  a sudden sharp noise;  a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger;  tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections;  verb break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension;  snap close with a sound;  utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone;  cause to make a snapping sound;  put in play with a snap;  move or strike with a noise;  move with a snapping sound;  make a sharp sound;  record on photographic film;  to grasp hastily or eagerly;  separate or cause to separate abruptly;  lose control of one's emotions
  • snappy - adj. smart and fashionable;  quick and energetic;  marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners;  tending to speak irritably; pleasantly cold and invigorating
  • snare - noun a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose;  strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit;  a surgical instrument consisting of wire hoop that can be drawn tight around the base of polyps or small tumors to sever them; used especially in body cavities;  a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head;  something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares;  verb entice and trap;  catch in or as if in a trap
  • sneezing - noun a symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nose
  • snellen - noun Dutch ophthalmologist who introduced the Snellen chart to study visual acuity (1834-1908)
  • sniff - noun sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose;  verbinhale audibly through the nose;  perceive by inhaling through the nose
  • snip - noun a small piece of anything (especially a piece that has been snipped off);  the act of clipping or snipping;  verb cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of;  sever or remove by pinching or snipping
  • snips - noun (plural) hand shears for cutting sheet metal
  • sniveling - noun whining in a tearful manner
  • snoring - adj. breathing during sleep with harsh noises caused by vibration of the uvula or soft palate;  noun the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound
  • snorting - adj. breathing noisily and forcefully through the nostrils; noun an act of forcible exhalation
  • snow - noun English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980);  precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals;  a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground;  street names for cocaine;  verb fall as snow; conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
  • snow-white - adj. of the white color of snow
  • snuff - adj. snuff colored; of a greyish to yellowish brown;  nounfinely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nose;  a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time;  the charred portion of a candlewick;  sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose;  verbinhale audibly through the nose;  sniff or smell inquiringly
  • snuffle - noun the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested);  verb snuff up mucus through the nose;  cry or whine with snuffling;  sniff or smell inquiringly
  • snuffling - adj. liable to sniffle
  • snugly - adv. fitting closely;  safely protected;  warmly and comfortably sheltered
  • snugness - noun a state of warm snug comfort
  • so - adv. in a manner that facilitates;  to a very great extent or degree;  (usually followed by `that') to an extent or degree as expressed;  in such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied;  to a certain unspecified extent or degree;  in the same way; also;  in truth (often tends to intensify);  subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors);  in the way indicated; noun the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization
  • so-called - adj. doubtful or suspect
  • soak - noun washing something by allowing it to soak;  the process of becoming softened and saturated as a consequence of being immersed in water (or other liquid);  verb heat a metal prior to working it;  fill, soak, or imbue totally;  beat severely;  submerge in a liquid;  cover with liquid; pour liquid onto;  become drunk or drink excessively;  make drunk (with alcoholic drinks);  rip off; ask an unreasonable price;  leave as a guarantee in return for money
  • soaked - adj. very drunk;  wet through and through; thoroughly wet
  • soaking - adj. wet through and through; thoroughly wet;  adv.extremely wet;  noun washing something by allowing it to soak;  the act of making something completely wet;  the process of becoming softened and saturated as a consequence of being immersed in water (or other liquid)
  • soap - noun a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats;  street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate;  money offered as a bribe;  verb rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning
  • soapiness - noun the quality of being soap or being covered with soap
  • soapsuds - noun the froth produced by soaps or detergents
  • soapy - adj. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech;  resembling or having the qualities of soap
  • sobbing - noun convulsive gasp made while weeping
  • sober - adj. not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol);  lacking brightness or color; dull;  dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; completely lacking in playfulness;  verb cause to become sober; become sober after excessive alcohol consumption;  become more realistic
  • sobering - adj. tending to make sober or more serious
  • social - adj. marked by friendly companionship with others;  living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups;  tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind; composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability;  relating to human society and its members;  relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society;  noun a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity
  • society - noun an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization;  the fashionable elite;  a formal association of people with similar interests;  the state of being with someone
  • socket - noun a receptacle into which an electric device can be inserted;  receptacle where something (a pipe or probe or end of a bone) is inserted;  a bony hollow into which a structure fits
  • soda - noun a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring;  a sodium salt of carbonic acid; used in making soap powders and glass and paper
  • soda water - noun effervescent beverage artificially charged with carbon dioxide;  a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring
  • sodden - adj. wet through and through; thoroughly wet
  • sodium - noun a silvery soft waxy metallic element of the alkali metal group; occurs abundantly in natural compounds (especially in salt water); burns with a yellow flame and reacts violently in water; occurs in sea water and in the mineral halite (rock salt)
  • soft - adj. not brilliant or glaring;  willing to negotiate and compromise;  out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance;  yielding readily to pressure or weight; compassionate and kind; conciliatory;  (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh');  (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected;  (of sound) relatively low in volume;  not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons);  using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation;  (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value;  mild and pleasant;  not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship;  having little impact;  used chiefly as a direction or description in music;  soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; tolerant or lenient;  produced with vibration of the vocal cords;  easily hurt;  adv. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship
  • soft-boiled - adj. (eggs) having the yolk still liquid;  easily moved to pity or sorrow
  • soften - verb become soft or softer;  make soft or softer;  make (images or sounds) soft or softer;  lessen in force or effect;  make less severe or harsh;  protect from impact;  give in, as to influence or pressure
  • softened - adj. toned down;  being or made softer or less loud or clear
  • softening - adj. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin;  noun the process of becoming softer
  • softly - adv. with low volume;  in a manner that is pleasing to the senses;  with little weight or force;  used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
  • softness - noun a disposition to be lenient in judging others;  the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded;  a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare;  a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency;  a state of declining financial condition;  the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man);  the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines;  acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered;  the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing;  poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
  • soil - noun the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock;  the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state;  material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use);  the state of being covered with unclean things;  verb make soiled, filthy, or dirty
  • soiled - adj. soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
  • soiling - noun the act of soiling something
  • sojourn - noun a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest);  verb spend a certain length of time; reside temporarily
  • sol - noun the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization;  (Roman mythology) ancient Roman god; personification of the sun; counterpart of Greek Helios;  a colloid that has a continuous liquid phase in which a solid is suspended in a liquid
  • solanum - noun type genus of the Solanaceae: nightshade; potato; eggplant; bittersweet
  • solar - adj. relating to or derived from the sun or utilizing the energies of the sun
  • solarium - noun a room enclosed largely with glass and affording exposure to the sun
  • sold - adj. disposed of to a purchaser
  • solder - noun an alloy (usually of lead and tin) used when melted to join two metal surfaces;  verb join or fuse with solder
  • soldier - noun a wingless sterile ant or termite having a large head and powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony;  an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army;  verb serve as a soldier in the military
  • sole - adj. not divided or shared with others;  being the only one; single and isolated from others;  noun right-eyed flatfish; many are valued as food; most common in warm seas especially European; the underside of footwear or a golf club;  the underside of the foot; lean flesh of any of several flatfish;  verb put a new sole on
  • solely - adv. without any others being included or involved
  • solemn - adj. characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions;  dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
  • solenoid - noun a coil of wire around an iron core; becomes a magnet when current passes through the coil
  • soleus - noun a broad flat muscle in the calf of the leg under the gastrocnemius muscle
  • solicit - verb make a solicitation or petition for something desired; incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination;  make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently;  approach with an offer of sexual favors;  make amorous advances towards
  • solicitation - noun the act of enticing a person to do something wrong (as an offer of sex in return for money);  request for a sum of money;  an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status
  • solicitude - noun a feeling of excessive concern
  • solid - adj. uninterrupted in space; having no gaps or breaks; incapable of being seen through;  having three dimensions;  acting together as a single undiversified whole;  characterized by good substantial quality;  of one substance or character throughout;  of the same color throughout;  of a substantial character and not frivolous or superficial;  of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous;  entirely of one substance with no holes inside;  financially sound;  of good quality and condition; solidly built;  morally admirable; not soft or yielding to pressure;  providing abundant nourishment; noun a three-dimensional shape;  the state in which a substance has no tendency to flow under moderate stress; resists forces (such as compression) that tend to deform it; and retains a definite size and shape;  a substance that is solid at room temperature and pressure
  • solidago - noun goldenrod
  • solidarity - noun a union of interests or purposes or sympathies among members of a group
  • solidification - noun the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization
  • solidified - adj. changed into a solid mass
  • solidify - verb become solid;  make solid or more solid; cause to solidify
  • solidity - noun the quality of being solid and reliable financially or factually or morally;  the consistency of a solid;  state of having the interior filled with matter
  • solidly - adv. with strength and soundness;  as an undiversified whole
  • solitary - adj. remote or secluded;  being the only one; single and isolated from others;  characterized by or preferring solitude;  lacking companions or companionship;  of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies;  noun one who lives in solitude; confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners
  • solomon - noun (Old Testament) son of David and king of Israel noted for his wisdom (10th century BC)
  • solubility - noun the quality of being soluble and easily dissolved in liquid;  the quantity of a particular substance that can dissolve in a particular solvent (yielding a saturated solution);  the property (of a problem or difficulty) that makes it possible to solve
  • soluble - adj. (of a substance) capable of being dissolved in some solvent (usually water);  susceptible of solution or of being solved or explained
  • solution - noun the successful action of solving a problem;  a method for solving a problem;  a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem;  the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation;  a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution
  • solve - verb find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of;  find the solution;  settle, as of a debt
  • solved - adj. explained or answered
  • solvent - adj. capable of meeting financial obligations;  noun a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances;  a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
  • solving - noun finding a solution to a problem
  • somatic - adj. affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
  • somber - adj. grave or even gloomy in character;  lacking brightness or color; dull
  • sombre - adj. grave or even gloomy in character;  lacking brightness or color; dull
  • some - adj. relatively many but unspecified in number;  relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent;  remarkable;  quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity;  adv. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
  • something - noun a thing of some kind
  • sometime - adj. belonging to some prior time;  adv. at some indefinite or unstated time
  • sometimes - adv. on certain occasions or in certain cases but not always
  • somewhat - adv. to a moderately sufficient extent or degree;  to a small degree or extent
  • somewhere - adv. in or at or to some place;  noun an indefinite or unknown location
  • somnambulism - noun walking by a person who is asleep
  • somnolence - noun a very sleepy state
  • somnolent - adj. inclined to or marked by drowsiness
  • son - noun the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus);  a male human offspring
  • sonorous - adj. full and loud and deep
  • soon - adv. in the near future
  • sooner - adv. comparatives of `soon' or `early';  more readily or willingly;  noun a native or resident of Oklahoma
  • soonest - adv. with the least delay
  • soot - noun a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink;  verb coat with soot
  • soothe - verb cause to feel better;  give moral or emotional strength to
  • soothing - adj. affording physical relief;  freeing from fear and anxiety
  • soporific - adj. sleep inducing;  inducing mental lethargy;  noun a drug that induces sleep
  • sorbed - adj. (of a substance) taken into and retained in another substance
  • sorbefacient - adj. inducing or promoting absorption
  • sorbent - noun a material that sorbs another substance; i.e. that has the capacity or tendency to take it up by either absorption or adsorption
  • sore - adj. roused to anger;  hurting;  causing misery or pain or distress;  noun an open skin infection
  • soreness - noun an uncomfortable feeling of mental painfulness or distress;  a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched)
  • sorghum - noun made from juice of sweet sorghum;  economically important Old World tropical cereal grass;  annual or perennial tropical and subtropical cereal grasses: sorghum
  • sorrel - adj. of a light brownish color;  noun a horse of a brownish orange to light brown color;  large sour-tasting arrowhead-shaped leaves used in salads and sauces;  East Indian sparsely prickly annual herb or perennial subshrub widely cultivated for its fleshy calyxes used in tarts and jelly and for its bast fiber;  any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine;  any plant or flower of the genus Oxalis
  • sorrow - noun an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement;  sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment;  something that causes great unhappiness;  the state of being sad;  verb feel grief; eat one's heart out
  • sort - noun an approximate definition or example;  a person of a particular character or nature;  an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion;  a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality;  verbarrange or order by classes or categories;  examine in order to test suitability
  • sorted - adj. arranged according to size;  arranged into groups
  • soudan - noun a region of northern Africa south of the Sahara and Libyan deserts; extends from the Atlantic to the Red Sea;  a republic in northeastern Africa on the Red Sea; achieved independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom in 1956
  • souffle - noun light fluffy dish of egg yolks and stiffly beaten egg whites mixed with e.g. cheese or fish or fruit
  • sought - adj. being searched for;  that is looked for
  • sound - adj. thorough;  free from moral defect;  financially secure and safe;  in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay;  (of sleep) deep and complete;  in excellent physical condition;  exercising or showing good judgment;  having legal efficacy or force;  logically valid;  noun the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause; the subjective sensation of hearing something;  the sudden occurrence of an audible event;  a large ocean inlet or deep bay; mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium;  the audible part of a transmitted signal;  (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language;  a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water;  verb appear in a certain way;  give off a certain sound or sounds;  make a certain noise or sound;  cause to sound; announce by means of a sound;  measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line;  utter with vibrating vocal chords
  • sounded - adj. (of water depth) measured by a line and plumb
  • sounding - adj. making or having a sound as specified; used as a combining form;  having volume or depth;  appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms;  noun the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line);  a measure of the depth of water taken with a sounding line
  • soup - noun liquid food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food;  an unfortunate situation;  any composition having a consistency suggestive of soup;  verb dope (a racehorse)
  • sour - adj. smelling of fermentation or staleness;  having a sharp biting taste;  one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of vinegar or lemons;  showing a brooding ill humor;  inaccurate in pitch; in an unpalatable state;  noun the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth;  a cocktail made of a liquor (especially whiskey or gin) mixed with lemon or lime juice and sugar; the property of being acidic;  verb go sour or spoil;  make sour or more sour
  • source - noun a facility where something is available;  anything that provides inspiration for later work;  a document (or organization) from which information is obtained;  (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system;  a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to;  the place where something begins, where it springs into being;  anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies;  someone who originates or causes or initiates something; a person who supplies information;  verb specify the origin of;  get (a product) from another country or business
  • south - adj. situated in or facing or moving toward or coming from the south;  adv. in a southern direction;  noun any region lying in or toward the south;  the region of the United States lying south of the Mason-Dixon line;  the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees;  the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
  • southeast - adj. situated in or oriented toward the southeast; coming from the southeast;  adv. to, toward, or in the southeast; noun the southeastern region of the United States;  the compass point midway between south and east; at 135 degrees
  • southeastern - adj. of a region of the United States generally including Alabama; Georgia; Florida; Tennessee; South Carolina; North Carolina;  situated in or oriented toward the southeast
  • southern - adj. situated in or coming from regions of the south;  in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line;  from the south; used especially of wind;  situated in or oriented toward the south
  • southey - noun English poet and friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge (1774-1843)
  • southward - adj. moving toward the south;  adv. toward the south; noun the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees
  • southwestern - adj. of a region of the United States generally including New Mexico; Arizona; Texas; California; and sometimes Nevada; Utah; Colorado;  situated in or oriented toward the southwest;  noun a dialect of Middle English
  • sovereign - adj. greatest in status or authority or power;  (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces;  noun a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
  • spa - noun a place of business with equipment and facilities for exercising and improving physical fitness;  a fashionable hotel usually in a resort area;  a health resort near a spring or at the seaside
  • space - noun the unlimited expanse in which everything is located;  a blank area;  a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing;  one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff;  an area reserved for some particular purpose;  an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things);  (printing) a block of type without a raised letter; used for spacing between words;  the interval between two times;  verb place at intervals
  • spade - noun a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot;  a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it;  (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person;  verb dig (up) with a spade
  • spade-like - adj. shaped in the form of a spade
  • spain - noun a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
  • span - noun the distance or interval between two points;  a unit of length based on the width of the expanded human hand (usually taken as 9 inches);  the complete duration of something;  the act of sitting or standing astride;  a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.;  two items of the same kind;  verb to cover or extend over an area or time period
  • spanish - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Spain or the people of Spain;  noun the Romance language spoken in most of Spain and the countries colonized by Spain;  the people of Spain
  • spanish american - noun an American whose first language is Spanish
  • sparing - adj. avoiding waste
  • sparingly - adv. to a meager degree or in a meager manner
  • spark - noun a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction;  Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918);  a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger;  merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance;  a momentary flash of light;  electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field;  verb emit or produce sparks;  put in motion or move to act
  • sparkling - adj. used of wines and waters; charged naturally or artificially with carbon dioxide;  shining with brilliant points of light like stars;  noun a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
  • sparse - adj. not dense
  • sparsely - adv. in a sparse manner
  • spasm - noun (pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel);  a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
  • spasmodic - adj. occurring in spells and often abruptly;  affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
  • spasmodically - adv. in spurts and fits;  with spasms
  • spastic - adj. suffering from spastic paralysis;  relating to or characterized by spasm;  affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm;  noun a person suffering from spastic paralysis
  • spatula - noun a hand tool with a thin flexible blade used to mix or spread soft substances;  a turner with a narrow flexible blade
  • spawn - noun the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs;  verb lay spawn;  call forth
  • spaying - noun neutering a female by removing the ovaries
  • speak - verb use language;  make a characteristic or natural sound; express in speech;  exchange thoughts; talk with;  give a speech to
  • speaking - adj. capable of or involving speech or speaking;  nounthe utterance of intelligible speech;  delivering an address to a public audience
  • speaking tube - noun a tube for conveying the sound of a voice from one room to another
  • spear - noun a long pointed rod used as a weapon;  an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish;  verb pierce with a spear;  thrust up like a spear
  • spearmint - noun common garden herb having clusters of small purplish flowers and yielding an oil used as a flavoring
  • spec - noun a detailed description of design criteria for a piece of work
  • special - adj. for a special service or occasion;  adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose;  surpassing what is common or usual or expected;  having a specific function or scope;  unique or specific to a person or thing or category;  first and most important; added to a regular schedule;  noun a television production that features a particular person or work or topic;  a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising;  a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
  • specialist - noun an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning;  practices one branch of medicine
  • specialized - adj. marked by or characteristic of specialization in a mechanical or scientific subject;  developed or designed for a special activity or function
  • specially - adv. in a special manner;  to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common
  • specialty - noun the special line of work you have adopted as your career;  a distinguishing trait;  an asset of special worth or utility
  • species - noun a specific kind of something;  (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
  • specific - adj. stated explicitly or in detail;  (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique;  being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides;  relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species;  noun a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease;  a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
  • specifically - adv. in distinction from others
  • specificity - noun the quality of being specific rather than general; the quality of being specific to a particular organism
  • specified - adj. clearly and explicitly stated
  • specify - verb decide upon or fix definitely;  be specific about; determine the essential quality of;  select something or someone for a specific purpose;  design or destine;  define clearly;  specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
  • specimen - noun a bit of tissue or blood or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes;  an example regarded as typical of its class
  • speck - noun a very small spot;  a slight but appreciable addition; (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything;  verb produce specks in or on
  • spectacle - noun a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself;  an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale;  something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)
  • spectacles - noun optical instrument consisting of a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
  • spectroscope - noun an optical instrument for spectrographic analysis
  • spectrum - noun broad range of related values or qualities or ideas or activities;  an ordered array of the components of an emission or wave
  • specular - adj. capable of reflecting light like a mirror
  • speculative - adj. showing curiosity;  not based on fact or investigation;  not financially safe or secure
  • speculum - noun a medical instrument for dilating a bodily passage or cavity in order to examine the interior;  a mirror (especially one made of polished metal) for use in an optical instrument
  • speech - noun (language) communication by word of mouth;  the exchange of spoken words;  something spoken;  the mental faculty or power of vocal communication;  a lengthy rebuke;  words making up the dialogue of a play;  your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally;  the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
  • speechless - adj. unable to speak temporarily
  • speed - noun changing location rapidly;  a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens;  distance travelled per unit time;  a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression; the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a (camera) lens system;  verb travel at an excessive or illegal velocity;  move faster; cause to move faster;  move very fast;  step on it
  • speedily - adv. with rapid movements
  • speedy - adj. accomplished rapidly and without delay;  characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed
  • spell - noun a verbal formula believed to have magical force;  a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation;  a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition;  a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else);  verb take turns working;  indicate or signify;  orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of;  place under a spell;  write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word);  relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn
  • spencer - noun English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)
  • spend - verb pay out;  spend completely;  pass (time) in a specific way
  • spent - adj. having all been spent;  drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted
  • spermaceti - noun a white waxy substance from oil of the sperm whale
  • spermatic - adj. consisting of or resembling spermatozoa
  • spermatocele - noun a swelling on the epididymis or the testis; usually contains spermatozoa
  • spermatozoon - noun the male reproductive cell; the male gamete
  • sphacelus - noun the localized death of living cells (as from infection or the interruption of blood supply);  necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass
  • sphenoid - noun butterfly-shaped bone at the base of the skull
  • sphere - noun any spherically shaped artifact;  the geographical area in which one nation is very influential;  a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center;  a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses);  a particular environment or walk of life;  a particular aspect of life or activity;  the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
  • spheric - adj. having the shape of a sphere or ball
  • spherical - adj. of or relating to spheres or resembling a sphere; having the shape of a sphere or ball
  • spheroid - noun a shape that is generated by rotating an ellipse around one of its axes
  • spheroidal - adj. in the form of an ellipse
  • sphincter - noun a ring of muscle that contracts to close an opening
  • sphygmomanometer - noun a pressure gauge for measuring blood pressure
  • spica - noun the brightest star in Virgo
  • spice - noun any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food;  aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative;  the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored;  verb make more interesting or flavorful;  add herbs or spices to
  • spicule - noun small pointed structure serving as a skeletal element in various marine and freshwater invertebrates e.g. sponges and corals
  • spiculum - noun small pointed structure serving as a skeletal element in various marine and freshwater invertebrates e.g. sponges and corals
  • spicy - adj. suggestive of sexual impropriety;  having an agreeably pungent taste
  • spider - noun predatory arachnid that usually has silk-spinning organs at the back end of the body; they spin silk to make cocoons for eggs or traps for prey;  a skillet made of cast iron;  a computer program that prowls the internet looking for publicly accessible resources that can be added to a database; the database can then be searched with a search engine
  • spider crab - noun any of numerous crabs with very long legs and small triangular bodies
  • spigot - noun a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir;  a plug for a bunghole in a cask
  • spike - noun sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes;  a long metal nail;  any holding device consisting of a sharp-pointed object;  a long sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal);  a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall;  a transient variation in voltage or current;  a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline;  (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis;  fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn;  verb manifest a sharp increase;  add alcohol to (beverages);  bring forth a spike or spikes; secure with spikes;  stand in the way of;  pierce with a sharp stake or point
  • spiller - noun a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys);  an attacker who sheds or spills blood
  • spin - noun a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion);  a short drive in a car;  the act of rotating rapidly;  a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile);  rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral;  verb prolong or extend;  twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation;  work natural fibers into a thread;  form a web by making a thread;  make up a story; revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis;  stream in jets, of liquids;  cause to spin
  • spinach - noun dark green leaves; eaten cooked or raw in salads; southwestern Asian plant widely cultivated for its succulent edible dark green leaves
  • spinal - adj. of or relating to the spine or spinal cord;  nounanesthesia of the lower half of the body; caused by injury to the spinal cord or by injecting an anesthetic beneath the arachnoid membrane that surrounds the spinal cord
  • spinal cord - noun a major part of the central nervous system which conducts sensory and motor nerve impulses to and from the brain; a long tubelike structure extending from the base of the brain through the vertebral canal to the upper lumbar region
  • spindle - noun a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning;  any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts; (biology) tiny fibers that are seen in cell division; the fibers radiate from two poles and meet at the equator in the middle
  • spindle-shaped - adj. tapering at each end
  • spine - noun a sharp rigid animal process or appendage; as a porcupine quill or a ridge on a bone or a ray of a fish fin;  the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved;  a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf;  the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord;  any sharply pointed projection
  • spinning - noun creating thread
  • spinous - adj. having spines;  shaped like a spine or thorn
  • spiral - adj. in the shape of a coil;  noun flying downward in a helical path with a large radius;  ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center;  a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center;  a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops;  a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle;  verb form a spiral;  to wind or move in a spiral course;  move in a spiral or zigzag course
  • spirilla - noun any flagellated aerobic bacteria having a spirally twisted rodlike form
  • spirillum - noun any flagellated aerobic bacteria having a spirally twisted rodlike form;  spirally twisted elongate rodlike bacteria usually living in stagnant water
  • spirit - noun a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character;  any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings;  the vital principle or animating force within living things;  the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people;  an inclination or tendency of a certain kind;  animation and energy in action or expression;  the intended meaning of a communication;  the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection); verb infuse with spirit
  • spirit lamp - noun a lamp that burns a volatile liquid fuel such as alcohol
  • spirits - noun an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
  • spirituous - adj. containing or of the nature of alcohol
  • spirochaeta - noun the type genus of the family Spirochaetaceae; a bacterium that is flexible, undulating, and chiefly aquatic
  • spirochete - noun parasitic or free-living bacteria; many pathogenic to humans and other animals
  • spit - noun the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva);  a skewer for holding meat over a fire;  a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea;  a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches;  verb expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth;  utter with anger or contempt;  drive a skewer through;  rain gently
  • spite - noun malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty;  feeling a need to see others suffer;  verb hurt the feelings of
  • spitting - noun the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
  • splanchnic - adj. relating to or affecting the viscera
  • splash - noun the act of scattering water about haphazardly;  a patch of bright color;  the sound like water splashing;  the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface;  a small quantity of something moist or liquid;  a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event;  verbmark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture; cause to appear splashed or spattered;  strike and dash about in a liquid;  soil or stain with a splashed liquid;  make a splashing sound;  dash a liquid upon or against;  cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force;  walk through mud or mire
  • splashing - noun the act of scattering water about haphazardly;  the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
  • spleen - noun 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;  a feeling of resentful anger
  • splendid - adj. having great beauty and splendor;  characterized by grandeur
  • splenectomy - noun surgical removal of the spleen
  • splenic - adj. of or relating to the spleen
  • splenitis - noun inflammation of the spleen
  • splenius - noun either of two flat muscles that extend from the upper vertebrae to the base of the skull and serve to rotate or flex or extend the head and neck
  • splenomegaly - noun an abnormal enlargement of the spleen
  • splint - noun an orthopedic mechanical device used to immobilize and protect a part of the body (as a broken leg);  a thin sliver of wood;  verb support with a splint
  • splintering - noun the act of chipping something
  • splinters - noun wood in small pieces or splinters
  • split - adj. (especially of wood) cut or ripped longitudinally with the grain;  being divided or separated;  having been divided; having the unity destroyed;  noun extending the legs at right angles to the trunks (one in front and the other in back);  an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity;  (tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl;  a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream covered with whipped cream and cherries and nuts;  an old Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea;  a lengthwise crack in wood;  a promised or claimed share of loot or money;  a bottle containing half the usual amount;  division of a group into opposing factions;  the act of rending or ripping or splitting something;  an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart;  verb break open or apart suddenly;  separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument;  go one's own way; move apart;  discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; separate into parts or portions
  • split-pea - noun dried hulled pea; used in soup
  • splitting - adj. resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree
  • spoiled - adj. having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention;  (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
  • spokane - noun a city in eastern Washington near the Idaho border
  • spoken - adj. uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination
  • spondylitis - noun inflammation of a spinal joint; characterized by pain and stiffness
  • spondylolisthesis - noun a forward dislocation of one vertebra over the one beneath it producing pressure on spinal nerves
  • sponge - noun primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies;  a porous mass of interlacing fibers the forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used;  a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage;  someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily;  verb gather sponges, in the ocean; wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten;  soak up with a sponge;  erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard;  ask for and get free; be a parasite
  • sponginess - noun the porosity of a sponge;  the property of being able to occupy less space
  • spongy - adj. like a sponge in being able to absorb liquids and yield it back when compressed;  easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility
  • spontaneity - noun the quality of being spontaneous and coming from natural feelings without constraint
  • spontaneous - adj. happening or arising without apparent external cause;  said or done without having been planned or written in advance
  • spontaneously - adv. in a spontaneous manner;  without advance preparation
  • spool - noun a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound;  verb wind onto a spool or a reel; transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage
  • spoon - noun a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food; formerly a golfing wood with an elevated face;  as much as a spoon will hold;  verb scoop up or take up with a spoon;  snuggle and lie in a position where one person faces the back of the others
  • spoonful - noun as much as a spoon will hold
  • sporadic - adj. recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances
  • sporadically - adv. in a sporadic manner
  • spore - noun a small usually single-celled asexual reproductive body produced by many nonflowering plants and fungi and some bacteria and protozoans and that are capable of developing into a new individual without sexual fusion
  • sporotrichosis - noun a chronic fungal infection of the skin and lymph nodes
  • sporozoa - noun strictly parasitic protozoans that are usually immobile; includes plasmodia and coccidia and piroplasms and malaria parasites
  • sporulation - noun asexual reproduction by the production and release of spores
  • spot - noun a business establishment for entertainment;  a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value;  a small contrasting part of something;  a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance;  a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising;  a mark on a playing card (shape depending on the suit);  a small quantity;  an act that brings discredit to the person who does it;  a job in an organization;  a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer;  a blemish made by dirt;  an outstanding characteristic;  a point located with respect to surface features of some region;  a slight attack of illness;  verb mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition;  become spotted;  make a spot or mark onto;  mar or impair with a flaw;  catch sight of
  • spots - noun spots before the eyes caused by opaque cell fragments in the vitreous humor and lens
  • spotted - adj. especially of reputation;  having spots or patches (small areas of contrasting color or texture)
  • sprain - noun a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments;  verb twist suddenly so as to sprain
  • spray - noun flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage;  a jet of vapor;  a quantity of small objects flying through the air;  a pesticide in suspension or solution; intended for spraying;  water in small drops in the atmosphere; blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall;  a dispenser that turns a liquid (such as perfume) into a fine mist;  verb scatter in a mass or jet of droplets;  cover by spraying with a liquid;  be discharged in sprays of liquid
  • spraying - noun the application of a liquid in the form of small particles ejected from a sprayer;  the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft);  a quantity of small objects flying through the air
  • spread - adj. prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out;  distributed or spread over a considerable extent;  fully extended in width;  noun act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time;  the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age);  two facing pages of a book or other publication;  process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space;  a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers;  decorative cover for a bed;  farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle);  a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures; a haphazard distribution in all directions;  a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed;  verb distribute or disperse widely;  become distributed or widespread;  distribute over a surface in a layer;  cover by spreading something over;  strew or distribute over an area; spread across or over;  cause to become widely known;  become widely known and passed on;  spread out or open from a closed or folded state;  move outward
  • spreading - adj. spreading by diffusion;  noun act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time;  the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate;  process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
  • sprig - noun an ornament that resembles a spray of leaves or flowers;  a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year
  • spring - noun a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed;  a point at which water issues forth;  a natural flow of ground water;  the season of growth;  a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards;  the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length; verb develop suddenly;  produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly;  spring back; spring away from an impact;  move forward by leaps and bounds;  develop into a distinctive entity
  • spring water - noun water from a spring;  underground water that is held in the soil and in pervious rocks
  • sprinkle - noun the act of sprinkling or splashing water;  a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby;  verbscatter with liquid; wet lightly;  cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force;  rain gently;  distribute loosely
  • sprinkled - adj. sprinkled over
  • sprinkling - noun the act of sprinkling or splashing water;  the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare);  a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby;  a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly
  • spritz - noun a quick squirt of some liquid (usually carbonated water);  verb cover (a location) wholly or partially by squirting a liquid onto it;  eject (a liquid) quickly
  • sprouting - noun the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow
  • spruce - adj. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners;  nounany coniferous tree of the genus Picea;  light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used especially for timbers and millwork;  verbdress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion; make neat, smart, or trim
  • sprue - noun a chronic disorder that occurs in tropical and non-tropical forms and in both children and adults; nutrients are not absorbed; symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation
  • spud - noun a sharp hand shovel for digging out roots and weeds; an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland; verb initiate drilling operations, as for petroleum;  produce buds, branches, or germinate
  • spur - noun a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward;  tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers;  any sharply pointed projection;  a railway line connected to a trunk line;  a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; verb goad with spurs;  equip with spurs;  strike with a spur;  give heart or courage to;  incite or stimulate
  • spurious - adj. intended to deceive;  born out of wedlock;  plausible but false
  • spurting - adj. propelled violently in a usually narrow stream
  • sputtering - noun the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
  • sputum - noun expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness
  • squab - adj. short and fat;  noun an unfledged pigeon;  a soft padded sofa;  flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
  • squad - noun a smallest army unit;  a cooperative unit
  • square - adj. rigidly conventional or old-fashioned;  without evasion or compromise;  leaving no balance;  having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle;  characterized by honesty and fairness;  providing abundant nourishment;  adv. firmly and solidly;  in a square shape;  in a straight direct way;  noun a hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles;  any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles;  a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views;  someone who doesn't understand what is going on;  the product of two equal terms; (geometry) a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four-sided regular polygon;  something approximating the shape of a square;  an open area at the meeting of two or more streets;  verb make square;  raise to the second power;  position so as to be square;  pay someone and settle a debt;  be compatible with; cause to match, as of ideas or acts;  turn the oar, while rowing;  turn the paddle; in canoeing
  • square-shaped - adj. shaped like a square
  • squarely - adv. with firmness and conviction; without compromise; firmly and solidly;  in a square shape;  directly and without evasion; not roundabout;  in a straight direct way
  • squash - noun a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets;  edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable;  any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits; verb to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
  • squeeze - noun the act of forcing yourself (or being forced) into or through a restricted space;  the act of gripping and pressing firmly;  a twisting squeeze;  (slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend;  a situation in which increased costs cannot be passed on to the customer;  a tight or amorous embrace;  an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power;  a state in which there is a short supply of cash to lend to businesses and consumers and interest rates are high;  verb press firmly;  squeeze or press together;  squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness;  squeeze tightly between the fingers; squeeze like a wedge into a tight space;  to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition;  press or force;  obtain by coercion or intimidation;  to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
  • squeezing - noun the act of gripping and pressing firmly
  • squill - noun bulb of the sea squill, which is sliced, dried, and used as an expectorant;  an Old World plant of the genus Scilla having narrow basal leaves and pink or blue or white racemose flowers; having dense spikes of small white flowers and yielding a bulb with medicinal properties
  • squint - adj. (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy;  noun the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed;  abnormal alignment of one or both eyes;  verb cross one's eyes as if in strabismus;  partly close one's eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light;  be cross-eyed; have a squint or strabismus
  • squinting - adj. having eyes half closed in order to see better
  • squirming - adj. having a twisting or snake-like or wormlike motion
  • sr - noun the unit of solid angle adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites;  a soft silver-white or yellowish metallic element of the alkali metal group; turns yellow in air; occurs in celestite and strontianite
  • ss - noun special police force in Nazi Germany founded as a personal bodyguard for Adolf Hitler in 1925; the SS administered the concentration camps;  the United States intelligence agency that protects current and former presidents and vice presidents and their immediate families and protects distinguished foreign visitors; detects and apprehends counterfeiters; suppresses forgery of government securities and documents
  • stab - noun a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument;  informal words for any attempt or effort;  a sudden sharp feeling;  verb stab or pierce;  poke or thrust abruptly;  use a knife on
  • stabbing - adj. causing physical or especially psychological injury; as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
  • stabile - adj. (chemistry, physics, biology) resistant to change;  not able or intended to be moved;  noun a sculpture having fixed units (usually constructed of sheet metal) and attached to a fixed support
  • stability - noun the quality or attribute of being firm and steadfast;  a stable order;  the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation
  • stable - adj. maintaining equilibrium;  not taking part readily in chemical change;  firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation; resistant to change of position or condition;  showing little if any change;  noun a farm building for housing horses or other livestock; verb shelter in a stable
  • staff - noun a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose;  (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written;  a rod carried as a symbol;  the body of teachers and administrators at a school;  personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task;  building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration;  verbprovide with staff;  serve on the staff of
  • stag - noun adult male deer;  male red deer;  verb attend a dance or a party without a female companion;  watch, observe, or inquire secretly;  give away information about somebody
  • stage - noun a section or portion of a journey or course;  a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience;  a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination;  the theater as a profession (usually `the stage');  any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something;  a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns;  a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process;  any distinct time period in a sequence of events;  verb plan, organize, and carry out (an event);  perform (a play), especially on a stage
  • stage whisper - noun a loud whisper that can be overheard; on the stage it is heard by the audience but it supposed to be inaudible to the rest of the cast
  • staggering - adj. so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
  • stagnant - adj. not growing or changing; without force or vitality;  not circulating or flowing
  • stagnation - noun a state of inactivity (in business or art etc); inactivity of liquids; being stagnant; standing still; without current or circulation
  • stain - noun a soiled or discolored appearance;  (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible;  an act that brings discredit to the person who does it;  a symbol of disgrace or infamy;  the state of being covered with unclean things;  verb color for microscopic study;  color with a liquid dye or tint;  produce or leave stains;  make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
  • stained - adj. marked or dyed or discolored with foreign matter; having a coating of stain or varnish;  especially of reputation
  • staining - noun (histology) the use of a dye to color specimens for microscopic study;  the act of spotting or staining something
  • stairs - noun a flight of stairs or a flight of steps
  • stake - noun instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning;  the money risked on a gamble;  a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track);  (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something;  verb mark with a stake;  tie or fasten to a stake;  place a bet on;  kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; put at risk
  • stale - adj. showing deterioration from age;  lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new;  no longer new; uninteresting;  verburinate, of cattle and horses
  • stammer - noun a speech disorder involving hesitations and involuntary repetitions of certain sounds;  verb speak haltingly
  • stammerer - noun someone who speaks with involuntary pauses and repetitions
  • stamped - adj. marked with the impression of a seal
  • stance - noun standing posture;  a rationalized mental attitude
  • stand - noun a defensive effort;  a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance;  tiered seats consisting of a structure (often made of wood) where people can sit to watch an event (game or parade);  a small table for holding articles of various kinds;  an interruption of normal activity;  a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area;  the position where a thing or person stands;  a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air;  a support or foundation;  a support for displaying various articles; a booth where articles are displayed for sale;  a mental position from which things are viewed;  verb have or maintain a position or stand on an issue;  be available for stud services;  be standing; be upright; put into an upright position;  be in some specified state or condition; hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright;  be tall; have a height of; copula;  be in effect; be or remain in force; remain inactive or immobile;  occupy a place or location, also metaphorically;  put up with something or somebody unpleasant; withstand the force of something
  • standard - adj. commonly used or supplied;  regularly and widely used or sold;  established or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence;  conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind;  conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers;  noun any distinctive flag;  an upright pole or beam (especially one used as a support);  a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated;  the value behind the money in a monetary system;  a board measure = 1980 board feet;  the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
  • standardization - noun the imposition of standards or regulations; the condition in which a standard has been successfully established; the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument
  • standardized - adj. brought into conformity with a standard;  capable of replacing or changing places with something else; permitting mutual substitution without loss of function or suitability
  • standing - adj. having a supporting base;  (of persons) on the feet; having the torso in an erect position supported by straight legs; executed in or initiated from a standing position;  (of fluids) not moving or flowing;  not created for a particular occasion;  permanent; noun the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position;  an ordered listing of scores or results showing the relative positions of competitors (individuals or teams) in a sporting event;  social or financial or professional status or reputation
  • standpoint - noun a mental position from which things are viewed
  • standstill - noun an interruption of normal activity;  a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
  • stanton - noun United States suffragist and feminist; called for reform of the practices that perpetuated sexual inequality (1815-1902)
  • stapes - noun the stirrup-shaped ossicle that transmits sound from the incus to the cochlea
  • staphylococci - noun spherical Gram-positive parasitic bacteria that tend to form irregular colonies; some cause boils or septicemia or infections
  • staphylococcus - noun spherical Gram-positive parasitic bacteria that tend to form irregular colonies; some cause boils or septicemia or infections
  • star - adj. indicating the most important performer or role;  noun(astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior;  any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night;  an actor who plays a principal role;  a plane figure with 5 or more points; often used as an emblem;  the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub;  a star-shaped character * used in printing; someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field;  a performer who receives prominent billing;  verb mark with an asterisk;  be the star in a performance;  feature as the star
  • starch - noun a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles;  verb stiffen with starch
  • starchy - adj. rigidly formal;  consisting of or containing starch
  • stare - noun a fixed look with eyes open wide;  verb fixate one's eyes;  look at with fixed eyes
  • staring - adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers;  (used of eyes) open and fixed as if in fear or wonder;  adv. with a stare
  • starling - noun gregarious birds native to the Old World
  • starr - noun rock star and drummer for the Beatles (born in 1940)
  • starred - adj. marked with an asterisk
  • start - noun a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning); advantage gained by an beginning early (as in a race);  the beginning of anything;  a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game;  the act of starting something;  a sudden involuntary movement;  a signal to begin (as in a race);  the time at which something is supposed to begin;  verb play in the starting lineup;  get off the ground;  get going or set in motion;  begin or set in motion; bulge outward;  begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job;  take the first step or steps in carrying out an action;  set in motion, cause to start;  bring into being;  move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm;  leave;  begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object;  have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense;  have a beginning characterized in some specified way
  • starting - adj. appropriate to the beginning or start of an event; (especially of eyes) bulging or protruding as with fear;  noun a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning)
  • starting point - noun earliest limiting point
  • startled - adj. excited by sudden surprise or alarm and making a quick involuntary movement
  • startling - adj. so remarkably different or sudden as to cause momentary shock or alarm
  • starvation - noun the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine;  a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
  • starved - adj. suffering from lack of food;  extremely hungry
  • stasis - noun inactivity resulting from a static balance between opposing forces;  an abnormal state in which the normal flow of a liquid (such as blood) is slowed or stopped
  • state - noun the way something is with respect to its main attributes; a politically organized body of people under a single government; the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state; the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation;  a state of depression or agitation;  the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies;  the territory occupied by a nation;  (chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container);  verb express in words;  put before;  indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
  • stated - adj. declared as fact; explicitly stated
  • statement - noun a document showing credits and debits;  a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc;  a nonverbal message;  (music) the presentation of a musical theme;  (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program;  a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true;  the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
  • static - adj. showing little if any change;  not active or moving;  not in physical motion;  concerned with or producing or caused by static electricity;  noun angry criticism;  a crackling or hissing noise cause by electrical interference
  • statics - noun the branch of mechanics concerned with forces in equilibrium
  • station - noun a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel for a particular purpose;  (nautical) the location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty;  the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand;  proper or designated social situation;  verb assign to a station
  • stationary - adj. not capable of being moved;  standing still
  • stations - noun (Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of fourteen prayers said before a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' passage from Pilate's house to his crucifixion at Calvary
  • statistics - noun a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
  • stature - noun (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot; high level of respect gained by impressive development or achievement
  • status - noun the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society;  a state at a particular time
  • statute - adj. enacted by a legislative body;  noun an act passed by a legislative body
  • stay - noun continuing or remaining in a place or state;  (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar;  a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset);  a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted;  the state of inactivity following an interruption;  verb stay the same; remain in a certain state;  stop or halt;  fasten with stays;  stay put (in a certain place);  remain behind; stop a judicial process;  continue in a place, position, or situation; overcome or allay;  hang on during a trial of endurance;  dwell;  stay behind
  • stead - noun the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
  • steadied - adj. made steady or constant
  • steadily - adv. at a steady rate or pace;  in a steady manner
  • steadiness - noun the quality of being steady--regular and unvarying;  the quality of being steady or securely and immovably fixed in place;  freedom from wavering or indecision; constancy of resolve or conduct
  • steady - adj. not easily excited or upset;  securely in position; not shaky;  not subject to change or variation especially in behavior; relating to a person who does something regularly;  marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable;  not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall;  adv. in a steady manner;  noun a person loved by another person;  verb make steady;  support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
  • steadying - adj. causing to become steady
  • steak - noun a slice of meat cut from the fleshy part of an animal or large fish
  • steam - noun water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere;  verb cook something by letting steam pass over it; clean by means of steaming;  get very angry;  rise as vapor;  emit steam;  travel by means of steam power
  • steamed - adj. cooked in steam;  aroused to impatience or anger
  • steamer - noun a ship powered by one or more steam engines;  a cooking utensil that can be used to cook food by steaming it;  an edible clam with thin oval-shaped shell found in coastal regions of the United States and Europe;  a clam that is usually steamed in the shell;  verb travel by means of steam power
  • steaming - adj. filled with steam or emitting moisture in the form of vapor or mist;  adv. (used of heat) extremely
  • stearic - adj. of or relating to or composed of fat
  • stearin - noun an ester of glycerol and stearic acid
  • steatorrhea - noun the presence of greater than normal amounts of fat in the feces which are frothy and foul smelling and floating; a symptom of disorders of fat metabolism and malabsorption syndrome
  • steel - noun knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod;  an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range;  a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard;  verb cover, plate, or edge with steel;  get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
  • steele - noun English writer (1672-1729)
  • steep - adj. having a sharp inclination;  of a slope; set at a high angle;  greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation;  noun a steep place (as on a hill);  verb let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse;  engross (oneself) fully
  • stellar - adj. being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars;  indicating the most important performer or role
  • stellate - adj. arranged like rays or radii; radiating from a common center
  • stem - noun the tube of a tobacco pipe;  a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it;  front part of a vessel or aircraft;  cylinder forming a long narrow part of something;  (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed;  a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ;  verb remove the stem from; stop the flow of a liquid;  grow out of, have roots in, originate in; cause to point inward
  • stench - noun a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
  • stengel - noun United States baseball manager (1890-1975)
  • stenographic - adj. of or relating to or employing stenography
  • stenosed - adj. abnormally constricted body canal or passage
  • stenosis - noun abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway
  • stenotic - adj. abnormally constricted body canal or passage
  • step - noun the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down;  support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway;  a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed;  a short distance;  any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal;  a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance;  a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface;  a musical interval of two semitones;  the sound of a step of someone walking;  the distance covered by a step;  relative position in a graded series;  verb move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation;  place (a ship's mast) in its step;  shift or move by taking a step;  put down or press the foot, place the foot;  walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner;  move with one's feet in a specific manner;  furnish with steps;  cause (a computer) to execute a single command; measure (distances) by pacing;  treat badly
  • stephen - noun English writer (1832-1904)
  • stephenson - noun English railway pioneer who built the first passenger railway in 1825 (1781-1848)
  • steps - noun the course along which a person has walked or is walking in;  a flight of stairs or a flight of steps
  • stereo - adj. designating sound transmission from two sources through two channels;  noun reproducer in which two microphones feed two or more loudspeakers to give a three-dimensional effect to the sound;  two photographs taken from slightly different angles that appear three-dimensional when viewed together
  • stereoscope - noun an optical device for viewing stereoscopic photographs
  • stereotyped - adj. lacking spontaneity or originality or individuality
  • sterile - adj. deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention;  incapable of reproducing;  free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms
  • sterility - noun the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate;  (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms
  • sterilization - noun the procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means);  the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)
  • sterilize - verb make infertile;  make free from bacteria
  • sterilized - adj. made infertile;  made free from live bacteria or other microorganisms
  • sterilizer - noun a device for heating substances above their boiling point; used to manufacture chemicals or to sterilize surgical instruments
  • sternal - adj. of or relating to or near the sternum
  • sternocleidomastoid - noun one of two thick muscles running from the sternum and clavicle to the mastoid and occipital bone; turns head obliquely to the opposite side; when acting together they flex the neck and extend the head
  • sternum - noun the flat bone that articulates with the clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribs
  • sternutatory - adj. causing sneezing;  tending to cause sneezing; noun a chemical substance that causes sneezing and coughing and crying
  • stertor - noun the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound
  • stertorous - adj. of breathing having a heavy snoring sound
  • stethoscope - noun a medical instrument for listening to the sounds generated inside the body
  • stevens - noun United States filmmaker (1905-1975);  United States poet (1879-1955);  United States psychologist and psychophysicist who proposed Stevens' power law to replace Fechner's law (1906-1973)
  • stew - noun food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables;  agitation resulting from active worry;  verb cook slowly and for a long time in liquid;  bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings;  be in a huff; be silent or sullen
  • stewart - noun Scottish philosopher and follower of Thomas Reid (1753-1828);  United States film actor who portrayed incorruptible but modest heros (1908-1997)
  • stewed - adj. cooked in hot water
  • stick - noun threat of a penalty;  an implement consisting of a length of wood;  a long thin implement resembling a length of wood;  a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane;  a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball;  a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine;  a small thin branch of a tree; marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking;  informal terms of the leg;  verb saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous;  pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed;  pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument;  cause to protrude or as if to protrude;  fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something;  fasten with or as with pins or nails;  fasten with an adhesive material like glue;  cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface;  endure;  be or become fixed;  be a mystery or bewildering to;  come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation;  stick to firmly;  fix, force, or implant; stay put (in a certain place);  be loyal to;  be a devoted follower or supporter
  • sticker - noun a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing;  a particularly difficult or baffling question or problem;  an adhesive label;  a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
  • sticking - adj. extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary
  • sticking plaster - noun adhesive tape used in dressing wounds
  • sticky - adj. covered with an adhesive material;  moist as with undried perspiration and with clothing sticking to the body;  having the sticky properties of an adhesive;  hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment;  hot or warm and humid
  • stiff - adj. not moving or operating freely;  powerful;  very drunk; incapable of or resistant to bending;  rigidly formal;  having a strong physiological or chemical effect;  marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable;  adv. extremely;  in a stiff manner;  noun an ordinary man;  the dead body of a human being
  • stiffening - noun the act of becoming stiff;  the process of becoming stiff or rigid
  • stiffness - noun firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action; the property of moving with pain or difficulty;  the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend;  excessive sternness;  the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
  • stigma - noun a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease;  an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod;  the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters the pistil;  a symbol of disgrace or infamy
  • stigmata - noun marks resembling the wounds on the crucified body of Christ
  • still - adj. free from noticeable current;  used of pictures; of a single or static photograph not presented so as to create the illusion of motion; or representing objects not capable of motion;  not sparkling; (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves;  not in physical motion;  marked by absence of sound;  adv. with reference to action or condition; without change, interruption, or cessation; without moving or making a sound;  to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons;  despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession);  noun an apparatus used for the distillation of liquids; consists of a vessel in which a substance is vaporized by heat and a condenser where the vapor is condensed;  a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes);  a plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation;  (poetic) tranquil silence;  verb make motionless; lessen the intensity of or calm;  cause to be quiet or not talk;  make calm or still
  • stimulant - adj. that stimulates;  noun a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process;  any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
  • stimulate - verb cause to be alert and energetic;  act as a stimulant; stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of;  stir feelings in;  cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;  provide the needed stimulus for; cause to occur rapidly
  • stimulated - adj. emotionally aroused
  • stimulating - adj. rousing or quickening activity or the senses; making lively and cheerful;  that stimulates
  • stimulation - noun the act of arousing an organism to action;  any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action;  (physiology) the effect of a stimulus (on nerves or organs etc.);  mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
  • stimulus - noun any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
  • sting - noun a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin;  a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung;  a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property;  a mental pain or distress;  verbdeliver a sting to;  cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging;  saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous;  cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort;  cause a stinging pain
  • stinging - adj. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character; causing or experiencing a painful shivering feeling as from many tiny pricks;  noun a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung
  • stinking - adj. offensively malodorous;  very bad
  • stipulation - noun a restriction that is insisted upon as a condition for an agreement;  (law) an agreement or concession made by parties in a judicial proceeding (or by their attorneys) relating to the business before the court; must be in writing unless they are part of the court record;  an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else
  • stir - noun emotional agitation and excitement;  a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event;  a rapid active commotion; verb mix or add by stirring;  move very slightly;  move an implement through with a circular motion;  summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic;  stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of;  affect emotionally;  to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir";  stir feelings in
  • stirred - adj. set into a usually circular motion in order to mix or blend;  emotionally aroused;  being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion
  • stirring - adj. exciting strong but not unpleasant emotions;  capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement;  noun agitating a liquid with an implement;  arousing to a particular emotion or action
  • stirrup - noun support consisting of metal loops into which rider's feet go;  the stirrup-shaped ossicle that transmits sound from the incus to the cochlea
  • stitch - noun sewing consisting of a link or loop or knot made by drawing a threaded needle through a fabric;  a sharp spasm of pain in the side resulting from running;  verb fasten by sewing; do needlework
  • stitched - adj. fastened with stitches
  • stitching - noun joining or attaching by stitches
  • stock - adj. routine;  repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse;  regularly and widely used or sold;  noun the merchandise that a shop has on hand;  the handle end of some implements or tools;  the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun;  lumber used in the construction of something;  any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowers;  a plant or stem onto which a graft is made; especially a plant grown specifically to provide the root part of grafted plants;  persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant;  the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest (equity);  the reputation and popularity a person has;  not used technically; any animals kept for use or profit;  an ornamental white cravat;  liquid in which meat and vegetables are simmered; used as a basis for e.g. soups or sauces;  a special variety of domesticated animals within a species;  the descendants of one individual;  any of various ornamental flowering plants of the genus Malcolmia;  a supply of something available for future use;  a certificate documenting the shareholder's ownership in the corporation;  verbhave on hand;  provide or furnish with a stock of something;  stock up on to keep for future use or sale;  supply with livestock;  supply with fish;  equip with a stock;  put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
  • stockholm - noun the capital and largest city of Sweden; located in southern Sweden on the Baltic
  • stockinet - noun knit used especially for infants' wear and undergarments
  • stocking - noun the activity of supplying a stock of something; close-fitting hosiery to cover the foot and leg; come in matched pairs (usually used in the plural)
  • stocks - noun a former instrument of punishment consisting of a heavy timber frame with holes in which the feet (and sometimes the hands) of an offender could be locked;  a frame for constraining an animal while it is receiving veterinary attention or while being shod;  a frame that supports a boat while it is under construction
  • stockton - noun United States writer (1834-1902)
  • stomach - noun an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion;  an appetite for food;  an inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness;  the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis;  verb bear to eat;  put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  • stomach pump - noun a suction pump used to remove the contents of the stomach
  • stomachache - noun an ache localized in the stomach or abdominal region
  • stomachal - adj. relating to or involving the stomach
  • stomachic - adj. relating to or involving the stomach
  • stomatitis - noun inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth
  • stone - adj. of any of various dull tannish or grey colors;  nounbuilding material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose;  a lack of feeling or expression or movement;  United States architect (1902-1978);  United States jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court as chief justice (1872-1946);  United States journalist who advocated liberal causes (1907-1989);  United States feminist and suffragist (1818-1893); United States filmmaker (born in 1946);  United States jurist who was named chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1941 by Franklin D. Roosevelt (1872-1946);  the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed;  an avoirdupois unit used to measure the weight of a human body; equal to 14 pounds;  a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter;  material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust;  a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry;  verb kill by throwing stones at;  remove the pits from
  • stony - adj. hard as granite;  showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings;  abounding in rocks or stones
  • stool - noun a simple seat without a back or arms;  (forestry) the stump of a tree that has been felled or headed for the production of saplings;  a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination;  solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels;  verb have a bowel movement;  grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers;  react to a decoy, of wildfowl;  lure with a stool, as of wild fowl
  • stoop - noun an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward;  small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house;  basin for holy water;  verb carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward;  sag, bend, bend over or down;  descend swiftly, as if on prey;  bend one's back forward from the waist on down;  debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way
  • stooping - adj. having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect
  • stop - noun a brief stay in the course of a journey;  the act of stopping something;  (music) a knob on an organ that is pulled to change the sound quality from the organ pipes;  the event of something ending;  a spot where something halts or pauses;  an obstruction in a pipe or tube;  a restraint that checks the motion of something;  a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens;  a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations;  a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it;  the state of inactivity following an interruption; verb cause to stop;  come to a halt, stop moving;  interrupt a trip;  stop from happening or developing;  prevent completion;  stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments;  hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of;  seize on its way;  render unsuitable for passage;  have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical;  put an end to a state or an activity
  • stoppage - noun the act of stopping something;  an obstruction in a pipe or tube;  the state of inactivity following an interruption
  • stopped - adj. (of a nose) blocked
  • stopper - noun (bridge) a playing card with a value sufficiently high to insure taking a trick in a particular suit;  blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly;  a remark to which there is no polite conversational reply;  an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down;  verb close or secure with or as if with a stopper
  • stoppered - adj. (of a container) having a stopper in the opening
  • stopping - noun the kind of playing that involves pressing the fingers on the strings of a stringed instrument to control the pitch; fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members
  • stops - 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
  • storage - noun the act of storing something;  the commercial enterprise of storing goods and materials;  (computer science) the process of storing information in a computer memory or on a magnetic tape or disk;  depositing in a warehouse;  an electronic memory device;  a depository for goods
  • storax - noun a vanilla-scented resin from various trees of the genus Styrax
  • store - noun a supply of something available for future use;  an electronic memory device;  a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services;  a depository for goods;  verb keep or lay aside for future use;  find a place for and put away for storage
  • stored - adj. accumulated until needed
  • stored-up - adj. amassed and put away for future use
  • storm - noun a direct and violent assault on a stronghold;  a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightening;  a violent commotion or disturbance;  verb attack by storm; attack suddenly;  take by force; blow hard;  rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning;  behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
  • stormy - adj. (especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion;  characterized by violent emotions or behavior
  • story - noun a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events;  a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale;  a record or narrative description of past events;  a short account of the news;  a trivial lie;  a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program
  • stout - adj. euphemisms for `fat';  dependable;  having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships;  noun a garment size for a large or heavy person;  a strong very dark heavy-bodied ale made from pale malt and roasted unmalted barley and (often) caramel malt with hops
  • stove - noun any heating apparatus;  a kitchen appliance used for cooking food
  • stover - noun the dried stalks and leaves of a field crop (especially corn) used as animal fodder after the grain has been harvested
  • strabismus - noun abnormal alignment of one or both eyes
  • straight - adj. right; in keeping with the facts;  successive (without a break);  following a correct or logical method;  (of hair) having no waves or curls;  not homosexual;  erect in posture;  having no deviations;  free from curves or angles;  characterized by honesty and fairness;  neatly arranged; not disorderly;  rigidly conventional or old-fashioned;  without water;  without evasion or compromise;  accurately fitted; level;  no longer coiled;  adv. in a straight line; in a direct course;  without deviation;  in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; noun a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit);  a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse;  a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex
  • straight-backed - adj. having a straight back;  of posture;  adv. in a straight-backed manner
  • straighten - verb make straight or straighter;  make straight;  get up from a sitting or slouching position;  straighten up or out; make straight;  put (things or places) in order;  straighten by unrolling
  • straightforward - adj. pointed directly ahead;  free from ambiguity; without evasion or compromise;  without concealment or deception; honest
  • strain - noun an intense or violent exertion;  (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces;  injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain;  (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress;  the act of singing;  an effortful attempt to attain a goal;  a lineage or race of people;  the general meaning or substance of an utterance;  a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence;  a special variety of domesticated animals within a species;  (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups;  difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension;  verb use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity;  become stretched or tense or taught;  cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;  alter the shape of (something) by stress;  to exert much effort or energy;  rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender;  remove by passing through a filter;  separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements;  test the limits of
  • strained - adj. under great stress;  struggling for effect;  lacking spontaneity; not natural;  lacking natural ease
  • strainer - noun a filter to retain larger pieces while smaller pieces and liquids pass through
  • straining - adj. taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; noun an intense or violent exertion;  the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  • strait - adj. strict and severe;  noun a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water;  a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
  • strand - noun line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable;  a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole;  a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels;  a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides); a necklace made by a stringing objects together;  a very slender natural or synthetic fiber;  verb leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
  • strange - adj. not known before;  being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird;  relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world
  • strangling - noun the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe
  • strangulate - verb become constricted;  constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air;  kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air
  • strangulation - noun (pathology) constriction of a body part so as to cut off the flow of blood or other fluid;  the condition of having respiration stopped by compression of the air passage;  the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe
  • strap - noun whip consisting of a strip of leather used in flogging;  an elongated leather strip (or a strip of similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position;  a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag;  hanger consisting of a loop of leather suspended from the ceiling of a bus or train; passengers hold onto it;  verb secure (a sprained joint) with a strap; sharpen with a strap;  tie with a strap;  beat severely with a whip or rod
  • strapping - adj. muscular and heavily built
  • strategy - noun the branch of military science dealing with military command and the planning and conduct of a war;  an elaborate and systematic plan of action
  • stratified - adj. deposited or arranged in horizontal layers;  (used of society) socially hierarchical;  arranged in a sequence of grades or ranks
  • stratum - noun one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock);  an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
  • straw - adj. of a pale yellow color like straw; straw colored;  noun a thin paper or plastic tube used to such liquids into the mouth;  plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder;  a yellow tint; yellow diluted with white;  material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds;  verb cover or provide with or as if with straw;  spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)
  • straw-colored - adj. having the color of dry straw
  • strawberry - noun a soft red birthmark;  sweet fleshy red fruit;  any of various low perennial herbs with many runners and bearing white flowers followed by edible fruits having many small achenes scattered on the surface of an enlarged red pulpy berry
  • streaked - adj. marked with or as if with stripes or linear discolorations
  • stream - noun dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas;  a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth;  something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously;  the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression;  a steady flow (usually from natural causes);  verb exude profusely;  flow freely and abundantly;  to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind;  move in large numbers;  rain heavily
  • streaming - adj. exuding a bodily fluid in profuse amounts;  moving smoothly and continuously;  noun the circulation of cytoplasm within a cell
  • street - noun a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings;  the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel; people living or working on the same street;  a situation offering opportunities;  the streets of a city viewed as a depressed environment in which there is poverty and crime and prostitution and dereliction
  • strength - noun the property of being physically or mentally strong; the condition of financial success;  capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects;  physical energy or intensity; permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force;  the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation);  an asset of special worth or utility;  the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty;  capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
  • strengthen - verb gain strength;  make strong or stronger;  give a healthy elasticity to
  • strengthened - adj. given added strength or support
  • strengthening - noun the act of increasing the strength of something;  becoming stronger
  • strenuous - adj. characterized by or performed with much energy or force;  taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
  • strenuously - adv. in a strenuous manner; strongly or vigorously
  • strep - adj. of or relating to or caused by streptococci;  nounspherical Gram-positive bacteria occurring in pairs or chains; cause e.g. scarlet fever and tonsillitis
  • streptobacillus - noun any of various rod-shaped Gram-negative bacteria
  • streptococci - noun spherical Gram-positive bacteria occurring in pairs or chains; cause e.g. scarlet fever and tonsillitis
  • streptococcic - adj. of or relating to or caused by streptococci
  • streptococcus - noun spherical Gram-positive bacteria occurring in pairs or chains; cause e.g. scarlet fever and tonsillitis
  • stress - noun the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch);  (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body;  difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension;  special emphasis attached to something; (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense;  verbput stress on; utter with an accent;  to stress, single out as important; test the limits of
  • stretch - adj. easily stretched;  having an elongated seating area; noun extension to or beyond the ordinary limit;  exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent;  a straightaway section of a racetrack;  the capacity for being stretched;  a large and unbroken expanse or distance;  an unbroken period of time during which you do something;  the act of physically reaching or thrusting out;  verb extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body;  extend one's body or limbs;  become longer by being stretched and pulled; extend the scope or meaning of; often unduly;  pull in opposite directions;  lie down comfortably;  occupy a large, elongated area; increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance;  make long or longer by pulling and stretching;  corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones;  extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
  • stretched - adj. (of muscles) relieved of stiffness by stretching; extended or spread over a wide area or distance
  • stretcher - noun a litter for transporting people who are ill or wounded or dead; usually consists of a sheet of canvas stretched between two poles;  a mechanical device used to make something larger (as shoes or gloves) by stretching it;  a wooden framework on which canvas is stretched and fixed for oil painting;  a stone that forms the top of wall or building
  • stretching - noun act of expanding by lengthening or widening; exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
  • striatum - noun a striped mass of white and grey matter located in front of the thalamus in each cerebral hemisphere; consists of the caudate nucleus and the lenticular nucleus
  • strict - adj. severe and unremitting in making demands;  rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard;  characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint;  incapable of compromise or flexibility;  (of rules) stringently enforced
  • strictly - adv. restricted to something;  in a stringent manner;  in a rigorous manner
  • stricture - noun severe criticism;  abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway
  • stridor - noun a whistling sound when breathing (usually heard on inspiration); indicates obstruction of the trachea or larynx
  • strike - noun (baseball) a pitch that the batter swings at and misses, or that the batter hits into foul territory, or that the batter does not swing at but the umpire judges to be in the area over home plate and between the batter's knees and shoulders;  a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball;  an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective;  a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions;  a conspicuous success;  a gentle blow;  verb cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp;  arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing;  indicate (a certain time) by striking; make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target;  produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically;  pierce with force;  deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon;  remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line;  produce by ignition or a blow; stop work in order to press demands;  affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely;  hit against; come into sudden contact with; smooth with a strickle;  form by stamping, punching, or printing;  have an emotional or cognitive impact upon;  occupy or take on;  drive something violently into a location;  cause to experience suddenly; find unexpectedly;  attain;  touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
  • striking - adj. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect;  noun the act of contacting one thing with another;  the physical coming together of two or more things
  • strikingly - adv. in a striking manner
  • string - noun a lightweight cord;  a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed;  a collection of objects threaded on a single strand;  a linear sequence of symbols (characters or words or phrases);  a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding;  (cosmology) a hypothetical one-dimensional subatomic particle having a concentration of energy and the dynamic properties of a flexible loop;  stringed instruments that are played with a bow;  a necklace made by a stringing objects together;  a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening;  verb add as if on a string;  provide with strings;  thread on or as if on a string;  remove the stringy parts of;  string together; tie or fasten with a string;  stretch out or arrange like a string;  move or come along
  • stringent - adj. demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
  • strings - noun the section of an orchestra that plays stringed instruments
  • stringy - adj. consisting of or containing string or strings;  lean and sinewy;  forming viscous or glutinous threads;  (of meat) full of sinews; especially impossible to chew
  • strip - noun a form of erotic entertainment in which a dancer gradually undresses to music;  artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material;  thin piece of wood or metal;  a relatively long narrow piece of something;  an airfield without normal airport facilities;  a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book;  verb remove (someone's or one's own) clothes;  draw the last milk (of cows);  take off or remove;  remove a constituent from a liquid;  remove the thread (of screws);  remove the surface from;  strip the cured leaves from;  get undressed;  lay bare;  remove substances from by a percolating liquid;  remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely;  take away possessions from someone;  steal goods; take as spoils
  • stripe - noun a marking of a different color or texture from the background;  a kind or category;  a piece of braid, usually on the sleeve, indicating military rank or length of service;  an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material;  V-shaped sleeve badge indicating military rank and service;  verb mark with stripes
  • striped - adj. marked or decorated with stripes
  • stripped - adj. with clothing stripped off;  having only essential or minimal features;  having everything extraneous removed including contents
  • stripping - noun the removal of covering
  • strive - verb to exert much effort or energy;  attempt by employing effort
  • stroke - noun a light touch with the hands;  a single complete movement;  (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand;  any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing;  a mark made by a writing implement (as in cursive writing);  a light touch;  the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew;  a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain;  a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information;  the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam;  verb treat gingerly or carefully;  strike a ball with a smooth blow;  row at a particular rate;  touch lightly and with affection, with brushing motions
  • stroking - noun a light touch with the hands
  • stroma - noun the supporting tissue of an organ (as opposed to parenchyma);  the dense colorless framework of a chloroplast;  a mass of fungal tissue that has spore-bearing structures embedded in it or on it
  • strong - adj. freshly made or left;  not faint or feeble;  of verbs not having standard (or regular) inflection;  having strength or power greater than average or expected;  strong and sure;  being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content;  having a strong physiological or chemical effect;  having or wielding force or authority;  of good quality and condition; solidly built;  able to withstand attack
  • strongly - adv. with strength or in a strong manner;  in a powerful manner
  • strontium - noun a soft silver-white or yellowish metallic element of the alkali metal group; turns yellow in air; occurs in celestite and strontianite
  • strophanthin - noun a bitter and very toxic glycoside derived from plants of the genus Strophanthus; in moderate doses it is a cardiac stimulant but in larger doses it is a powerful poison; used in Africa as an arrow poison
  • strophanthus - noun any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Strophanthus having whorled leaves and showy flowers of various colors in dense and corymbose clusters; some have poisonous seeds
  • struck - adj. (used in combination) affected by something overwhelming
  • structural - adj. concerned with systematic structure in a particular field of study;  affecting or involved in structure or construction; relating to or having or characterized by structure;  relating to or caused by structure, especially political or economic structure; relating to or concerned with the morphology of plants and animals; pertaining to geological structure
  • structure - noun a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts;  the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts;  a particular complex anatomical part;  the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations;  the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships;  verb give a structure to
  • struggle - noun strenuous effort;  an energetic attempt to achieve something;  an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals);  verb to exert strenuous effort against opposition;  be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight;  climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling;  make a strenuous or labored effort
  • struggling - adj. engaged in a struggle to overcome especially poverty or obscurity
  • struma - noun a form of tuberculosis characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands;  abnormally enlarged thyroid gland; can result from underproduction or overproduction of hormone or from a deficiency of iodine in the diet
  • stubborn - adj. tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield;  not responding to treatment
  • stuck - adj. caught or fixed;  baffled
  • stud - noun poker in which each player receives hole cards and the remainder are dealt face up; bets are placed after each card is dealt; adult male horse kept for breeding;  ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt);  a man who is virile and sexually active;  an upright in house framing;  verb provide with or construct with studs;  scatter or intersperse like dots or studs
  • studded - adj. dotted or adorned with or as with studs or nailheads; usually used in combination
  • student - noun a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution;  a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
  • student lamp - noun a reading lamp with a flexible neck; used on a desk
  • studied - adj. produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation;  carefully practiced or designed or premeditated
  • study - noun a room used for reading and writing and studying;  a state of deep mental absorption;  applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading);  a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique; someone who memorizes quickly and easily (as the lines for a part in a play);  a detailed critical inspection;  preliminary drawing for later elaboration;  attentive consideration and meditation;  a branch of knowledge;  a written document describing the findings of some individual or group;  verb learn by reading books;  be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an institute of learning;  think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes;  give careful consideration to;  be a student of a certain subject;  consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  • studying - noun reading carefully with intent to remember
  • stuff - noun miscellaneous unspecified objects;  unspecified qualities required to do or be something;  a critically important or characteristic component;  senseless talk;  information in some unspecified form; informal terms for personal possessions;  the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object;  verb fill tightly with a material;  treat with grease, fill, and prepare for mounting;  obstruct; fill completely;  fill with a stuffing while cooking;  overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself;  press or force
  • stuffed - adj. filled with something;  crammed with food
  • stumble - noun an unintentional but embarrassing blunder;  an unsteady uneven gait;  verb make an error;  miss a step and fall or nearly fall;  walk unsteadily;  encounter by chance
  • stump - noun (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket;  the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed;  the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled;  a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it;  verb remove tree stumps from; cause to be perplexed or confounded;  travel through a district and make political speeches;  walk heavily
  • stunned - adj. in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock;  knocked unconscious by a heavy blow;  filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock
  • stunning - adj. strikingly beautiful or attractive;  causing or capable of causing bewilderment or shock or insensibility;  causing great astonishment and consternation;  commanding attention
  • stunt - noun a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention;  a creature (especially a whale) that has been prevented from attaining full growth;  verb perform a stunt or stunts; check the growth or development of
  • stunted - adj. inferior in size or quality
  • stupe - noun a person who is not very bright
  • stupefied - adj. in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock;  as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise
  • stupefying - adj. shocking with surprise and consternation;  making physically stupid or dull or insensible;  so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
  • stupid - adj. lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity;  in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock;  lacking intelligence;  noun a person who is not very bright
  • stupidity - noun a stupid mistake;  a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience
  • stupor - noun marginal consciousness;  the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally
  • stuporous - adj. stunned or confused and slow to react (as from blows or drunkenness or exhaustion)
  • sturgeon - noun large primitive fishes valued for their flesh and roe; widely distributed in the North Temperate Zone
  • stye - noun an infection of the sebaceous gland of the eyelid
  • style - noun a slender bristlelike or tubular process;  a particular kind (as to appearance);  editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display;  (botany) the narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma;  a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving;  distinctive and stylish elegance;  how something is done or how it happens;  the popular taste at a given time;  a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period;  verb make consistent with certain rules of style;  designate by an identifying term;  make consistent with a certain fashion or style
  • styled - adj. designated by a name or title
  • stylet - noun small needlelike appendage; especially the feeding organ of a tardigrade
  • styptic - adj. tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels;  noun a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
  • styrax - noun any shrub or small tree of the genus Styrax having fragrant bell-shaped flowers that hang below the dark green foliage
  • suasion - noun the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
  • sub - noun a submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes;  a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States;  verb be a substitute
  • subacute - adj. less than acute; relating to a disease present in a person with no symptoms of it
  • subclavian - adj. situated beneath the clavicle
  • subcortical - adj. of or relating to or being or involving nerve centers below the cerebral cortex
  • subcutaneous - adj. relating to or located below the epidermis
  • subcutaneously - adv. below the skin
  • subdivided - adj. divided again after a first division, e.g. of a tract of land, divided into lots
  • subdivision - noun the act of subdividing; division of something previously divided;  an area composed of subdivided lots;  a section of a section; a part of a part; i.e., a part of something already divided;  a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical);  an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization
  • subdue - verb correct by punishment or discipline;  to put down by force or authority;  make subordinate, dependent, or subservient;  get on top of; deal with successfully;  hold within limits and control;  put down by force or intimidation
  • subdural - adj. below the dura mater but above the arachnoid membrane of the meninges
  • subjacent - adj. lying nearby but lower
  • subject - adj. likely to be affected by something (especially something unpleasant);  being under the power or sovereignty of another or others;  not exempt from tax;  possibly accepting or permitting;  noun something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation;  (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated;  (logic) the first term of a proposition;  the subject matter of a conversation or discussion;  a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation;  some situation or event that is thought about;  a branch of knowledge;  a person who owes allegiance to that nation;  verbmake accountable for;  cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to;  refer for judgment or consideration;  make subservient; force to submit or subdue
  • subject matter - noun what a communication that is about something is about
  • subjection - noun the act of conquering;  forced submission to control by others
  • subjective - adj. taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias;  of a mental act performed entirely within the mind
  • subjectively - adv. in a subjective way
  • subjunctive - adj. relating to a mood of verbs;  noun a mood that represent an act or state (not as a fact but) as contingent or possible
  • sublimate - adj. made pure;  noun the product of vaporization of a solid;  verb direct energy or urges into useful activities;  vaporize and then condense right back again;  change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting;  remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation;  make more subtle or refined
  • sublimation - noun (psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable;  (chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid
  • sublimed - adj. passing or having passed from the solid to the gaseous state (or vice versa) without becoming liquid
  • subliminal - adj. below the threshold of conscious perception
  • sublingual - adj. beneath the tongue
  • subluxation - noun partial displacement of a joint or organ
  • submerged - adj. beneath the surface of the water;  under water; e.g. at the bottom of a body of water;  growing or remaining under water
  • submersion - noun the act of wetting something by submerging it; sinking until covered completely with water
  • submission - noun the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another;  (law) a contention presented by a lawyer to a judge or jury as part of the case he is arguing;  an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter;  a legal document summarizing an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter;  something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition);  the condition of having submitted to control by someone or something else;  the feeling of patient submissive humbleness
  • submit - verb put before;  submit or yield to another's wish or opinion;  refer for judgment or consideration;  yield to the control of another;  accept or undergo, often unwillingly;  accept as inevitable; make an application as for a job or funding;  hand over formally; make over as a return;  refer to another person for decision or judgment
  • submucosa - noun the connective tissue beneath mucous membrane
  • subnormal - adj. below normal or average;  noun a person of less than normal intelligence
  • subordinate - adj. lower in rank or importance;  subject or submissive to authority or the control of another;  (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence;  inferior in rank or status;  noun an assistant subject to the authority or control of another;  a word that is more specific than a given word;  verbmake subordinate, dependent, or subservient;  rank or order as less important or consider of less value
  • subordination - noun the quality of obedient submissiveness;  the grammatical relation of a modifying word or phrase to its head;  the state of being subordinate to something;  the act of mastering or subordinating someone;  the semantic relation of being subordinate or belonging to a lower rank or class
  • subscription - noun the act of signing your name; writing your signature (as on a document);  a pledged contribution;  agreement expressed by (or as if expressed by) signing your name;  a payment for consecutive issues of a newspaper or magazine for a given period of time
  • subsequent - adj. following in time or order
  • subsequently - adv. happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
  • subserve - verb be helpful or useful
  • subside - verb wear off or die down;  sink down or precipitate;  sink to a lower level or form a depression;  descend into or as if into some soft substance or place
  • subsidence - noun the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it;  a gradual sinking to a lower level;  an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)
  • subsidiary - adj. of or relating to or being a subsidy;  functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity;  furnishing added support;  noun a company that is completely controlled by another company;  an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
  • subsiding - noun a gradual sinking to a lower level
  • subsist - verb support oneself
  • subsoil - noun the layer of soil between the topsoil and bedrock
  • subspecies - noun (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species
  • substance - noun that which has mass and occupies space;  the stuff of which an object consists;  the idea that is intended;  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;  what a communication that is about something is about; considerable capital (wealth or income)
  • substantially - adv. in a strong substantial way;  to a great extent or degree
  • substantiate - verb solidify, firm, or strengthen;  establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts;  make real or concrete; give reality or substance to;  represent in bodily form
  • substantiated - adj. supported or established by evidence or proof
  • substitute - adj. artificial and inferior;  being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team;  capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team;  noun a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another;  an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced;  someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult);  verb put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items;  be a substitute; act as a substitute
  • substituting - noun working as a substitute for someone who is ill or on leave of absence
  • substitution - noun the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: "he sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help";  an event in which one thing is substituted for another
  • subtle - adj. faint and difficult to analyze;  able to make fine distinctions;  working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way;  be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind
  • subtropic - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics
  • subtropical - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics
  • succedaneum - noun (medicine) something that can be used as a substitute (especially any medicine that may be taken in place of another)
  • succeed - verb be the successor (of);  attain success or reach a desired goal
  • succeeding - adj. coming after or following;  (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving
  • success - noun an attainment that is successful;  an event that accomplishes its intended purpose;  a state of prosperity or fame;  a person with a record of successes
  • successful - adj. having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
  • successfully - adv. in a successful manner
  • succession - noun acquisition of property by descent or by will;  the action of following in order;  a group of people or things arranged or following in order;  (ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established;  a following of one thing after another in time
  • successive - adj. in regular succession without gaps
  • successively - adv. in proper order or sequence
  • succinctly - adv. with concise and precise brevity; to the point
  • succinic - adj. of or relating to or obtained from amber
  • succulence - noun a juicy appetizingness
  • succulent - adj. full of juice;  noun a plant adapted to arid conditions and characterized by fleshy water-storing tissues that act as water reservoirs
  • succumb - verb be fatally overwhelmed;  consent reluctantly
  • succussion - noun shaking a person to determine whether a large amount of liquid is present in a body cavity
  • such - adj. of so extreme a degree or extent;  adv. to so extreme a degree
  • suck - noun the act of sucking;  verb draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth;  draw something in by or as if by a vacuum;  attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etc.;  give suck to;  take in, also metaphorically
  • sucking - noun the act of sucking
  • suckling - noun feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast;  a young mammal that has not been weaned;  English poet and courtier (1609-1642);  an infant considered in relation to its nurse
  • suction - noun a force over an area produced by a pressure difference;  the act of sucking;  verb empty or clean (a body cavity) by the force of suction;  remove or draw away by the force of suction
  • suctorial - adj. adapted for sucking or clinging by suction
  • sudden - adj. happening without warning or in a short space of time
  • suddenly - adv. happening unexpectedly;  quickly and without warning;  on impulse; without premeditation
  • suddenness - noun the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning
  • sudorific - adj. inducing perspiration;  noun a medicine that causes or increases sweating
  • suds - noun a dysphemism for beer (especially for lager that effervesces);  the froth produced by soaps or detergents;  verb wash in suds;  make froth or foam and become bubbly
  • sue - noun French writer whose novels described the sordid side of city life (1804-1857);  verb institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
  • suet - noun hard fat around the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton
  • suffer - verb feel pain or be in pain;  undergo (as of injuries and illnesses);  feel unwell or uncomfortable;  get worse;  be set at a disadvantage;  endure (emotional pain);  undergo or be subjected to; undergo or suffer;  be given to;  put up with something or somebody unpleasant;  feel physical pain
  • sufferer - noun one who suffers for the sake of principle;  a person suffering from an illness
  • suffering - adj. troubled by pain or loss;  very unhappy; full of misery;  noun feelings of mental or physical pain;  misery resulting from affliction;  psychological suffering;  a state of acute pain
  • suffice - verb be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  • sufficiency - noun the quality of being sufficient for the end in view; sufficient resources to provide comfort and meet obligations;  an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose
  • sufficient - adj. of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant
  • sufficiently - adv. to a sufficient degree
  • suffocating - adj. causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat
  • suffocation - noun killing by depriving of oxygen;  the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped)
  • suffocative - adj. causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat
  • suffusion - noun the process of permeating or infusing something with a substance
  • sugar - noun a white crystalline carbohydrate used as a sweetener and preservative;  informal terms for money;  an essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain;  verb sweeten with sugar
  • sugar-coated - adj. encrusted with sugar or syrup
  • sugar water - noun water sweetened with sugar
  • sugared - adj. with sweetening added
  • sugary - adj. containing sugar
  • suggest - verb call to mind;  imply as a possibility;  make a proposal, declare a plan for something;  drop a hint; intimate by a hint;  suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine
  • suggested - adj. mentioned as worthy of acceptance
  • suggestibility - noun susceptibility or responsiveness to suggestion
  • suggestion - noun the sequential mental process in which one thought leads to another by association;  an idea that is suggested;  a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection;  persuasion formulated as a suggestion;  the act of inducing hypnosis;  a just detectable amount
  • suggestive - adj. tending to suggest or imply;  (usually followed by `of') pointing out or revealing clearly
  • suggestively - adv. in a suggestive manner
  • suicidal - adj. dangerous to yourself or your interests
  • suicide - noun the act of killing yourself;  a person who kills himself intentionally
  • suit - noun a set of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers or skirt) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color;  playing card in any of four sets of 13 cards in a pack; each set has its own symbol and color;  a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank;  a businessman dressed in a business suit;  a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy;  a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage);  verb be agreeable or acceptable to;  be agreeable or acceptable;  accord or comport with;  enhance the appearance of
  • suitability - noun the quality of having the properties that are right for a specific purpose
  • suitable - adj. appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs;  worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse;  meant or adapted for an occasion or use
  • suitably - adv. in an appropriate manner
  • suited - adj. outfitted or supplied with clothing;  appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs; meant or adapted for an occasion or use
  • suiting - noun a fabric used for suits
  • sulcus - noun (anatomy) any of the narrow grooves in an organ or tissue especially those that mark the convolutions on the surface of the brain
  • sulfate - noun a salt or ester of sulphuric acid;  verb convert into a sulfate
  • sullen - adj. darkened by clouds;  showing a brooding ill humor
  • sulphate - noun a salt or ester of sulphuric acid
  • sulphur - noun an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions);  verb treat with sulphur in order to preserve
  • sulphur-yellow - adj. of something having the yellow color of sulfur
  • sulphuretted - adj. treated or impregnated with sulfur
  • sulphuric - adj. of or relating to or containing sulfur
  • sulphurous - adj. characterized by oppressive heat and humidity; harsh or corrosive in tone;  of or related to or containing sulfur or derived from sulfur
  • sum - noun the whole amount;  a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers;  the final aggregate;  a quantity of money;  the basic unit of money in Uzbekistan;  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;  a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets;  verb determine the sum of;  be a summary of
  • sumac - noun a shrub or tree of the genus Rhus (usually limited to the non-poisonous members of the genus);  wood of a sumac
  • sumach - noun a shrub or tree of the genus Rhus (usually limited to the non-poisonous members of the genus)
  • sumatra - noun a mountainous island in western Indonesia
  • sumer - noun an area in the southern region of Babylonia in present-day Iraq; site of the Sumerian civilization of city-states that flowered during the third millennium BC
  • summary - adj. briefly giving the gist of something;  performed speedily and without formality;  noun a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
  • summer - noun the warmest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox;  verb spend the summer
  • summit - noun a meeting of heads of governments;  the top point of a mountain or hill;  the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development;  verb reach the summit of a mountain
  • sumner - noun United States sociologist (1840-1910)
  • sun - noun a typical star that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system;  any star around which a planetary system evolves;  a person considered as a source of warmth or energy or glory etc;  the rays of the sun;  first day of the week; observed as a day of rest and worship by most Christians;  verbexpose one's body to the sun;  expose to the rays of the sun or affect by exposure to the sun
  • sunburn - noun redness of the skin caused by exposure to the rays of the sun;  a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun;  verb get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
  • sunday - noun United States evangelist (1862-1935);  first day of the week; observed as a day of rest and worship by most Christians; verb spend Sunday
  • sundown - noun the time in the evening at which the sun begins to fall below the horizon
  • sundry - adj. consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)
  • sunflower - noun any plant of the genus Helianthus having large flower heads with dark disk florets and showy yellow rays
  • sunk - adj. doomed to extinction
  • sunken - adj. under water; e.g. at the bottom of a body of water; having a sunken area
  • sunlight - noun the rays of the sun
  • sunniness - noun lightness created by sunlight;  the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom
  • sunny - adj. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; abounding with sunlight
  • sunrise - adj. of an industry or technology; new and developing; noun the daily event of the sun rising above the horizon; atmospheric phenomena accompanying the daily appearance of the sun;  the first light of day
  • sunset - adj. providing for termination;  of a declining industry or technology;  noun the daily event of the sun sinking below the horizon;  atmospheric phenomena accompanying the daily disappearance of the sun;  the time in the evening at which the sun begins to fall below the horizon
  • sunshine - noun the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom; moderate weather; suitable for outdoor activities;  the rays of the sun
  • sunstroke - noun sudden prostration due to exposure to the sun or excessive heat
  • sup - noun a small amount of liquid food;  verb take solid or liquid food into the mouth a little at a time either by drinking or by eating with a spoon
  • super - adj. including more than a specified category;  extremely large;  of the highest quality;  adv. to an extreme degree;  noun a caretaker for an apartment house; represents the owner as janitor and rent collector
  • superabundance - noun a quantity that is more than what is appropriate
  • superabundant - adj. most excessively abundant
  • superfecundation - noun fertilization of two or more ova released during the same menstrual cycle by sperm from separate acts of coitus (especially by different males)
  • superfetation - noun fertilization of a second ovum after a pregnancy has begun; results in two fetuses of different ages in the uterus at the same time
  • superficial - adj. being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually;  of little substance or significance;  relating to a surface;  involving a surface only
  • superficiality - noun lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling;  shallowness in terms of affecting only surface layers of something
  • superficially - adv. in a superficial manner
  • superficies - noun outer surface of an area or a body;  the purely external aspect of a thing; superficial appearance
  • superfluity - noun extreme excess
  • superfluous - adj. more than is needed, desired, or required; serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
  • superimposed - adj. with one layer on top of another;  placed on or over something else
  • superincumbent - adj. lying or resting on and exerting pressure on something else
  • superintend - verb watch and direct
  • superior - adj. (often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by;  (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by;  of or characteristic of high rank or importance;  of high or superior quality or performance;  having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit;  having a higher rank;  written or printed above and to one side of another character;  noun a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth;  the head of a religious community;  one of greater rank or station or quality;  a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character;  the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes;  a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
  • superiority - noun the quality of being superior;  displaying a sense of being better than others;  the quality of being a competitive advantage;  the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits
  • superjacent - adj. lying immediately above or on something else
  • supernatant - adj. of a liquid; floating on the surface above a sediment or precipitate;  noun the clear liquid that lies above a sediment or precipitate
  • supernumerary - adj. more than is needed, desired, or required; noun a minor actor in crowd scenes;  a person serving no apparent function
  • superscription - noun the activity of superscribing;  an inscription written above something else
  • supervene - verb take place as an additional or unexpected development
  • supervised - adj. under observation or under the direction of a superintendent or overseer
  • supervising - noun management by overseeing the performance or operation of a person or group
  • supervision - noun management by overseeing the performance or operation of a person or group
  • supination - noun rotation of the hands and forearms so that the palms face upward
  • supinator - noun a muscle (especially in the forearm) that produces or assists in supination
  • supine - adj. lying face upward;  offering no resistance
  • supper - noun a light evening meal; served in early evening if dinner is at midday or served late in the evening at bedtime;  a social gathering where a light evening meal is served
  • supplant - verb take the place or move into the position of
  • supple - adj. (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely;  (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable; moving and bending with ease;  verb make pliant and flexible
  • supplement - noun a quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency);  a supplementary component that improves capability; textual matter that is added onto a publication; usually at the end; verb add as a supplement to what seems insufficient;  serve as a supplement to;  add to the very end
  • supplemental - adj. added to complete or make up a deficiency; functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity
  • supplementary - adj. added to complete or make up a deficiency; functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity
  • supply - noun offering goods and services for sale;  an amount of something available for use;  the activity of supplying or providing something;  verb provide or furnish with;  state or say further;  provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; circulate or distribute or equip with
  • supplying - noun the activity of supplying or providing something
  • support - noun a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission;  the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening;  aiding the cause or policy or interests of;  the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities;  any device that bears the weight of another thing; supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest;  the financial means whereby one lives;  financial resources provided to make some project possible;  documentary validation;  a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts;  verb play a subordinate role to (another performer);  support materially or financially;  give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to;  establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; put up with something or somebody unpleasant;  adopt as a belief; argue or speak in defense of;  be a regular customer or client of;  be the physical support of; carry the weight of;  be behind; approve of; support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
  • supportable - adj. capable of being borne though unpleasant
  • supported - adj. held up or having the weight borne especially from below;  sustained or maintained by aid (as distinct from physical support)
  • supporter - noun a person who backs a politician or a team etc.;  a support for the genitals worn by men engaging in strenuous exercise;  a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve);  a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose;  someone who supports or champions something
  • supporting - adj. capable of bearing a structural load;  furnishing support and encouragement;  noun the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
  • supportive - adj. furnishing support or assistance
  • suppose - verb express a supposition;  expect, believe, or suppose; to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds;  require as a necessary antecedent or precondition;  take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand
  • supposed - adj. firmly believed;  designed to;  mistakenly believed; required or under orders;  commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds;  based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence;  doubtful or suspect
  • supposedly - adv. believed or reputed to be the case
  • supposition - noun the cognitive process of supposing;  a hypothesis that is taken for granted;  a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
  • supposititious - adj. based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence
  • suppository - noun a small plug of medication designed for insertion into the rectum or vagina where it melts
  • suppress - verb to put down by force or authority;  put out of one's consciousness;  keep under control; keep in check;  control and refrain from showing; of emotions;  come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
  • suppressed - adj. kept from public knowledge by various means; manifesting or subjected to suppression;  held in check with difficulty
  • suppression - noun forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority;  the act of withholding or withdrawing some book or writing from publication or circulation;  (botany) the failure to develop of some part or organ of a plant;  (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
  • suppurate - verb cause to ripen and discharge pus;  ripen and generate pus
  • suppuration - noun a fluid product of inflammation;  (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus
  • suppurative - adj. relating to or characterized by suppuration
  • supra - adv. at an earlier place
  • supraorbital - adj. located or occurring above the eye socket
  • supreme - adj. greatest or maximal in degree; extreme;  final or last in your life or progress;  highest in excellence or achievement; greatest in status or authority or power
  • sur - noun a port in southern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea; formerly a major Phoenician seaport famous for silks
  • sure - adj. physically secure or dependable;  certain not to fail; infallible or unfailing;  (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence; exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance; impossible to doubt or dispute;  having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured;  certain to occur; destined or inevitable;  reliable in operation or effect;  adv. definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')
  • surely - adv. definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')
  • surface - adj. on the surface;  involving a surface only;  noun the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary;  a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something;  the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object;  the outermost level of the land or sea;  a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight; information that has become public;  verb come to the surface; appear or become visible; make a showing;  put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
  • surgeon - noun a physician who specializes in surgery
  • surgery - noun a room where a doctor or dentist can be consulted; the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures;  a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body;  a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations
  • surgical - adj. performed with great precision;  relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine;  of or relating to or involving or used in surgery
  • surgically - adv. in a surgical manner; by means of surgery
  • surinam - noun a republic in northeastern South America on the Atlantic; achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1975
  • surmounted - adj. having something on top
  • surplus - adj. more than is needed, desired, or required;  noun a quantity much larger than is needed
  • surprise - noun the act of surprising someone;  a sudden unexpected event;  the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you;  verb cause to be surprised;  come upon or take unawares;  attack by storm; attack suddenly
  • surprised - adj. taken unawares or suddenly and feeling wonder or astonishment
  • surprising - adj. causing surprise or wonder or amazement
  • surprisingly - adv. in a surprising manner;  in an amazing manner; to everyone's surprise
  • surrender - noun the delivery of a principal into lawful custody;  the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions);  a verbal act of admitting defeat;  acceptance of despair;  verb give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another;  relinquish to the power of another; yield to the control of another;  relinquish possession or control over
  • surreptitiously - adv. in a surreptitious manner
  • surround - noun the area in which something exists or lives;  verbextend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle;  be around;  surround so as to force to give up;  surround with a wall in order to fortify; envelop completely
  • surrounded - adj. confined on all sides
  • surrounding - adj. closely encircling
  • surroundings - noun the area in which something exists or lives; the environmental condition
  • survey - noun a detailed critical inspection;  the act of looking or seeing or observing;  short descriptive summary (of events);  verbconsider in a comprehensive way;  plot a map of (land);  make a survey of; for statistical purposes;  look over in a comprehensively, inspect;  hold a review (of troops);  keep under surveillance
  • surveyor - noun an engineer who determines the boundaries and elevations of land or structures;  someone who conducts a statistical survey
  • survival - noun something that survives;  a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment;  a state of surviving; remaining alive
  • survive - verb continue to live; endure or last;  continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.);  support oneself;  live longer than
  • surviving - adj. still in existence
  • sus - noun type genus of the Suidae
  • susceptibility - noun the state of being susceptible; easily affected
  • susceptible - adj. (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of;  easily impressed emotionally
  • suspect - adj. not as expected;  noun someone who is under suspicion;  a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused;  verb imagine to be the case or true or probable;  hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty;  regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
  • suspected - adj. believed likely
  • suspend - verb cause to be held in suspension in a fluid;  make inoperative or stop;  hang freely;  bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.;  render temporarily ineffective;  stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it
  • suspended - adj. (of undissolved particles in a fluid) supported or kept from sinking or falling by buoyancy and without apparent attachment;  temporarily inactive
  • suspender - noun elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
  • suspension - noun a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc);  the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely);  a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle;  an interruption in the intensity or amount of something;  a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy;  temporary cessation or suspension;  a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • suspensory - noun a bandage of elastic fabric applied to uplift a dependant part (as the scrotum or a pendulous breast)
  • suspicion - noun being of a suspicious nature;  the state of being suspected;  doubt about someone's honesty;  an impression that something might be the case
  • suspicious - adj. not as expected;  openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
  • sustain - verb admit as valid;  supply with necessities and support; undergo (as of injuries and illnesses);  establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts;  provide with nourishment;  be the physical support of; carry the weight of;  lengthen or extend in duration or space
  • sustained - adj. maintained at length without interruption or weakening;  (of an electric arc) continuous
  • sustenance - noun the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence;  a source of materials to nourish the body;  the financial means whereby one lives
  • suture - noun thread of catgut or silk or wire used by surgeons to stitch tissues together;  a seam used in surgery;  an immovable joint (especially between the bones of the skull);  verb join with a suture
  • suturing - noun surgical joining of two surfaces
  • swab - noun cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors;  implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretion;  verb wash with a swab or a mop;  apply (usually a liquid) to a surface
  • swallow - noun the act of swallowing;  small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations;  a small amount of liquid food;  verb believe or accept without questioning or challenge;  keep from expressing;  take back what one has said;  utter indistinctly;  engulf and destroy;  pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking;  tolerate or accommodate oneself to;  enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
  • swallowed - adj. completely enclosed or swallowed up
  • swamp - noun low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog;  a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables;  verb drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged;  fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid
  • swan - noun stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult;  verb sweep majestically;  to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true;  move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
  • sway - noun controlling influence;  pitching dangerously to one side; verb move back and forth or sideways;  cause to move back and forth;  move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner;  win approval or support for
  • swear - verb promise solemnly; take an oath;  make a deposition; declare under oath;  have confidence or faith in;  utter obscenities or profanities;  to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
  • sweat - noun condensation of moisture on a cold surface;  use of physical or mental energy; hard work;  salty fluid secreted by sweat glands;  agitation resulting from active worry;  verb excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin
  • sweating - adj. being wet with perspiration;  noun the process of the sweat glands of the skin secreting a salty fluid
  • sweats - noun garment consisting of sweat pants and a sweatshirt
  • sweden - noun a Scandinavian kingdom in the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula
  • swedish - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Sweden or its people or culture or language;  noun a Scandinavian language that is the official language of Sweden and one of two official languages of Finland
  • sweep - noun a movement in an arc;  a long oar used in an open boat;  a wide scope;  (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line;  winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge;  someone who cleans soot from chimneys; verb win an overwhelming victory in or on;  sweep with a broom or as if with a broom;  clean by sweeping;  move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions;  cover the entire range of;  make a big sweeping gesture or movement;  sweep across or over;  force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action;  to cover or extend over an area or time period
  • sweeping - adj. ignoring distinctions;  taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination;  noun the act of cleaning with a broom
  • sweet - adj. pleasing to the senses;  (used of wines) having a high residual sugar content;  having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar;  having a natural fragrance;  not containing or composed of salt water;  having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub; pleasing to the ear;  pleasing to the mind or feeling;  with sweetening added;  not soured or preserved;  adv. in an affectionate or loving manner (`sweet' is sometimes a poetic or informal variant of `sweetly');  noun the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth;  a food rich in sugar;  English phonetician; one of the founders of modern phonetics (1845-1912);  the property of tasting as if it contains sugar;  a dish served as the last course of a meal
  • sweet flag - noun perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots
  • sweet gum - noun a North American tree of the genus Liquidambar having prickly spherical fruit clusters and fragrant sap;  aromatic exudate from the sweet gum tree;  reddish-brown wood and lumber from heartwood of the sweet gum tree used to make furniture
  • sweetbreads - noun edible glands of an animal
  • sweetened - adj. with sweetening added
  • sweetish - adj. somewhat sweet
  • sweetness - noun the property of tasting as if it contains sugar;  the quality of giving pleasure;  a pleasingly sweet olfactory property;  the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
  • swell - adj. very good;  noun a crescendo followed by a decrescendo;  the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea;  a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor);  a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance;  verbexpand abnormally;  cause to become swollen;  increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity;  become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger;  come up, as of a liquid;  come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
  • swelled - adj. feeling self-importance
  • swelling - noun abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement; the swelling of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water)
  • swelter - verb suffer from intense heat;  be uncomfortably hot
  • swept - adj. possessing sweep
  • swertia - noun genus of herbs of mountains of North America and Eurasia and Africa
  • swift - adj. moving very fast;  noun a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight;  an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745);  United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903);  common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks
  • swim - noun the act of swimming;  verb travel through water;  be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink
  • swimming - adj. applied to a fish depicted horizontally;  filled or brimming with tears;  noun the act of swimming
  • swinburne - noun English poet (1837-1909)
  • swine - noun stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals
  • swing - noun changing location by moving back and forth;  a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them;  a sweeping blow or stroke;  mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth;  a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz;  a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity;  in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball;  the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it;  a jaunty rhythm in music;  verb alternate dramatically between high and low values;  hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement;  engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends;  make a big sweeping gesture or movement;  play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm;  move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner;  change direction with a swinging motion; turn;  move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting;  be a social swinger; socialize a lot; influence decisively;  live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style;  have a certain musical rhythm;  hang freely
  • swinging - adj. characterized by a buoyant rhythm;  noun changing location by moving back and forth
  • swiss - adj. of or relating to Switzerland or its people or culture; noun the natives or inhabitants of Switzerland
  • switzerland - noun a landlocked federal republic in central Europe
  • swollen - adj. abnormally expanded or increased in size; (`swollen' is sometimes used in combination);  abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas;  overfull with water;  characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • swoon - noun a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain;  verb pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
  • swooning - adj. weak and likely to lose consciousness
  • sword - noun a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
  • sworn - adj. bound by or stated on oath;  bound by or as if by an oath
  • sydney - noun the largest Australian city located in southeastern Australia on the Tasman Sea; state capital of New South Wales; Australia's chief port
  • syllabic - adj. (of speech sounds) forming the nucleus of a syllable; consisting of a syllable or syllables;  (of verse) having lines based on number of syllables rather than on rhythmical arrangement of stresses or quantities;  consisting of or using a syllabary;  of or relating to syllables
  • syllabification - noun forming or dividing words into syllables
  • syllable - noun a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme
  • symbol - noun something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible;  an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
  • symmetric - adj. having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
  • symmetrical - adj. having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts;  exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents of an entity or between different entities
  • symmetrically - adv. in a symmetrical manner
  • symmetry - noun (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane; balance among the parts of something;  (physics) the property of being isotropic; having the same value when measured in different directions
  • sympathetic - adj. expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward;  (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings;  of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system;  having similar disposition and tastes;  relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body;  showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
  • sympathetically - adv. with respect to the sympathetic nervous system;  in a sympathetic manner
  • sympathy - noun an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion;  sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish);  a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other
  • symphysis - noun a growing together of parts or structures;  an abnormal adhesion of two or more structures
  • symposium - noun a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations
  • symptom - noun anything that accompanies X and is regarded as an indication of X's existence;  (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
  • symptomatic - adj. relating to or according to or affecting a symptom or symptoms;  characteristic or indicative of e.g. a disease
  • symptomatically - adv. by symptoms
  • synchronism - noun the relation that exists when things occur at the same time
  • synchronous - adj. occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase;  (digital communication) pertaining to a transmission technique that requires a common clock signal (a timing reference) between the communicating devices in order to coordinate their transmissions
  • synchronously - adv. in synchrony; in a synchronous manner
  • syncope - noun (phonology) the loss of sounds in the interior of a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle');  a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
  • syndactylism - noun birth defect in which there is partial or total webbing connecting two or more fingers or toes
  • syndrome - noun a complex of concurrent things;  a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease
  • synechia - noun adhesions between the iris and the lens or cornea resulting from trauma or eye surgery of as a complication of glaucoma or cataract; can lead to blindness
  • synergistic - adj. used especially of drugs or muscles that work together so the total effect is greater than the sum of the two (or more);  of or relating to the theological doctrine of synergism; working together; used especially of groups, as subsidiaries of a corporation, cooperating for an enhanced effect
  • synonym - noun two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context
  • synonymous - adj. (of words) meaning the same or nearly the same
  • synonymously - adv. in a synonymous manner
  • synopsis - noun a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
  • synovia - noun viscid lubricating fluid secreted by the membrane lining joints and tendon sheaths etc.
  • synovial - adj. relating to or secreting synovia
  • synovitis - noun inflammation of the synovial membrane that lines a synovial joint; results in pain and swelling
  • synthetic - adj. of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts;  systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words;  involving or of the nature of synthesis (combining separate elements to form a coherent whole) as opposed to analysis;  not genuine or natural;  artificial as if portrayed in a film;  not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially;  noun a compound made artificially by chemical reactions
  • synthetical - adj. of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts;  involving or of the nature of synthesis (combining separate elements to form a coherent whole) as opposed to analysis
  • synthetically - adv. by synthesis; in a synthetic manner
  • syphilis - noun a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
  • syphilitic - adj. of or relating to or infected with syphilis;  noun a person suffering from syphilis
  • syracuse - noun the Athenian siege of Syracuse (415-413 BC) was eventually won by Syracuse;  the Roman siege of Syracuse (214-212 BC) was eventually won by the Romans who sacked the city (killing Archimedes);  a city in southeastern Sicily that was founded by Corinthians in the 8th century BC;  a city in central New York
  • syria - noun an Asian republic in the Middle East at the east end of the Mediterranean; site of some of the world's most ancient centers of civilization
  • syringe - noun a medical instrument used to inject or withdraw fluids;  verb spray or irrigate (a body part) with a syringe
  • syrup - noun a thick sweet sticky liquid
  • syrupy - adj. having a relatively high resistance to flow;  with honey added;  overly sweet
  • system - noun instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity;  the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole;  a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts;  a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; a procedure or process for obtaining an objective;  a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium;  an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized;  an organized structure for arranging or classifying
  • systematic - adj. characterized by order and planning;  not haphazard
  • systematically - adv. in a systematic or consistent manner
  • systematized - adj. reduced to a system
  • systemic - adj. affecting an entire system
  • systole - noun the contraction of the chambers of the heart (especially the ventricles) to drive blood into the aorta and pulmonary artery
  • systolic - adj. of or relating to a systole or happing during a systole
  • t - noun the 20th letter of the Roman alphabet;  hormone produced by the thyroid glands to regulate metabolism by controlling the rate of oxidation in cells;  thyroid hormone similar to thyroxine but with one less iodine atom per molecule and produced in smaller quantity; exerts the same biological effects as thyroxine but is more potent and briefer;  a unit of information equal to a trillion (1,099,511,627,776) bytes or 1024 gigabytes;  a unit of weight equivalent to 1000 kilograms;  one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose);  a base found in DNA (but not in RNA) and derived from pyrimidine; pairs with adenine
  • ti - noun the syllable naming the seventh (subtonic) note of any musical scale in solmization;  shrub with terminal tufts of elongated leaves used locally for thatching and clothing; thick sweet roots are used as food; tropical southeastern Asia, Australia and Hawaii;  a light strong grey lustrous corrosion-resistant metallic element used in strong lightweight alloys (as for airplane parts); the main sources are rutile and ilmenite
  • ta - noun a hard grey lustrous metallic element that is highly resistant to corrosion; occurs in niobite and fergusonite and tantalite
  • tabes - noun wasting of the body during a chronic disease
  • table - noun a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs;  a piece of furniture with tableware for a meal laid out on it;  a set of data arranged in rows and columns;  a company of people assembled at a table for a meal or game;  food or meals in general;  flat tableland with steep edges;  verb hold back to a later time
  • tablespoon - noun a spoon larger than a dessert spoon; used for serving;  as much as a tablespoon will hold
  • tablespoonful - noun as much as a tablespoon will hold
  • tablet - noun a small flat compressed cake of some substance;  a slab of stone or wood suitable for bearing an inscription;  a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet;  a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge
  • tabular - adj. flat; like a table in form;  arranged or displayed systematically in table form
  • tachycardia - noun abnormally rapid heartbeat (over 100 beats per minute)
  • tack - noun sailing a zigzag course;  (nautical) the act of changing tack;  a short nail with a sharp point and a large head;  the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails;  (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind;  gear for a horse;  verb fasten with tacks;  turn into the wind;  reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action);  fix to; attach;  sew together loosely, with large stitches;  create by putting components or members together
  • tackle - noun (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground;  a position on the line of scrimmage;  the person who plays that position on a football team;  gear used in fishing;  gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails;  verb seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball;  put a harness;  accept as a challenge
  • tact - noun consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offence
  • tactile - adj. producing a sensation of touch;  of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch
  • taenia - noun tapeworms parasitic in humans which uses the pig as its intermediate host;  a narrow headband or strip of ribbon worn as a headband
  • tag - noun (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game);  a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser;  a label made of cardboard or plastic or metal;  a small piece of cloth or paper;  verb provide with a name or nickname;  attach a tag or label to;  touch a player while he is holding the ball;  supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes;  go after with the intent to catch
  • tail - noun the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body;  the rear part of an aircraft;  (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head;  a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements;  any projection that resembles the tail of an animal;  the rear part of a ship;  the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on;  the time of the last part of something;  verb remove the stalk of fruits or berries; remove or shorten the tail of an animal;  go after with the intent to catch
  • tails - noun formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men
  • taint - noun the state of being contaminated;  verb contaminate with a disease or microorganism;  place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
  • tainted - adj. especially of reputation;  touched by rot or decay
  • take - noun the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption;  the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property;  verb ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial;  be seized or affected in a specified way;  interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression;  accept or undergo, often unwillingly;  obtain by winning;  get into one's hands, take physically;  have sex with; archaic use;  travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route;  head into a specified direction;  experience or feel or submit to;  to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort;  take into one's possession; take by force;  buy, select;  make use of or accept for some purpose; require (time or space);  develop a habit;  carry out;  be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness;  remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract;  take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect;  be a student of a certain subject; pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives;  take into consideration for exemplifying purposes;  take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs;  lay claim to; as of an idea;  make a film or photograph of something;  aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment;  serve oneself to, or consume regularly;  proceed along in a vehicle;  occupy or take on;  take somebody somewhere;  take something or somebody with oneself somewhere;  engage for service under a term of contract;  receive or obtain by regular payment;  receive willingly something given or offered;  admit into a group or community; assume, as of positions or roles;  require as useful, just, or proper; be capable of holding or containing;  have with oneself; have on one's person;  be designed to hold or take
  • taken - adj. be affected with an indisposition;  having possession gained especially by force or effort;  understood in a certain way; made sense of
  • taking - adj. very attractive; capturing interest;  noun the act of someone who picks up or takes something
  • talbot - noun English inventor and pioneer in photography who published the first book illustrated with photographs (1800-1877)
  • talc - noun a fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate; used in a variety of products including talcum powder;  verb apply talcum powder to (one's body)
  • talcum - noun a toilet powder made of purified talc and usually scented; absorbs excess moisture;  a fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate; used in a variety of products including talcum powder
  • talipes - noun congenital deformity of the foot usually marked by a curled shape or twisted position of the ankle and heel and toes
  • talk - noun the act of giving a talk to an audience;  an exchange of ideas via conversation;  discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of');  idle gossip or rumor;  a speech that is open to the public;  verb express in speech;  exchange thoughts; talk with;  deliver a lecture or talk;  divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks";  reveal information;  use language
  • tallow - noun obtained from suet and used in making soap, candles and lubricants
  • tally - noun a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely;  the act of counting;  a bill for an amount due;  verb keep score, as in games;  determine the sum of;  gain points in a game;  be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  • talus - noun a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff;  the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
  • tam - noun a woolen cap of Scottish origin
  • tamarind - noun large tropical seed pod with very tangy pulp that is eaten fresh or cooked with rice and fish or preserved for curries and chutneys;  long-lived tropical evergreen tree with a spreading crown and feathery evergreen foliage and fragrant flowers yielding hard yellowish wood and long pods with edible chocolate-colored acidic pulp
  • tampon - noun plug of cotton or other absorbent material; inserted into wound or body cavity to absorb exuded fluids (especially blood); verb plug with a tampon
  • tamponade - noun blockage or closure (as of a wound or body cavity) by (or as if by) a tampon (especially to stop bleeding)
  • tan - adj. of a light yellowish-brown color;  noun a light brown the color of topaz;  a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun;  ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle;  verb get a tan, from wind or sun;  treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather
  • tanganyika - noun a former state in East Africa; united with Zanzibar in 1964 to form Tanzania;  the longest lake in the world in central Africa between Tanzania and Congo in the Great Rift Valley
  • tangible - adj. perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch;  (of especially business assets) having physical substance and intrinsic monetary value;  capable of being treated as fact; capable of being perceived by the senses or the mind; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt
  • tank - noun a large (usually metallic) vessel for holding gases or liquids;  an enclosed armored military vehicle; has a cannon and moves on caterpillar treads;  as much as a tank will hold;  a cell for violent prisoners;  a freight car that transports liquids or gases in bulk;  verb treat in a tank;  store in a tank by causing (something) to flow into it
  • tanner - noun a craftsman who tans skins and hides;  a small coin of the United Kingdom worth six pennies; not minted since 1970
  • tannery - noun workplace where skins and hides are tanned
  • tannic - adj. derived from tannin
  • tannin - noun any of various complex phenolic substances of plant origin; used in tanning and in medicine
  • tanning - noun making leather from rawhide;  process in which skin pigmentation darkens as a result of exposure to ultraviolet light; beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
  • tansy - noun common perennial aromatic herb native to Eurasia having buttonlike yellow flower heads and bitter-tasting pinnate leaves sometimes used medicinally
  • tap - noun a light touch or stroke;  a plug for a bunghole in a cask;  a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads;  a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing);  the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information;  a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask;  the sound made by a gentle blow;  a gentle blow;  verb strike lightly;  cut a female screw thread with a tap;  pierce in order to draw a liquid from;  draw (liquor) from a tap;  walk with a tapping sound;  make light, repeated taps on a surface;  draw from or dip into to get something;  furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it;  make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently;  draw from; make good use of;  dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes;  tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
  • tape - noun a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening;  a recording made on magnetic tape;  measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengths;  the finishing line for a foot race;  memory device consisting of a long thin plastic strip coated with iron oxide; used to record audio or video signals or to store computer information;  verb fasten or attach with tape; register electronically;  record on videotape
  • tape measure - noun measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengths
  • taper - noun the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone);  a convex shape that narrows toward a point;  stick of wax with a wick in the middle;  a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame;  verb diminish gradually;  give a point to
  • tapered - adj. becoming gradually narrower;  gradually narrowed toward a point
  • tapering - adj. gradually narrowed toward a point;  gradually decreasing until little remains;  becoming gradually narrower;  nounthe act of gradually lowering the size or amount
  • tapeworm - noun ribbonlike flatworms that are parasitic in the intestines of humans and other vertebrates
  • tapioca - noun granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings
  • tapir - noun large inoffensive chiefly nocturnal ungulate of tropical America and southeast Asia having a heavy body and fleshy snout
  • tapotement - noun massage in which the body is tapped rhythmically with the fingers or with short rapid movements of the sides of the hand; used to loosen mucus on the chest walls of patients with bronchitis
  • tapped - adj. in a condition for letting out liquid drawn out as by piercing or drawing a plug
  • tapping - noun the sound of light blow or knock
  • taps - noun (military) signal to turn the lights out
  • tar - noun a man who serves as a sailor;  any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue;  verb coat with tar
  • tarantula - noun large hairy tropical spider that can inflict painful but not highly venomous bites;  large southern European spider once thought to be the cause of tarantism (uncontrollable bodily movement)
  • taraxacum - noun an asterid dicot genus of the family Compositae including dandelions
  • tardily - adv. later than usual or than expected;  without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')
  • tardiness - noun the quality or habit of not adhering to a correct or usual or expected time
  • tardy - adj. after the expected or usual time; delayed
  • tare - noun counterweight consisting of an empty container that is used as a counterbalance to obtain net weight;  any of several weedy vetches grown for forage;  weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous
  • tarnish - noun discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation; verb make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
  • tarry - adj. having the characteristics of pitch or tar;  verb leave slowly and hesitantly;  be about
  • tarsal - adj. of or relating to or near the tarsus of the foot;  noun any bone of the tarsus
  • tarsus - noun the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus and the leg; in human beings the bones of the ankle and heel collectively
  • tartar - noun an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums;  a member of the Mongolian people of central Asia who invaded Russia in the 13th century;  a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman;  a salt used especially in baking powder
  • tartar emetic - noun a poisonous colorless salt used as a mordant and in medicine
  • tartaric - adj. relating to or derived from or resembling tartar
  • tartrate - noun a salt or ester of tartaric acid
  • task - noun a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee;  any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; verb assign a task to;  use to the limit
  • taste - noun a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds;  the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth;  the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus;  delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values);  a brief experience of something;  a small amount eaten or drunk;  a strong liking;  verb experience briefly; perceive by the sense of taste;  distinguish flavors;  have flavor; taste of something;  take a sample of;  have a distinctive or characteristic taste
  • tasteless - adj. lacking aesthetic or social taste;  lacking flavor
  • tasting - noun taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality;  a small amount (especially of food or wine);  a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds
  • tat - noun a projective technique using black-and-white pictures; subjects tell a story about each picture;  tastelessness by virtue of being cheap and vulgar;  verb make lacework by knotting or looping
  • tate - noun United States poet and critic (1899-1979)
  • tattoo - noun the practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining;  a design on the skin made by tattooing;  a drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters;  verbstain (skin) with indelible color
  • taut - adj. pulled or drawn tight;  subjected to great tension; stretched tight
  • tawny - adj. of a light brown to brownish orange color; the color of tanned leather
  • tax - noun charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government;  verb make a charge against or accuse;  use to the limit;  levy a tax on;  set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
  • taxis - noun the surgical procedure of manually restoring a displaced body part;  a locomotor response toward or away from an external stimulus by a motile (and usually simple) organism
  • taylor - noun 12th President of the United States; died in office (1784-1850);  United States film actress (born in England) who was a childhood star; as an adult she often co-starred with Richard Burton (born in 1932);  United States composer and music critic (1885-1966)
  • tb - noun a unit of information equal to a trillion (1,099,511,627,776) bytes or 1024 gigabytes;  infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages);  a metallic element of the rare earth group; used in lasers; occurs in apatite and monazite and xenotime and ytterbite
  • tc - noun a permanent council of the United Nations that commissions a country (or countries) to undertake the administration of a territory;  a crystalline metallic element not found in nature; occurs as one of the fission products of uranium
  • te - noun the syllable naming the seventh (subtonic) note of any musical scale in solmization;  a brittle silver-white metalloid element that is related to selenium and sulfur; it is used in alloys and as a semiconductor; occurs mainly as tellurides in ores of copper and nickel and silver and gold
  • tea - noun a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes;  dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea;  a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water;  a reception or party at which tea is served;  a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves
  • teach - noun an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718);  verb accustom gradually to some action or attitude;  impart skills or knowledge to
  • teacher - noun a personified abstraction that teaches;  a person whose occupation is teaching
  • teaching - noun the profession of a teacher;  a doctrine that is taught;  the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill
  • teacupful - noun as much as a teacup will hold
  • team - noun two or more draft animals that work together to pull something;  a cooperative unit;  verb form a team
  • tear - noun the act of tearing;  a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands;  an occasion for excessive eating or drinking;  an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart;  verb fill with tears or shed tears;  to separate or be separated by force;  separate or cause to separate abruptly;  move quickly and violently;  strip of feathers
  • tearing - adj. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid;  noun shedding tears
  • tears - noun the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)
  • tease - noun the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances;  someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity);  a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men;  verb ruffle (one's hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect;  harass with persistent criticism or carping; mock or make fun of playfully;  separate the fibers of;  disentangle and raise the fibers of;  raise the nap of (fabrics);  tear into pieces; annoy persistently;  to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them
  • teased - adj. feeling mild pleasurable excitement
  • teaspoon - noun a small spoon used for stirring tea or coffee; holds about one fluid dram;  as much as a teaspoon will hold
  • teaspoonful - noun as much as a teaspoon will hold
  • teat - noun the small projection of a mammary gland
  • technical - adj. (of production of chemicals) made for commercial purposes especially on a large scale;  resulting from or dependent on market factors rather than fundamental economic considerations; characterizing or showing skill in or specialized knowledge of applied arts and sciences;  of or relating to technique;  of or relating to proficiency in a practical skill;  of or relating to a practical subject that is organized according to scientific principles;  noun a pickup truck with a gun mounted on it;  (basketball) a foul that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play
  • technically - adv. with regard to technical skill;  with regard to technique
  • ted - noun a tough youth of 1950's and 1960's wearing Edwardian style clothes
  • tedious - adj. using or containing too many words;  so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
  • teeming - adj. abundantly filled with especially living things
  • teen - adj. being of the age 13 through 19;  noun a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
  • teeth - noun the kind and number and arrangement of teeth (collectively) in a person or animal
  • teething - noun the eruption through the gums of baby teeth
  • tegument - noun a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
  • telescope - noun a magnifier of images of distant objects;  verbmake smaller or shorter;  crush together or collapse
  • telescoped - adj. shortened by or as if by means of parts that slide one within another or are crushed one into another
  • tell - noun a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap); verb discern or comprehend;  let something be known;  narrate or give a detailed account of;  give evidence;  mark as different;  give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; express in words;  inform positively and with certainty and confidence
  • teller - noun an employee of a bank who receives and pays out money;  an official appointed to count the votes (especially in legislative assembly);  United States physicist (born in Hungary) who worked on the first atom bomb and the first hydrogen bomb (1908-2003);  someone who tells a story
  • telling - adj. producing a strong effect;  disclosing unintentionally; powerfully persuasive;  noun informing by words;  disclosing information or giving evidence about another;  an act of narration
  • telluric - adj. of or relating to or containing the chemical element tellurium;  of or relating to or inhabiting the land as opposed to the sea or air
  • temper - noun a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger;  the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking;  a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling;  a sudden outburst of anger; verb make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate;  adjust the pitch (of pianos);  harden by reheating and cooling in oil;  restrain or temper;  toughen (steel or glass) by a process of gradually heating and cooling
  • temperament - noun an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys;  excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly);  your usual mood
  • temperance - noun the act of tempering;  the trait of avoiding excesses;  abstaining from excess
  • temperate - adj. not extreme in behavior;  (of weather or climate) free from extremes; mild; or characteristic of such weather or climate;  not extreme
  • temperature - noun the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment (corresponding to its molecular activity);  the somatic sensation of cold or heat
  • temple - noun place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity;  an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes; the flat area on either side of the forehead;  (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
  • temporal - adj. of this earth or world;  not eternal;  concerned with secular rather than sacred matters;  of the material world;  of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit);  of or relating to or limited by time;  noun the semantic role of the noun phrase that designating the time of the state or action denoted by the verb
  • temporalis - noun muscle extending from the temporal fossa to the coronoid process of the mandible; acts to raise the mandible and close the jaws
  • temporarily - adv. for a limited time only; not permanently
  • temporary - adj. lacking continuity or regularity;  not permanent; not lasting;  noun a worker (especially in an office) hired on a temporary basis
  • tempt - verb try presumptuously;  dispose or incline or entice to;  give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting;  try to seduce;  induce into action by using one's charm;  provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
  • ten - adj. being one more than nine;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one; the base of the decimal system
  • tenacious - adj. sticking together;  good at remembering;  stubbornly unyielding
  • tenaciously - adv. with obstinate determination
  • tend - verb manage or run;  have care of or look after;  have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
  • tendency - noun a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect;  a general direction in which something tends to move;  an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others;  an inclination to do something
  • tender - adj. (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition;  young and immature;  easy to cut or chew;  physically untoughened;  given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality; having or displaying warmth or affection;  hurting;  (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail;  noun ship that usually provides supplies to other ships;  a boat for communication between ship and shore;  car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water; something used as an official medium of payment;  a formal proposal to buy at a specified price;  someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another;  verb make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer;  make a tender of; in legal settlements;  offer or present for acceptance;  propose a payment
  • tenderloin - noun the tender meat of the loin muscle on each side of the vertebral column;  a city district known for its vice and high crime rate
  • tenderness - noun a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling;  warm compassionate feelings;  a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched);  a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless);  a positive feeling of liking
  • tending - adj. (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward; noun the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
  • tendinous - adj. consisting of tendons or resembling a tendon
  • tendon - noun a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment
  • tenesmus - noun painful spasm of the anal sphincter along with an urgent desire to defecate without the significant production of feces; associated with irritable bowel syndrome
  • tenia - noun a narrow headband or strip of ribbon worn as a headband
  • tennessee - noun a state in east central United States;  a river formed by the confluence of two other rivers near Knoxville; it follows a U-shaped course to become a tributary of the Ohio River in western Kentucky
  • 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
  • tenon - noun a projection at the end of a piece of wood that is shaped to fit into a mortise and form a mortise joint
  • tenor - adj. of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice;  (of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass;  noun the pitch range of the highest male voice;  the general meaning or substance of an utterance;  a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life;  the adult male singing voice above baritone;  an adult male with a tenor voice
  • tenosynovitis - noun inflammation of a tendon and its enveloping sheath
  • tense - adj. taut or rigid; stretched tight;  pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat');  in or of a state of physical or nervous tension;  noun a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time;  verb cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;  become tense, nervous, or uneasy;  increase the tension on;  become stretched or tense or taught
  • tensely - adv. in a tense manner
  • tenseness - noun (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense;  the physical condition of being stretched or strained
  • tensile - adj. of or relating to tension;  capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
  • tension - noun the action of stretching something tight;  (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body;  a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature);  (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense;  the physical condition of being stretched or strained;  feelings of hostility that are not manifest
  • tensity - noun the physical condition of being stretched or strained
  • tensor - noun any of several muscles that cause an attached structure to become tense or firm;  a generalization of the concept of a vector
  • tent - noun a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs); verb live in or as if in a tent
  • tentative - adj. under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon;  unsettled in mind or opinion
  • tentatively - adv. in a tentative manner
  • tenth - adj. coming next after the ninth and just before the eleventh in position;  noun position ten in a countable series of things;  a tenth part; one part in ten equal parts
  • tenuity - noun a rarified quality;  the quality of lacking intensity or substance;  relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width
  • tepid - adj. feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm; moderately warm
  • tera - noun a three-tone Chadic language
  • teratoma - noun a tumor consisting of a mixture of tissues not normally found at that site
  • teres - noun either of two muscles in the shoulder region that move the shoulders and arms
  • term - noun any distinct quantity contained in a polynomial;  a word or expression used for some particular thing;  one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition;  a limited period of time;  the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent;  (architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome;  (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement;  verbname formally or designate with a term
  • terminal - adj. causing or ending in or approaching death;  relating to or occurring in a term or fixed period of time;  of or relating to or situated at the ends of a delivery route;  occurring at or forming an end or termination;  being or situated at an end;  noun station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods;  a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves;  electronic equipment consisting of a device providing access to a computer; has a keyboard and display
  • terminate - verb bring to an end or halt;  terminate the employment of;  have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical;  be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
  • terminated - adj. (of e.g. a contract or term of office) having come to an end;  having come or been brought to a conclusion
  • termination - noun the act of ending something;  a coming to an end of a contract period;  the end of a word (a suffix or inflectional ending or final morpheme);  something that results;  a place where something ends or is complete
  • terminology - noun a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
  • terminus - noun either end of a railroad or bus route;  (architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome; station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods;  the ultimate goal for which something is done;  a place where something ends or is complete
  • terms - noun the amount of money needed to purchase something; status with respect to the relations between people or groups
  • tern - noun small slender gull having narrow wings and a forked tail
  • terpene - noun an unsaturated hydrocarbon obtained from plants
  • terrible - adj. causing fear or dread or terror;  exceptionally bad or displeasing;  intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality;  extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
  • terribly - adv. used as intensifiers;  in a terrible manner
  • terrific - adj. causing extreme terror;  very great or intense; extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers
  • terrified - adj. thrown into a state of intense fear or desperation
  • territorial - adj. belonging to the territory of any state or ruler; displaying territoriality; defending a territory from intruders;  of or relating to a territory;  noun a territorial military unit;  nonprofessional soldier member of a territorial military unit
  • territory - noun an area of knowledge or interest;  the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state;  a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
  • terror - noun a very troublesome child;  a person who inspires fear or dread;  an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
  • tertian - adj. of or relating to a tonal system based on major thirds; relating to symptoms (especially malarial fever) that appear every other day
  • tertiary - adj. coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position;  noun from 63 million to 2 million years ago
  • tesla - noun United States electrical engineer and inventor (born in Croatia but of Serbian descent) who discovered the principles of alternating currents and developed the first alternating-current induction motor and the Tesla coil and several forms of oscillators (1856-1943);  a unit of magnetic flux density equal to one weber per square meter
  • test - noun the act of testing something;  the act of undergoing testing;  any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc;  a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins;  trying something to find out about it;  a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge;  verb undergo a test;  determine the presence or properties of (a substance);  achieve a certain score or rating on a test;  put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; show a certain characteristic when tested;  examine someone's knowledge of something;  test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
  • test paper - noun paper impregnated with an indicator for use in chemical tests;  a written examination
  • test tube - noun glass tube closed at one end
  • tested - adj. tested and proved to be reliable;  tested and proved useful or correct
  • testicle - noun one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
  • testicular - adj. of or involving the testes
  • testify - verb give testimony in a court of law;  provide evidence for
  • testimony - noun something that serves as evidence;  an assertion offering firsthand authentication of a fact;  a solemn statement made under oath
  • testing - noun the act of subjecting to experimental test in order to determine how well something works;  an examination of the characteristics of something;  the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned
  • testis - noun one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
  • tetanic - adj. of or relating to or causing tetanus;  of or relating to or causing tetany
  • tetanus - noun a sustained muscular contraction resulting from a rapid series of nerve impulses;  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
  • tetany - noun clinical neurological syndrome characterized by muscular twitching and cramps and (when severe) seizures; associated with calcium deficiency (hypoparathyroidism) or vitamin D deficiency or alkalosis
  • tethered - adj. confined or restricted with or as if with a rope or chain
  • tetra - noun brightly colored tropical freshwater fishes
  • texas - noun the second largest state; located in southwestern United States on the Gulf of Mexico
  • text - noun the words of something written;  the main body of a written work (as distinct from illustrations or footnotes etc.);  a passage from the Bible that is used as the subject of a sermon;  a book prepared for use in schools or colleges
  • texture - noun the feel of a surface or a fabric;  the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality;  the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together;  the essential quality of something
  • th - noun a soft silvery-white tetravalent radioactive metallic element; isotope 232 is used as a power source in nuclear reactors; occurs in thorite and in monazite sands;  the fifth day of the week; the fourth working day
  • thalamus - noun large egg-shaped structures of grey matter that form the dorsal subdivision of the diencephalon
  • thankful - adj. feeling or showing gratitude
  • thanks - noun with the help of or owing to;  an acknowledgment of appreciation
  • thaw - noun a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile;  warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt;  the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid;  verb become or cause to become soft or liquid
  • thea - noun (Greek mythology) the Titaness who was mother of Helios and Selene and Eos in ancient mythology
  • theater - noun a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented;  the art of writing and producing plays;  a region in which active military operations are in progress
  • theca - noun outer sheath of the pupa of certain insects;  a case or sheath especially a pollen sac or moss capsule
  • theism - noun the doctrine or belief in the existence of a God or gods
  • then - adj. at a specific prior time;  adv. subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors);  at that time;  in that case or as a consequence;  noun that time; that moment
  • thenar - adj. of or relating to the palm of the hand or to the area at the base of the thumb;  noun the fleshy area of the palm at the base of the thumb;  the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers
  • thence - adv. from that place or from there;  from that circumstance or source;  (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result
  • theobroma - noun cacao plants
  • theoretic - adj. concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations
  • theoretical - adj. concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations;  concerned with theories rather than their practical applications
  • theoretically - adv. according to the assumed facts;  in a theoretical manner
  • theory - noun a belief that can guide behavior;  a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena;  a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
  • therapeutic - adj. relating to or involved in therapy;  tending to cure or restore to health;  noun a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
  • therapeutically - adv. for therapeutic purposes
  • therapeutics - noun branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease
  • therapy - noun (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)
  • there - adv. in or at that place;  to or toward that place; away from the speaker;  in that matter;  noun a location other than here; that place
  • thereabouts - adv. near that place;  near that time or date
  • thereafter - adv. from that time on
  • thereby - adv. by that means or because of that
  • therefor - adv. (in formal usage, especially legal usage) for that or for it
  • therefore - adv. (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result;  as a consequence
  • therefrom - adv. from that place or from there;  from that circumstance or source
  • therein - adv. (formal) in or into that thing or place
  • thereof - adv. of or concerning this or that;  from that circumstance or source
  • thereon - adv. on that
  • thereto - adv. to that
  • thereupon - adv. immediately after that
  • therewith - adv. with that or this or it;  immediately after that
  • thermal - adj. caused by or designed to retain heat;  of or relating to a hot spring;  relating to or associated with heat;  noun rising current of warm air
  • thermic - adj. relating to or associated with heat
  • thermocautery - noun cautery (destruction of tissue) by heat
  • thermometer - noun measuring instrument for measuring temperature
  • thermostat - noun a regulator for automatically regulating temperature by starting or stopping the supply of heat;  verb control the temperature with a thermostat
  • thibet - noun an Asian country under the control of China; located in the Himalayas
  • thick - adj. abounding; having a lot of;  (of darkness) very intense; not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions;  relatively dense in consistency;  used informally;  (used informally) associated on close terms;  having component parts closely crowded together;  heavy and compact in form or stature; spoken as if with a thick tongue;  hard to pass through because of dense growth;  adv. in quick succession;  with a thick consistency; noun the location of something surrounded by other things
  • thicken - verb become thick or thicker;  make thick or thicker;  make viscous or dense
  • thickened - adj. made or having become thick;  made thick in consistency;  having calluses; having skin made tough and thick through wear
  • thickening - adj. becoming more intricate or complex;  accumulating and becoming more intense;  noun the act of thickening;  any material used to thicken;  any thickened enlargement
  • thickly - adv. spoken with poor articulation as if with a thick tongue; with thickness; in a thick manner;  with a thick consistency;  in a concentrated manner;  in quick succession
  • thickness - noun resistance to flow;  the dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width;  used of a line or mark; indistinct articulation
  • thigh - noun the part of the leg between the hip and the knee;  the upper joint of the leg of a fowl
  • thin - adj. lacking excess flesh;  (of sound) lacking resonance or volume;  lacking spirit or sincere effort;  of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section;  relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous;  not dense;  having little substance or significance;  very narrow;  adv. without viscosity;  verbmake thin or thinner;  lose thickness; become thin or thinner;  take off weight;  lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
  • thing - noun a separate and self-contained entity;  an action;  an artifact;  an entity that is not named specifically;  any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence;  a special abstraction;  a special objective;  a statement regarded as an object; an event;  a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion;  a special situation;  a vaguely specified concern
  • things - noun any movable possession (especially articles of clothing)
  • think - noun an instance of deliberate thinking;  verb bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation;  be capable of conscious thought;  use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments; have or formulate in the mind;  expect, believe, or suppose;  judge or regard; look upon; judge;  dispose the mind in a certain way;  focus one's attention on a certain state;  ponder; reflect on, or reason about;  decide by pondering, reasoning, or reflecting;  imagine or visualize;  recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection;  have in mind as a purpose
  • thinking - adj. endowed with the capacity to reason;  noun the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  • thinly - adv. in a widely distributed manner;  in a small quantity or extent;  without viscosity;  without force or sincere effort
  • thinned - adj. mixed with water
  • thinner - noun a diluting agent
  • thinness - noun a consistency of low viscosity;  relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to its length or width;  the property of having little body fat;  the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness;  the property of being very narrow or thin
  • thinning - noun the act of diluting something
  • third - adj. being one of three equal parts;  coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position;  adv. in the third place; noun the musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it;  following the second position in an ordering or series; the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the third of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate);  the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball;  the third from the lowest forward ratio gear in the gear box of a motor vehicle;  one of three equal parts of a divisible whole
  • thirdly - adv. in the third place
  • thirst - noun a physiological need to drink;  strong desire for something (not food or drink);  verb feel the need to drink;  have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
  • thirsty - adj. able to take in large quantities of moisture;  feeling a need or desire to drink;  needing moisture;  (usually followed by `for') extremely desirous
  • thirteen - adj. being one more than twelve;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of twelve and one
  • thirtieth - adj. coming next after the twenty-ninth in position;  nounposition 30 in a countable series of things
  • thirty - adj. being ten more than twenty;  noun the cardinal number that is the product of ten and three
  • thirty-eighth - adj. the ordinal number of thirty-eight in counting order
  • thirty-five - adj. being five more than thirty
  • thirty-sixth - adj. the ordinal number of thirty-six in counting order
  • thirty-two - adj. being two more than thirty
  • thm - noun a master's degree in theology
  • tho - noun a branch of the Tai languages
  • thomas - noun the Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes;  Welsh poet (1914-1953);  a radio broadcast journalist during World War I and World War II noted for his nightly new broadcast (1892-1981);  United States socialist who was a candidate for president six times (1884-1968);  United States clockmaker who introduced mass production (1785-1859)
  • thompson - noun English physicist (born in America) who studied heat and friction; experiments convinced him that heat is caused by moving particles (1753-1814);  United States classical archaeologist (born in Canada) noted for leading the excavation of the Athenian agora (1906-2000)
  • thomson - noun English physicist who experimented with the conduction of electricity through gases and who discovered the electron and determined its charge and mass (1856-1940);  English physicist (son of Joseph John Thomson) who was a co-discoverer of the diffraction of electrons by crystals (1892-1975);  United States electrical engineer (born in England) who in 1892 formed a company with Thomas Edison (1853-1937);  United States composer who collaborated with Gertrude Stein (1896-1989)
  • thor - noun (Norse mythology) god of thunder and rain and farming; pictured as wielding a hammer emblematic of the thunderbolt; identified with Teutonic Donar
  • thoracentesis - noun removal of fluid from the chest by centesis for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
  • thoracic - adj. of or relating to the chest or thorax
  • thorax - noun part of an insect's body that bears the wings and legs; the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates;  the middle region of the body of an arthropod between the head and the abdomen
  • thorn apple - noun any of several plants of the genus Datura
  • thorough - adj. painstakingly careful and accurate;  very thorough; exhaustively complete
  • thoroughly - adv. in an exhaustive manner;  in a complete and thorough manner (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly')
  • thoroughness - noun conscientiousness in performing all aspects of a task
  • thoroughwort - noun perennial herb of southeastern United States having white-rayed flower heads; formerly used as in folk medicine
  • though - adv. (postpositive) however
  • thought - noun the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual;  the process of using your mind to consider something carefully;  the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about;  a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
  • thousand - adj. denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units;  noun the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
  • thousandth - adj. the ordinal number of one thousand in counting order;  noun position 1,000 in a countable series of things;  one part in a thousand equal parts
  • thrashing - noun a sound defeat;  the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
  • thread - noun a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving;  the raised helical rib going around a screw;  the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together;  any long object resembling a thin line; verb pass through or into;  remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string;  pass a thread through;  thread on or as if on a string;  to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
  • threaded - adj. (of bolts or screws) having screw threads
  • threads - noun informal terms for clothing
  • thready - adj. thin in diameter; resembling a thread;  forming viscous or glutinous threads
  • threat - noun declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another;  a warning that something unpleasant is imminent; a person who inspires fear or dread;  something that is a source of danger
  • threaten - verb to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police";  to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain";  pose a threat to; present a danger to
  • threatened - adj. (of flora or fauna) likely in the near future to become endangered
  • threatening - adj. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments;  darkened by clouds
  • three - adj. being one more than two;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
  • three-fourths - noun three of four equal parts
  • threefold - adj. having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities;  three times as great or many;  adv. by a factor of three
  • threshold - noun the smallest detectable sensation;  the starting point for a new state or experience;  the sill of a door; a horizontal piece of wood or stone that forms the bottom of a doorway and offers support when passing through a doorway;  the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close;  a region marking a boundary
  • thrice - adv. three times
  • thrill - noun something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation;  an almost pleasurable sensation of fright;  the swift release of a store of affective force;  verb feel sudden intense sensation or emotion;  cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input;  fill with sublime emotion; tickle pink;  tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
  • thrive - verb gain in wealth;  grow stronger
  • throat - noun a passage resembling a throat in shape or function;  an opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep;  the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone
  • throb - noun an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart);  a deep pulsating type of pain;  verb pulsate or pound with abnormal force;  expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically;  tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
  • throbbing - adj. pounding or beating strongly or violently;  noun a sound with a strong rhythmic beat;  an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart)
  • thrombophlebitis - noun phlebitis in conjunction with the formation of a blood clot (thrombus)
  • thrombosed - adj. affected with or obstructed by a clot of coagulated blood
  • thrombosis - noun the formation or presence of a thrombus (a clot of coagulated blood attached at the site of its formation) in a blood vessel
  • thrombus - noun a blood clot formed within a blood vessel and remaining attached to its place of origin
  • throttling - noun the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe
  • through - adj. (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes;  having finished or arrived at completion; adv. throughout the entire extent;  over the whole distance;  in diameter;  from beginning to end;  to completion
  • throughout - adv. from first to last;  used to refer to cited works
  • throw - noun the act of throwing (propelling something through the air with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist);  casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly;  bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something;  the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam;  a single chance or instance;  verb throw (a die) out onto a flat surface;  place or put with great energy;  project through the air;  cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation;  cause to fall off;  make on a potter's wheel;  move violently, energetically, or carelessly;  to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly;  be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly;  convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture;  utter with force; utter vehemently; get rid of;  put or send forth;  organize or be responsible for;  cause to be confused emotionally
  • thrown - adj. twisted together; as of filaments spun into a thread; caused to fall to the ground
  • thrum - noun a thrumming sound;  verb make a rhythmic sound; sound the strings of (a string instrument);  sound with a monotonous hum
  • thrush - noun songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast;  a woman who sings popular songs; candidiasis of the oral cavity; seen mostly in infants or debilitated adults
  • thrust - noun verbal criticism;  the act of applying force to propel something;  a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow);  a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument;  the force used in pushing;  verb push forcefully;  press or force;  push upward;  force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock;  impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably;  penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument;  place or put with great energy;  make a thrusting forward movement
  • thrusting - noun a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
  • thug - noun an aggressive and violent young criminal
  • thumb - noun the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb;  the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb;  a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse;  verb feel or handle with the fingers;  travel by getting free rides from motorists;  look through a book or other written material
  • thumbnail - noun the nail of the thumb
  • thunderstorm - noun a storm resulting from strong rising air currents; heavy rain or hail along with thunder and lightning
  • thus - adv. in the way indicated;  (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result;  noun an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation
  • thyme - noun leaves can be used as seasoning for almost any meat and stews and stuffings and vegetables;  any of various mints of the genus Thymus
  • thymol - noun a colorless crystalline solid used in perfume or preserving biological specimens or in embalming or medically as a fungicide or antiseptic
  • thymus - noun large genus of Old World mints: thyme;  a ductless glandular organ at the base of the neck that produces lymphocytes and aids in producing immunity; atrophies with age
  • thyroid - adj. suggestive of a thyroid disorder;  of or relating to the thyroid gland;  noun located near the base of the neck
  • thyroidectomy - noun surgical removal of the thyroid gland
  • ti - noun the syllable naming the seventh (subtonic) note of any musical scale in solmization;  shrub with terminal tufts of elongated leaves used locally for thatching and clothing; thick sweet roots are used as food; tropical southeastern Asia, Australia and Hawaii;  a light strong grey lustrous corrosion-resistant metallic element used in strong lightweight alloys (as for airplane parts); the main sources are rutile and ilmenite
  • tibia - noun the inner and thicker of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle
  • tibial - adj. relating to or located near a tibia
  • tibialis - noun either of two skeletal muscle in each leg arising from the tibia; provides for movement of the foot
  • tic - noun a local and habitual twitching especially in the face
  • tical - noun the basic unit of money in Thailand
  • tick - noun any of two families of small parasitic arachnids with barbed proboscis; feed on blood of warm-blooded animals;  a light mattress;  a metallic tapping sound;  a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.;  verb sew;  make a sound like a clock or a timer;  put a check mark on or near or next to;  make a clicking or ticking sound
  • ticking - noun a strong fabric used for mattress and pillow covers;  a metallic tapping sound
  • tickling - adj. exciting by touching lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements;  noun the act of tickling
  • tidal - adj. of or relating to or caused by tides
  • tide - noun the periodic rise and fall of the sea level under the gravitational pull of the moon;  something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of the sea);  there are usually two high and two low tides each day;  verb be carried with the tide;  cause to float with the tide;  rise or move forward
  • tie - noun a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied;  a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating;  one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track;  (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value;  equality of score in a contest;  a fastener that serves to join or connect;  neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front;  the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided;  a social or business relationship;  verb form a knot or bow in;  limit or restrict to; finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.;  fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord;  unite musical notes by a tie; make by tying pieces together;  connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces;  perform a marriage ceremony;  create social or emotional ties
  • tied - adj. fastened with strings or cords;  of the score in a contest; bound together by or as if by a strong rope; especially as by a bond of affection;  bound or secured closely;  closed with a lace
  • tier - noun one of two or more layers one atop another;  something that is used for tying;  a worker who ties something;  any one of two or more competitors who tie one another;  a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
  • tight - adj. affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow;  packed closely together;  of such close construction as to be impermeable; closely constrained or constricted or constricting;  securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid;  set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration;  demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent;  very drunk;  (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched;  (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; pressed tightly together;  of textiles;  pulled or drawn tight;  adv. firmly or tightly;  in an attentive manner
  • tight-fitting - adj. fitting snugly
  • tighten - verb become tight or tighter;  make tight or tighter;  narrow or limit;  restrict
  • tightened - adj. made tighter or more stringent
  • tightening - noun the act of making something tighter
  • tightly - adv. securely fixed or fastened;  in a tight or constricted manner
  • tightness - noun lack of movement or room for movement;  extreme stinginess;  the spatial property of being crowded together;  a tight feeling in some part of the body;  a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
  • tilden - noun United States tennis player who dominated men's tennis in the 1920s (1893-1953)
  • tile - noun a flat thin rectangular slab (as of fired clay or rubber or linoleum) used to cover surfaces;  a thin flat slab of fired clay used for roofing;  verb cover with tiles
  • till - noun unstratified soil deposited by a glacier; consists of sand and clay and gravel and boulders mixed together;  a strongbox for holding cash;  a treasury for government funds;  verb work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation
  • tilt - noun the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical;  a slight but noticeable partiality;  pitching dangerously to one side;  a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement;  a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances;  verb charge with a tilt;  heel over;  move sideways or in an unsteady way;  to incline or bend from a vertical position
  • tilted - adj. departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal
  • time - noun the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past;  a person's experience on a particular occasion;  an instance or single occasion for some event; an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities);  a suitable moment;  a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something; rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration;  the time as given by a clock;  the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event;  the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned;  verb adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time;  regulate or set the time of; assign a time for an activity or event;  set the speed, duration, or execution of;  measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
  • time-honored - adj. acceptable for a long time;  honored because of age or long usage
  • timed - adj. regularly spaced in time
  • timely - adj. done or happening at the appropriate or proper time; before a time limit expires;  adv. at an opportune time
  • times - noun a more or less definite period of time in history;  an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division; the product of two numbers is computed
  • timidity - noun fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities;  fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
  • tin - noun a silvery malleable metallic element that resists corrosion; used in many alloys and to coat other metals to prevent corrosion; obtained chiefly from cassiterite where it occurs as tin oxide;  airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.;  metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour;  verb prepare (a metal) for soldering or brazing by applying a thin layer of solder to the surface; plate with tin;  preserve in a can or tin
  • tin foil - noun foil made of aluminum;  foil made of tin or an alloy of tin and lead
  • tinct - verb color lightly
  • tincture - noun (pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution;  a substances that colors metals;  a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color;  an indication that something has been present;  verb stain or tint with a color;  fill, as with a certain quality
  • tine - noun prong on a fork or pitchfork or antler
  • tinea - noun type genus of the Tineidae: clothes moths;  infections of the skin or nails caused by fungi and appearing as itching circular patches
  • ting - noun a light clear metallic sound as of a small bell;  verb make a light, metallic sound; go `ting';  cause to make a ting
  • tinge - noun a pale or subdued color;  a slight but appreciable addition;  verb affect as in thought or feeling;  color lightly
  • tingling - adj. exciting by touching lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements;  causing or experiencing a painful shivering feeling as from many tiny pricks;  noun a somatic sensation as from many tiny prickles
  • tinker - noun formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living;  a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts;  small mackerel found nearly worldwide;  verb try to fix or mend;  work as a tinker or tinkerer;  do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
  • tinkling - adj. like the short high ringing sound of a small bell
  • tinned - adj. sealed in a can or jar
  • tinnitus - noun a ringing or booming sensation in one or both ears; a symptom of an ear infection or Meniere's disease
  • tint - noun a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color;  verb color lightly
  • tiny - adj. very small
  • tip - noun an indication of potential opportunity;  the extreme end of something; especially something pointed;  the top point of a mountain or hill;  a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter);  a V shape;  verb remove the tip from;  mark with a tip;  cause to tilt;  give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on;  give insider information or advise to;  strike lightly;  walk on one's toes;  to incline or bend from a vertical position;  cause to topple or tumble by pushing
  • tipped - adj. having a tip; or having a tip as specified (used in combination);  departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal
  • tire - noun hoop that covers a wheel;  verb exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress;  get tired of something or somebody;  cause to be bored;  deplete
  • tired - adj. depleted of strength or energy;  repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  • tiresome - adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
  • tiring - adj. producing exhaustion
  • tissue - noun part of an organism consisting of an aggregate of cells having a similar structure and function;  a soft thin (usually translucent) paper;  verb create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
  • tissue paper - noun a soft thin (usually translucent) paper
  • tit - noun small insectivorous birds;  either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman;  the small projection of a mammary gland
  • titillation - noun an agreeable arousal;  a tingling feeling of excitement (as from teasing or tickling);  the act of tickling
  • title - noun an established or recognized right;  an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General';  an appellation signifying nobility;  the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.;  a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with;  (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action;  a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work;  an informal right to something;  a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it; the status of being a champion;  verb designate by an identifying term;  give a title to
  • titration - noun a measured amount of a solution of unknown concentration is added to a known volume of a second solution until the reaction between them is just complete; the concentration of the unknown solution (the titer) can them be calculated
  • titular - adj. of or associated with or bearing a title signifying status or function;  derived from a title;  of or associated with or bearing a title signifying nobility;  of or relating to a legal title to something; existing in name only
  • tn - noun a state in east central United States
  • to and fro - adv. moving from one place to another and back again
  • toast - noun slices of bread that have been toasted;  a celebrity who receives much acclaim and attention;  a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event;  a person in desperate straits; someone doomed;  verb propose a toast to;  make brown and crisp by heating
  • toasted - adj. browned over by exposure to heat
  • tobacco - noun leaves of the tobacco plant dried and prepared for smoking or ingestion;  aromatic annual or perennial herbs and shrubs
  • today - adv. on this day as distinct from yesterday or tomorrow;  in these times;  noun the day that includes the present moment (as opposed to yesterday or tomorrow);  the present time or age
  • todd - noun fictional character in a play by George Pitt; a barber who murdered his customers;  Scottish chemist noted for his research into the structure of nucleic acids (born in 1907)
  • toddy - noun a mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices and served hot
  • toe - adj. having a toe or toes of a specified kind; often used in combination;  noun the part of footwear that provides a covering for the toes;  (golf) the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft;  one of the digits of the foot;  forepart of a hoof;  verb touch with the toe;  drive (a golf ball) with the toe of the club;  hit (a golf ball) with the toe of the club;  drive obliquely;  walk so that the toes assume an indicated position or direction
  • together - adj. mentally and emotionally stable;  adv. at the same time;  with cooperation and interchange;  in contact with each other; assembled in one place;  in each other's company;  with a common plan;  in conjunction with; combined
  • toil - noun productive work (especially physical work done for wages);  verb work hard
  • toilet - noun the act of dressing and preparing yourself;  a room or building equipped with one or more toilets;  a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination;  misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
  • toledo - noun a city in central Spain on the Tagus river; famous for steel and swords since the first century;  an industrial city in northwestern Ohio on Lake Erie
  • tolerably - adv. in an acceptable (but not outstanding) manner
  • tolerance - noun the act of tolerating something;  the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions;  willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others;  a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior;  a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
  • tolerant - adj. showing the capacity for endurance;  able to tolerate environmental conditions or physiological stress;  showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others;  showing or characterized by broad-mindedness;  tolerant and forgiving under provocation
  • tolerate - verb have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen;  recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others);  put up with something or somebody unpleasant;  allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
  • toleration - noun official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions (especially in religion);  a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations
  • tolu - noun aromatic yellowish brown balsam from the tolu balsam tree used especially in cough syrups
  • toluene - noun a colorless flammable liquid obtained from petroleum or coal tar; used as a solvent for gums and lacquers and in high-octane fuels
  • tom - noun male cat;  contemptuous name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites;  male turkey
  • tomato - noun mildly acid red or yellow pulpy fruit eaten as a vegetable;  native to South America; widely cultivated in many varieties
  • ton - noun a British unit of weight equivalent to 2240 pounds;  a United States unit of weight equivalent to 2000 pounds
  • tone - noun (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages;  the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author;  a steady sound without overtones;  a musical interval of two semitones;  the quality of a person's voice;  a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color; (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound);  a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound;  the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people;  the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli;  verb give a healthy elasticity to;  change to a color image;  change the color or tone of; vary the pitch of one's speech;  utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
  • tongue - noun the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot; a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity;  a manner of speaking;  the tongue of certain animals used as meat;  any long thin projection that is transient;  metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side;  a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language;  a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea;  verb lick or explore with the tongue; articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments
  • tongue depressor - noun a thin depressor used to press the tongue down during an examination of the mouth and throat
  • tongue-tie - verb deprive of speech
  • tonic - adj. used of syllables;  relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale;  employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words;  of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue;  imparting vitality and energy;  noun a medicine that strengthens and invigorates;  (music) the first note of a diatonic scale;  lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine;  a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring
  • tonicity - noun the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
  • tonsil - noun either of two masses of lymphatic tissue one on each side of the oral pharynx
  • tonsillitis - noun inflammation of the tonsils (especially the palatine tonsils)
  • tonus - noun the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
  • too - adv. to an excessive degree;  in addition
  • tooth - noun a means of enforcement;  toothlike structure in invertebrates found in the mouth or alimentary canal or on a shell; something resembling the tooth of an animal;  one of a number of uniform projections on a gear;  hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense
  • tooth powder - noun a dentifrice in the form of a powder
  • tooth root - noun the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support
  • tooth socket - noun a bony socket in the alveolar ridge that holds a tooth
  • toothache - noun an ache localized in or around a tooth
  • toothpick - noun pick consisting of a small strip of wood or plastic; used to pick food from between the teeth
  • toothwort - noun North American herb with pungent scaly or toothed roots
  • top - adj. situated at the top or highest position;  noun a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips;  covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container);  a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin;  platform surrounding the head of a lower mast;  the greatest possible intensity;  the highest or uppermost side of anything;  the upper part of anything;  the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat;  a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance;  the top point of a mountain or hill; the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development;  verb finish up or conclude;  cut the top off;  strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin; reach or ascend the top of;  provide with a top;  be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point;  be the culminating event;  pass by, over, or under without making contact;  go beyond;  be ahead of others; be the first
  • topic - noun some situation or event that is thought about;  the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
  • topical - adj. of interest at the present time;  pertaining to the surface of a body part;  of or relating to or arranged by topics
  • topically - adv. to a restricted area of the body
  • topographic - adj. concerned with topography
  • topographically - adv. with regard to topography
  • topography - noun the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features;  precise detailed study of the surface features of a region
  • tops - adj. of the highest quality
  • tor - noun a high rocky hill;  a prominent rock or pile of rocks on a hill
  • torn - adj. disrupted by the pull of contrary forces;  having edges that are jagged from injury
  • toronto - noun the provincial capital and largest city in Ontario (and the largest city in Canada)
  • torpid - adj. slow and apathetic;  in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
  • torpidity - noun inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy;  a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility
  • torpor - noun a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility;  inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
  • torsion - noun a twisting force;  a tortuous and twisted shape or position
  • torticollis - noun an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted
  • tortuosity - noun a tortuous and twisted shape or position
  • tortuous - adj. not straightforward;  marked by repeated turns and bends;  highly complex or intricate
  • tory - noun an American who favored the British side during the American Revolution;  a supporter of traditional political and social institutions against the forces of reform; a political conservative;  a member of political party in Great Britain that has been known as the Conservative Party since 1832; was the opposition party to the Whigs
  • toss - noun an abrupt movement;  (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team;  the act of flipping a coin;  verbagitate;  throw or toss with a light motion;  throw carelessly;  move or stir about violently;  lightly throw to see which side comes up;  throw or cast away
  • tossing - adj. thrown from side to side
  • total - adj. constituting the full quantity or extent; complete;  complete in extent or degree and in every particular;  without conditions or limitations;  including everything;  noun the whole amount;  a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers;  verb damage beyond the point of repair;  determine the sum of;  add up in number or quantity
  • totally - adv. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
  • tottering - adj. (of structures or institutions) having lost stability; failing or on the point of collapse;  unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age
  • touch - noun the act of putting two things together with no space between them;  a distinguishing style;  the feel of mechanical action; deftness in handling matters;  the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands);  the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin;  a suggestion of some quality;  the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan);  the event of something coming in contact with the body;  a slight but appreciable addition;  a slight attack of illness;  a communicative interaction;  verb comprehend;  be in direct physical contact with; make contact;  make physical contact with, come in contact with;  cause to be in brief contact with;  tamper with;  affect emotionally;  perceive via the tactile sense;  deal with; usually used with a form of negation;  have an effect upon;  color lightly;  make a more or less disguised reference to;  consume;  be equal to in quality or ability;  have to do with or be relevant to;  to extend as far as
  • touched - adj. having come into contact;  being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion;  slightly insane
  • touching - adj. arousing affect;  noun the act of putting two things together with no space between them;  the event of something coming in contact with the body
  • tough - adj. resistant to cutting or chewing;  physically toughened; not given to gentleness or sentimentality;  feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad'); substantially made or constructed;  making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe;  very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution;  unfortunate or hard to bear;  violent and lawless;  noun a cruel and brutal fellow;  an aggressive and violent young criminal;  someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
  • tourniquet - noun bandage that stops the flow of blood from an artery by applying pressure
  • towel - noun a rectangular piece of absorbent cloth (or paper) for drying or wiping;  verb wipe with a towel
  • town - noun the people living in a municipality smaller than a city;  an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city;  an administrative division of a county
  • township - noun an administrative division of a county
  • toxemia - noun blood poisoning caused by bacterial toxic substances in the blood;  an abnormal condition of pregnancy characterized by hypertension and edema and protein in the urine
  • toxic - adj. of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison
  • toxicity - noun the degree to which something is poisonous;  grave harmfulness or deadliness
  • toxicodendron - noun in some classifications: comprising those members of the genus Rhus having foliage that is poisonous to the touch; of North America and northern South America
  • toxicology - noun the branch of pharmacology that deals with the nature and effects and treatments of poisons
  • toxin - noun a poisonous substance produced during the metabolism and growth of certain microorganisms and some higher plant and animal species
  • trace - noun either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree;  an indication that something has been present;  a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle;  a just detectable amount;  a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image;  a suggestion of some quality;  verb follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something; make a mark or lines on a surface;  copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of;  make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along;  to go back over again;  discover traces of; read with difficulty;  pursue or chase relentlessly
  • traceable - adj. (usually followed by `to') able to be traced to; capable of being traced or tracked
  • traced - adj. derived by copying something else; especially by following lines seen through a transparent sheet
  • trachea - noun membranous tube with cartilaginous rings that conveys inhaled air from the larynx to the bronchi;  one of the tubules forming the respiratory system of most insects and many arachnids
  • tracheal - adj. relating to or resembling or functioning like a trachea
  • tracheitis - noun inflammation of the trachea
  • tracheotomy - noun a surgical operation that creates an opening into the trachea with a tube inserted to provide a passage for air; performed when the pharynx is obstructed by edema or cancer or other causes
  • trachoma - noun a chronic contagious viral disease marked by inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eye and the formation of scar tissue
  • tracing - noun the act of drawing a plan or diagram or outline;  a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
  • track - noun the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track;  any road or path affording passage especially a rough one;  a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll;  a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels;  a groove on a phonograph recording;  (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data;  an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground;  a course over which races are run;  evidence pointing to a possible solution;  a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc;  a line or route along which something travels or moves;  verb make tracks upon;  carry on the feet and deposit;  observe or plot the moving path of something;  travel across or pass over;  go after with the intent to catch
  • tract - noun a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose;  a brief treatise on a subject of interest; published in the form of a booklet;  an extended area of land;  a bundle of myelinated nerve fibers following a path through the brain
  • tractable - adj. easily managed (controlled or taught or molded); readily reacting to suggestions and influences
  • traction - noun (orthopedics) the act of pulling on a bone or limb (as in a fracture) to relieve pressure or align parts in a special way during healing;  the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
  • tractive - adj. exerting traction and serving to pull
  • tractor - noun a wheeled vehicle with large wheels; used in farming and other applications;  a truck that has a cab but no body; used for pulling large trailers or vans
  • trade - noun the skilled practice of a practical occupation;  the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services;  the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers;  an equal exchange;  a particular instance of buying or selling;  people who perform a particular kind of skilled work;  steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator;  verb exchange or give (something) in exchange for;  turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase;  engage in the trade of;  be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions;  do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
  • traditional - adj. consisting of or derived from tradition;  pertaining to time-honored orthodox doctrines
  • tragacanth - noun a gum used in pharmacy, adhesives, and textile printing
  • trail - noun a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country;  a track or mark left by something that has passed;  evidence pointing to a possible solution;  verb drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground;  hang down so as to drag along the ground;  move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly;  go after with the intent to catch;  to lag or linger behind
  • train - noun public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive;  piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor;  a series of consequences wrought by an event;  wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed;  a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file;  a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding;  verb exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition;  undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession;  create by training and teaching;  travel by rail or train;  train to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it;  teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports;  aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment;  drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground;  prepare (someone) for a future role or function;  train to be discriminative in taste or judgment;  train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
  • trained - adj. shaped or conditioned or disciplined by training; often used as a combining form;  having acquired necessary skills by e.g. undergoing a course of study
  • training - noun activity leading to skilled behavior;  the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)
  • trait - noun a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  • trance - noun a state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing; a state resembling deep sleep;  a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation;  verb attract; cause to be enamored
  • tranquil - adj. (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves;  not agitated; without losing self-possession
  • transdermal - adj. through the unbroken skin; refers to medications applied directly to the skin (creams or ointments) or in time-release forms (skin patches)
  • transfer - noun the act of transfering something from one form to another;  transferring ownership;  application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation;  a ticket that allows a passenger to change conveyances;  someone who transfers or is transferred from one position to another;  the act of moving something from one location to another;  verb transfer from one place or period to another;  move around;  change from one vehicle or transportation line to another;  cause to change ownership;  move from one place to another;  transfer somebody to a different position or location of work;  send from one person or place to another;  lift and reset in another soil or situation;  shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes
  • transference - noun (psychoanalysis) the process whereby emotions are passed on or displaced from one person to another; during psychoanalysis the displacement of feelings toward others (usually the parents) is onto the analyst;  the act of transfering something from one form to another;  transferring ownership
  • transfix - verb pierce with a sharp stake or point;  to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
  • transfixed - adj. having your attention fixated as though by a spell
  • transform - verb change in outward structure or looks;  increase or decrease (an alternating current or voltage);  change (a bacterial cell) into a genetically distinct cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell of the same or closely related species;  convert (one form of energy) to another;  change or alter in form, appearance, or nature;  subject to a mathematical transformation;  change from one form or medium into another
  • transformation - noun the act of changing in form or shape or appearance;  (genetics) modification of a cell or bacterium by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA;  a rule describing the conversion of one syntactic structure into another related syntactic structure;  a qualitative change;  (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
  • transformed - adj. given a completely different form or appearance
  • transfusion - noun the action of pouring a liquid from one vessel to another;  the introduction of blood or blood plasma into a vein or artery
  • transient - adj. of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind; lasting a very short time;  noun (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load; one who stays for only a short time
  • transit - noun a journey usually by ship;  a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod;  a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods; verb cause or enable to pass through;  revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction;  pass across (a sign or house of the zodiac) or pass across (the disk of a celestial body or the meridian of a place); make a passage or journey from one place to another
  • transition - noun a passage that connects a topic to one that follows;  a musical passage moving from one key to another;  a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another;  the act of passing from one state or place to the next;  an event that results in a transformation;  verb make or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another);  cause to convert or undergo a transition
  • transitional - adj. of or relating to or characterized by transition
  • transitory - adj. lasting a very short time
  • translucency - noun the quality of allowing light to pass diffusely
  • translucent - adj. almost transparent; allowing light to pass through diffusely
  • transmissible - adj. (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection;  inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent;  tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity
  • transmission - noun the act of sending a message; causing a message to be transmitted;  the gears that transmit power from an automobile engine via the driveshaft to the live axle;  communication by means of transmitted signals;  an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted;  the fraction of radiant energy that passes through a substance
  • transmit - verb send from one person or place to another;  broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television;  transmit or serve as the medium for transmission;  transfer to another
  • transmitted - adj. sent electronically as by wire or radio;  tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity
  • transmitting - noun the act of sending a message; causing a message to be transmitted
  • transparency - noun the quality of being clear and transparent; permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation;  picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
  • transparent - adj. easily understood or seen through (because of a lack of subtlety);  transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity;  free of deceit;  so thin as to transmit light
  • transpire - verb give off (water) through the skin;  come about, happen, or occur;  come to light; become known;  exude water vapor; pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
  • transplant - noun the act of removing something from one location and introducing it in another location;  an operation moving an organ from one organism (the donor) to another (the recipient);  (surgery) tissue or organ transplanted from a donor to a recipient; in some cases the patient can be both donor and recipient;  verb place the organ of a donor into the body of a recipient;  lift and reset in another soil or situation;  be transplantable;  transfer from one place or period to another
  • transplantation - noun the act of removing something from one location and introducing it in another location;  an operation moving an organ from one organism (the donor) to another (the recipient)
  • transplanting - noun the act of removing something from one location and introducing it in another location
  • transport - noun an exchange of molecules (and their kinetic energy and momentum) across the boundary between adjacent layers of a fluid or across cell membranes;  the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials;  something that serves as a means of transportation;  a mechanism that transports magnetic tape across the read/write heads of a tape playback/recorder;  a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion;  verb move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body;  transport commercially;  move something or somebody around; usually over long distances;  send from one person or place to another;  hold spellbound
  • transportation - noun the act of moving something from one location to another;  the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials;  the act of expelling a person from their native land;  a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods;  the United States federal department that institutes and coordinates national transportation programs; created in 1966;  the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
  • transudation - noun the process of exuding; the slow escape of liquids from blood vessels through pores or breaks in the cell membranes;  a substance that transudes
  • transverse - adj. extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis
  • transversely - adv. in a transverse manner
  • trap - noun a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned;  a light two-wheeled carriage;  a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters;  drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas;  informal terms for the mouth;  something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares; the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise; a hazard on a golf course;  verb to hold fast or prevent from moving; catch in or as if in a trap;  hold or catch as if in a trap;  place in a confining or embarrassing position
  • trapezium - noun the wrist bone on the thumb side of the hand that articulates with the 1st and 2nd metacarpals;  a multiple star in the constellation of Orion;  a quadrilateral with no parallel sides
  • trapezius - noun either of two flat triangular muscles of the shoulder and upper back that are involved in moving the shoulders and arms
  • trapezoid - noun the wrist bone between the trapezium and the capitate bones;  a quadrilateral with two parallel sides
  • trapping - noun stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
  • trauma - noun an emotional wound or shock often having long-lasting effects;  any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  • traumatic - adj. psychologically painful; "few experiences are more traumatic than losing a child";  of or relating to a physical injury or wound to the body
  • travel - noun the act of going from one place to another;  self-propelled movement;  a movement through space that changes the location of something;  verb change location; move, travel, or proceed;  undergo transportation as in a vehicle;  make a trip for pleasure;  undertake a journey or trip;  travel upon or across;  travel from place to place, as for the purpose of finding work, preaching, or acting as a judge
  • traveled - adj. familiar with many parts of the world;  traveled over or through; sometimes used as a combining term
  • traveling - adj. working for a short time in different places;  noun the act of going from one place to another
  • traverse - noun travel across;  taking a zigzag path on skis;  a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it;  a horizontal beam that extends across something; verb deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit;  travel across or pass over;  to cover or extend over an area or time period
  • tray - noun an open receptacle for holding or displaying or serving articles or food
  • treacherous - adj. dangerously unstable and unpredictable;  tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans
  • treacle - noun an expression that is excessively sweet and sentimental;  a pale cane syrup
  • tread - noun structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step;  the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground;  the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire;  a step in walking or running;  verb brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center;  mate with;  crush as if by treading on;  tread or stomp heavily or roughly;  apply (the tread) to a tire;  put down or press the foot, place the foot
  • treasury - noun a depository (a room or building) where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely;  the government department responsible for collecting and managing and spending public revenues;  the British cabinet minister responsible for economic strategy;  the funds of a government or institution or individual;  the federal department that collects revenue and administers federal finances; the Treasury Department was created in 1789
  • treat - noun an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight; something considered choice to eat;  verb provide treatment for; regard or consider in a specific way;  engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement;  provide with a gift or entertainment;  interact in a certain way;  subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition; deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression;  provide with choice or abundant food or drink
  • treated - adj. (of a specimen for study under a microscope) treated with a reagent or dye that colors only certain structures;  subjected to a physical (or chemical) treatment or action or agent;  given medical care or treatment;  made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment
  • treatment - noun care by procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury;  the management of someone or something;  a manner of dealing with something artistically;  an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
  • treble - adj. three times as great or many;  having or denoting a high range;  having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities;  having three units or components or elements;  noun the pitch range of the highest female voice;  verb sing treble;  increase threefold
  • tree - noun English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853-1917);  a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms;  a figure that branches from a single root;  verb stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree; chase an animal up a tree;  plant with trees;  force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
  • tremble - noun a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement; verb move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
  • trembles - noun disease of livestock and especially cattle poisoned by eating certain kinds of snakeroot
  • trembling - adj. vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze;  noun a shaky motion
  • tremendous - adj. extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree;  extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers;  extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
  • tremor - noun an involuntary vibration (as if from illness or fear);  a small earthquake;  shaking or trembling (usually resulting from weakness or stress or disease);  verb shake with seismic vibrations
  • tremulous - adj. (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear
  • trench - noun a ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth;  any long ditch cut in the ground;  a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor;  verb dig a trench or trenches;  cut a trench in, as for drainage;  set, plant, or bury in a trench;  cut or carve deeply into;  fortify by surrounding with trenches;  impinge or infringe upon
  • trephine - noun a surgical instrument used to remove sections of bone from the skull;  verb operate on with a trephine
  • treponema - noun spirochete that causes disease in humans (e.g. syphilis and yaws)
  • triacetate - noun cellulose acetate that is relatively slow to burn; used instead of celluloid for motion-picture film
  • triad - noun a three-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and fifth tones;  three people considered as a unit;  a set of three similar things considered as a unit
  • trial - noun (law) legal proceedings consisting of the judicial examination of issues by a competent tribunal;  (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law;  trying something to find out about it;  an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event;  (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications;  the act of testing something;  the act of undergoing testing
  • triangle - noun a percussion instrument consisting of a metal bar bent in the shape of an open triangle;  any of various triangular drafting instruments used to draw straight lines at specified angles;  a three-sided polygon;  something approximating the shape of a triangle;  a small northern constellation near Perseus between Andromeda and Aries
  • triangular - adj. involving three parties or elements;  having three angles; forming or shaped like a triangle;  having three sides
  • tributary - adj. paying tribute;  of a stream; flowing into a larger stream;  tending to bring about; being partly responsible for;  noun a branch that flows into the main stream
  • tribute - noun payment by one nation for protection by another; something given or done as an expression of esteem;  payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
  • triceps - noun any skeletal muscle having three origins (but especially the triceps brachii)
  • trichina - noun parasitic nematode occurring in the intestines of pigs and rats and human beings and producing larvae that form cysts in skeletal muscles
  • trichiniasis - noun infestation by trichina larvae that are transmitted by eating inadequately cooked meat (especially pork); larvae migrate from the intestinal tract to the muscles where they become encysted
  • trichinosis - noun infestation by trichina larvae that are transmitted by eating inadequately cooked meat (especially pork); larvae migrate from the intestinal tract to the muscles where they become encysted
  • trichophyton - noun a genus of fungus of the family Moniliaceae; causes ringworm and favus
  • trick - noun a cunning or deceitful action or device;  an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent;  (card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players; the high card is the winner;  a period of work or duty;  an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers;  a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement;  a prostitute's customer;  verb deceive somebody
  • trickle - noun flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid;  verb run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
  • tricuspid - adj. having three cusps or points (especially a molar tooth)
  • tried - adj. tested and proved to be reliable;  tested and proved useful or correct
  • trifling - adj. not worth considering;  noun the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
  • trigeminal - noun the main sensory nerve of the face and motor nerve for the muscles of mastication
  • trigeminus - noun the main sensory nerve of the face and motor nerve for the muscles of mastication
  • trigger - noun an act that sets in motion some course of events;  a device that activates or releases or causes something to happen; lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun;  verb release or pull the trigger on;  put in motion or move to act
  • triiodomethane - noun a yellowish crystalline solid with a penetrating odor; sometimes used as an antiseptic dressing
  • trim - adj. thin and fit;  severely simple in line or design;  neat and smart in appearance;  of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder;  noun cutting down to the desired size or shape;  attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation;  a state of arrangement or appearance;  a decoration or adornment on a garment;  verb adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used;  decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods;  decorate, as with ornaments;  be in equilibrium during a flight;  balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces; cut down on; make a reduction in;  cut closely;  remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size;  cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
  • trimmed - adj. made neat and tidy by trimming
  • trimming - noun the act of adding decoration;  a decoration or adornment on a garment;  cutting down to the desired size or shape
  • trioxide - noun an oxide containing three atoms of oxygen in the molecule
  • trip - noun an unintentional but embarrassing blunder;  a light or nimble tread;  a journey for some purpose (usually including the return);  an exciting or stimulating experience;  a hallucinatory experience induced by drugs;  a catch mechanism that acts as a switch;  an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall;  verbget high, stoned, or drugged;  put in motion or move to act;  cause to stumble;  make a trip for pleasure;  miss a step and fall or nearly fall
  • triple - adj. having three units or components or elements;  three times as great or many;  noun a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base;  a quantity that is three times as great as another;  a set of three similar things considered as a unit;  verbincrease threefold;  hit a three-base hit
  • tripod - noun a three-legged rack used for support
  • trismus - noun prolonged spasm of the jaw muscles
  • triticum - noun annual cereal grasses from Mediterranean area; widely cultivated in temperate regions
  • trivial - adj. obvious and dull;  concerned with trivialities;  not large enough to consider or notice;  (informal) small and of little importance;  of little substance or significance
  • trochanter - noun one of the bony prominences developed near the upper extremity of the femur to which muscles are attached
  • troche - noun a medicated lozenge used to soothe the throat
  • trodden - adj. crushed or broken by being stepped upon heavily
  • troop - noun a group of soldiers;  a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company;  an orderly crowd;  a unit of girl or boy scouts;  verbmove or march as if in a crowd;  march in a procession
  • troops - noun soldiers collectively
  • trophic - adj. of or relating to nutrition
  • trophy - noun something given as a token of victory;  an award for success in war or hunting
  • tropic - adj. of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics; relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator);  noun either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees north and south of the equator representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the Torrid Zone or tropics
  • tropical - adj. of weather or climate; hot and humid as in the tropics; characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense;  relating to or situated in or characteristic of the tropics (the region on either side of the equator);  of or relating to the tropics, or either tropic
  • tropics - noun the part of the Earth's surface between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn; characterized by a hot climate
  • trot - noun a gait faster than a walk; diagonally opposite legs strike the ground together;  a slow pace of running;  a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly);  radicals who support Trotsky's theory that socialism must be established throughout the world by continuing revolution;  verb run at a moderately swift pace;  cause to trot;  ride at a trot
  • trouble - noun an effort that is inconvenient;  a source of difficulty; an event causing distress or pain;  an unwanted pregnancy;  an angry disturbance;  a strong feeling of anxiety;  verb to cause inconvenience or discomfort to;  cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed;  disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed;  move deeply;  take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
  • troubled - adj. characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need;  characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
  • troublesome - adj. difficult to deal with
  • trough - noun a long narrow shallow receptacle;  a narrow depression (as in the earth or between ocean waves or in the ocean bed);  a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater;  a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed;  a treasury for government funds;  a concave shape with an open top
  • troy - noun an ancient city in Asia Minor that was the site of the Trojan War;  a system of weights used for precious metals and gemstones; based on a 12-ounce pound and an ounce of 480 grains
  • true - adj. accurately placed or thrown;  accurately fitted; level; devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth; having a legally established claim;  determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles;  rightly so called; consistent with fact or reality; not false;  conforming to definitive criteria;  in tune; accurate in pitch;  expressing or given to expressing the truth;  not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed;  worthy of being depended on;  adv. as acknowledged;  noun proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment;  verb make level, square, balanced, or concentric
  • truly - adv. in accordance with truth or fact or reality;  in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers);  by right;  with sincerity; without pretense
  • trumpet weed - noun North American herb having whorled leaves and terminal clusters of flowers spotted with purple
  • truncated - adj. terminating abruptly by having or as if having an end or point cut off;  cut short in duration
  • trunk - noun luggage consisting of a large strong case used when traveling or for storage;  the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber;  a long flexible snout as of an elephant;  compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools;  the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
  • trunks - noun trousers that end at or above the knee
  • truss - noun a framework of beams (rafters, posts, struts) forming a rigid structure that supports a roof or bridge or other structure; (medicine) a bandage consisting of a pad and belt; worn to hold a hernia in place by pressure;  (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent);  verb support structurally;  tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it;  secure with or as if with ropes
  • trust - noun the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others;  a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service;  something (as property) held by one party (the trustee) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary);  certainty based on past experience;  complete confidence in a person or plan etc;  a trustful relationship;  verb have confidence or faith in;  extend credit to;  allow without fear;  be confident about something;  expect and wish;  confer a trust upon
  • trusted - adj. (of persons) worthy of trust or confidence
  • trustworthy - adj. taking responsibility for one's conduct and obligations;  worthy of trust or belief
  • truth - noun a fact that has been verified;  a true statement;  United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883);  conformity to reality or actuality;  the quality of being near to the true value
  • truthful - adj. expressing or given to expressing the truth; conforming to truth
  • try - noun earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something;  verb melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities;  test the limits of;  give pain or trouble to;  make an effort or attempt;  put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice;  take a sample of;  examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process;  put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of;  put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
  • trying - adj. hard to endure;  extremely irritating to the nerves
  • trypsin - noun an enzyme of pancreatic origin; catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins to smaller polypeptide units
  • trypsinogen - noun inactive precursor of trypsin; a substance secreted by the pancreas and converted to active trypsin by enterokinase in the small intestine
  • tryptophan - noun an amino acid that occurs in proteins; is essential for growth and normal metabolism; a precursor of niacin
  • tsetse - noun bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc.
  • tsetse fly - noun bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc.
  • tt - noun a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986;  a republic in the western central Pacific Ocean in association with the United States;  (astronomy) a measure of time defined by Earth's orbital motion; terrestrial time is mean solar time corrected for the irregularities of the Earth's motions
  • tub - noun a large open vessel for holding or storing liquids;  the amount that a tub will hold;  a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body
  • tubal - adj. of or relating to occurring in a tube such as e.g. the Fallopian tube or Eustachian tube
  • tube - noun conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases; electronic device consisting of a system of electrodes arranged in an evacuated glass or metal envelope;  (anatomy) any hollow cylindrical body structure;  an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city);  a hollow cylindrical shape;  verb place or enclose in a tube;  ride or float on an inflated tube;  convey in a tube; provide with a tube or insert a tube into
  • tuber - noun type genus of the Tuberaceae: fungi whose fruiting bodies are typically truffles;  a fleshy underground stem or root serving for reproductive and food storage
  • tubercle - noun a swelling that is the characteristic lesion of tuberculosis;  a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament;  small rounded wartlike protuberance on a plant
  • tubercular - adj. constituting or afflicted with or caused by tuberculosis or the tubercle bacillus;  relating to tuberculosis or those suffering from it;  pertaining to or of the nature of a normal tuberosity or tubercle;  characterized by the presence of tuberculosis lesions or tubercles;  noun a person with pulmonary tuberculosis
  • tuberculin - noun a sterile liquid containing a purified protein derivative of the tuberculosis bacterium; used in the diagnosis of tuberculosis
  • tuberculosis - noun infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages)
  • tuberculous - adj. constituting or afflicted with or caused by tuberculosis or the tubercle bacillus
  • tuberosity - noun a protuberance on a bone especially for attachment of a muscle or ligament
  • tuberous - adj. of or relating to or resembling a tuber
  • tubing - noun conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
  • tubular - adj. constituting a tube; having hollow tubes (as for the passage of fluids)
  • tubule - noun a small tube
  • tucked - adj. having tucked or being tucked
  • tuft - noun a bunch of feathers or hair;  a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass
  • tum - noun an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion
  • tumbler - noun a glass with a flat bottom but no handle or stem; originally had a round bottom;  a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown;  a gymnast who performs rolls and somersaults and twists etc.;  pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground
  • tumefaction - noun the process of tumefying; the organic process whereby tissue becomes swollen by the accumulation of fluid within it
  • tumid - adj. of sexual organs; stiff and rigid;  abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas;  ostentatiously lofty in style
  • tumor - noun an abnormal new mass of tissue that serves no purpose
  • tumultuous - adj. characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
  • tun - noun a large cask especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 butts or 252 gals
  • tune - noun the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency;  the property of producing accurately a note of a given pitch;  a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; verb adjust the pitches of (musical instruments);  adjust for (better) functioning
  • tunic - noun any of a variety of loose fitting cloaks extending to the hips or knees;  an enveloping or covering membrane or layer of body tissue
  • tunica - noun an enveloping or covering membrane or layer of body tissue
  • tuning fork - noun a metal implement with two prongs that gives a fixed tone when struck; used to tune musical instruments
  • tunnel - noun a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars);  a hole in the ground made by an animal for shelter;  verb force a way through;  move through by or as by digging
  • tup - noun uncastrated adult male sheep
  • tupelo - noun a town in northeast Mississippi;  any of several gum trees of swampy areas of North America;  pale soft wood of a tupelo tree especially the water gum
  • turn - noun taking a short walk out and back;  the act of turning away or in the opposite direction;  the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course;  (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession;  a favor for someone;  an unforeseen development;  (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive;  turning or twisting around (in place);  a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program;  a movement in a new direction;  a circular segment of a curve;  a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else);  verb pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; become officially one year older;  change color;  direct at someone; alter the functioning or setting of;  let (something) fall or spill a container;  shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense;  pass to the other side of;  channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something;  to send or let go;  cause to move around a center so as to show another side of;  cause to move around or rotate;  cause to move along an axis or into a new direction;  move around an axis or a center;  get by buying and selling;  accomplish by rotating;  cause to change or turn into something different; assume new characteristics;  twist suddenly so as to sprain;  change to the contrary;  undergo a transformation or a change of position or action;  go sour or spoil;  have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to;  cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form;  to break and turn over earth especially with a plow;  undergo a change or development
  • turbid - adj. (of especially liquids) clouded as with sediment
  • turbidity - noun muddiness created by stirring up sediment or having foreign particles suspended
  • turbinal - noun any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in man and other vertebrates
  • turbinate - adj. of or relating to the scroll-shaped turbinate bones in the nasal passages;  in the shape of a coil;  noun any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in man and other vertebrates
  • turgid - adj. abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas; ostentatiously lofty in style
  • turin - noun capital city of the Piemonte region of northwestern Italy
  • turing - noun English mathematician who conceived of the Turing machine and broke German codes during World War II (1912-1954)
  • turkey - noun large gallinaceous bird with fan-shaped tail; widely domesticated for food;  an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual;  flesh of large domesticated fowl usually roasted;  a Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1923;  a person who does something thoughtless or annoying
  • turkish - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Turkey or its people or language;  noun a Turkic language spoken by the Turks
  • turmeric - noun ground dried rhizome of the turmeric plant used as seasoning;  widely cultivated tropical plant of India having yellow flowers and a large aromatic deep yellow rhizome; source of a condiment and a yellow dye
  • turn - noun taking a short walk out and back;  the act of turning away or in the opposite direction;  the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course;  (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession;  a favor for someone;  an unforeseen development;  (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive;  turning or twisting around (in place);  a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program;  a movement in a new direction;  a circular segment of a curve;  a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else);  verb pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; become officially one year older;  change color;  direct at someone; alter the functioning or setting of;  let (something) fall or spill a container;  shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense;  pass to the other side of;  channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something;  to send or let go;  cause to move around a center so as to show another side of;  cause to move around or rotate;  cause to move along an axis or into a new direction;  move around an axis or a center;  get by buying and selling;  accomplish by rotating;  cause to change or turn into something different; assume new characteristics;  twist suddenly so as to sprain;  change to the contrary;  undergo a transformation or a change of position or action;  go sour or spoil;  have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to;  cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form;  to break and turn over earth especially with a plow;  undergo a change or development
  • turned - adj. moved around an axis or center;  in an unpalatable state
  • turning - noun act of changing in practice or custom;  the activity of shaping something on a lathe;  the end-product created by shaping something on a lathe;  a movement in a new direction;  a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe;  the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
  • turnip - noun root of any of several members of the mustard family; widely cultivated plant having a large fleshy edible white or yellow root
  • turpentine - noun volatile liquid distilled from turpentine oleoresin; used as paint thinner and solvent and medicinally;  obtained from conifers (especially pines)
  • turtle - noun any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming;  verb hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation;  overturn accidentally
  • tuscany - noun a region in central Italy
  • tv - noun an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screen;  broadcasting visual images of stationary or moving objects
  • twelfth - adj. coming next after the eleventh and just before the thirteenth in position;  noun position 12 in a countable series of things;  one part in twelve equal parts
  • twelve - adj. denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units; noun the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
  • twenties - noun the time of life between 20 and 30;  the decade from 1920 to 1929
  • twentieth - adj. coming next after the nineteenth in position;  nounposition 20 in a countable series of things
  • twenty - adj. denoting a quantity consisting of 20 items or units; noun the cardinal number that is the sum of nineteen and one;  a United States bill worth 20 dollars
  • twenty-first - adj. coming next after the twentieth in position
  • twenty-five - adj. being five more than twenty;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of twenty-four and one
  • twenty-four - adj. being four more than twenty;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of twenty-three and one
  • twenty-fourth - adj. coming next after the twenty-third in position
  • twenty-one - adj. being one more than twenty;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of twenty and one;  a gambling game using cards; the object is to hold cards having a higher count than those dealt to the bank up to but not exceeding 21
  • twenty-six - adj. being six more than twenty;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of twenty-five and one
  • twenty-three - adj. being three more than twenty;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of twenty-two and one
  • twenty-two - adj. being two more than twenty;  noun a .22 caliber firearm (pistol or rifle);  the cardinal number that is the sum of twenty-one and one
  • twice - adv. two times;  to double the degree
  • twilight - adj. lighted by or as if by twilight;  noun the diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon but its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of the earth;  a condition of decline following successes;  the time of day immediately following sunset
  • twin - adj. being two identical;  very similar;  noun a waterfall in the Snake River in southern Idaho;  either of two offspring born at the same time from the same pregnancy;  a duplicate copy;  (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Gemini;  verb give birth to twins;  grow as twins;  duplicate or match;  bring two objects, ideas, or people together
  • twine - noun a lightweight cord;  verb make by twisting together or intertwining;  coil around;  form into a spiral shape;  spin or twist together so as to form a cord;  wrap or coil around
  • twinkling - adj. shining intermittently with a sparkling light;  noun a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat)
  • twins - noun (mineralogy) two interwoven crystals that are mirror images on each other;  the third sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about May 21 to June 20
  • twist - noun turning or twisting around (in place);  social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s;  a jerky pulling movement;  any clever maneuver;  the act of rotating rapidly;  the act of winding or twisting;  a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair;  an interpretation of a text or action;  an unforeseen development;  a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself;  a circular segment of a curve;  a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight;  a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments;  verb twist suddenly so as to sprain; form into twists;  practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive;  turn in the opposite direction;  form into a spiral shape;  do the twist;  cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form;  twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates;  to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling);  extend in curves and turns
  • twisted - adj. having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented;  strained or wrenched out of normal shape;  wound or wrapped around something
  • twisting - adj. having a twisting or snake-like or wormlike motion; marked by repeated turns and bends;  noun the act of rotating rapidly;  the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  • twitch - noun a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition;  verb make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion; move or pull with a sudden motion;  squeeze tightly between the fingers;  move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions;  toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air
  • twitching - noun a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
  • two - adj. being one more than one;  noun the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
  • two-handed - adj. requiring two hands or designed for two people; equally skillful with each hand
  • two-thirds - noun two of three equal parts of a divisible whole
  • two-way - adj. operating or permitting operation in either of two opposite directions;  involving two parts or elements;  supported by both sides
  • two-wheeled - adj. of or relating to vehicles with two wheels
  • twofold - adj. twice as great or many;  having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities;  adv. by a factor of two
  • tying - noun the act of tying or binding things together
  • type - noun a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper;  a subdivision of a particular kind of thing;  all of the tokens of the same symbol;  printed characters;  (biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon;  a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities);  verbidentify as belonging to a certain type;  write by means of a keyboard with types
  • typhoid - noun serious infection marked by intestinal inflammation and ulceration; caused by Salmonella typhosa ingested with food or water
  • typhus - noun rickettsial disease transmitted by body lice and characterized by skin rash and high fever
  • typical - adj. conforming to a type;  exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category;  of a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing
  • typically - adv. in a typical manner
  • tyro - noun someone new to a field or activity
  • tyrol - noun a picturesque mountainous province of western Austria
  • tyrolese - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of the Tyrol or its people
  • tyson - noun United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (born in 1966)

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