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MeSH

  • u - adj. (chiefly British) of or appropriate to the upper classes especially in language use;  noun the 21st letter of the Roman alphabet;  a heavy toxic silvery-white radioactive metallic element; occurs in many isotopes; used for nuclear fuels and nuclear weapons;  a base containing nitrogen that is found in RNA (but not in DNA) and derived from pyrimidine; pairs with adenine
  • udder - noun mammary gland of bovids (cows and sheep and goats)
  • uganda - noun a landlocked republic in eastern Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1962
  • ugly - adj. displeasing to the senses;  provoking horror;  morally reprehensible;  inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
  • uke - noun a small guitar having four strings
  • ulcer - noun a circumscribed inflammatory and often suppurating lesion on the skin or an internal mucous surface resulting in necrosis of tissue
  • ulcerate - verb affect with an ulcer;  undergo ulceration
  • ulcerated - adj. having an ulcer or canker
  • ulceration - noun the process of ulcer formation; the process of becoming ulcerated;  a circumscribed inflammatory and often suppurating lesion on the skin or an internal mucous surface resulting in necrosis of tissue
  • ulcerative - adj. of or relating to or characterized by ulceration
  • ulna - noun the inner and longer of the two bones of the human forearm
  • ulnar - adj. relating to or near the ulna
  • ultimate - adj. being the last or concluding element of a series; furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme;  noun the finest or most superior quality of its kind
  • ultimately - adv. as the end result of a succession or process
  • ultra - adj. (used of opinions and actions) far beyond the norm
  • ultraconservative - adj. extremely conservative;  noun an extreme conservative; an opponent of progress or liberalism
  • ultramarine - adj. of a brilliant pure blue to purplish blue color;  nouna vivid blue to purple-blue color;  blue pigment made of powdered lapis lazuli
  • ultraviolet - adj. having or employing wavelengths shorter than light but longer than X-rays; lying outside the visible spectrum at its violet end;  noun radiation lying in the ultraviolet range; wave lengths shorter than light but longer than X rays
  • umbelliferous - adj. relating to or belonging to plants of the family Umbelliferae
  • umbilical - adj. relating to or resembling the umbilicus;  nounmembranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta
  • umbilicus - noun scar where the umbilical cord was attached
  • umbrella - adj. covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups;  noun having the function of uniting a group of similar things;  a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets;  a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
  • umbria - noun a mountainous region in central Italy
  • un - noun an organization of independent states formed in 1945 to promote international peace and security
  • unable - adj. (usually followed by `to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how;  (usually followed by `to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability;  lacking in power or forcefulness
  • unacceptable - adj. not acceptable; not welcome;  not adequate to give satisfaction;  not conforming to standard usage;  used of persons or their behavior
  • unaccompanied - adj. (of a state or an event) taking place without something specified occurring at the same time;  without accompaniment or companions;  adv. without anybody else
  • unaccountable - adj. not to be accounted for or explained;  free from control or responsibility
  • unaccountably - adv. in an unaccountable manner
  • unaccustomed - adj. not habituated to; unfamiliar with;  not customary or usual
  • unacquainted - adj. having little or no knowledge of;  not knowledgeable about something specified
  • unadvisable - adj. not prudent or wise; not recommended
  • unaffected - adj. undergoing no change when acted upon;  free of artificiality; sincere and genuine;  emotionally unmoved;  unaware of or indifferent to
  • unaided - adj. carried out without aid or assistance
  • unaltered - adj. remaining in an original state
  • unanimity - noun everyone being of one mind
  • unanimous - adj. in complete agreement;  acting together as a single undiversified whole
  • unarmed - adj. (used of persons or the military) not having or using arms;  (used of plants or animals) lacking barbs or stings or thorns
  • unassisted - adj. lacking help;  unsupported by other people
  • unattached - adj. not associated in an exclusive sexual relationship; not fastened together;  (of animals) able to swim about; not attached
  • unattainable - adj. impossible to achieve
  • unattended - adj. lacking accompaniment or a guard or escort;  not watched;  lacking a caretaker
  • unauthorized - adj. not endowed with authority;  without official authorization
  • unavailable - adj. not available or accessible or at hand
  • unavailing - adj. producing no result or effect
  • unavoidable - adj. impossible to avoid or evade:"inescapable conclusion"
  • unavoidably - adv. by necessity
  • unaware - adj. (often followed by `of') not aware;  not aware or knowing
  • unawares - adv. suddenly and unexpectedly;  without forethought or plan; inadvertently;  at a disadvantage
  • unbalanced - adj. debits and credits are not equal;  being or thrown out of equilibrium;  affected with madness or insanity
  • unbearable - adj. incapable of being put up with
  • unbleached - adj. not artificially colored or bleached
  • unbolted - adj. not firmly fastened or secured
  • unborn - adj. not yet brought into existence
  • unbroken - adj. not broken; whole and intact; in one piece; (especially of promises or contracts) not violated or disregarded; marked by continuous or uninterrupted extension in space or time or sequence;  not subdued or trained for service or use;  (of farmland) not plowed
  • unceasing - adj. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing;  continuing forever or indefinitely
  • unceasingly - adv. with unflagging resolve
  • uncertain - adj. ambiguous (especially in the negative);  not established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown;  lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance;  not certain to occur; not inevitable;  not consistent or dependable;  not established or confirmed;  subject to change
  • uncertainty - noun being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance;  the state of being unsure of something
  • unchangeable - adj. not changeable or subject to change
  • unchanged - adj. not made or become different;  remaining in an original state
  • unchanging - adj. conforming to the same principles or course of action over time;  showing little if any change;  not active or moving
  • unchaste - adj. not chaste
  • unchecked - adj. not restrained or controlled
  • unclassified - adj. not arranged in any specific grouping;  not subject to a security classification
  • uncle - noun the brother of your father or mother; the husband of your aunt;  a source of help and advice and encouragement
  • unclean - adj. ritually unclean or impure;  soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
  • uncleanliness - noun lack of cleanly habits
  • uncleanly - adj. habitually unclean
  • uncolored - adj. without color;  not artificially colored or bleached
  • uncombined - adj. not joined or united into one
  • uncomfortable - adj. providing or experiencing physical discomfort; conducive to or feeling mental discomfort
  • uncommon - adj. not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind;  marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind
  • uncommonly - adv. exceptionally
  • uncomplicated - adj. lacking complexity;  easy and not involved or complicated
  • unconditionally - adv. not subject to a condition;  in an unqualified manner
  • uncongenial - adj. used of plant stock or scions; incapable of being grafted;  not suitable to your tastes or needs;  very unfavorable to life or growth
  • unconnected - adj. not joined or linked together;  not connected by birth or family;  lacking orderly continuity
  • unconquered - adj. not conquered
  • unconscious - adj. (followed by `of') not knowing or perceiving;  not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead;  without conscious volition;  noun that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware
  • unconsciously - adv. without awareness
  • unconsciousness - noun a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
  • uncontaminated - adj. free from admixture with noxious elements; clean;  not corrupted by contact or association
  • uncontrollable - adj. incapable of being controlled or managed; difficult to solve or alleviate;  impossible to repress or control;  of persons
  • uncontrolled - adj. not being under control; out of control
  • uncooked - adj. not cooked
  • uncorrected - adj. left faulty or wrong;  not subjected to correction or discipline
  • uncovered - adj. not covered with clothing
  • uncovering - noun the act of discovering something;  the removal of covering
  • unction - noun anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual;  excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm;  semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation;  smug self-serving earnestness
  • unctuous - adj. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
  • uncut - adj. not cut;  (of pages of a book) having adjacent leaves still joined at the fore edge;  not shaped by cutting or trimming;  not cut; complete;  (used of grass or vegetation) not cut down with a hand implement or machine;  not trimmed
  • undecided - adj. not yet having made a commitment;  characterized by indecision;  not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought
  • undeniably - adv. to an undeniable degree or in an undeniable manner
  • under - adj. lower in rank, power, or authority;  located below or beneath something else;  adv. further down;  down below;  below the horizon;  below some quantity or limit;  in or into a state of subordination or subjugation;  down to defeat, death, or ruin;  into unconsciousness;  through a range downward
  • underclothing - noun undergarment worn next to the skin and under the outer garments
  • underdone - adj. insufficiently cooked
  • undergo - verb accept or undergo, often unwillingly;  go through (mental or physical states or experiences);  go or live through
  • undergraduate - noun a university student who has not yet received a first degree
  • underlie - verb be or form the base for;  lie underneath
  • underline - noun a line drawn underneath (especially under written matter);  verb draw a line or lines underneath to call attention to;  give extra weight to (a communication)
  • underlying - adj. located beneath or below;  in the nature of something though not readily apparent;  being or involving basic facts or principles
  • undermine - verb hollow out as if making a cave or opening; destroy property or hinder normal operations
  • underneath - adv. under or below an object or a surface; at a lower place or level; directly beneath;  on the lower or downward side; on the underside of
  • undershirt - noun a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body
  • undersized - adj. smaller than normal for its kind
  • understand - verb know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; perceive (an idea or situation) mentally;  believe to be the case; make sense of a language;  be understanding of
  • understanding - adj. characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy;  noun the cognitive condition of someone who understands;  the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination;  an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion;  the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises
  • understandingly - adv. with understanding
  • understood - adj. fully apprehended as to purport or meaning or explanation;  indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed directly
  • undertake - verb promise to do or accomplish;  enter upon an activity or enterprise;  accept as a charge;  accept as a challenge; enter into a contractual arrangement
  • undertaking - noun any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted;  the trade of a funeral director
  • underwear - noun undergarment worn next to the skin and under the outer garments
  • undescended - adj. (of the testis) remaining in the abdomen instead of descending into the scrotum
  • undesirable - adj. not desirable;  not worthy of being chosen (especially as a spouse);  noun one whose presence is undesirable
  • undesired - adj. not desired
  • undetected - adj. not perceived or discerned
  • undetermined - adj. not yet having been ascertained or determined; not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance;  not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought
  • undeveloped - adj. not developed;  (of real estate) not built upon or ready for building upon;  undeveloped or unused
  • undigested - adj. not digested;  not thought over and arranged systematically in the mind; not absorbed or assimilated mentally
  • undignified - adj. lacking dignity
  • undiluted - adj. not diluted
  • undiscovered - adj. not yet discovered;  not discovered
  • undissolved - adj. retaining a solid form
  • undisturbed - adj. peaceful without disturbance;  untroubled by interference or disturbance
  • undivided - adj. not separated into parts or shares; constituting an undivided unit;  not shared by or among others;  not parted by conflict of opinion;  not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective
  • undone - adj. not done;  not fastened or tied or secured;  thrown into a state of disorganization or incoherence;  doomed to extinction
  • undoubtedly - adv. with certainty
  • undress - noun partial or complete nakedness;  verb get undressed; remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
  • undressed - adj. of lumber or stone or hides; not finished or dressed;  having removed clothing
  • undue - adj. not yet payable;  not appropriate or proper (or even legal) in the circumstances;  lacking justification or authorization; beyond normal limits
  • undulant - adj. resembling waves in form or outline or motion
  • undulatory - adj. resembling waves in form or outline or motion
  • unduly - adv. to an undue degree
  • uneasiness - noun inability to rest or relax or be still;  the trait of seeming ill at ease;  embarrassment deriving from the feeling that others are critically aware of you;  feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable;  physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression)
  • uneasy - adj. relating to bodily unease that causes discomfort; lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance;  not affording rest;  not at ease socially; unsure and constrained in manner;  causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
  • unendurable - adj. incapable of being put up with
  • unequal - adj. poorly balanced or matched in quantity or value or measure;  not equal in amount
  • unequally - adv. in an unequal or partial manner
  • unerringly - adv. without making errors
  • uneven - adj. not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture; lacking consistency;  (of a contest or contestants) not fairly matched as opponents
  • unevenly - adv. in an uneven and irregular way;  in an unequal or partial manner;  in a ragged uneven manner
  • unevenness - noun the quality of being unbalanced;  the quality of being uneven and lacking uniformity
  • unexcelled - adj. not capable of being improved on
  • unexpected - adj. not expected or anticipated;  happening or coming quickly and without warning;  not planned;  made necessary by an unexpected situation or emergency
  • unexpectedly - adv. in a way that was not expected;  without advance planning
  • unexplained - adj. having the reason or cause not made clear;  not explained
  • unfailingly - adv. without fail
  • unfamiliarity - noun unusualness as a consequence of not being well known
  • unfavorable - adj. (of winds or weather) tending to hinder or oppose;  not encouraging or approving or pleasing;  not favorable
  • unfermented - adj. not soured or preserved
  • unfertilized - adj. not having been fertilized
  • unfit - adj. not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition; below the required standards for a purpose;  physically unsound or diseased;  verb make unfit or unsuitable
  • unfitness - noun the condition of not being suitable;  poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury);  lacking the power to perform
  • unfitting - adj. not in keeping with what is correct or proper
  • unfixed - adj. not firmly placed or set or fastened;  lacking definition or definite content
  • unfold - verb spread out or open from a closed or folded state; extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length;  open to the view; develop or come to a promising stage
  • unfortunate - adj. unsuitable or regrettable;  not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune;  not auspicious; boding ill;  noun a person who suffers misfortune
  • unfortunately - adv. by bad luck
  • unglazed - adj. not having a shiny coating;  not furnished with glass
  • ungual - adj. of or relating to a nail or claw or hoof
  • unguent - noun semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
  • unhappily - adv. in an unpleasant way;  in an unfortunate way
  • unhealthful - adj. detrimental to good health;  not sanitary or healthful;  detrimental to health
  • unhealthfulness - noun the quality of promoting poor health
  • unhealthy - adj. not conducive to good health;  not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind;  detrimental to health
  • unhesitatingly - adv. without hesitation
  • unhygienic - adj. so unclean as to be a likely cause of disease
  • unicellular - adj. having or consisting of a single cell
  • unidirectional - adj. operating or moving or allowing movement in one direction only
  • uniform - adj. evenly spaced;  always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences;  not differentiated;  the same throughout in structure or composition;  noun clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification;  verb provide with uniforms
  • uniformity - noun the quality of lacking diversity or variation (even to the point of boredom);  a condition in which everything is regular and unvarying
  • uniformly - adv. in a uniform manner
  • unilateral - adj. involving only one part or side;  tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only
  • unilaterally - adv. in a unilateral manner
  • unimpaired - adj. not damaged or diminished in any respect
  • unimportant - adj. not important;  not important or noteworthy
  • unimproved - adj. not made more desirable or valuable or profitable; especially not made ready for use or marketing;  (of land) not cleared of trees and brush; in the wild or natural state
  • uninfected - adj. free from sepsis or infection
  • uninfluenced - adj. not influenced or affected
  • uninformed - adj. not informed; lacking in knowledge or information
  • uninjured - adj. not injured physically or mentally
  • uninstructed - adj. lacking information or instruction
  • unintelligible - adj. poorly articulated or enunciated, or drowned by noise;  not clearly understood or expressed
  • unintentional - adj. not intentional;  without deliberate intent;  not done or made or performed with purpose or intent
  • unintentionally - adv. without intention; in an unintentional manner
  • uninterrupted - adj. having undisturbed continuity;  continuing in time or space without interruption
  • uninterruptedly - adv. without interruption
  • uninvolved - adj. not involved;  showing lack of emotional involvement
  • union - adj. being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War;  of trade unions;  noun the act of making or becoming a single unit;  a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner);  the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts;  a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets;  an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer;  a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations;  the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War); healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones;  the state of being joined or united or linked;  the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes;  the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
  • unipolar - adj. having a single pole
  • unisexual - adj. relating to only one sex or having only one type of sexual organ; not hermaphroditic
  • unison - noun (music) two or more sounds or tones at the same pitch or in octaves;  occurring together or simultaneously; corresponding exactly
  • unit - noun a single undivided whole;  an organization regarded as part of a larger social group;  a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else;  an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole;  an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity;  any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange
  • unitary - adj. characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is held by one central authority;  of or pertaining to or involving the use of units;  relating to or characterized by or aiming toward unity;  having the indivisible character of a unit
  • unite - verb join or combine;  act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief;  bring together for a common purpose or action or ideology or in a shared situation;  have or possess in combination; become one;  be or become joined or united or linked
  • united - adj. characterized by unity; being or joined into a single entity;  of or relating to two people who are married to each other; involving the joint activity of two or more
  • uniting - noun the act of making or becoming a single unit;  the combination of two or more commercial companies
  • unity - noun the quality of being united into one;  an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
  • universal - adj. adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations;  applicable to or common to all members of a group or set;  of worldwide scope or applicability;  noun a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings;  (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class;  (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages;  coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions
  • universality - noun the quality of being universal; existing everywhere
  • universally - adv. everywhere
  • university - noun establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching;  the body of faculty and students at a university;  a large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees
  • unjustifiable - adj. incapable of being justified or explained
  • unknown - adj. not known;  not known to exist;  being or having an unknown or unnamed source;  not known before;  not famous or acclaimed;  noun a variable whose values are solutions of an equation;  an unknown and unexplored region;  anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
  • unlawful - adj. contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law;  having no legally established claim;  not morally right or permissible; contrary to or forbidden by law;  not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention
  • unlike - adj. marked by dissimilarity;  not equal in amount
  • unlikely - adj. has little chance of being the case or coming about; not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred;  having a probability too low to inspire belief
  • unlimited - adj. having no limits in range or scope;  that cannot be entirely consumed or used up;  without reservation or exception
  • unload - verb take the load off (a container or vehicle);  leave or unload, especially of passengers or cargo
  • unloaded - adj. (of weapons) not charged with ammunition
  • unloading - noun the labor of taking a load of something off of or out of a vehicle or ship or container etc.
  • unmanageable - adj. difficult to manage or control;  incapable of being controlled or managed;  difficult to solve or alleviate;  difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape
  • unmarried - adj. not married or related to the unmarried state
  • unmeaning - adj. signifying nothing
  • unmistakable - adj. clearly evident to the mind;  clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
  • unmistakably - adv. without possibility of mistake;  in a signal manner
  • unmixed - adj. not constituting a compound;  not mixed with extraneous elements
  • unmodified - adj. not changed in form or character
  • unnamed - adj. being or having an unknown or unnamed source
  • unnatural - adj. not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature;  speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression;  distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
  • unnecessarily - adv. without any necessity;  in an unnecessary manner
  • unnecessary - adj. not necessary
  • unnerved - adj. deprived of courage and strength
  • unnoticed - adj. not noticed
  • unobjectionable - adj. not objectionable;  (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers;  not causing disapproval
  • unobstructed - adj. free from impediment or obstruction or hindrance
  • unobtainable - adj. not capable of being obtained
  • unoccupied - adj. not leased to or occupied by a tenant;  not held or filled or in use;  not seized and controlled
  • unofficial - adj. not having official authority or sanction;  not officially established
  • unoiled - adj. not having oil rubbed into the surface;  in need of oil treatment
  • unopened - adj. not yet opened or unsealed
  • unorganized - adj. not having or belonging to a structured whole; not affiliated in a trade union
  • unpaid - adj. not paid;  without payment;  engaged in as a pastime
  • unpalatable - adj. not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind
  • unperceived - adj. not perceived or commented on
  • unpleasant - adj. disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
  • unpopular - adj. regarded with disfavor or lacking general approval
  • unproductive - adj. not producing desired results;  not producing or capable of producing
  • unpropitious - adj. not propitious
  • unprotected - adj. lacking protection or defense
  • unproved - adj. not proved
  • unqualified - adj. lacking specific legal qualifications;  not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training;  not limited or restricted;  lacking the necessary skill or knowledge etc.;  having no right or entitlement
  • unquenchable - adj. impossible to quench
  • unquestionable - adj. not open to question;  incapable of being questioned;  not counterfeit or copied
  • unquestionably - adv. without question;  without question and beyond doubt
  • unquestioned - adj. generally agreed upon; not subject to dispute
  • unravel - verb become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of;  become undone;  disentangle
  • unreasonable - adj. not reasonable; not showing good judgment; beyond normal limits
  • unrecognizable - adj. defying recognition as e.g. because of damage or alteration
  • unrecognized - adj. not recognized;  not having a secure reputation
  • unreduced - adj. not altered by reduction
  • unrefreshed - adj. not rested or refreshed
  • unrelated - adj. not connected by kinship;  lacking a logical or causal relation
  • unreliable - adj. not worthy of reliance or trust;  lacking a sense of responsibility;  liable to be erroneous or misleading;  dangerously unstable and unpredictable
  • unrelieved - adj. not lessened or diminished
  • unremitting - adj. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
  • unreservedly - adv. without reservation
  • unrest - noun a feeling of restless agitation;  a state of agitation or turbulent change or development
  • unrestricted - adj. free of restrictions on conduct;  not restricted or modified in meaning;  not subject to or subjected to restriction;  never having had security classification;  accessible to all
  • unripe - adj. not fully prepared;  not fully developed or mature; not ripe
  • unroll - verb unroll, unfold, or spread out or be unrolled, unfolded, or spread out from a furled state;  reverse the winding or twisting of
  • unruly - adj. of persons;  noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline; unwilling to submit to authority
  • unsafe - adj. involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm;  lacking in security or safety;  not safe from attack
  • unsanitary - adj. not sanitary or healthful
  • unsatisfactory - adj. not giving satisfaction
  • unsatisfied - adj. worried and uneasy;  not having been satisfied
  • unsaturated - adj. (of color) not chromatically pure; diluted;  used of a compound (especially of carbon) containing atoms sharing more than one valence bond;  not saturated; capable of dissolving more of a substance at a given temperature
  • unscientific - adj. not consistent with the methods or principles of science
  • unseasonable - adj. not in keeping with (and usually undesirable for) the season;  badly timed
  • unseen - adj. not seen or perceived;  not observed;  noun a belief that there is a realm controlled by a divine spirit
  • unsettled - adj. not yet settled;  not settled or established;  still in doubt;  subject to change
  • unshod - adj. not shod;  (used of certain religious orders) barefoot or wearing only sandals
  • unsightly - adj. unpleasant to look at
  • unsized - adj. not fashioned to sizes;  not having the surface treated or coated with sizing
  • unsound - adj. of e.g. advice;  not sound financially;  not in good condition; damaged or decayed;  physically unsound or diseased; suffering from severe mental illness;  containing or based on a fallacy
  • unsoundness - noun not mentally or physically healthy;  a misconception that is fallacious and not true or valid;  a condition of damage or decay
  • unspecified - adj. not stated explicitly or in detail
  • unstable - adj. highly or violently reactive;  disposed to psychological variability;  lacking stability or fixity or firmness;  subject to change; variable;  affording no ease or reassurance;  suffering from severe mental illness
  • unstained - adj. not stained;  not having a coating of stain or varnish;  of reputation;  without soil or spot or stain
  • unsteadiness - noun the quality of being unsteady--varying and unpredictable;  the quality of not being steady or securely fixed in place
  • unsterilized - adj. not sterilized
  • unstimulating - adj. not stimulating
  • unstoppered - adj. (of a container) having the stopper removed
  • unsuccessful - adj. not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome;  failing to accomplish an intended result
  • unsuitable - adj. not appropriate for a purpose or occasion;  not meant or adapted for a particular purpose;  not conducive to good moral development;  not worthy of being chosen (especially as a spouse);  not capable of being applied
  • unsuited - adj. not easy to combine harmoniously
  • unsupported - adj. not supported by written evidence;  not held up or borne;  not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid
  • unsuspected - adj. not suspected or believed likely
  • unsweetened - adj. not made sweet
  • unsymmetric - adj. lacking symmetry
  • unsymmetrically - adv. in an asymmetrical manner
  • unsystematized - adj. not done according to a system
  • untaught - adj. lacking in schooling
  • untidy - adj. not neat and tidy
  • untied - adj. not tied;  not bound by shackles and chains;  with laces not tied
  • untouched - adj. still full;  not having come in contact;  not influenced or affected;  emotionally unmoved
  • untoward - adj. contrary to your interests or welfare;  not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society
  • untreated - adj. (of a specimen for study under a microscope) not treated with a reagent or dye;  not subjected to chemical or physical treatment;  not given medical care or treatment
  • untrustworthy - adj. not worthy of trust or belief
  • untruthfulness - noun the quality of being untruthful
  • untwisted - adj. not twisted; formerly twisted but now straight
  • unusual - adj. not commonly encountered;  not usual or common or ordinary;  being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird
  • unusually - adv. to a remarkable degree or extent
  • unvaccinated - adj. not vaccinated
  • unventilated - adj. not ventilated
  • unwarranted - adj. incapable of being justified or explained;  lacking justification or authorization;  without a basis in reason or fact
  • unwary - adj. not alert to danger or deception
  • unwashed - adj. not cleaned with or as if with soap and water;  of or associated with the great masses of people
  • unwholesome - adj. detrimental to physical or moral well-being
  • unwilling - adj. in spite of contrary volition;  not disposed or inclined toward
  • unwise - adj. showing or resulting from lack of judgment or wisdom; not appropriate to the purpose
  • unworthiness - noun the quality or state of lacking merit or value; the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting
  • unworthy - adj. lacking in value or merit;  morally reprehensible
  • unyielding - adj. resistant to physical force or pressure;  stubbornly unyielding
  • up - adj. used up;  (used of computers) operating properly;  open; (usually followed by `on' or `for') in readiness;  extending or moving toward a higher place;  being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level;  out of bed; getting higher or more vigorous;  adv. spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position;  to a later time;  to a more central or a more northerly place;  nearer to the speaker;  to a higher intensity; verb raise
  • up and down - adv. moving backward and forward along a given course;  alternately upward and downward
  • up-to-date - adj. reflecting the latest information or changes;  in accord with the most fashionable ideas or style
  • upholstery - noun the craft of upholstering;  covering (padding and springs and webbing and fabric) on a piece of furniture
  • upper - adj. higher in place or position;  superior in rank or accomplishment;  the topmost one of two;  noun piece of leather or synthetic material that forms the part of a shoe or boot above the sole that encases the foot;  a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression;  the higher of two berths
  • uppermost - adj. at or nearest to the top;  adv. in or into the highest position;  in or into the most prominent position, as in the mind
  • upraised - adj. held up in the air
  • upright - adj. in a vertical position; not sloping;  upright in position or posture;  of moral excellence;  noun a piano with a vertical sounding board;  a vertical structural member as a post or stake
  • upset - adj. used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win; mildly physically distressed;  thrown into a state of disarray or confusion;  afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief;  having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom;  noun the act of upsetting something;  the act of disturbing the mind or body;  a tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging;  an improbable and unexpected victory;  condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning;  an unhappy and worried mental state;  verb disturb the balance or stability of;  defeat suddenly and unexpectedly;  cause to lose one's composure;  form metals with a swage;  move deeply;  cause to overturn from an upright or normal position
  • upsetting - adj. causing an emotional disturbance
  • upside - noun the highest or uppermost side of anything
  • upstairs - adj. on or of upper floors of a building;  adv. on a floor above;  with respect to the mind;  noun the part of a building above the ground floor
  • upward - adj. directed up;  extending or moving toward a higher place;  adv. spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position;  to a later time
  • uranium - noun a heavy toxic silvery-white radioactive metallic element; occurs in many isotopes; used for nuclear fuels and nuclear weapons
  • uranoplasty - noun surgical correction of a defect of the palate
  • urate - noun a salt of uric acid
  • urea - noun the chief solid component of mammalian urine; synthesized from ammonia and carbon dioxide and used as fertilizer and in animal feed and in plastics
  • uremia - noun accumulation in the blood of nitrogenous waste products (urea) that are usually excreted in the urine
  • uremic - adj. of or involving excess nitrogenous waste products in the urine (usually due to kidney insufficiency)
  • ureter - noun either of a pair of thick-walled tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder
  • ureteritis - noun inflammation of the ureter
  • urethane - noun an ester of carbamic acid
  • urethra - noun duct through which urine is discharged in most mammals and which serves as the male genital duct
  • urethral - adj. of or relating to the urethra
  • urethritis - noun inflammation of the urethra; results in painful urination
  • urge - noun a strong restless desire;  an instinctive motive;  verbforce or impel in an indicated direction;  urge on or encourage especially by shouts;  push for something
  • urgency - noun pressing importance requiring speedy action;  an urgent situation calling for prompt action;  the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity;  insistent solicitation and entreaty
  • urgent - adj. compelling immediate action
  • urgently - adv. with great urgency
  • urginea - noun Mediterranean liliaceous plants; sometimes placed in family Hyacinthaceae
  • urging - noun the act of earnestly supporting or encouraging; insistent solicitation and entreaty;  a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
  • uria - noun murres
  • uric - adj. in or relating to or obtained from urine
  • uric acid - noun a white tasteless odorless crystalline product of protein metabolism; found in the blood and urine
  • urinal - noun a plumbing fixture (usually attached to the wall) used by men to urinate
  • urinalysis - noun (medicine) the chemical analysis of urine (for medical diagnosis)
  • urinary - adj. of or relating to the function or production or secretion of urine;  of or relating to the urinary system of the body
  • urinate - verb pass after the manner of urine;  eliminate urine
  • urination - noun the discharge of urine
  • urine - noun liquid excretory product
  • urobilin - noun brown bile pigment formed from urobilinogens and found in feces and in small amounts in urine
  • urticaria - noun an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs
  • urtication - noun a sensation of having been stung by nettles;  an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs
  • us - noun North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
  • usage - noun accepted or habitual practice;  the act of using
  • use - noun the act of using;  a particular service;  (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property;  exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage;  a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition;  what something is used for;  (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing;  verb use up, consume fully;  put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose;  take or consume (regularly or habitually);  habitually do something (use only in the past tense);  seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage; avail oneself to
  • used - adj. employed in accomplishing something;  previously used or owned by another;  of persons; taken advantage of
  • useful - adj. being of use or service;  having a useful function
  • usefully - adv. in a useful manner
  • usefulness - noun the quality of being of practical use
  • useless - adj. having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully
  • usher - noun someone employed to conduct others;  an official stationed at the entrance of a courtroom or legislative chamber;  Irish prelate who deduced from the Bible that Creation occurred in the year 4004 BC (1581-1656);  verb show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
  • using - noun an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
  • ustilago - noun type genus of the Ustilaginaceae; genus comprising the loose smuts
  • usual - adj. occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure; commonly encountered
  • usually - adv. under normal conditions
  • usurped - adj. (used especially of the rights of another) seized and held by force
  • ut - noun the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization;  a state in the western United States; settled in 1847 by Mormons led by Brigham Young;  the local time at the 0 meridian passing through Greenwich, England; it is the same everywhere
  • utensil - noun an implement for practical use (especially in a household)
  • uterine - adj. of or involving the uterus
  • uterus - noun a hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity of females; contains the developing fetus
  • utility - adj. capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team;  used of beef; usable but inferior;  noun the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility;  a facility composed of one or more pieces of equipment connected to or part of a structure and designed to provide a service such as heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal;  the quality of being of practical use;  a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation;  (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice;  (computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer
  • utilization - noun the state of having been made use of;  the act of using
  • utilize - verb convert (from an investment trust to a unit trust);  put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  • utilized - adj. put to use
  • utmost - adj. (comparatives of `far') most remote in space or time or order;  highest in extent or degree;  of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity;  noun the greatest possible degree
  • utter - adj. total;  without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers;  verb express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words);  put into circulation;  articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise;  express in speech
  • utterance - noun the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  • utterly - adv. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
  • uveal - adj. of or relating to the uvea of the eye
  • uvula - noun a small pendant fleshy lobe at the back of the soft palate
  • v - noun the 22nd letter of the Roman alphabet;  a unit of potential equal to the potential difference between two points on a conductor carrying a current of 1 ampere when the power dissipated between the two points is 1 watt; equivalent to the potential difference across a resistance of 1 ohm when 1 ampere of current flows through it;  a soft silvery white toxic metallic element used in steel alloys; it occurs in several complex minerals including carnotite and vanadinite
  • v-shaped - adj. shaped in the form of the letter V
  • va - noun the United States federal department responsible for the interests of military veterans; created in 1989;  a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
  • vacancy - noun being unoccupied;  an empty area or space
  • vacant - adj. without an occupant or incumbent;  void of thought or knowledge
  • vacation - noun the act of making something legally void;  leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure;  verb spend or take a vacation
  • vaccina - noun a local infection induced in humans by inoculation with the virus causing cowpox in order to confer resistance to smallpox; normally lasts three weeks and leaves a pitted scar
  • vaccinated - adj. having been rendered unsusceptible to a disease
  • vaccination - noun the scar left following inoculation with a vaccine; taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
  • vaccine - noun immunogen consisting of a suspension of weakened or dead pathogenic cells injected in order to stimulate the production of antibodies
  • vaccinia - noun a local infection induced in humans by inoculation with the virus causing cowpox in order to confer resistance to smallpox; normally lasts three weeks and leaves a pitted scar;  a viral disease of cattle causing a mild skin disease affecting the udder; formerly used to inoculate humans against smallpox
  • vacillating - adj. uncertain in purpose or action
  • vacuolated - adj. formed into or containing one or more vacuoles or small membrane-bound cavities within a cell
  • vacuolation - noun the state of having become filled with vacuoles
  • vacuolization - noun the state of having become filled with vacuoles
  • vacuous - adj. devoid of matter;  void of expression;  devoid of significance or point;  devoid of intelligence
  • vacuum - noun an electrical home appliance that cleans by suction; a region that is devoid of matter;  the absence of matter;  an empty area or space;  verb clean with a vacuum cleaner
  • vagina - noun the lower part of the female reproductive tract; a moist canal in female mammals extending from the labia minora to the uterus
  • vaginal - adj. of or relating to the vagina
  • vaginismus - noun muscular contraction that causes the vagina to close; usually an anxiety reaction before coitus or pelvic examination
  • vaginitis - noun inflammation of the vagina (usually associated with candidiasis)
  • vague - adj. not clearly understood or expressed;  not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished;  lacking clarity or distinctness
  • vaguely - adv. in a vague way
  • vagueness - noun indistinctness of shape or character;  unclearness by virtue of being poorly expressed or not coherent in meaning
  • vagus - noun a mixed nerve that supplies the pharynx and larynx and lungs and heart and esophagus and stomach and most of the abdominal viscera
  • valent - adj. (chemistry) having valence; usually used in combination
  • valentine - noun a card sent or given (as to a sweetheart) on Saint Valentine's Day;  a sweetheart chosen to receive a greeting on Saint Valentine's Day
  • valerian - noun a plant of the genus Valeriana having lobed or dissected leaves and cymose white or ink flowers
  • valeriana - noun genus of widely distributed perennial herbs and some shrubs
  • valid - adj. still legally acceptable;  well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force
  • valley - noun a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river
  • valparaiso - noun the chief port and second largest city of Chile; located on a wide harbor in central Chile
  • valuable - adj. having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange;  having worth or merit or value;  noun something of value
  • value - noun relative darkness or lightness of a color;  the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed;  an ideal accepted by some individual or group;  the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else;  (music) the relative duration of a musical note;  verbfix or determine the value of; assign a value to;  estimate the value of;  place a value on; judge the worth of something;  regard highly; think much of;  hold dear
  • valued - adj. (usually used in combination) having value of a specified kind;  held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature
  • valueless - adj. of no value
  • values - noun beliefs of a person or social group in which they have an emotional investment (either for or against something)
  • valve - noun control consisting of a mechanical device for controlling the flow of a fluid;  device in a brass wind instrument for varying the length of the air column to alter the pitch of a tone;  a structure in a hollow organ (like the heart) with a flap to insure one-way flow of fluid through it
  • valved - adj. (of brass instruments) having valves
  • valvular - adj. relating to or operating by means of valves
  • valvulitis - noun inflammation of a valve (especially of a cardiac valve as a consequence of rheumatic fever)
  • vanilla - adj. plain and without any extras or adornments;  flavored with vanilla extract;  noun a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans;  a flavoring prepared from vanilla beans macerated in alcohol (or imitating vanilla beans);  any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers
  • vanillin - noun a crystalline compound found in vanilla beans and some balsam resins; used in perfumes and flavorings
  • vanish - verb decrease rapidly and disappear;  cease to exist; become invisible or unnoticeable;  get lost, as without warning or explanation;  pass away rapidly
  • vanished - adj. having passed out of existence
  • vantage - noun place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective);  the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
  • vapor - noun a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance;  the process of becoming a vapor
  • vaporized - adj. converted into a gas or vapor
  • vapors - noun a state of depression
  • var - noun a unit of electrical power in an AC circuit equal to the power dissipated when 1 volt produces a current of 1 ampere
  • vara - noun a Spanish unit of length (about a yard) having different values in different localities
  • variability - noun the quality of being subject to variation;  the quality of being uneven and lacking uniformity
  • variable - adj. (used of a device) designed so that a property (as e.g. light) can be varied;  liable to or capable of change;  marked by diversity or difference;  noun a quantity that can assume any of a set of values;  a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity;  something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation;  a star that varies noticeably in brightness
  • variably - adv. with variation; in a variable manner or to a variable degree
  • variance - noun an official dispensation to act contrary to a rule or regulation (typically a building regulation);  the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value;  an activity that varies from a norm or standard;  the quality of being subject to variation;  a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions;  discord that splits a group;  an event that departs from expectations
  • variant - adj. differing from a norm or standard;  exhibiting or tending to variation and change;  noun something a little different from others of the same type;  a variable quantity that is random;  an event that departs from expectations;  (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
  • variation - noun an activity that varies from a norm or standard;  the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard;  an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard; a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished;  an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change;  (astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon); the process of varying or being varied;  (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure;  something a little different from others of the same type;  (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration;  the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
  • varicella - noun an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body
  • varicocele - noun dilatation of the veins associated with the spermatic cord in the testes
  • varicose - adj. abnormally swollen or knotty
  • varicosity - noun varix or varicose condition in which a vein is swollen and tortuous
  • varied - adj. broken away from sameness or identity or duplication; widely different;  characterized by variety
  • variegated - adj. having a variety of colors
  • variety - noun a difference that is usually pleasant;  (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics;  noticeable heterogeneity;  a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality;  a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances;  a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
  • variola - noun a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars
  • variolous - adj. relating to small pox
  • various - adj. considered individually;  of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity;  distinctly dissimilar or unlike;  having great diversity or variety
  • variously - adv. in diverse ways
  • varix - noun abnormally enlarged or twisted blood vessel or lymphatic vessel
  • varnish - noun paint that provides a hard glossy transparent coating;  verb cover with varnish
  • varnished - adj. having a coating of stain or varnish
  • vary - verb make something more diverse and varied;  be subject to change in accordance with a variable;  make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence;  be at variance with; be out of line with
  • varying - adj. marked by diversity or difference
  • vas - noun a tube in which a body fluid circulates
  • vascular - adj. of or relating to or having vessels that conduct and circulate fluids
  • vascularity - noun the property being vascular
  • vascularization - noun the organic process whereby body tissue becomes vascular and develops capillaries
  • vase - noun an open jar of glass or porcelain used as an ornament or to hold flowers
  • vasoconstrictor - noun any agent that causes a narrowing of an opening of a blood vessel: cold or stress or nicotine or epinephrine or norepinephrine or angiotensin or vasopressin or certain drugs; maintains or increases blood pressure
  • vasodilator - noun a drug that causes dilation of blood vessels
  • vasomotor - adj. relating to the nerves and muscles that cause the blood vessels to constrict or dilate
  • vast - adj. unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
  • vastly - adv. to an exceedingly great extent or degree
  • vaughan - noun United States jazz singer noted for her complex bebop phrasing and scat singing (1924-1990)
  • vault - noun the act of jumping over an obstacle;  an arched brick or stone ceiling or roof;  a burial chamber (usually underground);  a strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for safekeeping of valuables;  verb bound vigorously;  jump across or leap over (an obstacle)
  • vaulting - adj. revealing excessive self-confidence; reaching for the heights;  noun (architecture) a vaulted structure;  a light leap by a horse in which both hind legs leave the ground before the forelegs come down
  • veal - noun meat from a calf
  • veau - noun meat from a calf
  • vegetable - adj. of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from plants;  noun edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant;  any of various herbaceous plants cultivated for an edible part such as the fruit or the root of the beet or the leaf of spinach or the seeds of bean plants or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower
  • vegetarian - noun eater of fruits and grains and nuts; someone who eats no meat or fish or (often) any animal products
  • vegetation - noun inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life;  an abnormal growth or excrescence (especially a warty excrescence on the valves of the heart);  all the plant life in a particular region or period;  the process of growth in plants
  • vegetative - adj. relating to involuntary bodily functions;  of or relating to an activity that is passive and monotonous;  composed of vegetation or plants;  (of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes
  • vehicle - noun a conveyance that transports people or objects;  a medium for the expression or achievement of something;  a substance that facilitates the use of a drug or pigment or other material that is mixed with it;  any inanimate object (as a towel or money or clothing or dishes or books or toys etc.) that can transmit infectious agents from one person to another
  • vein - noun one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect;  a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart;  a distinctive style or manner;  a layer of ore between layers of rock;  any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ;  verb make a veinlike pattern
  • velocity - noun distance travelled per unit time
  • velvety - adj. resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface; smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste
  • vena - noun a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart
  • venereal - adj. of or relating to the external sex organs
  • venesection - noun surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis
  • venetian - adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Venice or its people;  noun a resident of Venice
  • veneto - noun a region of northeastern Italy on the Adriatic
  • venice - noun the provincial capital of Veneto; built on 118 islands within a lagoon in the Gulf of Venice; has canals instead of streets; one of Italy's major ports and a famous tourist attraction
  • venom - noun toxin secreted by animals; secreted by certain snakes and poisonous insects (e.g., spiders and scorpions);  feeling a need to see others suffer
  • venomous - adj. marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful;  harsh or corrosive in tone;  extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
  • venous - adj. of or contained in or performing the function of the veins
  • vent - noun external opening of urinary or genital system of a lower vertebrate;  a hole for the escape of gas or air;  a slit in a garment (as in the back seam of a jacket);  a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt;  activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion; verb expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen;  give expression or utterance to
  • vented - adj. supplied with a vent or vents for intake of air or discharge of gases
  • venter - noun a bulging body part (as the belly of a muscle);  the womb;  a speaker who expresses or gives vent to a personal opinion or grievance;  the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
  • ventilate - verb furnish with an opening to allow air to circulate or gas to escape;  circulate through and freshen;  expose to the circulation of fresh air so as to retard spoilage;  expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen;  give expression or utterance to
  • ventilated - adj. exposed to air
  • ventilation - noun the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air;  a mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air; the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation;  free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest
  • ventilator - noun a device (such as a fan) that introduces fresh air or expels foul air;  a device that facilitates breathing in cases of respiratory failure
  • venting - noun the act of venting
  • ventral - adj. toward or on or near the belly (front of a primate or lower surface of a lower animal);  nearest to or facing toward the axis of an organ or organism
  • ventricle - noun a chamber of the heart that receives blood from an atrium and pumps it to the arteries;  one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
  • ventricular - adj. of or relating to a ventricle (of the heart or brain)
  • venture - noun any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome;  a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit;  an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits;  verb proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers;  put at risk;  put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
  • veranda - noun a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)
  • veratrum - noun a genus of coarse poisonous perennial herbs; sometimes placed in subfamily Melanthiaceae
  • verbal - adj. communicated in the form of words;  prolix;  relating to or having facility in the use of words;  expressed in spoken words;  of or relating to or formed from a verb;  of or relating to or formed from words in general
  • verdict - noun (law) the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to it for decision; can be used in formulating a judgment
  • verdigris - noun a green patina that forms on copper or brass or bronze that has been exposed to the air or water for long periods of time;  a blue or green powder used as a paint pigment;  verb color verdigris
  • verge - noun a grass border along a road;  the limit beyond which something happens or changes;  a ceremonial or emblematic staff;  a region marking a boundary;  verb border on; come close to
  • verified - adj. proved to be true;  supported or established by evidence or proof
  • verify - verb confirm the truth of;  attach or append a legal verification to (a pleading or petition);  to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true;  verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments
  • veritable - adj. not counterfeit or copied;  often used as intensifiers
  • verity - noun an enduring or necessary ethical or religious or aesthetic truth;  conformity to reality or actuality
  • vermicelli - noun pasta in strings thinner than spaghetti
  • vermicide - noun an agent that kills worms (especially those in the intestines)
  • vermicular - adj. decorated with wormlike tracery or markings
  • vermiform - adj. resembling a worm; long and thin and cylindrical
  • vermifuge - noun a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms
  • vermilion - adj. of a vivid red to reddish-orange color;  noun a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge; verb color vermilion
  • vermin - noun any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats;  an irritating or obnoxious person
  • verminous - adj. of the nature of vermin; very offensive or repulsive
  • vernal - adj. of or characteristic of or occurring in spring;  suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
  • vernix - noun a white cheeselike protective material that covers the skin of a fetus
  • veronal - noun a barbiturate used as a hypnotic
  • veronica - noun any plant of the genus Veronica
  • verruca - noun (pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus
  • verrucose - adj. (of skin) covered with warts or projections that resemble warts
  • verse - noun a piece of poetry;  a line of metrical text;  literature in metrical form;  verb familiarize through thorough study or experience; compose verses or put into verse
  • versed - adj. thoroughly acquainted through study or experience; noun an injectable form of benzodiazepine (trade name Versed) useful for sedation and for reducing pain during uncomfortable medical procedures
  • version - noun manual turning of a fetus in the uterus (usually to aid delivery);  something a little different from others of the same type; an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint;  a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something;  a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form;  a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language
  • vertebra - noun one of the bony segments of the spinal column
  • vertebral - adj. of or relating to or constituting vertebrae
  • vertex - noun the point of intersection of lines or the point opposite the base of a figure;  the highest point (of something)
  • vertical - adj. of or relating to different levels in a hierarchy (as levels of social class or income group);  at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line;  relating to or involving all stages of a business from production to distribution;  upright in position or posture;  noun something that is oriented vertically;  a vertical structural member as a post or stake
  • vertically - adv. in a vertical direction
  • vertiginous - adj. having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling
  • vertigo - noun a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall
  • very - adj. precisely as stated;  being the exact same one; not any other:;  adv. used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal;  precisely so
  • vesical - adj. of or relating to a bladder (especially the urinary bladder)
  • vesicant - adj. causing blisters;  noun a chemical agent that causes blistering (especially mustard gas)
  • vesicate - verb get blistered
  • vesication - noun the formation of vesicles
  • vesicatory - adj. causing blisters;  noun a chemical agent that causes blistering (especially mustard gas)
  • vesicle - noun a small anatomically normal sac or bladderlike structure (especially one containing fluid)
  • vesicular - adj. of or relating to or involving vesicles
  • vesiculitis - noun inflammation of a seminal vesicle (usually in conjunction with prostatitis)
  • vessel - noun a craft designed for water transportation;  an object used as a container (especially for liquids);  a tube in which a body fluid circulates
  • vest - noun a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat;  a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body;  verbclothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes;  clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments;  become legally vested;  place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons; provide with power and authority
  • vestibular - adj. relating to the sense of equilibrium
  • vestibule - noun any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina);  a large entrance or reception room or area
  • veterinarian - noun a doctor who practices veterinary medicine
  • veterinary - adj. of or relating to veterinarians or veterinary medicine;  noun a doctor who practices veterinary medicine
  • vex - verb subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation;  be a mystery or bewildering to;  change the arrangement or position of;  disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress;  cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • vi - noun more than 130 southeastern Virgin Islands; a dependent territory of the United States
  • viability - noun (of living things) capable of normal growth and development;  capable of being done in a practical and useful way
  • viable - adj. capable of life or normal growth and development; capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are
  • vial - noun a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)
  • viborg - noun a town of Denmark in north central Jutland
  • vibrating - adj. moving very rapidly to and fro or up and down
  • vibration - noun the act of vibrating;  a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively;  (physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean;  a shaky motion;  a distinctive emotional atmosphere; sensed intuitively
  • vibratory - adj. moving very rapidly to and fro or up and down
  • viburnum - noun deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees: arrow-wood; wayfaring tree
  • vicarious - adj. suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another;  occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function;  experienced at secondhand
  • vicariously - adv. indirectly, as, by, or through a substitute
  • vice - noun a specific form of evildoing;  moral weakness
  • vichy - noun a town in central France (south of Paris) noted for hot mineral springs; was capital of the unoccupied part of France during World War II
  • vicinity - noun a surrounding or nearby region
  • vicious - adj. marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful;  (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure;  having the nature of vice
  • victim - noun an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance;  a person who is tricked or swindled
  • victoria - noun capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia on Vancouver Island;  a state in southeastern Australia;  port city and the capital of Seychelles;  a town in southeast Texas southeast of San Antonio;  a waterfall in the Zambezi River on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia; diminishes seasonally;  (Roman mythology) goddess of victory; counterpart of Greek Nike;  queen of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India from 1837 to 1901; the last Hanoverian ruler of England (1819-1901)
  • vie - verb compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
  • vienna - noun the capital and largest city of Austria; located on the Danube in northeastern Austria; was the home of Beethoven and Brahms and Haydn and Mozart and Schubert and Strauss
  • view - noun the act of looking or seeing or observing;  outward appearance;  the visual percept of a region;  purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'; the range of the eye;  graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept;  the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated;  a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty;  a way of regarding situations or topics etc.;  a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof;  verb look at carefully; study mentally;  deem to be;  see or watch
  • viewpoint - noun a mental position from which things are viewed;  a place from which something can be viewed
  • vigilance - noun vigilant attentiveness;  the process of paying close and continuous attention
  • vigor - noun active strength of body or mind;  an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing);  forceful exertion
  • vigorous - adj. characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity;  strong and active physically or mentally
  • vigorously - adv. with vigor; in a vigorous manner
  • village - noun a community of people smaller than a town;  a settlement smaller than a town;  a mainly residential district of Manhattan; `the Village' became a home for many writers and artists in the 20th century
  • vine - noun a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
  • vinegar - noun sour-tasting liquid produced usually by oxidation of the alcohol in wine or cider and used as a condiment or food preservative;  dilute acetic acid
  • vinifera - noun common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
  • vinous - adj. of or relating to wine
  • violate - verb destroy;  fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns;  destroy and strip of its possession;  act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises;  force (someone) to have sex against their will;  violate the sacred character of a place or language
  • violation - noun an act that disregards an agreement or a right; entry to another's property without right or permission;  a disrespectful act;  a crime less serious than a felony;  the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
  • violence - noun an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists);  a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.; the property of being wild or turbulent
  • violent - adj. (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud;  effected by force or injury rather than natural causes;  acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity; characterized by violence or bloodshed;  marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
  • violently - adv. in a violent manner
  • violet - adj. of a color intermediate between red and blue;  noun a variable color that lies beyond blue in the spectrum;  any of numerous low-growing violas with small flowers
  • violin - noun bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow
  • virchow - noun German pathologist who recognized that all cells come from cells by binary fission and who emphasized cellular abnormalities in disease (1821-1902)
  • virgil - noun a Roman poet; author of the epic poem `Aeneid' (70-19 BC)
  • virgin - adj. being used or worked for the first time;  in a state of sexual virginity;  noun a person who has never had sex;  the sixth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about August 23 to September 22;  (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Virgo
  • virginal - adj. untouched or undefiled;  characteristic of a virgin or virginity;  in a state of sexual virginity;  noun a legless rectangular harpsichord; played (usually by women) in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • virtual - adj. existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact; being actually such in almost every respect
  • virtually - adv. in essence or effect but not in fact;  (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished
  • virtue - noun the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong;  a particular moral excellence;  morality with respect to sexual relations;  any admirable quality or attribute
  • virulence - noun extreme hostility;  extreme harmfulness (as the capacity of a microorganism to cause disease)
  • virulent - adj. infectious; having the ability to cause disease;  harsh or corrosive in tone;  extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
  • virus - noun (virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein;  a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer;  a harmful or corrupting agency
  • viscera - noun internal organs collectively (especially those in the abdominal cavity)
  • visceral - adj. relating to or affecting the viscera;  obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or observation
  • viscid - adj. having the sticky properties of an adhesive
  • viscidity - noun the property of being cohesive and sticky
  • viscous - adj. having the sticky properties of an adhesive;  having a relatively high resistance to flow
  • viscum - noun type genus of the Viscaceae: Old World evergreen shrubs parasitic on many trees including oaks but especially apple trees, poplars, aspens and cottonwoods
  • viscus - noun a main organ that is situated inside the body
  • vise - noun a holding device attached to a workbench; has two jaws to hold workpiece firmly in place
  • visible - adj. present and easily available;  obvious to the eye; capable of being seen; or open to easy view
  • visibly - adv. so as to be visible;  in a visible manner
  • vision - noun the perceptual experience of seeing;  a vivid mental image;  a religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance;  the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses;  the ability to see; the visual faculty
  • visit - noun the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity;  the act of visiting in an official capacity (as for an inspection);  the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time;  a meeting arranged by the visitor to see someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) for treatment or advice;  a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest);  verb assail;  come to see in an official or professional capacity;  pay a brief visit;  visit a place, as for entertainment;  stay with as a guest;  impose something unpleasant; talk socially without exchanging too much information;  go to certain places as for sightseeing
  • visiting - noun the activity of making visits
  • visitor - noun someone who visits
  • visual - adj. able to be seen;  relating to or using sight
  • visually - adv. with respect to vision
  • vital - adj. manifesting or characteristic of life;  performing an essential function in the living body;  full of spirit;  urgently needed; absolutely necessary
  • vitality - noun an energetic style;  the property of being able to survive and grow;  (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms;  a healthy capacity for vigorous activity
  • vitally - adv. to a vital degree
  • vitamin - noun any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism
  • vitiate - verb take away the legal force of or render ineffective;  make imperfect;  corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
  • vitiated - adj. ruined in character or quality;  impaired by diminution
  • vitiliginous - adj. of or relating to or having vitiligo
  • vitiligo - noun an acquired skin disease characterized by patches of unpigmented skin (often surrounded by a heavily pigmented border)
  • vitis - noun the type genus of the family Vitaceae; woody vines with simple leaves and small flowers; includes a wide variety of grapes
  • vitreous - adj. relating to or resembling or derived from or containing glass;  of or relating to or constituting the vitreous humor of the eye; (of ceramics) having the surface made shiny and nonporous by fusing a vitreous solution to it
  • vitriol - noun (H2SO4) a highly corrosive acid made from sulfur dioxide; widely used in the chemical industry;  abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will;  verb subject to bitter verbal abuse;  expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol
  • vitus - noun Christian martyr and patron of those who suffer from epilepsy and Sydenham's chorea (died around 300)
  • vivid - adj. having the clarity and freshness of immediate experience;  (of color) having the highest saturation;  having striking color;  evoking lifelike images within the mind
  • vividly - adv. in a vivid manner
  • viviparous - adj. producing living young (not eggs)
  • vocal - adj. full of the sound of voices;  having or using the power to produce speech or sound;  relating to or designed for or using the singing voice;  given to expressing yourself freely or insistently;  nouna short musical composition with words;  music intended to be performed by one or more singers, usually with instrumental accompaniment
  • vocalization - noun the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication;  the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract
  • vocalizing - noun the act of singing vocal music
  • vocation - noun the particular occupation for which you are trained; a body of people doing the same kind of work
  • vocative - adj. relating to a case used in some languages;  noun the case (in some inflected languages) used when the referent of the noun is being addressed
  • vogue - noun the popular taste at a given time;  a current state of general acceptance and use
  • voice - noun a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated;  the distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech;  the ability to speak;  the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract; something suggestive of speech in being a medium of expression;  a sound suggestive of a vocal utterance;  (metonymy) a singer; (linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes; the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music;  expressing in coherent verbal form;  an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose;  verb give voice to; utter with vibrating vocal chords
  • void - adj. containing nothing;  lacking any legal or binding force; noun an empty area or space;  the state of nonexistence;  verb clear (a room, house, place) of occupants or empty or clear (a place or receptacle) of something;  excrete or discharge from the body;  take away the legal force of or render ineffective;  declare invalid
  • voiding - noun the bodily process of discharging waste matter
  • volar - adj. relating to the palm of the hand or the sole of the foot
  • volatile - adj. tending to vary often or widely;  evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures;  marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments;  liable to lead to sudden change or violence;  noun a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor
  • volatility - noun the trait of being unpredictably irresolute;  the property of changing readily from a solid or liquid to a vapor;  being easily excited
  • volatilizable - adj. (used of substances) capable of being volatilized
  • volatilized - adj. converted into a gas or vapor
  • volition - noun the act of making a choice;  the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention
  • volt - noun a unit of potential equal to the potential difference between two points on a conductor carrying a current of 1 ampere when the power dissipated between the two points is 1 watt; equivalent to the potential difference across a resistance of 1 ohm when 1 ampere of current flows through it
  • volt-ampere - noun a unit of electrical power in an AC circuit equal to the power dissipated when 1 volt produces a current of 1 ampere
  • voltage - noun the rate at which energy is drawn from a source that produces a flow of electricity in a circuit; expressed in volts;  the difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts
  • voltaic - adj. pertaining to or producing electric current by chemical action;  noun a group of Niger-Congo languages spoken primarily in southeastern Mali and northern Ghana
  • voltmeter - noun meter that measures the potential difference between two points
  • volume - noun the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction);  a publication that is one of a set of several similar publications;  the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object;  a relative amount;  physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together;  the property of something that is great in magnitude
  • volumetric - adj. of or relating to measurement by volume
  • voluminous - adj. large in volume or bulk;  large in number or quantity (especially of discourse);  marked by repeated turns and bends
  • voluntarily - adv. out of your own free will
  • voluntary - adj. of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled;  controlled by individual volition;  noun composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance;  (military) a person who freely enlists for service
  • voluptuary - adj. displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses;  noun a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
  • voluted - adj. in the shape of a coil
  • volution - noun a rolling or revolving motion
  • volvulus - noun abnormal twisting of the intestines (usually in the are of the ileum or sigmoid colon) resulting in intestinal obstruction
  • vomer - noun thin trapezoidal bone of the skull forming the posterior and inferior parts of the nasal septum
  • vomit - noun the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth;  the matter ejected in vomiting;  a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting;  verb eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • vomiting - noun the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • vomitus - noun the matter ejected in vomiting
  • voracious - adj. devouring or craving food in great quantities; excessively greedy and grasping
  • voyage - noun a journey to some distant place;  an act of traveling by water;  verb travel by boat propelled by wind or by other means
  • vulcanite - noun a hard nonresilient rubber formed by vulcanizing natural rubber
  • vulcanized - adj. (used of rubber) treated by a chemical or physical process to improve its properties (hardness and strength and odor and elasticity)
  • vulnerability - noun susceptibility to injury or attack;  the state of being vulnerable or exposed
  • vulnerable - adj. capable of being wounded or hurt;  susceptible to criticism or persuasion or temptation;  susceptible to attack
  • vulva - noun external parts of the female genitalia
  • vulvar - adj. of or relating to the vulva
  • vulvitis - noun inflammation of the vulva
  • vulvovaginitis - noun inflammation of the vulva and the vagina
  • w - noun the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet;  a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm;  the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees;  a heavy grey-white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite
  • wad - noun a small mass of soft material;  a wad of something chewable as tobacco;  (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;  verb compress into a wad;  crowd or pack to capacity
  • wadding - noun any material used especially to protect something
  • waddle - noun walking with short steps and the weight tilting from one foot to the other;  verb walk unsteadily
  • wafer - noun thin disk of unleavened bread used in a religious service (especially in the celebration of the Eucharist);  a small thin crisp cake or cookie;  a small adhesive disk of paste; used to seal letters
  • wafer-like - adj. resembling a thin crisp wafer
  • wagon - noun any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by a horse or tractor;  a child's four-wheeled toy cart sometimes used for coasting;  a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat;  van used by police to transport prisoners;  a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
  • wahoo - noun large fast-moving predacious food and game fish; found worldwide;  deciduous shrub having purple capsules enclosing scarlet seeds;  upright deciduous plant with crimson pods and seeds; the eastern United States from New York to Florida and Texas
  • waist - noun the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips; the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
  • wait - noun the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something);  time during which some action is awaited; verb serve as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant;  stay in one place and anticipate or expect something;  wait before acting;  look forward to the probable occurrence of
  • waiting - adj. being and remaining ready and available for use;  nounthe act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
  • wake - noun a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial;  the wave that spreads behind a boat as it moves forward;  an island in the western Pacific between Guam and Hawaii;  the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event);  verb be awake, be alert, be there;  make aware of;  stop sleeping;  cause to become awake or conscious;  arouse or excite feelings and passions
  • wakeful - adj. carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger;  marked by full consciousness or alertness;  (of sleep) easily disturbed
  • wakefulness - noun a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world;  a temporary state in which you are unable (or unwilling) to sleep;  the process of paying close and continuous attention
  • waking - adj. marked by full consciousness or alertness;  noun the state of remaining awake
  • wales - noun one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; during Roman times the region was known as Cambria
  • walk - noun the act of traveling by foot;  the act of walking somewhere;  a slow gait of a horse in which two feet are always on the ground;  a path set aside for walking;  manner of walking; (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls;  careers in general;  verb obtain a base on balls;  give a base on balls to;  take a walk; go for a walk; walk for pleasure;  use one's feet to advance; advance by steps;  make walk;  accompany or escort; traverse or cover by walking;  walk at a pace;  be or act in association with;  live or behave in a specified manner
  • walking - adj. close enough to be walked to;  noun the act of traveling by foot
  • walking stick - noun any of various mostly tropical insects having long twiglike bodies;  a stick carried in the hand for support in walking
  • wall - noun an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure;  a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden); a layer of material that encloses space;  (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure;  anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect;  a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain);  a difficult or awkward situation;  an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes;  verb surround with a wall in order to fortify
  • walnut - noun nut of any of various walnut trees having a wrinkled two-lobed seed with a hard shell;  any of various trees of the genus Juglans;  hard dark-brown wood of any of various walnut trees; used especially for furniture and paneling
  • walter - noun German conductor (1876-1962)
  • wander - verb go via an indirect route or at no set pace;  lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking;  move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment;  to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course;  be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
  • wandering - adj. of a path e.g.;  having no fixed course;  (of groups of people) tending to travel and change settlements frequently;  nountravelling about without any clear destination
  • want - noun a specific feeling of desire;  anything that is necessary but lacking;  the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;  a state of extreme poverty;  verb wish or demand the presence of;  have need of;  hunt or look for; want for a particular reason;  be without, lack; be deficient in;  feel or have a desire for; want strongly
  • wanted - adj. desired or wished for or sought;  characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for
  • wanting - adj. inadequate in amount or degree;  not existing
  • war - noun a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious; the waging of armed conflict against an enemy;  an active struggle between competing entities;  a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply;  verb make or wage war
  • ward - noun block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care;  a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections;  a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another;  United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913);  English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920);  English economist and conservationist (1914-1981);  a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells);  verb watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect
  • wardrobe - noun a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes; collection of clothing belonging to one person;  collection of costumes belonging to a theatrical company
  • ware - noun articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: `silverware', `software';  commodities offered for sale; verb spend extravagantly
  • warfare - noun the waging of armed conflict against an enemy;  an active struggle between competing entities
  • warm - adj. of a seeker; near to the object sought;  uncomfortable because of possible danger or trouble;  characterized by liveliness or excitement or disagreement;  having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat; psychologically warm; friendly and responsive;  (color) inducing the impression of warmth; used especially of reds and oranges and yellows;  characterized by strong enthusiasm;  easily aroused or excited;  freshly made or left;  having or displaying warmth or affection;  adv. in a warm manner;  verb make warm or warmer;  get warm or warmer
  • warm-blooded - adj. having warm blood (in animals whose body temperature is internally regulated)
  • warmed - adj. having been warmed up
  • warmer - noun device that heats water or supplies warmth to a room
  • warming - adj. imparting heat;  producing the sensation of heat when applied to the body;  noun warm weather following a freeze; snow and ice melt;  the process of becoming warmer; a rising temperature
  • warmly - adv. in a warm manner;  in a hearty manner
  • warmth - noun the quality of having a moderate degree of heat;  a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love;  the trait of being intensely emotional;  the sensation caused by heat energy;  a warmhearted feeling
  • warn - verb notify, usually in advance;  ask to go away;  notify of danger, potential harm, or risk;  admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
  • warning - adj. serving to warn;  noun a message informing of danger;  cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger)
  • warrant - noun a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts;  a type of security issued by a corporation (usually together with a bond or preferred stock) that gives the holder the right to purchase a certain amount of common stock at a stated price;  a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications;  formal and explicit approval;  verb stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of;  show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
  • warranted - adj. secured by written agreement
  • warren - noun a colony of rabbits;  an overcrowded residential area; a series of connected underground tunnels occupied by rabbits; United States jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1891-1974);  United States writer and poet (1905-1989)
  • warsaw - noun the capital and largest city of Poland; located in central Poland
  • wart - noun (pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus;  any small rounded protuberance (as on certain plants or animals)
  • wartlike - adj. (of skin) covered with warts or projections that resemble warts
  • warty - adj. (of skin) covered with warts or projections that resemble warts
  • wash - noun the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water); any enterprise in which losses and gains cancel out;  a watercolor made by applying a series of monochrome washes one over the other;  a thin coat of water-base paint;  the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon);  garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering;  the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller;  the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway);  verb to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking;  cleanse (one's body) with soap and water;  form by erosion;  remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent;  apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc., to;  clean with some chemical process; cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water;  separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals);  move by or as if by water; admit to testing or proof;  be capable of being washed;  wash or flow against;  make moist
  • wash leather - noun piece of chamois used for cleaning and polishing
  • washable - adj. capable of being washed without injury
  • washed - adj. clean by virtue of having been washed in water;  wet as from washing; sometimes used in combination
  • washing - noun the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water); garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
  • washington - noun the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles L'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791;  a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific;  1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799);  United States educator who was born a slave but became educated and founded a college at Tuskegee in Alabama (1856-1915);  the federal government of the United States
  • wasp - noun social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting;  a white person of Anglo-Saxon ancestry who belongs to a Protestant denomination
  • wassermann - noun German bacteriologist who developed a diagnostic test for syphilis (1866-1925);  a blood test to detect syphilis; a complement fixation test is used to detect antibodies to the syphilis organism treponema; a positive reaction indicates the presence of antibodies and therefore syphilis infection
  • waste - adj. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate;  nounuseless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly;  (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect;  any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted;  the trait of wasting resources;  an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation;  verb waste away;  cause to grow thin or weak;  use inefficiently or inappropriately;  run off as waste;  get rid of;  spend thoughtlessly; throw away;  devastate or ravage;  lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief;  spend extravagantly;  get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
  • wasted - adj. (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use;  very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold;  not used to good advantage;  serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
  • wasteful - adj. laying waste;  tending to squander and waste; inefficient in use of time and effort and materials
  • wasting - noun a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse;  any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
  • watch - noun a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe;  a small portable timepiece;  a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty;  the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty;  the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival);  a person employed to watch for something to happen;  verb observe with attention;  observe or determine by looking;  look attentively;  see or watch;  be vigilant, be on the lookout, be on one's guard, be careful;  follow with the eyes or the mind;  find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
  • watch glass - noun laboratory glassware; a shallow glass dish used as an evaporating surface or to cover a beaker;  a protective cover that protects the face of a watch
  • watch key - noun winder consisting of a key with a square hole; used for winding some watches
  • watchful - adj. carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger;  experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness
  • watchfulness - noun vigilant attentiveness;  the process of paying close and continuous attention
  • watching - noun the act of observing; taking a patient look
  • water - noun a fluid necessary for the life of most animals and plants;  binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent;  once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles);  a facility that provides a source of water;  the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean);  liquid excretory product;  verb secrete or form water, as tears or saliva;  supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams;  fill with tears;  provide with water
  • water bed - noun a bed with a mattress made of strong plastic that is filled with water
  • water closet - noun a toilet in England
  • water hammer - noun the banging sound of steam in pipes
  • water-soluble - adj. soluble in water
  • water supply - noun a facility that provides a source of water
  • watercress - adj. of a moderate yellow-green color that is greener and deeper than moss green and yellower and darker than pea green;  noun cresses that grow in clear ponds and streams;  any of several water-loving cresses
  • watering pot - noun a container with a handle and a spout with a perforated nozzle; used to sprinkle water over plants
  • waterloo - noun the battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon;  a final crushing defeat;  a town in central Belgium where in 1815 Napoleon met his final defeat
  • watermelon - noun large oblong or roundish melon with a hard green rind and sweet watery red or occasionally yellowish pulp;  an African melon
  • waterproof - adj. not permitting the passage of water;  noun any fabric impervious to water;  a water-resistant coat;  verb make watertight
  • waters - noun United States actress and singer (1896-1977);  the serous fluid in which the embryo is suspended inside the amnion
  • watery - adj. overly diluted; thin and insipid;  relating to or resembling or consisting of water;  filled with water;  wet with secreted or exuded moisture such as sweat or tears
  • watson - noun United States geneticist who (with Crick in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (born in 1928);  United States psychologist considered the founder of behavioristic psychology (1878-1958);  United States telephone engineer who assisted Alexander Graham Bell in his experiments (1854-1934)
  • watt - noun Scottish engineer and inventor whose improvements in the steam engine led to its wide use in industry (1736-1819);  a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm
  • wave - noun a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon;  a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair;  the act of signaling by a movement of the hand;  (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth;  one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water);  something that rises rapidly;  a member of the women's reserve of the United States Navy; originally organized during World War II but now no longer a separate branch;  a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures);  an undulating curve; verb set waves in;  signal with the hands or nod;  twist or roll into coils or ringlets;  move or swing back and forth;  move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
  • wavelength - noun the distance (measured in the direction of propagation) between two points in the same phase in consecutive cycles of a wave;  a shared orientation leading to mutual understanding
  • wavy - adj. of hair in waves;  uneven by virtue of having wrinkles or waves
  • wax - noun any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water;  verb go up or advance;  increase in phase;  cover with wax
  • waxed - adj. treated with wax
  • waxy - adj. having the paleness of wax;  resembling or covered with wax;  made of or covered with wax
  • way - adv. to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States);  noun a journey or passage;  a course of conduct;  any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another;  the property of distance in general;  doing as one pleases or chooses;  a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of';  a portion of something divided into shares;  the condition of things generally; how a result is obtained or an end is achieved;  how something is done or how it happens;  a line leading to a place or point;  space for movement
  • ways - noun structure consisting of a sloping way down to the water from the place where ships are built or repaired
  • wb - noun a unit of magnetic flux equal to 100,000,000 maxwells
  • weak - adj. deficient in intelligence or mental power;  likely to fail under stress or pressure;  not having authority, political strength, or governing power;  (used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection;  deficient or lacking in some skill;  having little physical or spiritual strength;  tending downward in price;  overly diluted; thin and insipid;  having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings;  deficient in magnitude; barely perceptible; lacking clarity or brightness or loudness etc;  lacking physical strength or vitality;  used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress
  • weaken - verb become weaker;  lessen the strength of;  reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of;  lessen in force or effect; destroy property or hinder normal operations
  • weakened - adj. made weak or weaker;  damaged inanimate objects or their value;  mixed with water;  reduced in strength;  impaired by diminution
  • weakening - adj. moderating by making pain or sorrow weaker; causing debilitation;  noun the act of reducing the strength of something;  becoming weaker
  • weakly - adj. lacking physical strength or vitality;  adv. in a weak or feeble manner or to a minor degree
  • weakness - noun the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain;  a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you; the condition of being financially weak;  powerlessness revealed by an inability to act;  a flaw or weak point
  • weaned - adj. freed of dependence on something especially (for mammals) mother's milk
  • weaning - noun the act of substituting other food for the mother's milk in the diet of a child or young mammal
  • weapon - noun any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting;  a means of persuading or arguing
  • wear - noun the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment;  impairment resulting from long use;  a covering designed to be worn on a person's body;  verb have or show an appearance of;  have on one's person;  put clothing on one's body;  be dressed in; deteriorate through use or stress;  last and be usable;  have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality;  exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress;  go to pieces
  • wearer - noun a person who wears or carries or displays something as a body covering or accessory
  • weariness - noun temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work
  • wearing - adj. producing exhaustion;  noun the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment;  (geology) the mechanical process of wearing or grinding something down (as by particles washing over it)
  • weather - adj. towards the side exposed to wind;  noun the meteorological conditions: temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation;  verb change under the action or influence of the weather;  sail to the windward of;  cause to slope;  face or endure with courage
  • web - noun membrane connecting the toes of some aquatic birds and mammals;  an intricate trap that entangles or ensnares its victim; a fabric (especially a fabric in the process of being woven);  an intricate network suggesting something that was formed by weaving or interweaving;  the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft;  computer network consisting of a collection of internet sites that offer text and graphics and sound and animation resources through the hypertext transfer protocol;  an interconnected system of things or people;  verbconstruct or form a web, as if by weaving
  • webbed - adj. (of the feet of some animals) having the digits connected by a thin fold of skin;  having open interstices or resembling a web
  • webbing - noun a strong fabric woven in strips;  a narrow closely woven tape; used in upholstery or for seat belts;  something forming a web (as between the toes of birds)
  • weber - noun German physiologist who studied sensory responses to stimuli and is considered the father of psychophysics (1795-1878);  German conductor and composer of romantic operas (1786-1826);  German sociologist and pioneer of the analytic method in sociology (1864-1920);  United States abstract painter (born in Russia) (1881-1961);  German physicist and brother of E. H. Weber; noted for his studies of terrestrial magnetism (1804-1891);  a unit of magnetic flux equal to 100,000,000 maxwells
  • webster - noun United States lexicographer (1758-1843);  United States politician and orator (1782-1817);  English playwright (1580-1625)
  • wedge - noun something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them;  (golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole;  any shape that is triangular in cross section;  a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object;  a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe;  a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation;  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 squeeze like a wedge into a tight space;  fix, force, or implant
  • wedge-shaped - adj. shaped like a wedge;  of a leaf shape; narrowly triangular, wider at the apex and tapering toward the base
  • wedlock - noun the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
  • weed - noun a black band worn by a man (on the arm or hat) as a sign of mourning;  any plant that crowds out cultivated plants;  street names for marijuana;  verb clear of weeds
  • weeds - noun a black garment (dress) worn by a widow as a sign of mourning
  • week - noun a period of seven consecutive days starting on Sunday; any period of seven consecutive days;  hours or days of work in a calendar week
  • weekly - adj. occurring or payable every week;  adv. without missing a week;  noun a periodical that is published every week (or 52 issues per year)
  • weeping - adj. showing sorrow;  noun the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)
  • weigh - verb to be oppressive or burdensome;  determine the weight of;  have a certain weight;  show consideration for; take into account; have weight; have import, carry weight
  • weighing - noun careful consideration
  • weight - noun an artifact that is heavy;  sports equipment used in calisthenic exercises and weightlifting; it is not attached to anything and is raised and lowered by use of the hands and arms;  the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity;  the relative importance granted to something;  an oppressive feeling of heavy force;  (statistics) a coefficient assigned to elements of a frequency distribution in order to represent their relative importance;  a unit used to measure weight;  a system of units used to express the weight of something;  verb present with a bias;  weight down with a load
  • weir - noun a low dam built across a stream to raise its level or divert its flow;  a fence or wattle built across a stream to catch or retain fish
  • welcome - adj. giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or freely granted;  noun a greeting or reception;  the state of being welcome;  verb bid welcome to; greet upon arrival;  receive someone, as into one's house;  accept gladly
  • welfare - noun governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need;  something that aids or promotes well-being;  a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
  • well - adj. wise or advantageous and hence advisable;  in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury;  resulting favorably;  adv. (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well');  without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor;  indicating high probability; in all likelihood; thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form; favorably; with approval;  to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree;  in financial comfort;  in a manner affording benefit or advantage;  to a great extent or degree;  with skill or in a pleasing manner;  with prudence or propriety;  with great or especially intimate knowledge;  (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully; noun a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine;  an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps;  an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway);  a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid;  an abundant source;  verb come up, as of a liquid
  • well-adjusted - adj. free from psychological disorder
  • well-balanced - adj. in an optimal state of balance or equilibrium; free from psychological disorder
  • well-being - noun a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
  • well-defined - adj. accurately stated or described;  having a clean and distinct outline as if precisely cut along the edges
  • well-informed - adj. possessing sound knowledge
  • well-known - adj. widely or fully known;  frequently experienced; known closely or intimately
  • well-made - adj. skillfully constructed
  • well-marked - adj. clearly indicated
  • well-meant - adj. marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results
  • well-nigh - adv. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished
  • well-nourished - adj. properly nourished
  • well-timed - adj. done or happening at the appropriate or proper time;  adv. at an opportune time
  • well-to-do - adj. in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
  • wellbeing - noun a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
  • wells - noun prolific English writer best known for his science-fiction novels; he also wrote on contemporary social problems and wrote popular accounts of history and science (1866-1946)
  • wen - noun a common cyst of the skin; filled with fatty matter (sebum) that is secreted by a sebaceous gland that has been blocked
  • west - adj. situated in or facing or moving toward the west;  adv. to, toward, or in the west;  noun the countries of (originally) Europe and (now including) North America and South America;  the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River;  English painter (born in America) who became the second president of the Royal Academy (1738-1820);  United States film actress (1892-1980);  British writer (born in Ireland) (1892-1983);  the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
  • western - adj. lying toward or situated in the west;  relating to or characteristic of regions of western parts of the world;  of or characteristic of regions of the United States west of the Mississippi River;  of wind; from the west;  lying in or toward the west;  noun a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development;  a sandwich made from a western omelet
  • wet - adj. consisting of or trading in alcoholic liquor;  covered or soaked with a liquid such as water;  producing or secreting milk; supporting or permitting the legal production and sale of alcoholic beverages;  containing moisture or volatile components;  very drunk; noun wetness caused by water;  verb make one's bed or clothes wet by urinating;  cause to become wet
  • wet-nurse - noun a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else; verb give suck to
  • wetting - noun the act of making something wet;  a euphemism for urination
  • whale - noun any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head;  a very large person; impressive in size or qualities;  verb hunt for whales
  • whalebone - noun a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets
  • wharton - noun United States novelist (1862-1937)
  • whatever - adj. one or some or every or all without specification
  • whatsoever - adj. one or some or every or all without specification
  • wheal - noun a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
  • wheat - noun grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal; usually ground into flour;  annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains
  • wheaten - adj. of or relating to or derived from wheat
  • wheel - noun a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines);  a circular helm to control the rudder of a vessel;  forces that provide energy and direction;  a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals;  an instrument of torture that stretches or disjoints or mutilates victims;  game equipment consisting of a wheel with slots that is used for gambling; the wheel rotates horizontally and players bet on which slot the roulette ball will stop in;  a handwheel that is used for steering;  verbmove along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle;  change directions as if revolving on a pivot;  wheel somebody or something; ride a bicycle
  • wheeled - adj. having wheels; often used in combination
  • wheelhouse - noun an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated
  • wheezing - adj. relating to breathing with a whistling sound
  • wheezy - adj. relating to breathing with a whistling sound;  having a tone of a reed instrument
  • whereabouts - noun the general location where something is
  • whetstone - noun a flat stone for sharpening edged tools or knives
  • whey - noun watery part of milk produced when raw milk sours and coagulates;  the serum or watery part of milk that is separated from the curd in making cheese
  • while - noun a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
  • whip - noun a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object;  an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping;  (golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club;  a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit;  a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline;  verb strike as if by whipping;  thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash;  subject to harsh criticism;  defeat thoroughly; beat severely with a whip or rod;  whip with or as if with a wire whisk
  • whipping - adj. smart and fashionable;  noun beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment;  the act of overcoming or outdoing;  a stitch passing over an edge diagonally;  a sound defeat
  • whirling - adj. moving or driven rapidly in a rotary or twisting motion; noun the act of rotating in a circle or spiral
  • whiskey - noun a liquor made from fermented mash of grain
  • whisky - noun a liquor made from fermented mash of grain
  • whisper - noun speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords; the light noise like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind;  verb speak softly; in a low voice
  • whispered - adj. spoken in soft hushed tones without vibrations of the vocal cords
  • whist - noun a card game for four players who form two partnerships; a pack of 52 cards is dealt and each side scores one point for each trick it takes in excess of six
  • whistle - noun acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound;  the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle;  the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture;  an inexpensive fipple flute;  verb utter or express by whistling;  give a signal by whistling;  make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound;  move with, or as with, a whistling sound;  move, send, or bring as if by whistling;  make whistling sounds
  • whistling - noun the act of whistling a tune;  the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle;  the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture
  • whit - noun a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
  • white - adj. of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration;  of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets;  being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light; (of hair) having lost its color;  (of coffee) having cream or milk added; benevolent; without malicious intent;  glowing white with heat; restricted to whites only;  marked by the presence of snow;  free from moral blemish or impurity; unsullied;  anemic looking from illness or emotion;  (of a surface) not written or printed on;  noun (board games) the lighter pieces;  the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black);  a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri;  a member of the Caucasoid race;  United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918);  United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985);  United States architect (1853-1906);  United States political journalist (1915-1986);  Australian writer (1912-1990);  United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1910 by President Taft; noted for his work on antitrust legislation (1845-1921);  (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth;  the white part of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance surrounding the yolk consisting mainly of albumin dissolved in water;  verb turn white
  • white-hot - adj. intensely zealous or fervid;  glowing white with heat
  • white oak - noun any of numerous Old World and American oaks having 6 to 8 stamens in each floret, acorns that mature in one year and leaf veins that never extend beyond the margin of the leaf
  • whiten - verb turn white
  • whiteness - noun lightness or fairness of complexion;  the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black);  the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
  • whitening - noun changing to a lighter color
  • whitewash - noun a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects;  wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces;  a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score;  verb exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data; cover with whitewash;  cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
  • whiting - noun a food fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe resembling the cod; sometimes placed in genus Gadus;  any of several food fishes of North American coastal waters;  a small fish of the genus Sillago; excellent food fish;  flesh of any of a number of slender food fishes especially of Atlantic coasts of North America; flesh of a cod-like fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe;  found off Atlantic coast of North America
  • whitish - adj. of something having a color tending toward white; resembling milk in color or cloudiness; not clear
  • whitlow - noun a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail
  • whitman - noun United States frontier missionary who established a post in Oregon where Christianity and schooling and medicine were available to Native Americans (1802=1847);  United States poet who celebrated the greatness of America (1819-1892)
  • who - noun a United Nations agency to coordinate international health activities and to help governments improve health services
  • whole - adj. including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete; (of siblings) having the same parents;  acting together as a single undiversified whole;  exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health; not impaired or diminished in any way;  wholly unharmed;  including everything;  adv. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly');  noun an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity;  all of something including all its component elements or parts
  • wholesome - adj. sound or exhibiting soundness in body or mind; conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
  • wholly - adv. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
  • whoop - noun a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement;  verbshout, as if with joy or enthusiasm;  cough spasmodically
  • whooping cough - noun a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane
  • whortleberry - noun blue-black berries similar to American blueberries;  erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries
  • why - noun the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'
  • wicker - noun work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches);  slender flexible branches or twigs (especially of willow or some canes); used for wickerwork
  • wide - adj. not on target;  having ample fabric;  having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other;  great in degree;  broad in scope or content;  very large in expanse or scope;  (used of eyes) fully open or extended;  adv. to or over a great extent or range; far; with or by a broad space;  far from the intended target;  to the fullest extent possible
  • widely - adv. to a great degree;  so as to leave much space or distance between;  to or over a great extent or range; far
  • widen - verb become broader or wider or more extensive;  make wider;  extend in scope or range or area;  make (clothes) larger
  • widening - noun the act of making something wider;  an increase in width;  a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park
  • widespread - adj. widely circulated or diffused;  distributed over a considerable extent
  • width - noun the extent of something from side to side
  • wiesbaden - noun a city in western Germany; a spa since Roman times
  • wife - noun a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
  • wild - adj. deviating widely from an intended course;  in a state of extreme emotion;  in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated;  marked by extreme lack of restraint or control;  (of the elements) as if showing violent anger;  without civilizing influences; intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with;  located in a dismal or remote area; desolate;  (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud;  extravagantly fanciful and unrealistic; foolish;  involving risk or danger;  talking or behaving irrationally;  without a basis in reason or fact;  adv. in a wild or undomesticated manner;  in an uncontrolled and rampant manner;  noun a wild primitive state untouched by civilization;  a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition
  • wilful - adj. habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition; done by design
  • wilkins - noun English biochemist who helped discover the structure of DNA (born in 1916);  Australian who was the first to explore the Arctic by airplane (1888-1958);  United States civil rights leader (1901-1981)
  • will - noun a fixed and persistent intent or purpose;  a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die;  the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention;  verb determine by choice;  have in mind; decree or ordain;  leave or give by will after one's death
  • willard - noun United States educator who was an early campaigner for higher education for women (1787-1870);  United States advocate of temperance and women's suffrage (1839-1898)
  • williams - noun United States playwright (1911-1983);  English clergyman and colonist who was expelled from Massachusetts for criticizing Puritanism; he founded Providence in 1636 and obtained a royal charter for Rhode Island in 1663 (1603-1683);  United States baseball player noted as a hitter (1918-2002);  United States poet (1883-1963);  English philosopher credited with reviving the field of moral philosophy (1929-2003);  United States country singer and songwriter (1923-1953)
  • willing - adj. disposed or inclined toward;  not brought about by coercion or force;  noun the act of making a choice
  • willingness - noun cheerful compliance
  • willis - noun English physician who was a pioneer in the study of the brain (1621-1675)
  • willow - noun a textile machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibers;  any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix
  • wilson - noun a peak in the San Juan mountains of Colorado (14,246 feet high);  28th President of the United States; led the United States in World War I and secured the formation of the League of Nations (1856-1924);  United States literary critic (1895-1972);  Scottish physicist who invented the cloud chamber (1869-1959);  United States entomologist who has generalized from social insects to other animals including humans (born in 1929);  American Revolutionary leader who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (1742-1798);  Canadian geophysicist who was a pioneer in the study of plate tectonics (1908-1993);  United States physicist honored for his work on cosmic microwave radiation (born in 1918);  Scottish ornithologist in the United States (1766-1813); English writer of novels and short stories (1913-1991);  author of the first novel by an African American that was published in the United States (1808-1870)
  • win - noun a victory (as in a race or other competition);  something won (especially money);  verb be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious;  obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; win something through one's efforts;  attain success or reach a desired goal
  • winchester - noun a shoulder rifle;  a city in southern England; administrative center of Hampshire
  • wind - noun the act of winding or twisting;  breath;  empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk;  a tendency or force that influences events;  air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure;  a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus;  a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath;  an indication of potential opportunity;  verb coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem;  wrap or coil around; extend in curves and turns;  raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help;  form into a wreath;  to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course;  catch the scent of; get wind of
  • winding - adj. of a path e.g.;  marked by repeated turns and bends; noun the act of winding or twisting
  • windlass - noun lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds
  • window - noun a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air;  a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened;  a transparent panel (as of an envelope) inserted in an otherwise opaque material;  (computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen;  an opening in the wall of a building (usually to admit light and air);  an opening that resembles a window in appearance or function;  the time period that is considered best for starting or finishing something;  a pane of glass in a window
  • window frame - noun the framework that supports a window
  • window pane - noun street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
  • window sash - noun a framework that holds the panes of a window in the window frame
  • windows - noun (trademark) an operating system with a graphical user interface
  • windpipe - noun membranous tube with cartilaginous rings that conveys inhaled air from the larynx to the bronchi
  • windsor - noun the British royal family since 1917;  a city in southeastern Ontario on the Detroit River opposite Detroit
  • windward - adj. on the side exposed to the wind;  adv. away from the wind;  noun the direction from which the wind is coming
  • windy - adj. resembling the wind in speed,force, or variability; abounding in or exposed to the wind or breezes;  using or containing too many words;  not practical or realizable; speculative
  • wine - noun a red as dark as red wine;  fermented juice (of grapes especially);  verb treat to wine;  drink wine
  • wineglass - noun a glass that has a stem and in which wine is served
  • wing - noun a movable organ for flying (one of a pair);  one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane;  a stage area out of sight of the audience;  the wing of a fowl;  a unit of military aircraft;  a hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side;  an addition that extends a main building;  a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud; the side of military or naval formation;  verb travel through the air; be airborne
  • winged - adj. very fast; as if with wings;  having wings or as if having wings of a specified kind
  • wings - noun a means of flight or ascent;  stylized bird wings worn as an insignia by qualified pilots or air crew members
  • winking - adj. closing the eyes intermittently and rapidly;  noun a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
  • winslow - noun English colonial administrator who traveled to America on the Mayflower and served as the first governor of the Plymouth Colony (1595-1655)
  • winter - noun the coldest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox; verb spend the winter
  • wintergreen - noun spicy red berrylike fruit; source of wintergreen oil;  any of several evergreen perennials of the genus Pyrola; creeping shrub of eastern North America having white bell-shaped flowers followed by spicy red berrylike fruit and shiny aromatic leaves that yield wintergreen oil
  • wipe - noun the act of rubbing or wiping;  verb rub with a circular motion
  • wire - noun ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc;  a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance;  the finishing line on a racetrack;  a message transmitted by telegraph;  verb fasten with wire;  string on a wire; provide with electrical circuits;  equip for use with electricity;  send cables, wires, or telegrams
  • wired - adj. tied or bound with wire;  equipped with wire or wires especially for electric or telephone service;  tense with excitement and enthusiasm as from a rush of adrenaline
  • wiry - adj. of hair that resembles wire in stiffness;  of or relating to wire;  lean and sinewy
  • wisconsin - noun a midwestern state in north central United States; a tributary of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin
  • wisdom - noun the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight;  the quality of being prudent and sensible;  ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight;  accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment;  an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC
  • wisdom tooth - noun any of the last 4 teeth on each side of the upper and lower jaw; the last of the permanent teeth to erupt (between ages 16 and 21)
  • wise - adj. having or prompted by wisdom or discernment; improperly forward or bold;  evidencing the possession of inside information;  marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters;  noun a way of doing or being;  United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900);  United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949)
  • wisely - adv. in a wise manner
  • wish - noun the particular preference that you have;  an expression of some desire or inclination;  a specific feeling of desire;  (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare;  verbinvoke upon;  order politely; express a wish for;  make or express a wish;  hope for; have a wish;  feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of;  prefer or wish to do something; have in mind
  • wisp - noun a small tuft or lock;  a flock of snipe;  a small bundle of straw or hay;  a small person
  • wistful - adj. showing pensive sadness
  • wit - noun a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter;  mental ability;  a witty amusing person who makes jokes
  • witch - noun a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil;  a female sorcerer or magician;  an ugly evil-looking old woman;  a believer in Wicca;  verb cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
  • witch hazel - noun lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant;  any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Hamamelis; bark yields an astringent lotion
  • withdraw - verb pull back or move away or backward;  remove (a commodity) from (a supply source);  remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract;  keep away from others;  take back what one has said;  make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity;  release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles;  lose interest;  cause to be returned; withdraw from active participation;  retire gracefully;  break from a meeting or gathering
  • withdrawal - noun the act of withdrawing;  the termination of drug taking;  the act of taking out money or other capital;  a retraction of a previously held position;  avoiding emotional involvement;  formal separation from an alliance or federation
  • withdrawing - adj. forced withdrawal
  • withdrawn - adj. tending to reserve or introspection;  withdrawn from society; seeking solitude
  • withhold - verb hold back; refuse to hand over or share;  retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
  • withholding - noun the act of deducting from an employee's salary; the act of holding back or keeping within your possession or control; income tax withheld from employees' wages and paid directly to the government by the employer
  • within - adv. on the inside
  • withstand - verb stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something;  resist or confront with resistance
  • witness - noun testimony by word or deed to your religious faith; someone who sees an event and reports what happened;  (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature;  (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law;  a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind);  verb be a witness to;  perceive or be contemporaneous with
  • wolf - noun any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs;  a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women;  German classical scholar who claimed that the Iliad and Odyssey were composed by several authors (1759-1824);  Austrian composer (1860-1903);  a cruelly rapacious person;  verb eat hastily
  • wolfe - noun United States writer best known for his autobiographical novels (1900-1938);  United States writer who has written extensively on American culture (born in 1931)
  • wolfsbane - noun poisonous Eurasian perennial herb with broad rounded leaves and yellow flowers and fibrous rootstock
  • woman - noun an adult female person (as opposed to a man);  a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man;  women as a class;  a human female who does housework
  • womanhood - noun the status of a woman;  women as a class;  the state of being an adult woman
  • womb - noun a hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity of females; contains the developing fetus
  • wonder - noun something that causes feelings of wonder;  the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising;  a state in which you want to learn more about something;  verb have a wish or desire to know something;  place in doubt or express doubtful speculation;  be amazed at
  • wonderful - adj. extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers
  • wonderfully - adv. (used as an intensifier) extremely well
  • wood - noun a golf club with a long shaft used to hit long shots; originally made with a wooden head;  United States painter noted for works based on life in the Midwest (1892-1942);  English writer of novels about murders and thefts and forgeries (1814-1887);  English conductor (1869-1944);  United States film actress (1938-1981);  the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees;  any wind instrument other than the brass instruments;  the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
  • wood tar - noun any tar obtained by the destructive distillation of wood
  • wooden - adj. lacking ease or grace;  made or consisting of (entirely or in part) or employing wood
  • woodpecker - noun bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects
  • woods - noun the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
  • woodwork - noun work made of wood; especially moldings or stairways or furniture;  the craft of a carpenter: making things out of wood
  • woody - adj. made of or containing or resembling wood;  made hard like wood as the result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls; abounding in trees
  • wool - noun outer coat of especially sheep and yaks;  a fabric made from the hair of sheep;  fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving
  • wool fat - noun a yellow viscous animal oil extracted from wool; a mixture of fatty acids and esters; used in some ointments and cosmetics
  • woolen - adj. of or related to or made of wool;  noun a fabric made from the hair of sheep
  • worcester - noun a cathedral city in west central England on the River Severn;  an industrial and university city in central Massachusetts west of Boston;  United States lexicographer who was accused of plagiarism by Noah Webster (1784-1865)
  • word - noun a unit of language that native speakers can identify;  a brief statement;  a verbal command for action;  a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory;  the sacred writings of the Christian religions;  new information about specific and timely events;  a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group;  an exchange of views on some topic;  a promise;  the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus);  verb put into words or an expression
  • word blindness - noun inability to perceive written words
  • word deafness - noun an impairment in understanding spoken language that is not attributable to hearing loss
  • words - noun language that is spoken or written;  the words that are spoken;  words making up the dialogue of a play;  the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number;  an angry dispute
  • work - noun activity directed toward making or doing something;  a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing;  (physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force;  the occupation for which you are paid;  the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it);  a place where work is done;  applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading);  verb arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion;  move into or onto;  shape, form, or improve a material;  gratify and charm, usually in order to influence;  move in an agitated manner;  provoke or excite;  proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity;  cause to work; be employed;  exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity;  cause to operate or function;  operate in or through;  have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected;  operate in a certain place, area, or specialty;  behave in a certain way when handled;  give a workout to;  go sour or spoil; cause to undergo fermentation;  find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of;  use or manipulate to one's advantage;  make uniform;  perform as expected when applied; cause to happen or to occur as a consequence;  make something, usually for a specific function;  prepare for crops;  proceed along a path;  have and exert influence or effect
  • worker - noun sterile member of a colony of social insects that forages for food and cares for the larvae;  a person who works at a specific occupation;  a person who acts and gets things done;  a member of the working class (not necessarily employed)
  • working - adj. serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity; actively engaged in paid work;  adopted as a temporary basis for further work;  adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something;  (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing;  noun a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked
  • working-class - adj. of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers;  working for hourly wages rather than fixed (e.g. annual) salaries
  • workroom - noun room where work is done
  • works - noun performance of moral or religious acts;  the internal mechanism of a device;  buildings for carrying on industrial labor; everything available; usually preceded by `the'
  • world - adj. involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope;  noun all of the living human inhabitants of the earth;  all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you;  people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest;  a part of the earth that can be considered separately;  the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife; people in general considered as a whole;  the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on;  everything that exists anywhere
  • world-wide - adj. of worldwide scope or applicability;  spanning or extending throughout the entire world;  involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope
  • worm - noun any of numerous relatively small elongated soft-bodied animals especially of the phyla Annelida and Chaetognatha and Nematoda and Nemertea and Platyhelminthes; also many insect larvae;  screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack;  a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network;  a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect;  verb to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
  • worm-eaten - adj. infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms
  • wormseed - noun rank-smelling tropical American pigweed
  • wormwood - noun any of several low composite herbs of the genera Artemisia or Seriphidium
  • worn - adj. affected by wear; damaged by long use;  showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
  • worrisome - adj. not reassuring; tending to cause anxiety;  causing distress or worry or anxiety
  • worry - noun a strong feeling of anxiety;  something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness;  verb touch or rub constantly;  lacerate by biting;  disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress;  be concerned with;  be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy;  be on the mind of
  • worrying - adj. causing distress or worry or anxiety;  noun the act of moving something by repeated tugs or pushes;  the act of harassing someone
  • worse - adj. (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability;  changed for the worse in health or fitness; adv. (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner;  noun something inferior in quality or condition or effect
  • worst - adj. (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition;  adv. to the highest degree of inferiority or badness;  nounthe weakest effort or poorest achievement one is capable of;  the greatest damage or wickedness of which one is capable;  the least favorable outcome;  verb defeat thoroughly
  • worth - adj. having a specified value;  having sufficient worth;  nounthe quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful; French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895); an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value
  • worthless - adj. lacking in usefulness or value;  morally reprehensible
  • worthy - adj. morally admirable;  meriting respect or esteem;  having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable;  worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse;  noun word is often used humorously
  • wound - adj. put in a coil;  noun the act of inflicting a wound;  a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat;  a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride);  any break in the skin or an organ caused by violence or surgical incision;  verb cause injuries or bodily harm to;  hurt the feelings of
  • wounded - adj. suffering from physical injury especially that suffered in battle;  noun people who are wounded
  • wounding - adj. causing physical or especially psychological injury; noun the act of inflicting a wound
  • woven - adj. made or constructed by interlacing threads or strips of material or other elements into a whole
  • wrap - noun cloak that is folded or wrapped around a person;  a sandwich in which the filling is rolled up in a soft tortilla;  the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped;  verbarrange or fold as a cover or protection;  wrap or coil around;  enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
  • wrapped - adj. enclosed securely in a covering of paper or the like; giving or marked by complete attention to;  covered with or as if with clothes or a wrap or cloak
  • wrapping - noun the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped;  an enveloping bandage
  • wrench - noun a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt; a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments;  a jerky pulling movement; verb twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates;  make a sudden twisting motion;  twist suddenly so as to sprain;  twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
  • wrenching - adj. causing great physical or mental suffering
  • wretched - adj. characterized by physical misery;  deserving or inciting pity;  morally reprehensible;  very unhappy; full of misery;  of very poor quality or condition
  • wriggle - noun the act of wiggling;  verb to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
  • wright - noun someone who makes or repairs something (usually used in combination);  United States early feminist (born in Scotland) (1795-1852);  influential United States architect (1869-1959);  United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Wilbur Wright) invented the airplane (1871-1948);  United States aviation pioneer who (with his brother Orville Wright) invented the airplane (1867-1912);  United States writer whose work is concerned with the oppression of African Americans (1908-1960);  United States writer of detective novels (1888-1939)
  • wring - noun a twisting squeeze;  verb twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish;  twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid;  twist and press out of shape;  obtain by coercion or intimidation
  • wrinkled - adj. marked by wrinkles;  marked with wrinkles or furrows; (of linens or clothes) not ironed
  • wrist - noun a joint between the distal end of the radius and the proximal row of carpal bones
  • wrist joint - noun a joint between the distal end of the radius and the proximal row of carpal bones
  • writ - noun (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
  • write - verb communicate or express by writing;  record data on a computer;  communicate (with) in writing;  communicate by letter; mark or trace on a surface;  create code, write a computer program; produce a literary work;  write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word);  write music;  have (one's written work) issued for publication
  • writer - noun writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay);  a person who is able to write and has written something
  • writhing - adj. having a twisting or snake-like or wormlike motion
  • writing - noun the activity of putting something in written form;  the act of creating written works;  letters or symbols written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language;  the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect);  (usually plural) the collected work of an author
  • writing paper - noun paper material made into thin sheets that are sized to take ink; used for writing correspondence and manuscripts
  • written - adj. set down in writing in any of various ways; systematically collected and written down;  written as for a film or play or broadcast
  • wrong - adj. based on or acting or judging in error;  used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward;  not in accord with established usage or procedure;  contrary to conscience or morality or law;  not appropriate for a purpose or occasion;  not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth;  not functioning properly;  badly timed; adv. in an incorrect manner;  noun any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right;  that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law;  verb treat unjustly; do wrong to
  • wrongly - adv. without justice or fairness;  in an incorrect manner
  • wrought - adj. shaped to fit by or as if by altering the contours of a pliable mass (as by work or effort)
  • wrought iron - noun iron having a low carbon content that is tough and malleable and so can be forged and welded
  • wry - adj. bent to one side;  humorously sarcastic or mocking
  • wryneck - noun Old World woodpecker with a peculiar habit of twisting the neck;  an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted
  • wyoming - noun a state in the western United States; mountainous in the west and north with the Great Plains in the east
  • x - noun the 24th letter of the Roman alphabet;  street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
  • x-ray - noun a radiogram made by exposing photographic film to X rays; used in medical diagnosis;  electromagnetic radiation of short wavelength produced when high-speed electrons strike a solid target;  verb take an x-ray of something or somebody;  examine by taking x-rays
  • xanthoma - noun a skin problem marked by the development (on the eyelids and neck and back) of irregular yellow nodules; sometimes attributable to disturbances of cholesterol metabolism
  • xeroderma - noun a mild form of ichthyosis characterized by abnormal dryness and roughness of the skin
  • xerostomia - noun abnormal dryness of the mouth resulting from decreased secretion of saliva
  • xi - noun the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet
  • xx - noun (genetics) normal complement of sex chromosomes in a female
  • xxx - noun (genetics) abnormal complement of three X chromosomes in a female
  • xylol - noun a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent
  • y - noun the 25th letter of the Roman alphabet;  a silvery metallic element that is common in rare-earth minerals; used in magnesium and aluminum alloys
  • y-shaped - adj. shaped in the form of the letter Y
  • yard - noun an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock);  a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen;  the enclosed land around a house or other building;  an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines;  a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings);  a tract of land where logs are accumulated;  a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride;  a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)
  • yarn - noun a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving;  the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events;  verb tell or spin a yarn
  • yawning - adj. gaping open as if threatening to engulf someone or something;  with the mouth wide open indicating boredom or sleepiness;  showing lack of attention or boredom;  noun an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom
  • yaws - noun an infectious tropical disease resembling syphilis in its early stages; marked by red skin eruptions and ulcerating lesions
  • year - noun the period of time that it takes for a planet (as, e.g., Earth or Mars) to make a complete revolution around the sun;  a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days;  a period of time occupying a regular part of a calendar year that is used for some particular activity;  a body of students who graduate together
  • years - noun the time during which someone's life continues;  a late time of life;  a prolonged period of time
  • yearly - adj. occurring or payable every year;  adv. without missing a year;  noun a reference book that is published regularly once every year
  • years - noun the time during which someone's life continues;  a late time of life;  a prolonged period of time
  • yeast - noun any of various single-celled fungi that reproduce asexually by budding or division;  a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells; used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey
  • yeasty - adj. exuberantly creative;  of or resembling or containing yeast;  marked by spirited enjoyment
  • yelling - adj. noisy with or as if with loud cries and shouts;  nounuttering a loud inarticulate cry as of pain or excitement
  • yellow - adj. of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk;  cowardly or treacherous;  changed to a yellowish color by age; easily frightened;  affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc;  typical of tabloids;  noun yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons; verb turn yellow
  • yellow fever - noun caused by a flavivirus transmitted by a mosquito
  • yellow-green - adj. of a color midway between yellow and green
  • yellowish - adj. of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk
  • yellowish brown - noun a medium to dark tan color
  • yellowish green - noun a shade of green tinged with yellow
  • yellowish-white - adj. of a white tinged with yellow
  • yellowness - noun yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons
  • yellowstone - noun a tributary of the Missouri River that flows through the Yellowstone National Park
  • yersin - noun French bacteriologist born in Switzerland; was a student of Pasteur; discovered the plague bacillus (1863-1943)
  • yes - noun an affirmative
  • yet - adv. up to the present time;  to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons;  despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession);  used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time;  used after a superlative;  within an indefinite time or at an unspecified future time
  • yi - noun a Loloish language
  • yield - noun an amount of a product;  production of a certain amount; the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property;  the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time);  verb consent reluctantly;  cease opposition; stop fighting;  bring in;  be the cause or source of;  give in, as to influence or pressure;  end resistance, as under pressure or force;  be willing to concede;  be flexible under stress of physical force;  give or supply;  cause to happen or be responsible for;  move in order to make room for someone for something;  give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another;  be fatally overwhelmed
  • yielding - adj. tending to give in or surrender or agree;  lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure;  inclined to yield to argument or influence or control;  noun the act of conceding or yielding;  a verbal act of admitting defeat
  • yoghourt - noun a custard-like food made from curdled milk
  • yolk - noun nutritive material of an ovum stored for the nutrition of an embryo (especially the yellow mass of a bird or reptile egg);  the yellow spherical part of an egg that is surrounded by the albumen
  • york - noun the English royal house (a branch of the Plantagenet line) that reigned from 1461 to 1485; its emblem was a white rose
  • young - adj. being in its early stage;  (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth;  (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity;  not tried or tested by experience;  suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh;  noun any immature animal;  young people collectively;  United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877);  United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955);  English poet (1683-1765);  United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959); British physicist and Egyptologist; he revived the wave theory of light and proposed a three-component theory of color vision; he also played an important role in deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone (1773-1829);  United States civil rights leader (1921-1971);  United States film and television actress (1913-2000)
  • younger - adj. used of the younger of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a son from his father
  • youth - noun the freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person;  early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced;  the time of life between childhood and maturity;  an early period of development;  young people collectively;  a young person (especially a young man or boy)
  • z - noun the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet;  the ending of a series or sequence
  • zea - noun corn
  • zero - adj. indicating the absence of any or all units under consideration;  indicating an initial point or origin;  having no measurable or otherwise determinable value;  of or relating to the null set (a set with no members);  noun the quantity that registers a reading of zero on a scale;  a mathematical element that when added to another number yields the same number;  a quantity of no importance;  verb adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun);  adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value
  • zero point - noun the quantity that registers a reading of zero on a scale
  • ziegler - noun German chemist honored for his research on polymers (1898-1973)
  • zigzag - adj. having short sharp turns or angles;  adv. in a zigzag course or on a zigzag path;  noun an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions;  verb travel along a zigzag path
  • zinc - noun a bluish-white lustrous metallic element; brittle at ordinary temperatures but malleable when heated; used in a wide variety of alloys and in galvanizing iron; it occurs as zinc sulphide in zinc blende;  verb coat or cover with zinc
  • zingiber - noun tropical Asiatic and Polynesian perennial plants: ginger
  • zn - noun a bluish-white lustrous metallic element; brittle at ordinary temperatures but malleable when heated; used in a wide variety of alloys and in galvanizing iron; it occurs as zinc sulphide in zinc blende
  • zona - noun (anatomy) any encircling or beltlike structure
  • zone - noun (anatomy) any encircling or beltlike structure;  an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic;  any of the regions of the surface of the Earth loosely divided according to latitude or longitude;  a circumscribed geographical region characterized by some distinctive features;  verbregulate housing in; of certain areas of towns;  separate or apportion into sections
  • zoological - adj. of or relating to animals or animal groups; concerning the study of animals and their classification and properties
  • zoster - noun eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia
  • zwieback - noun slice of sweet raised bread baked again until it is brown and hard and crisp
  • zygoma - noun the slender arch formed by the temporal process of the cheekbone that bridges to the zygomatic process of the temporal bone
  • zygomatic - adj. of or relating to the cheek region of the face;  nounthe arch of bone beneath the eye that forms the prominence of the cheek
  • zymogen - noun any of a group of compounds that are inactive precursors of enzymes and require some change (such as the hydrolysis of a fragment that masks an active enzyme) to become active
  • zymotic - adj. relating to or caused by infection;  of or relating to or causing fermentation

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