Nouns denoting man-made objects

a .22 caliber firearm (pistol or rifle)
3d radar
radar that will report altitude as well as azimuth and distance of a target
a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor that is very effective in combination with zidovudine in treating AIDS and HIV
a transmission that provides power directly to all four wheels of a motor vehicle
a motor vehicle with a four-wheel drive transmission system
a shellac based phonograph record that played at 78 revolutions per minute
A battery
the battery used to heat the filaments of a vacuum tube
a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission (splitting the nuclei of a heavy element like uranium 235 or plutonium 239)
women's clothing that has a fitted top and a flared skirt that is widest at the hemline
an appliance designed to extract humidity from the air and thereby cool it
a fabric woven from goat hair and camel hair
a loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth; worn by Arabs
a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in grooves
a tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave
abandoned ship
a ship abandoned on the high seas
a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy
a building where animals are butchered
(Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women
Abbe condenser
a condenser having 2 or 3 lenses with wide aperture for use in microscopes
a monastery ruled by an abbot
a convent ruled by an abbess
a church associated with a monastery or convent
a defensive missile designed to shoot down incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles
Abney level
a surveying instrument consisting of a spirit level and a sighting tube; used to measure the angle of inclination of a line from the observer to the target
housing that someone is living in
a drug (or other chemical agent) that causes abortion
a tool or machine used for wearing down or smoothing or polishing
abrading stone
a primitive stone artifact (usually made of sandstone) used as an abrader
abstract art
an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation
Abstract Expressionism
a New York school of painting characterized by freely created abstractions; the first important school of American painting to develop independently of European styles
an abstract painting
a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
abutment arch
an arch supported by an abutment
academic costume
a costume worn on formal occasions by the faculty or students of a university or college
academic gown
a gown worn by academics or judges
a learned establishment for the advancement of knowledge
a pedal that controls the throttle valve
a scientific instrument that increases the kinetic energy of charged particles
a valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine
an instrument for measuring the acceleration of aircraft or rockets
access road
a short road giving access to an expressway
a way of entering or leaving
(computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information
clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
a supplementary component that improves capability
accommodating IOL
a lens implant containing a hinge that allows for both near and far vision (thus mimicking the natural lens of a young person)
living quarters provided for public convenience
accommodation ladder
(nautical) a portable ladder hung over the side of a vessel to give access to small boats alongside
accordion door
an interior door that opens by folding back in sections (rather than by swinging on hinges)
a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
(computer science) a register that has a built-in adder that adds an input number to the contents of the register
a voltaic battery that stores electric charge
one of four playing cards in a deck having a single pip on its face
ACE inhibitor
an antihypertensive drug that blocks the formation of angiotensin II in the kidney, leading to relaxation of the arteries; promotes the excretion of salt and water by inhibiting the activity of the angiotensin converting enzyme; also used to treat congestive heart failure
ace of clubs
the ace in the club suit
ace of diamonds
the ace in the diamond suit
ace of hearts
the ace in the heart suit
ace of spades
the ace in the spade suit; sometimes taken as a portent of death
a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
acetate disk
a disk coated with cellulose acetate
a fabric made from fibers of cellulose acetate
a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
achromatic lens
a compound lens system that forms an image free from chromatic aberration
an antibiotic (trade name Achromycin) derived from microorganisms of the genus Streptomyces and used broadly to treat infections
artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
acorn tube
a small vacuum tube; used at high frequencies
a remedy for hearing loss or deafness
acoustic delay line
a delay line based on the time of propagation of sound waves
acoustic device
a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
acoustic gramophone
an antique record player; the sound of the vibrating needle is amplified acoustically
acoustic guitar
sound is not amplified by electrical means
acoustic modem
a modem that converts electrical signals to telephone tones and back again
acoustic storage
a storage device consisting of acoustic delay lines
acrylic resin used to make a strong soft crease-resistant fabric (trade name Acrilan)
the citadel in ancient Greek towns
a synthetic fabric
used especially by artists
trade name for a drug containing an antihistamine and a decongestant; used to treat upper respiratory conditions and minor allergies
an instrument for measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (usually by the photochemical effect)
any of various red antibiotics isolated from soil bacteria
the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
a thrombolytic agent (trade name Activase) that causes fibrinolysis at the site of a blood clot; used in treating acute myocardial infarction
active matrix screen
a type of LCD screen used for some portable computers; there is a separate circuit for each pixel
active placebo
a placebo used in experimental tests of a drug that has noticeable side effects
attire worn for sport or for casual wear
a mechanism that puts something into automatic action
street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
device that enables something to be used in a way different from that for which it was intended or makes different pieces of apparatus compatible
a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities
a machine that adds numbers
adding machine
a calculator that performs simple arithmetic functions
a component that is added to something to improve it
something added to enhance food or gasoline or paint or medicine
a printer that automatically prints addresses on letters for mailing
adhesive bandage
bandage consisting of a medical dressing of plain absorbent gauze held in place by a plastic or fabric tape coated with adhesive
adhesive plaster
adhesive tape used in dressing wounds
adhesive tape
tape coated with adhesive
a nearly horizontal passage from the surface into a mine
adjoining room
a hotel room that shares a wall with another hotel room
adjustable spanner
can be changed to different settings
an additive that enhances the effectiveness of medical treatment
an additional ingredient that is added by mixing with the base
adobe house
a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
sun-dried brick; used in hot dry climates
a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
ADP system
a system of one or more computers and associated software with common storage
drug that has the effects of epinephrine
a sketchy or imperfect or faint representation
an edge tool used to cut and shape wood
armor plate that protects the chest; the front part of a cuirass
aeolian harp
a harp having strings tuned in unison; they sound when wind passes over them
an apparatus for exposing something to the air (as sewage)
aerial ladder
mechanically extendible ladder; used on a fire truck
aerial ladder truck
a fire engine carrying ladders
aerial torpedo
a torpedo designed to be launched from an airplane
aerial tramway
a conveyance that transports passengers or freight in carriers suspended from cables and supported by a series of towers
an electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals
an airfield equipped with control tower and hangars as well as accommodations for passengers and cargo
a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
generator that extracts usable energy from winds
an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
aerosol bomb
a bomb that uses a fuel-air explosive
a dispenser that holds a substance under pressure and that can release it as a fine spray (usually by means of a propellant gas)
a trademark for a loosely woven cotton fabric that is used to make shirts and underwear
a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl
a coat made of sheepskin
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trademarks Aleve and Anaprox and Aflaxen) that fights pain and inflammation
a wig that gives the appearance of an Afro hairdo
after part
the rear part of a ship
a fragrant lotion for a man's face after shaving
a device that injects fuel into a hot exhaust for extra thrust
a deck abaft of midships
an addition that was not included in the original plan
a cord (usually of goat's hair) that Arabs (especially Bedouins) wind around their heads to hold down the kaffiyeh
pottery that is veined and mottled to resemble agate
a device that causes material to gather into rounded balls
the whole amount
metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon
ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
(biochemistry) a drug that can combine with a receptor on a cell to produce a physiological reaction
a place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece
aid station
(military) a station located near a combat area for giving first aid to the wounded
a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plume
an airfoil that controls lateral motion
air bag
a safety restraint in an automobile; the bag inflates on collision and prevents the driver or passenger from being thrown forward
air base
a base for military aircraft
air cleaner
a filter that removes dust from the air that passes through it
air compressor
a compressor that takes in air at atmospheric pressure and delivers it at a higher pressure
air conditioner
a system that keeps air cool and dry
air cushion
a mechanical device using confined air to absorb the shock of motion
air cushion
a cushion usually made of rubber or plastic that can be inflated
air duct
a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines)
Air Force Research Laboratory
a United States Air Force defense laboratory responsible for discovering and developing and integrating fighting technologies for aerospace forces
air gun
a gun that propels a projectile by compressed air
air hammer
a hammer driven by compressed air
air hole
a hole that allows the passage of air
air horn
air intake of a carburetor
air horn
a pneumatic horn
air hose
a hose that carries air under pressure
air lock
a chamber that provides access to space where air is under pressure
air mattress
a mattress that can be stored flat and inflated for use
air pump
a pump that moves air in or out of something
air search radar
a shipboard radar that searches for aircraft
air shaft
a shaft for ventilation
air terminal
a terminal that serves air travelers or air freight
air thermometer
thermometer that measures temperature by changes in the pressure of a gas kept at constant volume
air transportation system
a transportation system for moving passengers or goods by air
a duct that admits air to be mixed with fuel
air-raid shelter
a chamber (often underground) reinforced against bombing and provided with food and living facilities; used during air raids
air-to-air missile
a missile designed to be launched from one airplane at another
air-to-ground missile
a missile designed to be launched from an airplane at a target on the ground
a vehicular brake that operates by compressed air; especially for heavy vehicles
a small parachute or articulated flap to reduce the speed of an aircraft
an atomizer to spray paint by means of compressed air
a subsonic jet airliner operated over short distances
a vehicle that can fly
aircraft carrier
a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings
aircraft engine
the engine that powers and aircraft
a large structure at an airport where aircraft can be stored and maintained
a place where planes take off and land
the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)
airing cupboard
a warm cupboard where you put newly washed clothes until they are completely dry
a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers
a commercial airplane that carries passengers
a mailer for airmail
airplane propeller
a propeller that rotates to push against air
a steerable self-propelled aircraft
an airfield without normal airport facilities
part of a church divided laterally from the nave proper by rows of pillars or columns
a long narrow passage (as in a cave or woods)
passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores
Aladdin's lamp
(Arabian Nights) a magical lamp from which Aladdin summoned a genie
a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time
a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
a white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves; worn by priests
a book of blank pages with pockets or envelopes; for organizing photographs or stamp collections etc
any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
alcohol thermometer
thermometer consisting of a glass capillary tube marked with degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit and containing alcohol which rises or falls as it expands or contracts with changes in temperature
a small recess opening off a larger room
antihypertensive drug (trade name Aldomet) used in the treatment of high blood pressure
a tavern where ale is sold
an obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube
device for measuring pain caused by pressure
a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
surveying instrument used with a plane table for drawing lines of sight on a distant object and for measuring angles
surveying instrument consisting of the upper movable part of a theodolite including the telescope and its attachments
antineoplastic drug (trade name Alkeran) used to treat multiple myeloma and some other malignancies
alkylating agent
an antineoplastic drug used to treat some forms of cancer
all-terrain bike
a bicycle with a sturdy frame and fat tires; originally designed for riding in mountainous country
Allen screw
a screw with a hexagonal hole in the head
Allen wrench
a wrench for Allen screws
remedy that alleviates pain without curing
a narrow street with walls on both sides
a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
alligator clip
a clip with a spring that closes the metal jaws
alligator wrench
a wrench with a v-shaped jaw and serrations on one side (resembles the open jaws of an alligator)
alms box
box for collecting alms, especially one in a church
alms dish
a tray for collecting the offering from a congregation
a purgative made from the leaves of aloe
a thin glossy fabric made of the wool of the Lama pacos, or made of a rayon or cotton imitation of that wool
a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers
alpha blocker
any of various drugs that block alpha-adrenergic receptors; used in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia; relaxes the muscles of the prostate and bladder
a form of interferon that is produced endogenously and commercially for its pharmacological effects (including regulation of the immune system and antiviral and antineoplastic effects)
alphanumeric display
a display that gives the information in the form of characters (numbers or letters)
Alpine lift
a surface lift where riders hold a bar and are pulled up the hill on their skis
an ACE inhibitor (trade name Altace) used to treat high blood pressure or in some patients who have had a heart attack
a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made
a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
an instrument that measures the altitude and azimuth of celestial bodies; used in navigation
an old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles)
an instrument that measures the height above ground; used in navigation
alto relievo
a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth
a double sulphate of aluminum and potassium that is used as an astringent (among other things)
aluminium foil
foil made of aluminum
a bronchodilator (trade name Alupent) used to treat asthma and emphysema and other lung conditions; available in oral or inhalant forms; side effects include tachycardia and shakiness
a violin made by Nicolo Amati or a member of his family
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals
a covered walkway (as in a cloister)
amen corner
area reserved for persons leading the responsive `amens'
American organ
a free-reed instrument in which air is drawn in through reeds by suction bellows
American Stock Exchange
a stock exchange in New York
any artifact (such as books or furniture or art) that is distinctive of America
toxic antimetabolite that limits cellular reproduction by acting as an antagonist to folic acid; used to treat certain cancers and psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis
a white crystalline substance used as an analgesic and antipyretic
a theophylline derivative that is used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of bronchial asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis
a meter that measures the flow of electrical current in amperes
projectiles to be fired from a gun
ammonia clock
an atomic clock based on vibrational frequency of the nitrogen atom in the ammonia molecule
ammunition chest
a chest to hold ammunition
a barbiturate with sedative and hypnotic effects; used to relieve insomnia and as an anticonvulsant
amphetamine sulfate
a sulfate derivative of amphetamine that is used as a stimulant for the central nervous system
a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression
an airplane designed to take off and land on water
a flat-bottomed motor vehicle that can travel on land or water
a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
Amphitheatrum Flavium
a large amphitheater in Rome whose construction was begun by Vespasian about AD 75 or 80
an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck; used to hold oil or wine
an antibiotic and antifungal agent
electronic equipment that increases strength of signals passing through it
a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)
a flask that has two handles; used by Romans for wines or oils
a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
amusement arcade
an arcade featuring coin-operated game machines
amyl nitrate
a vasodilator that is sometimes used to treat angina pectoris
the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic
an artifact that belongs to another time
Anacin III
an analgesic for mild pain but not for inflammation; also used as an antipyretic; (Datril, Tylenol, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra, and Anacin III are trademarks of brands of acetaminophen tablets)
a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
anything carved in low relief
moving or still pictures in contrasting colors that appear three-dimensional when superimposed
a medication used as a stimulant to the central nervous system
a medicine used to relieve pain
analog clock
a clock that displays the time of day by the position of hands on a dial
analog computer
a computer that represents information by variable quantities (e.g., positions or voltages)
analog watch
a watch that represents time by the position of hands on a dial
analog-digital converter
device for converting analogue signals into digital signals
an instrument that performs analyses
analytical balance
a beam balance of great precision used in quantitative chemical analysis
a distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible only when viewed in a special manner
compound lens or lens system designed to be free of astigmatism and able to form approximately point images
anastigmatic lens
a lens designed to correct astigmatism
anchor chain
the chain or rope that attaches an anchor to a vessel
anchor light
a light in the rigging of a ship that is riding at anchor
a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
AND circuit
a circuit in a computer that fires only when all of its inputs fire
metal supports for logs in a fireplace
an automaton that resembles a human being
anechoic chamber
a chamber having very little reverberation
a gauge for recording the speed and direction of wind
a barometer that measures pressure without using fluids
a mixture of methyl and ethyl chloride; sprayed on as a local anesthetic
a series of X rays representing the action of the heart and its blood vessels after the injection of a radiopaque substance
angiogenesis inhibitor
a drug that is designed to prevent the growth of blood vessels that nourish tumors
an X-ray representation of blood vessels made after the injection of a radiopaque substance
a modified microscope used to study capillary vessels
angiotensin I
a physiologically inactive form of angiotensin that is the precursor to angiotensin II
angiotensin II
a potent vasopressor agent formed from angiotensin I
angiotensin II inhibitor
an agent that retards or restrains the action of angiotensin II
angle bracket
an L-shaped metal bracket
a bulldozer with an angled moldboard to push earth to one side
Anglo-German concertina
a concertina with bellows and buttons on both ends
Angostura Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Orinoco River at Ciudad Bolivar
a depiction in the form of an animal
ankle brace
a brace worn to strengthen the ankle
ankle bracelet
an ornament worn around the ankle
a shoe for a child or woman that has a strap around the ankle
a sock that reaches just above the ankle
an elephant goad with a sharp spike and a hook
an addition that extends a main building
(heraldry) a charge in the shape of a small ring
molding in the form of a ring; at top of a column
an indicator that announces which electrical circuit has been active (as on a telephone switchboard)
a positively charged electrode by which electrons leave an electrical device
the negatively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
a kind of heavy jacket (`windcheater' is a British term)
a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Ansaid) that is administered only orally
answering machine
an electronic device that answers the telephone and records messages
a drug (trade name Antabuse) used in the treatment of alcoholism; causes nausea and vomiting if alcohol is ingested
a drug that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of another drug
a large entrance or reception room or area
carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tiles
a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms
anti-G suit
pressure suit worn by fliers and astronauts to counteract the forces of gravity and acceleration
anti-impotence drug
drug to treat impotence attributable to erectile dysfunction
a medicine intended to reduce inflammation
anti-submarine rocket
a shipboard system to fire rockets at submarines
anti-sway bar
a rigid metal bar between the front suspensions and between the rear suspensions of cars and trucks; serves to stabilize the chassis
anti-TNF compound
a class of drugs that block the action of tumor necrosis factor (TNF); used in cases of rheumatoid arthritis because TNF instigates inflammation of the joints
anti-torque rotor
rotor consisting of a rotating airfoil on the tail of a single-rotor helicopter; keeps the helicopter from spinning in the direction opposite to the rotation of the main rotor
antianxiety agent
a drug used to reduce stress or tension without reducing mental clarity
antianxiety drug
a tranquilizer used to relieve anxiety and reduce tension and irritability
a drug used to treat an abnormal heart rhythm
any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth
a chemical substance derivable from a mold or bacterium that can kill microorganisms and cure bacterial infections
a substance that opposes or blocks the action of acetylcholine
a medicine that inhibits cholinesterase by combining with it and so has a cholinergic effect
medicine that prevents or retards the clotting of blood
a drug used to treat or prevent convulsions (as in epilepsy)
any of a class of drugs used to treat depression; often have undesirable side effects
a drug used to treat diabetes mellitus
a drug used to control or stop diarrhea
a drug that limits the formation of urine
a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison
a drug that prevents or alleviates nausea and vomiting
any agent that reduces intestinal gas
antifouling paint
a paint used to protect against the accumulation of barnacles etc. on underwater surfaces
any agent that destroys or prevents the growth of fungi
a medicine used to treat allergies and hypersensitive reactions and colds; works by counteracting the effects of histamine on a receptor site
a drug that reduces high blood pressure
a piece of ornamented cloth that protects the back of a chair from hair oils
a medicinal drug used to prevent or treat malaria
an antineoplastic drug that inhibits the utilization of a metabolite
an agent (as heat or radiation or a chemical) that destroys microorganisms that might carry disease
a crystalline antibiotic active against various fungi
antineoplastic antibiotic
an antibiotic drug used as an antineoplastic in chemotherapy
any of several drugs that control or kill neoplastic cells; used in chemotherapy to kill cancer cells; all have unpleasant side effects that may include nausea and vomiting and hair loss and suppression of bone marrow function
antipersonnel bomb
a bomb with only 10 to 20 per cent explosive and the remainder consisting of casings designed to break into many small high-velocity fragments; most effective against troops and vehicles
an astringent substance applied to the skin to reduce perspiration
a medicinal drug used to fight diseases (like malaria) that are caused by protozoa
a substance that relieves or prevents itching
tranquilizer used to treat psychotic conditions when a calming effect is desired
any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever
any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity
an artifact surviving from the past
a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues
a drug used to relieve or prevent spasms (especially of the smooth muscles)
a drug (or other chemical agent) that is effective against syphilis
any medicine used to suppress or relieve coughing
an antihistamine (trade name Antivert) used to treat or prevent motion sickness
any drug that destroys viruses
Antonine Wall
a fortification 37 miles long across the narrowest part of southern Scotland (between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde); built in 140 to mark the frontier of the Roman province of Britain
a heavy block of iron or steel on which hot metals are shaped by hammering
ao dai
the traditional dress of Vietnamese women consisting of a tunic with long sleeves and panels front and back; the tunic is worn over trousers
the great hall in ancient Persian palaces
apartment building
a building that is divided into apartments
a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
a drug combination found in some over-the-counter headache remedies (aspirin and phenacetin and caffeine)
(military) an armored vehicle (usually equipped with caterpillar treads) that is used to transport infantry
a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
an man-made opening; usually small
a device that controls amount of light admitted
a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire
a shed containing a number of beehives
a saddle blanket made of buffalo hide
a morphine derivative that is not as strong as morphine; used as an emetic and in small doses as a sedative
apothecary's shop
a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold
equipment designed to serve a specific function
clothing in general
a part that is joined to something larger
a small appendage
appetite suppressant
a drug that suppresses appetite
Appian Way
an ancient Roman road in Italy extending south from Rome to Brindisi; begun in 312 BC
apple of discord
(classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord--who had not been invited); the apple had `for the fairest' written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it began a chain of events that led to the Trojan War
apple orchard
a grove of apple trees
a handcart from which apples and other fruit are sold in the street
durable goods for home or office use
a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin
a device for applying a substance
a decorative design made of one material sewn over another
(usually in the plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel)
approach trench
a trench that provides protected passage between the rear and front lines of a defensive position
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
an antihypertensive drug (trade name Apresoline) that dilates blood vessels; used (often with a diuretic) to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure
a garment of cloth or leather or plastic that is tied about the waist and worn to protect your clothing
a paved surface where aircraft stand while not being used
apron string
(usually used in the plural) a cord used to tie an apron at the waist
the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)
a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar
a device (trade name Aqua-Lung) that lets divers breathe under water; scuba is an acronym for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
a board that is pulled by a speedboat as a person stands on it and skims over the top of the water
a tank or pool or bowl filled with water for keeping live fish and underwater animals
an etching made by a process that makes it resemble a water color
a conduit that resembles a bridge but carries water over a valley
an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
Arabian tea
the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant
an anti-TNF compound (trade name Arava) that is given orally; can slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis by slowing the proliferation of white blood cells which reduces inflammation in the synovium
an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
a framework that supports climbing plants
any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts
a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition
arc lamp
a lamp that produces light when electric current flows across the gap between two electrodes
a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch
a covered passageway with shops and stalls on either side
a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns
(architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
arch support
a support for the arch of the foot
a passageway under a curved masonry construction
architectural ornament
(architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance
architectural plan
scale drawing of a structure
an architectural product or work
the lowest part of an entablature; rests immediately on the capitals of the columns
the molding around a door or window
a depository containing historical records and documents
a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow
a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
a passageway between buildings or giving access to a basement
arena theater
a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage
a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
a playing field where sports events take place
a sock knitted or woven with an argyle design (usually used in the plural)
a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland
a covered gravy holder of silver or other metal containing a detachable central vessel for hot water to keep the gravy warm
antiseptic consisting of a compound of protein and silver (trade name Argyrol)
arial mosaic
arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture
a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the flood
Ark of the Covenant
(Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person
arm band
a band worn around the arm for decoration
arm guard
a pad worn by football players and hockey goalkeepers
any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm
any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
weaponry used by military or naval force
coil in which voltage is induced by motion through a magnetic field
a band worn around the upper arm
chair with a support on each side for arms
a medieval helmet with a visor and a neck guard
a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports
a hole through which you put your arm and where a sleeve can be attached
(archeology) a bracelet worn around the wrist or arm
a celestial globe consisting of metal hoops; used by early astronomers to determine the positions of stars
a large wardrobe or cabinet; originally used for storing weapons
armor plate
specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
protective covering made of metal and used in combat
armored car
a military combat vehicle on wheels with light armor (and usually a machine gun)
armored car
an armor-plated truck with strong doors and locks used to transport money or valuables
armored combat vehicle
an enclosed armored military vehicle; has a cannon and moves on caterpillar treads
armored vehicle
a vehicle that is protected by armor plate
armorial bearing
heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
a place where arms are manufactured
a military structure where arms and ammunition and other military equipment are stored and training is given in the use of arms
all the weapons and equipment that a country has
a support for the arm
the official symbols of a family, state, etc.
weapons considered collectively
army base
a large base of operations for an army
Army High Performance Computing Research Center
a United States defense laboratory to conduct research in high-performance computing for defense technology applications; a partnership of government and university and industry
army hut
temporary military shelter
an ointment used in treating bruises
an obsolete firearm with a long barrel
a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric often with pictorial designs
an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics
especially fine or decorative clothing
a restraint that slows airplanes as they land on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier
arrival gate
gate where passengers disembark
a projectile with a straight thin shaft and an arrowhead on one end and stabilizing vanes on the other; intended to be shot from a bow
the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow
art gallery
a room or series of rooms where works of art are exhibited
art object
a work of art of some artistic value
art school
a school specializing in art
the products of human creativity; works of art collectively
Artemision at Ephesus
the large temple of the Greek goddess Artemis which was begun at Ephesus in 541 BC and completed 220 years later; the temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262
arterial road
a major or main route
an X ray of an artery filled with a contrast medium
a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic
artesian well
a well drilled through impermeable strata into strata that receive water from a higher altitude so there is pressure to force the water to flow upward
an X ray of a joint after the injection of a contrast medium
a type of endoscope that is inserted into a joint for visual examination
article of clothing
a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
article of commerce
an article that is offered for sale
article of furniture
furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
articulated ladder
a ladder consisting of segments (usually four) that are held together by joints that can lock in place
articulated lorry
a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together
artificial additive
an additive to food intended to improve its flavor or appearance or shelf-life
artificial flower
a handmade imitation of a blossom
artificial heart
a pump that replaces the natural heart
artificial horizon
a navigational instrument based on a gyroscope; it artificially provides a simulated horizon for the pilot
artificial joint
a metal or plastic part that is surgically implanted to replace a natural joint (possibly elbow or wrist but usually hip or knee)
artificial kidney
a machine that uses dialysis to remove impurities and waste products from the bloodstream before returning the blood to the patient's body
artificial lake
lake used to store water for community use
artificial pacemaker
an implanted electronic device that takes over the function of the natural cardiac pacemaker
artificial satellite
man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
artificial skin
a synthetic covering with two layers used experimentally to treat burn victims
artillery shell
a shell fired by artillery
large but transportable armament
artist's loft
a factory loft that has been converted into an artist's workroom and living area
artist's workroom
a studio especially for an artist or designer
a cravat with wide square ends; secured with an ornamental pin
a measuring instrument that sends out an acoustic pulse in water and measures distances in terms of the time for the echo of the pulse to return
ash bin
a bin that holds rubbish until it is collected
a receptacle fitted beneath the grate in which ashes collect and are removed
Ashcan school
early 20th-century United States painting; portrays realistic and sordid scenes of city life
a rectangular block of hewn stone used for building purposes
a receptacle for the ash from smokers' cigars or cigarettes
asparagus bed
a bed in which asparagus is growing
a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; used for sprinkling holy water
the basin or other vessel that holds holy water in Roman Catholic Churches
a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires
a pump that draws air or another gas through a liquid
aspirin powder
a powdered form of aspirin
the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa
assault gun
an armored vehicle with the chassis of a tank (but no turret) and a large gun; used as an antitank weapon and to support infantry
assault gun
any of the automatic rifles or semiautomatic rifles with large magazines designed for military use
a system of components assembled together for a particular purpose
a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit
a unit consisting of components that have been fitted together
assembly hall
a hall where many people can congregate
assembly line
mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
assembly plant
a factory where manufactured parts are assembled into a finished product
a public facility to meet for open discussion
astatic coils
an arrangement of coils used in sensitive electrical instruments; the coils are arranged to give zero resultant external magnetic field when a current passes through them and to have zero electromotive force induced in them by an external magnetic field
astatic galvanometer
has a moving magnet and astatic coils arranged to cancel the effect of the Earth's magnetic field
a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture
a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
a transparent dome on top of an airplane where the navigator can make celestial observations
an early form of sextant
astronomical telescope
any telescope designed to collect and record electromagnetic radiation from cosmic sources
astronomy satellite
a satellite equipped with a telescope to observe infrared radiation
Aswan High Dam
one of the world's largest dams on the Nile River in southern Egypt
a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
a shelter from danger or hardship
a drug (trade name Atabrine) used to treat certain worm infestations and once used to treat malaria
a furnace that feeds itself so as to maintain a uniform temperature; used by alchemists
a place where reading materials are available
a simple type of jet engine; must be launched at high speed
athletic facility
a facility for athletic events
athletic sock
a sock worn for athletic events
athletic supporter
a support for the genitals worn by men engaging in strenuous exercise
tranquilizer (trade name Ativan) used to treat anxiety and tension and insomnia
a figure of a man used as a supporting column
an unattended machine (outside some banks) that dispenses money when a personal coded card is used
an instrument that measures rate of evaporation of water
atomic clock
a timepiece that derives its time scale from the vibration of atoms or molecules
atomic cocktail
an oral dose of radioactive substance used in treatment and diagnosis of cancer
atomic pile
a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy
atomic warhead
the warhead of a missile designed to deliver an atom bomb
atomic weapon
a weapon of mass destruction whose explosive power derives from a nuclear reaction
a dispenser that turns a liquid (such as perfume) into a fine mist
the central area in a building; open to the sky
a drug (trade name Atromid-S) that reduces lipids in the blood serum; used to treat some cardiovascular diseases
a poisonous crystalline alkaloid extracted from the nightshade family; used as an antispasmodic and to dilate the eye pupil; also administered in large amounts as an antidote for organophosphate nerve agents or organophosphate insecticides
an inhaled bronchodilator (trade name Atrovent)
a shallow and rectangular briefcase
a supplementary part or accessory
a connection that fastens things together
attack aircraft
a high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy aircraft in the air
attack submarine
a military submarine designed and armed to attack enemy shipping
an electrical device for attenuating the strength of an electrical signal
(architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof
attic fan
a fan that blows heated air out of the attic of a building
floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
auction block
a platform from which an auctioneer sells
the sound elements of television
audio amplifier
an amplifier that increases the amplitude of reproduced sound
audio CD
compact discs used to reproduce sound (voice and music)
audio system
a system of electronic equipment for recording or reproducing sound
a recording of acoustic signals
a cassette for audiotape
a graphical representation of a person's auditory sensitivity to sound
an instrument used to measure the sensitivity of hearing
magnetic tape for use in recording sound
a tape recording of sound
materials using sight or sound to present information
the area of a theater or concert hall where the audience sits
Augean stables
(Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them
hand tool for boring holes
a long flexible steel coil for dislodging stoppages in curved pipes
an antibiotic; a semisynthetic oral penicillin (trade names Amoxil and Larotid and Polymox and Trimox and Augmentin) used to treat bacterial infections
a yellow crystalline antibiotic (trade name Aureomycin) used to treat certain bacterial and rickettsial diseases
medical instrument consisting of a magnifying lens and light; used for examining the external ear (the auditory meatus and especially the tympanic membrane)
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in southwestern Poland during World War II
auto accessory
an accessory for an automobile
auto factory
a factory where automobiles are manufactured
auto part
a component of an automobile
auto tire
a tire consisting of a rubber ring around the rim of an automobile wheel
a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
an automatic mechanical device on a record player that causes new records to be played without manual intervention
an expressway in a German-speaking country
a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport
a device for heating substances above their boiling point; used to manufacture chemicals or to sterilize surgical instruments
a device that displays words for people to read
an optical device for focussing a camera or other instrument automatically
an aircraft that is supported in flight by unpowered rotating horizontal wings (or blades); forward propulsion is provided by a conventional propeller
autograph album
an album for autographs
a hypodermic syringe to use in injecting yourself with a liquid
a firearm that reloads itself
a cafeteria where food is served from machines
a vending machine from which you can get food
automatic choke
a choke that automatically controls the flow of air to the carburetor
automatic drive
a transmission that automatically changes the gears according to the speed of the car
automatic firearm
a firearm that reloads itself and keeps firing until the trigger is released
automatic pilot
a navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course
automatic washer
a home appliance for washing clothes and linens automatically
a pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released
light machine gun
equipment used to achieve automatic control or operation
a mechanism that can move automatically
automobile battery
a lead-acid storage battery in a motor vehicle; usually a 12-volt battery of six cells; the heart of the car's electrical system
automobile engine
the engine that propels an automobile
automobile horn
a device on an automobile for making a warning noise
automobile trunk
compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools
automotive vehicle
a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
a radiogram produced by radiation emitted by the specimen being photographed
an expressway in an Italian-speaking country
an exact copy or reproduction
auxiliary airfield
an airfield that functions in a subsidiary capacity
auxiliary boiler
(nautical) an extra boiler (as a ship's boiler that is used while the ship is in port)
auxiliary engine
(nautical) a small engine (as one used on board ships to operate a windlass)
auxiliary equipment
electronic equipment not in direct communication (or under the control of) the central processing unit
auxiliary pump
a supplementary pump available if needed
auxiliary research submarine
a submarine for research purposes
auxiliary storage
a data storage device that is not the main memory of a computer
a medieval hood of mail suspended from a basinet to protect the head and neck
a wide street or thoroughfare
a building where birds are kept
a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes
awning deck
a deck at the top of a passenger ship
a canopy made of canvas to shelter people or things from rain or sun
ax handle
the handle of an ax
ax head
the cutting head of an ax
an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
the center around which something rotates
a shaft on which a wheel rotates
axle bar
an iron bar that serves as an axletree
a dead axle on a carriage or wagon that has terminal spindles on which the wheels revolve
an antibiotic (trade name Azactam) used against severe infections; has minimal side effects
B battery
battery for supplying a constant positive voltage to the plate of a vacuum tube
United States military aircraft; B- stands for bomber
B-flat clarinet
the ordinary clarinet with a middle range
a woman's headscarf folded into a triangle and tied under the chin; worn by Russian peasant women
baby bed
a small bed for babies; enclosed by sides to prevent the baby from falling
baby buggy
a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around
baby grand
a small grand piano
baby oil
an ointment for babies
baby powder
powder used to prevent a baby's diaper from chafing
baby shoe
a shoe designed to be worn by infants
baby's dummy
device used for an infant to suck or bite on
baby's room
a child's room for a baby
an enclosing framework on casters or wheels; helps babies learn to walk
leaves of the tobacco plant dried and prepared for smoking or ingestion
a polypeptide antibiotic of known chemical structure effective against several types of Gram-positive organisms; usually applied locally
the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
back brace
a brace worn to support the back
back door
an entrance at the rear of a building
back pack
a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder
back porch
a porch for the back door
back room
a room located in the rear of an establishment; usually accessible only to privileged groups
back saw
a handsaw that is stiffened by metal reinforcement along the upper edge
a support that you can lean against while sitting
the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
the side that goes last or is not normally seen
a broad band that passes over the back of a horse and supports the shafts of a vehicle
any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons
a board used to support the back of someone or something
a raised vertical board with basket attached; used to play basketball
the part of a network that connects other networks together
the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved
scenery hung at back of stage
backgammon board
the board on which backgammon is played
(computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
an excavator whose shovel bucket is attached to a hinged boom and is drawn backward to move earth
something forming a back that is added for strengthening
lighting from behind
backpacking tent
a tent that can be carried in a backpack
plate armor protecting the back; worn as part of a cuirass
the meeting place of a group of leaders who make their decisions via private negotiations
a long-handled scratcher for scratching your back
a seat at the back of a vehicle (especially the seat at the back of an automobile)
the typewriter key used for back spacing
a stage area out of sight of the audience
a second staircase at the rear of a building
a stay that supports the back of something
an overlapping stitch made by starting the next stitch at the middle of the preceding one
(baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
a sword with only one cutting edge
a stick used instead of a sword for fencing
backup system
a computer system for making backups
(computer science) a copy of a file or directory on a separate storage device
the grounds in back of a house
bacteria bed
layer of sand or gravel used to expose sewage effluent to air and the action of microorganisms
badminton court
the court on which badminton is played
badminton equipment
equipment for playing the game of badminton
badminton racket
a light long-handled racket used by badminton players
a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy
a flexible container with a single opening
a place that the runner must touch before scoring
a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes
a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
something of little value or significance
the portable equipment and supplies of an army
baggage car
a railway car where passengers' bags are carried
baggage claim
an area in an airport where arriving passengers can collect the luggage that has been carried in the hold of the aircraft
cases used to carry belongings when traveling
a machine for putting objects or substances into bags
coarse fabric used for bags or sacks
a building containing public baths
a building where prostitutes are available
a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
the outer defensive wall that surrounds the outer courtyard of a castle
the outer courtyard of a castle
Bailey bridge
a temporary bridge designed for rapid construction
a large pan that is filled with hot water; smaller pans containing food can be set in the larger pan to keep food warm or to cook food slowly
something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
a bright green fabric napped to resemble felt; used to cover gaming tables
a workplace where baked goods (breads and cakes and pastries) are produced or sold
baking tray
a cooking utensil consisting of a flat rectangular metal sheet used for baking cookies or biscuits
a cap that is close-fitting and woolen and covers all of the head but the face
a stringed instrument that has a triangular body and three strings
a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity
balance beam
a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts
a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat
a weight that balances another weight
a cotton knit fabric used for underwear
a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
ornamented canopy supported by columns or suspended from a roof or projected from a wall (as over an altar)
a wide (ornamented) belt worn over the right shoulder to support a sword or bugle by the left hip
a large bundle bound for storage or transport
baling wire
wire used to make bales
one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games
a spherical object used as a plaything
ball and chain
heavy iron ball attached to a prisoner by a chain
ball bearing
bearings containing small metal balls
ball cartridge
a general purpose cartridge having a primer and a ball and a full charge of powder
ball cock
floating ball that controls level in a water tank
ball field
the baseball playing field
ball gown
the most formal gown; worn to a ball
ball valve
any valve that checks flow by the seating of a ball
a solid projectile that is shot by a musket
ball-and-socket joint
a joint that can rotate within a socket
ball-peen hammer
a hammer with one round and one flat end; used in working metal
any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations)
an electrical device for starting and regulating fluorescent and discharge lamps
a suit or dress for formal occasions
ballet skirt
very short skirt worn by ballerinas
ballistic capsule
a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
ballistic galvanometer
a moving-coil galvanometer that measures electric charge
ballistic missile
a missile that is guided in the first part of its flight but falls freely as it approaches target
ballistic pendulum
a physical pendulum consisting of a large mass suspended from a rod; when it is struck by a projectile its displacement is used to measure the projectile's velocity
a medical instrument that measures the mechanical force of cardiac contractions and the amount of blood passing through the heart during a specified period by measuring the recoil of the body as blood is pumped from the ventricles
large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air
small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck
balloon sail
any light loose sail
balloon seat
a seat that has a bell shape (on some 18th century chairs)
ballot box
a box where voters deposit their ballots
a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games)
large room used mainly for dancing
semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
a brimless dark blue Scottish cap with a flat top and a plume on one side
a sturdy laced walking shoe
an ointment containing a fragrant resin
one of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing
a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
banana boat
a ship designed to transport bananas
a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
a restraint put around something to hold it together
a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else, typically to hold it together or as a decoration
a driving belt in machinery
Band Aid
trade name for an adhesive bandage to cover small cuts or blisters
band saw
an endless saw consisting of a toothed metal band that is driven around two wheels
an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material
a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger
a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body
large and brightly colored handkerchief; often used as a neckerchief
a light cylindrical box for holding light articles of attire (especially hats)
an undergarment worn by women to support their breasts
a decorated dart that is implanted in the neck or shoulders of the bull during a bull fight
a broad cartridge belt worn over the shoulder by soldiers
a type of concertina popular in South America
a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
a large ornate wagon for carrying a musical band
bangalore torpedo
a metal pipe filled with explosive, used to detonate land mines or to clear a path through barbed wire
firework consisting of a small explosive charge and fuse in a heavy paper casing
cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
jewelry worn around the wrist for decoration
a loose fitting jacket; originally worn in India
a stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body
bank vault
a strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for safekeeping of valuables
a building in which the business of banking transacted
a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home
any distinctive flag
long strip of cloth or paper used for decoration or advertising
an upholstered bench
baptismal font
bowl for baptismal water
a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon
an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal
a counter where you can obtain food or drink
(law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried
a heating element in an electric fire
a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
bar bit
a bit for horses that is a solid bar of metal
bar magnet
a magnet in the form of a bar with magnetic poles at each end
bar mask
a catcher's mask with bars
bar printer
an impact printer that uses a bar to carry the type slugs
bar soap
soap in the form of a bar
a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
the pointed part of barbed wire
a tower that is part of a defensive structure (such as a castle)
a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
barbed wire
strong wire with barbs at regular intervals used to prevent passage
a bar to which heavy discs are attached at each end; used in weightlifting
barber chair
a large fixed adjustable chair in which barbers seat their customers
a shop where men can get their hair cut
(formerly) a mound of earth inside a fort from which heavy gun can be fired over the parapet
barbette carriage
a gun carriage elevated so that the gun can be fired over the parapet
a barbiturate used as a hypnotic
organic compound having powerful soporific effect; overdose can be fatal
an ornamental caparison for a horse
a vessel (such as a yacht) that can be chartered without a captain or crew or provisions
barge pole
a long pole used to propel or guide a barge
a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)
needlepoint embroidery stitch that produces zigzag lines
the second lowest brass wind instrument
a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts
an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals
barn door
the large sliding door of a barn
an opaque adjustable flap on a lamp fixture; used in photography to cut off light from particular areas
a yard adjoining a barn
a recording barometer; automatically records on paper the variations in atmospheric pressure
an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure
a knife resembling a cleaver; used in the Philippines
a horse-drawn carriage having four wheels; has an outside seat for the driver and facing inside seats for two couples and a folding top
a building or group of buildings used to house military personnel
barrage balloon
an elongated tethered balloon or blimp with cables or net suspended from it to deter enemy planes that are flying low
barrel knot
a knot used for tying fishing leaders together; the ends of the two leaders are wrapped around each other two or three times
barrel organ
a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs
barrel vault
the simplest form of vault; a single continuous arch
a cylindrical container that holds liquids
a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired
a cheap drinking and dancing establishment
a pin for holding women's hair in place
a barrier (usually thrown up hastily) to impede the advance of an enemy
a barrier set up by police to stop traffic on a street or road in order to catch a fugitive or inspect traffic etc.
a structure or object that impedes free movement
barrier strip
a junction unit for connecting 2 cables without the need for plugs
(archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs
a cart for carrying small loads; has handles and one or more wheels
gymnastic apparatus consisting of two parallel wooden rods supported on uprights
bas relief
a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut
a structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other (on the principle of the seesaw)
(electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector
a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
the principal ingredient of a mixture
installation from which a military force initiates operations
lowest support of a structure
the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area
a support or foundation
a ball used in playing baseball
baseball bat
an implement used in baseball by the batter
baseball cap
a cap with a bill
baseball card
a trading card with a picture of a baseball player and information about his playing record
baseball diamond
the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate
baseball equipment
equipment used in playing baseball
baseball glove
the handwear used by fielders in playing baseball
a molding covering the joint formed by a wall and the floor
the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture
the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
basic point defense missile system
a shipboard missile system
(usually in the plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
an early Christian church designed like a Roman basilica; or a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges
ancient brass cannon
a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids
a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face
a medieval steel helmet
basket hilt
a hilt with a basket-shaped guard for the hand
basket weave
a cloth woven of two or more threads interlaced to suggest the weave of a basket
horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
a container that is usually woven and has handles
basket-handle arch
a round arch whose inner curve is drawn with circles having three centers
an inflated ball used in playing basketball
basketball court
the court on which basketball is played
basketball equipment
sports equipment used in playing basketball
the member with the lowest range of a family of musical instruments
bass clarinet
a large clarinet whose range is an octave below the B-flat clarinet
bass drum
a large drum with two heads; makes a sound of indefinite but very low pitch
bass fiddle
largest and lowest member of the violin family
bass guitar
the guitar with six strings that has the lowest pitch
bass horn
the lowest brass wind instrument
bass viol
viol that is the bass member of the viol family with approximately the range of the cello
basset horn
a tenor clarinet; pitched in the key of F below the B-flat clarinet
basset oboe
an oboe pitched an octave below the ordinary oboe
a basket (usually hooded) used as a baby's bed
a perambulator that resembles a bassinet
a double-reed instrument; the tenor of the oboe family
derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin
a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together
a tube with a rubber bulb used to take up and release melted fat or gravy in order to moisten roasting meat
a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution
a cudgel used to give someone a beating on the soles of the feet
projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
low-grade cocaine mixed with coca paste and cannabis
a club used for hitting a ball in various games
the club used in playing cricket
a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash
bateau bridge
a temporary bridge built over a series of pontoons
a vessel containing liquid in which something is immersed (as to process it or to maintain it at a constant temperature or to lubricate it)
bath chair
a wheelchair usually pushed by an attendant, as at a spa
bath linen
linens for use in the bathroom
bath mat
a heavy towel or mat to stand on while drying yourself after a bath
bath oil
a scented oil added to your bath water
bath powder
a fine powder for spreading on the body (as after bathing)
bath salts
a preparation that softens or scents a bath
bath soap
soap used as a toiletry
bath towel
a large towel; to dry yourself after a bath
a building containing dressing rooms for bathers
bathing cap
a tight-fitting cap that keeps hair dry while swimming
bathing costume
tight fitting garment worn for swimming
bathing trunks
swimsuit worn by men while swimming
bathing tub
a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body
an instrument that measures the depth of water
a loose-fitting robe of towelling; worn after a bath or swim
a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
bathroom cleaner
a preparation for cleaning bathrooms
bathroom fixture
any fixture in a bathroom
a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
navigable deep diving vessel for underwater exploration
spherical deep diving apparatus (lowered by a cable) for underwater exploration
a dyed fabric; a removable wax is used where the dye is not wanted
a thin plain-weave cotton or linen fabric; used for shirts or dresses
a hollow cylinder passed from runner to runner in a relay race
a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette
a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority
Baton Rouge Bridge
a cantilever bridge across the Mississippi at Baton Rouge
a short stout club used primarily by policemen
a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
a strip fixed to something to hold it firm
stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber
batter's box
an area on a baseball diamond (on either side of home plate) marked by lines within which the batter must stand when at bat
battering ram
a ram used to break down doors of fortified buildings
battery charger
a device that can hold a rechargeable battery by means of an electrical cable
a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series
a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores
batting cage
a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice
batting glove
a glove worn by batters in baseball to give a firmer grip on the bat
batting helmet
a helmet worn by the batter in baseball
battle cruiser
a cruiser of maximum speed and firepower
battle dress
a military uniform designed for field service
battle flag
a flag that leads troops into battle
battle sight
an arrangement of sights that makes possible the rapid aiming of a firearm at short ranges
a broadax used as a weapon
a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns
large and heavily armoured warship
one of a pair of swinging doors (as at the entrance to a western saloon)
a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose
a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital
bay rum
an aromatic liquid originally obtained by distilling the leaves of the bayberry tree with rum
bay window
a window that sticks out from the outside wall of a house
bay wreath
(antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory
an oral drug (trade name Baycol) to reduce blood cholesterol levels
a knife that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon
Bayonne Bridge
a steel arch bridge connecting New Jersey and Staten Island at Bayonne, New Jersey
a shop where a variety of goods are sold
a street of small shops (especially in Orient)
a portable rocket launcher used by infantrymen as an antitank weapon
BB gun
an air gun in which BBs are propelled by compressed air
BB shot
a small pellet fired from an air rifle or BB gun
a computer that is running software that allows users to leave messages and access information of general interest
beach ball
large and light ball; for play at the seaside
beach buggy
a recreational vehicle with large tires used on beaches or sand dunes
beach chair
a folding chair for use outdoors; a wooden frame supports a length of canvas
beach house
a house built on or near a beach
beach towel
very large towel to dry yourself after swimming
beach waggon
a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
clothing to be worn at a beach
a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships
a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes
a small ball with a hole through the middle
bead and quirk
beading formed with a narrow groove separating it from the surface it decorates
beading plane
a plane with a concave blade for making moulding with beadwork
ornamentation with beads
several beads threaded together on a string
a cup (usually without a handle)
a flatbottomed jar made of glass or plastic; used for chemistry
long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
the broad side of a ship
beam balance
a balance consisting of a lever with two equal arms and a pan suspended from each arm
beam scale
a portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with arms of unequal length
a small cloth bag filled with dried beans; thrown in games
a small skullcap; formerly worn by schoolboys and college freshmen
bear claw
an incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery
a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily
bearing rein
a rein designed to keep the horse's head in the desired position
bearing wall
any wall supporting a floor or the roof of a building
tall hat; worn by some British soldiers on ceremonial occasions
an implement for beating
beating-reed instrument
a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
beauty parlor
a shop where hairdressers and beauticians work
beauty spot
a spot that is worn on a lady's face for adornment
a movable piece of armor on a medieval helmet used to protect the lower face
beaver board
a light wallboard made of compressed wood pulp
a hat made with the fur of a beaver (or similar material)
a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur
(nautical) a short line with an eye at one end and a knot at the other; used to secure loose items on a ship
becket bend
a hitch used for temporarily tying a rope to the middle of another rope (or to an eye)
Beckman thermometer
a mercury thermometer that measures small differences or changes in temperature
a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
a plot of ground in which plants are growing
a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.
bed and breakfast
an overnight boardinghouse with breakfast
bed clothing
coverings that are used on a bed
bed cover
decorative cover for a bed
bed jacket
a lightweight jacket worn over bedclothes (as when sitting in bed)
bed linen
linen or cotton articles for a bed (as sheets and pillowcases)
bed of flowers
a bed in which flowers are growing
bed of roses
a flower bed in which roses are growing
bed pillow
a soft pillow for use on a bed
bed sheet
bed linen consisting of a large rectangular piece of cotton or linen cloth; used in pairs
single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
a room used primarily for sleeping
material used to provide a bed for animals
Bedford cord
a heavy corded fabric similar to corduroy; used for clothing
the framework of a bed
pejorative terms for an insane asylum
a shallow vessel used by a bedridden patient for defecation and urination
any of 4 vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
bedding rolled up for carrying
bedroom furniture
furniture intended for use in a bedroom
a furnished sitting room with sleeping accommodations (and some plumbing)
(usually in the plural) one of the springs holding up the mattress of a bed
a photograph of a muscular man in minimal attire
any workplace where people are very busy
a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees
an electronic device that generates a series of beeps when the person carrying it is being paged
beer barrel
a barrel that holds beer
beer bottle
a bottle that holds beer
beer can
a can that holds beer
beer garden
tavern with an outdoor area (usually resembling a garden) where beer and other alcoholic drinks are served
beer glass
a relatively large glass for serving beer
beer hall
a hall or barroom featuring beer and (usually) entertainment
beer mat
a drip mat placed under a glass of beer
beer mug
a mug intended for serving beer
a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing
belaying pin
a wood or metal bar to which a rope can be secured (as on a ship or in mountain climbing)
a room (often at the top of a tower) where bells are hung
a bell tower; usually stands alone unattached to a building
a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
the flared opening of a tubular device
bell arch
a round arch resting on corbels
bell cot
a small shelter for bells; has a gable or shed roof
bell deck
a floor under the bells of an open belfry
bell foundry
a foundry where bells are cast
bell gable
an extension of a gable that serves as a bell cote
bell glass
a bell-shaped glass cover used to protect and display delicate objects or to cover scientific apparatus or to contain gases
bell push
a button that is pushed to ring a bell
bell tent
a bell-shaped tent
bell tower
a tower that supports or shelters a bell
a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed
a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
an alkaloidal extract or tincture of the poisonous belladonna plant that is used medicinally
a stoneware drinking jug with a long neck; decorated with a caricature of Cardinal Bellarmine (17th century)
bellbottom pants
(used in the plural) trousers with legs that flare; worn by sailors; absurdly wide hems were fashionable in the 1960s
(used in the plural) a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air; used to make a fire burn more fiercely or to sound a musical instrument
a handle or cord that is pulled to ring a doorbell or a servant's bell etc.
a strap around the belly of a draft animal holding the shafts of a wagon
a cloth band that is worn around the waist (as on infants until the navel has healed)
Belmont Park
a racetrack for thoroughbred racing in Elmont on Long Island; site of the Belmont Stakes
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews created in northwestern Germany during World War II
a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist)
endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys
belt bag
a small pouch (usually with a zipper) that attaches to a belt and is worn around the waist
belt buckle
the buckle used to fasten a belt
ammunition (usually of small caliber) loaded in flexible linked strips for use in a machine gun
the material of which belts are made
a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center
a gazebo sited to command a fine view
area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
antihistamine (trade name Benadryl) used to treat allergic reactions involving the nasal passages (hay fever) and also to treat motion sickness
a long seat for more than one person
(law) the seat for judges in a courtroom
bench clamp
a clamp used to hold work in place on a workbench
bench hook
any of various stops on a workbench against which work can be pushed (as while chiseling or planing)
bench lathe
lathe mounted on a workbench
bench press
a small punch press mounted on a workbench
bench vise
a holding device attached to a workbench; has two jaws to hold workpiece firmly in place
a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic
diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
a tool for bending
Benjamin Franklin Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
wood that is steamed until it becomes pliable and then is shaped for use in making furniture
a form of amphetamine
a white crystalline ester used as a local anesthetic
any of several similar lipophilic amines used as tranquilizers or sedatives or hypnotics or muscle relaxants; chronic use can lead to dependency
a cap with no brim or bill; made of soft cloth
a limousine with a glass partition between the front and back seats
a narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road
Bermudian rig
a rig of triangular sails for a yacht
a stiff cap with ridges across the crown; worn by Roman Catholic clergy
a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
a broom made of twigs tied together on a long handle
Bessemer converter
a refractory-lined furnace used to convert pig iron into steel by the Bessemer process
beta blocker
any of various drugs used in treating hypertension or arrhythmia; decreases force and rate of heart contractions by blocking beta-adrenergic receptors of the autonomic nervous system
a form of interferon that is produced by fibroblasts and have antiviral effects; used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis
accelerates a continuous beam of electrons to high speeds by means of the electric field produced by changing magnetic flux
a house of worship (especially one for sailors)
betting shop
a licensed bookmaker's shop that is not at the race track
a cyclotron that accelerates protons up to several billion electron volts
bevel gear
gears that mesh at an angle
a hand tool consisting of two rules that are hinged together so you can draw or measure angles of any size
two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
a Cox-2 inhibitor (trade name Bextra) that relieves pain and inflammation without harming the digestive tract
a sloping edge on a cutting tool
a preparation of the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant; much used in India
bi-fold door
an interior door
a napkin tied under the chin of a child while eating
top part of an apron; covering the chest
an attractive outfit
a cocked hat with the brim turned up to form two points
bicycle chain
a chain that transmits the power from the pedals to the rear wheel of a bicycle
bicycle clip
a clip worn around a cyclist's ankles that keeps trousers from becoming caught in the bicycle chain
bicycle pump
a small pump that fills bicycle tires with air
bicycle rack
a rack for parking bicycles
bicycle seat
a seat for the rider of a bicycle
bicycle wheel
the wheel of a bicycle
a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two seats
a basin for washing genitals and anal area
a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
a coffin along with its stand
(plural) eyeglasses having two focal lengths, one for near vision and the other for far vision
Big Ben
clock in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, London
Big Blue
a reliable and deadly 15,000-pound fragmentation bomb that explodes just above ground with a large radius; the largest conventional bomb in existence; used in Afghanistan
big board
the large display board at the New York Stock Exchange that reports on stocks traded on the exchange
big dipper
elevated railway in an amusement park (usually with sharp curves and steep inclines)
big H
street names for heroin
big hand
points to the minutes
big top
a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
a child's tight-fitting cap; often ties under the chin
the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)
a small and delicately worked piece
a motor vehicle with two wheels and a strong frame
bikini pants
(used in the plural) small and tight-fitting underpants; worn by women
a woman's very brief bathing suit
where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
bilge keel
either of two lengthwise fins attached along the outside of a ship's bilge; reduces rolling
bilge pump
a pump to remove bilgewater
bilge well
(nautical) a well where seepage drains to be pumped away
in a vessel with two hulls, an enclosed area between the frames at each side
a cutting tool with a sharp edge
a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
large outdoor signboard
lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
a pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money
billiard ball
ball used in playing billiards
billiard hall
a room in which billiards is played
billiard marker
a device for keeping the score in a game of billiards
billiard table
game equipment consisting of a heavy table on which pool is played
bimetallic strip
a strip consisting of two metals that bends with a rise in temperature
a container; usually has a lid
bin liner
a plastic bag used to line a trash or garbage bin
something used to tie or bind
a machine that cuts grain and binds it in sheaves
holds loose papers or magazines
a workshop where books are bound
strip sewn over or along an edge for reinforcement or decoration
one of a pair of mechanical devices that are attached to a ski and that will grip a ski boot; the bindings should release in case of a fall
a nonmagnetic housing for a ship's compass (usually in front of the helm)
binocular microscope
a light microscope adapted to the use of both eyes
(plural) an optical instrument designed for simultaneous use by both eyes
bio lab
a laboratory for biological research
any weapon usable in biological warfare
a microchip that uses tiny strands of DNA to latch onto and quickly recognize thousands of genes at a time; intended for use in a biological environment
biohazard suit
a loose one-piece garment worn to protect the wearer against dangerous biological or chemical agents
a kind of early movie projector
a South African movie theater
old fashioned airplane; has two wings one above the other
an optical device for obtaining interference fringes
birch bark
a canoe made with the bark of a birch tree
a switch consisting of a twig or a bundle of twigs from a birch tree; used to hit people as punishment
bird feeder
an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birds
bird shot
small lead shot for shotgun shells
badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
an ornamental basin (usually in a garden) for birds to bathe in
a cage in which a bird can be kept
birdcage mask
a catcher's mask with a strong wire face
a device for imitating a birdcall
a shelter for birds
a pen that has a small metal ball as the point of transfer of ink to paper
birth control device
an agent or device intended to prevent conception
(chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color
bishop's throne
a throne that is the official chair of a bishop
a small informal restaurant; serves wine
the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press
piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers
bite plate
a removable dental appliance that is worn in the palate for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
a dental X-ray film that can be held in place by the teeth during radiography
an image represented as a two dimensional array of brightness values for pixels
a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring
bitt pin
a pin through the bitthead to keep the mooring lines from slipping off
a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines)
bitter end
(nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
the upper end of a bitt
a protective coating of asphalt and filter used on structural metals that are exposed to weathering
temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers
black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
(board games) the darker pieces
black and white
a black-and-white photograph or slide
black box
equipment that records information about the performance of an aircraft during flight
Black Hole of Calcutta
a dungeon (20 feet square) in a fort in Calcutta where as many as 146 English prisoners were held overnight by Siraj-ud-daula; the next morning only 23 were still alive
black lotion
a mixture of calomel and limewater that is used on syphilitic sores
black Maria
van used by police to transport prisoners
black tie
a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
black tie
semiformal evening dress for men
blackboard eraser
an eraser that removes chalk marks from blackboard
sheet of slate; for writing with chalk
the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negro
a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle; used for hitting people
Blackwall hitch
a simple hitch used for temporarily attaching a line to a hook
a wash that colors a surface black
a bag that fills with air
the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
the part of the skate that slides on the ice
blade bit
a drilling bit with cutting edges usually hardened against wear
a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
a piece of material ready to be made into something
a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
a blank gap or missing part
a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor
blanket stitch
a strong reinforcing stitch for edges of blanket and other thick material; similar to buttonhole stitch
bedding that keeps a person warm in bed
Blarney Stone
a stone in a castle in Ireland that is said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it
blast furnace
a furnace for smelting of iron from iron oxide ores; combustion is intensified by a blast of air
blasting cap
a small tube filled with detonating substances; used to detonate high explosives
blasting gelatin
mixture of guncotton with nitroglycerin
lightweight single-breasted jacket; often striped in the colors of a club or school
(used in the plural) an outdoor grandstand without a roof; patrons are exposed to the sun as linens are when they are bleached
an electrically powered mixer with whirling blades that mix or chop or liquefy foods
a small nonrigid airship used for observation or as a barrage balloon
a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)
blind alley
a street with only one way in or out
blind bend
a curve or bend in the road that you cannot see around as you are driving
blind corner
a street corner that you cannot see around as you are driving
a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
blind consisting of a leather eyepatch sewn to the side of the halter that prevents a horse from seeing something on either side
a cloth used to cover the eyes
flashy, ostentatious jewelry
a light that flashes on and off; used as a signal or to send messages
blister pack
packaging in which a product is sealed between a cardboard backing and clear plastic cover
a beta blocker (trade name Blocadren) administered after heart attacks
a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
block and tackle
pulley blocks with associated rope or cable
block diagram
a diagram showing the interconnections between the components of system (especially an electronic system)
block plane
a small plane used on end grains of wood
an obstruction in a pipe or tube
a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope
prevents access or progress
a ship that runs through or around a naval blockade
a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block)
a class of drugs that inhibit (block) some biological process
a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire
a motor vehicle equipped to collect blood donations
(used in the plural) underpants worn by women
a top worn by women
blow drier
a hand-held electric blower that can blow warm air onto the hair; used for styling hair
blow tube
a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing
blow tube
a tube that directs air or gas into a flame to concentrate heat
a device that produces a current of air
a fan run by an electric motor
a hole for the escape of gas or air
a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame
a photographic print that has been enlarged
a high shoe with laces over the tongue
a club used as a weapon
blue clothing
blue chip
a blue poker chip with the highest value
blue jeans
(used in the plural) close-fitting trousers of heavy denim for manual work or casual wear
photographic print of plans or technical drawings etc.
a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle
blunt file
a file with parallel edges
makeup consisting of a pink or red powder applied to the cheeks
a long thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur
a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
board rule
a measure used in computing board feet
electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices
a table at which meals are served
a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view
a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games
a structure of boards
boarding house
a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
a room where a committee meets (such as the board of directors of a company)
(used in the plural) the boarding that surrounds an ice hockey rink
(used in the plural) the stage of a theater
a walkway made of wooden boards; usually at seaside
a small vessel for travel on water
boat deck
the upper deck on which lifeboats are stored
boat hook
pole-handled hook used to pull or push boats
boat paddle
a short light oar used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat
boat train
a train taking passengers to or from a port
boat whistle
a whistle on a boat that is sounded as a warning
a dish (often boat-shaped) for serving gravy or sauce
a shed at the edge of a river or lake; used to store boats
boatswain's chair
a seat consisting of a board and a rope; used while working aloft or over the side of a ship
a place where boats are built or maintained or stored
a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism
bobbin lace
a handmade lace worked on a pillow with threads wound on bobbins; the pattern is marked out on the pillow by pins
a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
bobby pin
a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place
formerly two short sleds coupled together
bocce ball
wooden ball that is bowled in the Italian game of bocce
a small Hispanic shop selling wine and groceries
part of a dress above the waist
a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric
formerly a long hairpin; usually with an ornamental head
a dagger with a slender blade
a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops
the external structure of a vehicle
body armor
armor that protects the wearer's whole body
body bag
a bag in which the body of a dead soldier is placed
body lotion
lotion applied to the body after bathing
body of work
the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
body pad
a pad worn by hockey goalkeeper
body plethysmograph
plethysmograph consisting of a chamber surrounding the entire body; used in studies of respiration
body stocking
a one-piece tight-fitting undergarment for women that covers the torso (and may have sleeves and legs)
body suit
a tight-fitting garment of stretchy material that covers the body from the shoulders to the thighs (and may have long sleeves or legs reaching down to the ankles); worn by ballet dancers and acrobats for practice or performance
a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)
the exterior body of a motor vehicle
Bofors gun
an automatic double-barreled antiaircraft gun
an unidentified (and possibly enemy) aircraft
a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid
sealed vessel where water is converted to steam
thick plate iron used in the production of boilers
boilers suit
a loose protective coverall or smock worn over ordinary clothing for dirty work
a rope with weights attached to the ends; is thrown to entangle the legs of an animal; of South American origin
a cord fastened around the neck with an ornamental clasp and worn as a necktie
a short jacket; worn mostly by women
a pulley-block at the head of a topmast
long heavy knife with a single edge; of Philippine origin
record or recording made by a bolometer
an instrument that measures heat radiation; extremely sensitive
a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows
a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech
a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length
bolt cutter
an implement for cutting bolts
the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key
a large pill; used especially in veterinary medicine
an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
bomb rack
a device on an aircraft for carrying bombs
strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion
a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family
a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician
a twilled fabric used for dresses; the warp is silk and the weft is worsted
a military aircraft that drops bombs during flight
bomber jacket
a jacket gathered into a band at the waist
an unexploded bomblet
one of the smaller bombs that are released from a cluster bomb
an explosive bomb or artillery shell
a sighting device in an aircraft for aiming bombs
a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
bone china
fine porcelain that contains bone ash
bone-ash cup
a small porous bowl made of bone ash used in assaying to separate precious metals from e.g. lead
(used in the plural) a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance
any wheeled vehicle that is dilapidated and uncomfortable
a small drum; played with the hands
protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine
a hat tied under the chin
boob tube
an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screen
booby prize
a prize given to one who finishes last in a contest
booby trap
an explosive mine hidden underground; explodes when stepped on or driven over
a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge
book bag
a bag in which students carry their books
book matches
a paper match that strikes only on a specially prepared surface
physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
a bookbinder's workshop; a place for binding books
a piece of furniture with shelves for storing books
a support placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright (on a shelf or table)
a marker (a piece of paper or ribbon) placed between the pages of a book to mark the reader's place
a van with shelves of books; serves as a mobile library or bookstore
a shelf on which to keep books
a shop where books are sold
any of various more-or-less horizontal spars or poles used to extend the foot of a sail or for handling cargo or in mooring
boom box
a portable stereo
a pole carrying an overhead microphone projected over a film or tv set
a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower
booster cable
a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire
an amplifier for restoring the strength of a transmitted signal
an additional dose that makes sure the first dose was effective
the first stage of a multistage rocket
footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
protective casing for something that resembles a leg
boot camp
camp for training military recruits
an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg
a slipper that is soft and wool (for babies)
a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment
a table (in a restaurant or bar) surrounded by two high-backed benches
small area set off by walls for special use
protective stockings worn with or in place of boots
has V-shaped notch for pulling off boots
a long lace for fastening boots
the part of a boot above the instep
a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for pulling it on
Bordeaux mixture
antifungal agent consisting of a solution of copper sulphate and quicklime
a strip forming the outer edge of something
a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge
bore bit
a drill for penetrating rock
a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes
boron chamber
an ionization chamber lined with boron or filled with boron trifluoride gas for counting low velocity neutrons
boron counter tube
a proportional counter tube for counting neutrons
formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison
cloth that covers the chest or breasts
Bosporus Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Bosporus at Istanbul
a circular rounded projection or protuberance
Boston rocker
a rocking chair that has a high spindle back and a decorative top panel
a wine bottle made of leather
a drug made from part of a plant (as the bark or root or leaves)
a glass or plastic vessel used for storing drinks or other liquids; typically cylindrical without handles and with a narrow neck that can be plugged or capped
bottle bank
a place where bottles can be deposited for recycling
bottle cork
the plug in the mouth of a bottle (especially a wine bottle)
bottle opener
an opener for removing caps or corks from bottles
bottle screw
a bottle opener that pulls corks
a vessel fitted with a flexible teat and filled with milk or formula; used as a substitute for breast feeding infants and very young children
a cylindrical brush on a thin shaft that is used to clean bottles
a cap that seals a bottle
the narrow part of a bottle near the top
bottling plant
a plant where beverages are put into bottles with caps
a cargo ship
a fabric of uneven yarn that has an uneven knobby effect
a lady's bedroom or private sitting room
an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork
bouncing betty
an antipersonnel land mine
an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone
the stock exchange in Paris
a shop that sells women's clothes and jewelry
a flower that is worn in a buttonhole
a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments
a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
a decorative interlacing of ribbons
bow and arrow
a weapon consisting of arrows and the bow to shoot them
bow tie
a man's tie that ties in a bow
a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
front part of a vessel or aircraft
bowed stringed instrument
stringed instruments that are played with a bow
Bowie knife
a stout hunting knife with a single edge
a dish that is round and open at the top for serving foods
a round vessel that is open at the top; used chiefly for holding food or liquids
a wooden ball (with flattened sides so that it rolls on a curved course) used in the game of lawn bowling
a large ball with finger holes used in the sport of bowling
a small round container that is open at the top for holding tobacco
a felt hat that is round and hard with a narrow brim
a loop knot that neither slips nor jams
bowling alley
a building that contains several alleys for bowling
bowling equipment
equipment used in bowling
bowling pin
a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target
bowling shoe
a special shoe worn when bowling
a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel
the string of an archer's bow
a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people
any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned
box beam
a beam built up from boards; has a hollow rectangular cross section
box coat
a short coat that hangs loosely from the shoulders
box end wrench
a wrench with a closed loop (a socket) that fits over a nut or bolt head
box kite
a kite shaped like a box open at both ends
box Kodak
a simple camera shaped like a rectangular box
box office
the office where tickets of admission are sold
box pleat
a flat double pleat made by folding under the fabric on either side of it
box seat
a special seat in a theater or grandstand box
box spring
a coiled bedspring in a frame that is covered with cloth
the driver's seat on a coach
private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance
a freight car with roof and sliding doors in the sides
underpants worn by men
boxing equipment
equipment used in boxing
boxing glove
boxing equipment consisting of big and padded coverings for the fists of the fighters; worn for the sport of boxing
boxing ring
a square ring where boxers fight
a support that steadies or strengthens something else
a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
brace and bit
a drill consisting of a bit and a brace to hold and turn it
brace wrench
a wrench shaped like a brace (has a handle shaped like a crank) and a socket head
an appliance that corrects dental irregularities
a structural member used to stiffen a framework
elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
a band of cloth or leather or metal links attached to a wristwatch and wrapped around the wrist
a tonic or restorative (especially a drink of liquor)
a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
a small nail
an awl for making small holes for brads or small screws
trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains
a small rope (one of several) used to draw a sail in
a small net used to draw fish into a boat
a product of your creative thinking and work
a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
anything that slows or hinders a process
brake band
a band that can be tightened around a shaft to stop its rotation
brake cylinder
a cylinder that contains brake fluid that is compressed by a piston
brake disk
a disk or plate that is fixed to the wheel; pressure is applied to it by the brake pads
brake drum
a hollow cast iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes
brake lining
the lining on the brake shoes that comes in contact with the brake drum
brake pad
one of the pads that apply friction to both sides of the brake disk
brake pedal
foot pedal that moves a piston in the master brake cylinder
brake shoe
a restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel's rotation
brake system
a braking device consisting of a combination of interacting parts that work to slow a motor vehicle
branch line
a railway line connected to a trunk line
brand-name drug
a drug that has a trade name and is protected by a patent (can be produced and sold only by the company holding the patent)
branding iron
implement used to brand live stock
brandy glass
a globular glass with a small top; used for serving brandy
large metal container in which coal or charcoal is burned; warms people who must stay outside for long times
an ornament or utensil made of brass
brass knuckles
(used in the plural) a small metal weapon; worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand
brass monkey
a metal stand that formerly held cannon balls on sailing ships
a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
a memorial made of brass
armor plate that protects the arm
a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap
(formerly) a golfing wood with a face more elevated that a driver but less than a spoon
a partition (often temporary) of planks or cloth that is used to control ventilation in a mine
bread board
a wooden or plastic board on which dough is kneaded or bread is sliced
bread knife
a knife used to cut bread
a container used to keep bread or cake in
a basket for serving bread
break seal
a seal that must be broken when first used and cannot easily be resealed
an article that is fragile and easily broken
breaker point
a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
a device that trips like a switch and opens the circuit when overloaded
breakfast area
a place for light meals (usually near a kitchen)
breakfast table
a table where breakfast is eaten
a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
breast drill
a portable drill with a plate that is pressed against the chest to force the drill point into the work
breast implant
an implant for cosmetic purposes to replace a breast that has been surgically removed
breast pocket
a pocket inside of a man's coat
a decorative pin worn by women
fortification consisting of a low wall
a device that measures chemicals (especially the alcohol content) in a person's expired breath
air passage provided by a retractable device containing intake and exhaust pipes; permits a submarine to stay submerged for extended periods of time
breathing apparatus
a device that facilitates breathing in cases of respiratory failure
breech closer
a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded
a garment that provides covering for the loins
breeches buoy
a life buoy in the form of a ring with short breeches for support; used to transfer people from a ship
(used in the plural) trousers ending above the knee
a gun that is loaded at the breech
breeder reactor
a nuclear reactor that produces more fissile material than it burns
breeze block
a light concrete building block made with cinder aggregate
Bren gun
a submachine gun operated by gas pressure; used by the British in World War II
intravenous beta blocker (trade name Brevibloc) that acts for only a short time; used primarily for cardiac arrhythmias
a plant where beer is brewed by fermentation
a combination brewery and restaurant; beer is brewed for consumption on the premises and served along with food
a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath
miscellaneous curios
rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material
brick trowel
a trowel used in masonry
a place where bricks are made and sold
a kiln for making bricks
bricklayer's hammer
a hammer used in laying bricks
masonry done with bricks and mortar
bridal gown
a gown worn by the bride at a wedding
a wooden support that holds the strings up
a circuit consisting of two branches (4 arms arranged in a diamond configuration) across which a meter is connected
an upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain stands
a denture anchored to teeth on either side of missing teeth
the link between two lenses; rests on the nose
a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
a circuit consisting of a T-network with an additional shunt bridging the two series circuits
headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
bridle path
a path suitable for riding or leading horses (but not for cars)
a bit resembling a snaffle bit; used with a separate curb
a case with a handle; for carrying papers or files or books
briefcase bomb
a bomb consisting of an explosive and timer hidden inside a briefcase
briefcase computer
a portable computer housed in a box that resembles a briefcase
a penal institution (especially on board a ship)
two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on both masts
a medieval coat of chain mail consisting of metal rings sewn onto leather or cloth
two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast
brilliant pebble
a code name for a small computerized heat-seeking missile that was supposed to intercept and destroy enemy missiles
a pomade to make the hair manageable and lustrous
a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
the top edge of a vessel or other container
a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel
a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic
bristle brush
a brush that is made with the short stiff hairs of an animal or plant
(used in the plural) informal term for breeches
broad arrow
an arrow with a wide barbed head
broad gauge
a railroad track (or its width) broader than the standard 56.5 inches
broad hatchet
a short-handled hatchet with a broad blade opposite a hammerhead
a large ax with a broad cutting blade
broadcast station
a station equipped to broadcast radio or television programs
a mechanical device for scattering something (seed or fertilizer or sand etc.) in all directions
broadcasting studio
a studio where broadcasts originate
a closely woven silk or synthetic fabric with a narrow crosswise rib
a densely textured woolen fabric with a lustrous finish
a carpet woven on a wide loom to obviate the need for seams
the whole side of a vessel from stem to stern
all of the armament that is fired from one side of a warship
a sword with a broad blade and (usually) two cutting edges; used to cut rather than stab
thick heavy expensive material with a raised pattern
a small spit or skewer
a thick and heavy shoe
an oven or part of a stove used for broiling
broken arch
an arch with a gap at the apex; the gap is usually filled with some decoration
place where a broker conducts his business
colloquial terms for an umbrella
a drug that relaxes and dilates the bronchial passageways and improves the passages of air into the lungs
a slender tubular instrument used to examine the bronchial tubes
Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City
a sculpture made of bronze
bronze medal
a trophy made of bronze (or having the appearance of bronze) that is usually awarded for winning third place in a competition
apparatus consisting of a box designed to maintain a constant temperature by the use of a thermostat; used for chicks or premature infants
Brooklyn Bridge
a suspension bridge across the East River in New York City; opened in 1883
a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle
broom closet
a small room for storing brooms and other cleaning equipment
broom handle
the handle of a broom
a sedan that has no roof over the driver's seat
light carriage; pulled by a single horse
Brown University
a university in Rhode Island
Browning automatic rifle
a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War
Browning machine gun
a belt-fed machine gun capable of firing more than 500 rounds per minute; used by United States troops in World War II and the Korean War
a row house built of brownstone; reddish brown in color
brunch coat
a woman's short housecoat or wrapper
an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor
Brussels carpet
a carpet with a strong linen warp and a heavy pile of colored woolen yarns drawn up in uncut loops to form a pattern
Brussels lace
fine lace with a raised or applique design
a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic
bubble chamber
an instrument that records the tracks of ionizing particles
bubble jet printer
a kind of ink-jet printer
any of various devices in which air or some other gas is bubbled through a liquid
a public fountain to provide a jet of drinking water
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in World War II that was located in central Germany
a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting
an open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; has a seat attached to a flexible board between the two axles
bucket seat
a low single seat as in cars or planes
bucket shop
(formerly) a cheap saloon selling liquor by the bucket
a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top
fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong
armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
a coarse cotton fabric stiffened with glue; used in bookbinding and to stiffen clothing
a saw that is set in a frame in the shape of an H; used with both hands to cut wood that is held in a sawbuck
(used in the plural) breeches made of buckskin
an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
(computer science) a part of RAM used for temporary storage of data that is waiting to be sent to a device; used to compensate for differences in the rate of flow of data between components of a computer system
an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
a power tool used to buff surfaces
aspirin coated with a substance capable of neutralizing acid (trade name Bufferin)
buffet car
a passenger car where food is served in transit
a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
usually inexpensive bar
buffing wheel
a wheel that is covered with soft material
a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
buggy whip
a horsewhip once used by a driver of a buggy
a small lightweight carriage; drawn by a single horse
a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares
a tubular glass or plastic bead sewn onto clothing for decoration
building block
a block of material used in construction work
building complex
a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
building supply house
a store where builders can purchase materials for building houses and related structures
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
built-in bed
a bed that is built in and fixed to a wall
built-soap powder
soap in powdered form mixed with alkaline builders
a rounded part of a cylindrical instrument (usually at one end)
electric lamp consisting of a transparent or translucent glass housing containing a wire filament (usually tungsten) that emits light when heated by electricity
a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments
bull tongue
a heavy plow with a single wide blade; used chiefly in cotton fields
a lantern with a single opening and a sliding panel that can be closed to conceal the light
the round leaden seal affixed to a papal bull
bulldog wrench
a wrench designed to provide a firm grip on something
large powerful tractor; a large blade in front flattens areas of ground
a high-speed passenger train
a projectile that is fired from a gun
bulletin board
a board that hangs on a wall; displays announcements
bulletproof vest
a vest capable of resisting the impact of a bullet
a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectacle; a matador baits and (usually) kills a bull in an arena before many spectators
a portable loudspeaker with built-in microphone and amplifier
gold or silver in bars or ingots
a small carpenter's plane with the cutting edge near the front
a place on a baseball field where relief pitchers can warm up during a game
a large cell where prisoners (people awaiting trial or sentence or refugees or illegal immigrants) are confined together temporarily
a stadium where bullfights take place
a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)
an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
a small boat that ferries supplies and commodities for sale to a larger ship at anchor
a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
a glass filled to the brim (especially as a toast)
bumper guard
vertical bars attached to a bumper to prevent locking bumpers with another vehicle
bumper jack
a jack for lifting a motor vehicle by the bumper
a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing
a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask
a small house with a single story
an elasticized rope
a hole in a barrel or cask; used to fill or empty it
a rough bed (as at a campsite)
beds built one above the other
a long trough for feeding cattle
a large container for storing fuel
a fortification of earth; mostly or entirely below ground
a hazard on a golf course
a gas burner used in laboratories; has an air valve to regulate the mixture of gas and air
a loosely woven fabric used for flags, etc.
small bit used in dentistry or surgery
a lightweight belted raincoat typically made of tan gabardine with a distinctive tartan lining; named for the original manufacturer
weight to be borne or conveyed
furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
measuring instrument consisting of a graduated glass tube with a tap at the bottom; used for titration
burglar alarm
a warning device that is tripped off by the occurrence of a burglary
burial chamber
a chamber that is used as a grave
burial garment
cloth used to cover a corpse in preparation for burial
burial vault
a burial chamber (usually underground)
a chisel of tempered steel with a sharp point; used for engraving
a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan
burlap bag
a bag made of burlap
coarse jute fabric
burn bag
a bag into which secret documents are placed before being burned
burn center
a center where patients with severe burns can be treated
an apparatus for burning fuel (or refuse)
the heating elements of a stove or range on which pots and pans are placed for cooking
a long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors
burp gun
a fully automatic pistol; a small submachine gun
rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting
rotary file for smoothing rough edges left on a workpiece
burr drill
a high speed drill that dentists use to cut into teeth
a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time
bursting explosive
a high explosive that is used to damage the target that is under attack
a variant of `burden'
bus depot
a terminal that serves bus passengers
bus lane
a traffic lane intended for buses only
bus line
an organization responsible for operating a bus transportation system
an electrical conductor that makes a common connection between several circuits
a car that is old and unreliable
bush jacket
a loose fitting jacket; resembles a shirt with four patch pockets and a belt
bushel basket
a basket large enough to hold a bushel
an insulating liner in an opening through which conductors pass
a cylindrical metal lining used to reduce friction
business establishment
an establishment (a factory or an assembly plant or retail store or warehouse etc.) where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered
business line
a particular kind of product or merchandise
business office
place of business where professional or clerical duties are performed
business suit
a suit of clothes traditionally worn by businessmen
a boot reaching halfway up to the knee
a drug (trade name BuSpar) designed specifically for anxiety
a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person
a close-fitting and strapless top without sleeves that is worn by women either as lingerie or for evening dress
a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt
a white crystalline ester that is applied to mucous membranes as a local anesthetic
anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Butazolidin)
butcher block
a thick wooden slab formed by bonding together thick laminated strips of unpainted hardwood
butcher knife
a large sharp knife for cutting or trimming meat
butcher shop
a shop in which meat and poultry (and sometimes fish) are sold
a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)
butt hinge
a hinge mortised flush into the edge of the door and jamb
butt pack
a waist pack worn with the pouch in back
butt shaft
a blunt arrow without a barb; an arrow used for target practice
butt weld
a butt joint that is welded
thick end of the handle
a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping
finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at
butter churn
a vessel in which cream is agitated to separate butterfat from buttermilk
butter dish
a small dish (often with a cover) for holding butter at the table
butter knife
a small knife with a dull blade; for cutting or spreading butter
butterfly nut
a threaded nut with winglike projections for thumb and forefinger leverage in turning
butterfly valve
a valve in a carburetor that consists of a disc that turns and acts as a throttle
a teashop where students in British universities can purchase light meals
a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes
any artifact that resembles a button
button accordion
an accordion with buttons rather than keys
button hole
a hole through which buttons are pushed
an electrical switch operated by pressing
a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
buttonhole stitch
a reinforcing looped stitch for edges, as around a buttonhole
a hook for pulling a button through a buttonhole
a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
butyl nitrite
a colorless pungent liquid sometimes used as a stimulant drug by drug abusers
buzz saw
a power saw that has a steel disk with cutting teeth on the periphery; rotates on a spindle
a signaling device that makes a buzzing sound
trademark for men's underwear
a nuclear reactor that uses water as a coolant and moderator; the water boils in the reactor core and the steam produced can drive a steam turbine
bypass capacitor
a capacitor that provides low impedance over certain (high) frequencies
a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current
a side road little traveled (as in the countryside)
a product made during the manufacture of something else
a barn for cows
a long (usually sleeveless) tunic of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armor
street names for cocaine
C battery
battery used to maintain the grid potential in a vacuum tube
a clamp in the shape of the letter C
(computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing
a compartment at the front of a motor vehicle or locomotive where driver sits
small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and a folding hood
a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
a small tent used as a dressing room beside the sea or a swimming pool
a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink
a metal helmet worn by common soldiers in the 16th century
a heavy wooden pole (such as the trunk of a young fir) that is tossed as a test of strength (in the Highlands of northern Scotland)
the enclosed compartment of an aircraft or spacecraft where passengers are carried
small room on a ship or boat where people sleep
a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area
cabin car
a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train
cabin class
a class of accommodations on a ship or train or plane that are less expensive than first class accommodations
cabin cruiser
a large motorboat that has a cabin and plumbing and other conveniences necessary for living on board
cabin liner
a liner with cabins for passengers
a piece of furniture resembling a cupboard with doors and shelves and drawers; for storage or display
housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock
woodwork finished by hand by a cabinetmaker
a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
cable car
a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway
cable railway
a railway up the side of a mountain pulled by a moving cable and having counterbalancing ascending and descending cars
a television system that transmits over cables
a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
the area for food preparation on a ship
a hidden storage space (for money or provisions or weapons)
(computer science) RAM memory that is set aside as a specialized buffer storage that is continually updated; used to optimize data transfers between system elements with different characteristics
a seal on a letter
a can for storing tea
caesium clock
an atomic clock based on the energy difference between two states of the caesium nucleus in a magnetic field
a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are sold
a restaurant where you serve yourself and pay a cashier
cafeteria facility
(usually plural) facilities for providing food for employees or visitors
cafeteria tray
a tray for carrying your food in a cafeteria
informal British term for a cafe
a (cotton or silk) cloak with full sleeves and sash reaching down to the ankles; worn by men in the Levant
a woman's dress style that imitates the caftan cloaks worn by men in the Near East
the net that is the goal in ice hockey
an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept
lightweight parka; waterproof
a two-wheeled military vehicle carrying artillery ammunition
an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome
large watertight chamber used for construction under water
a pipe for smoking; has a curved stem and a large bowl made from a calabash gourd
bottle made from the dried shell of a bottle gourd
calamine lotion
a lotion consisting of a liquid preparation containing calamine; used to treat itching or mild skin irritations
the folding hood of a horse-drawn carriage
a woman's large folded hooped hood; worn in the 18th century
a shoe covering the ankle; worn by ancient Romans
a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings
calcium blocker
any of a class of drugs that block the flow of the electrolyte calcium (either in nerve cell conduction or smooth muscle contraction of the heart); has been used in the treatment of angina or arrhythmia or hypertension or migraine
calcium light
a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting
calculating machine
a small machine that is used for mathematical calculations; can be mechanical or electronic
a very large pot that is used for boiling
an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water
Caledonian Canal
a canal in northern Scotland that links North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean; runs diagonally between Moray Firth at the northeastern end and Loch Linnhe at the southwestern end; now little used
a machine that smooths or glazes paper or cloth by pressing it between plates or passing it through rollers
coarse cloth with a bright print
an instrument for measuring the distance between two points (often used in the plural)
a metal cleat on the bottom front of a horseshoe to prevent slipping
call box
booth for using a telephone
call center
a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)
a bulletin board backstage in a theater
caller ID
a small display that will show you the telephone number of the party calling you
a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard
Caloosahatchee Canal
a canal that connects Lake Okeechobee with the Caloosahatchee River in southern Florida to form part of the Cross-Florida Waterway
a measuring instrument that determines quantities of heat
a high-crowned black cap (usually made of felt or sheepskin) worn by men in Turkey and Iran and the Caucasus
a highly decorated ceremonial pipe of Amerindians; smoked on ceremonial occasions (especially as a token of peace)
a rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion
camber arch
an arch with a straight horizontal extrados and a slightly arched intrados
a finely woven white linen
Cambridge University
a university in England
a portable television camera and videocassette recorder
a soft tan cloth made with the hair of a camel
engraving or carving in low relief on a stone (as in a brooch or ring)
camera lens
a lens that focuses the image in a camera
camera lucida
an optical device consisting of an attachment that enables an observer to view simultaneously the image and a drawing surface for sketching it
camera obscura
a darkened enclosure in which images of outside objects are projected through a small aperture or lens onto a facing surface
camera tripod
a tripod used to support a camera
equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other)
television equipment consisting of a lens system that focuses an image on a photosensitive mosaic that is scanned by an electron beam
a low heavy horse cart without sides; used for haulage
a large truck designed to carry heavy loads; usually without sides
a loose shirt or tunic; originally worn in the Middle Ages
a short negligee
a short sleeveless undergarment for women
a fabric of Asian origin; originally made of silk and camel's hair
a garment made of camlet fabric
fabric dyed with splotches of green and brown and black and tan; intended to make the wearer of a garment made of this fabric hard to distinguish from the background
device or stratagem for concealment or deceit
temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers
a penal institution (often for forced labor)
camp bed
a small bed that folds up for storage or transport
camp chair
a light folding chair
shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs
a site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months
campaign hat
a broad-brimmed felt hat with a high crown; formerly worn by the United States Army and Marine personnel
camper trailer
a trailer equipped for occupancy (especially for holiday trips)
a recreational vehicle equipped for camping out while traveling
camphor ball
a small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing
camphor ice
a cerate made of camphor and wax and spermaceti and castor oil
camphorated tincture of opium
medicine used to treat diarrhea
a folding stool
an engine shaft with cams attached to it
can opener
a device for cutting cans open
a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
canal boat
a long boat that carries freight and is narrow enough to be used in canals
branched candlestick; ornamental; has several lights
candid camera
a miniature camera with a fast lens
candle holder
a holder with sockets for candles
stick of wax with a wick in the middle
a bowling pin that is thin by comparison with a tenpin
an implement with a small cup at the end of a handle; used to extinguish the flame of a candle
the wick of a candle
loops of soft yarn are cut to give a tufted pattern
candy store
a confectioner's shop
candy thermometer
a thermometer used to determine the temperature of candy syrups during cooking
a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment
a stick that people can lean on to help them walk
an instrument of punishment formerly used in China for petty criminals; consists of a heavy wooden collar enclosing the neck and arms
work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches)
a metallic cylinder packed with shot and used as ammunition in a firearm
metal container for storing dry foods such as tea or flour
the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect
a factory where food is canned
a small can
a wooden bucket
a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
heavy automatic gun fired from an airplane
(Middle Ages) a cylindrical piece of armor plate to protect the arm
heavy gun fired from a tank
cannon ball
a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
cannon cracker
a large firecracker
a small flexible tube inserted into a body cavity for draining off fluid or introducing medication
small and light boat; pointed at both ends; propelled with a paddle
canopic jar
a jar used in ancient Egypt to contain entrails of an embalmed body
a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
the umbrellalike part of a parachute that fills with air
the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
cant dog
a stout lever with a sharp spike; used for handling logs
cant hook
a peavey having a hook instead of a spike; used for handling logs
sells food and personal items to personnel at an institution or school or camp etc.
a flask for carrying water; used by soldiers or travelers
restaurant in a factory; where workers can eat
a recreation room in an institution
a restaurant outside; often for soldiers or policemen
projecting horizontal beam fixed at one end only
cantilever bridge
bridge constructed of two cantilevers that meet in the middle
the back of a saddle seat
Canton crepe
a soft thick crinkled dress crepe; heavier than crepe de Chine
Canton flannel
a stout cotton fabric with nap on only one side
a tent made of canvas fabric
a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete
an oil painting on canvas fabric
a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
a tight-fitting headdress
a top (as for a bottle)
something serving as a cover or protection
cap opener
a bottle opener to pry off caps
cap screw
a threaded screw for machine parts; screws into a tapped hole
the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
(dentistry) dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a broken or decayed tooth
a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive
an electrical device characterized by its capacity to store an electric charge
capacitor microphone
microphone consisting of a capacitor with one plate fixed and the other forming the diaphragm moved by sound waves
stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter
capeline bandage
bandage that covers the head or an amputation stump like a cap
a tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action
capital ship
a warship of the first rank in size and armament
a building occupied by a state legislature
Capitol Building
the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet
a long cloak with a hood that can be pulled over the head
a long overcoat with a hood that can be pulled over the head
a drug (trade name Capoten) that blocks the formation of angiotensin in the kidneys resulting in vasodilation; used in the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure
a windlass rotated in a horizontal plane around a vertical axis; used on ships for weighing anchor or raising heavy sails
a stone that forms the top of wall or building
a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside
a small container
a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute
a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
captain's chair
a wooden armchair with a saddle seat and a low back that has vertical spindles
a hooded cloak for women
car bomb
a bomb placed in a car and wired to explode when the ignition is started or by remote control or by a timing device
car carrier
a trailer that can be loaded with new cars for delivery to sales agencies
car door
the door of a car
car mirror
a mirror that the driver of a car can use
car port
garage for one or two cars consisting of a flat roof supported on poles
car seat
a seat in a car
car train
a train that transports passengers and their automobiles
car transporter
a long truck for carrying motor vehicles
car wheel
a wheel that has a tire and rim and hubcap; used to propel the car
car window
a window in a car
where passengers ride up and down
the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant
a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad
a ferry that transports motor vehicles
an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes
a large galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman
medicine consisting of a tablet (trade name Carafate) used to treat peptic ulcers; said to bind to the ulcer site and coat it
a bottle with a stopper; for serving wine or water
caravan inn
an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
a camper equipped with living quarters
light automatic rifle
a colorless basic antibiotic that inhibits the growth of Gram-positive organisms
carbon arc
has carbon electrodes
carbon dichloride
anthelmintic agent used against hookworm and other nematodes
a copy made with carbon paper
a large bottle for holding corrosive liquids; usually cushioned in a special container
mixes air with gasoline vapor prior to explosion
one of a set of small pieces of stiff paper marked in various ways and used for playing games or for telling fortunes
card catalog
an alphabetical listing of items (e.g., books in a library) with a separate card for each item
card table
a small light table with folding legs; can be folded for storage
card table
a table for playing cards (as in a casino)
a small case for carrying business cards
an unstable construction with playing cards
cardiac monitor
a piece of electronic equipment for continual observation of the function of the heart
knitted jacket that is fastened up the front with buttons or a zipper
medical instrument that records electric currents associated with contractions of the heart
cardioid microphone
a directional microphone with a cardioid pattern of sensitivity
a calcium blocker (trade name Cardizem) used in treating hypertension or angina or heart failure
a room for gambling on card games
an antihypertensive drug (trade name Cardura) that works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood passes through them more easily; it is also used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia
cargo area
the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
cargo container
a large container for freight
cargo door
door used to load or unload cargo
cargo hatch
hatch opening into the cargo compartment
cargo helicopter
a helicopter that carries cargo
cargo liner
a liner that carries cargo
cargo ship
a ship designed to carry cargo
cargo ships
conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry
goods carried by a large vehicle
set of bells hung in a bell tower
Carling float
a raft to use if a ship must be abandoned in an emergency
medication that prevents the formation of gas in the alimentary tract or eases its passing
Carnegie Mellon University
an engineering university in Pittsburgh
a luxurious carriage suitable for nobility in the 16th and 17th century
a conveyer belt that carries luggage to be claimed by air travelers
a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement
carpenter's hammer
a hammer with a cleft at one end for pulling nails
carpenter's kit
a set of carpenter's tools
carpenter's level
a straight bar of light metal with a spirit level in it
carpenter's mallet
a short-handled mallet with a wooden head used to strike a chisel or wedge
carpenter's plane
a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood
carpenter's rule
a rule used by a carpenter
carpenter's saw
a saw used with one hand for cutting wood
carpenter's square
a steel square used by carpenters; larger than a try square
carpet beater
implement for beating dust out of carpets
carpet loom
a loom for weaving carpeting
carpet pad
a pad placed under a carpet
carpet slipper
low footwear that can be slipped on and off easily; usually worn indoors
carpet sweeper
a cleaning implement with revolving brushes that pick up dirt as the implement is pushed over a carpet
carpet tack
a tack used to nail down carpets
floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)
traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century
a junction where one street or road crosses another
small individual study area in a library
a machine part that carries something else
carriage bolt
a roundheaded bolt for timber; threaded along part of the shank; inserted into holes already drilled
carriage house
a small building for housing coaches and carriages and other vehicles
carriage wrench
a wrench designed for use with carriage bolts
a railcar where passengers ride
a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
one of the two sides of a motorway where traffic travels in one direction only usually in two or three lanes
carrick bend
a knot used to connect the ends of two large ropes or hawsers
carrick bitt
either of a pair of strong posts that support a windlass on a ship's deck
a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like
a self-propelled wheeled vehicle designed specifically to carry something
carrier bag
a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases
carron oil
an ointment formerly used to treat burns
a capacious bag or basket
box-shaped baby bed with handles (for a baby to sleep in while being carried)
a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal
cart track
any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels
a box made of cardboard; opens by flaps on top
a cartridge (usually with paper casing)
a module designed to be inserted into a larger piece of equipment
ammunition consisting of a cylindrical casing containing an explosive charge and a bullet; fired from a rifle or handgun
cartridge belt
a broad belt with loops or pockets for holding ammunition
cartridge clip
a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun
cartridge ejector
a mechanism in a firearm that ejects the empty shell case after firing
cartridge extractor
a mechanism in a firearm that pulls an empty shell case out of the chamber and passes it to the ejector
cartridge fuse
a fuse cased in a tube
a light-tight supply chamber holding the film and supplying it for exposure as required
an electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable
a wheel that has wooden spokes and a metal rim
beta blocker that can reduce the progression of heart failure in individuals whose disease is not advanced
a sculpture created by removing material (as wood or ivory or stone) in order to create a desired shape
carving fork
a large fork used in carving cooked meat
carving knife
a large knife used to carve cooked meat
a supporting column carved in the shape of a person
a bell attached to a sleigh, or to the harness of a horse that is pulling a sleigh
cascade liquefier
an apparatus used to liquefy air or oxygen etc.
cascade transformer
a number of transformers in series; provides a high-voltage source
a portable container for carrying several objects
case knife
a metal blade with a handle; used as cutlery
case knife
a knife with a fixed blade that is carried in a sheath
the enclosing frame around a door or window opening
the housing or outer covering of something
(printing) the receptacle in which a compositor has his type, which is divided into compartments for the different letters, spaces, or numbers
a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
a water-base paint made with a protein precipitated from milk
a window sash that is hinged (usually on one side)
casement window
a window with one or more casements
military barracks in a garrison town
cash bar
a counter at a large party where you can purchase drinks by the glass
cash register
a cashbox with an adding machine to register transactions; used in shops to add up the bill
a strongbox for holding cash
a soft fabric made from the wool of the Cashmere goat
the outermost covering of a pneumatic tire
a public building for gambling and entertainment
a building that houses both a hotel and a casino
a business establishment that combines a casino and a hotel
box in which a corpse is buried or cremated
small and often ornate box for holding jewels or other valuables
(15-16th century) any armor for the head; usually ornate without a visor
a light open casque without a visor or beaver
Cassegrainian telescope
a reflecting telescope that has a paraboloidal primary mirror and a hyperboloidal secondary mirror; light is brought to a focus through an aperture in the center of the primary mirror
large deep dish in which food can be cooked and served
a container that holds a magnetic tape used for recording or playing sound or video
cassette deck
a tape deck for playing and recording cassette tapes
cassette player
electronic equipment for playing cassettes
cassette recorder
a recorder for recording or playing cassettes
cassette tape
a cassette that contains magnetic tape
a black garment reaching down to the ankles; worn by priests or choristers
object formed by a mold
container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal
a pivoting roller attached to the bottom of furniture or trucks or portable machines to make them movable
a shaker with a perforated top for sprinkling powdered sugar
castile soap
a good hard soap made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide
a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack
a large and stately mansion
(chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard
castor oil
a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor-oil plant; used in paint and varnish as well as medically
cat box
a receptacle for cat excrement
cat cracker
a chemical reactor for converting oils with high boiling points into fuels with lower boiling points in the presence of a catalyst
cat rig
rig of a catboat
CAT scan
an image produced by scanning
CAT scanner
a tomograph that constructs a 3-D model of an object by combining parallel planes
a hitch in the middle of rope that has two eyes into which tackle can be hooked
a whip with nine knotted cords
an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)
a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Cataflam)
catalytic converter
a converter that uses a platinum-iridium catalyst to oxidize pollutants and carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide and water; an antipollution device on an automotive exhaust system
a boat with two parallel hulls held together by single deck
a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.
an antihypertensive (trade name Catapres) that can be administered orally or via transdermal patches
a device that launches aircraft from a warship
a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
a sailboat with a single mast set far forward
a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
a restraint that checks the motion of something
an enclosure or receptacle for odds and ends
catcher's mask
a mask to protect the face of the catcher in baseball
a structure in which water is collected (especially a natural drainage area)
a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
caterpillar track
an endless metal belt on which tracked vehicles move over the ground
a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery
any large and important church
the principal Christian church building of a bishop's diocese
catherine wheel
a circular firework that spins round and round emitting colored fire
a thin flexible tube inserted into the body to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open
a negatively charged electrode that is the source of electrons entering an electrical device
the positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
a long double-edged knife used for amputations
catsup bottle
a bottle that holds catsup
cattle boat
a cargo ship for the transport of livestock
cattle car
a freight car for transporting cattle
cattle farm
farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
cattle grid
a bridge over a ditch consisting of parallel metal bars that allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass, but not cattle
cattle pen
a pen for cattle
cattle trail
a trail over which cattle were driven to market
narrow pathway high in the air (as above a stage or between parts of a building or along a bridge)
narrow platform extending out into an auditorium
a road that is raised above water or marshland or sand
an instrument or substance used to destroy tissue for medical reasons (eg removal of a wart) by burning it with a hot iron or an electric current or a caustic or by freezing it
cavalier hat
a soft felt hat with a wide flexible brim
cavalry sword
a stout sword with a curved blade and thick back
a concave molding shaped like a quarter circle in cross section
cavity resonator
a hollow chamber whose dimensions allow the resonant oscillation of electromagnetic or acoustic waves
cavity wall
a wall formed of two thicknesses of masonry with a space between them
a digitally encoded recording on an optical disk that is smaller than a phonograph record; played back by a laser
CD burner
recording equipment for making compact disks
CD drive
a drive that reads a compact disc and that is connected to an audio system
CD player
a stand-alone piece of electronic equipment that either has its own display or attaches to a television set
a compact disk that is used with a computer (rather than with an audio system); a large amount of digital information can be stored and accessed but it cannot be altered by the user
CD-ROM drive
a drive that is connected to a computer and on which a CD-ROM can be `played'
a compact disc on which you can write only once and thereafter is read-only memory
cedar chest
a chest made of cedar
a parenteral cephalosporin (trade name Cefobid) used for severe infections
the overhead upper surface of a covered space
a Cox-2 inhibitor (trade name Celebrex) that relieves pain and inflammation without harming the digestive tract
a musical instrument consisting of graduated steel plates that are struck by hammers activated by a keyboard
celestial globe
a globe that is a spherical model of the heavens
any small compartment
a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
small room in which a monk or nun lives
a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction
a room where a prisoner is kept
an excavation where root vegetables are stored
storage space where wines are stored
a storage area in a cellar
sideboard with compartments for holding bottles
a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)
a large stringed instrument; seated player holds it upright while playing
a transparent paperlike product that is impervious to moisture and used to wrap candy or cigarettes etc.
Celtic cross
a Latin cross with a ring surrounding the intersection
a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots
cement mixer
a machine with a large revolving drum in which cement is mixed with other materials to make concrete
a monument built to honor people whose remains are interred elsewhere or whose remains cannot be recovered
a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)
center bit
a bit with a sharp center point for guidance and two side cutters
center punch
a tool with a conical point that is used to make indentations in metal (especially to mark points for drilling)
the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher
a building dedicated to a particular activity
mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace
a retractable fin keel used on sailboats to prevent drifting to leeward
something placed at the center of something else (as on a table)
Centigrade thermometer
a thermometer calibrated in degrees centigrade
central heating
a heating system in which air or water is heated at a central furnace and sent through the building via vents or pipes and radiators
central office
(usually plural) the office that serves as the administrative center of an enterprise
a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
(CENTRal EXchange) a kind of telephone exchange
centrifugal pump
a pump that use centrifugal force to discharge fluid into a pipe
an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension
a broad spectrum semisynthetic antibiotic produced by modifying cephalosporin
a semisynthetic analogue of cephalosporin
an artifact made of hard brittle material produced from nonmetallic minerals by firing at high temperatures
ceramic ware
utensils made from ceramic material
a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
cereal bowl
a bowl for holding breakfast cereal
cereal box
a paper box in which breakfast cereals are sold
a waterproof waxed cloth once used as a shroud
burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
cervical cap
a contraceptive device consisting of a small thimble-shaped cup that is placed over the uterine cervix to prevent the entrance of spermatozoa
a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it
(Yiddish) an inexpensive showy trinket
a cloth used as a head covering (and veil and shawl) by Muslim and Hindu women
foil in thin strips; ejected into the air as a radar countermeasure
chafing dish
a metal pan over a heater; used to cook or to keep things warm at the table
chafing gear
covering (usually rope or canvas) of a line or spar to protect it from friction
a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
anything that acts as a restraint
a linked or connected series of objects
chain armor
(Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings
chain printer
an impact printer that carries the type slugs by links of a revolving chain
chain saw
portable power saw; teeth linked to form an endless chain
chain stitch
a looped stitch resembling the links of a chain; used in embroidery and in sewing
chain stitch
the most basic of all crochet stitches made by pulling a loop of yarn through another loop
chain store
one of a chain of retail stores under the same management and selling the same merchandise
chain tongs
a pipe wrench used for turning large pipes; an adjustable chain circles the pipe with its ends connected to the head whose teeth engage the pipe
chain wrench
another name for chain tongs
a necklace made by stringing objects together
chainlink fence
a fence of steel wires woven into a diamond pattern
metal shackles; for hands or legs
a seat for one person, with a support for the back
a particular seat in an orchestra
chair car
a passenger car for day travel; you pay extra fare for individual chairs
chair lift
a ski lift on which riders (skiers or sightseers) are seated and carried up or down a mountainside; seats are hung from an endless overhead cable
chair of state
a ceremonial chair for an exalted or powerful person
an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person
a long chair; for reclining
a carriage consisting of two wheels and a calash top; drawn by a single horse
a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
a bowl-shaped drinking vessel; especially the Eucharistic cup
a piece of calcite or a similar substance, usually in the shape of a crayon, that is used to write or draw on blackboards or other flat surfaces
chalk line
a chalked string used in the building trades to make a straight line on a vertical surface
chalk pit
a quarry for chalk
a soft lightweight fabric (usually printed)
a natural or artificial enclosed space
a room where a judge transacts business
a receptacle for urination or defecation in the bedroom
a lightweight fabric woven with white threads across a colored warp
chamfer bit
a bit that is used for beveling
chamfer plane
a plane that makes a beveled edge
medieval plate armor to protect a horse's head
chamois cloth
a piece of chamois used for washing windows or cars
champagne flute
a tall narrow wineglass
a government building housing the office of a chancellor
an office of archives for public or ecclesiastic records; a court of public records
branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling
a storeroom where candles are kept
candles and other commodities sold by a chandler
a different or fresh set of clothes
a thing that is different
a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through
Channel Tunnel
the railroad tunnel between France and England under the English Channel
reed pipe with finger holes on which the melody is played
a chapel endowed for singing Masses for the soul of the donor
(usually in the plural) leather leggings without a seat; joined by a belt; often have flared outer flaps; worn over trousers by cowboys to protect their legs
headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
a place of worship that has its own altar
flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
a building attached to a monastery or cathedral; used as a meeting place for the chapter
a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
character printer
a printer that prints a single character at a time
a drawing made with a stick of black carbon material
charcoal burner
a stove that burns charcoal as fuel
a stick of black carbon material used for drawing
a delicatessen that specializes in meats
charge-exchange accelerator
an accelerator in which high-energy ions escape from plasma following charge exchange
a light four-wheel horse-drawn ceremonial carriage
a two-wheeled horse-drawn battle vehicle; used in war and races in ancient Egypt and Greece and Rome
Charlestown Navy Yard
the navy yard in Boston where the frigate `Constitution' is anchored
something believed to bring good luck
a vault or building where corpses or bones are deposited
a map designed to assist navigation by air or sea
a Carthusian monastery
Chartres Cathedral
a Gothic cathedral in northern France; built in 13th century
a rectangular metal frame used in letterpress printing to hold together the pages or columns of composed type that are printed at one time
the skeleton of a motor vehicle consisting of a steel frame supported on springs that holds the body and motor
a metal mounting for the circuit components of an electronic device
a long sleeveless vestment worn by a priest when celebrating Mass
an impressive country house (or castle) in France
a chain formerly worn at the waist by women; for carrying a purse or bunch of keys etc.
a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)
checker board
a board having 64 squares of two alternating colors
one of the flat round pieces used in playing the game of checkers
a counter in a supermarket where you pay for your purchases
a room where baggage or parcels are checked
either of two straps of a bridle that connect the bit to the headpiece
cheese cutter
a kitchen utensil (board or handle) with a wire for cutting cheese
cheese press
a press for shaping cheese curd
cheese tray
tray on which cheeses are served
a photograph of an attractive woman in minimal attire
a coarse loosely woven cotton gauze; originally used to wrap cheeses
the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman
chem lab
a laboratory for research in chemistry
chemical bomb
a bomb laden with chemical agents that are released when the bomb explodes
chemical plant
an industrial plant where chemicals are produced
chemical reactor
an apparatus for holding substances that are undergoing a chemical reaction
chemical weapon
chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants
a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
a woman's sleeveless undergarment
Chemnitzer concertina
a hand-held and bellows-driven accordion
a heavy fabric woven with chenille cord; used in rugs and bedspreads
a soft tufted cord used in embroidery
a cigar with both ends cut flat
cherry bomb
a red ball-shaped firecracker with high explosive power
chess board
a checkerboard used to play chess
chess piece
any of 16 white and 16 black pieces used in playing the game of chess
box with a lid; used for storage; usually large and sturdy
chest protector
protective garment consisting of a pad worn in baseball by catchers and by football players
a fitted overcoat with a velvet collar
an overstuffed davenport with upright armrests
cheval glass
a full length mirror mounted in a frame in which it can be tilted
defensive structure consisting of a movable obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame; used to obstruct cavalry
an inverted V-shaped charge
a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color
a movable barrier used in motor racing; sometimes placed before a dangerous corner to reduce speed as cars pass in single file
chicken coop
a farm building for housing poultry
chicken farm
farm where chickens are raised for sale
chicken run
an enclosed yard for keeping poultry
chicken wire
a galvanized wire network with a hexagonal mesh; used to build fences
a sheer fabric of silk or rayon
a tall elegant chest of drawers
child's room
a bedroom for a child
a vertical flue that provides a path through which smoke from a fire is carried away through the wall or roof of a building
chimney breast
walls that project out from the wall of a room and surround the chimney base
chimney corner
a corner by a fireplace
a glass flue surrounding the wick of an oil lamp
shelf that projects from wall above fireplace
a short earthenware pipe on the top of a chimney to increase the draft
the part of the chimney that is above the roof; usually has several flues
chin rest
a rest on which a violinist can place the chin
chin strap
a strap attached to a hat; passes under the chin and holds the hat in place
high quality porcelain originally made only in China
china cabinet
a cabinet (usually with glass doors) for storing and displaying china
dishware made of high quality porcelain
a thick twilled fabric of wool and cotton
Chinese lantern
a collapsible paper lantern in bright colors; used for decorative purposes
Chinese puzzle
intricate or ingenious puzzle consisting of boxes within boxes
chinning bar
a horizontal bar on which you can chin yourself
a coarse twilled cotton fabric frequently used for uniforms
a style in art reflecting Chinese influence; elaborately decorated and intricately patterned
(plural) trousers made with chino cloth
a brightly printed and glazed cotton fabric
a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line
electronic equipment consisting of a small crystal of a silicon semiconductor fabricated to carry out a number of electronic functions in an integrated circuit
a small disk-shaped counter used to represent money when gambling
an edge tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
Chisholm Trail
a former cattle trail from San Antonio in Texas to Abilene in Kansas; not used after the 1880s
a woolen tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece
a short mantle or cape fastened at the shoulder; worn by men in ancient Greece
an antihistamine (trade names Coricidin and Chlor-Trimeton)
chloral hydrate
a colorless crystalline drug used as a sedative; irritates the stomach and can be addictive
any of several compounds containing chlorine and nitrogen; used as an antiseptic in wounds
a long-lasting liquid antiseptic; used by surgeons to wash their hands before performing surgery
a volatile liquid haloform (CHCl3); formerly used as an anesthetic
an oral antibiotic (trade name Chloromycetin) used to treat serious infections (especially typhoid fever)
an antimalarial drug used to treat malaria and amebic dysentery and systemic lupus erythematosus
a block of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
choir loft
a gallery in a church occupied by the choir
a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine
a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck
a high tight collar
British slang (dated) for a prison
a child's word for locomotive
chop shop
a place where stolen cars are disassembled for their parts
a restaurant that specializes in steaks
a woman's shoe with a very high thick sole
a butcher's knife having a large square blade
an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades
chopping block
a steady wooden block on which food can be cut or diced or wood can be split
chopping board
a wooden board where meats or vegetables can be cut
one of a pair of slender sticks used as oriental tableware to eat food with
a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers
choropleth map
a map that uses graded differences in shading or color or the placing of symbols inside defined areas on the map in order to indicate the average values of some property or quantity in those areas
a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam
Christmas stocking
a stocking that is filled with small Christmas presents
Christmas tree
an ornamented evergreen used as a Christmas decoration
the recording (column or paper strip) on which the constituents of a mixture are adsorbed in chromatography
chromatography column
a vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form colored bands
an accurate timer for recording time
an accurate clock (especially used in navigation)
an instrument for accurate measurements of small intervals of time
a holding device consisting of adjustable jaws that center a workpiece in a lathe or center a tool in a drill
chuck wagon
a wagon equipped with a cookstove and provisions (for cowboys)
a shoe that comes up to the ankle and is laced through two or three pairs of eyelets; often made of suede
bait consisting of chopped fish and fish oils that are dumped overboard to attract fish
church bell
a bell in a church tower (usually sounded to summon people to church)
church bench
long bench with backs; used in church by the congregation
church hat
a fanciful hat of the kind worn by Black women for Sunday worship
church key
can opener that has a triangular pointed end that pierces the tops of cans
church tower
the tower of a church
a place for public (especially Christian) worship
Churchill Downs
a racetrack for thoroughbred racing in Louisville; site of the Kentucky Derby
tight trousers worn by people from the Indian subcontinent (typically with a kameez or kurta)
rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
sloping channel through which things can descend
virility drug (trade name Cialis) used to treat erectile dysfunction in men
cider mill
mill that extracts juice from apples to make apple cider
a press that is used to extract the juice from apples
a roll of tobacco for smoking
cigar band
a narrow paper band around a cigar
cigar box
a box for holding cigars
cigar butt
small part of a cigar that is left after smoking
cigar cutter
an implement for cutting the tip off of a cigar
cigar lighter
a lighter for cigars or cigarettes
cigarette butt
small part of a cigarette that is left after smoking
cigarette case
a small flat case for holding cigarettes; can be carried in a purse or a pocket
cigarette holder
a tube that holds a cigarette while it is being smoked
small cigar or cigarette wrapped in tobacco instead of paper
stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
cinder track
a racetrack paved with fine cinders
cine projector
projects successive frames from a reel of film to create moving pictures
a camera that takes a sequence of photographs that can give the illusion of motion when viewed in rapid succession
photographic film several hundred feet long and wound on a spool; to be used in a movie camera
a theater where films are shown
a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead
an ornamental carving consisting of five arcs arranged in a circle
an oral antibiotic (trade name Cipro) used against serious bacterial infections of the skin or respiratory tract or urinary tract or bones or joints
a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra
a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
any circular or rotating mechanism
decorated metal band worn around the head
an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
a racetrack for automobile races
electronic equipment consisting of a system of circuits
circular file
a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish
circular plane
a plane with a flexible face that can plane concave or convex surfaces
circulating library
library that provides books for use outside the building
an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent
(antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater
a tank that holds the water used to flush a toilet
a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings
a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers
city hall
a building that houses administrative offices of a municipal government
city university
an urban university in a large city
painting depicting a city or urban area
civic center
a center where the members of a community can gather for social or cultural activities
civilian garb as opposed to a military uniform
civilian clothing
ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.
a simple valve with a hinge on one side; allows fluid to flow in only one direction
a protective covering that protects the outside of a building
a parenteral cephalosporin (trade name Claforan) used for severe infections of the lungs or throat or ears or urinary tract
a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side
photographic equipment used to synchronize sound and motion picture; boards held in front of a movie camera are banged together
a closed carriage with four wheels and seats for four passengers
a single-reed instrument with a straight tube
a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone
Clark standard cell
a form of voltaic cell once used as a standard for electromotive force
a cigar made with light-colored tobacco
a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
clasp knife
a large knife with one or more folding blades
a creation of the highest excellence
a room in a school where lessons take place
an early stringed instrument like a piano but with more delicate sound
a bank of keys on a musical instrument
claw hatchet
a hatchet that has a cleft for pulling nails
a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
clay pigeon
target used in skeet or trapshooting
clay pipe
a pipe made of clay
clay sculpture
sculpture produced by molding
a large double-edged broadsword; formerly used by Scottish Highlanders
an antipersonnel land mine whose blast is aimed at the oncoming enemy
ceramic ware made from clay and baked in a kiln
clean bomb
an atom bomb leaving little or no radioactive contamination
clean room
a room that is virtually free of dust or bacteria; used in laboratory work and in assembly or repair of precision equipment
a preparation used in cleaning something
shop where dry cleaning is done
cleaning device
any of a large class of implements used for cleaning
cleaning pad
a pad used as a cleaning implement
part of an interior wall rising above the adjacent roof with windows admitting light
a road on which you are not allowed to stop (unless you have a breakdown)
a strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached
a fastener (usually with two projecting horns) around which a rope can be secured
a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping
shoes with leather or metal projections on the soles
a small slip noose made with seizing
clock that measures time by the escape of water
a coupler shaped like the letter U with holes through each end so a bolt or pin can pass through the holes to complete the coupling; used to attach a drawbar to a plow or wagon or trailer etc.
the cords used to suspend a hammock
a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
(computer science) any computer that is hooked up to a computer network
cliff dwelling
a rock and adobe dwelling built on sheltered ledges in the sides of a cliff
an iron spike attached to the shoe to prevent slipping on ice when walking or climbing
climbing frame
a framework of bars or logs for children to climb on
the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet
a tool used to clinch nails or bolts or rivets
a healthcare facility for outpatient care
clinical thermometer
a mercury thermometer designed to measure the temperature of the human body; graduated to cover a range a few degrees on either side of the normal body temperature
a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
a hard brick used as a paving stone
an instrument used by surveyors in order to measure an angle of inclination or elevation
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Clinoril)
drug used to treat certain fungal infection (as athlete's foot)
any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together
an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress
clip art
ready-made pieces of computerized graphic art that can be used to decorate a document
clip joint
a place of entertainment where high prices are charged for poor entertainment
clip lead
a short piece of wire with alligator clips on both ends
a device (as an earring, sunglasses, microphone etc.) that is attached by clips
a small writing board with a clip at the top for holding papers
scissors for cutting hair or finger nails (often used in the plural)
shears for cutting grass or shrubbery (often used in the plural)
a fast sailing ship used in former times
(electronics) a nonlinear electronic circuit whose output is limited in amplitude; used to limit the instantaneous amplitude of a waveform (to clip off the peaks of a waveform)
a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
a loose outer garment
anything that covers or conceals
a private lounge off of a legislative chamber
a room where coats and other articles can be left temporarily
a woman's close-fitting hat that resembles a helmet
a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold
a timepiece that shows the time of day
clock dial
the face of a clock showing hours and minutes of the day
clock pendulum
a physical pendulum used to regulate a clockwork mechanism
clock radio
a radio that includes a clock that can be set to turn it on automatically
clock tower
a tower with a large clock visible high up on an outside face
any mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled spring; resembles the works of a mechanical clock
any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction
footwear usually with wooden soles
enamelware in which colored areas are separated by thin metal strips
a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
a fertility drug (trade name Clomid) that is used to stimulate ovulation and that has been associated with multiple births
a tricyclic antidepressant drug
an unauthorized copy or imitation
closed circuit
a complete electrical circuit around which current flows or a signal circulates
closed loop
a control system with a feedback loop that is active
closed-circuit television
a television system that is not used for broadcasting but is connected by cables to designated monitors (as in a factory or theater)
a small private room for study or prayer
closet auger
a snake used to unblock toilets
a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
a photograph taken at close range
closeup lens
a photographic lens with a short focal length used to take pictures at short ranges
clot buster
a kind of pharmaceutical that can break up clots blocking the flow of blood to the heart muscle
cloth cap
a flat woolen cap with a stiff peak
cloth covering
a covering made of cloth
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
clothes basket
a hamper that holds dirty clothes to be washed or wet clothes to be dried
clothes closet
a closet where clothes are stored
clothes drier
a dryer that dries clothes wet from washing
clothes hanger
a hanger that is shaped like a person's shoulders and used to hang garments on
clothes peg
wood or plastic fastener; for holding clothes on a clothesline
clothes tree
an upright pole with pegs or hooks on which to hang clothing
a brush used for cleaning clothing
a framework on which to hang clothes (as for drying)
a cord on which clothes are hung to dry
clothing store
a store where men's clothes are sold
a short nail with a flat head; used to attach sheet metal to wood
clove hitch
a knot used to fasten a line temporarily to a post or spar
an interchange that does not require left-hand turns
an antipsychotic drug (trade name Clozaril) used as a sedative and for treatment-resistant schizophrenia; know to have few side effects
stout stick that is larger at one end
a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more black trefoils on it
club car
railroad car having a bar and tables and lounge chairs
club drug
a controlled substance that is usually taken by young people at dance clubs and raves
club head
(golf) the head of the club which strikes the ball
a building that is occupied by a social club
golf equipment used by a golfer to hit a golf ball
a room used for the activities of a club
cluster bomb
bomb consisting of a canister that is dropped from a plane and that opens to release a cluster of bomblets (usually fragmentation bombs) over a wide area
a coupling that connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism
a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
a pedal or lever that engages or disengages a rotating shaft and a driving mechanism
CN Tower
a tower in Toronto; 1815 feet tall for broadcasting widely
a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
coal car
freight car with fixed sides and no roof; for transporting coal
coal chute
a chute for coal
coal house
a shed for storing coal
coal mine
a mine where coal is dug from the ground
coal scuttle
container for coal; shaped to permit pouring the coal onto the fire
coal shovel
a hand shovel for shoveling coal
coal tongs
tongs for taking hold of burning coals
a bin for holding coal
a raised framework around a hatchway on a ship to keep water out
a covering (plate or mat) that protects the surface of a table (i.e., from the condensation on a cold glass or bottle)
coaster brake
a brake on a bicycle that engages with reverse pressure on the pedals
coaster wagon
a child's four-wheeled toy cart sometimes used for coasting
an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
coat button
a button on a coat
coat closet
a closet for storing outerwear
coat of paint
a layer of paint covering something else
coat rack
a rack with hooks for temporarily holding coats and hats
a thin layer covering something
a dress that is tailored like a coat and buttons up the front
a short close-fitting coat
a heavy fabric suitable for coats
the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist
a transmission line for high-frequency signals
rectangular paving stone with curved top; once used to make roads
cobbler's last
holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoes
a dense elaborate spider web that is more efficient than the orb web
a fabric so delicate and transparent as to resemble a web of a spider
filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
dried leaves of the coca plant (and related plants that also contain cocaine); chewed by Andean people for their stimulating effect
a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become powerfully addictive
the part of a gunlock that strikes the percussion cap when the trigger is pulled
faucet consisting of a rotating device for regulating flow of a liquid
an ornament (such as a knot of ribbon or a rosette) usually worn on the hat
Cockcroft and Walton voltage multiplier
a high-voltage machine in which rectifiers charge capacitors that discharge and drive charged particles through an accelerating tube
cocked hat
hat with opposing brims turned up and caught together to form points
anything used as a toy horse (such as a rocking horse or one knee of an adult)
a small light flimsy boat
a small loft or garret
compartment where the pilot sits while flying the aircraft
seat where the driver sits while driving a racing car
a pit for cockfights
a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
cocktail dress
a dress suitable for formal occasions
cocktail lounge
a barroom in a hotel or restaurant where cocktails are served
cocktail shaker
a shaker for mixing cocktails
cocktail table
low table where magazines can be placed and coffee or cocktails are served
a small casserole in which individual portions can be cooked and served
derivative of opium; used as an antitussive (to relieve coughing) and an analgesic (to relieve pain)
(15th-16th century) a flap for the crotch of men's tight-fitting breeches
optical device used to follow the path of a celestial body and reflect its light into a telescope; has a movable and a fixed mirror
coffee can
a can for storing ground coffee
coffee cup
a cup from which coffee is drunk
coffee filter
filter (usually of paper) that passes the coffee and retains the coffee grounds
coffee grinder
a mill that grinds roasted coffee beans
coffee maker
a kitchen appliance for brewing coffee automatically
coffee mug
a mug intended for serving coffee
coffee stall
a stand (usually movable) selling hot coffee and food (especially at night)
coffee urn
an urn in which coffee is made and kept hot
coffee-table book
an elaborate oversize book suitable for displaying on a coffee table
tall pot in which coffee is brewed
a chest especially for storing valuables
Coffey still
a still consisting of an apparatus for the fractional distillation of ethanol from fermentation on an industrial scale
cog railway
railway for steep mountains; a cogwheel on the locomotive engages cogs on a center rail to provide traction
tooth on the rim of gear wheel
a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
a skullcap worn by nuns under a veil or by soldiers under a hood of mail or formerly by British sergeants-at-law
the keystone of an arch
expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit
tubing that is wound in a spiral
a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb
a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine
coil spring
a spring in the shape of a coil
a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
coin blank
a flat metal disk ready for stamping as a coin
coin box
the part of a slot machine that serves as a receptacle for the coins
coin machine
a machine that is operated by the insertion of a coin in a slot
coin slot
a slot through which coins can be inserted into a slot machine
bowl-shaped strainer; used to wash or drain foods
an analgesic drug derived from the saffron plant and used to treat gout
cold cathode
a cathode that is a source of electrons without being heated
cold chisel
narrow chisel made of steel; used to cut stone or bricks
cold cream
a cream used cosmetically (mostly by women) for softening and cleaning the skin
cold frame
protective covering consisting of a wooden frame with a glass top in which small plants are protected from the cold
cold medicine
medicine intended to relieve the symptoms of the common cold
cold-water flat
an apartment without modern conveniences
a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image
collapsible shelter
a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs)
a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it
a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part
anything worn or placed about the neck
a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot
things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique)
collection plate
a shallow receptacle for collection in church
the electrode in a transistor through which a primary flow of carriers leaves the region between the electrodes
collector's item
the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection
a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed
a band or collar that holds an individual stone in a jewelry setting
a cone-shaped chuck used for holding cylindrical pieces in a lathe
a metal cap or band placed on a wooden pole to prevent splitting
an accelerator in which two beams of particles are forced to collide head on
a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
optical device consisting of a tube containing a convex achromatic lens at one end and a slit at the other with the slit at the focus of the lens; light rays leave the slit as a parallel beam
a small telescope attached to a large telescope to use in setting the line of the larger one
lotion consisting of a solution used as a cleanser for the eyes
a perfumed liquid made of essential oils and alcohol
structure consisting of a row of evenly spaced columns
an elongated fiberoptic endoscope for examining the entire colon from cecum to rectum
a publisher's emblem printed in a book (usually on the title page)
color wash
a wash of whitewash or other water-base paint tinted with a colored pigment
a measuring instrument used in colorimetric analysis to determine the quantity of a substance from the color it yields with specific reagents
coloring book
a picture book with line drawings intended to be colored with crayons by children
a flag that shows its nationality
a distinguishing emblem
Colossus of Rhodes
a huge bronze statue of the sun god Helios that was built around 285 BC and that stood beside the harbor entrance on the island of Rhodes for about 50 years before it was toppled by an earthquake
colour TV
a television that transmits images in color
colour TV tube
a television tube that displays images in full color
a kind of revolver
a sharp steel wedge that precedes the plow and cuts vertically through the soil
a sepulchral vault or other structure having recesses in the walls to receive cinerary urns
a birdhouse for pigeons
Columbia University
a university in New York City
(architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair
any of several tools for straightening fibers
combat ship
a government ship that is available for waging war
a machine that separates and straightens the fibers of cotton or wool
combination lock
lock that can be opened only by turning dials in a special sequence
combination plane
a woodworking plane that has interchangeable cutters of various shapes
harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field
comfort station
a toilet that is available to the public
bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
command key
(computer science) the key on a computer keyboard that is used (in combination with some other key) to type control characters
command module
a space module in which astronauts can live and control the spacecraft and communicate with earth
commercial art
art used for commercial purposes (as in advertising)
a retail store that sells equipment and provisions (usually to military personnel)
a snack bar in a film studio
commodities exchange
an exchange for buying and selling commodities for future delivery
articles of commerce
Commodore John Barry Bridge
a cantilever bridge in Chester, Pennsylvania
common room
a sitting room (usually at school or university)
communication equipment
facility consisting of the physical plants and equipment for disseminating information
communication system
a system for communicating
communications satellite
an artificial satellite that relays signals back to earth; moves in a geostationary orbit
switch for reversing the direction of an electric current
a passenger train that is ridden primarily by passengers who travel regularly from one place to another
a small and economical car
a small cosmetics case with a mirror; to be carried in a woman's purse
a stairway or ladder that leads from one deck to another on a ship
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
a space into which an area is subdivided
navigational instrument for finding directions
drafting instrument used for drawing circles
compass card
compass in the form of a card that rotates so that 0 degrees or North points to magnetic north
compass saw
a handsaw with a narrow triangular blade for cutting curves
an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system
something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole
an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient)
compound lens
a lens system consisting of two or more lenses on the same axis
compound lever
a pair of levers hinged at the fulcrum
compound microscope
light microscope that has two converging lens systems: the objective and the eyepiece
compound pendulum
pendulum consisting of an actual object allowed to rotate freely around a horizontal axis
a cloth pad or dressing (with or without medication) applied firmly to some part of the body (to relieve discomfort or reduce fever)
compression bandage
bandage that stops the flow of blood from an artery by applying pressure
a mechanical device that compresses gasses
computer accessory
an accessory for a computer
computer circuit
a circuit that is part of a computer
computer display
a screen used to display the output of a computer to the user
computer graphic
an image that is generated by a computer
computer graphics
the pictorial representation and manipulation of data by a computer
computer hardware
(computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
computer keyboard
a keyboard that is a data input device for computers; arrangement of keys is modelled after the typewriter keyboard
computer memory
an electronic memory device
computer monitor
a device that displays signals on a computer screen
computer mouse
a hand-operated electronic device that controls the coordinates of a cursor on your computer screen as you move it around on a pad; on the bottom of the device is a ball that rolls on the surface of the pad
computer network
(computer science) a network of computers
computer peripheral
electronic equipment external to the circuit board that contains the CPU of a computer
computer store
a store that sells computers to the small businessperson or personal user
a machine for performing calculations automatically
concave lens
a lens such that a parallel beam of light passing through it is caused to diverge or spread out
a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
concentration camp
a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions)
concert grand
a grand piano suitable for concert performances
concert hall
a hall where concerts are given
free-reed instrument played like an accordion by pushing its ends together to force air through the reeds
coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle
a wide hallway in a building where people can walk
condensation pump
vacuum pump used to obtain a high vacuum
a hollow coil that condenses by abstracting heat
an apparatus that converts vapor into liquid
lens used to concentrate light on an object
a substance used in washing (clothing or hair) to make things softer
one of the dwelling units in a condominium
contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
housing consisting of a complex of dwelling units (as an apartment house) in which each unit is individually owned
conducting wire
a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance
a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass
any cone-shaped artifact
cone clutch
a friction clutch in which the frictional surfaces are cone-shaped
Conestoga wagon
a large wagon with broad wheels and an arched canvas top; used by the United States pioneers to cross the prairies in the 19th century
Confederate flag
the first flag of the Confederate States of America
conference center
a center where conferences can be conducted
conference room
a room in which a conference can be held
conference table
the table that conferees sit around as they hold a meeting
a booth where a priest sits to hear confessions
small pieces or streamers of colored paper that are thrown around on festive occasions (as at a wedding)
conformal projection
a map projection in which a small area is rendered in its true shape
(architecture) a concave molding
congress boot
an ankle high shoe with elastic gussets in the sides
conic projection
a map projection of the globe onto a cone with its point over one of the earth's poles
something that joins or connects
an instrumentality that connects
connecting rod
a rod that transmits motion (especially one that connects a rotating wheel to a reciprocating shaft)
connecting room
a hotel room that shares a wall with an adjoining room and is connected by a private door
conning tower
a raised bridge on a submarine; often used for entering and exiting
conning tower
an armored pilothouse on a warship
consciousness-altering drug
a drug that can produce mood changes and distorted perceptions
a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts
a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
an ornamental scroll-shaped bracket (especially one used to support a wall fixture)
a scientific instrument consisting of displays and an input device that an operator can use to monitor and control a system (especially a computer system)
a small table fixed to a wall or designed to stand against a wall
a device that retards something's motion
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
diplomatic building that serves as the residence or workplace of a consul
consumer durables
consumer goods that are not destroyed by use
consumer goods
goods (as food or clothing) intended for direct use or consumption
contact arm
contact consisting of a conducting arm that rotates over a series of fixed contacts and comes to rest on an outlet
contact microphone
a microphone designed to be used in contact with a source of sound (or with a resonating surface)
contact print
a print made by exposing a photosensitive surface to direct contact with a photographic negative
a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication
(electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact
any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
container ship
a cargo ship designed to hold containerized cargoes
(physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor
something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation
continental quilt
a soft quilt usually filled with the down of the eider
contour map
a map having contour lines through points of equal elevation
contour sheet
a sheet (usually with elastic edges) tailored to fit a particular mattress
goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
the bassoon that is the largest instrument in the oboe family
contraceptive diaphragm
a contraceptive device consisting of a flexible dome-shaped cup made of rubber or plastic; it is filled with spermicide and fitted over the uterine cervix
any improvised arrangement for temporary use
control center
the operational center for a group of related activities
control circuit
a feedback circuit that subtracts from the input
control grid
an electrode placed between the cathode and anode of a vacuum tube to control the flow of electrons through the tube
control rod
a steel or aluminum rod that can be moved up or down to control the rate of the nuclear reaction
control room
a room housing control equipment (as in a recording studio)
control stick
a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane
control system
a system for controlling the operation of another system
control tower
a tower with an elevated workspace enclosed in glass for the visual observation of aircraft around an airport
a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
controlled substance
a drug or chemical substance whose possession and use are controlled by law
a space heater that transfers heat to the surrounding air by convection
convenience store
a store selling a limited variety of food and pharmaceutical items; open long hours for the convenience of customers
a religious residence especially for nuns
a building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers)
converging lens
lens such that a beam of light passing through it is brought to a point or focus
a device for changing one substance or form or state into another
a car that has top that can be folded or removed
a sofa that can be converted into a bed
something that serves as a means of transportation
a moving belt that transports objects (as in a factory)
a utensil for cooking
a fire for cooking
a detached or outdoor shelter for cooking
cookie cutter
a kitchen utensil used to cut a sheet of cookie dough into desired shapes before baking
cookie jar
a jar in which cookies are kept (and sometimes money is hidden)
cooking pan
cooking utensil consisting of a wide metal vessel
cooking stove
a kitchen appliance used for cooking food
cooking utensil
a kitchen utensil made of material that does not melt easily; used for cooking
a stove for cooking (especially a wood- or coal-burning kitchen stove)
coolant system
a cooling system that uses a fluid to transfer heat from one place to another
a refrigerator for cooling liquids
a cell for violent prisoners
cooling system
equipment in a motor vehicle that cools the engine
cooling tower
a cooling system used in industry to cool hot water (by partial evaporation) before reusing it as a coolant
a mechanism for keeping something cool
a raccoon cap with the tail hanging down the back
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
university founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper to offer free courses in the arts and sciences
a long cloak; worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions
brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
apparatus that makes copies of typed, written or drawn material
coping saw
a handsaw with a taut thin blade; used for cutting small curves in wood
copper mine
a mine where copper is dug from the ground
a print made from an engraved copperplate
an engraving consisting of a smooth plate of copper that has been etched or engraved
utensils made with copper
a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
mechanical device used in printing; holds the copy for the compositor
a dish in the form of a scallop shell
a small rounded boat made of hides stretched over a wicker frame; still used in some parts of Great Britain
corbel arch
(architecture) an arch constructed of masonry courses that are corbelled until they meet
corbel step
(architecture) a step on the top of a gable wall
(architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent)
corbie gable
(architecture) a gable having corbie-steps or corbel steps
a line made of twisted fibers or threads
a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
a light insulated conductor for household use
the ropes in the rigging of a ship
an antiarrhythmic drug (trade name Cordarone) that has potentially fatal side effects and is used to control serious heart rhythm problems only when safer agents have been ineffective
explosive powder (nitroglycerin and guncotton and petrolatum) dissolved in acetone and dried and extruded in brown cords
adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord
cotton trousers made of corduroy cloth
a road made of logs laid crosswise
a bar of magnetic material (as soft iron) that passes through a coil and serves to increase the inductance of the coil
the chamber of a nuclear reactor containing the fissile material where the reaction takes place
core bit
a hollow drilling bit that is the cutting part of a core drill; allows core samples to be taken
core drill
a drill that removes a cylindrical core from the drill hole
core memory
(computer science) a computer memory consisting of an array of magnetic cores; now superseded by semiconductor memories
(computer science) a tiny ferrite toroid formerly used in a random access memory to store one bit of data; now superseded by semiconductor memories
a device for removing the core from apples
a beta-adrenergic blocking agent (trade name Corgard) that is used to treat hypertension and angina
cork jacket
life preserver consisting of a sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable design
a machine that is used to put corks in bottles
corn exchange
an exchange where grains are bought and sold
a crib for storing and drying ears of corn
Cornell University
a university in Ithaca, New York
corner pocket
a pocket at the corner of a billiard table
corner post
a square post supporting a structural member at the corner of a building
an interior angle formed by two meeting walls
(architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone
the intersection of two streets
a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls
a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies
a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
the topmost projecting part of an entablature
a molding at the corner between the ceiling and the top of a wall
a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing
a long cigar with blunt ends
a small crown; usually indicates a high rank but below that of sovereign
correctional institution
a penal institution maintained by the government
a device for treating injury or disease
an enclosed passageway; rooms usually open onto it
corrugated fastener
a small strip of corrugated steel with sharp points on one side; hammered across wood joints in rough carpentry
corrugated iron
usually galvanized sheet iron or sheet steel shaped into straight parallel ridges and hollows
a swift pirate ship (often operating with official sanction)
a piece of body armor for the trunk; usually consists of a breastplate and back piece
a woman's close-fitting foundation garment
a highly maneuverable escort warship; smaller than a destroyer
a toiletry designed to beautify the body
a representation of the earth or the heavens
a large proton synchrotron; uses frequency modulation of an electric field to accelerate protons
the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball
the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class
unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place
the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments)
a padded cloth covering to keep a teapot warm
baby bed with high sides made of slats
a sheath worn to protect a finger
a small shelter for domestic animals (as sheep or pigeons)
cottage tent
a tent providing shelter for a family
fastener consisting of a wedge or pin inserted through a slot to hold two other pieces together
cotter pin
a cotter consisting of a split pin that is secured (after passing through a hole) by splitting the ends apart
fabric woven from cotton fibers
thread made of cotton fibers
cotton gin
a machine that separates the seeds from raw cotton fibers
cotton mill
a textile mill for making cotton textiles
Cottrell precipitator
removes dust particles from gases by electrostatic precipitation
a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment
a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer
an upholstered seat for more than one person
a compartment on a European passenger train; contains 4 to 6 berths for sleeping
coude system
a reflecting telescope so constructed that the light is led to a plate holder or spectrograph
a timber member grooved to take a sliding panel
a flat situated in the wings
an anticoagulant (trade name Coumadin) use to prevent and treat a thrombus or embolus
table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted
game equipment (as a piece of wood, plastic, or ivory) used for keeping a count or reserving a space in various card or board games
(computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers)
counter tube
a measuring instrument for counting individual ionizing events
a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe or boot
a calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens
a bit for enlarging the upper part of a hole
a copy that is represented as the original
a medicine applied locally to produce superficial inflammation in order to reduce deeper inflammation
a duplicate copy
a hole (usually in wood) with the top part enlarged so that a screw or bolt will fit into it and lie below the surface
the top side of a counter
office used by the accountants of a business
country house
a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country
country store
a retail store serving a sparsely populated region; usually stocked with a wide variety of merchandise
a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment
a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects
a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move together
facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport
(construction) a layer of masonry
a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played
the residence of a sovereign or nobleman
court card
one of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face
court plaster
a plaster composed of isinglass on silk; formerly used to dress superficial wounds
a tribunal that is presided over by a magistrate or by one or more judges who administer justice according to the laws
a room in which a lawcourt sits
an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area
an acrylic fabric resembling wool
a building that houses judicial courts
a government building that houses the offices of a county government
cover glass
a small and very thin piece of glass used to cover the specimen on a microscope slide
cover plate
covering consisting of a plate used to cover over or close in a chamber or receptacle
a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else
covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)
a loose-fitting protective garment that is worn over other clothing
covered bridge
a bridge whose passageway is protected by a roof and enclosing sides
covered couch
a litter with a cover for privacy
covered stadium
a stadium that has a roof
covered stand
a stand at a racecourse or stadium consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats that are under a protective roof
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
a decorative bedspread (usually quilted)
a bell hung around the neck of cow so that the cow can be easily located
cowboy boot
a boot with a high arch and fancy stitching; worn by American cowboys
cowboy hat
a hat with a wide brim and a soft crown; worn by American ranch hands
a heavy flexible whip braided from leather made from the hide of a cow
a loose hood or hooded robe (as worn by a monk)
Cox-2 inhibitor
an anti-inflammatory drug that fights pain and blocks Cox-2 activity without impeding the activity of Cox-1; increases the risk of heart attacks
CPU board
the main circuit board for a computer
a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; highly addictive
a narrow opening
a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends
something excellent of its kind
glazed china with a network of fine cracks on the surface
a baby bed with sides and rockers
a trough that can be rocked back and forth; used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold
a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued
a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together
a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
an instrument for measuring skull sizes
crank handle
crank used to start an engine
a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
housing for a crankshaft
a rotating shaft driven by (or driving) a crank
a soft thin light fabric with a crinkled surface
crash barrier
a strong protective barrier that is erected around a racetrack or in the middle of a dual-lane highway in order to reduce the likelihood of severe accidents
crash helmet
a padded helmet worn by people riding bicycles or motorcycles; protects the head in case of accidents
a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping
neckwear worn in a slipknot with long ends overlapping vertically in front
writing implement consisting of a colored stick of composition wax used for writing and drawing
crazy quilt
a patchwork quilt without a design
cream pitcher
a small pitcher for serving cream
toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
a workplace where dairy products (butter and cheese etc.) are produced or sold
a Malayan dagger with a wavy blade
an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
a representation of Christ's nativity in the stable at Bethlehem
a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared for
a kind of sideboard or buffet
a wicker basket used by anglers to hold fish
a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
cremation chamber
a furnace where a corpse can be burned and reduced to ashes
a mortuary where corpses are cremated
a notch or open space between two merlons in a crenelated battlement
crepe de Chine
a very thin crepe of silk or silklike fabric
crepe marocain
a dress crepe; similar to Canton crepe
crescent wrench
an adjustable wrench designed to fit hexagonal nuts with the adjusting screw built into the head of the wrench
(heraldry) in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
the center of a cambered road
an unglazed heavy fabric; brightly printed; used for slipcovers and draperies
crew neck
a plain straight neckline opening from shoulder to shoulder of sweaters
embroidery done with loosely twisted worsted yarn
bottle that holds wine or oil or vinegar for the table
a bin or granary for storing grains
cribbage board
a board with pegs and regularly spaced holes for holding the pegs; used for keeping the score in a game of cribbage
cricket ball
the ball used in playing cricket
cricket equipment
sports equipment used in playing cricket
a mechanical device consisting of a cylindrical tube around which the hair is wound to curl it
fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
a stiff coarse fabric used to stiffen hats or clothing
a full stiff petticoat made of crinoline fabric
a skirt stiffened with hoops
a protease inhibitor (trade name Crixivan) used for treating HIV
electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities
crochet hook
a needle with a hook on the end; used in crocheting
crochet stitch
any one of a number of stitches made by pulling a loop of yarn through another loop with a crochet needle
needlework done by interlocking looped stitches with a hooked needle
Crock Pot
an electric cooker that maintains a relatively low temperature
an earthen jar (made of baked clay)
tableware (eating and serving dishes) collectively
an architectural ornament of curved foliage used at the edge of a spire or gable
a small farm worked by a crofter
a prehistoric megalithic tomb typically having two large upright stones and a capstone
a Renaissance woodwind with a double reed and a curving tube (crooked horn)
a long staff with one end being hook shaped
Crookes radiometer
electromagnetic radiometer consisting of a small paddlewheel that rotates when placed in daylight
Crookes tube
the original gas-discharge cathode-ray tube
the stock or handle of a whip
the output of something in a season
croquet ball
a wooden ball used in playing croquet
croquet equipment
sports equipment used in playing croquet
croquet mallet
a mallet used to strike the ball in croquet
a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
cross bit
a rock drill having cruciform cutting edges; used in mining
cross hair
either of two fine mutually perpendicular lines that cross in the focus plane of an optical instrument and are use for sighting or calibration
cross of Calvary
a Latin cross set on three steps
cross of Lorraine
a cross with two crossbars, one above and one below the midpoint of the vertical, the lower longer than the upper
cross street
a street intersecting a main street (usually at right angles) and continuing on both sides of it
cross thwart
a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat
embroidery done with pairs of stitches that cross each other
two stitches forming a cross or X
long thin horizontal crosspiece between two vertical posts
game equipment consisting of a horizontal bar to be jumped or vaulted over
a horizontal bar that goes across something
a horizontal beam that extends across something
any of the seats in the House of Commons used by members who do not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition
a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)
crosscut handsaw
handsaw that cuts at right angles to the grain (or major axis)
a route shorter than the usual one
a long racket with a triangular frame; used in playing lacrosse
metal block that connects to a piston; it slides on parallel guides and moves a connecting rod back and forth
a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other
the lowermost sail on a mizzenmast
a transverse brace
one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track
a small tool or hooklike implement
croupier's rake
a small rake used by a croupier to move chips around on the table
crow's nest
platform for a lookout at or near the top of a mast
a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge
the part of a hat (the vertex) that covers the crown of the head
a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory
crown jewel
a precious stone that is a valuable part of a sovereign's regalia
crown jewels
regalia (jewelry and other paraphernalia) worn by a sovereign on state occasions
crown lens
a lens made of optical crown glass
crown of thorns
a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion
crown saw
a saw having teeth around the edge of a hollow cylinder
an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty
a vacuum tube in which a hot cathode emits a beam of electrons that pass through a high voltage anode and are focused or deflected before hitting a phosphorescent screen
CRT screen
the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube
a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions
representation of the cross on which Jesus died
a stand for cruets containing various condiments
cruise control
control mechanism for keeping an automobile at a set speed
cruise liner
a passenger ship used commercially for pleasure cruises
cruise missile
an unmanned aircraft that is a self-contained bomb
a large fast warship; smaller than a battleship and larger than a destroyer
a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters
a strap from the back of a saddle passing under the horse's tail; prevents saddle from slipping forward
small jar; holds liquid (oil or water)
a device that crushes something
a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
an instrument for destroying tissue by freezing it
a thermometer designed to measure low temperatures
a measuring instrument for measuring freezing and melting points
a thermostat that operates at very low temperatures
a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
a device for deciphering codes and ciphers
glassware made of quartz
a crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices
crystal ball
a glass or crystal globe used in crystal gazing by fortunetellers
crystal counter
a counter tube in which an ionizing event increases conductivity
crystal detector
a detector consisting of a fine wire in contact with a galena crystal; acts as a rectifier
crystal microphone
a microphone in which sound waves vibrate a piezoelectric crystal that generates a varying voltage
crystal oscillator
an oscillator that produces electrical oscillations at a frequency determined by the physical characteristics of a piezoelectric quartz crystal
crystal pickup
a cartridge in which an output voltage is produced by the vibration of a piezoelectric crystal
crystal rectifier
a semiconductor that consists of a p-n junction
crystal set
an early radio receiver using a crystal detector
a protective cover that protects the face of a watch
Cuban heel
a broad heel of medium height on women's shoes
a small secluded room
a small compartment
a block in the (approximate) shape of a cube
a cigarette containing cubeb
body armor that protects the elbow
cucking stool
an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which offenders were ducked in water
cuckoo clock
clock that announces the hours with a sound like the call of the cuckoo
the galley or pantry of a small ship
a club that is used as a weapon
cue ball
the ball that the billiard player or pool player strikes with his cue
sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards
shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs
the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg
jewelry consisting of one of a pair of linked buttons used to fasten the cuffs of a shirt
medieval body armor that covers the chest and back
armor plate that protects the thigh
a passage with access only at one end
a specialized endoscope for visually examining a woman's pelvic organs
a gutter in a roof
a divided skirt
a farm implement used to break up the surface of the soil (for aeration and weed control and conservation of moisture)
a medieval musket
a heavy cannon with a long barrel used in the 16th and 17th centuries
a transverse and totally enclosed drain under a road or railway
a broad pleated sash worn as formal dress with a tuxedo
a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle
the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green
cup hook
hook (usually on the underside of a shelf) for hanging cups
a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
Cupid's bow
a curved bow with reversed curve ends
a roof in the form of a dome
a vertical cylindrical furnace for melting iron for casting
a drug (trade name Cuprimine) used to treat heavy metal poisoning and Wilson's disease and severe arthritis
a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
curb market
a stock market for trading in securities not listed on the New York Stock Exchange
curb roof
a roof with two or more slopes on each side of the ridge
a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
the side of a sidewalk that is bordered by a curb
a paving stone forming part of a curb
a surgical instrument shaped like a scoop to remove tissue from a bodily cavity
something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
curling iron
a cylindrical metal home appliance that heats a lock of hair that has been curled around it
a square comb with rows of small teeth; used to curry horses
(computer science) indicator consisting of a movable spot of light (an icon) on a visual display; moving it allows the user to point to commands or screen positions
curtain ring
a circular ring for holding up a curtain
hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
the enclosed land around a house or other building
a soft bag filled with air or a mass of padding such as feathers or foam rubber etc.
the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle
a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses
artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
point formed by two intersecting arcs (as from the intrados of a Gothic arch)
a decoration using cusps
a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place)
custard pie
a prop consisting of an open pie filled with real or artificial custard; thrown in slapstick comedies
an item made to the customer's specifications
a government building where customs are collected and where ships are cleared to enter or leave the country
a canal made by erosion or excavation
cut glass
glass decorated by cutting or grinding facets
a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation
a man's coat cut diagonally from the waist to the back of the knees
a representation (drawing or model) of something in which the outside is omitted to reveal the inner parts
a short heavy curved sword with one edge; formerly used by sailors
a cutting implement; a tool for cutting
tableware implements for cutting and eating food
a device that terminates the flow in a pipe
a part that is cut out or is intended to be cut out
a photograph from which the background has been cut away
a switch that interrupts an electric circuit in the event of an overload
a sailing vessel with a single mast set further back than the mast of a sloop
a boat for communication between ship and shore
cutting edge
the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knife
cutting implement
a tool used for cutting or slicing
cutting room
a room where films or tapes are edited (by cutting out unwanted parts)
cutty stool
a low stool; formerly in Scotland, a seat in a church where an offender was publicly rebuked
embroidery in which the design is outlined in a buttonhole stitch and the intervening material is cut away
art that is produced with the help of computer hardware and software
a cafe whose customers sit at computer terminals and log on to the internet while they eat and drink
a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
cycle rickshaw
a tricycle (usually propelled by pedalling); used in the Orient for transporting passengers for hire
cyclone cellar
an underground shelter where you can go until a storm passes
cyclopean masonry
a primitive style of masonry characterized by use of massive stones of irregular shape and size
a colorless flammable gas sometimes used as an inhalation anesthetic
a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
an antibiotic that is especially active against the tubercle bacillus
a writing implement with a small toothed wheel that cuts small holes in a stencil
an accelerator that imparts energies of several million electron-volts to rapidly moving particles
a cylindrical container for oxygen or compressed air
cylinder head
a detachable plate that covers the closed end of a cylinder chamber in a reciprocating engine or pump
cylinder lock
a lock in which a cylinder rotates to move a bolt; tumblers are pins; inserting the key lifts and aligns the pins to free the cylinder to rotate
cylinder press
a printing press where the type is carried on a flat bed under a cylinder that holds paper and rolls over the type
a chamber within which piston moves
a shallow drinking cup with two handles; used in ancient Greece
cyma recta
a cyma in which the upper section is concave and the lower section is convex
cyma reversa
a molding that (in section) has the shape of an S with the convex part above and the concave part below
(architecture) a molding for a cornice; in profile it is shaped like an S (partly concave and partly convex)
a percussion instrument consisting of a concave brass disk; makes a loud crashing sound when hit with a drumstick or when two are struck together
scientific instrument consisting of a rotating drum holding paper on which a stylus traces a continuous record (as of breathing or blood pressure)
a photometer that can be used to locate and identify chemical compounds in a cell by measuring the intensity of the light that passes through stained sections of the cytoplasm
cytotoxic drug
any drug that has a toxic effect on cells; commonly used in chemotherapy to inhibit the proliferation of cancerous cells
Russian country house
a concentration camp for Jews created by the Nazis near Munich in southern Germany
a rectangular groove cut into a board so that another piece can fit into it
the section of a pedestal between the base and the surbase
dado plane
a plane for making a dado groove
panel forming the lower part of an interior wall when it is finished differently from the rest of the wall
a flap along the edge of a garment; used in medieval clothing
a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
a removable centerboard on a small sailboat that can be lowered into the water to serve as a keel
a photograph made by an early photographic process; the image was produced on a silver plate sensitized to iodine and developed in mercury vapor
a farm where dairy products are produced
a loose and brightly colored African shirt
daisy chain
flower chain consisting of a string of daisies linked by their stems; worn by students on class day at some schools
daisy print wheel
a wheel around which is a set of print characters that make a typing impression on paper
daisywheel printer
a printer that uses a daisy print wheel
tranquilizer (trade name Dalmane) used to treat insomnia
a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea
a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel
a fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it
a table linen made from linen with a damask pattern
damp course
a course of some impermeable material laid in the foundation walls of building near the ground to prevent dampness from rising into the building
a device that dampens or moistens something
a movable iron plate that regulates the draft in a stove or chimney or furnace
damper block
damper consisting of a small felted block that drops onto a piano string to stop its vibration
a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations
dance floor
a bare floor polished for dancing
dandle board
a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost
antibacterial drug used to treat leprosy and some kinds of skin diseases
an anticholinergic drug (trade name Daricon) used in treating peptic ulcers
dark glasses
(plural) spectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun
dark-field microscope
light microscope that uses scattered light to show particles too small to see with ordinary microscopes
a room in which photographs are developed
sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
darning needle
a long needle with an eye large enough for heavy darning or embroidery thread
a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot
dart board
a circular board of wood or cork used as the target in the game of darts
dart thrower
a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear
Dartmouth College
a college in New Hampshire
a mildly narcotic analgesic drug (trade name Darvon) related to methadone but less addictive
a mechanical damper; the vibrating part is attached to a piston that moves in a chamber filled with liquid
instrument panel on an automobile or airplane containing dials and controls
protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.
densimeter consisting of a thin glass globe that is weighed in a gas to determine its density
a digital tape recording of sound
data converter
converter for changing information from one code to another
data input device
a device that can be used to insert data into a computer or other computational device
data link
an interconnecting circuit between two or more locations for the purpose of transmitting and receiving data
data multiplexer
a multiplexer that permits two or more data sources to share a common transmission medium
data system
system consisting of the network of all communication channels used within an organization
data track
(computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
an unskillful painting
a large sofa usually convertible into a bed
a small decorative writing desk
Davis Cup
cup awarded for the annual international team tennis competition
a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat)
Davy lamp
an oil lamp that will not ignite flammable gases (methane)
day bed
convertible consisting of an upholstered couch that can be converted into a double bed
day camp
a camp providing care and activities for children during the daytime
day care center
a nursery for the supervision of preschool children while the parents work
day school
a school building without boarding facilities
an armless couch; a seat by day and a bed by night
an accounting journal as a physical object
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Daypro)
Dayton axe
an ax with a long handle and a head that has one cutting edge and one blunt side
an antiviral drug used to combat HIV infection
an antiviral drug used to combat HIV infection
dead axle
an axle that carries a wheel but without power to drive it
dead load
a constant load on a structure (e.g. a bridge) due to the weight of the supported structure itself
dead room
a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
dead-air space
an unventilated area where no air circulates
(nautical) a round hardwood disk with holes and a grooved perimeter used to tighten a shroud
a train or bus or taxi traveling empty
a strong shutter over a ship's porthole that is closed in stormy weather
an electronic device that amplifies sound and is worn to compensate for poor hearing
the official residence of a dean
death bell
a bell rung to announce a death
death camp
a concentration camp where prisoners are likely to die or be killed
death chamber
instrument of execution consisting of a sealed chamber into which poison gas is introduced; used to kill people or animals
death house
the cellblock in a prison where those condemned to death await execution
death mask
a cast taken from the face of a dead person
death seat
the car seat beside the driver of an automobile; believed to be the most dangerous place to sit in a car in case of an accident
the bed on which a person dies
any structure that is very unsafe; where people are likely to be killed
either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface
any of various platforms built into a vessel
street name for a packet of illegal drugs
a porch that resembles the deck on a ship
a superstructure on the upper deck of a ship
(often used in combinations) something constructed with multiple levels
(paper making) a frame used to form paper pulp into sheets
rough edge left by a deckle on handmade paper or produced artificially on machine-made paper
an instrument for measuring magnetic declination
tetracycline antibacterial (trade name Declomycin) effective in the treatment of some bacterial and rickettsial and other infections
a machine that converts a coded text into ordinary language
a low-cut neckline on a woman's dress
a drug that decreases pulmonary congestion
decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior
something used to beautify
art produced by decorating a surface with cutouts and then coating it with several layers of varnish or lacquer
dedicated file server
(computer science) a file server that can be used only as a file server
a strongly made box for holding money or valuables; can be locked
electric refrigerator (trade name Deepfreeze) in which food is frozen and stored for long periods of time
deer trail
a trail worn by the passage of deer
a tight-fitting hat with visors front and back; formerly worn by hunters
defence system
the weaponry available for the defense of a region
a structure used to defend against attack
defense laboratory
a laboratory devoted to research and development for national defense
an electronic device that administers an electric shock of preset voltage to the heart through the chest wall in an attempt to restore the normal rhythm of the heart during ventricular fibrillation
the arrangement of defensive fortifications to protect against enemy fire
a device intended to turn aside the flow of something (water or air or smoke etc)
heater that removes ice or frost (as from a windshield or a refrigerator or the wings of an airplane)
an applicance to extract moisture from the air and make the environment more comfortable
Delaware Memorial Bridge
a suspension bridge across the Delaware River
delay line
a circuit designed to introduce a calculated delay into the transmission of a signal
delayed action
a mechanism that automatically delays the release of a camera shutter for a fixed period of time so that the photographer can appear in the picture
an excavation; usually a quarry or mine
a style of glazed earthenware; usually white with blue decoration
a shop selling ready-to-eat food products
a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
something that can be provided as the product of development
delivery truck
a van suitable for delivering goods or services to customers
delta wing
an airplane with wings that give it the appearance of an isosceles triangle
a synthetic narcotic drug (trade name Demerol) used to treat pain
large bottle with a short narrow neck; often has small handles at neck and is enclosed in wickerwork
heater that removes mist from the windshield of a car
small coffee cup; for serving black coffee
rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wave
a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin
trade name for an oral contraceptive
a room that is comfortable and secluded
a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric
a measuring instrument for determining density or specific gravity
a measuring instrument for determining optical or photographic density
dental appliance
a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
dental floss
a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
dental implant
an implant that replaces a natural tooth
dental plate
a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
a substance for cleaning the teeth; applied with a toothbrush
a toiletry applied to the skin in order to mask unpleasant odors
department store
a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain
departure gate
gate where passengers embark
departure lounge
lounge where passengers can await departure
a cosmetic for temporary removal of undesired hair
anticonvulsant (trade name Depokene) used to prevent some kinds of seizures
deposit box
a fireproof metal strongbox (usually in a bank) for storing valuables
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
depository library
a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
a depository for goods
station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
a device used by physician to press a part down or aside
depth bomb
a bomb that explodes at a preset depth under water; antisubmarine device
depth finder
navigational instrument used to measure the depth of a body of water (as by ultrasound or radar)
depth gage
a gauge for measuring the depth of grooves or holes or other concavities
a surgical instrument used to cut very thin slices of skin
a simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom
a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered
a pocket pistol of large caliber with a short barrel
synthetic nonsteroid with the properties of estrogen; formerly used to treat menstrual problems but was found to be associated with vaginal cancers in the daughters of women so treated during pregnancy
a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something
a decorative or artistic work
designer drug
a psychoactive drug deliberately synthesized to avoid anti-drug laws; mimics the effects of a banned drug; law was revised in 1986 to ban designer drugs
a tricyclic antidepressant drug that activates the psychomotor system
a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
desk phone
a telephone set that sits on a desk or table
desktop computer
a personal computer small enough to fit conveniently in an individual workspace
dessert plate
a small plate on which dessert can be served
dessert spoon
a spoon larger than a teaspoon and smaller than a tablespoon
destroyer escort
warship smaller than a destroyer; designed to escort fleets or convoys
a small fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship
oral antidepressant (trade name Desyrel) that is a nontricyclic drug used as a sedative
detached house
a house that stands alone
electronic equipment that detects the presence of radio signals or radioactivity
any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as heat or pressure or light or motion etc.) and responds to it in a distinctive manner
detention camp
an institution where juvenile offenders can be held temporarily (usually under the supervision of a juvenile court)
a cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension
detonating fuse
a fuse containing an explosive
a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked)
the hospital ward or clinic in which patients are detoxified
one of the four playing cards in a deck that have two spots
photographic equipment consisting of a chemical solution for developing film
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)
any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
Dewar flask
vacuum flask that holds liquid air or helium for scientific experiments
an isomer of amphetamine (trade name Dexedrine) used as a central nervous system stimulant
a long loincloth worn by Hindu men
a lateen-rigged sailing vessel used by Arabs
a narcotic that is considered a hard drug; a highly addictive morphine derivative; intravenous injection provides the fastest and most intense rush
glyptic art consisting of a sunken or depressed engraving or carving on a stone or gem (as opposed to cameo)
a drawing intended to explain how something works; a drawing showing the relation between the parts
the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
the circular graduated indicator on various measuring instruments
the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning
dial phone
a telephone with a dial for registering the number to be called
a disc on a telephone that is rotated a fixed distance for each number called
dialog box
(computer science) a small temporary window in a graphical user interface that appears in order to request information from the user; after the information has been provided the user dismisses the box with `okay' or `cancel'
dialysis machine
a medical instrument for separating substances in solution by unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes
fabric covered with glittering ornaments such as sequins or rhinestones
adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more red rhombuses on it
diamond point
a very hard small point made from a diamond
either of the two main stops on a pipe organ
a fabric (usually cotton or linen) with a distinctive woven pattern of small repeated figures
garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement
a foghorn that makes a signal consisting of two tones
used to produce perspiration
electro-acoustic transducer that vibrates to receive or produce sound waves
a mechanical device in a camera that controls size of aperture of the lens
a personal journal (as a physical object)
diathermy machine
a medical instrument for local heating of bodily tissues for medical purposes
a wooden hand tool with a pointed end; used to make holes in the ground for planting seeds or bulbs
a local anesthetic that is administered by injection
dice box
a small container (open at one end) in which dice are shaken by hand and from which they are thrown
a small cube with 1 to 6 spots on the six faces; used in gambling to generate random numbers
a mechanical device used for dicing food
a small third seat in the back of an old-fashioned two-seater
a man's detachable insert (usually starched) to simulate the front of a shirt
an anticoagulant drug that has now been largely replaced by warfarin
a tape recorder that records and reproduces dictation
a device used for shaping metal
a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods
diesel locomotive
a locomotive driven by a diesel engine
an internal-combustion engine that burns heavy oil
a locomotive driven by the electric current generated by a diesel engine
a locomotive driven by a hydraulic transmission system powered by a diesel engine
a device that holds the dies that cut external threads on metal cylinders
diethyl ether
a colorless volatile highly flammable liquid formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic
differential analyzer
an analog computer designed to solve differential equations
a bevel gear that permits rotation of two shafts at different speeds; used on the rear axle of automobiles to allow wheels to rotate at different speeds on curves
diffraction grating
optical device consisting of a surface with many parallel grooves in it; disperses a beam of light (or other electromagnetic radiation) into its wavelengths to produce its spectrum
optical device that distributes the light of a lamp evenly
baffle that distributes sound waves evenly
diffusing screen
a transparent filter that reduces the light (or some wavelengths of the light) passing through it
autoclave consisting of a vessel in which plant or animal materials are digested
a machine for excavating
an excavation for ore or precious stones or for archaeology
temporary living quarters
digital camera
a camera that encodes an image digitally and store it for later reproduction
digital clock
a clock that displays the time of day digitally
digital computer
a computer that represents information by numerical (binary) digits
digital plethysmograph
plethysmograph applied to a digit of the hand or foot to measure skin blood flow
digital scanner
an electronic device that generates a digital representation of an image for data input to a computer
digital voltmeter
an electronic voltmeter that gives readings in digits
digital watch
a watch with a digital display
digital-analog converter
device for converting digital signals into analogue signals
digitalis preparation used to treat congestive heart failure or cardiac arrhythmia
antibiotic consisting of a hydrogenated form of streptomycin; used against tuberculosis and tularemia and Gram-negative organisms
an anticonvulsant drug (trade name Dilantin) used to treat epilepsy and that is not a sedative
a surgical instrument that is used to dilate or distend an opening or an organ
a drug that causes dilation
a narcotic analgesic (trade name Dilaudid) used to treat moderate to severe pain
a vibrating device that substitutes for an erect penis to provide vaginal stimulation
street name for a packet of illegal drugs that is sold for ten dollars
antihistamine (trade name Dimetane) used to treat hypersensitivity reactions (as rhinitis)
trade name for a drug containing an antihistamine and a decongestant; used to relieve nasal congestion and to treat rhinitis
diminished arch
an arch whose height is less than half its width
a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern; used for bedcovers and curtains
a rheostat that varies the current through an electric light in order to control the level of illumination
a restaurant that resembles a dining car
a small area off of a kitchen that is used for dining
a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled
dining area
an area arranged for dining
dining room
a room used for dining
a large room at a college or university; used especially for dining
dining-room furniture
furniture intended for use in a dining room
dining-room table
dining-room furniture consisting of a table on which meals can be served
a small locomotive
dinner bell
a bell rung to announce that dinner has been served
dinner bucket
a pail in which a workman carries his lunch or dinner
dinner dress
a gown for evening wear
dinner napkin
a large napkin used when dinner is served
dinner plate
a plate from which a diner eats during the main course of a meal
dinner service
a table service for serving dinner
dinner table
the dining table where dinner is served and eaten
dinner theater
a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission
the tableware (plates and platters and serving bowls etc.) used in serving a meal
a thermionic tube having two electrodes; used as a rectifier
an angiotensin II inhibitor that is used to treat high blood pressure
a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow
dip circle
a measuring instrument for measuring the angle of magnetic dip (as from an airplane)
DIP switch
(computer science) one of a set of small on-off switches mounted in computer hardware; used in place of jumpers to configure the machine for a user
diphenylbutyl piperidine
a group of antipsychotic drugs used mainly in the treatment of schizophrenia
diplomatic building
government building in which diplomats live or work
diplomatic pouch
a mail pouch that is sealed shut and that is used to carry communications between a legation and its home office
an aerial half a wavelength long consisting of two rods connected to a transmission line at the center
a ladle that has a cup with a long handle
a graduated rod dipped into a container to indicate the fluid level
a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on two panels (usually hinged like a book)
direction finder
radio; determines the direction of incoming radio waves
directional antenna
an antenna that transmits or receives signals only in a narrow angle
directional microphone
a microphone that is designed to receive sound from a particular direction
a relatively long dagger with a straight blade
a dress with a tight bodice and full skirt
a full skirt with a gathered waistband
dirt bike
a lightweight motorcycle equipped with rugged tires and suspension; an off-road motorcycle designed for riding cross country or over unpaved ground
dirt track
a racetrack that is not paved
dirty bomb
an atom bomb that leaves considerable radioactive contamination
disc brake
hydraulic brake in which friction is applied to both sides of a spinning disk by the brake pads
disc harrow
a harrow with a series of disks set on edge at an angle
a flat circular plate
(computer science) a memory device consisting of a flat disk covered with a magnetic coating on which information is stored
sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove
discharge lamp
a lamp that generates light by a discharge between two electrodes in a gas
discharge pipe
a pipe through which fluids can be discharged
a public dance hall for dancing to recorded popular music
discount house
a sales outlet offering goods at a discounted price
a disk used in throwing competitions
any attire that modifies the appearance in order to conceal the wearer's identity
a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food
dish rack
a rack for holding dishes as dishwater drains off of them
dish towel
a towel for drying dishes
dish washer
a machine for washing dishes
directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation
a cloth for washing dishes
large pan for washing dishes
dishwasher detergent
a low-sudsing detergent designed for use in dishwashers
disk access
memory access to the computer disk on which information is stored
disk cache
a cache that stores copies of frequently used disk sectors in random access memory (RAM) so they can be read without accessing the slower disk
disk clutch
a friction clutch in which the frictional surfaces are disks
disk controller
(computer science) a circuit or chip that translates commands into a form that can control a hard disk drive
a small plastic magnetic disk enclosed in a stiff envelope with a radial slit; used to store data or programs for a microcomputer
dispatch box
case consisting of an oblong container (usually having a lock) for carrying dispatches or other valuables
clinic where medicine and medical supplies are dispensed
a container so designed that the contents can be used in prescribed amounts
display adapter
(computer science) an electronic device that converts information in memory to video output to a display
display window
a window of a store facing onto the street; used to display merchandise for sale in the store
a visual representation of something
an electronic device that represents information in visual form
an item that can be disposed of after it has been used
disposal plant
a plant for disposing of sewage
a kitchen appliance for disposing of garbage
the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
a painting created with paint that is made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
paint made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
a plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation
electrical device that distributes voltage to the spark plugs of a gasoline engine in the order of the firing sequence
distributor cam
the cam inside the distributor that rotates to contact spark plug terminals in the correct order
distributor cap
the cap of the distributor that holds in place the wires from the distributor to the spark plugs
distributor housing
the housing that supports the distributor cam
a long narrow excavation in the earth
ditch spade
a spade with a long handle for digging narrow ditches
ditty bag
kit used by sailors and soldiers
any substance that tends to increase the flow of urine, which causes the body to get rid of excess water
a diuretic drug (trade name Diuril) used in the treatment of edema and hypertension
a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)
a Muslim council chamber or law court
dive bomber
a bomber that releases its bombs during a steep dive toward the target
a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall
divided highway
a highway divided down the middle by a barrier that separates traffic going in different directions
a drafting instrument resembling a compass that is used for dividing lines into equal segments or for transferring measurements
a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)
diving bell
diving apparatus for underwater work; has an open bottom and is supplied with compressed air
diving board
a springboard from which swimmers can dive
diving dress
a weighted and hermetically sealed garment supplied with air; worn by underwater divers
divining rod
forked stick that is said to dip down to indicate underground water or oil
a large metal pot (12 gallon camp kettle) for cooking; used in military camps
Dixie cup
a disposable cup made of paper; for holding drinks
DNA chip
a microchip that holds DNA probes that form half of the DNA double helix and can recognize DNA from samples being tested
an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
landing in a harbor next to a pier where ships are loaded and unloaded or repaired; may have gates to let water in or out
a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
anything serving as a representation of a person's thinking by means of symbolic marks
a small low-powered electrically powered vehicle driven on a special platform where there are many others to be dodged
a fine smooth soft woolen fabric
dog collar
a collar for a dog
dog house
outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
dog pound
a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs
dog sled
a sled pulled by dogs
dog wrench
a wrench with a handle shaped like a crank
a cart drawn by a dog
doggie bag
a bag for food that a customer did not eat at a restaurant; the transparent pretense is that the food is taken home to feed the customer's dog
a golf hole with a sharp angle in the fairway
dogstooth check
textile with a pattern of small broken or jagged checks
a carved pyramidal ornament; used in 13th century England
a small round piece of linen placed under a dish or bowl
a small replica of a person; used as a toy
a small model of a house used as a toy by children
a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
conveyance consisting of a wheeled platform for moving heavy objects
conveyance consisting of a wheeled support on which a camera can be mounted
a woman's cloak with dolman sleeves
dolman sleeve
a sleeve with a large armhole and tight cuff
a hussar's jacket worn over the shoulders
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (trade name Dolobid) used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
dolophine hydrochloride
synthetic narcotic drug similar to morphine but less habit-forming; used in narcotic detoxification and maintenance of heroin addiction
dolphin striker
spar under the bowsprit of a sailboat
a hemispherical roof
a small rectangular block used in playing the game of dominoes; the face of each block has two equal areas that can bear 0 to 6 dots
a loose hooded cloak worn with a half mask as part of a masquerade costume
a mask covering the upper part of the face but with holes for the eyes
(computer science) an electronic device that must be attached to a computer in order for it to use protected software
the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
donkey cart
a cart with an underslung axle and two seats
donkey engine
a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard
donkey jacket
a short thick jacket; often worn by workmen
something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known
an aimless drawing
a small motor vehicle
a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle
a room that is entered via a door
a structure where people live or work (usually ordered along a street or road)
door latch
spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a key
the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
the frame that supports a door
a knob used to release the catch when opening a door (often called `doorhandle' in Great Britain)
a jamb for a door
a device (usually metal and ornamental) attached by a hinge to a door
a lock on an exterior door
a mat placed outside an exterior door for wiping the shoes before entering
a nail with a large head; formerly used to decorate doors
a nameplate fastened to a door; indicates the person who works or lives there
the sill of a door; a horizontal piece of wood or stone that forms the bottom of a doorway and offers support when passing through a doorway
a stop that keeps open doors from moving
a yard outside the front or rear door of a house
Doppler radar
radar that uses the Doppler shift to measure velocity
sedative (trade name Doriden) used to treat some sleep disorders
dorm room
a large sleeping room containing several beds
a college or university building containing living quarters for students
dormer window
the window in a gabled extension built to accommodate a window
a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof to accommodate a vertical window
a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
a measuring instrument for measuring doses of ionizing radiation (X-rays or radioactivity)
an ornamental hanging of rich fabric hung behind the altar of a church or at the sides of a chancel
a cheap lodging house
dot matrix printer
a printer that represents each character as a pattern of dots from a dot matrix
double bed
a bed wide enough to accommodate two sleepers
double boiler
two saucepans, one fitting inside the other
double clinch
a clinch with two loops
double crochet
a kind of crochet stitch
double door
two vertical doors that meet in the middle of the door frame when closed
double glazing
a window with two panes of glass and a space between them; reduces heat and noise transmission through the window
double knit
a knit fabric similar to jersey that is made with two sets of needles producing a double thickness joined by interlocking stitches
double reed
a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together to produce the sound in some woodwinds
double reed
a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
double-breasted jacket
a jacket having fronts that overlap enough for two separate rows of buttons
double-breasted suit
a suit with a double-breasted jacket
double-hung window
a window having two sashes that slide up and down
a large wine bottle (holds 4/5 of a gallon)
a propeller plane with an engine that drives two propellers in opposite directions (for stability)
an electronic device that doubles the voltage or the frequency of an input signal
a man's close-fitting jacket; worn during the Renaissance
a crossbar on a wagon or carriage to which two whiffletrees are attached in order to harness two horses abreast
a small syringe with detachable nozzles; used for vaginal lavage and enemas
Dover's powder
a medicinal powder made essentially of ipecac and opium; formerly used to relieve pain and induce perspiration
dovetail plane
a woodworking plane designed to make the grooves for dovetail joints
a mortise joint formed by interlocking tenons and mortises
a fastener that is inserted into holes in two adjacent pieces and holds them together
a ventilation shaft through which air enters a mine
the front half of the stage (as seen from the audience)
an antibiotic used as an anticancer drug
DPT vaccine
abbreviation for combination vaccine against diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus toxoids; usually given in a series of injections in early childhood
a regulator for controlling the flow of air in a fireplace
a dose of liquid medicine
a preliminary sketch of a design or picture
drafting board
a smooth board on which paper is placed for making drawings
drafting instrument
an instrument used by a draftsman in making drawings
drafting table
a worktable with adjustable top
clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)
pill that is a sugar-coated medicated candy
a fishing boat that uses a trawl net or dragnet to catch fish
a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths
a sniper rifle with a telescopic sight
tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material
drain basket
a filter in a sink drain; traps debris but passes water
a pipe through which liquid is carried away
drainage ditch
a ditch for carrying off excess water or sewage
drainage system
a system of watercourses or drains for carrying off excess water
a board beside a kitchen sink and inclined to drain into the sink
a removable plug for holding water in a tub or basin
antihistamine and antiemetic (trade name Dramamine) used to treat motion sickness
a sterile covering arranged over a patient's body during a medical examination or during surgery in order to reduce the possibility of contamination
cloth gracefully draped and arranged in loose folds
a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack
anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random
a strong metal bar bearing a hook to attach something to be pulled
a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it
a boxlike container in a piece of furniture; made so as to slide in and out
a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
drawing card
a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers
drawing chalk
colored chalks used by artists
drawing pin
a tack for attaching papers to a bulletin board or drawing board
drawing room
a private compartment on a sleeping car with three bunks and a toilet
drawing room
a formal room where visitors can be received and entertained
drawing string
a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening
a woodworker's knife to shave surfaces
ornamental needlework done by drawing threads to form lacelike patterns
drawstring bag
a bag that is closed at the top with a drawstring
battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
merchandise that is shoddy or inferior
a power shovel to remove material from a channel or riverbed
a barge (or a vessel resembling a barge) that is used for dredging
dredging bucket
a bucket for lifting material from a channel or riverbed
dress blues
a dress uniform for formal occasions
dress rack
a rack used primarily to display dresses for sale in a store
dress shirt
a man's white shirt (with a starch front) for evening wear (usually with a tuxedo)
dress suit
formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men
dress uniform
a military uniform worn on formal occasions
a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
a cabinet with shelves
low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
dressing case
a small piece of luggage for carrying brushes and bottles and toilet articles while traveling
dressing gown
a robe worn before dressing or while lounging
dressing room
a room in which you can change clothes
dressing sack
a woman's loose jacket; worn while dressing
a cloth covering for a wound or sore
an appliance that removes moisture
drift net
a large fishnet supported by floats; it drifts with the current
a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
drill bit
a bit used in drilling for oil
drill press
a machine tool with a separate, upright stand; an electric drill is pressed into the work automatically or with a hand lever
drill rig
rig used in drilling for oil or gas
drill site
workplace that is the site of a drill hole
drilling pipe
a series of tubes (joined by screwed collars) that connect a drilling platform to the drilling bit; rotates the bit and supplies drilling mud
drilling platform
drilling rig consisting of an offshore platform (floating or fixed to the sea bed) from which many oil wells can be bored radially
drinking glass
a container made of glass for holding liquids while drinking
drinking straw
a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth
drinking vessel
a vessel intended for drinking
drip loop
a downward hanging loop in a line that runs to a building
drip mat
a small mat placed under a glass to protect a surface from condensation
drip pan
pan under a refrigerator for collecting liquid waste
drip pan
pan for catching drippings under roasting meat
drip pot
a coffeepot for making drip coffee
(architecture) a projection from a cornice or sill designed to protect the area below from rainwater (as over a window or doorway)
a protective drip that is made of stone
a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine
(computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
drive line
mechanism that transmits power from the engine to the driving wheels of a motor vehicle
a road leading up to a private house
a wide scenic road planted with trees
any installation designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles
driven well
a well made by driving a tube into the earth to a stratum that bears water
a golf club (a wood) with a near vertical face that is used for hitting long shots from the tee
a rotating shaft that transmits power from the engine to the point of application
driving axle
the axle of a self-propelled vehicle that provides the driving power
driving belt
a belt that carries motion from a motor to the machinery
driving iron
(golf) the long iron with the most nearly vertical face
driving range
a practice range for practicing golf shots
driving wheel
a wheel that drives a motor vehicle (transforms torque into a tractive force)
the trade name for a drug used to treat upper respiratory congestion; it contains an antihistamine and a bronchodilator and a vasoconstrictor
drogue parachute
a small parachute that pulls the main parachute from its storage pack
a parachute used to decelerate an object that is moving rapidly
restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel; prevents drifting or maintains the heading into a wind
psychoactive substance present in marijuana; used therapeutically to control nausea associated with cancer therapy
an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control
a central depository where things can be left or picked up
drop arch
a blunt pointed arch drawn from two centers within the span
drop cloth
a large piece of cloth laid over the floor or furniture while a room is being painted
drop earring
an earring with a pendant ornament
drop forge
device for making large forgings
a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
a hinged leaf on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket
drop-leaf table
a table that has a drop-leaf to enlarge its surface
pipet consisting of a small tube with a vacuum bulb at one end for drawing liquid in and releasing it a drop at a time
an open horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; formerly used in Poland and Russia
a stonemason's chisel with a broad edge for dressing stone
a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic
drug of abuse
a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction
a rug made of a coarse fabric having a cotton warp and a wool filling
drum brake
hydraulic brake in which friction is applied to the inside of a spinning drum by the brake shoe
drum printer
a line printer in which the type is mounted on a rotating drum that contains a full character set for each printing position
drum sander
a power tool used for sanding wood; an endless loop of sandpaper is moved at high speed by an electric motor
a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids
a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
a stick used for playing a drum
dry battery
a voltaic battery consisting of two or more dry cells
dry cell
a small Leclanche cell containing no free liquid; the electrolyte is a paste and the negative zinc pole forms the container of the cell; used in flashlights, portable radios, etc.
dry dock
a large dock from which water can be pumped out; used for building ships or for repairing a ship below its waterline
dry fly
a fly (fisherman's lure) that skims the surface of the water
dry kiln
a kiln for drying and seasoning lumber
dry masonry
masonry without mortar
dry mop
a dry swab for dusting floors
dry mustard
a substance such that one to three tablespoons dissolved in a glass of warm water is a homemade emetic
dry point
a steel needle for engraving without acid on a bare copper plate
dry point
a print produced by dry point engraving
dry wall
a stone wall made with stones fitted together without mortar
dry wall
a wide flat board used to cover walls or partitions; made from plaster or wood pulp or other materials and used primarily to form the interior walls of houses
dry-bulb thermometer
an ordinary thermometer with a dry bulb; used to measure the air temperature
textiles or clothing and related merchandise
a generic name for digital lines that are provided by telephone companies to their local subscribers and that carry data at high speeds
dual scan display
a type of passive matrix display in which the top and bottom half of the screen are refreshed simultaneously
a new soundtrack that is added to a film
a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing and tents
a boardwalk laid across muddy ground
a bowling pin that is short and squat by comparison with a tenpin
an enclosed conduit for a fluid
duct tape
a wide silvery adhesive tape intended to seal joints in sheet metal duct work but having many other uses
a clay pipe with a short stem
informal terms for clothing
duffel coat
a warm coat made of duffel; usually has a hood and fastens with toggles
a large cylindrical bag of heavy cloth; for carrying personal belongings
a coarse heavy woolen fabric
either of two low shelters on either side of a baseball diamond where the players and coaches sit during the game
a canoe made by hollowing out and shaping a large log
Duke University
a university in Durham, North Carolina
the organ stop having a tone of soft sweet string quality
a trapezoidal zither whose metal strings are struck with light hammers
a stringed instrument used in American folk music; an elliptical body and a fretted fingerboard and three strings
dumb bomb
a bomb that falls because of gravity and is not guided to a target
an exercising weight; two spheres connected by a short bar that serves as a handle
a small elevator used to convey food (or other goods) from one floor of a building to another
a soft-nosed small-arms bullet that expands when it hits a target and causes a gaping wound
a figure representing the human form
a place where supplies can be stored
dump truck
truck whose contents can be emptied without handling; the front end of the platform can be pneumatically raised so that the load is discharged by gravity
a cart that can be tilted to empty contents without handling
a container designed to receive and transport and dump waste
Dumpy level
a surveyor's level having a short telescope fixed to a horizontally rotating table and a spirit level
dunce cap
a cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupils
a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
an apartment having rooms on two floors that are connected by a staircase
a house with two units sharing a common wall
a copy that corresponds to an original exactly
something additional of the same kind
durable press
a fabric that has been chemically processed to resist wrinkles and hold its shape
the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occur
dust bag
a bag into which dirt is sucked by a vacuum cleaner
dust coat
a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles
dust cover
a removable plastic protective covering for a piece of equipment
dust cover
a large piece of cloth used to cover furniture that is not in use for a long period
a truck for collecting domestic refuse
a piece of cloth used for dusting
a short-handled receptacle into which dust can be swept
Dutch door
an exterior door divided in two horizontally; either half can be closed or open independently
Dutch hoe
a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling
Dutch oven
an oven consisting of a metal box for cooking in front of a fire
Dutch oven
iron or earthenware cooking pot; used for stews
a digital recording (as of a movie) on an optical disk that can be played on a computer or a television set
a workshop where dyeing is done
an explosive containing nitrate sensitized with nitroglycerin absorbed on wood pulp
generator consisting of a coil (the armature) that rotates between the poles of an electromagnet (the field magnet) causing a current to flow in the armature
measuring instrument designed to measure power
antibacterial (trade name Dynapen) used to treat staphylococcal infections that are resistant to penicillin
a bomb that explodes in midair and releases a massive burst of electromagnetic energy sufficient to disable computers and telecommunications without killing people or damaging buildings
Eames chair
a chair designed by Charles Eames; originally made of molded plywood; seat and back shaped to fit the human body
ear hole
a hole (as in a helmet) for sound to reach the ears
ear trumpet
a conical acoustic device formerly used to direct sound to the ear of a hearing-impaired person
one of two flaps attached to a cap to keep the ears warm
early warning radar
a radar that is part of an early warning system
early warning system
a network of radar installations designed to detect enemy missiles or aircraft while there is still time to intercept them
either of a pair of ear coverings (usually connected by a headband) that are worn to keep the ears warm in cold weather
electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
a plug of cotton, wax, or rubber that is fitted into the ear canal for protection against the entry of water or loud noise
an earphone that is inserted into the ear canal
jewelry to ornament the ear; usually clipped to the earlobe or fastened through a hole in the lobe
a connection between an electrical device and a large conducting body, such as the earth (which is taken to be at zero voltage)
a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
ceramic ware made of porous clay fired at low heat
an earthen rampart
an upright tripod for displaying something (usually an artist's canvas)
easy chair
a comfortable upholstered armchair
a building where people go to eat
eau de toilette
a perfumed liquid lighter than cologne
the overhang at the lower edge of a roof
ecce homo
a representation (a picture or sculpture) of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns
ecclesiastical attire
attire that is appropriate to wear in a church
a diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset
ovolo molding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric column
echo chamber
an enclosed space for producing reverberation of a sound
a sonograph that creates an image of the heart and its abnormalities
a sonograph that creates an image of the brain and its abnormalities
an image of a structure that is produced by ultrasonography (reflections of high-frequency sound waves); used to observe fetal growth or to study bodily organs
diuretic (trade name Edecrin) used to treat edema
a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object
the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something
edge tool
any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
garden tool for cutting grass around the edges of a yard
border consisting of anything placed on the edge to finish something (such as a fringe on clothing or on a rug)
an antidepressant drug that blocks the reuptake of norepinephrine
a rapid automatic system to detect plastic explosives in passengers' luggage using X-ray technology and computers; designed for use in airports
efficiency apartment
a furnished apartment with a kitchenette and bathroom
a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
egg cup
dishware consisting of a small cup for serving a boiled egg
egg timer
a sandglass that runs for three minutes; used to time the boiling of eggs
a decorative molding; a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with another shape
a mixer for beating eggs or whipping cream
Eiffel Tower
a wrought iron tower 300 meters high that was constructed in Paris in 1889; for many years it was the tallest man-made structure
eight ball
a black pool ball bearing the number 8; should be the last to go in certain pool games
one of four playing cards in a deck with eight pips on the face
eightpenny nail
a nail 2.5 inches long
a railway that is powered by electricity and that runs on a track that is raised above the street level
a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material
elastic bandage
a bandage containing stretchable material that can apply local pressure
elastic device
any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched
a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
an elastic adhesive bandage for covering cuts or wounds
a tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Elavil) with serious side effects; interacts with many other medications
the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint
a sharp bend in a road or river
a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it
elbow pad
protective garment consisting of a pad worn over the elbow by football and hockey players
electric bell
a bell activated by the magnetic effect of an electric current
electric blanket
a blanket containing and electric heating element that can be controlled to the desired temperature by a rheostat
electric clock
a clock using a small electric motor
electric drill
a rotating power drill powered by an electric motor
electric eye
a transducer used to detect and measure light and other radiations
electric fire
a small electric space heater
electric frying pan
a frying pan heated by electricity
electric furnace
any furnace in which the heat is provided by an electric current
electric guitar
a guitar whose sound is amplified by electrical means
electric hammer
a hammer driven by electric motor
electric lamp
a lamp powered by electricity
electric locomotive
a locomotive that is powered by an electric motor
electric main
a main that distributes electricity
electric meter
a meter for measuring the amount of electric power used
electric mixer
a food mixer powered by an electric motor
electric motor
a motor that converts electricity to mechanical work
electric outlet
receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices
electric range
a kitchen range in which the heat for cooking is provided by electric power
electric razor
a razor powered by an electric motor
electric refrigerator
a refrigerator in which the coolant is pumped around by an electric motor
electric socket
a socket into which a lightbulb can be inserted
electric switch
control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
electric thermometer
a thermometer that uses thermoelectric current to measure temperature
electric toothbrush
a toothbrush with an electric motor in the handle that vibrates the head of the brush
electric typewriter
a typewriter powered by an electric motor
a car that is powered by electricity
electric-discharge lamp
an electric lamp in which the light comes from an electric discharge between two electrodes in a glass tube
electrical cable
a cable that provides an electrical connection for telephone or television or power stations
electrical contact
contact that allows current to pass from one conductor to another
electrical converter
converter that converts alternating current into direct current or vice versa
electrical device
a device that produces or is powered by electricity
electrical fuse
an electrical device that can interrupt the flow of electrical current when it is overloaded
electrical plant
utility that provides electricity
electrical relay
electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit
electrical system
equipment in a motor vehicle that provides electricity to start the engine and ignite the fuel and operate the lights and windshield wiper and heater and air conditioner and radio
electro-acoustic transducer
a transducer that converts electrical to acoustic energy or vice versa
a conductor used to make electrical contact with some part of a circuit
measuring instrument that uses the interaction of the magnetic fields of two coils to measure current or voltage or power
medical instrument that records electric currents generated by the brain
electrical device used for etching by electrolytic means
an apparatus for the electrical transmission of pictures
electrolytic cell
a cell containing an electrolyte in which an applied voltage causes a reaction to occur that would not occur otherwise (such as the breakdown of water into hydrogen and oxygen)
a fixed capacitor consisting of two electrodes separated by an electrolyte
a temporary magnet made by coiling wire around an iron core; when current flows in the coil the iron becomes a magnet
electromagnetic delay line
a delay line based on the time of propagation of electromagnetic waves
electromechanical device
a mechanical device that is operated by electricity
meter to measure electrostatic voltage differences; draws no current from the source
a medical instrument that records the electrical waves associated with the activity of skeletal muscles
electron accelerator
collider that consists of an accelerator that collides electrons and positrons
electron gun
the electrode that is the source of electrons in a cathode-ray tube or electron microscope; consists of a cathode that emits a stream of electrons and the electrostatic or electromagnetic apparatus that focuses it
electron lens
electronic equipment that uses a magnetic or electric field in order to focus a beam of electrons
electron microscope
a microscope that is similar in purpose to a light microscope but achieves much greater resolving power by using a parallel beam of electrons to illuminate the object instead of a beam of light
electron multiplier
a vacuum tube that amplifies a flow of electrons
electron tube
electronic device consisting of a system of electrodes arranged in an evacuated glass or metal envelope
electronic balance
a balance that generates a current proportional to the displacement of the pan
electronic converter
(telecommunication) converter for converting a signal from one frequency to another
electronic device
a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically
electronic equipment
equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)
electronic fetal monitor
an electronic monitor that monitors fetal heartbeat and the mother's uterine contractions during childbirth
electronic instrument
a musical instrument that generates sounds electronically
electronic network
(electronics) a system of interconnected electronic components or circuits
electronic scanner
a radio receiver that moves automatically across some selected range of frequencies looking for some signal or condition
electronic stylus
(computer science) a pointer that when pointed at a computer display senses whether or not the spot is illuminated
electronic transistor
a semiconductor device capable of amplification
electronic voltmeter
a voltmeter whose sensitivity is increased by amplification
a simple electrostatic generator that generates repeated charges of static electricity
any artifact that has been plated with a thin coat of metal by electrolysis
measuring instrument that detects electric charge; two gold leaves diverge owing to repulsion of charges with like sign
electrostatic printer
a printer that uses an electric charge to deposit toner on paper
drawing of an exterior of a structure
the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend
elevator shaft
a vertical shaft in a building to permit the passage of an elevator from floor to floor
lifting device consisting of a platform or cage that is raised and lowered mechanically in a vertical shaft in order to move people from one floor to another in a building
a colorless crystalline alkaloid derived from tea leaves or made synthetically; used in medicine as a bronchial dilator
an extension at the end and at right angles to the main building
an addition to the length of something
antineoplastic drug (trade name Elspar) sometimes used to treat lymphoblastic leukemia
a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection
a diplomatic building where ambassadors live or work
a superfluous ornament
special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
the aperture of a wind instrument into which the player blows directly
an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
embroidery frame
a frame made of two hoops; used for embroidering
embroidery stitch
a stitch made with thread and a threaded sewing needle through fabric or leather
decorative needlework
emergency exit
a stairway (often on the outside of a building) that permits exit in the case of fire or other emergency
a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage
emery wheel
a wheel composed of abrasive material; used for grinding
emesis basin
a basin used by bedridden patients for vomiting
a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting
trade name for an antiemetic drug that has a mint flavor
the electrode in a transistor where electrons originate
the rear part of an aircraft
Empire State Building
a skyscraper built in New York City in 1931; 1250 feet tall
military installation consisting of a prepared position for siting a weapon
a container that has been emptied
a light-sensitive coating on paper or film; consists of fine grains of silver bromide suspended in a gelatin
any smooth glossy coating that resembles ceramic glaze
a paint that dries to a hard glossy finish
cooking utensil of enameled iron
a genetically engineered anti-TNF compound (trade name Enbrel) consisting of receptors that bind TNF; it is injected twice a week in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax; it is fixed with heat after application
an X ray of the brain made by replacing spinal fluid with a gas (usually oxygen) to improve contrast
a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
a decorative coating of contrasting material that is applied to a surface as an inlay or overlay
any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
end product
final product; the things produced
a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold
a long slender medical instrument for examining the interior of a bodily organ or performing minor surgery
endotracheal tube
a catheter that is inserted into the trachea through the mouth or nose in order to maintain an open air passage or to deliver oxygen or to permit the suctioning of mucus or to prevent aspiration of the stomach contents
a device that supplies electrical energy
engagement ring
a ring given and worn as a sign of betrothal
motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.
engine room
a room (as on a ship) in which the engine is located
a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
machinery consisting of engines collectively
English cavalry saddle
a saddle having a steel cantle and pommel and no horn
English concertina
a concertina developed in England
English horn
a double-reed woodwind instrument similar to an oboe but lower in pitch
a block or plate or other hard surface that has been engraved
a print made from an engraving
antiarrhythmic drug (trade name Enkaid) used to treat life-threatening arrhythmias but increases the risk of sudden death in heart attack patients
photographic equipment consisting of an optical projector used to enlarge a photograph
trade name for an oral contraceptive containing mestranol and norethynodrel
a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
colors flown by a ship to show its nationality
(architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof
an intricate trap that entangles or ensnares its victim
enteric-coated aspirin
aspirin that is treated to pass through the stomach unaltered and to dissolve in the intestines
entertainment center
a wall unit containing sound and television systems
something that provides access (to get in or get out)
a commodity that enters competition with established merchandise
entrenching tool
a hand shovel carried by infantrymen for digging trenches
an entrenched fortification; a position protected by trenches
intermediate floor just above the ground floor
any wrapper or covering
a flat (usually rectangular) container for a letter, thin package, etc.
the bag containing the gas in a balloon
a crude stone artifact (as a chipped flint); possibly the earliest tools
adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder
armor plate that protects the shoulder
a fencing sword similar to a foil but with a heavier blade
a large table centerpiece with branching holders for fruit or sweets or flowers
epicyclic gear train
a system of epicyclic gears in which at least one wheel axis itself revolves about another fixed axis
epicyclic gear
an outer gear that revolves about a central sun gear of an epicyclic train
an optical projector that gives images of both transparent and opaque objects
epilating wax
a mixture of resins and waxes to remove cosmetically undesirable hair; mixture is applied hot to the surface and after cooling is pulled away taking the hairs with it
film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie
(computer science) a read-only memory chip that can be erased by ultraviolet light and programmed again with new data
Epsom salts
(used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative
equal-area map projection
a map projection in which quadrilaterals formed by meridians and parallels have an area on the map proportional to their area on the globe
electronic equipment that reduces frequency distortion
a sedative and tranquilizer (trade name Miltown and Equanil and Meprin) used to treat muscle tension and anxiety
a telescope whose mounting has only two axes of motion, one parallel to the Earth's axis and the other one at right angles to it
equipment and supplies of a military force
an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
a room in a hospital or clinic staffed and equipped to provide emergency care to persons requiring immediate medical treatment
an implement used to erase something
erecting prism
a right-angled optical prism used to turn an inverted image upright
a structure that has been erected
Erlenmeyer flask
a conical flask with a wide base and narrow neck
an antibiotic (trade name Erythrocin or E-Mycin or Ethril or Ilosone or Pediamycin) obtained from the actinomycete Streptomyces erythreus; effective against many Gram-positive bacteria and some Gram-negative
a stairway whose steps move continuously on a circulating belt
escape hatch
hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
escape wheel
gear that engages a rocking lever
a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level
mechanical device that regulates movement
a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification
a desk used for writing
(nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms
an optical instrument for examining the inside of the esophagus
a sandal with a sole made of rope or rubber and a cloth upper part
a trellis on which ornamental shrub or fruit tree is trained to grow flat
a long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for walking beside the seashore
espresso maker
a coffee maker that forces live steam under pressure through dark roasted coffee grounds
espresso shop
a cafe where espresso is served
a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
a small (and usually shabby) cafe selling wine and beer and coffee
estradiol patch
a transdermal patch that allows estradiol to be absorbed into the blood stream; used in treating estrogen deficiency and in hormone replacement therapy
estrogen antagonist
an antagonist for estrogen that is used in the treatment of breast cancer
a piece of furniture with open shelves for displaying small ornaments
a soft cotton or worsted fabric with an open mesh; used for curtains or clothing etc.
additional unspecified odds and ends; more of the same
an etched plate made with the use of acid
an impression made from an etched plate
a system for screening luggage in airports; an agent passes a swab around or inside luggage and then runs the swab through a machine that can detect trace amounts of explosives
a type of network technology for local area networks; coaxial cable carries radio frequency signals between computers at a rate of 10 megabits per second
ethernet cable
any of several types of coaxial cable used in ethernets
ethical drug
a drug that is available only with written instructions from a doctor or dentist to a pharmacist
a white crystalline powder (trade name Ethocaine) administered near nerves as a local anesthetic in dentistry and medicine
a nonflammable liquid (trade name Ethrane) used as an inhalation general anesthetic
ethyl chloride
a colorless flammable gas used as a local surface anesthetic
Eton collar
broad white collar worn over the lapels of a jacket
Eton jacket
a jacket hanging to the waist and cut square at the bottom
small ornamental ladies' bag for small articles
measuring instrument consisting of a graduated glass tube for measuring volume changes in chemical reactions between gases
a bass horn (brass wind instrument) that is the tenor of the tuba family
a psychoactive drug that tends to produce elation and euphoria
evaporative cooler
a cooling system that cools by evaporation
evening bag
a handbag used with evening wear
evening clothes
attire to wear on formal occasions in the evening
an open vessel with a handle and a spout for pouring
the legendary sword of King Arthur
a hole in the ground made by excavating
a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members
a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
exercise bike
an exercise device resembling a stationary bike
exercise device
a device designed to provide exercise for the user
sports equipment used in gymnastic exercises
exercising weight
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
exhaust fan
a fan that moves air out of an enclosure
exhaust hood
metal covering leading to a vent that exhausts smoke or fumes
exhaust manifold
a manifold that receives exhaust gases from the cylinders and conducts them to the exhaust pipe
exhaust pipe
a pipe through which burned gases travel from the exhaust manifold to the muffler
exhaust valve
a valve through which burned gases from a cylinder escape into the exhaust manifold
system consisting of the parts of an engine through which burned gases or steam are discharged
exhibition area
a large hall for holding exhibitions
an opening that permits escape or release
a guided missile developed by the French government for use against ships
expansion bit
a bit with a cutting blade that can be adjusted to different sizes
expansion bolt
a bolt that has an attachment that expands as the bolt is driven into a surface
expansion slot
(computer) a socket in a microcomputer that will accept a plug-in circuit board
a medicine promoting expectoration
a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
explosive compound
a compound that is explosive
explosive device
device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
explosive mixture
a mixture that is explosive
commodities (goods or services) sold to a foreign country
exposure meter
photographic equipment that measures the intensity of light
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide or in digital format
express luxury liner
a liner equipped for sumptuous living
public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops
a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
extension cord
an electric cord used to extend the length of a power cord
extension ladder
a ladder whose length can be extended
an additional telephone set that is connected to the same telephone line
exterior door
a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building
external drive
a drive with its own power supply and fan mounted outside the computer system enclosure and connected to the computer by a cable
external-combustion engine
a heat engine in which ignition occurs outside the chamber (cylinder or turbine) in which heat is converted to mechanical energy
an instrument for extracting tight-fitting components
a small hole or loop (as in a needle)
eye cup
a small vessel with a rim curved to fit the orbit of the eye; use to apply medicated or cleansing solution to the eyeball
eyebrow pencil
makeup provided by a cosmetic pencil that is used to darken the eyebrows
lens for correcting defective vision in one eye; held in place by facial muscles
(plural) optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
a small hole (usually round and finished around the edges) in cloth or leather for the passage of a cord or hook or bar
a hole (in a door or an oven etc) through which you can peep
makeup applied to emphasize the shape of the eyes
a protective cloth covering for an injured eye
combination of lenses at the viewing end of optical instruments
makeup consisting of a cosmetic substance used to darken the eyes
the face or front of a building
a vertical surface of a building or cliff
the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)
the striking or working surface of an implement
face cloth
bath linen consisting of a piece of cloth used to wash the face and body
face guard
face mask consisting of a strong wire mesh on the front of football helmets
face mask
mask that provides a protective covering for the face in such sports as baseball or football or hockey
face pack
a cream that cleanses and tones the skin
face powder
cosmetic powder for the face
face towel
a small towel used to dry the hands or face
face veil
a piece of more-or-less transparent material that covers the face
a protective covering for the front of a machine or device (as a door lock or computer component)
a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
a lining applied to the edge of a garment for ornamentation or strengthening
an ornamental coating to a building
duplicator that transmits the copy by wire or radio
factory ship
a whaling ship equipped to process whale products at sea
factory whistle
a whistle at a factory that is sounded to announce times for starting or stopping work
a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing
a device consisting of a container of fuel and two explosive charges; the first charge bursts open the fuel container at a predetermined height and spreads the fuel in a cloud that mixes with atmospheric oxygen; the second charge detonates the cloud which creates an enormous blast wave and incinerates whatever is below
fag end
the frayed end of a length of cloth or rope
faggot stitch
the stitch that ties a group of parallel threads together in fagoting
a bundle of sticks and branches bound together
embroidery in which groups of parallel threads are tied together with fagot stitches
Fahrenheit thermometer
a thermometer calibrated in degrees Fahrenheit
glazed earthenware decorated with opaque colors
a mechanism capable of returning to a safe state in case there is a failure or malfunction
a ribbed woven fabric of silk or rayon or cotton
a pulley-block used to guide a rope forming part of a ship's rigging to avoid chafing
fairy light
a small colored light used for decoration (especially at Christmas)
fake book
a fake in the form of an imitation book; used to fill bookcases of people who wish to appear scholarly
something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
a short broad slightly convex medieval sword with a sharp point
ornamental objects of no great value
the hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played
fallout shelter
a shelter to protect occupants from the fallout from an atomic bomb
false bottom
a horizontal structure that partitions a ship or box (especially one built close to the actual bottom)
false face
a mask worn as part of a masquerade costume
false hair
a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
false teeth
a removable denture
padding that is worn inside a brassiere
family circle
rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seats
family room
a recreation room in a private house
a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
fan belt
a belt driven by the crankshaft that drives a fan that pulls air through the radiator
fan blade
blade of a rotating fan
fan tracery
the carved tracery on fan vaulting
fan vaulting
an elaborate system of vaulting in which the ribs diverge like fans
fancy dress
a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party
fancy goods
goods that are chiefly ornamental
a small flag used by surveyors or soldiers to mark a position
a jet engine in which a fan driven by a turbine provides extra air to the burner and gives extra thrust
an airplane propelled by a fanjet engine
a semicircular window over a door or window; usually has sash bars like the ribs of a fan
a window in a roof to admit daylight
a window above a door that is usually hinged to a horizontal crosspiece over the door
an overhang consisting of the fan-shaped part of the deck extending aft of the sternpost of a ship
workplace consisting of farm buildings and cultivated land as a unit
farm building
a building on a farm
farm machine
a machine used in farming
farmer's market
an open-air marketplace for farm products
house for a farmer and family
a farm together with its buildings
an area adjacent to farm buildings
a hoop worn beneath a skirt to extend it horizontally; worn by European women in the 16th and 17th centuries
consumer goods (especially clothing) in the current mode
fashion plate
a plate illustrating the latest fashion in dress
fast lane
the traffic lane for vehicles that are moving rapidly
fast reactor
nuclear reactor in which nuclear fissions are caused by fast neutrons because little or no moderator is used
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
a strongly fortified defensive structure
fat farm
a health spa that specializes in helping people lose weight
depth finder for determining depth of water or a submerged object by means of ultrasound waves
military uniform worn by military personnel when doing menial labor
a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir
a piece of armor plate below the breastplate
an upholstered armchair
souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
feather bed
a mattress stuffed with feathers
a thin tapering edge
an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
feedback circuit
a circuit that feeds back some of the output to the input of a system
a canvas bag that is used to feed an animal (such as a horse); covers the muzzle and fastens at the top of the head
feeder line
a branching path off of a main transportation line (especially an airline)
a machine that automatically provides a supply of some material
feeding chair
a chair for feeding a very young child; has four long legs and a footrest and a detachable tray
a building where livestock are fattened for market
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Feldene) used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges
rim (or part of the rim) into which spokes are inserted
a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers
a fast narrow sailing ship of the Mediterranean
fence rail
a rail that is split from a log
a barrier that serves to enclose an area
fencer's mask
a face mask made of fine mesh that is worn over a fencer's face
fencing sword
a sword used in the sport of fencing
a low metal guard to confine falling coals to a hearth
a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud
oval or circular opening; to allow light into a dome or vault
trade name of a drug rich in iron; used to treat some kinds of anemia
trade name of a drug rich in iron; used to treat some types of anemia
Ferris wheel
a vertical rotating mechanism consisting of a large wheel with suspended seats that remain upright as the wheel rotates; provides a ride at an amusement park
a boat that transports people or vehicles across a body of water and operates on a regular schedule
fertility drug
a drug used to increase a woman's fertility
a switch (a stick or cane or flat paddle) used to punish children
(heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work
a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves
flower chains suspended in curves between points as a decoration
a transistor in which most current flows in a channel whose effective resistance can be controlled by a transverse electric field
a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
a stethoscope placed on the pregnant woman's abdomen to listen for the fetal heartbeat
a shackle for the ankles or feet
a felt cap (usually red) for a man; shaped like a flat-topped cone with a tassel that hangs from the crown
fiber optic cable
a cable made of optical fibers that can transmit large amounts of information at the speed of light
a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth
wallboard composed of wood chips or shavings bonded together with resin and compressed into rigid sheets
a flexible medical instrument involving fiber optics that is used to examine internal organs
a lightweight triangular scarf worn by a woman
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
a bow used in playing the violin
field artillery
movable artillery (other than antiaircraft) used by armies in the field (especially for direct support of front-line troops)
field coil
the electric coil around a field magnet that produces the magneto motive force to set up the flux in an electric machine
field glass
a small refracting telescope
field hockey ball
ball used in playing field hockey
field hospital
a temporary military hospital near the battle lines
field house
an athletic facility where athletes prepare for sport
field house
a building for indoor sports
field lens
the lens that is farthest from the eye in an optical device with more than one lens
field magnet
a magnet that provides a magnetic field in a dynamo or electric motor
field tent
a canvas tent for use in the field
field-emission microscope