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(slang) a neighborhood
in between
.22 caliber
of or relating to the bore of a gun (or its ammunition) that measures twenty-two hundredths of an inch in diameter
.38 caliber
of or relating to the bore of a gun (or its ammunition) that measures thirty-eight hundredths of an inch in diameter
.45 caliber
of or relating to the bore of a gun (or its ammunition) that measures forty-five hundredths of an inch in diameter
a colorless insoluble solid alcohol used to make detergents and pharmaceuticals
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only one hit
of a chemical compound having a ring with ten members
the cardinal number that is the product of ten and one thousand
the cardinal number that is the fifth power of ten
the number that is represented as a one followed by 6 zeros
the ordinal number of one thousand in counting order
the ordinal number of one hundred in counting order
being one more than one hundred
the ordinal number of one hundred one in counting order
being five more than one hundred
the ordinal number of one hundred five in counting order
coming next after the ninth and just before the eleventh in position
(formerly in Britain) an examination taken by 11 and 12 year old students to select suitable candidates for grammar school
being ten more than one hundred
the ordinal number of one hundred ten in counting order
being five more than one hundred ten
the ordinal number of one hundred fifteen in counting order
coming next after the tenth and just before the twelfth in position
12-tone music
a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row)
the ordinal number of one hundred twenty in counting order
being five more than one hundred twenty
the ordinal number of one hundred twenty-five in counting order
coming next after the eleventh and just before the thirteenth in position
being ten more than one hundred twenty
the ordinal number of one hundred thirty in counting order
being five more than one hundred thirty
the ordinal number of one hundred thirty-five in counting order
coming next after the twelfth in position
being ten more than one hundred thirty
the ordinal number of one hundred forty in counting order
twelve dozen
being five more than one hundred forty
the ordinal number of one hundred forty-five in counting order
coming next after the thirteenth in position
15 august 1945
the date of Allied victory over Japan, World War II
15 may organization
a terrorist organization formed in 1979 by a faction of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine but disbanded in the 1980s when key members left to join a faction of al-Fatah
being ten more than one hundred forty
the ordinal number of one hundred fifty in counting order
the decade from 1530 to 1539
being five more than one hundred fifty
the ordinal number of one hundred fifty-five in counting order
coming next after the fourteenth and just before the sixteenth in position
16 pf
a self-report personality inventory developed by Raymond B. Cattell to measure the 16 personality dimensions that emerged from his factor analysis of a wide range of traits
being ten more than one hundred fifty
the ordinal number of one hundred sixty in counting order
being five more than one hundred sixty
the ordinal number of one hundred sixty-five in counting order
coming next after the fifteenth in position
17 november
a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization in Greece that is violently opposed to imperialism and capitalism and NATO and the United States; an active terrorist group during the 1980s
being ten more than one hundred sixty
the ordinal number of one hundred seventy in counting order
a cardinal number equal to one dozen gross
being five more than one hundred seventy
the decade from 1750 to 1759
the ordinal number of one hundred seventy-five in counting order
the decade from 1760 to 1769
the decade from 1770 to 1779
the decade from 1780 to 1789
the decade from 1790 to 1799
coming next after the sixteenth in position
18-karat gold
an alloy that contains 75 per cent gold
being ten more than one hundred seventy
the ordinal number of one hundred eighty in counting order
the decade from 1820 to 1829
the decade from 1830 to 1839
the decade from 1840 to 1849
the decade from 1850 to 1859
the decade from 1860 to 1869
the decade from 1870 to 1879
the decade from 1880 to 1889
the decade from 1890 to 1899
coming next after the seventeenth in position
being ten more than one hundred eighty
the decade from 1900 to 1909
the ordinal number of one hundred eighty-five in counting order
the decade from 1920 to 1929
the decade from 1930 to 1939
the decade from 1940 to 1949
the decade from 1950 to 1959
the decade from 1960 to 1969
the decade from 1970 to 1979
the decade from 1980 to 1989
the decade from 1990 to 1999
coming next after the eighteenth in position
indicating the beginning unit in a series
1st baron beaverbrook
British newspaper publisher and politician (born in Canada); confidant of Winston Churchill (1879-1964)
1st baron verulam
English statesman and philosopher; precursor of British empiricism; advocated inductive reasoning (1561-1626)
1st earl attlee
British statesman and leader of the Labour Party who instituted the welfare state in Britain (1883-1967)
1st earl baldwin of bewdley
English statesman; member of the Conservative Party (1867-1947)
1st earl of balfour
English statesman; member of the Conservative Party (1848-1930)
1st lieutenant
a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a 2nd lieutenant and below a captain
1st viscount montgomery of alamein
English general during World War II; won victories over Rommel in North Africa and led British ground forces in the invasion of Normandy (1887-1976)
lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 2 hits
2-methylpropenoic acid
an unsaturated acid (C4H6O2) used to make resins and plastics
normal visual acuity, as measured by the ability to read charts at a distance of 20 feet
being ten more than one hundred ninety
the ordinal number of two hundred in counting order
coming next after the nineteenth in position
coming next after the twentieth in position
22-karat gold
an alloy that contains 87 per cent gold
coming next after the twenty-first in position
coming next after the twenty-second in position
24-karat gold
100 per cent gold
uptime is 24 hours a day 7 days a week
coming next after the twenty-third in position
coming next after the twenty-fourth in position
coming next after the twenty-fifth in position
coming next after the twenty-sixth in position
coming next after the twenty-seventh in position
coming next after the twenty-eighth in position
coming next after the first in position in space or time or degree or magnitude
2nd lieutenant
a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps holding the lowest rank
involving or relating to three dimensions or aspects; giving the illusion of depth
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 3 hits
of a chemical compound having a ring with three members
being one hundred more than two hundred
the ordinal number of three hundred in counting order
coming next after the twenty-ninth in position
being one more than thirty
coming next after the thirtieth in position
being two more than thirty
the ordinal number of thirty-two in counting order
being three more than thirty
the ordinal number of thirty-three in counting order
being four more than thirty
the ordinal number of thirty-four in counting order
being five more than thirty
the ordinal number of thirty-five in counting order
being six more than thirty
365 days
a year that is not a leap year
366 days
a calendar year with an extra day added in February
the ordinal number of thirty-six in counting order
being seven more than thirty
the ordinal number of thirty-seven in counting order
being eight more than thirty
the ordinal number of thirty-eight in counting order
being nine more than thirty
the ordinal number of thirty-nine in counting order
3d radar
radar that will report altitude as well as azimuth and distance of a target
coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position
3rd october organization
a militant Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization formed in 1975 to force Turkey to acknowledge killing more than a million Armenians and forcibly removing them from border areas in 1915; wants Turkey to pay reparations and cede territory to Armenia
a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor that is very effective in combination with zidovudine in treating AIDS and HIV
involving or relating to the fourth dimension or time
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits
of a chemical compound having a ring with four members
being one hundred more than three hundred
the ordinal number of four hundred in counting order
a retirement savings plan that is funded by employee contributions and (often) matching contributions from the employer; contributions are made from your salary before taxes and the funds grow tax-free until they are withdrawn, at which point they can be converted into an IRA; funds can be transferred if you change employers and you can (to some extent) manage the investments yourself
the ordinal number of forty in counting order
being one more than forty
the ordinal number of forty-one in counting order
being two more than forty
the ordinal number of forty-two in counting order
being three more than forty
the ordinal number of forty-three in counting order
being four more than forty
the ordinal number of forty-four in counting order
being five more than forty
the ordinal number of forty-five in counting order
being six more than forty
the ordinal number of forty-six in counting order
being seven more than forty
the ordinal number of forty-seven in counting order
being eight more than forty
the ordinal number of forty-eight in counting order
being nine more than forty
the ordinal number of forty-nine in counting order
coming next after the third and just before the fifth in position or time or degree or magnitude
the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper twice to form four leaves
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 5 hits
5-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme a reductase
a liver enzyme that is responsible for producing cholesterol
a neurotransmitter involved in e.g. sleep and depression and memory
of a chemical compound having a ring with five members
the ordinal number of five hundred in counting order
the ordinal number of fifty in counting order
being one more than fifty
being two more than fifty
being three more than fifty
being four more than fifty
being five more than fifty
the ordinal number of fifty-five in counting order
being six more than fifty
being seven more than fifty
being eight more than fifty
being nine more than fifty
coming next after the fourth and just before the sixth in position
6 june 1944
date of the Allied landing in France, World War II
of a chemical compound having a ring with six members
the ordinal number of sixty in counting order
being one more than sixty
being two more than sixty
being three more than sixty
being four more than sixty
the ordinal number of sixty-four in counting order
being five more than sixty
the ordinal number of sixty-five in counting order
being six more than sixty
being seven more than sixty
being eight more than sixty
being nine more than sixty
coming next after the fifth and just before the seventh in position
of a chemical compound having a ring with seven members
the ordinal number of seventy in counting order
being one more than seventy
being two more than seventy
being three more than seventy
being four more than seventy
being five more than seventy
the ordinal number of seventy-five in counting order
being six more than seventy
being seven more than seventy
being nine more than seventy
coming next after the sixth and just before the eighth in position
8 may 1945
the date of Allied victory in Europe, World War II
of a chemical compound having a ring with eight members
the ordinal number of eighty in counting order
being one more than eighty
being two more than eighty
being three more than eighty
being four more than eighty
being five more than eighty
the ordinal number of eighty-five in counting order
being six more than eighty
being seven more than eighty
being eight more than eighty
being nine more than eighty
coming next after the seventh and just before the ninth in position
the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper three times to form eight leaves
of a chemical compound having a ring with nine members
the ordinal number of ninety in counting order
being one more than ninety
being two more than ninety
being three more than ninety
being four more than ninety
being five more than ninety
the ordinal number of ninety-five in counting order
being six more than ninety
being seven more than ninety
being eight more than ninety
being one less than one hundred and nine more than ninety
coming next after the eighth and just before the tenth in position
a battery
the battery used to heat the filaments of a vacuum tube
a bit
to a small degree; somewhat
a capella singing
singing without instrumental accompaniment
a couple of
more than one but indefinitely small in number
a fortiori
with greater reason; for a still stronger, more certain reason
a good deal
to a very great degree or extent
a horizon
the top layer of a soil profile; usually contains humus
a hundred times
by a factor of one hundred
a kempis
German ecclesiastic (1380-1471)
a level
the advanced level of a subject taken in school (usually two years after O level)
a million times
by a factor of a million
the Israeli military intelligence which produces comprehensive national intelligence briefings for the prime minister and the cabinet
women's clothing that has a fitted top and a flared skirt that is widest at the hemline
a list of names of specially favored people
in perfect condition or order
of the highest quality
a-scan ultrasonography
the use of ultrasonography to measure the length of the eyeball
a group of elite soldiers or a leadership group of advisors or workers in an organization
a. a. michelson
United States physicist (born in Germany) who collaborated with Morley in the Michelson-Morley experiment (1852-1931)
a. a. milne
English writer of stories for children (1882-1956)
a. conan doyle
British author who created Sherlock Holmes (1859-1930)
a. e. burnside
United States general in the American Civil War who was defeated by Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Fredericksburg (1824-1881)
a. e. housman
English poet (1859-1936)
a. e. kennelly
United States electrical engineer noted for his work on the theory of alternating currents; independently of Oliver Heaviside he discovered the existence of an atmospheric layer that reflects radio waves back to earth (1861-1939)
a. e. w. mason
English writer (1865-1948)
a. noam chomsky
United States linguist whose theory of generative grammar redefined the field of linguistics (born 1928)
in the Christian era; used before dates after the supposed year Christ was born
Irish writer whose pen name was A.E. (1867-1935)
as known or named at another time or place
an appliance designed to extract humidity from the air and thereby cool it
an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta associated with old age and hypertension
express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'
a town in central Belgium
Finnish architect and designer of furniture (1898-1976)
aaron burr
United States politician who served as vice president under Jefferson; he mortally wounded his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel and fled south (1756-1836)
aaron copland
United States composer who developed a distinctly American music (1900-1990)
aaron montgomery ward
United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913)
aaron's rod
tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches
an association of people to promote the welfare of senior citizens
an associate degree in applied science
a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
ab initio
at the beginning
aba transit number
an identification number consisting of a two-part code assigned to banks and savings associations; the first part shows the location and the second identifies the bank itself
blind by holding a red-hot metal plate before someone's eyes
(of radiate animals) located on the surface or end opposite to that on which the mouth is situated
at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
a unit of current equal to 10 amperes
abandoned infant
a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown
abandoned ship
a ship abandoned on the high seas
dislocation of a joint
feeling or caused to feel ill at ease or self-conscious or ashamed
feeling embarrassed due to modesty
abasia trepidans
abasia due to trembling of the legs
of or relating to abasia (inability to walk)
capable of being abated
abatable nuisance
a nuisance that can remedied (suppressed or extinguished or rendered harmless)
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 person who abates a nuisance
a building where animals are butchered
facing away from the axis of an organ or organism
in an abaxial manner
(Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women
an urban hit squad and guerrilla group of the Communist Party in the Philippines; formed in the 1980s
the jurisdiction or office of an abbot
of or having to do with or belonging to an abbey or abbot, or abbess
a French abbot
abbe condenser
a condenser having 2 or 3 lenses with wide aperture for use in microscopes
abbott lawrence lowell
United States educator and president of Harvard University (1856-1943)
one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work
the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
a unit of electrical charge equal to 10 coulombs
capable of being discarded or renounced or relinquished
give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
one who formally relinquishes an office or responsibility
abdominal actinomycosis
a serious form of actinomycosis that affects the abdomen
abdominal breathing
breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles
abdominal delivery
the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way)
abdominal external oblique muscle
a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso
abdominal pregnancy
ectopic pregnancy in the abdominal cavity
centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis
cosmetic surgery of the abdomen to remove wrinkles and tighten the skin over the stomach
having a large belly
the bodily property of a protruding belly
of or relating to the abdomen and the urinary bladder
advance evidence for
abducens muscle
the ocular muscle whose contraction turns the eyeball outward
a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye
especially of muscles; drawing away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part
at right angles to the length of a ship or airplane
a poem having lines beginning with letters of the alphabet in regular order
in bed
abel janszoon tasman
Dutch navigator who was the first European to discover Tasmania and New Zealand (1603-1659)
French philosopher and theologian; lover of Heloise (1079-1142)
a poplar that is widely cultivated in the United States; has white bark and leaves with whitish undersurfaces
abelian group
a group that satisfies the commutative law
a member of the Algonquian people of Maine and southern Quebec
aberdeen angus
black hornless breed from Scotland
of or relating to Aberdeen
assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
a rare inherited disorder of fat metabolism; characterized by severe deficiency of beta-lipoproteins and abnormal red blood cells (acanthocytes) and abnormally low cholesterol levels
the verbal act of urging on
one who helps or encourages or incites another
inactive but capable of becoming active
a capacitance unit equal to one billion farads
find repugnant
hate coupled with disgust
offensive to the mind
a signer of a 1679 address to Charles II in which those who petitioned for the reconvening of parliament were condemned and abhorred
lasting a long time
(psychology) an urge to withdraw or avoid a situation or an object
characterized by avoidance or withdrawal
abies alba
tall timber tree of central and southern Europe having a regular crown and grey bark
abies amabilis
medium to tall fir of western North America having a conic crown and branches in tiers; leaves smell of orange when crushed
abies balsamea
medium-sized fir of northeastern North America; leaves smell of balsam when crushed; much used for pulpwood and Christmas trees
abies bracteata
a pyramidal fir of southwestern California having spiny pointed leaves and cone scales with long spines
abies concolor
medium to tall fir of central to western United States having a narrow erect crown and soft wood
abies fraseri
small fast-growing but short-lived fir of southern Alleghenies similar to balsam fir but with very short leaves
abies grandis
lofty fir of the Pacific coast of northwestern America having long curving branches and deep green leaves
abies lasiocarpa
medium-tall timber tree of the Rocky Mountains having a narrowly conic to columnar crown
a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matter
originating by abiogenesis
a believer in abiogenesis
a loss of vitality and a degeneration of cells and tissues not due to any apparent injury
in a hopeless resigned manner
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
a person who abjures
gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
made smaller or less by melting or erosion or vaporization
ablative absolute
a constituent in Latin grammar; a noun and its modifier can function as a sentence modifier
ablative case
the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb
able seaman
a seaman in the merchant marine; trained in special skills
having a strong healthy body
discrimination in favor of the able-bodied
a congenital absence of eyelids (partial or complete)
bursting into flower
a bachelor's degree in library science
the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands
with competence; in a competent capable manner
a defensive missile designed to shoot down incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles
one who gives up or relinquishes or renounces something
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
abnormal psychology
the branch of psychology concerned with abnormal behavior
in an abnormal manner
abo antibodies
blood type antibodies
abo blood group system
a classification system for the antigens of human blood; used in blood transfusion therapy; four groups are A and B and AB and O
the condition in which the upper teeth do not touch the lower teeth when biting
capable of being abolished
the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery)
relating to or favoring abolition, especially abolition of slavery
the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery
relating to the abomasum (the fourth compartment of the stomach of ruminants)
abominable snowman
a large hairy humanoid creature said to live in the Himalayas
one who hates or loathes
little known Kamarupan languages
away from the mouth or oral region
opposite to or away from the mouth
abortion pill
an abortion-inducing drug (trade name RU 486) developed in France; when taken during the first five weeks of pregnancy it blocks the action of progesterone so that the uterus sloughs off the embryo
a person (who should be a doctor) who terminates pregnancies
failing to accomplish an intended result
in an unfruitful manner
a human fetus whose weight is less than 0.5 kilogram when removed or expelled from the mother's body
a loss of will power
suffering from abulia; showing abnormal inability to act or make decisions
abound in
exist in large quantity
existing in abundance
about turn
act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
mentioned or named earlier in the same text
on or above the surface of the ground
gibberish and nonsense
the condition of having no arms
abrading stone
a primitive stone artifact (usually made of sandstone) used as an abrader
abraham lincoln
16th President of the United States; saved the Union during the American Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865)
abraham stoker
Irish writer of the horror novel about Dracula (1847-1912)
abraham's bosom
the place where the just enjoy the peace of heaven after death
the first of the Old Testament patriarchs and the father of Isaac; according to Genesis, God promised to give Abraham's family (the Hebrews) the land of Canaan (the Promised Land); God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son
having no gills
discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
(used of texts) shortened by condensing or rewriting
a shortened version of a written work
of a cask or barrel
revoke formally
an authority or official empowered to abolish or annul or repeal
abronia elliptica
plant having heads of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers; grows in sandy arid regions
abronia fragrans
taller than Abronia elliptica and having night-blooming flowers
abronia latifolia
plant having hemispherical heads of yellow trumpet-shaped flowers; found in coastal dunes from California to British Columbia
abronia maritima
plant having hemispherical heads of wine-red flowers; found in coastal dunes from California to Mexico
abronia umbellata
prostrate herb having heads of deep pink to white flowers; found in coastal dunes from British Columbia to Baja California
abronia villosa
soft-haired sticky plant with heads of bright pink trumpet-shaped flowers; found in sandy desert soil; after ample rains may carpet miles of desert with pink from the southwestern United States to northern Mexico
abruptio placentae
a disorder of pregnancy in which the placenta prematurely separates from the wall of the uterus
an instance of sudden interruption
quickly and without warning
abruptly-pinnate leaf
a pinnate leaf with a pair of leaflets at the apex
(of a leaf shape) pinnate with a pair of leaflets at the apex
any of a class of composite plastics used to make car bodies and cases for computers and other appliances
infected and filled with pus
abscessed tooth
an abscess of a common kind in the tissue around a tooth
the value of a coordinate on the horizontal axis
the act of running away secretly (as to avoid arrest)
a person who descends down a nearly vertical face by using a doubled rope that is wrapped around the body and attached to some high point
absence without leave
unauthorized military absence
absentee ballot
(election) a ballot that is cast while absent (usually mailed in prior to election day)
absentee rate
the percentage of workers who do not report to work
habitual absence from work
in an absentminded or preoccupied manner
lost in thought; showing preoccupation
preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise
absinthe oil
a dark bitter oil obtained from wormwood leaves; flavors absinthe liqueurs
absolute alcohol
pure ethyl alcohol (containing no more than 1% water)
absolute ceiling
the maximum altitude at which an airplane can maintain horizontal flight
absolute frequency
the number of observations in a given statistical category
absolute magnitude
(astronomy) the magnitude that a star would have if it were viewed from a distance of 10 parsecs (32.62 light years) from the earth
absolute majority
(elections) more than half of the votes
absolute pitch
the ability to identify the pitch of a tone
absolute scale
a temperature scale that defines absolute zero as 0 degrees; water freezes at 273.16 degrees and boils at 373.16 degrees
absolute space
physical space independent of what occupies it
absolute temperature
temperature measured on the absolute scale
absolute viscosity
a measure of the resistance to flow of a fluid under an applied force
absolute zero
(cryogenics) the lowest temperature theoretically attainable (at which the kinetic energy of atoms and molecules is minimal); 0 Kelvin or -273.15 centigrade or -459.67 Fahrenheit
pertaining to the principle of totalitarianism
freed from any question of guilt
someone who grants absolution
providing absolution
capable of being absorbed or taken in through the pores of a surface
(physics) a measure of the extent to which a substance transmits light or other electromagnetic radiation
a material that has been or is capable of being absorbed
inducing or promoting absorption
the property of being absorbent
absorbent cotton
cotton made absorbent by removal of the natural wax
(physics) material in a nuclear reactor that absorbs radiation
capable of arousing and holding the attention
a measure of the rate of decrease in the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (as light) as it passes through a given substance; the fraction of incident radiant energy absorbed per unit mass or thickness of an absorber
absorption band
a dark band in the spectrum of white light that has been transmitted through a substance that exhibits absorption at selective wavelengths
absorption factor
(physics) the property of a body that determines the fraction of the incident radiation or sound flux absorbed or absorbable by the body
absorption spectrum
the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that has passed through a medium that absorbed radiation of certain wavelengths
having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.)
in a sparing manner; without overindulgence
the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
self-restraining; not indulging an appetite especially for food or drink
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
one who makes abstracts or summarizes information
of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstracting
in abstract terms
the quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object
difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
in a manner difficult to understand
wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound
in an absurd manner or to an absurd degree
a message whose content is at variance with reason
abu ali al-husain ibn abdallah ibn sina
Persian physician and influential philosopher; his interpretation of Aristotle influenced St. Thomas Aquinas; writings on medicine were important for almost 500 years (980-1037)
abu hafs al-masri brigades
a terrorist group that has worked with Al Qaeda; claimed responsibility for attacks in Iraq and Turkey
abu nidal organization
a Palestinian international terrorist organization that split from the PLO in 1974; has conducted terrorist attacks in 20 countries
abu sayyaf
a small gang of terrorist thugs claiming to seek a separate Islamic state for the Muslim minority in the Philippines; uses bombing and assassination and extortion and kidnapping
abul-walid mohammed ibn-ahmad ibn-mohammed ibn-roshd
Arabian philosopher born in Spain; wrote detailed commentaries on Aristotle that were admired by the Schoolmen (1126-1198)
present in great quantity
in an abundant manner
someone who abuses
in an abusive manner
abutment arch
an arch supported by an abutment
the owner of contiguous property
noisy like the sound of a bee
aby moritz warburg
German art historian (1866-1929)
make amends for
a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
in a terrible manner
abyssal zone
the deep sea (2000 meters or more) where there is no light
a small slender short-haired breed of African origin having brownish fur with a reddish undercoat
the academic world
academic costume
a costume worn on formal occasions by the faculty or students of a university or college
academic freedom
the freedom of teachers and students to express their ideas in school without religious or political or institutional restrictions
academic program
(education) a program of education in liberal arts and sciences (usually in preparation for higher education)
academic year
the period of time each year when the school is open and people are studying
in regard to academic matters
the position of member of an honorary academy
orthodoxy of a scholastic variety
academy award
an annual award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion picture production and performance
academy of motion picture arts and sciences
an academy that gives annual awards for achievements in motion picture production and performance
academy of television arts and sciences
an academy that gives annual awards for outstanding achievements in television
any sharply pointed projection
the craniometric point at the anterior extremity of the intermaxillary suture
acanthocereus pentagonus
cactus of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico having edible juicy fruit
an abnormal red blood cell that has thorny projections of protoplasm
the presence of acanthocytes in the blood stream (as in abetalipoproteinemia)
shaped like a spine or thorn
acanthosis nigricans
a skin disease characterized by dark wartlike patches in the body folds; can be benign or malignant
of or relating to or having acanthosis
acanthus mollis
widely cultivated southern European acanthus with whitish purple-veined flowers
a state in which the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower than normal; can result from deep or rapid breathing
relating to or demonstrating acapnia
a chemical agent used to kill mites
infestation with itch mites
acaroid resin
an alcohol-soluble resin from Australian trees; used in varnishes and in manufacturing paper
a morbid fear of small insects and mites and worms
having no carpels
producing no fruit
a cell without a nucleus (as an erythrocyte)
a disorder in which a lesion to the central nervous system leaves you unable to formulate a statement or to express yourself in an organized manner
an inability to retain bodily secretions
(psychoanalysis) a lack of cathexis; a condition in which significant objects or memories arouse no emotion in an individual
lacking a tail or taillike appendage
(of plants) having no apparent stem above ground
speeded up, as of an academic course
tending to increase velocity
accelerator factor
a coagulation factor
an instrument for measuring the acceleration of aircraft or rockets
the act of giving special importance or significance to something
accentual system
the system of accentuation used in a particular language
in an acceptable (but not outstanding) manner
acceptance sampling
a statistical procedure for accepting or rejecting a batch of merchandise or documents; involves determining the maximum number of defects discovered in a sample before the entire batch is rejected
accepting willingly
generally approved or compelling recognition
tolerating without protest
acceptor rna
RNA molecules present in the cell (in at least 20 varieties, each variety capable of combining with a specific amino acid) that attach the correct amino acid to the protein chain that is being synthesized at the ribosome of the cell (according to directions coded in the mRNA)
access road
a short road giving access to an expressway
access time
(computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive
of or constituting an accession
nonessential but helpful
accessory after the fact
a person who gives assistance or comfort to someone known to be a felon or known to be sought in connection with the commission of a felony
accessory before the fact
a person who procures or advises or commands the commission of a felony but who is not present at its perpetration
accessory during the fact
a person who witnesses a crime but does not try to prevent it
accessory fruit
fruit containing much fleshy tissue besides that of the ripened ovary; as apple or strawberry
accessory hemiazygos vein
a vein formed by the union of the 4th to 7th posterior intercostal veins; empties into the azygos vein
accessory nerve
arises from two sets of roots (cranial and spinal) that unite to form the nerve
accessory vertebral vein
a vein that accompanies the vertebral vein but passes through the foramen of the transverse process of the 7th cervical vertebra and empties into the brachiocephalic vein
an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
the part of grammar that deals with the inflections of words
accident surgery
the branch of medicine that deals with the surgical repair of injuries and wounds arising from accidents
having more than the average number of accidents
in some classifications an alternative name for the Falconiformes
of or relating to or belonging to the genus Accipiter (or to typical hawks)
enthusiastic approval
get used to a certain climate
adaptation to a new climate (a new temperature or altitude or environment)
sloping upward
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)
in accommodation
accommodation endorser
a person who endorses a promissory note without compensation or benefit but simply as a favor to the borrower
accommodation ladder
(nautical) a portable ladder hung over the side of a vessel to give access to small boats alongside
accommodation reflex
reflex changes in the eyes that enable an object to be focused on the retina
of or relating to the accommodation of the lens of the eye
someone who performs a service or does a favor
a person who provides musical accompaniment (usually on a piano)
accompanying vein
a vein accompanying another structure; a vein may accompany an artery in such a way that the arterial pulses aid venous return
occurring with or following as a consequence
capable of existing or taking place or proving true; possible to do
accomplished fact
an irreversible accomplishment
accord and satisfaction
the settlement of a debt by paying less than the amount demanded in exchange for extinguishing the debt
accordance of rights
the act of granting rights
accordion door
an interior door that opens by folding back in sections (rather than by swinging on hinges)
a musician who plays the accordion
a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies
account executive
someone in charge of a client's account for an advertising agency or brokerage or other service business
account payable
a liability account showing how much is owed for goods and services purchased on credit
responsibility to someone or for some activity
liable to account for one's actions
the position of accountant
accounting data
all the data (ledgers and journals and spreadsheets) that support a financial statement; can be hard copy or machine readable
accounting firm
a firm of accountants who provide accounting and auditing services for a fee
accounts payable
a debtor's accounts of money he owes; normally arise from the purchase of products or services
accounts receivable
a creditor's accounts of money owed to him; normally arise from the sale of products or services
provide with military equipment
provided with necessary articles of equipment for a specialized purpose (especially military)
the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards)
given official approval to act
marked or produced by accretion
growing by accretion
accrual basis
a method of accounting in which each item is entered as it is earned or incurred regardless of when actual payments are received or made
periodically accumulated over time
of or relating to acculturation
lying down; in a position of comfort or rest
accumulator register
(computer science) a register that has a built-in adder that adds an input number to the contents of the register
curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
under a curse
accusative case
the case of nouns serving as the direct object of a verb
specifically indicating a form of prosecution in which one is publicly accused of and tried for a crime and in which the judge is not also the prosecutor
containing or expressing accusation
a defendant in a criminal proceeding
someone who imputes guilt or blame
in an accusing manner
accustomed to
in the habit of or adapted to
commonly used or practiced; usual
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
an oral beta blocker (trade name Sectral) used in treating hypertension
apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
not made up of or divided into cells
acentric chromosome
a chromosome lacking a centromere
lacking a head or a clearly defined head
acer argutum
small shrubby Japanese plant with leaves having 5 to 7 acuminate lobes; yellow in autumn
acer campestre
shrubby Eurasian maple often used as a hedge
acer circinatum
small maple of northwestern North America having prostrate stems that root freely and form dense thickets
acer glabrum
small maple of northwestern North America
acer japonicum
leaves deeply incised and bright red in autumn; Japan
acer macrophyllum
maple of western North America having large 5-lobed leaves orange in autumn
acer negundo californicum
maple of the Pacific coast of the United States; fruits are white when mature
acer palmatum
ornamental shrub or small tree of Japan and Korea with deeply incised leaves; cultivated in many varieties
acer pennsylvanicum
maple of eastern North America with striped bark and large two-lobed leaves clear yellow in autumn
acer platanoides
a large Eurasian maple tree naturalized in North America; five-lobed leaves yellow in autumn; cultivated in many varieties
acer pseudoplatanus
Eurasian maple tree with pale grey bark that peels in flakes like that of a sycamore tree; leaves with five ovate lobes yellow in autumn
acer rubrum
maple of eastern and central America; five-lobed leaves turn scarlet and yellow in autumn
acer saccharinum
a common North American maple tree; five-lobed leaves are light green above and silvery white beneath; source of hard close-grained but brittle light-brown wood
acer saccharum
maple of eastern and central North America having three-lobed to five-lobed leaves and hard close-grained wood much used for cabinet work especially the curly-grained form; sap is chief source of maple syrup and maple sugar; many subspecies
acer spicatum
small shrubby maple of eastern North America; scarlet in autumn
acerate leaf
the leaf of a conifer
narrow and long and pointed; as pine leaves
pertaining to a growth of fungi that forms a heaped-up mass
small asexual fruiting body resembling a cushion or blister consisting of a mat of hyphae that is produced on a host by some fungi
of the cup-shaped socket that receives the head of the thigh bone
any organic compound formed by adding alcohol molecules to aldehyde molecules
a colorless volatile water-soluble liquid aldehyde used chiefly in the manufacture of acetic acid and perfumes and drugs
unsaturated aldol
a colorless solid amide of acetic acid used as a solvent and in the synthesis of organic compounds
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 white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
acetate rayon
a fabric made from fibers of cellulose acetate
relating to or containing acetic acid
acetic anhydride
a compound that is needed in order to refine opium into heroin
any of three liquid acetates that are formed when acetic acid and glycerin are heated together
acetoacetic acid
unstable acid found in abnormal amounts in the blood and urine in some cases of impaired metabolism (as diabetes mellitus or starvation)
the simplest ketone; a highly flammable liquid widely used as an organic solvent and as material for making plastics
an abnormal increase of ketone bodies in the blood as in diabetes mellitus
of or relating to acetone
a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
tasting or smelling like vinegar
acetyl chloride
colorless liquid acyl chloride (CH3COCl) that has a pungent odor
the organic group of acetic acid (CH3CO-)
the process of introducing an acetyl group into a compound
a neurotransmitter that is a derivative of choline; released at the ends of nerve fibers in the somatic and parasympathetic nervous systems
of or related to acetylene
of or related to acetic acid
a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
pertaining to dry one-seeded indehiscent fruit
dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades
acheson process
an industrial process for making graphite by heating a mixture of coke and clay
United States statesman who promoted the Marshall Plan and helped establish NATO (1893-1971)
the state of being achievable
achille ratti
pope who signed a treaty with Mussolini recognizing the Vatican City as an independent state (1857-1939)
achillea millefolium
ubiquitous strong-scented mat-forming Eurasian herb of wasteland, hedgerow or pasture having narrow serrate leaves and small usually white florets; widely naturalized in North America
achillea ptarmica
Eurasian herb having loose heads of button-shaped white flowers and long grey-green leaves that cause sneezing when powdered
a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'
achilles' heel
a seemingly small but actual mortal weakness
canna grown especially for its edible rootstock from which arrowroot starch is obtained
not having a floral envelope or perianth
an abnormal deficiency or absence of free hydrochloric acid in the gastric juice; often associated with severe anemias and cancer of the stomach
lacking hydrochloric acid
achmad sukarno
Indonesian statesman who obtained the independence of Indonesia from the Netherlands in 1949 and served as president until ousted by Suharto in a coup d'etat (1901-1970)
a condition in which little or no bile is secreted or the flow of bile into the digestive tract is obstructed
a stony meteor lacking chondrules
an inherited skeletal disorder beginning before birth; cartilage is converted to bone resulting in dwarfism
of or relating to achondroplasia
unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
having no hue
achromatic lens
a compound lens system that forms an image free from chromatic aberration
achromatic vision
vision using the rods
(of substance of a cell nucleus) not readily colored by stains
remove color from
having little or inadequate color
an absence of normal pigmentation especially in the skin (as in albinism) or in red blood cells
having no color
causing a dull and steady pain
absence of gastric juices (partial or complete)
a needlelike part or structure of a plant or animal or crystal; as a spine or bristle or crystal
related to plants or animals or crystals having aciculae or needlelike parts
acid anhydrides
organic compounds that react with water to form an acid
acid head
someone who takes LSD
acid hydrogen
a hydrogen atom in an acid that forms a positive ion when the acid dissociates
acid precipitation
rain containing acids that form in the atmosphere when industrial gas emissions (especially sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides) combine with water
acid rock
a musical style that emerged in the 1960s; rock music inspired by or related to drug-induced experience
acid test
a rigorous or crucial appraisal
acid value
(chemistry) the amount of free acid present in fat as measured by the milligrams of potassium hydroxide needed to neutralize it
acid-base balance
(physiology) the normal equilibrium between acids and alkalis in the body
not easily decolorized by acid solutions; pertains to micro-organisms (especially the tubercle bacillus that causes tuberculosis)
yielding an acid in aqueous solution
thriving in a relatively acidic environment (especially of plants requiring a pH well below 7)
having a sour acidic taste
wash with acid so as to achieve a bleached look
a blood disorder characterized by an increased concentration of hydrogen ions in the blood (which falls below 7 on the pH scale)
the process of becoming acid or being converted into an acid
involving or related to acidimetry
volumetric analysis using standard solutions of acids to measure the amount of a base present
an organism that thrives in a relatively acid environment
especially of some bacteria; growing well in an acid medium
acidophilus milk
milk fermented by bacteria; used to treat gastrointestinal disorders
having or being characterized by acidosis
make sour or more sour
being sour to the taste
the taste experience when something acidic is taken into the mouth
pertaining to one of the small sacs (as in a compound gland)
capable of being acknowledged
aclinic line
an imaginary line paralleling the equator where a magnetic needle has no dip
acne rosacea
a skin disease of adults (more often women) in which blood vessels of the face enlarge resulting in a flushed appearance
acne vulgaris
the most common form of acne; usually affects people from puberty to young adulthood
(of complexion) blemished by imperfections of the skin
resembling acne
of persons; feeling cold
aconitum lycoctonum
poisonous Eurasian perennial herb with broad rounded leaves and yellow flowers and fibrous rootstock
aconitum napellus
a poisonous herb native to northern Europe having hooded blue-purple flowers; the dried leaves and roots yield aconite
absence of the pupil in an eye
acorn tube
a small vacuum tube; used at high frequencies
shaped like an acorn
illusory auditory perception of strange nonverbal sounds
acoustic aphasia
an impairment in understanding spoken language that is not attributable to hearing loss
acoustic guitar
sound is not amplified by electrical means
acoustic impedance
opposition to the flow of sound through a surface; acoustic resistance is the real component of acoustic impedance and acoustic reactance is the imaginary component
acoustic modem
a modem that converts electrical signals to telephone tones and back again
acoustic power
the physical intensity of sound
acoustic projection
the acoustic phenomenon that gives sound a penetrating quality
acoustic radiation pressure
(acoustics) the pressure exerted on a surface normal to the direction of propagation of a sound wave
acoustic storage
a storage device consisting of acoustic delay lines
of or relating to the science of acoustics
with respect to acoustics
a physicist who specializes in acoustics
a morbid fear of sounds including your own voice
a relationship less intimate than friendship
having fair knowledge of
willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest
capable of being acquired
gotten through environmental forces
acquired hemochromatosis
hemochromatosis resulting from repeated transfusions or from excessive intake of foods containing iron
acquired immune deficiency syndrome
a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles
acquired taste
a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience
acquisition agreement
contract governing the merger of two or more companies
eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas
a judgment of not guilty
a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless
acre inch
one twelfth of an acre-foot
the volume of water that would cover 1 acre to a depth of 1 foot; 43,560 cubic feet or 1233.5 cubic meters
an area of ground used for some particular purpose (such as building or farming)
acrylic resin used to make a strong soft crease-resistant fabric (trade name Acrilan)
marked by strong resentment or cynicism
a rough and bitter manner
acris crepitans
a cricket frog of eastern and central United States
acris gryllus
a cricket frog of eastern United States
without a crisis (as of some diseases)
loss of sensation in the extremities
vigorously active
a moss in which the main axis is terminated by the archegonium (and hence the capsule)
(of mosses) having the archegonia at the top of the stem
having a subterminal centromere
acrocentric chromosome
a chromosome with the centromere near one end so that one chromosomal arm is short and one is long
acrocephalus schoenobaenus
small European warbler that breeds among reeds and wedges and winters in Africa
a congenital abnormality of the skull; the top of the skull assumes a cone shape
genus of herbs and shrubs of Australia and South Africa: everlasting flower; most species usually placed in genus Helipterum
acrocomia aculeata
tropical American feather palm having a swollen spiny trunk and edible nuts
cyanosis of the extremities; can occur when a spasm of the blood vessels is caused by exposure to cold or by strong emotion
an animal having teeth consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge without sockets
any flowerless plant such as a fern (pteridophyte) or moss (bryophyte) in which growth occurs only at the tip of the main stem
pertaining to flowerless plants (ferns or mosses) in which growth occurs only at the tip of the main stem
a pungent colorless unsaturated liquid aldehyde made from propene
enlargement of bones of hands and feet and face; often accompanied by headache and muscle pain and emotional disturbances; caused by overproduction of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary gland (due to a tumor)
marked or affected by enlargement or hypertrophy of the extremities or the face
abnormally small extremities (underdeveloped fingers and toes)
abnormal protrusion of the navel; sometimes the start of umbilical hernia
myotonia of the extremities only; causes spastic deformity of the hand or foot
a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name and pronounced as one word
characterized by the use of acronyms
of leaves or flowers; developing or opening in succession from base to apex
a morbid fear of great heights
suffering from acrophobia; abnormally afraid of high places
naming a letter of the alphabet by using a word whose initial sound is the sound represented by that letter
the citadel in ancient Greek towns
facing or on the side toward the apex
across the board
including all
across the country
extending throughout an entire nation
broad in scope or content
a white crystalline amide of propenoic acid can damage the nervous system and is carcinogenic in laboratory animals
a salt or ester of propenoic acid
acrylic acid
an unsaturated liquid carboxylic acid used in the manufacture of acrylic resins
acrylic fiber
polymerized from acrylonitrile
acrylic paint
used especially by artists
a colorless liquid unsaturated nitrile made from propene
act of god
a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events
act superior
act like the master of
capable of being acted; suitable for the stage
actaea alba
North American herb with white poisonous berries
actaea rubra
North American perennial herb with alternately compound leaves and racemes of small white flowers followed by bright red oval poisonous berries
a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal cortex
trade name for a drug containing an antihistamine and a decongestant; used to treat upper respiratory conditions and minor allergies
(of radiate organisms) located on the surface or end on which the mouth is situated
relating to or exhibiting actinism
actinic dermatitis
dermatitis caused exposure to sunlight
actinic keratosis
an overgrowth of skin layers resulting from extended exposure to the sun
actinide series
(chemistry) a series of 15 radioactive elements with increasing atomic numbers from actinium to lawrencium
any of a series of radioactive elements with atomic numbers 89 through 103
the property of radiation that enables it to produce photochemical effects
actinomeris alternifolia
perennial herb with showy yellow flowers; the eastern United States
an instrument for measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (usually by the photochemical effect)
of or related to actinometry
measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (especially of the sun's rays)
capable of division into symmetrical halves by any longitudinal plane passing through the axis
of or belonging to the actinomycetes
any of various red antibiotics isolated from soil bacteria
of or related to actinomycosis infection
action officer
the case officer designated to perform an act during a clandestine operation (especially in a hostile area)
action potential
the local voltage change across the cell wall as a nerve impulse is transmitted
action replay
the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape
action spectrum
the efficiency with which electromagnetic radiation produces a photochemical reaction plotted as a function of the wavelength of the radiation
affording grounds for legal action
a thrombolytic agent (trade name Activase) that causes fibrinolysis at the site of a blood clot; used in treating acute myocardial infarction
activated carbon
powdered or granular carbon used for purifying by adsorption; given orally (as a slurry) it is an antidote for some kinds of poisons
activating agent
(mineral extraction) a surface-active chemical used in flotation process to increase the attraction to a specific mineral
activation energy
the energy that an atomic system must acquire before a process (such as an emission or reaction) can occur
active agent
chemical agent capable of activity
active air defense
air defense by the use aircraft or missiles or artillery or electronic countermeasures
active application
an application that is currently running and in the foreground
active birth
childbirth during which the mother is encouraged to be an active participant
active citizen
a citizen who takes an active role in the community (as in crime prevention and neighborhood watch)
active immunity
a form of acquired immunity in which the body produces its own antibodies against disease-causing antigens
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
active transport
transport of a substance (as a protein or drug) across a cell membrane against the concentration gradient; requires an expenditure of energy
active trust
a trust in which the trustee must perform certain duties
active voice
the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb
in an active manner
a policy of taking direct action to achieve a political or social goal
advocating or engaged in activism
a protein complex in muscle fibers; composed of myosin and actin; shortens when stimulated and causes muscle contractions
actor's agent
a business agent for an actor
actor's assistant
a wardrobe assistant for an actor
actual damages
(law) compensation for losses that can readily be proven to have occurred and for which the injured party has the right to be compensated
actual eviction
the physical ouster of a tenant from the leased premises; the tenant is relieved of any further duty to pay rent
actual possession
(law) immediate and direct physical control over property
actual sin
a sin committed of your own free will (as contrasted with original sin)
of or relating to the work of an actuary
moved to action
causing motion or action or change
ending in a sharp point
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Acular and Toradol) that is administered only intramuscularly
small spiny outgrowth on the wings of certain insects
having or resembling a stinger or barb
acuminate leaf
a leaf narrowing to a slender point
treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body
treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin
acute accent
a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
acute angle
an angle less than 90 degrees but more than 0 degrees
acute anterior poliomyelitis
an acute viral disease marked by inflammation of nerve cells of the brain stem and spinal cord
acute brain disorder
any disorder (as sudden confusion or disorientation) in an otherwise normal person that is due to reversible (temporary) impairment of brain tissues (as by head injuries or drugs or infection)
acute gastritis
gastritis caused by ingesting an irritant (as too much aspirin)
acute glaucoma
glaucoma in which the iris blocks the outflow of aqueous humor
acute glossitis
glossitis resulting from injury or infection and characterized by swelling and pain
acute hemorrhagic encephalitis
encephalitis that resembles apoplexy due to blood extravasation
acute inclusion body encephalitis
common form of acute encephalitis caused by herpes simplex 1; usually affects the temporal and frontal lobes
acute kidney failure
renal failure associated with burns or other trauma or with acute infection or obstruction of the urinary tract
acute lymphoblastic leukemia
acute leukemia characterized by proliferation of immature lymphoblast-like cells in bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and blood; most common in children
acute myelocytic leukemia
acute leukemia characterized by proliferation of granular leukocytes; most common in adolescents and young adults
acute pyelonephritis
pyelonephritis resulting from the spread of a bladder infection
acute schizophrenic episode
schizophrenia of abrupt onset and relatively short duration (a few weeks or months)
acute triangle
a triangle whose interior angles are all acute
an oral antiviral drug (trade name Zovirax) used to treat genital herpes; does not cure the disease but relieves the symptoms
ad agency
an agency that designs advertisement to call public attention to its clients
ad hominem
appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason)
ad infinitum
to infinity; without or seemingly without limit
ad interim
for an intervening time; temporarily
ad lib
without advance preparation
ad nauseam
to a sickening extent
ad val
in proportion to the estimated value of the goods taxed
ad valorem tax
a tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production
an enzyme found in mammals that can catalyze the deamination of adenosine into inosine and ammonia
SCID resulting from mutation of a gene that codes for adenosine deaminase
congenital absence of fingers and/or toes
without fingers and/or toes
Babylonian god of storms and wind
a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
adam smith
Scottish economist who advocated private enterprise and free trade (1723-1790)
adam's needle
yucca with long stiff leaves having filamentlike appendages
resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible
inflexibly; unshakably
adams-stokes syndrome
recurrent sudden attacks of unconsciousness caused by impaired conduction of the impulse that regulates the heartbeat
a Babylonian demigod or first man (sometimes identified with Adam)
a tricyclic antidepressant (trade names Adapin and Sinequan) with numerous side effects (dry mouth and sedation and gastrointestinal disturbances)
capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use
of or relating to adaptation
having a capacity for adaptation
changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose
adaptive radiation
the development of many different forms from an originally homogeneous group of organisms as they fill different ecological niches
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
nearest to or facing toward the axis of an organ or organism
in an adaxial manner
add to
have an increased effect
capable of being added or added to
a number that is added to another number (the augend)
adder's fern
mat-forming lithophytic or terrestrial fern with creeping rootstocks and large pinnatifid fronds found throughout North America and Europe and Africa and east Asia
compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming
causing or characterized by addiction
addison's disease
a glandular disorder caused by failure of function of the cortex of the adrenal gland and marked by anemia and prostration with brownish skin
addition reaction
a chemical reaction in which one molecule is added to another
further or added
in addition, by way of addition; furthermore
additive inverse
(mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose sum is zero; the additive inverse of -5 is +5
stupid and confused
a person with confused ideas; incapable of serious thought
capable of being addressed
(of mail) marked with a destination
one to whom something is addressed
addressing machine
a printer that automatically prints addresses on letters for mailing
especially of muscles; bringing together or drawing toward the midline of the body or toward an adjacent part
a discussant who offers an example or a reason or a proof
citing as evidence or proof
(physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body
aden-abyan islamic army
Yemen-based terrorist group that supports al-Qaeda's goals; seeks to overthrow the Yemeni government and eliminate United States interests; responsible for bombings and kidnappings and killing western tourists in Yemen
German statesman; chancellor of West Germany (1876-1967)
inflammation of a gland or lymph node
of or pertaining to adenocarcinoma
surgical removal of the adenoids; commonly performed along with tonsillectomy
adenomatous polyp
a polyp that consists of benign neoplastic tissue derived from glandular epithelium
gland enlargement
malignant renal tumor of young children characterized by hypertension and blood in the urine and the presence of a palpable mass
the presence of endometrium elsewhere than in the lining of the uterus; causes premenstrual pain and dysmenorrhea
a glandular disease or enlargement of glandular tissue (especially of the lymph glands)
(biochemistry) a nucleoside that is a structural component of nucleic acids; it is present in all living cells in a combined form as a constituent of DNA and RNA and ADP and ATP and AMP
adenosine diphosphate
an ester of adenosine that is converted to ATP for energy storage
adenosine monophosphate
a nucleotide found in muscle cells and important in metabolism; reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP
adenosine triphosphate
a nucleotide derived from adenosine that occurs in muscle tissue; the major source of energy for cellular reactions
adequate to
having the requisite qualities for
in an adequate manner or to an adequate degree
the quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily:
ader wax
a waxy mineral that is a mixture of hydrocarbons and occurs in association with petroleum; some varieties are used in making ceresin and candles
a B vitamin that is essential for metabolism of amino acids and starch
dark greyish extrusive rock
hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitressin) and also by nerve endings in the hypothalamus; affects blood pressure by stimulating capillary muscles and reduces urine flow by affecting reabsorption of water by kidney tubules
a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders
adhesion contract
a contract that heavily restricts one party while leaving the other free (as some standard form printed contracts); implies inequality in bargaining power
adhesive friction
the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road)
the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition
an organization with little or no structure
adi granth
the principal sacred text of Sikhism contains hymns and poetry as well as the teachings of the first five gurus
occurring without loss or gain of heat
adiabatic process
(thermodynamics) any process that occurs without gain or loss of heat
adiantum bellum
delicate endemic Bermudian fern with creeping rootstock
adiantum capillus-veneris
delicate maidenhair fern with slender shining black leaf stalks; cosmopolitan
adiantum pedatum
hardy palmately branched North American fern with divergent recurved branches borne on lustrous dark reddish stipes
adiantum tenerum farleyense
named for a country house in Barbados where it was discovered
(psychology) an urge to accept or approach a situation or an object
characterized by acceptance or approach
a farewell remark
adipic acid
a carboxylic acid used in the manufacture of nylon
composed of animal fat
adipose cell
cells composed of fat
adipose tumor
a tumor consisting of fatty tissue
having the property of containing fat
the property of excessive fatness
a Hindu goddess who releases from sin or disease; mother of the Adityas
one of 7 to 12 sons of Aditi; Hindu gods of celestial light
the attribute of being so near as to be touching
of or relating to or functioning as an adjective
as an adjective; in an adjectival manner
as an adjective
adjoining room
a hotel room that shares a wall with another hotel room
the final judgment in a legal proceeding; the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented
concerned with adjudicating
an act of joining or adjoining things
joining; forming an adjunct
a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
one who investigates insurance claims or claims for damages and recommends an effective settlement
adjusting entry
an accounting entry made at the end of an accounting period to allocate items between accounting periods
conducive to adjustment
adjutant general
a general's adjutant; chief administrative officer
adlai ewing stevenson
United States politician and diplomat (1900-1968)
adlumia fungosa
vine with feathery leaves and white or pinkish flowers; sometimes placed in genus Fumaria
the segment of the public that is easily influenced by mass media (chiefly British)
determine the quantity of someone's share
capable of being administered or managed
of or relating to or responsible for administration
administrative data processing
data processing in accounting or business management
administrative hearing
a hearing that takes place outside the judicial process before hearing examiners who have been granted judicial authority specifically for the purpose of conducting such hearings
administrative law
the body of rules and regulations and orders and decisions created by administrative agencies of government
by or for an administrator
the tiresome but essential details that must be taken care of and tasks that must be performed in running an organization
admirable excellence
in an admirable manner
admiral byrd
explorer and United States naval officer; led expeditions to explore Antarctica (1888-1957)
admiral dewey
a United States naval officer remembered for his victory at Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War
admiral nelson
English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar (1758-1805)
admiral nimitz
United States admiral of the Pacific fleet during World War II who used aircraft carriers to destroy the Japanese navy (1885-1966)
admiralty brass
alpha-beta brass containing tin; resistant to sea water; Admiralty Metal is a trademark
admiralty law
the branch of international law that deals with territorial and international waters or with shipping or with ocean fishery etc.
admiralty mile
a former British unit of length equivalent to 6,080 feet (1,853.184 meters); 800 feet longer than a statute mile
regarded with admiration
with admiration
deserving to be admitted
admission charge
the fee charged for admission
admission day
in some states of the United States: a legal holiday commemorating the day the state was admitted to the Union
characterized by or allowing admission
deserving to be allowed to enter
as acknowledged
mix or blend
someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided
expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective
a firm rebuke
of unlike parts or organs; growing closely attached
accessory or adjoining anatomical parts or appendages to an organ (especially of the embryo)
of or pertaining to adnexa
an adjective used as a noun
a rapid active commotion
adobe brick
sun-dried brick; used in hot dry climates
adobe house
a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
adobe lily
California herb with pinkish purple flowers
a dish of marinated vegetables and meat or fish; served with rice
become adolescent; pass through adolescence
adolf eichmann
Austrian who became the Nazi official who administered the concentration camps where millions of Jews were murdered during World War II (1906-1962)
adolf hitler
German Nazi dictator during World War II (1889-1945)
adolf loos
Austrian architect (1870-1933)
adolf windaus
German chemist who studied steroids and cholesterol and discovered histamine (1876-1959)
adolph simon ochs
United States newspaper publisher (1858-1935)
adolphe sax
a Belgian maker of musical instruments who invented the saxophone (1814-1894)
adonic line
a verse line with a dactyl followed by a spondee or trochee; supposedly used in laments by Adonis
suitable or eligible for adoption
acquired as your own by free choice
someone (such as a child) who has been adopted
a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her own child
extreme attractiveness
lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
in an adorable manner
regarded with deep or rapturous love (especially as if for a god)
with adoration
provided with something intended to increase its beauty or distinction
fine writing in praise of trivial or base subjects
pressed close to or lying flat against something
surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands
a catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress (trade name Adrenalin); stimulates autonomic nerve action
the increase in activity of the adrenal glands just before puberty
adrenergic agonist eyedrop
a treatment for glaucoma; the eyedrops reduce intraocular pressure by decreasing the production of aqueous humor and increasing its drainage through the uveoscleral pathway
of or derived from the cortex of the adrenal glands
stimulating or acting on the adrenal cortex
a steroid having androgenic activity; obtained from the cortex of the adrenal gland
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
with adroitness; in an adroit manner
(used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
accumulate (liquids or gases) on the surface
capable of being adsorbed or accumulated on a surface of a solid
adsorbent material
a material having capacity or tendency to adsorb another substance
having capacity or tendency to adsorb or cause to accumulate on a surface
flatter in an obsequious manner
servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
obsequiously complimentary
adult education
a course (via lectures or correspondence) for adults who are not otherwise engaged in formal study
adult intelligence
the average IQ of the adults in a given population
adult respiratory distress syndrome
acute lung injury characterized by coughing and rales; inflammation of the lungs which become stiff and fibrous and cannot exchange oxygen; occurs among persons exposed to irritants such as corrosive chemical vapors or ammonia or chlorine etc.
adult tooth
any of the 32 teeth that replace the deciduous teeth of early childhood and (with luck) can last until old age
adult-onset diabetes
mild form of diabetes mellitus that develops gradually in adults; can be precipitated by obesity or severe stress or menopause or other factors; can usually be controlled by diet and hypoglycemic agents without injections of insulin
mixed with impurities
making impure or corrupt by adding extraneous materials
a woman adulterer
conceived in adultery
in an adulterous manner
extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations
indistinctly prophetic
someone who advances
moving forward
in a manner affording benefit or advantage
convey by horizontal mass movement of a fluid
(meteorology) the horizontal transfer of heat or other atmospheric properties
of or relating to advection
a member of Christian denomination that expects the imminent advent of Christ
of or pertaining to the adventitia
associated by chance and not an integral part
adventitious root
root growing in an unusual location e.g. from a stem
not native and not fully established; locally or temporarily naturalized
willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
a woman adventurer
recklessness in politics or foreign affairs
of or pertaining to adventurism
the trait of being adventurous
as an adverb
adversative conjunction
the conjunctive relation of units that expresses the opposition of their meanings
expressing antithesis or opposition
adverse opinion
an opinion concerning financial statements (usually based on an audit by a CPA) that the statements as a whole do not present results fairly or are not in conformity with the generally accepted accounting practices of the United States
adverse witness
a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing party
in an adverse manner
the process of being heedful
giving attention
in a careful deliberate manner
called to public attention
advertising department
the division of a business that is responsible for advertising
an advertisement that is written and presented in the style of an editorial or journalistic report
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory and analgesic medicine (trade names Advil and Motrin and Nuprin) used to relieve the pain of arthritis and as an antipyretic
the quality of being advisable
worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise
with intention; in an intentional manner
someone who receives advice
advisory service
a consulting service in which a CPA develops findings and conclusions and recommendations that are presented to the client for consideration and decision making
the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice
lack of strength or vigor (especially from illness)
an edge tool used to cut and shape wood
of or belonging to an aecium
a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
(Greek mythology) the seducer of Clytemnestra and murderer of Agamemnon who usurped the throne of Mycenae until Agamemnon's son Orestes returned home and killed him
in some classifications considered the family comprising the Old World vultures which are more often included in the family Accipitridae
aelius donatus
Roman grammarian whose textbook on Latin grammar was used throughout the Middle Ages (fourth century)
a mythical Greek warrior who was a leader on the Trojan side of the Trojan War; hero of the Aeneid
aeneas silvius
Italian pope from 1458 to 1464 who is remembered for his unsuccessful attempt to lead a crusade against the Turks (1405-1464)
an epic in Latin by Virgil; tells the adventures of Aeneas after the Trojan War; provides an illustrious historical background for the Roman Empire
Celtic god of love and beauty; patron deity of young men and women
aeolian harp
a harp having strings tuned in unison; they sound when wind passes over them
the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Thessaly and Boeotia and Aeolis
having properties with different values along different axes
god of the winds in ancient mythology
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
by means of aircraft
conveying air; as the bronchial tubes
an organism (especially a bacterium) that requires air or free oxygen for life
aerobic exercise
exercise that increases the need for oxygen
life sustained in the presence of air or oxygen
living or active only in the presence of oxygen
pain in the teeth that results from a change in air pressure (as in flying or mountain climbing)
the branch of mechanics that deals with the motion of gases (especially air) and their effects on bodies in the flow
generator that extracts usable energy from winds
a letter sent by air mail
a stony meteorite consisting of silicate minerals
of or pertaining to certain stony meteorites
of or pertaining to aerology
meteorology of the total extent of the atmosphere; especially the upper layers
of or pertaining to aerodynamics
of or relating to aviation medicine
the study and treatment of disorders associated with flight (especially with space flight)
of or pertaining to aeronautics
swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)
of or relating to airmail stamps
the collection and study of airmail stamps
a lover of aviation
depending on free oxygen or air
in the form of ultramicroscopic solid or liquid particles dispersed or suspended in air or gas
aerospace engineer
an engineer of aircraft and space vehicles
a trademark for a loosely woven cotton fabric that is used to make shirts and underwear
of or relating to or in the manner of Aeschylus
Greek tragedian; the father of Greek tragic drama (525-456 BC)
aeschynanthus radicans
epiphyte or creeping on rocks; Malaysian plant having somewhat fleshy leaves and bright red flowers
of or belonging to Aesculapius or the healing art
son of Apollo; a hero and the Roman god of medicine and healing; his daughters were Hygeia and Panacea
(Norse mythology) the chief of gods living at Asgard
Greek author of fables (circa 620-560 BC)
aesop's fables
a collection of fables believed to have been written by the Greek storyteller Aesop
mental responsiveness and awareness
one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
in a tasteful way
(art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art)
(rare) of or occurring in summer
sleep during summer
a specialist in the etiology of diseases
(old-fashioned) at or from or to a great distance; far
a pronunciation of afraid
having no fever
diffusing warmth and friendliness
in an affable manner
affaire d'honneur
a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
affected role
the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
in an affected manner
arousing affect
in a poignant or touching manner
characterized by emotion
having or displaying warmth or affection
with affection
European breed of small dog resembling a terrier with dark wiry hair and a tufted muzzle
give to in marriage
a person who makes an affidavit
being joined in close association
(anthropology) related by marriage
affine geometry
the geometry of affine transformations
affine transformation
(mathematics) a transformation that is a combination of single transformations such as translation or rotation or reflection on an axis
closely related
capable of being affirmed or asserted
affirmative action
a policy designed to redress past discrimination against women and minority groups through measures to improve their economic and educational opportunities
affirmative pleading
any defensive pleading that affirms facts rather than merely denying the facts alleged by the plaintiff
in an affirmative manner
the agreeable quality of one who assents
affirming or giving assent
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1978
of or pertaining to a linguistic affix
firmly attached
a strong creative impulse; divine inspiration
causing misery or pain or distress
that you have the financial means for
the conversion of bare or cultivated land into forest (originally for the purpose of hunting)
grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude
a composite speech sound consisting of a stop and a fricative articulated at the same point (as `ch' in `chair' and `j' in `joy')
the conversion of a simple stop consonant into an affricate
the act of baptizing someone by pouring water on their head
afghan hound
tall graceful breed of hound with a long silky coat; native to the Near East
lighted up by or as by fire or flame
a federation of North American labor unions that merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1955
the largest federation of North American labor unions; formed in 1955
a potent carcinogen from the fungus Aspergillus; can be produced and stored for use as a bioweapon
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trademarks Aleve and Anaprox and Aflaxen) that fights pain and inflammation
shining unsteadily
excited in anticipation
being the one previously mentioned or spoken of
with planning and intention
especially of a ship's lines etc
an abnormally large amount of this fetoprotein in the fetus can signal an abnormality of the neural tube (as spina bifida or anencephaly)
again but in a new or different way
african bowstring hemp
bowstring hemp of South Africa
african crocodile
a dangerous crocodile widely distributed in Africa
african green monkey
common savannah monkey with greenish-grey back and yellow tail
african holly
woolly-stemmed biennial arborescent shrub of tropical Africa and southern Asia having silvery-white prickly branches, clusters of blue or white flowers, and bright red berries resembling holly berries
african hunting dog
a powerful doglike mammal of southern and eastern Africa that hunts in large packs; now rare in settled area
african love grass
perennial South African grass having densely clumped flimsy stems; introduced into United States especially for erosion control
african marigold
a stout branching annual with large yellow to orange flower heads; Mexico and Central America
african monitor
destroys crocodile eggs
african oil palm
oil palm of Africa
african 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
african wild ass
a wild ass of Africa
tall large-horned humped cattle of South Africa; used for meat or draft
africanized bee
a strain of bees that originated in Brazil in the 1950s as a cross between an aggressive African bee and a honeybee; retains most of the traits of the African bee; now spread as far north as Texas
a white native of Cape Province who is a descendant of Dutch settlers and who speaks Afrikaans
a rounded thickly curled hairdo
pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry
of or relating to the nations of Africa and Asia or their peoples
a wig that gives the appearance of an Afro hairdo
both sexes are brightly colored
after a fashion
to some extent; not very well
after hours
not during regular hours
after closing time especially a legally established closing time
outside regular school hours
the placenta and fetal membranes that are expelled from the uterus after the baby is born
care and treatment of a convalescent patient
a toxic mixture of gases (including carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and nitrogen) after an explosion of firedamp in a mine
a deck abaft of midships
located closest to the stern or tail
afternoon tea
a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes
pains felt by a woman after her baby is born; associated with contractions of the uterus
a supplementary feather (usually small) on the underside of the base of the shaft of some feathers in some birds
having an aftershaft (a small feather at the base of some feathers)
a tremor (or one of a series of tremors) occurring after the main shock of an earthquake
an afterimage of a taste
happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
the place where you are after you die
title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey)
again and again
against the clock
as fast as possible; before a deadline
against the wind
in the direction opposite to the direction the wind is blowing
a cord (usually of goat's hair) that Arabs (especially Bedouins) wind around their heads to hold down the kaffiyeh
a condition in which milk is not secreted in the mother's breasts after her child has been delivered
(Greek mythology) the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
(of reproduction) not involving the fusion of male and female gametes in reproduction
a rare immunological disorder characterized by the virtual absence of gamma globulin in the blood and consequent susceptibility to infection
agape love
selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)
United States naturalist (born in Switzerland) who studied fossil fish; recognized geological evidence that ice ages had occurred in North America (1807-1873)
agastache foeniculum
much-branched North American herb with an odor like fennel
agastache mexicana
erect perennial of Mexico having rose to crimson flowers
agastache nepetoides
erect perennial with stout stems and yellow-green flowers; southern Canada and southeastern United States
agate line
space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
pottery that is veined and mottled to resemble agate
agatha christie
prolific English writer of detective stories (1890-1976)
agathis alba
native to the Moluccas and Philippines; a source of dammar resin
(used of eyes) open and fixed as if in fear or wonder
Asiatic epithet for Rhea or Cybele
age class
people in the same age range
age limit
regulation establishing the maximum age for doing something or holding some position
age norm
the average age at which particular performances are expected to appear
age of consent
the minimum age for marrying without parental consent or the minimum age for consensual sexual relations; intercourse at an earlier age can result in a charge of assault or statutory rape; the age differs in different states of the Union
age of reason
a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine
age of reptiles
from 230 million to 63 million years ago
belonging to or lasting from times long ago
changing (increasing or decreasing) as an individual's age increases
age-related macular degeneration
macular degeneration that is age-related
the property characteristic of old age
United States novelist (1909-1955)
discrimination on the basis of a person's age
continuing forever or indefinitely
the quality of being timeless and eternal
lasting through all time
agency security
a security issued by United States government agencies or the Farm Credit System
a yellow pungent volatile oil (trade name Agene) formerly used for bleaching and aging flour
imperfect development; nondevelopment of a part
age or bleach flour with Agene (nitrogen trichloride)
agent orange
a herbicide used in the Vietnam War to defoliate forest areas
agent provocateur
a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts
an operative serving as a penetration into an intelligence target
of or relating to an agent or agency
agentive role
the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
youthful appearance in an old person
ageratum houstonianum
small tender herb grown for its fluffy brushlike blue to lavender blooms
clustered together but not coherent
a device that causes material to gather into rounded balls
agglutinating activity
the coalescing of small particles that are suspended in solution; these larger masses are then (usually) precipitated
build up to a level by depositing sediment
aggravated assault
a reckless attack with intent to injure seriously (as with a deadly weapon)
making worse
in an aggravating fashion
an unpleasant person who is annoying or exasperating
formed of separate units gathered into a mass or whole
in an aggressive manner
(informal British usage) aggravation or aggression
struck with fear, dread, or consternation
in a nimble or agile manner; with quickness and lightness and ease
the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
a battle in northern France in which English longbowmen under Henry V decisively defeated a much larger French army in 1415
a fee charged for exchanging currencies
agitated depression
a state of clinical depression in which the person exhibits irritability and restlessness
causing or tending to cause anger or resentment
one who agitates; a political troublemaker
political propaganda (especially communist propaganda) communicated via art and literature and cinema
(Greek mythology) one of the three Graces
bright with a steady but subdued shining
having brief brilliant points or flashes of light
softly bright or radiant
a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected
related on the father's side
line of descent traced through the paternal side of the family
agnes de mille
United States dancer and choreographer who introduced formal dance to a wide audience (1905-1993)
agnes gonxha bojaxhiu
Indian nun and missionary in the Roman Catholic Church (born of Albanian parents in what is now Macedonia); dedicated to helping the poor in India (1910-1997)
(Sanskrit) Hindu god of fire in ancient and traditional India; one of the three chief deities of the Vedas
an additional name or an epithet appended to a name (as in `Ferdinand the Great')
uncertain of all claims to knowledge
highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, etc.
lacking gonads
pertaining to or associated with agony (especially death agonies)
gone by; or in the past
agonic line
an imaginary line connecting points on the Earth's surface where the magnetic declination is zero
expressing pain or agony
extremely painful
striving to overcome in argument
in a very painful manner
agony aunt
a newspaper columnist who answers questions and offers advice on personal problems to people who write in
agony column
a newspaper column devoted to personal problems
a morbid fear of open spaces (as fear of being caught alone in some public place)
suffering from agoraphobia; abnormally afraid of open or public places
relating to the blood disorder of agranulocytosis
an acute blood disorder (often caused by radiation or drug therapy) characterized by severe reduction in granulocytes
sayings of Jesus not recorded in the canonical Gospels
a loss of the ability to write or to express thoughts in writing because of a brain lesion
relating to or having agraphia
relating to farming or agriculture
in an enjoyable manner
agreed upon
constituted or contracted by stipulation or agreement
united by being of the same opinion
a large-scale farming enterprise
Roman general who was governor of Britain and extended Roman rule north to the Firth of Forth (37-93)
agricultural agent
an advisor employed by the government to assist people in rural areas with methods of farming and home economics
agriculture department
the federal department that administers programs that provide services to farmers (including research and soil conservation and efforts to stabilize the farming economy); created in 1862
agrimonia eupatoria
erect perennial Old World herb of dry grassy habitats
agrimonia procera
fragrant European perennial herb found at woodland margins on moist soils
Roman general who commanded the fleet that defeated the forces of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium (63-12 BC)
agrippina the elder
granddaughter of Augustus and mother of Caligula and Agrippina the Younger (14 BC - AD 33)
agrippina the younger
wife who poisoned Claudius after her son Nero was declared heir and who was then put to death by Nero
of or pertaining to agrobiology
of or related to agrology
an intense desire to be alone or out in the open
of or relating to or promoting agronomy
an expert in soil management and field-crop production
the application of soil and plant sciences to land management and crop production
agropyron cristatum
Eurasian grass grown in United States great plains area for forage and erosion control
agropyron intermedium
Asiatic grass introduced into United States rangelands for pasture and fodder
agropyron pauciflorum
North American grass cultivated in western United States as excellent forage crop
agropyron repens
European grass spreading rapidly by creeping rhizomes; naturalized in North America as a weed
agropyron smithii
valuable forage grass of western United States
agropyron subsecundum
a wheatgrass with straight terminal awns on the flowering glumes
agrostis canina
common grass with slender stems and narrow leaves
agrostis nebulosa
Spanish grass with light feathery panicles grown for dried bouquets
agrostis palustris
common pasture or lawn grass spread by long runners
a vigil before certain feasts (as e.g. Easter)
of or pertaining to agrypnia
largest known toad species; native to Central America; valuable destroyer of insect pests
affected by ague
according to the Old Testament he was a pagan king of Israel and husband of Jezebel (9th century BC)
ahead of the game
in an advantageous position
ahead of time
before the usual time or the time expected
the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.
a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence
unconcerned with or unrelated to history or to historical development or to tradition
ahmad shah masoud
Afghan leader of forces opposed to the Taliban; won fame by successfully resisting the Soviets in the 1980s; was assassinated by men posing as journalists (1953-2001)
ahmed salman rushdie
British writer of novels who was born in India; one of his novels is regarded as blasphemous by Muslims and a fatwa was issued condemning him to death (born in 1947)
ahmed zoki yamani
Saudi Arabian minister of petroleum who was a central figure in the creation of OPEC (born in 1930)
the spirit of evil in Zoroastrianism; arch rival of Ormazd
(Zoroastrianism) title for benevolent deities
ahura mazda
chief deity of Zoroastrianism; source of light and embodiment of good
a fundamentalist Islamic group in Somalia who initially did fundraising for al-Qaeda; responsible for ambushing United States Army Rangers and for terrorist bombings in Ethiopia; believed to have branches in several countries
aid station
(military) a station located near a combat area for giving first aid to the wounded
a memorandum summarizing the items of an agreement (used especially in diplomatic communications)
having help; often used as a combining form
(Greek mythology) the god of the underworld in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone
a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plume
ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
United States writer (1889-1973)
a Japanese martial art employing principles similar to judo
United States choreographer noted for his use of African elements (born in 1931)
somewhat ill or prone to illness
a morbid fear of cats
aimee semple mcpherson
United States evangelist (born in Canada) noted for her extravagant religious services (1890-1944)
without aim; in an aimless manner
the quality of lacking any definite purpose
belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself); preceded by a possessive
garlic mayonnaise
air attache
a military attache who is a commissioned or warrant officer in an air force
air attack
an attack by armed planes on a surface target
air base
a base for military aircraft
air bladder
an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
air bubble
a bubble of air
air castle
absentminded dreaming while awake
air compressor
a compressor that takes in air at atmospheric pressure and delivers it at a higher pressure
air conditioning
a system that keeps air cool and dry
air corps
formerly the airborne division of the United States Army
air cover
the use of military aircraft to provide protection against attack by enemy aircraft during ground or naval operations
air division
a unit of the United States Air Force usually comprising two or more wings
air flow
the flow of air
air force officer
an officer in the airforce
air gas
a gas made of carbon monoxide and hydrogen and nitrogen; made by passing air over hot coke
air group
a unit of the United States Air Force larger than a squadron and smaller than a wing
air hammer
a hammer driven by compressed air
air hose
a hose that carries air under pressure
air hostess
a woman steward on an airplane
air jacket
an inflatable life jacket
air lock
a chamber that provides access to space where air is under pressure
air mail
mail that is sent by air transport
air marshal
a person trained by the government in hijacking and terrorist tactics who (for security reasons) is a passenger aboard an airline flight
air medal
a United States Air Force decoration for meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight
air mile
a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
air pocket
a local region of low pressure or descending air that causes a plane to lose height suddenly
air potato
yam of tropical Africa and Asia cultivated for it large tubers
air power
the aggregation of a country's military aircraft
air reconnaissance
reconnaissance either by visual observation from the air or through the use of airborne sensors
air search radar
a shipboard radar that searches for aircraft
air shaft
a shaft for ventilation
air sick
experiencing motion sickness
air sickness
motion sickness experienced while traveling by air (especially during turbulence)
air sock
a truncated cloth cone mounted on a mast; used (e.g., at airports) to show the direction of the wind
air spring
a mechanical device using confined air to absorb the shock of motion
air thermometer
thermometer that measures temperature by changes in the pressure of a gas kept at constant volume
air traffic
traffic created by the movement of aircraft
air transport
transportation by air
air traveler
someone who travels by airplane
air wave
a sound wave that is transmitted via air
deriving oxygen from the air
cooled by air conditioning
equip with an apparatus for controlling the humidity and temperature
cooled by a flow of air
made dry by contact with unheated air
drop (an object) from the air; unload from a plane or helicopter
not giving off moisture on exposure to the air
full of air
air-raid shelter
a chamber (often underground) reinforced against bombing and provided with food and living facilities; used during air raids
alter by exposure to air with conversion at least in part to a carbonate
operating between or launched from or involving rockets or aircraft in flight
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
operating from or designed to be fired from aircraft at targets on the ground
moved or conveyed by or through air
airborne patrol
a patrol provided by aircraft
airborne transmission
a transmission mechanism in the which the infectious agent is spread as an aerosol and usually enters a person through the respiratory tract
an explosion in the atmosphere
a subsonic jet airliner operated over short distances
aircraft carrier
a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings
a noncommissioned officer in the British Royal Air Force
delivery of supplies or equipment or personnel by dropping them by parachute from an aircraft
open to or abounding in fresh air
breed of large wiry-coated terrier bred in Yorkshire
the fare charged for traveling by airplane
the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)
transport (cargo) by air
lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
in a flippant manner
airing cupboard
a warm cupboard where you put newly washed clothes until they are completely dry
lacking fresh air
resembling air or having the form of air
airline business
a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers
a mailer for airmail
the art of operating aircraft
airplane mechanics
the craft of building and repairing airplanes
airplane ticket
a ticket good for a trip on an airplane
a system of conveying mail by aircraft
affected manners intended to impress others
the speed of an aircraft relative to the air in which it is flying
medium for radio and television broadcasting
a woman aviator
fitness to fly
(of aircraft) fit to fly
a cut of beef including the H-shaped rump bone
slightly open
a mythical Greek hero; a warrior who fought against Troy in the Iliad
ajuga chamaepitys
low-growing annual with yellow flowers dotted red; faintly aromatic of pine resin; Europe, British Isles and North Africa
ajuga genevensis
upright rhizomatous perennial with bright blue flowers; southern Europe
ajuga pyramidalis
European evergreen carpeting perennial
ajuga reptans
low rhizomatous European carpeting plant having spikes of blue flowers; naturalized in parts of United States
a Kwa language spoken in Ghana and the Ivory Coast
a Loloish language
a religious movement by Arab Shiite Muslims in 17th century Iraq that is opposed to the Usuli
early ruler of Egypt who rejected the old gods and replaced them with sun worship (died in 1358 BC)
motionlessness attributable to a temporary paralysis
akinetic epilepsy
epilepsy characterized by akinesia
akira kurosawa
Japanese filmmaker noted for blending Japanese folklore with western styles of acting (1910-1998)
remote city of Kazakhstan that (ostensibly for security reasons) was made the capital in 1998
aksa martyrs brigades
a militant offshoot of al-Fatah that is the newest and strongest and best equipped faction active in the West Bank; responsible for many deadly attacks in Israel in 2002
a Kwa language spoken by the Yoruba in southwestern Nigeria
Scandinavian liquor usually flavored with caraway seeds
al capone
United States gangster who terrorized Chicago during prohibition until arrested for tax evasion (1899-1947)
al dente
of pasta cooked so as to be firm when eaten
al faran
an Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan that fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s; now operates as a terrorist organization primarily in Kashmir and seeks Kashmir's accession by Pakistan
al gore
Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton (born in 1948)
al hirschfeld
United States artist noted for his line-drawn caricatures (1904-2003)
al jolson
United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full-length talking film (1886-1950)
al nathir
a Palestinian terrorist organization formed in 2002 and linked to Fatah movement of Yasser Arafat
al qaeda
a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries
al qanoon
a terrorist organization formed in Pakistan in 2002 as a coalition of extremist Islamic militant groups including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Muhammad and elements of al-Qaeda
al sunna wal jamma
a resurgent Islamic fundamentalist organization based in Nigeria that is thought to be planning terrorist attacks
al tawhid
an Islamic terrorist cell that originated in Jordan but operates in Germany; goal is to attack Europe and Russia with chemical weapons
al-gama'a al-islamiyya
a terrorist organization of militant Islamists organized into tiny cells of extreme fundamentalists; emerged during the 1970s mainly in Egyptian jails
an Ismaili caliph of Egypt who declared himself an incarnation of God and founded the Druze religious sect (985-1021)
al-jama'a al-islamiyyah al-muqatilah bi-libya
a Libyan terrorist group organized in 1995 and aligned with al-Qaeda; seeks to radicalize the Libyan government; attempted to assassinate Qaddafi
an Islamic extremist group active since the late 1970s; seeks to overthrow the Egyptian government and replace it with an Islamic state; works in small underground cells
a radical insurgent Islamist group consisting of disaffected middle-class professionals in Malaysia who want to overthrow the government by violent means and set up an Islamic state
a hard-line extremist Islamic group in Great Britain who support bin Laden and other terrorist groups
the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
al-rashid trust
a terrorist group organized in 1996 after the Taliban took over Afghanistan and part of Osama bin Laden's international system; provides financial support for the Taliban and al-Qaeda and Jaish-i-Mohammed and assists Muslim militants around the world; established a network of madrasas and mosques in Afghanistan
a terrorist group formed in India in 1992; is believed to be responsible for bombings in southern India in 1998
alabama lip fern
southeastern United States to northern Mexico and Jamaica
a native or resident of Alabama
of or resembling alabaster
quick and eager
liveliness and eagerness
in the Arabian Nights a boy who acquires a magic lamp from which he can summon a genie
aladdin's lamp
(Arabian Nights) a magical lamp from which Aladdin summoned a genie
paralysis of the vocal cords resulting in an inability to speak
a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
alan bartlett shepard jr.
astronaut who made the first United States' suborbital rocket-powered flight in 1961 (1923-1998)
alan hodgkin
English physiologist who, with Andrew Huxley, discovered the role of potassium and sodium atoms in the transmission of the nerve impulse (1914-1998)
alan jay lerner
United States lyricist who collaborated on musicals with Frederick Loewe (1918-1986)
alan mathison turing
English mathematician who conceived of the Turing machine and broke German codes during World War II (1912-1954)
alan paton
South African writer (1903-1988)
alan seeger
United States poet killed in World War I (1888-1916)
a crystalline amino acid that occurs in many proteins
king of the Visigoths who captured Rome in 410 (370-410)
alarm bell
the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)
alarm clock
a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time
experiencing a sudden sense of danger
frightening because of an awareness of danger
in an alarming manner
needless warnings
having or resembling wings
by bad luck
alaska cod
closely related to Atlantic cod
alaska fur seal
of Pacific coast from Alaska southward to California
alaska native
a member or descendant of any of the aboriginal peoples of Alaska
alaska rein orchid
similar to coastal rein orchid but with smaller flowers; Alaska to Baja California and east to the Dakotas and Colorado
alaska standard time
standard time in the 9th time zone west of Greenwich, reckoned at the 135th meridian west; used in Hawaii and most of Alaska
alaskan brown bear
brown bear of coastal Alaska and British Columbia
alaskan malamute
breed of sled dog developed in Alaska
a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virus
(of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions
a white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves; worn by priests
alban berg
Austrian composer in Schoenberg's twelve-tone music system (1885-1935)
the ratio of reflected to incident light
United States dramatist (1928-)
alben barkley
United States politician and lawyer; vice president of the United States (1877-1956)
United States painter born in Germany; works characterized by simple geometrical patterns in various colors (1888-1976)
albers-schonberg disease
an inherited disorder characterized by an increase in bone density; in severe forms the bone marrow cavity may be obliterated
albert bruce sabin
United States microbiologist (born in Poland) who developed the Sabin vaccine that is taken orally against poliomyelitis (born 1906)
albert camus
French writer who portrayed the human condition as isolated in an absurd world (1913-1960)
albert einstein
physicist born in Germany who formulated the special theory of relativity and the general theory of relativity; Einstein also proposed that light consists of discrete quantized bundles of energy (later called photons) (1879-1955)
albert schweitzer
French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965)
albert speer
German Nazi architect who worked for Hitler (1905-1981)
albert szent-gyorgyi
United States biochemist (born in Hungary) who was the first to isolate vitamin C (1893-1986)
prince consort of Queen Victoria of England (1819-1861)
Italian architect and painter; pioneering theoretician of Renaissance architecture (1404-1472)
alberto giacometti
Swiss sculptor and painter known for his bronze sculptures of elongated figures (1901-1966)
becoming or shading into white
a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
of or relating to Albigenses or Albigensianism
a Christian movement considered to be a medieval descendant of Manichaeism in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; characterized by dualism (asserted the coexistence of two mutually opposed principles, one good and one evil); was exterminated for heresy during the Inquisition
of or pertaining to or affected by albinism
the congenital absence of pigmentation in the eyes and skin and hair
a person with congenital albinism: white hair and milky skin; eyes are usually pink
albino luciano
the first Pope to assume a double name; he reigned for only 34 days (1912-1978)
archaic name for England or Great Britain; used poetically
a widely distributed feldspar that forms rocks
of or related to albite feldspar
albizia julibrissin
attractive domed or flat-topped Asiatic tree having bipinnate leaves and flowers with long silky stamens
albizia lebbeck
large spreading Old World tree having large leaves and globose clusters of greenish-yellow flowers and long seed pods that clatter in the wind
albizia saman
large ornamental tropical American tree with bipinnate leaves and globose clusters of flowers with crimson stamens and seed pods that are eaten by cattle
albrecht durer
a leading German painter and engraver of the Renaissance (1471-1528)
albrecht eusebius wenzel von wallenstein
Austrian general who fought for the Hapsburgs during the Thirty Years' War (1583-1634)
albright's disease
fibrous dysplasia of bone affecting multiple bones
relating to or containing or resembling albumin
the presence of excessive protein (chiefly albumin but also globulin) in the urine; usually a symptom of kidney disorder
of or related to the state of albuminuria
a bronchodilator (trade names Ventolin or Proventil) used for asthma and emphysema and other lung conditions; available in oral or inhalant forms; side effects are tachycardia and shakiness
Greek lyric poet of Lesbos; reputed inventor of Alcaic verse (611-580 BC)
hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists
verse in the meter used in Greek and Latin poetry consisting of strophes of 4 tetrametric lines; reputedly invented by Alcaeus
a mayor or chief magistrate of a Spanish town
tending to become alkaline; slightly alkaline
an acid formed as an intermediate product of the metabolism of tyrosine and phenylalanine
a rare recessive metabolic anomaly marked by ochronosis and the presence of alkapton in the urine
any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
related to or concerned with alchemy
alter (elements) by alchemy
one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone
of or relating to alchemists
ancient Athenian statesman and general in the Peloponnesian War (circa 450-404 BC)
(classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality
alcohol abuse
excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic drinks
alcohol addiction
habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms
alcohol amnestic disorder
dementia observed during the last stages of severe chronic alcoholism; involves loss of memory for recent events although long term memory is intact
alcohol group
the chemical group -OH
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
addicted to alcohol
soluble in alcohol
alcoholics anonymous
an international organization that provides a support group for persons trying to overcome alcoholism
United States novelist noted for children's books (1832-1888)
(Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
a synthetic corticosteroid (trade name Aldactone) used to treat hypertension
aldehyde group
the chemical group -CHO
of or related to or containing aldehydes
alder blight
a disease of alders caused by the woolly alder aphid (a plant louse)
alder buckthorn
small tree common in Europe
alderleaf juneberry
shrub or small tree of northwestern North America having fragrant creamy white flowers and small waxy purple-red fruits
a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council)
of or relating to or like an alderman
aldol reaction
a reaction of aldehydes resulting in an aldol
antihypertensive drug (trade name Aldomet) used in the treatment of high blood pressure
a corticosteroid hormone that is secreted by the cortex of the adrenal gland; regulates salt (sodium and potassium) and water balance
a condition caused by overproduction of aldosterone
aldous huxley
English writer; grandson of Thomas Huxley who is remembered mainly for his depiction of a scientifically controlled utopia (1894-1963)
ale drinker
someone whose favorite drink is beer or ale
dependent on chance
aleatory contract
a contract whose performance by one party depends on the occurrence of an uncertain contingent event (but if it is contingent on the outcome of a wager it is not enforceable)
alec guinness
English stage and screen actor noted for versatility (1914-2000)
one of the three Furies
on or toward the lee
a tavern where ale is sold
aleksandr aleksandrovich blok
Russian poet (1880-1921)
aleksandr borodin
Russian composer (1833-1887)
aleksandr feodorovich kerensky
Russian revolutionary who was head of state after Nicholas II abdicated but was overthrown by the Bolsheviks (1881-1970)
aleksandr i. solzhenitsyn
Soviet writer and political dissident whose novels exposed the brutality of Soviet labor camps (born in 1918)
aleksandr mikjailovich prokhorov
Russian physicist whose research into ways of moving electrons around atoms led to the development of masers and lasers for producing high-intensity radiation (1916-2002)
aleksandr nikolayevich scriabin
Russian composer of orchestral and piano music (1872-1915)
aleksandr pavlovich
the czar of Russia whose plans to liberalize the government of Russia were unrealized because of the wars with Napoleon (1777-1825)
aleksandr sergeyevich pushkin
Russian poet (1799-1837)
aleksey maksimovich peshkov
Russian writer of plays and novels and short stories; noted for his depiction of social outcasts
an obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube
a tablet (trade name Fosamax) prescribed to prevent or treat osteoporosis in women after menopause
the smallest infinite integer
aleppo boil
leishmaniasis of the skin; characterized by ulcerative skin lesions
aleppo grass
tall perennial grass that spreads by creeping rhizomes and is grown for fodder; naturalized in southern United States where it is a serious pest on cultivated land
in mentally perceptive and responsive way
alessandro di mariano dei filipepi
Italian painter of mythological and religious paintings (1444-1510)
alessandro farnese
Italian pope from 1534 to 1549 who excommunicated Henry VIII of England in 1538 and initiated the Council of Trent in 1545; was active in the Counter Reformation and promoted the Society of Jesus for this purpose (1468-1549)
alessandro manzoni
Italian novelist and poet (1785-1873)
alethic logic
the modal logic of necessity and possibility and contingency
aletta jacobs
Dutch physician who opened the first birth control clinic in the world in Amsterdam (1854-1929)
aleuria aurantia
a discomycete with bright orange cup-shaped or saucer-shaped fruiting bodies and pale orange exteriors
granular protein in outermost layer of endosperm of many seeds or cereal grains
of or related to aleurone
alex haley
United States writer and Afro-American who wrote a fictionalized account of tracing his family roots back to Africa (1921-1992)
alexander bell
United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)
alexander calder
United States sculptor who first created mobiles and stabiles (1898-1976)
alexander fleming
Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin (1881-1955)
alexander hamilton
United States statesman and leader of the Federalists; as the first Secretary of the Treasury he establish a federal bank; was mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr (1755-1804)
alexander ii
the son of Nicholas I who, as czar of Russia, introduced reforms that included limited emancipation of the serfs (1818-1881)
alexander iii
son of Alexander II who was czar of Russia (1845-1894)
alexander melville bell
a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905)
alexander pope
English poet and satirist (1688-1744)
alexander selcraig
Scottish sailor who was put ashore on a deserted island off the coast of Chile for five years (providing the basis for Daniel Defoe's novel about Robinson Crusoe) (1676-1721)
alexander the great
king of Macedon; conqueror of Greece and Egypt and Persia; founder of Alexandria (356-323 BC)
alexander vi
Pope and father of Cesare Borgia and Lucrezia Borgia (1431-1503)
alexander wilson
Scottish ornithologist in the United States (1766-1813)
alexander woollcott
United States drama critic and journalist (1887-1943)
alexandre dumas
French writer remembered for his swashbuckling historical tales (1802-1870)
alexandre emile jean yersin
French bacteriologist born in Switzerland; was a student of Pasteur; discovered the plague bacillus (1863-1943)
alexandre gustave eiffel
French engineer who constructed the Eiffel Tower (1832-1923)
alexandria senna
erect shrub having racemes of tawny yellow flowers; the dried leaves are used medicinally as a cathartic; sometimes placed in genus Cassia
(prosody) a line of verse that has six iambic feet
a green variety of chrysoberyl used as a gemstone
inability to perceive written words
alexis carrel
French surgeon and biologist who developed a way to suture and graft blood vessels (1873-1944)
alexis charles henri maurice de tocqueville
French political writer noted for his analysis of American institutions (1805-1859)
alfalfa sprout
sprouted alfalfa seeds
European weed naturalized in southwestern United States and Mexico having reddish decumbent stems with small fernlike leaves and small deep reddish-lavender flowers followed by slender fruits that stick straight up; often grown for forage
alfonso borgia
Italian pope whose nepotism put the Borgia family in power in Italy (1378-1458)
alfred alistair cooke
United States journalist (born in England in 1908)
alfred bernhard nobel
Swedish chemist remembered for his invention of dynamite and for the bequest that created the Nobel prizes (1833-1896)
alfred binet
French psychologist remembered for his studies of the intellectual development of children (1857-1911)
alfred charles kinsey
United States zoologist best known for his interview studies of sexual behavior (1894-1956)
alfred charles william harmsworth
British newspaper publisher (1865-1922)
alfred damon runyon
United States writer of humorous stylized stories about Broadway and the New York underground (1884-1946)
alfred de musset
French poet and writer (1810-1857)
alfred dreyfus
French army officer of Jewish descent whose false imprisonment for treason in 1894 raised issues of anti-Semitism that dominated French politics until his release in 1906 (1859-1935)
alfred eisenstaedt
United States photographer (born in Germany) whose unposed documentary photographs created photojournalism (born in 1898)
alfred habdank skarbek korzybski
United States semanticist (born in Poland) (1879-1950)
alfred hawthorne
risque English comedian (1925-1992)
alfred hitchcock
English film director noted for his skill in creating suspense (1899-1980)
alfred kastler
French physicist (1902-1984)
alfred kroeber
United States anthropologist noted for his studies of culture (1876-1960)
alfred krupp
German arms manufacturer and son of Friedrich Krupp; his firm provided ordnance for German armies from the 1840s through World War II (1812-1887)
alfred lord tennyson
Englishman and Victorian poet (1809-1892)
alfred lothar wegener
German geophysicist who proposed the theory of continental drift (1880-1930)
alfred lunt
United States actor who performed with his wife Lynn Fontanne in many stage productions (1893-1977)
alfred north whitehead
English philosopher and mathematician who collaborated with Bertrand Russell (1861-1947)
alfred noyes
English poet (1880-1958)
alfred russel wallace
English naturalist who formulated a concept of evolution that resembled Charles Darwin's (1823-1913)
alfred stieglitz
United States photographer (1864-1946)
alfred thayer mahan
United States naval officer and historian (1840-1914)
king of Wessex; defeated the Vikings and encouraged writing in English (849-899)
of or relating to alga
algebraic number
root of an algebraic equation with rational coefficients
of or relating to algebra
in an algebraic manner
a mathematician whose specialty is algebra
United States author of inspirational adventure stories for boys; virtue and hard work overcome poverty (1832-1899)
algerian dinar
the basic unit of money in Algeria
algernon charles swinburne
English poet (1837-1909)
prostration characterized by cold and clammy skin and low blood pressure
a gum used especially as a thickener or emulsifier
of or resembling algae
sexual pleasure derived from inflicting or experiencing pain
of or relating to algolagnia
the branch of botany that studies algae
device for measuring pain caused by pressure
of or related to algometry
measuring sensitivity to pain or pressure
a morbid fear of pain
suffering from algophobia; abnormally afraid of pain
algorithm error
error resulting from the choice of the wrong algorithm or method for achieving the intended result
of or relating to or having the characteristics of an algorithm
United States writer (1909-1981)
an Egyptian polymath (born in Iraq) whose research in geometry and optics was influential into the 17th century; established experiments as the norm of proof in physics (died in 1040)
ali baba
the fictional woodcutter who discovered that `open sesame' opened a cave in the Arabian Nights' Entertainment
alice b. toklas
United States writer remembered as the secretary and companion of Gertrude Stein (1877-1967)
alice hamilton
United States toxicologist known for her work on industrial poisons (1869-1970)
alice malsenior walker
United States writer (born in 1944)
alice paul
United States feminist (1885-1977)
alice-josephine pons
United States coloratura soprano (born in France) (1904-1976)
alicia alonso
Cuban dancer and choreographer (born in 1921)
alicyclic compound
an aliphatic compound that contains a ring of atoms
alien absconder
a fugitive remaining in the United States after an immigration judge has ordered them deported
transferable to another owner
the quality of being alien
causing hostility or loss of friendliness
alienation of affection
a tort based on willful and malicious interference with the marriage relation by a third party without justification or excuse
an unpleasant person who causes friendly people to become indifferent or unfriendly or hostile
someone to whom the title of property is transferred
a psychiatrist and specialist in the legal aspects of mental illness
someone from whom the title of property is transferred
causing to fall into line or into position
of or providing nourishment
related to the supply of aliment
court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
having carbon atoms linked in open chains
an integer that is not an exact divisor of some quantity
aliquot part
an integer that is an exact divisor of some quantity
a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the government dominated by Tutsi and to institute Hutu control again
a person who can read but is disinclined to derive information from literary sources
alizarin carmine
any of various acid dyes; used for dyeing wool scarlet red
alizarin yellow
any of various yellow dyes; not related chemically to alizarin but applied in the same manner
alizarine red
a bright orange-red color produced in cotton cloth with alizarine dye
a commercial antacid that contains aspirin; tablets dissolve in water to give an effervescent solution
of or pertaining to the alkahest that alchemists assumed to exist
a blood disorder characterized by a lower concentration of hydrogen ions in the blood (which rises above 7.45 on the pH scale)
alkali metal
any of the monovalent metals of group I of the periodic table (lithium or sodium or potassium or rubidium or cesium or francium)
alkali poisoning
poisoning resulting from the ingestion of an alkali compound (as lye or ammonia)
relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7
turn basic and less acidic
volumetric analysis using standard solutions of alkali to measure the amount of acid present
alkaline earth
any of the bivalent metals of group II of the periodic table (calcium or strontium or barium or magnesium or beryllium)
thriving in a relatively alkaline environment; (especially of plants requiring a pH above 7)
pH values above 7
a condition in which the urine (which is normally slightly acidic) is alkaline
pertaining to or consisting of alkaloids
marked by alkalosis (or a tendency toward alkalosis)
perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue flowers
antineoplastic drug (trade name Alkeran) used to treat multiple myeloma and some other malignancies
a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
a durable synthetic resin widely used in adhesives and paints
sulfonate of alkyl benzene
of or related to an alkyl
all along
all the time or over a period of time
all arounder
a versatile person who is expert at many things
all day long
during the entire day
all get out
an unimaginably large amount
all important
of the greatest importance
all in all
with everything considered (and neglecting details)
all in
very tired
all the same
despite anything to the contrary (usually preceding a concession)
all the time
without respite
all told
with everything included or counted
all too
to a high degree
all-day sucker
hard candy on a stick
(of animals) both plant-eating and flesh-eating
infinitely wise
used of a radio receiver that is adaptable to all voltages
consisting completely of metal
lasting, open, or operating through the whole night
all-or-none law
(neurophysiology) a nerve impulse resulting from a weak stimulus is just as strong as a nerve impulse resulting from a strong stimulus
occurring completely or not occurring at all
using all available resources
having unlimited power
not limited in use or function
all-terrain bike
a bicycle with a sturdy frame and fat tires; originally designed for riding in mountainous country
unsurpassed in some respect up to the present
never having lost
usable or operative or practiced in all kinds of weather
alla breve
a musical time signature indicating two or four half notes to a measure
alla nazimova
United States actress (born in Russia) (1879-1945)
Muslim name for the one and only God
allamanda cathartica
vigorous evergreen climbing plant of South America having glossy leathery foliage and golden yellow flowers
relating to or characterized by an allantois
shaped like a sausage
the vascular fetal membrane that lies below the chorion and develops from the hindgut in many embryonic higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds and mammals)
(music) gradually decreasing in tempo and broadening in manner
a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
according to what has been alleged
alleghany plum
wild plum of northeastern United States having dark purple fruits with yellow flesh
allegheny mountain spurge
low semi-evergreen perennial herb having small spikes of white or pinkish flowers; native to southern United States but grown elsewhere
steadfast in devotion (especially to your lawful monarch or government)
used in or characteristic of or containing allegory
in an allegorical manner
someone who communicates in allegories
allegro con spirito
lively with spirit
of or relating to alleles
egg-thickened veloute
allen ginsberg
United States poet of the beat generation (1926-1997)
allen screw
a screw with a hexagonal hole in the head
allen stewart konigsberg
United States filmmaker and comic actor (1935-)
allen tate
United States poet and critic (1899-1979)
allen wrench
a wrench for Allen screws
relating to or having the effect of an allergen
a physician skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies
the branch of medical science that studies the causes and treatment of allergies
allergy diet
a diet designed to avoid the foods that you are allergic to
remedy that alleviates pain without curing
(of pain or sorrow) made easier to bear
moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
alley cat
a homeless cat
a narrow street with walls on both sides
European plant naturalized in North America; often collected from the wild as a potherb
allhallows eve
the evening before All Saints' Day; often devoted to pranks played by young people
the season of All Saints' Day
European shad
alligator mississipiensis
large alligator of the southeastern United States
alligator sinensis
small alligator of the Yangtze valley of China having unwebbed digits
alligator wrench
a wrench with a v-shaped jaw and serrations on one side (resembles the open jaws of an alligator)
of paint or varnish; having the appearance of alligator hide
use alliteration as a form of poetry
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
having the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable
in an alliterative manner
a speaker or writer who makes use of alliteration
allium ampeloprasum
coarse Old World perennial having a large bulb and tall stalk of greenish purple-tinged flowers; widely naturalized
allium ascalonicum
type of onion plant producing small clustered mild-flavored bulbs used as seasoning
allium canadense
North American bulbous plant
allium carinatum
Eurasian bulbous plant
allium cepa viviparum
type of perennial onion grown chiefly as a curiosity or for early salad onions; having bulbils that replace the flowers
allium cernuum
widely distributed North American wild onion with white to rose flowers
allium fistulosum
Asiatic onion with slender bulbs; used as early green onions
allium haematochiton
onion with white to deep red tunic; California
allium neopolitanum
European onion with white flowers
allium paradoxum
leek producing bulbils instead of flowers; Russia and Iran
allium porrum
plant having a large slender white bulb and flat overlapping dark green leaves; used in cooking; believed derived from the wild Allium ampeloprasum
allium sativum
bulbous herb of southern Europe widely naturalized; bulb breaks up into separate strong-flavored cloves
allium schoenoprasum
perennial having hollow cylindrical leaves used for seasoning
allium scorodoprasum
European leek cultivated and used like leeks
allium sphaerocephalum
Old World leek with a spherical bulb
allium tricoccum
North American perennial having a slender bulb and whitish flowers
allium triquetrum
European leek naturalized in Great Britain; leaves are triangular
allium tuberosum
a plant of eastern Asia; larger than Allium schoenoprasum
allium ursinum
pungent Old World weedy plant
allium vineale
pungent Old World wild onion
an antibody that occurs naturally against foreign tissues from a person of the same species
capable of being distributed
allocation unit
a group of sectors on a magnetic disk that can be reserved for the use of a particular file
a person with authority to allot or deal out or apportion
(of taxa) occurring in different geologic times
of rocks, deposits, etc.; found in a place other than where they and their constituents were formed
(rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
relating to cross-fertilization in plants
cross-fertilization in plants
denoting or relating to cells or tissues from individuals belonging to the same species but genetically dissimilar (and hence immunologically incompatible)
tissue or organ transplanted from a donor of the same species but different genetic makeup; recipient's immune system must be suppressed to prevent rejection of the graft
of or relating to an allograph
(chemistry) variability in chemical composition without variation in crystalline form
pertaining to allomerism
relating to or marked by allometry
the study of the relative growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole
pertaining to allomorphs
of or relating to the practice of allopathy
the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself
(of biological species or speciation) occurring in areas isolated geographically from one another
the occurrence of related organisms in separate geographical areas with no overlap
(linguistics) any of various acoustically different forms of the same phoneme
pertaining to allophones
a drug (trade name Zyloprim) used to treat gout and other conditions in which there is an excessive buildup of uric acid
a structurally different form of an element
of or related to or exhibiting allotropism
the phenomenon of an element existing in two or more physical forms
given as a task
covering the entire surface
allow for
make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
in a permissible manner
allowance account
a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
make a more or less disguised reference to
highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
passing reference or indirect mention
characterized by indirect references
a quality characterized by indirect reference
of or relating to alluvium
alluvial cone
a fan-shaped deposit where a fast flowing stream flattens out
alluvial flat
a flat resulting from repeated deposits of alluvial material by running water
ally with
unite formally; of interest groups or countries
allyl resin
a resin derived from allyl alcohol that hardens when cured; used as an adhesive
the univalent unsaturated organic radical C3H5; derived from propylene
of or pertaining to the allyl radical
alma mater
your alma mater is a school you graduated from
a deep red garnet consisting of iron aluminum silicate
almond cookie
very rich cookie containing ground almonds; usually crescent-shaped
almond extract
flavoring made from almonds macerated in alcohol
almond oil
pale yellow fatty oil expressed from sweet or bitter almonds
having almond-shaped eyes
smelling of almond
shaped like an almond
an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients
a member of a Muslim dynasty of Berber warriors that flourished from 1049 to 1145 and that established political dominance over northwestern Africa and Spain
(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
money or goods contributed to the poor
alms box
box for collecting alms, especially one in a church
alms dish
a tray for collecting the offering from a congregation
a person who gives alms
making voluntary contributions to aid the poor
trade name for an alloy used to make high-energy permanent magnets; contains aluminum and iron and nickel plus cobalt or copper or titanium
alocasia macrorrhiza
large evergreen with extremely large erect or spreading leaves; cultivated widely in tropics for its edible rhizome and shoots; used in wet warm regions as a stately ornamental
aloe ferox
much-branched South African plant with reddish prickly succulent leaves
aloe vera
very short-stemmed plant with thick leaves with soothing mucilaginous juice; leaves develop spiny margins with maturity; native to Mediterranean region; grown widely in tropics and as houseplants
a purgative made from the leaves of aloe
an acknowledgment that can be used to say hello or goodbye (aloha is Hawaiian and ciao is Italian)
alois senefelder
German printer who invented lithography (1771-1834)
side by side
alopecia areata
patchy baldness
pertaining to loss of hair or wool or feathers
alosa chrysocloris
shad that spawns in streams of the Mississippi drainage; very similar to Alosa sapidissima
alosa sapidissima
shad of Atlantic coast of North America; naturalized to Pacific coast
any high mountain
a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers
growing at high altitudes
alpha brass
an alloy of brass and zinc; used mainly for cold working
alpha bronze
an alloy of copper and tin that can be worked
alpha decay
radioactive decay of an atomic nucleus that is accompanied by the emission of an alpha particle
alpha globulin
a globulin in blood plasma or serum that is alkaline and has great electrophoretic mobility
alpha particle
a positively charged particle that is the nucleus of the helium atom; emitted from natural or radioactive isotopes
alpha privative
the negative prefix a- or un-
alpha radiation
the radiation of alpha particles during radioactive decay
alpha rhythm
the normal brainwave in the electroencephalogram of a person who is awake but relaxed; occurs with a frequency of 8-12 hertz
alpha software
a first release of a software product that is usually tested only by the developers
alpha test
(computer science) a first test of an experimental product (such as computer software) carried out by the developer
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)
alpha-linolenic acid
a polyunsaturated fatty acid with 18 carbon atoms; the only omega-3 fatty acid found in vegetable products; it is most abundant in canola oil; a fatty acid essential for nutrition
a lipoprotein that transports cholesterol in the blood; composed of a high proportion of protein and relatively little cholesterol; high levels are thought to be associated with decreased risk of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis
an isomer of naphthol used in dyes
alpha-naphthol test
biochemical indicator of the presence of carbohydrates in a solution; if carbohydrates are present a violet ring is formed by reaction with alpha-naphthol in the presence of sulfuric acid
a potent form of vitamin E obtained from germ oils or by synthesis
alphabetic script
a writing system based on alphabetic characters
in alphabetical order
the act of putting in alphabetical order
arrange in alphabetical order
having been put in alphabetical order
a literate person who can arrange items in alphabetical order
of or pertaining to alphanumeric characters
alphanumeric characters
a character set that includes letters and digits and punctuation
alphonse bertillon
French criminologist (1853-1914)
alpine anemone
silky-foliaged herb of the Rocky Mountains with bluish-white flowers
alpine ash
tall timber tree with hard heavy pinkish or light brown wood
alpine bearberry
deciduous creeping shrub bright red in autumn having black or blue-black berries; alpine and circumpolar
alpine besseya
small pale plant with dense spikes of pale bluish-violet flowers; of high cold meadows from Wyoming and Utah to New Mexico
alpine celery pine
small shrubby celery pine of New Zealand
alpine clover
European mountain clover with fragrant usually pink flowers
alpine clubmoss
a variety of club moss
alpine enchanter's nightshade
an Alpine variety of enchanter's nightshade
alpine glacier
a glacier that moves down from a high valley
alpine goldenrod
goldenrod similar to narrow goldenrod but having bristly hairs on edges of leaf stalks; mountainous regions of western America
alpine lady fern
a lady fern with deeply cut leaf segments; found in the Rocky Mountains
alpine lift
a surface lift where riders hold a bar and are pulled up the hill on their skis
alpine milk vetch
perennial of mountainous areas of Eurasia and North America
alpine mouse-ear
widespread in the Arctic and on mountains in Europe
alpine scurvy
a disease caused by deficiency of niacin or tryptophan (or by a defect in the metabolic conversion of tryptophan to niacin); characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances and erythema and nervous or mental disorders; may be caused by malnutrition or alcoholism or other nutritional impairments
alpine woodsia
slender fern of northern North America with shining chestnut-colored stipes and bipinnate fronds with usually distinct marginal sori
mountain climbing (not restricted to the Alps)
a mountain climber who specializes in difficult climbs
an antianxiety agent (trade name Xanax) of the benzodiazepine class
prior to a specified or implied time
thickening of tissue in the motor tracts of the lateral columns and anterior horns of the spinal cord; results in progressive muscle atrophy that starts in the limbs
in addition
angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
an ACE inhibitor (trade name Altace) used to treat high blood pressure or in some patients who have had a heart attack
altar boy
a boy serving as an acolyte
altar wine
used in a communion service
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
alter ego
a very close and trusted friend who seems almost a part of yourself
the quality of being alterable
tending to cure or restore to health
in an alternating sequence or position
alternating current
an electric current that reverses direction sinusoidally
successive change from one thing or state to another and back again
alternative birth
a method of childbirth that avoids intrusive high-tech medicine in favor of more natural and homely settings
alternative pleading
a pleading that alleges facts so separate that it is difficult to determine which facts the person intends to rely on
in place of, or as an alternative to
althea gibson
United States tennis player who was the first Black woman player to win all the major world singles titles (1927-2003)
very high
pertaining to altitude
indefinitely high; lofty
alto clef
a clef that puts middle C on the third line of a staff
alto relievo
a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth
alto saxophonist
a musician who plays the alto saxophone
a cumulus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 miles
alton glenn miller
United States bandleader of a popular big band (1909-1944)
a stratus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 miles
(of hatchlings) naked and blind and dependent on parents for food
the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
in an altruistic manner
pertaining to alulae
a compound of alumina and a metallic oxide
containing alum or aluminum
cover with aluminum
aluminium bronze
an alloy of copper and aluminum with high tensile strength and resistance to corrosion
aluminium chloride
a chloride used as a wood preservative or catalyst
aluminium foil
foil made of aluminum
pertaining to or containing aluminum or alum
aluminum business
manufacturers of aluminum considered as a group
a substance made of fused alumina
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
alveolar consonant
a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
alveolar ectasia
abnormal enlargement of the air sacs in the lungs
alveolar point
craniometric point that is the most anterior point in the midline on the alveolar process of the maxilla
alveolar resorption
wasting of the bony socket
alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma
form of rhabdomyosarcoma occurring mainly in adolescents and young adults
pitted with cell-like cavities (as a honeycomb)
of or relating to the intestines
a progressive form of presenile dementia that is similar to senile dementia except that it usually starts in the 40s or 50s; first symptoms are impaired memory which is followed by impaired thought and speech and finally complete helplessness
the farmer god; ancient god of agriculture
joined together into a whole
the combination of two or more commercial companies
characterized by or tending toward amalgamation
a businessman who arranges an amalgamation of two or more commercial companies
amandine aurore lucie dupin
French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)
someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)
amaranthus albus
bushy plant of western United States
amaranthus caudatus
young leaves widely used as leaf vegetables; seeds used as cereal
amaranthus cruentus
tall showy tropical American annual having hairy stems and long spikes of usually red flowers above leaves deeply flushed with purple; seeds often used as cereal
amaranthus hypochondriacus
leaves sometimes used as potherbs; seeds used as cereal; southern United States to Central America; India and China
an Italian almond liqueur
absence of the mammary glands (either through surgery or developmental defect)
central deity of Shinto; goddess personifying the sun and ancestress of the rulers of Japan
lacking professional skill or expertise
in an amateurish manner
something that demonstrates a lack of professional competency
the conviction that people should participate in sports as a hobby (for the fun of it) rather than for money
inclined toward or displaying love
expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance
very large closely branched South African shrub having forked bright green spines and shiny leaves
partial or total loss of sight without pathology of the eye; caused by disease of optic nerve or retina or brain
pertaining to blindness caused by amaurosis
filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock
in an amazing manner; to everyone's surprise
a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
(archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action
roundabout and unnecessarily wordy
of or relating to or characteristic of ambassadors
the post of ambassador
a woman ambassador
of green tinged with amber
eastern North American dogtooth having solitary yellow flowers marked with brown or purple and spotted interiors
waxy substance secreted by the sperm whale and found floating at sea or washed ashore; used in perfume
the property of being equally skillful with each hand
completely enveloping
in an ambiguous manner
having little desire for success or achievement
with ambition; in an ambitious and energetic manner
uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
(psychology) a balanced disposition intermediate between extroversion and introversion
intermediate between introversive and extroversive
someone who walks at a leisurely pace
a white or grey mineral consisting of lithium aluminum phosphate; a source of lithium
visual impairment without apparent organic pathology
pertaining to a kind of visual impairment without apparent organic pathology
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
ambrose bierce
United States writer of caustic wit (1842-1914)
(Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the Church (340?-397)
ambrosia artemisiifolia
annual weed with finely divided foliage and spikes of green flowers; common in North America; introduced elsewhere accidentally
ambrosia psilostachya
coarse perennial ragweed with creeping roots of dry barren lands of southwestern United States and Mexico
ambrosia trifida
a coarse annual with some leaves deeply and palmately three-cleft or five-cleft
pertaining to the ambulacra of radial echinoderms
ambulance chaser
an unethical lawyer who incites accident victims to sue
able to walk about
ambulant plague
a mild form of bubonic plague
walk about; not be bedridden or incapable of walking
walking about
an attacker who waits in a concealed position to launch a surprise attack
ambystoma maculatum
glossy black North American salamander with yellow spots
ambystoma mexicanum
larval salamander of mountain lakes of Mexico that usually lives without metamorphosing
ambystoma talpoideum
brownish-black burrowing salamander of southeastern United States
ambystoma tigrinum
widely distributed brown or black North American salamander with vertical yellowish blotches
pertaining to or resembling amoebae
amebic dysentery
inflammation of the intestines caused by Endamoeba histolytica; usually acquired by ingesting food or water contaminated with feces; characterized by severe diarrhea
like an amoeba (especially in having a variable irregular shape)
amedeo avogadro
Italian physicist noted for his work on gases; proposed what has come to be called Avogadro's law (1776-1856)
amedeo modigliano
Italian painter and sculptor (1884-1920)
ameiurus melas
catfish common in eastern United States
amelanchier bartramiana
open-growing shrub of eastern North America having pure white flowers and small waxy almost black fruits
congenital absence of an arm or leg
amelia earhart
first woman aviator to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic (1928); while attempting to fly around the world she disappeared over the Pacific (1898-1937)
tending to ameliorate
the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
a cell from which tooth enamel develops
the developmental process of forming tooth enamel
amen cadence
a cadence (frequently ending church music) in which the chord of the subdominant precedes the chord of the tonic
a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath; worshipped especially at Thebes
Egyptian sun god; supreme god of the universe in whom Amen and Ra were merged; principal deity during Theban supremacy
the trait of being cooperative
capable of being corrected by additions
effecting amendment
amended return
a tax return that corrects the information in an earlier return
things that make you comfortable and at ease
pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions
related to the suppression of normal menstrual flow for any reason other than pregnancy
a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence
(of plants) bearing or characterized by aments or catkins
extreme mental retardation
of a crime or misdemeanor; punishable by a fine set by a judge
american arrowroot
white-flowered West Indian plant whose root yields arrowroot starch
american aspen
slender aspen native to North America
american baptist convention
an association of Northern Baptists
american barberry
deciduous shrub of eastern North America whose leaves turn scarlet in autumn and having racemes of yellow flowers followed by ellipsoid glossy red berries
american basswood
large American shade tree with large dark green leaves and rounded crown
american bog asphodel
of the eastern United States: New Jersey to South Carolina
american bugbane
bugbane of the eastern United States having erect racemes of white flowers
american centaury
any of several pink-flowered marsh plant of the eastern United States resembling a true centaury
american civil war
civil war in the United States between the North and the South; 1861-1865
american cranberry
trailing red-fruited plant
american crow
common crow of North America
american dog violet
violet of eastern North America having pale violet to white flowers
american dogwood
common North American shrub with reddish purple twigs and white flowers
american dream
the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
american elder
common elder of central and eastern North America bearing purple-black berries; fruit used in wines and jellies
american featherfoil
a featherfoil of the eastern United States with submerged spongy inflated flower stalks and white flowers
american federalist party
a major political party in the United States in the early 19th century; founded by Alexander Hamilton; favored a strong centralized government
american flag
the national flag of the United States of America
american foxhound
an American breed of foxhounds used for hunting both in packs and individually
american germander
subshrub with serrate leaves and cream-colored to pink or purple flowers in spikelike racemes; North America
american green toad
small green or yellow-green toad with small black bars and stripes
american hazel
nut-bearing shrub of eastern North America
american hellebore
North American plant having large leaves and yellowish green flowers growing in racemes; yields a toxic alkaloid used medicinally
american holly
an evergreen tree
american hop
native American plant sometimes confused with the European hop
american labor party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1936 in New York when labor and liberals bolted the Democratic Party
american larch
medium-sized larch of Canada and northern United States including Alaska having a broad conic crown and rust-brown scaly bark
american laurel
a North American evergreen shrub having glossy leaves and white or rose-colored flowers
american legion
the largest organization of United States war veterans
american leishmaniasis
a form of leishmaniasis endemic in Mexico and Central American and South America; sores are limited to the skin and mucosa
american magpie
a magpie of Rocky Mountains in North America
american marten
valued for its fur
american mink
usually rich dark brown
american mountain ash
a variety of mountain ash
american oil palm
palm of Central and South America
american organ
a free-reed instrument in which air is drawn in through reeds by suction bellows
american party
a former political party in the United States; active in the 1850s to keep power out of the hands of immigrants and Roman Catholics
american pasqueflower
short hairy perennial with early spring blue-violet or lilac flowers; North America and Siberia
american pit bull terrier
American breed of muscular terriers with a short close-lying stiff coat
american plaice
large American food fish
american raspberry
red raspberry of North America
american red elder
common North American shrub or small tree
american red plum
wild plum trees of eastern and central North America having red-orange fruit with yellow flesh
american red squirrel
of northern United States and Canada
american redstart
flycatching warbler of eastern North America the male having bright orange on sides and wings and tail
american revised version
a revised version of the King James Version
american revolution
the revolution of the American Colonies against Great Britain; 1775-1783
american saddle horse
a high-stepping horse originating in Kentucky
american sign language
the sign language used in the United States
american smokewood
shrubby tree of southern United States having large plumes of feathery flowers resembling puffs of smoke
american standard code for information interchange
(computer science) a code for information exchange between computers made by different companies; a string of 7 binary digits represents each character; used in most microcomputers
american star grass
perennial star grass of North America
american stock exchange
a stock exchange in New York
american toad
common toad of America
american turkey oak
small slow-growing deciduous shrubby tree of dry sandy barrens of southeastern United States having leaves with bristle-tipped lobes resembling turkey's toes
american wall fern
chiefly lithophytic or epiphytic fern of North America and east Asia
american water spaniel
breed of medium-sized spaniels originating in America having chocolate or liver-colored curly coat
american white oak
large slow-growing deciduous tree of the eastern United States having stout spreading branches and leaves with usually 7 rounded lobes; yields strong and durable hard wood
american white pine
tall-growing pine of eastern North America; bark is brown with longitudinal fissures when mature; valued as a timber tree
american widgeon
a widgeon the male of which has a white crown
american wistaria
an eastern United States native resembling the cultivated Japanese wisteria having pale purple-lilac flowers
american wormseed
rank-smelling tropical American pigweed
any artifact (such as books or furniture or art) that is distinctive of America
assimilation into American culture
a radioactive transuranic metallic element; discovered by bombarding uranium with helium atoms
americus vespucius
Florentine navigator who explored the coast of South America; America was named in his honor (1454-1512)
of or pertaining to Native Americans or their culture or languages
undergoing slight or no metamorphosis
toxic antimetabolite that limits cellular reproduction by acting as an antagonist to folic acid; used to treat certain cancers and psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis
containing or resembling amethyst
amethystine python
a python having the color of amethyst
congenital absence of the uterus
of or relating to an abnormal condition of the eye in which visual images are not in focus on the retina
a member of the Semitic speaking people of northern Ethiopia
characterized by friendship and good will
in an amicable manner
amicus curiae brief
a brief presented by someone interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but who is not a party to it
amicus curiae
an adviser to the court on some matter of law who is not a party to the case; usually someone who wants to influence the outcome of a lawsuit involving matters of wide public interest
a white crystalline substance used as an analgesic and antipyretic
at or near or toward the center of a ship
a friend or comrade
pertaining to or containing any of a group of organic compounds of nitrogen derived from ammonia
amino plastic
a plastic (synthetic resin) made from amino compounds; used as an adhesive and as a coating for paper and textiles
abnormal presence of amino acids in the urine; usually a symptom of metabolic defects
oily poisonous liquid amine obtained from nitrobenzene and used to make dyes and plastics and medicines
aminobenzoic acid
a derivative of benzoic acid
a methyl with the hydrogen atom replaced by an amino radical
a theophylline derivative that is used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of bronchial asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis
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
amish sect
an orthodox Anabaptist sect separated from the Mennonites in late 17th century; settled chiefly in southeastern Pennsylvania
the direct method of cell division characterized by simple division of the nucleus without formation of chromosomes
pertaining to a simple method of cell division
a tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Elavil) with serious side effects; interacts with many other medications
amlodipine besylate
a vasodilator (trade name Norvasc) taken in tablet form; prescribed for hypertension and angina pectoris
a complex inorganic compound that contains ammonia molecules
pertaining to or characteristic of an ammine (an inorganic coordination compound of ammonia and a metallic salt)
ammobium alatum
Australian plant widely cultivated for its beautiful silvery-white blooms with bright yellow centers on long winged stems
ammonia alum
a white crystalline double sulfate of aluminum: the ammonium double sulfate of aluminum
ammonia clock
an atomic clock based on vibrational frequency of the nitrogen atom in the ammonia molecule
ammonia water
a water solution of ammonia
pertaining to or containing or similar to ammonia
treat with ammonia
combined or treated with ammonia
impregnation with ammonia or a compound of ammonia
treat with ammonia; cause to undergo ammonification
one of the coiled chambered fossil shells of extinct mollusks
of or related to an order of fossil cephalopods
ammonium carbamate
a salt of carbamic acid that is used as a nitrogen fertilizer
ammonium carbonate
a carbonate of ammonium; used in the manufacture of smelling salts and baking powder and ammonium compounds
ammonium chloride
a white salt used in dry cells
the ion NH4 derived from ammonia; behaves in many respects like an alkali metal ion
excessive ammonia in the urine
ammunition chest
a chest to hold ammunition
amnesic aphasia
inability to name objects or to recognize written or spoken names of objects
of or relating to or caused by amnesia
of or related to the amnion or characterized by developing an amnion
(pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
amniotic cavity
the fluid-filled cavity that surrounds the developing embryo
amobarbital sodium
the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic
pale medium-dry sherry from Spain
(Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros
one of a group of rabbis (active AD 250-500) who discussed the Mishnaic law in the law schools of Palestine and Mesopotamia where they explained and applied earlier teachings and whose discussions are recorded in the Talmud; they emphasized the study of Torah and the importance of personal action and the fulfillment of the commandments
the doctrine that moral distinctions are invalid
someone who adheres to the doctrine that ordinary moral distinctions are invalid
the quality of being amoral
without regard for morality
one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love
of or pertaining to romantic love
in an amorous manner
amorpha californica
an erect to spreading hairy shrub of the Pacific coast of the United States having racemes of red to indigo flowers
amorpha canescens
shrub of sandy woodlands and stream banks of western United States having hoary pinnate flowers and dull-colored racemose flowers; thought to indicate the presence of lead ore
amorpha fruticosa
dense shrub of moist riverbanks and flood plains of the eastern United States having attractive fragrant foliage and dense racemes of dark purple flowers
utterly cast down
liquidate gradually
amour propre
feelings of excessive pride
an antibiotic; a semisynthetic oral penicillin (trade names Amoxil and Larotid and Polymox and Trimox and Augmentin) used to treat bacterial infections
any of the forms of Chinese spoken in Fukien province
the strength of an electrical current measured in amperes
a unit of charge equal to 3600 coulombs
a unit of magnetomotive force equal to the magnetomotive force produced by the passage of 1 ampere through 1 complete turn of a coil; equal to 1.257 gilberts
a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)
amphetamine sulfate
a sulfate derivative of amphetamine that is used as a stimulant for the central nervous system
having an aquatic early or larval form and a terrestrial adult form
amphibious aircraft
an airplane designed to take off and land on water
amphibious demonstration
an amphibious operation conducted for the purpose of deceiving the enemy and leading him into a course of action unfavorable to him
amphibious landing
a military action of coordinated land, sea, and air forces organized for an invasion
amphibole group
a group of minerals with similar crystal structures containing a silicate chain and combinations of chiefly sodium and calcium and magnesium and iron and aluminum
a metamorphic rock composed chiefly of amphibole and plagioclase
an ambiguous grammatical construction; e.g., `they are flying planes' can mean either that someone is flying planes or that something is flying planes
a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
an association of neighboring states or tribes in ancient Greece; established originally to defend a common religious center
(genetics) an organism or cell having a diploid set of chromosomes from each parent
the condition of being amphidiploid
nonsensical writing (usually verse)
marked by columniation having free columns in porticoes either at both ends or at both sides of a structure
having characteristics of both an acid and a base and capable of reacting as either
type genus of the Amphisbaenidae
of or related to an amphitheater
(of a plant ovule) partly inverted; turned back 90 degrees on its stalk
amphitropous ovule
a partly inverted ovule turned back 90 degrees on its stalk
an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck; used to hold oil or wine
the sound heard in auscultation resembling the hollow sound made by blowing across the mouth of a bottle
an antibiotic and antifungal agent
semisynthetic penicillin (trade names Principen and Polycillin and SK-Ampicillin)
amplexicaul leaf
a leaf with its base clasping the stem
amplitude distortion
distortion that occurs when the output signal does not have a linear relation to the input signal
amplitude level
the level on a scale of amplitude
amplitude modulation
modulation of the amplitude of the (radio) carrier wave
a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)
of or related to an ampulla
a surgeon who removes part or all of a limb
someone who has had a limb removed by amputation
a drug (trade name Inocor) used intravenously in heart failure; increases strength of contraction of myocardium
amsler grid
a pattern of small boxes that is used for self-monitoring by patients who have age-related macular degeneration
Norwegian explorer who was the first to traverse the Northwest Passage and in 1911 the first to reach the South Pole (1872-1928)
amur privet
eastern Asian shrub cultivated especially for its persistent foliage
a doctor's degree in musical arts
pleasantly occupied
amusement arcade
an arcade featuring coin-operated game machines
in an entertaining and amusing manner
providing enjoyment; pleasantly entertaining
amy lowell
United States poet (1874-1925)
amy lyon
English beauty who was the mistress of Admiral Nelson (1765-1815)
related to or resembling an almond
psychosurgery in which amygdaloid fibers that mediate limbic system activity are severed (in cases of extreme uncontrollable violence)
amygdalus communis amara
almond trees having white blossoms and poisonous nuts yielding an oil used for flavoring and for medicinal purposes
a hydrocarbon radical that occurs in many organic compounds
amyl alcohol
a mixture of 2 or more isomeric alcohols; used as a solvent and in organic synthesis
amyl nitrate
a vasodilator that is sometimes used to treat angina pectoris
resembling starch
amyloid plaque
a plaque consisting of tangles of amyloid protein in nervous tissue (a pathological mark of Alzheimer's disease)
a disorder characterized by deposit of amyloid in organs or tissues; often secondary to chronic rheumatoid arthritis or tuberculosis or multiple myeloma
conversion of starch to sugar
of or related to the process of amylolysis
lack of normal muscular tension or tonus
progressive wasting of muscle tissues
a condition in which no mucus in produced
an associate degree in nursing
a Protestant movement in the 16th century that believed in the primacy of the Bible, baptised only believers, not infants, and believed in complete separation of church and state
anabaptist denomination
a Protestant sect denying infant baptism and baptising only believers
of an air current or wind; rising especially up a slope
suspended animation in organisms during periods of extreme drought from which they revive when moisture returns
of or related to the state of anabiosis
anabolic steroid
any of a group of synthetic steroid hormones used to stimulate muscle and bone growth; more than 100 have been developed and each requires a prescription to be used legally in the United States; sometimes used illicitly by athletes to increase their strength
chronologically misplaced
in an anachronistic manner
of valleys and rivers; progressing in a direction opposite to the dip in surrounding rock strata
(psychoanalysis) relationship marked by strong dependence on others; especially a libidinal attachment to e.g. a parental figure
of or related to relationships that are characterized by the strong dependence of one person on another
anaclitic depression
severe and progressive depression in infants who lose their mother and do not get a suitable substitute
an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
of or related to syntactic inconsistencies of the sort known as anacoluthons
anadama bread
a yeast-raised bread made of white flour and cornmeal and molasses
repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next
migrating from the sea to fresh water to spawn
living or active in the absence of free oxygen
a specialist who administers an anesthetic to a patient before he is treated
anagallis arvensis
herb with scarlet or white or purple blossoms that close at approach of rainy weather
anagallis tenella
small creeping European herb having delicate pink flowers
related to anaglyphs or anaglyphy
the process of producing pictures in contrasting colors that appear three-dimensional when superimposed and viewed through spectacles with one red and one green lens
a cleric in the minor orders of the Eastern Orthodox Church who reads the lessons aloud in the liturgy (analogous to the lector in the Roman Catholic Church)
a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
based on or exemplifying anagoge
related to anagrams or containing or making an anagram
read letters out of order to discover a hidden meaning
a game whose object is to form words from a group of randomly chosen letters
anal intercourse
intercourse via the anus, committed by a man with a man or woman
anal personality
(psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)
anal retentive
a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
an abnormally low level of albumin in the blood serum
a collection of excerpts from a literary work
absence of the sense of pain without loss of consciousness
capable of relieving pain
analog clock
a clock that displays the time of day by the position of hands on a dial
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
expressing, composed of, or based on an analogy
make an analogy
someone who looks for analogies or who reasons by analogy
in an analogous manner
an illiterate person who does not know the alphabet
an inability to read
a person undergoing psychoanalysis
an instrument that performs analyses
analysis of variance
a statistical method for making simultaneous comparisons between two or more means; a statistical method that yields values that can be tested to determine whether a significant relation exists between variables
analysis situs
the branch of pure mathematics that deals only with the properties of a figure X that hold for every figure into which X can be transformed with a one-to-one correspondence that is continuous in both directions
analytic geometry
the use of algebra to study geometric properties; operates on symbols defined in a coordinate system
analytical balance
a beam balance of great precision used in quantitative chemical analysis
analytical cubism
the early phase of cubism
analytical review
an auditing procedure based on ratios among accounts and tries to identify significant changes
by virtue of analysis
the property of being analytic
capable of being partitioned
examined carefully and methodically; broken down for consideration of constituent parts
of or relating to anamnesis; aiding the memory
anamnestic reaction
renewed rapid production of an antibody on the second (or subsequent) encounter with the same antigen
a habitual liar (after a New Testament character who was struck dead for lying)
a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
(of a metric foot) characterized by two short syllables followed by a long one
of or related to the stage of mitosis known as anaphase
a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition; the referent of an anaphor is determined by its antecedent
relating to anaphora
anaphoric pronoun
a pronoun that refers to an antecedent
anaphoric relation
the relation between an anaphor and its antecedent
decline or absence of sexual desire
tending to diminish sexual desire
related to the hypersensitivity known as anaphylaxis
anaphylactic shock
a severe and rapid and sometimes fatal hypersensitivity reaction to a substance (especially a vaccine or penicillin or shellfish or insect venom) to which the organism has become sensitized by previous exposure
loss of structural differentiation within a cell or group of cells often with increased capacity for multiplication, as in a malignant tumor
a disease of cattle that is transmitted by cattle ticks; similar to Texas fever
of or relating to anaplasia
without law or control
in a lawless rebellious manner
a political theory favoring the abolition of governments
of or related to anarchism or tending toward anarchism
partial or total loss of articulate speech resulting from lesions of the central nervous system
anas crecca
common teal of Eurasia and North America
anas discors
American teal
anas querquedula
small Eurasian teal
generalized edema with accumulation of serum in subcutaneous connective tissue
characterized by or affected by dropsy
muscular action of the alimentary tract in a direction opposite to peristalsis
one species: rose of Jericho; resurrection plant
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
a natural or surgical joining of parts or branches of tubular structures so as to make or become continuous
of or relating to or exhibiting anastomosis
anastomotic vein
either of two communicating veins serving the brain
the reversal of the normal order of words
the archeological reassembly of ruined monuments from fallen or decayed fragments (incorporating new materials when necessary)
the formal act of pronouncing (someone or something) accursed
anatole france
French writer of sophisticated novels and short stories (1844-1924)
anatoli karpov
Russian chess master who was world champion from 1975 until 1985 when he was defeated by Gary Kasparov (born in 1951)
anatomical reference
an expression that relates to anatomy
with respect to anatomy
dissect in order to analyze
a bacterial toxin that has been weakened until it is no longer toxic but is strong enough to induce the formation of antibodies and immunity to the specific disease caused by the toxin
(of a plant ovule) completely inverted; turned back 180 degrees on its stalk
anatropous ovule
a completely inverted ovule turned back 180 degrees on its stalk
a presocratic Athenian philosopher who maintained that everything is composed of very small particles that were arranged by some eternal intelligence (500-428 BC)
a presocratic Greek philosopher and student of Thales who believed the universal substance to be infinity rather than something resembling ordinary objects (611-547 BC)
a presocratic Greek philosopher and associate of Anaximander who believed that all things are made of air in different degrees of density (6th century BC)
ancestor worship
worship of ancestors
a woman ancestor
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
one retired from society for religious reasons
characterized by ascetic solitude
a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute
anchovy butter
butter blended with mashed anchovies
anchovy dressing
vinaigrette and mashed anchovies
anchovy paste
paste made primarily of anchovies; used in sauces and spreads
anchovy pizza
tomato and cheese pizza with anchovies
anchovy sauce
made of white sauce and mashed anchovies
anchusa capensis
anchusa of southern Africa having blue flowers with white throats
anchusa riparia
anchusa of southern Africa having blue to red-purple flowers
abnormal adhesion and rigidity of the bones of a joint
ancien regime
a political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution)
ancient pine
small slow-growing pine of western United States similar to the bristlecone pine; chocolate brown bark in plates and short needles in bunches of 5; crown conic but becoming rough and twisted; oldest plant in the world growing to 5000 years in cold semidesert mountain tops
in ancient times; long ago
extreme oldness
people who lived in times long past (especially during the historical period before the fall of the Roman Empire in western Europe)
furnishing added support
and circuit
a circuit in a computer that fires only when all of its inputs fire
and how
an expression of emphatic agreement
and so
subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)
and so forth
continuing in the same way
and then some
and considerably more in addition
in or relating to Andalusia
(of tempo) moderately fast
relating to the Andes and their inhabitants
anders celsius
Swedish astronomer who devised the centigrade thermometer (1701-1744)
a Danish author remembered for his fairy stories (1805-1875)
a dark grey volcanic rock
metal supports for logs in a fireplace
andre derain
French painter and exponent of fauvism (1880-1954)
andre eglevsky
United States ballet dancer (born in Russia) (1917-1977)
andre gide
French author and dramatist who is regarded as the father of modern French literature (1869-1951)
andre le notre
French landscape gardener who designed many formal gardens including the parks of Versailles (1613-1700)
andre maginot
French politician who proposed the Maginot Line (1877-1932)
andre malraux
French novelist (1901-1976)
andre markoff
Russian mathematician (1856-1922)
andre maurois
French writer best known for his biographies (1885-1967)
andre weil
United States mathematician (born in France) (1906-1998)
andrea guarneri
founder of a family of Italian violin makers (1626?-1698)
andrea mantegna
Italian painter and engraver noted for his frescoes (1431-1506)
andrea palladio
highly original and much imitated Italian architect (1508-1580)
andreas vesalius
a Flemish surgeon who is considered the father of modern anatomy (1514-1564)
andrei andreyevich gromyko
Soviet ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations (1909-1989)
andrei arsenevich tarkovsky
Russian filmmaker (1932-1986)
andrei dimitrievich sakharov
Soviet physicist and dissident; helped develop the first Russian hydrogen bomb; advocated nuclear disarmament and campaigned for human rights (1921-1989)
andrei voznesenski
Russian poet (born in 1933)
andres martinez
Venezuelan master terrorist raised by a Marxist-Leninist father; trained and worked with many terrorist groups (born in 1949)
andres segovia
Spanish guitarist who made classical guitar a concert instrument (1893-1987)
andrew carnegie
United States industrialist and philanthropist who endowed education and public libraries and research trusts (1835-1919)
andrew d. white
United States educator who in 1865 (with Ezra Cornell) founded Cornell University and served as its first president (1832-1918)
andrew fielding huxley
English physiologist who, with Alan Hodgkin, discovered the role of potassium and sodium ions in the transmission of the nerve impulse (born in 1917)
andrew jackson downing
United States landscape architect who designed the grounds of the White House and the Capitol Building (1815-1852)
andrew jackson
7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency (1767-1845)
andrew johnson
17th President of the United States; was elected vice president and succeeded Lincoln when Lincoln was assassinated; was impeached but acquitted by one vote (1808-1875)
andrew lloyd webber
English composer of many successful musicals (some in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice) (born in 1948)
andrew marvell
English poet (1621-1678)
andrew mellon
United States financier and philanthropist (1855-1937)
andrew wyeth
United States painter (born in 1917)
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of Peter; patron saint of Scotland
United States naturalist who contributed to paleontology and geology (1884-1960)
andrija mohorovicic
Yugoslav geophysicist for whom the Mohorovicic discontinuity was named (1857-1936)
a male gametoecium
male parthenogenesis in which the embryo contains only paternal chromosomes due to the failure of the egg nucleus to participate in fertilization
of or related to androgenesis
of or related to the male hormone androgen
a woman's voice with male qualities
one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
showing characteristics of both sexes
an automaton that resembles a human being
andromeda galaxy
a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda that is visible to the naked eye
andromeda glaucophylla
wiry evergreen shrub having pendent clusters of white or pink flowers; of wet acidic areas in Arctic and Canada to northeastern United States
andromeda polifolia
erect to procumbent evergreen shrub having pendent clusters of white or pink flowers; of sphagnum peat bogs and other wet acidic areas in northern Europe
a morbid fear of men
andropogon furcatus
tall grass with smooth bluish leaf sheaths grown for hay in the United States
andropogon scoparius
handsome hardy North American grass with foliage turning pale bronze in autumn
andropogon virginicus
tall tufted grass of southeastern United States
an androgenic hormone that is less active than testosterone
andrzej wajda
Polish filmmaker (born in 1929)
(Norse mythology) a dwarf who possessed a treasure that was stolen by Loki
andy warhol
United States artist who was a leader of the Pop Art movement (1930-1987)
used of a single unit or thing; not two or more
short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
characterized by or given to telling anecdotes
not having or producing echoes; sound-absorbent
anechoic chamber
a chamber having very little reverberation
aneides lugubris
yellow-spotted brown salamander of California woodlands
administer an oil or ointment to; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
anemic anoxia
anoxia resulting from a decreased concentration of hemoglobin
anemic hypoxia
hypoxia resulting from a decreased concentration of hemoglobin
pertaining to the recording of wind measurements
recording anemometrical measurements
a gauge for recording the speed and direction of wind
pertaining to the measurement of wind speed and direction
measuring wind speed and direction
anemone canadensis
common summer-flowering woodland herb of Labrador to Colorado
anemone nemorosa
European anemone with solitary white flowers common in deciduous woodlands
anemone occidentalis
of western North America
anemone pulsatilla
European perennial having usually violet or white spring flowers
anemone quinquefolia
common anemone of eastern North America with solitary pink-tinged white flowers
anemone riparia
thimbleweed of northern North America
anemone sylvestris
Eurasian herb with solitary nodding fragrant white flowers
anemone virginiana
thimbleweed of central and eastern North America
of flowering plants (especially grasses etc) that are pollinated by the wind
a defect in brain development resulting in small or missing brain hemispheres
characterized by partial or total absence of a brain
the branch of medical science that studies and applies anesthetics
a mixture of methyl and ethyl chloride; sprayed on as a local anesthetic
of or relating to anestrus
anethum graveolens
aromatic Old World herb having aromatic threadlike foliage and seeds used as seasoning
having a chromosome number that is not an exact multiple of the haploid number
an abnormality involving a chromosome number that is not an exact multiple of the haploid number (one chromosome set is incomplete)
a B vitamin that prevents beriberi; maintains appetite and growth
relating to or affected by an aneurysm
full of twists and turns
a Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria and closely related to Hausa
angel cake
a light sponge cake made without egg yolks
angel dust
a drug used as an anesthetic by veterinarians; illicitly taken (originally in the form of powder or `dust') for its effects as a hallucinogen
angel-wing begonia
South American fibrous-rooted begonias having prominent basal leaf lobes suggesting angels' wings and racemes of coral-red flowers
angelica archangelica
a biennial cultivated herb; its stems are candied and eaten and its roots are used medicinally
angelica sylvestris
European herb with compound leaves and white flowers; adventive on Cape Breton Island
like an angel
angelo correr
the Italian pope from 1406 to 1415 who worked to end the Great Schism and who retired to make it possible (1327-1417)
angelo guiseppe roncalli
Italian pope from 1958 to 1963 who convoked the Second Vatican Council (1881-1963)
the branch of theology that is concerned with angels
angelus bell
the sound of a bell rung in Roman Catholic churches to announce the time when the Angelus should be recited
marked by extreme anger
inflammation of a blood vessel or lymph duct
angina pectoris
a heart condition marked by paroxysms of chest pain due to reduced oxygen to the heart
of or related to the pain of angina pectoris
a series of X rays representing the action of the heart and its blood vessels after the injection of a radiopaque substance
tree bearing fruit enclosed in a shell or involucre or husk
having or being fruit enclosed in a shell or husk
recurrent large circumscribed areas of subcutaneous edema; onset is sudden and it disappears within 24 hours; seen mainly in young women, often as an allergic reaction to food or drugs
the formation of new blood vessels
angiogenesis inhibitor
a drug that is designed to prevent the growth of blood vessels that nourish tumors
a form of hemophilia discovered by Erik von Willebrand; a genetic disorder that is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait; characterized by a deficiency of the coagulation factor and by mucosal bleeding
a physician who specializes in angiology
the branch of medical science that studies the blood and lymph vessels and their disorders
of or related to or having a tumor of the kind known as an angioma
an operation to repair a damaged blood vessel or unblock a coronary artery
a rare malignant neoplasm arising from vascular tissue; usually occurs in the breast and skin and is believed to originate from the endothelial cells of blood vessels
a modified microscope used to study capillary vessels
of or related to or characteristic of plants that are angiosperms
dilation and enlargement of arterioles
angiotensin converting enzyme
proteolytic enzyme that converts angiotensin I into angiotensin II
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
angle iron
an L-shaped metal bracket
angle of attack
the acute angle between the direction of the undisturbed relative wind and the chord of an airfoil
angle of dip
(physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
angle of extinction
the angle from its axis that a crystal must be rotated before appearing maximally dark when viewed in polarized light
angle of inclination
(geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
angle of reflection
the angle between a reflected ray and a line perpendicular to the reflecting surface at the point of incidence
angle of refraction
the angle between a refracted ray and a line perpendicular to the surface between the two media at the point of refraction
angle of view
the angle included by a photographic lens
park at an angle
forming or set at an angle
angled loofah
loofah of Pakistan; widely cultivated throughout tropics
a bulldozer with an angled moldboard to push earth to one side
nymphalid butterfly having angular notches on the outer edges of the forewings
the Latin name for England
one of the major dialects of Old English
the act of anglicizing; making English in appearance
make English in appearance
an American who was born in Britain or one whose ancestors were British
supporting the Anglican Church
a doctrine and practice within the Church of England emphasizing the Catholic tradition
the French (Norman) language used in medieval England
anglo-german concertina
a concertina with bellows and buttons on both ends
of English-speaking Jews and their culture
an excessive enthusiasm for all things English
an admirer of England and things English
admiration for Britain and British customs
characterized by Anglophilia
a person who hates England and everything English
dislike (or fear) of Britain and British customs
characterized by Anglophobia
a member of the Bantu tribes resident in Angola
angora cat
a long-haired breed of cat similar to the Persian cat
angora goat
a domestic breed of goat raised for its long silky hair which is the true mohair
angora rabbit
domestic breed of rabbit with long white silky hair
the bitter bark of a South American tree; used in medicines and liqueurs and bitters
with anger
angry walk
a stiff or threatening gait
an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety; usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom
anguilla sucklandii
New Zealand eel
of or related to or resembling a snake
experiencing intense pain especially mental pain
angular acceleration
(physics) the rate of change of the angular velocity of a rotating body
angular artery
the terminal branch of the facial artery
angular momentum
the product of the momentum of a rotating body and its distance from the axis of rotation
angular vein
a short vein formed by the supraorbital vein and the supratrochlear vein and continuing as the facial vein
angular velocity
(physics) the rate of change of the angular position of a rotating body; usually expressed in radians per second or radians per minute
angus frank johnstone wilson
English writer of novels and short stories (1913-1991)
an inability to experience pleasure
failure of the sweat glands
anhinga anhinga
blackish New World snakebird of swampy regions
without water; especially without water of crystallization
anicius manlius severinus boethius
a Roman who was an early Christian philosopher and statesman who was executed for treason; Boethius had a decisive influence on medieval logic (circa 480-524)
of or like a feeble old woman
aniline dye
any of many dyes made from aniline
(Jungian psychology) the inner self (not the external persona) that is in touch with the unconscious
animal black
black substance containing char in the form of carbonized bone; used as a black pigment
animal glue
a protein gelatin obtained by boiling e.g. skins and hoofs of cattle and horses
animal husbandry
breeding and caring for farm animals
animal kingdom
taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct animals
animal magnetism
magnetic personal charm
animal nature
the physical (or animal) side of a person as opposed to the spirit or intellect
animal psychology
the branch of psychology concerned with the behavior of animals
animal starch
one form in which body fuel is stored; stored primarily in the liver and broken down into glucose when needed by the body
animal stuffer
a craftsman who stuffs and mounts the skins of animals for display
microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium
an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
of or pertaining to animalism
animated cartoon
a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence
animated oat
Mediterranean oat held to be progenitor of modern cultivated oat
in an animated manner
giving spirit and vivacity
the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones
of or pertaining to animatism
the construction of robots to look like animals (developed for Disneyland)
give lifelike qualities to
the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls
of or pertaining to the doctrine of animism
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
anionic compound
a compound characterized by an active anion
anionic detergent
a class of synthetic detergents in which the molecules do not ionize in aqueous solutions
anise cookie
cookie made without butter and flavored with anise seed
smelling of anise
visual defect in which the shape and size of an ocular image differ in the two eyes
relating to or characteristic of the visual defect aniseikonia
liquorice-flavored usually colorless sweet liqueur made from aniseed
either of a pair of unlike gametes especially those unlike in size
relating to either of a pair of dissimilar (anisogamic) gametes combining in sexual reproduction
relating to a type of sexual reproduction in which the gametes are dissimilar in some respect (as size or shape)
(biology) reproduction by the union or fusion of two differing gametes (especially differing in size)
having unsymmetrical parts or unequal dimensions or measurements
difference in the refractive power of the two eyes
relating to a difference in the refractive power of the two eyes
anisotremus surinamensis
dusky grey food fish found from Louisiana and Florida southward
not invariant with respect to direction
in an anisotropic manner
the property of being anisotropic; having a different value when measured in different directions
ankle brace
a brace worn to strengthen the ankle
ankle bracelet
an ornament worn around the ankle
coming only to the ankle or knee
a sock that reaches just above the ankle
an elephant goad with a sharp spike and a hook
a congenital anomaly in which the mucous membrane under the tongue is too short limiting the mobility of the tongue
ankylosing spondylitis
a chronic form of spondylitis primarily in males and marked by impaired mobility of the spine; sometimes leads to ankylosis
relating to or characteristic of the abnormality ankylosis
an organ in its earliest stage of development; the foundation for subsequent development
a former copper coin of Pakistan and India
anna amalia mercouri
Greek film actress (1925-1994)
anna eleanor roosevelt
wife of Franklin Roosevelt and a strong advocate of human rights (1884-1962)
anna howard shaw
United States physician and suffragist (1847-1919)
anna mary robertson moses
United States painter of colorful and primitive rural scenes (1860-1961)
anna pavlova
Russian ballerina (1882-1931)
a historian who writes annals
relating to annals
the Mon-Khmer language spoken in Vietnam
Queen of England and Scotland and Ireland; daughter if James II and the last of the Stuart monarchs; in 1707 she was the last English ruler to exercise the royal veto over parliament (1665-1714)
anne boleyn
the second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I; was executed on a charge of adultery (1507-1536)
anne bradstreet
poet in colonial America (born in England) (1612-1672)
anne bronte
English novelist; youngest of three Bronte sisters (1820-1849)
anne hathaway
wife of William Shakespeare (1556-1623)
anne hutchinson
American colonist (born in England) who was banished from Boston for her religious views (1591-1643)
anne mansfield sullivan
United States educator who was the teacher and lifelong companion of Helen Keller (1866-1936)
anne robert jacques turgot
French economist who in 1774 was put in control of finances by Louis XVI; his proposals for reforms that involved abolishing feudal privileges made him unpopular with the aristocracy and in 1776 he was dismissed (1727-1781)
anne sexton
United States poet (1928-1974)
bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling
hardening something by heat treatment
relating to or belonging to or characteristic of any worms of the phylum Annelida
relating to annexation
annie oakley
United States sharpshooter who was featured in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (1860-1926)
kill in large numbers
destroyed completely
wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
a total destroyer
annona cherimola
small tropical American tree bearing round or oblong fruit
annona diversifolia
tropical American tree grown in southern United States having a whitish pink-tinged fruit
annona glabra
small evergreen tree of tropical America with edible fruit; used chiefly as grafting stock
annona muricata
small tropical American tree bearing large succulent slightly acid fruit
annona reticulata
small tropical American tree bearing a bristly heart-shaped acid tropical fruit
annona squamosa
tropical American tree bearing sweet pulpy fruit with thick scaly rind and shiny black seeds
the act of adding notes
a commentator who writes notes to a text
declared publicly; made widely known
someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
in an annoying manner or to an annoying degree
annual ring
an annual formation of wood in plants as they grow
annual salt-marsh aster
a variety of aster
the third finger (especially of the left hand)
the recipient of an annuity
annular eclipse
only a thin outer disk of the sun can be seen
annular scotoma
a circular scotoma surrounding the center of the field of vision
shaped like a ring
(Latin) year
foreshadow or presage
annunciation lily
lily of eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans with broad funnel-shaped white flowers
an indicator that announces which electrical circuit has been active (as on a telephone switchboard)
relating to the act of announcing or being announced
(Welsh mythology) the other world; land of fairies
of or at or relating to an anode
coat a metal with an oxide coat
one who anoints as a religious ceremony
anointing of the sick
a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation
someone who has a special interest in exceptional cases
anomalistic month
period between successive perigees; approximately 27.5546 days
anomalistic year
time of the earth's revolution from perihelion to perihelion again; 365 days and 6 hr and 13 min and 53.1 sec
deviating from the general or common order or type
in an anomalous manner
socially disoriented
having no known name or identity or known source
the state of being anonymous
anonymous file transfer protocol
a common way to make software available; users are allowed to log in as `guest' without a password and copy whatever has been made available
without giving a name
relating to the anus and surrounding perineum
sightlessness (especially because of a structural defect in or the absence of an eye)
anoplophora glabripennis
a beetle from China that has been found in the United States and is a threat to hardwood trees; lives inside the tree; no natural predators in the United States
absence of one of both testes
pertaining to the anus and rectum considered together
anorexia nervosa
(psychiatry) a psychological disorder characterized by somatic delusions that you are too fat despite being emaciated
causing loss of appetite
absence of an orgasm in sexual relations
having three unequal crystal axes intersecting at oblique angles
rare plagioclastic feldspar occurring in many igneous rocks
characteristic of anorthite
distorted vision in which straight lines appear curved
relating to an impairment or loss of the sense of smell
absence of the sense of smell (as by damage to olfactory nasal tissue or the olfactory nerve or by obstruction of the nasal passages)
any of various alternatives; some other
French dramatist noted for his reinterpretations of Greek myths (1910-1987)
the absence of ovulation due to immaturity or post-maturity or pregnancy or oral contraceptive pills or dysfunction of the ovary
abnormally low oxygen content in arterial blood
relating to or marked by abnormally little oxygen in arterial blood
relating to or marked by a severe deficiency of oxygen in tissues or organs
anoxic anoxia
anoxia resulting from defective oxygenation of the blood in the lungs
Egyptian god of tombs and ruler of the underworld; usually depicted as a man with the head of a jackal
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Ansaid) that is administered only orally
ansar al islam
a radical Islamic group of terrorists in the Iraqi part of Kurdistan who oppose an independent secular nation as advocated by the United States; some members fought with the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan; said to receive financial support from Saddam Hussein
an Italian who was a Benedictine monk; was archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109; one of the founders of scholasticism; best known for his proof of the existence of God
the Babylonian father of the gods; identified with Assyrian Ashur; in Sumerian the name signifies `the totality of the upper world'
answer for
furnish a justifying analysis or explanation
answering machine
an electronic device that answers the telephone and records messages
ant cow
excretes a honeylike substance eaten by ants
a drug (trade name Antabuse) used in the treatment of alcoholism; causes nausea and vomiting if alcohol is ingested
in an antagonistic manner
the point opposite in direction from the solar apex; the point the solar system is moving away from
antarctic circle
a line of latitude north of the south pole
antarctic zone
the region around the south pole: Antarctica and surrounding waters
belonging to a period before a war especially the American Civil War
be earlier in time; go back further
preceding in time
at an earlier time or formerly
of or relating to the region of the arm in front of the elbow
of or relating to the period before the biblical flood
antediluvian patriarch
any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge
carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tiles
antelope chipmunk
small ground squirrel of western United States
before noon
preceding death
occurring or existing before birth
of or relating to antennae
relating to events before a marriage
the 3rd syllable of a word counting back from the end
anterior cardinal vein
a major drainage channel from the cephalic part of the body
anterior cerebral artery
one of two branches of the internal carotid artery; divides into two branches that serve (1) the thalamus and (2) parts of the frontal and parietal cortex
anterior cerebral vein
accompanies the anterior cerebral artery and empties into the basal vein
anterior facial vein
a continuation of the angular vein; unites with the retromandibular vein before emptying into the internal jugular vein
anterior fontanelle
corresponds to the bregma when bones have ossified
anterior jugular vein
arises below the chin from veins draining the lower face; joins the external jugular vein
anterior labial veins
veins from the labia majora to the external pudendal vein
anterior meningeal artery
branch of the anterior ethmoidal artery that supplies meninges in the anterior cranial fossa
anterior serratus muscle
muscles that rotate the scapula and elevate the rib cage
anterior synechia
adhesion between the iris and the cornea
anterior temporal artery
temporal artery that goes to the anterior part of the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe
anterior vertebral vein
a vein that accompanies the ascending cervical artery and opens into the vertebral vein
in an anterior direction
of amnesia; affecting time immediately following trauma
anterograde amnesia
loss of memory for events immediately following a trauma; sometimes in effect for events during and for a long time following the trauma
capable of fertilizing female organs
relating to or characterized by an antheridium
gametophore bearing antheridia as in certain mosses and liverworts
the male sex organ of spore-producing plants; produces antherozoids; equivalent to the anther in flowers
a motile male gamete of a plant such as an alga or fern or gymnosperm
the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
compile an anthology
an editor who makes selections for an anthology
anthony burgess
English writer of satirical novels (1917-1993)
anthony charles lynton blair
British statesman who became prime minister in 1997 (born in 1953)
anthony comstock
United States reformer who led moral crusades against art and literature that he considered obscene (1844-1915)
anthony hopkins
Welsh film actor (born in 1937)
anthony trollope
English writer of novels (1815-1882)
anthony vandyke
Flemish painter of numerous portraits (1599-1641)
anthony wayne
American general during the American Revolution (1745-1796)
feeding on flowers
a hard natural coal that burns slowly and gives intense heat
relating to or resembling anthracite coal
lung disease caused by inhaling coal dust
anthrax bacillus
a species of bacillus that causes anthrax in humans and in animals (cattle and swine and sheep and rabbits and mice and guinea pigs); can be used a bioweapon
anthrax pneumonia
a form of anthrax infection acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthracis; initial symptoms (chill and cough and dyspnea and rapid pulse) are followed by extreme cardiovascular collapse
anthrenus scrophulariae
a small black and red and white carpet beetle
relating to mankind or the period of mankind's existence
an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values
the evolution or genesis of the human race
of or relating to the study of the origins and development of human beings
resembling apes
the worship of human beings
of or concerned with the science of anthropology
anthropology department
the academic department responsible for teaching and research in anthropology
of or relating to anthropometry
measurement and study of the human body and its parts and capacities
suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things
ascribe human features to something
the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits
a person who eats human flesh
of or relating to eaters of human flesh
human cannibalism; the eating of human flesh
a system of beliefs and practices based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner; it claims to integrate the practical and psychological in child-centered education
anthurium andraeanum
commonly cultivated anthurium having bright scarlet spathe and spadix
anthus pratensis
a common pipit that is brown above and white below; widely distributed in northern and central Europe and in Asia
a religious orientation opposed to Catholicism
anti-drug law
a law forbidding the sale or use of narcotic drugs
anti-dumping duty
a tariff imposed to prevent dumping
anti-g suit
pressure suit worn by fliers and astronauts to counteract the forces of gravity and acceleration
anti-imperialist international brigade
a terrorist group organized in 1970 to overthrow the Japanese government and monarchy and to foment world revolution; is said to have close ties with Palestinian terrorists
anti-masonic party
a former political party in the United States; founded in 1825 in opposition to Freemasonry in public affairs
anti-racketeering law
law intended to eradicate organized crime by establishing strong sanctions and forfeiture provisions
anti-submarine rocket
a shipboard system to fire rockets at submarines
anti-takeover defense
resistance to or defense against a hostile takeover
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
anti-virus program
a computer program that checks a computer for viruses and prevents their spread
anti-war movement
a campaign against entering or continuing a war
relating to blocking or reducing adrenergic effects in the body
antiaircraft fire
firing at enemy aircraft
(computer graphics) a technique that is used to smooth jagged distortions in curves and diagonal lines so they appear smoother
opposing the policy of apartheid in South Africa
opposed to authoritarianism
the antiparticle of a baryon; a hadron with a baryon number of -1
an association between organisms that is harmful to one of them or between organisms and a metabolic product of another
discriminatory especially on the basis of race or religion
used in the treatment of cancer
(chemistry) a substance that retards a chemical reaction or diminishes the activity of a catalyst
(Christianity) the adversary of Christ (or Christianity) mentioned in the New Testament; the Antichrist will rule the world until overthrown by the Second Coming of Christ
expected hopefully
marked by eager anticipation
one who anticipates
anticipatory breach
a breach of contract committed prior to the time of required performance
in anticipation
of or relating to a sudden change from an impressive to a ludicrous style
sloping downward away from a common crest
the administration of an anticoagulant drug to retard coagulation of the blood
of or relating to an anticoagulant
(meteorology) winds spiraling outward from a high pressure center; circling clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern
of or relating to or characteristic of the atmosphere around a high pressure center
an artificial language related to Ido
counteracting the effects of a poison
conducting nerve impulses in a direction opposite to normal
an elementary particle with positive charge; interaction of a positron and an electron results in annihilation
the doctrine of opposition to the social and political establishment
activity indicative of belief in the superiority of men over women
relating to antiferromagnetism
capable of preventing conception or impregnation
any agent that reduces intestinal gas
antifouling paint
a paint used to protect against the accumulation of barnacles etc. on underwater surfaces
of or relating to antigens
(Greek mythology) the daughter of King Oedipus who disobeyed her father and was condemned to death
a general of Alexander the Great and king of Macedonia; lost one eye; killed in a battle at Ipsus (382-301 BC)
an anagram that means the opposite of the original word or phrase
antihaemophilic factor
a coagulation factor (trade name Hemofil) whose absence is associated with hemophilia A
opposed to heresy
a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)
suppressing or eliminating engine knock in combustion engines
the number of which a given number is the logarithm
a piece of ornamented cloth that protects the back of a chair from hair oils
impervious to the effects of a magnetic field; resistant to magnetization
matter consisting of elementary particles that are the antiparticles of those making up normal substances
the antiparticle of a meson
containing antimony
relating to or derived from antimony
of laws and regulations; designed to protect trade and commerce from unfair business practices
antimony potassium tartrate
a poisonous colorless salt used as a mordant and in medicine
the antiparticle of a muon; decays to positron and neutrino and antineutrino
a crystalline antibiotic active against various fungi
the antiparticle of a neutrino
the antiparticle of a neutron
(physics) the point of maximum displacement in a periodic system
substitution of a title for a name
the theological doctrine that by faith and God's grace a Christian is freed from all laws (including the moral standards of the culture)
a contradiction between two statements that seem equally reasonable
(especially of vectors) parallel but oppositely directed
a course of appetizers in an Italian meal
antipernicious anemia factor
a B vitamin that is used to treat pernicious anemia
designed to inflict death or personal injury rather than material destruction
an astringent substance applied to the skin to reduce perspiration
counteracting inflammation
antipodal opposition
the relation of opposition along a diameter
direct opposite
relating to the antipodes or situated at opposite sides of the earth
any two places or regions on diametrically opposite sides of the Earth
intended to reduce pollution
an unstable negatively charged proton; the antiparticle of a proton
a substance that relieves or prevents itching
medication with antipyretics to treat a fever
an expert or collector of antiquities
so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
the process of preventing redeposition
antirrhinum coulterianum
California plant with slender racemes of white flowers
antirrhinum filipes
southwestern United States plant with yellow flowers on stems that twist and twine through other vegetation
antirrhinum majus
perennial native to the Mediterranean but widely cultivated for its purple or pink flowers
of or relating to a system to destroy satellites in orbit
relating to or characterized by anti-Semitism; hating Jews
the intense dislike for and prejudice against Jewish people
disinfect with an antiseptic
blood serum containing antibodies against specific antigens; provides immunity to a disease
antisocial personality disorder
a personality disorder characterized by amorality and lack of affect; capable of violent acts without guilt feelings (`psychopathic personality' was once widely used but was superseded by `sociopathic personality' to indicate the social aspects of the disorder, but now `antisocial personality disorder' is the preferred term)
of or relating to an antistrophe
defensive against enemy submarines
a drug (or other chemical agent) that is effective against syphilis
designed for defense against armored vehicles
an antilepton of very great mass
sharply contrasted in character or purpose
with antithesis; in an antithetical manner
having the effect of counteracting excessive thyroid activity
counteracting a toxin or poison
winds blowing from west to east and lying above the trade winds in the tropics
wind in the upper atmosphere blowing above but in the opposite direction from the trade winds
antitrust case
a legal action brought against parties who are charged with limiting free competition in the market place
antitrust law
law intended to promote free competition in the market place by outlawing monopolies
an antitoxin that counteracts the effects of venom from the bite of a snake or insect or other animal
an antihistamine (trade name Antivert) used to treat or prevent motion sickness
resembling antlers
having antlers
a faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Hydra and Vela
antoine domino
United States rhythm and blues pianist and singer and composer (born in 1928)
antoine henri becquerel
French physicist who discovered that rays emitted by uranium salts affect photographic plates (1852-1908)
antoine laurent de jussieu
French botanist who categorized plants into families and developed a system of plant classification (1748-1836)
antoine laurent lavoisier
French chemist known as the father of modern chemistry; discovered oxygen and disproved the theory of phlogiston (1743-1794)
anton bruckner
Austrian organist and composer of romantic music (1824-1896)
anton chekhov
Russian dramatist whose plays are concerned with the difficulty of communication between people (1860-1904)
anton gregor rubinstein
Russian composer and pianist (1829-1894)
anton van leeuwenhoek
Dutch pioneer microscopist who was among the first to recognize cells in animals and who gave the first accurate descriptions of microbes and spermatozoa and blood corpuscles (1632-1723)
antonin dvorak
Czech composer who combined folk elements with traditional forms (1841-1904)
Emperor of Rome; nephew and son-in-law and adoptive son of Antonius Pius; Stoic philosopher; the decline of the Roman Empire began under Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
antonio allegri da correggio
Italian painter noted for his use of chiaroscuro and perspective (1494-1534)
antonio gaudi
Spanish architect who was a leading exponent of art nouveau in Europe (1852-1926)
antonio ghislieri
Italian pope from 1566 to 1572 who led the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church; he excommunicated Elizabeth I (1504-1572)
antonio lopez de santa ana
Mexican general who tried to crush the Texas revolt and who lost battles to Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War (1795-1876)
antonio lucio vivaldi
Italian baroque composer and violinist (1675-1741)
antonio pignatelli
Italian pope from 1691 to 1700 who abolished nepotism within the church hierarchy and was universally loved for his charity and piety
antonio stradivari
Italian violin maker who developed the modern violin and created violins of unequaled tonal quality (1644?-1737)
antonius pius
Emperor of Rome; adoptive son of Hadrian (86-161)
Roman general under Julius Caesar in the Gallic wars; repudiated his wife for the Egyptian queen Cleopatra; they were defeated by Octavian at Actium (83-30 BC)
antony tudor
United States dancer and choreographer (born in England) (1909-1987)
of words: having opposite meanings
the semantic relation that holds between two words that can (in a given context) express opposite meanings
bent or curved forward or upward
a natural cavity or hollow in a bone
nervous and unable to relax
Babylonian consort of Anu
Babylonian god of the sky; one of the supreme triad including Bel and Ea
any of a group of powerful Babylonian earth spirits or genii; servitors of the gods
inability to urinate
of or relating to an inability to urinate
not having a tail
anwar el-sadat
Egyptian statesman who (as president of Egypt) negotiated a peace treaty with Menachem Begin (then prime minister of Israel) (1918-1981)
anxiety attack
a sudden acute episode of intense anxiety and feelings of panic
anxiety hysteria
a form of hysteria having features of both conversion disorder and anxiety neurosis
anxiety neurosis
characterized by diffuse anxiety and often somatic manifestations of fear
anxiety reaction
an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free-floating anxiety and such symptoms as tension or sweating or trembling or lightheadedness or irritability etc that has lasted for more than six months
with anxiety or apprehension
any longer
at the present or from now on; usually used with a negative
any-and-all bid
a takeover bid where the acquirer offers to buy any and all shares outstanding
at or in or to any place
used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement
a soldier in the Australian and New Zealand army corps during World War I
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
a verb tense in some languages (classical Greek and Sanskrit) expressing action (especially past action) without indicating its completion or continuation
of or relating to the aorist tense
of or relating to the aorta
aortic arch
the part of the aorta that arches and turns downward
aortic orifice
the orifice from the lower left chamber of the heart to the aorta
aortic plexus
a plexus of lymph nodes in the lower portion of the abdominal aorta
aortic stenosis
abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve
aortic valve
a semilunar valve between the left ventricle and the aorta; prevents blood from flowing from the aorta back into the heart
apache dance
a violent fast dance in French vaudeville (an apache is a member of the French underworld)
apache devil dance
a ritual dance of the Apache
the great hall in ancient Persian palaces
a social policy or racial segregation involving political and economic and legal discrimination against people who are not Whites; the former official policy in South Africa
apatetic coloration
coloring serving as natural camouflage
in an apathetic manner
apatura iris
large European butterfly the male of which has wings shaded with purple
a short synopsis
South American cavy; possibly ancestral to the domestic guinea pig
not recurring at regular intervals
alcoholic beverage taken before a meal as an appetizer
apetalous flower
flower having no petals
(of flowers) having no petals
apgar score
an assessment of the physical condition of a newborn infant; involves heart rate and muscle tone and respiratory effort and color and reflex responsiveness
(linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
relating to or formed by or consisting of aphaeresis
loss of the ability to swallow
absence of the natural lens of the eye (usually resulting from the removal of cataracts)
fine-grained homogeneous rock (such as basalt) containing minerals undetectable by the naked eye
of or relating to aphanite
apoapsis in solar orbit; the point in the orbit of a planet or comet that is at the greatest distance from the sun
the gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in `squire' for `esquire'
produced by aphesis
a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice
being without sound through injury or illness and thus incapable of all but whispered speech
speak or write in aphorisms
a short pithy instructive saying
someone who formulates aphorisms or who repeats aphorisms
lacking light; especially not reached by sunlight
a desire for heterosexual intimacy
stimulating sexual desire
goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Venus
aphthous ulcer
a blister on the mucous membranes of the lips or mouth or gastrointestinal tract
having no leaves
relating to or having the characteristics of bees
relating to bees or beekeeping
a farmer who keeps bees for their honey
a shed containing a number of beehives
situated at an apex
apical placentation
where one or few ovules develop at the top of a simple or compound ovary
(of a leaf shape) having a short sharply pointed tip
relating to the care and breeding of bees
the cultivation of bees on a commercial scale for the production of honey
to or from every one of two or more (considered individually)
being or given to servile imitation
a saddle blanket made of buffalo hide
apium graveolens dulce
widely cultivated herb with aromatic leaf stalks that are eaten raw or cooked
apium graveolens rapaceum
grown for its thickened edible aromatic root
feeding on bees
having no placenta
free from or corrected for spherical aberration
failure of some tissue or organ to develop
aplastic anaemia
anemia characterized by pancytopenia resulting from failure of the bone marrow; can be caused by neoplasm or by toxic exposure
light-colored and fine-grained granitic rock consisting chiefly of quartz and feldspars
of or related to aplite
great coolness and composure under strain
of or relating to apnea
prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom
(of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of carpels that are free from one another as in buttercups or roses
corrected for both chromatic and spherical aberration
abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds
(of exocrine glands) producing a secretion in which part of the secreting cell is released with the secretion
apocrine gland
a large sweat gland that produces both a fluid and an apocrine secretion; in human beings located in hairy regions of the body
of or relating to tropical plants of the family Apocynaceae
apocynum androsaemifolium
North American perennial having pinkish flowers in loose cymes; used in folk medicine for pain or inflammation in joints
apocynum cannabinum
Canadian dogbane yielding a tough fiber used as cordage by Native Americans; used in folk medicine for pain or inflammation in joints
apocynum pumilum
North American plant similar to common dogbane
(of snakes and eels) naturally footless
of a proposition; necessarily true or logically certain
a protein that combines with a coenzyme to form an active enzyme
of or relating to the development of an embryo in the absence of fertilization
(botany) development of an embryo without fertilization; especially the development in some ferns of a sporophyte from the gametophyte without fertilization
relating to or characteristic of an apogee
apogon maculatus
a cardinalfish found in tropical Atlantic coastal waters
apoapsis in orbit around Jupiter
large siphonophore of up to 50 ft long
politically neutral
French poet; precursor of surrealism (1880-1918)
apollo asteroid
an asteroid whose orbit crosses the Earth's orbit
apollo program
a program of space flights undertaken by US to land a man on the Moon
offering or expressing apology
in an apologetic manner
the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines
a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution
apoapsis in orbit around the moon
a plant that reproduces or is reproduced by apomixis
of or relating to a plant that reproduces by apomixis
a morphine derivative that is not as strong as morphine; used as an emetic and in small doses as a sedative
any of the deeper and thicker fascia that attach muscles to bones; resemble flattened tendons
of or relating to an aponeurosis
addressed to one who is departing
mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned
of or relating to the belief that God can be known to humans only in terms of what He is not (such as `God is unknowable')
the religious belief that God cannot be known but is completely `other' and must be described in negative terms (in terms of what God is not)
of or relating to an apophysis
pertaining to or characteristic of apoplexy
resembling apoplexy
a type of cell death in which the cell uses specialized cellular machinery to kill itself; a cell suicide mechanism that enables metazoans to control cell number and eliminate cells that threaten the animal's survival
aposematic coloration
conspicuous coloration or markings of an animal serving to warn off predators
breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)
relating to or characteristic of aposiopesis
abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
apostle of germany
(Roman Catholic Church) Anglo-Saxon missionary who was sent to Frisia and Germany to spread the Christian faith; was martyred in Frisia (680-754)
apostle of the gentiles
(New Testament) a Christian missionary to the Gentiles; author of several Epistles in the New Testament; even though Paul was not present at the Last Supper he is considered an Apostle
the position of apostle
apostolic delegate
(Roman Catholic Church) a representative of the Holy See in a country that has no formal diplomatic relations with it
of or characteristic of apostrophe
use an apostrophe
apothecaries' pound
an apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces or 373.242 grams
apothecary's shop
a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold
of or relating to the apothecium of some lichens and fungi
given to or characterized by terse apothegms
deify or glorify
having the power to prevent evil or bad luck
to an appalling extent
a hardy breed of saddle horse developed in western North America and characteristically having a spotted rump
apparatus urogenitalis
the system that includes all organs involved in reproduction and in the formation and voidance of urine
apparel chain
a chain of clothing stores
apparel industry
makers and sellers of fashionable clothing
dressed or clothed especially in fine attire; often used in combination
the property of being apparent
apparent motion
an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object
resembling or characteristic of a phantom
appeal board
a board of officials that are not judicial but are appointed to hear appeals
capable of being appealed especially to a higher tribunal
in an appealing manner
formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
capable of being pacified
someone who tries to bring peace by acceding to demands
intended to pacify by acceding to demands or granting concessions
of or relating to or taking account of appeals (usually legal appeals)
having an appendage
affixed as an appendage
surgical removal of the vermiform appendix
inflammation of the vermiform appendix
a small appendage
relating to or consisting of an appendage or appendages; especially the limbs
appendicular artery
the branch of the ileocolic artery that supplies the vermiform appendix
appendicular vein
a vein that accompanies the appendicular artery and empties into the ileocolic vein
a smaller of the four Swiss breeds
perceive in terms of a past experience
the process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience
able to relate new percepts to past experience
be a part or attribute of
marked by eager desire
appealing to or stimulating the appetite especially in appearance or aroma
appetite suppressant
a drug that suppresses appetite
of or relating to appetite
worthy of high praise
someone who applauds
apple blight
a disease of apple trees
apple butter
thick dark spicy puree of apples
apple dumpling
apples wrapped in pastry and baked
apple fritter
fritter containing sliced apple
apple juice
the juice of apples
apple mint
mint with apple-scented stems of southern and western Europe; naturalized in United States
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
apple pie
pie (with a top crust) containing sliced apples and sugar
apple polisher
someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
apple sauce
puree of stewed apples usually sweetened and spiced
apple turnover
turnover with an apple filling
smelling of apples
having the general shape of an apple
having the approximate size of an apple
applesauce cake
moist spicy cake containing applesauce
a Java application; an application program that uses the client's web browser to provide a user interface
capable of being applied; having relevance
application form
a form to use when making an application
readily applicable or practical
concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles
applied anatomy
the practical application of anatomical knowledge to diagnosis and treatment
applied psychology
any of several branches of psychology that seek to apply psychological principles to practical problems of education or industry or marketing etc.
appointment book
a book containing a calendar and space to keep a record of appointments
given out in portions
capable of being placed opposite to something
place side by side or in close proximity
being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
appropriateness for the occasion
relating to or being in apposition
in an appositive manner
exercising or involving careful evaluations
enough to be estimated or measured
to a noticeable degree
fully understood or grasped
with appreciation; in a grateful manner
warm friendly feelings of gratitude
capable of being apprehended or understood
bound by contract
the position of apprentice
an informal British abbreviation of approval
approach pattern
the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport
approach trench
a trench that provides protected passage between the rear and front lines of a defensive position
the attribute of being easy to meet or deal with
expressing or manifesting praise or approval
that can be appropriated
in accordance with what is appropriate or suitable for the circumstances
appropriation bill
a legislative act proposing to authorize the expenditure of public funds for a specified purpose
of or relating to or given to the act of taking for yourself
established by authority; given authoritative approval
an authority with power to approve
in an approving manner
approximate range
near to the scope or range of something
(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
not quite exact or correct
having uncoordinated muscular movements, symptomatic of a CNS disorder
inability to make purposeful movements
an antihypertensive drug (trade name Apresoline) that dilates blood vessels; used (often with a diuretic) to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure
apricot bar
fruit bar containing apricot jam
apricot sauce
for Chinese dishes: apricot preserves and chutney
of or relating to an apse
father of the gods and consort of Tiamat
(of insects) without wings
of or relating to aptitudes
apyretic tetanus
clinical neurological syndrome characterized by muscular twitching and cramps and (when severe) seizures; associated with calcium deficiency (hypoparathyroidism) or vitamin D deficiency or alkalosis
aqua fortis
acid used especially in the production of fertilizers and explosives and rocket fuels
aqua regia
a yellow fuming corrosive mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid that dissolves metals (including gold)
aqua vitae
strong distilled liquor or brandy
a shade of blue tinged with green
of or relating to aquiculture
rearing aquatic animals or cultivating aquatic plants for food
a device (trade name Aqua-Lung) that lets divers breathe under water; scuba is an acronym for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
a morbid fear of drowning
abnormally afraid of water
aquarius the water bearer
the eleventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about January 20 to February 18
a conduit that resembles a bridge but carries water over a valley
aqueductus cerebri
a canal connecting the third and fourth ventricles
aqueous humor
the limpid fluid within the eyeball between the cornea and the lens
aqueous solution
a solution in water
underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
of or relating to an aquifer
curved down like an eagle's beak
(Roman Catholic Church) Italian theologian and Doctor of the Church who is remembered for his attempt to reconcile faith and reason in a comprehensive theology; presented philosophical proofs of the existence of God (1225-1274)
arab chief
the leader of an Arab village or family
arab league
an international organization of independent Arab states formed in 1945 to promote cultural and economic and military and political and social cooperation
an ethnic minority descended from Berbers and Arabs and living in northern Africa
arabian camel
one-humped camel of the hot deserts of northern Africa and southwestern Asia
arabian coffee
shrubby tree of northeastern tropical Africa widely cultivated in tropical or near tropical regions for its seed which form most of the commercial coffee
arabian jasmine
East Indian evergreen vine cultivated for its profuse fragrant white flowers
arabian nights
a collection of folktales in Arabic dating from the 10th century
arabic alphabet
the alphabet of 28 characters derived from Aramaic and used for writing Arabic languages (and borrowed for writing Urdu)
arabic language
the Semitic language of the Arabs; spoken in a variety of dialects
arabic numeral
one of the symbols 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0
arabidopsis lyrata
a small noninvasive cross-pollinating plant with white flowers; closely related to Arabidopsis thaliana
arabidopsis thaliana
a small invasive self-pollinating weed with small white flowers; much studied by plant geneticists; the first higher plant whose complete genome sequence was described
the quality of land that is appropriate for cultivation
a scholar who specializes in Arab languages and culture
(of farmland) capable of being farmed productively
relating to a plant of the family Araceae
relating to or resembling a member of the class Arachnida
a morbid fear of spiders
Palestinian statesman who was chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (1929-2004)
a mineral form of crystalline calcium carbonate; dimorphic with calcite
any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses
aral sea
a lake to the east of the Caspian Sea lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
aralia stipulata
similar to American angelica tree but less prickly; China
the biblical name for ancient Syria
aram ilich khachaturian
Russian composer (born in Armenia) whose works are romantic and reflect his interest in folk music (1903-1978)
aram kachaturian
Armenian composer who incorporated oriental folk music (1903-1978)
aramaic script
an alphabetical (or perhaps syllabic) script used since the 9th century BC to write the Aramaic language; many other scripts were subsequently derived from it
an edible seaweed with a mild flavor
relating to or resembling a spider
a treatise resembling a Brahmana but to be read or expounded by anchorites in the quiet of the forest
a bitter yellow powder used to treat skin diseases
araucaria araucana
large Chilean evergreen conifer having intertwined branches and bearing edible nuts
araucaria bidwillii
Australian conifer bearing two-inch seeds tasting like roasted chestnuts; among the aborigines the tree is hereditary property protected by law
araucaria columnaris
very tall evergreen of New Caledonia and the New Hebrides similar to norfolk island pine
araucaria cunninghamii
pine of Australia and New Guinea; yields a valuable light even-textured wood
araucaria excelsa
evergreen of Australia and Norfolk Island in the South Pacific
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
Celtic deity who was the lord of Annwfn (the other world or the land of fairies)
someone who engages in arbitrage (who purchases securities in one market for immediate resale in another in the hope of profiting from the price differential)
an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
appropriate for or subject to settlement by arbitration
relating to or resulting from arbitration
the act of deciding as an arbiter; giving authoritative judgment
in a random manner
the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment
based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
relating to or having the authority to arbitrate
arbor day
a day designated for planting trees
abounding in trees
of or relating to or formed by trees
resembling a tree in form and branching structure
a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition
the tending of and caring for trees
someone trained in forestry
branch out like trees
a specialist in treating damaged trees
the worship of trees
arbutus menziesii
evergreen tree of the Pacific coast of North America having glossy leathery leaves and orange-red edible berries; wood used for furniture and bark for tanning
arbutus unedo
small evergreen European shrubby tree bearing many-seeded scarlet berries that are edible but bland; of Ireland, southern Europe, Asia Minor
arc cosecant
the angle that has a cosecant equal to a given number
arc cosine
the inverse function of the cosine; the angle that has a cosine equal to a given number
arc cotangent
the inverse function of the cotangent; the angle that has a cotangent equal to a given number
arc secant
the inverse function of the secant; the angle that has a secant equal to a given number
arc sine
the inverse function of the sine; the angle that has a sine equal to a given number
arc tangent
the inverse function of the tangent; the angle that has a tangent equal to a given number
a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch
the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken by Arcadians
the ancient Greek inhabitants of Achaea
requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
arcangelo corelli
Italian violinist and composer of violin concertos (1653-1713)
forming or resembling an arch
arch over
form an arch over
arch support
a support for the arch of the foot
of or relating to the earliest known rocks formed during the Precambrian Eon
related to or dealing with or devoted to archaeology
the use of an archaic expression
give an archaic appearance of character to
imitative of an archaic style or manner
of or relating to or resembling archangels
the territorial jurisdiction of an archbishop
(Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop
the territorial jurisdiction of an archdeacon
of or relating to an archdiocese
the diocese of an archbishop
belonging to or befitting an archduke or his archduchy
a wife or widow of an archduke or a princess of the former ruling house of Austria
the domain controlled by an archduke or archduchess
of or relating to an archegonium
a female sex organ occurring in mosses, ferns, and most gymnosperms
archeological remains
a relic that has been excavated from the soil
of or associated with an archbishop
the sport of shooting arrows with a bow
primitive cell or group of cells from which a mother cell develops
of or relating to the cells in a sporangium that give rise to spores
representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned
something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
archibald macleish
United States poet (1892-1982)
archibald percival wavell
British field marshal in North Africa in World War II; he defeated the Italians before being defeated by the Germans (1883-1950)
of or relating to an archdeacon or his office
office or position of an archdeacon
Greek mathematician and physicist noted for his work in hydrostatics and mechanics and geometry (287-212 BC)
archimedes' principle
(hydrostatics) the apparent loss in weight of a body immersed in a fluid is equal to the weight of the displaced fluid
a Russian unit of length (71 cm)
the olfactory cortex of the cerebrum
relating to or part of an archipelago
of or pertaining to construction or architecture
of or pertaining to the art and science of architecture
architectural engineering
the branch of engineering that deals with the construction of buildings (as distinguished from architecture as a design art)
with regard to architecture
of or relating to or contained in or serving as an archive
collection of records especially about an institution
a person in charge of collecting and cataloguing archives
in an arch manner; with playful slyness or roguishness
inappropriate playfulness
(of instruments in the violin family) to be played with the bow
arctic char
small trout of northern waters; landlocked populations in Quebec and northern New England
arctic circle
a line of latitude near but to the south of the north pole; it marks the northernmost point at which the sun is visible on the northern winter solstice and the southernmost point at which the midnight sun can be seen on the northern summer solstice
arctic ground squirrel
large ground squirrel of the North American far north
arctic ocean
ice covered waters surrounding the North Pole; mostly covered with solid ice or with ice floes and icebergs
arctic wolf
wolf of Arctic North America having white fur and a black-tipped tail
arctic zone
the regions to the north of the Arctic Circle centered on the North Pole
arctium lappa
burdock having heart-shaped leaves found in open woodland, hedgerows and rough grassland of Europe (except extreme N) and Asia Minor; sometimes cultivated for medicinal and culinary use
arctium minus
a plant that is ubiquitous in all but very acid soil; found in most of Europe and North Africa
arctocephalus philippi
a fur seal of the Pacific coast of California and southward
arctostaphylos andersonii
erect California shrub having leaves with heart-shaped lobes at the base
arctostaphylos manzanita
erect treelike shrub forming dense thickets and having drooping panicles of white or pink flowers and red berrylike drupes; California
arctostaphylos tomentosa
erect openly branched California shrub whose twigs are woolly when young
arctostaphylos uva-ursi
evergreen mat-forming shrub of North America and northern Eurasia having small white flowers and red berries; leaves turn red in autumn
a whitish deposit in the shape of an arc that is sometimes seen in the cornea
a unit of dry measure used in Egypt
in an ardent manner
in an arduous manner
extreme effortfulness
area bombing
an extensive and systematic bombing intended to devastate a large target
area code
a number usually of 3 digits assigned to a telephone area as in the United States and Canada
of or relating to or involving an area
a passageway between buildings or giving access to a basement
areca catechu
southeastern Asian palm bearing betel nuts (scarlet or orange single-seeded fruit with a fibrous husk)
absence of a reflex; a sign of possible nerve damage
arena theater
a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage
resembling or containing or abounding in sand; or growing in sandy areas
arenaria caroliniana
deep-rooted perennial of southeastern United States
arenaria groenlandica
boreal or alpine sandwort
arenaria interpres
common Arctic turnstone that winters in South America and Australia
arenaria peploides
perennial succulent herb with small solitary axillary or terminal flowers
arenaria serpyllifolia
Eurasian annual sprawling plant naturalized throughout North America
arenaria stricta
low perennial tufted plant of southeastern North America
common turnstone of the Pacific coast of North America
United States historian and political philosopher (born in Germany) (1906-1975)
growing or living or burrowing in sand
areolar tissue
fibrous connective tissue with the fibers arranged in a mesh or net
relating to or like or divided into areolae
(Greek mythology) Greek god of war; son of Zeus and Hera; identified with Roman Mars
a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains
argemone mexicana
annual herb with prickly stems and large yellow flowers; southern United States to West Indies and Mexico
relating to compounds in which silver is bivalent
containing or yielding silver
argentine hemorrhagic fever
hemorrhagic fever with neurological signs; caused by the Junin virus
a valuable silver ore consisting of silver sulfide (Ag2S)
relating to compounds in which silver is univalent
a white clay (especially a white clay used by potters)
resembling or containing clay
argillaceous rock
a sedimentary rock formed from clay deposits
a sedimentary rock differing from shale in being bound by silica and from slate in having no slate cleavages
a bitter tasting amino acid found in proteins and necessary for nutrition; its absence from the diet leads to a reduced production of spermatozoa
a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
formerly a large constellation in the southern hemisphere between Canis Major and the Southern Cross; now divided into Carina and Pyxis and Puppis and Vela
one or more large merchant ships
as can be shown by argument
given to or characterized by argument
in a disputatious manner
a rare steel-grey mineral consisting of silver and germanium and sulfur
antiseptic consisting of a compound of protein and silver (trade name Argyrol)
a Buddhist who has attained nirvana
beautiful daughter of Minos and Pasiphae; she fell in love with Theseus and gave him the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth
arial mosaic
arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture
heretical doctrine taught by Arius that asserted the radical primacy of the Father over the Son
an adherent of Arianism (the belief that Jesus Christ was not truly God)
Celtic goddess famous for her beauty; mother of Dylan
a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)
aries the ram
the first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; the sun is in this sign from about March 21 to April 19
a short aria
in an accurate manner
fleshy and usually brightly colored cover of some seeds that develops from the ovule stalk and partially or entirely envelops the seed
(of some seeds) having a fleshy and usually brightly colored cover
having a melody (as distinguished from recitative)
(music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria
bristlelike process near the tip of the antenna of certain flies
aristarchus of samos
an ancient Greek astronomer who was one of the first to propose a heliocentric theory of the universe (circa 270 BC)
aristide maillol
French sculptor of monumental female nudes (1861-1944)
a synthetic corticosteroid (trade names Aristocort or Aristopak or Kenalog) used as an anti-inflammatory agent
belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
in an aristocratic manner
aristolochia durior
hardy deciduous vine having large leaves and flowers with the calyx tube curved like the bowl of a pipe
aristolochia serpentaria
birthwort of the eastern United States woodlands
an ancient Greek dramatist remembered for his comedies (448-380 BC)
aristotelian logic
the syllogistic logic of Aristotle as developed by Boethius in the Middle Ages
(philosophy) the philosophy of Aristotle that deals with logic and metaphysics and ethics and poetics and politics and natural science
of or relating to Aristotle or his philosophy
one of the greatest of the ancient Athenian philosophers; pupil of Plato; teacher of Alexander the Great (384-322 BC)
divination by means of numbers
arithmetic mean
the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values
arithmetic progression
(mathematics) a progression in which a constant is added to each term in order to obtain the next term
relating to or involving arithmetic
with respect to arithmetic
someone who specializes in arithmetic
the number of arguments that a function can take
arizona ash
small shrubby ash of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico
arizona cypress
Arizona timber tree with bluish silvery foliage
arizona white oak
semi-evergreen shrub or small tree of Arizona and New Mexico having acorns with hemispherical cups
arizona wild cotton
shrub of southern Arizona and Mexico
a native or resident of Arizona
(Hindu mythology) the warrior prince in the Bhagavad-Gita to whom Krishna explains the nature of being and of God and how humans can come to know God
ark of the covenant
(Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
a native or resident of Arkansas
arkansas kingbird
a kingbird seen in western United States; head and back are pale grey and the breast is yellowish and the tail is black
money given by a buyer to a seller to bind a contract
arm band
a band worn around the arm for decoration
arm guard
a pad worn by football players and hockey goalkeepers
arm's length
a distance sufficient to exclude intimacy
persuasion by the use of direct personal pressure
dry brandy distilled in the Armagnac district of France
the collection of equipment and methods used in the practice of medicine
armand jean du plessis
French prelate and statesman; principal minister to Louis XIII (1585-1642)
armata corsa
a terrorist organization founded in 1999 to oppose the link between nationalists and the Corsican mafia
armchair liberal
a person of liberal ideals who takes no action to realize them
armed islamic group
a terrorist organization of Islamic extremists whose violent activities began in 1992; aims to overthrow the secular Algerian regime and replace it with an Islamic state
armed robbery
robbery at gunpoint
armenian alphabet
a writing system having an alphabet of 38 letters in which the Armenian language is written
armenian language
the Indo-European language spoken predominantly in Armenia, but also in Azerbaijan
armeria maritima
tufted thrift of seacoasts and mountains of north temperate zone; occasionally grown as a ground cover
the quantity that can be contained in the arms
a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports
armillaria ponderosa
a large white mushroom that develops brown stains as it ages; gills are white; odor is spicy and aromatic; collected commercially for oriental cooking the Pacific Northwest
armillaria zelleri
a large fungus with viscid cap that dries and turns brown with age; gills are off-white
of or relating to bracelets
armillary sphere
a celestial globe consisting of metal hoops; used by early astronomers to determine the positions of stars
German hero; leader at the battle of Teutoburger Wald in AD 9 (circa 18 BC - AD 19)
arminian baptist
group of Baptist congregations believing the teachings of the Dutch theologian Jacobus Arminius (who opposed the doctrine of strict predestination of the Calvinists)
arminian church
the Protestant denomination adhering to the views of Jacobus Arminius
17th century theology (named after its founder Jacobus Arminius) that opposes the absolute predestinarianism of John Calvin and holds that human free will is compatible with God's sovereignty
a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms
having no arms
resembling an arm
a large wardrobe or cabinet; originally used for storing weapons
a squire carrying the armor of a knight
covered with heavy steel
armored personnel carrier
(military) an armored vehicle (usually equipped with caterpillar treads) that is used to transport infantry
of or relating to heraldry or heraldic arms
arms control
a limitation on the size and armament of the armed forces of a country
arms deal
a deal to provide military arms
arms industry
an industry that manufacturers weapons of war
arms race
a competition between nations to have the most powerful armaments
a smuggler of guns
army attache
a military attache who is a commissioned or warrant officer in an army
army base
a large base of operations for an army
army brat
the child of a career officer of the United States Army
army of muhammad
a terrorist organization founded in 2000; a militant Islamic group active in Kashmir and closely aligned with al-Rashid Trust; seeks to secure release of imprisoned fellow militants by kidnappings
army of the confederacy
the southern army during the American Civil War
army of the pure
a brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India
arna wendell bontemps
United States writer (1902-1973)
arnica bud
fall-blooming European herb with a yellow flower; naturalized in the United States
arnold daniel palmer
United States golfer (born in 1929)
arnold gesell
United States psychologist noted for his work in child development (1880-1961)
arnold joseph toynbee
English historian who studied the rise and fall of civilizations looking for cyclical patterns (1889-1975)
arnold of brescia
Italian theologian who censured the worldly possessions of monks and the temporal power of bishops and was condemned for dogmatic errors by the Second Lateran Council (early 12th century)
arnold schoenberg
United States composer and musical theorist (born in Austria) who developed atonal composition (1874-1951)
arnold-chiari deformity
deformity in which part of the brain protrudes through the skull
arolla pine
large five-needled European pine; yields cembra nuts and a resinous exudate
the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in baths or massage
aromatic aster
a variety of aster
aromatic compound
a hydrocarbon containing one or more benzene rings that are characteristic of the benzene series of compounds
fill or impregnate with an odor
French writer who was the embodiment of 18th century Enlightenment (1694-1778)
around the bend
informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
around the clock
without stopping
at all times
someone who rouses others from sleep
Alsatian artist and poet who was cofounder of dadaism in Zurich; noted for abstract organic sculptures (1887-1966)
a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
a former French unit of area; equal approximately to an acre
an obsolete firearm with a long barrel
a legal document calling someone to court to answer an indictment
without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric often with pictorial designs
in ceremonial attire and paraphernalia
arrested development
an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely
commanding attention
arrhenius theory of dissociation
(chemistry) theory that describes aqueous solutions in terms of acids (which dissociate to give hydrogen ions) and bases (which dissociate to give hydroxyl ions); the product of an acid and a base is a salt and water
Swedish chemist and physicist noted for his theory of chemical dissociation (1859-1927)
without regard for rhythm
arriere pensee
an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly
arrival gate
gate where passengers disembark
arrival time
the time at which a public conveyance is scheduled to arrive at a given destination
having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride
in an arrogant manner
a person who through conceit makes pretentious claims to rights or advantages that he or she is not entitled to or to qualities that he or she does not possess
arrow leaved aster
a variety of aster
(of a leaf shape) like an arrow head without flaring base lobes
arrowleaf groundsel
perennial with sharply toothed triangular leaves on leafy stems bearing a cluster of yellow flower heads; moist places in mountains of western North America
a maker of arrows
a stream or brook
arroz con pollo
rice and chicken cooked together Spanish style; highly seasoned especially with saffron
arse about
be lazy or idle
vulgar slang for anus
a salt or ester of arsenic acid
arsenic acid
an acid formed from arsenic pentoxide
arsenic group
the univalent group derived from arsine
arsenic trioxide
a white powdered poisonous trioxide of arsenic; used in manufacturing glass and as a pesticide (rat poison) and weed killer
a compound of arsenic with a more positive element
relating to compounds in which arsenic is trivalent
a silver-white or grey ore of arsenic
a poisonous colorless flammable gas used in organic synthesis and to dope transistors and as a poison gas in warfare
malicious burning to destroy property
art deco
a style of design that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s; marked by stylized forms and geometric designs adapted to mass production
art department
the academic department responsible for teaching art and art appreciation
art director
the director in charge of the artistic features of a theatrical production (costumes and scenery and lighting)
art editor
an editor who is responsible for illustrations and layouts in printed matter
art nouveau
a French school of art and architecture popular in the 1890s; characterized by stylized natural forms and sinuous outlines of such objects as leaves and vines and flowers
art paper
a high-quality paper (usually having a filler of china clay)
art rock
a style of rock music that emerged in the 1970s; associated with attempts to combine rock with jazz and other forms; intended for listening and not dancing
art school
a school specializing in art
art student
someone studying to be an artist
art tatum
United States jazz pianist who was almost completely blind; his innovations influenced many other jazz musicians (1910-1956)
art teacher
someone who teaches art
artaxerxes i
king of Persia who sanctioned the practice of Judaism in Jerusalem (?-424 BC)
artaxerxes ii
king of Persia who subdued numerous revolutions and made peace with Sparta (?-359 BC)
of or relating to artifacts
(Greek mythology) the virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; daughter of Leto and twin sister of Apollo; identified with Roman Diana
artemisia dracunculus
aromatic perennial of southeastern Russia
artemisia gnaphalodes
perennial cottony-white herb of southwestern United States
artemisia vulgaris
European tufted aromatic perennial herb having hairy red or purple stems and dark green leaves downy white below and red-brown florets
artemus ward
United States writer of humorous tales of an itinerant showman (1834-1867)
arteria alveolaris inferior
the alveolar artery that goes through the mandibular canal to supply the lower teeth
arteria alveolaris superior
the alveolar artery that supplies the upper teeth
arteria bulbi penis
a branch of the internal pudendal artery of males that supplies the bulb of the penis
arteria bulbi vestibuli
a branch of the internal pudendal artery in females that supplies the bulb of the vestibule
arteria celiaca
an artery that originates from the abdominal aorta just below the diaphragm and branches into the left gastric artery and the common hepatic artery and the splenic artery
arteria circumflexa ilium
an artery that supplies the lower abdominal walls and skin and the sartorius muscle
arteria cystica
a branch of the hepatic artery; supplies the gall bladder and the surface of the liver
arteria epigastrica
one of three arteries supplying the anterior walls of the abdomen
arteria facialis
an artery that originates in the external carotid and gives off branches that supply the neck and face
arteria gastrica breves
several small arteries branching off of the splenic artery and going to the greater curvature of the stomach
arteria gastrica sinistra
a branch of the celiac artery that supplies the lesser curvature of the stomach and the abdominal part of the esophagus
arteria ileocolica
an artery that originates from the superior mesenteric artery and supplies the terminal part of the ileum and the cecum and the vermiform appendix and the ascending colon
arteria iliolumbalis
an artery that originates in the internal iliac artery and supplies the pelvic muscles and bones
arteria infraorbitalis
an artery that originates from the maxillary artery and supplies structures below the orbit (from lower eyelid to upper lip)
arteria intercostalis
several arteries and supplying the intercostal spaces of the rib cage
arteria labialis inferior
an artery that is a branch of the facial artery that supplies the lower lip
arteria labialis superior
an artery that is a branch of the facial artery that supplies the upper lip
arteria lumbalis
one of four or five pairs of arteries that originate in the abdominal aorta and supply the lumbar vertebrae and the back muscles and abdominal wall
arteria musculophrenica
an artery that supplies the abdomen and intercostal muscles
arteria nutricia
an artery that supplies the medullary cavity of the long bone
arteria ophthalmica
a branch of the internal carotid artery that supplies the eye and neighboring structures
arteria palatina
one of several arteries supplying the face
arteria pancreatica
a branch of the splenic artery that supplies the pancreas
arteria perinealis
a branch of the internal pudendal artery that supplies superficial structures of the perineum
arteria poplitea
a continuation of the femoral artery that branches to supply the legs and feet
arteria pudenda
arteries supplying the external genital organs of humans
arteria radialis
branch of the brachial artery beginning below the elbow and extending down the forearm around the wrist and into the palm
arteria temporalis intermedia
temporal artery that goes to the middle part of the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe
arteria temporalis posterior
temporal artery that supplies the posterior part of the cortex of the temporal lobe
arteria ulnaris
large artery that branches from the brachial artery to supply the muscles of the forearm and wrist and hand
arteria vertebralis
the first branch of the subclavian artery; divided into four parts
of or involving or contained in the arteries
arterial blood
blood found in arteries
arterial blood gases
measurement of the pH level and the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in arterial blood; important in diagnosis of many respiratory diseases
arterial plaque
a fatty deposit inside an arterial wall; characteristic of atherosclerosis
arterial pressure
the pressure of the circulating blood on the arteries
arterial road
a major or main route
change venous blood into arterial blood
an abnormal distension of an artery
an X ray of an artery filled with a contrast medium
roentgenographic examination of arteries
one of the small thin-walled arteries that end in capillaries
of or relating to or involving arterioles
sclerosis of the arterioles
arteriosclerosis obliterans
a stage of arteriosclerosis involving closure of blood vessels
affected by arteriosclerosis
connecting an artery to a vein
(of water) rising to the surface under internal hydrostatic pressure
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
pain in a joint or joints
of or relating to arthralgia
removal of fluid from a joint by centesis
the surgical fixation of a joint which is intended to result in bone fusion
an X ray of a joint after the injection of a contrast medium
of or relating to one of the body segments of jointed animals
a pathology or abnormality of a joint
of or relating to invertebrates of the phylum Arthropoda
a type of endoscope that is inserted into a joint for visual examination
a minimally invasive operation to repair a damaged joint; the surgeon examines the joint with an arthroscope while making repairs through a small incision
of or relating to arthrospores
arthur ashe
United States tennis player who was the first Black to win United States and English singles championships (1943-1993)
arthur compton
United States physicist noted for research on x-rays and gamma rays and nuclear energy; his observation that X-rays behave like miniature bowling balls in their interactions with electrons provided evidence for the quantal nature of light (1892-1962)
arthur evans
British archaeologist who excavated the palace of Knossos in Crete to find what he called Minoan civilization (1851-1941)
arthur fiedler
popular United States conductor (1894-1979)
arthur garfield hays
United States lawyer involved in several famous court trials (1881-1954)
arthur holmes
English geologist and supporter of the theory of continental drift (1890-1965)
arthur honegger
Swiss composer (born in France) who was the founding member of a group in Paris that included Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc and Jean Cocteau (1892-1955)
arthur jacob arshawsky
United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)
arthur john gielgud
English actor of Shakespearean roles who was also noted for appearances in films (1904-2000)
arthur koestler
British writer (born in Hungary) who wrote a novel exposing the Stalinist purges during the 1930s (1905-1983)
arthur laffer
United States economist who proposed the Laffer curve (born in 1940)
arthur meier schlesinger
United States historian (1888-1965)
arthur meier schlesinger jr.
United States historian and advisor to President Kennedy (born in 1917)
arthur miller
United States playwright (1915-2005)
arthur mitchell
United States dancer who formed the first Black classical ballet company (born in 1934)
arthur neville chamberlain
British statesman who as Prime Minister pursued a policy of appeasement toward fascist Germany (1869-1940)
arthur rimbaud
French poet whose work influenced the surrealists (1854-1891)
arthur rubinstein
United States pianist (born in Poland) known for his interpretations of the music of Chopin (1886-1982)
arthur schopenhauer
German pessimist philosopher (1788-1860)
arthur seymour sullivan
English composer of operettas who collaborated with the librettist William Gilbert (1842-1900)
arthur symons
English poet (1865-1945)
arthur tappan
United States abolitionist (1786-1865)
arthur wellesley
British general and statesman; he defeated Napoleon at Waterloo; subsequently served as Prime Minister (1769-1852)
of or relating to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
arthurian legend
the legend of King Arthur and his court at Camelot
articles of agreement
a contract between crew and captain of a ship
articles of confederation
a written agreement ratified in 1781 by the thirteen original states; it provided a legal symbol of their union by giving the central government no coercive power over the states or their citizens
relating to or affecting the joints of the body
consisting of segments held together by joints
articulated ladder
a ladder consisting of segments (usually four) that are held together by joints that can lock in place
the quality of being facile in speech and writing
articulatio temporomandibularis
the joint between the head of the lower jawbone and the temporal bone
articulatio trochoidea
a freely moving joint in which movement is limited to rotation
of or relating to articulation
a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
artificial additive
an additive to food intended to improve its flavor or appearance or shelf-life
artificial blood
a liquid that can carry large amounts of oxygen and can serve as a temporary substitute for blood
artificial flower
a handmade imitation of a blossom
artificial horizon
a navigational instrument based on a gyroscope; it artificially provides a simulated horizon for the pilot
artificial insemination
the introduction of semen into the oviduct or uterus by some means other than sexual intercourse
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 pacemaker
an implanted electronic device that takes over the function of the natural cardiac pacemaker
artificial skin
a synthetic covering with two layers used experimentally to treat burn victims
not according to nature; not by natural means
artillery shell
a shell fired by artillery
a serviceman in the artillery
of or relating to or belonging to mammals of the order Artiodactyla
artisan's lien
lien permitting an artisan to retain possession of a piece of work until has been paid for
artist's loft
a factory loft that has been converted into an artist's workroom and living area
artist's model
a person who poses for a painter or sculptor
a public performer (a dancer or singer)
in an artistic manner
artium baccalaurens
a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences
artium magister
a master's degree in arts and sciences
an honorary arts degree
pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming
artur schnabel
United States composer (born in Austria) and pianist noted for his interpretations of the works of Mozart and Beethoven and Schubert (1882-1951)
arturo toscanini
Italian conductor of many orchestras worldwide (1867-1957)
showily imitative of art or artists
an artificial language intended for international use as an auxiliary language
of or relating to or resembling reedlike plants of the genus Arundinaria
arundo conspicua
used by Maoris for thatching
arundo richardii
tall grass of New Zealand grown for plumelike flower heads
mother and earth goddess in Gilgamish epic; identified with Sumerian Ki and Ninkhursag
as a group
all together
as a matter of fact
in reality or actuality
as far as possible
to a feasible extent
as follows
what is listed next
as if by magic
in a magical manner
as it is
in the actual state of affairs and often contrary to expectations
as it were
as if it were really so
as luck would have it
by good fortune
as needed
according to need (physicians use PRN in writing prescriptions)
as the crow flies
by the shortest and most direct route
as usual
in the usual manner
as we say
in a manner of speaking
as yet
used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time
asa dulcis
gum resin used especially in treating skin irritation
asa gray
United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)
the brownish gum resin of various plants; has strong taste and odor; formerly used as an antispasmodic
the Magadhan language spoken by the Assamese people; closely related to Bengali
Indian religious leader and founder of the Yogacara school of Buddhism in India (4th century)
as soon as possible
asaph hall
United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907)
thick creeping evergreen herb of western Europe
asarum canadense
deciduous low-growing perennial of Canada and eastern and central United States
asarum virginicum
evergreen low-growing perennial having mottled green and silvery-grey heart-shaped pungent leaves; Virginia to South Carolina
asbat al-ansar
an extremist Palestinian Sunni group active in Lebanon in the early 1990s that advocates Salafism; responsible for murders and bombings; seeks to overthrow the Lebanese government and control Palestinian refugee camps; funded by al-Qaeda
asbestos abatement
the removal of asbestos from a public building
lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos particles
infestation of the human intestine with Ascaris roundworms
capable of being ascended
ascending aorta
the ascending part of the aorta as it emerges from the left ventricle
ascending node
the point at which an orbit crosses the ecliptic plane going north
ascension day
(Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter
ascension of christ
(New Testament) the rising of the body of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection
tending to rise
tending or directed upward
capable of being ascertained or found out
discovered or determined by scientific observation
rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
in an ascetic manner
United States writer (born in Poland) who wrote in Yiddish (1880-1957)
ascii character set
(computer science) 128 characters that make up the ASCII coding scheme
accumulation of serous fluid in peritoneal cavity
of or relating to or resulting from an abnormal accumulation of protein and electrolyte rich fluid in the peritoneal cavity
asclepia meadii
milkweed of central North America; a threatened species
of or relating to plants of the milkweed family
asclepias albicans
tall herb with leafless white waxy stems and whitish starlike flowers; southwestern United States
asclepias curassavica
tropical herb having orange-red flowers followed by pods suggesting a swallow with outspread wings; a weed throughout the tropics
asclepias exaltata
milkweed of the eastern United States with leaves resembling those of pokeweed
asclepias incarnata
densely branching perennial of the eastern United States with white to crimson or purple flowers
asclepias purpurascens
perennial of eastern North America having pink-purple flowers
asclepias speciosa
milkweed of southern North America having large starry purple and pink flowers
asclepias subverticillata
milkweed of southwestern United States and Mexico; poisonous to livestock
asclepias tuberosa
erect perennial of eastern and southern United States having showy orange flowers
asclepias verticillata
milkweed of the eastern United States with narrow leaves in whorls and greenish-white flowers
of or relating to ascocarps
a lichen in which the fungus component is an ascomycete
an ascocarp having the spore-bearing layer of cells (the hymenium) on a broad disklike receptacle
related to or characteristic of fungi of the class Ascomycetes
ascophyllum nodosum
similar to and found with black rockweed
ascorbic acid
a vitamin found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables; prevents scurvy
sexually produced fungal spore formed within an ascus
of or relating to ascospores
a cravat with wide square ends; secured with an ornamental pin
capable of being assigned or credited to
in the direction of the sea
an association of nations dedicated to economic and political cooperation in southeastern Asia and who joined with the United States to fight against global terrorism
free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms
not having or involving sex
having no evident sex or sex organs
in an asexual manner
(Norse mythology) the heavenly dwelling of the Norse gods (the Aesir) and slain war heroes
ash bin
a bin that holds rubbish until it is collected
ash cake
corn bread wrapped in cabbage leaves and baked in hot ashes (southern)
ash can
early 20th-century United States painting; portrays realistic and sordid scenes of city life
ash gray
a light shade of grey
of hair color; whitish
of a light grey
a receptacle fitted beneath the grate in which ashes collect and are removed
feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse
with a feeling of shame
chief god of the Assyrians; god of military prowess and empire; identified with Babylonian Anshar
a Jew of eastern European or German descent
a rectangular block of hewn stone used for building purposes
ashley montagu
United States anthropologist (born in England) who popularized anthropology (1905-)
towards the shore from the water
British choreographer (1906-1988)
an ancient Phoenician goddess of love and fertility; the Phoenician counterpart to Ishtar
a receptacle for the ash from smokers' cigars or cigarettes
king of Assyria who built a magnificent palace and library at Nineveh (668-627 BC)
asian american
an American who is of Asian descent
asian black grouse
a black grouse of western Asia
asian crocodile
estuarine crocodile of eastern Asia and Pacific islands
asian influenza
influenza caused by the Asian virus that was first isolated in 1957
asian shamanism
an animistic religion of northern Asia having the belief that the mediation between the visible and the spirit worlds is effected by shamans
asiatic cholera
an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food
asiatic sweetleaf
deciduous shrub of eastern Asia bearing decorative bright blue fruit
United States writer (born in Russia) noted for his science fiction (1920-1992)
extremely silly or stupid
the quality of being asinine; stupidity combined with stubbornness
ask for it
persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble
ask jeeves
a widely used search engine accepting plain English questions or phrases or terms
ask out
make a date
ask over
invite someone to one's house
(used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
having an oblique or slanted direction
antineoplastic drug (trade name Elspar) sometimes used to treat lymphoblastic leukemia
a crystalline amino acid found in proteins and in many plants (e.g., asparagus)
asparagus bed
a bed in which asparagus is growing
asparagus pea
sprawling European annual having a 4-winged edible pod
an artificial sweetener made from aspartic acid; used as a calorie-free sweetener
aspartic acid
a crystalline amino acid found in proteins and occurring naturally in sugar beets and sugar cane
aspect ratio
the ratio of the width to the height of a tv picture
of or belonging to an aspect (as an aspect of the verb)
asperger's syndrome
a psychiatric disorder usually noted during early school years; characterized by impaired social relations and by repetitive patterns of behavior
a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; used for sprinkling holy water
aspergillus fumigatus
a mold causing aspergillosis in birds and man
asperula tinctoria
creeping European perennial having red or pinkish-white flowers and red roots sometimes used as a substitute for madder in dyeing
containing asphalt
varying slightly from a perfectly spherical shape
a condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gas
in a state of asphyxia
tending to deprive of oxygen
a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires
savory jelly based on fish or meat stock used as a mold for meats or vegetables
aspiration pneumonia
inflammation of the lungs caused by inhaling or choking on vomitus; may occur during unconsciousness (anesthesia or drunkenness or seizure or cardiac arrest)
a pump that draws air or another gas through a liquid
an ambitious and aspiring young person
aspirin powder
a powdered form of aspirin
desiring or striving for recognition or advancement
asplenium adiantum-nigrum
spleenwort of Europe and Africa and Asia having pinnate fronds and yielding an astringent
asplenium billotii
a spleenwort of western Europe
asplenium bradleyi
a spleenwort of eastern to southern United States
asplenium montanum
a spleenwort of eastern North America
asplenium pinnatifidum
a spleenwort of eastern and southern United States
asplenium platyneuron
common North American fern with polished black stripes
asplenium rhizophyllum
ferns having lanceolate fronds that root at the tip
asplenium ruta-muraria
small delicate spleenwort found on a steep slope (as a wall or cliff) of Eurasia and North America
asplenium trichomanes
small rock-inhabiting fern of northern temperate zone and Hawaii with pinnate fronds
asplenium viride
a small fern with slim green fronds; widely distributed in cool parts of northern hemisphere
the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa
vulnerability to forceful attack
not defended or capable of being defended
assam fever
leishmaniasis of the viscera
assam rubber
large tropical Asian tree frequently dwarfed as a houseplant; source of Assam rubber
murdered by surprise attack for political reasons
assault rifle
any of the automatic rifles or semiautomatic rifles with large magazines designed for military use
disposed to attack
a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity
an analyst who assays (performs chemical tests on) metals
a program to convert assembly language into machine language
assemblies of god
a charismatic Protestant denomination in the United States
assembly hall
a hall where many people can congregate
assembly language
a low-level programing language; close approximation to machine language
someone who is a member of a legislative assembly
a woman assemblyman
a person who assents
expressing agreement or consent
agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly)
assert oneself
put oneself forward in an assertive and insistent manner
confidently declared to be so
relating to the use of or having the nature of a declaration
aggressively self-assured
in an assertive manner
assertiveness training
a method of psychotherapy that reinforces you for stating negative and positive feelings directly
a person (or property) that is assessed
marked by care and persistent effort
with care and persistence
legally transferable to the ownership of another
appointed to a post or duty
(law) the party to whom something is assigned (e.g., someone to whom a right or property is legally transferred)
(law) the party who makes an assignment
able to be absorbed and incorporated into body tissues
capable of taking (gas, light, or liquids) into a solution
assistant foreman
a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers
assistant professor
a teacher or lower rank than an associate professor
giving assistance
the county courts of England (replaced in 1971 by Crown courts)
the capability of being easily associated or joined or connected in thought
capable of being associated
associate in arts
an associate degree in arts
associate professor
a teacher lower in rank than a full professor but higher than an assistant professor
associated state
a state or territory partly controlled by (but not a possession of) a stronger state but autonomous in internal affairs; protectorates are established by treaty
the position of associate (as in an office or academy)
association area
cortical areas that are neither motor or sensory but are thought to be involved in higher processing of information
association football
a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal
association of islamic groups and communities
a Turkish terrorist group of fundamentalist Muslims with ties to al-Qaeda that operates in Germany; seeks the violent overthrow of the Turkish government and the establishment of an Islamic nation modeled on Iran
association of orangemen
a Protestant political organization in Northern Ireland
association theory
(psychology) a theory that association is the basic principle of mental activity
of or relating to associations or associationism
associative aphasia
aphasia in which the lesion is assumed to be in the association tracts connecting the various language centers in the brain; patient's have difficulty repeating a sentence just heard
characterized by or causing or resulting from the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
assortative mating
mating of individuals having more traits in common than likely in random mating
the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
freeing from fear and anxiety
adopted in order to deceive
excessively forward
without a doubt
giving confidence
assyrian akkadian
an extinct language of the Assyrians in ancient Mesopotamia
assyrian neo-aramaic
the language of modern Iraq
archeology of the ancient Assyrians
United States dancer and cinema actor noted for his original and graceful tap dancing (1899-1987)
inability to stand due to muscular incoordination
not static or stable
astatic galvanometer
has a moving magnet and astatic coils arranged to cancel the effect of the Earth's magnetic field
a highly unstable radioactive element (the heaviest of the halogen series); a decay product of uranium and thorium
aster acuminatus
North American perennial with apparently whorled leaves and showy white purple-tinged flowers
aster arenosus
common North American perennial with heathlike foliage and small white flower heads
aster cordifolius
perennial wood aster of eastern North America
aster divaricatus
rhizomatous perennial wood aster of eastern North America with white flowers
aster dumosus
stiff perennial of the eastern United States having small linear leaves and numerous tiny white flower heads
aster ericoides
common much-branched North American perennial with heathlike foliage and small starry white flowers
aster falcatus
perennial of western North America having white flowers
aster linarifolius
wiry tufted perennial of the eastern United States with stiff erect rough stems, linear leaves and large violet flowers
aster linosyris
early-flowering perennial of southern and southeastern Europe with flower heads resembling those of goldenrod
aster macrophyllus
tufted perennial wood aster of North America; naturalized in Europe
aster novae-angliae
common perennial of eastern North America having showy purplish flowers; a parent of the Michaelmas daisy
aster novi-belgii
North American perennial herb having small autumn-blooming purple or pink or white flowers; widely naturalized in Europe
aster ptarmicoides
tufted rigid North American perennial with loose clusters of white flowers
aster shortii
perennial of southeastern United States having usually blue flowers
aster tripolium
a common European aster that grows in salt marshes
aster turbinellis
violet-flowered perennial aster of central United States having solitary heads
a loss of the ability to recognize objects by handling them
(of some crystals especially gemstones) exhibiting asterism
marked with an asterisk
relating to asterisms or constellations
not connected to the sternum or breastbone
of or relating to or resembling an asteroid
an abnormal loss of strength
asthenic type
slender, weak, and lightweight
a tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem
of or relating to a defect in the eye or in a lens caused by a deviation from spherical curvature which prevents light rays from meeting at a common focus and so results in distorted images
astilbe biternata
North American astilbe with panicles of creamy white flowers
astilbe chinensis pumila
mat-forming evergreen Asiatic plant with finely cut leaves and small pink to burgundy flowers; grown as ground cover
astilbe japonica
a Japanese shrub that resembles members of the genus Spiraea; widely cultivated in many varieties for its dense panicles of flowers in many colors; often forced by florists for Easter blooming
lacking a stoma or stomata
having no mouth or mouthlike opening
with one leg on each side
of or relating to the anklebone
astragalus danicus
perennial of southern and western Europe having dense racemes of purple or violet flowers
astragalus glycyphyllos
European perennial
being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars
astrantia major
European herb with aromatic roots and leaves in a basal tuft and showy compound umbels of white to rosy flowers
a morbid fear of thunder and lightning
astreus hygrometricus
a common species of earthstar widely distributed in sandy soil; the gleba is a pale tan
astreus pteridis
the largest earthstar; the fruiting body can measure 15 cm across when the rays are expanded
a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker
the branch of biology concerned with the effects of outer space on living organisms and the search for extraterrestrial life
of or relating to or containing large star-shaped cells in the neuroglia
a transparent dome on top of an airplane where the navigator can make celestial observations
the branch of astronomy that studies the motion of natural and artificial bodies in space
the navigator of a spacecraft
tissue consisting of large stellate neuroglial cells
an early form of sextant
the worship of planets or stars
relating to or concerned with astrology
the branch of astronomy that deals with the measurement of the position and motion of celestial bodies
of or belonging to astronauts or the science of astronautics
navigating according to the positions of the stars
astronomical unit
a unit of length used for distances within the solar system; equal to the mean distance between the Earth and the Sun (approximately 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers)
astronomical year
the time for the earth to make one revolution around the sun, measured between two vernal equinoxes
astronomy satellite
a satellite equipped with a telescope to observe infrared radiation
of or concerned with astrophysics
astropogon stellatus
found in West Indies; lives in mantle cavity of a living conch
marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
in a shrewd manner
lacking columns or pillars
earlier a god; later a demon; counterpart of Zoroastrian Ahura
(literally `possessing horses' in Sanskrit) in Hinduism the twin chariot warriors conveying Surya
characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components
in an asymmetrical manner
having no symptoms of illness or disease
a straight line that is the limiting value of a curve; can be considered as tangent at infinity
relating to or of the nature of an asymptote
toward an asymptote
the relation that exists when things occur at unrelated times
asynchronous operation
operations that occur without a regular or predictable time relation to other events
asynchronous transfer mode
a means of digital communications that is capable of very high speeds; suitable for transmission of images or voice or video as well as data
lacking conjunctions
the omission of conjunctions where they would normally be used
absence of coordination of organs or body parts that usually work together harmoniously
of or relating to the state of asynergy; lacking synergy
absence of systole; failure of the ventricles of the heart to contract (usually caused by ventricular fibrillation) with consequent absence of the heart beat leading to oxygen lack and eventually to death
at a low price
for a relatively small amount of money
at a lower place
in or to a place that is lower
at a time
at all costs
regardless of the cost involved
at all
in the slightest degree or in any respect
at an equal rate
used in legal language
at arm's length
at some distance
at bay
forced to turn and face attackers
at best
under the best of conditions
at bottom
in reality
at close range
very close
at fault
deserving blame
at first blush
as a first impression
at first hand
from the original source; directly
at last
as the end result of a succession or process
at leisure
in an unhurried way or at one's convenience
at length
in a lengthy or prolix manner
at loggerheads
in a dispute or confrontation
at most
not more than
at odds
in disagreement
at peace
at present
at the present moment
at sea
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
at the least
not less than
at the ready
ready for immediate use
at the worst
under the worst of conditions
at times
sporadically and infrequently
at variance
not in accord
at will
as one chooses or pleases
at work
on the job
(baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
a drug (trade name Atabrine) used to treat certain worm infestations and once used to treat malaria
atacama trench
a depression in the floor of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile
atactic abasia
abasia due to ataxia of the legs
lacking motor coordination; marked or caused by ataxia
a language spoken by the Atakapa of the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas
a drug (trade names Atarax and Vistaril) used as a tranquilizer to treat anxiety and motion sickness
peace of mind
tending to soothe or tranquilize
the absence of mental stress or anxiety
Turkish statesman who abolished the caliphate and founded Turkey as a modern secular state (1881-1938)
a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism
characteristic of an atavist
ataxic aphasia
aphasia in which expression by speech or writing is severely impaired
a language spoken by a Malaysian people on Formosa
goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment
collapse of an expanded lung (especially in infants); also failure of pulmonary alveoli to expand at birth
a form of infantilism characterized by physical underdevelopment but normal intelligence
of or relating to ateleiosis
the sun (or solar disc) which was the deity of a monotheistic cult under the Pharaoh Akhenaten
ateria gastrica dextra
a branch of the hepatic artery that supplies the pyloric portion of the stomach on the lesser curvature
athanasian creed
a Christian profession of faith
the theological doctrine taught by Athanasius that Christ the Son is of the same substance as God the Father
(Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism; a church father, saint, and Doctor of the Church (293-373)
a furnace that feeds itself so as to maintain a uniform temperature; used by alchemists
a collection of mantras and formulas
a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods
the first Saxon ruler who extended his kingdom to include nearly all of England (895-939)
(Greek mythology) goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare; guardian of Athens; identified with Roman Minerva
a simple type of jet engine; must be launched at high speed
the formation of atheromas on the walls of the arteries as in atherosclerosis
a fatty deposit in the intima (inner lining) of an artery; can obstruct blood flow
of or relating to or resembling atheroma
a stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls, thus narrowing the arteries
of or relating to atherosclerosis
a continuous succession of slow, writhing, involuntary movements of the hands and feet and other body parts
(usually followed by `for') extremely desirous
athlete's foot
fungal infection of the feet
athlete's heart
enlarged heart commonly found among athletes trained for endurance
athletic sock
a sock worn for athletic events
athletic supporter
a support for the genitals worn by men engaging in strenuous exercise
athletic type
muscular and big-boned
intense energy
athol fugard
South African playwright whose plays feature the racial tensions in South Africa during apartheid (born in 1932)
departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal
tranquilizer (trade name Ativan) used to treat anxiety and tension and insomnia
atlantic bottlenose dolphin
the most common dolphin of northern Atlantic and Mediterranean; often kept captive and trained to perform
atlantic cod
one of the world's most important commercial fishes
atlantic halibut
largest United States flatfish
atlantic ocean
the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
atlantic ridley
grey sea turtle of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of North America
atlantic standard time
standard time in the 4th time zone west of Greenwich, reckoned at the 60th meridian; used in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and Bermuda and the Canadian Maritime Provinces
atlantic tripletail
tripletail found from Cape Cod to northern South America
atlantic walrus
a walrus of northern Atlantic and Arctic waters
(Greek mythology) group of 3 to 7 nymphs who guarded the golden apples that Gaea gave as a wedding gift to Hera
according to legend, an island in the Atlantic Ocean that Plato said was swallowed by an earthquake
atlas cedar
tall Algerian evergreen of Atlas mountains with blue-green leaves; widely planted as an ornamental
atlas vertebra
the 1st cervical vertebra
an instrument that measures rate of evaporation of water
relating to or located in the atmosphere
eaten as mush or as a thin gruel
bomb with atomic weapons
atomic cocktail
an oral dose of radioactive substance used in treatment and diagnosis of cancer
atomic explosion
the explosion of an atomic bomb
atomic mass unit
unit of mass for expressing masses of atoms or molecules
atomic number 100
a radioactive transuranic metallic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons
atomic number 101
a radioactive transuranic element synthesized by bombarding einsteinium with alpha particles (Md is the current symbol for mendelevium but Mv was formerly the symbol)
atomic number 102
a radioactive transuranic element synthesized by bombarding curium with carbon ions; 7 isotopes are known
atomic number 103
a radioactive transuranic element synthesized from californium
atomic number 104
a radioactive transuranic element which has been synthesized
atomic number 105
a transuranic element
atomic number 106
a transuranic element
atomic number 107
a transuranic element
atomic number 108
a radioactive transuranic element
atomic number 109
a radioactive transuranic element
atomic number 110
a radioactive transuranic element
atomic number 111
a radioactive transuranic element
atomic number 112
a radioactive transuranic element
atomic number 113
a radioactive transuranic element
atomic number 114
a radioactive transuranic element
atomic number 115
a radioactive transuranic element
atomic number 116
a radioactive transuranic element
atomic number 2
a very light colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses; the most difficult gas to liquefy; occurs in economically extractable amounts in certain natural gases (as those found in Texas and Kansas)
atomic number 43
a crystalline metallic element not found in nature; occurs as one of the fission products of uranium
atomic number 44
a rare polyvalent metallic element of the platinum group; it is found associated with platinum
atomic number 45
a white hard metallic element that is one of the platinum group and is found in platinum ores; used in alloys with platinum
atomic number 46
a silver-white metallic element of the platinum group that resembles platinum; occurs in some copper and nickel ores; does not tarnish at ordinary temperatures and is used (alloyed with gold) in jewelry
atomic number 57
a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a rare earth
atomic number 61
a soft silvery metallic element of the rare earth group having no stable isotope; was discovered in radioactive form as a fission product of uranium
atomic number 66
a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; forms compounds that are highly magnetic
atomic number 71
a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; usually occurs in association with yttrium
atomic number 72
a grey tetravalent metallic element that resembles zirconium chemically and is found in zirconium minerals; used in filaments for its ready emission of electrons
atomic number 75
a rare heavy polyvalent metallic element that resembles manganese chemically and is used in some alloys; is obtained as a by-product in refining molybdenum
atomic number 76
a hard brittle blue-grey or blue-black metallic element that is one of the platinum metals; the heaviest metal known
atomic number 77
a heavy brittle metallic element of the platinum group; used in alloys; occurs in natural alloys with platinum or osmium
atomic number 78
a heavy precious metallic element; grey-white and resistant to corroding; occurs in some nickel and copper ores and is also found native in some deposits
atomic number 83
a heavy brittle diamagnetic trivalent metallic element (resembles arsenic and antimony chemically); usually recovered as a by-product from ores of other metals
atomic number 84
a radioactive metallic element that is similar to tellurium and bismuth; occurs in uranium ores but can be produced by bombarding bismuth with neutrons in a nuclear reactor
atomic number 86
a radioactive gaseous element formed by the disintegration of radium; the heaviest of the inert gasses; occurs naturally (especially in areas over granite) and is considered a hazard to health
atomic number 87
a radioactive element of the alkali-metal group discovered as a disintegration product of actinium
atomic number 91
a short-lived radioactive metallic element formed from uranium and disintegrating into actinium and then into lead
atomic number 93
a radioactive transuranic metallic element; found in trace amounts in uranium ores; a by-product of the production of plutonium
atomic number 96
a radioactive transuranic metallic element; produced by bombarding plutonium with helium nuclei
atomic number 97
a radioactive transuranic element; discovered by bombarding americium with helium
atomic number 98
a radioactive transuranic element; discovered by bombarding curium with alpha particles
atomic number 99
a radioactive transuranic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons
atomic physics
the branch of physics that studies the internal structure of atomic nuclei
atomic pile
a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy
atomic power
nuclear energy regarded as a source of electricity for the power grid (for civilian use)
atomic spectrum
(physics) a spectrum of radiation caused by electron transitions within an atom; the series of spectrum lines is characteristic of the element
atomist theory
(chemistry) any theory in which all matter is composed of tiny discrete finite indivisible indestructible particles
divided into separate and often disparate elements
characterized by avoidance of traditional western tonality
the absence of a key; alternative to the diatonic system
of or relating to atonalism
without tonality
on, to, or at the top
atopic allergy
an allergic reaction that becomes apparent in a sensitized person only minutes after contact
atopic dermatitis
a severe form of dermatitis characterized by atopy
absence or loss of topognosia; inability to locate correctly a point of touch
an oral drug (trade name Lipitor) that is effective in lowering triglycerides; potent in reducing LDL cholesterol because higher doses can be given
not producing or resulting from poison
irritable as if suffering from indigestion
a synthetic compound derived from triazine that is widely used as an agricultural herbicide
an abnormal condition in which a normal opening or tube in the body (as the urethra) is closed or absent
(Greek mythology) the king of Mycenae and father of Agamemnon and of Menelaus
of or relating to a cavity or chamber in the body (especially one of the upper chambers of the heart)
atrial artery
the branch of the coronary artery that supplies the muscles of the atria
atrial fibrillation
fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart
atrial septal defect
an abnormal opening between the left and right atria of the heart
atrioventricular bundle
a bundle of modified heart muscle that transmits the cardiac impulse from the atrioventricular node to the ventricles causing them to contract
atrioventricular nodal rhythm
the normal cardiac rhythm when the heart is controlled by the atrioventricular node
atrioventricular node
a node of specialized heart muscle located in the septal wall of the right atrium; receives impulses from the sinoatrial node and transmits them to atrioventricular bundle
relating to or affecting the atria and ventricles of the heart
(of an anchor) just clear of the bottom
atriplex hortensis
Asiatic plant resembling spinach often used as a potherb; naturalized in Europe and North America
atriplex hymenelytra
handsome low saltbush of arid southwestern United States and Mexico having blue-green prickly-edged leaves often used for Christmas decoration
atriplex lentiformis
spiny shrub with silvery-scurfy foliage of alkaline plains of southwestern United States and Mexico
atriplex mexicana
Eurasian aromatic oak-leaved goosefoot with many yellow-green flowers; naturalized North America
atrium dextrum
the right upper chamber of the heart that receives blood from the venae cavae and coronary sinus
atrium sinistrum
the left upper chamber of the heart that receives blood from the pulmonary veins
the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
a drug (trade name Atromid-S) that reduces lipids in the blood serum; used to treat some cardiovascular diseases
relating to or characterized by atrophy
(of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use
an inhaled bronchodilator (trade name Atrovent)
capable of being fastened or added to something else
attache case
a shallow and rectangular briefcase
attack dog
a watchdog trained to attack on command
attack submarine
a military submarine designed and armed to attack enemy shipping
capable of being attained or accomplished
cancellation of civil rights
achieved or reached
attar of roses
a volatile fragrant oil obtained from fresh roses by steam distillation
modify the temperature of
tried unsuccessfully
one who tries
attendance check
a call of students' names in a classroom
attention span
the length of time you can concentrate on some idea or activity
of or relating to attention
with attention; in an attentive manner
an electrical device for attenuating the strength of an electrical signal
(law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
established as genuine
someone who affirms or vouches for the correctness or truth or genuineness of something
attic fan
a fan that blows heated air out of the attic of a building
king of the Huns; the most successful barbarian invader of the Roman Empire (406-453)
a small patch of facial hair just below the lower lip and above the chin
of or relating to attitudes
assume certain affected attitudes
acknowledge a new land owner as one's landlord
attorney-client privilege
the right of a lawyer to refuse to divulge confidential information from his client
attorney-client relation
the responsibility of a lawyer to act in the best interests of the client
the position of attorney
capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet
attractive nuisance
anything on your premises that might attract children into danger or harm
in a beautiful manner
capable of being attributed
attributive genitive case
a word in the genitive case that is used as an attributive adjective
of adjectives; placed before the nouns they modify
in an attributive manner
worn by rubbing or friction
attrition rate
the rate of shrinkage in size or number
relating to or caused by attrition
adjust or accustom to; bring into harmony with
not representative of a group, class, or type
any state that is not typical
in a manner that is not typical
au courant
being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledge
au gratin
cooked while covered with browned breadcrumbs (and sometimes cheese)
au jus
served in its natural juices or gravy
au naturel
completely unclothed
au pair girl
a foreign girl serving as an au pair
(of hair) colored a moderate reddish-brown
a terrorist organization in Colombia formed in 1997 as an umbrella for local and regional paramilitary groups; is financed by earnings from narcotics and serves to protect the economic interests of its members
United States writer (born in 1917)
auction block
a platform from which an auctioneer sells
auction bridge
a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge
auction house
a firm that conducts auctions
auction off
sell at an auction
auction pitch
an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
auction sale
the public sale of something to the highest bidder
of or by or typical of an author
in an audacious manner
United States poet (born in England) (1907-1973)
in the manner of W. H. Auden
quality or fact or degree of being audible or perceptible by the ear
in an audible manner
audio amplifier
an amplifier that increases the amplitude of reproduced sound
audio cd
compact discs used to reproduce sound (voice and music)
audio frequency
an audible acoustic wave frequency
audio lingual acquisition
system of language acquisition focusing intensively on listening and speaking
a cassette for audiotape
a graphical representation of a person's auditory sensitivity to sound
the measurement of hearing
an instrument used to measure the sensitivity of hearing
of or relating to audiometry
audiovisual aid
materials using sight or sound to present information
audit program
a listing of audit procedures to be performed in completing an audit
of or relating to the process of hearing
auditory agnosia
inability to recognize or understand the meaning of spoken words
auditory area
the cortical area that receives auditory information from the medial geniculate body
auditory center
the part of the brain (in a fold of the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe on both sides of the brain) that receives impulses from the ear by way of the auditory nerve
auditory hyperesthesia
abnormal acuteness of hearing due to increased irritability of the sensory neural mechanism; characterized by intolerance for ordinary sound levels
auditory image
a mental image that is similar to an auditory perception
auditory system
the sensory system for hearing
United States ornithologist and artist (born in Haiti) noted for his paintings of birds of America (1785-1851)
extremely filthy from long neglect
augean stables
(Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them
(Greek mythology) the mythical Greek king who for 30 years did not clean his stables which contained his vast herd of cattle
a number to which another number (the addend) is added
dark-green to black glassy mineral of the pyroxene group containing large amounts of aluminum and iron and magnesium
of or relating to or containing the mineral augite
added to or made greater in