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'hood
(slang) a neighborhood
 
'tween
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
 
1-dodecanol
a colorless insoluble solid alcohol used to make detergents and pharmaceuticals
 
1-hitter
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only one hit
 
10-membered
of a chemical compound having a ring with ten members
 
10000
the cardinal number that is the product of ten and one thousand
 
100000
the cardinal number that is the fifth power of ten
 
1000000
the number that is represented as a one followed by 6 zeros
 
1000th
the ordinal number of one thousand in counting order
 
100th
the ordinal number of one hundred in counting order
 
101
being one more than one hundred
 
101st
the ordinal number of one hundred one in counting order
 
105
being five more than one hundred
 
105th
the ordinal number of one hundred five in counting order
 
10th
coming next after the ninth and just before the eleventh in position
 
11-plus
(formerly in Britain) an examination taken by 11 and 12 year old students to select suitable candidates for grammar school
 
110
being ten more than one hundred
 
110th
the ordinal number of one hundred ten in counting order
 
115
being five more than one hundred ten
 
115th
the ordinal number of one hundred fifteen in counting order
 
11th
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)
 
120th
the ordinal number of one hundred twenty in counting order
 
125
being five more than one hundred twenty
 
125th
the ordinal number of one hundred twenty-five in counting order
 
12th
coming next after the eleventh and just before the thirteenth in position
 
130
being ten more than one hundred twenty
 
130th
the ordinal number of one hundred thirty in counting order
 
135
being five more than one hundred thirty
 
135th
the ordinal number of one hundred thirty-five in counting order
 
13th
coming next after the twelfth in position
 
140
being ten more than one hundred thirty
 
140th
the ordinal number of one hundred forty in counting order
 
144
twelve dozen
 
145
being five more than one hundred forty
 
145th
the ordinal number of one hundred forty-five in counting order
 
14th
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
 
150
being ten more than one hundred forty
 
150th
the ordinal number of one hundred fifty in counting order
 
1530s
the decade from 1530 to 1539
 
155
being five more than one hundred fifty
 
155th
the ordinal number of one hundred fifty-five in counting order
 
15th
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
 
160
being ten more than one hundred fifty
 
160th
the ordinal number of one hundred sixty in counting order
 
165
being five more than one hundred sixty
 
165th
the ordinal number of one hundred sixty-five in counting order
 
16th
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
 
170
being ten more than one hundred sixty
 
170th
the ordinal number of one hundred seventy in counting order
 
1728
a cardinal number equal to one dozen gross
 
175
being five more than one hundred seventy
 
1750s
the decade from 1750 to 1759
 
175th
the ordinal number of one hundred seventy-five in counting order
 
1760s
the decade from 1760 to 1769
 
1770s
the decade from 1770 to 1779
 
1780s
the decade from 1780 to 1789
 
1790s
the decade from 1790 to 1799
 
17th
coming next after the sixteenth in position
 
18-karat gold
an alloy that contains 75 per cent gold
 
180
being ten more than one hundred seventy
 
180th
the ordinal number of one hundred eighty in counting order
 
1820s
the decade from 1820 to 1829
 
1830s
the decade from 1830 to 1839
 
1840s
the decade from 1840 to 1849
 
1850s
the decade from 1850 to 1859
 
1860s
the decade from 1860 to 1869
 
1870s
the decade from 1870 to 1879
 
1880s
the decade from 1880 to 1889
 
1890s
the decade from 1890 to 1899
 
18th
coming next after the seventeenth in position
 
190
being ten more than one hundred eighty
 
1900s
the decade from 1900 to 1909
 
190th
the ordinal number of one hundred eighty-five in counting order
 
1920s
the decade from 1920 to 1929
 
1930s
the decade from 1930 to 1939
 
1940s
the decade from 1940 to 1949
 
1950s
the decade from 1950 to 1959
 
1960s
the decade from 1960 to 1969
 
1970s
the decade from 1970 to 1979
 
1980s
the decade from 1980 to 1989
 
1990s
the decade from 1990 to 1999
 
19th
coming next after the eighteenth in position
 
1st
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)
 
2-dimensional
lacking the expected range or depth; not designed to give an illusion or depth
 
2-hitter
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
 
20/20
normal visual acuity, as measured by the ability to read charts at a distance of 20 feet
 
200
being ten more than one hundred ninety
 
200th
the ordinal number of two hundred in counting order
 
20th
coming next after the nineteenth in position
 
21st
coming next after the twentieth in position
 
22-karat gold
an alloy that contains 87 per cent gold
 
22nd
coming next after the twenty-first in position
 
23rd
coming next after the twenty-second in position
 
24-karat gold
100 per cent gold
 
24/7
uptime is 24 hours a day 7 days a week
 
24th
coming next after the twenty-third in position
 
25th
coming next after the twenty-fourth in position
 
26th
coming next after the twenty-fifth in position
 
27th
coming next after the twenty-sixth in position
 
28th
coming next after the twenty-seventh in position
 
29th
coming next after the twenty-eighth in position
 
2d
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
 
3-dimensional
involving or relating to three dimensions or aspects; giving the illusion of depth
 
3-hitter
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 3 hits
 
3-membered
of a chemical compound having a ring with three members
 
300
being one hundred more than two hundred
 
300th
the ordinal number of three hundred in counting order
 
30th
coming next after the twenty-ninth in position
 
31
being one more than thirty
 
31st
coming next after the thirtieth in position
 
32
being two more than thirty
 
32nd
the ordinal number of thirty-two in counting order
 
33
being three more than thirty
 
33rd
the ordinal number of thirty-three in counting order
 
34
being four more than thirty
 
34th
the ordinal number of thirty-four in counting order
 
35
being five more than thirty
 
35th
the ordinal number of thirty-five in counting order
 
36
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
 
36th
the ordinal number of thirty-six in counting order
 
37
being seven more than thirty
 
37th
the ordinal number of thirty-seven in counting order
 
38
being eight more than thirty
 
38th
the ordinal number of thirty-eight in counting order
 
39
being nine more than thirty
 
39th
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
 
3rd
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
 
3tc
a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor that is very effective in combination with zidovudine in treating AIDS and HIV
 
4-dimensional
involving or relating to the fourth dimension or time
 
4-hitter
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits
 
4-membered
of a chemical compound having a ring with four members
 
400
being one hundred more than three hundred
 
400th
the ordinal number of four hundred in counting order
 
401-k
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
 
40th
the ordinal number of forty in counting order
 
41
being one more than forty
 
41st
the ordinal number of forty-one in counting order
 
42
being two more than forty
 
42nd
the ordinal number of forty-two in counting order
 
43
being three more than forty
 
43rd
the ordinal number of forty-three in counting order
 
44
being four more than forty
 
44th
the ordinal number of forty-four in counting order
 
45
being five more than forty
 
45th
the ordinal number of forty-five in counting order
 
46
being six more than forty
 
46th
the ordinal number of forty-six in counting order
 
47
being seven more than forty
 
47th
the ordinal number of forty-seven in counting order
 
48
being eight more than forty
 
48th
the ordinal number of forty-eight in counting order
 
49
being nine more than forty
 
49th
the ordinal number of forty-nine in counting order
 
4th
coming next after the third and just before the fifth in position or time or degree or magnitude
 
4to
the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper twice to form four leaves
 
5-hitter
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
 
5-hydroxytryptamine
a neurotransmitter involved in e.g. sleep and depression and memory
 
5-membered
of a chemical compound having a ring with five members
 
500th
the ordinal number of five hundred in counting order
 
50th
the ordinal number of fifty in counting order
 
51
being one more than fifty
 
52
being two more than fifty
 
53
being three more than fifty
 
54
being four more than fifty
 
55
being five more than fifty
 
55th
the ordinal number of fifty-five in counting order
 
56
being six more than fifty
 
57
being seven more than fifty
 
58
being eight more than fifty
 
59
being nine more than fifty
 
5th
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
 
6-membered
of a chemical compound having a ring with six members
 
60th
the ordinal number of sixty in counting order
 
61
being one more than sixty
 
62
being two more than sixty
 
63
being three more than sixty
 
64
being four more than sixty
 
64th
the ordinal number of sixty-four in counting order
 
65
being five more than sixty
 
65th
the ordinal number of sixty-five in counting order
 
66
being six more than sixty
 
67
being seven more than sixty
 
68
being eight more than sixty
 
69
being nine more than sixty
 
6th
coming next after the fifth and just before the seventh in position
 
7-membered
of a chemical compound having a ring with seven members
 
70th
the ordinal number of seventy in counting order
 
71
being one more than seventy
 
72
being two more than seventy
 
73
being three more than seventy
 
74
being four more than seventy
 
75
being five more than seventy
 
75th
the ordinal number of seventy-five in counting order
 
76
being six more than seventy
 
77
being seven more than seventy
 
79
being nine more than seventy
 
7th
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
 
8-membered
of a chemical compound having a ring with eight members
 
80th
the ordinal number of eighty in counting order
 
81
being one more than eighty
 
82
being two more than eighty
 
83
being three more than eighty
 
84
being four more than eighty
 
85
being five more than eighty
 
85th
the ordinal number of eighty-five in counting order
 
86
being six more than eighty
 
87
being seven more than eighty
 
88
being eight more than eighty
 
89
being nine more than eighty
 
8th
coming next after the seventh and just before the ninth in position
 
8vo
the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper three times to form eight leaves
 
9-membered
of a chemical compound having a ring with nine members
 
90th
the ordinal number of ninety in counting order
 
91
being one more than ninety
 
92
being two more than ninety
 
93
being three more than ninety
 
94
being four more than ninety
 
95
being five more than ninety
 
95th
the ordinal number of ninety-five in counting order
 
96
being six more than ninety
 
97
being seven more than ninety
 
98
being eight more than ninety
 
99
being one less than one hundred and nine more than ninety
 
9th
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
 
a'man
the Israeli military intelligence which produces comprehensive national intelligence briefings for the prime minister and the cabinet
 
a-line
women's clothing that has a fitted top and a flared skirt that is widest at the hemline
 
a-list
a list of names of specially favored people
 
a-ok
in perfect condition or order
 
a-one
of the highest quality
 
a-scan ultrasonography
the use of ultrasonography to measure the length of the eyeball
 
a-team
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)
 
a.d.
in the Christian era; used before dates after the supposed year Christ was born
 
a.e.
Irish writer whose pen name was A.E. (1867-1935)
 
a.k.a.
as known or named at another time or place
 
a/c
an appliance designed to extract humidity from the air and thereby cool it
 
aaa
an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta associated with old age and hypertension
 
aah
express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'
 
aalst
a town in central Belgium
 
aalto
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
 
aarp
an association of people to promote the welfare of senior citizens
 
aas
an associate degree in applied science
 
aave
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
 
abacinate
blind by holding a red-hot metal plate before someone's eyes
 
abactinal
(of radiate animals) located on the surface or end opposite to that on which the mouth is situated
 
abaft
at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
 
abamp
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
 
abarticulation
dislocation of a joint
 
abashed
feeling or caused to feel ill at ease or self-conscious or ashamed
 
abashment
feeling embarrassed due to modesty
 
abasia trepidans
abasia due to trembling of the legs
 
abasic
of or relating to abasia (inability to walk)
 
abatable
capable of being abated
 
abatable nuisance
a nuisance that can remedied (suppressed or extinguished or rendered harmless)
 
abatis
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
 
abator
a person who abates a nuisance
 
abattoir
a building where animals are butchered
 
abaxial
facing away from the axis of an organ or organism
 
abaxially
in an abaxial manner
 
abaya
(Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women
 
abb
an urban hit squad and guerrilla group of the Communist Party in the Philippines; formed in the 1980s
 
abbacy
the jurisdiction or office of an abbot
 
abbatial
of or having to do with or belonging to an abbey or abbot, or abbess
 
abbe
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)
 
abbreviator
one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work
 
abc
the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
 
abcoulomb
a unit of electrical charge equal to 10 coulombs
 
abdicable
capable of being discarded or renounced or relinquished
 
abdicate
give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
 
abdicator
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
 
abdominocentesis
centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis
 
abdominoplasty
cosmetic surgery of the abdomen to remove wrinkles and tighten the skin over the stomach
 
abdominous
having a large belly
 
abdominousness
the bodily property of a protruding belly
 
abdominovesical
of or relating to the abdomen and the urinary bladder
 
abduce
advance evidence for
 
abducens muscle
the ocular muscle whose contraction turns the eyeball outward
 
abducens
a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye
 
abducting
especially of muscles; drawing away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part
 
abeam
at right angles to the length of a ship or airplane
 
abecedarius
a poem having lines beginning with letters of the alphabet in regular order
 
abed
in bed
 
abel janszoon tasman
Dutch navigator who was the first European to discover Tasmania and New Zealand (1603-1659)
 
abelard
French philosopher and theologian; lover of Heloise (1079-1142)
 
abele
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
 
abenaki
a member of the Algonquian people of Maine and southern Quebec
 
aberdeen angus
black hornless breed from Scotland
 
aberdonian
of or relating to Aberdeen
 
abet
assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
 
abetalipoproteinemia
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
 
abetment
the verbal act of urging on
 
abetter
one who helps or encourages or incites another
 
abeyant
inactive but capable of becoming active
 
abfarad
a capacitance unit equal to one billion farads
 
abhor
find repugnant
 
abhorrence
hate coupled with disgust
 
abhorrent
offensive to the mind
 
abhorrer
a signer of a 1679 address to Charles II in which those who petitioned for the reconvening of parliament were condemned and abhorred
 
abiding
lasting a long time
 
abience
(psychology) an urge to withdraw or avoid a situation or an object
 
abient
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
 
abiogenesis
a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matter
 
abiogenetic
originating by abiogenesis
 
abiogenist
a believer in abiogenesis
 
abiotrophy
a loss of vitality and a degeneration of cells and tissues not due to any apparent injury
 
abjectly
in a hopeless resigned manner
 
abjure
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
 
abjurer
a person who abjures
 
ablactate
gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
 
ablated
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
 
able-bodied
having a strong healthy body
 
able-bodiedism
discrimination in favor of the able-bodied
 
ablepharia
a congenital absence of eyelids (partial or complete)
 
abloom
bursting into flower
 
abls
a bachelor's degree in library science
 
ablution
the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
 
ablutionary
cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands
 
ably
with competence; in a competent capable manner
 
abm
a defensive missile designed to shoot down incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles
 
abnegator
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
 
abnormally
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
 
abocclusion
the condition in which the upper teeth do not touch the lower teeth when biting
 
abolishable
capable of being abolished
 
abolishment
the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery)
 
abolitionary
relating to or favoring abolition, especially abolition of slavery
 
abolitionism
the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery
 
abomasal
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
 
abominator
one who hates or loathes
 
abor
little known Kamarupan languages
 
aborad
away from the mouth or oral region
 
aboral
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
 
abortionist
a person (who should be a doctor) who terminates pregnancies
 
abortive
failing to accomplish an intended result
 
abortively
in an unfruitful manner
 
abortus
a human fetus whose weight is less than 0.5 kilogram when removed or expelled from the mother's body
 
aboulia
a loss of will power
 
aboulic
suffering from abulia; showing abnormal inability to act or make decisions
 
abound in
exist in large quantity
 
abounding
existing in abundance
 
about turn
act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
 
above-mentioned
mentioned or named earlier in the same text
 
aboveground
on or above the surface of the ground
 
abracadabra
gibberish and nonsense
 
abrachia
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
 
abraham
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
 
abranchial
having no gills
 
abreact
discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
 
abreaction
(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
 
abridged
(used of texts) shortened by condensing or rewriting
 
abridgement
a shortened version of a written work
 
abroach
of a cask or barrel
 
abrogate
revoke formally
 
abrogator
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
 
abruption
an instance of sudden interruption
 
abruptly
quickly and without warning
 
abruptly-pinnate leaf
a pinnate leaf with a pair of leaflets at the apex
 
abruptly-pinnate
(of a leaf shape) pinnate with a pair of leaflets at the apex
 
abs
any of a class of composite plastics used to make car bodies and cases for computers and other appliances
 
abscessed
infected and filled with pus
 
abscessed tooth
an abscess of a common kind in the tissue around a tooth
 
abscissa
the value of a coordinate on the horizontal axis
 
abscondment
the act of running away secretly (as to avoid arrest)
 
abseiler
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
 
absenteeism
habitual absence from work
 
absently
in an absentminded or preoccupied manner
 
absentminded
lost in thought; showing preoccupation
 
absentmindedness
preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
 
absinth
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
 
absolutistic
pertaining to the principle of totalitarianism
 
absolved
freed from any question of guilt
 
absolver
someone who grants absolution
 
absolvitory
providing absolution
 
absorbable
capable of being absorbed or taken in through the pores of a surface
 
absorbance
(physics) a measure of the extent to which a substance transmits light or other electromagnetic radiation
 
absorbate
a material that has been or is capable of being absorbed
 
absorbefacient
inducing or promoting absorption
 
absorbency
the property of being absorbent
 
absorbent cotton
cotton made absorbent by removal of the natural wax
 
absorber
(physics) material in a nuclear reactor that absorbs radiation
 
absorbing
capable of arousing and holding the attention
 
absorptance
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
 
absorptive
having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.)
 
abstemiously
in a sparing manner; without overindulgence
 
abstention
the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
 
abstentious
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
 
abstracter
one who makes abstracts or summarizes information
 
abstractive
of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstracting
 
abstractly
in abstract terms
 
abstractness
the quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object
 
abstruse
difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
 
abstrusely
in a manner difficult to understand
 
abstrusity
wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound
 
absurdly
in an absurd manner or to an absurd degree
 
absurdness
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)
 
abundant
present in great quantity
 
abundantly
in an abundant manner
 
abuser
someone who abuses
 
abusively
in an abusive manner
 
abutment arch
an arch supported by an abutment
 
abutter
the owner of contiguous property
 
abuzz
noisy like the sound of a bee
 
aby moritz warburg
German art historian (1866-1929)
 
aby
make amends for
 
abysm
a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
 
abysmally
in a terrible manner
 
abyssal zone
the deep sea (2000 meters or more) where there is no light
 
abyssinian
a small slender short-haired breed of African origin having brownish fur with a reddish undercoat
 
academe
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
 
academically
in regard to academic matters
 
academicianship
the position of member of an honorary academy
 
academicism
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
 
acantha
any sharply pointed projection
 
acanthion
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
 
acanthocyte
an abnormal red blood cell that has thorny projections of protoplasm
 
acanthocytosis
the presence of acanthocytes in the blood stream (as in abetalipoproteinemia)
 
acanthoid
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
 
acanthotic
of or relating to or having acanthosis
 
acanthus mollis
widely cultivated southern European acanthus with whitish purple-veined flowers
 
acapnia
a state in which the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower than normal; can result from deep or rapid breathing
 
acapnial
relating to or demonstrating acapnia
 
acaracide
a chemical agent used to kill mites
 
acariasis
infestation with itch mites
 
acaroid resin
an alcohol-soluble resin from Australian trees; used in varnishes and in manufacturing paper
 
acarophobia
a morbid fear of small insects and mites and worms
 
acarpellous
having no carpels
 
acarpous
producing no fruit
 
acaryote
a cell without a nucleus (as an erythrocyte)
 
acataphasia
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
 
acathexia
an inability to retain bodily secretions
 
acathexis
(psychoanalysis) a lack of cathexis; a condition in which significant objects or memories arouse no emotion in an individual
 
acaudal
lacking a tail or taillike appendage
 
acaulescent
(of plants) having no apparent stem above ground
 
accelerated
speeded up, as of an academic course
 
accelerative
tending to increase velocity
 
accelerator factor
a coagulation factor
 
accelerometer
an instrument for measuring the acceleration of aircraft or rockets
 
accenting
the act of giving special importance or significance to something
 
accentual system
the system of accentuation used in a particular language
 
acceptably
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
 
acceptant
accepting willingly
 
accepted
generally approved or compelling recognition
 
accepting
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
 
accessional
of or constituting an accession
 
accessorial
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
 
acciaccatura
an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
 
accidence
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
 
accident-prone
having more than the average number of accidents
 
accipitriformes
in some classifications an alternative name for the Falconiformes
 
accipitrine
of or relating to or belonging to the genus Accipiter (or to typical hawks)
 
acclamation
enthusiastic approval
 
acclimate
get used to a certain climate
 
acclimation
adaptation to a new climate (a new temperature or altitude or environment)
 
acclivitous
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)
 
accommodatingly
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
 
accommodational
of or relating to the accommodation of the lens of the eye
 
accommodator
someone who performs a service or does a favor
 
accompanist
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
 
accompanying
occurring with or following as a consequence
 
accomplishable
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)
 
accordionist
a musician who plays the accordion
 
accoucheuse
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
 
accountability
responsibility to someone or for some activity
 
accountable
liable to account for one's actions
 
accountantship
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
 
accouter
provide with military equipment
 
accoutered
provided with necessary articles of equipment for a specialized purpose (especially military)
 
accreditation
the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards)
 
accredited
given official approval to act
 
accretionary
marked or produced by accretion
 
accretive
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
 
accrued
periodically accumulated over time
 
acculturational
of or relating to acculturation
 
accumbent
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
 
accurse
curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
 
accursed
under a curse
 
accusative case
the case of nouns serving as the direct object of a verb
 
accusatorial
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
 
accusatory
containing or expressing accusation
 
accused
a defendant in a criminal proceeding
 
accuser
someone who imputes guilt or blame
 
accusingly
in an accusing manner
 
accustomed to
in the habit of or adapted to
 
accustomed
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
 
acebutolol
an oral beta blocker (trade name Sectral) used in treating hypertension
 
acedia
apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
 
acellular
not made up of or divided into cells
 
acentric chromosome
a chromosome lacking a centromere
 
acephalous
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
 
acerate
narrow and long and pointed; as pine leaves
 
acervate
pertaining to a growth of fungi that forms a heaped-up mass
 
acervulus
small asexual fruiting body resembling a cushion or blister consisting of a mat of hyphae that is produced on a host by some fungi
 
acetabular
of the cup-shaped socket that receives the head of the thigh bone
 
acetal
any organic compound formed by adding alcohol molecules to aldehyde molecules
 
acetaldehyde
a colorless volatile water-soluble liquid aldehyde used chiefly in the manufacture of acetic acid and perfumes and drugs
 
acetaldol
unsaturated aldol
 
acetamide
a colorless solid amide of acetic acid used as a solvent and in the synthesis of organic compounds
 
acetaminophen
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)
 
acetanilid
a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
 
acetate rayon
a fabric made from fibers of cellulose acetate
 
acetic
relating to or containing acetic acid
 
acetic anhydride
a compound that is needed in order to refine opium into heroin
 
acetin
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)
 
acetone
the simplest ketone; a highly flammable liquid widely used as an organic solvent and as material for making plastics
 
acetonemia
an abnormal increase of ketone bodies in the blood as in diabetes mellitus
 
acetonic
of or relating to acetone
 
acetophenetidin
a white crystalline compound used as an analgesic and also as an antipyretic
 
acetose
tasting or smelling like vinegar
 
acetyl chloride
colorless liquid acyl chloride (CH3COCl) that has a pungent odor
 
acetyl
the organic group of acetic acid (CH3CO-)
 
acetylation
the process of introducing an acetyl group into a compound
 
acetylcholine
a neurotransmitter that is a derivative of choline; released at the ends of nerve fibers in the somatic and parasympathetic nervous systems
 
acetylenic
of or related to acetylene
 
acetylic
of or related to acetic acid
 
achaian
a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
 
achenial
pertaining to dry one-seeded indehiscent fruit
 
acheronian
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
 
acheson
United States statesman who promoted the Marshall Plan and helped establish NATO (1893-1971)
 
achievability
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
 
achilles
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
 
achira
canna grown especially for its edible rootstock from which arrowroot starch is obtained
 
achlamydeous
not having a floral envelope or perianth
 
achlorhydria
an abnormal deficiency or absence of free hydrochloric acid in the gastric juice; often associated with severe anemias and cancer of the stomach
 
achlorhydric
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)
 
acholia
a condition in which little or no bile is secreted or the flow of bile into the digestive tract is obstructed
 
achondrite
a stony meteor lacking chondrules
 
achondroplasia
an inherited skeletal disorder beginning before birth; cartilage is converted to bone resulting in dwarfism
 
achondroplastic
of or relating to achondroplasia
 
achromasia
unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
 
achromatic
having no hue
 
achromatic lens
a compound lens system that forms an image free from chromatic aberration
 
achromatic vision
vision using the rods
 
achromatinic
(of substance of a cell nucleus) not readily colored by stains
 
achromatise
remove color from
 
achromatous
having little or inadequate color
 
achromia
an absence of normal pigmentation especially in the skin (as in albinism) or in red blood cells
 
achromic
having no color
 
achy
causing a dull and steady pain
 
achylia
absence of gastric juices (partial or complete)
 
acicula
a needlelike part or structure of a plant or animal or crystal; as a spine or bristle or crystal
 
aciculate
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
 
acid-fast
not easily decolorized by acid solutions; pertains to micro-organisms (especially the tubercle bacillus that causes tuberculosis)
 
acid-forming
yielding an acid in aqueous solution
 
acid-loving
thriving in a relatively acidic environment (especially of plants requiring a pH well below 7)
 
acid-tasting
having a sour acidic taste
 
acid-wash
wash with acid so as to achieve a bleached look
 
acidemia
a blood disorder characterized by an increased concentration of hydrogen ions in the blood (which falls below 7 on the pH scale)
 
acidification
the process of becoming acid or being converted into an acid
 
acidimetric
involving or related to acidimetry
 
acidimetry
volumetric analysis using standard solutions of acids to measure the amount of a base present
 
acidophil
an organism that thrives in a relatively acid environment
 
acidophilic
especially of some bacteria; growing well in an acid medium
 
acidophilus milk
milk fermented by bacteria; used to treat gastrointestinal disorders
 
acidotic
having or being characterized by acidosis
 
acidulate
make sour or more sour
 
acidulent
being sour to the taste
 
acidulousness
the taste experience when something acidic is taken into the mouth
 
acinic
pertaining to one of the small sacs (as in a compound gland)
 
acknowledgeable
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
 
acned
(of complexion) blemished by imperfections of the skin
 
acneiform
resembling acne
 
acold
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
 
acorea
absence of the pupil in an eye
 
acorn tube
a small vacuum tube; used at high frequencies
 
acorn-shaped
shaped like an acorn
 
acousma
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
 
acoustical
of or relating to the science of acoustics
 
acoustically
with respect to acoustics
 
acoustician
a physicist who specializes in acoustics
 
acousticophobia
a morbid fear of sounds including your own voice
 
acquaintanceship
a relationship less intimate than friendship
 
acquainted
having fair knowledge of
 
acquiescent
willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest
 
acquirable
capable of being acquired
 
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
 
acquisitive
eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas
 
acquittal
a judgment of not guilty
 
acquittance
a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
 
acquitted
declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless
 
acre inch
one twelfth of an acre-foot
 
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
 
acreage
an area of ground used for some particular purpose (such as building or farming)
 
acrilan
acrylic resin used to make a strong soft crease-resistant fabric (trade name Acrilan)
 
acrimonious
marked by strong resentment or cynicism
 
acrimony
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
 
acritical
without a crisis (as of some diseases)
 
acroanaesthesia
loss of sensation in the extremities
 
acrobatic
vigorously active
 
acrocarp
a moss in which the main axis is terminated by the archegonium (and hence the capsule)
 
acrocarpous
(of mosses) having the archegonia at the top of the stem
 
acrocentric
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
 
acrocephaly
a congenital abnormality of the skull; the top of the skull assumes a cone shape
 
acroclinium
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
 
acrocyanosis
cyanosis of the extremities; can occur when a spasm of the blood vessels is caused by exposure to cold or by strong emotion
 
acrodont
an animal having teeth consolidated with the summit of the alveolar ridge without sockets
 
acrogen
any flowerless plant such as a fern (pteridophyte) or moss (bryophyte) in which growth occurs only at the tip of the main stem
 
acrogenic
pertaining to flowerless plants (ferns or mosses) in which growth occurs only at the tip of the main stem
 
acrolein
a pungent colorless unsaturated liquid aldehyde made from propene
 
acromegalia
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)
 
acromegalic
marked or affected by enlargement or hypertrophy of the extremities or the face
 
acromicria
abnormally small extremities (underdeveloped fingers and toes)
 
acromphalus
abnormal protrusion of the navel; sometimes the start of umbilical hernia
 
acromyotonia
myotonia of the extremities only; causes spastic deformity of the hand or foot
 
acronym
a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name and pronounced as one word
 
acronymic
characterized by the use of acronyms
 
acropetal
of leaves or flowers; developing or opening in succession from base to apex
 
acrophobia
a morbid fear of great heights
 
acrophobic
suffering from acrophobia; abnormally afraid of high places
 
acrophony
naming a letter of the alphabet by using a word whose initial sound is the sound represented by that letter
 
acropolis
the citadel in ancient Greek towns
 
acroscopic
facing or on the side toward the apex
 
across the board
including all
 
across the country
extending throughout an entire nation
 
across-the-board
broad in scope or content
 
acrylamide
a white crystalline amide of propenoic acid can damage the nervous system and is carcinogenic in laboratory animals
 
acrylate
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
 
acrylonitrile
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
 
actable
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
 
acth
a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal cortex
 
actifed
trade name for a drug containing an antihistamine and a decongestant; used to treat upper respiratory conditions and minor allergies
 
actinal
(of radiate organisms) located on the surface or end on which the mouth is situated
 
actinic
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
 
actinide
any of a series of radioactive elements with atomic numbers 89 through 103
 
actinism
the property of radiation that enables it to produce photochemical effects
 
actinomeris alternifolia
perennial herb with showy yellow flowers; the eastern United States
 
actinometer
an instrument for measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (usually by the photochemical effect)
 
actinometric
of or related to actinometry
 
actinometry
measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (especially of the sun's rays)
 
actinomorphic
capable of division into symmetrical halves by any longitudinal plane passing through the axis
 
actinomycetal
of or belonging to the actinomycetes
 
actinomycin
any of various red antibiotics isolated from soil bacteria
 
actinomycotic
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
 
actionable
affording grounds for legal action
 
activase
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
 
actively
in an active manner
 
activism
a policy of taking direct action to achieve a political or social goal
 
activistic
advocating or engaged in activism
 
actomyosin
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)
 
actuarial
of or relating to the work of an actuary
 
actuated
moved to action
 
actuating
causing motion or action or change
 
acuate
ending in a sharp point
 
acular
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Acular and Toradol) that is administered only intramuscularly
 
aculea
small spiny outgrowth on the wings of certain insects
 
aculeate
having or resembling a stinger or barb
 
acuminate leaf
a leaf narrowing to a slender point
 
acupressure
treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body
 
acupuncture
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
 
acyclovir
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
 
ada
an enzyme found in mammals that can catalyze the deamination of adenosine into inosine and ammonia
 
ada-scid
SCID resulting from mutation of a gene that codes for adenosine deaminase
 
adactylia
congenital absence of fingers and/or toes
 
adactylous
without fingers and/or toes
 
adad
Babylonian god of storms and wind
 
adage
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
 
adamance
resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible
 
adamantly
inflexibly; unshakably
 
adams-stokes syndrome
recurrent sudden attacks of unconsciousness caused by impaired conduction of the impulse that regulates the heartbeat
 
adapa
a Babylonian demigod or first man (sometimes identified with Adam)
 
adapin
a tricyclic antidepressant (trade names Adapin and Sinequan) with numerous side effects (dry mouth and sedation and gastrointestinal disturbances)
 
adaptable
capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use
 
adaptational
of or relating to adaptation
 
adaptative
having a capacity for adaptation
 
adapted
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
 
adaptor
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
 
adaxial
nearest to or facing toward the axis of an organ or organism
 
adaxially
in an adaxial manner
 
add to
have an increased effect
 
addable
capable of being added or added to
 
addend
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
 
addicted
compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming
 
addictive
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
 
additional
further or added
 
additionally
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
 
addlebrained
stupid and confused
 
addlehead
a person with confused ideas; incapable of serious thought
 
addressable
capable of being addressed
 
addressed
(of mail) marked with a destination
 
addressee
one to whom something is addressed
 
addressing machine
a printer that automatically prints addresses on letters for mailing
 
adducent
especially of muscles; bringing together or drawing toward the midline of the body or toward an adjacent part
 
adducer
a discussant who offers an example or a reason or a proof
 
adducing
citing as evidence or proof
 
adduction
(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
 
adenauer
German statesman; chancellor of West Germany (1876-1967)
 
adenitis
inflammation of a gland or lymph node
 
adenocarcinomatous
of or pertaining to adenocarcinoma
 
adenoidectomy
surgical removal of the adenoids; commonly performed along with tonsillectomy
 
adenomatous polyp
a polyp that consists of benign neoplastic tissue derived from glandular epithelium
 
adenomegaly
gland enlargement
 
adenomyosarcoma
malignant renal tumor of young children characterized by hypertension and blood in the urine and the presence of a palpable mass
 
adenomyosis
the presence of endometrium elsewhere than in the lining of the uterus; causes premenstrual pain and dysmenorrhea
 
adenopathy
a glandular disease or enlargement of glandular tissue (especially of the lymph glands)
 
adenosine
(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
 
adequately
in an adequate manner or to an adequate degree
 
adequateness
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
 
adermin
a B vitamin that is essential for metabolism of amino acids and starch
 
adesite
dark greyish extrusive rock
 
adh
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
 
adhd
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)
 
adhesiveness
the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition
 
adhocracy
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
 
adiabatic
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
 
adience
(psychology) an urge to accept or approach a situation or an object
 
adient
characterized by acceptance or approach
 
adieu
a farewell remark
 
adipic acid
a carboxylic acid used in the manufacture of nylon
 
adipose
composed of animal fat
 
adipose cell
cells composed of fat
 
adipose tumor
a tumor consisting of fatty tissue
 
adiposeness
having the property of containing fat
 
adiposis
the property of excessive fatness
 
aditi
a Hindu goddess who releases from sin or disease; mother of the Adityas
 
aditya
one of 7 to 12 sons of Aditi; Hindu gods of celestial light
 
adjacency
the attribute of being so near as to be touching
 
adjectival
of or relating to or functioning as an adjective
 
adjectivally
as an adjective; in an adjectival manner
 
adjectively
as an adjective
 
adjoining room
a hotel room that shares a wall with another hotel room
 
adjudication
the final judgment in a legal proceeding; the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented
 
adjudicative
concerned with adjudicating
 
adjunction
an act of joining or adjoining things
 
adjunctive
joining; forming an adjunct
 
adjuration
a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
 
adjuster
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
 
adjustive
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
 
admass
the segment of the public that is easily influenced by mass media (chiefly British)
 
admeasure
determine the quantity of someone's share
 
administrable
capable of being administered or managed
 
administrative
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
 
administratively
by or for an administrator
 
administrivia
the tiresome but essential details that must be taken care of and tasks that must be performed in running an organization
 
admirability
admirable excellence
 
admirably
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
 
admired
regarded with admiration
 
admiringly
with admiration
 
admissible
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
 
admissive
characterized by or allowing admission
 
admittable
deserving to be allowed to enter
 
admittedly
as acknowledged
 
admix
mix or blend
 
admonisher
someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided
 
admonishing
expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective
 
admonishment
a firm rebuke
 
adnate
of unlike parts or organs; growing closely attached
 
adnexa
accessory or adjoining anatomical parts or appendages to an organ (especially of the embryo)
 
adnexal
of or pertaining to adnexa
 
adnoun
an adjective used as a noun
 
ado
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
 
adobo
a dish of marinated vegetables and meat or fish; served with rice
 
adolesce
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
 
adoptable
suitable or eligible for adoption
 
adopted
acquired as your own by free choice
 
adoptee
someone (such as a child) who has been adopted
 
adopter
a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her own child
 
adorability
extreme attractiveness
 
adorable
lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
 
adorably
in an adorable manner
 
adored
regarded with deep or rapturous love (especially as if for a god)
 
adoringly
with adoration
 
adorned
provided with something intended to increase its beauty or distinction
 
adoxography
fine writing in praise of trivial or base subjects
 
adpressed
pressed close to or lying flat against something
 
adrenalectomy
surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands
 
adrenalin
a catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress (trade name Adrenalin); stimulates autonomic nerve action
 
adrenarche
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
 
adrenocortical
of or derived from the cortex of the adrenal glands
 
adrenocorticotrophic
stimulating or acting on the adrenal cortex
 
adrenosterone
a steroid having androgenic activity; obtained from the cortex of the adrenal gland
 
adroit
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
 
adroitly
with adroitness; in an adroit manner
 
adscripted
(used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
 
adsorb
accumulate (liquids or gases) on the surface
 
adsorbable
capable of being adsorbed or accumulated on a surface of a solid
 
adsorbent material
a material having capacity or tendency to adsorb another substance
 
adsorptive
having capacity or tendency to adsorb or cause to accumulate on a surface
 
adulate
flatter in an obsequious manner
 
adulation
servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
 
adulatory
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
 
adulterated
mixed with impurities
 
adulterating
making impure or corrupt by adding extraneous materials
 
adulteress
a woman adulterer
 
adulterine
conceived in adultery
 
adulterously
in an adulterous manner
 
adultery
extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations
 
adumbrative
indistinctly prophetic
 
advancer
someone who advances
 
advancing
moving forward
 
advantageously
in a manner affording benefit or advantage
 
advect
convey by horizontal mass movement of a fluid
 
advection
(meteorology) the horizontal transfer of heat or other atmospheric properties
 
advective
of or relating to advection
 
adventist
a member of Christian denomination that expects the imminent advent of Christ
 
adventitial
of or pertaining to the adventitia
 
adventitious
associated by chance and not an integral part
 
adventitious root
root growing in an unusual location e.g. from a stem
 
adventive
not native and not fully established; locally or temporarily naturalized
 
adventuresome
willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
 
adventuress
a woman adventurer
 
adventurism
recklessness in politics or foreign affairs
 
adventuristic
of or pertaining to adventurism
 
adventurousness
the trait of being adventurous
 
adverbially
as an adverb
 
adversative conjunction
the conjunctive relation of units that expresses the opposition of their meanings
 
adversative
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
 
adversely
in an adverse manner
 
advertence
the process of being heedful
 
advertent
giving attention
 
advertently
in a careful deliberate manner
 
advertised
called to public attention
 
advertising department
the division of a business that is responsible for advertising
 
advertorial
an advertisement that is written and presented in the style of an editorial or journalistic report
 
advil
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
 
advisability
the quality of being advisable
 
advisable
worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise
 
advisedly
with intention; in an intentional manner
 
advisee
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
 
advowson
the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice
 
adynamia
lack of strength or vigor (especially from illness)
 
adz
an edge tool used to cut and shape wood
 
aecial
of or belonging to an aecium
 
aegir
a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
 
aegisthus
(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
 
aegypiidae
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)
 
aeneas
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)
 
aeneid
an epic in Latin by Virgil; tells the adventures of Aeneas after the Trojan War; provides an illustrious historical background for the Roman Empire
 
aengus
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
 
aeolic
the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken in Thessaly and Boeotia and Aeolis
 
aeolotropic
having properties with different values along different axes
 
aeolus
god of the winds in ancient mythology
 
aerator
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
 
aerially
by means of aircraft
 
aeriferous
conveying air; as the bronchial tubes
 
aerobe
an organism (especially a bacterium) that requires air or free oxygen for life
 
aerobic exercise
exercise that increases the need for oxygen
 
aerobiosis
life sustained in the presence of air or oxygen
 
aerobiotic
living or active only in the presence of oxygen
 
aerodontalgia
pain in the teeth that results from a change in air pressure (as in flying or mountain climbing)
 
aerodynamics
the branch of mechanics that deals with the motion of gases (especially air) and their effects on bodies in the flow
 
aerogenerator
generator that extracts usable energy from winds
 
aerogram
a letter sent by air mail
 
aerolite
a stony meteorite consisting of silicate minerals
 
aerolitic
of or pertaining to certain stony meteorites
 
aerological
of or pertaining to aerology
 
aerology
meteorology of the total extent of the atmosphere; especially the upper layers
 
aeromechanic
of or pertaining to aerodynamics
 
aeromedical
of or relating to aviation medicine
 
aeromedicine
the study and treatment of disorders associated with flight (especially with space flight)
 
aeronautic
of or pertaining to aeronautics
 
aerophagia
swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)
 
aerophilatelic
of or relating to airmail stamps
 
aerophilately
the collection and study of airmail stamps
 
aerophile
a lover of aviation
 
aerophilic
depending on free oxygen or air
 
aerosolised
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
 
aertex
a trademark for a loosely woven cotton fabric that is used to make shirts and underwear
 
aeschylean
of or relating to or in the manner of Aeschylus
 
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
 
aesculapian
of or belonging to Aesculapius or the healing art
 
aesculapius
son of Apollo; a hero and the Roman god of medicine and healing; his daughters were Hygeia and Panacea
 
aesir
(Norse mythology) the chief of gods living at Asgard
 
aesop
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
 
aesthesia
mental responsiveness and awareness
 
aesthete
one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
 
aesthetical
concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
 
aesthetically
in a tasteful way
 
aesthetics
(art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art)
 
aestival
(rare) of or occurring in summer
 
aestivate
sleep during summer
 
aetiologist
a specialist in the etiology of diseases
 
afar
(old-fashioned) at or from or to a great distance; far
 
afeard
a pronunciation of afraid
 
afebrile
having no fever
 
affable
diffusing warmth and friendliness
 
affably
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
 
affaire
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
 
affectedly
in an affected manner
 
affecting
arousing affect
 
affectingly
in a poignant or touching manner
 
affectional
characterized by emotion
 
affectionate
having or displaying warmth or affection
 
affectionately
with affection
 
affenpinscher
European breed of small dog resembling a terrier with dark wiry hair and a tufted muzzle
 
affiance
give to in marriage
 
affiant
a person who makes an affidavit
 
affiliated
being joined in close association
 
affinal
(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
 
affined
closely related
 
affirmable
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
 
affirmatively
in an affirmative manner
 
affirmativeness
the agreeable quality of one who assents
 
affirmatory
affirming or giving assent
 
affirmed
thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1978
 
affixal
of or pertaining to a linguistic affix
 
affixed
firmly attached
 
afflatus
a strong creative impulse; divine inspiration
 
afflictive
causing misery or pain or distress
 
affordable
that you have the financial means for
 
afforestation
the conversion of bare or cultivated land into forest (originally for the purpose of hunting)
 
affranchise
grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude
 
affricate
a composite speech sound consisting of a stop and a fricative articulated at the same point (as `ch' in `chair' and `j' in `joy')
 
affrication
the conversion of a simple stop consonant into an affricate
 
affusion
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
 
afire
lighted up by or as by fire or flame
 
afl
a federation of North American labor unions that merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1955
 
afl-cio
the largest federation of North American labor unions; formed in 1955
 
aflatoxin
a potent carcinogen from the fungus Aspergillus; can be produced and stored for use as a bioweapon
 
aflaxen
a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trademarks Aleve and Anaprox and Aflaxen) that fights pain and inflammation
 
aflicker
shining unsteadily
 
aflutter
excited in anticipation
 
aforementioned
being the one previously mentioned or spoken of
 
aforethought
with planning and intention
 
afoul
especially of a ship's lines etc
 
afp
an abnormally large amount of this fetoprotein in the fetus can signal an abnormality of the neural tube (as spina bifida or anencephaly)
 
afresh
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
 
africander
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
 
afrikander
a white native of Cape Province who is a descendant of Dutch settlers and who speaks Afrikaans
 
afro
a rounded thickly curled hairdo
 
afro-american
pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry
 
afro-asian
of or relating to the nations of Africa and Asia or their peoples
 
afro-wig
a wig that gives the appearance of an Afro hairdo
 
afropavo
both sexes are brightly colored
 
after a fashion
to some extent; not very well
 
after hours
not during regular hours
 
after-hours
after closing time especially a legally established closing time
 
after-school
outside regular school hours
 
afterbirth
the placenta and fetal membranes that are expelled from the uterus after the baby is born
 
aftercare
care and treatment of a convalescent patient
 
afterdamp
a toxic mixture of gases (including carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and nitrogen) after an explosion of firedamp in a mine
 
afterdeck
a deck abaft of midships
 
aftermost
located closest to the stern or tail
 
afternoon tea
a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes
 
afterpains
pains felt by a woman after her baby is born; associated with contractions of the uterus
 
aftershaft
a supplementary feather (usually small) on the underside of the base of the shaft of some feathers in some birds
 
aftershafted
having an aftershaft (a small feather at the base of some feathers)
 
aftershock
a tremor (or one of a series of tremors) occurring after the main shock of an earthquake
 
aftertaste
an afterimage of a taste
 
afterward
happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
 
afterworld
the place where you are after you die
 
aga
title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey)
 
again and again
repeatedly
 
again
anew
 
against the clock
as fast as possible; before a deadline
 
against the wind
in the direction opposite to the direction the wind is blowing
 
agal
a cord (usually of goat's hair) that Arabs (especially Bedouins) wind around their heads to hold down the kaffiyeh
 
agalactia
a condition in which milk is not secreted in the mother's breasts after her child has been delivered
 
agamemnon
(Greek mythology) the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
 
agamic
(of reproduction) not involving the fusion of male and female gametes in reproduction
 
agammaglobulinemia
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)
 
agassiz
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
 
agateware
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
 
agaze
(used of eyes) open and fixed as if in fear or wonder
 
agdistis
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
 
age-old
belonging to or lasting from times long ago
 
age-related
changing (increasing or decreasing) as an individual's age increases
 
age-related macular degeneration
macular degeneration that is age-related
 
agedness
the property characteristic of old age
 
agee
United States novelist (1909-1955)
 
ageism
discrimination on the basis of a person's age
 
ageless
continuing forever or indefinitely
 
agelessness
the quality of being timeless and eternal
 
agelong
lasting through all time
 
agency security
a security issued by United States government agencies or the Farm Credit System
 
agene
a yellow pungent volatile oil (trade name Agene) formerly used for bleaching and aging flour
 
agenesia
imperfect development; nondevelopment of a part
 
agenise
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
 
agent-in-place
an operative serving as a penetration into an intelligence target
 
agential
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
 
agerasia
youthful appearance in an old person
 
ageratum houstonianum
small tender herb grown for its fluffy brushlike blue to lavender blooms
 
agglomerated
clustered together but not coherent
 
agglomerator
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
 
aggrade
build up to a level by depositing sediment
 
aggravated assault
a reckless attack with intent to injure seriously (as with a deadly weapon)
 
aggravating
making worse
 
aggravatingly
in an aggravating fashion
 
aggravator
an unpleasant person who is annoying or exasperating
 
aggregated
formed of separate units gathered into a mass or whole
 
aggressively
in an aggressive manner
 
aggro
(informal British usage) aggravation or aggression
 
aghast
struck with fear, dread, or consternation
 
agilely
in a nimble or agile manner; with quickness and lightness and ease
 
agility
the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
 
agincourt
a battle in northern France in which English longbowmen under Henry V decisively defeated a much larger French army in 1415
 
agio
a fee charged for exchanging currencies
 
agitated depression
a state of clinical depression in which the person exhibits irritability and restlessness
 
agitating
causing or tending to cause anger or resentment
 
agitator
one who agitates; a political troublemaker
 
agitprop
political propaganda (especially communist propaganda) communicated via art and literature and cinema
 
aglaia
(Greek mythology) one of the three Graces
 
agleam
bright with a steady but subdued shining
 
aglitter
having brief brilliant points or flashes of light
 
aglow
softly bright or radiant
 
agnail
a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected
 
agnatic
related on the father's side
 
agnation
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)
 
agni
(Sanskrit) Hindu god of fire in ancient and traditional India; one of the three chief deities of the Vedas
 
agnomen
an additional name or an epithet appended to a name (as in `Ferdinand the Great')
 
agnostical
uncertain of all claims to knowledge
 
agog
highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, etc.
 
agonadal
lacking gonads
 
agonal
pertaining to or associated with agony (especially death agonies)
 
agone
gone by; or in the past
 
agonic line
an imaginary line connecting points on the Earth's surface where the magnetic declination is zero
 
agonised
expressing pain or agony
 
agonising
extremely painful
 
agonistical
striving to overcome in argument
 
agonizingly
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
 
agoraphobia
a morbid fear of open spaces (as fear of being caught alone in some public place)
 
agoraphobic
suffering from agoraphobia; abnormally afraid of open or public places
 
agranulocytic
relating to the blood disorder of agranulocytosis
 
agranulocytosis
an acute blood disorder (often caused by radiation or drug therapy) characterized by severe reduction in granulocytes
 
agrapha
sayings of Jesus not recorded in the canonical Gospels
 
agraphia
a loss of the ability to write or to express thoughts in writing because of a brain lesion
 
agraphic
relating to or having agraphia
 
agrarian
relating to farming or agriculture
 
agreeably
in an enjoyable manner
 
agreed upon
constituted or contracted by stipulation or agreement
 
agreed
united by being of the same opinion
 
agribusiness
a large-scale farming enterprise
 
agricola
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
 
agrippa
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
 
agrobiologic
of or pertaining to agrobiology
 
agrologic
of or related to agrology
 
agromania
an intense desire to be alone or out in the open
 
agronomic
of or relating to or promoting agronomy
 
agronomist
an expert in soil management and field-crop production
 
agronomy
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
 
agrypnia
a vigil before certain feasts (as e.g. Easter)
 
agrypnotic
of or pertaining to agrypnia
 
agua
largest known toad species; native to Central America; valuable destroyer of insect pests
 
aguish
affected by ague
 
ahab
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
 
ahem
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.
 
ahimsa
a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence
 
ahistorical
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)
 
ahriman
the spirit of evil in Zoroastrianism; arch rival of Ormazd
 
ahura
(Zoroastrianism) title for benevolent deities
 
ahura mazda
chief deity of Zoroastrianism; source of light and embodiment of good
 
aiai
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
 
aide-memoire
a memorandum summarizing the items of an agreement (used especially in diplomatic communications)
 
aided
having help; often used as a combining form
 
aides
(Greek mythology) the god of the underworld in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone
 
aigret
a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plume
 
aiguilette
ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
 
aiken
United States writer (1889-1973)
 
aikido
a Japanese martial art employing principles similar to judo
 
ailey
United States choreographer noted for his use of African elements (born in 1931)
 
ailing
somewhat ill or prone to illness
 
ailurophobia
a morbid fear of cats
 
aimee semple mcpherson
United States evangelist (born in Canada) noted for her extravagant religious services (1890-1944)
 
aimlessly
without aim; in an aimless manner
 
aimlessness
the quality of lacking any definite purpose
 
ain
belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself); preceded by a possessive
 
aioli
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
 
air-breathing
deriving oxygen from the air
 
air-conditioned
cooled by air conditioning
 
air-cool
equip with an apparatus for controlling the humidity and temperature
 
air-cooled
cooled by a flow of air
 
air-dried
made dry by contact with unheated air
 
air-drop
drop (an object) from the air; unload from a plane or helicopter
 
air-dry
not giving off moisture on exposure to the air
 
air-filled
full of air
 
air-raid shelter
a chamber (often underground) reinforced against bombing and provided with food and living facilities; used during air raids
 
air-slake
alter by exposure to air with conversion at least in part to a carbonate
 
air-to-air
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
 
air-to-ground
operating from or designed to be fired from aircraft at targets on the ground
 
airborne
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
 
airburst
an explosion in the atmosphere
 
airbus
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
 
aircraftman
a noncommissioned officer in the British Royal Air Force
 
airdrop
delivery of supplies or equipment or personnel by dropping them by parachute from an aircraft
 
aired
open to or abounding in fresh air
 
airedale
breed of large wiry-coated terrier bred in Yorkshire
 
airfare
the fare charged for traveling by airplane
 
airframe
the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)
 
airfreight
transport (cargo) by air
 
airheaded
lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
 
airily
in a flippant manner
 
airing cupboard
a warm cupboard where you put newly washed clothes until they are completely dry
 
airless
lacking fresh air
 
airlike
resembling air or having the form of air
 
airline business
a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers
 
airmailer
a mailer for airmail
 
airmanship
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
 
airpost
a system of conveying mail by aircraft
 
airs
affected manners intended to impress others
 
airspeed
the speed of an aircraft relative to the air in which it is flying
 
airwave
medium for radio and television broadcasting
 
airwoman
a woman aviator
 
airworthiness
fitness to fly
 
airworthy
(of aircraft) fit to fly
 
aitchbone
a cut of beef including the H-shaped rump bone
 
ajar
slightly open
 
ajax
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
 
akan
a Kwa language spoken in Ghana and the Ivory Coast
 
akha
a Loloish language
 
akhbari
a religious movement by Arab Shiite Muslims in 17th century Iraq that is opposed to the Usuli
 
akhenaten
early ruler of Egypt who rejected the old gods and replaced them with sun worship (died in 1358 BC)
 
akinesia
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)
 
akmola
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
 
aku
a Kwa language spoken by the Yoruba in southwestern Nigeria
 
akvavit
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
 
al-hakim
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
 
al-jihad
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
 
al-ma'unah
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
 
al-muhajiroun
a hard-line extremist Islamic group in Great Britain who support bin Laden and other terrorist groups
 
al-qur'an
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
 
al-ummah
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
 
alabaman
a native or resident of Alabama
 
alabastrine
of or resembling alabaster
 
alacritous
quick and eager
 
alacrity
liveliness and eagerness
 
aladdin
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
 
alalia
paralysis of the vocal cords resulting in an inability to speak
 
alamo
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)
 
alanine
a crystalline amino acid that occurs in many proteins
 
alaric
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
 
alarmed
experiencing a sudden sense of danger
 
alarming
frightening because of an awareness of danger
 
alarmingly
in an alarming manner
 
alarmism
needless warnings
 
alary
having or resembling wings
 
alas
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
 
alastrim
a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virus
 
alate
(of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions
 
alb
a white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves; worn by priests
 
alban berg
Austrian composer in Schoenberg's twelve-tone music system (1885-1935)
 
albedo
the ratio of reflected to incident light
 
albee
United States dramatist (1928-)
 
alben barkley
United States politician and lawyer; vice president of the United States (1877-1956)
 
albers
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)
 
albert
prince consort of Queen Victoria of England (1819-1861)
 
alberti
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)
 
albescent
becoming or shading into white
 
albigenses
a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
 
albigensian
of or relating to Albigenses or Albigensianism
 
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
 
albinal
of or pertaining to or affected by albinism
 
albinism
the congenital absence of pigmentation in the eyes and skin and hair
 
albino
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)
 
albion
archaic name for England or Great Britain; used poetically
 
albite
a widely distributed feldspar that forms rocks
 
albitic
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
 
albuminous
relating to or containing or resembling albumin
 
albuminuria
the presence of excessive protein (chiefly albumin but also globulin) in the urine; usually a symptom of kidney disorder
 
albuminuric
of or related to the state of albuminuria
 
albuterol
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
 
alcaeus
Greek lyric poet of Lesbos; reputed inventor of Alcaic verse (611-580 BC)
 
alcahest
hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists
 
alcaic
verse in the meter used in Greek and Latin poetry consisting of strophes of 4 tetrametric lines; reputedly invented by Alcaeus
 
alcalde
a mayor or chief magistrate of a Spanish town
 
alcalescent
tending to become alkaline; slightly alkaline
 
alcapton
an acid formed as an intermediate product of the metabolism of tyrosine and phenylalanine
 
alcaptonuria
a rare recessive metabolic anomaly marked by ochronosis and the presence of alkapton in the urine
 
alcazar
any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
 
alchemic
related to or concerned with alchemy
 
alchemise
alter (elements) by alchemy
 
alchemist
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
 
alchemistic
of or relating to alchemists
 
alcibiades
ancient Athenian statesman and general in the Peloponnesian War (circa 450-404 BC)
 
alcides
(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
 
alcohol-dependent
addicted to alcohol
 
alcohol-soluble
soluble in alcohol
 
alcoholics anonymous
an international organization that provides a support group for persons trying to overcome alcoholism
 
alcott
United States novelist noted for children's books (1832-1888)
 
alcyone
(Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
 
aldactone
a synthetic corticosteroid (trade name Aldactone) used to treat hypertension
 
aldehyde group
the chemical group -CHO
 
aldehydic
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
 
alderman
a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council)
 
aldermanic
of or relating to or like an alderman
 
aldol reaction
a reaction of aldehydes resulting in an aldol
 
aldomet
antihypertensive drug (trade name Aldomet) used in the treatment of high blood pressure
 
aldosterone
a corticosteroid hormone that is secreted by the cortex of the adrenal gland; regulates salt (sodium and potassium) and water balance
 
aldosteronism
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
 
aleatory
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)
 
alecto
one of the three Furies
 
alee
on or toward the lee
 
alehouse
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
 
alembic
an obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube
 
alendronate
a tablet (trade name Fosamax) prescribed to prevent or treat osteoporosis in women after menopause
 
aleph-nought
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
 
alertly
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
 
aleurone
granular protein in outermost layer of endosperm of many seeds or cereal grains
 
aleuronic
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
 
alexandrine
(prosody) a line of verse that has six iambic feet
 
alexandrite
a green variety of chrysoberyl used as a gemstone
 
alexia
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
 
alfilaria
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)
 
alfred
king of Wessex; defeated the Vikings and encouraged writing in English (849-899)
 
algal
of or relating to alga
 
algebraic number
root of an algebraic equation with rational coefficients
 
algebraic
of or relating to algebra
 
algebraically
in an algebraic manner
 
algebraist
a mathematician whose specialty is algebra
 
alger
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)
 
algid
chilly
 
algidity
prostration characterized by cold and clammy skin and low blood pressure
 
algin
a gum used especially as a thickener or emulsifier
 
algoid
of or resembling algae
 
algolagnia
sexual pleasure derived from inflicting or experiencing pain
 
algolagnic
of or relating to algolagnia
 
algology
the branch of botany that studies algae
 
algometer
device for measuring pain caused by pressure
 
algometric
of or related to algometry
 
algometry
measuring sensitivity to pain or pressure
 
algophobia
a morbid fear of pain
 
algophobic
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
 
algorithmic
of or relating to or having the characteristics of an algorithm
 
algren
United States writer (1909-1981)
 
alhacen
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
 
alienable
transferable to another owner
 
alienage
the quality of being alien
 
alienating
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
 
alienator
an unpleasant person who causes friendly people to become indifferent or unfriendly or hostile
 
alienee
someone to whom the title of property is transferred
 
alienist
a psychiatrist and specialist in the legal aspects of mental illness
 
alienor
someone from whom the title of property is transferred
 
aligning
causing to fall into line or into position
 
alimental
of or providing nourishment
 
alimentative
related to the supply of aliment
 
alimony
court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
 
aliphatic
having carbon atoms linked in open chains
 
aliquant
an integer that is not an exact divisor of some quantity
 
aliquot part
an integer that is an exact divisor of some quantity
 
alir
a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the government dominated by Tutsi and to institute Hutu control again
 
aliterate
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
 
alka-seltzer
a commercial antacid that contains aspirin; tablets dissolve in water to give an effervescent solution
 
alkahestic
of or pertaining to the alkahest that alchemists assumed to exist
 
alkalemia
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)
 
alkalic
relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7
 
alkalify
turn basic and less acidic
 
alkalimetry
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)
 
alkaline-loving
thriving in a relatively alkaline environment; (especially of plants requiring a pH above 7)
 
alkalinity
pH values above 7
 
alkalinuria
a condition in which the urine (which is normally slightly acidic) is alkaline
 
alkaloidal
pertaining to or consisting of alkaloids
 
alkalotic
marked by alkalosis (or a tendency toward alkalosis)
 
alkanet
perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue flowers
 
alkeran
antineoplastic drug (trade name Alkeran) used to treat multiple myeloma and some other malignancies
 
alky
a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
 
alkyd
a durable synthetic resin widely used in adhesives and paints
 
alkylbenzenesulfonate
sulfonate of alkyl benzene
 
alkylic
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-around
many-sided
 
all-day sucker
hard candy on a stick
 
all-devouring
(of animals) both plant-eating and flesh-eating
 
all-firedly
extremely
 
all-knowing
infinitely wise
 
all-mains
used of a radio receiver that is adaptable to all voltages
 
all-metal
consisting completely of metal
 
all-night
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
 
all-or-none
occurring completely or not occurring at all
 
all-out
using all available resources
 
all-powerful
having unlimited power
 
all-purpose
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
 
all-time
unsurpassed in some respect up to the present
 
all-victorious
never having lost
 
all-weather
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)
 
allah
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
 
allantoic
relating to or characterized by an allantois
 
allantoid
shaped like a sausage
 
allantois
the vascular fetal membrane that lies below the chorion and develops from the hindgut in many embryonic higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds and mammals)
 
allargando
(music) gradually decreasing in tempo and broadening in manner
 
allayer
a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
 
allegedly
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
 
allegiant
steadfast in devotion (especially to your lawful monarch or government)
 
allegoric
used in or characteristic of or containing allegory
 
allegorically
in an allegorical manner
 
allegoriser
someone who communicates in allegories
 
allegro con spirito
lively with spirit
 
allelic
of or relating to alleles
 
allemande
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
 
allergenic
relating to or having the effect of an allergen
 
allergist
a physician skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies
 
allergology
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
 
alleviant
remedy that alleviates pain without curing
 
alleviated
(of pain or sorrow) made easier to bear
 
alleviative
moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
 
alley cat
a homeless cat
 
alleyway
a narrow street with walls on both sides
 
allgood
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
 
allhallowtide
the season of All Saints' Day
 
allice
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)
 
alligatored
of paint or varnish; having the appearance of alligator hide
 
alliterate
use alliteration as a form of poetry
 
alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
 
alliterative
having the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable
 
alliteratively
in an alliterative manner
 
alliterator
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
 
alloantibody
an antibody that occurs naturally against foreign tissues from a person of the same species
 
allocable
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
 
allocator
a person with authority to allot or deal out or apportion
 
allochronic
(of taxa) occurring in different geologic times
 
allochthonous
of rocks, deposits, etc.; found in a place other than where they and their constituents were formed
 
allocution
(rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
 
allogamous
relating to cross-fertilization in plants
 
allogamy
cross-fertilization in plants
 
allogeneic
denoting or relating to cells or tissues from individuals belonging to the same species but genetically dissimilar (and hence immunologically incompatible)
 
allograft
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
 
allographic
of or relating to an allograph
 
allomerism
(chemistry) variability in chemical composition without variation in crystalline form
 
allomerous
pertaining to allomerism
 
allometric
relating to or marked by allometry
 
allometry
the study of the relative growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole
 
allomorphic
pertaining to allomorphs
 
allopathic
of or relating to the practice of allopathy
 
allopathy
the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself
 
allopatric
(of biological species or speciation) occurring in areas isolated geographically from one another
 
allopatry
the occurrence of related organisms in separate geographical areas with no overlap
 
allophone
(linguistics) any of various acoustically different forms of the same phoneme
 
allophonic
pertaining to allophones
 
allopurinol
a drug (trade name Zyloprim) used to treat gout and other conditions in which there is an excessive buildup of uric acid
 
allotrope
a structurally different form of an element
 
allotropic
of or related to or exhibiting allotropism
 
allotropism
the phenomenon of an element existing in two or more physical forms
 
allotted
given as a task
 
allover
covering the entire surface
 
allow for
make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
 
allowably
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
 
allude
make a more or less disguised reference to
 
alluring
highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
 
allusion
passing reference or indirect mention
 
allusive
characterized by indirect references
 
allusiveness
a quality characterized by indirect reference
 
alluvial
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
 
allyl
the univalent unsaturated organic radical C3H5; derived from propylene
 
allylic
of or pertaining to the allyl radical
 
alma mater
your alma mater is a school you graduated from
 
almandite
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
 
almond-eyed
having almond-shaped eyes
 
almond-scented
smelling of almond
 
almond-shaped
shaped like an almond
 
almoner
an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients
 
almoravid
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
 
almost
(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
 
alms
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
 
almsgiver
a person who gives alms
 
almsgiving
making voluntary contributions to aid the poor
 
alnico
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
 
aloes
a purgative made from the leaves of aloe
 
aloha
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)
 
alongside
side by side
 
alopecia areata
patchy baldness
 
alopecic
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
 
alp
any high mountain
 
alpenstock
a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers
 
alpestrine
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
 
alpha-interferon
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
 
alpha-lipoprotein
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
 
alpha-naphthol
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
 
alpha-tocopheral
a potent form of vitamin E obtained from germ oils or by synthesis
 
alphabetic script
a writing system based on alphabetic characters
 
alphabetically
in alphabetical order
 
alphabetisation
the act of putting in alphabetical order
 
alphabetise
arrange in alphabetical order
 
alphabetised
having been put in alphabetical order
 
alphabetiser
a literate person who can arrange items in alphabetical order
 
alphameric
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
 
alpinism
mountain climbing (not restricted to the Alps)
 
alpinist
a mountain climber who specializes in difficult climbs
 
alprazolam
an antianxiety agent (trade name Xanax) of the benzodiazepine class
 
already
prior to a specified or implied time
 
als
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
 
also
in addition
 
alt
angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
 
altace
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
 
altarpiece
a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table
 
altazimuth
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
 
alterability
the quality of being alterable
 
alterative
tending to cure or restore to health
 
alternately
in an alternating sequence or position
 
alternating current
an electric current that reverses direction sinusoidally
 
alternation
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
 
alternatively
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)
 
altissimo
very high
 
altitudinal
pertaining to altitude
 
altitudinous
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
 
altocumulus
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)
 
altostratus
a stratus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 miles
 
altricial
(of hatchlings) naked and blind and dependent on parents for food
 
altruism
the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
 
altruistic
showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
 
altruistically
in an altruistic manner
 
alular
pertaining to alulae
 
aluminate
a compound of alumina and a metallic oxide
 
aluminiferous
containing alum or aluminum
 
aluminise
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
 
aluminous
pertaining to or containing aluminum or alum
 
aluminum business
manufacturers of aluminum considered as a group
 
alundum
a substance made of fused alumina
 
alupent
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
 
alveolate
pitted with cell-like cavities (as a honeycomb)
 
alvine
of or relating to the intestines
 
alzheimers
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
 
amaethon
the farmer god; ancient god of agriculture
 
amalgamated
joined together into a whole
 
amalgamation
the combination of two or more commercial companies
 
amalgamative
characterized by or tending toward amalgamation
 
amalgamator
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)
 
amanuensis
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
 
amaretto
an Italian almond liqueur
 
amastia
absence of the mammary glands (either through surgery or developmental defect)
 
amaterasu
central deity of Shinto; goddess personifying the sun and ancestress of the rulers of Japan
 
amateurish
lacking professional skill or expertise
 
amateurishly
in an amateurish manner
 
amateurishness
something that demonstrates a lack of professional competency
 
amateurism
the conviction that people should participate in sports as a hobby (for the fun of it) rather than for money
 
amative
inclined toward or displaying love
 
amatory
expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance
 
amatungulu
very large closely branched South African shrub having forked bright green spines and shiny leaves
 
amaurosis
partial or total loss of sight without pathology of the eye; caused by disease of optic nerve or retina or brain
 
amaurotic
pertaining to blindness caused by amaurosis
 
amazed
filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock
 
amazingly
in an amazing manner; to everyone's surprise
 
ambage
a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
 
ambages
(archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action
 
ambagious
roundabout and unnecessarily wordy
 
ambassadorial
of or relating to or characteristic of ambassadors
 
ambassadorship
the post of ambassador
 
ambassadress
a woman ambassador
 
amber-green
of green tinged with amber
 
amberbell
eastern North American dogtooth having solitary yellow flowers marked with brown or purple and spotted interiors
 
ambergris
waxy substance secreted by the sperm whale and found floating at sea or washed ashore; used in perfume
 
ambidexterity
the property of being equally skillful with each hand
 
ambient
completely enveloping
 
ambiguously
in an ambiguous manner
 
ambitionless
having little desire for success or achievement
 
ambitiously
with ambition; in an ambitious and energetic manner
 
ambivalent
uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
 
ambiversion
(psychology) a balanced disposition intermediate between extroversion and introversion
 
ambiversive
intermediate between introversive and extroversive
 
ambler
someone who walks at a leisurely pace
 
amblygonite
a white or grey mineral consisting of lithium aluminum phosphate; a source of lithium
 
amblyopia
visual impairment without apparent organic pathology
 
amblyopic
pertaining to a kind of visual impairment without apparent organic pathology
 
ambo
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)
 
ambrose
(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
 
ambulacral
pertaining to the ambulacra of radial echinoderms
 
ambulance chaser
an unethical lawyer who incites accident victims to sue
 
ambulant
able to walk about
 
ambulant plague
a mild form of bubonic plague
 
ambulate
walk about; not be bedridden or incapable of walking
 
ambulation
walking about
 
ambusher
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
 
ameban
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
 
ameboid
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
 
amelia
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)
 
ameliorating
tending to ameliorate
 
amelioration
the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
 
ameloblast
a cell from which tooth enamel develops
 
amelogenesis
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
 
amen
a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath; worshipped especially at Thebes
 
amen-ra
Egyptian sun god; supreme god of the universe in whom Amen and Ra were merged; principal deity during Theban supremacy
 
amenability
the trait of being cooperative
 
amendable
capable of being corrected by additions
 
amendatory
effecting amendment
 
amended return
a tax return that corrects the information in an earlier return
 
amenities
things that make you comfortable and at ease
 
amenity
pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions
 
amenorrheal
related to the suppression of normal menstrual flow for any reason other than pregnancy
 
ament
a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence
 
amentaceous
(of plants) bearing or characterized by aments or catkins
 
amentia
extreme mental retardation
 
amerciable
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
 
americana
any artifact (such as books or furniture or art) that is distinctive of America
 
americanisation
assimilation into American culture
 
americium
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)
 
amerindic
of or pertaining to Native Americans or their culture or languages
 
ametabolous
undergoing slight or no metamorphosis
 
amethopterin
toxic antimetabolite that limits cellular reproduction by acting as an antagonist to folic acid; used to treat certain cancers and psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis
 
amethystine
containing or resembling amethyst
 
amethystine python
a python having the color of amethyst
 
ametria
congenital absence of the uterus
 
ametropic
of or relating to an abnormal condition of the eye in which visual images are not in focus on the retina
 
amhara
a member of the Semitic speaking people of northern Ethiopia
 
amicable
characterized by friendship and good will
 
amicably
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
 
amidopyrine
a white crystalline substance used as an analgesic and antipyretic
 
amidships
at or near or toward the center of a ship
 
amigo
a friend or comrade
 
aminic
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
 
aminoaciduria
abnormal presence of amino acids in the urine; usually a symptom of metabolic defects
 
aminobenzine
oily poisonous liquid amine obtained from nitrobenzene and used to make dyes and plastics and medicines
 
aminobenzoic acid
a derivative of benzoic acid
 
aminomethane
a methyl with the hydrogen atom replaced by an amino radical
 
aminophylline
a theophylline derivative that is used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of bronchial asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis
 
amiodarone
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
 
amitosis
the direct method of cell division characterized by simple division of the nucleus without formation of chromosomes
 
amitotic
pertaining to a simple method of cell division
 
amitriptyline
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
 
ammine
a complex inorganic compound that contains ammonia molecules
 
ammino
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
 
ammoniacal
pertaining to or containing or similar to ammonia
 
ammoniate
treat with ammonia
 
ammoniated
combined or treated with ammonia
 
ammonification
impregnation with ammonia or a compound of ammonia
 
ammonify
treat with ammonia; cause to undergo ammonification
 
ammonite
one of the coiled chambered fossil shells of extinct mollusks
 
ammonitic
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
 
ammonium
the ion NH4 derived from ammonia; behaves in many respects like an alkali metal ion
 
ammoniuria
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
 
amnestic
of or relating to or caused by amnesia
 
amnic
of or related to the amnion or characterized by developing an amnion
 
amnio
(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
 
amontillado
pale medium-dry sherry from Spain
 
amor
(Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros
 
amora
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
 
amoralism
the doctrine that moral distinctions are invalid
 
amoralist
someone who adheres to the doctrine that ordinary moral distinctions are invalid
 
amorality
the quality of being amoral
 
amorally
without regard for morality
 
amorist
one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love
 
amoristic
of or pertaining to romantic love
 
amorously
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
 
amort
utterly cast down
 
amortise
liquidate gradually
 
amour propre
feelings of excessive pride
 
amoxicillin
an antibiotic; a semisynthetic oral penicillin (trade names Amoxil and Larotid and Polymox and Trimox and Augmentin) used to treat bacterial infections
 
amoy
any of the forms of Chinese spoken in Fukien province
 
amperage
the strength of an electrical current measured in amperes
 
ampere-hour
a unit of charge equal to 3600 coulombs
 
ampere-turn
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
 
ampersand
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
 
amphibiotic
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
 
amphibolite
a metamorphic rock composed chiefly of amphibole and plagioclase
 
amphibology
an ambiguous grammatical construction; e.g., `they are flying planes' can mean either that someone is flying planes or that something is flying planes
 
amphibrach
a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
 
amphictyony
an association of neighboring states or tribes in ancient Greece; established originally to defend a common religious center
 
amphidiploid
(genetics) an organism or cell having a diploid set of chromosomes from each parent
 
amphidiploidy
the condition of being amphidiploid
 
amphigory
nonsensical writing (usually verse)
 
amphiprostylar
marked by columniation having free columns in porticoes either at both ends or at both sides of a structure
 
amphiprotic
having characteristics of both an acid and a base and capable of reacting as either
 
amphisbaenia
type genus of the Amphisbaenidae
 
amphitheatric
of or related to an amphitheater
 
amphitropous
(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
 
amphora
an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck; used to hold oil or wine
 
amphoric
the sound heard in auscultation resembling the hollow sound made by blowing across the mouth of a bottle
 
amphotericin
an antibiotic and antifungal agent
 
ampicillin
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
 
ampoule
a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)
 
ampullar
of or related to an ampulla
 
amputator
a surgeon who removes part or all of a limb
 
amputee
someone who has had a limb removed by amputation
 
amrinone
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
 
amundsen
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
 
amusd
a doctor's degree in musical arts
 
amused
pleasantly occupied
 
amusement arcade
an arcade featuring coin-operated game machines
 
amusingly
in an entertaining and amusing manner
 
amusive
providing enjoyment; pleasantly entertaining
 
amy lowell
United States poet (1874-1925)
 
amy lyon
English beauty who was the mistress of Admiral Nelson (1765-1815)
 
amygdaline
related to or resembling an almond
 
amygdalotomy
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
 
amyl
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
 
amylaceous
resembling starch
 
amyloid plaque
a plaque consisting of tangles of amyloid protein in nervous tissue (a pathological mark of Alzheimer's disease)
 
amyloidosis
a disorder characterized by deposit of amyloid in organs or tissues; often secondary to chronic rheumatoid arthritis or tuberculosis or multiple myeloma
 
amylolysis
conversion of starch to sugar
 
amylolytic
of or related to the process of amylolysis
 
amyotonia
lack of normal muscular tension or tonus
 
amyotrophia
progressive wasting of muscle tissues
 
amyxia
a condition in which no mucus in produced
 
an
an associate degree in nursing
 
anabaptism
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
 
anabatic
of an air current or wind; rising especially up a slope
 
anabiosis
suspended animation in organisms during periods of extreme drought from which they revive when moisture returns
 
anabiotic
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
 
anachronic
chronologically misplaced
 
anachronistically
in an anachronistic manner
 
anaclinal
of valleys and rivers; progressing in a direction opposite to the dip in surrounding rock strata
 
anaclisis
(psychoanalysis) relationship marked by strong dependence on others; especially a libidinal attachment to e.g. a parental figure
 
anaclitic
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
 
anacoluthia
an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
 
anacoluthic
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
 
anadiplosis
repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next
 
anadromous
migrating from the sea to fresh water to spawn
 
anaerobiotic
living or active in the absence of free oxygen
 
anaesthetist
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
 
anaglyphic
related to anaglyphs or anaglyphy
 
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
 
anagnost
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)
 
anagoge
a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
 
anagogic
based on or exemplifying anagoge
 
anagrammatic
related to anagrams or containing or making an anagram
 
anagrammatise
read letters out of order to discover a hidden meaning
 
anagrams
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.
 
analbuminemia
an abnormally low level of albumin in the blood serum
 
analecta
a collection of excerpts from a literary work
 
analgesia
absence of the sense of pain without loss of consciousness
 
analgetic
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
 
analogical
expressing, composed of, or based on an analogy
 
analogise
make an analogy
 
analogist
someone who looks for analogies or who reasons by analogy
 
analogously
in an analogous manner
 
analphabet
an illiterate person who does not know the alphabet
 
analphabetism
an inability to read
 
analysand
a person undergoing psychoanalysis
 
analyser
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
 
analytically
by virtue of analysis
 
analyticity
the property of being analytic
 
analyzable
capable of being partitioned
 
analyzed
examined carefully and methodically; broken down for consideration of constituent parts
 
anamnestic
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
 
ananias
a habitual liar (after a New Testament character who was struck dead for lying)
 
anapaest
a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
 
anapaestic
(of a metric foot) characterized by two short syllables followed by a long one
 
anaphasic
of or related to the stage of mitosis known as anaphase
 
anaphor
a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition; the referent of an anaphor is determined by its antecedent
 
anaphoric
relating to anaphora
 
anaphoric pronoun
a pronoun that refers to an antecedent
 
anaphoric relation
the relation between an anaphor and its antecedent
 
anaphrodisia
decline or absence of sexual desire
 
anaphrodisiac
tending to diminish sexual desire
 
anaphylactic
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
 
anaplasia
loss of structural differentiation within a cell or group of cells often with increased capacity for multiplication, as in a malignant tumor
 
anaplasmosis
a disease of cattle that is transmitted by cattle ticks; similar to Texas fever
 
anaplastic
of or relating to anaplasia
 
anarchic
without law or control
 
anarchically
in a lawless rebellious manner
 
anarchism
a political theory favoring the abolition of governments
 
anarchistic
of or related to anarchism or tending toward anarchism
 
anarthria
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
 
anasarca
generalized edema with accumulation of serum in subcutaneous connective tissue
 
anasarcous
characterized by or affected by dropsy
 
anastalsis
muscular action of the alimentary tract in a direction opposite to peristalsis
 
anastatica
one species: rose of Jericho; resurrection plant
 
anastigmat
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
 
anastomosis
a natural or surgical joining of parts or branches of tubular structures so as to make or become continuous
 
anastomotic
of or relating to or exhibiting anastomosis
 
anastomotic vein
either of two communicating veins serving the brain
 
anastrophe
the reversal of the normal order of words
 
anastylosis
the archeological reassembly of ruined monuments from fallen or decayed fragments (incorporating new materials when necessary)
 
anathematisation
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
 
anatomically
with respect to anatomy
 
anatomise
dissect in order to analyze
 
anatoxin
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
 
anatropous
(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
 
anaxagoras
a presocratic Athenian philosopher who maintained that everything is composed of very small particles that were arranged by some eternal intelligence (500-428 BC)
 
anaximander
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)
 
anaximenes
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
 
ancestress
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
 
anchorite
one retired from society for religious reasons
 
anchoritic
characterized by ascetic solitude
 
anchorman
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
 
anchylosis
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
 
anciently
in ancient times; long ago
 
ancientness
extreme oldness
 
ancients
people who lived in times long past (especially during the historical period before the fall of the Roman Empire in western Europe)
 
ancillary
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
 
andalusian
in or relating to Andalusia
 
andantino
(of tempo) moderately fast
 
andean
relating to the Andes and their inhabitants
 
anders celsius
Swedish astronomer who devised the centigrade thermometer (1701-1744)
 
andersen
a Danish author remembered for his fairy stories (1805-1875)
 
andesite
a dark grey volcanic rock
 
andiron
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)
 
andrew
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of Peter; patron saint of Scotland
 
andrews
United States naturalist who contributed to paleontology and geology (1884-1960)
 
andrija mohorovicic
Yugoslav geophysicist for whom the Mohorovicic discontinuity was named (1857-1936)
 
androecium
a male gametoecium
 
androgenesis
male parthenogenesis in which the embryo contains only paternal chromosomes due to the failure of the egg nucleus to participate in fertilization
 
androgenetic
of or related to androgenesis
 
androgenic
of or related to the male hormone androgen
 
androglossia
a woman's voice with male qualities
 
androgyne
one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made
 
androgyny
showing characteristics of both sexes
 
android
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
 
androphobia
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
 
androsterone
an androgenic hormone that is less active than testosterone
 
andrzej wajda
Polish filmmaker (born in 1929)
 
andvari
(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)
 
ane
used of a single unit or thing; not two or more
 
anecdote
short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
 
anecdotic
characterized by or given to telling anecdotes
 
anechoic
not having or producing echoes; sound-absorbent
 
anechoic chamber
a chamber having very little reverberation
 
aneides lugubris
yellow-spotted brown salamander of California woodlands
 
anele
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
 
anemographic
pertaining to the recording of wind measurements
 
anemography
recording anemometrical measurements
 
anemometer
a gauge for recording the speed and direction of wind
 
anemometric
pertaining to the measurement of wind speed and direction
 
anemometry
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
 
anemophilous
of flowering plants (especially grasses etc) that are pollinated by the wind
 
anencephalia
a defect in brain development resulting in small or missing brain hemispheres
 
anencephalic
characterized by partial or total absence of a brain
 
anesthesiology
the branch of medical science that studies and applies anesthetics
 
anesthyl
a mixture of methyl and ethyl chloride; sprayed on as a local anesthetic
 
anestric
of or relating to anestrus
 
anethum graveolens
aromatic Old World herb having aromatic threadlike foliage and seeds used as seasoning
 
aneuploid
having a chromosome number that is not an exact multiple of the haploid number
 
aneuploidy
an abnormality involving a chromosome number that is not an exact multiple of the haploid number (one chromosome set is incomplete)
 
aneurin
a B vitamin that prevents beriberi; maintains appetite and growth
 
aneurismal
relating to or affected by an aneurysm
 
anfractuous
full of twists and turns
 
angas
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
 
angelically
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)
 
angelology
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
 
angered
marked by extreme anger
 
angiitis
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
 
anginal
of or related to the pain of angina pectoris
 
angiocardiogram
a series of X rays representing the action of the heart and its blood vessels after the injection of a radiopaque substance
 
angiocarp
tree bearing fruit enclosed in a shell or involucre or husk
 
angiocarpic
having or being fruit enclosed in a shell or husk
 
angioedema
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
 
angiogenesis
the formation of new blood vessels
 
angiogenesis inhibitor
a drug that is designed to prevent the growth of blood vessels that nourish tumors
 
angiohemophilia
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
 
angiologist
a physician who specializes in angiology
 
angiology
the branch of medical science that studies the blood and lymph vessels and their disorders
 
angiomatous
of or related to or having a tumor of the kind known as an angioma
 
angioplasty
an operation to repair a damaged blood vessel or unblock a coronary artery
 
angiosarcoma
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
 
angioscope
a modified microscope used to study capillary vessels
 
angiospermous
of or related to or characteristic of plants that are angiosperms
 
angiotelectasia
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
 
angle-park
park at an angle
 
angled
forming or set at an angle
 
angled loofah
loofah of Pakistan; widely cultivated throughout tropics
 
angledozer
a bulldozer with an angled moldboard to push earth to one side
 
anglewing
nymphalid butterfly having angular notches on the outer edges of the forewings
 
anglia
the Latin name for England
 
anglian
one of the major dialects of Old English
 
anglicisation
the act of anglicizing; making English in appearance
 
anglicise
make English in appearance
 
anglo-american
an American who was born in Britain or one whose ancestors were British
 
anglo-catholic
supporting the Anglican Church
 
anglo-catholicism
a doctrine and practice within the Church of England emphasizing the Catholic tradition
 
anglo-french
the French (Norman) language used in medieval England
 
anglo-german concertina
a concertina with bellows and buttons on both ends
 
anglo-jewish
of English-speaking Jews and their culture
 
anglomania
an excessive enthusiasm for all things English
 
anglophil
an admirer of England and things English
 
anglophilia
admiration for Britain and British customs
 
anglophilic
characterized by Anglophilia
 
anglophobe
a person who hates England and everything English
 
anglophobia
dislike (or fear) of Britain and British customs
 
anglophobic
characterized by Anglophobia
 
angolese
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
 
angostura
the bitter bark of a South American tree; used in medicines and liqueurs and bitters
 
angrily
with anger
 
angry walk
a stiff or threatening gait
 
angst
an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety; usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom
 
anguilla sucklandii
New Zealand eel
 
anguine
of or related to or resembling a snake
 
anguished
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)
 
anhedonia
an inability to experience pleasure
 
anhidrosis
failure of the sweat glands
 
anhinga anhinga
blackish New World snakebird of swampy regions
 
anhydrous
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)
 
anile
of or like a feeble old woman
 
aniline dye
any of many dyes made from aniline
 
anima
(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
 
animalcule
microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium
 
animalisation
an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
 
animalistic
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
 
animatedly
in an animated manner
 
animating
giving spirit and vivacity
 
animatism
the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones
 
animatistic
of or pertaining to animatism
 
animatronics
the construction of robots to look like animals (developed for Disneyland)
 
animise
give lifelike qualities to
 
animism
the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls
 
animistic
of or pertaining to the doctrine of animism
 
animosity
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
 
anise-scented
smelling of anise
 
aniseikonia
visual defect in which the shape and size of an ocular image differ in the two eyes
 
aniseikonic
relating to or characteristic of the visual defect aniseikonia
 
anisette
liquorice-flavored usually colorless sweet liqueur made from aniseed
 
anisogamete
either of a pair of unlike gametes especially those unlike in size
 
anisogametic
relating to either of a pair of dissimilar (anisogamic) gametes combining in sexual reproduction
 
anisogamic
relating to a type of sexual reproduction in which the gametes are dissimilar in some respect (as size or shape)
 
anisogamy
(biology) reproduction by the union or fusion of two differing gametes (especially differing in size)
 
anisometric
having unsymmetrical parts or unequal dimensions or measurements
 
anisometropia
difference in the refractive power of the two eyes
 
anisometropic
relating to a difference in the refractive power of the two eyes
 
anisotremus surinamensis
dusky grey food fish found from Louisiana and Florida southward
 
anisotropic
not invariant with respect to direction
 
anisotropically
in an anisotropic manner
 
anisotropy
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
 
ankle-deep
coming only to the ankle or knee
 
anklets
a sock that reaches just above the ankle
 
ankus
an elephant goad with a sharp spike and a hook
 
ankyloglossia
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
 
ankylotic
relating to or characteristic of the abnormality ankylosis
 
anlage
an organ in its earliest stage of development; the foundation for subsequent development
 
anna
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)
 
annalist
a historian who writes annals
 
annalistic
relating to annals
 
annamite
the Mon-Khmer language spoken in Vietnam
 
anne
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)
 
anneal
bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling
 
annealing
hardening something by heat treatment
 
annelidan
relating to or belonging to or characteristic of any worms of the phylum Annelida
 
annexational
relating to annexation
 
annie oakley
United States sharpshooter who was featured in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (1860-1926)
 
annihilate
kill in large numbers
 
annihilated
destroyed completely
 
annihilative
wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
 
annihilator
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
 
annotating
the act of adding notes
 
annotator
a commentator who writes notes to a text
 
announced
declared publicly; made widely known
 
annoyer
someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
 
annoyingly
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
 
annualry
the third finger (especially of the left hand)
 
annuitant
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
 
annular
shaped like a ring
 
annum
(Latin) year
 
annunciate
foreshadow or presage
 
annunciation lily
lily of eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans with broad funnel-shaped white flowers
 
annunciator
an indicator that announces which electrical circuit has been active (as on a telephone switchboard)
 
annunciatory
relating to the act of announcing or being announced
 
annwfn
(Welsh mythology) the other world; land of fairies
 
anodal
of or at or relating to an anode
 
anodise
coat a metal with an oxide coat
 
anointer
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
 
anomalist
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
 
anomalous
deviating from the general or common order or type
 
anomalously
in an anomalous manner
 
anomic
socially disoriented
 
anon.
having no known name or identity or known source
 
anonymity
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
 
anonymously
without giving a name
 
anoperineal
relating to the anus and surrounding perineum
 
anopia
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
 
anorchia
absence of one of both testes
 
anorectal
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
 
anorexigenic
causing loss of appetite
 
anorgasmia
absence of an orgasm in sexual relations
 
anorthic
having three unequal crystal axes intersecting at oblique angles
 
anorthite
rare plagioclastic feldspar occurring in many igneous rocks
 
anorthitic
characteristic of anorthite
 
anorthopia
distorted vision in which straight lines appear curved
 
anosmatic
relating to an impairment or loss of the sense of smell
 
anosmia
absence of the sense of smell (as by damage to olfactory nasal tissue or the olfactory nerve or by obstruction of the nasal passages)
 
another
any of various alternatives; some other
 
anouilh
French dramatist noted for his reinterpretations of Greek myths (1910-1987)
 
anovulation
the absence of ovulation due to immaturity or post-maturity or pregnancy or oral contraceptive pills or dysfunction of the ovary
 
anoxemia
abnormally low oxygen content in arterial blood
 
anoxemic
relating to or marked by abnormally little oxygen in arterial blood
 
anoxic
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
 
anpu
Egyptian god of tombs and ruler of the underworld; usually depicted as a man with the head of a jackal
 
ansaid
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
 
anselm
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
 
anshar
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
replying
 
answering machine
an electronic device that answers the telephone and records messages
 
ant cow
excretes a honeylike substance eaten by ants
 
antabuse
a drug (trade name Antabuse) used in the treatment of alcoholism; causes nausea and vomiting if alcohol is ingested
 
antagonistically
in an antagonistic manner
 
antapex
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
 
antebellum
belonging to a period before a war especially the American Civil War
 
antecede
be earlier in time; go back further
 
antecedence
preceding in time
 
antecedently
at an earlier time or formerly
 
antecubital
of or relating to the region of the arm in front of the elbow
 
antediluvial
of or relating to the period before the biblical flood
 
antediluvian patriarch
any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge
 
antefix
carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tiles
 
antelope chipmunk
small ground squirrel of western United States
 
antemeridian
before noon
 
antemortem
preceding death
 
antenatal
occurring or existing before birth
 
antennal
of or relating to antennae
 
antenuptial
relating to events before a marriage
 
antepenult
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
 
anteriorly
in an anterior direction
 
anterograde
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
 
antheral
capable of fertilizing female organs
 
antheridial
relating to or characterized by an antheridium
 
antheridiophore
gametophore bearing antheridia as in certain mosses and liverworts
 
antheridium
the male sex organ of spore-producing plants; produces antherozoids; equivalent to the anther in flowers
 
antherozoid
a motile male gamete of a plant such as an alga or fern or gymnosperm
 
anthesis
the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
 
anthill
a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
 
anthologise
compile an anthology
 
anthologist
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)
 
anthophagous
feeding on flowers
 
anthracite
a hard natural coal that burns slowly and gives intense heat
 
anthracitic
relating to or resembling anthracite coal
 
anthracosis
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
 
anthropic
relating to mankind or the period of mankind's existence
 
anthropocentric
human-centered
 
anthropocentricity
an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values
 
anthropogenesis
the evolution or genesis of the human race
 
anthropogenetic
of or relating to the study of the origins and development of human beings
 
anthropoidal
resembling apes
 
anthropolatry
the worship of human beings
 
anthropological
of or concerned with the science of anthropology
 
anthropology department
the academic department responsible for teaching and research in anthropology
 
anthropometric
of or relating to anthropometry
 
anthropometry
measurement and study of the human body and its parts and capacities
 
anthropomorphic
suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things
 
anthropomorphise
ascribe human features to something
 
anthropomorphism
the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits
 
anthropophagite
a person who eats human flesh
 
anthropophagous
of or relating to eaters of human flesh
 
anthropophagy
human cannibalism; the eating of human flesh
 
anthroposophy
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
 
anti-catholicism
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
 
antiadrenergic
relating to blocking or reducing adrenergic effects in the body
 
antiaircraft fire
firing at enemy aircraft
 
antialiasing
(computer graphics) a technique that is used to smooth jagged distortions in curves and diagonal lines so they appear smoother
 
antiapartheid
opposing the policy of apartheid in South Africa
 
antiauthoritarian
opposed to authoritarianism
 
antibaryon
the antiparticle of a baryon; a hadron with a baryon number of -1
 
antibiosis
an association between organisms that is harmful to one of them or between organisms and a metabolic product of another
 
antiblack
discriminatory especially on the basis of race or religion
 
anticancer
used in the treatment of cancer
 
anticatalyst
(chemistry) a substance that retards a chemical reaction or diminishes the activity of a catalyst
 
antichrist
(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
 
anticipated
expected hopefully
 
anticipative
marked by eager anticipation
 
anticipator
one who anticipates
 
anticipatory breach
a breach of contract committed prior to the time of required performance
 
anticipatory
in anticipation
 
anticlimactical
of or relating to a sudden change from an impressive to a ludicrous style
 
anticlinal
sloping downward away from a common crest
 
anticoagulation
the administration of an anticoagulant drug to retard coagulation of the blood
 
anticoagulative
of or relating to an anticoagulant
 
anticyclone
(meteorology) winds spiraling outward from a high pressure center; circling clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern
 
anticyclonic
of or relating to or characteristic of the atmosphere around a high pressure center
 
antido
an artificial language related to Ido
 
antidotal
counteracting the effects of a poison
 
antidromic
conducting nerve impulses in a direction opposite to normal
 
antielectron
an elementary particle with positive charge; interaction of a positron and an electron results in annihilation
 
antiestablishmentarianism
the doctrine of opposition to the social and political establishment
 
antifeminism
activity indicative of belief in the superiority of men over women
 
antiferromagnetic
relating to antiferromagnetism
 
antifertility
capable of preventing conception or impregnation
 
antiflatulent
any agent that reduces intestinal gas
 
antifouling paint
a paint used to protect against the accumulation of barnacles etc. on underwater surfaces
 
antigenic
of or relating to antigens
 
antigone
(Greek mythology) the daughter of King Oedipus who disobeyed her father and was condemned to death
 
antigonus
a general of Alexander the Great and king of Macedonia; lost one eye; killed in a battle at Ipsus (382-301 BC)
 
antigram
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
 
antiheretical
opposed to heresy
 
antihero
a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)
 
antiknocking
suppressing or eliminating engine knock in combustion engines
 
antilog
the number of which a given number is the logarithm
 
antimacassar
a piece of ornamented cloth that protects the back of a chair from hair oils
 
antimagnetic
impervious to the effects of a magnetic field; resistant to magnetization
 
antimatter
matter consisting of elementary particles that are the antiparticles of those making up normal substances
 
antimeson
the antiparticle of a meson
 
antimonial
containing antimony
 
antimonic
relating to or derived from antimony
 
antimonopoly
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
 
antimuon
the antiparticle of a muon; decays to positron and neutrino and antineutrino
 
antimycin
a crystalline antibiotic active against various fungi
 
antineutrino
the antiparticle of a neutrino
 
antineutron
the antiparticle of a neutron
 
antinode
(physics) the point of maximum displacement in a periodic system
 
antinomasia
substitution of a title for a name
 
antinomianism
the theological doctrine that by faith and God's grace a Christian is freed from all laws (including the moral standards of the culture)
 
antinomy
a contradiction between two statements that seem equally reasonable
 
antiparallel
(especially of vectors) parallel but oppositely directed
 
antipasto
a course of appetizers in an Italian meal
 
antipernicious anemia factor
a B vitamin that is used to treat pernicious anemia
 
antipersonnel
designed to inflict death or personal injury rather than material destruction
 
antiperspirant
an astringent substance applied to the skin to reduce perspiration
 
antiphlogistic
counteracting inflammation
 
antipodal opposition
the relation of opposition along a diameter
 
antipode
direct opposite
 
antipodean
relating to the antipodes or situated at opposite sides of the earth
 
antipodes
any two places or regions on diametrically opposite sides of the Earth
 
antipollution
intended to reduce pollution
 
antiproton
an unstable negatively charged proton; the antiparticle of a proton
 
antipruritic
a substance that relieves or prevents itching
 
antipyresis
medication with antipyretics to treat a fever
 
antiquary
an expert or collector of antiquities
 
antiquated
so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
 
antiredeposition
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
 
antisatellite
of or relating to a system to destroy satellites in orbit
 
antisemitic
relating to or characterized by anti-Semitism; hating Jews
 
antisemitism
the intense dislike for and prejudice against Jewish people
 
antisepticize
disinfect with an antiseptic
 
antiserum
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)
 
antistrophic
of or relating to an antistrophe
 
antisubmarine
defensive against enemy submarines
 
antisyphilitic
a drug (or other chemical agent) that is effective against syphilis
 
antitank
designed for defense against armored vehicles
 
antitauon
an antilepton of very great mass
 
antithetic
sharply contrasted in character or purpose
 
antithetically
with antithesis; in an antithetical manner
 
antithyroid
having the effect of counteracting excessive thyroid activity
 
antitoxic
counteracting a toxin or poison
 
antitrade
winds blowing from west to east and lying above the trade winds in the tropics
 
antitrades
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
 
antivenene
an antitoxin that counteracts the effects of venom from the bite of a snake or insect or other animal
 
antivert
an antihistamine (trade name Antivert) used to treat or prevent motion sickness
 
antler-like
resembling antlers
 
antlered
having antlers
 
antlia
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)
 
antoninus
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)
 
antonius
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)
 
antonymous
of words: having opposite meanings
 
antonymy
the semantic relation that holds between two words that can (in a given context) express opposite meanings
 
antrorse
bent or curved forward or upward
 
antrum
a natural cavity or hollow in a bone
 
antsy
nervous and unable to relax
 
antum
Babylonian consort of Anu
 
anu
Babylonian god of the sky; one of the supreme triad including Bel and Ea
 
anunnaki
any of a group of powerful Babylonian earth spirits or genii; servitors of the gods
 
anuresis
inability to urinate
 
anuretic
of or relating to an inability to urinate
 
anurous
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
 
anxiously
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
 
anyplace
at or in or to any place
 
anyways
used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement
 
anzac
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
 
aorist
a verb tense in some languages (classical Greek and Sanskrit) expressing action (especially past action) without indicating its completion or continuation
 
aoristic
of or relating to the aorist tense
 
aortal
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
 
apadana
the great hall in ancient Persian palaces
 
apartheid
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
 
apathetically
in an apathetic manner
 
apatura iris
large European butterfly the male of which has wings shaded with purple
 
apercu
a short synopsis
 
aperea
South American cavy; possibly ancestral to the domestic guinea pig
 
aperiodic
not recurring at regular intervals
 
aperitif
alcoholic beverage taken before a meal as an appetizer
 
apetalous flower
flower having no petals
 
apetalous
(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
 
aphaeresis
(linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
 
aphaeretic
relating to or formed by or consisting of aphaeresis
 
aphagia
loss of the ability to swallow
 
aphakia
absence of the natural lens of the eye (usually resulting from the removal of cataracts)
 
aphanite
fine-grained homogeneous rock (such as basalt) containing minerals undetectable by the naked eye
 
aphanitic
of or relating to aphanite
 
aphelion
apoapsis in solar orbit; the point in the orbit of a planet or comet that is at the greatest distance from the sun
 
aphesis
the gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in `squire' for `esquire'
 
aphetic
produced by aphesis
 
aphonia
a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice
 
aphonic
being without sound through injury or illness and thus incapable of all but whispered speech
 
aphorise
speak or write in aphorisms
 
aphorism
a short pithy instructive saying
 
aphorist
someone who formulates aphorisms or who repeats aphorisms
 
aphotic
lacking light; especially not reached by sunlight
 
aphrodisia
a desire for heterosexual intimacy
 
aphrodisiacal
stimulating sexual desire
 
aphrodite
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
 
aphyllous
having no leaves
 
apian
relating to or having the characteristics of bees
 
apiarian
relating to bees or beekeeping
 
apiarist
a farmer who keeps bees for their honey
 
apiary
a shed containing a number of beehives
 
apical
situated at an apex
 
apical placentation
where one or few ovules develop at the top of a simple or compound ovary
 
apiculate
(of a leaf shape) having a short sharply pointed tip
 
apicultural
relating to the care and breeding of bees
 
apiculture
the cultivation of bees on a commercial scale for the production of honey
 
apiece
to or from every one of two or more (considered individually)
 
apish
being or given to servile imitation
 
apishamore
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
 
apivorous
feeding on bees
 
aplacental
having no placenta
 
aplanatic
free from or corrected for spherical aberration
 
aplasia
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
 
aplite
light-colored and fine-grained granitic rock consisting chiefly of quartz and feldspars
 
aplitic
of or related to aplite
 
aplomb
great coolness and composure under strain
 
apneic
of or relating to apnea
 
apocalyptical
prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom
 
apocarpous
(of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of carpels that are free from one another as in buttercups or roses
 
apochromatic
corrected for both chromatic and spherical aberration
 
apocope
abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds
 
apocrine
(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
 
apocynaceous
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
 
apodal
(of snakes and eels) naturally footless
 
apodeictic
of a proposition; necessarily true or logically certain
 
apoenzyme
a protein that combines with a coenzyme to form an active enzyme
 
apogametic
of or relating to the development of an embryo in the absence of fertilization
 
apogamy
(botany) development of an embryo without fertilization; especially the development in some ferns of a sporophyte from the gametophyte without fertilization
 
apogean
relating to or characteristic of an apogee
 
apogon maculatus
a cardinalfish found in tropical Atlantic coastal waters
 
apojove
apoapsis in orbit around Jupiter
 
apolemia
large siphonophore of up to 50 ft long
 
apolitical
politically neutral
 
apollinaire
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
 
apologetic
offering or expressing apology
 
apologetically
in an apologetic manner
 
apologetics
the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines
 
apologia
a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
 
apologist
a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution
 
apolune
apoapsis in orbit around the moon
 
apomict
a plant that reproduces or is reproduced by apomixis
 
apomictical
of or relating to a plant that reproduces by apomixis
 
apomorphine
a morphine derivative that is not as strong as morphine; used as an emetic and in small doses as a sedative
 
aponeurosis
any of the deeper and thicker fascia that attach muscles to bones; resemble flattened tendons
 
aponeurotic
of or relating to an aponeurosis
 
apopemptic
addressed to one who is departing
 
apophasis
mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned
 
apophatic
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')
 
apophatism
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)
 
apophyseal
of or relating to an apophysis
 
apoplectic
pertaining to or characteristic of apoplexy
 
apoplectiform
resembling apoplexy
 
apoptosis
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
 
aposiopesis
breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)
 
aposiopetic
relating to or characteristic of aposiopesis
 
apostatise
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
 
apostleship
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
 
apostrophic
of or characteristic of apostrophe
 
apostrophise
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
 
apothecial
of or relating to the apothecium of some lichens and fungi
 
apothegmatical
given to or characterized by terse apothegms
 
apotheose
deify or glorify
 
apotropaic
having the power to prevent evil or bad luck
 
appallingly
to an appalling extent
 
appaloosa
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
 
appareled
dressed or clothed especially in fine attire; often used in combination
 
apparency
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
 
apparitional
resembling or characteristic of a phantom
 
appeal board
a board of officials that are not judicial but are appointed to hear appeals
 
appealable
capable of being appealed especially to a higher tribunal
 
appealingly
in an appealing manner
 
appearing
formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
 
appeasable
capable of being pacified
 
appeaser
someone who tries to bring peace by acceding to demands
 
appeasing
intended to pacify by acceding to demands or granting concessions
 
appellate
of or relating to or taking account of appeals (usually legal appeals)
 
appendaged
having an appendage
 
appendant
affixed as an appendage
 
appendectomy
surgical removal of the vermiform appendix
 
appendicitis
inflammation of the vermiform appendix
 
appendicle
a small appendage
 
appendicular
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
 
appenzeller
a smaller of the four Swiss breeds
 
apperceive
perceive in terms of a past experience
 
apperception
the process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience
 
apperceptive
able to relate new percepts to past experience
 
appertain
be a part or attribute of
 
appetent
marked by eager desire
 
appetising
appealing to or stimulating the appetite especially in appearance or aroma
 
appetite suppressant
a drug that suppresses appetite
 
appetitive
of or relating to appetite
 
applaudable
worthy of high praise
 
applauder
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
 
apple-scented
smelling of apples
 
apple-shaped
having the general shape of an apple
 
apple-sized
having the approximate size of an apple
 
applesauce cake
moist spicy cake containing applesauce
 
applet
a Java application; an application program that uses the client's web browser to provide a user interface
 
applicable
capable of being applied; having relevance
 
application form
a form to use when making an application
 
applicative
readily applicable or practical
 
applied
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
 
apportioned
given out in portions
 
apposable
capable of being placed opposite to something
 
appose
place side by side or in close proximity
 
apposite
being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
 
appositeness
appropriateness for the occasion
 
appositional
relating to or being in apposition
 
appositively
in an appositive manner
 
appraising
exercising or involving careful evaluations
 
appreciable
enough to be estimated or measured
 
appreciably
to a noticeable degree
 
appreciated
fully understood or grasped
 
appreciatively
with appreciation; in a grateful manner
 
appreciativeness
warm friendly feelings of gratitude
 
apprehensible
capable of being apprehended or understood
 
apprenticed
bound by contract
 
apprenticeship
the position of apprentice
 
appro
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
 
approachability
the attribute of being easy to meet or deal with
 
approbative
expressing or manifesting praise or approval
 
appropriable
that can be appropriated
 
appropriately
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
 
appropriative
of or relating to or given to the act of taking for yourself
 
approved
established by authority; given authoritative approval
 
approver
an authority with power to approve
 
approvingly
in an approving manner
 
approximate range
near to the scope or range of something
 
approximately
(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
 
approximative
not quite exact or correct
 
apractic
having uncoordinated muscular movements, symptomatic of a CNS disorder
 
apraxia
inability to make purposeful movements
 
apresoline
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
 
apsidal
of or relating to an apse
 
apsu
father of the gods and consort of Tiamat
 
apterous
(of insects) without wings
 
aptitudinal
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
 
aqua
a shade of blue tinged with green
 
aquacultural
of or relating to aquiculture
 
aquaculture
rearing aquatic animals or cultivating aquatic plants for food
 
aqualung
a device (trade name Aqua-Lung) that lets divers breathe under water; scuba is an acronym for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
 
aquaphobia
a morbid fear of drowning
 
aquaphobic
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
 
aqueduct
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
 
aquifer
underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
 
aquiferous
of or relating to an aquifer
 
aquiline
curved down like an eagle's beak
 
aquinas
(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
 
arab-berbers
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
 
arability
the quality of land that is appropriate for cultivation
 
arabist
a scholar who specializes in Arab languages and culture
 
arable
(of farmland) capable of being farmed productively
 
araceous
relating to a plant of the family Araceae
 
arachnidian
relating to or resembling a member of the class Arachnida
 
arachnophobia
a morbid fear of spiders
 
arafat
Palestinian statesman who was chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (1929-2004)
 
aragonite
a mineral form of crystalline calcium carbonate; dimorphic with calcite
 
arak
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
 
aram
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
 
arame
an edible seaweed with a mild flavor
 
araneidal
relating to or resembling a spider
 
aranyaka
a treatise resembling a Brahmana but to be read or expounded by anchorites in the quiet of the forest
 
araroba
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
 
arava
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
 
arawn
Celtic deity who was the lord of Annwfn (the other world or the land of fairies)
 
arb
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)
 
arbalest
an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
 
arbitrable
appropriate for or subject to settlement by arbitration
 
arbitral
relating to or resulting from arbitration
 
arbitrament
the act of deciding as an arbiter; giving authoritative judgment
 
arbitrarily
in a random manner
 
arbitrariness
the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment
 
arbitrary
based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
 
arbitrate
act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
 
arbitrative
relating to or having the authority to arbitrate
 
arbor day
a day designated for planting trees
 
arboraceous
abounding in trees
 
arborary
of or relating to or formed by trees
 
arborescent
resembling a tree in form and branching structure
 
arboretum
a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition
 
arboriculture
the tending of and caring for trees
 
arboriculturist
someone trained in forestry
 
arborise
branch out like trees
 
arborist
a specialist in treating damaged trees
 
arborolatry
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
 
arc-boutant
a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch
 
arcadic
the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken by Arcadians
 
arcado-cyprians
the ancient Greek inhabitants of Achaea
 
arcane
requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
 
arcangelo corelli
Italian violinist and composer of violin concertos (1653-1713)
 
arced
forming or resembling an arch
 
arch over
form an arch over
 
arch support
a support for the arch of the foot
 
archaean
of or relating to the earliest known rocks formed during the Precambrian Eon
 
archaeologic
related to or dealing with or devoted to archaeology
 
archaicism
the use of an archaic expression
 
archaise
give an archaic appearance of character to
 
archaistic
imitative of an archaic style or manner
 
archangelic
of or relating to or resembling archangels
 
archbishopric
the territorial jurisdiction of an archbishop
 
archdeacon
(Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop
 
archdeaconry
the territorial jurisdiction of an archdeacon
 
archdiocesan
of or relating to an archdiocese
 
archdiocese
the diocese of an archbishop
 
archducal
belonging to or befitting an archduke or his archduchy
 
archduchess
a wife or widow of an archduke or a princess of the former ruling house of Austria
 
archduchy
the domain controlled by an archduke or archduchess
 
archegonial
of or relating to an archegonium
 
archegonium
a female sex organ occurring in mosses, ferns, and most gymnosperms
 
archeological remains
a relic that has been excavated from the soil
 
archepiscopal
of or associated with an archbishop
 
archery
the sport of shooting arrows with a bow
 
archespore
primitive cell or group of cells from which a mother cell develops
 
archesporial
of or relating to the cells in a sporangium that give rise to spores
 
archetypal
representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned
 
archetype
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)
 
archidiaconal
of or relating to an archdeacon or his office
 
archidiaconate
office or position of an archdeacon
 
archimedes
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
 
archine
a Russian unit of length (71 cm)
 
archipallium
the olfactory cortex of the cerebrum
 
archipelagic
relating to or part of an archipelago
 
architectonic
of or pertaining to construction or architecture
 
architectural
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)
 
architecturally
with regard to architecture
 
archival
of or relating to or contained in or serving as an archive
 
archives
collection of records especially about an institution
 
archivist
a person in charge of collecting and cataloguing archives
 
archly
in an arch manner; with playful slyness or roguishness
 
archness
inappropriate playfulness
 
arco
(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
 
arcus
a whitish deposit in the shape of an arc that is sometimes seen in the cornea
 
ardeb
a unit of dry measure used in Egypt
 
ardently
in an ardent manner
 
arduously
in an arduous manner
 
arduousness
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
 
areal
of or relating to or involving an area
 
areaway
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)
 
areflexia
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
 
arenaceous
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
 
arenaria-melanocephala
common turnstone of the Pacific coast of North America
 
arendt
United States historian and political philosopher (born in Germany) (1906-1975)
 
arenicolous
growing or living or burrowing in sand
 
areolar tissue
fibrous connective tissue with the fibers arranged in a mesh or net
 
areolar
relating to or like or divided into areolae
 
ares
(Greek mythology) Greek god of war; son of Zeus and Hera; identified with Roman Mars
 
arete
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
 
argentic
relating to compounds in which silver is bivalent
 
argentiferous
containing or yielding silver
 
argentine hemorrhagic fever
hemorrhagic fever with neurological signs; caused by the Junin virus
 
argentite
a valuable silver ore consisting of silver sulfide (Ag2S)
 
argentous
relating to compounds in which silver is univalent
 
argil
a white clay (especially a white clay used by potters)
 
argillaceous
resembling or containing clay
 
argillaceous rock
a sedimentary rock formed from clay deposits
 
argillite
a sedimentary rock differing from shale in being bound by silica and from slate in having no slate cleavages
 
arginine
a bitter tasting amino acid found in proteins and necessary for nutrition; its absence from the diet leads to a reduced production of spermatozoa
 
argle-bargle
a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
 
argo
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
 
argosy
one or more large merchant ships
 
arguably
as can be shown by argument
 
argumentative
given to or characterized by argument
 
argumentatively
in a disputatious manner
 
argyrodite
a rare steel-grey mineral consisting of silver and germanium and sulfur
 
argyrol
antiseptic consisting of a compound of protein and silver (trade name Argyrol)
 
arhant
a Buddhist who has attained nirvana
 
ariadne
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
 
arianism
heretical doctrine taught by Arius that asserted the radical primacy of the Father over the Son
 
arianist
an adherent of Arianism (the belief that Jesus Christ was not truly God)
 
arianrhod
Celtic goddess famous for her beauty; mother of Dylan
 
aridness
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
 
arietta
a short aria
 
aright
in an accurate manner
 
aril
fleshy and usually brightly colored cover of some seeds that develops from the ovule stalk and partially or entirely envelops the seed
 
ariled
(of some seeds) having a fleshy and usually brightly colored cover
 
ariose
having a melody (as distinguished from recitative)
 
arioso
(music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria
 
arista
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)
 
aristocort
a synthetic corticosteroid (trade names Aristocort or Aristopak or Kenalog) used as an anti-inflammatory agent
 
aristocratic
belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
 
aristocratically
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
 
aristophanes
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
 
aristotelianism
(philosophy) the philosophy of Aristotle that deals with logic and metaphysics and ethics and poetics and politics and natural science
 
aristotelic
of or relating to Aristotle or his philosophy
 
aristotle
one of the greatest of the ancient Athenian philosophers; pupil of Plato; teacher of Alexander the Great (384-322 BC)
 
arithmancy
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
 
arithmetical
relating to or involving arithmetic
 
arithmetically
with respect to arithmetic
 
arithmetician
someone who specializes in arithmetic
 
arity
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
 
arizonan
a native or resident of Arizona
 
arjuna
(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
 
arkansan
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
 
arles
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
 
arm-twisting
persuasion by the use of direct personal pressure
 
armagnac
dry brandy distilled in the Armagnac district of France
 
armamentarium
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
 
armful
the quantity that can be contained in the arms
 
armguard
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
 
armillary
of or relating to bracelets
 
armillary sphere
a celestial globe consisting of metal hoops; used by early astronomers to determine the positions of stars
 
armin
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
 
arminianism
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
 
armistice
a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms
 
armless
having no arms
 
armlike
resembling an arm
 
armoire
a large wardrobe or cabinet; originally used for storing weapons
 
armor-bearer
a squire carrying the armor of a knight
 
armor-clad
covered with heavy steel
 
armored personnel carrier
(military) an armored vehicle (usually equipped with caterpillar treads) that is used to transport infantry
 
armorial
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
 
arms-runner
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
 
aromatherapy
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
 
aromatise
fill or impregnate with an odor
 
arouet
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
 
around-the-clock
at all times
 
arouser
someone who rouses others from sleep
 
arp
Alsatian artist and poet who was cofounder of dadaism in Zurich; noted for abstract organic sculptures (1887-1966)
 
arpeggio
a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
 
arpent
a former French unit of area; equal approximately to an acre
 
arquebus
an obsolete firearm with a long barrel
 
arraignment
a legal document calling someone to court to answer an indictment
 
arrant
without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
 
arras
a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric often with pictorial designs
 
arrayed
in ceremonial attire and paraphernalia
 
arrested development
an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely
 
arresting
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
 
arrhenius
Swedish chemist and physicist noted for his theory of chemical dissociation (1859-1927)
 
arrhythmical
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
 
arrogant
having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride
 
arrogantly
in an arrogant manner
 
arrogator
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
 
arrow-shaped
(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
 
arrowsmith
a maker of arrows
 
arroyo
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
 
arsehole
vulgar slang for anus
 
arsenate
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
 
arsenide
a compound of arsenic with a more positive element
 
arsenious
relating to compounds in which arsenic is trivalent
 
arsenopyrite
a silver-white or grey ore of arsenic
 
arsine
a poisonous colorless flammable gas used in organic synthesis and to dope transistors and as a poison gas in warfare
 
arson
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)
 
artefactual
of or relating to artifacts
 
artemis
(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
 
arterial
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
 
arterialise
change venous blood into arterial blood
 
arteriectasia
an abnormal distension of an artery
 
arteriogram
an X ray of an artery filled with a contrast medium
 
arteriography
roentgenographic examination of arteries
 
arteriola
one of the small thin-walled arteries that end in capillaries
 
arteriolar
of or relating to or involving arterioles
 
arteriolosclerosis
sclerosis of the arterioles
 
arteriosclerosis obliterans
a stage of arteriosclerosis involving closure of blood vessels
 
arteriosclerotic
affected by arteriosclerosis
 
arteriovenous
connecting an artery to a vein
 
artesian
(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
 
arthralgia
pain in a joint or joints
 
arthralgic
of or relating to arthralgia
 
arthrocentesis
removal of fluid from a joint by centesis
 
arthrodesis
the surgical fixation of a joint which is intended to result in bone fusion
 
arthrogram
an X ray of a joint after the injection of a contrast medium
 
arthromeric
of or relating to one of the body segments of jointed animals
 
arthropathy
a pathology or abnormality of a joint
 
arthropodal
of or relating to invertebrates of the phylum Arthropoda
 
arthroscope
a type of endoscope that is inserted into a joint for visual examination
 
arthroscopy
a minimally invasive operation to repair a damaged joint; the surgeon examines the joint with an arthroscope while making repairs through a small incision
 
arthrosporic
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)
 
arthurian
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
 
articular
relating to or affecting the joints of the body
 
articulated
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
 
articulateness
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
 
articulative
of or relating to articulation
 
artifice
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
 
artificially
not according to nature; not by natural means
 
artillery shell
a shell fired by artillery
 
artilleryman
a serviceman in the artillery
 
artiodactylous
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
 
artiste
a public performer (a dancer or singer)
 
artistically
in an artistic manner
 
artium baccalaurens
a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences
 
artium magister
a master's degree in arts and sciences
 
artsd
an honorary arts degree
 
artsy-craftsy
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)
 
arty
showily imitative of art or artists
 
arulo
an artificial language intended for international use as an auxiliary language
 
arundinaceous
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
 
aruru
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)
 
asafetida
the brownish gum resin of various plants; has strong taste and odor; formerly used as an antispasmodic
 
asamiya
the Magadhan language spoken by the Assamese people; closely related to Bengali
 
asanga
Indian religious leader and founder of the Yogacara school of Buddhism in India (4th century)
 
asap
as soon as possible
 
asaph hall
United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907)
 
asarabacca
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
 
asbestosis
lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos particles
 
ascariasis
infestation of the human intestine with Ascaris roundworms
 
ascendable
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
 
ascensional
tending to rise
 
ascensive
tending or directed upward
 
ascertainable
capable of being ascertained or found out
 
ascertained
discovered or determined by scientific observation
 
ascesis
rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
 
ascetically
in an ascetic manner
 
asch
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
 
ascites
accumulation of serous fluid in peritoneal cavity
 
ascitic
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
 
asclepiadaceous
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
 
ascocarpous
of or relating to ascocarps
 
ascolichen
a lichen in which the fungus component is an ascomycete
 
ascoma
an ascocarp having the spore-bearing layer of cells (the hymenium) on a broad disklike receptacle
 
ascomycetous
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
 
ascospore
sexually produced fungal spore formed within an ascus
 
ascosporic
of or relating to ascospores
 
ascot
a cravat with wide square ends; secured with an ornamental pin
 
ascribable
capable of being assigned or credited to
 
asea
in the direction of the sea
 
asean
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
 
aseptic
free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms
 
asexual
not having or involving sex
 
asexuality
having no evident sex or sex organs
 
asexually
in an asexual manner
 
asgard
(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
 
ash-blonde
of hair color; whitish
 
ash-gray
of a light grey
 
ash-pan
a receptacle fitted beneath the grate in which ashes collect and are removed
 
ashamed
feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse
 
ashamedly
with a feeling of shame
 
ashir
chief god of the Assyrians; god of military prowess and empire; identified with Babylonian Anshar
 
ashkenazi
a Jew of eastern European or German descent
 
ashlar
a rectangular block of hewn stone used for building purposes
 
ashley montagu
United States anthropologist (born in England) who popularized anthropology (1905-)
 
ashore
towards the shore from the water
 
ashton
British choreographer (1906-1988)
 
ashtoreth
an ancient Phoenician goddess of love and fertility; the Phoenician counterpart to Ishtar
 
ashtray
a receptacle for the ash from smokers' cigars or cigarettes
 
ashurbanipal
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
 
asimov
United States writer (born in Russia) noted for his science fiction (1920-1992)
 
asinine
extremely silly or stupid
 
asininity
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
 
askant
(used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
 
aslope
having an oblique or slanted direction
 
asparaginase
antineoplastic drug (trade name Elspar) sometimes used to treat lymphoblastic leukemia
 
asparagine
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
 
aspartame
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
 
aspectual
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
 
aspergill
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
 
asphaltic
containing asphalt
 
aspheric
varying slightly from a perfectly spherical shape
 
asphyxia
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
 
asphyxiated
in a state of asphyxia
 
asphyxiating
tending to deprive of oxygen
 
asphyxiator
a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires
 
aspic
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)
 
aspirator
a pump that draws air or another gas through a liquid
 
aspirer
an ambitious and aspiring young person
 
aspirin powder
a powdered form of aspirin
 
aspiring
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
 
assagai
the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa
 
assailability
vulnerability to forceful attack
 
assailable
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
 
assassinated
murdered by surprise attack for political reasons
 
assault rifle
any of the automatic rifles or semiautomatic rifles with large magazines designed for military use
 
assaultive
disposed to attack
 
assay-mark
a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity
 
assayer
an analyst who assays (performs chemical tests on) metals
 
assembler
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
 
assemblyman
someone who is a member of a legislative assembly
 
assemblywoman
a woman assemblyman
 
assenter
a person who assents
 
assentient
expressing agreement or consent
 
assenting
agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly)
 
assert oneself
put oneself forward in an assertive and insistent manner
 
asserted
confidently declared to be so
 
asserting
relating to the use of or having the nature of a declaration
 
assertive
aggressively self-assured
 
assertively
in an assertive manner
 
assertiveness training
a method of psychotherapy that reinforces you for stating negative and positive feelings directly
 
assessee
a person (or property) that is assessed
 
assiduous
marked by care and persistent effort
 
assiduously
with care and persistence
 
assignable
legally transferable to the ownership of another
 
assigned
appointed to a post or duty
 
assignee
(law) the party to whom something is assigned (e.g., someone to whom a right or property is legally transferred)
 
assignor
(law) the party who makes an assignment
 
assimilable
able to be absorbed and incorporated into body tissues
 
assimilating
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
 
assistive
giving assistance
 
assizes
the county courts of England (replaced in 1971 by Crown courts)
 
associability
the capability of being easily associated or joined or connected in thought
 
associable
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
 
associateship
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
 
associational
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
 
associative
characterized by or causing or resulting from the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
 
assonance
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
 
assonate
correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
 
assortative mating
mating of individuals having more traits in common than likely in random mating
 
assuagement
the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
 
assuasive
freeing from fear and anxiety
 
assumed
adopted in order to deceive
 
assuming
excessively forward
 
assuredly
without a doubt
 
assuring
giving confidence
 
assyrian akkadian
an extinct language of the Assyrians in ancient Mesopotamia
 
assyrian neo-aramaic
the language of modern Iraq
 
assyriology
archeology of the ancient Assyrians
 
astaire
United States dancer and cinema actor noted for his original and graceful tap dancing (1899-1987)
 
astasia
inability to stand due to muscular incoordination
 
astatic
not static or stable
 
astatic galvanometer
has a moving magnet and astatic coils arranged to cancel the effect of the Earth's magnetic field
 
astatine
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
 
astereognosis
a loss of the ability to recognize objects by handling them
 
asteriated
(of some crystals especially gemstones) exhibiting asterism
 
asterisked
marked with an asterisk
 
asterismal
relating to asterisms or constellations
 
asternal
not connected to the sternum or breastbone
 
asteroidal
of or relating to or resembling an asteroid
 
asthenia
an abnormal loss of strength
 
asthenic type
slender, weak, and lightweight
 
asthenopia
a tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem
 
astigmatic
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
 
astomatal
lacking a stoma or stomata
 
astomatous
having no mouth or mouthlike opening
 
astraddle
with one leg on each side
 
astragalar
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
 
astral
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
 
astraphobia
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
 
astringence
a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker
 
astrobiology
the branch of biology concerned with the effects of outer space on living organisms and the search for extraterrestrial life
 
astrocytic
of or relating to or containing large star-shaped cells in the neuroglia
 
astrodome
a transparent dome on top of an airplane where the navigator can make celestial observations
 
astrodynamics
the branch of astronomy that studies the motion of natural and artificial bodies in space
 
astrogator
the navigator of a spacecraft
 
astroglia
tissue consisting of large stellate neuroglial cells
 
astrolabe
an early form of sextant
 
astrolatry
the worship of planets or stars
 
astrological
relating to or concerned with astrology
 
astrometry
the branch of astronomy that deals with the measurement of the position and motion of celestial bodies
 
astronautic
of or belonging to astronauts or the science of astronautics
 
astronavigation
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
 
astronomically
enormously
 
astronomy satellite
a satellite equipped with a telescope to observe infrared radiation
 
astrophysical
of or concerned with astrophysics
 
astropogon stellatus
found in West Indies; lives in mantle cavity of a living conch
 
astute
marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
 
astutely
in a shrewd manner
 
astylar
lacking columns or pillars
 
asura
earlier a god; later a demon; counterpart of Zoroastrian Ahura
 
asvins
(literally `possessing horses' in Sanskrit) in Hinduism the twin chariot warriors conveying Surya
 
asymmetric
characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components
 
asymmetrically
in an asymmetrical manner
 
asymptomatic
having no symptoms of illness or disease
 
asymptote
a straight line that is the limiting value of a curve; can be considered as tangent at infinity
 
asymptotic
relating to or of the nature of an asymptote
 
asymptotically
toward an asymptote
 
asynchronism
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
 
asyndetic
lacking conjunctions
 
asyndeton
the omission of conjunctions where they would normally be used
 
asynergia
absence of coordination of organs or body parts that usually work together harmoniously
 
asynergic
of or relating to the state of asynergy; lacking synergy
 
asystole
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
simultaneously
 
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
dead
 
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
 
at-bat
(baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
 
atabrine
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
 
atactic
lacking motor coordination; marked or caused by ataxia
 
atakapan
a language spoken by the Atakapa of the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas
 
atarax
a drug (trade names Atarax and Vistaril) used as a tranquilizer to treat anxiety and motion sickness
 
ataraxia
peace of mind
 
ataraxic
tending to soothe or tranquilize
 
ataraxis
the absence of mental stress or anxiety
 
ataturk
Turkish statesman who abolished the caliphate and founded Turkey as a modern secular state (1881-1938)
 
atavism
a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
 
atavist
an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism
 
atavistic
characteristic of an atavist
 
ataxic aphasia
aphasia in which expression by speech or writing is severely impaired
 
atayalic
a language spoken by a Malaysian people on Formosa
 
ate
goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment
 
atelectasis
collapse of an expanded lung (especially in infants); also failure of pulmonary alveoli to expand at birth
 
ateleiosis
a form of infantilism characterized by physical underdevelopment but normal intelligence
 
ateleiotic
of or relating to ateleiosis
 
aten
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
 
athanasianism
the theological doctrine taught by Athanasius that Christ the Son is of the same substance as God the Father
 
athanasius
(Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism; a church father, saint, and Doctor of the Church (293-373)
 
athanor
a furnace that feeds itself so as to maintain a uniform temperature; used by alchemists
 
atharva-veda
a collection of mantras and formulas
 
atheism
a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods
 
athelstan
the first Saxon ruler who extended his kingdom to include nearly all of England (895-939)
 
athena
(Greek mythology) goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare; guardian of Athens; identified with Roman Minerva
 
atherodyde
a simple type of jet engine; must be launched at high speed
 
atherogenesis
the formation of atheromas on the walls of the arteries as in atherosclerosis
 
atheroma
a fatty deposit in the intima (inner lining) of an artery; can obstruct blood flow
 
atheromatic
of or relating to or resembling atheroma
 
atherosclerosis
a stage of arteriosclerosis involving fatty deposits (atheromas) inside the arterial walls, thus narrowing the arteries
 
atherosclerotic
of or relating to atherosclerosis
 
athetosis
a continuous succession of slow, writhing, involuntary movements of the hands and feet and other body parts
 
athirst
(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
 
athleticism
intense energy
 
athol fugard
South African playwright whose plays feature the racial tensions in South Africa during apartheid (born in 1932)
 
atilt
departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal
 
ativan
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
 
atlantides
(Greek mythology) group of 3 to 7 nymphs who guarded the golden apples that Gaea gave as a wedding gift to Hera
 
atlantis
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
 
atmometer
an instrument that measures rate of evaporation of water
 
atmospheric
relating to or located in the atmosphere
 
atole
eaten as mush or as a thin gruel
 
atom-bomb
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
 
atomistic
divided into separate and often disparate elements
 
atonal
characterized by avoidance of traditional western tonality
 
atonalism
the absence of a key; alternative to the diatonic system
 
atonalistic
of or relating to atonalism
 
atonally
without tonality
 
atop
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
 
atopognosia
absence or loss of topognosia; inability to locate correctly a point of touch
 
atorvastatin
an oral drug (trade name Lipitor) that is effective in lowering triglycerides; potent in reducing LDL cholesterol because higher doses can be given
 
atoxic
not producing or resulting from poison
 
atrabilious
irritable as if suffering from indigestion
 
atrazine
a synthetic compound derived from triazine that is widely used as an agricultural herbicide
 
atresia
an abnormal condition in which a normal opening or tube in the body (as the urethra) is closed or absent
 
atreus
(Greek mythology) the king of Mycenae and father of Agamemnon and of Menelaus
 
atrial
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
 
atrioventricular
relating to or affecting the atria and ventricles of the heart
 
atrip
(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
 
atrociousness
the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
 
atromid-s
a drug (trade name Atromid-S) that reduces lipids in the blood serum; used to treat some cardiovascular diseases
 
atrophic
relating to or characterized by atrophy
 
atrophied
(of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use
 
atrovent
an inhaled bronchodilator (trade name Atrovent)
 
attachable
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
 
attainable
capable of being attained or accomplished
 
attainder
cancellation of civil rights
 
attained
achieved or reached
 
attar of roses
a volatile fragrant oil obtained from fresh roses by steam distillation
 
attemper
modify the temperature of
 
attempted
tried unsuccessfully
 
attempter
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
 
attentional
of or relating to attention
 
attentively
with attention; in an attentive manner
 
attenuator
an electrical device for attenuating the strength of an electrical signal
 
attestator
(law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
 
attested
established as genuine
 
attester
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
 
attila
king of the Huns; the most successful barbarian invader of the Roman Empire (406-453)
 
attilio
a small patch of facial hair just below the lower lip and above the chin
 
attitudinal
of or relating to attitudes
 
attitudinise
assume certain affected attitudes
 
attorn
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
 
attorneyship
the position of attorney
 
attractable
capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet
 
attractive nuisance
anything on your premises that might attract children into danger or harm
 
attractively
in a beautiful manner
 
attributable
capable of being attributed
 
attributive genitive case
a word in the genitive case that is used as an attributive adjective
 
attributive
of adjectives; placed before the nouns they modify
 
attributively
in an attributive manner
 
attrited
worn by rubbing or friction
 
attrition rate
the rate of shrinkage in size or number
 
attritional
relating to or caused by attrition
 
attune
adjust or accustom to; bring into harmony with
 
atypic
not representative of a group, class, or type
 
atypicality
any state that is not typical
 
atypically
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
 
auburn
(of hair) colored a moderate reddish-brown
 
auc
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
 
auchincloss
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
 
auctorial
of or by or typical of an author
 
audaciously
in an audacious manner
 
auden
United States poet (born in England) (1907-1973)
 
audenesque
in the manner of W. H. Auden
 
audibility
quality or fact or degree of being audible or perceptible by the ear
 
audibly
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
 
audiocassette
a cassette for audiotape
 
audiogram
a graphical representation of a person's auditory sensitivity to sound
 
audiology
the measurement of hearing
 
audiometer
an instrument used to measure the sensitivity of hearing
 
audiometric
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
 
auditive
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
 
audubon
United States ornithologist and artist (born in Haiti) noted for his paintings of birds of America (1785-1851)
 
augean
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
 
augeas
(Greek mythology) the mythical Greek king who for 30 years did not clean his stables which contained his vast herd of cattle
 
augend
a number to which another number (the addend) is added
 
augite
dark-green to black glassy mineral of the pyroxene group containing large amounts of aluminum and iron and magnesium
 
augitic
of or relating to or containing the mineral augite
 
augmented
added to or made greater in