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Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions

  1. 1-hitter = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only one hit
  2. 11-plus = an examination taken by 11 and 12 year old students to select suitable candidates for grammar school
  3. 2-hitter = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 2 hits
  4. 3-hitter = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 3 hits
  5. 4-hitter = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits
  6. 5-hitter = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 5 hits
  7. a capella singing = singing without instrumental accompaniment
  8. a cappella singing = singing without instrumental accompaniment
  9. A-scan ultrasonography = the use of ultrasonography to measure the length of the eyeball
  10. abandonment = withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility / the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away / the act of giving something up
  11. abasement = depriving one of self-esteem
  12. abatement = the act of abating
  13. abatement of a nuisance = the removal or termination or destruction of something that has been found to be a nuisance
  14. abbreviation = shortening something by omitting parts of it
  15. abdominal breathing = breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles
  16. abdominal delivery = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  17. abdominocentesis = centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis
  18. abdominoplasty = cosmetic surgery of the abdomen to remove wrinkles and tighten the skin over the stomach
  19. abduction = moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body / the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member
  20. abidance = the act of abiding (enduring without yielding) / the act of dwelling in a place / acting according to certain accepted standards
  21. ablactation = the act of substituting other food for the mother's milk in the diet of a child or young mammal
  22. ablation = surgical removal of a body part or tissue
  23. able-bodiedism = discrimination in favor of the able-bodied
  24. able-bodism = discrimination in favor of the able-bodied
  25. ableism = discrimination in favor of the able-bodied
  26. ablism = discrimination in favor of the able-bodied
  27. ablution = the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
  28. abnegation = renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
  29. abnormality = behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality
  30. abolishment = the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution
  31. abolition = the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution
  32. abomination = an action that is vicious or vile
  33. abort = the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
  34. aborticide = the act of destroying a fetus
  35. abortion = termination of pregnancy
  36. about turn = act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
  37. about-face = a major change in attitude or principle or point of view / act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
  38. abreaction = purging of emotional tensions
  39. abrogation = the act of abrogating
  40. abruption = an instance of sudden interruption
  41. abscission = the act of cutting something off
  42. abscondment = the act of running away secretly
  43. abseil = a descent of a vertical cliff or wall made by using a doubled rope that is fixed to a higher point and wrapped around the body
  44. absence = failure to be present
  45. absence without leave = unauthorized military absence
  46. absenteeism = habitual absence from work
  47. absolution = the act of absolving or remitting
  48. abstinence = act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
  49. abstraction = the act of withdrawing or removing something
  50. abuse = cruel or inhumane treatment / improper or excessive use
  51. academicianship = the position of member of an honorary academy
  52. acceleration = the act of accelerating
  53. accenting = the act of giving special importance or significance to something
  54. accentuation = the act of giving special importance or significance to something
  55. acceptance = the act of taking something that is offered / the act of accepting with approval
  56. acceptance sampling = a statistical procedure for accepting or rejecting a batch of merchandise or documents
  57. acceptation = the act of accepting with approval
  58. access = the act of approaching or entering
  59. accession = the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position
  60. accommodation = the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye / the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
  61. accommodation reflex = reflex changes in the eyes that enable an object to be focused on the retina
  62. accompaniment = the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them
  63. accomplished fact = an irreversible accomplishment
  64. accomplishment = the action of accomplishing something
  65. accordance = the act of granting rights
  66. accordance of rights = the act of granting rights
  67. accountancy = the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business
  68. accountantship = the position of accountant
  69. accounting = the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business
  70. accreditation = the act of granting credit or recognition
  71. accrual = the act of accumulating
  72. accruement = the act of accumulating
  73. acculturation = the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture
  74. accumulation = the act of accumulating
  75. ace = a serve that the receiver is unable to reach
  76. acedia = apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue
  77. achievement = the action of accomplishing something
  78. acidimetry = volumetric analysis using standard solutions of acids to measure the amount of a base present
  79. acquired reflex = an acquired response that is under the control of (conditional on the occurrence of) a stimulus
  80. acquiring = the act of acquiring something
  81. acquisition = the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
  82. acquittal = a judgment of not guilty
  83. acrobatic feat = a stunt performed by an acrobat
  84. acrobatic stunt = a stunt performed by an acrobat
  85. acrobatics = the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft / the gymnastic moves of an acrobat
  86. act of terrorism = the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature
  87. acting = the performance of a part or role in a drama
  88. actinometry = measuring the intensity of electromagnetic radiation
  89. actinotherapy = the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance
  90. action = something done (usually as opposed to something said) / the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field / a military engagement / a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another
  91. action at law = a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another
  92. action replay = the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape
  93. Actium = the naval battle in which Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian's fleet under Agrippa in 31 BC
  94. activating = the activity of causing to have energy and be active
  95. activation = making active and effective (as a bomb) / the activity of causing to have energy and be active
  96. active air defense = air defense by the use aircraft or missiles or artillery or electronic countermeasures
  97. activity = any specific behavior
  98. actual eviction = the physical ouster of a tenant from the leased premises
  99. actual possession = immediate and direct physical control over property
  100. actual sin = a sin committed of your own free will
  101. actualisation = making real or giving the appearance of reality
  102. actualization = making real or giving the appearance of reality
  103. actuation = the act of propelling
  104. actus reus = activity that transgresses moral or civil law
  105. acupressure = treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body
  106. acupuncture = treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin
  107. ad blitz = an organized program of advertisements
  108. ad campaign = an organized program of advertisements
  109. adagio = a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
  110. adaptation = the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions
  111. addiction = a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person
  112. addition = the act of adding one thing to another / the arithmetic operation of summing
  113. adduction = moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body
  114. adenoidectomy = surgical removal of the adenoids
  115. adherence = faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
  116. adhesion = faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
  117. adjournment = the termination of a meeting / the act of postponing to another time or place
  118. adjudication = the final judgment in a legal proceeding
  119. adjunction = an act of joining or adjoining things
  120. adjustment = the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment) / the act of adjusting something to match a standard
  121. administration = the act of meting out justice according to the law / the act of administering medication / the act of governing
  122. 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
  123. administrivia = the tiresome but essential details that must be taken care of and tasks that must be performed in running an organization
  124. admiralty = the office of admiral
  125. admiration = a favorable judgment
  126. admission = the act of admitting someone to enter
  127. admittance = the act of admitting someone to enter
  128. admixture = the act of mixing together
  129. ado = a rapid active commotion
  130. adoption = the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source / the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception / a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood
  131. adoration = the worship given to God alone / the act of admiring strongly
  132. adornment = the action of decorating yourself with something colorful and interesting
  133. adoxography = fine writing in praise of trivial or base subjects
  134. adrenalectomy = surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands
  135. adrenergic agonist eyedrop = a treatment for glaucoma
  136. adult education = a course (via lectures or correspondence) for adults who are not otherwise engaged in formal study
  137. adulteration = the act of adulterating
  138. adultery = extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations
  139. advance = the act of moving forward (as toward a goal) / increase in price or value
  140. advancement = gradual improvement or growth or development / the act of moving forward
  141. advent = arrival that has been awaited
  142. adventure = a wild and exciting undertaking
  143. advertising = the business of drawing public attention to goods and services
  144. advertising campaign = an organized program of advertisements
  145. 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
  146. advocacy = active support of an idea or cause etc.
  147. Aegadean Isles = islands west of Sicily (now known as the Egadi Islands) where the Romans won a naval victory over the Carthaginians that ended the first Punic War in 241 BC
  148. Aegates Isles = islands west of Sicily (now known as the Egadi Islands) where the Romans won a naval victory over the Carthaginians that ended the first Punic War in 241 BC
  149. aegis = kindly endorsement and guidance
  150. Aegospotami = a river in ancient Thrace
  151. Aegospotamos = a river in ancient Thrace
  152. aeration = the act of charging a liquid with a gas making it effervescent
  153. aerial = a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer
  154. aerobatics = the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft
  155. aerobic exercise = exercise that increases the need for oxygen
  156. aerobics = exercise that increases the need for oxygen
  157. aeronautical engineering = the activity of designing and constructing aircraft
  158. aerophagia = swallowing air
  159. aerophilately = the collection and study of airmail stamps
  160. 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
  161. affairs = transactions of professional or public interest
  162. affectation = a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  163. affectedness = a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  164. affiliation = the act of becoming formally connected or joined
  165. affirmation = a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should stand
  166. affixation = the act of attaching or affixing something / formation of a word by means of an affix
  167. afforestation = the conversion of bare or cultivated land into forest
  168. affray = a noisy fight
  169. affront = a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
  170. affusion = the act of baptizing someone by pouring water on their head
  171. aftercare = care and treatment of a convalescent patient
  172. agape = a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship
  173. ageism = discrimination on the basis of a person's age
  174. agency = thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end
  175. agglomeration = the act of collecting in a mass
  176. aggrandisement = the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something
  177. aggrandizement = the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something
  178. aggravated assault = a reckless attack with intent to injure seriously
  179. aggravation = action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse / unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
  180. aggregation = the act of gathering something together
  181. aggression = violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked / deliberately unfriendly behavior / the act of initiating hostilities
  182. aggro = aggravation or aggression
  183. Agincourt = a battle in northern France in which English longbowmen under Henry V decisively defeated a much larger French army in 1415
  184. agism = discrimination on the basis of a person's age
  185. agitation = the act of agitating something
  186. agon = a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes
  187. agribusiness = a large-scale farming enterprise
  188. agriculture = the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock / a large-scale farming enterprise
  189. Agriculture Secretary = the position of the head of the Department of Agriculture
  190. agrypnia = a vigil before certain feasts
  191. AI = the introduction of semen into the oviduct or uterus by some means other than sexual intercourse
  192. aid = the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something / the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  193. aikido = a Japanese martial art employing principles similar to judo
  194. aim = the action of directing something at an object
  195. air = travel via aircraft
  196. air attack = an attack by armed planes on a surface target
  197. air cover = the use of military aircraft to provide protection against attack by enemy aircraft during ground or naval operations
  198. air defense = defensive measures designed to destroy attacking enemy aircraft or missiles or to nullify their effectiveness
  199. air raid = an attack by armed planes on a surface target
  200. air reconnaissance = reconnaissance either by visual observation from the air or through the use of airborne sensors
  201. air transport = transportation by air
  202. air transportation = transportation by air
  203. air travel = travel via aircraft
  204. airborne patrol = a patrol provided by aircraft
  205. aircraft landing = landing an aircraft
  206. airdrop = delivery of supplies or equipment or personnel by dropping them by parachute from an aircraft
  207. airing = the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air / a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air
  208. airlift = transportation of people or goods by air
  209. airplane landing = landing an aircraft
  210. airplane maneuver = a maneuver executed by an aircraft
  211. airplane mechanics = the craft of building and repairing airplanes
  212. Al Alamayn = a pitched battle in World War II (1942) resulting in a decisive Allied victory by British troops under Montgomery over German troops under Rommel
  213. Alamo = a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836
  214. alcohol abuse = excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic drinks
  215. alcoholic abuse = excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic drinks
  216. alcoholism abuse = excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic drinks
  217. algometry = measuring sensitivity to pain or pressure
  218. alienation = the action of alienating
  219. alienation of affection = a tort based on willful and malicious interference with the marriage relation by a third party without justification or excuse
  220. alignment = the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other
  221. alimentation = the act of supplying food and nourishment
  222. aliyah = immigration of Jews to Israel
  223. alkalimetry = volumetric analysis using standard solutions of alkali to measure the amount of acid present
  224. all fours = card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
  225. allegiance = the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
  226. alleviation = the act of reducing something unpleasant
  227. alliance = the act of forming an alliance or confederation
  228. allocation = the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions / the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning
  229. allopathy = the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself
  230. allotment = the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning
  231. allowance = the act of allowing
  232. allurement = the act of enticing a person to do something wrong
  233. alms = money or goods contributed to the poor
  234. alms-giving = making voluntary contributions to aid the poor
  235. almsgiving = making voluntary contributions to aid the poor
  236. alphabetisation = the act of putting in alphabetical order
  237. alphabetization = the act of putting in alphabetical order
  238. Alpinism = mountain climbing
  239. alteration = the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment) / the act of revising or altering
  240. altering = the sterilization of an animal
  241. alternation = successive change from one thing or state to another and back again
  242. alternative medicine = the practice of medicine without the use of drugs
  243. amalgamation = the combination of two or more commercial companies
  244. ambages = roundabout or mysterious ways of action
  245. ambassadorship = the post of ambassador
  246. amble = a leisurely walk
  247. ambulation = walking about
  248. ambuscade = the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
  249. ambush = the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
  250. amelioration = the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
  251. amendment = the act of amending or correcting
  252. amends = something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
  253. American Civil War = civil war in the United States between the North and the South
  254. American football = a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long
  255. American football game = a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long
  256. American Revolution = the revolution of the American Colonies against Great Britain
  257. American Revolutionary War = the revolution of the American Colonies against Great Britain
  258. American War of Independence = the revolution of the American Colonies against Great Britain
  259. Americanism = a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
  260. amnesty = the formal act of liberating someone
  261. amnio = extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
  262. amniocentesis = extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
  263. amortisation = payment of an obligation in a series of installments or transfers / the reduction of the value of an asset by prorating its cost over a period of years
  264. amortization = payment of an obligation in a series of installments or transfers / the reduction of the value of an asset by prorating its cost over a period of years
  265. amphibious assault = an amphibious operation attacking a land base that is carried out by troops that are landed by naval ships
  266. amphibious demonstration = an amphibious operation conducted for the purpose of deceiving the enemy and leading him into a course of action unfavorable to him
  267. amphibious landing = a military action of coordinated land, sea, and air forces organized for an invasion
  268. amphibious operation = a military operation by both land and sea forces
  269. amplification = the act of increasing voltage or power or current / addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail
  270. amputation = a surgical removal of all or part of a limb
  271. amusement = an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
  272. amygdalotomy = psychosurgery in which amygdaloid fibers that mediate limbic system activity are severed
  273. anaerobic exercise = exercise that builds muscles through tension
  274. anagrams = a game whose object is to form words from a group of randomly chosen letters
  275. anal intercourse = intercourse via the anus, committed by a man with a man or woman
  276. anal sex = intercourse via the anus, committed by a man with a man or woman
  277. analogy = drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
  278. analysis = an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole / a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders
  279. anamnestic reaction = renewed rapid production of an antibody on the second (or subsequent) encounter with the same antigen
  280. anamnestic response = renewed rapid production of an antibody on the second (or subsequent) encounter with the same antigen
  281. anaplasty = surgery concerned with therapeutic or cosmetic reformation of tissue
  282. anastylosis = the archeological reassembly of ruined monuments from fallen or decayed fragments
  283. anathematisation = the formal act of pronouncing (someone or something) accursed
  284. anathematization = the formal act of pronouncing (someone or something) accursed
  285. anatomy = a detailed analysis
  286. ancestor worship = worship of ancestors
  287. anchorage = the act of anchoring
  288. anemography = recording anemometrical measurements
  289. anemometry = measuring wind speed and direction
  290. anger = belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong
  291. angiography = roentgenographic examination of blood vessels after injection of a radiopaque contrast medium
  292. angioplasty = an operation to repair a damaged blood vessel or unblock a coronary artery
  293. Anglicism = a custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens
  294. angling = fishing with a hook and line
  295. angry walk = a stiff or threatening gait
  296. angulation = the act of making angulate (having corners) / the precise measurement of angles
  297. animal husbandry = breeding and caring for farm animals
  298. animal-worship = the worship of animals
  299. animalisation = an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
  300. animalization = an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities
  301. animation = general activity and motion / the making of animated cartoons / the activity of giving vitality and vigour to something
  302. annealing = hardening something by heat treatment
  303. annexation = the formal act of acquiring something (especially territory) by conquest or occupation / incorporation by joining or uniting
  304. annihilation = destruction by annihilating something
  305. annotating = the act of adding notes
  306. annotation = the act of adding notes
  307. annoyance = the act of troubling or annoying someone
  308. annoying = the act of troubling or annoying someone
  309. annulment = the act of abrogating
  310. anointing = the act of applying oil or an oily liquid
  311. anointing of the sick = a Catholic sacrament
  312. anointment = the act of applying oil or an oily liquid
  313. answer = a nonverbal reaction
  314. antagonism = interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure
  315. anthropolatry = the worship of human beings
  316. anthropometry = measurement and study of the human body and its parts and capacities
  317. anthropophagy = human cannibalism
  318. anti-takeover defense = resistance to or defense against a hostile takeover
  319. anti-war movement = a campaign against entering or continuing a war
  320. antiaircraft fire = firing at enemy aircraft
  321. antic = a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
  322. anticipatory breach = a breach of contract committed prior to the time of required performance
  323. anticoagulation = the administration of an anticoagulant drug to retard coagulation of the blood
  324. antifeminism = activity indicative of belief in the superiority of men over women
  325. antipyresis = medication with antipyretics to treat a fever
  326. antitrust case = a legal action brought against parties who are charged with limiting free competition in the market place
  327. any-and-all bid = a takeover bid where the acquirer offers to buy any and all shares outstanding
  328. apache dance = a violent fast dance in French vaudeville
  329. apache devil dance = a ritual dance of the Apache
  330. apery = the act of mimicking
  331. apheresis = a procedure in which blood is drawn and separated into its components by dialysis
  332. apiculture = the cultivation of bees on a commercial scale for the production of honey
  333. apostasy = the act of abandoning a party for cause
  334. apostleship = the position of apostle
  335. apotheosis = the elevation of a person
  336. apparition = an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly
  337. appeal = a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court's judgment or the granting of a new trial
  338. appearance = the act of appearing in public view / pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression / formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
  339. appearing = formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
  340. appeasement = the act of appeasing
  341. appendectomy = surgical removal of the vermiform appendix
  342. appendicectomy = surgical removal of the vermiform appendix
  343. application = the action of putting something into operation / a diligent effort / the work of applying something / the act of bringing something to bear
  344. appointment = the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment / the act of putting a person into a non-elective position / the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed
  345. apportioning = the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning
  346. apportionment = the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning
  347. apposition = the act of positioning close together
  348. appraisal = an expert estimation of the quality, quantity, and other characteristics of someone or something
  349. appreciation = an increase in price or value / a favorable judgment
  350. apprehension = the act of apprehending
  351. apprenticeship = the position of apprentice
  352. approach = the act of drawing spatially closer to something / a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green / ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
  353. approach shot = a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
  354. approaching = the act of drawing spatially closer to something
  355. appropriation = a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner / incorporation by joining or uniting
  356. approval = the formal act of approving
  357. approving = the formal act of approving
  358. approximation = the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue
  359. April fool = a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April
  360. aquaculture = rearing aquatic animals or cultivating aquatic plants for food
  361. aquatics = sports that involve bodies of water
  362. aquatint = a method of etching that imitates the broad washes of a water color
  363. aquiculture = a technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients
  364. Arab-Israeli War = tension between Arabs and Israeli erupted into a brief war in June 1967; Israel emerged as a major power in the Middle East / Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in October 1973
  365. arbitrage = a kind of hedged investment meant to capture slight differences in price
  366. arbitrament = the act of deciding as an arbiter
  367. arbitration = the act of deciding as an arbiter
  368. arbitrement = the act of deciding as an arbiter
  369. arboriculture = the tending of and caring for trees
  370. arborolatry = the worship of trees
  371. archery = the sport of shooting arrows with a bow
  372. architecture = the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
  373. Ardennes counteroffensive = a battle during World War II
  374. area bombing = an extensive and systematic bombing intended to devastate a large target
  375. Argonne = an American operation in World War I
  376. Argonne Forest = an American operation in World War I
  377. arithmetic operation = a mathematical operation involving numbers
  378. arm exercise = exercise designed to strengthen the arm muscles
  379. Armageddon = any catastrophically destructive battle
  380. armament = the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war
  381. armed combat = an engagement fought between two military forces
  382. armed forces censorship = military censorship of personal communications to or from persons in the armed forces
  383. armed robbery = robbery at gunpoint
  384. arming = the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war
  385. arms control = a limitation on the size and armament of the armed forces of a country
  386. arms deal = a deal to provide military arms
  387. aromatherapy = the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in baths or massage
  388. arousal = the act of arousing / mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
  389. arrangement = the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music
  390. arranging = the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music
  391. arrest = the act of apprehending
  392. arrival = accomplishment of an objective / the act of arriving at a certain place
  393. arrogation = seizure by the government
  394. arson = malicious burning to destroy property
  395. art = the creation of beautiful or significant things
  396. art class = a class in which you learn to draw or paint
  397. arterial blood gases = measurement of the pH level and the oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations in arterial blood
  398. arteriography = roentgenographic examination of arteries
  399. arthrocentesis = removal of fluid from a joint by centesis
  400. arthrodesis = the surgical fixation of a joint which is intended to result in bone fusion
  401. arthrography = roentgenographic examination of a joint after injection of radiopaque contrast medium
  402. arthroplasty = surgical reconstruction or replacement of a malformed or degenerated joint
  403. arthroscopy = a minimally invasive operation to repair a damaged joint
  404. articulation = the act of joining things in such a way that motion is possible
  405. artifice = a deceptive maneuver
  406. artificial insemination = the introduction of semen into the oviduct or uterus by some means other than sexual intercourse
  407. artificial respiration = an emergency procedure whereby breathing is maintained artificially
  408. artillery fire = fire delivered by artillery
  409. artistic creation = the creation of beautiful or significant things
  410. artistic production = the creation of beautiful or significant things
  411. arts and crafts = the arts of decorative design and handicraft
  412. asbestos abatement = the removal of asbestos from a public building
  413. ascending = the act of changing location in an upward direction
  414. ascension = the act of changing location in an upward direction
  415. ascent = the act of changing location in an upward direction
  416. ascesis = rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
  417. asceticism = rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
  418. aspersion = the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare) / an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  419. asphyxiation = killing by depriving of oxygen
  420. aspiration = the act of inhaling
  421. ass = slang for sexual intercourse
  422. assassination = murder of a public figure by surprise attack
  423. assault = a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped / the crime of forcing a person to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will / close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
  424. assault and battery = an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact
  425. assay = a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components
  426. assemblage = the social act of assembling
  427. assembling = the act of gathering something together
  428. assembly = the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery) / the social act of assembling
  429. assertiveness training = a method of psychotherapy that reinforces you for stating negative and positive feelings directly
  430. assessment = the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event
  431. assignation = the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning
  432. assigning = the act of distributing something to designated places or persons
  433. assignment = the act of putting a person into a non-elective position / the act of distributing something to designated places or persons / a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces) / an undertaking that you have been assigned to do
  434. assist = the act of enabling another player to make a good play / the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  435. assistance = the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  436. assisted suicide = suicide of a terminally ill person that involves an assistant who serves to make dying as painless and dignified as possible
  437. associateship = the position of associate
  438. association = the act of consorting with or joining with others
  439. association football = a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal
  440. assortative mating = mating of individuals having more traits in common than likely in random mating
  441. assortment = the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type
  442. assumption = the act of taking possession of or power over something / the act of assuming or taking for granted
  443. astrolatry = the worship of planets or stars
  444. astronavigation = navigating according to the positions of the stars
  445. at-bat = a turn trying to get a hit
  446. athletic game = a game involving athletic activity
  447. athletic training = the course of practice and exercise and diet undertaken by an athlete
  448. athletics = an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition / participation in sports events as an extracurricular activity
  449. Atlanta = a siege in which Federal troops under Sherman cut off the railroads supplying the city and then burned it
  450. atomisation = annihilation by reducing something to atoms / separating something into fine particles
  451. atomization = annihilation by reducing something to atoms / separating something into fine particles
  452. atonement = the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing
  453. atrocity = an act of atrocious cruelty
  454. attachment = the act of fastening things together / the act of attaching or affixing something / faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
  455. attack = a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase / an offensive move in a sport or game / the act of attacking / ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation / (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons) / strong criticism
  456. attainder = cancellation of civil rights
  457. attainment = arrival at a new stage / the act of achieving an aim
  458. attempt = the act of attacking / earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  459. attendance = the act of being present
  460. attendance check = a call of students' names in a classroom
  461. attending = the act of being present
  462. attention = the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something / a courteous act indicating affection
  463. attestation report = a consulting service in which a CPA expresses a conclusion about the reliability of a written statement that is the responsibility of someone else
  464. attestation service = a consulting service in which a CPA expresses a conclusion about the reliability of a written statement that is the responsibility of someone else
  465. attitude = a theatrical pose created for effect
  466. Attorney General = the position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States
  467. Attorney General of the United States = the position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States
  468. attorneyship = the position of attorney
  469. attrition = the act of rubbing together
  470. auction = the public sale of something to the highest bidder / a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game
  471. auction bridge = a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game
  472. auction pitch = an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump
  473. auction sale = the public sale of something to the highest bidder
  474. audible = a football play is changed orally after both teams have assumed their positions at the line of scrimmage
  475. audiometry = measuring sensitivity of hearing
  476. audit = a methodical examination or review of a condition or situation
  477. audition = a test of the suitability of a performer
  478. augmentation = the act of augmenting
  479. auscultation = listening to sounds within the body
  480. auspices = kindly endorsement and guidance
  481. Austerlitz = a decisive battle during the Napoleonic campaigns
  482. Australian crawl = a swimming stroke
  483. authentication = validating the authenticity of something or someone
  484. authorisation = the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
  485. authorization = the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
  486. authorship = the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing / the act of creating written works
  487. auto limitation = social control achieved as a manifestation of self-will or general consent
  488. auto mechanics = the craft of building and repairing automobiles
  489. auto racing = the sport of racing automobiles
  490. auto-da-fe = the burning to death of heretics
  491. auto-suggestion = a system for self-improvement developed by Emile Coue which was popular in the 1920s and 1930s
  492. autoeroticism = using you own body as a sexual object
  493. autoerotism = using you own body as a sexual object
  494. autogenic therapy = training patients in self-induced relaxation
  495. autogenic training = training patients in self-induced relaxation
  496. autogenics = training patients in self-induced relaxation
  497. autolatry = the worship of yourself
  498. automation = the act of implementing the control of equipment with advanced technology
  499. automatism = any reaction that occurs automatically without conscious thought or reflection
  500. automotive engineering = the activity of designing and constructing automobiles
  501. automotive technology = the activity of designing and constructing automobiles
  502. autoplasty = surgical repair by using tissue from another part of the patient's own body
  503. autopsy = an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
  504. autosexing = breeding to reveal differential sex characteristics at hatching
  505. autosuggestion = a system for self-improvement developed by Emile Coue which was popular in the 1920s and 1930s
  506. autotomy = spontaneous removal or casting off of a body part (as the tail of a lizard or claw of a lobster) especially when the organism is injured or under attack
  507. avarice = reprehensible acquisitiveness
  508. avaritia = reprehensible acquisitiveness
  509. avenue = a line of approach
  510. aversion = the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away
  511. aversion therapy = any technique of behavior modification that uses unpleasant stimuli in a controlled fashion to alter behavior in a therapeutic way
  512. averting = the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away / the act of preventing something from occurring
  513. aviation = travel via aircraft
  514. avocation = an auxiliary activity
  515. avoidance = deliberately avoiding
  516. avulsion = a forcible tearing or surgical separation of one body part from another
  517. awakening = the act of waking
  518. award = a grant made by a law court
  519. awarding = a grant made by a law court
  520. away game = a game played away from home
  521. B-scan ultrasonography = the use of ultrasonography to view structure in the back of the eye
  522. babbitting = lining a surface or bearing with Babbitt metal
  523. babel = a confusion of voices and other sounds
  524. Babinski = extension upward of the toes when the sole of the foot is stroked firmly on the outer side from the heel to the front
  525. Babinski reflex = extension upward of the toes when the sole of the foot is stroked firmly on the outer side from the heel to the front
  526. Babinski sign = extension upward of the toes when the sole of the foot is stroked firmly on the outer side from the heel to the front
  527. baby = a project of personal concern to someone
  528. baby sitting = the work of a baby sitter
  529. Babylonian Captivity = the deportation of the Jews to Babylonia by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC
  530. babysitting = the work of a baby sitter
  531. baccarat = a card game played in casinos in which two or more punters gamble against the banker
  532. bacchanal = a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  533. bacchanalia = a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity / an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus
  534. back = the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
  535. back circle = a feat in which an acrobat arches the back from a prone position and bends the knees until the toes touch the head
  536. back door = a secret or underhand means of access
  537. back exercise = exercise designed to strengthen the back muscles
  538. backbend = an acrobatic feat in which the trunk is bent backward from a standing position until the hands touch the floor
  539. backdoor = a secret or underhand means of access
  540. backfire = a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
  541. backgammon = a board game for two players
  542. backhand = a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  543. backhand drive = a hard straight return made on the backhand side
  544. backhand shot = a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  545. backhand stroke = a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  546. backhander = a backhanded blow
  547. backing = the act of providing approval and support
  548. backlash = an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence
  549. backpacking = carrying something in a pack on the back
  550. backsliding = a failure to maintain a higher state
  551. backstop = a precaution in case of an emergency
  552. backstroke = a swimming stroke that resembles the crawl except the swimmer lies on his or her back
  553. backup = the act of providing approval and support
  554. bacteriological warfare = the use of harmful bacteria as a weapon
  555. badgering = the act of harassing someone
  556. badminton = a game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a net
  557. bag = an activity that you like or at which you are superior
  558. bagatelle = a table game in which short cues are used to knock balls into holes that are guarded by wooden pegs
  559. bailiffship = the office of bailiff
  560. bailment = the delivery of personal property in trust by the bailor to the bailee
  561. bait and switch = a deceptive way of selling that involves advertising a product at a very low price in order to attract customers who are then persuaded to switch to a more expensive product
  562. bait casting = the single-handed rod casting of a relatively heavy (artificial) bait
  563. baiting = harassment especially of a tethered animal
  564. baking = cooking by dry heat in an oven / making bread or cake or pastry etc.
  565. Bakke decision = a ruling by the Supreme Court on affirmative action
  566. balancing = getting two things to correspond
  567. balk = an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
  568. Balkan Wars = two wars (1912-1913) that were fought over the last of the European territories of the Ottoman Empire and that left the area around Constantinople (now Istanbul) as the only Ottoman territory in Europe
  569. ball = a pitch that is not in the strike zone / a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players
  570. ball game = a field game played with a ball
  571. ball hawking = a skillful maneuver in catching balls or in stealing the ball from the opposing team
  572. ball-breaker = a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing
  573. ball-buster = a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing
  574. ballet = a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
  575. ballgame = a field game played with a ball
  576. ballooning = flying in a balloon
  577. ballot = a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative
  578. balloting = a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative
  579. ballottement = a palpatory technique for feeling a floating object in the body
  580. ballroom dance = any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
  581. ballroom dancing = any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
  582. balls-up = something badly botched or muddled
  583. ballup = something badly botched or muddled
  584. band aid = hurried repair
  585. bandaging = the act of applying a bandage
  586. banditry = the practice of plundering in gangs
  587. bang = a conspicuous success
  588. banging = the act of subjecting to strong attack
  589. banishment = rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
  590. bank = a flight maneuver
  591. bank closing = act of closing down a bank because of a fiscal emergency or failure
  592. bank examination = an examination of the affairs and records of a bank by a state or federal bank examiner
  593. bank run = the concerted action of depositors who try to withdraw their money from a bank because they think it will fail
  594. bank shot = a basketball shot that bounces off of the backboard before passing through the hoop
  595. bank withdrawal = the withdrawal of money from your account at a bank
  596. banking = transacting business with a bank
  597. banking game = any gambling game in which bets are laid against the gambling house or the dealer
  598. bankruptcy = a legal process intended to insure equality among the creditors of a corporation declared to be insolvent
  599. Bannockburn = a battle in which the Scots under Robert the Bruce defeated the English and assured the independence of Scotland
  600. banqueting = eating an elaborate meal
  601. banzai attack = a mass attack of troops without concern for casualties
  602. banzai charge = a mass attack of troops without concern for casualties
  603. baptism = a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
  604. bar = the act of preventing
  605. bar billiards = a table game in which short cues are used to knock balls into holes that are guarded by wooden pegs
  606. barbarisation = an act that makes people primitive and uncivilized
  607. barbarism = a brutal barbarous savage act
  608. barbarity = a brutal barbarous savage act
  609. barbarization = an act that makes people primitive and uncivilized
  610. barbecuing = roasting a large piece of meat on a revolving spit out of doors over an open fire
  611. bardolatry = the idolization of William Shakespeare
  612. bareboating = boating by chartering a bareboat and providing your own crew and provisions
  613. baring = the removal of covering
  614. barium enema = enema in which a contrast medium (usually barium sulfate) is injected into the rectum and X-rays are taken to search for lesions
  615. baronetage = the state of a baronet
  616. barracking = shouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree
  617. barrage = the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
  618. barrage fire = the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
  619. barrage jamming = electronic jamming over a wide range of frequencies simultaneously
  620. barratry = the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels / (maritime law) a fraudulent breach of duty by the master of a ship that injures the owner of the ship or its cargo
  621. barrel roll = a roll in which the plane follows a spiral course
  622. barring = the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
  623. barter = an equal exchange
  624. basal body temperature method = natural family planning in which the fertile period of the woman's menstrual cycle is inferred by noting the rise in basal body temperature that typically occurs with ovulation
  625. basal body temperature method of family planning = natural family planning in which the fertile period of the woman's menstrual cycle is inferred by noting the rise in basal body temperature that typically occurs with ovulation
  626. base hit = the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
  627. base on balls = an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls
  628. baseball = a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players
  629. baseball game = a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players
  630. baseball play = a play executed by a baseball team
  631. baseball score = the score of a baseball game
  632. baseball swing = in baseball
  633. basic training = the initial period of training for new military personnel
  634. basket = a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop
  635. basket rummy = a form of rummy using two decks of cards and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild
  636. basketball = a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players
  637. basketball game = a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players
  638. basketball play = a play executed by a basketball team
  639. basketball score = the score in a basketball game
  640. basketball shot = throwing the basketball toward the hoop
  641. basketry = the craft of basket making
  642. bastardisation = an act that debases or corrupts
  643. bastardization = an act that debases or corrupts
  644. bastardy proceeding = a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock
  645. bastinado = a form of torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with whips or cudgels
  646. basting = moistening a roast as it is cooking
  647. bat = a turn trying to get a hit
  648. Bataan = the peninsula and island in the Philippines where Japanese forces besieged American forces in World War II
  649. bath = a soaking and washing in a bathtub
  650. bathe = the act of swimming for pleasure or recreation
  651. bathing = the act of washing yourself (or another person) / immersing the body in water or sunshine
  652. bathymetry = measuring the depths of the oceans
  653. battering = the act of subjecting to strong attack
  654. battery = an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact / the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
  655. batting = the batter's attempt to get on base
  656. battle = an energetic attempt to achieve something / a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war / an open clash between two opposing groups
  657. battle of Atlanta = a siege in which Federal troops under Sherman cut off the railroads supplying the city and then burned it
  658. battle of Austerlitz = a decisive battle during the Napoleonic campaigns
  659. battle of Boyne = a battle in the War of the Grand Alliance in Ireland in 1690
  660. Battle of Britain = the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it
  661. battle of Brunanburh = a battle in 937 when Athelstan defeated the Scots
  662. Battle of Bull Run = either of two battles during the American Civil War
  663. battle of Bunker Hill = the first important battle of the American War of Independence (1775) which was fought at Breed's Hill
  664. battle of Caporetto = battle of World War I
  665. battle of Chattanooga = in the American Civil War (1863) the Union armies of Hooker, Thomas, and Sherman under the command of Ulysses S. Grant won a decisive victory over the Confederate Army under Braxton Bragg
  666. battle of Chickamauga = a Confederate victory in the American Civil War
  667. battle of Cowpens = battle in the American Revolution
  668. battle of Crecy = the first decisive battle of the Hundred Years' War
  669. battle of Cunaxa = battle in 401 BC when the Artaxerxes II defeated his younger brother who tried to usurp the throne
  670. battle of Cynoscephalae = the battle that ended the second Macedonian War
  671. Battle of El Alamein = a pitched battle in World War II (1942) resulting in a decisive Allied victory by British troops under Montgomery over German troops under Rommel
  672. Battle of Flodden Field = a battle in 1513
  673. Battle of Fontenoy = a battle in 1745 in which the French army under Marshal Saxe defeated the English army and their allies under the duke of Cumberland
  674. Battle of Fredericksburg = an important battle in the American Civil War
  675. Battle of Gettysburg = a battle of the American Civil War
  676. Battle of Granicus River = the battle in which Alexander won his first major victory against the Persians
  677. Battle of Guadalcanal = a battle in World War II in the Pacific
  678. battle of Hastings = the decisive battle in which William the Conqueror (duke of Normandy) defeated the Saxons under Harold II (1066) and thus left England open for the Norman Conquest
  679. battle of Hohenlinden = a battle during the Napoleonic Wars
  680. battle of Ipsus = a battle between the successors of Alexander the Great
  681. battle of Issus = a battle (333 BC) in which Alexander the Great defeated the Persians under Darius III
  682. battle of Ivry = a battle (1590) in which the Huguenots under Henry IV defeated the Catholics under the duke of Mayenne
  683. Battle of Jena = the battle in 1806 in which Napoleon decisively defeated the Prussians
  684. battle of Jutland = an indecisive naval battle in World War I
  685. Battle of Kerbala = a battle in 680 in which the grandson of Mohammed and his followers were killed
  686. Battle of Lake Trasimenus = a battle in 217 BC in which Hannibal ambushed a Roman army led by Flaminius
  687. battle of Langside = Catholic forces supporting Mary Queen of Scots were routed by Protestants
  688. Battle of Lepanto = Turkish sea power was destroyed in 1571 by a league of Christian nations organized by the Pope
  689. battle of Leuctra = Thebes defeated Sparta in 371 BC
  690. Battle of Little Bighorn = a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull
  691. battle of Lule Burgas = the principal battle of the Balkan Wars
  692. battle of Lutzen = a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1632); Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeated the Holy Roman Empire under Wallenstein
  693. Battle of Magenta = a battle in 1859 in which the French and Sardinian forces under Napoleon III defeated the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
  694. Battle of Maldon = a battle in which the Danes defeated the Saxons in 991
  695. battle of Marathon = a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians
  696. battle of Marston Moor = a battle in 1644 in which the Parliamentarians under the earl of Manchester defeated the Royalists under Prince Rupert
  697. Battle of Midway = naval battle of World War II
  698. battle of Minden = a battle in the Seven Years' War (1759) in which the English forces and their allies defeated the French
  699. Battle of Monmouth = a pitched battle in New Jersey during the American Revolution (1778) that ended with the withdrawal of British forces
  700. Battle of Monmouth Court House = a pitched battle in New Jersey during the American Revolution (1778) that ended with the withdrawal of British forces
  701. Battle of Naseby = a battle in 1645 that settled the outcome of the first English Civil War as the Parliamentarians won a major victory over the Royalists
  702. battle of Navarino = a decisive naval battle in the War of Greek Independence
  703. battle of Omdurman = a battle (1898) in which an English and Egyptian army under Kitchener defeated the Sudanese
  704. battle of Panipat = battle in which the ruler of Afghanistan defeated the Mahrattas in 1761
  705. battle of Pharsalus = Caesar defeated Pompey in 48 BC
  706. battle of Philippi = Octavian and Mark Antony defeated Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC
  707. battle of Pittsburgh Landing = the second great battle of the American Civil War
  708. battle of Plassey = the victory in 1757 by the British under Clive over Siraj-ud-daula that established British supremacy over Bengal
  709. battle of Plataea = a defeat of the Persian army by the Greeks at Plataea in 479 BC
  710. battle of Poitiers = the battle in 1356 in which the English under the Black Prince defeated the French
  711. Battle of Puebla = a battle in which Mexican forces defeated the French in 1862
  712. Battle of Pydna = a major victory by the Romans over the Macedonians in 168 BC
  713. Battle of Ravenna = a battle between the French and an alliance of Spaniards and Swiss and Venetians in 1512
  714. Battle of Rocroi = a battle in the Thirty Years' War
  715. battle of Rossbach = a battle in the Seven Years' War
  716. battle of Saratoga = a battle during the American Revolution
  717. battle of Sempach = the Swiss Confederation escaped Hapsburg domination by their victory in 1386
  718. battle of Shiloh = the second great battle of the American Civil War
  719. battle of Soissons-Reims = a battle in World War I (May 1918); the Germans tried to attack before the American numbers were too great to defeat
  720. battle of Solferino = an indecisive battle in 1859 between the French and Sardinians under Napoleon III and the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
  721. battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse = a battle between the armies of Grant and Lee during the Wilderness Campaign
  722. battle of St Mihiel = a battle in the Meuse-Argonne operation in World War I
  723. battle of Tannenberg = a battle in World War I
  724. battle of Tertry = a battle in France in 687 among the descendants of Clovis
  725. battle of Teutoburger Wald = a battle in 9 AD in which the Germans under Arminius annihilated three Roman Legions
  726. battle of Tewkesbury = the final battle of the War of the Roses in 1471 in which Edward IV defeated the Lancastrians
  727. battle of the Aisne = a battle in World War I (May 1918); the Germans tried to attack before the American numbers were too great to defeat
  728. Battle of the Ardennes Bulge = a battle during World War II
  729. battle of the Bismarck Sea = a naval battle in World War II
  730. Battle of the Bulge = a battle during World War II
  731. battle of the Chemin-des-Dames = a battle in World War I (May 1918); the Germans tried to attack before the American numbers were too great to defeat
  732. battle of the Coral Sea = a Japanese defeat in World War II
  733. Battle of the Little Bighorn = a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull
  734. Battle of the Marne = a World War I battle in northwestern France where the Allies defeated the Germans in 1918
  735. battle of the Philippine Sea = a naval battle in World War II
  736. Battle of the Somme = battle in World War I (1916) / battle of World War II
  737. Battle of the Spanish Armada = in the English Channel a small fleet of British ships successfully defeated the large armada sent from Spain by Philip II to invade England
  738. battle of Thermopylae = a famous battle in 480 BC
  739. battle of Trafalgar = a naval battle in 1805 off the southwest coast of Spain
  740. battle of Trasimeno = a battle in central Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans under Flaminius in 217 BC
  741. battle of Valmy = the French defeated the Austrian and Prussian troops in 1792
  742. battle of Verdun = a battle in World War I
  743. battle of Wagram = a battle in the Napoleonic campaigns
  744. Battle of Wake = in December 1941 the island was captured by the Japanese after a gallant last-ditch stand by a few hundred United States marines
  745. Battle of Wake Island = in December 1941 the island was captured by the Japanese after a gallant last-ditch stand by a few hundred United States marines
  746. Battle of Waterloo = the battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon
  747. battle of wits = a contest in which intelligence rather than violence is used
  748. battle of Ypres = battle in World War I (1914); heavy but indecisive fighting as the Allies and the Germans both tried to break through the lines of the others / battle in World War I (1915); Germans wanted to try chlorine (a toxic yellow gas) as a weapon and succeeded in taking considerable territory from the Allied salient / battle in World War I (1917); an Allied offensive which eventually failed because tanks bogged down in the waterlogged soil of Flanders
  749. battle of Zama = the battle in 202 BC in which Scipio decisively defeated Hannibal at the end of the second Punic War
  750. battle royal = a noisy riotous fight
  751. battledore = an ancient racket game
  752. battledore and shuttlecock = an ancient racket game
  753. battue = indiscriminate slaughter / a hunt in which beaters force the game to flee in the direction of the hunter
  754. bawling = loud cries made while weeping
  755. bazaar = a sale of miscellany
  756. beachhead = an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
  757. beagling = hunting rabbits with beagles
  758. beanball = a baseball deliberately thrown at the batter's head
  759. beaner = a baseball deliberately thrown at the batter's head
  760. beano = a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards
  761. bear hug = a takeover bid so attractive that the directors of the target company must approve it or risk shareholder protest / a wrestling hold with arms locked tightly around the opponent
  762. bearing false witness = criminal offense of making false statements under oath
  763. beat = the act of beating to windward
  764. beatification = an act of the Pope who declares that a deceased person lived a holy life and is worthy of public veneration
  765. beating = the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows / the act of overcoming or outdoing
  766. beau geste = a gracious (but usually meaningless) gesture
  767. beautification = the act of making something more beautiful
  768. beauty treatment = enhancement of someone's personal beauty
  769. bed rest = confinement to bed continuously
  770. bedevilment = the act of harassing someone
  771. bedrest = confinement to bed continuously
  772. beekeeping = the cultivation of bees on a commercial scale for the production of honey
  773. beggar-my-neighbor = a card game for two players in which the object is to win all of the other player's cards
  774. beggar-my-neighbour = a card game for two players in which the object is to win all of the other player's cards
  775. beginning = the act of starting something
  776. beguilement = an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
  777. beguine = a ballroom dance that originated in the French West Indies
  778. behalf = as the agent of or on someone's part
  779. behavior = manner of acting or controlling yourself / (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation
  780. behavior modification = psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
  781. behavior therapy = psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
  782. behaviour = manner of acting or controlling yourself / (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation
  783. beheading = killing by cutting off the head / execution by cutting off the victim's head
  784. bel canto = a style of operatic singing
  785. belch = a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
  786. belching = a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth / the forceful expulsion of something from inside
  787. beleaguering = the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
  788. belittling = the act of belittling
  789. bell ringer = something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal
  790. bell ringing = playing a set of bells that are (usually) hung in a tower
  791. Belleau Wood = a World War I battle in northwestern France where the Allies defeated the Germans in 1918
  792. belligerency = fighting
  793. belly dance = a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
  794. belly dancing = a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
  795. belly flop = a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water
  796. belly flopper = a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water
  797. belly whop = a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water
  798. belly whopper = a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water
  799. belt = the act of hitting vigorously
  800. bench press = a weightlift in which you lie on your back on a bench and press weights upward
  801. bender = a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter / revelry in drinking
  802. bending = the act of bending something
  803. benediction = the act of praying for divine protection
  804. benefaction = an act intending or showing kindness and good will
  805. benefit of clergy = sanction by a religious rite
  806. benevolence = an act intending or showing kindness and good will
  807. benignity = a kind act
  808. bent hang = a hang performed with the elbows bent
  809. Berit = the Jewish rite of circumcision performed on a male child on the eighth day of his life
  810. Berith = the Jewish rite of circumcision performed on a male child on the eighth day of his life
  811. Berlin airlift = airlift in 1948 that supplied food and fuel to citizens of west Berlin when the Russians closed off land access to Berlin
  812. berth = a job in an organization
  813. Bertillon system = a system or procedure for identifying persons
  814. besieging = the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
  815. best = the supreme effort one can make
  816. bestiality = sexual activity between a person and an animal
  817. bestowal = the act of conferring an honor or presenting a gift
  818. bestowment = the act of conferring an honor or presenting a gift
  819. bet = the act of gambling
  820. beta blocker eyedrop = a treatment for glaucoma
  821. betise = a stupid mistake
  822. betrayal = an act of deliberate betrayal
  823. betrothal = the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
  824. betterment = the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
  825. bezique = a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards
  826. bhakti = loving devotion to a deity leading to salvation and nirvana
  827. Bible-worship = the worship of the Bible
  828. bibliolatry = the worship of the Bible
  829. bicycling = riding a bicycle
  830. bid = an attempt to get something
  831. bidding contest = a series of competing bids
  832. biff = a blow with the fist
  833. bifurcation = the act of splitting into two branches
  834. big science = scientific research that requires massive capital investment but is expected to yield very significant results
  835. bigamy = the offense of marrying someone while you have a living spouse from whom no valid divorce has occurred
  836. bill = the entertainment offered at a public presentation
  837. bill of review = a proceeding brought to obtain an explanation or an alteration or a reversal of a decree by the court that rendered it
  838. billet = a job in an organization
  839. billiards = any of several games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) balls
  840. binding = the act of applying a bandage
  841. Binet-Simon Scale = the first intelligence test
  842. binge = an occasion for excessive eating or drinking / any act of immoderate indulgence
  843. bingle = a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
  844. bingo = a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards
  845. bioattack = the use of bacteria or viruses or toxins to destroy men and animals or food
  846. biodefence = procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using biological agents
  847. biodefense = procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using biological agents
  848. biogenesis = the production of living organisms from other living organisms
  849. biogeny = the production of living organisms from other living organisms
  850. biologic attack = the use of bacteria or viruses or toxins to destroy men and animals or food
  851. biological attack = the use of bacteria or viruses or toxins to destroy men and animals or food
  852. biological defence = procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using biological agents
  853. biological defense = procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using biological agents
  854. biological research = scientific research conducted by biologists
  855. biological terrorism = terrorism using the weapons of biological warfare
  856. biological warfare = the use of bacteria or viruses or toxins to destroy men and animals or food
  857. biological warfare defence = defense against biological warfare
  858. biological warfare defense = defense against biological warfare
  859. biologism = use of biological principles in explaining human especially social behavior
  860. biomedical cloning = nuclear transplantation of a patient's own cells to make an oocyte from which immune-compatible cells (especially stem cells) can be derived for transplant
  861. biopiracy = biological theft
  862. bioremediation = the act of treating waste or pollutants by the use of microorganisms (as bacteria) that can break down the undesirable substances
  863. bioterrorism = terrorism using the weapons of biological warfare
  864. birdnesting = hunting for birds' nests to get the eggs
  865. birling = rotating a log rapidly in the water
  866. birth control = limiting the number of children born
  867. birth prevention = limiting the number of children born
  868. bisection = dividing into two equal parts
  869. bisexuality = sexual activity with both men and women
  870. bishopry = the office and dignity of a bishop
  871. Bismarck Sea = a naval battle in World War II
  872. bitchery = aggressive remarks and behavior like that of a spiteful malicious woman
  873. bite = a portion removed from the whole / the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
  874. bivouacking = the act of encamping and living in tents in a camp
  875. biz = your occupation or line of work
  876. Black Maria = a form of whist in which players avoid winning tricks containing hearts or the queen of spades
  877. black market = an illegal market in which goods or currencies are bought and sold in violation of rationing or controls
  878. black operation = a covert operation not attributable to the organization carrying it out
  879. blackball = the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
  880. blackening = changing to a darker color
  881. blackjack = a gambling game using cards
  882. blackmail = extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information
  883. blandishment = the act of urging by means of teasing or flattery
  884. blasphemy = blasphemous behavior
  885. blast = a very long fly ball
  886. blastoff = the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination
  887. blaxploitation = the exploitation of black people
  888. blaze = noisy and unrestrained mischief
  889. bleach = the act of whitening something by bleaching it
  890. blend = the act of blending components together thoroughly
  891. blending = the act of blending components together thoroughly / a gradation involving small or imperceptible differences between grades
  892. Blenheim = the First Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy defeated the French in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession
  893. blessing = the act of praying for divine protection / the formal act of approving
  894. blind alley = a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement
  895. blind flying = using only instruments for flying an aircraft because you cannot see through clouds or mists etc.
  896. blind landing = using only instruments for flying an aircraft because you cannot see through clouds or mists etc.
  897. blind stitching = stitching that is not easily seen or noticed
  898. blindman's bluff = a children's game in which a blindfolded player tries to catch and identify other players
  899. blindman's buff = a children's game in which a blindfolded player tries to catch and identify other players
  900. blink = a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
  901. blinking = a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
  902. blitz = a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment / (American football) defensive players try to break through the offensive line
  903. blitzkrieg = a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment
  904. block = the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
  905. block grant = a grant of federal money to state and local governments to support social welfare programs
  906. block vote = a vote proportional in magnitude to the number of people that a delegate represents
  907. blockade = a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
  908. blockage = the act of blocking
  909. blockbuster = an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales
  910. blocking = the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
  911. blood count = the act of estimating the number of red and white corpuscles in a blood sample
  912. blood feud = a feud in which members of the opposing parties murder each other
  913. blood profile = counting the number of white and red blood cells and the number of platelets in 1 cubic millimeter of blood
  914. blood sport = sport that involves killing animals
  915. blood transfusion = the introduction of blood or blood plasma into a vein or artery
  916. blood typing = determining a person's blood type by serological methods
  917. blood-oxygenation level dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging = functional magnetic resonance imaging that relies on intrinsic changes in hemoglobin oxygenation
  918. bloodbath = indiscriminate slaughter
  919. Bloodless Revolution = the revolution against James II
  920. bloodletting = indiscriminate slaughter / formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood
  921. bloodshed = the shedding of blood resulting in murder / indiscriminate slaughter
  922. bloomer = an embarrassing mistake
  923. blooper = an embarrassing mistake
  924. blot = an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
  925. blow = forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth / a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  926. blowjob = slang for fellatio
  927. blowout = a gay festivity
  928. blue wall = the secrecy of police officers who lie or look the other way to protect other police officers
  929. blue wall of silence = the secrecy of police officers who lie or look the other way to protect other police officers
  930. bluff = the act of bluffing in poker
  931. blunder = an embarrassing mistake
  932. blush = sudden reddening of the face
  933. board game = a game played on a specially designed board
  934. boarding = the act of passengers and crew getting aboard a ship or aircraft
  935. boat racing = the sport of racing boats
  936. boating = water travel for pleasure
  937. bob = a short abrupt inclination
  938. bobble = the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball
  939. bobsledding = riding on a bobsled
  940. bocce = Italian bowling played on a long narrow dirt court
  941. bocci = Italian bowling played on a long narrow dirt court
  942. boccie = Italian bowling played on a long narrow dirt court
  943. body English = a motion of the body by a player as if to make an object already propelled go in the desired direction
  944. bodybuilding = exercise that builds muscles through tension
  945. bodywork = the work of making or repairing vehicle bodies
  946. Boer War = either of two wars: the first when the Boers fought England in order to regain the independence they had given up to obtain British help against the Zulus
  947. bohemianism = conduct characteristic of a bohemian
  948. boiling = cooking in a liquid that has been brought to a boil
  949. BOLD FMRI = functional magnetic resonance imaging that relies on intrinsic changes in hemoglobin oxygenation
  950. bolero = a Spanish dance in triple time accompanied by guitar and castanets
  951. bolivia = a form of canasta in which sequences can be melded
  952. bolt = a sudden abandonment (as from a political party) / the act of moving with great haste
  953. bombardment = an attack by dropping bombs / the act (or an instance) of subjecting a body or substance to the impact of high-energy particles (as electrons or alpha rays) / the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
  954. bombing = an attack by dropping bombs / the use of bombs for sabotage
  955. bombing run = that part of the flight that begins with the approach to the target
  956. bond trading = trading in bonds
  957. bond-trading activity = trading in bonds
  958. bondage = sexual practice that involves physically restraining (by cords or handcuffs) one of the partners
  959. bonding = fastening firmly together
  960. boner = an embarrassing mistake
  961. boo-boo = an embarrassing mistake
  962. boodle = a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops
  963. book fair = bazaar at which books are sold or auctioned off in order to raise funds for a worthy cause
  964. bookbinding = the craft of binding books
  965. bookfair = bazaar at which books are sold or auctioned off in order to raise funds for a worthy cause
  966. booking = employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time / the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of
  967. bookkeeping = the activity of recording business transactions
  968. boomerang = a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
  969. boondoggle = work of little or no value done merely to look busy
  970. boost = the act of giving hope or support to someone / the act of giving a push
  971. boot = the act of delivering a blow with the foot / a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed
  972. boot sale = an outdoor sale at which people sell things from the trunk of their car
  973. bootlegging = the act of making or transporting alcoholic liquor for sale illegally / the act of selling illegally or without permission
  974. booze-up = revelry in drinking
  975. boozing = the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
  976. bopeep = a game played with young children
  977. boring = the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum / the act of drilling
  978. Borodino = Napoleon defeated the Russians in 1812 in a pitched battle at a village in western Russia west of Moscow, but irreparably weakened his army
  979. borrowing = the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source / obtaining funds from a lender
  980. bosie = a cricket ball bowled as if to break one way that actually breaks in the opposite way
  981. bosie ball = a cricket ball bowled as if to break one way that actually breaks in the opposite way
  982. bosom = a close affectionate and protective acceptance
  983. bossism = domination of a political organization by a party boss
  984. Boston Tea Party = demonstration (1773) by citizens of Boston who (disguised as Indians) raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor
  985. Bosworth Field = the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses
  986. botanical medicine = the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes
  987. botch = an embarrassing mistake
  988. bottle collection = collecting bottles for reuse / the activity of collecting bottles
  989. bounce = a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  990. bound = a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  991. bout = an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
  992. Bouvines = in 1214 the French under Philip Augustus defeated a coalition formed against him in one of the greatest battles of the middle ages
  993. bow = a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
  994. bowdlerisation = the act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent / written material that has been bowdlerized
  995. Bowdlerism = censorship in the form of prudish expurgation
  996. bowdlerization = the act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent / written material that has been bowdlerized
  997. bowing = managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument
  998. bowl = the act of rolling something
  999. bowling = the playing of a game of tenpins or duckpins etc / (cricket) the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman / a game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over or moving them
  1000. bowling score = the score in a bowling match
  1001. bowls = a bowling game played on a level lawn with biased wooden balls that are rolled at a jack
  1002. box = a blow with the hand
  1003. boxing = the enclosure of something in a package or box / fighting with the fists
  1004. boycott = a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
  1005. Boyne = a battle in the War of the Grand Alliance in Ireland in 1690
  1006. brachiation = swinging by the arms from branch to branch
  1007. brain drain = depletion or loss of intellectual and technical personnel
  1008. brain surgery = any surgical procedure involving the brain
  1009. brainstorming = a group problem-solving technique in which members spontaneously share ideas and solutions
  1010. brainwashing = forcible indoctrination into a new set of attitudes and beliefs
  1011. braising = cooking slowly in fat in a closed pot with little moisture
  1012. branching = the act of branching out or dividing into branches
  1013. branding = the act of stigmatizing
  1014. brawl = a noisy fight in a crowd
  1015. Braxton-Hicks contraction = painless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency
  1016. breach = a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
  1017. breach of contract = a breach of a legal duty
  1018. breach of duty = a breach of due care
  1019. breach of promise = failure to keep a promise
  1020. breach of the covenant of warranty = a failure of the seller's guarantee of good title
  1021. breach of the peace = any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
  1022. breach of trust = violation (either through fraud or negligence) by a trustee of a duty that equity requires of him
  1023. breach of trust with fraudulent intent = larceny after trust rather than after unlawful taking
  1024. breach of warranty = a breach that occurs when an item is deficient according to the terms of a warranty
  1025. break = an escape from jail / any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare / a sudden dash / the act of breaking something / an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity / (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving / the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool / a pause from doing something
  1026. break dance = a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground
  1027. break dancing = a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground
  1028. break of serve = a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
  1029. break-in = trespassing for an unlawful purpose
  1030. breakage = the act of breaking something
  1031. breakaway = the act of breaking away or withdrawing from
  1032. breakdown = the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
  1033. breaking = the act of breaking something
  1034. breaking and entering = trespassing for an unlawful purpose
  1035. breaking away = departing hastily / the act of breaking away or withdrawing from
  1036. breaking ball = a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
  1037. breaking off = an instance of sudden interruption
  1038. breaking wind = a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
  1039. breakout = an escape from jail
  1040. breakthrough = making an important discovery / a penetration of a barrier such as an enemy's defense
  1041. breakup = the termination or disintegration of a relationship
  1042. breast feeding = nourishing at the breast
  1043. breaststroke = a swimming stroke
  1044. breath = the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing
  1045. breathing = the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation
  1046. breathing in = the act of inhaling
  1047. breathing out = the act of expelling air from the lungs
  1048. breech birth = delivery of an infant whose feet or buttocks appear first
  1049. breech delivery = delivery of an infant whose feet or buttocks appear first
  1050. breech presentation = delivery of an infant whose feet or buttocks appear first
  1051. breeding = the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring / the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization / helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
  1052. breeze = any undertaking that is easy to do
  1053. brewing = the production of malt beverages (as beer or ale) from malt and hops by grinding and boiling them and fermenting the result with yeast
  1054. bribery = the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage
  1055. bricklaying = the craft of laying bricks
  1056. bricolage = construction of something by whatver material are available
  1057. bridal = archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast
  1058. bridge = any of various card games based on whist for four players
  1059. bridge whist = the earliest form of bridge
  1060. bridle = the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
  1061. bringing = the act of delivering or distributing something
  1062. bringing close together = the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue
  1063. bringing up = helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
  1064. Bris = the Jewish rite of circumcision performed on a male child on the eighth day of his life
  1065. Briss = the Jewish rite of circumcision performed on a male child on the eighth day of his life
  1066. Brith = the Jewish rite of circumcision performed on a male child on the eighth day of his life
  1067. Britishism = a custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens
  1068. broad jump = the act of jumping as far as possible from a running start
  1069. broadening = the action of making broader / the act of making something wider
  1070. broadside = the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship
  1071. broil = cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat
  1072. broiling = cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat
  1073. bronchospasm = a spasm of the bronchi that makes exhalation difficult and noisy
  1074. bronco busting = breaking a bronco to saddle
  1075. brouhaha = a confused disturbance far greater than its cause merits
  1076. browning = cooking to a brown crispiness over a fire or on a grill
  1077. browse = the act of feeding by continual nibbling
  1078. browsing = the act of feeding by continual nibbling
  1079. Brunanburh = a battle in 937 when Athelstan defeated the Scots
  1080. brush = contact with something dangerous or undesirable / the act of brushing your hair / the act of brushing your teeth / a minor short-term fight
  1081. brush-off = a curt or disdainful rejection
  1082. brushing = the act of brushing your hair / the act of brushing your teeth
  1083. brushup = practice intended to polish performance or refresh the memory
  1084. brutalisation = an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities / the activity of treating someone savagely or viciously
  1085. brutality = a brutal barbarous savage act
  1086. brutalization = an act that makes people cruel or lacking normal human qualities / the activity of treating someone savagely or viciously
  1087. bruxism = involuntarily or unconsciously clenching or grinding the teeth, typically during sleep
  1088. bubble bath = a bath in which you add something to foam and scent the bath water
  1089. bubble dance = a solo dance similar to a fan dance except large balloons are used instead of fans
  1090. buccaneering = hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts
  1091. buck-and-wing = a solo tap dance emphasizing sharp taps
  1092. buddy system = a cooperative practice of pairing two or more people together for mutual assistance or safety
  1093. budget cut = the act of reducing budgeted expenditures
  1094. Buena Vista = a pitched battle in the Mexican War in 1847
  1095. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show = a spectacular show organized in 1883 by William F. Cody that featured horseback riding and marksmanship on a large scale
  1096. buffoonery = acting like a clown or buffoon
  1097. buggery = intercourse via the anus, committed by a man with a man or woman
  1098. building = the act of constructing something / the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
  1099. buildup = the act of building up an accumulation
  1100. bull = a serious and ludicrous blunder
  1101. Bull Run = either of two battles during the American Civil War
  1102. bull's eye = something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal / in target shooting: a score made by hitting the center of the target
  1103. bullet = a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
  1104. bullfighting = the activity at a bullfight
  1105. bully pulpit = a public office of sufficiently high rank that it provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to on any matter
  1106. bullying = the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something
  1107. bunco = a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  1108. bunco game = a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  1109. bundling = the act of shoving hastily / the act of binding something into a bundle
  1110. bungle = an embarrassing mistake
  1111. Bunker Hill = the first important battle of the American War of Independence (1775) which was fought at Breed's Hill
  1112. bunko = a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  1113. bunko game = a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  1114. bunny hug = a syncopated ballroom dance formerly popular in the US
  1115. bunt = the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat
  1116. burden of proof = the duty of proving a disputed charge
  1117. bureaucratic procedure = needlessly time-consuming procedure
  1118. burglary = entering a building unlawfully with intent to commit a felony or to steal valuable property
  1119. burial = concealing something under the ground
  1120. burn = damage inflicted by fire
  1121. burning = the act of burning something / a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin / execution by fire / execution by electricity
  1122. burning at the stake = execution by fire
  1123. burnup = the amount of fuel used up
  1124. burp = a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
  1125. burping = a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
  1126. burst = the act of exploding or bursting / a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason) / rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
  1127. burying = concealing something under the ground
  1128. business = incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect / the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money / the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects / the volume of commercial activity
  1129. business activity = activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
  1130. business deal = a particular instance of buying or selling
  1131. business enterprise = the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  1132. business life = a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
  1133. busman's holiday = a holiday where you do the same things you do at work
  1134. buss = the act of caressing with the lips
  1135. bust = an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
  1136. bust-up takeover = a leveraged buyout in which the target company's assets are sold to repay the loan that financed the takeover
  1137. bustle = a rapid active commotion
  1138. busywork = active work of little value
  1139. butchering = the business of a butcher
  1140. butchery = the savage and excessive killing of many people / the business of a butcher
  1141. butt welding = creating a butt joint by welding
  1142. butt-welding = creating a butt joint by welding
  1143. butterfly = a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
  1144. butterfly stroke = a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down
  1145. buy-and-bust operation = an undercover operation by narcotics detectives to catch unsuspecting drug dealers
  1146. buyback = the act of purchasing back something previously sold
  1147. buyer's market = a market in which more people want to sell than want to buy
  1148. buyers' market = a market in which more people want to sell than want to buy
  1149. buying = the act of buying
  1150. buyout = acquisition of a company by purchasing a controlling percentage of its stock
  1151. buzz = a confusion of activity and gossip
  1152. BW = the use of bacteria or viruses or toxins to destroy men and animals or food
  1153. BW defence = defense against biological warfare
  1154. BW defense = defense against biological warfare
  1155. by-election = a special election between regular elections
  1156. by-line = an auxiliary activity
  1157. bye-election = a special election between regular elections
  1158. byplay = incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
  1159. C-section = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1160. cabalism = adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation
  1161. cabaret = a series of acts at a night club
  1162. CABG = open-heart surgery in which the rib cage is opened and a section of a blood vessel is grafted from the aorta to the coronary artery to bypass the blocked section of the coronary artery and improve the blood supply to the heart
  1163. cabinet minister = the job of a senior minister who is a member of the cabinet
  1164. cabinetmaking = the craft of a joiner
  1165. cabinetry = the craft of making furniture
  1166. cabinetwork = the craft of making furniture
  1167. cabotage = navigation in coastal waters
  1168. cadetship = the position of cadet
  1169. caesarean = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1170. caesarean delivery = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1171. caesarean section = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1172. caesarian = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1173. caesarian delivery = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1174. caesarian section = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1175. cakewalk = an easy accomplishment / a strutting dance based on a march; was performed in minstrel shows
  1176. calculation = the procedure of calculating
  1177. calendar method = natural family planning in which ovulation is assumed to occur 14 days before the onset of a period
  1178. calendar method of birth control = natural family planning in which ovulation is assumed to occur 14 days before the onset of a period
  1179. calf roping = capturing a calf with a lasso and binding its feet
  1180. calibration = the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument
  1181. caliphate = the office of a caliph
  1182. calisthenics = light exercises designed to promote general fitness / the practice of calisthenic exercises
  1183. call = the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date / (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee / a visit in an official or professional capacity / a brief social visit
  1184. call fire = fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit
  1185. call option = the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
  1186. call-back = the recall of an employee after a layoff
  1187. calling = the particular occupation for which you are trained
  1188. calling together = the act of convoking
  1189. callisthenics = light exercises designed to promote general fitness / the practice of calisthenic exercises
  1190. callosectomy = severing the corpus callosum so that communication between the cerebral hemispheres is interrupted
  1191. callosotomy = severing the corpus callosum so that communication between the cerebral hemispheres is interrupted
  1192. calming = the act of appeasing
  1193. calorimetry = measurement of quantities of heat
  1194. calumny = an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  1195. camber = the alignment of the wheels of a motor vehicle closer together at the bottom than at the top
  1196. camel racing = the sport of racing camels
  1197. camera care = keeping a camera in good working order
  1198. camouflage = the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance
  1199. campaign = an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa) / a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end / several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal
  1200. campaigning = the campaign of a candidate to be elected
  1201. camping = the act of encamping and living in tents in a camp
  1202. canalisation = management through specified channels of communication / the production of a canal or a conversion to canals
  1203. canalization = management through specified channels of communication / the production of a canal or a conversion to canals
  1204. canasta = a form of rummy using two decks of cards and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild
  1205. cancan = a high-kicking dance of French origin performed by a female chorus line
  1206. cancellation = the act of cancelling
  1207. candidacy = the campaign of a candidate to be elected
  1208. candidature = the campaign of a candidate to be elected
  1209. candlepin bowling = a bowling game using slender bowling pins
  1210. candlepins = a bowling game using slender bowling pins
  1211. canfield = a form of solitaire that involves gambling
  1212. Cannae = ancient city is southeastern Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 BC
  1213. canned hunt = a hunt for animals that have been raised on game ranches until they are mature enough to be killed for trophy collections
  1214. cannibalism = the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind
  1215. cannon = a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
  1216. cannon fire = fire delivered by artillery
  1217. cannonade = intense and continuous artillery fire
  1218. cannulation = the insertion of a cannula or tube into a hollow body organ
  1219. cannulisation = the insertion of a cannula or tube into a hollow body organ
  1220. cannulization = the insertion of a cannula or tube into a hollow body organ
  1221. canonisation = the act of admitting a deceased person into the canon of saints
  1222. canonization = the act of admitting a deceased person into the canon of saints
  1223. canter = a smooth three-beat gait
  1224. cantillation = liturgical chanting
  1225. canulation = the insertion of a cannula or tube into a hollow body organ
  1226. canulisation = the insertion of a cannula or tube into a hollow body organ
  1227. canulization = the insertion of a cannula or tube into a hollow body organ
  1228. capacity = a specified function / the maximum production possible
  1229. Cape Passero = a naval battle in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Passero in which the Spanish navy was destroyed by France and England while attempting to recover Sicily and Sardinia from Italy
  1230. caper = a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement / gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement / a playful leap or hop / a crime
  1231. capital offense = a crime so serious that capital punishment is considered appropriate
  1232. capital punishment = putting a condemned person to death
  1233. capitalisation = the sale of capital stock / the act of capitalizing on an opportunity / an estimation of the value of a business
  1234. capitalization = the sale of capital stock / the act of capitalizing on an opportunity / an estimation of the value of a business
  1235. capitulation = the act of surrendering
  1236. Caporetto = battle of World War I
  1237. capriole = a playful leap or hop / (dressage) a vertical jump of a trained horse with a kick of the hind legs at the top of the jump
  1238. captaincy = the post of captain
  1239. captainship = the post of captain
  1240. capture = the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property / the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board / the act of taking of a person by force
  1241. car boot sale = an outdoor sale at which people sell things from the trunk of their car
  1242. car care = keeping a car in good working order
  1243. car racing = the sport of racing automobiles
  1244. caravanning = the practice of taking holidays in a caravan
  1245. carbon dating = a chemical analysis used to determine the age of organic materials based on their content of the radioisotope carbon 14
  1246. carbon-14 dating = a chemical analysis used to determine the age of organic materials based on their content of the radioisotope carbon 14
  1247. card game = a game played with playing cards
  1248. card trick = a trick performed with playing cards
  1249. cardiac massage = an emergency procedure that employs rhythmic compression of the heart (either through the chest wall or, during surgery, directly to the heart) in an attempt to maintain circulation during cardiac arrest
  1250. cardiac resuscitation = an emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing
  1251. cardinalate = the office of cardinal
  1252. cardinalship = the office of cardinal
  1253. cardiography = diagnostic procedure consisting of recording the activity of the heart electronically with a cardiograph
  1254. cardiopulmonary exercise = exercise intended to strengthen the circulatory system
  1255. cardiopulmonary resuscitation = an emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing
  1256. cardiospasm = a spasm of the cardiac sphincter
  1257. cards = a game played with playing cards
  1258. care = activity involved in maintaining something in good working order / the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something / attention and management implying responsibility for safety
  1259. care delivery = the provision of health care
  1260. careen = pitching dangerously to one side
  1261. career = the general progression of your working or professional life / the particular occupation for which you are trained
  1262. careerism = the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity
  1263. carelessness = failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
  1264. caress = a gentle affectionate stroking
  1265. caressing = affectionate play
  1266. carillon = playing a set of bells that are (usually) hung in a tower
  1267. carillon playing = playing a set of bells that are (usually) hung in a tower
  1268. carioca = a lively ballroom dance that resembles the samba
  1269. carjacking = the violent theft of an occupied car
  1270. carnage = the savage and excessive killing of many people
  1271. carnal abuse = sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly) / any lascivious contact by an adult with the sexual organs of a child
  1272. carnal knowledge = sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  1273. carnival = a festival marked by merrymaking and processions / a traveling show
  1274. carol = a joyful song
  1275. caroling = singing joyful religious songs
  1276. carom = a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
  1277. carousal = revelry in drinking
  1278. carouse = revelry in drinking
  1279. carpentry = the craft of a carpenter: making things out of wood
  1280. carpet bombing = an extensive and systematic bombing intended to devastate a large target
  1281. carriage trade = trade from upper-class customers
  1282. carrot = promise of reward as in
  1283. carry = the act of carrying something
  1284. carrying into action = the act of performing; of doing something successfully
  1285. carrying out = the act of performing; of doing something successfully
  1286. cartage = the work of taking something away in a cart or truck and disposing of it
  1287. carting = the work of taking something away in a cart or truck and disposing of it
  1288. cartography = the making of maps and charts
  1289. cartwheel = acrobatic revolutions with the body turned sideways and the arms and legs outstretched like the spokes of a wheel
  1290. carving = creating figures or designs in three dimensions / removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape
  1291. case = a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
  1292. case load = the number of cases handled in a given period of time
  1293. case study = a detailed analysis of a person or group from a social or psychological or medical point of view
  1294. casework = close sociological study of a maladjusted person or family for diagnosis and treatment
  1295. casino = a card game in which cards face up on the table are taken with eligible cards in the hand
  1296. cassino = a card game in which cards face up on the table are taken with eligible cards in the hand
  1297. cast = a violent throw / the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel / the act of throwing dice
  1298. castigation = verbal punishment
  1299. casting = the choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie / the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel / the act of creating something by casting it in a mold
  1300. casting lots = making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn
  1301. casting vote = the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer to resolve a tie
  1302. castle = interchanging the positions of the king and a rook
  1303. castling = interchanging the positions of the king and a rook
  1304. castration = the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work / surgical removal of the testes or ovaries (usually to inhibit hormone secretion in cases of breast cancer in women or prostate cancer in men) / neutering a male animal by removing the testicles
  1305. CAT = a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis
  1306. cat and mouse = a game for children in which the players form a circle and join hands
  1307. cat and rat = a game for children in which the players form a circle and join hands
  1308. cat's cradle = a game played with string looped over the fingers
  1309. catalog buying = buying goods to be shipped through the mail
  1310. cataract surgery = eye surgery that involves removing all or part of the lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant
  1311. catch = the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) / the act of catching an object with the hands / a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
  1312. catcher = the position on a baseball team of the player who is stationed behind home plate and who catches the balls that the pitcher throws
  1313. catching = becoming infected / (baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team / the act of detecting something
  1314. catechesis = oral religious instruction
  1315. catechetical instruction = teaching religious principles by questions and answers
  1316. categorisation = the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type
  1317. categorization = the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type
  1318. catering = providing food and services
  1319. catharsis = purging of emotional tensions / purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
  1320. catheterisation = the operation of introducing a catheter into the body
  1321. catheterization = the operation of introducing a catheter into the body
  1322. catnap = sleeping for a short period of time
  1323. cattle breeding = breeding cattle
  1324. cattle drive = driving a bovine herd
  1325. Caudine Forks = a battle in the Apennines in 321 BC in which the Samnites defeated the Romans
  1326. causa = a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
  1327. causation = the act of causing something to happen
  1328. cause = a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end / a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
  1329. causing = the act of causing something to happen
  1330. cauterisation = the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing
  1331. cauterization = the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing
  1332. cautery = the act of coagulating blood and destroying tissue with a hot iron or caustic agent or by freezing
  1333. CBC = counting the number of white and red blood cells and the number of platelets in 1 cubic millimeter of blood
  1334. ceding = the act of ceding
  1335. ceding back = the act of ceding back
  1336. celebration = any joyous diversion / the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual
  1337. celestial guidance = a method of controlling the flight of a missile or spacecraft by reference to the positions of celestial bodies
  1338. celestial navigation = navigating according to the positions of the stars
  1339. celibacy = abstaining from sexual relations
  1340. celiocentesis = removal of fluid from the abdomen by centesis
  1341. celioscopy = endoscopic examination of the abdomen through the abdominal wall
  1342. cell-mediated immune response = an immune response (chiefly against viral or fungal invasions or transplanted tissue) that involves T cells
  1343. cellular respiration = the metabolic processes whereby certain organisms obtain energy from organic molecules
  1344. censoring = deleting parts of publications or correspondence or theatrical performances / counterintelligence achieved by banning or deleting any information of value to the enemy
  1345. censorship = deleting parts of publications or correspondence or theatrical performances / counterintelligence achieved by banning or deleting any information of value to the enemy
  1346. census = a periodic count of the population
  1347. center = a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game / (American football) the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play / the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
  1348. center field = the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the central third of the outfield
  1349. centerfield = the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the central third of the outfield
  1350. centering = putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back
  1351. centesis = the act of puncturing a body cavity or organ with a hollow needle in order to draw out fluid
  1352. centralisation = gathering to a center / the act of consolidating power under a central control
  1353. centralization = gathering to a center / the act of consolidating power under a central control
  1354. cephalometry = measurement of human heads
  1355. ceramics = the art of making and decorating pottery
  1356. ceremonial dance = a dance that is part of a religious ritual
  1357. ceremony = any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way / the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion
  1358. certification = validating the authenticity of something or someone / the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on
  1359. cesarean = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1360. cesarean delivery = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1361. cesarean section = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1362. cesarian = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1363. cesarian section = the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus
  1364. cession = the act of ceding
  1365. cha-cha = a modern ballroom dance from Latin America
  1366. cha-cha-cha = a modern ballroom dance from Latin America
  1367. Chaeronea = a battle in which Philip II of Macedon defeated the Athenians and Thebans (338 BC) and also Sulla defeated Mithridates
  1368. chair = the position of professor
  1369. chairmanship = the position of chairman
  1370. chalk talk = a talk that uses a blackboard and chalk
  1371. Chalons = the battle in which Attila the Hun was defeated by the Romans and Visigoths in 451
  1372. Chalons-sur-Marne = the battle in which Attila the Hun was defeated by the Romans and Visigoths in 451
  1373. champerty = an unethical agreement between an attorney and client that the attorney would sue and pay the costs of the client's suit in return for a portion of the damages awarded
  1374. championship = the act of providing approval and support
  1375. chance = a risk involving danger
  1376. chance-medley = an unpremeditated killing of a human being in self defense
  1377. chancellorship = the office of chancellor
  1378. Chancellorsville = a major battle in the American Civil War
  1379. chandelle = a flight maneuver consisting of a steep climbing turn executed to gain altitude while changing direction
  1380. change = the action of changing something
  1381. change of color = an act that changes the light that something reflects
  1382. change of course = a change in the direction that you are moving
  1383. change of direction = the act of changing the direction in which something is oriented
  1384. change of integrity = the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
  1385. change of magnitude = the act of changing the amount or size of something
  1386. change of shape = an action that changes the shape of something
  1387. change of state = the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  1388. change ringing = ringing tuned bells in a fixed order that is continually changing
  1389. change-of-pace = a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball
  1390. change-of-pace ball = a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball
  1391. change-up = a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball
  1392. channel = a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors
  1393. channelisation = management through specified channels of communication
  1394. channelization = management through specified channels of communication
  1395. chanoyu = an ancient ritual for preparing and serving and drinking tea
  1396. chanting = the act of singing in a monotonous tone
  1397. chapel = a service conducted in a place of worship that has its own altar
  1398. chapel service = a service conducted in a place of worship that has its own altar
  1399. chaplaincy = the position of chaplain
  1400. chaplainship = the position of chaplain
  1401. Chapultepec = a pitched battle in the Mexican War that resulted in a major victory for American forces over Mexican forces at a locality south of Mexico City
  1402. characterization = acting the part of a character on stage
  1403. charade = making a false outward show
  1404. charades = guessing game in which one player pantomimes a word or phrase for others to guess
  1405. charge = a special assignment that is given to a person or group / attention and management implying responsibility for safety / an impetuous rush toward someone or something
  1406. charity = an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
  1407. charity shot = an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line
  1408. charity throw = an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line
  1409. charity toss = an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line
  1410. charlatanism = the dishonesty of a charlatan
  1411. Charleston = an American ballroom dance in syncopated rhythm
  1412. charm campaign = a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support
  1413. chase = the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
  1414. chasse = quick gliding steps with one foot always leading
  1415. chastisement = verbal punishment
  1416. chastity = abstaining from sexual relations
  1417. Chateau-Thierry = a World War I battle in northwestern France where the Allies defeated the Germans in 1918
  1418. Chattanooga = in the American Civil War (1863) the Union armies of Hooker, Thomas, and Sherman under the command of Ulysses S. Grant won a decisive victory over the Confederate Army under Braxton Bragg
  1419. chauvinism = activity indicative of belief in the superiority of men over women
  1420. cheap shot = an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence
  1421. cheat = a deception for profit to yourself / the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
  1422. cheating = a deception for profit to yourself
  1423. check = the act of inspecting or verifying / (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king / obstructing an opponent in ice hockey / the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
  1424. check-in = the act of reporting your presence
  1425. check-out procedure = the act of inspecting or verifying
  1426. checkers = a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces
  1427. checkmate = a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
  1428. checkout = the act of inspecting or verifying
  1429. checkup = a thorough physical examination
  1430. chemical analysis = the act of decomposing a substance into its constituent elements
  1431. chemical defence = procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using chemical agents
  1432. chemical defense = procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using chemical agents
  1433. chemical engineering = the activity of applying chemistry to the solution of practical problems
  1434. chemical operations = warfare using chemical agents to kill or injure or incapacitate the enemy
  1435. chemical terrorism = terrorism using the chemical agents of chemical warfare
  1436. chemical warfare = warfare using chemical agents to kill or injure or incapacitate the enemy
  1437. chemin de fer = a card game played in casinos in which two or more punters gamble against the banker
  1438. chemosurgery = use of chemical to destroy diseased or malignant tissue
  1439. chemotaxis = movement by a cell or organism in reaction to a chemical stimulus
  1440. chemotherapy = the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease
  1441. chess = a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules
  1442. chess game = a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules
  1443. chess move = the act of moving a chess piece
  1444. chess opening = a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess
  1445. chew = biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
  1446. chewing = biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
  1447. Cheyne-Stokes respiration = abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate
  1448. Chicago = a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops
  1449. chicane = the use of tricks to deceive someone
  1450. chicanery = the use of tricks to deceive someone
  1451. Chickamauga = a Confederate victory in the American Civil War
  1452. Chief Executive = the office of the United States head of state
  1453. chieftaincy = the position of chieftain
  1454. chieftainship = the position of chieftain
  1455. child abuse = the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children
  1456. child care = a service involving care for other people's children
  1457. child neglect = failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child
  1458. child pornography = the illegal use of children in pornographic pictures or films
  1459. child's game = a game enjoyed by children
  1460. child's play = activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules / any undertaking that is easy to do
  1461. childbirth-preparation class = a course that teaches pregnant women to use breathing and concentration and exercise techniques to use during labor
  1462. childcare = a service involving care for other people's children
  1463. chiller = excitation that makes your hair stand up or that chills your bones
  1464. chin-up = an arm exercise performed by pulling yourself up on a horizontal bar until your chin is level with the bar
  1465. Chinaman = a ball bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman that spins from off to leg
  1466. Chinese checkers = a board game in which each player tries to move a set of marbles through a set of holes from one point of a six-pointed star to the opposite point
  1467. Chinese chequers = a board game in which each player tries to move a set of marbles through a set of holes from one point of a six-pointed star to the opposite point
  1468. Chinese Revolution = the republican revolution against the Manchu dynasty in China
  1469. Chino-Japanese War = a war between China and Japan (1894 and 1895) over the control of the Korean Peninsula
  1470. chip = the act of chipping something / (golf) a low running approach shot
  1471. chip shot = a low running approach shot
  1472. chipping = the act of chipping something
  1473. chiropractic = a method of treatment that manipulates body structures (especially the spine) to relieve low back pain or even headache or high blood pressure
  1474. chlorination = disinfection of water by the addition of small amounts of chlorine or a chlorine compound
  1475. choice = the act of choosing or selecting
  1476. choke hold = a restraining hold
  1477. chokehold = a restraining hold
  1478. choking = the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe
  1479. cholangiography = roentgenographic examination of the bile ducts after a contrast medium has been injected
  1480. cholecystectomy = surgical removal of the gall bladder
  1481. cholelithotomy = removal of gallstone through an incision in the gallbladder
  1482. chomp = the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
  1483. chomping = the act of chewing noisily
  1484. chop = a grounder that bounces high in the air / a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball
  1485. chop shot = a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball
  1486. chopper = a grounder that bounces high in the air
  1487. chore = a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
  1488. choreography = a show involving artistic dancing
  1489. christening = giving a Christian name at baptism
  1490. Christian liturgy = the Christian worship services
  1491. chromosome mapping = the process of locating genes on a chromosome
  1492. chrysotherapy = the use of chemicals containing gold for treating diseases
  1493. church = a service conducted in a house of worship
  1494. church service = a service conducted in a house of worship
  1495. cinch = a form of all fours in which the players bid for the privilege of naming trumps / any undertaking that is easy to do
  1496. cinematography = the act of making a film
  1497. circle = movement once around a course
  1498. circuit = movement once around a course / a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area
  1499. circularisation = circulating printed notices as a means of advertising
  1500. circularization = circulating printed notices as a means of advertising
  1501. circulation = the spread or transmission of something (as news or money) to a wider group or area
  1502. circumcision = the act of circumcising
  1503. circumduction = a circular movement of a limb or eye
  1504. circumnavigation = traveling around something
  1505. circumscription = the act of circumscribing
  1506. circumvention = the act of evading by going around
  1507. circumvolution = the act of turning or winding or folding around a central axis
  1508. circus = a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals / a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment
  1509. city planning = determining and drawing up plans for the future physical arrangement and condition of a community
  1510. civic duty = the responsibilities of a citizen
  1511. civic responsibility = the responsibilities of a citizen
  1512. civil action = legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy
  1513. civil censorship = military censorship of civilian communications (correspondence or printed matter of films) entering or leaving of circulating within territories controlled by armed forces
  1514. civil contempt = a failure to follow a court order that benefits someone else
  1515. civil death = cancellation of civil rights
  1516. civil defense = activities organized by civilians for their own protection in time of war or disaster
  1517. civil disobedience = a group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral
  1518. civil marriage = a marriage performed by a government official rather than by a clergyman
  1519. civil suit = a lawsuit alleging violations of civil law by the defendant
  1520. civil war = a war between factions in the same country
  1521. civil wrong = any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought
  1522. civility = the act of showing regard for others
  1523. claim = demand for something as rightful or due
  1524. clamber = an awkward climb
  1525. clampdown = sudden restriction on an activity
  1526. clandestine operation = an intelligence operation so planned and executed as to insure concealment
  1527. clanger = a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate
  1528. clarification = the act of removing solid particles from a liquid
  1529. clash = a minor short-term fight
  1530. clasp = the act of grasping
  1531. class = education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
  1532. class action = a lawsuit brought by a representative member of a large group of people on behalf of all members of the group
  1533. class period = a regularly scheduled session as part of a course of study
  1534. class struggle = conflict between social or economic classes
  1535. class war = conflict between social or economic classes
  1536. class warfare = conflict between social or economic classes
  1537. class-action suit = a lawsuit brought by a representative member of a large group of people on behalf of all members of the group
  1538. classical ballet = a style of ballet based on precise conventional steps performed with graceful and flowing movements
  1539. classification = the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type / restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people
  1540. classroom project = a school task requiring considerable effort
  1541. classwork = the part of a student's work that is done in the classroom
  1542. clawback = finding a way to take money back from people that they were given in another way
  1543. clean = a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
  1544. clean and jerk = a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
  1545. cleaning = the act of making something clean
  1546. cleansing = the act of making something clean
  1547. cleanup = the act of making something clean
  1548. clear sailing = easy unobstructed progress
  1549. clearance = permission to proceed
  1550. clearance sale = a sale to reduce inventory
  1551. clearing = the act of removing solid particles from a liquid / the act of freeing from suspicion
  1552. cleavage = the act of cleaving or splitting
  1553. clemency = leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
  1554. clench = the act of grasping
  1555. clerking = the activity of recording business transactions
  1556. clerkship = the job of clerk
  1557. click = depression of a button on a computer mouse
  1558. client-centered therapy = a method of psychotherapy developed by Carl Rogers in which the client determines the focus and pace of each session
  1559. cliff diving = diving into the water from a steep overhanging cliff
  1560. climax = the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
  1561. climb = the act of climbing something
  1562. clinch = the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily / a tight or amorous embrace
  1563. clinical test = a rigorously controlled test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on human subjects
  1564. clinical trial = a rigorously controlled test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on human subjects
  1565. clip = a sharp slanting blow / the act of clipping or snipping
  1566. clipping = the act of clipping or snipping / cutting down to the desired size or shape
  1567. clitoridectomy = excision of the clitoris
  1568. clock golf = a form of golf in which you putt from positions arranged on the circumference of a circle around the hole
  1569. clog = a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles
  1570. clog dance = a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles
  1571. clog dancing = a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles
  1572. cloning = a general term for the research activity that creates a copy of some biological entity
  1573. close = the concluding part of any performance
  1574. close call = something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
  1575. close shave = something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
  1576. close support = close-in firing by one unit against an enemy engaged by another unit
  1577. close supporting fire = fire on enemy troops or weapons or positions that are near the supported unit and are the most immediate and serious threat to it
  1578. close-order drill = military drill of troops in standard marching
  1579. close-quarter fighting = hand-to-hand fighting at close quarters
  1580. closed primary = a primary in which only registered members of a particular political party can vote
  1581. closed-heart surgery = heart surgery in which a small incision is made
  1582. closedown = termination of operations
  1583. closeout = a sale intended to dispose of all remaining stock
  1584. closing = a concluding action / termination of operations / approaching a particular destination; a coming closer
  1585. closing curtain = the concluding part of any performance
  1586. closing off = the act of isolating something
  1587. closure = termination of operations / approaching a particular destination; a coming closer
  1588. clout = a blow with the fist
  1589. clowning = acting like a clown or buffoon
  1590. clutch = the act of grasping
  1591. clutches = the act of grasping
  1592. clyster = an injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation
  1593. co-op = a jointly owned commercial enterprise (usually organized by farmers or consumers) that produces and distributes goods and services and is run for the benefit of its owners
  1594. co-optation = the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent) / the selection of a new member
  1595. co-option = the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent) / the selection of a new member
  1596. coaching = the job of a professional coach
  1597. coaching job = the job of a professional coach
  1598. coaction = act of working jointly
  1599. coalescence = the union of diverse things into one body or form or group
  1600. coalescency = the union of diverse things into one body or form or group
  1601. coalition = the union of diverse things into one body or form or group
  1602. coast = the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
  1603. coating = the work of applying something
  1604. cobbling = the shoemaker's trade
  1605. cock sucking = slang for fellatio
  1606. cockfighting = participation in the sport of matching gamecocks in a cockfight
  1607. cockup = something badly botched or muddled
  1608. cocooning = retreating to the seclusion of your home
  1609. codification = the act of codifying
  1610. coding = act of writing in code or cipher
  1611. coeducation = education of men and women in the same institutions
  1612. coercion = using force to cause something to occur / the act of compelling by force of authority
  1613. cognovit judgement = a judgment entered after a written confession by the debtor without the expense of ordinary legal proceedings
  1614. cognovit judgment = a judgment entered after a written confession by the debtor without the expense of ordinary legal proceedings
  1615. cohabitation = the act of living together and having a sexual relationship
  1616. coin collecting = the collection and study of money
  1617. coin collection = the collection and study of money
  1618. coinage = the act of inventing a word or phrase
  1619. coition = sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  1620. coitus = sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  1621. coitus interruptus = a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation
  1622. cold shoulder = a refusal to recognize someone you know
  1623. cold storage = refrigerated storage for preservation
  1624. cold turkey = complete and abrupt withdrawal of all addictive drugs or anything else on which you have become dependent
  1625. collaboration = act of working jointly / act of cooperating traitorously with an enemy that is occupying your country
  1626. collaborationism = act of cooperating traitorously with an enemy that is occupying your country
  1627. collapse = the act of throwing yourself down
  1628. collar = the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) / a figurative restraint
  1629. collateral fraud = fraud that prevents a party from knowing their rights or from having a fair opportunity of presenting them at trial
  1630. collation = careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement / assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence
  1631. collecting = the act of gathering something together
  1632. collection = the act of gathering something together
  1633. collectivisation = the organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism
  1634. collectivization = the organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism
  1635. collimation = the accurate adjustment of the line of sight of a telescope
  1636. collision course = a course of action (following a given idea) that will lead to conflict if it continues unabated
  1637. collocation = the act of positioning close together
  1638. colonialism = exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one
  1639. colonic = a water enema given to flush out the colon
  1640. colonic irrigation = a water enema given to flush out the colon
  1641. colonisation = the act of colonizing
  1642. colonization = the act of colonizing
  1643. colonoscopy = visual examination of the colon (with a colonoscope) from the cecum to the rectum
  1644. coloration = choice and use of colors
  1645. coloratura = singing with florid ornamentation
  1646. colorimetric analysis = quantitative chemical analysis by color using a colorimeter
  1647. colorimetry = quantitative chemical analysis by color using a colorimeter
  1648. coloring = the act or process of changing the color of something
  1649. colostomy = a surgical operation that creates an opening from the colon to the surface of the body to function as an anus
  1650. colouration = choice and use of colors
  1651. colouring = the act or process of changing the color of something
  1652. comb = the act of drawing a comb through hair
  1653. comb-out = the act of carefully weeding out unwanted things or people / the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
  1654. combat = an engagement fought between two military forces / the act of fighting
  1655. combat intelligence = intelligence that is required for the planning and conduct of tactical operations
  1656. combat mission = a mission to capture or defend something
  1657. combination = the act of combining things to form a new whole / the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order
  1658. combined operation = a military operation carried out cooperatively by two or more allied nations or a military operation carried out by coordination of sea, land, and air forces
  1659. combing = the act of drawing a comb through hair
  1660. combining = the act of combining things to form a new whole
  1661. combustion = the act of burning something
  1662. comeback = return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity
  1663. comedown = decline to a lower status or level
  1664. comedy ballet = a ballet that stresses the drama with features of comedy
  1665. comfort = assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal / the act of consoling
  1666. coming = arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous) / the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse / the act of drawing spatially closer to something
  1667. coming into court = formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
  1668. coming together = the act of joining together as one / the social act of assembling for some common purpose
  1669. coming upon = a casual meeting with a person or thing
  1670. COMINT = technical and intelligence information derived from foreign communications by other than the intended recipients
  1671. command guidance = a method of controlling the flight of a missile by commands originating from the ground or from another missile
  1672. commandership = the position or office of commander
  1673. commandery = the position or office of commander
  1674. commencement = the act of starting something
  1675. commerce = transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities
  1676. Commerce Secretary = the position of the head of the Department of Commerce
  1677. commercial activity = activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
  1678. commercial bribery = bribery of a purchasing agent in order to induce the agent to enter into a transaction
  1679. commercial enterprise = the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
  1680. commercialisation = the act of commercializing something
  1681. commercialism = transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities
  1682. commercialization = the act of commercializing something
  1683. commission = a special assignment that is given to a person or group / the act of committing a crime / the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
  1684. commissioning = the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
  1685. commitment = the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital) / the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action / an engagement by contract involving financial obligation
  1686. committal = the act of committing a crime / the official act of consigning a person to confinement
  1687. committal service = service committing a body to the grave
  1688. committal to writing = the activity of putting something in written form
  1689. commixture = the act of mixing together
  1690. commotion = the act of making a noisy disturbance
  1691. communalism = loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole / the practice of communal living and common ownership
  1692. communications intelligence = technical and intelligence information derived from foreign communications by other than the intended recipients
  1693. communications technology = the activity of designing and constructing and maintaining communication systems
  1694. Communion = the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist
  1695. communisation = changing something from private to state ownership or control / the organization of a nation of the basis of communism / a change from private property to public property owned by the community
  1696. community service = an unpaid service for the benefit of the public that is performed by lawbreakers as part (or all) of their sentence / a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions
  1697. communization = changing something from private to state ownership or control / the organization of a nation of the basis of communism / a change from private property to public property owned by the community
  1698. commutation = the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: / the travel of a commuter / (law) the reduction in severity of a punishment imposed by law
  1699. commute = a regular journey of some distance to and from your place of work
  1700. commuting = the travel of a commuter
  1701. compaction = the act of crushing
  1702. comparative negligence = negligence allocated between the plaintiff and the defendant with a corresponding reduction in damages paid to the plaintiff
  1703. comparing = the act of examining resemblances
  1704. comparison = the act of examining resemblances
  1705. compartmentalisation = the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type
  1706. compartmentalization = the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type
  1707. compensation = the act of compensating for service or loss or injury
  1708. compensatory spending = spending money raised by borrowing
  1709. competence hearing = a hearing to determine legal capacity
  1710. competition = the act of competing as for profit or a prize
  1711. compilation = the act of compiling
  1712. compiling = the act of compiling
  1713. complement fixation = an immune response in which an antigen-antibody combination inactivates a complement
  1714. complementary medicine = the practice of medicine that combines traditional medicine with alternative medicine
  1715. complete blood count = counting the number of white and red blood cells and the number of platelets in 1 cubic millimeter of blood
  1716. completion = a concluding action / (American football) a successful forward pass in football
  1717. compliance = the act of submitting
  1718. complication = the act or process of complicating
  1719. composing = musical creation
  1720. composition = the act of creating written works / musical creation
  1721. compounding = the act of combining things to form a new whole
  1722. compressing = applying pressure
  1723. compression = applying pressure / encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required
  1724. compromise = a middle way between two extremes
  1725. compromise verdict = a verdict resulting from improper compromises between jurors on material issues
  1726. comptrollership = the position of comptroller
  1727. compulsion = using force to cause something to occur
  1728. computation = the procedure of calculating
  1729. computed axial tomography = a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis
  1730. computed tomography = a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis
  1731. computer game = a game played against a computer
  1732. computer programing = creating a sequence of instructions to enable the computer to do something
  1733. computer programming = creating a sequence of instructions to enable the computer to do something
  1734. computer technology = the activity of designing and constructing and programming computers
  1735. computerization = the control of processes by computer
  1736. computerized axial tomography = a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis
  1737. computerized tomography = a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis
  1738. computing = the procedure of calculating
  1739. Comstockery = censorship because of perceived obscenity or immorality
  1740. con = a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  1741. con game = a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  1742. concatenation = the act of linking together as in a series or chain
  1743. concealing = the activity of keeping something secret
  1744. concealment = the activity of keeping something secret
  1745. concentrated fire = fire from two or more weapons directed at a single target or area
  1746. concentration = strengthening the concentration (as of a solute in a mixture) by removing diluting material / bringing together military forces
  1747. conception = the act of becoming pregnant
  1748. conceptualisation = inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally
  1749. conceptualization = inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally
  1750. concert dance = a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
  1751. conchology = the collection and study of mollusc shells
  1752. conciliation = the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity
  1753. conclusion = the act of making up your mind about something / the act of ending something
  1754. conclusion of law = a finding as to the applicability of a rule of law to particular facts
  1755. concoction = the act of creating something (a medicine or drink or soup etc.) by compounding or mixing a variety of components
  1756. Concord = the first battle of the American Revolution
  1757. concourse = a coming together of people
  1758. concretion = the union of diverse things into one body or form or group
  1759. concubinage = cohabitation without being legally married
  1760. concurrence = acting together, as agents or circumstances or events
  1761. concurrency = acting together, as agents or circumstances or events
  1762. concurrent negligence = negligence of two of more persons acting independently
  1763. condemnation = a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed / (law) the act of condemning (as land forfeited for public use) or judging to be unfit for use
  1764. condensation = the act of increasing the density of something
  1765. condensing = the act of increasing the density of something
  1766. conditional reaction = an acquired response that is under the control of (conditional on the occurrence of) a stimulus
  1767. conditional reflex = an acquired response that is under the control of (conditional on the occurrence of) a stimulus
  1768. conditional response = an acquired response that is under the control of (conditional on the occurrence of) a stimulus
  1769. conditioned avoidance = a conditioned response that anticipates the occurrence of an aversive stimulus
  1770. conditioned avoidance response = a conditioned response that anticipates the occurrence of an aversive stimulus
  1771. conditioned reaction = an acquired response that is under the control of (conditional on the occurrence of) a stimulus
  1772. conditioned reflex = an acquired response that is under the control of (conditional on the occurrence of) a stimulus
  1773. conditioned response = an acquired response that is under the control of (conditional on the occurrence of) a stimulus
  1774. conditioner = exercise that conditions the body
  1775. condonation = a pardon by treating the offender as if the offense had not occurred
  1776. conduct = manner of acting or controlling yourself
  1777. conducting = the direction of an orchestra or choir / the way of administering a business
  1778. confection = the act of creating something (a medicine or drink or soup etc.) by compounding or mixing a variety of components
  1779. confectionery = the occupation and skills of a confectioner
  1780. confederation = the act of forming an alliance or confederation
  1781. conferment = the act of conferring an honor or presenting a gift
  1782. conferral = the act of conferring an honor or presenting a gift
  1783. confession = the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution
  1784. confession of judgement = a judgment entered after a written confession by the debtor without the expense of ordinary legal proceedings
  1785. confession of judgment = a judgment entered after a written confession by the debtor without the expense of ordinary legal proceedings
  1786. confidence game = a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  1787. confidence trick = a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  1788. confinement = the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them / the act of keeping something within specified bounds
  1789. confirmation = a sacrament admitting a baptized person to full participation in the church / a ceremony held in the synagogue (usually at Pentecost) to admit as adult members of the Jewish community young men and women who have successfully completed a course of study in Judaism
  1790. confiscation = seizure by the government
  1791. conflict = a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war / an open clash between two opposing groups
  1792. confluence = a coming together of people / a flowing together
  1793. conflux = a flowing together
  1794. conformation = acting according to certain accepted standards
  1795. conformity = acting according to certain accepted standards
  1796. confrontation = a focussed comparison
  1797. confusion = a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another / an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended
  1798. conga = a Latin American dance of 3 steps and a kick by people in single file
  1799. conge = an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal / formal permission to depart
  1800. congee = an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal / formal permission to depart
  1801. conglutination = the union of diverse things into one body or form or group
  1802. congregating = the act of congregating
  1803. congregation = the act of congregating
  1804. congress = the social act of assembling for some common purpose
  1805. conjugation = the act of making or becoming a single unit / the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
  1806. conjuration = an illusory feat
  1807. conjuring trick = an illusory feat
  1808. connecting flight = a flight with an intermediate stop and a change of aircraft
  1809. connection = the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication) / shifting from one form of transportation to another
  1810. connexion = the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication) / shifting from one form of transportation to another
  1811. conquering = the act of conquering
  1812. conquest = success in mastering something difficult / the act of conquering / an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone
  1813. conscription = compulsory military service
  1814. consecration = sanctification of something by setting it apart (usually with religious rites) as dedicated to God / a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose
  1815. conservancy = the official conservation of trees and soil and rivers etc.
  1816. conservation = the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources
  1817. consideration = a considerate and thoughtful act
  1818. consignment = the delivery of goods for sale or disposal / the official act of consigning a person to confinement
  1819. consolation = the act of consoling
  1820. consolidation = the act of combining into an integral whole
  1821. constipation = the act of making something futile and useless
  1822. constitution = the act of forming or establishing something
  1823. constitutional = a regular walk taken as a form of exercise
  1824. constraint = the act of constraining
  1825. constriction = the action or process of compressing
  1826. construction = drawing a figure satisfying certain conditions as part of solving a problem or proving a theorem / the act of constructing something / the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
  1827. constructive breach = a breach of contract committed prior to the time of required performance
  1828. constructive eviction = action by a landlord that compels a tenant to leave the premises
  1829. constructive fraud = comprises all acts or omissions or concealments involving breach of equitable or legal duty or trust or confidence
  1830. constructive possession = having the power and intention to have and control property but without direct control or actual presence upon it
  1831. consuetude = a custom or usage that has acquired the force of law
  1832. consulship = the post of consul
  1833. consultancy = the practice of giving expert advice within a particular field
  1834. consultation = the act of referring or consulting
  1835. consulting service = service provided by a professional advisor
  1836. consumer research = marketing research that yields information about the motives and needs of different classes of consumers
  1837. consumerism = a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers
  1838. consummation = the act of bringing to completion or fruition / the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
  1839. consumption = the act of consuming something / the process of taking food into the body through the mouth
  1840. contact = close interaction / the act of touching physically
  1841. contact sport = a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players
  1842. containment = the act of containing
  1843. contamination = the act of contaminating or polluting
  1844. contemplation = a long and thoughtful observation
  1845. contempt = a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
  1846. contempt of Congress = deliberate obstruction of the operation of the federal legislative branch
  1847. contempt of court = disrespect for the rules of a court of law
  1848. contention = the act of competing as for profit or a prize
  1849. contest = a struggle between rivals
  1850. continuance = the act of continuing an activity without interruption
  1851. continuation = the act of continuing an activity without interruption
  1852. continuing education = a program of instruction designed primarily for adult students who participate part-time
  1853. continuing trespass = trespass that is not transient or intermittent but continues as long as the offending object remains
  1854. continuous receiver watch = a watch established for the reception of traffic of interest to the unit maintaining the watch
  1855. contortion = the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something
  1856. contra danse = a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
  1857. contraception = birth control by the use of devices (diaphragm or intrauterine device or condom) or drugs or surgery
  1858. contraceptive method = birth control by the use of devices (diaphragm or intrauterine device or condom) or drugs or surgery
  1859. contract = a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
  1860. contract bridge = a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid
  1861. contract killing = a murder carried out on agreement with a hired killer
  1862. contracting = becoming infected
  1863. contraction = the act of decreasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope / (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ
  1864. contracture = an abnormal and usually permanent contraction of a muscle
  1865. contradance = a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
  1866. contrast = the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
  1867. contravention = coming into conflict with
  1868. contredanse = a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
  1869. contretemps = an awkward clash
  1870. contribution = the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result / act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity / a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story
  1871. contributory negligence = behavior by the plaintiff that contributes to the harm resulting from the defendant's negligence
  1872. contrivance = the act of devising something
  1873. control = the activity of managing or exerting control over something / (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc
  1874. controllership = the position of controller
  1875. contumacy = obstinate rebelliousness and insubordination; resistance to authority / willful refusal to appear before a court or comply with a court order
  1876. contusion = the action of bruising
  1877. convening = the act of convening
  1878. convention = the act of convening
  1879. conventionalisation = the act of conventionalizing
  1880. conventionalization = the act of conventionalizing
  1881. convergence = the act of converging
  1882. convergency = the act of converging
  1883. converging = the act of converging
  1884. conversion = a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life / a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown / the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another / act of exchanging one type of money or security for another
  1885. conveyance = the act of moving something from one location to another / act of transferring property title from one person to another
  1886. conveyance of title = act of transferring property title from one person to another
  1887. conveyancing = act of transferring property title from one person to another
  1888. conveying = act of transferring property title from one person to another
  1889. conviction = a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
  1890. conviviality = a boisterous celebration
  1891. convocation = the act of convoking
  1892. convolution = the action of coiling or twisting or winding together
  1893. convoy = the act of escorting while in transit
  1894. cookery = the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
  1895. cooking = the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
  1896. cooperation = the practice of cooperating / joint operation or action
  1897. cooperative = a jointly owned commercial enterprise (usually organized by farmers or consumers) that produces and distributes goods and services and is run for the benefit of its owners
  1898. coordination = the regulation of diverse elements into an integrated and harmonious operation
  1899. copout = a failure to face some difficulty squarely
  1900. coprophagia = eating feces
  1901. coprophagy = eating feces
  1902. copulation = sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  1903. copying = an act of copying
  1904. copyright infringement = a violation of the rights secured by a copyright
  1905. coquetry = playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
  1906. Coral Sea = a Japanese defeat in World War II
  1907. corn dance = a rain dance of Amerindians
  1908. corneal graft = a surgical procedure in which part or all of a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by healthy corneal tissue from a donor
  1909. corneal transplant = a surgical procedure in which part or all of a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by healthy corneal tissue from a donor
  1910. corner kick = a free kick from the corner awarded to the other side when a player has sent the ball behind his own goal line
  1911. cornhusking = the act of removing the husks from ears of corn
  1912. coronary artery bypass graft = open-heart surgery in which the rib cage is opened and a section of a blood vessel is grafted from the aorta to the coronary artery to bypass the blocked section of the coronary artery and improve the blood supply to the heart
  1913. coronary bypass = open-heart surgery in which the rib cage is opened and a section of a blood vessel is grafted from the aorta to the coronary artery to bypass the blocked section of the coronary artery and improve the blood supply to the heart
  1914. coronary bypass surgery = open-heart surgery in which the rib cage is opened and a section of a blood vessel is grafted from the aorta to the coronary artery to bypass the blocked section of the coronary artery and improve the blood supply to the heart
  1915. corporal punishment = the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
  1916. corporate finance = the financial activities of corporation
  1917. correction = the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake
  1918. correctional rehabilitation = providing penal custody or probation or parole for convicted offenders
  1919. corrections = the social control of offenders through a system of imprisonment and rehabilitation and probation and parole
  1920. Corregidor = the peninsula and island in the Philippines where Japanese forces besieged American forces in World War II
  1921. correspondence course = a course offered (by mail) by a correspondence school
  1922. corrugation = the act of shaping into parallel ridges and grooves
  1923. corruption = inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony) / destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty
  1924. corvee = unpaid labor (as for the maintenance of roads) required by a lord of his vassals in lieu of taxes
  1925. cosmetic surgery = plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face
  1926. cosmetology = the practice of beautifying the face and hair and skin
  1927. cosmolatry = the worship of the cosmos
  1928. cost accounting = keeping account of the costs of items in production
  1929. cost analysis = breaking down the costs of some operation and reporting on each factor separately
  1930. cost cutting = the act of cutting costs
  1931. costing = cost accounting
  1932. cotilion = a lively dance originating in France in the 18th century
  1933. cotillion = a lively dance originating in France in the 18th century
  1934. cottage industry = small-scale industry that can be carried on at home by family members using their own equipment
  1935. coughing up = the act of expelling (food or phlegm) by coughing
  1936. councillorship = the position of council member
  1937. councilorship = the position of council member
  1938. counsellorship = the position of counselor
  1939. counselorship = the position of counselor
  1940. count = the act of counting
  1941. countdown = counting backward from an arbitrary number to indicate the time remaining before some event
  1942. counter = a return punch
  1943. counter-sabotage = counterintelligence designed to detect and counteract sabotage
  1944. counteraction = action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action
  1945. counterattack = an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board / an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.
  1946. counterbattery fire = fire delivered to neutralize or destroy indirect fire weapon systems
  1947. counterblow = a return blow
  1948. counterbombardment = bombardment intended to destroy or neutralize enemy weapons
  1949. countercharge = a retaliatory charge
  1950. counterclaim = a claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action
  1951. countercoup = a sudden and decisive overthrow of a government that gained power by a coup d'etat
  1952. countercurrent = actions counter to the main group activity
  1953. counterdemonstration = a demonstration held in opposition to another demonstration
  1954. counterespionage = spying on the spies
  1955. counterfire = fire intended to neutralize or destroy enemy weapons
  1956. counterinsurgency = actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency
  1957. counterintelligence = intelligence activities concerned with identifying and counteracting the threat to security posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by individuals engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism
  1958. countermarch = a march in the reverse direction or back along the same route
  1959. countermeasure = an action taken to offset another action
  1960. countermine = a tunnel dug to defeat similar activities by the enemy
  1961. countermortar fire = mortar fire intended to destroy or neutralize enemy weapons
  1962. countermove = an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.
  1963. counteroffensive = a large scale offensive (more than a counterattack) undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from an attacking force
  1964. counterplay = an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board
  1965. counterpreparation fire = intensive prearranged fire delivered when the immanence of enemy attack is discovered
  1966. counterpunch = a return punch
  1967. counterrevolution = a revolution whose aim is to reverse the changes introduced by a previous revolution
  1968. countershot = a return shot
  1969. countersubversion = the aspect of counterintelligence designed to detect and prevent subversive activities
  1970. countersuit = a suit brought against someone who has sued you
  1971. counting = the act of counting
  1972. country dancing = a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
  1973. country-dance = a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
  1974. coup = a brilliant and notable success / a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
  1975. coup d'etat = a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
  1976. coup d'oeil = a quick look
  1977. coup de grace = the blow that kills
  1978. coup de main = an attack without warning
  1979. coupling = the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
  1980. courante = a court dance of the 16th century
  1981. course = a mode of action / education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
  1982. course credit = recognition by a college or university that a course of studies has been successfully completed
  1983. course of action = a mode of action
  1984. course of instruction = education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
  1985. course of lectures = a series of lectures dealing with a subject
  1986. course of study = education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings
  1987. course session = a regularly scheduled session as part of a course of study
  1988. coursework = work assigned to and done by a student during a course of study
  1989. coursing = hunting with dogs (usually greyhounds) that are trained to chase game (such as hares) by sight instead of by scent
  1990. court = respectful deference
  1991. court game = an athletic game played on a court
  1992. court tennis = an ancient form of tennis played in a four-walled court
  1993. court-martial = a trial that is conducted by a military court
  1994. courtesy = a courteous or respectful or considerate act
  1995. couture = high fashion designing and dressmaking
  1996. couvade = a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
  1997. cover = fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations / the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it / a false identity and background
  1998. cover-up = concealment that attempts to prevent something scandalous from becoming public
  1999. covered option = a put or call option backed by the shares underlying the option
  2000. covering = the work of applying something / the act of protecting something by covering it / the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it
  2001. covering fire = fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
  2002. covert operation = an intelligence operation so planned as to permit plausible denial by the sponsor
  2003. covetousness = reprehensible acquisitiveness
  2004. Cowpens = battle in the American Revolution
  2005. cozenage = a fraudulent business scheme
  2006. CPR = an emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing
  2007. crab = a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
  2008. crack = the act of cracking something / a usually brief attempt
  2009. crackdown = severely repressive actions
  2010. cracking = the act of cracking something
  2011. cradlesong = the act of singing a quiet song to lull a child to sleep
  2012. craft = the skilled practice of a practical occupation
  2013. craft fair = a fair at which objects made by craftsmen are offered for sale
  2014. cranberry culture = the cultivation of cranberries
  2015. craniotomy = a surgical opening through the skull
  2016. crap game = playing craps
  2017. crap shooting = playing craps
  2018. crapette = solitaire with two players using separate packs
  2019. craps = a gambling game played with two dice
  2020. crapshoot = playing craps / a risky and uncertain venture
  2021. crapulence = the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
  2022. crash = the act of colliding with something
  2023. crash dive = a rapid descent by a submarine
  2024. crash landing = an emergency landing under circumstances where a normal landing is impossible
  2025. crawl = a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body / a very slow movement / a swimming stroke
  2026. crawling = a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
  2027. craziness = foolish or senseless behavior
  2028. creating by mental acts = the act of creating something by thinking
  2029. creating by removal = the act of creating by removing something
  2030. creating from raw materials = the act of creating something that is different from the materials that went into it
  2031. Creation = God's act of bringing the universe into existence / the act of starting something for the first time
  2032. creative activity = the human act of creating
  2033. Crecy = the first decisive battle of the Hundred Years' War
  2034. credit = used in the phrase `to your credit' in order to indicate an achievement deserving praise / recognition by a college or university that a course of studies has been successfully completed
  2035. credit hour = a unit of academic credit
  2036. creep = a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
  2037. creeping = a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
  2038. cremation = the incineration of a dead body
  2039. crenelation = the action of constructing ramparts with gaps for firing guns or arrows
  2040. crenellation = the action of constructing ramparts with gaps for firing guns or arrows
  2041. crib = a card game (usually for two players) in which each player is dealt six cards and discards one or two / the cards discarded by players at cribbage
  2042. cribbage = a card game (usually for two players) in which each player is dealt six cards and discards one or two
  2043. cricket = a game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players
  2044. crime = an act punishable by law
  2045. Crimean War = a war in Crimea between Russia and a group of nations including England and France and Turkey and Sardinia
  2046. criminal congress = forbidden or tabu sexual intercourse between individuals
  2047. criminal contempt = an act of disrespect that impedes the administration of justice
  2048. criminal conversation = extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations
  2049. criminal maintenance = the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community
  2050. criminal negligence = recklessly acting without reasonable caution and putting another person at risk of injury or death
  2051. criminal offence = an act punishable by law
  2052. criminal offense = an act punishable by law
  2053. criminal possession = possession for which criminal sanctions are provided because the property may not lawfully be possessed or may not be possessed under certain circumstances
  2054. criminal prosecution = the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
  2055. criminal suit = a lawsuit alleging violations of criminal law by the defendant
  2056. criminalisation = legislation that makes something illegal
  2057. criminalization = legislation that makes something illegal
  2058. crisis intervention = psychotherapy that focuses on acute critical situations (depressive episodes or attempted suicides or drug overdoses) with the aim of restoring the person to the level of functioning before the crisis
  2059. crocheting = creating a garment of needlework
  2060. cronyism = favoritism shown to friends and associates
  2061. crooning = the act of singing popular songs in a sentimental manner / singing in a soft low tone
  2062. crop-dusting = the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops
  2063. croquet = a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops
  2064. cross = the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
  2065. cross dressing = the practice of adopting the clothes or the manner or the sexual role of the opposite sex
  2066. cross-country jumping = riding horses across country over obstructions to demonstrate horsemanship
  2067. cross-country riding = riding horses across country over obstructions to demonstrate horsemanship
  2068. cross-country skiing = the sport of skiing across the countryside
  2069. cross-fertilisation = interchange between different cultures or different ways of thinking that is mutually productive and beneficial
  2070. cross-fertilization = interchange between different cultures or different ways of thinking that is mutually productive and beneficial
  2071. cross-pollination = stimulating influence among diverse elements
  2072. crossbreeding = reproduction by parents of different races (especially by white and non-white persons) / (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
  2073. crosscheck = an illegal check
  2074. crosscurrent = actions counter to the main group activity
  2075. crossfire = fire from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross
  2076. crossing = traveling across / a voyage across a body of water (usually across the Atlantic Ocean) / (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
  2077. crouch = the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
  2078. crowd control = activity of controlling a crowd
  2079. crucifix = a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings when the gymnast supports himself with both arms extended horizontally
  2080. crucifixion = the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering / the act of executing by a method widespread in the ancient world
  2081. cruel and unusual punishment = punishment prohibited by the 8th amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  2082. cruelty = a cruel act
  2083. cruise = an ocean trip taken for pleasure
  2084. crunch = the act of crushing
  2085. crusade = a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end / any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
  2086. crush = the act of crushing
  2087. crushing = forceful prevention
  2088. crutch = anything that serves as an expedient
  2089. crying = the process of shedding tears
  2090. cryocautery = application of a substance that destroys tissue by freezing it
  2091. cryosurgery = the use of extreme cold (usually liquid nitrogen) to destroy unwanted tissue
  2092. cryptography = act of writing in code or cipher
  2093. CT = a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis
  2094. Cuban Revolution = the revolution led by Fidel Castro and a small band of guerrilla fighters against a corrupt dictatorship in Cuba
  2095. cuckoldry = the practice of making cuckolds
  2096. cuddle = a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace
  2097. cuddling = affectionate play
  2098. culdoscopy = endoscopic examination of a woman's pelvic organs by the insertion of a culdoscope through the vagina
  2099. culmination = a concluding action
  2100. culpable negligence = recklessly acting without reasonable caution and putting another person at risk of injury or death
  2101. cultism = religious zeal
  2102. cultivation = production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale) / the act of raising or growing plants (especially on a large scale) / socialization through training and education to develop one's mind or manners
  2103. culture = the raising of plants or animals / (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium
  2104. cumulative vote = an election in which each person has as many votes as there are positions to be filled and they can all be cast for one candidate or can be distributed in any manner
  2105. Cunaxa = battle in 401 BC when the Artaxerxes II defeated his younger brother who tried to usurp the throne
  2106. cunctation = the act of procrastinating
  2107. cunnilinctus = oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris
  2108. cunnilingus = oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris
  2109. cup of tea = an activity that you like or at which you are superior
  2110. cup tie = an eliminating game between teams in a cup competition
  2111. cupboard love = a show of affection motivated by selfishness
  2112. cupping = a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
  2113. curacy = the position of a curate
  2114. curatorship = the position of curator
  2115. curb = the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess
  2116. curb service = service provided to customers who remain in their vehicles
  2117. curettage = surgery to remove tissue or growths from a bodily cavity (as the uterus) by scraping with a curette
  2118. curettement = surgery to remove tissue or growths from a bodily cavity (as the uterus) by scraping with a curette
  2119. Curietherapy = the use of radium in radiation therapy
  2120. curling = a game played on ice in which heavy stones with handles are slid toward a target
  2121. current intelligence = intelligence of all types and forms of immediate interest
  2122. curtailment = the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable / the act of withholding or withdrawing some book or writing from publication or circulation
  2123. curtain raiser = any preliminary activity
  2124. curve = a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
  2125. curve ball = a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
  2126. curvet = a light leap by a horse in which both hind legs leave the ground before the forelegs come down
  2127. Custer's Last Stand = a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull
  2128. custodianship = the position of custodian
  2129. custody = guardianship over
  2130. custody battle = litigation to settle custody of the children of a divorced couple
  2131. custody case = a legal action to determine custody
  2132. custom = accepted or habitual practice / habitual patronage
  2133. cut = an unexcused absence from class / the act of reducing the amount or number / the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends / the act of cutting something into parts / the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge / the division of a deck of cards before dealing / (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball / in baseball
  2134. cut-and-thrust = fighting with knives
  2135. cut-in = a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film / (broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program
  2136. cut-rate sale = an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
  2137. cutback = a reduction in quantity or rate
  2138. cutting = the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends / the act of diluting something / the act of cutting something into parts / the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge / the division of a deck of cards before dealing / removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape / the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film
  2139. cutting off = the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends / the act of cutting something off
  2140. cutting out = surgical removal of a body part or tissue
  2141. cyber-terrorism = an assault on electronic communication networks
  2142. cybercrime = crime committed using a computer and the internet to steal a person's identity or sell contraband or stalk victims or disrupt operations with malevolent programs
  2143. cybernation = the control of processes by computer
  2144. cyberwar = an assault on electronic communication networks
  2145. cycling = the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle
  2146. cyclodestructive surgery = an eye operation that treats glaucoma by destroying the ciliary body with a laser
  2147. Cynoscephalae = the battle that ended the second Macedonian War
  2148. cytophotometry = the study of chemical compounds inside a cell by means of a cytophotometer
  2149. D and C = a surgical procedure usually performed under local anesthesia in which the cervix is dilated and the endometrial lining of the uterus is scraped with a curet
  2150. da'wah = missionary work for Islam
  2151. dab = a light touch or stroke
  2152. dacoity = robbery by a gang of armed dacoits
  2153. daily double = a single bet on two horse races in the same day
  2154. daily round = the usual activities in your day
  2155. dairy farming = the business of a dairy
  2156. dairying = the business of a dairy
  2157. daisy cutter = a batted or served ball that skims along close to the ground
  2158. dakoity = robbery by a gang of armed dacoits
  2159. dalliance = playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest / the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
  2160. damage = the act of damaging something or someone / any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
  2161. damage control = an effort to minimize or curtail damage or loss
  2162. dampening = the act of making something slightly wet
  2163. damper = a depressing restraint
  2164. dance = taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
  2165. dance lesson = a lesson in dancing
  2166. dance of death = a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
  2167. dance step = a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance
  2168. dancing = taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
  2169. danger = a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
  2170. dangerous undertaking = a wild and exciting undertaking
  2171. dangling = the act of suspending something
  2172. danse du ventre = a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
  2173. danse macabre = a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
  2174. Dardanelles = the unsuccessful campaign in World War I (1915) by the English and French to open a passage for aid to Russia
  2175. Dardanelles campaign = the unsuccessful campaign in World War I (1915) by the English and French to open a passage for aid to Russia
  2176. dark adaptation = the process of adjusting the eyes to low levels of illumination; cones adapt first
  2177. dark field illumination = a form of microscopic examination of living material by scattered light
  2178. dark ground illumination = a form of microscopic examination of living material by scattered light
  2179. darkening = changing to a darker color
  2180. darning = the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads
  2181. dart = a sudden quick movement
  2182. darts = a game in which small pointed missiles are thrown at a dartboard
  2183. dash = a quick run / the act of moving with great haste
  2184. dashing hopes = an act (or failure to act) that disappoints someone
  2185. data encryption = the encryption of data for security purposes
  2186. database management = creation and maintenance of a database
  2187. date rape = rape in which the rapist is known to the victim
  2188. dating = use of chemical analysis to estimate the age of geological specimens
  2189. daubing = the application of plaster
  2190. dawah = missionary work for Islam
  2191. dawdling = the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
  2192. day care = childcare during the day while parents work
  2193. day game = a game played in daylight
  2194. daycare = childcare during the day while parents work
  2195. de-escalation = a reduction in intensity
  2196. deactivation = the act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb) / breaking up a military unit
  2197. dead reckoning = navigation without the aid of celestial observations
  2198. dead-man's float = a floating position with the face down and arms stretched forward
  2199. deadening = the act of making something futile and useless
  2200. deadly sin = an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace
  2201. deal = the act of apportioning or distributing something / the act of distributing playing cards / a particular instance of buying or selling
  2202. dealing = the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities) / method or manner of conduct in relation to others
  2203. dealings = social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with') / the act of transacting within or between groups
  2204. deanery = the position or office of a dean
  2205. deanship = the position or office of a dean
  2206. death = the act of killing
  2207. death penalty = putting a condemned person to death
  2208. deathblow = the blow that kills
  2209. debarkation = the act of passengers and crew getting off of a ship or aircraft
  2210. debarment = the act of prevention by legal means
  2211. debasement = changing to a lower state
  2212. debauch = a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  2213. debauchery = a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  2214. debridement = surgical removal of foreign material and dead tissue from a wound in order to prevent infection and promote healing
  2215. debunking = the exposure of falseness or pretensions
  2216. debut = the act of beginning something new
  2217. decalcomania = the art of transfering designs from specially prepared paper to a wood or glass or metal surface
  2218. decampment = breaking camp / the act of running away secretly
  2219. decantation = the act of gently pouring off a clear liquor (as from its original bottle) without disturbing the lees
  2220. decapitation = killing by cutting off the head / execution by cutting off the victim's head
  2221. deceit = the act of deceiving
  2222. deceleration = the act of decelerating
  2223. decentralisation = the spread of power away from the center to local branches or governments
  2224. decentralization = the spread of power away from the center to local branches or governments
  2225. deception = an illusory feat
  2226. decimalisation = the act of changing to a decimal system
  2227. decimalization = the act of changing to a decimal system
  2228. decimation = destroying or killing a large part of the population
  2229. decipherment = the activity of making clear or converting from code into plain text
  2230. decision = the act of making up your mind about something
  2231. deck tennis = game played mainly on board ocean liners
  2232. declassification = reduction or removal by the government of restrictions on a classified document or weapon
  2233. decoding = the activity of making clear or converting from code into plain text
  2234. decolonisation = the action of changing from colonial to independent status
  2235. decolonization = the action of changing from colonial to independent status
  2236. decompressing = relieving pressure
  2237. decompression = relieving pressure (especially bringing a compressed person gradually back to atmospheric pressure) / restoring compressed information to its normal form for use or display
  2238. decontamination = the removal of contaminants
  2239. decoration = the act of decorating something
  2240. decortication = removal of the outer covering of an organ or part
  2241. decoupage = the art of decorating a surface with shapes or pictures and then coating it with varnish or lacquer
  2242. decrease = the act of decreasing or reducing something
  2243. decriminalisation = legislation that makes something legal that was formerly illegal
  2244. decriminalization = legislation that makes something legal that was formerly illegal
  2245. decryption = the activity of making clear or converting from code into plain text
  2246. dedication = the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
  2247. deduction = the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole) / the act of reducing the selling price of merchandise
  2248. deeds = performance of moral or religious acts
  2249. deep fording = fording at a deep place in the stream
  2250. deep kiss = an openmouthed kiss in which your tongue is inserted into the other's mouth
  2251. deep supporting fire = fire on objectives not in the immediate vicinity of your forces but with the objective of destroying enemy reserves and weapons and interfering with the enemy command and supply and communications
  2252. deer hunt = hunting deer
  2253. deer hunting = hunting deer
  2254. deerstalking = stalking deer
  2255. defacement = the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something
  2256. defalcation = the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
  2257. defamation = an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  2258. default = loss due to not showing up
  2259. default judgement = a judgment entered in favor of the plaintiff when the defendant defaults
  2260. default judgment = a judgment entered in favor of the plaintiff when the defendant defaults
  2261. defecation reflex = normal response to the presence of feces in the rectum
  2262. defection = withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility
  2263. defence = the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury / protection from harm / (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies / a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
  2264. defenestration = the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
  2265. defense = the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury / protection from harm / (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies / a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
  2266. Defense Secretary = the position of the head of the Department of Defense
  2267. defensive measure = military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
  2268. deference = a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
  2269. deferment = act of putting off to a future time
  2270. deferral = act of putting off to a future time
  2271. defiance = a defiant act
  2272. defibrillation = treatment by stopping fibrillation of heart muscles
  2273. deficit spending = spending money raised by borrowing
  2274. deflation = the act of letting the air out of something
  2275. deflection = a turning aside
  2276. deflexion = a turning aside
  2277. defloration = the act of depriving a woman of her virginity (especially by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse) / an act that despoils the innocence or beauty of something
  2278. defoliation = causing the leaves of trees and other plants to fall off
  2279. deforestation = the removal of trees
  2280. deformation = the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something
  2281. defrayal = the act of paying money
  2282. defrayment = the act of paying money
  2283. defusing = the act of deactivating or making ineffective
  2284. deglutition = the act of swallowing
  2285. degradation = changing to a lower state
  2286. degustation = taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality
  2287. dehumanisation = the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities
  2288. dehumanization = the act of degrading people with respect to their best qualities
  2289. deification = the elevation of a person
  2290. dekko = British slang for a look
  2291. delay = the act of delaying
  2292. delectation = act of receiving pleasure from something
  2293. delegacy = the appointment of a delegate
  2294. delegating = authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
  2295. delegation = authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
  2296. deletion = the act of deleting something written or printed
  2297. deliberate defence = a defense organized before contact is made with the enemy and while time for organization is available
  2298. deliberate defense = a defense organized before contact is made with the enemy and while time for organization is available
  2299. delineation = representation by drawing or painting etc
  2300. delinquency = an antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor
  2301. deliverance = recovery or preservation from loss or danger
  2302. delivery = the act of delivering a child / recovery or preservation from loss or danger / (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter / the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail) / the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
  2303. delusion = the act of deluding
  2304. demand = the act of demanding
  2305. demand feeding = feeding a baby or animal whenever it shows a need
  2306. demarche = a move or step or maneuver in political or diplomatic affairs
  2307. demobilisation = act of changing from a war basis to a peace basis including disbanding or discharging troops
  2308. demobilization = act of changing from a war basis to a peace basis including disbanding or discharging troops
  2309. democratisation = the action of making something democratic
  2310. democratization = the action of making something democratic
  2311. demolishing = complete destruction of a building
  2312. demolition = the act of demolishing
  2313. demonetisation = ending something (e.g. gold or silver) as no longer the legal tender of a country
  2314. demonetization = ending something (e.g. gold or silver) as no longer the legal tender of a country
  2315. demonolatry = the acts or rites of worshiping devils
  2316. demonstration = a show or display
  2317. demoralisation = destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policy
  2318. demoralization = destroying the moral basis for a doctrine or policy
  2319. demotion = act of lowering in rank or position
  2320. demurrage = detention of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
  2321. demurrer = a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
  2322. denationalisation = changing something from state to private ownership or control
  2323. denationalization = changing something from state to private ownership or control
  2324. denial = renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others / a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
  2325. denigration = the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself) / an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  2326. densitometry = measuring the optical density of a substance by shining light on it and measuring its transmission
  2327. dental care = care for the teeth
  2328. dental practice = the practice of dentistry
  2329. dental procedure = a procedure employed by a dentist
  2330. denudation = the removal of covering
  2331. departure = the act of departing
  2332. depersonalisation = representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality
  2333. depersonalization = representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality
  2334. depiction = representation by drawing or painting etc
  2335. depilation = the act of removing hair
  2336. depletion = the act of decreasing something markedly
  2337. deployment = the distribution of forces in preparation for battle or work
  2338. deportation = the expulsion from a country of an undesirable alien / the act of expelling a person from their native land
  2339. deposit = the act of putting something somewhere
  2340. deposition = the act of deposing someone
  2341. depravity = a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
  2342. deprecation = the act of expressing disapproval
  2343. depreciation = a decrease in price or value
  2344. depredation = an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
  2345. depression = pushing down
  2346. deprivation = act of depriving someone of food or money or rights
  2347. depth psychology = a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders
  2348. deputation = authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
  2349. deracination = the act of pulling up or out; uprooting
  2350. derangement = the act of disturbing the mind or body
  2351. deregulating = the act of freeing from regulation
  2352. deregulation = the act of freeing from regulation
  2353. dereliction = willful negligence
  2354. derision = the act of deriding or treating with contempt
  2355. derivation = the act of deriving something or obtaining something from a source or origin / drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation / drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
  2356. dermabrasion = removal of scars or tattoos by anesthetizing the skin surface and then sanding or scraping off some of the outer skin layer
  2357. derogation = the partial taking away of the effectiveness of a law
  2358. derring-do = brave and heroic feats
  2359. descent = the act of changing your location in a downward direction
  2360. desecration = blasphemous behavior
  2361. desegregation = the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community
  2362. desensitisation procedure = a technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety
  2363. desensitisation technique = a technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety
  2364. desensitization procedure = a technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety
  2365. desensitization technique = a technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety
  2366. desertion = withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility / the act of giving something up
  2367. design = the act of working out the form of something
  2368. designation = the act of designating or identifying something / the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
  2369. designing = the act of working out the form of something
  2370. desktop publishing = the use of microcomputers with graphics capacity to produce printed materials
  2371. despatch = the act of sending off something / killing a person or animal
  2372. desperate measure = desperate actions taken as a means to an end
  2373. despite = contemptuous disregard
  2374. despoilation = the act of stripping and taking by force
  2375. despoilment = the act of stripping and taking by force
  2376. despoliation = the act of stripping and taking by force
  2377. destabilisation = the action of destabilizing
  2378. destabilization = the action of destabilizing
  2379. destruction = the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
  2380. destruction fire = fire delivered for the sole purpose of destroying material objects
  2381. detachment = the act of releasing from an attachment or connection
  2382. detecting = a police investigation to determine the perpetrator
  2383. detection = the act of detecting something
  2384. detective work = a police investigation to determine the perpetrator
  2385. detente = the easing of tensions or strained relations
  2386. detention = a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home
  2387. determination = the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation / the act of making up your mind about something
  2388. deterrence = the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety
  2389. dethronement = the act of deposing someone
  2390. detonation = the act of detonating an explosive
  2391. detoxification = treatment for poisoning by neutralizing the toxic properties (normally a function of the liver) / a treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol intended to remove the physiological effects of the addictive substances
  2392. detraction = the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation
  2393. detribalisation = the decline or termination of tribal organization / the act of causing tribal people to abandon their customs and adopt urban ways of living
  2394. detribalization = the decline or termination of tribal organization / the act of causing tribal people to abandon their customs and adopt urban ways of living
  2395. detrition = effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
  2396. devaluation = the reduction of something's value or worth / an official lowering of a nation's currency
  2397. devastation = the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists / plundering with excessive damage and destruction
  2398. development = act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining / the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
  2399. deviance = deviate behavior
  2400. deviation = a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern) / deviate behavior
  2401. deviationism = ideological defection from the party line
  2402. device = any clever maneuver
  2403. devil-worship = the acts or rites of worshiping devils
  2404. devilment = reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
  2405. devilry = reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others / wicked and cruel behavior
  2406. deviltry = reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others / wicked and cruel behavior
  2407. devisal = the act of devising something
  2408. devising = the act that results in something coming to be
  2409. devitalisation = the act of reducing the vitality of something
  2410. devitalization = the act of reducing the vitality of something
  2411. devoir = formal expression of respect
  2412. devolution = the delegation of authority
  2413. devolvement = the delegation of authority
  2414. devotion = religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently) / religious zeal
  2415. devotional = a short religious service
  2416. diabolatry = the acts or rites of worshiping devils
  2417. diagnosing = identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
  2418. diagnosis = identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
  2419. diagnostic procedure = a procedure followed in making a medical diagnosis
  2420. diagnostic technique = a procedure followed in making a medical diagnosis
  2421. diagramming = providing a chart or outline of a system
  2422. dialysis = separation of substances in solution by means of their unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes
  2423. diathermy = a method of physical therapy that involves generating local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents
  2424. dichotomisation = the act of dividing into two sharply different categories
  2425. dichotomization = the act of dividing into two sharply different categories
  2426. didactics = the activities of educating or instructing
  2427. Dien Bien Phu = the French military base fell after a siege by Vietnam troops that lasted 56 days
  2428. diet = the act of restricting your food intake
  2429. dieting = the act of restricting your food intake
  2430. differential blood count = counting the number of specific types of white blood cells found in 1 cubic millimeter of blood
  2431. differential diagnosis = a systematic method of diagnosing a disorder (e.g., headache) that lacks unique symptoms or signs
  2432. differentiation = the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function
  2433. difficulty = an effort that is inconvenient
  2434. diffusion = the act of dispersing or diffusing something
  2435. dig = the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow / the act of digging
  2436. digging = the act of digging
  2437. digging up = the act of digging something up out of the ground (especially a corpse) where it has been buried
  2438. digital communications technology = the design and construction of communications technology that transmits information in digital form
  2439. digitalisation = the administration of digitalis for the treatment of certain heart disorders
  2440. digitalization = the administration of digitalis for the treatment of certain heart disorders
  2441. digression = wandering from the main path of a journey / a turning aside
  2442. dihybrid cross = hybridization using two traits with two alleles each
  2443. dilatation = the act of expanding an aperture
  2444. dilatation and curettage = a surgical procedure usually performed under local anesthesia in which the cervix is dilated and the endometrial lining of the uterus is scraped with a curet
  2445. dilation = the act of expanding an aperture
  2446. dilation and curettage = a surgical procedure usually performed under local anesthesia in which the cervix is dilated and the endometrial lining of the uterus is scraped with a curet
  2447. diligence = a diligent effort
  2448. dilution = weakening (reducing the concentration) by the addition of water or a thinner
  2449. diminution = the act of decreasing or reducing something
  2450. din = the act of making a noisy disturbance
  2451. dining = the act of eating dinner
  2452. dink = a soft return so that the tennis ball drops abruptly after crossing the net
  2453. dint = interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'
  2454. Dionysia = an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus
  2455. dip = a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms / a brief swim in water
  2456. direct action = a protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
  2457. direct fire = fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it
  2458. direct flight = a flight with one or more intermediate stops but no change of aircraft
  2459. direct marketing = marketing via a promotion delivered directly to the individual prospective customer
  2460. direct primary = a primary where voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
  2461. direct support = a mission requiring one force to support another specific force and authorizing it to answer directly the supported force's request for assistance
  2462. direct supporting fire = fire delivered in support of part of a force
  2463. directed study = a course of study that is supervised and controlled by a specialist in the subject
  2464. directed verdict = a verdict entered by the court in a jury trial without consideration by the jury
  2465. direction = the act of setting and holding a course / the act of managing something
  2466. directorship = the position of a director of a business concern
  2467. dirty pool = conduct that is unfair or unethical or unsportsmanlike
  2468. dirty trick = an unkind or aggressive trick
  2469. dirty tricks = underhand commercial or political behavior designed to discredit an opponent
  2470. dirty war = an offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims
  2471. dirtying = the act of soiling something
  2472. disability insurance = social insurance for the disabled
  2473. disappearance = the act of leaving secretly or without explanation / gradually ceasing to be visible
  2474. disappearing = the act of leaving secretly or without explanation
  2475. disappointment = an act (or failure to act) that disappoints someone
  2476. disapproval = the act of disapproving or condemning
  2477. disarmament = act of reducing or depriving of arms
  2478. disarming = act of reducing or depriving of arms
  2479. disassembly = the act of taking something apart
  2480. disassortative mating = mating of individuals having traits more dissimilar than likely in random mating
  2481. disaster = an act that has disastrous consequences
  2482. disbandment = the act of disbanding
  2483. disbarment = the act of expelling a lawyer from the practice of law
  2484. disbursal = the act of spending or disbursing money
  2485. disbursement = the act of spending or disbursing money
  2486. discard = getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable / (cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit
  2487. discharge = the act of discharging a gun / a formal written statement of relinquishment / the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) / the act of venting
  2488. discipleship = the position of disciple
  2489. discipline = training to improve strength or self-control / the act of disciplining
  2490. discoloration = the act of changing the natural color of something by making it duller or dingier or unnatural or faded
  2491. discolouration = the act of changing the natural color of something by making it duller or dingier or unnatural or faded
  2492. disconnection = the act of breaking a connection
  2493. discontinuance = the act of discontinuing or breaking off
  2494. discontinuation = the act of discontinuing or breaking off
  2495. discord = strife resulting from a lack of agreement
  2496. discordance = strife resulting from a lack of agreement
  2497. discount = the act of reducing the selling price of merchandise
  2498. discount business = the business of selling merchandise at a discount
  2499. discouragement = the act of discouraging
  2500. discourtesy = a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others
  2501. discovered check = a check on the opponent's king that is delivered by moving a piece out of the line of attack by a queen or rook or bishop
  2502. discovery = the act of discovering something
  2503. discrimination = unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
  2504. disembarkation = the act of passengers and crew getting off of a ship or aircraft
  2505. disembarkment = the act of passengers and crew getting off of a ship or aircraft
  2506. disembowelment = the act of removing the bowels or viscera
  2507. disenfranchisement = the act of withdrawing certification or terminating a franchise
  2508. disengagement = to break off a military action with an enemy / the act of releasing from an attachment or connection
  2509. disentanglement = the act of releasing from a snarled or tangled condition
  2510. disestablishment = the act terminating an established state of affairs
  2511. disfiguration = the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something
  2512. disfigurement = the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something
  2513. disforestation = the removal of trees
  2514. disfranchisement = the discontinuation of a franchise
  2515. disgorgement = the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  2516. disguise = the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance
  2517. dish = an activity that you like or at which you are superior
  2518. dishonesty = lack of honesty
  2519. dishonorable discharge = a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense
  2520. dishwashing = the act of washing dishes
  2521. disinfection = treatment to destroy harmful microorganisms
  2522. disinfestation = the activity of getting rid of vermin
  2523. disinheritance = the act by a donor that terminates the right of a person to inherit
  2524. disinterment = the act of digging something up out of the ground (especially a corpse) where it has been buried
  2525. disinvestment = the withdrawal of capital from a country or corporation
  2526. disjunction = the act of breaking a connection
  2527. dislocation = the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
  2528. dislodgement = forced removal from a position of advantage
  2529. dislodgment = forced removal from a position of advantage
  2530. dismantlement = the act of taking something apart
  2531. dismantling = the act of taking something apart
  2532. dismissal = the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) / a judgment disposing of the matter without a trial
  2533. dismission = the termination of someone's employment
  2534. dismount = the act of dismounting
  2535. disobedience = the failure to obey
  2536. disorderly behavior = any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
  2537. disorderly conduct = any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
  2538. disorganisation = the disturbance of a systematic arrangement causing disorder and confusion
  2539. disorganization = the disturbance of a systematic arrangement causing disorder and confusion
  2540. disparagement = the act of speaking contemptuously of
  2541. dispatch = the act of sending off something / killing a person or animal
  2542. dispensation = the act of dispensing (giving out in portions) / an exemption from some rule or obligation
  2543. dispersal = the act of dispersing or diffusing something
  2544. dispersion = the act of dispersing or diffusing something
  2545. displacement = act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics / act of removing from office or employment / to move something from its natural environment / the act of uniform movement
  2546. display = something shown to the public
  2547. disposal = the act or means of getting rid of something / a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people
  2548. disposition = the act or means of getting rid of something
  2549. dispossession = the expulsion of someone (such as a tenant) from the possession of land by process of law
  2550. dispraise = the act of speaking contemptuously of
  2551. disproof = the act of determining that something is false
  2552. dispute = coming into conflict with
  2553. disqualification = the act of preventing someone from participating by finding them unqualified
  2554. disregard = willful lack of care and attention
  2555. disruption = an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity / the act of causing disorder
  2556. dissection = cutting so as to separate into pieces / detailed critical analysis or examination one part at a time
  2557. dissembling = the act of deceiving
  2558. dissemination = the act of dispersing or diffusing something
  2559. dissent = the act of protesting
  2560. disservice = an act intended to help that turns out badly
  2561. dissimulation = the act of deceiving
  2562. dissipation = useless or profitless activity
  2563. dissociation = the act of removing from association
  2564. dissolution = the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations) / the termination of a meeting / dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
  2565. dissolution of marriage = an annulment of a marriage
  2566. distemper = a method of painting in which the pigments are mixed with water and a binder
  2567. distension = the act of expanding by pressure from within
  2568. distention = the act of expanding by pressure from within
  2569. distortion = the mistake of misrepresenting the facts / the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  2570. distraction = the act of distracting
  2571. distraint = the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
  2572. distress = the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
  2573. distributed fire = fire dispersed so as to engage effectively an area target
  2574. distribution = the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning / the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer
  2575. distribution channel = a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors
  2576. disturbance = the act of disturbing something or someone
  2577. disturbance of the peace = any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
  2578. disunion = the termination or destruction of union
  2579. divagation = a turning aside
  2580. divarication = branching at a wide angle
  2581. dive = a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft / a headlong plunge into water
  2582. dive-bombing = a bombing run in which the bomber releases the bomb while flying straight toward the target
  2583. divergence = the act of moving away in different direction from a common point
  2584. divergency = the act of moving away in different direction from a common point
  2585. diversification = the act of introducing variety
  2586. diversion = a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern) / an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates / an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack
  2587. diversionary attack = an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack
  2588. diversionary landing = an amphibious diversionary attack
  2589. divestiture = the sale by a company of a product line or a subsidiary or a division
  2590. Divine Office = canonical prayers recited daily by priests
  2591. divine service = the act of public worship following prescribed rules
  2592. diving = a headlong plunge into water
  2593. division = the act or process of dividing / the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart / an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of multiplication
  2594. divorce = the legal dissolution of a marriage
  2595. divorcement = the legal dissolution of a marriage
  2596. do-si-do = a square-dance figure
  2597. dockage = the act of securing an arriving vessel with ropes
  2598. docking = the act of securing an arriving vessel with ropes
  2599. doctor = children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office
  2600. documentation = documentary validation
  2601. doddle = an easy task
  2602. dodge = a quick evasive movement
  2603. dodging = deliberately avoiding
  2604. dog breeding = breeding dogs
  2605. dog paddle = an elementary swimming stroke imitating a swimming dog
  2606. dog show = a competitive exhibition of dogs
  2607. dogfight = a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling) / an aerial engagement between fighter planes / disorderly fighting
  2608. dogtrot = a steady trot like that of a dog
  2609. doings = manner of acting or controlling yourself
  2610. dolce far niente = carefree idleness
  2611. dole = money received from the state
  2612. dolphin kick = a swimming kick
  2613. domestic flight = a flight that begins and ends in the same country
  2614. domestic terrorism = terrorism practiced in your own country against your own people
  2615. domestic violence = violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partner or other members of a household
  2616. domestication = accommodation to domestic life
  2617. domesticity = domestic activities or life
  2618. domination = social control by dominating
  2619. dominoes = any of several games played with small rectangular blocks
  2620. dominos = any of several games played with small rectangular blocks
  2621. donation = act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
  2622. donkeywork = hard monotonous routine work
  2623. dormancy = quiet and inactive restfulness
  2624. dorsiflexion = the act of bending backward
  2625. dosimetry = measuring the dose of radiation emitted by a radioactive source
  2626. double = a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base / raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2
  2627. double blind = a test procedure in which the identity of those receiving the intervention is concealed from both the administrators and the subjects until after the test is completed
  2628. double cross = an act of betrayal
  2629. double dribble = an illegal dribble in basketball
  2630. double Dutch = the difficult version of jump rope in which players jump over two ropes that are swung in a crisscross manner by two turners
  2631. double entry = bookkeeper debits the transaction to one account and credits it to another
  2632. double fault = two successive faults in serving resulting in the loss of the point
  2633. double feature = two games instead of one
  2634. double jeopardy = the prosecution of a defendant for a criminal offense for which he has already been tried
  2635. double leg circle = a gymnastic exercise performed on the pommel horse when the gymnast (with legs together) swings his legs in a circle while alternating hands on the pommels
  2636. double play = the act of getting two players out on one play
  2637. double reverse = a running play in which a first reverse is followed by a second reverse
  2638. double stopping = stopping two strings and producing two notes at the same time
  2639. double take = a delayed reaction indicating surprise
  2640. double-blind experiment = an experimental procedure in which neither the subjects of the experiment nor the persons administering the experiment know the critical aspects of the experiment
  2641. double-blind procedure = an experimental procedure in which neither the subjects of the experiment nor the persons administering the experiment know the critical aspects of the experiment
  2642. double-blind study = an experimental procedure in which neither the subjects of the experiment nor the persons administering the experiment know the critical aspects of the experiment
  2643. double-crossing = an act of betrayal
  2644. double-dealing = acting in bad faith
  2645. double-entry bookkeeping = bookkeeper debits the transaction to one account and credits it to another
  2646. doubleheader = two games instead of one
  2647. doubles = tennis played with two players on each side / badminton played with two players on each side
  2648. doubling = raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2
  2649. douche = irrigation with a jet of water or medicated solution into or around a body part (especially the vagina) to treat infections or cleanse from odorous contents
  2650. dousing = the act of wetting something by submerging it
  2651. doweling = fastening by dowels
  2652. down = a complete play to advance the football
  2653. down-bow = a downward stroke from the heel to the tip of the bow
  2654. downshift = a change to a lower gear in a car or bicycle / a change from a financially rewarding but stressful career to a less well paid but more fulfilling one
  2655. downsizing = the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
  2656. downspin = a swift and dangerous downturn
  2657. downswing = a worsening of business or economic activity / a swing downward of a golf club
  2658. downtick = a transaction in the stock market at a price below the price of the preceding transaction
  2659. downturn = a worsening of business or economic activity
  2660. doze = a light fitful sleep
  2661. draft = the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling / a large and hurried swallow / compulsory military service
  2662. drafting = the craft of drawing blueprints / writing a first version to be filled out and polished later / the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams
  2663. draftsmanship = the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams
  2664. drag = the act of dragging (pulling with force) / a slow inhalation
  2665. drain = emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it / a gradual depletion of energy or resources
  2666. drainage = emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it
  2667. dramatic performance = the act of performing a drama
  2668. dramatic production = the act of performing a drama
  2669. dramatics = participation in theatrical productions as an extracurricular activity
  2670. dramatisation = a dramatic representation / conversion into dramatic form
  2671. dramatization = a dramatic representation / conversion into dramatic form
  2672. draught = the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling / a large and hurried swallow
  2673. draughts = a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces
  2674. draw = the act of drawing or hauling something / poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer / (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage / a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
  2675. draw play = the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage
  2676. draw poker = poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer
  2677. drawing = the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling / act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source / players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots / the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams
  2678. drawing lots = making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn
  2679. drawing off = act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source
  2680. drenching = the act of making something completely wet
  2681. dress rehearsal = a full uninterrupted rehearsal in costumes shortly before the first performance
  2682. dressage = maneuvers of a horse in response to body signals by the rider
  2683. dressing = the act of applying a bandage / the activity of getting dressed
  2684. dressmaking = the craft of making dresses
  2685. dribble = the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
  2686. dribbling = the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
  2687. drifting = aimless wandering from place to place
  2688. drill = the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms / systematic training by multiple repetitions
  2689. drilling = the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum / the act of drilling
  2690. drink = the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess / the act of swallowing
  2691. drinking = the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess / the act of consuming liquids
  2692. drinking bout = a long period of drinking
  2693. drip culture = a hydroponic method of growing plants by allowing nutrient solutions to drip slowly onto an inert medium in which the plants are growing
  2694. drip feed = the administration of a solution (blood or saline or plasma etc.) one drop at a time
  2695. drive = the act of applying force to propel something / a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile) / the act of driving a herd of animals overland / (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash) / hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver / a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  2696. drive-by killing = homicide committed by shooting from a moving automobile
  2697. drive-by shooting = shooting someone from a car as it is driven past the victim
  2698. driving = the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal / hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver
  2699. driving force = the act of applying force to propel something
  2700. Drogheda = in 1649 the place was captured by Oliver Cromwell, who massacred the Catholic inhabitants
  2701. drollery = a quaint and amusing jest
  2702. drop = the act of dropping something
  2703. drop shot = a soft return so that the tennis ball drops abruptly after crossing the net
  2704. dropkick = kicking (as for a field goal) in which the football is dropped and kicked as it touches the ground
  2705. drowse = a light fitful sleep
  2706. drubbing = the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
  2707. drudgery = hard monotonous routine work
  2708. drug abuse = excessive use of drugs
  2709. drug bust = seizure of illegal drugs by the police
  2710. drug traffic = traffic in illegal drugs
  2711. drug trafficking = traffic in illegal drugs
  2712. drug war = conflict between law enforcement and those who deal in illegal drugs
  2713. drug withdrawal = the termination of drug taking
  2714. drugging = the administration of a sedative agent or drug
  2715. drugs bust = seizure of illegal drugs by the police
  2716. drumbeat = a vehement and vociferous advocacy of a cause
  2717. drumfire = intense and continuous artillery fire
  2718. drumming = the act of playing drums
  2719. drunken revelry = a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  2720. drunkenness = the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
  2721. dry cleaning = the act of cleaning (fabrics) with a solvent other than water
  2722. dry run = a practice session in preparation for a public performance
  2723. dry walling = the activity of building stone walls without mortar
  2724. dry-gulching = the act of killing from ambush
  2725. duck hunting = hunting ducks
  2726. duck soup = any undertaking that is easy to do
  2727. ducking = the act of wetting something by submerging it / hunting ducks
  2728. duckpins = a bowling game using a pin smaller than a tenpin but proportionately wider
  2729. ducks and drakes = a game in which a flat stone is bounced along the surface of calm water
  2730. due care = the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances
  2731. due process = the administration of justice according to established rules and principles
  2732. due process of law = the administration of justice according to established rules and principles
  2733. duel = any struggle between two skillful opponents (individuals or groups) / a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
  2734. duet = a dance for two people
  2735. dumb show = a performance using gestures and body movements without words
  2736. dummy whist = a form of whist with three players
  2737. dumping = selling goods abroad at a price below that charged in the domestic market
  2738. dune cycling = bicycling or motorcycling on sand dunes
  2739. dunk = a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket
  2740. dunk shot = a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket
  2741. Dunkerque = an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
  2742. Dunkirk = an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
  2743. dupery = something intended to deceive
  2744. duplication = the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something
  2745. duplicity = acting in bad faith
  2746. dust contamination = the act of contaminating with dust particles
  2747. duster = a pitch thrown deliberately close to the batter
  2748. dutch auction = a method of selling in which the price is reduced until a buyer is found
  2749. Dutch treat = a dinner where each person pays for his own
  2750. duty = work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons / the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
  2751. duty assignment = a duty that you are assigned to perform
  2752. dyeing = the use of dye to change the color of something permanently
  2753. dynamic headroom = the capacity of a system to reproduce loud sounds without distortion
  2754. e-commerce = commerce conducted electronically
  2755. E-LASIK = a refractive surgery procedure that reshapes the cornea
  2756. earned run = a run that was not scored as the result of an error by the other team
  2757. earthing = fastening electrical equipment to earth
  2758. ease = freedom from activity
  2759. easement = the act of reducing something unpleasant
  2760. easiness = the quality of being easy in behavior or style
  2761. easing = the act of reducing something unpleasant
  2762. easy going = easy unobstructed progress
  2763. eating = the act of consuming food
  2764. ecarte = a card game for 2 players
  2765. ecclesiasticism = excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities
  2766. ECCM = electronic warfare undertaken to insure effective friendly use of the electromagnetic spectrum in spite of the enemy's use of electronic warfare
  2767. echo = an imitation or repetition
  2768. echo sounding = determining the location of something by measuring the time it takes for an echo to return from it
  2769. echocardiography = a noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound to study to structure and motions of the heart
  2770. echoencephalography = a noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound to study the anatomy of the brain
  2771. echography = using the reflections of high-frequency sound waves to construct an image of a body organ
  2772. echolalia = mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person
  2773. echolocation = determining the location of something by measuring the time it takes for an echo to return from it
  2774. ECM = electronic warfare undertaken to prevent or reduce an enemy's effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum
  2775. eco-warfare = violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the environmentalists
  2776. ecological terrorism = violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the environmentalists
  2777. ecological warfare = violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the environmentalists
  2778. economic mobilisation = mobilization of the economy
  2779. economic mobilization = mobilization of the economy
  2780. economic strangulation = punishment of a group by cutting off commercial dealings with them
  2781. economy = an act of economizing
  2782. economy of scale = the saving in cost of production that is due to mass production
  2783. ecoterrorism = violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the environmentalists
  2784. ecotourism = tourism to exotic or threatened ecosystems to observe wildlife or to help preserve nature
  2785. ECT = the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
  2786. editorship = the position of editor
  2787. education = the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university) / the activities of educating or instructing
  2788. Education Secretary = the position of the head of the Education Department
  2789. educational activity = the activities of educating or instructing
  2790. edutainment = entertainment that is intended to be educational
  2791. effacement = withdrawing into the background
  2792. effectuation = the act of implementing
  2793. effleurage = a rhythmic stroking
  2794. effort = a notable achievement / use of physical or mental energy
  2795. effusion = flow under pressure
  2796. ego trip = an act undertaken to increase your own power and influence or to draw attention to your own importance
  2797. egress = the act of coming (or going) out
  2798. egression = the act of coming (or going) out
  2799. eightsome = a Scottish reel for eight dancers
  2800. eisteddfod = any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions
  2801. ejection = the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting / the act of forcing out someone or something
  2802. El Alamein = a pitched battle in World War II (1942) resulting in a decisive Allied victory by British troops under Montgomery over German troops under Rommel
  2803. elaboration = developing in intricate and painstaking detail / addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail
  2804. elbow grease = use of physical or mental energy
  2805. elbowing = jostling with the elbows
  2806. eldership = the office of elder
  2807. election = the act of selecting someone or something
  2808. election fraud = misrepresentation or alteration of the true results of an election
  2809. electioneering = the campaign of a candidate to be elected
  2810. elective = a course that the student can select from among alternatives
  2811. elective course = a course that the student can select from among alternatives
  2812. electric healing = the therapeutic application of electricity to the body
  2813. electric shock = a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body / the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture
  2814. electrical healing = the therapeutic application of electricity to the body
  2815. electrical shock = a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body
  2816. electrical skin response = a change in the electrical properties of the skin in response to stress or anxiety
  2817. electrical work = the craft of an electrician
  2818. electrification = the act of providing electricity / the activity of thrilling or markedly exciting some person or group
  2819. electrocardiography = diagnostic procedure consisting of recording the activity of the heart electronically with a cardiograph
  2820. electrocautery = application of a needle heated by an electric current to destroy tissue
  2821. electroconvulsive therapy = the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
  2822. electrocution = killing by electric shock / execution by electricity
  2823. electrodermal response = a change in the electrical properties of the skin in response to stress or anxiety
  2824. electrolysis = removing superfluous or unwanted hair by passing an electric current through the hair root
  2825. electromagnetic intrusion = the deliberate insertion of electromagnetic energy into transmission paths with the objective of confusing or deceiving operators
  2826. electromotive drug administration = therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues
  2827. electromyography = diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders with the use of an electromyograph
  2828. electron microscopy = microscopy with the use of electron microscopes
  2829. electron paramagnetic resonance = microwave spectroscopy in which there is resonant absorption of radiation by a paramagnet
  2830. electron spin resonance = microwave spectroscopy in which there is resonant absorption of radiation by a paramagnet
  2831. electronic counter-countermeasures = electronic warfare undertaken to insure effective friendly use of the electromagnetic spectrum in spite of the enemy's use of electronic warfare
  2832. electronic countermeasures = electronic warfare undertaken to prevent or reduce an enemy's effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum
  2833. electronic deception = the deliberate use of electromagnetic energy in a manner intended to convey misleading information
  2834. electronic imitative deception = the introduction of electromagnetic energy into enemy systems that imitates enemy emissions
  2835. electronic jamming = deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems
  2836. electronic manipulative deception = actions to eliminate revealing telltale indicators that could be used by the enemy
  2837. electronic reconnaissance = the detection and identification and evaluation and location of foreign electromagnetic radiations
  2838. electronic simulative deception = actions to represent friendly notional or actual capabilities to mislead hostile forces
  2839. electronic surveillance = surveillance by electronic means
  2840. electronic warfare = military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
  2841. electronic warfare-support measures = electronic warfare undertaken under direct control of an operational commander to locate sources of radiated electromagnetic energy for the purpose of immediate threat recognition
  2842. electronics intelligence = intelligence derived from electromagnetic radiations from foreign sources
  2843. electroshock = the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
  2844. electroshock therapy = the administration of a strong electric current that passes through the brain to induce convulsions and coma
  2845. electrosurgery = surgery performed with electrical devices
  2846. electrotherapy = the therapeutic application of electricity to the body
  2847. elementary education = education in elementary subjects (reading and writing and arithmetic) provided to young students at a grade school
  2848. elevation = the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something
  2849. eleven-plus = an examination taken by 11 and 12 year old students to select suitable candidates for grammar school
  2850. elimination = the murder of a competitor / the act of removing or getting rid of something / the act of removing an unknown mathematical quantity by combining equations
  2851. ELINT = intelligence derived from electromagnetic radiations from foreign sources
  2852. ELISA = an assay that relies on an enzymatic conversion reaction and is used to detect the presence of specific substances
  2853. elongation = the act of lengthening something
  2854. elopement = the act of running away with a lover
  2855. eluding = the act of avoiding capture
  2856. elusion = the act of avoiding capture
  2857. emanation = the act of emitting
  2858. emancipation = freeing someone from the control of another
  2859. emasculation = neutering a male animal by removing the testicles
  2860. embalmment = preservation (of a dead body) by treating with balsams and drugs and other chemicals
  2861. embarkation = the act of passengers and crew getting aboard a ship or aircraft
  2862. embarkment = the act of passengers and crew getting aboard a ship or aircraft
  2863. embellishment = the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
  2864. embezzlement = the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
  2865. embodiment = giving concrete form to an abstract concept
  2866. embolectomy = surgical removal of an embolus
  2867. embrace = a close affectionate and protective acceptance / the act of clasping another person in the arms
  2868. embracement = the act of clasping another person in the arms
  2869. embracing = the act of clasping another person in the arms
  2870. embryonic stem-cell research = biological research on stem cells derived from embryos and on their use in medicine
  2871. EMDA = therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues
  2872. emendation = a correction by emending
  2873. emergence = the act of coming (or going) out
  2874. emergency landing = an unscheduled airplane landing that is made under circumstances (engine failure or adverse weather) not under the pilot's control
  2875. emergency procedure = a procedure adopted to meet an emergency
  2876. emersion = the act of emerging
  2877. emesis = the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  2878. emigration = migration from a place
  2879. emirate = the office of an emir
  2880. emission = the act of emitting
  2881. emphasizing = the act of giving special importance or significance to something
  2882. empiricism = medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings / the application of empirical methods in any art or science
  2883. emplacement = the act of putting something in a certain place
  2884. employee-owned business = a commercial enterprise owned by the people who work for it
  2885. employee-owned enterprise = a commercial enterprise owned by the people who work for it
  2886. employment = the occupation for which you are paid / the act of using / the act of giving someone a job
  2887. empowerment = the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
  2888. emptying = the act of removing the contents of something
  2889. emulation = effort to equal or surpass another
  2890. en passant = a chess pawn that is moved two squares can be captured by an opponent's pawn commanding the square that was passed
  2891. enactment = acting the part of a character on stage
  2892. encampment = the act of encamping and living in tents in a camp
  2893. encasement = the act of enclosing something in a case
  2894. encephalography = roentgenography of the brain after spinal fluid has been replaced by a gas
  2895. encirclement = a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
  2896. enclosing = the act of enclosing something inside something else
  2897. enclosure = the act of enclosing something inside something else
  2898. encoding = the activity of converting data or information into code
  2899. encore = an extra or repeated performance
  2900. encounter = a casual meeting with a person or thing / a minor short-term fight
  2901. encouragement = the act of giving hope or support to someone
  2902. encroachment = influencing strongly / entry to another's property without right or permission
  2903. encryption = the activity of converting data or information into code
  2904. enculturation = the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture
  2905. end = a position on the line of scrimmage / the part you are expected to play
  2906. end run = an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
  2907. endarterectomy = surgical removal of the inner lining of an artery that is clogged with atherosclerosis
  2908. endearment = the act of showing affection
  2909. endeavor = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something / a purposeful or industrious undertaking
  2910. endeavour = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something / a purposeful or industrious undertaking
  2911. ending = the act of ending something
  2912. endorsement = the act of endorsing
  2913. endoscopy = visual examination of the interior of a hollow body organ by use of an endoscope
  2914. endowment = the act of endowing with a permanent source of income
  2915. endurance contest = any long and arduous undertaking
  2916. endurance riding = riding for long hours over long distances
  2917. enema = an injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation
  2918. energizing = the activity of causing to have energy and be active
  2919. Energy Secretary = the position of the head of the Department of Energy
  2920. enervation = surgical removal of a nerve
  2921. enfilade = gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
  2922. enfilade fire = gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
  2923. enfolding = the action of enfolding something
  2924. enforcement = the act of enforcing
  2925. enfranchisement = the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on
  2926. engagement = employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time / a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war / the act of giving someone a job / the act of sharing in the activities of a group
  2927. engineering = the practical application of technical and scientific knowledge to commerce or industry
  2928. English Civil War = civil war in England between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists under Charles I
  2929. English Revolution = the revolution against James II
  2930. engorgement = eating ravenously or voraciously to satiation
  2931. engraving = making engraved or etched plates and printing designs from them
  2932. enhancement = an improvement that makes something more agreeable
  2933. Eniwetok = World War II
  2934. enjoyment = act of receiving pleasure from something
  2935. enlargement = the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
  2936. enlisting = the act of getting recruits
  2937. enlistment = the act of enlisting
  2938. ennoblement = the act of raising someone to the nobility
  2939. enormity = an act of extreme wickedness
  2940. enquiry = a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest
  2941. enrichment = act of making fuller or more meaningful or rewarding
  2942. enrollment = the act of enrolling
  2943. enrolment = the act of enrolling
  2944. enslavement = the act of making slaves of your captives
  2945. entail = the act of entailing property
  2946. entering = the act of entering
  2947. enterostomy = surgical operation that creates a permanent opening through the abdominal wall into the intestine
  2948. enterotomy = surgical operation that creates a permanent opening through the abdominal wall into the intestine
  2949. enterprise = a purposeful or industrious undertaking
  2950. entertainment = an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
  2951. enticement = the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire
  2952. entr'acte = a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
  2953. entrance = the act of entering
  2954. entrapment = a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials
  2955. entree = an entrance, especially a theatrical entrance onto a stage or as if onto a stage
  2956. entry = the act of entering / the act of beginning something new
  2957. enucleation = surgical removal of something without cutting into it
  2958. enumeration = the act of counting
  2959. envelopment = the act of enclosing something inside something else
  2960. environmentalism = the activity of protecting the environment from pollution or destruction
  2961. envy = spite and resentment at seeing the success of another
  2962. enzyme-linked-immunosorbent serologic assay = an assay that relies on an enzymatic conversion reaction and is used to detect the presence of specific substances
  2963. epidural injection = injection of an anesthetic substance into the epidural space of the spinal cord in order to produce epidural anesthesia
  2964. epikeratophakia = using a piece of donated corneal tissue to repair the eye of someone who has had a cataract removed
  2965. epilation = the act of removing hair
  2966. episcopate = the office and dignity of a bishop
  2967. episiotomy = surgical incision of the perineum to enlarge the vagina and so facilitate delivery during childbirth
  2968. equal temperament = the division of the scale based on an octave that is divided into twelve exactly equal semitones
  2969. equalisation = the act of making equal or uniform
  2970. equalization = the act of making equal or uniform
  2971. equalizer = a score that makes the match even
  2972. equating = the act of regarding as equal
  2973. equation = the act of regarding as equal
  2974. equestrian sport = a sport that tests horsemanship
  2975. equilibration = stabilization by bringing into equilibrium
  2976. equipping = the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war
  2977. equitation = the sport of sitting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements
  2978. equivocation = falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
  2979. erasure = deletion by an act of expunging or erasing
  2980. erecting = the act of building or putting up
  2981. erection = the act of building or putting up
  2982. ergotropism = an affinity for work
  2983. erotica = creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
  2984. errand = a short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission
  2985. error = a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention / (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
  2986. eructation = a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
  2987. escalade = an act of scaling by the use of ladders
  2988. escalation = an increase to counteract a perceived discrepancy
  2989. escapade = any carefree episode / a wild and exciting undertaking
  2990. escape = the act of escaping physically / a means or way of escaping / an avoidance of danger or difficulty / an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy / nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do
  2991. escape mechanism = a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
  2992. escapism = an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy
  2993. escort = the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them
  2994. ESM = electronic warfare undertaken under direct control of an operational commander to locate sources of radiated electromagnetic energy for the purpose of immediate threat recognition
  2995. espial = the act of detecting something
  2996. espionage = the systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets
  2997. espousal = the act of accepting with approval
  2998. ESR = microwave spectroscopy in which there is resonant absorption of radiation by a paramagnet
  2999. essay = a tentative attempt
  3000. establishment = the act of forming or establishing something
  3001. estimate = a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody
  3002. estimation = a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody
  3003. etching = making engraved or etched plates and printing designs from them
  3004. ethnic cleansing = the mass expulsion and killing of one ethnic or religious group in an area by another ethnic or religious group in that area
  3005. etiolation = the act of causing a plant to develop without chlorophyll by growing it without exposure to sunlight / the act of weakening by stunting the growth or development of something
  3006. Eucharist = a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
  3007. Eucharistic liturgy = a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
  3008. euchre = a card game similar to ecarte
  3009. eupnea = normal relaxed breathing
  3010. eupnoea = normal relaxed breathing
  3011. eurhythmics = the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions
  3012. eurhythmy = the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions
  3013. eurythmics = the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions
  3014. eurythmy = the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions
  3015. euthanasia = the act of killing someone painlessly
  3016. evacuation = the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion
  3017. evaluation = act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of
  3018. evasion = the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver / nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do / the deliberate act of failing to pay money
  3019. evasive action = an action aimed at evading an opponent
  3020. eversion = the act of turning inside out
  3021. everting = the act of turning inside out
  3022. eviction = the expulsion of someone (such as a tenant) from the possession of land by process of law / action by a landlord that compels a tenant to leave the premises
  3023. evil = morally objectionable behavior
  3024. evil eye = a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harm
  3025. evildoing = the act of transgressing
  3026. evisceration = altering something (as a legislative act or a statement) in such a manner as to reduce its value / the act of removing the bowels or viscera
  3027. EW = military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
  3028. exacerbation = action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse / violent and bitter exasperation
  3029. exacta = a bet that you can pick the first and second finishers in the right order
  3030. exaction = act of demanding or levying by force or authority
  3031. exaggeration = the act of making something more noticeable than usual
  3032. exaltation = the elevation of a person
  3033. examination = the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes) / the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned
  3034. example = a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding
  3035. exasperation = actions that cause great irritation
  3036. excavation = the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth / the act of digging
  3037. excess = excessive indulgence
  3038. exchange = the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value / (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop / the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: / reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries) / the act of giving something in return for something received / the act of changing one thing for another thing / (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes
  3039. exchange transfusion = slow removal of a person's blood and its replacement with equal amounts of a donor's blood
  3040. excision = the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence / the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church
  3041. excitation = something that agitates and arouses
  3042. excitement = disturbance usually in protest / something that agitates and arouses
  3043. exclusion = the act of forcing out someone or something
  3044. excommunication = the act of banishing a member of a church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the church
  3045. excruciation = the infliction of extremely painful punishment or suffering
  3046. exculpation = the act of freeing from guilt or blame
  3047. excursion = wandering from the main path of a journey / a journey taken for pleasure
  3048. executing = putting a condemned person to death
  3049. execution = the act of performing; of doing something successfully
  3050. exemption = an act exempting someone
  3051. exenteration = surgical removal of the organs within a body cavity
  3052. exercise = an action, often used negatively and without consequences / the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit / a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding / systematic training by multiple repetitions / the act of using
  3053. exercise set = several exercises intended to be done in series
  3054. exercising = the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit
  3055. exertion = use of physical or mental energy
  3056. exfiltration operation = a clandestine rescue operation to bring a defector or refugee or an operative and family out of danger
  3057. exhalation = the act of expelling air from the lungs
  3058. exhaustion = the act of exhausting something entirely
  3059. exhibit = something shown to the public
  3060. exhibition = the act of exhibiting
  3061. exhibition game = a game whose outcome is not recorded in the season's standing
  3062. exhibitionism = the perverse act of exposing and attracting attention to your own genitals
  3063. exhumation = the act of digging something up out of the ground (especially a corpse) where it has been buried
  3064. exile = the act of expelling a person from their native land
  3065. exit = the act of going out
  3066. exodus = a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
  3067. exoneration = the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.
  3068. expanding upon = adding information or detail
  3069. expansion = the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope / adding information or detail
  3070. expatriation = migration from a place (especially migration from your native country in order to settle in another) / the act of expelling a person from their native land
  3071. expectoration = the act of spitting
  3072. expedient = a means to an end
  3073. expedition = a journey organized for a particular purpose / a journey taken for pleasure / a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
  3074. expending = the act of spending money for goods or services
  3075. expenditure = the act of consuming something / the act of spending money for goods or services
  3076. experiment = the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation / a venture at something new or different
  3077. experimental procedure = the specific techniques used in conducting a particular experiment
  3078. experimentation = the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
  3079. expiation = the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing
  3080. expiration = the act of expelling air from the lungs
  3081. exploit = a notable achievement
  3082. exploitation = an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly) / the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
  3083. exploration = to travel for the purpose of discovery / a careful systematic search
  3084. exploratory survey = exploring in order to gain information
  3085. explosion = the act of exploding or bursting / a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball
  3086. exponentiation = the process of raising a quantity to some assigned power
  3087. exportation = the commercial activity of selling and shipping goods to a foreign country
  3088. exporting = the commercial activity of selling and shipping goods to a foreign country
  3089. exposure = the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience / abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving an infant out in the open) / presentation to view in an open or public manner / the act of exposing film to light
  3090. exposure therapy = a form of behavior therapy in which a survivor confronts feelings or phobias or anxieties about a traumatic event and relives it in the therapy situation
  3091. express = rapid transport of goods
  3092. expressage = rapid transport of goods
  3093. expression = the act of forcing something out by squeezing or pressing
  3094. expropriation = taking out of an owner's hands
  3095. expulsion = the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting / the act of forcing out someone or something / squeezing out by applying pressure
  3096. expunction = deletion by an act of expunging or erasing
  3097. expunging = deletion by an act of expunging or erasing
  3098. expurgation = the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work
  3099. extemporisation = a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
  3100. extemporization = a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
  3101. extension = act of expanding in scope
  3102. extension course = a course offered as part of an extension service
  3103. extension service = an educational opportunity provided by colleges and universities to people who are not enrolled as regular students
  3104. extenuation = to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
  3105. exteriorisation = embodying in an outward form
  3106. exteriorization = embodying in an outward form
  3107. extermination = the act of exterminating
  3108. external respiration = the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation
  3109. externalisation = embodying in an outward form
  3110. externalization = embodying in an outward form
  3111. extinction = the act of extinguishing
  3112. extinguishing = the act of extinguishing
  3113. extirpation = the act of pulling up or out; uprooting
  3114. extortion = the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence) / unjust exaction
  3115. extra point = in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
  3116. extracapsular surgery = cataract surgery in which only the front of the lens is removed
  3117. extraction = the action of taking out something
  3118. extracurricular activity = educational activities not falling within the scope of the regular curriculum
  3119. extradition = the surrender of an accused or convicted person by one state or country to another
  3120. extramarital sex = sexual intercourse between individuals who are not married to one another
  3121. extravagance = excessive spending
  3122. extravaganza = any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment
  3123. extreme unction = a Catholic sacrament
  3124. extrication = the act of releasing from a snarled or tangled condition
  3125. extrinsic fraud = fraud that prevents a party from knowing their rights or from having a fair opportunity of presenting them at trial
  3126. extrusion = squeezing out by applying pressure
  3127. eye blink = a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
  3128. eye contact = contact that occurs when two people look directly at each other
  3129. eye movement = the movement of the eyes
  3130. eye operation = any surgical procedure involving the eyes
  3131. eye surgery = any surgical procedure involving the eyes
  3132. eye-beaming = a radiant glance of the eye
  3133. eye-drop = a method of irrigating the eye used by ophthalmologists
  3134. eyedrop = a method of irrigating the eye used by ophthalmologists
  3135. eyeful = a full view
  3136. fabrication = the deliberate act of deviating from the truth / the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery) / the act of making something (a product) from raw materials / writing in a fictional form
  3137. face lift = a renovation that improves the outward appearance (as of a building) but usually does not involve major changes / plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face
  3138. face lifting = a renovation that improves the outward appearance (as of a building) but usually does not involve major changes / plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face
  3139. face saver = an act that avoids a loss of face
  3140. face saving = an act that avoids a loss of face
  3141. face-off = the method of starting play
  3142. facelift = a renovation that improves the outward appearance (as of a building) but usually does not involve major changes / plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face
  3143. facial = care for the face that usually involves cleansing and massage and the application of cosmetic creams
  3144. facilitation = act of assisting or making easier the progress or improvement of something
  3145. facility = a service that an organization or a piece of equipment offers you / something designed and created to serve a particular function and to afford a particular convenience or service
  3146. facing = providing something with a surface of a different material
  3147. factory farm = a large-scale farming enterprise
  3148. facts of life = the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
  3149. fade = gradually ceasing to be visible / a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer
  3150. failing = failure to reach a minimum required performance
  3151. failure = an unexpected omission / an act that fails
  3152. fair = a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc. / a sale of miscellany
  3153. fair ball = a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
  3154. fair catch = a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
  3155. fair hearing = a hearing that is granted in extraordinary situations where the normal judicial process would be inadequate to secure due process because the person would be harmed or denied their rights before a judicial remedy became available
  3156. fair trade = trade that is conducted legally / trade that satisfies certain criteria on the supply chain of the goods involved, usually including fair payment for producers
  3157. fait accompli = an irreversible accomplishment
  3158. faith = loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person
  3159. faith cure = care provided through prayer and faith in God
  3160. faith healing = care provided through prayer and faith in God
  3161. fake = a deceptive move made by a football player
  3162. fakery = the act of faking
  3163. falanga = a form of torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with whips or cudgels
  3164. fall = the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions) / a sudden drop from an upright position / a lapse into sin
  3165. fallback = to break off a military action with an enemy
  3166. false imprisonment = confinement without legal authority
  3167. false labor = painless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency
  3168. false pretence = an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
  3169. false pretense = an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
  3170. false verdict = a manifestly unjust verdict
  3171. falsehood = the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting
  3172. falsification = the act of determining that something is false / the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting / a willful perversion of facts
  3173. falsifying = the act of determining that something is false
  3174. falter = the act of pausing uncertainly
  3175. faltering = the act of pausing uncertainly
  3176. familiarity = an act of undue intimacy
  3177. family medicine = medical practice that provides health care regardless of age or sex while placing emphasis on the family unit
  3178. family planning = limiting the number of children born
  3179. family practice = medical practice that provides health care regardless of age or sex while placing emphasis on the family unit
  3180. family therapy = any of several therapeutic approaches in which a family is treated as a whole
  3181. fan dance = a solo dance in which large fans are manipulated to suggest or reveal nakedness
  3182. fan tan = a Chinese gambling game
  3183. fandango = a provocative Spanish courtship dance in triple time
  3184. fantan = a card game in which you play your sevens and other cards in sequence in the same suit as the sevens; you win if you are the first to use all your cards / a Chinese gambling game
  3185. farandole = a lively dance from Provence
  3186. fare-stage = a section along the route of a bus for which the fare is the same
  3187. farewell = the act of departing politely
  3188. farming = agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life / the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
  3189. faro = a card game in which players bet against the dealer on the cards he will draw from a dealing box
  3190. fart = a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
  3191. farting = a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
  3192. fartlek = a method of athletic training (especially for runners) in which strenuous effort and normal effort alternate in a continuous exercise
  3193. fashion = characteristic or habitual practice
  3194. fashioning = the act that results in something coming to be
  3195. fast = abstaining from food
  3196. fast break = a rapid dash to get a shot as soon as possible after taking possession of the ball
  3197. fast one = a cunning or deceitful action or device
  3198. fast track = a rapid means of achieving a goal
  3199. fastball = a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
  3200. fastening = the act of fastening things together
  3201. fasting = abstaining from food
  3202. Fat Tuesday = a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans
  3203. fatherhood = the status of a father / the status of a religious leader
  3204. fatigue = labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers
  3205. fatigue duty = labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers
  3206. fatism = discrimination against people who are overweight
  3207. fattism = discrimination against people who are overweight
  3208. fatwa = a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority
  3209. fault = a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention / (sports) a serve that is illegal
  3210. faux pas = a socially awkward or tactless act
  3211. favor = an act of gracious kindness
  3212. favoritism = unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
  3213. favour = an act of gracious kindness
  3214. favouritism = unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
  3215. feasting = eating an elaborate meal
  3216. feat = a notable achievement
  3217. feather = turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
  3218. featherbedding = the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
  3219. feathering = turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls
  3220. February Revolution = the revolution against the czarist government which led to the abdication of Nicholas II and the creation of a provisional government in March 1917
  3221. federalisation = the act of being put under federal control
  3222. federalization = the act of being put under federal control
  3223. federation = the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs
  3224. fee splitting = payment (usually by doctors or lawyers) of part of the fee in return for the referral
  3225. feeding = the act of consuming food / the act of supplying food and nourishment
  3226. feel = manual stimulation of the genital area for sexual pleasure
  3227. feigning = the act of giving a false appearance
  3228. feint = any distracting or deceptive maneuver
  3229. fell = the act of felling something
  3230. fellatio = oral stimulation of the penis
  3231. fellation = oral stimulation of the penis
  3232. felo-de-se = an act of deliberate self destruction
  3233. felony = a serious crime
  3234. female circumcision = excision of the clitoris
  3235. feminism = the movement aimed at equal rights for women
  3236. feminist movement = the movement aimed at equal rights for women
  3237. fencing = the art or sport of fighting with swords
  3238. fenestration = surgical procedure that creates a new fenestra to the cochlea in order to restore hearing lost because of osteosclerosis
  3239. Fere phenomenon = a change in the electrical properties of the skin in response to stress or anxiety
  3240. feria = a local festival or fair, usually in honor of some patron saint
  3241. ferry = transport by boat or aircraft
  3242. ferrying = transport by boat or aircraft
  3243. festival = an organized series of acts and performances
  3244. festivity = any joyous diversion
  3245. fetal movement = motion of a fetus within the uterus
  3246. fetch = the action of fetching
  3247. fete = an organized series of acts and performances
  3248. fetich = excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
  3249. fetichism = sexual arousal or gratification resulting from handling a fetish
  3250. feticide = the act of destroying a fetus
  3251. fetish = excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
  3252. fetishism = sexual arousal or gratification resulting from handling a fetish
  3253. fetometry = measurement of a fetus
  3254. fetoscopy = prenatal diagnosis that allows direct observation of a fetus in the uterus and the withdrawal of fetal blood
  3255. feud = a bitter quarrel between two parties
  3256. feudal lordship = the position and authority of a feudal lord
  3257. fibbing = a trivial act of lying or being deliberately unclear
  3258. fibrillation = act or process of forming fibrils
  3259. fictionalisation = writing in a fictional form
  3260. fictionalization = writing in a fictional form
  3261. fiduciary duty = the legal duty of a fiduciary to act in the best interests of the beneficiary
  3262. field = a particular kind of commercial enterprise
  3263. field game = an outdoor game played on a field of specified dimensions
  3264. field general = the position of the football player in the backfield who directs the offensive play of his team
  3265. field goal = a score in American football
  3266. field hockey = a game resembling ice hockey that is played on an open field
  3267. field of operation = a particular kind of commercial enterprise
  3268. field press censorship = security review of news (including all information or material intended for dissemination to the public) subject to the jurisdiction of the armed forces
  3269. field sport = a sport that is played outdoors
  3270. field trial = a test of young hunting dogs to determine their skill in pointing and retrieving
  3271. field trip = a group excursion (to a museum or the woods or some historic place) for firsthand examination
  3272. field work = an investigation carried out in the field rather than in a laboratory or headquarters
  3273. fielder's choice = a play made on a ground ball in which the fielder chooses to put out an advancing runner instead of the batter
  3274. fielding = handling the ball while playing in the field
  3275. FIFO = inventory accounting in which the oldest items (those first acquired) are assumed to be the first sold
  3276. Fifth Crusade = a Crusade under papal control from 1218 to 1221 that achieved military victories but failed when dissension arose over accepting the terms they had been offered
  3277. fight = a boxing or wrestling match / a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war / the act of fighting
  3278. fighting = the act of fighting
  3279. figuration = decorating with a design / representing figuratively as by emblem or allegory
  3280. figure = a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating
  3281. figure eight = a skating figure that carves an 8 in the ice
  3282. figure skating = ice skating where the skates trace outlines of selected figures
  3283. filial duty = duty of a child to its parents
  3284. filibuster = a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches
  3285. filicide = the murder of your own son or daughter
  3286. filing = preservation and methodical arrangement as of documents and papers etc. / the act of using a file
  3287. filling = the act of filling something
  3288. film editing = the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film
  3289. film festival = a cinematic festival that features films
  3290. film making = the production of movies
  3291. filming = the act of making a film
  3292. filtration = the act of changing a fluid by passing it through a filter
  3293. filtration surgery = eye surgery that opens a passage allowing excess aqueous humor to drain into surrounding tissues
  3294. final decision = a judgment disposing of the case before the court
  3295. final judgment = a judgment disposing of the case before the court
  3296. final solution = the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945
  3297. finale = the concluding part of any performance
  3298. finalisation = the act of finalizing
  3299. finalization = the act of finalizing
  3300. finance = the commercial activity of providing funds and capital / the management of money and credit and banking and investments
  3301. financial audit = an attestation that the client's financial statement is accurate
  3302. financing = the act of financing
  3303. find = the act of discovering something
  3304. finding = the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation / the decision of a court on issues of fact or law
  3305. finding of fact = the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to it for decision
  3306. finding of law = a finding as to the applicability of a rule of law to particular facts
  3307. fine-tooth comb = a method of examining in minute detail
  3308. fine-toothed comb = a method of examining in minute detail
  3309. finger-painting = painting by using the fingers to spread the paint
  3310. finger-roll = a basketball shot that rolls off the tips of the fingers into the basket
  3311. fingering = touching something with the fingers / the placement of the fingers for playing different notes (or sequences of notes) on a musical instrument
  3312. fingerprinting = the procedure of taking inked impressions of a person's fingerprints for the purpose of identification
  3313. finis = the concluding part of any performance
  3314. finish = the act of finishing
  3315. finishing = the act of finishing
  3316. fire = the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  3317. fire control = preparation for the delivery of shellfire on a target
  3318. fire drill = an exercise intended to train people in duties and escape procedures to be followed in case of fire
  3319. fire sale = a sale of merchandise supposedly damaged by fire / a sale of assets at very low prices typically when the seller faces bankruptcy
  3320. fire watching = watching for fires started by bombs that dropped from the sky
  3321. fire-raising = malicious burning to destroy property
  3322. fire-worship = the worship of fire
  3323. fireman = play in which children pretend to put out a fire
  3324. fireman's carry = the act of carrying a person over your shoulder
  3325. firewall = the application of maximum thrust
  3326. firing = the act of discharging a gun / the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) / the act of setting something on fire / the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  3327. firing off = the act of discharging a gun
  3328. first = the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield
  3329. first aid = emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained
  3330. first appearance = the act of beginning something new
  3331. first base = the initial stage in accomplishing something / the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield
  3332. first battle of Ypres = battle in World War I
  3333. First Crusade = a Crusade from 1096 to 1099
  3334. first in first out = inventory accounting in which the oldest items (those first acquired) are assumed to be the first sold
  3335. first step = the first of a series of actions
  3336. first strike = the initial use of nuclear weapons to attack a country that also has nuclear weapons
  3337. First World War = a war between the allies (Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria) from 1914 to 1918
  3338. fish-worship = the worship of fish
  3339. fishing = the act of someone who fishes as a diversion / the occupation of catching fish for a living
  3340. fistfight = a fight with bare fists
  3341. fisticuffs = fighting with the fists / a fight with bare fists
  3342. fit = a sudden flurry of activity
  3343. fits and starts = repeated bursts of activity
  3344. fitting = putting clothes on to see whether they fit
  3345. five hundred = a card game similar to ecarte
  3346. five-hitter = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 5 hits
  3347. fives = a game resembling handball
  3348. fix = a determination of the place where something is / an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear / the act of putting something in working order again / something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug
  3349. fixation = the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body / the activity of fastening something firmly in position
  3350. fixed intonation = the intonation of keyboard instruments where the pitch of each note is fixed and cannot be varied by the performer
  3351. fixing = the act of putting something in working order again / (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body / the sterilization of an animal
  3352. fixture = the act of putting something in working order again
  3353. flagellation = beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment / beating as a source of erotic or religious stimulation
  3354. flamenco = a style of dancing characteristic of the Andalusian Gypsies
  3355. flare = a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield / a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines
  3356. flare pass = a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines
  3357. flash butt welding = butt welding by creating an electric arc between the two pieces which melts and joins them
  3358. flash welding = butt welding by creating an electric arc between the two pieces which melts and joins them
  3359. flatus = a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
  3360. flex = the act of flexing
  3361. flexible sigmoidoscopy = visual examination (with a sigmoidoscope) of the lower third of the colon in a search for polyps
  3362. flexion = act of bending a joint
  3363. flexure = act of bending a joint
  3364. flicker = the act of moving back and forth
  3365. flight = the act of escaping physically / a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports / an instance of traveling by air
  3366. flight control = control from ground stations of airplanes in flight by means of messages transmitted to the pilot electronically
  3367. flight maneuver = a maneuver executed by an aircraft
  3368. flimflam = a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  3369. flinch = a reflex response to sudden pain
  3370. fling = the act of flinging / a brief indulgence of your impulses / a usually brief attempt
  3371. flip = the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team / an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return / a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water / the act of flipping a coin / a sudden, quick movement
  3372. flip-flop = a backward somersault
  3373. flirt = playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
  3374. flirtation = playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
  3375. flirting = playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
  3376. flit = a secret move (to avoid paying debts) / a sudden quick movement
  3377. floatation = financing a commercial enterprise by bond or stock shares
  3378. floating = the act of someone who floats on the water
  3379. Flodden = a battle in 1513
  3380. flogging = beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
  3381. flood = a large flow / the act of flooding
  3382. flood control = the art or technique of trying to control rivers with dams etc in order to minimize the occurrence of floods
  3383. flooding = a technique used in behavior therapy
  3384. floor show = a series of acts at a night club
  3385. floorshow = a series of acts at a night club
  3386. flop = the act of throwing yourself down
  3387. floriculture = the cultivation of flowering plants
  3388. flotation = financing a commercial enterprise by bond or stock shares
  3389. flounce = the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions
  3390. flow = the act of flowing or streaming
  3391. flowage = the act of flooding
  3392. flower gardening = the cultivation of flowering plants
  3393. flub = an embarrassing mistake
  3394. fluff = a blunder
  3395. flunk = failure to reach a minimum required performance
  3396. fluorescence microscopy = light microscopy in which the specimen is irradiated at wavelengths that excite fluorochromes
  3397. fluoridation = the addition of a fluoride to the water supply
  3398. fluoridisation = the addition of a fluoride to the water supply
  3399. fluoridization = the addition of a fluoride to the water supply
  3400. fluoroscopy = examination of body structures using a fluoroscope
  3401. flurry = a rapid active commotion
  3402. flush = sudden reddening of the face
  3403. flutter = the act of moving back and forth
  3404. flutter kick = a swimming kick
  3405. flux = in constant change
  3406. fly = a hit that flies up in the air
  3407. fly ball = a hit that flies up in the air
  3408. fly casting = casting an artificial fly as a lure
  3409. fly-by = a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
  3410. fly-fishing = angling with an artificial fly as a lure
  3411. flying = an instance of traveling by air
  3412. flying colors = complete success
  3413. flying colours = complete success
  3414. flying mare = a wrestling maneuver
  3415. flying visit = a visit that last for only a very short time
  3416. flyover = a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
  3417. flypast = a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
  3418. fMRI = a form of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain that registers blood flow to functioning areas of the brain
  3419. focalisation = the act of bringing into focus
  3420. focalization = the act of bringing into focus
  3421. focusing = the act of bringing into focus
  3422. foetal movement = motion of a fetus within the uterus
  3423. foetometry = measurement of a fetus
  3424. foetoscopy = prenatal diagnosis that allows direct observation of a fetus in the uterus and the withdrawal of fetal blood
  3425. foiling = an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts
  3426. fold = the act of folding
  3427. folding = the act of folding
  3428. foliation = the work of coating glass with metal foil / the production of foil by cutting or beating metal into thin leaves
  3429. folk dance = a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people
  3430. folk dancing = a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people
  3431. follow-on = an immediate second innings forced on a cricket team scoring a prescribed number of runs fewer than its opponents in the first innings
  3432. follow-through = carrying some project or intention to full completion / the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion
  3433. follow-up = a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment / an activity that continues something that has already begun or that repeats something that has already been done
  3434. following = the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
  3435. followup = a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment / an activity that continues something that has already begun or that repeats something that has already been done
  3436. folly = foolish or senseless behavior / a stupid mistake
  3437. fomentation = deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord) / application of warm wet coverings to a part of the body to relieve pain and inflammation
  3438. fondling = affectionate play
  3439. Fontenoy = a battle in 1745 in which the French army under Marshal Saxe defeated the English army and their allies under the duke of Cumberland
  3440. fool's errand = a fruitless mission
  3441. foolery = foolish or senseless behavior
  3442. foolishness = a stupid mistake
  3443. foot = travel by walking
  3444. football = any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
  3445. football game = any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
  3446. football play = a play by the offensive team
  3447. football score = the score in a football game
  3448. footfault = a fault that occurs when the server in tennis fails to keep both feet behind the baseline
  3449. foothold = an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
  3450. footstep = the act of taking a step in walking
  3451. footwork = skillful maneuvering or dealing / the manner of using the feet
  3452. forage = the act of searching for food and provisions
  3453. foraging = the act of searching for food and provisions
  3454. foray = an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence) / a sudden short attack
  3455. forbearance = a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges
  3456. forbiddance = the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding
  3457. force = a putout of a base runner who is required to run
  3458. force out = a putout of a base runner who is required to run
  3459. force play = a putout of a base runner who is required to run
  3460. force-out = a putout of a base runner who is required to run
  3461. forced feeding = feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat
  3462. forced landing = an unscheduled airplane landing that is made under circumstances (engine failure or adverse weather) not under the pilot's control
  3463. forceps delivery = delivery in which forceps are inserted through the vagina and used to grasp the head of the fetus and pull it through the birth canal
  3464. forcing out = the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting
  3465. ford = the act of crossing a stream or river by wading or in a car or on a horse
  3466. fording = the act of crossing a stream or river by wading or in a car or on a horse
  3467. foreclosure = the legal proceedings initiated by a creditor to repossess the collateral for loan that is in default
  3468. forehand = a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  3469. forehand drive = hard straight return made on the forehand side
  3470. forehand shot = a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  3471. forehand stroke = a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  3472. foreign direct investment = a joint venture between a foreign company and a United States company / investing in United States businesses by foreign citizens
  3473. foremanship = the position of foreman
  3474. forensics = scientific tests or techniques used in the investigation of crimes
  3475. foreplay = mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
  3476. forestalling = the act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively
  3477. forfeit = the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
  3478. forfeiture = the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
  3479. forgery = criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud
  3480. forging = shaping metal by heating and hammering
  3481. forgiveness = the act of excusing a mistake or offense
  3482. forgoing = the act of renouncing
  3483. fork = the act of branching out or dividing into branches
  3484. forking = the act of branching out or dividing into branches
  3485. forlorn hope = a hopeless or desperate enterprise
  3486. formalisation = the act of making formal
  3487. formalism = the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
  3488. formality = compliance with formal rules
  3489. formalization = the act of making formal
  3490. formation = the act of forming or establishing something / the act of fabricating something in a particular shape / creation by mental activity
  3491. formulation = inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally
  3492. fornication = extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations / voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other
  3493. forsaking = the act of giving something up / the act of forsaking
  3494. forswearing = the act of renouncing
  3495. Fort Ticonderoga = a pitched battle in which American revolutionary troops captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775
  3496. fortification = the addition of an ingredient for the purpose of enrichment
  3497. forty winks = sleeping for a short period of time
  3498. forward = a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
  3499. forward motion = the act of moving forward
  3500. forward pass = a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer
  3501. forwarding = the act of sending on to another destination / the advancement of some enterprise
  3502. Fosbury flop = jumping over the bar backwards and head first
  3503. fossilisation = becoming inflexible or out of date
  3504. fossilization = becoming inflexible or out of date
  3505. foster care = supervised care for delinquent or neglected children usually in an institution or substitute home
  3506. fosterage = helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
  3507. fostering = helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
  3508. foul = an act that violates the rules of a sport
  3509. foul ball = a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
  3510. foul play = unfair or dishonest behavior
  3511. foul shot = an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line
  3512. foul-up = an embarrassing mistake
  3513. foundation = the act of starting something for the first time
  3514. founding = the act of starting something for the first time
  3515. four flush = the act of bluffing in poker
  3516. four-card monte = a gambling card game of Spanish origin
  3517. four-hitter = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits
  3518. Fourth Crusade = a Crusade from 1202 to 1204 that was diverted into a battle for Constantinople and failed to recapture Jerusalem
  3519. fox hunting = mounted hunters follow hounds in pursuit of a fox
  3520. fox-trot = a ballroom dance in quadruple time
  3521. foxhunt = mounted hunters follow hounds in pursuit of a fox
  3522. foxtrot = a ballroom dance in quadruple time
  3523. fractionation = separation into portions
  3524. fracture = the act of cracking something
  3525. fragmentation = separating something into fine particles
  3526. frame = one of the ten divisions into which bowling is divided
  3527. frame-up = an act that incriminates someone on a false charge
  3528. framing = formulation of the plans and important details
  3529. Franco-Prussian War = a war between France and Prussia that ended the Second Empire in France and led to the founding of modern Germany
  3530. frank breech = position of a fetus in which the buttocks are present at the maternal pelvic outlet
  3531. frank breech delivery = position of a fetus in which the buttocks are present at the maternal pelvic outlet
  3532. fraternisation = associating with others in a brotherly or friendly way
  3533. fraternization = associating with others in a brotherly or friendly way
  3534. fratricide = the murder of your sibling / fire that injures or kills an ally
  3535. fraud = something intended to deceive
  3536. fraud in fact = actual deceit
  3537. fraud in law = fraud that is presumed from the circumstances although the one who commits it need not have had any evil intent
  3538. fraud in the factum = fraud that arises from a disparity between the instrument intended to be executed and the instrument actually executed
  3539. fraud in the inducement = fraud which intentionally causes a person to execute an instrument or make an agreement or render a judgment
  3540. fraudulence = something intended to deceive
  3541. fraudulent scheme = an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
  3542. fray = a noisy fight
  3543. Fredericksburg = an important battle in the American Civil War
  3544. free kick = a place kick that is allowed for a foul or infringement by the other team
  3545. free love = sexual intercourse between individuals who are not married to one another
  3546. free pardon = the formal act of liberating someone
  3547. free throw = an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line
  3548. free time = time that is free from duties or responsibilities
  3549. free trade = international trade free of government interference
  3550. free-for-all = a noisy fight in a crowd
  3551. freeing = the act of liberating someone or something
  3552. freeze = fixing (of prices or wages etc) at a particular level / an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement
  3553. freight = transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates
  3554. freightage = transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates
  3555. French and Indian War = a war in North America between France and Britain
  3556. French kiss = an openmouthed kiss in which your tongue is inserted into the other's mouth
  3557. French leave = an abrupt and unannounced departure
  3558. French lesson = instruction in the French language
  3559. French Revolution = the revolution in France against the Bourbons
  3560. fresco = a durable method of painting on a wall by using watercolors on wet plaster
  3561. Freudian slip = a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals
  3562. friction = effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
  3563. friendly fire = fire that injures or kills an ally
  3564. friendly takeover = a takeover that is welcomed by the management of the target company
  3565. frightening = the act of inspiring with fear
  3566. frisk = the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs
  3567. frisking = the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs
  3568. frivolity = acting like a clown or buffoon
  3569. frog kick = a swimming kick
  3570. frolic = gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  3571. front crawl = a swimming stroke
  3572. front-porch campaign = a campaign in which the candidate makes speeches but does not travel
  3573. front-porch campaigning = a campaign in which the candidate makes speeches but does not travel
  3574. frontal lobotomy = surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain
  3575. frottage = masturbation by rubbing against another person
  3576. fruition = something that is made real or concrete
  3577. frustration = an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts
  3578. frying = cooking in fat or oil in a pan or griddle
  3579. fuck = slang for sexual intercourse
  3580. fucking = slang for sexual intercourse
  3581. fuckup = an embarrassing mistake
  3582. fueling = the activity of supplying or taking on fuel
  3583. fulfillment = the act of consummating something
  3584. fulfilment = the act of consummating something
  3585. full gainer = a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward to complete a full backward somersault and enters the water feet first and facing away from the diving board
  3586. full nelson = a wrestling hold in which the holder puts both arms under the opponent's arms and exerts pressure on the back of the neck
  3587. fullback = an offensive position in the backfield
  3588. fulmination = the act of exploding with noise and violence
  3589. fumble = dropping the ball
  3590. fumigation = the application of a gas or smoke to something for the purpose of disinfecting it
  3591. fun = activities that are enjoyable or amusing / violent and excited activity
  3592. funambulism = walking on a tightrope or slack rope
  3593. function = the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
  3594. functional magnetic resonance imaging = a form of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain that registers blood flow to functioning areas of the brain
  3595. fund-raising campaign = a campaign to raise money for some cause
  3596. fund-raising drive = a campaign to raise money for some cause
  3597. fund-raising effort = a campaign to raise money for some cause
  3598. fundamental analysis = the use of fundamentals as an investment strategy
  3599. fundamentals analysis = the use of fundamentals as an investment strategy
  3600. funding = the act of financing
  3601. funfair = a traveling show
  3602. furnishing = the act of providing a house or room with furniture and other removable items such as shelves, carpets, appliances, etc.
  3603. furor = a sudden outburst
  3604. furore = a sudden outburst
  3605. furtherance = the advancement of some enterprise
  3606. fusillade = rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
  3607. fusion = the act of fusing (or melting) together / correction of an unstable part of the spine by joining two or more vertebrae
  3608. fusion cooking = cooking that combines ingredients and techniques and seasonings from different cuisines
  3609. fuss = a rapid active commotion
  3610. G-Jo = treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body
  3611. gaffe = a socially awkward or tactless act
  3612. gag reflex = normal reflex consisting of retching
  3613. gainer = a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward to complete a full backward somersault and enters the water feet first and facing away from the diving board
  3614. gaining control = the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
  3615. gait = a person's manner of walking / a horse's manner of moving
  3616. gala = a gay festivity
  3617. gala affair = a gay festivity
  3618. gallantry = polite attentiveness to women
  3619. gallop = a fast gait of a horse
  3620. galvanic skin response = a change in the electrical properties of the skin in response to stress or anxiety
  3621. galvanisation = either the work of covering with metal by the use of a galvanic current or the coating of iron with zinc to protect it from rusting / stimulation that arouses a person to lively action
  3622. galvanism = the therapeutic application of electricity to the body
  3623. galvanization = either the work of covering with metal by the use of a galvanic current or the coating of iron with zinc to protect it from rusting / stimulation that arouses a person to lively action
  3624. gambit = a chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position / a maneuver in a game or conversation
  3625. gamble = a risky act or venture
  3626. gambling = the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning
  3627. gambling game = a game that involves gambling
  3628. gambol = gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  3629. game = an amusement or pastime / a contest with rules to determine a winner / a single play of a sport or other contest / frivolous or trifling behavior / your occupation or line of work
  3630. game of chance = a game that involves gambling
  3631. gaming = the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning
  3632. gang fight = a fight between rival gangs of adolescents
  3633. gantlet = a form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim
  3634. gaolbreak = an escape from jail
  3635. gap = an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
  3636. gape = a stare of amazement
  3637. garage sale = an outdoor sale of used personal or household items held on the seller's premises
  3638. garbage collection = the collection and removal of garbage
  3639. garbage pickup = the collection and removal of garbage
  3640. gardening = the cultivation of plants
  3641. gash = a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument
  3642. gasp = a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
  3643. gassing = the deliberate act of poisoning some person or animal with gas
  3644. gastrectomy = surgical removal of all or part of the stomach
  3645. gastric lavage = washing out the stomach with sterile water or a saltwater solution
  3646. gastroenterostomy = surgical creation of an opening between the stomach wall and the small intestines
  3647. gastrogavage = feeding a nutrient solution into the stomach through a tube through a surgically created opening
  3648. gastromy = surgical incision into the stomach
  3649. gastronomy = the art and practice of choosing and preparing and eating good food
  3650. gastroscopy = visual examination of the stomach by means of a gastroscope inserted through the esophagus
  3651. gastrostomy = surgical creation of an opening through the abdominal wall into the stomach
  3652. gather = the act of gathering something
  3653. gathering = the act of gathering something / the social act of assembling
  3654. gaucherie = a socially awkward or tactless act
  3655. gauntlet = a form of punishment in which a person is forced to run between two lines of men facing each other and armed with clubs or whips to beat the victim
  3656. gavage = feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat
  3657. gavotte = an old formal French dance in quadruple time
  3658. gay lib = the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression
  3659. gay liberation movement = the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression
  3660. gayness = a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
  3661. gaze = a long fixed look
  3662. GCA = aircraft landing in bad weather in which the pilot is talked down by ground control using precision approach radar
  3663. gemination = the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something
  3664. gender role = the overt expression of attitudes that indicate to others the degree of your maleness or femaleness
  3665. general election = a national or state election
  3666. general verdict = an ordinary verdict declaring which party prevails without any special findings of fact
  3667. generalcy = the office and authority of a general
  3668. generalship = the office and authority of a general
  3669. generation = the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production / the production of heat or electricity
  3670. generosity = acting generously
  3671. genetic fingerprinting = the procedure of analyzing the DNA in samples of a person's body tissue or body fluid for the purpose of identification
  3672. genetic profiling = the procedure of analyzing the DNA in samples of a person's body tissue or body fluid for the purpose of identification
  3673. genetic screening = analyzing a group of people to determine genetic susceptibility to a particular disease
  3674. genital torture = blunt or penetrating trauma or rape
  3675. genocide = systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
  3676. gentrification = the restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class
  3677. geographic expedition = to travel for the purpose of discovery
  3678. geological dating = use of chemical analysis to estimate the age of geological specimens
  3679. geophagia = eating earth, clay, chalk
  3680. geophagy = eating earth, clay, chalk
  3681. geotropism = an orienting response to gravity
  3682. germ warfare = the use of harmful bacteria as a weapon
  3683. German lesson = instruction in the German language
  3684. Germanism = a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens
  3685. gerrymander = an act of gerrymandering
  3686. gesture = motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling / something done as an indication of intention
  3687. get = a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent
  3688. getaway = a rapid escape
  3689. getting = the act of acquiring something
  3690. getting even = a reciprocal group action
  3691. Gettysburg = a battle of the American Civil War
  3692. ghost dance = a religious dance of Native Americans looking for communication with the dead
  3693. gift = the act of giving
  3694. gig = a booking for musicians
  3695. gimmick = any clever maneuver
  3696. gin = a form of rummy in which a player can go out if the cards remaining in their hand total less than 10 points
  3697. gin rummy = a form of rummy in which a player can go out if the cards remaining in their hand total less than 10 points
  3698. gip = an act of swindling or cheating
  3699. give-and-go = a basketball maneuver
  3700. give-and-take = mutual interaction
  3701. giving = disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return / the act of giving
  3702. giving medication = the act of administering medication
  3703. giving up = the act of forsaking
  3704. glamorisation = the act of glamorizing
  3705. glamorization = the act of glamorizing
  3706. glamourisation = the act of glamorizing
  3707. glamourization = the act of glamorizing
  3708. glance = a quick look
  3709. glare = an angry stare
  3710. glide = the activity of flying a glider / the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
  3711. gliding = the activity of flying a glider
  3712. glimpse = a quick look
  3713. glissade = a gliding or sliding step in ballet
  3714. glorification = the act of glorifying (as in worship) / a portrayal of something as ideal
  3715. Glorious Revolution = the revolution against James II
  3716. glower = an angry stare
  3717. gluttony = eating to excess
  3718. glyptography = carving or engraving
  3719. go = a board game for two players who place counters on a grid
  3720. Go Fish = a card game for two players who try to assemble books of cards by asking the opponent for particular cards
  3721. go game = a board game for two players who place counters on a grid
  3722. go-around = an approach that fails and gives way to another attempt
  3723. go-slow = a form of protest by workers in which they deliberately slow down in order to cause problem from their employers
  3724. goal = a successful attempt at scoring
  3725. goal-kick = a kick by the defending side after the attacking side sends the ball over the goal-line / (rugby) an attempt to kick a goal
  3726. goalie = the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring
  3727. goalkeeper = the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring
  3728. goaltender = the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring
  3729. going = the act of departing / advancing toward a goal
  3730. going ashore = debarkation from a boat or ship
  3731. going away = the act of departing
  3732. going to Jerusalem = a child's game in which players march to music around a group of chairs that contains one chair less than the number of players; when the music abruptly stops the players scramble to sit and the player who does not find a chair is eliminated
  3733. going-out-of-business sale = a sale of all the tangible assets of a business that is about to close
  3734. going-over = a careful and thorough inspection
  3735. gold rush = a large migration of people to a newly discovered gold field
  3736. goldbrick = anything that is supposed to be valuable but turns out to be worthless
  3737. goldbricking = the evasion of work or duty
  3738. golden parachute = giving top executives lucrative benefits that must be paid by the acquirer if they are discharged after a takeover
  3739. golf = a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes
  3740. golf game = a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes
  3741. golf lesson = a lesson in playing golf
  3742. golf shot = the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
  3743. golf stroke = the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
  3744. golfing = playing golf
  3745. gonioscopy = an examination of the front part of the eye to check the angle where the iris meets the cornea
  3746. good turn = a favor for someone
  3747. goofing off = the evasion of work or duty
  3748. googly = a cricket ball bowled as if to break one way that actually breaks in the opposite way
  3749. goose bump = reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
  3750. goose pimple = reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
  3751. goose skin = reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
  3752. goose step = a manner of marching with legs straight and swinging high
  3753. goosebump = reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
  3754. gooseflesh = reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
  3755. gore = the shedding of blood resulting in murder
  3756. gouge = the act of gouging
  3757. governance = the act of governing
  3758. governing = the act of governing
  3759. government = the act of governing
  3760. government activity = the act of governing
  3761. governorship = the office of governor
  3762. grab = the act of catching an object with the hands
  3763. gradation = the act of arranging in grades
  3764. grading = evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score / changing the ground level to a smooth horizontal or gently sloping surface / the act of arranging in a graduated series
  3765. graduation = the successful completion of a program of study / the act of arranging in grades
  3766. graft = the act of grafting something onto something else / the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage
  3767. grafting = the act of grafting something onto something else
  3768. Gram method = a staining technique used to classify bacteria; bacteria are stained with gentian violet and then treated with Gram's solution
  3769. Gram stain = a staining technique used to classify bacteria; bacteria are stained with gentian violet and then treated with Gram's solution
  3770. Gram's method = a staining technique used to classify bacteria; bacteria are stained with gentian violet and then treated with Gram's solution
  3771. Gram's procedure = a staining technique used to classify bacteria; bacteria are stained with gentian violet and then treated with Gram's solution
  3772. Gram's stain = a staining technique used to classify bacteria; bacteria are stained with gentian violet and then treated with Gram's solution
  3773. grammatolatry = the worship of words
  3774. grand circle = a gymnastic exercise performed on the horizontal bar by swinging around it with the body fully extended
  3775. grand larceny = larceny of property having a value greater than some amount
  3776. grand theft = larceny of property having a value greater than some amount
  3777. grand tour = a sightseeing tour of a building or institution / an extended cultural tour of Europe taken by wealthy young Englishmen (especially in the 18th century) as part of their education
  3778. Granicus = the battle in which Alexander won his first major victory against the Persians
  3779. grant = the act of providing a subsidy
  3780. grant-in-aid = a grant from a central government to a local government
  3781. granting immunity = an act exempting someone
  3782. granulation = the act of forming something into granules or grains
  3783. grapple = the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
  3784. grappling = the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down / the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
  3785. grasp = the act of grasping
  3786. grasping = the act of gripping something firmly with the hands
  3787. gratification = the act or an instance of satisfying
  3788. gravimetric analysis = quantitative analysis by weight
  3789. gravimetry = the measurement of specific gravity
  3790. gravure = the act of intaglio printing
  3791. gray market = an unofficial market in which goods are bought and sold at prices lower than the official price set by a regulatory agency
  3792. graze = the act of grazing
  3793. grazing = the act of brushing against while passing / the act of grazing
  3794. grazing fire = fire approximately parallel to the ground
  3795. great care = more attention and consideration than is normally bestowed by prudent persons
  3796. Great Revolt = a widespread rebellion in 1381 against poll taxes and other inequities that oppressed the poorer people of England
  3797. Great War = a war between the allies (Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria) from 1914 to 1918
  3798. Greco-Roman wrestling = a style of wrestling where the wrestlers are forbidden to tackle or trip or use holds below the waist
  3799. greed = reprehensible acquisitiveness
  3800. greenmail = the practice of purchasing enough shares in a firm to threaten a takeover and thereby forcing the owners to buy those shares back at a premium in order to stay in business
  3801. grey market = an unofficial market in which goods are bought and sold at prices lower than the official price set by a regulatory agency
  3802. greyhound racing = the sport of racing greyhounds
  3803. grilling = cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat
  3804. grind = the act of grinding to a powder or dust / hard monotonous routine work
  3805. grip = the act of grasping
  3806. grooming = the activity of getting dressed
  3807. groove = a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape
  3808. grooving = the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm
  3809. grope = the act of groping
  3810. ground attack = an attack by ground troops
  3811. ground ball = a hit that travels along the ground
  3812. ground stroke = a tennis return made by hitting the ball after it has bounced once
  3813. ground-controlled approach = aircraft landing in bad weather in which the pilot is talked down by ground control using precision approach radar
  3814. groundball = a hit that travels along the ground
  3815. groundbreaking = the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project
  3816. groundbreaking ceremony = the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project
  3817. grounder = a hit that travels along the ground
  3818. grounding = fastening electrical equipment to earth
  3819. groundwork = preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation
  3820. group action = action taken by a group of people
  3821. group participation = participation by all members of a group
  3822. group practice = the practice of medicine by a group of physicians who share their premises and other resources
  3823. group psychotherapy = psychotherapy in which a small group of individuals meet with a therapist
  3824. group therapy = psychotherapy in which a small group of individuals meet with a therapist
  3825. grouping = the activity of putting things together in groups
  3826. GSR = a change in the electrical properties of the skin in response to stress or anxiety
  3827. Guadalcanal = a battle in World War II in the Pacific
  3828. guard = a position on a basketball team / (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage / the duty of serving as a sentry / a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.
  3829. guard duty = the duty of serving as a sentry
  3830. guardianship = the responsibility of a guardian or keeper / attention and management implying responsibility for safety
  3831. guerrilla theater = dramatization of a social issue
  3832. guessing game = a game in which participants compete to identify some obscurely indicated thing
  3833. guidance = the act of setting and holding a course / the act of guiding or showing the way
  3834. guile = the use of tricks to deceive someone
  3835. gula = eating to excess
  3836. Gulf War = a dispute over control of the waterway between Iraq and Iran broke out into open fighting in 1980 and continued until 1988, when they accepted a UN cease-fire resolution / a war fought between Iraq and a coalition led by the United States that freed Kuwait from Iraqi invaders
  3837. gulp = a large and hurried swallow / a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing
  3838. gulping = a spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing / the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidly
  3839. gumming = ineffectual chewing
  3840. gun = the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies
  3841. gun control = efforts to regulate or control sales of guns
  3842. gunfight = a fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frighten
  3843. gunfire = the act of shooting a gun
  3844. gunplay = a fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frighten
  3845. gunrunning = the smuggling of guns and ammunition into a country secretly and illegally
  3846. gunshot = the act of shooting a gun
  3847. guzzling = the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidly
  3848. gymnastic exercise = a sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility / (gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance
  3849. gymnastics = a sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility
  3850. gynaeolatry = the worship of women
  3851. gyneolatry = the worship of women
  3852. gyp = an act of swindling or cheating
  3853. gypsy dancing = a style of dancing characteristic of the Andalusian Gypsies
  3854. gyration = the act of rotating in a circle or spiral
  3855. habanera = a Cuban dance in duple time
  3856. habit = an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation
  3857. habitation = the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place
  3858. habitual abortion = repeated spontaneous abortion
  3859. habituation = a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
  3860. habitude = habitual mode of behavior
  3861. hackwork = professional work done according to formula
  3862. Had crime = serious crimes committed by Muslims and punishable by punishments established in the Koran
  3863. hadith = the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of Muhammad and interpretations of the Koran
  3864. haematemesis = vomiting blood
  3865. haemodialysis = dialysis of the blood to remove toxic substances or metabolic wastes from the bloodstream
  3866. haemorrhoidectomy = surgical procedure for tying hemorrhoids and excising them
  3867. haemostasia = surgical procedure of stopping the flow of blood
  3868. haemostasis = surgical procedure of stopping the flow of blood
  3869. hagiolatry = the worship of saints
  3870. hair care = care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair
  3871. hair coloring = the act of dyeing or tinting one's hair
  3872. hair-raiser = excitation that makes your hair stand up or that chills your bones
  3873. haircare = care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair
  3874. haircut = the act of cutting the hair
  3875. hairdressing = care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair
  3876. hairweaving = the act of interweaving a hairpiece with your own hair
  3877. half gainer = a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward and up to complete a half backward somersault and enters the water facing the diving board
  3878. half nelson = a wrestling hold in which the holder puts an arm under the opponent's arm and exerts pressure on the back of the neck
  3879. half volley = a tennis return made by hitting the ball immediately after it bounces
  3880. halfback = an offensive back usually positioned behind the quarterback and to the side of the fullback
  3881. halma = a board game in which players try to move their pieces into their opponent's bases
  3882. halt = an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement
  3883. hammer = the act of pounding
  3884. hammering = the act of pounding
  3885. hammerlock = a wrestling hold in which the opponent's arm is twisted up behind his back
  3886. hamming = poor acting by a ham actor
  3887. Hampton Roads = a naval battle of the American Civil War
  3888. hand = physical assistance
  3889. hand job = slang for masturbation
  3890. hand-to-hand struggle = the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
  3891. handball = a game played in a walled court or against a single wall by two or four players who strike a rubber ball with their hands
  3892. handicraft = a craft that requires skillful hands
  3893. handing over = the act of passing something to another person
  3894. handling = the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means / manual (or mechanical) carrying or moving or delivering or working with something / the management of someone or something
  3895. handoff = a play in which one player hands the ball to a teammate
  3896. handout = giving money or food or clothing to a needy person
  3897. handover = act of relinquishing property or authority etc
  3898. hands = guardianship over
  3899. handspring = an acrobatic feat in which a person goes from a standing position to a handstand and back again
  3900. handstand = the act of supporting yourself by your hands alone in an upside down position
  3901. handwriting = the activity of writing by hand
  3902. hang = a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms
  3903. hang gliding = gliding in a hang glider
  3904. hanging = the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely) / a form of capital punishment
  3905. hangover = something that has survived from the past
  3906. hank panky = illicit sexual intercourse
  3907. hara-kiri = ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword
  3908. harakiri = ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword
  3909. harassing fire = fire designed to disturb the rest of enemy troops and to curtail movement and to lower enemy morale
  3910. harassment = the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
  3911. hard sell = forceful and insistent advertising
  3912. hardball = baseball as distinguished from softball
  3913. hardening = the act of making something harder
  3914. hare and hounds = an outdoor game
  3915. harikari = ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword
  3916. harlequinade = acting like a clown or buffoon
  3917. harlotry = offering sexual intercourse for pay
  3918. harm = the act of damaging something or someone
  3919. harmonisation = singing in harmony
  3920. harmonization = singing in harmony
  3921. harvest = the season for gathering crops / the gathering of a ripened crop
  3922. harvest home = the gathering of a ripened crop
  3923. harvest time = the season for gathering crops
  3924. harvesting = the gathering of a ripened crop
  3925. hassle = disorderly fighting
  3926. haste = the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
  3927. Hastings = the decisive battle in which William the Conqueror (duke of Normandy) defeated the Saxons under Harold II (1066) and thus left England open for the Norman Conquest
  3928. hasty defence = a defense organized while in contact with the enemy or when time is limited
  3929. hasty defense = a defense organized while in contact with the enemy or when time is limited
  3930. hat = an informal term for a person's role
  3931. hat trick = three consecutive scores by one player or three scores in one game
  3932. hatha yoga = yogic exercises (popular in the West) that combine difficult postures (which force the mind to withdraw from the outside world) with controlled breathing
  3933. haul = the act of drawing or hauling something
  3934. haulage = the act of drawing or hauling something
  3935. hauling = the activity of transporting goods by truck
  3936. havoc = violent and needless disturbance
  3937. Hawaiian dancing = a Polynesian rain dance performed by a woman
  3938. hawking = the act of selling goods for a living
  3939. haying = the season for cutting and drying and storing grass as fodder / the harvesting of hay
  3940. haying time = the season for cutting and drying and storing grass as fodder
  3941. haymaker = a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
  3942. haymaking = cutting grass and curing it to make hay / taking full advantage of an opportunity while it lasts
  3943. head = oral stimulation of the genitals
  3944. head game = the act of deluding
  3945. head trip = the act of satisfying your own desires and giving yourself pleasure
  3946. header = a headlong jump (or fall) / (soccer) the act of hitting the ball with your head
  3947. headlock = a wrestling hold in which the opponent's head is locked between the crook of your elbow and the side of your body
  3948. headmastership = the position of headmaster
  3949. headmistressship = the position of headmistress
  3950. headroom = the capacity of a system to reproduce loud sounds without distortion
  3951. headshake = the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement
  3952. headshaking = the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement
  3953. headship = the position of head / the position of headmaster or headmistress
  3954. headshot = a shot aimed at a person's head / an attempt to put the soccer ball into the net by using the head
  3955. headstand = an acrobatic feat in which a person balances on the head
  3956. health care = the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession / social insurance for the ill and injured
  3957. health care delivery = the provision of health care
  3958. health check = a thorough physical examination
  3959. healthcare = the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession
  3960. healthcare delivery = the provision of health care
  3961. hearing = the act of hearing attentively / (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence
  3962. heart massage = an emergency procedure that employs rhythmic compression of the heart (either through the chest wall or, during surgery, directly to the heart) in an attempt to maintain circulation during cardiac arrest
  3963. heart surgery = any surgical procedure involving the heart
  3964. hearts = a form of whist in which players avoid winning tricks containing hearts or the queen of spades
  3965. heater = a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
  3966. heave = throwing something heavy (with great effort) / the act of raising something / an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting / the act of lifting something with great effort
  3967. heaving = throwing something heavy (with great effort) / the act of lifting something with great effort / breathing heavily
  3968. heavy lifting = difficult work
  3969. Hebrew lesson = instruction in the Hebrew language
  3970. hecatomb = a great sacrifice
  3971. heckling = shouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree
  3972. hegira = a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment / the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era
  3973. Heimlich maneuver = an emergency procedure to help someone who is choking because food is lodged in the trachea
  3974. Heimlich manoeuvere = an emergency procedure to help someone who is choking because food is lodged in the trachea
  3975. heist = robbery at gunpoint / the act of stealing
  3976. hejira = a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment / the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era
  3977. heliolatry = the worship of the sun
  3978. heliotherapy = therapeutic exposure to sunlight
  3979. heliotropism = an orienting response to the sun
  3980. hell = noisy and unrestrained mischief
  3981. hell raising = making trouble just for the fun of it
  3982. helm = a position of leadership
  3983. help = the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  3984. help desk = a service that provides information and assistance to the users of a computer network
  3985. helpdesk = a service that provides information and assistance to the users of a computer network
  3986. helping hand = physical assistance
  3987. hematemesis = vomiting blood
  3988. hemodialysis = dialysis of the blood to remove toxic substances or metabolic wastes from the bloodstream
  3989. hemorrhoidectomy = surgical procedure for tying hemorrhoids and excising them
  3990. hemostasia = surgical procedure of stopping the flow of blood
  3991. hemostasis = surgical procedure of stopping the flow of blood
  3992. herbal medicine = the use of medicinal herbs to prevent or treat disease or promote health
  3993. herbal therapy = the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes
  3994. heritage = hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
  3995. heroics = ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct
  3996. hesitation = the act of pausing uncertainly
  3997. heterosexism = discrimination in favor of heterosexual and against homosexual people
  3998. heterosexualism = a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the opposite sex
  3999. heterosexuality = a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the opposite sex
  4000. hi-fi = the reproduction of sound with little or no distortion
  4001. hibernation = the act of retiring into inactivity
  4002. hide and go seek = a game in which a child covers his eyes while the other players hide then tries to find them
  4003. hide-and-seek = a game in which a child covers his eyes while the other players hide then tries to find them
  4004. hiding = the activity of keeping something secret
  4005. hierolatry = the worship of saints
  4006. high colonic = an enema that injects large amounts of fluid high into the colon for cleansing purposes
  4007. high fidelity = the reproduction of sound with little or no distortion
  4008. high finance = large and complex financial transactions
  4009. high jinks = noisy and mischievous merrymaking
  4010. high jinx = noisy and mischievous merrymaking
  4011. high jump = the act of jumping as high as possible over a horizontal bar
  4012. high life = excessive spending
  4013. High Mass = a solemn and elaborate Mass with music
  4014. high tech = highly advanced technological development
  4015. high technology = highly advanced technological development
  4016. high treason = a crime that undermines the offender's government
  4017. high-angle fire = fire from a cannon that is fired at an elevation greater than that for the maximum range
  4018. high-low = poker in which the high and low hands split the pot
  4019. high-low-jack = card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
  4020. higher education = education provided by a college or university
  4021. highjack = seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination
  4022. highjacking = robbery of a traveller or vehicle in transit or seizing control of a vehicle by the use of force
  4023. highland fling = a vigorous Scottish reel
  4024. highlife = excessive spending
  4025. highway robbery = robbery of travellers on or near a public road
  4026. hijab = the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home
  4027. hijack = seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination
  4028. hijacking = robbery of a traveller or vehicle in transit or seizing control of a vehicle by the use of force
  4029. hijinks = noisy and mischievous merrymaking
  4030. hike = a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure
  4031. hiking = a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure
  4032. hinderance = the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
  4033. hindrance = the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
  4034. hire = the act of hiring something or someone
  4035. hiring freeze = a freeze on hiring
  4036. historiography = the writing of history
  4037. history lesson = a lesson in the facts of history
  4038. hit = a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball) / a conspicuous success / the act of contacting one thing with another / a connection made via the internet to another website / a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate
  4039. hitch = the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
  4040. hitting = the act of contacting one thing with another
  4041. hoax = something intended to deceive
  4042. hobble = the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
  4043. hobby = an auxiliary activity
  4044. hobbyism = a devotion to hobbies
  4045. hockey = a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents' goal with angled hockey sticks / a game resembling ice hockey that is played on an open field
  4046. hockey game = a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents' goal with angled hockey sticks
  4047. Hohenlinden = a battle during the Napoleonic Wars
  4048. hold = the act of grasping
  4049. hold-down = a limitation or constraint
  4050. holding = the act of retaining something
  4051. holdout = the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later
  4052. holdover = something that has survived from the past
  4053. holdup = robbery at gunpoint / the act of delaying
  4054. holistic medicine = medical care of the whole person considered as subject to personal and social as well as organic factors
  4055. holocaust = an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire) / the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945
  4056. Holodomor = the planned mass starvation of Ukrainians by Stalin, 1932-1933
  4057. Holy Communion = the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist
  4058. Holy Eucharist = a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
  4059. holy order = the sacrament of ordination
  4060. Holy Sacrament = a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
  4061. homage = respectful deference
  4062. home banking = banking in which transactions are conducted by means of electronic communication
  4063. home game = a game played at home
  4064. home invasion = burglary of a dwelling while the residents are at home
  4065. home run = something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal / a base hit on which the batter scores a run
  4066. home study = a course of study carried out at home rather than in a classroom
  4067. homecoming = a coming to or returning home / an annual school or university reunion for graduates
  4068. homemaking = the management of a household
  4069. homeopathy = a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated
  4070. homer = a base hit on which the batter scores a run
  4071. homework = preparatory school work done outside school
  4072. homicide = the killing of a human being by another human being
  4073. homoeopathy = a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated
  4074. homoeroticism = a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
  4075. homogenisation = the act of making something homogeneous or uniform in composition
  4076. homogenization = the act of making something homogeneous or uniform in composition
  4077. homosexualism = a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
  4078. homosexuality = a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
  4079. honor killing = an ancient tradition still sometimes observed
  4080. honorable discharge = a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
  4081. honoring = conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
  4082. hoofing = dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures
  4083. hook = a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket / a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent / a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
  4084. hook shot = a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
  4085. hooking = a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
  4086. hooky = failure to attend
  4087. hooliganism = willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
  4088. hoops = a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players
  4089. hop = the act of hopping
  4090. hopper = a hit that travels along the ground
  4091. hopscotch = a game in which a child tosses a stone into an area drawn on the ground and then hops through it and back to regain the stone
  4092. horizontal combination = absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in the same level of production and sharing resources at that level
  4093. horizontal integration = absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in the same level of production and sharing resources at that level
  4094. hormone replacement therapy = hormones (estrogen and progestin) are given to postmenopausal women
  4095. hormone-replacement therapy = hormones (estrogen and progestin) are given to postmenopausal women
  4096. hornpipe = a British solo dance performed by sailors
  4097. horripilation = reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
  4098. horse breeding = breeding horses
  4099. horse racing = the sport of racing horses
  4100. horse trade = the swapping of horses
  4101. horse trading = the swapping of horses
  4102. horseback riding = travel by being carried on horseback / the sport of sitting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements
  4103. horseplay = rowdy or boisterous play
  4104. horseshoes = a game in which iron rings (or open iron rings) are thrown at a stake in the ground in the hope of encircling it
  4105. horseshow = a competitive exhibition of horses
  4106. horsewhipping = the act of whipping with a horsewhip
  4107. horticulture = the cultivation of plants
  4108. hospice = a program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill
  4109. hospital care = placing in medical care in a hospital
  4110. hospitalisation = placing in medical care in a hospital
  4111. hospitalization = placing in medical care in a hospital
  4112. hostile expedition = a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
  4113. hostile fire = fire that injures or kills an enemy
  4114. hostile takeover = a takeover that is resisted by the management of the target company
  4115. hostilities = fighting
  4116. hostility = violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
  4117. hot seat = a difficult position where you are subjected to stress and criticism
  4118. hotfoot = a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it
  4119. house = play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults
  4120. house arrest = confinement to your own home
  4121. house painting = the occupation of a house painter
  4122. house-raising = construction by a group of neighbors
  4123. housebreaking = trespassing for an unlawful purpose
  4124. housecleaning = the act of cleaning the rooms and furnishings of a house / (figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions
  4125. housekeeping = the work of cleaning and running a house
  4126. housewifery = the work of a housewife
  4127. housework = the work of cleaning and running a house
  4128. housing start = the act of starting to construct a house
  4129. howler = a glaring blunder
  4130. HRT = hormones (estrogen and progestin) are given to postmenopausal women
  4131. huffing = an act of forcible exhalation
  4132. hug = a tight or amorous embrace
  4133. hugging = affectionate play
  4134. hula = a Polynesian rain dance performed by a woman
  4135. hula-hula = a Polynesian rain dance performed by a woman
  4136. hullabaloo = disturbance usually in protest
  4137. Human Genome Project = an international study of the entire human genetic material
  4138. human reproductive cloning = the reproductive cloning of a sentient human being
  4139. humanisation = the act of making more human
  4140. humanization = the act of making more human
  4141. humbug = something intended to deceive
  4142. humiliation = depriving one of self-esteem
  4143. hummer = a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
  4144. humming = the act of singing with closed lips
  4145. humoral immune response = an immune response (chiefly against bacterial invasion) that is mediated by B cells
  4146. humoring = the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
  4147. hunch = the act of bending yourself into a humped position
  4148. Hundred Years' War = the series of wars fought intermittently between France and England
  4149. hunger strike = a voluntary fast undertaken as a means of protest
  4150. hunt = the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport / the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts / the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
  4151. hunting = the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport / the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts / the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
  4152. hunting expedition = an overland journey by hunters
  4153. hurdle = the act of jumping over an obstacle
  4154. hurl = a violent throw
  4155. hurling = a traditional Irish game resembling hockey
  4156. hurry = the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
  4157. hurrying = changing location rapidly
  4158. hurt = the act of damaging something or someone
  4159. husbandry = the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
  4160. husking = the removal of covering
  4161. hustings = the activities involved in political campaigning
  4162. hustle = a rapid active commotion / a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  4163. hybridisation = the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
  4164. hybridization = the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
  4165. hybridizing = the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
  4166. hydrometry = the measurement of specific gravity
  4167. hydropathy = the internal and external use of water in the treatment of disease
  4168. hydroplane racing = racing in high-speed motor boats
  4169. hydroponics = a technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients
  4170. hydrotherapy = the internal and external use of water in the treatment of disease
  4171. hymnody = the act of singing psalms or hymns
  4172. hyperalimentation = administration of a nutritionally adequate solution through a catheter into the vena cava
  4173. hyperemesis = severe and excessive vomiting
  4174. hyperemesis gravidarum = hyperemesis during pregnancy
  4175. hyperextension = greater than normal extension
  4176. hyperpnea = energetic (deep and rapid) respiration that occurs normally after exercise or abnormally with fever or various disorders
  4177. hyperventilation = an increased depth and rate of breathing greater than demanded by the body needs
  4178. hyphenation = connecting syllables and words by hyphens / division of a word especially at the end of a line on a page
  4179. hypnoanalysis = the use of hypnosis in conjunction with psychoanalysis
  4180. hypnogenesis = the induction of sleep or hypnosis
  4181. hypnopedia = teaching during sleep
  4182. hypnotherapy = the use of hypnosis in psychotherapy
  4183. hypnotism = the act of inducing hypnosis
  4184. hypophysectomy = surgical removal of the pituitary gland
  4185. hypopnea = slow or shallow breathing
  4186. hypostatisation = regarding something abstract as a material thing
  4187. hypostatization = regarding something abstract as a material thing
  4188. hypsography = measurement of the elevation of land above sea level
  4189. hypsometry = measurement of the elevation of land above sea level
  4190. hysterectomy = surgical removal of the uterus
  4191. hysteroscopy = visual examination of the uterus and uterine lining using an endoscope inserted through the vagina
  4192. hysterotomy = surgical incision into the uterus
  4193. ice hockey = a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents' goal with angled hockey sticks
  4194. ice show = any entertainment performed by ice skaters
  4195. ice skating = skating on ice
  4196. icebreaker = a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere
  4197. ichthyolatry = the worship of fish
  4198. icing = the act of shooting the puck from within your own defensive area the length of the rink beyond the opponent's goal
  4199. icing the puck = the act of shooting the puck from within your own defensive area the length of the rink beyond the opponent's goal
  4200. iconolatry = the worship of sacred images
  4201. idealisation = a portrayal of something as ideal
  4202. idealization = a portrayal of something as ideal
  4203. identification = the act of designating or identifying something
  4204. identity theft = the co-option of another person's personal information (e.g., name, Social Security number, credit card number, passport) without that person's knowledge and the fraudulent use of such knowledge
  4205. idiolatry = the worship of yourself
  4206. idleness = having no employment
  4207. idling = having no employment
  4208. idol worship = the worship of idols
  4209. idolatry = the worship of idols
  4210. idolisation = the act of worshiping blindly and to excess / the act of admiring strongly
  4211. idolization = the act of worshiping blindly and to excess / the act of admiring strongly
  4212. ignition = the act of setting something on fire
  4213. ileostomy = surgical procedure that creates an opening from the ileum through the abdominal wall to function as an anus
  4214. ill service = an act intended to help that turns out badly
  4215. ill turn = an act intended to help that turns out badly
  4216. ill-treatment = cruel or inhumane treatment
  4217. ill-usage = cruel or inhumane treatment
  4218. illegal possession = possession of controlled substances
  4219. illegitimate enterprise = an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
  4220. illusion = an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers / the act of deluding
  4221. image compression = the compression of graphics for storage or transmission
  4222. imaging = obtaining pictures of the interior of the body
  4223. imbecility = a stupid mistake
  4224. imbibing = the act of consuming liquids
  4225. imbibition = the act of consuming liquids
  4226. imitation = copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
  4227. imitative electronic deception = the introduction of electromagnetic energy into enemy systems that imitates enemy emissions
  4228. immersion = the act of wetting something by submerging it / a form of baptism in which part or all of a person's body is submerged
  4229. immigration = migration into a place
  4230. imminent abortion = the appearance of symptoms that signal the impending loss of the products of conception
  4231. immobilisation = the act of limiting movement or making incapable of movement / fixation (as by a plaster cast) of a body part in order to promote proper healing
  4232. immobilization = the act of limiting movement or making incapable of movement / fixation (as by a plaster cast) of a body part in order to promote proper healing
  4233. immobilizing = the act of limiting movement or making incapable of movement
  4234. immodesty = the perverse act of exposing and attracting attention to your own genitals
  4235. immolation = killing or offering as a sacrifice
  4236. immorality = morally objectionable behavior
  4237. immune reaction = a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen
  4238. immune response = a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen
  4239. immunisation = the act of making immune
  4240. immunity = an act exempting someone
  4241. immunization = the act of making immune
  4242. immunohistochemistry = an assay that shows specific antigens in tissues by the use of markers that are either fluorescent dyes or enzymes
  4243. immunologic response = a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen
  4244. immunotherapy = therapy designed to produce immunity to a disease or to enhance resistance by the immune system
  4245. impact = influencing strongly / the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat
  4246. impaction = a sharp collision produced by striking or dashing against something
  4247. impairment = the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine) / damage that results in a reduction of strength or quality
  4248. impalement = the act of piercing with a sharpened stake as a form of punishment or torture
  4249. impasto = painting that applies the pigment thickly so that brush or palette knife marks are visible
  4250. imperative = some duty that is essential and urgent
  4251. imperialism = any instance of aggressive extension of authority
  4252. impersonation = imitating the mannerisms of another person / pretending to be another person
  4253. impetus = the act of applying force suddenly
  4254. impingement = a sharp collision produced by striking or dashing against something / influencing strongly
  4255. implantation = a surgical procedure that places something in the human body / the act of planting or setting in the ground
  4256. implementation = the act of implementing
  4257. implosion therapy = a technique used in behavior therapy
  4258. importation = the commercial activity of buying and bringing in goods from a foreign country
  4259. importing = the commercial activity of buying and bringing in goods from a foreign country
  4260. imposition = the act of imposing something
  4261. imposture = pretending to be another person
  4262. impounding = placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
  4263. impoundment = placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
  4264. impoverishment = the act of making someone poor
  4265. impress = the act of coercing someone into government service
  4266. impression = the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another / an impressionistic portrayal of a person
  4267. impressment = the act of coercing someone into government service
  4268. imprisonment = the act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison) / putting someone in prison or in jail as lawful punishment
  4269. impropriety = an act of undue intimacy / an indecent or improper act
  4270. improvement = the act of improving something
  4271. improvisation = a performance given extempore without planning or preparation / an unplanned expedient
  4272. impulse = the act of applying force suddenly
  4273. impulsion = the act of applying force suddenly
  4274. in-fighting = boxing at close quarters / conflict between members of the same organization
  4275. in-migration = migration into a place
  4276. inactivation = breaking up a military unit
  4277. inactivity = being inactive
  4278. inaugural = the ceremonial induction into a position
  4279. inauguration = the act of starting a new operation or practice / the ceremonial induction into a position
  4280. inborn reflex = an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
  4281. inbreeding = the act of mating closely related individuals
  4282. incarnation = the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
  4283. incasement = the act of enclosing something in a case
  4284. incendiarism = malicious burning to destroy property
  4285. incentive option = an option granted to corporate executives if the company achieves certain financial goals
  4286. incentive stock option = an option granted to corporate executives if the company achieves certain financial goals
  4287. incest = sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry
  4288. Inchon = a battle in the Korean War
  4289. incineration = the act of burning something completely
  4290. incision = the cutting of or into body tissues or organs
  4291. incitation = an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating
  4292. incitement = an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating
  4293. inclination = the act of inclining
  4294. incline bench press = a bench press performed on an inclined bench
  4295. inclining = the act of inclining
  4296. inclosure = the act of enclosing something inside something else
  4297. inclusion = the act of including
  4298. incoming = the act of entering
  4299. incomplete abortion = termination of pregnancy without expulsion of all of the products of conception
  4300. incorporation = including by incorporating / consolidating two or more things
  4301. increase = the act of increasing something
  4302. incubation = maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
  4303. inculcation = teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction or repetition
  4304. incumbency = the office of an incumbent / a duty that is incumbent upon you
  4305. incurrence = the act of incurring
  4306. incurring = acquiring or coming into something
  4307. incursion = the act of entering some territory or domain (often in large numbers) / the mistake of incurring liability or blame / an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
  4308. incurvation = the action of creating a curved shape
  4309. indecency = an indecent or improper act
  4310. indecent exposure = vulgar and offensive nakedness in a public place
  4311. indecorum = an act of undue intimacy
  4312. indelicacy = an impolite act or expression
  4313. indemnification = an act of compensation for actual loss or damage or for trouble and annoyance
  4314. indentation = the act of cutting into an edge with toothlike notches or angular incisions
  4315. indexation = a system of economic regulation: wages and interest are tied to the cost-of-living index in order to reduce the effects of inflation
  4316. indexing = the act of classifying and providing an index in order to make items easier to retrieve
  4317. Indian Mutiny = discontent with British administration in India led to numerous mutinies in 1857 and 1858
  4318. indignity = an affront to one's dignity or self-esteem
  4319. indirect fire = fire delivered on a target that is not itself used as the point of aim for the weapons
  4320. indirect immunofluorescence = a method of using fluorescence microscopy to detect the presence of an antigen indirectly
  4321. indirection = deceitful action that is not straightforward / indirect procedure or action
  4322. indiscretion = a petty misdeed
  4323. indoctrination = teaching someone to accept doctrines uncritically
  4324. indorsement = the act of endorsing
  4325. induced abortion = a deliberate termination of pregnancy
  4326. inducement = act of bringing about a desired result
  4327. inducing = act of bringing about a desired result
  4328. induction = an act that sets in motion some course of events / the act of bringing about something
  4329. induction of labor = inducing the childbirth process artificially by administering oxytocin or by puncturing the amniotic sac
  4330. indulgence = the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution / foolish or senseless behavior / the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
  4331. indulging = the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
  4332. industrial arts = a course in the methods of using tools and machinery as taught in secondary schools and technical schools
  4333. industrial enterprise = the development of industry on an extensive scale
  4334. industrialisation = the development of industry on an extensive scale
  4335. industrialization = the development of industry on an extensive scale
  4336. industry = the organized action of making of goods and services for sale
  4337. inertial guidance = a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to inertial forces
  4338. inertial navigation = a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to inertial forces
  4339. infant feeding = feeding an infant
  4340. infanticide = murdering an infant
  4341. infantilism = infantile behavior in mature persons
  4342. infiltration = a process in which individuals (or small groups) penetrate an area
  4343. inflaming = arousal to violent emotion
  4344. inflammation = the act of setting something on fire / arousal to violent emotion
  4345. inflation = the act of filling something with air
  4346. inflation therapy = therapy in which water or oxygen or a drug is introduced into the respiratory tract with inhaled air
  4347. infliction = an act causing pain or damage / the act of imposing something
  4348. influence = causation of an event without any direct or apparent effort
  4349. information gathering = the act of collecting information
  4350. information warfare = the use of information or information technology during a time of crisis or conflict to achieve or promote specific objectives over a specific adversary or adversaries
  4351. infraction = a crime less serious than a felony
  4352. infrared therapy = the use of infrared radiation (as by infrared lamps or heating pads or hot water bottles) to relieve pain and increase circulation to a particular area of the body
  4353. infringement = a crime less serious than a felony / an act that disregards an agreement or a right
  4354. infringement of copyright = a violation of the rights secured by a copyright
  4355. infusion = the act of infusing or introducing a certain modifying element or quality / (medicine) the passive introduction of a substance (a fluid or drug or electrolyte) into a vein or between tissues
  4356. ingestion = the process of taking food into the body through the mouth
  4357. ingraining = teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction or repetition
  4358. ingratiation = the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments
  4359. ingress = the act of entering
  4360. inhabitancy = the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place
  4361. inhabitation = the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place
  4362. inhalation = the act of inhaling
  4363. inheritance = hereditary succession to a title or an office or property
  4364. inhibition = the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof) / (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
  4365. inhuman treatment = a cruel act
  4366. inhumanity = an act of atrocious cruelty
  4367. iniquity = an unjust act / morally objectionable behavior
  4368. initial offering = a corporation's first offer to sell stock to the public
  4369. initial public offering = a corporation's first offer to sell stock to the public
  4370. initiation = an act that sets in motion some course of events / the act of starting something for the first time
  4371. initiative = the first of a series of actions
  4372. injection = the forceful insertion of a substance under pressure / the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe
  4373. injury = wrongdoing that violates another's rights and is unjustly inflicted / an act that causes someone or something to receive physical damage
  4374. injustice = an unjust act
  4375. inkblot test = a projective tests using bilaterally symmetrical inkblots
  4376. innate reflex = an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
  4377. innings = the batting turn of a cricket player or team
  4378. innovation = the act of starting something for the first time
  4379. inoculating = the act of protecting against disease by introducing a vaccine into the body to induce immunity
  4380. inoculation = taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
  4381. inquest = an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death
  4382. inquiry = a systematic investigation of a matter of public interest
  4383. inroad = an encroachment or intrusion / an invasion or hostile attack
  4384. inscription = the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words
  4385. insemination = the introduction of semen into the genital tract of a female / the act of sowing
  4386. insert = a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film / (broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program
  4387. insertion = the act of putting one thing into another
  4388. inside job = some transgression committed with the assistance of someone trusted by the victim
  4389. inside loop = a loop consisting of a climb followed by inverted flight followed by a dive that returns to horizontal flight
  4390. insider trading = buying or selling corporate stock by a corporate officer or other insider on the basis of information that has not been made public and is supposed to remain confidential
  4391. insinuation = the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments
  4392. insistence = the act of insisting on something
  4393. insistency = the act of insisting on something
  4394. insolation = therapeutic exposure to sunlight
  4395. insolence = an offensive disrespectful impudent act
  4396. inspection = a formal or official examination
  4397. inspection and repair = periodic maintenance on a car or machine
  4398. inspectorship = the office of inspector
  4399. inspiration = the act of inhaling
  4400. inspissation = the act of thickening
  4401. installation = the act of installing something
  4402. installing = the act of installing something
  4403. installment = the act of installing something
  4404. instalment = the act of installing something
  4405. instant replay = the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape
  4406. instauration = the act of starting something for the first time
  4407. instigation = deliberate and intentional triggering
  4408. instillation = the introduction of a liquid (by pouring or injection) drop by drop
  4409. instilling = teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction or repetition
  4410. instillment = the introduction of a liquid (by pouring or injection) drop by drop
  4411. instilment = the introduction of a liquid (by pouring or injection) drop by drop
  4412. instinctive reflex = an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
  4413. institution = the act of starting something for the first time
  4414. instruction = the activities of educating or instructing
  4415. instructorship = the position of instructor
  4416. instrument = the means whereby some act is accomplished
  4417. instrument flying = navigation of an airplane solely by instruments
  4418. instrument landing = an aircraft landing made entirely by means of instruments
  4419. instrumental music = music produced by playing a musical instrument
  4420. instrumentation = the act of providing or using the instruments needed for some implementation / the act of arranging a piece of music for an orchestra and assigning parts to the different musical instruments
  4421. insubordination = an insubordinate act
  4422. insufflation = an act of blowing or breathing on or into something
  4423. insulation = the act of protecting something by surrounding it with material that reduces or prevents the transmission of sound or heat or electricity
  4424. insulin shock = the administration of sufficient insulin to induce convulsions and coma
  4425. insulin shock therapy = the administration of sufficient insulin to induce convulsions and coma
  4426. insulin shock treatment = the administration of sufficient insulin to induce convulsions and coma
  4427. insult = a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
  4428. insurance claim = demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy
  4429. insurgence = an organized rebellion aimed at overthrowing a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict
  4430. insurgency = an organized rebellion aimed at overthrowing a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict
  4431. insurrection = organized opposition to authority
  4432. intake = the act of inhaling
  4433. integrated logistic support = the pooling of specific resources by subscribing nations for the support of some joint operation
  4434. integrating = the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community
  4435. integration = an operation used in the calculus whereby the integral of a function is determined / the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community / the act of combining into an integral whole
  4436. intelligence = the operation of gathering information about an enemy
  4437. intelligence activity = the operation of gathering information about an enemy
  4438. intelligence operation = the operation of gathering information about an enemy
  4439. intelligence test = a psychometric test of intelligence
  4440. intemperance = excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence / consumption of alcoholic drinks
  4441. intemperateness = excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence / consumption of alcoholic drinks
  4442. intensification = action that makes something stronger or more extreme / the act of increasing the contrast of
  4443. intensive care = close monitoring and constant medical care of patients with life-threatening conditions
  4444. intention = an act of intending
  4445. inter-service support = action by one military service to provide logistic (or administrative) support to another military service
  4446. interaction = a mutual or reciprocal action
  4447. interagency support = provision of logistic (or administrative) support by one or more of the military services to one or more departments or agencies of the United States government
  4448. interbreeding = reproduction by parents of different races (especially by white and non-white persons) / (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
  4449. interception = the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team / the act of intercepting
  4450. intercession = the act of intervening
  4451. interchange = mutual interaction
  4452. intercommunion = participation in Holy Communion by members of more than one church
  4453. interconnection = the act of interconnecting
  4454. intercourse = sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  4455. interdepartmental support = provision of logistic (or administrative) support by one or more of the military services to one or more departments or agencies of the United States government
  4456. interdiction fire = fire directed to an area to prevent the enemy from using that area
  4457. interest = a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts
  4458. interference = blocking a player's path with your body / the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
  4459. interim overhaul = an overhaul between the regular times for overhauling
  4460. interior decorating = the trade or act of decorating the interior of a building or room, especially with regard to color combination, paint, fabrics, carpeting, etc.
  4461. interior decoration = the trade or act of decorating the interior of a building or room, especially with regard to color combination, paint, fabrics, carpeting, etc.
  4462. Interior Secretary = the position of the head of the Department of the Interior
  4463. interjection = the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
  4464. interlock = the act of interlocking or meshing
  4465. interlocking = the act of interlocking or meshing
  4466. interlude = a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
  4467. intermediation = the act of intervening for the purpose of bringing about a settlement
  4468. intermezzo = a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
  4469. intermission = the act of suspending activity temporarily
  4470. intermixture = the act of mixing together
  4471. internal control = an accounting procedure or system designed to promote efficiency or assure the implementation of a policy or safeguard assets or avoid fraud and error etc.
  4472. internal respiration = the metabolic processes whereby certain organisms obtain energy from organic molecules
  4473. international affairs = affairs between nations
  4474. international flight = a flight that takes off in one country and lands in another
  4475. international logistic support = arrangements made between nations to assist each other
  4476. international terrorism = terrorism practiced in a foreign country by terrorists who are not native to that country
  4477. internationalisation = the act of bringing something under international control
  4478. internationalization = the act of bringing something under international control
  4479. internment = placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law / the act of confining someone in a prison
  4480. internship = the position of a medical intern
  4481. interpellation = the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
  4482. interpenetration = mutual penetration
  4483. interplay = reciprocal action and reaction
  4484. interpolation = the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
  4485. interposition = the act or fact of interposing one thing between or among others / the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
  4486. interpretation = the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
  4487. interpretative dance = a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
  4488. interpretative dancing = a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
  4489. interpretive dance = a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
  4490. interpretive dancing = a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
  4491. interruption = an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
  4492. intersection = the act of intersecting
  4493. interspersal = the act of combining one thing at intervals among other things
  4494. interspersion = the act of combining one thing at intervals among other things
  4495. intervention = care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury) / (law) a proceeding that permits a person to enter into a lawsuit already in progress
  4496. intestinal bypass = surgical operation that shortens the small intestine
  4497. intifada = an uprising by Palestinian Arabs (in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank) against Israel in the late 1980s and again in 2000
  4498. intifadah = an uprising by Palestinian Arabs (in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank) against Israel in the late 1980s and again in 2000
  4499. intimidation = the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something
  4500. intonation = the production of musical tones
  4501. intracapsular surgery = cataract surgery in which the entire lens is removed
  4502. intradermal injection = an injection into the skin
  4503. intramuscular injection = an injection into a muscle
  4504. intravenous feeding = administration of nutrients through a vein
  4505. intravenous injection = an injection into a vein
  4506. intravenous pyelography = performing pyelography with intravenous injection of a contrast medium
  4507. intrinsic fraud = fraud (as by use of forged documents or false claims or perjury) that misleads a court or jury and induces a finding for the one perpetrating the fraud
  4508. introduction = the act of beginning something new / the act of starting something for the first time
  4509. intromission = the act of putting one thing into another
  4510. intrusion = entrance by force or without permission or welcome / entry to another's property without right or permission
  4511. intubation = the insertion of a cannula or tube into a hollow body organ
  4512. inunction = anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
  4513. invalidation = a formal termination
  4514. invasion = the act of invading
  4515. invasion of Iwo = a bloody and prolonged operation on the island of Iwo Jima in which American marines landed and defeated Japanese defenders
  4516. invasion of privacy = the wrongful intrusion by individuals or the government into private affairs with which the public has no concern
  4517. invention = the act of inventing
  4518. inventory = making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand
  4519. inventory accounting = accounting that controls and evaluates inventory
  4520. inventory control = supervision of the supply and storage and accessibility of items in order to insure an adequate supply without excessive oversupply
  4521. inventory-clearance sale = a sale to reduce inventory
  4522. inventorying = making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand
  4523. inversion = the act of turning inside out / turning upside down
  4524. inverted hang = a hang performed on the rings with the body upside down
  4525. investigating = the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
  4526. investigation = the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
  4527. investing = the act of investing
  4528. investiture = the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office
  4529. investment = the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank / the act of putting on robes or vestments / the act of investing
  4530. invidia = spite and resentment at seeing the success of another
  4531. invigilation = keeping watch over examination candidates to prevent cheating
  4532. invigoration = the activity of giving vitality and vigour to something
  4533. invocation = the act of appealing for help
  4534. involution = the action of enfolding something / the process of raising a quantity to some assigned power / the act of sharing in the activities of a group
  4535. involvement = the act of sharing in the activities of a group
  4536. ionic medication = therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues
  4537. iontophoresis = therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues
  4538. iontotherapy = therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues
  4539. IPO = a corporation's first offer to sell stock to the public
  4540. Ipsus = a battle between the successors of Alexander the Great
  4541. IQ test = a psychometric test of intelligence
  4542. ira = belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong
  4543. Iran-Iraq War = a dispute over control of the waterway between Iraq and Iran broke out into open fighting in 1980 and continued until 1988, when they accepted a UN cease-fire resolution
  4544. ire = belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong
  4545. iridectomy = an eye operation that treats closed-angle glaucoma by surgical removal of part of the iris of the eye
  4546. iridotomy = a surgical procedure that makes an incision in the iris of the eye in order to enlarge the pupil or to treat closed-angle glaucoma
  4547. ironing = the work of using heat to smooth washed clothes in order to remove any wrinkles
  4548. irradiation = the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance
  4549. irregularity = behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality
  4550. irreverence = a disrespectful act
  4551. irrigation = cleaning a wound or body organ by flushing or washing out with water or a medicated solution / supplying dry land with water by means of ditches etc
  4552. irritation = the act of troubling or annoying someone / unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
  4553. irruption = a sudden violent entrance
  4554. isolation = the act of isolating something
  4555. isometric exercise = muscle-building exercises (or a system of musclebuilding exercises) involving muscular contractions against resistance without movement
  4556. isometrics = muscle-building exercises (or a system of musclebuilding exercises) involving muscular contractions against resistance without movement
  4557. isotonic exercise = exercise in which opposing muscles contract and there is controlled movement
  4558. issuance = the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes
  4559. issue = the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity) / the act of issuing printed materials
  4560. issuing = the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes
  4561. Issus = a battle (333 BC) in which Alexander the Great defeated the Persians under Darius III
  4562. Isthmian Games = the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially on the Isthmus of Corinth in the first and third years of each Olympiad
  4563. itemisation = the act of making a list of items
  4564. itemization = the act of making a list of items
  4565. iteration = doing or saying again
  4566. itineration = journeying from place to place preaching or lecturing
  4567. IV = administration of nutrients through a vein
  4568. IVP = performing pyelography with intravenous injection of a contrast medium
  4569. Ivry = a battle (1590) in which the Huguenots under Henry IV defeated the Catholics under the duke of Mayenne
  4570. Ivry la Bataille = a battle (1590) in which the Huguenots under Henry IV defeated the Catholics under the duke of Mayenne
  4571. IW = the use of information or information technology during a time of crisis or conflict to achieve or promote specific objectives over a specific adversary or adversaries
  4572. Iwo = a bloody and prolonged operation on the island of Iwo Jima in which American marines landed and defeated Japanese defenders
  4573. Iwo Jima = a bloody and prolonged operation on the island of Iwo Jima in which American marines landed and defeated Japanese defenders
  4574. jab = the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow / a quick short straight punch / a sharp hand gesture
  4575. jabbing = a sharp hand gesture
  4576. jacking off = slang for masturbation
  4577. jackknife = a dive in which the diver bends to touch the ankles before straightening out
  4578. jacks = a game in which jackstones are thrown and picked up in various groups between bounces of a small rubber ball
  4579. jackstones = a game in which jackstones are thrown and picked up in various groups between bounces of a small rubber ball
  4580. jackstraws = a game in which players try to pick each jackstraw (or spillikin) off of a pile without moving any of the others
  4581. jag = a bout of drinking or drug taking
  4582. jai alai = a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racket
  4583. jail delivery = the use of force to liberate prisoners
  4584. jailbreak = an escape from jail
  4585. jam = deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems
  4586. jam session = an impromptu jazz concert
  4587. jamboree = a gay festivity
  4588. jamming = deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems
  4589. Japanese stranglehold = a wrestling hold in which the opponent's arms are crossed in front of his own neck to exert pressure on his windpipe
  4590. japery = acting like a clown or buffoon
  4591. jaunt = a journey taken for pleasure
  4592. jazz festival = a festival that features performances by jazz artists
  4593. jehad = a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
  4594. jejunostomy = surgical creation of an opening between the jejunum and the anterior abdominal wall
  4595. Jena = the battle in 1806 in which Napoleon decisively defeated the Prussians
  4596. jerk = a sudden abrupt pull / an abrupt spasmodic movement / raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms
  4597. jerking = an abrupt spasmodic movement
  4598. jerking off = slang for masturbation
  4599. jerry-building = construction of inferior buildings for a quick profit
  4600. jest = activity characterized by good humor
  4601. jig = any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
  4602. jiggle = a slight irregular shaking motion
  4603. jihad = a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
  4604. jinks = noisy and mischievous merrymaking
  4605. jitterbug = a jerky American dance that was popular in the 1940s
  4606. jiujitsu = a method of self-defense without weapons that was developed in China and Japan
  4607. job = a damaging piece of work / the performance of a piece of work / the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money / the responsibility to do something / a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee / a crime
  4608. job action = a temporary action by workers to protest management decision or to make demands
  4609. jocularity = activity characterized by good humor
  4610. jog = a slight push or shake / a slow pace of running
  4611. jog trot = an easy gait of a horse
  4612. jogging = running at a jog trot as a form of cardiopulmonary exercise
  4613. joggle = a slight irregular shaking motion
  4614. joinery = the craft of a joiner
  4615. joining = the act of bringing two things into contact
  4616. joint venture = a venture by a partnership or conglomerate designed to share risk or expertise
  4617. jointure = the act of making or becoming a single unit
  4618. joke = a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement / activity characterized by good humor
  4619. jollification = a boisterous celebration
  4620. jolt = an abrupt spasmodic movement
  4621. jostle = the act of jostling
  4622. jostling = the act of jostling
  4623. journalism = the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media
  4624. journey = the act of traveling from one place to another
  4625. journeying = the act of traveling from one place to another
  4626. joyride = a ride in a car taken solely for pleasure
  4627. judgement = the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event / (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
  4628. judgement by default = a judgment entered in favor of the plaintiff when the defendant defaults
  4629. judgement in personam = a judgment rendered against an individual (or corporation) for the payment of money damages
  4630. judgement in rem = a judgment pronounced on the status of some particular subject or property or thing
  4631. judgement of dismissal = a judgment disposing of the matter without a trial
  4632. judgement on the merits = judgment rendered through analysis and adjudication of the factual issues presented
  4633. judgement on the pleadings = a judgment rendered by the court prior to a verdict because no material issue of fact exists and one party or the other is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law
  4634. judgeship = the position of judge
  4635. judgment = the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event / (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
  4636. judgment by default = a judgment entered in favor of the plaintiff when the defendant defaults
  4637. judgment in personam = a judgment rendered against an individual (or corporation) for the payment of money damages
  4638. judgment in rem = a judgment pronounced on the status of some particular subject or property or thing
  4639. judgment of conviction = a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
  4640. judgment of dismissal = a judgment disposing of the matter without a trial
  4641. judgment on the merits = judgment rendered through analysis and adjudication of the factual issues presented
  4642. judgment on the pleadings = a judgment rendered by the court prior to a verdict because no material issue of fact exists and one party or the other is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law
  4643. judicature = the position of judge / the act of meting out justice according to the law
  4644. judicial decision = the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
  4645. judicial proceeding = a legal proceeding in a court
  4646. judicial review = review by a court of law of actions of a government official or entity or of some other legally appointed person or body or the review by an appellate court of the decision of a trial court
  4647. judicial torture = torture that is sanctioned by the state and executed by duly accredited officials
  4648. judo = a sport adapted from jujitsu (using principles of not resisting) and similar to wrestling
  4649. juggle = throwing and catching several objects simultaneously / the act of rearranging things to give a misleading impression
  4650. jugglery = the performance of a juggler / artful trickery designed to achieve an end
  4651. juggling = throwing and catching several objects simultaneously / the act of rearranging things to give a misleading impression
  4652. jujitsu = a method of self-defense without weapons that was developed in China and Japan
  4653. jujutsu = a method of self-defense without weapons that was developed in China and Japan
  4654. juke = a deceptive move made by a football player
  4655. jumble sale = a sale of donated articles
  4656. jump = the act of jumping
  4657. jump ball = the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed
  4658. jump rope = a child's game or a cardiopulmonary exercise in which the player jumps over a swinging rope
  4659. jump shot = a player releases the basketball at the high point of a jump
  4660. jump-start = starting an automobile engine that has a weak battery by means of jumper cables to another car
  4661. jumper = a player releases the basketball at the high point of a jump
  4662. jumping = the act of jumping
  4663. jumping up and down = jumping in one spot
  4664. jumping-off point = a beginning from which an enterprise is launched
  4665. jumpstart = starting an automobile engine that has a weak battery by means of jumper cables to another car
  4666. junction = an act of joining or adjoining things
  4667. junket = a trip taken by an official at public expense / a journey taken for pleasure
  4668. junketing = taking an excursion for pleasure
  4669. jury duty = the civic duty to serve on a jury
  4670. justice = judgment involved in the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishments
  4671. justification = the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning
  4672. jut = the act of projecting out from something
  4673. Jutland = an indecisive naval battle in World War I
  4674. jutting = the act of projecting out from something
  4675. juvenile delinquency = an antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor
  4676. juxtaposition = the act of positioning close together
  4677. kabbalism = adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation
  4678. karaoke = singing popular songs accompanied by a recording of an orchestra
  4679. karate = a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat
  4680. katharsis = purging of emotional tensions / purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
  4681. kayo = a blow that renders the opponent unconscious
  4682. keeping = the act of retaining something / the responsibility of a guardian or keeper / conformity or harmony
  4683. Kegel exercises = exercises for women designed to improve the ability to hold urine
  4684. Kennesaw Mountain = battle of the American Civil War
  4685. keno = a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards
  4686. keratoplasty = a surgical procedure in which part or all of a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by healthy corneal tissue from a donor
  4687. keratoscopy = examination of the cornea with a keratoscope to detect irregularities in its anterior surface
  4688. keratotomy = surgical incision into the cornea
  4689. key stroke = the stroke of a key
  4690. keystroke = the stroke of a key
  4691. khanate = the position of a khan
  4692. kia quen = a form of foot torture used by the Chinese in which the victim's foot was placed between three pieces of bamboo and systematically squeezed
  4693. kick = the act of delivering a blow with the foot / a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics
  4694. kick in the butt = punishment inflicted by kicking the victim in the behind
  4695. kick turn = a standing turn made in skiing
  4696. kick up = raising the feet backward with the hands on the ground
  4697. kicking = the act of delivering a blow with the foot / a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics
  4698. kickoff = a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
  4699. kiddie porn = the illegal use of children in pornographic pictures or films
  4700. kiddy porn = the illegal use of children in pornographic pictures or films
  4701. kidnapping = the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
  4702. kill = the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile / the act of terminating a life
  4703. killing = the act of terminating a life
  4704. kindling = the act of setting something on fire
  4705. kindness = a kind act
  4706. kinesis = a movement that is a response to a stimulus but is not oriented with respect to the source of stimulation
  4707. kip = a gymnastic exercise performed starting from a position with the legs over the upper body and moving to an erect position by arching the back and swinging the legs out and down while forcing the chest upright
  4708. kiss = a light glancing touch / the act of caressing with the lips
  4709. kiss of life = an emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing
  4710. kissing = affectionate play
  4711. kittee = a form of torture used by American Indians in which sensitive parts of the body were squeezed between two boards until the victim could bear no more
  4712. klondike = a form of solitaire that begins with seven piles of cards with the top cards facing up; descending sequences of cards of alternating colors are built on these piles; as aces become available they are placed above the seven piles
  4713. knavery = lack of honesty
  4714. knee bend = exercising by repeatedly assuming a crouching position with the knees bent
  4715. knee jerk = a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon
  4716. knee-jerk reflex = a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon
  4717. kneel = supporting yourself on your knees
  4718. kneeling = supporting yourself on your knees
  4719. knife fight = fighting with knives
  4720. knife thrust = a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
  4721. knight's service = land tenure by service to the lord as a knight
  4722. knitting = creating knitted wear
  4723. knock = the act of hitting vigorously
  4724. knock on = knocking the ball forward while trying to catch it
  4725. knock rummy = a form of rummy in which a player can go out if the cards remaining in their hand total less than 10 points
  4726. knockdown = a blow that knocks the opponent off his feet
  4727. knockout = a blow that renders the opponent unconscious
  4728. knockout punch = a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
  4729. knuckleball = a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin
  4730. knucklebones = a game in which jackstones are thrown and picked up in various groups between bounces of a small rubber ball
  4731. knuckler = a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin
  4732. KO = a blow that renders the opponent unconscious
  4733. KO punch = a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
  4734. Korean War = a war between North and South Korea; South Korea was aided by the United States and other members of the United Nations
  4735. kung fu = a Chinese martial art
  4736. Kwajalein = an amphibious assault in the Pacific in World War II
  4737. Kwanza = a festival featuring African-American culture
  4738. Kwanzaa = a festival featuring African-American culture
  4739. labor = productive work (especially physical work done for wages) / any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  4740. labor market = the market in which workers compete for jobs and employers compete for workers
  4741. labor of love = productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
  4742. Labor Secretary = the position of the head of the Department of Labor
  4743. labour = productive work
  4744. labour of love = productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
  4745. lace making = the act or art of making handmade lace
  4746. laceration = the act of lacerating
  4747. lacing = the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
  4748. lacrosse = a game invented by American Indians
  4749. lactation = feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
  4750. lag = the act of slowing down or falling behind
  4751. Lake Trasimenus = a battle in 217 BC in which Hannibal ambushed a Roman army led by Flaminius
  4752. lam = a rapid escape
  4753. lamentation = the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
  4754. lamination = bonding thin sheets together
  4755. laminectomy = surgical removal of the bony arches on one or more vertebrae
  4756. lancers = a quadrille for 8 or 16 couples
  4757. land = agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life
  4758. land development = making an area of land more useful
  4759. land reform = a redistribution of agricultural land
  4760. land-office business = very large and profitable volume of commercial activity
  4761. landfall = the first sighting of land from the sea after a voyage
  4762. landing = the act of coming to land after a voyage / the act of coming down to the earth
  4763. landing approach = the approach to a landing field by an airplane
  4764. landler = a moderately slow Austrian country dance in triple time
  4765. landscape gardening = working as a landscape gardener
  4766. landscaping = working as a landscape gardener
  4767. Langside = Catholic forces supporting Mary Queen of Scots were routed by Protestants
  4768. language lesson = a period of instruction learning a language
  4769. language teaching = teaching people to speak and understand a foreign language
  4770. lap = touching with the tongue / movement once around a course
  4771. lap choly = removal of the gall bladder through small punctures in the abdomen to permit the insertion of a laparoscope and surgical instruments
  4772. lap of honour = a lap by the winning person or team run to celebrate the victory
  4773. laparoscopic cholecystectomy = removal of the gall bladder through small punctures in the abdomen to permit the insertion of a laparoscope and surgical instruments
  4774. laparoscopy = laparotomy performed with a laparoscope that makes a small incision to examine the abdominal cavity
  4775. laparotomy = surgical incision into the abdominal wall
  4776. lapidation = the act of pelting with stones
  4777. lapse = a failure to maintain a higher state / a mistake resulting from inattention
  4778. lapsing = a failure to maintain a higher state
  4779. larceny = the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
  4780. large order = a formidable task or requirement
  4781. lark = any carefree episode
  4782. laryngectomy = surgical removal of part or all of the larynx
  4783. laryngismus = laryngeal spasm caused by the sudden contraction of laryngeal muscles
  4784. LASEK = a refractive surgery procedure that reshapes the cornea
  4785. laser trabecular surgery = eye surgery that makes many tiny laser burns in an area that will increase the drainage of aqueous humor
  4786. laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis = a refractive surgery procedure that reshapes the cornea
  4787. laser-assisted subepithelial keratomileusis = a refractive surgery procedure that reshapes the cornea
  4788. lash = a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object
  4789. lashing = beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
  4790. LASIK = a refractive surgery procedure that reshapes the cornea
  4791. last = a person's dying act
  4792. last hurrah = a final performance or effort
  4793. last in first out = inventory accounting in which the most recently acquired items are assumed to be the first sold
  4794. last mile = the last walk of a condemned person to the execution place
  4795. last resort = an expedient adopted only in desperation
  4796. last respects = the act of expressing respect for someone who has died
  4797. last rites = rites performed in connection with a death or burial / a Catholic sacrament
  4798. last straw = the final irritation that stretches your patience beyond the limit
  4799. Last Supper = the traditional Passover supper of Jesus with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion
  4800. lateral = a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
  4801. lateral pass = a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
  4802. latria = the worship given to God alone
  4803. laughter = the activity of laughing
  4804. launch = the act of propelling with force
  4805. launching = the act of propelling with force / the act of moving a newly built vessel into the water for the first time / the act of beginning something new
  4806. laundering = washing clothes and bed linens
  4807. lavage = washing out a hollow organ (especially the stomach) by flushing with water
  4808. lavation = the work of cleansing
  4809. lavishness = excessive spending
  4810. law = the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system
  4811. law enforcement = ensuring obedience to the laws
  4812. law practice = the practice of law
  4813. law-breaking = an act punishable by law
  4814. lawmaking = the act of making or enacting laws
  4815. lawn bowling = a bowling game played on a level lawn with biased wooden balls that are rolled at a jack
  4816. lawn tennis = a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
  4817. lawsuit = a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
  4818. laxation = the act of making something less tight
  4819. lay-up = a basketball shot made with one hand from a position under or beside the basket
  4820. laying claim = the act of taking possession of or power over something
  4821. laying on = the act of contacting something with your hand
  4822. laying on of hands = laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination / the application of a faith healer's hands to the patient's body
  4823. laying waste = destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
  4824. layoff = the act of laying off an employee or a work force
  4825. layout = the act of laying out
  4826. layover = a brief stay in the course of a journey
  4827. layup = a basketball shot made with one hand from a position under or beside the basket
  4828. laziness = apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins) / relaxed and easy activity
  4829. lead = the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge / a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow
  4830. leadership = the activity of leading
  4831. leading = the activity of leading
  4832. leading astray = the act of enticing others into sinful ways
  4833. leading off = the act of enticing others into sinful ways
  4834. leaner = the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against (but not encircle) the stake
  4835. leaning = the act of deviating from a vertical position
  4836. leap = a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  4837. leapfrog = a game in which one child bends down and another leaps over / advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors
  4838. leaping = a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  4839. learned profession = one of the three professions traditionally believed to require advanced learning and high principles
  4840. learned reaction = a reaction that has been acquired by learning
  4841. learned response = a reaction that has been acquired by learning
  4842. lease-lend = the transfer of goods and services to an ally to aid in a common cause
  4843. leash = a figurative restraint
  4844. least effort = the least effortful way to do something
  4845. least resistance = the least effortful way to do something
  4846. leave = the act of departing politely
  4847. leave-taking = the act of departing politely
  4848. leaving = the act of departing
  4849. lechery = unrestrained indulgence in sexual activity
  4850. lecture = teaching by giving a discourse on some subject
  4851. lecture demonstration = presentation of an example of what the lecturer is discoursing about
  4852. lectureship = the post of lecturer
  4853. lecturing = teaching by giving a discourse on some subject
  4854. left = a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east
  4855. left field = the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the left third of the outfield
  4856. leftfield = the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the left third of the outfield
  4857. leg = a section or portion of a journey or course / (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
  4858. leg curl = an exercise designed to strengthen the flexor muscles of the leg
  4859. leg curling = an exercise designed to strengthen the flexor muscles of the leg
  4860. leg exercise = exercise designed to strengthen the leg muscles
  4861. leg extensor = an exercise designed to strengthen the extensor muscles of the leg
  4862. leg-pull = as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true
  4863. leg-pulling = as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true
  4864. legal action = a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another
  4865. legal duty = acts which the law requires be done or forborne
  4866. legal fraud = comprises all acts or omissions or concealments involving breach of equitable or legal duty or trust or confidence
  4867. legal injury = any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
  4868. legal ouster = the expulsion of someone (such as a tenant) from the possession of land by process of law
  4869. legal proceeding = the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
  4870. legal separation = the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife
  4871. legal transfer = the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
  4872. legalisation = the act of making lawful
  4873. legalization = the act of making lawful
  4874. legateship = the post or office of legate
  4875. legation = the post or office of legate
  4876. legerdemain = an illusory feat
  4877. legislating = the act of making or enacting laws
  4878. legislation = the act of making or enacting laws
  4879. legislatorship = the office of legislator
  4880. legitimation = the act of making lawful / the act of rendering a person legitimate
  4881. leisure = freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity
  4882. lend-lease = the transfer of goods and services to an ally to aid in a common cause
  4883. lending = disposing of money or property with the expectation that the same thing (or an equivalent) will be returned
  4884. lengthening = the act of prolonging something
  4885. lenience = lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
  4886. leniency = lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
  4887. Lepanto = Turkish sea power was destroyed in 1571 by a league of Christian nations organized by the Pope
  4888. lesbianism = female homosexuality
  4889. lese majesty = a crime that undermines the offender's government
  4890. lesson = a task assigned for individual study / a unit of instruction
  4891. let = a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court
  4892. letting down = the act of causing something to move to a lower level
  4893. leucotomy = surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain
  4894. Leuctra = Thebes defeated Sparta in 371 BC
  4895. leukotomy = surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain
  4896. leveling = the act of making equal or uniform / complete destruction of a building / changing the ground level to a smooth horizontal or gently sloping surface
  4897. lever hang = a hang performed on the rings with the body stationary in a horizontal position
  4898. leverage = investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains
  4899. leveraged buyout = a buyout using borrowed money
  4900. leveraging = investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains
  4901. levitation = the act of raising (a body) from the ground by presumably spiritualistic means
  4902. levy = the act of drafting into military service
  4903. levy en masse = the act of drafting into military service
  4904. lexicography = the act of writing dictionaries
  4905. Lexington = the first battle of the American Revolution
  4906. Lexington and Concord = the first battle of the American Revolution
  4907. Leyte = a battle in World War II; the return of United States troops to the Philippines began with landings on Leyte Island in October 1944
  4908. Leyte invasion = a battle in World War II; the return of United States troops to the Philippines began with landings on Leyte Island in October 1944
  4909. Leyte Island = a battle in World War II; the return of United States troops to the Philippines began with landings on Leyte Island in October 1944
  4910. libation = the act of pouring a liquid offering (especially wine) as a religious ceremony
  4911. liberalisation = the act of making less strict
  4912. liberalization = the act of making less strict
  4913. liberation = the act of liberating someone or something / the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) / the attempt to achieve equal rights or status
  4914. liberty = an act of undue intimacy
  4915. librarianship = the position of librarian
  4916. license = the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
  4917. licentiousness = dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
  4918. lick = a blow with the fist / touching with the tongue
  4919. licking = the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
  4920. lie-in = a long stay in bed in the morning
  4921. lieu = the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
  4922. lieutenancy = the position of a lieutenant
  4923. life class = an art class using a live human model
  4924. life history = the general progression of your working or professional life
  4925. lifesaving = saving the lives of drowning persons
  4926. lifework = the principal work of your career
  4927. LIFO = inventory accounting in which the most recently acquired items are assumed to be the first sold
  4928. lift = the act of raising something / a ride in a car / transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable) / plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face
  4929. ligation = tying a duct or blood vessel with a ligature
  4930. ligature = the act of tying or binding things together
  4931. light adaptation = the process of adjusting the eyes to relatively high levels of illumination
  4932. light reflex = reflex contraction of the sphincter muscle of the iris in response to a bright light (or certain drugs) causing the pupil to become smaller
  4933. light show = a display of colored lights moving in shifting patterns
  4934. light sleep = sleeping for a short period of time
  4935. lightening = changing to a lighter color
  4936. lighterage = the transportation of goods on a lighter
  4937. lighting = the act of setting something on fire / the craft of providing artificial light
  4938. likening = the act of comparing similarities
  4939. limitation = an act of limiting or restricting
  4940. limited war = a war whose objective is less than the unconditional defeat of the enemy
  4941. limp = the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
  4942. lindy = an energetic American dance that was popular in the 1930s
  4943. lindy hop = an energetic American dance that was popular in the 1930s
  4944. line = the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money / acting in conformity
  4945. line backer = the position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage
  4946. line double = a double resulting from a line drive
  4947. line drive = a hit that flies straight out from the batter
  4948. line management = administration of the activities contributing directly to an organization's output
  4949. line of business = a particular kind of commercial enterprise
  4950. line of duty = all that is normally required in some area of responsibility
  4951. line of least resistance = the easiest way
  4952. line of work = the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  4953. line single = a single resulting from a line drive
  4954. line triple = a triple resulting from a line drive
  4955. line-drive double = a double resulting from a line drive
  4956. line-drive single = a single resulting from a line drive
  4957. line-drive triple = a triple resulting from a line drive
  4958. lineation = the act of marking or outlining with lines
  4959. linebacker = the position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage
  4960. linebacker blitzing = defensive players try to break through the offensive line
  4961. lineman = the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage
  4962. liner = a hit that flies straight out from the batter
  4963. lingering = the act of tarrying
  4964. linguistic performance = a speaker's actual use of language in real situations
  4965. lining = the act of attaching an inside lining (to a garment or curtain etc.) / providing something with a surface of a different material
  4966. linkage = the act of linking things together
  4967. lip sync = combining audio and video recording in such a way that the sound is perfectly synchronized with the action that produced it
  4968. lip synch = combining audio and video recording in such a way that the sound is perfectly synchronized with the action that produced it
  4969. lip synchronisation = combining audio and video recording in such a way that the sound is perfectly synchronized with the action that produced it
  4970. lip synchronization = combining audio and video recording in such a way that the sound is perfectly synchronized with the action that produced it
  4971. lipectomy = plastic surgery involving the breakdown and removal of fatty tissue
  4972. liposuction = lipectomy (especially for cosmetic purposes) in which excess fatty tissue is removed from under the skin by suction
  4973. lipreading = perceiving what a person is saying by observing the movements of the lips
  4974. liquidation = the murder of a competitor / termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities / the act of exterminating
  4975. lis pendens = a pending lawsuit
  4976. listening = the act of hearing attentively
  4977. listening watch = a watch established for the reception of traffic of interest to the unit maintaining the watch
  4978. listing = the act of making a list of items
  4979. literature = the profession or art of a writer
  4980. lithography = the act of making a lithographic print
  4981. lithotomy = surgical removal of a stone
  4982. litigation = a legal proceeding in a court
  4983. Little Bighorn = a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull
  4984. Little Office = a Roman Catholic office honoring the Virgin Mary
  4985. liturgy = a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship / a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
  4986. liveliness = general activity and motion
  4987. livery = the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay / the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
  4988. load-shedding = cutting off the electric current on certain lines when the demand becomes greater than the supply
  4989. loading = the labor of putting a load of something on or in a vehicle or ship or container etc.
  4990. loafing = having no employment
  4991. loan approval = formal authorization to get a loan
  4992. loaning = disposing of money or property with the expectation that the same thing (or an equivalent) will be returned
  4993. lob = the act of propelling something (as a ball or shell etc.) in a high arc / an easy return of a tennis ball in a high arc
  4994. lobbyism = the practice of lobbying
  4995. lobectomy = surgical removal of a lobe from any organ of the body
  4996. lobotomy = surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain
  4997. localisation = a determination of the place where something is
  4998. localization = a determination of the place where something is
  4999. locating = a determination of the place where something is / the act of putting something in a certain place
  5000. location = a determination of the place where something is / the act of putting something in a certain place
  5001. lock = any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
  5002. lockage = passage through a lock in a canal or waterway
  5003. lockdown = the act of confining prisoners to their cells
  5004. locking = the act of locking something up to protect it
  5005. lockout = a management action resisting employee's demands
  5006. lockstep = a manner of marching in file in which each person's leg moves with and behind the corresponding leg of the person ahead / a standard procedure that is followed mindlessly
  5007. lockup = the act of locking something up to protect it
  5008. locomotion = self-propelled movement
  5009. lodging = the act of lodging
  5010. loft bombing = a bombing run in which the bomber approaches the target at a low altitude and pulls up just before releasing the bomb
  5011. logging = the work of cutting down trees for timber
  5012. logic programing = creating a program that enables the computer to reason logically
  5013. logic programming = creating a program that enables the computer to reason logically
  5014. logistic assessment = a judgment of the logistic support required for some particular military operation
  5015. logistic assistance = assistance between and within military commands
  5016. logistic support = assistance between and within military commands
  5017. logistics = handling an operation that involves providing labor and materials be supplied as needed
  5018. logrolling = rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport) / act of exchanging favors for mutual gain
  5019. long division = the operation of division in which the sequence of steps are indicated in detail
  5020. long fly = a gymnastic exercise involving a long leap from a vaulting horse
  5021. long haul = a journey over a long distance
  5022. long jump = the act of jumping as far as possible from a running start
  5023. long shot = a venture that involves great risk but promises great rewards
  5024. long whist = a card game for four players who form two partnerships
  5025. longways = country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
  5026. longways dance = country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
  5027. look = the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
  5028. look-over = a swift cursory examination or inspection
  5029. looking = the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually / the act of searching visually
  5030. looking at = the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
  5031. looking for = the act of searching visually
  5032. lookout = the act of looking out
  5033. loop = a flight maneuver
  5034. loop-the-loop = a flight maneuver
  5035. loose end = work that is left incomplete
  5036. looseness = dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
  5037. loosening = the act of making something less tight
  5038. looting = plundering during riots or in wartime
  5039. lope = a smooth three-beat gait
  5040. Lord's Supper = the traditional Passover supper of Jesus with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion / a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
  5041. lordolatry = the worship of a lord because of his rank or title
  5042. loss = the act of losing someone or something
  5043. lost cause = a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
  5044. lottery = players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots
  5045. lotto = a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards
  5046. love = sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
  5047. love feast = a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship
  5048. love life = sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
  5049. love match = a marriage for love's sake
  5050. lovemaking = sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
  5051. low level flight = flight at very low altitudes
  5052. Low Mass = a Mass recited without music
  5053. lowering = the act of causing something to move to a lower level / the act of causing to become less
  5054. loyalty = the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
  5055. lubrication = an application of a lubricant to something
  5056. Lucknow = the British residents of Lucknow were besieged by Indian insurgents during the Indian Mutiny
  5057. lucky dip = a selection or decision purely at random / a game in which prizes (e.g., candies or coins) are concealed in a container and for a small sum a player can draw one out at random
  5058. Ludi Saeculares = the centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation
  5059. ludo = a simple board game in which players move counters according to the throw of dice
  5060. luff = the act of sailing close to the wind
  5061. luging = riding a light one-man toboggan
  5062. Lule Burgas = the principal battle of the Balkan Wars
  5063. lullaby = the act of singing a quiet song to lull a child to sleep
  5064. lumbar puncture = removal by centesis of fluid from the subarachnoid space of the lumbar region of the spinal cord for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
  5065. lumbering = the trade of cutting or preparing or selling timber
  5066. lumpectomy = surgical removal of a tumor without removing much of the surrounding tissue or lymph nodes
  5067. lunacy = foolish or senseless behavior
  5068. lunching = the act of eating lunch
  5069. lunge = the act of moving forward suddenly / (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
  5070. lurch = an unsteady uneven gait / the act of moving forward suddenly / abrupt up-and-down motion
  5071. lust = self-indulgent sexual desire
  5072. lustrum = a ceremonial purification of the Roman population every five years following the census
  5073. Lutzen = a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1632); Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeated the Holy Roman Empire under Wallenstein
  5074. luxuria = self-indulgent sexual desire
  5075. luxuriation = an activity that affords excessive pleasure and enjoyment
  5076. lying = the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
  5077. lying in wait = the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
  5078. lying under oath = criminal offense of making false statements under oath
  5079. lymphangiography = roentgenographic examination of lymph nodes and lymph vessels after injection of a radiopaque contrast medium
  5080. lymphography = roentgenographic examination of lymph nodes and lymph vessels after injection of a radiopaque contrast medium
  5081. lynch law = the practice of punishing people by hanging without due process of law
  5082. lynching = putting a person to death by mob action without due process of law
  5083. Macedonian War = one the four wars between Macedonia and Rome in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, which ended in the defeat of Macedonia and its annexation as a Roman province
  5084. maculation = the act of spotting or staining something
  5085. Magenta = a battle in 1859 in which the French and Sardinian forces under Napoleon III defeated the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
  5086. magic = an illusory feat
  5087. magic trick = an illusory feat
  5088. magistracy = the position of magistrate
  5089. magistrature = the position of magistrate
  5090. maglev = high-speed rail technology
  5091. magnetic levitation = high-speed rail technology
  5092. magnetic resonance imaging = the use of nuclear magnetic resonance of protons to produce proton density images
  5093. magnification = the act of expanding something in apparent size
  5094. Mah-Jongg = Chinese game played by 4 people with 144 tiles
  5095. mahjong = Chinese game played by 4 people with 144 tiles
  5096. maiden flight = the first flight of its kind
  5097. maiden voyage = the first voyage of its kind
  5098. mail call = a call of names of those receiving mail
  5099. mail fraud = use of the mails to defraud someone
  5100. mail-order buying = buying goods to be shipped through the mail
  5101. mailing = the transmission of a letter
  5102. maintenance = activity involved in maintaining something in good working order / the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community / the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence
  5103. major surgery = any surgical procedure that involves anesthesia or respiratory assistance
  5104. make = the act of mixing cards haphazardly
  5105. make-believe = the enactment of a pretense
  5106. make-do = something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
  5107. make-work = active work of little value
  5108. makeover = a complete reconstruction and renovation of something / an overall beauty treatment (involving a person's hair style and cosmetics and clothing) intended to change or improve a person's appearance
  5109. makeready = final preparation and adjustments
  5110. makeshift = something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
  5111. Makin = battles in World War II in the Pacific
  5112. making = the act that results in something coming to be
  5113. making love = sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
  5114. Maldon = a battle in which the Danes defeated the Saxons in 991
  5115. male chauvinism = activity indicative of belief in the superiority of men over women
  5116. male orgasm = an orgasm accompanied by the sensation of ejaculation of semen
  5117. malfeasance = wrongful conduct by a public official
  5118. malicious mischief = willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
  5119. malingering = evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated
  5120. malpractice = a wrongful act that the actor had no right to do
  5121. maltreatment = cruel or inhumane treatment
  5122. malversation = misconduct in public office
  5123. mambo = a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba
  5124. mammography = a diagnostic procedure to detect breast tumors by the use of X rays
  5125. mammothermography = the use of thermography to detect breast tumors
  5126. management = the act of managing something
  5127. management control = an internal control performed by one or more managers
  5128. managership = the position of manager
  5129. mandate = the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
  5130. manduction = biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow / the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist
  5131. maneuver = an action aimed at evading an opponent / a move made to gain a tactical end / a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill / a military training exercise
  5132. Manhattan Project = code name for the secret United States project set up in 1942 to develop atomic bombs for use in World War II
  5133. manhood = the status of being a man
  5134. manhunt = an organized search (by police) for a person
  5135. manicure = professional care for the hands and fingernails
  5136. manifestation = a public display of group feelings
  5137. Manila Bay = a naval battle in the Spanish-American War
  5138. manipulation = the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means / exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
  5139. manipulative electronic deception = actions to eliminate revealing telltale indicators that could be used by the enemy
  5140. mannerism = a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  5141. manoeuvre = an action aimed at evading an opponent / a move made to gain a tactical end / a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill / a military training exercise
  5142. manslaughter = homicide without malice aforethought
  5143. Mantinea = the site of three famous battles among Greek city-states: in 418 BC and 362 BC and 207 BC
  5144. Mantineia = the site of three famous battles among Greek city-states: in 418 BC and 362 BC and 207 BC
  5145. manual = a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
  5146. manual labor = labor done with the hands
  5147. manual labour = labor done with the hands
  5148. manual of arms = a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
  5149. manufacture = the organized action of making of goods and services for sale / the act of making something (a product) from raw materials
  5150. manufacturing = the act of making something (a product) from raw materials
  5151. manumission = the formal act of freeing from slavery
  5152. mapmaking = the making of maps and charts
  5153. mapping = the process of locating genes on a chromosome
  5154. marathon = any long and arduous undertaking / a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians
  5155. maraud = a sudden short attack
  5156. marbles = a children's game played with little balls made of a hard substance
  5157. march = a steady advance / the act of marching
  5158. marching = the act of marching
  5159. Mardi Gras = a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans
  5160. Marengo = a battle in 1800 in which the French under Napoleon Bonaparte won a great victory over the Austrians
  5161. mariticide = the murder of a husband by his wife
  5162. mark = something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal
  5163. market = the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold
  5164. market analysis = marketing research that yields information about the marketplace
  5165. market capitalisation = an estimation of the value of a business that is obtained by multiplying the number of shares outstanding by the current price of a share
  5166. market capitalization = an estimation of the value of a business that is obtained by multiplying the number of shares outstanding by the current price of a share
  5167. market gardening = the growing of vegetables or flowers for market
  5168. market penetration = the extent to which a product is recognized and bought by customers in a particular market
  5169. market place = the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold
  5170. market research = research that gathers and analyzes information about the moving of good or services from producer to consumer
  5171. marketing = shopping at a market / the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service / the exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money
  5172. marketing research = research that gathers and analyzes information about the moving of good or services from producer to consumer
  5173. marketplace = the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold
  5174. marking = the act of making a visible mark on a surface / evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score
  5175. Marne River = a World War I battle in northwestern France where the Allies defeated the Germans in 1918
  5176. marriage = the act of marrying
  5177. marriage ceremony = the act of marrying
  5178. marshalship = the post of marshall
  5179. Marston Moor = a battle in 1644 in which the Parliamentarians under the earl of Manchester defeated the Royalists under Prince Rupert
  5180. martial art = any of several Oriental arts of weaponless self-defense
  5181. martyr operation = killing or injuring others while annihilating yourself
  5182. mask = activity that tries to conceal something
  5183. masking = the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it
  5184. masonry = the craft of a mason
  5185. masquerade = making a false outward show
  5186. Mass = the celebration of the Eucharist
  5187. mass murder = the savage and excessive killing of many people
  5188. mass production = the production of large quantities of a standardized article
  5189. mass spectroscopy = the use of spectroscopy to determine the masses of small electrically charged particles
  5190. massacre = the savage and excessive killing of many people
  5191. massage = kneading and rubbing parts of the body to increase circulation and promote relaxation
  5192. masse = a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically
  5193. masse shot = a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically
  5194. massed fire = fire from two or more weapons directed at a single target or area
  5195. mastectomy = surgical removal of a breast to remove a malignant tumor
  5196. mastering = the act of making a master recording from which copies can be made
  5197. masterpiece = an outstanding achievement
  5198. mastership = the position of master
  5199. masterstroke = an achievement demonstrating great skill or mastery
  5200. mastery = the act of mastering or subordinating someone
  5201. mastication = biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
  5202. mastoidectomy = surgical removal of some or all of the mastoid process
  5203. mastopexy = plastic surgery to lift or reshape the breasts
  5204. masturbation = manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure
  5205. match play = golf scoring by holes won
  5206. match-up = the pairing of people or things as for comparison or competition
  5207. matchmaking = mediation in order to bring about a marriage between others
  5208. matchup = the pairing of people or things as for comparison or competition
  5209. mate = a chess move constituting an inescapable and indefensible attack on the opponent's king
  5210. material breach = a breach serious enough to destroy the value of the contract and to give a basis for an action for breach of contract
  5211. materials handling = act of loading and unloading and moving goods within e.g. a factory especially using mechanical devices
  5212. maternalism = motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother
  5213. mathematical operation = calculation by mathematical methods
  5214. mathematical process = calculation by mathematical methods
  5215. mating = the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
  5216. matric = admission to a group
  5217. matricide = the murder of your mother
  5218. matriculation = admission to a group
  5219. matrimony = the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
  5220. matrix addition = the addition of matrices
  5221. matrix inversion = determination of a matrix that when multiplied by the given matrix will yield a unit matrix
  5222. matrix multiplication = the multiplication of matrices
  5223. matrix operation = a mathematical operation involving matrices
  5224. matrix transposition = the interchange of each row of a square matrix with the corresponding column
  5225. maximation = the act of raising to the highest possible point or condition or position
  5226. maximisation = the act of raising to the highest possible point or condition or position
  5227. maximization = the act of raising to the highest possible point or condition or position / the mathematical process of finding the maximum value of a function
  5228. mayhem = violent and needless disturbance / the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person
  5229. mayoralty = the position of mayor
  5230. mazurka = a Polish national dance in triple time
  5231. McCarthyism = unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty
  5232. meander = an aimless amble on a winding course
  5233. means = thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end
  5234. means test = an inquiry into the financial position of someone applying for financial aid
  5235. measure = any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal / the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
  5236. measurement = the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
  5237. measuring = the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
  5238. meat grinder = any action resulting in injury or destruction
  5239. meat packing = wholesale packaging of meat for future sale
  5240. meat-packing business = wholesale packaging of meat for future sale
  5241. meatpacking = wholesale packaging of meat for future sale
  5242. mechanical drawing = the craft of drawing blueprints
  5243. mechanics = the technical aspects of doing something
  5244. mechanisation = the act of implementing the control of equipment with advanced technology
  5245. mechanism = the technical aspects of doing something
  5246. mechanization = the act of implementing the control of equipment with advanced technology
  5247. medal play = golf scoring by total strokes taken
  5248. meddling = the act of altering something secretly or improperly
  5249. medevac = the evacuation of persons (usually by air transportation) to a place where they can receive medical care
  5250. mediation = the act of intervening for the purpose of bringing about a settlement
  5251. Medicaid = health care for the needy
  5252. medical = a thorough physical examination
  5253. medical aid = professional treatment for illness or injury
  5254. medical care = professional treatment for illness or injury
  5255. medical checkup = a thorough physical examination
  5256. medical diagnosis = identification of a disease from its symptoms
  5257. medical evacuation = the evacuation of persons (usually by air transportation) to a place where they can receive medical care
  5258. medical exam = a thorough physical examination
  5259. medical examination = a thorough physical examination
  5260. medical practice = the practice of medicine
  5261. medical procedure = a procedure employed by medical or dental practitioners
  5262. medical prognosis = a prediction of the course of a disease
  5263. Medicare = health care for the aged
  5264. medication = the act of treating with medicines or remedies
  5265. medicine = the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries / punishment for one's actions
  5266. medium = an occupation for which you are especially well suited
  5267. medivac = the evacuation of persons (usually by air transportation) to a place where they can receive medical care
  5268. meeting = the act of joining together as one / the social act of assembling for some common purpose
  5269. megahit = an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales
  5270. megavitamin therapy = therapy based on a theory that taking very large doses of vitamins will prevent or cure physical or psychological disorders
  5271. meld = a form of rummy using two decks of cards and four jokers; jokers and deuces are wild
  5272. melee = a noisy riotous fight
  5273. melioration = the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
  5274. mend = the act of putting something in working order again
  5275. mending = the act of putting something in working order again
  5276. meniscectomy = surgical removal of the meniscus of the knee
  5277. mensuration = the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
  5278. mental measurement = a generic term used to cover any application of measurement techniques to the quantification of mental functions
  5279. mental test = any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc
  5280. mental testing = any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc
  5281. mercantilism = transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities
  5282. merchandising = the exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money
  5283. mercifulness = leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
  5284. mercy = leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice / alleviation of distress
  5285. mercy killing = the act of killing someone painlessly
  5286. merger = the combination of two or more commercial companies
  5287. merging = the act of joining together as one / a flowing together
  5288. merriment = activities that are enjoyable or amusing
  5289. merrymaking = a boisterous celebration
  5290. mesh = the act of interlocking or meshing
  5291. meshing = the act of interlocking or meshing
  5292. meshugaas = craziness
  5293. mesmerism = the act of inducing hypnosis
  5294. mess-up = something badly botched or muddled
  5295. messiahship = the position of messiah
  5296. metalwork = the activity of making things out of metal in a skillful manner
  5297. metalworking = the activity of making things out of metal in a skillful manner
  5298. metamorphosis = a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft / a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
  5299. Metaurus River = a battle during the second Punic War
  5300. meteortropism = an effect of climate on biological processes
  5301. meter reading = the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments
  5302. method = an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
  5303. method acting = an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
  5304. metier = an occupation for which you are especially well suited
  5305. metrazol shock = the administration of sufficient Metrazol to induce convulsions and coma
  5306. metrazol shock therapy = the administration of sufficient Metrazol to induce convulsions and coma
  5307. metrazol shock treatment = the administration of sufficient Metrazol to induce convulsions and coma
  5308. metrication = the act of changing from imperial units of measurement to metric units: meters, grams, seconds
  5309. metrification = the act of changing from imperial units of measurement to metric units: meters, grams, seconds / writing a metrical composition
  5310. Meuse = an American operation in World War I
  5311. Meuse River = an American operation in World War I
  5312. Meuse-Argonne = an American operation in World War I
  5313. Meuse-Argonne operation = an American operation in World War I
  5314. Mexican Revolution = a revolution for agrarian reforms led in northern Mexico by Pancho Villa and in southern Mexico by Emiliano Zapata
  5315. Mexican War = after disputes over Texas lands that were settled by Mexicans the United States declared war on Mexico in 1846 and by treaty in 1848 took Texas and California and Arizona and New Mexico and Nevada and Utah and part of Colorado and paid Mexico $15,000,000
  5316. Michelson-Morley experiment = a celebrated experiment conducted by Albert Michelson and Edward Morley
  5317. Michigan = a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops
  5318. micrometry = measuring with a micrometer
  5319. microscopy = research with the use of microscopes
  5320. microsurgery = surgery using operating microscopes and miniaturized precision instruments to perform intricate procedures on very small structures
  5321. microwave spectroscopy = the use of spectroscopy to study atomic or molecular resonances in the microwave spectrum
  5322. micturition reflex = relaxation of the urethral sphincter in response to increased pressure in the bladder
  5323. mid-off = the fielding position in cricket closest to the bowler on the off side
  5324. mid-on = the fielding position in cricket closest to the bowler on the on side
  5325. Midway = naval battle of World War II
  5326. midwifery = assisting women at childbirth
  5327. migration = the movement of persons from one country or locality to another
  5328. mikvah = a ritual purification and cleansing bath that Orthodox Jews take on certain occasions
  5329. militainment = entertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated
  5330. militarisation = act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency:
  5331. militarization = act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency:
  5332. military action = a military engagement
  5333. military blockade = the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
  5334. military campaign = several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal
  5335. military censorship = all types of censorship conducted by personnel of the armed forces
  5336. military ceremony = a military custom performed in observance of some event or anniversary
  5337. military control = the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
  5338. military drill = training in marching and the use of weapons
  5339. military expedition = a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
  5340. military mission = an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters
  5341. military operation = activity by a military or naval force
  5342. military press = a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
  5343. military service = land tenure by service in the lord's army
  5344. military training = training soldiers in military procedures
  5345. mill = the act of grinding to a powder or dust
  5346. mime = a performance using gestures and body movements without words
  5347. mimicry = the act of mimicking; imitative behavior / the resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects
  5348. mind game = deliberate actions of calculated psychological manipulation intended to intimidate or confuse (usually for competitive advantage) / any game designed to exercise the intellect
  5349. Minden = a battle in the Seven Years' War (1759) in which the English forces and their allies defeated the French
  5350. mine disposal = the disposal of explosive mines
  5351. minelaying = laying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy personnel and equipment
  5352. minesweeping = the activity of detecting and disposing of marine mines
  5353. mingling = the action of people mingling and coming into contact
  5354. miniature golf = a novelty version of golf played with golf balls and putters on a miniature course featuring many obstacles
  5355. miniaturisation = act of making on a greatly reduced scale
  5356. miniaturization = act of making on a greatly reduced scale
  5357. minimally invasive coronary bypass surgery = heart surgery in which a coronary bypass is performed on the beating heart by the use of small instruments and cameras threaded through small incisions
  5358. minimisation = the act of reducing something to the least possible amount or degree or position
  5359. minimization = the act of reducing something to the least possible amount or degree or position
  5360. mining = the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth / laying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy personnel and equipment
  5361. minister = the job of a head of a government department
  5362. ministration = assistance in time of difficulty
  5363. ministry = the work of a minister of religion
  5364. Ministry of Transportation test = a compulsory annual test of older motor vehicles for safety and exhaust fumes
  5365. minor surgery = any surgical procedure that does not involve anesthesia or respiratory assistance
  5366. mintage = act or process of minting coins
  5367. minuet = a stately court dance in the 17th century
  5368. minus = an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated
  5369. miosis = reflex contraction of the sphincter muscle of the iris in response to a bright light (or certain drugs) causing the pupil to become smaller
  5370. miotic eyedrop = a treatment for glaucoma
  5371. miracle-worship = the worship of miracles
  5372. misapplication = the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else / wrong use or application
  5373. misappropriation = wrongful borrowing / the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
  5374. misbehavior = improper or wicked or immoral behavior
  5375. misbehaviour = improper or wicked or immoral behavior
  5376. miscalculation = a mistake in calculating
  5377. miscarriage = a natural loss of the products of conception
  5378. miscegenation = reproduction by parents of different races
  5379. mischief = reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
  5380. mischief-making = reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
  5381. mischievousness = reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
  5382. misconduct = activity that transgresses moral or civil law / bad or dishonest management by persons supposed to act on another's behalf
  5383. miscount = an inaccurate count
  5384. miscue = a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc. / a faulty shot in billiards
  5385. misdeal = an incorrect deal
  5386. misdeed = improper or wicked or immoral behavior
  5387. misdemeanor = a crime less serious than a felony
  5388. misdemeanour = a crime less serious than a felony
  5389. misdirection = the act of distracting
  5390. misestimation = a mistake in calculating
  5391. misfeasance = doing a proper act in a wrongful or injurious manner
  5392. misgovernment = government that is inefficient or dishonest
  5393. mishegaas = craziness
  5394. mishegoss = craziness
  5395. mismanagement = management that is careless or inefficient
  5396. misplay = a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
  5397. misreckoning = a mistake in calculating
  5398. misrepresentation = a willful perversion of facts
  5399. misrule = government that is inefficient or dishonest
  5400. mission = the organized work of a religious missionary / a special assignment that is given to a person or group / an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters
  5401. mission impossible = an extremely dangerous or difficult mission
  5402. missionary work = the organized work of a religious missionary
  5403. misstep = an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
  5404. mistake = a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  5405. mistreatment = the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
  5406. mistrial = a trial that is invalid or inconclusive
  5407. misuse = improper or excessive use
  5408. mitigation = the action of lessening in severity or intensity / to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
  5409. mitsvah = a good deed performed out of religious duty
  5410. mitzvah = a good deed performed out of religious duty
  5411. mix = the act of mixing together
  5412. mix-up = a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another
  5413. mixed farming = growing crops and feed and livestock all on the same farm
  5414. mixing = the act of mixing together
  5415. mixture = the act of mixing together
  5416. mnemonic = a device (such as a rhyme or acronym) used to aid recall
  5417. mobilisation = act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency: / act of marshaling and organizing and making ready for use or action
  5418. mobilization = act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency: / act of marshaling and organizing and making ready for use or action
  5419. mock = the act of mocking or ridiculing
  5420. mockery = humorous or satirical mimicry
  5421. modality = a method of therapy that involves physical or electrical therapeutic treatment
  5422. model = the act of representing something
  5423. modeling = the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale) / a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied
  5424. modelling = the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale) / a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied
  5425. moderation = the action of lessening in severity or intensity
  5426. moderatorship = the position of moderator
  5427. modern ballet = a style of ballet that admits a wider variety of movements
  5428. modern dance = a style of theatrical dancing that is not as restricted as classical ballet
  5429. modernisation = making modern in appearance or behavior
  5430. modernism = practices typical of contemporary life or thought
  5431. modernization = making modern in appearance or behavior
  5432. modification = the act of making something different
  5433. modified radical mastectomy = removal of a breast and the pectoralis minor and some lymph nodes in the adjacent armpit
  5434. modulation = the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion
  5435. modus operandi = an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
  5436. moistening = the act of making something slightly wet
  5437. molding = the act of creating something by casting it in a mold / a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied
  5438. molestation = the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism / the act of subjecting someone to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activity
  5439. mollification = the act of appeasing someone or causing someone to be more favorably inclined
  5440. momism = excessive protection
  5441. monetisation = establishing something (e.g. gold or silver) as the legal tender of a country
  5442. monetization = establishing something (e.g. gold or silver) as the legal tender of a country
  5443. money laundering = concealing the source of illegally gotten money
  5444. moneymaking = the act of making money
  5445. monitoring = the act of observing something
  5446. monkey business = mischievous or deceitful behavior
  5447. Monmouth Court House = a pitched battle in New Jersey during the American Revolution (1778) that ended with the withdrawal of British forces
  5448. monoculture = the cultivation of a single crop
  5449. monohybrid cross = hybridization using a single trait with two alleles
  5450. monolatry = the worship of a single god but without claiming that it is the only god
  5451. monopolisation = domination (of a market or commodity) to the exclusion of others
  5452. monopolization = domination (of a market or commodity) to the exclusion of others
  5453. Monopoly = a board game in which players try to gain a monopoly on real estate as pieces advance around the board according to the throw of a die
  5454. monte = a gambling card game of Spanish origin
  5455. moon shot = the launching of a spacecraft to the moon
  5456. moon-worship = the worship of the moon
  5457. moonwalk = an exploratory walk by an astronaut on the surface of the moon / a kind of dance step in which the dancer seems to be sliding on the spot
  5458. moorage = the act of securing an arriving vessel with ropes
  5459. moot = a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise
  5460. mop up = a concluding action
  5461. mopping = cleaning with a mop
  5462. moral obligation = an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong
  5463. morale booster = anything that serves to increase morale
  5464. morale building = anything that serves to increase morale
  5465. moralisation = the act of making moral
  5466. moralism = judgments about another person's morality
  5467. moralization = the act of making moral
  5468. Moro reflex = a normal reflex of young infants
  5469. morris dance = any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
  5470. morris dancing = any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
  5471. mortal sin = an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace
  5472. mortar fire = artillery fire delivered by a mortar
  5473. mortification = the act of mortifying the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation
  5474. MOT = a compulsory annual test of older motor vehicles for safety and exhaust fumes
  5475. MOT test = a compulsory annual test of older motor vehicles for safety and exhaust fumes
  5476. motility = a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  5477. motion = the act of changing location from one place to another / a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  5478. motion study = an analysis of a specific job in an effort to find the most efficient method in terms of time and effort
  5479. motion-picture photography = the act of making a film
  5480. motivating = the act of motivating
  5481. motivation = the act of motivating
  5482. motor control = control of muscles
  5483. motorcycling = riding a motorcycle
  5484. motoring = the act of driving an automobile
  5485. motorisation = the act of motorizing
  5486. motorization = the act of motorizing
  5487. mottling = the act of coloring with areas of different shades
  5488. moulding = a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied
  5489. mound = the position on a baseball team of the player who throws the ball for a batter to try to hit
  5490. mount = the act of climbing something
  5491. mountain climbing = the activity of climbing a mountain
  5492. mountaineering = the activity of climbing a mountain
  5493. mourning = the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
  5494. mouse click = depression of a button on a computer mouse
  5495. mousetrap = a play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then blocked off as the runner goes through the place the lineman vacated
  5496. mouth-to-mouth resuscitation = an emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing
  5497. move = the act of deciding to do something / (game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game / the act of changing your residence or place of business / the act of changing location from one place to another / a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  5498. movement = the act of changing location from one place to another / the act of changing the location of something / a change of position that does not entail a change of location / a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  5499. movie making = the production of movies
  5500. moviemaking = the production of movies
  5501. moving in = the act of occupying or taking possession of a building
  5502. MPEG = a set of standards adopted by the moving pictures experts group for the compression of digital video and audio data or a file of data compressed according to those standards
  5503. MRI = the use of nuclear magnetic resonance of protons to produce proton density images
  5504. mud bath = a bath in warm mud
  5505. mudra = ritual hand movement in Hindu religious dancing
  5506. muff = dropping the ball
  5507. mug's game = a futile or unprofitable endeavor
  5508. mugging = assault with intent to rob
  5509. multiple voting = the act of voting in more than one place by the same person at the same election
  5510. multiplication = the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production / an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division
  5511. mumble-the-peg = a game in which players throw or flip a jackknife in various ways so that the knife sticks in the ground
  5512. mumblety-peg = a game in which players throw or flip a jackknife in various ways so that the knife sticks in the ground
  5513. mumbling = ineffectual chewing
  5514. mummification = embalmment and drying a dead body and wrapping it as a mummy
  5515. munch = a large bite
  5516. murder = unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
  5517. murder conviction = conviction for murder
  5518. muscle building = exercise that builds muscles through tension
  5519. muscle contraction = a shortening or tensing of a part or organ
  5520. musclebuilding = exercise that builds muscles through tension
  5521. muscular contraction = a shortening or tensing of a part or organ
  5522. mush = a journey by dogsled
  5523. music = musical activity (singing or whistling etc.) / punishment for one's actions
  5524. music lesson = a lesson in performing music
  5525. musical chairs = a rearrangement that has no practical effect or significance / a child's game in which players march to music around a group of chairs that contains one chair less than the number of players; when the music abruptly stops the players scramble to sit and the player who does not find a chair is eliminated
  5526. musical performance = the act of performing music
  5527. muster = compulsory military service
  5528. muster call = a call of the names of personnel at a military assembly
  5529. mutilation = the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something
  5530. mutiny = open rebellion against constituted authority
  5531. mutual aid = arrangements made between nations to assist each other
  5532. mycophagy = the practice of eating fungi
  5533. mydriasis = reflex pupillary dilation as a muscle pulls the iris outward
  5534. myelography = roentgenography of the spinal cord to detect possible lesions
  5535. myosis = reflex contraction of the sphincter muscle of the iris in response to a bright light (or certain drugs) causing the pupil to become smaller
  5536. myotactic reflex = reflex contraction of a muscle when an attached tendon is pulled
  5537. myotomy = surgical incision or division of a muscle
  5538. myringectomy = surgical removal of the eardrum
  5539. myringoplasty = surgical repair of a perforated eardrum with a tissue graft
  5540. myringotomy = surgical incision into the eardrum
  5541. mystification = the activity of obscuring people's understanding, leaving them baffled or bewildered
  5542. NAFTA = an agreement for free trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico
  5543. nail pulling = a form of torture in which the fingernails or toenails are removed
  5544. nail removal = a form of torture in which the fingernails or toenails are removed
  5545. naked option = a put or call option for which the seller or buyer has no underlying security position
  5546. name = by the sanction or authority of
  5547. naming = the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
  5548. nap = a card game similar to whist
  5549. Napoleon = a card game similar to whist
  5550. Napoleonic Wars = a series of wars fought between France (led by Napoleon Bonaparte) and alliances involving England and Prussia and Russia and Austria at different times
  5551. naprapathy = a drugless method of treatment based on the belief that disease symptoms arise from problems with ligaments and connective tissues
  5552. narcoterrorism = the financing of terrorist activities by participation in the drug trade
  5553. narcotraffic = traffic in illegal drugs
  5554. narrow escape = something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
  5555. narrowing = the act of making something narrower
  5556. Naseby = a battle in 1645 that settled the outcome of the first English Civil War as the Parliamentarians won a major victory over the Royalists
  5557. nasogastric feeding = feeding consisting of delivering liquid nutrients through a tube passing through the nose and into the stomach
  5558. natation = the act of someone who floats on the water
  5559. national assistance = benefits paid to bring incomes up to minimum levels established by law
  5560. national censorship = censorship under civil authority of communications entering or leaving or crossing the borders of the United States or its territories or possessions
  5561. national insurance = social insurance program in Britain; based on contributions from employers and employees
  5562. national service = compulsory service in the military during peacetime
  5563. nationalisation = changing something from private to state ownership or control / the action of rendering national in character / the action of forming or becoming a nation
  5564. nationalization = changing something from private to state ownership or control / the action of rendering national in character / the action of forming or becoming a nation
  5565. natural = a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake
  5566. natural family planning = any of several methods of family planning that do not involve sterilization or contraceptive devices or drugs
  5567. naturalisation = changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology / the introduction of animals or plants to places where they flourish but are not indigenous / the proceeding whereby a foreigner is granted citizenship
  5568. naturalization = changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology / the introduction of animals or plants to places where they flourish but are not indigenous / the proceeding whereby a foreigner is granted citizenship
  5569. naturism = going without clothes as a social practice
  5570. naturopathy = a method of treating disease using food and exercise and heat to assist the natural healing process
  5571. nauch = an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
  5572. naught = complete failure
  5573. nautch = an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
  5574. nautch dance = an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
  5575. naval battle = a pitched battle between naval fleets
  5576. naval blockade = the interdiction of a nation's lines of communication at sea by the use of naval power
  5577. naval campaign = an operation conducted primarily by naval forces in order to gain or extend or maintain control of the sea
  5578. Navarino = a decisive naval battle in the War of Greek Independence
  5579. navigation = the work of a sailor / the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place / ship traffic
  5580. Navy Secretary = head of a former executive department
  5581. near thing = something that barely avoids failure or disaster
  5582. neck exercise = exercise designed to strengthen the neck muscles
  5583. necking = affectionate play
  5584. necrophagia = feeding on corpses or carrion
  5585. necrophagy = feeding on corpses or carrion
  5586. necropsy = an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
  5587. needlecraft = work (such as sewing or embroidery) that is done with a needle
  5588. needlework = work (such as sewing or embroidery) that is done with a needle
  5589. negative chemotaxis = movement away from a chemical stimulus
  5590. neglect = willful lack of care and attention / failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
  5591. neglect of duty = breach of a duty
  5592. negligence = failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
  5593. negotiation = the activity or business of negotiating an agreement
  5594. nelson = any of several wrestling holds in which an arm is passed under the opponent's arm from behind and the hand exerts pressure on the back of the neck
  5595. Nemean Games = the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially at Nemea in the second and fourth years of each Olympiad
  5596. neocolonialism = control by a powerful country of its former colonies (or other less developed countries) by economic pressures
  5597. neologism = the act of inventing a word or phrase
  5598. neology = the act of inventing a word or phrase
  5599. nephrectomy = surgical removal of a kidney
  5600. nephrotomy = incision into a kidney
  5601. nepotism = favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power
  5602. nestle = a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace
  5603. net ball = a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court
  5604. netball = a team game that resembles basketball
  5605. netkeeper = the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring
  5606. netting = creating nets
  5607. neurectomy = surgical removal of all or part of a nerve
  5608. neuro-marketing = marketing based on studies of consumers' sensorimotor, cognitive, and affective responses
  5609. neuromarketing = marketing based on studies of consumers' sensorimotor, cognitive, and affective responses
  5610. neuroplasty = plastic surgery of the nerves
  5611. neurosurgery = any surgery that involves the nervous system
  5612. neurotropism = an affinity for neural tissues
  5613. neutering = the sterilization of an animal
  5614. neutralisation = action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action / action intended to keep a country politically neutral or exclude it from a possible war / (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it
  5615. neutrality = nonparticipation in a dispute or war
  5616. neutralization = action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action / action intended to keep a country politically neutral or exclude it from a possible war / (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it
  5617. neutralization fire = fire that is delivered in order to render the target ineffective or unusable
  5618. new deal = a reapportioning of something
  5619. Newmarket = a gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace and king and queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and successively higher cards are played until the sequence stops
  5620. newspapering = journalism practiced for the newspapers
  5621. newspeak = deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language used to mislead and manipulate the public
  5622. nibble = gentle biting
  5623. nick = a small cut
  5624. nictation = a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
  5625. nictitation = a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
  5626. night game = a game played under artificial illumination at night
  5627. night life = the activity of people seeking nighttime diversion (as at the theater, a nightclub, etc.) / the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
  5628. night-stop = a break in a journey for the night
  5629. nightcap = the final game of a double header
  5630. nightlife = the activity of people seeking nighttime diversion (as at the theater, a nightclub, etc.) / the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
  5631. nightwork = work to be done at night
  5632. nihil obstat = authoritative approval
  5633. nim = game in which matchsticks are arranged in rows and players alternately remove one or more of them
  5634. ninepins = a bowling game that is played by rolling a bowling ball down a bowling alley at a target of nine wooden pins
  5635. ninjitsu = the traditional Japanese method of espionage
  5636. ninjutsu = the traditional Japanese method of espionage
  5637. nip = a small sharp bite or snip
  5638. nip and tuck = plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face
  5639. nisus = an effortful attempt to attain a goal
  5640. no ball = unlawfully delivered ball in cricket
  5641. no-brainer = anything that requires little thought
  5642. no-hit game = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team no hits
  5643. no-hitter = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team no hits
  5644. no-trump = a version of contract bridge in which no suit is designated as trump for the duration of the hand
  5645. noblesse oblige = the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous
  5646. noctambulation = walking by a person who is asleep
  5647. noctambulism = walking by a person who is asleep
  5648. nod = the act of nodding the head
  5649. nomenklatura = the system of patronage in communist countries
  5650. nomination = the act of officially naming a candidate
  5651. non pros = a judgment entered in favor of the defendant when the plaintiff has not continued his action
  5652. non prosequitur = a judgment entered in favor of the defendant when the plaintiff has not continued his action
  5653. non-engagement = withdrawing from the activities of a group
  5654. non-involvement = withdrawing from the activities of a group
  5655. non-proliferation = the prevention of something increasing or spreading
  5656. nonacceptance = the act of refusing an offer
  5657. nonaccomplishment = an act that does not achieve its intended goal
  5658. nonachievement = an act that does not achieve its intended goal
  5659. nonappearance = failure to appear
  5660. nonattendance = the failure to attend
  5661. noncompliance = the failure to obey
  5662. nonconformance = failure to conform to accepted standards of behavior
  5663. nonconformism = the practice of nonconformity
  5664. nonconformity = failure to conform to accepted standards of behavior
  5665. none = a service in the Roman Catholic Church formerly read or chanted at 3 PM (the ninth hour counting from sunrise) but now somewhat earlier
  5666. nonfeasance = a failure to act when under an obligation to do so
  5667. nonobservance = a lack of conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
  5668. nonparticipation = withdrawing from the activities of a group
  5669. nonpayment = the deliberate act of failing to pay money
  5670. nonperformance = failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
  5671. nonprofit = an organization chartered for other than profit-making activities
  5672. nonprofit organization = an organization chartered for other than profit-making activities
  5673. nonproliferation = the prevention of something increasing or spreading
  5674. nonresistance = group refusal to resort to violence even in defense against violence
  5675. nonstop = a flight made without intermediate stops between source and destination
  5676. nonstop flight = a flight made without intermediate stops between source and destination
  5677. nonviolence = peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
  5678. nonviolent resistance = peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
  5679. nookie = slang for sexual intercourse
  5680. nooky = slang for sexual intercourse
  5681. normalisation = the imposition of standards or regulations
  5682. normalization = the imposition of standards or regulations
  5683. Norman Conquest = the invasion and settlement of England by the Normans following the battle of Hastings
  5684. North American Free Trade Agreement = an agreement for free trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico
  5685. nose count = a periodic count of the population
  5686. nose dive = a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft
  5687. nose job = cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of your nose
  5688. nosecount = a periodic count of the population
  5689. nosedive = a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft
  5690. not-for-profit = an organization chartered for other than profit-making activities
  5691. notation = the activity of representing something by a special system of marks or characters
  5692. notch = a small cut
  5693. notification = an accusation of crime made by a grand jury on its own initiative
  5694. noughts and crosses = a game in which two players alternately put crosses and circles in one of the compartments of a square grid of nine spaces
  5695. nourishment = the act of nourishing
  5696. novation = the replacement of one obligation by another by mutual agreement of both parties
  5697. novelisation = converting something into the form of a novel
  5698. novelization = converting something into the form of a novel
  5699. novena = a Roman Catholic devotion consisting of prayers on nine consecutive days
  5700. nuclear deterrence = the military doctrine that an enemy will be deterred from using nuclear weapons as long as he can be destroyed as a consequence
  5701. nuclear terrorism = the use of a nuclear device by a terrorist organization to cause massive devastation or the use (or threat of use) of fissionable radioactive materials
  5702. nuclear transplantation = moving a cell nucleus and its genetic material from one cell to another
  5703. nude dancing = erotic dancing with little or no clothing
  5704. nudge = a slight push or shake
  5705. nudism = going without clothes as a social practice
  5706. nuisance abatement = the removal or termination or destruction of something that has been found to be a nuisance
  5707. nullification = the act of nullifying; making null and void
  5708. number crunching = performing complex and lengthy numerical calculations
  5709. numbers = an illegal daily lottery
  5710. numbers game = an illegal daily lottery
  5711. numbers pool = an illegal daily lottery
  5712. numbers racket = an illegal daily lottery
  5713. numeration = the act of counting
  5714. numismatics = the collection and study of money
  5715. numismatology = the collection and study of money
  5716. nursing = the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm / nourishing at the breast
  5717. nursing care = care by a skilled nurse
  5718. nurturance = physical and emotional care and nourishment
  5719. nurture = helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
  5720. nutation = uncontrolled nodding
  5721. nystagmus = involuntary movements of the eyeballs
  5722. obedience = behavior intended to please your parents / the act of obeying
  5723. obeisance = the act of obeying
  5724. obfuscation = darkening or obscuring the sight of something / the activity of obscuring people's understanding, leaving them baffled or bewildered
  5725. object-oriented programing = creating a program that can use and support objects
  5726. object-oriented programming = creating a program that can use and support objects
  5727. objectification = the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing
  5728. objection = a procedure whereby a party to a suit says that a particular line of questioning or a particular witness or a piece of evidence or other matter is improper and should not be continued and asks the court to rule on its impropriety or illegality / the act of protesting
  5729. Oblation = the act of offering the bread and wine of the Eucharist / the act of contributing to the funds of a church or charity
  5730. obligation = the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
  5731. obliteration = destruction by annihilating something
  5732. obscenity = an obscene act
  5733. obscurantism = a deliberate act intended to make something obscure
  5734. observance = the act of observing
  5735. observation = the act of observing
  5736. observed fire = fire for which the point of impact (the burst) can be seen by an observer
  5737. obstetrical delivery = the act of delivering a child
  5738. obstruction = getting in someone's way / the act of obstructing
  5739. obstruction of justice = impeding those who seek justice in a court
  5740. obstructionism = deliberate interference
  5741. obtainment = the act of obtaining
  5742. obtention = the act of obtaining
  5743. obviation = the act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively
  5744. occlusion = the act of blocking
  5745. occult = supernatural practices and techniques
  5746. occult arts = supernatural practices and techniques
  5747. occupancy = the act of occupying or taking possession of a building / an act of being a tenant or occupant
  5748. occupation = the act of occupying or taking possession of a building / the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money / any activity that occupies a person's attention / the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
  5749. occupational therapy = therapy based on engagement in meaningful activities of daily life, especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities in spite of impairments or limitations in physical or mental functions
  5750. ocean trip = an act of traveling by water
  5751. October Revolution = the coup d'etat by the Bolsheviks under Lenin in November 1917 that led to a period of civil war which ended in victory for the Bolsheviks in 1922
  5752. oculism = the craft of an oculist
  5753. odyssey = a long wandering and eventful journey
  5754. off-speed pitch = a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball
  5755. offence = a transgression that constitutes a violation of what is judged to be right / the action of attacking an enemy / a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others
  5756. offense = a transgression that constitutes a violation of what is judged to be right / the action of attacking an enemy / a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others
  5757. offensive = the action of attacking an enemy
  5758. offensive activity = a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others
  5759. offer = a usually brief attempt
  5760. offering = the act of contributing to the funds of a church or charity
  5761. Offertory = the part of the Eucharist when bread and wine are offered to God
  5762. office = a job in an organization / the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group / a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities
  5763. Office of the Dead = an office read or sung before a burial mass in the Roman Catholic Church
  5764. official immunity = personal immunity accorded to a public official from liability to anyone injured by actions that are the consequence of exerting official authority
  5765. officiating = the act of umpiring
  5766. officiation = the performance of a religious or ceremonial or public duty / the act of umpiring
  5767. offside = the mistake of occupying an illegal position on the playing field
  5768. oil change = replacing dirty oil with clean
  5769. oil conservation = the conservation of petroleum resources
  5770. oil painting = the art or method of painting with oil paints
  5771. oil production = the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum
  5772. Okinawa = a campaign in the closing days of World War II in the Pacific (April to June 1945); in savage close-quarter fighting United States marines and regular army troops took the island from the Japanese
  5773. Okinawa campaign = a campaign in the closing days of World War II in the Pacific (April to June 1945); in savage close-quarter fighting United States marines and regular army troops took the island from the Japanese
  5774. Oktoberfest = an autumn festival that involves merrymaking and drinking beer
  5775. old maid = a card game using a pack of cards from which one queen has been removed
  5776. old sledge = a form of all fours in which a total of seven points is game
  5777. old-age insurance = insurance paid to the elderly
  5778. Olympian Games = the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus
  5779. Olympic Games = the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus
  5780. Omdurman = a battle (1898) in which an English and Egyptian army under Kitchener defeated the Sudanese
  5781. omission = a mistake resulting from neglect
  5782. omophagia = the eating of raw food
  5783. on the road = travelling about
  5784. on tour = travelling about
  5785. onanism = a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation / manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure
  5786. once-over = a swift cursory examination or inspection
  5787. one-and-one = a foul shot that must be made in order to earn the right to a second foul shot
  5788. one-hitter = a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only one hit
  5789. one-night stand = a performance in one place on one night only / a brief sexual encounter lasting only for a single night
  5790. one-step = an early ballroom dance
  5791. one-upmanship = the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor
  5792. onrush = an offensive against an enemy
  5793. onset = an offensive against an enemy
  5794. onslaught = an offensive against an enemy
  5795. onward motion = the act of moving forward
  5796. oophorectomy = surgical removal of one of both ovaries
  5797. oophorosalpingectomy = surgical removal of one or both ovaries and the corresponding Fallopian tubes
  5798. open frame = any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
  5799. open primary = a primary in which any registered voter can vote
  5800. open sesame = any very successful means of achieving a result
  5801. open-heart surgery = heart surgery in which the rib cage is spread open, the heart is stopped and blood is detoured through a heart-lung machine while a heart valve or coronary artery is surgically repaired
  5802. opencast mining = the mining of ore or coal from an open mine
  5803. opening = the first of a series of actions / the act of opening something / becoming open or being made open / a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess
  5804. opening move = the first of a series of actions
  5805. operating procedure = a procedure for operating something or for dealing with a given situation
  5806. operation = the activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.) / a planned activity involving many people performing various actions / a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work / a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments
  5807. Operation Desert Storm = the United States and its allies defeated Iraq in a ground war that lasted 100 hours
  5808. operations = financial transactions at a brokerage
  5809. operations research = research designed to determine most efficient way to do something
  5810. ophiolatry = the worship of snakes
  5811. ophthalmectomy = surgical removal of an eye
  5812. ophthalmoscopy = examination of the interior of an eye using an ophthalmoscope
  5813. opinion = the reason for a court's judgment
  5814. opposition = the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with / the act of hostile groups opposing each other
  5815. oppression = the act of subjugating by cruelty
  5816. optimisation = the act of rendering optimal
  5817. optimization = the act of rendering optimal
  5818. option = the act of choosing or selecting
  5819. optometry = the practice of an optometrist
  5820. oral contraception = contraception achieved by taking oral contraceptive pills
  5821. oral sex = oral stimulation of the genitals
  5822. orchestration = the act of arranging a piece of music for an orchestra and assigning parts to the different musical instruments / an arrangement of events that attempts to achieve a maximum effect
  5823. orchidectomy = surgical removal of one or both testicles
  5824. orchiectomy = surgical removal of one or both testicles
  5825. orchiopexy = operation to bring an undescended testicle into the scrotum
  5826. orchotomy = surgical incision into the testis to obtain material for analysis
  5827. ordeal = a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control
  5828. order = the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement
  5829. order arms = a position in the manual of arms; the rifle is held vertically on the right side with the butt on the ground
  5830. ordering = the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement
  5831. ordinance = the act of ordaining
  5832. ordinary care = the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances
  5833. ordination = the act of ordaining
  5834. organ transplant = an operation moving an organ from one organism (the donor) to another
  5835. organisation = the act of forming or establishing something / the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically / the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business
  5836. organization = the act of forming or establishing something / the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically / the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business
  5837. orgasm = the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
  5838. orgy = a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity / secret rite in the cults of ancient Greek or Roman deities involving singing and dancing and drinking and sexual activity / any act of immoderate indulgence
  5839. orientation = a course introducing a new situation or environment / the act of orienting
  5840. orientation course = a course introducing a new situation or environment
  5841. origami = the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects
  5842. original sin = a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam
  5843. origination = the act of starting something for the first time
  5844. Orleans = a long siege of Orleans by the English was relieved by Joan of Arc in 1429
  5845. ornamentalism = the practice of ornamental display
  5846. ornamentation = the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
  5847. orthodontic treatment = dental treatment that corrects irregularities of the teeth or of the relation of the teeth to surrounding anatomy
  5848. orthoptics = treatment of defects of binocular vision (such as strabismus and amblyopia) by nonsurgical measures
  5849. oscitance = an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth
  5850. oscitancy = an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth
  5851. osculation = the act of caressing with the lips
  5852. osteoclasis = treatment of a skeletal deformity by intentionally fracturing a bone
  5853. osteopathy = therapy based on the assumption that restoring health is best accomplished by manipulating the skeleton and muscles
  5854. osteotomy = surgical sectioning of bone
  5855. ostomy = surgical procedure that creates an artificial opening for the elimination of bodily wastes
  5856. ostracism = the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
  5857. otoplasty = reconstructive surgery of the auricle of the external ear
  5858. ouster = the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out / a wrongful dispossession
  5859. ousting = the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out
  5860. out = a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball
  5861. out-migration = migration from a place
  5862. outburst = a sudden violent disturbance
  5863. outdoor game = an athletic game that is played outdoors
  5864. outdoor sport = a sport that is played outdoors
  5865. outercourse = sexual stimulation without vaginal penetration
  5866. outfitting = the act of renovating and fitting out a ship
  5867. outing = a journey taken for pleasure
  5868. outlay = the act of spending or disbursing money
  5869. outlet = activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion
  5870. outlook = the act of looking out
  5871. outpouring = a large flow
  5872. output = production of a certain amount
  5873. outrage = a wantonly cruel act / the act of scandalizing
  5874. outreach = the act of reaching out
  5875. outside loop = a loop consisting of a dive followed by inverted flight followed by a climb that returns to horizontal flight
  5876. ovariectomy = surgical removal of one of both ovaries
  5877. over-the-shoulder bombing = a special case of loft bombing in which the bomb is released past the vertical so it is tossed back to the target
  5878. overachievement = better than expected performance
  5879. overacting = poor acting by a ham actor
  5880. overcapitalisation = too much capitalization
  5881. overcapitalization = too much capitalization
  5882. overcast = a cast that falls beyond the intended spot
  5883. overeating = eating to excess
  5884. overexertion = excessive exertion
  5885. overexploitation = exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
  5886. overexposure = the act of exposing someone excessively to an influencing experience / the act of exposing film to too much light or for too long a time
  5887. overfeeding = excessive feeding
  5888. overflight = a flight by an aircraft over a particular area
  5889. overflow = a large flow
  5890. overhand pitch = a baseball pitch in which the hand moves above the shoulder
  5891. overhaul = the act of improving by renewing and restoring / periodic maintenance on a car or machine
  5892. overhead = a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
  5893. overindulgence = excessive indulgence
  5894. overkill = any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal
  5895. overlordship = the position of overlord
  5896. overpayment = the act of paying too much
  5897. overproduction = too much production or more than expected
  5898. overprotection = excessive protection
  5899. overreaction = an excessive reaction
  5900. overrefinement = the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  5901. override = the act of nullifying; making null and void
  5902. overrun = too much production or more than expected
  5903. overshielding = excessive protection
  5904. overshoot = an approach that fails and gives way to another attempt
  5905. oversight = a mistake resulting from inattention / management by overseeing the performance or operation of a person or group
  5906. oversimplification = an act of excessive simplification
  5907. overt operation = the collection of intelligence openly without concealment
  5908. overtaking = going by something that is moving in order to get in front of it
  5909. overthrow = the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force) / the act of disturbing the mind or body
  5910. overturn = an improbable and unexpected victory / the act of upsetting something
  5911. overuse = exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
  5912. overutilisation = exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
  5913. overutilization = exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
  5914. overwork = the act of working too much or too long
  5915. overworking = the act of working too much or too long
  5916. ovulation method = natural family planning in which the fertile period is inferred from changes in the character and quantity of cervical mucus
  5917. ovulation method of family planning = natural family planning in which the fertile period is inferred from changes in the character and quantity of cervical mucus
  5918. own goal = a goal that results when a player inadvertently knocks the ball into the goal he is defending
  5919. ownership = the act of having and controlling property
  5920. pac-man strategy = the target company defends itself by threatening to take over its acquirer
  5921. pace = a step in walking or running
  5922. pace lap = the first lap of a car race that prepares the cars for a fast start
  5923. pachinko = a Japanese pinball game played on a vertical board
  5924. pachisi = an ancient board game resembling backgammon
  5925. pacification = actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency / the act of appeasing someone or causing someone to be more favorably inclined
  5926. pacing = walking with slow regular strides
  5927. pack riding = riding with a pack
  5928. package holiday = a tour arranged by a travel agent
  5929. package tour = a tour arranged by a travel agent
  5930. packaging = the business of packing
  5931. packing = carrying something in a pack on the back / the enclosure of something in a package or box
  5932. paederasty = sexual relations between a man and a boy
  5933. paedophilia = a sexual attraction to children
  5934. pageant = an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc
  5935. pageantry = an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc
  5936. pains = an effortful attempt to attain a goal
  5937. paintball = a game that simulates military combat
  5938. painting = the occupation of a house painter / the act of applying paint to a surface / creating a picture with paints
  5939. pairing = the act of grouping things or people in pairs / the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
  5940. palatopharyngoplasty = surgical resection of unnecessary palatal and oropharyngeal tissue to open the airway
  5941. pall-mall = a 17th century game
  5942. palliation = to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious / easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause
  5943. pallone = an Italian game similar to tennis
  5944. palpation = a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something
  5945. palpebration = repeated blinking or winking
  5946. paltering = a trivial act of lying or being deliberately unclear
  5947. pampering = the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
  5948. pancreatectomy = surgical removal of part or all of the pancreas
  5949. pandiculation = yawning and stretching
  5950. panhysterectomy = surgical removal of the uterus and the ovaries and oviducts and cervix and related lymph nodes
  5951. Panipat = battle in which the ruler of Afghanistan defeated the Mahrattas in 1761
  5952. pant = a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
  5953. panting = breathing heavily
  5954. panto = an abbreviation of pantomime
  5955. pantomime = a performance using gestures and body movements without words
  5956. paper chase = an outdoor game
  5957. paper route = the job of delivering newspapers regularly
  5958. paperhanging = the application of wallpaper
  5959. papering = the application of wallpaper
  5960. papermaking = the craft of making paper
  5961. paperwork = work that involves handling papers: forms or letters or reports etc.
  5962. papism = offensive terms for the practices and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church
  5963. paracentesis = centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis
  5964. parachuting = descent with a parachute
  5965. parade = a visible display
  5966. paragliding = gliding in a parasail
  5967. paraphilia = abnormal sexual activity
  5968. parapraxis = a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
  5969. parasailing = gliding in a parasail
  5970. parcel = the allotment of some amount by dividing something
  5971. parceling = the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning
  5972. parcellation = the division into parcels
  5973. parcelling = the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning
  5974. Parcheesi = a modern board game based on pachisi
  5975. parchesi = an ancient board game resembling backgammon
  5976. parchisi = an ancient board game resembling backgammon
  5977. pardon = the act of excusing a mistake or offense / the formal act of liberating someone
  5978. pargeting = ornamental plastering
  5979. pargetting = ornamental plastering
  5980. parimutuel = betting where winners share the total amount wagered
  5981. parking = the act of maneuvering a vehicle into a location where it can be left temporarily
  5982. parlay = a series of wagers in which the winnings from one wager are used as a stake for the subsequent wagers
  5983. parliament = a card game in which you play your sevens and other cards in sequence in the same suit as the sevens
  5984. parlor game = a game suitable for playing in a parlor
  5985. parlour game = a game suitable for playing in a parlor
  5986. parody = humorous or satirical mimicry
  5987. parole = a conditional release from imprisonment that entitles the person to serve the remainder of the sentence outside the prison as long as the terms of release are complied with
  5988. parricide = the murder of your own father or mother
  5989. parry = a return punch (especially by a boxer) / (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
  5990. part = the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group / the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result
  5991. part-singing = singing with three or more voice parts
  5992. partial abortion = termination of pregnancy without expulsion of all of the products of conception
  5993. partial breach = a breach that does not destroy the value of the contract but can give rise to a claim for damages
  5994. partial verdict = a finding that the defendant is guilty of some charges but innocent of others
  5995. participation = the act of sharing in the activities of a group
  5996. parting = the act of departing politely
  5997. partition = the act of dividing or partitioning
  5998. partitioning = the act of dividing or partitioning
  5999. party game = a game to amuse guests at a party
  6000. party spirit = devotion to a political party
  6001. pas = a step in dancing
  6002. pas de deux = a dance for two people
  6003. pas de quatre = a dance for four people
  6004. pas de trois = a dance for three people
  6005. pas seul = a solo dance or dance figure
  6006. paso doble = a ballroom dance in fast duple time
  6007. pass = success in satisfying a test or requirement / (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team / (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls / a flight or run by an aircraft over a target / (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate / a usually brief attempt
  6008. pass completion = a successful forward pass in football
  6009. passado = an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
  6010. passage = the act of passing from one state or place to the next / a journey usually by ship / the act of passing something to another person / a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another / the passing of a law by a legislative body
  6011. passed ball = a pitch that the catcher should have caught but did not
  6012. Passero = a naval battle in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Passero in which the Spanish navy was destroyed by France and England while attempting to recover Sicily and Sardinia from Italy
  6013. passing = success in satisfying a test or requirement / going by something that is moving in order to get in front of it / (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate / a bodily reaction of changing from one place or stage to another
  6014. passing game = a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
  6015. passing play = a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
  6016. passing shot = a tennis return that passes an opponent who has approached the net
  6017. passive air defense = air defense by the use of deception or dispersion or protective construction
  6018. passive resistance = peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
  6019. Passover supper = the ceremonial dinner on the first night (or both nights) of Passover
  6020. pasteurisation = partial sterilization of foods at a temperature that destroys harmful microorganisms without major changes in the chemistry of the food
  6021. pasteurization = partial sterilization of foods at a temperature that destroys harmful microorganisms without major changes in the chemistry of the food
  6022. pastime = a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts
  6023. pastorate = the position of pastor
  6024. pastorship = the position of pastor
  6025. pat = a light touch or stroke
  6026. patching = the act of mending a hole in a garment by sewing a patch over it
  6027. patellar reflex = a reflex extension of the leg resulting from a sharp tap on the patellar tendon
  6028. patent infringement = violation of the rights secured by a patent
  6029. paternity = the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
  6030. paternity suit = a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock
  6031. path = a course of conduct
  6032. path of least resistance = the easiest way
  6033. patience = a card game played by one person
  6034. patricide = the murder of your father
  6035. patrol = the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes
  6036. patronage = the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers / (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support / the act of providing approval and support
  6037. pattern = a customary way of operation or behavior
  6038. pauperisation = the act of making someone poor
  6039. pauperization = the act of making someone poor
  6040. pause = temporary inactivity
  6041. pavage = the act of applying paving materials to an area
  6042. pavan = a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
  6043. pavane = a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
  6044. paving = the act of applying paving materials to an area
  6045. pawn = borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan
  6046. pay cut = the act of reducing a salary
  6047. payback = the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life
  6048. paying back = a reciprocal group action
  6049. payment = the act of paying money / an act of requiting
  6050. peace initiative = opening move in negotiating a peace treaty
  6051. peace march = a protest march against (a particular) war and in favor of peace
  6052. peacekeeping = the activity of keeping the peace by military forces
  6053. peacekeeping mission = the activity of keeping the peace by military forces
  6054. peacekeeping operation = the activity of keeping the peace by military forces
  6055. Peasant's Revolt = a widespread rebellion in 1381 against poll taxes and other inequities that oppressed the poorer people of England
  6056. peasanthood = the state of being a peasant
  6057. peccadillo = a petty misdeed
  6058. peculation = the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
  6059. pedagogy = the activities of educating or instructing
  6060. peddling = the act of selling goods for a living
  6061. pederasty = sexual relations between a man and a boy
  6062. pedicure = professional care for the feet and toenails
  6063. pedophilia = a sexual attraction to children
  6064. peek = a secret look
  6065. peekaboo = a game played with young children
  6066. peep = a secret look
  6067. Peloponnesian War = a war in which Athens and its allies were defeated by the league centered on Sparta
  6068. pelota = a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racket
  6069. pelvimetry = measurement of the dimensions of the bony birth canal
  6070. penalisation = the act of punishing
  6071. penalization = the act of punishing
  6072. penalty = the act of punishing
  6073. penalty free throw = an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line
  6074. penance = a Catholic sacrament
  6075. penetration = the act of entering into or through something / the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman / an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
  6076. penning = the act of creating written works
  6077. penny ante = poker played for small stakes / a business deal on a trivial scale
  6078. penny ante poker = poker played for small stakes
  6079. penuchle = a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards
  6080. peonage = the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged
  6081. perambulation = a leisurely walk (usually in some public place) / a walk around a territory (a parish or manor or forest etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries
  6082. perception = becoming aware of something via the senses
  6083. percolation = the filtration of a liquid for extraction or purification / the act of making coffee in a percolator
  6084. percussion = the act of exploding a percussion cap / the act of playing a percussion instrument / tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes
  6085. peregrination = traveling or wandering around
  6086. perfect game = a game in which a pitcher does not allow any opposing player to reach base
  6087. perfecta = a bet that you can pick the first and second finishers in the right order
  6088. perfection = the act of making something perfect
  6089. perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
  6090. perforation = the act of punching a hole
  6091. performance = any recognized accomplishment / the act of performing; of doing something successfully
  6092. performing = the performance of a part or role in a drama
  6093. perfumery = the art of making perfumes
  6094. perfusion = pumping a liquid into an organ or tissue
  6095. peril = a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
  6096. perineotomy = surgical incision into the perineum
  6097. periodic breathing = abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate
  6098. perjury = criminal offense of making false statements under oath
  6099. permeation = mutual penetration
  6100. permission = the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
  6101. permissive waste = reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
  6102. permit = the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
  6103. permutation = act of changing the lineal order of objects in a group / complete change in character or condition / the act of changing the arrangement of a given number of elements
  6104. perpetration = the act of committing a crime
  6105. perpetuation = the act of prolonging something
  6106. persecution = the act of persecuting
  6107. perseverance = the act of persisting or persevering
  6108. perseveration = the act of persisting or persevering
  6109. Persian Gulf War = a war fought between Iraq and a coalition led by the United States that freed Kuwait from Iraqi invaders
  6110. persistence = the act of persisting or persevering
  6111. personal care = care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves
  6112. personal foul = a foul that involves unnecessarily rough contact
  6113. personal judgement = a judgment rendered against an individual (or corporation) for the payment of money damages
  6114. personal judgment = a judgment rendered against an individual (or corporation) for the payment of money damages
  6115. personality test = any test that is intended to assess personality
  6116. personation = acting the part of a character on stage
  6117. personification = the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
  6118. perturbation = the act of causing disorder
  6119. pervaporation = the concentration of a colloidal solution whose colloid will not pass through a semipermeable membrane
  6120. perversion = the action of perverting something (turning it to a wrong use) / an aberrant sexual practice
  6121. PET = using a computerized radiographic technique to examine the metabolic activity in various tissues
  6122. pet sitting = the work of a pet sitter
  6123. Petersburg = the final campaign of the American Civil War
  6124. Petersburg Campaign = the final campaign of the American Civil War
  6125. petit larceny = larceny of property having a value less than some amount
  6126. petrissage = massage of the skin which is gently lifted and squeezed
  6127. petroglyph = a carving or line drawing on rock
  6128. petting = affectionate play
  6129. petty = larceny of property having a value less than some amount
  6130. petty larceny = larceny of property having a value less than some amount
  6131. phacoemulsification = extracapsular surgery for cataracts in which ultrasonic sound breaks the cortex and nucleus of the lens into small fragments that are then vacuumed away through a small tube
  6132. phalloplasty = reconstructive surgery on the penis to repair congenital abnormality or injury
  6133. Pharsalus = Caesar defeated Pompey in 48 BC
  6134. pharyngeal reflex = normal reflex consisting of retching
  6135. phase I = a clinical trial on a few persons to determine the safety of a new drug or invasive medical device
  6136. phase I clinical trial = a clinical trial on a few persons to determine the safety of a new drug or invasive medical device
  6137. phase II = a clinical trial on more persons than in phase I; intended to evaluate the efficacy of a treatment for the condition it is intended to treat
  6138. phase II clinical trial = a clinical trial on more persons than in phase I; intended to evaluate the efficacy of a treatment for the condition it is intended to treat
  6139. phase III = a large clinical trial of a treatment or drug that in phase I and phase II has been shown to be efficacious with tolerable side effects
  6140. phase III clinical trial = a large clinical trial of a treatment or drug that in phase I and phase II has been shown to be efficacious with tolerable side effects
  6141. phase IV = sometimes the FDA approves a drug for general use but requires the manufacturer to continue to monitor its effects
  6142. phase IV clinical trial = sometimes the FDA approves a drug for general use but requires the manufacturer to continue to monitor its effects
  6143. phase-out = the act or instance of a planned discontinuation
  6144. pheresis = a procedure in which blood is drawn and separated into its components by dialysis
  6145. philanthropic gift = voluntary promotion of human welfare
  6146. philanthropy = voluntary promotion of human welfare
  6147. philately = the collection and study of postage stamps
  6148. Philippi = Octavian and Mark Antony defeated Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC
  6149. Philippine Sea = a naval battle in World War II
  6150. phlebectomy = surgical removal or all or part of a vein
  6151. phlebotomy = surgical incision into a vein
  6152. phonics = teaching reading by training beginners to associate letters with their sound values
  6153. photocoagulation = surgical procedure that uses an intense laser beam to destroy diseased retinal tissue or to make a scar that will hold the retina in cases of detached retina
  6154. photography = the occupation of taking and printing photographs or making movies / the act of taking and printing photographs
  6155. photogravure = using photography to produce a plate for printing
  6156. photometry = measurement of the properties of light
  6157. phototherapy = the use of strong light to treat acne or hyperbilirubinemia of the newborn
  6158. phototropism = an orienting response to light
  6159. phrase = dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
  6160. phrasing = the grouping of musical phrases in a melodic line
  6161. physiatrics = therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
  6162. physical contact = the act of touching physically
  6163. physical exercise = the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit
  6164. physical exertion = the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit
  6165. physical rehabilitation = providing help for disabled persons
  6166. physical restoration = providing help for disabled persons
  6167. physical therapy = therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
  6168. physician-assisted suicide = assisted suicide where the assistant is a physician
  6169. physiological nystagmus = small involuntary tremors of the eyeballs
  6170. physiological reaction = an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
  6171. physiotherapy = therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
  6172. phytotherapy = the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes
  6173. piaffe = a cadenced trot executed by the horse in one spot
  6174. piano lesson = a lesson in playing the piano
  6175. pick = the act of choosing or selecting / a basketball maneuver
  6176. pick-off = a baseball play in which a base runner is caught off base and tagged out
  6177. picket = a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake
  6178. picking = the act of picking
  6179. pickings = the act of someone who picks up or takes something
  6180. pickup = the act of taking aboard passengers or freight / the act or process of picking up or collecting from various places
  6181. picnic = any undertaking that is easy to do
  6182. pictorial representation = visual representation as by photography or painting
  6183. picture taking = the act of taking and printing photographs
  6184. picturing = visual representation as by photography or painting
  6185. piece of ass = slang for sexual intercourse
  6186. piece of cake = any undertaking that is easy to do
  6187. piece of tail = slang for sexual intercourse
  6188. piecework = work paid for according to the quantity produced
  6189. piggyback = the act of carrying something piggyback
  6190. pigsticking = the sport of hunting wild boar with spears
  6191. piked reverse hang = a reverse hang performed on the rings
  6192. pilferage = the act of stealing small amounts or small articles
  6193. pilgrim's journey = a journey to a sacred place
  6194. pilgrimage = a journey to a sacred place
  6195. pillage = the act of stealing valuable things from a place
  6196. pillaging = the act of stealing valuable things from a place
  6197. pillow fight = a child's game of fighting with pillows
  6198. pilomotor reflex = reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
  6199. pilot program = activity planned as a test or trial
  6200. pilot project = activity planned as a test or trial
  6201. pilotage = the occupation of a pilot / the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
  6202. piloting = the occupation of a pilot / the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
  6203. pinball = a game played on a sloping board
  6204. pinball game = a game played on a sloping board
  6205. pinch = the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) / a squeeze with the fingers / a small sharp bite or snip
  6206. Ping-Pong = a game (trademark Ping-Pong) resembling tennis but played on a table with paddles and a light hollow ball
  6207. pinochle = a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards
  6208. pinocle = a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards
  6209. piping = playing a pipe or the bagpipes
  6210. piquet = a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake / a card game for two players using a reduced pack of 32 cards
  6211. piracy = the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own / hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts
  6212. pirouette = a rapid spin of the body
  6213. pis aller = an expedient adopted only in desperation
  6214. pisha paysha = a card game for two players one of whom is usually a child; the deck is place face down with one card face upward; players draw from the deck alternately hoping to build up or down from the open card
  6215. piss-up = vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
  6216. pit stop = a brief stop at a pit during an automobile race to take on fuel or service the car / a stop during an automobile trip for rest and refreshment
  6217. pitch = the action or manner of throwing something / (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter / abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance) / an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump / a high approach shot in golf
  6218. pitch shot = a high approach shot in golf
  6219. pitched battle = a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
  6220. pitcher = the position on a baseball team of the player who throws the ball for a batter to try to hit
  6221. pitching = playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team / abrupt up-and-down motion
  6222. pitching change = replacing a pitcher in baseball
  6223. pivot = the act of turning on (or as if on) a pivot
  6224. pivot shot = a one-handed basketball shot made while whirling on the pivot foot
  6225. placation = the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity
  6226. place = a job in an organization / the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
  6227. place bet = a bet that a horse will finish a race no worse than second
  6228. place kick = a kick in which the ball is placed on the ground before kicking
  6229. place-kicking = a kick in which the ball is placed on the ground before kicking
  6230. place-worship = the worship of places
  6231. placebo = vespers of the office for the dead
  6232. placement = contact established between applicants and prospective employees / the act of putting something in a certain place
  6233. placer mining = mining valuable minerals from a placer by washing or dredging
  6234. plagiarisation = the act of plagiarizing
  6235. plagiarism = the act of plagiarizing
  6236. plagiarization = the act of plagiarizing
  6237. plain sailing = easy unobstructed progress
  6238. plan of attack = ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
  6239. planking = the work of covering an area with planks
  6240. planning = the act or process of drawing up plans or layouts for some project or enterprise / an act of formulating a program for a definite course of action
  6241. plant closing = act of shutting down operation of a plant
  6242. plantar reflex = flexion of the toes when the sole of the foot is stroked firmly on the outer side from the heel to the front in persons over the age of 2 years
  6243. planting = putting seeds or young plants in the ground to grow / the act of fixing firmly in place
  6244. plasmapheresis = plasma is separated from whole blood and the rest is returned to the donor
  6245. Plassey = the victory in 1757 by the British under Clive over Siraj-ud-daula that established British supremacy over Bengal
  6246. plastering = the application of plaster
  6247. plastic surgery = surgery concerned with therapeutic or cosmetic reformation of tissue
  6248. Plataea = a defeat of the Persian army by the Greeks at Plataea in 479 BC
  6249. plateletpheresis = platelets are separated from whole blood and the rest is returned to the donor
  6250. plating = the application of a thin coat of metal
  6251. play = the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully / the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize) / activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules / (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession / gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement / a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill / a preset plan of action in team sports / an attempt to get something / utilization or exercise
  6252. play therapy = form of psychotherapy for children that uses play situations for diagnosis or treatment
  6253. playacting = the performance of a part or role in a drama
  6254. playback = the act of reproducing recorded sound
  6255. playfulness = activities that are enjoyable or amusing
  6256. playing = the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation / the act of playing a musical instrument / the performance of a part or role in a drama
  6257. playoff game = one game in the series of games constituting a playoff
  6258. plea = an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed
  6259. pleasantry = an agreeable or amusing remark
  6260. pleasing = the act of one who pleases
  6261. pleasure = sexual gratification / an activity that affords enjoyment
  6262. pleasure trip = a journey taken for pleasure
  6263. pleating = the act of folding in parallel folds
  6264. plebiscite = a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance
  6265. Pleven = the town was taken from the Turks by the Russians in 1877 after a siege of 143 days
  6266. Plevna = the town was taken from the Turks by the Russians in 1877 after a siege of 143 days
  6267. pleximetry = tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes
  6268. plication = the act of folding in parallel folds
  6269. plod = the act of walking with a slow heavy gait
  6270. plodding = the act of walking with a slow heavy gait / hard monotonous routine work
  6271. ploughing = tilling the land with a plow
  6272. plowing = tilling the land with a plow
  6273. ploy = a maneuver in a game or conversation
  6274. pluck = the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
  6275. plum = a highly desirable position or assignment
  6276. plumbery = the occupation of a plumber
  6277. plumbing = the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building) / measuring the depths of the oceans
  6278. plunderage = the act of plundering
  6279. plundering = the act of stealing valuable things from a place
  6280. plunge = a brief swim in water
  6281. plunk = hitting a baseball so that it drops suddenly
  6282. plunker = hitting a baseball so that it drops suddenly
  6283. pluralism = the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time
  6284. plus = the arithmetic operation of summing
  6285. PM = an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
  6286. pneumonectomy = surgical removal of a lung
  6287. poaching = cooking in simmering liquid
  6288. pocket billiards = any of various games played on a pool table having 6 pockets
  6289. pocket veto = indirect veto of legislation by refusing to sign it
  6290. pogey = money received from the state
  6291. pogrom = organized persecution of an ethnic group
  6292. pogy = money received from the state
  6293. point after = in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
  6294. point after touchdown = in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
  6295. point duty = the control of traffic by a policeman stationed at an intersection
  6296. point of departure = a beginning from which an enterprise is launched
  6297. poison pill = the target company defends itself by making its stock less attractive to an acquirer
  6298. poisoning = the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill
  6299. Poitiers = the battle in 1356 in which the English under the Black Prince defeated the French
  6300. poke = a blow with the fist / a sharp hand gesture
  6301. poke check = knocking the puck away by jabbing at it with the hockey stick
  6302. poker = any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand
  6303. poker game = any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand
  6304. poking = a sharp hand gesture
  6305. polarography = an electrochemical method of chemical analysis
  6306. police action = a local military action without declaration of war
  6307. police investigation = the investigation of criminal activities
  6308. police work = the investigation of criminal activities
  6309. policy change = a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
  6310. polishing = the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it
  6311. politeness = the act of showing regard for others
  6312. political campaign = the campaign of a candidate to be elected
  6313. politics = the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs / the activities and affairs involved in managing a state or a government
  6314. polity = shrewd or crafty management of public affairs
  6315. polka = a Bohemian dance with 3 steps and a hop in fast time
  6316. poll = the counting of votes
  6317. pollution = the act of contaminating or polluting
  6318. polo = a game similar to field hockey but played on horseback using long-handled mallets and a wooden ball
  6319. polypectomy = surgical removal of a polyp
  6320. pony-trekking = a sport in which people ride across country on ponies
  6321. pool = any of various games played on a pool table having 6 pockets
  6322. pop fly = a short high fly ball
  6323. pop-fly = a short high fly ball
  6324. pop-up = a short high fly ball
  6325. popery = offensive terms for the practices and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church
  6326. popularisation = the act of making something attractive to the general public
  6327. popularity contest = competition (real or figurative) for popular support
  6328. popularization = the act of making something attractive to the general public
  6329. population = the act of populating
  6330. population control = control over the growth of population
  6331. porcupine provision = a measure undertaken by a corporation to discourage unwanted takeover attempts
  6332. pork-barreling = acquisition of government money for benefits to a specific locale
  6333. porn = creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
  6334. porno = creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
  6335. pornography = creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
  6336. Port Arthur = a battle in the Chino-Japanese War
  6337. port-access coronary bypass surgery = heart surgery in which a coronary bypass is performed by the use of small instruments and tiny cameras threaded through small incisions while the heart is stopped and blood is pumped through a heart-lung machine
  6338. portage = carrying boats and supplies overland
  6339. porterage = the transportation of burdens by porters
  6340. portfolio = the role of the head of a government department
  6341. portion = the allotment of some amount by dividing something
  6342. portraiture = the activity of making portraits
  6343. portrayal = acting the part of a character on stage
  6344. pose = a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  6345. posing = the act of assuming a certain position
  6346. position = the act of positing
  6347. positioning = the act of putting something in a certain place
  6348. positive chemotaxis = movement toward a chemical stimulus
  6349. positive fraud = actual deceit
  6350. positron emission tomography = using a computerized radiographic technique to examine the metabolic activity in various tissues
  6351. possession = the act of having and controlling property / (sports) the act of controlling the ball
  6352. post = the delivery and collection of letters and packages / a job in an organization
  6353. post office = a children's game in which kisses are exchanged for pretended letters
  6354. post-mortem = an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
  6355. post-mortem examination = an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
  6356. post-rotational nystagmus = nystagmus caused by suddenly stopping the rapid rotation of the body
  6357. posting = the transmission of a letter
  6358. postmortem = an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
  6359. postmortem examination = an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
  6360. postponement = act of putting off to a future time
  6361. potassium-argon dating = geological dating that relies on the proportions of radioactive potassium in a rock sample and its decay product, argon
  6362. potation = the act of drinking
  6363. potshot = a shot taken at an easy or casual target
  6364. pottery = the craft of making earthenware
  6365. pounce = the act of pouncing
  6366. pound = the act of pounding
  6367. poundage = placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
  6368. pounding = the act of pounding
  6369. power dive = a dive of an airplane that is accelerated both by gravity and by the power of the engine
  6370. power play = a play in which one team has a numerical advantage over the other as a result of penalties / a play in which there is a concentration of players in one location on the field of play / an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
  6371. power trip = a self-aggrandizing action undertaken simply for the pleasure of exercising control over other people
  6372. power walking = a form of cardiopulmonary exercise consisting of rapid walking accompanied by vigorous swinging of the arms
  6373. PPP = surgical resection of unnecessary palatal and oropharyngeal tissue to open the airway
  6374. practical application = the act of bringing something to bear
  6375. practical joke = a prank or trick played on a person
  6376. practice = a customary way of operation or behavior / translating an idea into action / the exercise of a profession / systematic training by multiple repetitions
  6377. practice game = a game whose outcome is not recorded in the season's standing
  6378. practice of law = the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system
  6379. practice of medicine = the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries
  6380. practice session = systematic training by multiple repetitions
  6381. praetorship = the office of praetor
  6382. prance = a proud stiff pompous gait
  6383. prank = a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement / acting like a clown or buffoon
  6384. pratfall = an embarrassing mistake / a fall onto your buttocks
  6385. praxis = translating an idea into action
  6386. prayer = the act of communicating with a deity
  6387. prayer meeting = a service at which people sing hymns and pray together
  6388. prayer service = a service at which people sing hymns and pray together
  6389. pre-emption = a prior appropriation of something
  6390. pre-emptive strike = a surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you
  6391. precaution = a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.
  6392. precedence = the act of preceding in time or order or rank
  6393. precedency = the act of preceding in time or order or rank
  6394. precentorship = the position of precentor
  6395. preceptorship = the position of preceptor
  6396. precession = the act of preceding in time or order or rank
  6397. preclinical phase = a laboratory test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on animal subjects
  6398. preclinical test = a laboratory test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on animal subjects
  6399. preclinical trial = a laboratory test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on animal subjects
  6400. preclusion = the act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively
  6401. predation = the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey / an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
  6402. predetermination = the act of determining or ordaining in advance what is to take place
  6403. preemption = a prior appropriation of something
  6404. prefabrication = the manufacture of sections of a building at the factory so they can be easily and rapidly assembled at the building site
  6405. prefecture = the office of prefect
  6406. preferment = the act of preferring
  6407. prefixation = formation of a word by means of a prefix
  6408. prefrontal leucotomy = surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain
  6409. prefrontal leukotomy = surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain
  6410. prefrontal lobotomy = surgical interruption of nerve tracts to and from the frontal lobe of the brain
  6411. prehension = the act of gripping something firmly with the hands
  6412. prelacy = the office or station of a prelate
  6413. prelature = the office or station of a prelate
  6414. premiership = the office of premier
  6415. prenatal diagnosis = any of the diagnostic procedures used to determine whether a fetus has a genetic abnormality
  6416. preoccupancy = the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
  6417. preoccupation = the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
  6418. prep = preparatory school work done outside school
  6419. preparation = the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat / preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home) / activity leading to skilled behavior / the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose
  6420. preparation fire = fire delivered on a target in preparation for an assault
  6421. prepayment = payment in advance
  6422. presence = the act of being present
  6423. presentation = a show or display
  6424. presentment = a show or display
  6425. preservation = the activity of protecting something from loss or danger
  6426. presidency = the office and function of president
  6427. President = the office of the United States head of state
  6428. President of the United States = the office of the United States head of state
  6429. presidentship = the office and function of president
  6430. press = the act of pressing
  6431. press-up = an arm exercise performed lying face to the floor and pushing the body up and down with the arms
  6432. pressing = the act of pressing
  6433. pressure = the act of pressing
  6434. prestidigitation = manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
  6435. presumption = a kind of discourtesy in the form of an act of presuming
  6436. pretence = the act of giving a false appearance
  6437. pretend = the enactment of a pretense
  6438. pretending = the act of giving a false appearance
  6439. pretense = the act of giving a false appearance
  6440. prevarication = the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
  6441. prevention = the act of preventing
  6442. preventive attack = a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces
  6443. preventive medicine = the branch of medicine concerned with preventing disease
  6444. preventive strike = a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces
  6445. price cut = cutting the price of merchandise to one lower than the usual or advertised price
  6446. price cutting = cutting the price of merchandise to one lower than the usual or advertised price
  6447. price freeze = a freeze of prices at a given level
  6448. price reduction = the act of reducing the selling price of merchandise
  6449. price-fixing = control (by agreement among producers or by government) of the price of a commodity in interstate commerce
  6450. prick = the act of puncturing with a small point
  6451. pricking = the act of puncturing with a small point
  6452. pride = unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem
  6453. primary = a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
  6454. primary care = the medical care received on first contact with the medical system
  6455. primary censorship = armed forces censorship performed by personnel of a military unit on the personal communications of persons assigned to that unit
  6456. primary election = a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen
  6457. primary health care = health care that is provided by a health care professional in the first contact of a patient with the health care system
  6458. primateship = the office of primate
  6459. priming = the act of making something ready
  6460. primping = careful or finicky grooming
  6461. primrose path = a life of ease and pleasure
  6462. principalship = the post of principal
  6463. printing = the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution
  6464. printmaking = artistic design and manufacture of prints as woodcuts or silkscreens
  6465. priorship = the office of prior
  6466. prison-breaking = an escape from jail
  6467. prisonbreak = an escape from jail
  6468. prisoner of war censorship = military censorship of communication to and from prisoners of war and civilian internees held by the armed forces
  6469. prisoner's base = a children's game
  6470. private practice = the practice of a profession independently and not as an employee
  6471. private treaty = a sale of property at a price agreed on by the seller and buyer without an intervening agency
  6472. privation = act of depriving someone of food or money or rights
  6473. privatisation = changing something from state to private ownership or control
  6474. privatization = changing something from state to private ownership or control
  6475. probate = the act of proving that an instrument purporting to be a will was signed and executed in accord with legal requirements
  6476. probation = a way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them
  6477. probe = an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity / an exploratory action or expedition
  6478. procedure = a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work / a mode of conducting legal and parliamentary proceedings / a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
  6479. proceeding = the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
  6480. proceedings = the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
  6481. process = a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
  6482. procession = the act of moving forward (as toward a goal) / the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
  6483. proclamation = the formal act of proclaiming
  6484. proconsulate = the position of proconsul
  6485. proconsulship = the position of proconsul
  6486. procrastination = the act of procrastinating
  6487. procreation = the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
  6488. proctoplasty = reconstructive surgery of the anus or rectum
  6489. proctorship = the position of proctor
  6490. proctoscopy = visual examination of the rectum and the end of the colon by means of a proctoscope
  6491. procural = the act of getting possession of something
  6492. procurance = the act of getting possession of something
  6493. procurement = the act of getting possession of something
  6494. prodigality = excessive spending
  6495. product development = improving an existing product or developing new kinds of products
  6496. product introduction = the introduction (usually by an advertising campaign) of a new product or product line
  6497. product research = marketing research that yields information about desired characteristics of the product or service
  6498. production = the act of exhibiting in a court of law / the act or process of producing something / the creation of value or wealth by producing goods and services / (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
  6499. profanation = degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening / blasphemous behavior
  6500. profession = an occupation requiring special education
  6501. professional baseball = playing baseball for money
  6502. professional basketball = playing basketball for money
  6503. professional boxing = boxing for money
  6504. professional football = football played for pay
  6505. professional golf = playing golf for money
  6506. professional life = a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
  6507. professional tennis = playing tennis for money
  6508. professional wrestling = wrestling for money
  6509. professorship = the position of professor
  6510. profligacy = dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
  6511. prognosis = a prediction of the course of a disease
  6512. program = a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
  6513. program trading = a trading technique involving large blocks of stock with trades triggered by computer programs
  6514. programing = creating a sequence of instructions to enable the computer to do something / setting an order and time for planned events
  6515. programme = a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
  6516. programming = creating a sequence of instructions to enable the computer to do something / setting an order and time for planned events
  6517. progress = gradual improvement or growth or development / the act of moving forward
  6518. progression = the act of moving forward
  6519. prohibition = the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding
  6520. project = any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  6521. projection = the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting / the act of projecting out from something
  6522. projective device = any personality test designed to yield information about someone's personality on the basis of their unrestricted response to ambiguous objects or situations
  6523. projective technique = any personality test designed to yield information about someone's personality on the basis of their unrestricted response to ambiguous objects or situations
  6524. projective test = any personality test designed to yield information about someone's personality on the basis of their unrestricted response to ambiguous objects or situations
  6525. prolongation = the act of prolonging something
  6526. prolonged interrogation = a form of psychological torture inflicted by questioning the victim for hours
  6527. prolusion = exercising in preparation for strenuous activity
  6528. promenade = a leisurely walk (usually in some public place) / a march of all the guests at the opening of a formal dance / a square dance figure
  6529. promiscuity = indulging in promiscuous (casual and indiscriminate) sexual relations
  6530. promiscuousness = indulging in promiscuous (casual and indiscriminate) sexual relations
  6531. promotion = act of raising in rank or position / the advancement of some enterprise
  6532. promulgation = the formal act of proclaiming
  6533. pronation = rotation of the hands and forearms so that the palms face downward
  6534. prone float = a floating position with the face down and arms stretched forward
  6535. proof = the act of validating
  6536. propaedeutic = a course that provides an introduction to an art or science
  6537. propaedeutics = a course that provides an introduction to an art or science
  6538. propagation = the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
  6539. prophylaxis = the prevention of disease
  6540. propitiation = the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity) / the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity
  6541. proportional representation = representation of all parties in proportion to their popular vote
  6542. proportional sampling = the population is divided into subpopulations (strata) and random samples are taken of each stratum
  6543. proposition = a task to be dealt with
  6544. propping up = the act of propping up with shores
  6545. props = proper respect
  6546. propulsion = the act of propelling
  6547. proration = the proportional limitation of production or distribution of something (e.g. crude oil or natural gas) to some fractional part of the total capacity of each producer
  6548. prorogation = discontinuation of the meeting (of a legislative body) without dissolving it
  6549. proscription = rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
  6550. prosecution = the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion / the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
  6551. proselytism = the state of being a proselyte
  6552. prospect = a prediction of the course of a disease
  6553. prostatectomy = surgical removal of part or all of the prostate gland
  6554. prostitution = offering sexual intercourse for pay
  6555. prostration = the act of assuming a prostrate position / abject submission
  6556. protagonism = active support of an idea or cause etc.
  6557. protection = payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence / the activity of protecting someone or something / the imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition / kindly endorsement and guidance
  6558. protectorship = the position of protector
  6559. protest = the act of protesting
  6560. protest march = occasion when you can express opposition by marching (usually on some government institution) without a license
  6561. protraction = the act of prolonging something
  6562. protrusion = the act of projecting out from something
  6563. providence = the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
  6564. provision = the activity of supplying or providing something
  6565. provocation = unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
  6566. prowl = the act of prowling
  6567. proxy fight = a measure used by an acquirer to gain control of a takeover target
  6568. pruning = the act of trimming a plant
  6569. psalmody = the act of singing psalms or hymns
  6570. psychoanalysis = a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders
  6571. psychogalvanic response = a change in the electrical properties of the skin in response to stress or anxiety
  6572. psychological operation = military actions designed to influence the perceptions and attitudes of individuals, groups, and foreign governments
  6573. psychological warfare = the use of psychological tactics to destroy the opponents' morale
  6574. psychometric test = any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc
  6575. psychosurgery = brain surgery on human patients intended to relieve severe and otherwise intractable mental or behavioral problems
  6576. psychotherapy = the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
  6577. psyop = military actions designed to influence the perceptions and attitudes of individuals, groups, and foreign governments
  6578. pub crawl = a tour of bars or public houses
  6579. public assistance = governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
  6580. public nudity = vulgar and offensive nakedness in a public place
  6581. public office = a position concerning the people as a whole
  6582. public service = employment within a government system (especially in the civil service) / a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions
  6583. public violence = a public act of violence by an unruly mob
  6584. public-relations campaign = an advertising campaign intended to improve public relations
  6585. publication = the business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution / the communication of something to the public
  6586. publicizing = the business of drawing public attention to goods and services
  6587. publishing = the business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution
  6588. pubococcygeus exercises = exercises for women designed to improve the ability to hold urine
  6589. puff = forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth / a slow inhalation
  6590. puffing = an act of forcible exhalation / blowing tobacco smoke out into the air
  6591. pugilism = fighting with the fists
  6592. puking = the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  6593. pull = the act of pulling
  6594. pull-up = an arm exercise performed by pulling yourself up on a horizontal bar until your chin is level with the bar
  6595. pullback = the act of pulling back
  6596. pulling = the act of pulling
  6597. pulling out = a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation
  6598. pullout = to break off a military action with an enemy
  6599. pulverisation = annihilation by pulverizing something / the act of grinding to a powder or dust
  6600. pulverization = annihilation by pulverizing something / the act of grinding to a powder or dust
  6601. pump priming = introducing water into a pump to improve the seal and start the water flowing / spending money raised by borrowing
  6602. punch = a blow with the fist
  6603. punch-up = a fistfight
  6604. punctilio = strict observance of formalities
  6605. punctuation = the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases
  6606. puncture = the act of puncturing or perforating
  6607. Punic War = one of the three wars between Carthage and Rome that resulted in the destruction of Carthage and its annexation by Rome
  6608. punishment = the act of punishing
  6609. punt = a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground
  6610. punting = a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground
  6611. pupillary reflex = reflex contraction of the sphincter muscle of the iris in response to a bright light (or certain drugs) causing the pupil to become smaller
  6612. puppetry = a stilted dramatic performance
  6613. purchase = the acquisition of something for payment
  6614. purchasing = the act of buying
  6615. purgation = the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge / a ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites / purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
  6616. purge = an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place / an act of removing by cleansing
  6617. purging = an act of removing by cleansing
  6618. purification = the act of purging of sin or guilt
  6619. purse-string operation = a surgical procedure in which a suture is used to close the cervix in a pregnant woman
  6620. pursual = the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
  6621. pursuance = the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion
  6622. pursuit = the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture / a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly) / an auxiliary activity
  6623. purveyance = the act of supplying something
  6624. push = the act of applying force in order to move something away / an effort to advance
  6625. push back = the act of forcing the enemy to withdraw
  6626. pushball = a game using a leather ball six feet in diameter
  6627. pushing = the act of applying force in order to move something away
  6628. pushover = any undertaking that is easy to do
  6629. pushup = an arm exercise performed lying face to the floor and pushing the body up and down with the arms
  6630. put = the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
  6631. put option = the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
  6632. put-on = a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement / something intended to deceive
  6633. putout = an out resulting from a fielding play
  6634. putsch = a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
  6635. putt = hitting a golf ball that is on the green using a putter
  6636. putting = hitting a golf ball that is on the green using a putter
  6637. putting to death = the act of terminating a life
  6638. Pydna = a major victory by the Romans over the Macedonians in 168 BC
  6639. pyelography = roentgenography of the kidney and ureters
  6640. pyramiding = a fraudulent business practice involving some form of pyramid scheme e.g., the chain of distribution is artificially expanded by an excessive number of distributors selling to other distributors at progressively higher wholesale prices until retail prices are unnecessarily inflated
  6641. pyrography = the act of producing drawings on wood or leather by using heated tools or a fine flame
  6642. pyrolatry = the worship of fire
  6643. pyrotechnics = the craft of making fireworks
  6644. pyrotechny = the craft of making fireworks
  6645. pyrrhic = an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare
  6646. Pythian Games = the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Delphi held every four years in the third year of the Olympiad in honor of Apollo
  6647. quackery = medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings / the dishonesty of a charlatan
  6648. quadrature = the construction of a square having the same area as some other figure
  6649. quadrille = a square dance of 5 or more figures for 4 or more couples
  6650. qualification = the act of modifying or changing the strength of some idea
  6651. qualifying = success in satisfying a test or requirement
  6652. qualitative analysis = the act of decomposing a substance into its constituent elements
  6653. quality control = maintenance of standards of quality of manufactured goods
  6654. quantification = the act of discovering or expressing the quantity of something
  6655. quantisation = the act of dividing into quanta or expressing in terms of quantum theory
  6656. quantitative analysis = chemical analysis to determine the amounts of each element in the substance
  6657. quantitative chemical analysis = chemical analysis to determine the amounts of each element in the substance
  6658. quantization = the act of dividing into quanta or expressing in terms of quantum theory
  6659. quarantine = isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease
  6660. quarrying = the extraction of building stone or slate from an open surface quarry
  6661. quarter = clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent
  6662. quarterback = the position of the football player in the backfield who directs the offensive play of his team
  6663. quartering = dividing into four equal parts
  6664. queerness = a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
  6665. quelling = forceful prevention
  6666. quenching = the act of extinguishing
  6667. quest = the act of searching for something
  6668. quick fix = hurried repair
  6669. quick march = marching at quick time
  6670. quickening = the act of accelerating
  6671. quickie = hurried repair
  6672. quickstep = a ballroom dance with both quick and slow steps
  6673. quicky = hurried repair
  6674. quiescence = quiet and inactive restfulness
  6675. quiescency = quiet and inactive restfulness
  6676. quislingism = act of cooperating traitorously with an enemy that is occupying your country
  6677. quitclaim = act of transferring a title or right or claim to another
  6678. quiver = the act of vibrating
  6679. quivering = the act of vibrating
  6680. quo warranto = a hearing to determine by what authority someone has an office or franchise or liberty
  6681. quoits = a game in which iron rings (or open iron rings) are thrown at a stake in the ground in the hope of encircling it
  6682. quotation = the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.
  6683. quotient verdict = an improper and unacceptable kind of compromise verdict
  6684. rabbinate = the office or function of a rabbi
  6685. rabbit punch = a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
  6686. race murder = systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
  6687. race riot = a riot caused by hatred for one another of members of different races in the same community
  6688. racial discrimination = discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race
  6689. racial extermination = systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
  6690. racial profiling = a form of racism consisting of the (alleged) policy of policemen who stop and search vehicles driven by persons belonging to particular racial groups
  6691. racialism = discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race
  6692. racing = the sport of engaging in contests of speed
  6693. racism = discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race
  6694. rack = a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately / a form of torture in which pain is inflicted by stretching the body
  6695. racket = an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
  6696. racketeering = engaging in a racket
  6697. racquetball = a game played on a handball court with short-handled rackets
  6698. radar fire = gunfire aimed a target that is being tracked by radar
  6699. radial keratotomy = radial pattern of incisions in the cornea that cause the cornea to bulge
  6700. radiation = the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance / the act of spreading outward from a central source
  6701. radiation therapy = the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance
  6702. radical chic = an affectation of radical left-wing views and the fashionable dress and lifestyle that goes with them
  6703. radical hysterectomy = surgical removal of the uterus and the ovaries and oviducts and cervix and related lymph nodes
  6704. radical mastectomy = removal of a breast and the underlying muscles (pectoralis major and pectoralis minor) and lymph nodes in the adjacent armpit
  6705. radio observation = an observation made with a radio telescope
  6706. radioactive dating = measurement of the amount of radioactive material (usually carbon 14) that an object contains
  6707. radiocarbon dating = a chemical analysis used to determine the age of organic materials based on their content of the radioisotope carbon 14
  6708. radiography = photography that uses other kinds of radiation than visible light
  6709. radiology = examination of the inner structure of opaque objects using X rays or other penetrating radiation
  6710. radiophotography = transmission of photographs by radio waves
  6711. radioscopy = examination of the inner structure of opaque objects using X rays or other penetrating radiation
  6712. radiotherapy = the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance
  6713. radium therapy = the use of radium in radiation therapy
  6714. raffle = a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
  6715. rag = a boisterous practical joke
  6716. raid = an attempt by speculators to defraud investors / a sudden short attack
  6717. rail technology = the activity of designing and constructing and operating railroads
  6718. railroading = the activity of designing and constructing and operating railroads
  6719. rain dance = a ritual dance intended to bring rain
  6720. rainmaking = activity intended to produce rain
  6721. raise = the act of raising something / increasing the size of a bet
  6722. raising = helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
  6723. raising hell = making trouble just for the fun of it
  6724. rally = the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort / (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes
  6725. rallying = the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort / the act of mobilizing for a common purpose
  6726. Ramadan = a fast (held from sunrise to sunset) that is carried out during the Islamic month of Ramadan
  6727. ramble = an aimless amble on a winding course
  6728. ramification = the act of branching out or dividing into branches
  6729. rampage = violently angry and destructive behavior
  6730. ranching = farming for the raising of livestock
  6731. random sampling = the selection of a random sample
  6732. randomisation = a deliberately haphazard arrangement of observations so as to simulate chance
  6733. randomization = a deliberately haphazard arrangement of observations so as to simulate chance
  6734. rank order = an arrangement according to rank
  6735. ransacking = a thorough search for something
  6736. ransom = the act of freeing from captivity or punishment / payment for the release of someone
  6737. rap = the act of hitting vigorously
  6738. rapacity = reprehensible acquisitiveness
  6739. rape = the crime of forcing a person to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will / the act of despoiling a country in warfare
  6740. rape conviction = conviction for rape
  6741. rapine = the act of despoiling a country in warfare
  6742. rappel = a descent of a vertical cliff or wall made by using a doubled rope that is fixed to a higher point and wrapped around the body
  6743. rapprochement = the reestablishing of cordial relations
  6744. raree-show = a street show
  6745. rascality = reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
  6746. rassling = the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down
  6747. rat race = an exhausting routine that leaves no time for relaxation
  6748. rating = act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of
  6749. rationalisation = systematic organization
  6750. rationalization = systematic organization
  6751. rationing = the act of rationing
  6752. ravaging = plundering with excessive damage and destruction
  6753. Ravenna = a battle between the French and an alliance of Spaniards and Swiss and Venetians in 1512
  6754. ravishment = the crime of forcing a person to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will
  6755. razing = complete destruction of a building
  6756. razmataz = any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent
  6757. razzle = any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent
  6758. razzle-dazzle = any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent
  6759. razzmatazz = any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent
  6760. rbi = a run that is the result of the batter's performance
  6761. re-afforestation = the restoration (replanting) of a forest that had been reduced by fire or cutting
  6762. re-creation = the act of creating again
  6763. re-establishment = restoration to a previous state
  6764. re-formation = forming again
  6765. re-sentencing = the reduction in severity of a punishment imposed by law
  6766. reach = the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
  6767. reaching = accomplishment of an objective / the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
  6768. reaction = doing something in opposition to another way of doing it that you don't like / a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent
  6769. reading = the act of measuring with meters or similar instruments
  6770. reading assignment = the reading of a passage assigned by the teacher
  6771. readjustment = the act of adjusting again (to changed circumstances) / the act of adjusting something to match a standard
  6772. readmission = the act of admitting someone again
  6773. readying = the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose
  6774. reaffiliation = affiliation anew
  6775. real tennis = an ancient form of tennis played in a four-walled court
  6776. real-estate business = the business of selling real estate
  6777. realisation = something that is made real or concrete / making real or giving the appearance of reality / the completion or enrichment of a piece of music left sparsely notated by a composer / a sale in order to obtain money (as a sale of stock or a sale of the estate of a bankrupt person) or the money so obtained
  6778. realization = something that is made real or concrete / making real or giving the appearance of reality / the completion or enrichment of a piece of music left sparsely notated by a composer / a sale in order to obtain money (as a sale of stock or a sale of the estate of a bankrupt person) or the money so obtained
  6779. reallocation = a new apportionment
  6780. reallotment = a new apportionment
  6781. reappearance = the act of someone appearing again
  6782. reapportionment = a new apportionment
  6783. rearing = helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
  6784. rearmament = the act of arming again
  6785. rearrangement = changing an arrangement
  6786. reasonable care = the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances
  6787. reassembly = assembling again
  6788. reassignment = assignment to a different duty
  6789. reassurance = the act of reassuring
  6790. rebellion = organized opposition to authority
  6791. rebelliousness = an insubordinate act
  6792. rebirth = a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life / the revival of learning and culture
  6793. rebound = the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot / a reaction to a crisis or setback or frustration
  6794. rebuff = a deliberate discourteous act
  6795. rebuilding = building again
  6796. reburial = the act of burying again
  6797. reburying = the act of burying again
  6798. recalculation = the act of calculating again
  6799. recall = the act of removing an official by petition
  6800. recapitulation = the repetition of themes introduced earlier
  6801. recapture = the act of taking something back / a legal seizure by the government of profits beyond a fixed amount
  6802. recce = reconnaissance
  6803. recco = reconnaissance
  6804. reccy = reconnaissance
  6805. receding = the act of becoming more distant
  6806. receipt = the act of receiving
  6807. receivership = the office of a receiver / a court action that places property under the control of a receiver during litigation so that it can be preserved for the benefit of all
  6808. reception = the act of receiving / (American football) the act of catching a pass in football
  6809. recess = a pause from doing something
  6810. recession = the act of becoming more distant / the act of ceding back
  6811. recidivism = habitual relapse into crime
  6812. reciprocal = hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
  6813. reciprocal cross = hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
  6814. reciprocal inhibition = a method of behavior therapy based on the inhibition of one response by the occurrence of another response that is mutually incompatible with it
  6815. reciprocal-inhibition therapy = a method of behavior therapy based on the inhibition of one response by the occurrence of another response that is mutually incompatible with it
  6816. reciprocation = mutual interaction
  6817. reciprocity = mutual exchange of commercial or other privileges
  6818. recirculation = circulation again
  6819. recission = the act of rescinding
  6820. recitation = systematic training by multiple repetitions / a regularly scheduled session as part of a course of study
  6821. reckoning = the act of counting
  6822. reclamation = the recovery of useful substances from waste products / rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course / the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation
  6823. reclassification = classifying something again
  6824. reclining = the act of assuming or maintaining a reclining position
  6825. recoding = converting from one code to another
  6826. recognition = designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
  6827. recommencement = beginning again
  6828. recompense = the act of compensating for service or loss or injury
  6829. reconciliation = getting two things to correspond / the reestablishing of cordial relations
  6830. reconnaissance = the act of reconnoitring
  6831. reconnaissance by fire = a method of reconnaissance in which fire is placed on a suspected enemy position in order to cause the enemy to disclose his presence by moving or returning fire
  6832. reconnaissance in force = an offensive operation designed to discover or test the enemy's strength
  6833. reconnaissance mission = the act of reconnoitring
  6834. reconnoitering = exploring in order to gain information
  6835. reconnoitring = exploring in order to gain information
  6836. reconstruction = the activity of constructing something again
  6837. reconstructive surgery = surgery concerned with therapeutic or cosmetic reformation of tissue
  6838. record = the sum of recognized accomplishments / an extreme attainment
  6839. recording = the act of making a record
  6840. recount = an additional (usually a second) count
  6841. recourse = act of turning to for assistance
  6842. recovery = the act of regaining or saving something lost
  6843. recreation = activity that refreshes and recreates
  6844. recruitment = the act of getting recruits
  6845. rectal reflex = normal response to the presence of feces in the rectum
  6846. rectification = determination of the length of a curve; finding a straight line equal in length to a given curve / the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake
  6847. rectoplasty = reconstructive surgery of the anus or rectum
  6848. rectorate = the office or station of a rector
  6849. rectorship = the office or station of a rector
  6850. recusal = the disqualification of a judge or jury by reason of prejudice or conflict of interest
  6851. recusancy = refusal to submit to established authority
  6852. recusation = an objection grounded on the judge's relationship to one of the parties / (law) the disqualification of a judge or jury by reason of prejudice or conflict of interest
  6853. recycling = the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products
  6854. red flag = something that irritates or demands immediate action
  6855. red herring = any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue
  6856. red tape = needlessly time-consuming procedure
  6857. redaction = the act of putting something in writing
  6858. redemption = the act of purchasing back something previously sold / (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
  6859. redeployment = the withdrawal and redistribution of forces in an attempt to use them more effectively
  6860. redetermination = determining again
  6861. redevelopment = the act of improving by renewing and restoring
  6862. redeye = a night flight from which the passengers emerge with eyes red from lack of sleep
  6863. redeye flight = a night flight from which the passengers emerge with eyes red from lack of sleep
  6864. rediscovery = the act of discovering again
  6865. redisposition = the withdrawal and redistribution of forces in an attempt to use them more effectively
  6866. redistribution = distributing again
  6867. redress = act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
  6868. reduction = the act of reducing complexity / the act of decreasing or reducing something
  6869. redundancy = repetition of an act needlessly
  6870. reduplication = the act of repeating over and again
  6871. reel = an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines / a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders
  6872. reelection = election again
  6873. reenactment = performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time
  6874. reenforcement = a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission
  6875. reenlistment = a renewed enlistment
  6876. reentry = the act of entering again
  6877. reexamination = a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment
  6878. refabrication = assembling again
  6879. refereeing = the act of umpiring
  6880. reference = the act of referring or consulting
  6881. referendum = a legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate
  6882. referral = the act of referring
  6883. refit = outfitting a ship again
  6884. reflex = an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
  6885. reflex action = an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
  6886. reflex response = an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
  6887. reflexology = massage to relieve tension by finger pressure
  6888. refocusing = focusing again
  6889. reforestation = the restoration (replanting) of a forest that had been reduced by fire or cutting
  6890. reform = a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses / self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice / a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
  6891. reformation = rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
  6892. refresher = a course that reviews and updates a topic for those who have not kept abreast of developments
  6893. refresher course = a course that reviews and updates a topic for those who have not kept abreast of developments
  6894. refreshment = activity that refreshes and recreates
  6895. refrigeration = deliberately lowering the body's temperature for therapeutic purposes
  6896. refueling = the activity of supplying or taking on fuel
  6897. refuge = act of turning to for assistance
  6898. refund = the act of returning money received previously
  6899. refutal = the act of determining that something is false
  6900. refutation = the act of determining that something is false
  6901. regaining = getting something back again
  6902. regard = a long fixed look
  6903. regency = the office of a regent
  6904. regeneration = forming again
  6905. regicide = the act of killing a king
  6906. regimentation = the imposition of order or discipline
  6907. registration = the act of enrolling / the act of adjusting something to match a standard
  6908. registration fire = fire delivered to obtain accurate data for subsequent effective engagement of targets
  6909. regress = returning to a former state
  6910. regression = returning to a former state
  6911. regularisation = the act of bringing to uniformity
  6912. regularization = the act of bringing to uniformity
  6913. regulating = the act of controlling or directing according to rule
  6914. regulation = the act of controlling or directing according to rule / the act of bringing to uniformity
  6915. regulatory offence = crimes created by statutes and not by common law
  6916. regulatory offense = crimes created by statutes and not by common law
  6917. regurgitation = the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  6918. rehabilitation = the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation / the restoration of someone to a useful place in society / the treatment of physical disabilities by massage and electrotherapy and exercises / vindication of a person's character and the re-establishment of that person's reputation
  6919. rehearing = the act of hearing again
  6920. rehearsal = a form of practice
  6921. reification = representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality / regarding something abstract as a material thing
  6922. reimposition = imposition again
  6923. reinforcement = a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission / an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
  6924. reinstatement = the act of restoring someone to a previous position
  6925. reinterpretation = a new or different interpretation
  6926. reiteration = the act of repeating over and again
  6927. rejection = the act of rejecting something
  6928. rejuvenation = the act of restoring to a more youthful condition
  6929. relapse = a failure to maintain a higher state
  6930. relapsing = a failure to maintain a higher state
  6931. relation = mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups / sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  6932. relaxation = the act of making less strict / a method of solving simultaneous equations by guessing a solution and then reducing the errors that result by successive approximations until all the errors are less than some specified amount / freedom from activity
  6933. relaxation method = a method of solving simultaneous equations by guessing a solution and then reducing the errors that result by successive approximations until all the errors are less than some specified amount
  6934. relay = the act of passing something along from one person or group to another
  6935. release = the act of liberating someone or something / (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone / a formal written statement of relinquishment / the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) / the act of allowing a fluid to escape / activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion
  6936. relegating = authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
  6937. relegation = mild banishment
  6938. relief = the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance) / the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged / aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped / assistance in time of difficulty
  6939. religious ceremony = a ceremony having religious meaning
  6940. religious offering = the act of offering the bread and wine of the Eucharist
  6941. religious rite = an established ceremony prescribed by a religion
  6942. religious ritual = a ceremony having religious meaning
  6943. religious service = the act of public worship following prescribed rules
  6944. relinquishing = the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
  6945. relinquishment = the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
  6946. relishing = taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality
  6947. relistening = the act of hearing again
  6948. relocation = the act of changing your residence or place of business / the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement
  6949. remand = the act of sending an accused person back into custody to await trial
  6950. remarriage = the act of marrying again
  6951. remediation = act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
  6952. remedy = act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
  6953. remilitarisation = the act of militarizing again
  6954. remilitarization = the act of militarizing again
  6955. remise = a second thrust made on the same lunge
  6956. remission = the act of absolving or remitting
  6957. remission of sin = the act of absolving or remitting
  6958. remit = the act of remitting
  6959. remitment = the act of remitting
  6960. remittal = the act of absolving or remitting
  6961. remotion = the act of removing
  6962. removal = dismissal from office / the act of removing
  6963. remuneration = the act of paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses
  6964. Renaissance = the revival of learning and culture
  6965. Renascence = the revival of learning and culture
  6966. rendering = the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance / giving in acknowledgment of obligation
  6967. rendezvous = a meeting planned at a certain time and place
  6968. rendition = the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance / handing over prisoners to the country in which a crime was committed
  6969. renege = the mistake of not following suit when able to do so
  6970. renewal = the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation / the act of renewing
  6971. renovation = the act of improving by renewing and restoring
  6972. rent = the act of rending or ripping or splitting something
  6973. rental = the act of paying for the use of something
  6974. renting = the act of paying for the use of something
  6975. renunciation = the act of renouncing
  6976. reordering = a rearrangement in a different order
  6977. reorganisation = the imposition of a new organization
  6978. reorganization = an extensive alteration of the structure of a corporation or government / the imposition of a new organization
  6979. reorientation = the act of changing the direction in which something is oriented
  6980. repair = the act of putting something in working order again
  6981. reparation = something done or paid in expiation of a wrong / the act of putting something in working order again
  6982. repatriation = the act of returning to the country of origin
  6983. repayment = the act of returning money received previously
  6984. repeal = the act of abrogating
  6985. repeating = the act of doing or performing again
  6986. repetition = the act of doing or performing again
  6987. replacement = the act of furnishing an equivalent person or thing in the place of another
  6988. replacing = the act of furnishing an equivalent person or thing in the place of another
  6989. replay = the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape
  6990. repletion = eating until excessively full
  6991. replication = the act of making copies / the repetition of an experiment in order to test the validity of its conclusion
  6992. repose = freedom from activity
  6993. repositing = depositing in a warehouse
  6994. reposition = depositing in a warehouse
  6995. repositioning = the act of placing in a new position
  6996. repossession = the action of regaining possession
  6997. representation = an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent / the act of representing
  6998. representative sampling = the population is divided into subpopulations (strata) and random samples are taken of each stratum
  6999. repression = the act of repressing
  7000. reprieve = the act of reprieving
  7001. reprisal = a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime
  7002. reproduction = the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring / the act of making copies
  7003. reproductive cloning = making a full living copy of an organism
  7004. republication = the act of publishing again
  7005. republishing = the act of publishing again
  7006. repudiation = the exposure of falseness or pretensions
  7007. repulsion = the act of repulsing or repelling an attack
  7008. repurchase = the act of purchasing back something previously sold
  7009. Requiem = a Mass celebrated for the dead
  7010. required course = a course that all students are required to take
  7011. requisition = seizing property that belongs to someone else and holding it until profits pay the demand for which it was seized
  7012. requital = an act of requiting
  7013. res gestae = things done
  7014. resale = the selling of something purchased
  7015. rescission = the act of rescinding
  7016. rescue = recovery or preservation from loss or danger
  7017. rescue operation = an operation organized to free from danger or confinement
  7018. research = systematic investigation to establish facts
  7019. research project = research into questions posed by scientific theories and hypotheses
  7020. resection = surgical removal of part of a structure or organ
  7021. reservation = the act of keeping back or setting aside for some future occasion / the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of
  7022. resettlement = the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement
  7023. reshipment = the act of shipping again
  7024. reshuffle = shuffling again / a redistribution of something
  7025. reshuffling = shuffling again
  7026. residence = the act of dwelling in a place
  7027. residency = the position of physician who is receiving special training in a hospital (usually after completing an internship) / the act of dwelling in a place
  7028. resistance = the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with / the military action of resisting the enemy's advance / group action in opposition to those in power
  7029. resisting arrest = physical efforts to oppose a lawful arrest
  7030. resolution = finding a solution to a problem / a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
  7031. resort = act of turning to for assistance
  7032. respect = behavior intended to please your parents / a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
  7033. respiration = the metabolic processes whereby certain organisms obtain energy from organic molecules; processes that take place in the cells and tissues during which energy is released and carbon dioxide is produced and absorbed by the blood to be transported to the lungs / the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation
  7034. respite = a pause from doing something (as work) / the act of reprieving
  7035. response = a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent
  7036. responsibility = the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
  7037. rest = freedom from activity
  7038. rest-cure = rest as a medical treatment for stress or anxiety etc.
  7039. restitution = getting something back again / the act of restoring something to its original state
  7040. restoration = getting something back again / the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state / the re-establishment of the British monarchy in 1660
  7041. restraint = the act of controlling by restraining someone or something
  7042. restraint of trade = any act that tends to prevent free competition in business
  7043. restriction = an act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation) / the act of keeping something within specified bounds
  7044. resumption = beginning again
  7045. resurgence = bringing again into activity and prominence
  7046. resurrection = a revival from inactivity and disuse
  7047. resurvey = a new survey or study
  7048. resuscitation = the act of reviving a person and returning them to consciousness
  7049. retail = the selling of goods to consumers
  7050. retailing = the activities involved in selling commodities directly to consumers
  7051. retake = a shot or scene that is photographed again
  7052. retaking = the act of taking something back
  7053. retaliation = action taken in return for an injury or offense
  7054. retaliatory eviction = an eviction in reprisal for the tenant's good-faith complaints against the landlord
  7055. retardation = the act of slowing down or falling behind
  7056. retch = an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
  7057. retention = the act of retaining something
  7058. retirement = withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation / withdrawal from your position or occupation
  7059. retraction = the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back
  7060. retraining = training for a new occupation
  7061. retreat = the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant) / withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation / (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat
  7062. retrenchment = the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
  7063. retrial = a new trial in which issues already litigated and to which the court has already rendered a verdict or decision are reexamined by the same court
  7064. retribution = the act of correcting for your wrongdoing / the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life
  7065. retrieval = the act of regaining or saving something lost
  7066. retrofit = the act of adding a component or accessory to something that did not have it when it was manufactured
  7067. retroflection = the act of bending backward
  7068. retroflexion = the act of bending backward
  7069. retrogression = returning to a former state
  7070. retroversion = returning to a former state
  7071. return = the act of someone appearing again / a coming to or returning home / getting something back again / the act of going back to a prior location / (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble / a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player / a reciprocal group action
  7072. reunification = the act of coming together again
  7073. reunion = the act of coming together again
  7074. reveille = a signal to get up in the morning
  7075. revel = unrestrained merrymaking
  7076. revelry = unrestrained merrymaking
  7077. revenge = action taken in return for an injury or offense
  7078. revenue sharing = distribution of part of the federal tax income to states and municipalities
  7079. reverence = an act showing respect
  7080. reversal = a major change in attitude or principle or point of view / a change from one state to the opposite state / the act of reversing the order or place of / turning in the opposite direction / a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
  7081. reverse = turning in the opposite direction / (American football) a running play in which a back running in one direction hands the ball to a back running in the opposite direction
  7082. reverse hang = a hang with the arms extended in back
  7083. reverse split = a decrease in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity
  7084. reverse stock split = a decrease in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity
  7085. reversion = a failure to maintain a higher state / returning to a former state / turning in the opposite direction
  7086. reverting = a failure to maintain a higher state
  7087. review = a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment / a formal or official examination / practice intended to polish performance or refresh the memory / (law) a judicial reexamination of the proceedings of a court
  7088. revision = the act of revising or altering
  7089. revitalisation = bringing again into activity and prominence
  7090. revitalization = bringing again into activity and prominence
  7091. revival = bringing again into activity and prominence
  7092. revivification = bringing again into activity and prominence
  7093. revocation = the act (by someone having the authority) of annulling something previously done
  7094. revoke = the mistake of not following suit when able to do so
  7095. revolt = organized opposition to authority
  7096. revolution = the overthrow of a government by those who are governed
  7097. reward = an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
  7098. rhinoplasty = cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of your nose
  7099. rhinoscopy = examination of the nasal passages
  7100. rhinotomy = surgical procedure in which an incision is made in the nose to drain accumulated pus
  7101. rhizotomy = surgical procedure in which spinal nerve roots are cut
  7102. rhumba = a ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance / a folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements
  7103. rhythm = natural family planning in which ovulation is assumed to occur 14 days before the onset of a period
  7104. rhythm method = natural family planning in which ovulation is assumed to occur 14 days before the onset of a period
  7105. rhythm method of birth control = natural family planning in which ovulation is assumed to occur 14 days before the onset of a period
  7106. rhytidectomy = plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face
  7107. rhytidoplasty = plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face
  7108. ribbing = the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously
  7109. riddance = the act of forcing out someone or something / the act of removing or getting rid of something
  7110. ride = a journey in a vehicle
  7111. ridicule = the act of deriding or treating with contempt
  7112. riding = travel by being carried on horseback / the sport of sitting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements
  7113. riffle = shuffling by splitting the pack and interweaving the two halves at their corners
  7114. rifling = the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm
  7115. rig = the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
  7116. rigamarole = a long and complicated and confusing procedure
  7117. right = a turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when the person is facing east
  7118. right field = the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the right third of the outfield
  7119. rightfield = the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the right third of the outfield
  7120. rigmarole = a long and complicated and confusing procedure
  7121. ring containment = a strategy of defense in cases of bioterrorism
  7122. ring dance = a folk dance
  7123. ring vaccination = administering vaccine only to people in close contact with an isolated infected patient
  7124. ring-a-rosy = a children's game in which the players dance around in a circle and at a given signal all squat
  7125. ring-around-a-rosy = a children's game in which the players dance around in a circle and at a given signal all squat
  7126. ring-around-the-rosy = a children's game in which the players dance around in a circle and at a given signal all squat
  7127. ringer = the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg
  7128. rinse = washing lightly without soap / the act of giving a light tint to the hair / the removal of soap with clean water in the final stage of washing
  7129. rinsing = the removal of soap with clean water in the final stage of washing
  7130. riot = a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity / a public act of violence by an unruly mob
  7131. riot control = the measures taken to control a riot
  7132. riot control operation = the measures taken to control a riot
  7133. rip = the act of rending or ripping or splitting something
  7134. rip-off = the act of stealing
  7135. riposte = a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge
  7136. rise = the act of changing location in an upward direction / increase in price or value
  7137. rise to power = the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position
  7138. rising = organized opposition to authority
  7139. rising trot = the rider rises from the saddle every second stride
  7140. risk = a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
  7141. risk arbitrage = arbitrage involving risk; as in the simultaneous purchase of stock in a target company and sale of stock in its potential acquirer
  7142. risky venture = a wild and exciting undertaking
  7143. rite = any customary observance or practice / an established ceremony prescribed by a religion
  7144. rite of passage = a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status
  7145. ritual = stereotyped behavior / any customary observance or practice / the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
  7146. ritual dance = a dance that is part of a religious ritual
  7147. ritual dancing = a dance that is part of a religious ritual
  7148. ritual killing = the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
  7149. ritualism = exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites or ritualistic forms in worship
  7150. rivalry = the act of competing as for profit or a prize
  7151. road = a way or means to achieve something
  7152. road construction = the construction of roads
  7153. road game = a game played away from home
  7154. road rage = violence exhibited by drivers in traffic
  7155. road show = a show on tour
  7156. roasting = cooking (meat) by dry heat in an oven
  7157. robbery = larceny by threat of violence / plundering during riots or in wartime
  7158. robbery conviction = conviction for robbery
  7159. robotic telesurgery = microsurgery in which the surgeon performs surgery by manipulating the hands of a robot
  7160. rock = pitching dangerously to one side
  7161. rock climbing = the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides
  7162. rocket firing = the launching of a rocket or missile under its own power
  7163. rocket launching = the launching of a rocket or missile under its own power
  7164. Rocroi = a battle in the Thirty Years' War
  7165. rodeo = an exhibition of cowboy skills
  7166. roentgenography = radiography that uses X-rays to produce a roentgenogram
  7167. roguery = reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
  7168. roguishness = reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
  7169. role = the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group / normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting
  7170. roleplaying = acting a particular role
  7171. roll = the act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling) / a flight maneuver
  7172. roll call = calling out an official list of names
  7173. roll in the hay = slang for sexual intercourse
  7174. rollback = reducing prices back to some earlier level / the act of forcing the enemy to withdraw
  7175. roller = a grounder that rolls along the infield
  7176. roller skating = skating on wheels
  7177. rollerblading = skating using Rollerblades
  7178. rolling = propelling something on wheels / the act of robbing a helpless person
  7179. rollover = the act of changing the institution that invests your pension plan without incurring a tax penalty
  7180. romanticisation = the act of indulging in sentiment
  7181. romanticization = the act of indulging in sentiment
  7182. romp = gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  7183. roofing = the craft of a roofer
  7184. rooting reflex = reflex consisting of head-turning and sucking movements elicited in a normal infant by gently stroking the side of the mouth or cheek
  7185. rope-a-dope = a boxing tactic: pretending to be trapped against the ropes while your opponent wears himself out throwing punches
  7186. roping = capturing cattle or horses with a lasso
  7187. Rorschach = a projective tests using bilaterally symmetrical inkblots
  7188. Rorschach test = a projective tests using bilaterally symmetrical inkblots
  7189. Rossbach = a battle in the Seven Years' War
  7190. rotary motion = the act of rotating as if on an axis
  7191. rotation = the act of rotating as if on an axis
  7192. rotational nystagmus = nystagmus caused by the body rotating rapidly
  7193. rotogravure = using photography to produce a plate for printing
  7194. rouge et noir = a card game in which two rows of cards are dealt and players can bet on the color of the cards or on which row will have a count nearer some number
  7195. rough-and-tumble = disorderly fighting
  7196. roughness = harsh or severe speech or behavior
  7197. roulette = a gambling game in which players bet on which compartment of a revolving wheel a small ball will come to rest in
  7198. round = the usual activities in your day / the activity of playing 18 holes of golf / (often plural) a series of professional calls
  7199. round dance = a ballroom dance characterized by revolving movement / a folk dance
  7200. round dancing = a ballroom dance characterized by revolving movement
  7201. round of golf = the activity of playing 18 holes of golf
  7202. round trip = a trip to some place and back again
  7203. round-the-clock patrol = a continuous nonstop patrol
  7204. rounders = an English ball game similar to baseball
  7205. roundhouse = a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing
  7206. rounding = a miscalculation that results from rounding off numbers to a convenient number of decimals
  7207. rounding error = a miscalculation that results from rounding off numbers to a convenient number of decimals
  7208. roundup = the systematic gathering up of suspects by the police / the activity of gathering livestock together so that they can be counted or branded or sold
  7209. rousing = the act of arousing
  7210. routemarch = a long training march for troops
  7211. routine = an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
  7212. roving = travelling about without any clear destination
  7213. row = the act of rowing as a sport
  7214. rowing = the act of rowing as a sport
  7215. royal casino = a form of casino in which face cards have extra point values
  7216. Royal National Eisteddfod = an eisteddfod with competitions in music and drama and poetry and the fine arts
  7217. royal road = an auspicious way or means to achieve something
  7218. royal tennis = an ancient form of tennis played in a four-walled court
  7219. royalism = adherence or attachment to a monarchy or to the principle of monarchal government
  7220. rub = the act of rubbing or wiping
  7221. rub up = a review that refreshes your memory
  7222. rubber stamp = routine authorization of an action without questions
  7223. rubber-necking = going about to look at places of interest
  7224. rubbing = effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure
  7225. rubdown = the act of rubbing down, usually for relaxation or medicinal purposes
  7226. rubidium-strontium dating = geological dating based on the proportions of radioactive rubidium into its decay product strontium
  7227. ruckus = the act of making a noisy disturbance
  7228. ruction = the act of making a noisy disturbance
  7229. ruff = the act of taking a trick with a trump when unable to follow suit
  7230. ruffianism = violent lawless behavior
  7231. ruffle = a noisy fight
  7232. rugby = a form of football played with an oval ball
  7233. rugby football = a form of football played with an oval ball
  7234. ruggedisation = the act of making a piece of equipment rugged
  7235. ruggedization = the act of making a piece of equipment rugged
  7236. rugger = a form of football played with an oval ball
  7237. ruin = destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
  7238. ruination = destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
  7239. ruining = destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
  7240. rulership = the position of ruler
  7241. ruling = the reason for a court's judgment
  7242. rum = a card game based on collecting sets and sequences
  7243. rumba = a ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance / a folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements
  7244. rumble = a fight between rival gangs of adolescents
  7245. rumination = regurgitation of small amounts of food
  7246. rummage = a thorough search for something
  7247. rummage sale = a sale of donated articles
  7248. rummy = a card game based on collecting sets and sequences
  7249. rumpus = the act of making a noisy disturbance
  7250. run = a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely / the act of running
  7251. run batted in = a run that is the result of the batter's performance
  7252. run-through = an uninterrupted rehearsal
  7253. run-up = the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed
  7254. running = the act of running
  7255. running away = the act of leaving (without permission) the place you are expected to be
  7256. running game = a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
  7257. running play = a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
  7258. runoff = a final election to resolve an earlier election that did not produce a winner
  7259. rupture = the act of making a sudden noisy break
  7260. ruse = a deceptive maneuver
  7261. rush = the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner / (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line
  7262. rushing = the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner / (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line
  7263. Russian bank = solitaire with two players using separate packs
  7264. Russian Revolution = the revolution against the czarist government which led to the abdication of Nicholas II and the creation of a provisional government in March 1917 / the coup d'etat by the Bolsheviks under Lenin in November 1917 that led to a period of civil war which ended in victory for the Bolsheviks in 1922
  7265. Russian roulette = a stunt in which you spin the cylinder of a revolver that is loaded with only one bullet and then point the muzzle at your head and pull the trigger
  7266. Russo-Japanese War = Japanese victory in the war with Russia (1904-1905) gave Japan power over Korea and Manchuria
  7267. rustication = banishment into the country / temporary dismissal of a student from a university / the action of retiring to and living in the country / the construction of masonry or brickwork in a rustic manner
  7268. rustling = the stealing of cattle
  7269. rut = a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape
  7270. saber rattling = the ostentatious display of military power
  7271. sabotage = a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
  7272. sabre rattling = the ostentatious display of military power
  7273. saccade = an abrupt spasmodic movement / a rapid, jerky movement of the eyes between positions of rest
  7274. sack = the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) / the plundering of a place by an army or mob
  7275. sacking = the termination of someone's employment
  7276. sacrament = a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper
  7277. sacrament of the Eucharist = a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine
  7278. sacramental manduction = the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist
  7279. sacrifice = an out that advances the base runners / the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc. / the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
  7280. sacrifice fly = a sacrifice made by hitting a long fly ball
  7281. sacrifice operation = killing or injuring others while annihilating yourself
  7282. sacrilege = blasphemous behavior
  7283. safari = an overland journey by hunters
  7284. safe harbor = the target company defends itself by acquiring a company so onerously regulated that it makes the target less attractive
  7285. safe sex = sexual activity (especially sexual intercourse) with the use of measures (such as latex condoms) to avoid the transmission of disease
  7286. safeguard = a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.
  7287. safekeeping = the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
  7288. safety = the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely / a score in American football
  7289. safety blitz = defensive players try to break through the offensive line
  7290. safety squeeze = the runner on third base waits to start home until the batter has bunted successfully
  7291. safety squeeze play = the runner on third base waits to start home until the batter has bunted successfully
  7292. sail = an ocean trip taken for pleasure
  7293. sailing = the departure of a vessel from a port / the activity of flying a glider / riding in a sailboat / the work of a sailor
  7294. sailplaning = the activity of flying a glider
  7295. Saint-Mihiel = a battle in the Meuse-Argonne operation in World War I
  7296. sainthood = the status and dignity of a saint
  7297. Saipan = US forces captured the island from the Japanese in July 1944
  7298. salary cut = the act of reducing a salary
  7299. sale = a particular instance of selling / the general activity of selling / an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
  7300. Salerno = a battle in World War II
  7301. sales campaign = an advertising campaign intended to promote sales
  7302. sales event = an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
  7303. sales resistance = resistance by potential customers to aggressive selling practices
  7304. sally = a venture off the beaten path / a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
  7305. sallying forth = a venture off the beaten path
  7306. salpingectomy = surgical removal of one or both Fallopian tubes
  7307. salt mine = a job involving drudgery and confinement
  7308. saltation = a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards / taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
  7309. salting = the act of adding salt to food
  7310. salvage = the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire / the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
  7311. salvation = the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil / saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation / a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness
  7312. salve = anything that remedies or heals or soothes
  7313. salvo = rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
  7314. samba = a form of canasta using three decks of cards and six jokers / a lively ballroom dance from Brazil
  7315. sampling = the selection of a suitable sample for study / measurement at regular intervals of the amplitude of a varying waveform
  7316. sanctification = a religious ceremony in which something is made holy
  7317. sanction = a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards / the act of final authorization
  7318. sanitation = making something sanitary (free of germs) as by sterilizing
  7319. sanitisation = making something sanitary (free of germs) as by sterilizing
  7320. sanitization = making something sanitary (free of germs) as by sterilizing
  7321. Santiago = a naval battle in the Spanish-American War
  7322. Santiago de Cuba = a naval battle in the Spanish-American War
  7323. sapphism = female homosexuality
  7324. saraband = a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries
  7325. Saratoga = a battle during the American Revolution
  7326. sashay = a journey taken for pleasure / (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading / a square dance figure
  7327. satiation = the act of achieving full gratification
  7328. satisfaction = act of fulfilling a desire or need or appetite
  7329. saturation = the act of soaking thoroughly with a liquid
  7330. saturation bombing = an extensive and systematic bombing intended to devastate a large target
  7331. saturnalia = a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity / an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn
  7332. Satyagraha = the form of nonviolent resistance initiated in India by Mahatma Gandhi in order to oppose British rule and to hasten political reforms
  7333. saunter = a leisurely walk (usually in some public place) / a careless leisurely gait
  7334. sauteing = cooking in fat or oil in a pan or griddle
  7335. savagery = a brutal barbarous savage act
  7336. save = the act of preventing the opposition from scoring
  7337. saving = recovery or preservation from loss or danger / an act of economizing
  7338. savoring = taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality
  7339. savouring = taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality
  7340. scalage = the act of scaling in weight or quantity or dimension / estimation of the amount of lumber in a log
  7341. scald = the act of burning with steam or hot water
  7342. scaling = ascent by or as if by a ladder / act of measuring or arranging or adjusting according to a scale / the act of arranging in a graduated series
  7343. scam = a fraudulent business scheme
  7344. scamper = rushing about hastily in an undignified way
  7345. scan = the act of scanning
  7346. scandalisation = the act of scandalizing
  7347. scandalization = the act of scandalizing
  7348. scanning = the act of systematically moving a finely focused beam of light or electrons over a surface in order to produce an image of it for analysis or transmission
  7349. scat = singing jazz
  7350. scat singing = singing jazz
  7351. scathe = the act of damaging something or someone
  7352. scatology = the chemical analysis of excrement
  7353. scatophagy = the eating of excrement or other filth
  7354. scatter = the act of scattering
  7355. scattering = the act of scattering
  7356. schedule feeding = feeding a baby or animal according to a fixed schedule
  7357. scheduled fire = prearranged fire delivered at a predetermined time
  7358. scheduled maintenance = maintenance at a regularly scheduled time
  7359. scheduling = setting an order and time for planned events
  7360. schematisation = the act of reducing to a scheme or formula / providing a chart or outline of a system
  7361. schematization = the act of reducing to a scheme or formula / providing a chart or outline of a system
  7362. schism = division of a group into opposing factions
  7363. schlep = a tedious or difficult journey
  7364. school assignment = a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
  7365. schooling = the act of teaching at school / the training of an animal
  7366. schoolwork = a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
  7367. schottische = a German round dance resembling a slow polka
  7368. schtick = a devious trick
  7369. schtik = a devious trick
  7370. scientific research = research into questions posed by scientific theories and hypotheses
  7371. scission = the act of dividing by cutting or splitting
  7372. scissor grip = a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze
  7373. scissor hold = a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze
  7374. scissors = a gymnastic exercise performed on the pommel horse when the gymnast moves his legs as the blades of scissors move / a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze
  7375. scissors grip = a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze
  7376. scissors hold = a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze
  7377. scissors kick = a kick used in the sidestroke
  7378. sclaff = a poor golf stroke in which the club head hits the ground before hitting the ball
  7379. sclerotomy = surgical incision of the sclerotic coat of the eye
  7380. SCNT = moving a cell nucleus and its genetic material from one cell to another
  7381. scoop shot = a basketball shot made with an underhand scooping motion
  7382. Scopes trial = a highly publicized trial in 1925 when John Thomas Scopes violated a Tennessee state law by teaching evolution in high school; Scopes was prosecuted by William Jennings Bryan and defended by Clarence Darrow
  7383. scorched-earth policy = the target company defends itself by selling off its crown jewels
  7384. scorcher = a very hard hit ball
  7385. score = a seduction culminating in sexual intercourse / the act of scoring in a game or sport
  7386. scoring = evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score
  7387. Scottish reel = a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders
  7388. scouring = the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water / moving over territory to search for something
  7389. scouting = exploring in order to gain information
  7390. scouting trip = an expedition undertaken to gain information
  7391. Scrabble = a board game in which words are formed from letters in patterns similar to a crossword puzzle
  7392. scramble = rushing about hastily in an undignified way / an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
  7393. scrap = the act of fighting
  7394. screamer = a very hard hit ball
  7395. screen pass = a short forward pass in which the receiver is protected by a screen of blockers
  7396. screen test = a filmed audition of an actor or actress
  7397. screening = testing objects or persons in order to identify those with particular characteristics / the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it
  7398. screw = slang for sexual intercourse
  7399. screwball = a pitch with reverse spin that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown
  7400. screwing = slang for sexual intercourse
  7401. screwup = the complete mismanagement or mishandling of a situation
  7402. scrimmage = a noisy riotous fight / (American football) practice play between a football team's squads
  7403. scrub = the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
  7404. scrubbing = the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
  7405. scrum = the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms
  7406. scrummage = the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms
  7407. scrutiny = the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes) / a prolonged intense look
  7408. scuba diving = skin diving with scuba apparatus
  7409. scud = the act of moving along swiftly
  7410. scudding = the act of moving along swiftly
  7411. scuff = the act of scuffing
  7412. scuffle = an unceremonious and disorganized struggle / disorderly fighting
  7413. sculling = rowing by a single oarsman in a racing shell
  7414. sculpture = creating figures or designs in three dimensions
  7415. scumble = the application of very thin coat of color over the surface of a picture
  7416. scurry = rushing about hastily in an undignified way
  7417. scut work