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octave Tweet Definition of octave Like Definition of octave on Facebook
noun
  1. (music theory) An interval of eight tones on a diatonic scale, representing a doubling or halving in pitch.
The melody jumps up an octave at the beginning, then later drops back down an octave.
The singer was known for astounding clarity over her entire five-octave range.
  1. (music theory) The pitch an octave higher than a given pitch.
The bass starts on a low E, and the tenor comes in on the octave.
  1. (fencing) The eighth defensive position, with the sword hand held at waist height, and the tip of the sword out straight at knee level.
octuple Tweet Definition of octuple Like Definition of octuple on Facebook
adjective
  1. Eightfold
off Tweet Definition of off Like Definition of off on Facebook
verb
  1. (transitive) (slang) to murder
He got in the way so I had him offed.
  1. (transitive) (Singapore) to switch off
Can you the light?
adjective
  1. inoperative, disabled
All the lights are .
  1. rotten
This milk is !
  1. (cricket) in, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman
adverb
  1. In a direction away from the speaker or object.
He drove in a cloud of smoke.
The book fell the table.
  1. Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.
Please switch the light when you leave.
die off
officiate Tweet Definition of officiate Like Definition of officiate on Facebook
verb (officiat, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To perform the functions of some office.
    • She officiated as registrar at the wedding.
      1. (context, intransitive, sports) To serve as umpire or referee.
    • This is the second time he has officiated at a cup-final.
offside Tweet Definition of offside Like Definition of offside on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, sport) An offside play
  2. (British) The side of a road vehicle farthest from the kerb.
adjective
  1. (sports) In an illegal position ahead of the ball
  2. To the side of the road, past the curb and sidewalk, e.g. an offside diner (restaurant.)
off stump Tweet Definition of off stump Like Definition of off stump on Facebook
noun
  1. (cricket) the stump on the off side of the batsman's wicket
olympiad Tweet Definition of olympiad Like Definition of olympiad on Facebook
noun
  1. A period of four years, by which the ancient Greeks reckoned time, being the interval from one celebration of the Olympic games to another, beginning with the victory of Corbus in the foot race, which took place in the year 776 b.c.; as, the era of the olympiads.
Olympic Games Tweet Definition of Olympic Games Like Definition of Olympic Games on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An international multi-sport event taking place every fourth year
ON Tweet Definition of ON Like Definition of ON on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. Ontario (Canadian province)
one-two Tweet Definition of one-two Like Definition of one-two on Facebook
noun
  1. (soccer) A quick one touch play between two players.
  2. (boxing) Two punches delivered in rapid succession
open Tweet Definition of open Like Definition of open on Facebook
noun
  1. A sports event in which anybody can contest; as, the Australian Open.
  2. (electronics) a wire that is broken midway.
The electrician found the in the circuit after a few minutes of testing. sports event
  • Finnish: avoin, avoimet
broken wire
  • Finnish: katkos
verb
  1. (transitive) To make something accessible or removing an obstacle to something being accessible
Turn the doorknob to the door.
  1. (transitive) To bring up (a topic).
I don't want to that subject.
  1. (transitive) To make accessible to customers or clients.
I will the shop an hour early tomorrow.
  1. (transitive) To start (a campaign).
Vermont will elk hunting season next week.
  1. (intransitive) To become open
  1. Adjective, open.
The door opened all by itself.
  1. (intransitive) To begin conducting business.
The shop opens at 9:00.
  1. (context, intransitive, cricket) To begin a side's innings as one of the first two batsmen.
  2. (context, intransitive, poker) To bet before any other player has in a particular betting round in a game of poker
After the first two players fold, Julie opens for $5.
  1. (context, transitive or intransitive, poker) To reveal one's hand.
Jeff opens his hand revealing a straight flush.
adjective (rfc-level, Adjective at L4+ not in L3 Ety section)
  1. (not comparable) Which is not closed; accessible; as, an open gate.
Turn left after the second door.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, Chapter 2
    • : The road, the dusty highway...
      1. (not comparable) Actively conducting or prepared to conduct business.
      Banks are not on bank holidays.
      1. (comparable) receptive, Receptive.
      I am to new ideas.
      1. (not comparable) public, Public; as, an open letter, an open declaration.
      He published an letter to the govenor on a full page of the New York Times.
      1. (not comparable) candid, Candid, ingenuous, not subtle in character:
      The man is an book.
out Tweet Definition of out Like Definition of out on Facebook
noun
  1. A means of exit, escape, reprieve, etc.
They wrote the law to give those organizations an .
  1. (baseball) A state in which a member of the batting team is removed from play because the defending team threw the baseball past the batter three times in the strike zone, fielded a ball hit in the air, or fielded a ball hit to the ground and moved the ball to a defender blocking the runner's ability to move from base to base.
  2. (poker) A card which can make a hand a winner.
verb
  1. (transitive) To declare a person to be a homosexual, especially one who is reluctant for this information to be made public.
  2. (transitive) To declare a personal secret belonging to another person.
adjective
  1. Not at home.
Leave a message for me if I'm when you call.
  1. (context, cricket, baseball) Of a player, disqualified from playing further by some action of a member of the opposing team (such as being stump, stumped in cricket).
  2. Openly acknowledging one's homosexuality.
adverb
  1. away, Away from home, not indoors.
Let's eat tonight
  1. Away from; at a distance.
Keep !
  1. Away from the inside or the centre.
The magician pulled the rabbit of the hat.
  1. Into a state of non-operation; into non-existence.
Switch the lights .
Put the fire .
  1. Used to intensify or emphasize.
The place was all decked for the holidays.
outfield Tweet Definition of outfield Like Definition of outfield on Facebook
noun
  1. (baseball) The region of the field between the infield and the outer fence
    He hit a long fly ball to the in the gap to left.
  2. (cricket) The region of the field roughly outside of the wicket-keeper, slips, gully, point, cover, mid off, mid on, midwicket and square leg
outfielder Tweet Definition of outfielder Like Definition of outfielder on Facebook
noun
  1. (baseball) A player that plays in the outfield, which is the outer portion of the field
    The tracked down the long fly.
out-of-bounds Tweet Definition of out-of-bounds Like Definition of out-of-bounds on Facebook
adverbout of bounds (or out-of-bounds)
  1. beyond designated limits
    • He hit the ball way out of bounds
outside Tweet Definition of outside Like Definition of outside on Facebook
noun
  1. The part of something that faces out; the outer surface
  2. The external appearance of something
  3. The space beyond some limit or boundary
adjective
  1. External.
It looks good on the outside.
  1. (baseball) A pitch that is away from the batter as it crosses home plate.
The first pitch is ... just a bit .
adverb
  1. On, or towards the outside
  2. Outdoors
outswinger Tweet Definition of outswinger Like Definition of outswinger on Facebook
noun
  1. (cricket) a ball that exhibits outswing; a bowler that uses it
overhead Tweet Definition of overhead Like Definition of overhead on Facebook
noun
  1. (finance) (uncountable) the operating expenses of a business — everything except labour and materials
  2. (uncountable) more generally, any cost or expenditure (monetary, time, effort or otherwise) incurred in a project or activity, which does not directly contribute to the progress or outcome of the project or activity.
  3. (countable) an overhead projector; or the image sheet projected by one
adjective
  1. located above, especially over the head
Place your luggage in the bins.
  1. (finance) of, or relating to the operating expenses of a business
They tried to reduce costs.
adverb
  1. above one's head;in the sky
Birds flying .
overlap Tweet Definition of overlap Like Definition of overlap on Facebook
noun
  1. Something that overlaps or is overlapped
verb (transitive) (intransitive) (overlapp, ing)
  1. To extend over and partly cover something
    • the mousemat overlapped the edge of the desk
    • To have an area, range, character or function in common
    • The two maps overlapped at the east and west edges
    • (mathematics) Used of sets that have some elements in common
    • The set (all men) overlaps the set (vegetarians)
overthrow Tweet Definition of overthrow Like Definition of overthrow on Facebook
noun
  1. The downfall of a government etc., by force.
  2. (cricket) The act of a fielder throwing the ball back to the infield, where it is not gathered and continues to the opposite outfield; a run scored by the batting side while this happens.
verb (overthrows, overthrowing, overthrew, overthrown)
  1. To bring about the downfall of a government etc., especially by force.
I hate the current government, but not enough to want to them.
overtime Tweet Definition of overtime Like Definition of overtime on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, uncountable) The working time outside of one's regular hours
Workers are usually paid extra for working .
  1. (context, sports, countable) An extra period of play when a contest has a tie score at the end of regulation.
That last-second shot ties the game 99-99 and sends it to !

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