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CAB Tweet Definition of CAB Like Definition of CAB on Facebook
initialism
  1. Civil Aeronautics Board
  2. (UK) Citizen's advice bureau
  1. (Ireland) Criminal Assets Bureau. A government agency tasked with recovering the profits of criminal enterprise.
camber Tweet Definition of camber Like Definition of camber on Facebook
noun
  1. The slightly convex surface of a road, ship's deck etc.
  2. The slope of a curved road, such that the outside is higher than the inside.
  3. An alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive camber signifying that the wheels are closer together at the bottom than at the top.
  4. The curvature of an airfoil.
  5. (nautical) A small enclosed dock in which timber for masts (etc.) is kept to weather.
verb (cambers, cambering, cambered)
  1. To curve upwards in the middle.
Because he cambered the tires too much, he had less control on the turns.
canopy Tweet Definition of canopy Like Definition of canopy on Facebook
noun (canopies)
  1. A high cover providing shelter, such as a cloth supported above an object, particularly over a bed.
  2. The zone of the highest foliage and branches of a forest.
  3. In an airplane, the transparent cockpit cover.
  4. In a parachute, the cloth that fills with air and thus limits the speed.
cantilever Tweet Definition of cantilever Like Definition of cantilever on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) A beam anchored at one end and projecting into space, such as a long bracket projecting from a wall to support a balcony.
capsule Tweet Definition of capsule Like Definition of capsule on Facebook
noun
  1. (Physiology) membranous envelope
  2. (Botany) seed-case
  3. detachable part of rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing crew's living space
  4. small container containing dose of medicine
  5. weasel - suffolk slang
chassis Tweet Definition of chassis Like Definition of chassis on Facebook
noun (chassis)
  1. A base frame, or movable railway, along which the carriage of a mounted gun moves backward and forward.
  2. The base frame of a motor vehicle.
  3. A frame or housing containing electrical or mechanical equipment, such as on a computer.
chord Tweet Definition of chord Like Definition of chord on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, music) In music, a combination of any three or more pitches and the diatonic functionality of those pitches.
  2. (geometry) A straight line between two points of a curve.
  3. (context, engineering) A horizontal member of a truss.
  4. (context, aeronautics) The distance between the leading edge, leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.
chute Tweet Definition of chute Like Definition of chute on Facebook
noun
  1. A framework, trough, or tube, upon or through which objects are made to slide from a higher to a lower level, or through which water passes to a wheel.
  1. parachute
cockpit Tweet Definition of cockpit Like Definition of cockpit on Facebook
noun
  1. The space for pilot and crew in a helicopter, aircraft, boat or spacecraft.
  2. (context, nautical, obsolete) The compartment set aside for the care of wounded during naval engagements; the sickbay.
  3. (nautical) A well, usually near the stern, where the helm is located.
  4. An enclosure for cockfights.
crab Tweet Definition of crab Like Definition of crab on Facebook
noun
  1. A crustacean of the infraorder Brachyura, having five pairs of legs, the foremost of which are in the form of claws, and a carapace.
  2. A bad-tempered person.
  3. (context, in plural crabs, informal) An infestation of pubic lice.
  4. (slang) A playing card with the rank of three.
verb (crabs, crabbing, crabbed)
  1. (intransitive) To fish for crabs.
  2. (intransitive) To complain.
  3. (intransitive) (by analogy with the movement of a crab) Of an aircraft, such as a glider, to move sideways.
  4. (transitive) (by analogy with the movement of a crab) To navigate (an aircraft, e.g., a glider) sideways against an air current in order to maintain a straight-line course.
  5. (context, obsolete) In World War 1, to fly slightly off the straight-line course towards an enemy aircraft, as the machine guns on early aircraft did not allow firing through the propeller disk.
  6. (rare) To back out of something.
cradle Tweet Definition of cradle Like Definition of cradle on Facebook
noun
  1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillate, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.
  2. (context, figurative) The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.
    • a of crime
    • the of liberty
      1. (context, figurative) Infancy, or very early life.
    • from the to the grave
      1. An implement consisting of a broad scythe for cutting grain, with a set of long fingers parallel to the scythe, designed to receive the grain, and to lay it evenly in a swath.
      2. A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
      3. A framework of timbers, or iron bars, moving upon ways or rollers, used to support, lift, or carry ships or other vessels, heavy guns, etc., as up an inclined plane, or across a strip of land, or in launching a ship.
      4. A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
      5. A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person.
      6. A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.
      7. A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
      8. The ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
      9. The basket or apparatus in which, when a line has been made fast to a wrecked ship from the shore, the people are brought off from the wreck.
      10. A rest for the receiver of a telephone.
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verb (cradl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To contain in or as if in a cradle.
  2. (transitive) To rock (a baby to sleep).
  3. (transitive) To wrap protectively.
    • cradling the injured man"s head in her arms
      1. (lacrosse) To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.
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noun (plural:sameorcrafts)
  1. The skilled practice of a practical occupation; "he learned his craft as an apprentice" syn: trade.
  2. (nautical) (15th-17th centuries) Any net, line or hook used to catch fish; (later) any fishing vessel, then any small vessel.
  3. A vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space.
  4. People who perform a particular kind of skilled work; "he represented the craft of brewers"; "as they say in the trade" syn: trade.
  5. A skill in an occupation or trade syn: craftsmanship, workmanship.
  6. Shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception syn: craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness.
verb
  1. To make by hand and with much skill.
  2. To construct, develop something (like a skilled craftsman): "state crafting", "crafting global policing."
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noun (crashes)
  1. An automobile, airplane, or other vehicle accident.
  2. A computer malfunction that is caused by faulty software, and makes the system either partially or totally inoperable.
  3. A loud sound as made for example by cymbals.
  4. A comedown of a drug.
  5. A herd of rhinoceroses.
    • (post, 1991) Patrick F. McManus?, "Nincompoopery and Other Group Terms", in The Grasshopper Trap, Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0-8050-0111-5, page 103,
    • : One of my favorites among the terms of groups of creatures is a ' of rhinoceros. I can imagine an African guide saying to his client, "Shoot, dammit, shoot! Here comes the whole bloody of rhinoceros!"
    • : " Personally, I think I"d just as soon come across a of rhinoceros as a knot of toad.
    • 1998, E. Melanie Watt, Black Rhinos, page 19
    • : The largest group of black rhinos reported was made up of 13 individuals. A group of rhinos is called a .
    • 1999, Edward Osborne Wilson, The Diversity of Life, page 126
    • : Out in the water a of rhinoceros-like animals browse belly deep through a bed of aquatic plants.
    • 2003', Claude Herve-Bazin, Judith Farr Kenya and Tanzania'', page 23
    • : The of rhinoceros at Tsavo now numbers almost 200.
verb (crash, es)
  1. (intransitive) to collide with something destructively
  2. (intransitive) to make informal temporary living arrangments
Hey dude, can I at your pad?
  1. (intransitive) (of a computer program) to terminate extraordinary, extraordinarily
  2. (transitive) to severely damage or destroy something by causing it to collide with something else
  3. (transitive)(slang) to turn up at or join a social event without having been invited
adjective
  1. quick, fast, intensive
crash course
diet
crew Tweet Definition of crew Like Definition of crew on Facebook
noun
  1. A group of people operating a means of transport.
  2. A group of people working on something.
  3. A member of a crew.
Ten crew died when the submarine sank.
verb
  1. To participate in a ship's crew.
cut Tweet Definition of cut Like Definition of cut on Facebook
noun
  1. An opening resulting from cutting.
Look at this on my finger!
  1. The act of cutting.
He made a fine with his sword.
  1. The result of cutting.
She tried out for the team, but didn't make the .
  1. A share or portion.
The lawyer took a of the profits.
  1. (Cricket) A batsman's shot played with a swinging motion of the bat, to hit the ball backward of point.
  2. (Cricket) Sideways movement of the ball through the air caused by a fast bowler imparting spin to the ball.
  3. The act or right of dividing a deck of playing cards.
The player next to the dealer the deck by placing the bottom half on top.
  1. The manner or style a garment is fashioned in.
I like the of that suit.
  1. A slab, especially of meat.
That"s our finest of meat.
  1. (fencing) An attack made with a chopping motion of the blade, landing with its edge or point.
  2. A deliberate snub, typically a refusal to return a bow or other acknowledgement of acquaintance.
verb (cuts, cutting, cut)
  1. To perform an incision, for example with a knife.
I the skin on my arm.
  1. To divide with a knife, scissors, or another sharp instrument.
Would you please the cake?
  1. To separate from prior association; to remove a portion of a recording during editing.
Travis was from the team.
  1. To enter a queue in the wrong place.
One student kept trying to in front of the line.
  1. (context, cinema, audio) To cease recording activities.
After the actors read their lines, the director yelled "Cut!"
  1. To reduce, especially intentionally.
They're going to salaries by fifteen percent.
  1. To form or shape by cutting.
I have three diamonds to today.
  1. To intersect or cross in such a way as to divide in half or nearly so.
This road cuts right through downtown.
  1. (cricket) To make the ball spin sideways by running one's fingers down the side of the ball while bowling it.
  2. (colloquial) Not to attend a class, especially when this is not permitted.
I fifth period to hang out with Angela.
  1. To change direction suddenly.
The football player to his left to evade a tackle.
  1. To divide a pack of playing cards into two
If you then I'll deal.
adjective
  1. (participial adjective) Having been .
  2. reduce, Reduced.
The pitcher threw a fastball that was slower than his usual pitch.
Cut brandy is a liquor made of brandy and hard grain liquor.
  1. (context, of a gem) carve, Carved into a shape; not raw.
  2. (cricket, of a shot) Played with a horizontal bat to hit the ball backward of point.
  3. (bodybuilding) Having muscular definition in which individual groups of muscle fibers stand out among larger muscles.
  4. (colloquial) circumcised, Circumcised.

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