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cackle Tweet Definition of cackle Like Definition of cackle on Facebook
noun
  1. The cry of a hen, especially when laying an egg
  2. A laugh resembling the cry of a hen.
verb (cackl, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To laugh with a sound similar to a hen's cry.
call Tweet Definition of call Like Definition of call on Facebook
noun
  1. A telephone conversation.
I received several phone calls today.
I received several calls today.
  1. A social visit.
I paid a to a dear friend of mine.
  1. A cry or shout.
He heard a from the other side of the room.
  1. The characteristic cry of a bird.
That sound is the distinctive of the cuckoo bird.
  1. A beckoning or summoning.
I had to yield to the of the wild.
  1. (finance): A contract to buy stock (See w:stock_option for further reading); compare put.
  2. (Cricket) The act of calling to the other batsman.
  3. (Cricket) The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call (depends on where the ball goes.)
  4. (Medicine) An overnight duty in the hospital.
  5. (computing) The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the point.
  6. A statement of a particular state, or rule, made in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.
There was a 20 dollar bet on the table, and my was 9.
verb
  1. To request, summon, or beckon.
That person is hurt, for help!
  1. To cry or shout.
I can't see you. Call out to me so I can find you.
  1. To contact by telephone.
Why don't you me in the morning.
  1. To pay a social visit.
We could always on a friend.
  1. To name or refer to.
Why don't we dispense with the formalities. Please me Al.
  1. (reflexively: to be called) Of a person, to have as one's name; of a thing, to have as its name.
I'm called John.
A very tall building is called a skyscraper.
  1. (Cricket) (of a batsman): To shout directions to the other batsman on whether or not they shoud take a run.
  2. (Cricket) (of a fielder): To shout to other fielders that he intends to take a catch (thus avoiding collisions.)
  3. (poker): To match or equal the amount of poker chips in the pot as the player that bet.
  4. (with an object preceded by the preposition for) To require, demand
  1. Verb, demand.
This job calls for patience.
  1. To state, or invoke a rule, in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.
My partner called 2 spades.
caterwaul Tweet Definition of caterwaul Like Definition of caterwaul on Facebook
verb (WikiSaurus?-link, argument)
  1. (intransitive) To cry as cats in rutting time; to make a harsh, offensive noise.
  2. To have a noisy argument, like cats.
caw Tweet Definition of caw Like Definition of caw on Facebook
noun
  1. The harsh cry of a crow.
verb
  1. Of a crow, to make its cry.
chirp Tweet Definition of chirp Like Definition of chirp on Facebook
noun
  1. A short, sharp or high note or noise, as of a bird or insect.
cluck Tweet Definition of cluck Like Definition of cluck on Facebook
noun
  1. The sound made by a hen, especially when brooding, or calling her chicks
  2. Any sound similar to this
  3. A kind of tongue click used to urge on a horse.
verb
  1. To make such a sound
  2. (context, UK, drug slang) to suffer withdrawal from heroin
cock-a-doodle-doo Tweet Definition of cock-a-doodle-doo Like Definition of cock-a-doodle-doo on Facebook
noun
  1. The cry of the rooster.
condition Tweet Definition of condition Like Definition of condition on Facebook
noun
  1. A logical clause or phrase that a conditional statement uses. The phrase can either be true or false.
  2. The health status of a medical patient.
  3. The state of any object, referring to the amount of its wear.
verb
  1. To undergo the process of acclimation.
"I became conditioned to the absence of seasons in San Diego."
  1. To subject to different conditions, especially as an exercise.
"They were conditioning their shins in their karate class."
  1. To shape the behaviour of someone to do something.
conditioned Tweet Definition of conditioned Like Definition of conditioned on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, condition)
adjective
  1. determined or dependent on some condition
  2. physically fit, especially as the result of exercise
  3. prepared for a specific use
  1. (psychology) exhibiting a conditioned reflex
conditioned response Tweet Definition of conditioned response Like Definition of conditioned response on Facebook
nounconditioned repsonse
  1. a conditioned reflex
coterie Tweet Definition of coterie Like Definition of coterie on Facebook
noun
  1. A circle of people who associate with one another.
The new junior employee joined our merry after-hours .
  1. An exclusive group of people, who associate closely for a common purpose; a clique.
A tightly-knit of executive powerbrokers made all the real decisions in the company.
  1. A communal burrow of prairie dogs.
The was located in the middle of our wheat field.
court Tweet Definition of court Like Definition of court on Facebook
noun
  1. An enclosed space; a courtyard; an uncovered area shut in by the walls of a building, or by different building; also, a space opening from a street and nearly surrounded by houses; a blind alley.
  2. The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or ether dignitary; a palace.
  3. The collective body of persons composing the retinue of a sovereign or person high in authority; all the surroundings of a sovereign in his regal state.
  4. Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign; as, to hold a court.
  5. Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery.
  6. The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered.
  7. The persons officially assembled under authority of law, at the appropriate time and place, for the administration of justice; an official assembly, legally met together for the transaction of judicial business; a judge or judges sitting for the hearing or trial of causes.
  8. A tribunal established for the administration of justice.
  9. The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel or jury, or both.
  10. The session of a judicial assembly.
  11. Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical.
  12. A place arranged for playing the game of tennis, basketball and some other games; also, one of the divisions of a tennis court.
verb
  1. Woo; attempt to win over with social activities and displays of breeding; tact and affection.
courtship Tweet Definition of courtship Like Definition of courtship on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a favor.
  2. The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to marriage.
  3. Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy.
  4. Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a court; court-craft; finesse.
cover Tweet Definition of cover Like Definition of cover on Facebook
noun
  1. A lid.
  2. The hiding from view.
  3. The front and back of a book or magazine.
  4. The top sheet of a bed.
  5. (music) A cover version; a cover song.
  6. (cricket) A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position.
  7. A setting at a restaurant table.
We need to set another for the Smith party.
  1. (topology) A set (more often known as a family) of sets, whose union contains the given set.
The open intervals are a for the real numbers.
  1. A cover charge.
There's a $15 tonight.
  1. (philately) An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc.
  2. (military) A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire.
  3. (legal) In commercial law, refers to a buyer"s purchase on the open market of goods similar or identical to the goods contracted for after a seller has breached a contract of sale by failure to deliver the goods contracted for.
verb
  1. To place something over or upon to conceal or protect.
  2. To feature, discuss, or mention.
  3. To provide enough money for.
We've earned enough money to cover most of our costs.
  1. (music) To make a cover version of (a song that was originally recorded by another artist).
  2. (context, military, police) To protect using an aimed firearm and the threat of firing; or to protect using continuous, heaving fire at or in the direction of the enemy so as to force the enemy to remain in cover; or to threaten using an aimed firearm and the threat of firing.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine.
  2. (music) Originally recorded by one artist, but later rerecorded by another artist.
  3. Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions.
croak Tweet Definition of croak Like Definition of croak on Facebook
noun
  1. A faint, harsh sound made in the throat.
  2. The cry of a frog or toad.
verb
  1. To make a croak.
  2. Of a frog, to make its cry.
  3. (slang) To die.
  4. Of a raven, to make its cry.
  5. (transitive, slang) To kill someone or something.
He seen my face, so I had to him.
crouch Tweet Definition of crouch Like Definition of crouch on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A cross.
verb (crouches, crouching, crouched)
  1. To bend down; to stoop low; to lie close to the ground with legs bent, as an animal when waiting for prey or in fear.
We crouched behind the low wall until the squad of soldiers had passed by.
  1. To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe.
  2. To sign with the cross; to bless.
  3. To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear.

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