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scent Tweet Definition of scent Like Definition of scent on Facebook
noun
  1. an odour or smell, especially one left by an animal being hunted by hounds.
  2. something with a strong odour.
the scent of flowers
the scent of a skunk
  1. perfume.
  2. (figuratively) any trail or trace that can be followed to find something or someone.
verb (scents, scenting, scented)
  1. to detect the scent of
The hounds scented the fox in the woods.
  1. to impart an odour to
Scent the air with burning sage before you begin your meditation.
sematic Tweet Definition of sematic Like Definition of sematic on Facebook
adjective
  1. (biology) (of the colouring of some insects etc) acting as a sign of danger
shape Tweet Definition of shape Like Definition of shape on Facebook
noun
  1. The status or condition of something
  • The used bookshop wouldn't offer much due to the poor of the book.
    1. condition, Condition of personal health, especially muscular health.
  • The vet checked to see what kind of the animal was in.
  • We exercise to keep in good physical .
    1. The appearance of something, especially its outline.
    He cut a square out of the cake.
    1. A figure with unspecified appearance; especially a geometric figure.
  • What shall we use for the cookies? Stars, circles, or diamonds?
  • verb (shapes, shaping, shaped, shaped or shapen)
    1. (transitive) To give something a shape and definition.
    • Shape the dough into a pretzel.
  • For my art project, I plan to my clay lump into a bowl.
    1. 1932, The American Scholar, page 227, United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa
    2. : The professor never pretended to the academic prerogative of forcing his students into his own channels of reasoning; he entered into and helped the discussion but above all he made his men learn to think for themselves and rely upon their own intellectual judgments.
    shoal Tweet Definition of shoal Like Definition of shoal on Facebook
    noun
    1. A large number of fish of the same species swimming together.
    2. A sandbank or sandbar, bar creating a shallow
    sing Tweet Definition of sing Like Definition of sing on Facebook
    noun
    1. A gathering for the purpose of singing songs.
    verb (sings, singing, sang, sung)
    1. To produce harmonious sounds with one"s voice.
    I tenor in my school choir.
    1. (slang) To confess under interrogation.
    sit Tweet Definition of sit Like Definition of sit on Facebook
    noun
    1. (context, rare, Buddhism) an event (usually one full day or more) where the primary goal is to in meditation.
    verb (sits, sitting, sat, sat or rarely sitten)
    1. (context, intransitive, of a person) To be in a position in which the upper body is upright and the legs (especially the upper legs) are supported by some object.
    After a long day of walking, it was good just to and relax.
    1. (context, intransitive, of a person) To move oneself into such a position.
    I asked him to sit.
    1. (context, intransitive, of an object) To occupy a given position permanently.
    The temple has sat atop that hill for centuries.
    1. To be a member of a deliberative body.
    I currently on a standards committee.
    1. (context, intransitive, of an agreement or arrangement) To be accepted.
    How will this new contract with the workers?
    I don"t think it will well.
    snort Tweet Definition of snort Like Definition of snort on Facebook
    noun
    1. The sound made by exhaling roughly through the nose.
    2. (slang) A dose of a drug to be snorted.
    soar Tweet Definition of soar Like Definition of soar on Facebook
    noun
    1. The act of soaring; upward flight.
    This apparent of the hooded falcon. Coleridge.
    verb
    1. To fly aloft, as a bird; to mount upward on wings, or as on wings. Chaucer.
    When soars Gaul's vulture with his wings unfurled. Byron.
    1. (figurative) To rise in thought, spirits, or imagination; to be exalted in mood.
    Where the deep transported mind may . Milton.
    Valor soars above What the world calls misfortune. Addison.
    song Tweet Definition of song Like Definition of song on Facebook
    noun
    1. A musical piece with lyrics (or "words to sing"); prose that one can sing.
    He wrote a beautiful about her.
    1. A musical sound by a bird.
    2. A musical sound by insect, whale or some other animal which sounds melodious to humans.
    I love hearing the of canary birds.
    1. Something that cost only a little.
    He bought that car for a .
    1. Faeces.
    The gorilla liked to fling at the patrons at the zoo.
    spin Tweet Definition of spin Like Definition of spin on Facebook
    noun
    1. circular, Circular motion.
    2. (physics) A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.
    3. A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.
    4. (cricket) rotation, Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.
    5. A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.
    verb (spins, spinning, spun or span, spun)
    1. To turn around quickly.
    2. To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.
    2006. In every administration there will be spokesmen and public affairs officers who try to spin the news to make the president look good. But this administration is trying to spin scientific data and muzzle scientists toward that end. — The Washington Post Editorial, The Politics of Science, Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page A22 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/08/AR2006020801991.html.
    1. (context, cricket, of a bowler) To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.
    2. (context, cricket, of a ball) To move sideways when bouncing.
    adjective
    1. (cricket) Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling.
    squawk Tweet Definition of squawk Like Definition of squawk on Facebook
    noun
    1. A shrill noise, especially made by a voice; a yell, scream, or call.
    2. (Aviation) A 4-digit transponder code used by aircraft for identification or transmission of emergency signals.
    3. (Aviation) An issue or complaint related to aircraft maintenance.
    verb
    1. To make a squawking noise; to yell, scream, or call out shrilly.
    2. To speak out; to protest.
    3. To report an infraction; to rat on or tattle; to disclose a secret.
    squeak Tweet Definition of squeak Like Definition of squeak on Facebook
    noun (plural squeaks)
    1. A short, high-pitched sound, as of two objects rubbing together, or the calls of small animals
    squeal Tweet Definition of squeal Like Definition of squeal on Facebook
    noun
    1. A high-pitched sound, as a scream of a child, or noisy worn-down brake pads.
    verb
    1. To scream by making a shrill, prolonged sound.
    2. To give sensitive information about someone to a third party; to rat on someone.
    stot Tweet Definition of stot Like Definition of stot on Facebook
    noun
    1. (obsolete) An inferior horse.
    2. An ox or bull.
    3. (context, regional) A heifer.
    verb (stots, stotting or stottin, stotted, stotted)
    1. (context, intransitive, Scotland, and, Northern England) To bounce, rebound or ricochet.
    Me heed was stottin this mornin.
    1. (context, transitive, Scotland, and, Northern England) To make bounce, rebound or ricochet.
    stride Tweet Definition of stride Like Definition of stride on Facebook
    noun
    1. A long step.
    2. (context, Australian, informal, in plural) trousers, Trousers.
    verb (strides, striding, strode, stridden)
    1. (intransitive) To walk with long steps.
    stridulate Tweet Definition of stridulate Like Definition of stridulate on Facebook
    verb (stridulates, stridulating, stridulated)
    1. (intransitive) To make a high-pitched chirping, grating, hissing, or squeaking sound, as male crickets and grasshoppers do, by rubbing certain body parts together.
    suckle Tweet Definition of suckle Like Definition of suckle on Facebook
    noun
    1. (Obsolete) A teat.
    swarm Tweet Definition of swarm Like Definition of swarm on Facebook
    noun
    1. A large number of insects, especially when in motion or (for bees) migrating to a new colony
    2. A mass of people or animals in turmoil
    verb
    1. (intransitive) To move as a swarm
    2. (intransitive) To teem, or be overrun with insects
    3. (intransitive) To climb by gripping with arms and legs
    4. (transitive) To fill a place as a swarm
    5. (transitive) To climb a thing by gripping with arms and legs
    6. (transitive) To overwhelm as by an opposing army
    swim Tweet Definition of swim Like Definition of swim on Facebook
    noun
    1. An instance of swimming; the act of swimming.
    I'm going for a .
    verb (swims, swimming, swam, swum)
    1. (intransitive) To move through the water, without touching the bottom; to propel oneself in water by natural means.
    2. (transitive) To traverse (a specific body of water, or a specific distance) by swimming; or, to utilize a specific swimming stroke; or, to compete in a specific swimming event.
    He will attempt to the channel.
    For exercise, we like to laps around the pool.
    I want to the 200-yard breaststroke in the finals.''
    swimming Tweet Definition of swimming Like Definition of swimming on Facebook
    noun
    1. The action of the verb "to swim".
    2. The activity of being moving oneself through water using one's arms and legs while buoy up, buoyed up by the water, carried out by humans for amusement, exercise, sport or entertainment.
    verb
    1. (present participle of, swim)

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