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noun
  1. An employee of a company who creates a large amount of unexpected business, consistently brings in money at critical times, or brings in markedly more money than his or her co-workers, thereby "floating their salaries".
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noun
  1. someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption
  2. refer to relativity for a scientific definition
adjective
  1. not absolute; connected to or depending on something else
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noun (plural:rites of passage)
  1. (anthropology) a ceremony or series of ceremonies, often very ritualized, to celebrate a transition in a person"s life. Baptisms, bar mitzvahs, weddings and funerals are among the best known examples.
Examples: After John officially attained his majority, Robert bought him his first legal beer. This is a common American rite of passage.

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