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absorber Tweet Definition of absorber Like Definition of absorber on Facebook
noun
  1. One who, or that which, absorbs.
accelerator Tweet Definition of accelerator Like Definition of accelerator on Facebook
nounOften used adjectivally
  1. One who, or that which, accelerates.
  2. A device for causing acceleration.
  3. A substance which speeds up chemical reactions.
  4. accelerator pedal.
advance Tweet Definition of advance Like Definition of advance on Facebook
noun
  1. A forward move.
  2. An amount of money or credit, especially given as a loan, or paid before it is due.
  3. (in plural) An opening approach or overture, especially of an unwelcome or sexual nature.
verb (advanc, ing)
  1. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on.
They . . . advanced their eyelids. "Shakespeare
  1. To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
  2. To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten.
to the ripening of fruit
to one's interests
  1. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show.
to an argument
  1. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.
  2. To furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due, or in aid of an enterprise; to supply beforehand.
Merchants often money on a contract or on goods consigned to them.
  1. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate.
to the price of goods
  1. (intransitive) To move forwards, to approach.
adjective
  1. completed, Completed before need or a milestone event.
He made an payment on the prior shipment to show good faith.
  1. preceding, Preceding.
The man came a month before the candidate.
  1. forward, Forward.
The scouts found a site for an base.
afterburner Tweet Definition of afterburner Like Definition of afterburner on Facebook
noun
  1. A device in the engine of an aircraft which injects fuel into the exhaust system to increase the thrust.
air bag Tweet Definition of air bag Like Definition of air bag on Facebook
noun
  1. A car safety device that deploys when a road vehicle gets in an accident.
air cleaner Tweet Definition of air cleaner Like Definition of air cleaner on Facebook
noun
  1. any device that filters or otherwise cleans air; an air purifier
antifreeze Tweet Definition of antifreeze Like Definition of antifreeze on Facebook
noun
  1. A substance, such as glycol, used to lower the freezing point of water; used as an additive in the radiators of motorcars.
antiknock Tweet Definition of antiknock Like Definition of antiknock on Facebook
noun
  1. such a substance, usually tetraethyl lead.
adjective
  1. of an additive added to petroleum/gasoline to reduce the occurrence of engine knock.
antilock brake Tweet Definition of antilock brake Like Definition of antilock brake on Facebook
noun
  1. A brake fitted to some road vehicles to prevent skidding and improves control by sensing and compensating for overbreaking.
antique Tweet Definition of antique Like Definition of antique on Facebook
noun
  1. An old piece of furniture, household item, or other similar item.
  2. (context, figuratively, mildly, pejorative) An old person.
verb (antiqu, es)
  1. To shop for antiques; to search for antiques.
adjective
  1. Old, used especially of furniture and household items; out of date.
antiskid Tweet Definition of antiskid Like Definition of antiskid on Facebook
adjective
  1. said of a surface designed to increase friction, and thereby reduce the possibility of skid.
autocross Tweet Definition of autocross Like Definition of autocross on Facebook
noun
  1. a form of motorsport that tests the skill and speed of a driver over a course marked out with traffic cones
automatic transmission Tweet Definition of automatic transmission Like Definition of automatic transmission on Facebook
noun
  1. A mechanical transmission which shifts gears automatically in response to speed and/or load, rather than requiring the operator to do so manually.
automobile Tweet Definition of automobile Like Definition of automobile on Facebook
noun
  1. An enclosed passenger vehicle powered by an engine.
automotive Tweet Definition of automotive Like Definition of automotive on Facebook
adjective
  1. having the ability to move by itself; self-propelled or self-propelling
  2. of, or relating to motor vehicles

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