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rainwater Tweet Definition of rainwater Like Definition of rainwater on Facebook
noun 
  1. Water sourced from rain.
     
Raleigh Tweet Definition of Raleigh Like Definition of Raleigh on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. the county seat of Wake County and the capital of North Carolina
  2. an English place name, surname and given name
  3. w:Walter Raleigh, Sir Walter Raleigh English explorer and soldier
  4. an English bicycle manufacturer
(wikipedia, Raleigh (bicycle))      
Rand Tweet Definition of Rand Like Definition of Rand on Facebook
noun 
  1. (with definite article) The Witwatersrand, a gold-mining geographic area also known as the Reef in the province of Gauteng, South Africa, of which the principal city is Johannesburg.
     
Randolph Tweet Definition of Randolph Like Definition of Randolph on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male).
     
rank Tweet Definition of rank Like Definition of rank on Facebook
noun 
  1. position of a person, place, thing, or idea in relation to others based on a shared property such as physical location, population, or quality
Based on your test scores, you have a rank of 23.
  1. a level in an organization such as the military
Private First Class (PFC) is the lowest rank in the Marines.
  1. (context, taxonomy) a level in a scientific taxonomy system
Phylum is the taxonomic rank below kingdom and above class.
  1. (usu. pl) The lines or rows of people in an organization
He rose up through the ranks of the company from mailroom clerk to CEO.
  1. One of the horizontal lines of squares on a chessboard
  2. (music) In a pipe organ, a set of pipes of a certain quality for which each pipe corresponds to one key or pedal.
verb 
  1. to give a person, place, thing, or idea a rank
Their defense is ranked third in the league
adjective 
  1. Having a very strong and bad odor.
  2. Something which is disgusting.
     
Rankin Tweet Definition of Rankin Like Definition of Rankin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a Scottish and Northern Irish surname, a diminutive of the name Ronald
     
Rankine Tweet Definition of Rankine Like Definition of Rankine on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a Scottish and Northern Irish surname, variant of Rankin
     
ransom Tweet Definition of ransom Like Definition of ransom on Facebook
noun 
  1. Money paid for the freeing of a hostage.
verb to ransom
  1. (14c) To deliver, especially in context of sin or relevant penalties.
  2. To pay a price to set someone free from captivity or punishment.
     
Raphael Tweet Definition of Raphael Like Definition of Raphael on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An archangel in Christianity (from the Apocryphal tale of Tobias ), Judaism, and Islam.
  2. (given name, male).
  3. A surname derived from the given name.
  4. An Italian Renaissance painter.
     
ravel Tweet Definition of ravel Like Definition of ravel on Facebook
verb (ravels, ravelling, ravelled)
  1. To pull apart (esp. cloth or a seam); unravel.
  2. To clarify by separation into simpler pieces.
     
Ray Tweet Definition of Ray Like Definition of Ray on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), a diminutive of Raymond.
     
read Tweet Definition of read Like Definition of read on Facebook
noun 
  1. A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
verb (reads, reading, read)
  1. (context, transitive, intransitive) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
Have you this book?
He doesn't like to .
  1. (context, transitive, intransitive) To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
He us a passage from his new book.
All right, class, who wants to next?
  1. (transitive) In telecommunications, to be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
Do you me?
  1. (context, transitive, UK) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
I am reading theology at university.
  1. (transitive) To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.
I can his feelings in his face.
  1. To consist of certain text.
On the door hung a sign that , "Proper Safety Equipment Required Beyond This Point."
  1. (intransitive) Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
Arabic reads backwards.
  1. (past of, read)
     
Reading Tweet Definition of Reading Like Definition of Reading on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A town in Berkshire, England.
     
reed Tweet Definition of reed Like Definition of reed on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable; plural: reeds)
  1. (countable) Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.
  2. (countable) The hollow stem of these plants.
  3. (countable) Part of the mouthpiece of certain woodwind instruments, comprising of a thin piece of wood or metal which shakes very quickly to produce sound when a musician blows over it.
  4. (countable) A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.
  5. (uncountable) (as a material)
     
Reich Tweet Definition of Reich Like Definition of Reich on Facebook
noun 
  1. The territory of a German empire, or its government
     
Reid Tweet Definition of Reid Like Definition of Reid on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male)
     
revels Tweet Definition of revels Like Definition of revels on Facebook
noun 
  1. (plural of, revel)
     
revere Tweet Definition of revere Like Definition of revere on Facebook
noun 
  1. a revers
     
Reynolds Tweet Definition of Reynolds Like Definition of Reynolds on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English patronymic surname derived from Reynold
     
Rhine Tweet Definition of Rhine Like Definition of Rhine on Facebook
proper noun the Rhine
  1. A river that flows through Switzerland, Germany, west Bavaria, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
     
Rhodes Tweet Definition of Rhodes Like Definition of Rhodes on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An island of the Dodecanese, Greece, in the Aegean Sea.
  2. A town on the island of Rhodes and the capital of the Dodecanese.
  3. A france, french town situated in w:Moselle, Moselle department, w:Lorraine, Lorraine
  4. A Fender electric piano
     
Rich Tweet Definition of Rich Like Definition of Rich on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male); diminutive of Richard.
     
Richards Tweet Definition of Richards Like Definition of Richards on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Welsh patronymic surname from the given name Richard
     
Richardson Tweet Definition of Richardson Like Definition of Richardson on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English patronymic surname from the given name Richard
     
Rickenbacker Tweet Definition of Rickenbacker Like Definition of Rickenbacker on Facebook
proper noun Rickenbaker
  1. a brand name for an electric guitar
     
riding Tweet Definition of riding Like Definition of riding on Facebook
noun 
  1. Historically, one of the three administrative divisions of Yorkshire and some other northern county, counties.
  2. A path cut through woodland.
  3. (context, Canadian) Electoral district or constituency.
verb 
  1. (present participle of, ride)
     
Ridley Tweet Definition of Ridley Like Definition of Ridley on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English surname
  2. a male or female given name derived from the surname
     
riel Tweet Definition of riel Like Definition of riel on Facebook
noun 
  1. The monetary unit of Cambodia, equivalent to 100 sen, and to 10 kak
     
Rieti Tweet Definition of Rieti Like Definition of Rieti on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Province of Latium, Italy.
  2. Capital of the province of Rieti.
     
Riley Tweet Definition of Riley Like Definition of Riley on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An Irish surname, variant of Reilly.
  2. An English habitational surname from Ryley in Lancashire, from Old English ryge "rye" + leah "clearing, meadow".
  3. (given name, male), transferred use of the surnames since the nineteenth century.
  4. (given name, female) in general use since the 1990s, also in the form Rylee.
     
Rimini Tweet Definition of Rimini Like Definition of Rimini on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Province of Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
  2. Capital of the province of Rimini: a port and resort.
     
rimmer Tweet Definition of rimmer Like Definition of rimmer on Facebook
noun (rimmer, s)
  1. An implement for cutting, trimming, or ornamenting the rim of anything, as the edges of pies, etc.; also, a reamer.
  2. One who performs oral sex on the anus of his/her partner.
    See also rim, rim-job.
  3. A mixture of confections, spices, and/or salts applied to the rim of a beverage glass or mug.
     
ritter Tweet Definition of ritter Like Definition of ritter on Facebook
noun 
  1. knight
     
rivers Tweet Definition of rivers Like Definition of rivers on Facebook
noun 
  1. (plural of, river)
verb 
  1. (poker) (third-person singular of, river)
     
Robert Tweet Definition of Robert Like Definition of Robert on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), one of the most common English names since the Norman Conquest.
     
Roberts Tweet Definition of Roberts Like Definition of Roberts on Facebook
noun 
  1. (plural of, Robert)
proper noun 
  1. an English and Welsh patronymic surname from the given name Robert
     
Robertson Tweet Definition of Robertson Like Definition of Robertson on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English patronymic surname derived from the given name Robert
     
Robinson Tweet Definition of Robinson Like Definition of Robinson on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English surname derived from the given name Robin
  2. A male given name derived from the surname.
     
Rochester Tweet Definition of Rochester Like Definition of Rochester on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A city name, originally of the w:Rochester, Medway, Rochester in Kent, England.
  2. A British surname.
     
Rockefeller Tweet Definition of Rockefeller Like Definition of Rockefeller on Facebook
noun 
  1. w:John Davison Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller, the American industrialist who founded Standard Oil, also recognized for his 20th Century philanthropy. He was also known for his many scams including owning a childrens sweatshop where kids worked countless hours for nothing in return.
    • 1998, Kirk Jones, Waking Ned, Tomboy films
    • :Annie: You're acting like you won the lotto yourself.
    • :Jackie: Aye, aye, , that's me.
     
Rodney Tweet Definition of Rodney Like Definition of Rodney on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a male given name
     
Rogers Tweet Definition of Rogers Like Definition of Rogers on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English patronymic surname derived from Roger
  2. a town in Arkansas
     
Rome Tweet Definition of Rome Like Definition of Rome on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A province of Latium, Italy.
  2. A city, the capital of the province of Latium and also of Italy.
  3. The Roman Empire
     
Roosevelt Tweet Definition of Roosevelt Like Definition of Roosevelt on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. American surname of Dutch origin, derived from words meaning rose and open country; borne by two Presidents of U.S.
  2. (context, mostly, US) (given name, male) given in honor of the Presidents.
     
root Tweet Definition of root Like Definition of root on Facebook
noun 
  1. The part of a plant, generally underground, that absorbs water and nutrients.
  2. The part of a tooth extending into the bone holding the tooth in place.
  3. The part of a hair under the skin that holds the hair in place.
  4. source, Source.
The love of money is the of all evil
  1. (arithmetic) Of a number or expression, a number which, when raised to a specify, specified power, yields the specified number or expression.
The cube of 27 is 3.
  1. (arithmetic) A square root (understood if no power is specified; in which case, "the root of" is often abbreviated to "root").
Multiply by 2.
  1. (analysis) A zero (of a function).
  2. (context, graphtheory, computing) The single node of a tree that has no parent.
  3. (italbrac, philology) A word from which another word or words are derived.
  4. (computing) In UNIX terminology, the first user account with complete access to the operating system and its configuration, found at the root of the directory structure.
  5. (computing) The person who manages accounts on a UNIX system.
(rfex)
verb 
  1. To rummage, to search as if by digging in soil, to root out.
  2. To cheer to show support for a sports team, etc.
    • 1908, w:Jack Norworth, Jack Norworth, w:Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Take Me Out to the Ball Game
    • : Let me , , for the home team,
      1. (italbrac, Australian coarse slang) To have sexual intercourse.
      (rfex)
     
Rosa Tweet Definition of Rosa Like Definition of Rosa on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, from Latin, ) (also popular in Italy, Spain and Portugal)
     
Rose Tweet Definition of Rose Like Definition of Rose on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), vernacular form of the medieval Rosa, reinforced by the English noun rose
  2. A diminutive of the given name Rosemary
     
Ross Tweet Definition of Ross Like Definition of Ross on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Scottish habitational surname derived from any of several places of that name, from Gaelic ros "headland".
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since early nineteenth century.
     
rota Tweet Definition of rota Like Definition of rota on Facebook
noun 
  1. A schedule that allocates some task, responsibility or (rarely) privilege between a set of people according to a (possibly periodic) calendar.
     
Roth Tweet Definition of Roth Like Definition of Roth on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a surname of German derivation
     
Rousseau Tweet Definition of Rousseau Like Definition of Rousseau on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname, originally a French nickname for someone with red hair
  2. w:Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Rousseau Swiss philosopher
     
Roy Tweet Definition of Roy Like Definition of Roy on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male).
     
rude Tweet Definition of rude Like Definition of rude on Facebook
adjective (rud, er)
  1. Bad mannered.
  2. obscene, Obscene, pornographic, offensive.
  3. tough, Tough, robust.
  4. Undeveloped, unskilled, basic.
    • year?, Corinthians 11:6, which? version of the Bible
    • :But though I be in speech, yet not in knowledge
    • year?, Rudyard Kipling, The Conundrum of the Workshops
    • :When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden's green and gold,
    • :Our father Adam sat under the Tree and scratched with a stick in the mould;
    • :And the first sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart,
    • :Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves, "It's pretty, but is it Art?"
     
Rudolph Tweet Definition of Rudolph Like Definition of Rudolph on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male).
  2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
     
rue Tweet Definition of rue Like Definition of rue on Facebook
noun 
  1. (archaic) repentance, Repentance, regret.
  2. (archaic) pity, Pity, compassion.
verb (rues, ruing or rueing, rued)
  1. (obsolete) (transitive) To make (someone) repent of sin or regret some past action.
  2. (obsolete) (transitive) To make (someone) feel sorrow or pity.
  3. (transitive) To repent or regret (some past action); to wish a past action undone.
I rued the day I crossed paths with her.
  1. (archaic) (intransitive) To feel compassion or pity.
    • Late C14: Madame, reweth upon my peynes smerte " Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Franklin's Tale", Canterbury Tales
     
Rupert Tweet Definition of Rupert Like Definition of Rupert on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (mostly U.K.) (given name, male), a Low German variant of Robert brought to England by a Prince Rupert in the seventeenth century.
     
Rush Tweet Definition of Rush Like Definition of Rush on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English occupational surname for someone who made things from rushes.
     
rusk Tweet Definition of rusk Like Definition of rusk on Facebook
noun 
  1. a rectangular, hard, dry cracker (food), biscuit
    • 1719: w:Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe, w:Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe
    • : ...he brought a large basket of or biscuit, and three jars of fresh water, into the boat.
    • a twice-baked bread, slices of bread baked until they are hard and crisp (also called a zwieback)
    • a childrens weening food
    • a cereal binder used in meat product manufacture
     
Russell Tweet Definition of Russell Like Definition of Russell on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English, Scottish and Irish surname from the Norman nickname for someone with red hair
  2. A male given name, derived from the surname
     
Ruth Tweet Definition of Ruth Like Definition of Ruth on Facebook
proper noun (book of the Bible, Book of Ruth)
  1. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  2. (biblical character) Ruth the Moabite, around whom the text centers.
  3. (given name, female, from Hebrew), rarely used by non-Jews in the Middle Ages. Taken into regular use by Puritans .
     
Rutledge Tweet Definition of Rutledge Like Definition of Rutledge on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male surname.
     

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