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adjective
  1. untrue, Untrue, not factual, wrong.
  2. spurious, Spurious, artificial (as in false tooth, teeth).
  3. (logic) A state in Boolean logic that indicates a negative result.
family Tweet Definition of family Like Definition of family on Facebook
noun (famil, ies, -)
  1. (countable) a father, mother and their sons and daughters; also called nuclear family
"Her nuclear family was very small."
  1. (countable) a group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom
  2. (countable) a kin, tribe; also called extended family
  3. (context, countable, biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank
Magnolias belong to the Magnoliaceae.
  1. (countable) a group of people who live together
"This is my fraternity family at the university."
  1. (countable) a group of people similar to (2)
"Our company is one big happy family."
  1. (uncountable) collectively, people who are members of one's intimate social group
They treated me like family.
  1. (countable) music: a group of instrument having the same basic method of tone production "the brass family" "the violin family"
  2. (countable) linguistics: a group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language "the Indo-European language family" "the Ural-Altaic language family"
adjective
  1. related to the family
The dog was kept as a pet.
For Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic.
figure Tweet Definition of figure Like Definition of figure on Facebook
noun
  1. A drawing conveying information
  2. A person or thing representing a certain consciousness
  3. A numeral
  4. A shape
  5. A visible pattern as in wood or cloth.
verb (figures, figuring, figured) (mainly US)
  1. To solve a mathematical problem.
  2. Come to understand.
fornicate Tweet Definition of fornicate Like Definition of fornicate on Facebook
verb (fornicat, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To commit fornication.
adjective
  1. Shaped like or arch or vault; resembling a fornix.

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