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rabbit Tweet Definition of rabbit Like Definition of rabbit on Facebook
noun 
  1. Several small mammals of the family Leporidae (rabbits and hares), with long ears, long hind legs and a short, fluffy tail. Confusingly, jackrabbit is a hare.
The pioneers survived by eating the small game they could get; rabbits, squirrels and occasionally a raccoon.
  1. The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur.
  2. A runner in a distance race whose goal is mainly to set the pace, either to tire a specific rival so that a teammate can win or to help another break a record; a pacesetter.
  3. (cricket) A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
verb (rabbits, rabbitting, rabbitted)
  1. (intransitive) To hunt rabbits.
     
rancor Tweet Definition of rancor Like Definition of rancor on Facebook
noun 
  1. The deepest malignity or spite; deep-seated enmity or malice; inveterate hatred.
I could almost see the in his eyes when he challenged me to a fight.
  1. (rfv-sense) A fictitious, feral creature in the Star Wars universe.
     
ranger Tweet Definition of ranger Like Definition of ranger on Facebook
noun 
  1. a keeper, guardian, or soldier who ranges over a region to protect the area or enforce the law.
     
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.
     
rather Tweet Definition of rather Like Definition of rather on Facebook
adverb 
  1. preferably, Preferably.
Often used with than, which introduces the less preferable alternative:
I'd stay in all day than go out with them.
I'd like this one rather than the other one.
  1. somewhat, Somewhat, fairly.
This melon is tasteless.
This melon is tasteless, especially compared to the one we had last time.
  1. (dated) more, More, more of.
    • 1898, J. A. Hamilton, "w:Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, Stanley, Edward George Geoffrey Smith", in Sidney Lee (Ed.), w:Dictionary of National Biography, Dictionary of National Biography, Volume LIV: Stanhope"Stovin, The MacMillan? Company, http://books.google.com/books?id=zj0JAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA60 page 60,
    • :His "Iliad" is spirited and polished, and, though often a paraphrase than a translation, is always more truly poetic than most of the best translations.
     
rating Tweet Definition of rating Like Definition of rating on Facebook
noun 
  1. (nautical) A seaman in a warship
  2. (nautical) The status of a seaman, corresponding to rank in officers.
    • In the Royal Navy the ratings, in order, are:- ordinary seaman, able seaman, leading seaman, petty officer and chief petty officer
      1. A number, letter, or other mark that refers to the ability of something.
      He has a high chess .
verb 
  1. (present participle of, rate)
     
rationalize Tweet Definition of rationalize Like Definition of rationalize on Facebook
verb (rationaliz, ing)
  1. to make something rational
  2. to justify an immoral act, or illogical behaviour
  1. (mathematics) to remove radicals , without changing the value of an expression or the roots of an equation
    1. to structure something along modern, efficient and systematic lines, or according to scientific principles
     
rave Tweet Definition of rave Like Definition of rave on Facebook
noun 
  1. An enthusiastic review (e.g., a play)
  2. An all night dance party filled with electronic dance music (techno, trance, drum and bass etc.) and possibly club drug, drug use.
verb (rav, ing)
  1. to speak or write wildly or incoherently
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. § 5.
    • : A production whithout design would resemble more the ravings of a madman, than the sober efforts of genius and learning.
      1. to attend a rave
     
ready Tweet Definition of ready Like Definition of ready on Facebook
verb (readies, readying, readied)
  1. To make prepared for action.
adjective (readier, readiest)
  1. Prepared for immediate action or use.
The troops are for battle.
  1. inclined, Inclined; apt to happen.
  2. Liable at any moment.
The seed is to sprout.
     
reconnoitre Tweet Definition of reconnoitre Like Definition of reconnoitre on Facebook
verb (reconnoitre, d)
  1. (alternative spelling of, reconnoiter)
     
redbrick university Tweet Definition of redbrick university Like Definition of redbrick university on Facebook
noun 
  1. alternative spelling of red brick university
     
redcap Tweet Definition of redcap Like Definition of redcap on Facebook
noun 
  1. A member of the w:Royal Military Police, Royal Military Police a unit in the British army.
  2. A porter in a US railway station.
  3. Archaic name for the goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis).
  4. (context, UK, folklore) A type of evil goblin or imp
     
reel Tweet Definition of reel Like Definition of reel on Facebook
noun 
  1. A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel.
  2. A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound
a log , used by seamen
an angler's
a garden
  1. A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, -- for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.
  2. A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
  3. A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.
verb 
  1. To wind on a .
  2. To spin or revolve repeatedly.
  3. To unwind, to bring or acquire something by spinning or winding something else.
He reeled off some tape from the roll and sealed the package.
  1. To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of one's self.
  2. (reel back) To back off or step away unsteadily and quickly.
He reeled back from the punch.
  1. To make or cause to .
     
reffo Tweet Definition of reffo Like Definition of reffo on Facebook
noun 
  1. (derogatory) A refugee who has settled in Australia.
     
reflexion Tweet Definition of reflexion Like Definition of reflexion on Facebook
noun 
  1. (alternative spelling of, reflection)
     
refresher Tweet Definition of refresher Like Definition of refresher on Facebook
noun 
  1. Something that refreshes.
    The nap was a welcome .
  2. A review to refresh or renew knowledge.
    They recommend a class every few years.
     
remove Tweet Definition of remove Like Definition of remove on Facebook
noun 
  1. The act of removing something, especially removing a dish at a meal in order to replace it with the next course
  2. A dish thus replaced, or the replacement
  1. (British) (at some public schools) A division of the school, especially the form prior to last
    1. A step or gradation (as in the phrase "at one remove")
verb (remov, ing)
  1. (transitive) To move something from one place to another, especially to take away
    He removed the marbles from the bag.
  2. (transitive) To murder someone
  3. (cricket),(transitive) To dismiss a batsman
  4. (intransitive) To change one's residence
     
repository Tweet Definition of repository Like Definition of repository on Facebook
noun (repositories)
  1. a location for storage, often for safety or preservation
  2. a burial vault
  3. a person to whom a secret is entrusted
     
require Tweet Definition of require Like Definition of require on Facebook
verb (requir, ing)
  1. (Have two sense: active or passive) 'Active' creates an obligation, 'passive' do not create an obligation.
A sandwich requires bread.
I require a sandwich.
  1. To demand or exact as indispensable; to need.
  2. To ask as a favor; to request.
     
return Tweet Definition of return Like Definition of return on Facebook
noun 
  1. The act of a person returning.
"Upon my ..."
  1. A return ticket.
  2. An item that is returned, e.g. due to a defect.
  3. (finance): Gain or loss from an investment. "It yielded a of 5%..."
  4. (context, taxation, finance): A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.
  5. (computing) A character that indicates a new line. Hexadecimal %x0d, decimal 13. Old typewriters had a carriage that lined up the paper with the printing strike-arms; with the advent of electronic typewriters, the "carriage return" key would realign the printing at the left margin, and advance to a new line. Early computers added <CR><LF> (13,10) to indicate a new line, with variations such as <LF> (10), <CR> (13) and even <LF><CR> (10,13). Modern computer use has expanded the meaning to denote a new paragraph.
  6. (computing) The act of going back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  7. (computing) The data passed back from a called procedure to the calling procedure (also return value).
  8. A short extention (perpendicular) of a desk, usually slightly lower.
  9. (context, Football (American)): Catching a ball after a punt, and running it back towards the opposing team.
  10. (cricket) A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.
verb 
  1. To give something back to its original holder/owner.
  2. To take something back to a retailer for a refund.
  3. To come back after some period of time, or at regular intervals.
  4. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. "But to to my story."
  5. (context, Tennis): To bat the ball in response to a serve over the net.
  6. (context, Card games): To play a card as a result of another player's lead; a trump.
  7. (cricket) To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
  8. (computing) (intransitive) To go back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  9. (computing) (transitive) Of a called procedure, to pass back (data) to the calling procedure.
     
revise Tweet Definition of revise Like Definition of revise on Facebook
noun 
  1. A review or a revision.
  2. (printing) A second proof sheet; a proof sheet taken after the first or a subsequent correction.
verb (revis, ing)
  1. (obsolete) To look at again, to reflect on
  2. To review, alter and amend, especially of written material
This statute should be revised.
  1. To look over again (something previously written or learned), especially in preparation for an examination
I should be revising, not editing Wiktionary! I have an exam in a few days.
     
rhino Tweet Definition of rhino Like Definition of rhino on Facebook
noun 
  1. Short form and abbreviation of rhinoceros.
     
rigour Tweet Definition of rigour Like Definition of rigour on Facebook
noun 
  1. a harsh or severe experience.
  2. a trembling or shivering response.
  3. character of being unyielding or inflexible.
  4. an abbreviated form of rigor mortis (possibly slang).
  5. shrewd questioning
  6. higher level of difficulty
     
ringer Tweet Definition of ringer Like Definition of ringer on Facebook
noun 
  1. In the game of horseshoes, when the horseshoe lands around the pole.
  2. A person, animal, or entity which resembles another so closely as to be taken for the other. (Now usually in the phrase dead ringer)
  3. (Australian) a stockman; a drover
  4. A person highly proficient at a skill or sport who is brought in, often fraudulently, to supplement a team.
     
ripping Tweet Definition of ripping Like Definition of ripping on Facebook
verb 
  1. (present participle of, rip)
adjective 
  1. That rips, or can be removed by ripping
  1. (dated),(slang) excellent
     
rise Tweet Definition of rise Like Definition of rise on Facebook
noun 
  1. The action of moving upwards
    1. An increase (in a quantity, price, etc)
  2. (UK, Ireland) A pay rise (rfv-sense)
verb (rises, rising, rose, risen)
  1. (intransitive) To move upwards.
We watched the balloon .
  1. (intransitive, of a celestial body) To appear to move upwards from behind the horizon of a planet as a result of the planet's rotation
The sun was rising in the East.
  1. (intransitive) To be resurrected
He rose from the grave.
He is risen!
  1. (intransitive) of a quantity, price, etc, To increase.
     
Rock Tweet Definition of Rock Like Definition of Rock on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name.
     
rough Tweet Definition of rough Like Definition of rough on Facebook
noun 
  1. The unmowed part of a golf course.
  2. A crude person.
  3. (cricket) A scuffed and roughened area of the pitch, where the bowler's feet fall, used as a target by spin bowlers because of its unpredictable bounce.
verb 
  1. To create in an approximate form.
Rough in the shape first, then polish the details.
  1. To physically assault someone in retribution for something specific.
The gangsters roughed him up a little.
adjective (rough, er)
  1. Having a texture that has much friction. Not smooth; uneven.
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 229e.
    • : Teaching that's done by talking seems to have one path and another part which is smoother.
      1. approximate, Approximate.
      A rough estimate.
      1. turbulent, Turbulent.
      The sea was .
      1. difficult, Difficult; trying.
      Being a teenager these days can be .
      1. crude, Crude; unrefined
      His manners are a bit , but he means well.
      1. violent, Violent; not careful or subtle
      This box has been through some handling.
     
roundabout Tweet Definition of roundabout Like Definition of roundabout on Facebook
noun 
  1. (context, mostly, UK, and, Australia) A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
  2. (context, mostly, UK) A children's play apparatus, often found in parks, which rotates around a central axis when pushed.
  3. A fairground carousel.
adjective 
  1. Indirect, circuitous or circumlocutionary
     
rout Tweet Definition of rout Like Definition of rout on Facebook
noun 
  1. A bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance; tumult.
  2. A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a traveling company or throng.
  3. A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the rabble; the herd of common people.
  4. The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion; -- said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces, and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of defeating and breaking up an army; as, the rout of the enemy was complete.
  5. A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together with intent to do a thing which, if executed, would make them rioters, and actually making a motion toward the executing thereof.
  6. A fashionable assembly, or large evening party.
verb 
  1. To roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly.
  2. To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow.
  3. To search or root in the ground, as a swine.
  4. To defeat an enemy completely and force them to retreat
     
rove Tweet Definition of rove Like Definition of rove on Facebook
verb to rove
  1. (intransitive) To roam, or wander about at random, especially over a wide area
  2. (transitive) To card wool or other fibres
     
row Tweet Definition of row Like Definition of row on Facebook
noun 
  1. A line of objects, often regularly spaced, such as seats in a theatre, vegetable plants in a garden etc.
  2. A line of entry, entries in a table, etc., going from left to right; as opposed to a column going from top to bottom.
verb 
  1. (context, transitive, nautical) To propel (a boat or other craft) over water using oars.
  2. (context, intransitive, nautical) To propel a boat or other craft over water using oars.
     
rowlock Tweet Definition of rowlock Like Definition of rowlock on Facebook
noun 
  1. (nautical) (mostly British) a pivot attached to the gunwale of a boat that supports and guides an oar, and provides a fulcrum for rowing; an oarlock
     
rub Tweet Definition of rub Like Definition of rub on Facebook
noun 
  1. An act of rubbing.
Give that lamp a good and see if any genies come out
  1. a difficulty or problem
Therein lies the .
     
rubber Tweet Definition of rubber Like Definition of rubber on Facebook
noun 
  1. pliable, Pliable material derived from the sap of the rubber tree; a hydrocarbon polymer of isoprene.
  2. synthetic, Synthetic materials with the same properties as natural rubber.
  3. (italbrac, UK, Australia, Canada regional) An eraser.
  4. (North America) (slang) A condom.
  5. Someone or something which rubs.
  6. (baseball) The rectangular pad on the pitcher's mound from which the pitcher must pitch.
Jones toes the and then fires to the plate.
  1. (North America; plural) Water resistant shoe covers, galoshes, wellingtons.
Johnny, don't forget your rubbers today.
  1. (slang) tire, Tires, particularly racing tires.
Jones enters the pits to get new .
     
ruddy Tweet Definition of ruddy Like Definition of ruddy on Facebook
adjective (ruddier, ruddiest)
  1. reddish, Reddish in color, especially of the face, fire, or sky.
  2. (context, British, slang) A mild intensifier.
     
rug Tweet Definition of rug Like Definition of rug on Facebook
noun 
  1. A small moveable carpet.
  2. (slang) A wig; hairpiece.
     
rumbustious Tweet Definition of rumbustious Like Definition of rumbustious on Facebook
adjective 
  1. boisterous and unruly
     
rummy Tweet Definition of rummy Like Definition of rummy on Facebook
noun 
  1. Card game with many rule variants, conceptually similar to Mah Jongg
     
rusticate Tweet Definition of rusticate Like Definition of rusticate on Facebook
verb (rusticat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To suspend or expel from a college or university.
  2. (transitive) To construct in a manner so as to produce jagged or heavily textured surfaces.
  3. (transitive) To compel to live in or to send to the countryside; to cause to become rustic.
  4. (intransitive) To go to reside in the country.
     
redundant Tweet Definition of redundant Like Definition of redundant on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Superfluous; exceeding what is necessary.
  2. Repetitive or needlessly wordy.
  3. (context, mainly, UK) Dismissed from employment because no longer needed.
  4. Involving redundancy in the provision of duplicate circuits or devices.
     
royal Tweet Definition of royal Like Definition of royal on Facebook
noun 
  1. (colloquial) A royal person; a member of a royal family.
adjective 
  1. Of or relating to a monarch or their family.
  2. Having the air or demeanour of a monarch.
  3. (nautical) In large sailing ships, of a mast right above the topgallant mast and its sails.
  • mast, sail
     
rozzer Tweet Definition of rozzer Like Definition of rozzer on Facebook
noun 
  1. (slang) A police officer.
     
rub Tweet Definition of rub Like Definition of rub on Facebook
noun 
  1. An act of rubbing.
Give that lamp a good and see if any genies come out
  1. a difficulty or problem
Therein lies the .
     

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