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sabre Tweet Definition of sabre Like Definition of sabre on Facebook
noun 
  1. A light sword, sharp along the front edge, part of the back edge, and at the point.
  2. A modern fencing sword modeled after the sabre.
verb (sabr, ing)
  1. (transitive): To hit with a sabre.
     
sanitary towel Tweet Definition of sanitary towel Like Definition of sanitary towel on Facebook
noun 
  1. A pad of cotton or other absorbent material worn by women to absorb the menstrual flow.
     
sarky Tweet Definition of sarky Like Definition of sarky on Facebook
adjective 
  1. sarcastic
     
savoury Tweet Definition of savoury Like Definition of savoury on Facebook
adjective 
  1. British spelling of savory
     
say Tweet Definition of say Like Definition of say on Facebook
verb (says, saying, said)
  1. To pronounce
Please your name slowly and clearly.
  1. To recite
Martha, will you grace?
  1. To communicate, either verbally or in writing
He said he would be here tomorrow.
  1. To indicate in a written form
The sign says it's 50 kilometres to Paris.
     
scandal Tweet Definition of scandal Like Definition of scandal on Facebook
noun 
  1. (theology) Religious discredit; an act or behaviour which brings a religion into discredit.
  2. (theology) Something which hinders acceptance of religious ideas or behaviour; a stumbling-block or offense.
  3. Damage to personal reputation.
The incident brought considerable to his family.
  1. An incident or event that brings disgrace, or damages the reputation of the persons or organization involved.
Their affair was reported as a by most tabloids.
  1. Moral outrage; offence to decency.
When their behaviour was made public it caused a great .
  1. Defamatory talk; gossip.
According to village , they weren't even married.
     
scarper Tweet Definition of scarper Like Definition of scarper on Facebook
verb 
  1. (British slang) To run away; to flee; to escape.
     
scat Tweet Definition of scat Like Definition of scat on Facebook
noun 
  1. (biology) Animal excrement; dung.
  2. (music, jazz) scat singing, Scat singing.
  3. (slang) Heroin.
  4. (slang, obsolete) Whiskey.
verb (scats, scatting, scatted, scatted)
  1. (colloquial) To leave quickly (often used in the imperative).
Here comes the principal; we'd better .
Scat! Go on! Get out of here!
  1. (music, jazz) To sing an improvised melody, melodic solo using nonsense syllables, often imitative of other musical instruments.
  2. (rfv-sense) (colloquial) Impromptu race. "Do you want a scat down the harbour?".
  3. (rfv-sense) Demolish. "What happened to the old shed? I scat it down.".
     
sceptre Tweet Definition of sceptre Like Definition of sceptre on Facebook
noun 
  1. an ornamental staff held by a ruling monarch as a symbol of power
     
school Tweet Definition of school Like Definition of school on Facebook
noun 
  1. (context, US, Canada) An institution dedicated to teaching and learning; an educational institution.
Our children attend a public in our neighborhood.
''Harvard University is a famous American postsecondary .
  1. An educational institution providing primary and secondary education, prior to tertiary education (college or university).
  2. Within a larger educational institution, an organizational unit, such as a department or institute, which is dedicated to a specific subject area.
We are enrolled in the same university, but I attend the School of Economics and my brother is in the School of Music.
  1. (italbrac, considered collectively) The followers of a particular doctrine; a particular way of thinking or particular doctrine; a school of thought.
These economists belong to the monetarist .
  1. A group of fish or a group of marine mammals such as porpoises, dolphins, or whales.
The divers encountered a huge of mackerel.
  1. The time during which classes are attended or in session in an educational institution.
I'll see you after .
     
Scone Tweet Definition of Scone Like Definition of Scone on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A village north of Perth in Scotland; the coronation site of Scottish kings until 1651
     
scop Tweet Definition of scop Like Definition of scop on Facebook
noun 
  1. A poet or minstrel in Anglo-Saxon England.
     
scout Tweet Definition of scout Like Definition of scout on Facebook
noun 
  1. (dated) A swift sailing boat.
  2. (archaic) A projecting rock.
  3. A person sent out to gain and bring in tidings; especially, one employed in war to gain information of the movements and condition of an enemy.
  4. A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip.
  5. A fielder in a game for practice.
  6. The act of scouting or reconnoitering.
  7. A member of the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the United States.
  8. A member of any number of youth organizations affiliated with the World Organization of the w:Scouting, Scouting Movement or based on the Boy Scouts, founded by Lord Robert Baden Powell.
  9. A person who assesses and/or recruits others; especially, one who identifies promising talent on behalf of a sports team.
verb (scouts, scouting, scouted)
  1. (obsolete) To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to treat with ridicule; to flout; as, to scout an idea or an apology.
  2. To explore a wide terrain, as on a search.
     
screed Tweet Definition of screed Like Definition of screed on Facebook
noun 
  1. A long discourse or harangue.
  2. A tool, usually a long strip of wood or other material, for producing a smooth, flat surface on, for example, a concrete floor or a plaster wall.
  3. A smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
verb 
  1. to produce a smooth flat layer of concrete or similar material.
  2. to use a screed (tool).
     
screwed Tweet Definition of screwed Like Definition of screwed on Facebook
verb 
  1. participle of screw
adjective 
  1. In a lot of trouble
  2. (vulgar, slang) To become shagged or fucked
They found out about our betrayal, so now we're .
     
scullery Tweet Definition of scullery Like Definition of scullery on Facebook
noun (sculleries)
  1. (formerly) A small room, next to a kitchen, where wash up, washing up and other domestic chores are done.
     
scuttle Tweet Definition of scuttle Like Definition of scuttle on Facebook
noun 
  1. A container like an open bucket (usually to hold and carry coal).
verb to scuttle (scuttled, scuttling)
  1. (transitive) To deliberately sink a ship or boat by order of the commander, rather than by enemy action.
     
secateurs Tweet Definition of secateurs Like Definition of secateurs on Facebook
noun 
  1. (context, mostly, UK) small, handheld pruning shears
     
second Tweet Definition of second Like Definition of second on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 Ety section)
  1. The SI unit of time, defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of caesium-133 in a ground state at a temperature of absolute zero and at rest; one-sixtieth of a minute.
  2. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a minute of arc or one part in 3600 of a degree.
  3. A short, indeterminate amount of time.
I'll be there in a .
  1. (context, usually in the plural) A manufactured item that, though still usable, fails to meet quality control standards.
They were discounted because they contained blemishes, nicks or were otherwise factory seconds.
  1. The attendant of a contestant in a duel or box, boxing match, who must be ready to take over if the contestant drops out. In the case of a duel, the seconds may also fight each other at 90° to the other contestants.
  2. One who agrees in addition, or such a motion, as required in certain meetings to pass judgement etc.
If we want the motion to pass, we will need a .
  1. Another chance to achieve what should have been done the first time, usually indicating success this time around. (See second-guess.)
  2. The second gear of an engine.
  3. (baseball) second base, Second base.
verb 
  1. (transitive) To agree as a second person to (a proposal), usually to reach a necessary quorum of two.
I the motion.
     
sell Tweet Definition of sell Like Definition of sell on Facebook
noun 
  1. An easy task.
    • 1922: What a for Lena! - w:Katherine Mansfield, Katherine Mansfield, The Doll's House (Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, 354)
verb (sells, selling, sold, sold)
  1. To agree to transfer goods or provide services in exchange for money.
  2. (professional wrestling slang) In professional wrestling, to pretend that an opponent's blows or maneuvers are causing legitimate injury; to act.
  3. (idiom) To promote a particular viewpoint; to manipulate towards a desired end.
I don't know what she was selling when she pretended she liked him.
     
send Tweet Definition of send Like Definition of send on Facebook
verb (sends, sending, sent) (transitive)
  1. To make something (such as an object or message) go from one place to another.
To a message.
To a letter.
  1. (slang, dated) To excite, delight, or thrill (someone).
    • 1947, w:Robertson Davies, Robertson Davies, w:The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, Clarke, Irwin & Co., page 183,
    • :The train had an excellent whistle which sent me, just as Sinatra sends the bobby-sockers.
    • 1957, w:Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke, w:You Send Me, "You Send Me",
    • :Darling you me / I know you me
    • 1991, w:P.M. Dawn, P.M. Dawn, w:Set Adrift on Memory Bliss, "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss",
    • :Baby you me
    • 1998 November 2, Rabid Dog's Saliva <[email protected]>, "Re: BiWoman? wants hot girl-girl sex!", torfree.personals, Usenet,
    • :I just can't help it. you me babe!
     
sepulchre Tweet Definition of sepulchre Like Definition of sepulchre on Facebook
noun 
  1. A burial chamber.
     
serviette Tweet Definition of serviette Like Definition of serviette on Facebook
noun 
  1. (context, Commonwealth) A table napkin.
     
shamble Tweet Definition of shamble Like Definition of shamble on Facebook
verb (shambl, es)
  1. To walk while shuffling or dragging the feet.
    I wasn't too impressed with the fellow, when he shambled in unenthusiastically and an hour late.
     
sheepfold Tweet Definition of sheepfold Like Definition of sheepfold on Facebook
noun 
  1. A fold for keeping sheep.
     
sheer Tweet Definition of sheer Like Definition of sheer on Facebook
noun 
  1. (nautical) The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.
  2. (nautical) An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.
verb 
  1. (nautical) To swerve from a course.
  2. To shear. (rare/archaic?)
adjective (er, more)
  1. (context, textiles) Very thin or transparent.
Her light, dress caught everyone's attention.
  1. pure, Pure; unmixed; being only what it seems to be.
I think it is genius to invent such a thing.
This poem is nonsense.
  1. Straight up and down; vertical; perpendicular.
It was a drop of 180 feet.
adverb 
  1. Clean, clean; quite; at once.
     
shiralee Tweet Definition of shiralee Like Definition of shiralee on Facebook
noun 
  1. burden, load
  2. (colloquial) (obsolete) A type of swag shaped roughly like a leg of mutton when rolled up, carried over the shoulder usually with some other load on the chest to balance it. (Reference: w:D'Arcy Niland, D'Arcy Niland in the Aboriginalities section of w:The Bulletin, The Bulletin magazine, 27 September 1957. Quoted by Bill Wannan, Australian Folklore, Lansdowne Press, 1970, reprint 1979 ISBN 0-7018-1309-1, under "Shiralee", page 475.)
     
shoot Tweet Definition of shoot Like Definition of shoot on Facebook
noun 
  1. The bud of a plant.
  2. A photography session.
  3. (professional wrestling slang) In professional wrestling, an event that is unscripted or legitimate.
verb (shoots, shooting, shot, shot, or rarely shotten)
  1. To fire one or more shots.
The man, in a desperate bid for freedom, grabbed his gun and started shooting anyone he could.
  1. To hit with a shot.
He was shot by a police officer.
  1. To move very quickly and suddenly.
After an initial lag, the experimental group's scores shot past the control group's scores in the fourth week.
  1. To photograph.
  2. To blame a messenger for the contents of the message.
Please don't the messenger.
  1. (professional wrestling) In professional wrestling, to deviate from kayfabe, either intentionally or accidentally; to actually connect with unchoreographed fighting blows and maneuvers, or speak one's mind (instead of an agreed-to script).
  2. (surveying) To measure the distance and direction to (a point).
  3. (sports) To make the stated score.
In my round of golf yesterday I shot a 76.
     
shop assistant Tweet Definition of shop assistant Like Definition of shop assistant on Facebook
noun 
  1. An employee in a shop.
     
short Tweet Definition of short Like Definition of short on Facebook
noun 
  1. A short circuit.
  2. (baseball) shortstop
Jones smashes a grounder between third and .
verb 
  1. (transitive) To cause a short circuit
adjective 
  1. Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically dimensions.
  2. A word or phrase that can be said or written in less time to represent another word or phrase.
"Tater" is for "potato".
  1. (context, of a person) With less height
  2. (cricket, of a ball) that bounced relatively far from the batsman
  3. (cricket, of a fielder or fielding position) relatively close to the batsman
adverb 
  1. (cricket) of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full
     
shout Tweet Definition of shout Like Definition of shout on Facebook
noun 
  1. A loud burst of voice or voices; a vehement and sudden outcry, especially of a multitudes expressing joy, triumph, exultation, or animated courage.
  2. (Australia) (slang) a round of drinks in a pub, the turn to pay the shot or scot: Whose shout?!
  3. (Australia) (slang) an emergency services call.
verb 
  1. (intransitive) To utter a sudden and loud outcry, as in joy, triumph, or exultation, or to attract attention, to animate soldiers, etc.
  2. (transitive) To utter with a shout; to cry; -- sometimes with out; as, to shout, or to shout out, a man's name.
  3. To treat with shouts or clamor.
  4. To buy food or drinks for others.
I'll you all a drink.
  1. (Internet) To enter a text message (for example, email) in upper case.
     
silencer Tweet Definition of silencer Like Definition of silencer on Facebook
noun 
  1. An attachment to a gun that reduce the sound it emits
     
silk Tweet Definition of silk Like Definition of silk on Facebook
noun 
  1. (uncountable) A fine fiber excreted by the silkworm or other arthropod (such as a spider).
The thread was barely visible.
  1. (uncountable) A fine, soft cloth woven from silk fibers.
I had a small square of , but it wasn't enough to make what I wanted.
  1. The gown worn by a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel
  2. (colloquial) a Senior (i.e. Queen's/King's) Counsel
     
simoleon Tweet Definition of simoleon Like Definition of simoleon on Facebook
noun , often misspelled as samoleon, semoleon, or somoleon
  1. (U. S. slang): One dollar.
That'll cost you five simoleons.
     
singsong Tweet Definition of singsong Like Definition of singsong on Facebook
noun 
  1. A piece of verse with a simple, song-like rhythm.
  2. An informal gathering at which songs are sung; a singing session.
We gathered round the campfire for a little .
adjective 
  1. Like a piece of singsong; simple and melodic, varying in pitch (of tone of voice etc.)
     
sister Tweet Definition of sister Like Definition of sister on Facebook
noun 
  1. a woman or girl who has the same parents as another person; a female sibling.
My little is an annoying pest.
  1. a female member of a religious community; a nun.
  2. a senior or supervisory nurse, often in a hospital.
  3. any woman or girl with whom a bond is felt through common membership of a race, profession, religion or organization, such as feminism.
Connie was very close to her friend Judy and considered her to be her .
    • 1985, w:Eurythmics, Eurythmics and w:Aretha Franklin, Aretha Franklin, Who"s Zoomin' Who?:
    • :song title Sisters Are Doin" It for Themselves
      1. (slang) a black woman
      2. (informal) a form of address to a woman
    • What"s up, ?
      1. (context, attributively) Of or relating to an entity that has a special or affectionate relationship with another
      publication
      city
verb 
  1. (context, transitive, construction) To strengthen (a supporting beam) by fastening a second beam alongside it.
I"m trying to correct my sagging floor by sistering the joists.
     
sjambok Tweet Definition of sjambok Like Definition of sjambok on Facebook
noun 
  1. A stout whip, especially made of rhinoceros or hippopotamus hide.
  • 1963: Foppl stood holding a or cattle whip of giraffe hide, tapping the handle against his leg in a steady, syncopated figure. " Thomas Pynchon, V.
  • 1989: If dialogue is ever to have a chance, South Africans must find a way to turn away from violence in all its forms " the brutal violence of the " United States Policy Toward South Africa: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on African Affairs by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on African Affairs: p.333
  • 2006 Police arrested almost 40 locals yeasterday after a crowd took part in illegal marches and refused to disperse. The locals were armed with sticks, sjamboks and other weapons. - Weekend Argus May 13/14 2006 p.1.
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    skerrick Tweet Definition of skerrick Like Definition of skerrick on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A very small amount or portion, particularly used in the negative and chiefly in British and Australian English.
      • 2007, Kennedy Warne, Blue Haven, National Geographic (April 2007), 74,
      • : "And all I can think is that they're seeing a crumb, a of what it once was".
         
    skilful Tweet Definition of skilful Like Definition of skilful on Facebook
    adjective 
    1. possessing skill, skilled.
         
    skirting Tweet Definition of skirting Like Definition of skirting on Facebook
    verb 
    1. (present participle of, skirt)
         
    skittle Tweet Definition of skittle Like Definition of skittle on Facebook
    noun 
    1. one of the wooden targets used in skittles
    verb (skittl, ing)
    1. To play skittles.
    2. To beat comprehensively.
    3. To use as a recreational drug a certain over-the-counter cough medication that is taken orally and whose tablets are said to resemble w:Skittles (confectionery), Skittles.
         
    skulk Tweet Definition of skulk Like Definition of skulk on Facebook
    verb 
    1. to conceal oneself; to hide
         
    slavey Tweet Definition of slavey Like Definition of slavey on Facebook
    noun 
    1. a maid, maidservant
         
    slim Tweet Definition of slim Like Definition of slim on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (slang) cocaine, Cocaine; white lady.
    verb to slim
    1. To lose weight in order to achieve slimness
    adjective 
    1. slender, Slender; thin in an attractive way.
         
    slip Tweet Definition of slip Like Definition of slip on Facebook
    noun 
    1. An act or instance of slipping.
    2. A women's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress.
    3. A small piece of paper.
    4. A berth for a boat or ship.
    5. A mistake or error (slip of the tongue.)
    6. (uncountable) In ceramics, a thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
    7. (cricket) Any of several fielding positions to the off side of the wicket keeper, designed to catch the ball after being deflected from the bat; a fielder in that position (See first slip, second slip, third slip, fourth slip and fifth slip.)
    8. The difference between the speed of a rotating magnetic field and the speed of its rotor.
    verb (slip, p, ing)
    1. (intransitive) To lose one's traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.
    2. (intransitive) To err.
    3. (transitive) To pass (a note, etc.)
      • 1883, w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
      • : We slipped along the hedges, noiseless and swift...
         
    slippy Tweet Definition of slippy Like Definition of slippy on Facebook
    adjective 
    1. slippery
         
    slob Tweet Definition of slob Like Definition of slob on Facebook
    noun (slobs) informal, disapproving
    1. a lazy and slovenly person.
    2. a derogatory term used to insult a lazy, obese person.
         
    slur Tweet Definition of slur Like Definition of slur on Facebook
    noun 
    1. An insult or slight.
    a racial
    1. (music) A set of notes that are played legato, without separate articulation.
    2. (music) The symbol indicating a legato passage, written as an arc over the slurred notes.
    verb (slur, r, ing)
    1. To insult or slight.
    2. To run together; to articulate poorly.
    He slurs his speech when he is drunk.
    1. (music) To play legato or without separate articulation.
         
    smacking Tweet Definition of smacking Like Definition of smacking on Facebook
    verb 
    1. (present participle of, smack
      1. Verb, smack)
         
    small beer Tweet Definition of small beer Like Definition of small beer on Facebook
    noun 
    1. Beer with a low alcoholic content
    2. (British) Something that is of relatively little importance.
    The income from gold plated widgets is compared to the income from the standard ones.
         
    smoker Tweet Definition of smoker Like Definition of smoker on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A person who smokes tobacco habitually.
    2. A smoking car on a train
    3. An informal social gathering for men only
    4. A vent in the deep ocean floor from which a plume of superheated seawater, rich in minerals, erupts
    5. An illicit boxing match; see w:Battle Royal (boxing)
    6. A device that releases smoke intended to distract bees (also more specifically called a bee smoker)
      1. An apparatus for smoke, smoking food
         
    sneak Tweet Definition of sneak Like Definition of sneak on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A mean, sneaking fellow.
    1. (obsolete),(cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; a daisy-cutter
    verb (sneaks, sneaking, sneaked or snuck)
    1. To creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen; as, to sneak away from company.
    2. To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.
         
    snip Tweet Definition of snip Like Definition of snip on Facebook
    noun 
    1. The act of snipping; cutting a small amount off of something.
    2. A low price, a bargain
    That wholesale lot on eBay was a at $10
    1. A small amount of something; a pinch.
    the snip
    1. A euphemism for a vasectomy
    verb (snipp, ing)
    1. To gently cut off with short sharp actions (usually with scissors).
    I don't want you to take much hair off, just snip my mullet off.
         
    snug Tweet Definition of snug Like Definition of snug on Facebook
    noun 
    1. small, comfortable back room in a pub
    verb (snugs, snugging, snugged)
    1. To make secure or snug.
    2. To snuggle or nestle.
    adjective 
    1. comfortable; cosy, cozy
    2. close fitting
         
    soak Tweet Definition of soak Like Definition of soak on Facebook
    noun 
    1. An immersion in water etc.
      • "After the climb, I had a nice long in a bath."
      • (cattag2, Slang, UK) A drunkard.
    verb 
    1. (intransitive) To be saturated with liquid by being immersed in it.
    I'm going to in the bath for a couple of hours.
    1. (transitive) To immerse in liquid to the point of saturation or thorough permeation.
    "Soak the beans overnight before cooking."
    1. (intransitive) To penetrate or permeate by saturation.
    The water soaked into my shoes and gave me wet feet.
    1. (transitive) To allow (especially a liquid) to be absorbed; to take in, receive. (usually + up)
    I soaked up all the knowledge I could at university.
         
    sort Tweet Definition of sort Like Definition of sort on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A general type.
    2. (informal) A person.
    This guy's a decent sort.
    1. An act of sorting.
    I had a sort of my cupboard
    1. (computing) An algorithm for sorting a list of items into a particular order.
    verb 
    1. (transitive) To separate according to certain criterion, criteria.
    2. (transitive) To arrange into some order, especially numerically, alphabetically or chronologically.
         
    spanner Tweet Definition of spanner Like Definition of spanner on Facebook
    noun (wikipedia, spanner, spanner (hand tool))
    1. A hand tool for adjusting nuts and bolts.
    Pass me that , Jake; there's just one more nut to screw in.
    1. (Weapon) A hand tool shaped like a small crank handle, for winding the spring of a wheel lock on a musket.
    Quotations
    • 1786, Fig. 10. The spanner for spanning or winding up the spring of the wheel lock. &mdash; Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page xvi.
      1. (idiom) (UK) A problem, dilemma or obstacle; something unexpected or troublesome
    Half way through the production of Macbeth, the director found that the stage was smaller than he expected. This really threw a in the works.
    1. (context, UK, mildly, derogatory) A stupid or unintelligent person; one prone to making mistakes, especially in language.
    You , Rodney! I wanted a Chinese, not an Indian!
         
    speak Tweet Definition of speak Like Definition of speak on Facebook
    noun 
    1. language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.
    Corporate speak; IT speak
    verb (speaks or archaic, speaketh, speaking, spoke or archaic, spake, spoken)
    1. (intransitive) To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.
    I was so surprised I couldn't .
    You're speaking too fast.
    1. (intransitive) To have a conversation.
    It's been ages since we've spoken.
    1. (context, by extension) To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.
    He spoke of it in his diary
    Speak to me only with your eyes.
    I just spoke with them on IRC.
    Actions louder than words.
    1. (intransitive) To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.
    This evening I shall on the topic of correct English usage.
    1. (transitive) To be able to communicate in a language.
    I was so surprised that I couldn't a word.
    He speaks Mandarin fluently.
         
    speaker Tweet Definition of speaker Like Definition of speaker on Facebook
    noun 
    1. one who speaks
    A native English speaker.
    1. loudspeaker
    2. (politics) the chair or presiding officer of certain legislative bodies, such as the U.K. House of Commons or the U.S. House of Representatives
    3. one who makes a speech to an audience
    The company hired a motivational speaker to boost morale.
         
    Spence Tweet Definition of Spence Like Definition of Spence on Facebook
    proper noun SAMPA: /"spE.ns/
    1. Short form of the male given name Spencer.
         
    spin Tweet Definition of spin Like Definition of spin on Facebook
    noun 
    1. circular, Circular motion.
    2. (physics) A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.
    3. A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.
    4. (cricket) rotation, Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.
    5. A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.
    verb (spins, spinning, spun or span, spun)
    1. To turn around quickly.
    2. To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.
    2006. In every administration there will be spokesmen and public affairs officers who try to spin the news to make the president look good. But this administration is trying to spin scientific data and muzzle scientists toward that end. &mdash; The Washington Post Editorial, The Politics of Science, Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page A22 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/08/AR2006020801991.html.
    1. (context, cricket, of a bowler) To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.
    2. (context, cricket, of a ball) To move sideways when bouncing.
    adjective 
    1. (cricket) Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling.
         
    spinner Tweet Definition of spinner Like Definition of spinner on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A conical cover at the center of some aircraft propellers.
    2. (Obsolete) Coin thrower in a game of two-up.
    3. (cricket) a spin bowler.
    4. (context, fishing) a type of lure consisting of wire, a rotating blade, a weighted body, and one or more hooks.
         
    Spirit Tweet Definition of Spirit Like Definition of Spirit on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. (Holy) : in Christian theology, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the three aspects of God
    2. The name given to a Mars exploration rover launched June 10, 2003. See w:MER-A, wikipedia entry
         
    spiv Tweet Definition of spiv Like Definition of spiv on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (context, UK, dated) a smartly dressed person who trades in illicit, black-market or stolen goods
    2. (context, UK, dated) a flashy con artist, often homeless, who lives by his wits
    3. (context, UK, dated) in Scotland Yard usage, a low and common thief
    4. (context, UK, dated) a slacker; one who shirks responsibility
         
    spivvy Tweet Definition of spivvy Like Definition of spivvy on Facebook
    adjective (spivv, y)
    1. Of, related to, or resembling a spiv; flashy but often also seedy.
         
    splint Tweet Definition of splint Like Definition of splint on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A narrow strip of wood split or peeled off of a larger piece.
    2. (medicine) A device to immobilize a body part.
    1900 But it so happened that I had a man in the hospital at the time, and going there to see about him the day before the opening of the Inquiry, I saw in the white men's ward that little chap tossing on his back, with his arm in splints, and quite light-headed. Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=172793065&tag=Conrad,+Joseph,+1857-1924:+Lord+Jim,+1899-1900&query=splints&id=ConLord Chapter 5.
    1. A dental device applied consequent to undergoing orthodontia.
    2. A segment of armor.
    1819 The fore-part of his thighs, where the folds of his mantle permitted them to be seen, were also covered with linked mail; the knees and feet were defended by splints , or thin plates of steel, ingeniously jointed upon each other; and mail hose, reaching from the ankle to the knee, effectually protected the legs, and completed the rider's defensive armour. " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=555538796&tag=Scott,+Walter:+Ivanhoe.+A+Romance,+1819&query=defended+by+splints&id=ScoIvan Chapter 1.
    1. A bone found on either side of the horse's cannon bone
    verb 
    1. To apply a splint.
    2. To support one's abdomen with hands or a pillow before attempting to cough.
         
    spout Tweet Definition of spout Like Definition of spout on Facebook
    noun (plual: spouts)
    1. a tube through which liquid is poured or discharged
    2. a stream of liquid
    3. the mixture of air and water thrown up from the blowhole of a whale
    verb to spout (spouted, spouted)
    1. to gush forth in a stream
    2. to speak tediously and at length
         
    squash Tweet Definition of squash Like Definition of squash on Facebook
    noun (es, -)
    1. A game much like rackets, played in a walled court with soft rubber balls and bats like tennis rackets.
    2. (botany) A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
    Note: The species are much confused. The long-neck squash is called Cucurbita verrucosa, the Barbary or China squash, C. moschata, and the great winter squash, C. maxima, but the distinctions are not clear.
    1. A soft drink made of citrus fruits and soda water.
    2. (context, obsolete, zoo) A muskrat, short form of musquash.
    3. (obsolete) Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of peas.
    Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before 't is a peascod. --Shak.
    1. (obsolete) Hence, something unripe or soft; -- used in contempt.
    This squash, this gentleman. --Shak.
    1. (obsolete) A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.
    My fall was stopped by a terrible . --Swift
    verb (squash, es)
    1. (transitive) To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
         
    squib Tweet Definition of squib Like Definition of squib on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A small firework that burns with a fizzing noise.
    2. A similar device used to ignite a rocket etc.
    1. (Film special effects) A small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface.
      1. (dated) A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon.
      2. In a legal casebook, a short summary of a case placed between more fully cited cases.
      3. (archaic) An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person.
    verb (squib, b, ed)
    1. To make a sound such as a small explosion.
      • A w:Snider-Enfield, Snider squibbed in the jungle.
         
    stall Tweet Definition of stall Like Definition of stall on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (countable) A compartment for a single animal in a stable or cattle shed.
    2. (countable) A small open-fronted shop.
    3. A very small room used for a shower or a toilet.
    Rabbit eases from the king-size bed, goes into their bathroom with its rose-colored one-piece Fiberglas tub and shower stall, and urinates into the toilet of a matching rose porcelain. - "Rabbit at Rest", by John Updike
    1. (countable) A seat in a theatre close to and (about) level with the stage.
    2. (aeronautics) loss, Loss of lift due to an airfoil's critical angle of attack being exceeded.
    verb 
    1. (intransitive) To come to a standstill.
    2. (intransitive) (aeronautics) To exceed the critical angle of attack, resulting in total loss of lift.
         
    stand Tweet Definition of stand Like Definition of stand on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A device to hold something upright or aloft.
    He set the music upon the and began to play.
    1. The platform on which a witness testifies in court; the witness stand or witness box.
    She took the and quietly answered questions.
    1. A resolute, unwavering position; firm opinion; action for a purpose in the face of opposition.
    They took a firm against copyright infringement.
    1. A particular grove or other group of trees.
    This of pines is older than the one next to it.
    1. (forestry) A contiguous group of trees sufficiently uniform in age-class distribution, composition, and structure, and growing on a site of sufficiently uniform quality, to be a distinguishable unit.
    2. A small building, booth, or stage, as in a bandstand or hamburger stand.
    3. A designated spot where someone or something may stand or wait: taxi stand.
    4. (cricket) A partnership.
    verb (stands, standing, stood, stood or archaic standen)
    1. (intransitive) To be upright, support oneself on the feet in an erect position.
    Here I stand, wondering what to do next.
    1. (intransitive) To rise to one's feet; to stand up.
    Stand up, walk to the refrigerator, and get your own snack.
    1. (intransitive) To remain motionless.
    Do not leave your car standing in the road.
    1. (context, cricket, intransitive) To act as an umpire.
    2. (intransitive) To undergo; withstand; hold up.
    The works of Shakespeare have stood the test of time.
    1. (transitive) To tolerate.
    I can't stand when people don't read the instructions.
    I can't her.
    1. (intransitive) To place in an upright or standing position.
    He stood the broom in a corner and took a break.
    1. (context, UK, intransitive) To seek election
    He is standing for election to the local council
         
    station Tweet Definition of station Like Definition of station on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A place where a vehicle (especially a train) may stop.
    The next is Esperanza.
    1. A place where one stands or stays in order to perform a task.
    From my at the front door, I greeted every visitor.
    1. Area of a restaurant allocated to one waiter or waitress.
    2. A military base.
    She had a boyfriend at the .
    1. A place used for broadcasting radio or television.
    I used to work at a radio .
    1. A broadcasting entity.
    I used to listen to that radio .
    1. (Australia & NZ) A very large sheep or cattle farm
    There was movement at the , for the word had passed around, that the colt from old Regret had got away (A. B. Patterson, poet)
    verb (transitive)
    1. To put in place to perform a task.
    The host stationed me at the front door to greet visitors.
    1. To put in place to perform military duty.
    They stationed me overseas just as fighting broke out.
         
    step Tweet Definition of step Like Definition of step on Facebook
    noun (plural: steps)
    1. An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace.
    2. A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a rung of a ladder.
    3. running board where passengers step to get on and off the bus - the driver must have a clear view of the step in order to prevent accidents.
    The breadth of every single or stair should be never less than one foot. - Sir H. Wotton
    1. The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running; as, one step is generally about three feet, but may be more or less. Used also figuratively of any kind of progress; as, he improved step by step, or by steps.
    To derive two or three general principles of motion from phenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the properties and actions of all corporeal things follow from those manifest principles, would be a very great in philosophy. - Isaac Newton
    1. A small space or distance; as, it is but a .
    2. A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.
    3. Gait; manner of walking; as, the approach of a man is often known by his step.
    4. Proceeding; measure; action; an act.
    The reputation of a man depends on the first steps he makes in the world. - Alexander Pope
    Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day, Live till to-morrow, will have passed away. - William Cowper
    I have lately taken steps . . . to relieve the old gentleman's distresses. - G. W. Cable
    1. (plural): Walk; passage.
    Conduct my steps to find the fatal tree. - John Dryden
    1. (plural): A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position
    2. (nautical) In general, a framing in wood or iron which is intended to receive an upright shaft; specif., a block of wood, or a solid platform upon the keelson, supporting the heel of the mast.
    3. (Machines): One of a series of offsets, or parts, resembling the steps of stairs, as one of the series of parts of a cone pulley on which the belt runs
    4. (Machines): A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.
    5. (music) The interval between two contiguous degrees of the scale.
    Usage note: The word tone is often used as the name of this interval; but there is evident incongruity in using tone for indicating the interval between tones. As the word scale is derived from the Italian scala, a ladder, the intervals may well be called steps.
    1. (Kinematics): A change of position effected by a motion of translation. - W. K. Clifford
    verb (step, p, ing)
    1. (intransitive) To move the foot in walking; to advance or recede by raising and moving one of the feet to another resting place, or by moving both feet in succession.
    2. (intransitive) To walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance; as, to step to one of the neighbors.
    3. (intransitive) To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
    Home the swain retreats, His flock before him stepping to the fold. - Thomson?
    1. (intransitive)(figuratively) To move mentally; to go in imagination.
    They are stepping almost three thousand years back into the remotest antiquity. - w:Alexander Pope, Alexander Pope
    1. (transitive) To set, as the foot.
    2. (transitive) (nautical) To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect.
         
    Stick Tweet Definition of Stick Like Definition of Stick on Facebook
    proper noun Stick&reg;
    1. Chapman Stick&reg; or The Stick&reg;, electric musical instrument devise, devised by Emmett Chapman.
         
    stickybeak Tweet Definition of stickybeak Like Definition of stickybeak on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (Australian) An inquisitive person; a Nosey Parker
    verb to stickybeak
    1. (Australian) to pry or to snoop
         
    sticky wicket Tweet Definition of sticky wicket Like Definition of sticky wicket on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (cricket) a pitch that has become wet because of rain and therefore on which the ball bounces unpredictably
      1. a difficult or unpredictable situation
         
    Stinger Tweet Definition of Stinger Like Definition of Stinger on Facebook
    noun (wikipedia, FIM-92 Stinger)
    1. a portable infra-red homing surface-to-air missile
         
    stink Tweet Definition of stink Like Definition of stink on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A strong bad smell.
    2. (informal) A complaint or objection.
    If you don't make a stink about the problem, nothing will be done.
    1. (in plural stinks; slang) Chemistry (as a subject taught in school)
    2. (slang) (New Zeland) A failure or unfortunate event.
    The concert was stink.
    verb (stinks, stinking, stank, stunk)
    1. (intransitive) To have a strong bad smell.
    2. (intransitive) (informal) To be greatly inferior; to perform badly.
    That movie stinks. I didn't even stay for the end.
    1. (intransitive) To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth.
    Something stinks about the politician's excuses.
         
    stirk Tweet Definition of stirk Like Definition of stirk on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (dated) a yearling cow
         
    stoker Tweet Definition of stoker Like Definition of stoker on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A person who stokes, especially one on a steamship who stokes coal in the boilers
    2. A device that feeds coal into a furnace etc automatically
         
    store Tweet Definition of store Like Definition of store on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A place where items may be accumulated or routinely kept.
    This building used to be a for old tires.
    1. A supply held in storage.
    We have a large of beer, in case we're snowed in.
    1. (context, mainly North American) A place where items may be purchased.
    I need to get some milk from the grocery .
    1. (context, computing, archaic) Memory.
    The main of 1000 36-bit words seemed large at the time.
    verb (stor, ing)
    1. (transitive) To keep (something) while not in use, generally in a place meant for that purpose.
    I'll these books in the attic.
    1. (context, transitive, computing) Write (something) into memory or registers.
    This operation stores the result on the stack.
    1. (intransitive) To remain in good condition while stored.
    I don't think that kind of cheese will well in the refrigerator.
         
    storey Tweet Definition of storey Like Definition of storey on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A floor or level of a building.
    For superstitious reasons, many buildings number their 13th as 14, bypassing 13 entirely.
         
    stour Tweet Definition of stour Like Definition of stour on Facebook
    adjective 
    1. strong; hardy
    2. stern
    3. harsh
         
    street Tweet Definition of street Like Definition of street on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A paved part of road, usually in a village or a town.
    2. A road as above but including the sidewalks (pavements) and buildings.
    3. The people who live in such a road, as a neighborhood.
         
    sub Tweet Definition of sub Like Definition of sub on Facebook
    noun 
    1. a submarine
    2. a sandwich made on a long bun; submarine sandwich
    We can get subs at that deli.
    1. (US, informal) A substitute.
    With the score 4 to 1, they brought in subs.
    She worked as a until she got her teaching certificate.
    verb (sub, b, ing)
    1. (US, informal) To substitute for.
    2. (US, informal) To work as a substitute teacher, especially in primary and secondary education.
         
    subscription Tweet Definition of subscription Like Definition of subscription on Facebook
    noun 
    1. the purchase of a series of things (such as performances or publications)
    2. an agreement to be given access to an online system
    3. the formal acceptance of something, especially when verified with a signature
    4. the signing of one's name
    5. the collection of money from subscribers; the money so collected
         
    subway Tweet Definition of subway Like Definition of subway on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (italbrac, North American) underground railway.
    2. (italbrac, New York City, New York, USA) The proper name of the Heavy Rail transit system - regardless of elevation.
    3. (italbrac, Newark, New Jersey, USA) The proper name of the Light Rail transit system
    4. (British) underground walkway, tunnel for pedestrians. (In the USA, this definition applies to pedestrian underpass.)
         
    sump Tweet Definition of sump Like Definition of sump on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A hollow or pit into which liquid drains, such as a cesspool, cesspit or sink.
    2. The lowest part of a mine shaft into which water drains.
    3. (automotive) The crankcase or oil reservoir of an internal combustion engine.
    4. (nautical) The pit at the lowest point in a circulation, circulating or drainage system. (FM 55-501)
         
    sundowner Tweet Definition of sundowner Like Definition of sundowner on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (obsolete) A wandering traveller/worker (such as a swagman) who arrived at a farm too late in the day to do any work, but still partook of their hospitality.
      • 1846: C. P. Hodgson, Reminiscences of Australia
      • 1868: Thomas E. Spencer, The Song of the Sundowner http://oldpoetry.com/poetry/28271
        1. (nautical) A harsh disciplinarian sea captain typified by requiring all hands on board by sundown. http://www.tpub.com/content/administration/12966/css/12966_381.htm
      • 1985: Ronald H. Spector, Eagle Against the Sun
      • : Arrogant, aloof, and suspicious, a "," or strict disciplinarian, King inspired respect in many but affection in few.
        1. (Medicine) (Colloquial) A patient, usually demented, who tends to become agitated in the evening.
      • 1977: Jules Hymen Masserman, Current Psychiatric Therapies, page 179.
      • : These patients may improve by day only to relapse at night (nocturnal delirium or sundowner's syndrome).
      • 1989: William H. Reid, The Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: Revised for the DSM III R., Page 71. http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0876305362
      • : They generally occur in the evening or at night in the form of "sundowner" syndrome, as a result of diminished sensory input and social isolation and/or exposure to an unfamiliar environment (e.g., the hospital).
      • 2007: Dennis Fiely, Dark Ages: For the elderly fighting mental or physical problems, life takes a frightening turn when nighttime comes. The Columbus Dispatch, Wednesday, February 07, 2007. http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/contentbe/dispatch/2007/02/07/20070207-B1-00.html
      • : "Sundowner's syndrome" refers to changes in mood and behavior that begin near dusk.
        1. A cocktail consumed at sunset, or to signify the end of the day. A cocktail party in the early evening.
      • 1918: Robert Valentine Dolbey, Sketches of the East Africa Campaign, page 117.
      • : The cocktail, the universal "sherry and bitters" and will have to be retained.
      • 2005: Franz Wisner, Honeymoon With My Brother: A Memoir, page 243.
      • : Per custom, we capped our drives with a cocktail party at a scenic vantage point.
      • 2005: Edward M. Bruner, Culture on Tour: Ethnographies of Travel, page 83.
      • : The Sundowner is basically a cocktail party with a buffet on a riverbank in the bush.
         
    suss Tweet Definition of suss Like Definition of suss on Facebook
    verb (susses, sussing, sussed)
    1. To discover, infer or figure out something (often used with out.)
    2. To study or size up something.
    adjective 
    1. (context, Australian, UK, colloquial) Suspicious.
         
    swag Tweet Definition of swag Like Definition of swag on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A burglar's or thief's booty; boodle.
    2. a bushmans' possessions tied up in a blanket and carried over the shoulder on a long stick.
    3. handouts, freebies or giveaways, such as those handed out at conventions. (The backronym "Stuff We All Get" has been suggested for this meaning, but it is probably not the etymology.)
    4. a wild guess or ballpark estimate (The backronyms "Stupid Wild Ass Guess" and "Scientific Wild Ass Guess" have been suggested for this meaning, but it is probably not the etymology but rather a backronym.)
    I can take a at the answer, but it may not be right.
    1. a loop of draped fabric
         
    Swede Tweet Definition of Swede Like Definition of Swede on Facebook
    proper noun (plural Swedes)
    1. A person from Sweden or of Swedish descent.
         
    sweep Tweet Definition of sweep Like Definition of sweep on Facebook
    noun 
    1. The person who steers a dragon boat.
    2. A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew.
    3. A chimney sweep.
    4. A search (typically for bugs electronic listening devices).
    5. (cricket) A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat.
    6. A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins.
    Jim will win fifty dollars in the office if Japan wins the World Cup.
    1. A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.
    verb (sweeps, sweeping, swept)
    1. (transitive) To clean (a floor, etc) using a broom or brush.
    2. (intransitive) To move through an (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.
      • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 236d.
      • : has the course of the argument so accustomed you to agreeing that you were swept by it into a ready assent?
        1. (transitive) To search (a place) methodically.
        2. (cricket) To play a sweep shot.
        3. (curling) To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.
        4. (transitive) (ergative) To move something in a particular motion, as a broom
         
    sweetie Tweet Definition of sweetie Like Definition of sweetie on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A sweetheart.
    2. A fruit that is a crossbreed between a grapefruit and a pomelo, originating in Israel.
    3. (slang) A sweet.
    Can I get a box of sweeties for being a good boy?
         
    swill Tweet Definition of swill Like Definition of swill on Facebook
    noun 
    1. a mixture of solid and liquid food scraps fed to pigs etc; especially kitchen waste for this purpose
    2. any disgusting or distasteful liquid
    I cannot believe anyone could drink this .
    1. a large quantity of liquid drunk at one swallow
    He took a of his drink and tried to think of words.
    1. (context, Ultimate Frisbee) A badly-thrown pass
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_%28Anheuser-Busch%29, Budweiser, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utica_Club, Utica club, Piels or other cheap beer.
    verb to swill
    1. to eat or drink greedily or to excess
    2. to wash something by flooding with water
         
    swinge Tweet Definition of swinge Like Definition of swinge on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (archaic) A swinging blow.
    verb (swinge, ed)
    1. (obsolete) To singe.
    2. (archaic) To lash.
    3. (archaic) To strike hard.
      • Aphra Behn (1640-89) The Feigned Courtesans. This edition: (The plays of) Aphra Behn. Oxford University press 2000. p.233. ISBN 0192834517
      • :Sir Feeble: Tis jelousy, the old worm that bites. To Sir Cautious Whom is it that you suspect.
      • :Sir Cautious: Alas I know not whom to suspect, I would I did; but if you discover him, I would him.
    adjective 
    1. Forcible, huge, daunting (of taxation, job-cuts, damages etc)
         
    swink Tweet Definition of swink Like Definition of swink on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (archaic) toil, work, drudgery
    • 1963: Dead on this homecoming cue Jack came home, his hands sheerfree of salesman"s , ready for Enderby. " Anthony Burgess, Inside Mr. Enderby
    verb (swinks, swinking, swank or swonk or swinked or swinkt, swonken or swinked or swinkt)
    1. (archaic) to labour, to work hard
    • 1922: And on this board were frightful swords and knives that are made in a great cavern by swinking demons out of white flames that they fix in the horns of buffalos and stags that there abound marvellously. " James Joyce, Ulysses
         
    swish Tweet Definition of swish Like Definition of swish on Facebook
    noun (plural: swishes)
    1. A short rustling, hissing or whistling sound, often made by friction.
    2. (basketball) A successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.
    3. An effeminate male homosexual.
    verb 
    1. To make a rustling sound while moving.
    "She swishes the comb through her hair."
    1. (basketball) To make a shot, as a perfect swish.
    adjective 
    1. (colloquial) sophisticated; fashionable; smooth.
    This restaurant looks very &mdash; it even has linen tablecloths.
    1. effeminate.
         
    switchback Tweet Definition of switchback Like Definition of switchback on Facebook
    noun 
    1. a zigzag path or road on a steep hill
    2. a hairpin bend
    3. (British) (dated?) a roller coaster
         
    swither Tweet Definition of swither Like Definition of swither on Facebook
    verb 
    1. (Scots and dialects) To be indecisive or in a state of confusion; to dither.
         
    scatty Tweet Definition of scatty Like Definition of scatty on Facebook
    adjective ((compar): scattier, (superl): scattiest)
    1. (slang) (Chiefly British): Scatterbrained; flighty.
         
    single Tweet Definition of single Like Definition of single on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A 45rpm vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B.
    2. A popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually has at least one extra track.
    3. One who is not married.
    He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there.
    1. (cricket) A score of one run.
    2. (baseball) A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base.
    3. A bill valued at $1.
    I don't have any singles, so you'll have to make change.
    verb (singl, ing)
    1. To identify or select one member of a group from the others; generally used with out, either to single out or to (something) out.
    Eddie singled out his favorite marble from the bag.
    Evonne always wondered why Ernest had singled her out of the group of giggling girls she hung around with.
    1. (baseball) To get a hit that advances the batter exactly one base.
    Pedro singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, which, if converted to a run, would put the team back into contention.
    adjective 
    1. Not accompanied by anything else.
    Can you give me a reason not to leave right now?
    1. Not divided in parts.
    The potatoes left the spoon and landed in a big lump on the plate.
    1. Designed for the use of only one.
    a room
    1. Designed for a single use; not reusable.
    the anti-aircraft rocket is fired from a single use launch platform.
    1. Not married.
    Josh put down that he was a male on the dating website.
    1. (botany) Having only one rank or row of petals.
         
    skate Tweet Definition of skate Like Definition of skate on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A metallic runner with a frame shaped to fit the sole of a shoe, -- made to be fastened under the foot, and used for moving rapidly on ice.
    2. abbreviated form of ice skate or roller skate
    3. The act of skateboarding
    There's time for a quick skate before dinner.
    1. The act of roller skating
    Let's skate in the park.
    1. The act of ice skating
    The boys had a skate every morning when the lake was frozen.
    verb (skat, ing)
    1. To move along a surface (ice or ground) using skates.
    2. To skateboard
         
    skint Tweet Definition of skint Like Definition of skint on Facebook
    adjective 
    1. (slang) penniless, poor, impecunious, broke (Cockney rhyming slang boracic lint - Skint)
         
    slope Tweet Definition of slope Like Definition of slope on Facebook
    noun (wikipedia, Slope, Slope (mathematics))
    1. An area of ground that tends evenly upward or downward.
    I had to climb a small to get to the site.
    1. The degree to which a surface tends upward or downward.
    The road has a very sharp downward at that point.
    1. (mathematics) The ratio of the vertical and horizontal distances between two points on a line; zero if the line is horizontal, infinite if it is vertical.
    The of this line is 0.5
    1. (mathematics) The slope of the line tangent to a curve at a given point.
    The of a parabola increases linearly with x.
    1. (vulgar, highly offensive) A person of Chinese or other East Asian descent.
         
    snog Tweet Definition of snog Like Definition of snog on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A passionate kiss.
    verb (snogs, snogging, snogged, snogged)
    1. (context, UK, slang) To kiss passionately.
         
    spot Tweet Definition of spot Like Definition of spot on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A stain or disfigure, disfiguring mark.
    I have tried everything, and I can"t get this out.
    1. A pimple or pustule.
    That morning, I saw that a had come up on my chin.
    1. A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.
    The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.
    1. A small amount or quantity.
    Would you like to come round on Sunday for a of lunch?
    1. A particular location or area.
    I like to eat lunch in a pleasant outside.
    1. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
    2. A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
    Did you see the on the news about the shoelace factory?
    verb (spot, t, ing)
    1. (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate or identify.
    Try to the differences between these two entries.
    1. (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
    I"ll you ten dollars for lunch.
    1. To stain; to leave a spot.
    Hard water will if it is left on a surface.
    1. (rfv-sense) To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
    I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
    1. (context, gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.
    I can"t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
    1. (dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
    Most figure skaters do not their turns like dancers do.
         

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