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saddle Tweet Definition of saddle Like Definition of saddle on Facebook
  1. A seat (tack) for a rider placed on the back of a horse or other animal
  2. A seat on a bicycle, motorcycle etc
  3. A cut of meat that includes both loins and part of the backbone
  4. A ridge, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills
  5. The raised floorboard in a doorway.
verb (saddl, es)
  1. to put a saddle on an animal
  2. to get into a saddle
  3. (idiomatically) to burden or encumber
sagger Tweet Definition of sagger Like Definition of sagger on Facebook
  1. A box or casing of clay used to protect delicate ceramics during firing; a saggar
  1. (slang) term for a young male, who wears trousers very low on his hips, exposing underwear and/or his buttocks or lower abdominals.
    1. The NATO designation for a Soviet AT-3 series man-portable, wire-guided missile first deployed in the 1960's.
seed Tweet Definition of seed Like Definition of seed on Facebook
  1. (countable) A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant.
If you plant a in the spring, you may have a pleasant surprise in the autumn.
  1. (context, countable, botany) A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
  2. (uncountable) An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted.
The entire field was covered with geese eating the freshly sown .
  1. (uncountable) Semen.
Sometimes a man may feel encouraged to spread his before he settles down to raise a family.
  1. (countable) A precursor.
The of an idea. Which idea was the (idea)?
  1. (countable) The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precusor in a defined chain of precusors.
  1. The initial position of a competitor or team in a tournament. (seed position)
  2. The team with the best regular season record receives the top in the conference tournament.
  3. The competitor or team occupying a given seed. (seed position)
  4. The rookie was a surprising top .
  5. Initialization state of a Wikipedia:Pseudorandom number generator, pseudorandom number generator (PRNG). (seed number)
  6. If you use the same you will get exactly the same pattern of numbers.
  7. Commercial message in a creative format placed on relevant sites on the Internet. (seed idea or seed message)
  8. The latest has attracted a lot of users in our online community.
  1. (transitive) To plant or sow an area with seeds.
I seeded my lawn with bluegrass.
  1. (transitive) To start; to provide, assign or determine the initial resources for, position of, state of.
A venture captialist seeds young companies.
The tournament coordinator will the starting lineup with the best competitors from the qualifying round.
This marketing company successfully seeds viral campaigns using wikipedia:media meshing, media meshing.
The programmer seeds fresh, uncorrupted data into the database before running unit tests.''
  1. Held in reserve for future growth.
Don't eat your corn
  1. First. The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precusor in a defined chain of precusors.
What was the number that initiated the sequence of values?
The qualifying match determines the position one will have in the final competition.
  1. A precursor, especially in a process without a defined initial state.
What was the idea behind your scheme?
Use your profits as money for your next venture.
servitor Tweet Definition of servitor Like Definition of servitor on Facebook
  1. one who performs the duties of a servant.
  2. one who serves in an army; a soldier.
    1. an undergraduate who performed menial duties in exchange for financial support from his college, particularly at Oxford University
short Tweet Definition of short Like Definition of short on Facebook
  1. A short circuit.
  2. (baseball) shortstop
Jones smashes a grounder between third and .
  1. (transitive) To cause a short circuit
  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
  1. (cricket) of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full
slip Tweet Definition of slip Like Definition of slip on Facebook
  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...
smalt Tweet Definition of smalt Like Definition of smalt on Facebook
  1. a deep blue pigment made from powdered glass mixed with cobalt oxide
spare Tweet Definition of spare Like Definition of spare on Facebook
  1. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
  2. Parsimony; frugal use.
  3. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
  4. That which has not been used or expended.
  5. The right of bowling again at a full set of pins, after having knocked all the pins down in less than three bowls. If all the pins are knocked down in one bowl it is a double spare; in two bowls, a single spare.
  6. (italbrac, bowling) The act of knocking down all remaining pins in second ball of a frame; this entitles the pins knocked down on the next ball to be added to the score for that frame.
verb (spar, ing)
  1. To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
  2. To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : Kill me, if you please, or me.
      1. To desist; to stop; to refrain.
      2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
      3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
      4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
      5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
adjective (spar, er)
  1. scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
  2. sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
  3. Being over and above what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous; as, I have no spare time.
  4. Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
  5. lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
  6. slow
sponge Tweet Definition of sponge Like Definition of sponge on Facebook
  1. (countable) Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica
  2. (countable) A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic)
  3. (uncountable) A porous material such as sponges consist of
  4. (informal) A heavy drinker
  5. (countable, uncountable) A light cake
  6. (countable, uncountable, UK) A type of steamed pudding
  7. (slang) A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge)
verb (spong, ing)
  1. (slang) To take advantage of the kindness of others.
He has been sponging off his friends for a month now.
  1. To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
spur Tweet Definition of spur Like Definition of spur on Facebook
  1. A rigid implement, often roughly y-shaped, that is fixed to one's heel for purpose of prodding a horse. Often worn by, and emblematic of, the cowboy or the knight.
  2. (slang) Fan or member of Tottenham Hotspur F.C
  • 1598: Lives he, good uncle? Thrice within this hour I saw him down; thrice up again, and fighting; From helmet to the spur all blood he was. — William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV, Scene VI, line 4.
  • 1786: Two sorts of spurs seem to have been in use about the time of the Conquest, one called a pryck, having only a single point like the gaffle of a fighting cock; the other consisting of a number of points of considerable length, radiating from and revolving on a center, thence named the rouelle or wheel spur. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22.
  • See also
  • rowel
  • pryck, prick
  • External links
  • Wikipedia article on w:spur, spur.
    1. Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse.
  • Quotations
  • 1601: But, worthy Hector, She is a theme of honour and renown, A spur to valiant and magnanimous deeds... — William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act II, Scene II, line 198.
    1. An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.
    2. Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.
    3. Roots. (As in genealogical?). Spurs are symbolic of knighthood, so perhaps spurs in this context is an allusion to the hereditary aspect of knighthood. Any insights would be appreciated.
  • Quotations
  • 1609: I do note That grief and patience, rooted in them both, Mingle their spurs together. — William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene II, line 57.
  • verb (spur, r, ed)
    1. To prod (esp. a horse) in the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig.
    • 1592: Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head! Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood; Amaze the welkin with your broken staves! — William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act V, Scene III, line 339.
      1. To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to impel; to drive.
  • 1599: My desire (More sharp than filed steel) did spur me forth... — William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene IV, line 4.
    1. To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
    stilt Tweet Definition of stilt Like Definition of stilt on Facebook
    1. Either of two poles with footrests that allow someone to stand or walk above the ground; used mostly by entertainers.
    2. A tall pillar or post used to support some structure; often above water.
    3. Any of various wading birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, related to the avocet, that have extremely long legs and long thin bills.
    stoneware Tweet Definition of stoneware Like Definition of stoneware on Facebook
    1. A type of pottery that is fired at a high temperature and is dense, opaque and nonporous.

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