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C Tweet Definition of C Like Definition of C on Facebook
  1. (computing) A particular high-level programming language.
  2. (slang) $100; a c-note.
  3. (music) A musical note; middle c.
  4. An academic grade better than a D and worse than a B.
proper noun
  1. Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, incorrectly identified in the James Bond literature as "M" ("C" during WW2 was Col. Stewart Menzies - from whence "M")
cable Tweet Definition of cable Like Definition of cable on Facebook
  1. A strong, large-diameter wire or rope, or something resembling such a rope.
  2. An assembly of two or more wires which are used for electrical power or data circuits; one or more may be insulated.
  1. (nautical) A heavy rope or chain used to moor or anchor a ship
  2. (communications) A system for receiving television or Internet service over coaxial or fibreoptic cables
    I tried to watch the movie last night but my cable was out.
    1. A telegram
    2. (finance) in financial markets 'cable' is used to refer to the currency pair Great British Pounds against United States Dollars
  3. (nautical) A unit of length
verbto cable
  1. To send a telegram
  2. To wrap wires to form a cable
cack Tweet Definition of cack Like Definition of cack on Facebook
  1. (slang) faeces; rubbish
  1. (intransitive) To defecate.
caftan Tweet Definition of caftan Like Definition of caftan on Facebook
  1. A long tunic worn in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  2. A long dress or shirt similar in style to those worn in the Eastern Mediterranean.
cage Tweet Definition of cage Like Definition of cage on Facebook
noun (plural:cages)
  1. an enclosure made of bars
  2. the passenger compartment of a lift
verb (cag, ing)
  1. to put into a cage
  2. (advertising, politics) To track individual responses to direct mail.
calash Tweet Definition of calash Like Definition of calash on Facebook
  1. a sort of light 'convertible' carriage with a folding hood
calf Tweet Definition of calf Like Definition of calf on Facebook
noun (calves or, less often, calfs)
  1. A young cow or bull.
  2. A young elephant, seal or whale (italbrac, also used of some other animals).
  3. A chunk of ice broken off of a larger glacier, ice shelf, or iceberg.
camouflage Tweet Definition of camouflage Like Definition of camouflage on Facebook
  1. a disguise or cover up, covering up.
  2. the act of disguise, disguising.
  3. (military) The use of natural or artificial material on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing, misleading, or evading the enemy.<ref>(JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).</ref>
  4. (fashion) a pattern on clothing consisting of unregularly shaped patches that are either greenish/brownish, brownish/whitish, or bluish/whitish, as used in the army.
verbto camouflage (camouflages, camouflaged, camouflaging)
  1. to hide or disguise something by cover up, covering it up or changing the way it looks.
CAP Tweet Definition of CAP Like Definition of CAP on Facebook
  1. (European Union) Common Agricultural Policy.
  2. (USA) Civil Air Patrol
  3. Colleague Assistance Program
  4. combat air patrol
  5. Change Acceleration Process
  6. Colors and Placements
cape Tweet Definition of cape Like Definition of cape on Facebook
  1. (geography) A piece or point of land, extending beyond the adjacent coast into a sea or lake; a promontory; a headland.
  2. A sleeveless garment or part of a garment, hanging from the neck over the back, arms, and shoulders, but not reaching below the hips. See Cloak.
verbto cape
  1. To head or point; to keep a course; as, the ship capes southwest by south.
  2. To gape.
capote Tweet Definition of capote Like Definition of capote on Facebook
noun (pluralcapotes)
  1. A long coat or cloak with a hood
  2. A coat made from a blanket, worn by 19th century Canadian woodsmen.
    • 1888, Theodore Roosevelt, Frontier Types, The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, October 1888.
    • : The fourth member of our party round the camp-fire that night was a powerfully built trapper, partly French by blood,who wore a gayly colored , or blanket-coat, a greasy fur cap, and moccasins.
Capuchin Tweet Definition of Capuchin Like Definition of Capuchin on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A member of an order of Roman Catholic friars.
cardigan Tweet Definition of cardigan Like Definition of cardigan on Facebook
  1. A type of sweater or jumper that fastens up the front with buttons or a zipper, usually machine- or hand-knitted from wool. Cardigans are available for both sexes but recent fashions have resulted in them being more typically worn by women.
proper nounCardigan
  1. A town in Wales.
Cardinal Tweet Definition of Cardinal Like Definition of Cardinal on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (baseball) A player on the team "The St. Louis Cardinals".
    Smith became a as the result of a pre-season trade.
    1. A player on the team "Arizona Cardinals".
  2. A sports team or a player on a sports team at w:Stanford University, Stanford University.
  3. A student or player on a sports team at the w:University of Louisville, University of Louisville. <!-- split to Cardinals
  4. (baseball) The team "w:St. Louis Cardinals, The St. Louis Cardinals".
    1. The team "w:Arizona Cardinals, The Arizona Cardinals".
    2. A sports team at the w:University of Louisville, University of Louisville.
    The Cardinals take the field.
casing Tweet Definition of casing Like Definition of casing on Facebook
  1. That which encloses or encases.
Some people like to split the of a sausage before cooking so it doesn't split, others don't.
  1. (present participle of, case)
Castor Tweet Definition of Castor Like Definition of Castor on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth): One of the Dioscuri
  2. (star): A double star in the constellation Gemini; alpha (Î~+mn~) Geminorum.
caul Tweet Definition of caul Like Definition of caul on Facebook
  1. The thin membrane which covers the lower intestines.
  2. Part of the amniotic sac which sometimes shrouds a baby"s head at birth.
cerement Tweet Definition of cerement Like Definition of cerement on Facebook
  1. A burial shroud or garment.
  2. cerecloth, Cerecloth.
chain Tweet Definition of chain Like Definition of chain on Facebook
  1. A series of interconnected rings or links usually made of metal.
He wore a gold around the neck.
  1. A series of interconnected things.
This led to an unfortunate of events.
  1. A series of stores or businesses with the same brand name.
That of restaurants is expanding into our town.
  1. A number of atoms in a series, which combine to form a molecule.
When examined, the molecular included oxygen and hydrogen.
  1. (surveying) A series of interconnected links of known length, used as a measuring device.
  2. (surveying) A long measuring tape.
  3. A unit of length equal to 22 yards. The length of a commonly used surveying chain. The length of a cricket pitch. Equal to 17.85 metres. Equal to 4 rods.
  1. (transitive) To fasten something with a chain
  2. (intransitive) To link multiple items together
  3. (transitive) To secure someone with fetters
  4. (transitive) To obstruct the mouth of a river etc with a chain
  5. (computing) To relate data items with a chain of pointers; to be chained to another data item
  6. (transitive) To measure a distance using a 66-foot long chain, as in land surveying
chamois Tweet Definition of chamois Like Definition of chamois on Facebook
noun (chamois)
  1. A short-horned goat-antelope native to mountainous terrain in southern Europe; Rupicapra rupicapra.
  2. (italbrac, Usually as "chamois leather") Soft pliable leather originally made from the skin of chamois (nowadays the hides of deer, sheep, and other species of goat are alternatively used).
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  1. Chamois-coloured.
chapeau Tweet Definition of chapeau Like Definition of chapeau on Facebook
noun (s, pl2=chapeaux)
  1. A hat
  2. The mass of grape solids that floats on the surface during the fermentation of wine
  3. In international law, introductory text appearing in a treaty that broadly defines its principles, objectives, and background.
chaps Tweet Definition of chaps Like Definition of chaps on Facebook
  1. (plural of, chap)
= verb
  1. (third-person singular of, chap)
chesterfield Tweet Definition of chesterfield Like Definition of chesterfield on Facebook
  1. A couch, sofa, or loveseat with padded arms and back of the same height, often curved outward at the top.
  2. (Canadian English) Any couch or sofa.
chignon Tweet Definition of chignon Like Definition of chignon on Facebook
  1. roll or twist of hair worn at the nape of the neck; a bun
chinchilla Tweet Definition of chinchilla Like Definition of chinchilla on Facebook
  1. A small, nocturnal rodent of the genus Chinchilla, native to the Andes, prized for its very soft fur and also often kept as a pet.
  2. The fur of a chinchilla used for clothing.
chino Tweet Definition of chino Like Definition of chino on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Chino_cloth)
plural chinos)
  1. A coarse cotton fabric commonly used to make trousers and uniforms.
choker Tweet Definition of choker Like Definition of choker on Facebook
  1. A piece of jewelry/jewellery, worn as a necklace, tight to the throat.
  2. One who chokes (strangles) another person.
  3. One who operates the choke of an engine during ignition.
  4. (slang) Any disappointing or upsetting circumstance.
I lost £100 on the horses today &mdash; what a choker!
chopine Tweet Definition of chopine Like Definition of chopine on Facebook
  1. A bottle of wine (usually Bordeaux) containing 0.250 liters of fluid, 1/3 the volume of a standard bottle.
  2. (obsolete) A type of women's platform shoe that was popular in the 15th century, 15th and 16th century, 16th centuries.
chrome Tweet Definition of chrome Like Definition of chrome on Facebook
  1. Another name for chromium when used to plate other metals.
chuddar Tweet Definition of chuddar Like Definition of chuddar on Facebook
  1. a chador
  2. a cotton shawl worn by both men and women in India
cloche Tweet Definition of cloche Like Definition of cloche on Facebook
noun (plural:cloches)
  1. A glass covering, originally bell-shaped, for garden plants to prevent frost damage and promote early growth.
  2. A bell-shaped, close-fitting women"s hat with a deep rounded crown and narrow rim.
close-fitting Tweet Definition of close-fitting Like Definition of close-fitting on Facebook
  1. snug, tight, form fitting
    Her clothes showed off her assets.
cloth Tweet Definition of cloth Like Definition of cloth on Facebook
noun (pl=cloths, pl2=clothes)
  1. (uncountable) A woven fabric such as used in dressing, decorating, cleaning or other practical use.
  2. A piece of cloth used for a particular purpose.
  3. A form of attire that represents a particular profession.
clothing Tweet Definition of clothing Like Definition of clothing on Facebook
  1. clothes, Clothes; apparel for wearing.
  1. (present participle of, clothe)
coat Tweet Definition of coat Like Definition of coat on Facebook
  1. (countable) An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms.
  2. (countable) A covering of material, such as paint.
  3. (countable) The fur or feathers of animal.
  4. (context, uncountable, nautical) canvas painted with thick tar and secured round a mast or bowsprit to prevent water running down the sides into the hold (now made of rubber or leather)
  1. To cover with a coat of some material
One can buy coated frying pans, which are much easier to wash up than normal ones.
  1. To cover as a coat.
cockade Tweet Definition of cockade Like Definition of cockade on Facebook
  1. A rosette worn in a hat as an office or party badge.
cocked hat Tweet Definition of cocked hat Like Definition of cocked hat on Facebook
  1. A hat with the brim turned up to form two or three points; a bicorn or tricorn
  1. (nautical) The triangular space formed by the intersection of the position lines on a chart determined by plotting three bearings; the approximate position of the ship
cocktail Tweet Definition of cocktail Like Definition of cocktail on Facebook
  1. An alcoholic beverage containing multiple types of liquor
They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.
    • 1806, 13 May 1806 edition of Balance and Columbian Repository, published by Hudson, New York, (first appearance in print):
    • : Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters " it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.
      1. A mixture of other substances.
      "Scientists found a of pollutants in the river downstream of the chemical factory."
codpiece Tweet Definition of codpiece Like Definition of codpiece on Facebook
noun (plural codpieces)
  1. A part of male dress in front of the breeches, formerly made very conspicuous.
    • 1598: Borachio. Seest thou not, I say, what a deformed thief this fashion is, how giddily 'a turns about all the hot-bloods between fourteen and five-and-thirty, sometimes fashioning them like Pharaoh's soliders in the reechy painting, sometime like god Bel's priests in the old church-window, sometime like the shaven Hercules in the smirch'd worm-eaten tapestry, where his codpiece seems as massy as his club? &mdash; William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, Act III, Scene III, line 130.
  2. A conspicuous protection for the male genitals in a suit of plate armor.
  3. 1786: On some suits were screwed large iron cod-pieces; these, according to tradition, were intended to prevent the ill consequences of those violent shocks received in charging, either in battle, or at a tournament. Same say, they were meant to contain sponges for receiving the water of knights, who in the heat of an engagement might not have any more convenient method of discharging it. But most probably, they were rather constructed in conformity to a reigning fashion in the make of the breeches of those times. &mdash; Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 21.
coif Tweet Definition of coif Like Definition of coif on Facebook
  1. A hairdo
  2. A hood
  3. A chain mail head gear
verb (transitive)
  1. To style or arrange hair.
coiffure Tweet Definition of coiffure Like Definition of coiffure on Facebook
  1. hairstyle
collar Tweet Definition of collar Like Definition of collar on Facebook
  1. The part of a shirt or jacket that fits around the neck and throat.
  2. A similar detachable item
  3. Anything that encircles the neck.
  4. A band or chain around an animal's neck, used to restrain the animal and/or for identification.
Make sure your dog has a holding an identification tag.
See also a Wikipedia article on (w, horse collar).
  1. A part of harness designed to distribute the load around the shoulders of the draft animal.
  2. (context, technology) Any encircling device or structure.
A nylon kept the bolt from damaging the surface underneath.
  1. (context, in compounds) Of or pertaining to a certain category of professions; see -collar.
  1. (transitive) To place a collar on.
Collar and leash your dog.
  1. To seize or detain.
  2. To arrest.
  3. (transitive) To bind in conversation.
I managed to Fred in the office yesterday.
colorist Tweet Definition of colorist Like Definition of colorist on Facebook
  1. One who colors; an artist has a talent for coloring
combination Tweet Definition of combination Like Definition of combination on Facebook
  1. The act of combining, the state of being combined or the result of combining.
  2. A sequence of numbers or letters used to open a combination lock.
  3. (math) One or more elements selected from a set without regard to the order of selection.
  4. An association or alliance of people for some common purpose.
  5. (billiards) A combination shot; a billiard; a shot where the cue ball hits a ball that strikes another ball on the table.
Comforter Tweet Definition of Comforter Like Definition of Comforter on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The Holy Spirit
cony Tweet Definition of cony Like Definition of cony on Facebook
noun (coni, es)
  1. A rabbit, especially the European rabbit (w:Oryctolagus cuniculus, Oryctolagus cuniculus).
coonskin Tweet Definition of coonskin Like Definition of coonskin on Facebook
  1. The pelt of a raccoon
cope Tweet Definition of cope Like Definition of cope on Facebook
verb (copes, coping, coped)
  1. To deal effectively with something difficult, (often cope with)
  2. To cover (a joint or structure) with coping.
cordon Tweet Definition of cordon Like Definition of cordon on Facebook
  1. (archaic) A ribbon normally worn diagonally across the chest as a decoration or insignia of rank etc.
  2. A line of people or things placed around an area to enclose or protect it.
  3. (Cricket) The arc of fielders on the off side, behind the batsman - the slips and gully.
  4. (botany) A woody plant, such as a fruit tree, pruned and trained to grow as a single stem on a support.
verb (cordon, ed)
  1. (context, with "off") To form a around an area in order to prevent movement in or out.
cordovan Tweet Definition of cordovan Like Definition of cordovan on Facebook
  1. a leather from Córdoba originally of tanned goatskin later of horsehide.
  1. oxblood (the color)
cords Tweet Definition of cords Like Definition of cords on Facebook
  1. Plural of cord.
  2. (informal) Corduroys.
corduroy Tweet Definition of corduroy Like Definition of corduroy on Facebook
  1. A heavy fabric, usually made of cotton, with vertical ribs.
cordwain Tweet Definition of cordwain Like Definition of cordwain on Facebook
  1. a leather from Córdoba originally of tanned goatskin later of horsehide.
cornet Tweet Definition of cornet Like Definition of cornet on Facebook
  1. A musical instrument of the brass family, slightly smaller than a trumpet, usually in the musical key of B-flat.
  2. Something shaped like a cone, notably
    • a piece of paper twisted to be used in a container
    • a pastry shell to be filled with ice-cream, hence (UK) an ice cream cone.
    • the headgear of certain religious sisters
corsage Tweet Definition of corsage Like Definition of corsage on Facebook
  1. A small bouquet of flowers, usually given to a woman for her to either carry or attach to her dress.
corselet Tweet Definition of corselet Like Definition of corselet on Facebook
noun (plural:corselets)
  1. Armor for the body, as, the body breastplate and backpiece taken together.
  2. Also used for the entire suit of the day, including breastplate and backpiece, tasset and headpiece.
  • 1786: Strictly speaking, the word corcelet meant only that part which covered the body, but was generally used to express the whole suit, under the terms of a corselet furnished, or complete. &mdash; Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 21.
    1. (Zoí¶logy) The thorax of an insect.
corset Tweet Definition of corset Like Definition of corset on Facebook
  1. A woman's foundation garment, reinforced with stays, that supports the waistline, hips and bust.
  1. (transitive) To enclose in a corset; to wear a corset.
Mabel dreaded the upcoming ball and the preliminary corseting it would entail.
  1. (figurative) To restrict or confine.
"I will not remain corseted by your notions of what is and is not proper!" she exclaimed.
cosmetic Tweet Definition of cosmetic Like Definition of cosmetic on Facebook
  1. An substance applied to enhance the external color or texture of the skin, e.g. lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner; makeup.
  2. A feature existing only on the surface.
  1. external, External or superficial; pertaining only to the surface or appearence of something.
    Fortunately, the damage to the house was mostly and a bit of paint covered it nicely.
cosmetician Tweet Definition of cosmetician Like Definition of cosmetician on Facebook
  1. a person who manufactures or sells cosmetics
  2. a person skilled at applying cosmetics
cosmetology Tweet Definition of cosmetology Like Definition of cosmetology on Facebook
  1. the science of cosmetics
  2. the profession of a cosmetologist or beautician
costume Tweet Definition of costume Like Definition of costume on Facebook
  1. A style of dress, including garments, accessories, and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period, or people.
The dancer was wearing Highland .
  1. An outfit or a disguise worn as fancy dress etc.
She wore a gorilla to the party.
  1. A set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season.
The bride wore a grey going-away .
verb (costumes, costuming, costumed, costumed)
  1. To dress or adorn with a costume or appropriate garb.
couch Tweet Definition of couch Like Definition of couch on Facebook
  1. An item of furniture for the comfortable seating of more than one person.
verb (couch, es)
  1. To lie down; to recline (upon a couch).
  2. To phrase in a particular style, to use specific wording.
He couched it as a request, but it was an order.
counter Tweet Definition of counter Like Definition of counter on Facebook
  1. An object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc.
He rolled a six on the dice, so moved his forward six spaces.
  1. (curling) Any stone lying closer to the center than any of the opponent's stones.
  2. A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a shop tabletop on which goods are examined, weighed or measured.
He put his money on the , and the shopkeeper put it in the till.
  1. One who counts, or reckons up; a reckoner.
He's only 16 months, but is already a good - he can count to 100.
  1. A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
  2. (historical) The prison attached to a city court; a Counter.
  3. (context, grammar) a class of word used along with numbers to count objects and events, typically mass nouns. Although rare and optional in English (e.g. "20 head of cattle"), they are numerous and required in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  4. In a kitchen, a surface, often built into the wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place.
  1. To contradict, oppose.
  2. (context, boxing) To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.
    • "His left hand countered provokingly." -C. Kingsley.
      1. To take action in response to; to respond.
  1. contrary, Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic.