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hack Tweet Definition of hack Like Definition of hack on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A mattock or a miner's pick.
  2. A dry cough.
  3. (slang) A taxicab (hackney carriage) driver.
  4. (obsolete) An ordinary horse, especially an old, tired one.
  5. A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for the use in hackeysack.
  6. (pejorative) One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.)
  7. (pejorative) A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.
  8. (pejorative) An untalented writer.
Dason is nothing but a two-bit .
  1. (slang) A person incapable of completing a simple task. This person could be also referred to as someone who "sucks at life" (slightly derogatory)
  2. (computing) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
  3. (context, computing, slang) An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network. (Actually called a "crack" in computer parlance).
  4. (computing) A small code change meant to patch a problem as quickly as possible.
  5. (computing) An expedient, temporary solution, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.
  6. (slang) Time check (military usage).
  7. (curling) The foothold device from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.
  8. (rfv-sense) (slang) A prison guard.
  9. (politics) A political agitator. (slightly derogatory) <!-- This expression was used a lot in student politics in the 1980s. I'm not sure if it is still used much. publunch
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verb
  1. To cough noisily.
This cold is awful. I can't stop hacking.
  1. To chop or cut down in a rough manner.
They hacked the brush down and made their way through the jungle.
  1. To withstand or put up with a difficult situation.
Can you it out here with no electricity or running water?
  1. To play hackeysack.
  2. To accomplish a difficult programming task.
He can like no one else and make the program work as expected.
  1. To work with on an intimately technical level.
I'm currently hacking distributed garbage collection.
  1. To make a quick code change to patch a computer program.
I hacked in a fix for this bug, but we'll still have to do a real fix later..
  1. (sport) To be effective at a certain position or role within a sports game without being particularly graceful or with class.
Their Defender is such a 'hack', but he gets the job done
  1. (slang) To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to a computer system (e.g. website) or network by manipulating code; a "crack" in computer parlance.
adjective
  1. (literary) Having or requiring little talent.
He's nothing but the typical writer.
I got by on work for years before I finally published my novel.
hacksaw Tweet Definition of hacksaw Like Definition of hacksaw on Facebook
noun
  1. A saw, with a blade that is put under tension, for cutting metal
hammer Tweet Definition of hammer Like Definition of hammer on Facebook
noun
  1. A tool with a heavy head and a handle used for pounding.
  2. A moving part of a firearm that strikes the firing pin to discharge a gun.
  3. (anatomy) The malleus.
  4. (music) In a piano or dulcimer, a piece of wood covered in felt that strikes the string.
  5. (sports) A device made of a heavy steel ball attached to a length of wire, and used for throwing.
  6. (curling) The last rock in an end.
  7. (context, Ultimate Frisbee) A frisbee throwing style in which the disc is held upside-down with a forehand grip and thrown above the head.
verb
  1. To strike repeatedly with a hammer, some other implement, the fist, etc.
  2. (figuratively) To emphasize a point repeatedly.
  3. (sports) To hit particularly hard.
  4. To strike internally, as if hit by a hammer.
I could hear the engine"s valves hammering once the timing rod was thrown.
handsaw Tweet Definition of handsaw Like Definition of handsaw on Facebook
noun
  1. A saw small enough to be used by one hand.
handspike Tweet Definition of handspike Like Definition of handspike on Facebook
noun
  1. A bar or lever, generally of wood, used in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in modified forms, for various purposes.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : Then he rapped on the door with a bit of stick like a that he carried...
handwheel Tweet Definition of handwheel Like Definition of handwheel on Facebook
noun
  1. (Machanics): Any wheel worked by hand; especially, one the rim of which serves as the handle by which a valve, car brake, or other part is adjusted.
hang Tweet Definition of hang Like Definition of hang on Facebook
noun
  1. The way in which something hangs
This skirt has a nice hang
  1. (computing) An instance of ceasing to respond to input devices
We sometimes get system hangs
verb (hangs, hanging, hung or hanged (see Usage notes), hung or hanged (see Usage notes))
  1. (intransitive) To be or remain suspended
The lights hung from the ceiling.
  1. (intransitive) To float, as if suspended.
The smoke hung in the room.
  1. (intransitive) To be executed by suspension by one's neck from a gallows, a tree, or other raised bar, attached by a rope tied into a noose
You will hang for this, my friend.
  1. (intransitive) (informal) To loiter, hang around, to spend time idly.
Are you busy, or can you hang with me?
I didn't see anything, officer. I was just hanging.
  1. (intransitive) (chess) to be vulnerable to capture.
In this standard opening position White has to be careful because the pawn on e4 hangs.
  1. (intransitive) (computing) to stop responding to manual input devices such as keyboard or mouse
The computer has hung again. Not even pressing <nowiki><Ctrl~ezentity_gt+ezentity_lt~Alt~ezentity_gt+ezentity_lt~Del></nowiki> works.
When I push this button the program hangs.
  1. (transitive) to cause (something) to be suspended
Hang those lights from the ceiling.
  1. (transitive) to place on a hook
  2. (transitive) to exhibit (a painting)
  3. (transitive) to apply (wallpaper to a wall)
  4. (transitive) to decorate (something) with hanging objects
  5. (transitive) (computing) to cause (a program or computer) to stop responding
The program has a bug that can hang the system.
  1. (transitive) to execute (someone) by suspension from the neck
The culprits were hanged from the nearest tree.
  1. (transitive) (chess) to cause (a piece) to become vulnerable to capture
If you move there, you'll hang your queen rook.
  1. (transitive) To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect
He hung his head in shame.
  1. (intransitive) To "hang up" means to disconnect a telephone call.
  2. "Hang up my X" can mean "stop doing Y", where X is a characteristic kit item used in the sport or work occupation Y, e.g. "It's time I hung up my fins" may mean "Due to advancing old age I should stop scuba diving".
hangar Tweet Definition of hangar Like Definition of hangar on Facebook
noun
  1. A large garage like structure where aircraft are kept.
The plane taxied on over to the for repairs.
Hardy Tweet Definition of Hardy Like Definition of Hardy on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Common English surname.
  2. English novelist and poet, w:Thomas Hardy, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).
hasp Tweet Definition of hasp Like Definition of hasp on Facebook
noun
  1. A clasp, especially a metal strap fastened by a padlock or a pin; also, a hook for fastening a door.
hatch Tweet Definition of hatch Like Definition of hatch on Facebook
noun
  1. a horizontal door in a floor or ceiling.
  2. a trapdoor.
  3. an opening in a wall at window height for the purpose of serving food or other items.
The cook passed the dishes through the serving .
  1. a small door in large mechanical structures and vehicles such as aircraft and spacecraft often provided for access for maintenance.
  2. a narrow passageway between the decks of a ship or submarine.
  3. (Often as Mayfly hatch) the phenomenon, lasting 1-2 days, of large clouds of mayfly, mayflies appearing in one location (to mate, having reached maturity)
  4. (poultry)a group of birds that emerged from eggs at a specified time.
These pullets are from an April .
verb (hatch, es)
  1. (intransitive) (of young animals) to emerge from an egg.
  2. (intransitive) (of eggs) to break open when a young animal emerges from it.
  3. (transitive) to incubate eggs; cause to hatch.
  4. (transitive) to devise. (hatch a plan)
  5. (transitive) to shade an area of a drawing or diagram with fine parallel lines, particularly with lines which cross each other: cross-hatch.
hatchet Tweet Definition of hatchet Like Definition of hatchet on Facebook
noun
  1. A small light axe with a short handle; a tomahawk.
hawk Tweet Definition of hawk Like Definition of hawk on Facebook
noun
  1. A diurnal predatory bird of the family Accipitridae.
It is illegal to hunt hawks or other raptors in many parts of the world.
  1. (politics) An advocate of aggressive political positions.
The hawks controlled the senate, so the Minister of War had few problems with his budget.
verb
  1. (transitive) To hunt with a hawk.
headroom Tweet Definition of headroom Like Definition of headroom on Facebook
noun
  1. the vertical clearance above someone's head, as in a tunnel, doorway etc
  1. (electronics) the ability of a system to reproduce loud sounds free of distortion; dynamic headroom
headway Tweet Definition of headway Like Definition of headway on Facebook
noun (headways, -)
  1. (nautical) forward motion, or its rate
  2. (countable) (transportation) interval of time or distance between two vehicles (e.g. buses) moving in the same direction, especially along the same pre-determined route
  3. (slang) progress toward a goal
  4. (countable) the clearance beneath an arch, ceiling or bridge; headroom
hearth Tweet Definition of hearth Like Definition of hearth on Facebook
noun
  1. A brick, stone or cement floor to a fireplace or oven
  2. An open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire may be built
  3. The lowest part of a metallurgical furnace
  4. A symbol for home or family life
  5. (context, paganism) A household or group following the modern pagan faith of Heathenry.
heel Tweet Definition of heel Like Definition of heel on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Heel, Heel (part of the foot))
  1. (anatomy) Part of the foot on the backside where it becomes the leg.
  2. The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
  3. On a long firearm, the back upper part of the stock.
  4. The last or lowest part of anything; as, the heel of a mast or the heel of a vessel.
  5. A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
  6. A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
  7. (nautical) The tilt of a ship to one side; also, the degree of such a tilt.
verb
  1. To follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely.
helve Tweet Definition of helve Like Definition of helve on Facebook
noun
  1. The handle or haft of a tool or weapon.
    • 1974, Guy Davenport, Tatlin!:
    • :The eyelet in the rose pilleum of his glans welled a clear bead that silled under the corona, wound the veinclomb , and ran a snailtrack down the thrum and ridge of the underduct.
Hickey Tweet Definition of Hickey Like Definition of Hickey on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An Irish family name.
hinge Tweet Definition of hinge Like Definition of hinge on Facebook
noun
  1. A jointed or flexible device that allows the pivoting of a door etc.
  2. A folded and gummed paper rectangle for affixing postage stamps in an album.
  3. A point in time, on which subsequent events depend.
verb (hing, es)
  1. (transitive) To attach by, or equip with a hinge.
  2. (intransitive) To depend on something.
hoarding Tweet Definition of hoarding Like Definition of hoarding on Facebook
noun
  1. a temporary fence-like structure built around building work to add security and prevent accidents to the public
  2. a roofed wooden shield placed over the battlements of a castle and projecting from them
  3. (context, mostly, UK) a billboard
  4. action of the verb to hoard
hod Tweet Definition of hod Like Definition of hod on Facebook
noun
  1. A three-sided box for carrying bricks or other construction materials, often mortar. It bears a long handle and is carried over the shoulder.
holiday Tweet Definition of holiday Like Definition of holiday on Facebook
noun
  1. A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
  2. A day declared free from work by the government.
  3. A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.
  4. A period taken off work or study for travel.
  5. An unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.<ref>Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/holiday (accessed: June 26, 2007).</ref>
verb
  1. To take a period of time away from work or study.
  2. To spend a period of time for travel.
(trans-top, to take a period of time away from work or study)
  • Finnish: lomailla
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, to spend a period of time for travel)
  • Finnish: matkustella
    (trans-bottom)
hone Tweet Definition of hone Like Definition of hone on Facebook
noun
  1. An extra-fine-grit sharpening stone, esp one used for razors.
verb (hones, honing, honed)
  1. To sharpen on, or with, a stone of fine grit.
  2. To refine or master (a skill)
hoop Tweet Definition of hoop Like Definition of hoop on Facebook
noun
  1. A circular band of metal used to bind a barrel.
  2. (italbrac, plural) The game of basketball.
  3. A hoop earring.
hopper Tweet Definition of hopper Like Definition of hopper on Facebook
noun
  1. a temporary storage bin, filled from the top and emptied from the bottom, often funnel-shaped.
  2. one who hops
  3. (context, localism, or, slang) a toilet's water tank/toilet seat (rfv-sense)
    • She got off the just as the phone rang.
      1. an artificial fishing lure
    • To catch a big fish, use a that jumps across the pond surface.
horn Tweet Definition of horn Like Definition of horn on Facebook
noun (horns, -)
  1. (countable) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals.
  2. (uncountable) The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects.
an umbrella with a handle made of
  1. (countable) Any of several musical wind instruments.
  2. (countable) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
hunting
  1. (countable) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
  2. (countable) A conical device used to direct waves.
antenna
loudspeaker
  1. (context, informal, countable) Generally, any brass wind instrument.
  2. (context, slang, countable, from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes) A telephone.
  3. (context, uncountable, coarse, slang, definite article) An erection of the penis.
  4. (context, countable, coarse, slang, definite article) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "to navigate around the horn."
horse Tweet Definition of horse Like Definition of horse on Facebook
noun
  1. A large hoofed animal (scientific name Equus caballus).
A cowboy's greatest friend is his .
  1. (context, zoology) Any current or extinct animal of the family Equidae, including the zebra or the ass.
These bone features, distinctive in the zebra, are actually present in all horses.
  1. (uncountable) cavalry, Cavalry soldiers.
We should place two units of and one of foot on this side of the field.
  1. In gymnastics, a piece of equipment with a body on two or four legs, approximately four feet high with two handles on top.
She's scored very highly with the parallel bars, let's see how she does with the .
  1. (context, chess, rare) A knight.
Now just remind me how the moves again?
  1. (slang) heroin, Heroin.
Alright, mate, got any ?
  1. (context, slang, pejorative) A Tongan.
housing Tweet Definition of housing Like Definition of housing on Facebook
noun (housings, -)
  1. (uncountable) The activity of enclosing something or providing a residence for someone.
  2. (uncountable) residences, Residences, collectively.
She lives in low-income .
  1. (countable) A mechanical component's container or covering.
The gears were grinding against their .
verb
  1. (present participle of, house)
We are the Wik
  • servers in Florida.
humidifier Tweet Definition of humidifier Like Definition of humidifier on Facebook
noun
  1. A machine that is used to increase the humidity of the air.
humidistat Tweet Definition of humidistat Like Definition of humidistat on Facebook
noun
  1. a device that measures, or controls, the relative humidity of a gas
hydronic Tweet Definition of hydronic Like Definition of hydronic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Refers to heating systems which involve circulating hot water.

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