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imbricate Tweet Definition of imbricate Like Definition of imbricate on Facebook
verb (imbricat, ing) (transitive and intransitive)
  1. to overlap in a regular pattern
adjective
  1. having regular overlapping edges; intertwined
insulate Tweet Definition of insulate Like Definition of insulate on Facebook
verb (insulates, insulating, insulated, insulated)
  1. To separate, detach, or isolate.
  2. To separate a body or material from others, eg. by non-conductors to prevent the transfer of electricity, heat, etc.
Ceramic can be used to power lines.
insulation Tweet Definition of insulation Like Definition of insulation on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of insulating, or the state of being insulated; detachment from other objects; isolation.
  2. (engineering)The act of separating a body from others by nonconductors, so as to prevent the transfer of electricity, heat, sound; also, the state of a body so separated.
  3. (electrical) a medium in which it is possible to maintain an electrical field with little supply of energy from additional sources; then energy required to produce the electric field is fully recoverable only in a complete vacuum the ideal dielectric when the field or applied voltage is removed; used to a) save space, b) enhance safety, c) improve appearance.
iron Tweet Definition of iron Like Definition of iron on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, uncountable) A metallic chemical element having atomic number 26, and symbol Fe.
  2. (context, countable) A tool or appliance made of metal, which is heated and then used to transfer heat to something else; most often a thick piece of metal fitted with a handle and having a flat, roughly triangular bottom, which is heated and used to press wrinkles from clothing, and now usually containing an electrical heating apparatus.
  3. (context, usually plural, irons) Shackles.
  4. (slang) A handgun.
  5. (context, uncountable) A dark shade of the colour/color silver.
  6. (context, Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from iron hoof, rhyming with poof; countable, offensive, ) A male homosexual.
verb
  1. (transitive) To pass an iron over (clothing or some other item made of cloth) in order to remove creases.
adjective (more iron, most iron)
  1. {not comparable} Made of the metal iron.
  2. (context, figuratively) Strong (as of will), inflexible.
She had an iron will.
He held on with an iron grip.

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