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abiotic Tweet Definition of abiotic Like Definition of abiotic on Facebook
adjective
  1. nonliving, Nonliving.
  2. Of inorganic matter.
acidophilic Tweet Definition of acidophilic Like Definition of acidophilic on Facebook
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or being an acidophile
aerial Tweet Definition of aerial Like Definition of aerial on Facebook
noun
  1. A device for receiving or transmitting radio, television signals etc.
adjective
  1. of, or in, the air
aerobic Tweet Definition of aerobic Like Definition of aerobic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Living or occurring only in the presence of oxygen e.g. aerobic bacteria
  2. Involving or improving oxygen consumption by the body e.g. aerobic exercise
  3. Of, or relating to aerobics
affect Tweet Definition of affect Like Definition of affect on Facebook
noun
  1. (psychology) Emotion.
  2. (colloquial, psychology) A strong emotional experience. See
    1. Usage notes, usage notes below.
    2. (psychology) external, External display of emotion or mood.
    He seemed completely devoid of .
verb
  1. (transitive) To influence or alter.
The experience affected me deeply.
The heat of the sunlight affected the speed of the chemical reaction.
  1. (transitive) To move to emotion.
He was deeply affected by the themes in the play.
  1. (transitive) To make a false display of.
He managed to a smile despite feeling quite miserable.
  1. (transitive) Of an illness or condition, to infect or harm (a part of the body).
Hepatitis affects the liver.
aggregation Tweet Definition of aggregation Like Definition of aggregation on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of aggregating, or the state of being aggregated
  2. collection into a mass or sum
  3. a collection of particulars
  4. an aggregate
  5. (networking) summarizing multiple routes into one route
  6. {Veterinary Epidemiology} the majority of the parasite population concentrated into a minority of the host population
allowable Tweet Definition of allowable Like Definition of allowable on Facebook
adjective
  1. Appropriate; satisfactory; acceptable.
  2. Intellectually admissible; valid; probable.
  3. Able to be added or deducted in consideration of something.
  4. Permissible; tolerable; legitimate.
  5. (obsolete) Praiseworthy.
anaerobic Tweet Definition of anaerobic Like Definition of anaerobic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Without oxygen; especially of an environment or organism.
  2. Of, or relating to an anaerobe
aquatic Tweet Definition of aquatic Like Definition of aquatic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Relating to water; living in or near water, taking place in water.
arenicolous Tweet Definition of arenicolous Like Definition of arenicolous on Facebook
adjective
  1. (biology) living or burrowing in sand
association Tweet Definition of association Like Definition of association on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of associating.
  2. The state of being associated.
  3. A group of persons associated for a common purpose; an organization; society.
  4. A connection to or an affiliation with something.
autecology Tweet Definition of autecology Like Definition of autecology on Facebook
noun
  1. one of two broad subdivisions of ecology, which studies the individual organism or species.
    • 1959 CE: Odum,
      In regard to subdivisions, ecology is commonly divided into and synecology.''
autochthon Tweet Definition of autochthon Like Definition of autochthon on Facebook
noun (pl2=autochthones)
  1. The earliest inhabitant of an area, an aboriginal.
  2. (geology) An autochthonous rock formation.

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