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saline Tweet Definition of saline Like Definition of saline on Facebook
noun
  1. water, Water containing dissolved salt.
adjective
  1. (notcomparable) contain, Containing salt.
salt marsh Tweet Definition of salt marsh Like Definition of salt marsh on Facebook
noun
  1. A marsh of saline water, found in the intertidal zone between land and sea, characterized by halophytic plants such as grasses and sedges adapted to periodic flooding with salt water.
saprobe Tweet Definition of saprobe Like Definition of saprobe on Facebook
noun
  1. An organism that lives off of dead or decaying organic material.
saprophagous Tweet Definition of saprophagous Like Definition of saprophagous on Facebook
adjective
  1. Feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
scavenger Tweet Definition of scavenger Like Definition of scavenger on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A street sweeper.
    1. Someone who scavenges, especially one who searches through rubbish for food or useful things.
    2. An animal that feeds on decaying matter such as carrion.
  2. (chemistry) A substance used to remove impurities from the air or from a solution.
seashore Tweet Definition of seashore Like Definition of seashore on Facebook
noun
  1. the coastal land bordering a sea or ocean, especially the land between low water and high water
slash Tweet Definition of slash Like Definition of slash on Facebook
noun (slash, es)
  1. The symbol, /
  2. A swift and sharp cut with a sword
  3. (slang) A pee, a trip to the toilet to urinate
Excuse me, I need to take a slash
  1. A work of fiction (frequently fanfiction) based on celebrities or fictional characters involved in a romantic and/or sexual manner. The characters are most commonly of the same gender. The name comes from the use of the slash symbol (/) to separate the names or initials of the characters or persons involved.
Jim/Bob or J/B
  1. (vulgar, slang) The female genitalia
verb (slash, es)
  1. To cut across something with a knife, sword etc.
society Tweet Definition of society Like Definition of society on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) A long-standing group of people sharing cultural aspects such as language, dress, norms of behavior and artistic forms.
This society has been known for centuries for its colorful clothing and tight-knit family structure.
  1. (countable) A group of people who meet from time to time to engage in a common interest.
It was then that they decided to found a society of didgeridoo-playing unicyclists.
  1. (countable) The sum total of all voluntary interrelations between individuals.
  2. (uncountable) The people of one"s country or community taken as a whole.
It"s not for society to decide whether I can play the didgeridoo in my own home.
He thinks that the fact that this child grew up to be a murderer is the fault of society.
  1. (uncountable) high society.
Smith was first introduced into society at the Duchess of Grand Fenwick's annual rose garden party.
  1. (legalese) A number of people joined by mutual consent to deliberate, determine and act a common goal.
soft Tweet Definition of soft Like Definition of soft on Facebook
adjective ((compar): softer, (superl): softest)
  1. Giving way under pressure.
My head sank easily into the soft pillow.
  1. (context, of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible.
Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.
  1. Gentle.
There was a soft breeze blowing.
  1. (context, of a sound) Quiet.
I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.''
  1. (linguistics) voiced, sonant
DH represents the voiced (soft) th of English these clothes. " w:The Lords of the Rings, The Lord of the Rings, w:J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
  1. (linguistics) (rare) voiceless
  2. (linguistics) palatalized
  3. Lacking strength or resolve.
When it comes to drinking, Wessel is as soft as they come.
  1. (context, of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.
You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.
  1. (Northern British, colloquial) Foolish.
soil conservation Tweet Definition of soil conservation Like Definition of soil conservation on Facebook
noun
  1. Protection of the soil against sediment loss by erosion or fertility loss due to degradation.
  2. A combination of all soil management and land use methods that protect against degradation.
  3. The sub-discipline of soil science that deals with soil conservation (1) and (2).
spread Tweet Definition of spread Like Definition of spread on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of spreading or something that has been spread.
  2. An expanse of land.
  3. A piece of material used as a cover (such as a bedspread).
  4. A large meal, especially one laid out on a table.
  5. Any form of food designed to be spread onto a slice of bread etc.
  6. An item in a newspaper or magazine that occupies more than one column or page.
  7. A numerical difference.
verb (spreads, spreading, spread)
  1. (transitive) To put one"s legs apart.
  2. (transitive) To divide something in a homogeneous way.
  3. (transitive) To scatter.
  4. (transitive) To put butter or jam onto bread.
  5. (transitive) To expand.
Missionaries spread their religion's teachings.
  1. (intransitive) To expand.
The disease had spread into remote villages.
station Tweet Definition of station Like Definition of station on Facebook
noun
  1. A place where a vehicle (especially a train) may stop.
The next is Esperanza.
  1. A place where one stands or stays in order to perform a task.
From my at the front door, I greeted every visitor.
  1. Area of a restaurant allocated to one waiter or waitress.
  2. A military base.
She had a boyfriend at the .
  1. A place used for broadcasting radio or television.
I used to work at a radio .
  1. A broadcasting entity.
I used to listen to that radio .
  1. (Australia & NZ) A very large sheep or cattle farm
There was movement at the , for the word had passed around, that the colt from old Regret had got away (A. B. Patterson, poet)
verb (transitive)
  1. To put in place to perform a task.
The host stationed me at the front door to greet visitors.
  1. To put in place to perform military duty.
They stationed me overseas just as fighting broke out.
stratum Tweet Definition of stratum Like Definition of stratum on Facebook
noun (strat, a)
  1. One of several parallel horizontal layers of material arranged one on top of another
  2. (geology) A layer of sedimentary rock having approximately the same composition throughout
  3. Any of the regions of the atmosphere, such as the stratosphere, that occur as layers
  4. (biology) A layer of tissue
  5. A class of society composed of people with similar social, cultural, or economic status
succession Tweet Definition of succession Like Definition of succession on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of following in sequence
  2. A sequence of things arranged in order
  3. The passing of royal powers
swamp Tweet Definition of swamp Like Definition of swamp on Facebook
noun
  1. A type of wetland that stretches for vast distances, and is home to many creatures who have adapted specifically to that environment.
verb
  1. To overwhelm; to make too busy or overrun capacity.
I have been swamped with paperwork ever since they started using the new system.
  1. To clear
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  • Mr. Spitzer"s defeat of his Democratic opponent ... ended a primary season in which Hillary Rodham Clinton swamped an antiwar challenger for renomination to the Senate.
swampland Tweet Definition of swampland Like Definition of swampland on Facebook
noun
  1. Low-lying land that is regularly flooded; especially such land that is drier than a bog or a marsh
  1. (physics) The set of all possible string theories
swampy Tweet Definition of swampy Like Definition of swampy on Facebook
adjective
  1. Describing land that is wet like a swamp.
symbiont Tweet Definition of symbiont Like Definition of symbiont on Facebook
noun
  1. (biology) an organism that lives in a symbiotic relationship; a symbiote
synecology Tweet Definition of synecology Like Definition of synecology on Facebook
noun
  1. (ecology) One of two broad subdivisions of ecology (the other being autecology), meaning the study of groups of organisms associated as a unit (essentially a biological community).

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