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sage green Tweet Definition of sage green Like Definition of sage green on Facebook
  1. (colour) a greyish green colour, like that of sage.
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  1. (colour) of a greyish green colour, like that of sage.
salon Tweet Definition of salon Like Definition of salon on Facebook
  1. a large room, especially one used to receive and entertain guests
  2. a gathering of people for a social or intellectual meeting
  3. an art gallery
  4. a beauty salon or similar establishment
scrimshaw Tweet Definition of scrimshaw Like Definition of scrimshaw on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The manufacture of handcrafts by sailors on long voyages, especially as whittled from wood or bone.
  2. (countable) An item produced by scrimshaw.
  1. To make an item of scrimshaw.
scroll Tweet Definition of scroll Like Definition of scroll on Facebook
  1. A roll of paper or parchment; a writing formed into a roll; a schedule; a list.
  2. (architecture) An ornament formed of undulations giving off spirals or sprays, usually suggestive of plant form. Roman architectural ornament is largely of some scroll pattern.
  3. A mark or flourish added to a person's signature, intended to represent a seal, and in some States allowed as a substitute for a seal. U.S. Burrill.
  4. (geometry) a skew surface.
  1. (context, Computing): to change one's view of data on a computer's display using a scroll bar or a scroll wheel.
sculptor Tweet Definition of sculptor Like Definition of sculptor on Facebook
  1. A person who sculpts. An artist who produces sculpture.
sculpture Tweet Definition of sculpture Like Definition of sculpture on Facebook
  1. The art of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief
  2. A work of art created by sculpting; such works as a group
verb (sculptur, ing)
  1. To fashion something into a three-dimensional figure.
  2. To represent something in sculpture.
  3. To change the shape of a land feature by erosion etc.
scumble Tweet Definition of scumble Like Definition of scumble on Facebook
verb (scumbl, ing)
  1. to apply an opaque glaze to an area of a painting to make it softer or duller
  • 2000: The moon was brilliant, the path a track of scumbled footprints in the snow, the air cutting and cold. " Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
secession Tweet Definition of secession Like Definition of secession on Facebook
  1. The act of secede, seceding.
sepia Tweet Definition of sepia Like Definition of sepia on Facebook
  1. (archaic) The cuttlefish.
  2. A dark brown pigment made from the secretions of the cuttlefish.
  3. (colour) A dark, slightly reddish, brown color, colour.
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    1. A sepia-coloured drawing or photograph.
  1. (colour) Of a dark reddish-brown colour.
sfumato Tweet Definition of sfumato Like Definition of sfumato on Facebook
  1. In painting, the application of subtle layers of translucent paint so that there is no visible transition between colors, tones and often objects.
verb (it-pp, sfumat)
  1. past participle of sfumare
adjective (it-adj, sfumat)
  1. shaded
  2. hazy
  3. disappeared
sgraffito Tweet Definition of sgraffito Like Definition of sgraffito on Facebook
  1. A technique in ceramics, art and wall design, where the top layer of pigment or slip is scratched through to reveal an underlying layer.
shade Tweet Definition of shade Like Definition of shade on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) darkness, Darkness where light, particularly sunlight, is blocked.
The old oak tree gave shade in the heat of the day.
  1. (countable) Something that blocks light, particularly in a window.
Close the shade, please, it's too bright in here.
  1. (countable) A variety of a colour/color, in particular one obtained by adding black (compare tint).
I've painted my room in five lovely shades of pink and chartreuse.
  1. (figurative) A subtle variation in a concept.
shades of meaning
  1. (archaic) A ghost.
Too long have I been haunted by that shade.
  1. (archaic) A creature that is partially human and partially angel.
He was attacked by a Shade.
  1. (countable) A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry.
verb (shad, ing)
  1. (transitive) To shield from light.
The old oak tree shaded the lawn in the heat of the day.
  1. (transitive) To alter slightly.
You'll need to shade your shot slightly to the left.
Most politicians will shade the truth if it helps them.
  1. (intransitive) To vary slightly, particularly in color.
The hillside was bright green, shading towards gold in the drier areas.
  1. (intransitive) (baseball) When a defensive player moves slightly from his normal fielding position.
Jones will a little to the right on this pitch count.
shocking pink Tweet Definition of shocking pink Like Definition of shocking pink on Facebook
  1. (colour) a very bright pink colour.
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  1. (colour) of a very bright pink colour.
sketch Tweet Definition of sketch Like Definition of sketch on Facebook
  1. A quick drawing, often spontaneously produced.
  2. A short dramatic production.
  3. (slang used in Ireland) keeping sketch is to keep a lookout
verb (sketch, es)
  1. (defn, English)
  2. To create a sketch.
sketchbook Tweet Definition of sketchbook Like Definition of sketchbook on Facebook
  1. a book or pad with blank pages for sketching; a sketch pad
  2. a book of printed sketches
skiagram Tweet Definition of skiagram Like Definition of skiagram on Facebook
  1. A picture or image created from shadows, especially with X-rays.
slate blue Tweet Definition of slate blue Like Definition of slate blue on Facebook
  1. (colour) a dark, bluish-grey colour.
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adjective (pos=slate blue, -)
  1. (colour) of a dark, bluish-grey colour.
snowshoe Tweet Definition of snowshoe Like Definition of snowshoe on Facebook
  1. A flat item of footwear worn to facilitate walking in deep snow.
verb (snowshoes, snowshoeing, snowshoed)
  1. (intransitive) To travel using snowshoes.
spot Tweet Definition of spot Like Definition of spot on Facebook
  1. A stain or disfigure, disfiguring mark.
I have tried everything, and I can"t get this out.
  1. A pimple or pustule.
That morning, I saw that a had come up on my chin.
  1. A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.
The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.
  1. A small amount or quantity.
Would you like to come round on Sunday for a of lunch?
  1. A particular location or area.
I like to eat lunch in a pleasant outside.
  1. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
  2. A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
Did you see the on the news about the shoelace factory?
verb (spot, t, ing)
  1. (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate or identify.
Try to the differences between these two entries.
  1. (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
I"ll you ten dollars for lunch.
  1. To stain; to leave a spot.
Hard water will if it is left on a surface.
  1. (rfv-sense) To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
  1. (context, gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.
I can"t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
  1. (dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
Most figure skaters do not their turns like dancers do.
stabile Tweet Definition of stabile Like Definition of stabile on Facebook
  1. Abstract sculpture or structure of wire, sheet metal, etc.
statuary Tweet Definition of statuary Like Definition of statuary on Facebook
noun (statuar, ies, -)
  1. (uncountable) The craft of making statues.
  2. (countable) A person who makes statues.
  3. statue, Statues considered collectively.
statue Tweet Definition of statue Like Definition of statue on Facebook
  1. A three-dimensional work of art, usually of a person or animal, usually created by sculpting, carving, molding, or casting.
still life Tweet Definition of still life Like Definition of still life on Facebook
noun (plural: still lifes)
  1. a work of art depicting an arrangement of inanimate objects
stretcher Tweet Definition of stretcher Like Definition of stretcher on Facebook
  1. A simple litter designed to carry a sick, injured, or dead person.
  2. A frame on which a canvas is stretched for painting.
  3. A device to stretch shoes or gloves.
  4. A brick laid with the longest side exposed (compare header).
strike Tweet Definition of strike Like Definition of strike on Facebook
  1. (baseball) a status resulting from a batter swinging and missing a pitch, or having a pitch pass over home plate at a height between a batter's shoulders and knees, or hitting a ball into foul territory without being caught
  2. (bowling) the act of knocking down all ten pins in on the first roll of a frame
  3. a work stoppage
  4. a blow or application of physical force against something
  5. (finance) In an option contract, the price at which the holder buys or sells if they choose to exercise the option.
  6. An old English measure of corn equal to the bushel.
  • 1882: The sum is also used for the quarter, and the for the bushel. &mdash; James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 207.
    1. (cricket) the status of being the batsman that the bowler is bowling at
verb (strikes, striking, struck, struck or stricken)
  1. To delete or cross out; to scratch or eliminate.
Please the last sentence.
  1. To hit.
Strike the door sharply with your foot and see if it comes loose.
  1. To stop working to achieve better working conditions.
The workers struck for a week before the new contract went through.
  1. (obsolete) To surrender (strike one's colors)
  2. To impress, seem or appear.
Golf has always struck me as a waste of time.
  1. To manufacture, as by stamping.
''We will a medal in your honour
  1. (nautical) To haul down, or lower a mast, a flag or cargo etc
  2. (nautical) To capitulate: to signal a surrender by hauling down the colours.
strip Tweet Definition of strip Like Definition of strip on Facebook
  1. a long, thin piece of a bigger item
    • You use strips of paper in papier mache.
      1. a series of drawings, a comic
      2. a landing strip
      3. a street with multiple shopping or entertainment possibilities
      4. (fencing) The fencing area, roughly 14 meters by 2 meters.
      5. (UK football) the uniform of a football team, or the same worn by supporters.
verb (strip, p, ing)
  1. (transitive) To remove or take away.
    • Norm will the old varnish before painting the chair.
      1. (transitive) To take off clothing.
      2. (intransitive) To do a striptease.
      3. (transitive) To completely take away, to plunder.
    • The robbers stripped Norm of everything he owned.
      1. (transitive) To remove the threads from a screw or the teeth from a gear.
      2. (transitive) To remove color from hair, cloth, etc. to prepare it to receive new color.
      3. (transitive) (in Bridge) To remove all cards of a particular suit from another player. (See also, strip-squeeze.)
stroke Tweet Definition of stroke Like Definition of stroke on Facebook
  1. An act of stroking.
She gave the cat a .
  1. A blow.
  2. A line drawn with a pen or pencil.
  3. A streak of paint made with a brush.
  4. The time when a clock strikes.
on the of midnight
  1. A thrust of a piston.
  2. A particular style of swimming.
  3. (medicine) The loss of brain function arising when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted.
  4. A single movement with a tool.
  5. A single act of striking with a weapon.
  6. (golf) A single act of striking at the ball with a club.
  7. (tennis)The hitting of a ball with a racket, or the movement of the racket and arm that produces that impact.
  8. (rowing) The movement of an oar or paddle through water, either the pull which actually propels the vessel or a single entire cycle of movement including the pull.
  9. (rowing) The rower who is nearest the stern of the boat.
  10. In professional wrestling, backstage influence.
  11. (cricket) The action of hitting the ball with the bat; a shot.
  12. The symbol "/".
verb (strok, ing)
  1. (transitive) To move the hand over the surface of (something) in one direction.
  2. (context, transitive, cricket) To hit the ball with the bat in a flowing motion.
studio Tweet Definition of studio Like Definition of studio on Facebook
  1. An artist's or photographer's workshop or the room in which an artist works.
  2. An establishment where an art is taught.
  3. A place where radio or television programs, records or films are made.
  4. A company or organization that makes films, records or other artistic works.
  5. A studio flat / apartment, especially one having the kitchen, living area, and sleeping area in a single room.
study Tweet Definition of study Like Definition of study on Facebook
noun (studies)
  1. The act of acquiring knowledge on a subject through concentration.
The study of languages is fascinating.
  1. A room in a house intended for reading and writing.
  2. An artwork made in order to practise or demonstrate a subject or technique.
verb (stud, i, ed)
  1. To acquire knowledge on a subject through concentration on prepared learning materials.
stump Tweet Definition of stump Like Definition of stump on Facebook
  1. the remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb
  2. (politics) the place where a campaign takes place
  3. (politics) an occasion at which the campaign takes place
  4. (cricket) one of three small wooden posts which together with the bails make the wicket and that the fielding team attempt to hit with the ball
  5. (context, drawing) an artists" drawing tool made of rolled paper used to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing media
  6. wooden or concrete poles used to support a house.
  1. (intransitive) to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem.
''This last question has me stumped.
  1. (intransitive) to campaign
He"s been stumping for that reform for months.
  1. (context, transitive, cricket, of a wicket keeper) to get a batsman out stumped
style Tweet Definition of style Like Definition of style on Facebook
  1. A manner of doing things, especially in a fashionable one.
  2. (botany) the stalk that connects the stigma(s) to the ovary in a pistil of a flower.
verb (styl, ing)
  1. To create or give a style, fashion or image
  2. To call or give a name or title
stylograph Tweet Definition of stylograph Like Definition of stylograph on Facebook
  1. A fountain pen that has a thin hollow tube or needle instead of a nib.
stylographic Tweet Definition of stylographic Like Definition of stylographic on Facebook
  1. Pertaining to stylography; stylographical.
stylography Tweet Definition of stylography Like Definition of stylography on Facebook
  1. The process of drawing or writing using a stylus onto a wax tablet, etc.
stylus Tweet Definition of stylus Like Definition of stylus on Facebook
noun (styli)
  1. A sharp stick used in ancient times for writing in clay tablets; a sharp tool for engraving.
  2. A phonograph needle.
  3. A small plastic stick used for writing on the touch sensitive screen of an electronic gadget.
subject Tweet Definition of subject Like Definition of subject on Facebook
  1. (grammar) In a clause: the word or word group (usually a noun phrase) that is dealt with. In active clauses with verbs denoting an action, the and the actor are usually the same.
"In the sentence "The mouse is eaten by the cat in the kitchen.", "The mouse" is the , "the cat" being the agent."
  1. The main topic of a paper, work of art, discussion, etc.
  2. A particular area of study.
Her favorite is physics.
  1. A citizen in a monarchy.
I am a British .
  1. A person ruled over by another, especially a monarch or state authority
  1. (followed by to) To cause (someone or something) to undergo a particular experience, especially one that is unpleasant or unwanted.
  1. Pertaining to a person or people who are ruled by another.
The Roman Empire ruled many territories.
support Tweet Definition of support Like Definition of support on Facebook
  1. Something which supports. Often used attributively, as a complement or supplement to.
Don"t move that beam! It"s a for the whole platform.
Don"t move that beam! It"s a beam.
  1. Financial or other help.
The government provides to the arts in several ways.
  1. Answers to questions and resolution of problems regarding something sold.
Sure they sell the product, but do they provide ?
  1. (transitive) To keep from falling.
Don"t move that beam! It supports the whole platform.
  1. (transitive) To help, particularly financially.
The government supports the arts in several ways.
  1. (transitive) To answer questions and resolve problems regarding something sold.
Sure they sell the product, but do they it?
  1. (transitive) To back a cause, party etc. mentally or with concrete aid.
I France in the World Cup
surreal Tweet Definition of surreal Like Definition of surreal on Facebook
adjective (more surreal, most surreal)
  1. Having the intense reality of a dream.

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