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cabinet Tweet Definition of cabinet Like Definition of cabinet on Facebook
  1. A storage closet either separate from, or built into, a wall
  2. (historical) a size of photograph, specifically one measuring 3⅞" by 5½"
  • 1891: Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the photograph a ?" " Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Scandal In Bohemia" (Norton 2005 p.19)
    1. (archaic) A small chamber or private room
    2. A group of advisors to a government or business entity.
cabinetmaker Tweet Definition of cabinetmaker Like Definition of cabinetmaker on Facebook
  1. A skilled woodworker who makes high-quality wooden furniture
cabinetmaking Tweet Definition of cabinetmaking Like Definition of cabinetmaking on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, cabinet making)
  1. The art of the cabinetmaker
cabinetry Tweet Definition of cabinetry Like Definition of cabinetry on Facebook
  1. the craft of making high-quality wooden furniture; cabinetmaking
  2. high-quality wooden furniture; cabinetwork
cabinetwork Tweet Definition of cabinetwork Like Definition of cabinetwork on Facebook
  1. furniture made by a cabinetmaker
  2. cabinetmaking
cabochon Tweet Definition of cabochon Like Definition of cabochon on Facebook
  1. convex-cut, polished stone.
caddy Tweet Definition of caddy Like Definition of caddy on Facebook
noun (caddies)
  1. (golf) One hired to assist another in playing the game of golf.
= verb (caddies, caddying, caddied, caddied)
  1. (context, intransitive, golf) To serve as a caddy, carrying golf clubs etc.
canape Tweet Definition of canape Like Definition of canape on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, canapé)
cane Tweet Definition of cane Like Definition of cane on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The slender, flexible stem of plants such as bamboo, reed, or the like.
  2. (uncountable) The plant itself.
  3. (uncountable) sugar cane.
  4. (countable) A short wooden or bamboo rod or stick used for corporal punishment.
  5. (the cane; uncountable) Corporal punishment consisting of a beating with a cane.
The teacher gave his student the cane for throwing paper.
  1. (countable) A strong short staff used for support during walking by the disabled or infirm.
After breaking his leg, he needed to use a cane to walk.
  1. (countable) A long collapsible (and usually white for improved visibility) wooden, metal or plastic rod used by blind people to feel for obstacle, obstacles in their path.
verb (can, ing)
  1. (context, UK, slang) To strike or beat, notably with a cane or similar implement; to destroy.
  2. (context, UK, slang) To do something well, in a competent fashion.
caner Tweet Definition of caner Like Definition of caner on Facebook
  1. drug user
Canterbury Tweet Definition of Canterbury Like Definition of Canterbury on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An ancient city in Kent, England
carcass Tweet Definition of carcass Like Definition of carcass on Facebook
  1. The body of a dead animal
  2. The body of a dead human
  3. The framework of a structure, especially one not normally seen
  4. (nautical) an early incendiary ship-to-ship projectile consisting of an iron shell filled with saltpetre, sulphur, resin, turpentine, antimony and tallow with vents for flame
chair Tweet Definition of chair Like Definition of chair on Facebook
  1. an item of furniture used to sit on or in comprising a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench.
  2. (slang) (the chair) the electric chair.
  3. the seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.
  4. blocks that support and hold railroad track in position, and similar devices.
  5. chairperson; a non-gender-specific form of chairman
  1. To act as chairperson.
Bob will tomorrow's meeting.
chaise Tweet Definition of chaise Like Definition of chaise on Facebook
  1. An open, horse-drawn carriage for one or two people, usually with one horse and two wheels.
  2. A chaise longue.
  3. A post chaise.
chaise longue Tweet Definition of chaise longue Like Definition of chaise longue on Facebook
  1. a reclining chair with a long seat, which can support the outstretched legs of a sitter.
chandelier Tweet Definition of chandelier Like Definition of chandelier on Facebook
  1. A branched, often ornate, lighting fixture suspended from the ceiling
cherry Tweet Definition of cherry Like Definition of cherry on Facebook
noun (cherr, ies)
  1. a small fruit, usually red, black or yellow, with a smooth hard seed and a short hard stem.
  2. a tree or shrub that bears cherries.
  3. the wood of a cherry tree.
  4. (colour) a bright red color, colour
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    1. (slang) virginity, particularly of a woman.
  1. containing or having the taste of cherries.
  2. (colour) of a bright red colour.
  3. (informal, often, of cars) In excellent condition; mint condition.
chest Tweet Definition of chest Like Definition of chest on Facebook
  1. A box, now usually a large strong box with a secure lid.
  2. (obsolete) A coffin.
  3. The place in which public money is kept; a treasury.
  4. A chest of drawers.
  5. The portion of the human body from the base of the neck to the top of the abdomen; the thorax. Also the analogous area in other animals.
chesterfield Tweet Definition of chesterfield Like Definition of chesterfield on Facebook
  1. A couch, sofa, or loveseat with padded arms and back of the same height, often curved outward at the top.
  2. (Canadian English) Any couch or sofa.
chest of drawers Tweet Definition of chest of drawers Like Definition of chest of drawers on Facebook
  1. piece of furniture for the storage of clean clothes
chiffonier Tweet Definition of chiffonier Like Definition of chiffonier on Facebook
  1. a tall, elegant chest of drawers, often with a mirror attached
chill Tweet Definition of chill Like Definition of chill on Facebook
  1. A moderate but penetrating sense of cold.
There was a in the air.
  1. A sudden numbing fear or dread.
Despite the heat, he felt a as he entered the crimescene.
  1. (transitive) To lower the temperature of something; to cool.
Chill before serving.
  1. (context, transitive, metallurgy) To harden a metal surface by sudden cooling.
  2. (intransitive) To become cold.
In the wind he chilled quickly.
  1. (context, intransitive, metallurgy) To become hard by rapid cooling.
  2. (intransitive) To relax, lay back.
Chill, man, we've got a whole week to do it; no sense in getting worked up.
  1. (intransitive) To smoke marijuana.
On Friday night do you wanna chill?
  1. Moderately cold or chilly.
A wind was blowing down the street.
  1. (slang) calm, Calm, relaxed.
I'm pretty most of the time.
COIN Tweet Definition of COIN Like Definition of COIN on Facebook
  1. COunter INsurgency (military)
collar Tweet Definition of collar Like Definition of collar on Facebook
  1. The part of a shirt or jacket that fits around the neck and throat.
  2. A similar detachable item
  3. Anything that encircles the neck.
  4. A band or chain around an animal's neck, used to restrain the animal and/or for identification.
Make sure your dog has a holding an identification tag.
See also a Wikipedia article on (w, horse collar).
  1. A part of harness designed to distribute the load around the shoulders of the draft animal.
  2. (context, technology) Any encircling device or structure.
A nylon kept the bolt from damaging the surface underneath.
  1. (context, in compounds) Of or pertaining to a certain category of professions; see -collar.
  1. (transitive) To place a collar on.
Collar and leash your dog.
  1. To seize or detain.
  2. To arrest.
  3. (transitive) To bind in conversation.
I managed to Fred in the office yesterday.
commode Tweet Definition of commode Like Definition of commode on Facebook
  1. a low chest of drawers on short legs
  2. a stand for a washbowl and jug
  3. a chair containing a chamber pot
  4. a euphemism for toilet
confessional Tweet Definition of confessional Like Definition of confessional on Facebook
  1. (context, Roman Catholic church) A small room where confession (the sacrament of reconciliation) is performed. Traditional architecture has used three adjacent rooms separated by gratings with sliding doors; the priest hearing the confessions sits in the middle room and alternately opens one of the doors to hear confession from the person kneeling on that side.
  1. In the manner or style of a confession.
confidante Tweet Definition of confidante Like Definition of confidante on Facebook
  1. a female confidant
console Tweet Definition of console Like Definition of console on Facebook
  1. A cabinet designed to stand on the floor.
  2. A cabinet that controls, instruments, and displays are mounted upon.
  3. The keyboard and screen of a computer.
  4. A storage tray or container mounted between the seats of an automobile.
  5. A video game console, especially as opposed to a handheld.
  6. (architecture) An ornamental member jutting out of a wall to carry a superincumbent weight.
verb (consol, ing)
  1. (transitive) To comfort (someone) in a time of grief, disappointment, etc.
corner Tweet Definition of corner Like Definition of corner on Facebook
  1. The point where two converging lines meet; an angle, either external or internal.
The corners of the wire mesh were reinforced with little blobs of solder.
  1. The space in the angle between converging lines or walls which meet in a point.
The chimney was full of cobwebs.
  1. The projection into space of an angle in a solid object.
Herbert bruised his shin on the of the coffee table.
  1. An intersection of two streets; any of the four outer points off the street at that intersection.
The liquor store on the also sold lottery tickets.
  1. An edge or extremity; the part farthest from the center; hence, any quarter or part, or the direction in which it lies.
From the four corners of the earth they come. &mdash; Shakespeare
  1. A secret or secluded place; a remote or out of the way place; a nook.
On weekends, Emily liked to find a quiet and curl up with a good book.
  1. (economics) A monopoly or controlling interest in a salable commodity, allowing the controlling party to dictate terms of sale.
In the 1970's, private investors tried to obtain a on the silver market, but were ultimately unsuccessful.
  1. (baseball) One of the four vertices of the strike zone.
The pitch was just off the , low and outside.
  1. (football) A corner kick.
  2. (mathematics) A point at which a function has two distinct derivatives.
  1. (transitive) To drive (someone) into a corner or other confined space.
The cat had cornered a cricket between the sofa and the television stand.
  1. (transitive) To trap in a position of great difficulty or hopeless embarrassment.
''The reporter cornered the politician by pointing out the hypocrisy of his position on mandatory sentencing, in light of the politician's own actions in court.
  1. (transitive) To get command of (a stock, commodity, etc.), so as to be able to put one's own price on it.
The buyers attempted to the shares of the railroad stock, so as to facilitate their buyout.
It's extremely hard to corner the petroleum market because there are so many players.
  1. (context, automotive, transitive) To turn a corner or drive around a curve.
As the stock car driver cornered the last turn, he lost control and spun out.
  1. (context, automotive, intransitive) To handle while moving around a corner in a road or otherwise turning.
That BMW corners well, but the suspension is too stiff.
corona Tweet Definition of corona Like Definition of corona on Facebook
noun (plural: coronae or coronas)
  1. A crown or garland bestowed among the Romans as a reward for distinguished services.
  2. (star): The luminous plasma atmosphere of the Sun or other star, extending millions of kilometres into space, most easily seen during a total solar eclipse,
  3. (biology): Any crown-like appendage of a plant or animal.
  4. (electrical): a low energy discharge caused by ionization of a gas by an electric field quite common at conductor bends of 12kV or higher.
cot Tweet Definition of cot Like Definition of cot on Facebook
  1. A simple bed, especially one for portable or temporary purposes.
  2. (nautical) A wooden bed frame, slung by its corners from a beam, in which officers slept before the introduction of bunks.
  3. A crib (child's bed).
  4. A finger cover uses to prevent static discharge.
  5. (archaic) A cottage or small homestead.
couch Tweet Definition of couch Like Definition of couch on Facebook
  1. An item of furniture for the comfortable seating of more than one person.
verb (couch, es)
  1. To lie down; to recline (upon a couch).
  2. To phrase in a particular style, to use specific wording.
He couched it as a request, but it was an order.
cradle Tweet Definition of cradle Like Definition of cradle on Facebook
  1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillate, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.
  2. (context, figurative) The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.
    • a of crime
    • the of liberty
      1. (context, figurative) Infancy, or very early life.
    • from the to the grave
      1. An implement consisting of a broad scythe for cutting grain, with a set of long fingers parallel to the scythe, designed to receive the grain, and to lay it evenly in a swath.
      2. A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
      3. A framework of timbers, or iron bars, moving upon ways or rollers, used to support, lift, or carry ships or other vessels, heavy guns, etc., as up an inclined plane, or across a strip of land, or in launching a ship.
      4. A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
      5. A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person.
      6. A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.
      7. A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
      8. The ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
      9. The basket or apparatus in which, when a line has been made fast to a wrecked ship from the shore, the people are brought off from the wreck.
      10. A rest for the receiver of a telephone.
verb (cradl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To contain in or as if in a cradle.
  2. (transitive) To rock (a baby to sleep).
  3. (transitive) To wrap protectively.
    • cradling the injured man"s head in her arms
      1. (lacrosse) To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.
credence Tweet Definition of credence Like Definition of credence on Facebook
  1. acceptance, Acceptance of a belief or claim as true, especially on the basis of evidence.
Based on the scientific data, I give to this hypothesis.
  1. (rare) credential, Credential or supporting material for a person or claim.
He presented us with a letter of .
  1. (religion) A small table or credenza used in certain Christian religious services.
verb (credenc, ing)
  1. (obsolete) To give credence to; to believe.
cresting Tweet Definition of cresting Like Definition of cresting on Facebook
  1. (present participle of, crest)
crib Tweet Definition of crib Like Definition of crib on Facebook
  1. A baby"s bed (British and Australasian cot) with high, often slatted, often moveable sides, suitable for a child who has outgrown a cradle or bassinet.
1889In two minutes I was kneeling by the child"s , and Sandy was dispatching servants here, there, and everywhere, all over the palace. I took in the situation almost at a glance -- membranous croup! " Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur"s Court.
  1. A bed for a child older than a baby.
1848a day or two afterwards I learned that Miss Temple, on returning to her own room at dawn, had found me laid in the little ; my face against Helen Burns"s shoulder, my arms round her neck. I was asleep, and Helen was -- dead. " Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre.
  1. (nautical) A small sleeping berth in a packet ship or other small vessel
  2. A wicker basket; c.f. Moses basket.
  3. The baby Jesus and the manger in a creche or Nativity scene, consisting of statues of Mary, Joseph and various other characters such as the magi.
  4. A manger, a feeding trough for animals elevated off the earth or floor, especially one for fodder such as hay.
  5. A bin for drying or storing grain, as with a corn crib.
1835...I began to think of my horse. He, however, like an old campaigner, had taken good care of himself. I found him paying assiduous attention to the of Indian corn, and dexterously drawing forth and munching the ears that protruded between the bars. " Washington Irving, A Tour on the Prairies, Chapter 35.
  1. A small room, especially one of rough construction, used for storage or penning animals.
  2. A small, covered structure for confining animals.
1871A kitchen, a meat-house, a dairy, a with two stalls in the rear, one for the horse the other for the cow, were the out-buildings. " Richard Malcolm Johnston, Dukesborough Tales.
  1. A stall for large domestic animals.
(RQ:AV)Where no oxen are, the is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. " Proverbs 14:4 KJV
  1. A confined space, as with a cage or office-cubicle
1846The singers were in a crib of wirework (like a large meat- safe or bird-cage) in one corner " Charles Dickens,,+Charles,+1812-1870:+Pictures+from+Italy,+1846&query=crib&id=DicPict Pictures from Italy.
  1. A job, a position; (British), an appointment.
1904 He had seen so many lean years of faithful service when the enemy held the corner on all the official cribs that, now in the days of his party"s fatness and of his own righteous reward, the habit of good, honest hustling stuck to him, and he lined up an array of pulls and indorsements that made him swell with happiness every time he went over the list. "Some folks have to die before they can get that sort of thing," he would say as he tapped the bundle of indorsements. Forrest Crissey,,+Forrest:+Tattlings+of+a+Retired+Politician,+1904&query=crib&id=CriTatt Tattlings of a Retired Politician.
1893...but if I have lost my and get nothing in exchange I shall feel what a soft Johnny I have been. " Arthur Conan Doyle,,+Arthur+Conan:+The+Adventure+of+the+Stockbroker's+Clerk,+1893&query=crib&id=DoyStoc? "The Adventure of the Stockbroker"s Clerk".
  1. A hovel, a roughly constructed building best suited to the shelter of animals but used for human habitation.
How many thousand of my poorest subjects
Are at this hour asleep! O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature"s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down
And steep my senses in forgetfulness?
Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee
And hush"d with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber,
Than in the perfumed chambers of the great,
Under the canopies of costly state,
And lull"d with sound of sweetest melody? " Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1
  1. A hovel or additional room off a hovel, or set of such rooms, used for prostitution.
1905In Los Angeles I saw what was called the "Cribs", one of the most disgraceful conditions. No one stayed there during the day; they were there just for the night only. These poor degraded girls would pay two dollars a night to the owners. " Carry Nation, The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation, Chapter 16.
  1. (slang) One"s residence, or where one normally hangs out.
  2. A boxy structure traditionally built of heavy wooden timbers, to support an existing structure from below, as with a mineshaft or a building being raised off its foundation in preparation for being moved; see cribbing.
  3. (italbrac, usually plural) A collection of quotes or references for use in speaking, for for assembling a written document, or as an aid to a project of some sort; a crib sheet.
These cribs are taken from a Google on "foobar".
  1. (rare) The licit or illicit use of a pony or cheat sheet when taking a test; when illicit, a form of academic dishonesty, and even plagiarism.
1917At school and at college Richard was, to say the least, an indifferent student. And what made this undeniable fact so annoying, particularly to his teachers, was that morally he stood so very high. To "," to lie, or in any way to cheat or to do any unworthy act was, I believe, quite beyond his understanding. " Richard Harding Davis, Adventures and Letters of Richard Harding Davis.
  1. (obsolete) A minor theft, extortion or embezzlement, with or without criminal intent.
  2. (context, Cribbage): Short for the card game cribbage.
1913"May we play , Mrs. Radford?" he asked. " D.H. Lawrence,,+D.+H.:+Sons+and+Lovers,+1913&query=crib&id=LawSons Sons and Lovers.
  1. (context, Cribbage): The cards discarded by players and used by the dealer.
1814"And that makes thirty-one; -- four in hand and eight in . -- You are to deal, ma"am; shall I deal for you?" " Jane Austen, Mansfield Park Chapter 2.1.
  1. (italbrac, cryptanalysis) A known piece of information corresponding to a section of encrypted text, that is then used to work out the remaining sections.<!--This is not an example of the usage of the word:
Eg, during WW2, British cryptanalysts knew that many German messages contained the term "Heil Hitler", and were able to use this pattern to help work out the day"s encryption codes.-->
  1. (NZ, southern) A small holiday home, often near a beach and of simple construction.
verb (cribb, ing)
transitive and intransitive)
  1. To place or confine in a crib.
zeugma, Zeugmatically, she cribbed the baby and then the corn.
  1. To collect one or more passages and/or references for use in a speech, written document or as an aid for some task; to create a crib sheet.
I cribbed the recipe from the Food Network site, but made a few changes of my own.
  1. To install timber supports, as with cribbing.
  2. To cram for a particular subject from notes.
  3. (obsolete) To steal or embezzle, to cheat out of: petty thieving.
It was very easy, Briggs said, to make a galley-slave of a boy all the half-year, and then score him up idle; and to crib two dinners a-week out of his board, and then score him up greedy; but that wasn"t going to be submitted to, he believed, was it? " Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, 1848, Chapter 14.
  1. (rare) To engage in academic dishonesty by the illicit use of a pony or cheat sheet; plagiarism.
  2. (rare) (intransitive) To complain about something.
  3. (phrasal verb) To be cabined and cribbed and confined; to be caged, hemmed in, confined.
But now I am cabin"d, cribb"d, confined, bound in
To saucy doubts and fears. But Banquo"s safe? " Shakespeare, Macbeth'', Act 3, Scene 4.
cricket Tweet Definition of cricket Like Definition of cricket on Facebook
  1. An insect in the order Orthoptera that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs.
verbto cricket
  1. (rare) To play cricket.
croft Tweet Definition of croft Like Definition of croft on Facebook
  1. A fenced piece of land, usually small and arable and with a crofter's dwelling thereon
cube Tweet Definition of cube Like Definition of cube on Facebook
noun (rfc, a DIV in wikitext? Shame, shame.)
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  1. (geometry) A polyhedron having of six identical square faces.
  2. Any object more or less in the form of a cube.
a sugar
a stock
  1. (mathematics) The third power of a number, value, term or expression.
cuff Tweet Definition of cuff Like Definition of cuff on Facebook
  1. The end of a shirt sleeve that covers the wrist.
  2. The end of a pants leg, folded up.
  1. (transitive) To hit, as a reproach.
  2. (transitive) To apply handcuffs.
cupboard Tweet Definition of cupboard Like Definition of cupboard on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) A table or sideboard on which to display or store cups, dishes etc.
  2. An enclosed storage space with a door, usually having shelves, used to store crockery, food, etc.
Put the cups in the .
  1. (context, colloquial, rare) A small room.
curtain Tweet Definition of curtain Like Definition of curtain on Facebook
  1. A piece of cloth covering a window to keep the sun from shining inside.
  2. A similar piece of cloth that separates the audience and the stage in a theater.
  1. To cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.

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