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sandbag Tweet Definition of sandbag Like Definition of sandbag on Facebook
noun
  1. a bag, filled with sand, that can be used to weigh something down, to make a defensive wall against flooding etc, or as a weapon
verbto sandbag
  1. to construct a wall of sandbags (around something)
  2. to strike someone with a sandbag
  3. to deceive someone by pretending to be weak, or (in cards) to have a weak hand
score Tweet Definition of score Like Definition of score on Facebook
noun
  1. The total number of points earned by a participant in a game.
The is 4-0 although it's not even half-time!
  1. (archaic) Twenty, 20 (number).
Some words have scores of meanings.
    • 1863 November 19, Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, based on the signed "Bliss Copy"
    • : "Four and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
      1. (music) A book or set of pages showing all the parts for a musical composition.
      2. (cricket) A presentation of how many runs a side has scored, and how many wickets have been lost.
      England had a of 107 for 5 at lunch.
      1. (cricket) The number of runs scored by a batsman, or by a side, in either an innings or a match.
      2. subject
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 245e.
    • : Well, although we haven't discusse the views of all those who make precise reckonings of being and not <being>, we've done enough on that .
verb (scor, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To earn points in a game.
Pelé scores again!
  1. (transitive) To earn points in a game.
It is unusual for a team to a hundred goals in one game.
  1. (transitive) To scratch (paper or cardboard) with a sharp implement to make it easier to fold.
  2. (transitive) (slang) To obtain (usually used in reference to illegal drugs, but often sex with a casual partner).
<!-- This includes in the previous one, doesn't it?
  1. (intransitive) (slang) To have sexual intercourse. -->
scratch Tweet Definition of scratch Like Definition of scratch on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) A disruption, mark or shallow cut on a surface made by scratching.
I can"t believe there is a in the paint already.
Her skin was covered with tiny scratches.
  1. (slang) money
I need a little .
verb (scratch, es)
  1. To rub a surface with a sharp object, especially by a living creature to remove itching with nails, claws, etc.
Could you please my back?
  1. To rub the skin with rough material causing a sensation of irritation.
I don't like that new scarf because it scratches my neck.
  1. To mark a surface with a sharp object, thereby leaving; a (noun).
A real diamond can easily a pane of glass.
  1. To remove, ignore or delete.
Scratch what I said earlier; I was wrong.
adjective
  1. for or consisting of preliminary or tentative, incomplete, etc. work
    This is paper, so go ahead and scribble whatever you want on it.
    1. (computer) from scratchpad), describes a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary-use purposes; one that can be scribbled on without loss. Usually in the combining forms scratch memory, scratch register, scratch disk, scratch tape, scratch volume, scratch space. See also scratch monkey.
see Tweet Definition of see Like Definition of see on Facebook
noun
  1. A diocese; a region of a church, generally headed by a bishop
verb (sees, seeing, saw, seen)
  1. To perceive with the eyes.
  2. To perceive or detect as if by sight.
  3. To form a mental picture of.
  4. To understand.
Do you what I mean?
sequence Tweet Definition of sequence Like Definition of sequence on Facebook
noun
  1. A set of things next to each other in a set order; a series
  2. A series of musical phrases where a theme or melody is repeated, with some change each time, such as in pitch or length (example: opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony).
  3. A musical composition used in some Catholic Masses between the readings. The most famous sequence is the Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) formerly used in funeral services.
  4. (mathematics) An ordered list of objects.
verb (sequences, sequencing, sequenced)
  1. (transitive) to arrange in an order
  2. (transitive) to determine the order of things, especially of amino acids in a protein, or of bases in a nucleic acid
Set Tweet Definition of Set Like Definition of Set on Facebook
proper noun (also Seth)
  1. An ancient Egyptian god, variously described as the god of chaos, the god of thunder and storms, or the god of destruction.
seven Tweet Definition of seven Like Definition of seven on Facebook
noun
  1. The digit/figure 7 or an occurrence thereof.
  2. (countable) (playing_cards, Playing cards) A card bearing seven pips.
shake Tweet Definition of shake Like Definition of shake on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of shaking something.
The cat gave the mouse a .
  1. A milkshake.
  2. Ground-up marijuana.
verb (shakes, shaking, shook, shaken)
  1. (transitive) (ergative) To cause (something) to move rapidly from side to side.
The earthquake shook the building.
  1. (transitive) To disturb emotionally; to shock.
Her father's death shook her terribly.
  1. (transitive) To lose, evade, or get rid of (something)
I can't the feeling that I forgot something.
  1. (intransitive) To move from side to side.
She shook with grief.
  1. (intransitive) To shake hands.
OK, let's on it.
shift Tweet Definition of shift Like Definition of shift on Facebook
noun
  1. (historical) a type of women's undergarment, a slip
Just last week she bought a new at the market.
  1. a change of workers, now specifically a set group of workers or period of working time
We'll work three shifts a day till the job's done.
  1. an act of shifting; a slight movement or change
There was a in the political atmosphere.
  1. the gear mechanism in a motor vehicle
Does it come with a stick-?
  1. a button on a keyboard, chiefly for switching between upper and lower case
If you press -P, the preview display will change.
verb
  1. (transitive) To change, swap
His political stance shifted daily.
  1. (transitive) to move from one place to another; to redistribute
We'll have to these boxes to the downtown office.
  1. (intransitive) to change position
She shifted slightly in her seat.
  1. (intransitive) To change gears (in a car).
I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.
  1. (context, transitive, computing) to remove the first value from an array.
  2. (transitive) to dispose of
How can I a grass stain?
  1. (intransitive) to hurry
If you , you might make the 2:19.
  1. (Ireland, crude slang) to engage in sexual petting.
shoe Tweet Definition of shoe Like Definition of shoe on Facebook
noun
  1. A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boot, boots, which do.
    • Get your shoes on now, or you'll be late for school.
      1. A piece of metal designed to be attached to a horse's foot as a means of protection; a horseshoe.
    • Throw the from behind the line, and try to get it to land circling (a ringer) or touching the far stake.
      1. Something resembling a shoe by function, like a brake shoe.
    • Remember to turn the rotors when replacing the brake shoes, or they will wear out unevenly.
verb (shoes, shoeing, shod)
  1. To equip an object with a protection against wear.
    • The billiard cue stick was shod in silver.
      1. To put horseshoes on a horse.
shoot Tweet Definition of shoot Like Definition of shoot on Facebook
noun
  1. The bud of a plant.
  2. A photography session.
  3. (professional wrestling slang) In professional wrestling, an event that is unscripted or legitimate.
verb (shoots, shooting, shot, shot, or rarely shotten)
  1. To fire one or more shots.
The man, in a desperate bid for freedom, grabbed his gun and started shooting anyone he could.
  1. To hit with a shot.
He was shot by a police officer.
  1. To move very quickly and suddenly.
After an initial lag, the experimental group's scores shot past the control group's scores in the fourth week.
  1. To photograph.
  2. To blame a messenger for the contents of the message.
Please don't the messenger.
  1. (professional wrestling) In professional wrestling, to deviate from kayfabe, either intentionally or accidentally; to actually connect with unchoreographed fighting blows and maneuvers, or speak one's mind (instead of an agreed-to script).
  2. (surveying) To measure the distance and direction to (a point).
  3. (sports) To make the stated score.
In my round of golf yesterday I shot a 76.
shooter Tweet Definition of shooter Like Definition of shooter on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone who shoots something; a gunner, archer etc.
  2. (slang) A firearm.
  3. A videogame or arcade game in which shooting enemies (or targets) is the entire (or main) objective.
  4. (professional wrestling slang) A professional wrestler who uses actual fighting moves as part of his style, or who speaks his mind during a live or televised event (instead of speaking from a script).
  5. A large marble used for knocking smaller marbles out of a chalk circle.
  6. An alcoholic beverage typically served in a shot glass.
showdown Tweet Definition of showdown Like Definition of showdown on Facebook
noun
  1. The final battle between two nemeses, in which there can be but one victor
  2. The final round in a poker match, where the all remaining players' cards have to be put down on the table and shown
shuffle Tweet Definition of shuffle Like Definition of shuffle on Facebook
noun
  1. the act of shuffling cards
He made a real mess of the last shuffle
  1. a rhythm commonly used in blues music. Consists of a series of triplet notes with the middle note missing, so that it sounds like a long note followed by a short note. Sounds like a walker dragging one foot.
  2. (idiom) to get lost in the shuffle: to lack attention when you deserve it.
verb (shuffl, es)
  1. (transitive) to mix up (cards) in a random order before a card game
  2. (intransitive) to walk without picking up one's feet
shy Tweet Definition of shy Like Definition of shy on Facebook
noun (shies)
  1. act of throwing
  2. place for throwing
coconut
verb (shies, shying, shied)
  1. (intransitive) To avoid due to timidness or caution.
I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand.
  1. (intransitive) To jump back in fear.
The horse shied away from the rider, which startled him so much he shied away from the horse.
  1. (transitive) to throw a ball or other missile at a target
adjective (shier or shyer, shiest or shyest)
  1. Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird.
  2. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.
  3. Cautious; wary; suspicious.
  4. Short, insufficient or less than.
It is just of a mile from here to their house.
side Tweet Definition of side Like Definition of side on Facebook
noun
  1. A bounding straight edge of an object.
A square has four sides.
  1. A flat surface of a solid object.
A cube has six sides.
  1. The left or right half of something.
Which of the tray shall I put it on?
  1. A region in a specified position with respect to something.
Meet me on the north of the monument.
  1. One surface of a sheet of paper (used instead of "page", which can mean one or both surfaces.)
John wrote 15 sides for his essay!
  1. One possible aspect of a concept.
Look on the bright .
  1. One set of competitors in a game.
Which has kick-off?
  1. A group having a particular allegiance in a conflict or competition.
In the second world war, the Italians were on the of the Germans.
  1. (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) sidespin, Sidespin
He had to put a bit of on to hit the pink ball
  1. A television channel, usually as opposed to the one currently being watched.
I just want to see what's on the other &mdash; James said there was a good film on tonight.
  1. (US, colloquial) A side dish.
Do you want a of cole-slaw with that?
verb (sid, ing)
  1. (usually with "with") To be in an alliance with.
Which will you with, good or evil?
signal Tweet Definition of signal Like Definition of signal on Facebook
noun
  1. An indication given to another person.
  2. (of a radio, TV, telephone, internet, etc) An electrical or electromagnetic action, normally a voltage that is a function of time that conveys the information of the radio or TV program or of communication with another party.
I cannot get a .
  1. An on-off light or semaphore.
verb (signals, signalling (UK) or signaling (US), signalled (UK) or signaled (US))
  1. To indicate.
singleton Tweet Definition of singleton Like Definition of singleton on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, playing cards) A playing card that is the only one of its suit in a hand, especially at bridge.
  2. A single object, especially one of a group.
  3. (context, computer science) A design pattern to force a class to have no more than one instance at any given time.
  4. (context, computer science) A class that may not be instantiated more than once at a time, i.e. that implements the singleton design pattern.
  5. (context, math) A set with just one element.
six Tweet Definition of six Like Definition of six on Facebook
noun (six, es)
  1. The digit or figure 6
  2. (Cricket) A score of 6 runs
  3. (military slang) rear, behind ("cover my six")
skeet Tweet Definition of skeet Like Definition of skeet on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A form of trapshoot, trapshooting using clay targets to simulate birds in flight.
  2. (context, countable, poker) A hand consisting of a 9, a 5, a 2, and two other cards lower than 9.
  3. (context, uncountable, slang, African American Vernacular English) The ejaculation of sperm.
  4. (context, uncountable, Manx English) news, News.
  5. (context, countable, Newfoundland, slang) A loud, disruptive and poorly educated person of low social status.
verb
  1. To shoot or spray (used of fluids).
  2. (African American Vernacular English) To ejaculate.
skin Tweet Definition of skin Like Definition of skin on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) The outer covering of living tissue over the bones, striated muscles, ligaments, and internal organs of a person.
    • He is so disgusting he makes my crawl.
      1. (uncountable) The outer protective layer of any plant or animal.
      2. (countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
      3. (countable) A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
    • In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you'll have to remove the floating on top of it.
      1. (context, countable, computing) An image used as the background of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
    • You can use this to change how the browser looks.
      1. (context, countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes.
    • Pass me a , mate.
      1. (context, countable, slang) Short for skinhead.
      2. A subgroup within an Australian aboriginal people, also called a section, subsection, or moiety. These divisions are cultural, not related to a person"s physical skin. (Reference: Macquarie Aboriginal Words, w:Macquarie University, Macquarie University, 1994, paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, introduction.)
verb (skin, n, ing)
  1. (transitive) To injure the skin of.
    • He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
      1. (transitive) To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
      The headmaster's birch kept raining down on the repeat-offending runaway's bare bum till it was completely skinned, a raw red rebel rear
      1. (context, transitive, computing, colloquial) To use a replacement image for the graphical user interface of (a computer program).
    • Can I the program to put the picture of my cat on it?
slam Tweet Definition of slam Like Definition of slam on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) An act of slamming.
  2. (countable) The shock and noise produced by slamming.
  3. (countable) (basketball) A slam dunk.
  4. (countable) (bridge) A bid of six (small slam) or seven (grand slam) in a suit or no trump.
  5. (countable) (colloquial) An insult.
I don't mean this as a slam, but you can be really impatient sometimes.
  1. (uncountable) The refuse of alum works.
  2. (rfv-sense) (countable, prison) A meal where ingredients are shared by three or more people to create dinner.
verb (slamm, ing)
  1. to, without clear (if any) consent, change telephone carriers on a customer
Slough Tweet Definition of Slough Like Definition of Slough on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A town in west London, close to Heathrow Airport
snake eyes Tweet Definition of snake eyes Like Definition of snake eyes on Facebook
noun
  1. two ones, after rolling two dice.
sneak Tweet Definition of sneak Like Definition of sneak on Facebook
noun
  1. A mean, sneaking fellow.
  1. (obsolete),(cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; a daisy-cutter
verb (sneaks, sneaking, sneaked or snuck)
  1. To creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen; as, to sneak away from company.
  2. To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.
soda Tweet Definition of soda Like Definition of soda on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) sodium carbonate, Sodium carbonate.
  2. (uncountable) Sodium in chemical combination.
  3. (uncountable) Carbonated water (originally made with sodium bicarbonate).
  4. (context, US, uncountable) Any carbonated (usually sweet) soft drink.
  5. (context, US, countable) A glass, bottle or can of this drink.
solitaire Tweet Definition of solitaire Like Definition of solitaire on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who lives alone
  2. A game, usually a card game, that can be played by one person
  3. An extinct bird, Pezophaps solitaria, that lived on the island of Rodrigues
  4. One of several species of bird in the thrush family
adjectivesolitairy
  1. see solitary
solo Tweet Definition of solo Like Definition of solo on Facebook
noun
  1. A piece of music for one performer.
  2. A job or performance (e.g., an airplane flight) done by one person alone.
  3. A card game similar to Whist in which each player plays against the others in turn without a partner.
adjective
  1. Without a companion or instructor
  2. Of, for, or played as a musical solo.
speed chess Tweet Definition of speed chess Like Definition of speed chess on Facebook
noun
  1. (chess) A form of chess in which all moves must be made within a specified, short time.
spin the bottle Tweet Definition of spin the bottle Like Definition of spin the bottle on Facebook
noun
  1. A game where contestants sit in a circle and rotate a bottle in the middle, and must kiss the player which the bottle points to.
spot Tweet Definition of spot Like Definition of spot on Facebook
noun
  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.
square Tweet Definition of square Like Definition of square on Facebook
noun
  1. (geometry) A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degrees.
I took refuge in the form and exhibited a picture which consisted of nothing more than a black square on a white field.&mdash;q:Kazimir Malevich, Kazimir Malevich
  1. An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw lines at right angles.
There are so many uses for the , in fact, that a new model will usually come complete with a booklet enumerating its applications.
  1. An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.
You're not in Wisconsin, Dave. The big story isn't about a cow wandering into the town .q:NewsRadio, NewsRadio?
  1. Anything, such as tiles or cut pieces of material, primarily defined by being square in shape.
You may not move a piece to a already occupied by one of your own pieces.
  1. (mathematics) The second power of a number, value, term or expression.
64 is the of 8.
  1. (slang) A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s
Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a !
  1. The symbol
  1. on a telephone; hash.
Enter your account number followed by a .
  1. (cricket) The central area of a cricket field, containing several pitches laid out next to one another - only one being used at a time.
An ideal playing area is roughly circular in shape with a central area, the cricket , measuring 27.44 metres by 27.44 metres and boundaries 45.75 metres from the sides of the square.
  1. (context, real estate jargon) A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, ie. 100 square feet or roughly 9.3 square metres. Used in real estate for the size of a house or its rooms, though progressively being replaced by square metres in metric countries such as Australia.
2006: Just as the basic unit of real estate measurement across the world is the ... &mdash; w:Macquarie Bank, Macquarie Bank (Australia), press release Macquarie releases Real Estate Market Outlook 2006 - "The World Squared", 21 June 2006 http://www.macquarie.com.au/au/about_macquarie/media_centre/20060621.htm
2007: The house is very large and open and boasts 39 squares of living space plus over 13 squares of decking area on 3 sides and 17 squares of garage and workshop downstairs. &mdash; Your Estate advertisement for Grindelwald Tasmania http://www.yourestate.com.au/property_12753.php
verb (squar, ing)
  1. (transitive) To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else.
  2. To resolve.
  • John can this question up for us.
These results just don't .
  1. (context, transitive, mathematics) Of a value, term or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.
adjective (squarer, squarest)
  1. Shaped like a square (the polygon).
  2. At right angles to.
  3. Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.
square metre
square mile
  1. (slang) Socially conventional; boring.
  2. (cricket) in line with the batsman's popping crease.
squeeze Tweet Definition of squeeze Like Definition of squeeze on Facebook
noun
  1. A difficult position
I'm in a tight right now when it comes to my free time
  1. A traversal of a narrow passage
It was a tight , but I got through to the next section of the cave
  1. A hug or other affectionate grasp
a gentle on the arm
  1. (slang) A romantic partner
I want to be your main
  1. (baseball) The act of bunting in an attempt to score a runner from third
The game ended in exciting fashion with a failed .
  1. (epigraphy) An impression of an inscription formed by pressing wet paper onto the surface and peeling off when dry.
The light not being good enough for photography, I took a of the stone.
stake Tweet Definition of stake Like Definition of stake on Facebook
noun
  1. A piece of wood, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a support or stay; as, a stake to support vines, fences, hedges, etc.
A sharpened stake strong Dryas found. --w:Dryden., Dryden
A piece of wood driven in the ground used in the game of croquet. The stake, often referred to as the peg, is placed in the middle of the court and is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
  1. A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, a flat car, or the like, to prevent goods from fall off, falling off.
  2. The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
  3. A share or interest in a business or a given situation (in the sense "stake a claim").
  4. A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
  5. That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
  6. (Mormon) A territorial division.
Every city, or stake, including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men. &mdash; Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
verb (stak, ing)
  1. (transitive) To fasten, support, or defend with stakes; as, to stake vines or plants.
  2. (transitive) To pierce or wound with a stake.
  3. (transitive) To put at hazard upon the issue of competition, or upon a future contingency; to wager; to pledge.
I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays. --Pope.
  1. (context, transitive, poker) To provide another with money in order to play.
John went broke, so in order to play Jill had to stake him
starter Tweet Definition of starter Like Definition of starter on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone who starts something.
  1. The person who starts a race by firing a gun or waving a flag
  2. (baseball) A pitcher who starts games as opposed to a relief pitcher
    1. Something that starts something.
  3. An electric motor that starts an internal combustion engine
  4. A device that initiates the flow of high voltage electricity in a fluorescent lamp
  5. A yeast culture used to start a fermentation process
    1. The first course of a meal, consisting of a small, usually savoury, dish.
    2. (sports) A player in the starting lineup
stay Tweet Definition of stay Like Definition of stay on Facebook
noun
  1. A postponement, especially of an execution or other punishment.
The governor granted a of execution.
  1. A rope or wire supporting or stabilizing a platform, such as a bridge, a pole, such as a tentpole or a mast, or other structural element.
The engineer insisted on using stays for the scaffolding.