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calendar Tweet Definition of calendar Like Definition of calendar on Facebook
  1. Any system by which time is divided into days, weeks, months, and years.
We currently use the Gregorian .
  1. A means to determine the date consisting of a document containing dates and other temporal information.
    • Write his birthday on the hanging on the wall.
      1. A list of planned events.
      The club has a busy this year.
  1. To set a date for a proceeding in court, usually done by a judge at a calendar call.
The judge agreed to a hearing for pretrial motions for the week of May 15, but did not agree to the trial itself on a specific date.
CDT Tweet Definition of CDT Like Definition of CDT on Facebook
  1. Central Daylight Time
  2. (medicine) clock draw task
chapter Tweet Definition of chapter Like Definition of chapter on Facebook
  1. One of the main sections into which the text of a book is divided.
  2. An administrative division of an organization, usually local to a specific area.
Cheek Tweet Definition of Cheek Like Definition of Cheek on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The word Cheek is also an old family surname from Anglo-Saxon England that predates the Norman invasion. The Cheek family was among the first to immigrate to the US colonies in the early 17th century. The family crest is a white shield with three red crescents.
chop Tweet Definition of chop Like Definition of chop on Facebook
  1. A cut of meat, often containing a section of a rib.
I only like lamb chops when it is served with mint jelly.
  1. A blow with an axe, cleaver, or similar utensil.
It should take just one good to fell the sapling.
  1. ocean, Ocean waves, generally caused by wind, distinguished from swell by being smaller and not lasting as long.
  2. (poker) The result of a tied poker hand
verb (chops, chopping, chopped, chopped)
  1. (transitive) To cut into pieces with short, vigorous cutting motions.
an onion
  1. (transitive) To sever with an axe or similar implement.
Chop off his head.
  1. (transitive) To prepare marijuana so as to be smokable.
  2. (context, transitive, baseball) To hit the ball downward so that it takes a high bounce.
  3. (poker) To divide the pot (or tournament prize) between two or more players.
chronogram Tweet Definition of chronogram Like Definition of chronogram on Facebook
  1. A sentence or inscription in which the capital letters, interpreted in Roman numerals, stand for a particular date if rearranged.
chronograph Tweet Definition of chronograph Like Definition of chronograph on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) A chronogram.
  2. A device which marks or records time; a stopwatch.
chronometer Tweet Definition of chronometer Like Definition of chronometer on Facebook
  1. A device for measure, measuring time, such as a watch or clock
chronon Tweet Definition of chronon Like Definition of chronon on Facebook
  1. (physics) A hypothetical quantum or particle of time.
chronoscope Tweet Definition of chronoscope Like Definition of chronoscope on Facebook
  1. an optical instrument used to measure very small time intervals with precision
civil Tweet Definition of civil Like Definition of civil on Facebook
  1. Having to do with people and government office as opposed to the military or religion.
She went into civil service because she wanted to help the people.
  1. Behaving in a reasonable or polite manner.
It was very civil of him to stop the argument.
clepsydra Tweet Definition of clepsydra Like Definition of clepsydra on Facebook
  1. A water clock, especially as used in the ancient world.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 856:
    • :They sat among the choiring clepsydras of the evening garden, time elapsing in a dozen ways, allowing their cigars to go out, keeping a companionable silence.
clock Tweet Definition of clock Like Definition of clock on Facebook
  1. An instrument used to measure or keep track of time; a non-portable timepiece.
  2. The odometer of a motor vehicle.
This car has over 300,000 miles on the .
  1. (electronics) An electrical signal that synchronizes timing among digital circuit, digital circuits of semiconductor chips or modules.
  1. (transitive) To measure the duration of.
  2. (transitive) To measure the speed of.
He was clocked at 155 miles per hour.
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To hit (someone)
When the boxer let down his guard, his opponent clocked him.
  1. (slang) To take notice of.
Clock the wheels on that car!
  1. (context, UK, slang) To falsify the reading of the odometer of a vehicle.
I don't believe that car has done only 40,000 miles. It's been clocked.
clockwork Tweet Definition of clockwork Like Definition of clockwork on Facebook
  1. A mechanism powered by a coiled spring and regulated by some form of escapement; the power is transmitted through toothed gearwheels and used to drive a mechanical clock, toy, or other device.
  2. (in compound terms) Powered by clockwork
cock Tweet Definition of cock Like Definition of cock on Facebook
  1. A male bird, especially a domestic fowl.
  2. Male chicken.
  3. A valve or tap for controlling flow in plumbing.
  4. The hammer of a firearm.
  5. (slang, vulgar) The penis.
  6. (curling) The circle at the end of the rink.
  7. The state of being cocked; an upward turn, tilt or angle.
  8. (UK, pejorative, slang) A stupid person.
  9. (UK, informal) An informal term of address.
All right,
  1. (transitive) To lift the cock of a firearm; to prepare (a gun) to be fired.
  2. (transitive) To turn or twist something upwards or to one side.
  3. (UK, transitive, slang) To copulate with.
common year Tweet Definition of common year Like Definition of common year on Facebook
noun (plural: common years)
  1. A year that is not a leap year. A 365-day year.
crown Tweet Definition of crown Like Definition of crown on Facebook
  1. A reward of victory or a mark of honor.
  2. A royal, imperial or princely headdress; a diadem.
  3. A representation of such a headdress, as in heraldry; it may even be that only the image exists, no physical crown, as in the case of the kingdom of Belgium; by analogy such crowns can be awarded to moral persons that don't even have a head, as the mural crown for cities in heraldry
  4. A wreath or band for the head.
  5. Imperial or regal power.
  6. The topmost part of the head.
  7. The highest part a hill.
  8. The top part of a hat.
  9. The raised centre of a road.
  10. The highest part of an arch.
  11. Splendor, finish, culmination.
  1. Any currency (originally) issued by the crown (regal power) and often bearing a crown (headdress)
  2. Specifically, a former British coin worth five shillings.
    1. (botany) The part of a plant where the root and stem meet.
  3. (anatomy) The part of a tooth above the gums.
  4. (dentistry) A prothestic covering for a tooth.
  5. (nautical) A knot formed in the end of a rope by tucking in the strands to prevent them from unravelling
  6. (nautical) The part of an anchor where the arms and the shank meet
  1. To place a crown on the head of.
  2. To formally declare (someone) a king or emperor.
  3. To declare (someone) a winner.
  4. (medicine) Of a baby, during the birthing process; for the surface of the baby's head to appear in the vaginal opening.
The mother was in the second stage of labor and the fetus had just crowned, prompting a round of encouragement from the midwives.
  1. (context, gaming) To shoot an opponent in the back of the head with a shotgun in a first-person shooter video game.
  2. (context, board games) In checkers, to stack two checkers to indicate that the piece has become a king.
"Crown me!" I said, as I moved my checker to the back row.
  1. Of, related to, or pertaining to a crown.
  1. Of, related to, pertaining to the top of a tree or trees.
a fire
Crystal Tweet Definition of Crystal Like Definition of Crystal on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female).
  2. (slang) The drug Crystal Meth (methamphetamine hydrochloride)
CST Tweet Definition of CST Like Definition of CST on Facebook
  1. Central Standard Time
  2. convulsive shock treatment
CT Tweet Definition of CT Like Definition of CT on Facebook
  1. Connecticut, a state of the United States of America.
  1. Computed tomography
  2. Central Time
  3. cocktease

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