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scoop Tweet Definition of scoop Like Definition of scoop on Facebook
noun
  1. Any cup- or bowl-shaped tool, usually including a handle used to lift and move loose or soft solid material.
''She kept a in the dog food
  1. The amount or volume of loose or solid material held by a particular scoop.
Use one of coffee for each pot.
I'll have one of chocolate ice-cream
  1. A story or fact; especially, news learned and reported before anyone else.
He listened carefully, in hopes of getting the scoop on the debate.
  1. (automotive) An opening in a hood/bonnet or other body panel to admit air, usually for cooling the engine.
  2. The digging attachment on a front-end loader.
sidebar Tweet Definition of sidebar Like Definition of sidebar on Facebook
noun
  1. a short news story printed alongside a larger one
  2. (computing) information placed at the side of a webpage
  3. (US) a short conference, between a judge and the attorneys of a case, held outside the jury's hearing; the place where this happens
slant Tweet Definition of slant Like Definition of slant on Facebook
noun
  1. A slope or incline.
The house was built on a bit of a and was never quite level.
  1. A bias, tendency, or leaning; a perspective or angle.
It was a well written article, but it had a bit of a leftist .
  1. (pejorative) A person of Asian descent
verb
  1. To lean, tilt or incline.
If you the track a little more, the marble will roll down it faster.
  1. To bias or skew.
The group tends to its policies in favor of the big businesses it serves.
slug Tweet Definition of slug Like Definition of slug on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Slug (disambiguation), slug)
  1. Any of many terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks, having no (or only rudimentary) shell
  2. (physics, rarely used) the Imperial (English) unit of mass that accelerates by 1 foot per second squared (1 ft/s²) when a force of one pound-force (lbf) is exerted on it.
  3. A discrete quantity of one fluid that flows though the line surrounded by another.
  4. A bullet.
  5. A counterfeit coin, especially one used to steal from vending machines.
  6. A shot of a drink, usually alcoholic.
  7. A title, name or header
  8. (slang) A lazy person, a sluggard.
  9. (context, television editing) A black screen
  10. (context, typesetting) A piece of typemetal imprinted by a Linotype machine; also a black mark placed in the margin to indicate an error
verb (slug, g, ed)
  1. To drink quickly; to gulp.
  2. To down a shot.
  3. (transitive) To hit very hard.
He insulted my mother, so I slugged him.
The batter slugged the ball out of the park.
space writer Tweet Definition of space writer Like Definition of space writer on Facebook
noun
  1. A journalist or other writer who is paid according to the column inches of his copy
special Tweet Definition of special Like Definition of special on Facebook
noun
  1. A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered
adjective
  1. of particular interest; dear; beloved; favored
  2. (offensive slang): retarded; handicapped
speechwriter Tweet Definition of speechwriter Like Definition of speechwriter on Facebook
noun
  1. someone who writes speeches for others, especially as a profession
spike Tweet Definition of spike Like Definition of spike on Facebook
noun
  1. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward.
  2. Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
  3. An ear of grain.
  4. (context, botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
  5. (in plural spikes; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.
  6. A sharp peak in a graph.
  7. (volleyball) An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
  8. (context, zoology) An adolescent male deer.
verb (spik, ing)
  1. To put alcohol or another intoxicating substance in a drink that previously did not contain such substances.
  2. (volleyball) To attack from, usually, above the height of the net with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
  3. (military) To hammer an iron spike into the touch hole so as to render a gun unusable.
He jumped down, wrenched the hammer from the armourer"s hand, and seizing a nail from the bag, in a few moments he had spiked the gun. " w:Frederick Marryat, Frederick Marryat, "Peter Simple", 1834
  1. (journalism) To decide not to publish or make public.
    • October 14, 2002, Jonathan Sale, The Guardian, Edward VIII news blackout.
    • :Instead, the "Beaver" declared he would the story about Wallis Simpson and make sure his fellow media moguls sat on it too.
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.
story Tweet Definition of story Like Definition of story on Facebook
noun (stories)
  1. An account of real or fictional events.
The book tells the of two roommates.
  1. A lie.
You"ve been telling stories again, haven"t you?
  1. A floor or level of a building (mainly US - see storey).
Our shop was on the fourth of the building — we had to install an elevator.
straight Tweet Definition of straight Like Definition of straight on Facebook
noun
  1. A part of a racecourse, running track or other road etc that is not curved.
  2. In poker, five cards in sequence.
adjective (straighter, straightest)
  1. Not crooked or bent; having a constant direction throughout its length.
a line.
  1. Strictly along political lines.
He always votes a ticket.
  1. Direct, truthful, frank.
a answer.
  1. As it should be.
Everything is now.
  1. Undiluted.
whiskey.
  1. Having all cylinders in a single row. (referring to an internal combustion engine)
a six.
  1. slang: conventional.
  2. slang: heterosexual.
  3. slang: boring, unappealing, bad or of low quality.
  4. (cricket) On, or near a line running between the two wickets.
adverb ((compar): straighter, (superl): straightest)
  1. In a forward direction.
ahead
  1. Continuously; without interruption or pause.
He claims he can hold his breath for three minutes .
streamer Tweet Definition of streamer Like Definition of streamer on Facebook
noun
  1. a long, narrow flag, or piece of material used as a decoration
  2. a newspaper headline that runs across the entire page
  3. (computing) a data storage system, mainly used to produce backups, in which large quantities of data are transferred to a continuously moving tape
  4. (context, fishing) in fly fishing, a variety of wet fly designed to mimic a minnow
string Tweet Definition of string Like Definition of string on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) A long, thin and flexible structure made from threads twisted together.
  2. (uncountable) Such a structure considered as a substance.
  3. (countable) Any long, thin and flexible object.
a violin
  1. (countable) A cohesive substance taking the form of a string.
The of spittle dangling from his chin was most unattractive
  1. (countable) A series of items or events.
a of successes
  1. (countable) (computer science) A sequence of characters stored consecutively in memory and capable of being processed as a single entity.
  2. (music, countable, usually in plural) A stringed instrument or the person playing that instrument.
verb (strings, stringing, strung)
  1. (transitive) To put (items) on a string.
You can string these beads on to this cord to make a colorful necklace
  1. (transitive) To put strings on (something).
It is difficult to string a tennis racket properly
stringer Tweet Definition of stringer Like Definition of stringer on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone who threads something.
  2. Someone who leads someone along.
  3. A horizontal timber that supports upright posts.
  4. A local freelance reporter for a national or regional newspaper.
  5. (surfing) Wooden strip running lengthwise down the centre of a surfboard, for strength.
Line up the 1/2 template with the (or draw a center line) — Stephen Pirsch http://www.surfersteve.com/shaping.htm
  1. (baseball, slang) An 1800s baseball term meaning a hard-hit ball.
  2. (fishing) A cord or chain, sometimes with additional loop, loops, that is threaded through the mouth and gills of caught fish.
Janice pulled the bluegill out of the water and added it to her .
style Tweet Definition of style Like Definition of style on Facebook
noun
  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
syndicate Tweet Definition of syndicate Like Definition of syndicate on Facebook
noun
  1. A group of individuals or companies formed to transact some specific business, or to promote a common interest; a self-coordinating group.
  2. A similar group of gangsters engaged in organized crime.
  3. A chain of newspapers, or an agency that distributes features to multiple newspapers.

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