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separate Tweet Definition of separate Like Definition of separate on Facebook
noun
  1. (usually, in plural) Anything that is sold by itself, especially an article of clothing.
verb (separat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To divide (a thing) into separate parts.
Separate the articles from the headings.
  1. (transitive) To cause (things or people) to be separate.
If the kids get too noisy, them for a few minutes.
  1. (intransitive) To divide itself into separate pieces or substances.
The sauce will if you don't keep stirring.
adjective
  1. apart, Apart from (the rest); not connected to or attached to (anything else).
This chair can be disassembled into five pieces.
  1. (context, followed by "from") Not together (with); not united (to).
I try to keep my personal life from work.
serial Tweet Definition of serial Like Definition of serial on Facebook
noun
  1. A work, as a work of fiction, published in installments, often numbered and without a specified end.
adjective
  1. Having to do with or arranged in a series.
    The w:serial killer, killer had a string of victims across seven states.
  2. Published or produced in installments.
short title Tweet Definition of short title Like Definition of short title on Facebook
noun
  1. an abbreviated form of entry for a book in a list or catalog that usually gives only the author's name, the title in brief, the date and place of publication, and the publisher's or printer's name.
stack Tweet Definition of stack Like Definition of stack on Facebook
noun
  1. A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, larger at the bottom than the top, sometimes covered with thatch.
  2. A pile of similar objects, each directly on top of the last.
Please bring me a chair from that stack in the corner.
  1. A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.
  2. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. (~3 m³)
  3. A smokestack.
  4. (computing) A linear data structure in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved; a LIFO queue.
  5. (computing) A portion of memory in a computer occupied by a data structure, particularly (the stack) that portion of main memory manipulated during machine language procedure call related instructions.
  6. (geology) Coastal landform. A large vertical column of rock in the sea.
  7. (context, library) Compactly spaced bookshelf, bookshelves used to house large collections of books.
  8. (figurative) A large amount of an object.
  9. (military) A pile of rifles or muskets in a cone shape.
  10. (poker) The amount of money a player has on the table.
  11. (architecture) A vertical drain pipe.
verb
  1. To place one or more objects or material in the form of a stack or on an existing stack.
Please stack those chairs in the corner.
  1. (card games) To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner.
This is the third hand in a row you've drawn a four-of-a-kind. Someone is stacking the deck!
  1. (poker) To take all the money another player currently has on the table.
I won Jill's last $100 this hand; I stacked her!
stall Tweet Definition of stall Like Definition of stall on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) A compartment for a single animal in a stable or cattle shed.
  2. (countable) A small open-fronted shop.
  3. A very small room used for a shower or a toilet.
Rabbit eases from the king-size bed, goes into their bathroom with its rose-colored one-piece Fiberglas tub and shower stall, and urinates into the toilet of a matching rose porcelain. - "Rabbit at Rest", by John Updike
  1. (countable) A seat in a theatre close to and (about) level with the stage.
  2. (aeronautics) loss, Loss of lift due to an airfoil's critical angle of attack being exceeded.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To come to a standstill.
  2. (intransitive) (aeronautics) To exceed the critical angle of attack, resulting in total loss of lift.

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