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abrasive Tweet Definition of abrasive Like Definition of abrasive on Facebook
noun
  1. A substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, smoothing, or polishing.
adjective
  1. Producing abrasion; rough enough to wear away the outer surface.
An person can grate against one's sensibilities.
  1. Being rough and coarse in manner or disposition.
Despite her proper upbringing, we found her manners to be terribly .
accumulator Tweet Definition of accumulator Like Definition of accumulator on Facebook
noun (plural: accumulators)
  1. One who, or that which, accumulates, collects, or amasses.
  2. (mechanics) An apparatus by means of which energy or power can be stored, such as the cylinder or tank for storing water for hydraulic elevators, the secondary or storage battery used for accumulating the energy of electrical charges, etc.
  3. A system of elastic springs for relieving the strain upon a rope, as in deep-sea dredging
adapter Tweet Definition of adapter Like Definition of adapter on Facebook
noun
  1. One that adapts.
He was an able , and could easily adjust to the differences when the company changed ownership.
  1. A device or application used to achieve operative compatibility between devices that otherwise are incompatible.
He had an that let him plug his phone into the car's cigarette lighter for power.
  1. Specifically, a device that permits two, three, or more plugs to be used at a single electrical power point.
The wall outlet sprouted an electrical monstrosity of adapters plugged into adapters that sparked ominously.
  1. Specifically, a device that allows one format of plug to be used with a different format of socket.
We obtained adaptors to use our three-prong plugs in the two-prong, unpolarized outlets of the old house.
agitator Tweet Definition of agitator Like Definition of agitator on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, agitator, agitator (person))
  1. An implement for shaking or mixing.
  2. One who agitates; one who stirs up or excites others; as, political reformers and agitators.
  3. One of a body of men appointed by the army, in Cromwell's time, to look after their interests; called also adjutators.
air brake Tweet Definition of air brake Like Definition of air brake on Facebook
noun
  1. (alternative spelling of, airbrake)
airline Tweet Definition of airline Like Definition of airline on Facebook
noun
  1. company that flies airplanes to transport people and goods
air pump Tweet Definition of air pump Like Definition of air pump on Facebook
noun
  1. A pump that moves air either into, or out of, something.
alignment Tweet Definition of alignment Like Definition of alignment on Facebook
noun
  1. An arrangement of items in a line.
  2. The process of adjusting a mechanism such that its parts are aligned; the condition of having its parts so adjusted.
  3. An alliance of factions.
  1. (astronomy) The conjunction of two celestial objects.
allowance Tweet Definition of allowance Like Definition of allowance on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
Without the king's will or the state's allowance. --Shak.
  1. Acknowledgment.
The censure of the which one must in your allowance overweigh a whole theater of others. --Shak.
  1. That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short.
I can give the boy a handsome allowance. --Thackeray.
  1. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth.
After making the largest allowance for fraud. --Macaulay.
  1. (commercial) A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.
apron Tweet Definition of apron Like Definition of apron on Facebook
noun
  1. An article of clothing worn over the front of the torso and/or legs for protection from spills.
  2. The paved area of an airport.
  3. The sides of a trees canopy
assembly Tweet Definition of assembly Like Definition of assembly on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Freedom of assembly)
(
assemblies)
  1. A set of pieces that work together in unison as a mechanism or device.
  2. A congregation of people in one place for a purpose
school assembly, freedom of assembly
  1. A legislative body; e.g., the General Assembly of the United Nations.
  2. (computing) A shortened or jargon form of the term assembly language.
  3. (computing) In Microsoft .NET, a building block of an application, similar to a DLL, but containing both executable code and information normally found in a DLL's type library. The type library information in an assembly, called a manifest, describes public functions, data, classes, and version info.
automata Tweet Definition of automata Like Definition of automata on Facebook
noun
  1. (plural of, automaton)
automaton Tweet Definition of automaton Like Definition of automaton on Facebook
noun (pl2=automata)
  1. A machine, robot, or formal system designed to follow a precise sequence of instructions.
Due to her strict adherence to her daily schedule, Jessica was becoming more and more convinced that she was an .
A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on 'til the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. - Thomas Jefferson
  1. A toy in the form of a mechanical figure
axle Tweet Definition of axle Like Definition of axle on Facebook
noun
  1. The pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which revolves with a wheel.
  2. A transverse bar or shaft connecting the opposite wheels of a car or carriage; an axletree.
  3. An axis; as, the sun"s axle.

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