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AAA Tweet Definition of AAA Like Definition of AAA on Facebook
initialism
  1. w:American Automobile Association, American Automobile Association
  2. anti-aircraft artillery
  3. w:Amateur Athletic Association, Amateur Athletic Association
  4. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  5. Access All Areas, Sony music project
  6. Access Approval Authority
  7. Accumulated Adjustments Account, in US Federal Income Tax
  8. Acquisition Approval Authority
  9. Action Awareness Alert
  10. Adaptive Array Antenna
  11. Administration, Authorization, and Authentication, in software security
  12. Advanced Acoustic Array
  13. AEGIS Acquisition Agent
  14. Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, and Aviation
  15. Age Anaesthesia Association
  16. Air Avenue of Approach
  17. Airborne Array Aperture
  18. Airborne Assault Area
  19. Aircraft Alert Area
  20. Airport Airspace Analysis
  21. Alaska Activities Adventures Plus Tours
  22. Allocations, Assessments, and Analysis
  23. Alternate Assembly Area
  24. Angle Angle Angle, a geometric proof
  25. Area Agency on Aging
  26. Arrival and Assembly Area
  27. Army Audit Agency
  28. Aromatic Amino Acid
  29. Assign Alternate Area
  30. Association of Avatar Artists
  31. Astronaut-Actuated Abort
  32. Atheist and Agnostic Association
  33. Attitude, Awareness and Accountability, a ski safety program
  34. Authentication, Authorization and Accounting
  35. Authorization Accounting Activity
  36. Authorized Accounting Activity
  37. Automated Airlift Analysis
  38. Automobile Association of America (USA)
  39. Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, Puerto Rico)
  40. Awaiting Aircraft Availability
  41. Allied Artists' Association
  42. Amateur Athletics Association
  43. American Abstract Artists
  44. American Academy of Actuaries
  45. American Academy of Addictionology
  46. American Academy of Advertising
  47. American Academy of Audiology
  48. American Accounting Association
  49. American Allergy Association
  50. American Ambulance Association
  51. American Armwrestling Association
  52. American Association of Anatomists
  53. American Audit Associates
  54. ANSI Artists of America
  55. Anticipative Adaptive Array, in frequency-hopping communications
  56. Antique Airplane Association
  57. Antique Automobile Association
  58. Appraisers Association of America
  59. Arkansas Ambulance Association
  60. Australian Association of Accountants
  61. Australian Automobile Association
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aam Tweet Definition of aam Like Definition of aam on Facebook
noun
  1. A Dutch and German measure of liquids, varying in different cities, being at Amsterdam about 41 wine gallons, at Antwerp 36½, at Hamburg 38¼.
AB Tweet Definition of AB Like Definition of AB on Facebook
noun
  1. A blood type of the ABO system that has a both blood antigens and may receive all blood types, and donate to AB.
abbreviation
  1. Alberta (Canadian province).
  2. able-bodied seaman.
  3. also.
  4. antiballistic.
  5. Bachelor of Arts.
ABC Tweet Definition of ABC Like Definition of ABC on Facebook
noun
  1. (US also ABCs) (uncountable) The alphabet.
Do you know your ABCs?
  1. (obsolete) A primer for teaching the Latin alphabet and first elements of reading.
  2. (not used in the plural) The rudiments of any subject.
the of finance
initialism
  1. Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  2. wikipedia:American_Broadcasting_Company, American Broadcasting Company
  3. (Japan) Asahi Broadcasting Corporation
  4. Alcoholic Beverage Control
  5. (context, of chewing gum) Already been chewed
  6. (Business Management) w:Activity-based costing, Activity-Based Costing
  7. w:American-born Chinese, American-born Chinese
  8. African Basketball Confederation
  9. ABC (B), a Belgian car market
  10. Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast Railroad
  11. Aural brevity code
  12. (Military) Atomic, Biological and Chemical
  13. American Book Center
  14. ABC ( Brazil ) An acrostic for Saint Andre, Saint Bernardo and Saint Caetano, satellite cities around Sao Paulo City , a very important industrial area.
ABM Tweet Definition of ABM Like Definition of ABM on Facebook
initialism
  1. Anti-ballistic missile.
  2. Automated bank machine.
  3. (Business Management) Activity-based management.
A-bomb Tweet Definition of A-bomb Like Definition of A-bomb on Facebook
noun
  1. An atomic bomb; a weapon that derives its energy from nuclear reactions and has enormous destructive power. Explosion caused by splitting an atom.
abort Tweet Definition of abort Like Definition of abort on Facebook
noun
  1. A miscarriage; an untimely birth; an abortion.
  2. The product of a miscarriage; an aborted offspring; an abortion.
Note: As with the more modern "abortion" this can refer either to the process or the result of the process.
  1. (computing) The function used to abort a process.
  2. (computing) An event involving the abort of a process.
We've had three aborts over the last two days.
  1. (military) An early termination of a mission.
We've had aborts on three of our last seven launches.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To miscarry; to bring forth something prematurely.
  2. (transitive) To cause a premature termination whether of a foetus or more generally of anything that has been begun.
  3. (intransitive, biology) To become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to become sterile.
  4. (transitive, computing) To terminate a process prior to completion.
  5. (military) To terminate a mission for any reason other than enemy action. It may occur at any point after the beginning of the mission and prior to its completion.
  6. (rfd-redundant, included in mil sense) (aviation, military) To discontinue aircraft takeoff or missile launch.
about face Tweet Definition of about face Like Definition of about face on Facebook
noun
  1. (figurative) A complete change of opinion, direction, etc.
The new policy represents a complete from the old one.
verb (infl, en}verb, head=to about face)
  1. To turn 180 degrees.
When he saw the police car, he about-faced and quickly walked away.
about-face Tweet Definition of about-face Like Definition of about-face on Facebook
noun
  1. An abrupt turn to face the opposite direction; often used metaphorically.
The soldier did an and marched off.
When Luke heard the news, he did an abrupt on the policy.
verb (about-faces, about-facing, about-faced, about faced)
  1. To turn 180 degrees to face the opposite direction; often used metaphorically.
The soldiers would about-face immediately the order was given.
A politician will at the drop of a hat if he thinks there are votes in it.
ack-ack Tweet Definition of ack-ack Like Definition of ack-ack on Facebook
noun (plural:ack-acks)
  1. An antiaircraft gun.
The army fired upon us with an ack-ack.
  1. (uncountable) Antiaircraft fire
acoustical surveillance Tweet Definition of acoustical surveillance Like Definition of acoustical surveillance on Facebook
noun
  1. (Military) Employment of electronic devices, including sound-recording, -receiving, or -transmitting equipment, for the collection of information.
action Tweet Definition of action Like Definition of action on Facebook
noun
  1. Something done so as to accomplish a purpose.
  2. A way of motion or functioning.
Knead bread with a rocking .
  1. A fast-paced activity.
an movie
  1. A mechanism; a moving part or assembly.
a rifle
  1. (music): The set of moving mechanical parts in a keyboard instrument which transfer the motion of the key to the sound-making device.
  2. (slang) sexual, Sexual activity; intercourse.
She gave him some .
  1. The distance separating the strings and the fretboard on the guitar.
  2. (military) combat, Combat.
He saw some in the Korean War.
  1. A charge or other process in a law court.
verb
  1. To act on a request etc, in order to put it into effect
activate Tweet Definition of activate Like Definition of activate on Facebook
verb (activat, ing)
  1. Put into action
  2. Put to work
  3. Turn on
active Tweet Definition of active Like Definition of active on Facebook
noun
  1. A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.
adjective (WikiSaurus?-link, active)
  1. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; — opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.
  2. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
  3. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; — opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct.
active laws
active hostilities
an active volcano
  1. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; — opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.
  2. Requiring or implying action or exertion; — opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
  3. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; — opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
  4. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
  5. Implying or producing rapid action.
an active disease
an active remedy
  1. (grammar)
  1. Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.
  2. Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
  3. Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
  4. (italbrac, gay sexual slang)
  5. (italbrac, of a homosexual man) enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner
  6. such a role in anal sex
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abbreviation
  1. adjective
  2. adjustment
adjust Tweet Definition of adjust Like Definition of adjust on Facebook
verb
  1. To modify something.
Morimoto's recipes are adjusted to suit the American palate
  1. To improve or rectify.
He adjusted his initial conclusion to reflect the new data.
  1. To settle an insurance claim.
adjutant Tweet Definition of adjutant Like Definition of adjutant on Facebook
noun
  1. Military: A lower-ranking officer who assists a higher-ranking officer with administrative affairs
  2. An assistant.
  3. A member of the Leptoptilos genus of African storks, also known as marabou.
adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
  1. The noun used as a modifier (e.g. adjutant officer).
admiralty Tweet Definition of admiralty Like Definition of admiralty on Facebook
noun (admiralties, -)
  1. (military): The office or jurisdiction of an admiral.
  2. (military): The department or officers having authority over naval affairs generally.
  3. (legal): The court which has jurisdiction of maritime questions and offenses.
  4. (legal): The system of jurisprudence of admiralty courts.
  5. (military) The building in which the lords of the admiralty, in England, transact business.
advance Tweet Definition of advance Like Definition of advance on Facebook
noun
  1. A forward move.
  2. An amount of money or credit, especially given as a loan, or paid before it is due.
  3. (in plural) An opening approach or overture, especially of an unwelcome or sexual nature.
verb (advanc, ing)
  1. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on.
They . . . advanced their eyelids. "Shakespeare
  1. To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
  2. To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten.
to the ripening of fruit
to one's interests
  1. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show.
to an argument
  1. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.
  2. To furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due, or in aid of an enterprise; to supply beforehand.
Merchants often money on a contract or on goods consigned to them.
  1. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate.
to the price of goods
  1. (intransitive) To move forwards, to approach.
adjective
  1. completed, Completed before need or a milestone event.
He made an payment on the prior shipment to show good faith.
  1. preceding, Preceding.
The man came a month before the candidate.
  1. forward, Forward.
The scouts found a site for an base.
aerial Tweet Definition of aerial Like Definition of aerial on Facebook
noun
  1. A device for receiving or transmitting radio, television signals etc.
adjective
  1. of, or in, the air
AF Tweet Definition of AF Like Definition of AF on Facebook
initialism
  1. Air Force
AFB Tweet Definition of AFB Like Definition of AFB on Facebook
initialism
  1. w:Air Force Base, Air Force Base
  2. acid-fast bacillus
AID Tweet Definition of AID Like Definition of AID on Facebook
initialism
  1. Agency for International Development
aide Tweet Definition of aide Like Definition of aide on Facebook
noun
  1. An assistant.
  2. (military) An officer who acts as assistant to a more senior one; an aide-de-camp.
aide-de-camp Tweet Definition of aide-de-camp Like Definition of aide-de-camp on Facebook
noun (aides-de-camp)
  1. A military officer who serves as an assistant to a higher ranking officer.
air base Tweet Definition of air base Like Definition of air base on Facebook
noun
  1. An airbase.
airburst Tweet Definition of airburst Like Definition of airburst on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, air burst)
  1. The explosion of a bomb or similar weapon in the air rather than on the ground.
aircraft carrier Tweet Definition of aircraft carrier Like Definition of aircraft carrier on Facebook
noun
  1. A warship with a deck on which airplanes can be launched or landed.
aircrew Tweet Definition of aircrew Like Definition of aircrew on Facebook
noun
  1. A group of two or more trained individuals, formed as a team that operates an aircraft.
    The aircrew ran to the bomber.
air force Tweet Definition of air force Like Definition of air force on Facebook
noun
  1. the branch of the military devoted to air warfare
  2. a unit in the U.S. Air Force larger than a division but smaller than a command
airhead Tweet Definition of airhead Like Definition of airhead on Facebook
noun
  1. A silly, foolish or unintelligent person
airman Tweet Definition of airman Like Definition of airman on Facebook
noun (airmen)
  1. A pilot of an aircraft
  2. A member of an air force
  3. A rank in the U.S. Air Force above Airman Basic and below Airman First Class.
air raid Tweet Definition of air raid Like Definition of air raid on Facebook
noun
  1. An attack on a surface target by military aircraft, especially when dropping bombs.
air-raid shelter Tweet Definition of air-raid shelter Like Definition of air-raid shelter on Facebook
noun
  1. A structure, often a reinforced underground shelter designed to give protection against air raids.
Aldershot Tweet Definition of Aldershot Like Definition of Aldershot on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A town in Hampshire, England.
alfa Tweet Definition of alfa Like Definition of alfa on Facebook
noun
  1. The letter A in the ICAO spelling alphabet
allotment Tweet Definition of allotment Like Definition of allotment on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of allotting; assignment.
  2. That which is allotted; a share, part, or portion granted or distributed; that which is assigned by lot, or by the act of God; anything set apart for a special use or to a distinct party.
  3. The allowance of a specific amount of scrip or of a particular thing to a particular person.
    1. A plot of land rented from the council for growing fruit and vegetables.
ammunition Tweet Definition of ammunition Like Definition of ammunition on Facebook
noun
  1. Articles used in charging firearms and ordnance of all kinds; as powder, balls, shot, shells, percussion caps, rockets, etc.
  2. Any stock of missiles, literal or figurative.
amphibian Tweet Definition of amphibian Like Definition of amphibian on Facebook
noun
  1. Any four-legged vertebrate that does not have amniotic eggs, living both on land and in water.
amphibious Tweet Definition of amphibious Like Definition of amphibious on Facebook
adjective
  1. Capable of functioning on land or in water.
  2. Occurring on both land and water.
amphibious attack
anchor Tweet Definition of anchor Like Definition of anchor on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.
  • Formerly a vessel would differentiate amongst the anchors carried as waist anchor, best bower, bower, stream and kedge anchors, depending on purpose and, to a great extent, on mass and size of the anchor. Modern usage is storm anchor for the heaviest anchor with the longest rode, best bower or simply bower for the most commonly used anchor deployed from the bow, and stream or lunch hook for a small, light anchor used for temporary moorage and often deployed from the stern.
(nautical) An iron device so shaped as to grip the bottom and hold a vessel at her berth by the chain or rope attached. (FM 55-501).
  1. (nautical) Generic term to refer to the combined anchoring gear (anchor, rode, and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass.)
  2. A fixed point, especially materials or tools used to affix something at that point.
  3. (internet) An HTML/XHTML mark-up tag to define a position in a file, or a link to a URL.
  4. (italbrac, television) An anchorman or anchorwoman.
verb
  1. To hold an object, especially a ship or a boat to a fixed point.
  2. To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.
  3. To perform as an anchorman.
antiaircraft Tweet Definition of antiaircraft Like Definition of antiaircraft on Facebook
adjective
  1. Designed to defend against air attacks.
antiballistic Tweet Definition of antiballistic Like Definition of antiballistic on Facebook
adjective
  1. (of a missile, or system) designed to detect, intercept, and destroy a ballistic missile in flight
antimissile Tweet Definition of antimissile Like Definition of antimissile on Facebook
adjective
  1. Designed to intercept and destroy another missile in flight.
defense
missile
antipersonnel Tweet Definition of antipersonnel Like Definition of antipersonnel on Facebook
adjective
  1. Designed to kill soldiers.
antitank Tweet Definition of antitank Like Definition of antitank on Facebook
adjectiveanti-tank
  1. Referring to weapons designed to attack military tanks or similar armored vehicles.
    A TOW missile is an weapon capable of killing everyone in a tank from great distance.
Apache Tweet Definition of Apache Like Definition of Apache on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Any of several Athabascan-speaking peoples of the American Southwest excluding Navajo, i.e. Chiricahua, Jicarilla, Lipan, Mescalero, Plains Apache, or Western Apache.
  2. A person belonging to an Apache people.
  3. The languages of the Apache peoples.
  4. A Parisian gangster.
  5. An open source HTTP server.
  6. The town of Apache, Oklahoma (zipcode 73006)
  7. A military helicopter
APC Tweet Definition of APC Like Definition of APC on Facebook
initialism
  1. (military) armored personnel carrier
  2. (music) Wikipedia:A Perfect Circle, A Perfect Circle
apprentice Tweet Definition of apprentice Like Definition of apprentice on Facebook
noun
  1. A trainee, especially in a skilled trade.
  2. (historical) One who is bound by indentures or by legal agreement to serve a tradesperson, or other person, for a certain time, with a view to learn the art, or trade, in which his master is bound to instruct him.
  3. (dated) One not well versed in a subject; a tyro or newbie.
verb (apprentic, ing)
  1. (transitive) To put under the care and supervision of a master, for the purpose of instruction in a trade or business.
approach Tweet Definition of approach Like Definition of approach on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
The of summer. —Horsley.
A nearer to the human type. —Owen.
  1. An access, or opportunity of drawing near.
The to kings and principal persons. —Bacon.
  1. (context, used only with the plural approaches) Movements to gain favor; advances.
  2. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access. —Macaulay.
  3. A manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made.
an to gardening
  1. (context, used only in the plural, fortification) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
  2. (golf) A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.
  3. The way a plane lands at an airport.
verb (approach, es)
  1. (intransitive) To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.
Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city? —2 Sam. xi. 20.
But exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. —Heb. x. 25.
  1. (intransitive) To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate.
as he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.
  1. (transitive) To come near to in place, time, or character; to draw nearer to; as, to approach the city; to approach my cabin; he approached the age of manhood.
He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached Homer. --Temple.
  1. (context, transitive, military) To take approaches to.
arbalest Tweet Definition of arbalest Like Definition of arbalest on Facebook
noun
  1. A late form of medieval crossbow, having a steel prod, or bow.
archery Tweet Definition of archery Like Definition of archery on Facebook
noun (archer, ies, -)
  1. (uncountable) The practice or sport of shooting arrows with a bow.
  2. (countable) A group of archers.
ARM Tweet Definition of ARM Like Definition of ARM on Facebook
initialism
  1. accelerated reply mail: a service of the United States Postal Service
  2. adjustable rate mortgage
armament Tweet Definition of armament Like Definition of armament on Facebook
noun
  1. A body of forces equipped for war.
  2. (Military & Naval): All the cannon and small arms collectively, with their equipments, belonging to a ship or a fortification.
  3. Any equipment for resistance.
armed Tweet Definition of armed Like Definition of armed on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, arm)
adjective
  1. equip, Equipped, especially with a weapon.
  2. (Of a weapon) prepared for use.
armed forces Tweet Definition of armed forces Like Definition of armed forces on Facebook
noun
  1. The military forces of a nation; the army, navy, air force, marines and, sometimes, coast guard.
armistice Tweet Definition of armistice Like Definition of armistice on Facebook
noun
  1. A ceasefire; a truce.
armor Tweet Definition of armor Like Definition of armor on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, armour, armor)
  1. (uncountable) A form of body protection that consists of a hard material that is worn around the vital areas of the body.
  2. (uncountable) A natural form of this kind of protection on an animal's body.
  3. (countable) A tank, or other heavy mobile assault vehicle.
  4. (uncountable) A military formation consisting primarily of tanks or other armoured fighting vehicles.
armored Tweet Definition of armored Like Definition of armored on Facebook
verb