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RA Tweet Definition of RA Like Definition of RA on Facebook
initialism
  1. Rear admiral, a rank in the Royal Navy.
  2. w:Royal Academy, Royal Academy, the Royal Academy of Arts is an art institution based in London, England.
  3. Royal Academician, a member of the Royal Academy.
  4. w:Royal Artillery, Royal Artillery, a regiment in the British Army.
racer Tweet Definition of racer Like Definition of racer on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone who takes part in a race.
  2. A racehorse.
  3. An animal known for its fast speed, or suitable for racing; applied especially to a number of North American snakes, certain kinds of lake trout, etc.
  4. A vehicle or other device used for racing.
RAF Tweet Definition of RAF Like Definition of RAF on Facebook
initialism
  1. (military) Royal Air Force
  2. (Germany): Rote Armee Fraktion (red army faction) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Army_Faction
raise Tweet Definition of raise Like Definition of raise on Facebook
noun
  1. An increase in wages.
The boss gave me a .
  1. (weightlifting) A shoulder exercise in which the arms are elevated against resistance.
  2. (curling) A shot in which the delivered stone bumps another stone forward.
  3. (poker) A bet which raised the previous bet.
verb (rais, ing)
  1. To cause to rise.
Raise your hand if want to say something.
  1. To collect.
He raises a lot of money for charity.
  1. To be brought up; to mature
Chew with your mouth shut — were you raised in a barn?
  1. (poker) To respond to an initial bet by increasing the amount required to continue in the hand.
John bet, and Julie raised requiring John to put in more money.
  1. To create; to constitute (a use, or a beneficial interest in property).
There should be some consideration (i.e. payment or exchange) to raise a use.
ranger Tweet Definition of ranger Like Definition of ranger on Facebook
noun
  1. a keeper, guardian, or soldier who ranges over a region to protect the area or enforce the law.
rapid fire Tweet Definition of rapid fire Like Definition of rapid fire on Facebook
adjective
  1. Quickly, with minimal time between occurrences.
The attorney peppered him with questions, barely giving him time to reply.
rear admiral Tweet Definition of rear admiral Like Definition of rear admiral on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) a naval officer below the rank of vice admiral
  2. (slang) A proctologist
reconnaissance Tweet Definition of reconnaissance Like Definition of reconnaissance on Facebook
noun (abbreviated as recce or recon)
  1. The act of scouting or explore, exploring (especially military or medical) to gain information.
recover Tweet Definition of recover Like Definition of recover on Facebook
verb
  1. To cover again.
  2. To get better from; to recuperate.
  3. To win (something) back.
redeye Tweet Definition of redeye Like Definition of redeye on Facebook
adjective
  1. (alternative spelling of, red-eye)
red flag Tweet Definition of red flag Like Definition of red flag on Facebook
noun
  1. (idiom) A cue, warning, or alert; a sign or signal that something is wrong.
Improper formatting is a to look for other problems with the data.
refuse Tweet Definition of refuse Like Definition of refuse on Facebook
noun
  1. Collectively, items or material that have been discarded; rubbish, garbage.
verb (refus, ing)
  1. (transitive) To decline (a request or demand).
My request for a pay rise was refused.
I refuse to listen to this nonsense any more.
  1. (intransitive) To decline a request or demand; to withhold permission.
I asked the star if I could have her autograph, but she refused.
adjective
  1. discarded, Discarded, rejected.
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regiment Tweet Definition of regiment Like Definition of regiment on Facebook
noun
  1. An army unit, larger than a company and smaller than a division, consisting of at least two battalions, normally commanded by a colonel.
register Tweet Definition of register Like Definition of register on Facebook
noun
  1. A formal recording of names, events, transactions etc.
  2. A book of such entries.
  3. An entry in such a book.
  4. The act of registering.
  5. A device that automatically records a quantity etc.
  6. (computing) Part of the central processing unit used to store and manipulate numbers.
  7. (printing) The exact alignment of lines, margins and colors.
  8. (music) The range of a voice or instrument.
  9. (music) An organ stop.
  10. (Always voluntary) To sign over for safe keeping. Abandons complete ownership for partial.
  11. (linguistics) a style of a language used in a particular context
verb
  1. (transitive) To enter in a register.
  2. (transitive) To enroll, especially to vote.
  3. (transitive) To record, especially in writing.
  4. (transitive) To express outward signs.
  5. (context, transitive, mail) To record officially and handle specially.
  6. (context, transitive, printing) To adjust so as to be properly aligned.
  7. (intransitive) To place one's name, or have one's name placed in a register.
  8. (intransitive) To enroll as a student.
  9. (intransitive) To make an impression.
  10. (intransitive) To be in proper alignment.
regular Tweet Definition of regular Like Definition of regular on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of the British Army as opposed to a member of the Territorial Army or Reserve.
  2. A frequent, routine visitor to an establishment.
  3. (Canadian English) A coffee with one cream and one sugar.
adjective
  1. with constant frequency or pattern.
  2. normal; ordinary
  3. obeying rules
  4. (grammar) (of a verb, plural, etc) following a set or common pattern
The verb "to walk" is regular.
The noun "mouse" has the irregular plural "mice".
  1. frequent or common
He made visits to go see his mother.
  1. (snowboarding): Riding with the left foot forward.
  2. exemplary, Exemplary; excellent example of; utter.
a genius
a John Bull
reinforcement Tweet Definition of reinforcement Like Definition of reinforcement on Facebook
noun (plural reinforcements)
  1. the act of reinforcing, the state of being reinforced or something that reinforces
  2. (in plural) additional troops or materiel sent to support a military action
  3. (behavioral psychology) the process whereby behavior is increased because of a consequence associated with that behavior
replacement Tweet Definition of replacement Like Definition of replacement on Facebook
noun
  1. Some one or thing that takes the place of another; a substitute.
reservist Tweet Definition of reservist Like Definition of reservist on Facebook
noun
  1. A soldier who is assigned as reserved; after training, no longer in full active duty.
retire Tweet Definition of retire Like Definition of retire on Facebook
noun (plural: retires)
  1. (rare) The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires.
His is by a lake.
  1. (dated) A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.
At the , the cavalry fell back.'''
verb (retires, retiring, retired)
  1. (transitive) To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively.
He retired himself from the party.
  1. (transitive) To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.
The central bank retired those notes five years ago.
  1. (transitive) To cause to retire; specifically, to designate as no longer qualified for active service; to place on the retired list; as, to retire a military or naval officer.
The board retired the old major.
  1. (transitive) (cricket) of a batsman, to voluntarily stop batting so that the next batsman can bat
Jones retired in favour of Smith.
  1. (transitive) (baseball) of a fielder, to make a defensive play which results in a runner or the batter being put out
Jones retired Smith 6-3.
  1. (intransitive) To go back or return; to draw back or away; to keep aloof; to withdraw or retreat, as from observation; to go into privacy; as, to retire to his home; to retire from the world, or from notice.
I will to the study.''
  1. (intransitive) To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle.
The regiment retired from the fray after the Major was killed.
  1. (intransitive) To withdraw from a public station, from working, or from business
Having made a large fortune, he retired.
He wants to at 55.
  1. (intransitive) To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
Past the point, the shore retires into a sequence of coves.
  1. (intransitive) To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.
I will for the night.
retirement Tweet Definition of retirement Like Definition of retirement on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; withdrawal; seclusion; as, the retirement of an officer; the portion of one's life after retiring from one's career.
  2. (obsolete): A place of seclusion or privacy; a place to which one withdraws or retreats; a private abode.
return Tweet Definition of return Like Definition of return on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of a person returning.
"Upon my ..."
  1. A return ticket.
  2. An item that is returned, e.g. due to a defect.
  3. (finance): Gain or loss from an investment. "It yielded a of 5%..."
  4. (context, taxation, finance): A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.
  5. (computing) A character that indicates a new line. Hexadecimal %x0d, decimal 13. Old typewriters had a carriage that lined up the paper with the printing strike-arms; with the advent of electronic typewriters, the "carriage return" key would realign the printing at the left margin, and advance to a new line. Early computers added <CR><LF> (13,10) to indicate a new line, with variations such as <LF> (10), <CR> (13) and even <LF><CR> (10,13). Modern computer use has expanded the meaning to denote a new paragraph.
  6. (computing) The act of going back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  7. (computing) The data passed back from a called procedure to the calling procedure (also return value).
  8. A short extention (perpendicular) of a desk, usually slightly lower.
  9. (context, Football (American)): Catching a ball after a punt, and running it back towards the opposing team.
  10. (cricket) A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.
verb
  1. To give something back to its original holder/owner.
  2. To take something back to a retailer for a refund.
  3. To come back after some period of time, or at regular intervals.
  4. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. "But to to my story."
  5. (context, Tennis): To bat the ball in response to a serve over the net.
  6. (context, Card games): To play a card as a result of another player's lead; a trump.
  7. (cricket) To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
  8. (computing) (intransitive) To go back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  9. (computing) (transitive) Of a called procedure, to pass back (data) to the calling procedure.
ROK Tweet Definition of ROK Like Definition of ROK on Facebook
initialism
  1. Republic of Korea (South Korea)
roll call Tweet Definition of roll call Like Definition of roll call on Facebook
noun
  1. the reading aloud of a list of names, and subsequent responses, in order to determine who is present or absent
  2. the time of day fixed for such an event
  3. such an event in a legislative body in order to determine if a quorum exists

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