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back Tweet Definition of back Like Definition of back on Facebook
  1. The side of something opposite the front or useful side; the reverse side; the side that is not normally seen.
Turn the book over and look at the cover.
  1. That which is farthest away from the front.
He sat in the of the room.
  1. The part of something that goes last.
The car was near the of the train.
  1. The rear of body, especially the part between the neck and the end of the spine and opposite the chest and belly.
Could you please scratch my ?
  1. In some team sports, a position behind most players on the team.
  1. To go in the reverse direction.
The train backed into the station.
  1. To support.
I you all the way.
  1. (nautical, of the wind) the change direction contrary to its normal pattern (anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere, clockwise in the southern)
  2. (nautical, of a square sail) to brace the yards so that the wind presses on the front of the sail, to slow the ship
  3. (nautical, of an anchor) to lay out a second, smaller anchor to provide additional holding power
  1. Near the rear.
Go in the door of the house.
  1. (context, after a change) In the previous state or position.
He was on vacation, but now he"s .
The office fell into chaos when you left, but now order is .
  1. Not current.
I"d like to find a issue of that magazine.
  1. far, Far from the main area.
They took a road.
adverb (further back, furthest back)
  1. (Not comparable) To a previous condition or place.
He gave the money.
  1. Away from the front or from an edge.
Sit all the way in your chair.
Step from the curb.
  1. In a manner that impedes.
Fear held him .
bank Tweet Definition of bank Like Definition of bank on Facebook
  1. An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs.
  2. A branch office of such an institution
  3. A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.
blood bank
sperm bank
data bank
  1. A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.
a of switches
  1. An edge of river or other watercourse.
  2. (nautical) An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shallow area of shifting sand, gravel, mud, and so forth (for example, a sandbank or mudbank).
  3. An embankment.
  4. (context, aviation) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn.
  5. A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard.
  1. (context, intransitive, aircraft) To roll or incline laterally in order to turn.
  2. (context, intransitive) To deal with a bank or financial institution.
He banked with Barclays.
  1. (context, transitive) To put into a .
I'm going to the money.
  1. (context, transitive) To cause (an aircraft) to .
  2. (context, transitive) To form into a or heap, to bank up.
  3. (context, transitive) To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat.
bench Tweet Definition of bench Like Definition of bench on Facebook
  1. A long seat, for example, in the park.
They sat on a park and tossed bread crumbs to the ducks and pigeons.
  1. In law, the people who decide on the verdict; the judiciary.
They are awaiting a decision on the motion from the .
  1. (context, law, figurative) The place where the judges sit.
She sat on the for 30 years before she retired.
  1. The place where players of a sport sit when not playing.
    He spent the first three games on the , watching.
  2. A place where assembly or hand work is performed; a workbench.
    She placed the workpiece on the , inspected it closely, and opened the cover.''
    1. (weightlifting) A horizontal padded surface, usually with a weight rack, used for support during exercise.
verb (bench, es)
  1. (context, transitive, sports) To sideline; to remove a player from play.
They benched him for the rest of the game because they thought he was injured.
  1. (context, transitive, weightlifting) To lift by bench pressing
I heard he can 150 pounds.
  1. (slang) To push the victim back on the person behind them who is on their hands and knees and end up falling over
blower Tweet Definition of blower Like Definition of blower on Facebook
  1. Person who blows.
  2. Any device that blows.
  3. (the blower) (context, slang, dated, mostly, British) telephone.
Get on the blower and call headquarters right away!
  1. A ducted fan, usually part of some heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning system.
blowhole Tweet Definition of blowhole Like Definition of blowhole on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, blowhole (biology))
  1. The spiracle, on the top of the head, through which cetaceans breath
  2. A vent for the escape of gas
  3. A cavity in the ground that leads to a marine cave and out of which waves splash
(wikipedia, blowhole (geology))      
bonanza Tweet Definition of bonanza Like Definition of bonanza on Facebook
  1. In mining, a rich mine or vein of silver or gold.
  2. By extension, anything which is a mine of wealth or yields a large income or return.
    The popular show quickly became a ratings for the network.
borehole Tweet Definition of borehole Like Definition of borehole on Facebook
  1. A hole bored into the ground to collect samples for analysis or to extract oil or water.
break Tweet Definition of break Like Definition of break on Facebook
  1. (countable) An instance of breaking something into two pieces.
The femur has a clean and so should heal easily.
  1. (countable) A physical space that open up, opens up in something or between two things.
The sun came out in a in the clouds.
  1. (countable) A rest or pause, usually from work.
Let"s take a five-minute .
  1. (countable) (tennis) (tennis) A game won by the receive, receiving player or players (in case of a double).
  2. (countable) (context, billiards) The first shot in a game of billiards
  3. (countable) (context, snooker) The number of points scored by one player in one visit to the table
  4. (countable) (surfing) Place where waves break (ie. pitch or spill forward creating white water).
2005: The final in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point. —
verb (breaks, breaking, broke, broken)
  1. (intransitive) To end up in two or more pieces that can't easily be reassembled.
If the vase falls to the floor, it might .
  1. (intransitive) (medicine) Of a bone, to crack or fracture through a sudden physical strain, such as a collision.
Don't slip and your leg.
  1. (intransitive) To stop functioning properly or altogether.
Don't the fridge with your tools.
  1. (intransitive) To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.
Let's for lunch.
  1. (intransitive) (tennis) To win a game as receiver.
  2. (intransitive) (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To make the first shot.
Is it your or my turn to ?
  1. (transitive) To cause to end up in two or more pieces.
I am going to your mask.
  1. (transitive) (medicine) (ergative) Of a bone, to cause to crack under physical strain.
Don't try to his neck.
  1. (transitive) (medicine) (ergative) Of a bone, to fracture accidentally.
Don't your fingers playing basketball.
  1. (transitive) (ergative) To cause to malfunction or stop working altogether.
Did you two the trolley by racing with it?
  1. (transitive) To cause a person or animal to lose his/her/its will, usually obtained by means of torture.
You have to an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden.
America has used many forms of torture to their POWs.
  1. (transitive) To do that which is forbidden by (a rule or rules).
When you go to Vancouver, promise me you won't the law.
  1. (transitive) (gaming slang) To design or use a powerful (yet legal) strategy that unbalances the game in a player's favor.
Letting white have three extra queens would chess.
  1. (transitive) (media) (ergative) to disclose or make known an item of news etc
bump Tweet Definition of bump Like Definition of bump on Facebook
  1. A light blow or jolting collision.
  2. the sound of such a collision
  3. A protuberance on a level surface.
  4. A swelling on the skin caused by illness or injury.
  5. (Rowing) The point, in a race in which boats are spaced apart at the start, at which a boat begins to overtake the boat ahead.
  6. The swollen abdomen of a pregnant woman
  7. (internet) A post in an Internet forum thread made in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.
verb (bumps, bumping, bumped)
  1. Knock or run into with a jolt.
  2. (internet) To post in an Internet forum thread in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.
burden Tweet Definition of burden Like Definition of burden on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) Theme, core idea.
  2. A heavy load.
  3. A responsibility, onus.
  4. A cause of worry.
  1. (transitive) To encumber with a burden (in any of the noun senses of the word).

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