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cage Tweet Definition of cage Like Definition of cage on Facebook
noun (plural: cages)
  1. an enclosure made of bars
  2. the passenger compartment of a lift
verb (cag, ing)
  1. to put into a cage
  2. (advertising, politics) To track individual responses to direct mail.
cager Tweet Definition of cager Like Definition of cager on Facebook
  1. A basketball player.
  2. A person who drives an automobile, particularly for commuting.
capping Tweet Definition of capping Like Definition of capping on Facebook
  1. (geology) rock that overlies a mineral deposit
    1. the process of covering a borehole in order to seal an oil well
    2. the selling of a security etc close to an expiry date
  2. (mathematics) the conversion of a polyhedron into a stellated polyhedron by raising a pyramid on each face
  1. (present participle of, cap)
chimney Tweet Definition of chimney Like Definition of chimney on Facebook
  1. A vertical tube or hollow column used to emit environmentally polluting gaseous and solid matter (including but not limited to by-products of burning carbon or hydro-carbon based fuels); a flue.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : Our was a square hole in the roof: it was but a little part of the smoke that found its way out, and the rest eddied about the house, and kept us coughing and piping the eye.
      1. The glass flue surrounding the flame of an oil lamp.
      2. The smokestack of a steam locomotive.
      3. A narrow cleft in a rock face.
chock Tweet Definition of chock Like Definition of chock on Facebook
  1. Any wooden block used as a wedge or filler
  2. (nautical) Any fitting or fixture used to restrict movement, especially movement of a line; traditionally was a fixture near a bulwark with two horns pointing towards each other, with a gap between where the line can be inserted.
  1. To stop or fasten, as with a wedge, or block; to scotch.
  2. (nautical) To insert a line in a chock.
cleat Tweet Definition of cleat Like Definition of cleat on Facebook
  1. A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.
  2. (nautical) A device made of wood or metal, having two arms, around which turns may be taken with a line or rope so as to hold securely and yet be readily released. It is bolted by the middle to a deck or mast, etc., or it may be lashed to a rope.
  3. A spike on the bottom of an athletic shoe meant to give the athlete better traction on a field.
  1. To strengthen with a cleat.
clinker Tweet Definition of clinker Like Definition of clinker on Facebook
  1. slag, Slag or ash produced by intense heat in a furnace, kiln or boiler that forms a hard residue upon cooling.
  2. Hardened volcanic lava.
  3. A scum of oxide of iron formed in forging.
  4. A very hard brick used for paving customarily made in the Netherlands.
  5. A mass of bricks fused together by intense heat.
  6. One who clinks or an item that clinks, hence fetters are also called clinkers.
  7. Clink, derived from clinch, hence one who clinches or that clinches.
cobble Tweet Definition of cobble Like Definition of cobble on Facebook
  1. A cobblestone.
verb (cobbl, ing)
  1. To make shoes (what a cobbler does).
  2. To assemble ('cobble together' an improvised assembly).
collar Tweet Definition of collar Like Definition of collar on Facebook
  1. The part of a shirt or jacket that fits around the neck and throat.
  2. A similar detachable item
  3. Anything that encircles the neck.
  4. A band or chain around an animal's neck, used to restrain the animal and/or for identification.
Make sure your dog has a holding an identification tag.
See also a Wikipedia article on (w, horse collar).
  1. A part of harness designed to distribute the load around the shoulders of the draft animal.
  2. (context, technology) Any encircling device or structure.
A nylon kept the bolt from damaging the surface underneath.
  1. (context, in compounds) Of or pertaining to a certain category of professions; see -collar.
  1. (transitive) To place a collar on.
Collar and leash your dog.
  1. To seize or detain.
  2. To arrest.
  3. (transitive) To bind in conversation.
I managed to Fred in the office yesterday.
colliery Tweet Definition of colliery Like Definition of colliery on Facebook
  1. A coal mine.
concentrate Tweet Definition of concentrate Like Definition of concentrate on Facebook
  1. A substance that is in a condensed form.
verb (concentrat, ing)
  1. (transitive), (intransitive) To bring to, or direct toward, a common center; to unite more closely; to gather into one body, mass, or force.
to rays of light into a focus
to the attention
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  1. To increase the strength and diminish the bulk of, as of a liquid or an ore; to intensify, by getting rid of useless material; to condense; -- opposed to dilute.
to acid by evaporation
to by washing
  1. To approach or meet in a common center; to consolidate.
Population tends to in cities.
cradle Tweet Definition of cradle Like Definition of cradle on Facebook
  1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillate, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.
  2. (context, figurative) The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.
    • a of crime
    • the of liberty
      1. (context, figurative) Infancy, or very early life.
    • from the to the grave
      1. An implement consisting of a broad scythe for cutting grain, with a set of long fingers parallel to the scythe, designed to receive the grain, and to lay it evenly in a swath.
      2. A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
      3. A framework of timbers, or iron bars, moving upon ways or rollers, used to support, lift, or carry ships or other vessels, heavy guns, etc., as up an inclined plane, or across a strip of land, or in launching a ship.
      4. A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
      5. A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person.
      6. A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.
      7. A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
      8. The ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
      9. The basket or apparatus in which, when a line has been made fast to a wrecked ship from the shore, the people are brought off from the wreck.
      10. A rest for the receiver of a telephone.
verb (cradl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To contain in or as if in a cradle.
  2. (transitive) To rock (a baby to sleep).
  3. (transitive) To wrap protectively.
    • cradling the injured man"s head in her arms
      1. (lacrosse) To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.
crop Tweet Definition of crop Like Definition of crop on Facebook
  1. A plant, especially a cereal, grown for food.
  2. The natural production for a specific year, particularly of plants.
  3. A group, cluster or collection of things occuring at the same time.
a crop of idea
  1. The lashing end of a whip
  2. An entire short whip, especially as used in horse-riding; a riding crop.
  3. A rocky outcrop.
  4. The act of
  1. Verb, cropping.
  2. A short haircut.
  3. (archaic, or, dialect) The head of a flower, especially when picked; an ear of corn; the top branches of a tree.
  4. (anatomy) A pouch-like part of the alimentary tract of some birds (and some other animals), used to store food before digestion, or for regurgitation; a craw.
  • 1892: The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass along its gullet and down into its . " Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (Norton 2005 p.221)
    1. (architecture) the foliate part of a finial.
verb (crop, p, ed)
  1. (transitive) To remove the top end of something, especially a plant.
  2. (transitive) To cut (especially hair or an animal's tail or ears) short.
  3. (transitive) To remove the outer parts of a photography or image in order to frame the subject better.
crump Tweet Definition of crump Like Definition of crump on Facebook
  1. Hard or crusty; dry baked; as, a crump loaf.
Culm Tweet Definition of Culm Like Definition of Culm on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A German bishopric, founded in 1234.

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