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comma Tweet Definition of comma Like Definition of comma on Facebook
  1. Punctuation mark indicating a pause between parts of a sentence or between elements in a list.
  2. A North American butterfly of the genus Polygonia.
C Tweet Definition of C Like Definition of C on Facebook
  1. (computing) A particular high-level programming language.
  2. (slang) $100; a c-note.
  3. (music) A musical note; middle c.
  4. An academic grade better than a D and worse than a B.
proper noun 
  1. Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, incorrectly identified in the James Bond literature as "M" ("C" during WW2 was Col. Stewart Menzies - from whence "M")
cacophony Tweet Definition of cacophony Like Definition of cacophony on Facebook
noun (cacophon, ies)
  1. A mix of discordant sounds; dissonance.
    • 1921-1922, w:H. P. Lovecraft, H. P. Lovecraft, s:Herbert West: Reanimator, Herbert West: Reanimator,
    • : Not more unutterable could have been the chaos of hellish sound if the pit itself had opened to release the agony of the damned, for in one inconceivable was centered all the supernal terror and unnatural despair of animate nature.
cadential Tweet Definition of cadential Like Definition of cadential on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to cadence or a cadenza.
The song was .
cadenza Tweet Definition of cadenza Like Definition of cadenza on Facebook
  1. (music) A part of a piece of music, such as a concerto, that is very decorative and is played by a single musician.
cakewalk Tweet Definition of cakewalk Like Definition of cakewalk on Facebook
  1. A contest in which cake was offered for the best dancers
  2. (music) The style of music associated with such a contest.
  3. The dance, or style of dance associated with such a contest.
  4. Something that is easy or simple, or does not present any great challenge.
I've known this material for a long time, so the test on it should be a .
Calliope Tweet Definition of Calliope Like Definition of Calliope on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (context, Greek mythology) The Muse of eloquence and epic or heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus with Apollo.
Calypso Tweet Definition of Calypso Like Definition of Calypso on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) A sea nymph who entertained Odysseus on her island, Ogygia, for seven years
  2. (astronomy) The eighth moon of Saturn
campanology Tweet Definition of campanology Like Definition of campanology on Facebook
  1. The study of bells; their casting, tuning and ringing. It does not, contrary to popular belief, mean bell-ringing alone.
cancan Tweet Definition of cancan Like Definition of cancan on Facebook
  1. A high-kicking chorus line dance originating in France.
canon Tweet Definition of canon Like Definition of canon on Facebook
noun (plural: canons)
  1. a generally accepted principle.
The trial must proceed according to the canons of law.
  1. A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.
"the durable canon of American short fiction" William Styron.
  1. The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic.
the entire Shakespeare canon
  1. A Eucharistic Prayer, particularly, the Roman Canon.
  2. A religious law or body of law decreed by the church.
We must proceed according to law.
  1. An ecclesiastical title.
  2. A piece of music in which the same melody is played by different voices, but beginning at different times.
Pachelbel"s Canon has become very popular.
canonical Tweet Definition of canonical Like Definition of canonical on Facebook
  1. (theology) Present in a canon of Scripture.
The w:Gospel of Luke, Gospel of Luke is a New Testament book.
  1. In conformity with canon law.
  2. According to recognised or orthodox rules.
The men played golf in the most way, with no local rules.
  1. Stated or used in the most basic and straightforwardly applicable manner.
This definition would be more useful if it were .
  1. (music) In the form of a canon.
  2. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical chapter
  3. (context, math, compsci) In canonical form.
cantabile Tweet Definition of cantabile Like Definition of cantabile on Facebook
  1. (music): An indication that denotes that the piece should be played in a singing matter, as if the piece were vocalized. Singingly.
cantata Tweet Definition of cantata Like Definition of cantata on Facebook
  1. (music) A vocal composition accompanied by instruments and generally containing more than one movement, typical of 17th and 18th century Italian music.
canticle Tweet Definition of canticle Like Definition of canticle on Facebook
noun (plural canticles)
  1. a chant, hymn or song, especially a nonmetrical one, with words from a biblical text
cantilena Tweet Definition of cantilena Like Definition of cantilena on Facebook
  1. a vocal melody or instrumental passage in a smooth, lyrical style
  • 1964: He played a lazy tune that sinuated from C sharp down to G natural and back again. Astonishing that he could flute so lazy a while chasing nymphs. " Anthony Burgess, The Eve of St Venus
cantus Tweet Definition of cantus Like Definition of cantus on Facebook
noun (cantus)
  1. (music) A melody or song, particularly ecclesiastical.
  2. (music) The principal voice.
capo Tweet Definition of capo Like Definition of capo on Facebook
  1. A movable bar placed across the fingerboard of a guitar used to raise the pitch of all strings.
  2. A leader in the Mafia.
capriccioso Tweet Definition of capriccioso Like Definition of capriccioso on Facebook
  1. Music. Capriciously.
caprice Tweet Definition of caprice Like Definition of caprice on Facebook
  1. An impulsive, seemingly unmotivated notion or action.
  2. An unpredictable or sudden condition, change, or series of changes.
  3. A disposition to be impulsive.
  4. An impulsive change of mind.
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proper noun 
  1. (given name, female, from Latin, ); also associated by name-givers with the English noun carol
  2. (given name, male, )
cassation Tweet Definition of cassation Like Definition of cassation on Facebook
  1. The abrogation of a law by a higher authority
catch Tweet Definition of catch Like Definition of catch on Facebook
noun (es, -)
  1. (countable) The act of catching an object in motion in the air.
The player made an impressive by leaping into the air.
Nice !
  1. (countable) The act of noticing, understanding or hearing.
Good . I would never have remembered that.
  1. (uncountable) The game of catching a ball.
The kids love to play .
  1. (countable) A find, in particular a boyfriend/girlfriend.
Did you see his latest ?
  1. (context, countable, uncountable) That which is captured or the amount which is captured, especially of fish.
The boaters took a picture of their biggest .
  1. (countable) A clasp which stops something from opening.
She installed a sturdy to keep her cabinets closed tight.
  1. A emotion-caused pause in voice
There was a in his voice when he spoke his father's name.
  1. (countable) A problem, a snag, especially in a deal or negotiation; a hitch
It sounds like a great idea, but what's the ?
verb (catches, catching, caught)
  1. (transitive) To capture, especially in the hands.
I will throw you the ball, and you it.
I hope I a fish.
  1. (transitive) To understand.
''Did you his name?
  1. (transitive) To notice.
Did you the way she looked at him?
  1. (transitive) To detect; sense.
He was caught on video robbing the bank.
  1. (transitive) To seize an opportunity
I have some free time tonight so I think I'll a movie.
  1. (transitive) To take a form of transportation that only leaves at certain times.
I would love to have dinner but I have to a plane.
The surfer let the smaller wave pass so he could the bigger one.
  1. (intransitive) To engage, stick, or grasp.
Push it in until it catches.
  1. (intransitive) To hesitate, as if momentarily stuck.
His voice caught when he came to his father's name.
  1. (transitive) To make contact with.
The punch caught him in the shoulder.
  1. (computing) To handle an error, especially an exception.
cavatina Tweet Definition of cavatina Like Definition of cavatina on Facebook
  1. (music) an operatic song in slow tempo, either complete in itself or (e.g., in Bellini and Verdi) followed by a faster, more resolute section: hence
  2. (music) a rather slow, song-like instrumental movement; the title, for example, of a movement in Beethoven's string quartet in B flat, op. 130 (1826) and of a once-famous piece (originally for violin and piano) by Raff, and of the slow movement of Rubra's string quartet No. 2
celesta Tweet Definition of celesta Like Definition of celesta on Facebook
  1. (musici) a musical instrument consisting principally of a set of graduated steel plates struck with hammers that are activated by a keyboard.
cellist Tweet Definition of cellist Like Definition of cellist on Facebook
  1. one who plays the cello
cello Tweet Definition of cello Like Definition of cello on Facebook
  1. (musici) A large stringed instrument of the violin family with four strings. (From lowest to highest C-G-D-A)
cembalo Tweet Definition of cembalo Like Definition of cembalo on Facebook
noun (plural: cembalos or cembali)
  1. harpsichord
cf. Tweet Definition of cf. Like Definition of cf. on Facebook
  1. compare (used in written language)
  2. (archaic) confer particularly in Webster's 1913.
cha-cha Tweet Definition of cha-cha Like Definition of cha-cha on Facebook
  1. A ballroom dance to a Latin American rhythm
  2. The music for this dance
verb to cha-cha
  1. (intransitive) To dance the cha-cha
chair Tweet Definition of chair Like Definition of chair on Facebook
  1. an item of furniture used to sit on or in comprising a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench.
  2. (slang) (the chair) the electric chair.
  3. the seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.
  4. blocks that support and hold railroad track in position, and similar devices.
  5. chairperson; a non-gender-specific form of chairman
  1. To act as chairperson.
Bob will tomorrow's meeting.
change Tweet Definition of change Like Definition of change on Facebook
  1. the process of becoming different. (Countable)
  2. small denominations of money given in exchange for a larger denomination. (Uncountable)
Can I get for this $100 bill please?
  1. a replacement, e.g. a change of clothes (Countable)
  2. (baseball) a change-up pitch
  3. money given back when a customer hands over more than the exact price of an item. For example, a customer who uses a 10-pound note to pay for a £9 item receives one pound in change.
verb (chang, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To become something different.
The tadpole changed into a frog.
Stock prices are constantly changing.
  1. (rfd-redundant, combine into normal trans/intrans definition line.) (transitive, ergative) To make something into something different.
The fairy changed the frog into a prince.
I had to the wording of the ad so it would fit.
  1. (transitive) To replace.
Ask the janitor to come and the lightbulb.
After a brisk walk, I washed up and changed my shirt.
  1. (intransitive) To replace one's clothing.
You can't go into the dressing room while she's changing.
The clowns changed into their costumes before the circus started.
  1. (rfd-redundant) (figurative) To undergo a significant philosophical adjustment.
channel Tweet Definition of channel Like Definition of channel on Facebook
  1. The physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks.
''The water coming out of the waterwheel created a standing wave in the .
  1. The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water.
A was dredged to allow ocean-going vessels to reach the city.
  1. The navigable part of a river.
We were careful to keep our boat in the .
  1. A narrow body of water between two land masses.
The English Channel lies between France and England.
  1. (electronics) A connection between initiate, initiating and terminate, terminating nodes of a circuit.
The guard-rail provided the between the downed wire and the tree.
  1. (electronics) The narrow conducting portion of a MOSFET transistor.
    1. (communication) The part that connects a data source to a data sink.
    A stretches between them.
    1. (communication) A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals, usually distinguished from other parallel paths.
    We are using one of the 24 channels.
    1. (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via physical separation, such as by multipair cable.
    The is created by bonding the signals from these four pairs.
    1. (communication) A single path provided by a transmission medium via spectral or protocol separation, such as by frequency or time-division multiplexing.
    Their call is being carried on 6 of the T-1 line.
    1. (context, broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies, usually in conjunction with a predetermined letter, number, or codeword, and allocated by international agreement.
    KNDD is the at 107.7 MHz in Seattle.
    1. (context, broadcasting) A specific radio frequency or band of frequencies used for transmitting television.
    NBC is on 11 in San Jose.
    1. (context, storage) The portion of a storage medium, such as a track or a band, that is accessible to a given reading or writing station or head.
    This chip in this disk drive is the device.
    1. (context, technic) The way in a turbine pump where the pressure is built up.
    The liquid is pressurized in the lateral .
  1. To direct the flow of something.
We will the traffic to the left with these cones.
  1. To assume the personality of another person, typically a historic figure, in a theatrical or paranormal presentation.
When it is my turn to sing Karaoke, I am going to Ray Charles.
chanson Tweet Definition of chanson Like Definition of chanson on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) a religious song
chant Tweet Definition of chant Like Definition of chant on Facebook
  1. Type of singing done generally without instruments and harmony.
  1. To sing, especially without instruments, and as applied to monophonic and pre-modern music.
chantey Tweet Definition of chantey Like Definition of chantey on Facebook
noun (plural: chanteys)
  1. A song a sailor sings, especially in rhythm to his work.
chanty Tweet Definition of chanty Like Definition of chanty on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, shanty)
chapel Tweet Definition of chapel Like Definition of chapel on Facebook
  1. A place of worship, smaller than, or subordinate to a church.
  2. A place of worship in a civil institution such as an airport, prison etc.
  3. A funeral home, or a room in one for holding funeral services.
chart Tweet Definition of chart Like Definition of chart on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Chart, Chart (graph))
  1. A map for a very particular purpose, such as shipping or aeroplanes/airplanes, showing information useful for that purpose and ignoring most other information.
  1. (topology) A subspace of a manifold used as part of an atlas
    1. A graphical presentation of something.
  1. To draw a chart or map.
  2. To draw or figure out a route or plan.
"Let's how we're going to get from here to there."
  1. intrans. (of a record) appear on a hit-recording chart.
"The song has charted for 1500 weeks!"
chasse Tweet Definition of chasse Like Definition of chasse on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, chassé)
verb (chasses, chasseing, chassed)
  1. (alternative spelling of, chassé)
choir Tweet Definition of choir Like Definition of choir on Facebook
  1. singing group; group of people who sing together; company of people who are trained to sing together
The church practices Thursday nights.
  1. the part of a church where the assembles for song
  2. (italbrac, Christian angelology) one of the nine ranks or orders of angels
Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones are three of the choirs of angels.
choirboy Tweet Definition of choirboy Like Definition of choirboy on Facebook
  1. a boy chorister
choirmaster Tweet Definition of choirmaster Like Definition of choirmaster on Facebook
  1. the musical director of a choir, who conducts performances and supervises rehearsal
chopsticks Tweet Definition of chopsticks Like Definition of chopsticks on Facebook
  1. Plural of chopstick. This word most often occurs in the plural.
choral Tweet Definition of choral Like Definition of choral on Facebook
  1. a chorale
  1. of, relating to, written for, or performed by a choir or a chorus
Palestrina wrote lots of music for the Catholic church.
chorale Tweet Definition of chorale Like Definition of chorale on Facebook
  1. a form of Lutheran or Protestant hymn tune
  2. a chorus or choir
chord Tweet Definition of chord Like Definition of chord on Facebook
  1. (context, music) In music, a combination of any three or more pitches and the diatonic functionality of those pitches.
  2. (geometry) A straight line between two points of a curve.
  3. (context, engineering) A horizontal member of a truss.
  4. (context, aeronautics) The distance between the leading edge, leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.
choreograph Tweet Definition of choreograph Like Definition of choreograph on Facebook
verb to choreograph
  1. To design and record the choreography for a dramatic work such as a ballet
  2. To direct the development of a project; to orchestrate
choreographer Tweet Definition of choreographer Like Definition of choreographer on Facebook
  1. a person who choreographs
choreography Tweet Definition of choreography Like Definition of choreography on Facebook
noun (choreographies, -)
  1. The art of creating, arranging and recording the dance movements of a ballet etc.
  2. The representation of these movements by a series of symbols.
  3. The notation used to construct this record.
chorister Tweet Definition of chorister Like Definition of chorister on Facebook
  1. A singer in a choir
None of the new choristers can sing in tune but they will learn soon enough.
  1. A director or leader of a choral group.
Jane was the of her congregation's choir, and that occupied much of her time on the weekends.
chromaticism Tweet Definition of chromaticism Like Definition of chromaticism on Facebook
  1. the quality or state of being chromatic
  2. the act or action of chromaticizing: the use of chromatic notes or tone, tones (contrasted with diatonicism)
excessive chromaticism means excessive increase in harmonic tension -- Mosco Carner
clarinet Tweet Definition of clarinet Like Definition of clarinet on Facebook
  1. a woodwind musical instrument that has a distinctive liquid tone whose characteristics vary among its three registers: chalumeau (low), clarion (medium), and altissimo (high).
clarion Tweet Definition of clarion Like Definition of clarion on Facebook
  1. An obsolete musical instrument related to the trumpet.
The 's call to action has been heard.
  1. Loud and clear.
A call to action has been heard.
clave Tweet Definition of clave Like Definition of clave on Facebook
  1. (musici) One half of a set of claves, a percussion instrument consisting of two sticks, one of which is used to strike the other.
clavichord Tweet Definition of clavichord Like Definition of clavichord on Facebook
  1. (musici) an early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the inner ends of the keys gently striking the strings
clavier Tweet Definition of clavier Like Definition of clavier on Facebook
  1. (music) The keyboard of an organ, pianoforte, or harmonium.
clef Tweet Definition of clef Like Definition of clef on Facebook
noun (plural: clefs)
  1. A symbol found on a musical staff that indicates the pitches indicated by the lines on the staff
clog Tweet Definition of clog Like Definition of clog on Facebook
  1. A type of shoe with an inflexible, often wooden sole and an open heel.
Dutch people rarely wear s these days.
  1. A blockage.
The plumber cleared the from the drain.
verb (clogs, clogging, clogged)
  1. To block or slow passage through.
Hair is clogging the drainpipe.
The roads are clogged with traffic.
close Tweet Definition of close Like Definition of close on Facebook
  1. An end of something.
We owe them our thanks for bringing the project to a successful .
verb (clos, ing)
  1. To obstruct (an opening).
  2. To move (a door) so that it closes its opening.
Close the door behind you when you leave.
  1. To put an end to.
the session
  1. To make (a gap) smaller.
The runner in second place is closing the gap on the leader.
  1. (surveying) To have a vector sum of 0; that is, to form a closed polygon.
adjective (clos, er)
  1. At a little distance; near.
Is your house ?
  1. Intimate; well-loved.
He is a friend.
Of a corporation or other business entity, closely held.
  1. (context, Ireland, weather) hot, humid.
close harmony Tweet Definition of close harmony Like Definition of close harmony on Facebook
  1. A style of music where the chords are arranged within a narrow range, and the vocal styles of two or more singers either complement or are similar to each other.
coda Tweet Definition of coda Like Definition of coda on Facebook
  1. (music) A passage which brings a movement or piece to a conclusion through prolongation.
  2. (linguistics) The final consonant of a syllable.
  3. The conclusion of a statement.
  1. (alternative spelling of, CODA)
color Tweet Definition of color Like Definition of color on Facebook
  1. The spectral composition of visible light.
Humans and birds can perceive .
  1. A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class.
Most languages have names for the colors black, white, red, and green.
  1. Hue as opposed to achromatic colors (black, white and greys).
He referred to the white flag as one "drained of all ".
  1. Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity.
Color has been a sensitive issue in many societies.
  1. (figuratively) interest, especially in a selective area.
a bit of local .
  1. In corporate finance, details on sales, profit margins, or other financial figures, especially while reviewing quarterly results when an officer of a company is speaking to investment analyists.
Could you give me some with regards to which products made up the mix of revenue for this quarter?
  1. (physics) A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons.
(color-colour (noun))
  1. To give something color.
We could the walls red.
  1. To draw within the boundaries of a line drawing using colored markers or crayons.
My kindergartener loves to .
  1. (context, of a face) To become red through increased blood flow.
  2. To affect without completely changing.
That interpretation certainly colors my perception of the book.
  1. To attribute a quality to.
(colloquial) Color me confused. (color-colour (verb))
  1. Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray.
Color television and movies were considered a great improvement over black and white.
coloratura Tweet Definition of coloratura Like Definition of coloratura on Facebook
  1. (plural) florid or fancy passages in vocal music
  2. (singular) a singer of such passages, especially a soprano
  • 1980: The middle one, of course, was the Julia Kristeva, known as the most voluptuous Salome in the business. " Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
comp Tweet Definition of comp Like Definition of comp on Facebook
  1. (informal) competition (contest for a prize)
  2. (informal) comprehensive (school)
  3. (informal) a complimentary ticket or item
  4. (informal) a company whose business is closely comparable to that of another (finance)
verb to comp (comping)
  1. Americanism, shortening of accompany, describing the action of the rhythmic playing of chords to a solo.
compass Tweet Definition of compass Like Definition of compass on Facebook
  1. A magnetic or electronic device used to determine the cardinal directions (usually magnetic north).
  2. A pair of compasses (a device used with a pencil to draw an arc or circle on paper).
  3. (obsolete) A space within limits; area.
    • 1763, M. Le Page Du Pratz, History of Louisiana (PG), p. 47.
    • In going up the Missisippi sic, we meet with nothing remarkable before we come to the Detour aux Anglois, the English Reach: in that part the river takes a large .
      1. scope
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 8.
    • : there is a truth and falsehood in all propositions on this subjectr, and a truth and falsehood, which lie not beyond the of human understanding.
verb (compass, es)
  1. To surround; to encircle; to environ; to stretch round.
  2. To go about or round entirely; to traverse.
  3. (rfv-sense) To accomplish; to reach; to achieve; to obtain.
  4. (rfv-sense) To plot; to scheme (against someone).
  1. (obsolete) In a circuit; round about.
    • 1658, Near the same plot of ground, for about six yards compasse were digged up coals and incinerated substances " Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial (Penguin 2005, p. 9)
complement Tweet Definition of complement Like Definition of complement on Facebook
  1. Something which complements.
We believe you will make a good to our team.'
  1. (geometry) An angle which, together with a given angle, makes a right angle.
  2. (settheory) Given two sets, the set containing one set's elements that are not members of the other set; the relative complement.
  3. (settheory) The set containing exactly those elements of the universal set not in the given set; the absolute complement.
The of the odd numbers is the even numbers, relative to the natural numbers.
  1. (logic) An expression which is true when the other is false, and vice versa.
  2. (electronics) A voltage level with the opposite logical sense to the given one.
  3. A (grammar) A word or group of words that completes a grammatical construction in the predicate and that describes or is identified with the subject or object.
  1. Any word or group of words used to complete a grammatical construction, typically in the predicate, including adverbials, infinitives, and sometimes objects.
  2. complement clause
    1. (computing) A bit with the opposite value to the given one; the logical complement of a number.
    2. (context, computing, mathematics) The diminished radix complement of a number; the nines' complement of a decimal number; the ones' complement of a binary number.
    The of <math>01100101_2</math> is <math>10011010_2</math>.
    1. (context, computing, mathematics) The radix complement of a number; the two's complement of a binary number.
    The of <math>01100101_2</math> is <math>10011011_2</math>.
    1. (context, computing, mathematics) The numeric complement of a number.
    The of -123 is 123.
    1. (music) An interval which, together with the given interval, makes an octave.
    2. The color which, when mixed with the given color, gives black (for mixing pigments) or white (for mixing light).
    The of blue is orange.
    1. (genetics) A nucleotide sequence in which each base is replaced by the complementary base of the given sequence: adenine (A) by thymine (T) or uracil (U), cytosine (C) by guanine (G), and vice versa.
    A DNA molecule is formed from two strands, each of which is the of the other.
    1. (immunology) One of several blood proteins that work with antibody, antibodies during an immune response.
    2. (nautical) The full number of personnel required to man a ship (esp. a ship of war).
  1. To complete.
We believe your addition will the team.
  1. To provide what the partner lacks and lack what the partner provides.
The flavors of the pepper and garlic each other, giving a very rich taste in combination.
I believe our talents really each other.
  1. To change a voltage, number, color, etc. to its complement.
composition Tweet Definition of composition Like Definition of composition on Facebook
  1. The combining of different parts to make a whole.
  2. The general makeup of something.
  3. A mixture or compound; the result of composing
  4. A work of music, literature or art.
  5. An essay.
  6. {Linguistics) The formation of compound words from separate words.
  7. (printing) typesetting.
con brio Tweet Definition of con brio Like Definition of con brio on Facebook
  1. (music) with spirit, with vigor; vivaciously (used as a musical direction)
concert Tweet Definition of concert Like Definition of concert on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) Agreement in a design or plan; union formed by mutual communication of opinions and views; accordance in a scheme; harmony; simultaneous action.
  2. (uncountable) Musical accordance or harmony; concord.
  3. (countable) A musical entertainment in which several voices or instruments take part.
  1. To plan together; to settle or adjust by conference, agreement, or consultation.
  2. To plan; to devise; to arrange.
  3. To act in harmony or conjunction; to form combined plans.
concerted Tweet Definition of concerted Like Definition of concerted on Facebook
  1. (past of, concert)
concert grand Tweet Definition of concert grand Like Definition of concert grand on Facebook
  1. (music) a large grand piano, especially one used for concert performances
concertina Tweet Definition of concertina Like Definition of concertina on Facebook
  1. (musici) A musical instrument, like the various accordions, that is a member of the free-reed family of musical instruments, typically having buttons on both ends and are distinguished from an accordion (piano or button) by the direction of the button travel when pushed, traveling in the same direction as the bellows.
concertino Tweet Definition of concertino Like Definition of concertino on Facebook
  1. (music) a short concerto.
  2. (music) the group of solo instruments in a concerto grosso.
  3. (music) a section in a concerto grosso played by three instruments.
concerto Tweet Definition of concerto Like Definition of concerto on Facebook
noun (plural concertos or, rarely, concerti)
  1. A piece of music for one or more solo instruments and orchestra.
concerto grosso Tweet Definition of concerto grosso Like Definition of concerto grosso on Facebook
  1. (music) a musical form, common in the Baroque period, in which contrasting sections are played by full orchestra and by a small group of soloists.
conductor Tweet Definition of conductor Like Definition of conductor on Facebook
  1. A person who conducts an orchestra, choir or other music ensemble.
  2. A person who takes tickets on public transportation
  1. Something which can transmit electricity, heat, light or sound.
conga Tweet Definition of conga Like Definition of conga on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Conga Line)
  1. a tall, narrow, single-headed Cuban hand drum of African origin
  2. a march of Cuban origin in four-four time in which people form a chain, each holding the hips of the person in front of them; in each bar, dancers take three shuffle steps and then kick alternate legs outwards at the beat; the chain weaves around the place and allows new participants to join the back of the chain
conjunct Tweet Definition of conjunct Like Definition of conjunct on Facebook
  1. either party to a conjunction
  1. conjoined
  2. acting together
conservatory Tweet Definition of conservatory Like Definition of conservatory on Facebook
noun (conservatories)
  1. a greenhouse or hothouse for the display of plants
  2. a school of music or drama; a conservatoire
console Tweet Definition of console Like Definition of console on Facebook
  1. A cabinet designed to stand on the floor.
  2. A cabinet that controls, instruments, and displays are mounted upon.
  3. The keyboard and screen of a computer.
  4. A storage tray or container mounted between the seats of an automobile.
  5. A video game console, especially as opposed to a handheld.
  6. (architecture) An ornamental member jutting out of a wall to carry a superincumbent weight.
verb (consol, ing)
  1. (transitive) To comfort (someone) in a time of grief, disappointment, etc.
consonance Tweet Definition of consonance Like Definition of consonance on Facebook
  1. harmony; agreement; lack of discordance
consonant Tweet Definition of consonant Like Definition of consonant on Facebook
  1. (context, phonetics) A sound that results from the passage of air through restrictions of the oral cavity; any sound that is not the dominant sound of a syllable, the dominant sound generally being a vowel.
  2. A letter representing the sound of a consonant.
  1. Characterized by harmony or agreement.
con sordino Tweet Definition of con sordino Like Definition of con sordino on Facebook
  1. (music) With the mute.
continuo Tweet Definition of continuo Like Definition of continuo on Facebook
  1. (music) The bass line of music, especially for a keyboard instrument, that continues throughout a work
contrabass Tweet Definition of contrabass Like Definition of contrabass on Facebook
  1. part or section one octave lower than bass.
  2. person or musical instrument, instrument performing the contrabass part.
contrabassoon Tweet Definition of contrabassoon Like Definition of contrabassoon on Facebook
  1. (musici) A larger version of the bassoon sounding one octave lower, having a technique similar to the bassoon but offers more resistance in every way.
contralto Tweet Definition of contralto Like Definition of contralto on Facebook
noun (plural contraltos or, rarely, contralti)
  1. (context, music) the lowest female voice or voice part, higher than tenor and lower than soprano. The terms contralto and alto refer to a similar musical pitch, but among singers, the term contralto is reserved for female singers; the equivalent male form is counter-tenor. Originally the contratenor altus was a high countermelody sung against the tenor or main melody.
contrapuntal Tweet Definition of contrapuntal Like Definition of contrapuntal on Facebook
  1. (music) Of or relating to counterpoint.
cor anglais Tweet Definition of cor anglais Like Definition of cor anglais on Facebook
  1. A double reed woodwind instrument in the oboe family that is pitched in F, a fifth lower than the oboe and is consequently approximately one-third longer than the oboe.
coranto Tweet Definition of coranto Like Definition of coranto on Facebook
  1. A fast-paced dance which originated in France.
    • 1928, w:Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf, w:Orlando:_A_Biography, Orlando
    • : Orlando, it is true, was none of those who tread lightly the and lavolta; he was clumsy; and a little absent-minded.
cornet Tweet Definition of cornet Like Definition of cornet on Facebook
  1. A musical instrument of the brass family, slightly smaller than a trumpet, usually in the musical key of B-flat.
  2. Something shaped like a cone, notably
    • a piece of paper twisted to be used in a container
    • a pastry shell to be filled with ice-cream, hence (UK) an ice cream cone.
    • the headgear of certain religious sisters
coryphaeus Tweet Definition of coryphaeus Like Definition of coryphaeus on Facebook
noun (plural: coryphaei)
  1. In Attic Greek drama, it meant the leader of the chorus, today though it has come to generally mean any leader or spokesperson.
cotillion Tweet Definition of cotillion Like Definition of cotillion on Facebook
  1. A bold dance performed in groups of eight where ladies lift their skirts to display their ankles!
    • 1797 Mrs. Hughes now joined them, and asked Miss Tilney if she was ready to go. "I hope I shall have the pleasure of seeing you again soon," said Catherine. "Shall you be at the ball tomorrow?" Jane Austin Northanger Abbey (written 1797 first published 1818) Chapter 10.
      1. The music regulating the cotillion.
    • 1848 I kept a parlor open for the reception of visitors, many came here to practise with me, and many more to listen to us"several young men put themselves under my tuition, and although I had never been taught myself, they progressed finely in their studies and I soon brought out, not only the best field music, but also for dinners, balls, cotilion and tea parties, weddings, &c. THRILLING SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF THE DISTINGUISHED CHIEF OKAH TUBBEE ALIAS, WM. CHUBBEE, Son of the Head Chief, Mosholeh Tubbee, of theChoctaw Nation of Indians. BY REV. L. L. ALLEN, AUTHOR OF "PENCILLINGS UPON THE RIO GRANDE," &c. NEW YORK, 1848. ENTERED according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1848, by Okah Tubbee, alias William Chubbee, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York. AN ESSAY UPON THE INDIAN CHARACTER.
counterpoint Tweet Definition of counterpoint Like Definition of counterpoint on Facebook
  1. (music) a melody added to an existing one, especially one added to provide harmony whilst each retains its simultaneous identity; a composition consisting of such contrapuntal melodies
  2. any similar contrasting element in a work of art
  1. (transitive) to compose or arrange such music
countertenor Tweet Definition of countertenor Like Definition of countertenor on Facebook
  1. (Older) a part or section performing a countermelody against the tenor or main part
  2. adult male singer who uses head tone or falsetto to sing far higher than the typical male vocal range
country music Tweet Definition of country music Like Definition of country music on Facebook
  1. (music) A style of music that originated in the folk music of the rural population of the southern and western United States. Characterized by twangy guitars, fiddles, banjos and simple melodies.
coupe Tweet Definition of coupe Like Definition of coupe on Facebook
  1. an ice cream dessert; the glass it is served in
  2. A car with two doors (variant of coupé)
couplet Tweet Definition of couplet Like Definition of couplet on Facebook
  1. In poetry, a pair of lines with rhyme, rhyming end words.
course Tweet Definition of course Like Definition of course on Facebook
  1. An onward movement, progress.
The of events
  1. The itinerary of a race.
The cross-country passes the canal.
  1. A period of learning.
I need to take a French to pep up.
  1. A part of a meal.
We offer seafood as the first .
  1. (sports) The trajectory of a ball, frisbee etc.
  2. (context, navigation) The direction of movement of a vessel at any given moment.
The ship changed its 15 degrees towards south.
  1. (context, navigation) The intended passage of voyage, such as a boat, ship, airplane, spaceship, etc.
A was plotted to traverse the ocean.
  1. (nautical) The lowest square sail in a fully rigged mast, often named according to the mast.
Main course and mainsail are the same thing in a sailing ship.
  1. (context, masonry) A row of bricks or blocks.
On a building that size, two crews could only lay two courses in a day.
  1. The path taken by a waterway.
verb (courses, coursing, coursed)
  1. To run or flow (especially of liquids and more particularly blood).
The oil coursed through the engine.
  1. To pursue by tracking or estimating the course taken by one's prey.
Cremona Tweet Definition of Cremona Like Definition of Cremona on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Province of Lombardy, Italy.
  2. Town and capital of Cremona.
crescent Tweet Definition of crescent Like Definition of crescent on Facebook
  1. The figure of the moon as it appears in its first or last quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.
  2. Something shaped like a crescent, especially:
- A curved pastry.
- A curved street, often presenting a continuous faí§ade, as of row houses.
  1. crescent-shaped: Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon
  2. marked by an increase, Waxing, as the moon;
crook Tweet Definition of crook Like Definition of crook on Facebook
  1. A criminal who steals.
  2. A staff with a hook at one end, particularly one used by shepherds.
  3. A bend.
She held the baby in the of her arm.
  1. (transitive) To bend.
He crooked his finger toward me.
  1. (context, AU, slang) ill, Ill, sick.
  2. (context, AU, slang) not right, not up to standard
  • That work you did on my car is mate
  • Not turning up for training was pretty .
croon Tweet Definition of croon Like Definition of croon on Facebook
verb (croons, crooning, crooned)
  1. To hum or sing softly or in a sentimental manner.
crotchet Tweet Definition of crotchet Like Definition of crotchet on Facebook
  1. A sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook.
  2. needlework made using such a hooked needle
  3. (music) A musical note one beat long in 4/4 time.
  4. (archaic) a whim or a fancy
  1. To make needlework by looping thread with a hooked needle
crowd Tweet Definition of crowd Like Definition of crowd on Facebook
  1. A number of things collected or closely pressed together; also, a number of things adjacent to each other.
There was a of toys pushed beneath the couch where the children were playing.
  1. A group of people congregated or collected into a close body without order.
After the movie let out, a of people pushed through the exit doors.
  1. The so-called lower orders of people; the populace; the vulgar; the rabble; the mob.
To fool the with glorious lies. --w:Alfred_Tennyson%2C_1st_Baron_Tennyson, Tennyson.
He went not with the to see a shrine. -- w:John_Dryden, Dryden.
  1. To push, to press, to shove.
  2. To press or drive together; to mass together.
  3. To fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity.
  4. To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably.
  5. (nautical) To approach another ship too closely when it has right of way
  1. To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng
  2. To urge or press forward; to force one's self; as, a man crowds into a room
  3. (nautical) (of a square-rigged ship) To carry excessive sail
crwth Tweet Definition of crwth Like Definition of crwth on Facebook
  1. (historic, UK) An archaic stringed instrument associated particularly with Wales, although once played widely in Europe; now called a fiddle.
csardas Tweet Definition of csardas Like Definition of csardas on Facebook
noun (csardas)
  1. A Hungarian folk dance.
curtal Tweet Definition of curtal Like Definition of curtal on Facebook
  1. (historical) A variety of short-barrelled cannon.
  2. (obsolete) A horse or other animal having a docked tail.
  3. (music) An early type of bassoon.
  1. (obsolete) shortened, Shortened, abridged, curtailed.
  2. (obsolete) Having a docked tail.
cymbal Tweet Definition of cymbal Like Definition of cymbal on Facebook
  1. (musici) a concave plate of brass or bronze that produces a sharp, ringing sound when struck: played either in pairs, by striking them together, or singly by striking with a drumstick or the like.
czardas Tweet Definition of czardas Like Definition of czardas on Facebook
noun (czardas)
  1. An intricate Hungarian folk dance characterized by variations in tempo
  2. The music for such a dance

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