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Adm. Tweet Definition of Adm. Like Definition of Adm. on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. administrative
  2. administration
admiral Tweet Definition of admiral Like Definition of admiral on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A prince or Saracen leader under the Sultan.
  2. A naval officer of the highest rank; the commander of a country's naval forces.
  3. A naval officer of high rank, immediately below Admiral of the Fleet; the commander of a fleet or squadron.
  4. The ship which carries the admiral, the flagship; also, the most considerable ship of a fleet.
  5. (zoological) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of Europe and America, especially a red admiral or white admiral.
airport Tweet Definition of airport Like Definition of airport on Facebook
noun
  1. A place designated for airplanes, usually including one or more runways, and one or more passenger terminals.
alow Tweet Definition of alow Like Definition of alow on Facebook
adjective
  1. (nautical) in the lower part of the rigging, or on the decks
    • 1859: w:James Fenimore Cooper, James Fenimore Cooper, The Red Rover: A Tale
    • :I think you said something converning the manner in which yonder ship has anchored, and of the condition they keep things and aloft?
adverb
  1. (nautical) below; towards the lower part of the rigging, or towards the decks
apostle Tweet Definition of apostle Like Definition of apostle on Facebook
noun
  1. A missionary, or leader of a mission, especially one in the early Christian Church (but see Apostle)
  2. A pioneer or early advocate of a particular cause
  3. (1811) (Cambridge) Men who are plucked, refused their degree.
  4. A method of certifying international documents. See apostil
apparel Tweet Definition of apparel Like Definition of apparel on Facebook
noun
  1. clothing
verb (apparels, appareling or apparelling, appareled or apparelled)
  1. (transitive) To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
Ships . . . appareled to fight. --Hayward.
  1. (transitive) To dress or clothe; to attire.
They which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. --Luke vii. 25.
  1. (transitive) To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure.
ashore Tweet Definition of ashore Like Definition of ashore on Facebook
adverb
  1. (nautical) On the land as opposed to onboard
  2. (nautical) On, or towards the shore
    • Note: A ships runs onto a beach, but runs aground on a reef or undersea rock.
away Tweet Definition of away Like Definition of away on Facebook
adjective
  1. Not here; gone.
  2. unavailable, Unavailable.
  3. traveling, Traveling; on vacation.
adverb
  1. From a place; hence.
  2. Absent; gone; at a distance; as, the master is away from home.
  3. Aside; off; in another direction.
  4. From a state or condition of being; out of existence.
  5. By ellipsis of the verb, equivalent to an imperative: Go or come away; begone; take away.
  6. On; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as, sing away.
  7. To release (anchors ).
  8. At a distance in time or space, Christmas is only two weeks away.

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