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selvage Tweet Definition of selvage Like Definition of selvage on Facebook
  1. The edge of a woven fabric, where the weft (side-to-side) threads run around the warp (top to bottom) threads, creating a finished edge.
  2. Any edge of fabric finished so as to prevent raveling.
  3. The border on a sheet of postage stamps.
Set Tweet Definition of Set Like Definition of Set on Facebook
proper noun (also Seth)
  1. An ancient Egyptian god, variously described as the god of chaos, the god of thunder and storms, or the god of destruction.
se-tenant Tweet Definition of se-tenant Like Definition of se-tenant on Facebook
noun (plural se-tenants)
  1. A set of postage stamps with differing values, colours, etc, but printed on the same sheet.
sheet Tweet Definition of sheet Like Definition of sheet on Facebook
  1. A thin cloth covering for a bed.
Use the sheets in the hall closet to make the bed.
  1. A single rectangular piece of paper.
Can I have a of paper?
  1. A flat metal pan used for baking.
Place the rolls on the cookie , edges touching, and bake for 10-11 minutes.
  1. A thin, flat layer of material; as, a sheet of tinfoil.
Can I have a of paper?
  1. A broad, flat expanse of material on the ground; as, a sheet of mud, a sheet of ice.
  2. (context, nautical) A line used to adjust the trim of a sail.
  3. (context, nautical, nonstandard) A sail. (un-informed usage, correctly refers to the line)
  4. (curling) The area of ice on which a curling game is played.
spandrel Tweet Definition of spandrel Like Definition of spandrel on Facebook
  1. (architecture) The space (often triangular) between the outer curve of an arch (the extrados) and a straight-sided figure that bounds it; the space between two contiguous arches and a straight feature above them
  2. (architecture) The triangular space under a stair; the material that fills the space
  3. (architecture) A horizontal member between the windows of each storey of a tall building
    1. An oriental rug having a pattern of arches; the design in the corners of such a rug, especially in a prayer rug
  4. (genetics) A phenotypic characteristic that evolved as a side effect of a true adaptation
Split Tweet Definition of Split Like Definition of Split on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A port of Croatia.
strip Tweet Definition of strip Like Definition of strip on Facebook
  1. a long, thin piece of a bigger item
    • You use strips of paper in papier mache.
      1. a series of drawings, a comic
      2. a landing strip
      3. a street with multiple shopping or entertainment possibilities
      4. (fencing) The fencing area, roughly 14 meters by 2 meters.
      5. (UK football) the uniform of a football team, or the same worn by supporters.
verb (strip, p, ing)
  1. (transitive) To remove or take away.
    • Norm will the old varnish before painting the chair.
      1. (transitive) To take off clothing.
      2. (intransitive) To do a striptease.
      3. (transitive) To completely take away, to plunder.
    • The robbers stripped Norm of everything he owned.
      1. (transitive) To remove the threads from a screw or the teeth from a gear.
      2. (transitive) To remove color from hair, cloth, etc. to prepare it to receive new color.
      3. (transitive) (in Bridge) To remove all cards of a particular suit from another player. (See also, strip-squeeze.)
surcharge Tweet Definition of surcharge Like Definition of surcharge on Facebook
  1. the addition of extra cost for a specific reason.
Our airline tickets cost twenty dollars because we had to pay a fuel .
verb (surcharg, ing)
  1. To apply a surcharge.

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