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verb (obscures, obscuring, obscured)
  1. (transitive) To darken, make faint etc.
  2. (transitive) To hide, put out of sight etc.
    • "I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity." Bill Watterson, Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat page 62
adjective 
  1. Dark, faint or indistinct
    • "I found myself in an wood . ." Dante, Inferno,1,1-2
      1. hidden, out of sight or inconspicuous
     
obstruent Tweet Definition of obstruent Like Definition of obstruent on Facebook
noun (plural: obstruents)
  1. (phonetics) a consonant sound formed by obstructing the airway, causing turbulence; the generic term of plosive, fricative and affricate
     
occlusion Tweet Definition of occlusion Like Definition of occlusion on Facebook
noun 
  1. The process of occluding, or something that occludes.
  1. (medicine) Anything that obstructs or closes a vessel or canal.
  2. (context, medicine, dentistry) The alignment of the teeth when upper and lower jaws are brought together.
  3. (meteorology) An occluded front.
  4. (linguistics) A closure within the vocal tract that produces an oral stop or nasal stop.
  5. (physics) The absorption of a gas or liquid by a substance such as a metal.
  6. (computing) The blocking of the view of part of an image by another.
     
occlusive Tweet Definition of occlusive Like Definition of occlusive on Facebook
noun 
  1. (linguistics) a plosive consonant
adjective 
  1. that tends to occlude
     
onset Tweet Definition of onset Like Definition of onset on Facebook
noun 
  1. A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army. --w:John Milton, Milton.
The and retire Of both your armies. --Shak.
Who on that day the word of gave. --w:Wordsworth, Wordsworth
  1. (obsolete) A setting about; a beginning --Shak.
There is surely no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things. --w:List_of_people_named_Bacon, Bacon.
  1. (obsolete) Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage. --w:Samuel_Johnson, Johnson.
verb (onsets, onsetting, onset)
  1. (obsolete) To assault; to set upon.
  2. (obsolete) To set about; to begin. --w:Carew, Carew.
     
Oral Tweet Definition of Oral Like Definition of Oral on Facebook
noun 
  1. A male given name, ultimately derived from Aurelius
     
orthoepy Tweet Definition of orthoepy Like Definition of orthoepy on Facebook
noun 
  1. The correct pronunciation of words.
  2. The study of correct pronunciation.
     

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