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scanner Tweet Definition of scanner Like Definition of scanner on Facebook
noun
  1. Something or somebody which scans.
He put the picture in the , then e-mailed a copy of it to his family.
screen Tweet Definition of screen Like Definition of screen on Facebook
noun
  1. A physical divider intended to block an area from view.
  2. A material woven from fine wires intended to block animals or large particles from passing while allowing gasses, liquids and finer particles to pass.
  3. The informational viewing area of electronic output devices; the result of the output.
    • 1977, Sex Pistols, Spunk, "Problems":
    • : You won't find me living for the
      1. The viewing area of a movie, or moving picture or slide presentation
      2. (basketball) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
      3. (baseball) The protective netting which protects the audience from flying objects
      Jones caught the foul up against the .
verb
  1. To filter by passing through a screen.
Mary screened the beans to remove the clumps of gravel.
  1. To remove information, or censor intellectual material from viewing
The news report was screened because it accused the politician of wrongdoing.
  1. (context, film, television) To present publicly (on the screen).
The news report will be screened at 11:00 tonight.
  1. To fit with a screen.
We need to this porch. These bugs are driving me crazy.
sensitive Tweet Definition of sensitive Like Definition of sensitive on Facebook
adjective
  1. responsive, Responsive to stimuli.
  2. Of a person, easily offended, upset or hurt.
My friend Max is very , he cried today because of the bad news.
  1. Accurate (instrument)
sensitize Tweet Definition of sensitize Like Definition of sensitize on Facebook
verb (sensitizes, sensitizing, sensitized)
  1. To become increasingly aware of, in a concerned or sensitive way.
Ever since the burglary, we've been more sensitized to home security issues.
sensitometer Tweet Definition of sensitometer Like Definition of sensitometer on Facebook
noun
  1. (photography) An instrument used to measure the sensitivity of photographic film to light
separation Tweet Definition of separation Like Definition of separation on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of separating or the condition of being separated
  2. The place at which a division occurs
  3. An interval, gap or space that separates things
  4. An agreement terminating a relationship between husband and wife, but short of a divorce
sepia Tweet Definition of sepia Like Definition of sepia on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaic) The cuttlefish.
  2. A dark brown pigment made from the secretions of the cuttlefish.
  3. (colour) A dark, slightly reddish, brown color, colour.
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    1. A sepia-coloured drawing or photograph.
adjective
  1. (colour) Of a dark reddish-brown colour.
setup Tweet Definition of setup Like Definition of setup on Facebook
noun
  1. equipment, Equipment designed for a particular purpose; an apparatus.
The laboratory included an elaborate for measuring the energy.
  1. The fashion in which something is organized or arranged.
The classroom was simple and efficient.
  1. An act to frame someone; an effort or arrangement aimed at placing the blame on somebody.
Trust me, that was a !
  1. A computer software utility designed to install the necessary components and perform configuration necessary for a new software application. Also used as an adjective: e.g. "setup program".
After inserting the disk, run the .
sheet Tweet Definition of sheet Like Definition of sheet on Facebook
noun
  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.
shoe Tweet Definition of shoe Like Definition of shoe on Facebook
noun
  1. A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boot, boots, which do.
    • Get your shoes on now, or you'll be late for school.
      1. A piece of metal designed to be attached to a horse's foot as a means of protection; a horseshoe.
    • Throw the from behind the line, and try to get it to land circling (a ringer) or touching the far stake.
      1. Something resembling a shoe by function, like a brake shoe.
    • Remember to turn the rotors when replacing the brake shoes, or they will wear out unevenly.
verb (shoes, shoeing, shod)
  1. To equip an object with a protection against wear.
    • The billiard cue stick was shod in silver.
      1. To put horseshoes on a horse.
shoot Tweet Definition of shoot Like Definition of shoot on Facebook
noun
  1. The bud of a plant.
  2. A photography session.
  3. (professional wrestling slang) In professional wrestling, an event that is unscripted or legitimate.
verb (shoots, shooting, shot, shot, or rarely shotten)
  1. To fire one or more shots.
The man, in a desperate bid for freedom, grabbed his gun and started shooting anyone he could.
  1. To hit with a shot.
He was shot by a police officer.
  1. To move very quickly and suddenly.
After an initial lag, the experimental group's scores shot past the control group's scores in the fourth week.
  1. To photograph.
  2. To blame a messenger for the contents of the message.
Please don't the messenger.
  1. (professional wrestling) In professional wrestling, to deviate from kayfabe, either intentionally or accidentally; to actually connect with unchoreographed fighting blows and maneuvers, or speak one's mind (instead of an agreed-to script).
  2. (surveying) To measure the distance and direction to (a point).
  3. (sports) To make the stated score.
In my round of golf yesterday I shot a 76.
shortstop Tweet Definition of shortstop Like Definition of shortstop on Facebook
noun
  1. (baseball) The infield defensive player that stands between the second baseman and the third baseman.
The ranged deep into the hole to make the stop.
  1. (figurative) A nimble defender.
I'll play when we make our proposal.
shutter Tweet Definition of shutter Like Definition of shutter on Facebook
noun (Plural:shutters)
  1. Protective panels, usually wooden, placed over windows to block out the light.
  2. The part of a camera that opens for a controlled period of time to let light in during taking a picture.
verb
  1. To close the shutters.
Shutterthe windows, there's a storm coming!
  1. To close up a building for a prolonged period of inoccupancy.
It took all day to the cabin now that the season has ended.
silver Tweet Definition of silver Like Definition of silver on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A lustrous, white, metallic element, atomic number 47, atomic weight 107.87, symbol Ag.
  2. (collectively) Coins made from silver or any similar white metal.
  3. (collectively) Cutlery, whether silver or made from some other white metal (U.S.: silverware).
  4. (collectively) Any items made from silver or any other white metal.
  5. (countable) A shiny gray/grey color/colour.
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adjective
  1. Made from silver.
  2. Made from another white metal.
  3. Having a color/colour like silver: a shiny gray/grey.
slave Tweet Definition of slave Like Definition of slave on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is owned by another, as their property.
  2. A person who is forced to work for another, especially without pay.
  3. A person who is forced to perform sexual acts or other acts on a regular or continuing basis against their will.
  4. (engineering) A device that is controlled by another device.
  5. (engineering) An information worker who has signed a non-compete clause, in return for employment.
verb (slav, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To work hard.
I was slaving all day over a hot stove.
slide Tweet Definition of slide Like Definition of slide on Facebook
noun
  1. A toy for children where they climb up and then slide, glide down again.
The long, red was great fun for the kids.
  1. The event of large amounts of rubble, earth and stones moving down the slope of a hill or from a mountain.
The closed the highway.
  1. A lever that can be moved in two directions.
  2. A valve that works by sliding such as in a trombone.
  3. A transparent image, to be projected to a screen.
  4. (baseball) The act of droping down and skidding into a base
verb (slides, sliding, slid)
  1. (transitive) To cause to move in continuous contact with a surface
He slid the boat across the grass.
  1. (intransitive) To move in continuous contact with a surface.
The safe slid slowly.
  1. (intransitive) To move on a low friction surface.
The car slid on the ice.
  1. (intransitive, baseball) To drop down and skid into a base.
Jones slid into second.
  1. (intransitive) To lose one"s balance on a slippery surface.
He slid while going around the corner.
  1. (intransitive) To let pass without action.
''The administrator let the minor infraction with only a disapproving look.
SLR Tweet Definition of SLR Like Definition of SLR on Facebook
initialism
  1. (Camera) Single Lens Reflex
  2. (Firearm) Self Loading Rifle
snap Tweet Definition of snap Like Definition of snap on Facebook
noun
  1. A quick breaking or cracking sound or the action of producing such a sound.
  2. A sudden break.
  3. An attempt to seize, bite, attack, or grab.
  4. The act of hitting a middle or ring finger against the palm after a quick frictive movement between the thumb and that finger.
  5. A fastening device that makes a snapping sound when used.
  6. A photograph (an abbreviation of snapshot)
  7. The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.
  8. A thin circular cookie or similar good:
a ginger
  1. Brisk, cold weather that passes quickly.
a cold snap
  1. Something accomplished with quickly or with little or no effort.
It'll be a to get that finished.
  1. a very short period of time
I can fix most vacuum cleaners in a .
  1. Phaseolus vulgaris; a snap bean.
  2. The passing of a football from the center to a back that begins play, a hike.
  3. Common name for a scrapbooking embellishment, more properly termed a rivet.
  4. Yorkshire: food in general or a packed meal in particular.
  5. A card game, primarily for children (see w:snap (game), snap (game))
verb (snap, p, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To break apart suddenly or at once.
  2. (intransitive) To give forth or produce a sharp cracking noise; to crack.
  3. (intransitive) To attempt to seize with the teeth or bite.
  4. (intransitive) To attempt to seize with eagerness.
  5. (intransitive) To speak abruptly or sharply.
He snapped at me for the slightest mistake.
  1. (intransitive) To give way abruptly and loudly.
  2. (intransitive) To suffer a mental breakdown, usually while under tension.
She really should take a break before she snaps.
  1. (intransitive) To flash or appear to flash as with light.
  2. (intransitive) To fit or fasten together with a snapping sound.
  3. (transitive) To snatch with or like with the teeth.
  4. (transitive) To pull apart with a snapping sound.
  5. (transitive) To say abruptly or sharply.
  6. (transitive) To cause something to emit a snapping sound, such as a fastener.
  7. (transitive) To close something using a snap as a fastener.
  8. (transitive) To snap one's fingers. To make a sound using the middle finger and thumb.
  9. (transitive) To cause to move suddenly and smartly.
  10. (transitive) To take a photograph; to photograph.
He snapped a picture of me with my mouth open and my eyes closed.
  1. (transitive) To pass the ball from the center to a back, to hike the ball.
snapshot Tweet Definition of snapshot Like Definition of snapshot on Facebook
noun
  1. A photograph, especially one taken quickly or in a moment of opportunity.
    He carried a of his daughter.
  2. A glimpse of something; a portrayal of something at a moment in time.
    The article offered a of life in that region.
soup Tweet Definition of soup Like Definition of soup on Facebook
noun (uncountable and countable; plural: soups)
  1. A dish made from various foods which are mixed together in a pot usually with broth and usually cooked
spot Tweet Definition of spot Like Definition of spot on Facebook
noun
  1. A stain or disfigure, disfiguring mark.
I have tried everything, and I can"t get this out.
  1. A pimple or pustule.
That morning, I saw that a had come up on my chin.
  1. A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.
The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.
  1. A small amount or quantity.
Would you like to come round on Sunday for a of lunch?
  1. A particular location or area.
I like to eat lunch in a pleasant outside.
  1. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
  2. A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
Did you see the on the news about the shoelace factory?
verb (spot, t, ing)
  1. (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate or identify.
Try to the differences between these two entries.
  1. (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
I"ll you ten dollars for lunch.
  1. To stain; to leave a spot.
Hard water will if it is left on a surface.
  1. (rfv-sense) To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
  1. (context, gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.
I can"t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
  1. (dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
Most figure skaters do not their turns like dancers do.
squeegee Tweet Definition of squeegee Like Definition of squeegee on Facebook
noun
  1. A tool consisting of a rubber blade at right angles to a handle, used when cleaning glass, especially the windscreen of a vehicle, to remove soapy water.
  2. (slang) A person who cleans the windscreen of a vehicle stopped in traffic then demands payment from the driver.
stabilization Tweet Definition of stabilization Like Definition of stabilization on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) the process of stabilize, stabilizing
  2. (countable) the result of being stabilized
  3. (context, medicine, uncountable) a process to help prevent shock in sick or injured people
still Tweet Definition of still Like Definition of still on Facebook
noun
  1. A period of calm or silence.
  2. (photography) A non-moving photograph. (The term is generally used only when it is necessary to distinguish from movies.)
  3. (slang) A resident of the Falkland Islands.
verb
  1. to calm down, to quiet
Still that animal before it hurts someone.
adjective (er, more)
  1. unmoving
adverb
  1. at the present time, as in the past.
Is it raining?
  1. nevertheless
I"m not hungry, but I"ll manage to find room for dessert.
  1. to an even greater degree. (Used to modify comparative adjectives or adverbs.)
Tom is tall; Dick is taller; Harry is taller.
stop Tweet Definition of stop Like Definition of stop on Facebook
noun
  1. A (usually marked) place where line buses or trams halt to let passengers get on and off.
They agreed to see each other at the bus .
  1. An action of stopping; interruption of travel.
That was not planned.
  1. A device intended to block the path of a moving object; as, a door stop.
  2. (context, linguistics) A consonant sound in which the passage of air through the mouth is temporarily blocked by the lips, tongue, or glottis.
  3. A symbol used for purposes of punctuation and representing a pause or separating clauses, particularly a full stop, comma, colon or semicolon.
  4. Short for a stopper, used in the phrase 'pull out all the stops'.
  5. (context, music) A knob or pin used to regulate the flow of air in an organ.
The organ is loudest when all the stops are pulled.
  1. (context, tennis) A very short shot which touches the ground close behind the net and is intended to bounce as little as possible.
  2. (context, zoology) The depression in a dog"s face between the skull and the nasal bones.
The in a bulldog's face is very marked.
verb (stop, p, ed)
  1. (intransitive): To cease moving.
I stopped at the traffic lights.
  1. (intransitive): To come to an end.
The riots stopped when police moved in.
Soon the rain will .
  1. (transitive): To cause (something) to cease moving.
The sight of the armed men stopped him in his tracks.
  1. (transitive): To cause (something) to come to an end.
The referees stopped the fight.
  1. (transitive): To close an aperture.
He stopped the wound with gauze.
  1. (intransitive): To stay a while.
He stopped for two weeks at the inn.
  1. (intransitive): To tarry.
He stopped at his friend's house before continuing with his drive.
adverb
  1. prone, Prone to halting or hesitation.
He -started his car.
He"s still.
subminiature Tweet Definition of subminiature Like Definition of subminiature on Facebook
adjective
  1. Compact or smaller than miniature
substratum Tweet Definition of substratum Like Definition of substratum on Facebook
noun (pluralsubstrata)
  1. A layer that lies underneath another
  2. (figuratively) The underlying cause or basis of something

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