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camera Tweet Definition of camera Like Definition of camera on Facebook
noun 
  1. A device for taking still or moving pictures or photographs.
     
cancel Tweet Definition of cancel Like Definition of cancel on Facebook
noun 
  1. (nonstandard) A cancellation.
  2. (rfv-sense, apparently means natural.) (music) A mark cancelling a previous sharp or flat.
verb (cancels, cancelling (Commonwealth), canceling (American), cancelled (Commonwealth), canceled (American))
  1. (transitive) To cross out something with lines etc.
  2. (transitive) To invalidate or annul something.
He cancelled his order on their website.
  1. (transitive) To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.
  1. (transitive) To offset or equalize something.
The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
  1. (transitive) (mathematics) To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.
  2. (rfd-redundant) (intransitive) To counterbalance or neutralize each other.
  3. (rfd-redundant) (intransitive) (mathematics) Of a common factor in numerator and denominator of a fraction: To disappear.
(rfc, None of the meanings are limited to transitive or intransitive - the verb is always both/either with no distinction in meaning, only distinction is object referent.)
     
CAP Tweet Definition of CAP Like Definition of CAP on Facebook
initialism 
  1. (European Union) Common Agricultural Policy.
  2. (USA) Civil Air Patrol
  3. Colleague Assistance Program
  4. combat air patrol
  5. Change Acceleration Process
  6. Colors and Placements
     
capital Tweet Definition of capital Like Definition of capital on Facebook
noun 
  1. A city designated as a legislative seat by the government or some other authority, often the city in which the government is located; otherwise the most important city within a country or a subdivision of it.
Washington D.C. is the of the United States of America.
The Welsh government claims that Cardiff is Europe"s youngest .
  1. (economics) money, Money and wealth. The means to acquire goods and services, especially in a non-barter system.
  2. An uppercase letter.
  3. (architecture) The uppermost part of a column.
adjective 
  1. of prime importance
  2. (context, British) excellent
That is a idea!
  1. involving punishment by death
Not all felonies are crimes.
  1. uppercase
One begins a sentence with a letter.
     
carbon paper Tweet Definition of carbon paper Like Definition of carbon paper on Facebook
noun 
  1. A sheet of paper with one of the faces impregnated with carbon, used to make carbon copy, carbon copies.
     
caret Tweet Definition of caret Like Definition of caret on Facebook
noun 
  1. A mark ^ used by writers and proof readers to indicate that something is to be inserted in the place marked by the caret.
    1. An indicator, often a blinking line or bar, indicating where the next insertion or other edit will take place. Also called a cursor.
     
carriage Tweet Definition of carriage Like Definition of carriage on Facebook
noun 
  1. A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
The ride was very romantic.
  1. A railroad car drawn by a locomotive.
  2. (archaic) A manner of walking and moving in general; how one carries oneself.
His noble concealed the heart of a knave.
  1. The part of a typewriter supporting the paper.
  2. (local to New England) A shopping cart.
  3. A baby stroller; a baby carraige.
     
castoff Tweet Definition of castoff Like Definition of castoff on Facebook
noun 
  1. something that has been rejected or discarded; a reject
adjective 
  1. discarded or rejected
     
centered Tweet Definition of centered Like Definition of centered on Facebook
adjective 
  1. pertaining to the location that is middle-most to
     
centerfold Tweet Definition of centerfold Like Definition of centerfold on Facebook
noun 
  1. The single sheet of paper that forms the middle two pages of a magazine or other publication.
  2. A large photograph printed on this sheet, typically in the form of a nude, or provocatively dressed, sexually attractive woman or man.
  3. The person appearing in such a photograph.
    • 1981, w:The J. Geils Band, The J. Geils Band, w:Centerfold (song), Centerfold
    • : My blood runs cold / My memory has just been sold / My angel is the
      1. Any very sexually attractive person, who is therefore material for such a photograph.
     
century Tweet Definition of century Like Definition of century on Facebook
noun (centur, ies)
  1. A period of 100 years; often specifically a numbered period with conventional start and end dates, e.g., the twentieth century, which stretches from (strictly) 1901 through 2000, or (informally) 1900 through 1999. The first century AD was from 1 to 100.
  2. A unit in ancient Roman, originally of 100 army soldiers as part of a cohort, later of more varied sizes (but typically containing 60 to 70 or 80) soldiers or other men (guards, police, firemen), commanded by a centurion.
  3. A political division of ancient Rome, meeting in the Centuriate Assembly.
  4. (Cricket) a hundred runs scored either by a single player in one innings, or by two players in a partnership.
  5. (context, US, cycling) A ride 100 miles in length.
     
Chase Tweet Definition of Chase Like Definition of Chase on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male) of modern usage, from the surname Chase,a Middle English nickname for a hunter.
     
Cheek Tweet Definition of Cheek Like Definition of Cheek on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The word Cheek is also an old family surname from Anglo-Saxon England that predates the Norman invasion. The Cheek family was among the first to immigrate to the US colonies in the early 17th century. The family crest is a white shield with three red crescents.
     
Cicero Tweet Definition of Cicero Like Definition of Cicero on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The Roman statesman and orator Mārcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC).
     
clamshell Tweet Definition of clamshell Like Definition of clamshell on Facebook
noun 
  1. The shell of a clam.
  2. A dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam.
  3. In foodservice, the white, usually styrofoam box given to consumers with take-out food.
It closes like a .
  1. (music) An amphitheater, especially an outdoor amphitheater; the semi-circular acoustic backdrop behind and above the performers.
     
clapper Tweet Definition of clapper Like Definition of clapper on Facebook
noun 
  1. An object so suspended inside a bell that it may hit the bell and cause it to ring.
     
Clarendon Tweet Definition of Clarendon Like Definition of Clarendon on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An earldom in the British peerage
  2. w:Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon
  3. A serif typeface
     
collate Tweet Definition of collate Like Definition of collate on Facebook
verb (collates, collating, collated)
  1. (transitive) To examine diverse documents et cetera in order to discover similarity, similarities and differences.
  2. (transitive) To assemble something in a logical sequence.
    • 1922, w:Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf, w:Jacob's Room, Jacob"s Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 101
    • : Detest your own age. Build a better one. And to set that on foot read incredibly dull essays upon Marlowe to your friends. For which purpose one must editions in the British Museum.
      1. (transitive) To sort multiple copies of printed documents into sequences of individual page order, one sequence for each copy, especially before binding.
      2. (transitive) To admit a cleric to a benefice.
      (rfex)
     
colophon Tweet Definition of colophon Like Definition of colophon on Facebook
noun 
  1. In handwritten manuscripts (before the invention of printing), the note, usually at the end, left by the scribe who copied it, giving information on his exemplar, where and when the copy was made, and sometimes, his own name.
  2. A printer's or publisher's identifying inscription or logo appearing at the end of a book, or the same appearing on the spine or dust-jacket.
  3. On websites, the page identifying the details of the creation, such as owner and technology used.
     
color Tweet Definition of color Like Definition of color on Facebook
noun 
  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))
verb 
  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))
adjective 
  1. Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray.
Color television and movies were considered a great improvement over black and white.
     
compositor Tweet Definition of compositor Like Definition of compositor on Facebook
noun 
  1. A person who sets type (a typesetter).
     
condensed Tweet Definition of condensed Like Definition of condensed on Facebook
verb 
  1. (past of, condense)
adjective 
  1. The state of having been condensed.
(trans-top, state of having been condensed)
  • Swedish: koncentrerad, innehí¥llsrik, mí¤ttad, fí¶rtí¤tad
    (trans-bottom)
     
conversion Tweet Definition of conversion Like Definition of conversion on Facebook
noun 
  1. The act of having converted something or someone.
His to Christianity
The of the database from ASCII to Unicode
  1. (chemistry) A chemical reaction wherein a substrate is transformed into a product.
  2. (rugby) A free-kick, after scoring a try, worth two points
  3. (American football) extra point scored by kicking a field goal after scoring a touchdown.
  4. (marketing) An online advertising performance metric representing a visitor performing whatever the intended result of an ad is defined to be. This can be a purchase or a download of a whitepaper.
     
copperplate Tweet Definition of copperplate Like Definition of copperplate on Facebook
noun 
  1. a copper plate, either etched or engraved, to make a recessed pattern
  2. a print made from such a plate
  3. a style of handwriting based on that used on such prints; English round hand
     
copy Tweet Definition of copy Like Definition of copy on Facebook
noun (copies)
  1. The result of copying (confer original); an identical duplication.
Please bring me the copies of those reports.
  1. An imitation of inferior quality.
That handbag is a . You can tell because the buckle is different.
  1. (journalism) The text that is to be typeset.
  2. (uncountable) The text of newspaper articles.
Submit all to the appropriate editor.
  1. A school work pad.
Tim got in trouble for forgetting his maths .
  1. A printed edition of a book or magazine.
Have you seen the latest of "Newsweek" yet?
verb (cop, i, ed)
  1. (transitive) To produce an object identical to a given object.
Please these reports for me
  1. (transitive) To imitate.
Don't my dance moves.
Mom, he's copying me!
  1. (transitive) (context, radio) Receive a transmission successfully.
Do you ?
     
corrigendum Tweet Definition of corrigendum Like Definition of corrigendum on Facebook
noun (corrigend, a)
  1. An error in a printed work that is corrected after it has been printed by inclusion of a separate page of corrections, known as an errata page.
     
couch Tweet Definition of couch Like Definition of couch on Facebook
noun 
  1. An item of furniture for the comfortable seating of more than one person.
verb (couch, es)
  1. To lie down; to recline (upon a couch).
  2. To phrase in a particular style, to use specific wording.
He couched it as a request, but it was an order.
     
coucher Tweet Definition of coucher Like Definition of coucher on Facebook
noun (plural: couchers)
  1. One who couches.
     
counter Tweet Definition of counter Like Definition of counter on Facebook
noun 
  1. An object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc.
He rolled a six on the dice, so moved his forward six spaces.
  1. (curling) Any stone lying closer to the center than any of the opponent's stones.
  2. A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a shop tabletop on which goods are examined, weighed or measured.
He put his money on the , and the shopkeeper put it in the till.
  1. One who counts, or reckons up; a reckoner.
He's only 16 months, but is already a good - he can count to 100.
  1. A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
  2. (historical) The prison attached to a city court; a Counter.
  3. (context, grammar) a class of word used along with numbers to count objects and events, typically mass nouns. Although rare and optional in English (e.g. "20 head of cattle"), they are numerous and required in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  4. In a kitchen, a surface, often built into the wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place.
verb 
  1. To contradict, oppose.
  2. (context, boxing) To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.
    • "His left hand countered provokingly." -C. Kingsley.
      1. To take action in response to; to respond.
      =
adjective 
  1. contrary, Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic.
His carrying a knife was to my plan.
adverb 
  1. Contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction.
"Running to all the rules of virtue." -Locks.
     
cradle Tweet Definition of cradle Like Definition of cradle on Facebook
noun 
  1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillate, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.
  2. (context, figurative) The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.
    • a of crime
    • the of liberty
      1. (context, figurative) Infancy, or very early life.
    • from the to the grave
      1. An implement consisting of a broad scythe for cutting grain, with a set of long fingers parallel to the scythe, designed to receive the grain, and to lay it evenly in a swath.
      2. A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
      3. A framework of timbers, or iron bars, moving upon ways or rollers, used to support, lift, or carry ships or other vessels, heavy guns, etc., as up an inclined plane, or across a strip of land, or in launching a ship.
      4. A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
      5. A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person.
      6. A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.
      7. A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
      8. The ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
      9. The basket or apparatus in which, when a line has been made fast to a wrecked ship from the shore, the people are brought off from the wreck.
      10. A rest for the receiver of a telephone.
      (rfex)
verb (cradl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To contain in or as if in a cradle.
  2. (transitive) To rock (a baby to sleep).
  3. (transitive) To wrap protectively.
    • cradling the injured man"s head in her arms
      1. (lacrosse) To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.
     
crash Tweet Definition of crash Like Definition of crash on Facebook
noun (crashes)
  1. An automobile, airplane, or other vehicle accident.
  2. A computer malfunction that is caused by faulty software, and makes the system either partially or totally inoperable.
  3. A loud sound as made for example by cymbals.
  4. A comedown of a drug.
  5. A herd of rhinoceroses.
    • (post, 1991) Patrick F. McManus?, "Nincompoopery and Other Group Terms", in The Grasshopper Trap, Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0-8050-0111-5, page 103,
    • : One of my favorites among the terms of groups of creatures is a ' of rhinoceros. I can imagine an African guide saying to his client, "Shoot, dammit, shoot! Here comes the whole bloody of rhinoceros!"
    • : " Personally, I think I"d just as soon come across a of rhinoceros as a knot of toad.
    • 1998, E. Melanie Watt, Black Rhinos, page 19
    • : The largest group of black rhinos reported was made up of 13 individuals. A group of rhinos is called a .
    • 1999, Edward Osborne Wilson, The Diversity of Life, page 126
    • : Out in the water a of rhinoceros-like animals browse belly deep through a bed of aquatic plants.
    • 2003', Claude Herve-Bazin, Judith Farr Kenya and Tanzania'', page 23
    • : The of rhinoceros at Tsavo now numbers almost 200.
verb (crash, es)
  1. (intransitive) to collide with something destructively
  2. (intransitive) to make informal temporary living arrangments
Hey dude, can I at your pad?
  1. (intransitive) (of a computer program) to terminate extraordinary, extraordinarily
  2. (transitive) to severely damage or destroy something by causing it to collide with something else
  3. (transitive)(slang) to turn up at or join a social event without having been invited
adjective 
  1. quick, fast, intensive
crash course
diet
     
crown Tweet Definition of crown Like Definition of crown on Facebook
noun 
  1. A reward of victory or a mark of honor.
  2. A royal, imperial or princely headdress; a diadem.
  3. A representation of such a headdress, as in heraldry; it may even be that only the image exists, no physical crown, as in the case of the kingdom of Belgium; by analogy such crowns can be awarded to moral persons that don't even have a head, as the mural crown for cities in heraldry
  4. A wreath or band for the head.
  5. Imperial or regal power.
  6. The topmost part of the head.
  7. The highest part a hill.
  8. The top part of a hat.
  9. The raised centre of a road.
  10. The highest part of an arch.
  11. Splendor, finish, culmination.
achievement
  1. Any currency (originally) issued by the crown (regal power) and often bearing a crown (headdress)
  2. Specifically, a former British coin worth five shillings.
    1. (botany) The part of a plant where the root and stem meet.
  3. (anatomy) The part of a tooth above the gums.
  4. (dentistry) A prothestic covering for a tooth.
  5. (nautical) A knot formed in the end of a rope by tucking in the strands to prevent them from unravelling
  6. (nautical) The part of an anchor where the arms and the shank meet
verb 
  1. To place a crown on the head of.
  2. To formally declare (someone) a king or emperor.
  3. To declare (someone) a winner.
  4. (medicine) Of a baby, during the birthing process; for the surface of the baby's head to appear in the vaginal opening.
The mother was in the second stage of labor and the fetus had just crowned, prompting a round of encouragement from the midwives.
  1. (context, gaming) To shoot an opponent in the back of the head with a shotgun in a first-person shooter video game.
  2. (context, board games) In checkers, to stack two checkers to indicate that the piece has become a king.
"Crown me!" I said, as I moved my checker to the back row.
adjective 
  1. Of, related to, or pertaining to a crown.
prince
  1. Of, related to, pertaining to the top of a tree or trees.
a fire
     
cyanotype Tweet Definition of cyanotype Like Definition of cyanotype on Facebook
noun 
  1. (uncountable) An early photographic process employing paper sensitized with a cyanide.
  2. (countable) A photographic print produced by means of this process.
     

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