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ragged Tweet Definition of ragged Like Definition of ragged on Facebook
  1. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken; as, a ragged coat; a ragged sail.
  2. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged; as, ragged rocks.
  3. Hence, harsh and disagreeable to the ear; dissonant.
A noise of mirth. -Herbert.
  1. Wearing tattered clothes; as, a ragged fellow.
  2. Rough; shaggy; rugged.
What shepherd owns those sheep? -Dryden.
read Tweet Definition of read Like Definition of read on Facebook
  1. A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
verb (reads, reading, read)
  1. (context, transitive, intransitive) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
Have you this book?
He doesn't like to .
  1. (context, transitive, intransitive) To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
He us a passage from his new book.
All right, class, who wants to next?
  1. (transitive) In telecommunications, to be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
Do you me?
  1. (context, transitive, UK) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
I am reading theology at university.
  1. (transitive) To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.
I can his feelings in his face.
  1. To consist of certain text.
On the door hung a sign that , "Proper Safety Equipment Required Beyond This Point."
  1. (intransitive) Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
Arabic reads backwards.
  1. (past of, read)
readability Tweet Definition of readability Like Definition of readability on Facebook
  1. The property of being capable of being read, legibility.
  2. The property of being easy or engaging to read.
The book book lacked . Even reading each sentence three times didn't make its intent clear.
reader Tweet Definition of reader Like Definition of reader on Facebook
  1. A person who reads a publication.
  2. A person who recites literary works, usually to an audience.
  3. A proofreader.
  4. (context, mostly, UK) A university lecturer below a professor.
  5. A book of exercises to accompany a textbook.
  6. A literary anthology.
  7. A lay of minor cleric who reads lessons in a church service.
  8. A device such as a card reader or microfilm reader.
  9. A newspaper advertisement designed to look like an news article rather than a commercial solicitation.
ream Tweet Definition of ream Like Definition of ream on Facebook
  1. (italbrac, obsolete except in dialects) The cream of milk.
  2. (italbrac, obsolete except in dialects) A froth or scum.
  1. To enlarge a hole, especially using a reamer; to bore a hole wider.
  2. To shape or form, especially using a reamer.
  3. To remove (material) by reaming.
  4. To remove burrs and debris from a freshly bored hole.
  5. (slang) To yell at or berate.
  6. (slang) To perform anilingus.
recto Tweet Definition of recto Like Definition of recto on Facebook
noun ((plural) rectos)
  1. The right-hand page of a book.
register Tweet Definition of register Like Definition of register on Facebook
  1. A formal recording of names, events, transactions etc.
  2. A book of such entries.
  3. An entry in such a book.
  4. The act of registering.
  5. A device that automatically records a quantity etc.
  6. (computing) Part of the central processing unit used to store and manipulate numbers.
  7. (printing) The exact alignment of lines, margins and colors.
  8. (music) The range of a voice or instrument.
  9. (music) An organ stop.
  10. (Always voluntary) To sign over for safe keeping. Abandons complete ownership for partial.
  11. (linguistics) a style of a language used in a particular context
  1. (transitive) To enter in a register.
  2. (transitive) To enroll, especially to vote.
  3. (transitive) To record, especially in writing.
  4. (transitive) To express outward signs.
  5. (context, transitive, mail) To record officially and handle specially.
  6. (context, transitive, printing) To adjust so as to be properly aligned.
  7. (intransitive) To place one's name, or have one's name placed in a register.
  8. (intransitive) To enroll as a student.
  9. (intransitive) To make an impression.
  10. (intransitive) To be in proper alignment.
relief Tweet Definition of relief Like Definition of relief on Facebook
  1. the removal of stress or discomfort
  2. the feeling associated with the removal of stress or dicomfort
  3. something that relieves
  4. the person who takes over a shift for another
Officer Schmidt can finally go home because his has arrived.
  1. aid or assistance offered in time of need
  2. court-ordered compensation, aid, or protection, a redress
  3. tax savings.
  4. a type of artwork in which shapes or figures protrude from a flat background
  5. the difference made noticeable by a variation in light or color
  6. (geology) the different elevations of the earth's surface
reprography Tweet Definition of reprography Like Definition of reprography on Facebook
  1. the reproduction, reprinting and copying of graphics, especially using electromechanical or photographic methods
reverse Tweet Definition of reverse Like Definition of reverse on Facebook
  1. The opposite of front.
  2. The opposite of forward.
  3. The gear setting of an automobile that makes it travel backwards.
  4. The tails side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that is opposite the obverse.
verb (revers, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To turn around, go in the opposite direction.
  1. Having the order of its constituents moved backwards in time or space.
We ate the meal in order with the dessert first and ending with the starter.
The mirror showed us a view of the scene.
  1. Causing movement in the opposite direction.
He selected gear.
revise Tweet Definition of revise Like Definition of revise on Facebook
  1. A review or a revision.
  2. (printing) A second proof sheet; a proof sheet taken after the first or a subsequent correction.
verb (revis, ing)
  1. (obsolete) To look at again, to reflect on
  2. To review, alter and amend, especially of written material
This statute should be revised.
  1. To look over again (something previously written or learned), especially in preparation for an examination
I should be revising, not editing Wiktionary! I have an exam in a few days.
river Tweet Definition of river Like Definition of river on Facebook
  1. A large stream of water that alters the nearby landscape. Occasionally rivers overflow their banks and cause floods.
  2. Any large flow of a liquid in a single body (e.g., 'a river of blood').
  3. (poker) The last card received by a player in poker
  1. (poker) To improve one"s hand to beat another player on the final card in a poker game.
Johnny rivered me by drawing that Ace of spades
roll Tweet Definition of roll Like Definition of roll on Facebook
  1. The act of rolling, or state of being rolled.
the roll of a ball
the roll of waves
  1. That which rolls; a roller
  2. Specifically, a heavy cylinder used to break clods.
  3. Specifically, one of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill; as, to pass rails through the rolls.
  4. That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
  5. Specifically, a document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
  6. Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
  7. Specifically, a quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
  8. Specifically, A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
  9. A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
  10. (nautical) The oscillating movement of a vessel from side to side, in sea way, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching.
  11. A heavy, reverberatory sound.
the roll of cannon
the roll of thunder
  1. The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
  2. (obsolete) Part; office; duty; rí´le.
  3. A measure of parchments, containing five dozen.
  • 1882: Parchement is sold by the dozen, and by the roll of five dozens. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 594.
    1. the rotation angle about the longitudinal axis
the roll of an aircraft
  1. The act of, or total resulting from, rolling one or more dice.
Make your roll.
Whoever gets the highest moves first.
  1. (nautical) The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel rotates on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare with pitch.
  1. (ergative) To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface.
roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel
  1. To wrap round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over.
roll a sheet of paper
roll clay or putty into a ball''
  1. To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; often with up
roll up a parcel
  1. (ergative) To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling.
a river rolls its waters to the ocean
  1. (ergative) To utter copiously, especially with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; -- often with forth, or out.
roll forth someone's praises
roll out sentences
  1. To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers.
roll a field
roll paste
roll steel rails
  1. (ergative) To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
  2. To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
  3. (geometry) To apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in such a manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.
  4. To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
  5. (US slang) A manner of behaving or a way of doing certain things; a general disposition toward a situation.
I was going to kick his ass, but he wasn't worth getting all worked up over, I don't like that.
2006, Times Herald-Record, Tuesday, November 21, by Chris McKenna?. At
:"This is how we in Spring Valley," one teen reportedly boasted.
  1. (transitive or intransitive) To throw dice.
  2. (transitive) To roll dice such that they form a given pattern or total.
If you doubles, you get an extra turn.
With two dice, you're more likely to seven than ten.
  1. To turn over and over.
The child rolled on the floor.
  1. To tumble in gymnastics.
  2. (nautical) when a nautical vessel rotates on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare with pitch.
Rom. Tweet Definition of Rom. Like Definition of Rom. on Facebook
abbreviation (infl, en, abbreviation)
  1. (biblical) An abbreviation used for the book of Romans, an epistle in the New Testament of the Bible.
Roman Tweet Definition of Roman Like Definition of Roman on Facebook
proper noun (plural) Romans
  1. A native or resident of Rome.
  2. A native or resident of the Roman Empire
  1. Of or from Rome.
  2. Of or from the Roman Empire
rotogravure Tweet Definition of rotogravure Like Definition of rotogravure on Facebook
  1. A printing process by which the paper is rolled through intaglio cylinders.
  2. A print made by such a method.
  3. The portion of a printed work produced by this method.
roulette Tweet Definition of roulette Like Definition of roulette on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) A game of chance, in which a small ball is made to move round rapidly on a circle divided off into numbered red and black spaces, the one on which it stops indicating the result of a variety of wagers permitted by the game.
  2. (countable) A small toothed wheel used by engravers to roll over a plate in order to produce rows of dots.
  3. (countable) A similar wheel used to roughen the surface of a plate, as in making alterations in a mezzotint.
  4. (countable) (geometry) The locus of a point on a plane curve that rolls without slipping along another fixed plane curve.
  5. (stamp-collecting) any of the small incisions on a sheet of stamps, used as an alternative to perforations.
royal Tweet Definition of royal Like Definition of royal on Facebook
  1. (colloquial) A royal person; a member of a royal family.
  1. Of or relating to a monarch or their family.
  2. Having the air or demeanour of a monarch.
  3. (nautical) In large sailing ships, of a mast right above the topgallant mast and its sails.
  • mast, sail
rule Tweet Definition of rule Like Definition of rule on Facebook
  1. A regulation, law, guideline.
  2. A ruler; device for measuring, a straightedge, a measure.
  3. Something to keep order.
verb (rul, ing)
  1. To regulate, be in charge of, make decisions for, reign over.
run-in Tweet Definition of run-in Like Definition of run-in on Facebook
  1. An encounter; a scrape or brush; especially one involving trouble or difficulty.
    ''I heard his brother had a with the police the other day.
running title Tweet Definition of running title Like Definition of running title on Facebook
  1. the title or short title of a volume printed at the top of left-hand text pages or sometimes of all text pages -- called also a running head

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