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sample Tweet Definition of sample Like Definition of sample on Facebook
  1. A part of anything presented for inspection, or shown as evidence of the quality of the whole; a specimen; as, goods are often purchased by samples.
"I design this but for a sample of what I hope more fully to discuss." -Woodward.
  1. (music production): gratuitous borrowing of easily recognised phases (or moments) from other music (or movies) in a recording, used to emphasize a particular point by implying a certain context.
  2. Example; pattern. Obs.
"Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight His followed." -Fairfax.
verb (samples, sampling, sampled)
  1. To make or show something similar to; to match.
  2. To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wools, cloth.
scan Tweet Definition of scan Like Definition of scan on Facebook
  1. The result or output of a scan.
After the was done the doctors looked at the images and made a diagnosis.
verb (scan, n, ing)
  1. (obsolete): To mount by steps; to go through with step by step.
  2. To examine sequentially, part by part.
  3. (computing): To create a digital copy of an image using a scanner.
  4. To look about for.
He scanned the horizon.
  1. (poetry) To fit or conform to a specific meter.
scanner Tweet Definition of scanner Like Definition of scanner on Facebook
  1. Something or somebody which scans.
He put the picture in the , then e-mailed a copy of it to his family.
scramble Tweet Definition of scramble Like Definition of scramble on Facebook
  1. A rush or hurry
  2. (military) An emergency defensive air force mission to intercept attacking enemy aircraft.
  3. A motocross race
verb (scrambl, ed)
  1. To move hurriedly to a location using all limbs against a surface.
  2. To proceed to a location or an objective in a disorderly manner.
  3. To mix food ingredients in a mix to be cooked into a loose mass.
  4. To process telecommunication signals to make them unintelligable to an unauthorized listener.
  5. (military) To quickly enter vehicles, usually aircraft, and proceed to a destination in response to an alert, usually to intercept an attacking enemy.
  1. (sports) To partake in motocross
    1. To ascend rocky terrain as a leisure activity
selectivity Tweet Definition of selectivity Like Definition of selectivity on Facebook
noun (Plural: selectivities)
  1. A measure of how selective something is; discrimination
  2. The ability of a radio receiver to separate a desired signal frequency from others.
sensitive Tweet Definition of sensitive Like Definition of sensitive on Facebook
  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)
shortwave Tweet Definition of shortwave Like Definition of shortwave on Facebook
  1. (context, of radio waves) having a wavelength of approximately 10 to 200 meters
  2. (context, of radio equipment) capable of transmitting or receiving signals at such a wavelength.
snow Tweet Definition of snow Like Definition of snow on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation.
    • 1928: w:A._A._Milne, A. A. Milne, w:The_House_at_Pooh_Corner, The House at Pooh Corner
    • : ...the wind had dropped, and the , tired of rushing around in circles trying to catch itself up, now fluttered gently down until it found a place on which to rest, and sometimes the place was Pooh's nose and sometimes it wasn't...
      1. (uncountable) A shade of the color white.
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      1. (uncountable) Random electrical noise in a television picture.
      2. (uncountable) (slang) cocaine, Cocaine.
      3. (countable) A snowfall; a blanket of frozen water.
      We have had several heavy snows this year.
verb (snows, snowing, snowed, snowed or snown)
  1. (italbrac, used only in the infinitive and the third-person singular with it) Said of the weather when snow is falling.
It is snowing.
It started to .
  1. (colloquial) To hoodwink someone, especially by presenting confusing information.
  2. (poker) To bluff in draw poker by refusing to draw any cards
software Tweet Definition of software Like Definition of software on Facebook
  1. (computing) Encoded computer instructions, usually modifiable (unless stored in some form of unalterable memory such as ROM). Compare hardware.
    • 1958: The "" comprising the carefully planned interpretive routines, compilers, and other aspects of automative programming are at least as important to the modern electronic calculator as its "hardware" of tubes, transistors, wires, tapes and the like. &mdash; The Teaching of Concrete Mathematics, John W. Tukey, in The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 65, no. 1 (Jan. 1958), pp 1-9.
    • 1953 As originally conceived, the word "" was merely an obvious way to distinguish a program from the computer itself. A program comprised sequences of changeable instructions each having the power to command the behavior of the permanently crafted machinery, the "hardware." Softword: Provenance for the Word "Software" by Paul Niquette ISBN 1-58922-233-
stack Tweet Definition of stack Like Definition of stack on Facebook
  1. A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, larger at the bottom than the top, sometimes covered with thatch.
  2. A pile of similar objects, each directly on top of the last.
Please bring me a chair from that stack in the corner.
  1. A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.
  2. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. (~3 m&sup3;)
  3. A smokestack.
  4. (computing) A linear data structure in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved; a LIFO queue.
  5. (computing) A portion of memory in a computer occupied by a data structure, particularly (the stack) that portion of main memory manipulated during machine language procedure call related instructions.
  6. (geology) Coastal landform. A large vertical column of rock in the sea.
  7. (context, library) Compactly spaced bookshelf, bookshelves used to house large collections of books.
  8. (figurative) A large amount of an object.
  9. (military) A pile of rifles or muskets in a cone shape.
  10. (poker) The amount of money a player has on the table.
  11. (architecture) A vertical drain pipe.
  1. To place one or more objects or material in the form of a stack or on an existing stack.
Please stack those chairs in the corner.
  1. (card games) To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner.
This is the third hand in a row you've drawn a four-of-a-kind. Someone is stacking the deck!
  1. (poker) To take all the money another player currently has on the table.
I won Jill's last $100 this hand; I stacked her!
stage Tweet Definition of stage Like Definition of stage on Facebook
  1. a phase
''He is in the recovery of his illness.
  1. The area, in any theatre, generally raised, upon which an audience watches plays or other public ceremonies.
''The band returned to the to play an encore.
  1. Short for stagecoach, an enclosed horsedrawn carriage used to carry passengers
''The pulled into town carrying the payroll for the mill and three ladies.
  1. (electronics) the number of an electronic circuit"s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
a 3- cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter
  1. The place on a microscope where the slide is placed
He placed the slide on the stage.
verb (stag, ing)
  1. To produce on a stage.
The local theater group will "Pride and Prejudice".
  1. To demonstrate in a deceptive manner.
The salesman"s demonstration of the new cleanser was staged to make it appear highly effective.
  1. To pause or wait at a designated location.
We staged the cars to be ready for the start, then waited for the starter to drop the flag.
stray Tweet Definition of stray Like Definition of stray on Facebook
  1. Any domestic animal that has an inclosure, or its proper place and company, and wanders at large, or is lost; an estray. Used also figuratively.
  2. The act of wandering or going astray.
  3. historical An area of common land or place administered for the use of general domestic animals, i.e. "The Stray"
  1. To wander, as from a direct course; to deviate, or go out of the way.
  2. To wander from company, or from the proper limits; to rove at large; to roam; to go astray.
  3. Figuratively, to wander from the path of duty or rectitude; to err.
  1. To cause to stray.
  2. Having gone astray; strayed; wandering; as, a stray horse or sheep.
superhet Tweet Definition of superhet Like Definition of superhet on Facebook
  1. superheterodyne receiver

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