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noun (series)
  1. A number of things that follow on one after the other or are connected one after the other.
  2. A television or radio program which consists of several episodes that are broadcast in regular intervals
Friends was one of the most successful television series in recent years.
  1. (analysis) The sum of the terms of a sequence.
  2. (cricket) A group of matches between two sides; the aim being to win more matches than the opposition
simile Tweet Definition of simile Like Definition of simile on Facebook
  1. (context, linguistics) a figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another, generally using like or as.
  • "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle" — w:Irina Dunn, Irina Dunn, w:1970, 1970
A is like a metaphor.
speaker Tweet Definition of speaker Like Definition of speaker on Facebook
  1. one who speaks
A native English speaker.
  1. loudspeaker
  2. (politics) the chair or presiding officer of certain legislative bodies, such as the U.K. House of Commons or the U.S. House of Representatives
  3. one who makes a speech to an audience
The company hired a motivational speaker to boost morale.
speaking Tweet Definition of speaking Like Definition of speaking on Facebook
  1. The action of the verb to speak.
  1. (present participle of, speak)
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  1. Used in speaking.
one's normal speaking voice
suspension Tweet Definition of suspension Like Definition of suspension on Facebook
  1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended
  2. A temporary delay, interruption, or cessation; Of labor, study, pain, etc.; Of decision, determination, judgment, etc.; Of judgment or opinion in view of evidence to be produced.; Of the payment of what is due; as, the suspension of a mercantile firm or of a bank.; Of punishment, or sentence of punishment.; Of a person in respect of the exercise of his office, powers, prerogative, etc.; as, the suspension of a student or of a clergyman.; Of the action or execution of law, etc.; as, the suspension of the habeas corpus act.
  3. A conditional withholding, interruption, or delay; as, the suspension of a payment on the performance of a condition.
  4. The state of a solid when its particles are mixed with, but not dissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation by straining; also, any substance in this state.
  5. A keeping of the hearer in doubt and in attentive expectation of what is to follow, or of what is to be the inference or conclusion from the arguments or observations employed.
  6. (Scots Law) A stay or postponement of execution of a sentence condemnatory by means of letters of suspension granted on application to the lord ordinary.
  7. (music) The prolongation of one or more tones of a chord into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects; the discord so produced. Cf. retardation.
  1. (topology) A topological space derived from another by taking the product of the original space with an interval and collapse, collapsing each end of the product to a point.
  2. (topology) A function derived, in a standard way, from another, such that the instant function's domain and codomain are suspensions of the original function's.
synecdoche Tweet Definition of synecdoche Like Definition of synecdoche on Facebook
  1. (context, literature) A metaphor by which an inclusive term stands for something included, or vice versa; a metaphor in which a part is spoken of as the whole (hand for laborer) or vice-versa (the court for the judge).
Examples of synecdoches are:
  • fifty head of cattle " part (head) for whole (animal).
  • a fleet of ships, fifty sail deep " part (sail) for whole (ship)
  • the police knocked down my door " whole (the police) for part (some police officers)
  • the cat stalks the gazelle " class (cat) for subclass (e.g., cheetah)
  • hand me a Kleenex " subclass (brand named product) for class (all similar products)

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