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shoot Tweet Definition of shoot Like Definition of shoot on Facebook
  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.
shroud Tweet Definition of shroud Like Definition of shroud on Facebook
  1. That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment.
  2. Especially, the dress for the dead; a winding sheet.
  3. That which covers or shelters like a shroud.
  4. A covered place used as a retreat or shelter, as a cave or den; also, a vault or crypt.
  5. The branching top of a tree; foliage.
  6. (Nautical) A rope or cable serving to support the mast sideways.
    • See also Wikipedia article on (w, Shroud (sailing))
      1. One of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate.
  1. To cover with a shroud.
  2. (idiomatic): To conceal or hide from view, as if by a shroud.
The details of the plot were shrouded in mystery.
skin Tweet Definition of skin Like Definition of skin on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The outer covering of living tissue over the bones, striated muscles, ligaments, and internal organs of a person.
    • He is so disgusting he makes my crawl.
      1. (uncountable) The outer protective layer of any plant or animal.
      2. (countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
      3. (countable) A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
    • In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you'll have to remove the floating on top of it.
      1. (context, countable, computing) An image used as the background of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
    • You can use this to change how the browser looks.
      1. (context, countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes.
    • Pass me a , mate.
      1. (context, countable, slang) Short for skinhead.
      2. A subgroup within an Australian aboriginal people, also called a section, subsection, or moiety. These divisions are cultural, not related to a person"s physical skin. (Reference: Macquarie Aboriginal Words, w:Macquarie University, Macquarie University, 1994, paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, introduction.)
verb (skin, n, ing)
  1. (transitive) To injure the skin of.
    • He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
      1. (transitive) To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
      The headmaster's birch kept raining down on the repeat-offending runaway's bare bum till it was completely skinned, a raw red rebel rear
      1. (context, transitive, computing, colloquial) To use a replacement image for the graphical user interface of (a computer program).
    • Can I the program to put the picture of my cat on it?
skirt Tweet Definition of skirt Like Definition of skirt on Facebook
  1. An article of clothing, usually worn by woman, women and girls, that hangs from the waist and covers the lower part of the body.
  2. The part of a dress or robe that hangs below the waist.
  3. Something resembling a skirt.
  4. (slang) A woman.
  5. A part that serves as a border or edging.
  1. To be on or form the border of.
  2. To move around or along the border of; to avoid the center of.
skyrocket Tweet Definition of skyrocket Like Definition of skyrocket on Facebook
  1. a type of firework that uses a solid rocket motor to rise quickly into the sky where it emits a variety of effects such as stars, bangs, crackles, etc.
  1. To increase suddenly and extremely; to shoot up; to surge or spike.
The shortage caused prices to .
sonde Tweet Definition of sonde Like Definition of sonde on Facebook
  1. any of various devices for testing physical conditions, often for remote or underwater locations.
Acronym: Shipboard Oceanography Network Data Environment
specific impulse Tweet Definition of specific impulse Like Definition of specific impulse on Facebook
  1. The ratio of the thrust produced by a rocket to the mass or propellant used
spin Tweet Definition of spin Like Definition of spin on Facebook
  1. circular, Circular motion.
  2. (physics) A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.
  3. A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.
  4. (cricket) rotation, Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.
  5. A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.
verb (spins, spinning, spun or span, spun)
  1. To turn around quickly.
  2. To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.
2006. In every administration there will be spokesmen and public affairs officers who try to spin the news to make the president look good. But this administration is trying to spin scientific data and muzzle scientists toward that end. — The Washington Post Editorial, The Politics of Science, Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page A22
  1. (context, cricket, of a bowler) To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.
  2. (context, cricket, of a ball) To move sideways when bouncing.
  1. (cricket) Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling.
squib Tweet Definition of squib Like Definition of squib on Facebook
  1. A small firework that burns with a fizzing noise.
  2. A similar device used to ignite a rocket etc.
  1. (Film special effects) A small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface.
    1. (dated) A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon.
    2. In a legal casebook, a short summary of a case placed between more fully cited cases.
    3. (archaic) An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person.
verb (squib, b, ed)
  1. To make a sound such as a small explosion.
    • A w:Snider-Enfield, Snider squibbed in the jungle.
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.
staging Tweet Definition of staging Like Definition of staging on Facebook
  1. (present participle of, stage)

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