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same-sex Tweet Definition of same-sex Like Definition of same-sex on Facebook
adjective
  1. restricted to members of a single sex
a school
  1. of, or relating to homosexual men or women
Some nations have legalized marriage.
segregate Tweet Definition of segregate Like Definition of segregate on Facebook
verb (segregates, segregating, segregated, segregated)
  1. To separate, used especially of social policies that directly or indirectly keep races or ethnic groups apart.
adjective
  1. separate, Separate; select.
  2. Separated from others of the same kind.
segregated Tweet Definition of segregated Like Definition of segregated on Facebook
adjective
  1. (context, of a person or thing) separated or isolated from others, or from another group
  2. (context, of an institution) having access restricted to certain groups, or excluding certain groups
segregation Tweet Definition of segregation Like Definition of segregation on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of segregating, or the state of being segregated; separation from others; a parting.
  2. seperation, Separation from a mass, and gathering about centers or into cavities at hand through cohesive or adhesive attraction or the crystallize, crystallizing process.
serial Tweet Definition of serial Like Definition of serial on Facebook
noun
  1. A work, as a work of fiction, published in installments, often numbered and without a specified end.
adjective
  1. Having to do with or arranged in a series.
    The w:serial killer, killer had a string of victims across seven states.
  2. Published or produced in installments.
serial monogamy Tweet Definition of serial monogamy Like Definition of serial monogamy on Facebook
noun
  1. a lifestyle which provides commitment to one sexual relationship at a time, but implies a regular change of partner
settlement Tweet Definition of settlement Like Definition of settlement on Facebook
noun
  1. The state of being settled.
  2. (legal) A disposition of property, or the act of granting it.
  3. A colony newly established; a place or region newly settled.
  4. (architecture) The gradual sinking of a building. Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.
  5. (legal) A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of legal residence.
  6. (finance) The delivery of goods by the seller and payment for them by the buyer, under a previously agreed trade or transaction or contract entered into.
significant other Tweet Definition of significant other Like Definition of significant other on Facebook
noun
  1. A spouse.
  2. A common-law spouse.
  3. A serious boyfriend or girlfriend.
situation Tweet Definition of situation Like Definition of situation on Facebook
noun
  1. The way in which something is positioned vis- -vis its surroundings.
    • 1908: w:Kenneth Grahame, Kenneth Grahame, w:The Wind in the Willows, The Wind in the Willows
    • : ...he being naturally an underground animal by birth and breeding, the of Badger's house exactly suited him and made him feel at home; while the Rat, who slept every night in a bedroom the windows of which opened on a breezy river, naturally felt the atmosphere still and oppressive.
    • The place in which something is situated; a location.
    • Position or status with regard to conditions and circumstances.
    • The combination of circumstances at a given moment; a state of affairs.
    • A position of employment; a post.
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abbreviation
  1. society
social Tweet Definition of social Like Definition of social on Facebook
noun
  1. A festive gathering to foster introductions.
  2. (context, UK, slang) Short for social security benefit, the UK government department responsible for administering such welfare benefit or its employees.
  • Fred hated going down to the to sign on.
    1. (context, US) Short for Social Security Number.
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  • adjective
    1. Being extroverted or outgoing
    2. Needing (nearly) constant human interaction
    3. related to society
    social climber Tweet Definition of social climber Like Definition of social climber on Facebook
    noun (plural:social climbers)
    1. someone who tries to improve their social position, especially by means of obsequious behaviour
    social control Tweet Definition of social control Like Definition of social control on Facebook
    noun
    1. Any control, either formal or informal, that is exerted by a group, especially by one's peers
    social Darwinism Tweet Definition of social Darwinism Like Definition of social Darwinism on Facebook
    noun
    1. a theory that the laws of evolution by natural selection also apply to social structures
    social engineering Tweet Definition of social engineering Like Definition of social engineering on Facebook
    noun
    1. (computer security) The practice of tricking a user into giving, or giving access to, sensitive information, thereby bypassing most or all protection
    2. (political science) Use of propaganda by an authoritarian government to sway perceptions and attitudes of its own citizenry
    socialize Tweet Definition of socialize Like Definition of socialize on Facebook
    verb (socializ, ing)
    1. (intransitive) To interact with others
    2. (transitive) To instruct, usually subconsciously, in the etiquette of a society
    3. (transitive) To take into collective or governmental ownership
    social work Tweet Definition of social work Like Definition of social work on Facebook
    noun
    1. Any of several professions concerned with providing social services to those members of the community that need it
    societal Tweet Definition of societal Like Definition of societal on Facebook
    adjective
    1. Of or pertaining to society or social groups, or to their activities, customs, etc.
    society Tweet Definition of society Like Definition of society on Facebook
    noun
    1. (countable) A long-standing group of people sharing cultural aspects such as language, dress, norms of behavior and artistic forms.
    This society has been known for centuries for its colorful clothing and tight-knit family structure.
    1. (countable) A group of people who meet from time to time to engage in a common interest.
    It was then that they decided to found a society of didgeridoo-playing unicyclists.
    1. (countable) The sum total of all voluntary interrelations between individuals.
    2. (uncountable) The people of one"s country or community taken as a whole.
    It"s not for society to decide whether I can play the didgeridoo in my own home.
    He thinks that the fact that this child grew up to be a murderer is the fault of society.
    1. (uncountable) high society.
    Smith was first introduced into society at the Duchess of Grand Fenwick's annual rose garden party.
    1. (legalese) A number of people joined by mutual consent to deliberate, determine and act a common goal.
    sociology Tweet Definition of sociology Like Definition of sociology on Facebook
    noun (sociologi, es)
    1. The study of society, human social interaction, and the rules and processes that bind and separate people not only as individuals, but as members of associations, groups, and institutions.
    stage Tweet Definition of stage Like Definition of stage on Facebook
    noun
    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.
    static Tweet Definition of static Like Definition of static on Facebook
    noun
    1. interference on a broadcast signal caused by atmospheric disturbances; heard as crackles on radio, or seen as random specks on television
    2. (context, by extension) interference or obstruction from people
    3. Something that is not part of any perceived universe phenomena; having no motion; no particle; no wavelength.
    adjective
    1. Not able to change
    2. Fixed in place
    3. (complang) Occupying memory allocated when a program is load, loaded.
    4. Having no motion
    status Tweet Definition of status Like Definition of status on Facebook
    noun
    1. A person"s position or standing relative to that of others.
    Superstition is highly correlated with economic .
    1. (rfd-redundant) prestige, Prestige or high standing.
      • 1957, Gladys Sellew and Paul Hanly Furfey, Sociology and Its Use in Nursing Service, Saunders, page 81
      • : The king has in his kingdom, and the pauper has within his immediate group of peers.
        1. A situation or state of affairs.
        What's the of the investigation?
        1. (rfd-redundant) (legal) The legal condition of a person or thing.
    stereotype Tweet Definition of stereotype Like Definition of stereotype on Facebook
    noun
    1. A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.
    2. A person who is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type.
    3. (printing) A metal printing plate cast from a matrix moulded from a raised printing surface.
    verb (stereotyp, ing)
    1. (transitive): To make a stereotype of someone or something, or characterize someone by a stereotype.
    2. (transitive): To print from a stereotype.
    stratification Tweet Definition of stratification Like Definition of stratification on Facebook
    noun
    1. the process leading to the formation or deposition of layers, especially of sedimentary rocks
    1. (music) a layering of musical texture
    stratify Tweet Definition of stratify Like Definition of stratify on Facebook
    verb (stratif, i, ed)
    1. (intransitive) To become separated out into distinct layers or stratum, strata.
    In this cut you can see how the sedimentary rock layers have been clearly stratified.
    Even without a pronounced social class system, people in a large society tend to .
    1. (transitive) To separate out into distinct layers or stratum, strata.
    stratum Tweet Definition of stratum Like Definition of stratum on Facebook
    noun (strat, a)
    1. One of several parallel horizontal layers of material arranged one on top of another
    2. (geology) A layer of sedimentary rock having approximately the same composition throughout
    3. Any of the regions of the atmosphere, such as the stratosphere, that occur as layers
    4. (biology) A layer of tissue
    5. A class of society composed of people with similar social, cultural, or economic status
    structural Tweet Definition of structural Like Definition of structural on Facebook
    adjective
    1. of, relating to, or having structure
    2. used in building
    suicide pact Tweet Definition of suicide pact Like Definition of suicide pact on Facebook
    noun
    1. An agreement between two or more people to commit suicide

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