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Cabernet Sauvignon Tweet Definition of Cabernet Sauvignon Like Definition of Cabernet Sauvignon on Facebook
noun
  1. A variety of red grape used principally in wine-making; or a wine made from such grapes.
cabinet Tweet Definition of cabinet Like Definition of cabinet on Facebook
noun
  1. A storage closet either separate from, or built into, a wall
  2. (historical) a size of photograph, specifically one measuring 3⅞" by 5½"
  • 1891: Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the photograph a ?" " Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Scandal In Bohemia" (Norton 2005 p.19)
    1. (archaic) A small chamber or private room
    2. A group of advisors to a government or business entity.
Calvados Tweet Definition of Calvados Like Definition of Calvados on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A département of France, in the Basse-Normandie region.
can Tweet Definition of can Like Definition of can on Facebook
noun
  1. A more or less cylindrical vessel for liquids, usually of steel or aluminium.
  2. A container used to carry and dispense water for plants (a watering can).
  3. A tin-plate canister, often cylindrical, for preserved foods such as fruit, meat, or fish.
  4. (context, US, euphemism) toilet, bathroom.
  5. (context, US, euphemism) buttocks.
  6. (slang) headphones
verb (inf=-, can, -, could, couth (obsolete except in adjective use))
  1. (context, obsolete, transitive) To know.
  2. (context, modal auxiliary verb, defective) To know how to; to be able to.
She speak English, French, and German.
I play football.
Can you remember your fifth birthday?
  1. (context, modal auxiliary verb, defective, colloquial) may, May; to be permitted or enabled to.
You go outside and play when you're finished with your homework.
Can I use your pen?
canary Tweet Definition of canary Like Definition of canary on Facebook
noun (canaries)
  1. a small, usually yellow, finch, a songbird native to the Canary Islands .
  2. (colour) a light, slightly greenish, yellow colour.
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    1. a light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands
    2. a lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called canaries)
    3. (colloquial) a female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.
    4. any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour
    5. (slang) an informer or snitch, squealer (someone who "sings" to the police)
    6. (slang) (yellow) capsule of barbiturate Nembutalâ„¢
    7. (italbrac, metaphorically) Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)
    8. (context, Australian English, colloquial) A sticker of unroadworthiness.
verb (canar, i, ed)
  1. (intransitive) to dance nimbly (as in the canary dance)
adjective ((compar): more canary, (superl): most canary)
  1. (colour) of a light yellow colour.
candle Tweet Definition of candle Like Definition of candle on Facebook
noun
  1. A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin.
  2. An old unit of luminous intensity, now replaced by the SI unit candela.
  3. In forestry, a fast growing, light colored, upward-growing shoot on a pine tree in the spring. As growth slows in summer, the shoot darkens and is no longer highlighted to one"s view.
verb (candl, ing)
  1. (embryology) A method of observing the growth of an embryo inside an egg, using a bright light source.
  2. In pottery A method for drying greenware prior to beginning of the firing cycle, setting the kiln at 200° Celsius until all water is removed from the greenware.
capsule Tweet Definition of capsule Like Definition of capsule on Facebook
noun
  1. (Physiology) membranous envelope
  2. (Botany) seed-case
  3. detachable part of rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing crew's living space
  4. small container containing dose of medicine
  5. weasel - suffolk slang
cassis Tweet Definition of cassis Like Definition of cassis on Facebook
noun
  1. The blackcurrant plant, Ribes nigrum; the flavor of its berries
  2. A liqueur made from these berries, especially crème de cassis.
Cassis and soda is a popular drink.
  1. A wine flavor note, suggesting the fruity and full-bodied characteristics of the fruit.
cellar Tweet Definition of cellar Like Definition of cellar on Facebook
noun
  1. An enclosed underground space, often under a building; used for storage or shelter
  2. A wine collection, epsecially when stored in a cellar
  3. (slang) Last place in a competition.
  4. (historical) A small dish for holding salt
Champagne Tweet Definition of Champagne Like Definition of Champagne on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A region and former province of France.
chaptalization Tweet Definition of chaptalization Like Definition of chaptalization on Facebook
noun
  1. the addition of sugar to grape juice in the fermentation of wine. Usually done if the grapes are thought to lack enough natural sugars for the desired alcohol content.
Chardonnay Tweet Definition of Chardonnay Like Definition of Chardonnay on Facebook
noun (countable or uncountable; pluralChardonnays)
  1. (countable) A green-skinned grape variety used to make a white wine.
  2. (uncountable) A variety of wine made from this grape.
chartreuse Tweet Definition of chartreuse Like Definition of chartreuse on Facebook
nounchartreuse
  1. a yellow or green liqueur made by Carthusian monks
  2. (colour) a greenish yellow colour
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a bright yellowish-green colour.
chateau Tweet Definition of chateau Like Definition of chateau on Facebook
noun (chateaux, pl2=chateaus)
  1. (alternative spelling of, chí¢teau)
claret Tweet Definition of claret Like Definition of claret on Facebook
noun
  1. A dry red wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France, or a similar wine made elsewhere.
  2. (colour) A deep purplish-red colour, like that of the wine.
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adjective
  1. (colour) Of a deep purplish-red colour, like that of claret.
clean Tweet Definition of clean Like Definition of clean on Facebook
noun
  1. (weightlifting) The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.
verb
  1. (transitive) remove, Remove dirt from a place or object.
Can you the windows today?
  1. (transitive) tidy, Tidy up, make a place neat.
Clean your room right now!
  1. (context, transitive, climbing) Remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.
  2. (intransitive) Make things clean in general.
She just likes to . That"s why I married her.
  1. (context, intransitive, curling) brush, Brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep.
adjective
  1. Not dirty.
Are these dishes ?
  1. In a condition of having been cleaned.
Your room is finally !
  1. In an unmarked condition.
Put a sheet of paper into the printer.
  1. Pure, especially morally or religiously.
Our kids can watch this movie because it is .
  1. Drug- and alcohol-free.
I've been this time for eight months.
  1. Smooth, exact, and performed well.
I"ll need a sharper knife to make cuts.
  1. (colloquial) Cool or neat.
Damn, Shorty, those are some shoes ya got there!
  1. (context, Of a criminal record or driver"s license) Without restrictions or penalties.
Unlike you, I"ve never been caused any accidents " my record is still !
  1. (context, aerodynamics) Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear.
  2. (context, health) Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
I want to make sure my fiancé is before we are married.
  1. Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs.
I"m officer. You can go ahead and search me if you want.
adverb
  1. fully, Fully and completely.
He was stabbed through.
cobbler Tweet Definition of cobbler Like Definition of cobbler on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who makes and repairs shoes.
  2. A kind of pie, usually filled with fruit, that lacks a base crust.
  3. (slang) A police officer, usually used in the plural form.
Look out, it's the cobblers!.
cocktail Tweet Definition of cocktail Like Definition of cocktail on Facebook
noun
  1. An alcoholic beverage containing multiple types of liquor
They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.
    • 1806, 13 May 1806 edition of Balance and Columbian Repository, published by Hudson, New York, (first appearance in print):
    • : Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters " it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.
      1. A mixture of other substances.
      "Scientists found a of pollutants in the river downstream of the chemical factory."
Cognac Tweet Definition of Cognac Like Definition of Cognac on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a city in the Charente département of France, famous for cognac brandy
Collins Tweet Definition of Collins Like Definition of Collins on Facebook
noun
  1. A particular kind of alcoholic beverage.
proper noun
  1. An English patronymic surname from the given name Colin, pet form of Coll
  2. An Irish surname, Anglicized from the Gaelic í“ Coileí¡in
Concord Tweet Definition of Concord Like Definition of Concord on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The state capital of New Hampshire
cordial Tweet Definition of cordial Like Definition of cordial on Facebook
noun
  1. A candy (or bonbon) usually made of milk chocolate, filled with small fruits (often maraschino cherry, cherries) and syrup or fondant.
  2. A liqueur prepared using the infusion process.
    • 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, L. C. Page & Co.
    • : Marilla had put the bottle of raspberry down in the cellar instead of in the closet ....
      1. (context, UK, Australia) A concentrated noncarbonated soft drink which is diluted with water before drinking.
adjective
  1. Hearty; sincere; warm; affectionate.
    • 1885, George Washington Schuyler, Colonial New York: Philip Schuyler and His Family, C. Scribner's Sons
    • : The relations between the Earl of Bellomont and Colonel Schuyler were formal, but not from the first.
      1. Tending to revive, cheer, or invigorate; giving strength or spirits.
corked Tweet Definition of corked Like Definition of corked on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, cork)
adjective
  1. Of a container, especially a bottle, closed with a cork.
  2. Of (a bottle of) wine, tainted by mould/mold in the cork.
    Waiter, this wine is corked. Could you bring us another bottle?
corn Tweet Definition of corn Like Definition of corn on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaic) A grain or seed.
  2. (uncountable) The grain obtained from a plant, especially of cereal crops.<ref>(cite web , title = Corn , publisher = Oxford University Press , work = Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary , url = http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7index1a.pl?search_word=corn)</ref><ref>(cite web , title = Corn , publisher = Merriam-Webster Incorporated , work = Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary , url = http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corn(/i))</ref>
  3. (uncountable) A cereal plant grown for its grain (locally denoting the leading crop of that district, i.e. oats in parts of Scotland and Ireland, wheat, barley etc. in England and Wales, maize in the Americas).<ref>(cite web , title = Corn , publisher = Oxford University Press , work = Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary , url = http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7index1a.pl?search_word=corn)</ref><ref>(cite web , title = Corn , publisher = Merriam-Webster Incorporated , work = Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary , url = http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corn(/i))</ref>
  1. (US, uncountable) maize, Maize.
    1. (context, US, Canada) Sweetcorn<ref>(cite web , title = Corn , publisher = Merriam-Webster Incorporated , work = Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary , url = http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corn)</ref><ref>(cite web , title = Sweetcorn , publisher = Oxford University Press , work = Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary , url = http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7index1a.pl?search_word=sweetcorn(/i))</ref> (Zea mays var. rugosa).<ref>(cite web , title = Sweetorn , publisher = Merriam-Webster Incorporated , work = Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary , url = http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweetcorn(/i))</ref>
verb
  1. (context, US, Canada) To granulate - form a substance into grains.
  2. (context, US, Canada) To preserve using coarse salt, e.g. Corned beef.
  3. (context, US, Canada) To provide with corn (typically maize) for feed. e.g. Corn the horses.
corn liquor Tweet Definition of corn liquor Like Definition of corn liquor on Facebook
noun
  1. a distilled spirit, derived from maize, having a high alcohol content and little flavor
couch Tweet Definition of couch Like Definition of couch on Facebook
noun
  1. An item of furniture for the comfortable seating of more than one person.
verb (couch, es)
  1. To lie down; to recline (upon a couch).
  2. To phrase in a particular style, to use specific wording.
He couched it as a request, but it was an order.
cradle Tweet Definition of cradle Like Definition of cradle on Facebook
noun
  1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillate, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.
  2. (context, figurative) The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.
    • a of crime
    • the of liberty
      1. (context, figurative) Infancy, or very early life.
    • from the to the grave
      1. An implement consisting of a broad scythe for cutting grain, with a set of long fingers parallel to the scythe, designed to receive the grain, and to lay it evenly in a swath.
      2. A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
      3. A framework of timbers, or iron bars, moving upon ways or rollers, used to support, lift, or carry ships or other vessels, heavy guns, etc., as up an inclined plane, or across a strip of land, or in launching a ship.
      4. A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
      5. A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person.
      6. A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.
      7. A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
      8. The ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
      9. The basket or apparatus in which, when a line has been made fast to a wrecked ship from the shore, the people are brought off from the wreck.
      10. A rest for the receiver of a telephone.
      (rfex)
verb (cradl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To contain in or as if in a cradle.
  2. (transitive) To rock (a baby to sleep).
  3. (transitive) To wrap protectively.
    • cradling the injured man"s head in her arms
      1. (lacrosse) To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.
creme Tweet Definition of creme Like Definition of creme on Facebook
noun
  1. (cooking) A very sugary, fluffy white cream derivative.
  2. (context, vulgar, slang) semen
cru Tweet Definition of cru Like Definition of cru on Facebook
noun
  1. A grade or class of wine; as, premier cru
crust Tweet Definition of crust Like Definition of crust on Facebook
noun
  1. a more solid, dense or hard layer on a surface or boundary
verb
  1. To cover with a .
  2. To form a

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