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backdrop Tweet Definition of backdrop Like Definition of backdrop on Facebook
noun
  1. A decorated cloth hung at the back of a stage.
  2. The setting or background of a historical event.
The president spoke outside the brick exterior of the firehouse for Ladder Company 10 and Engine Company 10, against the backdrop of a 56-foot-long bronze bas-relief depicting the towers in flames. — http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/11/nyregion/nyregionspecial3/11bush.html?hp&ex=1158033600&en=e468f88da52557ed&ei=5094&partner=homepage New York Times
backwater Tweet Definition of backwater Like Definition of backwater on Facebook
noun
  1. The water held back by a dam or other obstruction
  2. a remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.
It's fun to explore the backwaters of Wiktionary and seeing what messes we find when we get there.
  1. A rowing stroke in which the oar is pushed forward to stop the boat; see back water
verb
  1. To row or paddle a backwater stroke.
  2. To vacillate on a long-held position.
balance beam Tweet Definition of balance beam Like Definition of balance beam on Facebook
noun
  1. A narrow wooden rail used in gymnastics.
  2. The horizontal member of any balance (scale,) usually carrying pans at each end, supported at its center by a fulcrum.
basket Tweet Definition of basket Like Definition of basket on Facebook
noun
  1. A lightweight container, generally round, open at the top, and tapering toward the bottom.
He nailed two peach baskets on opposite ends of the gymnasium.
  1. (also shopping basket) A wire or plastic container similar in shape to a basket, used for carrying articles for purchase in a shop.
  2. In an (online shop), a notional place to store items before ordering them.
  3. A circular hoop, from which a net is suspended, which is the goal through which the players try to throw the ball.
The point guard drove toward the .
  1. The act of putting the ball through the basket, thereby scoring points.
The last-second sealed the victory.
  1. The game of basketball.
Let's play some .
biathlete Tweet Definition of biathlete Like Definition of biathlete on Facebook
noun
  1. (sports) An athlete who competes in the biathlon
biathlon Tweet Definition of biathlon Like Definition of biathlon on Facebook
noun
  1. A winter sport combining cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
bicycle kick Tweet Definition of bicycle kick Like Definition of bicycle kick on Facebook
noun
  1. a form of exercise in which one lies on one's back and makes cycling motions with the legs
  2. (soccer) A kick in which the kicker leans backwards and kicks the ball back over his head
big Tweet Definition of big Like Definition of big on Facebook
adjective (bigg, er)
  1. Of a great size; large; the weakest sense of great size.
Elephants are animals, and they eat a lot.
  1. (colloquial) Adult.
Kids should get help from people if they want to use the kitchen.
  1. (colloquial) fat, Fat.
Gosh, she is big!
  1. important, Important or significant.
What's so about that? I do it all the time.
  1. popular, Popular.
That style is very right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.
  1. (colloquial) (construed with on) enthusiastic, Enthusiastic (about).
I'm not on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.
  1. Of an industry or other field: Thought to have undue influence.
There were concerns about the ethics of science.
binding Tweet Definition of binding Like Definition of binding on Facebook
noun
  1. An item (usually rope, tape, or string) used to hold two or more things together.
  2. The spine of a book where the pages are held together.
  3. (sewing) A finishing on a seam or hem of a garment
  4. (complang) The association of an identifier with a value.
  5. (complang) The association of a variable name with a storage location's content.
verb
  1. (present participle of, bind)
adjective
  1. Assigning something that one will be held to.
This contract is a legally binding agreement.
box Tweet Definition of box Like Definition of box on Facebook
noun (boxes)
  1. Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus w:Buxus, Buxus.
    • 1885: the application of woods other than for purposes for which that wood is now used would tend to lessen the demand for — Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885
verb (box, es)
  1. To place inside a box.
  2. To place a primitive value into an object (such as an int into an Integer) -- see also autoboxing.
  3. To hem in.
breakaway Tweet Definition of breakaway Like Definition of breakaway on Facebook
noun
  1. (cycling) A group of riders which has gone ahead of the peloton.
The breakaway has maintained its lead all day and may actually survive to the finish.
  1. (ice hockey) A situation in the game where one or more players of a team attack towards the goal of the other team without having any defenders in front of them.
adjective , not comparable
  1. Having broken away from a larger unit.
The breakaway republic is slowly establishing order and civil society.
bully Tweet Definition of bully Like Definition of bully on Facebook
noun (bullies, -)
  1. A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.
  2. A hired thug.
  3. A prostitute's minder; a pimp.
  4. (uncountable) bully beef, Bully beef.
  5. (context, Sri Lanka, slang) The penis.
verb (bull, i, ed)
  1. (transitive) To intimidate (someone) as a bully.
  2. (transitive) To act aggressively towards.
adjective
  1. Very good; excellent.
butterfly Tweet Definition of butterfly Like Definition of butterfly on Facebook
noun (butterflies)
  1. (insect) A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring.
  2. A swimming stroke in which the body is prone, the arms are moved in simultaneous circles, and the feet are kicked up and down.
  3. A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.
tape
verb (butterfl, i, ed)
  1. To cut almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.
butterflied shrimp
  1. To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across a gaping wound to close it.

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