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giveaway Tweet Definition of giveaway Like Definition of giveaway on Facebook
noun
  1. something that is given away or handed out for free
The t-shirt was a from the company that sells the software.
  1. something that is obvious or apparent; something that reveals a secret
The frosting in his beard was a that he had been munching the cake.
glove Tweet Definition of glove Like Definition of glove on Facebook
noun
  1. An item of clothing other than a mitten, covering all or part of the hand and fingers, but allowing independent movement of the fingers.
I wore gloves to keep my hands warm.
The champ laced on his gloves before the big bout.
  1. (baseball) The ability to catch a hit ball.
Frederico had a great , but he couldn't hit a curveball, so he never broke into the pros.
verb (glov, ing)
  1. (context, baseball, transitive) To catch the ball in a baseball mitt
He gloved the line drive for the third out.
  1. (transitive) To put on a glove.
Maxwell gloved his hand so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints, then pulled the trigger.
go Tweet Definition of go Like Definition of go on Facebook
noun
  1. A turn at something.
You"ve been on it long enough"now let your brother have a .
  1. A turn in a game.
It"s your .
  1. An attempt.
I"ll give it a .
  1. An approval to do something or a something that has been approved to do.
We will begin as soon as the boss says it's a .
goal Tweet Definition of goal Like Definition of goal on Facebook
noun (plural: goals)
  1. A result one is attempting to achieve.
  2. In many sports, an area into which the players attempt to put an object.
  3. The act of placing the object into the goal.
  4. point(s) scored in a game as a result of placing the object into the goal.
goalie Tweet Definition of goalie Like Definition of goalie on Facebook
noun
  1. (sports) Colloquial form of goalkeeper or goaltender.
goalkeeper Tweet Definition of goalkeeper Like Definition of goalkeeper on Facebook
noun
  1. (sports) a designated player that protects a goal by attempting to prevent the opposing team from scoring.
goal line Tweet Definition of goal line Like Definition of goal line on Facebook
noun
  1. (soccer) the boundary of the field that runs along its width at each end, and across the front of the goal.
  2. the boundary of the field that runs along its width at each end, and across the front of the end line.
  3. (ice hockey) the red line that runs across the rink and the front of the goal.
goalpost Tweet Definition of goalpost Like Definition of goalpost on Facebook
noun
  1. (sports) In American football, the tall Y-shaped upright, now usually of fiberglass, at either end of the playing field, through which a football must go in order to score a field goal. Originally, they were H-shaped, with two wooden posts on either side.
  2. (sports) One of the two side poles of the goal.
goaltender Tweet Definition of goaltender Like Definition of goaltender on Facebook
noun
  1. (sports) a designated player that protects a goal by attempting to prevent the opposing team from scoring.
golf Tweet Definition of golf Like Definition of golf on Facebook
noun
  1. (sports) A ball game played by individuals competing against one another in which the object is to hit a ball into each of a series of (usually 18 or nine) holes in the minimum number of strokes.
  2. The letter G in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
verb
  1. To play golf.
golf ball Tweet Definition of golf ball Like Definition of golf ball on Facebook
noun
  1. A small, usually white ball that is designed for use in the game of golf.
golf club Tweet Definition of golf club Like Definition of golf club on Facebook
noun
  1. In golf, the implement used to hit the golf ball
  2. A club or organization where golf is played
golf course Tweet Definition of golf course Like Definition of golf course on Facebook
noun
  1. (golf) The land where one plays golf, with a green and a flag
good Tweet Definition of good Like Definition of good on Facebook
noun
  1. The forces or behaviors that are the enemy of evil. Usually consists of helping others and general benevolence.
  2. A result that is positive in the view of the speaker.
  3. The abstract instantiation of something qualified by the adjective; e.g., "The best is the enemy of the good."
adjective (better, best)
  1. Acting in the interest of good; ethical (good intentions).
  2. useful, Useful for a particular purpose (it"s a good watch).
  3. Of food, edible; not stale or rotten.
still
  1. Of food, having a particularly pleasant taste.
  2. Of food, healthful; full of vitamins and minerals.
  3. Pleasant; enjoyable.
a time
  1. Of people, competent or talented.
a swimmer
  1. effective, Effective.
a worker
  1. favourable, Favourable.
a omen
weather
  1. beneficial, Beneficial; worthwhile.
a job
  1. (colloquial) With "and", extremely. (The soup is good and hot.)
  2. Goody-goody; lacking in spirit or personality.
  3. (context, especially when capitalized) holy, Holy.
  4. A reasonable amount of time
a while longer
all in time
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : The white rock, visible enough above the brush, was still some eighth of a mile further down the spit, and it took me a goodish while to get up with it, crawling, often on all fours, among the scrub.
adverb
  1. (nonstandard) well, Well.
    • 2007 April 19, w:Jimmy Wales, Jimmy Wales, "Jimmy Wales on the User-Generated Generation", w:Fresh Air, Fresh Air, WHYY, Pennsylvania http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9683874
    • : The one thing that we can't do...is throw out the baby with the bathwater.... We know our process works pretty darn and, uh, it"s really sparked this amazing phenomenon of this...high-quality website. =
googly Tweet Definition of googly Like Definition of googly on Facebook
noun (plural:googlies)
  1. (Cricket) A ball, bowled by a leg break bowler, that spins from off to leg (to a right-handed batsman), unlike a normal leg-break delivery.
1904: Bosanquet can bowl as badly as anyone in the world; but when he gets a length, those slow googlies, as the Australian players call them, are apt to paralyse the greatest players. — w:Plum Warner, P. F. Warner, How We Recovered the Ashes (referring to w:Bernard Bosanquet (cricketer), Bernard Bosanquet). Quoted in Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966, chapter XI section 4, page 248.
adjective ((compar) googlier, (superl) googliest)
  1. Of the eyes, bulge, bulging.
gopher ball Tweet Definition of gopher ball Like Definition of gopher ball on Facebook
noun
  1. (baseball) a pitched ball hit for a home run
Grand Prix Tweet Definition of Grand Prix Like Definition of Grand Prix on Facebook
noungrand, Grand prix, Prix
  1. any of several international races, especially one of a series for Formula One racing cars
Grand Slam Tweet Definition of Grand Slam Like Definition of Grand Slam on Facebook
noun
  1. (UK football/soccer) Victory in each of the three UEFA cups - Champions League, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup.
  2. (rugby) Victory in every game in the Six Nations competition between England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy
  3. (tennis) The four biggest competitions of the year: Wimbledon, the w:French Open, French Open, w:Australian Open, Australian Open and the w:US Open, US Open
Greco-Roman Tweet Definition of Greco-Roman Like Definition of Greco-Roman on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to Greek or Roman culture.
Green Tweet Definition of Green Like Definition of Green on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A common English surname; either a topographic name for someone who lived near a village green, or was just fond of the colour
grid Tweet Definition of grid Like Definition of grid on Facebook
noun
  1. A rectangular array of squares or rectangles of equal size, such as in a crossword puzzle.
  2. A system for delivery of electricity, consisting of various substations, transformers and generators, connected by wire.
You can't turn off the building from here; you have to shut down the whole . — line from the motion picture w:Die Hard, Die Hard
  1. (computing) A system or structure of distributed computers working mostly on a peer-to-peer basis, such structures being known as a computational grid or simply grid computing, and used mainly to solve single and complex scientific or technical problems or to process data at high speeds (as in clusters).
  2. (cartography) A method of mark off, marking off maps into areas.
gridiron Tweet Definition of gridiron Like Definition of gridiron on Facebook
noun
  1. The field on which American football is played.
grill Tweet Definition of grill Like Definition of grill on Facebook
noun with and pot rest]]
  1. A rack; a grid of wire or a sheet of material with a pattern of holes or slots, usually used to protect something while allowing the passage of air and liquids. Typical uses: to allow air through a fan while preventing fingers or objects from passing; to allow people to talk to somebody, while preventing attack.
  2. On a vehicle, a slotted cover as above, to protect and hide the radiator, while admitting air to cool it.
  3. A device comprising a source of radiant heat and a means of holding food near it, to cook it; a barbecue; a griddle.
I put some peppers and mushrooms on the to go with dinner.
verb
  1. To cook food on a grill; to barbecue.
Why don't we get together Saturday and some burgers?
  1. (colloquial) To interrogate; to question aggressively or harshly.
The police grilled him about his movements at the time of the crime.
grille Tweet Definition of grille Like Definition of grille on Facebook
noun
  1. Alternative spelling of grill.
verb (no-verb-1, grill)
  1. To grill
ground ball Tweet Definition of ground ball Like Definition of ground ball on Facebook
noun
  1. (baseball) A batted ball that bounces one or more times on the infield; a grounder.
  2. (lacrosse) When a player scoops up or fights for a ball that is on the ground.
grounder Tweet Definition of grounder Like Definition of grounder on Facebook
noun (plural: grounders)
  1. (baseball) A ground ball
guard Tweet Definition of guard Like Definition of guard on Facebook
noun
  1. a person who protects or watches over something
  2. (military) A squad responsible for protecting something.
The president inspected the of honour.
  1. a part of a machine which blocks access to dangerous parts
  2. (Aus) panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.
  3. (context, Basketball) A relatively short player, playing farther from the basket than a forward or center.
  4. (cricket) The position on the popping crease where a batsman makes a mark to align himself with the wicket (see to take guard)
  5. The offensive positions between the center and each of the offensive tackles
  6. (sports) A player playing a position named guard
  7. (railways) An employee who normally travels in the last vehicle of a train and is responsible for the safety of the train
verb
  1. To protect from some offence (specific or abstract.)
gutter Tweet Definition of gutter Like Definition of gutter on Facebook
noun
  1. a ditch along the side of a road
  2. a duct or channel beneath the eaves of a building to carry rain water
  3. grooves down the sides of a bowling lane
  4. a space between printed columns of text
  5. a drainage channel
  6. something distasteful or morally questionable
verb
  1. to flow or stream; to form gutters
  2. (context, of a candle) to melt away or fail from becoming channeled on one side
  3. (context, of a small flame) to flicker as if about to be extinguished
adjective
  1. suitable for the gutter; vulgar, disreputable

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