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r. Tweet Definition of r. Like Definition of r. on Facebook
  1. rare
rabbit ears Tweet Definition of rabbit ears Like Definition of rabbit ears on Facebook
  1. An indoor dipole television antenna consisting of two usually extensible rods connected to a base to form a V shape.
racer Tweet Definition of racer Like Definition of racer on Facebook
  1. Someone who takes part in a race.
  2. A racehorse.
  3. An animal known for its fast speed, or suitable for racing; applied especially to a number of North American snakes, certain kinds of lake trout, etc.
  4. A vehicle or other device used for racing.
racket Tweet Definition of racket Like Definition of racket on Facebook
  1. (may be used with or without an article, but is not in the plural) A loud noise.
Power tools work quickly, but they sure make a racket.
With all the racket they're making, I can't hear myself think!
What's all this racket?
  1. (countable; also spelled racquet) An implement with a handle connected to a round frame strung with wire, sinew, or plastic cords, and used to hit a ball, such as in tennis or a birdie in badminton.
  2. A fraud or swindle; an illegal scheme for profit
They had quite a racket devised to relieve customers of their money.
racquet Tweet Definition of racquet Like Definition of racquet on Facebook
  1. An implement with a handle connected to a round frame strung with wire, sinew, or plastic cords, and used to hit a ball, such as in tennis, or a shuttlecock in badminton.
railroad Tweet Definition of railroad Like Definition of railroad on Facebook
  1. A transportation system consisting of metal rails and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.
  2. The railroad track itself.
  1. To transport via railroad.
  2. To operate a railroad.
  3. To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.
  4. A rapid summary process or procedure regarded as unfair or self-serving.
They railroaded the proposal through the committee, passing it with no debate.
rally Tweet Definition of rally Like Definition of rally on Facebook
noun (rall, ies)
  1. (squash) (table tennis) (tennis) A sequence of strokes between serve, serving and score, scoring a point.
  2. A demonstration.
  3. (motor racing) An event in which competitors drive through a series of timed special stages at intervals. The winner is the driver who completes all stages with the shortest cumulative time.
= verb (rall, i, ed)
  1. To collect, and reduce to order, as troops dispersed or thrown into confusion; to gather again; to reunite.
  2. To come into orderly arrangement; to renew order, or united effort, as troops scattered or put to flight; to assemble; to unite.
  3. To collect one's vital powers or forces; to regain health or consciousness; to recuperate.
  4. To recover strength after a decline in prices; -- said of the market, stocks, etc.
rappel Tweet Definition of rappel Like Definition of rappel on Facebook
verb (rappel, l, ed)
  1. (obsolete) to call back a hawk
  2. to abseil
rattle Tweet Definition of rattle Like Definition of rattle on Facebook
  1. (onomatopoeia) a sound made by loose objects shaking or vibrating against one another
I wish they would fix the under my dashboard.
  1. a baby's toy designed to make sound when shaken, usually containing loose grains or pellets in a hollow container
verb (rattl, es)
  1. (transitive) (ergative) to create a sound by shaking
Rattle the can of cat treats if you need to find Fluffy.
  1. (transitive) to scare, startle, unsettle, or unnerve
The accident really rattled him.
  1. (intransitive) to make a rattling noise; to make noise by or from shaking
''I wish the dashboard in my car would quit rattling.
read Tweet Definition of read Like Definition of read on Facebook
  1. A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
verb (reads, reading, read)
  1. (context, transitive, intransitive) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
Have you this book?
He doesn't like to .
  1. (context, transitive, intransitive) To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a to phrase or an indirect object.
He us a passage from his new book.
All right, class, who wants to next?
  1. (transitive) In telecommunications, to be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
Do you me?
  1. (context, transitive, UK) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
I am reading theology at university.
  1. (transitive) To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, etc.
I can his feelings in his face.
  1. To consist of certain text.
On the door hung a sign that , "Proper Safety Equipment Required Beyond This Point."
  1. (intransitive) Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
Arabic reads backwards.
  1. (past of, read)
rebound Tweet Definition of rebound Like Definition of rebound on Facebook
  1. (sports) An instance of rebounding, generally credited to a particular player.
= verb (rebounds, rebounding, rebounded)
  1. To bound or spring back from a force.
  2. (figurative) To jump up or get back up again.
  3. (context, sports) To gain possession from an errant shot.
receiver Tweet Definition of receiver Like Definition of receiver on Facebook
  1. A person who receives something.
  2. A person who acts as trustee for a bankrupt.
  3. A person who accepts stolen goods.
  4. (football) A person who accepts the ball after it has been snapped.
  5. Any of several electronic devices that receives signals and converts them into sound or vision
  6. A court administrator
recover Tweet Definition of recover Like Definition of recover on Facebook
  1. To cover again.
  2. To get better from; to recuperate.
  3. To win (something) back.
recovery Tweet Definition of recovery Like Definition of recovery on Facebook
noun (recover, ies)
  1. The act or process of regaining or repossession of something lost.
  2. A return to normal health.
  3. A return to former status.
  4. Renewed growth after a slump (economy).
red card Tweet Definition of red card Like Definition of red card on Facebook
  1. (sports) A card displayed by the referee when a player is sent off for a serious infringement of the rules.
  2. (colloquial) Any official instructions to vacate an area.
I hoped to park in the members' area but the attendant showed me the .
redshirt Tweet Definition of redshirt Like Definition of redshirt on Facebook
noun (plural: redshirts)
  1. In collegiate sports, an athlete who spends a year not participating in official athletic activities, but does not lose his or her eligibility to participate in following years
  2. In the w:United States Navy, United States Navy, a person responsible for loading and unloading weapons, artillery, and equipment from aircraft.
  3. In fiction, an unimportant character introduced only to be killed in order to underscore the peril to the important characters; an expendable character.
Sensing danger, Captain Kirk decided to beam down to the surface with Spock, McCoy?, and a couple of redshirts.
  1. In collegiate sports, to place an athlete in a status wherein the athlete will spend a year not participating in official athletic activities, but will not lose his or her eligibility to participate in following years.
The university decided to the freshman linebacker to give him an extra year to build up his bulk.
  1. To hold a child out of kindergarten for one year in the hope that the child will do better academically and socially.
Parents who their 5-year-olds instead of enrolling them in kindergarten are a concern to some Nebraska educators who are trying to reverse the trend of holding children back until age 6 to start school. ""Some Educators Oppose Redshirting 5-Year-Olds," The Omaha World-Herald, March 1, 1985
regatta Tweet Definition of regatta Like Definition of regatta on Facebook
  1. Orig. Name originally used in w:Venice, Venice for specific boat-races on the Grand Canal.
  2. A series of boat-races, although sometimes used for a single race.
  3. A striped cotton fabric.
relieve Tweet Definition of relieve Like Definition of relieve on Facebook
verb (reliev, ing)
  1. To lift up; to raise again, as one who has fallen; to cause to rise.
  2. To cause to seem to rise; to put in relief; to give prominence or conspicuousness to; to set off by contrast.
  3. To raise up something in; to introduce a contrast or variety into; to remove the monotony or sameness of.
  4. To raise or remove, as anything which depresses, weighs down, or crushes; to render less burdensome or afflicting; to alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; to lessen; as, to relieve pain; to relieve the wants of the poor.
  5. To free, wholly or partly, from any burden, trial, evil, distress, or the like; to give ease, comfort, or consolation to; to give aid, help, or succor to; to support, strengthen, or deliver; as, to relieve a besieged town.
  6. To release from a post, station, or duty; to put another in place of, or to take the place of, in the bearing of any burden, or discharge of any duty.
  7. To ease of any imposition, burden, wrong, or oppression, by judicial or legislative interposition, as by the removal of a grievance, by indemnification for losses, or the like; to right.
reliever Tweet Definition of reliever Like Definition of reliever on Facebook
  1. (baseball) A pitcher who comes into a game which is in-progress.
The first got the last two outs of the sixth.
  1. Someone who fills in for another.
I'll be the today so that you can each take a break.
retire Tweet Definition of retire Like Definition of retire on Facebook
noun (plural: retires)
  1. (rare) The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires.
His is by a lake.
  1. (dated) A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.
At the , the cavalry fell back.'''
verb (retires, retiring, retired)
  1. (transitive) To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively.
He retired himself from the party.
  1. (transitive) To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.
The central bank retired those notes five years ago.
  1. (transitive) To cause to retire; specifically, to designate as no longer qualified for active service; to place on the retired list; as, to retire a military or naval officer.
The board retired the old major.
  1. (transitive) (cricket) of a batsman, to voluntarily stop batting so that the next batsman can bat
Jones retired in favour of Smith.
  1. (transitive) (baseball) of a fielder, to make a defensive play which results in a runner or the batter being put out
Jones retired Smith 6-3.
  1. (intransitive) To go back or return; to draw back or away; to keep aloof; to withdraw or retreat, as from observation; to go into privacy; as, to retire to his home; to retire from the world, or from notice.
I will to the study.''
  1. (intransitive) To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle.
The regiment retired from the fray after the Major was killed.
  1. (intransitive) To withdraw from a public station, from working, or from business
Having made a large fortune, he retired.
He wants to at 55.
  1. (intransitive) To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.
Past the point, the shore retires into a sequence of coves.
  1. (intransitive) To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.
I will for the night.
retrieve Tweet Definition of retrieve Like Definition of retrieve on Facebook
verb (retriev, ing)
  1. To regain or get back something
  2. To rescue or save something; in tennis etc, to make a difficult but successful return of the ball
  3. To remedy or rectify something
  4. To remember or recall something
  5. To fetch or carry back something
return Tweet Definition of return Like Definition of return on Facebook
  1. The act of a person returning.
"Upon my ..."
  1. A return ticket.
  2. An item that is returned, e.g. due to a defect.
  3. (finance): Gain or loss from an investment. "It yielded a of 5%..."
  4. (context, taxation, finance): A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.
  5. (computing) A character that indicates a new line. Hexadecimal %x0d, decimal 13. Old typewriters had a carriage that lined up the paper with the printing strike-arms; with the advent of electronic typewriters, the "carriage return" key would realign the printing at the left margin, and advance to a new line. Early computers added <CR><LF> (13,10) to indicate a new line, with variations such as <LF> (10), <CR> (13) and even <LF><CR> (10,13). Modern computer use has expanded the meaning to denote a new paragraph.
  6. (computing) The act of going back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  7. (computing) The data passed back from a called procedure to the calling procedure (also return value).
  8. A short extention (perpendicular) of a desk, usually slightly lower.
  9. (context, Football (American)): Catching a ball after a punt, and running it back towards the opposing team.
  10. (cricket) A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.
  1. To give something back to its original holder/owner.
  2. To take something back to a retailer for a refund.
  3. To come back after some period of time, or at regular intervals.
  4. To go back in thought, narration, or argument. "But to to my story."
  5. (context, Tennis): To bat the ball in response to a serve over the net.
  6. (context, Card games): To play a card as a result of another player's lead; a trump.
  7. (cricket) To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
  8. (computing) (intransitive) To go back from a called procedure to the procedure that called it.
  9. (computing) (transitive) Of a called procedure, to pass back (data) to the calling procedure.
reverse Tweet Definition of reverse Like Definition of reverse on Facebook
  1. The opposite of front.
  2. The opposite of forward.
  3. The gear setting of an automobile that makes it travel backwards.
  4. The tails side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that is opposite the obverse.
verb (revers, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To turn around, go in the opposite direction.
  1. Having the order of its constituents moved backwards in time or space.
We ate the meal in order with the dessert first and ending with the starter.
The mirror showed us a view of the scene.
  1. Causing movement in the opposite direction.
He selected gear.
right Tweet Definition of right Like Definition of right on Facebook
  1. That which complies with justice, law or reason.
''We're on the side of in this contest.
  1. A legal or moral entitlement.
You have no to talk to me like that!
  1. The right side or direction.
The pharamcy is just on the past the bookshop.
  1. (context, Politics) The ensemble of right-wing political parties; political conservatives as a group.
The political holds too much power.
  1. To correct
Righting all the wrongs of the war will be impossible.
  1. To set upright
The tow-truck righted what was left of the automobile.
  1. (intransitive) To return to normal upright position.
When the wind died down, the ship righted.
  1. (archaic) straight, Straight, not bent.
  2. Having reference to a straight line; perpendicular, forming a 90-degree angle.
The kitchen counter formed a angle with the back wall.
  1. Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.
I thought you'd made a mistake, but it seems you were all along.
  1. appropriate, Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.
Is this the software for my computer?
  1. healthy, Healthy, sane, competent.
I'm afraid my father is no longer in his mind.
  1. Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing north. This arrow points to the right: →
After the accident, her leg was slighly shorter than her left.
  1. (archaic, sometimes used in titles) To a great extent or degree.
Sir, I am glad to meet you...
Members of the Queen's Privy Council are styled The Right Honourable for life.
The Right Reverend Monsignor Guido Sarducci
  1. (context, Politics) Pertaining to the political right; conservative.
  1. exactly, Exactly, precisely.
The arrow landed in the middle of the target.
Luckily we arrived at the start of the film.
  1. very, Very, extremely, quite.
I made a stupid mistake there, didn't I?
    • Ann Hite, Ghost on Black Mountain,
    • : The fog was hard to see through so I was on Tom Pritchard before I saw him.
right field Tweet Definition of right field Like Definition of right field on Facebook
  1. (baseball) The part of a baseball field which is beyond the infield and to your right if you stand on home plate and face the pitcher.
  2. (baseball) The defensive position in the outfield to the right, typically played by a player who can throw well.
He's got a cannon out in .
right fielder Tweet Definition of right fielder Like Definition of right fielder on Facebook
  1. (baseball) The outfield defensive player that stands to the right of the field as viewed from home plate.
The nailed the runner at the plate with a perfect throw.
rim Tweet Definition of rim Like Definition of rim on Facebook
  1. An edge around something, especially when circular.
verb , rimmed, rimming
  1. to lick the anus of a partner as part of the sexual act.
rink Tweet Definition of rink Like Definition of rink on Facebook
  1. a sheet of ice prepared for playing certain sports, such as hockey or curling
We played hockey all winter until the melted.
  1. a surface for roller skating
  2. a team in the sport of curling
The Schmirler won the Silver Broom.
riot Tweet Definition of riot Like Definition of riot on Facebook
  1. Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.
  2. Excessive and expensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry.
  3. The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object.
  1. To create or take part in a riot.
riposte Tweet Definition of riposte Like Definition of riposte on Facebook
  1. (context, fencing) a thrust given in return after parrying an attack.
  2. a quick and usually witty response to a taunt
  3. an answer or reply, rapidly uttered, in response to a question or problem
rise Tweet Definition of rise Like Definition of rise on Facebook
  1. The action of moving upwards
    1. An increase (in a quantity, price, etc)
  2. (UK, Ireland) A pay rise (rfv-sense)
verb (rises, rising, rose, risen)
  1. (intransitive) To move upwards.
We watched the balloon .
  1. (intransitive, of a celestial body) To appear to move upwards from behind the horizon of a planet as a result of the planet's rotation
The sun was rising in the East.
  1. (intransitive) To be resurrected
He rose from the grave.
He is risen!
  1. (intransitive) of a quantity, price, etc, To increase.
roque Tweet Definition of roque Like Definition of roque on Facebook
  1. a form of croquet using short-handled mallets, and played on a hard surface
roquet Tweet Definition of roquet Like Definition of roquet on Facebook
  1. In croquet, the act of hitting another player's ball with one's own.
  1. In croquet, to hit another player's ball with one's own.
rouge Tweet Definition of rouge Like Definition of rouge on Facebook
  1. red, Red or pink makeup to add colour to the cheeks; blusher.
  2. (colour) A reddish pink colour.
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verb (roug, ing)
  1. To apply rouge (makeup.)
She rouged her face before setting out for the party.
  1. (colour) Of a reddish pink colour.
rough Tweet Definition of rough Like Definition of rough on Facebook
  1. The unmowed part of a golf course.
  2. A crude person.
  3. (cricket) A scuffed and roughened area of the pitch, where the bowler's feet fall, used as a target by spin bowlers because of its unpredictable bounce.
  1. To create in an approximate form.
Rough in the shape first, then polish the details.
  1. To physically assault someone in retribution for something specific.
The gangsters roughed him up a little.
adjective (rough, er)
  1. Having a texture that has much friction. Not smooth; uneven.
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 229e.
    • : Teaching that's done by talking seems to have one path and another part which is smoother.
      1. approximate, Approximate.
      A rough estimate.
      1. turbulent, Turbulent.
      The sea was .
      1. difficult, Difficult; trying.
      Being a teenager these days can be .
      1. crude, Crude; unrefined
      His manners are a bit , but he means well.
      1. violent, Violent; not careful or subtle
      This box has been through some handling.
round Tweet Definition of round Like Definition of round on Facebook
  1. A circular object.
  2. A circular or repetitious route; hospital rounds.
The guards have started their rounds; the prisoner should be caught soon.
  1. An outburst of a certain event. For example, a round of applause.
  2. A song that is sung by groups of people with each subset of people starting at a different time.
  3. A serving of something; a dishing out of one of something to everybody, as in a round of drinks.
  4. A long-bristled, circular-headed paintbrush used in oil and acrylic painting.
  5. A bullet, or any individual ammunition shell.
  6. A period of time in a boxing match in which boxers are permitted to fight before being signaled to returned to their designated corner.
  7. (context, engineering, drafting, CAD) A rounded relief or cut at an edge, especially an outside edge, added for a finished appearance and to break sharp edges.
verb (rounds, rounding, rounded)
  1. To shape something into a curve.
The carpenter rounded the edges of the table.
  1. (italbrac, with "out") To finish; to complete; to fill out.
She rounded out her education with only a single mathematics class.
  1. To approximate a number, especially a decimal number by the closest whole number.
Ninety-five rounds up to one hundred.
  1. To turn past a boundary.
Helen watched him until he rounded the corner.
  1. To turn and attack someone or thing.
As a group of policemen went past him, one of them rounded on him, grabbing him by the arm.
adjective (er, more)
  1. circular, Circular or cylindrical; having a circular cross-section in one direction.
We sat at a table to make conversation easier.
  1. spherical, Spherical; shaped like a ball; having a circular cross-section in more than one direction.
The ancient Egyptian demonstrated that the Earth is , not flat.
  1. Lacking sharp angles; having gentle curves.
Our child's bed has corners for safety.
  1. plump, Plump
  2. complete, Complete, whole, not lacking.
The baker sold us a dozen.
  1. (mathematics) Of a number that has been rounded off or approximated.
One hundred is a nice number.
  1. (linguistics) pronounce, Pronounced with the mouth open in the shape of an "O".
  1. around, Around.
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rubber Tweet Definition of rubber Like Definition of rubber on Facebook
  1. pliable, Pliable material derived from the sap of the rubber tree; a hydrocarbon polymer of isoprene.
  2. synthetic, Synthetic materials with the same properties as natural rubber.
  3. (italbrac, UK, Australia, Canada regional) An eraser.
  4. (North America) (slang) A condom.
  5. Someone or something which rubs.
  6. (baseball) The rectangular pad on the pitcher's mound from which the pitcher must pitch.
Jones toes the and then fires to the plate.
  1. (North America; plural) Water resistant shoe covers, galoshes, wellingtons.
Johnny, don't forget your rubbers today.
  1. (slang) tire, Tires, particularly racing tires.
Jones enters the pits to get new .
rubber match Tweet Definition of rubber match Like Definition of rubber match on Facebook
  1. any sporting event in which the opponents are tied as it pertains to events won and lost in the series
The Red Sox having lost the opener and won the second game proceeded into the rubber match against the Yankees.
Rugby Tweet Definition of Rugby Like Definition of Rugby on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A town in Warwickshire, where the sport of rugby is thought to have originated
rugger Tweet Definition of rugger Like Definition of rugger on Facebook
  1. rugby
runner Tweet Definition of runner Like Definition of runner on Facebook
  1. somebody who runs
  2. (slang) A quick escape away from a scene
He did a runner after robbing the drugstore
  1. a type of soft-soled shoe originally intended for runners, cf trainer; a sneaker
  2. a part of an apparatus that moves quickly
After the cycle completes, the travels back quickly to be in place for the next cycle.
  1. a mechanical part intended for wheels to run on or to slide against another surface.
  2. a strip of fabric used to decorate a table
The red makes the table so festive.
  1. a protective carpet cover for a high traffic area
How about we put down a clear in the front hall.
  1. (scuffleball) a forward playing position
  2. (cricket) a player who runs for a batsman who is too injured to run; he is dressed exactly as the injured batsman, and carries a bat
  3. (baseball) A player who runs the bases
  4. (aussie-rules) A person (from one or the other team) who runs out onto the field during the game to take verbal instructions from the coach to the players. A runner mustn't interfere with play, and may have to wear an identifying shirt to make clear his or her purpose on the field.
The was out at second.
  1. (slang) A part of a cigarette that is burning unevenly.
  2. (botany) a long stolon sent out by a plant (such as strawberry), in order to root new plantlets.
runway Tweet Definition of runway Like Definition of runway on Facebook
  1. an airstrip, a (usually) paved section on which planes land or take off
  2. a narrow platform extending from a stage on which people walk, especially used by models in fashion shows
  3. the usual path taken by deer or other wild animals, i.e. from the forest to the stream
  4. a stream bed
Rush Tweet Definition of Rush Like Definition of Rush on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English occupational surname for someone who made things from rushes.

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