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peg leg Tweet Definition of peg leg Like Definition of peg leg on Facebook
  1. To limp.
penetrating Tweet Definition of penetrating Like Definition of penetrating on Facebook
  1. (present participle of, penetrate)
  1. able to pierce or penetrate
The skunk produces a penetrating odor.
  1. demonstrating acute or keen understanding
His novel shows a penetrating insight into the criminal mind.
plastic Tweet Definition of plastic Like Definition of plastic on Facebook
  1. A stiff but usually slightly flexible synthetic material, generally consisting of a hydrocarbon-based polymer.
  2. Any similar synthetic material.
  3. (slang) credit card, credit or debit cards used in place of cash to buy goods and services.
  1. Of or pertaining to the inelastic, non-brittle, deformation of a material.
  2. Capable of adapting to varying conditions: ecologically plastic animals,see Charles Darwin: Origin of Species.
  3. Constructed of plastic.
  4. Inferior or not the real thing; ersatz (italbrac, especially when made of plastic instead of an alterate material).
plastic surgery Tweet Definition of plastic surgery Like Definition of plastic surgery on Facebook
  1. Surgery, especially involving the transfer of tissue, to repair body parts.
  2. cosmetic surgery, Cosmetic surgery for appearance.
plug Tweet Definition of plug Like Definition of plug on Facebook
  1. (context, electricity) A pronged connector, connecting device which fits into a mating socket.
I pushed the back into the electrical socket and the lamp began to glow again.
  1. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple.
Pull the out of the tub so it can drain.
  1. A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco.
He preferred a of tobacco to loose chaw.
  1. (context, US, slang) A high, tapering silk hat.
  2. (context, US, slang) A worthless horse.
That sorry old is ready for the glue factory!
  1. (context, construction) A block of wood let into a wall to afford a hold for nails.
  2. A mention of a product (usually a book, film or play) in an interview, or an interview which features one or more of these.
During the interview, the author put in a for his latest novel.
  1. (Geology) A body of once molten rock that hardened in a volcanic vent. Usually round or oval in shape.
Pressure built beneath the in the caldera, eventually resulting in a catastrophic explosion of pyroclastic shrapnel and ash.
  1. (context, fishing) A type of lure consisting of a rigid, buoyant or semi-buoyant body and one or more hooks.
The fisherman cast the into a likely pool, hoping to catch a whopper.
verb (plug, g, ed)
  1. (transitive) To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.
He attempted to the leaks with some caulk.
  1. (transitive) To mention a particular product or service.
The main guest on the show just kept plugging his latest movie: it got so tiresome.
  1. (intransitive) (informal) To persist or continue with something.
Keep plugging at the problem until you find a solution.
  1. (transitive) To shoot a bullet into something with a gun.
    • 1884, s:Author:H. Rider Haggard, H. Rider Haggard, s:The Witch's Head/Book II/Chapter II, The Witch's Head
    • :I am awfully glad that you kept your nerve and plugged him; it would have been better if you could have nailed him through the right shoulder, which would not have killed him...
preparation Tweet Definition of preparation Like Definition of preparation on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The act of preparing or getting ready
  2. That which is prepared
  3. (countable) A substance, especially a remedy, that is prepared
The traditional remedy is a bitter made from steamed herbs.
prepare Tweet Definition of prepare Like Definition of prepare on Facebook
verb (prepar, ing)
  1. (transitive) To make ready for a specific future purpose.
We prepared the spacecraft for takeoff.
  1. (transitive) To make ready for eating or drinking; to cook.
We prepared a fish for dinner.
  1. (intransitive) To make oneself ready; to get ready, make preparation.
We prepared for a bumpy ride.
  1. (transitive) To produce or make by combining elements; to synthesize, compound.
She prepared a meal from what was left in the cupboards.
prosthesis Tweet Definition of prosthesis Like Definition of prosthesis on Facebook
noun (plural: prostheses)
  1. An artificial replacement for a body part, either internal or external.

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