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rayon Tweet Definition of rayon Like Definition of rayon on Facebook
  1. A manufactured regenerated cellulosic fiber.
reed Tweet Definition of reed Like Definition of reed on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable; plural: reeds)
  1. (countable) Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.
  2. (countable) The hollow stem of these plants.
  3. (countable) Part of the mouthpiece of certain woodwind instruments, comprising of a thin piece of wood or metal which shakes very quickly to produce sound when a musician blows over it.
  4. (countable) A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.
  5. (uncountable) (as a material)
reel Tweet Definition of reel Like Definition of reel on Facebook
  1. A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel.
  2. A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound
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  1. A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, -- for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.
  2. A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
  3. A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.
  1. To wind on a .
  2. To spin or revolve repeatedly.
  3. To unwind, to bring or acquire something by spinning or winding something else.
He reeled off some tape from the roll and sealed the package.
  1. To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of one's self.
  2. (reel back) To back off or step away unsteadily and quickly.
He reeled back from the punch.
  1. To make or cause to .
regain Tweet Definition of regain Like Definition of regain on Facebook
noun (regain, regains, regained, regaining)
  1. (transitive) To get back; to recover possession of.
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.
resist Tweet Definition of resist Like Definition of resist on Facebook
  1. a protective covering
  1. to attempt to counter the actions or effects of someone or something (transitive)
  2. to withstand such actions (transitive)
  3. to oppose (intransitive)
ret Tweet Definition of ret Like Definition of ret on Facebook
verb (ret, t, ing)
  1. (transitive) To prepare (flax etc) for use, by separating the fibers from the woody part by process of soaking, macerate, macerating, and other treatment.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 621:
    • : the lowland nearly silent except for water-thrushes, the harvested fields, the smell of hops being dried in kilns, flax pulled up and piled in sheaves, in local practice not to be retted till the spring
  1. retired
reversible Tweet Definition of reversible Like Definition of reversible on Facebook
  1. able to be reversed
  2. (context, of clothing) able to be worn inside out
  3. (chemistry) (of a chemical reaction) capable of proceeding in either direction
  4. (physics) (of a phase change) capable of returning to the original state
  5. (thermodynamics) capable of returning to the original state without consumption of free energy and increase of entropy
Ring Tweet Definition of Ring Like Definition of Ring on Facebook
proper noun (infl, en, proper noun)
  1. An Irish family name.
rove Tweet Definition of rove Like Definition of rove on Facebook
verb to rove
  1. (intransitive) To roam, or wander about at random, especially over a wide area
  2. (transitive) To card wool or other fibres
roving Tweet Definition of roving Like Definition of roving on Facebook
  1. (present participle of, rove)
  1. wandering freely.
His eyes never focused on anything specific.
russet Tweet Definition of russet Like Definition of russet on Facebook
  1. A coarse, reddish-brown, homespun fabric.
  2. Country dress; homespun cloth.
  3. A reddish-brown color.
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    1. A reddish-brown pigment prepared from madder root (Rubia tinctoria); "a true middle hue between orange and purple."
    (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)
    1. Variety of apple of russet-colored, rough skin.
    2. Variety of potato with dark gray-brown, rough skin.
  1. Having a reddish-brown color.
  2. Gray or ash-colored (antiquated usage).
"Russet-pated" (gray hair). Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, iii. 2.
  1. Rustic, homespun, coarse, plain.
Shakespeare, Loves Labour's Lost, V. 2
  1. "Condition of leather when it is finished, excepting the operations of coloring and polishing the surface." (From 1880s British/American dictionary.)

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