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hairball Tweet Definition of hairball Like Definition of hairball on Facebook
noun 
  1. A small wad of fur or mass of hair formed in the digestive system of a cat or other animal, from hair ingested while grooming.
  2. (figuratively) A messy, tangled, intractable, stay-away-from-it issue.
The contract negotiations are turning into a real hairball.
     
heave Tweet Definition of heave Like Definition of heave on Facebook
noun 
  1. An effort to raise something, as a weight, or one's self, or to move something heavy.
  2. An upward motion; a rising; a swell or distention, as of the breast in difficult breathing, of the waves, of the earth in an earthquake, and the like.
  3. A horizontal dislocation in a metallic lode, taking place at an intersection with another lode.
  4. (nautical) The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel goes up and down in a short period of time. Compare with pitch.
verb (heaves, heaving, heaved or, nautical, hove, heaved or, nautical hove)
  1. (context, transitive, archaic) To lift (generally); to raise, or cause to move upwards or forwards.
  2. (transitive) To lift with difficulty; to raise with some effort; to lift (a heavy thing).
We heaved the chest-of-doors on to the second-floor landing.
  1. (context, transitive, mining, geology) To displace (a vein, stratum).
  2. (context, transitive, now, _, rare) To cause to swell or rise, especially in repeated exertions.
The wind heaved the waves.
  1. (intransitive) To rise and fall.
Her chest heaved with emotion.
  1. (transitive) To utter with effort.
She heaved a sigh and stared out of the window.
  1. (context, transitive, now, _, nautical) To throw, cast.
The cap'n hove the body overboard.
  1. (context, transitive, nautical) To pull up with a rope or cable.
Heave up the anchor there, boys!
  1. (intransitive) To make an effort to vomit; to retch.
The smell of the old cheese was enough to make you heave.
     
hip Tweet Definition of hip Like Definition of hip on Facebook
noun 
  1. (anatomy) The outward-projecting parts of the pelvis and top of the femur and the overlying tissue.
  2. The fruit of a rose.
adjective (hipper, hippest)
  1. (slang) aware
  2. (slang) trendy.
     
hot spot Tweet Definition of hot spot Like Definition of hot spot on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, hotspot (geology))
(plural hot spots)
  1. (geology) the surface manifestation of a plume that rises from deep in the Earth"s mantle
  2. a dangerous place of violent political unrest
  3. a lively and entertaining place, such as a nightclub
  4. an area of radioactive contamination
  5. (genetics) the region of a gene in which there is higher than normal rate of mutation
  6. (computing) a location in which WiFi? Internet access is available
(wikipedia, hotspot (wifi))      
hyperkeratosis Tweet Definition of hyperkeratosis Like Definition of hyperkeratosis on Facebook
noun 
  1. In pathology, excess keratin formation on the skin surface, as can be seen in a number of dermatologic conditions.
     

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