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scruple Tweet Definition of scruple Like Definition of scruple on Facebook
noun (plural: scruples)
  1. A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram.
  2. Hence, a very small quantity; a particle.
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  1. Hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience; to consider if something is ethical.
He was made miserable by the conflict between his tastes and his scruples. -Macaulay.
verb (scrupl, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on account of considerations of conscience or expedience.
We are often over-precise, scrupling to say or do those things which lawfully we may. -Fuller.
Men at the lawfulness of a set form of divine worship. -South.
  1. To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question.
Others long before them ... scrupled more the books of hereties than of gentiles. -Milton.
  1. To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple.
Letters which did still many of them. -E. Symmons.
seer Tweet Definition of seer Like Definition of seer on Facebook
  1. someone who sees something; an eyewitness
  2. someone who foretells the future; a clairvoyant, prophet, soothsayer or diviner
SER Tweet Definition of SER Like Definition of SER on Facebook
  1. State Emergency Relief
solid Tweet Definition of solid Like Definition of solid on Facebook
  1. (chemistry) A fundamental state of matter that retains its size and shape without need of a container. Solids that are sufficiently heated may sublimate into a gas or melt into a liquid.
  2. (geometry) A three-dimensional object.
  1. In the state of being a solid.
  2. Large, massive.
  3. Extremely filling (a solid meal.)
  4. Lacking holes or hollows (solid gold, solid chocolate.)
  5. Strong, unyielding (solid foundations.)
  6. Lacking errors or inconsistencies that would render a theory or concept doubtful.
square centimeter Tweet Definition of square centimeter Like Definition of square centimeter on Facebook
  1. A unit of area equal to that of a square, of sides 1cm. Abbreviation cm2, cm2.
square foot Tweet Definition of square foot Like Definition of square foot on Facebook
noun (plural square feet)
  1. A unit of area (abbreviation sq ft or sq. ft. or ft2) equal to the area of a square the sides of which are each one foot long. <!--
square inch Tweet Definition of square inch Like Definition of square inch on Facebook
noun (plural square inches)
  1. A unit of area (abbreviation sq in or sq. in. or '''in2) equal to the area of a square the sides of which are each one inch long.
square meter Tweet Definition of square meter Like Definition of square meter on Facebook
noun (US spelling; plural square meters)
  1. Standard unit of area, symbol m2, equal to the area of a square whose sides are one meter long.
Square Mile Tweet Definition of Square Mile Like Definition of Square Mile on Facebook
proper noun the square, Square mile, Mile
  1. (London) the City
square rod Tweet Definition of square rod Like Definition of square rod on Facebook
  1. a unit of area used for measuring small quantities of land. Equal in size to a square with sides 1 rod in length. Equal to 30¼ square yards or 1/160 acre. Sometimes known, simply, as a rod.
  2. (hardware) a solid, elongated bar whose shape is a square prism.
''A square rod could be made of acrylic, nylon, wood, or brass.
square yard Tweet Definition of square yard Like Definition of square yard on Facebook
noun (plural square yards)
  1. A unit of area (abbreviation sq yd or sq. yd.) equal to the area of a square the sides of which are one yard long. <!--
st Tweet Definition of st Like Definition of st on Facebook
abbreviation or st. or St.
  1. Street. Usually as "st." also as "st", sometimes capitalized.
  2. Saint. (Always capitalized.)
  3. State
  4. store, as in shopping centre
stack Tweet Definition of stack Like Definition of stack on Facebook
  1. A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, larger at the bottom than the top, sometimes covered with thatch.
  2. A pile of similar objects, each directly on top of the last.
Please bring me a chair from that stack in the corner.
  1. A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.
  2. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. (~3 m&sup3;)
  3. A smokestack.
  4. (computing) A linear data structure in which the last datum stored is the first retrieved; a LIFO queue.
  5. (computing) A portion of memory in a computer occupied by a data structure, particularly (the stack) that portion of main memory manipulated during machine language procedure call related instructions.
  6. (geology) Coastal landform. A large vertical column of rock in the sea.
  7. (context, library) Compactly spaced bookshelf, bookshelves used to house large collections of books.
  8. (figurative) A large amount of an object.
  9. (military) A pile of rifles or muskets in a cone shape.
  10. (poker) The amount of money a player has on the table.
  11. (architecture) A vertical drain pipe.
  1. To place one or more objects or material in the form of a stack or on an existing stack.
Please stack those chairs in the corner.
  1. (card games) To arrange the cards in a deck in a particular manner.
This is the third hand in a row you've drawn a four-of-a-kind. Someone is stacking the deck!
  1. (poker) To take all the money another player currently has on the table.
I won Jill's last $100 this hand; I stacked her!
statute mile Tweet Definition of statute mile Like Definition of statute mile on Facebook
  1. A standard land mile of 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards or 1.609344 kilometers
stone Tweet Definition of stone Like Definition of stone on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable; plural stones except as shown below)
  1. (uncountable) A hard earthen substance that can form large rocks and boulders.
  2. A small piece of stone.
  3. A gemstone, a jewel, especially a diamond.
  4. (plural: ) A unit of mass equal to 14 pounds. Used to measure the weights of people, animals, cheese, wool, etc.
  • 1882: Generally, however, the or petra, almost always of 14 lbs., is used, the tod of 28 lbs., and the sack of thirteen tods. &mdash; James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England Volume 4, p. 209.
    1. (botany) The central part of some fruits, particularly drupes; consisting of the seed and a hard endocarp layer.
a peach
  1. (medicine) A hard, stone-like deposit.
  1. A piece made of any hard material, used in various board games such as backgammon, and go.
  2. (colour) A dull light grey or beige, like that of some stones.
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    1. (curling) A 42-pound, precisely shaped piece of granite with a handle attached, which are bowled down the ice.
verb (ston, ing)
  1. (transitive) To pelt with stones, especially to kill by pelting with stones.
  2. (transitive) To remove a stone from (fruit etc.).
  3. (intransitive) To form a stone during growth, with reference to fruit etc.
  4. (context, transitive, slang) To intoxicate, especially with narcotics. (Usually in passive)
  1. Constructed of stone.
  1. Having the appearance of stone.
  1. (colour) Of a dull light grey or beige, like that of some stones.
  2. Complete, absolute, of the highest degree.
  1. As a stone (used with following adjective).
My father is deaf. This soup is cold.
  1. (slang) absolutely, Absolutely, completely (used with following adjective).
I went crazy after she left.
super Tweet Definition of super Like Definition of super on Facebook
  1. (context, informal, Northeastern US) superintendent, Superintendent of a building.
    1. (informal) Short form of superannuation, the Australian retirement benefits or pension scheme.
Jane looked forward to collecting a large payout when she retired.
  1. better than average, better than usual; wonderful.
  1. (informal) superb

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