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amalgamable [ə mal′gə mə bəl] adj. that can be amalgamated * * *
—amalgamable, adj. —amalgamative, adj. —amalgamator, n. /euh mal"geuh mayt'/, v., amalgamated, amalgamating. v.t. 1. to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; ...
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union
▪ American union       former union of garment and apparel workers in the United States and Canada. It was formed in 1976 by the merger of the Amalgamated Clothing ...
Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union
➡ AEEU * * * ▪ British union       the leading trade union in the manufacturing sector of the United Kingdom, created in 1992 through the merger of the Amalgamated ...
/euh mal'geuh may"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of amalgamating. 2. the state or result of being amalgamated. 3. Com. a consolidation of two or more corporations. 4. Metall. ...
See amalgamate. * * *
amalgamator [ə mal′gə māt΄ər] n. 1. a person or thing that amalgamates 2. a machine for the amalgamation of silver, etc. from its ore * * * See amalgamative. * * *
/euh mayl"yeuh, am'euh lee"euh/, n. a female given name. * * *
▪ architectural complex, Copenhagen, Denmark       residential square in Copenhagen, Den., built during the reign (1746–66) of King Frederick V (Frederick V) and ...
Amalric I
born 1136 died July 11, 1174 King of Jerusalem (1163–74). Amalric was a strong ruler who helped break the unity of Muslims surrounding the Holy Land. He passed a law giving ...
Amalric II
born с 1155 died April 1, 1205 King of Cyprus (1194–1205) and of Jerusalem (1197–1205). Amalric inherited the kingdom of Cyprus on the death of his brother, Guy of ...
/am'euhl thee"euh/, n. Class. Myth. a nymph who brought up the infant Zeus on the milk of a goat: in some versions she is the goat rather than a nymph. Also, Amalthea. * * ...
/am'euhl thee"euh/ 1. Class. Myth. Amalthaea. 2. Astron. a small natural satellite of the planet Jupiter. * * * ▪ satellite of Jupiter  small, potato-shaped moon of the ...
Amambaí Mountains
▪ mountains, South America Portuguese  Serra De Amambaí,  Spanish  Cordillera De Amambay        highlands in western Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil, and eastern ...
Amami Great Island
▪ island, Japan Japanese  Amami-ō-shima        largest island in the Amami chain of the northern Ryukyu Islands, in Kagoshima ken (prefecture), Japan. Most of the ...
/ay"meuhn/, n. Douay Bible. Haman. * * *
Amana Church Society
/euh man"euh/ a religious group founded in Germany in 1714, moved to New York State in 1843, and then to Iowa in 1855, where its villages have flourished as cooperative ...
Amana Colonies
▪ settlement, Iowa, United States       settlement in Iowa county, east-central Iowa, U.S. It lies near the Iowa River, 20 miles (32 km) west-northwest of Iowa City, and ...
/euh man"deuh/, n. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning "beloved." * * *
/ah'meuhn deen", am'euhn-/, adj. (of food) served or prepared with almonds: trout amandine. [1835-45; < F; see ALMOND, -INE2] * * *
/am'euh nuy"teuh, -nee"-/, n. any agaricaceous fungus of the genus Amanita, comprised chiefly of poisonous species. [1821; < NL < Gk amanîtai (pl.) kind of fungi] * * * Any ...
/euh man"uyt/, n. a member of the Amana Church Society. [AMAN(A CHURCH SOCIETY) + -ITE1] * * *
Amānollāh Khan
▪ ruler of Afghanistan born June 1, 1892, Paghmān, Afghanistan died April 25, 1960, Zürich, Switzerland  ruler of Afghanistan (1919–29) who led his country to full ...
Amanpour, Christiane
▪ 1997       Throughout the 1990s, in war zones throughout the world, there was one constant. No matter how distant or dangerous the battlefield, viewers of the Cable ...
/euh man"teuh deen'/, n. Pharm. a water-soluble crystalline substance, C10H17NHCl, used as an antiviral and antiparkinsonian drug. [1960-65; coinage appar. based on the chemical ...
amantadine hydrochloride
amantadine hydrochloride [ə man′tə dēn΄, ə man′tədin΄] a white, crystalline drug, C10H17N·HCl, used to prevent and treat certain forms of influenza and to treat ...
/euh man'yooh en"sis/, n., pl. amanuenses /-seez/. a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary. [1610-20; < L (servus) ...
/ah'mah pah"/, n. a federal territory in N Brazil. 175,634; 51,177 sq. mi. (132,550 sq. km). Cap.: Macapá. * * * ▪ state, Brazil       estado (state), northern ...
▪ Honduras       port, southwestern Honduras, on Isla de Tigre (Tigre Island) in the Gulf of Fonseca. It is the main Pacific port of Honduras, serving both coastal and ...
Amar Das
born 1479, Khadur?, India died 1574, Goindwal Third Sikh Guru. Much revered for his wisdom and piety, he became Guru at age 73. He was noted for his missionary efforts to ...
Amara, Lucine
▪ American opera singer original name  Lucine Tockqui Armaganian   born Mar. 1, 1927, Hartford, Conn., U.S.       American operatic soprano, prima donna of the ...
Amārah, Al-ʿ
▪ Iraq       city, southeastern Iraq. Situated on a low ridge beside the Tigris River, it is Iraq's chief port on that waterway south of Baghdad. It is a trade centre ...
/am"euh ranth'/, n. 1. an imaginary, undying flower. 2. any plant of the genus Amaranthus, some species of which are cultivated as food and some for their showy flower clusters ...
amaranth family
the plant family Amaranthaceae, typified by herbaceous, often weedy plants having alternate or opposite leaves and small, chaffy flowers without petals in brightly colored dense ...
▪ plant family  the amaranth family of flowering plants in the order Caryophyllales, with about 60 genera and more than 800 species of herbs, with a few shrubs, trees, and ...
/am'euh ran thay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the plant family Amaranthaceae. Cf. amaranth family. [1830-40; < NL Amaranthace(ae) (Amaranth(us) AMARANTH + -aceae -ACEAE) + -OUS] * ...
/am'euh ran"thin, -thuyn/, adj. 1. of or like the amaranth. 2. unfading; everlasting: a woman of amaranthine loveliness. 3. of purplish-red color. [1660-70; AMARANTH + -INE1] * * ...
▪ Myanmar       town, central Myanmar (Burma). It lies on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River. A suburb of Mandalay, it is also known as Taung-myo (Southern Town) or ...
▪ India also spelled  Amaravathi        town, east-central Andhra Pradesh state, southern India. Situated on the Krishna River, it was an ancient Buddhist centre ...
Amarāvatī sculpture
Style of sculpture found in the Andhra region of southeastern India. It flourished there from about the 2nd century BC to the end of the 3rd century AD, during the rule of the ...
/am"euh rel'/, n. any variety of the sour cherry, Prunus cerasus, having colorless juice. [ < G < ML amarellum, equiv. to L amar(us) bitter + -ellum -ELLE] * * *
/am'euh ret"oh, ah'meuh-/, n. an Italian liqueur with a slightly bitter almond flavor. [1975-80; < It, dim. of amaro bitter < L amarus] * * *
Amargosa Range
▪ mountains, United States       group of mountains in eastern California and southern Nevada, U.S., separating Death Valley from the Amargosa Desert. Part of the Basin ...
/am'euh ril"oh/, n. a city in NW Texas. 149,230. * * * City (pop., 2000: 173,627), northern Texas, U.S. The chief city of the Texas Panhandle, it originated in 1887 with the ...
/euh mahr"neuh/, adj. (sometimes l.c.) of or pertaining to the period in ancient Egyptian history described on cuneiform tablets (Amarna tablets) that were found in 1887 at Tell ...
Amarna style
 revolutionary style of Egyptian art created by Amenhotep IV, who took the name Akhenaton during his reign (1353–36 BCE) in the 18th dynasty (Egypt, ancient). Akhenaton's ...
Amarna, Tell el-
Ancient city, Egypt. Located midway between Thebes and Memphis on the Nile River, it was built in the 14th century BC by the Egyptian king (pharaoh) Akhenaton, who moved his ...
Amarnath, Lala
▪ 2001 Nanik Bhardwaj Amarnath        Indian cricketer (b. Sept. 11, 1911, Lahore, India—d. Aug. 5, 2000, New Delhi, India), was a popular and flamboyant all-rounder ...
▪ plant family       family of perennial herbs in the flowering plant order Asparagales (Liliales), containing 59 genera and at least 800 species, distributed primarily ...
/am'euh ril'i day"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the plant family Amaryllidaceae. Cf. amaryllis family. [1830-40; < NL Amaryllidace(ae) (amaryllid-, s. of amaryllis AMARYLLIS + ...
/am'euh ril"is/, n. 1. any of several bulbous plants of the genus Hippeastrum, esp. H. puniceum, which has large red or pink flowers and is popular as a houseplant. Cf. amaryllis ...
/am'euh ril"is/, n. a female given name. * * *
amaryllis family
the plant family Amaryllidaceae, typified by herbaceous plants having alternate or basal lance-shaped leaves, bulbs or corms, and showy, lilylike flowers and including the ...
/euh mar"in syoohs'/, n. (in the Iliad) a king of Messene who ruled Elis with Augeas and who was slain by Nestor in a war against the Pylians. * * *
/euh may"seuh, am"euh seuh/, n. the commander of Absalom's army and later of David's army. II Sam. 17:25; 19:13. * * *
/am'euh suy"euhs/, n. Douay Bible. Amaziah. * * *
▪ king of Egypt also called  Ahmose II  flourished 6th century BCE       king (reigned 570–526 BCE) of the 26th dynasty (664–525 BCE; see ] (Egypt, ancient)) of ...
Amasis Painter
▪ Greek artist flourished c. 560–515 BC    ancient Greek (Greek pottery) vase painter who, with Exekias, was among the most accomplished of Archaic vase painters. He was ...
—amassable, adj. —amasser, n. —amassment, n. /euh mas"/, v.t. 1. to gather for oneself; collect as one's own: to amass a huge amount of money. 2. to collect into a mass or ...
See amass. * * *
See amassable. * * *
See amassable. * * *
▪ Turkey historically  Amaseia , or  Amasia   city, capital of Amasya il (province), northern Turkey, on the Yeşil River, also called the Iris River. Capital of the ...
/euh may"teuh/, n. Rom. Legend. the mother, by Latinus, of Lavinia. * * *
amate1 /euh mayt"/, v.t., amated, amating. Archaic. to dismay; daunt. [1275-1325; ME < MF amatir, equiv. to a- A-5 + matir to subdue, deriv. of mat subdued, dull. See ...
/ah"mah te rddah"soo/, n. the Japanese Shinto goddess personifying the sun. * * * ▪ Shintō deity in full  Amaterasu Ōmikami        (Japanese: “Great Divinity ...
Amaterasu (Omikami)
In Shintō, the sun goddess from whom the Japanese royal family traditionally claims descent. She was given domain over heaven while her brother, the storm god Susanoo, was set ...
/am"euh choor', -cheuhr, -teuhr, am'euh terr"/, n. 1. a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional ...
Amateur Athletic Association
(also the AAA, the Three As) the organization that controls amateur athletics in Britain. It began in 1880, when it was for men only, but in 1991 it combined with the Women’s ...
Amateur Athletic Union
(abbr the AAU) an organization that supports amateur sports in the US. It was established in 1888. Each year it gives the James E Sullivan Award to the Outstanding Amateur ...
Amateur Athletic Union of the United States
▪ American sports organization       alliance of national and district associations, amateur athletic groups, and educational institutions formed in the United States in ...
amateur dramatics
(also infml am-dram) n [U] the activity of people who perform plays, etc. as a hobby and not for money. It is very popular in Britain, where there are many amateur dramatics ...
amateur night
1. an entertainment featuring amateur performers, often in competition for prizes. 2. Informal. an example of or situation marked by flagrant ineptitude: Critics say it's been ...
amateur radio
▪ communications       noncommercial, two-way radio communications. Messages are sent either by voice or in International Morse Code.       Interest in amateur ...
—amateurishly, adv. —amateurishness, n. /am'euh choor"ish, -cherr"-, -tyoor"-, -terr"-/, adj. characteristic of an amateur, esp. in having the faults or deficiencies of an ...
See amateurish. * * *
See amateurishly. * * *
/am"euh choo riz'euhm, -tyoo-, -cheuh-, -teuh-, am'euh terr"iz euhm/, n. the practice, quality, or character of an amateur or amateurish performance. [1865-70; AMATEUR + -ISM] * ...
/am"euh thuy'/, n. Douay Bible. Amittai. * * *
▪ ancient city, Cyrpus       ancient city located near Limassol, Cyprus, among sandy hills and sand dunes, which may explain its name (Greek amathos, “sand”). ...
/ah mah"tee/, n. 1. Nicolò /nee'kaw law"/, 1596-1684, Italian violinmaker, one of a famous family of 16th- and 17th-century violinmakers: teacher of Antonio Stradivari. 2. a ...
Amati family
Family of Italian violin makers in Cremona in the 16th and 17th centuries. Andrea (с 1520–с 1578) set the form of the modern violin. His two sons Antonio (с 1550–1638) ...
Amati, Nicolò
Amati, Nicolò or Nicola 1596-1684. Italian violin maker who taught his craft to Stradivari and Guarneri. * * *
Amatique Bay
▪ bay, Central America Spanish  Bahía de Amatique        inlet of the Gulf of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea, indenting eastern Guatemala and southeastern Belize. ...
Amatitlán, Lake
▪ lake, Guatemala Spanish  Lago de Amatitlán        lake, south-central Guatemala, in the central highlands at 4,085 feet (1,248 metres) above sea level. The ...
—amatively, adv. —amativeness, n. /am"euh tiv/, adj. disposed to love; amorous. [1630-40; < ML amativus, equiv. to amat(us) (ptp. of amare to love) + -ivus -IVE] * * *
See amative. * * *
See amatively. * * *
/euh mah"toh/; It. /ah mah"taw/, n. Pasquale /peuh skwah"lee, -lay/; It. /pahs kwah"le/, 1879-1942, Italian operatic baritone. * * *
/am"euh tawl', -tol'/, n. Chem. an explosive mixture of ammonium nitrate and TNT. [1915-20; AM(MONIUM) + connective -a- + (TRINITRO)TOL(UENE)] * * *
—amatorially, adv. /am"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. of or pertaining to lovers or lovemaking; expressive of love: amatory poems; an amatory look. Also, amatorial. [1590-1600; < ...
/am'euh tung"gyeuh leuh/, n. See Natal plum. [ < Zulu amathungulu, pl. of i(li)thungulu fruit of the Natal plum (or < a cognate Nguni word)] * * *
—amaurotic /am'aw rot"ik/, adj. /am'aw roh"sis/, n. partial or total loss of sight, esp. in the absence of a gross lesion or injury. [1650-60; < Gk: darkening, hindrance to ...
See amaurosis. * * *
/euh mayz"/, v., amazed, amazing, n. v.t. 1. to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly. 2. Obs. to bewilder; perplex. v.i. 3. to cause amazement: a new art ...
—amazedly /euh may"zid lee/, adv. —amazedness, n. /euh mayzd"/, adj. greatly surprised; astounded; suddenly filled with wonder: The magician made the dove disappear before ...
See amaze. * * *
See amazedly. * * *
/euh mayz"meuhnt/, n. 1. overwhelming surprise or astonishment. 2. Obs. a. stupefaction; frenzy. b. perplexity. c. consternation. [1590-1600; AMAZE + -MENT] * * *
/am'euh zuy"euh/, n. a son and successor of Joash as king of Judah. II Kings 14. * * *
Amazigh languages
Introduction also called  Berber languages        family of languages in the Afro-Asiatic language (Afro-Asiatic languages) phylum. As they are the most homogeneous ...
—amazingly, adv. /euh may"zing/, adj. causing great surprise or sudden wonder. [1520-30; AMAZE + -ING2] * * *
Amazing Grace
a popular 18th-century Christian hymn. It begins: Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. * * ...
/am"euh zon', -zeuhn/, n. 1. a river in N South America, flowing E from the Peruvian Andes through N Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean: the largest river in the world in volume of ...
Amazon ant
any of several ants of the genus Polyergus that raid the nests of other species, carrying off and enslaving the young. * * *
Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization
▪ international organization Spanish  Organización del Tratado de Cooperación Amazónica , Portuguese  Organização do Tratado de Cooperação Amazônica , Dutch  De ...
Amazon parrot
any of several tropical American green parrots of the genus Amazona, popular as pets. * * *
Amazon Rainforest
▪ region, South America  large, tropical rainforest occupying the drainage basin of the Amazon River and its tributaries in northern South America, and covering an area of ...
Amazon River
Portuguese Rio Amazonas River, northern South America. It is the largest river in the world in volume and area of drainage basin, and only the Nile River of northeastern Africa ...
▪ American company        e-commerce company based in Seattle, Wash., U.S., which was one of the first companies to sell goods online.       Founded in 1994 and ...
/am'euh zoh"neuhs/, n. a state in NW Brazil. 1,406,354; 601,769 sq. mi. (1,558,582 sq. km). Cap.: Manáos. * * * ▪ political division, Colombia       departamento, ...
Amazon dolphin n. A South American dolphin, Inia geoffrensis, that inhabits the Amazon and Orinoco rivers and fluctuates in color from bright pink to gray, depending on age and ...
/am'euh zoh"nee euh/, n. the region around the Amazon, in N South America. * * *
Amazonia National Park
Park, north-central Brazil, about halfway between the cities of Manaus and Belém, along the Tapajós River. Established in 1974, it has gradually expanded to cover about 3,900 ...
/am'euh zoh"nee euhn/, adj. 1. (of a woman) characteristic of or like an Amazon; powerful and aggressive; warlike. 2. pertaining to the Amazon River or the country adjacent to ...
/am'euh zoh"nis/, n. an area on the equator of Mars. * * *
/am"euh zeuh nuyt'/, n. Mineral. a green feldspar, a variety of microcline, used as an ornamental material. Also called Amazon stone. [1595-1605; AMAZON (river) + -ITE1] * * *
Amazon River The second-longest river in the world and the one with the greatest volume of water, flowing about 6,275 km (3,900 mi) from northern Peru across northern Brazil to ...
amazon stone n. See amazonite. * * * ▪ mineral also called  Amazonite,         a gemstone variety of green microcline (q.v.), a feldspar mineral. Frequently ...
Amb abbrev. Ambassador * * * ▪ Pakistan       small frontier state, central North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. It became part of Pakistan in 1947. Amb has an area ...
Ambassador. Also, amb. * * *
/am"beuh/, n. anba. * * *
ambage [am′bij] n. pl. ambages [am′bi jiz΄; am bā′jēz΄] 〚< ME ambages (taken as pl.), intentional ambiguity < MFr < L < amb-, around + agere, to go〛 Archaic 1. a ...
/am bay"jeez/, n. Archaic. (used with a pl. v.) winding, roundabout paths or ways. [1350-1400; ME < L ambages (pl.) circuits, equiv. to amb(i)- AMBI- + -ag- (comb. form of agere ...
—ambagiously, adv. —ambagiousness, n. /am bay"jeuhs/, adj. roundabout; circuitous: ambagious reasoning. [1650-60; < L ambagiosus, equiv. to ambagi- (s. of ambages AMBAGES) + ...
/euhm bah"leuh/, n. a city in N Haryana, in N India. 102,519. * * * ▪ India also called  Umbala        city, northeastern Haryana (Haryāna) state, northwestern ...
Ambani, Dhirubhai
▪ 2003 Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani        Indian industrialist (b. Dec. 28, 1932, Chorwad, Gujarat, India—d. July 6, 2002, Mumbai [Bombay], India), was the founder of ...
/am'beuh rel"euh/, n. See Otaheite apple. [ < Sinhalese oembaroella < Skt amravataka a kind of tree] * * *
Ambartsumian, Viktor Amazaspovich
▪ 1997       Armenian astrophysicist (b. Sept. 18, 1908, Tbilisi, Georgia, Russian Empire—d. Aug. 12, 1996, Yerevan, Armenia), studied the origin and evolution of ...
/am bahr"ee/, n. kenaf. Also, ambari. [ < Deccan Hindi or Marathi ambari] * * *
—ambassadorial /am bas'euh dawr"ee euhl, -dohr"-/, adj. —ambassadorially, adv. —ambassadorship, n. /am bas"euh deuhr, -dawr'/, n. 1. a diplomatic official of the highest ...
/am bas"euh deuhr euht lahrj", -dawr'/, n., pl. ambassadors-at-large. an ambassador who is not assigned to a particular diplomatic post but is appointed on a special ...
ambassadorat large
ambassador at large n. pl. ambassadors at large An ambassador who is not assigned to a specific country. * * *
See ambassador. * * *
Ambassadors, The
a novel (1903) by Henry James. * * *
See ambassadorial. * * *
/am bas"euh dris/, n. 1. a woman who is an ambassador. 2. the wife of an ambassador. [1585-95; AMBASSAD(O)R + -ESS] Usage. See -ess. * * *
/am"bach/, n. an Egyptian tree, Aeschynomene elaphroxylon, of the legume family, having a light-colored, spongy wood. [1860-65; perh. < a source akin to Amharic amb(w)ac'o, name ...
/ahm bah"taw/, n. a city in central Ecuador, ab. 8500 ft. (2590 m) above sea level. 77,955. * * * ▪ Ecuador       city, central Ecuador. It lies along the Ambato River ...
/ahm bed"kahr/, n. Bhimrao Ramji /beem"row rahm"jee/, 1893-1956, Indian politician and jurist. * * *
Ambedkar, Bhimrao Ramji
▪ Indian political leader born April 14, 1891, Mhow, India died Dec. 6, 1956, New Delhi       leader of the Harijans (untouchables (untouchable) or low-caste Hindus) ...
/am"bear/, n. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. tobacco juice. [1755-65; Amer.; earlier, water soaked in cut tobacco refuse; perh. b. AMBER and BEER, alluding to its color ...
—amberlike, ambery, amberous, adj. /am"beuhr/, n. 1. a pale yellow, sometimes reddish or brownish, fossil resin of vegetable origin, translucent, brittle, and capable of ...
/am"beuhr/, n. a female given name. * * * Fossil tree resin that occurs as irregular nodules, rods, or droplike shapes in all shades of yellow with nuances of orange, brown, ...
Amber Islands
(in ancient geography) a name given by the Greeks in later times to the islands in the North Sea. Cf. Electrides. * * *
Amber Valley
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and historic county of Derbyshire, England, to the north of Derby. It takes its name from the River ...
/am"beuhr fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) -fishes. amberjack. [1665-75; AMBER + FISH] * * *
▪ Germany  city, Bavaria Land (state), southeastern Germany. It lies on the Vils River, in the foothills of the Franconian Jura Mountains and the Bavarian Forest, ...
/am"beuhr grees', -gris/, n. an opaque, ash-colored secretion of the sperm whale intestine, usually found floating on the ocean or cast ashore: used in perfumery. [1375-1425; < ...
/am'beuh ree"neuh/, n. an American art glass having transparent colors ranging from pale amber to ruby. [formerly a trademark] * * *
amberina glass
▪ art glass       blended colour glass in which the lower part, a yellowish amber, merges into a ruby-red colour higher in the vessel. It was patented in 1883 for the ...
/am"beuhr jak'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) amberjack, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) amberjacks. any of several yellow to coppery fork-tailed fishes of the ...
Amberlite [am′bər līt΄] 〚 AMBER + -LITE〛 trademark for various insoluble cross-linked polymers used in water-treatment processes and in pharmacy * * *
/am"beuh royd'/, n. synthetic amber made by compressing pieces of various resins at a high temperature. Also, ambroid. [1895-1900; AMBER + -OID] * * *
Also m̥bhi. Around. Probably derived from *ant-bhi, “from both sides” (see ant-). 1. Reduced form *bhi. a. by1; abaft, but, from Old English bi, bī, be, by; b. be-, from ...
a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin, meaning "both" (ambiguous) and "around" (ambient); used in the formation of compound words: ambitendency. [ < L; akin to Gk amphí, ...
/am"bee euhns/; Fr. /ahonn byahonns"/, n., pl. ambiances /-bee euhn siz/; Fr. /-byahonns"/. 1. the mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, etc., particularly of an ...
—ambidextral, adj. /am'bi dek"steuhr/, adj. 1. Archaic. ambidextrous. n. 2. Obs. an ambidextrous person. [1525-35; < LL; see AMBI-, DEXTER] * * *
/am'bi dek ster"i tee/, n. 1. ambidextrous ease, skill, or facility. 2. unusual cleverness. 3. duplicity; deceitfulness. [1645-55; AMBIDEXTER + -ITY] * * *
—ambidextrously, adv. —ambidextrousness, n. /am'bi dek"streuhs/, adj. 1. able to use both hands equally well: an ambidextrous surgeon. 2. unusually skillful; facile: an ...
See ambidextrous. * * *
Am·bi·en (ămʹbē-ən) A trademark used for the drug zolpidem. * * *
/am"bee euhns/; Fr. /ahonn byahonns"/, n., pl. ambiences /-bee euhn siz/; Fr. /-byahonns"/. ambiance. [1885-90] * * *
/am"bee euhnt/, adj. 1. of the surrounding area or environment: The tape recorder picked up too many ambient noises. The temperature in the display case was 20° lower than the ...
ambient air standard
the highest concentration of a specific air pollutant at a particular outdoor location, in a specified unit of time, that is not considered hazardous to humans: The ambient air ...
/ahm byen"te/, n. Spanish. atmosphere; ambiance. * * *
/am'bi gyooh"i tee/, n., pl. ambiguities. 1. doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention: to speak with ambiguity; an ambiguity of manner. 2. an unclear, indefinite, or ...
—ambiguously, adv. —ambiguousness, n. /am big"yooh euhs/, adj. 1. open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal: an ambiguous answer. 2. Ling. (of ...
See ambiguous. * * *
See ambiguously. * * *
▪ India formerly  Surguja , also called  Bisrampur        town, northern Chhattisgarh state, central India. The town, then known as Surguja, was the capital of the ...
—ambilaterality, n. —ambilaterally, adv. /am'bi lat"euhr euhl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or affecting both sides. [AMBI- + LATERAL] * * *
am·bi·po·lar (ăm'bĭ-pōʹlər) adj. 1. Applying equally to both positive and negative ions. 2. Operating in two directions simultaneously. * * *
/am'bi sek"streuhs/, adj. 1. Informal. a. sexually attracted to both sexes; bisexual. b. used by or suitable for either sex; unisex: ambisextrous hair styles. 2. held in common ...
—ambisexuality, n. /am'bi sek"shooh euhl/, adj., n. bisexual (defs. 2, 4). [1935-40; AMBI- + SEXUAL] * * *
See ambisexual. * * *
/am'bi sin"euh steuhr/, adj. clumsy or unskillful with both hands. Also, ambisinistrous /am'bi sin"is treuhs, -bee si nis"treuhs/. [AMBI- + SINISTER] * * *
—ambisonic, adj. /am'bi son"iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) a system of sound reproduction that uses a combination of channels and speakers to produce an effect of surrounding ...
/am'bee si lab"ik/, adj. Phonet. (of a single speech sound or cluster) shared phonetically by two contiguous syllables, as the single n-sound of any or the pl-cluster of ...
/am"bit/, n. 1. circumference; circuit. 2. boundary; limit. 3. a sphere of operation or influence; range; scope: the ambit of such an action. [1350-1400; ME < L ambitus a going ...
/am'bi ten"deuhn see/, n., pl. ambitendencies. Psychol. ambivalence, esp. when acted out; a tendency to contradictory behavior arising from conflicting impulses. [AMBI- + ...
—ambitionless, adj. —ambitionlessly, adv. /am bish"euhn/, n. 1. an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the ...
—ambitiously, adv. —ambitiousness, n. /am bish"euhs/, adj. 1. having ambition; eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, a specific goal, etc.: ...
See ambitious. * * *
See ambitiously. * * *
—ambivalent, adj. —ambivalently, adv. /am biv"euh leuhns/, n. 1. uncertainty or fluctuation, esp. when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say ...
am·biv·a·lent (ăm-bĭvʹə-lənt) adj. Exhibiting or feeling ambivalence.   am·bivʹa·lent·ly adv. * * *
See ambivalent. * * *
—ambiversive /am'bi verr"siv/, adj. /am'bi verr"zheuhn, -sheuhn, am"bi verr'-/, n. Psychol. a state intermediate between extroversion and introversion. [1925-30; AMBI- + ...
/am"bi verrt'/, n. Psychol. one whose personality type is intermediate between extrovert and introvert. [1925-30; AMBI- + -vert, as in EXTROVERT, INTROVERT] * * *
—ambler, n. —amblingly, adv. /am"beuhl/, v., ambled, ambling, n. v.i. 1. to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter: He ambled around the town. 2. (of a horse) to go at a ...
/am"bleuhr/, n. Eric, born 1909, English suspense novelist. * * *
Ambler, Eric
born June 28, 1909, London, Eng. died Oct. 22, 1998, London British author of espionage and crime novels. Among his works are The Dark Frontier (1936), Epitaph for a Spy ...
Am·bler (ămʹblər), Eric. 1909-1998. British writer noted for his suspense novels, including A Passage of Arms (1959). * * *
/am blig"euh nuyt'/, n. a mineral, a lithium aluminum fluorophosphate, Li(AlF)PO4: an ore of lithium. [1840-50; < Gk amblygón(ios) (amblý(s) blunt, obtuse + goní(a) angle + ...
—amblyopic /am'blee op"ik/, adj. /am'blee oh"pee euh/, n. Ophthalm. dimness of sight, without apparent organic defect. [1700-10; < NL < Gk amblyopía, equiv. to amblý(s) dull ...
See amblyopia. * * *
/am"blee euh skohp'/, n. an instrument used to train an amblyopic eye to function properly. [ < Gk amblý(s) dull, dim-sighted + -O- + -SCOPE] * * *
/am"bleuh pod'/, n. one of the primitive ungulate mammals of the extinct order Pantodonta, from the Paleocene and Eocene epochs, having a massive body and short legs. [ < NL ...
/am"boh/, n., pl. ambos. (in an early Christian church) a raised desk, or either of two such desks, from which the Gospels or Epistles were read or chanted. Also, ...
/am"beuh sep'teuhr/, n. Immunol. Now Rare. hemolysin. [1900-05; < L ambo both (akin to AMBI-) + (RE)CEPTOR] * * *
/am boy"neuh/, n. Ambon. * * *
Amboina Massacre
▪ Asian history       execution that took place in Amboina (now Ambon, Indon.) in 1623, when 10 Englishmen, 10 Japanese, and one Portuguese were put to death by local ...
Amboina wood
1. the hard, heavy wood of a tree, Pterocarpus indicus, of southern Asia, having a curly or mottled grain. 2. the tree itself. Also, Amboyna wood. [1860-65] * * *
Am·boi·nese (ämʹboi-nēzʹ, -nēsʹ, -ămʹ-) n. Variant of Ambonese. * * *
/ahonn bwahz"/, n. a town in central France, E of Tours: castle. 11,116. * * * ▪ France  town, Indre-et-Loire département, Centre-Val-de-Loire (Centre) région, central ...
Amboise, Conspiracy of
▪ French history       abortive plot of young French Huguenot aristocrats in 1560 against the Catholic House of Guise.       On the accession of the 14-year-old ...
Amboise, Georges d'
▪ French cardinal and minister of state born 1460, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France died May 25, 1510, Lyon  cardinal and chief minister of the French state under King Louis XII, ...
/am"bon/, n., pl. ambones /am boh"neez/. ambo. * * * Island of the Moluccas, Indonesia. Located in the Malay Archipelago, it is 31 mi (50 km) long and 10 mi (16 km) wide, with ...
/ahm"bawn/, n. 1. an island in the central Moluccas, in E Indonesia. 72,679; 314 sq. mi. (813 sq. km). 2. a seaport on this island. 56,037. Also, Amboina. * * * Island of the ...
am·bo·nes (ăm-bōʹnēz) n. A plural of ambo. * * *
/am'beuh neez", -nees"/, n., pl. Ambonese for 1, adj. n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Ambon. 2. the Austronesian language, having several dialects, spoken by the people of ...
▪ plant order  plant order that contains a single member, Amborella trichopoda, in the family Amborellaceae. This order is thought to represent the earliest diverging branch ...
Amboseli National Park
▪ national park, Kenya formerly  Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve   national park, southern Kenya, eastern Africa. Amboseli was originally established as a game reserve in ...
am·boy·na also am·boi·na (ăm-boiʹnə) n. See padauk.   [After Amboyna (Ambon).] * * *
Amboyna wood
Amboyna wood [am boi′nə] n. the mottled, curled wood of an Asiatic, leguminous tree (Pterocarpus indicus), used in making furniture: also sp. Amboina wood * * *
am·brette (ăm-brĕtʹ) n. See abelmosk.   [French, from Old French, diminutive of ambre, amber. See amber.] * * *
ambrette seed
/am bret"/ the seed of the abelmosk. [ < F ambrette. See AMBER, -ETTE] * * *
ambrette-seed oil
/am bret"seed'/ a yellow oil expressed from ambrette seeds, used as a fixative in the manufacture of perfume. * * *
/am bret"l uyd'/, n. Chem. a colorless liquid, C16H28O2, having a strong musky odor, used as a fixative in the manufacture of perfume. [AMBRETTE + -OLE + -IDE] * * *
the village in the British radio programme The Archers where all the main characters live. With its village hall, church, shop and pub it represents a safe, protected corner of ...
/am"broyd/, n. amberoid. * * *
(as used in expressions) Laclos Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Paré Ambroise Valéry Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules * * *
Ambros, August Wilhelm
▪ Czech musicologist born Nov. 17, 1816, Vysoké Mýto, near Prague died June 28, 1876, Vienna       musicologist, author of Geschichte der Musik, a comprehensive ...
/am"brohz/, n. 1. Saint, A.D. 340?-397, bishop of Milan 374-397. 2. a male given name: from a Greek word meaning "immortal." * * * (as used in expressions) Ambrose Saint Bierce ...
Ambrose Bierce
➡ Bierce * * *
Ambrose Channel
a ship channel at the entrance to New York harbor, near Sandy Hook. 71/2 mi. (12 km) long. * * *
Ambrose d'Évreux
▪ French poet flourished c. 1190       Norman poet and chronicler, who accompanied Richard I of England as a minstrel on the Third Crusade.       Nothing more is ...
Ambrose Of Camaldoli
▪ Italian translator Italian  Ambrogio Camaldolese,  original name  Ambrogio Traversari  born Sept. 16, 1386, Portico, Republic of Florence died Oct. 20, 1439, ...
Ambrose, Saint
born 339, Augusta Treverorum, Belgica, Gaul died 397, Milan; feast day December 7 Bishop of Milan. Raised in Rome, he became a Roman provincial governor. As a compromise ...
Ambrose, Stephen Edward
▪ 2003       American biographer and historian (b. Jan. 10, 1936, Decatur, Ill.—d. Oct. 13, 2002, Bay St. Louis, Miss.), wrote some three dozen books on U.S. history. ...
Am·brose (ămʹbrōz'), Saint. A.D. 340?-397. Writer, composer, and bishop of Milan (374-397) who imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian Church.   Am·broʹsian ...
/am broh"zheuh/, n. 1. Class. Myth. the food of the gods. Cf. nectar (def. 3). 2. something especially delicious to taste or smell. 3. a fruit dessert made of oranges and ...
ambrosia beetle.
See bark beetle. [1895-1900; ambrosia in reference to the beetles' food, a coating formed by a fungus which they cultivate] * * *
—ambrosially, adv. /am broh"zheuhl/, adj. 1. exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant. 2. worthy of the gods; divine. Also, ...
See ambrosial. * * *
/am broh"zheuhn/, adj. 1. Rom. Cath. Ch. a. pertaining to the religious congregations under the protection of Saint Ambrose. b. pertaining to the ancient liturgy of the church of ...
Ambrosian chant
the liturgical chant, established by Saint Ambrose, characterized by ornamented, often antiphonal, singing. Also called Milanese chant. [1875-80] * * * ▪ vocal ...
▪ early Christian writer       the name given to the author of a commentary on St. Paul's letters in the New Testament, long attributed to St. Ambrose (Ambrose, Saint) ...
/am"breuh tuyp'/, n. Photog. an early type of photograph, made by placing a glass negative against a dark background. [1850-55, Amer.; < Gk ámbro(tos) immortal (see AMBROSIA) + ...
/am"bree/, n., pl. ambries. 1. Also called armarium. Eccles. a recess in the wall of a church or a cupboard in the sacristy where sacred vessels, books, vestments, etc., are ...
▪ island, Vanuatu also spelled  Ambrim        volcanic island of Vanuatu, southwestern Pacific Ocean. It has an area of 257 square miles (665 square km) and is known ...
/aymz"ays', amz"-/, n. Archaic. 1. the lowest throw at dice, the double ace. 2. bad luck; misfortune. 3. the smallest amount or distance. Also, amesace. [1250-1300; ME ambes as < ...
See ambulacrum. * * *
—ambulacral, adj. /am'byeuh lak"reuhm, -lay"kreuhm/, n., pl. ambulacra /-lak"reuh, -lay"kreuh/. one of the radial areas in an echinoderm, as the sea urchin, bearing the tube ...
/am"byeuh leuhns/, n. 1. a specially equipped motor vehicle, airplane, ship, etc., for carrying sick or injured people, usually to a hospital. 2. (formerly) a field ...
ambulance chaser
—ambulance chasing. Disparaging. a lawyer who seeks accident victims as clients and encourages them to sue for damages. [1895-1900, Amer.] * * *
☆ ambulance-chaser [am′byə lənschās΄ər ] n. Informal a lawyer who tries to gain clients by encouraging accident victims to sue for damages * * *
ambulance chaser n. Slang 1. A lawyer who obtains clients by persuading accident victims to sue for damages. 2. A lawyer avid for clients. * * *
/am"byeuh leuhnt/, adj. 1. moving from place to place; itinerant; shifting. 2. Med. ambulatory (def. 4). [1645-55; ( < F) < L ambulant- (s. of ambulans, prp. of ambulare to ...
/am'byeuh lahnt"/; Fr. /ahonn byuu lahonnt"/, n., pl. ambulantes /-lahnts"/; Fr. /-lahonnt"/. a portable tea table, used in 18th-century France. [ < F: lit., walking, fem. of ...
—ambulation, n. —ambulator, n. /am"byeuh layt'/, v.i., ambulated, ambulating. to walk about or move from place to place. [1615-25; < L ambulatus (ptp. of ambulare to walk), ...
See ambulate. * * *
See ambulatory. * * *
—ambulatorily, adv. /am"byeuh leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj., n., pl. ambulatories. adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or capable of walking: an ambulatory exploration of the ...
ambulatory surgery n. Surgery performed on a person who is admitted to and discharged from a hospital on the same day. * * *
/am'byeuh let"/, n. a specially equipped motor vehicle for transporting convalescing or handicapped people. [1980-85; AMBUL(ANCE) + -ETTE] * * *
—ambuscader, n. /am"beuh skayd', am'beuh skayd"/, n., v., ambuscaded, ambuscading. n. 1. an ambush. v.i. 2. to lie in ambush. v.t. 3. to attack from a concealed position; ...
See ambuscade. * * *
/am'beuh skay"doh/, n., pl. ambuscados. Obs. ambuscade. [1585-95; pseudo-Sp alter. of AMBUSCADE] * * *
—ambusher, n. —ambushlike, adj. /am"boosh/, n. Also, ambushment. 1. an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise: The highwaymen waited in ambush near ...
ambush bug
any of several carnivorous bugs of the family Phymatidae, inhabiting tropical areas in the Americas and Asia, that lie concealed in flowers to prey on insects. * * * ▪ ...
See ambush. * * *
/am bis"teuh mid/, n. 1. Also called mole salamander. any of various small- to moderate-sized salamanders of the genus Ambystoma, terrestrial or semiaquatic, inhabiting North ...

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