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/an"tron/, Trademark. a brand of nylon textile fiber that is lightweight and strong, used in making durable materials for upholstery, draperies, carpets, etc. * * *
—antrorsely, adv. /an trawrs"/, adj. Bot., Zool. bent or directed forward or upward. [1855-60; < NL antrorsus, equiv. to antr- (as presumed base of L anterior ANTERIOR) + ...
See antrorse. * * *
—antral, adj. /an"treuhm/, n., pl. antra /-treuh/. Anat. a cavity in a body organ, esp. a bone. [1720-30; < L < Gk ántron cave] * * *
/ant"shruyk'/, n. any of several antbirds, esp. of the genus Thamnophilus, superficially resembling the shrike. [ANT(BIRD) + SHRIKE] * * *
▪ Madagascar       town, central Madagascar. It lies on the slopes of the nation's second highest peak, Tsiafajavona, in the Ankaratra mountains. Thermal springs, ...
/ahnt'seuh rah"nay/, n. Diego-Suarez. * * *
▪ Madagascar also spelled  Antseranana,  formerly  Diégo-Suarez         town at the northern tip of Madagascar. Antsiraana, which is situated on a promontory at ...
—antsiness, n. /ant"see/, adj., antsier, antsiest. Informal. 1. unable to sit or stand still; fidgety: The children were bored and antsy. 2. apprehensive, uneasy, or nervous: ...
/an"tooh/, Trademark. a brand of gray, water-insoluble, poisonous powder, C11H10N2S, used for killing rodents; alpha-naphthylthiourea. * * *
/ahn"doong"/; Eng. /an toong"/, n. Wade-Giles. 1. former name of Dandong. 2. a former province of China, in Manchuria. * * *
/an"tweuhrp/, n. 1. a seaport in N Belgium, on the Scheldt. 209,200. 2. a province in N Belgium. 1,559,269; 1104 sq. mi. (2860 sq. km). French, Anvers. Flemish, Antwerpen ...
Antwerp blue
any of several iron-blue pigments, usually containing a considerable amount of extender. [1825-35] * * *
Antwerp Mannerists
▪ art  the unidentified group of painters working primarily in Antwerp (but also in other Flemish cities) in about 1520 whose works bear certain characteristic features. The ...
Antwerp Zoo
▪ zoo, Antwerp, Belgium Dutch  Zoo Antwerpen,         zoological garden in Antwerp, Belg., that has one of the largest and most diversified animal collections in ...
/ant"ren'/, n. any of several small antbirds, esp. of the genus Myrmotherula. [1815-25; ANT + WREN] * * *
Hindu funeral rites. They generally involve cremation followed by disposal of the ashes in a sacred river. As soon as possible after death, the body is removed to the cremation ...
/ah"nooh/, n. the Akkadian god of heaven. * * * Mesopotamian sky god. He belonged to a triad that included Bel and Ea. Though he was the highest god, his role in mythology, ...
Anu, Chao
born 1767 died 1835, Bangkok, Siam Ruler of the central Lao kingdom of Vientiane (r. 1804–29). In his youth Anu fought with the Siamese against the Burmans (Burmese) and won ...
/euh nooh"bis, euh nyooh"-/, n. Egyptian Religion. the god of tombs and weigher of the hearts of the dead: represented as having the head of a jackal. * * * Ancient Egyptian god ...
/ay nooh"klee it, ay nyooh"-/, adj. Cell Biol. having no nucleus. Also, anucleated /ay nooh"klee ay'tid, ay nyooh"-/. [A-6 + NUCLEATE] * * *
/ay nooh"klee euh layt', -lit, ay nyooh"-; ay'nooh klee"euh layt', -lit, ay'nyooh-/, adj. lacking a nucleolus or nucleoli. [A-6 + NUCLEOLATE] * * *
▪ Hinduism       (Sanskrit: “measuring along some other thing,” or “inference”), in Indian philosophy, the second of the five means of knowledge ( pramāṇa) ...
/ah noon"nah kee/, n. (used with a pl. v.) various unnamed Sumerian deities who constituted the divine assembly presided over by An and Enlil and of whom seven were judges in the ...
▪ amphibian order Introduction also called  Salientia    one of the major extant orders of the class Amphibia (amphibian). It includes the frogs (frog) and toads (toad), ...
/euh noor"euh deuh poor"euh, un'oo rah"deuh-/, n. a city in N central Sri Lanka: ruins of ancient Buddhist temples. 30,000. * * * (с 3rd century BC–10th century AD) Sinhalese ...
/euh noor"euhn, euh nyoor"-/, n. 1. any amphibian of the order Anura, comprising the frogs and toads. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the Anura. [ < NL Anur(a) (an- AN1 + Gk ...
—anuretic /an'yeuh ret"ik/, adj. /an'yeuh ree"sis/, n. retention of urine in the bladder. [1895-1900; AN-1 + Gk oúresis urination (see URETER, -SIS)] * * *
See anuresis. * * *
—anuric, adj. /euh noor"ee euh, euh nyoor"-, an yoor"-/, n. Med. the absence or suppression of urine. [1830-40; < NL; see AN-1, -URIA] * * *
See anuria. * * *
/an"yeuhr euhs, euh noor"euhs, euh nyoor"-/, adj. Zool. having no tail. Also, anourous. [1830-40; see ANURAN, -OUS] * * *
/ay"neuhs/, n., pl. anuses. Anat. the opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal, through which the solid refuse of digestion is excreted. See diag. under ...
Anuszkiewicz, Richard
▪ American painter in full  Richard Joseph Anuszkiewicz   born May 23, 1930, Erie, Pa., U.S.       American painter, among the originators of Op art, a style of ...
Anuszkiewicz,Richard Joseph
An·u·szkie·wicz (ăn'ə-skāʹvĭtch), Richard Joseph. Born 1930. American painter whose works of vibrant complementary colors and precise geometric patterns create the ...
▪ Persian poet pseudonym of  Awḥad ad-Dīn ʿAlī ibn Vāḥid ad-Dīn Muḥammad Khāvarānī,  also called  Awḥad ad-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad,  or  Awḥad ...
/ahonn verdd"/, n. French name of Antwerp. * * *
/an"vil/, n. 1. a heavy iron block with a smooth face, frequently of steel, on which metals, usually heated until soft, are hammered into desired shapes. 2. anything having a ...
Anville, Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'
▪ French cartographer born July 11, 1697, Paris, France died Jan. 28, 1782, Paris       French geographer and cartographer who greatly improved the standards of ...
Anwarul, Haq
▪ 1996       Pakistani jurist who, as chief justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court, cast the deciding vote upholding former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's death ...
/ang zuy"i tee/, n., pl. anxieties. 1. distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job. 2. earnest but ...
anxiety neurosis
Psychiatry. a neurotic disorder characterized by pervasive anxiety. [1900-05] * * *
anxiety attack n. See panic attack. * * *
/ang'zee euh lit"ik/, adj. 1. anxiety relieving. n. 2. See antianxiety drug. [1960-65; ANXI(ETY) + -O- + -LYTIC] * * *
anx·i·o·lyt·ic drug (ăng'zē-ō-lĭtʹĭk, -sē-, ăngk'sē-) n. See antianxiety drug.   [anxiety + -lytic.] * * *
—anxiously, adv. —anxiousness, n. /angk"sheuhs, ang"-/, adj. 1. full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: ...
anxious seat
1. Also called anxious bench. Chiefly North Atlantic States and Southern and South Midland U.S. a seat reserved at a revival meeting for those troubled by conscience and eager ...
See anxious. * * *
See anxiously. * * *
/en"ee/, adj. 1. one, a, an, or some; one or more without specification or identification: If you have any witnesses, produce them. Pick out any six you like. 2. whatever or ...
Any Company, Inc.: Balance Sheet as of December 31, 20__, Table
▪ Table Table 1: Any Company, Inc.: Balance sheet as of December 31, 20__ assets liabilities and owners' equity current assets current ...
Any Company, Inc.: Comparative income statement for the month of October 20__, Table
▪ Table Table 4: Any Company, Inc.: Comparative income statement for the month of October 20__ (in $000,000) actual planned difference divisional profit ...
Any Company, Inc.: Income statement for the year ended December 31, 20__, Table
▪ Table Table 2: Any Company, Inc.: Income statement for the year ended December 31, 20__ net sales revenues $800 interest and other revenues    14   total ...
Any Company, Inc.: Statement of cash flows for the year ended December 31, 20__, Table
▪ Table Table 3: Any Company, Inc.: Statement of cash flows for the year ended December 31, 20__ cash from operating activities: net income $ 52 depreciation 30 deferred ...
any one
any one n. 1. any single 2. any single person or thing * * *
Any Questions?
a British radio programme in which members of the public can ask politicians and other well-known people for their opinions about issues that are in the news. It is broadcast ...
/ahn"yahng"/, n. Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a city in N Henan province, in E China: site of the ancient city of Yin, the center of the Shang dynasty, dated c1350-1027 B.C. ...
/en"ee bod'ee, -bud'ee/, pron., n., pl. anybodies. pron. 1. any person. 2. anybody's guess, a matter of conjecture: It's anybody's guess why she quit. n. 3. a person of some ...
/en"ee how'/, adv. 1. in any way whatever. 2. in any case; at all events. 3. in a careless manner; haphazardly. [1730-40; ANY + HOW] * * *
▪ people also spelled  Agni        African people who inhabit the tropical forest of eastern Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana and speak a language of the Kwa (Kwa languages) ...
/en'ee mawr", -mohr"/, adv. 1. any longer. 2. nowadays; presently. [1350-1400; ME ani more any longer] Usage. The adverb ANYMORE meaning "any longer" or "nowadays" is most ...
/an"yon/, n. an elementary particle or particle-like excitation having properties intermediate between those of bosons and fermions. [1983; ANY + -ON1] * * *
/en"ee wun', -weuhn/, pron. any person at all; anybody: Did anyone see the accident? [1350-1400; ME ani on. See ANY, ONE] Usage. ANYONE as a pronoun meaning "anybody" or "any ...
/en"ee plays'/, adv. anywhere. [1915-20; ANY + PLACE] Usage. The adverb ANYPLACE is most often written as one word: Anyplace you look there are ruins. It occurs mainly in ...
/en"ee rohd'/, adv. Brit. Slang. anyway; anyhow. [1885-90] * * *
▪ Greek poet flourished 3rd century BC, Tegea, Arcadia       Greek poet of the Peloponnesus who was so highly esteemed in antiquity that in the well-known Stephanos ...
/en"ee thing'/, pron. 1. any thing whatever; something, no matter what: Do you have anything for a toothache? n. 2. a thing of any kind. 3. anything goes, any type of conduct, ...
/en"ee tuym'/, adv. 1. at any time; regardless of hour, date, etc.; whenever. 2. invariably; without doubt or exception; always: I can do better than that anytime. [1780-90; ANY ...
an·yu (äʹnyo͞o) n. Variant of añu. * * *
▪ people also called  Anuak , also spelled  Anywak        a Luo-speaking riverine people two-thirds of whom live in southeastern Sudan (Nilot), the remainder in ...
/en"ee way'/, adv. 1. in any case; anyhow; nonetheless; regardless: Whether you like it or not, I'm going anyway. 2. (used to continue or resume the thread of a story or ...
/en"ee wayz'/, adv. Nonstandard. anyway. * * *
/en"ee hwair', -wair'/, adv. 1. in, at, or to any place. 2. to any extent; to some degree: Does my answer come anywhere near the right one? 3. get anywhere, to achieve success: ...
/en"ee hwairz', -wairz'/, adv. Nonstandard. anywhere. [1765-75; ANYWHERE + -S1] * * *
/en"ee wuyz'/, adv. in any way or respect. [bef. 1000; ME ani wise, OE on aenige wisan in any wise. See ANY, WISE2] * * *
/ahn"sah/, n. Juan Bautista de /hwahn bow tees"tah dhe/, 1735-88, Spanish frontiersman and army officer, born in Mexico: explored western coast of U.S. * * *
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
▪ park, California, United States       large desert recreational area in southern California, U.S., lying east of San Diego, south of Palm Springs, and west of the ...
/an"zak/, n. 1. a member of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I. 2. a soldier from Australia or New Zealand. 3. any Australian or New ...
Anzac Day
April 25, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand commemorating the Anzac landing on Gallipoli, Turkey, in 1915, the first major engagement of Australian and ...
Anzalī, Bandar-e
▪ Iran formerly  Enzeli, Bandar-e Pahlavī , or  Pahlavī    principal port and resort, northern Iran, on the Caspian Sea, connected with Māzandarān, Azerbaijan, and ...
/ahn"tseuhn grddooh'beuhrdd/, n. Ludwig /looht"vikh, loohd"-/, 1839-89, Austrian playwright and novelist. * * *
Anzengruber, Ludwig
▪ Austrian author born Nov. 29, 1839, Vienna died Dec. 10, 1889, Vienna       Austrian playwright and novelist who won acclaim for his realistic plays of peasant ...
/un zhe"rddeuh sooh"jinsk/, n. a city in the S Russian Federation in Central Asia. 105,000. * * * ▪ Russia       city, Kemerovo oblast (province), Russia, on the ...
Anziku, Kingdom of
▪ historical kingdom, Africa also called  Kingdom of Teke,  or  Kingdom of Tyo,        historic African state on and north of the Congo River in the vicinity of ...
Anzilotti, Dionisio
▪ Italian law scholar born Feb. 20, 1867, Pescia, Italy died Aug. 23, 1950, Pescia       Italian jurist who was one of the main founders of the so-called positive ...
/an"zee oh'/; It. /ahn"tsyaw/, n. a town in Italy, S of Rome on the Tyrrhenian coast: site of Allied beachhead in World War II. 23,421. * * * Seaport and resort town (pop., 2001 ...
▪ state, Venezuela       estado (state), northeastern Venezuela. It is bounded north by the Caribbean Sea, east by Monagas state, south by the Orinoco River, and west ...
/an"zeuhs/, n. Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, esp. as associated in the mutual defense treaty (ANZUS Pact or ANZUS Treaty) of 1952. * * *
officially Pacific Security Treaty Security pact for the South Pacific, signed in 1951 by Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. (hence its acronym). The U.S. first suggested a ...
To breathe. Oldest form *ə₂enə₁-, colored to *ə₂anə₁-. Suffixed form *anə-mo-. a. anima, animadvert, animal, animate, animato, animism, animosity, animus; ...
ao dai
/ow" duy", aw" duy"/, n., pl. ao dais. a costume composed of a long tunic with side slits over wide trousers, worn by Vietnamese women as traditional dress. [ < Vietnamese áo ...
Administration on Aging. * * *
▪ island, Vanuatu also called  Ambae , formerly  Oba        volcanic island of Vanuatu, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, 30 miles (50 km) east of Espiritu ...
ao dai (ouʹ dī, ôʹ) n. pl. ao dais The traditional dress of Vietnamese women, consisting of a long tunic that is slit on the sides and worn over loose ...
/ay ee"dee/, n. Class. Myth. one of the original three Muses; the Muse of song. Also, Aoide /ay oy"dee/. Cf. Melete, mneme (def. 2). * * *
Ancient Order of Hibernians. * * *
angle of incidence. * * *
/ah aw"kee/, n. Shuzo /shooh"zaw/, 1844-1914, first Japanese ambassador to U.S., 1905-09. * * *
Aoki, Rocky
▪ 2009 Hiroaki Aoki        Japanese-born restaurateur and adventurer born Oct. 9, 1938, Tokyo, Japan died July 10, 2008, New York, N.Y. founded the Benihana of Tokyo ...
➡ America Online. * * * ▪ American company formerly called  America Online        one of the largest Internet access subscription service companies in the United ...
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
➡ America Online * * *
/ah oh"lay/, adv. Hawaiian. no; not at all. [ < Hawaiian 'a'ole] * * *
/ah"aw maw"rddee/, n. a seaport on N Honshu, in N Japan. 287,609. * * * ▪ Japan       city and capital of Aomori ken (prefecture), Japan, located on Aomori Bay. One of ...
➡ national parks and protected areas * * *
1. advice of rights. 2. Album-Oriented Radio. 3. Album-Oriented Rock. * * *
angle of reflection. * * *
aor. abbr. aorist. * * *
/ah'oh rahng"gee/, n. See Cook, Mount. * * *
/ay"euh rist/, Gram. n. 1. a verb tense, as in Classical Greek, expressing action or, in the indicative mood, past action, without further limitation or implication. adj. 2. of ...
—aoristically, adv. /ay'euh ris"tik/, adj. 1. Gram. pertaining to the aorist. 2. indefinite; indeterminate. [1840-50; AORIST + -IC] * * *
See aoristic. * * *
Aornos, Siege of
▪ Macedonian history       (327 BC), conflict in which Alexander the Great seized a nearly impregnable natural stronghold blocking his route to India. Aornos is ...
—aortic, aortal, adj. /ay awr"teuh/, n., pl. aortas, aortae /-tee/. Anat. the main trunk of the arterial system, conveying blood from the left ventricle of the heart to all of ...
aorta, coarctation of the
Congenital disorder involving narrowing of a short section of the aorta's arch over the heart. It causes a characteristic murmur, abnormally high blood pressure in the arms, and ...
See aorta. * * *
See aortal. * * *
aortic arch
Embryol. one member of a series of paired curved blood vessels that arise in the embryo from the ventral aorta, pass around the pharynx through the branchial arches, and join ...
aortic arch syndrome
▪ pathology       group of disorders that cause blockage of the vessels that branch off from the aorta in the area in which the aorta arches over the heart. The aorta is ...
aortic insufficiency
Pathol. abnormal closure of the aortic valve resulting in regurgitation of blood to the left ventricle. Also called aortic incompetence. * * * ▪ pathology       failure ...
aortic stenosis
Pathol. abnormal narrowing of the aorta, esp. of its orifice, usually as a result of rheumatic fever or embryologic anomalies. * * * ▪ pathology       narrowing of the ...
aortic valve
Anat. a semilunar valve between the aorta and the left ventricle of the heart that prevents the blood from flowing back into the left ventricle. * * *
aortic arch n. One of a series of paired arteries in a vertebrate embryo that connects the ventral arterial system to the dorsal arterial system. * * *
/ay'awr tuy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the aorta. [1835-45; < NL; see AORTA, -ITIS] * * *
/ay awr'teuh klay"zheuh, -zhee euh/, n. Pathol. rupture of the aorta. [AORT(A) + -O- + -clasia < Gk klás(is) a breaking (see -CLASIS) + -IA] * * *
See aortography. * * *
—aortographic /ay awr'teuh graf"ik/, adj. /ay'awr tog"reuh fee/, n., pl. aortographies. x-ray examination of the aorta following injection of radiopaque dye. [1930-35; AORT(A) ...
City (pop., 2001: 33,926), capital of Valle d'Aosta region, northwestern Italy. Located at the juncture of the Great and Little St. Bernard Pass roads through the Alps, it was a ...
AostaValle d'
AostaValle d' see VALLE D'AOSTA * * *
/ah"oo dad'/, n. a wild sheep, Ammotragus lervia, of northern Africa, having a long fringe of hair on the throat, chest, and forelegs. Also called Barbary sheep. [1860-65; < F < ...
Aouelloul Crater
▪ crater, Mauritania       large crater located 28 mi (45 km) southwest of Chinguetti, Mauritania, and thought to be of meteoritic origin. Discovered by air in 1951, it ...
Aozou Strip
▪ territory, Chad Aozou also spelled  Aouzou,        northernmost part of Chad, a narrow strip of territory that extends along the country's entire border with Libya. ...
1. See adjective phrase. 2. Trademark. See Advanced Placement Program. 3. See Air Police. 4. See American plan. 5. antipersonnel. Also, A.P. * * * (as used in expressions) David ...
Ap star
/ay"pee"/, Astron. a peculiar A star whose emission spectrum is characterized by abnormally strong lines of certain ionized metals. [1970-75; A (star) + p (abbr. for PECULIAR ...
ap-1 var. of ad- before p: appear. ap-2 var. of apo- before a vowel or h: aphelion. * * *
1. Apostle. 2. Apothecaries'. 3. April. * * *
/euh pah"/, n. a tree, Eperua falcata, of tropical America, having reddish-brown wood used in the construction of houses. [ < Tupi] * * *
/ah"pah/, n. a river in central South America that flows W along the E Paraguay-SW Brazil border to the Paraguay River. ab. 125 mi. (200 km) long. * * *
1. American Psychiatric Association. 2. American Psychological Association. * * *
Apa Tani
▪ people       tribal people of Arunāchal Pradesh (former North East Frontier Agency), a mountainous state in the extreme northeast of India. They speak a Tibeto-Burman ...
Apabhraṃśa language
      literary, primarily poetic language that reflects a late stage of Middle Indo-Aryan, immediately prior to Modern Indo-Aryan (c. 12th century). Apabhraṃśa ...
/euh pays"/, adv. with speed; quickly; swiftly. [1275-1325; ME a pas(e) at a (good) pace. See A-1, PACE] * * *
/euh pahsh", euh pash"/; Fr. /ann pannsh"/, n., pl. apaches /euh pah"shiz, euh pash"iz/; Fr. /ann pannsh"/. a Parisian gangster, rowdy, or ruffian. [1735-45, Amer.; < F: ...
/euh pach"ee/, n., pl. Apaches, (esp. collectively) Apache. 1. a member of an Athabaskan people of the southwestern U.S. 2. any of the several Athabaskan languages of Arizona and ...
apache dance
/euh pahsh", euh pash"/ or, often, /euh pach"ee/ a vigorous dance representing a Parisian apache dancing in a rough, domineering way with his woman. * * *
Apache plume
a low shrub, Fallugia paradoxa, of the rose family, of southwestern North America, having white flowers and fruit heads of feathery tufts. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
/euh pach"ee euhn/, n. 1. a subgroup of the Athabaskan language family comprising the languages of the Apache tribes and the Navajo. 2. a speaker of an Apachean language. [APACHE ...
▪ Buddhist text (Pāli:“Stories”),       collection of legends about Buddhist saints, one of the latest books in the latest section (the Khuddaka Nikāya) of the ...
▪ people       tribe of North American Indians who spoke a Muskogean language and inhabited the area in northwestern Florida between the Aucilla and Apalachicola rivers ...
Apalachee Bay
/ap"euh lach"ee, ap'-/ a bay of the Gulf of Mexico, on the coast of NW Florida. ab. 30 mi. (48 km) wide. * * * ▪ bay, Florida, United States       arm of the Gulf of ...
/ap'euh lach'euh koh"leuh/, n. a river flowing S from NW Florida into the Gulf of Mexico. 90 mi. (145 km) long. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, seat (1832) ...
Apamea Cibotus
City of Hellenistic Phrygia, near modern Dinar, Turkey. The city was built by Antiochus I (Antiochus Soter) in the 3rd century BC on the Maeander (Menderes) River. Superseding ...
/ap"euh nij/, n. appanage. * * *
Apanás, Lake
▪ reservoir, Nicaragua Spanish  Lago De Apanás,         reservoir in northern Nicaragua. Formed by damming the Tuma River just north of Jinotega city, Lake Apanás ...
/ah'pah pah"nay/, n. a small, deep crimson Hawaiian honeycreeper, Himatione sanguinea, having black wings, tail, and bill. [ < Hawaiian 'apapane] * * * ▪ bird  (Himatione ...
▪ people also called  Nandeva,         a Guarani-speaking South American Indian people living in small, scattered villages throughout the Mato Grosso, Paraná, and ...
Ap·a·po·ris (ä'pə-pōrʹēs, -pôrʹ-) A river rising in south-central Colombia and flowing about 805 km (500 mi) southeast to the Japurá River on the Brazilian border. * ...
/euh pahr'euh vid"yah/, n. Hinduism. intellectual knowledge. Cf. paravidya. [ < Skt] * * *
/ap'euh ray"oh, -ray"hoh, ah'peuh-/; Sp. /ah'pah rdde"haw/, n., pl. aparejos /-ohz, -hohz/; Sp. /-haws/. Spanish. a Mexican packsaddle formed of stuffed leather cushions. [lit., ...
Aparicio, Luis
▪ Venezuelan-American baseball player byname  Little Looie  born April 29, 1934, Maracaibo, Venezuela       professional baseball player who was known for his ...
/ah pahrdd"rddee/, n. a seaport on N Luzon, in the N Philippines. 45,070. * * * ▪ Philippines       town, northeastern Luzon, Philippines. It lies along the Babuyan ...
—apartness, n. /euh pahrt"/, adv. 1. into pieces or parts; to pieces: to take a watch apart; an old barn falling apart from decay. 2. separately in place, time, motion, etc.: ...
apart from prep. With the exception of; besides: Apart from a few scratches, the car was undamaged. * * *
/euh pahrt"hayt, -huyt/, n. 1. (in the Republic of South Africa) a rigid policy of segregation of the nonwhite population. 2. any system or practice that separates people ...
—apartmental /euh pahrt men"tl/, adj. /euh pahrt"meuhnt/, n. 1. a room or a group of related rooms, among similar sets in one building, designed for use as a dwelling. 2. a ...
apartment building
☆ apartment building n. a building in which the rooms are arranged in suites as apartments: also apartment house * * *
apartment hotel
a hotel that rents furnished apartments or suites suitable for housekeeping, on a weekly or more permanent basis, and usually supplies all hotel services. [1900-05, Amer.] * * *
apartment house
a building containing a number of residential apartments. Also called apartment building. [1870-75, Amer.] * * * ▪ architecture also called  apartment block , or  block of ...
apartment building n. A building divided into apartments. Also called apartment house. * * *
/euh pahrt"meuhn tuyz'/, v.t., apartmentized, apartmentizing. 1. to build apartments on or in: to apartmentize the downtown area. 2. to convert into apartments: The old mansion ...
See apart. * * *
/euh past", euh pahst"/, prep. Chiefly South Midland U.S. and Newfoundland. past; beyond. [1890-95; a- (semantically empty, perh. a generalization of adverbial A-1) + PAST; cf. ...
/euh pas"treuhn, -tron/, n., pl. apastra /-treuh/. Astron. the point at which the stars of a binary system are farthest apart (opposed to periastron). [ < NL < Gk ap- AP-2 + ...
/ap'euh tet"ik/, adj. Zool. assuming colors and forms that effect deceptive camouflage. [1885-90; < Gk apatetikós fallacious, equiv. to apate- (var. s. of apateúein to deceive) ...
—apathetically, adv. /ap'euh thet"ik/, adj. 1. having or showing little or no emotion: apathetic behavior. 2. not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive: an ...
See apathetic. * * *
/ap"euh thee/, n., pl. apathies. 1. absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement. 2. lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or ...
/ap"euh tuyt'/, n. a common mineral, calcium fluorophosphate, Ca5FP3O12, occurring in individual crystals and in masses and varying in color, formerly used in the manufacture of ...
a·pat·o·saur (ə-pătʹə-sôr') or a·pat·o·sau·rus (ə-păt'ə-sôrʹəs) n. A very large herbivorous dinosaur of the genus Apatosaurus (formerly Brontosaurus) of the ...
apatosaurus [ə pat΄ə sôr′əs, ap΄ət əsôr′əs] n. any of a genus (Apatosaurus) of huge sauropod dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous, weighing more than 18,000 kg (20 ...
Apatow, Judd
▪ 2008 born Dec. 6, 1967, Syosset, N.Y.  In 2007 director-writer-producer Judd Apatow became one of Hollywood's hottest providers of comedy entertainment with two films, ...
▪ Greek religious festival       Greek religious festival that was held annually in nearly all the Ionian towns. At Athens it took place in the month of Pyanopsion ...
▪ Mexico in full  Apatzingán de la Constitución         city, west-central Michoacán estado (state), west-central Mexico. It lies along the Apatzingán (Acahuato) ...
See all-points bulletin. * * *
1. Pharm. aspirin, phenacetin, and caffeine: a compound formerly used in headache and cold remedies. 2. Facetious. any all-purpose cure. 3. See armored personnel carrier. Also, ...
—apelike, adj. /ayp/, n., v., aped, aping. n. 1. any of a group of anthropoid primates characterized by long arms, a broad chest, and the absence of a tail, comprising the ...
ape hangers
Slang. a pair of very high, angled handlebars on some customized motorcycles. [1960-65] * * *
/ayp"man'/, n., pl. ape-men. 1. a hypothetical primate representing a transitional form between true humans and the anthropoid apes, considered by some as constituting the genus ...
/euh peek"/, Naut. adj. 1. more or less vertical. 2. (of a dropped anchor) as nearly vertical as possible without being free of the bottom. 3. (of an anchored vessel) having the ...
in full Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Trade group established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional ...
/ah"peuhl dohrn', -dawrn'/, n. a city in central Netherlands. 140,769. * * * ▪ The Netherlands       gemeente (municipality), east-central Netherlands. It lies east of ...
Ancient Spartan assembly, similar to the Ecclesia of other Greek states. The apella, whose monthly meetings were open to citizens over age 30, did not initiate proposals. It ...
/euh pel"eez/, n. 360?-315? B.C., Greek painter. * * * flourished late 4th century–early 3rd century BC Greek painter. He studied under Pamphilus and was court painter to ...
Apellicon Of Teos
▪ Greek librarian died c. 84 BC       a wealthy Greek book (book collecting) collector, who became an Athenian citizen. He had bought from the descendants of Neleus of ...
Apennine Mountains
/ap"euh nuyn'/ Apennines. * * *
Apennine Range
▪ mountains, Italy Introduction also called  the Apennines,  Italian  Appennino   series of mountain ranges bordered by narrow coastlands that form the physical backbone ...
/ap"euh nuynz'/, n. (used with a pl. v.) a mountain range in Italy, extending across the length of the entire peninsula from NW to SW. Highest peak, Monte Corno, 9585 ft. (2922 ...
/ah pe"pee/, n. Egyptian Myth. Apophis. [vocalization of Egyptian "pp; cf. Coptic apho:ph] * * *
See ape. * * *
/ann perdd syuu"/, n., pl. aperçus /-sy"/. French. 1. a hasty glance; a glimpse. 2. an immediate estimate or judgment; understanding; insight. 3. an outline or summary. [lit., ...
/euh pear"ee euhnt/, Med. adj. 1. having a mild purgative or laxative effect. n. 2. a medicine or food that acts as a mild laxative. Also called aperitive. [1620-30; < L ...
—aperiodically, adv. —aperiodicity /ay pear'ee euh dis"i tee/, n. /ay'pear ee od"ik/, adj. 1. not periodic; irregular. 2. Physics. of or pertaining to vibrations or ...
See aperiodic. * * *
See aperiodically. * * *
/ah per'i teef", euh per'-/; Fr. /ann pay rddee teef"/, n., pl. apéritifs /-teefs"/; Fr. /-teef"/. 1. a small drink of alcoholic liquor taken to stimulate the appetite before a ...
/euh per"i tiv/, Med. adj. 1. aperient. 2. having a stimulating effect on the appetite. n. 3. an aperient. 4. an appetite stimulant. [1575-85; < ML aperitivus, var. of LL ...
aperitivo [ä per i tē′vō] n. pl. aperitivi [ä per i tē′vē] 〚It〛 APERITIF (sense 2), esp. any of those produced in Italy * * *
/ap'euhr tom"i teuhr/, n. Optics. an instrument for measuring the angular and numerical aperture of the objective lens of a microscope. [1875-80; APERT(URE) + -O- + -METER] * * *
See aperture. * * *
—apertural /ap"euhr choor'euhl/, adj. —apertured, adj. /ap"euhr cheuhr/, n. 1. an opening, as a hole, slit, crack, gap, etc. 2. Also called aperture stop. Optics. an opening, ...
aperture mask
Television. See shadow mask. * * *
aperture ratio
Optics. See relative aperture. [1885-90] * * *
aperture synthesis
(in radio astronomy) a technique that combines the inputs of a set of radio telescopes to obtain a greater resolution of images than is possible with a single member of the ...
/ap"euhr cheuhr pruy or'i tee, -awr'-/, adj. Photog. of or pertaining to a semiautomatic exposure system in which the photographer presets the aperture and the camera selects the ...
aperture card n. A punched card on which frames of a microfilmed document are mounted. * * *
/ay"peuh ree/, n., pl. aperies. 1. apish behavior; mimicry. 2. a silly trick. [1610-20; APE + -ERY] * * *
—apetalousness, apetaly, n. /ay pet"l euhs/, adj. Bot. having no petals. [1700-10; < NL apetalus. See A-6, PETALOUS] * * *
See apetalous. * * *
/ay"peks/, n., pl. apexes, apices /ay"peuh seez', ap"euh-/. 1. the tip, point, or vertex; summit. 2. climax; peak; acme: His election to the presidency was the apex of his ...
/ay"peks/ a type of international air fare offering reduced rates for extended stays that are booked in advance. [1970-75; A(dvance) P(urchase) Ex(cursion)] * * *
/ap"gahr/, n. Virginia, 1909-74, U.S. physician: developed test to evaluate health of newborns. * * *
Apgar score
a numerical measure of the physical health of a newborn infant derived by evaluating heart rate, muscle tone, respiratory effort, response to stimulation, skin color, and other ...
Apgar Score System
Rating procedure to identify newborns needing life-sustaining medical assistance. It was developed in 1952 by Virginia Apgar (1909–1974). Five signs, keyed to Apgar's ...
Apgar, Virginia
▪ American physician born June 7, 1909, Westfield, N.J., U.S. died Aug. 7, 1974, New York, N.Y.       American physician, anesthesiologist, and medical researcher who ...
Ap·gar score (ăpʹgär) n. A system of assessing the general physical condition of a newborn infant based on a rating of 0, 1, or 2 for five criteria: heart rate, respiration, ...
aph- [af] prefix APO- * * *
aphetic. * * *
—aphaeretic /af'euh ret"ik/, adj. /euh fer"euh sis/, n. apheresis. * * *
See aphaeresis. * * *
/euh fay"jee euh/, n. Pathol. difficulty or pain in swallowing. [1865-70; A-6 + -PHAGIA] * * *
—aphakic, aphacic /euh fay"sik/, aphacial /euh fay"sheuhl/, adj. /euh fay"kee euh/, n. Ophthalm. lack or loss of the lens of the eye. Also, aphacia /euh fay"sheuh, -shee euh, ...
—aphanitic /af'euh nit"ik/, adj. /af"euh nuyt'/, n. Petrog. a fine-grained igneous rock having such compact texture that the constituent minerals cannot be detected with the ...
See aphanite. * * *
▪ fungus genus       genus of parasitic fungi in the class Oomycetes (phylum Oomycota, kingdom Chromista) that forms two successive asexual, motile spores (zoospores). ...
/euh fay"zheuh/, n. Pathol. the loss of a previously held ability to speak or understand spoken or written language, due to disease or injury of the brain. [1865-70; < Gk: ...
See aphasia. * * *
/euh fay"zik, -sik/, Pathol. adj. 1. pertaining to or affected with aphasia. n. 2. Also, aphasiac /euh fay"zee ak'/. a person affected with aphasia. [1865-70; APHAS(IA) + -IC] * ...
▪ ancient city, Israel       Canaanite royal city near the present-day Israeli city of Petaḥ Tiqwa (q.v.). Conquered by Joshua (Joshua 12:18), it became a Philistine ...
—aphelian, adj. /euh fee"lee euhn, euh feel"yeuhn, ap hee"lee euhn/, n., pl. aphelia /euh fee"lee euh, euh feel"yeuh, ap hee"lee euh/. Astron. the point in the orbit of a ...
—apheliotropically, adv. /a fee'lee euh trop"ik, -troh"pik, ap hee'-/, adj. Bot. turning or growing away from the sun. [1875-80; AP-2 + HELIOTROPIC] * * *
/euh fee'lee o"treuh piz'euhm, ap hee'lee-/, n. apheliotropic tendency or type of growth. [1875-80; APHELIOTROP(IC) + -ISM] * * *
/euh fee"mee euh/, n. Med. a type of aphasia characterized by the inability to express ideas in spoken words. [1860-65; < Gk a- A-6 + phém(e) speech + -ia -IA] * * *
—apheretic /af'euh ret"ik/, adj. /euh fer"euh sis/ for 1; /af'euh ree"sis/ for 2, n. 1. Also, aphaeresis. the loss or omission of one or more letters or sounds at the beginning ...
/af"euh sis/, n. Historical Ling. the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant. [1880; < Gk áphesis a ...
—aphetically, adv. /euh fet"ik/, adj. pertaining to or due to aphesis. [1875-80; < Gk áphet(os) freed, discharged (aphe- (see APHESIS) + -tos ptp. suffix) + -IC] * * *
See aphetic. * * *
—aphidian /euh fid"ee euhn/, adj., n. —aphidious, adj. /ay"fid, af"id/, n. any of numerous tiny soft-bodied insects of the family Aphididae of worldwide distribution, that ...
aphid lion
the larva of a lacewing, usually predaceous on aphids. Also, aphis lion. * * *
a·phi·des (āʹfĭ-dēz', ăfʹĭ-) n. Plural of aphis. * * *
See aphid. * * *
aphid lion n. The larva of any of several insects of the family Chrysopidae, such as the lacewing, that feed on aphids. * * *
/ay"fis, af"is/, n., pl. aphides /ay"fi deez', af"i-/. an aphid, esp. of the genus Aphis. [1765-75; < NL, first recorded in a Gk lexicon of 1523 as áphis, with the L gloss cimex ...
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. * * *
aphis lion
aphis lion n. any of the larvae of a family (Chrysopidae) of lacewings: a useful insect that feeds on aphids * * *
/ay foh"nee euh/, n. Pathol. loss of voice, esp. due to an organic or functional disturbance of the vocal organs. [1770-80; < NL < Gk: speechlessness. See A-6, PHON-, -IA] * * *
/ay fon"ik, ay foh"nik/, adj. 1. mouthed but not spoken; noiseless; silent. 2. Phonet. a. lacking phonation; unvoiced. b. without voice; voiceless. 3. Pathol. affected with ...
—aphorismic, aphorismatic /af'euh riz mat"ik/, adj. /af"euh riz'euhm/, n. a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as "Power tends to corrupt, and ...
/af"euhr ist/, n. a person who makes or uses aphorisms. [1705-15; APHOR(IZE) + -IST] * * *
—aphoristically, adv. /af'euh ris"tik/, adj. 1. of, like, or containing aphorisms: His sermons were richly aphoristic. 2. given to making or quoting aphorisms. [1745-55; < Gk ...
See aphorist. * * *
—aphorizer, n. /af"euh ruyz'/, v.i., aphorized, aphorizing. to utter aphorisms; write or speak in aphorisms. Also, esp. Brit., aphorise. [1660-70; < Gk aphorízein to mark off, ...
/ay foh"tik/, adj. lightless; dark. [1900-05; A-6 + PHOTIC] * * *
Aphra Behn
➡ Behn * * *
▪ Syrian ascetic Syriac  Afrahat  flourished 4th century       Syrian ascetic and the earliest-known Christian writer of the Syriac church in ...
/af'reuh dee"zheuh, -dizh"euh, -diz"ee euh/, n. sexual desire. [1820-30; < NL < Gk, neut. pl. of APHRODÍSIOS of Aphrodite. See APHRODISIAC] * * *
/af'reuh dee"ze ak', -diz"ee ak'/, adj. 1. Also, aphrodisiacal /af'reuh deuh zuy"euh keuhl, -suy"-/. arousing sexual desire. n. 2. an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other ...

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