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Oberlin, Johann Friedrich
▪ German educator born Aug. 31, 1740, Strasbourg, Fr. died June 1, 1826, Walderbach, Bavaria  Lutheran pastor and philanthropist, who spent his life transforming desperately ...
Oberoi, Mohan Singh
▪ 2003       Indian hotelier (b. Aug. 15, 1898, Bhaun, Punjab, India [now in Pakistan]—d. May 3, 2002, New Delhi, India), built an international chain of luxury ...
Oberon
/oh"beuh ron'/, n. 1. (in medieval folklore) the king of the fairies. 2. Astron. one of the five moons of Uranus. * * * ▪ astronomy  outermost of the five major moons of ...
Oberon, Merle
▪ British-American actress born Feb. 19, 1911, Bombay, India died Nov. 23, 1979, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.       British and American film actress who appeared in more ...
Oberösterreich
▪ state, Austria English  Upper Austria        Bundesland (federal state), northern Austria. It borders Germany and the Czech Republic on the west and north and is ...
Oberth
/oh"beuhrt/; Ger. /oh"berddt/, n. Hermann Julius /herr"meuhn joohl"yeuhs/; Ger. /herdd"mahn yooh"lee oos'/, born 1894, German physicist: pioneer in rocketry. * * *
Oberth, Hermann
▪ German scientist born June 25, 1894, Nagyszeben, Austria-Hungary [now Sibiu, Rom.] died Dec. 29, 1989, Nürnberg, W.Ger.       German scientist who is considered to ...
Oberto I
▪ Italian feudal lord also called  Otbert  died Oct. 15, 975       marquis of eastern Liguria and count of Luni, powerful feudal lord of 10th-century Italy under King ...
obese
—obesely, adv. —obesity, obeseness, n. /oh bees"/, adj. very fat or overweight; corpulent. [1645-55; < L obesus (ptp. of obedere to eat away), equiv. to ob- OB- + ed(ere) to ...
obesely
See obese. * * *
obeseness
See obesely. * * *
obesity
o·be·si·ty (ō-bēʹsĭ-tē) n. The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat. * * * Excessive body fat. It is usually caused ...
obey
—obeyable, adj. —obeyer, n. —obeyingly, adv. /oh bay"/, v.t. 1. to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of: to obey one's parents. 2. ...
Obey River
▪ river, Tennessee, United States       river in north-central Tennessee, U.S., formed by the East Fork Obey and West Fork Obey rivers in southern Pickett county. It ...
obeyer
See obey. * * *
obfuscate
—obfuscation, n. —obfuscatory /ob fus"keuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /ob"feuh skayt', ob fus"kayt/, v.t., obfuscated, obfuscating. 1. to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy. 2. to ...
obfuscation
See obfuscate. * * *
obfuscatory
See obfuscation. * * *
obi
obi1 /oh"bee/; Japn. /aw"bee/, n., pl. obis, obi. a long, broad sash tied about the waist over a Japanese kimono. [1875-80; < Japn: girdle, gird (v.)] obi2 /oh"bee/, n., pl. ...
Obi Islands
▪ islands, Indonesia also called  Ombi Islands         group of the northern Moluccas, Maluku Utara (North Moluccas) provinsi (province), Indonesia. They lie south of ...
obia
or obeah In West African folklore, a gigantic animal that steals into villages by night to kidnap girls on behalf of witches. In some Caribbean cultures the word is used to ...
Óbidos
▪ Brazil       town and river port, west-central Pará estado (state), northern Brazil. It was founded in 1697 as a fortified town. Óbidos overlooks the left (north) ...
Obie
/oh"bee/, n. one of a group of awards given annually, beginning in 1956, by New York City's The Village Voice newspaper for achievement in the off-Broadway theater. [pron. of OB, ...
Obihiro
▪ Japan       city, southern Hokkaido, Japan, on the Tokachi River. Founded in 1883, it became a regional administrative centre in 1897. The arrival of two railway lines ...
obiit
/oh"bi it/; Eng. /oh"bee it, ob"ee-/, Latin. he died; she died. * * *
obit
/oh bit"/ for 1; /oh"bit, ob"it/ for 2, 3; esp. Brit. /ob"it/ for 1-3, n. 1. Informal. an obituary. 2. the date of a person's death. 3. Obs. a Requiem Mass. [1325-75; ME obite < ...
obiter dictum
/ob"i teuhr dik"teuhm/, pl. obiter dicta /ob"i teuhr dik"teuh/. 1. an incidental or passing remark, opinion, etc. 2. Law. an incidental or supplementary opinion by a judge in ...
obiterdictum
o·bi·ter dictum (ō'bĭ-tər) n. pl. obiter dicta 1. Law. An opinion voiced by a judge that has only incidental bearing on the case in question and is therefore not binding. ...
obituary
—obituarist, n. /oh bich"ooh er'ee/, n., pl. obituaries, adj. n. 1. a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper. adj. 2. of, ...
obj
obj abbrev. 1. object 2. objection 3. objective * * *
obj.
1. object. 2. objection. 3. objective. * * *
object
—objector, n. n. /ob"jikt, -jekt/; v. /euhb jekt"/, n. 1. anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form. 2. a thing, person, or matter to which thought ...
object ball
Billiards, Pool. 1. the first ball struck by the cue ball in making a carom. Cf. carom ball. 2. a ball to be struck by the cue ball; any ball except the cue ball. [1855-60] * * *
object code
Computers. the machine-language output of a compiler or assembler that is ready for execution. * * *
object complement
Gram. a word or a group of words used in the predicate following a factitive verb and referring to its direct object, as treasurer in We appointed him treasurer, white in They ...
object distance
Photog. the distance between the lens of a camera and an object being photographed. * * *
object glass
Optics. objective (def. 3). [1655-65] * * *
object language
the language to which a metalanguage refers. [1930-35] * * * ▪ semantics       in semantics and logic, the ordinary language used to talk about things or objects in the ...
object lens
Optics. objective (def. 3). [1825-35] * * *
object lesson
a practical or concrete illustration of a principle. [1825-35] * * *
object-oriented
/ob"jikt awr'ee en'tid, -ohr"-, ob"jekt-/, adj. Computers. pertaining to or being a system, programming language, etc., that supports the use of objects, as an entire image, a ...
object-oriented programming
▪ computer science       use of predefined programming modular units (objects, classes, subclasses, and so forth) in order to make programming faster and easier to ...
object-oriented programming (OOP)
Computer programming that emphasizes the structure of data and their encapsulation with the procedures that operate upon it. It is a departure from traditional or procedural ...
object.
1. objection. 2. objective. * * *
objectball
object ball n. The ball in billiards or pool that a player hits or intends to hit first with the cue ball. * * *
objectcode
object code n. The code produced by a compiler from the source code, usually in the form of machine language that a computer can execute directly, or sometimes in assembly ...
objectglass
object glass n. See objective. * * *
objectification
See objectify. * * *
objectifier
See objectification. * * *
objectify
—objectification, n. /euhb jek"teuh fuy'/, v.t., objectified, objectifying. to present as an object, esp. of sight, touch, or other physical sense; make objective; ...
objection
/euhb jek"sheuhn/, n. 1. a reason or argument offered in disagreement, opposition, refusal, or disapproval. 2. the act of objecting. 3. a ground or cause for objecting. 4. a ...
objectionability
See objectionable. * * *
objectionable
—objectionability, objectionableness, n. —objectionably, adv. /euhb jek"sheuh neuh beuhl/, adj. 1. causing or tending to cause an objection, disapproval, or protest. 2. ...
objectionableness
See objectionability. * * *
objectionably
See objectionability. * * *
objective
—objectively, adv. —objectiveness, n. /euhb jek"tiv/, n. 1. something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish; purpose; goal; target: the objective ...
objective case
objective (def. 2a). * * *
objective complement
objective complement n. a word or group of words used in the predicate of a sentence as a modifier or qualifier of the direct object (Ex.: president in “We elected him ...
objective complement.
See object complement. [1865-70] * * *
objective correlative
Literature. a completely depicted situation or chain of events that objectifies a particular emotion in such a way as to produce or evoke that emotion in the reader. [1840-50] * ...
objective idealism
—objective idealist. Philos. a form of idealism asserting that the act of experiencing has a reality combining and transcending the natures of the object experienced and of the ...
objective lens
Optics. objective (def. 3). * * *
objective prism
Astron. a large prism placed in front of the objective lens or mirror of a telescope, allowing the simultaneous acquisition of the spectra of many stars. * * *
objective relativism
—objective relativist. Epistemology. the doctrine that knowledge of real objects is relative to the individual. * * *
objective spirit
Hegelianism. the human spirit, insofar as it has become capable of a rational identification of its individual self with the community of other spirits but is not yet capable of ...
objective test
Educ. a test consisting of factual questions requiring extremely short answers that can be quickly and unambiguously scored by anyone with an answer key, thus minimizing ...
objectivecomplement
objective complement n. A noun, adjective, or pronoun serving as a complement to a verb and qualifying its direct object, as governor in They elected him governor. * * *
objectivecorrelative
objective correlative n. A situation or a sequence of events or objects that evokes a particular emotion in a reader or audience. * * *
objectivelens
objective lens n. See objective. * * *
objectively
See objective. * * *
objectiveness
See objectively. * * *
objectivism
—objectivist, n., adj. —objectivistic, adj. /euhb jek"teuh viz'euhm/, n. 1. a tendency to lay stress on the objective or external elements of cognition. 2. the tendency, as ...
objectivist
See objectivism. * * *
objectivistic
See objectivist. * * *
objectivity
/ob'jik tiv"i tee, -jek-/, n. 1. the state or quality of being objective: He tries to maintain objectivity in his judgment. 2. intentness on objects external to the mind. 3. ...
objectivization
See objectivize. * * *
objectivize
—objectivization, n. /euhb jek"teuh vuyz'/, v.t., objectivized, objectivizing. to cause to become concrete or objective; objectify. Also, esp. Brit., objectivise. [1855-60; ...
objectlanguage
object language n. See target language. * * *
objectlens
object lens n. See objective. * * *
objectless
—objectlessly, adv. —objectlessness, n. /ob"jikt lis, -jekt-/, adj. 1. not directed toward any goal; purposeless; aimless. 2. having no object: an objectless ...
objectlesson
object lesson n. 1. A concrete illustration of a moral or principle. 2. A lesson taught by using a material object. * * *
objector
See object. * * *
objet d'art
/awb zhe dannrdd"/, pl. ob jets d'art /awb zhe dannrdd"/. French. an object of artistic worth or curiosity, esp. a small object. Also calledobjet. * * *
objet trouvé
/awb zhe trddooh vay"/, pl. ob jets trou vés /awb zhe trddooh vay"/. French. See found object. * * *
objetd'art
ob·jet d'art (ôb'zhĕ därʹ) n. pl. ob·jets d'art (ôb'zhĕ därʹ) An object of artistic merit.   [French : objet, object + de, of + art, art.] * * *
objurgate
—objurgation, n. —objurgator, n. —objurgatorily /euhb jerr"geuh tawr'euh lee, -tohr'-/, objurgatively, adv. —objurgatory, objurgative, adj. /ob"jeuhr gayt', euhb ...
objurgation
See objurgate. * * *
objurgatorily
See objurgation. * * *
objurgatory
See objurgation. * * *
obl
obl abbrev. 1. oblique 2. oblong * * *
obl.
1. oblique. 2. oblong. * * *
oblanceolate
/ob lan"see euh lit, -layt'/, adj. Bot. inversely lanceolate, as a leaf. [1840-50; OB- + LANCEOLATE] * * *
oblast
/ob"last, -lahst/; Russ. /aw"bleuhst/, n., pl. oblasts, Russ. oblasti /aw"bleuh styee/. 1. (in Russia and the Soviet Union) an administrative division corresponding to an ...
oblate
oblate1 —oblately, adv. /ob"layt, o blayt"/, adj. flattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis (opposed to prolate). ...
oblately
See oblate1. * * *
oblateness
See oblately. * * *
oblation
—oblatory /ob"leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, oblational, adj. /o blay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the offering to God of the elements of bread and wine in the Eucharist. 2. the whole office of ...
oblational
See oblation. * * *
oblatory
See oblational. * * *
obligable
See obligate. * * *
obligate
—obligable /ob"li geuh beuhl/, adj. —obligator, n. v. /ob"li gayt'/; adj. /ob"li git, -gayt'/, v. obligated, obligating, adj. v.t. 1. to bind or oblige morally or legally: to ...
obligately
See obligable. * * *
obligation
/ob'li gay"sheuhn/, n. 1. something by which a person is bound or obliged to do certain things, and which arises out of a sense of duty or results from custom, law, etc. 2. ...
obligational
/ob'li gay"sheuh nl/, adj. obligatory. [OBLIGATION + -AL1] * * *
obligational authority
the necessary authority that precedes budget spending by a government agency or department, granted by Congress through appropriations. * * *
obligative
/ob"li gay'tiv/, adj. implying or involving obligation: an obligative commitment. [1590-1600; < L obligat(us) (see OBLIGATE) + -IVE] * * *
obligato
/ob'li gah"toh/, adj., n., pl. obligatos, obligati /tee/. obbligato. * * *
obligator
See obligable. * * *
obligatorily
See obligatory. * * *
obligatory
—obligatorily /euh blig"euh tawr'euh lee, -tohr'-, ob"li geuh-, euh blig'euh tawr"euh lee, -tohr"-, ob'li geuh-/, adv. —obligatoriness, n. /euh blig"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, ...
Obligatory Hierarchy of Ranks, Table
▪ Table animals plants Kingdom Animalia Plantae Phylum Chordata Tracheophyta Class ...
oblige
—obligedly /euh bluy"jid lee/, adv. —obligedness, n. —obliger, n. /euh bluyj"/, v., obliged, obliging. v.t. 1. to require or constrain, as by law, command, conscience, or ...
obligee
/ob'li jee"/, n. 1. Law. a. a person to whom another is obligated or bound. b. a person to whom a bond is given. 2. a person who is under obligation for a favor, service, or ...
obliger
See oblige. * * *
obliging
—obligingly, adv. —obligingness, n. /euh bluy"jing/, adj. 1. willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services, etc.; accommodating: The clerk was most obliging. 2. ...
obligingly
See obliging. * * *
obligingness
See obligingly. * * *
obligor
/ob'li gawr", ob"li gawr'/, n. Law. 1. a person who is bound to another. 2. a person who gives a bond. [1535-45; OBLIGE + -OR2] * * *
oblique
—obliqueness, n. /euh bleek", oh bleek"/; Mil. /euh bluyk", oh bluyk"/, adj., adv., v., obliqued, obliquing, n. adj. 1. neither perpendicular nor parallel to a given line or ...
oblique angle
—oblique-angled, adj. an angle that is not a right angle; an acute or obtuse angle. [1685-95] * * *
oblique circular cone
Geom. a cone whose surface is generated by lines joining a fixed point to the points of a circle, the fixed point lying on a line that is not perpendicular to the circle at its ...
oblique circular cylinder
Geom. a cylinder generated by the revolution of a parallelogram other than a rectangle about one of its sides. Cf. right circular cylinder. * * *
oblique coordinates
Math. a coordinate system in which the axes do not meet at right angles. * * *
oblique motion
Music. the relative motion of two melodic parts in which one remains in place or moves relatively little while the other moves more actively. [1805-15] * * *
oblique projection
Drafting. See under oblique (def. 13). * * *
oblique sailing
the navigation of a vessel on a point of the compass other than one of the cardinal points. [1700-10] * * *
oblique section
a representation of an object as it would appear if cut by a plane that is other than parallel or perpendicular to its longest axis. * * *
oblique triangle
any triangle that does not have a right angle (contrasted with right triangle). * * *
obliqueangle
oblique angle Angles AOBand BOC are oblique angles. Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. An angle, such as an acute or obtuse angle, that is not a right angle or a multiple of a right ...
obliquely
/euh bleek"lee, oh bleek"-/; Mil. /euh bluyk"lee, oh bluyk"-/, adv. in an oblique manner or direction. [1565-75; OBLIQUE + -LY] * * *
obliqueness
See obliquely. * * *
obliquerhyme
oblique rhyme n. See off rhyme. * * *
obliquetriangle
oblique triangle n. A triangle having no right angle. * * *
obliquitous
See obliquity. * * *
obliquity
—obliquitous, adj. /euh blik"wi tee, oh blik"-/, n., pl. obliquities. 1. the state of being oblique. 2. divergence from moral conduct, rectitude, etc.; immorality, dishonesty, ...
obliterate
—obliterable /euh blit"euhr euh beuhl/, adj. —obliterator, n. /euh blit"euh rayt'/, v.t., obliterated, obliterating. 1. to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; ...
obliteration
—obliterative /euh blit"euh ray'tiv, -euhr euh tiv/, adj. /euh blit'euh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of obliterating or the state of being obliterated. 2. Pathol., Surg. the ...
obliterative
See obliteration. * * *
obliterator
See obliteration. * * *
oblivescence
/ob'leuh ves"euhns/, n. the process of forgetting. [ < L obliv(isci) to forget + -ESCENCE] * * *
oblivion
/euh bliv"ee euhn/, n. 1. the state of being completely forgotten or unknown: a former movie star now in oblivion. 2. the state of forgetting or of being oblivious: the oblivion ...
oblivious
—obliviously, adv. —obliviousness, n. /euh bliv"ee euhs/, adj. 1. unmindful; unconscious; unaware (usually fol. by of or to): She was oblivious of his admiration. 2. ...
obliviously
See oblivious. * * *
obliviousness
See obliviously. * * *
oblong
—oblongish, adj. —oblongly, adv. —oblongness, n. /ob"lawng', -long'/, adj. 1. elongated, usually from the square or circular form. 2. in the form of a rectangle one of ...
oblongata
/ob'lawng gah"teuh, -long-/, n., pl. oblongatas, oblongatae /-tee/. See medulla oblongata. [ < NL: lit., OBLONG; see -ATE1] * * *
obloquy
—obloquial /o bloh"kwee euhl/, adj. /ob"leuh kwee/, n., pl. obloquies. 1. censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, esp. by numerous persons or by the ...
obnounce
/ob nowns"/, v.i., obnounced, obnouncing. (in ancient Rome) to announce an unfavorable omen. [1735-45; < L obnuntiare, equiv. to ob- OB- + nuntiare to tell (nunti(us) messenger + ...
obnoxious
—obnoxiously, adv. —obnoxiousness, n. /euhb nok"sheuhs/, adj. 1. highly objectionable or offensive; odious: obnoxious behavior. 2. annoying or objectionable due to being a ...
obnoxiously
See obnoxious. * * *
obnoxiousness
See obnoxiously. * * *
obnubilate
—obnubilation, n. /ob nooh"beuh layt', -nyooh"-/, v.t., obnubilated, obnubilating. to cloud over; becloud; obscure. [1575-85; < L obnubilatus, ptp. of obnubilare to darken, ...
Obodrite
▪ people       member of a people of the Polab group, the northwesternmost of the Slavs in medieval Europe. The Obodrites (sometimes called the Bodryci, from bodry, ...
oboe
oboe1 /oh"boh/, n. 1. a woodwind instrument having a slender conical, tubular body and a double-reed mouthpiece. 2. (in an organ) a reed stop with a sound like that of an ...
oboe d'amour
/deuh moor"/ an oboe with a bulb-shaped bell that is pitched a minor third below the range of the conventional oboe and was much used in music of the Baroque period. [1875-80; < ...
oboist
/oh"boh ist/, n. a player of the oboe. [1860-65; OBOE1 + -IST] * * *
obol
/ob"euhl/, n. 1. a silver coin of ancient Greece, the sixth part of a drachma. 2. obole. [1660-70; see OBOLUS] * * *
obole
/ob"ohl/, n. a silver-alloy coin of France issued during the Middle Ages, the 24th part of a sol, or one-half denier. Also, obol, obolus. [1595-1605; < F < L obolus OBOLUS] * * *
obolus
/ob"euh leuhs/, n., pl. oboli /-luy'/. 1. a modern Greek unit of weight equal to 0.1 gram. 2. obole. [1350-1400; ME < L < Gk obolós small coin, weight] * * * ▪ fossil ...
Obote
/oh boh"tay/, n. (Apollo) Milton, born 1924, Ugandan political leader: president 1966-71 and 1980-85. * * *
Obote, (Apollo) Milton
born Dec. 28, 1924, Akoroko village, Lango, Uganda First prime minister (1962–70) and president (1966–71, 1980–85) of Uganda. Elected to the legislative council in 1958, ...
Obote, Milton
▪ 2006  Ugandan politician (b. Dec. 28, 1924, Akoroko, Uganda British Protectorate—d. Oct. 10, 2005, Johannesburg, S.Af.), served as prime minister (1962–66) and president ...
obovate
/ob oh"vayt/, adj. inversely ovate; ovate with the narrow end at the base. [1775-85; OB- + OVATE] * * *
obovoid
/ob oh"voyd/, adj. inversely ovoid; ovoid with the narrow end at the base, as certain fruits. [1810-20; OB- + OVOID] * * *
obpyriform
/ob pir"euh fawrm'/, adj. inversely pear-shaped; pear-shaped with the narrow end at the base. [1865-75; OB- + PYRIFORM] * * *
Obraztsov, Sergey Vladimirovich
born July 5, 1901, Moscow, Russia died May 8, 1992, Moscow Russian puppeteer. While working as an actor in Moscow (1922–31), he gave independent vaudeville-style puppet ...
Obrecht
/oh"brddekht/, n. Jacob /yah"kawp/, 1430-1505, Dutch composer and conductor. Also, Hobrecht. * * *
Obrecht, Jakob
born Nov. 22, 1452, Bergen-op-Zoom, Brabant died 1505, Ferrara Flemish composer. Little is known of his origins or education, but in 1484 he was appointed instructor of ...
Obregón
/aw'vrdde gawn"/, n. Alvaro /ahl"vah rddaw/, 1880-1928, Mexican general and statesman: president 1920-24. * * *
Obregón, Álvaro
O·bre·gón (ō-brā-gônʹ, ō-vrĕ-gōnʹ), Álvaro. 1880-1928. Mexican soldier and politician who overthrew Venustiano Carranza in 1920. As president (1920-1924 and 1928) he ...
Obrenovic
Serbo-Croatian. /aw brdde"naw vich/, n. Aleksandar Serbo-Croatian. /ah'le ksahn"dahrdd/. See Alexander I (def. 3). * * *
Obrenović dynasty
Family that provided Serbia with five rulers between 1815 and 1903. Its founding member, Miloš (1780–1860), was prince of Serbia (1815–39, 1858–60). His elder son, Milan ...
Obrenovic, Alexander
O·bre·no·vić (ō-brĕnʹə-vĭch'), Alexander. See Alexander I2. * * *
Obrenović,Alexander
O·bre·no·vić (ō-brĕnʹə-vĭch'), Alexander. See Alexander I2. * * *
Obrenovich
/oh bren"euh vich'/, n. Alexander. See Alexander I (def. 3). * * *
obreption
—obreptitious /ob'rep tish"euhs/, adj. —obreptitiously, adv. /o brep"sheuhn/, n. 1. Canon Law. fraud in obtaining or attempting to obtain something from an official. Cf. ...
OBrit
Old British. * * *
obrogation
/ob'reuh gay"sheuhn/, n. Civil Law. the annulment or alteration of a law by the enactment of a new one. [1650-60; < L obrogation- (s. of obrogatio), equiv. to ob- OB- + rogation- ...
obs
obs abbrev. 1. obscure 2. obsolete 3. observation 4. observatory * * *
obs.
1. observation. 2. observatory. 3. obsolete. Also, Obs. * * *
obscene
—obscenely, adv. —obsceneness, n. /euhb seen"/, adj. 1. offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language. 2. causing uncontrolled sexual desire. 3. ...
obscene language
➡ swear words * * *
Obscene Publications Act
▪ British law       in British law, either of two codifications of prohibitions against obscene literature adopted in 1857 and in much revised form in 1959. The earlier ...
obscenely
See obscene. * * *
obscenity
/euhb sen"i tee, -see"ni-/, n., pl. obscenities for 2, 3. 1. the character or quality of being obscene; indecency; lewdness. 2. something obscene, as a picture or story. 3. an ...
obscurant
/euhb skyoor"euhnt/, n. 1. a person who strives to prevent the increase and spread of knowledge. 2. a person who obscures. adj. 3. pertaining to or characteristic of ...
obscurantism
—obscurantist, n., adj. /euhb skyoor"euhn tiz'euhm, ob'skyoo ran"tiz euhm/, n. 1. opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge. 2. deliberate obscurity or evasion of ...
obscurantist
See obscurantism. * * *
obscuration
/ob'skyoo ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of obscuring. 2. the state of being obscured. [1425-75; late ME < L obscuration- (s. of obscuratio) a darkening, equiv. to obscurat(us), ptp. ...
obscure
—obscuredly /euhb skyoor"id lee/, obscurely, adv. —obscureness, n. /euhb skyoor"/, adj., obscurer, obscurest, v., obscured, obscuring, n. adj. 1. (of meaning) not clear or ...
obscurely
See obscure. * * *
obscureness
See obscurely. * * *
obscurity
/euhb skyoor"i tee/, n., pl. obscurities. 1. the state or quality of being obscure. 2. the condition of being unknown: He lived in obscurity for years before winning acclaim. 3. ...
obsecrate
—obsecration, n. /ob"si krayt'/, v.t., obsecrated, obsecrating. to entreat solemnly; beseech; supplicate. [1590-1600; < L obsecratus (ptp. of obsecrare to supplicate), equiv. ...
obsequence
/ob"si kweuhns/, n. willingness or eagerness to comply, please, serve, etc.; obsequiousness. Also, obsequeence /ob see"kwee euhns/. [1595-1605; < L obsequentia, equiv. to ...
obsequent stream
/ob"si kweuhnt/, Geol. a stream flowing in a direction opposite to that of the dip of the local strata. Cf. consequent stream. [1890-95] * * *
obsequies
obsequies [äb′si kwēz΄] pl.n. 〚< obs. sing. obsequy < OFr obseques < ML obsequiae (pl.) (< L obsequium, compliance: see OBSEQUIOUS), substituted for L exsequiae: see ...
obsequious
—obsequiously, adv. —obsequiousness, n. /euhb see"kwee euhs/, adj. 1. characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: an obsequious bow. 2. servilely ...
obsequiously
See obsequious. * * *
obsequiousness
See obsequiously. * * *
obsequy
/ob"si kwee/, n., pl. obsequies. Usually, obsequies. a funeral rite or ceremony. [1350-1400; ME obseque < MF < LL obsequiae, alter. (by confusion with exsequiae funeral rites) of ...
observable
—observability, observableness, n. —observably, adv. /euhb zerr"veuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being or liable to be observed; noticeable; visible; discernible: an ...
observably
See observable. * * *
observance
/euhb zerr"veuhns/, n. 1. an act or instance of following, obeying, or conforming to: the observance of traffic laws. 2. a keeping or celebration by appropriate procedure, ...
observant
—observantly, adv. /euhb zerr"veuhnt/, adj. 1. quick to notice or perceive; alert. 2. looking at, watching, or regarding attentively; watchful. 3. careful in the observing of a ...
observantly
See observant. * * *
observation
/ob'zerr vay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of noticing or perceiving. 2. an act or instance of regarding attentively or watching. 3. the faculty or habit of observing or ...
observation car
a railroad passenger car having a lounge or platform from which the scenery can be viewed. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
observation post
Mil. a forward position, often on high ground, from which enemy activity can be observed and, particularly, from which artillery or mortar fire can be directed. * * *
observational
—observationally, adv. /ob'zerr vay"sheuh nl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or founded on observation, esp. founded on observation rather than experiment. [1825-35; OBSERVATION + ...
observationally
See observational. * * *
observatory
/euhb zerr"veuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, n., pl. observatories. 1. a place or building equipped and used for making observations of astronomical, meteorological, or other natural ...
observe
—observedly /euhb zerr"vid lee/, adv. —observingly, adv. /euhb zerrv"/, v., observed, observing. v.t. 1. to see, watch, perceive, or notice: He observed the passersby in the ...
observer
—observership, n. /euhb zerr"veuhr/, n. 1. someone or something that observes. 2. a delegate to an assembly or gathering, who is sent to observe and report but not to take part ...
Observer, The
▪ British newspaper       Sunday newspaper established in 1791, the first Sunday paper published in Britain (United Kingdom). It is one of England's quality newspapers, ...
observingly
See observe. * * *
obsess
—obsessingly, adv. —obsessor, n. /euhb ses"/, v.t. 1. to dominate or preoccupy the thoughts, feelings, or desires of (a person); beset, trouble, or haunt persistently or ...
obsessed
/euhb sest"/, adj. 1. having an obsession (usually fol. by with or by): He is obsessed with eliminating guilt. 2. having or displaying signs of an obsession: The audiophile ...
obsession
—obsessional, adj. /euhb sesh"euhn/, n. 1. the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc. 2. the idea, image, desire, feeling, etc., ...
obsessional
See obsession. * * *
obsessionally
See obsessional. * * *
obsessive
—obsessively, adv. —obsessiveness, n. /euhb ses"iv/, adj. 1. being, pertaining to, or resembling an obsession: an obsessive fear of illness. 2. causing an obsession. 3. ...
obsessive-compulsive
/euhb ses"iv keuhm pul"siv/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a personality style characterized by perfectionism, indecision, conscientiousness, concern with detail, rigidity, and ...
obsessive-compulsive disorder
Mental disorder in which an individual experiences obsessions or compulsions, either singly or together. An obsession is a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an ...
obsessively
See obsessive. * * *
obsessiveness
See obsessively. * * *
obsessor
See obsess. * * *
obsidian
/euhb sid"ee euhn/, n. a volcanic glass similar in composition to granite, usually dark but transparent in thin pieces, and having a good conchoidal fracture. [1350-1400; < L ...
obsidian dating
Archaeol. a method of dating obsidian artifacts or debitage by calculating how long it has taken to produce a given thickness of a hydration layer within such matter. [1965-70] * ...
obsidional coin
/euhb sid"ee euh nl/. See siege piece. [1800-10; < L obsidionalis of a siege, equiv. to obsid(ere) to besiege + -ion- -ION + -alis -AL1] * * *
obsolesc.
obsolescent. * * *
obsolesce
/ob'seuh les"/, v.i. obsolesced, obsolescing. to be or become obsolescent. [1870-75; < L obsolescere; see OBSOLETE] * * *
obsolescence
/ob'seuh les"euhns/, n. the state, process, or condition of being or becoming obsolete. [1820-30; OBSOLESC(ENT) + -ENCE] * * *
obsolescent
—obsolescently, adv. /ob'seuh les"euhnt/, adj. 1. becoming obsolete; passing out of use, as a word: an obsolescent term. 2. becoming outdated or outmoded, as machinery or ...
obsolescently
See obsolescence. * * *
obsolete
—obsoletely, adv. —obsoleteness, n. /ob'seuh leet", ob"seuh leet'/, adj., v., obsoleted, obsoleting. adj. 1. no longer in general use; fallen into disuse: an obsolete ...
obsoletely
See obsolete. * * *
obsoleteness
See obsoletely. * * *
obsoletism
See obsoletely. * * *
obstacle
/ob"steuh keuhl/, n. something that obstructs or hinders progress. [1300-50; ME < OF < L obstaculum, equiv. to obsta(re) to face, block, hinder (ob- OB- + stare to STAND) + ...
obstacle course
1. a military training area having obstacles, as hurdles, ditches, and walls, that must be surmounted or crossed in succession. 2. Informal. an event, situation, course of ...
obstacle race
—obstacle racer. a foot race in which the contestants are prevented in a specific way from covering the full course at top speed, as by having hurdles to jump, sacks enclosing ...
obstaclecourse
obstacle course n. 1. A training course filled with obstacles, such as ditches and walls, that must be negotiated speedily by troops undergoing training or participants in an ...
obstaclerace
obstacle race n. Sports A race in which the participants are required to go through, under, or over a number of obstacles. * * *
obstet.
1. obstetric. 2. obstetrics. * * *
obstetric
obstetric [əb stet′rik, äbste′trik] adj. 〚ModL obstetricus, for L obstetricius, belonging to a midwife < obstetrix, midwife, lit., she who stands before < ob- (see OB-) + ...
obstetrical
—obstetrically, adv. /euhb ste"tri keuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the care and treatment of women in childbirth and during the period before and after delivery. 2. of or ...
obstetrically
See obstetric. * * *
obstetrician
/ob'sti trish"euhn/, n. a physician who specializes in obstetrics. Abbr.: OB, ob [1820-30; < L obstetrici(a) midwifery (n. use of fem. of obstetricius; see OBSTETRICAL) + -AN] * ...
obstetrics
/euhb ste"triks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the branch of medical science concerned with childbirth and caring for and treating women in or in connection with childbirth. Abbr.: ...
obstetrics and gynecology
Medical and surgical specialty concerned with the management of pregnancy and childbirth and with the health of the female reproductive system. Obstetrics, first practiced by ...
Obstfelder, Sigbjørn
▪ Norwegian poet born November 21, 1866, Stavanger, Norway died July 29, 1900, Copenhagen, Denmark       Norwegian Symbolist poet whose unrhymed verse and atmospheric, ...
obstinacy
/ob"steuh neuh see/, n., pl. obstinacies for 5. 1. the quality or state of being obstinate; stubbornness. 2. unyielding or stubborn adherence to one's purpose, opinion, etc. 3. ...
obstinate
—obstinately, adv. —obstinateness, n. /ob"steuh nit/, adj. 1. firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or ...
obstinately
See obstinate. * * *
obstinateness
See obstinately. * * *
obstipation
/ob'steuh pay"sheuhn/, n. Med. obstinate constipation. [1590-1600; < LL obstipation- (s. of obstipatio) close pressure, equiv. to ob- OB- + stipat(us) (ptp. of stipare to press) ...
obstreperous
—obstreperously, adv. —obstreperousness, obstreperosity /euhb strep'euh ros"i tee/, n. /euhb strep"euhr euhs/, adj. 1. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; ...
obstreperously
See obstreperous. * * *
obstreperousness
See obstreperously. * * *
obstruct
—obstructedly, adv. —obstructer, obstructor, n. —obstructingly, adv. —obstructive, adj. —obstructively, adv. —obstructiveness, obstructivity /ob'struk tiv"i tee/, ...
obstructer
See obstruct. * * *
obstruction
/euhb struk"sheuhn/, n. 1. something that obstructs, blocks, or closes up with an obstacle or obstacles; obstacle or hindrance: obstructions to navigation. 2. an act or instance ...
obstructionism
See obstructionist. * * *
obstructionist
—obstructionism, n. —obstructionistic, adj. /euhb struk"sheuh nist/, n. 1. a person who deliberately delays or prevents progress. 2. a person who delays or obstructs the ...


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