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See obstructionism. * * *
obstructionof justice
obstruction of justice n. The criminal offense, under common law and according to the statutes of many jurisdictions, of obstructing the administration and due process of law. * ...
obstructive [əb struk′tiv] adj. obstructing or tending to obstruct obstructively adv. obstructiveness n. * * * See obstructer. * * *
See obstructer. * * *
See obstructer. * * *
See obstructer. * * *
/ob"strooh euhnt/, adj. 1. Med. (of a substance) producing an obstruction. 2. Phonet. (of a speech sound) characterized by stoppage or obstruction of the flow of air from the ...
—obtainable, adj. —obtainability, n. —obtainer, n. —obtainment, n. /euhb tayn"/, v.t. 1. to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through an effort or by ...
See obtain. * * *
See obtainable. * * *
/ob tekt"/, adj. (of a pupa) having the antennae, legs, and wings glued to the surface of the body. Also, obtected. Cf. exarate. [1810-20; < L obtectus (ptp. of obtegere, var. of ...
—obtestation, n. /ob test"/, v.t. 1. to invoke as witness. 2. to supplicate earnestly; beseech. v.i. 3. to protest. 4. to make supplication; beseech. [1540-50; < L obtestari, ...
See obtest. * * *
—obtruder, n. /euhb troohd"/, v., obtruded, obtruding. v.t. 1. to thrust (something) forward or upon a person, esp. without warrant or invitation: to obtrude one's opinions ...
See obtrude. * * *
—obtrusionist, n. /euhb trooh"zheuhn/, n. 1. the act of obtruding. 2. something obtruded. [1570-80; < LL obtrusion- (s. of obtrusio), equiv. to L obtrus(us) (obtrud(ere) to ...
—obtrusively, adv. —obtrusiveness, n. /euhb trooh"siv/, adj. 1. having or showing a disposition to obtrude, as by imposing oneself or one's opinions on others. 2. (of a ...
See obtrusive. * * *
See obtrusively. * * *
—obtundent, adj. —obtundity, n. /ob tund"/, v.t. to blunt; dull; deaden. [1350-1400; ME < L obtundere to beat at, equiv. to ob- OB- + tundere to strike] * * *
See obtund. * * *
See obtundent. * * *
—obturation, n. —obturator, n. /ob"teuh rayt', -tyeuh-/, v.t., obturated, obturating. 1. to stop up; close. 2. Ordn. to close (a hole or cavity) so as to prevent a flow of ...
See obturate. * * *
ob·tu·ra·tor (ŏbʹtə-rā'tər, -tyə-) n. 1. An organic structure, such as the soft palate, that closes an opening in the body. 2. A prosthetic device serving to close an ...
—obtusely, adv. —obtuseness, n. /euhb toohs", -tyoohs"/, adj. 1. not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull. 2. not sharp, ...
obtuse angle
—obtuse-angled, obtuse-angular /euhb toohs"ang"gyeuh leuhr, -tyoohs"/, adj. an angle greater than 90° but less than 180°. See diag. under angle. [1560-70] * * *
obtuse bisectrix
Crystall. See under bisectrix (def. 1). [1895-1900] * * *
obtuse triangle
Geom. a triangle with one obtuse angle. See diag. under triangle. * * *
obtuse angle Angle AOB is an obtuse angle. Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. An angle greater than 90° and less than 180°. * * *
See obtuse. * * *
See obtusely. * * *
▪ Ghana       town, southern Ghana. Its growth was stimulated by the discovery of a large gold deposit in 1897 and the building of the railway from Sekondi in 1902. ...
Obuchi Keizo
▪ prime minister of Japan born June 25, 1937, Nakanojō, Gumma prefecture, Japan died May 14, 2000, Tokyo       Japanese politician who was prime minister from July ...
Obuchi, Keizō
born June 25, 1937, Nakanojō, Japan died May 14, 2000, Tokyo Japanese politician. A graduate of Waseda University, he was first elected to the Diet (legislature) in 1963, ...
/oh"boo do/, n. See under Budapest. * * *
Old Bulgarian. Also, OBulg. * * *
/ob um"breuhnt/, adj. Zool. overhanging; projecting over another part. [1820-30; < L obumbrant- (s. of obumbrans) (prp. of obumbrare to overshadow), equiv. to ob- OB- + umbr(are) ...
—obumbration, n. /ob um"brayt/, v., obumbrated, obumbrating, adj. v.t. 1. to darken, overshadow, or cloud. adj. 2. Obs. overshadowed, darkened. [1505-15; < obumbratus, ptp. of ...
n. /ob"verrs/; adj. /ob verrs", ob"verrs/, n. 1. the side of a coin, medal, flag, etc., that bears the principal design (opposed to reverse). 2. the front or principal surface of ...
See obverse. * * *
/ob verr"zheuhn, -sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of obverting. 2. something that is obverted. 3. Logic. a form of inference in which a negative proposition is obtained from an ...
/ob verrt"/, v.t. 1. to turn (something) so as to show a different surface. 2. Logic. to change (a proposition) by obversion. [1615-25; < L obvertere to turn toward, equiv. to ...
—obviable /ob"vee euh beuhl/, adj. —obviation, n. —obviator, n. /ob"vee ayt'/, v.t., obviated, obviating. to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, ...
See obviate. * * *
See obviation. * * *
—obviously, adv. —obviousness, n. /ob"vee euhs/, adj. 1. easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage. 2. lacking in ...
See obvious. * * *
See obviously. * * *
—obvolution, n. —obvolutive, adj. /ob"veuh looht'/, adj. 1. rolled or turned in. 2. Bot. noting or pertaining to a vernation in which two leaves are folded together in the ...
Ger. /awp"vahl'deuhn/, n. one of the two divisions of the canton of Unterwalden, in central Switzerland. 25,100; 189 sq. mi. (490 sq. km). Cap.: Sarnen. * * * ▪ demicanton, ...
Oc or oc abbrev. ocean * * * OC abbr. 1. Officer Commanding. 2. Old Catholic. * * *
OC, The
▪ American television drama       American television drama series that aired on the Fox network for four seasons (2003–07) and was particularly popular with teenagers ...
var. of ob- (by assimilation) before c: occident. * * *
ocean. Also, oc. * * *
/oh"keuh/, n. 1. a wood sorrel, Oxalis tuberosa, of the Andes, cultivated in South America for its edible tubers. 2. a tuber of this plant. Also, oka. [1595-1605; < Sp < Quechua ...
/oh kal"euh/, n. a city in central Florida. 37,170. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, seat (1846) of Marion county, north-central Florida, U.S., about 35 ...
▪ Colombia       city, Norte de Santander departamento, northern Colombia, in the Hacarí valley. Founded (c. 1570) as Nueva Madrid by Francisco Fernández, the city ...
—ocarinist, n. /ok'euh ree"neuh/, n. a simple musical wind instrument shaped somewhat like an elongated egg with a mouthpiece and finger holes. Also called sweet potato. [ < ...
OCAS abbr. Organization of Central American States. * * *
1. occasional. 2. occasionally. 3. occident. 4. occidental. 5. occupation. * * *
—Occamism, n. —Occamist, Occamite, n. —Occamistic, adj. /ok"euhm/, n. William of, died 1349?, English scholastic philosopher. Also, Ockham. * * *
Occam's razor
the maxim that assumptions introduced to explain a thing must not be multiplied beyond necessity. [1900-05; after William of OCCAM] * * *
Oc·cam's razor (ŏkʹəmz) n. Variant of Ockham's razor. * * *
Occam,William of
Oc·cam (ŏkʹəm), William of. See Ockham, William of. * * *
occas abbrev. 1. occasion 2. occasional 3. occasionally * * *
1. occasional. 2. occasionally. * * *
/euh kay"zheuhn/, n. 1. a particular time, esp. as marked by certain circumstances or occurrences: They met on three occasions. 2. a special or important time, event, ceremony, ...
—occasionalness, occasionality, n. /euh kay"zheuh nl/, adj. 1. occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then: an occasional headache. 2. ...
—occasionalist, n. —occasionalistic, adj. /euh kay"zheuh nl iz'euhm/, n. Philos. a theory that there is no natural interaction between mind and matter, but that God makes ...
/euh kay"zheuh nl ee/, adv. at times; from time to time; now and then. [1615-25; OCCASIONAL + -LY] * * *
/ok"si deuhnt/, n. 1. the Occident, a. the West; the countries of Europe and America. b. See Western Hemisphere. 2. (l.c.) the west; the western regions. [ME < MF < L occident- ...
—occidentality, n. —occidentally, adv. /ok'si den"tl/, adj. 1. (usually cap.) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Occident or its natives and inhabitants. 2. ...
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
▪ American company       major American oil- and gas-producing company. Headquarters are in Los Angeles.       Founded in 1920, Occidental Petroleum was for many ...
—Occidentalist, n., adj. /ok'si den"tl iz'euhm/, n. Occidental character or characteristics. [1830-40; OCCIDENTAL + -ISM] * * *
See occidentalize. * * *
—Occidentalization, n. /ok'si den"tl uyz'/, v.t., Occidentalized, Occidentalizing. to make Occidental. Also, esp. Brit., Occidentalise. [1865-70; OCCIDENTAL + -IZE] * * *
oc·cip·i·ta (ŏk-sĭpʹĭ-tə) n. A plural of occiput. * * *
—occipitally, adv. /ok sip"i tl/, Anat. adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or situated near the occiput or the occipital bone. n. 2. any of several parts of the occiput, esp. the ...
occipital bone
Anat. a curved, compound bone forming the back and part of the base of the skull. See diag. under skull. [1670-80] * * *
occipital condyle
Anat. a protrusion on the occipital bone of the skull that forms a joint with the first cervical vertebra, enabling the head to move relative to the neck. [1855-60] * * *
occipital lobe
Anat. the most posterior lobe of each cerebral hemisphere, behind the parietal and temporal lobes. [1885-90] * * *
occipital bone n. A curved, trapezoid compound bone that forms the lower posterior part of the skull; the occipital. * * *
occipital lobe n. The posterior lobe of each cerebral hemisphere, having the shape of a three-sided pyramid and containing the visual center of the brain. * * *
See occipital. * * *
/ok"seuh put', -peuht/, n., pl. occiputs, occipita /ok sip"i teuh/. Anat. the back part of the head or skull. [1350-1400; ME < L, equiv. to oc- OC- + -ciput, comb. form of caput ...
/ok"si tan'/, n. Provençal (def. 3). * * *
Occitan language
or Provençal language Romance language spoken in Occitania, a region of southern France. The 1.5 million people of this region use Occitan dialects in everyday life and French ...
/ok"leev/, n. Hoccleve. * * *
Oc·cleve (ŏkʹlēv'), Thomas. See Hoccleve, Thomas. * * *
occluded front
Meteorol. a composite front formed when a cold front overtakes a warm front and forces it aloft. Also called occlusion. [1965-70] * * *
oc·clud·ed front (ə-klo͞oʹdĭd) n. Meteorology The front formed when a cold front occludes a warm front. * * *
See occlude. * * *
occlusal [ə klo͞o′zəl, ə klo͞o′səl] adj. Dentistry 1. of or having to do with OCCLUSION (sense 2) 2. of or having to do with the biting surfaces of the teeth * * ...
—occlusal /euh klooh"seuhl, -zeuhl/, adj. /euh klooh"zheuhn/, n. 1. the act or state of occluding or the state of being occluded. 2. Dentistry. the fitting together of the ...
—occlusiveness, n. /euh klooh"siv/, adj. 1. occluding or tending to occlude. 2. Phonet. characterized by or having occlusion. n. Phonet. 3. a stop that is unreleased, as the ...
—occulter, n. —occultly, adv. —occultness, n. /euh kult", ok"ult/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or ...
occult balance
asymmetrical balance of visual elements in an artistic composition. * * *
/ok'ul tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. Astron. the passage of one celestial body in front of another, thus hiding the other from view: applied esp. to the moon's coming between an observer ...
occulting light
Navig. a beacon having a light covered briefly at regular intervals. [1890-95] * * *
—occultist, n., adj. /euh kul"tiz euhm/, n. 1. belief in the existence of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies. 2. the study or practice of occult arts. [1880-85; ...
See occultism. * * *
See occult. * * *
See occultly. * * *
/ok"yeuh peuhn see/, n., pl. occupancies. 1. the act, state, or condition of being or becoming a tenant or of living in or taking up quarters or space in or on something: ...
/ok"yeuh peuhnt/, n. 1. a person, family, group, or organization that lives in, occupies, or has quarters or space in or on something: the occupant of a taxicab; the occupants of ...
—occupationless, adj. —occupative, adj. /ok'yeuh pay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a person's usual or principal work or business, esp. as a means of earning a living; vocation: Her ...
Occupation (of Japan)
(1945–52) Military occupation of Japan by the Allied Powers after its defeat in World War II. Theoretically an international occupation, in fact it was carried out almost ...
occupation layer
(on an archaeological site) a layer of remains left by a single culture, from which the culture can be dated or identified. Also called occupation level. [1950-55] * * *
—occupationally, adv. /ok'yeuh pay"sheuh nl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to an occupation, trade, or calling: occupational guidance. 2. of or pertaining to occupation: ...
occupational disease
1. Also called industrial disease. a disease caused by the conditions or hazards of a particular occupation. 2. a trait or tendency that develops among members of a particular ...
occupational hazard
a danger or hazard to workers that is inherent in a particular occupation: Silicosis is an occupational hazard of miners. [1950-55] * * *
Occupational Safety and Health Act
a US law which makes sure that employers provide a safe work place for their workers which meets certain standards. * * *
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(abbr OSHA) a US government organization that protects the safety and health of workers. Its officers visit work places and can punish companies for bad standards. It also ...
occupational therapy
a form of therapy in which patients are encouraged to engage in vocational tasks or expressive activities, as art or dance, usually in a social setting. [1910-15] * * * Use of ...
occupational disease n. A disease, such as byssinosis or black lung, resulting from the conditions of a person's work, trade, or occupation. * * *
See occupational. * * *
occupational medicine n. The branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries occurring at work or in specific occupations. * * *
See occupational therapy. * * *
occupational therapy n. Abbr. OT The use of productive or creative activity in the treatment or rehabilitation of physically or emotionally disabled people.   occupational ...
See occupy. * * *
—occupiable, adj. —occupier, n. /ok"yeuh puy'/, v., occupied, occupying. v.t. 1. to take or fill up (space, time, etc.): I occupied my evenings reading novels. 2. to engage ...
/euh kerr"/, v.i., occurred, occurring. 1. to happen; take place; come to pass: When did the accident occur? 2. to be met with or found; present itself; appear. 3. to suggest ...
—occurrent, adj. /euh kerr"euhns, euh kur"-/, n. 1. the action, fact, or instance of occurring. 2. something that happens; event; incident: We were delayed by several ...
See occurrence. * * *
1. Office of Civil Defense. 2. obsessive-compulsive disorder. * * *
See Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization. * * *
—oceanlike, adj. /oh"sheuhn/, n. 1. the vast body of salt water that covers almost three fourths of the earth's surface. 2. any of the geographical divisions of this body, ...
Ocean City
a town in SE New Jersey. 13,949. * * * ▪ resort, Maryland, United States       resort town, Worcester county, southeastern Maryland, U.S. Ocean City lies along a ...
ocean current
Horizontal and vertical circulation system of ocean waters, produced by gravity, wind friction, and water density variation. Coriolis forces cause ocean currents to move ...
ocean engineering
the branch of engineering that deals with the development of equipment and techniques for the exploration of the ocean floor and exploitation of its resources. Also called ...
ocean farming
mariculture. * * *
ocean liner
an oceangoing passenger ship, operating either as one unit of a regular scheduled service or as a cruise ship. [1830-40, Amer.] * * * Large merchant ship that visits designated ...
ocean marine insurance
insurance covering risks involving the transporting of persons or goods on the high seas. Cf. inland marine insurance. * * *
ocean perch
redfish (def. 1). * * *       economically important food fish of the family Scorpaenidae, also known as the redfish (q.v.). * * *
ocean pout
an eelpout, Macrozoarces americanus, common along the northeastern coast of North America. * * *
ocean ranching
      the rearing of fish and shellfish under artificially controlled conditions to restock the sea. See aquaculture. * * *
Ocean Springs
a town in SE Mississippi. 14,504. * * * ▪ Mississippi, United States       resort city, Jackson county, southeastern Mississippi, U.S., on Biloxi Bay across from ...
ocean sunfish
a brown and gray mola, Mola mola, inhabiting tropical and temperate seas, having the posterior half of the body sharply truncated behind the elongated dorsal and anal fins. Also ...
/oh'sheuh nair"ee euhm/, n., pl. oceanariums, oceanaria /-nair"ee euh/. a large saltwater aquarium for the display and observation of fish and other marine life. [1935-40; OCEAN ...
/oh"sheuh nawt', -not'/, n. aquanaut. [1960-65, Amer.; b. OCEAN and AQUANAUT] * * *
/oh"sheuhn frunt'/, n. 1. the land along the shore of an ocean. adj. 2. pertaining to or located on such land: an oceanfront condominium. [1930-35; OCEAN + FRONT] * * *
/oh"sheuhn goh'ing/, adj. 1. (of a ship) designed and equipped to travel on the open sea. 2. noting or pertaining to sea transportation: oceangoing traffic. Also, ...
—Oceanian, adj., n. /oh'shee an"ee euh, -ah"nee euh/, n. the islands of the central and S Pacific, including Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and traditionally Australasia. ...
See Oceania. * * *
▪ 1994       Environmental issues dominated the 1993 meeting of the South Pacific Forum, which was held in Nauru in August. For the first time in many years, the Forum ...
/oh'shee an"ik/, adj. 1. of, living in, or produced by the ocean: oceanic currents. 2. of or pertaining to the region of water lying above the bathyal, abyssal, and hadal zones ...
Oceanic arts
Literary, performing, and visual arts of the Pacific islands of Oceania, including Australia as well as Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Their isolation and wide range of ...
Oceanic languages
also called  Eastern Austronesian,         widespread, highly varied, and controversial language group of the Austronesian language family. Spoken on the islands of ...
Oceanic literature
Introduction       the traditional oral and written literatures of the indigenous people of Oceania, in particular of Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia, and Australia. ...
oceanic plateau
or submarine plateau Large submarine elevation rising sharply at least 660 ft (200 m) above the surrounding seafloor and having an extensive, relatively flat or gently tilted ...
Oceanic religions
Non-Christian religions practiced in Oceania. Traditional Melanesian religions, which are giving way under the pressures of Christianity and capitalism, hold that ancestral ...
oceanic ridge
Continuous, submarine mountain chain extending approximately 50,000 mi (80,000 km) through all the world's oceans, separating them into distinct basins. The main ridge extends ...
oceanic trough
▪ geology       an elongate depression in the seafloor that is characteristically shallower, shorter, narrower, and topographically gentler than oceanic trenches. ...
oceanic whitetip shark.
See whitetip shark (def. 2). * * *
/oh'sheuh nis"i tee, oh'shee euh-/, n. the degree to which the climate of a place is influenced by the sea. Also called oceanity /oh'shee an"i tee/. Cf. continentality. [1945-50; ...
/oh see"euh nid/, n., pl. Oceanids, Oceanides /oh'see an"i deez'/. Class. Myth. any of the daughters of Oceanus and Tethys; a sea nymph. [ < Gk Okeanídes daughters of Oceanus ...
O·cean Island (ōʹshən) See Banaba. * * *
oceanography. * * *
See oceanography. * * *
See oceanographer. * * *
See oceanographer. * * *
See oceanographer. * * *
—oceanographer, n. —oceanographic /oh'sheuh neuh graf"ik/, oceanographical, adj. —oceanographically, adv. /oh'sheuh nog"reuh fee, oh'shee euh-/, n. the branch of physical ...
OCEANOGRAPHY: Mapmaking: Redrawing the Boundaries
▪ 1995       Once considered a form of art, cartography is no longer limited to features of the Earth's surface drawn by hand on paper. Today mapmaking is being ...
/oh'sheuh nl oj"ik/, adj. of or pertaining to the ocean and its study. Also, oceanological. [OCEANOLOG(Y) + -IC] * * *
See oceanologic. * * *
See oceanologic. * * *
See oceanologic. * * *
—oceanologist, n. /oh'sheuh nol"euh jee, oh'shee euh-/, n. the practical application of oceanography. [1860-65, Amer.; OCEAN + -O- + -LOGY] * * *
ocean perch n. See rosefish. * * *
/oh"sheuhn suyd'/, n. 1. a city in SW California. 56,003. 2. a town on SW Long Island, in SE New York. 33,639. * * * City (pop., 2000: 161,029), southwestern California, U.S. ...
ocean sunfish n. A marine fish (Mola mola) with a large globular body, found in warm and temperate seas. Also called mola2. * * *
/oh see"euh neuhs/, n. Class. Myth. 1. a Titan who was the son of Uranus and Gaea, the consort of Tethys, and the father of the river gods and Oceanids. 2. a great stream of ...
Oceanus Procellarum
/oh'see ah"neuhs proh'seuh lahr"euhm, -an"euhs, oh'shee-/ (Ocean of Storms) the largest dark plain on the face of the moon, in the second and third quadrants: about 2 million ...
/oh sel"euhr/, adj. pertaining to an ocellus. [1885-90; OCELL(US) + -AR1] * * *
ocellate [äs′ə lāt΄; ō sel′it, ō sel′āt΄] adj. 1. resembling an ocellus 2. having an ocellus or ocelli 3. spotted: Also, for OCELLATE senses 2 & 3, ocellated * * *
/os"euh lay'tid, oh sel"ay tid/, adj. 1. (of a spot or marking) eyelike. 2. having ocelli, or eyelike spots. Also, ocellate /os"euh layt', oh sel"it, -ayt/. [1705-15; < NL ...
ocellated turkey
a wild turkey, Agriocharis ocellata, of Yucatán, Belize, and Guatemala, typically having green, blue, reddish-brown, and yellowish-brown plumage of a metallic luster and eyelike ...
/os'euh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an eyelike spot or marking. 2. the state of having eyelike markings. [1840-50; OCELLATE + -ION] * * *
/oh sel"euhs/, n., pl. ocelli /oh sel"uy/. 1. a type of simple eye common to invertebrates, consisting of retinal cells, pigments, and nerve fibers. 2. an eyelike spot, as on a ...
—oceloid, adj. /os"euh lot', oh"seuh-/, n. a spotted leopardlike cat, Felis pardalis, ranging from Texas through South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in ...
OCelt abbrev. Old Celtic * * *
/okh/, interj. Scot., Irish Eng. (used as an expression of surprise, disapproval, regret, etc.) [1520-30; < ScotGael, Ir] * * *
—ocherous, ochery, adj. /oh"keuhr/, n., adj., v., ochered, ochering. n. 1. any of a class of natural earths, mixtures of hydrated oxide of iron with various earthy materials, ...
See ocher. * * *
See ocherous. * * *
Ochino, Bernardino
▪ Italian religious reformer born 1487, Siena [Italy] died 1564, Austerlitz, Moravia [now Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic]       Protestant convert from Roman ...
—ochlesitic /ok'leuh sit"ik/, ochletic /ok let"ik/, adj. /ok lee"sis/, n. Pathol. any disease caused by overcrowding. [1855-60; < Gk óchlesis disturbance, distress, equiv. to ...
—ochlocrat /ok"leuh krat'/, n. —ochlocratic, ochlocratical, adj. —ochlocratically, adv. /ok lok"reuh see/, n. government by the mob; mob rule; mobocracy. [1475-85; < Gk ...
See ochlocracy. * * *
See ochlocrat. * * *
See ochlocrat. * * *
See ochlocrat. * * *
—ochlophobist, n. /ok'leuh foh"bee euh/, n. Psychiatry. an abnormal fear of crowds. [1890-95; < Gk óchl(os) mob + -o- -O- + -PHOBIA] * * *
See ochlophobia. * * *
▪ plant family       a family of the order Malpighiales, comprising 27 genera and some 495 species of tropical trees and shrubs, with a few genera of herbs. Many species ...
Ocho Rios
/oh"choh ree"euhs/ a seaport in N Jamaica: resort. 6900. * * * ▪ Jamaica   town and Caribbean port on the north coast of Jamaica, northwest of Kingston. The Spanish name ...
/oh choh"euh/; Sp. /aw chaw"ah/, n. Severo /seuh vair"oh/; Sp. /se ve"rddaw/, 1905-93, U.S. biochemist, born in Spain: Nobel prize for medicine 1959. * * *
Ochoa, Ellen
born May 10, 1958, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S. U.S. astronaut. She earned a master's degree (1981) and a doctorate (1985) in electrical engineering at Stanford University. ...
Ochoa, Lorena
▪ 2008 born Nov. 15, 1981, Guadalajara, Mex.  Golfer Lorena Ochoa, already recognized as one of Mexico's all-time sports stars, carried the hopes of a nation on her ...
Ochoa, Severo
born Sept. 24, 1905, Luarca, Spain died Nov. 1, 1993, Madrid Spanish-born U.S. molecular biologist. He received his M.D. and subsequently studied in Germany and Britain before ...
O·cho·a (ō-chōʹə), Severo. 1905-1993. Spanish-born American biochemist. He shared a 1959 Nobel Prize for work on the biological synthesis of nucleic acids. * * *
/euh khohn"/, interj. Scot. and Irish Eng. ohone. * * *
/ok"euh zath'/, n. Douay Bible. Ahuzzath. * * *
/ok'euh zuy"euhs/, n. Douay Bible. Ahaziah. * * *
/oh'kreuh tok"sin/, n. a toxin produced by Aspergillus ochraceus and several other molds that commonly contaminate cereal grains: causes intestinal inflammation and kidney and ...
—ochreous /oh"keuhr euhs, oh"kree euhs/, ochrous /oh"kreuhs/, ochry /oh"kree/, adj. /oh"keuhr/, n., adj., v.t., ochred, ochring. ocher. * * *
/ok"ree euh/, n., pl. ochreae /-ree ee'/. ocrea. * * *
/oh"kroyd/, adj. yellow as ocher. [1895-1900; < Gk ochroeidés pallid, equiv. to ochr- OCHER + -oeides -OID] * * *
/oks/, n. Adolph Simon 1858-1935, U.S. newspaper publisher. * * *
Ochs, Adolph Simon
born March 12, 1858, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died April 8, 1935, Chattanooga, Tenn. U.S. newspaper publisher. Ochs grew up in Tennessee, where he worked for various newspapers. ...
Ochs, Peter
▪ Swiss revolutionary born Aug. 20, 1752, Nantes, France died June 19, 1821, Basel, Switz.       Swiss revolutionary who wrote most of the constitution of the unitary ...
Ochs, Phil
▪ American folksinger and songwriter born Dec. 19, 1940, El Paso, Texas, U.S. died April 9, 1976, Far Rockaway, N.Y.  American folksinger and songwriter best remembered for ...
Ochs,Adolph Simon
Ochs (ŏks), Adolph Simon. 1858-1935. American newspaper publisher who published the New York Times (1896-1935) and directed the Associated Press (1900-1935). * * *
Ochsenbein, Ulrich
▪ Swiss politician in full  Johann Ulrich Ochsenbein   born Nov. 24, 1811, Schwarzenegg, Switz. died Nov. 3, 1890, Bellevue, Bern       Swiss politician and military ...
/ok"euh gem'/, n. Johannes /yoh hah"neuhs/. See Okeghem, Jean d' or Jan van. Also, Ockenheim /ok"euhn huym', oh"keuhn-/. * * *
Ockeghem, Jean de
▪ Flemish composer Ockeghem also spelled  Okeghem   born c. 1410 died Feb. 6, 1497, Tours, France[?]       composer of sacred and secular music, one of the great ...
Ockeghem, Johannes
or Jean d'Ockeghem born с 1410 died Feb. 6, 1497, Tours, France? Flemish composer and singer. He is first mentioned as a member of an Antwerp choir in 1443. He held a series ...
/ok"euhr/, Australian Informal. n. 1. an uncultured Australian male. 2. an uncouth, offensive male chauvinist. adj. 3. of or pertaining to such a person. 4. typically ...
/ok"euhm/, n. William of. See Occam. * * *
Ockham's razor
Ockham's razor n. OCCAM'S RAZOR * * * Methodological principle of parsimony in scientific explanation. Traditionally attributed to William of Ockham, the principle prescribes ...
Ockham's razor.
See Occam's razor. * * *
Ock·ham's razor also Oc·cam's razor (ŏkʹəmz) n. A rule in science and philosophy stating that entities should not be multiplied needlessly. This rule is interpreted to mean ...
Ockham, William of
or William of Occam born с 1285, Ockham, Surrey?, Eng. died 1347/49, Munich, Bavaria English Franciscan philosopher, theologian, and political writer. A late Scholastic ...
Ockham,William of
Ock·ham also Oc·cam (ŏkʹəm), William of. 1285?-1349?. English scholastic philosopher who rejected the reality of universal concepts and argued that mental and linguistic ...
Ockrent, Michael Robert
▪ 2000       British theatre director best known for his deft touch with comedies and musicals, notably the 1985 smash hit revival of the 1937 musical Me and My Girl and ...
Ocloo, Esther Afua
▪ 2003       Ghanaian entrepreneur (b. April 18, 1919, Peki-Dzake, Gold Coast (now in Ghana)—d. Feb. 8, 2002, Accra, Ghana), as cofounder (1979) and head of Women's ...
Oc·mul·gee (ōk-mŭlʹgē) A river, about 410 km (255 mi) long, of Georgia rising near Atlanta and flowing southeast to join the Oconee River and form the Altamaha River. * * ...
Ocoee River
River, rising in the Blue Ridge in northeastern Georgia and flowing through southeastern Tennessee, U.S. In northern Georgia it is called the Toccoa River; at the Blue Ridge Dam ...
O·co·nee (ə-kōʹnē) A river rising in the Blue Ridge of northern Georgia and flowing about 454 km (282 mi) generally south to join the Ocmulgee River and form the Altamaha ...
/euh koh"nee belz'/, n., pl. oconee-bells. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a plant, Shortia galacifolia, of the southeastern U.S., having glossy, rounded leaves and white or pink ...
▪ Wisconsin, United States       city, seat (1854) of Oconto county, northeastern Wisconsin, U.S. It lies on the western shore of Green Bay, at the mouth of the Oconto ...
▪ Nicaragua       city, northwestern Nicaragua. It lies on a sandy plain near the Cordillera Entre Ríos and the Coco River, at an elevation of 1,987 feet (606 m). ...
/oh'keuh teel"yoh/; Sp. /aw'kaw tee"yaw/, n., pl. ocotillos /-teel"yohz/; Sp. /-tee"yaws/. a spiny, woody shrub, Fouqueria splendens, of arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and ...
▪ Mexico       city, east-central Jalisco estado (state), west-central Mexico. It lies near the northeastern shore of Lake Chapala, at the confluence of the Zula (or ...
Computers. 1. optical character reader. 2. optical character recognition. * * * in full optical character recognition Scanning and comparison technique intended to identify ...
O·cra·coke Island (ōʹkrə-kōk') A long barrier island off the eastern coast of North Carolina between Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. The pirate Edward Teach, also ...
/ok"ree euh, oh"kree euh/, n., pl. ocreae /ok"ree ee', oh"kree ee'/. Bot., Zool. a sheathing part, as a pair of stipules united about a stem. Also, ochrea. [1820-30; < L: greave, ...
/ok"ree it, -ayt', oh"kree-/, adj. having an ocrea or ocreae; sheathed. [1820-30; < L ocreatus greaved, equiv. to ocre(a) greave (see OCREA) + -atus -ATE1] * * *
1. Mil. officer candidate school. 2. Old Church Slavonic. 3. outer continental shelf. * * *
OCSO abbrev. Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists) * * *
Oct abbrev. October * * *
oct abbrev. octavo * * *
var. of octa- or octo- before a vowel: octal. * * *
October. * * *
octavo. * * *
a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek and Latin, where it meant "eight" (octagon; octastyle), on this model, used in the formation of compound words, and in chemical ...
—octachordal, adj. /ok"teuh kawrd'/, n. 1. any musical instrument with eight strings. 2. a diatonic series of eight tones. [1750-60; < Gk oktáchordos having eight strings. See ...
—octadic, adj. /ok"tad/, n. 1. a group or series of eight. 2. Chem. an element, atom, or group having a valence of eight. [1835-45; < Gk oktad- (s. of oktás) group of eight, ...
octadecanoic acid
/ok"teuh dek'euh noh"ik, ok'-/, Chem. See stearic acid. [OCTA- + DECANE + -O- + -IC] * * *
See octad. * * *
/ok"teuh gon', -geuhn/, n. a polygon having eight angles and eight sides. Also called octangle. [1650-60; < L octagonon < Gk oktágonon, n. use of neut. of oktágonos octangular; ...
octagon house
a type of American house, c. 1850, having an octagonal perimeter to reduce exterior wall area. * * *
Oecolampadius, Johann
▪ German humanist German  Johannes Huszgen   born 1482, Weinsberg, Württemberg [now in Germany] died Nov. 23, 1531, Basel, Switz.       German humanist, preacher, ...
/ek'yoo men"i keuhl/ or, esp. Brit., /ee'kyoo-/, adj. ecumenical. Also, oecumenic. * * *
/ee"keuhs/, n., pl. oeci /ee"suy/. (in an ancient Roman house) an apartment, esp. a dining room, decorated with columns. [ < L < Gk oîkos house] * * *
Oxford English Dictionary. Also, O.E.D. * * *
/i dee"meuh/, n., pl. oedemata /-meuh teuh/. Pathol. edema. * * *
oedemerid beetle
▪ insect also called  false tiger beetle , or  false blister beetle,        any of approximately 1,500 species of beetles (insect order Coleoptera) that are slender ...
/ed"euh peuhl, ee"deuh-/, adj. (often cap.) of, characterized by, or resulting from the Oedipus complex. [1935-40; OEDIP(US COMPLEX) + -AL1] * * *
See oedipal. * * *
/ed'euh pee"euhn/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Oedipus or the Oedipus complex. [1615-25; OEDIP(US) + -ean, var. of -IAN] * * *

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