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Oedipus
/ed"euh peuhs, ee"deuh-/, n. Gk. Legend. a king of Thebes, the son of Laius and Jocasta, and the father by Jocasta of Eteocles, Polynices, Antigone, and Ismeme: as was prophesied ...
Oedipus at Colonus
/keuh loh"neuhs/ a tragedy by Sophocles, written toward the end of his life and produced posthumously in 401? B.C. * * *
Oedipus complex
Psychoanal. the unresolved desire of a child for sexual gratification through the parent of the opposite sex, esp. the desire of a son for his mother. This involves, first, ...
Oedipus Rex
a tragedy (c430 B.C.) by Sophocles. Also calledOedipus Tyrannus /ti ran"euhs/. * * *
Oedipuscomplex
Oedipus complex n. In psychoanalysis, a subconscious sexual desire in a child, especially a male child, for the parent of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by hostility to ...
Oedogonium
▪ genus of algae       genus of filamentous green algae, commonly found in quiet waters, either attached to other plants or as a free-floating mass. Each cylindrical ...
OEEC
Organization for European Economic Cooperation. * * *
Oehlenschläger, Adam Gottlob
born Nov. 14, 1779, Vesterbro, Den. died Jan. 20, 1850, Copenhagen Danish poet and dramatist, considered the national poet of Denmark. He became the leader of Romanticism in ...
oeil-de-boeuf
Fr. /ue'yeu deuh buef"/, n., pl. oeils-de-boeuf Fr. /ue'yeu deuh buef"/. a comparatively small round or oval window, as in a frieze. Also called oxeye. [ < F: lit., bull's eye] * ...
oeil-de-boeuf window
also called  bull's-eye window        in architecture, a small circular or oval window, usually resembling a wheel, with glazing bars (bars framing the panes of glass) ...
oeillade
/ue yannd"/, n., pl. oeillades /ue yannd"/. French. an amorous glance; ogle. * * *
OEM
See original equipment manufacturer. * * *
Oeneus
/ee"nee euhs, -nyoohs/, n. Class. Myth. a king of Calydon believed to have been the first man to cultivate grapes. * * * ▪ Greek mythology       in Greek legend, king ...
Oengus, Saint
▪ Irish saint also called  Oengus the Culdee   born 9th century, near Clonenagh, Ireland; feast day March 11       monk who was the author of the Félire, the first ...
oenochoe
/ee nok"oh ee'/, n., pl. oenochoes, oenochoai /ee nok"oh uy'/. oinochoe. * * *
oenology
—oenological /een'l oj"i keuhl/, adj. —oenologist, n. /ee nol"euh jee/, n. the science of viniculture. Also, enology. [1805-15; < Gk oîn(os) WINE + -O- + -LOGY] * * *
oenomel
/ee"neuh mel', en"euh-/, n. 1. a drink made of wine mixed with honey. 2. something combining strength with sweetness. [1565-75; < LL oenomeli < Gk oinómeli, equiv. to oîno(s) ...
Oenone
/ee noh"nee/, n. Class. Myth. a nymph of Mount Ida who was the wife of Paris, but was deserted by him for Helen. * * * ▪ Greek mythology       in Greek mythology, a ...
oenophile
—oenophilia /ee'neuh fil"ee euh/, n. —oenophilic, adj. /ee"neuh fuyl'/, n. a person who enjoys wines, usually as a connoisseur. Also, oenophilist /ee nof"euh list/. [1925-30; ...
OEO
See Office of Economic Opportunity. * * *
oersted
/err"sted/, n. Elect. 1. the centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic intensity, equal to the magnetic pole of unit strength when undergoing a force of one dyne in a vacuum. ...
Oersted
/err"sted/; Dan. /uerdd"stidh/, n. Hans Christian /hahns krddis"tyahn/, 1777-1851, Danish physicist. * * * ▪ measurement       unit of magnetic-field strength, in the ...
Oerter, Al
▪ 2008 Alfred Oerter, Jr.        American discus thrower born Sept. 19, 1936, Queens, N.Y. died Oct. 1, 2007, Fort Myers, Fla. won four consecutive Olympic gold medals ...
Oerter, Al(fred)
born Sept. 19, 1936, Astoria, N.Y., U.S. U.S. discus thrower. He won gold medals at four consecutive Olympic Games (1956, 1960, 1964, 1968) and set world records four times ...
Oerter,Alfred A.
Oer·ter (ôrʹtər, ōrʹ-), Alfred A. Known as “Al.” Born 1936. American athlete who won a gold medal in the discus at four consecutive Olympics (1956, 1960, 1964, and ...
OES
1. Office of Economic Stabilization. 2. Order of the Eastern Star. * * *
Oesel
/ue"zeuhl/, n. German name of Saaremaa. * * *
Oeser, Adam Friedrich
▪ Hungarian painter born Feb. 17, 1717, Pressburg [now Bratislava, Slvk.] died March 18, 1799, Leipzig, Ger.       painter, sculptor, and engraver who opposed ...
oesophag-
var. of esophag-. * * *
oesophageal
/i sof'euh jee"euhl, ee'seuh faj"ee euhl/, adj. esophageal. * * *
oesophagus
oesophagus [ē säf′ə gəs] n. chiefly Brit. sp. of ESOPHAGUS * * * oe·soph·a·gus (ĭ-sŏfʹə-gəs) n. Variant of esophagus. * * *
oestrogen
oestrogen [ēs′trə gən, es′trə gən] n. Brit. var. of ESTROGEN * * * oes·tro·gen (ĕsʹtrə-jən) n. Variant of estrogen. * * *
oestrous
/es"treuhs, ee"streuhs/, adj. estrous. [OESTR(US) + -OUS] * * *
oestrus
/es"treuhs, ee"streuhs/, n. estrus. [1690-1700; < L < Gk oîstros gadfly, sting, madness] * * *
oeuvre
/ue"vrddeu/, n., pl. oeu vres /ue"vrddeu/. French. 1. the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole. 2. any one of the works of a writer, painter, or the like. * ...
Oeuvre, Théâtre de l'
▪ theatre, Paris, France       French Symbolist theatre (Symbolist movement) founded in Paris in 1893 by Aurélien Lugné-Poë (Lugné-Poë, Aurélien) and directed by ...
of
of1 /uv, ov/; unstressed /euhv/ or, esp. before consonants, /euh/, prep. 1. (used to indicate distance or direction from, separation, deprivation, etc.): within a mile of the ...
OF
Old French. Also, OF., O.F. * * *
Of Human Bondage
a novel (1915) by W. Somerset Maugham. * * *
Of Mice and Men
a novel (1937) and play (1938) by John Steinbeck. * * *
Of Time and the River
a novel (1935) by Thomas Wolfe. * * *
of-
var. of ob- (by assimilation) before f: offend. * * *
ofay
/oh"fay/, n. Slang (disparaging and offensive). a white person. Also, fay. [1920-25, Amer.; of obscure orig.; the popular notion that the word is a Pig Latin deformation of foe ...
Ofcom
(in full the Office of Communications) a British government department started in 2004 to control standards in radio and television broadcasting and the telecommunications ...
off
/awf, of/, adv. 1. so as to be no longer supported or attached: This button is about to come off. 2. so as to be no longer covering or enclosing: to take a hat off; to take the ...
off Broadway
—off-Broadway, adj., adv. professional drama produced in New York City in small theaters often away from the Broadway area and characterized by experimental productions. Also, ...
off campus
➡ student life * * *
off off Broadway
—off-off-Broadway, adj., adv. experimental or avant-garde drama produced in New York City, in small theaters, halls, churches, etc. Also, Off Off Broadway. * * *
off stump
Cricket. the outside stump opposite the one at which the batsman stands. Cf. leg stump, middle stump. * * *
off year
—off-year, adj. 1. a year without a major, esp. presidential, election. 2. a year marked by reduced or inferior production or activity in a particular field, as farming, ...
off-air
off-air (ôfʹârʹ, ŏfʹ-) adj. Spoken, occurring, or used not during broadcasting or not while being recorded for broadcasting: an off-air argument; off-air discussion. * * *
off-base
/awf"bays", of"-/, adj. located outside the perimeters of a military base: off-base housing for officers. [1935-40] * * *
off-board
/awf"bawrd", -bohrd", of"-/, adj., adv. Stock Exchange. outside of a major exchange, as over the counter or between private parties: an off-board transaction. Also, ...
off-brand
/awf"brand', of"-/, adj. 1. not having a recognized or popular brand or name: an off-brand TV set. 2. being a cheap or inferior brand or grade: off-brand batteries that never ...
off-Broadway
☆ off-Broadway [ôf′brôd′wā΄ ] adj. designating, of, or produced in any theater located outside the main theatrical district in New York City and presenting professional ...
off-budget
/awf"buj"it, of"-/, adj. U.S. Govt. not included in the regular federal budget; funded through separate agencies. * * *
off-camera
/awf"kam"euhr euh, -kam"reuh, of"-/, adj. 1. occurring as part of a film or program but outside the range of the motion-picture or television camera: the off-camera shouts of a ...
off-campus
/awf"kam"peuhs, of"-/, adj. 1. located or available outside a campus. adv. 2. outside or away from a campus. [1950-55, Amer.] * * *
off-center
/awf"sen"teuhr, of"-/, adj. Also, off-centered. 1. not centered; diverging from the exact center. 2. unconventional; eccentric: off-center characters who disrupt other people's ...
off-color
/awf"kul"euhr, of"-/, adj. 1. not having the usual or standard color: an off-color gem. 2. of doubtful propriety or taste; risqué: an off-color joke. 3. not in one's usual ...
off-duty
/awf"dooh"tee, -dyooh"-, of"-/, adj. 1. not engaged in the performance of one's usual work: an off-duty police officer. 2. of, pertaining to, or during a period when a person is ...
off-glide
/awf"gluyd', of"-/, n. Phonet. 1. a transitional sound produced as the vocal organs move from a previous speech sound to an inactive position or to the position of a following ...
off-guard
off-guard (ôfʹgärdʹ, ŏfʹ-) adj. Off one's guard; unprepared: a quiz that caught the class off-guard. * * *
off-hour
n. /awf"oweur", -ow"euhr, -oweur', -ow'euhr, of"-/; adj. /awf"oweur", -ow"euhr, of"-/, n. 1. an hour or other period when a person is not at a job: I spend my off-hours ...
off-island
/awf"uy"leuhnd, of"-/, adj. 1. located or tending away from the shore of an island: an off-island current. adv. 2. away from the shore of an island: The ship sank about two miles ...
off-islander
/awf"uy"leuhn deuhr, of"-/, n. 1. a temporary or seasonal resident of an island; island visitor or tourist. 2. a person living on an offshore island. [1880-85] * * *
off-key
/awf"kee", of"-/, adj. 1. deviating from the correct tone or pitch; out of tune. 2. Informal. somewhat irregular, abnormal, or incongruous. [1925-30] * * *
off-label
/awf"lay"beuhl, of"-/, adj. Informal. of, pertaining to, or designating a drug prescribed for a particular indication even though the drug has not yet received approval from the ...
off-licence
off-licence [ôflī′səns] n. Brit. a shop, counter, etc. at which alcoholic beverages are sold by the bottle for consumption elsewhere * * * off-li·cence (ôf'līʹsəns, ...
off-license
/awf"luy'seuhns, of"-/, Brit. n. 1. a license permitting the sale of sealed bottles of alcoholic beverages to be taken away from the premises by the purchaser. 2. a store having ...
off-limits
/awf"lim"its, of"-/, adj. forbidden to be patronized, frequented, used, etc., by certain persons: The tavern is off-limits to soldiers. [1950-55, Amer.] * * *
off-line
/awf"luyn", of"-/, adj. 1. Computers. operating independently of, or disconnected from, an associated computer (opposed to on-line). 2. Radio. (of a network) not supplying ...
off-load
—off-loader, n. /awf"lohd', of"-/, v.t., v.i. to unload. Also, offload. [1840-50] * * *
off-mike
/awf"muyk", of"-/, adj. located at a distance from or not projected directly into a microphone: off-mike sound effects. [1935-40] * * *
off-off-Broadway
☆ off-off-Broadway [ôf′ôf′brôd′wā΄ ] adj. of or having to do with noncommercial, highly experimental theatrical productions, presented in small halls, cafes, etc. in ...
off-peak
/awf"peek", of"-/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or during a period of less than maximum frequency, demand, intensity, or use: the off-peak travel season; off-peak train fares. 2. ...
off-piste
off-piste (ôfʹpēstʹ, ŏfʹ-) adj. Existing or taking place on snow that has not been compacted into tracks: off-piste skiing. * * *
off-price
/awf"pruys", of"-/, adj. 1. offering or dealing in goods, esp. brand-name apparel, at prices lower than those at regular retail stores or discount stores. 2. designating, of, or ...
off-pricer
/awf"pruy"seuhr, of"-/, n. a seller of off-price merchandise. [OFF-PRICE + -ER1] * * *
off-putting
—off-puttingly, adv. /awf"poot'ing, of"-/, adj. provoking uneasiness, dislike, annoyance, or repugnance; disturbing or disagreeable. [1820-30; OFF + PUTTING, after v. phrase ...
off-ramp
/awf"ramp', of"-/, n. an exit lane for traffic from a turnpike or freeway to a street. Also, offramp. Cf. on-ramp. [1950-55, Amer.] * * *
off-road
/awf"rohd", of"-/, adj. 1. designed, built, or used for traveling off public roads, esp. on unpaved roads, trails, beaches, or rough terrain: an off-road vehicle. 2. taking place ...
off-screen
off-screen [ôf′skrēn′] adj., adv. 1. not in a film, TV show, etc. 2. not in a film FRAME (n. 13b) or on a TV or computer screen: Also, esp. for sense 1, offscreen * * *
off-season
/awf"see"zeuhn, of"-/, n. 1. a time of year other than the regular or busiest one for a specific activity: Fares are lower in the off-season. 2. a time of year when business, ...
off-site
off-site [ôf′sīt′] adj., adv. on or at another site, apart from the site of a particular activity or happening [parts assembled off-site] * * * off-site (ôfʹsītʹ, ...
off-speed
☆ off-speed [ôf′spēd′ ] adj. Baseball designating or of a pitch, as a change-up, that is slower than a pitcher's fast pitches * * * off-speed (ôfʹspēdʹ, ŏfʹ-) adj. ...
off-the-board
/awf"dheuh bawrd", -bohrd", of"-/, adj., adv. off-board. * * *
off-the-books
/awf"dheuh books", of"-/, adj. not recorded in account books or not reported as taxable income. * * *
off-the-cuff
/awf"dheuh kuf", of"-/, adj. with little or no preparation; extemporaneous; impromptu: a speaker with a good off-the-cuff delivery. [1940-45] * * *
off-the-face
/awf"dheuh fays", of"-/, adj. 1. (of a woman's hat) made without a brim. 2. (of a woman's hairdo) not covering, framing, or shading the face. [1905-10] * * *
off-the-job
/awf"dheuh job", of"-/, adj. 1. done, received, or happening away from or while not at one's job: off-the-job research. 2. temporarily not employed: off-the-job union ...
off-the-peg
/awf"dheuh peg", of"-/, adj. Brit. ready-to-wear. [1875-80] * * *
off-the-rack
/awf"dheuh rak", of"-/, adj. 1. (of clothing) not made to specific or individual requirements; ready-made: off-the-rack men's suits. 2. Slang. off-the-wall. [1965-70] * * *
off-the-record
/awf"dheuh rek"euhrd, of"-/, adj. 1. not for publication; not to be quoted: a candidate's off-the-record remarks to reporters. 2. confidential: off-the-record ...
off-the-shelf
/awf"dheuh shelf", of"-/, adj. 1. readily available from merchandise in stock. 2. made according to a standardized format; not developed for specialized or individual needs; ...
off-the-wall
/awf"dheuh wawl", of"-/, adj. Informal. markedly unconventional; bizarre; oddball: an unpredictable, off-the-wall personality. [1970-75] * * *
off-track
☆ off-track [ôf′trak′ ] adj. designating or of legalized betting on horse races, carried on at places away from the racetrack * * * off-track (ôfʹtrăk', ...
off-trackbetting
off-track betting n. Abbr. OTB A system of placing bets away from a racetrack. * * *
off-white
/awf"hwuyt", -wuyt", of"-/, adj. 1. white mixed with a small amount of gray, yellow, or other light color. n. 2. an off-white color. [1925-30] * * *
off.
1. offered. 2. office. 3. officer. 4. official. * * *
Offa
Of·fa (ôʹfə), Died 796. King of Mercia (757-796). With Charlemagne he signed the first recorded English commercial treaty (796). * * * died July 796 One of the most ...
Offa of Angel
▪ Anglian ruler flourished 4th century AD?       continental Anglian ruler from whom the royal house of Anglo-Saxon Mercia claimed descent.       According to ...
Offa's Dyke
Earthwork in western England. It stretches 169 mi (270 km) from the River Severn near Chepstow to the seaward end of the River Dee's estuary. It was built by Offa of Mercia to ...
offal
/aw"feuhl, of"euhl/, n. 1. the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible by human beings; carrion. 2. the parts of a butchered animal removed in dressing; ...
Offaly
/aw"feuh lee, of"euh-/, n. a county in Leinster, in the central Republic of Ireland. 51,829; 760 sq. mi. (1970 sq. km). Co. seat: Tullamore. * * * ▪ county, Ireland Irish ...
Offa’s Dyke
a large bank of earth along the border between England and Wales. It was built in the 8th century by Offa, a king of Mercia, as a protection against the Britons who lived to the ...
offbeat
adj. /awf"beet", of"-/; n. /awf"beet', of"-/, adj. 1. differing from the usual or expected; unconventional: an offbeat comedian. n. 2. Music. an unaccented beat of a ...
offcast
/awf"kast', -kahst', of"-/, adj. 1. discarded or rejected; castoff: his offcast suits. n. 2. a castoff person or thing. [1565-75; adj., n. use of v. phrase cast off] * * *
offchance
off chance n. A remote or slight chance: The sun was shining, but I brought an umbrella on the off chance that it might rain. * * *
Offenbach
/aw"feuhn bahk', of"euhn-/; for 1 also Fr. /aw fen bannk"/; for 2 also Ger. /awf"euhn bahkh'/, n. 1. Jacques /zhahk/, 1819-80, French composer. 2. a city in S Hesse, in central ...
Offenbach, Jacques
orig. Jacob Offenbach born June 20, 1819, Cologne died Oct. 5, 1880, Paris, France German-born French composer. Son of a cantor, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire but had ...
Offenbach,Jacques
Of·fen·bach (ôʹfən-bäk', ŏfʹən-, ô-fĕn-bäkʹ), Jacques. 1819-1880. French composer noted for his operettas and the opera Tales of Hoffman (first performed 1881). * * ...
Offenburg
▪ Germany       city, Baden-Württemberg Land (state), southwestern Germany. It is situated in the Kinzig River valley, at the western edge of the Black Forest ...
offence
/euh fens", aw"fens, of"ens/, n. offense. * * *
offend
—offendable, adj. —offendedly, adv. —offendedness, n. —offender, n. /euh fend"/, v.t. 1. to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in: Even the hint of ...
offender
of·fend·er (ə-fĕnʹdər) n. One that offends, especially one that breaks a public law: a corrections institution for youthful offenders. * * *
offense
/euh fens"/ or, for 7-9, /aw"fens, of"ens/, n. 1. a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin. 2. a transgression of the law; misdemeanor. 3. a cause of ...
offenseless
—offenselessly, adv. /euh fens"lis/, adj. 1. without offense. 2. incapable of offense or attack. 3. not offensive. Also, offenceless. [1595-1605; OFFENSE + -LESS] * * *
offensive
—offensively, adv. —offensiveness, n. /euh fen"siv/ or, for 4, 5, /aw"fen-, of"en-/, adj. 1. causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying: ...
offensively
See offensive. * * *
offensiveness
See offensively. * * *
offer
—offerable, adj. —offerer, offeror, n. /aw"feuhr, of"euhr/, v.t. 1. to present for acceptance or rejection; proffer: He offered me a cigarette. 2. to propose or put forward ...
offerer
See offer. * * *
offering
/aw"feuhr ing, of"euhr-/, n. 1. something offered in worship or devotion, as to a deity; an oblation or sacrifice. 2. a contribution given to or through the church for a ...
offering price
the price quoted when something is offered for sale, esp. the price per share, as of an investment security or mutual fund being sold to the public. * * *
offeror
See offerer. * * *
offers
➡ higher education * * *
offertory
—offertorial, adj. /aw"feuhr tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, of"euhr-/, n., pl. offertories. 1. (sometimes cap.) the offering of the unconsecrated elements that is made to God by the ...
offhand
—offhandedly, adv. —offhandedness, n. /awf"hand", of"-/, adv. 1. cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand. 2. without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to ...
offhandedly
See offhand. * * *
offhandedness
See offhandedly. * * *
official
—officially, adv. /euh fish"euhl/, n. 1. a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties. adj. 2. of or pertaining to an office or position of duty, ...
Official Birthday
the second Saturday in June, the date on which the birthday of the British king or queen is officially celebrated, though it is not his or her real birthday. It is marked by ...
official family
the executives or officials chiefly responsible for the operation of an organization or government. [1900-05, Amer.] * * *
Official Monster Raving Loony Party
a small and not serious political party established in Britain in the 1960s by David Sutch (1942–99) who was known as Screaming Lord Sutch. It has attracted a lot of publicity ...
Official Secrets Act
a British law that aims to prevent important government information from being passed to enemies. People who work for many government departments must ‘sign the Official ...
Official Unionist Party
a name sometimes used to refer to the Ulster Unionist Party to distinguish it from the other political parties in Northern Ireland which have the word ‘Unionist’ in their ...
officialdom
/euh fish"euhl deuhm/, n. 1. the class or entire body of officials; officials as a whole. 2. the position or domain of officials. [1860-65; OFFICIAL + -DOM] * * *
officialese
/euh fish'euh leez", -lees"/, n. a style of language used in some official statements, often criticized for its use of polysyllabic jargon and obscure, pretentiously wordy ...
officialism
/euh fish"euh liz'euhm/, n. 1. excessive attention to official regulations and routines. 2. official methods or systems. 3. officials collectively. [1855-60; OFFICIAL + -ISM] * * ...
officialize
—officialization, n. /euh fish"euh luyz'/, v.t., officialized, officializing. to make official; place under official authority or control. Also, esp. Brit., ...
officially
See officialdom. * * *
officiant
/euh fish"ee euhnt/, n. a person who officiates at a religious service or ceremony. [1835-45; < ML officiant- (s. of officians), prp. of officiare to serve, equiv. to L ...
officiary
/euh fish"ee er'ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to or derived from an office, as a title. 2. having a title or rank derived from an office, as a dignitary. [1605-15; < L offici(um) ...
officiate
—officiation, n. —officiator, n. /euh fish"ee ayt'/, v., officiated, officiating. v.i. 1. to perform the office of a member of the clergy, as at a divine service. 2. to ...
officiation
See officiate. * * *
officiator
See officiation. * * *
officinal
—officinally, adv. /euh fis"euh nl/, adj. 1. kept in stock by apothecaries, as a drug. Cf. magistral (def. 1). 2. recognized by a pharmacopoeia. n. 3. an officinal ...
officinally
See officinal. * * *
officious
—officiously, adv. —officiousness, n. /euh fish"euhs/, adj. 1. objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome: an ...
officious will
Law. a will by which the testator gives his or her property to the natural objects of such bounty, as the family. Also called officious testament. Cf. inofficious will. * * *
officiously
See officious. * * *
officiousness
See officiously. * * *
offing
/aw"fing, of"ing/, n. 1. the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground. 2. a position at a distance from shore. 3. in the offing, a. at a ...
offish
—offishly, adv. —offishness, n. /aw"fish, of"ish/, adj. Informal. aloof; unapproachable; standoffish. [1825-35, Amer.; OFF + -ISH1] * * *
offishly
See offish. * * *
offishness
See offishly. * * *
offkey
See off-key. * * *
offlap
/awf"lap', of"-/, n. Geol. 1. the retreat of a sea from its shore. 2. a sequence of layers of sedimentary rock formed during a retreat of the sea. [1905-10; OFF + LAP3] * * *
offline
off·line or off-line (ôfʹlīnʹ, ŏfʹ-) adj. 1. Not under the control of a central computer, as in a manufacturing process or experiment. 2. Not connected to a computer or ...
offload
offload [ôf′lōd′] vt., vi. 〚 OFF1 + LOAD, prob. orig. transl. of Afrik aflaai < Du afladen〛 UNLOAD (vt. 1a, 2b, 4, vi. ) * * * off·load or off-load (ôfʹlōd', ...
offof
off of prep. Informal Off. See Usage Note at off. * * *
offprint
/awf"print', of"-/, n. 1. Also called separate. a reprint of an article that originally appeared as part of a larger publication. v.t. 2. to reprint separately, as an article ...
offramp
offramp [offramp΄] n. a road leading off a main highway, freeway, etc. * * *
offrhyme
off rhyme n. A partial or imperfect rhyme, often using assonance or consonance only, as in dry and died or grown and moon. Also called half rhyme, near rhyme, oblique rhyme, ...
offroad racing
▪ motor sports       form of motor racing conducted over rough, unmarked, often desert terrain. An outgrowth of the post-World War II popularity of motorcycle trail ...
offscouring
/awf"skoweur'ing, -skow'euhr-, of"-/, n. 1. Often, offscourings. something scoured off; filth; refuse. 2. a social outcast. [1520-30; OFF + SCOURING, after v. phrase scour off] * ...
offscreen
/awf"skreen", of"-/, adj. 1. occurring, existing, or done away from the motion-picture or television screen: an offscreen voice. 2. in real life rather than on the motion-picture ...
offset
n., adj. /awf"set', of"-/; v. /awf'set", of'-/, n., adj., v., offset, offsetting. n. 1. something that counterbalances, counteracts, or compensates for something else; ...
offset lithography
Lithog. offset (def. 6). [1955-60] * * *
offset printing
Lithog. offset (def. 6). * * * or offset lithography or litho-offset In commercial printing, a widely used technique in which the inked image on a printing plate is imprinted ...
offsetprinting
offset printing n. The process of printing by indirect image transfer, especially by using a metal or paper plate to ink a smooth rubber cylinder that transfers the ink to the ...
offshoot
/awf"shooht', of"-/, n. 1. a branch or lateral shoot from a main stem, as of a plant. 2. anything conceived of as springing or proceeding from a main stock: an offshoot of a ...
offshore
/awf"shawr", -shohr", of"-/, adv. 1. off or away from the shore: They pushed the boat offshore. 2. at a distance from the shore, on a body of water: looking for oil offshore. 3. ...
offshore dock
Naut. a floating dock moored to pilings, dolphins, etc., used for cleaning and repairing medium-sized vessels. * * *
offshoreman
/awf"shawr"meuhn, -shohr"-, of"-/, n., pl. offshoremen. a person who works offshore, esp. on an offshore oil rig. [OFFSHORE + -MAN] Usage. See -man. * * *
Offshoring
▪ 2005 Introduction by Christopher O'Leary       By 2004 offshoring—the practice of companies outsourcing operations overseas, usually to less-developed countries ...
offside
/awf"suyd", of"-/, adj., adv. 1. Sports. illegally beyond a prescribed line or area or in advance of the ball or puck at the beginning of or during play or a play: The touchdown ...
offsider
/awf"suy"deuhr, of"-/, n. Australian. 1. an assistant or helper. 2. a follower or supporter of a person or cause. [1875-80; OFFSIDE + -ER1] * * *
offspring
/awf"spring', of"-/, n., pl. offspring, offsprings. 1. children or young of a particular parent or progenitor. 2. a child or animal in relation to its parent or parents. 3. a ...
offstage
/awf"stayj", of"-/, adv. 1. off the stage or in the wings; away from the view of the audience (opposed to onstage). 2. in one's private life rather than on the stage: Offstage ...
offtake
/awf"tayk', of"-/, n. a pipe or passage for conducting smoke, a current of air, or the like, to an uptake or downtake. [1870-75; after v. phrase take off] * * *
offtrack
/awf"trak", of"-/, adj. occurring or carried on away from a racetrack: offtrack betting. [1940-45; OFF + TRACK] * * *
offyear
off year n. 1. A year in which no major political elections occur. 2. A year of reduced activity or production: an off year for soybean crops. * * *
Ofgem
(in full Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) the British government organization responsible for making sure that gas and electricity companies treat their customers fairly. * ...
oflag
/awf"lahg', of'-/, n. a World War II German internment camp for war prisoners of officer rank. [ < G, for Of(fizier)lag(er) officer camp] * * *
OFlem
Old Flemish. Also, OFlem. * * *
OFM
OFM abbr. Order of Friars Minor. * * *
OFr
OFr abbrev. Old French * * *
OFr.
Old French. Also, OFr. * * *
OFris
OFris abbrev. Old Frisian * * *
OFris.
Old Frisian. Also, OFris. * * *
Ofsted
(in full the Office for Standards in Education) a British government department, established in 1992, which employs independent inspectors to visit schools and make sure that the ...
oft
/awft, oft/, adv. Literary. often. [bef. 900; ME oft(e), OE oft; c. OFris ofta, OS oft(o), G oft, ON opt] * * *
often
—oftenness, n. /aw"feuhn, of"euhn; awf"teuhn, of"-/, adv. 1. many times; frequently: He visits his parents as often as he can. 2. in many cases. adj. 3. Archaic. ...
oftentimes
/aw"feuhn tuymz', of"euhn-; awf"teuhn, of"-/, adv. often. Also, ofttimes /awft"tuymz', oft"-, awf"-, of"-/. [1350-1400; ME; see OFTEN, TIME, -S1] * * *
ofuro
/oh foor"oh/; Japn. /aw fooh"rddaw/, n., pl. ofuros, Japn. ofuro /aw fooh"rddaw/. furo. Also, o-furo. [ < Japn o- honorific prefix + furo FURO] * * *
Ofwat
(in full the Office of Water Services) the British government organization responsible for making sure that the private water companies treat their customers fairly. * * *
OG
See officer of the guard. * * *
Ogaden
/oh gah"dayn/, n. an arid region in SE Ethiopia. * * * Region, eastern Ethiopia. In the triangular wedge that juts into Somalia, it is a dry, barren plain sparsely populated by ...
Ōgaki
▪ Japan       city, Gifu ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the Ibi River. The site was settled in prehistoric times, but the present city developed around the castle ...
ogam
/og"euhm, aw"geuhm/, n. ogham. * * *
Ogasawara Jima
/aw"gah sah wah"rddah jee"mah/ Japanese name of Bonin Islands. * * *
Ogata Kenzan
orig. Ogata Shinsei born 1663, Kyōto, Japan died June 3, 1743, Edo Japanese potter, calligrapher, and painter. Many of his designs reflect his classical Chinese and Japanese ...
Ogata Kōrin
▪ Japanese artist original name  Ogata Koretomi,  also called  Ogata Ichinojō, or Kōrin  born 1658, Kyōto, Japan died July 20, 1716, Kyōto       Japanese artist ...
Ogata, Ken
▪ 2009 Ogata Akinobu        Japanese actor born July 20, 1937, Tokyo, Japan died Oct. 5, 2008, Tokyo was internationally acclaimed for his powerful performances in ...
Ogbomosho
/og'beuh moh"shoh/, n. a city in SW Nigeria. 392,000. * * * City (pop. 1991: 433,030), southwestern Nigeria. Founded in the mid 17th century, it was an outpost of the Oyo ...
Ogburn
/og"berrn/, n. William Fielding, 1886-1959, U.S. sociologist and educator. * * *
Ogburn, William Fielding
▪ American sociologist born June 29, 1886, Butler, Georgia, U.S. died April 27, 1959, Tallahassee, Florida       American sociologist known for his application of ...
Ogden
/awg"deuhn, og"-/, n. 1. Charles Kay, 1889-1957, British psychologist and linguist, inventor of Basic English. 2. a city in N Utah. 64,407. 3. a male given name. * * * ▪ ...
Ogden Nash
➡ Nash (III) * * *
Ogden, C.K.
▪ British writer in full  Charles Kay Ogden   born June 1, 1889, Fleetwood, Lancashire, Eng. died March 20, 1957, London       British writer and linguist who ...
Ogden, Peter Skene
▪ Canadian fur trader and explorer born 1794, Quebec [Canada] died September 27, 1854, Oregon City, Oregon Territory [U.S.]       Canadian fur trader and a major ...
Ogdensburg
/awg"deuhnz berrg', og"-/, n. a city in NE New York, on the St. Lawrence River. 12,375. * * * ▪ New York, United States       city and port, St. Lawrence (Saint ...
ogdoad
/og"doh ad'/, n. 1. the number eight. 2. a group of eight. [1615-25; < LL ogdoad- (s. of ogdoas) < Gk ogdoás, deriv. of ógdoos eighth; see -AD1] * * *
ogee
/oh jee", oh"jee/, n. 1. a double curve, resembling the letter S, formed by the union of a concave and a convex line. 2. Also called gula. Archit. a molding with such a curve for ...
ogee arch
Archit. an arch, each haunch of which is an ogee with the concave side uppermost. See illus. under arch. [1810-20] * * *
ogee clock
       clock design that originated in the United States in the 1830s, distinguished by a case the front outer edges of which are curved into an S-shape (ogee). This shape ...
Ogeechee
O·gee·chee (ō-gēʹchē) A river, about 402 km (250 mi) long, of eastern Georgia flowing generally southeast to the Atlantic Ocean. * * *
ogham
/og"euhm, aw"geuhm/, n. 1. an alphabetical script used originally for inscriptions in an archaic form of Irish, from about the 5th to the 10th centuries. 2. any of the 20 ...
ogham writing
or ogam writing or ogum writing Alphabetic script used for writing the Irish and Pictish (see Picts) languages on stone monuments, mostly с AD 400–600. In its simplest form, ...
Ogier The Dane
▪ Danish legendary figure French  Ogier De Danemarche , Danish  Holger Danske        an important character in the French medieval epic poems called chansons de ...
Ogilby, John
▪ British printer born November 1600, in or near Edinburgh died Sept. 4, 1676, London  British printer who was a pioneer in the making of road atlases; as a poet and ...


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