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Revolutionary calendar
the calendar of the French First Republic, adopted in 1793 and abandoned in 1805, consisting of 12 months, each of 30 days, and 5 intercalary days added at the end of the year (6 ...
Revolutionary Tribunal
▪ French history French  Tribunal Révolutionnaire,         court that was instituted in Paris by the National Convention during the French Revolution for the trial ...
Revolutionary War
☆ Revolutionary War n. see AMERICAN REVOLUTION (sense 2) * * *
Revolutionary War.
See American Revolution. [1790-1800; Amer.] * * *
Revolutionary War n. The American Revolution. * * *
/rev'euh looh"sheuh nist/, n 1. a person who advocates or takes part in a revolution. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a revolution; revolutionary: revolutionist ...
—revolutionizer, n. /rev'euh looh"sheuh nuyz'/, v.t., revolutionized, revolutionizing. 1. to bring about a revolution in; effect a radical change in: to revolutionize petroleum ...
See revolutionize. * * *
Revolutions of 1848
Series of republican revolts against European monarchies. The revolutions began in Sicily and spread to France, the German and Italian states, and the Austrian Empire. In France ...
See revolve. * * *
—revolvable, adj. —revolvably, adv. /ri volv"/, v., revolved, revolving. v.i. 1. to move in a circular or curving course or orbit: The earth revolves around the sun. 2. to ...
/ri vol"veuhr/, n. 1. a handgun having a revolving chambered cylinder for holding a number of cartridges, which may be discharged in succession without reloading. 2. a person or ...
—revolvingly, adv. /ri vol"ving/, adj. 1. that revolves: a revolving table top. 2. Mach. noting or pertaining to a radial engine whose cylinders revolve around a stationary ...
revolving charge account
a charge plan offerring revolving credit. [1965-70] * * *
revolving credit
credit automatically available up to a predetermined limit while payments are periodically made. Cf. credit line (def. 2). [1915-20] * * * ▪ finance       system of ...
revolving door
—revolving-door, adj. 1. an entrance door for excluding drafts from the interior of a building, usually consisting of four rigid leaves set in the form of a cross and rotating ...
revolving fund
1. any loan fund intended to be maintained by the repayment of past loans. 2. a U.S. government fund, with loans and repayments equalized, used to aid businesses affecting the ...
revolving stage
Theat. a circular platform divided into segments enabling multiple theater sets to be put in place in advance and in turn rotated into view of the audience. [1910-15] * * * ▪ ...
revolving-door [ri väl′viŋ dôr′, rivôl′viŋ dôr′] adj. Informal 1. designating or of the practice in which a former employee of a government department goes to work ...
revolving credit n. Credit repeatedly available up to a specified amount as periodic repayments are made. * * *
revolving door n. 1. A door, as in the entrance of an office or apartment building, usually consisting of four rigid upright sections interconnected at right angles and rotating ...
revolving fund n. A fund established for a certain purpose, such as making loans, with the stipulation that repayments to the fund may be used anew for the same purpose. * * *
v., revoted, revoting. n. * * *
n., v., revoyaged, revoyaging. * * *
Revson, Charles H
▪ American businessman born Oct. 11, 1906, Boston died Aug. 24, 1975, New York City       American businessman who turned a $300 investment into the largest retail ...
—revuist, n. /ri vyooh"/, n. 1. a form of theatrical entertainment in which recent events, popular fads, etc., are parodied. 2. any entertainment featuring skits, dances, and ...
Revue des Deux Mondes
▪ French journal       fortnightly journal of criticism of and commentary on literature and other arts, published in Paris in 1829 and from 1831 to 1944. It was one of a ...
Revueltas, José
▪ Mexican writer born November 20, 1914, Durango, Mexico died April 14, 1976, Mexico City       Mexican novelist, short-story writer, and political activist who was one ...
Revueltas, Rosaura
▪ 1997       Mexican actress (b. 1910?, Durango, Mex.—d. April 30, 1996, Cuernavaca, Mex.), gave a vibrant performance in the controversial film Salt of the Earth ...
Revueltas, Silvestre
▪ Mexican composer born Dec. 31, 1899, Santiago Papasquiaro, Mex. died Oct. 5, 1940, Mexico City       Mexican composer, teacher, and violinist, best known for his ...
/ri vul"seuhnt/, Med. adj., n. revulsive. [1870-75; < L revuls(us) (see REVULSION) + -ANT] * * *
/ri vulst"/, adj. affected by revulsion. [1930-35; obs. revulse ( < L revulsus, or back formation from REVULSION, etc.) + -ED2] * * *
—revulsionary, adj. /ri vul"sheuhn/, n. 1. a strong feeling of repugnance, distaste, or dislike: Cruelty fills me with revulsion. 2. a sudden and violent change of feeling or ...
—revulsively, adv. /ri vul"siv/, Med. adj. 1. tending to alter the distribution of blood by revulsion. n. 2. a revulsive agent, esp. one that causes revulsion. Also, ...
▪ India also spelled  Rewah  or  Riwa        city, northeastern Madhya Pradesh state, central India. The former Rewa princely state was founded about 1400 by ...
Rewa River
▪ river, Fiji       longest and most important stream of Fiji, South Pacific Ocean. Rising in north-central Viti Levu on the flanks of Tomanivi, Fiji's highest point ...
v., n. * * *
v., rewaked or rewoke, rewaked or rewoken, rewaking. * * *
v. * * *
—rewardable, adj. —rewardableness, n. —rewardably, adv. —rewarder, n. —rewardless, adj. /ri wawrd"/, n. 1. a sum of money offered for the detection or capture of a ...
See reward. * * *
See rewardable. * * *
—rewardingly, adv. /ri wawr"ding/, adj. 1. affording satisfaction, valuable experience, or the like; worthwhile. 2. affording financial or material gain; ...
See rewarding. * * *
▪ India also called  Riwari        city, southern Haryana state (Haryāna), northwestern India. It is connected by rail to Delhi (northeast). A historic centre of ...
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v., rewore, reworn, rewearing. * * *
v., rewove, rewoven or rewove, reweaving. * * *
v., rewedded, rewedding. * * *
v. * * *
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v. rewet or rewetted, rewetting. * * *
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/ree win"/, v.t., rewon, rewinning. to win back or again. [1600-10; RE- + WIN1] * * *
—rewinder, n. v. /ree wuynd"/; n. /ree"wuynd'/, v., rewound or (Rare) rewinded; rewinding, n. v.t., v.i. 1. to wind again. 2. to wind back to or toward the beginning; ...
See rewind. * * *
—rewirable, adj. /ree wuyeur"/, v., rewired, rewiring. v.t. 1. to provide with new wiring: to rewire a house. v.i. 2. to install new wiring. [1900-05; RE- + WIRE] * * *
re·woke (rē-wōkʹ) v. A past tense of rewake. * * *
re·wok·en (rē-wōʹkən) v. A past participle of rewake. * * *
/ree werrd"/, v.t. 1. to put into other words: to reword a contract. 2. to repeat. [1590-1600; RE- + WORD] * * *
v. /ree werrk"/; n. /ree"werrk'/, v., reworked or rewrought, reworking, n. v.t. 1. to work or form again: to rework gold. 2. to revise or rewrite: to rework an essay. 3. to ...
reworked wool
/ree"werrkt'/ used wool which is reprocessed for additional use. [RE- + WORKED] * * *
v.t. * * *
v., rewrapped, rewrapping. * * *
See rewrite. * * *
—rewriter, n. v. /ree ruyt"/; n. /ree"ruyt'/, v., rewrote, rewritten, rewriting, n. v.t. 1. to write in a different form or manner; revise: to rewrite the entire book. 2. to ...
See rewritable. * * *
/ree"ruyt man'/, n., pl. rewritemen. a newspaper employee who writes articles from available information or who reworks the copy written by reporters. [1900-05, Amer.; REWRITE + ...
/ree"ruyt perr'seuhn/, n. rewriteman. [REWRITE(MAN) + -PERSON] Usage. See -person. * * *
See rewritable. * * *
Ling. a phrase-structure rule in a generative grammar, shown as an instruction to replace or rewrite a single symbol, representing a syntactic structure, on the left with one or ...
/rddeks/; Eng. /reks/, n., pl. reges /rdde"ges/; Eng. /ree"jeez/. Latin. king. * * * (as used in expressions) Davis Sir Colin Rex Harrison Sir Rex Stout Rex Todhunter * * *
—Rexist, n. /reks/, n. a Belgian fascist party founded in 1935. [after Christus Rex, title of a publication put out by its founders] /reks/, n. a male given name. * * * (as ...
rex begonia
a plant, Begonia rex, native to India, having wrinkled, variegated leaves and thick, hairy stems, and cultivated in many varieties. * * *
Rex cat
▪ breed of cat   curly-coated breed of domestic cat (cat, domestic) that has a dense, soft coat lacking any projecting guard hairs, or outer coat. Except on the head, legs, ...
Rex Stout
➡ Stout * * *
/reks"berrg/, n. a town in E Idaho. 11,559. * * * ▪ Idaho, United States       city, seat (1913) of Madison county, southeastern Idaho, U.S. Founded by Mormon farmers ...
rexine [rek′sēn΄, reksīn΄] n. 〚< Rexine, a trademark〛 Brit. a kind of imitation leather used for book covers, upholstery, etc. * * *
/reks"rawth, -roth/, n. Kenneth, 1905-82, U.S. poet, critic, and translator. * * *
Rexroth, Kenneth
born Dec. 22, 1905, South Bend, Ind., U.S. died June 6, 1982, Santa Barbara, Calif. U.S. painter, essayist, poet, and translator. The largely self-educated Rexroth spent much ...
Rex·roth (rĕksʹrôth'), Kenneth. 1905-1982. American writer and translator known especially for his poetry, collected in volumes such as The Phoenix and the Tortoise (1944) ...
/ray/, n. a city in N Iran, near Teheran. 102,825. * * *
Rey, Fernando
▪ 1995       (FERNANDO CASADO ARAMBILLET VEIGA), Spanish actor (b. Sept. 20, 1917, La Coruña, Spain—d. March 9, 1994, Madrid, Spain), excelled at portraying suave, ...
Rey, Margret Elisabeth
▪ 1997       German-born U.S. writer and illustrator who (with her husband, H.A. Rey, and later with Allan J. Shalleck) created the widely popular children's books about ...
Reye syndrome
Acute neurological illness in children, following influenza, chickenpox, or other viral infections. Vomiting, lethargy, and confusion begin as the child appears to be ...
Reye's syndrome
/ruyz, rayz/, Pathol. an uncommon, severe disorder occurring primarily in children after a viral illness, as influenza or chickenpox, and associated with aspirin usage, involving ...
Reye's syndrome (rīz, rāz) n. An acute encephalopathy characterized by fever, vomiting, fatty infiltration of the liver, disorientation, and coma, occurring mainly in children ...
Reyes, Alfonso
▪ Mexican writer born , May 17, 1889, Monterrey, Mexico died December 27, 1959, Mexico City       poet, essayist, short-story writer, literary scholar and critic, ...
Reyes, Rafael
▪ president of Colombia in full  Rafael Reyes Prieto  born 1850, Santa Rosa, New Granada died February 19, 1921, Bogotá, Colombia       explorer and statesman who ...
Reyes (rāz), Point A promontory on the central California coast northwest of San Francisco. It is reported to be the windiest and foggiest place on the western coast of the ...
Reyher, Andreas
▪ German educator born May 4, 1601, Heinrichs, near Suhl, Saxony [Germany] died April 2, 1673, Gotha, Sachsen-Gotha       German educator who was a pioneering advocate ...
▪ Iceland       municipality, southwestern Iceland, on Reykja Peninsula, overlooking Faxa Bay. It was administratively created when Keflavík merged with the nearby ...
/ray"kyeuh veek', -vik/, n. a seaport in and the capital of Iceland, in the SW part. 84,856. * * * City (pop., 1999 est.: 109,152), capital of Iceland. According to tradition, ...
/rdday"mawnt/, n. Wladyslaw Stanislaw /vwah dee"swahf stah nee"swahf/, ("Ladislas Regmont"), 1868-1925, Polish novelist: Nobel prize 1924. * * *
Reymont, Władysław (Stanisław)
or Władysław Stanisław Rejment born May 7, 1867, Kobiele Wielkie, Pol., Russian Empire died Dec. 5, 1925, Warsaw, Pol. Polish novelist. He never finished his schooling and ...
Reymont, Władysław Stanisław
▪ Polish author Reymont also spelled  Rejment   born May 7, 1867, Kobiele Wielkie, Poland, Russian Empire [now in Poland] died December 5, 1925, Warsaw, ...
Reymont,Wladyslaw Stanislaw
Rey·mont (rāʹmŏnt', -mônt'), Wladyslaw Stanislaw. 1867-1925. Polish writer whose novels include The Comedienne (1896) and The Peasants (1904-1909). He won the 1924 Nobel ...
/ray"nahrd, -neuhrd, ren"euhrd/, n. a name given to the fox, originally in the medieval beast epic Reynard the Fox. Also, Renard. * * *
Reynard The Fox
▪ literary character       hero of several medieval European cycles of versified animal tales that satirize contemporary human society. Though Reynard is sly, amoral, ...
/rdde noh"/, n. Paul /pawl/, 1878-1966, French statesman: premier 1940. * * *
Reynaud, Paul
born Oct. 15, 1878, Barcelonnette, France died Sept. 21, 1966, Paris French politician and premier (1940). After serving in World War I, he served in the Chamber of Deputies ...
Rey·naud (rā-nōʹ), Paul. 1878-1966. French politician who served briefly as premier (1940) but was replaced by Philippe Pétain, who surrendered to the Germans. Imprisoned ...
/ren"ld/, n. a male given name, form of Reginald. * * *
/ren"ldz/, n. Sir Joshua, 1723-92, English painter. * * * (as used in expressions) R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. Reynolds number Reynolds Sir Joshua Reynolds Osborne * * *
Reynolds number
Reynolds number n. 〚after O. Reynolds (1842-1912), Eng physicist〛 a dimensionless parameter used to determine the nature of fluid flow along surfaces and around objects, as ...
Reynolds, Albert
▪ prime minister of Ireland born November 3, 1932, Rooskey, County Roscommon, Ire.       prime minister (taoiseach) of Ireland from February 1992 to December ...
Reynolds, Marjorie
▪ 1998       American actress whose career was highlighted by her portrayal of both Bing Crosby's and Fred Astaire's love interest in the 1942 film classic Holiday Inn; ...
Reynolds, Nick
▪ 2009 Nicholas Wells Reynolds        American musician born July 27, 1933, San Diego, Calif. died Oct. 1, 2008, San Diego with Bob Shane and Dave Guard, was a ...
Reynolds, Osborne
born Aug. 23, 1842, Belfast, Ire. died Feb. 21, 1912, Watchet, Somerset, Eng. British engineer and physicist. Educated at Cambridge University, he became the first professor of ...
Reynolds, Peter John
▪ 2002       British archaeologist (b. June 11, 1939, Shifnal, Shropshire, Eng.—d. Sept. 26, 2001, Kemer, Turkey), was one of the world's experts on the Iron Age and a ...
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
born July 16, 1723, Plympton, Devon, Eng. died Feb. 23, 1792, London British portrait painter. Son of a clergyman-schoolmaster, he was apprenticed to a London portraitist in ...
Reynolds, Walter
▪ archbishop of Canterbury died Nov. 16, 1327       archbishop of Canterbury best known for his political involvement with Edward II.       Reynolds was the son ...
Reynolds,Sir Joshua
Reyn·olds (rĕnʹəldz), Sir Joshua. 1723-1792. British portrait painter and critic considered one of the most important figures in the history of English painting. * * *
/ren"ldz berrg'/, n. a town in central Ohio. 20,661. * * *
/rdday naw"sah/, n. a city in N Tamaulipas, in E Mexico, on the Rio Grande. 193,653. * * * ▪ Mexico       city, north-central Tamaulipas estado (“state”), ...
v.t., reyoked, reyoking. * * *
/rddaydeu shoh say"/, n., pl. rez-de-chaussées /rddaydeu shoh say"/. French. street level; ground floor. * * *
▪ Persian painter Persian  in full Āqā Rezā Rezā-e ʿabbāsī   born c. 1570, , Meshhed, Ṣafavid Iran— d. 1635?, Eṣfahān       the major Persian painter of ...
Reza Shah Pahlavi
▪ shah of Iran Introduction also spelled  Riza Shah Pahlevi , original name  Reza Khan  born March 16, 1878, Alasht, Mazanderan province, Iran died July 26, 1944, ...
/ri zuy"euh/; Pers. /rddi zah"ee ye/, n. a city in NW Iran. 155,000. Also, Rizaiyeh. * * *
Reza, Yasmina
▪ 2002       During the 2000–01 theatre season, French playwright and actress Yasmina Reza seemed to be everywhere. Her hit plays were being staged throughout the ...
/ri zuy"euh/; Pers. /rddi zah"ee yeuh/, n. former name of Orumiyeh. * * *
Rezanov, Nikolay Petrovich
▪ Russian trader born April 8 [March 28, old style], 1764, St. Petersburg, Russia died March 13 [March 1, O.S.], 1807, Krasnoyarsk, Siberia       Russian trader, ...
▪ town, France       town, industrial suburb of Nantes, Loire-Atlantique département, Pays de la Loire région, western France, on the south bank of the Loire River. ...
/rez"ni kawf', -kof'/, n. Charles, 1894-1976, U.S. poet. * * *
Reznikoff, Charles
▪ American translator and poet born Aug. 31, 1894, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 22, 1976, New York, N.Y.       American translator and poet affiliated with the ...
v. /ree zohn"/; n. /ree zohn", ree"zohn'/, v., rezoned, rezoning, n. v.t. 1. to reclassify (a property, neighborhood, etc.) as belonging to a different zone or being subject to ...
Rez·u·lin (rĕzʹyə-lĭn') A trademark used for the drug troglitazone. * * *
Rezzori d'Arezzo, Gregor von
▪ 1999       Austrian-born writer whose works, the best known of which was Memoiren eines Antisemiten (1979; Memoirs of an Anti-Semite, 1981), chronicled the history of ...
radiofrequency. Also, rf. * * *
Baseball. right fielder. * * *
R factor n. Any of the conjugative or nonconjugative plasmids that carry and transmit genes responsible for resistance to antibiotics from one bacterium to another. Also called ...
Reconstruction Finance Corporation. * * *
RFD abbrev. Rural Free Delivery * * * RFD abbr. rural free delivery. * * *
Radio Free Europe. Also, R.F.E. * * *
radio frequency interference. * * *
➡ Kennedy (IX). * * *
/rif"lip'/, n. restriction fragment length polymorphism: a fragment of DNA, cut by a restriction enzyme, that is different in length for each genetically related group and is ...
RFP abbrev. request for proposal * * *
Com. request for quotation. * * *
rfz abbr. rinforzando. * * *
Television. red-green-blue. * * *
West Semitic noun *rigl-, *ragl-, foot. Rigel, from Arabic rijl, foot. * * *
To say, speak, call, shout, contest, lay claim to. 1. dragoman, from Arabic tarjumān, translator, from Aramaic targəmānā, from Akkadian targumannu, interpreter, either from ...
➡ Registered General Nurse. * * *
real gross national product. * * *
Meteorol. See relative humidity. Also, rh. * * *
Physiol. See Rh factor. Symbol, Chem. rhodium. * * *
Rh blood group system
▪ biology       system for classifying blood groups (blood group) according to the presence or absence of the Rh antigen, often called the Rh factor, on the cell ...
Rh blood-group system
System for classifying blood according to presence or absence of the Rh antigen (factor) in erythrocytes. Rh-negative persons who receive Rh-positive blood transfusions produce ...
Rh disease
Pathol. erythroblastosis (def. 2). [1965-70; see RH FACTOR] * * *
Rh factor
/ahr"aych" fak'teuhr/, Physiol. any of a type of specific antigen present on the surface of red blood cells, persons having inherited such antigens being designated Rh+ (Rh ...
Rh negative
/ahr"aych" neg"euh tiv/. See under Rh factor. [1955-60] * * *
Rh positive
/ahr"aych" poz"i tiv/. See under Rh factor. [1955-60] * * *
Rh-neg·a·tive (ärʹāch-nĕgʹə-tĭv) adj. Lacking an Rh factor. * * *
Rh-pos·i·tive (är'āch-pŏzʹĭ-tĭv) adj. Containing an Rh factor. * * *
a combining form meaning "rod," "wand," used in the formation of compound words: rhabdomyoma. [comb. form repr. Gk rhábdos rod, wand] * * *
/rab"deuh seel'/, n. any member of the turbellarian flatworm order Neorhabdocoela, comprising both freshwater and marine species, having a simple saclike digestive ...
—rhabdomal /rab doh"meuhl, rab"deuh meuhl/, adj. /rab"deuhm, -dom/, n. Anat., Zool. 1. any of various rod-shaped structures. 2. the rod-shaped portion of an arthropod ...
See rhabdomancy. * * *
—rhabdomantist, n. /rab"deuh man'see/, n. divination by means of a rod or wand, esp. in discovering ores, springs of water, etc. [1640-50; < LGk rhabdomanteía; see RHABDO-, ...
/rab'doh muy oh"meuh/, n., pl. rhabdomyomas, rhabdomyomata /-meuh teuh/. Pathol. a benign tumor made up of striated muscular tissue. Cf. leiomyoma. [1875-80; RHABDO- + MYOMA] * * ...
/rab'doh muy'oh sahr koh"meuh/, n., pl. rhabdomyosarcomas, rhabdomyosarcomata /-meuh teuh/. Pathol. a malignant tumor made up of striated muscle tissue. [1895-1900; RHABDO- + ...
/rab"doh vuy'reuhs/, n., pl. rhabdoviruses. any of various RNA-containing viruses of the family Rhabdoviridae, including the rabies virus. [1965-70; RHABDO- + VIRUS] * * * Any ...
/ray"kis/, n., pl. rhachises, rhachides /rak"i deez', ray"ki-/. rachis. * * *
Rhad·a·man·thine (răd'ə-mănʹthĭn, -thīn') adj. Strictly and uncompromisingly just.   [From Rhadamanthus.] * * *
Rhadamanthus [rad΄ə man′thisrad΄ə man′thəs] n. 〚L < Gr Rhadamanthos〛 Gr. Myth. a son of Zeus and Europa, rewarded for his exemplary justice by being made, after his ...
—Rhadamanthine /rad'euh man"thin, -thuyn/, adj. /rad'euh man"theuhs/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a son of Zeus and Europa, rewarded for the justice he exemplified on earth by being ...
/ree"shee euh, -sheuh/, n. an ancient Roman province in central Europe, comprising what is now E Switzerland and a part of the Tyrol: later extended to the Danube. * * *
/ree"sheuhn, -shee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Rhaetia. 2. Rhaeto-Romanic. 3. Raetic. n. 4. Raetic. 5. Rhaeto-Romanic. Also, Rhetian. [1610-20; RHAETI(A) + -AN] * * *
Rhaetian Alps
a chain of the Alps in E Switzerland and W Austria. Highest peak, Mt. Bernina, 13,295 ft. (4052 m). * * * Segment of the central Alps located mainly in Switzerland but also ...
Rhaetian dialects
also called  Rhaeto-romance,         group of Romance dialects spoken in Switzerland and northern Italy. The most important Rhaetian dialects are Sursilvan and ...
Rhaetian Stage
▪ geochronology       uppermost of three divisions in the Upper Triassic Series, representing those rocks deposited worldwide during Rhaetian time (203.6 million to ...
Rhaetian Alps A range of the central Alps primarily in eastern Switzerland and along the Italian and Austrian borders. It rises to Piz Bernina, 4,051.6 m (13,284 ft) high, in ...
Rhaeto-Romance [rē΄tō rō′man′ik, rē΄tōrōman′ikrē΄tō rō′mans, rē΄tōrō mans′] n. the group of closely related Romance dialects, including Romansch and ...
/ree'toh roh man"ik/, n. 1. a Romance language consisting of Friulian, Tyrolese, Ladin, and the Romansh dialects. adj. 2. of or pertaining to Rhaeto-Romanic. Also, ...
Rha·gae (rāʹjē) An ancient city of Media southeast of modern Tehran in north-central Iran. One of the greatest cities of ancient times, it was traditionally founded in 3000 ...
/ram nay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the Rhamnaceae, the buckthorn family of plants. Cf. buckthorn family. [ < NL Rhamnace(ae) family name (Rhamn(us) genus name ( < Gk rhámnos ...
/ram"nohs, -nohz/, n. Biochem. deoxymannose; a deoxy hexose sugar, C6H12O5, that is an important component of the polysaccharides of plant cell walls. [ < G (1887), equiv. to Gk ...
▪ paleontology       flying reptile (pterosaurs) found as fossils from the Late Jurassic Period (159 million to 144 million years ago) in Europe that had a ...
/ram'feuh thee"keuh/, n. the horny covering of a bird's bill. [1865-70; < Gk rhámpho(s) beak + THECA] * * *
rha·phe (rāʹfē) n. Variant of raphe. * * *
rhapsode [rap′sōd΄] n. 〚Gr rhapsodos〛 in ancient Greece, a person who recited rhapsodies, esp. one who recited epic poems as a profession * * * ▪ ancient Greek ...
—rhapsodically, adv. /rap sod"ik/, adj. 1. extravagantly enthusiastic; ecstatic. 2. pertaining to, characteristic of, or of the nature or form of rhapsody. Also, ...
See rhapsodic. * * *
—rhapsodistic, adj. /rap"seuh dist/, n. 1. a person who rhapsodizes. 2. (in ancient Greece) a person who recited epic poetry, esp. professionally. [1640-50; < Gk rhapsoid(ós) ...
/rap"seuh duyz'/, v., rhapsodized, rhapsodizing. v.i. 1. to talk with extravagant enthusiasm. 2. to speak or write rhapsodies. v.t. 3. to recite as a rhapsody. Also, esp. Brit., ...
/rap"seuh dee/, n., pl. rhapsodies. 1. Music. an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation. 2. an ecstatic expression of feeling or ...
Rhapsody in Blue
a popular musical work (1924) for piano and orchestra by George Gershwin. It combines jazz and classical music, and was first performed by the band of Paul Whiteman, with ...
/rat"n ee/, n., pl. rhatanies. 1. either of two South American shrubs belonging to the genus Krameria, of the legume family, K. tiandra (knotty rhatany or Peruvian rhatany) or K. ...
/reuh thuy"mee euh/, n. carefree behavior; light-heartedness. [ < Gk rhaithymía easiness of temper, amusement, indifference, equiv. to rháithym(os) easy-going + -ia -IA] * * *
Rhätikon Mountains
▪ mountains, Europe       mountain group of the Rhaetian Alps, straddling eastern Switzerland (Graubünden canton), western Austria (Vorarlberg), and southern ...
West Semitic, to be(come) wide, large. Rehoboam, from Hebrew rəḥabʿām, the (divine) kinsman has increased, from rəḥab, reduced form of rāḥab, to be(come) wide, large, ...
rhDNase abbr. dornase alpha. * * *
/ree/, n. Physics. a centimeter-gram-second unit of fluidity, equal to the reciprocal of poise. [1925-30; < Gk rhéos flowing substance, stream] * * *
/ree"euh/, n. the ramie plant or fiber. [1850-55; < Assamese riha] * * * Greek goddess, one of the Titans. Daughter of Uranus and Gaea, she married her brother Cronus, who ...
/ree"euh/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a Titan, the daughter of Uranus and Gaea, the wife and sister of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia: ...
Rhea Silvia
/ree"euh sil"vee euh/, Rom. Legend. a vestal virgin who became the mother, by Mars, of Romulus and Remus. Also, Rea Silvia. * * *
/ree"bok'/, n., pl. rheboks, (esp. collectively) rhebok. a large, deerlike South African antelope, Pelea capreolus, with pale-gray, curly fur and straight horns. [1825-35; < ...
/ree"deuh/, n., pl. rhedas, rhedae /-dee, -duy/. (in ancient Rome) a four-wheeled traveling carriage. [ < L raeda, r(h)eda < Gaulish; cf. PALFREY] * * *
▪ The Netherlands       gemeente (municipality), east-central Netherlands (Netherlands, The). It lies between the IJssel River and the Veluwe hills, along the road from ...
/ree/, n. Syngman /sing"meuhn/, 1875-1965, president of South Korea 1948-60. * * *
Rhee, Syngman
born March 26, 1875, Whang-hae, Korea died July 19, 1965, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. First president of the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The first Korean to earn a Ph.D. at a ...
Rhee (rē), Syngman. 1875-1965. Korean politician who became president of South Korea in 1948. His dictatorial rule ended in 1960, when he was forced out of office and into ...
Rheidity threshold of fluidlike deformation
▪ Table Rheidity threshold of fluidlike deformation material approximate time ice (e.g., glacier) 2 weeks gypsum 1 year rock salt (e.g., saltdome) 10–20 ...
/reemz/; Fr. /rddaonns/, n. Reims. * * *
Rheims-Douay Bible
/reemz"dooh"ay/. See Douay Bible. Also called Rheims-Douay Version. * * *
Ger. /rdduyn/, n. the Rhine. * * *
Rheinberger, Joseph
▪ German composer in full  Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger  born March 17, 1839, Vaduz, Liechtenstein died Nov. 25, 1901, Munich, Ger.       German composer and teacher ...
▪ Germany       city, North Rhine–Westphalia Land (state), northwestern Germany. It lies on the Ems River, north of Münster. First mentioned in 838 and chartered ...
/ruyn"gow/, n. a small wine-growing region in Hesse, in central Germany, on the Rhine. * * *
Rheingold [rīn′gōld΄; ] Ger [ rīn gō̂lt΄] n. 〚Ger, Rhine gold〛 Gmc. Legend the hoard of gold guarded by the Rhine maidens and afterward owned by the Nibelungs and ...
Rheingold, Das
Ger. /dahs rdduyn"gawlt'/. See Ring of the Nibelung. Also, Rhinegold. * * *
/ruyn"hes'euhn/, n. a former Prussian province, now part of Hesse, Germany. Also, Rhenish Hesse. * * *
/rdduyn"lahnt'/, n. Rhineland. * * *
/rdduyn"lahnt'pfahlts"/, n. German name of Rhineland-Palatinate. * * *
/ruy"teuh/, n. a crater in the fourth quadrant of the face of the moon: about 42 miles (68 km) in diameter. * * *
/ri mat"ik/, adj. 1. pertaining to the formation of words. 2. pertaining to the rheme of a sentence. [1855-60; < Gk rhematikós belonging to a word, equiv. to rhemat- (s. of ...
/reem/, n. Ling. comment (def. 6). [1890-95; < Gk rhéma saying, word] * * *
/ree"nik/, adj. Chem. of or containing rhenium. [RHEN(IUM) + -IC] * * *
/ren"ish/, adj. 1. of the river Rhine or the regions bordering on it. n. 2. Brit. See Rhine wine. [1325-75; < L Rhen(us) RHINE + -ISH1; r. ME Rhinisch < OHG] * * *
Rhenish Hesse
Rheinhessen. * * *
/ree"nee euhm/, n. Chem. a rare metallic element of the manganese subgroup: used, because of its high melting point, in platinum-rhenium thermocouples. Symbol: Re; at. no.: 75; ...
a combining form meaning "flow," "current," "stream," used in the formation of compound words: rheoscope. Cf. -rrhea. [comb. form repr. Gk rhéos STREAM, something flowing] * * *
/ree"euh bays'/, n. Physiol. the minimum electric current required to excite a given nerve or muscle. [1920-25; RHEO- + BASE1] * * *
See rheology. * * *
See rheological. * * *
See rheological. * * *
—rheologic /ree'euh loj"ik/, rheological, adj. —rheologist, n. /ree ol"euh jee/, n. the study of the deformation and flow of matter. [1925-30; RHEO- + -LOGY] * * *
—rheometric /ree'euh me"trik/, adj. —rheometry, n. /ree om"i teuhr/, n. an instrument for measuring the flow of fluids, esp. blood. [1835-45; RHEO- + -METER] * * *
—rheopectic /ree'euh pek"tik/, adj. /ree"euh pek'see/, n. Physical Chem. the property exhibited by certain slow-gelling, thixotropic sols of gelling more rapidly when the ...
rheophile [rē′ə fīl΄] n. 〚 RHEO- + -PHILE〛 an animal or plant best adapted for living in flowing water * * *
/ree"oh ri sep'teuhr/, n. a receptor of fishes and aquatic amphibians stimulated by water currents. [1945-50; RHEO- + RECEPTOR] * * *
—rheostatic, adj. /ree"euh stat'/, n. Elect. an adjustable resistor so constructed that its resistance may be changed without opening the circuit in which it is connected, ...
See rheostat. * * *
See rheotaxis. * * *
—rheotactic /ree'euh tak"tik/, adj. /ree'euh tak"sis/, n. Biol. oriented movement of an organism in response to a current of fluid, esp. water. [1895-1900; RHEO- + -TAXIS] * * *
/ree"euh tron'/, n. Physics. (formerly) betatron. [RHEO- + -TRON] * * *
—rheotropic /ree'euh trop"ik, -troh"pik/, adj. /ree o"treuh piz'euhm/, n. the effect of a current of water upon the direction of plant growth. [1885-90; RHEO- + -TROPISM] * * *
—rhesian /ree"sheuhn/, adj. /ree"seuhs/, n. a macaque, Macaca mulatta, of India, used in experimental medicine. See illus. under monkey. [1830-40; < NL, arbitrary use of L ...
Rhesus factor
/ree"seuhs/. See Rh factor. [1940-45] * * *
rhesus monkey
Sand-coloured macaque (Macaca mulatta), widespread in South and Southeast Asian forests. Rhesus monkeys are 17–25 in. (43–64 cm) long, excluding the furry 8–12-in. ...
Rhe·sus factor (rēʹsəs) n. Rh factor.   [From its having first been detected in the blood of the rhesus monkey.] * * *
rhesus monkey n. A brownish monkey (Macaca mulatta) of India, used extensively in biological and medical research. * * *
rhet abbrev. 1. rhetoric 2. rhetorical * * *
1. rhetoric. 2. rhetorical. * * *
/ree"sheuhn, -shee euhn/, n., adj. Rhaetian. * * *
Rheticus, Georg Joachim
▪ Austrian astronomer Rheticus also spelled  Rhäticus, or Rhetikus,  original name  Georg Joachim De Porris, or Von Lauchen  born Feb. 16, 1514, Feldkirch, Austria died ...
/ree"teuhr, ret"euhr/, n. 1. a master or teacher of rhetoric. 2. an orator. [1325-75; < L rhetor < Gk rhétor; r. ME rethor < ML, L, as above] * * *
/ret"euhr ik/, n. 1. (in writing or speech) the undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast. 2. the art or science of all specialized literary uses of language in prose or ...
—rhetorically, adv. —rhetoricalness n. /ri tawr"i keuhl, -tor"-/, adj. 1. used for, belonging to, or concerned with mere style or effect. 2. marked by or tending to use ...
rhetorical question
a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply, as "What is so rare as a day in June?" [1835-45] * * *
rhetorical stress
stress required by the meaning of a line, as distinguished from that required by the meter. [1720-30] * * *
See rhetorical. * * *
rhetorical question n. A question to which no answer is expected, often used for rhetorical effect. * * *
/ret'euh rish"euhn/, n. 1. an expert in the art of rhetoric. 2. a person who teaches rhetoric. 3. a person who writes or speaks in an elaborate or exaggerated style. [1375-1425; ...
▪ French poets also called  Grand Rhétoriqueur,         any of the principal poets of the school that flourished in 15th- and early 16th-century France (particularly ...
Rhett Butler
➡ Butler (II) * * *
—rheumic, adj. /roohm/, n. 1. a thin discharge of the mucous membranes, esp. during a cold. 2. catarrh; cold. [1350-1400; ME reume < LL rheuma < Gk rheûma (rheu-, var. s. of ...

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