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thread escutcheon
a raised metal rim around a keyhole. * * *
thread mark
a thin threading in paper currency to make counterfeiting difficult. * * *
thread rope
cordage 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) or less in thickness. * * *
thread silk
silk yarn produced by a silk throwster. * * *
thread-legged bug
/thred"leg'id, -legd'/ any of certain insects of the family Reduviidae, characterized by an elongated, slender body and long frail legs, the front pair of which are raptorial. ...
thread-line fishing
/thred"luyn'/, Angling. spinning (def. 3). * * *
thread-waisted wasp
▪ insect       any of a group of large, common, solitary (nonsocial) wasps in the family Sphecidae (order Hymenoptera) that are named for the stalklike anterior (front) ...
—threadbareness, n. /thred"bair'/, adj. 1. having the nap worn off so as to lay bare the threads of the warp and woof, as a fabric, garment, etc. 2. wearing threadbare clothes; ...
/thred"id/, adj. interwoven or ornamented with threads: silk threaded with gold. [1535-45; THREAD + -ED3] * * *
threaded glass
glass decorated with a pattern produced by variegated glass filaments. * * *
See thread. * * *
/thred"fin'/, n. any spiny-rayed fishes of the family Polynemidae, having the lower part of the pectoral fin composed of numerous, separate, filamentous rays. [1885-90; THREAD + ...
/thred"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) threadfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) threadfishes. any of several jacks of the genus Alectis, esp. A. ciliaris, ...
Threadgill, Henry
▪ American musician in full  Henry Luther Threadgill   born Feb. 15, 1944, Chicago, Ill., U.S.       African-American improviser, composer, and bandleader, an ...
See thready. * * *
Threadneedle Street
a street in the City of London where the Bank of England has been situated since 1734. The Bank is sometimes referred to as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street. * * *
/thred"werrm'/, n. any of various nematode worms, esp. a pinworm. [1795-1805; THREAD + WORM] * * * ▪ Strongyloides stercoralis       (Strongyloides stercoralis), worm ...
—threadiness, n. /thred"ee/, adj., threadier, threadiest. 1. consisting of or resembling a thread or threads; fibrous; filamentous. 2. stringy or viscid, as a liquid. 3. (of ...
—threaper, n. /threep/, Scot. and North Eng. n. 1. an argument; quarrel. 2. a hostile charge; accusation. v.t. 3. to rebuke; scold. v.i. 4. to argue; bicker. [bef. 900; (v.) ME ...
/thret/, n. 1. a declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc., in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course; menace: He ...
—threatener, n. /thret"n/, v.t. 1. to utter a threat against; menace: He threatened the boy with a beating. 2. to be a menace or source of danger to: Sickness threatened her ...
threat·ened (thrĕtʹnd) adj. Ecology At risk of becoming endangered. Used of a plant or an animal. * * *
threatened species
a species likely, in the near future, to become an endangered species within all or much of its range. [1965-70] * * *
See threaten. * * *
—threateningly, adv. /thret"n ing/, adj. 1. tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures. 2. causing alarm, as by being imminent; ominous; sinister: threatening ...
See threatener. * * *
/three/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 2 plus 1. 2. a symbol for this number, as 3 or III. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. a playing card, die face, or half of a domino ...
Three As
the informal name for the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA), the organization in charge of amateur athletics in Britain, which was established in 1880. It is also the name of ...
Three Blind Mice
a well-known nursery rhyme which tells a rather unpleasant story. The words are: Three blind mice, see how they run! They all ran after the farmer’s wife, Who cut off their ...
three branches of government
➡ Constitution (II) * * *
Three Choirs Festival
a British music festival which is held every year in either Gloucester, Hereford(1) or Worcester. The three cities take turns to hold the event. Much of the music is performed by ...
Three Emperors' League
German Dreikaiserbund. Diplomatic alignment of the empires of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Russia devised by Otto von Bismarck in 1872. Its aim was to neutralize disagreement ...
Three Fires
Buddhism. the three causes of suffering, or dukkha, given as hate, greed or restlessness, and dullness of mind: they are extinguished in Nirvana. * * *
Three Gorges Dam
▪ 1998       The Three Gorges Dam, on which preliminary construction began in 1993, was the largest engineering project in China. Upon its completion, scheduled for ...
Three Gorges Dam Project
Dam designed to span China's Yangtze River (Chang Jiang). On completion, scheduled for 2009, it would be the largest dam in the world, producing a vast quantity of ...
Three Henrys, War of the
(1587–89) Last of the Wars of Religion in France, fought between King Henry III, the ultra-Catholic Henri I de Lorraine, duke de Guise, and the Huguenot leader Henry of Navarra ...
Three Hours
Rom. Cath. Ch. a religious observance practiced between noon and three o'clock on the afternoon of Good Friday. * * *
Three Kingdoms
(AD 220–80) Trio of warring Chinese states that followed the demise of the Han dynasty. Cao Cao put his son on the throne of the kingdom of Wei, which controlled northern ...
Three Kingdoms period
      in Korean history, the period (from c. 57 BC to AD 668) when the country was divided into the kingdoms of Silla, Koguryŏ, and Paekche (qq.v.). * * *
Three Kings, Battle of the
▪ Moroccan history also called  Battle of the Wadi al-Makhāzin        (Aug. 4, 1578), defeat dealt the invading Portuguese armies of King Sebastian by the Saʿdī ...
Three Little Pigs
a well-known children’s story. It is about three little pigs and a wolf. The pigs each build their houses from different materials and the ‘big bad wolf’ tries to destroy ...
Three Men in a Boat
a humorous novel (1899) by Jerome K Jerome. It tells the story of a journey taken by three men and a dog along the River Thames in a rowing boat, and the many accidents that ...
Three Mile Island
an island in the Susquehanna River, near Middletown, Pennsylvania, SE of Harrisburg: scene of a near-disastrous accident at a nuclear plant in 1979 that raised the issue of ...
Three Musketeers, The
(French, Les Trois Mousquetaires), a historical novel (1844) by Alexandre Dumas père. * * *
three of a kind
Poker. a set of three cards of the same denomination. * * *
three old cat
/three" euh kat'/ three-a-cat. Also, three o' cat. * * *
Three Pagodas Pass
▪ mountain pass, Myanmar-Thailand Thai  Phra Chedi Sam Ong        mountain pass in the Tenasserim Mountain Range on the Myanmar (Burma)-Thailand border, 100 miles ...
Three Principles of the People
▪ Chinese ideology also called  Three Great Principles , Chinese (Pinyin)  Sanmin Zhuyi  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)   San-min Chu-i        the ideological ...
three R's
1. reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic, regarded as the fundamentals of education. 2. the fundamentals, basic knowledge, or skills of any system or field: the three R's of good ...
Three Rivers
a city in S Quebec, in SE Canada, on the St. Lawrence. 55,240. French, Trois-Rivières. * * * ▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and ...
Three Signs of Being
Buddhism. the three characteristics of every living thing, which are anicca, or impermanence, dukkha, or suffering, and anatta, or the absence of a personal and immortal soul. * ...
Three Sisters
a play (1901) by Anton Chekhov. * * *
Three Stooges
a US comedy act popular from the 1930s to the 1960s made up of three comedians who appeared in films and on television using slapstick comedy (= a type of humour based on people ...
Three Stooges, the
▪ American actors       American comedy team noted for violent, anarchic slapstick and comedy routines rooted in the burlesque tradition. Six men were members of the ...
three unities, the.
See under unity (def. 8). * * *
Three Weeks
▪ Judaism Hebrew  Bein Hametzarim        (“Between the Straits”), in Judaism, a period of mourning running from the 17th day of Tammuz, the fourth month of the ...
/three"euh kat'/, n. Games. two-a-cat played with three bases and three batters. [1850-55] * * *
/three"bag"euhr/, n. Baseball Informal. triple (def. 7). [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
three-ball match
/three"bawl'/, Golf. a match among three players each of whom plays a ball. [1885-90] * * *
three-base hit
/three"bays'/, Baseball. triple (def. 7). [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
three-base hit (thrēʹbās') n. Baseball A base hit that allows the batter to reach third base without being put out. Also called three-bagger, triple. * * *
/three"berrdz'/, n., pl. three-birds. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) See nodding pogonia. * * *
three-body problem
/three"bod"ee/, Astron., Mech. the problem of calculating the motions of three bodies in space moving under the influence of only their mutual gravitational attraction. Cf. ...
three-card monte
/three"kahrd'/, Cards. 1. a gambling game in which the players are shown three cards and bet that they can identify one particular card of the three, as stipulated by the dealer, ...
three-card monte (thrēʹkärd) n. A gambling game in which the dealer shows a player three cards, then turns them face down and moves them around, and the player must guess the ...
/three"kul'euhr/, adj. 1. having or characterized by the use of three colors. 2. noting or pertaining to a photomechanical process for making reproductions of paintings, artwork, ...
/three"kawr"neuhrd/, adj. 1. having three corners: a three-cornered hat. 2. pertaining to or involving three persons, parties, or things: The candidates were deadlocked in a ...
➡ 3-D * * *
three-day event
n a type of horse riding competition that lasts for three days. On the first day there is a dressage contest, in which judges decide how well riders can control their horses when ...
/three"dek"euhr/, n. 1. any ship having three decks, tiers, etc. 2. (formerly) one of a class of sailing warships that carried guns on three decks. 3. a sandwich made of three ...
—threedimensionality, n. /three"di men"sheuh nl, -duy-/, adj. 1. having, or seeming to have, the dimension of depth as well as width and height. 2. (esp. in a literary work) ...
three-field system
▪ agriculture       method of agricultural organization introduced in Europe in the Middle Ages and representing a decisive advance in production techniques. In the old ...
/three"fohld'/, n. a unit of stage scenery consisting of three flats hinged together. * * *
three-four [thrē′fôr′] adj. designating or of a musical rhythm with three quarter notes to a measure * * *
/three"gay"tid/, adj. Manège. noting a horse trained to walk, trot, and canter, as for pleasure riding and showing. Cf. five-gaited. [1945-50] * * *
/three"han"did/, adj. involving three hands or players, as a game at cards. [1710-20] * * *
/three"leg"id, -legd"/, adj. 1. having three legs: a three-legged stool. 2. Informal. (of a schooner) having three masts. [1590-1600] * * *
three-legged race
a race among a number of paired contestants, each contestant having one leg tied to the adjacent leg of his or her partner. [1900-05] * * *
three-leg·ged race (thrēʹlĕg'ĭd, -lĕgd') n. A race in which contestants run in pairs with their near legs tied together. * * *
three-line whip
n a written notice sent by the Whips in the main British political parties to tell their Members of Parliament that they must attend a particular debate and vote according to the ...
—three-masted, adj. /three"mas"teuhr, -mah"steuhr/, n. Naut. a sailing ship with three masts. [1880-85] * * *
three-mile limit
/three"muyl'/, Internat. Law. the limit of the marine belt of three mi. (4.8 km), which is included within the jurisdiction of the state possessing the coast. [1890-95] * * *
three-mile limit (thrēʹmīl') n. Law The outer limit of the area extending three miles out to sea from the coast of a country, sometimes considered to constitute the country's ...
/three"peet, three peet"/ 1. Trademark. a third consecutive victory, as in a major sports championship. v.i. 2. to win a third consecutive victory. [1985-90, Amer.; THREE + ...
/three"fayz'/, adj. Elect. 1. of or pertaining to a circuit, system, or device that is energized by three electromotive forces that differ in phase by one third of a cycle or ...
/three"pees"/, adj. 1. Clothing. consisting of three matching or harmonious pieces, as an ensemble of coat, skirt, and blouse for a woman or a suit of a jacket, vest, and pair of ...
/three"pluy"/, adj. consisting of three thicknesses, laminations, strands, or the like. [1865-70] * * *
three-point landing
/three"poynt'/, Aeron. an aircraft landing in which the two wheels of the main landing gear and the tail or nose wheel touch the ground simultaneously. [1925-30] * * *
three-point line
/three"poynt'/. See under three-pointer. * * *
three-point play
Basketball. a play in which a player sinks the free throw that was awarded when the player was fouled while scoring a basket. * * *
/three"poyn"teuhr/, n. Basketball. a field goal worth three points, made from behind a specified line (three-point line). * * *
three-point landing (thrēʹpoint') n. An airplane landing in which the two main wheels and the nose wheel, tail wheel, or tailskid all touch the ground simultaneously. * * *
/three"kwawr"teuhr/, adj. 1. consisting of or involving three quarters of a whole or of the usual length: a blouse with a three-quarter sleeve. 2. (of a portrait) showing the ...
three-quarter armor
plate armor that leaves the legs exposed below the knees. * * *
three-quarter binding
Bookbinding. a binding in which the material used for the back extends further over the covers than in half binding. [1895-1900] * * *
three-quarter nelson
Wrestling. a hold in which a wrestler, from a kneeling position behind a prone opponent, applies a half nelson with one arm, passes the other arm under the opponent's body on the ...
three-quarter time
Music. the meter of a musical composition having a time signature of 3/4 and three quarter notes or their equivalent in each measure. Also called waltz time. * * *
three-quarter turn stair
a staircase requiring a three-quarter turn at each landing for continued ascent or descent. [1960-65] * * *
three-quarter binding n. A bookbinding in which the leather or fabric covering the spine extends onto the covers for one third of their width. * * *
three-ring circus
/three"ring'/ 1. a circus having three adjacent rings in which performances take place simultaneously. 2. something spectacular, tumultuous, entertaining, or full of confused ...
three-ring circus (thrēʹrĭng') n. 1. A circus having simultaneous performances in three separate rings. 2. Informal. A situation characterized by confusing, engrossing, or ...
/three"speed'/, n. 1. a system of gears having three forward gear ratios, esp. on a bicycle. 2. a bicycle having such a system of gears. adj. 3. having three forward gear ...
/three"spot'/, n. a playing card, an upward face of a die, or a domino half bearing three pips. * * *
/three"skwair"/, adj. having an equilateral triangular cross section, as certain files. [1400-50; late ME thre square threefold, modeled on FOURSQUARE] * * *
/three"stahr'/, adj. of or being a lieutenant general, as indicated by three stars on an insignia. * * *
three-strikes law
/three"struyks"/ a law that mandates a life sentence to a felon convicted for the third time. [1990-95] * * *
/three"sooh"teuhr/, n. a man's suitcase or garment bag of a size to hold three suits. [three suit(s) + -ER1] * * *
three-thorned acacia
/three"thawrnd'/. See honey locust. [1815-25] * * *
three-toed sloth
/three"tohd'/ a small sloth of the genus Bradypus, having three claws on each limb and very long forelimbs. * * *
three-toed woodpecker
1. either of two woodpeckers of the genus Picoides, of the Northern Hemisphere, having only three toes on each foot. 2. any of various similar, tropical, Old World ...
three-toed sloth (thrēʹtōd') n. See sloth. * * *
three-toed woodpecker n. Either of two woodpeckers (Picoides arcticus or P. tridactylus) of northern North America, lacking the inner hind toe on each foot. * * *
/three"val"yoohd/, adj. Logic. of or pertaining to propositions having a value other than truth or falsity. * * *
three-wattled bellbird
/three"wot'ld/. See under bellbird. * * *
three-way [thrē′wā′] adj. 1. involving three directions, persons, etc. [a three-way conversation] 2. Elec. designating or of: a) a light bulb with two filaments that can be ...
three-way bulb
/three"way'/ a light bulb that can be switched to three successive degrees of illumination. * * *
/three"whee"leuhr, -wee"-/, n. a vehicle equipped with three wheels, as a tricycle, a motorcycle with a sidecar, or some small, experimental, or early-model cars. [1885-90; three ...
ThreeAge system
Three Age system (thrē) n. A system for classifying prehistoric artifacts according to successive stages of technological development, divided into the Stone, Bronze, and Iron ...
/three"fohld'/, adj. 1. comprising three parts, members, or aspects; triple: a threefold program. 2. three times as great or as much; treble: a threefold return on an ...
ThreeMile Island
Three Mile Island An island in the Susquehanna River in southeast Pennsylvania southeast of Harrisburg. It was the site of a major nuclear accident on March 28, 1979, when a ...
/thrip"euhns, threp"-, thrup"-; three"pens'/, n. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Brit. a sum of three pennies. 2. a former cupronickel coin of the United Kingdom, a quarter of a ...
/thrip"euh nee, threp"-, thrup"-; three"pen'ee/, adj. 1. of the amount or value of threepence. 2. of little worth. [1400-50; late ME; see THREE, PENNY] * * *
three R's pl.n. Reading, writing, and arithmetic, considered as the fundamentals of elementary education.   [From the phrase reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic, alteration of ...
threes and eights
CB Slang. best wishes; good luck: used as a sign-off. * * *
/three"skawr", -skohr"/, adj. being or containing three times twenty; sixty. [1350-1400; ME thre scoor. See THREE, SCORE] * * *
/three"seuhm/, adj. 1. consisting of three; threefold. 2. performed or played by three persons. n. 3. three forming a group. 4. something in which three persons participate, as ...
threespine stickleback
/three"spuyn'/ a widely distributed stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, occurring in marine, brackish, or fresh waters throughout the northern hemisphere. Also, three-spined ...
Threlfall, Bill
▪ 2008 William Winn Threlfall        British tennis commentator and coach born April 24, 1925 , Penang, Straits Settlements [now in Malaysia] died March 7, 2007 , ...
/threm'euh tol"euh jee/, n. Biol. the science of breeding or propagating animals and plants under domestication. [1885-90; < Gk thremmato- (comb. form of thrémma nursling) + ...
/three"nohd, thren"ohd/, n. threnody. [1855-60; by alter.; see ODE] * * *
See threnody. * * *
See threnodial. * * *
See threnodial. * * *
—threnodial /thri noh"dee euhl/, threnodic /thri nod"ik/, adj. —threnodist /thren"euh dist/, n. /thren"euh dee/, n., pl. threnodies. a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, ...
/three"euh neen', -nin/, n. Biochem. an essential amino acid, CH3CHOHCH(NH2)COOH, obtained by the hydrolysis of proteins. Abbr.: Thr; Symbol: T [1925-30; threon- (alter. of Gk ...
/thresh/, v.t. 1. to separate the grain or seeds from (a cereal plant or the like) by some mechanical means, as by beating with a flail or by the action of a threshing ...
/thresh"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that threshes. 2. Also, thrasher. Also called thresher shark. a large shark of the genus Alopias, esp. A. vulpinus, which threshes the ...
thresher shark
Any of five species (family Alopiidae) of sharks with a long, scythelike tail that may constitute almost half their total length. They are found in tropical and temperate seas ...
threshing machine
Agric. a machine for removing grains and seeds from straw and chaff. [1765-75] * * *
thresh·ing machine (thrĕshʹĭng) n. A farm machine used in threshing grain or seed plants. * * *
/thresh"ohld, thresh"hohld/, n. 1. the sill of a doorway. 2. the entrance to a house or building. 3. any place or point of entering or beginning: the threshold of a new ...
/throoh/, v. a pt. of throw. * * *
/thruys/, adv. 1. three times, as in succession; on three occasions or in three ways. 2. in threefold quantity or degree. 3. very; extremely. [1150-1200; ME thries, equiv. to ...
/thrift/, n. 1. economical management; economy; frugality. 2. Also called thrift institution. Banking. a savings and loan association, savings bank, or credit union. 3. Also ...
thrift shop
☆ thrift shop n. a store where castoff clothes and rummage are sold, specif. to raise money for charity * * *
See thrifty. * * *
See thriftily. * * *
—thriftlessly, adv. —thriftlessness, n. /thrift"lis/, adj. 1. without thrift; improvident; wasteful. 2. Archaic. useless or pointless. [1350-1400; ME: unsuccessful. See ...
See thriftless. * * *
See thriftlessly. * * *
➡ building societies and savings and loan associations * * *
/thrift"shop'/, n. a retail store that sells secondhand goods at reduced prices. [1940-45; THRIFT + SHOP] * * *
—thriftily, adv. —thriftiness, n. /thrif"tee/, adj., thriftier, thriftiest. 1. practicing thrift or economical management; frugal: a thrifty shopper. 2. thriving, prosperous, ...
/thril/, v.t. 1. to affect with a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, as to produce a tremor or tingling sensation through the body. 2. to utter or send forth tremulously, ...
/thril"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that thrills. 2. an exciting, suspenseful play or story, esp. a mystery story. [1885-90; 1920-25 for def. 2; THRILL + -ER1] * * *
—thrillingly, adv. /thril"ing/, adj. 1. producing sudden, strong, and deep emotion or excitement. 2. producing a tremor, as by chilling. 3. vibrating; trembling; ...
See thrill. * * *
▪ paleontology       extinct genus of cynodont, a close mammal relative, found as fossils in continental deposits formed during the Early Triassic Period in southern ...
Thring, Edward
▪ British educator born November 29, 1821, Alford, Somerset, England died October 22, 1887, Uppingham, Rutland  schoolmaster whose reorganization of Uppingham School ...
/thrip"euhns/, n. threepence. * * *
/thrips/, n., pl. thrips. any of several minute insects of the order Thysanoptera, that have long, narrow wings fringed with hairs and that infest and feed on a wide variety of ...
▪ India formerly  Trichur        city, central Kerala state, southwestern India. The city is located 12 miles (19 km) inland on an extensive lagoon system. A ...
—thriver, n. —thrivingly, adv. /thruyv/, v.i., thrived or throve, thrived or thriven /thriv"euhn/, thriving. 1. to prosper; be fortunate or successful. 2. to grow or develop ...
See thrive. * * *
/throoh/, prep. Archaic. through. Also, thro'. * * *
thro' or thro [thro͞o] prep., adv., adj. archaic contr. for THROUGH * * *
/throht/, n. Anat., Zool. 1. the passage from the mouth to the stomach or to the lungs, including the pharynx, esophagus, larynx, and trachea. 2. some analogous or similar ...
throat microphone
a microphone worn around the throat and actuated by vibrations of the larynx, used when background noise would obscure the sound of speech, as in an airplane cockpit. [1955-60] * ...
throat seizing.
See cuckold's knot. [1865-70] * * *
throat sweetbread
sweetbread (def. 2). * * *
/throh"tid/, adj. having a throat of a specified kind (usually used in combination): a yellow-throated warbler. [1520-30; THROAT + -ED3] * * *
See throaty. * * *
See throatily. * * *
/throht"lach'/, n. a strap that passes under a horse's throat and helps to hold a bridle or halter in place. See illus. under harness. [1785-95; THROAT + LATCH] * * *
—throatily, adv. —throatiness, n. /throh"tee/, adj., throatier, throatiest. produced or modified in the throat, as certain sounds; guttural, husky, or hoarse. [1635-45; ...
—throbber, n. —throbbingly, adv. /throb/, v., throbbed, throbbing, n. v.i. 1. to beat with increased force or rapidity, as the heart under the influence of emotion or ...
See throb. * * *
Throckmorton, Francis
▪ English conspirator Throckmorton also spelled  Throgmorton   born 1554 died July 20, 1584       English conspirator, the central figure in the unsuccessful ...
Throckmorton, Sir Nicholas
▪ English diplomat Throckmorton also spelled  Throgmorton   born 1515 died Feb. 12, 1571, London       English diplomat in the reign of Elizabeth I.       The ...
/throh/, n. 1. a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm. 2. a sharp attack of emotion. 3. throes, a. any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle. b. the agony of death. c. ...
/throm bek"teuh mee/, n., pl. thrombectomies. surgical removal of a blood clot from a blood vessel. [‡1960-65; THROMB(US) + -ECTOMY] * * *
throm·bi (thrŏmʹbī) n. Plural of thrombus. * * *
/throm"bin/, n. Biochem. an enzyme of the blood plasma that catalyzes the conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin, the last step of the blood clotting process. [1895-1900; THROMB(US) ...
a combining form with the meanings "blood clot," "coagulation," "thrombin," used in the formation of compound words: thrombocyte. Also, esp. before a vowel, thromb-. [ < Gk, ...
—thromboclastic /throm'beuh klas"tik/, adj. /throm bok"leuh sis/, n. Med. thrombolysis. [‡1960-65; THROMBO- + -CLASIS] * * *
—thrombocytic /throm'beuh sit"ik/, adj. /throm"beuh suyt'/, n. Anat. 1. platelet. 2. one of the minute, nucleate cells that aid coagulation in the blood of those vertebrates ...
See thrombocyte. * * *
▪ medical disorder       any of several blood disorders characterized by dysfunctional platelets (platelet) (thrombocytes), which result in prolonged bleeding time, ...
/throm'boh suy'teuh pee"nee euh/, n. an abnormal decrease in the number of blood platelets. [1920-25; THROMBOCYTE + -O- + -PENIA] * * * ▪ medical ...
See thrombocytopenia. * * *
See thromboembolism. * * *
—thromboembolic /throm'boh em bol"ik/, adj. /throm'boh em"beuh liz'euhm/, n. Pathol. the blockage of a blood vessel by a thrombus carried through the bloodstream from its site ...
/throm"beuh jeuhn, -jen'/, n. Biochem. prothrombin. [1895-1900; THROMBO- + -GEN] * * *
thrombokinase [thräm΄bō kī′nās΄, thräm΄bōkin′ās΄] n. 〚 THROMBO- + KINASE〛 THROMBOPLASTIN * * * throm·bo·ki·nase (thrŏm'bō-kīʹnās, -nāz) n. See ...
—thrombolytic /throm'beuh lit"ik/, adj. /throm bol"euh sis/, n. Med. the dissolving or breaking up of a thrombus. Also called thromboclasis. [‡1960-65; THROMBO- + -LYSIS] * * ...
See thrombolysis. * * *
/throm'boh fli buy"tis/, n. Pathol. the presence of a thrombus in a vein accompanied by inflammation of the vessel wall. Cf. phlebothrombosis. [1895-1900; < NL; see THROMBO-, ...
—thromboplastically, adv. /throm'beuh plas"tik/, adj. Biochem. causing or accelerating blood-clot formation. [1910-15; THROMBO- + -PLASTIC] * * *
See thromboplastic. * * *
/throm'beuh plas"tin/, n. 1. Biochem. a lipoprotein in the blood that converts prothrombin to thrombin. 2. Pharm. a commercial form of this substance, obtained from the brains of ...
throm·bo·poi·e·sis (thrŏm'bō-poi-ēʹsĭs) n. 1. The process of blood clot formation. 2. The formation of blood platelets.   throm'bo·poi·etʹic (-ĕtʹĭk) adj. * * *
See thrombopoiesis. * * *
/throm'boh poy"i tn, -poy et"n/, n. a hormone that induces bone marrow cells to form blood platelets. [1990-95; < Gk thrómbo(s) clot + poiet(és) maker; see -IN2] * * *
thrombose [thräm′bōs΄, thräm′bōz΄] vt., vi. thrombosed, thrombosing to clot or become clotted with a thrombus * * *
—thrombotic /throm bot"ik/, adj. /throm boh"sis/, n. Pathol. intravascular coagulation of the blood in any part of the circulatory system, as in the heart, arteries, veins, or ...
throm·bo·sthe·nin (thrŏm'bō-sthēʹnĭn) n. A contractile protein in platelets that is active in the formation of blood clots.   [thrombo- + Greek sthenos, strength; See ...
/throm bok"sayn/, n. Biochem. a compound, C20H32O5, formed in blood platelets, that constricts blood vessels and promotes clotting. [1935-40; THROMB- + OX- + -ANE] * * *
/throm"beuhs/, n., pl. thrombi /-buy/. Pathol. a fibrinous clot that forms in and obstructs a blood vessel, or that forms in one of the chambers of the heart. [1685-95; < NL < Gk ...
—throneless, adj. /throhn/, n., v., throned, throning. n. 1. the chair or seat occupied by a sovereign, bishop, or other exalted personage on ceremonial occasions, usually ...
throne room
1. a chamber, usually containing a throne, used by a sovereign for audiences. 2. the location of actual power or authority, as in a particular government or business ...
/thrawng, throng/, n. 1. a multitude of people crowded or assembled together; crowd. 2. a great number of things crowded or considered together: a throng of memories. 3. Chiefly ...
/throh"nos/, n., pl. thronoi /-noy/. an ancient Greek chair, usually highly ornamented, having a high seat and back and rectangular turned or carved legs ending in animal ...
/thros"euhl/, n. 1. Brit., Chiefly Literary. the song thrush. 2. Obs. a machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., in which the twisting and winding are simultaneous and ...
—throttler, n. /throt"l/, n., v., throttled, throttling. n. 1. Also called throttle lever. a lever, pedal, handle, etc., for controlling or manipulating a throttle valve. 2. ...
throttle lever
throttle (def. 1). [1860-65] * * *
throttle valve
a valve for throttling the working fluid of an engine, refrigerator, etc. [1805-15] * * *
throttle-body injection
/throt"l bod'ee/, Auto. a fuel-injection system in which an injector (throttle-body injector) delivers fuel to a central location within the intake manifold of the engine. Abbr.: ...
/throt"l euh beuhl/, adj. Rocketry. capable of having the thrust varied. [1955-60; THROTTLE + -ABLE] * * *
/throt"l bot'euhm/, n. (sometimes l.c.) a harmless incompetent in public office. [after Alexander Throttlebottom, character in Of Thee I Sing (1932), musical comedy by George S. ...
/throt"l hohld'/, n. a stifling suppression: The new regime kept a throttlehold on academic freedom. [1930-35; THROTTLE + (STRANGLE)HOLD] * * *
See throttle. * * *
/throoh/, prep. 1. in at one end, side, or surface and out at the other: to pass through a tunnel; We drove through Denver without stopping. Sun came through the window. 2. past; ...
through bass
/bays/. See figured bass. * * *
through stone
perpend1. [1795-1805] * * *
through street
a street along which the traffic has the right of way over vehicles entering or crossing at intersections. Cf. stop street. [1925-30] * * *
Through the Looking Glass
a well-known children’s book by Lewis Carroll, first published in 1872 with illustrations by John Tenniel. It is about the adventures in a strange world of Alice, a little girl ...
Through the Looking-Glass
a story for children (1871) by Lewis Carroll: the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. * * *
/throoh"keuhm pohzd"/, adj. having different music for each verse: a through-composed song. Cf. strophic (def. 2). * * *
/throoh"udh'euhr/, adj. Chiefly Scot. confused. Also, through-ither /throoh"idh'euhr/. [1590-1600] * * *
through-sung [thro͞o΄suŋ′] adj. sung throughout, with no spoken dialogue: said as of an opera, song, passage, etc. * * *
through-the-lens meter
/throoh"dheuh lenz"/, Photog. a light meter employing a sensor cell located behind the taking lens. Also called TTL meter. * * *
/throoh"lee/, adv. Archaic. thoroughly. [1400-50; late ME; see THROUGH, -LY] * * *
/throoh owt"/, prep. 1. in or to every part of; everywhere in: They searched throughout the house. 2. from the beginning to the end of: He was bored throughout the play. adv. 3. ...
/throoh"poot'/, n. the quantity or amount of raw material processed within a given time, esp. the work done by an electronic computer in a given period of time. Also, ...
/throoh"way'/, n. thruway. * * *
/throhv/, v. a pt. of thrive. * * *
/throh/, v., threw, thrown, throwing, n. v.t. 1. to propel or cast in any way, esp. to project or propel from the hand by a sudden forward motion or straightening of the arm and ...
throw pillow
a small pillow placed on a chair, couch, etc., primarily for decoration. [1955-60] * * *
throw rug
☆ throw rug n. SCATTER RUG * * *
throw rug.
See scatter rug. [1925-30] * * *
throw weight
the lifting power, or payload maximum, of a ballistic missile exclusive of the weight of the rocket itself, and including the weight of the warhead or warheads and of guidance ...
throw-in (thrōʹĭn') n. A play used to restart play in soccer after the ball has gone over the sideline, in which a player on the team not responsbile for putting the ball out ...
throw-weight [thrō′wāt΄] n. the payload capacity of an ICBM: also throw weight * * * throw-weight or throw weight (thrōʹwāt') n. The total weight of the warhead or ...
/throh"euh way'/, adj. 1. made or intended to be discarded after use or quick examination: a throwaway container; a throwaway brochure. 2. delivered or expressed casually or ...
/throh"bak'/, n. 1. an act of throwing back. 2. a setback or check. 3. the reversion to an ancestral or earlier type or character; atavism. 4. an example of this. [1855-60; ...
/throhd/, v. Nonstandard. a pt. and pp. of throw. * * *
/throh"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that throws. 2. flinger (def. 2). [1400-50; late ME; see THROW, -ER1] * * *
throwing stick
1. a short, straight or curved stick, flat or cylindrical in form, often having a hand grip, and used generally in preliterate societies as a hunting weapon to throw at birds and ...
/throhn/, v. a pp. of throw. * * *
thrown silk
raw silk that has been reeled and twisted into yarn. Also called, Brit., net silk. [1680-90] * * *
throw pillow n. A small pillow used chiefly for decoration, as on a couch. * * *
throw rug n. See scatter rug. * * *
/throh"steuhr/, n. a person who throws silk or synthetic filaments. [1425-75; late ME throwestre. See THROW, -STER] * * *
/throoh/, prep., adv., adj. an informal, simplified spelling of through. * * *
thrum1 —thrummer, n. /thrum/, v., thrummed, thrumming, n. v.i. 1. to play on a stringed instrument, as a guitar, by plucking the strings, esp. in an idle, monotonous, or ...
/thrum"ee/, adj., thrummier, thrummiest. of or abounding in thrums; shaggy or tufted. [1590-1600; THRUM2 + -Y1] * * *
/thrump/, n. a thumping, rumbling sound, usually repetitive: the thrump of artillery echoing through the valley. [1870-75; imit.] * * *
/thrup"euhns/, n. threepence. * * *
/throoh"poot'/, n. throughput. * * *
thrush1 —thrushlike, adj. /thrush/, n. 1. any of numerous, medium-sized songbirds of the family Turdinae, usually dull brown and often speckled below, and including many ...
/thrust/, v., thrust, thrusting, n. v.t. 1. to push forcibly; shove; put or drive with force: He thrust his way through the crowd. She thrust a dagger into his back. 2. to put ...
thrust augmentation
Rocketry. an increase in the thrust of a jet or rocket engine, as by afterburning or reheating. * * *
thrust bearing
Mach. a bearing designed to absorb thrusts parallel to the axis of revolution. [1860-65] * * *
thrust fault
Geol. a low-angle reverse fault produced in rocks subjected to thrust. [1900-05] * * *
Thrust SSC
a British vehicle which in 1997 broke the world land speed record in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. It was driven by Andy Green. SSC stands for ‘supersonic car’. * * *

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