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ut dict. abbr. Latin ut dictum (as directed). * * *
/yooht/, n. Informal. a utility vehicle. [1940-45] * * * North American Indians living mostly in Colorado and Utah, U.S. Their language belongs to the Numic branch of the ...
/yooht/, n., pl. Utes, (esp. collectively) Ute. 1. a member of an American Indian people of Utah and W Colorado. 2. a dialect or group of dialects of the Uto-Aztecan language ...
(in prescriptions) to be used. [ < L utendum] * * *
/yooh ten"seuhl/, n. 1. any of the instruments or vessels commonly used in a kitchen, dairy, etc.: eating utensils; baking utensils. 2. any instrument, vessel, or tool serving a ...
var. of utero- before a vowel: uteralgia. * * *
/yooh'teuh ral"jeuh/, n. Med. pain in or near the uterus. [1400-50; UTER- + -ALGIA] * * *
/yooh"teuhr in, -teuh ruyn'/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the uterus or womb. 2. related through having had the same mother. [1400-50; late ME < LL uterinus of, pertaining to the ...
uterine bleeding
Abnormal bleeding from the uterus not related to menstruation. Most common in the first few years after menarche and as menopause approaches, it is thought to occur when ...
uterine cancer
Malignant tumour of the uterus. Cancers affecting the lining of the uterus (endometrium) are the most common cancers of the female reproductive tract. Risk factors include ...
uterine cervix
▪ anatomy  lowest region of the uterus; (uterus) it attaches the uterus to the vagina and provides a passage between the vaginal cavity and the uterine cavity. The cervix, ...
a combining form representing uterus in compound words: uterovaginal. Also, esp. before a vowel, uter-. * * *
/yooh"teuhr euhs/, n., pl. uteri /yooh"teuh ruy'/, uteruses. Anat., Zool. the enlarged, muscular, expandable portion of the oviduct in which the fertilized ovum implants and ...
/ooht"gahrd/, n. Scand. Myth. a home of the Jotuns, outside Midgard and Asgard: probably synonymous with Jotunheim. [ < ON Utgarthar, equiv. to ut OUT + garthar YARD2; cf. ...
/ooht"gahrd loh"kee/, n. Scand. Myth. a Jotun appearing in the story of Thor's voyage to Utgard: at first disguised under another name (Skrymir). * * *
U Thant (o͞othäntʹ, thăntʹ) See Thant, U. * * *
/yooh"theuhr/, n. Arthurian Romance. king of Britain and father of Arthur. Also called Uther Pendragon. * * *
U·ther Pen·dra·gon (yo͞oʹthər pĕn-drăgʹən, o͞oʹ-) n. In Arthurian legend, a king of Britain and the father of Arthur. * * *
Uthmān ibn ʿAffānʿ
▪ Muslim caliph died June 17, 656, Medina, Arabian Peninsula       third caliph to rule after the death of the Prophet. He centralized the administration of the ...
urinary tract infection. * * *
uti possidetis
/yooh"tuy pos'i dee"tis/, Internat. Law. the principle that vests in either of the belligerents at the end of a war all territory actually occupied and controlled by them. [ < L ...
/yooh"ti keuh/, n. 1. an ancient city on the N coast of Africa, NW of Carthage. 2. a city in central New York, on the Mohawk River. 75,632. * * * Ancient Phoenician settlement, ...
/yooh"til, -tuyl/, adj. useful. [1475-85; < OF < L utilis, equiv. to ut(i) to use + -ilis -ILE] * * *
utile dulci
/ooh"ti le dool"kee/; Eng. /yooht"l ee dul"suy, -see/, Latin. the useful with the pleasurable. * * *
/yooh til"i kair'/, n. a usually state-funded program that helps elderly persons of low income to pay their utility bills, esp. heating bills in winter. [UTILI(TY) + CARE, as in ...
/yooh til"i dawr'/, n. Canadian. an aboveground, insulated network of pipes and cables, used to convey water and electricity in communities situated in areas of ...
utilise [yo͞ot′'l īz΄] vt. utilised, utilising alt. Brit. sp. of UTILIZE * * *
/yooh til'i tair"ee euhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to or consisting in utility. 2. having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc. 3. of, pertaining to, ...
/yooh til'i tair"ee euh niz'euhm/, n. the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on utility, and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the ...
/yooh til"i tee/, n., pl. utilities, adj. n. 1. the state or quality of being useful; usefulness: This chemical has no utility as an agricultural fertilizer. 2. something useful; ...
utility and value
▪ economics Introduction       in economics, the determination of the prices of goods and services.       The modern industrial economy is characterized by a ...
utility man
1. a worker expected to serve in any capacity when called on. 2. an actor of miscellaneous small parts. 3. Baseball. a player who is not a regular and whose value lies in an ...
utility pole
one of a series of large, upright poles used to support telephone wires, electric cables, or the like. Also called telephone pole. * * *
utility program
Computers. system software used to perform standard operations, as sorting data or copying data from one file to another, for application programs or other system software. Also, ...
utility room
a room, esp. in a house, reserved for the furnace, washing machine, and other appliances. * * *
utility truck
utility truck n. [Austral. & N.Z.] PICKUP * * *
utility vehicle
utility vehicle n. SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE * * *
utility program n. A program that performs a specific task related to the management of computer functions, resources, or files, as password protection, memory management, virus ...
utility room n. A room used for keeping large typically household appliances, such as a washing machine and dryer, or for storing cleaning items, such as a mop, bucket, and ...
See utilize. * * *
See utilizable. * * *
—utilizable, adj. —utilization, n. —utilizer, n. /yooht"l uyz'/, v.t., utilized, utilizing. to put to use; turn to profitable account: to utilize a stream to power a ...
See utilizable. * * *
Utkal Plains
▪ plains, India       coastal plains in eastern Orissa state, eastern India. Extending over about 16,000 square miles (41,400 square km), the plains are bounded by the ...
/ut"mohst'/ or, esp. Brit., /-meuhst/, adj. 1. of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, or the like; greatest: of the utmost importance. 2. being at the farthest point or ...
/oot'neuh pish"tim/, n. (in the Poem of Gilgamesh) the favorite of the gods, who survived the great flood and became immortal. * * *
/yooh"toh az"tek euhn/, n. 1. an American Indian language family, widespread from Idaho to Central America and from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific: this family includes Hopi, ...
Uto-Aztecan languages
Family of more than 30 American Indian languages spoken in pre-Columbian times from the northern Great Basin to Central America. Geographically, Uto-Aztecan can be divided into ...
/yooh toh"pee euh/, n. 1. an imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc. 2. (usually l.c.) an ideal place or ...
Utopia Planitia
/pleuh nee"sheuh/ Astron. a plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars that was the landing site of the Viking II space probe on September 3, 1976. * * * ▪ region, ...
/yooh toh"pee euhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling Utopia. 2. (usually l.c.) founded upon or involving idealized perfection. 3. (usually l.c.) given to impractical or ...
utopian socialism
(sometimes cap.) an economic system based on the premise that if capital voluntarily surrendered its ownership of the means of production to the state or the workers, ...
—utopianist, n. /yooh toh"pee euh niz'euhm/, n. (sometimes cap.) the views or habit of mind of a utopian; impracticable schemes of political or social reform. [1655-65; UTOPIAN ...
—utopist, n. —utopistic, adj. /yooh"teuh piz'euhm, yooh toh"piz-/, n. (sometimes cap.) utopianism. [UTOP(IA) + -ISM] * * *
—Utraquism, n. /yooh"treuh kwist/, n. Calixtine. [1830-40; < NL Utraquista, equiv. to L utraque (abl. sing. fem. of uterque each of two, equiv. to uter either + -que and) + NL ...
/yooh"trekt/; Du. /yuu"trddekht/, n. 1. a province in central Netherlands. 907,729; 511 sq. mi. (1325 sq. km). 2. a city in and the capital of this province: treaties ending the ...
Utrecht school
Principally a group of three Dutch painters from Utrecht Dirck van Baburen (с 1590–1624), Gerrit van Honthorst, and Hendrik Terbrugghen who were greatly influenced by ...
Utrecht, Peace of
(1713–14) Series of treaties concluding the War of the Spanish Succession. One series was signed between France and other European powers; another series was signed between ...
Utrecht, State University of
▪ university, Utrecht, The Netherlands Dutch  Rijksuniversiteit Te Utrecht,         state-supported coeducational institution of higher learning founded in 1636 at ...
Utrecht, treaties of
▪ European history also called  Peace of Utrecht        (April 1713–September 1714), a series of treaties between France and other European powers (April 11, 1713 ...
▪ Spain       city, Sevilla provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southwestern Spain. It lies southeast of the city of ...
/yooh"tri keuhl/, n. 1. a small sac or baglike body, as an air-filled cavity in a seaweed. 2. Bot. a thin bladderlike pericarp or seed vessel. 3. Anat. the larger of two sacs in ...
/yooh trik"yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of a utricle; baglike. 2. having a utricle or utricles. [1750-60, Amer.; < L utricul(us) UTRICLE + -AR1] * * *
/yooh trik"yeuh lit, -layt'/, adj. Archaic. having a utricle; utricular; baglike. [1855-60; UTRICUL(AR) + -ATE1] * * *
/yooh trik'yeuh luy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the utricle. [ < NL; see UTRICLE, -ITIS] * * *
u·tric·u·lus (yo͝o-trĭkʹyə-ləs) n. pl. u·tric·u·li (-lī') A sac or pouch. * * *
/yooh tril"oh, ooh tril"oh/; Fr. /yuu trddee yaw"/, n. Maurice /maw rees"/; Fr. /maw rddees"/, 1883-1955, French painter (son of Suzanne Valadon). * * *
Utrillo, Maurice
born Dec. 25, 1883, Paris, Fr. died Nov. 5, 1955, Le Vésinet French painter. When he became an alcoholic in his teens, his mother, the painter and model Suzanne Valadon, ...
U·tril·lo (yo͞o-trĭlʹō, ü-trē-ōʹ), Maurice. 1883-1955. French painter known especially for his street scenes of Paris. * * *
/oo tsooh"naw mee"yah/, n. a city on central Honshu, in central Japan. 377,748. * * * ▪ Japan       capital, Tochigi ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan. The city is ...
Uttar Pradesh
/oot"euhr preuh daysh", -desh"/ a state in N India: a former province of British India. 97,380,000; 113,409 sq. mi. (293,730 sq. km). Cap.: Lucknow. Formerly, United Provinces. ...
▪ Thailand       town, northern Thailand. It is a provincial capital and a farming market centre on the Nan River and the Bangkok–Chiang Mai railway. The town centre ...
State (pop., 2001 prelim.: 8,479,562), northern India. It is bordered by Tibet (China) and Nepal and the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh and covers an ...
utter1 —utterable, adj. —utterer, n. —utterless, adj. /ut"euhr/, v.t. 1. to give audible expression to; speak or pronounce: unable to utter her feelings; Words were uttered ...
utter bar.
See outer bar. * * *
utter barrister.
See outer barrister. * * *
See utter1. * * *
utterance1 /ut"euhr euhns/, n. 1. an act of uttering; vocal expression. 2. manner of speaking; power of speaking: His very utterance was spellbinding. 3. something uttered; a ...
See utterable. * * *
/ut"euhr ing/, n. Law. the crime of knowingly tendering or showing a forged instrument or counterfeit coin to another with intent to defraud. [1350-1400; ME; see UTTER1, -ING1] * ...
/ut"euhr lee/, adv. in an utter manner; completely; absolutely. [1175-1225; ME; see UTTER2, -LY] Syn. entirely, fully, wholly, totally. * * *
/ut"euhr mohst'/ or, esp. Brit., /-meuhst/, adj. 1. most remote or outermost; farthest: the uttermost stars. 2. of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, etc.; greatest: The ...
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and historic county of Essex, England. It occupies the northwestern corner of the county, where it ...
/ooh"tooh/, n. the Sumerian sun god: the counterpart of the Akkadian Shamash. * * *
/ooh twah"dhaw/, n. a city in central Puerto Rico. 11,113. * * *
Utzon, Jorn
▪ 2009       Danish architect born April 9, 1918, Copenhagen, Den. died Nov. 29, 2008, Copenhagen was best known for his dynamic design for the iconic Sydney Opera ...
Utzon, Jørn
Ut·zon (o͞otʹzən), Jørn. Born 1918. Danish architect who won a competition to design the Opera House in Sydney, Australia (1957). He withdrew from the project in 1966, and ...
UU abbrev. Unitarian Universalist * * *
Uub Chem. symbol ununbium * * * Uub The symbol for the element ununbium. * * *
underwater-to-underwater missile. * * *
Uummannaq Fjord
▪ inlet, Greenland Uummannaq also spelled  Umanak    inlet of Baffin Bay, western Greenland, north of Nuussuaq Peninsula. About 100 miles (160 km) long and 15–30 miles ...
Uun Chem. symbol ununnilium * * * Uun The symbol for the element ununnilium. * * *
➡ Ulster Unionist Party. * * *
Uuu Chem. symbol unununium * * * Uuu The symbol for the element unununium. * * *
ultraviolet. Also, U.V. * * *
UV Ceti star.
See flare star. [after the designation for such a star in the constellation Cetus] * * *
UV filter
Photog. See ultraviolet filter. [1935-40] * * *
UVA [yo͞o vē ā′] n. ultraviolet light with a longer wavelength than UVB and thus closer in size to visible violet light: sometimes written UV-A * * *
/yooh val"dee/, n. a city in SW Texas. 14,178. * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, seat (1856) of Uvalde county, southwestern Texas, U.S. It lies along the Leona ...
Uvarov, Sergey (Semyonovich), Count
born Sept. 5, 1786, Moscow, Russia died Sept. 16, 1855, Moscow Russian administrator. Uvarov served as a diplomat (1806–10), head of the St. Petersburg educational district ...
Uvarov, Sergey Semyonovich, Count
▪ Russian statesman (Graf) born Aug. 25 [Sept. 5, New Style], 1786, Moscow, Russia died Sept. 4 [Sept. 16], 1855, Moscow       Russian statesman and administrator, an ...
/ooh vahr"euh vuyt', yooh-/, n. Mineral. a variety of garnet colored emerald-green by the presence of chromium. [1825-35; < G, named after Count S. S. Uvarov (1785-1855), ...
UVB [yo͞o vē bē′] n. ultraviolet light with a shorter wavelength than UVA and thus closer in size to X-rays: sometimes written UV-B * * *
—uveal, uveous, adj. /yooh"vee euh/, n. Anat. the vascular tunic of the eye, comprising the iris, choroid coat, and ciliary body. [1515-25; < ML uvea, var. of L uva fruit of ...
See uvea. * * *
/yoohd"l, yoohv"dayl/, n. Nicholas. See Udall. * * *
—uveitic /yooh'vee it"ik/, adj. /yooh'vee uy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the uvea. [1840-50; < NL; see UVEA, -ITIS] * * * Inflammation of the uvea, the middle coat of the ...
➡ Ulster Volunteer Force. * * *
UV index (yo͞oʹvēʹ) n. A scale ranging from zero to ten, used in estimating the risk for sunburn that an unprotected fair-skinned person would have if exposed to the ...
/yooh"vyeuh leuh/, n., pl. uvulas, uvulae /-lee"/. Anat. the small, fleshy, conical body projecting downward from the middle of the soft palate. See diag. under ...
—uvularly, adv. /yooh"vyeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the uvula. 2. Phonet. articulated with the back of the tongue held close to or touching the uvula, as in the ...
/yooh'vyeuh lek"teuh mee/, n., pl. uvulectomies. Surg. excision of the uvula. [UVUL(A) + -ECTOMY] * * *
/yooh'vyeuh luy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the uvula. [1840-50; UVUL(A) + -ITIS] * * *
UW abbrev. underwriter: also U/W * * * UW abbr. 1. underwriter. 2. underwritten. * * *
▪ Japan       city, Ehime ken (prefecture), Shikoku, Japan. It faces the Bungo Channel between the Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Uwajima developed as a castle town ...
Chiefly Law. uxor (used chiefly in the legal abbreviation et ux.). * * *
UXB abbr. unexploded bomb. * * *
Uxbridge [uks′brij΄] former borough in Middlesex, SE England: now part of Hillingdon * * *
/oohs mahl"/, n. an ancient ruined city in SE Mexico, in Yucatán: a center of later Mayan civilization. * * * Ancient city, Yucatán state, southeastern Mexico. It was the ...
/uk"sawr, -sohr, ug"zawr, -zohr/, n. Latin. wife (used chiefly in the legal phrase et uxor). * * *
—uxorially, adv. /uk sawr"ee euhl, -sohr"-, ug zawr"-, -zohr"-/, adj. of or pertaining to a wife; typical of or befitting a wife. [1790-1800; < L uxori(us) pertaining to a wife ...
See uxorial. * * *
—uxoricidal, adj. /uk sawr"euh suyd', -sohr"-, ug zawr"-, -zohr"-/, n. 1. the act of murdering one's wife. 2. a man who murders his wife. [1855-60; < L uxor wife + -I- + ...
/uk sawr'euh loh"keuhl, -sohr'-, ug zawr'-, -zohr'-/, adj. matrilocal. [ < L uxor wife + -I- + LOCAL] * * *
—uxoriously, adv. —uxoriousness, n. /uk sawr"ee euhs, -sohr"-, ug zawr"-, -zohr'-/, adj. doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one's ...
See uxorious. * * *
See uxoriously. * * *
▪ Nigeria       town, capital of Akwa Ibom state, southeastern Nigeria. Uyo lies on the road from Oron to Ikot Ekpene. A collecting station for palm oil and kernels, it ...
Uys, Jamie
▪ 1997       South African filmmaker whose biggest comedic success, The Gods Must Be Crazy, was an international hit (b. May 30, 1921—d. Jan. 29, 1996). * * *
▪ Bolivia  town, southwestern Bolivia. It lies on the cold, windswept Altiplano, a high intermontane plateau, at 12,024 feet (3,665 metres) above sea level, just east of the ...
Uyuni Salt Flat
▪ salt flat, Bolivia Spanish  Salar de Uyuni        arid, windswept salt flat in southwestern Bolivia. It lies on the Altiplano, at 11,995 feet (3,656 metres) above ...
Uzaemon XVII, Ichimura
▪ 2002 Bandô Mamoru        Japanese actor (b. 1916, Tokyo, Japan—d. July 8, 2001, Tokyo), was one of the greatest tachiyaku (male-role) actors in Japan's traditional ...
/ooz"beg, uz"-, ooz beg"/, n., pl. Uzbegs, (esp. collectively) Uzbeg. Uzbek. * * *
/ooz"bek, uz"-, ooz bek"/, n., pl. Uzbeks, (esp. collectively) Uzbek. 1. a member of a town-dwelling Turkic people of Turkestan and Uzbekistan. 2. the Turkic language of the ...
Uzbek khanate
▪ historical state, Central Asia       any of the three states that ruled Transoxania, in present-day Uzbekistan, before it came under Russian rule in the 19th century. ...
Uzbek language
      member of the Turkic language subfamily of the Altaic family, spoken in Uzbekistan, eastern Turkmenistan, northern and western Tajikistan, southern Kazakhstan, ...
Uzbek literature
Introduction       the body of written works produced by the Uzbek people of Central Asia, most of whom live in Uzbekistan, with smaller populations in Afghanistan, ...
Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic
Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic a republic of the U.S.S.R.: now UZBEKISTAN * * *
/ooz bek"euh stan', -stahn', uz-/, n. a republic in S central Asia. 23,860,452; 172,741 sq. mi. (447,400 sq. km). Cap.: Tashkent. Formerly, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. * * ...
Uzbekistan, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped blue-white-green national flag with red fimbriations (narrow borders) between the stripes. In the upper hoist corner are a ...
▪ Ukraine Russian  Uzhgorod,  Czech  Užhorod,  Hungarian  Ungvár        city, western Ukraine. It is situated along the Uzh River just east of the Slovak ...
/ooh"zee/, n., pl. Uzis. a compact 9mm submachine gun of Israeli design. [1955-60; after Uzi(el Gal), Israeli army officer who designed it] * * *
Uzi submachine gun
Compact automatic weapon used throughout the world as a police and special-forces firearm. It was named for its designer, Uziel Gal, an Israeli officer who developed it after ...
▪ Serbia formerly  (1947–92) Titovo Užice        town, Serbia. It lies along the Djetinja River and the Sarajevo-Čačak-Belgrade railway line. A medieval town of ...
Uzun Ḥasan
▪ Turkmen ruler born 1423, Amida [now Diyarbakır, Turkey] died Jan. 6, 1478, Tabrīz [now in Iran]       ruler (1453–78) of the Turkmen Ak Koyunlu dynasty, who ...
/euh zuy"euh/, n. the son and successor of Amaziah as king of Judah, reigned 783?-742? B.C. II Kings 15:13, 30-34. Also, Azariah. * * * ▪ king of Judah also spelled  Ozias, ...
1. vagabond. 2. Math. vector. 3. velocity. 4. verb. 5. victory. 6. Elect. volt; volts. 7. vowel. Symbol. 1. the 22nd in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 21st. 2. ...
1. variable. 2. velocity. 3. vicinal. 4. victory. 5. Elect. volt; volts. * * *
V and A
➡ Victoria and Albert Museum. * * *
v aux
v aux abbrev. auxiliary verb * * *
V block
a block having a precise V-shaped groove for checking the roundness or concentricity of a machine part or the like, or for holding cylindrical pieces of work. * * *
V joint
Masonry. an angular, hollow mortar joint. * * *
V neck
a neckline V-shaped in front. [1900-05] * * *
V region
Immunol. See variable region. * * *
V Rev
V Rev abbrev. Very Reverend * * *
V S Naipaul
➡ Naipaul * * *
V S Pritchett
➡ Pritchett * * *
V sign
1. a sign of victory formed by the raised index and middle fingers. 2. this sign used as an indication of approval. [1940-45] * * *
V, v
/vee/, n., pl. V's or Vs, v's or vs. 1. the 22nd letter of the English alphabet, a consonant. 2. any spoken sound represented by the letter V or v, as in victor, flivver, or ...
/vee"wun"/, n., pl. V- 1's. a robot bomb developed by the Germans in World War II and launched from bases on the ground, chiefly against England. Also, V-one. [ < G ...
V-1 missile
or flying bomb or buzz bomb German missile of World War II. The forerunner of modern cruise missiles, it was about 25 ft (8 m) long and had a wingspan of about 18 ft (5.5 ...
/vee"tooh"/, n., pl. V- 2's. a liquid-fueled rocket used as a ballistic missile by the Germans, mainly against London, late in World War II. Also, V-two. * * *
V-2 missile
German liquid-fueled ballistic missile of World War II, forerunner of modern space launch vehicles (See also rocket) and long-range missiles. Developed starting in 1936 under ...
/vee"fawr", -fohr"/, n., pl. V- 4's. V-four. * * *
/vee"siks"/, n., pl. V- 6's. V-six. * * *
/vee"ayt"/, n., pl. V- 8's. V-eight. * * *
/vee"chip'/, n. a computer chip or other electronic device that blocks the reception of violent or sexually explicit television shows. [1990-95; b. VIOLENT or VIOLENCE + CHIP ...
/vee"day'/, n. a day of final military victory. Cf. V-E Day, V-J Day. [1940-45; short for Victory Day] * * *
V-E Day
May 8, 1945, the day of victory in Europe for the Allies in World War II. * * *
V-E Day (vēʹēʹ) n. May 8, 1945, the day on which the Allies announced the surrender of German forces in Europe.   [V(ictory in) E(urope) Day.] * * *
/vee"ayt"/, adj. 1. noting an internal-combustion engine having two opposed banks of four cylinders, each inclined so that the axes of the cylinders form a V-shaped angle as seen ...
/vee"en'jeuhn/, n. an internal-combustion engine having two opposed banks of cylinders inclined so that they form a V-shaped angle. [1920-25] * * *
/vee"fawr", -fohr"/, n. Auto. a four-cylinder V-engine. Also, V-4. * * *
V-J Day
/vee"jay"/ August 15, 1945, the day Japan accepted the Allied surrender terms in World War II. [V-J: victory over Japan] * * *
V-J Day (vēʹjāʹ) n. August 15, 1945, the day on which the Allies announced the surrender of Japanese forces during World War II.   [V(ictory in) J(apan) Day.] * * *
/vee"mayl'/, n. a mail system used by U.S. armed forces during World War II. [V: victory] * * *
V-neck [vē′nek΄] n. a neckline that is V-shaped in front * * * V-neck (vēʹnĕk') n. A V-shaped neckline, as of a sweater. * * *
/vee"shaypt'/, adj. having the shape of the letter V: a V-shaped flying formation. * * *
n the act of holding up the first and second fingers of the hand so they are spread to form a V. With the back of the hand towards the body this expresses ‘victory’ (as used ...
/vee"siks"/, n. Auto. a six-cylinder V-engine. Also, V-6. Cf. V-eight. * * *
V-type engine
/vee"tuyp'/, Auto. an engine having the cylinders aligned in two banks at an angle to each other, forming a V. * * *
1. valve. 2. Venerable. 3. verb. 4. verse. 5. version. 6. versus. 7. very. 8. Vicar. 9. vice. 10. see. [ < L vide] 11. Village. 12. violin. 13. Virgin. 14. Viscount. 15. ...
1. valve. 2. (in personal names) van. 3. vector. 4. vein. 5. ventral. 6. verb. 7. verse. 8. version. 9. verso. 10. versus. 11. very. 12. vicar. 13. vice. 14. see. [ < L vide] 15. ...
V. Adm.
Vice-Admiral. * * *
v. aux.
auxiliary verb. * * *
v. imp.
verb impersonal. * * *
v. irr.
irregular verb. * * *
V. Rev.
Very Reverend. * * *
1. See Veterans Administration. 2. Vicar Apostolic. 3. Vice-Admiral. 4. (Order of) Victoria and Albert. * * *
1. verb active. 2. verbal adjective. * * *
1. venture capital. 2. Veterinary Corps. 3. Vice-Chairman. 4. Vice-Chancellor. 5. Vice-Consul. 6. See Victoria Cross. 7. Vietcong. * * *       recipient of the Victoria ...
various dates. * * *
Minister of the Word of God. [ < L Verbi Dei Minister] * * *
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States: a society composed of veterans of the U.S. armed forces who have served overseas during wartime. Also, VFW. * * *
Vicar-General. * * *
for example. [ < L verbi gratia] * * *
1. Vancouver Island. 2. Virgin Islands. * * *
1. intransitive verb. 2. see below. [ < L vide infra] * * *
varia lectio. * * *
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. [ < NL Veterinariae Medicinae Doctor] * * *
verb neuter. * * *
very old (used esp. to indicate the age of whiskey or brandy, usually 6 to 8 years old). * * *
Vice President. Also, V. Pres. * * *
passive verb. [ < NL verbum passivum] * * *
Queen Victoria. [ < L Victoria Regina] * * *
reflexive verb. [ < NL verbum reflexivum] * * *
Veterinary Surgeon. * * *
vide supra. * * *
(of brandy) very superior old. * * *
very superior old pale (used esp. to indicate a type of aged brandy, which under French law cannot be exported until it is at least four years old). * * *
transitive verb. [ < NL verbum transitivum] * * *
1. Volunteer Training Corps. 2. voting trust certificate. * * *
vice versa. * * *
Very Worshipful. * * *
/vee"stawl'/, Aeron. vertical and short takeoff and landing. Cf. VTOL. * * *
n [U, C] a juice made from eight different vegetables. It has been produced by the Campbell Soup Company since 1948, and its advertisements often used the phrase, ‘Wow! I ...
1. See Veterans Administration. 2. Virginia (approved esp. for use with zip code). 3. Also, va Elect. volt-ampere; volt-amperes. * * *
Virginia. * * *
Seph. /vah ahd"/; Ashk. /vah"ahd/, n., pl. vaadim Seph. /vah ah deem"/; Ashk. /vah ah"dim/. Hebrew. a Jewish council offering advice on or having authority over certain community ...
/vahl/, n. a river in S Africa, in the Republic of South Africa, flowing SW from the Transvaal to the Orange River. 700 mi. (1125 km) long. * * *
Vaal River
River, South Africa. Rising in Mpumalanga province, it flows west 750 mi (1,210 km), forming part of the boundary between Mpumalanga and Free State provinces, to empty into the ...
/vah"sah/, n. a seaport in W Finland, on the Gulf of Bothnia. 53,720. * * * ▪ Finland Swedish  Vasa,         city, western Finland, on the Gulf of Bothnia (Bothnia, ...
VAB abbr. voice answer back. * * *
/vak/, n. Informal. See vacuum cleaner. [by shortening] * * *
vac. abbr. 1. vacancy. 2. vacation. 3. vacuum. * * *
/vay"keuhn see/, n., pl. vacancies. 1. the state of being vacant; emptiness. 2. a vacant, empty, or unoccupied place, as untenanted lodgings or offices: This building still has ...
—vacantly, adv. —vacantness, n. /vay"keuhnt/, adj. 1. having no contents; empty; void: a vacant niche. 2. having no occupant; unoccupied: no vacant seats on this train. 3. ...
See vacant. * * *
See vacantly. * * *
Văcărescu Family
▪ Romanian family       Romanian boyars of Phanariote (Greek) origin, a gifted family that gave the first poets to Romanian literature.       Ienăchiţă ...
▪ Roman law scholar born c. 1115, –20, Lombardy [Italy] died after 1198, , England       scholar of Roman (civil) and canon law, who was, at the nascent University ...
—vacatable, adj. /vay"kayt/ or, esp. Brit., /veuh kayt", vay-/, v., vacated, vacating. v.t. 1. to give up possession or occupancy of: to vacate an apartment. 2. to give up or ...
—vacationer, vacationist, n. —vacationless, adj. /vay kay"sheuhn, veuh-/, n. 1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, ...
Vacation Bible School
a religious school conducted by some churches during the summer for students on vacation. * * *
See vacationer. * * *
☆ vacationer [vā kā′shənər, və kā′shənər ] n. a person taking a vacation, esp. one who is traveling or at a resort: also vacationist * * * See vacation. * * *
va·ca·tion·ist (vā-kāʹshə-nĭst, və-) n. One who is on vacation. * * *
/vay kay"sheuhn land', veuh-/, n. an area having recreational facilities, historic or picturesque sights, etc., that attract vacationists. [VACATION + -LAND] * * *
/vak"euh vil'/, n. a city in central California. 43,367. * * *
/vak"seuh nl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or caused by vaccine or vaccination. [1855-60; VACCIN(ATION) + -AL1; cf. F vaccinal] * * *
/vak"seuh nayt'/, v., vaccinated, vaccinating. Med. v.t. 1. to inoculate with the vaccine of cowpox so as to render the subject immune to smallpox. 2. to inoculate with the ...
/vak'seuh nay"sheuhn/, n. Med. the act or practice of vaccinating; inoculation with vaccine. [1800-10; VACCINE (adj.) + -ATION] * * *
/vak"seuh nay'teuhr/, n. Med. 1. a person who vaccinates. 2. an instrument used in vaccination. [1800-10; VACCINATE + -OR2] * * *
/vak seen"/ or, esp. Brit., /vak"seen, -sin/, n. 1. any preparation used as a preventive inoculation to confer immunity against a specific disease, usually employing an innocuous ...
vaccine point
Med. a thin, pointed, vaccine-coated piece of bone or the like, for use in vaccinating. * * *
vaccine-associated feline sarcoma
      malignant tumour of cat (cat, domestic)s that develops at the site of a vaccine injection. The disease was described in 1991, but its low incidence (about 5 cases in ...
/vak'seuh nee"/, n. a person who receives a vaccination. [1885-90; VACCIN(ATE) + -EE] * * *
—vaccinial, adj. /vak sin"ee euh/, n. 1. a variant of the cowpox virus that became established in vaccines derived from cowpox-inoculated humans. 2. Pathol. an acute infection ...
See vaccinia. * * *
▪ plant genus       genus of about 450 species of shrubs, in the heath family (Ericaceae), found widely throughout the Northern Hemisphere and extending south along ...
/vak'seuh neuh zay"sheuhn/, n. Med. a vaccination produced by a series of virus inoculations. [1885-90; VACCINE + -IZATION] * * *
See vaccinology. * * *
vac·ci·nol·o·gy (văk'sə-nŏlʹə-jē) n. The science or methodology of vaccine development.   vac'ci·nolʹo·gist n. * * *
/vay"cheuhl/, n. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning "little cow." * * *
/vas"euh leuhnt/, adj. wavering; hesitant; indecisive; vacillating. [1515-25; < L vacillant- (s. of vacillans), prp. of vacillare to VACILLATE; see -ANT] * * *
—vacillator, n. /vas"euh layt'/, v.i., vacillated, vacillating. 1. to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor ...
—vacillatingly, adv. /vas"euh lay'ting/, adj. 1. not resolute; wavering; indecisive; hesitating: an ineffectual, vacillating person. 2. oscillating; swaying; fluctuating: a ...
See vacillate. * * *
/vas'euh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of vacillating. 2. a state of indecision or irresolution. 3. unsteady movement; fluctuation. [1350-1400; ME vacillacion < L ...
See vacillatingly. * * *
/vas"euh leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. marked by or displaying vacillation: a vacillatory policy of action. [1725-35; VACILLATE + -ORY1] * * *
▪ Mauritius       town (township) on the island of Mauritius, in the western Indian Ocean. It lies in the western highlands region of the country, about 10 miles (16 km) ...
/vak"yooh euh/, n. a pl. of vacuum. * * *
/va kyooh"i tee, veuh-/, n., pl. vacuities. 1. the state of being vacuous or without contents; vacancy; emptiness: the vacuity of the open sea. 2. absence of thought or ...
See vacuole. * * *

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