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velskoen [velt′skün΄, felt′skün΄vel′skün΄, fel′skün΄] pl.n. 〚Afrik < vel, skin (< MDu, akin to FELL3) + skoen, shoe (akin to OE scoh,SHOE)〛 sturdy shoes of ...
/vel thee"mee euh/, n. any of several bulbous plants of the genus Veltheimia, esp. V. viridifolia, native to southern Africa, having glossy, strap-shaped leaves and a long ...
Velthuijs, Max
▪ 2006       Dutch children's author and illustrator (b. May 22, 1923, The Hague, Neth.—d. Jan. 25, 2005, The Hague), was best known for his series of Kikker ...
Veltman, Martinus J.G.
▪ Dutch physicist born June 27, 1931, Waalwijk, Neth.       Dutch physicist, corecipient with Gerardus 't Hooft (Hooft, Gerardus 't) of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Physics ...
/vee"leuhm/, n., pl. vela /-leuh/, for 1, 2, velum for 3. 1. Biol. any of various veillike or curtainlike membranous partitions. 2. Anat. the soft palate. See under palate (def. ...
/veuh loor"/, n., v., velured, veluring. n. 1. velvet or a substance resembling it. 2. a hatter's pad of velvet, plush, or the like for smoothing or dressing silk hats. v.t. 3. ...
/veuh looht"n euhs/, adj. having a soft, velvety surface, as certain plants. [1820-30; < NL velutinus lit., velvety. See VELVET, -INE1, -OUS] * * *
n [U] a popular US make of processed cheese, made by Kraft. * * *
/vel"vit/, n. 1. a fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, etc., sometimes having a cotton backing, with a thick, soft pile formed of loops of the warp thread either cut at the ...
velvet ant
any of several fuzzy, often brightly colored wasps of the family Mutillidae, the wingless, antlike female of which inflicts a severe sting. [1740-50, Amer.] * * * ▪ ...
velvet bean
a vine, Mucuna deeringiana, of the legume family, having long clusters of purplish flowers and densely hairy pods, grown in warm regions for forage or as an ...
velvet bent.
See brown bent. * * *
velvet carpet
a carpet or rug of pile weave resembling Wilton. * * *
velvet crab
      any of certain species in the swimming crab (q.v.) group. * * *
—veneerer, n. /veuh near"/, n. 1. a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood. 2. any of the thin layers of wood glued together to form plywood. 3. ...
veneer patch
a patch made in one of the veneers of a sheet of plywood before layup. Cf. panel patch. * * *
See veneer. * * *
/veuh near"ing/, n. 1. the process, act, or craft of applying veneers. 2. material applied as a veneer. 3. the surface formed by the application of veneers. 4. a superficial ...
ven·e·na·tion (vĕn'ə-nāʹshən) n. 1. Introduction of a venom into animal tissue. 2. The poisoned condition produced by a venom.   [From Latin venēnātus, past ...
/veuh neen", ven"een/, n. Biochem. venin. [1655-65; VEN(OM) + -ENE] * * *
/ven"euh nohs'/, adj. venomous; poisonous. Also, venenous /ven"euh neuhs/. [1665-75; < LL venenosus, equiv. to L venen(um) drug, VENOM + -osus -OSE1] * * *
/ven"euh pungk'cheuhr, vee"neuh-/, n. Med. venipuncture. [1920-25; vene- (see VENESECTION) + PUNCTURE] * * *
/ven"euhr/, n. Vänern. * * *
/veuh nair"euh/; Russ. /vyi nye"rddeuh/, n. one of a series of Soviet space probes that obtained scientific information about the atmosphere of Venus. [1961; < Russ Venéra VENUS ...
See venerableness. * * *
—venerability, venerableness, n. —venerably, adv. /ven"euhr euh beuhl/, adj. 1. commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; worthy of veneration or ...
Venerable Bede
Venerable Bede the see BEDE Saint * * *
See venerable. * * *
See venerableness. * * *
—venerator, n. /ven"euh rayt'/, v.t., venerated, venerating. to regard or treat with reverence; revere. [1615-25; < L veneratus, ptp. of venerari to solicit the goodwill of (a ...
—venerational, venerative, adj. —veneratively, adv. —venerativeness, n. /ven'euh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of venerating. 2. the state of being venerated. 3. the feeling ...
See veneration. * * *
See venerate. * * *
/veuh near"ee euhl/, adj. 1. arising from, connected with, or transmitted through sexual intercourse, as an infection. 2. pertaining to conditions so arising. 3. infected with or ...
venereal disease
Pathol. See sexually transmitted disease. Abbr.: VD [1650-60] * * *       any of a number of contagious diseases that are most commonly acquired in sexual intercourse. ...
venereal wart
Pathol. a soft warty nodule of viral origin that occurs on the mucosal surfaces of the genitalia or around the anus, often in a cluster; condyloma acuminatum. * * *
venereal disease n. Abbr. VD A sexually transmitted disease. * * *
venereal wart n. See genital wart. * * *
See venereology. * * *
See venereological. * * *
—venereologist, n. /veuh near'ee ol"euh jee/, n. the branch of medicine dealing with the study and treatment of venereal, or sexually transmitted, disease. Also, venerology ...
/ven"euhr euhr/, n. Archaic. a huntsman. [1835-45; VENER(Y)2 + -ER1] * * *
▪ paleontology  genus of pelecypods (clams) abundant during the Eocene Epoch (the Eocene Epoch began 57.8 million years ago and ended 36.6 million years ago). The shell, ...
venery1 /ven"euh ree/, n. Archaic. the gratification of sexual desire. [1490-1500; < L vener- (s. of venus; see VENUS) + -Y3; cf. L venera amours] venery2 /ven"euh ree/, n. ...
/ven'euh sek"sheuhn, vee'neuh-/, n. Surg. phlebotomy. Also, venisection. [1655-65; < NL or ML venae sectio cutting of a vein; see VEIN, SECTION] * * *
▪ language       group of dialects of Italian spoken in northeastern Italy. It includes the dialects spoken in Venice (Venetian), Verona (Veronese), Treviso (Trevisan), ...
/ven"i tuy'/, n.pl. 1. an ancient people of NE Italy absorbed by Rome after the Second Punic War. 2. an ancient Celtic people of Brittany, conquered by Julius Caesar, 56 ...
/veuh nee"shee euh, -sheuh/, n. 1. an ancient district in NE Italy: later a Roman province bounded by the Alps, the Po River, and the Adriatic Sea. 2. Venezia (def. 1). 3. a ...
/veuh nee"sheuhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Venice or its inhabitants. 2. pertaining to or designating a style of painting developed in Venice principally during the 15th and ...
Venetian ball
a small glass ball containing colorful objects or pieces, used chiefly as a paperweight. [1850-55] * * *
venetian blind
—venetianed, adj. a blind, as for a window, having overlapping horizontal slats that may be opened or closed, esp. one in which the slats may be raised and drawn together above ...
Venetian blue
a strong blue similar to cobalt blue. Also, venetian blue. [1830-40] * * *
Venetian dentil
Archit. (on an archivolt or molding) one of a series of small rectangular blocks having chamfers at alternate edges. [1895-1900] * * *
Venetian door
a doorway having a form similar to that of a Palladian window. [1725-35] * * *
Venetian glass
ornamental glassware of the type made at Venice, esp. that from the island of Murano. [1835-45] * * * Variety of glassware made in Venice from the 13th century to the ...
Venetian needle lace
▪ lace French  Point De Venise,         Venetian lace made with a needle from the 16th to the 19th century. Early examples were deep, acute-angled points, each worked ...
Venetian red
1. a red pigment, originally prepared from a natural oxide of iron, now usually made by calcining a mixture of lime and ferrous sulfate. 2. a dark shade of orangish ...
Venetian school
any of various groups of artists identified with Venice throughout the history of Italian art but most notably the painters of the 18th century, as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, ...
Venetian sumac.
See smoke tree (def. 2). [1745-55] * * *
Venetian window.
See Palladian window. [1770-80] * * *
ve·ne·tian blind or Ve·ne·tian blind (və-nēʹshən) n. A window blind consisting of a number of thin horizontal adjustable slats that overlap when closed. * * *
venetian blue n. A strong blue to greenish blue. * * *
Venetian glass n. A fine, often colored and ornamented glassware made in or near Venice, Italy. * * *
venetian red n. A deep to strong reddish brown. * * *
/veuh net"ik/, n. an Indo-European language of NE Italy, possibly belonging to the Italic branch, known from inscriptions from the 4th to 2nd centuries B.C. [1875-80; < L ...
Venetic language
      a language spoken in northeastern Italy before the Christian era. Known to modern scholars from some 200 short inscriptions dating from the 5th through the 1st ...
Veneto [vā′nə tō΄, ven′ətō] region of N Italy, on the Adriatic: 7,080 sq mi (18,337 sq km); pop. 4,381,000; chief city, Venice * * * Ve·ne·to (vĕnʹĕ-tō') A ...
Venette, Jean de
▪ French chronicler born c. 1308, , Venette, Fr. died c. 1369       French chronicler who left a valuable eyewitness report of events of the central France of his ...
Venez abbrev. Venezuela * * *
Venezuela. * * *
/ve ne"tsyah/, n. 1. Also, Venetia. Also called Veneto /ve"ne taw/. a region in NE Italy. 4,305,393; 7095 sq. mi. (18,375 sq. km). 2. Italian name of Venice. * * *
Venezia Giulia
/ve ne"tsyah jooh"lyah/ a former region of NE Italy, at the N end of the Adriatic: now mainly in Croatia and Slovenia. The larger part, including the area surrounding the Free ...
Venezia Tridentina
/ve ne"tsyah trddee'den tee"nah/ a former department in N Italy, now forming the greater part of the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. * * *
—Venezuelan, adj., n. /ven'euh zway"leuh, -zwee"-/; Sp. /be'ne swe"lah/, n. a republic in N South America. 22,396,407; 352,143 sq. mi. (912,050 sq. km). Cap.: Caracas. * * ...
Venezuela mud slides of 1999
      devastating mud slides in Venezuela in December 1999. An estimated 190,000 people were evacuated, but thousands of others, likely between 10,000 and 30,000, were ...
Venezuela, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped yellow-blue-red national flag with an arc of eight white stars in the centre. When displayed by the government, the flag ...
Venezuela, Gulf of
▪ gulf, Caribbean Sea Spanish  Golfo De Venezuela,         inlet of the Caribbean Sea in Venezuela and Colombia, extending 75 miles (120 km) north-south and reaching ...
Venezuela,Gulf of
Venezuela, Gulf of An inlet of the Caribbean Sea between northwest Venezuela and northern Colombia. It extends southward as Lake Maracaibo. * * *
See Venezuela. * * *
/venj/, v.t., venged, venging. Archaic. to avenge. [1250-1300; ME vengen < OF veng(i)er < L vindicare; see VINDICATE] * * *
/ven"jeuhns/, n. 1. infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge: But have you the right to ...
—vengefully, adv. —vengefulness, n. /venj"feuhl/, adj. 1. desiring or seeking vengeance; vindictive: a vengeful attitude. 2. characterized by or showing a vindictive spirit: ...
See vengeful. * * *
See vengefully. * * *
veni, vidi, vici
/way"nee wee"dee wee"kee/; Eng. /vee"nuy vuy"duy vuy"suy, ven"ee vee"dee vee"chee, -see/, Latin. I came, I saw, I conquered. * * *
veni- pref. Variant of veno-. * * *
—veniality, venialness, n. —venially, adv. /vee"nee euhl, veen"yeuhl/, adj. 1. able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal). 2. ...
venial sin
Rom. Cath. Ch. a transgression against the law of God that does not deprive the soul of divine grace either because it is a minor offense or because it was committed without full ...
See venial. * * *
See veniality. * * *
See veniality. * * *
venial sin n. Roman Catholic Church An offense that is judged to be minor or committed without deliberate intent and thus does not estrange the soul from the grace of God. * * *
/ven"is/, n. 1. Italian, Venezia. a seaport in NE Italy, built on numerous small islands in the Lagoon of Venice. 361,722. 2. Gulf of, the N arm of the Adriatic Sea. 3. a town in ...
Venice Biennale
International art exhibition held in the Castello district of Venice every two years and juried by an international committee. It was founded in 1895 as the International ...
Venice majolica
▪ pottery majolica also spelled  Maiolica,         tin-glazed earthenware made at Venice that reached its stylistic zenith in the 16th century. The workshops of ...
Venice Palace, Museum of the
▪ museum, Rome, Italy Italian  Museo Di Palazzo Venezia,        in Rome, museum occupying part of the papal apartment of the first great Renaissance palace of Rome. ...
Venice, Gulf of
Northern section of the Adriatic Sea. It extends eastward for 60 mi (95 km) from the Po River delta, Italy, to the coast of Istria. Marshes, lagoons, and sandspits border the ...
Venice, Peace of
(1177) Agreement in which Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa acknowledged Alexander III as the true pope. Frederick's decisive defeat by the Lombard League at the Battle ...
Venice, Treaty of
(1201) Treaty negotiated between crusaders in the Fourth Crusade and Enrico Dandolo of Venice to provide transport for 85,000 marks. The crusaders' failure to fulfill their ...
/ven"in, vee"nin/, n. Biochem. any of several poisonous substances occurring in snake venom. Also, venene, venine /ven"een/. [VEN(OM) + -IN2] * * *
Vening Meinesz, Felix Andries
▪ Dutch geophysicist born July 30, 1887, The Hague, Neth. died Aug. 10, 1966, Amersfoort       Dutch geophysicist and geodesist who was known for his measurements of ...
Venini, Paolo
▪ Italian glassmaker born 1895 died July 1959, Venice, Italy       Italian glassmaker (glass) and designer and manufacturer of glassware, whose works are outstanding ...
/ven"euh pungk'cheuhr, vee"neuh-/, n. Med. the puncture of a vein for surgical or therapeutic purposes or for collecting blood specimens for analysis. Also, ...
venire [və nī′rē] n. 〚L, COME〛 1. short for VENIRE FACIAS 2. a list or group of people from among whom a jury or juries will be selected * * * ve·ni·re ...
venire facias
/veuh nuy"ree fay"shee as', -near"ee/, Law. 1. a writ directing the appropriate official to summon a jury. 2. the entire jury panel from which a trial jury is selected. [1400-50; ...
venire fa·ci·as (fāʹshē-əs, -ăs') n. See venire.   [Middle English. See venire.] * * *
/vi nuy"ree meuhn, -near"ee-/, n., pl. veniremen. Law. a person summoned under a venire facias. [1770-80, Amer.; venire (see VENIRE FACIAS) + MAN1] * * *
/ven'euh sek"sheuhn, vee'neuh-/, n. Surg. phlebotomy. Also, venesection. [VEN(A) + -I- + SECTION] * * *
/ven"euh seuhn, -zeuhn/, n. the flesh of a deer or similar animal as used for food. [1250-1300; ME ven(a)ison < OF veneison, venaison < L venation (s. of venatio hunting), equiv. ...
/vi nuy"tee, ve nee"tay/, n. 1. the 95th Psalm (94th in the Vulgate and Douay), used as a canticle at matins or morning prayers. 2. a musical setting of this psalm. [1175-1225; ...
/ve'nee ze"laws/, n. Eleutherios /e'lef the"rddyaws/, 1864-1936, prime minister of Greece 1910-15, 1917-20, 1928-33. * * *
Venizélos, Eleuthérios
▪ prime minister of Greece Introduction in full  Eleuthérios Kyriakos Venizélos  born Aug. 23, 1864, Mourniés, Crete, Ottoman Empire [now in Greece] died March 18, 1936, ...
Venizélos, Eleuthérios (Kyriakos)
born Aug. 23, 1864, Mourniés, Crete, Ottoman Empire died March 18, 1936, Paris, France Greek revolutionary leader. Son of a Cretan revolutionary, he served in the government ...
Venkataraman, Ramaswamy
▪ president of India born Dec. 4, 1910, Rajamadam, Madras [now Tamil Nadu], India died Jan. 27, 2009, New Delhi       Indian politician, government official, and lawyer ...
ven·la·fax·ine (vĕn'lə-făkʹsēn, -sĭn) n. An oral antidepressant thought to inhibit neuronal uptake of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine in the central nervous ...
/ven"loh/, n. a city in SE Netherlands. 62,543. Also, Venloo /ven"loh/. * * * ▪ The Netherlands       gemeente (municipality), southeastern Netherlands (Netherlands, ...
Venn diagram
/ven/, Math., Symbolic Logic. a diagram that uses circles to represent sets and their relationships. [1940-45; named after John Venn (1834-1923), English logician] * * *
Vennberg, Karl
▪ Swedish poet in full  Karl Gunnar Vennberg   born April 11, 1910, Blädinge, Sweden died May 12, 1995       poet and critic who was the critical-analytical leader ...
Venn diagram (vĕn) n. A diagram using circles to represent sets, with the position and overlap of the circles indicating the relationships between the sets.   [After JohnVenn ...
a combining form with the meaning "vein," used in the formation of compound words: venostasis. [ < L ven(a) VEIN + -O-] * * *
/vee"neuh gram'/, n. an x-ray of the veins produced by venography. Also called phlebogram. [VENO- + -GRAM1] * * *
/vee nog"reuh fee/, n. x-ray examination of a vein or veins following injection of a radiopaque substance. Also called phlebography. [1925-30; VENO- + -GRAPHY] * * *
/vee nol"euh jee/, n. phlebology. [VENO- + -LOGY] * * *
—venomless, adj. /ven"euhm/, n. 1. the poisonous fluid that some animals, as certain snakes and spiders, secrete and introduce into the bodies of their victims by biting, ...
—venomously, adv. —venomousness, venomness, n. /ven"euh meuhs/, adj. 1. (of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, ...
See venomous. * * *
See venomously. * * *
▪ Italy Latin  Venusia        town and episcopal see, Basilicata regione, southern Italy. It is situated on the lower slope of Mount Vulcano, north of Potenza. ...
/vee"nohs/, adj. 1. having many or prominent veins. 2. venous. [1655-65; < L venosus, equiv. to ven(a) VEIN + -osus -OSE1] * * *
/vi nos"i tee/, n. Physiol. the state or quality of being venous. [1850-55; VENOSE + -ITY] * * *
/vee'noh stay"sis/, n. retardation or stoppage of blood flow through a vein. [VENO- + STASIS] * * *
—venously, adv. —venousness, n. /vee"neuhs/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a vein. 2. having, characterized by, or composed of veins. 3. pertaining to the ...
venous sinus
▪ anatomy       in human anatomy, any of the channels of a branching complex sinus network that lies between layers of the dura mater, the outermost covering of the ...
See venous. * * *
See venously. * * *
vent1 —ventless, adj. /vent/, n. 1. an opening, as in a wall, serving as an outlet for air, smoke, fumes, or the like. 2. an opening at the earth's surface from which volcanic ...
vent pipe
Plumbing. a pipe above a waste pipe or soil pipe that allows gas to escape from the system. [1855-60] * * *
vent window
(on an automobile) a small, pivoting window fitted into a main side window to provide draft-free ventilation. * * *
Vent, Îles du
▪ islands, French Polynesia English  Windward Islands   eastern group of islands within the Society Islands, French Polynesia, in the central South Pacific Ocean. The ...
/ven"tij/, n. a small hole or vent, as one of the fingerholes of a flute. [1595-1605; VENT1 + -AGE] * * *
/ven"tayl/, n. 1. the pivoted middle element of a face defense of a close helmet. See diag. under close helmet. 2. a flap of mail attached to a coif and fastened across the lower ...
Ventana Cave
/ven tan"euh/ a Paleo-Indian archaeological site near Tucson, Arizona. * * *
/ven"teuhr/, n. 1. Anat., Zool. a. the abdomen or belly. b. a bellylike cavity or concavity. c. a bellylike protuberance. 2. Law. the womb, or a wife or mother, as a source of ...
Venter, J. Craig
▪ 1996       Little more than 100 years ago, genetics research was about as interesting as counting peas. In fact, pea counting—by the monk Gregor Mendel—was ...
Ventidius, Publius
▪ Roman general born before 90, BC, Asculum Picenum, Picenum [now Ascoli Piceno, Italy] died , soon after 38 BC       Roman general and politician who rose from ...
/ven"teuh fakt'/, n. Geol. a pebble or cobble that has been faceted, grooved, and polished by the erosive action of wind-driven sand. [1910-15; < L venti- (comb. form of ventus ...
—ventilable, adj. /ven"tl ayt'/, v.t., ventilated, ventilating. 1. to provide (a room, mine, etc.) with fresh air in place of air that has been used or contaminated. 2. Med. a. ...
Natural or mechanically induced movement of fresh air into or through an enclosed space. The hazards of poor ventilation were not clearly understood until the early 20th ...
—ventilatory /ven"tl euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /ven'tl ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of ventilating. 2. the state of being ventilated. 3. facilities or equipment for providing ...
/ven'tl ay"sheuh nist/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or advocating the ventilation of emotions: a ventilationist approach to dealing with anger. n. 2. an advocate or practitioner ...
/ven"tl ay'tiv/, adj. 1. promoting or producing ventilation. 2. of or pertaining to ventilation. [1785-95; VENTILATE + -IVE] * * *
/ven"tl ay'teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that ventilates. 2. a contrivance or opening for replacing foul or stagnant air with fresh air. 3. Med. a respirator. [1735-45; ...
ventilatory [vent′'lə tôr΄ē] adj. 1. of, having, or pertaining to ventilation 2. Med. of, pertaining to, or involved in breathing and the oxygenation of the blood * * ...
▪ Italy       town, Liguria regione, northwestern Italy. It is situated at the mouth of the Roia River near the French border, just northeast of Nice, France. To the ...
▪ England, United Kingdom  town (parish), Isle of Wight (Wight, Isle of), historic county of Hampshire, England. The town lies along the southeastern coast of the Isle of ...
Ventnor City
/vent"neuhr/ a town in SE New Jersey. 11,704. * * *
—ventosity /ven tos"i tee/, n. /ven"tohs/, adj. Archaic. given to empty talk; windy; flatulent. [1715-25; < L ventosus windy, equiv. to vent(us) WIND1 + -osus -OSE1] * * *
/vahonn tohz"/, n. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the sixth month of the year, extending from February 19 to March 20. [ < F < L ventosus; see VENTOSE] * * *
Ventôse Decrees
▪ French history       during the French Revolution, laws providing for the confiscation of the property of enemies of the revolution and its distribution to needy ...
var. of ventro- before a vowel. * * *
/ven"trad/, adv. Anat., Zool. toward the ventral side; ventrally. [1840-50; VENTR- + -AD3] * * *
—ventrally, adv. /ven"treuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the venter or belly; abdominal. 2. Anat., Zool. situated on or toward the lower, abdominal plane of the body; ...
ventral fin.
See pelvic fin. [1745-55] * * *
ventral root.
See under nerve root. [1920-25] * * *
ventral fin n. A fin, such as a pelvic fin or an anal fin, that is found on the ventral side of a fish. * * *
See ventral. * * *
ventral root n. The part of a spinal nerve, consisting of motor fibers, that arises from the anterior section of the spinal cord. * * *
var. of ventro-. Also, ventr-. * * *
/ven"tri keuhl/, n. 1. Zool. any of various hollow organs or parts in an animal body. 2. Anat. a. either of the two lower chambers on each side of the heart that receive blood ...
—ventricosity /ven'tri kos"i tee/, n. /ven"tri kohs'/, adj. 1. swollen, esp. on one side or unequally; protuberant. 2. having a large abdomen. [1750-60; < NL ventricosus. See ...
See ventricose. * * *
/ven trik"yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a ventricle. 2. of or pertaining to a belly or to something resembling one. [1815-25; < L ventricul(us) (see ...
ventricular fibrillation
Pathol. a cardiac arrhythmia characterized by rapid, chaotic electrical impulses to the ventricles, incomplete ventricular contractions, and resultant loss of pulse and blood ...
ventricular septal defect
▪ pathology       opening in the partition between the two ventricles, or lower chambers, of the heart. Such defects are congenital and may be accompanied by other ...
ventricular tachycardia
Pathol. a cardiac arrhythmia in which the muscles of the ventricles contract irregularly in a rapid, uncoordinated manner, impairing the normal pumping of blood. * * *
ventricular fibrillation n. An often fatal form of arrhythmia characterized by rapid, irregular fibrillar twitching of the ventricles of the heart in place of normal ...
/ven trik"yeuh leuhs/, n., pl. ventriculi /-luy'/. Zool. 1. the part of the food tract in which digestion takes place, esp. the lower cavity of a compound stomach in insects. 2. ...
—ventriloquially, adv. /ven'treuh loh"kwee euhl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or using ventriloquism. Also, ventriloqual /ven tril"euh kweuhl/. [1830-40; VENTRILOQUY + -AL1] * * *
/ven tril"euh kwiz'euhm/, n. the art or practice of speaking, with little or no lip movement, in such a manner that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from ...
—ventriloquistic, adj. /ven tril"euh kwist/, n. a person who performs or is skilled in ventriloquism. [1650-60; VENTRILOQU(Y) + -IST] * * *
See ventriloquist. * * *
/ven tril"euh kwuyz'/, v.i., v.t., ventriloquized, ventriloquizing. to speak or sound in the manner of a ventriloquist. Also, esp. Brit., ventriloquise. [1835-45; VENTRILOQU(Y) + ...
ven·tril·o·quy (vĕn-trĭlʹə-kwē) n. Ventriloquism. * * *
/ven"tris/, n. Michael George Francis, 1922-56, English architect and linguist. * * *
Ventris, Michael
▪ British architect and cryptographer in full  Michael George Francis Ventris   born July 12, 1922, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, Eng. died Sept. 6, 1956, near Hatfield, ...
Ventris, Michael (George Francis)
born July 12, 1922, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, Eng. died Sept. 6, 1956, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire British architect and cryptographer. At age 14 he heard a lecture on ...
a combining form meaning "abdomen," used in the formation of compound words: ventrodorsal. Also, ventr-, ventri-. [comb. form of NL venter VENTER; see -O-] * * *
/ven'troh dawr"seuhl/, adj. Anat., Zool. pertaining to the ventral and dorsal aspects of the body; extending from the ventral to the dorsal side. [1890-95; VENTRO- + DORSAL1] * * ...
See ventrodorsal. * * *
—ventrolaterally, adv. /ven'troh lat"euhr euhl/, adj. Anat., Zool. of, pertaining to, or affecting the front and side. [1825-35; VENTRO- + LATERAL] * * *
See ventrolateral. * * *
ven·tro·me·di·al (vĕn'trō-mēʹdē-əl) adj. Both ventral and medial; extending toward the ventral surface and the median line.   ven'tro·meʹdi·al·ly adv. * * *
See ventromedial. * * *
▪ Latvia German  Windau,  Russian  Vindava,         city and port, western Latvia. It lies at the mouth of the Venta River on the Baltic Sea coast. A settlement ...
Ventura [ven toor′ə] 〚< (San Buena)ventura (the official name) < Sp, lit., saint of good fortune〛 city in SW Calif., northwest of Los Angeles: pop. 101,000 * * ...
Ventura, Jesse
▪ 2000       Ready to rumble through 1999 was Jesse (“The Body”) Ventura, the former professional wrestler who pulled off a stunning political upset in the November ...
—venturer, n. /ven"cheuhr/, n., v., ventured, venturing, adj. n. 1. an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, esp. a risky or dangerous one: a mountain-climbing ...
venture capital
—venture capitalism. —venture capitalist. funds invested or available for investment in a new or unproven business enterprise. Also called risk capital. [1940-45] * * *
venture capitalist
See venturecapitalism. * * *
venture capital n. Money made available for investment in innovative enterprises or research, especially in high technology, in which both the risk of loss and the potential for ...
See venture capital. * * *
See venture. * * *
Ventures, the
▪ American music group  American musical group that gained fame with its instrumental interpretations of pop hits and that served as a prototype for guitar-based rock groups. ...
—venturesomely, adv. —venturesomeness, n. /ven"cheuhr seuhm/, adj. 1. having or showing a disposition to undertake risky or dangerous activities; daring: a venturesome ...
See venturesome. * * *
See venturesomely. * * *
ven·tu·ri (vĕn-to͝orʹē) n. pl. ven·tu·ris 1. A short tube with a constricted throat used to determine fluid pressures and velocities by measurement of differential ...
venturi (tube)
venturi (tube) or venturi [ven toor′ē] n. 〚after G. B. Venturi (1746-1822), It physicist〛 a short tube with a constricted, throatlike passage that increases the velocity ...
venturi tube
/ven toor"ee/ a device for measuring the flow of a fluid, consisting of a tube with a short, narrow center section and widened, tapered ends, so that a fluid flowing through the ...
Venturi, Robert
▪ American architect in full  Robert Charles Venturi   born June 25, 1925, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.       American architect who proposed alternatives to the ...
Venturi, Robert (Charles)
born June 25, 1925, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. U.S. architect. He studied at Princeton University and in Rome at the American Academy. After working with Eero Saarinen and Louis ...
Venturi,Robert Charles
Ven·tur·i (vĕn-to͝orʹē), Robert Charles. Born 1925. American architect who led the postmodern reaction to functionalism. His eclectic, sometimes humorous designs often ...
—venturously, adv. —venturousness, n. /ven"cheuhr euhs/, adj. venturesome. [1555-65; VENTURE + -OUS; see ADVENTUROUS] * * *
See venturous. * * *
See venturously. * * *
/ven"yooh/, n. 1. Law. a. the place of a crime or cause of action. b. the county or place where the jury is gathered and the cause tried. c. the designation, in the pleading, of ...
See venule. * * *
—venular, adj. /ven"yoohl/, n. 1. a small vein. 2. one of the branches of a vein in the wing of an insect. Also, veinule, veinulet. [1840-50; < L venula little vein. See VEIN, ...
/ven"yeuh lohs'/, adj. having venules. Also, venulous /ven"yeuh leuhs/. [1855-60; VENULE + -OSE1] * * *
/vee"neuhs/, n., pl. Venuses for 2. 1. an ancient Italian goddess of gardens and spring, identified by the Romans with Aphrodite as the goddess of love and beauty. 2. an ...
Venus and Adonis
a narrative poem (1593) by Shakespeare. * * *
Venus and Adonis stanza
▪ poetry       a stanza consisting of an iambic pentameter (pentameter) quatrain and couplet with the rhyme scheme ababcc. The stanza was so called because it was used ...
Venus comb
      marine snail, a species of murex (q.v.). * * *
Venus de Milo
/deuh mee"loh, muy"-/ a Greek statue of Venus in marble, c200 B.C., found in 1820 on Melos and now in the Louvre, Paris. Also, Venus of Melos. Also called Aphrodite of Melos. * * ...
Venus figure
Venus (def. 3). Also called Venus figurine, Venus statuette. * * *
Venus hairstone
/hair"stohn'/ a variety of rutilated quartz, used as a gemstone. Cf. sagenite. [1880-85; HAIR + STONE] * * *
Venus of Willendorf.
See under Willendorf. * * *
Venus statuette.
Venus (def. 3). * * *
Venus Williams
➡ Williams (XII) * * *
Venus' flytrap
☆ Venus' flytrap n. a white-flowered swamp plant (Dionaea muscipula) of the sundew family, native to the Carolinas, having sensitive leaves with two hinged blades that snap ...
Venus'-hair [vē′nəs her΄] n. a maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) of tropical America and the S U.S. * * *
Venus's flower basket
a glass sponge of the genus Euplectella, inhabiting deep waters off the Philippines and Japan, having a cylindrical skeleton formed of an intricate latticework of siliceous ...
Venus's girdle
an iridescent blue-and-green comb jelly, Cestum veneris, having a ribbon-shaped, gelatinous body. [1865-70] * * * ▪ jellyfish       (Cestum veneris) ribbon-shaped comb ...
Venus's looking glass
▪ plant  (Legousia, or Specularia, speculum-veneris), species of annual herb of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae), native to sandy, sunny parts of the Mediterranean ...
/vee"neuh siz fluy"trap'/, n. a carnivorous plant, Dionaea muscipula, native to bogs of North and South Carolina, having roundish leaves with two lobes that close like a trap ...
/vee"neuh siz hair"/, n. a delicate maidenhair fern, Adiantum capillus-veneris. [1540-50] * * *
      variety of quartz interspersed with fine crystals of the mineral rutile (q.v.). * * *
/vee"neuhs berrg'/; Ger. /vay"noos berddk'/, n. a mountain in central Germany in the caverns of which, according to medieval legend, Venus held court. * * *
Venusflower basket
Venus flower basket or Ve·nus's flower basket (vēʹnəs, vēʹnə-sĭz) also Venus's flower basket (-nə-sĭz) n. A sponge of the genus Euplectella, living in deep marine ...
Venus flytrap or Venus' flytrap also Venus's flytrap n. An insectivorous plant (Dionaea muscipula) of the coastal plain of the Carolinas, having sensitive, hinged, marginally ...
Venus girdle or Venus' girdle also Venus's girdle n. A large ribbon-shaped ctenophore (Cestum veneris) having a jellylike bluish-green iridescent body. * * *
Venus hair or Venus' hair also Venus's hair n. A maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) of warm moist regions, having slender blackish stalks, bipinnately compound fronds, ...
/veuh nooh"sheuhn, -shee euhn, -see euhn, -nyooh"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the planet Venus. n. 2. a supposed being inhabiting or coming from Venus. [1895-1900; VENUS + ...
Venuslooking glass
Venus looking glass or Venus' looking glass also Venus's looking glass n. 1. A European annual plant (Legousia speculum-veneris) having small, blue or white star-shaped ...
▪ fossil reptile also spelled  Venjukovia,         genus of extinct mammallike reptiles (therapsids) that are found as fossils in Permian deposits in eastern Europe ...
ver abbrev. 1. verse(s) 2. version * * *
1. verse; verses. 2. version. * * *
/ver"euh, var"euh/, adj., adv. Scot. very. * * * ▪ 1994       (VERA NEUMANN), U.S. artist and designer (b. July 24, 1910, Stamford, Conn.—d. June 15, 1993, North ...
/vear"euh/, n. a female given name: from a Russian word meaning "faith." * * * ▪ 1994       (VERA NEUMANN), U.S. artist and designer (b. July 24, 1910, Stamford, ...
Vera Lynn
➡ Lynn (II) * * *
—veraciously, adv. —veraciousness, n. /veuh ray"sheuhs/, adj. 1. habitually speaking the truth; truthful; honest: a veracious witness. 2. characterized by truthfulness; true, ...
See veracious. * * *
See veraciously. * * *
/veuh ras"i tee/, n., pl. veracities for 4. 1. habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfulness: He was not noted for his veracity. 2. conformity to truth or ...
/ver'euh kroohz"/; Sp. /be'rddah krddoohs"/, n. 1. a state in E Mexico, on the Gulf of Mexico. 4,917,000; 27,759 sq. mi. (71,895 sq. km). Cap.: Jalapa. 2. a seaport in this ...
Veracruz incident
(1914) Occupation of Veracruz, Mex. , by U.S. marines. In April 1914, after the crew of a U.S. ship that had anchored in Tampico was briefly detained for landing in a forbidden ...
Deity believed by the Sami to be the closest to the starry heaven. Because he is associated with the pillar supporting the heavens, he is also responsible for the continuance of ...
/veuh ran"deuh/, n. 1. Also verandah. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a large, open porch, usually roofed and partly enclosed, as by a railing, often extending across the ...
/veuh ran"deuhd/, adj. having a veranda: a verandaed house. [1810-20; VERANDA + -ED3] * * *
/vear'euh pam"euhl, ver'-/, n. Pharm. a white crystalline powder, C27H38N2O4, used as a calcium blocker in the treatment of angina and certain arrhythmias. [1965-70; perh. by ...
/veuh ra"tri deen', -din/, n. Chem. a yellowish-white, amorphous, water-soluble, poisonous alkaloid, C36H51NO11, occurring with veratrine in the seeds of the sabadilla. [1905-10; ...
/ver"euh treen', -trin/, n. Chem. a white or grayish-white, slightly water-soluble, poisonous mixture of alkaloids obtained by extraction from the seeds of the sabadilla: ...
veratrum [və rā′trəm] n. 〚L: see VERATRINE〛 1. HELLEBORE (sense 2) 2. the dried rhizomes of certain hellebores, once used in medicine * * * ▪ plant ...
▪ India       city and port, south-central Gujarat (Gujarāt) state, west-central India. Veraval lies on the Arabian Sea coast of the Kathiawar Peninsula and is part ...
—verbless, adj. /verrb/, n. any member of a class of words that are formally distinguished in many languages, as in English by taking the past ending in -ed, that function as ...

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