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verb phrase
Gram. 1. a group of words including a verb and its complements, objects, or other modifiers that functions syntactically as a verb. In English a verb phrase combines with a noun ...
verbal
—verbally, adv. /verr"beuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to words: verbal ability. 2. consisting of or in the form of words: verbal imagery. 3. expressed in spoken words; oral ...
verbal adjective
Gram. an adjective derived from a verb, as, in English, smiling in smiling eyes, or, in Greek, batós "going," "moving," derived from baínen "to go," "to move." [1810-20] * * *
verbal auxiliary
an auxiliary verb, esp. when considered as a member of a separate class of words used with verbs rather than as a special subclass of verbs. [1955-60] * * *
verbal noun
Gram. a noun derived from a verb, esp. by a process applicable to most or all verbs, as, in English, the -ing form of Eating is fun or of Smoking is forbidden. [1700-10] * * *
verbaladjective
verbal adjective n. An adjective that is derived from a verb and that in some constructions, participial phrases for example, preserves the verb's syntactic features, such as ...
verbalism
/verr"beuh liz'euhm/, n. 1. a verbal expression, as a word or phrase. 2. the way in which something is worded; choice of words; phrasing. 3. a phrase or sentence having little or ...
verbalist
—verbalistic, adj. /verr"beuh list/, n. 1. a person skilled in the use of words. 2. a person who is more concerned with words than with ideas or reality. [1600-10; VERBAL + ...
verbalistic
See verbalist. * * *
verbality
/veuhr bal"i tee/, n., pl. verbalities for 2. 1. wordiness; verbal diffuseness: a speech full of tedious verbality. 2. a verbal expression of an idea or thought. 3. the quality ...
verbalization
See verbalize. * * *
verbalize
—verbalization, n. —verbalizer, n. /verr"beuh luyz'/, v., verbalized, verbalizing. v.t. 1. to express in words: He couldn't verbalize his feelings. 2. Gram. to convert into a ...
verbalizer
See verbalization. * * *
verbally
See verbal. * * *
verbalnoun
verbal noun n. A noun that is derived from a verb and usually preserves the verb's syntactic features, such as transitivity or the capability of taking nominal or verbal ...
Verbania
▪ Italy       commune, Piemonte ( Piedmont) regione, northern Italy. Verbania is a summer resort on Lake Maggiore (ancient Verbanus Lacus). Formed in 1939 by the union ...
verbatim
/veuhr bay"tim/, adv. 1. in exactly the same words; word for word: to repeat something verbatim. adj. 2. corresponding word for word to the original source or text: a verbatim ...
verbatim et literatim
/werdd bah"tim et lee'te rddah"tim/; Eng. /veuhr bay"tim et lit'euh ray"tim/, Latin. word for word and letter for letter; in exactly the same words. Also, verbatim ac literatim ...
verbena
/veuhr bee"neuh/, n. 1. any of various plants of the genus Verbena, esp. any of several hybrid species cultivated for their showy flower clusters. Cf. verbena family. 2. any of ...
verbena family
the plant family Verbenaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees having opposite or whorled leaves, clusters of irregular, sometimes fragrant flowers, and ...
Verbenaceae
▪ plant family       family of plants, in the order Lamiales, a worldwide but mainly tropical grouping of 30 genera and some 1,100 species, some of which are important ...
verbenaceous
/verr'beuh nay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the plant family Verbenaceae. Cf. verbena family. [1880-85; < NL Verbenace(ae) (see VERBENA, -ACEAE) + -OUS] * * *
verbiage
/verr"bee ij/, n. 1. overabundance or superfluity of words, as in writing or speech; wordiness; verbosity. 2. manner or style of expressing something in words; wording: a manual ...
verbicide
/verr"beuh suyd'/, n. 1. the willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word. 2. a person who willfully distorts the meaning of a word. [1855-60; < L ...
verbid
/verr"bid/, n. Gram. a nonfinite verb form; a verbal; an infinitive, participle, or gerund. [1910-15; VERB + -ID2] * * *
Verbiest, Ferdinand
▪ Jesuit missionary Chinese name (Pinyin)  Nan Huairen  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Nan Huai-jen  born Oct. 9, 1623, Pitthem, Spanish Netherlands [now Pittem, ...
verbify
—verbification, n. /verr"beuh fuy'/, v.t., verbified, verbifying. to change into or employ as a verb, as a noun. [1805-15; VERB + -IFY] * * *
verbigeration
/veuhr bij'euh ray"sheuhn/, Pathol. the constant or obsessive repetition of meaningless words or phrases. [1890-95; < L verbiger(are) to chat, converse (verb(um) word + -i- -I- + ...
verbose
—verbosely, adv. —verboseness, n. /veuhr bohs"/, adj. characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy: a verbose report. [1665-75; < L verbosus, equiv. to verb(um) ...
verbosely
See verbose. * * *
verboseness
See verbosely. * * *
verbosity
/veuhr bos"i tee/, n. the state or quality of being verbose; superfluity of words; wordiness: His speeches were always marred by verbosity. [1535-45; < LL verbositas. See ...
verboten
/veuhr boht"n/; Ger. /ferdd boht"n/, adj. forbidden, as by law; prohibited. [1910-15; < G: ptp. of verbieten to FORBID] * * *
verbphrase
verb phrase n. Abbr. VP 1. A phrase consisting of a verb and its auxiliaries, as should be done in the sentence The students should be done with the exam by noon. 2. A phrase ...
verbum sap
/verr"beuhm sap"/ a word to the wise is sufficient; no more need be said. Also, verb. sap. /verrb" sap"/, verbum sat /verr"beuhm sat"/. [1640-50; short for L verbum sapienti sat ...
verbum sat sapienti (est)
verbum sat sapienti (est) [vʉr′bəm sap′vʉr′bəm sat sap΄ē en′tī est′] 〚L〛 a word to the wise (is) enough: often shortened to verbum sap [vʉr′bəm sap′] * ...
Vercelli
/ver chel"ee, veuhr-/; It. /verdd chel"lee/, n. a city in NW Italy, W of Milan. 55,161. * * * ▪ Italy Latin  Vercellae         city, capital of Vercelli provincia, ...
Vercelli Book
a codex of Old English poems and sermons found in the chapter house at Vercelli. * * * ▪ Old English literature Latin  Codex Vercellensis,         Old English ...
Vercingetorix
/verr'sin jet"euh riks, -get"-/, n. died 45? B.C., Gallic chieftain conquered by Caesar. * * * died 46 BC Chieftain of the Gallic tribe of the Arverni. Julius Caesar had ...
Vercors
▪ French author pseudonym of  Jean Marcel Bruller   born Feb. 26, 1902, Paris, France died June 10, 1991, Paris       French novelist and artist-engraver, who wrote ...
verd antique
/verrd/ 1. a green, mottled or impure serpentine, sold as a marble and much used for decorative purposes. 2. any of various similar green stones. Also, verde antique. [1735-45; < ...
verdancy
See verdant. * * *
Verdandi
/ver"dahn dee/, n. Scand. Myth. See under Norn. [ < ON verthandi, prp. of vertha to become; see URD] * * *
verdant
—verdancy, n. —verdantly, adv. /verr"dnt/, adj. 1. green with vegetation; covered with growing plants or grass: a verdant oasis. 2. of the color green: a verdant lawn. 3. ...
verdantique
verd antique also verde antique (vûrd) n. A dull green, mottled or veined serpentine used in interior decoration.   [Obsolete French, from Italian verde antico: verde, green + ...
verdantly
See verdancy. * * *
Verde
/verrd/, n. Cape, a cape in Senegal, near Dakar: the westernmost point of Africa. * * * (as used in expressions) Cape Verde Republic of Cape Verde Mesa Verde National Park * * *
Verde, Cesário
▪ Portuguese poet in full  José Joaquim Cesário Verde   born Feb. 25, 1855, Lisbon, Port. died July 18, 1886, Lisbon       poet who revived Portuguese poetry by ...
Verde,Cape
Verde (vûrd), Cape A peninsula of western Senegal projecting into the Atlantic Ocean. First sighted by the Portuguese in 1445, it is the westernmost point of Africa. * * *
verderer
—verderership, n. /verr"deuhr euhr/, n. an English judicial officer in the royal forests having charge esp. of the vert, or trees and undergrowth. Also, verderor. [1535-45; < ...
VerdeRiver
Ver·de River (vûrʹdē, vĕrʹ-) A river, about 306 km (190 mi) long, of central Arizona flowing generally southeast to the Salt River. * * *
Verdet, Ilie
▪ 2002       Romanian politician (b. May 10, 1925, Comanesti, Rom.—d. March 20, 2001, Bucharest, Rom.), as the brother-in-law of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, ...
Verdi
/vair"dee/; It. /verdd"dee/, n. Giuseppe /jooh zep"pe/, 1813-1901, Italian composer. * * *
Verdi, Giuseppe
▪ Italian composer Introduction in full  Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi   born October 9/10, 1813, Roncole, near Busseto, duchy of Parma [Italy] died January 27, 1901, ...
Verdi, Giuseppe (Fortunato Francesco)
born Oct. 9/10, 1813, Roncole, near Busseto, duchy of Parma died Jan. 27, 1901, Milan, Italy Italian composer. He was the son of an innkeeper, and he showed talent early. While ...
Verdi,Giuseppe
Ver·di (vârʹdē), Giuseppe. 1813-1901. Italian composer of operas, including La Traviata (1853), Aïda (1871), and Otello (1887). He is credited with raising Italian opera to ...
Verdicchio
Verdicchio [ver dik′ē ō] n. [also v-] a light, dry white wine of the Adriatic coast of central Italy * * *
verdict
/verr"dikt/, n. 1. Law. the finding or answer of a jury given to the court concerning a matter submitted to their judgment. 2. a judgment; decision: the verdict of the ...
verdigris
—verdigrisy, adj. /verr"di grees', -gris/, n. a green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time, ...
Verdigris River
River, southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma, U.S. It rises in east-central Kansas and flows south across the Oklahoma border, emptying into the Arkansas River northeast ...
verdin
/verr"dn/, n. a small, yellow-headed, titmouse-like bird, Auriparus flaviceps, of arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, which builds a compact, spherical nest of ...
verditer
/verr"di teuhr/, n. either of two pigments, consisting usually of carbonate of copper prepared by grinding either azurite (blue verditer) or malachite (green ...
Verdon River
▪ river, France       river, southern France. It is famous for its gorges, including its “Grand Canyon,” which may be seen from the scenic road that runs 12 miles ...
Verdon, Gwyneth Evelyn
▪ 2001 “Gwen”        American dancer and actress (b. Jan. 13, 1925, Culver City, Calif.—d. Oct. 18, 2000, Woodstock, Vt.), was the quintessential stage musical ...
Verdugo, Patricia
▪ 2009 Patricia Verdugo del Carmen Aguirre        Chilean writer and journalist born Nov. 30, 1947, Santiago, Chile died Jan. 13, 2008, Santiago spent her entire ...
Verdun
/ver dun", verr-/; Fr. /verdd dueonn"/, n. 1. a fortress city in NE France, on the Meuse River. A German offensive was stopped here in 1916 in the bloodiest fighting of World War ...
Verdun, Battle of
(Feb. 21–July 1916) Major engagement of World War I between Germany and France. As part of its strategy of war by attrition, Germany selected the fortress of Verdun as the ...
Verdun, Treaty of
(843) Treaty partitioning the Carolingian empire among the three surviving sons of Louis I (the Pious). It marked a first stage in the dissolution of Charlemagne's empire and a ...
verdure
—verdured, adj. —verdureless, adj. /verr"jeuhr/, n. 1. greenness, esp. of fresh, flourishing vegetation. 2. green vegetation, esp. grass or herbage. 3. freshness in general; ...
verdure tapestry
▪ decorative arts also called  Garden Tapestry,         type of tapestry decorated with a design based on plant forms. It is not known exactly when the first verdure ...
verdurous
—verdurousness, n. /verr"jeuhr euhs/, adj. 1. rich in verdure; freshly green; verdant. 2. covered with verdure, as places. 3. consisting of verdure. 4. of, pertaining to, or ...
verdurousness
See verdurous. * * *
Verdy, Violette
▪ French ballerina original name  Nelly Guillerm   born Dec. 1, 1933, Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany, France    French ballerina and dance director, who was awarded the French ...
Vere
(as used in expressions) Childe Vere Gordon Oxford Edward de Vere 17th earl of Edward de Vere * * *
Vere Family
▪ English family       noted English family that held the hereditary office of lord great chamberlain from 1133 to 1779 and the earldom of Oxford from 1142 to ...
verecund
/ver"i kund'/, adj. Archaic. bashful; modest. [1540-50; < L verecundus, equiv. to vere(ri) to fear + -cundus adj. suffix] * * *
Vereeniging
/feuh ray"neuh kheuhng/, n. a city in the S Transvaal, in NE Republic of South Africa, S of Johannesburg. 196,357. * * * ▪ South Africa       town, Gauteng province, ...
Vereeniging, Peace of
▪ South Africa [1902]       (May 31, 1902), treaty that ended the South African War (q.v.), or Boer War; it was signed in Pretoria, after initial Boer approval in ...
Verein
/ferdd uyn"/; Eng. /veuh ruyn"/, n., pl. Vereine /-uy"neuh/, Eng. Vereins. German. a union, association, or society. * * *
Vereshchagin
/ver'euh shah"gin/; Russ. /vyi rddyi shchah"gyin/, n. Vasili Vasilievich /vu syee"lyee vu syee"lyi vyich/, 1842-1904, Russian painter. * * *
Vereshchagin, Vasily Vasilyevich
▪ Russian painter Vereshchagin also spelled  Verestchagin   born Oct. 14 [Oct. 26, New Style], 1842, Cherepovets, Russia died March 31 [April 13], 1904, Port Arthur [now ...
Verethraghna
▪ Zoroastrianism also called  Bahrān,         in Zoroastrianism, the spirit of victory. Together with Mithra, the god of truth, Verethraghna shares martial ...
Verey, Rosemary Isabel Baird Sandilands
▪ 2002       British garden designer and writer (b. Dec. 21, 1918, Chatham, Kent, Eng.—d. May 31, 2001, London, Eng.), inspired horticulturists and amateur gardeners ...
Verga, Giovanni
born Sept. 2, 1840, Catania, Sicily died Jan. 27, 1922, Catania Italian writer, the most important of the verismo (realist) school of novelists. Born to a family of landowners, ...
verge
verge1 /verrj/, n., v., verged, verging. n. 1. the edge, rim, or margin of something: the verge of a desert; to operate on the verge of fraud. 2. the limit or point beyond which ...
vergeboard
/verrj"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. bargeboard. [1825-35; VERGE1 + BOARD] * * *
vergence
/verr"jeuhns/, n. Ophthalm. the turning motion of the eyeballs toward or away from each other. Cf. convergence (def. 4), divergence (def. 3). [1900-05; VERGE2 + -ENCE] * * *
Vergennes, Charles Gravier, comte de
▪ French foreign minister born December 28, 1719, Dijon, France died February 13, 1787, Versailles       French foreign minister who fashioned the alliance with the ...
Vergennes, Charles Gravier, count de
born Dec. 28, 1719, Dijon, France died Feb. 13, 1787, Versailles French statesman. As ambassador to Ottoman Turkey (1754–68), he ably defended French policies during the ...
verger
/verr"jeuhr/, n. 1. Chiefly Brit. a church official who serves as sacristan, caretaker, usher, and general attendant. 2. Brit. an official who carries the verge or other symbol ...
Vergerio, Pietro Paolo
▪ Italian educator byname  Vergerio the Elder , Italian  Vergerio Il Vecchio  born c. 1369, Capodistria, Istria [now Koper, Slovenia] died early July 1444, ...
Vergerio, Pietro Paulo
▪ Italian bishop byname  Vergerio The Younger,  Italian  Vergerio Il Giovane  born 1497/98, Capodistria, Rep. of Venice [now Koper, Slovenia] died Oct. 4, 1565, Tübingen, ...
Verghina
or Vergina Archaeological site and ancient capital of Macedonia, northern Greece. Built on a site in use from the Stone Age, it was first called Balla. The palace of Palatista, ...
Vergil
/verr"jil/, n. 1. (Publius Vergilius Maro), 70-19 B.C., Roman poet: author of The Aeneid. 2. a male given name. Also, Virgil. * * *
Vergil, Polydore
▪ British humanist original name  Polidoro Vergilio   born c. 1470, , Urbino, Urbino and Pesaro died April 18, 1555, Urbino       Italian-born Humanist who wrote an ...
Vergilian
/veuhr jil"ee euhn, -jil"yeuhn/, adj. pertaining to or characteristic of the poet Vergil. Also, Virgilian. [1505-15; < L Virgilianus; see -AN] * * *
Verginius Rufus, Lucius
▪ Roman governor born AD 15, Mediolanum [Milan, Italy] died 97       Roman provincial governor and distinguished official, known for his repeated refusal of the ...
verglas
/ver glah"/, n., pl. verglases /-glah", -glahz"/. glaze (def. 17). [1800-10; < F; OF verre-glaz lit., glass-ice, equiv. to verre glass ( < L vitrum) + glaz ice ( < LL glacia; see ...
Vergniaud, Pierre-Victurnien
▪ French statesman born May 31, 1753, Limoges, France died Oct. 31, 1793, Paris  eloquent spokesman for the moderate Girondin faction during the French ...
Verhaeren, Émile
born May 21, 1855, Saint Amand lez-Puers, Belg. died Nov. 27, 1916, Rouen, France Belgian poet. He wrote in French, producing more than 30 collections of poetry outstanding for ...
veridian
/veuh rid"ee euhn/, n. viridian. * * *
veridical
—veridicality, n. —veridically, adv. /veuh rid"i keuhl/, adj. 1. truthful; veracious. 2. corresponding to facts; not illusory; real; actual; genuine. Also, veridic. [1645-55; ...
veridicality
See veridical. * * *
veridically
See veridicality. * * *
veriest
/ver"ee ist/, adj. 1. utmost; most complete: the veriest stupidity. 2. superlative of very. [VERY + -EST] * * *
verifiability
See verifiable. * * *
verifiability principle
Logical Positivism. the doctrine that if a nonanalytic statement is to be cognitively meaningful it must be empirically verifiable. [1965-70] * * * Criterion of meaningfulness ...
verifiable
verifiable [ver′ə fī΄ə bəl] adj. capable of verification; that can be proved to be true or accurate verifiably adv. * * * ver·i·fi·a·ble ...
verifiableness
See verifiability. * * *
verifiably
See verifiability. * * *
verification
—verificative, verificatory, adj. /ver'euh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of verifying. 2. the state of being verified. 3. evidence that establishes or confirms the accuracy or ...
verificative
See verification. * * *
verified
/ver"euh fuyd'/, adj. confirmed as to accuracy or truth by acceptable evidence, action, etc. [1585-95; VERIFY + -ED2] * * *
verifier
See verify. * * *
verify
—verifiability, verifiableness, n. —verifiable, adj. —verifier, n. /ver"euh fuy'/, v.t., verified, verifying. 1. to prove the truth of, as by evidence or testimony; ...
verily
/ver"euh lee/, adv. in truth; really; indeed. [1250-1300; ME; see VERY, -LY] * * *
verisimilar
—verisimilarly, adv. /ver'euh sim"euh leuhr/, adj. having the appearance of truth; likely; probable: a verisimilar tale. [1675-85; < L verisimil(is) (veri, gen. sing. of verum ...
verisimilarly
See verisimilar. * * *
verisimilitude
/ver'euh si mil"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. 1. the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude. 2. something, as an assertion, having ...
verisimilitudinous
See verisimilitude. * * *
verism
—verist, n., adj. —veristic, adj. /vear"iz euhm, ver"-/, n. the theory that rigid representation of truth and reality is essential to art and literature, and therefore the ...
verismo
/veuh riz"moh/; It. /ve rddeez"maw/, n. the use of everyday life and actions in artistic works: introduced into opera in the early 1900s in reaction to contemporary conventions, ...
Veríssimo
/veuh rddee"si moo/, n. Érico Lopes /e"rddi koo law"peuhs/, born 1905, Brazilian novelist. * * *
Veríssimo, Érico Lopes
▪ Brazilian author born Dec. 17, 1905, Cruz Alta, Braz. died Nov. 28, 1975, Porto Alegre       novelist, literary historian, and critic whose writings in Portuguese and ...
verist
See verism. * * *
veristic
See verist. * * *
veritable
—veritableness, n. —veritably, adv. /ver"i teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. being truly or very much so: a veritable triumph. 2. Obs. true, as a statement or tale. [1425-75; late ME < ...
veritableness
See veritable. * * *
veritably
See veritableness. * * *
veritas
/way"rddi tahs'/; Eng. /ver"i tas', -tahs'/, n. Latin. truth. * * *
vérité
/vay rddee tay"/, n. French. 1. truth; truthfulness. 2. See cinéma vérité. * * *
verity
/ver"i tee/, n., pl. verities for 2. 1. the state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality: to question the verity of a statement. 2. something that is true, as ...
verjuice
/verr"joohs'/, n. 1. an acid liquor made from the sour juice of crab apples, unripe grapes, etc., formerly much used for culinary and other purposes. 2. sourness, as of temper or ...
Verkhneudinsk
/verrkh'neuh ooh"dinsk/; Russ. /vyirdd khnyi ooh"dyinsk/, n. former name of Ulan Ude. * * *
Verkhoyansk
▪ Russia also spelled  Verchoiansk  or  Verchojansk        town, Sakha (Yakutiya), far northeastern Russia, on the Yana River near its confluence with the Sartang. ...
Verkhoyansk Mountains
▪ mountains, Russia also spelled  Verkhoiansk  or  Verchojansk , Russian  Verkhoyansky Khrebet        mountains of Sakha (Yakutiya), far northeastern Russia, ...
VerkhoyanskRange
Ver·kho·yansk Range (vĕr'kə-yänskʹ, vĭr-KHô-) A mountain chain of northeast Russia parallel to and east of the lower Lena River. The lowest temperature for an inhabited ...
Verlaine
/verdd len"/, n. Paul /pawl/, 1844-96, French poet. * * *
Verlaine, Paul
▪ French poet Introduction born March 30, 1844, Metz, France died January 8, 1896, Paris  French lyric poet first associated with the Parnassians and later known as a leader ...
Verlaine, Paul (-Marie)
born March 30, 1844, Metz, France died Jan. 8, 1896, Paris French lyric poet. After entering the civil service, he was first associated with the Parnassian poets, contributing ...
Verlaine,Paul
Ver·laine (vĕr-lānʹ, -lĕnʹ), Paul. 1844-1896. French symbolist poet whose works, noted for their fine lyricism, include Romances sans Paroles (1874) and Sagesse (1881). * ...
Vermeer
/veuhr mear"/; Du. /veuhrdd mayrdd"/, n. Jan /yahn/, (Jan van der Meer van Delft),1632-75, Dutch painter. * * *
Vermeer, Johannes
born Oct. 31, 1632, Delft, Neth. died Dec. 15, 1675, Delft Dutch painter. His parents were tavern keepers. He twice served as head of the Delft artists' guild but seems to have ...
Vermeer,Jan
Ver·meer (vər-mîrʹ, -mârʹ), Jan. Also known as Jan van der Meer. 1632-1675. Dutch painter noted for his interior genre scenes, in which he used to great effect his mastery ...
vermeil
/verr"mil, -mayl/ or, esp. for 2, /veuhr may"/, n. 1. vermilion red. 2. metal, as silver or bronze, that has been gilded. adj. 3. of the color vermilion. [1350-1400; ME < MF < LL ...
VerMeulen, Michael
▪ 1996       U.S. magazine editor who boosted the circulation of the premier men's magazine GQ by 40% while serving, 1992-95, as editor (b. Dec. 10, 1956—d. Aug. 28, ...
vermi-
a combining form meaning "worm," used in the formation of compound words: vermifuge. [comb. form of L vermis WORM] * * *
vermian
/verr"mee euhn/, adj. 1. resembling or of the nature of a worm. 2. of or pertaining to worms. [1875-80; < L vermi(s) WORM + -AN] * * *
vermicelli
/verr'mi chel"ee, -sel"ee/, n. a kind of pasta in the form of long, slender, solid threads, resembling spaghetti but thinner. Cf. macaroni (def. 1). [1660-70; < It, pl. of ...
vermicidal
See vermicide. * * *
vermicide
—vermicidal, adj. /verr"meuh suyd'/, n. a substance or agent used to kill worms, esp. a drug used to kill parasitic intestinal worms. [1840-50; VERMI- + -CIDE] * * *
vermicular
—vermicularly, adv. /veuhr mik"yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or done by worms. 2. consisting of or characterized by sinuous or wavy outlines or markings resembling ...
vermicularly
See vermicular. * * *
vermiculate
—vermiculation, n. v. /veuhr mik"yeuh layt'/; adj. /veuhr mik"yeuh lit, -layt'/, v., vermiculated, vermiculating, adj. v.t. 1. to work or ornament with wavy lines or markings ...
vermiculated work
▪ architecture       in masonry, the carving or finishing of building stones with irregular grooves intended to resemble worm tracks. Vermiculation is one form of ...
vermiculation
vermiculation [vər mik΄yə lā′shən] n. 〚L vermiculatio: see VERMICULATE〛 1. a vermiculating or being vermiculated 2. vermicular markings 3. movement marked by alternate ...
vermicule
/verr"mi kyoohl'/, n. Zool. a small, wormlike structure. [1705-15; < L vermiculus larva, maggot. See VERMI-, -CULE1] * * *
vermiculite
/veuhr mik"yeuh luyt'/, n. any of a group of platy minerals, hydrous silicates of aluminum, magnesium, and iron, that expand markedly on being heated: used in the expanded state ...
vermiculture
/verr"mi kul'cheuhr/, n. the raising and production of earthworms and their by-products. [VERMI- + CULTURE] * * *
vermiform
/verr"meuh fawrm'/, adj. resembling a worm in shape; long and slender. [1720-30; < ML vermiformis. See VERMI-, -FORM] * * *
vermiform appendix
Anat., Zool. a narrow, blind tube protruding from the cecum, having no known useful function, in humans being 3 to 4 in. (8 to 10 cm) long and situated in the lower right-hand ...
vermiform process
1. See vermiform appendix. 2. the vermis. [1830-40] * * *
vermiformappendix
vermiform appendix healthy appendix extending from the large intestine (top); an inflamed appendix (bottom) Carlyn Iverson n. A narrow vestigial process projecting from the ...
vermifuge
/verr"meuh fyoohj'/, adj. 1. serving to expel worms or other animal parasites from the intestines, as a medicine. n. 2. a vermifuge medicine or agent. [1690-1700; VERMI- + ...
Vermigli, Peter Martyr
▪ Italian religious reformer Italian  Pietro Martire Vermigli   born Sept. 8, 1500, Florence died Nov. 12, 1562, Zürich, Switz.  leading Italian religious Reformer whose ...
vermilion
/veuhr mil"yeuhn/, n. 1. a brilliant scarlet red. 2. a bright-red, water-insoluble pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide, once obtained from cinnabar, now usually produced by ...
Vermilion
/veuhr mil"yeuhn/, n. a town in N Ohio. 11,012. * * *
vermilion rockfish
a scarlet-red rockfish, Sebastes miniatus, inhabiting waters along the Pacific coast of North America, important as a food fish. Also called rasher. * * *
Vermillion
▪ South Dakota, United States       city, seat (1862) of Clay county, southeastern South Dakota, U.S. It lies near the confluence of the Vermillion and Missouri ...
vermin
/verr"min/, n., pl. vermin. 1. noxious, objectionable, or disgusting animals collectively, esp. those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, ...
verminate
—vermination, n. /verr"meuh nayt'/, v.i., verminated, verminating. 1. to become infested with vermin, esp. parasitic vermin. 2. Archaic. to breed or infest with ...
vermination
vermination [vʉr′mi nā′shən] n. 〚L verminatio〛 Archaic infestation with, or the spreading of, vermin * * * ver·mi·na·tion (vûr'mə-nāʹshən) n. Infestation by ...
verminous
—verminously, adv. —verminousness, n. /verr"meuh neuhs/, adj. 1. of the nature of or resembling vermin. 2. of, pertaining to, or caused by vermin: verminous diseases. 3. ...
verminously
See verminous. * * *
Vérmion Mountains
▪ mountains, Greece Greek  Vérmion Óros,         mountain range, Imathía nomós (department), west-central Macedonia, Greece. The range rises west of the broad ...
vermis
/verr"mis/, n., pl. vermes /-meez/. Anat. the median lobe or division of the cerebellum. See diag. under brain. [1885-90; < NL; L: WORM; so called from its shape] * * *
vermivorous
ver·miv·o·rous (vər-mĭvʹər-əs) adj. Feeding on worms or insect vermin. Used of a bird. * * *
Vermont
/veuhr mont"/, n. a state of the NE United States: a part of New England. 511,456; 9609 sq. mi. (24,885 sq. km). Cap.: Montpelier. Abbr.: VT (for use with zip code), Vt. * * ...
Vermont, flag of
▪ Flag History       U.S. state flag consisting of a dark blue field (background) with a central coat of arms (arms, coat of).        Vermont's first state ...
Vermont, University of
▪ university, Burlington, Vermont, United States in full  University of Vermont and State Agricultural College,         public, coeducational institution of higher ...
Vermonter
/veuhr mon"teuhr/, n. a native or inhabitant of Vermont. [1770-80, Amer.; VERMONT + -ER1] * * *
vermouth
/veuhr moohth"/, n. an aromatized white wine in which herbs, roots, barks, bitters, and other flavorings have been steeped. [1800-10; < F (now vermout) < G Wermuth (now Wermut) ...
vermouth cassis
a mixed drink made with dry vermouth, crème de cassis, soda or mineral water, and cracked ice. [ < F; see VERMOUTH, CRÈME DE CASSIS] * * *
Vermuyden, Sir Cornelius
▪ Dutch engineer born 1595, Tholen, Neth. died April 1683?, London       British engineer who introduced Dutch land-reclamation methods in England and drained the ...
Vern
/verrn/, n. a male given name, form of Vernon. * * *
Verna
/verr"neuh/, n. a female given name. * * *
vernacular
—vernacularly, adv. /veuhr nak"yeuh leuhr, veuh nak"-/, adj. 1. (of language) native or indigenous (opposed to literary or learned). 2. expressed or written in the native ...
vernacular architecture
Common domestic architecture of a region, usually far simpler than what the technology of the time is capable of maintaining. In highly industrialized countries such as the ...
vernacularism
/veuhr nak"yeuh leuh riz'euhm, veuh nak"-/, n. 1. a vernacular word or expression. 2. the use of the vernacular. [1840-50; VERNACULAR + -ISM] * * *
vernacularize
—vernacularization, n. /veuhr nak"yeuh leuh ruyz', veuh nak"-/, v.t., vernacularized, vernacularizing. to translate into the natural speech peculiar to a people. Also, esp. ...
vernacularly
See vernacular. * * *
Vernadsky, Vladimir Ivanovich
▪ Russian scientist born March 12 [Feb. 28, Old Style], 1863, St. Petersburg, Russia died Jan. 6, 1945, Moscow       Russian geochemist and mineralogist who is ...
vernal
—vernally, adv. /verr"nl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to spring: vernal sunshine. 2. appearing or occurring in spring: vernal migratory movements. 3. appropriate to or suggesting ...
vernal equinox
1. See under equinox (def. 1). 2. Also called vernal point. the position of the sun at the time of the vernal equinox. [1525-35] * * *
Vernal Fall
▪ waterfall, Yosemite National Park, California, United States       fall that bridges the Merced River about 4 miles (6 km) above its confluence with Tenaya Creek in ...
vernalequinox
vernal equinox n. 1. The point at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator, the sun having a northerly motion. 2. The moment at which the sun passes through the vernal ...
vernalization
ver·nal·i·za·tion (vûr'nə-lĭ-zāʹshən) n. Subjection of seeds or seedlings to low temperature in order to hasten plant development and flowering.   verʹnal·ize' v. * ...
vernalize
—vernalization, n. /verr"nl uyz'/, v.t., vernalized, vernalizing. to shorten the growth period of (a plant) by chilling or other special treatment of it, its seeds, or its ...
vernally
See vernal. * * *
vernation
/veuhr nay"sheuhn/, n. Bot. the arrangement of the foliage leaves within the bud. [1785-95; < NL vernation- (s. of vernatio), equiv. to L vernat(us) (ptp. of vernare to be ...
Verne
/verrn/; Fr. /verddn/, n. 1. Jules /joohlz/; Fr. /zhyuul/, 1828-1905, French novelist. 2. a male given name, form of Vernon. * * *
verné rug
verné also spelled  verni  or  verneh   handmade Caucasian floor covering that was formerly termed a sileh. It is usually woven in two pieces joined at the middle, with a ...
Verne, Jules
born Feb. 8, 1828, Nantes, France died March 24, 1905, Amiens French writer. He studied law then worked as a stockbroker while writing plays and stories. The first of his ...
Verne,Jules
Verne (vûrn, vĕrn), Jules. 1828-1905. French writer who is considered the founder of modern science fiction. His novels include Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) and ...
Verner
/verr"neuhr, vair"-/; Dan. /verdd"neuhrdd/, n. 1. Karl Adolph /kahrddl ah"dolf/, 1846-96, Danish linguist. 2. a male given name, form of Warner. * * *
Verner's law
Ling. the statement by K. Verner of a regularity behind some apparent exceptions in the Germanic languages to Grimm's law, namely, that Proto-Germanic voiceless fricatives became ...
Verner'sLaw
Ver·ner's Law (vûrʹnərz, vĕrʹ-) n. A law stating essentially that Proto-Germanic noninitial voiceless fricatives in voiced environments became voiced when the previous ...
Verner, Karl
▪ Danish linguist in full  Karl Adolf Verner  born March 7, 1846, Århus, Den. died Nov. 5, 1896, Copenhagen       linguist and formulator of Verner's law, which ...
Vernet
/verdd ne"/, n. 1. Claude Joseph /klohd zhaw zef"/, 1714-89, French painter. 2. his grandson (Émile Jean) Horace /ay meel" zhahonn aw rddanns"/, 1789-1863, French painter. * * *
Vernet, (Claude-) Joseph
born Aug. 14, 1714, Avignon, France died Dec. 3, 1789, Paris French painter. Son of a decorative painter, he catered to a new taste for idealized, somewhat sentimentalized ...
Vernet, Carle
▪ French painter Carle also called  Charlot,  original name  Antoine-charles-horace Vernet  born Aug. 14, 1758, Bordeaux, Fr. died Nov. 27, 1836, ...
Vernet, Horace
▪ French painter born June 30, 1789, Paris died Jan. 17, 1863, Paris       French painter of sporting subjects and vast battle panoramas, notably those in the Gallery ...
Vernet, Joseph
▪ French painter in full  Claude-Joseph Vernet  born Aug. 14, 1714, Avignon, France died Dec. 3, 1789, Paris  French landscape and marine painter whose finest works, the ...
Verneuil process
/verr noy"/; Fr. /verdd nue"yeu/ a process for making synthetic rubies, sapphires, spinels, etc., by the fusion at high temperatures of powdered compounds. Also called ...
vernicle
/verr"ni keuhl/, n. (sometimes cap.) veronica1. [1325-75; ME < OF < ML vernicula, var. (after L dims. in -cula CULE1) of veronica VERONICA1] * * *
vernier
/verr"nee euhr/, n. 1. Also, vernier scale. a small, movable, graduated scale running parallel to the fixed graduated scale of a sextant, theodolite, barometer, etc., and used ...
Vernier
/verr"nee euhr/; Fr. /verdd nyay"/, n. Pierre /pyerdd/, 1580-1637, French mathematician and inventor. * * * or vernier caliper Instrument for making very accurate linear or ...
vernier caliper
a caliper formed of two pieces sliding across one another, one having a graduated scale and the other a vernier. Also called vernier micrometer. [1875-80] * * * ▪ measurement ...
vernier compass
Survey. a compass on a transit (vernier transit) having a vernier for adjusting magnetic bearings to read as true bearings. * * *
vernier engine
Rocketry. a small, low-thrust rocket engine for correcting the heading and velocity of a long-range ballistic missile. * * *
Vernier, Pierre
▪ French mathematician born c. 1580, Ornans, France died September 14, 1637, Ornans       French mathematician and government official who is best remembered for his ...
verniercaliper
vernier caliper n. A measuring instrument consisting of an L-shaped frame with a linear scale along its longer arm and an L-shaped sliding attachment with a vernier, used to read ...
vernierrocket
vernier rocket n. A small rocket engine used primarily to make fine adjustments in velocity and trajectory. * * *
vernierscale
vernier scale n. See vernier. * * *
vernis martin
/ver nee" mahr tan"/; Fr. /verdd nee mannrdd taonn"/ a finish for furniture, invented in France in the 18th century in imitation of Chinese lacquer. Also, vernis ...
vernissage
/ver'neuh sahzh"/; Fr. /verdd nee sannzh"/, n., pl. vernissages /-sah"zhiz/; Fr. /-sannzh"/. 1. Also called varnishing day. the day before the opening of an art exhibition ...
vernix
ver·nix (vûrʹnĭks) n. A waxy white protective substance covering the skin of a fetus.   [Short for vernix caseosa.] * * *
vernix caseosa
/verr"niks kay'see oh"seuh/, Med. the fatty matter, consisting chiefly of dead epidermal cells and sebaceous secretions, covering the skin of a fetus and newborn. [ < NL: ...
vernixcaseosa
vernix ca·se·o·sa (kā'sē-ōʹsə) n. Vernix.   [New Latin vernix cāseōsa: vernix, varnish + cāseōsa, cheeselike.] * * *
Vernoleninsk
/verr'nl euh ninsk"/; Russ. /vyirdd neuh lyi nyeensk"/, n. former name of Nikolayev. * * *
Vernon
/verr"neuhn/, n. 1. Edward ("Old Grog"), 1684-1757, British admiral. 2. a town in N Connecticut. 27,974. 3. a city in S British Columbia, in SW Canada. 19,987. 4. a city in N ...
Verny
/vyerdd"nee/, n. former name of Alma-Ata. * * *
Vero Beach
/vear"oh/ a town in central Florida. 16,176. * * *
Véroia
▪ Greece historically  Beroea        commercial centre of Greek Macedonia and capital of the nomós (department) of Imathía, Greece. It lies on a plateau at the ...
Verona
/veuh roh"neuh/; for 1 also It. /ve rddaw"nah/, n. 1. a city in N Italy, on the Adige River. 271,451. 2. a town in NE New Jersey. 14,166. * * * City (pop., 2001 prelim.: ...
Verona, Congress of
(1822) Last of the meetings held by the Quadruple Alliance (Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Britain). The congress met in Verona, Italy, to consider a request by the alliance's ...
Veronese
/ver'euh neez", -nees"/, adj., n., pl. Veronese. adj. 1. of or pertaining to the city or town of Verona. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Verona. [1750-60; VERON(A) + ...
Veronese, Paolo
orig. Paolo Caliari born 1528, Verona, Republic of Venice died April 9, 1588, Venice Italian painter. Son of a stonecutter from Verona, he was apprenticed at 13 to a painter. ...
Veronese,Paolo
Ve·ro·ne·se (vĕr'ə-nāʹsē, -zē, vĕ'rō-nĕʹzĕ), Paolo. Originally Paolo Caliari. 1528-1588. Italian painter of the Venetian school. His large, richly colored, ...
veronica
veronica1 /veuh ron"i keuh/, n. (sometimes cap.) Eccles. 1. the image of the face of Christ, said in legend to have been miraculously impressed on the handkerchief or veil that ...
Veronica
/veuh ron"i keuh/, n. a female given name. Also, Veronika. * * *
Veronica, Saint
▪ Christian saint flourished 1st century, Jerusalem; feast day July 12    renowned legendary woman who, moved by the sight of Christ carrying his cross to Golgotha, gave him ...
Veronica,Saint
Ve·ron·i·ca (və-rŏnʹĭ-kə), Saint. A woman of Jerusalem who gave Jesus her head-cloth to wipe his face as he bore the cross to Calvary. * * *
Véronique
Vé·ro·nique (vâr'ə-nēkʹ, vā-rô-) adj. Served with a sauce containing white seedless grapes: sole Véronique.   [French, probably after Véronique, an opera by André ...
Verrazano
/ver'euh zah"noh/; It. /verdd'rddah tsah"naw/, n. Giovanni da /jaw vahn"nee dah/, c1480-1527?, Italian navigator and explorer. Also, Verrazzano /verdd'rddaht tsah"naw/, Verrazani ...
Verrazano,Giovanni da
Ver·ra·za·no or Ver·raz·za·no (vĕr'ə-zäʹnō, -rä-tsäʹ-), Giovanni da. 1485?-1528?. Italian explorer of the Atlantic coast of North America. * * *
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
/ver'euh zah"noh nar"ohz, -euhd zah"-/ a suspension bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York City. 4260-ft. (1298-m) center span, the longest in North America. * ...
Verrazzano, Giovanni da
born 1485, Tuscany, Italy died 1528, Lesser Antilles Italian navigator and explorer for France. Educated in Florence, he moved to Dieppe, France, where he entered the maritime ...
verre églomisé
▪ glass       (French: “Glomyized glass”), glass engraved (engraved glass) on the back that has been covered by unfired painting or, usually, gold or silver leaf. ...
Verres, Gaius
born с 115 died 43 BC Roman magistrate. As quaestor, Verres embezzled funds. He helped the governor of Cilicia, Gaius Dolabella, plunder the province (80–78), and then he ...
Verri, Pietro
▪ Italian scholar born December 12, 1728, Milan died June 28, 1797, Milan       political economist, journalist, government official, leader of a Milanese academy, and ...
verrière
/ver'ee air"/; Fr. /ve rddyerdd"/, n., pl. verrières /ver'ee airz"/; Fr. /ve rddyerdd"/. a French bowl similar to a monteith in form and use. [ < F: glass stand, frame] * * *
Verrill, Addison Emery
▪ American zoologist born Feb. 9, 1839, Greenwood, Maine, U.S. died Dec. 10, 1926, Santa Barbara, Calif.       zoologist and naturalist who, as curator of zoology at ...
Verrius Flaccus, Marcus
▪ Roman scholar flourished 1st century BC       Roman freedman who became a learned scholar and grammarian and the most famous teacher of his day. Verrius Flaccus ...
Verrocchio
/veuh roh"kee oh'/; It. /verdd rddawk"kyaw/, n. Andrea del /ahn drdde"ah del/, 1435-88, Italian goldsmith, sculptor, and painter. * * *
Verrocchio, Andrea del
born 1435, Florence died 1488, Venice Italian sculptor and painter. Little is certain about his early life. His most important works were executed in his final two decades ...
Verrocchio,Andrea del
Ver·roc·chio (və-rōʹkē-ō, vĕr-rōkʹkyō), Andrea del. Originally Andrea di Michele di Francesco Cione. 1435-1488. Florentine sculptor and painter who was a tutor of ...
verruca
/veuh rooh"keuh, ve-/, n., pl. verrucae /-see/. 1. Med. a wart. 2. Zool. a small, flattish, wartlike prominence. [1555-65; < L verruca] * * *
verruca vulgaris
/vul gair"euhs/ the common wart. [1900-05; < NL verruca vulgaris, L] * * *
Verrucaria
▪ lichen       genus of lichens of the family Verrucariaceae, often found as a black crust covering seashore rocks. Along with the effects of weathering, Verrucaria ...
verrucose
—verrucosity /ver'euh kos"i tee/, verrucoseness, n. /ver"euh kohs', veuh rooh"kohs/, adj. studded with wartlike protuberances or elevations. [1580-90; VERRUC(A) + -OSE1] * * *
verrucous
/ver"euh keuhs, veuh rooh"-/, adj. of, pertaining to, marked by, or like a wart or warts. [1650-60; var. of VERRUCOSE; see -OUS] * * *
vers
vers abbr. versed sine. * * *
vers de société
/verdd deuh saw syay tay"/; Eng. /ver" deuh soh'see i tay"/, French. humorous light verse dealing with fashions and foibles of the time. * * * (French; "society verse") Witty, ...
vers libre
/vair' lee"breuh/; Fr. /verdd lee"brddeu/. See free verse. [1915-20; < F] * * * ▪ French poetry       (French: “free verse”), 19th-century poetic innovation that ...


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