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cable modem
Modem used to convert analog data signals to digital form and vise versa, for transmission or receipt over cable television lines, especially for connecting to the Internet. A ...
cable molding
a molding in the form of a rope. [1855-60] * * *
Cable News Network
➡ CNN. * * * ▪ American company in full  Cable News Network, Inc.   subsidiary company of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., engaged in 24-hour live news broadcasts. ...
cable railway
a railway on which the cars are pulled by a moving cable under the roadway. [1885-90] * * *
cable release
Photog. a device consisting of a flexible wire that is pressed at one end to trip a shutter mechanism on a camera. [1955-60] * * *
cable stitch
cable stitch n. a type of raised stitch used in knitting: it resembles ropes twisted together * * *
cable structure
Form of long-span structure that is subject to tension and uses suspension cables for support. Highly efficient, cable structures include the suspension bridge, the cable-stayed ...
cable television
a system of broadcasting television programming to private subscribers by means of coaxial cable. Also called cable TV, pay cable. * * * System that distributes television ...
cable tramway
tramway (def. 4). [1885-90] * * *
cable TV
☆ cable TV n. a television system in which a high antenna and one or more dish antennas receive signals from distant and local stations, electronic satellite relays, etc. and ...
cable's length
a nautical unit of length equivalent to 720 feet (219 meters) in the U.S. Navy and 608 feet (185 meters) in the British Navy. Also, cable length. Also called cable. [1545-55] * * ...
cable'slength
ca·ble's length (kāʹbəlz) n. Variant of cable length. * * *
Cable, George W.
▪ American author in full  George Washington Cable   born Oct. 12, 1844, New Orleans, La., U.S. died Jan. 31, 1925, St. Petersburg, Fla.  American author and reformer, ...
Cable,George Washington
Ca·ble (kāʹbəl), George Washington. 1844-1925. American writer whose works, including short stories and the novel The Grandissimes (1880), concern social order and racial ...
cable-laid
cable-laid [kā′bəl lād΄] adj. made of three or four plain-laid ropes twisted together from right to left * * * ca·ble-laid (kāʹbəl-lād') adj. Made of three ropes of ...
cable-ready
/kay"beuhl red'ee/, adj. (of a television or VCR) able to receive cable television directly, without the need for special reception or decoding equipment. [1980-85] * * *
cable-stitch
/kay"beuhl stich'/, n. 1. a series of stitches used in knitting to produce a cable effect. 2. the pattern produced by a cable-stitch. v.i. 3. to produce such a stitch or ...
cablebox
cable box n. An electronic tuning device, often including a descrambler, that allows channels transmitted by cable to be selected for viewing on a television. * * *
cablecar
cable car n. A car designed to operate on a cableway or cable railway. * * *
cablecast
—cablecaster, n. /kay"beuhl kast', -kahst'/, n., adj., v., cablecast or cablecasted, cablecasting. n. 1. a television program broadcast via cable television. adj. 2. (of ...
cablecaster
See cablecast. * * *
cablegram
/kay"beuhl gram'/, n. a telegram sent by underwater cable. [1865-70, Amer.; CABLE + (TELE)GRAM] * * *
cablelaid
/kay"beuhl layd'/, adj. 1. noting a rope formed of three plain-laid ropes twisted together in a left-handed direction; hawser-laid. 2. noting a rope formed of three backhanded ...
cablelength
cable length also ca·ble's length (kāʹbəlz) n. Nautical A unit of length equal to 720 feet (220 meters) in the United States and 608 feet (185 meters) in England. * * *
cablephoto
/kay"beuhl foh'toh/, n. a photographic image transmitted via cable, esp. for use by newspapers or in police work. [CABLE + PHOTO] * * *
cabler
See cable. * * *
cablerailway
cable railway n. A railroad on which the cars are moved by an endless cable driven by a stationary engine. * * *
cablestitch
cable stitch © School Division, Houghton Mifflin Company n. A stitch in knitting that produces a twisted, ropelike design. * * *
cablet
/kay"blit/, n. a small cable, esp. a cablelaid rope under 10 in. (25 cm) in circumference. [1565-75; CABLE + -ET] * * *
cabletelevision
cable television n. A television distribution system in which station signals, picked up by elevated antennas, are delivered by cable to the receivers of subscribers. Also called ...
cablevision
/kay"beuhl vizh'euhn/, n. See cable television. [1970-75; CABLE + (TELE)VISION] * * *
cableway
/kay"beuhl way'/, n. a system for hoisting and hauling bulk materials, consisting of a cable or pair of cables suspended between two towers, on which travels a carriage from ...
cabling
/kay"bling/, n. Archit. 1. decoration with cable moldings. 2. reedings set into the flutes of a column or pilaster. [1745-55; CABLE + -ING1] * * *
cabman
/kab"meuhn/, n., pl. cabmen. cabdriver. [1825-35; CAB1 + -MAN] * * *
Cabo Rojo
/kah"boh roh"hoh/; Sp. /kah"vaw rddaw"haw/ a city in SW Puerto Rico. 10,292. * * *
cabob
/keuh bob"/, n. kabob. * * *
Caboche, Simon
▪ French agitator byname  Simon Le Coustellier (French: “the Cutler”)   flourished 15th century       French demagogic agitator whose raising of riots promoted an ...
caboched
/keuh bosht"/, adj. caboshed. Also, caboché /kab'euh shay"/. * * *
cabochon
/kab"euh shon'/; Fr. /kann baw shawonn"/, n., pl. cabochons /-shonz'/; Fr. /-shawonn"/, adv. n. 1. a precious stone of convex hemispherical or oval form, polished but not cut ...
cabochon cut
      method of cutting gemstones with a convex, rounded surface that is polished but unfaceted. Opaque, asteriated, iridescent, opalescent, or chatoyant stones are ...
caboclo
/keuh baw"klooh, -kloh, -boh"-/; Port. /keuh baw"kloo/, n., pl. caboclos /-kloohz, -klohz/; Port. /-kloosh/. a Brazilian of Indian or mixed Indian and white ancestry. [1810-20; < ...
cabomba
cabomba [kə bäm′bə] n. 〚ModL < Sp〛 any of a genus (Cabomba) of waterlilies (family Cabombaceae), esp. a species ( C. caroliniana) with submerged, needlelike leaves and ...
caboodle
/keuh boohd"l/, n. Informal. 1. the lot, pack, or crowd: I have no use for the whole caboodle. 2. kit and caboodle. See kit1 (def. 8). [1840-50, Amer.; perh. CA- + BOODLE] * * *
Caboolture
▪ Australia       shire, southeastern Queensland, Australia, on the Caboolture River. Originally a livestock station, its name was derived from cabul-tur, the ...
caboose
/keuh boohs"/, n. 1. a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew's quarters and usually attached to the rear of the train. 2. Brit. a kitchen on the deck of a ship; ...
caboshed
/keuh bosht"/, adj. Heraldry. (of an animal, as a deer) shown facing forward without a neck: a stag's head caboshed. Also, cabossed /keuh bost"/, caboched, caboché. [1565-75; ...
Cabot
/kab"euht/, n. 1. John (Giovanni Caboto), c1450-98?, Italian navigator in the service of England: discoverer of North American mainland 1497. 2. Richard Clarke, 1868-1939, U.S. ...
Cabot Family
▪ American family  prominent American family since the arrival of John Cabot at Salem, Mass., in 1700. The Cabot family has enjoyed a long tradition of wealth, philanthropy, ...
Cabot Strait
a channel in Canada, connecting the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the Atlantic Ocean. 68 mi. (109 km) wide. * * * ▪ strait, Canada       channel (60 miles [97 km] wide) ...
Cabot, George
born Jan. 16, 1752, Salem, Mass. died April 18, 1823, Boston, Mass., U.S. U.S. Federalist Party leader. After studying at Harvard University, he went to sea; he became a ...
Cabot, John
orig. Giovanni Caboto born с 1450, Genoa? died с 1499 Italian navigator and explorer. In the 1470s he became a skilled navigator in travels to the eastern Mediterranean for ...
Cabot, Sebastian
born с 1476, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng., or Venice died 1557, London English navigator, explorer, and cartographer. The son of John Cabot, he served at various times both ...
Cabot,John
Cab·ot (kăbʹət), John. Originally Giovanni Caboto. 1450?-1498?. Italian-born explorer who commanded the English expedition that discovered the North American mainland ...
Cabot,Sebastian
Cabot, Sebastian. 1476?-1557. Italian-born explorer and cartographer who led an English expedition in search of the Northwest Passage (1509) and a Spanish expedition to South ...
cabotage
/kab"euh tij, kab'euh tahzh"/, n. 1. navigation or trade along the coast. 2. Aviation. the legal restriction to domestic carriers of air transport between points within a ...
CabotStrait
Cabot Strait A channel between southwest Newfoundland and northern Cape Breton Island, Canada, connecting the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the Atlantic Ocean. * * *
Cabra
▪ Spain       city, Córdoba provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southern Spain. It is picturesquely situated ...
Cabral
/keuh brddawl"/, n. Pedro Álvares /pe"drddoo awl"veuh rddeuhsh/ c1460-c1520, Portuguese navigator. * * *
Cabral de Melo Neto, Joao
▪ 2000       Brazilian poet and diplomat (b. Jan. 9, 1920, Recife, Braz.—d. Oct 9, 1999, Rio de Janeiro, Braz.), was considered one of the last great figures of the ...
Cabral, Amílcar
born 1921, Bafata, Portuguese Guinea died Jan. 20, 1973, Conakry, Guinea Guinean nationalist politician. In 1956 he founded the Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e ...
Cabral, Pedro Álvares
born 1467/68, Belmonte, Port. died 1520, Santarém? Portuguese navigator credited with the discovery of Brazil. A nobleman, Cabral long enjoyed the favour of Manuel I of ...
Cabral,Pedro Alvares
Ca·bral (kə-brälʹ, -brôlʹ), Pedro Alvares. 1467?-1520?. Portuguese explorer who discovered Brazil (1500) and claimed it for Portugal. * * *
Cabrera
Sp. /kah vrdde"rddah/, n. Manuel Estrada Sp. /mahn wel" es trddah"dhah/. See Estrada Cabrera, Manuel. * * *
Cabrera Infante, Guillermo
▪ 2006       Cuban novelist and essayist (b. April 22, 1929, Gibara, Cuba—d. Feb. 21, 2005, London, Eng.), penned the acclaimed novel Tres tristes tigres (1965; Three ...
Cabrera, Lydia
▪ Cuban author and ethnologist born May 20, 1900, Havana, Cuba died September 19, 1991, Miami, Florida, U.S.       Cuban ethnologist and short-story writer noted for ...
Cabrera, Ramón
▪ Spanish political leader in full  Ramon Cabrera Y Grino   born Dec. 27, 1806, Tortosa, Spain died May 24, 1877, London  influential Spanish Carlist general and later one ...
cabretta
/keuh bret"euh/, n. a leather made from the skins of sheep that grow hair rather than wool, tougher than other sheepskins and used chiefly for gloves and shoes. [1915-20; < Pg or ...
cabrilla
/keuh bril"euh/, n. any of several sea basses, esp. Epinephelus analogus, of tropical eastern Pacific seas. [1855-60; < Sp: prawn, equiv. to cabr(a) she-goat ( < L capra) + -illa ...
Cabrillo, Juan Rodríguez
Ca·bri·llo (kə-brēʹlō, -yō, -brēlʹyō, kä-brēlʹyo͝o), Juan Rodríguez. Died 1543. Portuguese-born explorer who discovered California (1542) while in the service of ...
Cabrini
/keuh bree"nee/; It. /kah brddee"nee/, n. Saint Frances Xavier ("Mother Cabrini"), 1850-1917, U.S. nun, born in Italy; founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of ...
Cabrini, Saint Frances Xavier
known as Mother Cabrini born July 15, 1850, Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, Austria died Dec. 22, 1917, Chicago, Ill., U.S.; canonized July 7, 1946; feast day December ...
Cabrini,Saint Frances Xavier
Ca·bri·ni (kə-brēʹnē), Saint Frances Xavier. Known as “Mother Cabrini.” 1850-1917. Library of Congress Italian-born American religious leader who founded the ...
cabriole
/kab"ree ohl'/; Fr. /kann brddee awl"/, n., pl. cabrioles /-ohlz'/; Fr. /-awl"/. 1. Furniture. a curved, tapering leg curving outward at the top and inward farther down so as to ...
cabriole leg
▪ furniture       leg of a piece of furniture shaped in two curves—the upper one convex, the lower one concave. Its shape was based on the legs of certain four-footed ...
cabriolet
/kab'ree euh lay"/, n. 1. a light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage with a folding top, capable of seating two persons. 2. an automobile resembling a coupe but with a folding ...
cabrito
/keuh bree"toh/; Sp. /kah vrddee"taw/, n. Mexican Cookery. the meat of a young goat. [ < Sp: kid, equiv. to cabr(o) goat (
Cabrol, Fernand
▪ Benedictine monk born Dec. 11, 1855, Marseille died June 4, 1937, Farnborough, Hampshire, Eng.       Benedictine monk and noted writer on the history of Christian ...
cabstand
/kab"stand'/, n. a place where cabs may wait to be hired. [1855-60; CAB1 + STAND] * * *
cabuya
/keuh booh"yeuh/; Sp. /kah vooh"yah/, n., pl. cabuyas /-yeuhz/; Sp. /-yahs/. See Mauritius hemp. [ < Sp < Taino] * * *
cac-
cac- [kak] combining form CACO-: used before a vowel * * * cac- pref. Variant of caco-. * * *
caca
caca or ca-ca [kä′kä΄] n. Slang excrement; feces: chiefly a child's usage * * *
cacao
/keuh kah"oh, -kay"oh/, n., pl. cacaos. 1. a small tropical American evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, cultivated for its seeds, the source of cocoa, chocolate, etc. 2. Also, ...
cacao bean
a seed of the cacao tree. Also, cocoa bean. [1830-40] * * *
cacao butter
cacao butter n. COCOA BUTTER * * *
cacao butter.
See cocoa butter. [1545-55] * * *
cacaobutter
cacao butter n. See cocoa butter. * * *
caccia
/kah"cheuh/; It. /kaht"chah/, n., pl. cacce /-chay/; It. /-che/, caccias. a 14th-century Italian vocal form for two voices in canon plus an independent tenor, with a text ...
Caccialanza, Gisella
▪ 1999       American ballet dancer who was a charter member of George Balanchine's first company in the U.S., danced in musical films Balanchine choreographed, and was ...
cacciatore
/kah'cheuh tawr"ee, -tohr"ee/, adj. Italian Cookery. prepared with or containing tomatoes, mushrooms, herbs, and other seasonings: chicken cacciatore. Also, cacciatora /kah'cheuh ...
Caccini
/kaht chee"nee/, n. Giulio /jooh"lyaw/, c1546-1618, Italian singer and composer. * * *
Caccini, Giulio
or Giulio Romano born с 1550, Rome, Papal States buried Dec. 10, 1618, Florence Italian composer and singer. He accompanied his patron, Cosimo I, to Florence in the 1570s; ...
Cáceres
▪ Spain       city, capital of Cáceres provincia (province), in Extremadura comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), western Spain. It is built on a low east-west ...
cachaca
ca·cha·ca also ca·cha·ça (kə-shäʹsə) n. A white Brazilian rum made from sugar cane.   [Portuguese cachaça.] * * *
Cachaca, Carlos
▪ 2000 Carlos Moreira de Castro        Brazilian songwriter who helped make samba Brazil's most popular form of music, earning the title “King of Samba” for his ...
cachalot
/kash"euh lot', -loh'/, n. See sperm whale. [1740-50; < F
Cachao
▪ 2009 Israel Cachao López        Cuban-born bassist, composer, and bandleader born Sept. 14, 1918, Havana, Cuba died March 22, 2008, Coral Gables, Fla. was credited, ...
cache
/kash/, n., v., cached, caching. n. 1. a hiding place, esp. one in the ground, for ammunition, food, treasures, etc.: She hid her jewelry in a little cache in the cellar. 2. ...
cache memory
▪ computing also called  Cache,         a supplementary memory system that temporarily stores frequently used instructions and data for quicker processing by the ...
cache storage
Computers. a small, very fast but not addressable memory used on some computers for executing instructions. * * *
cache-sexe
cache-sexe [kȧsh′seks΄] n. 〚Fr < cacher, to hide (see CACHE) + sexe, sex〛 a small cloth or band worn, as by an otherwise nude dancer, to conceal the genitals * * *
cachectic
ca·chec·tic (kə-kĕkʹtĭk) adj. Affected by or relating to cachexia.   [French cachectique, from Latin cachecticus, from Greek kakhektikos, from kakhexiā, bad condition of ...
cachectin
/keuh kek"tin/, n. Biochem., Immunol. a protein that is released by activated macrophages as an immune system defense and, when the defense is overwhelmed, is a cause of cachexia ...
Cachela Poudre
Cache la Pou·dre (kăsh' lə po͞oʹdər, -drə) A river of northern Colorado flowing about 201 km (125 mi) to the South Platte River. * * *
cachememory
cache memory n. See cache. * * *
cachepot
/kash"pot', -poh'/, n. an ornamental container, usually of china or tole, for holding and concealing a flowerpot. [1870-75; < F: lit., (it) hides (the) pot; see CACHE, POT1] * * *
cachet
/ka shay", kash"ay/; Fr. /kann she"/, n., pl. cachets /ka shayz", kash"ayz/; Fr. /kann she"/. 1. an official seal, as on a letter or document. 2. a distinguishing mark or ...
cachet, lettre de
▪ French history       (French: “letter of the sign [or signet]”), a letter signed by the king and countersigned by a secretary of state and used primarily to ...
Cacheu
Port. /kah"she oo/, n. a port in NW Guinea-Bissau. 134,108. * * * ▪ Guinea-Bissau       town located in northwestern Guinea-Bissau. It lies along the south bank of the ...
cachexia
—cachectic /keuh kek"tik/, cachectical, cachexic, adj. /keuh kek"see euh/, n. Pathol. general ill health with emaciation, usually occurring in association with cancer or a ...
cachinnate
—cachinnation, n. —cachinnator, n. —cachinnatory /kak"euh neuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, keuh kin"euh-/, adj. /kak"euh nayt'/, v.i., cachinnated, cachinnating. to laugh loudly or ...
cachinnation
See cachinnate. * * *
cachinnator
See cachinnation. * * *
Cachoeiro de Itapemirim
▪ Brazil       city, southern Espírito Santo estado (state), eastern Brazil. It lies along the Itapemirim River, at 95 feet (29 m) above sea level and about 30 miles ...
Cachoeiro do Itapemirim
/kah'shoo ay"rddoo doo ee'tah pe'mi rddeeonn"/ a city in SE Brazil. 110,301. * * *
cachou
/keuh shooh", ka-, kash"ooh/, n. 1. catechu. 2. a pill or lozenge for sweetening the breath. [1700-10; < F < Pg cachu < Malay; see CATECHU] * * *
cachucha
/keuh chooh"cheuh/; Sp. /kah chooh"chah/, n., pl. cachuchas /-cheuhz/; Sp. /-chahs/. 1. an Andalusian dance resembling the bolero. 2. the music for this dance. [1830-40; < Sp: ...
cacimbo
/keuh sim"boh/, n., pl. cacimbos. a heavy mist or drizzle that occurs in the Congo basin area, often accompanied by onshore winds. [ < Pg, said to be from Kimbundu] * * *
cacique
/keuh seek"/, n. 1. a chief of an Indian clan or tribe in Mexico and the West Indies. 2. (in Spain and Latin America) a political boss on a local level. 3. (in the Philippines) a ...
caciquism
▪ Spanish-Latin American history Spanish  caciquismo (“bossism”)        in Latin-American and Spanish politics, the rule of local chiefs or bosses (caciques). As ...
cack
/kak/, n. a soft-soled, heelless shoe for infants. [1890-95; of obscure orig.] * * *
cack-handed
cack-hand·ed (kăkʹhănʹdĭd) adj. Chiefly British 1. Left-handed. 2. Awkward; clumsy.   [Perhaps from Old Norse keikr, bent backwards; akin to Danish keite, left-handed.] * ...
cackhanded
cackhanded [kak′han΄did] adj. 1. [Brit. Informal] left-handed 2. clumsy; awkward * * *
cackle
—cackler, n. /kak"euhl/, v., cackled, cackling, n. v.i. 1. to utter a shrill, broken sound or cry, as of a hen. 2. to laugh in a shrill, broken manner. 3. to chatter noisily; ...
cackleberry
/kak"euhl ber'ee/, n., pl. cackleberries. Facetious. a hen's egg used for food. [1915-20; CACKLE + BERRY] * * *
cackler
See cackle. * * *
caco-
a combining form meaning "bad," occurring in loanwords from Greek (cacodemon); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (cacogenics). [ < Gk, comb. form of ...
cacodemon
—cacodemonic, cacodaemonic /kak'euh di mon"ik/, cacodemoniac, cacodaemoniac /kak'euh di moh"nee ak'/, adj. /kak'euh dee"meuhn/, n. an evil spirit; devil; demon. Also, ...
cacodyl
/kak"euh dil/ adj. 1. containing the cacodyl group. n. 2. an oily, slightly water-soluble, poisonous liquid compound composed of two cacodyl groups, (CH3)2As-As(CH3)2, that has a ...
cacodyl group
the univalent group (CH3)2As-, derived from arsine. Also called cacodyl radical. * * *
cacodylate
/kak'euh dil"ayt/, n. a salt of cacodylic acid. [1905-1910; CACODYL(IC) + -ATE2] * * *
cacodylic
/kak'euh dil"ik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the cacodyl group. [1840-50; CACODYL + -IC] * * *
cacodylic acid
a colorless, crystalline, deliquescent, poisonous solid, (CH3)2AsOOH, used chiefly in the manufacture of dyes and as an herbicide. [1840-50] * * *
cacoëthes
/kak'oh ee"theez/, n. an irresistible urge; mania. Also, cacoethes. [1555-65; < L < Gk kakóethes, neut. (used as n.) of kakoéthes malignant, lit., of bad character; see CACO-, ...
cacogenics
—cacogenic, adj. /kak'euh jen"iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) dysgenics. [1915-20; CACO- + (EU)GENICS] * * *
cacographic
See cacography. * * *
cacography
—cacographer, n. —cacographic /kak'euh graf"ik/, cacographical, adj. /keuh kog"reuh fee/, n. 1. bad handwriting; poor penmanship. 2. incorrect spelling. [1570-80; CACO- + ...
cacology
/ka kol"euh jee, keuh-/, n. defectively produced speech; socially unacceptable diction. [1615-25; CACO- + -LOGY] * * *
cacomistle
/kak"euh mis'euhl/, n. 1. Also, cacomixle /kak"euh mis'euhl, -mik'seuhl/. Also called bassarisk, ringtail, coon cat. a carnivorous animal, Bassariscus astutus, of Mexico and the ...
Caconda
▪ Angola       town, west-central Angola. It is located 140 miles (225 km) inland from the Atlantic Ocean, on the Huíla Plateau (a high tableland sloping westward to ...
caconym
/kak"euh nim/, n. a name, esp. a taxonomic name, that is considered linguistically undesirable. [1885-90; CAC(O)- + -ONYM] * * *
caconymy
See caconym. * * *
cacophonous
—cacophonously, adv. /keuh kof"euh neuhs/, adj. having a harsh or discordant sound. [1790-1800; < Gk kakóphonos. See CACO-, -PHONE, -OUS] Syn. dissonant, strident, grating, ...
cacophonously
See cacophonous. * * *
cacophony
—cacophonic /kak'euh fon"ik/, adj. /keuh kof"euh nee/, n., pl. cacophonies. 1. harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails. 2. a discordant ...
Cacops
▪ paleontology       extinct amphibian genus found as fossils in Early Permian, or Cisuralian, rocks in North America (the Early Permian Period, or Cisuralian Epoch, ...
cacos
▪ Haitian and Central American political group       the name given to Haitian rebels and to an early political group in Central America.       In 1920, during ...
cacqueteuse
/kak'euh toohz"/; Fr. /kannkeu tuez"/, n., pl. cacqueteuses /-tooh"ziz/; Fr. /-tuez"/. a narrow, upright armchair of 16th-century France, having widely splayed arms and a very ...
cactaceous
/kak tay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the Cactaceae, the cactus family of plants. [1850-55; < NL Cactace(ae) name of the family (see CACTUS, -ACEAE) + -OUS] * * *
cactus
—cactuslike, cactoid, adj. /kak"teuhs/, n., pl. cacti /-tuy/, cactuses, cactus. any of numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions of the New ...
cactus dahlia
any of several varieties of dahlia having large flower heads with numerous rays incurved to a quill-like form. [1880-85] * * *
cactus geranium
a plant, Pelargonium echinatum, of the geranium family, native to southern Africa, having prickly stipules and white or reddish flowers. * * *
cactus moth
a moth, Cactoblastis cactorum, native to South America and introduced into Australia to control prickly pear cactus, on which the larvae feed. * * *
cactus wren
any American wren of the genus Campylorhynchus, of arid regions, esp. C. brunneicapillus, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
cactuspear
cactus pear n. See tuna2. * * *
cacuminal
/keuh kyooh"meuh nl/, Phonet. adj. 1. pronounced with the tip of the tongue curled back toward or against the hard palate; retroflex; cerebral. n. 2. a cacuminal sound. [1860-65; ...
Cacus and Caca
In Roman religion, brother and sister fire deities of the early Roman settlement on the Palatine Hill. Virgil described Cacus as the son of Vulcan and as a fire-breathing ...
cad
/kad/, n. 1. an ill-bred man, esp. one who behaves in a dishonorable or irresponsible way toward women. 2. Brit. Archaic. a. a local town boy or youth, as contrasted with a ...
CAD
/kad/, n. computer-aided design. * * *
CAD/CAM
/kad"kam'/, n. computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing; the combination of CAD and CAM. [1980-85] * * * in full computer-aided design/computer-aided ...
Cadalso y Vázquez, José de
▪ Spanish writer Cadalso also spelled  Cadahlso   born Oct. 8, 1741, Cádiz, Spain died Feb. 27, 1782, Gibraltar       Spanish writer famous for his Cartas marruecas ...
cadastral
—cadastrally, adv. /keuh das"treuhl/, adj. 1. Survey. (of a map or survey) showing or including boundaries, property lines, etc. 2. of or pertaining to a cadastre. [1855-60; < ...
cadastre
/keuh das"teuhr/, n. an official register of the ownership, extent, and value of real property in a given area, used as a basis of taxation. Also, cadaster. [1795-1805; < F < Pr ...
cadaver
—cadaveric, adj. /keuh dav"euhr/, n. a dead body, esp. a human body to be dissected; corpse. [1350-1400; ME < L cadaver dead body, corpse; akin to cadere to fall, perish (see ...
cadaveric
See cadaver. * * *
cadaverine
/keuh dav"euh reen'/, n. Biochem. a colorless, viscous, toxic ptomaine, C5H14N2, having an offensive odor, formed by the action of bacilli on meat, fish, and other protein: used ...
cadaverous
—cadaverously, adv. —cadaverousness, n. /keuh dav"euhr euhs/, adj. 1. of or like a corpse. 2. pale; ghastly. 3. haggard and thin. [1620-30; < L cadaverosus like a corpse. See ...
cadaverously
See cadaverous. * * *
cadaverousness
See cadaverously. * * *
Cadbury
/kad"ber ee, -beuh ree/, n. a Neolithic and Iron Age site in Somerset, England, traditionally the Camelot of King Arthur. * * *
Cadbury Schweppes
a large British food and drinks company. It was formed in 1969 when Cadbury’s, Britain’s leading chocolate producer, combined with Schweppes, which makes soft drinks (= ...
Cadbury, George
born Sept. 19, 1839, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Eng. died Oct. 24, 1922, Birmingham British businessman and social reformer. In 1861 he and his brother Richard took over their ...
caddice
caddice1 —caddiced, adj. /kad"is/, n. caddis1. caddice2 /kad"is/, n. caddisworm. * * *
caddicefly
/kad"is fluy'/, n., pl. caddiceflies. caddisfly. * * *
caddie
/kad"ee/, n., v., caddied, caddying. n. 1. Golf. a person hired to carry a player's clubs, find the ball, etc. 2. a person who runs errands, does odd jobs, etc. 3. See caddie ...
caddie cart
a small two-wheeled cart used by golfers to carry their clubs. Also called golf cart. [1960-65] * * *
caddis
caddis1 —caddised, adj. /kad"is/, n. a kind of woolen braid, ribbon, or tape. Also, caddice. [1570-80; prob. < MF cadis kind of woolen cloth < OPr < Catalon cadirs, of obscure ...
caddis fly
caddis fly n. any of an order (Trichoptera) of small, mothlike insects with a soft body, long antennae and legs, and two pairs of hairy, membranous wings * * * Any member of ...
caddis worm
caddis worm n. 〚< OFr cadas, floss silk (with reference to the case)〛 the wormlike larva of the caddis fly that usually lives in fresh water in an elongated case made of ...
caddisfly
/kad"is fluy'/, n., pl. caddisflies. any of numerous aquatic insects constituting the order Trichoptera, having two pairs of membranous, often hairy wings and superficially ...
caddish
—caddishly, adv. —caddishness, n. /kad"ish/, adj. of or like a cad; dishonorable; ungentlemanly: caddish behavior. [1865-70; CAD + -ISH1] * * *
caddishly
See caddish. * * *
caddishness
See caddish. * * *
caddisworm
/kad"is werrm'/, n. the aquatic larva of a caddisfly, having an armored head and a pair of abdominal hooks, and typically living in a case built from sand or plant debris. Also ...
Caddo
/kad"oh/, n., pl. Caddos, (esp. collectively) Caddo for 1. 1. a member of any of several North American Indian tribes formerly located in Arkansas, Louisiana, and eastern Texas, ...
Caddoan
/kad"oh euhn/, n. a family of North American Indian languages spoken in the upper Missouri valley in North Dakota, in the Platte valley in Nebraska, in southwestern Arkansas, and ...
caddy
caddy1 /kad"ee/, n., pl. caddies. 1. a container, rack, or other device for holding, organizing, or storing items: a pencil caddy; a bedspread caddy. 2. Chiefly Brit. See tea ...
caddy spoon
a small spoon used in taking tea from a storage caddy. [1925-30] * * *
cade
cade1 /kayd/, n. a juniper, Juniperus oxycedrus, of the Mediterranean area, whose wood on destructive distillation yields an oily liquid (oil of cade), used in treating skin ...
Cade's Rebellion
(1450) Uprising against the government of Henry VI of England. Jack Cade, an Irishman of uncertain occupation living in Kent, organized a rebellion among local small property ...
Cade, Jack
▪ English revolutionary byname of  John Cade   born , Ireland died July 12, 1450, Heathfield, Sussex, Eng.       leader of a major rebellion (1450) against the ...
Cade,Jack
Cade (kād), Jack. Died 1450. English rebel who led an unsuccessful rebellion against Henry VI (1450). * * *
cadelle
/keuh del"/, n. a small, blackish beetle, Tenebroides mauritanicus, that feeds, as both larva and adult, on stored grain and on other insects. [1860-65; < F < Pr cadello < L ...
cadence
/kayd"ns/, n., v., cadenced, cadencing. n. Also, cadency. 1. rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words: the cadence of language. 2. (in free verse) a rhythmic pattern that ...
cadenced
/kayd"nst/, adj. having or marked by a rhythmical cadence: the cadenced steps of marching troops. [1780-90; CADENCE + -ED3] * * *
cadency
/kayd"n see/, n., pl. cadencies. cadence (defs. 1-7). [1620-30; CAD(ENCE) + -ENCY] * * *
cadent
/kayd"nt/, adj. 1. having cadence. 2. Archaic. falling. [1580-90; < L cadent-, (s. of cadens falling, prp. of cadere), equiv. to cad- fall + -ent- -ENT] * * *
cadent house
Astrol. any of the four houses that precede the angles: the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth houses, which correspond, respectively, to neighborhood and relatives, work and ...
cadential
/kay den"sheuhl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or constituting a musical cadence. [1875-80; see CADENCE, -IAL; modeled on substance, substantial] * * *
cadenza
/keuh den"zeuh/, n. Music. an elaborate flourish or showy solo passage, sometimes improvised, introduced near the end of an aria or a movement of a concerto. [1745-55; < It < VL ...
cadeoil
cade oil n. See juniper tar.   [French cade, a species of juniper, from Provençal, from Old Provençal; akin to Late Latin catanum, possibly of Celtic origin.] * * *
cadet
—cadetship, n. /keuh det"/, n. 1. a student in a national service academy or private military school or on a training ship. 2. a student in training for service as a ...
Cadet
/keuh det"/, n. Russ. Hist. a member of the former Constitutional Democratic party. [ < Russ kadét, equiv. to ka + de (the letter names of k, d, repr. konstitutsiónnyi ...
cadet cloth
a heavy woolen cloth of double-cloth construction and bluish-gray color, used esp. for uniforms at military schools. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
cadetship
See cadet. * * *
cadette
/keuh det"/, n. 1. (cap.) Also called Cadette scout. a member of the Girl Scouts from 12 through 14 years of age. 2. Australian. a female government employee, esp. a woman ...
cadge
cadge1 —cadger, n. /kaj/, v., cadged, cadging. v.t. 1. to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship. 2. to borrow without intent to repay. 3. to beg or obtain by ...
cadger
See cadge. * * *
cadgy
—cadgily, adv. —cadginess, n. /kaj"ee/, adj. Scot. 1. cheerful; merry. 2. amorous; wanton. 3. (of animals) in rut. [1715-25; of uncert. orig.] * * *
cadi
/kah"dee, kay"-/, n., pl. cadis. qadi. * * *
Cadillac
/kad"l ak'/; for 1 also Fr. /kann dee yannk"/, n. 1. Antoine de la Mothe /ahonn twannn" deuh lann mawt"/, 1657?-1730, French colonial governor in North America: founder of ...
Cadillac, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe
▪ French soldier and explorer born March 5, 1658, Les Laumets, Fr. died Oct. 15, 1730, Castelsarrasin       French soldier, explorer, and administrator in French North ...
Cadillac,Sieur Antoine de la Mothe
Cad·il·lac (kădʹl-ăk', kä-dē-yäkʹ), Sieur Antoine de la Mothe. 1658-1730. French explorer and colonial administrator who founded Detroit, Michigan (1701), and was ...
Cadillac{™}
n a large and expensive US make of car. Owning a Cadillac is seen by many Americans as a sign of wealth and success. Cadillacs were first produced in 1903 in Detroit by the ...
Cadiz
/kah"dees/, n. a city in the Philippines, on N Negros. 129,632. * * * City (pop., 2001: city, 133,363; metro. area, 400,157), southwestern Spain. Located on a peninsula in the ...
Cádiz
/keuh diz", kay"diz/; Sp. /kah"dheeth, -dhees/, n. a seaport in SW Spain, on a bay of the Atlantic (Gulf of Cádiz). 135,743. * * * City (pop., 2001: city, 133,363; metro. area, ...
Cádiz, Bay of
Inlet of the Gulf of Cádiz, southwestern Spain. An inlet indenting the coast of Cádiz province, it receives the Guadalete River and is partially protected by the Isle of ...
Cádiz, Gulf of
▪ gulf, Atlantic Ocean Spanish  and Portuguese Golfo De Cádiz,         wide embayment of the Atlantic Ocean along the southwestern Iberian Peninsula, stretching ...
Cadman, Charles Wakefield
▪ American composer born Dec. 24, 1881, Johnstown, Pa., U.S. died Dec. 30, 1946, Los Angeles, Calif.       one of the first American composers to become interested in ...
Cadmean
/kad mee"euhn/, adj. of, pertaining to, or like Cadmus. [1595-1605; < L Cadme(us) ( < Gk Kadmeîos of CADMUS) + -AN] * * *
Cadmean victory
a victory attained at as great a loss to the victor as to the vanquished. Cf. Pyrrhic victory. [1595-1605] * * *
cadmic
See cadmium. * * *
cadmium
—cadmic, adj. /kad"mee euhm/, n. a white, ductile divalent metallic element resembling tin, used in plating and in making certain alloys. Symbol: Cd; at. wt.: 112.41; at. no.: ...
cadmium bronze
an alloy of copper with about 1 percent cadmium. * * *
cadmium cell
Elect. a cell with mercury and cadmium electrodes in a cadmium sulfate electrolyte, used to supply an accurate voltage for electronic measurements. Cf. Weston cell. [1905-10] * * ...
cadmium green
a pigment used in painting, consisting of a mixture of hydrated oxide of chromium with cadmium sulfide, and characterized by its strong green color and slow drying ...
cadmium orange
a yellow color approaching orange. [1890-95] * * *
cadmium poisoning
▪ pathology       toxic effects of cadmium or its compounds on body tissues and functions. Poisoning may result from the ingestion of an acid food or drink prepared in a ...
cadmium red
a pigment used in painting, consisting of the sulfide and the selinide of cadmium, characterized by its strong red or reddish color, excellent film-forming properties, and slow ...
cadmium sulfide
a light yellow or orange, water-insoluble powder, CdS, used chiefly as a pigment in paints, inks, and ceramic glazes. [1870-75] * * *
cadmium yellow
a pigment used in painting, consisting of cadmium sulfide and characterized by its strong yellow color and permanence. [1870-75] * * *
cadmiumsulfate
cadmium sulfate n. A compound, CdSO4, that forms colorless crystals, is water soluble, and is used as an antiseptic. * * *
Cadmus
/kad"meuhs/, n. Paul, born 1904, U.S. painter and etcher. /kad"meuhs/, n. Class. Myth. a Phoenician prince who introduced writing to the Greeks and who founded the city of Thebes ...
Cadmus, Paul
▪ 2000       American artist (b. Dec. 17, 1904, New York, N.Y.—d. Dec. 12, 1999, Weston, Conn.), created paintings, drawings, and prints in a figurative, ...
Cadogan, William Cadogan, 1st Earl
▪ British soldier born 1672, Liscarton, County Meath, Ire. died July 17, 1726, Kensington, near London, Eng.       British soldier, an outstanding staff officer who was ...
Cadogan, William, 1st Earl
born 1672, Liscarton, County Meath, Ire. died July 17, 1726, Kensington, near London, Eng. British soldier. He served as a trusted colleague with the duke of Marlborough in the ...
Cadorna, Luigi
▪ Italian general born Sept. 4, 1850, Pallanza, Piedmont, Kingdom of Sardinia [Italy] died Dec. 21, 1928, Bordighera, Italy       general who completely reorganized ...
cadre
/kad"ree, kah"dray/, n. 1. Mil. the key group of officers and enlisted personnel necessary to establish and train a new military unit. 2. a group of trained or otherwise ...
cadreman
/kad"ree meuhn, -man', kah"dray-/, n., pl. cadremen /-meuhn, -men'/. 1. an officer or enlisted person in a military cadre. 2. a member of a political cadre. [CADRE + -MAN] * * *
caducean
See caduceus. * * *
caduceus
—caducean, adj. /keuh dooh"see euhs, -syoohs, -sheuhs, -dyooh"-/, n., pl. caducei /-see uy'/. 1. Class. Myth. the staff carried by Mercury as messenger of the gods. 2. a ...
caducity
/keuh dooh"si tee, -dyooh"-/, n. 1. the infirmity or weakness of old age; senility. 2. frailty; transitoriness: the caducity of life. [1760-1770; < F caducité, equiv. to caduc ...
caducous
/keuh dooh"keuhs, -dyooh"-/, adj. 1. Bot. dropping off very early, as leaves. 2. Zool. subject to shedding. 3. transitory; perishable. [1675-85; < L caducus unsteady, perishable, ...
Cadwallader
/kad wol"euh deuhr/, n. a male given name. * * *
Cadwallon
▪ English king of Gwynedd also spelled  Caedwalla  or  Cadwalader  died 633 or 634       British king of Gwynedd (in present north Wales) who, with the Mercian king ...
CAE
computer-aided engineering. * * *
caecilian
/see sil"ee euhn/, n. 1. Also called blindworm. a legless, wormlike tropical amphibian of the order Gymnophiona (formerly Apoda), spending most of its life underground and ...
Caecilius of Calacte
▪ Greek rhetorician flourished 1st century AD, b. Calacte, Sicily       Greek rhetorician who was one of the most important critics and rhetoricians of the Augustan ...
Caecilius, Statius
▪ Roman poet born c. 219 BC died 168 BC, Rome [Italy]       Roman comic poet who was ranked by the literary critic Volcatius Sedigitus at the head of all Roman writers ...
Caecina Alienus, Aulus
▪ Roman general born , Vicetia, Venetia [now Vicenza, Italy] died AD 79       Roman general who, during the civil wars of 69, played a decisive role in making first ...
caecum
—caecal, adj. —caecally, adv. /see"keuhm/, n., pl. caeca /-keuh/. cecum. * * *
Caedmon
/kad"meuhn/, n. fl. A.D. c670, Anglo-Saxon religious poet. * * * flourished 658–680 Earliest known Old English Christian poet. According to Bede, he was a herdsman who ...
Caedmon manuscript
▪ Old English paraphrases also called  Junius Manuscript,         Old English scriptural paraphrases copied about 1000, given in 1651 to the scholar Franciscus Junius ...
Caedwalla
▪ king of Wessex also spelled  Cadwalader   born c. 659 died April 20, 689       king of the West Saxons, or Wessex (from 685 or 686), who claimed descent from King ...
Caelian
/see"lee euhn/, n. the southeastern hill of the seven hills of ancient Rome. * * *
Caelius Aurelianus
▪ Greco-Roman physician flourished 5th century AD, , Sicca Veneria, Numidia [now in Algeria]       the last of the medical writers of the Western Roman Empire, usually ...
Caelius Rufus, Marcus
▪ Roman politician born 88 BC, at Interamna [modern Teramo, Italy] died 48, Thurii, Bruttium       Roman politician and close friend of Cicero. He is possibly also the ...
Caelum
/see"leuhm/, n., gen. Caeli /-luy, -lee/. Astron. the Sculptor's Tool, or Chisel, a small southern constellation between Columba and Eridanus. [ < L: engraving tool] * * *
Caen
/kahn/; Fr. /kahonn/, n. a city and the capital of Calvados, in NW France, SW of Le Havre: many Norman buildings destroyed 1944. 122,794. * * * City (pop., 1999: 113,987), ...
Caen stone
a cream-colored limestone quarried near Caen, France, for use in building. [1375-1425; late ME] * * *
Caen, Herbert Eugene
▪ 1998       , American newspaper columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, 1938-50 and 1958-97, and San Francisco Examiner, 1950-58; his longtime encomiums on San ...
Caeneus
▪ Greek mythology  in Greek mythology, the son of Elatus, a Lapith from the mountains of Thessaly in what is now northern Greece. At the marriage of Pirithous, king of the ...
caeno-
var. of ceno-1: Caenozoic. * * *
caeoma
/see oh"meuh/, n. (in fungi) an aecium in which the spores are formed in chains and not enclosed in a peridium. [ < Gk kaí(ein) to burn + -OMA; so named because of its rust ...
Caere
Ancient city, Etruria. Located northwest of Rome near the modern city of Ceveteri, it was an important trading centre. Brought under Roman control in 253 BC, it prospered as ...


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