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Cayrol, Jean-Raphael-Marie-Noel
▪ 2006       French poet, novelist, and essayist (b. June 6, 1911, Bordeaux, France—d. Feb. 10, 2005, Bordeaux), was a pioneer in the French avant-garde nouveau roman ...
Cayuga
/kay yooh"geuh, kuy-/, n., pl. Cayugas, (esp. collectively) Cayuga. 1. a member of a tribe of North American Indians, the smallest tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy. 2. the ...
Cayuga Lake
a lake in central New York: one of the Finger Lakes. 40 mi. (64 km) long. * * *
CayugaLake
Cayuga Lake A lake of west-central New York. The longest of the Finger Lakes, it is a popular resort area. * * *
cayuse
/kuy yoohs", kuy"oohs/, n. 1. Western U.S. a horse, esp. an Indian pony. 2. Also called cayuse wind. Northwestern U.S. a cold wind blowing from the east. [1830-40, Amer.; named ...
Cayuse
/kuy yoohs", kuy"oohs/, n., pl. Cayuses, (esp. collectively) Cayuse. a member of a tribe of North American Indians now living in Oregon. * * * ▪ breed of horse also called ...
Cazaly, Roy
▪ Australian athlete born Jan. 13, 1893, Albert Park, Vic., Austl. died Oct. 10, 1963, Hobart, Tas., Austl.        Australian rules football player who was renowned for ...
CB
1. See Citizens Band. 2. Mil. construction battalion. 3. See continental breakfast. [1960-65] * * *
Cb
Symbol, Chem. columbium. * * *
CB radio
1. a device that transmits and receives radio signals only within a designated band of frequencies. Cf. Citizens Band. 2. a system of private radio communication built around ...
CBAT
College Board Achievement Test. * * *
CBC
1. Also, C.B.C. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2. Med. complete blood count. * * *
CBD
cbd abbrev. cash before delivery * * * CBD abbr. 1. cash before delivery. 2. central business district. * * *
CBE
CBE abbrev. Commander of (the Order of) the British Empire * * * ➡ honours * * *
CBer
/see"bee"euhr/, n. Informal. 1. a person who owns and operates a CB radio. 2. an enthusiast or devotee of CB radio. Also, CB'er. [1960-65; CB + -ER1] * * *
CBI
CBI abbr. cumulative book index. * * * (in full the Confederation of British Industry) the employers’ organization in Britain, started in 1965 and paid for by member ...
CBing
/see"bee"ing/, n. Informal. the operating of a CB radio. [CB + -ING1] * * *
CBO
Congressional Budget Office. * * *
CBS
Columbia Broadcasting System (a television network). * * *
CBS Corporation
▪ American company formerly (1928–74)  Columbia Broadcasting System,  or  (1974–97)  CBS Inc.,         major American broadcasting company and operator of the ...
CBS Television Network
Major U.S. broadcasting company and network. It began in 1928 as the Columbia Broadcasting System, a small radio network directed by William S. Paley. By offering programming ...
CBSO
➡ City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. * * *
CBT
Chicago Board of Trade. * * *
CBW
chemical and biological warfare. * * *
CC
Symbol. a quality rating for a corporate or municipal bond, lower than CCC and higher than C. * * *
Cc
cirrocumulus. * * *
cc
1. See carbon copy (def. 1). 2. copies. 3. cubic centimeter. * * *
cc.
1. See carbon copy (def. 1). 2. chapters. 3. copies. 4. cubic centimeter. Also, c.c. * * *
CCA
CCA abbr. Circuit Court of Appeals. * * *
CCC
1. Civilian Conservation Corps: the former U.S. federal agency (1933-1943), organized to utilize the nation's unemployed youth by building roads, planting trees, improving parks, ...
CCCP
CCCP CCCP 〚Soyuz Sovyetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik (Russ C = S, P = R)〛 abbrev. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics * * *
CCD
1. Electronics. See charge-coupled device. 2. Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. * * * in full charge-coupled device Semiconductor device in which the individual ...
CCF
CCF abbr. Cooperative Commonwealth Federation of Canada. * * *
CCK
cholecystokinin. * * *
cckw.
cckw. abbr. counterclockwise. * * *
Cclef
C clef Tech-Graphics n. Music A symbol indicating which line of a staff represents the pitch of middle C. On the bottom line it becomes the soprano clef, on the middle line the ...
CCP
Chinese Communist Party. * * *
CCR
Commission on Civil Rights. * * *
CCS
CCS abbr. combined chiefs of staff. * * *
CCTV
closed-circuit television. * * *
CCU
See coronary-care unit. * * *
ccw
counterclockwise. * * *
ccw.
ccw. abbr. counterclockwise. * * *
CD
1. See certificate of deposit. 2. Civil Defense. 3. Community Development. 4. See compact disk. * * *       abbreviation of Córdoba Durchmusterung (q.v.), an ...
Cd
Symbol, Chem. cadmium. * * *       abbreviation of Córdoba Durchmusterung (q.v.), an astronomical catalog. * * *
cd
1. candela; candelas. 2. Also, cd. cord; cords. * * *       abbreviation of Córdoba Durchmusterung (q.v.), an astronomical catalog. * * *
CD player.
See compact disk player. * * *
CD single
a compact disk, usually three inches in diameter, containing one or two popular songs. * * *
CD-I
compact disk-interactive. Also, CD/I, CD I. * * *
CD-R
n. a compact disc onto which data can be written but not erased or modified. [1985-90; C(ompact) D(isc)-R(ecordable)] * * *
CD-ROM
/see"dee'rom"/, n. a compact disk on which a large amount of digitized read-only data can be stored. Cf. ROM. [c(ompact) d(isk) r(ead-)o(nly) m(emory)] * * * in full compact ...
CD-RW
n. a compact disc onto which data can be written multiple times. [1995-2000; C(ompact) D(isc)-R(e)W(ritable)] * * *
cd.
cd. abbr. cord. * * *
CD4
n. a protein on the surface of T cells and other cells, functioning as a receptor for the AIDS virus antigen. [1980-85; c(luster of) d(ifferentiation) 4] * * *
CD4count
CD4 count n. A measure of the number of helper T cells per cubic millimeter of blood, used to analyze the prognosis of patients infected with HIV. * * *
CD8
CD8 (sē'dē-ātʹ) n. A glycoprotein on the surface of killer cells that enhances binding with MHC molecules.   [c(luster of) d(ifferentiation antigen) 8.] * * *
CDC
Centers for Disease Control. * * *
Cdn
Cdn abbrev. Canadian * * *
cDNA
complementary DNA: a DNA molecule that is complementary to a specific messenger RNA. [1985-90] * * *
CDR
CDR or Cdr abbrev. Commander * * * CDR abbr. commander. * * *
Cdr.
Commander. Also, CDR. * * *
CDT
Central daylight time. Also, C.D.T. * * *
Ce
Symbol, Chem. cerium. * * *
CEA
See Council of Economic Advisers. * * *
Ceanannus Mór
▪ Ireland formerly  Kells,         market town and urban district of County Meath, Ireland, on the River Blackwater. The town was originally a royal residence. In ...
ceanothus
/see'euh noh"theuhs/, n., pl. ceanothuses. any North American shrub or small tree of the largely western genus Ceanothus, having clusters of small white or blue flowers. [ < NL ...
Ceará
Port. /se'ah rddah"/, n. Fortaleza. * * * ▪ state, Brazil       estado (state) of northeastern Brazil. It is bounded on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the east by ...
cease
/sees/, v., ceased, ceasing, n. v.i. 1. to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist. 2. to come to an end: At last the war has ceased. 3. Obs. to pass ...
cease-and-desist order
/sees"euhn di zist", -sist"/ an order by a government agency to a person or corporation to terminate a business practice found by the agency to be illegal or unfair. [1925-30] * ...
cease-fire
/sees"fuyeur"/, n. 1. a cessation of hostilities; truce. 2. Mil. an order issued for a cease-fire. [1840-50; n. use of v. phrase cease fire] * * * ▪ international ...
ceasefire
➡ Vietnam War * * *
ceaseless
—ceaselessly, adv. —ceaselessness, n. /sees"lis/, adj. without stop or pause; unending; incessant. [1580-90; CEASE + -LESS] Syn. endless, continuous, constant, unceasing. * * ...
ceaselessly
See ceaseless. * * *
ceaselessness
See ceaselessly. * * *
Ceausescu
/chow shes"kooh/, n. Nicolae /nee'kaw luy"/, 1918-89, Rumanian political leader: president 1967-89. * * *
Ceauşescu, Nicolae
born Jan. 26, 1918, Scorniceşti, Rom. died Dec. 25, 1989, near Bucharest Romanian politician. Prominent in the Romanian Communist Party, in 1965 he succeeded Gheorghe ...
Ceausescu, Nicu
▪ 1997       Romanian public figure and playboy who was the youngest son of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu; he had a long history of dissolute behaviour and had been ...
Ceausescu,Nicolae
Ceau·ses·cu (chou-shĕsʹko͞o), Nicolae. 1918-1989. Romanian politician who was the absolute ruler after 1965. His regime was overthrown in December 1989, and he was executed ...
Ceawlin
▪ king of Wessex died 593       king of the West Saxons, or Wessex, from 560 to 592, who drove the Britons from most of southern England and carved out a kingdom in the ...
Ceboruco
▪ volcano, Mexico       dormant volcano, southeastern Nayarit estado (state), west-central Mexico. It is situated about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Tepic, the state ...
Cebú
/se booh"/, n. 1. an island in the S central Philippines. 2,091,602; 1703 sq. mi. (4411 sq. km). 2. a seaport on this island. 490,281. * * * Island (pop., 2000 : 2,377,588) and ...
Cebu City
City (pop., 2000: 718,821), capital of Cebu province, Philippines. Located on the eastern coast of Cebu Island, it is the oldest Spanish city in the Philippines. It possesses an ...
Cebuano
▪ people also called  Cebuan, or Sugbuhanon,         the second largest cultural-linguistic group in the Philippines, numbering about 17,010,000 in the late 20th ...
Cebuano language
also spelled  Sebuano,  also called  Sugbuhanon,         member of the Western, or Indonesian, branch of the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) language family. It was ...
CEC
Commodity Exchange Commission. * * *
ceca
ce·ca (sēʹkə) n. Plural of cecum. * * *
cecal
See cecum. * * *
cecally
See cecal. * * *
Cecchetti, Enrico
▪ Italian dancer born June 21, 1850, Rome, Papal States [Italy] died November 13, 1928, Milan, Italy       Italian ballet dancer and teacher noted for his method of ...
Cecchi, Emilio
▪ Italian essayist and critic born July 14, 1884, Florence, Italy died September 6, 1966, Rome       Italian essayist and critic noted for his writing style and for ...
Cech
Cech (chĕk), Thomas Robert. Born 1947. American biochemist who shared a 1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discoveries concerning the catalytic properties of RNA. * * *
Cech, Thomas (Robert)
born Dec. 8, 1947, Chicago, Ill., U.S. U.S. biochemist, molecular biologist, and Nobel laureate. He received his Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley in 1975. In 1982 he became the first to ...
Cech, Thomas Robert
▪ American scientist born Dec. 8, 1947, Chicago, Ill., U.S.       American biochemist and molecular biologist who, with Sidney Altman (Altman, Sidney), was awarded the ...
Cechy
/che"khi/, n. Czech name of Bohemia. * * *
ceci
/chech"ee/, n.pl. chickpeas. Also called ceci beans. [ < It, pl. of cece < L cicer; cf. CHICKPEA] * * *
Cecil
/ses"euhl, sis"-/ or, for 5, /see"seuhl/, n. 1. (Edgar Algernon) Robert (1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood), 1864-1958, British statesman: Nobel peace prize 1937. 2. Robert (1st ...
Cecil (of Chelwood), (Edgar Algernon) Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 1st Viscount
born Sept. 14, 1864, London, Eng. died Nov. 24, 1958, Tunbridge Wells, Kent British statesman. The son of the marquess of Salisbury, he served during World War I as minister of ...
Cecil B De Mille
➡ De Mille (II) * * *
Cecil Beaton
➡ Beaton * * *
Cecil Blount De Mille
➡ De Mille (II) * * *
Cecil Day-Lewis
➡ Day-Lewis (I) * * *
Cecil Family
▪ English family originally  also spelled Sitsilt, Syssell, or Seisill,         one of England's most famous and politically influential families, represented by two ...
Cecil Rhodes
➡ Rhodes * * *
Cecil Scott Forester
➡ Forester * * *
Cecil, (Edgar Algernon)Robert
Cec·il (sĕsʹəl), (Edgar Algernon) Robert. First Viscount Cecil of Chelwood. 1864-1958. British public official who helped draft the League of Nations Covenant and was ...
Cecil, Lord David
▪ English biographer in full  Lord Edward Christian David Gascoyne Cecil   born April 9, 1902, London, Eng. died Jan. 1, 1986, Cranborne, Dorset       English ...
Cecil, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 1st Viscount
▪ British statesman in full  Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood,  also called (until 1923)  Lord Robert Cecil   born Sept. 14, 1864, ...
Cecil, Robert, 1st earl of Salisbury
born June 1, 1563, London, Eng. died May 24, 1612, Marlborough, Wiltshire English statesman. Trained in statesmanship by his father, William Cecil, Robert entered the House of ...
Cecil, William, 1st Baron Burghley
born Sept. 13, 1520, Bourne, Lincolnshire, Eng. died Aug. 5, 1598, London English statesman, principal adviser to Elizabeth I through most of her reign and a master of ...
Cecil,Robert
Cecil, Robert. First Viscount Cranborne and First Earl of Salisbury. 1563?-1612. English statesman who helped secure the throne for James I after the death of Elizabeth I ...
Cecil,Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne
Cecil, Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne. Third Marquis of Salisbury. 1830-1903. British politician who was foreign minister under Benjamin Disraeli and prime minister (1885-1892 and ...
Cecil,William
Cecil, William. First Baron Burghley or Burleigh. 1520-1598. English statesman and chief adviser to Elizabeth I. He persuaded the queen to execute Mary Queen of Scots. * * *
Cecile
/si seel"/, n. a female given name, form of Cecilia. * * *
Cecilia
/si seel"yeuh/, n. 1. Saint, died A.D. 230?, Roman martyr: patron saint of music. 2. Also, Cecillia. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning "blind." * * *
Cecilia, Saint
flourished 3rd century, Rome; feast day November 22 Early Christian martyr and patron saint of music. According to a late 5th-century tradition, she was a noble Roman who had ...
Cecilia,Saint
Ce·cil·ia (sĭ-sēlʹyə), Saint.Third century A.D. Christian martyr traditionally regarded as the patron saint of music. * * *
Cecily
/ses"euh lee/, n. a female given name, form of Cecilia. * * *
cecity
/see"si tee/, n. blindness. [1525-30; < L caecitas, equiv. to caecus blind + -ITY] * * *
Ceclor
Ce·clor (sēʹklôr', -klōr') A trademark used for the drug cefaclor. * * *
cecropia
▪ tropical tree       several species of tropical tree of the family Cecropiaceae common to the understory layer of disturbed forest habitats of Central and South ...
Cecropia moth
/si kroh"pee euh/, (sometimes l.c.) a large North American silkworm moth, Hyalophora cecropia, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of forest and other trees. Also called ...
cecropiamoth
ce·cro·pi·a moth (sĭ-krōʹpē-ə) n. A large North American silkworm moth (Hyalophora cecropia) having wings with red, white, and black markings.   [New Latin cecropia, ...
Cecrops
Cecrops [sē′kräps΄] n. 〚Gr Kekrops〛 Gr. Myth. the first king of Attica and founder of Athens, represented as half man, half dragon * * * ▪ Greek legendary ...
cecum
—cecal, adj. —cecally, adv. /see"keuhm/, n., pl. ceca /-keuh/. Anat., Zool. a cul-de-sac, esp. that in which the large intestine begins. Also, caecum. [1715-25; short for L ...
CED
Committee for Economic Development. * * *
cedant arma togae
/kay"dahnt ahrdd"mah toh"guy/; Eng. /see"dant ahr"meuh toh"jee/. Latin. let military power be subject to civil authority: motto of Wyoming. [lit., let arms yield to the toga] * * ...
cedar
/see"deuhr/, n. 1. any of several Old World, coniferous trees of the genus Cedrus, having wide, spreading branches. Cf. cedar of Lebanon. 2. any of various junipers, as the red ...
cedar apple
a brown gall on the branches of the juniper, produced by several rust fungi of the genus Gymnosporangium. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Preserve, southwestern Utah, U.S. Established as a national monument in 1933, it consists of a vast natural amphitheatre (10 sq mi [26 sq km]) eroded in a limestone ...
cedar chest
a chest made of or lined with cedar, used to store clothing, blankets, etc., esp. for protection against moths. [1765-75, Amer.] * * *
Cedar City
a town in SW Utah. 10,972. * * * ▪ Utah, United States       city, Iron county, southwestern Utah, U.S., on the scarp of the Hurricane Fault, 5,800 feet (1,768 metres) ...
Cedar Falls
a city in central Iowa. 36,322. * * * ▪ Iowa, United States       city, Black Hawk county, east-central Iowa, U.S., on the Cedar River, just west of Waterloo. ...
cedar of Lebanon
a cedar, Cedrus libani, of Asia Minor, having horizontally spreading branches. [bef. 1000; ME, OE] * * *
Cedar Rapids
a city in E Iowa. 110,243. * * * City (pop., 2000: 120,758), eastern Iowa, U.S. Originally called Rapids City, it was settled in the 1830s next to rapids of the Cedar River, a ...
Cedar River
River, northern central U.S. Flowing from southeastern Minnesota southeasterly across Iowa, it joins the Iowa River about 20 mi (32 km) from the Mississippi River. Over its ...
cedar robe
Dial. a cedar chest or cedar-lined wardrobe. [1965-70] * * *
cedar waxwing
a North American waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum, having light yellowish-brown plumage. Also called cedar bird. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
cedar-apple rust
▪ plant disease  common disease in North America of red cedar (Juniperus virginiana (eastern red cedar)), related Juniperus (juniper) species, apple, and crab apple, caused ...
cedar-applerust
ce·dar-ap·ple rust (sēʹdər-ăp'əl) n. A disease caused by a rust fungus (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae) that spends part of its life cycle on certain junipers, ...
cedarbird
ce·dar·bird (sēʹdər-bûrd') n. See cedar waxwing. * * *
CedarFalls
Ce·dar Falls (sēʹdər) A city of northeast Iowa, a manufacturing suburb of Waterloo on the Cedar River. Population: 36,322. * * *
cedarn
/see"deuhrn/, adj. Archaic. resembling or made of cedar. [1625-35; CEDAR + -(E)N2] * * *
cedarof Lebanon
cedar of Lebanon n. pl. cedars of Lebanon A large, long-lived cedar (Cedrus libani), native to Lebanon and Turkey and having spreading horizontal branches at maturity, short ...
CedarRapids
Cedar Rapids A city of east-central Iowa on the Cedar River west-northwest of Davenport. It is a major commercial, industrial, and transportation center. Population: 108,751. * ...
CedarRiver
Cedar River A river rising in southeast Minnesota and flowing about 531 km (330 mi) southeastward to the Iowa River in southeast Iowa. * * *
cedarwaxwing
cedar waxwing n. A North American bird (Bombycilla cedrorum) having a crested head, a yellow-tipped tail, and predominantly brown plumage. Also called cedarbird.   [Probably so ...
cedarwood
/see"deuhr wood'/, n. cedar (def. 5). [1605-15; CEDAR + WOOD1] * * *
cedarwood oil
an aromatic oil obtained from the wood of the red cedar and used in the manufacture of soaps, perfumes, and insecticides. * * *
cede
—ceder, n. /seed/, v.t., ceded, ceding. to yield or formally surrender to another: to cede territory. [1625-35; < L cedere to go, yield] Syn. relinquish, abandon; grant, ...
cedi
/say"dee/, n., pl. cedi, cedis. a paper money and monetary unit of Ghana, equal to 100 pesewas. * * *
cedilla
/si dil"euh/, n. 1. a mark (similar to a comma) placed under a consonant letter, as under c in French, in Portuguese, and formerly in Spanish, to indicate that it is pronounced ...
Cedric
/sed"rik, see"drik/, n. a male given name. * * *
Ceduna
▪ South Australia, Australia       town and port, west-central South Australia. It lies on Denial Bay along the Great Australian Bight, 340 miles (550 km) northwest of ...
cee
/see/, n. 1. the letter C. adj. 2. shaped or formed like the letter C. [1535-45; conventional spelling of the pronunciation of the letter C] * * *
CEEB
College Entrance Examination Board. * * *
Ceefax{™}
n [U] a British television information service provided by the BBC. It offers many different types of information, e.g. weather reports, sports results and financial news, and ...
cefaclor
/sef"euh klawr', -klohr'/, n. Pharm. a cephalosporin antibiotic, C15H14ClN3O4, used in the treatment of infections. [resp. of CEPHA(LOSPORIN) + CHLOR(INE), a chemical ...
cefadroxil
cef·a·drox·il (sĕf'ə-drŏkʹsəl) n. A semisynthetic analogue of cephalosporin, C16H17N3O3S, that is administered orally and has a broad spectrum of antibiotic ...
Cefalù
▪ Italy  town and episcopal see, northern Sicily, Italy. It lies at the foot of a 1,233-foot (376-metre) promontory along the Tyrrhenian Sea, east of Palermo city. It ...
cefoxitin
/seuh fok"si tin/, n. Pharm. a broad-spectrum, crystalline, semisynthetic cephalosporin antibiotic, C16H17N3O7, used in the treatment of serious infections caused by susceptible ...
ceftriaxone
cef·tri·ax·one (sĕf'trī-ăkʹsōn') n. A semisynthetic analogue of cephalosporin, C18H16N8Na2O7S3, that is administered parenterally and has a broad spectrum of antibiotic ...
Ceglie Messapico
▪ Italy       town, Puglia (Apulia) regione, southern Italy, northeast of Taranto. It is an agricultural-trading centre and has a medieval castle with cylindrical ...
ceiba
/say"beuh/ or, for 2, /suy"-/; Sp. /thay"vah, say"-/, n., pl. ceibas /-beuhz/; Sp. /-vahs/. 1. the silk-cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra. 2. silk cotton; kapok. [1805-15; < Sp < ...
ceil
/seel/, v.t. 1. to overlay (the ceiling of a building or room) with wood, plaster, etc. 2. to provide with a ceiling. [1400-50; late ME celen to cover, to panel < ?] * * *
ceilidh
/kay"lee/, n. Irish, Scot., and Canadian (chiefly Prince Edward Island). a party, gathering, or the like, at which singing and storytelling are the usual forms of ...
ceiling
—ceilinged, adj. /see"ling/, n. 1. the overhead interior surface of a room. 2. the top limit imposed by law on the amount of money that can be charged or spent or the quantity ...
ceilinged
See ceiling. * * *
ceilometer
/see lom"i teuhr, si-/, n. an automatic device for measuring and recording the height of clouds by projecting a modulated beam of light onto a cloud base, receiving the ...
ceinture
/san toor", -tyoor", san"cheuhr/; Fr. /saonn tyuurdd"/, n., pl. ceintures /-toorz", -tyoorz", -cheuhrz/; Fr. /-tyuurdd"/. cincture (defs. 1, 2). [ < F; OF ceingture < L cinctura; ...
cel
/sel/, n. a transparent celluloid sheet on which a character, scene, etc., is drawn or painted and which constitutes one frame in the filming of an animated cartoon: may be ...
Cela
/the"lah/, n. Camilo José /kah mee"law haw se"/, born 1916, Spanish writer. * * *
Cela (Trulock), Camilo José
born May 11, 1916, Iria Flavia, Spain died Jan. 17, 2002, Madrid Spanish writer. As a young man Cela served with Francisco Franco's forces in the Spanish Civil War; his ...
Cela, Camilo José
Ce·la (sāʹlä, thāʹ-), Camilo José. Born 1916. Spanish writer who is best known for developing tremendismo, a style by which novels culminate in violence and terror, as in ...
celadon
/sel"euh don', -dn/, n. 1. any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze. 2. any porcelain imitating these. 3. a pale gray-green. adj. 4. having the ...
celadonite
cel·a·don·ite (sĕlʹə-dn-īt') n. A soft mica having a green hue and a high iron content. * * *
Celaenae
▪ ancient city, Turkey       ancient fortress city of Phrygia (in present Turkey), the starting point of the march of the “Ten Thousand” under Cyrus (401 BC) against ...
Celaeno
/seuh lee"noh/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a Pleiad. 2. Astron. one of the six visible stars of the Pleiades. * * *
Celan
Celan [sə län′] Paul (pseud. of Paul Antschel) 1920-70; Romanian poet, writing in German * * *
Celan, Paul
orig. Paul Antschel born Nov. 23, 1920, Cernăui, Rom. died May 1, 1970, Paris, France Romanian poet who wrote in German. When Romania came under Nazi control during World ...
celandine
/sel"euhn duyn', -deen'/, n. 1. Also called greater celandine, swallowwort. an Old World plant, Chelidonium majus, of the poppy family, having yellow flowers. 2. Also called ...
celandine poppy
a poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum, of the east-central U.S., having one pair of deeply lobed leaves and yellow flowers. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
celandinepoppy
celandine poppy n. A perennial herb (Stylophorum diphyllum) native to midwest North America and somewhat similar in appearance to the celandine. * * *
Celanese
/sel"euh neez', sel'euh neez"/, Trademark. a brand name for an acetate rayon yarn or fabric. * * *
Celastraceae
▪ plant family       the staff-tree family, in the order Celastrales, comprising about 55 genera of woody vines, shrubs, and trees, native in tropical and temperate ...
Celastrales
▪ plant order Introduction  small order of flowering plants that includes 3 families, some 100 genera, and about 1,350 species. In the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group II (APG II) ...
celature
/sel"euh choor'/, n. the art of embossing metal. [1375-1425; late ME < L caelatura art of engraving, equiv. to caelat(us) (ptp. of caelare to engrave) + -ura -URE] * * *
Celaya
Celaya [sə lī′ə] city in Guanajuato state, central Mexico: pop. 311,000 * * * Ce·la·ya (sə-līʹə, sĕ-läʹyä) A city of central Mexico northwest of Mexico City. ...
Celaya, Battle of
▪ Mexican history       (April 1915), decisive military engagement in the wars between revolutionary factions during the Mexican Revoluion of 1910–20. One of the ...
celeb
/seuh leb"/, n. Slang. a celebrity. [1910-15; by shortening] * * *
Celebes
—Celebesian /sel'euh bee"zheuhn/, adj. /sel"euh beez', seuh lee"beez/; Du. /se lay"bes/, n. former name of Sulawesi. * * * I or Sulawesi Island (pop., 1999 est.: ...
Celebes black macaque
or Celebes crested macaque Stump-tailed arboreal monkey (Macaca nigra) found in the rainforests of Sulawesi (Celebes), Bacan, and nearby islands. Because it lacks a long tail, ...
Celebes crested macaque
▪ mammal also called  black macaque        a mainly arboreal Indonesian monkey named for the narrow crest of hair that runs along the top of the head from behind the ...
Celebes Sea
an arm of the Pacific Ocean, N of Sulawesi and S of the Philippines. * * * Part of the western Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by the Sulu Archipelago, Mindanao, the Sangihe ...
CelebesSea
Celebes Sea A section of the western Pacific Ocean between Sulawesi and the southern Philippines. It is connected with the Java Sea by Makassar Strait. * * *
celebrant
/sel"euh breuhnt/, n. 1. a participant in any celebration. 2. the officiating priest in the celebration of the Eucharist. 3. a participant in a public religious rite. [1830-40; < ...
celebrate
—celebrative, adj. —celebrator, celebrater, n. —celebratory /sel"euh breuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, seuh leb"reuh-/, adj. /sel"euh brayt'/, v., celebrated, celebrating. v.t. 1. ...
celebrated
—celebratedness, n. /sel"euh bray'tid/, adj. renowned; well-known: the celebrated authors of best-selling books. [CELEBRATE + -ED2] Syn. illustrious. See famous. * * *
Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, The
/kal'euh ver"euhs/ a short story (1865) by Mark Twain. * * *
Celebrating the Centennial of Einstein's Miraculous Year
▪ 2006 by John J. Dykla       By his 26th birthday, in 1905, Albert Einstein had not yet obtained his doctorate in physics or obtained an academic teaching position. He ...
celebration
/sel'euh bray"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act of celebrating. 2. the festivities engaged in to celebrate something. [1520-30; < L celebration- (s. of celebratio) big assembly. See ...
celebrator
See celebration. * * *
celebratory
See celebration. * * *
Celebrezze, Anthony J.
▪ 1999       Italian-born American politician who served as mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, from 1953 to 1962, as secretary of health, education, and welfare from 1962 to ...
celebrity
/seuh leb"ri tee/, n., pl. celebrities for 1. 1. a famous or well-known person. 2. fame; renown. [1350-1400; ME < L celebritas multitude, fame, festal celebration, equiv. to ...
celebrityhood
See celebrity. * * *
celebutante
/seuh leb"yoo tahnt'/, n. a person seeking the limelight through association with celebrities. [1985-90; b. CELEBRITY and DEBUTANTE] * * *
celeriac
/seuh ler"ee ak', -lear"-/, n. a variety of celery, Apium graveolens rapaceum, of the parsley family, having a large, edible, turniplike root. Also called knob celery, ...
celerity
/seuh ler"i tee/, n. swiftness; speed. [1480-90; earlier celerite < MF < L celeritas, equiv. to celer swift + -itas -ITY] Syn. alacrity, dispatch, briskness. See speed. * * *
celery
/sel"euh ree, sel"ree/, n. a plant, Apium graveolens, of the parsley family, whose leafstalks are eaten raw or cooked. [1655-65; < F céleri < It seleri, pl. of selero
celery cabbage
      (Brassica pekinensis), species of mustard cultivated for its edible leaves. See Chinese cabbage. * * *
celery cabbage.
See Chinese cabbage. [1925-30] * * *
celery salt
a seasoning of finely ground celery seed and salt. [1895-1900] * * *
celery-top pine
▪ plant also called  adventure bay pine   (species Phyllocladus asplenifolius), slow-growing ornamental and timber conifer of the family Phyllocladaceae (placed in the ...
celerycabbage
celery cabbage n. 1. See Chinese cabbage. 2. See bok choy. * * *
celeryroot
celery root n. See celeriac. * * *
celesta
/seuh les"teuh/, n. a musical instrument consisting principally of a set of graduated steel plates struck with hammers that are activated by a keyboard. [1895-1900; < F célesta, ...
Celeste
/seuh lest"/, n. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning "heavenly." * * *
celestial
—celestially, adv. —celestialness, celestiality /seuh les'chee al"i tee/, n. /seuh les"cheuhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to the sky or visible heaven. 2. pertaining to the ...
Celestial City
1. the goal of Christian's journey in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress; the heavenly Jerusalem. 2. See New Jerusalem. * * *
celestial coordinates
Set of numbers used to pinpoint the position in the sky (see celestial sphere) of a celestial object. Coordinate systems used include the horizon system (altitude and azimuth), ...
Celestial Empire
the former Chinese Empire. [1815-25] * * *
celestial equator
Astron., Navig. the great circle of the celestial sphere, lying in the same plane as the earth's equator. Also called equator, equinoctial, equinoctial circle, equinoctial ...
celestial globe
celestial globe n. a globe on which the stars, constellations, etc. are depicted in their proper relative positions in the sky * * * ▪ astronomy       representation of ...
celestial globe.
See under globe (def. 3). [1755-65] * * *
celestial guidance
a guidance system for an aeronautical or space vehicle by which an automatic device in the vehicle takes periodic fixes on celestial bodies to determine the vehicle's position ...
celestial hierarchy
hierarchy (def. 6). [1880-85] * * *
celestial horizon
Astron. See under horizon (def. 2b). [1895-1900] * * *
celestial latitude
Astron. the angular distance from the ecliptic of a point on the celestial sphere. * * *
celestial longitude
Astron. the angular distance of a point on the celestial sphere from the great circle that is perpendicular to the ecliptic at the point of the vernal equinox, measured through ...
celestial marriage
the rite or state of marriage, performed in a Mormon temple by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and believed to continue beyond death. [1920-25] * * *
celestial mechanics
the branch of astronomy that deals with the application of the laws of dynamics and Newton's law of gravitation to the motions of heavenly bodies. [1815-25] * * * Branch of ...
celestial navigation
navigation by means of observations made of the apparent position of heavenly bodies. Also called astronavigation, celo-navigation. [1935-40] * * *       use of the ...
celestial pole
Astron. each of the two points in which the extended axis of the earth cuts the celestial sphere and about which the stars seem to revolve. Also called pole. [1900-05] * * *
celestial sphere
the imaginary spherical shell formed by the sky, usually represented as an infinite sphere, the center of which is a given observer's position. [1875-80] * * * Apparent surface ...
CelestialEmpire
Celestial Empire An old name for China or the Chinese Empire. * * *
celestialequator
celestial equator n. A great circle on the celestial sphere in the same plane as the earth's equator. Also called equinoctial, equinoctial circle. * * *
celestialglobe
celestial globe n. A model of the celestial sphere showing the positions of the stars and other celestial bodies. * * *
celestialhorizon
celestial horizon n. A great circle on the celestial sphere having a plane that passes through the center of the earth and is parallel to an observer's horizon. Also called ...
celestiallatitude
celestial latitude n. The angular distance north, counted positive, or south, counted negative, of the ecliptic along a great circle drawn through the pole of the ecliptic and a ...
celestiallongitude
celestial longitude n. The angular distance eastward from the vernal equinox along the ecliptic to the great circle drawn through the pole of the ecliptic and a celestial body. * ...
celestially
See celestial. * * *
celestialmechanics
celestial mechanics n. (used with a sing. verb) The science of the motion of celestial bodies under the influence of gravitational forces. * * *
celestialnavigation
celestial navigation n. Navigation of a ship or aircraft based on the positions of celestial bodies. Also called astronavigation. * * *
celestialpole
celestial pole n. Either of two diametrically opposite points at which the extensions of the earth's axis intersect the celestial sphere. * * *
celestialsphere
celestial sphere Jerry Malone n. An imaginary sphere of infinite extent with the earth at its center on which the stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies appear to be ...
Celestina, La
▪ novel by Rojas       Spanish dialogue novel, generally considered the first masterpiece of Spanish prose and the greatest and most influential work of the early ...
celestine
celestine [sel′əs tin, sel′əstīn΄] n. 〚< L caelestis, CELESTIAL + -INE3: from its blue color〛 CELESTITE * * * cel·es·tine (sĕlʹĭ-stĭn', -stīn', ...
Celestine (II)
▪ papal candidate original name  Teobaldo Buccapeco , English-Latin  Theobald Buccapecus  flourished 12th century       pope who was elected in December 1124 but ...
Celestine I
/sel"euh stuyn', si les"tin, -tuyn/ Saint, died A.D. 432, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 422-432. * * *
Celestine I, Saint
▪ pope born , Roman Campania died July 27, 432, Rome; feast day July 27, Irish feast day April 6       pope from 422 to 432.       He was a Roman deacon when ...
Celestine II
(Guido di Castello) fl. 12th century, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1143-44. * * * ▪ pope original name  Guido Di Città Di Castello , or  Guido De Castellis  born , Città ...
Celestine III
(Giacinto Bobone) died 1198, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1191-98. * * * ▪ pope original name  Giacinto Bobone , or  Bobo-Orsini  born c. 1106, Rome, Papal States ...
Celestine IV
(Godfrey Castiglione) died 1241, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1241. * * * ▪ pope original name  Goffredo Castiglioni  born , Milan [Italy] died Nov. 10, ...
Celestine V
Saint (Pietro di Murrone or Morone), 1215-96, Italian ascetic: pope 1294. * * *
Celestine V, Saint
▪ pope original name  Pietro Da Morrone, or Pietro Del Murrone   born 1215, Isernia?, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies died May 19, 1296, near Ferentino, Papal States; canonized ...
celestite
/sel"euh stuyt'/, n. a white to pale-blue mineral, strontium sulfate, SrSO4, occurring in tabular crystals, the principal ore of strontium. Also, celestine /sel"i stin, ...
Celestius
▪ Pelagian theologian flourished 5th century       one of the first and probably the most outstanding of the disciples of the British theologian Pelagius ...
Celexa
Ce·lex·a (sə-lĕkʹsə) A trademark used for the drug citalopram. * * *
Celia
/seel"yeuh/, n. a female given name, form of Cecilia. * * *
celiac
/see"lee ak'/, adj. Anat. of, pertaining to, or located in the cavity of the abdomen. Also, coeliac. [1655-65; < L coeliacus < Gk koiliakós of the bowels, equiv. to koilí(a) ...
celiac disease
a hereditary digestive disorder involving intolerance to gluten, usually occurring in young children, characterized by marked abdominal distention, malnutrition, wasting, and the ...
celiac plexus
Anat. See solar plexus (def. 1). [1830-40] * * *
celiacdisease
celiac disease n. A chronic nutritional disturbance, usually of young children, caused by the inability to metabolize gluten, which results in malnutrition, a distended abdomen, ...
celibacy
—celibatic /sel'euh bat"ik/, adj. /sel"euh beuh see/, n. 1. abstention from sexual relations. 2. abstention by vow from marriage: the celibacy of priests. 3. the state of being ...
celibate
/sel"euh bit, -bayt'/, n. 1. a person who abstains from sexual relations. 2. a person who remains unmarried, esp. for religious reasons. adj. 3. observing or pertaining to sexual ...


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