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/kaw"fee klach', -klahch', kof"ee-/, v.i. to gather for a coffee klatsch. Also, coffee-klatch. [1890-95] * * *
coffee-table book
/kaw"fee tay'beuhl, kof"ee-/ an oversize, expensive, and usually illustrated book suitable for displaying, as on a coffee table. [1960-65] * * *
cof·fee-ta·ble book (kôʹfē-tā'bəl, kŏfʹemacron;-) n. An oversize book of elaborate design that may be used for display, as on a coffee table. * * *
/kaw"fee ber'ee, kof"ee-/, n., pl. coffeeberries. an evergreen shrub, Rhamnus californica, of the buckthorn family, common in the western U.S., having small, greenish flowers and ...
coffee break n. A short break from work during which coffee or other refreshments may be consumed. * * *
/kaw"fee kayk', kof"ee-/, n. a cake or sweetened bread, often flavored with cinnamon and made or topped with nuts, raisins, candied fruit, etc., and glazed with melted sugar, ...
—coffeehouser, n. /kaw"fee hows', kof"ee-/, n., pl. coffeehouses /-how'ziz/, v., coffeehoused, coffeehousing. n. 1. a public place that specializes in serving coffee and other ...
coffee klatch or coffee klatsch also kaf·fee·klatsch (kŏfʹē-klăch', -kläch', kôʹfē-) n. A casual social gathering for coffee and conversation.   [Partial translation ...
cof·fee·mak·er also coffee maker (kôʹfē-mā'kər, kŏfʹē-) n. An apparatus used to brew coffee. * * *
coffee mill n. A device for grinding roasted coffee beans. * * *
/kaw"fee pot', kof"ee-/, n. a container, usually with a handle and a spout or lip, in which coffee is made or served, or both. [1695-1705; COFFEE + POT1] * * *
coffee shop n. A small restaurant in which coffee and light meals are served. * * *
coffee table n. A long low table, often placed before a sofa. Also called cocktail table. * * *
—cofferlike, adj. /kaw"feuhr, kof"euhr/, n. 1. a box or chest, esp. one for valuables. 2. coffers, a treasury; funds: The coffers of the organization were rapidly filled by the ...
/kaw"feuhr dam', kof"euhr-/, n. 1. a watertight enclosure placed or constructed in waterlogged soil or under water and pumped dry so that construction or repairs can proceed ...
/kaw"feuhrd, kof"euhrd/, adj. (of a vault, ceiling, or soffit) having coffers. [1580-90; COFFER + -ED3] * * *
/kaw"fee vil', kof"ee-/, n. a city in SE Kansas. 15,185. * * * ▪ Kansas, United States       city, Montgomery county, southeastern Kansas, U.S., on the Verdigris ...
—coffinless, adj. /kaw"fin, kof"in/, n. 1. the box or case in which the body of a dead person is placed for burial; casket. 2. the part of a horse's foot containing the coffin ...
/kaw"fin, kof"in/, n. 1. Levi, 1798-1877, U.S. abolitionist leader. 2. Robert P(eter) Tristram, 1892-1955, U.S. poet, essayist, and biographer. * * *       the receptacle ...
coffin bone
the terminal phalanx in the foot of the horse and allied animals, enclosed in the hoof. [1710-20] * * *
coffin corner
Football. a corner of the field inside the ten-yard line, esp. as the target of a punt intended to go out of bounds in this area and so put the receiving team in a position near ...
coffin nail
Slang. a cigarette. [1885-90] * * *
Coffin Texts
▪ Egyptian religion       collection of ancient Egyptian funerary texts consisting of spells or magic formulas, painted on the burial coffins of the First Intermediate ...
Coffin, Henry Sloane
▪ American clergyman born Jan. 5, 1877, New York City died Nov. 25, 1954, Lakeville, Conn., U.S.  American clergyman, author, and educator who led in the movement for liberal ...
Coffin, Levi
born Oct. 28, 1798, New Garden, N.C., U.S. died Sept. 16, 1877, Cincinnati, Ohio U.S. abolitionist. Despite little formal education, he became a teacher. As a devout Quaker, he ...
Coffin, Robert P Tristram
▪ American poet born March 18, 1892, Brunswick, Maine, U.S. died January 20, 1955, Portland, Maine       American poet whose works, based on New England farm and ...
Coffin, the Rev. William Sloane, Jr.
▪ 2007       American clergyman and civil rights activist (b. June 1, 1924, New York, N.Y.—d. April 12, 2006, Strafford, Vt.), achieved national prominence as the ...
Coffin, Tristram
▪ 1998       American journalist who had a nearly 50-year career that encompassed reporting for a newspaper and on radio, writing books, penning a syndicated column, ...
coffin bone n. The bone enclosed inside a horse's hoof. * * *
coffin corner n. Football Either corner of the field formed by the sideline and the defending team's goal line. The ball may be deliberately punted out of bounds in this area, ...
/kaw"fi nuyt, kof"i-/, n. a mineral, black uranous silicate, USiO4, an important ore of uranium. [1950-55; COFFIN + -ITE1] * * *
coffin nail n. Slang A cigarette. * * *
☆ coffle [kôf′əl, käf′əl] n. 〚Ar qāfila, caravan〛 a group of animals or slaves fastened together in a line, or driven along together vt. coffled, coffling to ...
Coffs Harbour
▪ New South Wales, Australia       town and port, northeastern New South Wales, Australia. Founded in 1847 to serve a cedar-lumbering district, it was known as ...
/koh fuyn"l/, adj. Math. of or pertaining to a subset of a set with a partial order relation, as "greater than" or "equal to," in which corresponding to each element in the set ...
co·found (kō-foundʹ) tr.v. co·found·ed, co·found·ing, co·founds To establish or found in concert with another or others.   co·foundʹer n. * * *
/koh fown"deuhr/, n. a person who founds or establishes something with another. Also, co-founder. [1595-1605; CO- + FOUNDER1] * * *
/koh"fungk'sheuhn/, n. Trigonom. the function of the complement of a given angle or arc: cos(t) is the cofunction of sin(t). [1905-10; CO- + FUNCTION] * * *
cog1 /kog, kawg/, n., v., cogged, cogging. n. 1. (not in technical use) a gear tooth, formerly esp. one of hardwood or metal, fitted into a slot in a gearwheel of less durable ...
cog locomotive.
See rack locomotive. * * *
cog railway
a railroad having locomotives with a cogged center driving wheel engaging with a cogged rail, to provide sufficient traction for climbing steeper grades than is possible with ...
cognate. * * *
/koh"jeuhn see/, n. the quality or state of being convincing or persuasive: The cogency of the argument was irrefutable. [1680-90; COG(ENT) + -ENCY] * * *
/koh'jen euh ray"sheuhn/, n. Energy. utilization of the normally wasted heat energy produced by a power plant or industrial process, esp. to generate electricity. [1975-80; CO- + ...
—cogently, adv. /koh"jeuhnt/, adj. 1. convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling. 2. to the point; relevant; pertinent. [1650-60; ...
See cogency. * * *
/kog"euhn/, n. (Frederick) Donald, born 1909, English clergyman: archbishop of Canterbury 1974-80. * * *
Coggan, Donald, Baron
▪ 2001       British cleric (b. Oct. 9, 1909, London, Eng.—d. May 17, 2000, near Winchester, Eng.), served as Anglican archbishop of Canterbury from 1974 to 1980; a ...
/kogd/, adj. having cogs. [1815-25; COG1 + -ED3] * * *
—cogitability, n. /koj"i teuh beuhl/, adj. able to be considered; conceivable; thinkable: The thought of space flights to other galaxies has become more cogitable. [1425-75; ...
—cogitatingly, adv. —cogitator, n. /koj"i tayt'/, v., cogitated, cogitating. v.i. 1. to think hard; ponder; meditate: to cogitate about a problem. v.t. 2. to think about; ...
/koj'i tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation: After hours of cogitation he came up with a new proposal. 2. the faculty of thinking: She ...
—cogitatively, adv. —cogitativeness, n. /koj"i tay'tiv/, adj. 1. meditating; contemplating: The cogitative faculty distinguishes humans from animals. 2. given to meditation; ...
See cogitative. * * *
See cogitate. * * *
cogito ergo sum
cogito ergo sum [käj′ə tō΄ ʉr′gō sum′] 〚L〛 I think, therefore I exist: the basic tenet of the philosophy of Descartes * * *
cogito, ergo sum
/koh"gi toh' erdd"goh soom"/; Eng. /koj"i toh' err"goh sum", er"goh/, Latin. I think, therefore I am (stated by Descartes as the first principle in resolving universal doubt). * ...
/kohn"yak, kon"-/; Fr. /kaw nyannk"/, n. 1. (often cap.) the brandy distilled in and shipped from the legally delimited area surrounding the town of Cognac, in W central ...
—cognateness, n. —cognatic /kog nat"ik/, adj. /kog"nayt/, adj. 1. related by birth; of the same parentage, descent, etc. 2. Ling. descended from the same language or form: ...
cognate object
Gram. a substantive functioning as the object of a verb, esp. of a verb that is usually intransitive, when both object and verb are derived from the same root. Speech in Speak ...
/kog nay"sheuhn/, n. cognate relationship. [1350-1400; ME cognacioun ( < AF, OF) < L cognation- (s. of cognatio) kinship, equiv. to cognat(us) COGNATE + -ion- -ION] * * *
—cognitional, adj. /kog nish"euhn/, n. 1. the act or process of knowing; perception. 2. the product of such a process; something thus known, perceived, etc. 3. ...
See cognition. * * *
—cognitively, adv. —cognitivity, n. /kog"ni tiv/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to cognition. 2. of or pertaining to the mental processes of perception, memory, judgment, and ...
cognitive development
the process of acquiring intelligence and increasingly advanced thought and problem-solving ability from infancy to adulthood. * * *
cognitive dissonance
Psychol. anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves ...
cognitive psychology
the branch of psychology studying the mental processes involved in perception, learning, memory, and reasoning. [1945-50] * * * Branch of psychology devoted to the study of ...
cognitive science
the study of the precise nature of different mental tasks and the operations of the brain that enable them to be performed, engaging branches of psychology, computer science, ...
cognitive therapy
a form of therapy for depression in which the goal is to diminish symptoms by correcting distorted thinking based on negative self-perceptions and expectations. Also called ...
cog·ni·tive-be·hav·ior·al therapy (kŏg'nĭ-tĭv-bĭ-hāvʹyə-rəl) n. A highly structured psychotherapeutic method used to alter distorted attitudes and problem behavior ...
cognitive dissonance n. Psychology A condition of conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between one's beliefs and one's actions, such as opposing the slaughter of ...
See cognitive. * * *
cognitive science n. The study of the nature of various mental tasks and the processes that enable them to be performed. * * *
cognitive therapy n. A form of psychotherapy using imagery, self-instruction, and related techniques to alter distorted attitudes and perceptions. * * *
In metaethics, the thesis that the function of moral sentences (e.g., sentences in which moral terms such as "right," "wrong," and "ought" are used) is to describe a domain of ...
—cognizably, adv. /kog"neuh zeuh beuhl, kon"euh-, kog nuy"-/, adj. 1. capable of being perceived or known. 2. being within the jurisdiction of a court. [1670-80; COGNIZ(ANCE) + ...
See cognizable. * * *
/kog"neuh zeuhns, kon"euh-/, n. 1. awareness, realization, or knowledge; notice; perception: The guests took cognizance of the snide remark. 2. Law. a. judicial notice as taken ...
/kog"neuh zeuhnt, kon"euh-/, adj. 1. having cognizance; aware (usually fol. by of): He was cognizant of the difficulty. 2. having legal cognizance. [1810-20; COGNIZ(ANCE) + ...
—cognizer, n. /kog"nuyz/, v.t., cognized, cognizing. to perceive; become conscious of; know. Also, esp. Brit., cognise. [1650-60; back formation from COGNIZANCE] * * *
—cognominal /kog nom"euh neuhl, -noh"meuh-/, adj. —cognominally, adv. /kog noh"meuhn/, n., pl. cognomens, cognomina /-nom"euh neuh/. 1. a surname. 2. any name, esp. a ...
See cognomen. * * *
cognoscente [käg΄nə shen′tē, kôg΄nəshen′tē, kän΄yəshen′tē] n. pl. cognoscenti [kän΄yə shəntē, kō̂n΄yə shentē, kôn′yə shentē, käg΄nə ...
/kon'yeuh shen"tee, kog'neuh-/, n.pl., sing. cognoscente /-tee/. persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, esp. in the fine arts, literature, ...
—cognoscibility, n. /kog nos"euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being known. [1635-45; < LL cognoscibilis, equiv. to cognoscere (see COGNIZANCE) + -ibilis -IBLE] * * *
—cognoscitively, adv. /kog nos"i tiv/, adj. having the ability to know or discover: cognoscitive powers. [1630-40; < L cognosc(ere) to know, come to know + -ITIVE] * * *
/kog noh"vit/, n. Law. an acknowledgment or confession by a defendant that the plaintiff's cause, or part of it, is just, wherefore the defendant, to save expense, permits ...
/koh gohn"/, n. a tall, coarse grass, Imperata cylindrica, of the tropics and subtropics, used widely for thatching. [1895-1900; < Sp < Tagalog kugon] * * *
cogon grass
▪ plant also called  alang-alang , or  blady grass (Imperata cylindrica)        one of about seven species of perennials constituting the genus Imperata (family ...
cog railway n. A railway designed to operate on steep slopes and having a locomotive with a center cogwheel that engages with a cogged center rail to provide traction. Also ...
Cogswell chair
/kogz"wel, -weuhl/ an armchair having a fixed, sloping back, open sides, and cabriole legs. Also, Coxwell chair. * * *
Cogs·well chair (kŏgzʹwĕl', -wəl) n. An upholstered easy chair, open under the armrests, with a sloping back and cabriole front legs.   [Probably from the name ...
/kog"hweel', -weel'/, n. (not in technical use) a gearwheel, esp. one having teeth of hardwood or metal inserted into slots. [1375-1425; late ME; see COG1, WHEEL] * * *
cogwheel ore
Mineral. bournonite. * * *
/koh"hab', koh hab"/, n. Informal. a person who cohabits. [by shortening] * * *
—cohabitant, cohabiter, n. —cohabitation, n. /koh hab"it/, v.i. 1. to live together as husband and wife, usually without legal or religious sanction. 2. to live together in ...
cohabitant [kō hab′i tənt] n. 〚< LL cohabitans, prp. of COHABIT〛 a person living together with another or others * * * See cohabit. * * *
/koh hab"i tayt'/, v.i., cohabitated, cohabitating. cohabit. [1625-35; < LL cohabitatus, ptp. of cohabitare COHABIT; see -ATE1] * * *
See cohabitant. * * *
See cohabitant. * * *
See cohabitant. * * *
/koh han", koh"han/, n. George M(ichael), 1878-1942, U.S. actor, playwright, and producer. * * *
Cohan, George M(ichael)
born July 3, 1878, Providence, R.I., U.S. died Nov. 5, 1942, New York, N.Y. U.S. actor, songwriter, playwright, and producer. Cohan with his parents and sister performed in ...
Cohan, George M.
▪ American composer and dramatist in full  George Michael Cohan   born July 3, 1878, Providence, R.I., U.S. died Nov. 5, 1942, New York, N.Y.  American actor, popular ...
Cohan,George Michael
Co·han (kōʹhăn'), George Michael. 1878-1942. American singer, songwriter, and playwright known for his flashy, patriotic Broadway productions. He wrote “Over There” and ...
▪ Massachusetts, United States       town (township), Norfolk county, eastern Massachusetts, U.S. It lies along Massachusetts Bay, about 20 miles (30 km) southeast of ...
—coheirship, n. /koh air"/, n. a joint heir. [1350-1400; ME. See CO-, HEIR] * * *
/koh air"is/, n. a joint heiress. [CO- + HEIRESS] Usage. See -ess. * * *
/koh"euhn/, n. 1. Morris Raphael, 1880-1947, U.S. philosopher and educator, born in Russia. 2. Octavus Roy /ok tav"euhs/, 1891-1959, U.S. short-story writer and ...
Cohen, Albert
▪ American criminologist born June 15, 1918, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.       American criminologist best known for his subcultural theory of delinquent gangs. In ...
Cohen, Alexander Henry
▪ 2001       American theatrical producer (b. July 24, 1920, New York, N.Y.—d. April 22, 2000, New York), provided financial backing for more than 100 shows on ...
Cohen, Ernst Julius
▪ Dutch chemist born March 7, 1869, Amsterdam, Neth. died , c. March 5, 1944, Auschwitz [now Oświęcim], Pol.       Dutch chemist noted for his extensive work on the ...
Cohen, Hermann
▪ German philosopher born July 4, 1842, Coswig, Anhalt died April 4, 1918, Berlin       German-Jewish philosopher and founder of the Marburg school of neo-Kantian ...
Cohen, Isidore
▪ 2006       American violinist and teacher (b. Dec. 16, 1922, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. June 23, 2005, Bronx, N.Y.), was a member of two of the most distinguished chamber ...
Cohen, Leonard
▪ Canadian musician and author in full  Leonard Norman Cohen  born Sept. 21, 1934, Montreal, Que., Can.    Canadian singer-songwriter (singer-songwriters) whose spare ...
Cohen, Matt
▪ 2000       Canadian novelist and short-story writer who was equally at home writing in English and translating from French and created multidimensional works that told ...
Cohen, Paul Joseph
▪ 2008       American mathematician born April 2, 1934, Long Branch, N.J. died March 23, 2007 , Stanford, Calif. was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 for his proof of ...
Cohen, Stanley
▪ American biochemist born Nov. 17, 1922, Brooklyn, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American biochemist who, with Rita Levi-Montalcini (Levi-Montalcini, Rita), shared the ...
Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude
▪ French physicist born April 1, 1933, Constantine, Alg.       French physicist who shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997 with Steven Chu and William D. Phillips. ...
/koh"euh nuyt'/, n. a rare microscopic mineral, carbide of iron, nickel, or cobalt, (Fe, Ni, Co)3C, found in lunar rocks and some meteorites. [named after E. W. Cohen, ...
Cohens v. Virginia
▪ law case       (1821), U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court reaffirmed its right to review all state court judgments in cases arising under the federal ...
/koh hear"/, v.i., cohered, cohering. 1. to stick together; be united; hold fast, as parts of the same mass: The particles of wet flour cohered to form a paste. 2. Physics. (of ...
/koh hear"euhns, -her"-/, n. 1. the act or state of cohering; cohesion. 2. logical interconnection; overall sense or understandability. 3. congruity; consistency. 4. Physics, ...
coherence theory
Philos. the theory of truth that every true statement, insofar as it is true, describes its subject in the totality of its relationship with all other things. Cf. correspondence ...
co·her·en·cy (kō-hîrʹən-sē) n. pl. co·her·en·cies Coherence. * * *
—coherently, adv. /koh hear"euhnt, -her"-/, adj. 1. logically connected; consistent: a coherent argument. 2. cohering; sticking together: a coherent mass of sticky candies. 3. ...
coherent light
light in which the electromagnetic waves maintain a fixed and predictable phase relationship with each other over a period of time. * * *
coherent control n. The use of coherent radiation, such as that generated by a laser, to change the behavior of atomic, molecular, or electronic systems, often to alter the ...
Theory of truth according to which a belief is true just in case, or to the extent that, it coheres with a system of other beliefs. Philosophers have differed over the relevant ...
See coherent. * * *
/koh hear"euhr, -her"-/, n. 1. a person or thing that coheres. 2. Radio. a device usually used in detecting radio waves, as a tube filled with a conducting substance in granular ...
—cohesionless, adj. /koh hee"zheuhn/, n. 1. the act or state of cohering, uniting, or sticking together. 2. Physics. the molecular force between particles within a body or ...
cohesion hypothesis
▪ botany       in botany, a generally accepted explanation of the rise of sap in plants by means of intermolecular attractions. Calculation and experiment indicate that ...
co·he·sion·less (kō-hēʹzhən-lĭs) adj. Composed of particles that do not cohere. Used of soil. * * *
—cohesively, adv. —cohesiveness, n. /koh hee"siv/, adj. 1. characterized by or causing cohesion: a cohesive agent. 2. cohering or tending to cohere; well-integrated; unified: ...
See cohesive. * * *
See cohesive. * * *
/kohn/, n. 1. Edwin Joseph, 1892-1953, U.S. chemist and researcher on blood proteins. 2. Ferdinand Julius /ferr"dn and' joohl"yeuhs/; Ger. /ferdd"di nahnt' yooh"lee oos'/, ...
Cohn, Edwin Joseph
born Dec. 17, 1892, New York, N.Y, U.S. died Oct. 1, 1953, Boston, Mass. U.S. biochemist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and taught at Harvard 1922–53. ...
Cohn, Ferdinand
▪ German botanist born Jan. 24, 1828, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia died June 25, 1898, Breslau  German naturalist and botanist known for his studies of algae, bacteria, and ...
Cohn, Ferdinand (Julius)
born Jan. 24, 1828, Breslau, Silesia, Prussia died June 25, 1898, Breslau German naturalist and botanist, considered one of the founders of bacteriology. He received a Ph.D. ...
Cohn, Harry
born July 23, 1891, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Feb. 27, 1958, Phoenix, Ariz. U.S. film producer and cofounder of Columbia Pictures. He worked for a film distributor before ...
Cohn,Ferdinand Julius
Cohn (kōn), Ferdinand Julius. 1828-1898. German botanist who is considered the founder of bacteriology. He was the first to recognize bacteria as plants. * * *
Cohn,Roy Marcus
Cohn, Roy Marcus. 1927-1986. American lawyer who gained notoriety as Joseph McCarthy's assistant during the Communist scare of the 1950s. Shortly before his death he was ...
Cohnheim, Julius Friedrich
born July 20, 1839, Demmin, Prussia died Aug. 15, 1884, Leipzig German pioneer of experimental pathology. While assisting Rudolf Virchow, he confirmed that inflammation results ...
/koh"hoh/, n., pl. cohos, (esp. collectively) coho. See coho salmon. Also, cohoe. * * * or silver salmon Species (Oncorhynchus kisutch) of salmon prized for food and sport that ...
coho salmon
a small salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch, of the North Pacific coasts and also in the Great Lakes, where it was introduced: important as a game and food fish. Also, cohoe salmon. ...
/koh hoh"beuh/, n. parica. [ < AmerSp, said to be < Arawak] * * * ▪ drug also called  Yopo,         hallucinogenic snuff made from the seeds of a tropical American ...
—cohobation, n. —cohobator, n. /koh"hoh bayt'/, v.t., cohobated, cohobating. Pharm. to distill again from the same or a similar substance, as by pouring a distilled liquid ...
/koh hohz"/, n. a city in E New York, on the Hudson River. 18,144. * * * ▪ New York, United States       city, Albany county, eastern New York, U.S. It lies at the ...
▪ Chinese guild Chinese (Pinyin)  gonghang  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  kung-hang , also called  hong  or  cong-hong        the guild of Chinese merchants ...
/koh"hawrt/, n. 1. a group or company: She has a cohort of admirers. 2. a companion or associate. 3. one of the ten divisions in an ancient Roman legion, numbering from 300 to ...
cohort analysis
▪ demography       method used in studies to describe an aggregate of individuals having in common a significant event in their life histories, such as year of birth ...
/koh hawr"teuh tiv/, adj. Gram. (of a verbal mood or form) expressing encouragement or exhortation. [1850-55; < L cohortat(us) (ptp. of cohortare to urge; see COHORT) + -IVE] * * ...
coho salmon n. A small silver food and game fish (Oncorhynchus kisutch) native to North Pacific waters and introduced in the Great Lakes. Also called silver ...
/koh"hosh, koh hosh"/, n. either of two unrelated plants of the eastern U.S., Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh), of the buttercup family, or Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue ...
co·host or co-host (kōʹhōst') n. A joint host, as of a social event. tr.v. co·host·ed, co·host·ing, co·hosts To serve as a joint host of: “In 1980, [he] co-hosted ...
/koh how"zing/, n. 1. a cooperative living arrangement in which people build a cluster of single-family houses around a common building for shared meals, child care, guest rooms, ...
/koh hoohn"/, n. a pinnate-leaved palm, Orbignya cohune, native to Central America, bearing large nuts whose meat yields an oil resembling that of the coconut. Also, cohune ...
cohune oil
also called  cohune-nut oil , cohune also spelled  cohoun        oil obtained from the kernels of the fruits, or nuts, of the cohune palm tree, Attalea cohune. The ...
COI Communications
(abbr COI) a British government department that writes and publishes information and advertising for the government and other public service organizations. * * *
/koy"beuh/; Sp. /koy"vah/, n. an island in the Pacific Ocean, S of SW Panama. 20 mi. (32 km) long; 10 mi. (16 km) wide. * * *
Coiba Island
▪ island, Panama also spelled  Quibo Island,  Spanish  Isla de Coiba or Quibo        Central American island of Panama in the Pacific Ocean. Lying 15 miles (24 km) ...
coif1 /koyf/, n. 1. a hood-shaped cap, usually of white cloth and with extended sides, worn beneath a veil, as by nuns. 2. any of various hoodlike caps, varying through the ...
/kwahf/, n., v.t., coiffed, coiffing. coiffure (defs. 1, 3). * * *
/kwann fuerdd"/, n., pl. coiffeurs /-fuerdd"/. French. a man who is a hairdresser. * * *
/kwann fuez"/, n., pl. coiffeuses /-fuez"/. French. a woman who is a hairdresser. * * *
/kwah fyoor"/; Fr. /kwann fyuurdd"/, n., pl. coiffures /-fyoorz"/; Fr. /-fyuurdd"/, v., coiffured /-fyoord"/, coiffuring /-fyoor"ing/. n. 1. a style of arranging or combing the ...
/kwah fyoor"ist/, n. a person who styles hair, esp. for women. [COIFFURE + -IST] * * *
/koyn/, n., v.t. quoin. * * *
coign of vantage
a good position for observation, judgment, criticism, action, etc. [1595-1605] * * *
/koyn/, n., v.t., coigned, coigning. quoin. * * *
coignof vantage
coign of vantage (coin) n. An advantageous position. * * *
▪ Chile       city, southern archipelagic Chile, 50 mi (80 km) inland of Puerto Aisén and 25 mi (40 km) west of the Argentine border. Founded in 1912 by a small group ...
coil1 —coilable, adj. —coilability, n. /koyl/, v.t. 1. to wind into continuous, regularly spaced rings one above the other: to coil a wire around a pencil. 2. to wind on a ...
coil spring
any spring of wire coiled helically, having a cylindrical or conical outline. See illus. under spring. [1875-80] * * *
See coil1. * * *
/koh im'bah tawr", -tohr"/, n. a city in W Tamil Nadu, in SW India. 405,592. * * * ▪ India       city, west-central Tamil Nadu (Tamil Nādu) state, southeastern India. ...
/kweeonn"brddeuh/, n. a city in central Portugal: noted university founded at Lisbon 1290, transferred here 1537. 55,985. * * * ▪ Portugal       city, north-central ...
Coimbra, Pedro, 1o duque de
▪ prince and regent of Portugal (1st duke of),byname  Dom Pedro   born Dec. 9, 1392, Lisbon died May 20, 1449, Alfarrobeira, Port.       second son of King John I of ...
—coinable, adj. —coiner, n. /koyn/, n. 1. a piece of metal stamped and issued by the authority of a government for use as money. 2. a number of such pieces. 3. Informal. ...
/koyn/, n., adj. counterinsurgency. [co(unter) in(surgency)] * * * ▪ Spain       city, Málaga provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) ...
coin box
a locked container or receptacle for holding coins deposited in a pay telephone, pinball machine, turnstile, or other coin-operated machine. [1905-10] * * *
coin changer
1. a machine that gives change rapidly, as to a customer, typically operated by a manual keyboard and often used in association with a cash register. 2. a machine that supplies ...
coin collecting
Systematic accumulation and study of coins, tokens, paper money, and objects of similar form and purpose. The long-held view that coin collecting began with the Italian ...
coin glass
▪ decorative arts       glassware usually in the form of wineglasses, goblets, or tankards enclosing a coin either in the foot, or in the hollow knop of the stem, rarely ...
coin lock
a lock that is opened by the insertion of a coin. [1925-30] * * *
coin machine
1. See slot machine (def. 2). 2. a coin-operated machine, esp. one for dispensing soft drinks, cigarettes, candy, etc. [1915-20] * * *
coin of the realm.
See legal tender. * * *
coin silver
silver having the standard fineness for coinage purposes. * * *
coin-op [koin′äp΄] adj. Informal coin-operated * * *
/koyn"op'euh ray'tid/, adj. Informal. 1. Also, coin-op /koyn"op'/. activated by inserting a coin or coins into a slot: a coin-operated washing machine. n. 2. a coin-operated ...
See coin. * * *
/koy"nij/, n. 1. the act, process, or right of making coins. 2. the categories, types, or quantity of coins issued by a nation. 3. coins collectively; currency. 4. the act or ...
coinage bronze
an alloy of 95 percent copper, 4 percent tin, and 1 percent zinc. * * *
/koh'in suyd"/, v.i., coincided, coinciding. 1. to occupy the same place in space, the same point or period in time, or the same relative position: The centers of concentric ...
/koh in"si deuhns/, n. 1. a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance: Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence. 2. the condition or fact ...
coincidence counting
▪ physics       in physics, the almost simultaneous detection of two nuclear or subatomic particles (e.g., within a time of 10−5 second). Coincidence counting involves ...
/koh in"si deuhnt/, adj. 1. happening at the same time. 2. coinciding; occupying the same place or position. 3. exactly corresponding. 4. in exact agreement (usually fol. by ...
coincident indicator
an economic indicator, as gross national product, that typically fluctuates in correlation with the total economy. * * *
—coincidentally, coincidently /koh in"si deuhnt lee/, adv. /koh in'si den"tl/, adj. 1. happening by or resulting from coincidence; by chance: a coincidental meeting. 2. ...
See coincidental. * * *
See coincidentally. * * *
Coindre, André
▪ French priest born Feb. 26, 1787, Lyon died May 30, 1826, Blois, Fr.       founder of the Fratres a Sacratissimo Corde Iesu (Brothers of the Sacred Heart), a Roman ...
See coinable. * * *
coinfectious immunity
/koh'in fek"sheuhs/ premunition. * * *
/koh'in her"i teuhns/, n. joint inheritance. [1590-1600; CO- + INHERITANCE] * * *
—coinstantaneously, adv. /koh'in steuhn tay"nee euhs/, adj. occurring or existing at the same instant; simultaneous. [1760-70; CO- + INSTANTANEOUS] * * *
/koh'in shoor"euhns, -sherr"-/, n. 1. insurance underwritten jointly with another or others. 2. a form of property insurance in which an insurer assumes liability only for that ...
—coinsurable, adj. /koh'in shoor", -sherr"-/, v.t., v.i., coinsured, coinsuring. 1. to insure jointly with another or others. 2. to insure on the basis of ...
/koh'in shoor"euhr, -sherr"-/, n. 1. a person or firm that contracts as an insurer jointly with another or others. 2. an insured who is liable to bear part of the loss under a ...
/kwahn"troh/; Fr. /kwaonn trddoh"/, Trademark. a colorless, orange-flavored liqueur. * * *
/koh'in ven"teuhr/, n. one of two or more joint inventors. [1885-90; CO- + INVENTOR] * * *
Coipasa Salt Flat
▪ salt flat, Bolivia Spanish  Salar de Coipasa        salt flat, in the arid but colourful Altiplano of Bolivia, about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of the city of ...
/koyr/, n. the prepared fiber of the husk of the coconut fruit, used in making rope, matting, etc. [1575-85; < Malayalam kayaru cord; r. cairo < Pg < Tamil kayiru rope] * * ...
/koy"streuhl/, n. Archaic. a scoundrel; knave. [1570-80; ME custrell, appar. < MF coustillier, coustelier, one armed with a cou(s)telle dagger (fem. deriv. of coutel knife < L ...
See coitus. * * *
coital exanthema
Vet. Pathol. a common venereal disease affecting horses and cattle, caused by a virus and characterized by the appearance of pustules on the mucous membranes of the genital ...
See coital. * * *
Coiter, Volcher
▪ Dutch physician Coiter also spelled  Coyter, or Koyter   born 1534, Groningen, Neth. died 1590?       physician who established the study of comparative osteology ...
—coitional, adj. /koh ish"euhn/, n. coitus. [1535-45; < L coition- (s. of coitio) a coming together, equiv. to coi- var. s. of coire to come together (co- CO- + ire to go) + ...
—coital, adj. —coitally, adv. /koh"i teuhs/, n. sexual intercourse, esp. between a man and a woman. [1705-15; < L: a coming together, uniting, sexual intercourse, equiv. to ...
coitus interruptus
/in'teuh rup"teuhs/, pl. coitus interrupti /in'teuh rup"tuy/. 1. coitus that is intentionally interrupted by withdrawal before ejaculation of semen into the vagina. 2. an act or ...
coitus in·ter·rup·tus (ĭn'tə-rŭpʹtəs) n. Sexual intercourse deliberately interrupted by withdrawal of the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation.   [New Latin : ...
▪ state, Venezuela       inland estado (state), northwestern Venezuela, surrounded by the states of Yaracuy and Carabobo on the north, Guárico on the east, Barinas on ...
/kaw haw"nes/; Eng. /keuh hoh"nays, -neez/, n. Spanish (sometimes vulgar). 1. (used with a pl. v.) testicles. 2. courage. * * *
▪ El Salvador       city, central El Salvador. It is located near Lake Ilopango on the Inter-American Highway (a section of the Pan-American Highway), at the northern ...
coke1 —cokelike, coky, adj. /kohk/, n., v., coked, coking. Chem. n. 1. the solid product resulting from the destructive distillation of coal in an oven or closed chamber or by ...
/kook/, n. Sir Edward, 1552-1634, English jurist and writer on law. Also, Cooke. * * * Solid residue remaining after certain types of coals are heated to a high temperature out ...
coke oven
an oven for the conversion of coal into coke by heating the coal in the absence of air so as to distill the volatile ingredients. [1830-40] * * *
Coke, Sir Edward
born Feb. 1, 1552, Mileham, Norfolk, Eng. died Sept. 3, 1634, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire British jurist and politician. He became a lawyer in 1578 and was made solicitor ...
Coke, Thomas
▪ British clergyman born Sept. 9, 1747, Brecon, Brecknockshire, Wales died May 3, 1814, at sea en route from Liverpool to Ceylon       English clergyman, first bishop ...
Coke,Sir Edward
Coke (ko͝ok, kōk), Sir Edward. 1552-1634. English jurist who as chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas (1606-1616) ruled that the common law is supreme law, even when the ...
/kohk"hed'/, n. Slang. a cocaine addict or habitual user. Also called coke fiend, coker, snowbird. [COKE2 + HEAD] * * *
coker1 /koh"keuhr/, n. Often, cokers. an inhabitant of the mountains of the coal-mining regions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. [1785-95; COKE1 + -ER1] coker2 /koh"keuhr/, n. ...
/koh"keuhr nut'/, n. Chiefly Brit. coconut. * * *
➡ Coca-Cola. * * *
/kol/; Fr. /kawl/, n., pl. cols /kolz/; Fr. /kawl/. 1. Physical Geog. a pass or depression in a mountain range or ridge. 2. Meteorol. the region of relatively low pressure ...
cost of living. * * *
col legno
/koh layn"yoh/; It. /kawl le"nyaw/, Music. (a direction to play a stringed instrument with the back of the bow rather than the hairs) with the wood. [ < It] * * *
col-1 var. of com- before l: collateral. col-2 var. of colo- before a vowel: colectomy. * * *
1. Colombia. 2. Colonel. 3. Colorado. 4. Colossians. * * *
1. (in prescriptions) strain. [ < L cola] 2. collected. 3. collector. 4. college. 5. collegiate. 6. colonial. 7. colony. 8. color. 9. colored. 10. column. * * *
cola1 /koh"leuh/, n. a carbonated soft drink containing an extract made from kola nuts, together with sweeteners and other flavorings. Also, kola. [1920-25; sp. var. of KOLA, ...
/koh"leuh/, n. an escalator clause, esp. in union contracts, that grants automatic wage increases to cover the rising cost of living due to inflation. [c(ost) o(f) l(iving) ...
Cola di Rienzo
orig. Nicola di Lorenzo born 1313, Rome died Oct. 8, 1354, Rome Italian revolutionary leader. The son of a tavern keeper, he became a minor Roman official. He plotted a ...
Cola dynasty
or Chola dynasty South Indian Tamil rulers of unknown antiquity (before с AD 200). The dynasty originated in the rich Cauvery (Kaveri) River valley, and Uraiyur ...
cola nut.
See kola nut. * * *
▪ Victoria, Australia       city, southern Victoria, Australia, on the southern shore of the shallow Lake Colac. The name is of uncertain Aboriginal origin, probably ...
—colacobiotic /kol'euh koh buy ot"ik/, adj. /kol'euh koh buy oh"sis/, n., pl. colacobioses /-seez/. (among social insects) life in which one species lives as a parasite in the ...
/koh lah"deuh/, n. 1. See piña colada. 2. a tall mixed drink of rum, cream of coconut, ice, and fruit or fruit juice, usually mixed in a blender and served with a fruit garnish: ...
/koh"leuh meen', koh lam"in/, n. Chem. ethanolamine. [said to be (AL)CO(HO)L + AMINE] * * *
/kul"euhn deuhr, kol"-/, n. a metal or plastic container with a perforated bottom, for draining and straining foods. Also, cullender. [1400-50; late ME colyndore, perh. (with ...
(in prescriptions) strained. [ < L colatus] * * *
/kaw'lah tee"nah/, n. a city in SE Brazil. 140,729. * * * ▪ Brazil       city, central Espírito Santo estado (state). It is located in eastern Brazil on the Doce ...
/koh lat"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. Astron., Navig. the complement of the latitude; the difference between a given latitude and 90°. [1780-90; CO- + LATITUDE] * * *
/kohl"bath, -bahth/, n. Jeremiah Jones. See Wilson, Henry. Also, Colbaith. * * *
/kawl berdd"/, n. Jean Baptiste /zhahonn bann teest"/, 1619-83, French statesman and finance minister under Louis XIV. * * *
Colbert, Claudette
orig. Lily Claudette Chauchoin born Sept. 13, 1903, Paris, France died July 30, 1996, Cobblers Cove, Barb. French-born U.S. actress. She made her Broadway debut in 1923 and ...
Colbert, Jean-Baptiste
born Aug. 29, 1619, Reims, France died Sept. 6, 1683, Paris French statesman. He was recommended to Louis XIV by Jules Mazarin, whose personal assistant he had been. He ...
Colbert, Jean-Baptiste, Marquis De Seignelay
▪ French diplomat born Nov. 1, 1651, Paris died Nov. 3, 1690, Versailles, Fr.       French secretary of state under Louis XIV.       As the eldest son of the ...
Colbert, Stephen
▪ 2007  In 2006 comedian Stephen Colbert demonstrated that the old adage that “newsmen are supposed to report the news, not be the news” did not apply to fake newsmen. ...
Col·bert (kôl-bĕrʹ, kōl-), Claudette. Originally Lily Claudette Chauchoin. 1903-1996. American actress best known for her comedic roles. Her film credits include It ...
Colbert,Jean Baptiste
Colbert, Jean Baptiste. 1619-1683. French politician who served as an adviser to Louis XIV. Colbert reformed taxes, centralized the administration, and improved roads and canals ...
Colburn, Irving Wightman
▪ American inventor and manufacturer born May 16, 1861, Fitchburg, Mass., U.S. died Sept. 4, 1917       American inventor and manufacturer whose process for fabricating ...

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