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coly
/koh"lee/, n., pl. colies. any of several slender, fruit-eating, African birds constituting the family Coliidae, having grayish-brown plumage and a long, pointed tail. Also ...
Colymbiformes
▪ bird order       former taxonomic order that included the water birds known as loons (loon) and grebes (grebe). Later scholarship determined that these two groups were ...
colza
/kol"zeuh, kohl"-/, n. rape2. [1705-15; < F < D koolzaad, equiv. to kool COLE + zaad SEED] * * *
colza oil.
Chem. See rape oil. * * *
COM
/kom/, n. 1. Comedy Central (a cable television channel). 2. computer output on microfilm. * * *
com-
a prefix meaning "with," "together," "in association," and (with intensive force) "completely," occurring in loanwords from Latin (commit): used in the formation of compound ...
Com.
1. Commander. 2. Commission. 3. Commissioner. 4. Committee. 5. Commodore. 6. Commonwealth. * * *
com.
1. comedy. 2. comma. 3. command. 4. commander. 5. commerce. 6. commercial. 7. commission. 8. commissioner. 9. committee. 10. common. 11. commonly. 12. communications. * * *
Com. in Chf.
Commander in Chief. * * *
Com. Ver.
Common Version (of the Bible). * * *
coma
coma1 /koh"meuh/, n., pl. comas. a state of prolonged unconsciousness, including a lack of response to stimuli, from which it is impossible to rouse a person. [1640-50; < Gk ...
Coma Berenices
/koh"meuh ber'euh nuy"seez/, gen. Comae Berenices /koh"mee ber'euh nuy"seez/. Astron. Berenice's Hair, a northern constellation situated north of Virgo and between Boötes and ...
ComaBerenices
Co·ma Ber·e·ni·ces (kōʹmə bĕr'ə-nīʹsēz') n. A constellation in the northern sky near Boötes and Leo that contains a prominent cluster of galaxies and the north pole ...
comae
co·mae (kōʹmē) n. Plural of coma2. * * *
comake
comake [kō′māk΄, kō′māk′] vt. comade, comaking COSIGN comaker n. * * *
comaker
/koh may"keuhr, koh"may'keuhr/, n. Finance. a person who formally undertakes to discharge the duties of the maker of an instrument, esp. a promissory note, in the event of the ...
comal
/koh mahl"/; Sp. /kaw mahl"/, n., pl. comals, Sp. comales /kaw mah"les/. a griddle made from sandstone or earthenware. [1835-45, Amer.; < MexSp < Nahuatl comalli] * * *
Comana
Ancient city in Cappadocia, eastern Anatolia. Located on the Seyhan River in the Taurus Mountains, it was the centre of the cult of the mother goddess Ma-Enyo and the site of ...
Comanche
/keuh man"chee, koh-/, n., pl. Comanches, (esp. collectively) Comanche for 1. 1. a member of a Shoshonean tribe, the only tribe of the group living entirely on the Plains, ...
comanchero
/koh'man chair"oh/; Sp. /kaw'mahn che"rddaw/, n., pl. comancheros /-chair"ohz/; Sp. /-che"rddaws/. an Indian trader in the U.S. Southwest, esp. in the 19th century. [ < AmerSp ...
comandante
/kom'euhn dan"tee/; Sp., It. /kaw'mahn dahn"te/, n., pl. comandantes /-teez/; Sp. /-tes/, It. comandanti /-tee/. commandant. [ < Sp, It] * * *
Comaneci
/koh'meuh neech", -naych"/; Rum. /kaw'mah nech"/, n. Nadia /nah"dee euh, nahd"yeuh/, born 1961, Rumanian gymnast. * * *
Comaneci, Nadia
born Nov. 12, 1961, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Rom. Romanian-born gymnast. Comaneci entered her first international competition in 1972 and won three gold medals. In the 1976 ...
Comaneci,Nadia
Co·ma·neci (kō'mä-nēchʹ), Nadia. Born 1961. Romanian-born gymnast. In 1976 she became the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 at the Olympic games. She defected to the ...
comate
comate1 /koh mayt"/, n. a mate or companion. [1570-80; CO- + MATE1] comate2 /koh"mayt/, adj. 1. Bot. having a coma. 2. hairy; tufted. [1590-1600; < L comatus. See COMA2, -ATE1] * ...
comatic
/koh mat"ik/, adj. Optics. of, pertaining to, or blurred as a result of a coma. [COMA2 + -IC; -t- irreg. by influence of COMATOSE] * * *
comatose
—comatosely, adv. —comatoseness, comatosity /kom'euh tos"i tee/, n. /kom"euh tohs', koh"meuh-/, adj. 1. affected with or characterized by coma. 2. lacking alertness or ...
comatosely
See comatose. * * *
comatulid
/keuh mach"euh lid/, n. a free-swimming, stalkless crinoid; feather star. [1880-85; < NL Comatulidae, equiv. to Comatul(a) genus name (see COMATE2, -ULE) + -idae -ID2] * * *
Comayagua
/kaw'mah yah"gwah/, n. a city in W central Honduras. 27,261. * * * ▪ Honduras  city, west-central Honduras, on the right bank of the Humuya River in a fertile valley. ...
comb
comb1 —combless, adj. —comblessness, n. /kohm/, n. 1. a toothed strip of plastic, hard rubber, bone, wood, or metal, used for arranging the hair, untangling it, or holding it ...
comb back
a Windsor chair back in which the vertical spindles are surmounted by a broad, carved crest rail resembling a comb. [1900-05] * * *
comb jelly
/kohm/ any marine invertebrate of the phylum Ctenophora, comprising various nearly transparent creatures having rounded, oval, or band-shaped bodies propelled by eight iridescent ...
comb pottery
also called  combware        main pottery type of the Korean Neolithic Period (c. 3000–700 BC). Derived from a Siberian Neolithic prototype, the pottery is made of ...
comb-clawed beetle
▪ insect       any member of the insect family Alleculidae (called Cistelidae in some classification systems) in the order Coleoptera, made of about 1,100 species. Their ...
comb-footed spider
/kohm"foot'id/ any of numerous spiders constituting the family Theridiidae, having a comblike row of bristles on the tarsi of the hind legs. * * * also called  cobweb ...
comb-out
/kohm"owt'/, n. a thorough combing or brushing of the hair. [1915-20; n. use of v. phrase comb out] * * *
comb.
1. combination. 2. combined. 3. combining. 4. combustion. * * *
Combahee
Com·ba·hee (kŭm-bēʹ, kŭmʹbē) A river, about 225 km (140 mi) long, of southern South Carolina flowing southeast to the Atlantic Ocean. * * *
combat
—combatable, adj. v. /keuhm bat", kom"bat, kum"-/; n. /kom"bat, kum"-/, v., combated, combating or (esp. Brit.) combatted, combatting, n. v.t. 1. to fight or contend against; ...
combat boot
a heavy, usually laced and close-fitting boot of hard leather extending above the ankle and having a sole and heel of hard rubber. * * *
combat fatigue
combat fatigue n. a psychoneurotic condition characterized by anxiety, irritability, depression, etc., often occurring after prolonged combat in warfare * * * ▪ ...
combat fatigue.
See battle fatigue. [1940-45] * * *
Combat Infantryman Badge
Mil. a badge awarded to an infantryman in recognition of satisfactory performance of duty in ground combat against the enemy. * * *
combat jacket.
See battle jacket. * * *
combat neurosis.
See battle fatigue. [1955-60] * * *
combat team
Mil. a combination of military units, usually of different types, as infantry and artillery, temporarily under one command while on special combat mission. * * *
combat zone
1. Mil. an area in a theater of operations where combat forces operate, extending typically from the front line to the communications zone. 2. Slang. an area in some cities, ...
combat-ready
/kom"bat red"ee, kum"-/, adj. sufficiently equipped, trained, and numerically strong to engage an enemy. * * *
combatant
/keuhm bat"nt, kom"beuh teuhnt, kum"-/, n. 1. a nation engaged in active fighting with enemy forces. 2. a person or group that fights. adj. 3. combating; fighting: the combatant ...
combatboot
combat boot n. A boot that laces up the front and has a thick rubber outsole, worn especially by infantry. * * *
combatfatigue
combat fatigue n. Posttraumatic stress disorder resulting from wartime combat or similar experiences. No longer in scientific use. Also called battle fatigue, shell shock, war ...
Combating the Crisis in Darfur
▪ 2009       In 2008, five years after conflict broke out in the Darfur region of The Sudan, the prospect seemed dim for a political settlement to end the war that had ...
Combating the Land Mine Scourge
▪ 1997 by Douglas L. Clarke U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher has called them "weapons of mass destruction in slow motion"—the 110 million land mines buried in 68 ...
combative
—combatively, adv. —combativeness, combativity /kom'beuh tiv"i tee/, n. /keuhm bat"iv, kom"beuh tiv, kum"-/, adj. ready or inclined to fight; pugnacious: He displayed a most ...
combatively
See combative. * * *
combativeness
See combatively. * * *
combatzone
combat zone n. 1. An area where military combat is taking place. 2. An area in a city characterized by economic depression and criminal activity: “a combat zone rife with ...
combe
/koohm, kohm/, n. Brit. a narrow valley or deep hollow, esp. one enclosed on all but one side. Also, comb, coomb, coombe. [OE cumb valley < British Celtic; cf. CWM] * * *
Combe, William
▪ British author born 1741, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng. died June 19, 1823, London  prolific English writer of miscellaneous prose and satirical verse whose poem The Tour ...
Combe-Capelle man
/kohm"ka pel"/ a skeleton of the early Upper Paleolithic Perigordian culture in France. [1910-15; named after Combe-Capelle (near Périgueux, France) where the remains were ...
combed yarn
cotton or worsted yarn of fibers laid parallel, superior in smoothness to carded yarn. * * *
comber
/koh"meuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that combs. 2. a long, curling wave. [1640-50; COMB1 + -ER1] * * *
comber board
(in weaving) a wooden frame pierced with a series of small holes through which the harness cords are threaded, used to regulate the cords and determine the texture and width of a ...
Combes, (Justin-Louis-) Émile
born Sept. 6, 1835, Roquecourbe, France died May 25, 1921, Pons French politician. He became mayor of Pons in 1875 and was elected to the Senate in 1885 as a member of the ...
Combes, Émile
▪ French politician in full  Justin-Louis-Émile Combes  born Sept. 6, 1835, Roquecourbe, France died May 25, 1921, Pons  French premier (1902–05) who presided over the ...
combinable
—combinability, combinableness, n. —combinably, adv. /keuhm buy"neuh beuhl/, adj. capable of combining or being combined. [1740-50; COMBINE + -ABLE] * * *
combination
—combinational, adj. /kom'beuh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of combining or the state of being combined. 2. a number of things combined: a combination of ideas. 3. something ...
Combination Acts
British acts of 1799 and 1800 that outlawed trade unions. The laws made it illegal for any workingman to combine with another to gain an increase in wages or a decrease in ...
combination door
an outside door having a frame into which different types of panels can be inserted, as a screen for summer or storm sash for winter. * * *
combination last
a shoe last that has a narrower heel or instep than the standard last. * * *
combination lock
a lock opened by rotating one or more specially marked dials a given number of times through a particular set of positions in a prescribed order and direction. [1850-55] * * *
combination principle
Physics. See Ritz combination principle. [1835-45] * * *
combination shot
a shot in pool in which the cue ball strikes at least one object ball before contact is made with the ball to be pocketed. [1905-10] * * *
combination square
an adjustable device for carpenters, used as a try square, miter square, level, etc. * * *
combination tone
▪ acoustics       in musical acoustics (music), faint tone produced in the inner ear by two simultaneously sounded musical tones. Because such tones are caused by the ...
combinational
See combination. * * *
combinationlock
combination lock n. A lock that will open only when its dial is turned through a predetermined sequence of positions identified on the dial face by numbers or letters. * * *
combinative
/kom"beuh nay'tiv, keuhm buy"neuh-/, adj. 1. tending or serving to combine. 2. of, pertaining to, or resulting from combination. [1850-55; COMBINAT(ION) + -IVE] * * *
combinatorial
—combinatorially, adv. /keuhm buy'neuh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-, kom'beuh-/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or involving the combination of elements, as in phonetics or music. 2. of ...
combinatorial analysis
Math. the branch of mathematics that deals with permutations and combinations, esp. used in statistics and probability. [1810-20] * * *
combinatorial topology
Math. the branch of topology that deals with the properties of geometric figures by considering the figures as being composed of elementary geometric figures, as points or ...
combinatorially
See combinatorial. * * *
combinatorics
/keuhm buy'neuh tawr"iks, -tor"-, kom'beuh-/, n. (used with singular v.) See combinatorial analysis. * * * Branch of mathematics concerned with the selection, arrangement, and ...
combinatory
/keuhm buy"neuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. 1. combinative. 2. combinatorial. [1640-50; COMBINAT(ION) + -ORY1] * * *
combine
—combiner, n. v. /keuhm buyn"/ for 1, 2, 6, /kom"buyn/ for 3, 7; n. /kom"buyn, keuhm buyn"/ for 8, 9, /kom"buyn/ for 10, v., combined, combining, n. v.t. 1. to bring into or ...
combine harvester
Farm machine used, mainly in developed countries, to harvest wheat and often other cereals. The mechanical ancestor of today's large combines was Cyrus H. McCormick's reaper, ...
combined
—combinedly /keuhm buynd"lee, -buy"nid-/, adv. —combinedness, n. /keuhm buynd"/, adj. 1. made by combining; joined; united, as in a chemical compound. 2. taken as a whole or ...
combined operations
war operations carried out cooperatively by two or more allied nations or by coordination of the land, sea, and air forces of one or more nations. [1835-45] * * *
combiner
See combine. * * *
combings
/koh"mingz/, n.pl. hairs removed with a comb or a brush. [1565-75; COMB1 + -ING1 + -S3] * * *
combining form
Gram. a linguistic form that occurs only in combination with other forms. In word formation, a combining form may conjoin with an independent word (mini- + skirt), another ...
combining weight
Chem. the atomic weight of an atom or radical divided by its valence. * * *
combiningform
com·bin·ing form (kəm-bīʹnĭng) n. A modified form of an independent word that occurs only in combination with words, affixes, or other combining forms to form compounds or ...
combjelly
comb jelly n. See ctenophore. * * *
combo
/kom"boh/, n., pl. combos. 1. Informal. a. a small jazz or dance band. Cf. big band. b. combination (defs. 2-4). 2. Australian Slang. a white man living with Aborigines or having ...
combo store
Informal. a combined drugstore and supermarket. * * *
combos
➡ jazz * * *
Combs, Lewis B.
▪ 1997       U.S. Navy admiral (ret.) who established (1942) the Seabees, the naval construction battalions that speedily built docks, housing, and airstrips in combat ...
combust
/keuhm bust"/, v.i., v.t. burn. [1325-75; ME < L combustus (ptp. of comburere to burn up, equiv. to com- COM- + -us- var. s. of urere to burn + -tus ptp. suffix; -b- by ...
combustibility
See combustible. * * *
combustible
—combustibility, combustibleness, n. —combustibly, adv. /keuhm bus"teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of catching fire and burning; inflammable; flammable: Gasoline vapor is highly ...
combustibly
See combustibility. * * *
combustion
—combustive, adj. /keuhm bus"cheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of burning. 2. Chem. a. rapid oxidation accompanied by heat and, usually, light. b. chemical combination attended ...
combustion chamber
Mach. a chamber, as in an engine or boiler, where combustion occurs. [1850-55] * * *
combustion engine
any of various types of engines driven by energy produced by combustion. * * *
combustion furnace
combustion furnace n. a furnace used in the laboratory to carry out elemental analysis of organic compounds * * *
combustion tube
a tube of hard glass used esp. in a furnace for burning a substance in a current of air or oxygen. [1860-65] * * *
combustionchamber
combustion chamber n. An enclosure in which combustion, especially of a fuel or propellant, is initiated and controlled. * * *
combustive
See combustion. * * *
combustor
/keuhm bus"teuhr/, n. Aeron. the apparatus in a ramjet or other jet engine for initiating and sustaining combustion, consisting of the igniter, fuel-injection system, combustion ...
Comcast
▪ American corporation in full  Comcast Corporation , formerly (1963–69)  American Cable Systems        major American provider of cable television, ...
comd.
command. * * *
Comden, Betty
orig. Elizabeth Cohen born May 3, 1919, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. U.S. musical-comedy writer and lyricist. Comden formed a nightclub act in 1938 with Adolph Green (b. Dec. 2, 1915, ...
Comden, Betty; and Green, Adolph
▪ American songwriters Comden's original name  Basya Cohen , married name  Betty Kyle  Respectively,   born May 3, 1917, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. died November 23, 2006, ...
comdg.
commanding. * * *
Comdr
Comdr abbrev. Commander * * *
Comdr.
commander. Also, comdr. * * *
Comdt
Comdt abbrev. Commandant * * *
Comdt.
commandant. Also, comdt. * * *
Come Dancing
a popular British television programme in which couples and teams compete in ballroom dancing competitions. It ended in 1996 and a new show called Strictly Come Dancing began in ...
come-all-ye
/kum"awl'yee'/, n. a street ballad, esp. in England. Also, come-all-you /kum"awl'yooh'/. [1885-90; after the invitation that often forms the opening line of such ballads] * * *
come-hither
—come-hitherness, n. /kum'hidh"euhr, keuh midh"-/, adj. inviting or enticing, esp. in a sexually provocative manner; beckoning: a come-hither look. [1895-1900; adj., n. use of ...
come-on
/kum"on', -awn'/, n. Slang. inducement; lure. [1895-1900, Amer.; n. use of v. phrase come on] * * *
come-outer
/kum'ow"teuhr/, n. Informal. an outspoken or very active supporter of a cause, esp. a reformer or a social activist. [1830-40, Amer.; come out + -ER1] * * *
comeback
/kum"bak'/, n. 1. a return to a former higher rank, popularity, position, prosperity, etc.: The ex-champion kept trying to make a comeback. 2. a clever or effective retort; ...
COMECON
/kom"i kon'/, n. an economic association of Communist countries, established in 1949, to facilitate trade and development. Also, Comecon. Cf. Common Market. [Co(uncil for) ...
comedia
▪ Spanish literature       a Spanish regular-verse drama or comedy. Specific forms include the comedia de capa y espada (cloak and sword drama), a cloak-and-sword comedy ...
comedian
/keuh mee"dee euhn/, n. 1. a professional entertainer who amuses by relating anecdotes, acting out comical situations, engaging in humorous repartee, etc. 2. an actor in ...
comedic
—comedically, adv. /keuh mee"dik, -med"ik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of comedy. Also, comedical. [1630-40; < L comoedicus < Gk komoidikós, equiv. to ...
comedically
See comedic. * * *
Comédie Française
/kaw may dee frddahonn sez"/ the French national theater, founded in Paris in 1680, famous for its repertoire of classical French drama. Also called La Maison de Molière, ...
comédie larmoyante
▪ French theatre       (French: “tearful comedy”), 18th-century genre of French sentimental drama, which formed a bridge between the decaying tradition of ...
Comédie-Française
National theatre of France. The world's longest-established national theatre, it was founded in 1680 by the merger of two theatrical companies in Paris, one of them the troupe ...
Comédie-Italienne
▪ French theatre  the Italian commedia dell'arte as it was called in France. The name was used in France after 1680 to distinguish the commedia dell'arte from native French ...
comedienne
/keuh mee'dee en", -may'-/, n. a woman who is a comic entertainer or actress. [1855-60; < F comédienne; see COMEDIAN, -ENNE] Usage. See -enne. * * *
comedies
➡ Shakespeare * * *
comedist
/kom"i dist/, n. a writer of comedies. [1810-20; COMED(Y) + -IST] * * *
comedo
/kom"i doh'/, n., pl. comedos, comedones /kom'i doh"neez/. Med. a thickened secretion plugging a duct of the skin, esp. of a sebaceous gland; blackhead. [1865-70; < NL; L: ...
comedogenic
com·e·do·gen·ic (kŏm'ĭ-dō-jĕnʹĭk) adj. Tending to produce or aggravate acne.   [comedo + -genic.] * * *
comedown
/kum"down'/, n. an unexpected or humiliating descent from dignity, importance, or wealth. [1555-65; n. use of v. phrase come down] * * *
comedy
—comedial /keuh mee"dee euhl/, adj. /kom"i dee/, n., pl. comedies. 1. a play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending; a dramatic work in ...
Comedy of Errors
the first of Shakespeare’s comedy plays (c. 1593). It is about a pair of twins (= children of the same mother born at the same time), both called Antipholus, who employ ...
Comedy of Errors, The
an early comedy (1594) by Shakespeare. * * * ▪ work by Shakespeare  five-act comedy by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William), written in 1589–94 and first published ...
comedy of manners
a comedy satirizing the manners and customs of a social class, esp. one dealing with the amorous intrigues of fashionable society. [1815-25] * * * Witty, ironic form of drama ...
comedyof manners
comedy of manners n. pl. comedies of manners A comedy satirizing the attitudes and behavior of a particular social group, often of fashionable society. * * *
comeliness
See comely. * * *
comely
—comelily, adv. —comeliness, n. /kum"lee/, adj., comelier, comeliest. 1. pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair: a comely face. 2. proper; seemly; becoming: comely ...
Comencini, Luigi
▪ 2008       Italian director and screenwriter born June 8, 1916 , Salo, Lombardy, Italy died April 6, 2007 , Rome, Italy was often called the “children's ...
Comenius
/keuh mee"nee euhs/, n. John Amos (Jan Amos Komenský), 1592-1670, Moravian educational reformer and bishop. * * *
Comenius, John Amos
Czech Jan Amos Komenský born March 28, 1592, Nivnice, Moravia died Nov. 15, 1670, Amsterdam, Neth. Czech educational reformer and religious leader. He favoured the learning ...
Comenius,John Amos
Co·me·ni·us (kə-mēʹnē-əs), John Amos. 1592-1670. Moravian theologian and educational reformer, noted for his pioneering textbooks and his humanist view that divine ...
comer
/kum"euhr/, n. 1. Informal. a person or thing that is progressing well or is very promising: He looks like a comer in state politics. 2. a person or thing that arrives. [1325-75; ...
Comeragh Mountains
▪ mountains, Ireland       mountain range in County Waterford, Ireland, extending from the River Suir valley near Clonmel to the coastal lowland north of Stradbally. ...
Comercio, El
▪ newspaper, Ecuador       (Spanish: “Commerce”), influential Peruvian newspaper published in Lima. The newspaper is one of the most respected in South America and ...
comes
/koh"meez/, n., pl. comites /kom"i teez'/. 1. Astron. companion1 (def. 6). 2. Anat. a blood vessel accompanying another vessel or a nerve. [1675-85; < L: traveling companion, ...
comestible
/keuh mes"teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. edible; eatable. n. 2. Usually, comestibles. articles of food; edibles: The table was spread with all kinds of comestibles. [1475-85; < LL ...
comet
—cometary /kom"i ter'ee/, cometic /keuh met"ik/, cometical, adj. —cometlike, adj. /kom"it/, n. Astron. a celestial body moving about the sun, usually in a highly eccentric ...
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9: A Spectacular Good-bye
▪ 1995       In March 1993 a previously unknown comet caught the attention of veteran comet spotters Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy. (See BIOGRAPHIES ...
cometary
See comet. * * *
cometh
/kum"ith/, v. Archaic. 3rd pers. sing. pres. indic. of come. * * *
cometic
See cometary. * * *
comeuppance
/kum'up"euhns/, n. Informal. deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant: He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior. [1855-60, Amer.; from phrase come up + ...
COMEX
/koh"meks/, n. Commodity Exchange, New York. * * *
comfit
/kum"fit, kom"-/, n. a candy containing a nut or piece of fruit. [1300-50; ME confit < MF < L confectum something prepared. See CONFECT] * * *
comfort
—comfortless, adj. /kum"feuhrt/, v.t. 1. to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to: They tried to comfort her after her loss. 2. to make physically comfortable. 3. Obs. ...
comfort food
comfort food n. Informal any food eaten not only for its pleasing taste but also for a sense of contentment, nostalgia, etc. that it provides * * *
comfort letter
an informal statement assuring the financial soundness or backing of a company. * * *
comfort station
a room or building with toilet and lavatory facilities for public use. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
comfort zone
the range of atmospheric temperature and humidity considered comfortable for most people. * * *
Comfort, Alex
▪ 2001       British writer (b. Feb. 10, 1920, London, Eng.—d. March 26, 2000, Northamptonshire, Eng.), was, to his chagrin, primarily identified as the author of The ...
comfortable
—comfortableness, comfortability, n. —comfortably, adv. /kumf"teuh beuhl, kum"feuhr teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. (of clothing, furniture, etc.) producing or affording physical ...
comfortableness
See comfortable. * * *
comfortably
See comfortableness. * * *
comforter
/kum"feuhr teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that comforts. 2. a quilt. 3. a long, woolen scarf, usually knitted. 4. the Comforter. See Holy Ghost. [1300-50; ME comfortour < AF, OF ...
comfortfood
comfort food n. Food that is simply prepared and associated with a sense of home or contentment. * * *
comforting
—comfortingly, adv. /kum"feuhr ting/, adj. affording comfort or solace. [1250-1300; ME; see COMFORT, -ING2] * * *
comfortingly
See comfort. * * *
comfortstation
comfort station n. A public restroom or toilet. * * *
comfortwoman
comfort woman n. A woman forced to serve as a prostitute for Japanese servicemen during World War II.   [Translation of Japanese ianfu: ian, comfort + fu, woman.] * * *
comfrey
/kum"free/, n., pl. comfreys. any coarse Eurasian plant belonging to the genus Symphytum, of the borage family, as the widely cultivated S. officinale, having hairy, lance-shaped ...
comfy
—comfily, adv. —comfiness, n. /kum"fee/, adj., comfier, comfiest. Informal. comfortable. [1820-30; COMF(ORTABLE) + -Y2, anomalously forming an adj.] * * *
comic
/kom"ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by comedy: comic opera. 2. of or pertaining to a person who acts in or writes comedy: a comic actor; a comic dramatist. 3. ...
comic book
a magazine with one or more comic strips. Also called comic, funny book. [1940-45] * * * Bound collection of comic strips, usually in chronological sequence, typically telling a ...
Comic books
➡ comics and comic strips * * *
comic opera
1. a diverting opera with spoken dialogue and a happy ending. 2. the tradition or genre of such operas. [1905-10] * * * also called  Light Opera,         general ...
comic relief
1. an amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic ...
comic strip
a sequence of drawings, either in color or black and white, relating a comic incident, an adventure or mystery story, etc., often serialized, typically having dialogue printed in ...
comic-opera
/kom"ik op"euhr euh, -op"reuh/, adj. comically vainglorious; having farcically self-important aspects: a comic-opera army, proud in its ceremonial splendor but inept on the ...
comical
—comicality, comicalness, n. —comically, adv. /kom"i keuhl/, adj. 1. producing laughter; amusing; funny: a comical fellow. 2. Obs. pertaining to or of the nature of ...
comicality
See comical. * * *
comically
See comicality. * * *
comicalness
See comicality. * * *
comicbook
comic book n. A book of comics strips or cartoons, often relating a sustained narrative. * * *
Comice
/keuh mees"/, n. a large, juicy variety of pear. * * *
Comici Confidènti
▪ Italian theatrical company       either of two companies of the Italian commedia dell'arte that were instrumental in extending the reputation of this form of ...
comicopera
comic opera n. An opera or operetta with a humorous plot, generally spoken dialogue, and usually a happy ending. Also called bouffe. * * *
comicrelief
comic relief n. A humorous or farcical interlude in a serious literary work or drama, especially a tragedy, intended to relieve the dramatic tension or heighten the emotional ...
comics
➡ funnies. * * *
comics and comic strips
A comic in the US means a comic strip or strip cartoon. Comic strips are a series of small drawings, called frames, with words that tell a story. Most US newspapers contain comic ...
comicstrip
comic strip n. 1. A usually humorous narrative sequence of cartoon panels: taped a comic strip to her office door. 2. A series or serialization of such narrative sequences, ...
Comilla
▪ Bangladesh also spelled  Kumilla        city, eastern Bangladesh. It is situated just south of the Gumti River, which is a tributary of the Meghna (Meghna River). ...
Comines
/kaw meen"/, n. Philippe de /fee leep" deuh/, 1445?-1511?, French historian and diplomat. Also, Commines. * * *
Comines,Philippe de
Co·mines also Com·mines (kô-mēnʹ), Philippe de. 1447?-1511. French diplomat, political adviser, and historian whose Mémoires (1524) are among the most perceptive ...
Cominform
—Cominformist, n. /kom"in fawrm'/, n. an organization (1947-56) established by the Communist parties of nine European countries for mutual advice and coordinated ...
coming
/kum"ing/, n. 1. approach; arrival; advent: His coming here was a mistake. adj. 2. following or impending; next; approaching: the coming year. 3. promising future fame or ...
coming of age
n [usu sing] a person’s 18th birthday, when he or she becomes legally an adult. At 18, a person can also vote in elections and get married without the agreement of his or her ...
Coming through the Rye
the title of a well-known Scottish song. The words were written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. * * *
coming-of-age
coming-of-age [kum΄iŋ əv āj′] n. the act or an instance of reaching maturity: often used attributively * * *
coming-out
/kum"ing owt"/, n. 1. a debut into society, esp. a formal debut by a debutante. 2. an acknowledgment of one's homosexuality, either to oneself or publicly. [1805-15; n. use of v. ...
comingle
/keuh ming"geuhl/, v.t., v.i., comingled, comingling. commingle. Also, co-mingle. * * *
Comino
▪ island, Malta Maltese  Kemmuna        one of the Maltese islands, in the Mediterranean Sea, separated from Malta to the southeast and Gozo to the northwest by ...
comint
/kom"int'/, n. the gathering of political or military intelligence by interception of wire or radio communications. Cf. elint, humint, sigint. [1965-70; com(munications) ...
Comintern
/kom"in terrn', kom'in terrn"/, n. See Third International. Also, Komintern. [ < Russ Komintérn, for Kommunistícheskii Internatsionál COMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL] * * * or ...
Comiskey, Charles
▪ American baseball player, manager and owner in full  Charles Albert Comiskey , byname  the Old Roman  born Aug. 15, 1859, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Oct. 26, 1931, Eagle ...
Comiso
▪ Italy       town, southeastern Sicily, Italy, at the foot of the Iblei Mountains just west of Ragusa city. The white limestone of the district has been used in ...
Comissiona, Sergiu
▪ 2006       Romanian-born American conductor (b. June 16, 1928, Bucharest, Rom.—d. March 5, 2005, Oklahoma City, Okla.), as music director (1969–84) of the ...
Comisso, Giovanni
▪ Italian author born Oct. 3, 1895, Treviso, Italy died Jan. 21, 1969, Treviso       Italian author of letters and of lyric and autobiographical ...
Comitán
▪ Mexico in full  Comitán de Domínguez         city, east-central Chiapas estado (state), southeastern Mexico. It was formerly known as Comitán de las Flores ...
comitative
/kom"i tay'tiv, -teuh tiv/, Gram. adj. 1. noting a case whose distinctive function is to indicate accompaniment. n. 2. the comitative case. [1855-60; < L comitat(us) retinue, ...
comitatus
▪ ancient Roman military organization       (Latin: “retinue”), in ancient Republican Rome, an elite company of one of the army commanders. A comitatus was formed in ...
comitia
—comitial /keuh mish"euhl/, adj. /keuh mish"ee euh/, n. Rom. Hist. an assembly of the people convened to pass on laws, nominate magistrates, etc. [1615-25; < L, pl. of comitium ...
Comitia Centuriata
Ancient Roman military assembly, instituted с 450 BC. It decided on war and peace, passed laws, elected consuls, praetors, and censors, and considered appeals of capital ...
comitial
See comitia. * * *
comity
/kom"i tee/, n., pl. comities. 1. mutual courtesy; civility. 2. Also called comity of nations. courtesy between nations, as in respect shown by one country for the laws, judicial ...
comity of nations
comity of nations n. 1. the courtesy and respect of peaceful nations for each other's laws and institutions 2. loosely the nations showing such courtesy and respect * * *
comityof nations
comity of nations n. 1. Courteous recognition accorded by one nation to the laws and institutions of another. 2. The nations observing international comity. Also called comity. * ...
comix
/kom"iks/, n. (used with a pl. v.) comic strips or comic art, often luridly sexual or political in character. [1970-75; resp. of COMICS] * * *
coml.
commercial. * * *
comm
comm abbrev. 1. commander 2. commentary 3. commerce 4. commission 5. committee 6. commonwealth 7. communication * * *
comm.
1. commander. 2. commerce. 3. commission. 4. committee. 5. commonwealth. * * *
comma
/kom"euh/, n. 1. the sign (,), a mark of punctuation used for indicating a division in a sentence, as in setting off a word, phrase, or clause, esp. when such a division is ...
comma bacillus
a curved, rod-shaped bacterium, Vibrio cholerae, causing Asiatic cholera. [1885-90] * * *
comma fault
Gram. the use of a comma, rather than a semicolon, colon, or period, to separate related main clauses in the absence of a coordinating conjunction: often considered to be ...
comma position
Skiing. angulation (def. 3). * * *
comma splice
Gram. See comma fault. [1920-25] * * *
Commack
/koh"mak, kom"ak/, n. a town on central Long Island, in SE New York. 34,719. * * *
commafault
comma fault n. Improper use of a comma to join two independent clauses. Also called comma splice. * * *
Commager
/kom"euh jeuhr/, n. Henry Steele, 1902-98, U.S. historian, author, and teacher. * * *
Commager, Henry Steele
▪ 1999       American historian and teacher (b. Oct. 25, 1902, Pittsburgh, Pa.—d. March 2, 1998, Amherst, Mass.), regarded the United States as the best example of a ...
Commager,Henry Steele
Com·ma·ger (kŏmʹə-jər), Henry Steele. 1902-1998. American historian whose works include Majority Rule and Minority Rights (1943) and The American Mind (1950). * * *
command
—commandable, adj. /keuh mand", -mahnd"/, v.t. 1. to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order: The captain commanded his men to attack. 2. to require ...
Command & Conquer
▪ electronic game series       real-time war strategy electronic game series first released in 1995 by the American game developer Westwood Studios. The groundbreaking ...
command car
Mil. a vehicle for use by a commander and staff. [1955-60, Amer.] * * *
command economy
Economic system in which the means of production are publicly owned and economic activity is controlled by a central authority. Central planners determine the assortment of ...
command guidance
Electronics. a missile guidance system in which commands for controlling the flight of the vehicle originate from a source on the ground or in another vehicle. Cf. inertial ...
command module
(often caps.) U.S. Aerospace. the portion of the Apollo spacecraft that contained the crew's living compartment and the on-board controls. [1960-65] * * *
command performance
a performance of a play, opera, ballet, or the like, given at the request of a sovereign or head of state. [1895-1900] * * *
command post
1. Army. the headquarters of the commander of a military unit. 2. a headquarters of a civilian group or organization dealing with an emergency situation, special event, or the ...
command-driven
/keuh mand"driv'euhn/, adj. Computers. of or pertaining to a software program whose instructions to perform specified tasks are issued by the user as typed commands in ...
commandable
See command. * * *
commandant
/kom'euhn dant", -dahnt", kom"euhn dant', -dahnt'/, n. 1. the commanding officer of a place, group, etc.: the commandant of a naval base. 2. the title of the senior officer and ...
commandeconomy
command economy n. An economy that is planned and controlled by a central administration, as in the former Soviet Union. * * *
commandeer
/kom'euhn dear"/, v.t. 1. to order or force into active military service. 2. to seize (private property) for military or other public use: The police officer commandeered a taxi ...
commander
—commandership, n. /keuh man"deuhr, -mahn"-/, n. 1. a person who commands. 2. a person who exercises authority; chief officer; leader. 3. the commissioned officer in command of ...
commander in chief
pl. commanders in chief. 1. Also, Commander in Chief. the supreme commander of the armed forces of a nation or, sometimes, of several allied nations: The president is the ...
Commander-in Chief
➡ armed forces * * *
Commander-in-Chief
➡ armed forces * * *
commander-in-chief
➡ president * * *
commanderin chief
commander in chief n. pl. commanders in chief Abbr. CINC or C in C 1. The supreme commander of all the armed forces of a nation. 2. The officer commanding a major armed force. * ...
commandery
/keuh man"deuh ree, -mahn"-/, n., pl. commanderies. 1. the office or rank of a commander. 2. the district of a commander. 3. a district controlled by a commander of certain ...
commanding
—commandingly, adv. —commandingness, n. /keuh man"ding, -mahn"-/, adj. 1. being in command: a commanding officer. 2. appreciably superior or imposing; winning; sizable: a ...


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