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Conservative party
a political party in Great Britain founded about 1832 as successor to the Tory party and characterized by moderate progressivism. * * * officially National Union of Conservative ...
Conservative Party of Canada
▪ political party, Canada French  Parti Conservateur du Canada        conservative Canadian political party. The party was formed in 2003 by the merger of the ...
Conservative Judaism n. The branch of Judaism that allows for modifications in Jewish law when authorized by the Conservative rabbinate. * * *
See conservative. * * *
See conservatively. * * *
Conservative Party n. A major political party of the United Kingdom, characterized by moderate progressivism. * * *
➡ Conservative Party * * *
—conservatization, n. /keuhn serr"veuh tuyz'/, v.t., v.i., conservatized, conservatizing. to make or become conservative. Also, esp. Brit., conservatise. [1840-50; ...
/keuhn serr'veuh twahr", -serr"veuh twahr'/; Fr. /kawonn serdd vann twannrdd"/, n., pl. conservatoires /-twahrz", -twahrz'/; Fr. /-twannrdd"/. a conservatory, as of music or ...
Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
(French: "Conservatory of Arts and Trades") Public institution of higher learning in Paris, dedicated to applied science and technology, that grants degrees primarily in ...
—conservatorial /keuhn serr'veuh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. —conservatorship, n. /kon"seuhr vay'teuhr, keuhn serr"veuh-/, n. 1. a person who conserves or preserves; ...
See conservator. * * *
See conservatorial. * * *
/keuhn serr"veuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, n., pl. conservatories, adj. n. 1. a school giving instruction in one or more of the fine or dramatic arts; specifically, a school of ...
—conserver, n. v. /keuhn serrv"/; n. /kon"serrv, keuhn serrv"/, v., conserved, conserving, n. v.t. 1. to prevent injury, decay, waste, or loss of: Conserve your strength for ...
See conservable. * * *
—considerer, n. /keuhn sid"euhr/, v.t. 1. to think carefully about, esp. in order to make a decision; contemplate; reflect on: He considered the cost before buying the new ...
/keuhn sid"euhr euh beuhl/, adj. 1. rather large or great in size, distance, extent, etc.: It cost a considerable amount. We took a considerable length of time to decide. 2. ...
/keuhn sid"euhr euh blee/, adv. to a noteworthy or marked extent; much; noticeably; substantially; amply. [CONSIDER(ABLE) + -ABLY] * * *
/keuhn sid"euhr euhns/, n. Obs. consideration. [1400-50; late ME < L considerantia. See CONSIDER, -ANCE] * * *
Considérant, Victor-Prosper
▪ French political scientist born Oct. 12, 1808, Salins, Fr. died Dec. 27, 1893, Paris  French Socialist who, after the death of Charles Fourier in 1837, became the ...
—considerately, adv. —considerateness, n. /keuhn sid"euhr it/, adj. 1. showing kindly awareness or regard for another's feelings, circumstances, etc.: a very considerate ...
See considerate. * * *
See considerately. * * *
/keuhn sid'euh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of considering; careful thought; meditation; deliberation: I will give your project full consideration. 2. something that is or is to be ...
/keuhn sid"euhrd/, adj. 1. thought about or decided upon with care: a considered opinion. 2. regarded with respect or esteem: a highly considered person. [1595-1605; CONSIDER + ...
See consider. * * *
/keuhn sid"euhr ing/, prep. 1. taking into account; in view of: The campaign was a great success, considering the strong opposition. adv. 2. Informal. with all things considered ...
/kawn'see lye"rdde/, n., pl. consiglieri /-rddee/. Italian. a member of a criminal organization or syndicate who serves as an adviser to the leader. * * *
—consignable, adj. —consignation /kon'sig nay"sheuhn/, n. /keuhn suyn"/, v.t. 1. to hand over or deliver formally or officially; commit (often fol. by to). 2. to transfer to ...
See consign. * * *
See consignable. * * *
/kon'suy nee", -si-, keuhn suy-/, n. a person or party to whom something, usually merchandise, is consigned. [1780-90; CONSIGN + -EE] * * *
See consignable. * * *
/keuhn suyn"meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of consigning. 2. something that is consigned. 3. Com. property sent to an agent for sale, storage, or shipment. 4. on consignment, (of goods) ...
consignment note
Chiefly Brit. See air waybill. * * *
consignment store n. A retail store that stocks and sells merchandise on consignment. * * *
/keuhn suy"neuhr, kon'suy nawr"/, n. a person or company that consigns goods, merchandise, etc. Also, consigner /keuhn suy"neuhr/. [1780-90; CONSIGN + -OR2] * * *
v. /keuhn sist"/; n. /kon"sist/, v.i. 1. to be made up or composed (usually fol. by of): This cake consists mainly of sugar, flour, and butter. 2. to be comprised or contained ...
con·sis·tence (kən-sĭsʹtəns) n. Consistency. * * *
/keuhn sis"teuhn see/, n., pl. consistencies. 1. a degree of density, firmness, viscosity, etc.: The liquid has the consistency of cream. 2. steadfast adherence to the same ...
—consistently, adv. /keuhn sis"teuhnt/, adj. 1. agreeing or accordant; compatible; not self-contradictory: His views and actions are consistent. 2. constantly adhering to the ...
consistent equations
Math. two or more equations that have at least one common solution. * * *
See consistent. * * *
See consistory. * * *
—consistorial /kon'si stawr"ee euhl, -stohr"-/, consistorian, adj. /keuhn sis"teuh ree/, n., pl. consistories. 1. any of various ecclesiastical councils or tribunals. 2. the ...
adj., n. /keuhn soh"shee it, -ayt', -see-/; v. /keuhn soh"shee ayt', -see-/, adj., n., v.i., consociated, consociating. associate. [1425-75; late ME (adj.) < L consociatus (ptp. ...
/keuhn soh'see ay"sheuhn, -shee-/, n. 1. the act of uniting in association. 2. an association of churches or religious orders. 3. Ecol. a climax community in which a single ...
See consociation. * * *
/kon"sol, keuhn sol"/, n. sing. of consols. * * *
consolidated. * * *
See console1. * * *
/kon'seuh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of consoling; comfort; solace. 2. the state of being consoled. 3. someone or something that consoles: His faith was a consolation during his ...
Consolation of Philosophy, The
(Latin, De Consolatione Philosophiae), a philosophical work (A.D. 523?) by Boethius. * * *
consolation prize
a prize, usually of minor value, given to the loser or runner-up in a contest, competition, etc., or to all losers who have performed well or met certain standards. [1885-90] * * ...
consolation prize n. A prize given to a competitor who loses or does not win the first prize. * * *
Consolato del Mare
/kawn saw lah"taw del mah"rdde/ a code of maritime law compiled in the Middle Ages: it drew upon ancient law and has influenced modern law. * * *
—consolatorily, adv. —consolatoriness, n. /keuhn sol"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. giving comfort; consoling. [1400-50; late ME < L consolatorius, equiv. to consola(re) (see ...
console1 —consolable, adj. —consoler, n. —consolingly, adv. /keuhn sohl"/, v.t., consoled, consoling. to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give ...
console table
/kon"sohl/ 1. a table supported by consoles or brackets fixed to a wall. 2. a table, often with bracketlike legs, designed to fit against a wall. [1805-15] * * *
See consolable. * * *
con·sole table (kŏnʹsōl') n. 1. A table supported by decorative consoles fixed to a wall. 2. A small table, often with curved legs resembling consoles, designed to be set ...
/kon'seuh let"/, n. 1. a small shelf or recess in a handy location, as in the armrest, dashboard, or door panel of a car, in a shower stall, etc., for holding small, frequently ...
—consolidator, n. /keuhn sol"i dayt'/, v., consolidated, consolidating, adj. v.t. 1. to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole; unite; combine: They ...
/keuhn sol"i day'tid/, adj. 1. brought together into a single whole. 2. having become solid, firm, or coherent. 3. Accounting. taking into account the combined information ...
Consolidated Fund
a British national fund created to pay grants to the royal family, interest on public debt, etc., by consolidating various public securities. Cf. consols. * * *
Consolidated Rail Corporation
▪ American company byname  Conrail,         publicly owned American railroad company established by the federal government under the Regional Rail Reorganization Act ...
consolidated school
a public school formed from the pupils and teachers of a number of discontinued smaller schools, esp. in a rural district. Also called centralized school. [1910-15, Amer.] * * *
con·sol·i·dat·ed school (kən-sŏlʹĭ-dă'tĭd) n. A public school serving pupils from several adjacent, often rural districts. * * *
—consolidative, adj. /keuhn sol'i day"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of consolidating; the state of being consolidated; unification: consolidation of companies. 2. ...
consolidation loan
a loan made in order to consolidate several debts into one loan, usually for the purpose of reducing the monthly payments by extending them over a longer time period. * * *
See consolidate. * * *
See consolable. * * *
/kon"solz, keuhn solz"/, n.pl. Sometimes, consol. the funded government securities of Great Britain that originated in the consolidation in 1751 of various public securities, ...
/kon"seuh looht'/, adj. Chem. 1. (of two liquids) mutually soluble in all proportions. 2. soluble in each of two or more conjugate liquids. 3. of or pertaining to two partially ...
/kon'seuh may", kon"seuh may'/, n. a clear soup made by boiling meat or chicken, bones, vegetables, etc., to extract their nutritive properties: served hot or jellied. [1805-15; ...
/kon"seuh neuhns/, n. 1. accord or agreement. 2. correspondence of sounds; harmony of sounds. 3. Music. a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a ...
consonance and dissonance
Perceived qualities of musical chords and intervals. Consonance is often described as relative "stability," and dissonance as "instability." In musical contexts, certain ...
consonancy [kän′sənən sē] n. CONSONANCE (sense 1) * * *
—consonantlike, adj. —consonantly, adv. /kon"seuh neuhnt/, n. 1. Phonet. a. (in English articulation) a speech sound produced by occluding with or without releasing /p, b; t, ...
consonant shift
Ling. a set of changes that take place in the articulation of one or more consonant phonemes between an earlier and a later stage of a language. Cf. first consonant shift, second ...
consonant system
Ling. the consonant phonemes of a language, esp. when considered as forming an interrelated and interacting group. Cf. vowel system. * * *
—consonantally, adv. /kon'seuh nan"tl/, adj. 1. of, or of the nature of, a consonant. 2. marked by consonant sounds. Also, consonantic. [1785-95; CONSONANT + -AL1] * * *
consonantal alliteration.
See under alliteration (def. 1). * * *
—consonantalization, n. /kon'seuh nan"tl uyz'/, v.t., v.i., consonantalized, consonantalizing. Phonet. to change into or become changed into a consonant (contrasted with ...
See consonantal. * * *
/kon"seuh neuhn tiz'euhm/, n. 1. the system of consonants of a particular language. 2. the nature, distribution, or phonology of the consonants of a word, group of words, or ...
/kon"seuh neuhn tuyz'/, v.t., v.i., consonantized, consonantizing. consonantalize. Also, esp. Brit., consonantise. [1875-80] * * *
See consonant. * * *
—consortable, adj. —consorter, n. —consortion, n. n. /kon"sawrt/, v. /keuhn sawrt"/, n. 1. a husband or wife; spouse, esp. of a reigning monarch. Cf. prince consort, queen ...
See consortium. * * *
—consortial, adj. /keuhn sawr"shee euhm, -tee-/, n., pl. consortia /-shee euh, -tee euh/. 1. a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into ...
/kon'spi sif"ik/, adj. Biol. 1. belonging to the same species. n. 2. an organism belonging to the same species as another. [1855-60; conspeci(es) (see CON-, SPECIES) + -FIC] * * *
/keuhn spek"teuhs/, n., pl. conspectuses. 1. a general or comprehensive view; survey. 2. a digest; summary; résumé. [1830-40; < L: survey, view, act of seeing, equiv. to ...
(in prescriptions) dust; sprinkle. [ < L consperge] * * *
con·spi·cu·i·ty (kŏn'spĭ-kyo͞oʹĭ-tē) n. The quality of being conspicuous; obviousness. * * *
conspicuity tape n. Highly reflective tape, used especially as a safety enhancement to make an object more noticeable. * * *
—conspicuously, adv. —conspicuousness, conspicuity /kon'spi kyooh"i tee/, n. /keuhn spik"yooh euhs/, adj. 1. easily seen or noticed; readily visible or observable: a ...
conspicuous consumption
public enjoyment of possessions that are known to be costly so that one's ability to pay for such things is flaunted. [used by Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class ...
conspicuous consumption n. The acquisition and display of expensive items to attract attention to one's wealth or to suggest that one is wealthy. * * *
See conspicuous. * * *
See conspicuously. * * *
con·spir·a·cist (kən-spîrʹə-sĭst) n. One holding a conspiracy theory. * * *
—conspirative, adj. —conspiratorial /keuhn spir'euh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, conspiratory, adj. —conspiratorially, adv. /keuhn spir"euh see/, n., pl. conspiracies. 1. the ...
conspiracy of silence
a usually secret or unstated agreement to remain silent among those who know something whose disclosure might be damaging, harmful, or against their own best interest or that of ...
See conspiracy theory. * * *
conspiracy theory n. A theory seeking to explain a disputed case or matter as a plot by a secret group or alliance rather than an individual or isolated act.   conspiracy ...
—conspirational, adj. /kon'speuh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. joint effort. 2. Obs. conspiracy. [1275-1325; ME conspiracioun < AF; MF conspiration < L conspiration- (s. of conspiratio), ...
See conspiration. * * *
/keuhn spir"euh teuhr/, n. a person who takes part in a conspiracy; plotter. [1375-1425; late ME conspiratour < AF < ML; see CONSPIRE, -TOR] Syn. traitor, schemer, conniver. * * *
conspiratorial [kən spir΄ə tôr′ē əl] adj. 1. of or characteristic of a conspirator or conspiracy 2. conspiring or fond of conspiracy conspiratorially adv. * * ...
con·spir·a·to·ri·al·ist (kən-spîr'ə-tôrʹē-ə-lĭst, -tōrʹ-) n. A conspiracist. * * *
See conspiratorial. * * *
—conspirer, n. —conspiringly, adv. /keuhn spuyeur"/, v., conspired, conspiring. v.i. 1. to agree together, esp. secretly, to do something wrong, evil, or illegal: They ...
See conspire. * * *
See conspirer. * * *
con spi·ri·to (kŏn spîrʹĭ-tō', kōn) adv. Music With spirit and vigor. Used chiefly as a direction.   [Italian : con, with + spirito, spirit, soul.] * * *
const or Const abbrev. 1. constable 2. constant 3. constitution 4. constitutional 5. construction * * *
Constitution. * * *
1. constable. 2. constant. 3. constitution. 4. constitutional. 5. construction. * * *
—constableship, n. /kon"steuh beuhl/ or, esp. Brit., /kun"-/, n. 1. an officer of the peace, having police and minor judicial functions, usually in a small town, rural ...
/kun"steuh beuhl, kon"-/, n. John, 1776-1837, English painter. * * * ▪ government official       officer of state in western European countries from medieval times and ...
Constable Country
➡ Constable * * *
constable glass
a drinking glass of the 18th century, having a heavy foot, a tall body, and a capacity of 1 qt. (0.946 l). * * *
Constable, Archibald
▪ Scottish publisher born Feb. 24, 1774, Carnbee, Fife, Scot. died July 21, 1827, Edinburgh  the most gifted bookseller-publisher of Edinburgh's Augustan Age and, for a ...
Constable, John
born June 11, 1776, East Bergholt, Suffolk, Eng. died March 31, 1837, London British painter. The artist's father was a wealthy man who owned mills at Flatford and Dedham, on ...
Con·sta·ble (kŭnʹstə-bəl, kŏnʹ-), John. 1776-1837. British landscape painter whose use of broken color influenced later French painters. The Hay Wain (1821) is his ...
➡ law enforcement * * *
See constable. * * *
con·stab·u·lar (kən-stăbʹyə-lər) adj. Constabulary. * * *
constabulary1 /keuhn stab"yeuh ler'ee/, n., pl. constabularies. 1. the body of constables of a district. 2. a body of officers of the peace organized on a military ...
/kon"steuhns/, n. 1. Lake. German, Bodensee. a lake in W Europe, bounded by Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. 46 mi. (74 km) long; 207 sq. mi. (536 sq. km). 2. German, Konstanz. ...
Constance, Council of
(1414–18) 16th ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic church. It was convened at the request of Emperor Sigismund to deal with three competing popes, examine the writings of ...
Constance, Lake
German Bodensee ancient Lacus Brigantinus Lake, bordering Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. Occupying an old glacier basin at an elevation of 1,299 ft (396 m), it has an area ...
Constance,Lake of
Constance, Lake of or Bo·den·see (bōdʹn-zā') An Alpine lake bordering on southern Germany, northern Switzerland, and western Austria. * * *
/kon"steuhn see/, n. 1. the quality of being unchanging or unwavering, as in purpose, love, or loyalty; firmness of mind; faithfulness. 2. uniformity or regularity, as in ...
Constans I
/kon"stanz/, (Flavius Julius Constans) A.D. c323-350, emperor of Rome 337-350 (son of Constantine I). * * * ▪ Roman emperor original name  Flavius Julius Constans   born c. ...
Constans II Pogonatus
born Nov. 7, 639, Constantinople died Sept. 15, 668, Syracuse, Sicily Byzantine emperor (641–68). His reign saw the loss of Byzantium's southern and eastern provinces to the ...
—constantly, adv. /kon"steuhnt/, adj. 1. not changing or varying; uniform; regular; invariable: All conditions during the three experiments were constant. 2. continuing without ...
/kawonn stahonn"/, n. 1. Paul Henri Benjamin Balluat /pawl ahonn rddee" baonn zhann maonn" bann lwann"/. See Estournelles de Constant, Paul. 2. Jean Joseph Benjamin /zhahonn zhaw ...
Constant (de Rebecque), (Henri-) Benjamin
born Oct. 25, 1767, Lausanne, Switz. died Dec. 8, 1830, Paris, France French-Swiss novelist and political writer. He had a tumultuous 12-year relationship with Germaine de ...
Constant de Rebecque
/kawonn stahonn" deuh rddeuh bek"/ Henri Benjamin /ahonn rddee" baonn zhann maonn"/, (Benjamin Constant), 1767-1830, French statesman and author, born in Switzerland. * * *
Constant de Rebecque,Benjamin
Con·stant de Re·becque (kôɴ-stäɴʹ də rə-bĕkʹ), Benjamin. 1767-1830. French writer and politician who was exiled in 1802 for denouncing Napoleon's machinations. He is ...
constant dollar
a dollar valued according to its purchasing power in an arbitrarily set year and then adjusted for price changes in other years so that real purchasing power can be compared by ...
constant of gravitation
Physics. See under law of gravitation. Symbol: G Also called gravitational constant. * * *
constant of integration
Math. a constant that is added to the function obtained by evaluating the indefinite integral of a given function, indicating that all indefinite integrals of the given function ...
Constant, Benjamin
▪ French author in full  Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque   born Oct. 25, 1767, Lausanne, Switz. died Dec. 8, 1830, Paris  Franco-Swiss novelist and political writer, ...
constant-velocity joint
/kon"steuhnt veuh los"i tee/, Auto. a universal joint that is used in the drive train of front-wheel-drive cars and operates effectively even when the shafts being connected meet ...
/kawn stahn"tsah/, n. a seaport in SE Romania, on the Black Sea. 279,308. * * * Turkish Kustenja ancient Constantiana or Tomis City (pop., 2002 est.: 715,200), chief seaport of ...
/kawn"steuhn tan'/, n. an alloy containing approximately 55 percent copper and approximately 45 percent nickel, used for electrical resistance heating and ...
constant dollars pl.n. Dollars reported in terms of the value they had on a previous date: The dividend of $5 per share that was paid in 1986 was worth only $2.50 in constant ...
/kon stan"sheuh, -shee euh/, n. a female given name, form of Constance. * * *       city of ancient Cyprus better known as Salamis (q.v.). ▪ South ...
/kon"steuhn teen'/ or, for 1, 3, /-tuyn'/; for 2, 3, also Fr. /kawonn staonn teen"/, n. 1. died A.D. 715, pope 708-715. 2. a city in NE Algeria. 1,682,000. 3. a male given ...
Constantine (II)
▪ antipope born 8th century died , Rome?       antipope from 767 to 768.       He was a soldier and—through the support of his brother Toto, duke of the ...
Constantine (XI)
▪ Byzantine emperor died 1205?       titular Byzantine emperor, 1204–05. While the Latin crusaders were besieging Constantinople in April 1204, the emperor Alexius V ...
Constantine I
—Constantinian /kon'steuhn tin"ee euhn/, adj. /kon"steuhn teen', -tuyn'/ 1. (Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus) ("the Great") A.D. 288?-337, Roman emperor 324-337: named ...
Constantine II
1. (Flavius Claudius Constantinus) A.D. 317-340, emperor of Rome 337-340 (son of Constantine I). 2. born 1940, king of Greece 1964-74, in exile since 1967. * * * Greek ...
Constantine III
▪ Byzantine emperor also called  Heraclius Constantine   born May 3, 612 died April or May, 641       Byzantine emperor from January to April or May 641. He was ...
Constantine IV
▪ Byzantine emperor born c. 650 died 685       Byzantine emperor from 668 to 685. He was the eldest son of Constans II and became coemperor with him in ...
Constantine IX Monomachus
born с 980 died Jan. 11, 1055 Byzantine emperor (1042–55). He gained the imperial throne by marrying Zoe, empress of the Macedonian dynasty. An opponent of the great ...
Constantine the African
Latin Constantinus Africanus born с 1020, Carthage or Sicily died 1087, monastery of Monte Cassino, near Cassino, Principality of Benevento Medieval medical scholar. He was ...
Constantine V Copronymus
born 718, Constantinople died Sept. 14, 775 Byzantine emperor (741–75). The son of Leo III, he ruled with his father from 720. He spent his life defeating Arab and Bulgar ...
Constantine VI
▪ Byzantine emperor born 770 died , after Aug. 15, 797       Byzantine emperor from 780 to 797, grandson of Constantine V.       At 10 years of age Constantine ...
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus
born Sept. 905, Constantinople died Nov. 9, 959 Byzantine emperor (913–59). Coemperor with his father, Leo VI, from 911, he became sole ruler in 913. His father-in-law, ...
Constantine VIII
▪ Byzantine emperor born 960/961 died Nov. 12, 1028       Byzantine emperor, coemperor with his brother Basil II from c. 962 to 1025 and sole ruler from 1025 to 1028. ...
Constantine X Ducas
▪ Byzantine emperor Ducas also spelled  Doukas  born c. 1006 died May 22/23, 1067       Byzantine emperor from 1059 to 1067, successor to Isaac I ...
Constantine XI Palaeologus
/pay'lee ol"euh geuhs, pal'ee-/, (Dragases) 1404-53, last Byzantine emperor 1449-53. * * * born Feb. 9, 1404, Constantinople died May 29, 1453, Constantinople Last Byzantine ...
Constantine, Arch of
▪ arch, Rome, Italy       (AD 312), one of three surviving ancient Roman triumphal arches in Rome. Erected hastily to celebrate Constantine's victory over Maxentius, it ...
Constantine, Learie, baron Constantine of Maraval and Nelson
▪ Trinidadian official and athlete original name in full  Learie Nicholas Constantine   born September 21, 1901, Diego Martin, Trinidad died July 1, 1971, London, ...
Constantine, Veliky Knyaz
▪ Russian grand duke (“Grand Prince,” or “Duke”),Russian  in full Konstantin Pavlovich   born May 8 [April 27, Old Style], 1779, Tsarskoe Selo, Russia died June 27 ...
▪ Armenian religious leader also called  Constantine Of Mananali   died c. 684       probable founder of the Middle Eastern sect of Paulicians (Paulician), a group of ...
I. Con·stan·tine I1 (kŏnʹstən-tēn', -tīn'), Known as “Constantine the Great.” Originally Flavius Valerius Constantinus. A.D. 285?-337. Emperor of Rome (306-337) who ...
Constantine II, Born 1940. King of Greece (1964-1967) who went into exile after a coup d'état by army officers. The Greek monarchy was officially abolished in 1974. * * *
/kon'stan tn oh"peuhl/, n. former name of Istanbul. * * *
Constantinople Agreement
▪ World War I       (March 18, 1915), secret World War I agreement between Russia, Britain, and France for the postwar partition of the Ottoman Empire. It promised to ...
Constantinople, Council of
Any of several church councils, some of which are recognized as ecumenical, held in the city of Constantinople. The First Council of Constantinople, the second ecumenical ...
Constantinopolitan Creed
/kon stan"tn oh pol"i tn, -stan'-/. See under Nicene Creed (def. 2). [1670-80; < LL Constantinopolitanus, equiv. to Constantinopol(is) CONSTANTINOPLE (with Gk polítes citizen r. ...
Constantinopolitan rite.
See Greek rite. * * *
Constantius I
▪ Roman emperor original name  Flavius Valerius Constantius , or  Flavius Julius Constantius , byname  Chlorus   born c. 250, Dacia Ripensis died July 25, 306, Eboracum, ...
Constantius I Chlorus
orig. Flavius Valerius Constantius (Latin; "the Pale") born с 250, Dacia Ripensis died summer 306, Eboracum, Britain Roman emperor and father of Constantine I. A member of ...
Constantius II
▪ Roman emperor original name  Flavius Julius Constantius   born Aug. 7, 317, Sirmium, Savia [now Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia] died Nov. 3, 361, Mopsucrenae, Honorias [now in ...
Constantius III
▪ Roman emperor born , Dalmatia [now in Croatia] died Sept. 2, 421, Ravenna [Italy]       Roman emperor in 421.       Constantius came from Naissus (modern Niš, ...
See constant. * * *
constant region n. The portion of the carboxyl terminal of an immunoglobulin's heavy and light chains having an amino acid sequence that does not vary within a given class or ...
constantvelocity joint
constant velocity joint n. A universal joint used especially in front-wheel drive cars that allows power to be transmitted from a transaxle to an axle or from an axle to a wheel ...
/keuhn stay"tiv/, Philos., Ling. adj. 1. (of an utterance) describing a state of affairs; making a statement that can be said to be true or false. n. 2. a constative utterance. ...
▪ fossil genus  genus of extinct bryozoans (small colonial animals that produce a skeletal framework of calcium carbonate) especially characteristic of Ordovician marine ...
/kon"steuh layt'/, v.i., v.t., constellated, constellating. to cluster together, as stars in a constellation. [1615-25; < LL constellatus star-studded, equiv. to L con- CON- + ...
—constellatory /keuhn stel"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /kon'steuh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. Astron. a. any of various groups of stars to which definite names have been given, as Ursa ...
Constellation program
▪ space program  U.S. manned spaceflight program scheduled as a successor to the space shuttle program. Its earliest flights are planned to carry astronauts (astronaut) to ...
▪ Table Constellations name genitive form meaning remarks* Constellations described by Ptolemy: the zodiac Aries Arietis Ram Taurus Tauri Bull Aldebaran; Pleiades, M1 ...
See constellation. * * *
/kon"steuhr/, v.t., v.i. Obs. construe. * * *
/kon"steuhr nayt'/, v.t., consternated, consternating. to dismay, confuse, or terrify. [1645-55; < L consternatus, ptp. of consternare to unsettle, throw into confusion, perh. ...
/kon'steuhr nay"sheuhn/, n. a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay. [1605-15; < L consternation- (s. of consternatio). See CONSTERNATE, ...
/kon"steuh payt'/, v.t., constipated, constipating. 1. to cause constipation in; make costive. 2. Informal. to cause to become slow-moving or immobilized; restrict the action or ...
con·sti·pat·ed (kŏnʹstə-pā'tĭd) adj. 1. Affected with constipation. 2. Stiff, stodgy, or recalcitrant: “united only in a constipated hatred of change of any kind” ...
/kon'steuh pay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a condition of the bowels in which the feces are dry and hardened and evacuation is difficult and infrequent. 2. Informal. a state of slowing down, ...
/keuhn stich"ooh euhn see/, n., pl. constituencies. 1. a body of constituents; the voters or residents in a district represented by an elective officer. 2. the district ...
—constituently, adv. /keuhn stich"ooh euhnt/, adj. 1. serving to compose or make up a thing; component: the constituent parts of a motor. 2. having power to frame or alter a ...
Constituent Assembly
Fr. Hist. the legislature of France 1789-91. * * * ▪ Russian government Russian  Uchreditelnoye Sobraniye,         popularly elected body that convened in 1918 in ...
constituent structure
Ling. See phrase structure. [1960-65] * * *
See constituent. * * *
constituent structure n. Grammar An analysis, often in the form of a schematic representation, of the constituents of a construction, such as a sentence. * * *
—constituter, constitutor, n. /kon"sti tooht', -tyooht'/, v.t., constituted, constituting. 1. to compose; form: mortar constituted of lime and sand. 2. to appoint to an office ...
See constitute. * * *
/kon'sti tooh"sheuhn, -tyooh"-/, n. 1. the way in which a thing is composed or made up; makeup; composition: the chemical constitution of the cleanser. 2. the physical character ...
Constitution clock
an American banjo clock having depicted on its lower part the battle in the War of 1812 between the U.S. frigate Constitution and the British frigate Guerrière. * * *
Constitution mirror
U.S. Furniture. an oblong Chippendale mirror, usually of mahogany or walnut with gilt detail, having a frame with a fanciful outline emphasized by a raised molding that is topped ...
Constitution of 1791
French constitution created by the National Assembly during the French Revolution. It retained the monarchy, but sovereignty effectively resided in the Legislative Assembly, ...
Constitution of 1795 (Year III)
French constitution established during the Thermidorian Reaction in the French Revolution. Known as the Constitution of Year III in the French republican calendar, it was ...
Constitution of the United States
the fundamental or organic law of the U.S., framed in 1787 by the Constitutional Convention. It went into effect March 4, 1789. * * * Fundamental law of the U.S. federal system ...
Constitution of the United States of America
Introduction  the fundamental law of the U.S. federal (federalism) system of government and a landmark document of the Western world. The oldest written national constitution ...
Constitution of the Year VIII
(1799) French constitution established after the Coup of 18–19 Brumaire during the French Revolution. Drafted by Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes, it disguised the true character of the ...
Constitution State
Connecticut (used as a nickname). * * *
constitution theory
▪ philosophy also called  Construction Theory,         in the philosophy of Logical Positivism, the view that certain concepts—in particular, scientific ones—are ...
Constitution, The
an American 44-gun frigate, famous for its exploits in the War of 1812 and popularly called "Old Ironsides." * * *
Constitution, USS
known as Old Ironsides One of the first frigates built for the U.S. Navy. Launched in 1797, it was 204 ft (62 m) long and usually carried more than 50 guns and a crew of over ...
/kon'sti tooh"sheuh nl, -tyooh"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the constitution of a state, organization, etc. 2. subject to the provisions of such a constitution: a ...
Constitutional Act
or Canada Bill (1791) British law repealing certain portions of the Quebec Act of 1774. The new act provided a more democratic constitution for the area, establishing an ...
Constitutional Convention
the convention in Philadelphia (1787) of representatives from each of the former Colonies, except Rhode Island, at which the Constitution of the United States was framed. * * ...
Constitutional Democratic party
a former Russian political party that advocated a right-wing policy in foreign and domestic affairs. * * * or Kadet Russian political party advocating a radical change in ...
constitutional law
Introduction       the body of rules, doctrines, and practices that govern the operation of political communities. In modern times the most important political community ...
Constitutional Laws of 1875
In France, a series of fundamental laws that, taken collectively, came to be known as the constitution of the Third Republic. It established a two-house legislature (with an ...
constitutional monarchy
n government by a king or queen within laws which limit his or her power. Britain is governed in this way, with the Queen (or King) as head of state and with Parliament and the ...
constitutional monarchy.
—constitutional monarch. See limited monarchy. [1795-1805] * * *
Constitutional Union party
U.S. Hist. the political party formed in 1859 chiefly by former Whigs to rally moderates desirous of preserving the Union. In 1860 it nominated John Bell for president and Edward ...
/kon'sti tooh"sheuh nl iz'euhm, -tyooh"-/, n. 1. the principles of constitutional government or adherence to them. 2. constitutional rule or authority. [1825-35; CONSTITUTIONAL + ...
/kon'sti tooh"sheuh nl ist, -tyooh"-/, n. 1. an adherent or advocate of constitutionalism or of an existing constitution. 2. an expert on a political constitution. [1760-70; ...
/kon'sti tooh'sheuh nal"i tee, -tyooh'-/, n. 1. the quality of being constitutional. 2. accordance with the constitution of a country, state, etc. [1780-90, Amer.; CONSTITUTIONAL ...
See constitutionalize. * * *
—constitutionalization, n. /kon'sti tooh"sheuh nl uyz', -tyooh"-/, v.t., constitutionalized, constitutionalizing. 1. to incorporate in a constitution; make constitutional. 2. ...
/kon'sti tooh"sheuh nl ee, -tyooh"-/, adv. 1. in respect to physical makeup: He is constitutionally fitted for heavy labor. 2. in respect to mental or emotional makeup: ...
constitutional monarchy n. A monarchy in which the powers of the ruler are restricted to those granted under the constitution and laws of the nation. * * *
constitutiones principum
▪ Roman legislation       enactments or legislation issued by the ancient Roman emperors. The chief forms of imperial legislation were (1) edicta, or proclamations, ...
—constitutively, adv. /kon"sti tooh'tiv, -tyooh'-/, adj. 1. constituent; making a thing what it is; essential. 2. having power to establish or enact. 3. Physics, Chem. ...
See constitutive. * * *
See constituter. * * *
constr abbrev. construction * * *
1. construction. 2. construed. * * *
—constrainable, adj. —constrainer, n. —constrainingly, adv. /keuhn strayn"/, v.t. 1. to force, compel, or oblige: He was constrained to admit the offense. 2. to confine ...
See constrain. * * *
—constrainedly /keuhn stray"nid lee/, adv. /keuhn straynd"/, adj. 1. forced, compelled, or obliged: a constrained confession. 2. stiff or unnatural; uneasy or embarrassed: a ...
See constrainable. * * *
See constrainable. * * *
/keuhn straynt"/, n. 1. limitation or restriction. 2. repression of natural feelings and impulses: to practice constraint. 3. unnatural restraint in manner, conversation, etc.; ...
/keuhn strikt"/, v.t. 1. to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress. 2. to slow or stop the natural course or development of: Greed and aggressiveness constricted ...
/keuhn strik"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of constricting. 2. the state of being constricted; tightness or inward pressure. 3. a constricted part. 4. something that constricts. 5. ...
/keuhn strik"tiv/, adj. 1. constricting; tending to constrict. 2. pertaining to constriction. [1375-1425; late ME < LL constrictivus, equiv. to constrict(us) (see CONSTRICT) + ...
See constrictive. * * *
/keuhn strik"teuhr/, n. 1. a snake that kills its prey by coiling tightly around it, causing suffocation. 2. Anat. a muscle that constricts a hollow part of the body, as the ...
/keuhn strinj"/, v.t., constringed, constringing. to constrict; compress; cause to contract. [1595-1605; < L constringere to draw tight, tie up, equiv. to con- CON- + stringere ...
▪ optics also called  Reciprocal Dispersion        in optics, a measure of the dispersive power of a transparent substance for the visible spectrum. Letting nF, nD, ...
See constringe. * * *
—constringency, n. /keuhn strin"jeuhnt/, adj. 1. constricting. 2. causing constriction. [1595-1605; < L constringent- (s. of constringens, prp. of constringere). See ...
—construability, n. /keuhn strooh"euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being construed. [1650-60; CONSTRUE + -ABLE] * * *
See construe. * * *
—constructible, adj. v. /keuhn strukt"/; n. /kon"strukt/, v.t. 1. to build or form by putting together parts; frame; devise. 2. Geom. to draw (a figure) fulfilling certain ...
construct state
/kon"strukt/, Gram. (in Semitic languages) the inflected form of a noun dependent on a following noun, with the combination expressing a genitive relationship, as Hebrew beth ...
/keuhn struk"teuhr/, n. constructor (def. 1). * * *
See construct. * * *
—constructional, adj. —constructionally, adv. /keuhn struk"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or art of constructing. 2. the way in which a thing is constructed: a building of solid ...
construction loan
Finance. a short-term loan to finance the building phase of a real-estate project. * * *
construction paper
a heavy groundwood paper in sheets of various sizes and colors for use esp. in making posters and cutouts. [1920-25] * * *
See construction. * * *

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