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Cunningham, William
▪ British economist born December 29, 1849, Edinburgh, Scotland died June 10, 1919, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England  British economist and clergyman who was largely ...
Cun·ning·ham (kŭnʹĭng-hăm'), Merce. Born 1919. American dancer and choreographer of avant-garde works, including Squaregame (1976). * * *
See cunning. * * *
See cunningly. * * *
Cuno, Wilhelm (Carl Josef)
born July 2, 1876, Suhl, Ger. died Jan. 3, 1933, Aumühle German politician and business leader. After serving in government positions from 1907, in 1918 he became general ...
▪ British ruler died AD 42       ruler of a large area of southeastern Britain from roughly AD 10 to 42. He is the Cymbeline in William Shakespeare's play of that ...
▪ plant family  family of leathery-leaved plants, in the order Oxalidales, comprising 26 genera of shrubs and trees, native primarily to tropical areas of the Southern ...
/kunt/, n. Slang (vulgar). 1. the vulva or vagina. 2. Disparaging and Offensive. a. a woman. b. a contemptible person. 3. sexual intercourse with a woman. [1275-1325; ME cunte; ...
Cuoco, Vincenzo
▪ Italian historian Cuoco also spelled  Coco  born October 1, 1770, Civita Campomarano, Molise, Kingdom of Naples [Italy] died December 14, 1823, Naples       Italian ...
/kwoh"moh/, n. Mario (Matthew), born 1932, U.S. political leader: governor of New York since 1982. * * *
Cuong De
▪ Vietnamese prince born 1882 died April 6, 1951, Tokyo, Japan       Vietnamese prince who was cultivated by Vietnamese nationalists at the turn of the 20th century to ...
—cuplike, adj. /kup/, n., v., cupped, cupping. n. 1. a small, open container made of china, glass, metal, etc., usually having a handle and used chiefly as a receptable from ...
cup and cover
Eng. Furniture. a turning used in Elizabethan and Jacobean furniture and resembling a goblet with a domed cover. * * *
cup barometer
Meteorol. See cistern barometer. * * *
cup coral
any of several species of coral in which the polyp forms and houses itself in a cup-shaped depression in the skeleton. * * *
Cup Final
an important football event in England every year. The two teams that remain after playing in the FA Cup competition play against each other at the Millennium Stadium in the Cup ...
cup fungus
any small, often brightly colored mushroom of the family Pezizaceae, characterized by a fruiting body resembling a cup. [1905-10] * * *       any member of a large group ...
cup lichen
 (genus Cladonia), widely distributed yellow, gray, or brown lichens usually found on the ground or on rocks in the north. The thallus varies in shape from simple and pointed ...
cup of Elijah.
See Elijah's cup. * * *
cup of tea
a task, topic, person, or object well-suited to a person's experience, taste, or liking. [1905-10] * * *
cup plant
a hardy composite plant, Silphium perfoliatum, of eastern North America, having large yellow flower heads and opposite leaves that envelop the stem, forming a cup. [1840-50, ...
cup shake.
See wind shake. [1785-95; so called because wood so damaged separates into concentric, cuplike pieces] * * *
cup towel
South Midland and Southern, esp. Texas, U.S. a dishtowel. [1895-1900, Amer.] * * *
cup-and-saucer vine
/kup"euhn saw"seuhr/ a woody, Mexican vine, Cobaea scandens, of the phlox family, having bell-shaped, violet-colored or greenish-purple flowers with an inflated, leaflike calyx ...
cup-and-sau·cer plant (kŭpʹən-sôʹsər) n. A tendril-bearing Mexican vine (Cobaea scandens) cultivated for its showy flowers. Also called Mexican ivy vine. * * *
▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       royal burgh (town) and market centre in northeastern Fife council area and historic county, eastern Scotland. It is situated on the ...
/kup"bair'euhr/, n. a servant who fills and serves wine cups, as in a royal palace or at an elaborate banquet. [1375-1425; ME cuppe-berer. See CUP, BEARER] * * *
/kub"euhrd/, n. 1. a closet with shelves for dishes, cups, etc. 2. Chiefly Brit. any small closet or cabinet, as for clothes, food, or the like. [1275-1325; ME cuppebord. See ...
cupboard love
—cupboard lover. a personal attachment that appears to be motivated by love but in fact stems from the hope of gain. [1750-60] * * *
/kup"kayk'/, n. 1. a small cake, the size of an individual portion, baked in a cup-shaped mold. 2. Older Slang. a. a sexually attractive young woman. b. a beloved girl or ...
—cupeler /kyooh"peuh leuhr/, cupeller /kyooh pel"euhr/, n. —cupellation, n. /kyooh"peuhl, kyooh pel"/, n., v., cupeled, cupeling or (esp. Brit.) cupelled, cupelling. n. 1. a ...
See cupeller. * * *
cu·pel·la·tion (kyo͞o'pə-lāʹshən) n. A refining process for nonoxidizing metals, such as silver and gold, in which a metallic mixture is oxidized at high temperatures ...
See cupel. * * *
/kooh'peuhr tee"noh, kyooh'-/, n. a town in W California. 25,770. * * *
/kup"feuh ron', kyoohp"-, koohp"-/, n. a creamy-white crystalline substance, C6H9N3O2, used as a reagent in analytical chemistry for the detection of copper. Also called ...
/kup"flow"euhr/, n. any of various plants belonging to the genus Nierembergia, of the nightshade family, having showy tubular or bell-shaped flowers. [CUP + FLOWER] * * *
/kup"fool/, n., pl. cupfuls. 1. the amount a cup can hold. 2. Cookery. a volumetric measure equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters); half pint. [1350-1400; ME cuppefulle. See ...
cup fungus n. Any of various ascomycetous fungi, especially of the family Pezizaceae, characterized by a spore-bearing structure that is often stalkless and cup-shaped or ...
/kyooh"fee euh/, n. any of various New World plants belonging to the genus Cuphea, of the loosestrife family, having tubular, usually reddish or purple flowers. [ < NL (1756), ...
/kup"hohl'deuhr/, n. a competitor who has won or successfully defended a specific cup, trophy, championship, etc.; champion. [CUP + HOLDER] * * *
/kyooh"pid/, n. 1. Also called Amor. the ancient Roman god of love and the son of either Mars or Mercury and Venus, identified with Eros and commonly represented as a winged, ...
Cupid's arrows.
See love arrows. [1880-85] * * *
Cupid's bow
/boh/ 1. a classical bow Cupid is traditionally pictured as bearing. 2. a line or shape resembling this, esp. the line of the upper lip. [1855-60] * * *
cupid's-bow [kyo͞o′pidz bō΄] adj. in the shape of the bow that Cupid is usually pictured as carrying [a cupid's-bow mouth] * * *
/kyooh"pidz dahrt", -dahrt'/, n. See blue succory. * * *
Cu·pid's bow (kyo͞oʹpĭdz bōʹ) n. pl. Cupid's bows An archery bow that curves inward at the center and usually outward at the ends. * * *
—cupidinous /kyooh pid"n euhs/, adj. /kyooh pid"i tee/, n. eager or excessive desire, esp. to possess something; greed; avarice. [1400-50; late ME cupidite ( < MF) < L ...
/kyooh"peuh leuh/, n. 1. Archit. a. a light structure on a dome or roof, serving as a belfry, lantern, or belvedere. b. a dome, esp. one covering a circular or polygonal area. 2. ...
cupola furnace
▪ metallurgy       in steelmaking, a vertical cylindrical furnace used for melting iron either for casting or for charging in other furnaces.       René-Antoine ...
See cupola. * * *
/kyooh"peuh lay'tid/, adj. 1. having a cupola or cupolas. 2. having the form of a cupola. [1635-45; CUPOL(A) + -ATE1 + -ED2] * * *
/kup"euh/, n. Brit. Informal. a cup of tea. [1920-25; reduced form of cup of (tea)] * * *
/kupt/, adj. hollowed out like a cup; cup-shaped. [1790-1800; CUP + -ED3] * * *
/kup"euhr/, n. a person who performs the procedure of cupping. [1400-50 for an earlier sense; 1560-70 for current sense; late ME; see CUP, -ER1] * * *
/kup"ing/, n. the process of drawing blood from the body by scarification and the application of a cupping glass, or by the application of a cupping glass without scarification, ...
cupping glass
a glass vessel, used in cupping, in which a partial vacuum is created, as by heat. [1535-45] * * *
cup plant n. A coarse perennial herb (Silphium perfoliatum) in the composite family, native to the central and southeast United States and having showy radiate flower heads of ...
/kup"ee/, adj. cuppier, cuppiest. 1. cup-shaped; hollow. 2. having indentations or depressions. [1880-85; CUP + -Y1] * * *
var. of cupri- before a vowel: cupreous. * * *
/kyooh'preuh moh"nee euhm, -mohn"yeuhm, kooh'-/, n. Chem. any cation containing copper and ammonia. [1860-65; CUPR- + AMMONIUM] * * *
/kyooh"pree euhs, kooh"-/, adj. 1. copper-colored; metallic reddish-brown. 2. consisting of or containing copper; copperlike. [1660-70; < LL cupreus, equiv. to cupr(um) COPPER1 + ...
▪ tree family       the cypress family (order Pinales), 30 genera with 133 species of evergreen ornamental and timber shrubs and trees, distributed throughout the world. ...
a combining form meaning "copper," used in the formation of compound words: cupriferous. Also, cupr-, cupro-. [comb. form of LL cuprum COPPER1] * * *
/kyooh"prik, kooh"-/, adj. of or containing copper, esp. in the bivalent state, as cupric oxide, CuO. [1790-1800; CUPR- + -IC] * * *
cupric hydroxide
Chem. See copper hydroxide. * * *
cupric sulfate
Chem. See blue vitriol. * * *
/kyooh prif"euhr euhs, kooh-/, adj. containing or yielding copper. [1775-85; CUPRI- + -FEROUS] * * *
/kyooh"pruyt, kooh"-/, n. a mineral, cuprous oxide, Cu2O, occurring in red crystals and brown to black granular masses: an ore of copper. [1840-50; CUPR- + -ITE1] * * * ▪ ...
var. of cupri-: cupronickel. * * *
/kyooh"preuh nik'euhl, kooh"-/, n. 1. any of various alloys of copper containing up to 40 percent nickel. adj. 2. containing copper and nickel. [1900-05; CUPRO- + NICKEL] * * ...
/kyooh"preuhs, kooh"-/, adj. containing copper in the univalent state, as cuprous oxide, Cu2O. [1660-70; CUPR- + -OUS] * * *
cuprous cyanide
a creamy-white, highly poisonous, water-insoluble powder, CuCN, used chiefly in electroplating and in organic synthesis. Also called copper cyanide. * * *
/kyooh"preuhm, kooh"-/, n. Chem. copper. [ < LL; see COPPER1] * * *
▪ prehistoric religion       in prehistoric European religion, an altar stone, megalithic tomb, or isolated stone slab incised with small cuplike markings. They are ...
/kyooh"pyeuh layt', -lit/, adj. shaped like a cupule. Also, cupular /kyooh"pyeuh leuhr/. [1825-35; CUPULE + -ATE1] * * *
/kyooh"pyoohl/, n. 1. Bot. a. a cup-shaped whorl of hardened, cohering bracts, as in the acorn. See illus. under acorn. b. a cup-shaped outgrowth of the thallus of certain ...
—curlike, adj. /kerr/, n. 1. a mongrel dog, esp. a worthless or unfriendly one. 2. a mean, cowardly person. [1175-1225; ME curre, appar. shortened from curdogge. See CUR ...
cur dog
South Midland and Southern U.S. a worthless dog; mongrel. [1200-50; ME cur dogge; see CURR, DOG] * * *
1. currency. 2. current. * * *
See curable. * * *
—curability, curableness, n. —curably, adv. /kyoor"euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being cured. [1350-1400; ME ( < MF) < L curabilis, equiv. to cura(re) to care for (deriv. of ...
See curability. * * *
See curability. * * *
/koor"euh sow', -soh', kyoor"-; koor'euh sow", -soh", kyoor'-/, n. 1. the main island of the Netherlands Antilles, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 159,072; 173 sq. mi. (448 sq. ...
/kyoor"euh see/, n., pl. curacies. the office or position of a curate. [1675-85; CURA(TE) + -CY, modeled on pairs like primate, primacy] * * *
/kur"euhkh, kur"euh/, n. Scot., Irish. currach. * * *
/kooh'rddahn de"rddah/, n., pl. curanderas /-rddahs/. Spanish. a woman folk healer. * * *
/kooh rddahn'de rddees"maw/; Eng. /koo rahn'deuh riz"moh/, n. Spanish. the use of folk medicine, esp. as practiced by a curandero. * * *
/kooh'rddahn de"rddaw/; Eng. /koor'euhn dair"oh/, n., pl. curanderos /-de"rddaws/; Eng. /-dair"ohz/. Spanish. a folk healer or medicine man who uses herbs or hallucinogenic ...
/kyoo rahr"ee, koo-/, n. 1. a blackish, resinlike substance derived from tropical plants of the genus Strychnos, esp. S. toxifera, and from the root of pareira, used by certain ...
curarine [kyo͞o rä′rēn΄, kyo͞o rä′rin; ko͞orä rən, ko͞orä′rin] n. any of a group of alkaloids derived from curare * * *
See curarize. * * *
—curarization, n. /kyoo rahr"uyz, koo-, kyoor"euh ruyz', koor"-/, v.t., curarized, curarizing. to administer curare to, as in vivisection. Also, esp. Brit., curarise. [1870-75; ...
/kyoor"euh soh', kyoo ras"oh/, n. any of several large, arboreal, gallinaceous birds of the family Cracidae, of South and Central America. [1675-85; after CURAÇAO] * * * Any of ...
—curatic /kyoo rat"ik/, curatical, adj. —curateship, n. n. /kyoor"it/; v. /kyoo rayt", kyoor"ayt/, n., v., curated, curating. n. 1. Chiefly Brit. a member of the clergy ...
curate's egg
Brit. something discreetly declared to be partly good but in fact thoroughly bad. [after a cartoon by G. du Maurier in the English humor weekly Punch (Nov. 9, 1895): a meek ...
cu·rate's egg (kyo͝orʹĭts) n. Chiefly British Something with both good and bad qualities.   [From a story in Punch about a curate who, having been served a bad egg by his ...
curate’s egg
n [sing] a thing that is partly good and partly bad. The phrase comes from a cartoon in the British magazine Punch in 1895, in which a nervous young curate (= priest) is having ...
—curatively, adv. /kyoor"euh tiv/, adj. 1. serving to cure or heal; pertaining to curing or remedial treatment; remedial. n. 2. a curative agent; remedy. [1375-1425; late ME < ...
See curative. * * *
See curatively. * * *
—curatorial /kyoor'euh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. —curatorship, n. /kyoo ray"teuhr, kyoor"ay-/ for 1, 2; /kyoor"euh teuhr/ for 3, n. 1. the person in charge of a museum, ...
See curator. * * *
➡ museums * * *
See curatorial. * * *
—curbable, adj. —curbless, adj. —curblike, adj. /kerrb/, n. 1. a rim, esp. of joined stones or concrete, along a street or roadway, forming an edge for a sidewalk. 2. ...
curb ball
stoop ball played off a street curb. * * *
Curb Exchange
Informal. See American Stock Exchange. * * *
curb market
curb (def. 5). * * *
curb roof
a roof divided on each side of the ridge into two or more slopes, as a gambrel or mansard. [1725-35] * * *
curb service
service given to customers in parked cars, as at a drive-in restaurant. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
curb weight
the weight of an automotive vehicle including fuel, coolant, and lubricants but excluding occupants and cargo. [1945-50] * * *
curb bit n. A horse's bit to which a curb is attached. * * *
curb cut n. A small ramp built into the curb of a sidewalk to ease passage to the street, especially for bicyclists, pedestrians with baby carriages, and physically disabled ...
/kerr"bing/, n. 1. the material forming a curb, as along a street. 2. curbstones collectively. 3. a curb, or a section of a curb. Also, Brit., kerbing. [1585-95; CURB + -ING1] * ...
curb roof n. A roof having two slopes on each side, as a gambrel roof or a mansard roof. * * *
curb service n. Service or attendance, especially from a restaurant, provided to customers remaining in their parked vehicles. * * *
/kerrb"suyd'/, n. 1. a side of a pavement or street bordered by a curb. adj. 2. being adjacent to a curb: The car's curbside door is stuck. Also, Brit., kerbside. [1945-50; CURB ...
/kerrb"stohn'/, n. one of the stones, or a range of stones, forming a curb, as along a street. Also, Brit., kerbstone. [1785-95; CURB + STONE] * * *
curb weight n. The weight of a fueled automobile with standard equipment but without cargo or passengers. * * *
/kerrch/, n. 1. a simple, close-fitting cap worn by women in colonial America. 2. a kerchief worn by Scottish women. [1400-50; late ME kerche, c(o)urche, back formation from ...
/kerr kyooh"lee oh'/, n., pl. curculios. any of several weevils, esp. one of the genus Conotrachelus, as C. nenuphar (plum curculio), which feeds on plums, cherries, and other ...
/kerr"kyoo meuh/, n. any of various chiefly Old World plants belonging to the genus Curcuma, of the ginger family, as C. domestica, yielding turmeric, or C. zedoaria, yielding ...
/kerrd/, n. 1. Often, curds. a substance consisting mainly of casein and the like, obtained from milk by coagulation, and used as food or made into cheese. 2. any substance ...
curd cheese n. Chiefly British Cottage cheese. * * *
—curdler, n. /kerr"dl/, v.t., v.i., curdled, curdling. 1. to change into curd; coagulate; congeal. 2. to spoil; turn sour. 3. to go wrong; turn bad or fail: Their friendship ...
—curdiness, n. /kerr"dee/, adj., curdier, curdiest. like curd; full of or containing curd; coagulated. [1500-10; CURD + -Y1] * * *
—cureless, adj. —curelessly, adv. —curer, n. /kyoor/, n., v., cured, curing. n. 1. a means of healing or restoring to health; remedy. 2. a method or course of remedial ...
/kyoo ray", kyoor"ay/; Fr. /kyuu rdday"/, n., pl. curés /kyoo rayz", kyoor"ayz/; Fr. /kyuu rdday"/. (in France) a parish priest. [1645-55; < F, OF; modeled on ML curatus parish ...
/kyoor"awl'/, n. panacea. [1785-95] * * *
Curel, François de
▪ French dramatist and novelist born June 10, 1854, Metz, Fr. died April 26, 1928, Paris  French dramatist and novelist, one of the brightest lights of André Antoine's ...
See curer. * * *
▪ Mauritius       town (township) on the island of Mauritius, in the western Indian Ocean. It lies in the western highlands region of the country, about 11 miles (18 km) ...
See cure. * * *
/kyoo ret"/, n., v.t., curetted, curetting. curette. * * *
/kyoor'i tahzh", kyoo ret"ij/, n. Surg. the process of curetting. Cf. D and C. [1895-1900; < F, equiv. to curette CURETTE + -age -AGE] * * * ▪ surgery       surgical ...
/kyoo ret"/, n., v., curetted, curetting. n. 1. a scoop-shaped surgical instrument for removing tissue from body cavities, as the uterus. v.t. 2. to scrape with a curette. Also, ...
cu·rette·ment (kyo͝o-rĕtʹmənt) n. See curettage. * * *
/kerr"fyooh/, n. 1. an order establishing a specific time in the evening after which certain regulations apply, esp. that no civilians or other specified group of unauthorized ...
—curial, adj. /kyoor"ee euh/, n., pl. curiae /kyoor"ee ee'/. 1. one of the political subdivisions of each of the three tribes of ancient Rome. 2. the building in which such a ...
Curia Regis
/kyoor"ee euh ree"jis/, (often l.c.) Eng. Hist. 1. a small, permanent council, composed chiefly of officials in the household of a Norman king, that served in an advisory and ...
Curia Romana
/roh may"neuh, -mah"-/, Roman Cath. Ch. the body of congregations, offices, permanent commissions, etc., that assist the pope in the government and administration of the ...
See curia. * * *
▪ Chile       city, central Chile, located in the Central Valley near the Mataquito River. Founded in 1743 as San José de Buena Vista de Curicó, it was given city ...
/kyoor"ee, kyoo ree"/, n. Physics, Chem. a unit of activity of radioactive substances equivalent to 3.70 × 1010 disintegrations per second: it is approximately the amount of ...
/kyoor"ee, kyoo ree"/; Fr. /kyuu rddee"/, n. 1. Irène Fr. /ee rdden"/. See Joliot-Curie, Irène. 2. Marie /meuh ree"/; Fr. /mann rddee"/, 1867-1934, Polish physicist and chemist ...
Curie point
Physics. the temperature beyond that at which a ferromagnetic substance exhibits paramagnetism. Also called Curie temperature. [1920-25; named after Pierre CURIE] * * * ▪ ...
Curie temperatures for some ferromagnetic substances
▪ Table Curie temperatures for some ferromagnetic substances iron (Fe) 1,043 K cobalt (Co) 1,394 K nickel (Ni)    631 K gadolinium (Gd)    293 K manganese arsenide ...
Curie's law
Physics. the law that the susceptibility of a paramagnetic substance is inversely proportional to its absolute temperature. [named after Pierre CURIE] * * *
Curie, Irène
Cu·rie (kyo͝orʹē, kyo͝o-rēʹ, kü-) also Cu·rie-Jo·liot (-zhô-lyōʹ), Irène. See Joliot-Curie, Irène. * * *
Curie, Marie
orig. Maria Sklodowska born Nov. 7, 1867, Warsaw, Pol., Russian Empire died July 4, 1934, near Sallanches, France Polish-born French physical chemist. She studied at the ...
Curie, Pierre
▪ French chemist born May 15, 1859, Paris, France died April 19, 1906, Paris  French physical chemist and cowinner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903. He and his wife, ...
Curie, Marie. Originally Manja Skłodowska. 1867-1934. Polish-born French chemist. She shared a 1903 Nobel Prize with her husband, Curie, Pierre (1859-1906), and Henri Becquerel ...
See Curie, Marie. * * *
Curie-Weiss law
/kyoor"ee wuys", -vuys"/, Physics. the law that the susceptibility of a paramagnetic substance is inversely proportional to the difference of its temperature and the Curie point ...
Curien, Hubert
▪ 2006       French scientist and public servant (b. Oct. 30, 1924, Cornimont, France—d. Feb. 6, 2005, Loury, France), pioneered France's space program independent of ...
Curie point n. A transition temperature marking a change in the magnetic or ferroelectric properties of a substance, especially the change from ferromagnetism to paramagnetism. ...
/kyoor"ee oh'/, n., pl. curios. any unusual article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity. [1850-55; shortened from CURIOSITY] * * *
Curio, Gaius Scribonius
▪ Roman politician [died 49 BC] died 49 BC       Roman politician, partisan of Julius Caesar (Caesar, Julius) against Pompey (Pompey the Great). He was the son of a ...
/kyoor'ee oh"seuh/, n.pl. 1. books, pamphlets, etc., dealing with unusual subjects. 2. (in selling and collecting books) books, pamphlets, etc., containing pornographic ...
/kyoor'ee os"i tee/, n., pl. curiosities. 1. the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness. 2. a curious, rare, or novel thing. 3. a strange, curious, or ...
—curiously, adv. —curiousness, n. /kyoor"ee euhs/, adj. 1. eager to learn or know; inquisitive. 2. prying; meddlesome. 3. arousing or exciting speculation, interest, or ...
See curious. * * *
See curiously. * * *
/kyoor"uyt/, n. a radioactive uranium mineral, Pb2U5O174H2O, with adamantine luster, occurring as reddish-brown to deep-yellow needle-shaped crystals, formed by alteration of ...
/kooh'rddee tee"beuh/; Eng. /koor'i tee"beuh/, n. a city in and the capital of Paraná, in SE Brazil. 1,052,147. Also, Curityba. * * * City (pop., 2002 est.: city, 1,644,600; ...
/kyoor"ee euhm/, n. a radioactive element not found in nature but discovered in 1944 among the products of plutonium after bombardment by high-energy helium ions. Symbol: Cm; at. ...
—curledly /kerr"lid lee, kerrld"-/, adv. —curledness, n. /kerrl/, v.t. 1. to form into coils or ringlets, as the hair. 2. to form into a spiral or curved shape; coil. 3. to ...
Curl, Robert F., Jr.
▪ American chemist in full  Robert Floyd Curl, Jr.   born Aug. 23, 1933, Alice, Texas, U.S.       American chemist who with Richard E. Smalley (Smalley, Richard E.) ...
/kerr"leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that curls. 2. any of various pins, clasps, rollers, or appliances on which locks of hair are wound or clamped for curling. 3. a player at ...
/kerr"looh/, n. 1. any of several shorebirds of the genus Numenius, having a long, slender, downcurved bill, as the common N. arquata, of Europe. 2. any of various similar ...
/kerr"lee/, n. James M(ichael), 1874-1958, U.S. politician. * * *
Curley, James Michael
born Nov. 20, 1874, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Nov. 12, 1958, Boston U.S. politician. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1911–14). As Boston's mayor (1914–18, ...
Curley,James Michael
Cur·ley (kûrʹlē), James Michael. 1874-1958. American politician who as mayor of Boston (1914-1918, 1922-1926, 1930-1934, and 1946-1950) and governor of Massachusetts ...
/kerr"li kyooh'/, n. an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature. Also, curlycue. [1835-45; CURLY + CUE2] * * *
See curlicue. * * *
See curly. * * *
See curlily. * * *
/kerr"ling/, n. a game played on ice in which two teams of four players each compete in sliding large stones toward a mark in the center of a circle. Cf. house (def. ...
curling iron
a rod, usually of metal, used when heated for curling the hair, which is twined around it. Also, curling irons. Also called curling tongs. [1625-35] * * *
curling stone
a large, heavy, ellipsoidal stone or a similar object made of iron, usually having one rough side and one smooth side with a hole in the center of each for screwing in a handle ...
curling iron n. A rod-shaped metal implement used when heated to curl the hair. * * *
/kerrl"pay'peuhr/, n. a piece of paper on which a lock of hair is rolled up tightly, to remain until the hair is fixed in a curl. [1810-20; CURL + PAPER] * * *
—curliness, n. /kerr"lee/, adj., curlier, curliest. 1. curling or tending to curl: curly blond hair. 2. having curls (usually used in combination): curlyheaded. 3. having a ...
curly clematis.
See blue jasmine. * * *
curly palm
a feather palm, Howea belmoreana, of Lord Howe Island, having plumy leaves about 7 ft. (2.1 m) long. * * *
curly top
Plant Pathol. a disease of plants, esp. beets, characterized by puckered or cupped leaves and stunting or distortion, caused by a virus, Ruga verrucosans. [1900-05, Amer.] * * ...
curly-coated retriever
/kerr"lee koh'tid/ one of an English breed of large sporting dogs having a dense, tightly curled, black or liver-colored coat, small, low-set ears, and a moderately short tail ...
/kerr"li kyooh'/, n. curlicue. * * *
/kerr"lee hed'/, n. 1. a person whose hair is curly. 2. curlyheads, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a shrubby clematis, Clematis ochroleuca, of the eastern U.S. [1850-55, Amer.; ...
curly top n. A viral disease of many plants, such as beets, beans, and tomatoes, characterized by curled leaves and stunted growth. * * *
Curme, George O.
▪ American grammarian in full  George Oliver Curme   born Jan. 14, 1860, Richmond, Ind., U.S. died April 29, 1948, White Plains, N.Y.       American grammarian and ...
—curmudgeonly, adj. /keuhr muj"euhn/, n. a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person. [1570-80; unexplained; perh. cur- repr. CUR] Syn. grouch, crank, bear, sourpuss, ...
See curmudgeon. * * *
See curmudgeonly. * * *
/kerrn/, n. Scot. 1. a grain. 2. a small quantity or number. [1300-50; ME; akin to CORN1, KERNEL] * * *
Curnow, Allen
▪ New Zealander author in full  Thomas Allen Monro Curnow   born June 17, 1911, Timaru, New Zealand died September 23, 2001, Auckland       one of the major modern ...
Curnow, Allen Monro
▪ 2002       New Zealand poet and writer (b. June 17, 1911, Timaru, N.Z.—d. Sept. 23, 2001, Auckland, N.Z.), gained an international reputation for his verse. He was ...
Curonian Lagoon
▪ gulf, Baltic Sea also called  Courland Lagoon , German  Kurisches Haff , Lithuanian  Kuršiu Marios , Russian  Kursky Zaliv        gulf of the Baltic Sea at ...
/kerr/, v.i. to make a low, purring sound, as a cat. [1670-80; akin to ON kurra to grumble, murmur, MHG kurren, MD curren to growl] * * *
/kur"euhkh, kur"euh/, n. Scot., Irish. a coracle. Also, curagh, curragh. [1400-50; late ME currok < ScotGael curach, Ir currach boat; cf. CORACLE] * * *
Curragh, The
▪ plain, County Kildare, Ireland Irish  An Currach        plain, or down, County Kildare, Ireland, noted for its excellent soils. Some 8 square miles (22 square km) ...
/kerr"euh jong'/, n. kurrajong. * * *
Curran, John Philpot
▪ Irish statesman born July 24, 1750, Newmarket, County Cork, Ire. died Oct. 14, 1817, Brompton, Middlesex, Eng.  Irish lawyer and statesman who is remembered as a great ...
/kerr"euhnt, kur"-/, n. 1. a small seedless raisin, produced chiefly in California and in the Levant, and used in cookery and confectionery. 2. the small, edible, acid, round ...
currant borer
the larva of a clearwing moth, Ramosia tipuliformis, that bores into the stems of currants. [1865-70] * * *
currant tomato
a Peruvian plant, Lycopersicum pimpinellifolium, of the nightshade family, having numerous bell-shaped, yellow flowers and small, currantlike, red fruit. * * *
/kerr"euhnt werrm', kur"-/, n. the larva of any of several insects, as a sawfly, Nematus ribesii (imported currantworm), which infests and feeds on the leaves and fruit of ...
/kur"euh wawng', -wong'/, n. any of several large black-and-white passerine birds of the genus Strepera, of Australia, having a resounding bell-like voice. [1925-30; < Dharuk ...
/kerr"euhn see, kur"-/, n., pl. currencies. 1. something that is used as a medium of exchange; money. 2. general acceptance; prevalence; vogue. 3. a time or period during which ...
currency bond
a bond payable in legal tender. * * *
currency principle
the principle that banks should be permitted to issue notes only against bullion or coin. Also called currency doctrine. * * *
—currently, adv. /kerr"euhnt, kur"-/, adj. 1. passing in time; belonging to the time actually passing: the current month. 2. prevalent; customary: the current practice. 3. ...
current account
1. Also called open account. an account of credits, debits, receipts, and expenditures between two individuals or companies, usually providing for settlement at the end of ...
current assets
Com. assets that are readily convertible into cash, usually within one year, without loss in value. [1905-10] * * *
current balance
Elect. an instrument for measuring electric currents, in which the magnetic force between two current-carrying coils is balanced against a weight. * * *
current cost
a cost based on the prevailing price paid for material, labor, etc. * * *
current density
Elect. the amount of current flowing through a given cross-sectional area in a given time interval: usually measured in amperes per square centimeter. * * *
current expenses
regularly continuing expenditures for the maintenance of business. * * *
current liabilities
Com. indebtedness maturing within one year. * * *
current limiter
Elect. a device, as a resistor or fuse, that limits the flow of current to a prescribed amount, independent of the voltage applied. * * *
current ratio
the ratio between current assets and current liabilities. * * *
Current River
▪ river, United States       river of southeastern Missouri and northeastern Arkansas, U.S. It rises in Montauk Spring in the Ozark Mountains, in Dent county, Missouri, ...
current yield
the ratio of the annual interest or dividend to the actual market price of a bond or stock. Also called current return. * * *
current assets pl.n. Cash or assets convertible into cash at short notice. * * *
current density n. 1. Symbol j, J Electricity. A vector quantity whose magnitude is the ratio of the magnitude of current flowing in a conductor to the cross-sectional area ...
current income n. Investment income earned from interest, dividends, rent, and similar sources, as opposed to that derived from increases in asset value. * * *
/kerr"euhnt lee, kur"-/, adv. at the presenttime; now: She is currently working as a lab technician. [1570-80; CURRENT + -LY] * * *
/kerr"euhnt nis, kur"-/, n. the state or quality of being current; currency. [1575-85; CURRENT + -NESS] * * *
current ratio n. The arithmetic ratio of current assets to liabilities. * * *
/kerr"i keuhl/, n. a light, two-wheeled, open carriage drawn by two horses abreast. [1675-85; < L curriculum; see CURRICULUM] * * * ▪ carriage       open, two-wheeled ...
See curriculum. * * *
—curricular, adj. /keuh rik"yeuh leuhm/, n., pl. curricula /-leuh/, curriculums. 1. the aggregate of courses of study given in a school, college, university, etc.: The school ...
curriculum vitae
/keuh rik"yeuh leuhm vuy"tee, vee"tuy/; Lat. /koohrdd rddik"oo loom' wee"tuy/, pl. curricula vitae /keuh rik"yeuh leuh vuy"tee, vee"tuy/; Lat. /koohrdd rddik"oo lah' wee"tuy/. 1. ...
curriculum vi·tae (vīʹtē, vēʹtī, wēʹtī') n. pl. curricula vitae Abbr. CV A summary of one's education, professional history, and job qualifications, as for a ...
/kerr"ee, kur"ee/, n., v.t., curried, currying. curry1. * * *
Currie, Sir Arthur William
born Dec. 5, 1875, Napperton, Ont., Can. died Nov. 30, 1933, Montreal, Que. Canadian military leader. He was a businessman in Victoria, B.C., before enlisting in the militia. ...
Currie, Sir Donald
▪ British shipowner and politician born , Sept. 17, 1825, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scot. died April 13, 1909, Sidmouth, Devonshire, Eng.       shipowner and politician, ...
/kerr"ee euhr, kur"-/, n. 1. a person who dresses and colors leather after it is tanned. 2. a person who curries horses. [1350-1400; CURRY2 + -ER1; r. ME cur(r)iour, cor(r)iour < ...
/kerr"ee euhr, kur"-/, n. Nathaniel, 1813-88, U.S. lithographer. Cf. Ives (def. 4). * * *
Currier & Ives
▪ American lithographers       firm whose lithographs were among the most popular wall hangings in 19th-century America. The prints of Nathaniel Currier (b. March 27, ...
Currier and Ives
the lithography firm of Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives, founded originally by Currier (1835), which produced prints of American history, life, and manners. * * ...
Cur·ri·er (kûrʹē-ər, kŭrʹ-), Nathaniel. 1813-1888. American lithographer who with his business partner James Merritt Ives produced more than 7,000 different prints ...
/kerr"ee euh ree, kur"-/, n., pl. currieries. 1. the occupation or business of a currier of leather. 2. the place where it is carried on. [1885-90; CURRY2 + -ERY] * * *
/kur"i jong'/, n. kurrajong. * * *
—currishly, adv. —currishness, n. /kerr"ish/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a cur. 2. curlike; snarling; quarrelsome. 3. contemptible; base. [1425-75; late ME kuresshe. See ...
See currish. * * *
curry1 /kerr"ee, kur"ee/, n., pl. curries, v., curried, currying. n. 1. East Indian Cookery. a pungent dish of vegetables, onions, meat or fish, etc., flavored with various ...
/kerr"ee, kur"ee/, n. 1. John (Anthony), 1949-94, British figure skater. 2. John Steuart /stooh"euhrt, styooh"-/, 1897-1946, U.S. painter. * * * (from Tamil kari, "sauce") Dish ...
curry powder
a powdered preparation of spices and other ingredients, usually including turmeric and coriander, used for making curry or for seasoning food. [1800-10; CURRY1 + POWDER1] * * *
Curry, Haskell Brooks
▪ American mathematician born , September 12, 1900, Millis, Massachusetts, U.S. died September 1, 1982, State College, Pennsylvania       American mathematician and ...
Curry, John
▪ British figure skater in full  John Anthony Curry  born September 9, 1949, Birmingham, England died April 15, 1994, Binton, Warwickshire, England  English figure skater ...
Curry, John Anthony
▪ 1995       British figure skater (b. Sept. 9, 1949, Birmingham, England—d. April 15, 1994, Binton, Warwickshire, England), came to be known as "the Nureyev of the ...
Curry, John Steuart
▪ American painter born Nov. 14, 1897, near Dunavant, Kan., U.S. died Aug. 29, 1946, Madison, Wis.       American painter whose art reflects the social attitudes of the ...
Curry, Kid
▪ American outlaw byname of  Harvey Logan   born 1865, Dodson, Mo., U.S. died July 7, 1903, near Parachute, Colo.?       American gunslinger who became notorious as ...
/kerr"ee kohm', kur"-/, n. 1. a comb, usually with rows of metal teeth, for currying horses. v.t. 2. to rub or clean with such a comb. [1565-75; CURRY2 + COMB1] * * *
curry leaf n. The fragrant leaf of the curry-leaf tree (Murraya koenigii), a plant native to India, used as a seasoning in cooking. * * *
curry powder n. A pungent seasoning prepared from cumin, coriander, turmeric, and other spices. * * *
(in Britain) a chain of shops that sell electrical goods: You can buy it at your local Currys. * * *
—curser, n. /kerrs/, n., v., cursed or curst, cursing. n. 1. the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc. 2. a formula or charm ...
curse word
1. a profane or obscene word, esp. as used in anger or for emphasis. 2. any term conceived of as offensive. [1870-75] * * *
—cursedly, adv. —cursedness, n. /kerr"sid, kerrst/, adj. 1. under a curse; damned. 2. deserving a curse; hateful; abominable. [1250-1300; ME; see CURSE, -ED2] Syn. 1. ...
See cursed. * * *
See cursedly. * * *

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