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curser
See curse. * * *
cursillo
▪ Roman Catholicism       in Roman Catholicism, a three-day period of spiritual renewal stressing the dynamic, communitarian, and personalistic aspects of the Christian ...
cursing
➡ swear words * * *
cursing and swearing
➡ swear words * * *
cursive
—cursively, adv. —cursiveness, n. /kerr"siv/, adj. 1. (of handwriting) in flowing strokes with the letters joined together. 2. Print. in flowing strokes resembling ...
cursively
See cursive. * * *
cursiveness
See cursively. * * *
cursor
/kerr"seuhr/, n. 1. Computers. a movable, sometimes blinking, symbol that indicates the position on a CRT or other type of display where the next character entered from the ...
cursorial
/kerr sawr"ee euhl, -sohr"-/, adj. Zool. 1. adapted for running, as the feet and skeleton of dogs, horses, etc. 2. having limbs adapted for running, as certain birds, insects, ...
cursorily
See cursory. * * *
cursoriness
See cursorily. * * *
cursory
—cursorily, adv. —cursoriness, n. /kerr"seuh ree/, adj. going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial: a cursory glance at a newspaper ...
curst
—curstly, adv. —curstness, n. /kerrst/, v. 1. a pt. and pp. of curse. adj. 2. cursed. * * *
curt
—curtly, adv. —curtness, n. /kerrt/, adj., curter, curtest. 1. rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner. 2. brief; concise; terse; laconic. 3. short; shortened. [1620-30; < ...
Curt
/kerrt/, n. a male given name, form of Curtis. * * *
curtail
curtail1 —curtailedly, adv. —curtailer, n. —curtailment, n. /keuhr tayl"/, v.t. to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish. [1425-75; late ME curtailen to ...
curtailer
See curtail. * * *
curtailment
See curtailer. * * *
curtain
—curtainless, adj. /kerr"tn/, n. 1. a hanging piece of fabric used to shut out the light from a window, adorn a room, increase privacy, etc. 2. a movable or folding screen used ...
curtain call
1. the appearance of the performers at the conclusion of a theatrical or other performance in response to the applause of the audience. 2. each individual appearance of a ...
curtain lecture
Older Use. a scolding administered in private by a wife to her husband. [1625-35] * * *
curtain line
Theat. the last line of a scene, act, etc., as in a play; tag line. [1935-40] * * *
curtain raiser
1. a short play preceding a main play. 2. any preliminary event or performance. [1885-90] * * *
curtain shutter
Photog. a focal-plane shutter consisting of a curtain on two rollers, moved at a constant speed past the lens opening so as to expose the film to one of several slots in the ...
curtain speech
Theat. 1. the final speech of an act, scene, or play. 2. a brief speech by an actor, producer, author, or the like, immediately following a performance, usually delivered in ...
Curtain Theatre
▪ historical theatre, London, United Kingdom       playhouse opened in 1577 in Curtain Close, Finsbury Fields, Shoreditch. The Curtain was the second such public ...
curtain time
the time at which a play or other performance is scheduled to begin. * * *
curtain wall
(in a framed building) an exterior wall having no structural function. [1850-55] * * * Nonbearing wall of glass, metal, or masonry attached to a building's exterior structural ...
curtain walls
➡ castles * * *
curtaincall
curtain call n. The appearance of performers or a performer at the end of a performance to receive applause from the audience. * * *
curtainlecture
curtain lecture n. A private reprimand given to a husband by his wife.   [So called because it was originally given in a curtained bed.] * * *
curtainraiser
curtain raiser n. 1. A short play or skit presented before the principal dramatic production. 2. A preliminary event. * * *
curtainspeech
curtain speech n. A talk given in front of the curtain at the conclusion of a theatrical performance. * * *
curtainwall
curtain wall n. 1. An outer or enclosing wall, especially one connecting two towers or turrets, as in a medieval fortification. 2. A nonbearing wall, often of glass and steel, ...
curtal
/kerr"tl/, adj. 1. Archaic. wearing a short frock: a curtal friar. 2. Obs. brief; curtailed. n. 3. a 16th-century bassoon. 4. Obs. an animal with a docked tail. [1500-10; earlier ...
curtal ax
curtal ax n. 〚altered
curtal sonnet
▪ literature       a curtailed or contracted sonnet. It refers specifically to a sonnet of 11 lines rhyming abcabc dcbdc or abcabc dbcdc with the last line a tail, or ...
curtalax
/kerr"tl aks'/, n. Archaic. cutlass. Also, curtle ax. [1570-80; var. (by folk etym.) of earlier curtilace, appar. < dial. It cortelazo, assimilated var. of It coltellaccio ...
curtate
/kerr"tayt/, adj. shortened; reduced; abbreviated. [1670-80; < L curtatus ptp. of curtare to shorten, deriv. of curtus. See CURT, -ATE1] * * *
Curtea de Argeş
▪ Romania       town, Argeş (Argeș) judeţ (county), south-central Romania. It is on the Argeş River, at an elevation of 1,378 ft (420 m), on the southern slopes of ...
curtesy
curtesy [kʉrt′ə sē] n. pl. curtesies 〚var. of COURTESY〛 the life interest which a husband acquires in the lands of his wife upon her death, provided they have children ...
curtilage
/kerr"tl ij/, n. Law. the area of land occupied by a dwelling and its yard and outbuildings, actually enclosed or considered as enclosed. [1250-1300; ME courtelage < AF; OF ...
Curtin
/kerr"tin/, n. John, 1885-1945, Australian statesman: prime minister 1941-45. * * *
Curtin, John
▪ prime minister of Australia born Jan. 8, 1885, Creswick, Victoria died July 5, 1945, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia  statesman, prime minister of Australia during most of ...
Curtis
/kerr"tis/, n. 1. Benjamin Robbins, 1809-74, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1851-57; resigned in dissent over Dred Scott case. 2. Charles, 1860-1936, ...
Curtis Cup
a women’s golf competition held every two years, in which the British and Irish play against the USA. It was started by two sisters, Margaret and Harriet Curtis, in 1932. See ...
Curtis Institute of Music
Conservatory of music in Philadelphia, Pa. , U.S. It was founded in 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok (1876–1970), wife of the editor Edward Bok, and named for her father, the ...
Curtis Jackson
➡ 50 Cent * * *
Curtis Mayfield
➡ Mayfield * * *
Curtis, Benjamin R
▪ United States jurist born Nov. 4, 1809, Watertown, Mass., U.S. died Sept. 15, 1874, Newport, R.I.       associate justice of the United States Supreme Court ...
Curtis, Charles
▪ vice president of United States born Jan. 25, 1860, Kansas Territory, U.S. died Feb. 8, 1936, Washington, D.C.  31st vice president of the United States (1929–33) in the ...
Curtis, Charles Gordon
born Jan. 25, 1860, Kansas Territory, U.S. died Feb. 8, 1936, Washington, D.C. U.S. inventor. An associate of Thomas Alva Edison, Curtis patented the Curtis steam turbine in ...
Curtis, Christopher Paul
▪ 2001       In 2000 author Christopher Paul Curtis was still basking in the limelight after having received the highest form of recognition of his profession, and he ...
Curtis, Cyrus (Herman Kotzschmar)
born June 18, 1850, Portland, Maine, U.S. died June 7, 1933, Wyncote, Pa. U.S. publisher. Curtis began publishing a local weekly in Portland. When fire destroyed his plant, he ...
Curtis, Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar
▪ American publisher born , June 18, 1850, Portland, Maine, U.S. died June 7, 1933, Wyncote, Pa.  publisher who established a journalistic empire in ...
Curtis, George William
▪ American writer born Feb. 24, 1824, Providence, R.I., U.S. died Aug. 31, 1892, Staten Island, N.Y.       U.S. author, editor, and leader in civil service ...
Curtis, Jean-Louis
▪ 1996       (LOUIS LAFFITTE), French novelist, translator, and member of the French Academy who won the Prix Goncourt in 1947 for his novel Les Forêts de la nuit (b. ...
Curtis, Lionel George
▪ British official born March 7, 1872, Coddington, Herefordshire, Eng. died Nov. 24, 1955, near Oxford  British public administrator and author, advocate of British imperial ...
Curtis, Tony
orig. Bernard Schwartz born June 3, 1925, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. film actor. He appeared on Broadway before going to Hollywood in 1949. He acted in adventure films, ...
Curtis,Benjamin Robbins
Cur·tis (kûrʹtĭs), Benjamin Robbins. 1809-1874. American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1851-1857). He resigned in protest after the ...
Curtiss
/kerr"tis/, n. Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930, U.S. inventor: pioneer in the field of aviation. * * *
Curtiss Model E flying boat
▪ airplane  aircraft designed and built by American aeronautics pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss (Curtiss, Glenn Hammond) and first flown in 1912. Although the French aviation ...
Curtiss, Glenn (Hammond)
born May 21, 1878, Hammondsport, N.Y., U.S. died July 23, 1930, Buffalo, N.Y. U.S. aviation pioneer. He initially built engines for motorcycles. In 1904 he built a motor for a ...
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond
▪ American engineer born May 21, 1878, Hammondsport, N.Y., U.S. died July 23, 1930, Buffalo       pioneer aviator and leading American manufacturer of aircraft by the ...
Curtiss,Glenn Hammond
Cur·tiss (kûrʹtĭs), Glenn Hammond. 1878-1930. American aviation pioneer who developed the first airplane to complete a one-kilometer flight (1908), the first seaplane ...
Curtius
/koordd"tsee oos'/, n. Ernst /erddnst/, 1814-96, German archaeologist and historian. * * *
Curtius, Ernst
▪ German archaeologist born Sept. 2, 1814, Free City of Lübeck died July 11, 1896, Berlin       German archaeologist and historian who directed the excavation of ...
Curtius, Georg
▪ German scholar born April 16, 1820, Free City of Lübeck, German Confederation died August 12, 1885, Hermsdorf, Poland, Russian Empire       German language scholar, ...
Curtius, Julius
▪ German statesman born Feb. 7, 1877, Duisburg, Ger. died Nov. 10, 1948, Heidelberg       German statesman, foreign minister of the Weimar Republic ...
Curtius, Marcus
▪ Roman hero       a legendary hero of ancient Rome. According to legend, in 362 BC a deep chasm opened in the Roman Forum. The seers declared that the pit would never ...
Curtiz, Michael
orig. Mihály Kertész born Dec. 24, 1888, Budapest, Hung. died April 10, 1962, Hollywood, Calif., U.S. Hungarian-U.S. film director. He directed films in Hungary and ...
curtle ax
/kerr"tl/ curtalax. * * *
curtly
See curt. * * *
curtness
See curtly. * * *
curtsey
/kerrt"see/, n., pl. curtseys, v.i., curtseyed, curtseying. curtsy. * * *
curtsy
/kerrt"see/, n., pl. curtsies, v., curtsied, curtsying. n. 1. a respectful bow made by women and girls, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body. v.i. 2. to make a ...
curule
/kyoor"oohl/, adj. 1. privileged to sit in a curule chair. 2. of the highest rank. [1590-1600; < L curulis] * * *
curule chair
(in ancient Rome) a folding seat with curved legs and no back, often ornamented with ivory, used only by certain high officials. [1775-85] * * * Latin  Sella Curulis, ...
curulechair
curule chair n. A seat with heavy curved legs and no back, reserved for the use of the highest officials in ancient Rome. Also called curule seat. * * *
curvaceous
—curvaceously, curvaciously, adv. —curvaceousness, curvaciousness, n. /kerr vay"sheuhs/, adj. Informal. (of a woman) having a well-shaped figure with voluptuous curves. Also, ...
curvaceously
See curvaceous. * * *
curvaceousness
See curvaceously. * * *
curvature
/kerr"veuh cheuhr, -choor'/, n. 1. the act of curving or the state of being curved. 2. a curved condition, often abnormal: curvature of the spine. 3. the degree of curving of a ...
curvature of field
Optics. a monochromatic aberration of a lens or other optical system in which the focal surface is curved, the refracted image of an object oriented perpendicular to the axis of ...
curvature of space
Physics, Astron. 1. (in relativity) a property of space near massive bodies in which their gravitational field causes light to travel along curved paths. 2. (in cosmology) a ...
curve
—curvedly /kerr"vid lee/, adv. —curvedness, n. —curveless, adj. /kerrv/, n., v., curved, curving, adj. n. 1. a continuously bending line, without angles. 2. the act or ...
curve fitting
—curve-fitting, adj. Statistics. the determination of a curve that fits a specified set of points: The method of least squares is commonly used for curve fitting. [1920-25] * * ...
curveball
curveball [kʉrv′bôl΄] n. Baseball CURVE (sense 5) * * * curve ball or curve·ball (kûrvʹbôl') n. 1. Baseball. Any of several pitches that veer to the left when thrown ...
curvedness
See curve. * * *
curvet
n. /kerr"vit/; v. /keuhr vet", kerr"vit/, n., v., curvetted or curveted, curvetting or curveting. n. 1. Dressage. a leap of a horse from a rearing position, in which it springs ...
curvette
/kerr vet"/, n. Jewelry. cuvette (def. 1). * * *
curvi-
curvi- [kʉr′vi, kʉr′və] 〚< L curvus, curved: see CROWN〛 combining form curved or bent [curvilinear] * * *
curvilinear
—curvilinearity /kerr'veuh lin'ee ar"i tee/, n. —curvilinearly, adv. /kerr'veuh lin"ee euhr/, adj. 1. consisting of or bounded by curved lines: a curvilinear figure. 2. ...
curvilinear coordinate system
Math. a system of coordinates in which the coordinates are determined by three families of surfaces, usually perpendicular. * * *
curvilinear style
▪ art  in visual arts, two-dimensional surface ornamentation that dominates the art of the Gulf of Papua region in southeastern Papua New Guinea. The style is characterized ...
curvilinear tracery
Archit. tracery, esp. of the 14th and 15th centuries, characterized by a pattern of irregular, boldly curved forms. Also called flowing tracery. * * *
curvilinearity
See curvilinear. * * *
curvilinearly
See curvilinearity. * * *
curvy
/kerr"vee/, adj., curvier, curviest. 1. curved. 2. Informal. curvaceous. Also, curvey. [1900-05; CURVE + -Y1] * * *
Curwen, John
▪ British educator born Nov. 14, 1816, Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, Eng. died May 26, 1880, Manchester  British music educator and founder of the tonic sol-fa system of musical ...
Curzon
/kerr"zeuhn/, n. 1. Sir Clifford, 1907-82, British pianist. 2. George Nathaniel, 1st Marquis Curzon of Kedleston /ked"l steuhn/, 1859-1925, British statesman: viceroy of India ...
Curzon (of Kedleston), George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess
or Lord Curzon born Jan. 11, 1859, Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, Eng. died March 20, 1925, London British viceroy of India (1898–1905) and foreign secretary ...
Curzon Line
Demarcation line between Poland and Soviet Russia. The British foreign secretary, Lord Curzon, proposed it as a possible armistice line in the Russo-Polish War of 1919–20. His ...
Curzon, George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess, Viscount Scarsdale, Baron Ravensdale
▪ British foreign secretary Introduction also called (1898–1911)  Baron Curzon of Kedleston , or (1911–21)  Earl Curzon of Kedleston  born Jan. 11, 1859, Kedleston ...
Curzon, Mary Victoria Leiter
▪ American vicereine of India née  Mary Victoria Leiter , also called (from 1898)  Baroness Curzon of Kedleston  born May 27, 1870, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died July 18, ...
Curzon,George Nathaniel
Cur·zon (kûrʹzən), George Nathaniel. First Marquis Curzon of Kedleston. 1859-1925. British politician who served as viceroy and governor-general of India (1898-1905) and as ...
Cusack, Cyril James
▪ 1994       Irish actor (b. Nov. 26, 1910, Durban, South Africa—d. Oct. 7, 1993, London, England), was considered the finest Irish actor of his generation; he had a ...
Cusco
Sp. /koohs"kaw/, n. Cuzco. * * *
cuscus
cuscus [kus′kəs] n. 〚ModL < native name in New Guinea〛 any of a genus (Phalanger, family Phalangeridae) of sluggish, tree-dwelling phalangers native to NE Australia and ...
cusec
/kyooh"sek/, n. a unit of flow of one cubic foot per second. [1910-15; cu(bic foot per) sec(ond)] * * *
cush
/koosh/, n. Slang. money, esp. when reserved for some special use. [orig. uncert.; perh. to be identified with cush sweetened and fried cornmeal (cf. Gullah cush, cushcush, ult. ...
Cush
/koosh, kush/, n. 1. the eldest son of Ham. Gen. 10:6. 2. an area mentioned in the Bible, sometimes identified with Upper Egypt. 3. Kingdom of, an ancient African state in this ...
cush-cush
/koosh"koosh'/, n. yampee. [1870-75; orig. obscure] * * *
cushat
/kush"euht, koosh"-/, n. Brit. Dial. the ringdove, Colomba palumbus. [bef. 900; ME couschot, OE cuscote wood pigeon] * * *
cushaw
/keuh shaw", kooh"shaw/, n. any of several squashes having long, curved necks, esp. varieties of Cucurbita mixta. [1580-90, Amer.; orig. obscure; alleged AmerInd etymologies ...
cushily
See cushy. * * *
cushiness
See cushily. * * *
Cushing
/koosh"ing/, n. 1. Caleb, 1800-79, U.S. statesman and diplomat. 2. Harvey (Williams), 1869-1939, U.S. surgeon and author. 3. Richard James, 1895-1970, U.S. Roman Catholic ...
Cushing syndrome
Disorder named for Harvey Williams Cushing, caused by adrenal cortex overactivity. If caused by a pituitary gland tumour, it is called Cushing disease. Symptoms include obesity ...
Cushing's disease
Pathol. a disease characterized by abnormal accumulations of facial and trunk fat, fatigue, hypertension, and osteoporosis, caused by hyperfunction of the adrenal cortex or ...
Cushing's syndrome
Cushing's syndrome n. a medical condition characterized by obesity, hypertension, excessive hair growth, etc., caused by an overactive adrenal gland or large doses of ...
Cushing'sdisease
Cush·ing's disease (ko͝oshʹĭngz) n. The form of Cushing's syndrome involving the pituitary gland. * * *
Cushing'ssyndrome
Cushing's syndrome n. A syndrome caused by an increased production of ACTH from a tumor of the adrenal cortex or of the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, or by excessive ...
Cushing, Caleb
born Jan. 17, 1800, Salisbury, Mass., U.S. died Jan. 2, 1879, Newburyport, Mass. U.S. lawyer and diplomat. After serving in the U.S. House of Representatives (1835–43), he ...
Cushing, Frank Hamilton
▪ American ethnographer born July 22, 1857, North East, Pa., U.S. died April 10, 1900, Washington, D.C.       early American ethnographer of the Zuni ...
Cushing, Harvey Williams
born April 8, 1869, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. died Oct. 7, 1939, New Haven, Conn. U.S. surgeon. He taught principally at Harvard University and became known as the leading ...
Cushing, Peter Wilton
▪ 1995       British actor (b. May 26, 1913, Kenley, Surrey, England—d. Aug. 11, 1994, Canterbury, Kent, England), raised the horror film to an art form with his many ...
Cushing, William
▪ United States jurist born March 1, 1732, Scituate, Mass. [U.S.] died Sept. 13, 1810, Scituate       American jurist who was the first appointee to the U.S. Supreme ...
Cushing, William Barker
▪ United States naval officer born Nov. 4, 1842, Delafield, Wis., U.S. died Dec. 17, 1874, Washington, D.C.  U.S. naval officer who won acclaim for his daring exploits for ...
Cushing,Harvey Williams
Cush·ing (ko͝oshʹĭng), Harvey Williams. 1869-1939. American neurologist noted for his study of the brain and the pituitary gland. * * *
cushion
—cushionless, adj. —cushionlike, adj. /koosh"euhn/, n. 1. a soft bag of cloth, leather, or rubber, filled with feathers, air, foam rubber, etc., on which to sit, kneel, or ...
cushion cut
Jewelry. a variety of brilliant cut in which the girdle has the form of a square with rounded corners. * * *
cushion moss
▪ plant also called  white moss        any of the plants of the genus Leucobryum (subclass Bryidae), which form tufts resembling giant grayish white pincushions in ...
cushion pink
a low-growing mountain plant, Silene acaulis, of Europe and North America, having deep pink to purplish, solitary flowers and forming mosslike patches on rocky or barren ground. ...
cushion rafter.
See auxiliary rafter. [1810-20] * * *
cushiony
/koosh"euh nee/, adj. 1. soft and comfortable like a cushion. 2. having or provided with cushions. 3. used as a cushion. [1830-40; CUSHION + -Y1] * * *
Cushite
See Cush2. * * *
Cushitic
/keuh shit"ik/, n. 1. a subfamily of the Afroasiatic family of languages, including Somali, Oromo, and other languages of Somalia and Ethiopia. adj. 2. of or pertaining to ...
Cushitic languages
Introduction       a division of the Afro-Asiatic (Afro-Asiatic languages) phylum, comprising about 40 languages that are spoken mainly in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, ...
Cushman
/koosh"meuhn/, n. Charlotte Saunders /sawn"deuhrz, sahn"-/, 1816-76, U.S. actress. * * *
Cushman, Charlotte (Saunders)
born July 23, 1816, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Feb. 18, 1876, Boston U.S. actress. She made her opera debut in Boston at age 19, but her singing voice soon failed and she turned ...
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders
▪ American actress born July 23, 1816, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Feb. 18, 1876, Boston  first native-born star on the American stage.       Cushman was encouraged by ...
Cushman, Joseph Augustine
▪ American paleontologist born Jan. 31, 1881, Bridgewater, Mass., U.S. died April 16, 1949, Sharon, Mass.       U.S. paleontologist known for his work on paleoecology ...
Cushman, Vera Charlotte Scott
▪ American social worker née  Vera Charlotte Scott   born Sept. 19, 1876, Ottawa, Ill., U.S. died Feb. 1, 1946, Savannah, Ga.       American social worker, an active ...
cushy
—cushily, adv. —cushiness, n. /koosh"ee/, adj., cushier, cushiest. Informal. 1. involving little effort for ample rewards; easy and profitable: a cushy job. 2. soft and ...
cusk
/kusk/, n., pl. cusks, (esp. collectively) cusk. 1. an edible marine fish, Brosme brosme, of North Atlantic coastal waters. 2. the burbot. [1610-20, Amer.; prob. var. of tusk ...
cusk eel
▪ fish species  any of about 30 species of slim, eel-like marine fishes of the family Ophidiidae, found worldwide in warm and temperate waters. Cusk eels are characterized by ...
cusk-eel
/kusk"eel'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) cusk-eel, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) cusk-eels. any of several eellike, marine fishes of the family Ophidiidae, ...
cuskeel
cusk eel n. Any of several bottom-dwelling, eellike, chiefly marine fishes of the family Ophidiidae. * * *
cusp
—cuspal, adj. /kusp/, n. 1. a point or pointed end. 2. Anat., Zool., Bot. a point, projection, or elevation, as on the crown of a tooth. 3. Also called spinode. Geom. a point ...
cuspate
cuspate [kusptkus′pit, kus′pāt΄] adj. CUSPIDATE: also cuspated [kus′pāt΄id] or cusped [kuspt] * * * cus·pate (kŭsʹpāt') also cus·pat·ed (-pā'tĭd) adj. 1. ...
cusped
/kuspt/, adj. having a cusp or cusps; cusplike. Also, cuspate /kus"pit, -payt/, cuspated. [1815-25; CUSP + -ED3] * * *
cuspid
/kus"pid/, n. (in humans) a tooth with a single projection point or elevation; canine. [1735-45; < L cuspid- (s. of cuspis) point] * * *
cuspidal
/kus"pi dl/, adj. of, like, or having a cusp; cuspidate. [1640-50; < L cuspid- (s. of cuspis) point + -AL1] * * *
cuspidate
/kus"pi dayt'/, adj. 1. having a cusp or cusps. 2. furnished with or ending in a sharp and stiff point or cusp: cuspidate leaves; a cuspidate tooth. Also, cuspidated. [1685-95; < ...
cuspidation
/kus'pi day"sheuhn/, n. decoration with cusps, as in architecture. [1840-50; CUSPIDATE + -ION] * * *
cuspidor
/kus"pi dawr'/, n. a large bowl, often of metal, serving as a receptacle for spit, esp. from chewing tobacco: in wide use during the 19th and early 20th centuries. [1770-80; < ...
cuss
—cusser, n. /kus/, Informal. v.i. 1. to use profanity; curse; swear. v.t. 2. to swear at; curse: He cussed the pedestrian for getting in his way. 3. to criticize or reprimand ...
cussed
—cussedly, adv. —cussedness, n. /kus"id/, adj. Informal. 1. cursed. 2. obstinate; stubborn; perverse. [1830-40; CUSS + -ED3] * * *
cussedly
See cussed. * * *
cussedness
See cussedly. * * *
cussword
/kus"werrd'/, n. Informal. See curse word. [1870-75, Amer.; CUSS + WORD] * * *
custard
/kus"teuhrd/, n. a dessert made of eggs, sugar, and milk, either baked, boiled, or frozen. [1400-50; late ME, metathetic var. of earlier crustade kind of pie. See CRUST, -ADE1; ...
custard apple
1. any of several trees of the genus Annona, as the cherimoya. 2. any of several other trees, as the pawpaw, Asimina triloba, bearing fruit with soft, edible pulp. 3. the fruit ...
custard cup
a heat-resistant porcelain or glass cup in which an individual custard is baked. [1815-25] * * *
custard-apple
custard-apple [kus′tərd ap′əl] adj. 〚
custard-pie
/kus"teuhrd puy"/, adj. characteristic of a type of slapstick comedy in which a performer throws a pie in another's face: popular esp. in the era of vaudeville and early silent ...
custardapple
custard apple n. In both senses also called bullock's heart. 1. Any of several tropical American trees of the genus Annona, especially A. reticulata, having large, nearly ...
custardy
See custard. * * *
Custer
/kus"teuhr/, n. George Armstrong /ahrm"strawng, -strong/, 1839-76, U.S. general and Indian fighter. * * * ▪ South Dakota, United States       city, seat (1875) of ...
Custer State Park
▪ park, South Dakota, United States  varied region of prairies and rugged mountains in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota, U.S. With an area of 114 square miles ...
Custer, George Armstrong
born Dec. 5, 1839, New Rumley, Ohio, U.S. died June 25, 1876, Little Bighorn River, Montana Territory U.S. cavalry officer. He graduated from West Point and at age 23 became a ...
Custer,George Armstrong
Cus·ter (kŭsʹtər), George Armstrong. 1839-1876. Library of Congress American soldier. A brigadier general at age 23, he was killed and his troops annihilated by Sioux and ...
Custer’s last stand
➡ Custer * * *
custodes
/ku stoh"deez/; Lat. /koos toh"des/, n. pl. of custos. * * *
custodial
—custodialism, n. /ku stoh"dee euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to custody. 2. of, pertaining to, or appropriate to a custodian: a building superintendent's custodial duties. 3. ...
custodial sentences
➡ prisons * * *
custodian
—custodianship, n. /ku stoh"dee euhn/, n. 1. a person who has custody; keeper; guardian. 2. a person entrusted with guarding or maintaining a property; janitor. [1775-85; < L ...
custodianship
See custodian. * * *
custody
/kus"teuh dee/, n., pl. custodies. 1. keeping; guardianship; care. 2. the keeping or charge of officers of the law: The car was held in the custody of the police. 3. ...
custom
/kus"teuhm/, n. 1. a habitual practice; the usual way of acting in given circumstances. 2. habits or usages collectively; convention. 3. a practice so long established that it ...
custom house
a government building or office, as at a seaport, for collecting customs, clearing vessels, etc. Also, customhouse, customs house, customshouse. [1480-90] * * *
custom-build
/kus"teuhm bild"/, v.t., custom-built, custom-building. to build to individual order: The company will custom-build a kitchen cabinet to your specifications. [1955-60] * * *
custom-built
/kus"teuhm bilt"/, adj. built to individual order: a custom-built limousine. [1920-25] * * *
custom-made
/kus"teuhm mayd"/, adj. 1. made to individual order: custom-made shoes. n. 2. a custom-made item, esp. of apparel. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
custom-make
/kus"teuhm mayk"/, v.t., custom-made, custom-making. to make to individual order. * * *
custom-order
/kus"teuhm awr"deuhr/, v.t. to obtain by special or individual order: These wide doors have to be custom-ordered. * * *
custom-tailor
/kus"teuhm tay"leuhr/, v.t. to modify to fit a specific use or need; tailor-make. [1890-95] * * *
customable
—customableness, n. /kus"teuh meuh beuhl/, adj. subject to customs or duties; dutiable. [1275-1325; ME < AF c(o)ustumable. See CUSTOM, -ABLE] * * *
customarily
customarily [kus΄tə mer′ə lē] adv. according to custom; usually * * * See customary. * * *
customariness
See customarily. * * *
customary
—customarily /kus"teuh mer'euh lee/; for emphasis, /kus'teuh mair"euh lee/, adv. /kus"teuh mer'ee/, adj., n., pl. customaries. adj. 1. according to or depending on custom; ...
customary measure
a system of weights and measures used in the US which is similar to the British imperial system. * * *
Customary measure
➡ imperial system * * *
customary units
➡ imperial system * * *
customer
/kus"teuh meuhr/, n. 1. a person who purchases goods or services from another; buyer; patron. 2. Informal. a person one has to deal with: a tough customer; a cool ...
customer's man
Stock Exchange. See registered representative. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
customhouse
customhouse [kus′təm hous΄] n. a building or office where customs or duties are paid and ships are cleared for entering or leaving: also customshouse * * * cus·tom·house ...
customization
See customize. * * *
customize
—customizable, adj. —customization, n. —customizer, n. /kus"teuh muyz'/, v.t. customized, customizing. to modify or build according to individual or personal specifications ...
customizer
See customization. * * *
Customs and Excise
(also fml Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise) the British government department responsible for collecting customs duties, taxes charged on imports from outside the European ...
customs broker
a person or firm that clears goods or merchandise through customs for a consignee or shipper. Also called customhouse broker. * * *
customs duties
➡ Customs and Excise * * *
customs union
an association of independent nations or tariff areas created to remove customs barriers between them and to adopt a uniform tariff policy toward nonmember nations. * * * Trade ...
customshouse
cus·toms·house (kŭsʹtəmz-hous') n. Variant of customhouse. * * *
customsunion
customs union n. An international association organized to eliminate customs restrictions on goods exchanged between member nations and to establish a uniform tariff policy ...
custos
/kus"tos/; Lat. /koos"tohs/, n., pl. custodes /ku stoh"deez/; Lat. /koos toh"des/. 1. (italics) Latin. a custodian. 2. a superior in the Franciscan order. [1425-75; late ME < ...
custos morum
/koos"tohs moh"rddoom/; Eng. /kus"tos mawr"euhm, mohr"-/, pl. custodes morum /koos toh"des moh"rddoom/; Eng. /ku stoh"deez mawr"euhm, mohr"-/. Latin. a custodian or guardian of ...
Custoza, Battles of
Two attempts at Custoza, Italy, to end Austrian control over northern Italy. In the first battle (July 24, 1848), an Austrian army under Joseph Radetzky defeated the Sardinians, ...
custumal
/kus"choo meuhl/, n. a customary. [1375-1425; 1560-70 for current sense; late ME (as adj.) < ML custumalis, a Latinization of OF costumel customary, usual, equiv. to costume ...
cut
/kut/, v., cut, cutting, adj., n. v.t. 1. to penetrate with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument or object: He cut his finger. 2. to divide with or as if with a sharp-edged ...
cut and fill
Geol. a process of localized gradation whereby material eroded from one place is deposited a short distance away. * * *
cut class
➡ student life * * *
cut drop
Theat. a drop scene cut to reveal part of the upstage area. [1960-65] * * *
cut glass
—cut-glass, adj. glass ornamented or shaped by cutting or grinding with abrasive wheels. [1835-45] * * * Glassware characterized by a series of facets, or patterns, cut into ...
cut nail
a nail having a tapering rectangular form with a blunt point, made by cutting from a thin rolled sheet of iron or steel. See illus. under nail. [1785-95, Amer.] * * *
cut plug
compressed chewing tobacco in a portion-sized cake. [1895-1900, Amer.] * * *
cut rate
—cut-rate, adj. a price, fare, or rate below the standard charge. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
cut square
Philately. a stamp cut from the envelope on which it has been printed so as to leave a square margin. * * *
cut stone
Masonry. a stone or stonework dressed to a relatively fine finish with tools other than hammers. [1800-10] * * *
cut time
Music. See alla breve. * * *
cut velvet
1. a fabric in which the looped pile has been cut. Cf. velvet. 2. a fabric having a pattern of figured velvet with a backing of chiffon or voile. * * *
cut-and-cover
/kut"n kuv"euhr/, n. a method for digging a tunnel, laying pipe, etc., by cutting a trench, constructing the tunnel or laying the pipe in it, and covering with the excavated ...
cut-and-dried
/kut"n druyd"/, adj. 1. prepared or settled in advance; not needing much thought or discussion: a cut-and-dried decision. 2. lacking in originality or spontaneity; routine; ...
cut-and-paste
/kut"n payst"/, adj. assembled or produced from various existing bits and pieces: The book purports to be a history but is just a cut-and-paste job of old essays and newspaper ...
cut-and-thrust
cut-and-thrust [kut′'nthrust′] n. 〚< techniques employed in swordplay〛 a lively, aggressive manner [the cut-and-thrust of partisan politics]: also cut and thrust * * *
cut-and-try
/kut"n truy"/, adj. marked by a procedure of trial and error; empirical: Many scientific advances are achieved with a cut-and-try approach. [1900-05] * * *
cut-card work
/kut"kahrd"/ silver leaf cut in shapes and soldered to a silver vessel. [1915-20] * * * ▪ silverwork  technique for decorating silver objects, generally cups, bowls, or ...
cut-glass
See cut glass. * * *
cut-grass
/kut"gras', -grahs'/, n. any of several grasses having blades with rough edges, esp. grasses of the genus Leersia. [1830-40] * * *
cut-in
/kut"in'/, n. 1. Motion Pictures. a still, as of a scene or an object, inserted in a film and interrupting the action or continuity: We will insert a cut-in of the letter as she ...
cut-pile
/kut"puyl"/, adj. having a pile with yarns that are cut instead of looped: a cut-pile carpet. * * *
cut-rate
☆ cut-rate [kut′rāt΄ ] adj. 1. available at a lower price or rate; cheap 2. offering cut-rate goods or services * * * cut-rate (kŭtʹrātʹ) adj. Sold or on sale at a ...
cut-rater
/kut"ray"teuhr/, n. a person or company that offers goods or services at cut-rate prices. [CUT RATE + -ER1] * * *
cut-up poem
/kut"up'/ a poem created from parts of the works of various authors combined to form one composition. Also called aleatory poem. * * *
cutability
/kut'euh bil"i tee/, n. the lean yield of a beef carcass: the carcass of highest cutability, or top yield, has the largest proportion of lean meat within its grade. [1960-65; CUT ...
cutaneous
—cutaneously, adv. /kyooh tay"nee euhs/, adj. of, pertaining to, or affecting the skin. [1570-80; < ML cutaneus, equiv. to L cut(is) the skin + -aneus (-an(us) -AN + -eus ...
cutaneous quittor
Vet. Pathol. a purulent infection of horses and other hoofed animals, characterized by an acute inflammation of soft tissue above the hoof and resulting in suppuration and ...
cutaneously
See cutaneous. * * *
cutaway
/kut"euh way'/, n. 1. Also called cutaway coat. a man's formal daytime coat having the front portion of the skirt cut away from the waist so as to curve or slope to the tails at ...
cutaway dive
a back dive in which the diver rotates the body to enter the water headfirst facing the springboard. * * *
cutback
/kut"bak'/, n. 1. a reduction in rate, quantity, etc.: a cutback in production. 2. a return in the course of a story, motion picture, etc., to earlier events. 3. Football. a play ...
cutbank
/kut"bangk'/, n. a nearly vertical cliff produced by erosion of the banks of a stream. [1810-20, Amer.; CUT + BANK1] * * *
cutch
/kuch/, n. catechu. * * *
Cutch
/kuch/, n. Kutch. * * *
cutcha
/kuch"euh/, adj. kutcha. * * *
cutcherry
/keuh cher"ee, kuch"euh ree/, n., pl. cutcherries. 1. (in India) a public administrative or judicial office. 2. any administrative office. Also, cutchery. [1600-10; < Hindi ...
cutdown
/kut"down'/, n. 1. reduction; decrease; diminution: a cutdown in sales. 2. Surg. the incision of a superficial vein in order to effect direct insertion of a catheter. adj. 3. ...
cute
—cutely, adv. —cuteness, n. /kyooht/, adj., cuter, cutest, adv., n. adj. 1. attractive, esp. in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty: a cute child; a cute little apartment. 2. ...
cutely
See cute. * * *
cuteness
See cutely. * * *
cutes
cu·tes (kyo͞oʹtēz) n. A plural of cutis. * * *
cutesiness
See cutesy. * * *
cutesy
—cutesiness, n. /kyooht"see/, adj., cutesier, cutesiest. Informal. forcedly and consciously cute; coyly mannered: cutesy greeting cards, with animals peeking from behind ...
cutesy pie
—cutesy-pie, adj. Informal. See cutie pie. * * *
cutesy-poo
/kyooht"see pooh'/, adj. Informal. embarrassingly or sickeningly cute. [poo perh. var. of pie (as in CUTIE PIE), altered to rhyme with u of CUTESY] * * *
cutey
/kyooh"tee/, n., pl. cuteys. cutie. * * *
cutfastball
cut fastball n. Baseball A fastball released with most pressure from the tip of the middle finger so that it breaks slightly in the manner of a curve ball as it approaches the ...
cutflower
cut flower n. Any of various showy flowers used in fresh arrangements. * * *
cutglass
cut glass n. Glassware shaped or decorated by cutting instruments or abrasive wheels.   cutʹ-glass' (kŭtʹglăs') adj. * * *
cutgrass
cut·grass also cut grass (kŭtʹgrăs') n. 1. Any of several grasses of the genus Leersia, found mostly along marshes, ponds, and streams and having leaves with very rough ...
Cuthah
▪ ancient city, Iraq modern  Tall Ibrāhīm        ancient city of Mesopotamia located north of the site of Kish in what is now south-central Iraq. Cuthah was devoted ...
Cuthbert
/kuth"beuhrt/, n. Saint, A.D. c635-687, English monk and bishop. * * * (as used in expressions) Cuthbert Saint Faulkner William Cuthbert William Cuthbert Falkner * * *
Cuthbert, Betty
▪ Australian athlete byname of  Elizabeth Cuthbert   born April 20, 1938, Sydney, Australia    Australian sprinter, who starred at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, ...


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