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the donkey in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A A Milne. He is always complaining about things in a very sad way. His name comes from the sound a donkey makes. * * *
ef (ĕf) n. The letter f. * * *
var. of ex-1 (by assimilation) before f: efficient. * * *
E·fa·te (ā-fäʹtē, ĕ-fäʹtĕ) A volcanic island of central Vanuatu in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Port-Vila, Vanuatu's capital, is on the island. * * * ▪ island, ...
e·fa·vir·enz (ə-fäʹvîr-ĕnz') n. A non-nucleoside drug used to treat HIV infection.   [ethyne + fluoro- + virus + benzyl.] * * *
efficiency. * * *
/ef"euh beuhl/, adj. utterable; expressible. [1630-40; < F < L effabilis, equiv. to eff(ari) to speak out (ef- EF- + fari to speak) + -abilis -ABLE] * * *
—effaceable, adj. —effacement, n. —effacer, n. /i fays"/, v.t., effaced, effacing. 1. to wipe out; do away with; expunge: to efface one's unhappy memories. 2. to rub out, ...
See efface. * * *
See effaceable. * * *
See effaceable. * * *
—effectible, adj. /i fekt"/, n. 1. something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin. 2. power to ...
Effect of Hedgerow Terrain on Infantry Tactics
▪ Primary Source       1st U.S. Army Report of Operations 20 Oct. 1943 - 1 Aug. 1944       In reporting on the conduct of operations during the first phase of ...
Effect of tubular reabsorption on urine
▪ Table Effect of tubular reabsorption on urine (illustrative 24-hour figures) glomerular filtrate urine tubular reabsorption (percent) water 170 l 1.5 99.1 glucose 170 ...
/i fek"teuhr/, n. effector (def. 1). * * *
See effecter. * * *
—effectively, adv. —effectiveness, effectivity, n. /i fek"tiv/, adj. 1. adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result: effective teaching ...
effective atomic number
▪ chemistry       number that represents the total number of electrons surrounding the nucleus of a metal atom in a metal complex. It is composed of the metal atom's ...
effective current
Elect. the magnitude of an alternating current having the same heating effect as that of a given magnitude of direct current. * * *
effective dose
the amount of a drug, or level of radiation exposure, that is sufficient to achieve the desired clinical improvement. * * *
effective population size
▪ genetics       in genetics, the size of a breeding population, a factor that is determined by the number of parents, the average number of children per family, and the ...
effective resistance
Elect. the resistance to an alternating current, expressed as the ratio of the power dissipated to the square of the effective current. * * *
effective sound pressure
Physics. the square root of the mean of the squares of the sound pressures of a sound wave, measured at a given point over a certain time interval. Also called sound pressure. * ...
ef·fec·tive·ly (ĭ-fĕkʹtĭv-lē) adv. 1. In an effective way. 2. For all practical purposes; in effect: Though a few rebels still held out, the fighting was effectively ...
See effective. * * *
See effectiveness. * * *
/i fek"teuhr/, n. 1. Also, effecter. a person or thing that effects. 2. Physiol. an organ or cell that carries out a response to a nerve impulse. 3. Biochem. a substance, as a ...
/i fekts"/, n.pl. goods; movables; personal property. [pl. of EFFECT] * * *
Effects of adrenaline and noradrenaline in humans
▪ Table Effects of adrenaline and noradrenaline in humans adrenaline noradrenaline heart rate increase decrease cardiac output increase variable total peripheral ...
—effectually, adv. —effectualness, effectuality, n. /i fek"chooh euhl/, adj. 1. producing or capable of producing an intended effect; adequate. 2. valid or binding, as an ...
See effectual. * * *
effectually [e fek′cho͞oə lē, i fek′cho͞oə lē, ] often [ē fek′cho͞oə lē, ə fek′cho͞oə lē] adv. with the desired effect; completely; effectively * * * See ...
See effectuality. * * *
—effectuation, n. /i fek"chooh ayt'/, v.t., effectuated, effectuating. to bring about; effect. [1570-80; < ML effectuatus brought to pass (ptp. of effectuare), equiv. to L ...
See effectuate. * * *
/i fem"euh neuh see/, n. the state or quality of being effeminate. [1595-1605; EFFEMIN(ATE) + -ACY] * * *
—effeminately, adv. —effeminateness, n. —effemination, n. adj. /i fem"euh nit/; v. /i fem"euh nayt'/, adj., v., effeminated, effeminating. adj. 1. (of a man or boy) having ...
See effeminate. * * *
See effeminately. * * *
/i fem"euh nuyz'/, v.t., effeminized, effeminizing. to make effeminate. [1605-15; EFFEMIN(ATE) + -IZE] * * *
Effen, Justus van
▪ Dutch writer born Feb. 21, 1684, Utrecht, Neth. died Sept. 18, 1735, 's-Hertogenbosch  Dutch essayist and journalist whose straightforward didactic pieces, modelled on ...
/i fen"dee/, n., pl. effendis. 1. a former Turkish title of respect, esp. for government officials. 2. (in eastern Mediterranean countries) a man who is a member of the ...
—efference, n. —efferently, adv. /ef"euhr euhnt/, Anat., Physiol. adj. 1. conveying or conducting away from an organ or part (opposed to afferent). n. 2. an efferent part, as ...
See efferent. * * *
—effervescence, n. /ef'euhr ves"/, v.i., effervesced, effervescing. 1. to give off bubbles of gas, as fermenting liquors. 2. to issue forth in bubbles. 3. to show enthusiasm, ...
See effervesce. * * *
See effervescence. * * *
—effervescently, adv. /ef'euhr ves"euhnt/, adj. 1. effervescing; bubbling. 2. vivacious; gay; lively; sparkling. [1675-85; < L effervescent- (s. of effervescens), prp. of ...
See effervescence. * * *
—effetely, adv. —effeteness, n. /i feet"/, adj. 1. lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent: an effete, overrefined society. 2. exhausted of vigor or energy; worn ...
See effete. * * *
See effetely. * * *
Ef·fex·or (ĕfʹĕk-sôr', -sōr') A trademark used for the drug venlafaxine. * * *
—efficaciously, adv. —efficaciousness, n. /ef'i kay"sheuhs/, adj. capable of having the desired result or effect; effective as a means, measure, remedy, etc.: The medicine is ...
See efficacious. * * *
See efficaciously. * * *
/ef'i kas"i tee/, n., pl. efficacities. efficacy. * * *
/ef"i keuh see/, n., pl. efficacies. capacity for producing a desired result or effect; effectiveness: a remedy of great efficacy. [1520-30; < L efficacia, equiv. to efficac- ...
/i fish"euhn see/, n., pl. efficiencies. 1. the state or quality of being efficient; competency in performance. 2. accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with a minimum ...
efficiency apartment
a small apartment consisting typically of a combined living room and bedroom area, a bathroom, and a kitchenette. Also called efficiency. [1925-30] * * *
efficiency engineer
☆ efficiency engineer or efficiency expert n. a person whose work is to increase the productive efficiency of a business or industry by finding better methods of performing ...
efficiency expert
a person who studies the methods, procedures, and job characteristics of a business or factory with the object of devising ways to increase the efficiency of equipment and ...
efficiency apartment n. A small, usually furnished apartment with a private bathroom and kitchenette. * * *
efficiency expert n. A specialist who seeks to increase the productivity of a business or an industry by improving the efficiency of its operations. * * *
—efficiently, adv. /i fish"euhnt/, adj. 1. performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, ...
efficient cause
Aristotelianism. See under cause (def. 8b). * * *
See efficient. * * *
/ef"ee/, n. a female given name. * * *
—effigial /i fij"ee euhl/, adj. /ef"i jee/, n., pl. effigies. 1. a representation or image, esp. sculptured, as on a monument. 2. a crude representation of someone disliked, ...
effigy mound
Earthen mound in the form of a bird or animal (e.g, bear, deer, turtle, buffalo), found in the northern central U.S., especially the Ohio River valley. Little is known of the ...
Effigy Mounds National Monument
National preserve, northeastern Iowa, U.S. Located on the Mississippi River, it covers 1,475 acres (597 hectares). Established in 1949, the monument has 183 known mounds, some ...
/ef"ing/, adj., adv. Slang. (used as an intensifier). [1940-45; euphemism for fucking, with ef as spelled form of the name of the initial letter] * * *
effing and blinding
➡ swear words * * *
/ef"ing ham'/, n. a town in central Illinois. 11,270. * * * ▪ Illinois, United States       city, seat (1860) of Effingham county, east-central Illinois, U.S. It lies ...
/ef'leuh rahzh"/, n. a delicate stroking motion in massage. [1885-90; < F, equiv. to effleur(er) (to) stroke as one would a flower (i.e., lightly; see EF-, FLOWER) + -age -AGE] * ...
/ef'leuh res"/, v.i., effloresced, efflorescing. 1. to burst into bloom; blossom. 2. Chem. a. to change either throughout or on the surface to a mealy or powdery substance upon ...
/ef'leuh res"euhns/, n. 1. the state or a period of flowering. 2. an example or result of growth and development: These works are the efflorescence of his genius. 3. Chem. a. the ...
/ef'leuh res"euhnt/, adj. 1. efflorescing; blossoming. 2. Chem. a. subject to efflorescence. b. covered with or forming an efflorescence. [1810-20; < L efflorescent- (s. of ...
/ef"looh euhns/, n. 1. the action or process of flowing out; efflux. 2. something that flows out; emanation. [1595-1605; < L efflu- outflow (ef- EF- + flu- flow) + -ENCE] * * *
/ef"looh euhnt/, adj. 1. flowing out or forth. n. 2. something that flows out or forth; outflow; effluence. 3. a stream flowing out of a lake, reservoir, etc. 4. sewage that has ...
See effluvium. * * *
—effluvial, adj. /i flooh"vee euhm/, n., pl. effluvia /-vee euh/, effluviums. a slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, esp. one that is disagreeable or noxious. [1640-50; < ...
/ef"luks/, n. 1. outward flow, as of water. 2. something that flows out; effluence. 3. a passing or lapse of time. 4. a passing away; expiration; ending. Also, effluxion /i ...
See efflux. * * *
▪ Nigeria also spelled  Efon-Alaye   town, Ekiti state, southwestern Nigeria, in the Yoruba Hills, at the intersection of roads from Ilesha, Ondo, and Ado-Ekiti. It was ...
/ef"euhrt/, n. 1. exertion of physical or mental power: It will take great effort to achieve victory. 2. an earnest or strenuous attempt: an effort to keep to the schedule. 3. ...
effort syndrome
Pathol. See cardiac neurosis. * * *
—effortfully, adv. /ef"euhrt feuhl/, adj. marked by effort or exertion; labored. [1895-1900; EFFORT + -FUL] * * *
See effortful. * * *
—effortlessly, adv. —effortlessness, n. /ef"euhrt lis/, adj. requiring or involving no effort; displaying no signs of effort; easy: an effortless writing style. [1795-1805; ...
See effortless. * * *
See effortlessly. * * *
—effractor, n. /i frak"sheuhn/, n. Law. a breaking into a house, store, etc., by force; forcible entry. [1830-40; < F: lit., a breaking open < L ef- EF- + fraction- FRACTION] * ...
/i frun"teuh ree/, n., pl. effronteries. 1. shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity: She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples. 2. an act or instance of ...
effulgence [e ful′jəns, iful′jens] n. 〚< L effulgere, prp. of effulgere < ex-, forth + fulgere, to shine: see FLAGRANT〛 great brightness; radiance; ...
—effulgence, n. —effulgently, adv. /i ful"jeuhnt, i fool"-/, adj. shining forth brilliantly; radiant. [1730-40; < L effulgent- (s. of effulgens, prp. of effulgere), equiv. to ...
v. /i fyoohz"/; adj. /i fyoohs"/, v., effused, effusing, adj. v.t. 1. to pour out or forth; shed; disseminate: The town effuses warmth and hospitality. v.i. 2. to exude; flow ...
/i fyooh"zheuhn/, n. 1. the act of effusing or pouring forth. 2. something that is effused. 3. an unrestrained expression, as of feelings: poetic effusions. 4. Pathol. a. the ...
—effusively, adv. —effusiveness, n. /i fyooh"siv/, adj. 1. unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve: effusive greetings; an effusive person. 2. pouring out; overflowing. 3. ...
See effusive. * * *
See effusively. * * *
/ef"ee/, n. a female given name. * * *
/ef"ik/, n., pl. Efiks, (esp. collectively) Efik for 1. 1. a member of a people of southeastern Nigeria near the mouth of the Calabar River, closely related to the Ibibio. 2. the ...
English as a foreign language: the study of English by nonnative speakers living in a non-English-speaking environment. Cf. ESL * * *
▪ drug also called  α-difluoromethylornithine  or  DFMO Kara Rogers        drug used to treat late-stage African trypanosomiasis ( sleeping sickness). ...
See electronic fetal monitor. * * *
equivalent full-power hour. * * *
eft1 /eft/, n. 1. a newt, esp. the eastern newt, Notophthalmus viridescens (red eft), in its immature terrestrial stage. 2. Obs. a lizard. [bef. 1000; ME evet(e), OE efete; cf. ...
See electronic funds transfer. Also, EFTS. * * *
See European Free Trade Association. * * *
electronic funds transfer system. * * *
/eft soohn"/, adv. Archaic. soon afterward. [bef. 950; ME eftsone, OE eftsona. See EFT2, SOON] * * *
eftsoons [eft so͞on′eft so͞onz′] adv. 〚ME eftsone < OE eftsona
Eg abbrev. 1. Egypt 2. Egyptian * * * I. Nominative form of the personal pronoun of the first person singular. Oldest form *eg̑, becoming *eg in centum languages. (For oblique ...
1. Egypt. 2. Egyptian. * * *
/i gad", ee gad"/, interj. (used as an expletive or mild oath): Egad, I never thought of that! Also, egads /i gadz", ee gadz"/. [1665-75; euphemistic alter. of oh God!] * * *
/eg"euh dee/; It., /e"gah dee/, n. a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of W Sicily. 15 sq. mi. (39 sq. km). Also called Aegadian Islands, Aegadean Islands. ...
Egadi Islands
▪ islands, Italy Italian  Isole Egadi,  also called  Aegadian Islands,  Latin  Aegates Insulae,         small mountainous group of islets belonging to Italy, in ...
Eg·a·di Islands (ĕgʹə-dē) also Ae·ga·de·an Isles (ē-gāʹdē-ən) or Ae·ga·tes (-tēz) An island group of southwest Italy in the Mediterranean Sea west of Sicily. A ...
egads button
Rocketry Slang. a switch that triggers the destruction in flight of a malfunctioning missile. Also called chicken switch. * * *
/ee"gal/, adj. Archaic. equal. [1350-1400; ME egall < AF, OF egal < L aequalis] * * *
Egal, Muhammad Ibrahim
▪ 2003       Somali politician (b. Aug. 15, 1928, Odweyne, British Somaliland Protectorate—d. May 3, 2002, Pretoria, S.Af.), as president (from 1993) of the ...
—egalitarianism, n. /i gal'i tair"ee euhn/, adj. 1. asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, esp. in political, economic, or social ...
See egalitarian. * * *
/ay gann lee tay"/, n. French. equality. * * *
Egan, Msgr. John Joseph
▪ 2002       American clergyman (b. Oct. 9, 1916, New York, N.Y.—d. May 19, 2001, Chicago, Ill.), was a Roman Catholic priest who became a noted social activist. Egan ...
Egan, Pierce, The Elder
▪ British writer born 1772, London, Eng. died Aug. 3, 1849, London  sporting writer whose works were considered indispensable reading for English men-about-town in the early ...
Egas Moniz, António
▪ Portuguese neurologist in full  António Caetano de Abreu Freire Egas Moniz   born Nov. 29, 1874, Avança, Port. died Dec. 13, 1955, Lisbon  Portuguese neurologist and ...
Egas Moniz, António Caetano de Abreu Freire
born Nov. 29, 1874, Avança, Port. died Dec. 13, 1955, Lisbon Portuguese neurologist and statesman. He introduced cerebral angiography (1927–37). With Almeida Lima, he ...
/eg"beuhrt/, n. 1. A.D. 775?-839, king of the West Saxons 802-839; 1st king of the English 828-839. 2. a male given name: from an Old English word meaning "bright sword." * * ...
Egeland, Jan
▪ 2007  When fighting between the Israelis and Hezbollah erupted in July 2006, it was yet another test for the diplomatic skills of Jan Egeland, undersecretary-general for ...
/ay"geuhrdd/, n. German name of Ohre. * * * ▪ Hungary German  Erlau,    city of county status and seat of Heves megye (county), northern Hungary. It lies in the valley ...
Egeria [ē jir′ē ə] n. 〚L < Gr Ēgeria〛 1. Rom. Myth. a nymph who advised Numa, second king of Rome 2. any woman who acts as an advisor * * * E·ge·ri·a ...
Egerszegi, Krisztina
▪ Hungarian athlete born August 16, 1974, Budapest, Hungary    Hungarian swimmer, the youngest athlete ever to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.       In 1987 ...
—egestive, adj. /ee jest", i jest"/, v.t. to discharge, as from the body; void (opposed to ingest). [1600-10; < L egest(us) (ptp. of egerere) carried out, equiv. to e- E- + ...
/ee jes"teuh, i jes"-/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) matter egested from the body, as excrement or other waste. [1780-90; neut. pl. of L egestus carried out. See EGEST] * * *
/i jes"cheuhn/, n. the process of egesting; the voiding of the refuse of digestion. [1375-1425; ME < L egestion- (s. of egestio), equiv. to egest- (see EGEST) + -ion- -ION] * * *
See egestion. * * *
EGF abbr. epidermal growth factor. * * *
egg1 —eggless, adj. —eggy, adj. /eg/, n. 1. the roundish reproductive body produced by the female of certain animals, as birds and most reptiles, consisting of an ovum and ...
egg and dart
Archit. a design for enriching an ovolo or echinus, consisting of a closely set, alternating series of oval and pointed forms. [1870-75] * * * ▪ architecture       in ...
egg and spoon race
a novelty race in which contestants each carry an egg in a spoon to the finish line, the winner being the first to finish without dropping or breaking the egg. [1890-95] * * *
egg case
Entomol. ootheca. [1840-50] * * *
egg cell
egg (def. 5). [1875-80] * * *
egg coal
1. anthracite in sizes ranging from 31/4 to 27/16 in. (8 to 6 cm), intermediate between broken coal and stove coal. 2. bituminous coal in sizes ranging from 4 to 11/2 in. (10 to ...
egg cream
a cold beverage made with milk, flavoring syrup, and soda water. [‡1950-55] * * *
egg foo yong
☆ egg foo yong or egg foo young or egg foo yung [eg΄fo͞o yuŋ′ ] n. a Chinese-American dish consisting of eggs beaten and cooked with bean sprouts, onions, minced pork or ...
egg foo yung
/fooh" yung"/, Chinese-American Cookery. a dish of a pancake-shaped omelet containing a mixture of chopped foods. Also, egg fu yung. [ < dial. Chin (Guangdong) fùh yùhng, ...
egg roll
Chinese-American Cookery. a cylindrical casing of egg dough filled with a minced mixture of meat or shrimp, bamboo shoots, onions, etc., and fried in deep fat. [1940-45] * * *
egg rolling
a contest or race in which eggs are rolled over a lawn, using a spoon or paddle, most commonly held as a children's entertainment during the Easter season. * * *
egg stone
oolite. [1815-25] * * *
egg timer
a small hourglass or clock device running about three to five minutes, used to time the boiling of an egg. [1880-85] * * *
egg tooth
a calcareous prominence at the tip of the beak or upper jaw of an embryonic bird or reptile, used to break through the eggshell at hatching. [1890-95] * * * ▪ ...
egg white
the white of an egg, esp. a hen's egg, used in cooking; albumen. [1895-1900] * * *
Egg, Augustus
▪ British painter born May 2, 1816, London died March 26, 1863, Algiers       genre painter and actor.       Egg studied at the Royal Academy, of which he became ...
egg-and-dart (ĕg'ən-därtʹ) Alan Witschonke n. A decorative molding consisting of a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with dart-shaped, anchor-shaped, or tongue-shaped ...
egg-and-spoon race
n a race in which each runner has to carry an egg on a spoon without dropping it. Egg-and-spoon races are especially popular with children, and often run at school sports days. * ...
egg-eating snake
▪ reptile  any of the five species of the genus Dasypeltis of sub-Saharan Africa and Elachistodon westermanni of northeastern India. These nonvenomous snakes comprise the ...
➡ eggnog * * *
n [U] a traditional Easter custom in northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Each person taking part rolls a hard-boiled egg down a slope, and if it is ...
/eg"shaypt'/, adj. having an oval form, usually with one end larger than the other. [1760-70] * * *
eg·gar (ĕgʹər) n. Variant of egger. * * *
/eg"bee'teuhr/, n. 1. a small rotary beater for beating eggs, whipping cream, etc. 2. Slang. a helicopter. [1820-30, Amer.; EGG1 + BEATER] * * *
egg case n. 1. A protective capsule of certain animals, such as insects and mollusks, that contains eggs; an ootheca. 2. See egg sac. * * *
egg cell n. See egg1. * * *
/eg"krayt'/, adj. of or resembling a horizontal construction divided by vertical partitions into cell-like areas, used esp. for directing downward rays of overhead light: ...
egg cream n. A drink made of milk, syrup, and soda water.   [Probably from its foamy, egg-whitelike head.] * * *
/eg"kup'/, n. a small cup or bowl for serving a boiled egg. [1825-35; EGG1 + CUP] * * *
eggdrop soup
/eg"drop'/ a soup made by stirring beaten eggs into a simmering broth. [EGG1 + DROP] * * *
/eg"euhr/, n. See tent caterpillar. [1695-1705; EGG1 + -ER1; the cocoon is egg-shaped] * * *
egg·fruit (ĕgʹfro͞ot') n. See canistel. * * *
/eg"hed'/, n. Informal (often disparaging). an intellectual. [1915-20; EGG1 + HEAD] * * *
—eggheadedness, n. /eg"hed'id/, adj. Informal (often disparaging). of or befitting an egghead. [1915-20; EGGHEAD + -ED3] * * *
See eggheaded. * * *
Eggjum Stone
▪ Norwegian artifact       inscribed stone that bears 200 runic characters. It is the longest known text in the old-style futhark (runic alphabet) and was discovered ...
See egg1. * * *
/eg"euhl steuhn/, n. Edward, 1837-1902, U.S. author, editor, and clergyman. * * *
Eggleston, Edward
born Dec. 10, 1837, Vevay, Ind., U.S. died Sept. 4, 1902, Lake George, N.Y. U.S. novelist and historian. He became an itinerant preacher at age 19; he later held various ...
/eg"nog'/, n. a drink made of eggs, milk or cream, sugar, and, usually, rum or wine. [1765-75, Amer.; EGG1 + NOG1] * * *
/eg"plant', -plahnt'/, n. 1. a plant, Solanum melongena esculentum, of the nightshade family, cultivated for its edible, dark-purple or occasionally white or yellow fruit. 2. the ...
egg roll n. A usually deep-fried cylindrical casing of thin egg dough, filled with minced vegetables and often bits of seafood or meat. Also called spring roll. * * *
eggs Benedict
(sometimes l.c.) a dish consisting of toast or toasted halves of English muffin covered with a thin slice of fried or broiled ham, poached eggs, and a topping of hollandaise ...
egg sac n. The silken pouch in which many spiders deposit their eggs. Also called egg case. * * *
eggs Benedict pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A dish consisting of toasted halves of English muffin topped with broiled ham, poached eggs, and hollandaise ...
/eg"shel'/, n. 1. the shell of a bird's egg, consisting of keratin fibers and calcite crystals. 2. a pale yellowish-white color. 3. rather bulky paper having a slightly rough ...
eggshell porcelain
▪ Chinese pottery also called Pinyin  danpi bodiless or tuotai bodiless ware,  or  Wade-Giles tan-p'i bodiless or t'o-t'ai bodiless ware   Chinese porcelain ...
egg timer n. A small hourglass running three to five minutes, used for timing the boiling of eggs. * * *
egg tooth n. A hard toothlike projection from the beak of embryonic birds, or from the upper jaw of embryonic reptiles, that is used to cut the egg membrane and shell upon ...
eggy [eg′ē] adj. 1. containing eggs, often, specif., beaten eggs [eggy bread] 2. having the taste or smell of eggs 3. smeared or covered with egg [eggy spoons] * * * See ...
Out. Oldest form *eg̑hs, becoming *eghs in centum languages. Derivatives include strange, and extreme. 1. Variant *eks. a. ex1, ex-, from Latin ex, ex-, out of, away from; b. ...
Egill Skallagrímsson
or Egill Skalla-Grímsson born с 910, Borg, Ice. died 990 Icelandic poet. One of the greatest skaldic poets (see skaldic poetry), his adventurous life and verses are ...
/ee"jis/, n. aegis. * * *
Egk, Werner
▪ German composer original name  Werner Mayer   born May 17, 1901, Auchsesheim, near Donauwörth, Ger. died July 10, 1983, Inning, W.Ger.       German composer ...
/eg"leuhn tuyn', -teen'/, n. the sweetbrier. [1350-1400; ME < MF; OF aiglent ( < VL *aculentum, neut. of *aculentus prickly, equiv. to L acu(s) needle + -lentus adj. suffix) + ...
/i glef"skee, eg"leuhf skee/, n. André /ahn"dray, ahn dray"/, 1917-77, U.S. ballet dancer, born in Russia. * * *
Eglevsky, André
born Dec. 21, 1917, Moscow, Russia died Dec. 4, 1977, Elmira, N.Y., U.S. Russian-born U.S. ballet dancer and teacher. He left Russia as a child and studied in Paris, becoming a ...
East Germanic. * * *
Egmond, Lamoraal, count van
▪ Dutch noble Dutch in full  Lamoraal, graaf van Egmond , Egmond also spelled  Egmont  born Nov. 18, 1522, La Hamaide, Hainaut died June 5, 1568, Brussels  leader in the ...
Egmont [eg′mänt΄; ] Du [ ekh′mō̂nt] Count of (born Lamoral Egmont) 1522-68; Fl. statesman & general * * *
Egmont, John Perceval, 2nd earl of, 1st Baron Lovel And Holland
▪ British politician born Feb. 24, 1711, Westminster, near London died Dec. 4, 1770, London       eccentric British politician and pamphleteer, a confidant of George ...
/ee"goh, eg"oh/, n., pl. egos. 1. the "I" or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects ...
ego analysis
psychoanalytic study of the ways in which the ego resolves internal conflicts and develops a mature capacity for rational thought and action. * * *
ego ideal
Psychoanal. a more or less conscious ideal of personal excellence derived from a composite image of the characteristics of persons, initially those of the parents, with whom the ...
ego psychology
a school of neo-Freudian psychology holding that the ego has autonomous energy and functions independently. * * *
ego trip
Informal. an act or course of action undertaken primarily to satisfy one's vanity or for self-gratification: Her charitable activity was one long ego trip. [1965-70] * * *
/ee"goh ayl"yeuhn, -ay"lee euhn, eg"oh-/, adj. ego-dystonic. * * *
/ee"goh dis ton"ik, eg"oh-/, adj. Psychiatry. of or pertaining to aspects of one's behavior or attitudes viewed as inconsistent with one's fundamental beliefs and personality ...
/ee"goh sin ton"ik, eg"oh-/, adj. Psychiatry. of or pertaining to aspects of one's behavior or attitudes viewed as acceptable and consistent with one's fundamental personality ...
—ego-tripper, n. /ee"goh trip', eg"oh-/, v.i., ego-tripped, ego-tripping. Informal. to behave in a self-serving manner. [1965-70] * * *
See ego-trip. * * *
—egocentricity /ee'goh sen tris"i tee, eg'oh-/, n. —egocentrism, n. /ee'goh sen"trik, eg'oh-/, adj. 1. having or regarding the self or the individual as the center of all ...
egocentric speech
Psycholinguistics. speech typically observed in young children that is not addressed to other people. * * *
See egocentric. * * *
See egocentrically. * * *
See egocentrically. * * *
ego ideal n. In psychoanalysis, the part of one's ego that contains an idealized self based on those people, especially parents and peers, one admires and wishes to emulate. * * *
/ee"goh iz'euhm, eg"oh-/, n. 1. the habit of valuing everything only in reference to one's personal interest; selfishness (opposed to altruism). 2. egotism or conceit. 3. Ethics. ...
/ee"goh ist, eg"oh-/, n. 1. a self-centered or selfish person (opposed to altruist). 2. an arrogantly conceited person; egotist. 3. an adherent of the metaphysical principle of ...
—egoistically, adv. /ee'goh is"tik, eg'oh-/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of egoism. 2. being centered in or preoccupied with oneself and the gratification of one's ...
See egoistic. * * *
See egoistic. * * *
—egomaniac, n. —egomaniacal /ee'goh meuh nuy"i keuhl, eg'oh-/, adj. /ee'goh may"nee euh, -mayn"yeuh, eg'oh-/, n. psychologically abnormal egotism. [1815-25; EGO + -MANIA; ...
See egomania. * * *
See egomaniac. * * *
See egomaniac. * * *
Egon Ronay
➡ Ronay * * *
—egophonic /ee'geuh fon"ik/, adj. /ee gof"euh nee/, n. a vocal sound heard through a stethoscope and resembling the bleating of a goat, often occurring in cases of pleurisy ...
/ee"geuh tiz'euhm, eg"euh-/, n. 1. excessive and objectionable reference to oneself in conversation or writing; conceit; boastfulness. 2. selfishness; self-centeredness; ...
/ee"geuh tist, eg"euh-/, n. 1. a conceited, boastful person. 2. a selfish person; egoist. [1705-15; EGOT(ISM) + -IST] * * *
—egotistically, adv. /ee'geuh tis"tik, eg'euh-/, adj. 1. pertaining to or characterized by egotism. 2. given to talking about oneself; vain; boastful; opinionated. 3. ...
See egotistic. * * *
See egotistic. * * *
ego trip n. Slang An act, experience, or course of behavior that gratifies the ego. * * *
Egoyan, Atom
▪ 1998       Canadian film director Atom Egoyan, no stranger to the awards podium, cemented his reputation in 1997 when his latest movie, The Sweet Hereafter, won the ...
Auto. See exhaust-gas recirculation. * * *
EGR valve
Auto. See under exhaust-gas recirculation. * * *
—egregiously, adv. —egregiousness, n. /i gree"jeuhs, -jee euhs/, adj. 1. extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar. 2. ...
See egregious. * * *
See egregiously. * * *
n. /ee"gres/; v. /i gres"/, n. 1. the act or an instance of going, esp. from an enclosed place. 2. a means or place of going out; an exit. 3. the right or permission to go ...
/i gresh"euhn/, n. a going out; egress. [1500-10; < L egression- (s. of egressio) a going out, equiv. to egress(us), ptp. of egredi (see EGRESS) + -ion- -ION] * * *
/i gres"iv/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to egress. 2. Phonet. produced with an outward flow of air from the lungs, as most speech sounds (opposed to ingressive). [1685-95; < L ...
/ee"grit, eg"rit, ee gret", ee"gret/, n. 1. any of several usually white herons that grow long, graceful plumes during the breeding season, as Egretta garzetta (little egret), of ...
Egry, József
▪ Hungarian artist Hungarian form  Egry József  born March 15, 1883, Zalaújlak, Hung. died June 19, 1951, Badacsonytomaj       Hungarian painter and graphic artist. ...
Eguren, José María
▪ Peruvian poet born July 7, 1874, Lima, Peru died April 19, 1942, Lima       poet considered one of the leading post-Modernist poets of Peru.       His first ...
/ee"jipt/, n. 1. Arab Republic of. a republic in NE Africa. 64,791,891; 386,198 sq. mi. (1,000,252 sq. km). Cap.: Cairo. Arabic, Misr. Formerly (1958-71), United Arab ...
Egypt, ancient
Introduction  civilization in northeastern Africa dating from the 3rd millennium BC. Its many achievements, preserved in its art and monuments, hold a fascination that ...
Egypt, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped red-white-black national flag with a central coat of arms (arms, coat of) in the form of a gold eagle. The flag has a ...
Egyptian (def. 4). Also, Egypt. * * *
/i jip"tee ak'/, adj. of or pertaining to ancient Egypt. [1630-40; < L Aegyptiacus < Gk aigyptiakós, equiv. to aigýpti(os) Egyptian, deriv. of Aígyptos the Nile, Egypt + -akos ...
—Egyptianism, Egypticity /ee'jip tis"i tee/, n. /i jip"sheuhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Egypt or its people: Egyptian architecture. 2. Obs. of or pertaining to the ...
Egyptian architecture
Houses, palaces, temples, tombs, and other buildings of ancient Egypt. Most Egyptian towns were situated on the floodplain of the Nile and have been lost, but religious ...
Egyptian art
Ancient sculptures, paintings, and decorative crafts produced in the dynastic periods of the 3rd–1st millennia BC in the Nile Valley of Egypt and Nubia. Egyptian art served ...
Egyptian calendar
the calendar of ancient Egypt, having a year consisting of twelve 30-day months, with five additional days at the end, leap year not being considered. * * * ▪ ...
Egyptian clover
berseem. [1895-1900] * * *
Egyptian cobra
a highly venomous cobra, Naja haje, inhabiting northern and central Africa and Jordan, growing to a length of 8 ft. (2.4 m) or more. [1905-10] * * *
Egyptian cotton
a variety of Sea Island cotton, having silky, strong fibers, grown chiefly in northern Africa. [1875-80] * * *
Egyptian language
Extinct Afro-Asiatic language of the Nile River valley. Its very long history comprises five periods: Old Egyptian (с 3000–с 2200 BC), best exemplified by a corpus of ...
Egyptian law
Law that prevailed in Egypt from с 3000 BC to с 30 BC. No formal Egyptian code of law has been preserved, but legal documents (e.g., deeds and contracts) have survived. The ...
Egyptian lotus
1. either of two Egyptian water lilies of the genus Nymphaea, as N. caerulea (blue lotus), having light blue flowers, or N. lotus (white lotus), having white flowers. 2. See ...
Egyptian mau
Egyptian mau [mou] n. any of a breed of domestic cat, prob. originating in ancient Egypt, with almond-shaped, usually green eyes and a light-colored coat with a pattern of dark ...
Egyptian Museum
▪ museum, Cairo, Egypt Arabic  Al-matḥif Al-Miṣrī   museum of Egyptian antiquities in Cairo, founded in the 19th century by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette ...
Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection
▪ museum, Berlin, Germany German  Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung        museum located in Berlin, Ger., noted for possessing one of the world's leading ...
Egyptian religion
Polytheistic belief system of ancient Egypt from the 4th millennium BC to the first centuries AD, including both folk traditions and the court religion. Local deities that ...
Egyptian wildcat
▪ mammal also called  Caffre cat  or  African wildcat   small, tabbylike cat (family Felidae (feline)) found in open and forested regions of Africa, Asia, and southern ...

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