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except
except1 /ik sept"/, prep. 1. with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but: They were all there except me. 2. except for, if it were not for: She would travel more except for lack ...
excepting
/ik sep"ting/, prep. 1. excluding; barring; saving; with the exception of; except: Excepting the last chapter, the book is finished. conj. 2. Archaic. except; unless; ...
exception
—exceptionless, adj. /ik sep"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of excepting or the fact of being excepted. 2. something excepted; an instance or case not conforming to the general ...
exceptionability
See exceptionable. * * *
exceptionable
—exceptionableness, n. —exceptionably, adv. /ik sep"sheuh neuh beuhl/, adj. liable to exception or objection; objectionable. [1655-65; EXCEPTION + -ABLE] * * *
exceptionably
See exceptionability. * * *
exceptional
—exceptionality, n. —exceptionally, adv. —exceptionalness, n. /ik sep"sheuh nl/, adj. 1. forming an exception or rare instance; unusual; extraordinary: The warm weather was ...
exceptionalism
exceptionalism [ek sep′shə nəl iz΄əm, iksep′shə nəl iz΄əm] n. 1. the condition of being exceptional 2. a) an exceptional or unique nature ascribed to a nation, ...
exceptionality
See exceptional. * * *
exceptionally
See exceptionality. * * *
exceptionalness
See exceptionality. * * *
exceptive
—exceptively, adv. /ik sep"tiv/, adj. 1. being or making an exception. 2. disposed to take exception; objecting. [1555-65; < LL exceptivus. See EXCEPT2, -IVE] * * *
excerpt
—excerpter, excerptor, n. —excerptible, adj. —excerption, n. n. /ek"serrpt/; v. /ik serrpt", ek"serrpt/, n. 1. a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, ...
excerpta
/ik serrp"teuh/, n.pl. short selections or pieces of writing, esp. summary statements or parts of a longer work. [1630-40; < L, n. use of neut. pl. ptp. of excerpere. See ...
excess
n. /ik ses", ek"ses/; adj., v. /ek"ses, ik ses"/, n. 1. the fact of exceeding something else in amount or degree: His strength is in excess of yours. 2. the amount or degree by ...
excess baggage
1. passenger baggage weighing in excess of the allowed amount. 2. Informal. an unnecessary burden. * * *
excess insurance
insurance covering a policyholder only for that portion of losses that exceeds a stated amount. * * *
excess sound pressure
Physics. See sound pressure (def. 1). * * *
excess-profits tax
/ek"ses prof"its/ a tax on the profits of a business enterprise in excess of the average profits for a number of base years, or of a specified rate of return on ...
excessive
—excessively, adv. —excessiveness, n. /ik ses"iv/, adj. going beyond the usual, necessary, or proper limit or degree; characterized by excess: excessive charges; excessive ...
excessively
See excessive. * * *
excessiveness
See excessively. * * *
exch
exch abbrev. exchange * * *
exch.
1. exchange. 2. exchequer. * * *
exchange
—exchanger, n. /iks chaynj"/, v., exchanged, exchanging, n. v.t. 1. to give up (something) for something else; part with for some equivalent; change for another. 2. to replace ...
Exchange and Mart
a British magazine that consists entirely of advertisements, mostly put in by individual people or small businesses. It is published every week and was started in 1868. * * *
exchange control
Governmental restrictions on private transactions in foreign money or claims on foreign money. Residents are required to sell foreign money coming into their possession to a ...
exchange equalization fund.
See stabilization fund. * * *
exchange marriage
▪ sociology       form of marriage involving an arranged and reciprocal exchange of spouses between two groups. Exchange marriage is most common in societies that have ...
exchange rate
the ratio at which a unit of the currency of one country can be exchanged for that of another country. Also called rate of exchange. [1895-1900] * * * Price of one country's ...
exchange stabilization fund.
See stabilization fund. * * *
exchange student
a secondary-school or college student who studies for a period, usually one year, at a foreign institution as part of a reciprocal program between two institutions or ...
exchange, bill of
▪ banking also called  draft  or  draught        short-term negotiable financial instrument consisting of an order in writing addressed by one person (the seller of ...
exchangeable
—exchangeability, n. —exchangeably, adv. /iks chayn"jeuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being exchanged. [1565-75; EXCHANGE + -ABLE] Syn. EXCHANGEABLE, INTERCHANGEABLE apply to ...
exchangee
/iks chayn jee", -chayn"jee, eks'chayn jee"/, n. a person who takes or has taken part in an exchange, as of students or prisoners. [EXCHANGE + -EE] * * *
exchangerate
exchange rate n. A rate of exchange. * * *
exchequer
/eks"chek euhr, iks chek"euhr/, n. 1. a treasury, as of a state or nation. 2. (in Great Britain) a. (often cap.) the governmental department in charge of the public revenues. b. ...
excide
/ik suyd"/, v.t., excided, exciding. to cut out; excise. [1750-60; < L excidere to cut out, equiv. to ex- EX-1 + -cidere (comb. form of caedere to cut)] * * *
excimer
/ek"seuh meuhr/, n. Chem. a molecular complex of two, usually identical, molecules that is stable only when one of them is in an excited state. [1960-65; EXCI(TED) + (DI)MER] * * ...
excimer laser
excimer laser [ek′sə mər] n. a type of gas laser that emits powerful pulses of ultraviolet radiation used in weapons, industrial, or medical research: this radiation is ...
excipient
/ik sip"ee euhnt/, n. Pharm. a pharmacologically inert, adhesive substance, as honey, syrup, or gum arabic, used to bind the contents of a pill or tablet. [1720-30; < L ...
exciple
/ek"seuh peuhl/, n. Mycol. (in certain lichens) the rim or outer covering of the apothecium. Also, excipule /ek"seuh pyoohl'/, excipulum. [1865-70; see EXCIPULUM] * * *
excipulum
/ek sip"yeuh leuhm/, n., pl. excipula /-leuh/. Mycol. exciple. [1855-60; < NL, special use of ML excipulum device for catching fish. See EXCIPIENT, -ULE] * * *
excircle
/eks"serr'keuhl/, n. Geom. an escribed circle. [EX-1 + CIRCLE] * * *
excisable
/ek"suy zeuh beuhl, ik suy"-/, adj. subject to excise duty. [1680-90; EXCISE1 + -ABLE] * * *
excise
excise1 n. /ek"suyz, -suys/; v. /ek"suyz, ik suyz"/, n., v., excised, excising. n. 1. an internal tax or duty on certain commodities, as liquor or tobacco, levied on their ...
excise duties
➡ Customs and Excise * * *
exciseman
/ek"suyz meuhn, -suys-/, n., pl. excisemen. Brit. an officer who collects excise taxes and enforces excise laws. [1640-50; EXCISE1 + MAN1] * * *
excision
—excisional, adj. /ek sizh"euhn, ik-/, n. 1. the act of removal; an excising. 2. Surg. the surgical removal of a foreign body or of tissue. 3. excommunication. [1480-90; < L ...
excitability
/ik suy'teuh bil"i tee/, n. 1. the quality of being excitable. 2. Physiol. irritability. [1780-90; EXCITABLE + -ITY] * * *
excitable
—excitableness, n. —excitably, adv. /ik suy"teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. easily excited: Prima donnas had the reputation of being excitable and temperamental. 2. capable of being ...
excitableness
See excitability. * * *
excitably
See excitability. * * *
excitant
/ik suyt"nt, ek"si teuhnt/, adj. 1. exciting; stimulating. n. 2. Physiol. something that excites; a stimulant. [1600-10; < L excitant- (s. of excitans), prp. of excitare. See ...
excitation
/ek'suy tay"sheuhn, -si-/, n. 1. the act of exciting. 2. the state of being excited. 3. Elect. a. the application of voltage to an electric device, as an electron-tube circuit, ...
excitative
/ik suy"teuh tiv/, adj. tending to excite. Also, excitatory /ik suy"teuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/. [1480-90; < MF excitatif < L excitat- (see EXCITATION) + -ivus -IVE] * * *
excitatory
excitatory [ik sīt′ə tivek΄sīt ə tôr΄ē, ik sītə tôr΄ē] adj. exciting or tending to excite: also excitative [ik sīt′ə tiv] * * *
excite
/ik suyt"/, v.t., excited, exciting. 1. to arouse or stir up the emotions or feelings of: to excite a person to anger; actions that excited his father's wrath. 2. to arouse or ...
excited
—excitedly, adv. —excitedness, n. /ik suy"tid/, adj. 1. stirred emotionally; agitated: An excited crowd awaited the arrival of the famed rock group. 2. stimulated to ...
excited state
Physics. any of the energy levels of a physical system, esp. an atom, molecule, etc., that has higher energy than the lowest energy level. [1925-30] * * *
excitedly
See excited. * * *
excitement
/ik suyt"meuhnt/, n. 1. an excited state or condition. 2. something that excites. [1375-1425; late ME excitament encouragement < ML excitamentum. See EXCITE, -MENT] Syn. 1. ...
exciter
/ik suy"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that excites. 2. Elect. an auxiliary generator that supplies energy for the excitation of another electric machine. [1350-1400; ME; see ...
exciter lamp
a lamp that produces a light that passes through a film soundtrack and impinges on a photoelective cell causing current fluctuations that actuate a loudspeaker. [1935-40] * * *
exciting
—excitingly, adv. /ik suy"ting/, adj. producing excitement; stirring; thrilling: an exciting account of his trip to Tibet. [1805-15; EXCITE + -ING2] * * *
exciting current
Elect. See field current. * * *
excitingly
See exciting. * * *
excito-
a combining form of excitor or exciting: excitomotor. * * *
excitomotor
/ik suy'teuh moh"teuhr/, adj. Physiol. causing an increase of motor activity: excitomotor nerves. Also, excitomotory /ik suy'teuh moh"teuh ree/. [1830-40; EXCITO- + MOTOR] * * *
exciton
/ik suy"ton, ek"si ton'/, n. Physics. a localized, mobile excited state of a crystal, consisting of an electron and a hole bound together. [1935-40; EXCIT(ED) or EXCIT(ATION) + ...
excitonics
ex·ci·ton·ics (ĕk'sĭ-tŏnʹĭks, -sī-) n. (used with a sing. verb) The study of excitons and their behavior in semiconductors and dielectrics. * * *
excitor
/ik suy"teuhr, -tawr/, n. 1. Physiol. a nerve whose stimulation excites greater action. 2. Archaic. an exciter. [1810-20; EXCITE + -OR2] * * *
excl
excl abbrev. 1. exclude 2. excluded 3. excluding 4. exclusive * * *
excl.
1. exclamation. 2. excluding. 3. exclusive. * * *
exclaim
—exclaimer, n. /ik sklaym"/, v.i. 1. to cry out or speak suddenly and vehemently, as in surprise, strong emotion, or protest. v.t. 2. to cry out; say loudly or ...
exclaimer
See exclaim. * * *
exclam.
1. exclamation. 2. exclamatory. * * *
exclamation
—exclamational, adj. /ek'skleuh may"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of exclaiming; outcry; loud complaint or protest: The speech was continually interrupted by rude exclamations. 2. an ...
exclamation point
1. the sign (!) used in writing after an exclamation. 2. this mark sometimes used in writing two or more times in succession to indicate intensity of emotion, loudness, etc.: ...
exclamationpoint
exclamation point n. A punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation. Also called exclamation mark. * * *
exclamatory
—exclamatorily, adv. /ik sklam"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. 1. using, containing, or expressing exclamation: an exclamatory sentence. 2. pertaining to exclamation. [1585-95; < ...
exclave
/eks"klayv/, n. a portion of a country geographically separated from the main part by surrounding alien territory: West Berlin was an exclave of West Germany. [1885-90; EX-1 + ...
exclosure
/ik skloh"zheuhr/, n. an area protected against intruders, as by fences. [1915-20; EX-1 + -closure, modeled on ENCLOSURE] * * *
excludability
See exclude. * * *
excludable
—excludability, n. /ik sklooh"deuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being excluded. n. 2. something that is excluded or exempted. 3. (in U.S. immigration statutes) an undesirable ...
exclude
—excluder, n. —exclusory /ik sklooh"seuh ree, -zeuh ree/, adj. /ik skloohd"/, v.t., excluded, excluding. 1. to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of. 2. to shut out from ...
excluder
See excludability. * * *
excludible
See excludability. * * *
excluding
excluding [eks klo͞o′diŋ, iksklo͞o′diŋ] prep. not including; not taking into account; excepting; rejecting * * *
exclusion
—exclusionary, adj. /ik sklooh"zheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of excluding. 2. the state of being excluded. 3. Physiol. a keeping apart; blocking of an entrance. [1375-1425; ...
exclusion clause
Insurance. a clause in a policy stipulating risks not covered in the policy. * * *
exclusion principle
Physics. the principle that in any system described by quantum mechanics no two identical particles having spin equal to half an odd integer can be in the same quantum state: ...
exclusionary
See exclusion. * * *
exclusionary rule
a rule that forbids the introduction of illegally obtained evidence in a criminal trial. [1955-60] * * * In U.S. law, the principle that evidence seized by police in violation ...
exclusionaryrule
exclusionary rule n. A rule that forbids the use of illegally obtained evidence in a criminal trial. * * *
exclusionism
—exclusionist, exclusioner, n. /ik sklooh"zheuh niz'euhm/, n. the principle, policy, or practice of exclusion, as from rights or privileges. [1840-50; EXCLUSION + -ISM] * * *
exclusionist
exclusionist [eks klo͞o′zhənist, ik sklo͞o′zhən ist] n. a person in favor of excluding another or others, as from some privilege adj. of, favoring, or causing ...
exclusionistic
See exclusionism. * * *
exclusionprinciple
exclusion principle n. The principle that two particles of a given type, such as electrons, protons, or neutrons, cannot simultaneously occupy a particular quantum state. Also ...
Exclusions of paternity on the ABO system
▪ Table Exclusions of paternity on the ABO system matings possible children impossible children O X O O A, B, AB O X A O, A B, AB O X B O, B A, AB O X AB A, B O, AB A X ...
exclusive
—exclusively, adv. —exclusiveness, exclusivity, /eks'klooh siv"i tee/, n. /ik sklooh"siv, -ziv/, adj. 1. not admitting of something else; incompatible: mutually exclusive ...
exclusive disjunction
Logic. See under disjunction (def. 2b). [1940-45] * * *
exclusive representation
Labor. the right of a union, chosen by a majority of the employees in a plant, craft, industry, or department of a shop or business, to represent all the employees in the unit, ...
exclusively
See exclusive. * * *
exclusiveness
See exclusively. * * *
exclusiveof
exclusive of prep. Not including or considering: bought the house, exclusive of the outbuildings. * * *
exclusiveOR
exclusive OR n. See XOR. * * *
exclusivism
—exclusivist, n. —exclusivistic, adj. /ik sklooh"seuh viz'euhm, -zeuh-/, n. the practice of being exclusive. [1825-35; EXCLUSIVE + -ISM] * * *
exclusivist
See exclusivism. * * *
exclusivity
exclusivity [eks΄klo͞o siv′i tē] n. 1. the condition or practice of being exclusive; esp., clannishness or isolationism 2. exclusive rights to something; monopoly: Also ...
excogitate
—excogitable /eks koj"i teuh beuhl/, adj. —excogitation, n. —excogitative, adj. —excogitator, n. /eks koj"i tayt'/, v.t., excogitated, excogitating. 1. to think out; ...
excogitation
See excogitate. * * *
excogitative
See excogitation. * * *
excommunicable
/eks'keuh myooh"ni keuh beuhl/, adj. 1. liable or deserving to be excommunicated, as a person. 2. punishable by excommunication, as an offense. [1585-95; EXCOMMUNIC(ATE) + ...
excommunicate
—excommunicator, n. v. /eks'keuh myooh"ni kayt'/; n., adj. /eks'keuh myooh"ni kit, -kayt'/, v., excommunicated, excommunicating, n., adj. v.t. 1. to cut off from communion with ...
excommunication
/eks'keuh myooh'ni kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of excommunicating. 2. the state of being excommunicated. 3. the ecclesiastical sentence by which a person is ...
excommunicative
/eks'keuh myooh"ni kay'tiv, -keuh tiv/, adj. disposed or serving to excommunicate. [1815-25; EXCOMMUNICATE + -IVE] * * *
excommunicator
See excommunicative. * * *
excommunicatory
/eks'keuh myooh"ni keuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. relating to or causing excommunication. [1675-85; EXCOMMUNICATE + -ORY1] * * *
excoriate
/ik skawr"ee ayt', -skohr"-/, v.t., excoriated, excoriating. 1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: He was excoriated for his mistakes. 2. to strip off or remove the ...
excoriation
/ik skawr'ee ay"sheuhn, -skohr'-/, n. 1. the act of excoriating. 2. the state of being excoriated. 3. an excoriated place on the body. [1375-1425; late ME excoriacioun < ML ...
excoriator
See excoriation. * * *
excorticate
/eks kawr"ti kayt'/, v.t., excorticated, excorticating. decorticate. [1375-1425 for earlier adj. sense; 1650-60 for current sense; late ME excorticat hulled < LL excorticatus, ...
excrement
—excrementous /ek'skreuh men"teuhs/, adj. /ek"skreuh meuhnt/, n. waste matter discharged from the body, esp. feces. [1525-35; < L excrementum, equiv. to excre- (perf. s. of ...
excremental
See excrement. * * *
excrementitious
—excrementitiously, excrementally, adv. /ek'skreuh men tish"euhs/, adj. of or like excrement. Also, excremental /ek'skreuh men"tl/. [1580-90; EXCREMENT + -ITIOUS] * * *
excrescence
/ik skres"euhns/, n. 1. an abnormal outgrowth, usually harmless, on an animal or vegetable body. 2. a normal outgrowth, as hair or horns. 3. any disfiguring addition. 4. abnormal ...
excrescency
/ik skres"euhn see/, n. 1. something that is excrescent; excrescence. 2. a state of being excrescent. [1535-45; var. of EXCRESCENCE; see -ENCY] * * *
excrescent
—excrescently, adv. /ik skres"euhnt/, adj. 1. growing abnormally out of something else; superfluous. 2. Phonet. (of a speech sound) inserted or added as a result of ...
excrescently
See excrescent. * * *
excreta
—excretal, adj. /ik skree"teuh/, n. (usually used with a pl. v.) excreted matter, as urine, feces, or sweat. [1855-60; < L excreta things sifted out or separated, neut. pl. of ...
excretal
See excreta. * * *
excrete
—excreter, n. —excretive, adj. /ik skreet"/, v.t., excreted, excreting. to separate and eliminate from an organic body; separate and expel from the blood or tissues, as waste ...
excretion
excretion1 /ik skree"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of excreting. 2. the substance excreted, as urine or sweat, or certain plant products. [1595-1605; < LL excretion- (s. of excretio) ...
excretory
/ek"skri tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, ik skree"teuh ree/, adj. pertaining to or concerned in excretion; having the function of excreting: excretory organs. [1675-85; EXCRETE + -ORY1] * * *
excruciate
/ik skrooh"shee ayt'/, v.t., excruciated, excruciating. 1. to inflict severe pain upon; torture: The headache excruciated him. 2. to cause mental anguish to; irritate ...
excruciating
—excruciatingly, adv. /ik skrooh"shee ay'ting/, adj. 1. extremely painful; causing intense suffering; unbearably distressing; torturing: an excruciating noise; excruciating ...
excruciatingly
See excruciating. * * *
excruciation
/ik skrooh'shee ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of excruciating. 2. the state of being excruciated. 3. an instance of this; torture. [1610-20; < LL excruciation- (s. of excruciatio)] * ...
excubitorium
/ek skyooh'bi tawr"ee euhm, -tohr"-/, n., pl. excubitoria /-tawr"ee euh, -tohr"-/. (in an ancient Roman city) a night watchman's post or sentry box. [ < L excubitorium, equiv. to ...
excud.
excudit. * * *
excudit
/eks kooh"dit/, Latin. he printed or engraved (this); she printed or engraved (this). Abbr.: exc., excud. * * *
exculpable
See exculpate. * * *
exculpate
—exculpable /ik skul"peuh beuhl/, adj. —exculpation, n. /ek"skul payt', ik skul"payt/, v.t., exculpated, exculpating. to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from ...
exculpation
See exculpable. * * *
exculpatory
/ik skul"peuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt. [1770-80; EXCULPATE + -ORY1] * * *
excurrent
/ik skerr"euhnt, -skur"-/, adj. 1. running out or forth. 2. Zool. giving passage outward; affording exit: the excurrent canal of certain sponges. 3. Bot. a. having the axis ...
excursion
—excursional, excursionary, adj. /ik skerr"zheuhn, -sheuhn/, n. 1. a short trip or outing to some place, usually for a special purpose and with the intention of a prompt ...
excursion ticket
a round-trip ticket at a reduced fare, often for use within a limited period of time. [1870-75] * * *
excursionist
/ik skerr"zheuh nist, -sheuh-/, n. a person who goes on an excursion. [1820-30; EXCURSION + -IST] * * *
excursive
—excursively, adv. —excursiveness, n. /ik skerr"siv/, adj. 1. given to making excursions in speech, thought, etc.; wandering; digressive. 2. of the nature of such excursions; ...
excursively
See excursive. * * *
excursiveness
See excursively. * * *
excursus
/ek skerr"seuhs/, n., pl. excursuses, excursus. 1. a detailed discussion of some point in a book, esp. one added as an appendix. 2. a digression or incidental excursion, as in a ...
excurvature
/eks kerr"veuh cheuhr/, n. the condition of being curved outward or away from the center. Also, excurvation /ek'skeuhr vay"sheuhn/. [EX-1 + CURVATURE] * * *
excurved
/ek"skerrvd/, adj. curving or curved outward. Also, excurvate /eks"kerr vayt', ik skerr"vit/. [1880-85; EX-1 + CURVE + -ED3] * * *
excusable
excusable [ek skyo͞o′zə bəl, ikskyo͞o′zə bəl] adj. 〚ME < OFr < excusabilis〛 that can be excused; pardonable; justifiable excusably adv. * * * See excuse. * * *
excusableness
See excusable. * * *
excusably
See excusable. * * *
excusatory
/ik skyooh"zeuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. serving or intended to excuse. [1400-50; late ME < ML excusatorius, equiv. to LL excusa(re) to EXCUSE + -torius -TORY1] * * *
excuse
—excusable, adj. —excusableness, n. —excusably, adv. —excusal, n. —excuseless, adj. —excuser, n. —excusingly, adv. —excusive, adj. —excusively, adv. v. /ik ...
excuser
See excusable. * * *
excuss
—excussion, n. /ik skus"/, v.t. Law. to take possession of (goods) by legal authority. [1560-70; < L excussus, ptp. of excutere to shake out, drive out, send forth, equiv. to ...
excussio
/ek skush"ee oh'/, n. Civil Law. the exhausting of every remedy against a principal debtor before proceeding against a surety. [ < LL excussio. See EXCUSS, -ION] * * *
Exe, River
▪ river, England, United Kingdom       river in southwest England, rising from its source on Exmoor in Somerset, only 5 mi (8 km) from the Bristol Channel, and flowing ...
exeat
/ek"see at'/, n. 1. permission granted by a bishop to a priest to leave the diocese. 2. Brit. official permission for a student to be absent from a college or ...
exec
/ig zek"/, n. Informal. an executive, esp. in business. [1895-1900; by final shortening] * * *
exec.
1. executive. 2. executor. * * *
execrable
—execrableness, n. —execrably, adv. /ek"si kreuh beuhl/, adj. 1. utterly detestable; abominable; abhorrent. 2. very bad: an execrable stage performance. [1350-1400 for ...
execrableness
See execrable. * * *
execrably
See execrableness. * * *
execrate
—execrator, n. /ek"si krayt'/, v., execrated, execrating. v.t. 1. to detest utterly; abhor; abominate. 2. to curse; imprecate evil upon; damn; denounce: He execrated all who ...
execration
/ek'si kray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of execrating. 2. a curse or imprecation: The execrations of the prophet terrified the sinful multitude. 3. the object execrated; a thing held ...
execrative
—execratively, adv. /ek"si kray'tiv, -kreuh-/, adj. 1. pertaining to or characterized by execration. 2. prone to execrate. [1820-30; EXECRATE + -IVE] * * *
execrator
See execrative. * * *
execratory
/ek"si kreuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, -kray'teuh ree/, adj. 1. pertaining to execration. 2. having the nature of or containing an execration. [1605-15; EXECRATE + -ORY1] * * *
executable
See execute. * * *
executant
/ig zek"yeuh teuhnt/, n. 1. a person who executes or performs, esp. musically. adj. 2. of or pertaining to a performer, esp. a musician. 3. performing, esp. in public. [1855-60; ...
execute
—executable, adj. —executer, n. /ek"si kyooht'/, v., executed, executing. v.t. 1. to carry out; accomplish: to execute a plan or order. 2. to perform or do: to execute a ...
executer
executer [ek′si kyo͞ot΄ər] n. alt. sp. of EXECUTOR (sense 1) * * * See executable. * * *
execution
—executional, adj. /ek'si kyooh"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of executing. 2. the state or fact of being executed. 3. the infliction of capital punishment or, formerly, of ...
executioner
/ek'si kyooh"sheuh neuhr/, n. 1. an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuance of a legal warrant. 2. a person who executes an act, will, judgment, etc. [1555-65; ...
executive
—executively, adv. —executiveness, n. /ig zek"yeuh tiv/, n. 1. a person or group of persons having administrative or supervisory authority in an organization. 2. the person ...
executive agreement
U.S. Govt. an agreement, usually pertaining to administrative matters and less formal than an international treaty, made between chiefs of state without senatorial ...
executive branch
n [sing] the division of the US government under the President, who is called the Chief Executive. It carries out the decisions of Congress, because the American Constitution ...
executive class.
—executive-class, adj. See business class. [1960-65] * * *
executive council
1. a council having the highest executive authority. 2. a council appointed to give advice to the head of a government. [1770-80, Amer.] * * *
Executive Mansion
1. the official residence of the governor of a U.S. state. 2. See White House (def. 1). [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
executive order
(often caps.) an order having the force of law issued by the president of the U.S. to the army, navy, or other part of the executive branch of the government. [1880-85, Amer.] * ...
executive park.
See office park. * * *
executive privilege
the discretionary right claimed by certain U.S. presidents to withhold information from Congress or the judiciary. [1940-45] * * *
executive secretary
1. a secretary with independent administrative responsibilities who assists an executive in a business firm. 2. an official who directs the business operations of an ...
executive session
Govt. a session, generally closed to the public, of a legislative body or its leaders. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
executive toys
➡ toys and games * * *
executiveagreement
executive agreement n. An agreement made between the executive branch of the U.S. government and a foreign government without ratification by the Senate. * * *
executivecouncil
executive council n. 1. A council that advises or assists a political executive. 2. A council having the highest executive power or authority. * * *
executiveorder
executive order n. Abbr. EO See regulation. * * *
executiveprivilege
executive privilege n. The principle that members of the executive branch of government cannot legally be forced to disclose their confidential communications when such ...
executiveroutine
executive routine n. A set of coded instructions designed to use a computer for developing or controlling other routines. * * *
executivesecretary
executive secretary n. A secretary having administrative duties and responsibilities. * * *
executivesession
executive session n. A session, as of a legislature or committee, often closed to the public, in which executive business is transacted. * * *
executor
—executorial /ig zek'yeuh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. —executorship, n. /ig zek"yeuh teuhr/ or, for 1, /ek"si kyooh'teuhr/, n. 1. a person who executes, carries out, or ...
executorial
See executor. * * *
executorship
See executorial. * * *
executory
/ig zek"yeuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. 1. executive. 2. Law. to be performed or executed. [1400-50; late ME executorie operative, being in effect < LL ex(s)ecutorius executive. ...
executrix
/ig zek"yeuh triks/, n., pl. executrices /ig zek'yeuh truy"seez/, executrixes. Law. a woman named in a decedent's will to carry out the provisions of that will. [1350-1400; ME < ...
exedra
—exedral, adj. /ek"si dreuh, ek see"-/, n., pl. exedrae /ek"si dree', ek see"dree/. 1. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a room or covered area open on one side, used as a meeting ...
exegesis
/ek'si jee"sis/, n., pl. exegeses /-seez/. critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, esp. of the Bible. [1610-20; < Gk exégesis an interpretation, ...
exegete
/ek"si jeet'/, n. a person skilled in exegesis. Also, exegetist /ek'si jet"ist/. [1720-30; < Gk exegetés guide, director, interpreter, equiv. to exege- (see EXEGESIS) + -tes ...
exegetic
—exegetically, adv. /ek'si jet"ik/, adj. of or pertaining to exegesis; explanatory; interpretative. Also, exegetical. [1645-55; < Gk exegetikós, equiv. to exeget(és) EXEGETE ...
exegetically
See exegetic. * * *
exegetics
/ek'si jet"iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the science of exegesis; exegetic theology. [1850-55; see EXEGETIC, -ICS] * * *
exegetist
ex·e·ge·tist (ĕk'sə-jĕtʹĭst) n. Variant of exegete. * * *
Exekias
flourished с 540–520 BC, Greece Greek potter. He was the most famous of the black-figure vase painters (see black-figure pottery). His name is found on 13 surviving vases. ...
exempla
/ig zem"pleuh/, n. pl. of exemplum. * * *
exemplar
/ig zem"pleuhr, -plahr/, n. 1. a model or pattern to be copied or imitated: Washington is the exemplar of patriotic virtue. 2. a typical example or instance. 3. an original or ...
exemplarily
See exemplary. * * *
exemplariness
See exemplarily. * * *
exemplarism
/ig zem"pleuh riz'euhm/, n. Theol. 1. the doctrine that all knowledge is based on the perception of the exemplars of reality that exist in the mind of God. 2. the doctrine that ...
exemplarity
See exemplarily. * * *
exemplary
—exemplarily, adv. —exemplariness, exemplarity, n. /ig zem"pleuh ree, eg"zeuhm pler'ee/, adj. 1. worthy of imitation; commendable: exemplary conduct. 2. serving as a warning: ...
exemplary damages
Law. See punitive damages. * * *
exempli causa
/ek sem"plee kow"sah/; Eng. /ig zem"pluy kaw"zeuh, -zem"plee/, Latin. See e.c. * * *
exempli gratia
/ek sem"plee grddah"tee ah'/; Eng. /ig zem"pluy gray"shee euh, -zem"plee/, Latin. See e.g. * * *
exemplifiable
See exemplify. * * *
exemplification
/ig zem'pleuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of exemplifying. 2. something that exemplifies; an illustration or example. 3. Law. an attested copy of a document, under official ...
exemplificative
/ig zem"pleuh fi kay'tiv/, adj. serving to exemplify. [1820-30; EXEMPLIFICAT(ION) + -IVE] * * *
exemplifier
See exemplifiable. * * *
exemplify
—exemplifiable, adj. —exemplifier, n. /ig zem"pleuh fuy'/, v.t., exemplified, exemplifying. 1. to show or illustrate by example. 2. to furnish or serve as an example of: The ...
exempligratia
ex·em·pli gra·ti·a (ĭg-zĕm'plē grāʹshē-ə, ĕk-sĕmʹplē gräʹtē-ä') adv. Abbr. e.g. For example.   [Latin exemplī grātiā, for the sake of example : exemplī, ...
exemplum
/ig zem"pleuhm/, n., pl. exempla /-pleuh/. 1. an example or model. 2. an anecdote that illustrates or supports a moral point, as in a medieval sermon. [1885-90; < LL, L: lit., a ...
exempt
—exemptible, adj. /ig zempt"/, v.t. 1. to free from an obligation or liability to which others are subject; release: to exempt a student from an examination. adj. 2. released ...
exempt carrier
a company operating vehicles performing services or carrying goods, as taxicabs or cargo trucks, that are not subject to the regulatory laws of the Interstate Commerce Act. * * *
exemptible
See exempt. * * *
exemption
—exemptive, adj. /ig zemp"sheuhn/, n. 1. the circumstances of a taxpayer, as age or number of dependents, that allow him or her to make certain deductions from taxable ...
exenterate
—exenteration, n. v. /ek sen"teuh rayt'/; adj. /ek sen"teuhr it/, v., exenterated, exenterating, adj. v.t. 1. to remove the contents of; disembowel; eviscerate. adj. 2. Surg. ...
exenteration
See exenterate. * * *
exequatur
/ek'si kway"teuhr, -kwot"euhr/, n. 1. a written recognition of a consul by the government of the state in which he or she is stationed giving authorization to exercise ...
exequies
exequies [eks′i kwēz] pl.n. 〚ME exequies, pl. < OFr < L exequiae < exequi: see EXECUTOR〛 former var. of OBSEQUIES * * *
exequy
—exequial /ek see"kwee euhl/, adj. /ek"si kwee/, n., pl. exequies. 1. Usually, exequies. funeral rites or ceremonies; obsequies. 2. a funeral procession. [1350-1400; ME ...
exercisable
See exercise. * * *
exercise
—exercisable, adj. /ek"seuhr suyz'/, n., v., exercised, exercising. n. 1. bodily or mental exertion, esp. for the sake of training or improvement of health: Walking is good ...
exercise bicycle
any of various stationary exercise apparatuses that resemble a bicycle, usually having handlebars, a seat, pedals, a device for adjusting tension or resistance in the pedaling ...
exercise price.
See striking price. * * *
exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage
▪ equine disease       disease condition in horses in which blood appears in the airways during and after strenuous exercise. More than 80 percent of racehorses, ...
exercisebicycle
exercise bicycle PhotoDisc, Inc. n. A fitness device having a seat, handlebars, and pedals with adjustable resistance, used to simulate pedaling a bicycle. Also called ...
exercisebook
exercise book n. A booklet for use by students, usually containing problems or exercises and blank space for writing answers or practicing a lesson. * * *
exerciser
/ek"seuhr suy'zeuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that exercises. 2. an athletic device or machine employed in exercising. 3. a groom in a stable responsible for exercising ...
exercitation
/ig zerr'si tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. exercise or exertion, as of the faculties or powers of the body or mind: an exercitation of the imagination. 2. practice or training: exercitations ...
Exercycle
/ek"seuhr suy'keuhl/, Trademark. a brand of exercise bicycle. * * *
exergonic
/ek'seuhr gon"ik/, adj. Biochem. (of a biochemical reaction) liberating energy. Cf. endergonic. [1935-40; EX-3 + Gk érgon WORK + -IC] * * *
exergue
—exergual /ig zerr"geuhl, ek serr"-/, adj. /ig zerrg", ek"serrg, eg"zerrg/, n. the space below the device on a coin or medal, sometimes separated from the field by a ...
exert
—exertive, adj. /ig zerrt"/, v.t. 1. to put forth or into use, as power; exercise, as ability or influence; put into vigorous action: to exert every effort. 2. to put (oneself) ...
exertion
/ig zerr"sheuhn/, n. 1. vigorous action or effort: physical and mental exertion. 2. an effort: a great exertion to help others. 3. exercise, as of power or faculties. 4. an ...
Exeter
/ek"si teuhr/, n. 1. a city in Devonshire, in SW England: cathedral. 94,100. 2. a town in SE New Hampshire. 11,024. * * * ancient Isca Dumnoniorum City and administrative ...
Exeter Book
▪ Old English literature       the largest extant collection of Old English poetry. Copied c. 975, the manuscript was given to Exeter Cathedral by Bishop Leofric (died ...
exeunt
/ek"see euhnt, -oont'/, v.i. (they) go offstage (used formerly as a stage direction, usually preceding the names of the characters): Exeunt soldiers and townspeople. [1475-85; < ...
exeunt omnes
/ek"see euhnt om"neez, ek"see oont' ohm"nays/ they all go out (used formerly as a stage direction). [ < L exeunt omnes] * * *
exfiltrate
—exfiltration, n. /eks fil"trayt, eks"fil trayt'/, v., exfiltrated, exfiltrating. v.i. 1. to escape furtively from an area under enemy control. v.t. 2. to smuggle (military ...
exfoliate
—exfoliative /eks foh"lee ay'tiv, -euh tiv/, adj. /eks foh"lee ayt'/, v., exfoliated, exfoliating. v.t. 1. to throw off in scales, splinters, etc. 2. to remove the surface of ...
exfoliation
/eks foh'lee ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act, state, or process of exfoliating. 2. the state of being exfoliated. 3. something that is exfoliated or scaled off. [1670-80; NL ...

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