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go-no-go
go-no-go (gō-nōʹgō) adj. Of, relating to, or involving a mandatory decision to continue or abort a course of action: a go-no-go launch of the space shuttle. * * *
go-round
/goh"rownd'/, n. go-around (defs. 2, 3). * * *
go-slow
/goh"sloh'/, n. Chiefly Brit. a work slowdown, as in sympathy with strikers or as a protest. [1925-30] * * *
go-to
go-to (gōʹto͞o') adj. Being a player on an athletic team who is relied upon to make important plays, especially in clutch situations: the team's go-to receiver. * * *
go-to-meeting
/goh"teuh meet"n, -mee"ting/, adj. Sunday-go-to-meeting. [1780-90, Amer.] * * *
go-train
/goh"trayn'/, n. Canadian. a lightweight passenger train providing rapid surface transport between a city center and the suburbs and from suburb to suburb. Also, GO train. * * *
go/no-go
/goh"noh"goh'/, adj. being or relating to a decision as to whether or not to proceed as planned or to the time at which such a decision must be made. Also, go-no-go, go or ...
goa
/goh"euh/, n. a gazelle, Procapra picticaudata, of the Tibetan plateau. [1840-50; < Tibetan gowa (sp. dgo ba)] * * * State (pop., 2001 prelim.: 1,343,998), southwestern ...
Gôa
/goh"euh/, n. a former district in Portuguese India, on the Arabian Sea, ab. 250 mi. (400 km) S of Bombay: annexed by India December 1961; now part of the union territory of Goa, ...
Goa powder
a brownish-yellow, odorless, crystalline powder obtained from the wood or the trunk of the Brazilian tree Andira araroba, used as a source of chrysarobin. Also called ...
Goa, Daman, and Diu
/goh"euh/ an administrative territory of India, in the W part: formerly Portuguese India; annexed by India 1961. 857,180; 1426 sq. mi. (3693 sq. km). Cap.: Panjim. * * *
goad
—goadlike, adj. /gohd/, n. 1. a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod. 2. anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick. 3. ...
goaf
/gohf/, n., pl. goaves. Mining. gob1 (def. 3). [1830-40; orig. uncert.] * * *
Goajiro
▪ people       Indian people of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and adjacent Venezuela. Numbering about 127,000 in the late 20th century, they speak an ...
goal
—goalless, adj. /gohl/, n. 1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end. 2. the terminal point in a race. 3. a pole, line, or other marker by which ...
goal crease
Ice Hockey. crease (def. 4). [1885-90] * * *
goal kick
Soccer. a free kick taken by a defensive player after the ball, having last been touched by an offensive player, has gone out of bounds over the goal line. * * *
goal line
Sports. the line that bounds a goal, esp. the front line. [1865-70] * * *
goal post
goal post n. 1. either of the two vertical posts that support a crossbar and form the opening of a goal in soccer, hockey, etc. 2. Football the base, crossbar, and uprights that ...
goaler
/goh"leuhr/, n. Canadian. goalkeeper in the game of ice hockey. [ < CanF gôleur < E GOAL + F -eur -EUR] * * *
goalie
/goh"lee/, n. a goalkeeper. [1920-25; GOAL + -IE] * * *
goalkeeper
—goalkeeping, n. /gohl"kee'peuhr/, n. (in ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, etc.) a player whose chief duty is to prevent the ball or puck from crossing or entering ...
goalkeepers
➡ football – British style * * *
goalkick
goal kick n. A free kick in soccer that is awarded to a defensive team when the ball has been driven out of bounds over the goal line by an opponent. * * *
goalline
goal line n. 1. Sports. A line located at either end and typically running the width of a playing area, on which a goal post or goal is positioned. 2. Football. A line at either ...
goalmouth
/gohl"mowth'/, n., pl. goalmouths /-mowdhz', mowths'/. the area between the goalposts directly in front of the goal in certain games, as soccer, lacrosse, and hockey. [1880-85; ...
goalpost
/gohl"pohst'/, n. a post supporting a crossbar and, with it, forming the goal on a playing field in certain sports, as football. Also, goal post. [1855-60] * * *
goalposts
➡ Rugby * * *
goaltender
/gohl"ten'deuhr/, n. a goalkeeper. [1905-10; GOAL + TENDER3] * * *
goaltending
/gohl"ten'ding/, n. 1. goalkeeping. 2. Basketball. any of several violations that prevent a goal from being scored, occurring when a player interferes with a shot by touching the ...
Goalundo Ghat
▪ Bangladesh also called  Goalundo         town, central Bangladesh. It is situated near the confluence of the Padma and Jamuna rivers. Goalundo Ghat is linked by ...
goanna
/goh an"euh/, n. any of the several large monitor lizards of the family Varanidae, of Australia, esp. Varanus varius and V. giganteus, both sometimes growing to 6 ft. (1.8 ...
goat
—goatlike, adj. /goht/, n. 1. any of numerous agile, hollow-horned ruminants of the genus Capra, of the family Bovidae, closely related to the sheep, found native in rocky and ...
goat antelope
any of several wild goats with antelopelike features, including the chamois, goral, serow, and Rocky Mountain goat. [1840-50] * * * ▪ mammal also called ...
goat cheese
a cheese containing goat's milk, either alone or mixed with cow's milk, usually having a stronger flavor than one made of cow's milk alone. * * *
goat god
a deity with the legs and feet of a goat, as Pan or a satyr. [1875-80] * * *
goat's-rue
/gohts"rooh'/, n. 1. Also called catgut. a hairy American plant, Tephrosia virginiana, of the legume family, having yellow and pink flowers. 2. a European plant, Galega ...
goat'srue
goat's rue (gōtsʹ) n. 1. A North American plant (Tephrosia virginiana) having large yellow flowers marked with purple and grouped in a terminal raceme or panicle. 2. A Eurasian ...
goat-nut
goat-nut (gōtʹnŭt') n. See jojoba.   [From its being a chief source of food for wild goats.] * * *
goatantelope
goat antelope n. Any of various wild ruminant mammals of the family Bovidae, such as the mountain goat or the chamois, having characteristics of both goats and antelopes. * * *
goatee
—goateed, adj. /goh tee"/, n. a man's beard trimmed to a tuft or point on the chin. [1835-45, Amer.; GOAT (from its resemblance to a goat's tufted chin) + -ee, prob. as sp. ...
goatfish
/goht"fish'/, n., pl. goatfishes, (esp. collectively) goatfish. any tropical and subtropical marine fish of the family Mullidae, having a pair of long barbels below the mouth. ...
goatherd
/goht"herrd'/, n. a person who tends goats. [bef. 1000; ME; OE gathyrde. See GOAT, HERD2] * * *
goatish
—goatishly, adv. —goatishness, n. /goh"tish/, adj. 1. of or like a goat. 2. lustful; lecherous. [1520-30; GOAT + -ISH1] * * *
GoatIsland
Goat Island An island of western New York in the Niagara River dividing Niagara Falls into the American and Canadian falls. * * *
goatpox
/goht"poks'/, n. a virus disease of goats that resembles cowpox and produces lesions inside the thighs and on other hairless skin areas. Also, goat pox, goat-pox. [GOAT + POX] * ...
goatsbeard
/gohts"beard'/, n. 1. any of several composite plants of the genus Tragopogon, esp. T. pratensis, having yellow flower heads. 2. a plant, Aruncus dioicus, of the rose family, ...
goatskin
/goht"skin'/, n. 1. the skin or hide of a goat. 2. leather made from it. [1350-1400; ME; see GOAT, SKIN] * * *
goatsucker
/goht"suk'euhr/, n. nightjar (def. 2). [1605-15; so called because formerly believed to suck the milk of goats; trans. of L caprimulgus, itself trans. of Gk aigothélas] * * ...
goaves
/gohvz/, n. Mining. pl. of goaf. * * *
gob
gob1 /gob/, n. 1. a mass or lump. 2. gobs, Informal. a large quantity: gobs of money. 3. Also called goaf. Mining. waste or barren material. [1350-1400; ME gobbe, var. of gobet ...
gob-stopper
/gob"stop'euhr/, n. Brit. Slang. a large piece of hard candy. [1925-30; see GOB3] * * *
Gobabis
▪ Namibia       town, eastern Namibia. It lies on the edge of the Kalahari (Desert) on the intermittent Black Nossob River at an elevation of 4,740 feet (1,445 metres). ...
gobang
/goh bahng"/, n. a Japanese game played on a go board with players alternating and attempting to be first to place five counters in a row. Also, goban /goh bahn"/. Also called ...
Gobat
Fr. /gaw bann"/, n. Albert Fr. /annl berdd"/, 1843-1914, Swiss lawyer and statesman: Nobel peace prize 1902. * * *
Gobat, Charles-Albert
▪ Swiss political scientist born May 21, 1834, Tramelan, Switz. died March 16, 1914, Bern       Swiss politician, administrator, philanthropist, and author, cowinner of ...
gobbet
/gob"it/, n. 1. a fragment or piece, esp. of raw flesh. 2. a lump or mass. [1275-1325; ME gobet < OF: a mouthful, dim. of gobe. See -ET] * * *
gobble
gobble1 /gob"euhl/, v., gobbled, gobbling. v.t. 1. to swallow or eat hastily or hungrily in large pieces; gulp. 2. to seize upon eagerly (often fol. by up): After being gone for ...
gobbledegook
/gob"euhl dee gook'/, n. language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand: the gobbledegook of government reports. Also, gobbledygook. [1940-45; ...
gobbledygook
☆ gobbledygook [gäb′əl dē gook΄, gäb′əldəgook; gäb′əl dēgo͞ok΄, gäb′əl dəgo͞ok΄ ] n. 〚first used in current sense by Maury Maverick (1895-1954), U.S. ...
gobbler
gobbler1 /gob"leuhr/, n. a male turkey. [1730-40; GOBBLE2 + -ER1] gobbler2 /gob"leuhr/, n. a person or thing that gobbles or consumes voraciously or quickly: a gobbler of science ...
gobby
/gob"ee/, adj., gobbier, gobbiest. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. fat. [of uncert. orig.] * * *
Gobel, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph
▪ archbishop of Paris born Sept. 1, 1727, Thann, Alsace, Fr. died April 14/26, 1794, Paris       archbishop of Paris whose resignation doomed him to association with ...
Gobelin
/gob"euh lin, goh"beuh-/; Fr. /gaw blaonn"/, adj. 1. made at the tapestry factory established in Paris in the 15th century by the Gobelins, a French family of dyers and ...
Gobelin family
French dyers and cloth makers. In the late 15th century, the brothers Jean (d. 1476) and Philibert Gobelin discovered a scarlet dye and opened a dyeing factory near Paris, which ...
Gober, Robert
▪ American artist born Sept. 12, 1954, Wallingford, Conn., U.S.       American sculptor and installation artist known for his eerie and evocative reconsiderations of ...
Gobi
—Gobian, adj. /goh"bee/, n. a desert in E Asia, mostly in Mongolia. ab. 500,000 sq. mi. (1,295,000 sq. km). Chinese, Shamo. * * * ▪ desert, Asia Introduction also called ...
Gobi burin
a wedge-shaped engraving tool made by Pleistocene hunters on both the Asian and American sides of the Bering Strait. [after GOBI Desert, where tools and cores of a comparable ...
Gobi Desert
Desert, Central Asia. One of the great desert and semidesert regions of the world, the Gobi stretches across Central Asia over large areas of Mongolia and China. It occupies an ...
Gobind
(as used in expressions) Gobind Singh Gobind Rai Khorana Har Gobind * * *
Gobind Singh
orig. Gobind Rai born 1666, Patna, Bihar, India died Oct. 7, 1708, Nanded, Maharashtra Sikh Guru. The son of Guru Tegh Bahadur (1664–75), he was trained in the martial arts ...
Gobineau, Joseph-Arthur, comte de
▪ French diplomat, writer, and ethnologist born July 14, 1816, Ville-d'Avray, France died Oct. 13, 1882, Turin, Italy       French diplomat, writer, ethnologist, and ...
Gobineau, Joseph-Arthur, count de
born July 14, 1816, Ville-d'Avray, France died Oct. 13, 1882, Turin, Italy French diplomat and writer. While serving in the diplomatic service (1849–77), he wrote the Essay ...
gobioid
/goh"bee oyd'/, adj. 1. of or resembling a goby. n. 2. a gobioid fish. [1850-55; < L gobi(us) gudgeon + -OID] * * *
goblet
/gob"lit/, n. 1. a drinking glass with a foot and stem. 2. Archaic. a bowl-shaped drinking vessel with no handles. [1300-50; ME gobelet < OF, dim. of gobel cup
goblet cell
Cell Biol. a type of epithelial cell that secretes mucin, so called after its shape. [1875-80] * * *
gobletcell
goblet cell n. Any of the specialized epithelial cells found in the mucous membrane of the stomach, intestines, and respiratory passages that secrete mucus.   [From its ...
goblin
/gob"lin/, n. a grotesque sprite or elf that is mischievous or malicious toward people. [1300-50; ME gobelin < MF < MHG kobold goblin; see KOBOLD] Syn. GOBLIN, GNOME, GREMLIN ...
goblin shark
▪ fish       rare species of shark belonging to the family Mitsukurinidae (order Lamniformes). Only one extant species (Mitsukurina owstoni) is known, on the basis of a ...
gobo
/goh"boh/, n., pl. gobos, goboes. Motion Pictures, Television. 1. a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare. 2. a screen ...
gobony
/geuh boh"nee/, adj. Heraldry. compony. Also, gobonée /geuh boh"nay/. [1605-15; obs. gobon slice, ME goboun < AF *gobon (OF gobet; see GOBBET) + -y as in compony] * * *
gobshite
gob·shite (gŏbʹshīt') n. Chiefly British Slang A person regarded as mean or contemptible.   [Perhaps ultimately from obsolete gobshite, wad of expectorated chewing tobacco ...
gobstopper
n (BrE infml) a large hard round sweet. Many gobstoppers change colour as they are sucked. They are popular with children. The name comes from gob, a British slang word for ...
goby
/goh"bee/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) goby, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) gobies. 1. any small marine or freshwater fish of the family Gobiidae, often having ...
gocup
go cup n. Chiefly Southern U.S. A plastic cup provided for a patron who wishes to take an alcoholic beverage outdoors. * * *
God
/god/, n., v., godded, godding, interj. n. 1. the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe. 2. the Supreme Being considered with reference to a particular ...
God (Anderson, Indiana), Church of
▪ American Protestant denomination       Christian fellowship that considers itself a “reformation movement” among Christians and not a church or sect; it accepts ...
god and goddess
Generic terms for the many deities of ancient and modern polytheistic religions. There may be deities of earthly and celestial phenomena as well as deities related to human ...
God and Saints of Christ, Church of
▪ religious sect       religious sect founded in 1896 by Prophet William S. Crowdy. He passed his mantle of leadership to Bishop William Plummer, who announced himself ...
God Bless America
a song praising America that was written by Irving Berlin in 1919. It became the ‘unofficial national anthem’ for the US during World War II, when Kate Smith regularly sang ...
God Defend New Zealand
▪ national anthem of New Zealand Maori  Aotearoa        one of the two national anthems of New Zealand (the other being God Save the Queen, national anthem of the ...
God in Christ, Church of
▪ American Protestant denomination       predominantly black Pentecostal (Pentecostalism) church that originated in the United States as an outgrowth of the Holiness ...
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
a popular carol sung at Christmas. * * *
God Save the Queen
the British national anthem. It is not known who wrote the words or the music, but it was already a traditional song in the 18th century. The song has several verses, but usually ...
God's acre
a cemetery, esp. one adjacent to a church; churchyard. [1610-20; trans. of G Gottesacker] * * *
God's country
1. an area or region supposed to be favored by God, esp. a naturally beautiful rural area. 2. an isolated rural area. 3. one's native region. [1860-65; Amer.] * * *
God's penny
Old Eng. Law. See earnest money. [1300-50; ME] * * *
God's plenty
an abundant or overabundant quantity. * * *
God's Word
the Bible. * * *
God'sacre
God's acre (gŏdz) n. A churchyard or burial ground.   [Translation of German Gottesacker: Gottes, genitive of Gott, god + Acker, field.] * * *
God, Church of
▪ American Protestant denomination       any of several Pentecostal churches that developed in the U.S. South from the late 19th- and early 20th-century Latter Rain ...
God, Kingdom of
▪ Christianity also called  Kingdom Of Heaven,         in Christianity, the spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the fulfillment on Earth of God's will. ...
God, Peace of
Latin  Pax Dei         a movement led by the medieval church, and later by civil authorities, to protect ecclesiastical property and women, priests, pilgrims, merchants, ...
God, Truce of
▪ ecclesiastical decree Latin  Treuga Dei, or Treva Dei,         a measure by the medieval Roman Catholic Church to suspend warfare during certain days of the week ...
God-awful
/god"aw"feuhl/, adj. (sometimes l.c.) Informal. extremely dreadful or shocking: What a God-awful thing to say! [1875-80; Amer.] * * *
God-fearing
/god"fear'ing/, adj. 1. deeply respectful or fearful of God. 2. (sometimes l.c.) deeply religious; pious; devout. [1825-35] * * *
God-given
/god"giv'euhn/, adj. 1. given by, or coming directly from, God: the God-given laws. 2. welcome; propitious; opportune. [1790-1800] * * *
god-king
/god"king", -king'/, n. a human sovereign believed to be a deity or to have godlike attributes. [1860-65] * * *
God-man
/god"man", -man'/, n., pl. God-men for 2. 1. Jesus Christ. 2. (l.c.) a being who possesses the combined attributes of a deity and of a human; demigod. [1550-60] * * *
Godard
/goh dahrd", -dahr"/; Fr. /gaw dannrdd"/, n. 1. Benjamin Louis Paul /bahonn zhann maonn" lwee pawl/, 1849-95, French violinist and composer. 2. Jean-Luc /zhahonn lyuuk"/, born ...
Godard, Benjamin
▪ French composer in full  Benjamin-Louis-Paul Godard  born Aug. 18, 1849, Paris, France died Jan. 10, 1895, Cannes       French composer of operas, light piano ...
Godard, Jean-Luc
born Dec. 3, 1930, Paris, France French film director. He wrote film criticism for the influential journal Cahiers du cinéma before impressing audiences with his first feature ...
Godard,Jean Luc
Go·dard (gō-därʹ), Jean Luc. Born 1930. French filmmaker who became known for his innovative cinematic and narrative technique with Breathless (1959) and made many other ...
Godarpura
▪ pilgrimage site, India also called  Mandhata  or  Omkarji        pilgrimage centre, western Madhya Pradesh state, central India. It lies along the Narmada ...
Godavari
/goh dah"veuh ree/, n. a river flowing SE from W India to the Bay of Bengal. 900 mi. (1450 km) long. * * *
Godavari River
River, central India. It rises in the Western Ghats and flows east across the Deccan Plateau, along the Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh border. It crosses Andhra Pradesh state, and ...
godchild
/god"chuyld'/, n., pl. godchildren. 1. a child for whom a godparent serves as sponsor at baptism. 2. a child for whom a godparent serves as sponsor. [1175-1225; ME; see GOD, ...
goddamn
/god"dam"/, interj. Informal (sometimes offensive). 1. (used as an exclamation of any strong feeling, esp. of disgust or irritation, and often fol. by it.) n. 2. the utterance of ...
goddamned
/god"damd"/, adj., superl. goddamnedest or goddamndest, adv. Informal (sometimes offensive). adj. 1. damned (def. 2). 2. (esp. in the superlative) unusually difficult to deal ...
goddamnit
/god"dam"it/, interj. (sometimes cap.) Informal (sometimes offensive). (used to express anger, perplexity, amazement, etc.) Also, goddammit. [GOD + DAMN + IT1] * * *
Goddard
/god"euhrd/, n. Robert Hutchings /huch"ingz/, 1882-1945, U.S. physicist: pioneer in rocketry. * * * (as used in expressions) Brooks Romaine Goddard Beatrice Romaine ...
Goddard family
New England cabinetmakers. Of English ancestry, the Goddards intermarried with the Townsend family, equally famous cabinetmakers. John Goddard (1723–1785), the son of a ...
Goddard, Mary Katherine
▪ American printer, publisher, and postmaster born June 16, 1738, Groton or New London, Conn. [U.S.] died Aug. 12, 1816, Baltimore, Md.       early American printer and ...
Goddard, Paulette
▪ American actress original name  Pauline Marion Goddard Levy  born June 3, 1905, Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y., U.S. died April 23, 1990, Ronco, ...
Goddard, Rayner Goddard, Baron
▪ British chief justice born April 10, 1877, London died May 29, 1971, London  lord chief justice of England from 1946 to 1958. Seldom lenient but always respectful of legal ...
Goddard, Robert Hutchings
born Oct. 5, 1882, Worcester, Mass., U.S. died Aug. 10, 1945, Baltimore, Md. U.S. inventor, regarded as the father of modern rocketry. He received his doctorate (1911) from ...
Goddard,Robert Hutchings
God·dard (gŏdʹərd), Robert Hutchings. 1882-1945. American physicist who developed and launched the first successful liquid-fueled rocket (1926) and invented numerous ...
goddaughter
/god"daw'teuhr/, n. a female godchild. [bef. 1050; ME; OE goddohtor. See GOD, DAUGHTER] * * *
Godden
/god"n/, n. (Margaret) Rumer /rooh"meuhr/, born 1907, English novelist and writer of children's books. * * *
Godden, Rumer
in full Margaret Rumer Godden Haynes-Dixon born Dec. 10, 1907, Eastbourne, Sussex, Eng. died Nov. 8, 1998, Dumfries, Scot. British writer. She grew up in India, and after ...
goddess
—goddesshood, goddessship, n. /god"is/, n. 1. a female god or deity. 2. a woman of extraordinary beauty and charm. 3. a greatly admired or adored woman. [1300-50; ME; see GOD, ...
Godefroid de Claire
▪ Belgian goldsmith also called  Godefroid de Huy   flourished 1130–50, Huy-sur-le-Meuse, Belg.       important Belgian Romanesque goldsmith and enamelist ...
Godefroy de Bouillon
/gawdeu frddwah" deuh booh yawonn"/ c1060-1100, French crusader. * * *
Godefroy Family
▪ French family       distinguished French family of legal scholars and historians. Denis I Godefroy, called Denis the Old (1549–1621), was a Protestant who for that ...
Gödel
/gued"l/, n. Kurt /kerrt/, 1906-78, U.S. mathematician and logician, born in Czechoslovakia. * * *
Gödel's incompleteness theorem
Logic, Math. 1. the theorem that states that in a formal logical system incorporating the properties of the natural numbers, there exists at least one formula that can be neither ...
Gödel's theorem
Gödel's theorem n. either of two theorems published by the mathematician Kurt Gödel in 1931 that prove all mathematical systems are incomplete in that their truth or ...
Gödel, Kurt
born April 28, 1906, Brünn, Austria-Hungary died Jan. 14, 1978, Princeton, N.J., U.S. Austrian-born U.S. mathematician and logician. He began his career on the faculty of the ...
Gödel,Kurt
Gö·del (gœdʹl), Kurt. 1906-1978. Czech-born American mathematician and logician best known for his proof that the consistency of a mathematical system in which the truths of ...
godendag
/goh den"dahg/, n. a medieval Flemish club having a spike at the end. [ < MD goedendach lit., good day, since it dispatched its victims quickly] * * *
Godesberg
/goh"des berddk'/, n. a city in W Germany, SE of Bonn. 73,512. Official name, Bad Godesberg. * * *
godet
/goh det"/, n. 1. a triangular piece of fabric, often rounded at the top, inserted in a garment to give fullness. Cf. gore3 (def. 1), gusset (def. 1). 2. Textiles. a glass or ...
Godey
/goh"dee/, n. Louis Antoine /an"twahn/, 1804-78, U.S. publisher: founded the first women's magazine in the U.S. 1830. * * *
Godey's Lady's Book
Monthly magazine for women, one of the most successful and influential periodicals in 19th-century America. Founded in 1830 in Philadelphia by Louis Antoine Godey, it became an ...
godfather
—godfatherly, adj. /god"fah'dheuhr/, n. 1. a man who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism. 2. any male sponsor or guardian. 3. (often cap.) a powerful leader, esp. of the ...
Godfather, The
/god"fah'dheuhr/ a novel (1969) by Mario Puzo. * * *
godforsaken
/god"feuhr say'keuhn, god'feuhr say"-/, adj. (sometimes cap.) 1. desolate; remote; deserted: They live in some godforsaken place 40 miles from the nearest town. 2. wretched; ...
Godfree, Kitty
▪ British athlete byname of  Kathleen McKane Godfree,  née  Kathleen McKane   born May 7, 1896, London, Eng. died June 19, 1992, London       British tennis ...
Godfrey
/god"free/, n. 1. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning "god" and "peace." interj. 2. (sometimes l.c.) (used as an exclamation of surprise, anger, etc.) * * * (as used ...
Godfrey of Bouillon
born с 1060 died July 18, 1100, Jerusalem Duke of Lower Lorraine (1089–1100) and a leader of the First Crusade who became the first Latin ruler in Palestine (1099). He ...
Godfrey Of Fontaines
▪ French philosopher and theologian French  Godefroy De Fontaines   born before 1250, , Fontaines-les-Hozémont, Lower Lorraine died after 1305, , Paris       French ...
Godfrey of Saint-Victor
born с 1125 died 1194, Paris French monk, philosopher, theologian, and poet. About 1160 Godfrey entered the monastery of Saint-Victor in Paris. He left after 20 years for a ...
Godfrey, Arthur
▪ American entertainer born Aug. 31, 1903, New York City died March 16, 1983, New York City       U.S. radio and television entertainer widely popular in the 1940s and ...
Godfrey, Arthur (Morton)
born Aug. 31, 1903, New York, N.Y., U.S. died March 16, 1983, New York U.S. radio and television entertainer. His relaxed manner and affable banter as a radio host won him such ...
Godfrey, Sir Edmund
▪ English magistrate in full  Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey  born Dec. 23, 1621, probably Sellinge, Kent, Eng. died October 1678  English magistrate whose death, allegedly at ...
Godfrey, Thomas
▪ North American inventor born December 1704, Bristol Township, Pa. died December 1749, Philadelphia       British-American colonial artisan, inventor, and ...
Godfreyof Bouillon
God·frey of Bouil·lon (gŏdʹfrē; bo͞o-yôɴʹ), 1061?-1100. French leader of the First Crusade (1096-1099) who was proclaimed “Protector of the Holy Sepulchre” after ...
Godhead
/god"hed'/, n. 1. - a. the essential being of God; the Supreme Being. b. the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost. 2. (l.c.) divinity; godhood. 3. ...
godhood
/god"hood/, n. divine character or condition; divinity. [1175-1225; ME; OE godhad. See GOD, -HOOD] * * *
Godhra
▪ India also spelled  Godrh        city, northeastern Gujarat (Gujarāt) state, west-central India. Godhra is a road and rail junction and a commercial centre for ...
godi
In pre-Christian Scandinavia, a priest-chieftain. Worship of the Norse gods was organized around them, and in Iceland, where there was no king, they became the ruling class. ...
Godiva
/geuh duy"veuh/, n. ("Lady Godiva"), died 1057, wife of Leofric. According to legend, she rode naked through the streets of Coventry, England, to win relief for the people from a ...
Godiva, Lady
flourished с 1040–1080 Anglo-Saxon gentlewoman famous for her legendary ride nude through Coventry, Eng. She was the wife of Leofric, earl of Mercia (d. 1057), with whom she ...
Godkin, E.L.
▪ American editor in full  Edwin Lawrence Godkin  born October 2, 1831, Moyne, County Wicklow, Ireland died May 21, 1902, Greenway, Devonshire, ...
godless
—godlessly, adv. —godlessness, n. /god"lis/, adj. 1. having or acknowledging no god or deity; atheistic. 2. wicked; evil; sinful. [1520-30; GOD + -LESS] * * *
godlessly
See godless. * * *
godlessness
See godlessly. * * *
godlike
—godlikeness, n. /god"luyk'/, adj. like or befitting God or a god; divine. [1505-15; GOD + -LIKE] * * *
godlikeness
See godlike. * * *
godliness
See godly. * * *
godling
/god"ling/, n. a minor god, esp. one whose influence or authority is entirely local. [1490-1500; see GOD, -LING1] * * *
godly
—godliness, n. /god"lee/, adj., godlier, godliest. 1. conforming to the laws and wishes of God; devout; pious. 2. coming from God; divine. [bef. 1000; ME; OE godlic. See GOD, ...
godmother
/god"mudh'euhr/, n. 1. a woman who serves as sponsor for a child at baptism. 2. any female sponsor or guardian. v.t. 3. to act as godmother to; sponsor. [bef. 1000; ME; OE ...
Godolias
/god'l uy"euhs/, n. Douay Bible. Gedaliah. * * *
Godolphin
/goh dol"fin, geuh-/, n. Sidney, 1st Earl of, 1645-1712, English statesman and financier. * * *
Godolphin, Sidney
▪ English poet baptized Jan. 15, 1610 died Feb. 9, 1643, Chagford, Devon, Eng.       English poet and Royalist during the reign of Charles I.       Educated at ...
Godolphin, Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of, Viscount Rialton, Baron Godolphin of Rialton
▪ English politician baptized June 15, 1645, Breage, Cornwall, Eng. died Sept. 15, 1712, St. Albans, Hertfordshire  British politician and administrator who did much to ...
godown
/goh down"/, n. (in India and other countries in Asia) a warehouse or other storage place. [1580-90; < Malay godong, perh. < Telugu gid(d)angi, Tamil kitanku, akin to kita- to ...
Godowsky
/geuh dawf"skee, gaw-/, n. Leopold, 1870-1938, U.S. composer and pianist, born in Poland. * * *
Godowsky, Leopold
▪ American pianist and composer born Feb. 13, 1870, Soshly, near Vilnius, Lithuania, Russian Empire died Nov. 21, 1938, New York, N.Y., U.S.  renowned Russian-born American ...
Godowsky, Leopold, Jr.
▪ American musician and photography technician born May 27, 1900, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. died February 18, 1983, New York, New York       American musician and ...
Godoy Alcayaga
Sp. /gaw dhoy" ahl kah yah"gah/ Lucila Sp. /looh see"lah/, real name of Gabriela Mistral. * * *
Godoy Cruz
▪ Argentina       suburb immediately south of the city of Mendoza in northern Mendoza provincia (province), western Argentina. Originally an agricultural oasis ...
Godoy, Manuel de
born May 12, 1767, Castuera, Spain died Oct. 4, 1851, Paris, France Spanish politician. He entered the royal bodyguard in 1784 and soon became the lover of Maria Luisa, wife of ...
GodoyCruz
Go·doy Cruz (gō-doiʹ kro͞ozʹ, kro͞osʹ) A city of western Argentina, a manufacturing suburb of Mendoza. Population: 141,553. * * *
godparent
/god"pair'euhnt, -par'-/, n. a godfather or godmother. [1860-65; GOD + PARENT] * * * ▪ Christianity formally  sponsor (from Latin spondere, “to promise”) , masculine ...
godroon
/goh droohn"/, n. gadroon. * * *
godsend
/god"send'/, n. an unexpected thing or event that is particularly welcome and timely, as if sent by God. [1805-15; earlier God's send, var. (by influence of SEND1) of God's sond ...
godsent
/god"sent'/, adj. sent by God or as if by God: a godsent rain. [1150-1200; ME; See GOD, SENT] * * *
godship
/god"ship/, n. 1. the rank, character, or condition of a god. 2. Often Facetious. a title used in referring to a godlike person: A bevy of servants were on hand to attend their ...
godson
/god"sun'/, n. a male godchild. [bef. 900; ME; OE godsunu. See GOD, SON] * * *
Godspeed
/god"speed"/, n. good fortune; success (used as a wish to a person starting on a journey, a new venture, etc.). [1250-1300; ME, in the phrase God spede may God prosper (you). See ...
Godthåb
/gawt"hawp'/ a city in and the capital of Greenland, in the SW part. 12,209. * * *
Godunov
/god"n awf', good"-/; Russ. /geuh dooh nawf"/, n. Boris Fedorovich /bawr"is fi dawr"euh vich, bohr"-, bor"-/; Russ. /bu rddyees" fyaw"deuh rddeuh vyich/, 1552-1605, regent of ...
Godunov, Alexander
▪ 1996       (ALEKSANDR BORISOVICH GODUNOV), Russian ballet dancer and actor (b. Nov. 25/28, 1949, Sakhalin Island, U.S.S.R.—d. May 18?, 1995, Los Angeles, Calif.), ...
Godunov, Boris
▪ tsar of Russia born c. 1551 died April 13 [April 23, New Style], 1605, Moscow, Russia  Russian statesman who was chief adviser to Tsar Fyodor I (reigned 1584–98) and was ...
Godunov, Boris (Fyodorovich)
born с 1551 died April 23, 1605, Moscow, Russia Tsar of Russia (1598–1605). After serving in the court of Ivan IV, he was named guardian to Ivan's dim-witted son Fyodor I ...
Godunov,Boris Fyodorovich
Go·du·nov (go͝odʹn-ôf', gŏdʹ-, gə-do͞o-nôfʹ), Boris Fyodorovich. 1551?-1605. Czar of Russia (1598-1605) who became regent for Fyodor I (1557-1598) on the death of ...
Godward
/god"weuhrd/, adv. 1. Also, Godwards. toward God. adj. 2. directed toward God. [1350-1400; ME; see GOD, -WARD] * * *
Godwin
/god"win/, n. 1. Also, Godwine /god"wi neuh/. Earl of the West Saxons, died 1053, English statesman. 2. Gail, born 1937, U.S. novelist and short-story writer. 3. Mary ...
Godwin Austen
/god"win aw"stin/. See K2. * * *
Godwin Austen,Mount
Godwin Aus·ten (ôʹstən), Mount See K2. * * *
Godwin, Edward
▪ British architect and writer in full  Edward William Godwin  born May 26, 1833, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng. died Oct. 6, 1886, London       British architect, ...
Godwin, Francis
▪ English bishop and historian born 1562, Hannington, Northamptonshire, Eng. died April 1633, Whitbourne, Herefordshire  bishop and historian who wrote the first story of ...
Godwin, Gail
▪ American author in full  Gail Kathleen Godwin   born June 18, 1937, Birmingham, Ala., U.S.       American author of fiction about personal freedom in man-woman ...
Godwin, William
born March 3, 1756, Wisbech, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, Eng. died April 7, 1836, London British writer. He became a Presbyterian minister but soon lost his faith. His Enquiry ...
Godwin,William
God·win (gŏdʹwĭn), William. 1756-1836. British writer and political theorist who believed in the perfectibility of human nature and maintained that people could live ...
Godwine
▪ earl of Wessex also spelled Godwin died April 15, 1053       earl of Wessex, the most powerful man in England during the opening years of the reign of Edward the ...
godwit
/god"wit/, n. any of several large, widely distributed shorebirds of the genus Limosa, as the New World L. haemastica (Hudsonian godwit), having a long bill that curves upward ...
God’s country
an expression used to describe a beautiful and greatly loved land. Americans use it to mean the US or regions of the country, especially the open areas of the western states. * * ...
Goebbels
/gue"beuhls/, n. Joseph Paul /yoh"zef powl/, 1897-1945, German propaganda director for the Nazis. * * *
Goebbels, (Paul) Joseph
born Oct. 29, 1897, Rheydt, Ger. died May 1, 1945, Berlin German Nazi leader. After earning a doctorate from Heidelberg University, he joined the Nazi Party and was appointed ...
Goebbels, (Paul)Joseph
Goeb·bels (gœʹbəls), (Paul) Joseph. 1897-1945. German Nazi propaganda minister (1933-1945) who exploited the German media to launch propaganda against the Jews and other ...
Goebbels, Joseph
▪ German propagandist in full  Paul Joseph Goebbels  born Oct. 29, 1897, Rheydt, Ger. died May 1, 1945, Berlin  minister of propaganda for the German Third Reich under ...
Goebel, Karl von
▪ German botanist born March 8, 1855, Billigheim, Baden died Oct. 9, 1932, Munich       German botanist whose Organographie der Pflanzen (1898–1901; Organography of ...
Goeben, August Karl von
▪ Prussian general born Dec. 10, 1816, Hannover, Hanover died Nov. 13, 1880, Coblenz, Prussian Rhine Province  a victorious and exceptionally able Prussian general in the ...
Goeje, Michael Jan de
▪ Dutch scholar born Aug. 13, 1836, Dronrijp, Neth. died May 17, 1909, Leiden       Dutch scholar who edited many Arabic works, most important of which was the medieval ...
Goenka, Ramnath
▪ Indian publisher born April 3, 1904, Darbhanga district, Bihar, India died Oct. 5, 1991, Bombay [now Mumbai]       Indian newspaper publisher and crusader against ...
goer
/goh"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that goes: We sat in the lobby watching the comers and goers. 2. a person who attends frequently or habitually (usually used in combination): ...
Goerdeler, Karl Friedrich
born July 31, 1884, Schneidemühl, Ger. died Feb. 2, 1945, Berlin German politician. He served as second mayor of Königsberg (1920–30) and mayor of Leipzig (1930–37). A ...
Goering
/gair"ing, gerr"-/; Ger. /gue"rdding/, n. Hermann Wilhelm /her"mahn vil"helm, herr"meuhn wil"helm/; Ger. /herdd"mahn vil"helm/. See Göring, Hermann Wilhelm. * * *
Goering,Hermann Wilhelm
Goe·ring (gĕrʹĭng, gûrʹ-, gœʹrĭng), Hermann Wilhelm. See Göring, Hermann Wilhelm. * * *
goes
/gohz/, v. 1. 3rd pers. sing. pres. indic. of go1. n. 2. pl. of go1. * * *
Goes
/goohs/, n. Hugo van der /hyooh"goh van deuhr/; Du. /hyuu"goh vahn deuhrdd/, c1440-82, Flemish painter. * * *
GOES
See Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. * * *
Goes, Hugo van der
born с 1440 died 1482, Roode Kloster, near Brussels Flemish painter. Nothing is known of his life before 1467, when he became a master in the painters' guild in Ghent. He ...
Goetel, Ferdynand
▪ Polish author born May 15, 1890, Sucha Beskidzka, Austria-Hungary [now in Poland] died November 24, 1960, London, England       Polish novelist and essayist noted ...
Goethals
/goh"theuhlz/, n. George Washington, 1858-1928, U.S. major general and engineer: chief engineer of the Panama Canal 1907-14; governor of the Canal Zone 1914-16. * * *
Goethals, George Washington
born June 29, 1858, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 21, 1928, New York, N.Y. U.S. army officer and engineer. After graduating from West Point, he served in the U.S. Army Corps ...
Goethals,George Washington
Goe·thals (gōʹthəlz), George Washington. 1858-1928. American army officer and engineer who directed the construction of the Panama Canal (1907-1914). * * *
Goethe
—Goethean, Goethian /gerr"tee euhn, gue"-/, adj. /gerr"teuh/, Ger. /gue"teuh/, n. Johann Wolfgang von /yoh"hahn vawlf"gahng feuhn/, 1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist, ...
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
born Aug. 28, 1749, Frankfurt am Main died March 22, 1832, Weimar, Saxe-Weimar German poet, novelist, playwright, and natural philosopher. In 1773 Goethe provided the Sturm und ...
Goethe,Johann Wolfgang von
Goe·the (gœʹtə), Johann Wolfgang von. 1749-1832. German writer and scientist. A master of poetry, drama, and the novel, he spent 50 years on his two-part dramatic poem Faust ...
Goethean
See Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. * * *
goethite
/goh"thuyt, gue"tuyt/, n. a very common mineral, iron hydroxide, HFeO2, occurring in crystals, but more commonly in yellow or brown earthy masses: an ore of iron. [1815-25; named ...
Goetz
/gets/; Ger. /guets/, n. Hermann /herdd"mahn/. See Götz, Hermann. * * *
Goetz, Ruth Goodman
▪ 2002       American playwright (b. Jan. 12, 1908, Philadelphia, Pa.—d. Oct. 12, 2001, Englewood, N.J.), collaborated with her husband, Augustus Goetz, most notably ...
Goetz, Walter
▪ 1996       German-born British illustrator and cartoonist whose amusing perspectives on the English and on Anglo-French relations delighted the public in the Daily ...
gofer
/goh"feuhr/, n. Slang. an employee whose chief duty is running errands. Also, go-fer, gopher. [1965-70; resp. of go for (v. phrase), with -er repr. both vowel reduction in for ...
goffer
/gof"euhr/, n. 1. an ornamental plaiting used for frills and borders, as on women's caps. v.t. 2. to flute (a frill, ruffle, etc.), as with a heated iron. Also, ...
goffering
/gof"euhr ing/, n. a decorative or ornamental frill, ruffle, etc. Also, gauffering. [1840-50; GOFFER + -ING1] * * *
Goffman, Erving
born June 11, 1922, Manville, Alta., Can. died Nov. 19, 1982, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. Canadian-U.S. sociologist. Goffman taught principally at the Universities of California ...
Goffstown
/gofs"town'/, n. a town in S New Hampshire. 11,315. * * *
Gog
/gog/, n. a chief prince of Meshech and Tubal who came from Magog. Ezek. 38-39. * * *
Gog and Magog
/gog" euhn may"gog/ two nations led by Satan in a climactic battle at Armageddon against the kingdom of God. Rev. 20:8. * * * ▪ religion and mythology  in the Hebrew Bible, ...
Gogand Magog
Gog and Ma·gog (gŏg; māʹgŏg) pl.n. In Judeo-Christian tradition, the satanic powers who wage war against God and the righteous at the end of the world. * * *
Gogarty, Oliver St. John
▪ Irish writer born Aug. 17, 1878, Dublin, Ire. died Sept. 22, 1957, New York, N.Y., U.S.       writer, wit, and raconteur associated with the Irish literary ...
goggle
/gog"euhl/, n., v., goggled, goggling, adj. n. 1. goggles, large spectacles equipped with special lenses, protective rims, etc., to prevent injury to the eyes from strong wind, ...
goggle-box
/gog"euhl boks'/, n. Brit. Slang. a television set. [1955-60] * * *
goggle-eye
/gog"euhl uy'/, n., pl. goggle-eyes, (esp. collectively) goggle-eye. 1. See rock bass. 2. Also called goggle-eye scad. See bigeye scad. * * *
goggle-eyed
/gog"euhl uyd'/, adj. 1. having bulging, wide-open, or rolling eyes, esp. in astonishment or wonderment. adv. 2. with bulging, wide-open eyes. [1350-1400; ME gogel eied ...
goggler
/gog"leuhr/, n. 1. a person who stares goggle-eyed. 2. a person who spearfishes. 3. See bigeye scad. [1815-25; GOGGLE + -ER1] * * *
goggly
See goggle. * * *
Gogh
/goh, gawkh/; Du. /khawkh/, n. Vincent van /vin"seuhnt van/; Du. /vin sent" vahn/. See van Gogh, Vincent. * * *
Gogh, Vincent (Willem) van
born March 30, 1853, Zundert, Neth. died July 29, 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, France Dutch painter. At 16 he was apprenticed to art dealers in The Hague, and he worked ...
Gogh, Vincent van
▪ Dutch painter Introduction in full  Vincent Willem van Gogh  born March 30, 1853, Zundert, Netherlands died July 29, 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, France  Dutch ...
Gogh,Vincent van
Gogh (gō, gôKH, KHôKH), Vincent van. See van Gogh, Vincent. * * *
GoghVincent van
GoghVincent van VAN GOGH Vincent * * *
goglet
/gog"lit/, n. (esp. in India) a long-necked container, esp. for water, usually of porous earthenware so that its contents are cooled by evaporation. Also, guglet, ...
Gogmagog Hills
an area of low hills south of Cambridge in England that is popular with walkers and cyclists. * * *
gogo
/goh"goh/, n. See à gogo. * * * ▪ people also called  Wagogo         a Bantu-speaking people inhabiting central Tanzania. They live in a portion of the East African ...
Gogol
/goh"geuhl; -gawl/; Russ. /gaw"geuhl/, n. Nikolai Vasilievich /nik"euh luy' veuh seel"yeuh vich/; Russ. /nyi ku luy" vu syee"lyi vyich/, 1809-52, Russian novelist, short-story ...
Gogol, Nikolay
▪ Russian writer Introduction born March 19 [March 31, New Style], 1809, Sorochintsy, near Poltava, Ukraine, Russian Empire [now in Ukraine] died Feb. 21 [March 4], 1852, ...
Gogol, Nikolay (Vasilyevich)
born March 19, 1809, Sorochintsy, near Poltava, Ukraine, Russian Empire died Feb. 21, 1852, Moscow, Russia Russian writer. Gogol tried acting and worked at minor government ...
Gogol,Nikolai Vasilievich
Go·gol (gôʹgəl, gōʹgôl), Nikolai Vasilievich. 1809-1852. Russian writer considered the founder of realism in Russian literature. His works include the story “The ...

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