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introspectiveness
See introspective. * * *
introsusception
/in'treuh seuh sep"sheuhn/, n. intussusception. [1785-95; INTRO- + (INTUS)SUSCEPTION] * * *
introversion
—introversive /in'treuh verr"siv/, introvertive /in'treuh verr"tiv/, adj. /in'treuh verr"zheuhn, -sheuhn, in"treuh verr'-/, n. 1. the act of introverting or the state of being ...
introversive
See introversion. * * *
introvert
n., adj. /in"treuh verrt'/; v. /in'treuh verrt"/, n. 1. a shy person. 2. Psychol. a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings (opposed ...
introvert and extravert
▪ psychology       basic personality types according to the theories of the 20th-century Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (Jung, Carl). According to these theories, an ...
introvert and extrovert
Basic personality types, according to the theories of Carl Gustav Jung. The introvert, who directs thoughts and feelings inward, is often shy, contemplative, and reserved. The ...
introverted
introverted [in′trə vʉrt΄id] adj. characterized by introversion * * * in·tro·vert·ed (ĭnʹtrə-vûr'tĭd) adj. Marked by interest in or preoccupation with oneself or ...
introverted quatrain
▪ prosody       a quatrain having an enclosed rhyme. An example of an introverted quatrain is the In Memoriam stanza (named for the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson), ...
intrude
—intruder, n. —intrudingly, adv. /in troohd"/, v., intruded, intruding. v.t. 1. to thrust or bring in without invitation, permission, or welcome. 2. Geol. to thrust or force ...
intruder
See intrude. * * *
Intruder in the Dust
a novel (1948) by William Faulkner. * * *
intrusion
—intrusional, adj. /in trooh"zheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of intruding. 2. the state of being intruded. 3. Law. a. an illegal act of entering, seizing, or taking ...
intrusive
—intrusively, adv. —intrusiveness, n. /in trooh"siv/, adj. 1. tending or apt to intrude; coming without invitation or welcome: intrusive memories of a lost love. 2. ...
intrusive r
Phonet. See linking r (def. 2). * * *
intrusive rock
Igneous rock formed from magma forced into older rocks at depths within the Earth's crust, which then slowly solidifies below the Earth's surface, though it may later be exposed ...
intrusively
See intrusive. * * *
intrusiveness
See intrusively. * * *
intrust
/in trust"/, v.t. entrust. * * *
intubate
—intubation, n. /in"too bayt', -tyoo-/, v.t., intubated, intubating. Med. 1. to insert a tube into (the larynx or the like). 2. to treat by inserting a tube, as into the ...
intubation
See intubate. * * *
intubational
See intubation. * * *
intubationally
See intubation. * * *
intuit
—intuitable, adj. /in tooh"it, -tyooh"-; in"tooh it, -tyooh-/, v.t., v.i. to know or receive by intuition. [1770-80; back formation from INTUITION] * * *
intuition
—intuitionless, adj. /in'tooh ish"euhn, -tyooh-/, n. 1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension. 2. a fact, truth, ...
intuitional
—intuitionally, adv. /in'tooh ish"euh nl, -tyooh-/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of intuition. 2. characterized by intuition; having intuition. 3. based on intuition ...
intuitionalism
—intuitionalist, n., adj. /in'tooh ish"euh nl iz'euhm, -tyooh-/, n. intuitionism. [1840-50; INTUITIONAL + -ISM] * * *
intuitionally
See intuitional. * * *
intuitionism
—intuitionist, n., adj. /in'tooh ish"euh niz'euhm, -tyooh-/, n. 1. Ethics. the doctrine that moral values and duties can be discerned directly. 2. Metaphys. a. the doctrine ...
intuitionist
See intuitionism. * * *
intuitive
—intuitively, adv. —intuitiveness, n. /in tooh"i tiv, -tyooh"-/, adj. 1. perceiving by intuition, as a person or the mind. 2. perceived by, resulting from, or involving ...
intuitively
See intuitive. * * *
intuitiveness
See intuitively. * * *
intuitivism
—intuitivist, n., adj. /in tooh"i ti viz'euhm, -tyooh"-/, n. 1. ethical intuitionism. 2. intuitive perception; insight. [1865-70; INTUITIVE + -ISM] * * *
intumesce
/in'too mes", -tyoo-/, v.i., intumesced, intumescing. 1. to swell up, as with heat; become tumid. 2. to bubble up. [1790-1800; < L intumescere to swell up, equiv. to in- IN-2 + ...
intumescence
—intumescent, adj. /in'too mes"euhns, -tyoo-/, n. 1. a swelling up, as with congestion. 2. the state of being swollen. 3. a swollen mass. [1650-60; < F; see INTUMESCE, -ENCE] * ...
intumescent
See intumescence. * * *
inturn
—inturned, adj. /in"terrn'/, n. an inward turn or curve around an axis or fixed point. [1590-1600; IN-1 + TURN] * * *
intussuscept
—intussusceptive, adj. /in'teuhs seuh sept"/, v.t. to take within, as one part of the intestine into an adjacent part; invaginate. [1825-35; back formation from ...
intussusception
/in'teuhs seuh sep"sheuhn/, n. 1. a taking within. 2. Biol. growth of a cell wall by the deposition of new particles among the existing particles of the wall. Cf. apposition ...
intussusceptive
See intussuscept. * * *
intwine
—intwinement, n. /in twuyn"/, v.t., v.i., intwined, intwining. entwine. * * *
intwist
/in twist"/, v.t. entwist. * * *
Inugsuk culture
▪ Eskimo culture       Eskimo culture that developed from the Thule culture (q.v.) in northern Greenland during the 12th and 13th centuries. It was distinguished by an ...
Inuit
/in"ooh it, -yooh-/, n., pl. Inuits, (esp. collectively) Inuit for 1. 1. a member of the Eskimo peoples inhabiting northernmost North America from northern Alaska to eastern ...
Inuit language
      the northeastern division of the Eskimo languages, spoken in northern Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. * * *
Inuits
Inuits are a related group of peoples found in Alaska, and also in Canada and Greenland. They are thought to have spread into North America from Siberia many thousands of years ...
Inukai Tsuyoshi
▪ prime minister of Japan born May 5, 1855, Okayama, Japan died May 15, 1932, Tokyo  Japanese politician and prime minister whose assassination marked the end of party ...
Inuktitut
/i nook"ti toot', i nyook"-/, n. a dialect of Inuit, spoken in the Canadian Arctic. Also, Inuktituut. * * *
inulase
/in"yeuh lays', -layz'/, n. Biochem. an enzyme that converts insulin to levulose. [1890-95; INUL(IN) + -ASE] * * *
inulin
/in"yeuh lin/, n. Chem. a polysaccharide, (C6H10O5)n, obtained from the roots of certain plants, esp. elecampane, dahlia, and Jerusalem artichoke, that undergoes hydrolysis to ...
inulin clearance
▪ medicine       procedure by which the filtering capacity of the glomeruli (the main filtering structures of the kidney) is determined by measuring the rate at which ...
inunction
/in ungk"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of anointing. 2. Med. the rubbing in of an oil or ointment. 3. Pharm. an unguent. [1595-1605; < L inunction- (s. of inunctio), equiv. to ...
inundant
/in un"deuhnt/, adj. 1. flooding or overflowing. 2. overwhelming with force, numbers, etc. [1620-30; < L inundant- (s. of inundans), prp. of inundare; see INUNDATE] * * *
inundate
—inundation, n. —inundator, n. —inundatory /in un"deuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /in"euhn dayt', -un-, in un"dayt/, v.t., inundated, inundating. 1. to flood; cover or ...
inundation
See inundate. * * *
inundator
See inundation. * * *
inundatory
See inundation. * * *
Inupiaq
/i nooh"pee ak', i nyooh"-/, n., pl. Inupiat /-pee at'/. 1. a member of a group of Eskimos inhabiting northern Alaska along the Bering, Chukchi, and Arctic coasts, and some ...
Inupiat
Inupiat [i no͞o′pē at΄, inyo͞o′pē at΄] n. pl. Inupiat, Inupiats a member of an Eskimo people of N Alaska adj. of this people or their culture * * *
Inupik
/i nooh"pik/, n. Inuit. * * *
inurbane
—inurbanity /in'err ban"i tee/, inurbaneness, n. —inurbanely, adv. /in'err bayn"/, adj. not urbane; lacking in courtesy, refinement, etc. [1615-25; IN-3 + URBANE] * * *
inure
—inuredness /in yoor"id nis, i noor"-, in yoord"-, i noord"-/, n. —inurement, n. /in yoor", i noor"/, v., inured, inuring. v.t. 1. to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, ...
inurement
See inure. * * *
inurn
—inurnment, n. /in errn"/, v.t. 1. to put into an urn, esp. ashes after cremation. 2. to bury; inter. [1595-1605; IN-2 + URN] * * *
inutero
in u·ter·o (ĭn yo͞oʹtə-rō) adv. & adj. In the uterus.   [New Latin in uterō: Latin in, in + Latin uterō, ablative of uterus, uterus.] * * *
inutile
—inutilely, adv. /in yooh"til/, adj. of no use or service. [1400-50; late ME < L inutilis. See IN-3, UTILE] * * *
inutilely
See inutile. * * *
inutility
/in'yooh til"i tee/, n., pl. inutilities for 2. 1. uselessness. 2. a useless thing or person. [1590-1600; < L inutilitas. See INUTILE, -ITY] * * *
inutterable
/in ut"euhr euh beuhl/, adj. unutterable. [1595-1605; IN-3 + UTTERABLE] * * *
Inuvik
Inuvik [in′o͞o vik, in′yo͞ovik] 1. region of Northwest Territories, Canada 2. town in this region: pop 3,300 * * * I·nu·vik (ĭ-no͞oʹvĭk) A region of northwest ...
INV
inv abbrev. 1. 〚L invenit〛 he (or she) designed it 2. invented 3. inventor 4. invoice * * * INV abbr. in vitro fertilization. * * *
inv.
1. invenit. 2. invented. 3. invention. 4. inventor. 5. inventory. 6. investment. 7. invoice. * * *
invacuo
in vac·u·o (ĭn văkʹyo͞o-ō') adv. 1. In a vacuum. 2. In isolation; without reference to related evidence.   [New Latin in vacuō: Latin in, in + Latin vacuō, ablative of ...
invade
—invadable, adj. —invader, n. /in vayd"/, v., invaded, invading. v.t. 1. to enter forcefully as an enemy; go into with hostile intent: Germany invaded Poland in 1939. 2. to ...
invader
See invade. * * *
invaginable
/in vaj"euh neuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being invaginated; susceptible of invagination. [1885-90; INVAGIN(ATE) + -ABLE] * * *
invaginate
v. /in vaj"euh nayt'/; adj. /in vaj"euh nit, -nayt'/, v., invaginated, invaginating, adj. v.t. 1. to insert or receive, as into a sheath; sheathe. 2. to fold or draw (a tubular ...
invagination
/in vaj'euh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of invaginating. 2. Embryol. the inward movement of a portion of the wall of a blastula in the formation of a gastrula. 3. ...
invalid
invalid1 /in"veuh lid/; Brit. /in"veuh leed'/, n. 1. an infirm or sickly person. 2. a person who is too sick or weak to care for himself or herself: My father was an invalid the ...
invalidate
—invalidation, n. —invalidator, n. /in val"i dayt'/, v.t., invalidated, invalidating. 1. to render invalid; discredit. 2. to deprive of legal force or efficacy; ...
invalidation
See invalidate. * * *
invalidator
See invalidation. * * *
invalidism
/in"veuh li diz'euhm/, n. prolonged ill health. [1785-95; INVALID1 + -ISM] * * *
invalidity
invalidity1 /in'veuh lid"i tee/, n. lack of validity. [1540-50; < ML invaliditas. See INVALID2, -ITY] invalidity2 /in'veuh lid"i tee/, n. invalidism. [1905-10; INVALID1 + -ITY] * ...
invalidly
See invalidity. * * *
invaluable
—invaluableness, n. —invaluably, adv. /in val"yooh euh beuhl/, adj. beyond calculable or appraisable value; of inestimable worth; priceless: an invaluable art collection; her ...
invaluableness
See invaluable. * * *
invaluably
See invaluableness. * * *
Invar
/in vahr"/, Trademark. a brand of iron alloy containing 35.5 percent nickel and having a very low coefficient of expansion at atmospheric temperatures. * * * Trademark name for ...
invariability
See invariable. * * *
invariable
—invariability, invariableness, n. —invariably, adv. /in vair"ee euh beuhl/, adj. 1. not variable; not changing or capable of being changed; static or constant. n. 2. ...
invariableness
See invariability. * * *
invariably
See invariability. * * *
invariance
See invariant. * * *
invariant
—invariantly, adv. /in vair"ee euhnt/, adj. 1. unvarying; invariable; constant. 2. Math. normal (def. 5e). n. 3. Math. a quantity or expression that is constant throughout a ...
invasion
/in vay"zheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of invading or entering as an enemy, esp. by an army. 2. the entrance or advent of anything troublesome or harmful, as disease. 3. ...
invasion of privacy
an encroachment upon the right to be let alone or to be free from publicity. [1885-90] * * *
Invasion of Privacy on the Internet
▪ 2001 by Jeffrey Rosen       In the year 2000 concerns about privacy in cyberspace became an issue of international debate. As reading and writing, health care and ...
invasive
/in vay"siv/, adj. 1. characterized by or involving invasion; offensive: invasive war. 2. invading, or tending to invade; intrusive. 3. Med. requiring the entry of a needle, ...
invasively
See invasive. * * *
invasiveness
See invasively. * * *
invected
/in vek"tid/, adj. Heraldry. 1. noting an edge of a charge, as an ordinary, consisting of a series of small convex curves. 2. (of a charge, as an ordinary) having such an edge: a ...
invective
—invectively, adv. —invectiveness, n. /in vek"tiv/, n. 1. vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach. 2. a railing accusation; vituperation. 3. an insulting or ...
invectively
See invective. * * *
invectiveness
See invectively. * * *
inveigh
—inveigher, n. /in vay"/, v.i. to protest strongly or attack vehemently with words; rail (usually fol. by against): to inveigh against isolationism. [1480-90; < L invehi to ...
inveigher
See inveigh. * * *
inveigle
—inveiglement, n. —inveigler, n. /in vay"geuhl, -vee"-/, v.t., inveigled, inveigling. 1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually fol. ...
inveiglement
See inveigle. * * *
inveigler
See inveiglement. * * *
invenit
/in way"nit/; Eng. /in vay"nit/, Latin. he invented it; she invented it. Abbr.: inv. * * *
invent
—inventible, inventable, adj. /in vent"/, v.t. 1. to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph. 2. to ...
inventible
See invent. * * *
invention
—inventional, adj. —inventionless, adj. /in ven"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of inventing. 2. U.S. Patent Law. a new, useful process, machine, improvement, etc., that did not exist ...
inventional
See invention. * * *
inventive
—inventively, adv. —inventiveness, n. /in ven"tiv/, adj. 1. apt at inventing, devising, or contriving. 2. apt at creating with the imagination. 3. having the function of ...
inventively
See inventive. * * *
inventiveness
See inventively. * * *
inventor
/in ven"teuhr/, n. a person who invents, esp. one who devises some new process, appliance, machine, or article; one who makes inventions. Also, inventer. [1500-10; < L; see ...
inventorial
See inventory. * * *
inventorially
See inventorial. * * *
inventory
—inventoriable, adj. —inventorial, adj. —inventorially, adv. /in"veuhn tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, n., pl. inventories, v., inventoried, inventorying. n. 1. a complete listing of ...
Inver Grove Heights
/in"veuhr/ a town in SE Minnesota. 17,171. * * *
inveracity
/in'veuh ras"i tee/, n., pl. inveracities for 2. 1. untruthfulness; mendacity. 2. an untruth; falsehood. [1860-65; IN-3 + VERACITY] * * *
Inveraray
▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       royal burgh (town), Argyll and Bute council area, historic county of Argyllshire, Scotland, on Loch Fyne on the Atlantic coast near ...
Invercargill
/in'veuhr kahr"gil/, n. a city on S South Island, in New Zealand. 53,762. * * * ▪ New Zealand  city, Southland regional council, South Island, New Zealand. The city lies ...
Inverclyde
▪ council area, Scotland, United Kingdom       council area, west-central Scotland, lying entirely within the historic county of Renfrewshire. Inverclyde extends along ...
Inverell
▪ New South Wales, Australia       town, northeastern New South Wales, Australia, at the junction of the Swanbrook and Macintyre rivers in the Western Slopes district. ...
Invergordon
▪ Scotland, United Kingdom       small North Sea port, Highland council area, historic county of Ross-shire, historic region of Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, on the ...
Inverness
/in'veuhr nes", in"veuhr nes'/, n. 1. Also called Invernessshire /in'veuhr nes"shear, -sheuhr/. a historic county in NW Scotland. 2. a seaport and administrative district in the ...
Inverness-shire
▪ former county, Scotland, United Kingdom also called  Inverness        historic county of northern Scotland. It is Scotland's largest historic county and includes a ...
inverse
adj., n. /in verrs", in"verrs/; v. /in verrs"/, adj., n., v., inversed, inversing. adj. 1. reversed in position, order, direction, or tendency. 2. Math. a. (of a proportion) ...
inverse cosecant
Trig. See arc cosecant. [1905-10] * * *
inverse cosine
Trig. See arc cosine. [1905-10] * * *
inverse cotangent
Trig. See arc cotangent. [1905-10] * * *
inverse function
Math. the function that replaces another function when the dependent and independent variables of the first function are interchanged for an appropriate set of values of the ...
inverse image
Math. the point or set of points in the domain of a function corresponding to a given point or set of points in the range of the function. Also called counter image. * * *
inverse secant
Trig. See arc secant. * * *
inverse sine
Trig. See arc sine. * * *
inverse square law
Physics, Optics. one of several laws relating two quantities such that one quantity varies inversely as the square of the other, as the law that the illumination produced on a ...
inverse tangent
Trig. See arc tangent. * * *
inversefunction
inverse function n. Mathematics A function whose relation to a given function is such that their composite is the identity function. It is often found by interchanging dependent ...
inversely
/in verrs"lee/, adv. 1. in an inverse manner. 2. Math. in inverse proportion. [1650-60; INVERSE + -LY] * * *
inversion
/in verr"zheuhn, -sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of inverting. 2. the state of being inverted. 3. anything that is inverted. 4. Rhet. reversal of the usual or natural order of ...
inversion casting
Metall. 1. casting from an electric furnace inverted over the mold. 2. a process of casting, used esp. for small statuary or the like, in which the mold is inverted after the ...
inversion center
Crystall. See center of symmetry. * * *
inversion layer
a layer of the atmosphere in which there is a temperature inversion, with the layer tending to prevent the air below it from rising, thus trapping any pollutants that are ...
inversion therapy
a method used to stretch and align the body, esp. the lower back, by suspending the entire body upside down from an apparatus that grips or supports the feet or knees. * * *
inversive
/in verr"siv/, adj. noting, pertaining to, or characterized by inversion. [1870-75; INVERS(ION) + -IVE] * * *
invert
—invertible, adj. —invertibility, n. v. /in verrt"/; adj., n. /in"verrt/, v.t. 1. to turn upside down. 2. to reverse in position, order, direction, or relationship. 3. to ...
invert soap
Chem. See cationic detergent. [1940-45] * * *
invert sugar
a mixture of the dextrorotatory forms of glucose and fructose, formed naturally in fruits and produced artificially in syrups or fondants by treating cane sugar with ...
invertase
/in verr"tays, -tayz/, n. Biochem. an enzyme, occurring in yeast and in the digestive juices of animals, that causes the inversion of cane sugar into invert sugar. Also, invertin ...
invertebrate
—invertebracy /in verr"teuh breuh see/, invertebrateness, n. /in verr"teuh brit, -brayt'/, adj. 1. Zool. a. not vertebrate; without a backbone. b. of or pertaining to creatures ...
inverted comma
Brit. See quotation mark. Also called turned comma. [1780-90] * * *
inverted mordent
Music. a melodic embellishment consisting of a rapid alternation of a principal tone with an auxiliary tone one degree above it. Also called pralltriller. * * *
inverted pleat
a reverse box pleat, having the flat fold turned in. [1910-15] * * *
invertedcomma
in·vert·ed comma (ĭn-vûrʹtĭd) n. Chiefly British A quotation mark. * * *
invertedmordent
inverted mordent n. See pralltriller. * * *
inverter
/in verr"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that inverts. 2. Elect. a device that converts direct current into alternating current. Cf. converter. [1605-15; INVERT + -ER1] * * *
invertible
See invert. * * *
invertible counterpoint
Music. counterpoint in which the voices, while retaining their original form, may be interchanged above or below one another in any order. * * *
invertor
/in verr"teuhr/, n. Anat. any muscle that turns a limb or part inward. [1900-05; INVERT + -OR2] * * *
invertsugar
invert sugar n. A mixture of equal parts of glucose and fructose resulting from the hydrolysis of sucrose. It is found naturally in fruits and honey and produced artificially for ...
invest
—investor, n. /in vest"/, v.t. 1. to put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in ...
investable
/in ves"teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. that can be invested. n. 2. an object suitable as an investment, as a rare coin. Also, investible. [1895-1900; INVEST + -ABLE] * * *
investigable
/in ves"ti geuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being investigated. [1585-95; < LL investigabilis, equiv. to L investiga(re) to track down (see INVESTIGATE) + -bilis -BLE] * * *
investigate
—investigative, investigatory /in ves"ti geuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. —investigator, n. /in ves"ti gayt'/, v., investigated, investigating. v.t. 1. to examine, study, or ...
investigation
—investigational, adj. /in ves'ti gay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of investigating or the condition of being investigated. 2. a searching inquiry for ascertaining facts; ...
investigational
See investigation. * * *
investigative
investigative [in ves′təgə tôr΄ēin ves′tə gāt΄iv, in ves′təgə tiv] adj. 〚ML investigativus〛 1. of or characterized by investigation 2. inclined to ...
investigative new drug
Pharm. a regulatory classification assigned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to an unproven drug, allowing its use in approved studies with human patients. Abbr.: IND * * ...
investigator
investigator [in ves′tə gāt΄ər] n. a person who gathers confidential information and conducts an investigation for an individual or company; private detective: also private ...
Investigator Strait
▪ channel, South Australia, Australia       channel, about 60 miles (100 km) long and nearly 30 miles (50 km) wide, between Yorke Peninsula to the north and Kangaroo ...
investigatorial
See investigator. * * *
investigatory
See investigable. * * *
investitive
/in ves"ti tiv/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or empowered to invest: an investitive act. 2. of or pertaining to investiture. [1770-80; < ML investit(us) (see INVESTITURE) + ...
investiture
/in ves"ti cheuhr, -choor'/, n. 1. the act or process of investing. 2. the formal bestowal, confirmation, or presentation of rank, office, or a possessory or prescriptive right, ...
Investiture Controversy
Struggle between the papacy and the secular rulers of Europe over the latter's presentation of the symbols of office to churchmen. Pope Gregory VII condemned lay investiture in ...
investment
/in vest"meuhnt/, n. 1. the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value. 2. a particular instance or mode of ...
investment bank
—investment banker. —investment banking. a financial institution that deals chiefly in the underwriting of new securities. [1920-25] * * * Firm that originates, underwrites, ...
investment casting
Metall. a casting process in which an expendable pattern is surrounded by an investment compound and then baked so that the investment is hardened to form a mold and the pattern ...
investment company
a company that invests its funds in other companies and issues its own securities against these investments. Also called investment trust. [1930-35] * * *
investment compound
investment (def. 11). * * *
investment credit
or investment tax credit Tax incentive that permits companies or individuals to deduct a specified percentage of certain investment costs from their tax liability in addition to ...
investment trust
or closed-end trust Financial organization that pools the funds of its shareholders and invests them in a diversified portfolio of securities. It differs from a mutual fund, ...
investmentbank
investment bank n. A financial institution that deals primarily with raising capital, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and securities trades. * * *
investor
See investable. * * *
inveteracy
/in vet"euhr euh see/, n. the quality or state of being inveterate or deeply ingrained: the inveteracy of people's prejudices. [1710-20; INVETER(ATE) + -ACY] * * *
inveterate
—inveterately, adv. —inveterateness, n. /in vet"euhr it/, adj. 1. settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler. 2. firmly ...
inveterately
See inveteracy. * * *
inveterateness
See inveteracy. * * *
inviability
See inviable. * * *
inviable
—inviability, n. /in vuy"euh beuhl/, adj. Biol. (of an organism) incapable of sustaining its own life. [1915-20; IN-3 + VIABLE] * * *
invidious
—invidiously, adv. —invidiousness, n. /in vid"ee euhs/, adj. 1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful: invidious remarks. 2. offensively or ...
invidiously
See invidious. * * *
invidiousness
See invidiously. * * *
invigilate
—invigilation, n. —invigilator, n. /in vij"euh layt'/, v.i., invigilated, invigilating. 1. to keep watch. 2. Brit. to keep watch over students at an examination. [1545-55; < ...
invigorant
/in vig"euhr euhnt/, n. a tonic. [1815-25; INVIGOR(ATE) + -ANT] * * *
invigorate
—invigoratingly, adv. —invigoration, n. —invigorative, adj. —invigoratively, adv. —invigorator, n. /in vig"euh rayt'/, v.t., invigorated, invigorating. to give vigor ...
invigoratingly
See invigorate. * * *
invigoration
See invigoratingly. * * *
invigorator
See invigoratingly. * * *
invincibility
See invincible. * * *
invincible
—invincibility, invincibleness, n. —invincibly, adv. /in vin"seuh beuhl/, adj. 1. incapable of being conquered, defeated, or subdued. 2. insuperable; insurmountable: ...
Invincible Armada
Armada. * * *
invincibleness
See invincibility. * * *
invincibly
See invincibility. * * *
inviolability
See inviolable. * * *
inviolable
—inviolability, inviolableness, n. —inviolably, adv. /in vuy"euh leuh beuhl/, adj. 1. prohibiting violation; secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration: ...
inviolableness
See inviolability. * * *
inviolably
See inviolability. * * *
inviolacy
See inviolate. * * *
inviolate
—inviolacy /in vuy"euh leuh see/, inviolateness, n. —inviolately, adv. /in vuy"euh lit, -layt'/, adj. 1. free from violation, injury, desecration, or outrage. 2. undisturbed; ...
inviolately
See inviolacy. * * *
inviolateness
See inviolacy. * * *
inviscid
/in vis"id/, adj. (of a fluid) having no viscosity. Also, nonviscous. [1910-15; IN-3 + VISCID] * * *
invisibility
See invisible. * * *
invisible
—invisibility, invisibleness, n. —invisibly, adv. /in viz"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. not visible; not perceptible by the eye: invisible fluid. 2. withdrawn from or out of sight; ...
invisible glass
glass that has been curved to eliminate reflections. * * *
invisible ink
invisible ink n. a colorless ink that cannot be seen on paper until it is treated with heat, vapor, or a chemical * * *
invisible ink.
See sympathetic ink. [1675-85] * * *
Invisible Man
1. The Invisible Man a novel (1897) by H G Wells, about a man who cannot be seen. It was later made into a popular film and a television series. 2. a novel (1952) by Ralph ...
Invisible Man, The
1. a novel (1897) by H.G. Wells. 2. a novel (1952) by Ralph Ellison. * * *
invisible shadow
(in architectural shades and shadows) a three-dimensional space occupied by the shadow projected by a solid and within which a surface is in shadow. * * *
invisible trade
▪ economics       in economics, the exchange of physically intangible items between countries. Invisible trade can be distinguished from visible trade, which involves ...
invisiblehand
invisible hand n. An economic principle, first postulated by Adam Smith, holding that the greatest benefit to a society is brought about by individuals acting freely in a ...
invisibleink
invisible ink n. Ink that is colorless and invisible until treated by a chemical, heat, or special light. Also called sympathetic ink. * * *
invisibleness
See invisibility. * * *
invisibly
See invisibility. * * *
invitation
/in'vi tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of inviting. 2. the written or spoken form with which a person is invited. 3. something offered as a suggestion: an invitation to consider a ...
invitational
/in'vi tay"sheuh nl/, adj. 1. restricted to participants who have been invited: an invitational track meet. n. 2. an event, as a sports competition or an art exhibit, restricted ...
invitatory
/in vuy"teuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. serving to invite; conveying an invitation. [1300-50; ME < LL invitatorius, equiv. to invita(re) to INVITE + -torius -TORY1] * * *
invite
—invitee /in'vi tee", -vuy-/, n. —inviter, invitor, n. v. /in vuyt"/; n. /in"vuyt/, v., invited, inviting, n. v.t. 1. to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, ...
invitee
in·vi·tee (ĭn'vī-tēʹ) n. One that is invited. * * *
inviting
—invitingly, adv. —invitingness, n. /in vuy"ting/, adj. attractive, alluring, or tempting: an inviting offer. [1580-90; INVITE + -ING2] * * *
invitingly
See inviting. * * *
invitro
in vi·tro (ĭn vēʹtrō) adv. & adj. In an artificial environment outside the living organism: an egg fertilized in vitro; in vitro fertilization.   [New Latin in vitrō: ...
invivo
in vi·vo (vēʹvō) adv. & adj. Within a living organism: metabolic studies conducted in vivo; in vivo techniques.   [New Latin in vīvō: Latin in, in + Latin vīvō, ...
invocate
—invocative /in vok"euh tiv, in"veuh kay'-/, adj. —invocator, n. /in"veuh kayt'/, v.t., invocated, invocating. Archaic. invoke. [1520-30; < L invocatus (ptp. of invocare to ...
invocation
—invocatory /in vok"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /in'veuh kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, etc., for aid, protection, inspiration, or the ...
invocational
See invocation. * * *
invocatory
in·voc·a·to·ry (ĭn-vŏkʹə-tôr'ē, -tōr'ē) adj. Of or having the nature of an invocation. * * *
invoice
/in"voys/, n., v., invoiced, invoicing. n. 1. an itemized bill for goods sold or services provided, containing individual prices, the total charge, and the terms. 2. the ...
invoke
—invocable, adj. —invoker, n. /in vohk"/, v.t., invoked, invoking. 1. to call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for: to invoke God's mercy. 2. to call on (a ...
invoker
See invoke. * * *
involucel
—involucelate /in vol'yeuh sel"it/, involucelated /in vol'yeuh sel"ay tid/, adj. /in vol"yeuh sel'/, n. Bot. a secondary involucre, as in a compound cluster of flowers. See ...
involucra
in·vo·lu·cra (ĭn'və-lo͞oʹkrə) n. Plural of involucrum. * * *
involucral
See involucre. * * *
involucrate
/in'veuh looh"krit, -krayt/, adj. having an involucre. [1820-30; INVOLUCRE + -ATE1] * * *
involucre
—involucral, adj. /in"veuh looh'keuhr/, n. 1. Bot. a collection or rosette of bracts subtending a flower cluster, umbel, or the like. 2. a covering, esp. a membranous ...
involucrum
/in'veuh looh"kreuhm/, n., pl. involucra /-kreuh/. involucre. [1670-80; < NL, L involucrum a wrap, cover, equiv. to involu- (var. s. of involvere to wrap, cover; see INVOLUTE) + ...
involuntarily
See involuntary. * * *
involuntariness
See involuntarily. * * *
involuntary
—involuntarily /in vol"euhn ter'euh lee, -vol'euhn tair"-/, adv. —involuntariness, n. /in vol"euhn ter'ee/, adj. 1. not voluntary; independent of one's will; not by one's own ...
involute
—involutely, adv. adj., n. /in"veuh looht'/; v. /in'veuh looht", in"veuh looht'/, adj., n., v., involuted, involuting. adj. 1. intricate; complex. 2. curled or curved inward or ...
involute teeth
(in gears) teeth having a profile that is the involute of a circle. * * *
involuted
/in"veuh looh'tid, in'veuh looh"tid/, adj. 1. curving or curling inward. 2. having an involved or complex nature. 3. having resumed its normal size, shape, or ...
involutely
See involute. * * *
involution
/in'veuh looh"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of involving or entangling; involvement. 2. the state of being involved. 3. something complicated. 4. Bot., Zool. a. a rolling up ...
involutional
/in'veuh looh"sheuh nl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of involutional melancholia: involutional symptoms. n. 2. a person who suffers from involutional ...
involutional melancholia
Psychiatry. (formerly) extreme depression related to menopause or, less frequently, the male climacteric. [1905-10] * * *
involve
—involvement, n. —involver, n. /in volv"/, v.t., involved, involving. 1. to include as a necessary circumstance, condition, or consequence; imply; entail: This job involves ...
involved
—involvedly /in vol"vid lee, -volvd"-/, adv. —involvedness, n. /in volvd"/, adj. 1. very intricate or complex: an involved reply. 2. implicated: involved in crime. 3. ...


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