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ability
 
n. Syn. capacity; skill
capacity; skill
ablaze
 
a. Syn. burning; radiant; bright
burning; radiant; bright; keenly excited ; resembling flame in brilliance or color
abolish
 
v. Syn. cancel; annul
cancel; put an end to; destroy completely
abolitionist
 
n.
a reformer who favors abolishing slavery
abound
 
v.
be full of; be plentiful
abrupt
 
a. Syn. sudden; unforeseen
broken off; very steep; having sudden transitions from one subject to another
absorb
 
v. Syn. monopolize; receive
assimilate or incorporate; suck or drink up; occupy full attention
abut
 
v. Syn. adjoin
border upon; adjoin; touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent
academician
 
n.
a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation
access
 
n. Syn. approach
approach; entry; entrance
accessibility
 
n.
attribute of being easy to meet or deal with
accessory
 
n. Syn. adjunct; appendage
additional object; useful but not essential thing; subordinate or supplementary item
acclaim
 
v. Syn. applaud
applaud; announce with great approval
accompaniment
 
n.
act of accompanying someone or something
accompanying
 
a. Syn. attendant; concomitant
attendant; concomitant
accomplishment
 
n. Syn. achievement; fulfillment
achievement; fulfillment
accordion
 
n.
a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; reeds that are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
account
 
n. Syn. report; description
narrative or record of events; reason given for a particular action or event
accredit
 
v. Syn. authorize; commission
authorize; commission; give credit for
accuse
 
v. Syn. blame; condemn
blame; condemn
acquisition
 
n. Syn. acquirement; attainment
act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
acronym
 
n. Syn. abbreviation
abbreviation
addict
 
v.
cause someone to become dependent; indulge in; be devoted to
addictive
 
a.
causing or characterized by addiction
additive
 
n. Syn. addition; supplement
addition; supplement
adjacent
 
a. Syn. adjoining; neighboring
adjoining; neighboring; close to; lying near
adjoin
 
v. Syn. attach
be next to; be contiguous to; border on
adjust
 
v. Syn. adapt; regulate
adapt; regulate
adobe
 
n. Syn. clay; brick
clay; brick ;sun-dried brick; structure built with this type of brick
adolescent
 
n.
a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity;
adopt
 
v. Syn. accept
accept; take on; raise; take into one's family
adoption
 
n.
act of accepting with approval
advent
 
n. Syn. arrival
coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important
affiliate
 
v. Syn. associate; incorporate
associate; incorporate
affirm
 
v. Syn. assert; confirm
assert; confirm
affliction
 
n. Syn. calamity; distress; misfortune; pain
cause or condition of pain, suffering, or distress
affordable
 
a.
able to pay for
agitation
 
n. Syn. anxiety; disturbance
anxiety; extreme emotional disturbance
air
 
v.
be broadcast on television or radio
airborne
 
a. Syn. aloft
aloft; flying; in the air
alignment
 
n. Syn. arrangement; association; alliance
arrangement; association; alliance
allocate
 
v. Syn. assign
assign; distribute according to plan
alloy
 
v. Syn. combine; mix
combine; mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
ally
 
n. Syn. confederate; partner; collaborator
confederate; partner; collaborator
aloof
 
a. Syn. apart; distant
apart; remote in manner; distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote
amaze
 
v. Syn. stun; astonish; shock
astonish; affect with wonder
amazing
 
a. Syn. awesome; astounding; surprising
awesome; astounding; surprising
ambition
 
n. Syn. aspiration
aspiration
ambitious
 
a. Syn. aspiring; enterprising
aspiring; having a strong desire for success or achievement
amend
 
v. Syn. correct; improve
change for the better; improve; remove faults or errors
amendment
 
n. Syn. correction; revision
correction; revision
amplification
 
n.
addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail
amplify
 
v. Syn. intensify; increase
broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase
analogous
 
a. Syn. comparable
comparable; similar or alike
analyze
 
v. Syn. diagnose; examine; analyze
diagnose; examine
anatomy
 
n. Syn. dissection
detailed analysis; branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
ancestral
 
a.
inherited or inheritable by established rules
annex
 
v. Syn. attach
append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
annihilate
 
v. Syn. destroy
destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence
annoying
 
a. Syn. bothersome; troublesome; irritating
bothersome; troublesome; irritating
antedate
 
v.
be earlier in time; go back further
anthology
 
n. Syn. collection
book of literary selections by various authors
antibiotic
 
a. Syn. antibacterial
of or relating to chemical substance that kills microorganisms and cures infections
anticipate
 
v. Syn. expect; predict
act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
antique
 
n. Syn. relic; curio
any furniture old and valuable; out of fashion
apologize
 
v.
beg pardon
appeal
 
n. Syn. attraction; charm
attraction; charm; attract; fascinate; challenge
appealing
 
a. Syn. attractive; charming
attractive; charming
appetite
 
n. Syn. desire
instinctive physical desire, especially one for food or drink
applaud
 
v. Syn. clap; acclaim
acclaim; express approval, especially by clapping the hands
applicant
 
n. Syn. candidate
candidate
application
 
n. Syn. diligence
close attention; work of applying something; verbal or written request for assistance
appoint
 
v. Syn. designate; nominate
designate; nominate
appraisal
 
n. Syn. assessment; evaluation
assessment; evaluation; the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
appreciable
 
a. Syn. considerable; perceptible
considerable; perceptible
appreciate
 
v. Syn. admire; value
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
approach
 
n. Syn. access; method
access; method
appropriate
 
v. Syn. acquire; allocate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
approximate
 
v. Syn. approach
approach; come near
approximately
 
ad. Syn. about; roughly
about; roughly
aquatic
 
a. Syn. watery
consisting of, relating to, or being in water
arc
 
n.
continuous portion of a circle; something curved in shape
arduous
 
a. Syn. hard; strenuous
demanding great effort or labor; difficult
armory
 
n. Syn. arsenal
arsenal; a place where arms are manufactured
arrangement
 
n. Syn. composition; order
composition; order
ascend
 
v. Syn. climb; mount
climb; mount
ascending
 
a. Syn. climbing; rising
climbing; rising
asphyxiate
 
v.
deprive of oxygen to the extent of producing death or very serious symptoms; suffocate
aspiration
 
n. Syn. ambition; longing
ambition; longing
aspiring
 
a. Syn. ambitious; enthusiastic
ambitious; enthusiastic
assault
 
n. Syn. attack; onslaught
attack; onslaught
assemblage
 
n.
a group of persons together in one place
assert
 
v. Syn. declare
declare or state with confidence; put oneself forward boldly
assess
 
v. Syn. estimate; judge
estimate value; judge worth of something
assessment
 
n. Syn. evaluation; judgment
act of judging or assessing; amount determined as payable
assistance
 
n.
activity of contributing to fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
assuredly
 
ad. Syn. certainly; undoubtedly
certainly; undoubtedly
astonished
 
a.
amazed; surprised
astound
 
v. Syn. surprise; shock
affect with wonder; surprise; shock
astronomer
 
n.
a physicist who studies astronomy
astronomy
 
n.
branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and universe as a whole
atmosphere
 
n. Syn. air
air
atom
 
n.
a tiny piece of anything; the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
attachment
 
n. Syn. preference; affection
a bond, as of affection or loyalty; fond regard; supplementary part; accessory
attain
 
v. Syn. gain
achieve or accomplish; gain
attend
 
v.
be present at; go to; take care of; tend
attendance
 
n.
act of being present
attendant
 
n. Syn. aide; servant
aide; servant; accompanying; person who participates in a meeting
attention
 
n. Syn. concentration; care
act or state of attending or heeding; application of the mind to any object of sense, representation, or thought
attire
 
n. Syn. clothing; dress
clothing; dress
attraction
 
n. Syn. affinity; appeal
appeal; a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts
attractive
 
a. Syn. appealing; pleasing; inviting; intriguing; tempting
appealing; pleasing; inviting; tempting
auditorium
 
n.
area of theater or concert hall where audience sits
autobiography
 
n.
biography or story written by yourself
available
 
a. Syn. free
convenient for use or disposal; not busy, free; obtainable; accessible
avocation
 
n. Syn. sideline; hobby
activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
awkward
 
a. Syn. clumsy; inept
difficult to handle or manage
backdrop
 
n. Syn. background; setting
background; setting
balance
 
n. Syn. equilibrium; symmetry; stability
being in equilibrium; equilibrium; symmetry; stability
ballet
 
n.
a sort of theatrical representation by dancers
bandmaster
 
n.
conductor of a band
bang
 
n.
a vigorous blow; a conspicuous success
bankrupt
 
v.
cause to become financially ruin; ruin
bar
 
n. Syn. caf‚
a counter where you can obtain food or drink; cafe; strip; stick
barbecue
 
n.
a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
barn
 
n.
an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals
baroque
 
a. Syn. embellished; elaborate
complex or bizarre, especially in ornamentation; irregular in shape
barren
 
a. Syn. desolate
desolate; fruitless and unproductive; lacking
basement
 
n. Syn. cellar
cellar; storage room
basin
 
n.
bowl-shaped vessel, usually used for holding food or liquids
beaded
 
a.
covered with beads of liquid
behavior
 
n. Syn. conduct; manner
conduct; manner
beleaguer
 
v. Syn. harass
besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
belie
 
v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression
bellows
 
n.
a mechanical device that blows air onto a fire to make it burn more fiercely
benefit
 
n. Syn. welfare; gain
advantage; something that aids or promotes well-being ; welfare; gain
betray
 
v. Syn. reveal
be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
bicameral
 
a. Syn. cameral
composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
biography
 
n.
an account of the series of events making up a person's life; accounts of people's life
bison
 
n.
any of several large shaggy-manned humped bovid having large heads and short horns
blame
 
v. Syn. condemn; rebuke
condemn; rebuke; find fault with; censure
blaze
 
n. Syn. flame
brilliant burst of fire; destructive fire; flame
bleak
 
a. Syn. cold; cheerless
cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
blend
 
n. Syn. combination; mixture
combination; mixture; forming uniform mixture
blight
 
v.
blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
bluff
 
a.
direct and outspoken but good-natured
blush
 
v.
become rosy or reddish; turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame
board
 
n. Syn. lumber; plank
a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
bold
 
a. Syn. brave; daring; intrepid; impudent
brave; daring; intrepid; impudent
bonanza
 
n. Syn. boom
boom; rich mine, vein, or pocket of ore; sudden opportunity to make money
boom
 
n. Syn. bonanza; prosperity
bonanza; prosperity; prosper; expand; flourish
boon
 
n. Syn. blessing; benefit
blessing; benefit bestowed, especially in response to a request
boundless
 
a. Syn. infinite; vast
being without boundaries or limits; infinite; vast
bouquet
 
n. Syn. bunch
small cluster or arrangement of flowers; an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
breach
 
n. Syn. violation; infringement
breaking of contract or duty
breath
 
n.
air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration
brilliance
 
n. Syn. cleverness; magnificence
cleverness; magnificence
brilliantly
 
ad. Syn. brightly; radiantly
brightly; radiantly
brim
 
n. Syn. brink; edge
brink; edge
bronze
 
n.
an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements
brook
 
n. Syn. creek; stream
creek; stream
bunch
 
n. Syn. clump; cluster; gathering
clump; cluster; gathering
buzz
 
n.
confusion of activity and gossip; sound of rapid vibration
buzzer
 
n.
a signaling device that makes a buzzing sound
bypass
 
n.
channel used to conduct gas or liquid around another pipe or a fixture; conductor having low resistance in parallel
cabinetmaker
 
n.
a woodworker who specializes in making furniture;
calculate
 
v. Syn. compute; determine; estimate
compute; determine; estimate
calibration
 
n. Syn. adjustment; measurement
adjustment; measurement
cancellation
 
n.
act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
canopy
 
n. Syn. covering; umbrella
covering; umbrella
canyon
 
n.
narrow chasm with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge
cardinal
 
a. Syn. chief
chief; serving as an essential component
carve
 
v. Syn. cut; sculpt
cut; sculpt
carving
 
n.
cutting away parts to create a desired shape
cassette
 
n.
container that holds a magnetic tape used for recording or playing sound or video
cast
 
v.
assign the roles of; choose at random
casting
 
n.
choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie
catalyst
 
n. Syn. enzyme; stimulus
agent which brings about chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
catastrophe
 
n. Syn. calamity; disaster
calamity; disaster; state of extreme ruin and misfortune
catching
 
a. Syn. contagious; charming; attractive
act of seizing or taking hold of; captivating; alluring
categorize
 
v. Syn. classify; sort
classify; sort
caterpillar
 
n.
a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
cathedral
 
n. Syn. church; temple
church; temple
caution
 
n. Syn. care
care; being attentive to possible danger
cautious
 
a. Syn. conservative; careful
conservative; careful
cavern
 
n. Syn. cave
cave; large underground chamber, as in a cave
celebrity
 
n.
a widely known person
cell
 
n.
any small compartment
chagrin
 
n. Syn. embarrassment; disappointment
anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment
chamber
 
n. Syn. cell; compartment; room
cell; compartment; room
charcoal
 
n.
a stick of black carbon material used for drawing; a very dark gray color
charitable
 
a. Syn. benevolent; kind; humane
benevolent; kind; humane
checkout
 
n.
counter in a supermarket where you pay for your purchases; the latest time for vacating a hotel room
chef
 
n.
a professional cook
chill
 
a. Syn. cool
cool; freeze
chilly
 
a. Syn. cold
cold
chivalry
 
n.
courtesy towards women
choir
 
n.
band or organized company of singers, especially in church service
choke
 
v. Syn. asphyxiate; suffocate
breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion; reduce the air supply
chop
 
v. Syn. cut; hew
hew; cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax
chord
 
n.
combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
chore
 
n.
a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
choreography
 
n.
art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances
chorus
 
n.
any utterance produced simultaneously by a group
chromosphere
 
n.
a gaseous layer of the sun's atmosphere
chronological
 
a.
arranged in order of time of occurrence
cider
 
n.
beverage made from juice pressed from apples
civility
 
n.
act of showing regard for others; courteous behavior; politeness; citizenship
civilization
 
n. Syn. culture
culture
claim
 
n.
demand for something as rightful or due
clam
 
v. Syn. tranquilize; soothe
be moist or glutinous; stick or adhere; produce or cause to clang
clap
 
v. Syn. applaud; slap
applaud; slap; strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another
classification
 
n.
assigning to a class or category
classify
 
v.
declare unavailable, as for security reasons; arrange or order by classes or categories
clergy
 
n.
clergymen collectively; body of people ordained for religious service
clergyman
 
n.
a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
clip
 
v.
cut, cut off, or cut out with or as if with shears; cut off the edge of:
clog
 
v. Syn. congest; jam
congest; jam
clumsy
 
a. Syn. awkward; inept
awkward; showing lack of skill or aptitude
clutch
 
n.
device for gripping and holding; tense, critical situation
coalesce
 
v. Syn. combine; fuse; mix
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
codify
 
v. Syn. classify
arrange laws, rules as a code; classify; arrange or systematize
coherent
 
a. Syn. adhesive; cohesive
adhesive; cohesive; sticking together ; logical; sound; capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner
cohesive
 
a.
cohering or tending to cohere; well integrated
coil
 
n. Syn. ring; roll
a series of connected spirals or concentric rings formed by gathering or winding; spiral pipe or series of spiral pipes
coinage
 
n.
coins collectively
coincident
 
a.
concerning; simultaneous
collapse
 
v.
breakdown; failure
collective
 
a. Syn. common
common; assembled into or viewed as a whole
collide
 
v.
bump; hit; conflict
collision
 
n. Syn. crash; impact
crash; conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals
colloquialism
 
n.
colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
colonel
 
n.
a commissioned military officer
combination
 
n. Syn. blend; union
blend; union
combine
 
v. Syn. blend; fuse; merge
blend; fuse; merge
combustible
 
a. Syn. flammable; burnable; inflammable
capable of igniting and burning; easily aroused or excited
combustion
 
n.
act of burning something
comet
 
n.
an object that goes around the sun
comical
 
a.
arousing or provoking laughter
commander
 
n. Syn. chief; leader
chief; leader
commentary
 
n.
written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
commentator
 
n.
a writer who reports and analyzes events of the day
committed
 
a. Syn. dedicated; devoted
dedicated; devoted
communication
 
n.
activity of communicating; activity of conveying information
compact
 
a. Syn. compressed; condensed; concise
closely and firmly united or packed together; briefly giving gist of something
compaction
 
n.
an increase in the density of something
companion
 
n. Syn. associate; partner
associate; partner
compete
 
v. Syn. vie; contest; fight
contest; fight
competent
 
a. Syn. capable; adept
capable; adept
competitiveness
 
n.
an aggressive willingness to compete
complacence
 
n. Syn. arrogance; satisfaction
arrogance; satisfaction; feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
complement
 
v. Syn. complete; consummate
complete; consummate; make perfect
complex
 
a. Syn. intricate; compound
complicated in structure; a whole structure, as a building, made up of interconnected or related structures
complexity
 
n. Syn. complication
complication
complicated
 
a. Syn. intricate; circuitous
difficult to analyze or understand
complication
 
n. Syn. complexity; intricacy
complexity; intricacy; any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of another disease
compound
 
v. Syn. combine; constitute
combine; mix; constitute; pay interest; increase
compress
 
v. Syn. squeeze; contract
close; squeeze or press together; contract
compressed
 
a. Syn. compact
compact
compression
 
n.
applying pressure; encoding information while reducing the bandwidth or bits required
compromise
 
v.
adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
computation
 
n. Syn. calculation
calculation
concede
 
v. Syn. admit; yield
admit; yield; give up physical control of another
conceive
 
v. Syn. design; consider
form or develop in the mind; devise; become pregnant with; begin or originate in a specific way
conception
 
n. Syn. thought; idea
beginning; forming of an idea; act of conceiving
conceptual
 
a.
being or characterized by concepts or their formation
concerto
 
n.
composition for orchestra and a soloist
concise
 
a. Syn. succinct; terse
brief and compact; expressing much in few words
conciseness
 
n. Syn. brevity
brevity; terseness and economy in writing and speaking
conclusive
 
a. Syn. definitive; decisive; final
definitive; decisive; final
condemn
 
v. Syn. blame; denounce
blame; denounce; express strong disapproval of
condemnation
 
n. Syn. blame
blame
condensation
 
n. Syn. compression
compression
condense
 
v.
change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops; compress or concentrate
conduct
 
v. Syn. accompany; direct
direct the course of; manage or control; lead or guide
conductor
 
n.
a device designed to transmit electricity, heat; person who collects fares on a public conveyance
cone
 
n.
a shape whose base is a circle and whose sides taper up to a point
confederacy
 
n. Syn. alliance
alliance
confederate
 
n. Syn. ally; collaborator
ally; form a group or unite
confer
 
v.
bestow; present; have a conference in order to talk something over
confess
 
v. Syn. acknowledge; admit
acknowledge; admit
confident
 
a. Syn. assured
assured; having or marked by assurance
configuration
 
n.
arrangement of parts or elements; outline
confirmation
 
n.
additional proof that something that was believed
confluence
 
n. Syn. conflux; throng
act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet
conform
 
v.
comply with; follow; fit; meet
conformity
 
n.
behavior in correspondence with socially accepted standards
confront
 
v.
be face to face with; oppose in hostility or competition; deal with
congenial
 
a. Syn. compatible
compatible
conglomerate
 
n. Syn. assortment
corporation made up of different companies in diversified fields; composing of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass
congratulation
 
n.
act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
congregate
 
v.
assemble; convene; gather
conifer
 
n.
any gymnospermous tree or shrub bearing cones
conjecture
 
v.
believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
conscientious
 
a. Syn. diligent; responsible; reliable
diligent; responsible; reliable
conscious
 
a. Syn. awake
awake; alert
conservatism
 
n.
a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
consideration
 
n.
considerate and thoughtful act
consonant
 
a. Syn. compatible; harmonious
compatible; harmonious
consort
 
v. Syn. associate; join; consort with
associate; join
consortium
 
n.
a group of people or organizations that have agreed to work together
constellation
 
n. Syn. gathering; cluster
a number of stars seen from the Earth as a group and often having a name
constituent
 
n. Syn. component; element; ingredient
component or part; citizen, voter
construction
 
n.
act of constructing or building something
consultant
 
n.
an expert who gives advice
consume
 
v. Syn. devour; eat
devour; eat
container
 
n. Syn. receptacle
any object that can be used to hold things
contender
 
n.
contestant you hope to defeat
contention
 
n. Syn. controversy
competing as for profit or prize
context
 
n. Syn. circumstance; setting
circumstance
continental
 
a.
being or concerning or limited to a continent
contour
 
n. Syn. configuration; outline
configuration; outline
contract
 
v. Syn. shrink; constrict
constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
contraction
 
n.
act of decreasing something in size or volume or quantity or scope
contradict
 
v. Syn. confront; oppose
confront; oppose
contrast
 
n.
act of distinguishing by comparing differences
controversial
 
a. Syn. controvertible; disputable
controvertible; disputable
controversy
 
n. Syn. contention; argument
contentious speech act; argument
conventional
 
a.
based upon tradition rules; formed by agreement or compact
converge
 
v. Syn. approach
approach; tend to meet; come together
conversational
 
a.
characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation
converse
 
v. Syn. chat
chat; talk informally; engage in a spoken exchange of thoughts
conversion
 
n. Syn. change; transformation
change; transformation
convert
 
n. Syn. transform
change something into another form; transform
converter
 
n.
a device for changing one substance or form or state into another
convex
 
a. Syn. bulging
curving outward; having surface that bulges outward, as the exterior of sphere
convinced
 
a.
certain, sure
coop
 
n.
barrel or cask for liquor; enclosure or cage, as for poultry or small animals
coordinate
 
v. Syn. integrate; harmonize
bring order and organization to; harmonize
core
 
n. Syn. center; essence
basic, center, or most important part; essence
cornet
 
n.
a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone
corps
 
n.
an army unit usually consisting of two or more divisions; a body of people associated together
correspond
 
v.
be compatible, similar or consistent; exchange messages
corresponding
 
a.
accompanying
corrode
 
v.
destroy metal or alloy gradually, especially by chemical action; be eaten or worn away
corrosion
 
n. Syn. decay; erosion
decay; erosion
corruption
 
n. Syn. bribery; fraud
bribery; fraud
counsel
 
v. Syn. advise; suggest
advise; suggest
couple
 
n. Syn. pair
a male and female associated together; a pair who associate with one another
courthouse
 
n.
building that houses judicial courts
courtship
 
n.
a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman
cowhand
 
n.
a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
cozy
 
a. Syn. comfortable; relaxing
comfortable; relaxing
crab
 
n.
a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
crack
 
v.
break into simpler molecules by means of heat; split; hit forcefully; pass through
crater
 
n.
a bowl-shaped opening at the top of a volcano
credence
 
n. Syn. credit; faith
credit; faith
credential
 
n. Syn. certificate; warrant
certificate; warrant
credit
 
n. Syn. reputation; prestige
arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services; money available for a client to borrow
creditor
 
n. Syn. debtor
a person to whom money is owed by a debtor; someone to whom an obligation exists
crimson
 
a. Syn. bloody
bloody
crosscut
 
a.
a diagonal path; a route shorter than the usual one
crumble
 
v. Syn. fall apart; disintegrate
break into small pieces; cause to fall in pieces
crystalline
 
a.
consisting of or containing or of the nature of crystals
crystallization
 
n.
a mental synthesis that becomes fixed or concrete by a process resembling crystal formation
crystallize
 
v.
assume crystalline form; cause to take on a definite and clear shape
cubism
 
n.
an artistic movement in France beginning in 1907 that featured surfaces of geometrical planes
cucumber
 
n.
cylindrical green fruit with thin green rind and white flesh eaten as a vegetable; related to melons
culture
 
n. Syn. civilization
all the knowledge and values shared by a society ; foster; raising of plants or animals
cupboard
 
n.
a small room or cabinet used for storage space
curious
 
a. Syn. inquisitive
difficult to please or satisfy; careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to research or inquiry
curriculum
 
n. Syn. course; program
course; program
custodian
 
n. Syn. curator; guardian
curator; guardian
cylinder
 
n.
cylindrical container