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crash
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n. smash; collision; falling down or in pieces with a loud noise of breaking parts
She heard a little shriek and a fall and a crash of broken glass.
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crayon
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n. stick of colored wax or chalk, used for drawing
Whenever he finished a crayon drawing, he would lovingly present it to his mother.
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creek
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n. a small stream, often a shallow tributary to a river; brook
There was a creek leading out of it on the other side that went miles away; I don't know where, but it didn't go to the river.
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crippling
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a. causing someone to be physically disabled, especially unable to walk; causing severe damage or problems
Their solution to crippling financial problems has been to merge in an attempt to get bigger and hopefully stronger.
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critical
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a. urgently needed; absolutely necessary; essential; acute; crucial; decisive
He says the international community has reached what he calls a critical time in the overall effort to bring stability to Afghanistan.
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critique
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n. critical review or commentary, especially one dealing with works of art or literature
It would help if you wanted a smart critique from the loyal opposition, and Phil Zelikow and Peter Feaver are certainly qualified.
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crossbones
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n. two crossed bones used as a symbol of danger or death
This is an aluminum skull and crossbones sign with a small hole in each corner to help hang in the location of your choice.
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crossbreeding
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n. reproduction by parents of different races
It has been well documented that crossbreeding improves the performance of beef cattle.
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crossing
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n. traveling across; place at which roads, lines, or tracks intersect; intersection
If my memory serves me correctly, the Santa Teresa crossing is about 15 miles west of the junction.
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crumple
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v. fall apart; fold or collapse; crush together or press into wrinkles
It's weird watching your leg to crumple in directions; it's not natural to go in.
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crush
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v. press between opposing bodies so as to break or injure; extract or obtain by pressing or squeezing
There's particular concern over reports of human rights abuses committed by the Indonesian security forces in Aceh as they try to crush the separatist movement there.
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cube
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n. three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides; cubicle, used for work or study
Luckily, my cube is in the corner, so no one noticed!
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curiosity
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n. desire to know or learn
My main curiosity is how they're going to explain how Captain Barbossa has returned from the dead.
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current
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n. stream; flow; up-to-date; present
The current was so swift, and then I got into the dead water and landed on the side towards the Illinois shore.
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cushion
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n. soft pillow or pad usually used for sitting, reclining, or kneeling
I knelt down by him; I turned his face from the cushion to me; I kissed his cheek; I smoothed his hair with my hand.
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custom
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n. tradition; practice followed by people of a particular group or region
John had a book in his hand - it was his unsocial custom to read at meals - he closed it and looked up.
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customarily
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ad. usually; under normal circumstances, normally
Yet until well into this century, men customarily gathered in pubs, cafes, parks, and village greens.
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cyclone
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n. violent rotating windstorm
The cyclone tore across the north Queensland coast and has left much of the area in ruins.
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dart
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v. move suddenly and rapidly
Your eyes take them in, then dart away to something else.
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dawn
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n. time each morning at which daylight first begins; beginning; start
When I again unclosed my eyes, a loud bell was ringing; day had not yet begun to dawn, and a rush light or two burned in the room.
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