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Wednesday 23rd of April 2014
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abbe
1: a French abbot
Abbe condenser
1: a condenser having 2 or 3 lenses with wide aperture for use in microscopes
abbess
1: the superior of a group of nuns [syn: {mother superior}, {prioress}]
abbey
1: a church associated with a monastery or convent 2: a convent ruled by an abbess 3: a monastery ruled by an abbot
abbot
1: the superior of an abbey of monks [syn: {archimandrite}]
Abbott Lawrence Lowell
1: United States educator and president of Harvard University (1856-1943) [syn: {Lowell}]
abbreviate
1: shorten; "Abbreviate `New York' and write `NY'" 2: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: {abridge}, {foreshorten}, {shorten}, {cut}, {contract...
abbreviated
1: (of clothing) very short; "an abbreviated swimsuit"; "a brief bikini" [syn: {brief}] 2: cut short in duration; "the abbreviated speech"; "a curtailed visit"; "her shortened life was clearly the res...
abbreviation
1: a shortened form of a word or phrase 2: shortening something by omitting parts of it
abbreviator
1: one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work [syn: {abridger}]
ABC
1: the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he mastered only the rudiments of geometry" [syn: {rudiment}, {first rudiment}, {first principle}, {alphabet}, {ABC's}, {ABCs}]
ABC's
1: the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he mastered only the rudiments of geometry" [syn: {rudiment}, {first rudiment}, {first principle}, {alphabet}, {ABC}, {ABCs}]
abcoulomb
1: a unit of electrical charge equal to 10 coulombs
ABCs
1: the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he mastered only the rudiments of geometry" [syn: {rudiment}, {first rudiment}, {first principle}, {alphabet}, {ABC}, {ABC's}]
Abdias
1: a Hebrew minor prophet [syn: {Obadiah}] 2: an Old Testament book telling Obadiah's prophecies; the shortest book in the Christian Bible [syn: {Obadiah}, {Book of Obadiah}]
abdicable
1: capable of being discarded or renounced or relinquished; "abdicable responsibilites"
abdicate
1: give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations; "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee" [syn: {renounce}]
abdication
1: a formal resignation and renunciation of powers [syn: {stepping down}] 2: the act of abdicating [syn: {stepping down}]
abdicator
1: one who formally relinquishes and office or responsibility
abdomen
1: the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis [syn: {venter}, {stomach}, {belly}] 2: the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax b...
abdominal
1: of or relating to or near the abdomen; "abdominal muscles" n : the muscles of the abdomen [syn: {abdominal muscle}, {ab}]
abdominal actinomycosis
1: a serious form of actinomycosis that affects the abdomen
abdominal aorta
1: a branch of the descending aorta
abdominal aortic aneurysm
1: an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta associated with old age and hypertension [syn: {AAA}]
abdominal breathing
1: breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles; "abdominal breathing is practiced by singers"
abdominal cavity
1: the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm [syn: {abdomen}]
abdominal delivery
1: the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way) [syn: {cesarean delivery}, {caesarean delivery}, {cesarean ...
abdominal external oblique muscle
1: a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso [syn: {external oblique muscle}, {musculus obliquus externus abdominis}, {oblique}]
abdominal muscle
1: the muscles of the abdomen [syn: {abdominal}, {ab}]
abdominal nerve plexus
1: a large plexus of sympathetic nerves in the abdomen behind the stomach [syn: {solar plexus}, {coeliac plexus}, {plexus celiacus}]
abdominal pregnancy
1: ectopic pregnancy in the abdominal cavity
abdominal wall
1: a wall of the abdomen
abdominocentesis
1: centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis [syn: {paracentesis}]
abdominoplasty
1: cosmetic surgery of the abdomen to remove wrinkles and tighten the skin over the stomach [syn: {tummy tuck}]
abdominous
1: having a large belly [syn: {paunchy}, {potbellied}]
abdominousness
1: the bodily property of a protruding belly [syn: {paunchiness}]
abdominovesical
1: of or relating to the abdomen and the urinary bladder
abduce
1: advance evidence for [syn: {adduce}, {cite}]
abducens
1: a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye [syn: {abducent}, {abducent nerve}, {abducens nerve}, {nervus abducens}, {sixth cranial nerve}]
abducens muscle
1: the ocular muscle whose contraction turns the eyeball outward [syn: {lateral rectus muscle}, {lateral rectus}, {rectus lateralis}]
abducens nerve
1: a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye [syn: {abducent}, {abducent nerve}, {abducens}, {nervus abducens}, {sixth cranial nerve}]
abducent
1: especially of muscles; drawing away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part [syn: {abducting}] [ant: {adducent}] n : a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye...
abducent nerve
1: a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye [syn: {abducent}, {abducens}, {abducens nerve}, {nervus abducens}, {sixth cranial nerve}]
abduct
1: take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's son was kidnapped" [syn: {kidnap}, {nobble}, {snatch}] 2: pull away from the b...
abducted
1: (of persons) seized and detained unlawfully, often for ransom; "the father restored the kidnapped (or abducted) child to the mother" [syn: {kidnapped}, {kidnaped}]
abducting
1: especially of muscles; drawing away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part [syn: {abducent}] [ant: {adducent}]
abduction
1: the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife 2: (physiology) moving of a ...
abductor
1: someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom) [syn: {kidnapper}, {snatcher}] 2: a muscle that draws a part away from the median line [syn: {abductor muscle}]
abductor muscle
1: a muscle that draws a part away from the median line [syn: {abductor}]
abeam
1: at right angles to the length of a ship or airplane
abecedarian
1: alphabetically arranged (as for beginning readers) n 1: a novice learning the rudiments of some subject 2: a 16th century sect of Anabaptists centered in Germany who had an absolute disdain for hum...
abecedarius
1: a poem having lines beginning with letters of the alphabet in regular order
abed
1: in bed
Abel
1: Norwegian mathematician (1802-1829) [syn: {Niels Abel}, {Niels Henrik Abel}] 2: (Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Abel was killed by ...
Abel Janszoon Tasman
1: Dutch navigator who was the first European to discover Tasmania and New Zealand (1603-1659) [syn: {Tasman}, {Abel Tasman}]
Abel Tasman
1: Dutch navigator who was the first European to discover Tasmania and New Zealand (1603-1659) [syn: {Tasman}, {Abel Janszoon Tasman}]
Abelard
1: French philosopher and theologian; lover of Heloise (1079-1142) [syn: {Peter Abelard}, {Pierre Abelard}]
abele
1: a poplar that is widely cultivated in the United States; has white bark and leaves with whitish undersurfaces [syn: {white poplar}, {white aspen}, {aspen poplar}, {silver-leaved poplar}, {Populus a...
abelia
1: any of various deciduous or evergreen ornamental shrubs of the genus Abelia having opposite simple leaves and cymes of small white or pink or purplish flowers; Asia and Mexico
Abelian group
1: a group that satisfies the commutative law [syn: {commutative group}]
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