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{adj: chromatic} based on a scale consisting of 12 semitones
"a chromatic scale"
<-> diatonic

{adj: preteen, preadolescent} of or relating to or designed for children between the ages of 9 and 12
"a preteen party"
"preteen clothing"

{adj: twelve, 12, xii, dozen} denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units

{n: Adams, Mount Adams} a mountain peak in southwestern Washington in the Cascade Range (12,307 feet high)

{n: Aditya} one of 7 to 12 sons of Aditi; gods of celestial light

{n: Agrippa, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa} Roman general who commanded the fleet that defeated the forces of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium (63-12 BC)

{n: Apostle} (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel

{n: Beaufort scale, wind scale} an international scale of wind force from 0 (calm air) to 12 (hurricane)

{n: Beaufort scale} a scale from 0 to 12 for the force of the wind

{n: Caligula, Gaius, Gaius Caesar} Roman Emperor who succeeded Tiberius and whose uncontrolled passions resulted in manifest insanity; noted for his cruelty and tyranny; was assassinated (12-41)

{n: Canadian province} Canada is divided into 12 provinces for administrative purposes

{n: Columbus Day, Discovery Day, October 12} a legal holiday commemorating the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus

{n: Federal Reserve Bank, reserve bank} one of 12 regional banks that monitor and act as depositories for banks in their region

{n: Federal Reserve System, Federal Reserve, Fed, FRS} the central bank of the United States; incorporates 12 Federal Reserve branch banks and all national banks and state charted commercial banks and some trust companies
"the Fed seeks to control the United States economy by raising and lowering short-term interest rates and the money supply"

{n: Golden Rule} a command based on Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount
"Whatsoever ye would that men do unto you, do you even so unto them" (Matthew 7:12)

{n: Hercules, Heracles, Herakles, Alcides} (classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality

{n: Ishmael} (Old Testament) the son of Abraham who was cast out after the birth of Isaac; considered the forebear of 12 Arabian tribes

{n: Joseph} (Old Testament) the 11th son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel; Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and they sold him into slavery in Egypt

{n: Julian calendar, Old Style calendar} the solar calendar introduced in Rome in 46 b.c. by Julius Caesar and slightly modified by Augustus, establishing the 12-month year of 365 days with each 4th year having 366 days and the months having 31 or 30 days except for February

{n: Lincoln's Birthday, February 12} the day on which President Abraham Lincoln is remembered

{n: Louis, Joe Louis, Joseph Louis Barrow} United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight campion for 12 years (1914-1981)

{n: Nemean lion} (Greek mythology) an enormous lion strangled by Hercules as the first of his 12 labors

{n: North Atlantic Treaty} the treaty signed in 1949 by 12 countries that established NATO

{n: Olympian Zeus} a seated statue of the supreme god of ancient Greek mythology created for the temple at Olympia; the statue was 40 feet tall and rested on a base that was 12 feet high

{n: Oregon cedar, Port Orford cedar, Lawson's cypress, Lawson's cedar, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana} large timber tree of western North America with trunk diameter to 12 feet and height to 200 feet

{n: Rameses, Ramesses, Ramses} any of 12 kings of ancient Egypt between 1315 and 1090 BC

{n: Simeon} (Old Testament) the 2nd son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel

{n: United States waters, U.S. waters} territorial waters included within a distance of 12 nautical miles of the coasts of the United States and its territories
"ships operating in United States waters must adhere to United States laws and regulations"

{n: album, record album} one or more recordings issued together; originally released on 12-inch phonograph records (usually with attractive record covers) and later on cassette audio tape and compact disc

{n: aliquant, aliquant part} an integer that is not an exact divisor of some quantity
"5 is an aliquant part of 12"
<-> aliquot

{n: aliquot, aliquot part} an integer that is an exact divisor of some quantity
"4 is an aliquot part of 12"
<-> aliquant

{n: alpha rhythm, alpha wave} the normal brainwave in the electroencephalogram of a person who is awake but relaxed; occurs with a frequency of 8-12 hertz

{n: apothecaries' unit, apothecaries' weight} any weight unit used in pharmacy; an ounce is equal to 480 grains and a pound is equal to 12 ounces

{n: batting average} (an extension of the baseball term) the proportion of times some effort succeeds
"the salesman's batting average was 7 out of 12"

{n: bell, ship's bell} (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.

{n: beta rhythm, beta wave} the normal brainwave in the encephalogram of a person who is awake and alert; occurs with a frequency between 12 and 30 hertz

{n: billion, one million million, 1000000000000} the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros; in the United Kingdom the usage followed in the United States is frequently seen

{n: capacity, content} the amount that can be contained
"the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"

{n: car battery, automobile battery} a lead-acid storage battery in a motor vehicle; usually a 12-volt battery of six cells; the heart of the car's electrical system

{n: charter school} an experimental public school for kindergarten through grade 12; created and organized by teachers and parents and community leaders; operates independently of other schools

{n: checkers, draughts} a checkerboard game for two players who each have 12 pieces; the object is to jump over and so capture the opponent's pieces

{n: checkout, checkout time} the latest time for vacating a hotel room
"the checkout here is 12 noon"

{n: chromatic scale} a 12-note scale including all the semitones of the octave

{n: county} a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government
"the county has a population of 12,345 people"

{n: cranial nerve} any of the 12 paired nerves that originate in the brain stem

{n: craps} a gambling game played with two dice; a first throw of 7 or 11 wins and a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses and a first throw of any other number must be repeated to win before a 7 is thrown, which loses the bet and the dice

{n: dixie} a large metal pot (12 gallon camp kettle) for cooking; used in military camps

{n: duodecimal notation} any notation that uses 12 different characters

{n: eleven-plus, 11-plus} (formerly in England) an examination taken by 11 and 12 year old students to select suitable candidates for grammar school

{n: fatty acid} any of a class of aliphatic monocarboxylic acids that form part of a lipid molecule and can be derived from fat by hydrolysis; fatty acids are simple molecules built around a series of carbon atoms linked together in a chain of 12 to 22 carbon atoms

{n: first trimester} time period extending from the first day of the last menstrual period through 12 weeks of gestation

{n: fiscal year, financial year} any accounting period of 12 months

{n: floating-point notation, floating-point representation system} a radix numeration system in which the location of the decimal point is indicated by an exponent of the radix; in the floating-point representation system, 0.0012 is represented as 0.12-2 where -2 is the exponent

{n: foot, ft} a linear unit of length equal to 12 inches or a third of a yard
"he is six feet tall"

{n: gentle breeze} wind moving 8-12 knots; 3 on the Beaufort scale

{n: giant moa, Dinornis giganteus} the largest moa; about 12 feet high

{n: hurricane} a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving a 73-136 knots (12 on the Beaufort scale)

{n: little leaguer} a player between 8 and 12 years of age who is a member of a little-league team

{n: little league} a commercially sponsored baseball league for players between 8 and 12 years of age

{n: lowest common multiple, least common multiple, lcm} the smallest multiple that is exactly divisible by every member of a set of numbers
"the least common multiple of 12 and 18 is 36"

{n: lunar year} a period of 12 lunar months

{n: magnesium, Mg, atomic number 12} a light silver-white ductile bivalent metallic element; in pure form it burns with brilliant white flame; occurs naturally only in combination (as in magnesite and dolomite and carnallite and spinel and olivine)

{n: midnight} 12 o'clock at night; the middle of the night
"young children should not be allowed to stay up until midnight"

{n: monthly} a periodical that is published every month (or 12 issues per year)

{n: petit jury, petty jury} a jury of 12 to determine the facts and decide the issue in civil or criminal proceedings

{n: picosecond} one trillionth (10^-12) of a second; one thousandth of a nanosecond

{n: preteen, preteenager} a preadolescent boy or girl (usually between 9 and 12 years of age)
"little league is intended for the preteens"

{n: rib, costa} any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates)

{n: royal, royal stag} stag with antlers of 12 or more branches

{n: run} the continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation
"the assembly line was on a 12-hour run"

{n: secondary school, lyceum, lycee, Gymnasium, middle school} a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12

{n: senior high school, senior high, high, highschool, high school} a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12
"he goes to the neighborhood highschool"

{n: sign of the zodiac, star sign, sign, mansion, house, planetary house} (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

{n: teens} the time of life between the ages of 12 and 20

{n: thoracic vertebra, dorsal vertebra} one of 12 vertebrae in the human vertebral column; thoracic vertebrae extend from the seventh cervical vertebra down to the first lumbar vertebra

{n: trillion, one million million, 1000000000000} the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros
"in England they call a trillion a billion"

{n: troy pound, apothecaries' pound} an apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces or 373.242 grams

{n: troy, troy weight} a system of weights used for precious metals and gemstones; based on a 12-ounce pound and an ounce of 480 grains

{n: twelfth} position 12 in a countable series of things

{n: twelve, 12, XII, dozen} the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one

{n: twelve-tone music, 12-tone music, twelve-tone system, 12-tone system} a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row)

{n: vengeance, retribution, payback} the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life
"Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12:19
"For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield
"he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him"
"the swiftness of divine retribution"

{n: zodiac} (astrology) a circular diagram representing the 12 zodiacal constellations and showing their signs

{n: zodiac} a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes

{v: adolesce} become adolescent ; pass through adolescence
"The children are beginning to adolesce around the age of 12"

{v: deepen, change} become deeper in tone
"His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"
"Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"

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