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{adj: Copernican} of radical or major importance
"a Copernican revolution in modern art"



{adj: carotid} of or relating to either of the two major arteries supplying blood to the head and neck

{adj: diatonic} based on the standard major or minor scales consisting of 5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals
<-> chromatic

{adj: disjunct} progressing melodically by intervals larger than a major second
<-> conjunct

{adj: established, constituted} brought about or set up or accepted; especially long established
"the established social order"
"distrust the constituted authority"
"a team established as a member of a major league"
"enjoyed his prestige as an established writer"
"an established precedent"
"the established Church"
<-> unestablished

{adj: formidable, redoubtable, unnerving} inspiring fear
"the formidable prospect of major surgery"
"a tougher and more redoubtable adversary than the heel-clicking, jackbooted fanatic"- G.H.Johnston
"something unnerving and prisonlike about high grey wall"

{adj: great, outstanding} of major significance or importance
"a great work of art"
"Einstein was one of the outstanding figures of the 20th centurey"

{adj: indie} (of pop groups) not affiliated with a major recording company

{adj: major} greater in scope or effect
"a major contribution"
"a major improvement"
"a major break with tradition"
"a major misunderstanding"
<-> minor

{adj: major} of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes
"his major field was mathematics"
<-> minor

{adj: minor, nonaged, underage} not of legal age
"minor children"
<-> major

{adj: minor} of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
<-> major

{adj: sketchy, unelaborated} giving only major points; lacking completeness
"a sketchy account"
"details of the plan remain sketchy"


{adv: coolly, nervelessly, nonchalantly} in a composed and unconcerned manner
"without more ado Barker borrowed a knife from his brigade Major and honed it on a carborundum stone as coolly as a butcher"

{n: Aden} an important port of Yemen; located on the Gulf of Aden; its strategic location have made it a major trading center of southern Arabia since ancient times

{n: Allied Command Atlantic, ACLANT} a major strategic headquarters of NATO located in the United States; is under the authority of the North Atlantic Council

{n: Allied Command Europe, ACE} a major strategic headquarters of NATO; safeguards an area extending from Norway to Turkey

{n: Argo} formerly a large constellation in the southern hemisphere between Canis Major and the Southern Cross; now divided into Carina and Pyxis and Puppis and Vela

{n: Baltimore} the largest city in Maryland; a major seaport and industrial center

{n: Berber} a cluster of related dialects that were once the major language of northern Africa west of Egypt; now spoken mostly in Morocco

{n: Big Dipper, Dipper, Plough, Charles's Wain, Wain, Wagon} a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major

{n: Bootes} a constellation in the northern hemisphere near Ursa Major

{n: Bordeaux} a port city in southwestern France; a major center of the wine trade

{n: Boston, Hub of the Universe, Bean Town, Beantown, capital of Massachusetts} state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services

{n: Brahma} the Creator; one of the three major deities in the later Hindu pantheon

{n: Britten, Benjamin Britten, Edward Benjamin Britten, Lord Britten of Aldeburgh} major English composer of the 20th century; noted for his operas (1913-1976)

{n: C major, C major scale, scale of C major} (music) the major scale having no sharps or flats

{n: Cairo, Al Qahira, El Qahira, Egyptian capital, capital of Egypt} the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa; a major port just south of the Nile delta; formerly the home of the Pharaohs

{n: Canis Major, Great Dog} a constellation southeast of Orion; contains Sirius

{n: Caucasia, Caucasus} a large region between the Black and Caspian seas that contains the Caucasus Mountains; oil is its major resource

{n: Champs Elysees} a major avenue in Paris famous for elegant shops and cafes

{n: Chancellorsville} a major battle in the American Civil War (1863); the Confederates under Robert E. Lee defeated the Union forces under Joseph Hooker

{n: Chapultepec} a pitched battle in the Mexican War that resulted in a major victory for American forces over Mexican forces at a locality south of Mexico City (1847)

{n: Chernobyl} a city in north central Ukraine; site of a major disaster at a nuclear power plant (26 April 1986)

{n: Chishona} a Bantu language that is one of the two major languages of Zimbabwe

{n: Cleveland} the largest city in Ohio; located in northeastern Ohio on Lake Erie; a major Great Lakes port

{n: Coma Berenices} a constellation in the northern hemisphere between Ursa Major and Bootes; contains a cluster of some 10,000 galaxies

{n: Congo, Congo River, Zaire River} a major African river (one of the world's longest); flows through Congo into the South Atlantic

{n: Cooley's anemia, Cooley's anaemia, thalassemia major, thalassaemia major} a fatal form of homozygous thalassemia (inherited from both parents) in which there is no hemoglobin; skeletal deformations; heart and spleen and liver enlarged

{n: Court, Margaret Court} Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947)

{n: Cryptogamia} in former classification systems: one of two major plant divisions, including all plants that do not bear seeds: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi
<-> Phanerogamae

{n: C} (music) the keynote of the scale of C major

{n: Democratic-Republican Party} a former major political party in the United States in the early 19th century; opposed the old Federalist party; favored a strict interpretation of the constitution in order to limit the powers of the federal government

{n: Detroit, Motor City, Motown} the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor

{n: Draco, Dragon} a faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus

{n: Dublin, Irish capital, capital of Ireland} capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Free State

{n: Emergency Alert System, EAS} a federal warning system that is activated by FEMA; enables the President to take over the United States airwaves to warn the whole country of major catastrophic events

{n: Ephesus} an ancient Greek city on the western shore of Asia Minor in what is now Turkey; site of the Temple of Artemis; was a major trading center and played an important role in early Christianity

{n: Eurocurrency} currency of the major financial and industrial countries held in those countries for the purpose of lending and borrowing

{n: Federalist Party, American Federalist Party, Federal Party} a major political party in the United States in the early 19th century; founded by Alexander Hamilton; favored a strong centralized government

{n: Fort Worth} a city in northeastern Texas (just west of Dallas); a major industrial center

{n: Franklin, Benjamin Franklin} printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)

{n: Germanic, Germanic language} a branch of the Indo-European family of languages; members that are spoken currently fall into two major groups: Scandinavian and West Germanic

{n: Gettysburg, Battle of Gettysburg} a battle of the American Civil War (1863); the defeat of Robert E. Lee's invading Confederate army was a major victory for the Union

{n: Goldsboro} a town that is a major tobacco center in eastern North Carolina

{n: Gorbachev, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev} Soviet statesman whose foreign policy brought an end to the Cold War and whose domestic policy introduced major reforms (born in 1931)

{n: Granada} a city in southeastern Spain that was the capital of the Moorish kingdom until it was captured by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492; site of the Alhambra (a palace and fortress built by Moors in the Middle Ages) which is now a major tourist attraction

{n: Grand Canal} the major waterway in Venice, Italy

{n: Great Bear, Ursa Major} a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star

{n: Guangzhou, Kuangchou, Kwangchow, Canton} a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China; the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port

{n: Helsinki, Helsingfors, capital of Finland, Finnish capital} the capital and largest city of Finland; located in southern Finland; a major port and commercial and cultural center

{n: Huang He, Hwang Ho, Yellow River} a major river of Asia in northern China; flows generally eastward into the Yellow Sea; carries large quantities of yellow silt to its delta

{n: Indianapolis, capital of Indiana} the capital and largest city of Indiana; a major commercial center in the country's heartland; site of an annual 500-mile automobile race

{n: Inland Revenue, IR} a board of the British government that administers and collects major direct taxes

{n: International Monetary Fund, IMF} a United Nations agency to promote trade by increasing the exchange stability of the major currencies

{n: Isaiah} (Old Testament) the first of the major Hebrew prophets (8th century BC)

{n: Jamaica} a country on the island of Jamaica; became independent of England in 1962; much poverty; the major industry is tourism

{n: Jerome, Saint Jerome, St. Jerome, Hieronymus, Eusebius Hieronymus, Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus} (Roman Catholic Church) one of the great fathers of the early Christian Church whose major work was his translation of the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin (which became the Vulgate); a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-420)

{n: Katsina} a city in northern Nigeria; a major center of the Hausa people

{n: Kuwait, State of Kuwait, Koweit} an Arab kingdom in Asia on the northwestern coast of the Persian Gulf; a major source of petroleum

{n: Kyyiv, Kiev, capital of the Ukraine} capital and largest city of the Ukraine; a major manufacturing and transportation center

{n: La Spezia} a port city in Liguria on an arm of the Ligurian Sea; a major seaport and year-round resort

{n: Liberal Party} a major political party in Great Britain in the 19th century; now the third largest; advocated reforms and improvement of the conditions of working people

{n: Libya, Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya} a military dictatorship in northern Africa on the Mediterranean; consists almost entirely of desert; a major exporter of petroleum

{n: Lisbon, Lisboa, capital of Portugal} capital and largest city and economic and cultural center of Portugal; a major port in western Portugal on Tagus River where it broadens and empties into the Atlantic

{n: Liverpool} a large city in northwestern England; its port is the country's major outlet for industrial exports

{n: Lombard Street} a street in central London containing many of the major London banks

{n: Lushun, Port Arthur} a major port city in northeastern China; part of the conurbation of Luda

{n: Mahayana} a major school of Buddhism teaching social concern and universal salvation; China; Japan; Tibet; Nepal; Korea; Mongolia

{n: Maracaibo} a port city in northwestern Venezuela; a major oil center

{n: Mississippi, Mississippi River} a major North American river and the chief river of the United States; rises in northern Minnesota and flows southward into the Gulf of Mexico

{n: Monera, kingdom Monera, Prokayotae, kingdom Prokaryotae} prokaryotic bacteria and blue-green algae and various primitive pathogens; because of lack of consensus on how to divide the organisms into phyla informal names are used for the major divisions

{n: Naseby, Battle of Naseby} a battle in 1645 that settled the outcome of the first English Civil War as the Parliamentarians won a major victory over the Royalists

{n: Neoplatonism} a system of philosophical and theological doctrines composed of elements of Platonism and Aristotelianism and oriental mysticism; its most distinctive doctrine holds that the first principle and source of reality transcends being and thought and is naturally unknowable
"Neoplatonism was predominant in pagan Europe until the 6th century"
"Neoplatonism was a major influence on early Christian writers and on later medieval and Renaissance thought and on Islamic philosophy"

{n: Nestorius} Syrian who was a Christian bishop and Patriarch of Constantinople in the early fifth century; one of the major heresies concerning the doctrine of the hypostasis of Christ was named after him (died in 451)

{n: New Orleans} a port and largest city in Louisiana; located in southeastern Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi river; a major center for offshore drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico; jazz originated here among black musicians in the late 19th century; Mardi Gras is celebrated here each year

{n: New York, New York City, Greater New York} the largest city in New York State and in the United States; located in southeastern New York at the mouth of the Hudson river; a major financial and cultural center

{n: Nullarbor Plain} a vast arid plain of southern Australia stretching inland from the Great Australian Bight; has sparse vegetation and no surface water and is almost uninhabited; the site of a major rocket research center

{n: Omaha} largest city in Nebraska; located in eastern Nebraska on the Missouri river; a major transportation center of the Midwest

{n: Paramaribo, capital of Suriname} the capital and largest city and major port of Surinam

{n: Patras, Patrai} a port city in western Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese on an inlet of the Ionian Sea; was a major trade center from the 5th century BC to the 3rd century BC; commercial importance revived during the Middle Ages

{n: Phanerogamae} in former classification systems: one of two major plant divisions, including all seed-bearing plants; superseded by the division Spermatophyta
<-> Cryptogamia

{n: Ping, Ping River} a river in western Thailand; a major tributary of the Chao Phraya

{n: Portsmouth, Pompey} a port city in southern England on the English Channel; Britain's major naval base

{n: Puppis} a constellation in the southern hemisphere between Vela and Canis Major that shaped like the stern of a boat

{n: Rhine, Rhine River, Rhein} a major European river carrying more traffic than any other river in the world; flows into the North Sea

{n: Ruhr, Ruhr Valley} a major industrial and coal mining region in the valley of the Ruhr river in northwestern Germany

{n: Salafist Group, Salafast Group for Call and Combat, GSPC} an Algerian extremist Islamic offshoot of the Armed Islamic Group; now the largest and most active armed terrorist group in Algeria that seeks to overthrow the government; a major source of support and recruitment for al-Qaeda operations in Europe and northern Africa

{n: San Andreas Fault} a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes

{n: San Francisco} a port in western California near the Golden Gate that is one of the major industrial and transportation centers; it has one of the world's finest harbors; site of the Golden Gate Bridge

{n: Scipio, Scipio Africanus, Scipio Africanus Major, Publius Cornelius Scipio, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major, Scipio the Elder} Roman general who commanded the invasion of Carthage in the second Punic War and defeated Hannibal at Zama (circa 237-183 BC)

{n: Seattle} a major port of entry and the largest city in Washington; located in west central Washington on the protected waters of Puget Sound with the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Ranier visible to the south and east; an aerospace and computer center; site of the University of Washington

{n: Sevilla, Seville} a city in southwestern Spain; a major port and cultural center; the capital of bullfighting in Spain

{n: Sirius, Dog Star, Canicula, Sothis} the brightest star in the sky; in Canis Major

{n: Succoth, Sukkoth, Succos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles, Tabernacles} a major Jewish festival beginning on the eve of the 15th of Tishri and commemorating the shelter of the Israelites during their 40 years in the wilderness

{n: Sudbury} a city in south central Canada in Ontario; a major nickel mining center

{n: Tacitus, Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Gaius Cornelius Tacitus} Roman historian who wrote major works on the history of the Roman Empire (56-120)

{n: Tianjin, Tientsin, T'ien-ching} a major industrial center in northeastern China on the Grand Canal near the Yellow Sea; 3rd largest city in China

{n: Tien Shan, Tyan Shan} a major mountain range of central Asia; extends 1,500 miles

{n: Tishah b'Av, Tishah b'Ab, Tisha b'Av, Tisha b'Ab, Ninth of Av, Ninth of Ab, Fast of Av, Fast of Ab} (Judaism) a major fast day on the Jewish calendar commemorating the destruction of the temples in Jerusalem

{n: Tulsa} a major city of northeastern Oklahoma on the Arkansas river; once known as the oil capital of the world and still heavily involved in the oil and gas industries

{n: Ulster Defense Association, UDA} the major Protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland; responsible for bombing the homes of Catholics and for criminal racketeering and selling drugs

{n: Unguiculata} in former classifications a major division of Mammalia comprising mammals with nails or claws; distinguished from hoofed mammals and cetaceans

{n: Ungulata} in former classifications a major division of Mammalia comprising all hoofed mammals; now divided into the orders Perissodactyla (odd-toed ungulates) and Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates)

{n: Venice, Venezia} the provincial capital of Veneto; built on 118 islands within a lagoon in the Gulf of Venice; has canals instead of streets; one of Italy's major ports and a famous tourist attraction

{n: Virginia Beach} the largest city in Virginia; long overshadowed by Norfolk but growing rapidly since 1970; with 28 miles of public beaches tourism is a major factor in the economy; site of three United States Navy bases

{n: Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement} (Judaism) a solemn and major fast day on the Jewish calendar; 10th of Tishri; its observance is one of the requirements of the Mosaic law

{n: abdominal cavity, abdomen} the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm

{n: about-face, volte-face, reversal, policy change} a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
"an about-face on foreign policy"

{n: act of God, force majeure, vis major, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty} a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events
"he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"

{n: addition, add-on, improver} a component that is added to something to improve it
"the addition of a bathroom was a major improvement"
"the addition of cinnamon improved the flavor"

{n: adenosine triphosphate, ATP} a nucleotide derived from adenosine that occurs in muscle tissue; the major source of energy for cellular reactions

{n: affective disorder, major affective disorder, emotional disorder, emotional disturbance} any mental disorder not caused by detectable organic abnormalities of the brain and in which a major disturbance of emotions is predominant

{n: albacore} relatively small tuna with choice white flesh; major source of canned tuna

{n: anterior cardinal vein} a major drainage channel from the cephalic part of the body

{n: biome} a major biotic community characterized by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate

{n: book} a major division of a long written composition
"the book of Isaiah"

{n: broad-leaved plantain, common plantain, white-man's foot, whiteman's foot, cart-track plant, Plantago major} common European perennial naturalized worldwide; a troublesome weed

{n: burweed marsh elder, false ragweed, Iva xanthifolia} tall annual marsh elder common in moist rich soil is central North America that can cause contact dermatitis; produces much pollen that is a major cause of hay fever

{n: calcite} a common mineral consisting of crystallized calcium carbonate; a major constituent of limestone

{n: calcium bicarbonate} a bicarbonate that is a major cause of hard water

{n: canto} a major division of a long poem

{n: captain} an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant

{n: carcinoma} any malignant tumor derived from epithelial tissue; one of the four major types of cancer

{n: cardinal vein} any of the major venous channels in primitive adult vertebrates and in embryos of higher vertebrates

{n: care} a cause for feeling concern
"his major care was the illness of his wife"

{n: carotid artery, arteria carotis} either of two major arteries of the neck and head; branches from the aorta

{n: cerebellum} a major division of the vertebrate brain; situated above the medulla oblongata and beneath the cerebrum in humans

{n: chromite} a brownish-black mineral; the major source of chromium

{n: cirrhosis, cirrhosis of the liver} a chronic disease interfering with the normal functioning of the liver; the major cause is chronic alcoholism

{n: cod, codfish} major food fish of arctic and cold-temperate waters

{n: common cardinal vein} the major return channels to the heart; formed by anastomosis of the anterior and posterior cardinal veins

{n: common chord, triad} a three-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and fifth tones

{n: communications, communication theory} the discipline that studies the principles of transmiting information and the methods by which it is delivered (as print or radio or television etc.)
"communications is his major field of study"

{n: concern, worry, headache, vexation} something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
"New York traffic is a constant concern"
"it's a major worry"

{n: conclusion, ratiocination} the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)

{n: contour} a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure
"the contours of the melody"
"it defines a major contour of this administration"

{n: crosscut saw, crosscut handsaw, cutoff saw} handsaw that cuts at right angles to the grain (or major axis)

{n: development} (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated

{n: drum major} the leader of a marching band or drum corps

{n: eccentricity} (geometry) a ratio describing the shape of a conic section; the ratio of the distance between the foci to the length of the major axis
"a circle is an ellipse with zero eccentricity"

{n: entitlement} right granted by law or contract (especially a right to benefits)
"entitlements make up the major part of the federal budget"

{n: estate, estate of the realm} a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country and formerly possessing distinct political rights

{n: exemplar, example, model, good example} something to be imitated
"an exemplar of success"
"a model of clarity"
"he is the very model of a modern major general"

{n: face lift, facelift, face lifting} a renovation that improves the outward appearance (as of a building) but usually does not involve major changes
"give your home a facelift"
"more than a facelift, the new model marks a fundamental change of direction"

{n: farm team, farm club} a minor-league team that is owned by a major-league team (especially in baseball)

{n: field-grade officer, field officer, FO} an officer holding the rank of major or lieutenant colonel or colonel

{n: fortnight, two weeks} a period of fourteen consecutive days
"most major tennis tournaments last a fortnight"

{n: grand mal, generalized seizure, epilepsia major} a seizure (or a type of epilepsy characterized by such seizures) during which the patient becomes unconscious and has convulsions over the entire body

{n: greater masterwort, Astrantia major} European herb with aromatic roots and leaves in a basal tuft and showy compound umbels of white to rosy flowers

{n: heart} a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it
"he led the queen of hearts"
"hearts were trumps"

{n: high priest} a preeminent authority or major proponent of a movement or doctrine
"he's the high priest of contemporary jazz"

{n: immunoglobulin A, IgA} one of the most common of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; the chief antibody in the membranes of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts

{n: immunoglobulin D, IgD} one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; present in blood serum in small amounts

{n: immunoglobulin E, IgE} one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; present primarily in the skin and mucous membranes

{n: immunoglobulin G, IgG} one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; the main antibody defense against bacteria

{n: immunoglobulin M, IgM} one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; involved in fighting blood infections and in triggering production of immunoglobulin G

{n: indie} a pop group not affiliated with a major record company

{n: intermezzo} a short movement coming between the major sections of a symphony

{n: interstate, interstate highway} one of the system of highways linking major cities in the 48 contiguous states of the United States

{n: involutional depression} a major depressive episode associated with the climacteric

{n: krill} shrimp-like planktonic crustaceans; major source of food for e.g. baleen whales

{n: leap, jump, saltation} an abrupt transition
"a successful leap from college to the major leagues"

{n: leukemia, leukaemia, leucaemia, cancer of the blood} malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues; characterized by abnormal proliferation of leukocytes; one of the four major types of cancer

{n: lieutenant colonel, light colonel} a commissioned officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines holding a rank above major and below colonel

{n: line of defense, line of defence} any organization whose responsibility it is to defend against something
"police are the major line of defense against crime"

{n: lumper} a taxonomist who classifies organisms into large groups on the basis of major characteristics
<-> splitter

{n: lymphoma} a neoplasm of lymph tissue that is usually malignant; one of the four major types of cancer

{n: magnesium bicarbonate} a bicarbonate that is a major cause of hard water

{n: major depressive episode} (psychiatry) a state of depression with all the classic symptoms (anhedonia and lethargy and sleep disturbance and despondency and morbid thoughts and feelings of worthlessness and sometimes attempted suicide) but with no known organic dysfunction

{n: major fast day} one of two major fast days on the Jewish calendar

{n: major form class} any of the parts of speech of traditional grammar

{n: major premise, major premiss} the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion)

{n: major term} the term in a syllogism that is the predicate of the conclusion

{n: major tranquilizer, major tranquillizer, major tranquilliser, antipsychotic drug, antipsychotic agent, antipsychotic, neuroleptic drug, neuroleptic agent, neuroleptic} tranquilizer used to treat psychotic conditions when a calming effect is desired

{n: major-domo, seneschal} the chief steward or butler of a great household

{n: major-league team, major-league club} a team that plays in a major league

{n: major} a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain

{n: malacostracan crustacean} a major subclass of crustaceans

{n: movement} a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata
"the second movement is slow and melodic"

{n: obstacle, obstruction} something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
"lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"
"the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"
"the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"

{n: oleic acid} a colorless oily liquid occurring as a glyceride; it is the major fatty acid in olive oil and canola oil; used in making soap and cosmetics and ointments and lubricating oils

{n: pasteurization, pasteurisation} partial sterilization of foods at a temperature that destroys harmful microorganisms without major changes in the chemistry of the food

{n: pearl oyster, Pinctada margaritifera} tropical marine bivalve found chiefly off eastern Asia and Pacific coast of North America and Central America; a major source of pearls

{n: penitentiary, pen} a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

{n: phylum} (biology) the major taxonomic group of animals and plants; contains classes

{n: pipe major} the chief piper in a band of bagpipes

{n: pitch apple, strangler fig, Clusia rosea, Clusia major} a common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers

{n: planet, major planet} (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction

{n: player} an important participant (as in a business deal)
"he was a major player in setting up the corporation"

{n: posterior cardinal vein} a major drainage channel from the caudal part of the body

{n: private foundation} a charity that does not receive a major part of its support from the public

{n: public charity} a charity that is deemed to receive the major part of its support from the public (rather than from a small group of individuals)

{n: quarter} one of the four major division of the compass
"the wind is coming from that quarter"

{n: rhomboideus major muscle, greater rhomboid muscle, musculus rhomboideus major} rhomboid muscle that draws the scapula toward the spinal column

{n: rutile} a mineral consisting of titanium dioxide in crystalline form; occurs in metamorphic and plutonic rocks and is a major source of titanium

{n: salvation} saving someone or something from harm of from an unpleasant situation
"the salvation of his party was the president's major concern"

{n: sarcoma} a usually malignant tumor arising from connective tissue (bone or muscle etc.); one of the four major types of cancer

{n: season} a recurrent time marked by major holidays
"it was the Christmas season"

{n: semimajor axis} one-half the major axis of an ellipse; the distance from the center of an ellipse to one end

{n: sergeant major} a noncommissioned officer serving as chief administrative officer of a headquarters unit of the army

{n: sexual immorality} the evil ascribed to sexual acts that violate social conventions
"sexual immorality is the major reason for last year's record number of abortions"

{n: sleeper nest} a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal
"sleeper nests of Islamic terrorists were capable of launching major attacks in Europe"

{n: smallpox, variola, variola major} a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars

{n: solmization, solfege, solfeggio} singing using solfa syllables to denote the notes of the scale of C major

{n: soul} a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s
"soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement"

{n: spade} a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it
"she led a low spade"
"spades were trumps"

{n: spinal cord, medulla spinalis} a major part of the central nervous system which conducts sensory and motor nerve impulses to and from the brain; a long tubelike structure extending from the base of the brain through the vertebral canal to the upper lumbar region

{n: spruce bark beetle, Dendroctonus rufipennis} small beetle that likes to bore through the bark of spruce trees and eat the cambium which eventually kills the tree
"the spruce bark beetle is the major tree-killing insect pest of Alaska spruce forests"

{n: subkingdom} (biology) a taxonomic group comprising a major division of a kingdom

{n: tyrocidine, tyrocidin} a basic polypeptide antibiotic derived from a soil bacterium; a major component of tyrothricin

{n: unipolar depression} a major depressive episode that occurs without the manic phase that occurs in the classic form of bipolar disorder

{n: weekend warrior} a homeowner who acts as a contractor and tries to do major improvement projects on weekends (often without understanding the scope of the work to be done)

{v: carry, run} include as the content ; broadcast or publicize
"We ran the ad three times"
"This paper carries a restaurant review"
"All major networks carried the press conference"

{v: cut} make a recording of
"cut the songs"
"She cut all of her major titles again"

{v: hold} have as a major characteristic
"The novel holds many surprises"
"The book holds in store much valuable advise"

{v: transpose} change key
"Can you transpose this fugue into G major?"


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