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{adj: Gilbertian} wildly comic and improbable as in Gilbert and Sullivan operas
"a Gilbertian world people with foundlings and changelings"- T.C.Worsley



{adj: Roman, R.C., Romanist, romish, Roman Catholic, popish, papist, papistic, papistical} of or relating to or supporting Romanism
"the Roman Catholic Church"

{adj: arid, desiccate, desiccated} lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
"a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata"
"a desiccate romance"
"a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo

{adj: chilly} not characterized by emotion
"a female form in marble--a chilly but ideal medium for depicting abstract virtues"-C.W.Cunningham

{adj: critical} at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction
"a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure"
"critical mass"
"go critical"
<-> noncritical

{adj: datable, dateable} that can be given a date
"a concrete and datable happening"- C.W.Shumaker
<-> undatable

{adj: desperate, dire} fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
"a desperate illness"
"on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- G.C.Marshall
"a dire emergency"

{adj: desperate, heroic} showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
"made a last desperate attempt to reach the climber"
"the desperate gallantry of our naval task forces marked the turning point in the Pacific war"- G.C.Marshall
"they took heroic measures to save his life"

{adj: early} of an early stage in the development of a language or literature
"the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."
"Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700"
<-> middle, late

{adj: hag-ridden, hagridden, tormented} tormented or harassed by nightmares or unreasonable fears
"hagridden...by visions of an imminent heaven or hell upon earth"- C.S.Lewis

{adj: healthy, salubrious, good for you} promoting health; healthful
"a healthy diet"
"clean healthy air"
"plenty of healthy sleep"
"healthy and normal outlets for youthful energy"
"the salubrious mountain air and water"- C.B.Davis
"carrots are good for you"

{adj: hundred thousand} (in Roman numerals, C written with a macron over it) denoting a quantity consisting of 100,000 items or units

{adj: hundred, one hundred, 100, c} being ten more than ninety

{adj: insightful} exhibiting insight or clear and deep perception
"an insightful parent"
"the chapter is insightful and suggestive of new perspectives"-R.C.Angell

{adj: insolvable, unsoluble, unsolvable, unresolvable} not easily solved
"an apparantly insolvable problem"
"public finance...had long presented problems unsolvable or at least unsolved"- C.L.Jones

{adj: light} of comparatively little physical weight or density
"a light load"
"magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C"
<-> heavy

{adj: lowercase} relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case
"lowercase letters; a and b and c etc"
<-> uppercase

{adj: nativist, nativistic} advocating the perpetuation of native societies
"the old nativist prejudice against the foreign businessman"
"the nativistic faith preaches the old values"- C.K.Kluckhohn

{adj: phantasmagoric, phantasmagorical, surreal, surrealistic} characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions
"a great concourse of phantasmagoric shadows"--J.C.Powys
"the incongruous imagery in surreal art and literature"

{adj: planetary, terrestrial} of or relating to or characteristic of the planet Earth or its inhabitants
"planetary rumblings and eructations"- L.C.Eiseley
"the planetary tilt"
"this terrestrial ball"

{adj: plus} on the positive side or higher end of a scale
"a plus value"
"temperature of plus 5 degrees"
"a grade of C plus"
<-> minus

{adj: sharp} raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone
"C sharp"
<-> flat, natural

{adj: uncultivable, uncultivatable} not suitable for cultivation or tilling
"thickets of indigenous trees...on uncultivable land"- C.B.Palmer

{adj: unwritten} based on custom rather than documentation
"an unwritten law"
"rites...so ancient that they well might have had their unwritten origins in Aurignacian times"- J.L.T.C.Spence
<-> written

{adj: used} employed in accomplishing something
"the principle of surprise is the most used and misused of all the principles of war"- H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker
<-> misused

{adv: BC, B.C., before Christ} before the Christian era; used following dates before the supposed year Christ was born
"in 200 BC"

{adv: BCE, B.C.E.} of the period before the Common Era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians
"in 200 BCE"

{adv: C.O.D., COD, cash on delivery} collecting the charges upon delivery
"mail a package C.O.D."

{adv: CE, C.E., Common Era} of the period coinciding with the Christian era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians
"in 200 CE"

{adv: squarely, foursquare, straightforwardly} with firmness and conviction; without compromise
"he stood foursquare for religious liberty and toleration"- C.G.Bowers
"dealt straightforwardly with all issues"

{adv: underhandedly, underhand} slyly and secretly
"Mean revenge, committed underhand"- John Donne
"oldline aristocratic diplomats underhandedly undermined the attempt...to align Germany with the Western democracies"- C.G.Bowers

{n: Banting, F. G. Banting, Sir Frederick Grant Banting} Canadian physiologist who discovered insulin with C. H. Best and who used it to treat diabetes(1891-1941)

{n: Basic English} a simplified form of English proposed for use as an auxiliary language for international communication; devised by C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards

{n: Best, C. H. Best, Charles Herbert Best} Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)

{n: Buddha, Siddhartha, Gautama, Gautama Siddhartha, Gautama Buddha} founder of Buddhism; worshipped as a god (c 563-483 BC)

{n: C battery} battery used to maintain the grid potential in a vacuum tube

{n: C clef} a movable clef that puts middle C on one of the lines of a staff

{n: C compiler} a compiler for programs written in C

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

{n: C program} a program written in C

{n: C, letter c} the 3rd letter of the Roman alphabet

{n: C-clamp} a clamp in the shape of the letter C

{n: C-horizon, C horizon} beneath the B-horizon and above the bedrock; consisting of weathered rock

{n: C-ration} a canned field ration issued by the United States army

{n: C-reactive protein, CRP} a byproduct of inflammation; a globulin that is found in the blood in some cases of acute inflammation

{n: Capitol Hill, the Hill} a hill in Washington, D.C., where the Capitol Building sits and Congress meets
"they are debating the budget today on Capitol Hill"

{n: Chlamydia psittaci, C. psittaci} bacteria responsible for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia

{n: Chlamydia trachomatis, C. trachomatis} bacteria responsible for the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and lymphogranuloma venereum

{n: Corynebacterium diphtheriae, C. diphtheriae, Klebs-Loeffler bacillus} a species of bacterium that causes diphtheria

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

{n: C} a general-purpose programing language closely associated with the UNIX operating system

{n: District of Columbia, D.C., DC} the district occupied entirely by the city of Washington; chosen by George Washington as the site of the nation's capital and created out of land ceded by Maryland and Virginia

{n: East Coast} the eastern seaboard of the United States (especially the strip between Boston and Washington D.C.)

{n: Fields, W. C. Fields, William Claude Dukenfield} United States comedian and film actor (1880-1946)

{n: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, F.I.S.C.} a secret federal court created in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; responsible for authorizing wiretaps and other forms of electronic surveillance and for authorizing searches of suspected spies and terrorists by the Department of Justice or United States intelligence agencies

{n: Forester, C. S. Forester, Cecil Scott Forester} English writer of adventure novels featuring Captain Horatio Hornblower (1899-1966)

{n: Fremont, John C. Fremont, John Charles Fremont} United States explorer who mapped much of the American west and northwest (1813-1890)

{n: French, Daniel Chester French} United States sculptor who created the seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (1850-1931)

{n: Georgetown} a section of northwestern Washington, D.C.

{n: Gibson girl} the idealized American girl of the 1890s as pictured by C. D. Gibson

{n: Gibson, C. D. Gibson, Charles Dana Gibson} United States illustrator remembered for his creation of the `Gibson girl' (1867-1944)

{n: Gram, Hans C. J. Gram} Danish physician and bacteriologist who developed a method of staining bacteria to distinguish among them (1853-1938)

{n: Handy, W. C. Handy, William Christopher Handy} United States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958)

{n: Haworth, Sir Walter Norman Haworth} English biochemist who was a pioneer in research on carbohydrates; when he synthesized vitamin C he became the first person to synthesize a vitamin artificially (1883-1950)

{n: Heterokontophyta, division Heterokontophyta} algae having chlorophyll a and usually c, and flagella of unequal lengths; terminology supersedes Chrysophyta in some classifications

{n: Horatio Hornblower, Captain Horatio Hornblower} a fictional English admiral during the Napoleonic Wars in novels written by C. S. Forester

{n: Islamic Great Eastern Raiders-Front, IBDA-C} a Turkish terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for bombing a British consulate and bank in Istanbul; a violent opponent of Turkey's secular government and its ties to the European Union and NATO

{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: K, jet, super acid, special K, honey oil, green, cat valium, super C} street names for ketamine

{n: Lewis, C. S. Lewis, Clive Staples Lewis} English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963)

{n: Linear A} an undeciphered writing system used in Crete in the 17th century B.C.

{n: Linear B} a syllabic script used in Greece in the 13th century B.C.

{n: Macleod, John Macleod, John James Rickard Macleod} Scottish physiologist who directed the research by F. G. Banting and C. H. Best that led to the discovery of insulin (1876-1935)

{n: Maxwell, J. C. Maxwell, James Clerk Maxwell} Scottish physicist whose equations unified electricity and magnetism and who recognized the electromagnetic nature of light (1831-1879)

{n: Mills, Robert Mills} United States architect who was the presidentially appointed architect of Washington D.C. (1781-1855)

{n: Myxinikela siroka} fossil hagfish of the Pennsylvanian period (c. 300 million years ago) that resembled modern hagfishes

{n: Ogden, C. K. Ogden, Charles Kay Ogden} English psychologist who collaborated with I. A. Richards in designing Basic English (1889-1957)

{n: Old Latin} the oldest recorded Latin (dating back at early as the 6th century B.C.)

{n: Parkinson's law} C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that the number of subordinates in an organization will increase linearly regardless of the amount of work to be done

{n: Parkinson's law} C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that work will expand so as to fill the time available for its completion

{n: Parkinson, C. Northcote Parkinson, Cyril Northcote Parkinson} British historian noted for ridicule of bureaucracies (1909-1993)

{n: Parthenon} the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture

{n: Phoenician} a member of an ancient Semitic people who dominated trade in the first millennium B.C.

{n: Post, C. W. Post, Charles William Post} United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)

{n: Postum} trade mark for a coffee substitute invented by C. W. Post and made with chicory and roasted grains

{n: Potomac} term sometimes used to refer to Washington, D.C.

{n: Richards, I. A. Richards, Ivor Armstrong Richards} English literary critic who collaborated with C. K. Ogden and contributed to the development of Basic English (1893-1979)

{n: Roman numeral} a symbol in the old Roman notation; I,V,X,L,C,D,M represent 1,5,10,50,100,500,1000 respectively in Arabic notation
<-> Arabic numeral

{n: Scott, George C. Scott} award-winning United States film actor (1928-1999)

{n: Secretary of Commerce, Commerce Secretary} the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Commerce
"the first Commerce Secretary was William C. Redfield who was appointed by Wilson"

{n: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development} the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
"the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was Robert C. Weaver who was appointed by Johnson"

{n: Snow, C. P. Snow, Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow of Leicester} English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980)

{n: Spenserian stanza} a stanza with eight lines of iambic pentameter and a concluding Alexandrine with the rhyme pattern abab bcbc c
"the Spenserian stanza was introduced by Edmund Spenser in The Faerie Queene"

{n: Szent-Gyorgyi, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi} United States biochemist (born in Hungary) who was the first to isolate vitamin C (1893-1986)

{n: Washington, Washington D.C., American capital, capital of the United States} the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles L'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791

{n: Woodward, C. Vann Woodward, Comer Vann Woodward} United States historian (1908-1999)

{n: acerola, barbados cherry, surinam cherry, West Indian cherry} acid red or yellow cherry-like fruit of a tropical American shrub very rich in vitamin C

{n: alto clef, viola clef} a clef that puts middle C on the third line of a staff

{n: bass clef, F clef} a clef that puts the F below middle C on the fourth line of a staff

{n: body temperature, blood heat} temperature of the body; normally 98.6 F or 37 C in humans; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health

{n: carbon, C, atomic number 6} an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds

{n: cedilla} a diacritical mark (,) placed below the letter c to indicate that it is pronounced as an s

{n: central processing unit, CPU, C.P.U., central processor, processor, mainframe} (computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing
"the CPU and the memory form the central part of a computer to which the peripherals are attached"

{n: cesarean delivery, caesarean delivery, caesarian delivery, cesarean section, cesarian section, caesarean section, caesarian section, C-section, cesarean, cesarian, caesarean, caesarian, abdominal delivery} the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way)

{n: chlorophyll c, chlorofucin} the chlorophyll present in brown algae, diatoms, and flagellates

{n: coke, blow, nose candy, snow, C} street names for cocaine

{n: concert pitch, philharmonic pitch, international pitch} the pitch used to tune instruments for concert performances; usually assigns 440 Hz to the A above middle C

{n: coulomb, C, ampere-second} a unit of electrical charge equal to the amount of charge transferred by a current of 1 ampere in 1 second

{n: country music, country and western, C and W} a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments

{n: cryogen} a liquid that boils at below -160 C and is used as a refrigerant

{n: cytochrome c} the most abundant and stable cytochrome; involved in energy transfer

{n: cytosine, C} a base found in DNA and RNA and derived from pyrimidine; pairs with guanine

{n: degree centigrade, degree Celsius, C} a degree on the centigrade scale of temperature

{n: deoxycytidine monophosphate, C} one of the four nucleotides used in building DNA; all four nucleotides have a common phosphate group and a sugar (ribose)

{n: dilation and curettage, dilatation and curettage, D and C} a surgical procedure usually performed under local anesthesia in which the cervix is dilated and the endometrial lining of the uterus is scraped with a curet; performed to obtain tissue samples or to stop prolonged bleeding or to remove small tumors or to remove fragments of placenta after childbirth or as a method of abortion

{n: dry ice} solidified carbon dioxide; dry ice sublimates at -78.5 C and is used mainly as a refrigerant

{n: enamine} an amine containing the double bond linkage -C=C-N-

{n: forecastle, fo'c'sle} living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed

{n: hacek, wedge} a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation

{n: hepatitis C} a viral hepatitis clinically indistinguishable from hepatitis B but caused by a single-stranded RNA virus; usually transmitted by parenteral means (as injection of an illicit drug or blood transfusion or exposure to blood or blood products)

{n: hundred dollar bill, c-note} a United States bill worth 100 dollars

{n: hundred, 100, C, century, one C, centred} ten 10s

{n: indefinite integral} the set of functions F(x) + C, where C is any real number, such that F(x) is the integral of f(x)

{n: iron horse} (c. 1840) an early term for a locomotive

{n: middle C} the note designated by the first ledger line below the treble staff; 261.63 hertz

{n: object-oriented programming language, object-oriented programing language} (computer science) a programming language that enables the programmer to associate a set of procedures with each type of data structure
"C++ is an object-oriented programming language that is an extension of C"

{n: oxime} any compound containing the group -C=NOH

{n: performance} the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
"we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"
"an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"

{n: polyphone, polyphonic letter} a letter that has two or more pronunciations
"`c' is a polyphone because it is pronounced like `k' in `car' but like `s' in `cell'"

{n: sale} the state of being purchasable; offered or exhibited for selling
"you'll find vitamin C for sale at most pharmacies"
"the new line of cars will soon be on sale"

{n: scurvy grass, common scurvy grass, Cochlearia officinalis} a widely distributed arctic cress reputed to have value in treatment or prevention of scurvy; a concentrated source of vitamin C

{n: scurvy, scorbutus} a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)

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

{n: soprano clef} a clef that puts middle C on the bottom line of the staff

{n: space} one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff
"the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E"

{n: speed of light, light speed, c} the speed at which light travels in a vacuum; the constancy and universality of the speed of light is recognized by defining it to be exactly 299,792,458 meters per second

{n: stand oil} a thick oil comprised of linseed, tung, or soya oils which have been heated to over 300 C

{n: synchronous motor} electric motor in which the speed of rotation is proportional to the frequency of the A.C. power

{n: syncope, syncopation} (phonology) the loss of sounds in the interior of a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')

{n: tenor clef} a clef that puts middle C on the fourth line of the staff; used for writing music for bassoons or cellos or tenor horns

{n: treble clef, treble staff, G clef} a clef that puts the G above middle C on the second line of a staff

{n: union, sum, join} a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets
"let C be the union of the sets A and B"

{n: vitamin C, ascorbic acid} a vitamin found in fresh fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables; prevents scurvy

{n: water closet, closet, W.C., loo} a toilet in England

{v: average} achieve or reach on average
"He averaged a C"

{v: cancel out, wipe out} wipe out the effect of something
"The new tax effectively cancels out my raise"
"The `A' will cancel out the `C' on your record"

{v: strike, hit} produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically
"The pianist strikes a middle C"
"strike `z' on the keyboard"
"her comments struck a sour note"


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