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{n: avoidance, turning away, shunning, dodging} deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening

{n: bicycle clip, trouser clip} a clip worn around a cyclist's ankles that keeps trousers from becoming caught in the bicycle chain

{n: bitt pin} a pin through the bitthead to keep the mooring lines from slipping off

{n: containment} the act of containing; keeping something from spreading
"the containment of the AIDS epidemic"
"the containment of the rebellion"

{n: doorstop, doorstopper} a stop that keeps open doors from moving

{n: hydrogenation} a chemical process that adds hydrogen atoms to an unsaturated oil
"food producers use hydrogenation to keep fat from becoming rancid"

{n: life preserver, preserver, flotation device} rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning

{n: mothball, camphor ball} a small sphere of camphor or naphthalene used to keep moths away from stored clothing

{n: prop} a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling

{n: screen door, screen} a door that consists of a frame holding metallic or plastic netting; used to allow ventilation and to keep insects from entering a building through the open door
"he heard the screen slam as she left"

{n: secret} something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on)
"the combination to the safe was a secret"
"he tried to keep his drinking a secret"

{n: shower curtain} a curtain that keeps water from splashing out of the shower area

{n: tail rotor, anti-torque rotor} rotor consisting of a rotating airfoil on the tail of a single-rotor helicopter; keeps the helicopter from spinning in the direction opposite to the rotation of the main rotor

{n: telomere} either (free) end of a eukaryotic chromosome
"telomeres act as caps to keep the sticky ends of chromosomes from randomly clumping together"

{n: washboard, splashboard} protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side

{n: window screen} screen to keep insects from entering a building through the open window

{v: avoid} stay clear from ; keep away from ; keep out of the way of someone or something
"Her former friends now avoid her"
<-> confront

{v: bar, debar, exclude} prevent from entering ; keep out
"He was barred from membership in the club"

{v: blank} keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning

{v: choke, strangle} constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing

{v: conceal, hold back, hold in} hold back ; keep from being perceived by others
"She conceals her anger well"

{v: conserve, preserve, maintain, keep up} keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
"We preserve these archeological findings"
"The old lady could not keep up the building"
"children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"
"The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts"

{v: deprive} keep from having, keeping, or obtaining

{v: distance} keep at a distance
"we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"

{v: exclude, keep out, shut out, shut} prevent from entering ; shut out
"The trees were shutting out all sunlight"
"This policy excludes people who have a criminal record from entering the country"
<-> admit

{v: hold} keep from departing
"Hold the taxi"
"Hold the horse"

{v: hold} keep from exhaling or expelling
"hold your breath"

{v: keep away} prevent from coming close
"I tried to keep the child away from the pool"

{v: keep off, avoid} refrain from certain foods or beverages
"I keep off drugs"
"During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"

{v: keep off, stay off} refrain from entering or walking onto
"keep off the grass"
"stay off the premises"

{v: keep quiet, shut one's mouth, keep one's mouth shut} refrain from divulging sensitive information ; keep quiet about confidential information
"Don't tell him any secrets--he cannot keep his mouth shut!"
<-> talk

{v: keep up} prevent from going to bed at night
"The anticipation of the trip kept the children up all night"
"I kept myself up all night studying for the exam"

{v: keep} hold and prevent from leaving
"The student was kept after school"

{v: preserve, keep} prevent (food) from rotting
"preserved meats"
"keep potatoes fresh"

{v: prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid} keep from happening or arising ; have the effect of preventing
"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"

{v: prevent, keep} prevent from doing something or being in a certain state
"We must prevent the cancer from spreading"
"His snoring kept me from falling asleep"
"Keep the child from eating the marbles"
<-> let

{v: pull} rein in to keep from winning a race
"pull a horse"

{v: sequester, sequestrate, keep apart, set apart, isolate} set apart from others
"The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on"

{v: stabilize, stabilise} make stable and keep from fluctuating or put into an equilibrium
"The drug stabilized her blood pressure"
"stabilize prices"
<-> destabilise, destabilize

{v: swallow} keep from expressing
"I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"

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