1. a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm. 2. anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite: the abyss of time. 3. a. the primal chaos before Creation. b. the infernal regions; hell. c. a subterranean ocean.
1. one of the rings or separate pieces of which a chain is composed. 2. anything serving to connect one part or thing with another; a bond or tie: The locket was a link with the past. 3. a unit in a communications system, as a radio relay station or a television booster station. 4. any of a series of sausages in a chain. 5. a cuff link.
adjective 1. lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job. noun 2. an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.
1. a person who lives in wretched circumstances in order to save and hoard money. 2. a stingy, avaricious person. 3. Obsolete. a wretched or unhappy person.
to present as a gift, grant, or contribution; make a donation of, as to a fund or cause: to donate used clothes to the Salvation Army.
1. clothed in tattered garments: a ragged old man. 2. torn or worn to rags; tattered: ragged clothing. 3. shaggy, as an animal, its coat, etc. 4. having loose or hanging shreds or fragmentary bits: a ragged wound. 5. full of rough or sharp projections; jagged: ragged stones.
verb (used without object) 1. to travel or migrate, especially slowly or with difficulty. 2. South Africa. to travel by ox wagon. verb (used with object) 3. South Africa. (of a draft animal) to draw (a vehicle or load). noun 4. a journey or trip, especially one involving difficulty or hardship. 5. South Africa. a migration or expedition, as by ox wagon. 6. South Africa. a stage of a journey, especially by ox wagon, between one stopping place and the next.
verb (used with object) 1. to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty: Benedict Arnold betrayed his country. 2. to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling: to betray a trust. 3. to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to: to betray one's friends. 4. to reveal or disclose in violation of confidence: to betray a secret. 5. to reveal unconsciously (something one would preferably conceal): Her nervousness betrays her insecurity.
adjective 1. strictly observant of an appointed or regular time; not late; prompt. 2. made, occurring, etc., at the scheduled or proper time: punctual payment. 3. pertaining to or of the nature of a point. 4. punctilious.
noun 1. a barrier to obstruct the flow of water, especially one of earth, masonry, etc., built across a stream or river. 2. a body of water confined by a dam. 3. any barrier resembling a dam. verb (used with object) 4. to furnish with a dam; obstruct or confine with a dam. 5. to stop up; block up
verb 1. simple past tense and past participle of find. 2. equipped, outfitted, or furnished: He bought a new boat, fully found.
1. a building for the lodging and feeding of horses, cattle, etc. 2. such a building with stalls. 3. a collection of animals housed in such a building. 4. Horse Racing. a. an establishment where racehorses are kept and trained. b. the horses belonging to, or the persons connected with, such an establishment. 5. Informal. a. a number of people, usually in the same profession, who are employed, trained, or represented by the same company, agency, manager, etc.: a comedy show with a large stable of writers. b. the establishment that trains or manages such a group of people: two boxers from the same stable. c. a collection of items produced by or belonging to an establishment, industry, profession, or the like: The American auto industry has some new small cars in its stable.
1. Astronomy. a. any of various groups of stars to which definite names have been given, as Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Boötes, Cancer, Orion. b. the section of the heavens occupied by such a group. 2. Astrology. a. the grouping or relative position of the stars as supposed to influence events, especially at a person's birth. b. Obsolete. character as presumed to be determined by the stars. 3. a group or configuration of ideas, feelings, characteristics, objects, etc., that are related in some way: a constellation of qualities that made her particularly suited to the job. 4. any brilliant, outstanding group or assemblage: a constellation of great scientists.
verb (used without object) 1. to sway to and fro; flutter: Foliage wavers in the breeze. 2. to flicker or quiver, as light: A distant beam wavered and then disappeared. 3. become unsteady; begin to fail or give way: When she heard the news her courage wavered. 4. to shake or tremble, as the hands or voice: Her voice wavered. 5. to feel or show doubt, indecision, etc.; vacillate: He wavered in his determination.
adjective 1. maliciously or playfully annoying. 2. causing annoyance, harm, or trouble. 3. roguishly or slyly teasing, as a glance. 4. harmful or injurious.
noun 1. Fortification. a long, narrow excavation in the ground, the earth from which is thrown up in front to serve as a shelter from enemy fire or attack. 2. trenches, a system of such excavations, with their embankments, etc. 3. a deep furrow, ditch, or cut. 4. Oceanography. a long, steep-sided, narrow depression in the ocean floor. verb (used with object) 5. to surround or fortify with trenches; entrench. 6. to cut a trench in. 7. to set or place in a trench. 8. to form (a furrow, ditch, etc.) by cutting into or through something. 9. to make a cut in; cut into; carve
noun a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.: a vast hoard of silver. verb (used with object) 2. to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place: to hoard food during a shortage. verb (used without object) 3. to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.
adjective 1. continuing or enduring a long time; permanent; durable: a lasting friendship. noun 2. a strong, durable, closely woven fabric for shoe uppers, coverings on buttons, etc. 3. Archaic. the quality of surviving or continuing and maintaining strength, effectiveness, etc.
noun 1. a small wood or forested area, usually with no undergrowth: a grove of pines. 2. a small orchard or stand of fruit-bearing trees, especially citrus trees: a grove of lemon trees.
verb (used without object) 1. to move, climb, or go upward; mount; rise: The airplane ascended into the clouds. 2. to slant upward. 3. to rise to a higher point, rank, or degree; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree or level: to ascend to the presidency. 4. to go toward the source or beginning; go back in time. 5. Music. to rise in pitch; pass from any tone to a higher one.
adjective, stock·i·er, stock·i·est. 1. of solid and sturdy form or build; thick-set and, usually, short. 2. having a strong, stout stem, as a plant.
noun, plural ar·ter·ies. 1. Anatomy. a blood vessel that conveys blood from the heart to any part of the body. 2. a main channel or highway, especially of a connected system with many branches.
verb (used without object) 1. to disappear from sight, especially quickly; become invisible: The frost vanished when the sun came out. 2. to go away, especially furtively or mysteriously; disappear by quick departure: The thief vanished in the night. 3. to disappear by ceasing to exist; come to an end: The pain vanished after he took an aspirin. 4. Mathematics. (of a number, quantity, or function) to become zero. verb (used with object) 5. to cause to disappear.
adjective 1. persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering: a most annoyingly persistent young man. 2. lasting or enduring tenaciously: the persistent aroma of verbena; a persistent cough. 3. constantly repeated; continued: persistent noise. 4. Biology. a. continuing or permanent. b. having continuity of phylogenetic characteristics. 5. Botany. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers, flower parts, or leaves.
Synonyms Obstacle, obstruction, hindrance, impediment refer to something that interferes with or prevents action or progress. An obstacle is something, material or nonmaterial, that stands in the way of literal or figurative progress: Lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement. An obstruction is something that more or less completely blocks a passage: A blood clot is an obstruction to the circulation. A hindrance keeps back by interfering and delaying: Interruptions are a hindrance to one's work. An impediment interferes with proper functioning: an impediment in one's speech.