English dictionary


placable |ˈplakəbəl| — easily calmed or pacified

placard |ˈplækɑːrd| — a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement

placate |ˈpleɪkeɪt| — cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

placatory |ˈpleɪkətɔːri| — intended to pacify by acceding to demands or granting concessions

place |pleɪs| — a point located with respect to surface features of some region

placeable  — capable of being recognized

placebo |pləˈsiːboʊ| — an innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier or to the control group in experiments on the efficacy of a drug

placed |ˈpleɪst| — situated in a particular spot or position

placeholder |ˈpleɪshoʊldər| — a person authorized to act for another

placeman |ˈpleɪsmən| — a disparaging term for an appointee

placement |ˈpleɪsmənt| — the spatial property of the way in which something is placed

placenta |pləˈsentə| — that part of the ovary of a flowering plant where the ovules form

placer |ˈplæsər| — an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineral

placid |ˈplæsɪd| — (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

placidity |pləˈsɪdəti| — a feeling of calmness; a quiet and undisturbed feeling

placket |ˈplakət| — a piece of cloth sewn under an opening

plage |plɑːʒ| — the beach at a seaside resort

plagiarism |ˈpleɪdʒərɪzəm| — a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work

plagiarist |ˈpleɪdʒɪərɪst| — someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own

plagiarize |ˈpleɪdʒəraɪz| — take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property

plague |pleɪɡ| — a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal

plaguy |ˈpleɪɡi| — in a disagreeable manner

plaice |pleɪs| — flesh of large European flatfish

plaid |plæd| — a cloth having a crisscross design

plain |pleɪn| — extensive tract of level open land

plainly |ˈpleɪnli| — unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

plainness |ˈpleɪn nəs| — the state of being unmixed with other material

plainsman |ˈpleɪnzmən| — an inhabitant of a plains region (especially the Great Plains of North America)

plaint |pleɪnt| — (United Kingdom) a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court of law asking for the grievance to be redressed

plaintiff |ˈpleɪntɪf| — a person who brings an action in a court of law

plaintive |ˈpleɪntɪv| — expressing sorrow

plait |plæt| — a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair

plan |plæn| — a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

planar |ˈpleɪnər| — involving or having two dimensions

planchet |ˈplan(t)ʃɪt| — a flat metal disk ready for stamping as a coin

plane |pleɪn| — an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets

planer |ˈpleɪnər| — a power tool for smoothing or shaping wood

planet |ˈplænɪt| — (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 t

planetarium |ˌplænɪˈteriəm| — a building housing an instrument for projecting the positions of the planets onto a domed ceiling

planetary |ˈplænəteri| — having no fixed course

planetesimal |ˌplanəˈtesəməl| — one of many small solid celestial bodies thought to have existed at an early stage in the development of the solar system

planetoid |ˈplanəˌtoid| — any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sun

plangent |ˈplændʒənt| — loud and resounding

plank |plæŋk| — a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes

plank-bed |ˈplæŋk bed| — a bed of boards (without a mattress)

planking |ˈplæŋkɪŋ| — planks collectively; a quantity of planks

plankton |ˈplæŋktən| — the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water

planless |ˈplænləs| — aimlessly drifting

planned |ˈplænd| — with planning and intention

planner |ˈplænər| — a person who makes plans

planning |ˈplænɪŋ| — an act of formulating a program for a definite course of action

planoconcave |ˌpleɪnoʊˈkɑːnkeɪv| — flat on one side and concave on the other

planoconvex |pleɪnoʊˈkɑːnveks| — flat on one side and convex on the other

plant |plænt| — buildings for carrying on industrial labor

plant-eating  — (of animals) feeding on plants

plantain |ˈplæntɪn| — any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used medicinally

plantar |ˈplæntər| — relating to or occurring on the undersurface of the foot

plantation |plænˈteɪʃn| — an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale (especially in tropical areas)

planted |ˈplæntəd| — (used especially of ideas or principles) deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held

planter |ˈplæntər| — the owner or manager of a plantation

plantigrade |ˈplæntɪˌɡreɪd| — an animal that walks with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground as e.g. bears and human beings

planting |ˈplæntɪŋ| — the act of fixing firmly in place

plaque |plæk| — (pathology) a small abnormal patch on or inside the body

plash |plæʃ| — the sound like water splashing

plasm |ˈplæzəm| — the protoplasm of the germ cells that contains chromosomes and genes

plasma |ˈplæzmə| — the colorless watery fluid of the blood and lymph that contains no cells, but in which the blood cells (erythrocytes, leukocytes, and thrombocytes) are suspended

plaster |ˈplæstər| — a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings

plastered |ˈplæstərd| — (of hair) made smooth by applying a sticky or glossy substance

plasterer |ˈplæstərər| — a worker skilled in applying plaster

plastering |ˈplæstərɪŋ| — the application of plaster

plastic |ˈplæstɪk| — generic name for certain synthetic or semisynthetic materials that can be molded or extruded into objects or films or filaments or used for making e.g. coatings and adhesives

plasticine |ˈplæstəsiːn| — a synthetic material resembling clay but remaining soft; used as a substitute for clay or wax in modeling (especially in schools)

plasticity |plæˈstɪsəti| — the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking

plastron |ˈplastrən| — the ornamental front of a woman's bodice or shirt

plat |plat| — a map showing planned or actual features of an area (streets and building lots etc.)

platan |ˈplætʌn| — any of several trees of the genus Platanus having thin pale bark that scales off in small plates and lobed leaves and ball-shaped heads of fruits

plate |pleɪt| — (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score

plateau |plæˈtoʊ| — a relatively flat highland

plateful |ˈpleɪtfʊl| — the quantity contained in a plate

platelayer |ˈpleɪtleɪər| — a workman who lays and repairs railroad tracks

platelet |ˈpleɪtlət| — tiny bits of protoplasm found in vertebrate blood; essential for blood clotting

platen |ˈplatn| — work table of a machine tool

plater |ˈpleɪtər| — a skilled worker who coats articles with a film of metal (usually silver or gold)

platform |ˈplætfɔːrm| — a raised horizontal surface

plating |ˈpleɪtɪŋ| — a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface

platinize |ˈplætˌnaɪz| — coat with metallic platinum

platinum |ˈplætɪnəm| — a heavy precious metallic element; grey-white and resistant to corroding; occurs in some nickel and copper ores and is also found native in some deposits

platitude |ˈplætɪtuːd| — a trite or obvious remark

platitudinarian |plætɪtjuːdɪˈneriːən| — a bore who makes excessive use of platitudes

platitudinous |ˌplætɪˈtuːdənəs| — dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance or originality

Plato |ˈpleɪtoʊ| — ancient Athenian philosopher; pupil of Socrates; teacher of Aristotle (428-347 BC)

Platonic |pləˈtɑːnɪk| — free from physical desire

platoon |pləˈtuːn| — a military unit that is a subdivision of a company; usually has a headquarters and two or more squads; usually commanded by a lieutenant

platter |ˈplætər| — a large shallow dish used for serving food

platypus |ˈplætɪpəs| — small densely furred aquatic monotreme of Australia and Tasmania having a broad bill and tail and webbed feet; only species in the family Ornithorhynchidae

plaudit |ˈplɔdɪt| — enthusiastic approval

plaudits |ˈplɔːdɪts| — enthusiastic approval

plausibility |ˌplɒzəˈbɪləti| — apparent validity

plausible |ˈplɔːzəbl| — given to or characterized by presenting specious arguments

plausibly |ˈplɒzəbli| — easy to believe on the basis of available evidence

play |pleɪ| — a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

play along |ˈpleɪ əˈlɔːŋ| — cooperate or pretend to cooperate

play around |ˈpleɪ əˈraʊnd| — commit adultery

play off |ˈpleɪ ˈɒf| — set into opposition or rivalry

play out |ˈpleɪ ˈaʊt| — deplete

play up |ˈpleɪ ʌp| — move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

play-actor |ˈppleɪæktr̩| — an actor who travels around the country presenting plays

playable |ˈpleɪəbəl| — capable of or suitable for being played or played on

playback |ˈpleɪbæk| — the act of reproducing recorded sound

playbill |ˈpleɪbɪl| — a theatrical program

playboy |ˈpleɪbɔɪ| — a man devoted to the pursuit of pleasure

playday |ˈpleɪˌdeɪ| — time for play or diversion

player |ˈpleɪər| — a person who participates in or is skilled at some game

playfellow |ˈpleɪfeloʊ| — a companion at play

playful |ˈpleɪfl| — full of fun and high spirits

playfully |ˈpleɪfəli| — in a playful manner

playfulness |ˈpleɪfəlnəs| — a festive merry feeling

playgoer |ˈpleɪɡoʊər| — someone who attends the theater

playground |ˈpleɪɡraʊnd| — an area where many people go for recreation

playhouse |ˈpleɪhɑʊs| — plaything consisting of a small model of a house that children can play inside of

playing |ˈpleɪɪŋ| — the act of playing a musical instrument

playlet |ˈpleɪlət| — a short play

playlist |ˈpleɪlɪst| — a list of musical selections for performance or for broadcast by radio

playmate |ˈpleɪmeɪt| — a companion at play

playoff |ˈpleɪˌɔf| — any final competition to determine a championship

playroom |ˈpleɪruːm| — a recreation room for noisy activities (parties or children's play etc)

playschool |ˈpleɪskuːl| — a small informal nursery group meeting for half-day sessions

plaything |ˈpleɪθɪŋ| — an artifact designed to be played with

playtime |ˈpleɪtaɪm| — time for play or diversion

playwright |ˈpleɪraɪt| — someone who writes plays

plaza |ˈplæzə| — a public square with room for pedestrians

plea |pliː| — a humble request for help from someone in authority

pleach |pliːtʃ| — form or weave into a braid or braids

plead |pliːd| — appeal or request earnestly

pleader |ˈpliːdər| — a lawyer who pleads cases in court

pleading |ˈpliːdɪŋ| — (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding

pleasant |ˈpleznt| — (of persons) having pleasing manners or behavior

pleasantly |ˈplezəntli| — in a cheerful manner

pleasantness |ˈplezntnəs| — the feeling caused by agreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling

pleasantry |ˈplezntri| — an agreeable or amusing remark

please |pliːz| — give pleasure to or be pleasing to

pleased |pliːzd| — feeling pleasurable satisfaction over something by which you measures your self-worth

pleaser |ˈpliːzər| — a pleasing entertainer

pleasing |ˈpliːzɪŋ| — the act of one who pleases

pleasurable |ˈpleʒərəbl| — affording satisfaction or pleasure

pleasurably |ˈpleʒərəbli| — in a very pleasurable manner

pleasure |ˈpleʒər| — a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience

pleat |pliːt| — any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape

pleb |pleb| — one of the common people

plebeian |pləˈbiːən| — one of the common people

plebiscite |ˈplebɪsɪt| — a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

plectron  — a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

plectrum |ˈplektrəm| — a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

pledge |pledʒ| — a deposit of personal property as security for a debt

pledgee |pledʒˈiː| — someone to whom a pledge is made or someone with whom something is deposited as a pledge

Pleiades |ˈpliːəˌdiz| — (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Hyades; placed among the stars to save them from the pursuit of Orion

pleistocene |ˈplaɪstəˌsin| — from two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution

plenary |ˈpliːnəri| — full in all respects

plenipotentiary |ˌplenɪpəˈtenʃəri| — a diplomat who is fully authorized to represent his or her government

plenitude |ˈplenɪtuːd| — a full supply

plenteous |ˈplentiəs| — affording an abundant supply

plentiful |ˈplentɪfl| — existing in great number or quantity

plentifully |ˈplentɪfəli| — in a bountiful manner

plenty |ˈplenti| — a full supply

plenum |ˈpliːnəm| — a meeting of a legislative body at which all members are present

pleonasm |ˈpliːənæzəm| — using more words than necessary

pleonastic |plɪəˈnæstɪk| — repetition of same sense in different words

plethora |ˈpleθərə| — extreme excess

plethoric |pleˈθɔːrɪk| — excessively abundant

pleura |ˈplʊrə| — the thin serous membrane around the lungs and inner walls of the chest

pleurisy |ˈplʊrəsi| — inflammation of the pleura of the lungs (especially the parietal layer)

plexiglas |ˈpleksiɡlæs| — a light transparent weather resistant thermoplastic

plexiglass |ˈpleksɪˌɡlæs| — a light transparent weather resistant thermoplastic

plexor |ˈpleksər| — (medicine) a small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes

plexus |ˈpleksəs| — a network of intersecting blood vessels or intersecting nerves or intersecting lymph vessels

pliability |ˌplaɪəˈbɪlɪti| — the property of being easily bent without breaking

pliable |ˈplaɪəbl| — susceptible to being led or directed

pliancy |ˈplaɪənsi| — the property of being pliant and flexible

pliant |ˈplaɪənt| — capable of being influenced or formed

plica |ˈplaɪkə| — a folded part (as in skin or muscle)

plicate |ˈplaɪkeɪt| — fold into pleats

plication |plɪˈkeɪʃən| — an angular or rounded shape made by folding

pliers |ˈplaɪərz| — a gripping hand tool with two hinged arms and (usually) serrated jaws

plight |plaɪt| — a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

plinth |plɪnθ| — an architectural support or base (as for a column or statue)

pliocene |ˈplaɪəˌsin| — from 13 million to 2 million years ago; growth of mountains; cooling of climate; more and larger mammals

plod |plɑːd| — the act of walking with a slow heavy gait

plodder |ˈplɒdər| — someone who walks in a laborious heavy-footed manner

plodding |ˈplɑːdɪŋ| — hard monotonous routine work

plonk |plɑːŋk| — a cheap wine of inferior quality

plop |plɑːp| — the noise of a rounded object dropping into a liquid without a splash

plosion |ˈploʊʒən| — the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant

plosive |ˈploʊsɪv| — a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it

plot |plɑːt| — a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)

plotter |ˈplɑːtər| — a planner who draws up a personal scheme of action

plough |plaʊ| — a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major

plough on |ˈplaʊ ɑːn| — continue moving forward

ploughboy |ˈplaʊbɔɪ| — a boy who leads the animals that draw a plow

ploughing |ˈplaʊɪŋ| — tilling the land with a plow

ploughland |ˈplaʊland| — arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops

ploughman |ˈplaʊmən| — a man who plows

ploughshare |ˈplaʊʃer| — a sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil

plover |ˈplʌvər| — any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers

plow |ˈplaʊ| — a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing

plowboy  — a boy who leads the animals that draw a plow

plowing |ˈplaʊɪŋ| — tilling the land with a plow

plowland  — arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops

plowman |ˈplaʊmən| — a man who plows

plowshare |ˈplaʊˌʃer| — a sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil

ploy |plɔɪ| — an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker

pluck |plʌk| — the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury

pluckily |ˈplʌkɪli| — in a plucky manner

plucky |ˈplʌki| — showing courage

plug |plʌɡ| — blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly

plug in |ˈpləɡ ˌin| — plug into an outlet

plug-in |ˈpləɡ ˌin| — a software module that extends or enhances the capabilities of an existing application

plug-ugly |ˈplʌɡˌʌɡlɪ| — someone who bullies weaker people

plugged |ˈpləɡd| — completely obstructed or closed off

plum |plʌm| — any of several trees producing edible oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single hard stone

plumage |ˈpluːmɪdʒ| — the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

plumb |plʌm| — the metal bob of a plumb line

plumbago |plʌmˈbeɪɡoʊ| — used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors

plumber |ˈplʌmər| — a craftsman who installs and repairs pipes and fixtures and appliances

plumbery |ˈplʌməriː| — the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building)

plumbic |ˈpləmbik| — relating to or consisting of lead

plumbing |ˈplʌmɪŋ| — utility consisting of the pipes and fixtures for the distribution of water or gas in a building and for the disposal of sewage

plumbism |ˈpləmˌbizəm| — toxic condition produced by the absorption of excessive lead into the system

plume |pluːm| — anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness

plumed |ˈpluːmd| — having or covered with or abounding in plumes

plummet |ˈplʌmɪt| — the metal bob of a plumb line

plummy |ˈplʌmi| — very desirable

plumose |ˈpluːmoʊs| — having an ornamental plume or feathery tuft

plump |plʌmp| — the sound of a sudden heavy fall

plumpness |ˈplʌmpnəs| — the bodily property of being well rounded

plumule |ˈpluːmjuːl| — down feather of young birds; persists in some adult birds

plumy |ˈpluːmiː| — resembling a plume

plunder |ˈplʌndər| — goods or money obtained illegally

plunderage |ˈplʌndərɪdʒ| — the act of plundering (especially the embezzlement of goods on shipboard)

plunderer |ˈplʌndərər| — someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)

plundering |ˈplʌndərɪŋ| — the act of stealing valuable things from a place

plunge |plʌndʒ| — a brief swim in water

plunger |ˈplʌndʒər| — someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains

plunk |plʌŋk| — a hollow twanging sound

pluperfect |ˌpluːˈpɜːrfɪkt| — a perfective tense used to express action completed in the past

plural |ˈplʊrəl| — the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

pluralism |ˈplʊrəlɪzəm| — a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated

pluralist |ˈplʊərəlɪst| — a cleric who holds more than one benefice at a time

pluralistic |ˌplʊrəˈlɪstɪk| — of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of pluralism

plurality |plʊˈræləti| — the state of being plural

plus |plʌs| — a useful or valuable quality

plush |plʌʃ| — a fabric with a nap that is longer and softer than velvet

plushy |ˈplʌʃi| — (of textures) resembling plush

Pluto |ˈpluːtoʊ| — a cartoon character created by Walt Disney

plutocracy |pluːˈtɑːkrəsi| — a political system governed by the wealthy people

plutocrat |ˈpluːtəkræt| — someone who exercises power by virtue of wealth

Plutonian |pluːˈtoʊniən| — of or relating to or characteristic of Hades or Tartarus

Plutonic |pluːˈtɑːnɪk| — of igneous rock that has solidified beneath the earth's surface; granite or diorite or gabbro

Plutonium |pluːˈtoʊniəm| — a solid silvery grey radioactive transuranic element whose atoms can be split when bombarded with neutrons; found in minute quantities in uranium ores but is usually synthesized in nuclear reactors; 13 isotopes are known with the most important being plut

pluviometer |ˌpluːviːˈɑːmɪtər| — gauge consisting of an instrument to measure the quantity of precipitation

ply |plaɪ| — one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination

plywood |ˈplaɪwʊd| — a laminate made of thin layers of wood