English dictionary


veal |viːl| — meat from a calf

vector |ˈvektər| — a variable quantity that can be resolved into components

Veda |ˈveɪdə| — (from the Sanskrit word for `knowledge') any of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism written in early Sanskrit; traditionally believed to comprise the Samhitas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas, and the Upanishads

veer |vɪr| — turn sharply; change direction abruptly

veering |ˈvɪrɪŋ| — the act of turning aside suddenly

vegan |ˈviːɡən| — a strict vegetarian; someone who eats no animal or dairy products at all

vegetable |ˈvedʒtəbl| — edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant

vegetal |ˈvedʒətl| — (of reproduction) characterized by asexual processes

vegetarian |ˌvedʒəˈteriən| — eater of fruits and grains and nuts; someone who eats no meat or fish or (often) any animal products

vegetarianism |ˌvedʒəˈteriəˌnɪzəm| — a diet excluding all meat and fish

vegetate |ˈvedʒəteɪt| — lead a passive existence without using one's body or mind

vegetation |ˌvedʒəˈteɪʃn| — all the plant life in a particular region or period

vegetative |ˈvedʒɪteɪtɪv| — relating to involuntary bodily functions

veggie |ˈvedʒi| — edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant

vehemence |ˈviːəməns| — intensity or forcefulness of expression

vehement |ˈviːəmənt| — marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid

vehemently |ˈviːəməntli| — in a vehement manner

vehicle |ˈviːəkl| — a conveyance that transports people or objects

vehicular |viˈhɪkjələr| — of or relating to or intended for (motor) vehicles

veil |veɪl| — a garment that covers the head and face

veiled |veɪld| — muted or unclear

veiling |ˈveɪlɪŋ| — a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave

vein |veɪn| — a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart

veined |veɪnd| — having or showing markings that resemble veins

vela |ˈvelə| — a constellation in the southern hemisphere between Carina and Pyxis

velar |ˈviːlər| — a consonant produced with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate

veld |velt| — elevated open grassland in southern Africa

veldt |veldt| — elevated open grassland in southern Africa

vellum |ˈveləm| — a heavy creamy-colored paper resembling parchment

velocipede |vəˈlɒsɪpiːd| — any of several early bicycles with pedals on the front wheel

velocity |vəˈlɑːsəti| — distance travelled per unit time

velodrome |ˈvelədroʊm| — a banked oval track for bicycle or motorcycle racing

velour |vəˈlʊr| — heavy fabric that resembles velvet

velours |vəˈlʊr| — heavy fabric that resembles velvet

velum |ˈviːləm| — a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms

velvet |ˈvelvɪt| — a silky densely piled fabric with a plain back

velveteen |ˌvelvəˈtiːn| — a usually cotton fabric with a short pile imitating velvet

velvety |ˈvelvəti| — smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste

vena |ˈviːnə| — a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart

venal |ˈviːnl| — capable of being corrupted

venality |vəˈnæləti| — prostitution of talents or offices or services for reward

venation |vɪˈneɪʃən| — (botany) the arrangement of veins in a leaf

vend |vend| — sell or offer for sale from place to place

vendee |ˈvenˈdiː| — a person who buys

vender |ˈvendər| — someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money

vendetta |venˈdetə| — a feud in which members of the opposing parties murder each other

vendible |ˈvendəbəl| — fit to be offered for sale

vendor |ˈvendər| — someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money

veneer |vəˈnɪr| — coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood

venerability  — the quality of deserving veneration

venerable |ˈvenərəbl| — impressive by reason of age

venerate |ˈvenəreɪt| — regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

veneration |ˌvenəˈreɪʃn| — a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

venerator |ˈvenəreɪtə| — someone who regards with deep respect or reverence

venereal |vəˈnɪriəl| — of or relating to the external sex organs

venesection |venɪˈsekʃən| — surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis

Venetian |vəˈniːʃən| — a resident of Venice

Venezuelan |ˌvenəˈzweɪlən| — a native or inhabitant of Venezuela

vengeance |ˈvendʒəns| — the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life

vengeful |ˈvendʒfl| — disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge

venial |ˈviːniəl| — warranting only temporal punishment

venire |vɪˈnaɪərɪ| — (law) a group of people summoned for jury service (from whom a jury will be chosen)

venison |ˈvenɪsn| — meat from a deer used as food

venom |ˈvenəm| — toxin secreted by animals; secreted by certain snakes and poisonous insects (e.g., spiders and scorpions)

venomous |ˈvenəməs| — extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

venose |ˈviːnoʊs| — having or showing markings that resemble veins

venous |ˈviːnəs| — of or contained in or performing the function of the veins

vent |vent| — a hole for the escape of gas or air

vent-hole |ˈvent hoʊl| — a hole for the escape of gas or air

venter |ˈven(t)ər| — a speaker who expresses or gives vent to a personal opinion or grievance

ventilate |ˈventɪleɪt| — expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen

ventilation |ˌventɪˈleɪʃn| — the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air

ventilator |ˈventɪleɪtər| — a device (such as a fan) that introduces fresh air or expels foul air

venting |ˈventɪŋ| — the act of venting

ventral |ˈventrəl| — toward or on or near the belly (front of a primate or lower surface of a lower animal)

ventricle |ˈventrɪkl| — one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid

ventricular |venˈtrɪkjuːlər| — of or relating to a ventricle (of the heart or brain)

ventriloquism |venˈtrɪləkwɪzəm| — the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)

ventriloquist |venˈtrɪləkwɪst| — a performer who projects the voice into a wooden dummy

venture |ˈventʃər| — any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

venturer |ˈventʃərər| — a merchant who undertakes a trading venture (especially a venture that sends goods overseas)

venturesome |ˈventʃərsəm| — disposed to venture or take risks

venturous |ˈventʃərəs| — disposed to venture or take risks

venue |ˈvenjuː| — the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)

Venus |ˈviːnəs| — the second nearest planet to the sun; it is peculiar in that its rotation is slow and retrograde (in the opposite sense of the Earth and all other planets except Uranus); it is visible from Earth as an early `morning star' or an `evening star'

veracious |vəˈreɪʃəs| — habitually speaking the truth

veracity |vəˈræsəti| — unwillingness to tell lies

veranda |vəˈrændə| — a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)

verandah |vəˈrændə| — a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)

verb |vɜːrb| — the word class that serves as the predicate of a sentence

verbal |ˈvɜːrbl| — communicated in the form of words

verbalism |ˈvərbəˌlizəm| — the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions

verbalization  — the words that are spoken in the activity of verbalization

verbalize |ˈvɜːrbəlaɪz| — be verbose

verbally |vərˈbæli| — as a verb

verbatim |vɜːrˈbeɪtɪm| — using exactly the same words

verbena |vɜːrˈbiːnə| — any of numerous tropical or subtropical American plants of the genus Verbena grown for their showy spikes of variously colored flowers

verbiage |ˈvɜːrbiɪdʒ| — overabundance of words

verbify |ˈvɜːrbəˌfaɪ| — make into a verb

verbose |vɜːrˈboʊs| — using or containing too many words

verbosity |vɜːrˈbɑːsəti| — an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words

verdancy |ˈvɝːdnsi| — the lush appearance of flourishing vegetation

verdant |ˈvɜːrdnt| — characterized by abundance of verdure

verdict |ˈvɜːrdɪkt| — (law) the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to it for decision; can be used in formulating a judgment

verdigris |ˈvɜːrdɪɡriː| — a blue or green powder used as a paint pigment

verdure |ˈvɜːrdjər| — green foliage

verge |vɜːrdʒ| — a region marking a boundary

verger |ˈvɜːrdʒər| — a church officer who takes care of the interior of the building and acts as an attendant (carries the verge) during ceremonies

veridical |vəˈridək(ə)l| — coinciding with reality

verifiable |ˈverəˌfaɪəbəl| — capable of being verified

verification |ˌverɪfɪˈkeɪʃn| — additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct

verify |ˈverɪfaɪ| — confirm the truth of

verily |ˈverɪli| — in truth; certainly

verisimilar |ˌverɪˈsɪmɪlə| — appearing to be true or real

verisimilitude |ˌverɪsɪˈmɪlɪtuːd| — the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true

veritable |ˈverɪtəbl| — often used as intensifiers

verity |ˈverəti| — conformity to reality or actuality

vermicelli |ˌvɜːrmɪˈtʃeli| — pasta in strings thinner than spaghetti

vermicide |ˈvɜːrmɪsaɪd| — an agent that kills worms (especially those in the intestines)

vermicular |vərˈmikyələr| — decorated with wormlike tracery or markings

vermiform |ˈvɝːmɪfɔːrm| — resembling a worm; long and thin and cylindrical

vermifuge |ˈvɜːrməˌfjuːdʒ| — a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms

vermilion |vərˈmɪliən| — a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge

vermin |ˈvɜːrmɪn| — an irritating or obnoxious person

verminous |ˈvɝːmɪnəs| — of the nature of vermin; very offensive or repulsive

vermouth |vərˈmuːθ| — any of several white wines flavored with aromatic herbs; used as aperitifs or in mixed drinks

vernacular |vərˈnækjələr| — a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

vernal |ˈvɜːrnl| — suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh

vernation |vərˈneɪʃən| — (botany) the arrangement of young leaves in a leaf bud before it opens

vernier |ˈvɝːniər| — French mathematician who described the vernier scale (1580-1637)

Veronese |veɑːɔːˈneze| — Italian painter of the Venetian school (1528-1588)

veronica |vəˈrɑːnɪkə| — any plant of the genus Veronica

verruca |vəˈruːkə| — (pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus

versatile |ˈvɜːrsətl| — having great diversity or variety

versatility |ˌvərsəˈtɪləti| — having a wide variety of skills

verse |vɜːrs| — literature in metrical form

versed |vɜːrst| — an injectable form of benzodiazepine (trade name Versed) useful for sedation and for reducing pain during uncomfortable medical procedures

versification |ˌvɝːsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən| — a metrical adaptation of something (e.g., of a prose text)

versifier |ˈvɝːsɪfaɪər| — a writer who composes rhymes; a maker of poor verses (usually used as terms of contempt for minor or inferior poets)

versify |ˈvɜːrsɪfaɪ| — compose verses or put into verse

version |ˈvɜːrʒn| — an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint

verso |ˈvɜːrsoʊ| — left-hand page

vertebra |ˈvɜːrtɪbrə| — one of the bony segments of the spinal column

vertebral |ˈvɝːtəbrəl| — of or relating to or constituting vertebrae

vertebrate |ˈvɜːrtɪbrət| — animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium

vertex |ˈvɜːrteks| — the point of intersection of lines or the point opposite the base of a figure

vertical |ˈvɜːrtɪkl| — something that is oriented vertically

vertically |ˈvɝːtɪkəli| — in a vertical direction

verticil |ˈvɜːrtɪsɪl| — a whorl of leaves growing around a stem

vertiginous |vɜːrˈtɪdʒɪnəs| — having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling

vertigo |ˈvɜːrtɪɡoʊ| — a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall

vervain |ˈvɜːrveɪn| — any of numerous tropical or subtropical American plants of the genus Verbena grown for their showy spikes of variously colored flowers

verve |vɜːrv| — an energetic style

very |ˈveri| — used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal

vesicant |ˈvesəkənt| — a chemical agent that causes blistering (especially mustard gas)

vesicate |ˈvesəˌkeɪt| — get blistered

vesicle |ˈvesɪkl| — a small anatomically normal sac or bladderlike structure (especially one containing fluid)

vesicular |vəˈsɪkjələr| — of or relating to or involving vesicles

vesper |ˈvespər| — a planet (usually Venus) seen at sunset in the western sky

vessel |ˈvesl| — a tube in which a body fluid circulates

vest |vest| — a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat

vesta |ˈvestə| — (Roman mythology) goddess of the hearth and its fire whose flame was tended by vestal virgins; counterpart of Greek Hestia

vestal |ˈvestl| — a chaste woman

vested |ˈvestəd| — fixed and absolute and without contingency

vestiary |ˈvestiːˌeriː| — relating to clothing (especially vestments)

vestibular |veˈstibyələr və-| — relating to the sense of equilibrium

vestibule |ˈvestɪbjuːl| — a large entrance or reception room or area

vestige |ˈvestɪdʒ| — an indication that something has been present

vestigial |veˈstɪdʒiəl| — not fully developed in mature animals

vestiture |ˈvɛstɪtʃə ˈvɛstɪtjə| — an archaic term for clothing

vestment |ˈvestmənt| — gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy

vestry |ˈvestri| — in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church

vestryman |ˈvestrɪmən| — a man who is a member of a church vestry

vesture |ˈvestʃər| — something that covers or cloaks like a garment

vet |vet| — a doctor who practices veterinary medicine

vetch |vetʃ| — any of various climbing plants of the genus Vicia having pinnately compound leaves that terminate in tendrils and small variously colored flowers; includes valuable forage and soil-building plants

veteran |ˈvetərən| — a serviceman who has seen considerable active service

veterinarian |ˌvetərɪˈneriən| — a doctor who practices veterinary medicine

veterinary |ˈvetərəneri| — a doctor who practices veterinary medicine

veto |ˈviːtoʊ| — a vote that blocks a decision

vex |veks| — cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

vexation |vekˈseɪʃn| — anger produced by some annoying irritation

vexatious |vekˈseɪʃəs| — causing irritation or annoyance

vexed |vekst| — troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances

vexing |ˈveksɪŋ| — extremely annoying or displeasing