English dictionary


alabaster |ˈæləbæstər| — a compact fine-textured, usually white gypsum used for carving

alacrity |əˈlækrəti| — liveliness and eagerness

alar |ˈeɪˌlɑːr| — a chemical sprayed on fruit trees to regulate their growth so the entire crop can be harvested at one time

alarm |əˈlɑːrm| — fear resulting from the awareness of danger

alarmed |əˈlɑːrmd| — experiencing a sudden sense of danger

alarming |əˈlɑːrmɪŋ| — frightening because of an awareness of danger

alarmingly |əˈlɑːrmɪŋli| — in an alarming manner

alarmist |əˈlɑːrmɪst| — a person who alarms others needlessly

alarum |əˈlærʌm| — an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

alary  — having or resembling wings

alas |əˈlæs| — by bad luck

Alaskan |əˈlæskən| — a native or resident of Alaska

alate |ˈeɪleɪt| — (of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions

alated  — (of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions

alb |ælb| — a white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves; worn by priests

Albanian |ælˈbeɪniən| — a native or inhabitant of Albania

albatross |ˈælbətrɔːs| — (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

albert |ˈalbərt| — prince consort of Queen Victoria of England (1819-1861)

albescent |ˌalˈbes(ə)nt| — becoming or shading into white

albinism |ˈælbɪˌnɪzəm| — the congenital absence of pigmentation in the eyes and skin and hair

albino |ælˈbaɪnoʊ| — a person with congenital albinism: white hair and milky skin; eyes are usually pink

Albion |ˈælbiən| — archaic name for England or Great Britain; used poetically

albugo |ælˈbjuːɡəʊ| — type genus of the Albuginaceae; fungi causing white rusts

album |ˈælbəm| — one or more recordings issued together; originally released on 12-inch phonograph records (usually with attractive record covers) and later on cassette audiotape and compact disc

albumen |ælˈbjuːmən| — a simple water-soluble protein found in many animal tissues and liquids

albumin |ælˈbjuːmən| — a simple water-soluble protein found in many animal tissues and liquids

albuminoid |ælˈbjuːməˌnɔɪd| — a simple protein found in horny and cartilaginous tissues and in the lens of the eye

albuminous |ælˈbjuːmənəs| — relating to or containing or resembling albumin

alchemic |ælˈkemɪk| — related to or concerned with alchemy

alchemical |ælˈkemɪkəl| — related to or concerned with alchemy

alchemist |ˈælkəmɪst| — one who was versed in the practice of alchemy and who sought an elixir of life and a panacea and an alkahest and the philosopher's stone

alchemy |ˈælkəmi| — the way two individuals relate to each other

alcohol |ˈælkəhɔːl| — a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent

alcoholic |ˌælkəˈhɔːlɪk| — a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually

alcoholism |ˈælkəhɔːlɪzəm| — habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms

alcoholize  — subject to the influence of alcohol

alcove |ˈælkoʊv| — a small recess opening off a larger room

alder |ˈɔːldər| — wood of any of various alder trees; resistant to underwater rot; used for bridges etc

alderman |ˈɔːldərmən| — a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council)

ale |eɪl| — a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume

aleatory |ˈeɪliəˌtɔːri| — dependent on chance

alee |əˈliː| — on or toward the lee

alehouse |ˈeɪlhaʊs| — a tavern where ale is sold

alembic |əˈlembik| — an obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube

alert |əˈlɜːrt| — condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action

alertness |əˈlɜːrtnəs| — the process of paying close and continuous attention

alewife |ˈeɪˌlwaɪf| — flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams

Alexandrine |ˌælɪɡˈzændrɪn| — (prosody) a line of verse that has six iambic feet

alexandrite |ˌælɪɡˈzændraɪt| — a green variety of chrysoberyl used as a gemstone

alfalfa |ælˈfælfə| — important European leguminous forage plant with trifoliate leaves and blue-violet flowers grown widely as a pasture and hay crop

alfresco |ˌælˈfreskoʊ| — outside a building

alga |ˈalɡə| — primitive chlorophyll-containing mainly aquatic eukaryotic organisms lacking true stems and roots and leaves

algae |ˈældʒi| — primitive chlorophyll-containing mainly aquatic eukaryotic organisms lacking true stems and roots and leaves

algal |ˈælɡəl| — of or relating to alga

algebra |ˈældʒɪbrə| — the mathematics of generalized arithmetical operations

algebraic |ˌældʒɪˈbreɪɪk| — of or relating to algebra

algebraical |ˌældʒɪˈbreɪkəl| — of or relating to algebra

algebraist |ˌældʒɪˈbreɪɪst| — a mathematician whose specialty is algebra

Algerian |ælˈdʒɪriən| — a native or inhabitant of Algeria

algid |ˈældʒɪd| — chilly

algidity  — prostration characterized by cold and clammy skin and low blood pressure

algorism  — the Arabic (or decimal) system of numeration

algorithm |ˈælɡərɪðəm| — a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem

alias |ˈeɪliəs| — a name that has been assumed temporarily

alibi |ˈæləbaɪ| — (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question

alidad |ˈælɪˌdæd| — surveying instrument consisting of the upper movable part of a theodolite including the telescope and its attachments

alidade |ˈælɪˌdeɪd| — surveying instrument consisting of the upper movable part of a theodolite including the telescope and its attachments

alien |ˈeɪliən| — a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country

alienable |ˈeɪliənəbl| — transferable to another owner

alienate |ˈeɪliəneɪt| — arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

alienated |ˈeɪliəˌnetəd| — socially disoriented

alienating |ˈeɪliəˌnetɪŋ| — causing hostility or loss of friendliness

alienation |ˌeɪliəˈneɪʃn| — the feeling of being alienated from other people

alienee |eɪljəˈniː| — someone to whom the title of property is transferred

alienism |ˈeɪljəˌnɪzəm| — an obsolete term for the study and treatment of mental illness

alienist |ˈeɪlɪənɪst| — a psychiatrist and specialist in the legal aspects of mental illness

aliform |ˈæləˌfɔːrm| — having or resembling wings

alight |əˈlaɪt| — to come to rest, settle

align |əˈlaɪn| — place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight

aligned |əˈlaɪnd| — in a straight line

aligning |əˈlaɪnɪŋ| — causing to fall into line or into position

alignment |əˈlaɪnmənt| — an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty

alike |əˈlaɪk| — having the same or similar characteristics

aliment |ˈaləmənt| — a source of materials to nourish the body

alimentary |ˌæləˈmentəri| — of or providing nourishment

alimentation |ˌælɪmenˈtəʃən| — a source of materials to nourish the body

alimony |ˈælɪmoʊni| — court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated

aline |əˈlaɪn| — place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight

alinement  — an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty

aliquant |ˈæləkwənt| — an integer that is not an exact divisor of some quantity

aliquot |ˈælɪkwɑːt| — an integer that is an exact divisor of some quantity

alive |əˈlaɪv| — (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit

alizarin |əˈlizərən| — an orange-red crystalline compound used in making red pigments and in dyeing

alizarine |əˈlɪzərɪn| — an orange-red crystalline compound used in making red pigments and in dyeing

alkalescent |ˌælkəˈlesənt| — tending to become alkaline; slightly alkaline

alkali |ˈælkəlaɪ| — any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water

alkalic |alˈkalik| — relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7

alkalimetry |ˌælkəˈlɪmɪtrɪ| — volumetric analysis using standard solutions of alkali to measure the amount of acid present

alkaline |ˈælkəlaɪn| — relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7

alkaloid |ˈælkəlɔɪd| — natural bases containing nitrogen found in plants

all |ɔːl| — completely given to or absorbed by

all-around |əˈraʊnd| — many-sided

all-embracing |ˈɔːlemˈbreɪsɪŋ| — broad in scope or content

all-encompassing  — broad in scope or content

all-important |ˌɔːrlɪmˈpɔːrtnt| — of the greatest importance

all-inclusive |ɔːlɪnˈkluːsɪv| — broad in scope or content

all-knowing  — infinitely wise

all-metal |ˈmetl| — consisting completely of metal

all-night |ˈɔːlˈnaɪt| — lasting, open, or operating through the whole night

all-out |ˌɒˈlaʊt| — using all available resources

all-powerful |ˈɔːlˈpaʊərfəl| — having unlimited power

all-purpose |ˌɒlˈpɝːpəs| — not limited in use or function

all-round |ˈɔːrl raʊnd| — many-sided

all-rounder |ɔːrl ˈraʊndər| — a versatile person who is expert at many things

all-time |taɪm| — unsurpassed in some respect up to the present

Allah |ˈælə| — Muslim name for the one and only God

allay |əˈleɪ| — lessen the intensity of or calm

allegation |ˌæləˈɡeɪʃn| — (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law)

allege |əˈledʒ| — report or maintain

alleged |əˈledʒd| — declared but not proved

allegedly |əˈledʒɪdli| — according to what has been alleged

allegiance |əˈliːdʒəns| — the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

allegoric |ˌælɪˈɡɒrɪk| — used in or characteristic of or containing allegory

allegorical |ˌæləˈɡɔːrɪkl| — used in or characteristic of or containing allegory

allegorize |ˈæləɡəˌraɪz| — interpret as an allegory

allegory |ˈæləɡɔːri| — a short moral story (often with animal characters)

allele |əˈliːl| — (genetics) either of a pair (or series) of alternative forms of a gene that can occupy the same locus on a particular chromosome and that control the same character

allergen |ˈælərdʒən| — any substance that can cause an allergy

allergic |əˈlɜːrdʒɪk| — having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility (especially to a specific factor)

allergy |ˈælərdʒi| — hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity

alleviate |əˈliːvieɪt| — provide physical relief, as from pain

alleviation |əˌliːviˈeɪʃn| — the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced

alleviative  — moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear

alley |ˈæli| — a narrow street with walls on both sides

alleyway |ˈæliˌwe| — a narrow street with walls on both sides

allgood |ˈɒlˌɡʊd| — European plant naturalized in North America; often collected from the wild as a potherb

alliaceous |ˌalɪˈeɪʃəs| — smelling of onions or garlic

alliance |əˈlaɪəns| — the state of being allied or confederated

allied |ˈælaɪd| — related by common characteristics or ancestry

alligator |ˈælɪɡeɪtər| — leather made from alligator's hide

alliteration |əˌlɪtəˈreɪʃn| — use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

allocable  — capable of being distributed

allocate |ˈæləkeɪt| — distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

allocation |ˌæləˈkeɪʃn| — a share set aside for a specific purpose

allocution |æləˈkjuːʃən| — (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts

allogamy |əˈlɑːɡəmiː| — cross-fertilization in plants

allopathic  — of or relating to the practice of allopathy

allopathy |əˈlɑːpəθiː| — the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself

allot |əˈlɑːt| — give out

allotment |əˈlɑːtmənt| — a share set aside for a specific purpose

allotted |əˈlɑːtəd| — given as a task

allow |əˈlaʊ| — make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen

allowable |əˈlaʊəbl| — deductible according to the tax laws

allowance |əˈlaʊəns| — an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period)

alloy |ˈælɔɪ| — a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten

allspice |ˈɔːlspaɪs| — aromatic West Indian tree that produces allspice berries

allude |əˈluːd| — make a more or less disguised reference to

allure |əˈlʊr| — the power to entice or attract through personal charm

allurement |əˈlʊəmənt| — attractiveness

alluring |əˈlʊrɪŋ| — highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire

allusion |əˈluːʒn| — passing reference or indirect mention

allusive |əˈluːsɪv| — characterized by indirect references

alluvial |əˈluːviəl| — of or relating to alluvium

alluvion |əˈluːviən| — gradual formation of new land, by recession of the sea or deposit of sediment

alluvium |əˈluːviəm| — clay or silt or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down

ally |ˈælaɪ| — a friendly nation

almanac |ˈɔːlmənæk| — an annual publication including weather forecasts and other miscellaneous information arranged according to the calendar of a given year

almighty |ɔːlˈmaɪti| — terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God

almond |ˈɑːmənd| — small bushy deciduous tree native to Asia and North Africa having pretty pink blossoms and highly prized edible nuts enclosed in a hard green hull; cultivated in southern Australia and California

almond-eyed |ˌɑːmənd ˈaɪd| — having almond-shaped eyes

almond-shaped |ʃeɪpt| — shaped like an almond

almoner |ˈɑːmənər| — an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients

almost |ˈɔːlmoʊst| — (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but

alms |ɑːmz| — money or goods contributed to the poor

aloe |ˈæloʊ| — succulent plants having rosettes of leaves usually with fiber like hemp and spikes of showy flowers; found chiefly in Africa

aloft |əˈlɔːft| — at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a ship

alone |əˈloʊn| — without any others being included or involved

along |əˈlɔːŋ| — with a forward motion

alongside |əˌlɔːŋˈsaɪd| — side by side

aloof |əˈluːf| — in an aloof manner

aloofness |əˈluːfnəs| — indifference by personal withdrawal

alopecia |ˌæləˈpiːʃə| — loss of hair (especially on the head) or loss of wool or feathers; in humans it can result from heredity or hormonal imbalance or certain diseases or drugs and treatments (chemotherapy for cancer)

aloud |əˈlaʊd| — using the voice; not silently

alp |alp| — any high mountain

alpaca |ælˈpækə| — wool of the alpaca

alpenstock |ˈælpənstɑːk| — a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers

alpha |ˈælfə| — the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet

alphabet |ˈælfəbet| — a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language

alphabetic |ˌælfəˈbetɪk| — relating to or expressed by a writing system that uses an alphabet

alphabetical |ˌælfəˈbetɪkl| — relating to or expressed by a writing system that uses an alphabet

alphabetically |ˌælfəˈbetɪkli| — in alphabetical order

alphabetize |ˈælfəbətaɪz| — arrange in alphabetical order

alpine |ˈælpaɪn| — living or growing above the timber line

alpinism |ˈælpɪnˌɪzəm| — mountain climbing (not restricted to the Alps)

alpinist |ˈælpɪnɪst| — a mountain climber who specializes in difficult climbs

already |ɔːlˈredi| — prior to a specified or implied time

alright |ɔlˈrɑɪt, ˈɔlrɑɪt| — without doubt (used to reinforce an assertion)

Alsatian |ælˈseɪʃn| — a native or inhabitant of Alsace

also |ˈɔːlsoʊ| — in addition

also-ran |ˈɔːrlsoʊ ræn| — a contestant who loses the contest

alt |ˈɑːlt| — angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

altar |ˈɔːltər| — the table in Christian churches where communion is given

altarpiece |ˈɔːltərpiːs| — a painted or carved screen placed above and behind an altar or communion table

alter |ˈɔːltər| — cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

alterability  — the quality of being alterable

alterable |ˌɔːrltəˈreɪbəl| — (of the punishment ordered by a court) capable of being changed to one less severe

alteration |ˌɔːltəˈreɪʃn| — an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

alterative |ˈɔːltəreɪtɪv| — tending to cure or restore to health

altercate |ˈɔːrltəkeɪt| — have a disagreement over something

altercation |ˌɔːltərˈkeɪʃn| — noisy quarrel

altered |ˈɒltərd| — having testicles or ovaries removed

altering |ˈɒltərɪŋ| — the sterilization of an animal

alternate |ˈɔːltərnət| — someone who takes the place of another person

alternately |ˈɔːltərnətli| — in an alternating sequence or position

alternating |ˈɒltərˌnetɪŋ| — occurring by turns; first one and then the other

alternation |ˌɔːltərˈneɪʃn| — successive change from one thing or state to another and back again

alternative |ɔːlˈtɜːrnətɪv| — one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

alternatively |ɔːlˈtɜːrnətɪvli| — in place of, or as an alternative to

alternator |ˈɔːltərneɪtər| — an old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles)

altimeter |ælˈtɪmətər| — an instrument that measures the height above ground; used in navigation

altitude |ˈæltɪtuːd| — elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface

altitudinal  — pertaining to altitude

alto |ˈæltoʊ| — a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef

altocumulus |ˌæltoʊˈkjuːmjʊləs| — a cumulus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 miles

altogether |ˌɔːltəˈɡeðər| — informal terms for nakedness

altostratus |ˌæltoʊˈstrɑːtəs| — a stratus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 miles

altruism |ˈæltruɪzəm| — the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

altruist |ˈæltruɪst| — someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being

altruistic |ˌæltruˈɪstɪk| — showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

alum |ˈæləm| — a white crystalline double sulfate of aluminum: the ammonium double sulfate of aluminum

alumina |əˈluːmɪnə| — any of various forms of aluminum oxide occurring naturally as corundum

aluminium |ˌæljəˈmɪniəm| — a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite

aluminous |əˈluːmənəs| — pertaining to or containing aluminum or alum

aluminum |əˈluːmənəm| — a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite

alumna |əˈlʌmnə| — a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)

alumnus |əˈlʌmnəs| — a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)

alveolar |ælˈviːələr| — a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge

alveolate |ælˈviːəlɪt| — pitted with cell-like cavities (as a honeycomb)

alveolus |ælˈviːələs| — a tiny sac for holding air in the lungs; formed by the terminal dilation of tiny air passageways

always |ˈɔːlweɪz| — at all times; all the time and on every occasion