English dictionary


am |ˌeɪ ˈem| — a radioactive transuranic metallic element; discovered by bombarding uranium with helium atoms

amah |ˈɑːmə| — a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else

amain |əˈmeɪn| — at full speed; with great haste

amalgam |əˈmælɡəm| — an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams

amalgamate |əˈmælɡəmeɪt| — to bring or combine together or with something else

amalgamated |əˈmælɡəˌmetəd| — joined together into a whole

amalgamation |əˌmælɡəˈmeɪʃn| — the combination of two or more commercial companies

amanita  — genus of widely distributed agarics that have white spores and are poisonous with few exceptions

amanuensis |əˌmænjuˈensɪs| — someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)

amaranth |ˈæməˌrænθ| — seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America

amaranthine |ˌæməˈrænθɪn| — of an imaginary flower that never fades

amaryllis |ˌæməˈrɪlɪs| — bulbous plant having showy white to reddish flowers

amass |əˈmæs| — collect or gather

amateur |ˈæmətər| — someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime

amateurish |ˈæmətərɪʃ| — lacking professional skill or expertise

amateurism |ˈæmətʃəˌrɪzəm| — the conviction that people should participate in sports as a hobby (for the fun of it) rather than for money

amative |ˈæmətɪv| — inclined toward or displaying love

amatory |ˈæmətɔːri| — expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance

amaze |əˈmeɪz| — affect with wonder

amazed |əˈmeɪzd| — filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock

amazement |əˈmeɪzmənt| — the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising

amazing |əˈmeɪzɪŋ| — surprising greatly

amazingly |əˈmeɪzɪŋli| — in an amazing manner; to everyone's surprise

Amazon |ˈæməzən| — a large strong and aggressive woman

ambages |æmˈbeɪdʒiːz| — (archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action

ambassador |æmˈbæsədər| — a diplomat of the highest rank; accredited as representative from one country to another

ambassadorial |æmˌbæsəˈdɔːriəl| — of or relating to or characteristic of ambassadors

ambassadress |æmˈbæsədres| — a woman ambassador

amber |ˈæmbər| — a deep yellow color

ambergris |ˈæmbərɡriːs| — waxy substance secreted by the sperm whale and found floating at sea or washed ashore; used in perfume

ambiance |ˈæmbiəns| — a particular environment or surrounding influence

ambidextrous |ˌæmbiˈdekstrəs| — marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another

ambience |ˈæmbiəns| — a particular environment or surrounding influence

ambient |ˈæmbiənt| — completely enveloping

ambiguity |ˌæmbɪˈɡjuːəti| — an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context

ambiguous |æmˈbɪɡjuəs| — having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns

ambiguously |æmˈbɪɡjuəsli| — in an ambiguous manner

ambit |ˈæmbɪt| — an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

ambition |æmˈbɪʃn| — a cherished desire

ambitious |æmˈbɪʃəs| — requiring full use of your abilities or resources

ambitiously |æmˈbɪʃəsli| — with ambition; in an ambitious and energetic manner

ambitiousness |æmˈbɪʃəsnəs| — a strong drive for success

ambivalence |æmˈbɪvələns| — mixed feelings or emotions

ambivalent |æmˈbɪvələnt| — uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

amble |ˈæmbl| — a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)

ambler |ˈæmblər| — someone who walks at a leisurely pace

ambrosia |æmˈbroʊziə| — a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae

ambrosial |æmˈbroʊziəl| — extremely pleasing to the taste; sweet and fragrant

ambrosian |æmˈbroʊziən| — extremely pleasing to the taste; sweet and fragrant

ambulance |ˈæmbjələns| — a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals

ambulant |ˈæmbjələnt| — able to walk about

ambulation  — walking about

ambulatory |ˈæmbjələtɔːri| — a covered walkway (as in a cloister)

ambuscade |ˌæmbəˈskeɪd| — the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

ambush |ˈæmbʊʃ| — the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

ameba |əˈmiːbə| — naked freshwater or marine or parasitic protozoa that form temporary pseudopods for feeding and locomotion

ameer |əˈmɪər| — an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia)

ameliorate |əˈmiːliəreɪt| — to make better

ameliorating |əˈmiːliəreɪtɪŋ| — tending to ameliorate

amelioration |əˌmiːliəˈreɪʃn| — the act of relieving ills and changing for the better

ameliorative |əˈmiːljəˌreɪtɪv| — tending to ameliorate

amen |ɑːˈmen| — a primeval Egyptian personification of air and breath; worshipped especially at Thebes

amenability |əˌmiːnəˈbɪləti| — the trait of being cooperative

amenable |əˈmiːnəbl| — disposed or willing to conform

amend |əˈmend| — make amendments to

amendable |əˈmendəbəl| — capable of being corrected by additions

amended |əˈmendəd| — modified for the better

amendment |əˈmendmənt| — the act of amending or correcting

amends |əˈmendz| — a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury

amenities |əˈmenətiz| — things that make you comfortable and at ease

amenity |əˈmenəti| — pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions

ament |ˈæment| — a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence

amentia |eɪˈmenʃə| — extreme mental retardation

amerce |əˈmɜːrs| — punish with an arbitrary penalty

amercement |əˈmərsmənt| — money extracted as a penalty

American |əˈmerɪkən| — a native or inhabitant of the United States

Americanism |əˈmerɪkənɪzəm| — loyalty to the United States and its institutions

Americanization |əˌmerəkənəˈzeɪʃn| — assimilation into American culture

Americanize |əˈmerɪkənaɪz| — make American in character

Amerindian |ˌæməˈrɪndiən| — any member of the peoples living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived

amethyst |ˈæməθɪst| — a transparent purple variety of quartz; used as a gemstone

amethystine |ˌæməˈθɪstaɪn| — containing or resembling amethyst

amiability |ˌeɪmiəˈbɪləti| — a cheerful and agreeable mood

amiable |ˈeɪmiəbl| — disposed to please

amiableness |ˈeɪmiəblnəs| — a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)

amiably |ˈeɪmiəbli| — in an affable manner

amicability |ˌæmɪkəˈbɪləti| — a disinclination to quarrel

amicable |ˈæmɪkəbl| — characterized by friendship and good will

amicableness |ˈæmɪkəblnəs| — a disinclination to quarrel

amide |ˈæmaɪd| — any organic compound containing the group -CONH2

amidships |əˈmɪdʃɪps| — at or near or toward the center of a ship

amigo |əˈmiːˌɡoʊ| — a friend or comrade

amine |ˈæmiːn| — a compound derived from ammonia by replacing hydrogen atoms by univalent hydrocarbon radicals

amino |əˈmiːnoʊ| — the radical -NH2

amir |eˈmɪr| — an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia)

Amish |ˈɑːmɪʃ| — an American follower of the Mennonite religion

amiss |əˈmɪs| — away from the correct or expected course

amity |ˈæməti| — a cordial disposition

ammeter |ˈæmiːtər| — a meter that measures the flow of electrical current in amperes

ammo |ˈæmoʊ| — projectiles to be fired from a gun

ammonia |əˈmoʊniə| — a water solution of ammonia

ammoniac |əˈmoʊniːˌæk| — the aromatic gum of the ammoniac plant

ammoniacal |ˌamə(ʊ)ˈnʌɪək(ə)l| — pertaining to or containing or similar to ammonia

ammonite |ˈæmənaɪt| — one of the coiled chambered fossil shells of extinct mollusks

ammonium |əˈmoʊniəm| — the ion NH4 derived from ammonia; behaves in many respects like an alkali metal ion

ammunition |ˌæmjuˈnɪʃn| — projectiles to be fired from a gun

amnesia |æmˈniːʒə| — partial or total loss of memory

amnesty |ˈæmnəsti| — a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment

amoeba |əˈmiːbə| — naked freshwater or marine or parasitic protozoa that form temporary pseudopods for feeding and locomotion

amok |əˈmɑːk| — wildly; without self-control

amorality |ˌeɪmɒˈræləti| — the quality of being amoral

amorous |ˈæmərəs| — inclined toward or displaying love

amorousness |ˈæmərəsnəs| — a feeling of love or fondness

amorphous |əˈmɔːrfəs| — having no definite form or distinct shape

amortise |əˈmɔːrtaɪz| — liquidate gradually

amortization |ˌæmərtəˈzeɪʃən| — the reduction of the value of an asset by prorating its cost over a period of years

amortize |ˈæmərtaɪz| — liquidate gradually

amount |əˈmaʊnt| — a quantity of money

amour |əˈmʊr| — a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship

amp |æmp| — the basic unit of electric current adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites

amperage |ˈæmpərɪdʒ| — the strength of an electrical current measured in amperes

ampere |ˈamˌpir| — a former unit of electric current (slightly smaller than the SI ampere)

ampersand |ˈæmpərsænd| — a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)

amphetamine |æmˈfetəmiːn| — a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression

Amphibia |æmˈfɪbɪə| — the class of vertebrates that live on land but breed in water; frogs; toads; newts; salamanders; caecilians

amphibian |æmˈfɪbiən| — a flat-bottomed motor vehicle that can travel on land or water

amphibious |æmˈfɪbiəs| — relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibia

amphibology |ˌæmfəˈbɑːlədʒiː| — an ambiguous grammatical construction; e.g., `they are flying planes' can mean either that someone is flying planes or that something is flying planes

amphigory  — nonsensical writing (usually verse)

amphitheater |ˈæmfəˌθiətər| — a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)

amphitheatre |ˈæmfɪθiːətər| — a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)

amphora |ˈæmfərə| — an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck; used to hold oil or wine

ample |ˈæmpl| — affording an abundant supply

amplification |ˌæmplɪfɪˈkeɪʃn| — addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail

amplifier |ˈæmplɪfaɪər| — electronic equipment that increases strength of signals passing through it

amplify |ˈæmplɪfaɪ| — increase in size, volume or significance

amplitude |ˈæmplɪtuːd| — (physics) the maximum displacement of a periodic wave

amply |ˈæmpli| — to an ample degree or in an ample manner

ampoule |ˈæmpuːl| — a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)

ampule |ˈæmpjuːl| — a small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle)

amputate |ˈæmpjuteɪt| — remove surgically

amputation |ˌæmpjuˈteɪʃn| — a condition of disability resulting from the loss of one or more limbs

amputee |ˌæmpjuˈtiː| — someone who has had a limb removed by amputation

amuck |əˈmək| — wildly; without self-control

amulet |ˈæmjʊlət| — a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease

amuse |əˈmjuːz| — occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion

amused |əˈmjuːzd| — pleasantly occupied

amusement |əˈmjuːzmənt| — a feeling of delight at being entertained

amusing |əˈmjuːzɪŋ| — providing enjoyment; pleasantly entertaining

amygdala |əˈmɪɡdələ| — an almond-shaped neural structure in the anterior part of the temporal lobe of the cerebrum; intimately connected with the hypothalamus and the hippocampus and the cingulate gyrus; as part of the limbic system it plays an important role in motivation and

amyloid |ˈaməˌloid| — a non-nitrogenous food substance consisting chiefly of starch; any substance resembling starch