English dictionary


cicada |sɪˈkeɪdə| — stout-bodied insect with large membranous wings; male has drum-like organs for producing a high-pitched drone

cicatrice |ˈsɪkətrɪs| — a mark left (usually on the skin) by the healing of injured tissue

cicatrix |ˈsikəˌtriks| — a mark left (usually on the skin) by the healing of injured tissue

cicatrize |ˈsɪkəˌtraɪz| — form a scar, after an injury

Cicero |ˈsɪsəˌroʊ| — a linear unit of the size of type slightly larger than an em

cicerone |ˈsɪsəˌroni| — a guide who conducts and informs sightseers

cider |ˈsaɪdər| — a beverage made from juice pressed from apples

cigar |sɪˈɡɑːr| — a roll of tobacco for smoking

cigarette |ˈsɪɡəret| — finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking

cilantro |sɪˈlæntroʊ| — Old World herb with aromatic leaves and seed resembling parsley

ciliary |ˈsɪliːeriː| — relating to the ciliary body and associated structures of the eye

ciliated |ˈsɪliːˌeɪtɪd| — having a margin or fringe of hairlike projections

Cimmerian |sɪˈmiːriːən| — intensely dark and gloomy as with perpetual darkness

cinch |sɪntʃ| — any undertaking that is easy to do

cinchona |sɪŋˈkoʊnə| — medicinal bark of cinchona trees; source of quinine and quinidine

cincture |ˈsɪŋktʃər| — a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers

cinder |ˈsɪndər| — a fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire

Cinderella |ˌsɪndəˈrelə| — a woman whose merits were not been recognized but who then achieves sudden success and recognition

cine-camera |ˈsɪnɪ kæmrə| — a camera that takes a sequence of photographs that can give the illusion of motion when viewed in rapid succession

cine-film |ˈsɪnɪ fɪlm| — photographic film several hundred feet long and wound on a spool; to be used in a movie camera

cinema |ˈsɪnəmə| — a medium that disseminates moving pictures

cinematic |ˌsɪnəˈmætɪk| — of or pertaining to or characteristic of the cinema

cinematography |ˌsɪnəməˈtɑːɡrəfi| — the act of making a film

cineraria |sɪnəˈreriːə| — herb of Canary Islands widely cultivated for its blue or purple or red or variegated daisylike flowers

cinerarium |ˌsɪnəˈreriːəm| — a niche for a funeral urn containing the ashes of the cremated dead

cinerary |ˈsɪnəreriː| — containing or used for ashes of the cremated dead

cinnabar |ˈsɪnəbɑːr| — a heavy reddish mineral consisting of mercuric sulfide; the chief source of mercury

cinnamon |ˈsɪnəmən| — aromatic bark used as a spice

cinque |ˈsɪŋk| — the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

cinquefoil |ˈsɪŋkfɔɪl| — any of a numerous plants grown for their five-petaled flowers; abundant in temperate regions; alleged to have medicinal properties

cipher |ˈsaɪfər| — a message written in a secret code

ciprofloxacin  — an oral antibiotic (trade name Cipro) used against serious bacterial infections of the skin or respiratory tract or urinary tract or bones or joints

circadian |sɜːrˈkeɪdiən| — of or relating to biological processes occurring at 24-hour intervals

Circassian |sərˈkæʃʌn| — a member of the Sunni Muslim people living in northwestern Caucasia

Circe |ˈsɜːrsiː| — (Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine

circle |ˈsɜːrkl| — ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point

circlet |ˈsɜːrklət| — a small circle

circuit |ˈsɜːrkɪt| — an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow

circuitous |sərˈkjuːɪtəs| — marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct

circuitry |ˈsɜːrkɪtri| — electronic equipment consisting of a system of circuits

circular |ˈsɜːrkjələr| — an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution

circularity |ˌsɝːkjʊˈlærɪti| — the roundness of a 2-dimensional figure

circularize |ˈsɝːkjʊləraɪz| — canvass by distributing letters

circulate |ˈsɜːrkjəleɪt| — become widely known and passed on

circulating |ˈsɝːkjəˌletɪŋ| — passing from one to another

circulation |ˌsɜːrkjəˈleɪʃn| — the dissemination of copies of periodicals (as newspapers or magazines)

circulatory |ˈsɜːrkjələtɔːri| — of or relating to circulation

circumambulate |sɜːrkəmˈæmbjəˌˌleɪt| — walk around something

circumcise |ˈsɜːrkəmsaɪz| — cut the skin over the clitoris

circumcision |ˌsɜːrkəmˈsɪʒn| — (Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church) feast day celebrating the circumcision of Jesus; celebrated on January 1st

circumference |sərˈkʌmfərəns| — the size of something as given by the distance around it

circumferential |sərkʌmfəˈrenʃəl| — lying around or just outside the edges or outskirts

circumflex |ˈsɜːrkəmfleks| — a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality

circumfuse |ˌsəːkəmˈfjuːz| — spread something around something

circumlocution |ˌsɜːrkəmləˈkjuːʃn| — a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things

circumlocutory |ˌsɝːkəmləˈkjuːʃən| — roundabout and unnecessarily wordy

circumnavigate |ˌsɜːrkəmˈnævɪɡeɪt| — travel around, either by plane or ship

circumnavigation |ˌsɜːrkəmˌnævɪˈɡeɪʃn| — traveling around something (by ship or plane)

circumscribe |ˈsɜːrkəmskraɪb| — draw a line around

circumscription |ˌsɝːkəmˈskrɪpʃən| — the act of circumscribing

circumspect |ˈsɜːrkəmspekt| — heedful of potential consequences

circumspection |ˌsɜːrkəmˈspekʃn| — knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

circumstance |ˈsɜːrkəmstæns| — a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity

circumstances |ˈsɝːkəmˌstænsəz| — your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

circumstantial |ˌsɜːrkəmˈstænʃl| — fully detailed and specific about particulars

circumstantially |ˌsərkəmˈstæntʃəli| — according to circumstances

circumvent |ˌsɜːrkəmˈvent| — surround so as to force to give up

circumvention |ˌsərkəmˈventʃən| — the act of evading by going around

circumvolution |ˌsɜːrkəmvəˈluːʃən| — the act of turning or winding or folding around a central axis

circus |ˈsɜːrkəs| — a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals

cirque |sɜːrk| — a steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain; may contain a lake

cirrhosis |səˈroʊsɪs| — a chronic disease interfering with the normal functioning of the liver; the major cause is chronic alcoholism

cirrocumulus |ˌsɪroʊˈkjuːmjələs| — a cloud at a high altitude consisting of a series of regularly arranged small clouds resembling ripples

cirrostratus |ˌsɪroʊˈstrɑːtəs| — a thin uniform layer of hazy cloud at high altitude

cirrus |ˈsɪrəs| — usually coiled

cisalpine |sɪsˈælpaɪn| — on the Italian or Roman side of the Alps

cissy |ˈsɪsi| — having unsuitable feminine qualities

Cistercian |ˌsɪˈstɝːʃən| — member of an order of monks noted for austerity and a vow of silence

cistern |ˈsɪstərn| — a sac or cavity containing fluid especially lymph or cerebrospinal fluid

citadel |ˈsɪtədəl| — a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle

citation |saɪˈteɪʃn| — an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement

cite |saɪt| — a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

cither |ˈsɪθər| — a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers

cithern |ˈsɪθərn| — a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings

citify |ˈsɪtɪˌfaɪ| — accustom to urban ways

citizen |ˈsɪtɪzn| — a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community

citizenry |ˈsɪtɪzənri| — the body of citizens of a state or country

citizenship |ˈsɪtɪzənʃɪp| — the status of a citizen with rights and duties

citrate |ˈsɪtreɪt| — a salt or ester of citric acid

citric |ˈsɪtrɪk| — of or related to citric acid

citrine |ˌsɪˈtriːn| — semiprecious yellow quartz resembling topaz

citron |ˈsɪtrən| — large lemonlike fruit with thick aromatic rind; usually preserved

citrous |ˈsɪtrəs| — of or relating to plants of the genus Citrus

citrus |ˈsɪtrəs| — any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp; grown in warm regions

cittern |ˈsɪtərn| — a 16th century musical instrument resembling a guitar with a pear-shaped soundbox and wire strings

city |ˈsɪti| — a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts

city-state |steɪt| — a state consisting of a sovereign city

citywide |ˈsɪt̬iˌwɑɪd| — occurring or extending throughout a city

civet |ˈsɪvɪt| — cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes

civic |ˈsɪvɪk| — of or relating or belonging to a city

civics |ˈsɪvɪks| — the social science of municipal affairs

civies |ˈsɪvɪz| — civilian garb as opposed to a military uniform

civil |ˈsɪvl| — applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military

civilian |səˈvɪliən| — a nonmilitary citizen

civility |səˈvɪləti| — formal or perfunctory politeness

civilization |ˌsɪvələˈzeɪʃn| — a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)

civilize |ˈsɪvəlaɪz| — teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

civilized |ˈsɪvəˌlɑɪzd| — marked by refinement in taste and manners

civilly |ˈsɪvəli| — in a civil manner

civvies |ˈsɪvɪz| — civilian garb as opposed to a military uniform