English dictionary


Esau |ˈiːˌsɒ| — (Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac; he traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a mess of pottage

escadrille |ˈeskəˌdrɪl ˌeskəˈdrɪl| — a small squadron

escalade |eskəˈleɪd| — an act of scaling by the use of ladders (especially the walls of a fortification)

escalate |ˈeskəleɪt| — increase in extent or intensity

escalating |ˈeskəˌletɪŋ| — Present participle of escalate.

escalation |ˌeskəˈleɪʃn| — an increase to counteract a perceived discrepancy

escalator |ˈeskəleɪtər| — a clause in a contract that provides for an increase or a decrease in wages or prices or benefits etc. depending on certain conditions (as a change in the cost of living index)

escallop |eˈskɑːləp| — edible muscle of mollusks having fan-shaped shells; served broiled or poached or in salads or cream sauces

escapade |ˌeskəˈpeɪd| — a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)

escape |ɪˈskeɪp| — the act of escaping physically

escaped |əˈskeɪpt| — having escaped, especially from confinement

escapee |ɪˌskeɪˈpiː| — someone who escapes

escapement |ɪˈskeɪpmənt| — mechanical device that regulates movement

escaping |əˈskeɪpɪŋ| — Present participle of escape.

escapism |ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm| — an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy

escapist |ɪˈskeɪpɪst| — a person who escapes into a world of fantasy

escarp |eˈskɑːrp| — a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification

escarpment |ɪˈskɑːrpmənt| — a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion

eschalot |ˈeʃəˌlɑːt| — type of onion plant producing small clustered mild-flavored bulbs used as seasoning

eschar |ˈeskɑːr| — a dry scab formed on the skin following a burn or cauterization of the skin

eschatological |ˌeskətəˈlɑːdʒɪkəl| — of or relating to or dealing with or regarding the ultimate destiny of mankind and the world

eschatology |ˌeskəˈtɑːlədʒɪ| — the branch of theology that is concerned with such final things as death and Last Judgment; Heaven and Hell; the ultimate destiny of humankind

escheat |esˈtʃiːt| — a reversion to the state (as the ultimate owner of property) in the absence of legal heirs

eschew |ɪsˈtʃuː| — avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of

eschewal  — The act of eschewing

escort |ˈeskɔːrt| — someone who escorts and protects a prominent person

escribe |eˈskraɪb| — (geometry) To draw outside of; used to designate a circle that touches one of the sides of a given triangle, and also the other two sides produced.

escritoire |ˌeskrɪˈtwɑːr| — a desk used for writing

esculent |ˈeskjʊlənt| — Edible.

escutcheon |ɪˈskʌtʃn| — a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers

Eskimo |ˈeskɪməʊ| — a member of a people inhabiting the Arctic (northern Canada or Greenland or Alaska or eastern Siberia); the Algonquians called them Eskimo (`eaters of raw flesh') but they call themselves the Inuit (`the people')

esophageal  — relating to the esophagus

esophagus |ɪˈsɑfəɡəs| — the passage between the pharynx and the stomach

esoteric |ˌesəˈterɪk| — confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

espalier |ɪˈspælɪər| — a trellis on which ornamental shrub or fruit tree is trained to grow flat

esparto |eˈspɑːrtəʊ| — A perennial North African grass, Stipa tenacissima, used for fibre production, and for making paper.

especial |ɪˈspeʃl| — surpassing what is common or usual or expected

especially |ɪˈspeʃəlɪ| — to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common

Esperanto |ˌespəˈræntəʊ| — an artificial language based as far as possible on words common to all the European languages

espial |eˈspaɪəl| — the act of detecting something; catching sight of something

espionage |ˈespɪənɑːʒ| — the systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets

esplanade |ˌespləˈneɪd| — a long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for walking beside the seashore

espousal |ɪˈspaʊzl| — archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast

espouse |ɪˈspaʊz| — choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

espoused |əˈspaʊzd| — simple past tense and past participle of espouse

espresso |eˈspresəʊ| — strong black coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans

esprit |eˈspriː| — liveliness of mind or spirit

espy |eˈspaɪ| — catch sight of

Esquimau |ˈeskəməʊ| — a member of a people inhabiting the Arctic (northern Canada or Greenland or Alaska or eastern Siberia); the Algonquians called them Eskimo (`eaters of raw flesh') but they call themselves the Inuit (`the people')

esquire |ˈeˌskwaɪr| — (Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood

essay |ˈeseɪ| — an analytic or interpretive literary composition

essayist |ˈeseɪɪst| — a writer of literary works

essence |ˈesns| — the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

essential |ɪˈsenʃl| — anything indispensable

essentialism |ɪˈsenʃ(ə)lɪz(ə)m| — (philosophy) The view that objects have properties that are essential to them.

essentiality |əˌsenʃiːˈælɪtiː| — basic importance

essentially |ɪˈsenʃəlɪ| — in essence; at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature

establish |ɪˈstæblɪʃ| — set up or found

established |ɪˈstæblɪʃt| — settled securely and unconditionally

establishment |ɪˈstæblɪʃmənt| — the act of forming or establishing something

estate |ɪˈsteɪt| — everything you own; all of your assets (whether real property or personal property) and liabilities

esteem |ɪˈstiːm| — the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)

esteemed |eˈstiːmd| — having an illustrious reputation; respected

ester |ˈestər| — organic compound formed by reaction between an acid and an alcohol with elimination of water

esthetic |esˈθetɪk| — (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful

esthetics |iːsˈθetɪks| — (art) the branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art)

estimable |ˈestɪməbl| — deserving of esteem and respect

estimate |ˈestɪmət| — an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth

estimated |ˈestəˌmetəd| — simple past tense and past participle of estimate

estimation |ˌestɪˈmeɪʃn| — a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)

estimator |əˈstɪmətər| — an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)

estival  — (rare) of or occurring in summer

Estonian |eˈstəʊnɪən| — the official language of Estonia; belongs to the Baltic-Finnic family of languages

estop |eˈstɑːp| — To impede or bar by estoppel.

estoppel |eˈstɑːpəl| — a rule of evidence whereby a person is barred from denying the truth of a fact that has already been settled

estrade  — A dais or raised platform.

estragon  — aromatic perennial of southeastern Russia

estrange |eˈstreɪndʒ| — remove from customary environment or associations

estranged |ɪˈstreɪndʒd| — caused to be unloved

estrangement |ɪˈstreɪndʒmənt| — separation resulting from hostility

estreat |eˈstriːt| — (law) A true copy, duplicate, or extract of an original writing or record, especially of amercements or penalties set down in the rolls of court to be levied by the bailiff, or other officer.

estrogen |ˈestrədʒən| — a general term for female steroid sex hormones that are secreted by the ovary and responsible for typical female sexual characteristics

estrus |ˈestrəs| — applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity

estuarine  — of or relating to or found in estuaries

estuary |ˈestʃʊerɪ| — the wide part of a river where it nears the sea; fresh and salt water mix

esurience  — excessive desire to eat

esurient |ɪˈsʊriːənt| — extremely hungry

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