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  — 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

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

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 |ˌeskəˈtɑːlədʒi| — 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

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

escritoire |ˌeskrɪˈtwɑːr| — a desk used for writing

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

Eskimo |ˈeskɪmoʊ| — 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 |ɪˈspæliər| — a trellis on which ornamental shrub or fruit tree is trained to grow flat

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

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

Esperanto |ˌespəˈræntoʊ| — 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 |ˈespiənɑːʒ| — 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

espresso |eˈspresoʊ| — 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 |ˈeskəmoʊ| — 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

essentiality |əˌsenʃiːˈælɪtiː| — basic importance

essentially |ɪˈsenʃəli| — 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 |esˈθet̬ɪk, ɪs-| — (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

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

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

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

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 |ˈestʃueri| — 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