English dictionary


he |hɪ| — a very light colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses; the most difficult gas to liquefy; occurs in economically extractable amounts in certain natural gases (as those found in Texas and Kansas)

he-cat  — A male cat; a tomcat.

he-man |ˈhiː mæn| — a man who is virile and sexually active

head |hed| — the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains

head off |ˈhed ˈɒf| — prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

head-office  — The main administrative centre for a company or organisation.

head-on |ˈhed ɒn| — in direct opposition; directly

headache |ˈhedeɪk| — something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

headachy |ˈhedˌeɪkiː| — Suffering from a headache

headband |ˈhedbænd| — a band worn around or over the head

headboard |ˈhedbɔːrd| — a vertical board or panel forming the head of a bedstead

headcheese |ˈhedtʃiːz| — sausage or jellied loaf made of chopped parts of the head meat and sometimes feet and tongue of a calf or pig

headcloth  — any form of headwear consisting of a piece of material either tied of held in place with a band

headdress |ˈheddres| — clothing for the head

headed |ˈhedɪd| — having a heading or course in a certain direction

header |ˈhedər| — a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about

headfirst |ˈhedˈfɜrst| — with the head foremost

headforemost |hedˈfɔːrˌməʊst| — headfirst

headgear |ˈhedɡɪr| — clothing for the head

heading |ˈhedɪŋ| — a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about

headlamp |ˈhedlæmp| — a powerful light with reflector; attached to the front of an automobile or locomotive

headland |ˈhedlənd| — a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)

headless |ˈhedləs| — not using intelligence

headlight |ˈhedlaɪt| — a powerful light with reflector; attached to the front of an automobile or locomotive

headline |ˈhedlaɪn| — the heading or caption of a newspaper article

headliner |ˈhedˌlaɪnər| — a performer who receives prominent billing

headlong |ˈhedlɔːŋ| — with the head foremost

headman |ˈhedmæn| — an executioner who beheads the condemned person

headmaster |ˌhedˈmæstər| — presiding officer of a school

headmistress |ˌhedˈmɪstrəs| — a woman headmaster

headmost |ˈhedˌməʊst| — Closest to the front of a group or pack

headnote |ˈhednəʊt| — (law) a summary of the relevant aspects of a legal case usually found at the beginning of a case report.

headphone |ˈhedˌfəʊn| — electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear

headphones |ˈhedˌfəʊnz| — A pair of speakers worn over or in the ears so only the wearer can hear the sound.

headpiece |ˈhedpiːs| — the band that is the part of a bridle that fits around a horse's head

headquarter |ˈhedˌkwɔːrtər| — provide with headquarters

headquarters |ˈhedkwɔːrtərz| — (usually plural) the office that serves as the administrative center of an enterprise

headrace |ˈhedˌreɪs| — a waterway that feeds water to a mill or water wheel or turbine

headrest |ˈhedrest| — a cushion attached to the top of the back of an automobile's seat to prevent whiplash

headroom |ˈhedruːm| — vertical space available to allow easy passage under something

heads |ˈhedz| — A shouted warning that something is falling from above, mind your heads.

headscarf |ˈhedskɑːrf| — a kerchief worn over the head and tied under the chin

headset |ˈhedset| — receiver consisting of a pair of headphones

headship |ˈhedʃɪp| — the position of headmaster or headmistress

headsman |ˈhedzmən| — an executioner who beheads the condemned person

headspring |ˈhedˌsprɪŋ| — the source of water from which a stream arises

headstall |ˈhedstɔːl| — the band that is the part of a bridle that fits around a horse's head

headstone |ˈhedstəʊn| — the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

headstrong |ˈhedstrɔːŋ| — habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

headwaiter  — a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers

headwaters |ˈheˌdwɒtərz| — The source of a river, the set of streams that feed into the river's beginning.

headway |ˈhedweɪ| — vertical space available to allow easy passage under something

headwear |ˈhedwer| — a hat or other covering for the head

headword |ˈhedwɜːrd| — a content word that can be qualified by a modifier

headwork |ˈhedˌwərk| — Mental or intellectual labour.

heady |ˈhedɪ| — marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters

heal |hiːl| — heal or recover

heal-all |ɔːl| — Alternative form of heal-all.

healer |ˈhiːlər| — a person skilled in a particular type of therapy

healing |ˈhiːlɪŋ| — the natural process by which the body repairs itself

health |helθ| — a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease

health-care |ˈhelθˌker| — The prevention, treatment, and management of illness or the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical, nursing, and allied health professions.

healthful |ˈhelθfl| — conducive to good health of body or mind

healthfulness  — the quality of promoting good health

healthy |ˈhelθɪ| — financially secure and functioning well

heap |hiːp| — a collection of objects laid on top of each other

heaps |ˈhiːps| — a large number or amount

hear |hɪr| — perceive (sound) via the auditory sense

hear out |ˈhɪr ˈaʊt| — listen to every detail and give a full hearing to

hearable  — heard or perceptible by the ear

heard |ˈhɜːd| — detected or perceived by the sense of hearing

hearer |ˈhɪrər| — someone who listens attentively

hearing |ˈhɪrɪŋ| — (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence

hearing-aid |ˈhɪərɪŋ eɪd| — A device used to help the hard of hearing to hear sounds.

hearken |ˈhɑːrkən| — listen; used mostly in the imperative

hearsay |ˈhɪrseɪ| — gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth

hearse |hɜːrs| — a vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or a cemetery; formerly drawn by horses but now usually a motor vehicle

heart |hɑːrt| — the locus of feelings and intuitions

heart-breaking |ˈhɑːtˌbreɪkɪŋ| — (idiomatic) That causes extreme sorrow or grief.

heart-rending |ˈhɑːrt rendɪŋ| — That causes great grief, anguish or distress

heart-to-heart |ˈhɑːrt| — an intimate talk in private

heart-whole |ˈhɑːrtˌhəʊl| — with unconditional and enthusiastic devotion

heartache |ˈhɑːrteɪk| — intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)

heartbeat |ˈhɑːrtbiːt| — the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

heartbreak |ˈhɑːrtbreɪk| — intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)

heartbreaker |ˈhɑːtbreɪkə| — a charming person who is irresponsible in emotional relationships

heartbreaking |ˈhɑːrtbreɪkɪŋ| — causing or marked by grief or anguish

heartbroken |ˈhɑːrtbrəʊkən| — full of sorrow

heartburn |ˈhɑːrtbɜːrn| — a painful burning sensation in the chest caused by gastroesophageal reflux (backflow from the stomach irritating the esophagus); symptomatic of an ulcer or a diaphragmatic hernia or other disorder

heartburning |ˈhɑːrtbɜːnɪŋ| — intense resentment

hearted |ˈhɑːrtəd| — simple past tense and past participle of heart

hearten |ˈhɑːrtn| — give encouragement to

heartfelt |ˈhɑːrtfelt| — sincerely earnest

heartful  — An amount of emotion considered to be present in the heart.

hearth |hɑːrθ| — an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built

hearthrug |ˈhɑːrθrʌɡ| — a rug spread out in front of a fireplace

hearthstone |ˈhɑːrθˌstəʊn| — a stone that forms a hearth

heartily |ˈhɑːrtɪlɪ| — with gusto and without reservation

heartiness |ˈhɑːrtɪ| — active strength of body or mind

heartland |ˈhɑːrtlænd| — the central region of a country or continent; especially a region that is important to a country or to a culture

heartless |ˈhɑːrtləs| — devoid of courage or enthusiasm

heartlessly |ˈhɑːrtləslɪ| — in a heartless manner

heartquake  — Trembling of the heart; trepidation; fear.

heartrending |ˈhɑrtˌrendɪŋ| — causing or marked by grief or anguish

heartsease |ˈhɑːrtsˌiːz| — a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived

heartsick |ˈhɑːrtsɪk| — full of sorrow

heartsore  — heartsick

heartstrings |ˈhɑːrtstrɪŋz| — your deepest feelings of love and compassion

heartthrob |ˈhɑːrtˌθrɑːb| — an object of infatuation

heartwarming |ˈhɑrtˌwɔːrmɪŋ| — causing gladness and pleasure

heartwood |ˈhɑːrtwʊd| — the older inactive central wood of a tree or woody plant; usually darker and denser than the surrounding sapwood

hearty |ˈhɑːrtɪ| — showing warm and heartfelt friendliness

heat |hiːt| — a form of energy that is transferred by a difference in temperature

heat-engine |ˈhiːtˌendʒɪn| — (thermodynamics) Any device which converts heat energy into mechanical work.

heat-resistant |ˈhiːtrɪˌzɪstənt| — Resistant to but not wholly proof from the effects of fire or intense heat.

heat-stroke |ˈhiːtstrəʊk| — illness caused by overheating the human body

heat-wave |ˈhiːtweɪv| — (idiomatic) A period of exceptionally hot weather.

heated |ˈhiːtɪd| — made warm or hot (`het' is a dialectal variant of `heated')

heatedly |ˈhiːtədlɪ| — in a heated manner

heater |ˈhiːtər| — device that heats water or supplies warmth to a room

heath |hiːθ| — a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers

heathen |ˈhiːðn| — a person who does not acknowledge your god

heathendom |ˈhiːðəndəm| — The state of being heathen.

heathenish |ˈhiːðnɪʃ| — not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam

heathenism |ˈhiːðəˌnɪzəm| — any of various religions other than Christianity or Judaism or Islamism

heather |ˈheðər| — common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere

heathery |ˈheðəriː| — Of, pertaining to, or abundant in heather.

heathy |ˈhiːθiː| — Resembling heath

heating |ˈhiːtɪŋ| — the process of becoming warmer; a rising temperature

heatproof |ˈhiːtpruːf| — insulating and incombustible

heatstroke |ˈhiːtstrəʊk| — collapse caused by exposure to excessive heat

heave |hiːv| — an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)

heaven |ˈhevn| — any place of complete bliss and delight and peace

heavenly |ˈhevnlɪ| — relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven

heavenward |ˈhevnwəd| — toward heaven

heaver |ˈhiːvər| — a bar used as a lever (as in twisting rope)

heaves |ˈhiːvz| — a chronic emphysema of the horse that causes difficult expiration and heaving of the flanks

heavies |ˈhevɪz| — plural form of heavy

heavily |ˈhevɪlɪ| — to a considerable degree

heaviness |ˈhevɪnəs| — the property of being comparatively great in weight

heavy |ˈhevɪ| — an actor who plays villainous roles

heavy-duty |ˈduːtiː| — designed for heavy work

heavy-handed |ˌhevɪ ˈhændɪd| — lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands

heavy-hearted |ˌhevɪ ˈhɑːrtɪd| — Sad.

heavy-laden |ˌhevɪ ˈleɪdən| — burdened by cares

heavy-set |ˈhevɪˌset| — Alternative spelling of heavyset.

heavyish  — Somewhat heavy.

heavyweight |ˈhevɪweɪt| — an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 201 pounds

hebdomad |ˈhebdəˌmæd| — any period of seven consecutive days

hebdomadal |hebˈdɒmədəl| — of or occurring every seven days

Hebe |ˈhiːb| — (Greek mythology) the goddess of youth and spring; wife of Hercules; daughter of Zeus and Hera; cupbearer to the Olympian gods

hebetate |ˈhebɪˌteɪt| — obtuse; dull

hebetude |ˈhebɪˌtuːd| — mental lethargy or dullness

Hebraic |hɪˈbreɪɪk| — of or relating to the language of the Hebrews

Hebrew |ˈhiːbruː| — the ancient Canaanitic language of the Hebrews that has been revived as the official language of Israel

Hecate |ˈhekətiː| — (Greek mythology) Greek goddess of fertility who later became associated with Persephone as goddess of the underworld and protector of witches

hecatomb |ˈhekətuːm| — a great sacrifice; an ancient Greek or Roman sacrifice of 100 oxen

heck |hek| — (euphemistic) Hell.

heckle |ˈhekl| — a comb for separating flax fibers

hectare |ˈhekter| — (abbreviated `ha') a unit of surface area equal to 100 ares (or 10,000 square meters)

hectic |ˈhektɪk| — marked by intense agitation or emotion

hectically |ˈhektɪklɪ| — in a frenzied manner

hectogram |ˈhektəɡræm| — 100 grams

hectogramme  — (rare, UK) Alternative spelling of hectogram.

hectograph |ˈhektəˌɡraf| — duplicator consisting of a gelatin plate from which ink can be taken to make a copy

hector |ˈhektər| — (Greek mythology) a mythical Trojan who was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War

hectowatt |ˈhektəwɒt| — A unit of power equal to 100 watts.

hedge |hedʒ| — a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes

hedge-hop |ˈhedʒhɒp| — (colloquial) To fly low in an aircraft.

hedge-sparrow |ˈhedʒ spærəʊ| — The bird Prunella modularis, the dunnock.

hedgehog |ˈhedʒhɔːɡ| — relatively large rodents with sharp erectile bristles mingled with the fur

hedgehop |ˈhedʒhɑːp| — fly very close to the ground

hedgerow |ˈhedʒrəʊ| — a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes

hedging-bill |ˈhedʒɪŋbɪl| — Alternative form of billhook.

hedonic |həˈdɑːnɪk| — devoted to pleasure

hedonism |ˈhiːdənɪzəm| — the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle

hee-haw |ˈhiː hɔː| — a loud laugh that sounds like a horse neighing

heebie-jeebies |hiːbɪˈdʒiːbɪz| — extreme nervousness

heed |hiːd| — paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people)

heedful |ˈhiːdfl| — cautiously attentive

heedless |ˈhiːdləs| — characterized by careless unconcern

heehaw |ˈhiːhɔː| — Alternative spelling of hee-haw.

heel |hiːl| — the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation

heeled |ˈhiːld| — simple past tense and past participle of heel

heeler |ˈhiːlər| — A gamecock that strikes well with its heels or spurs.

heeling |ˈhiːlɪŋ| — Present participle of heel.

heelpiece  — A piece of armour to protect the heels.

heels |ˈhiːlz| — plural form of heel

heeltap |ˈhiːlˌtæp| — A piece or wedge that raises the heel of a shoe.

heft |heft| — the property of being large in mass

hefty |ˈheftɪ| — (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

Hegelian |hɪˈdʒiːlɪən| — a follower of the thought of Hegel

hegemonic |ˌhedʒɪˈmɑːnɪk| — Of or pertaining to hegemony

hegemony |hɪˈdʒeməʊnɪ| — the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others

heifer |ˈhefər| — young cow

heigh |hiːæ| — An exclamation designed to call attention, give encouragement, etc.

heigh-ho |ˌheɪˈhəʊ| — To chant "heigh-ho", a cadence-count used for synchronized walking, marching, pulling, lifting, etc.1927 Porterfield, William M. Bamboo and its uses in China, Chinese Government Bureau of Economic Information, Booklet Series 2, p40. Cited in David Farrell

height |haɪt| — the vertical dimension of extension; distance from the base of something to the top

heighten |ˈhaɪtn| — become more extreme

heightened |ˈhaɪtənd| — Simple past tense and past participle of heighten.

heinous |ˈheɪnəs| — extremely wicked, deeply criminal

heinousness |ˈheɪnəsnəs| — the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

heir |er| — a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another

heir-at-law |ˈeərətˈlɔː| — the person legally entitled to inherit the property of someone who dies intestate

heirdom |ˈerdəm| — An inheritance or succession.

heiress |ˈeres| — a female heir

heirloom |ˈerluːm| — (law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance

heist |haɪst| — the act of stealing

held |held| — occupied or in the control of; often used in combination

heliac  — pertaining to or near the sun; especially the first rising of a star after and last setting before its invisibility owing to its conjunction with the sun

heliacal |hɪˈlaɪəkəl| — pertaining to or near the sun; especially the first rising of a star after and last setting before its invisibility owing to its conjunction with the sun

helianthus |ˌhiːlɪˈanθəs| — any plant of the genus Helianthus having large flower heads with dark disk florets and showy yellow rays

helical |ˈhelɪkl| — in the shape of a coil

helices |ˈhiːlɪks| — plural form of helix

Helicon |ˈhelɪˌkɑːn| — a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician

helicopter |ˈhelɪkɑːptər| — an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades

heliocentric |ˌhiːlɪəˈsentrɪk| — having the sun as the center

heliochrome  — (obsolete) A photograph representing an object in its natural colours.

heliochromy |ˌhiːlɪəʊˈkrəʊmɪ| — (dated) The art of producing colour photographs.

heliograph |ˈhiːlɪəɡræf| — an apparatus for sending telegraphic messages by using a mirror to turn the sun's rays off and on

heliogravure |ˌhiːlɪəʊɡraˈvjʊə| — an intaglio print produced by gravure

heliophilous |ˌhiːlɪˈɒfɪləs| — (botany) That needs, or tolerates, a high level of direct sunlight

helioscope |ˈhiːliːəˌskəʊp| — (astronomy) An apparatus for viewing the sun without injuring the eye.

heliotherapy |ˌhiːliːəʊˈθerəpiː| — therapeutic exposure to sunlight

heliotrope |ˈhiːlɪətrəʊp| — green chalcedony with red spots that resemble blood

helium |ˈhiːlɪəm| — a very light colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses; the most difficult gas to liquefy; occurs in economically extractable amounts in certain natural gases (as those found in Texas and Kansas)

helix |ˈhiːlɪks| — a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle

hell |hel| — any place of pain and turmoil

hell-bent |helˈbent| — recklessly determined

hell-hound |ˈhelhaʊnd| — Alternative spelling of hellhound.

hell-raiser |ˈhelˌrezər| — A person who engages in wild, wanton behavior.

hellbender |ˈhelˌbendər| — large salamander of North American rivers and streams

hellbent  — Recklessly determined to do or achieve something

hellcat |ˈhelkat| — a malicious woman with a fierce temper

hellebore |ˈhelɪbɔːr| — perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes

Hellene |ˈheliːn| — a native or inhabitant of Greece

Hellenic |heˈlenɪk| — the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages

Hellenism |ˈheləˌnɪzəm| — the principles and ideals associated with classical Greek civilization

Hellenist |ˈhelənɪst| — A specialist in the study of Greek language, literature, culture, or history, or an admirer of the Greek culture and civilization.

Hellenistic |ˌhelɪˈnɪstɪk| — relating to or characteristic of the classical Greek civilization

heller |ˈhelər| — 100 halers equal 1 koruna Slovakia

hellfire |ˈhelfaɪər| — a place of eternal fire envisaged as punishment for the damned

hellhound |ˈhelˌhaʊnd| — a very evil man

hellion |ˈhelɪən| — a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)

hellish |ˈhelɪʃ| — (informal) very unpleasant

hellishly |ˈhelɪʃlɪ| — extremely

hellkite  — A kite of infernal breed.

hello |həˈləʊ| — an expression of greeting

helluva |ˈheləvə| — (colloquial) hell of a; extreme

helm |helm| — steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered

helmet |ˈhelmɪt| — armor plate that protects the head

helminth |ˈhelˌmɪnθ| — worm that is parasitic on the intestines of vertebrates especially roundworms and tapeworms and flukes

helminthic |helˈmɪnθɪk| — a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms

helmsman |ˈhelmzmən| — the person who steers a ship

helot |ˈhelət| — (Middle Ages) a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord

help |help| — the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

help out |ˈhelp ˈaʊt| — be of help, as in a particular situation of need

helper |ˈhelpər| — a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

helpful |ˈhelpfl| — providing assistance or serving a useful function

helpfulness |ˈhelpfəlnəs| — the property of providing useful assistance

helping |ˈhelpɪŋ| — an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal

helpless |ˈhelpləs| — lacking in or deprived of strength or power

helplessness |ˈhelpləsnəs| — powerlessness revealed by an inability to act

helpmate |ˈhelpmeɪt| — a helpful partner

helpmeet |ˈhelpmiːt| — a helpful partner

helter-skelter |ˌheltər ˈskeltər| — haphazardly

helve |helv| — the handle of a weapon or tool

Helvetian |helˈviːʃən| — a native of Switzerland

Helvetic |helˈvedɪk| — Of or pertaining to the Helvetii, the ancient inhabitants of the Alps, now Switzerland, or to the modern states and inhabitant of the Alpine regions.

hem |hem| — the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down

hem in |ˈhem ɪn| — surround in a restrictive manner

hemal  — relating to the blood vessels or blood

hemangioma  — benign angioma consisting of a mass of blood vessels; some appear as birthmarks

hematic |həˈmætɪk| — relating to or containing or affecting blood

hematite |ˈheməˌtaɪt| — the principal form of iron ore; consists of ferric oxide in crystalline form; occurs in a red earthy form

hemicycle |ˈhemɪsaɪk(ə)l| — a plane figure with the shape of half a circle

hemisphere |ˈhemɪsfɪr| — half of the terrestrial globe

hemispheric |ˌheməsˈfɪrɪk| — of or relating to the cerebral hemispheres

hemispherical |ˌhemɪˈsferɪkəl| — of or relating to or being a hemisphere

hemistich |ˈhemɪstɪk| — An approximate half-line of verse, separated from another by a caesura, often for dramatic effect

hemline |ˈhemlaɪn| — the line formed by the lower edge of a skirt or coat

hemlock |ˈhemlɑːk| — poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium

hemmed |ˈhemd| — simple past tense and past participle of hem

hemoglobin |ˈhɪməˌɡləʊbən| — a hemoprotein composed of globin and heme that gives red blood cells their characteristic color; function primarily to transport oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues

hemophilia |ˌhɪməˈfɪlɪə| — congenital tendency to uncontrolled bleeding; usually affects males and is transmitted from mother to son

hemophiliac |ˌhɪməˈfɪlɪˌæk| — someone who has hemophilia and is subject to uncontrollable bleeding

hemophilic  — relating to or having hemophilia

hemorrhage |ˈhemərɪdʒ| — the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel

hemorrhoid |ˈheməˈrɔɪd| — venous swelling external or internal to the anal sphincter

hemorrhoids |ˈheməˌrɔɪdz| — plural form of hemorrhoid

hemostatic  — tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels

hemp |hemp| — a plant fiber

hempen |ˈhempən| — having or resembling fibers especially fibers used in making cordage such as those of jute

hempy  — Like hemp.

hemstitch |ˈhemstɪtʃ| — a stitch in which parallel threads are drawn and exposed threads are caught together in groups

hen |hen| — adult female chicken

hen-harrier |ˈhenˌhærɪə| — A bird of prey, Circus cyaneus, which breeds in the northern parts of Eurasia and America.

hen-hearted |ˈhenˈhɑːtɪd| — cowardly; timid

hen-party |ˈhen pɑːrtɪ| — (UK) A bachelorette party; a party held for a woman who is about to be married.

hen-peck |ˈhenpek| — bother persistently with trivial complaints

henbane |ˈhenˌben| — poisonous fetid Old World herb having sticky hairy leaves and yellow-brown flowers; yields hyoscyamine and scopolamine

hence |hens| — (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result

henceforth |ˌhensˈfɔːrθ| — from this time forth; from now on

henceforward |hensˈfɔːrwəd| — from this time forth; from now on

henchman |ˈhentʃmən| — someone who assists in a plot

hencoop |ˈhenkuːp| — a farm building for housing poultry

hendecagon |henˈdekəɡən| — (geometry) a polygon with eleven edges and eleven angles.

henhouse |ˈhenˌhaʊs| — a farm building for housing poultry

henna |ˈhenə| — a reddish brown dye used especially on hair

hennery |ˈhenəriː| — (rare) A place where domestic fowl, such as chickens, are reared; a poultry farm.

henotic  — Of or pertaining to the production of peace and harmony; unifying

henpeck |ˈhenˌpek| — (chiefly by a wife) To nag persistently.

henroost |ˈhenruːst| — a roost for hens at night

henry |ˈhenrɪ| — a unit of inductance in which an induced electromotive force of one volt is produced when the current is varied at the rate of one ampere per second

hep |hep| — informed about the latest trends

hepatic |hɪˈpætɪk| — any of numerous small green nonvascular plants of the class Hepaticopsida growing in wet places and resembling green seaweeds or leafy mosses

hepatite |ˈhepətaɪt| — (mineralogy) A variety of barite emitting a foetid odour when rubbed or heated.

hepatitis |ˌhepəˈtaɪtɪs| — inflammation of the liver caused by a virus or a toxin

heptagon |ˈheptəɡɑːn| — a seven-sided polygon

heptane |ˈhepteɪn| — a colorless volatile highly flammable liquid obtained from petroleum and used as an anesthetic or a solvent or in determining octane ratings

heptarchy |ˈheptɑːrkiː| — government by seven people

Heptateuch |ˈheptəˌtuː| — The first seven books of the Hebrew Bible.

her |hər| — The form of she used after a preposition or as the object of a verb; that woman, that ship, etc.

herald |ˈherəld| — (formal) a person who announces important news

heraldic |heˈrældɪk| — indicative of or announcing something to come

heraldry |ˈherəldrɪ| — the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies

herb |hɜːrb| — a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

herbaceous |ɜːrˈbeɪʃəs| — characteristic of a nonwoody herb or plant part

herbage |ˈɜːrbɪdʒ| — succulent herbaceous vegetation of pasture land

herbal |ˈɜːrbl| — tea-like drink made of leaves of various herbs

herbalist |ˈɜːrbəlɪst| — a therapist who heals by the use of herbs

herbaria |hɜːˈbeərɪə| — plural form of herbarium

herbarium |ɜːrˈberɪəm| — a collection of dried plants that are mounted and systematically classified for study

herbicide |ˈɜːrbɪsaɪd| — a chemical agent that destroys plants or inhibits their growth

herbivore |ˈɜːrbɪvɔːr| — any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants

herbivorous |hərˈbɪvərəs| — feeding only on plants

herborize |ˈhɜːrbəˌraɪz| — (botany) to seek and classify new or previously known plant species

Herculean |ˌhɜːrkjʊˈliːən| — displaying superhuman strength or power

Hercules |ˈhɜːkjəˌlɪz| — (classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality

herd |hɜːrd| — a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans

herder |ˈhərdər| — German philosopher who advocated intuition over reason (1744-1803)

herdsman |ˈhɜːrdzmən| — someone who drives a herd

here |hɪr| — the present location; this place

hereabout |ˈhɪrəˌbaʊt| — in this general vicinity

hereabouts |ˌhɪrəˈbaʊts| — in this general vicinity

hereafter |ˌhɪrˈæftər| — life after death

hereby |ˌhɪrˈbaɪ| — (formal) by means of this

hereditary |həˈredɪterɪ| — occurring among members of a family usually by heredity

heredity |həˈredətɪ| — the biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next

herein |ˌhɪrˈɪn| — in this place or thing or document

hereinafter |ˌhɪrɪnˈæftər| — in a subsequent part of this document or statement or matter etc.

hereof |ˌhɪrˈʌv| — of or concerning this

heresy |ˈherəsɪ| — any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position

heretic |ˈherətɪk| — a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church

heretical |həˈretɪkl| — characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards

hereto |ˌhɪrˈtuː| — to this writing or document

heretofore |ˌhɪrtʊˈfɔːr| — used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time

hereupon |ˌhɪrəˈpɑːn| — immediately after this

herewith |ˌhɪrˈwɪð| — (formal) by means of this

heritability  — (uncountable) The condition of being inheritable

heritable |ˈherɪtəbl| — capable of being inherited

heritage |ˈherɪtɪdʒ| — practices that are handed down from the past by tradition

heritor |ˈherədər| — a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another

herl |hərl| — The fibrous shaft or barb of a feather (especially that of the ostrich or peacock) used to make artificial flies for angling

hermaphrodite |hɜːrˈmæfrədaɪt| — one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made

hermaphroditic |hərˌmæfrəˈdɪtɪk| — of or relating to monoclinous plants

hermeneutic |ˌhɜːrməˈnjuːtɪk| — interpretive or explanatory

hermeneutical  — Of or pertaining to hermeneutics, the study or theory of the methodical interpretation of text, especially holy texts.

hermeneutics |ˌhɜːrməˈnjuːtɪks| — the branch of theology that deals with principles of exegesis

Hermes |ˈhɜːmɪz| — (Greek mythology) messenger and herald of the gods; god of commerce and cunning and invention and theft; identified with Roman Mercury

hermetic |hɜːrˈmetɪk| — completely sealed; completely airtight

hermetically |hɜːrˈmetɪklɪ| — in an airtight manner

hermit |ˈhɜːrmɪt| — one retired from society for religious reasons

hermit-crab |ˈhərmət ˌkrab| — A type of crab from the superfamily Paguroidea, which salvages empty seashells or other portable objects to permanently shelter and protect their soft abdomens.

hermitage |ˈhɜːrmɪtɪdʒ| — the abode of a hermit

hern |ˈhɜːn| — (obsolete or dialectal) Corner.

hernia |ˈhɜːrnɪə| — rupture in smooth muscle tissue through which a bodily structure protrudes

hero |ˈhɪrəʊ| — a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength

hero-worship |ˈwɜːrʃɪp| — love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol

Herod |ˈherəd| — king of Judea who (according to the New Testament) tried to kill Jesus by ordering the death of all children under age two in Bethlehem (73-4 BC)

heroic |həˈrəʊɪk| — a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter

heroical  — having or displaying qualities appropriate for heroes

heroin |ˈherəʊɪn| — a narcotic that is considered a hard drug; a highly addictive morphine derivative; intravenous injection provides the fastest and most intense rush

heroine |ˈherəʊɪn| — the main good female character in a work of fiction

heroism |ˈherəʊɪzəm| — the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

heron |ˈherən| — Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)

heronry |ˈherənrɪ| — a breeding ground for herons; a heron rookery

herpes |ˈhɜːrpiːz| — viral diseases causing eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane

herring |ˈherɪŋ| — valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled

herring-bone |ˈheriːŋˌbəʊn| — alternate spelling of herringbone

herringbone |ˈherɪŋbəʊn| — a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern

hers |hɜːrz| — That which belongs to her; the possessive case of she, used without a following noun.

herself |hɜːrˈself| — (reflexive) Her; the female object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject.

hertz |hɜːrts| — the unit of frequency; one hertz has a periodic interval of one second (named for Heinrich Rudolph Hertz)

Hertzian |ˈhɜːtsɪən| — of or relating to the physicist Heinrich Hertz or his work

hesitancy |ˈhezɪtənsɪ| — a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something

hesitant |ˈhezɪtənt| — lacking decisiveness of character; unable to act or decide quickly or firmly

hesitantly |ˈhezɪtəntlɪ| — with hesitation; in a hesitant manner

hesitate |ˈhezɪteɪt| — pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

hesitating |ˈhezəˌtetɪŋ| — lacking decisiveness of character; unable to act or decide quickly or firmly

hesitatingly |ˈhesɪteɪtɪŋlɪ| — with hesitation; in a hesitant manner

hesitation |ˌhezɪˈteɪʃn| — indecision in speech or action

hesitative |ˈhezɪteɪtɪv| — Distinguished by hesitation; hesitating.

Hesperian |heˈspiːriːən| — denoting or characteristic of countries of Europe and the western hemisphere

Hesperus |ˈhespərəs| — a planet (usually Venus) seen at sunset in the western sky

Hessian |ˈheʃn| — (19th century) a man's high tasseled boot

het-up |ˌhet ˈʌp| — Excited or agitated; heated up.

hetaera |həˈtɪrə| — (historical) A mistress, especially a highly cultivated courtesan in ancient Greece.

hetero |ˈhet(ə)rəʊ| — (informal) Heterosexual: of, pertaining to, or being a heterosexual person.

heterodox |ˈhetərədɑːks| — characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards

heterodoxy |ˈhetərəˌdɑːksɪ| — any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position

heterodyne |ˈhetərəˌdaɪn| — combine (a radio frequency wave) with a locally generated wave of a different frequency so as to produce a new frequency equal to the sum or the difference between the two

heterogeneity |ˌhetərədʒəˈniːətɪ| — the quality of being diverse and not comparable in kind

heterogeneous |ˌhetərəˈdʒiːnɪəs| — consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature

heteronym |ˈhetərənɪm| — two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation

heterosexual |ˌhetərəˈsekʃʊəl| — a person having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex

heterosexuality |ˌhetərəˌsekʃʊˈælətɪ| — a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the opposite sex

heuristic |hjʊˈrɪstɪk| — a commonsense rule (or set of rules) intended to increase the probability of solving some problem

heuristics |hjʊəˈrɪstɪks| — The study of heuristic methods and principles.

hew |hjuː| — make or shape as with an axe

hewer |ˈhjuːər| — a person who hews

hewn |ˈhjuːn| — cut or shaped with hard blows of a heavy cutting instrument like an ax or chisel

hex |heks| — an evil spell

hexagon |ˈheksəɡɑːn| — a six-sided polygon

hexagonal |heksˈæɡənl| — having six sides or divided into hexagons

hexahedron |ˌheksəˈhiːdrən| — any polyhedron having six plane faces

hexameter |hekˈsæmɪtər| — a verse line having six metrical feet

hexapod  — an animal having six feet

hey |heɪ| — An exclamation to get attention.

heyday |ˈheɪdeɪ| — the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

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