English dictionary


spa |spɑː| — a health resort near a spring or at the seaside

space |speɪs| — the unlimited expanse in which everything is located

space-bar |ˈspeɪs bɑːrr| — (computing) A key, in the shape of a bar, near the bottom of a keyboard, that generates a space character when pressed

space-time |ˈspeɪs taɪm| — the four-dimensional coordinate system (3 dimensions of space and 1 of time) in which physical events are located

space-writer |ˈspeɪsˌraɪtə| — A journalist or other writer who is paid according to the column inches of his copy

spacebar  — Alternative spelling of space bar.

spacecraft |ˈspeɪskræft| — a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun

spaced-out  — stupefied by (or as if by) some narcotic drug

spaceless |speɪsləs| — boundless or unlimited

spaceman |ˈspeɪsmæn| — a person trained to travel in a spacecraft

spaceport |ˈspeɪˌspɔːrt| — A site for launching spacecraft.

spacer |ˈspeɪsər| — A person who works in space.

spaceship |ˈspeɪsʃɪp| — a spacecraft designed to carry a crew into interstellar space (especially in science fiction)

spaceward |ˈspeɪswəd| — towards outer space

spacey |ˈspeɪsɪ| — stupefied by (or as if by) some narcotic drug

spacing |ˈspeɪsɪŋ| — the time between occurrences of a repeating event

spacious |ˈspeɪʃəs| — very large in expanse or scope

spacy  — stupefied by (or as if by) some narcotic drug

spade |speɪd| — a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it

spadeful |ˈspeɪdfʊl| — the quantity a shovel can hold

spadework |ˈspeɪdwɜːrk| — dull or routine preliminary work preparing for an undertaking

spado |ˈspeɪdəʊ| — (now rare) Someone who has been castrated; a eunuch or castrato.

spaghetti |spəˈɡetɪ| — spaghetti served with a tomato sauce

spake |speɪk| — (obsolete) Quiet; tame.

spall |ˈspɒl| — a fragment broken off from the edge or face of stone or ore and having at least one thin edge

spalpeen |spælˈpiːn| — (Ireland) A poor migratory farm worker in Ireland, often viewed as a rascal or mischievous and cunning person.

spam |spæm| — a canned meat made largely from pork

span |spæn| — the complete duration of something

span-new |nuː| — brand new; fire-new

spandrel |ˈspandrəl| — an approximately triangular surface area between two adjacent arches and the horizontal plane above them

spang |ˈspæŋ| — leap, jerk, bang

spangle |ˈspæŋɡl| — adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing

spangled |ˈspæŋɡəld| — covered with beads or jewels or sequins

Spaniard |ˈspænjərd| — a native or inhabitant of Spain

spaniel |ˈspænjəl| — any of several breeds of small to medium-sized gun dogs with a long silky coat and long frilled ears

Spanish |ˈspænɪʃ| — the Romance language spoken in most of Spain and the countries colonized by Spain

Spanish-speaking  — able to communicate in Spanish

spank |spæŋk| — a slap with the flat of the hand

spanker |ˈspæŋkʌr| — a hitter who slaps (usually another person) with an open hand

spanking |ˈspæŋkɪŋ| — the act of slapping on the buttocks

spanless |ˈspænlɪs| — Incapable of being spanned.

spanner |ˈspænər| — a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt

spanworm  — A measuring worm.

spar |spɑːr| — any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar) that are light in color and transparent or translucent and cleavable

sparable |ˈsperəb(ə)l| — A small headless nail used in making shoes (especially the heels)

spare |sper| — an extra component of a machine or other apparatus

spares |ˈsperz| — plural form of spare

sparge |spɑːrdʒ| — the act of sprinkling or splashing water

sparger |ˈspɑːrdʒər| — A vessel with a perforated cover for sprinkling a liquid.

sparing |ˈsperɪŋ| — avoiding waste

sparingly |ˈsperɪŋlɪ| — to a meager degree or in a meager manner

spark |spɑːrk| — a momentary flash of light

spark-gap |ˈspɑːkɡæp| — A gap, between two electrical terminals, across which sparks are generated.

spark-plug |ˈspɑːrk plʌɡ| — The part of an internal combustion engine which forms a high-voltage electric spark which ignites the fuel-air mixture to begin the power stroke.

sparking-plug |ˈspɑːrkɪŋ plʌɡ| — (dated) spark plug

sparkle |ˈspɑːrkl| — merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

sparkling |ˈspɑːrklɪŋ| — a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash

sparkplug  — Alternative form of spark plug.

sparks |ˈspɑːrks| — plural form of spark

sparring |ˈspɑːrɪŋ| — an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage

sparrow |ˈspærəʊ| — any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects

sparrow-grass |ˈspærəʊɡrɑːs| — Alternative form of sparrowgrass.

sparrow-hawk |ˈspærəʊhɔːk| — A species of small falcon, Falco sparverius, that preys on grasshoppers and small mammals.

sparrowgrass  — (dialect, nonstandard) Asparagus.

sparrowhawk |ˈspærəʊhɔːk| — Alternative form of sparrow hawk.

sparry |ˈspɑːriː| — abundant with spar (the mineral)

sparse |spɑːrs| — not dense

sparsely |ˈspɑːrslɪ| — in a sparse way

sparseness |ˈspæsnəs| — the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness

Spartan |ˈspɑːrtn| — a resident of Sparta

spasm |ˈspæzəm| — a painful and involuntary muscular contraction

spasmodic |spæzˈmɑːdɪk| — affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm

spasmodically |spæzˈmɒdɪkəlɪ| — with spasms

spastic |ˈspæstɪk| — a person suffering from spastic paralysis

spat |spæt| — a quarrel about petty points

spatchcock |ˈspætʃkɑːk| — flesh of a chicken (or game bird) split down the back and grilled (usually immediately after being killed)

spate |speɪt| — (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

spathic |ˈspæθɪk| — (geology, mineralogy) Having good cleavage.

spatial |ˈspeɪʃl| — pertaining to or involving or having the nature of space

spatially |ˈspeɪʃəlɪ| — with regard to space

spatter |ˈspætər| — the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively

spatterdashes |ˈspætəˌdæʃɪz| — Coverings for the legs, to protect them from water and mud; long gaiters.

spatterdock  — common water lily of eastern and central North America, having broad leaves and globe-shaped yellow flowers; in sluggish fresh or slightly brackish water

spatula |ˈspætʃələ| — a turner with a narrow flexible blade

spavin |ˈspavən| — a swelling of the hock joint of a horse; resulting in lameness

spavined |ˈspævɪnd| — (of horses) afflicted with a swelling of the hock-joint

spawn |spɔːn| — the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs

spawning |ˈspɑːnɪŋ| — Present participle of spawn.

spay |speɪ| — remove the ovaries of

speak |spiːk| — express in speech

speak out |ˈspiːk ˈaʊt| — express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation

speak up |ˈspiːk ʌp| — express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation

speakeasy |ˈspiːkiːzɪ| — (during prohibition) an illegal barroom

speaker |ˈspiːkər| — someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)

speaking |ˈspiːkɪŋ| — the utterance of intelligible speech

speaking-trumpet |ˈspiːkɪŋ trʌmpɪt| — A megaphone (of the older, non-electric kind).

speaking-tube |ˈspiːkɪŋ tjuːb| — A tube for conveying speech, especially from one room to another at a distance.

spear |spɪr| — a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

speared |spɪəd| — simple past tense and past participle of spear

spearhead |ˈspɪrhed| — someone who leads or initiates an activity (attack or campaign etc.)

spearman |ˈspɪrmən| — A soldier who fights with a spear

spearmint |ˈspɪrmɪnt| — common garden herb having clusters of small purplish flowers and yielding an oil used as a flavoring

spec |spek| — a detailed description of design criteria for a piece of work

special |ˈspeʃl| — a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising

specialism |ˈspeʃəlɪzm| — the concentration of your efforts on a particular field of study or occupation

specialist |ˈspeʃəlɪst| — an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning

speciality |ˌspeʃɪˈælətɪ| — an asset of special worth or utility

specialization |ˌspeʃələˈzeɪʃən| — the act of specializing; making something suitable for a special purpose

specialize |ˈspeʃəlaɪz| — become more focused on an area of activity or field of study

specialized |ˈspeʃəlaɪzd| — developed or designed for a special activity or function

specializing |ˈspeʃəˌlaɪzɪŋ| — Present participle of specialize.

specially |ˈspeʃəlɪ| — in a special manner

specialty |ˈspeʃəltɪ| — an asset of special worth or utility

speciation |ˌspiːʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n| — the evolution of a biological species

specie |ˈspiːʃiː| — coins collectively

species |ˈspiːʃiːz| — (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed

specific |spəˈsɪfɪk| — a fact about some part (as opposed to general)

specifically |spɪˈsɪfɪklɪ| — in distinction from others

specification |ˌspesɪfɪˈkeɪʃn| — a detailed description of design criteria for a piece of work

specifications |ˌspesəfɪˈkeɪʃənz| — plural form of specification

specificity |ˌspesəˈfɪsɪtɪ| — the quality of being specific rather than general

specifics |spɪˈsɪfɪks| — plural form of specific

specified |ˈspesəˌfaɪd| — clearly and explicitly stated

specify |ˈspesɪfaɪ| — specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

specimen |ˈspesɪmən| — an example regarded as typical of its class

specious |ˈspiːʃəs| — plausible but false

speck |spek| — a very small spot

specked |spekt| — having a pattern of dots

speckle |ˈspekl| — a small contrasting part of something

speckled |ˈspekld| — having a pattern of dots

specs |speks| — (plural) optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision

spectacle |ˈspektəkl| — something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)

spectacled |ˈspektəkəld| — wearing, or having the face adorned with, eyeglasses or an eyeglass

spectacles |ˈspektəkəlz| — (plural) optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision

spectacular |spekˈtækjələr| — a lavishly produced performance

spectacularly |spekˈtækjələrlɪ| — in a spectacular manner

spectate |spekˈteɪt| — be a spectator in a sports event

spectator |ˈspekteɪtər| — a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)

spectatress |spekˈteɪtrɪs| — (dated) A female spectator.

specter |ˈspektər| — a mental representation of some haunting experience

spectra |ˈspektrə| — plural form of spectrum

spectral |ˈspektrəl| — resembling or characteristic of a phantom

spectre |ˈspektər| — a ghostly appearing figure

spectrograph |ˈspektrəˌɡraf| — a spectroscope by which spectra can be photographed

spectrometer |spekˈtrɑːmɪtər| — spectroscope for obtaining a mass spectrum by deflecting ions into a thin slit and measuring the ion current with an electrometer

spectrometry |spekˈtrɑːmətrɪ| — the use of spectroscopes to analyze spectra

spectroscope |ˈspektrəskəʊp| — an optical instrument for spectrographic analysis

spectroscopic |ˌspektrəˈskɒpɪk| — of or relating to or involving spectroscopy

spectroscopy |spekˈtrɑːskəpɪ| — the use of spectroscopes to analyze spectra

spectrum |ˈspektrəm| — an ordered array of the components of an emission or wave

specula |ˈspekjʊləm| — plural form of speculum

specular |ˈspekjʊlə| — capable of reflecting light like a mirror

speculate |ˈspekjʊleɪt| — to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

speculating |ˈspekjəˌletɪŋ| — Present participle of speculate.

speculation |ˌspekjʊˈleɪʃn| — a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

speculative |ˈspekjələtɪv| — not financially safe or secure

speculator |ˈspekjəˌleɪtər| — someone who makes conjectures without knowing the facts

speculum |ˈspekjələm| — a mirror (especially one made of polished metal) for use in an optical instrument

sped |ˈsped| — Simple past tense and past participle of speed.

speech |spiːtʃ| — the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

speech-day |ˈspiːtʃ deɪ| — (education) A school event where prizes are given out to pupils, and speeches are made by guest speakers.

speechifier  — a person who delivers a speech or oration

speechify |ˈspiːtʃɪfaɪ| — make speeches; hold forth, or harangue with a certain degree of formality

speechifying |ˈspiːtʃɪfaɪɪŋ| — Present participle of speechify.

speechless |ˈspiːtʃləs| — temporarily incapable of speaking

speed |spiːd| — distance travelled per unit time

speed up |ˈspiːd ʌp| — move faster

speed-boat |ˈspiːdbəʊt| — Alternative spelling of speedboat.

speed-limit |ˈspiːd lɪmɪt| — (countable) The maximum speed permitted by law for vehicles on the road.

speed-up |ˈspiːd ʌp| — (idiomatic, intransitive) To accelerate; to increase speed.

speedboat |ˈspiːdbəʊt| — a fast motorboat

speeder |ˈspiːdər| — a driver who exceeds the safe speed limit

speedily |ˈspiːdəlɪ| — with speed

speeding |ˈspɪdɪŋ| — changing location rapidly

speedo |ˈspiːdəʊ| — (informal) A speedometer, particularly one in a race car or other automobile.

speedometer |spiːˈdɑːmɪtər| — a meter fixed to a vehicle that measures and displays its speed

speedster |ˈspiːdstər| — One who is noted for being very fast.

speedup |ˈspiːˌdəp| — the act of accelerating; increasing the speed

speedwalk  — A moving walkway.

speedway |ˈspiːdweɪ| — road where high speed driving is allowed

speedwell |ˈspiːdwel| — any plant of the genus Veronica

speedy |ˈspiːdɪ| — characterized by speed; moving with or capable of moving with high speed

spelaeologist |ˌspiːlɪˈɒlədʒɪst| — a person who explores caves

speleologist |ˌspiːlɪˈɒlədʒɪst| — a person who explores caves

spell |spel| — a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation

spell out |ˈspel ˈaʊt| — make explicit; specify in detail

spellbind |ˈspelˌbaɪnd| — to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

spellbinder |ˈspelbaɪndər| — an orator who can hold his listeners spellbound

spellbinding |ˈspelbaɪndɪŋ| — attracting and holding interest as if by a spell

spellbound |ˈspelˌbɑʊnd| — having your attention fixated as though by a spell

spelldown |ˈspelˌdaʊn| — a contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly

speller |ˈspelər| — someone who spells words

spellful  — Abounding in spells or charms.

spelling |ˈspelɪŋ| — forming words with letters according to the principles underlying accepted usage

spelling-bee |ˈspelɪŋbiː| — A spelling competition where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell words; the individual or team spelling the most words correctly wins.

spelt |spelt| — hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe for livestock feed

spelter |ˈspeltər| — impure zinc containing about three percent lead and other impurities (especially in the form of ingots)

spelunker  — a person who explores caves

spencer |ˈspensər| — English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)

spend |spend| — use up a period of time in a specific way

spend-all  — someone who spends money prodigally

spender |ˈspendər| — English poet and critic (1909-1995)

spending |ˈspendɪŋ| — the act of spending or disbursing money

spendthrift |ˈspendθrɪft| — someone who spends money prodigally

spent |spent| — drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired; completely exhausted

sperm |spɜːrm| — the male reproductive cell; the male gamete

sperm-whale |ˈspɜːm weɪl| — A whale (Physeter macrocephalus), the largest of the toothed whales.

spermaceti |ˌspɜːməˈsetɪ| — a white waxy substance from oil of the sperm whale

spermatic |spərˈmadɪk| — consisting of or resembling spermatozoa

spermatozoa |ˌspɜːmətəˈzəʊə| — plural form of spermatozoon

spermatozoon |ˌspɜːrmətəˈzəʊən| — the male reproductive cell; the male gamete

sperry |ˈsperɪ| — United States engineer and inventor of the gyrocompass (1860-1930)

spew |spjuː| — expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth

sphacelate |ˈsfæsɪleɪt| — undergo necrosis

sphagnum |ˈsfæɡnəm| — any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum whose decomposed remains form peat

sphenoid |ˈsfiːnɔɪd| — butterfly-shaped bone at the base of the skull

spheral |ˈsfiːrəl| — spherical

sphere |sfɪr| — a particular environment or walk of life

spheric |ˈsfɪrɪk ˈsferɪk| — having the shape of a sphere or ball

spherical |ˈsferɪkl| — having the shape of a sphere or ball

sphericity |sfɪˈrɪsɪtiː| — the roundness of a 3-dimensional object

spherics |ˈsferɪks| — (mathematics) The part of geometry and trigonometry that deals with spheres.

spheroid |ˈsfɪrɔɪd| — a shape that is generated by rotating an ellipse around one of its axes

spheroidal |sfɪˈrɔɪdl| — having the nature or shape of an ellipsoid

spherule |ˈsferuːl| — a small sphere

sphincter |ˈsfɪŋktər| — a ring of muscle that contracts to close an opening

sphinges |ˈsfɪndʒiːz| — Plural form of sphinx

sphinx |sfɪŋks| — an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret

spica |ˈspaɪkə| — the brightest star in Virgo

spice |spaɪs| — aromatic substances of vegetable origin used as a preservative

spiculum  — small pointed structure serving as a skeletal element in various marine and freshwater invertebrates e.g. sponges and corals

spicy |ˈspaɪsɪ| — producing a burning sensation on the taste nerves

spider |ˈspaɪdər| — predatory arachnid with eight legs, two poison fangs, two feelers, and usually two silk-spinning organs at the back end of the body; they spin silk to make cocoons for eggs or traps for prey

spider-crab |ˈspaɪdəkræb| — Any of various species of crab of the family Majidae with long legs.

spider-web |ˈspaɪdəweb| — Alternative form of spiderweb.

spiderman |ˈspaɪdərmæn| — steeplejack

spiderweb |ˈspaɪdəweb| — The net-like construct of a spider containing sticky strands to catch prey.

spidery |ˈspaɪdərɪ| — relating to or resembling a member of the class Arachnida

spiel |ʃpiːl| — plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)

spieler |ˈspiːlər| — A person that speaks fluently, glibly.

spifflicate |ˈspɪflɪkeɪt| — Alternative spelling of spiflicate.

spiflicate  — To confound, silence or dumbfound - 1785 Francis Grose, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

spigot |ˈspɪɡət| — a plug for a bunghole in a cask

spike |spaɪk| — a transient variation in voltage or current

spiked |ˈspaɪkt| — having a long sharp point

spikenard |ˈspaɪknɑːrd| — an aromatic ointment used in antiquity

spiky |ˈspaɪkɪ| — having or as if having especially high-pitched spots

spile |spaɪl| — a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure

spill |spɪl| — liquid that is spilled

spill over |ˈspɪl ˈəʊvər| — overflow with a certain feeling

spilled |ˈspɪld| — (chiefly US) simple past tense and past participle of spill

spillikin |ˈspɪləkɪn| — a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws

spillover |ˈspɪləʊvər| — (economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure

spillway |ˈspɪlweɪ| — a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction

spilt |spɪlt| — That has been spilt.

spilth |spɪlθ| — (archaic) A spillage; spilled material.

spin |spɪn| — a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)

spin off |ˈspɪn ˈɒf| — produce as a consequence of something larger

spin out |ˈspɪnˌaʊt| — prolong or extend

spin-off |ˈspɪn ɒf| — a product made during the manufacture of something else

spinach |ˈspɪnɪtʃ| — southwestern Asian plant widely cultivated for its succulent edible dark green leaves

spinal |ˈspaɪnl| — anesthesia of the lower half of the body; caused by injury to the spinal cord or by injecting an anesthetic beneath the arachnoid membrane that surrounds the spinal cord

spindle |ˈspɪndl| — (biology) tiny fibers that are seen in cell division; the fibers radiate from two poles and meet at the equator in the middle

spindle-legged |ˈspɪndl leɡd| — having long slender legs

spindle-shanked |ˈspɪndl ʃænkt| — having long slender legs

spindle-shaped  — tapering at each end

spindleshanks  — a thin person with long thin legs

spindling |ˈspɪndlɪŋ| — Present participle of spindle.

spindly |ˈspɪndlɪ| — long and lean

spindrift |ˈspɪndrɪft| — spray blown up from the surface of the sea

spine |spaɪn| — the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord

spine-chiller  — A work of fiction that induces fear or nervousness.

spinel |spəˈnel| — a hard glassy mineral consisting of an oxide of magnesium and aluminum; occurs in various colors that are used as gemstones

spineless |ˈspaɪnləs| — weak in willpower, courage or vitality

spinelessness  — the quality of lacking a strong character; an irresolute disposition

spinet |ˈspɪnət| — a small and compactly built upright piano

spinnaker |ˈspɪnəkər| — a large and usually triangular headsail; carried by a yacht as a headsail when running before the wind

spinner |ˈspɪnər| — someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)

spinney |ˈspɪnɪ| — a copse that shelters game

spinning |ˈspɪnɪŋ| — creating thread

spinning-wheel |ˈspɪnɪŋ wiːl| — a domestic device for making yarn or thread; having a single spindle and a wheel driven by hand or foot

spinny  — Alternative spelling of spinney.

spinster |ˈspɪnstər| — an elderly unmarried woman

spinthariscope |spɪnˈθæriːˌskəʊp| — an early device used for observing individual nuclear disintegrations

spiny |ˈspaɪnɪ| — having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

spiracle |ˈspɪrəkəl| — a breathing orifice

spiraea |spaɪˈriːə| — a Japanese shrub that resembles members of the genus Spiraea; widely cultivated in many varieties for its dense panicles of flowers in many colors; often forced by florists for Easter blooming

spiral |ˈspaɪrəl| — a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center

spirant |ˈspaɪərənt| — a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract

spire |ˈspaɪər| — a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top

spirea  — a Japanese shrub that resembles members of the genus Spiraea; widely cultivated in many varieties for its dense panicles of flowers in many colors; often forced by florists for Easter blooming

spirilla |ˈspaɪrɪlə| — any flagellated aerobic bacteria having a spirally twisted rodlike form

spirillum |ˌspaɪəˈriːləm| — spirally twisted elongate rodlike bacteria usually living in stagnant water

spirit |ˈspɪrɪt| — the vital principle or animating force within living things

spirit-lamp |ˈspɪrɪt læmp| — A lamp that burns a volatile liquid fuel such as alcohol, ethanol or denatured alcohol.

spirit-level |ˈspɪrɪt levəl| — A tool employing a chamber with a colored liquid (usually alcohol, hence spirit) and an air bubble, used to determine a horizontal or vertical reference line.

spirited |ˈspɪrɪtɪd| — marked by lively action

spiritism |ˈspɪrəˌtɪzəm| — concern with things of the spirit

spiritless |ˈspɪrɪtləs| — evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant

spiritlessness  — the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally

spirits |ˈspɪrəts| — an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented

spiritual |ˈspɪrɪtʃʊəl| — a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States

spiritualism |ˈspɪrɪtʃʊəlɪzəm| — (theology) any doctrine that asserts the separate existence of God

spiritualistic |ˌspɪrɪtʃʊəˈlɪstɪk| — of or relating to or connected with spiritualism

spirituality |ˌspɪrɪtʃəˈwælətɪ| — property or income owned by a church

spiritualize |ˈspɪrɪtʃʊəlaɪz| — give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense

spiritually |ˈspɪrɪtʃəwəlɪ| — in a spiritual manner

spirituous |ˈspɪrɪtjʊəs| — containing or of the nature of alcohol

spirt |spərt| — the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)

spit |spɪt| — a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea

spit out |ˈspɪt ˈaʊt| — spit up in an explosive manner

spite |spaɪt| — feeling a need to see others suffer

spiteful |ˈspaɪtfl| — showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite

spitefulness |ˈspaɪtfəlnəs| — feeling a need to see others suffer

spitfire |ˈspɪtfaɪər| — a highly emotional and quick-tempered person (especially a girl or woman)

spitting |ˈspɪtɪŋ| — the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)

spittle |ˈspɪtl| — a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches

spittoon |spɪˈtuːn| — a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place)

spitz |spɪts| — any of various stocky heavy-coated breeds of dogs native to northern regions having pointed muzzles and erect ears with a curled furry tail

spiv |spɪv| — a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time

spivery  — Behaviour characteristic of a spiv

spivvery |ˈspɪvərɪ| — Alternative spelling of spivery.

splanchnic |ˈsplæŋknɪk| — relating to or affecting the viscera

splash |splæʃ| — the sound like water splashing

splashboard |ˈsplaʃbɔːd| — protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side

splashdown |ˈsplæʃdaʊn| — a landing of a spacecraft in the sea at the end of a space flight

splasher |ˈsplæʃʌr| — a protective covering over or beside a wheel to protect the upper part of a vehicle from splashes of mud

splashy |ˈsplæʃɪ| — marked by ostentation but often tasteless

splatter |ˈsplætər| — the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively

splay |spleɪ| — an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger

splayfoot |ˈspleɪfʊt| — a foot afflicted with a fallen arch; abnormally flattened and spread out

splayfooted |ˈspleɪfʊtɪd| — having feet that turn outward

spleen |spliːn| — a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses

spleenful |ˈspliːnfəl| — Full of spleen; spiteful.

spleeny  — full of spleen; melancholy

splendent |ˈsplendənt| — shining; glossy; lustrous

splendid |ˈsplendɪd| — having great beauty and splendor

splendidly |ˈsplendədlɪ| — extremely well

splendiferous |splenˈdɪfərəs| — having great beauty and splendor

splendor |ˈsplendər| — a quality that outshines the usual

splendour |ˈsplendər| — a quality that outshines the usual

splenetic |spləˈnetɪk| — very irritable

splenic |ˈsplenɪk| — of or relating to the spleen

splice |splaɪs| — a junction where two things (as paper or film or magnetic tape) have been joined together

spline |splaɪn| — a flexible strip (wood or rubber) used in drawing curved lines

splint |splɪnt| — a thin sliver of wood

splint-bone |ˈsplɪntbəʊn| — One of the rudimentary, splint-like metacarpal or metatarsal bones on either side of the cannon bone in the limbs of the horse and related animals.

splinter |ˈsplɪntər| — a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal

splintery |ˈsplɪntərɪ| — subject to breaking into sharp slender pieces

split |splɪt| — extending the legs at right angles to the trunk (one in front and the other in back)

split up |ˈsplɪt ʌp| — an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity

split-second  — The nick of time; a brief moment.

splitter |ˈsplɪdər| — a worker who splits fish and removes the backbone

splitting |ˈsplɪtɪŋ| — resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree

splodge |splɑːdʒ| — an irregularly shaped spot

splosh |splɑːʃ| — make a splashing sound

splotch |splɒtʃ| — an irregularly shaped spot

splotchy |ˈsplɒtʃɪ| — marked or covered with large, irregular spots

splurge |splɜːrdʒ| — an ostentatious display (of effort or extravagance etc.)

splutter |ˈsplʌtər| — the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively

spoffish  — (UK, colloquial, dated) earnest and active in matters of no importance; bustling

spoil |spɔɪl| — (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)

spoil-sport |ˈspɔɪlspɔːt| — (dated) An alternative form for spoilsport.

spoilage |ˈspɔɪlɪdʒ| — the amount that has spoiled

spoiled |ˌspɔɪld| — having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention

spoils |ˌspɔɪlz| — That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.

spoilsman |ˈspɔɪlzmən| — (US) A politician who serves only for a share of the spoils.

spoilsmen  — plural form of spoilsman

spoilsport |ˈspɔɪlspɔːrt| — someone who spoils the pleasure of others

spoilt |spɔɪlt| — having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention

spoke |spəʊk| — support consisting of a radial member of a wheel joining the hub to the rim

spoken |ˈspəʊkən| — uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination

spokesman |ˈspəʊksmən| — a male spokesperson

spokesperson |ˈspəʊkspɜːrsn| — an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

spokeswoman |ˈspəʊkswʊmən| — a female spokesperson

spoliation |ˌspəʊlɪˈeɪʃən| — (law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence

spondaic |spɒnˈdeɪɪk| — of or consisting of spondees

spondee |ˈspɑːndiː| — a metrical unit with stressed-stressed syllables

sponge |spʌndʒ| — a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used

sponge down |ˈspəndʒ ˈdaʊn| — clean with a sponge, by rubbing

sponge off |ˈspəndʒ ˈɒf| — clean with a sponge, by rubbing

sponge on |ˈspəndʒ ɑːn| — apply with a sponge

sponge up |ˈspəndʒ ʌp| — absorb as if with a sponge

sponge-cake |ˈspʌndʒ keɪk| — A light, soft, baked dessert (commonly layered with cream and jam) that is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder and eggs.

sponger |ˈspʌndʒər| — a workman employed to collect sponges

sponginess |ˈspʌndʒɪnəs| — the porosity of a sponge

spongy |ˈspʌndʒɪ| — easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility

sponsion |ˈspɑːnʃən| — The act of becoming surety for another.

sponsor |ˈspɑːnsər| — someone who supports or champions something

sponsored |ˈspɑːnsərd| — simple past tense and past participle of sponsor

sponsoring |ˈspɑːnsərɪŋ| — Present participle of sponsor.

sponsorship |ˈspɑːnsərʃɪp| — the act of sponsoring (either officially or financially)

spontaneity |ˌspɑːntəˈneɪətɪ| — the quality of being spontaneous and coming from natural feelings without constraint

spontaneous |spɑːnˈteɪnɪəs| — said or done without having been planned or written in advance

spontaneously |spanˈteɪnɪəslɪ| — in a spontaneous manner

spoof |spuːf| — a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

spoofy  — Characterized by spoof; satirical.

spook |spuːk| — someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric

spooky |ˈspuːkɪ| — unpredictably excitable (especially of horses)

spool |spuːl| — a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound

spoon |spuːn| — a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food

spoon-drift |ˈspuːndrɪft| — (nautical) A cloud of water droplets whipped up from wave-tops in a storm.

spoon-fed |fed| — simple past tense and past participle of spoon-feed

spoon-feed |ˈspuːnfiːd| — to feed using a spoon

spoon-meat |ˈspuːnmiːt| — (dated) food to be taken with a spoon; liquid food

spoonbill |ˈspuːnbɪl| — wading birds having a long flat bill with a tip like a spoon

spoondrift  — spray blown up from the surface of the sea

spoonerism |ˈspuːnərɪzəm| — transposition of initial consonants in a pair of words

spoonful |ˈspʊnfʊl| — as much as a spoon will hold

spoony |ˈspuːniː| — Enamored in a silly or sentimental way.

spoor |spʊr| — the trail left by a person or an animal; what the hunter follows in pursuing game

sporadic |spəˈrædɪk| — recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances

sporadically |spəˈrædɪkəlɪ| — in a sporadic manner

sporangia |spəˈrændʒɪə| — plural form of sporangium

sporangium |spəˈrændʒiːəm| — organ containing or producing spores

spore |spɔːr| — a small usually single-celled asexual reproductive body produced by many nonflowering plants and fungi and some bacteria and protozoans and that are capable of developing into a new individual without sexual fusion

sporran |ˈspɑːrən| — a fur or leather pouch worn at the front of the kilt as part of the traditional dress of Scottish Highlanders

sport |spɔːrt| — an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

sportful |ˈspɔːtfʊl| — (archaic) playful, related to sport

sporting |ˈspɔːrtɪŋ| — exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play

sportive |ˈspɔːrtɪv| — given to merry frolicking

sports |spɔːrts| — plural form of sport

sportscaster |ˈspɔːrtsˌkæstər| — an announcer who reads sports news or describes sporting events

sportsman |ˈspɔːrtsmən| — someone who engages in sports

sportsmanlike |ˈspɔːrtsmənlaɪk| — exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play

sportsmanship |ˈspɔːrtsmənˌʃɪp| — fairness in following the rules of the game

sportswoman |ˈspɔːrtswʊmən| — someone who engages in sports

sporty |ˈspɔːrtɪ| — exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play

spot |spɑːt| — a point located with respect to surface features of some region

spotless |ˈspɑːtləs| — completely neat and clean

spotlight |ˈspɑːtlaɪt| — a focus of public attention

spotted |ˈspɑːtɪd| — having spots or patches (small areas of contrasting color or texture)

spotter |ˈspɑːtər| — a worker employed at a dry-cleaning establishment to remove spots

spotting |ˈspɑːtɪŋ| — the act of spotting or staining something

spotty |ˈspɑːtɪ| — having spots or patches (small areas of contrasting color or texture)

spousal |ˈspaʊzl| — of or relating to a wedding

spouse |spaʊs| — a person's partner in marriage

spout |spaʊt| — an opening that allows the passage of liquids or grain

spraddle |ˈspradl| — A manner of walking with the legs spread out.

sprain |spreɪn| — a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments

sprang |spræŋ| — Simple past tense of spring.

sprat |spræt| — small fatty European fish; usually smoked or canned like sardines

sprawl |sprɔːl| — an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities

sprawling |ˈsprɒlɪŋ| — an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about

spray |spreɪ| — a pesticide in suspension or solution; intended for spraying

sprayer |ˈspreɪər| — a worker who applies spray to a surface

spraying |ˈspreɪɪŋ| — the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)

spread |spred| — process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space

spread out |ˈspred ˈaʊt| — move outward

spread-eagle |ˌiːɡəl| — stretch out completely

spreadeagle |ˌspredˈiːɡl| — defeat disastrously

spreader |ˈspredər| — a hand tool for spreading something

spreading |ˈspredɪŋ| — process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space

spreadsheet |ˈspredʃiːt| — a screen-oriented interactive program enabling a user to lay out financial data on the screen

spree |spriː| — a brief indulgence of your impulses

sprig |sprɪɡ| — a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year

spriggy  — Full of sprigs, or small branches.

sprightly |ˈspraɪtlɪ| — full of spirit and vitality

spring |ˈsprɪŋ| — the season of growth

spring up |ˈsprɪŋ ʌp| — come into existence; take on form or shape

springboard |ˈsprɪŋbɔːrd| — a flexible board for jumping upward

springbok |ˈsprɪŋbɑːk| — a South African gazelle noted for springing lightly into the air

springbuck |ˈsprɪŋbʌk| — a South African gazelle noted for springing lightly into the air

springe |sprɪnj| — To catch in a springe; to ensnare.

springer |ˈsprɪŋər| — the lowest stone in an arch -- from which it springs

springhalt  — (obsolete) A kind of lameness in horses.

springhead |ˈsprɪŋˌhed| — A source of a natural spring.

springiness  — the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length

springtide |ˈsprɪŋtaɪd| — a swelling rush of anything

springtime |ˈsprɪŋtaɪm| — the season of growth

springy |ˈsprɪŋɪ| — elastic; rebounds readily

sprinkle |ˈsprɪŋkl| — a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby

sprinkler |ˈsprɪŋklər| — mechanical device that attaches to a garden hose for watering lawn or garden

sprinkling |ˈsprɪŋklɪŋ| — a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly

sprint |sprɪnt| — a quick run

sprinter |ˈsprɪntər| — someone who runs a short distance at top speed

sprit |sprɪt| — a light spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally

sprite |spraɪt| — a small being, human in form, playful and having magical powers

spritz |sprɪts| — a quick squirt of some liquid (usually carbonated water)

sprocket |ˈsprɑːkɪt| — roller that has teeth on the rims to pull film or paper through

sprout |spraʊt| — any new growth of a plant such as a new branch or a bud

spruce |spruːs| — light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used especially for timbers and millwork

sprue |spruː| — a chronic disorder that occurs in tropical and non-tropical forms and in both children and adults; nutrients are not absorbed; symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation

sprung |sprʌŋ| — Past participle of spring

spry |spraɪ| — moving quickly and lightly

spud |spʌd| — an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland

spudding  — (drilling) The initial drilling of a well; a test drilling.

spuddle |ˈspʌdl| — (obsolete) To make a lot of fuss about trivial things, as if it were important.

spue |spjuː| — expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth

spume |spjuːm| — foam or froth on the sea

spumous |ˈspjuːməs| — frothy or foamy; spumy

spumy |ˈspjuːmɪ| — emitting or filled with bubbles as from carbonation or fermentation

spun |spʌn| — Simple past tense and past participle of spin.

spunk |spʌŋk| — material for starting a fire

spunky |ˈspʌŋkɪ| — showing courage

spur |spɜːr| — a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

spurge |spərj| — any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice

spurious |ˈspjʊrɪəs| — ostensibly valid, but not actually valid

spuriously |ˈspjʊərɪəslɪ| — in a false and spurious manner

spurn |spɜːrn| — reject with contempt

spurrier |ˈspɜːrɪər| — A maker of spurs.

spurt |spɜːrt| — the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)

sputa |ˈspjuːtə| — plural form of sputum

sputnik |ˈspʌtnɪk| — a Russian artificial satellite

sputter |ˈspʌtər| — the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively

sputum |ˈspjuːtəm| — expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness

spy |spaɪ| — (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors

spyglass |ˈspaɪɡlæs| — a small refracting telescope

spyhole |ˈspaɪhəʊl| — a hole (in a door or an oven etc) through which you can peep

spying |ˈspaɪɪŋ| — keeping a secret or furtive watch

spyware |ˈspaɪwer| — computer software that obtains information from a user's computer without the user's knowledge or consent

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