Wednesday, 30 November 2011
|pollinated by wind-dispersed pollen||anemophilous|
|widely dispersed, become||broadcast , diffuse , scattershot|
|distribution of colors produced when light is dispersed by a prism||color spectrum , visible spectrum|
|optical device consisting of a surface with many parallel grooves in it; disperses a beam of light (or other electromagnetic radiation) into its wavelengths to produce its spectrum||diffraction grating , grating|
|property of being diffused or dispersed||diffusion , dissemination|
|separate or disperse||disband|
|(of colloids) a substance in which another is colloidally dispersed||dispersing medium , dispersing phase, dispersion medium|
|fire dispersed so as to engage effectively an area target||distributed fire|
|milk with the fat particles broken up and dispersed uniformly so the cream will not rise||homogenized milk|
|notation for forming mathematical expressions using parentheses and governed by rules of operator precedence; operators are dispersed among the operands||infix notation|
|clear liquid in the cell nucleus in which the nucleolus and chromatin and other structures are dispersed||karyolymph|
|state in which a substance exhibits a characteristic readiness to flow with little or no tendency to disperse and relatively high incompressibility||liquid , liquidity , liquidness , liquid state|
|strategic weapon system using a guided missile of intercontinental range; missiles are equipped with nuclear warheads and dispersed in hardened silos||Minuteman|
|small discrete mass of solid or liquid matter that remains individually dispersed in gas or liquid emissions (usually considered to be an atmospheric pollutant)||particulate , particulate matter|
|former English law requiring mobs to disperse after a magistrate reads the law to them||Riot Act|
|firearm designed to disperse rioters rather than to inflict serious injury or death||riot gun|
|small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly||scattering , sprinkling|
|liquid, solid particles dispersed in||suspension|
|hose (carried on a truck) that fires water under high pressure to disperse crowds (especially crowds of rioters)||watercannon , water cannon|
a. To drive off or scatter in different directions: The police dispersed the crowd.
b. To strew or distribute widely: The airplane dispersed the leaflets over the city.
2. To cause to vanish or disappear. See Synonyms at scatter.
3. To disseminate (knowledge, for example).
4. To separate (light) into spectral rays.
5. To distribute (particles) evenly throughout a medium.
6. To separate and move in different directions; scatter: The crowd dispersed once the concert ended.
7. To break up and vanish; dissipate: The storm clouds had dispersed by noon.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
|tight-fitting garment of stretchy material that covers the body from the shoulders to the thighs (and may have long sleeves or legs reaching down to the ankles); worn by ballet dancers and acrobats for practice or performance||body suit , cat suit , leotard , unitard|
|stretch over in space or time||bridge , span|
|musical stringed instrument with strings stretch over a flat sounding box; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers||cither , zither , zithern|
|portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs)||collapsible shelter , tent|
|small rounded boat made of hides stretched over a wicker frame; still used in some parts of Great Britain||coracle|
|stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current||countercurrent , crosscurrent , rip ,riptide , tide rip|
|floating position with the face down and arms stretched forward||dead-man's float , prone float|
|game played mainly on board ocean liners; players toss a ring back and forth over a net that is stretched across a small court||deck tennis|
|state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions||dilatation , distension , distention|
|stretch or widen||dilate , distend , expand|
|musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end||drum , membranophone , tympan|
|membrane that is stretched taut over a drum||drumhead , head|
|flexible and stretchy||elastic|
|bandage containing stretchable material that can apply local pressure||elastic bandage|
|any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched||elastic device|
|tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed||elasticity , snap|
|long and stretched||elongated , extended , rangy|
|flat stretch of pavement, grass||esplanade|
|stretch of ground||esplanade|
1. To lengthen, widen, or distend: stretched the sweater out of shape.
2. To cause to extend from one place to another or across a given space: stretched the banner between two poles.
3. To make taut; tighten: stretched the tarpaulin until it ripped.
4. To reach or put forth; extend: stretched out his hand.
a. To extend (oneself or one's limbs, for example) to full length: stretched her calves before running.
b. To extend (oneself) when lying down: she stretched herself out on the couch.
c. To put to torture on the rack.
6. To wrench or strain (a muscle, for example).
a. To extend or enlarge beyond the usual or proper limits: stretch the meaning of a word.
b. To subject to undue strain: to stretch one's patience.
a. To expand in order to fulfill a larger function: stretch a budget; stretch a paycheck.
b. To increase the quantity of by admixture or dilution: stretch a meal by thinning the stew.
9. To prolong: stretch out an argument.
10. Informal To fell by a blow: stretched his opponent in the first round.
11. To become lengthened, widened, or distended.
12. To extend or reach over a distance or area or in a given direction: "On both sides of us stretched the wet plain" (Ernest Hemingway).
13. To lie down at full length: stretched out on the bed.
14. To extend one's muscles or limbs, as after prolonged sitting or on awakening.
15. To extend over a given period of time: "This story stretches over a whole generation" (William Golding).
16. The act of stretching or the state of being stretched.
17. The extent or scope to which something can be stretched; elasticity.
18. A continuous or unbroken length, area, or expanse: an empty stretch of highway.
19. A straight section of a racecourse or track, especially the section leading to the finish line.
a. A continuous period of time.
b. Slang A term of imprisonment: served a two-year stretch.
c. Informal The last stage of an event, period, or process.
21. Baseball A movement in which a pitcher, standing with the glove side facing home plate, raises both hands to the height of the head and then lowers them to the chest or waist for a short pause before pitching the ball. It is used as an alternative to a wind-up, especially when runners are on base.
22. Made of an elastic material that stretches easily: stretch pants.
23. Of, relating to, or being a vehicle, such as a limousine or passenger jet, having an extended seating area that provides extra space for more passengers, leg room, or amenities.