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of
     1. prep. Expressing distance or motion.
     2. prep.          (now obsolete, or dialectal) From (of distance, direction), "off".
     3. prep.          (obsolete except in phrases) Since, from (a given time, earlier state etc.).
     4. prep.          From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.).
                    There are no shops within twenty miles of the cottage.
     5. prep.          (North America, Scotland, Ireland) Before (the hour); to.
                    What's the time? / Nearly a quarter of three.
     6. prep. Expressing separation.
     7. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with the action indicated by a transitive verb and the quality or substance by a grammatical object.)
                    Finally she was relieved of the burden of caring for her sick husband.
     8. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with resulting state indicated by an adjective.)
                    He seemed devoid of human feelings.
     9. prep.          (obsolete) (Indicating removal, absence or separation, construed with an intransitive verb.)
     10. prep. Expressing origin.
     11. prep.          (Indicating an ancestral source or origin of descent.)
                    The word is believed to be of Japanese origin.
     12. prep.          (Indicating a (non-physical) source of action or emotion; introducing a cause, instigation); from, out of, as an expression of.
                    The invention was born of necessity.
     13. prep.          (following an intransitive verb) (Indicates the source or cause of the verb.)
                    It is said that she died of a broken heart.
     14. prep.          (following an adjective) (Indicates the subject or cause of the adjective.)
                    I am tired of all this nonsense.
     15. prep. Expressing agency.
     16. prep.          (following a passive verb) (Indicates the agent (for most verbs, now usually expressed with by).)
                    I am not particularly enamoured of this idea.
     17. prep.          (Used to introduce the "subjective genitive"; following a noun to form the head of a postmodifying noun phrase) (see also 'Possession' senses below).
                    The contract can be terminated at any time with the agreement of both parties.
     18. prep.          (following an adjective) (Used to indicate the agent of something described by the adjective.)
                    It was very brave of you to speak out like that.
     19. prep. Expressing composition, substance.
     20. prep.          (after a verb expressing construction, making etc.) (Used to indicate the material or substance used.)
                    Many 'corks' are now actually made of plastic.
     21. prep.          (directly following a noun) (Used to indicate the material of the just-mentioned object.)
                    She wore a dress of silk.
     22. prep.          (Indicating the composition of a given collective or quantitative noun.)
                    What a lot of nonsense!
     23. prep.          (Used to link a given class of things with a specific example of that class.)
                   Welcome to the historic town of Harwich.
     24. prep.          (Links two nouns in near-apposition, with the first qualifying the second); "which is also".
                    I'm not driving this wreck of a car.
     25. prep. Introducing subject matter.
     26. prep.          (Links an intransitive verb, or a transitive verb and its subject (especially verbs to do with thinking, feeling, expressing etc.), with its subject-ma
                    I'm always thinking of you.
     27. prep.          (following a noun (now chiefly nouns of knowledge, communication etc.)) (Introduces its subject matter); about, concerning.
                    He told us the story of his journey to India.
     28. prep.          (following an adjective) (Introduces its subject matter.)
                    This behaviour is typical of teenagers.
     29. prep. Having partitive effect.
     30. prep.          (following a number or other quantitive word) (Introduces the whole for which is indicated only the specified part or segment); "from among".
                    Most of these apples are rotten.
     31. prep.          (following a noun) (Indicates a given part.)
     32. prep.          (now archaic, literary, with preceding partitive word assumed, or as a predicate after to be) Some, an amount of, one of.
                    On the whole, they seem to be of the decent sort.
     33. prep.          (Links to a genitive noun or possessive pronoun, with partitive effect (though now often merged with possessive senses, below).)
                    He is a friend of mine.
     34. prep. Expressing possession.
     35. prep.          Belonging to, existing in, or taking place in a given location, place or time. Compare "origin" senses, above.
                    He was perhaps the most famous scientist of the twentieth century.
     36. prep.          Belonging to (a place) through having title, ownership or control over it.
                    The owner of the nightclub was arrested.
     37. prep.          Belonging to (someone or something) as something they possess or have as a characteristic; (the "possessive genitive". (With abstract nouns, this inter
                    Keep the handle of the saucepan away from the flames.
     38. prep. Forming the "objective genitive".
     39. prep.          (Follows an agent noun, verbal noun or noun of action.)
                    She had a profound distrust of the police.
     40. prep. Expressing qualities or characteristics.
     41. prep.          (now archaic, or literary) (Links an adjective with a noun or noun phrase to form a quasi-adverbial qualifier); in respect to, as regards.
                    My companion seemed affable and easy of manner.
     42. prep.          (Indicates a quality or characteristic); "characterized by".
                    Pooh was said to be a bear of very little brain.
     43. prep.          (Indicates quantity, age, price, etc.)
                    We have been paying interest at a rate of 10%.
     44. prep.          (US, informal considered incorrect by some) (Used to link singular indefinite nouns (preceded by the indefinite article) and attributive adjectives mod
                    It's not that big of a deal.
     45. prep. Expressing a point in time.
     46. prep.          (chiefly regional) During the course of (a set period of time, day of the week etc.), now specifically with implied repetition or regularity.
                    Of an evening, we would often go for a stroll along the river.
     47. prep.          (UK dialectal, chiefly in negative constructions) For (a given length of time).
                    I've not tekken her out of a goodly long while.
     48. prep.          (after a noun) (Indicates duration of a state, activity etc.)
                    After a delay of three hours, the plane finally took off.
kind of sarcastic
matter-of-fact fashion
a
     1. art. One; any indefinite example of; used to denote a singular item of a group.
           There was a man here looking for you yesterday.
     2. art. Used in conjunction with the adjectives score, dozen, hundred, thousand, and million, as a function word.
           I've seen it happen a hundred times.
     3. art. One certain or particular; any single.Brown, Lesley, (2003)
           We've received an interesting letter from a Mrs. Miggins of London.
     4. art. The same; one.
           We are of a mind on matters of morals.
     5. art. Any, every; used before a noun which has become modified to limit its scope; also used with a negative to indicate not a single one.Lindberg, Christine A. (2007)
           A man who dies intestate leaves his children troubles and difficulties.
           He fell all that way, and hasn't a bump on his head?
     6. art. Used before plural nouns modified by few, good many, couple, great many, etc.
     7. art. Someone or something like; similar to; Used before a proper noun to create an example out of it.
           The center of the village was becoming a Times Square.
     8. prep. (archaic) To do with position or direction; In, on, at, by, towards, onto.
           Stand a tiptoe.
     9. prep. To do with separation; In, into.
           Torn a pieces.
     10. prep. To do with time; Each, per, in, on, by.
           I brush my teeth twice a day.
     11. prep. (obsolete) To do with method; In, with.
     12. prep. (obsolete) To do with role or capacity; In.
           A God’s name.
     13. prep. To do with status; In.
           King James Bible (II Chronicles 2:18)
             To set the people a worke.
     14. prep. (archaic) To do with process, with a passive verb; In the course of, experiencing.
           1964, Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin’
             The times, they are a-changin'.
     15. prep. (archaic) To do with an action, an active verb; Engaged in.
           1611, King James Bible, Hebrews 11-21
             Jacob, when he was a dying
     16. prep. (archaic) To do with an action/movement; To, into.
     17. v. (archaic, or slang) Have.
           I'd a come, if you'd a asked.
     18. pron. (obsolete, outside, England, and Scotland dialects) He.
     19. interj. A meaningless syllable; ah.
     20. prep. (archaic, slang) Of.
           The name of John a Gaunt.
     21. adv. (chiefly Scotland) All.
     22. adj. (chiefly Scotland) All.
with a sigh
after a moment
person
     1. n. An individual; usually a human being.
           Each person is unique, both mentally and physically.
     2. n.          A character or part, as in a play; a specific kind or manifestation of individual character, whether in real life, or in literary or dramatic represent
     3. n.          (Christianity) Any one of the three hypostases of the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit.
     4. n.          (chiefly in science fiction) Any sentient or socially intelligent being.
     5. n.          (in a compound noun or noun phrase) Someone who likes or has an affinity for (a specified thing).
                   Jack's always been a dog person, but I prefer cats.
     6. n. The physical body of a being seen as distinct from the mind, character, etc.
     7. n. (law) Any individual or formal organization with standing before the courts.
           At common law a corporation or a trust is legally a person.
     8. n. (law) The human genitalia; specifically, the penis.
     9. n. (grammar) A linguistic category used to distinguish between the speaker of an utterance and those to whom or about whom he is speaking. See grammatical person.
     10. n. (biology) A shoot or bud of a plant; a polyp or zooid of the compound Hydrozoa, Anthozoa, etc.; also, an individual, in the narrowest sense, among the higher animals.
     11. v. (obsolete, transitive) To represent as a person; to personify; to impersonate.
     12. v. (transitive, gender-neutral) To man.
a person gets discouraged
he is a big, silent person
background
     1. adj. Less important in a scene.
           background noise.
     2. n. One's social heritage, or previous life; what one did in the past.
           The lawyer had a background in computer science.
     3. n. A part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context.
     4. n. Information relevant to the current situation about past events; history.
     5. n. A less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground).
           There was tons of noise in the background.
           The photographer let us pick a background for the portrait.
     6. n. (computing) The image or color over which a computer's desktop items are shown (e.g. icons or application windows).
     7. n. (computing) A type of activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user.
           The antivirus program is running in the background.
     8. v. To put in a position that is not prominent.
     9. v. (journalism) To gather and provide background information (on).
History
     1. n. (alt-form, history), especially when defined as a school subject.
     2. n. The aggregate of past events.
           History repeats itself if we don’t learn from its mistakes.
     3. n. The branch of knowledge that studies the past; the assessment of notable events.
           He teaches history at the university.   History will not look kindly on these tyrants.   He dreams of an invention that will make history.
     4. n. A set of events involving an entity.
           What is your medical history?   The family's history includes events best forgotten.
     5. n. A record or narrative description of past events.
           I really enjoyed Shakespeare's tragedies more than his histories.
     6. n. (medicine) A list of past and continuing medical conditions of an individual or family.
           A personal medical history is required for the insurance policy.   He has a history of cancer in his family.
     7. n. (computing) A record of previous user events, especially of visited web pages in a browser.
           I visited a great site yesterday but forgot the URL. Luckily, I didn't clear my history.
     8. n. (informal) Something that no longer exists or is no longer relevant.
           I told him that if he doesn't get his act together, he's history.
     9. n. Shared experience or interaction.
           There is too much history between them for them to split up now.
           He has had a lot of history with the police.
     10. v. (obsolete) To narrate or record.
place
     1. n. (physical) An area; somewhere within an area.
     2. n.          An open space, particularly a city square, market square, or courtyard.
     3. n.          A group of houses.
                   They live at Westminster Place.
     4. n.          An inhabited area: a village, town, or city.
     5. n.          Any area of the earth: a region.
                   He is going back to his native place on vacation.
     6. n.          The area one occupies, particularly somewhere to sit.
                   We asked the restaurant to give us a table with three places.
     7. n.          The area where one lives: one's home, formerly(chiefly) country estates and farms.
                   Do you want to come over to my place later?
     8. n.          An area of the skin.
     9. n. (euphemism) An area to urinate and defecate: an outhouse or lavatory.
     10. n. (obsolete) An area to fight: a battlefield or the contested ground in a battle.
     11. n. A location or position in space.
     12. n. A particular location in a book or document, particularly the current location of a reader.
     13. n. (obsolete) A passage or extract from a book or document.
     14. n. (obsolete) A topic.
     15. n. A frame of mind.
           I'm in a strange place at the moment.
     16. n. (chess) A chess position; a square of the chessboard.
     17. n. (social) A responsibility or position in an organization.
     18. n.          A role or purpose; a station.
                   It is really not my place to say what is right and wrong in this case.
     19. n.          The position of a contestant in a competition.
                   We thought we would win but only ended up in fourth place.
     20. n.          (horse-racing) The position of first, second, or third at the finish, especially the second position.
                    to win a bet on a horse for place
     21. n.          The position as a member of a sports team.
                   He lost his place in the national team.
     22. n. (obsolete) A fortified position: a fortress, citadel, or walled town.
     23. n. Numerically, the column counting a certain quantity.
           three decimal places;  the hundreds place
     24. n. Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding.
           That's what I said in the first place!
     25. n. Reception; effect; implying the making room for.
     26. v. To put (an object or person) in a specific location.
           He placed the glass on the table.
     27. v. (intransitive) To earn a given spot in a competition.
           The Cowboys placed third in the league.
     28. v.          (intransitive, racing) To finish second, especially of horses or dogs.
                   In the third race: Aces Up won, paying eight dollars; Blarney Stone placed, paying three dollars; and Cinnamon showed, paying five dollars.
     29. v. To remember where and when (an object or person) has been previously encountered.
           I've seen him before, but I can't quite place where.
     30. v. (transitive, in the passive) To achieve (a certain position, often followed by an ordinal) as in a horse race.
           Run Ragged was placed fourth in the race.
     31. v. To sing (a note) with the correct pitch.
     32. v. To arrange for or to make (a bet).
           I placed ten dollars on the Lakers beating the Bulls.
     33. v. To recruit or match an appropriate person for a job.
           They phoned hoping to place her in the management team.
     34. v. (sports) To place-kick (a goal).
the rivers' place
you know the sort of place
of
     1. prep. Expressing distance or motion.
     2. prep.          (now obsolete, or dialectal) From (of distance, direction), "off".
     3. prep.          (obsolete except in phrases) Since, from (a given time, earlier state etc.).
     4. prep.          From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.).
                    There are no shops within twenty miles of the cottage.
     5. prep.          (North America, Scotland, Ireland) Before (the hour); to.
                    What's the time? / Nearly a quarter of three.
     6. prep. Expressing separation.
     7. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with the action indicated by a transitive verb and the quality or substance by a grammatical object.)
                    Finally she was relieved of the burden of caring for her sick husband.
     8. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with resulting state indicated by an adjective.)
                    He seemed devoid of human feelings.
     9. prep.          (obsolete) (Indicating removal, absence or separation, construed with an intransitive verb.)
     10. prep. Expressing origin.
     11. prep.          (Indicating an ancestral source or origin of descent.)
                    The word is believed to be of Japanese origin.
     12. prep.          (Indicating a (non-physical) source of action or emotion; introducing a cause, instigation); from, out of, as an expression of.
                    The invention was born of necessity.
     13. prep.          (following an intransitive verb) (Indicates the source or cause of the verb.)
                    It is said that she died of a broken heart.
     14. prep.          (following an adjective) (Indicates the subject or cause of the adjective.)
                    I am tired of all this nonsense.
     15. prep. Expressing agency.
     16. prep.          (following a passive verb) (Indicates the agent (for most verbs, now usually expressed with by).)
                    I am not particularly enamoured of this idea.
     17. prep.          (Used to introduce the "subjective genitive"; following a noun to form the head of a postmodifying noun phrase) (see also 'Possession' senses below).
                    The contract can be terminated at any time with the agreement of both parties.
     18. prep.          (following an adjective) (Used to indicate the agent of something described by the adjective.)
                    It was very brave of you to speak out like that.
     19. prep. Expressing composition, substance.
     20. prep.          (after a verb expressing construction, making etc.) (Used to indicate the material or substance used.)
                    Many 'corks' are now actually made of plastic.
     21. prep.          (directly following a noun) (Used to indicate the material of the just-mentioned object.)
                    She wore a dress of silk.
     22. prep.          (Indicating the composition of a given collective or quantitative noun.)
                    What a lot of nonsense!
     23. prep.          (Used to link a given class of things with a specific example of that class.)
                   Welcome to the historic town of Harwich.
     24. prep.          (Links two nouns in near-apposition, with the first qualifying the second); "which is also".
                    I'm not driving this wreck of a car.
     25. prep. Introducing subject matter.
     26. prep.          (Links an intransitive verb, or a transitive verb and its subject (especially verbs to do with thinking, feeling, expressing etc.), with its subject-ma
                    I'm always thinking of you.
     27. prep.          (following a noun (now chiefly nouns of knowledge, communication etc.)) (Introduces its subject matter); about, concerning.
                    He told us the story of his journey to India.
     28. prep.          (following an adjective) (Introduces its subject matter.)
                    This behaviour is typical of teenagers.
     29. prep. Having partitive effect.
     30. prep.          (following a number or other quantitive word) (Introduces the whole for which is indicated only the specified part or segment); "from among".
                    Most of these apples are rotten.
     31. prep.          (following a noun) (Indicates a given part.)
     32. prep.          (now archaic, literary, with preceding partitive word assumed, or as a predicate after to be) Some, an amount of, one of.
                    On the whole, they seem to be of the decent sort.
     33. prep.          (Links to a genitive noun or possessive pronoun, with partitive effect (though now often merged with possessive senses, below).)
                    He is a friend of mine.
     34. prep. Expressing possession.
     35. prep.          Belonging to, existing in, or taking place in a given location, place or time. Compare "origin" senses, above.
                    He was perhaps the most famous scientist of the twentieth century.
     36. prep.          Belonging to (a place) through having title, ownership or control over it.
                    The owner of the nightclub was arrested.
     37. prep.          Belonging to (someone or something) as something they possess or have as a characteristic; (the "possessive genitive". (With abstract nouns, this inter
                    Keep the handle of the saucepan away from the flames.
     38. prep. Forming the "objective genitive".
     39. prep.          (Follows an agent noun, verbal noun or noun of action.)
                    She had a profound distrust of the police.
     40. prep. Expressing qualities or characteristics.
     41. prep.          (now archaic, or literary) (Links an adjective with a noun or noun phrase to form a quasi-adverbial qualifier); in respect to, as regards.
                    My companion seemed affable and easy of manner.
     42. prep.          (Indicates a quality or characteristic); "characterized by".
                    Pooh was said to be a bear of very little brain.
     43. prep.          (Indicates quantity, age, price, etc.)
                    We have been paying interest at a rate of 10%.
     44. prep.          (US, informal considered incorrect by some) (Used to link singular indefinite nouns (preceded by the indefinite article) and attributive adjectives mod
                    It's not that big of a deal.
     45. prep. Expressing a point in time.
     46. prep.          (chiefly regional) During the course of (a set period of time, day of the week etc.), now specifically with implied repetition or regularity.
                    Of an evening, we would often go for a stroll along the river.
     47. prep.          (UK dialectal, chiefly in negative constructions) For (a given length of time).
                    I've not tekken her out of a goodly long while.
     48. prep.          (after a noun) (Indicates duration of a state, activity etc.)
                    After a delay of three hours, the plane finally took off.
come to think of it
neither of them spoke
origin
     1. n. The beginning of something.
     2. n. The source of a river, information, goods, etc.
     3. n. (mathematics) The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect.
     4. n. (anatomy) The proximal end of attachment of a muscle to a bone that will not be moved by the action of that muscle.
     5. n. (cartography) An arbitrary point on Earth's surface, chosen as the zero for a system of coordinates.
     6. n. (in the plural) Ancestry.
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