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     1. art. Form of a used before a vowel sound
     2. art. (now quite rare) Form of a used before 'h' in an unstressed syllable
     3. art. (nonstandard) Form of a used before 'h' in a stressed syllable
     4. conj. (archaic) If
     5. conj. (archaic) So long as.
           An it harm none, do what ye will.
     6. conj. (archaic) As if; as though.
     7. n. The first letter of the Georgian alphabet, ა (Mkhedruli), Ⴀ (Asomtavruli) or ⴀ (Nuskhuri).
     8. prep. In each; to or for each; per.
           I was only going twenty miles an hour.
asking for an apron
to an impressive suite
     1. n. Something done, a deed.
           an act of goodwill
     2. n. (obsolete) Actuality.
     3. n. A product of a legislative body, a statute.
     4. n. The process of doing something.
           He was caught in the act of stealing.
     5. n. A formal or official record of something done.
     6. n. A division of a theatrical performance.
           The pivotal moment in the play was in the first scene of the second act.
     7. n. A performer or performers in a show.
           Which act did you prefer? The soloist or the band?
     8. n. Any organized activity.
     9. n. A display of behaviour.
     10. n. A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
     11. n. A display of behaviour meant to deceive.
           to put on an act
     12. v. (intransitive) To do something.
           If you don't act soon, you will be in trouble.
     13. v. (obsolete, transitive) To do (something); to perform.
     14. v. (intransitive) To perform a theatrical role.
           I started acting at the age of eleven in my local theatre.
     15. v. Of a play: to be acted out (well or badly).
     16. v. (intransitive) To behave in a certain way.
           He's acting strangely - I think there's something wrong with him.
     17. v. (copulative) To convey an appearance of being.
           He acted unconcerned so the others wouldn't worry.
     18. v. To do something that causes a change binding on the doer.
           act on behalf of John
     19. v. (intransitive, construed with on or upon) To have an effect (on).
           High-pressure oxygen acts on the central nervous system and may cause convulsions or death.
           Gravitational force acts on heavy bodies.
     20. v. To play (a role).
           He's been acting Shakespearean leads since he was twelve.
     21. v. To feign.
           He acted the angry parent, but was secretly amused.
     22. v. (mathematics, intransitive, construed with on or upon, of a group) To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).
           This group acts on the circle, so it can't be left-orderable!
     23. v. (obsolete, transitive) To move to action; to actuate; to animate.
his first act
my first act on arriving
     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.
a strip of faded carpet
with a motion of his hand
     1. v. present participle of splash
     2. n. An action that splashes.
           Bathtime was full of mischief and splashings.
          1. n. (onomatopoeia) The sound made by an object hitting a liquid.
                I heard a splash when the rock landed in the pond.
          2. n. A small amount of liquid.
                I felt a splash of rain, so I put up my hood.
                I felt a splash of water on my leg as the car drove into the nearby puddle.
          3. n. A small amount (of color).
                The painter put a splash of blue on the wall to make it more colorful
          4. n. A mark or stain made from a small amount of liquid.
                There was a visible splash on his pants after he went to the bathroom.
          5. n. An impact or impression.
                The new movie made quite a splash upon its release.
          6. n. (computing, informal) splash screen
          7. n. (wrestling) A body press; a move where the wrestler jumps forward from a raised platform such as the top turnbuckle, landing stomach first across an opponent lying on the ground below.
          8. n. (dated) A cosmetic powder for the complexion.
          9. v. To hit or agitate liquid so that part of it separates from the principal liquid mass.
                sit and splash in the bathtub
          10. v. To disperse a fluid suddenly; to splatter.
                water splashed everywhere
          11. v. to hit or expel liquid at
                The children were splashing each other playfully in the sea.
                When she comes in the door, splash her with perfume.
          12. v. To create an impact or impression; to print, post or publicize prominently.
                The headline was splashed across newspapers everywhere.
          13. v. To spend (money)
                After pay day I can afford to splash some cash and buy myself a motorbike.
          14. v. To launch a ship.
          15. v. (transitive, MLE) To stab (a person), causing them to bleed.
     1. prep. Used to indicate location, inclusion, or position within spatial, temporal or other limits.
     2. prep.          Contained by.
                   The dog is in the kennel.
     3. prep.          Within.
     4. prep.          Surrounded by.
                   We are in the enemy camp.   Her plane is in the air.
     5. prep.          Part of; a member of.
                   One in a million.   She's in band and orchestra.
     6. prep.          Pertaining to; with regard to.
                   What grade did he get in English?
                   Military letters should be formal in tone, but not stilted.
     7. prep.          At the end of a period of time.
                   They said they would call us in a week.
     8. prep.          Within a certain elapsed time
                   Are you able to finish this in three hours?   The massacre resulted in over 1000 deaths in three hours.
     9. prep.          During (said of periods of time).
                   in the first week of December;  Easter falls in the fourth lunar month;   The country reached a high level of prosperity in his fi
     10. prep.          (grammar, phonetics, of sounds and letters) Coming at the end of a word.
                   English nouns in -ce form their plurals in -s.
     11. prep. Into.
           Less water gets in your boots this way.
     12. prep. Used to indicate limit, qualification, condition, or circumstance.
           In replacing the faucet washers, he felt he was making his contribution to the environment.
     13. prep.          Indicating an order or arrangement.
                   My fat rolls around in folds.
     14. prep.          Denoting a state of the subject.
                   He stalked away in anger.   John is in a coma.
     15. prep.          Indicates, connotatively, a place-like form of someone's (or something's) personality, as his, her or its psychic and physical characteristics.
                   You've got a friend in me.   He's met his match in her.
     16. prep.          Wearing (an item of clothing).
                    I glanced over at the pretty girl in the red dress.
     17. prep. Used to indicate means, medium, format, genre, or instrumentality.
     18. prep.          (of something offered or given in an exchange) In the form of, in the denomination of.
                   Please pay me in cash — preferably in tens and twenties.
                   The deposit can be in any legal tender, even in gold.
                    Her generosity was rewarded in the success of its recipients.
     19. prep.          Used to indicate a language, script, tone, etc. of a text, speech, etc.
                   Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" in C minor is among his most popular.
                   His speech was in French, but was simultaneously translated into eight languages.
                   When you write in cursive, it's illegible.
     20. v. (obsolete, transitive) To enclose.
     21. v. (obsolete, transitive) To take in; to harvest.
     22. adv. (not comparable) Located indoors, especially at home or the office, or inside something.
           Is Mr. Smith in?
     23. adv. Moving to the interior of a defined space, such as a building or room.
           Suddenly a strange man walked in.
     24. adv. (sports) Still eligible to play, e.g. able to bat in cricket and baseball.
           He went for the wild toss but wasn't able to stay in.
     25. adv. (UK) Abbreviation of in aid of.
           What's that in?
     26. adv. After the beginning of something.
     27. n. A position of power or a way to get it.
           His parents got him an in with the company
     28. n. (sport) The state of a batter/batsman who is currently batting – see innings
     29. n. A re-entrant angle; a nook or corner.
     30. adj. In fashion; popular.
           Skirts are in this year.
     31. adj. Incoming.
           the in train
     32. adj. (nautical, of the sails of a vessel) Furled or stowed.
     33. adj. (legal) With privilege or possession; used to denote a holding, possession, or seisin.
           in by descent; in by purchase; in of the seisin of her husband
     34. adj. (cricket) Currently batting.
     35. n. Inch.
in spite of all this
he drew in his breath
     1. adj. Easily giving way under pressure.
           My head sank easily into the soft pillow.
     2. adj. (of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.
           Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.
           soft silk; a soft skin
     3. adj. (of a sound) Quiet.
           I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.
     4. adj. Gentle.
           There was a soft breeze blowing.
     5. adj. Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.
           soft eyes
     6. adj. Gentle in action or motion; easy.
     7. adj. Weak in character; impressible.
     8. adj. Requiring little or no effort; easy.
     9. adj. Not bright or intense.
           soft lighting
     10. adj. Having a slight angle from straight.
           At the intersection with two roads going left, take the soft left.
           It's important to dance on soft knees to avoid injury.
     11. adj. (linguistics) Voiced; sonant.
     12. adj. (linguistics, rare) voiceless
     13. adj. (linguistics, Slavic languages) palatalized
     14. adj. (slang) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.
           When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come.
     15. adj. (of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.
           You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.
     16. adj. (colloquial) Foolish.
     17. adj. (physics) Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard)
     18. adj. (of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.
     19. adj. Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.
           The admin imposed a soft block/ban on the user or a soft lock on the article.
     20. adj. (of a man) Effeminate.
     21. adj. Agreeable to the senses.
           a soft liniment
           soft wines
     22. adj. Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye.
           soft colours
           the soft outline of the snow-covered hill
     23. interj. (archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
     24. adv. (obsolete) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
     25. n. A soft or foolish person; an idiot.
     26. n. (motorsports) (ellipsis of soft tyre) (A tyre whose compound is softer than mediums, and harder than supersofts.)
     1. n. A mixture of water and soil or fine grained sediment.
     2. n. A plaster-like mixture used to texture or smooth drywall.
     3. n. (construction industry slang) Wet concrete as it is being mixed, delivered and poured.
     4. n. (figuratively) Willfully abusive, even slanderous remarks or claims, notably between political opponents.
           The campaign issues got lost in all the mud from both parties.
     5. n. (slang) Money, dough, especially when proceeding from dirty business.
     6. n. (gay sex, slang) stool that is exposed as a result of anal sex
     7. n. (geology) A particle less than 62.5 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
     8. n. (slang) A black person.
     9. v. To make muddy or dirty; to apply mud to (something).
     10. v. To make turbid.
     11. v. (intransitive, Internet) To participate in a MUD or multi-user dungeon.
     1. n. A substance (of molecular formula H₂O) found at room temperature and pressure as a clear liquid; it is present naturally as rain, and found in rivers, lakes and seas; its solid form is ice and its gas
           By the action of electricity, the water was resolved into its two parts, oxygen and hydrogen.
     2. n.          (in particular) The liquid form of this substance: liquid H₂O.
                   May I have a glass of water?
                   Your plants need more water.
     3. n.          A serving of liquid water.
     4. n. (alchemy, philosophy) The aforementioned liquid, considered one of the Classical elements or basic elements of alchemy.
           He showed me the river of living water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God.
     5. n. (or in the plural) Water in a body; an area of open water.
           The boat was found within the territorial waters.
           These seals are a common sight in the coastal waters of Chile.
     6. n. (poetic, archaic, or dialectal) A body of water, almost always a river.
     7. n. A combination of water and other substance(s).
     8. n.          (sometimes ) Mineral water.
                   Perrier is the most popular water in this restaurant.
     9. n.          (often, in the plural) Spa water.
                   Many people visit Bath to take the waters.
     10. n.          (pharmacy) A solution in water of a gaseous or readily volatile substance.
                   ammonia water
     11. n.          Urine.
     12. n.          Amniotic fluid; used only in the plural in the UK but often also in the singular in North America, especially to avoid cacophony, as in this example: (
                   Before the child is born, the pregnant woman’s water breaks. (North America)
                   Before your child is born, your water(s) will break. (North America)
                   Before the child is born, the pregnant woman’s waters break. (UK)
     13. n.          (colloquial, medicine) Fluids in the body, especially when causing swelling.
                   He suffers from water on the knee.
     14. n. (figuratively, in the or in the singular) A state of affairs; conditions; usually with an adjective indicating an adverse condition.
           The rough waters of change will bring about the calm after the storm.
     15. n. (colloquial, figuratively) A person's intuition.
           I know he'll succeed. I feel it in my waters.
     16. n. (dated, finance) Excess valuation of securities.
     17. n. The limpidity and lustre of a precious stone, especially a diamond.
           a diamond of the first water is perfectly pure and transparent
     18. n. A wavy, lustrous pattern or decoration such as is imparted to linen, silk, metals, etc.
     19. v. To pour water into the soil surrounding (plants).
     20. v. To wet or supply with water; to moisten; to overflow with water; to irrigate.
     21. v. To provide (animals) with water for drinking.
           I need to go water the cattle.
     22. v. (intransitive) To get or take in water.
           The ship put into port to water.
     23. v. (transitive, colloquial) To urinate onto.
           Nature called, so I stepped into the woods and watered a tree.
     24. v. To dilute.
           Can you water the whisky, please?
     25. v. (transitive, dated, finance) To overvalue (securities), especially through deceptive accounting.
     26. v. (intransitive) To fill with or secrete water.
           Chopping onions makes my eyes water.
           The smell of fried onions makes my mouth water.
     27. v. To wet and calender, as cloth, so as to impart to it a lustrous appearance in wavy lines; to diversify with wavelike lines.
           to water silk
     1. adv. alternative form of etc.
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