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     1. art. Definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that an entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specified later in that same sentence, or assumed already
           I’m reading the book. (Compare I’m reading a book.)
           The street in front of your house. (Compare A street in Paris.)
           The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
     2. art. Used before a noun modified by a restrictive relative clause, indicating that the noun refers to a single referent defined by the relative clause.
           The street that runs through my hometown.
     3. art. Used before an object considered to be unique, or of which there is only one at a time.
           No one knows how many galaxies there are in the universe.
           God save the Queen!
     4. art. Used before a superlative or an ordinal number modifying a noun, to indicate that the noun refers to a single item.
           That was the best apple pie ever.
     5. art. Added to a superlative or an ordinal number to make it into a substantive.
           That apple pie was the best.
     6. art. Introducing a singular term to be taken generically: preceding a name of something standing for a whole class.
     7. art. Used before an adjective, indicating all things (especially persons) described by that adjective.
           Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
     8. art. Used to indicate a certain example of (a noun) which is usually of most concern or most common or familiar.
           No one in the whole country had seen it before.
           I don't think I'll get to it until the morning.
     9. art. Used before a body part (especially of someone previously mentioned), as an alternative to a possessive pronoun.
           A stone hit him on the head. (= “A stone hit him on his head.”)
     10. art. When stressed, indicates that it describes an object which is considered to be best or exclusively worthy of attention.
           That is the hospital to go to for heart surgery.
     11. adv. 1=With a comparative or and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.
           The hotter the better.
           The more I think about it, the weaker it looks.
           The more money donated, the more books purchased, and the more happy children.
           It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
     12. adv. 1=With a comparative, and often with.
           It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it.
           It was a difficult time, and I’m none the wiser for it.
           I'm much the wiser for having had a difficult time like that.
was the answer
she unlocked the door
act
     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. (ergative) 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
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 (m, en, 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-matter); concerning, with regard to.
           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 intersects with the subjective genitive, above under "
           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 modified by certain common adverbs of degree.)
           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. (_) 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.
     49. v. (usually in modal perfect constructions) (eye dialect of have) or ’ve, chiefly in depictions of colloquial speech.
like the body of a dog
she had got of work begun
fluttering
     1. n. Rapid back-and-forth waving or oscillation.
     2. v. present participle of flutter
     flutter
          1. v. (intransitive) To flap or wave quickly but irregularly.
                flags fluttering in the wind
          2. v. (intransitive, of a winged animal) To flap the wings without flying; to fly with a light flapping of the wings.
          3. v. To cause something to flap.
                A bird flutters its wings.
          4. v. To drive into disorder; to throw into confusion.
          5. v. (intransitive) To be in a state of agitation or uncertainty.
          6. v. (intransitive, obsolete) To be frivolous.
          7. n. The act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion.
                the flutter of a fan
          8. n. A state of agitation.
          9. n. An abnormal rapid pulsation of the heart.
          10. n. (British) A small bet or risky investment.
          11. n. (audio, electronics) The rapid variation of signal parameters, such as amplitude, phase, and frequency.
quick
     1. adj. Moving with speed, rapidity or swiftness, or capable of doing so; rapid; fast.
           I ran to the station – but I wasn't quick enough.
           He's a quick runner.
     2. adj. Occurring in a short time; happening or done rapidly.
           That was a quick meal.
     3. adj. Lively, fast-thinking, witty, intelligent.
           You have to be very quick to be able to compete in ad-lib theatrics.
     4. adj. Mentally agile, alert, perceptive.
           My father is old but he still has a quick wit.
     5. adj. Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.
     6. adj. (archaic) Alive, living.
     7. adj. (archaic) Pregnant, especially at the stage where the foetus's movements can be felt; figuratively, alive with some emotion or feeling.
     8. adj. Of water: flowing.
     9. adj. Burning, flammable, fiery.
     10. adj. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
     11. adj. (mining, of a vein of ore) productive; not "dead" or barren
     12. adv. quickly
     13. adv. (colloquial) with speed
           Get rich quick.
           Come here, quick!
     14. n. raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nails.
     15. n. plants used in making a quickset hedge
     16. n. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible to serious injury or keen feeling.
     17. n. quitchgrass
     18. n. (cricket) A fast bowler.
     19. v. To amalgamate surfaces prior to gilding or silvering by dipping them into a solution of mercury in nitric acid.
     20. v. (transitive, archaic, poetic) To quicken.
he was quick to ask
those towels get dirty awful quick
and
     1. conj. As a coordinating conjunction; expressing two elements to be taken together or in addition to each other.
     2. conj. Used simply to connect two noun phrases, adjectives or adverbs.
     3. conj. Simply connecting two clauses or sentences.
     4. conj. Introducing a clause or sentence which follows on in time or consequence from the first.
     5. conj. (obsolete) Yet; but.
     6. conj. Used to connect certain numbers: connecting units when they precede tens (not dated); connecting tens and units to hundreds, thousands etc. (now often omitted in US); to connect fractions to wholes.
     7. conj. (now, colloquial or literary) Used to connect more than two elements together in a chain, sometimes to stress the number of elements.
     8. conj. Connecting two identical elements, with implications of continued or infinite repetition.
     9. conj. Introducing a parenthetical or explanatory clause.
     10. conj. Introducing the continuation of narration from a previous understood point; also used alone as a question: ‘and so what?’.
     11. conj. (now, regional or somewhat colloquial) Used to connect two verbs where the second is dependent on the first: ‘to’. Used especially after (m, en, come), m, en, go and m, en, try.
     12. conj. Introducing a qualitative difference between things having the same name; "as well as other".
     13. conj. Used to combine numbers in addition; plus (with singular or plural verb).
     14. conj. (heading) Expressing a condition.
     15. conj. (now, US dialect) If; provided that.
     16. conj. (obsolete) As if, as though.
     17. n. (lb, enm, music, often informal) In rhythm, the second half of a divided beat.
     18. n. (_) Breath.
     19. n. (_) Sea smoke; steam fog.
     20. v. (_) To breathe; whisper; devise; imagine.
and so I said
and right there
irregular
     1. adj. Nonstandard; not conforming to rules or expectations.
     2. adj. Of a surface, rough.
     3. adj. Without symmetry, regularity, or uniformity.
     4. adj. (geometry, of a polygon) Not regular; having sides that are not equal or angles that are not equal.
     5. adj. (geometry, of a polyhedron) Whose faces are not all regular polygons (or are not equally inclined to each other).
     6. n. A soldier who is not a member of an official military force and, often, does not follow regular army tactics.
     7. n. One who does not regularly attend a venue.
motion
     1. n. A state of progression from one place to another.
     2. n. A change of position with respect to time.
     3. n. (physics) A change from one place to another.
     4. n. A parliamentary action to propose something.
           The motion to amend is now open for discussion.
     5. n. (obsolete) An entertainment or show, especially a puppet show.
     6. n. (philosophy) from κίνησις (kinesis); any change. Traditionally of four types: generation and corruption, alteration, augmentation and diminution, and change of place.
     7. n. Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
     8. n. (law) A formal request, oral or written, made to a judge or court of law to obtain an official court ruling or order for a legal action to be taken by, or on behalf of, the movant.
     9. n. (euphemistic) A movement of the bowels; the product of such movement.
     10. n. (music) Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts. (Conjunct motion is that by single degrees of the scale. Contrary motion is when parts move in opposite di
     11. n. (obsolete) A puppet, or puppet show.
     12. v. To gesture indicating a desired movement.
           He motioned for me to come closer.
     13. v. (proscribed) To introduce a motion in parliamentary procedure.
     14. v. To make a proposal; to offer plans.
with a motion of his hand
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