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the
     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 ormore 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 withfor it, indicates a result more like said comparative. This can be negated withnone.
           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.
on the other hand
and drawn the threads
purveyors
     1. n. plural of purveyor
     purveyor
          1. n. Someone who supplies what is needed, especially food.
                Anthropologists are the purveyors of dangerous ideas.
          2. n. (historical, UK) An officer who provided provisions for the king's household.
          3. n. (obsolete) A procurer; a pimp.
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.
'wish I'd thought of that sooner!
above them the footsteps of the men
Ecstasy
     1. n. (slang) alternative case form of ecstasy drug
     2. n. Intense pleasure.
     3. n. A state of emotion so intense that a person is carried beyond rational thought and self-control.
     4. n. A trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.
     5. n. (obsolete) Violent emotion or distraction of mind; excessive grief from anxiety; insanity; madness.
     6. n. (slang) The drug MDMA, a synthetic entactogen of the methylenedioxyphenethylamine family, especially in a tablet form.
     7. n. (medicine, dated) A state in which sensibility, voluntary motion, and (largely) mental power are suspended; the body is erect and inflexible; but the pulse and breathing are not affected.
     8. v. (intransitive) To experience intense pleasure.
     9. v. To cause intense pleasure in.
are
     1. v. second-person singular present of be
           Mary, where are you going?
     2. v. first-person plural present of be
           We are not coming.
     3. v. second-person plural present of be
           Mary and John, are you listening?
     4. v. third-person plural present of be
           They are here somewhere.
     5. v. (East Yorkshire, Midlands) present of be
     6. n. (dialectal, or obsolete) grace, mercy
           To bid God's are.
           God's are is what children of God seech and seek.
     7. n. (obsolete) honour, dignity
     8. n. (rare) an accepted (but deprecated and rarely used) SI unit of area equal to 100 square metres, or a former unit of approximately the same extent. Symbol: a
here they are
that we are only human
     be
          1. v. (intransitive, now literary) To exist; to have real existence.
          2. v. (with there, or dialectally it, as dummy subject) To exist.
                There is just one woman in town who can help us. (or, dialectally:) It is just one woman in town who can help us.
          3. v. (intransitive) To occupy a place.
                The cup is on the table.
          4. v. (intransitive) To occur, to take place.
                When will the meeting be?
          5. v. (intransitive, in perfect tenses, without predicate) Elliptical form of "be here", "go to and return from" or similar.
                The postman has been today, but my tickets have still not yet come.
                I have been to Spain many times.
                Moscow, huh? I've never been, but it sounds fascinating.
          6. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject and object are the same.
                Knowledge is bliss.
                Hi, I’m Jim.
          7. v. (transitive, copulative, mathematics) Used to indicate that the values on either side of an equation are the same.
                3 times 5 is fifteen.
          8. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject plays the role of the predicate nominal.
                François Mitterrand was president of France from 1981 to 1995.
          9. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to connect a noun to an adjective that describes it.
                The sky is blue.
          10. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject has the qualities described by a noun or noun phrase.
                The sky is a deep blue today.
          11. v. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the passive voice.
                The dog was drowned by the boy.
          12. v. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the continuous forms of various tenses.
                The woman is walking.
                I shall be writing to you soon.
                We liked to chat while we were eating.
          13. v. (archaic, auxiliary) Used to form the perfect aspect with certain intransitive verbs, most of which indicate motion. Often still used for "to go".
          14. v. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form future tenses, especially the future periphrastic.
                I am to leave tomorrow.
                I would drive you, were I to obtain a car.
          15. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to link a subject to a measurement.
                This building is three hundred years old.
                I am 75 kilograms.
                He’s about 6 feet tall.
          16. v. (transitive, copulative, with a cardinal numeral) Used to state the age of a subject in years.
                I’m 20. (= I am 20 years old.)
          17. v. (with a dummy subject) it Used to indicate the time of day.
                It is almost eight. (= It is almost eight o’clock.)
                It’s 8:30 read eight-thirty in Tokyo.
                What time is it there? It’s night.
          18. v. (With since) Used to indicate passage of time since the occurrence of an event.
                It has been three years since my grandmother died. (similar to My grandmother died three years ago, but emphasizes the intervening period)
                It had been six days since his departure, when I received a letter from him.
          19. v. (often, impersonal, with it as a dummy subject) Used to indicate weather, air quality, or the like.
                It is hot in Arizona, but it is not usually humid.
                Why is it so dark in here?
          20. v. (dynamic/lexical "be", especially in progressive tenses, conjugated non-suppletively in the present tense, see usage notes) To exist or behave in a certain way.
                "What do we do?" "We be ourselves.".
                Why is he being nice to me?
No
     1. adv. (archaic) Alternative form of No.
     2. n. Alternative form of No.
     3. n. Alternative form of Noh: a form of classical Japanese drama.
     4. det. Not any.
           no one
           There is no water left.
           No hot dogs were sold yesterday.
           No customer personal data will be retained unless it is rendered anonymous.
           There was no score at the end of the first period. (The score was 0-0.)
     5. det. Hardly any.
           We'll be finished in no time at all.
     6. det. Not any possibility or allowance of (doing something).
           No smoking
           There's no stopping her once she gets going.
     7. det. Not (a); not properly, not really; not fully.
           My mother's no fool.
           Working nine to five every day is no life.
     8. adv. (now only used with comparatives, except in Scotland) Not, not at all.
           It is a different kind of torture, but no less gruesome.
           I just want to find out whether she's coming or no.
     9. part. Used to show disagreement or negation.
           No, you are mistaken.
           No, you may not watch television now.
     10. part. Used to show agreement with a negative question.
           "Don’t you like milk?" "No" (i.e., "No, I don’t like milk.")
     11. part. (colloquial) As if to say, "No, don’t doubt this!", or to deny an imagined contradictory statement, used to show intense agreement
           No, totally.
           No, yeah, that's exactly right.
           "Wow!" "Yeah, no, it was really awful!".
           No, yeah
     12. n. A negating expression; an answer that shows disagreement or disapproval.
     13. n. A vote not in favor, or opposing a proposition.
           The workers voted on whether to strike, and there were thirty "yeses" and one "no".
     14. adv. (archaic) Alternative form of No.
     15. n. Alternative form of No.
longer
     1. adj. comparative form of long: more long
     2. adv. comparative form of long: more long
     3. n. One who longs or yearns for something.
uneducated
     1. adj. not educated
but
     1. prep. (obsolete, outside, Scotland) Outside of.
           Away but the hoose and tell me whae's there.
     2. prep. Apart from, except (for), excluding.
           Everyone but Father left early.
           I like everything but that.
           Nobody answered the door when I knocked, so I had no choice but to leave.
     3. adv. Merely, only, just.
     4. adv. (Australian, conjunctive) Though, however.
           I'll have to go home early but.
     5. adv. Used as an intensifier.
           Nobody, but nobody, crosses me and gets away with it.
     6. conj. (following a negative clause or sentence) On the contrary, but rather (introducing a word or clause that contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence without the negation).
           I am not rich but (I am) poor;  not John but Peter went there.
     7. conj. However, although, nevertheless, on the other hand (implies that the following clause is contrary to prior belief or contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence).
           She is very old but still attractive.
           You told me I could do that, but she said that I could not.
     8. conj. Except that (introducing a subordinate clause which qualifies a negative statement); also, with omission of the subject of the subordinate clause, acting as a negative relative, "except one that", "ex
           I cannot but feel offended.
     9. conj. (archaic) Without its also being the case that; unless that (introducing a necessary concomitant).
           It never rains but it pours.
     10. conj. (obsolete) Except with; unless with; without.
     11. conj. (obsolete) Only; solely; merely.
     12. conj. (obsolete) Until.
     13. n. An instance or example of using the word "but".
           It has to be done – no ifs or buts.
     14. n. (Scotland) The outer room of a small two-room cottage.
     15. n. A limit; a boundary.
     16. n. The end; especially the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end; the butt.
     17. v. (archaic) Use the word "but".
           But me no buts.
but
but nothing more
well
     1. adv. (manner) Accurately, competently, satisfactorily.
           He does his job well.
     2. adv. (manner) Completely, fully.
           a well done steak
           We’re well beat now.
     3. adv. (degree) To a significant degree.
           That author is well known.
     4. adv. (degree, British, slang) Very (as a general-purpose intensifier).
     5. adv. In a desirable manner; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favourably; advantageously.
     6. adj. In good health.
           I had been sick, but now I'm well.
     7. adj. (hypercorrect) Good, content.
           “How are you?” — “I'm well, thank you!”
     8. adj. (archaic) Prudent; good; well-advised.
     9. interj. Used to acknowledge a statement or situation.
           “The car is broken.” “Well, we could walk to the movies instead.”
           “I didn't like the music.” “Well, I thought it was good.”
           “I forgot to pack the tent! Well, I guess we're sleeping under the stars tonight.”
     10. interj. An exclamation of surprise, often doubled or tripled.
           Well, well, well, what do we have here?
     11. interj. An exclamation of indignance.
           Well! There was no need to say that in front of my mother!
     12. interj. Used in speech to express the overcoming of reluctance to say something.
           It was a bit... well... too loud.
     13. interj. Used in speech to fill gaps; filled pause.
           “So what have you been doing?” “Well, we went for a picnic, and then it started raining so we came home early.”
     14. interj. (Hiberno-English) Used as a greeting
           Well lads. How's things?
     15. n. A hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids.
     16. n. A place where a liquid such as water surfaces naturally; a spring.
     17. n. A small depression suitable for holding liquid or other objects.
           Make a well in the dough mixture and pour in the milk.
     18. n. (figurative) A source of supply.
     19. n. (nautical) A vertical, cylindrical trunk in a ship, reaching down to the lowest part of the hull, through which the bilge pumps operate.
     20. n. (nautical) The cockpit of a sailboat.
     21. n. (nautical) A compartment in the middle of the hold of a fishing vessel, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the bottom to let in water to keep fish alive while they are transported
     22. n. (nautical) A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of the water.
     23. n. (military) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.
     24. n. (architecture) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.
     25. n. The open space between the bench and the counsel tables in a courtroom.
     26. n. (metalworking) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.
     27. n. A well drink.
           They're having a special tonight: $1 wells.
     28. n. (video games) The playfield of Tetris and similar video games, into which the blocks fall.
     29. n. (biology) In a microtiter plate, each of the small equal circular or square sections which serve as test tubes.
     30. v. (intransitive) To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.
     31. v. (intransitive) To have something seep out of the surface.
           Her eyes welled with tears.
well
oh, well
well
     1. adv. (manner) Accurately, competently, satisfactorily.
           He does his job well.
     2. adv. (manner) Completely, fully.
           a well done steak
           We’re well beat now.
     3. adv. (degree) To a significant degree.
           That author is well known.
     4. adv. (degree, British, slang) Very (as a general-purpose intensifier).
     5. adv. In a desirable manner; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favourably; advantageously.
     6. adj. In good health.
           I had been sick, but now I'm well.
     7. adj. (hypercorrect) Good, content.
           “How are you?” — “I'm well, thank you!”
     8. adj. (archaic) Prudent; good; well-advised.
     9. interj. Used to acknowledge a statement or situation.
           “The car is broken.” “Well, we could walk to the movies instead.”
           “I didn't like the music.” “Well, I thought it was good.”
           “I forgot to pack the tent! Well, I guess we're sleeping under the stars tonight.”
     10. interj. An exclamation of surprise, often doubled or tripled.
           Well, well, well, what do we have here?
     11. interj. An exclamation of indignance.
           Well! There was no need to say that in front of my mother!
     12. interj. Used in speech to express the overcoming of reluctance to say something.
           It was a bit... well... too loud.
     13. interj. Used in speech to fill gaps; filled pause.
           “So what have you been doing?” “Well, we went for a picnic, and then it started raining so we came home early.”
     14. interj. (Hiberno-English) Used as a greeting
           Well lads. How's things?
     15. n. A hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids.
     16. n. A place where a liquid such as water surfaces naturally; a spring.
     17. n. A small depression suitable for holding liquid or other objects.
           Make a well in the dough mixture and pour in the milk.
     18. n. (figurative) A source of supply.
     19. n. (nautical) A vertical, cylindrical trunk in a ship, reaching down to the lowest part of the hull, through which the bilge pumps operate.
     20. n. (nautical) The cockpit of a sailboat.
     21. n. (nautical) A compartment in the middle of the hold of a fishing vessel, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the bottom to let in water to keep fish alive while they are transported
     22. n. (nautical) A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of the water.
     23. n. (military) A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.
     24. n. (architecture) An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.
     25. n. The open space between the bench and the counsel tables in a courtroom.
     26. n. (metalworking) The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.
     27. n. A well drink.
           They're having a special tonight: $1 wells.
     28. n. (video games) The playfield of Tetris and similar video games, into which the blocks fall.
     29. n. (biology) In a microtiter plate, each of the small equal circular or square sections which serve as test tubes.
     30. v. (intransitive) To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.
     31. v. (intransitive) To have something seep out of the surface.
           Her eyes welled with tears.
well
oh, well
meaning
     1. n. (of words or symbols) The entity, perception, feeling or concept thereby represented or evoked.
     2. n. The value, purpose, importance, point or significance (of something).
           the meaning of life
     3. n. (semantics) The object or concept that a word or phrase denotes, or that which a sentence says.
     4. n. (obsolete) Intention.
     5. v. present participle of mean
     6. adj. Having a (specified) intention.
     7. adj. Expressing some intention or significance; meaningful.
     mean
          1. v. To intend.
          2. v.          To intend, to plan (to do); to have as one's intention.
                        I didn't mean to knock your tooth out.
                        I mean to go to Baddeck this summer.
                        I meant to take the car in for a smog check, but it slipped my mind.
          3. v.          (intransitive) To have intentions of a given kind.
                        Don't be angry; she meant well.
          4. v.          (transitive, usually in passive) To intend (something) for a given purpose or fate; to predestine.
                        Actually this desk was meant for the subeditor.
                        Man was not meant to question such things.
          5. v. To convey meaning.
          6. v.          To convey (a given sense); to signify, or indicate (an object or idea).
                        The sky is red this morning—does that mean we're in for a storm?
          7. v.          Of a word, symbol etc: to have reference to, to signify.
                        What does this hieroglyph mean?
          8. v.          Of a person (or animal etc): to intend to express, to imply, to hint at, to allude.
                        I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean.
                        He is a little different, if you know what I mean.
          9. v. To have conviction in (something said or expressed); to be sincere in (what one says).
                Does she really mean what she said to him last night?
                Say what you mean and mean what you say.
          10. v. To result in; to bring about.
                One faltering step means certain death.
          11. v. To be important (to).
                My home life means a lot to me.
          12. v. (Ireland, UK regional) To lament.
          13. adj. (obsolete) Common; general.
          14. adj. Of a common or low origin, grade, or quality; common; humble.
                a man of mean parentage / a mean abode
          15. adj. Low in quality or degree; inferior; poor; shabby.
                a mean appearance / mean dress
          16. adj. Without dignity of mind; destitute of honour; low-minded; spiritless; base.
                a mean motive
          17. adj. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
          18. adj. (chiefly UK) Ungenerous; stingy; tight-fisted.
                He's so mean. I've never seen him spend so much as five pounds on presents for his children.
          19. adj. Disobliging; pettily offensive or unaccommodating; small.
          20. adj. Selfish; acting without consideration of others; unkind.
                It was mean to steal the girl's piggy bank, but he just had to get uptown and he had no cash of his own.
          21. adj. Causing or intending to cause intentional harm; bearing ill will towards another; cruel; malicious.
                Watch out for her, she's mean. I said good morning to her, and she punched me in the nose.
          22. adj. Powerful; fierce; harsh; damaging.
                It must have been a mean typhoon that levelled this town.
          23. adj. Accomplished with great skill; deft; hard to compete with.
                Your mother can roll a mean cigarette.
                He hits a mean backhand.
          24. adj. (informal, often, childish) Difficult, tricky.
                This problem is mean!
          25. adj. Having the mean (see noun below) as its value.
          26. adj. (obsolete) Middling; intermediate; moderately good, tolerable.
          27. n. (now chiefly in the plural) A method or course of action used to achieve some result.
          28. n. (obsolete, in the singular) An intermediate step or intermediate steps.
          29. n. Something which is intermediate or in the middle; an intermediate value or range of values; a medium.
          30. n. (music, now historical) The middle part of three-part polyphonic music; now specifically, the alto part in polyphonic music; an alto instrument.
          31. n. (statistics) The average of a set of values, calculated by summing them together and dividing by the number of terms; the arithmetic mean.
          32. n. (mathematics) Any function of multiple variables that satisfies certain properties and yields a number representative of its arguments; or, the number so yielded; a measure of central tendency.
          33. n. (mathematics) Either of the two numbers in the middle of a conventionally presented proportion, as 2 and 3 in 1:2=3:6.
priests
     1. n. plural of priest
     2. v. third-person singular present indicative of priest
     priest
          1. n. a religious clergyman (clergywoman, clergyperson) who is trained to perform services or sacrifices at a church or temple
                The priest at the Catholic church heard his confession.
                The Shinto priest burnt incense for his ancestors.
                The Israelite priests were descended from Moses' brother Aaron.
          2. n. a blunt tool, used for quickly stunning and killing fish
          3. n. (Mormonism) the highest office in the Aaronic priesthood
          4. v. To ordain as a priest.
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