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n : the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it [syn: grip, handgrip, hold] v 1: be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old" [syn: manage, deal, care] 2: interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently" [syn: treat, do by] 3: deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China" [syn: cover, treat, plow, deal, address] 4: touch, lift, or hold with the hands [syn: palm] 5: handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe" [syn: wield] 6: hold and move repeatedly

n 1: a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates" 2: the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street" 3: a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point" 4: a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?" [syn: degree, level, stage] 5: an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information" [syn: detail, item] 6: a very short period of time; "at that point I had to leave" [syn: point in time] 7: the object of an activity; "what is the point of discussing it?" 8: a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points" [syn: tip, peak] 9: a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots" [syn: dot] 10: the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points" 11: a promontory extending out into a large body of water; "they sailed south around the point" 12: a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; "he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first" [syn: item] 13: a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect 14: an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie" [syn: spot] 15: sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil" 16: any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass" [syn: compass point] 17: a linear unit used to measure the size of type;

approximately 1/72 inch 18: a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; "in England they call a period a stop" [syn: period, full stop, stop, full point] 19: a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north" [syn: head] 20: the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point [syn: pointedness] [ant: unpointedness] 21: a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points" 22: the gun muzzle's direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun" [syn: gunpoint] 23: (British) a wall socket [syn: power point] 24: a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs [syn: distributor point, breaker point] v 1: indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents" [syn: indicate, show] 2: be oriented; "The weather vane points North" [syn: orient] 3: direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me" [syn: charge, level] 4: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling [syn: steer, maneuver, manoeuvre, direct, head, guide] 5: be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued" [syn: bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal] 6: sail close to the wind [syn: luff] 7: mark Hebrew words with diacritics 8: mark with diacritics, as of letter 9: mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes 10: be positionable in a specified manner; "The gun points with ease" 11: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself" [syn: target, aim, place, direct] 12: give a point to; "The candles are tapered" [syn: sharpen, taper] 13: repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney" [syn: repoint



n 1: the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes) [syn: inspection, scrutiny] 2: a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; "when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions" [syn: exam, test] 3: formal systematic questioning [syn: interrogation] 4: examination of conscience (as done daily by Jesuits) [syn: examen] 5: the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned [syn: testing] n 1: (law) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the


family brought suit against the landlord" [syn: lawsuit, suit, cause, causa] 2: an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths" [syn: instance, example] 3: a special set of circumstances; "in that event, the first possibility is excluded"; "it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled" [syn: event] 4: a problem requiring investigation; "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir" 5: the actual state of things; "that was not the case" 6: a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument; "he stated his case clearly" 7: a portable container for carrying several objects; "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage" 8: a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation; "the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly"; "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities" [syn: subject, guinea pig] 9: a person requiring professional services; "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor" 10: the quantity contained in a case [syn: caseful] 11: a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home [syn: display case, showcase] 12: a specific state of mind that is temporary; "a case of the jitters" 13: nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence [syn: grammatical case] 14: the housing or outer covering of something; "the clock has a walnut case" [syn: shell, casing] 15: a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case" [syn: character, eccentric, type] 16: an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part [syn: sheath] 17: the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; "the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced" [syn: casing] 18: bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; "the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase" [syn: pillowcase, slip, pillow slip] v 1: look over, usually with the intention to rob; "They men cased the housed" 2: enclose in, or as if in, a case "my feet were encased in mud." [syn: encase] adj 1: supported and operated by the government of a state; "a state university" [syn: state-supported] 2: in the service of the community or nation; "state security" n 1: the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state; "the state has lowered its income tax" 2: the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south" [syn: province] 3: a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an


industrialized land" [syn: nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic] 4: the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state" 5: the federal department that sets and maintains foreign policies; "the Department of State was created in 1789" [syn: Department of State, State Department, State] 6: the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries" [syn: country, land] 7: (informal) a state of depression or agitation; "he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him" 8: (chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container); "the solid state of water is called ice" [syn: state of matter] v 1: express an idea, etc. in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion" [syn: say, tell] 2: put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty" [syn: submit, put forward] 3: indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express this distance in kilometers?" [syn: express] n 1: that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; "his mind wandered"; "I couldn't get his words out of my head" [syn: head, brain, psyche, nous] 2: recall or remembrance; "it came to mind" 3: an opinion formed by judging something; "he was reluctant to make his judgment known"; "she changed her mind" [syn: judgment, judgement] 4: an intellectual being; "the great minds of the 17th century" [syn: thinker, creative thinker] 5: attention; "don't pay him any mind" 6: your intention; what you intend to do; "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces" [syn: idea] 7: knowledge and intellectual ability; "he reads to improve his mind"; "he has a keen intellect" [syn: intellect] v 1: be offended or bothered by; take offense with, be bothered by: "I don't mind your behavior" 2: be concerned with or about something or somebody [syn: worry] 3: be in charge of or deal with; "She takes care of all the necessary arrangements" [syn: take care] 4: pay close attention to; give heed to; "Heed the advice of the old men" [syn: heed, listen] 5: be on one's guard; be cautious or wary about; be alert to; "Beware of telephone salesmen" [syn: beware] 6: keep in mind [syn: bear in mind] [ant: fo n 1: a general conscious awareness; "a sense of security"; "a sense of happiness"; "a sense of danger"; "a sense of self" 2: the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted; "the dictionary gave several senses for the word"; "in the best sense charity is really a duty"; "the signifier is linked to the signified" [syn: signified] 3: the faculty through which the external world is apprehended



[syn: sensation, sentience, sentiency, sensory faculty] 4: sound practical judgment; "I can't see the sense in doing it now"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately shw had the sense to run away" [syn: common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit] 5: a natural appreciation or ability; "a keen musical sense"; "a good sense of timing" v : perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles; "He felt the wind"; "She felt an object brushing her arm"; "He felt his flesh crawl"; "She felt the heat when she got out of the car" [syn: feel] n 1: a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases [syn: poke, paper bag, carrier bag] 2: an enclosed space [syn: pouch, sac, pocket] 3: the quantity contained in a sack [syn: sackful] 4: any of various light dry strong white wine from Spain and Canary Islands (including sherry) 5: a woman's full loose hiplength jacket [syn: sacque] 6: a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swing easily [syn: hammock] 7: a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist [syn: chemise, shift] 8: the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) [syn: dismissal, dismission, discharge, firing, liberation, release, sacking] v 1: plunder after capture, as of a town [syn: plunder] 2: terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today" [syn: fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, force out, terminate] [ant: hire] 3: make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million" [syn: net, sack up, clear] 4: put in a sack; "The grocer sacked the onions"


\Sack\ (s[scr]k), n. [OE. seck, F. sec dry (cf. Sp. seco, It. secco), from L. siccus dry, harsh; perhaps akin to Gr. 'ischno`s, Skr. sikata sand, Ir. sesc dry, W. hysp. Cf. Desiccate.] A name formerly given to various dry Spanish wines. ``Sherris sack.'' --Shak.

Sack posset, a posset made of sack, and some other ingredients. Sack \Sack\, n. [OE. sak, sek, AS. sacc, s[ae]cc, L. saccus, Gr. sa`kkos from Heb. sak; cf. F. sac, from the Latin. Cf. Sac, Satchel, Sack to plunder.] 1. A bag for holding and carrying goods of any kind; a receptacle made of some kind of pliable material, as cloth, leather, and the like; a large pouch. 2. A measure of varying capacity, according to local usage and the substance. The American sack of salt is 215 pounds; the sack of wheat, two bushels. --McElrath. 3. [Perhaps a different word.] Originally, a loosely hanging garment for women, worn like a cloak about the shoulders, and serving as a decorative appendage to the gown; now, an outer garment with sleeves, worn by women; as, a dressing sack. [Written also sacque.] 4. A sack coat; a kind of coat worn by men, and extending

from top to bottom without a cross seam. 5. (Biol.) See 2d Sac, 2. Sack \Sack\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sacked; p. pr. & vb. n. Sacking.] [See Sack pillage.] To plunder or pillage, as a town or city; to devastate; to ravage. The Romans lay under the apprehensions of seeing their city sacked by a barbarous enemy. --Addison. Sack \Sack\, v. t. 1. To put in a sack; to bag; as, to sack corn. Bolsters sacked in cloth, blue and crimson. --L. Wallace. 2. To bear or carry in a sack upon the back or the shoulders. [Colloq.] Sack \Sack\, n. [F. sac plunder, pillage, originally, a pack, packet, booty packed up, fr. L. saccus. See Sack a bag.] The pillage or plunder, as of a town or city; the storm and plunder of a town; devastation; ravage. The town was stormed, and delivered up to sack, -- by which phrase is to be understood the perpetration of all those outrages which the ruthless code of war allowed, in that age, on the persons and property of the defenseless inhabitants, without regard to sex or age. --Prescott.


n 1: an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another: "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse" [syn: alteration, modification] 2: a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event: "he attributed the change to their marriage" 3: the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election" 4: the result of alteration or modification; "there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs"; "there had been no change in the mountains" 5: the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due; "I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change" 6: a thing that is different; "he inspected several changes before selecting one" 7: a different or fresh set of clothes; "she brought a change in her overnight bag" 8: coins of small denomination regarded collectively; "he had a pocketful of change" 9: money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency; "he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver" 10: a difference that is usually pleasant; "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic" [syn: variety] v 1: undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night" [ant: stay] 2: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth


pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue" [syn: alter] 3: make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season" [syn: alter, vary] 4: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes" [syn: switch, shift] 5: change clothes; put on different clothes; "Change before you go to the opera" 6: exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?" "He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches"; "convert holdings into shares" [syn: exchange, commute, convert] 7: give to, and receive from, one another; "Would you change places with me?" "We have been exchanging letters for a year" [syn: exchange, interchange] 8: change from one vehicle or transportation line to another; "She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast" [syn: transfer] 9: become deeper in tone; "His voice began to change when he was 12 years old"; "Her voice deepened when she whispered the password" [syn: deepen] 10: remove or replace the coverings of; "Father had to learn how to change the baby"; "After each guest we changed the bed linens" adj 1: having a circular shape [syn: circular] [ant: square] 2: (of sounds) full and rich; "orotund tones"; "the rotund and reverberating phrase"; "pear-shaped vowels" [syn: orotund, rotund, pear-shaped] 3: (of numbers) to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand; "in round numbers" n 1: a charge of ammunition for a single shot [syn: unit of ammunition, one shot] 2: an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; "the neverending cycle of the seasons" [syn: cycle, rhythm] 3: a regular route for a sentry or policeman; "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name" [syn: beat] 4: (often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order); "the doctor goes on his rounds first thing every morning"; "the postman's rounds"; "we enjoyed our round of the local bars" 5: the activity of playing 18 holes of golf; "a round of golf takes about 4 hours" [syn: round of golf] 6: the usual activities in your day; "the doctor made his rounds" [syn: daily round] 7: (in sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive [syn: turn, bout] 8: the course along which communications spread; "the story is going the rounds in Washington" 9: a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic); "he ordered a second round" [syn: round of drinks] 10: a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg 11: a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time; "they enjoyed singing rounds"

12: an outburst of applause; "there was a round of applause" 13: a crosspiece between the legs of a chair [syn: rung, stave] 14: any circular or rotating mechanism; "the machine punched out metal circles" [syn: circle] adv : from beginning to end; throughout; "It rains all year round on Skye"; "frigid weather the year around" [syn: around] v 1: wind around; move along a circular course 2: make round [syn: round out, round off] 3: be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village" [syn: surround, environ, encircle, circle, ring] 4: pronounce with rounded lips [syn: labialize] 5: attack verbally, in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker" [syn: attack, assail, lash out, snipe, assault] 6: bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; "polish your social manners" [syn: polish, round off, polish up, brush up] 7: express as a round number; "round off the amount" [syn: round off, round down, round out] 8: become round, plump, or shapely [syn: fill out]