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(n) a group of many insects; "a swarm of insects obscured the light"; "a cloud of butterflies"

(n) a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude

(n) any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible

(n) out of touch with reality; "his head was in the clouds"

(n) suspicion affecting your reputation; "after that mistake he was under a cloud"

(n) a cause of worry or gloom or trouble; "the only cloud on the horizon was the possibility of dissent by the French"

(v) make milky or dull; "The chemical clouded the liquid to which it was added"

(v) colour with streaks or blotches of different shades

(v) place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"

(v) make gloomy or depressed; "Their faces were clouded with sadness"

(v) billow up in the form of a cloud; "The smoke clouded above the houses"

(v) make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the clouds"

(v) make overcast or cloudy; "Fall weather often overcasts our beaches"

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(n) a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead

(v) clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"

(v) remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits; "Clean the turkey"

(v) remove shells or husks from; "clean grain before milling it"

(v) remove unwanted substances from

(v) remove while making clean; "Clean the spots off the rug"

(v) make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"

(v) clean and tidy up the house; "She housecleans every week"

(v) remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely; "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"

(v) deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; "The other players cleaned him completely"

(v) be cleanable; "This stove cleans easily"

(s) free of drugs; "after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years"

(s) free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed; "he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw"; "the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife"

(s) not carrying concealed weapons

(s) (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense; "a clean voting recor"; "a clean driver's license"

(a) free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals"

(a) (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers; "good clean fun"; "a clean joke"

(a) not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean"

(a) ritually clean or pure

(s) thorough and without qualification; "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"

(s) marked by or calling for sportsmanship or fair play; "a clean fight"; "a sporting solution of the disagreement"; "sportsmanlike conduct"

(s) of a surface; not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"

(s) (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"

(s) morally pure; "led a clean life"

(s) without difficulties or problems; "a clean test flight"

(s) free from impurities; "clean water"; "fresh air"

(s) (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell"

(s) free of restrictions or qualifications; "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner"

(s) free from sepsis or infection; "a clean (or uninfected) wound"

(r) completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"

(r) in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; "they played fairly"

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(n) a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water; "finally broke out of the forest into the open"

(n) the state of being free of suspicion; "investigation showed that he was in the clear"

(v) free (the throat) by making a rasping sound; "Clear the throat"

(v) rid of obstructions; "Clear your desk"

(v) remove; "clear the leaves from the lawn"; "Clear snow from the road"

(v) make a way or path by removing objects; "Clear a path through the dense forest"

(v) remove the occupants of; "Clear the building"

(v) remove (people) from a building; "clear the patrons from the theater after the bomb threat"

(v) rid of instructions or data; "clear a memory buffer"

(v) make clear, bright, light, or translucent; "The water had to be cleared through filtering"

(v) make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; "Could you clarify these remarks?"; "Clear up the question of who is at fault"

(v) settle, as of a debt; "clear a debt"; "solve an old debt"

(v) grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"

(v) pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"

(v) pass an inspection or receive authorization; "clear customs"

(v) pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon cleared the tree tops"

(v) go away or disappear; "The fog cleared in the afternoon"

(v) sell; "We cleared a lot of the old model cars"

(v) be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts; "The check will clear within 2 business days"

(v) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"

(v) make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million"

(v) yield as a net profit; "This sale netted me $1 million"

(v) clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.; "clear the water before it can be drunk"

(v) free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment; "Clear the ship and let it dock"

(v) go unchallenged; be approved; "The bill cleared the House"

(v) become clear; "The sky cleared after the storm"

(s) of complexion; without such blemishes as e.g. acne; "the clear complexion of a healthy young woman"

(a) clear to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature"

(a) free from cloudiness; allowing light to pass through; "clear water"; "clear plastic bags"; "clear glass"; "the air is clear and clean"

(s) free from confusion or doubt; "a complex problem requiring a clear head"; "not clear about what is expected of us"

(a) free from clouds or mist or haze; "on a clear day"

(a) accurately stated or described; "a set of well-defined values"

(s) characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving; "clear mind"; "a percipient author"

(s) clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible; "as clear as a whistle"; "clear footprints in the snow"; "the letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather"; "a spire clean-cut against the sky"; "a clear-cut pattern"

(s) (especially of a title) free from any encumberance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law; "I have clear title to this property"

(s) freed from any question of guilt; "is absolved from all blame"; "was now clear of the charge of cowardice"; "his official honor is vindicated"

(s) easily deciphered

(s) clear of charges or deductions; "a clear profit"

(s) affording free passage or view; "a clear view"; "a clear path to victory"

(s) free from flaw or blemish or impurity; "a clear perfect diamond"

(s) (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell"

(s) free of restrictions or qualifications; "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner"

(s) characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt); "a clear conscience"; "regarded her questioner with clear untroubled eyes"

(r) in an easily perceptible manner; "could be seen clearly under the microscope"; "She cried loud and clear"

(r) completely; "read the book clear to the end"; "slept clear through the night"; "there were open fields clear to the horizon"

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(n) the act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"

(n) (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

(n) obstructing an opponent in ice hockey

(n) the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"

(n) a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); "she wore a skirt with checks"

(n) a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something

(n) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

(n) an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"

(n) additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"

(n) the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the check"

(n) a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.; "as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name"

(n) a written order directing a bank to pay money; "he paid all his bills by check"

(n) the state of inactivity following an interruption; "the negotiations were in arrest"; "held them in check"; "during the halt he got some lunch"; "the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; "he spent the entire stop in his seat"

(v) become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"

(v) make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint"

(v) arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; "He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve"

(v) slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

(v) examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"

(v) put a check mark on or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"

(v) be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"

(v) verify by consulting a source or authority; "check the spelling of this word"; "check your facts"

(v) find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"

(v) write out a check on a bank account

(v) place into check; "He checked my kings"

(v) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"

(v) decline to initiate betting

(v) mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on

(v) stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; "She checked for an instant and missed a step"

(v) stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; "The dog checked"

(v) abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons

(v) hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; "Check your coat at the door"

(v) consign for shipment on a vehicle; "check your luggage before boarding"

(v) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

(v) make an examination or investigation; "check into the rumor"; "check the time of the class"

(v) train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"

(v) block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

(v) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

(v) be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; "These stories don't check!"

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(n) the extent to which something is covered; "the dictionary's coverage of standard English is excellent"

(n) the news as presented by reporters for newspapers or radio or television; "they accused the paper of biased coverage of race relations"

(n) the total amount and type of insurance carried

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(n) freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"

(n) a secret that is confided or entrusted to another; "everyone trusted him with their confidences"; "the priest could not reveal her confidences"

(n) a feeling of trust (in someone or something); "I have confidence in our team"; "confidence is always borrowed, never owned"

(n) a trustful relationship; "he took me into his confidence"; "he betrayed their trust"

(n) a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable; "public confidence in the economy"

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(v) make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge; "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"

(v) express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"

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(v) make more firm; "Confirm thy soul in self-control!"

(v) establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"

(v) strengthen or make more firm; "The witnesses confirmed the victim's account"

(v) administer the rite of confirmation to; "the children were confirmed in their mother's faith"

(v) as of a person to a position; "The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense"

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(n) a person who has conservative ideas or opinions

(s) conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class; "a bourgeois mentality"

(a) resistant to change

(s) unimaginatively conventional; "a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-gray world of business"- Newsweek

(s) avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate"

(s) opposed to liberal reforms

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(n) the act of combining things to form a new whole

(n) the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order

(n) a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities

(n) an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes)

(n) a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose; "they were a winning combination"

(n) a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock; "he forgot the combination to the safe"

(n) a coordinated sequence of chess moves

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(n) a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament

(n) a necklace made by a stringing objects together; "a string of beads"; "a strand of pearls";

(n) anything that acts as a restraint

(n) metal shackles; for hands or legs

(n) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership

(n) a series of things depending on each other as if linked together; "the chain of command"; "a complicated concatenation of circumstances"

(n) (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)

(n) a series of hills or mountains; "the valley was between two ranges of hills"; "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"

(n) British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)

(n) a unit of length

(v) fasten or secure with chains; "Chain the chairs together"

(v) connect or arrange into a chain by linking

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(n) someone deranged and possibly dangerous

(s) intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with; "crazy about cars and racing"

(s) possessed by inordinate excitement; "the crowd went crazy"; "was crazy to try his new bicycle"

(s) bizarre or fantastic; "had a crazy dream"; "wore a crazy hat"

(s) marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness; "she was crazy about him"; "gaga over the rock group's new album"; "he was infatuated with her"

(s) foolish; totally unsound; "an impractical solution"; "a crazy scheme"; "half-baked ideas"; "a screwball proposal without a prayer of working"

(s) affected with madness or insanity; "a man who had gone mad"

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(v) treat a defect; "The new contact lenses will correct for his myopia"

(v) make right or correct; "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the calculation"

(v) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

(v) censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"

(v) go down in value; "the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped"

(v) make reparations or amends for; "right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"

(v) punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience; "The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently"

(v) adjust or make up for; "engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance"

(a) free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth; "the correct answer"; "the correct version"; "the right answer"; "took the right road"; "the right decision"

(a) correct in opinion or judgment; "time proved him right"

(s) socially right or correct; "it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye"; "correct behavior"

(s) in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure; "what's the right word for this?"; "the right way to open oysters"

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(n) information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; "another consideration is the time it would take"

(n) formal ceremony about important occasions; "pomp and circumstance"

(n) a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity

(n) the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event; "the historical context"

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(n) a specified function; "he was employed in the capacity of director"; "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"

(n) the maximum production possible; "the plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"

(n) tolerance for alcohol; "he had drunk beyond his capacity"

(n) ability to perform or produce

(n) the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior

(n) an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored

(n) (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive; "the capacity of a hard disk drive is usually expressed in megabytes"

(n) the amount that can be contained; "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"

(n) the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment; "the capability of a metal to be fused"

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(n) any one of a number of individual efforts in a common endeavor; "I am proud of my contribution to the team's success"; "they all did their share of the work"

(n) act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity

(n) a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story

(n) an amount of money contributed; "he expected his contribution to be repaid with interest"

(n) a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause

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(n) a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"

(n) a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"

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(n) a demand by a sentry for a password or identification

(n) questioning a statement and demanding an explanation; "his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"

(n) a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror

(n) a call to engage in a contest or fight

(n) a demanding or stimulating situation; "they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"

(v) raise a formal objection in a court of law

(v) ask for identification; "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"

(v) issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

(v) take exception to; "She challenged his claims"

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(n) the act of distinguishing by comparing differences

(n) the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)

(n) the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors

(n) a conceptual separation or demarcation; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"

(n) the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; "in contrast to", "by contrast"

(v) put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; "The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"

(v) to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

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(n) an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"

(n) an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a s

(n) something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"

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