at sea

  1. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment

    Synonyms : baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up


  1. a criminal who illegally sets fire to property

    Synonyms : firebug, incendiary
    Type Of : criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw


  1. fully understood or grasped

    Synonyms : appreciated, comprehended
    Examples :
    • these apprehended truths


  1. a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve

    Synonyms : region
    Type Of : body part
  2. a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

    Synonyms : country
    Type Of : region
    Examples :
    • it was a mountainous area
  3. the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary

    Synonyms : expanse, surface area
    Type Of : extent
    Examples :
    • the area of a rectangle
    • it was about 500 square feet in area
  4. a particular environment or walk of life

    Synonyms : arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
    Type Of : environment
    Examples :
    • it was a closed area of employment
  5. a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

    Type Of : structure, construction
    Examples :
    • the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants
  6. a subject of study

    Type Of : subject, topic, matter, issue
    Examples :
    • it was his area of specialization
    • areas of interest include...


  1. the conversion of bare or cultivated land into forest (originally for the purpose of hunting)

    Type Of : conversion

alma mater

  1. your alma mater is a school you graduated from

    Type Of : school


  1. any of various small plant-sucking insects

    Type Of : plant louse, louse


  1. having or displaying warmth or affection

    Synonyms : fond, lovesome, tender
    Examples :
    • affectionate children


  1. provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

    Synonyms : certify, demonstrate, evidence, manifest
    Type Of : show, prove, evidence, bear witness, testify
    Examples :
    • His high fever attested to his illness
  2. give testimony in a court of law

    Synonyms : bear witness, take the stand, testify
    Type Of : declare
  3. authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity

    Type Of : aver, avow, swan, affirm, verify, swear, assert
    Examples :
    • I attest this signature
  4. establish or verify the usage of

    Type Of : show
    Examples :
    • This word is not attested until 1993


  1. far from the intended target

    Synonyms : wide
    Examples :
    • a bullet went astray and killed a bystander