1. an energetic attempt to achieve something

    Synonyms : struggle
    Type Of : effort, endeavor, endeavour, attempt, try
    Examples :
    • he fought a battle for recognition
  2. an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

    Synonyms : conflict, struggle
    Type Of : group action
    Examples :
    • police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs
  3. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

    Synonyms : conflict, engagement, fight
    Type Of : military action, action
    Examples :
    • Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga
  4. battle or contend against in or as if in a battle

    Synonyms : combat
    Type Of : contend, fight, struggle
    Examples :
    • they battled over the budget


  1. an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact

    Synonyms : assault and battery
    Type Of : assault
  2. a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores

    Synonyms : stamp battery
    Type Of : stamp mill, stamping mill
  3. the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target

    Synonyms : barrage, barrage fire, bombardment, shelling
    Type Of : fire, firing
  4. a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series

    Synonyms : electric battery
    Type Of : electrical device
  5. a collection of related things intended for use together

    Type Of : accumulation, collection, aggregation, assemblage
    Examples :
    • took a battery of achievement tests
  6. a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher

    Type Of : team, squad
  7. group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place

    Type Of : artillery, artillery unit


  1. capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteria

    Examples :
    • a biodegradable detergent


  1. tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface

    Synonyms : byssus
    Type Of : fiber, fibre
  2. the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face

    Synonyms : face fungus, whiskers
    Type Of : facial hair
  3. a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)

    Type Of : soul, somebody, someone, individual, person, mortal
  4. a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses

    Type Of : hair, tomentum, fuzz
  5. go along the rim, like a beard around the chin

    Type Of : rim
    Examples :
    • Houses bearded the top of the heights
  6. hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals

    Type Of : hair

break out

  1. move away or escape suddenly

    Synonyms : break, break away
    Type Of : get away, break loose, escape
    Examples :
    • Nobody can break out--this prison is high security
  2. start abruptly

    Synonyms : erupt
    Type Of : start, begin
  3. become raw or open

    Synonyms : erupt, recrudesce
    Type Of : trouble, ail, pain
  4. begin suddenly and sometimes violently

    Type Of : start, begin
  5. take from stowage in preparation for use

    Type Of : take out, unpack


  1. the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

    Synonyms : administration, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
    Type Of : body
  2. a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece

    Synonyms : brass instrument
    Type Of : wind instrument, wind
  3. a memorial made of brass

    Synonyms : memorial tablet, plaque
    Type Of : memorial, monument
  4. impudent aggressiveness

    Synonyms : boldness, cheek, face, nerve
    Type Of : aggressiveness
  5. the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments

    Synonyms : brass section
    Type Of : section
  6. an alloy of copper and zinc

    Type Of : copper-base alloy
  7. an ornament or utensil made of brass

    Type Of : decoration, ornamentation, ornament


  1. a small pork sausage

    Synonyms : bratwurst
    Type Of : pork sausage
  2. a very troublesome child

    Synonyms : holy terror, little terror, terror
    Type Of : monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, imp, scamp


  1. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)

    Synonyms : father, male parent
    Type Of : parent


  1. highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire

    Synonyms : alluring, enticing, tempting
    Examples :
    • the voice was low and beguiling
  2. misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods

    Examples :
    • taken in by beguiling tales of overnight fortunes


  1. stick to firmly

    Synonyms : adhere, bind, hold fast, stick, stick to
    Type Of : attach
  2. (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial

    Synonyms : bail, bail bond
    Type Of : recognizance, recognisance
    Examples :
    • a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman
  3. a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal

    Synonyms : bond certificate
    Type Of : debt instrument, certificate, certificate of indebtedness, security, obligation
  4. a superior quality of strong durable white writing paper; originally made for printing documents

    Synonyms : bond paper
    Type Of : writing paper
  5. create social or emotional ties

    Synonyms : attach, bind, tie
    Type Of : relate
    Examples :
    • The grandparents want to bond with the child
  6. a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)

    Synonyms : hamper, shackle, trammel
    Type Of : constraint, restraint
  7. bring together in a common cause or emotion

    Synonyms : draw together
    Type Of : unify, unite
  8. the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition

    Synonyms : adherence, adhesion, adhesiveness
    Type Of : stickiness
  9. a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest

    Synonyms : alliance
    Type Of : connexion, connectedness, connection
    Examples :
    • their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them
  10. United States civil rights leader who was elected to the legislature in Georgia but was barred from taking his seat because he opposed the Vietnam War (born 1940)

    Synonyms : julian bond
  11. British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming

    Synonyms : james bond
  12. a connection that fastens things together

    Synonyms : attachment
    Type Of : connexion, connector, connective, connecter, connection
  13. an electrical force linking atoms

    Synonyms : chemical bond
    Type Of : attractive force, attraction
  14. issue bonds on

    Type Of : mortgage