1. any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective

    Synonyms : roadblock
    Type Of : obstruction, obstacle
    Examples :
    • intolerance is a barrier to understanding
  2. anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access

    Type Of : mechanism
  3. a structure or object that impedes free movement

    Type Of : obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta, obstruction


  1. large or big relative to something else

    Synonyms : larger


  1. comprising or throughout far northern regions

    Synonyms : circumboreal
  2. toward or located in the north

    Examples :
    • the boreal signs of the Zodiac
  3. relating to or marked by qualities associated with the north wind


  1. the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros

    Synonyms : 1000000000, one thousand million
    Type Of : large integer
  2. a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)

    Synonyms : bazillion, gazillion, jillion, million, trillion, zillion
    Type Of : large indefinite quantity, large indefinite amount
  3. the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros; in the United Kingdom the usage followed in the United States is frequently seen

    Synonyms : 1000000000000, one million million
    Type Of : large integer
  4. denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain

  5. denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States

black currant

  1. widely cultivated current bearing edible black aromatic berries

    Synonyms : european black currant, ribes nigrum
    Type Of : currant bush, currant
  2. small black berries used in jams and jellies

    Type Of : currant


  1. a group problem-solving technique in which members spontaneously share ideas and solutions

    Type Of : group action
    Examples :
    • we had an intense brainstorming session today


  1. a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America)

    Synonyms : gipsy, gypsy, roma, romani, romany, rommany
    Type Of : indian
  2. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia in the Czech Republic

    Type Of : european
  3. a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life

    Type Of : nonconformist, recusant
  4. unconventional in especially appearance and behavior

    Examples :
    • a bohemian life style
  5. of or relating to Bohemia or its language or people


  1. a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)

    Synonyms : affability, affableness, amiability, amiableness, geniality
    Type Of : friendliness


  1. injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of

    Synonyms : contuse
    Type Of : injure, wound
    Examples :
    • I bruised my knee
  2. hurt the feelings of

    Synonyms : hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
    Type Of : fire, arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, kindle, provoke, raise
    Examples :
    • This remark really bruised my ego
  3. an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration

    Synonyms : contusion
    Type Of : injury, harm, hurt, trauma
  4. break up into small pieces for food preparation

    Type Of : crush
    Examples :
    • bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them
  5. damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure

    Type Of : damage
    Examples :
    • The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them


  1. an elasticized rope

    Synonyms : bungee cord
    Type Of : rope