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


  1. as hot as if in an oven

    Synonyms : baking hot
  2. cooking by dry heat in an oven

    Type Of : cookery, cooking, preparation
  3. making bread or cake or pastry etc.

    Type Of : creating from raw materials


  1. become inflated

    Synonyms : billow, inflate
    Type Of : expand
    Examples :
    • The sails ballooned
  2. large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air

    Type Of : lighter-than-air craft
  3. ride in a hot-air balloon

    Type Of : aviate, fly, pilot
    Examples :
    • He tried to balloon around the earth but storms forced him to land in China
  4. small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck

    Type Of : toy, plaything


  1. the hard woody stems of bamboo plants; used in construction and crafts and fishing poles

    Type Of : wood
  2. woody tropical grass having hollow woody stems; mature canes used for construction and furniture

    Type Of : gramineous plant, graminaceous plant


  1. the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage

    Synonyms : cellar
    Type Of : floor, level, storey, story
  2. the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture

    Type Of : support


  1. a beloved person; used as terms of endearment

    Synonyms : dear, dearest, honey, love
    Type Of : lover
  2. dearly loved

    Synonyms : darling, dear