1. a partially opened flower

    Type Of : bloom, blossom, flower
  2. a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals

    Type Of : sprout
  3. develop buds

    Type Of : develop
    Examples :
    • The hibiscus is budding!
  4. start to grow or develop

    Type Of : begin, start
    Examples :
    • a budding friendship


  1. earlier in time; previously

    Synonyms : earlier
    Examples :
    • I had known her before
    • as I said before
    • he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier
  2. at or in the front

    Synonyms : ahead, in front
    Examples :
    • with the cross of Jesus marching on before


  1. a hole for the escape of gas or air

    Synonyms : vent, vent-hole, venthole
    Type Of : hole
  2. the spiracle of a cetacean located far back on the skull

    Type Of : spiracle


  1. of or relating to or resembling a bureaucrat or bureaucracy

    Examples :
    • his bureaucratic behavior annoyed his colleagues
    • a bureaucratic nightmare


  1. a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center

    Synonyms : beltway, ring road, ringway
    Type Of : highway, main road
  2. a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current

    Synonyms : electrical shunt, shunt
    Type Of : conductor
  3. avoid something unpleasant or laborious

    Synonyms : get around, go around, short-circuit
    Type Of : avoid
    Examples :
    • You cannot bypass these rules!
  4. a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part)

    Type Of : shunt


  1. informal terms for objecting

    Synonyms : beef, gripe, kick, squawk
    Type Of : objection
  2. a person (usually but not necessarily a woman) who is thoroughly disliked

    Synonyms : cunt
    Type Of : disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    Examples :
    • she said her son thought Hillary was a bitch
  3. say mean things

    Synonyms : backbite
    Type Of : sound off, plain, complain, kick, quetch, kvetch
  4. complain

    Synonyms : beef, bellyache, crab, gripe, grouse, holler, squawk
    Type Of : kick, quetch, sound off, complain, kvetch, plain
  5. an unpleasant difficulty

    Type Of : difficulty
    Examples :
    • this problem is a real bitch
  6. female of any member of the dog family

    Type Of : canine, canid


  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


  1. a summary of intended expenditures along with proposals for how to meet them

    Type Of : plan, programme, program
    Examples :
    • the president submitted the annual budget to Congress
  2. a sum of money allocated for a particular purpose

    Type Of : monetary fund, fund
    Examples :
    • the laboratory runs on a budget of a million a year
  3. make a budget

    Type Of : cypher, figure, reckon, work out, calculate, cipher, compute


  1. a structural member used to stiffen a framework

    Synonyms : brace
    Type Of : reinforcement, strengthener, structural member
  2. imparting vitality and energy

    Synonyms : brisk, fresh, refreshful, refreshing, tonic
    Examples :
    • the bracing mountain air


  1. a victim of ridicule or pranks

    Synonyms : goat, laughingstock, stooge
    Type Of : dupe, victim
  2. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

    Synonyms : abut, adjoin, border, butt against, butt on, edge, march
    Type Of : adjoin, contact, touch, meet
  3. a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping

    Synonyms : butt joint
    Type Of : joint
  4. finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking

    Synonyms : cigaret, cigarette, coffin nail, fag
    Type Of : smoke, roll of tobacco
  5. thick end of the handle

    Synonyms : butt end
    Type Of : stock
  6. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    Synonyms : arse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush
    Type Of : body part
    Examples :
    • he deserves a good kick in the butt
  7. to strike, thrust or shove against

    Synonyms : bunt
    Type Of : strike
    Examples :
    • He butted his sister out of the way
    • The goat butted the hiker with his horns
  8. the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)

    Synonyms : stub
    Type Of : part, portion
  9. sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at

    Synonyms : target
    Type Of : sports equipment
  10. a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)

    Type Of : cask, barrel
  11. place end to end without overlapping

    Type Of : set, place, pose, position, lay, put
    Examples :
    • The frames must be butted at the joints
  12. the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots

    Type Of : part, constituent, portion, component part, component