1. a short stout club used primarily by policemen

    Synonyms : baton, billy club, billystick, nightstick, truncheon
    Type Of : club
  2. male goat

    Synonyms : billy goat, he-goat
    Type Of : caprine animal, goat


  1. the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

    Synonyms : bound, boundary
    Type Of : extremity


  1. the most important or necessary part of something

    Synonyms : base
    Type Of : portion, component part, constituent, part, component
    Examples :
    • the basis of this drink is orange juice
  2. a relation that provides the foundation for something

    Synonyms : footing, ground
    Type Of : foundation
    Examples :
    • he worked on an interim basis
  3. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

    Synonyms : base, cornerstone, foundation, fundament, groundwork
    Type Of : supposition, supposal, assumption
    Examples :
    • the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture


  1. in addition

    Synonyms : also, as well, likewise, too
  2. making an additional point; anyway

    Synonyms : in any case
    Examples :
    • I don't want to go to a restaurant; besides, we can't afford it


  1. (used of soaps or cleaning agents) having a substance (an abrasive or filler) added to increase effectiveness

    Synonyms : reinforced
    Examples :
    • the built liquid detergents

burn off

  1. use up (energy)

    Synonyms : burn, burn up
    Type Of : eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out, consume, deplete, eat
    Examples :
    • burn off calories through vigorous exercise
  2. clear land of its vegetation by burning it off

    Type Of : denudate, strip, denude, bare


  1. make numb or insensitive

    Synonyms : benumb, dull, numb
    Type Of : desensitize, desensitise
  2. make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

    Synonyms : deaden
    Type Of : modify, alter, change
    Examples :
    • Terror blunted her feelings
  3. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

    Synonyms : candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder
    Examples :
    • blunt talking and straight shooting
    • a blunt New England farmer
  4. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

    Synonyms : crude, stark
    Examples :
    • the blunt truth
  5. make dull or blunt

    Synonyms : dull
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
  6. having a broad or rounded end

    Examples :
    • thick marks made by a blunt pencil
  7. make less intense

    Type Of : weaken
    Examples :
    • blunted emotions
  8. make less sharp

    Type Of : modify, change, alter
    Examples :
    • blunt the knives
  9. used of a knife or other blade; not sharp

    Examples :
    • a blunt instrument


  1. any very large body of (salt) water

    Synonyms : main
    Type Of : body of water, water
  2. slightly salty (especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water)

    Synonyms : brackish
    Examples :
    • the briny deep


  1. the handle of a broom

    Synonyms : broom handle
    Type Of : grip, handgrip, handle, hold


  1. a flock of birds (especially when gathered close together on the ground)

    Type Of : flock
    Examples :
    • we were visited at breakfast by a bevy of excited ducks
  2. a large gathering of people of a particular type

    Type Of : assemblage, gathering
    Examples :
    • he was surrounded by a bevy of beauties in bathing attire
    • a bevy of young beach boys swarmed around him