1. a speech of violent denunciation

    Synonyms : philippic, tirade
    Type Of : declamation, denunciation, denouncement
  2. an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution

    Synonyms : bill, broadsheet, circular, flier, flyer, handbill, throwaway
    Type Of : advertising, advertizement, advertizing, ad, advert, advertisement
  3. all of the armament that is fired from one side of a warship

    Type Of : armament
  4. collide with the broad side of

    Type Of : strike, collide with, hit, impinge on, run into
  5. the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship

    Type Of : firing, fire
  6. the whole side of a vessel from stem to stern

    Type Of : side
    Examples :
    • the ship was broadside to the dock
  7. toward a full side

    Examples :
    • a broadside attack


  1. very drunk

    Synonyms : blind drunk, blotto, cockeyed, crocked, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated, plastered, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, squiffy, stiff, tight, wet


  1. discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate

    Synonyms : bully, swagger
    Type Of : palaver, sweet-talk, blarney, wheedle, cajole, coax, inveigle
  2. be bossy towards

    Synonyms : ballyrag, boss around, bully, bullyrag, hector, push around, strong-arm
    Type Of : intimidate


  1. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

    Synonyms : bowdlerise, castrate, expurgate, shorten
    Type Of : abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
    Examples :
    • bowdlerize a novel


  1. blind consisting of a leather eyepatch sewn to the side of the halter that prevents a horse from seeing something on either side

    Synonyms : blinder, winker
    Type Of : screen, blind
  2. a light that flashes on and off; used as a signal or to send messages

    Synonyms : flasher
    Type Of : light source, light
  3. a blinking light on a motor vehicle that indicates the direction in which the vehicle is about to turn

    Synonyms : trafficator, turn indicator, turn signal
    Type Of : visual signal
  4. put blinders on (a horse)

    Type Of : cover


  1. suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress

    Synonyms : liverish, livery
  2. relating to or containing bile

    Synonyms : biliary
  3. irritable as if suffering from indigestion

    Synonyms : atrabilious, dyspeptic, liverish


  1. overtaken by night or darkness

    Synonyms : nighted
    Examples :
    • benighted (or nighted) travelers hurrying toward home
  2. lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture

    Synonyms : dark
    Examples :
    • this benighted country
    • benighted ages of barbarism and superstition


  1. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

    Synonyms : solicit, tap
    Type Of : bespeak, ask for, request, call for, quest
  2. call upon in supplication; entreat

    Synonyms : implore, pray
    Type Of : plead
    Examples :
    • I beg you to stop!
  3. ask to obtain free

    Type Of : ask for, call for, bespeak, request, quest
    Examples :
    • beg money and food
  4. dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted

    Type Of : evade, hedge, skirt, duck, parry, dodge, put off, circumvent, sidestep, elude, fudge
    Examples :
    • beg the question
    • beg the point in the discussion


  1. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    Synonyms : convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous
  2. a native or inhabitant of Byzantium or of the Byzantine Empire

    Type Of : asian, asiatic
  3. of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the rites performed in it

  4. of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium


  1. a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries

    Synonyms : al-qa'ida, al-qaeda, al-qaida, al qaeda, al qaida, qaeda
  2. of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

    Synonyms : baseborn, humble, lowly
    Examples :
    • baseborn wretches with dirty faces
  3. use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes

    Synonyms : free-base
    Type Of : drug, do drugs
  4. lowest support of a structure

    Synonyms : foot, foundation, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure
    Type Of : support
    Examples :
    • it was built on a base of solid rock
  5. a support or foundation

    Synonyms : pedestal, stand
    Type Of : support
    Examples :
    • the base of the lamp
  6. the most important or necessary part of something

    Synonyms : basis
    Type Of : part, component, component part, constituent, portion
  7. a place that the runner must touch before scoring

    Synonyms : bag
    Type Of : baseball equipment
  8. illegitimate

    Synonyms : baseborn
  9. (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place

    Synonyms : radix
    Type Of : number
  10. a phosphoric ester of a nucleoside; the basic structural unit of nucleic acids (DNA or RNA)

    Synonyms : nucleotide
    Type Of : ester
  11. a lower limit

    Synonyms : floor
    Type Of : control
  12. serving as or forming a base

    Synonyms : basal
    Examples :
    • the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats
  13. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

    Synonyms : basis, cornerstone, foundation, fundament, groundwork
    Type Of : assumption, supposition, supposal
  14. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

    Synonyms : radical, root, root word, stem, theme
    Type Of : signifier, descriptor, word form, form
  15. the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end

    Synonyms : home
    Type Of : location
  16. the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area

    Synonyms : infrastructure
    Type Of : store, fund, stock
    Examples :
    • the industrial base of Japan
  17. having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality

    Synonyms : mean, meanspirited
    Examples :
    • that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble
  18. any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water

    Synonyms : alkali
    Type Of : chemical compound, compound
    Examples :
    • bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia
  19. not adhering to ethical or moral principles

    Synonyms : immoral
    Examples :
    • base and unpatriotic motives
    • a base, degrading way of life
  20. installation from which a military force initiates operations

    Synonyms : base of operations
    Type Of : military installation
    Examples :
    • the attack wiped out our forward bases
  21. use as a basis for; found on

    Synonyms : establish, found, ground
    Examples :
    • base a claim on some observation
  22. a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit

    Type Of : bottom, underside, undersurface
    Examples :
    • a tub should sit on its own base
  23. (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment

    Type Of : bottom
    Examples :
    • the base of the skull
  24. debased; not genuine

    Examples :
    • an attempt to eliminate the base coinage
  25. (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector

    Type Of : electrode
  26. situate as a center of operations

    Type Of : situate, locate
    Examples :
    • we will base this project in the new lab
  27. the bottom or lowest part

    Type Of : piece, part
    Examples :
    • the base of the mountain
  28. the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed

    Type Of : flank
    Examples :
    • the base of the triangle
  29. the principal ingredient of a mixture

    Type Of : ingredient
    Examples :
    • glycerinated gelatin is used as a base for many ointments
    • he told the painter that he wanted a yellow base with just a hint of green
    • everything she cooked seemed to have rice as the base
  30. (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal

    Examples :
    • base coins of aluminum
    • a base metal