1. a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life

    Synonyms : eclogue, idyl, idyll
    Type Of : pastoral
  2. a country person

    Synonyms : peasant, provincial
    Type Of : rustic
  3. (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic

    Synonyms : arcadian, pastoral
    Examples :
    • a pleasant bucolic scene
  4. relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle

    Synonyms : pastoral


  1. a structural member used to stiffen a framework

    Synonyms : bracing
    Type Of : reinforcement, strengthener, structural member
  2. a set of two similar things considered as a unit

    Synonyms : pair
    Type Of : set
  3. prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

    Synonyms : poise
    Type Of : ready, gear up, set up, prepare, set, fix
  4. a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring

    Synonyms : bitstock
    Type Of : stock
  5. two items of the same kind

    Synonyms : couple, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twain, twosome, yoke
    Type Of : two, ii, deuce, 2
  6. an appliance that corrects dental irregularities

    Synonyms : braces, orthodontic braces
    Type Of : dental appliance
  7. elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)

    Synonyms : gallus, suspender
    Type Of : man's clothing
  8. cause to be alert and energetic

    Synonyms : arouse, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate
    Type Of : affect
  9. support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace

    Synonyms : stabilise, stabilize, steady
    Type Of : beef up, strengthen, fortify
    Examples :
    • brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel
  10. a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it

    Type Of : rope
  11. a support that steadies or strengthens something else

    Type Of : support, strengthener, reinforcement
    Examples :
    • he wore a brace on his knee
  12. either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material

    Type Of : punctuation, punctuation mark
  13. support by bracing

    Type Of : hold, sustain, support, hold up


  1. semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation

    Synonyms : ointment, salve, unction, unguent
    Type Of : curative, therapeutic, cure, remedy
  2. any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing

    Type Of : balsam


  1. the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)

    Synonyms : bombardment, onslaught, outpouring
    Type Of : language, linguistic communication
    Examples :
    • a barrage of questions
  2. the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target

    Synonyms : barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling
    Type Of : firing, fire
    Examples :
    • they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops
  3. address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage

    Synonyms : bombard
    Type Of : snipe, assault, attack, lash out, round, assail
    Examples :
    • The speaker was barraged by an angry audience


  1. put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    Synonyms : abide, bear, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
    Type Of : allow, countenance, permit, let
  2. a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)

    Synonyms : creek
    Type Of : watercourse, stream


  1. make a parody of

    Synonyms : parody, spoof
    Type Of : mock
  2. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

    Synonyms : lampoon, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, send-up, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
    Type Of : caricature, imitation, impersonation
  3. a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)

    Type Of : show
  4. relating to or characteristic of a burlesque

    Examples :
    • burlesque theater


  1. given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol

    Synonyms : bibulous, drunken, sottish
    Examples :
    • his boozy drinking companions
    • thick boozy singing


  1. drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling

    Synonyms : brewage
    Type Of : inebriant, intoxicant, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, alcohol
  2. prepare by brewing

    Type Of : create from raw material, create from raw stuff
    Examples :
    • people have been brewing beer for thousands of years
  3. sit or let sit in boiling water so as to extract the flavor

    Type Of : soak, imbue
    Examples :
    • the tea is brewing


  1. a very boastful and talkative person

    Synonyms : boaster, braggart, bragger, line-shooter, vaunter
    Type Of : egoist, egotist, swellhead


  1. fixed in your purpose

    Synonyms : bent on, dead set, out to
    Examples :
    • bent on going to the theater
  2. a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way

    Synonyms : set
    Type Of : inclination, disposition, tendency
  3. of metal e.g.

    Synonyms : crumpled, dented
    Examples :
    • bent nails
  4. grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens

    Synonyms : bent-grass, bent grass
    Type Of : grass
  5. used of the back and knees; stooped

    Synonyms : bended
    Examples :
    • with bent (or bended) back
  6. a special way of doing something

    Synonyms : hang, knack
    Type Of : endowment, gift, natural endowment, talent
    Examples :
    • he had a bent for it
  7. an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges

    Type Of : grassland