1. the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto

    Synonyms : blackball
    Type Of : ejection, exclusion, expulsion, riddance


  1. make (offspring) by reproduction

    Synonyms : bring forth, engender, father, generate, get, mother, sire
    Type Of : create, make


  1. an energetic attempt to achieve something

    Synonyms : struggle
    Type Of : effort, endeavor, endeavour, attempt, try
    Examples :
    • he fought a battle for recognition
  2. an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

    Synonyms : conflict, struggle
    Type Of : group action
    Examples :
    • police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs
  3. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

    Synonyms : conflict, engagement, fight
    Type Of : military action, action
    Examples :
    • Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga
  4. battle or contend against in or as if in a battle

    Synonyms : combat
    Type Of : contend, fight, struggle
    Examples :
    • they battled over the budget


  1. an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact

    Synonyms : assault and battery
    Type Of : assault
  2. a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores

    Synonyms : stamp battery
    Type Of : stamp mill, stamping mill
  3. the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target

    Synonyms : barrage, barrage fire, bombardment, shelling
    Type Of : fire, firing
  4. a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series

    Synonyms : electric battery
    Type Of : electrical device
  5. a collection of related things intended for use together

    Type Of : accumulation, collection, aggregation, assemblage
    Examples :
    • took a battery of achievement tests
  6. a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher

    Type Of : team, squad
  7. group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place

    Type Of : artillery, artillery unit


  1. capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteria

    Examples :
    • a biodegradable detergent


  1. tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface

    Synonyms : byssus
    Type Of : fiber, fibre
  2. the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face

    Synonyms : face fungus, whiskers
    Type Of : facial hair
  3. a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)

    Type Of : soul, somebody, someone, individual, person, mortal
  4. a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses

    Type Of : hair, tomentum, fuzz
  5. go along the rim, like a beard around the chin

    Type Of : rim
    Examples :
    • Houses bearded the top of the heights
  6. hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals

    Type Of : hair

break out

  1. move away or escape suddenly

    Synonyms : break, break away
    Type Of : get away, break loose, escape
    Examples :
    • Nobody can break out--this prison is high security
  2. start abruptly

    Synonyms : erupt
    Type Of : start, begin
  3. become raw or open

    Synonyms : erupt, recrudesce
    Type Of : trouble, ail, pain
  4. begin suddenly and sometimes violently

    Type Of : start, begin
  5. take from stowage in preparation for use

    Type Of : take out, unpack


  1. the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

    Synonyms : administration, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
    Type Of : body
  2. a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece

    Synonyms : brass instrument
    Type Of : wind instrument, wind
  3. a memorial made of brass

    Synonyms : memorial tablet, plaque
    Type Of : memorial, monument
  4. impudent aggressiveness

    Synonyms : boldness, cheek, face, nerve
    Type Of : aggressiveness
  5. the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments

    Synonyms : brass section
    Type Of : section
  6. an alloy of copper and zinc

    Type Of : copper-base alloy
  7. an ornament or utensil made of brass

    Type Of : decoration, ornamentation, ornament


  1. a small pork sausage

    Synonyms : bratwurst
    Type Of : pork sausage
  2. a very troublesome child

    Synonyms : holy terror, little terror, terror
    Type Of : monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, imp, scamp


  1. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)

    Synonyms : father, male parent
    Type Of : parent