1. a plant of the genus Trifolium

    Synonyms : trefoil
    Type Of : herbaceous plant, herb


  1. be conducive to

    Synonyms : contribute, lead
    Type Of : advance, boost, encourage, further, promote


  1. the transmission of heat or electricity or sound

    Synonyms : conductivity
    Type Of : physical phenomenon


  1. think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

    Synonyms : meditate, study
    Type Of : cogitate, cerebrate, think
  2. reflect deeply on a subject

    Synonyms : chew over, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
    Type Of : cogitate, cerebrate, think
  3. consider as a possibility

    Type Of : take, look at, deal, consider
    Examples :
    • I contemplated leaving school and taking a full-time job
  4. look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought

    Type Of : view, consider, look at
    Examples :
    • contemplate one's navel


  1. show submission or fear

    Synonyms : cower, crawl, cringe, fawn, grovel
    Type Of : bend, flex
  2. a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body

    Synonyms : crawl, crawling, creeping
    Type Of : travel, locomotion
    Examples :
    • the traffic moved at a creep
  3. someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric

    Synonyms : spook, weirdie, weirdo, weirdy
    Type Of : disagreeable person, unpleasant person
  4. to go stealthily or furtively

    Synonyms : mouse, pussyfoot, sneak
    Type Of : walk
  5. move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground

    Synonyms : crawl
    Type Of : go, locomote, move, travel
  6. a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot

    Type Of : pen
  7. a slow longitudinal movement or deformation

    Type Of : change of location, travel
  8. grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface)

    Type Of : fan out, diffuse, spread, spread out


  1. an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

    Synonyms : conception, construct
    Type Of : thought, idea


  1. demanding attention

    Synonyms : clamant, exigent, insistent, instant
    Examples :
    • a crying need
  2. conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

    Synonyms : egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank
    Examples :
    • a crying shame
  3. the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)

    Synonyms : tears, weeping
    Type Of : bodily process, body process, activity, bodily function
    Examples :
    • I hate to hear the crying of a child


  1. hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

    Synonyms : cursory, passing, perfunctory, superficial
    Examples :
    • a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws
  2. characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility

    Synonyms : fooling
    Examples :
    • a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter
  3. occurring on a temporary or irregular basis

    Synonyms : occasional
    Examples :
    • casual employment
    • a casual correspondence with a former teacher
  4. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance

    Synonyms : chance
    Examples :
    • seek help from casual passers-by
    • a casual meeting
  5. marked by blithe unconcern

    Synonyms : insouciant, nonchalant
    Examples :
    • an ability to interest casual students
    • showed a casual disregard for cold weather
  6. natural and unstudied

    Synonyms : free-and-easy
    Examples :
    • using their Christian names in a casual way
  7. not showing effort or strain

    Synonyms : effortless
    Examples :
    • a difficult feat performed with casual mastery
  8. appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions

    Synonyms : daily, everyday
    Examples :
    • casual clothes
  9. without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand

    Examples :
    • a casual remark
    • information collected by casual methods and in their spare time


  1. twisted (especially as in pain or struggle)

    Synonyms : writhed, writhen
    Examples :
    • his mad contorted smile


  1. a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared for

    Synonyms : foundling hospital
    Type Of : hospital, infirmary
  2. a representation of Christ's nativity in the stable at Bethlehem

    Type Of : representation