1. composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony

    Synonyms : compound
    Examples :
    • coral is a colonial organism
  2. a resident of a colony

    Type Of : resident, occupant, occupier
  3. of or relating to or characteristic of or inhabiting a colony

  4. of animals who live in colonies, such as ants


  1. forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

    Synonyms : decisive
    Examples :
    • a critical point in the campaign
    • the critical test
  2. urgently needed; absolutely necessary

    Synonyms : vital
    Examples :
    • a critical element of the plan
    • critical medical supplies
  3. at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction

    Antonyms : noncritical
    Examples :
    • a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure
    • critical mass
    • go critical
  4. being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency

    Antonyms : noncritical
    Examples :
    • a critical shortage of food
    • a critical illness
    • an illness at the critical stage
  5. characterized by careful evaluation and judgment

    Antonyms : uncritical
    Examples :
    • a critical reading
    • a critical dissertation
    • a critical analysis of Melville's writings
  6. marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws

    Antonyms : uncritical
    Examples :
    • a critical attitude
  7. of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism

    Examples :
    • critical acclaim


  1. fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit

    Synonyms : clingstone
    Type Of : edible fruit
  2. hold on tightly or tenaciously

    Synonyms : hang
    Type Of : hold on, grasp
  3. come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation

    Synonyms : adhere, cleave, cohere, stick
    Type Of : touch, adjoin, meet, contact
    Examples :
    • The dress clings to her body


  1. a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions

    Synonyms : melting pot
    Type Of : vessel


  1. an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

    Synonyms : paper, report, theme
    Type Of : essay
    Examples :
    • he got an A on his composition
  2. art and technique of printing with movable type

    Synonyms : typography
    Type Of : printing, printing process
  3. a musical work that has been created

    Synonyms : musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    Type Of : music
    Examples :
    • the composition is written in four movements
  4. the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole

    Synonyms : composing
    Type Of : placement, arrangement
    Examples :
    • harmonious composition is essential in a serious work of art
  5. the way in which someone or something is composed

    Synonyms : constitution, make-up, makeup, physical composition
    Type Of : property
  6. the act of creating written works

    Synonyms : authorship, penning, writing
    Type Of : verbal creation
  7. musical creation

    Synonyms : composing
    Type Of : creating by mental acts
  8. a mixture of ingredients

    Type Of : mixture
  9. something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole

    Type Of : creation
    Examples :
    • he envied the composition of their faculty


  1. pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic

    Synonyms : pollyannaish, upbeat
  2. being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits

    Antonyms : depressing
    Examples :
    • her cheerful nature
    • a cheerful greeting
    • a cheerful room
    • as cheerful as anyone confined to a hospital bed could be


  1. a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully

    Type Of : policy
    Examples :
    • containment of communist expansion was a central principle of United States' foreign policy from 1947 to the 1975
  2. (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor

    Type Of : system
  3. the act of containing; keeping something from spreading

    Type Of : restraint
    Examples :
    • the containment of the AIDS epidemic
    • the containment of the rebellion


  1. sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur

    Synonyms : carnal knowledge, coition, coitus, intercourse, relation, sex act, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual relation
    Type Of : sexual practice, sex, sex activity, sexual activity


  1. a body of dancers or singers who perform together

    Synonyms : chorus line
    Type Of : line
  2. a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play

    Synonyms : greek chorus
    Type Of : troupe, company
  3. sing in a choir

    Synonyms : choir
    Type Of : sing
  4. the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers

    Synonyms : refrain
    Type Of : music
  5. a group of people assembled to sing together

    Type Of : musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
  6. any utterance produced simultaneously by a group

    Type Of : sound
    Examples :
    • a chorus of boos
  7. utter in unison

    Type Of : let loose, let out, emit, utter
    Examples :
    • `yes,' the children chorused


  1. a person who is almost identical to another

    Synonyms : dead ringer, ringer
    Type Of : image, double, look-alike
  2. a group of genetically identical cells or organisms derived from a single cell or individual by some kind of asexual reproduction

    Synonyms : clon
    Type Of : being, organism
  3. an unauthorized copy or imitation

    Synonyms : knockoff
    Type Of : copy
  4. make multiple identical copies of

    Type Of : copy, re-create
    Examples :
    • people can clone a sheep nowadays