1. a formal event performed on a special occasion

    Synonyms : ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance
    Type Of : function, social function, social occasion, affair, occasion
  2. marked by pomp or ceremony or formality

    Examples :
    • a ceremonial occasion
    • ceremonial garb


  1. calling up a spirit or devil

    Synonyms : conjuration, conjury, invocation
    Type Of : magic, thaumaturgy


  1. in a convenient manner

    Synonyms : handily
    Antonyms : inconveniently
    Examples :
    • the switch was conveniently located


  1. engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface

    Synonyms : chip at
    Type Of : cut
    Examples :
    • carve one's name into the bark
  2. cut to pieces

    Synonyms : cut up
    Type Of : cut
    Examples :
    • Father carved the ham
  3. form by carving

    Type Of : work, cut, forge, form, mold, mould, shape


  1. a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something

    Type Of : occasion, juncture
    Examples :
    • after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better
  2. an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

    Type Of : situation
    Examples :
    • they went bankrupt during the economic crisis


  1. compose a sequence of dance steps, often to music

    Type Of : create, make
    Examples :
    • Balanchine choreographed many pieces to Stravinsky's music
  2. plan and oversee the development and details of

    Type Of : engineer, direct, mastermind, orchestrate, organise, organize
    Examples :
    • The meeting between the two Presidents had been carefully choreographed


  1. the enclosing frame around a door or window opening

    Synonyms : case
    Type Of : frame, framework
    Examples :
    • the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced
  2. the housing or outer covering of something

    Synonyms : case, shell
    Type Of : housing
  3. the outermost covering of a pneumatic tire

    Type Of : covering


  1. lean white flesh of important North Atlantic food fish; usually baked or poached

    Synonyms : codfish
    Type Of : saltwater fish
  2. collecting the charges upon delivery

    Synonyms : c.o.d., cash on delivery
  3. fool or hoax

    Synonyms : befool, dupe, fool, gull, put on, put one across, put one over, slang, take in
    Type Of : lead astray, deceive, betray
  4. the vessel that contains the seeds of a plant (not the seeds themselves)

    Synonyms : pod, seedcase
    Type Of : husk
  5. major food fish of Arctic and cold-temperate waters

    Synonyms : codfish
    Type Of : gadoid, gadoid fish
  6. payable by the recipient on delivery

    Synonyms : collect
  7. harass with persistent criticism or carping

    Synonyms : bait, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
    Type Of : mock, bemock


  1. develop into a creole

    Type Of : change
    Examples :
    • pidgins often creolize


  1. fill a space in a disorderly way

    Synonyms : clutter up
    Antonyms : unclutter
    Type Of : make full, fill, fill up
  2. a confused multitude of things

    Synonyms : fuddle, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, smother, welter
    Type Of : disorderliness, disorder
  3. unwanted echoes that interfere with the observation of signals on a radar screen

    Type Of : interference, disturbance, noise, radar echo