1. an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension

    Synonyms : extractor, separator
    Type Of : setup, apparatus
  2. rotate at very high speed in order to separate the liquids from the solids

    Synonyms : centrifugate
    Type Of : spin


  1. obtain or seek to obtain by cadging or wheedling

    Synonyms : schnorr, scrounge, shnorr
    Type Of : beg
  2. ask for and get free; be a parasite

    Synonyms : bum, grub, mooch, sponge
    Type Of : obtain


  1. difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight

    Synonyms : cumbrous
    Examples :
    • a cumbersome piece of machinery
  2. not elegant or graceful in expression

    Synonyms : awkward, clumsy, ill-chosen, inapt, inept
    Examples :
    • his cumbersome writing style


  1. bowl-shaped strainer; used to wash or drain foods

    Synonyms : cullender
    Type Of : strainer


  1. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means

    Synonyms : force, hale, pressure, squeeze
    Type Of : compel, obligate, oblige


  1. corresponding in size or degree or extent

    Antonyms : incommensurate
    Examples :
    • pay should be commensurate with the time worked


  1. conforming to orthodox or recognized rules

    Synonyms : canonic, sanctioned
    Examples :
    • the drinking of cocktails was as canonical a rite as the mixing
  2. reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality

    Synonyms : basic, canonic
    Examples :
    • a canonical syllable pattern
  3. of or relating to or required by canon law

    Synonyms : canonic
  4. appearing in a biblical canon

    Synonyms : canonic
    Examples :
    • a canonical book of the Christian New Testament


  1. habitual

    Synonyms : inveterate
    Examples :
    • a chronic smoker
  2. of long duration

    Synonyms : continuing
    Examples :
    • chronic money problems
  3. being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering

    Antonyms : acute
    Examples :
    • chronic indigestion
    • a chronic shortage of funds
    • a chronic invalid


  1. a state of guilt

    Synonyms : blameworthiness, culpableness
    Type Of : guilt, guiltiness


  1. having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching

    Synonyms : adjacent, conterminous, neighboring
    Examples :
    • Utah and the contiguous state of Idaho
  2. very close or connected in space or time

    Synonyms : immediate
    Examples :
    • contiguous events
  3. connecting without a break; within a common boundary

    Synonyms : conterminous
    Examples :
    • the contiguous 48 states