1. a determining or causal element or factor

    Synonyms : causal factor, determinative, determiner, determining factor
    Type Of : cognitive factor
    Examples :
    • education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life
  2. the site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which an antibody attaches itself

    Synonyms : antigenic determinant, epitope
    Type Of : site, situation
  3. having the power or quality of deciding

    Synonyms : deciding, determinative, determining
    Examples :
    • the determinative (or determinant) battle
  4. a square matrix used to solve simultaneous equations

    Type Of : square matrix


  1. an ancient Greek city on the slopes of Mount Parnassus; site of the oracle of Delphi


  1. a faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus

    Synonyms : dragon
  2. a reptile genus known as flying dragons or flying lizards

    Synonyms : genus draco
    Type Of : reptile genus
  3. Athenian lawmaker whose code of laws prescribed death for almost every offense (circa 7th century BC)


  1. of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws


  1. a prolonged shortage

    Synonyms : drouth
    Type Of : period, period of time, time period
    Examples :
    • when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought
  2. a shortage of rainfall

    Synonyms : drouth
    Type Of : dryness, waterlessness, xerotes
    Examples :
    • farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season


  1. desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

    Synonyms : defect
    Type Of : take flight, fly, flee
    Examples :
    • If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot
  2. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

    Synonyms : abandon, desolate, forsake
    Type Of : leave
    Examples :
    • The mother deserted her children
  3. arid land with little or no vegetation

    Type Of : piece of ground, biome, tract, parcel of land, piece of land, parcel
  4. leave behind

    Type Of : go away, leave, go forth
    Examples :
    • the students deserted the campus after the end of exam period
  5. (usually plural) a person's deservingness of or entitlement to reward or punishment

    Type Of : merit, meritoriousness, deservingness


  1. a dish served as the last course of a meal

    Synonyms : afters, sweet
    Type Of : course


  1. decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior

    Synonyms : interior decoration
    Type Of : decoration, ornament, ornamentation


  1. a state in which all hope is lost or absent

    Synonyms : despair
    Type Of : condition, status
    Examples :
    • courage born of desperation
  2. desperate recklessness

    Type Of : foolhardiness, rashness, recklessness
    Examples :
    • it was a policy of desperation


  1. informal terms for a human head

    Synonyms : attic, bean, bonce, noggin, noodle
    Type Of : human head
  2. a stadium that has a roof

    Synonyms : covered stadium, domed stadium
    Type Of : bowl, sports stadium, stadium, arena
  3. a concave shape whose distinguishing characteristic is that the concavity faces downward

    Type Of : concave shape, incurvature, incurvation, concavity
  4. a hemispherical roof

    Type Of : roof