1. a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

    Synonyms : upset
    Type Of : physiological condition, physiological state, physical condition
    Examples :
    • the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder
  2. bring disorder to

    Synonyms : disarray
    Antonyms : order
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
  3. a condition in which things are not in their expected places

    Synonyms : disorderliness
    Antonyms : order
    Type Of : status, condition
    Examples :
    • the files are in complete disorder
  4. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

    Synonyms : cark, disquiet, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge
    Type Of : disturb, trouble, upset
  5. a disturbance of the peace or of public order

    Antonyms : order
    Type Of : state


  1. attractiveness to the opposite sex

    Synonyms : desirableness, oomph, sex appeal
    Type Of : attractiveness
  2. the quality of being worthy of desiring

    Synonyms : desirableness
    Antonyms : undesirability
    Type Of : good, goodness


  1. the point in time at which something must be completed

    Type Of : point, point in time


  1. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

    Synonyms : discover, find, notice, observe
    Type Of : spy, sight
    Examples :
    • She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water


  1. having been demonstrated or verified beyond doubt


  1. corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones

    Synonyms : adulterate, debase, load, stretch
    Type Of : corrupt, spoil
  2. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

    Synonyms : cut, reduce, thin, thin out
    Type Of : weaken
  3. reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity

    Synonyms : diluted
    Examples :
    • diluted alcohol
    • a dilute solution
    • dilute acetic acid


  1. make or become free of frost or ice

    Synonyms : de-ice, defrost
    Type Of : dethaw, dissolve, melt, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw


  1. the removal of trees

    Synonyms : disforestation
    Type Of : baring, denudation, husking, stripping, uncovering
  2. the state of being clear of trees

    Type Of : environmental condition


  1. the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

    Synonyms : defence, refutation
    Type Of : answer
    Examples :
    • in defense he said the other man started it
  2. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

    Synonyms : defence, defending team
    Antonyms : offense
    Type Of : team, squad
    Examples :
    • his teams are always good on defense
  3. the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    Synonyms : defence, defense lawyers, defense team
    Antonyms : prosecution
    Type Of : assemblage, accumulation, collection, aggregation
    Examples :
    • the defense called for a mistrial
  4. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

    Synonyms : defence, demurrer, denial
    Antonyms : prosecution
    Type Of : due process, due process of law
    Examples :
    • he gave evidence for the defense
  5. a structure used to defend against attack

    Synonyms : defence, defensive structure
    Type Of : structure, construction
    Examples :
    • the artillery battered down the defenses
  6. the justification for some act or belief

    Synonyms : defence, vindication
    Type Of : justification
    Examples :
    • he offered a persuasive defense of the theory
  7. the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

    Synonyms : defence
    Type Of : protection
    Examples :
    • a good boxer needs a good defense
    • defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem
  8. the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947

    Synonyms : defense department, department of defense, dod, united states department of defense
    Type Of : executive department
  9. an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    Synonyms : defence, defence force, defense force
    Type Of : organisation, organization
    Examples :
    • he joined the defense against invasion
  10. (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies

    Synonyms : defence, defensive measure
    Type Of : action, military action
    Examples :
    • they died in the defense of Stalingrad
    • they were developed for the defense program
  11. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

    Synonyms : defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense mechanism, defense reaction
    Type Of : unconscious process, psychoanalytic process, process
  12. protection from harm

    Synonyms : defence
    Type Of : protection
    Examples :
    • sanitation is the best defense against disease


  1. having restricted mental or physical functioning as a consequence of injury or illness

    Synonyms : handicapped
  2. people collectively who are crippled or otherwise physically handicapped

    Synonyms : handicapped
    Type Of : people
    Examples :
    • technology to help the elderly and the disabled