1. flow in a circular current, of liquids

    Synonyms : purl, swirl, whirl, whirlpool
    Type Of : course, run, feed, flow
  2. a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself

    Synonyms : twist
    Type Of : stream, current
  3. founder of Christian Science in 1866 (1821-1910)

    Synonyms : mary baker eddy, mary morse baker eddy


  1. reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion

    Type Of : argue, reason


  1. a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action

    Synonyms : emergency, pinch
    Type Of : crisis
  2. a pressing or urgent situation

    Type Of : crisis
    Examples :
    • the health-care exigency


  1. open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead

    Synonyms : ambiguous
    Antonyms : unequivocal
    Examples :
    • an equivocal statement
    • the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates
    • the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness
    • popularity is an equivocal crown
    • an equivocal response to an embarrassing question
  2. open to question

    Examples :
    • aliens of equivocal loyalty
    • his conscience reproached him with the equivocal character of the union into which he had forced his son
  3. uncertain as a sign or indication

    Examples :
    • the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal


  1. make amends for

    Synonyms : aby, abye, atone
    Type Of : compensate, correct, redress, right
    Examples :
    • expiate one's sins


  1. a witty saying

    Synonyms : quip
    Type Of : expression, locution, saying


  1. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

    Synonyms : demulcent, salving, softening
  2. toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin

    Synonyms : cream, ointment
    Type Of : toiletry, toilet articles


  1. disturb the composure of

    Synonyms : faze, unnerve, unsettle
    Type Of : upset, discompose, disconcert, discomfit, untune
  2. weaken mentally or morally

    Type Of : weaken


  1. derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

    Synonyms : empiric
    Antonyms : theoretical
    Examples :
    • an empirical basis for an ethical theory
    • empirical laws
    • empirical data
    • an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known
  2. relying on medical quackery

    Synonyms : empiric


  1. tending to vanish like vapor

    Examples :
    • evanescent beauty