1. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

    Synonyms : burst, salvo, volley
    Type Of : fire, firing
    Examples :
    • our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise
  2. attack with fusillade

    Type Of : discharge, fire


  1. a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol

    Synonyms : fermentation, fermenting, zymolysis, zymosis
    Type Of : chemical process, chemical action, chemical change
  2. a state of agitation or turbulent change or development

    Synonyms : agitation, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrest
    Type Of : turbulence, upheaval, sturm und drang
    Examples :
    • the political ferment produced new leadership
  3. cause to undergo fermentation

    Synonyms : work
    Type Of : convert
    Examples :
    • We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
  4. go sour or spoil

    Synonyms : sour, turn, work
    Type Of : change state, turn
  5. a substance capable of bringing about fermentation

    Type Of : substance
  6. be in an agitated or excited state

    Type Of : boil, seethe
    Examples :
    • The Middle East is fermenting
    • Her mind ferments
  7. work up into agitation or excitement

    Type Of : inflame, ignite, wake, fire up, heat, stir up
    Examples :
    • This religion is fermenting Africa


  1. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively

    Synonyms : eloquent, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken
    Examples :
    • able to dazzle with his facile tongue
  2. superficially impressive, but lacking depth and attention to the true complexities of a subject

    Synonyms : neat, slick
    Examples :
    • too facile a solution for so complex a problem
  3. performing adroitly and without effort

    Examples :
    • a facile hand


  1. intensely fashionable for a short time

    Synonyms : faddy


  1. a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

    Synonyms : idiosyncrasy, mannerism
    Type Of : specialty, speciality, distinctiveness, specialness, peculiarity
  2. the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip

    Type Of : part, portion


  1. a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color

    Synonyms : dun, grayish brown, greyish brown
    Type Of : light brown
  2. show submission or fear

    Synonyms : cower, crawl, creep, cringe, grovel
    Type Of : flex, bend
  3. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

    Synonyms : bootlick, kotow, kowtow, suck up, toady, truckle
    Type Of : flatter, blandish
  4. a young deer

    Type Of : deer, cervid, young mammal
  5. have fawns

    Type Of : have, bear, birth, deliver, give birth
    Examples :
    • deer fawn


  1. habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

    Synonyms : headstrong, self-willed, wilful, willful


  1. affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner

    Synonyms : dandified, dandyish


  1. any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)

    Type Of : tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, maneuver, manoeuvre
  2. deceive by a mock action

    Type Of : assume, feign, sham, simulate
    Examples :
    • The midfielder feinted to shoot


  1. generally incompetent and ineffectual

    Synonyms : inept
    Examples :
    • feckless attempts to repair the plumbing
  2. not fit to assume responsibility