1. inconceivably large

    Synonyms : astronomic, astronomical
  2. of or relating to a galaxy (especially our galaxy the Milky Way)

    Examples :
    • the galactic plane


  1. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

    Synonyms : burden, core, effect, essence
    Type Of : significance, signification, import, meaning
  2. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

    Synonyms : center, centre, core, essence, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
    Type Of : cognitive content, content, mental object
    Examples :
    • the gist of the prosecutor's argument


  1. a political system governed by old men

    Type Of : form of government, political system


  1. make a groove in

    Synonyms : rout
    Type Of : hollow, core out, hollow out
  2. force with the thumb

    Synonyms : force out
    Type Of : mutilate, mar
    Examples :
    • gouge out his eyes
  3. obtain by coercion or intimidation

    Synonyms : extort, rack, squeeze, wring
    Type Of : gazump, surcharge, hook, soak, fleece, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob
  4. an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)

    Synonyms : dent, ding, nick
    Type Of : blemish, defect, mar
  5. and edge tool with a blade like a trough for cutting channels or grooves

    Type Of : edge tool
  6. the act of gouging

    Type Of : creating by removal


  1. a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge

    Type Of : beetle, mallet


  1. a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats

    Synonyms : bile
    Type Of : digestive juice, digestive fluid
  2. an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle

    Synonyms : saddle sore
    Type Of : animal disease
  3. irritate or vex

    Synonyms : irk
    Type Of : anger
    Examples :
    • It galls me that we lost the suit
  4. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

    Synonyms : chafe, fret
    Type Of : irritate
  5. the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties

    Synonyms : cheekiness, crust, freshness, impertinence, impudence, insolence
    Type Of : rudeness, discourtesy
  6. a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

    Synonyms : bitterness, rancor, rancour, resentment
    Type Of : ill will, enmity, hostility
  7. abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury

    Type Of : plant tissue
  8. a skin sore caused by chafing

    Type Of : sore


  1. characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy

    Synonyms : ethereal
    Examples :
    • gossamer shading through his playing
  2. so thin as to transmit light

    Synonyms : cobwebby, diaphanous, filmy, gauze-like, gauzy, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous
    Examples :
    • gossamer cobwebs
  3. filaments from a web that was spun by a spider

    Synonyms : cobweb
    Type Of : fibril, filament, strand
  4. a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture

    Type Of : gauze, veiling, netting


  1. a maneuver in a game or conversation

    Synonyms : ploy, stratagem
    Type Of : tactical manoeuvre, maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver
  2. an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker

    Synonyms : ploy
    Type Of : input, remark, comment
  3. a chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position

    Type Of : chess move


  1. take exception to

    Synonyms : challenge, dispute
    Type Of : repugn, contend, contest


  1. a socially awkward or tactless act

    Synonyms : faux pas, gaffe, slip, solecism
    Type Of : fuckup, blooper, pratfall, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, bloomer, flub, foul-up
  2. the quality of being rustic or gauche

    Synonyms : rusticity
    Type Of : stiffness, clumsiness, gracelessness, awkwardness