1. to some (great or small) extent

    Synonyms : kind of, rather, sort of


  1. a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something

    Synonyms : avidity, avidness, eagerness
    Type Of : enthusiasm
  2. a quick and penetrating intelligence

    Synonyms : acuity, acuteness, sharpness
    Type Of : intelligence
    Examples :
    • I admired the keenness of his mind
  3. thinness of edge or fineness of point

    Synonyms : sharpness
    Type Of : form, contour, shape, conformation, configuration


  1. a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it

    Synonyms : kettledrum, timpani, tympani, tympanum
    Type Of : percussion instrument, percussive instrument
  2. the quantity a kettle will hold

    Synonyms : kettleful
    Type Of : containerful
  3. a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid

    Synonyms : boiler
    Type Of : pot
  4. (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits

    Synonyms : kettle hole
    Type Of : hollow, hole

knock on

  1. (rugby) knocking the ball forward while trying to catch it (a foul)

    Type Of : play


  1. abnormal cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea of the eye; can be treated by epikeratophakia

    Type Of : astigmatism, astigmia


  1. a male relative

    Type Of : relation, relative


  1. singing popular songs accompanied by a recording of an orchestra (usually in bars or nightclubs)

    Type Of : singing, vocalizing


  1. a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)

    Synonyms : horse
    Type Of : chess piece, chessman
  2. raise (someone) to knighthood

    Synonyms : dub
    Type Of : gentle, ennoble, entitle
    Examples :
    • The Beatles were knighted
  3. originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit

    Type Of : male aristocrat


  1. a special way of doing something

    Synonyms : bent, hang
    Type Of : endowment, gift, natural endowment, talent
    Examples :
    • he had a special knack for getting into trouble


  1. a preschool for children age 4 to 6 to prepare them for primary school

    Type Of : preschool