1. an explosion that fails to occur

    Synonyms : dud
    Type Of : equipment failure, breakdown
  2. a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)

    Synonyms : miss
    Type Of : failure
  3. fail to fire or detonate

    Type Of : conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad, break, break down
    Examples :
    • The guns misfired


  1. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    Synonyms : air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, strain, tune
    Type Of : music
  2. the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes

    Synonyms : tonal pattern
    Type Of : musical perception


  1. skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage

    Examples :
    • the early manipulative techniques of a three-year-old child


  1. a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River

    Synonyms : milk river
  2. add milk to

    Type Of : add
    Examples :
    • milk the tea
  3. any of several nutritive milklike liquids

    Type Of : foodstuff, food product
  4. a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings

    Type Of : dairy product, drink, drinkable, potable, beverage
  5. exploit as much as possible

    Type Of : tap, exploit
    Examples :
    • I am milking this for all it's worth
  6. produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young

    Type Of : alimentation, aliment, victuals, liquid body substance, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, humour, humor, body fluid, sustenance, bodily fluid
  7. take milk from female mammals

    Type Of : take out, draw
    Examples :
    • Cows need to be milked every morning


  1. cause to grow thin or weak

    Synonyms : emaciate, waste
    Type Of : debilitate, drain, enfeeble
  2. become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking

    Type Of : soften
    Examples :
    • the tissue macerated in the water
  3. separate into constituents by soaking

    Type Of : separate
  4. soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result

    Type Of : soften
    Examples :
    • macerate peaches
    • the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system


  1. speak unfavorably about

    Synonyms : badmouth, drag through the mud, traduce
    Type Of : slander, smear, smirch, sully, calumniate, besmirch, defame, asperse, denigrate
  2. having or exerting a malignant influence

    Synonyms : evil, malefic, malevolent
  3. evil or harmful in nature or influence

    Antonyms : benign
    Examples :
    • prompted by malign motives
    • believed in witches and malign spirits
    • gave him a malign look
    • a malign lesion


  1. reflect deeply on a subject

    Synonyms : chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
    Type Of : cerebrate, think, cogitate
  2. in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science

    Type Of : greek deity
  3. the source of an artist's inspiration

    Type Of : source, seed, germ
    Examples :
    • Euterpe was his muse


  1. a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances

    Synonyms : extenuation
    Type Of : excuse, self-justification, exculpation, alibi
  2. the action of lessening in severity or intensity

    Synonyms : moderation
    Type Of : step-down, decrease, diminution, reduction
  3. to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious

    Synonyms : extenuation, palliation
    Type Of : reduction, decrease, step-down, diminution


  1. imposing in size or bulk or solidity

    Synonyms : massive, monumental
    Examples :
    • the monolithic proportions of Stalinist architecture
  2. characterized by massiveness and rigidity and total uniformity

    Examples :
    • a monolithic society
    • a monolithic worldwide movement


  1. make less severe or harsh

    Synonyms : moderate, soften
    Type Of : change, alter, modify
  2. cut into small pieces

    Type Of : chop up, chop
    Examples :
    • mince the garlic
  3. food chopped into small bits

    Type Of : nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals, aliment, alimentation
    Examples :
    • a mince of mushrooms
  4. walk daintily

    Type Of : walk
    Examples :
    • She minced down the street