ovum

  1. the female reproductive cell; the female gamete

    Synonyms : egg cell
    Type Of : gamete

oviparous

  1. egg-laying

    Antonyms : ovoviviparous, viviparous

oats

  1. annual grass of Europe and North Africa; grains used as food and fodder (referred to primarily in the plural: `oats')

    Type Of : cereal, cereal grass
  2. seed of the annual grass Avena sativa (spoken of primarily in the plural as `oats')

    Type Of : grain, cereal, food grain

orbit

  1. the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another

    Synonyms : celestial orbit
    Type Of : route, path, itinerary
    Examples :
    • he plotted the orbit of the moon
  2. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

    Synonyms : ambit, compass, range, reach, scope
    Type Of : extent
    Examples :
    • in the political orbit of a world power
  3. a particular environment or walk of life

    Synonyms : area, arena, domain, field, sphere
    Type Of : environment
    Examples :
    • he's out of my orbit
  4. move in an orbit

    Synonyms : orb, revolve
    Type Of : circle
    Examples :
    • The moon orbits around the Earth
    • The planets are orbiting the sun
    • electrons orbit the nucleus
  5. the bony cavity in the skull containing the eyeball

    Synonyms : cranial orbit, eye socket, orbital cavity
    Type Of : cavum, bodily cavity, cavity
  6. the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom

    Synonyms : electron orbit
    Type Of : path, itinerary, route

optimise

  1. act as an optimist and take a sunny view of the world

    Synonyms : optimize
    Type Of : act, behave, do
  2. modify to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity or time or cost

    Synonyms : optimize
    Type Of : modify
  3. make optimal; get the most out of; use best

    Synonyms : optimize
    Type Of : hone, perfect

optimization

  1. the act of rendering optimal

    Synonyms : optimisation
    Type Of : improvement
    Examples :
    • the simultaneous optimization of growth and profitability
    • in an optimization problem we seek values of the variables that lead to an optimal value of the function that is to be optimized
    • to promote the optimization and diversification of agricultural products

obscurantism

  1. a deliberate act intended to make something obscure

    Type Of : deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation
  2. a policy of opposition to enlightenment or the spread of knowledge

    Type Of : policy

outings

  1. a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering

    Synonyms : field day, picnic
    Type Of : holiday, vacation
  2. a journey taken for pleasure

    Synonyms : excursion, expedition, jaunt, junket, pleasure trip, sashay
    Type Of : journey, journeying

organisation

  1. the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

    Synonyms : administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organization
    Type Of : body
  2. an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized

    Synonyms : organization, system
    Type Of : methodicalness, orderliness
  3. the act of forming or establishing something

    Synonyms : constitution, establishment, formation, organization
    Type Of : start, beginning, commencement
  4. the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically

    Synonyms : organization
    Type Of : activity
  5. a group of people who work together

    Synonyms : organization
    Type Of : social group
  6. the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business

    Synonyms : organization
    Type Of : disposal, administration
  7. an organized structure for arranging or classifying

    Synonyms : arrangement, organization, system
    Type Of : structure

odyssey

  1. a long wandering and eventful journey

    Type Of : journey, journeying
  2. a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy