1. a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)

    Synonyms : pullman porter
    Type Of : employee
  2. someone who guards an entrance

    Synonyms : door guard, doorkeeper, doorman, gatekeeper, hall porter, ostiary
    Type Of : guard
  3. United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)

    Synonyms : cole albert porter, cole porter
  4. United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)

    Synonyms : o. henry, william sydney porter
  5. a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley

    Synonyms : porter's beer
    Type Of : ale
  6. United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)

    Synonyms : katherine anne porter
  7. a person employed to carry luggage and supplies

    Type Of : manual laborer, jack, labourer, laborer
  8. carry luggage or supplies

    Type Of : carry, transport
    Examples :
    • They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists

pull off

  1. remove by drawing or pulling

    Synonyms : draw away, draw off
    Type Of : remove, take, take away, withdraw
  2. be successful; achieve a goal

    Synonyms : bring off, carry off, manage, negociate
    Type Of : succeed, bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, win
  3. pull or pull out sharply

    Synonyms : pick off, pluck, tweak
    Type Of : draw, pull
  4. cause to withdraw

    Type Of : remove

pull down

  1. tear down so as to make flat with the ground

    Synonyms : dismantle, level, rase, raze, take down, tear down
    Type Of : destroy, destruct
  2. cause to come or go down

    Synonyms : cut down, down, knock down, push down
    Type Of : strike


  1. capable of preventing conception or impregnation

    Synonyms : antifertility, contraceptive
  2. warding off

    Synonyms : cautionary
    Examples :
    • the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples
  3. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

    Synonyms : condom, rubber, safe, safety
    Type Of : contraceptive, contraceptive device, birth control device, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device
  4. remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

    Synonyms : preventative, preventive
    Type Of : remedy, therapeutic, cure, curative
  5. preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

    Synonyms : preventative, preventive
    Examples :
    • vaccines are prophylactic
    • a prophylactic drug


  1. amide combining the amino group of one amino acid with the carboxyl group of another; usually obtained by partial hydrolysis of protein

    Type Of : amide


  1. a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face

    Type Of : cosmetic
    Examples :
    • an eyebrow pencil
  2. a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point

    Type Of : figure
  3. a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood

    Type Of : writing implement
  4. graphite (or a similar substance) used in such a way as to be a medium of communication

    Type Of : black lead, graphite, plumbago
    Examples :
    • the words were scribbled in pencil
    • this artist's favorite medium is pencil
  5. write, draw, or trace with a pencil

    Type Of : draw
    Examples :
    • he penciled a figure


  1. be earlier in time; go back further

    Synonyms : antecede, antedate, forego, forgo, predate
    Examples :
    • Stone tools precede bronze tools
  2. move ahead (of others) in time or space

    Synonyms : lead
    Antonyms : follow
    Type Of : travel, locomote, move, go
  3. furnish with a preface or introduction

    Synonyms : introduce, preface, premise
    Type Of : tell, state, say
    Examples :
    • She always precedes her lectures with a joke
  4. come before

    Synonyms : predate
    Type Of : lie
    Examples :
    • Most English adjectives precede the noun they modify
  5. be the predecessor of

    Synonyms : come before
    Antonyms : succeed
    Examples :
    • Bill preceded John in the long line of Susan's husbands


  1. anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower

    Synonyms : column, tower
    Type Of : form, shape
    Examples :
    • a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite
  2. a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)

    Synonyms : column
    Type Of : structure, construction
  3. a prominent supporter

    Synonyms : mainstay
    Type Of : champion, admirer, booster, supporter, friend, protagonist
    Examples :
    • he is a pillar of the community
  4. (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure

    Synonyms : column
    Type Of : vertical, upright
  5. a fundamental principle or practice

    Type Of : principle, rule
    Examples :
    • science eroded the pillars of superstition


  1. formally made public

    Synonyms : promulgated
    Examples :
    • published accounts
  2. prepared and printed for distribution and sale

    Antonyms : unpublished
    Examples :
    • the complete published works Dickens


  1. value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something

    Synonyms : cost, toll
    Type Of : value
    Examples :
    • the price of success is hard work
    • what price glory?
  2. the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold)

    Synonyms : cost, monetary value
    Type Of : value
    Examples :
    • he puts a high price on his services
  3. United States operatic soprano (born 1927)

    Synonyms : leontyne price, mary leontyne price
  4. the amount of money needed to purchase something

    Synonyms : damage, terms
    Type Of : cost
    Examples :
    • the price of gasoline
  5. a monetary reward for helping to catch a criminal

    Type Of : reward
    Examples :
    • the cattle thief has a price on his head
  6. ascertain or learn the price of

    Type Of : ascertain
    Examples :
    • Have you priced personal computers lately?
  7. cost of bribing someone

    Type Of : cost
    Examples :
    • they say that every politician has a price
  8. determine the price of

    Type Of : set, determine
    Examples :
    • The grocer priced his wares high
  9. the high value or worth of something

    Type Of : worth
    Examples :
    • her price is far above rubies