1. free-living or colonial organisms with diverse nutritional and reproductive modes

    Synonyms : protistan
    Type Of : micro-organism, microorganism


  1. an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty

    Synonyms : booby trap
    Type Of : difficulty
  2. a trap in the form of a concealed hole

    Synonyms : pit
    Type Of : trap


  1. people in general considered as a whole

    Synonyms : populace, world
    Type Of : people
    Examples :
    • he is a hero in the eyes of the public
  2. a body of people sharing some common interest

    Type Of : body
    Examples :
    • the reading public
  3. affecting the people or community as a whole

    Examples :
    • the public welfare
  4. not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole

    Antonyms : private
    Examples :
    • the public good
    • public libraries
    • public funds
    • public parks
    • a public scandal
    • public gardens
    • performers and members of royal families are public figures


  1. a specialist in the care of babies

    Synonyms : baby doctor, paediatrician, pediatrist
    Type Of : medical specialist, specialist


  1. containing pus

    Synonyms : purulent
  2. informal terms referring to a domestic cat

    Synonyms : kitty, kitty-cat, puss, pussycat
    Type Of : felis domesticus, domestic cat, felis catus, house cat
  3. obscene terms for female genitals

    Synonyms : cunt, puss, slit, snatch, twat
    Type Of : female genitals, fanny, female genital organ, female genitalia


  1. to a proportionate degree

    Synonyms : proportionately


  1. for a long time without essential change

    Synonyms : for good
    Antonyms : temporarily
    Examples :
    • he is permanently disabled


  1. attack and bombard with or as if with missiles

    Synonyms : pepper
    Type Of : assail, attack
    Examples :
    • pelt the speaker with questions
  2. the dressed hairy coat of a mammal

    Synonyms : fur
    Type Of : animal skin
  3. rain heavily

    Synonyms : pour, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, stream
    Type Of : rain down, rain
  4. body covering of a living animal

    Synonyms : hide, skin
    Type Of : body covering
  5. cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile

    Synonyms : bombard
    Type Of : throw
    Examples :
    • They pelted each other with snowballs


  1. feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

    Synonyms : repentant
    Antonyms : impenitent
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)

    Type Of : religious person


  1. waste matter that contaminates the water or air or soil

    Type Of : waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product