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


  1. soft food made by boiling oatmeal or other meal or legumes in water or milk until thick

    Type Of : dish


  1. a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage

    Synonyms : niceness
    Antonyms : impoliteness
    Type Of : good manners, courtesy
  2. the act of showing regard for others

    Synonyms : civility
    Type Of : action


  1. at an earlier time or formerly

    Synonyms : antecedently
    Examples :
    • she had previously lived in Chicago
    • he was previously president of a bank
    • better than anything previously proposed
    • a previously unquestioned attitude


  1. glazed and salted cracker typically in the shape of a loose knot

    Type Of : cracker