1. literature in metrical form

    Synonyms : poetry, verse
    Type Of : literary genre, genre, writing style


  1. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

    Synonyms : appease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, placate
    Type Of : tranquillize, calm down, tranquillise, calm, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize
  2. fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)

    Type Of : establish, give
    Examples :
    • The U.N. troops are working to pacify Bosnia


  1. tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals

    Synonyms : gin mill, pothouse, public house, saloon, taphouse
    Type Of : tavern, tap house


  1. (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything

    Synonyms : atom, corpuscle, molecule, mote, speck
    Type Of : stuff, material
  2. a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions

    Synonyms : subatomic particle
    Type Of : body
  3. a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs

    Type Of : closed-class word, function word


  1. (informal) small and of little importance

    Synonyms : fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, petty, picayune, piffling, trivial


  1. an animal order including lemurs and tarsiers and monkeys and apes and human beings

    Synonyms : order primates
    Type Of : animal order


  1. in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment

    Synonyms : simply
    Examples :
    • she was dressed plainly
  2. unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

    Synonyms : apparently, evidently, manifestly, obviously, patently, plain
    Examples :
    • You are plainly wrong


  1. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

    Synonyms : beat, heartbeat, pulsation
    Type Of : recurrent event, periodic event
  2. the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health

    Synonyms : heart rate, pulse rate
    Type Of : rate, vital sign
  3. produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of short bursts or pulses or cause an apparatus to produce pulses

    Synonyms : pulsate
    Type Of : produce, make, create
    Examples :
    • pulse waves
    • a transmitter pulsed by an electronic tube
  4. expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically

    Synonyms : pulsate, throb
    Type Of : thump, beat, pound
  5. (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients)

    Synonyms : impulse, pulsation, pulsing
    Type Of : wave, undulation
  6. drive by or as if by pulsation

    Type Of : move, displace
    Examples :
    • A soft breeze pulsed the air
  7. edible seeds of various pod-bearing plants (peas or beans or lentils etc.)

    Type Of : legume


  1. strip of feathers

    Synonyms : deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, tear
    Type Of : strip
    Examples :
    • pull a chicken
  2. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

    Synonyms : twist, wrench
    Type Of : hurt, injury, harm, trauma
    Examples :
    • he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
  3. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

    Synonyms : commit, perpetrate
    Type Of : move, act
    Examples :
    • pull a bank robbery
  4. remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense

    Synonyms : draw out, extract, pull out, pull up, rip out, take out, tear out
    Type Of : withdraw, take, take away, remove
    Examples :
    • pull weeds
  5. special advantage or influence

    Synonyms : clout
    Type Of : advantage, vantage
    Examples :
    • the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull
  6. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

    Synonyms : attract, draw, draw in, pull in
    Type Of : draw
    Examples :
    • The ad pulled in many potential customers
    • This pianist pulls huge crowds
  7. bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover

    Synonyms : draw, get out, pull out, take out
    Type Of : withdraw, take, remove, take away
    Examples :
    • pull out a gun
    • The mugger pulled a knife on his victim
  8. a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

    Synonyms : drag, puff
    Type Of : breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake, aspiration
  9. take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for

    Synonyms : root for
    Type Of : side
    Examples :
    • I'm pulling for the underdog
  10. tear or be torn violently

    Synonyms : rend, rip, rive
    Type Of : tear, rupture, snap, bust
    Examples :
    • pull the cooked chicken into strips
  11. cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense

    Synonyms : draw
    Type Of : displace, move
    Examples :
    • A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter
  12. the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you

    Synonyms : pulling
    Type Of : propulsion, actuation
    Examples :
    • the pull up the hill had him breathing harder
    • his strenuous pulling strained his back
  13. cause to move by pulling

    Synonyms : draw
    Antonyms : push
    Type Of : move, displace
    Examples :
    • pull a sled
  14. strain abnormally

    Synonyms : overstretch
    Type Of : wound, injure
    Examples :
    • I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up
    • The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition
  15. a device used for pulling something

    Type Of : device
    Examples :
    • he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer
  16. apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

    Type Of : force
    Examples :
    • pull the string gently
    • pull the trigger of the gun
    • pull your knees towards your chin
  17. a sustained effort

    Type Of : elbow grease, effort, sweat, travail, exertion
    Examples :
    • it was a long pull but we made it
  18. hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing

    Type Of : hit
    Examples :
    • pull the ball
  19. move into a certain direction

    Type Of : drive
    Examples :
    • the car pulls to the right
  20. operate when rowing a boat

    Type Of : row
    Examples :
    • pull the oars
  21. rein in to keep from winning a race

    Type Of : rein in, rein
    Examples :
    • pull a horse
  22. steer into a certain direction

    Type Of : drive
    Examples :
    • pull one's horse to a stand
  23. take away

    Type Of : take, take away, remove, withdraw
    Examples :
    • pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf
  24. the force used in pulling

    Type Of : force
    Examples :
    • the pull of the moon
    • the pull of the current


  1. magnet made of a substance whose magnetization is proportional to the strength of the magnetic field applied to it

    Type Of : magnet