1. (computer science) a bit that is used in an error detection procedure in which a 0 or 1 is added to each group of bits so that it will have either an odd number of 1's or an even number of 1's; e.g., if the parity is odd then any group of bits that arrives with an even number of 1's must contain an error

    Synonyms : check bit, parity bit
    Type Of : bit
  2. (obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered

    Synonyms : para
    Type Of : maternity, pregnancy, gestation
    Examples :
    • the parity of the mother must be considered
  3. (physics) parity is conserved in a universe in which the laws of physics are the same in a right-handed system of coordinates as in a left-handed system

    Synonyms : conservation of parity, mirror symmetry, space-reflection symmetry
    Type Of : conservation
  4. functional equality

    Type Of : equivalence
  5. (mathematics) a relation between a pair of integers: if both integers are odd or both are even they have the same parity; if one is odd and the other is even they have different parity

    Type Of : mathematical relation
    Examples :
    • parity is often used to check the integrity of transmitted data


  1. vulgar or irreverent speech or action

    Type Of : vocalization, utterance


  1. a person who is rejected (from society or home)

    Synonyms : castaway, ishmael, outcast
    Type Of : unfortunate person, unfortunate


  1. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

    Synonyms : corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, subvert, vitiate
    Type Of : change, alter, modify
  2. grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

    Synonyms : blasphemous, sacrilegious
    Examples :
    • profane utterances against the Church
  3. violate the sacred character of a place or language

    Synonyms : desecrate, outrage, violate
    Type Of : set on, attack, assault, assail
    Examples :
    • profane the name of God
  4. not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled

    Synonyms : unconsecrated, unsanctified
  5. not concerned with or devoted to religion

    Synonyms : secular
    Antonyms : sacred
    Examples :
    • sacred and profane music
    • children being brought up in an entirely profane environment
  6. characterized by profanity or cursing

    Synonyms : blasphemous, blue
    Examples :
    • profane words


  1. dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight

    Synonyms : adust, baked, scorched, sunbaked
    Examples :
    • parched soil
  2. toasted or roasted slightly

    Examples :
    • parched corn was a staple of the Indian diet


  1. far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

    Synonyms : exceeding, exceptional, olympian, surpassing
    Examples :
    • the young Mozart's prodigious talents
  2. so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe

    Synonyms : colossal, stupendous
    Examples :
    • a prodigious storm
  3. of momentous or ominous significance

    Synonyms : portentous
    Examples :
    • a prodigious vision


  1. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

    Synonyms : leech, sponge, sponger
    Type Of : follower
  2. an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host

    Antonyms : host
    Type Of : being, organism


  1. a recklessly extravagant consumer

    Synonyms : profligate, squanderer
    Type Of : consumer
  2. recklessly wasteful

    Synonyms : extravagant, profligate, spendthrift
    Examples :
    • prodigal in their expenditures


  1. having superior power and influence

    Synonyms : overriding, predominant, predominate, preponderant, preponderating


  1. postpone doing what one should be doing

    Synonyms : dilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, stall
    Type Of : delay
    Examples :
    • He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days
  2. postpone or delay needlessly

    Type Of : dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, delay, stall, dilly-dally
    Examples :
    • He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late