1. the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb

    Synonyms : hand, manus, mitt
    Type Of : extremity
  2. a clawed foot of an animal especially a quadruped

    Type Of : animal foot, foot
  3. scrape with the paws

    Type Of : grate, scrape
    Examples :
    • The bear pawed the door
  4. touch clumsily

    Type Of : fondle, caress
    Examples :
    • The man tried to paw her


  1. reflect deeply on a subject

    Synonyms : chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
    Type Of : cogitate, think, cerebrate


  1. deeply or seriously thoughtful

    Synonyms : brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, reflective, ruminative


  1. something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings

    Synonyms : bulge, bump, excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, prominence, protrusion, swelling
    Type Of : projection
    Examples :
    • the occipital protuberance was well developed
  2. the condition of being protuberant; the condition of bulging out

    Type Of : condition, status
    Examples :
    • the protuberance of his belly


  1. the class of all items that can be substituted into the same position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence (are in paradigmatic relation with one another)

    Synonyms : substitution class
    Type Of : category, class, family
  2. a standard or typical example

    Synonyms : epitome, image, prototype
    Type Of : model, example
  3. systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word

    Type Of : inflection, inflexion
  4. the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time

    Type Of : perspective, position, view
    Examples :
    • he framed the problem within the psychoanalytic paradigm


  1. continually recurring to the mind

    Synonyms : haunting
  2. never-ceasing

    Synonyms : relentless, unrelenting
  3. stubbornly unyielding

    Synonyms : dogged, dour, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding
  4. retained; not shed

    Synonyms : lasting
    Antonyms : caducous
    Examples :
    • persistent leaves remain attached past maturity
    • the persistent gills of fishes


  1. any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

    Type Of : process, physical process
  2. a remarkable development

    Type Of : development