1. going about to look at places of interest

    Synonyms : rubber-necking
    Type Of : look, looking, looking at


  1. the study and classification of human societies

    Type Of : social science


  1. the government of the Soviet Union

    Type Of : state


  1. something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible

    Synonyms : symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization
    Type Of : representational process
    Examples :
    • the eagle is a symbol of the United States
  2. an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

    Type Of : signal, sign, signaling


  1. sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)

    Synonyms : fellow feeling
    Type Of : feeling
  2. an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion

    Synonyms : understanding
    Type Of : tendency, disposition, inclination
  3. a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other

    Type Of : affinity, kinship
    Examples :
    • the two of them were in close sympathy


  1. used of milk and milk products from which the cream has been removed

    Synonyms : skimmed
    Examples :
    • yogurt made with skim milk
    • she can drink skimmed milk but should avoid butter
  2. examine hastily

    Synonyms : glance over, rake, run down, scan
    Type Of : examine, see
  3. read superficially

    Synonyms : skim over
    Type Of : read
  4. reading or glancing through quickly

    Synonyms : skimming
    Type Of : reading
  5. move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of

    Synonyms : skim over
    Type Of : touch
  6. cause to skip over a surface

    Synonyms : skip, skitter
    Type Of : throw
  7. travel on the surface of water

    Synonyms : plane
    Type Of : glide
  8. remove from the surface

    Synonyms : cream, cream off, skim off
    Type Of : remove, take, take away, withdraw
    Examples :
    • skim cream from the surface of milk
  9. a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid

    Type Of : cover, covering, natural covering
    Examples :
    • there was a thin skim of oil on the water
  10. coat (a liquid) with a layer

    Type Of : coat, surface


  1. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

    Synonyms : black eye, blow, reversal, reverse
    Type Of : happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


  1. anything that accompanies X and is regarded as an indication of X's existence

    Type Of : indicant, indication
  2. (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

    Type Of : evidence, grounds


  1. French writer whose novels described the sordid side of city life (1804-1857)

    Synonyms : eugene sue
  2. institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against

    Synonyms : action, litigate, process
    Type Of : challenge


  1. in music

    Synonyms : lento
  2. without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')

    Synonyms : easy, slow, tardily
    Antonyms : quickly
    Examples :
    • he spoke slowly