1. an attack (usually without prior warning) intended to deal only with a specific target

    Type Of : strike

surgical strike

  1. an attack (usually without prior warning) intended to deal only with a specific target

    Type Of : strike


  1. moving very fast

    Synonyms : fleet
    Examples :
    • a swift current
    • swift flight of an arrow
    • a swift runner
  2. common western lizard; seen on logs or rocks

    Synonyms : blue-belly, sceloporus occidentalis, western fence lizard
    Type Of : fence lizard
  3. United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)

    Synonyms : gustavus franklin swift
  4. an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)

    Synonyms : dean swift, jonathan swift
  5. a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight

    Type Of : apodiform bird


  1. an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

    Synonyms : captain, master, sea captain
    Type Of : ship's officer, officer
  2. the naval officer in command of a military ship

    Synonyms : captain
    Type Of : commissioned naval officer
  3. a student who fails to attend classes

    Type Of : student, pupil, educatee
  4. work as the skipper on a vessel

    Type Of : work


  1. someone who engages in sports

    Synonyms : sportsman, sportswoman
    Type Of : jock, athlete
  2. play boisterously

    Synonyms : cavort, disport, frisk, frolic, gambol, lark, lark about, rollick, romp, run around, skylark
    Type Of : play
  3. (Maine colloquial) a temporary summer resident of Maine

    Synonyms : summercater
    Type Of : vacationist, vacationer
  4. wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner

    Synonyms : boast, feature
    Type Of : have, feature
    Examples :
    • she was sporting a new hat
  5. an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

    Synonyms : athletics
    Type Of : diversion, recreation
  6. (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration

    Synonyms : mutant, mutation, variation
    Type Of : being, organism
  7. verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)

    Synonyms : fun, play
    Type Of : humour, witticism, wittiness, humor, wit
    Examples :
    • he said it in sport
  8. a person known for the way she (or he) behaves when teased or defeated or subjected to trying circumstances

    Type Of : individual, soul, someone, person, mortal, somebody
    Examples :
    • a good sport
    • a poor sport
  9. the occupation of athletes who compete for pay

    Type Of : job, business, occupation, line, line of work


  1. two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context

    Synonyms : equivalent word
    Antonyms : antonym
    Type Of : word


  1. be bright by reflecting or casting light

    Synonyms : reflect
    Type Of : give out, give off, emit
  2. emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

    Synonyms : beam
  3. make (a surface) shine

    Synonyms : polish, smooth, smoothen
    Type Of : embellish, prettify, beautify, fancify
    Examples :
    • shine the silver, please
  4. touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

    Synonyms : fall, strike
    Type Of : pass off, fall out, happen, take place, hap, go on, come about, occur, pass
  5. the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light

    Synonyms : effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency
    Type Of : brightness
  6. be shiny, as if wet

    Synonyms : gleam, glint, glisten, glitter
    Type Of : seem, look, appear
  7. experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

    Synonyms : beam, glow, radiate
    Type Of : experience, feel
  8. have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

    Synonyms : beam, glow, radiate
    Type Of : seem, appear, look
  9. be clear and obvious

    Type Of : be
  10. be distinguished or eminent

    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • His talent shines
  11. throw or flash the light of (a lamp)


  1. a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer

    Synonyms : spot
    Type Of : lamp
  2. a focus of public attention

    Synonyms : glare, limelight, public eye
    Type Of : prominence
  3. move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

    Synonyms : foreground, highlight, play up
    Type Of : bring out, set off
  4. illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater

    Type Of : illuminate, illume, light, light up, illumine


  1. structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted

    Synonyms : signboard
    Type Of : structure, construction
    Examples :
    • the highway was lined with signboards
  2. a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)

    Synonyms : mark
    Type Of : clew, clue, cue
    Examples :
    • he showed signs of strain
    • they welcomed the signs of spring
  3. mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)

    Synonyms : subscribe
    Type Of : write
    Examples :
    • She signed the letter and sent it off
    • Please sign here
  4. make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate

    Synonyms : bless
    Type Of : gesture, gesticulate, motion
  5. any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

    Synonyms : signal, signaling
    Type Of : communication
    Examples :
    • signals from the boat suddenly stopped
  6. engage by written agreement

    Synonyms : contract, sign on, sign up
    Type Of : hire, engage, employ
    Examples :
    • They signed two new pitchers for the next season
  7. used of the language of the deaf

    Synonyms : gestural, sign-language, signed
  8. an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come

    Synonyms : augury, foretoken, preindication
    Type Of : experience
    Examples :
    • it was a sign from God
  9. approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation

    Synonyms : ratify
    Type Of : formalize, formalise, validate
    Examples :
    • Have you signed your contract yet?
  10. communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs

    Synonyms : signal, signalise, signalize
    Type Of : communicate, intercommunicate
    Examples :
    • He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture
    • The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu
  11. (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

    Synonyms : house, mansion, planetary house, sign of the zodiac, star sign
    Type Of : region, part
  12. having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)

    Synonyms : polarity
    Type Of : opposition, oppositeness
    Examples :
    • charges of opposite sign
  13. a character indicating a relation between quantities

    Type Of : mathematical notation
    Examples :
    • don't forget the minus sign
  14. a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified

    Type Of : linguistic unit, language unit
    Examples :
    • The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary
  15. a gesture that is part of a sign language

    Type Of : motion, gesture
  16. a public display of a message

    Type Of : communication
    Examples :
    • he posted signs in all the shop windows
  17. be engaged by a written agreement

    Type Of : undertake, contract
    Examples :
    • He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18
    • The soprano signed to sing the new opera
  18. communicate in sign language

    Type Of : intercommunicate, communicate
    Examples :
    • I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin
  19. (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease

    Type Of : grounds, evidence
    Examples :
    • there were no signs of asphyxiation
  20. place signs, as along a road

    Type Of : put, lay, pose, place, set, position
    Examples :
    • sign an intersection
    • This road has been signed


  1. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

    Synonyms : outstanding, prominent, spectacular, striking
    Examples :
    • salient traits
  2. (military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy

    Type Of : projection
  3. (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees

    Antonyms : re-entrant
  4. represented as leaping (rampant but leaning forward)