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)


  1. be a signal for or a symptom of

    Synonyms : bespeak, betoken, indicate, point
    Type Of : tell
    Examples :
    • The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued
  2. any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

    Synonyms : sign, signaling
    Type Of : communication
    Examples :
    • signals from the boat suddenly stopped
  3. communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs

    Synonyms : sign, signalise, signalize
    Type Of : intercommunicate, communicate
    Examples :
    • The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu
  4. an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes

    Type Of : electricity, electrical energy, power
  5. any incitement to action

    Type Of : incitement, provocation, incitation
    Examples :
    • he awaited the signal to start
    • the victory was a signal for wild celebration
  6. notably out of the ordinary

    Examples :
    • the year saw one signal triumph for the Labour party