1. sharp piercing cry

    Synonyms : scream, screaming, screech, screeching, shrieking
    Type Of : call, cry, shout, vociferation, yell, outcry
  2. a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry

    Synonyms : scream, screaming, screech, screeching, shrieking
    Type Of : noise
  3. utter a shrill cry

    Synonyms : pipe, pipe up, shrill
    Type Of : cry, call, squall, yell, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out


  1. a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease

    Synonyms : ictus, raptus
    Type Of : attack
    Examples :
    • he suffered an epileptic seizure
  2. the act of taking of a person by force

    Synonyms : capture
    Type Of : felony
  3. the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

    Synonyms : capture, gaining control
    Type Of : getting, acquiring
  4. the taking possession of something by legal process

    Type Of : appropriation


  1. a docile and vulnerable person who would rather follow than make an independent decision

    Type Of : follower
    Examples :
    • his students followed him like sheep
  2. a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon

    Type Of : simpleton, simple
  3. woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat

    Type Of : bovid


  1. the visual appearance of something or someone

    Synonyms : cast, form
    Type Of : visual aspect, appearance
  2. a perceptual structure

    Synonyms : form, pattern
    Type Of : structure
  3. make something, usually for a specific function

    Synonyms : forge, form, mold, mould, work
    Type Of : create from raw stuff, create from raw material
    Examples :
    • shape a figure
  4. a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept

    Synonyms : embodiment
    Type Of : concretism, concrete representation
  5. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

    Synonyms : configuration, conformation, contour, form
    Type Of : spatial property, spatiality
    Examples :
    • he could barely make out their shapes
  6. the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')

    Synonyms : condition
    Type Of : healthiness, good health
  7. shape or influence; give direction to

    Synonyms : determine, influence, mold, regulate
    Type Of : do, make, cause
  8. alternative names for the body of a human being

    Synonyms : anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, soma
    Type Of : organic structure, body
  9. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

    Synonyms : form
    Type Of : attribute
    Examples :
    • geometry is the mathematical science of shape
  10. the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe

    Synonyms : supreme headquarters allied powers europe
    Type Of : high command, supreme headquarters
  11. give shape or form to

    Synonyms : form
    Type Of : modify, alter, change
    Examples :
    • shape the dough


  1. flow, run or fall out and become lost

    Synonyms : run out
    Type Of : flow, course, run, feed
    Examples :
    • The milk spilled across the floor
    • The wine spilled onto the table
  2. pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities

    Synonyms : pour forth, shed
    Type Of : pour
    Examples :
    • spill blood
  3. the act of allowing a fluid to escape

    Synonyms : release, spillage
    Type Of : flow, stream
  4. cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over

    Synonyms : disgorge, shed
    Type Of : displace, move
    Examples :
    • spill the beans all over the table
  5. reveal information

    Synonyms : talk
    Type Of : tell
    Examples :
    • The former employee spilled all the details
  6. a sudden drop from an upright position

    Synonyms : fall, tumble
    Type Of : slip, trip
    Examples :
    • he had a nasty spill on the ice
  7. a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction

    Synonyms : spillway, wasteweir
    Type Of : conduit
  8. cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container

    Synonyms : slop, splatter
    Type Of : displace, move
    Examples :
    • spill the milk
  9. liquid that is spilled

    Type Of : liquid
    Examples :
    • clean up the spills
  10. reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)

    Type Of : cut back, trim down, reduce, cut, bring down, trim, cut down, trim back


  1. a painful and involuntary muscular contraction

    Synonyms : cramp, muscle spasm
    Type Of : symptom
  2. (pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)

    Type Of : constriction


  1. in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball

    Synonyms : baseball swing, cut
    Type Of : shot, stroke
  2. a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz

    Synonyms : jive, swing music
    Type Of : jazz
  3. make a big sweeping gesture or movement

    Synonyms : sweep, swing out
    Type Of : handle, manage, wield
  4. a jaunty rhythm in music

    Synonyms : lilt
    Type Of : rhythmicity
  5. move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

    Synonyms : sway
    Type Of : move back and forth
  6. be a social swinger; socialize a lot

    Synonyms : get around
    Type Of : socialise, socialize
  7. the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

    Synonyms : golf shot, golf stroke
    Type Of : stroke, shot
  8. hang freely

    Synonyms : dangle, drop
    Type Of : hang
  9. changing location by moving back and forth

    Synonyms : swinging, vacillation
    Type Of : movement, move, motion
  10. influence decisively

    Synonyms : swing over
    Type Of : act upon, work, influence
  11. alternate dramatically between high and low values

    Type Of : change
    Examples :
    • his mood swings
    • the market is swinging up and down
  12. a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them

    Type Of : country-dance, contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country dancing
  13. a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity

    Type Of : action, activeness, activity
    Examples :
    • the party went with a swing
    • it took time to get into the swing of things
  14. a sweeping blow or stroke

    Type Of : blow
    Examples :
    • he took a wild swing at my head
  15. change direction with a swinging motion; turn

    Type Of : travel, move, locomote, go
    Examples :
    • swing back
    • swing forward
  16. engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends

    Type Of : fornicate
    Examples :
    • There were many swinging couples in the 1960's
  17. have a certain musical rhythm

    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • The music has to swing
  18. hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement

    Type Of : take aim, aim, direct, take, train
    Examples :
    • The soccer player began to swing at the referee
  19. live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style

    Type Of : live
    Examples :
    • The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely
  20. mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth

    Type Of : mechanical device, toy, plaything
  21. move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting

    Type Of : displace, move
    Examples :
    • swing a bat
  22. play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm

    Type Of : play


  1. Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot

    Synonyms : rice beer, saki
    Type Of : alcohol, inebriant, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, intoxicant
  2. a reason for wanting something done

    Synonyms : interest
    Type Of : benefit, welfare
    Examples :
    • for your sake
    • died for the sake of his country
  3. the purpose of achieving or obtaining

    Type Of : intent, design, aim, intention, purpose
    Examples :
    • for the sake of argument


  1. a very tall building with many stories

    Type Of : building, edifice


  1. secure the assistance of by granting a subsidy, as of nations or military forces

    Synonyms : subsidize
    Type Of : pay
  2. support through subsidies

    Synonyms : subsidize
    Type Of : support