1. lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new

    Synonyms : cold, dusty, moth-eaten
    Examples :
    • stale news
  2. lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age

    Antonyms : fresh
    Examples :
    • stale bread
    • the beer was stale
  3. urinate, of cattle and horses

    Type Of : make, pass water, pee, pee-pee, piddle, piss, puddle, relieve oneself, spend a penny, take a leak, urinate, wee, wee-wee, make water, micturate


  1. the financial means whereby one lives

    Synonyms : bread and butter, keep, livelihood, living, support
    Type Of : resource
  2. the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

    Synonyms : maintenance, sustainment, sustentation, upkeep
    Type Of : support
    Examples :
    • they were in want of sustenance
  3. a source of materials to nourish the body

    Synonyms : aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, victuals
    Type Of : nutrient, food


  1. state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment

    Type Of : bondage, slavery, thraldom, thrall, thralldom
    Examples :
    • penal servitude


  1. hit hard

    Synonyms : blast, boom, nail
    Type Of : hit
    Examples :
    • He smashed a 3-run homer
  2. a vigorous blow

    Synonyms : bang, bash, belt, knock
    Type Of : bump, blow
  3. a conspicuous success

    Synonyms : bang, hit, smasher, strike
    Type Of : success
    Examples :
    • that new Broadway show is a real smasher
  4. a serious collision (especially of motor vehicles)

    Synonyms : smash-up
    Type Of : collision
  5. the act of colliding with something

    Synonyms : crash
    Type Of : hitting, hit, striking
    Examples :
    • the fullback's smash into the defensive line
  6. with a loud crash

    Synonyms : smashingly
    Examples :
    • the car went smash through the fence
  7. break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

    Synonyms : dash
    Type Of : break
  8. a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head

    Synonyms : overhead
    Type Of : return
  9. reduce to bankruptcy

    Synonyms : bankrupt, break, ruin
    Type Of : impoverish
    Examples :
    • The slump in the financial markets smashed him
  10. damage or destroy as if by violence

    Synonyms : bang up, smash up
    Type Of : damage
  11. humiliate or depress completely

    Synonyms : crush
    Type Of : mortify, chagrin, abase, humble, humiliate
    Examples :
    • The death of her son smashed her
  12. break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow

    Type Of : fall apart, split up, separate, break, come apart
    Examples :
    • The window smashed
  13. collide or strike violently and suddenly

    Type Of : clash, collide
    Examples :
    • The motorcycle smashed into the guard rail
  14. hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke

    Type Of : hit
  15. hit violently

    Type Of : hit, strike
    Examples :
    • She smashed her car against the guard rail
  16. overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful)

    Type Of : demolish, destroy
    Examples :
    • The police smashed the drug ring after they were tipped off


  1. confined on all sides

    Synonyms : encircled
    Examples :
    • a camp surrounded by enemies


  1. cause to conform to standard or norm

    Synonyms : standardise
    Type Of : order, regularise, regularize, regulate, govern
    Examples :
    • The weights and measures were standardized
  2. evaluate by comparing with a standard

    Synonyms : standardise
    Type Of : value, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, appraise


  1. being the most concentrated solution possible at a given temperature; unable to dissolve still more of a substance

    Synonyms : concentrated
    Antonyms : unsaturated
    Examples :
    • a saturated solution
  2. (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black

    Synonyms : pure
    Antonyms : unsaturated
  3. used especially of organic compounds; having all available valence bonds filled

    Antonyms : unsaturated
    Examples :
    • saturated fats


  1. die of food deprivation

    Synonyms : famish
    Type Of : give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it, buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire
    Examples :
    • The political prisoners starved to death
  2. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

    Synonyms : crave, hunger, lust, thirst
    Type Of : desire, want
  3. be hungry; go without food

    Synonyms : famish, hunger
    Antonyms : be full
    Type Of : hurt, suffer
  4. deprive of food

    Synonyms : famish
    Antonyms : feed
    Type Of : deprive
    Examples :
    • They starved the prisoners
  5. deprive of a necessity and cause suffering

    Type Of : deprive
    Examples :
    • The engine was starved of fuel


  1. an intense or violent exertion

    Synonyms : straining
    Type Of : elbow grease, travail, sweat, exertion, effort
  2. difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension

    Synonyms : stress
    Type Of : difficulty
    Examples :
    • she endured the stresses and strains of life
  3. cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

    Synonyms : tense, tense up
    Antonyms : unstrain
    Type Of : affect
  4. test the limits of

    Synonyms : stress, try
    Type Of : afflict
  5. become stretched or tense or taut

    Synonyms : tense
    Type Of : tighten
    Examples :
    • the rope strained when the weight was attached
  6. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    Synonyms : air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune
    Type Of : music
  7. the act of singing

    Synonyms : song
    Type Of : vocal music
  8. remove by passing through a filter

    Synonyms : filter, filter out, filtrate, separate out
    Type Of : separate
  9. separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

    Synonyms : sieve, sift
    Type Of : separate
  10. use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity

    Synonyms : extend
    Type Of : use, utilise, employ, apply, utilize
    Examples :
    • Don't strain your mind too much
  11. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

    Synonyms : form, var., variant
    Type Of : taxonomic group, taxon, taxonomic category
    Examples :
    • a new strain of microorganisms
  12. a special variety of domesticated animals within a species

    Synonyms : breed, stock
    Type Of : variety, animal group
    Examples :
    • he created a new strain of sheep
  13. the general meaning or substance of an utterance

    Synonyms : tenor
    Type Of : meaning, substance
  14. to exert much effort or energy

    Synonyms : reach, strive
    Type Of : drive, tug, labour, push, labor
    Examples :
    • straining our ears to hear
  15. an effortful attempt to attain a goal

    Synonyms : nisus, pains, striving
    Type Of : try, endeavour, attempt, effort, endeavor
  16. rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender

    Synonyms : puree
    Type Of : rub
  17. alter the shape of (something) by stress

    Synonyms : deform, distort
    Type Of : form, shape
  18. (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress

    Synonyms : mental strain, nervous strain
    Type Of : nerves, nervousness
    Examples :
    • his responsibilities were a constant strain
    • the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him
  19. injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain

    Type Of : hurt, harm, injury, trauma
  20. (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces

    Type Of : deformation


  1. a tributary of the Snake River in Idaho

    Synonyms : salmon river
  2. of orange tinged with pink

    Synonyms : pink-orange, pinkish-orange
  3. any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn

    Type Of : food fish, salmonid
  4. a pale pinkish orange color

    Type Of : chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour
  5. flesh of any of various marine or freshwater fish of the family Salmonidae

    Type Of : fish