1. causing to become stable

    Synonyms : stabilising
    Examples :
    • the family is one of the great stabilizing elements in society


  1. a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes

    Type Of : comedy
  2. acoustic device consisting of two paddles hinged together; used by an actor to make a loud noise without inflicting injury when striking someone

    Type Of : acoustic device
  3. characterized by horseplay and physical action

    Examples :
    • slapstick style of humor


  1. the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand

    Synonyms : smack, smacking
    Type Of : blow
  2. a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)

    Synonyms : smack
    Type Of : blow, bump
  3. directly

    Synonyms : bang, bolt, slapdash, smack
    Examples :
    • ran slap into her
  4. hit with something flat, like a paddle or the open hand

    Type Of : strike
    Examples :
    • The impatient teacher slapped the student
    • a gunshot slapped him on the forehead


  1. attracting and holding interest as if by a spell

    Synonyms : hypnotic, mesmeric, mesmerizing
    Examples :
    • a spellbinding description of life in ancient Rome


  1. containing an unusual amount of grease or oil

    Synonyms : greasy, oily, oleaginous


  1. a woman advocate of women's right to vote (especially a militant advocate in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the 20th century)

    Type Of : feminist, women's rightist, libber, suffragist, women's liberationist


  1. shake, as from cold

    Synonyms : shudder
    Type Of : move involuntarily, move reflexively
    Examples :
    • The children are shivering--turn on the heat!
  2. an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    Synonyms : chill, frisson, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
    Type Of : fear, fearfulness, fright
  3. a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement

    Synonyms : shake, tremble
    Type Of : inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
  4. tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement

    Synonyms : shudder, thrill, throb
    Type Of : tremble


  1. a crystal of snow

    Synonyms : flake
    Type Of : crystal
  2. white Arctic bunting

    Synonyms : plectrophenax nivalis, snow bunting, snowbird
    Type Of : bunting


  1. the trait of behaving in an obscene manner

    Synonyms : bawdiness, lewdness, obscenity, salaciousness
    Type Of : indecency


  1. incapable of reproducing

    Synonyms : infertile, unfertile
    Antonyms : fertile
  2. free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms

    Synonyms : aseptic
    Examples :
    • a sterile operating area
  3. deficient in originality or creativity; lacking powers of invention

    Synonyms : unimaginative, uninspired, uninventive
    Examples :
    • a sterile ideology lacking in originality