1. a sum of money allotted on a regular basis; usually for some specific purpose

    Type Of : regular payment


  1. marked by great carelessness

    Synonyms : haphazard, slipshod, sloppy
    Examples :
    • slapdash work
  2. in a careless or reckless manner

    Synonyms : slam-bang
    Examples :
    • the shelves were put up slapdash
  3. directly

    Synonyms : bang, bolt, slap, smack


  1. someone who spends money prodigally

    Synonyms : scattergood, spend-all, spender
    Type Of : prodigal, profligate, squanderer
  2. recklessly wasteful

    Synonyms : extravagant, prodigal, profligate


  1. darkened by clouds

    Synonyms : heavy, lowering, threatening
  2. showing a brooding ill humor

    Synonyms : dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour
    Examples :
    • a sullen crowd


  1. consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle

    Synonyms : colligate
    Type Of : include
  2. contain or include

    Type Of : include
    Examples :
    • This new system subsumes the old one


  1. take the place or move into the position of

    Synonyms : replace, supersede, supervene upon
    Type Of : follow, come after, succeed
    Examples :
    • the computer has supplanted the slide rule


  1. serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being

    Synonyms : otiose, pointless, purposeless, senseless, wasted
  2. more than is needed, desired, or required

    Synonyms : excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, supernumerary, surplus
    Examples :
    • delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words


  1. unwanted e-mail (usually of a commercial nature sent out in bulk)

    Synonyms : junk e-mail
    Type Of : e-mail, email, electronic mail
  2. a canned meat made largely from pork

    Type Of : tinned meat, canned meat
  3. send unwanted or junk e-mail

    Type Of : netmail, e-mail, email


  1. any property detected by the olfactory system

    Synonyms : aroma, odor, odour, olfactory property, smell
    Type Of : property
  2. apply perfume to

    Synonyms : perfume
    Type Of : neaten, groom
  3. catch the scent of; get wind of

    Synonyms : nose, wind
    Type Of : smell
  4. cause to smell or be smelly

    Synonyms : odorize, odourise
    Type Of : cause to be perceived
  5. a distinctive odor that is pleasant

    Synonyms : aroma, fragrance, perfume
    Type Of : odor, smell, olfactory sensation, olfactory perception, odour
  6. an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced

    Type Of : odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell


  1. someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily

    Synonyms : quick study
    Type Of : scholar, learner, assimilator
    Examples :
    • she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge
  2. ask for and get free; be a parasite

    Synonyms : bum, cadge, grub, mooch
    Type Of : obtain
  3. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

    Synonyms : leech, parasite, sponger
    Type Of : follower
  4. primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies

    Synonyms : parazoan, poriferan
    Type Of : invertebrate
  5. a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used

    Type Of : absorbent, absorbent material
  6. erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard

    Type Of : score out, efface, erase, rub out, wipe off
  7. gather sponges, in the ocean

    Type Of : gather, pull together, collect, garner
  8. soak up with a sponge

    Type Of : wipe up, mop, mop up
  9. wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten

    Type Of : pass over, wipe