1. large highly venomous snake of northeastern Australia

    Synonyms : oxyuranus scutellatus
    Type Of : elapid, elapid snake

traffic jam

  1. a number of vehicles blocking one another until they can scarcely move

    Synonyms : snarl-up
    Type Of : crush, jam, press


  1. (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played

    Synonyms : pacing
    Type Of : musical time
  2. the rate of some repeating event

    Synonyms : pace
    Type Of : rate


  1. concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations

    Synonyms : theoretic
    Antonyms : empirical
    Examples :
    • theoretical science
  2. concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

    Antonyms : applied
    Examples :
    • theoretical physics


  1. understood in a certain way; made sense of

    Synonyms : interpreted
    Examples :
    • a word taken literally
    • a smile taken as consent
  2. be affected with an indisposition

    Examples :
    • the child was taken ill
    • couldn't tell when he would be taken drunk


  1. causing a surge of emotion or excitement

    Synonyms : electrifying
    Examples :
    • a thrilling performer to watch
  2. causing quivering or shivering as by cold or fear or electric shock

    Examples :
    • a thrilling wind blew off the frozen lake


  1. a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands

    Synonyms : teardrop
    Type Of : drop, driblet, drib
    Examples :
    • his story brought tears to her eyes
  2. strip of feathers

    Synonyms : deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull
    Type Of : strip
  3. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking

    Synonyms : binge, bout, bust
    Type Of : revelry, revel
  4. move quickly and violently

    Synonyms : buck, charge, shoot, shoot down
    Type Of : pelt along, hasten, hie, step on it, speed, rush along, belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, rush, hotfoot, race
  5. separate or cause to separate abruptly

    Synonyms : bust, rupture, snap
    Type Of : part, disunite, separate, divide
    Examples :
    • tear the paper
  6. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart

    Synonyms : rent, rip, snag, split
    Type Of : gap, opening
  7. fill with tears or shed tears

    Type Of : cry, weep
    Examples :
    • Her eyes were tearing
  8. the act of tearing

    Type Of : separation
    Examples :
    • he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear
  9. to separate or be separated by force

    Type Of : part, divide, disunite, separate


  1. a distinguishing style

    Synonyms : signature
    Type Of : manner, mode, style, way, fashion
    Examples :
    • this room needs a woman's touch
  2. make a more or less disguised reference to

    Synonyms : advert, allude
    Type Of : hint, suggest
  3. consume

    Synonyms : partake
    Type Of : consume, have, take in, ingest, take
    Examples :
    • She didn't touch her food all night
  4. the event of something coming in contact with the body

    Synonyms : touching
    Type Of : contact, impinging, striking
    Examples :
    • he longed for the touch of her hand
    • the cooling touch of the night air
  5. be relevant to

    Synonyms : bear on, come to, concern, have to do with, pertain, refer, relate, touch on
  6. a suggestion of some quality

    Synonyms : ghost, trace
    Type Of : suggestion, proffer, proposition
    Examples :
    • there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone
  7. have an effect upon

    Synonyms : affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch on
    Type Of : change, modify, alter
  8. the act of putting two things together with no space between them

    Synonyms : touching
    Type Of : human activity, human action, deed, act
    Examples :
    • at his touch the room filled with lights
  9. be equal to in quality or ability

    Synonyms : equal, match, rival
    Type Of : contend, compete, vie
    Examples :
    • Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues
  10. a communicative interaction

    Synonyms : contact
    Type Of : communicating, communication
    Examples :
    • he got in touch with his colleagues
  11. a slight attack of illness

    Synonyms : spot
    Type Of : attack
    Examples :
    • he has a touch of rheumatism
  12. affect emotionally

    Synonyms : stir
    Type Of : strike, move, affect, impress
    Examples :
    • I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy
  13. the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)

    Synonyms : cutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality
    Type Of : somatosense, exteroception
    Examples :
    • only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us
  14. tamper with

    Synonyms : disturb
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
    Examples :
    • Don't touch my CDs!
  15. to extend as far as

    Synonyms : extend to, reach
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • The chair must not touch the wall
  16. a slight but appreciable amount

    Synonyms : hint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge
    Type Of : small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    Examples :
    • this dish could use a touch of garlic
  17. be in direct physical contact with; make contact

    Synonyms : adjoin, contact, meet
    Examples :
    • The two buildings touch
    • Their hands touched
  18. the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin

    Synonyms : feeling, tactile sensation, tactual sensation, touch sensation
    Type Of : perception
    Examples :
    • she likes the touch of silk on her skin
  19. color lightly

    Synonyms : tinct, tinge, tint
    Type Of : color, colourize, colourise, colour in, colour, colorize, colorise, color in
  20. cause to be in brief contact with

    Examples :
    • He touched his toes to the horse's flanks
  21. comprehend

    Type Of : understand
    Examples :
    • He could not touch the meaning of the poem
  22. deal with; usually used with a form of negation

    Type Of : handle, manage, deal, care
    Examples :
    • I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole
    • The local Mafia won't touch gambling
  23. deftness in handling matters

    Type Of : adroitness, quickness, adeptness, facility, deftness
    Examples :
    • he has a master's touch
  24. make physical contact with, come in contact with

    Examples :
    • She never touched her husband
  25. perceive via the tactile sense

    Type Of : perceive, comprehend
    Examples :
    • Helen Keller felt the physical world by touching people and objects around her
  26. the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan)

    Type Of : solicitation
    Examples :
    • he watched the beggar trying to make a touch
  27. the feel of mechanical action

    Type Of : tactile property, feel
    Examples :
    • this piano has a wonderful touch


  1. the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)

    Synonyms : grain
    Type Of : physical composition, makeup, composition, make-up, constitution
    Examples :
    • breadfruit has the same texture as bread
    • fish with a delicate flavor and texture
  2. the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality

    Type Of : visual property
  3. the essential quality of something

    Type Of : quality, character, lineament
    Examples :
    • the texture of Neapolitan life
  4. the feel of a surface or a fabric

    Type Of : tactile property, feel
    Examples :
    • the wall had a smooth texture
  5. the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together

    Type Of : musicalness, musicality
    Examples :
    • then another melodic line is added to the texture


  1. an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling

    Synonyms : motortruck
    Type Of : automotive vehicle, motor vehicle
  2. a handcart that has a frame with two low wheels and a ledge at the bottom and handles at the top; used to move crates or other heavy objects

    Synonyms : hand truck
    Type Of : go-cart, handcart, pushcart, cart
  3. convey (goods etc.) by truck

    Type Of : transport
    Examples :
    • truck fresh vegetables across the mountains