1. the act of making a noisy disturbance

    Synonyms : commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus
    Type Of : disturbance
  2. a state of commotion and noise and confusion

    Synonyms : garboil, tumultuousness, uproar
    Type Of : to-do, commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle
  3. violent agitation

    Synonyms : turmoil
    Type Of : agitation


  1. make shorter as if by cutting off

    Synonyms : cut short
    Type Of : shorten
    Examples :
    • truncate a word
    • Erosion has truncated the ridges of the mountains
  2. terminating abruptly by having or as if having an end or point cut off

    Synonyms : truncated
    Examples :
    • a truncate leaf
    • truncated volcanic mountains
    • a truncated pyramid
  3. approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one

    Type Of : approximate, judge, estimate, gauge, guess
    Examples :
    • truncate a series
  4. replace a corner by a plane

    Type Of : interchange, replace, exchange, substitute


  1. someone who shirks duty

    Synonyms : no-show, nonattender
    Type Of : offender, wrongdoer
  2. one who is absent from school without permission

    Synonyms : hooky player
    Type Of : absentee
  3. absent without permission

    Synonyms : awol
    Examples :
    • truant schoolboys


  1. of little substance or significance

    Synonyms : superficial
    Examples :
    • only trivial objections
  2. (informal) small and of little importance

    Synonyms : fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, petty, picayune, piddling, piffling
  3. concerned with trivialities

    Examples :
    • a trivial young woman
    • a trivial mind


  1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

    Synonyms : banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, well-worn
    Examples :
    • his remarks were trite and commonplace
    • the trite metaphor `hard as nails'


  1. cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing

    Synonyms : bangle, bauble, fallal, gaud, gewgaw, novelty
    Type Of : adornment


  1. a feeling of alarm or dread

    Type Of : apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread


  1. taking a zigzag path on skis

    Synonyms : traversal
    Type Of : crossing
  2. to cover or extend over an area or time period

    Synonyms : cross, span, sweep
    Type Of : cover, continue, extend
    Examples :
    • Rivers traverse the valley floor
  3. a horizontal beam that extends across something

    Synonyms : crossbeam, crosspiece, trave
    Type Of : beam
  4. travel across or pass over

    Synonyms : cover, cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track
    Type Of : pass
  5. deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit

    Synonyms : deny
  6. a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it

    Synonyms : transom
    Type Of : crosspiece
  7. travel across

    Synonyms : traversal
    Type Of : travel, traveling, travelling


  1. lasting a very short time

    Synonyms : ephemeral, fugacious, passing, short-lived, transitory
    Examples :
    • youth's transient beauty
  2. of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind

    Synonyms : transeunt
  3. one who stays for only a short time

    Type Of : traveler, traveller
    Examples :
    • transient laborers
  4. (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load

    Type Of : oscillation, vibration


  1. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

    Synonyms : breach, break, go against, infract, offend, violate
    Type Of : disrespect
  2. pass beyond (limits or boundaries)

    Synonyms : overstep, trespass
    Type Of : pass
  3. commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law

    Synonyms : sin, trespass
    Type Of : break, offend, go against, infract, violate, breach
  4. spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline

    Type Of : overspread, spread
    Examples :
    • The sea transgresses along the West coast of the island