1. press down tightly

    Synonyms : pack, tamp down
    Type Of : compact, compress, pack together
    Examples :
    • tamp the coffee grinds in the container to make espresso
  2. a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.)

    Synonyms : tamper, tamping bar
    Type Of : tool


  1. a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations

    Synonyms : farce, farce comedy
    Type Of : comedy
  2. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

    Synonyms : burlesque, lampoon, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, send-up, sendup, spoof, takeoff
    Type Of : imitation, caricature, impersonation
  3. make a travesty of

    Type Of : burlesque, parody, spoof


  1. weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous

    Synonyms : bearded darnel, cheat, darnel, lolium temulentum
    Type Of : ryegrass, rye grass
  2. an adjustment made for the weight of the packaging in order to determine the net weight of the goods

    Type Of : adjustment, allowance
  3. any of several weedy vetches grown for forage

    Type Of : vetch
  4. (chemical analysis) a counterweight used in chemical analysis; consists of an empty container that counterbalances the weight of the container holding chemicals

    Type Of : counterpoise, counterbalance, equalizer, counterweight, balance, equaliser
  5. the weight of a motor vehicle, railroad car, or aircraft without its fuel or cargo

    Type Of : weight


  1. slightly intoxicated

    Synonyms : potty, tiddly
  2. unstable and prone to tip as if intoxicated

    Examples :
    • a tipsy boat


  1. characterized by intense emotion

    Synonyms : ardent, fervent, fervid, fiery, impassioned, perfervid
    Examples :
    • a torrid love affair
  2. emotionally charged and vigorously energetic

    Examples :
    • a torrid dance
    • torrid jazz bands
    • hot trumpets and torrid rhythms
  3. extremely hot and dry

    Examples :
    • the torrid heat of the noonday sun


  1. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

    Synonyms : ass-kisser, crawler, lackey, sycophant
    Type Of : adulator, flatterer
  2. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

    Synonyms : bootlick, fawn, kotow, kowtow, suck up, truckle
    Type Of : blandish, flatter


  1. providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding

    Synonyms : custodial, tutelar
    Examples :
    • tutelary gods


  1. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    Synonyms : byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled
    Examples :
    • tortuous legal procedures
    • tortuous negotiations lasting for months
  2. marked by repeated turns and bends

    Synonyms : twisting, twisty, voluminous, winding
    Examples :
    • a tortuous road up the mountain
  3. not straightforward

    Examples :
    • his tortuous reasoning


  1. having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one

    Synonyms : tendencious
    Examples :
    • a tendentious account of recent elections
    • distinguishing between verifiable fact and tendentious assertion


  1. characteristic of an atavist

    Synonyms : atavistic
  2. a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

    Synonyms : atavism, reversion
    Type Of : recurrence, return
  3. an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism

    Synonyms : atavist
    Type Of : being, organism