1. (military) a person who freely enlists for service

    Synonyms : military volunteer, volunteer
    Type Of : military man, serviceman, man, military personnel
  2. composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance

    Type Of : solo
  3. controlled by individual volition

    Antonyms : involuntary
    Examples :
    • voluntary motions
    • voluntary muscles
  4. of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled

    Antonyms : involuntary
    Examples :
    • man is a voluntary agent
    • participation was voluntary
    • voluntary manslaughter
    • voluntary generosity in times of disaster
    • voluntary social workers
    • a voluntary confession


  1. a vigil held over a corpse the night before burial

    Synonyms : wake
    Type Of : vigil, watch
  2. the display of a motion picture

    Synonyms : screening, showing
    Type Of : display


  1. the justification for some act or belief

    Synonyms : defence, defense
    Type Of : justification
  2. the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.

    Synonyms : exoneration
    Type Of : clearing
    Examples :
    • friends provided a vindication of his position


  1. converted into a gas or vapor

    Synonyms : gasified, vaporized, volatilised, volatilized


  1. a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface

    Type Of : vascular plant, tracheophyte


  1. a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart

    Synonyms : vena, venous blood vessel
    Type Of : blood vessel
    Examples :
    • all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood
  2. one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect

    Synonyms : nervure
    Type Of : rib
  3. any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ

    Synonyms : nervure
    Type Of : vascular strand, fibrovascular bundle, vascular bundle
  4. a layer of ore between layers of rock

    Synonyms : mineral vein
    Type Of : formation, geological formation
  5. a distinctive style or manner

    Type Of : expressive style, style
    Examples :
    • he continued in this vein for several minutes
  6. make a veinlike pattern

    Type Of : stain


  1. the property of being wild or turbulent

    Synonyms : ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, wildness
    Type Of : intensiveness, intensity
    Examples :
    • the storm's violence
  2. an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)

    Synonyms : force
    Type Of : hostility, aggression
    Examples :
    • he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one
  3. a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.

    Type Of : sturm und drang, turbulence, upheaval


  1. edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant

    Synonyms : veg, veggie
    Type Of : green groceries, produce, green goods, garden truck
  2. any of various herbaceous plants cultivated for an edible part such as the fruit or the root of the beet or the leaf of spinach or the seeds of bean plants or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower

    Type Of : herbaceous plant, herb


  1. in a vivid manner

    Examples :
    • he described his adventures vividly


  1. a trademarked brand of petroleum jelly

    Type Of : mineral jelly, petrolatum, petroleum jelly