1. sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body

    Synonyms : incubation
    Type Of : birth, birthing, giving birth, parturition
  2. persistent morbid meditation on a problem

    Synonyms : pensiveness
    Type Of : melancholy
  3. deeply or seriously thoughtful

    Synonyms : broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative
    Examples :
    • Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the `Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man


  1. exasperate or irritate

    Synonyms : aggravate, exacerbate
    Type Of : anger
  2. make worse

    Synonyms : aggravate, exacerbate, worsen
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
  3. make furious

    Synonyms : incense, infuriate
    Type Of : anger


  1. an arrangement scheme

    Synonyms : design
    Type Of : organisation, system, organization, arrangement
    Examples :
    • a plan for seating guests
  2. scale drawing of a structure

    Synonyms : architectural plan
    Type Of : drawing
    Examples :
    • the plans for City Hall were on file
  3. make or work out a plan for; devise

    Synonyms : contrive, design, project
    Type Of : create by mental act, create mentally
    Examples :
    • plan an attack
  4. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form

    Synonyms : design
    Type Of : create mentally, create by mental act
    Examples :
    • plan the new wing of the museum
  5. a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

    Synonyms : program, programme
    Type Of : idea, thought
    Examples :
    • they drew up a six-step plan
    • they discussed plans for a new bond issue
  6. have the will and intention to carry out some action

    Synonyms : be after
    Type Of : mean, think, intend
    Examples :
    • He plans to be in graduate school next year
    • The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion
  7. make plans for something

    Type Of : cerebrate, cogitate, think
    Examples :
    • He is planning a trip with his family


  1. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

    Synonyms : function, office, part
    Type Of : duty
    Examples :
    • play its role
  2. what something is used for

    Synonyms : function, purpose, use
    Type Of : usefulness, utility
  3. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

    Synonyms : character, part, persona, theatrical role
    Type Of : enactment, portrayal, personation, characterization
  4. normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting

    Type Of : activity
    Examples :
    • what is your role on the team?


  1. a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area

    Synonyms : commons, green, park
    Type Of : tract, parcel of land, piece of land, parcel, piece of ground
  2. common to or shared by two or more parties

    Synonyms : mutual
    Examples :
    • a common friend
  3. being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

    Synonyms : vernacular, vulgar
    Examples :
    • common parlance
  4. commonly encountered

    Synonyms : usual
    Examples :
    • a common (or familiar) complaint
  5. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

    Synonyms : coarse, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgar
    Examples :
    • behavior that branded him as common
  6. of or associated with the great masses of people

    Synonyms : plebeian, unwashed, vulgar
    Examples :
    • the common people in those days suffered greatly
    • behavior that branded him as common
  7. of low or inferior quality or value

    Synonyms : coarse
    Examples :
    • produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population
  8. belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public

    Antonyms : individual
    Examples :
    • for the common good
    • common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community
  9. having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual

    Antonyms : uncommon
    Examples :
    • the common man
    • a common sailor
    • the common cold
    • a common nuisance
    • followed common procedure
    • it is common knowledge that she lives alone
    • the common housefly
    • a common brand of soap
  10. to be expected; standard

    Examples :
    • common decency


  1. malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty

    Synonyms : bitchiness, cattiness, nastiness, spitefulness
    Type Of : malevolence, malice, malevolency
  2. hurt the feelings of

    Synonyms : bruise, hurt, injure, offend, wound
    Type Of : enkindle, arouse, elicit, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
  3. feeling a need to see others suffer

    Synonyms : malice, maliciousness, spitefulness, venom
    Type Of : malignity, malevolence


  1. having or resembling repeated square indentations like those in a battlement

    Synonyms : battlemented, castellated, castled
  2. (of a person) beset by difficulties or conflict

    Examples :
    • the state legislature called for the embattled governor's resignation
  3. prepared for battle

    Examples :
    • an embattled city


  1. an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant

    Synonyms : chicken feed, crank, deoxyephedrine, glass, ice, meth, methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, methedrine, shabu, trash
    Type Of : amphetamine, controlled substance, pep pill, speed, upper
  2. a piece of calcite or a similar substance, usually in the shape of a crayon, that is used to write or draw on blackboards or other flat surfaces

    Type Of : writing implement
  3. a pure flat white with little reflectance

    Type Of : white, whiteness
  4. a soft whitish calcite

    Type Of : calcite
  5. write, draw, or trace with chalk

    Type Of : draw


  1. the quality of being a hindrance

    Type Of : disadvantage
    Examples :
    • he pointed out all the drawbacks to my plan


  1. become one

    Synonyms : merge, unite
    Antonyms : disunify
    Type Of : integrate
  2. join or combine

    Synonyms : merge, unite
    Type Of : modify, alter, change
  3. to bring or combine together or with something else

    Synonyms : amalgamate, commix, mingle, mix
    Type Of : alter, modify, change
  4. bring together for a common purpose or action or ideology or in a shared situation

    Synonyms : unite
    Type Of : alter, modify, change
  5. act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief

    Synonyms : unite
    Type Of : fall in, join, get together