1. demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

    Synonyms : rigorous, tight
    Examples :
    • stringent safety measures

high time

  1. the latest possible moment

    Type Of : time
    Examples :
    • it is high time you went to work


  1. the sound of a bell ringing

    Synonyms : ringing, tintinnabulation
    Type Of : sound
    Examples :
    • the distinctive ring of the church bell
    • the ringing of the telephone
    • the tintinnabulation that so voluminously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells
  2. ring or echo with sound

    Synonyms : echo, resound, reverberate
    Type Of : go, sound
  3. extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

    Synonyms : border, environ, skirt, surround
    Type Of : adjoin, contact, touch, meet
  4. make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification

    Synonyms : knell
    Type Of : sound
    Examples :
    • My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church
  5. a toroidal shape

    Synonyms : anchor ring, annulus, doughnut, halo
    Type Of : toroid
    Examples :
    • a ring of ships in the harbor
  6. (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop

    Synonyms : closed chain
    Type Of : chemical chain, chain
  7. attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify

    Synonyms : band
    Type Of : attach
    Examples :
    • ring birds
  8. an association of criminals

    Synonyms : gang, mob, pack
    Type Of : association
  9. a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling

    Synonyms : hoop
    Type Of : band
  10. sound loudly and sonorously

    Synonyms : peal
    Type Of : sound, go
  11. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

    Synonyms : call, call up, phone, telephone
    Type Of : telecommunicate
  12. jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger

    Synonyms : band
    Type Of : jewellery, jewelry
    Examples :
    • she had rings on every finger
  13. a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)

    Synonyms : band
    Type Of : strip, slip
  14. a characteristic sound

    Type Of : sound
    Examples :
    • it has the ring of sincerity
  15. a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle

    Type Of : platform


  1. the government of the Roman Catholic Church

    Synonyms : papacy
    Type Of : regime, government, authorities
  2. administer a pontifical office

    Type Of : administrate, administer
  3. talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner

    Type Of : speak, talk
    Examples :
    • The new professor always pontificates


  1. qualities that are comparable

    Synonyms : comparability, comparison, equivalence
    Type Of : alikeness, similitude, likeness
    Examples :
    • beyond compare
  2. consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous

    Synonyms : equate, liken
    Type Of : study, consider
    Examples :
    • We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans
  3. be comparable

    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes
  4. examine and note the similarities or differences of

    Type Of : analyse, canvass, examine, analyze, study
    Examples :
    • John compared his haircut to his friend's
    • We compared notes after we had both seen the movie
  5. to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb

    Type Of : inflect


  1. the act of returning money received previously

    Synonyms : repayment
    Type Of : defrayal, payment, defrayment
  2. pay back

    Synonyms : give back, repay, return
    Type Of : pay
    Examples :
    • Please refund me my money
  3. money returned to a payer

    Type Of : payment


  1. put forward, as of an idea

    Type Of : advise, counsel, rede


  1. pouring in abundance

    Examples :
    • torrential rains
  2. resembling a torrent in force and abundance

    Examples :
    • torrential applause
    • torrential abuse
    • the torrential facility and fecundity characteristic of his style
  3. relating to or resulting from the action of a torrent

    Examples :
    • torrential erosion
    • torrential adaptations seen in some aquatic forms


  1. the religious belief that between creature and creator no similarity can be found so great but that the dissimilarity is always greater; any analogy between God and humans will always be inadequate

    Synonyms : doctrine of analogy
    Type Of : faith, religious belief, religion
  2. an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others

    Type Of : illation, inference
  3. drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect

    Type Of : comparing, comparison
    Examples :
    • the operation of a computer presents and interesting analogy to the working of the brain
    • the models show by analogy how matter is built up


  1. parsley-like herb used as seasoning or garnish

    Synonyms : chinese parsley, coriander
    Type Of : herb
  2. Old World herb with aromatic leaves and seed resembling parsley

    Synonyms : chinese parsley, coriander, coriander plant, coriandrum sativum
    Type Of : herb, herbaceous plant