1. resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

    Synonyms : beastly, bestial, brutal, brute
    Examples :
    • a dull and brutish man


  1. an ability that has been acquired by training

    Synonyms : accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment
    Type Of : power, ability
  2. ability to produce solutions in some problem domain

    Synonyms : science
    Type Of : power, ability
    Examples :
    • the skill of a well-trained boxer


  1. gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby

    Synonyms : babble, lallation
    Type Of : gibber, gibberish


  1. the state of not existing

    Synonyms : nonexistence
    Type Of : nonbeing
  2. a person of no influence

    Synonyms : cipher, cypher, nobody
    Type Of : common man, common person, commoner


  1. an exclusive group of people

    Synonyms : elect
    Type Of : elite, elite group
  2. one who is the object of choice; who is given preference

    Type Of : dearie, deary, ducky, favorite, favourite, pet, darling
    Examples :
    • she was Mama's chosen
  3. the name for Korea as a Japanese province (1910-1945)


  1. informal terms for a difficult situation

    Synonyms : fix, hole, jam, kettle of fish, muddle, pickle
    Type Of : difficulty
  2. a state of confusion and disorderliness

    Synonyms : messiness, muss, mussiness
    Type Of : disorderliness, disorder
    Examples :
    • the house was a mess
  3. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

    Synonyms : batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
    Type Of : large indefinite quantity, large indefinite amount
  4. make a mess of or create disorder in

    Synonyms : mess up
    Type Of : disorder, disarray
    Examples :
    • He messed up his room
  5. a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax

    Synonyms : mess hall
    Type Of : dining-room, dining room
  6. a meal eaten in a mess hall by service personnel

    Type Of : meal, repast
  7. eat in a mess hall

    Type Of : eat
  8. soft semiliquid food

    Type Of : alimentation, nutrition, aliment, nutriment, nourishment, sustenance, victuals
    Examples :
    • a mess of porridge


  1. (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected

    Synonyms : legato
  2. (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

    Synonyms : placid, quiet, still, tranquil, unruffled
    Examples :
    • a smooth channel crossing
  3. make (a surface) shine

    Synonyms : polish, shine, smoothen
    Type Of : embellish, fancify, prettify, beautify
  4. make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

    Synonyms : smoothen
    Antonyms : roughen
    Type Of : change surface
    Examples :
    • smooth the surface of the wood
  5. free from obstructions

    Synonyms : smooth out
    Type Of : rid, disembarrass, free
    Examples :
    • smooth the way towards peace negotiations
  6. smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication

    Synonyms : bland, politic, suave
    Examples :
    • the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error
  7. smooth and unconstrained in movement

    Synonyms : fluent, fluid, liquid
    Examples :
    • a long, smooth stride
  8. having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities

    Antonyms : rough
    Examples :
    • smooth skin
    • a smooth tabletop
    • smooth fabric
    • a smooth road
    • water as smooth as a mirror
  9. lacking obstructions or difficulties

    Examples :
    • the bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly
  10. of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth

    Antonyms : rough
  11. the act of smoothing

    Type Of : achievement, accomplishment
    Examples :
    • he gave his hair a quick smooth
  12. of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence

    Antonyms : rough
    Examples :
    • a smooth ride


  1. assign to a class or kind

    Synonyms : classify
    Type Of : assign, attribute
    Examples :
    • People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms
  2. assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

    Synonyms : break, bump, demote, kick downstairs
    Type Of : delegate, designate, depute, assign
  3. refer to another person for decision or judgment

    Synonyms : pass on, submit
    Type Of : submit
    Examples :
    • She likes to relegate difficult questions to her colleagues
  4. expel, as if by official decree

    Synonyms : banish, bar
    Type Of : throw out, expel, kick out


  1. of no real value

    Examples :
    • a nugatory law


  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