1. a flock of birds (especially when gathered close together on the ground)

    Type Of : flock
    Examples :
    • we were visited at breakfast by a bevy of excited ducks
  2. a large gathering of people of a particular type

    Type Of : assemblage, gathering
    Examples :
    • he was surrounded by a bevy of beauties in bathing attire
    • a bevy of young beach boys swarmed around him


  1. a harsh mixture of sounds

    Synonyms : discordance
    Type Of : dissonance
  2. strife resulting from a lack of agreement

    Synonyms : discordance
    Type Of : strife
  3. lack of agreement or harmony

    Synonyms : strife
    Type Of : disorder
  4. disagreement among those expected to cooperate

    Synonyms : dissension
    Type Of : disagreement
  5. be different from one another

    Synonyms : disaccord, disagree
    Type Of : be


  1. a pitcher who does not start the game

    Synonyms : fireman, relief pitcher
    Type Of : twirler, hurler, pitcher
  2. a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies

    Synonyms : allayer, comforter
    Type Of : soul, individual, someone, somebody, person, mortal
    Examples :
    • a reliever of anxiety
  3. someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

    Synonyms : backup, backup man, fill-in, relief, stand-in, substitute
    Type Of : compeer, equal, match, peer


  1. a contagious viral disease that is a milder form of measles lasting three or four days; can be damaging to a fetus during the first trimester

    Synonyms : epidemic roseola, german measles, three-day measles
    Type Of : measles, morbilli, rubeola


  1. in a simple manner; without extravagance or embellishment

    Synonyms : simply
    Examples :
    • she was dressed plainly
  2. unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

    Synonyms : apparently, evidently, manifestly, obviously, patently, plain
    Examples :
    • You are plainly wrong


  1. not pleasing in odor or taste

    Synonyms : distasteful, unsavoury
  2. morally offensive

    Synonyms : offensive, unsavoury
    Antonyms : savory
    Examples :
    • an unsavory reputation
    • an unsavory scandal


  1. exchange or buy back for money; under threat

    Synonyms : ransom
    Type Of : change, interchange, exchange
  2. pay off (loans or promissory notes)

    Synonyms : pay off
    Type Of : pay
  3. save from sins

    Synonyms : deliver, save
  4. convert into cash; of commercial papers

    Type Of : cash, cash in
  5. restore the honor or worth of

    Type Of : restore, reestablish, reinstate
  6. to turn in (vouchers or coupons) and receive something in exchange

    Type Of : interchange, exchange, change


  1. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

    Synonyms : nicety, refinement, shade, subtlety
    Type Of : import, meaning, significance, signification
    Examples :
    • without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor


  1. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

    Synonyms : devise, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent
    Type Of : create mentally, create by mental act
  2. make or work out a plan for; devise

    Synonyms : design, plan, project
    Type Of : create by mental act, create mentally
    Examples :
    • They contrived to murder their boss
  3. put or send forth

    Synonyms : cast, project, throw
    Type Of : direct, send


  1. handle and cause to function

    Synonyms : operate
    Type Of : manipulate
    Examples :
    • control the lever
  2. exercise authoritative control or power over

    Synonyms : command
    Examples :
    • control the budget
  3. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

    Synonyms : check, contain, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    Type Of : restrain, hold back, keep, keep back
    Examples :
    • control your anger
  4. a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment

    Synonyms : control condition
    Type Of : criterion, standard
    Examples :
    • the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw
  5. place under restrictions; limit access to by law

    Synonyms : restrict
    Type Of : cut back, restrict, curb, curtail
    Examples :
    • this substance is controlled
  6. discipline in personal and social activities

    Synonyms : restraint
    Type Of : discipline
    Examples :
    • she never lost control of herself
  7. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

    Synonyms : ascertain, assure, check, ensure, insure, see, see to it
    Type Of : verify
    Examples :
    • control the quality of the product
  8. maintain influence over (others or oneself) skillfully, usually to one's advantage

    Synonyms : keep in line, manipulate
    Type Of : interact
    Examples :
    • She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up
  9. the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

    Synonyms : ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, dominance
    Type Of : status, condition
  10. check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard

    Synonyms : verify
    Type Of : essay, prove, test, try, try out, examine
    Examples :
    • Are you controlling for the temperature?
  11. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

    Synonyms : command, mastery
    Type Of : skillfulness
  12. a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine

    Synonyms : controller
    Type Of : mechanism
    Examples :
    • the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly
    • I turned the controls over to her
  13. have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

    Synonyms : master
    Type Of : know
    Examples :
    • Do you control these data?
  14. a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another

    Type Of : relation
    Examples :
    • measures for the control of disease
    • they instituted controls over drinking on campus
  15. a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

    Type Of : spirit, disembodied spirit
  16. (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc

    Type Of : body process, activity, bodily function, bodily process
    Examples :
    • the timing and control of his movements were unimpaired
    • he had lost control of his sphincters
  17. power to direct or determine

    Type Of : powerfulness, power
    Examples :
    • under control
  18. the activity of managing or exerting control over something

    Type Of : activity
    Examples :
    • the control of the mob by the police was admirable
  19. the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.

    Type Of : economic policy
    Examples :
    • they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls
  20. verify by using a duplicate register for comparison

    Type Of : see to it, insure, ascertain, check, assure, ensure, see
    Examples :
    • control an account