1. difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight

    Synonyms : cumbrous
    Examples :
    • a cumbersome piece of machinery
  2. not elegant or graceful in expression

    Synonyms : awkward, clumsy, ill-chosen, inapt, inept
    Examples :
    • his cumbersome writing style


  1. scientifically detached; unemotional

    Examples :
    • he spoke in the clipped clinical monotones typical of police testimony
  2. relating to a clinic or conducted in or as if in a clinic and depending on direct observation of patients

    Examples :
    • clinical observation
    • clinical case study


  1. the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination

    Synonyms : obscureness
    Type Of : semidarkness
  2. the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand

    Synonyms : abstruseness, obscureness, reconditeness
    Antonyms : clarity
    Type Of : incomprehensibility
  3. an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known

    Antonyms : prominence
    Type Of : standing
    Examples :
    • he worked in obscurity for many years


  1. kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air

    Synonyms : strangle, strangulate
    Type Of : kill
  2. a pedal that controls the throttle valve

    Synonyms : accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas, gas pedal, gun
    Type Of : treadle, foot lever, foot pedal, pedal
  3. place limits on (extent or amount or access)

    Synonyms : bound, confine, limit, restrict, trammel
  4. reduce the air supply

    Synonyms : choke
    Type Of : enrich
  5. a valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine

    Synonyms : accelerator, throttle valve
    Type Of : valve


  1. the time that has elapsed

    Synonyms : past, past times
    Type Of : time


  1. wildly disordered

    Synonyms : maniac
    Examples :
    • a maniacal frenzy


  1. be bossy towards

    Synonyms : ballyrag, boss around, browbeat, bully, bullyrag, push around, strong-arm
    Type Of : intimidate
  2. (Greek mythology) a mythical Trojan who was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War


  1. a servile or fawning dependant

    Type Of : dependant, dependent


  1. (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

    Synonyms : medicament, medicinal drug, medicine
    Type Of : drug
  2. the act of treating with medicines or remedies

    Type Of : therapy


  1. (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

    Antonyms : steep
    Examples :
    • a gradual slope
  2. proceeding in small stages

    Antonyms : sudden
    Examples :
    • a gradual increase in prices
  3. (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass

    Type Of : antiphony, antiphon