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(Plural only) One's appearance or attractiveness.
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  1. (Plural only) One's appearance or attractiveness.
  2. Plural form of look
An external or outward appearance:
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  1. An external or outward appearance:
  2. A representation in visual art of the outdoors:
  3. The outside part, parts or surface of something.
(Law) A provision making the effect of a legal instrument contingent on the occurrence of an uncertain future event.
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  1. (Law) A provision making the effect of a legal instrument contingent on the occurrence of an uncertain future event.
  2. Anything essential to the existence or occurrence of something else; prerequisite
  3. A future and uncertain event, fact, or circumstance whose existence or occurrence is necessary for the existence or determining the extent of an obligation or liability. See also estate and fee simple.
(Philos., Psychol.) Anything present in the consciousness at a single moment as an actual sensation or a mental image
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  1. (Philos., Psychol.) Anything present in the consciousness at a single moment as an actual sensation or a mental image
  2. The way in which a food is served; esp., the often artistic arrangement of food on a plate to make it especially appealing
  3. The style or manner with which something is offered for consideration or display:
Shape or form; configuration:
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  1. Shape or form; configuration:
  2. The way in which something is made or done; manner
  3. The current style or mode of dress, speech, conduct, etc.
A supernatural influence felt to be nearby:
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  1. A supernatural influence felt to be nearby:
  2. Impressive bearing, personality, etc. characterized by poise, confidence, etc., often specif. that of a performer before an audience (stage presence)
  3. A person who is present, especially in an impressive way:
The act or instance of looking:
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  1. The act or instance of looking:
  2. Appearance or aspect:
  3. A distinctive, unified manner of dress or fashion:
Appearance to the eye, especially from a specific vantage point:
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  1. Appearance to the eye, especially from a specific vantage point:
  2. A way in which something can be viewed by the mind:
  3. A particular look or facial expression; mien:
(Obs.) The way a thing looks; appearance
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  1. (Obs.) The way a thing looks; appearance
  2. The face; facial features; visage
  3. The look on a person's face that shows one's nature or feelings
The raised printing surface of a piece of type.
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  1. The raised printing surface of a piece of type.
  2. Value or standing in the eyes of others; prestige:
  3. The full selection of type of a certain design
Way of carrying and conducting oneself; carriage; manner; mien
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  1. Way of carrying and conducting oneself; carriage; manner; mien
  2. (Architecture) That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports.
  3. Direction, especially angular direction measured from one position to another using geographical or celestial reference lines.
Outward behavior; conduct; deportment
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  1. Outward behavior; conduct; deportment
  2. The way in which a person behaves; deportment.
An appearance or aspect.
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  1. An appearance or aspect.
  2. Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind:
  3. A way of carrying and conducting oneself; manner
Kind; sort:
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  1. Kind; sort:
  2. Characteristic style or method in art, music, literature, etc.
  3. A way or method in which something is done or happens; mode or fashion of procedure
A wheeled support or frame for carrying a heavy object, such as a cannon.
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  1. A wheeled support or frame for carrying a heavy object, such as a cannon.
  2. A wheeled frame or support for something heavy
  3. A wheeled vehicle, especially a four-wheeled horse-drawn passenger vehicle, often of an elegant design.
Something thrown up, off, or out, as bait on a line, a pair of hawks in falconry, the dirt thrown up by worms, the shed skin of an insect, etc.
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  1. Something thrown up, off, or out, as bait on a line, a pair of hawks in falconry, the dirt thrown up by worms, the shed skin of an insect, etc.
  2. The form in which something is made or constructed; arrangement:
  3. Outward form or look; appearance:
The general environment or condition, as in attitudes and ideas:
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  1. The general environment or condition, as in attitudes and ideas:
  2. The colorless, odorless, tasteless mixture of gases that surrounds the Earth. Air consists of about 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen, with the remaining part made up mainly of argon, carbon dioxide, neon, helium, methane, and krypton in decreasing order of volume. Air also contains varying amounts of water vapor, particulate matter such as dust and soot, and chemical pollutants.
  3. An outward appearance; general impression or feeling given by something
A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.
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  1. A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.
  2. A manner of acting, feeling, or thinking that shows one's disposition, opinion, etc.
  3. The position or posture assumed by the body in connection with an action, feeling, mood, etc.
Character; kind; class; type
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  1. Character; kind; class; type
  2. A small piece of paper, distinctively imprinted on the face and usually gummed on the back, issued by a government for a specified price and required to be affixed to a letter, parcel, document, commodity subject to duty, etc. as evidence that the prescribed fee, as for carrying mail, has been paid
  3. An implement or device used to impress, cut out, or shape something to which it is applied.
The act of expressing, conveying, or representing in words, art, music, or movement; a manifestation:
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  1. The act of expressing, conveying, or representing in words, art, music, or movement; a manifestation:
  2. A showing of feeling, character, etc.
  3. A look, intonation, sign, etc. that conveys meaning or feeling
Misleading appearance; cover, cloak.
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  1. Misleading appearance; cover, cloak.
  2. Customary way of speaking or acting; fashion, manner, practice (often used formerly in such phrases as "at his own guise"; that is, in his own fashion, to suit himself.)
  3. External appearance in manner or dress; appropriate indication or expression; garb; shape.
Clothes, clothing, or apparel, esp. as suitable for certain occasions [casual dress] or for a certain place or time
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  1. Clothes, clothing, or apparel, esp. as suitable for certain occasions [casual dress] or for a certain place or time
  2. An outer garment for women, having a skirt and usually made in one piece: formerly and traditionally the usual garment for women
  3. A style of clothing:
The outer shape of an object or figure.
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  1. The outer shape of an object or figure.
  2. A line indicating the outer contours or boundaries of an object or figure:
  3. A style of drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading.
A varying characteristic or quality of something, such as a melody.
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  1. A varying characteristic or quality of something, such as a melody.
  2. The general shape or form of a figure, configuration, etc.
  3. (Linguistics) a speech sound which behaves as a single segment, but which makes an internal transition from one quality, place, or manner to another.
Appearance; aspect
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  1. Appearance; aspect
  2. The face or facial expression of a person; countenance.
  3. The face, with reference to the form and proportions of the features or to the expression; countenance
(--- Philosophy) The essential or ideal nature of something, especially as distinguished from its matter or material being.
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  1. (--- Philosophy) The essential or ideal nature of something, especially as distinguished from its matter or material being.
  2. The way in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself:
  3. The shape, outline, or configuration of anything; structure as apart from color, material, etc.
The form characteristic of a particular person or thing, or class of things
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  1. The form characteristic of a particular person or thing, or class of things
  2. A desirable form:
  3. The condition of something with regard to effectiveness, use, or appearance:
Likeness, similarity; the quality of being similar.
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  1. Likeness, similarity; the quality of being similar.
  2. A likeness, image, or representation
  3. Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form.
(Art) The way of using color, esp. to gain a total effect
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  1. (Art) The way of using color, esp. to gain a total effect
  2. A false appearance; disguise; pretext; especially the false appearance of a claim to legal right, authority, or office. See also color of law and color of title.
  3. The sensation produced by the effect of light waves striking the retina of the eye. The color of something depends mainly on which wavelengths of light it emits, reflects, or transmits.
The manner in which one carries oneself; bearing.
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  1. The manner in which one carries oneself; bearing.
  2. An opening, as in a cylinder face or valve face, for the passage of steam, gas, water, etc.
  3. A type of very sweet fortified wine, mostly dark red, traditionally made in Portugal.
An approach or policy with regard to something:
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  1. An approach or policy with regard to something:
  2. The position or carriage of the body in standing or sitting, often, specif., with respect to the proper alignment of the back, shoulders, and head
  3. An attitude or way of behaving, especially when adopted to have an effect on others:
A bodily attitude or position, such as one assumed for an artist or a photographer.
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  1. A bodily attitude or position, such as one assumed for an artist or a photographer.
  2. A way of behaving or speaking that is assumed for effect; pretense
  3. A studied or artificial manner or attitude, often assumed in an attempt to impress or deceive others.
Impression or appearance made:
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  1. Impression or appearance made:
  2. The outline or shape of something; form
  3. The shape or form of a human body:
A person or animal portrayed with a personality in comics or animation:
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  1. A person or animal portrayed with a personality in comics or animation:
  2. A style of printing or writing:
  3. (Genetics) Any attribute, as color, shape, etc., caused in an individual by the action of one or more genes
The arrangement of type, illustrations, etc. in a book, newspaper, page, etc.
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  1. The arrangement of type, illustrations, etc. in a book, newspaper, page, etc.
  2. Cosmetics applied especially to the face.
  3. The way in which something is put together; composition; construction
The discharge of bloody mucus from the vagina indicating the start of labor.
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  1. The discharge of bloody mucus from the vagina indicating the start of labor.
  2. A person or thing looked upon as peculiar, ridiculous, laughable, etc.; spectacle; sight
  3. Display or outward appearance:
A claim or assertion to a right, especially a false one:
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  1. A claim or assertion to a right, especially a false one:
  2. A false show of something
  3. A false or studied show; an affectation:
The barest trace; a modicum:
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  1. The barest trace; a modicum:
  2. A likeness, image, or representation
  3. Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form.
Misleading appearance; cover, cloak.
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  1. Misleading appearance; cover, cloak.
  2. External appearance in manner or dress; appropriate indication or expression; garb; shape.
  3. Customary way of speaking or acting; fashion, manner, practice (often used formerly in such phrases as "at his own guise"; that is, in his own fashion, to suit himself.)
(Printing) All the copies of a publication printed at one time from the same set of type.
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  1. (Printing) All the copies of a publication printed at one time from the same set of type.
  2. (Dentistry) An imprint of the teeth and surrounding tissues, formed with a plastic material that hardens into a mold for use in making dentures, inlays, or plastic models.
  3. An effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience:
(Philos.) According to Plato, any of the unchanging, eternal, intelligible models or archetypes of which all material things are only imperfect imitations and from which their existence derives: in modern philosophy, used variously to mean the immediate object of thought, absolute truth, etc.
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  1. (Philos.) According to Plato, any of the unchanging, eternal, intelligible models or archetypes of which all material things are only imperfect imitations and from which their existence derives: in modern philosophy, used variously to mean the immediate object of thought, absolute truth, etc.
  2. The gist or significance:
  3. A sense that something can happen; a notion or expectation:
A vivid description or representation in words, especially a metaphor or simile:
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  1. A vivid description or representation in words, especially a metaphor or simile:
  2. A person or thing very much like another; copy; counterpart; likeness
  3. A mental picture of something; conception; idea; impression
A sculptured head or face, often grotesque, used as an ornament, as on a building
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  1. A sculptured head or face, often grotesque, used as an ornament, as on a building
  2. A grotesque or comical representation of a face, worn especially to frighten or amuse, as at Halloween.
  3. A usually rubber frame forming a watertight seal around the eyes and nose and containing a transparent covering for use in seeing underwater.
(Mathematics, geometry) The locus of an equation (especially one with exactly two degrees of freedom) in a more-than-two-dimensional space.
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  1. (Mathematics, geometry) The locus of an equation (especially one with exactly two degrees of freedom) in a more-than-two-dimensional space.
  2. (Figuratively) Outward or external appearance.
  3. The outer face, or exterior, of an object
(Figuratively) An illusion.
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  1. (Figuratively) An illusion.
  2. Something that falsely appears to be real
  3. An image formed under certain atmospheric conditions, in which objects appear to be reflected or displaced or in which nonexistent objects seem to appear. For example, the difference in the index of refraction between a low layer of very hot air and a higher level of cold air can cause light rays, travelling down from an object (such as the sky or a cloud) and passing through ever warmer air, to be refracted back up again. An observer viewing these light rays perceives them coming up off the ground, and thus sees the inverted image of the object, which appears lower than the object really is. In this way the sky itself can be reflected, resulting in the mirage of a distant lake.
Something that is erroneously perceived or construed:
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  1. Something that is erroneously perceived or construed:
  2. A trick, as one designed or performed by a stage magician, appearing to defy ordinary physical laws
  3. A false idea or conception; belief or opinion not in accord with the facts
Outward appearance; semblance
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  1. Outward appearance; semblance
An outside or outside surface
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  1. An outside or outside surface
  2. A representation in visual art of the outdoors:
  3. The outside part, parts or surface of something.
A bodily attitude or position, such as one assumed for an artist or a photographer.
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  1. A bodily attitude or position, such as one assumed for an artist or a photographer.
  2. A studied or artificial manner or attitude, often assumed in an attempt to impress or deceive others.
  3. A way of behaving or speaking that is assumed for effect; pretense
A marked side:
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  1. A marked side:
  2. Value or standing in the eyes of others; prestige:
  3. Outer surface:
Any of the thin layers glued together to form plywood
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  1. Any of the thin layers glued together to form plywood
  2. A thin surface layer of fine wood or costly material laid over a base of common material
  3. A deceptive, superficial show; a façade:
The act or power of seeing with the eye; sense of sight
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  1. The act or power of seeing with the eye; sense of sight
  2. The mystical experience of seeing something that is not in fact present to the eye or is supernatural.
  3. The ability to perceive something not actually visible, as through mental acuteness or keen foresight
(Medicine) A sensation, as of a cold breeze or a bright light, that precedes the onset of certain disorders, such as an epileptic seizure or an attack of migraine.
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  1. (Medicine) A sensation, as of a cold breeze or a bright light, that precedes the onset of certain disorders, such as an epileptic seizure or an attack of migraine.
  2. A particular atmosphere or quality that seems to arise from and surround a person or thing
  3. A field of energy thought by some to emanate from all things in nature and to be visible to certain persons with psychic powers
The dark image made by such a body
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  1. The dark image made by such a body
  2. An incipient growth of beard that makes the skin look darker.
  3. A faint suggestion or appearance; trace
A mere pretense; sham
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  1. A mere pretense; sham
  2. An image or representation.
  3. A faint trace or semblance.
Attitude or appearance, as of the face, indicating state of mind; external behavior when facing a problem, etc.
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  1. Attitude or appearance, as of the face, indicating state of mind; external behavior when facing a problem, etc.
  2. An outward, often feigned, appearance or manner:
  3. The forehead or face, especially of a bird or other animal.
Statements, actions, or display designed to make something seem better than it really is
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  1. Statements, actions, or display designed to make something seem better than it really is
  2. (Idiomatic, uncountable) A means of creating a deceptively favourable impression of something or someone; something for appearance only.
  3. A means of improving appearances or creating a falsely favorable impression:
The act of arriving or something that has arrived.
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  1. The act of arriving or something that has arrived.
  2. The attainment of an objective, especially as a result of effort.
  3. The reaching of a goal or objective as a result of effort or a process:
The coming or arrival of something or someone that is important or worthy of note:
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  1. The coming or arrival of something or someone that is important or worthy of note:
  2. (Christianity) The liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence.
  3. A coming or arrival
The act of arriving; an arrival
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  1. The act of arriving; an arrival
  2. Arrival; advent:
  3. An arrival or approach
(Philos., Psychol.) Anything present in the consciousness at a single moment as an actual sensation or a mental image
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  1. (Philos., Psychol.) Anything present in the consciousness at a single moment as an actual sensation or a mental image
  2. (Medicine) The position of the fetus in the uterus at birth with respect to the mouth of the uterus.
  3. (Med.) The position of the fetus in the uterus at the time of delivery, with reference to the part presenting itself at the mouth of the uterus
An account or statement, as of facts, allegations, or arguments.
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  1. An account or statement, as of facts, allegations, or arguments.
  2. A representing or being represented (in various senses); specif., the fact of representing or being represented in a legislative assembly
  3. A statement of fact made with the purpose of getting someone to become party to a transaction or contract. See also misrepresentation. A statement of fact made with the purpose of getting someone to become party to a transaction or contract. See also misrepresentation.
The thing or things exhibited
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  1. The thing or things exhibited
  2. A public show or display, as of art, industrial products, athletic feats, etc.
  3. The act or fact of exhibiting
A formal or ceremonial removal of a covering from a new statue, tombstone, etc.
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  1. A formal or ceremonial removal of a covering from a new statue, tombstone, etc.
  2. A ceremony for the first public showing of something.
(--- Zoology) A specialized pattern of behavior used to communicate visually, such as the presentation of colors or plumage by male birds as part of courtship or intimidation.
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  1. (--- Zoology) A specialized pattern of behavior used to communicate visually, such as the presentation of colors or plumage by male birds as part of courtship or intimidation.
  2. A demonstration or manifestation:
  3. (Biochemistry) An in vitro method by which genetically engineered proteins are placed on the surface of a biological entity (such as a bacteriophage, yeast, or ribosome) so that the properties of these proteins and those they bind to can be analyzed and manipulated for research purposes.
The act or process of emerging.
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  1. The act or process of emerging.
  2. In particular: the arising of emergent structure in complex systems.
  3. The act of rising out of a fluid, or coming forth from envelopment or concealment, or of rising into view; sudden uprising or appearance.
Occasion or opportunity:
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  1. Occasion or opportunity:
  2. (Informal) An angry or irritated reaction:
  3. An origin, beginning, or source:
A basic introductory text or course of study.
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  1. A basic introductory text or course of study.
  2. Anything introduced, or brought into use, knowledge, or fashion
  3. The preliminary section of a book, often having material considered essential to an understanding of the main text
The action, fact, or instance of occurring:
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  1. The action, fact, or instance of occurring:
  2. The act or fact of occurring
  3. Actual instance where a situation arises.
A public demonstration, as by a government or party for political effect
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  1. A public demonstration, as by a government or party for political effect
  2. One of the forms in which someone or something, such as a person, a divine being, or an idea, is revealed.
  3. A form in which a being manifests itself or is thought to manifest itself, esp. the material or bodily form of a spirit
(Nonstandard) A making actual or really existent; noun form of actualize.
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  1. (Nonstandard) A making actual or really existent; noun form of actualize.
(Physics) The conversion of energy into mass
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  1. (Physics) The conversion of energy into mass
  2. The conversion of something into a physical form
The formal introduction of a young woman into upper-class society
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  1. The formal introduction of a young woman into upper-class society
  2. The beginning of a career, course, etc.
  3. A first appearance before the public, as of an actor
The act of taking possession, as of property, or of office.
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  1. The act of taking possession, as of property, or of office.
  2. The entering upon; the beginning, or that with which the beginning is made; the commencement; initiation.
  3. The causing to be entered upon a register, as a ship or goods, at a customhouse; an entering.
Announcing or declaring to the public; the distribution of a book, pamphlet, or other work to the public. Announcing or declaring to the public; the distribution of a book, pamphlet, or other work to the public. in libel, the act of communication of the libelous matter.
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  1. Announcing or declaring to the public; the distribution of a book, pamphlet, or other work to the public. Announcing or declaring to the public; the distribution of a book, pamphlet, or other work to the public. in libel, the act of communication of the libelous matter.
  2. The printing and distribution, usually for sale, of books, magazines, newspapers, etc.
  3. An issue of printed or electronic matter, such as a book or magazine, offered for distribution or sale.
An emerging
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  1. An emerging
  2. The act of rising out of a fluid, or coming forth from envelopment or concealment, or of rising into view; sudden uprising or appearance.
  3. In particular: the arising of emergent structure in complex systems.
The coming or arrival of something or someone that is important or worthy of note:
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  1. The coming or arrival of something or someone that is important or worthy of note:
  2. The coming of Jesus at the Incarnation.
  3. A coming or arrival
The attainment of an objective, especially as a result of effort.
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  1. The attainment of an objective, especially as a result of effort.
  2. The act of arriving or something that has arrived.
  3. The reaching of a goal or objective as a result of effort or a process:
The act of arriving; an arrival
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  1. The act of arriving; an arrival
  2. An arrival or approach
  3. Arrival; advent:
Any of the possible ways in which an idea, problem, etc. may be regarded
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  1. Any of the possible ways in which an idea, problem, etc. may be regarded
  2. A way in which something can be viewed by the mind:
  3. A particular look or facial expression; mien:
Appearance or aspect:
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  1. Appearance or aspect:
  2. The act or instance of looking:
  3. A distinctive, unified manner of dress or fashion:
Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind:
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  1. Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind:
  2. An appearance or aspect.
  3. A way of looking; appearance
A figure of speech; esp., a metaphor or simile
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  1. A figure of speech; esp., a metaphor or simile
  2. The concept or character projected to the public, as by a person or institution, especially as interpreted by the mass media:
  3. A vivid description or representation in words, especially a metaphor or simile:
A vague notion, remembrance, or belief:
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  1. A vague notion, remembrance, or belief:
  2. An effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience:
  3. (Dentistry) An imprint of the teeth and surrounding tissues, formed with a plastic material that hardens into a mold for use in making dentures, inlays, or plastic models.

Synonym Study

  • Semblance , which refers to the outward impression as contrasted with the inner reality, usually does not imply deception a semblance of order, while guise is usually used of a deliberately misleading appearance under the guise of patriotism
  • Aspect , in this comparison, also refers to physical features, esp. to facial expression a man of morose aspect or to visual effect at a given time or place in spring the yard had a refreshing aspect
  • Appearance and look refer generally to the outward impression of a person or thing, but the former often implies mere show or pretense gave an appearance of honesty, and the latter (often in the plural) refers specifically to physical details the forlorn look of an abandoned house, good looks
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