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A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
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  1. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
  2. A curve or bend; a turn:
  3. (Informal) One who makes a living by dishonest methods.
Either of the sides of this front section:
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  1. Either of the sides of this front section:
  2. A stroke with such a bow
  3. The rower nearest the bow
(Anatomy) An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.
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  1. (Anatomy) An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.
  2. A usually curved structure forming the upper edge of an open space and supporting the weight above it, as in a bridge or doorway.
  3. The form of an arch
To give spiral shape to by turning the ends in opposite directions
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  1. To give spiral shape to by turning the ends in opposite directions
  2. To wind two or more threads or strands of (cotton, silk, etc.) around one another so as to produce thread or cord
  3. To impart a spiral or coiling shape to, as by turning the ends in opposite directions:
To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side:
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  1. To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side:
  2. To present in a specified direction by rotating or pivoting:
  3. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
To move in or take the shape of a curve:
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  1. To move in or take the shape of a curve:
  2. The graph of a function on a coordinate plane. In this technical sense, straight lines, circles, and waves are all curves.
  3. A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.
To turn aside from the true, natural, or right course
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  1. To turn aside from the true, natural, or right course
  2. (Nautical) To move a vessel by hauling on a line that is fastened to or around a piling, anchor, or pier.
  3. To turn or twist (wood, for example) out of shape; deform.
To cause to take the form of an arch; curve or bend
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  1. To cause to take the form of an arch; curve or bend
  2. To cause to form an arch or similar curve.
  3. To bend backward:
To become round or curved.
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  1. To become round or curved.
  2. To a specific place or person:
  3. With revolutions:
To cause (hair) to form tight curls or waves.
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  1. To cause (hair) to form tight curls or waves.
  2. To press or pinch into small regular folds or ridges:
  3. To pinch together or fold the edge of (one part) tightly over another
To move by muscular control:
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  1. To move by muscular control:
  2. To contract (a muscle, for example).
  3. To move a joint so that the parts it connects approach each other.
To change or misapply the meaning of; misinterpret; distort; twist
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  1. To change or misapply the meaning of; misinterpret; distort; twist
  2. To cause to turn from what is considered right, good, or true; misdirect; lead astray; corrupt
  3. To turn to an improper use; misuse
To rise or fall with steady acceleration.
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  1. To rise or fall with steady acceleration.
  2. To cause to take a spiral form or course.
  3. To move in or form a spiral
To arch or cause to arch slightly.
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  1. To arch or cause to arch slightly.
  2. To arch slightly; curve convexly
To move in a winding course
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  1. To move in a winding course
  2. To wind into a shape resembling a coil.
  3. To wind or gather (rope, a hose, etc.) into a circular or spiral form
To rustle or crackle, as paper when crushed
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  1. To rustle or crackle, as paper when crushed
  2. To be or cause to be full of wrinkles, twists, or ripples
  3. To form wrinkles or ripples.
To move in a spiral or curved course
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  1. To move in a spiral or curved course
  2. To move in a curve or spiral:
  3. To form into a coiled or spiral shape:
To yield reluctantly to pressure; submit; give in
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  1. To yield reluctantly to pressure; submit; give in
  2. To give way; collapse:
  3. To succumb, as to exhaustion or authority; give in:
(Slang) To steal
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  1. (Slang) To steal
  2. To bend or curve
  3. To make a crook in; bend:
To bend into a curve or bow.
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  1. To bend into a curve or bow.
  2. To indicate (agreement, thanks, etc.) by bowing
  3. To bend down one's head or bend one's body in respect, agreement, worship, recognition, etc.
A current of air, especially a natural one that moves along or parallel to the ground, moving from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure. Surface wind is measured by anemometers or its effect on objects, such as trees. The large-scale pattern of winds on Earth is governed primarily by differences in the net solar radiation received at the Earth's surface, but it is also influenced by the Earth's rotation, by the distribution of continents and oceans, by ocean currents, and by topography. On a local scale, the differences in rate of heating and cooling of land versus bodies of water greatly affect wind formation. Prevailing global winds are classified into three major belts in the Northern Hemisphere and three corresponding belts in the Southern Hemisphere. The trade winds blow generally east to west toward a low-pressure zone at the equator throughout the region from 30° north to 30° south of the equator. The westerlies blow from west to east in the temperate mid-latitude regions (from 30° to 60° north and south of the equator), and the polar easterlies blow from east to west out of high-pressure areas in the polar regions.
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  1. A current of air, especially a natural one that moves along or parallel to the ground, moving from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure. Surface wind is measured by anemometers or its effect on objects, such as trees. The large-scale pattern of winds on Earth is governed primarily by differences in the net solar radiation received at the Earth's surface, but it is also influenced by the Earth's rotation, by the distribution of continents and oceans, by ocean currents, and by topography. On a local scale, the differences in rate of heating and cooling of land versus bodies of water greatly affect wind formation. Prevailing global winds are classified into three major belts in the Northern Hemisphere and three corresponding belts in the Southern Hemisphere. The trade winds blow generally east to west toward a low-pressure zone at the equator throughout the region from 30° north to 30° south of the equator. The westerlies blow from west to east in the temperate mid-latitude regions (from 30° to 60° north and south of the equator), and the polar easterlies blow from east to west out of high-pressure areas in the polar regions.
  2. To move in or have a spiral or circular course:
  3. To turn (a crank, for example) in a series of circular motions.
To dispose (someone) to have a certain preference or opinion or to take a course of action:
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  1. To dispose (someone) to have a certain preference or opinion or to take a course of action:
  2. To bend or bow (the body or head)
  3. To deviate from a horizontal or vertical position, course, etc.; lean; slope; slant
To twist, wrench, or bend out of proper or natural shape:
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  1. To twist, wrench, or bend out of proper or natural shape:
  2. To cause to deviate from what is normal, proper, or accurate:
  3. To twist or wrench out of its usual form into one that is grotesque; distort violently
(Intransitive) To deviate from its original path.
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  1. (Intransitive) To deviate from its original path.
  2. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
  3. To turn or make go to one side
To alter from proper or natural form; misshape:
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  1. To alter from proper or natural form; misshape:
  2. To become deformed:
  3. To impair the form or shape of
To bend or turn sharply back in the direction from which one came
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  1. To bend or turn sharply back in the direction from which one came
  2. (Bridge) To increase the point value or penalty of (an opponent's bid) by saying “double” when it is one's turn to bid
  3. To turn (an enemy spy) into a double agent.
To add or substitute (words) in a film by altering the soundtrack.
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  1. To add or substitute (words) in a film by altering the soundtrack.
  2. To move in a loop or an arc.
  3. To wrap around one or more times
To twist together (threads, for example); intertwine.
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  1. To twist together (threads, for example); intertwine.
  2. To become twisted, interlaced, or interwoven:
  3. To twist and turn
(Medicine) To determine the refraction of (an eye, for example).
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  1. (Medicine) To determine the refraction of (an eye, for example).
  2. To cause (a ray or wave of light, heat, or sound) to undergo refraction
  3. To deflect (light, for example) from a straight path by refraction.
To move or turn (something) at an angle:
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  1. To move or turn (something) at an angle:
  2. (Sports) To hit (a ball or puck, for example) at an angle.
  3. To move or bend at an angle or by means of angles
(Baseball) To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
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  1. (Baseball) To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
  2. To hit or throw (a ball) in a hook
  3. (Basketball) To shoot (a ball) in a hook shot.
To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
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  1. To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
  2. To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
  3. To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back:
To bend or deviate from an upright position; stand at a slant; incline
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  1. To bend or deviate from an upright position; stand at a slant; incline
  2. (Informal) To exert pressure:
  3. To cause to incline:
To give way; collapse:
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  1. To give way; collapse:
  2. To yield reluctantly to pressure; submit; give in
  3. To succumb, as to exhaustion or authority; give in:
To bend (something) into the shape of a bow.
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  1. To bend (something) into the shape of a bow.
  2. To convey (greeting, for example) by bending the body.
  3. To indicate (agreement, thanks, etc.) by bowing
To cause to change intentions, actions, etc. [to turn someone from his purpose]
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  1. To cause to change intentions, actions, etc. [to turn someone from his purpose]
  2. To get by buying and selling:
  3. To give a rounded form to:
In a zigzag manner or pattern.
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  1. In a zigzag manner or pattern.
  2. In a zigzag course
  3. To cause to move in or form a zigzag.
To collapse:
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  1. To collapse:
  2. (Intransitive) To become wrinkled.
  3. To fall or break down; collapse
To follow a winding and turning course:
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  1. To follow a winding and turning course:
  2. To move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction:
  3. To take a winding or tortuous course
To make or form a circle around:
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  1. To make or form a circle around:
  2. To go around in a circle; revolve
  3. To move in a circle.
To climb or move upward by winding or turning.
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  1. To climb or move upward by winding or turning.
  2. To turn aside or cause to turn aside sharply or suddenly from a straight line, course, etc.
  3. To turn aside or deviate to avoid impact.
(Mathematics) To fail to approach a limit.
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  1. (Mathematics) To fail to approach a limit.
  2. To go or move in different directions from a common point or from each other; branch off
  3. To depart from a given viewpoint, practice, etc.; differ
To turn aside from a course or way:
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  1. To turn aside from a course or way:
  2. To cause to turn aside or differ.
  3. To turn aside (from a course, direction, standard, doctrine, etc.); diverge; digress
(Intransitive) To make a detour.
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  1. (Intransitive) To make a detour.
  2. To direct or send on a detour.
  3. To go or cause to go by a roundabout way.
To change direction; shift; turn or swing around
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  1. To change direction; shift; turn or swing around
  2. To turn or swing; change the course of
  3. To turn
(Intransitive) To sink or hang downward; to sag.
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  1. (Intransitive) To sink or hang downward; to sag.
  2. To allow to droop or sink.
  3. (Intransitive) To slowly become limp; to bend gradually.
To deprive of energy or vigor; fatigue or exhaust:
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  1. To deprive of energy or vigor; fatigue or exhaust:
  2. To feel or exhibit the effects of fatigue or exhaustion; weaken markedly:
  3. To become weak or faint; lose strength; languish
To decline, as in value or price:
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  1. To decline, as in value or price:
  2. To wear one's pants with the waist below the hips, so that one's underwear is visible.
  3. To lose vigor, firmness, or resilience:
To sit or stand with the back arched
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  1. To sit or stand with the back arched
  2. To move forward jerkily; push; shove
  3. To draw (one's body, etc.) up so as to form a hump; arch into a hump
To place in the hands of; pass:
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  1. To place in the hands of; pass:
  2. To accord or tender to another:
  3. (Slang) To abandon a claim, fight, etc.; give in or give up
To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
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  1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
  2. To supervise the performance of:
  3. In a direct manner; directly
To induce to believe something; convince
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  1. To induce to believe something; convince
  2. To cause to do something by reasoning, urging, or inducement; prevail upon
  3. To cause (someone) to accept a point of view or to undertake a course of action by means of argument, reasoning, or entreaty:
To form into a particular shape; give shape to:
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  1. To form into a particular shape; give shape to:
  2. To change in shape. Used especially of the adaptation of the fetal head to the pelvic canal.
  3. Any of various fungi that often form a fuzzy growth (called a mycelium ) on the surface of organic matter. Some molds cause food to spoil, but others are beneficial, such as those used to make certain cheeses and those from which antibiotics like penicillin are developed. The molds do not form a distinct phylogenetic grouping but belong to various phyla including the ascomycetes and the zygomycetes.
To allow oneself to be subjected (to treatment, analysis, etc.)
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  1. To allow oneself to be subjected (to treatment, analysis, etc.)
  2. To subject to a condition or process:
  3. To allow oneself to be subjected to something:
To give one's consent, often at the insistence of another:
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  1. To give one's consent, often at the insistence of another:
  2. To become a party to an agreement or treaty.
  3. To give assent; give in; agree (to)
(Of a pugilist) to droop the head
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  1. (Of a pugilist) to droop the head
  2. To collapse or fall
  3. (Idiomatic) to relent, yield, surrender or admit defeat
(Sports) To hit (a ball or puck, for example) at an angle.
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  1. (Sports) To hit (a ball or puck, for example) at an angle.
  2. To move or turn (something) at an angle:
  3. To move or bend at an angle or by means of angles
(Elec.) To form an arc
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  1. (Elec.) To form an arc
  2. To move in a curved course
  3. To move or seem to move in a curved path:
To cause to take the form of an arch; curve or bend
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  1. To cause to take the form of an arch; curve or bend
  2. To cause to form an arch or similar curve.
  3. To bend backward:
To indicate (agreement, thanks, etc.) by bowing
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  1. To indicate (agreement, thanks, etc.) by bowing
  2. To bend into a curve or bow.
  3. To bend down one's head or bend one's body in respect, agreement, worship, recognition, etc.
(Slang) To steal
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  1. (Slang) To steal
  2. To make a crook in; bend:
  3. To bend or curve
(Baseball) To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
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  1. (Baseball) To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
  2. A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.
  3. To move in or take the shape of a curve:
To become round or curved.
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  1. To become round or curved.
  2. To a specific place or person:
  3. With revolutions:
To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side:
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  1. To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side:
  2. To present in a specified direction by rotating or pivoting:
  3. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
(Sports) To hit (a ball or puck, for example) at an angle.
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  1. (Sports) To hit (a ball or puck, for example) at an angle.
  2. To move or turn (something) at an angle:
  3. To move or bend at an angle or by means of angles
To make (something) deviate from its original path.
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  1. To make (something) deviate from its original path.
  2. To turn or make go to one side
  3. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
To cause (a ray or wave of light, heat, or sound) to undergo refraction
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  1. To cause (a ray or wave of light, heat, or sound) to undergo refraction
  2. (Medicine) To determine the refraction of (an eye, for example).
  3. To deflect (light, for example) from a straight path by refraction.
To reverse one's or its course; start to move, go, etc. in the opposite direction
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  1. To reverse one's or its course; start to move, go, etc. in the opposite direction
  2. To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side:
  3. To divert or deflect:
To bend backward:
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  1. To bend backward:
  2. To provide with an arch:
  3. To span as an arch
To bend or curve
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  1. To bend or curve
  2. To bend down one's head or bend one's body in respect, agreement, worship, recognition, etc.
  3. To bend into a curve or bow.
(Slang) To hurry.
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  1. (Slang) To hurry.
  2. To carry, especially on the back.
  3. To bend or round into a hump; arch.
To sit or stand with the back arched
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  1. To sit or stand with the back arched
  2. To bend or draw up into a hump:
  3. To draw (one's body, etc.) up so as to form a hump; arch into a hump
To crunch, crush, or crumple
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  1. To crunch, crush, or crumple
  2. To move with or make a crunching sound:
  3. To crumple or squeeze; hunch:
To carry the head and shoulders or the upper part of the body habitually bent forward
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  1. To carry the head and shoulders or the upper part of the body habitually bent forward
  2. To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
  3. To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
To place in the hands of; pass:
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  1. To place in the hands of; pass:
  2. To accord or tender to another:
  3. To perform for an audience:
To take a stance beside and prepare to hit (a golf ball)
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  1. To take a stance beside and prepare to hit (a golf ball)
  2. To direct (spoken or written words) to someone
  3. To use a proper form in speaking to
To put to or adapt for a special use:
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  1. To put to or adapt for a special use:
  2. To bring into nearness or contact with something; put on, upon, or to:
  3. To put to some practical or specific use
(Idiomatic) To put forth the needed effort; to focus; become serious; apply oneself (e.g. to work or study).
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  1. (Idiomatic) To put forth the needed effort; to focus; become serious; apply oneself (e.g. to work or study).
To collect or focus (one's thoughts, efforts, etc.)
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  1. To collect or focus (one's thoughts, efforts, etc.)
  2. To bring to, or direct toward, a common center
  3. (Intransitive) To bring to, or direct toward, a common center; to unite more closely; to gather into one body, mass, or force.
To open (a building, for example) to public use.
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  1. To open (a building, for example) to public use.
  2. To set apart for a special use:
  3. To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action
(Obs.) To curse or doom
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  1. (Obs.) To curse or doom
  2. To set apart for a specific purpose or use:
  3. To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self, for example) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person.
To give an order to; command:
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  1. To give an order to; command:
  2. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
  3. To give commands or directions.
To adjust the focal length of (the eye, a lens, etc.) in order to produce a clear image
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  1. To adjust the focal length of (the eye, a lens, etc.) in order to produce a clear image
  2. To bring into focus
  3. To render (an object or image) in clear outline or sharp detail by adjustment of one's vision or an optical device; bring into focus.
To place in the hands of; pass:
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  1. To place in the hands of; pass:
  2. To accord or tender to another:
  3. To submit for consideration, acceptance, or use:
To put to (a specified) use or result; employ; apply
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  1. To put to (a specified) use or result; employ; apply
  2. To get by buying and selling:
  3. To give a rounded form to:
The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
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  1. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
  2. A bending down of the head or body, as in respect or greeting
  3. Either of the sides of this front section:
A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
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  1. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
  2. A curve or bend; a turn:
  3. A shepherd's staff, with a hook at one end
(Geom.) The rate of deviation of a curve or curved surface from a straight line or plane surface tangent to it
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  1. (Geom.) The rate of deviation of a curve or curved surface from a straight line or plane surface tangent to it
  2. (Mathematics) The ratio of the change in the angle of a tangent that moves over a given arc to the length of the arc.
  3. (Medicine) A curving or bending, especially an abnormal one:
A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.
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  1. A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.
  2. A curved line or similar graphic representation showing variations occurring or expected to occur in prices, business conditions, group achievements, etc.
  3. (Baseball) A ball thrown by a right-handed pitcher that curves to the pitcher's left, or one thrown by a left-handed pitcher that curves to the pitcher's right
A round dance.
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  1. A round dance.
  2. One drink for each person in a gathering or group:
  3. A complete course, succession, or series:
One of a series of such opportunities accorded people in succession or in scheduled order:
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  1. One of a series of such opportunities accorded people in succession or in scheduled order:
  2. (Golf) The midway point of a round, usually after the ninth hole
  3. A distinctive, graceful, or artistic expression or arrangement of words:

Synonym Study

  • Curve suggests a swerving or deflection in a line that follows or approximates the arc of a circle he curved the next pitch
  • Turn , in this comparison, suggests a change in direction, as a curving back of an object upon itself to turn the sheet back
  • Twist , in this connection, implies greater resistance in the object to be bent and often connotes a wrenching out of the normal line to twist one's arm
  • Bend refers to the curving or crooking of something that is normally straight but that yields to pressure or tension to bend a wire
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