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(Linguis.) A root, or base
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  1. (Linguis.) A root, or base
  2. Radicle
  3. The root of a plant
One of the smallest roots, hair roots.
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  1. One of the smallest roots, hair roots.
  2. A small root or division of a root.
  3. A little root or small branch of a root
A hairlike outgrowth of a plant root that absorbs water and minerals from the soil. Root hairs are tubular extensions of the epidermis that greatly increase the surface area of the root. They are constantly dying off and being replaced by new ones as the root grows and extends itself into the soil.
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  1. A hairlike outgrowth of a plant root that absorbs water and minerals from the soil. Root hairs are tubular extensions of the epidermis that greatly increase the surface area of the root. They are constantly dying off and being replaced by new ones as the root grows and extends itself into the soil.
  2. A thin hairlike outgrowth of an epidermal cell of a plant root that absorbs water and minerals from the soil.
  3. (Biology) The rhizoid of a vascular plant; a tubular outgrowth of a trichoblast, a hair-forming cell on the epidermis of a plant root.
A rounded projection or swelling; a tubercle.
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  1. A rounded projection or swelling; a tubercle.
  2. A short, thickened, fleshy part of an underground stem, as a potato: new plants develop from the buds, or eyes, that grow in the axils of the minute scale leaves of a tuber
  3. A similar outgrowth of a plant root.
(Botany) A long tapering root possessed by many plants (such as carrots and dandelions). [from early 17th c.]
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  1. (Botany) A long tapering root possessed by many plants (such as carrots and dandelions). [from early 17th c.]
  2. A main root, growing almost vertically downward, from which small branch roots spread out
  3. The main root in gymnosperms, eudicotyledons, and magnoliids, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem. The taproot develops from the primary root. The taproot and its lateral roots penetrate deeper into the soil than the fibrous roots characteristic of monocotyledons.
A small anatomical structure, such as a fibril of a nerve, that resembles a root.
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  1. A small anatomical structure, such as a fibril of a nerve, that resembles a root.
  2. The part of a plant embryo that develops into a root. In most seeds, the radicle is the first structure to emerge on germination.
  3. A rudimentary root
A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.
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  1. A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.
  2. A creeping stem lying, usually horizontally, at or under the surface of the soil and differing from a root in having scale leaves, bearing leaves or aerial shoots near its tips, and producing roots from its undersurface
  3. A horizontal underground stem of some plants that sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.
(Zool.) The rootlike, attached portion of a hydroid colony
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  1. (Zool.) The rootlike, attached portion of a hydroid colony
  2. (Agriculture) A healthy plant that is used as the base for grafting a scion
  3. A root system of a plant, often with a portion of the stem, to which a shoot or bud is grafted.
Any person, place, or thing by which something is supplied
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  1. Any person, place, or thing by which something is supplied
  2. One, such as a person or document, that supplies information:
  3. A person or thing from which something comes into being or is derived or obtained:
A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
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  1. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
  2. A normal mental state; sanity:
  3. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred:
A motif in art, literature, or music.
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  1. A motif in art, literature, or music.
  2. An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
  3. Some inner drive, impulse, intention, etc. that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way; incentive; goal
Emotional constitution, basic disposition, or character:
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  1. Emotional constitution, basic disposition, or character:
  2. A person esteemed or admired as lovable, loyal, or courageous:
  3. The human heart considered as the center or source of emotions, personality attributes, etc.
A stone from which one or more flakes have been removed, serving as a tool in itself or as a source of flakes from which other tools could be fashioned. Stones used as cores include flint, chert, and obsidian.
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  1. A stone from which one or more flakes have been removed, serving as a tool in itself or as a source of flakes from which other tools could be fashioned. Stones used as cores include flint, chert, and obsidian.
  2. (Elec.) A mass of magnetic material placed inside a wire coil, serving to channel and increase the strength of the magnetic field resulting from current in the coil
  3. (Anatomy) The muscles in the trunk of the human body, including those of the abdomen and chest, that stabilize the spine, pelvis, and shoulders.
The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things.
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  1. The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things.
  2. A substance that keeps, in concentrated form, the flavor, fragrance, or other properties of the plant, drug, food, etc. from which it is extracted; essential oil
  3. (Philos.) The inward nature of anything, underlying its manifestations; true substance
The central idea; the essence.
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  1. The central idea; the essence.
  2. The essence or main point, as of an article or argument
  3. (Law) The grounds for action in a suit.
Emotional constitution, basic disposition, or character:
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  1. Emotional constitution, basic disposition, or character:
  2. The human heart considered as the center or source of emotions, personality attributes, etc.
  3. A person esteemed or admired as lovable, loyal, or courageous:
The central, most important part of something; core; essence
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  1. The central, most important part of something; core; essence
  2. A small amount of something, especially when potentially developing into something else:
  3. The usually edible seed inside the hard covering of a nut or fruit stone.
Bone marrow.
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  1. Bone marrow.
  2. The soft, vascular, fatty tissue that fills the cavities of most bones
  3. (Geordie, informal) A friend, pal, buddy, mate.
The flesh of animals used as food, esp. the flesh of mammals or, often, of fowl
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  1. The flesh of animals used as food, esp. the flesh of mammals or, often, of fowl
  2. The essence, substance, or gist:
  3. (Vulgar Slang) The human body regarded as an object of sexual desire.
The essence; the core:
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  1. The essence; the core:
  2. A small piece
  3. (Informal) The point of a story or gist of a matter
The soft, spongy tissue in the center of certain plant stems
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  1. The soft, spongy tissue in the center of certain plant stems
  2. The soft core of various other things, as of a bone or feather
  3. The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stems of most flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns. Pith is composed of parenchyma cells. In plants that undergo secondary growth, such as angiosperms, the pith is surrounded by the vascular tissues and is gradually compressed by the inward growth of the vascular tissue known as xylem. In plants with woody stems, the pith dries out and often disintegrates as the plant grows older, leaving the stem hollow.
The most nearly perfect or most typical manifestation of a quality or thing
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  1. The most nearly perfect or most typical manifestation of a quality or thing
  2. A form of dark energy due to a hypothetical scalar field that permeates all space, the energy density of which varies across space and time, in contrast to the cosmological constant.
  3. In ancient and medieval philosophy, the fifth and highest essence after the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, thought to be the substance of the heavenly bodies and latent in all things.
Strong, deeply felt emotion conveyed by a speaker, performer, or artist:
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  1. Strong, deeply felt emotion conveyed by a speaker, performer, or artist:
  2. A person considered as the embodiment of an intangible quality; a personification:
  3. The spirit of a dead person, thought of as separate from the body and leading an existence of its own
Strong loyalty or dedication:
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  1. Strong loyalty or dedication:
  2. A person as characterized by a stated quality:
  3. A force or principle believed to animate humans and often to endure after departing from the body of a person at death; the soul.
(Sports) The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.
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  1. (Sports) The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.
  2. Constituent elements or basic nature; essence; character
  3. Matter or substance of an unspecified or generalized kind
Matter of a particular kind or chemical composition
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  1. Matter of a particular kind or chemical composition
  2. Material possessions; goods; wealth:
  3. That which is real or practical in quality or character; practical value:
(Law) The essential part of a complaint or accusation
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  1. (Law) The essential part of a complaint or accusation
  2. The main claim or most important aspect of a complaint against a defendant.
  3. The substance or core argument of a legal document or position taken. The substance or core argument of a legal document or position taken.
(Chem.) Any compound that can react with an acid to form a salt, the hydroxyl of the base being replaced by a negative ion: in modern theory, any substance that produces a negative ion and donates electrons to an acid to form covalent bonds: in water solution a base tastes bitter, turns red litmus paper blue, and, in dissociation theory, produces free hydroxyl ions
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  1. (Chem.) Any compound that can react with an acid to form a salt, the hydroxyl of the base being replaced by a negative ion: in modern theory, any substance that produces a negative ion and donates electrons to an acid to form covalent bonds: in water solution a base tastes bitter, turns red litmus paper blue, and, in dissociation theory, produces free hydroxyl ions
  2. A basic or underlying element; infrastructure:
  3. The fundamental principle or underlying concept of a system or theory; a basis.
The fundamental principle.
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  1. The fundamental principle.
  2. An underlying circumstance or condition:
  3. A condition for relating or proceeding:
A ceremonial stone set at the corner of a building, joining two exterior walls, and often inscribed with the starting and completion dates of construction, the name of the architect and owner, and other details.
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  1. A ceremonial stone set at the corner of a building, joining two exterior walls, and often inscribed with the starting and completion dates of construction, the name of the architect and owner, and other details.
  2. A stone that forms part of the corner of a building; esp., a foundation stone of this kind, often inscribed, laid at a ceremony that marks the beginning of building
  3. An indispensable and fundamental basis:
The fundamental principle on which something is founded; basis
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  1. The fundamental principle on which something is founded; basis
  2. The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.
  3. Foundation garment
The prime or main tone of a harmonic series
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  1. The prime or main tone of a harmonic series
  2. The lowest frequency of a periodically varying quantity or of a vibrating system.
  3. A principle, theory, law, etc. serving as a basis; essential part
Something in an incipient or undeveloped form:
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  1. Something in an incipient or undeveloped form:
  2. A first principle, element, or fundamental, as of a subject to be learned
  3. A fundamental element, principle, or skill, as of a field of learning:
That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
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  1. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
  2. The act or process of bringing or being brought into being; a start:
  3. The initial portion of some extended thing.
In generative linguistics, the generation of a linguistic structure through an ordered or partially ordered series of operations on other structures, such as the creation of a surface structure from a deep structure, or of a complex word from its morphological components.
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  1. In generative linguistics, the generation of a linguistic structure through an ordered or partially ordered series of operations on other structures, such as the creation of a surface structure from a deep structure, or of a complex word from its morphological components.
  2. The form or source from which something is derived; an origin.
  3. (--- Gram.) The process of forming words from bases by the addition of affixes other than inflectional morphemes, or by internal phonetic change
(Figuratively) that from which something flows or proceeds
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  1. (Figuratively) that from which something flows or proceeds
  2. A device from which poultry may drink
  3. One that initiates or dispenses; a source:
A structure, often decorative, from which a jet or stream of water issues.
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  1. A structure, often decorative, from which a jet or stream of water issues.
  2. The source or beginning of a stream
  3. A spring, especially the source of a stream.
An abundant source of knowledge, etc.
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  1. An abundant source of knowledge, etc.
  2. A spring that is the source of a stream
  3. The original or main source of anything
A woman who gives birth to a child.
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  1. A woman who gives birth to a child.
  2. A woman whose egg unites with a sperm, producing an embryo.
  3. A stringy slime composed of yeast cells and bacteria that forms on the surface of fermenting liquids and is added to wine or cider to start the production of vinegar.
The fact of originating; rise or derivation:
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  1. The fact of originating; rise or derivation:
  2. A coming into existence or use; beginning
  3. That in which something has its beginning; source; root; cause
Anything from which other things are derived; source; origin
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  1. Anything from which other things are derived; source; origin
  2. A female person whose egg unites with a sperm or a male person whose sperm unites with an egg, resulting in the conception of a child or the birth of a child.
  3. A source or cause; an origin:
The records or documents authenticating such an object or the history of its ownership.
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  1. The records or documents authenticating such an object or the history of its ownership.
  2. Origin; derivation; source
  3. The history of the ownership of an object, especially when documented or authenticated. Used of artworks, antiques, and books.
Origin; derivation
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  1. Origin; derivation
  2. (Archaeology) Source; origin.
(By extension) The necessary basis for something to develop
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  1. (By extension) The necessary basis for something to develop
  2. (Agriculture) A healthy plant that is used as the base for grafting a scion
  3. A root system of a plant, often with a portion of the stem, to which a shoot or bud is grafted.
A person, book, document, etc. that provides information
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  1. A person, book, document, etc. that provides information
  2. One, such as a person or document, that supplies information:
  3. A person or thing from which something comes into being or is derived or obtained:
The season of the year between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to include the months of March, April, and May. In the Southern Hemisphere austral spring includes September, October, and November.
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  1. The season of the year between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to include the months of March, April, and May. In the Southern Hemisphere austral spring includes September, October, and November.
  2. A device, such as a coil of wire, that returns to its original shape after being compressed or stretched. Because of their ability to return to their original shape, springs are used to store energy, as in mechanical clocks, and to absorb or lessen energy, as in the suspension system of vehicles.
  3. A source, beginning, or motive:
A source of abundant supply; fount
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  1. A source of abundant supply; fount
  2. (--- Naut.) An enclosure in the hold of a ship for containing the pumps and protecting them from damage
  3. A compartment or recessed area in a ship, used for stowage:
The basic underlying quality; the source:
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  1. The basic underlying quality; the source:
  2. The deepest or lowest part:
  3. The lowest or least favorable position:
(Sports) A player whose position at the start of a contest is at the center of the line or playing area
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  1. (Sports) A player whose position at the start of a contest is at the center of the line or playing area
  2. (--- Baseball) Center field.
  3. A point of origin, as of influence, ideas, or actions:
A piece of magnetizable material, such as a rod of soft iron, that is placed inside an electrical coil or transformer to intensify and provide a path for the magnetic field produced by the current running through the wire windings.
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  1. A piece of magnetizable material, such as a rod of soft iron, that is placed inside an electrical coil or transformer to intensify and provide a path for the magnetic field produced by the current running through the wire windings.
  2. A cylindrical sample of rock, ice, or other material obtained from the center of a mass by drilling or cutting.
  3. The wood center to which outer layers of veneer are attached
(Mathematics) A fixed point or one of a pair of fixed points used in generating a curve such as an ellipse, parabola, or hyperbola.
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  1. (Mathematics) A fixed point or one of a pair of fixed points used in generating a curve such as an ellipse, parabola, or hyperbola.
  2. A center of interest or activity:
  3. The point where rays of light, heat, etc. or waves of sound come together, or from which they spread or seem to spread; specif., the point where rays of light reflected by a mirror or refracted by a lens meet (called real focus) or the point where they would meet if prolonged backward through the lens or mirror (called virtual focus)
One's prevailing mood or current inclination:
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  1. One's prevailing mood or current inclination:
  2. The human heart considered as the center or source of emotions, personality attributes, etc.
  3. A person esteemed or admired as lovable, loyal, or courageous:
Boston, Massachusetts. Used with the .
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  1. Boston, Massachusetts. Used with the .
  2. A center of interest, importance, or activity
  3. A center of activity or interest; a focal point:
The vital core; the essence:
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  1. The vital core; the essence:
  2. The living:
  3. The most personal and sensitive aspect of the emotions:
(Chem.) Any compound that can react with an acid to form a salt, the hydroxyl of the base being replaced by a negative ion: in modern theory, any substance that produces a negative ion and donates electrons to an acid to form covalent bonds: in water solution a base tastes bitter, turns red litmus paper blue, and, in dissociation theory, produces free hydroxyl ions
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  1. (Chem.) Any compound that can react with an acid to form a salt, the hydroxyl of the base being replaced by a negative ion: in modern theory, any substance that produces a negative ion and donates electrons to an acid to form covalent bonds: in water solution a base tastes bitter, turns red litmus paper blue, and, in dissociation theory, produces free hydroxyl ions
  2. (Linguis.) Any morpheme to which prefixes, suffixes, etc. are or can be added; stem or root
  3. A basic or underlying element; infrastructure:
(--- Music) The vertical line extending from the head of a note.
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  1. (--- Music) The vertical line extending from the head of a note.
  2. (Linguis.) The part of a word, consisting of a root or a root with one or more affixes, to which inflectional endings are added or in which inflectional phonetic changes are made
  3. The main upward-growing axis of a plant, having nodes and bearing leaves, usually extending in a direction opposite to that of the root and above the ground, and serving to support the plant and to transport and store food materials; specif., the main stalk or trunk of a tree, shrub, or other plant, from which leaves, flowers, and fruit develop
(Linguistics) A stem.
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  1. (Linguistics) A stem.
  2. An implicit or recurrent idea; a motif:
  3. (Short for) theme song
(By extension) To include in surrounding matter.
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  1. (By extension) To include in surrounding matter.
  2. To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; to bed; as, to embed a thing in clay, mortar, or sand.
  3. (Mathematics) To define a one-to-one function from (one set) to another so that certain properties of the domain are preserved when considering the image as a subset of the codomain.
(Figuratively) To establish a substantial position in business, politics, etc.
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  1. (Figuratively) To establish a substantial position in business, politics, etc.
  2. To invade; to encroach; to infringe or trespass; to enter on, and take possession of, that which belongs to another; usually followed by on or upon.
  3. To fix firmly or securely:
To force (oneself) on or upon another in an annoying way
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  1. To force (oneself) on or upon another in an annoying way
  2. To take a firm hold (on or upon); seize; cling
  3. To hold, fix, or direct (the attention, gaze, etc.) steadily on something
To correct or set right; adjust:
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  1. To correct or set right; adjust:
  2. (--- Informal) To take revenge upon (someone); get even with.
  3. To influence the outcome or actions of (something) by improper or unlawful means:
To place (an infix) within a word
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  1. To place (an infix) within a word
  2. (Linguistics) To insert (a morphological element) into the body of a word.
  3. To fasten or set firmly in or on, esp. by inserting or piercing
To fix deeply or indelibly, as in the mind:
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  1. To fix deeply or indelibly, as in the mind:
  2. To work into the fiber; infuse deeply
  3. To make something deeply part of something else, either literally or figuratively.
To rent rooms to; take as a paying guest
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  1. To rent rooms to; take as a paying guest
  2. To live (with another or in another's home) as a paying guest
  3. To come to rest or be placed and remain firmly fixed
(Chemistry) Any of a class of compounds that form hydroxyl ions (OH) when dissolved in water, and whose aqueous solutions react with acids to form salts. Bases turn red litmus paper blue and have a pH greater than 7. Their aqueous solutions have a bitter taste.
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  1. (Chemistry) Any of a class of compounds that form hydroxyl ions (OH) when dissolved in water, and whose aqueous solutions react with acids to form salts. Bases turn red litmus paper blue and have a pH greater than 7. Their aqueous solutions have a bitter taste.
  2. The number that is raised to a particular power in a given mathematical expression. In the expression an, a is the base.
  3. To put or rest (on) as a base or basis
To depend or be based (on)
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  1. To depend or be based (on)
  2. To develop or give form to according to a plan or process; create:
  3. To establish a basis for; found or ground:
To settle in an office or position, or set up as in business or a profession
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  1. To settle in an office or position, or set up as in business or a profession
  2. To bring about; generate or effect:
  3. To cause (an institution, for example) to come into existence or begin operating; found; set up.
To melt, especially of metal in an industrial setting.
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  1. To melt, especially of metal in an industrial setting.
  2. To lay the base of; set for support; base
  3. To establish the foundation or basis of; base:
(--- Football) To throw (a ball) to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage.
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  1. (--- Football) To throw (a ball) to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage.
  2. The set of shared points in an electrical circuit at which the measured voltage is taken to be zero. The ground is usually connected directly to the power supply and acts as a common “sink” for current flowing through the components in the circuit.
  3. To found on a firm basis; establish
To carry the connotation of; imply.
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  1. To carry the connotation of; imply.
  2. To affirm or base (something) on or upon given facts, arguments, conditions, etc.
  3. To base or establish (a statement or action, for example):
To base; ground
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  1. To base; ground
  2. To base or ground:
  3. To cease motion, work, or activity, especially in order to become refreshed:
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  1. To support from below with props or masonry.
  2. (Figuratively) To give support to; to corroborate.
  3. To give support or substance to:
To be completely destructive.
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  1. To be completely destructive.
  2. To kill
  3. To consider or cause to be of no importance or without effect; nullify
  1. To make indecipherable; to obliterate
  2. To obscure.
  3. Used other than as an idiom: see blot,"Ž out.
(Informal) All the way; completely:
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  1. (Informal) All the way; completely:
  2. To become clear, unclouded, etc.
  3. To remove the occupants of:
To tear out by the roots; uproot
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  1. To tear out by the roots; uproot
  2. To get rid of; eliminate:
(Slang) To kill
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  1. (Slang) To kill
  2. To remove (something written, for example) by rubbing, wiping, or scraping.
  3. To remove recorded material from (a magnetic tape or disk, for example):
To get rid of by destroying completely:
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  1. To get rid of by destroying completely:
To put in the shade; eclipse; obscure
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  1. To put in the shade; eclipse; obscure
  2. (Psychology) To bring about the extinction of a conditioned response.
  3. To cause a fire or light to stop burning or shining; put out.
To destroy totally; kill off:
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  1. To destroy totally; kill off:
  2. To remove by surgery.
  3. To destroy or remove completely; exterminate; abolish
To destroy a vitally essential quality in:
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  1. To destroy a vitally essential quality in:
  2. (Informal) To overcome with laughter, chagrin, pleasure, surprise, etc.
  3. To cause (an engine, etc.) to stop; turn off
To settle the affairs of (a business firm, for example) by determining the liabilities and applying the assets to their discharge.
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  1. To settle the affairs of (a business firm, for example) by determining the liabilities and applying the assets to their discharge.
  2. To settle by agreement or legal process the amount of (indebtedness, damages, etc.)
  3. To dispose of or get rid of, as by killing
To render invisible or unreadable, as by erasing or marking over:
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  1. To render invisible or unreadable, as by erasing or marking over:
  2. To blot out or wear away, leaving no traces; erase; efface
  3. To remove or destroy completely so as to leave no trace.
To be removable
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  1. To be removable
  2. To move (something) from where it is; lift, push, transfer, or carry away, or from one place to another
  3. To kill or assassinate
To force to leave an accustomed or native location.
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  1. To force to leave an accustomed or native location.
  2. To remove or force from home or native land
  3. To destroy or remove utterly; eradicate
To show approval of by clapping, cheering, etc.
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  1. To show approval of by clapping, cheering, etc.
  2. To express approval, especially by clapping the hands.
  3. To express approval of (someone or something) especially by such clapping.
To be or become cheerful; feel encouraged
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  1. To be or become cheerful; feel encouraged
  2. To shout cheers
  3. To greet or applaud with cheers
To strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another:
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  1. To strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another:
  2. To come together suddenly with a sharp sound.
  3. To strike (the hands) together with an abrupt, loud sound, usually repeatedly:
Find another word for root. In this page you can discover 110 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for root, like: radix, rootlet, root-hair, tuber, taproot, radicle, rhizome, rootstock, source, reason and motive.