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(Archaic) To bring infamy on; disgrace
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  1. (Archaic) To bring infamy on; disgrace
  2. To damage the reputation, character, or good name of (someone) by slander or libel.
  3. To attack or injure the reputation or honor of by false and malicious statements; malign, slander, or libel
The alteration of the original form of a signal representing an image, a sound, a waveform, or other information.
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  1. The alteration of the original form of a signal representing an image, a sound, a waveform, or other information.
  2. A distorting or being distorted
  3. A visible or audible effect of such an alteration, such as the warping of an image or noise in an audio recording.
A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
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  1. A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
  2. Such a spoken statement
  3. Falsely spoken words that tend to damage another person’s reputation; defamation. The truth of such words is an absolute defense against slander. Unlike libel, unless the slander is defamatory per se, damages caused by slander must be proven by the plaintiff. See also libel. Falsely spoken words that tend to damage another person’s reputation; defamation. The truth of such words is an absolute defense against slander. Unlike libel, unless the slander is defamatory per se, damages caused by slander must be proven by the plaintiff. See also libel.
An attempt to trick, deceive, or con someone.
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  1. An attempt to trick, deceive, or con someone.
To put a cover or covering on:
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  1. To put a cover or covering on:
  2. To defend (a position or area):
  3. To record or perform a cover of
To cover with a layer of something
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  1. To cover with a layer of something
  2. To provide or cover with a coat
  3. To cover with a layer, as of paint.
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 devote, use, or assign for a particular purpose.
To attack the reputation of (a person or thing) with strong or abusive criticism.
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  1. To attack the reputation of (a person or thing) with strong or abusive criticism.
  2. To use abusive or slanderous language about or of; calumniate; revile; defame
To give an unflattering or damaging picture of
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  1. To give an unflattering or damaging picture of
  2. To publish or broadcast a libel about (a person).
  3. To bring suit against by presenting a libel
To strike so as to produce music or a signal:
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  1. To strike so as to produce music or a signal:
  2. To fall in torrents:
  3. To emit sound when struck:
To get possession or control of by or as by winning a war
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  1. To get possession or control of by or as by winning a war
  2. To overcome by physical, mental, or moral force; get the better of; defeat
  3. To be victorious; win.
(Informal) To defeat soundly
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  1. (Informal) To defeat soundly
  2. To criticize severely:
  3. To thrash; beat:
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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  1. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
  2. The loose top layer of the Earth's surface, consisting of rock and mineral particles mixed with decayed organic matter (humus), and capable of retaining water, providing nutrients for plants, and supporting a wide range of biotic communities. Soil is formed by a combination of depositional, chemical, and biological processes and plays an important role in the carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic cycles. Soil types vary widely from one region to another, depending on the type of bedrock they overlie and the climate in which they form. In wet and humid regions, for example, soils tend to be thicker than they do in dry regions.
  3. To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an enclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food.
To become marked with spots:
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  1. To become marked with spots:
  2. To remove (individual spots, marks, etc.) as in dry cleaning
  3. To soil with spots:
To defile; taint:
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  1. To defile; taint:
  2. (Obs.) To become sullied
  3. To soil, stain, tarnish, or besmirch, now esp. by disgracing
To smear; soil.
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  1. To smear; soil.
  2. To ornament showily; overdecorate
  3. To ornament in a vulgar, showy fashion.
To smear over; bedaub; soil
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  1. To smear over; bedaub; soil
  2. To smear.
To rub or pat (something) lightly:
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  1. To rub or pat (something) lightly:
  2. To put on (paint, etc.) with light, quick strokes
  3. To apply with short poking strokes:
To apply paint or coloring with crude, unskillful strokes.
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  1. To apply paint or coloring with crude, unskillful strokes.
  2. To cover or smear with a soft adhesive substance such as plaster, grease, or mud.
  3. To smear (plaster, grease, etc.) on
To affix conspicuously, usually with a paste:
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  1. To affix conspicuously, usually with a paste:
  2. To apply a plaster to:
  3. To apply plaster.
To make dirty or discolor as by smearing or staining with grime
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  1. To make dirty or discolor as by smearing or staining with grime
  2. To soil, stain, or dirty with or as if with a smearing agent:
  3. To sully or dishonor (a reputation, good name, etc.)
To make dirty, especially in one small area:
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  1. To make dirty, especially in one small area:
  2. To smear or blur (something):
  3. To fill (an orchard or an inhabited area) with dense smoke from a smudge pot in order to prevent damage from frost or to repel insects.
To cast aspersions upon; speak badly of.
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  1. To cast aspersions upon; speak badly of.
  2. To make filthy; dirty; soil
  3. To entangle or run against so as to impede motion.
To smear.
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  1. To smear.
  2. To smear over; bedaub; soil
To stain; sully:
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  1. To stain; sully:
  2. To bring dishonor to; sully
  3. To make dirty; soil.
(Figuratively) To asperse with calumny or reproach; shend.
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  1. (Figuratively) To asperse with calumny or reproach; shend.
  2. To spatter or cover with something; sprinkle with anything liquid, or with any wet or adhesive substance.
  3. To soil by spattering.
To hurt or damage by slander, libel, etc.
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  1. To hurt or damage by slander, libel, etc.
  2. To become dark or black:
  3. To coat (fish or meat, for example) with pepper and other spices and then quickly sear in a very hot skillet, thereby producing meat that is black on the outside but tender on the inside.
To show sorrow, worry, or anger:
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  1. To show sorrow, worry, or anger:
  2. A distinguishable mass of particles or gas, such as the collection of gases and dust in a nebula.
  3. A visible body of very fine water droplets or ice particles suspended in the atmosphere at altitudes ranging up to several miles above sea level. Clouds are formed when air that contains water vapor cools below the dew point.
(Archaic) To blacken
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  1. (Archaic) To blacken
  2. To disparage; belittle:
  3. To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame:
To become soiled.
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  1. To become soiled.
  2. To make or become dirty; soil; tarnish; stain
  3. To stain or tarnish with dishonor.
To become smudged or blurred:
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  1. To become smudged or blurred:
  2. To make dirty, especially in one small area:
  3. To fill (an orchard or an inhabited area) with dense smoke from a smudge pot in order to prevent damage from frost or to repel insects.
Any of the various plant diseases caused by smuts, such as corn smut.
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  1. Any of the various plant diseases caused by smuts, such as corn smut.
  2. Any of various bacidiomycete fungi that are parasitic on plants and are distinguished by the black, powdery masses of spores that appear as sooty smudges on the affected plant parts. Smuts are parasitic chiefly on cereal grasses like corn and wheat and can cause enormous damage to crops.
  3. To affect (a plant) with smut fungus.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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  1. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
  2. The loose top layer of the Earth's surface, consisting of rock and mineral particles mixed with decayed organic matter (humus), and capable of retaining water, providing nutrients for plants, and supporting a wide range of biotic communities. Soil is formed by a combination of depositional, chemical, and biological processes and plays an important role in the carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic cycles. Soil types vary widely from one region to another, depending on the type of bedrock they overlie and the climate in which they form. In wet and humid regions, for example, soils tend to be thicker than they do in dry regions.
  3. To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an enclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food.
To come forth in drops or small amounts:
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  1. To come forth in drops or small amounts:
  2. To spot, splash, or soil with drops or small amounts:
  3. To splash, spot, or soil with such drops or blobs
To change the appearance of (wood, glass, etc.) by applying a dye, pigment, etc.
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  1. To change the appearance of (wood, glass, etc.) by applying a dye, pigment, etc.
  2. To change the color of (a piece of wood, for example) by applying a stain.
  3. To discolor, soil, or spot:
To defile; taint:
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  1. To defile; taint:
  2. (Obs.) To become sullied
  3. To soil, stain, tarnish, or besmirch, now esp. by disgracing
To affect or associate with something undesirable or reprehensible:
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  1. To affect or associate with something undesirable or reprehensible:
  2. (Obs.) To sully or stain
  3. To expose to an infectious agent, toxin, or undesirable substance:
To dull the luster of; discolor, especially by exposure to air or dirt:
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  1. To dull the luster of; discolor, especially by exposure to air or dirt:
  2. To lose luster; become discolored:
  3. To dull the luster of or discolor the surface of (a metal) as by exposure to air
To destroy completely:
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  1. To destroy completely:
  2. To conquer decisively; crush
  3. To consider or cause to be of no importance or without effect; nullify
To be or become crushed:
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  1. To be or become crushed:
  2. To crumple or rumple:
  3. To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder.
To beat as with a stick or club; cudgel; thrash
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  1. To beat as with a stick or club; cudgel; thrash
  2. To thrash with a stick.
  3. To defeat soundly in a fight, contest, etc.
To render imperceptible by means of greater strength, intensity etc.
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  1. To render imperceptible by means of greater strength, intensity etc.
  2. To dominate because of superior or excessive strength; overwhelm
  3. To excel or exceed in power; to cause to yield; to subdue.
To defeat completely and decisively:
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  1. To defeat completely and decisively:
  2. To present with an excessive amount:
  3. To turn over; upset:
To strike with a heavy blow or impact:
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  1. To strike with a heavy blow or impact:
  2. To break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow or collision:
  3. To break or shatter into pieces with noise or violence
To overwhelm or suppress ruthlessly; crush.
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  1. To overwhelm or suppress ruthlessly; crush.
  2. To move with overwhelming force, or use steamroller tactics
  3. To move or proceed with overwhelming or crushing force.
To move wildly or violently:
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  1. To move wildly or violently:
  2. To swing or strike in a manner suggesting the action of a flail:
  3. To strike or beat, especially repeatedly with a flail or stick.
To defeat decisively:
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  1. To defeat decisively:
  2. To criticize severely:
  3. To beat; thrash; flog
To conquer or defeat in battle; force into submission
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  1. To conquer or defeat in battle; force into submission
  2. To overcome (a feeling, condition, etc.); suppress
  3. To overcome or subdue (an emotion, for example); suppress:
To kill indiscriminately and mercilessly and in large numbers
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  1. To kill indiscriminately and mercilessly and in large numbers
  2. To kill indiscriminately and wantonly; slaughter.
  3. (Informal) To botch; bungle:
To move along in a rapid, reckless, awkward way
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  1. To move along in a rapid, reckless, awkward way
  2. To strike with a hard blow:
  3. To move in a heavy or clumsy manner.
To strike with great force
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  1. To strike with great force
  2. To beat or hit repeatedly; maul
  3. To strike violently and repeatedly; batter or maul.
To add cream to.
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  1. To add cream to.
  2. To separate as cream
  3. To cook with cream or a cream sauce
(Informal, US) To inflict a heavy defeat; to drub; to batter. Used primarily in sports and political contexts.
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  1. (Informal, US) To inflict a heavy defeat; to drub; to batter. Used primarily in sports and political contexts.
  2. To apply shellac to; cover or varnish with shellac
  3. To coat or finish with shellac.
A moral stain; disgrace
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  1. A moral stain; disgrace
  2. A spot or a stain caused by a discoloring substance:
  3. A spot or stain, esp. of ink
A spot or blot; a splotch.
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  1. A spot or blot; a splotch.
  2. Any of several plant diseases caused by fungi or bacteria and resulting in brown or black dead areas on leaves or fruit.
  3. A discolored patch or blemish on the skin
A daubing stroke or splash
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  1. A daubing stroke or splash
  2. A poorly painted picture
  3. A soft adhesive coating material such as plaster, grease, or mud.
Something, such as a blot, smear, or stain, that smirches.
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  1. Something, such as a blot, smear, or stain, that smirches.
  2. A stain on a reputation, etc.
  3. A smudge; smear; stain
(US) A heap of damp combustibles partially ignited and burning slowly, placed on the windward side of a house, tent, etc. to keep off mosquitoes or other insects.
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  1. (US) A heap of damp combustibles partially ignited and burning slowly, placed on the windward side of a house, tent, etc. to keep off mosquitoes or other insects.
  2. Such smoke produced by burning a material in containers (smudge pots), esp. for driving away insects or protecting plants from frost
  3. A stain, blur, or smear; dirty spot
A dirty spot or mark; smudge
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  1. A dirty spot or mark; smudge
  2. A stain or spot of dirt.
  3. A stain, smudge or blot
A spot, splash, or stain, esp. one that is irregular
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  1. A spot, splash, or stain, esp. one that is irregular
  2. An irregularly shaped spot, stain, or colored area.
  3. An irregular-shaped spot or stain.
A substance used to impart color in staining
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  1. A substance used to impart color in staining
  2. A discoloration, streak, or spot resulting from staining
  3. A liquid substance applied especially to wood that penetrates the surface and imparts a rich color.
An act of mudslinging.
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  1. An act of mudslinging.
  2. Casting aspersions with intent to discredit.
  3. The practice of making unscrupulous, malicious attacks against an opponent, as in a political campaign
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