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Energetic activity; effort
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  1. Energetic activity; effort
  2. The act or an instance of exerting, especially a strenuous effort.
  3. The act, fact, or process of exerting; active use of strength, power, etc.; exercise
Conflict; strife; contention
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  1. Conflict; strife; contention
  2. The act of struggling:
  3. Strife, contention, or combat:
A sincere attempt; a determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal.
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  1. A sincere attempt; a determined or assiduous effort towards a specific goal.
  2. A conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt.
  3. Enterprise; assiduous or persistent activity.
(Psychiatry) An abnormal state like this, characterized by a feeling of being powerless and unable to cope with threatening events, typically imaginary, and by physical tension, as shown by sweating, trembling, etc.
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  1. (Psychiatry) An abnormal state like this, characterized by a feeling of being powerless and unable to cope with threatening events, typically imaginary, and by physical tension, as shown by sweating, trembling, etc.
  2. A cause of anxiety:
  3. A state of apprehension and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation. &diamf3; In psychiatry, a patient has an anxiety disorder &diamf3; if normal psychological functioning is disrupted or if anxiety persists without an identifiable cause.
Stress on a material produced by the pull of forces tending to cause extension
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  1. Stress on a material produced by the pull of forces tending to cause extension
  2. (Physics) Voltage. Usually only the terms low tension, high tension, and extra-high tension, and the abbreviations LT, HT, and EHT are used. They are not precisely defined; LT is normally a few volts, HT a few hundreds of volts, and EHT thousands of volts.
  3. (Loosely) The expansive force, or pressure, of a gas or vapor
The condition of being subjected to physical, mental, social, or economic distress:
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  1. The condition of being subjected to physical, mental, social, or economic distress:
  2. (--- Sports) Sustained, effective play that puts an opponent at a disadvantage:
  3. (Meteorology) Atmospheric pressure.
A distortion in the original form or meaning of something written or spoken; a twisted interpretation.
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  1. A distortion in the original form or meaning of something written or spoken; a twisted interpretation.
  2. Any of various hand or power tools, often having fixed or adjustable jaws, used for gripping, turning, or twisting objects such as nuts, bolts, or pipes, typically at an angle perpendicular to the object's axis.
  3. A sudden, sharp twist or pull
A spinning motion given to a ball when thrown or struck in a specific way.
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  1. A spinning motion given to a ball when thrown or struck in a specific way.
  2. An unexpected change in a process or a departure from a pattern, often producing a distortion or perversion:
  3. A change in direction; a turn:
(Baseball) The act of bringing the hands together, as before the chest, and then lowering them and pausing before pitching the ball or attempting to pick off a base runner
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  1. (Baseball) The act of bringing the hands together, as before the chest, and then lowering them and pausing before pitching the ball or attempting to pick off a base runner
  2. (Baseball) A series of movements in which a pitcher, standing with the glove side facing home plate, raises both hands to the height of the head and then lowers them to the chest or waist for a short pause before pitching the ball. It is used especially when runners are on base because it gives base runners less time to steal than they have during a full windup.
  3. (Informal) A stretch limousine, airliner, etc.
A painful sorrow.
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  1. A painful sorrow.
  2. A longing or desire.
  3. A dull, continuous pain
Involuntary convulsive twitching often resulting from excitement. Often used with the.
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  1. Involuntary convulsive twitching often resulting from excitement. Often used with the.
  2. (Weight Lifting) A lift in which the barbell is raised upward from shoulder level with the arms completely extended
  3. A sharp, abrupt movement; quick pull, twist, push, etc.
A painful feeling caused by or associated with an experience.
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  1. A painful feeling caused by or associated with an experience.
  2. A similar injury to plant tissue, often resulting in discoloration or spoilage.
  3. An injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is not broken, often characterized by ruptured blood vessels and discolorations.
(Informal) A cramp or soreness in a muscle, specif. of the thigh, caused by strain
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  1. (Informal) A cramp or soreness in a muscle, specif. of the thigh, caused by strain
  2. A cramp or stiffness in a muscle, especially of the upper leg, caused by injury or excessive exertion.
(Physics, engineering) Force transmitted through a rope, string, cable, or similar object (used with prepositions on, in, or of, e.g., "The tension in the cable is 1000 N", to convey that the same magnitude of force applies to objects attached to both ends).
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  1. (Physics, engineering) Force transmitted through a rope, string, cable, or similar object (used with prepositions on, in, or of, e.g., "The tension in the cable is 1000 N", to convey that the same magnitude of force applies to objects attached to both ends).
  2. A force or combination of forces exerting such a pull against the resistance of the material
  3. (Electricity) Voltage or potential; electromotive force.
Any of the four natural phenomena involving the interaction between particles of matter. From the strongest to the weakest, the four forces are the strong nuclear force , the electromagnetic force , the weak nuclear force , and gravity .
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  1. Any of the four natural phenomena involving the interaction between particles of matter. From the strongest to the weakest, the four forces are the strong nuclear force , the electromagnetic force , the weak nuclear force , and gravity .
  2. A capacity for affecting the mind or behavior; efficacy:
  3. The use of physical power or violence to compel or restrain:
Force exerted in pulling or required to overcome resistance in pulling:
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  1. Force exerted in pulling or required to overcome resistance in pulling:
  2. The force needed to move a weight, trigger, etc., measured in pounds
  3. The act, force, or result of pulling
To make great efforts; try very hard
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  1. To make great efforts; try very hard
  2. To exert much effort or energy; endeavor.
  3. To struggle or fight forcefully; contend:
To attempt (fulfillment of a responsibility or an obligation, for example) by employment or expenditure of effort:
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  1. To attempt (fulfillment of a responsibility or an obligation, for example) by employment or expenditure of effort:
  2. To work with a set or specified goal or purpose.
  3. 1669 May 18, Sir Isaac Newton, Letter (to Francis Aston):
To deal with in exhaustive or excessive detail; belabor:
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  1. To deal with in exhaustive or excessive detail; belabor:
  2. To distress; burden:
  3. To undergo the labor of childbirth.
To pull, break, or snap by turning:
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  1. To pull, break, or snap by turning:
  2. To impart a spiral or coiling shape to, as by turning the ends in opposite directions:
  3. To wrench or sprain:
To cause a sprain to (a joint or ligament).
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  1. To cause a sprain to (a joint or ligament).
  2. To wrench or twist a ligament or muscle of (a joint, as the ankle) without dislocating the bones
To modify (a wave, sound, signal, etc.) so as to produce an unfaithful reproduction
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  1. To modify (a wave, sound, signal, etc.) so as to produce an unfaithful reproduction
  2. To twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape:
  3. To twist out of shape; change the usual or normal shape, form, or appearance of
To cause great physical or mental suffering to:
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  1. To cause great physical or mental suffering to:
  2. To torture on a rack
  3. To arrange in or on a rack
To lie or stretch
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  1. To lie or stretch
  2. To be or become long, large, or comprehensive:
  3. To be extended
To become fine or pure; become free from impurities, etc.
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  1. To become fine or pure; become free from impurities, etc.
  2. To free from coarse, unsuitable, or immoral characteristics:
  3. To use precise distinctions and subtlety in thought or speech.
To become purified
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  1. To become purified
  2. To rid of foreign or objectionable elements:
  3. To free (someone) from guilt or sin
To show or project (a movie, for example) on a screen.
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  1. To show or project (a movie, for example) on a screen.
  2. To separate, conceal, shelter, or protect, with or as with a screen
  3. To provide with a screen or screens:
A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
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  1. A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
  2. (Mineralogy) The color of the fine powder produced when a mineral is rubbed against a hard surface. Used as a distinguishing characteristic.
  3. (Mineralogy) A colored line of powder produced by rubbing a mineral over a hard, white surface (streak plate): it serves as a distinguishing character
One of the narrow, usually branching tubes or supporting parts forming the framework of an insect's wing or a leaf. Veins in insect wings carry hemolymph and contain a nerve. Veins in leaves contain vascular tissue, with the xylem usually occurring on the upper side of the vein (bringing in water and nutrients) and the phloem on the lower side (carrying away food).
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  1. One of the narrow, usually branching tubes or supporting parts forming the framework of an insect's wing or a leaf. Veins in insect wings carry hemolymph and contain a nerve. Veins in leaves contain vascular tissue, with the xylem usually occurring on the upper side of the vein (bringing in water and nutrients) and the phloem on the lower side (carrying away food).
  2. A blood vessel of any kind; a vein or artery.
  3. (--- Anatomy) Any of the membranous tubes that form a branching system and carry blood to the heart from the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
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.
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  1. 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.
  2. The general environment or condition, as in attitudes and ideas:
  3. Compressed air
A solo vocal piece with instrumental accompaniment, as in an opera.
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  1. A solo vocal piece with instrumental accompaniment, as in an opera.
  2. An air or melody in an opera, cantata, or oratorio, esp. for solo voice with instrumental accompaniment
  3. An air; a melody.
The leading part, or voice, in a harmonic composition; the air
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  1. The leading part, or voice, in a harmonic composition; the air
  2. The element of form having to do with the arrangement of single tones in sequence
  3. (Music) A sequence of single tones, usually in the same key or mode, to produce a rhythmic whole; often, a tune, air, or song
(Electronics) Adjustment of a receiver or circuit for maximum response to a given signal or frequency.
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  1. (Electronics) Adjustment of a receiver or circuit for maximum response to a given signal or frequency.
  2. (Music) A melody, especially a simple and easily remembered one.
  3. A succession of musical tones forming a rhythmic, catchy whole; melody; air
A brief informal letter:
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  1. A brief informal letter:
  2. The characteristic vocal sound made by a songbird or other animal:
  3. The sign of a particular quality or emotion:
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