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A person who knowingly participates with another in an unlawful act; partner in crime
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  1. A person who knowingly participates with another in an unlawful act; partner in crime
  2. One who knowingly, voluntarily, or intentionally, and with common intent and criminal purpose shared with the principal offender, solicits or encourages another to commit a crime or assists or attempts to assist in its planning and execution. Normally, one’s mere presence while knowing the crime is about to be committed, without any contribution to the commission of the crime, does not make a person an accomplice. However, in some situations, knowledge combined with the failure to make an attempt to prevent the crime will make one an accomplice. An accomplice is normally regarded as just as culpable as the person who actually commits the crime. See also accessory, aid and abet, and conspiracy. One who knowingly, voluntarily, or intentionally, and with common intent and criminal purpose shared with the principal offender, solicits or encourages another to commit a crime or assists or attempts to assist in its planning and execution. Normally, one’s mere presence while knowing the crime is about to be committed, without any contribution to the commission of the crime, does not make a person an accomplice. However, in some situations, knowledge combined with the failure to make an attempt to prevent the crime will make one an accomplice. An accomplice is normally regarded as just as culpable as the person who actually commits the crime. See also accessory, aid and abet, and conspiracy.
A means of achieving an end; an instrument or agent.
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  1. A means of achieving an end; an instrument or agent.
  2. A tool, utensil, or other piece of equipment used in doing work:
An implement or tool, as for use in farming
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  1. An implement or tool, as for use in farming
  2. An implement or container used domestically, especially in a kitchen:
A device consisting of fixed and moving parts that modifies mechanical energy and transmits it in a more useful form.
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  1. A device consisting of fixed and moving parts that modifies mechanical energy and transmits it in a more useful form.
  2. A system or device, such as a computer, that performs or assists in the performance of a human task:
  3. A device that applies force, changes the direction of a force, or changes the strength of a force, in order to perform a task, generally involving work done on a load . Machines are often designed to yield a high mechanical advantage to reduce the effort needed to do that work. &diamf3; A simple machine is a wheel, a lever, or an inclined plane. All other machines can be built using combinations of these simple machines; for example, a drill uses a combination of gears (wheels) to drive helical inclined planes (the drill-bit) to split a material and carve a hole in it.
A thing by means of which something is done; means
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  1. A thing by means of which something is done; means
  2. Any of various devices for indicating or measuring conditions, performance, position, direction, etc. or, sometimes, for controlling operations, as in an aircraft
  3. A tool or implement used to do or facilitate work, especially a small precision tool used by a professional:
(Psychology) A usually unconscious mental and emotional pattern that shapes behavior in a given situation or environment:
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  1. (Psychology) A usually unconscious mental and emotional pattern that shapes behavior in a given situation or environment:
  2. Any system or means for doing something; esp., a physical or mental process or processes, whether conscious or unconscious, by which some result is produced
  3. A machine or mechanical appliance.
An instrument of attack or defense in combat, as a gun, missile, or sword.
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  1. An instrument of attack or defense in combat, as a gun, missile, or sword.
  2. A means used to defend against or defeat another:
  3. An implement used or designed to be used to kill or injure a person. See also gun-control law. An implement used or designed to be used to kill or injure a person. See also gun-control law.
An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose:
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  1. An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose:
  2. Any complex device or machine for a specific use
  3. An appliance or device for a particular purpose:
A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.
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  1. A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.
  2. A device or instrument designed to perform a specific function, especially an electrical device, such as a toaster, for household use:
  3. A device or machine for performing a specific task
Any instrument or machine; apparatus
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  1. Any instrument or machine; apparatus
  2. Any machine that uses energy to develop mechanical power; esp., a machine for transmitting motion to some other machine
  3. An agent, instrument, or means of accomplishment.
Resources or available wealth
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  1. Resources or available wealth
  2. (Countable, singular and plural) An instrument or condition for attaining a purpose.
  3. (Uncountable, plural only) Resources; riches.
Something contrived, as an invention, mechanical device, or ingenious plan
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  1. Something contrived, as an invention, mechanical device, or ingenious plan
  2. The act, way, or power of contriving
  3. A means, such as an elaborate plan or strategy, to accomplish a certain objective
A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance.
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  1. A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance.
  2. Any interesting but relatively useless or unnecessary object
  3. Any device or machine, especially one whose name cannot be recalled. Often either clever or complicated.
Something extra; thing added to help in a secondary way
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  1. Something extra; thing added to help in a secondary way
  2. One who aids or contributes to the commission or concealment of a crime or assists others in avoiding apprehension for the crime but not present when the crime was committed. Mere silence or approval of the crime is insufficient to make one an accessory; the person must take steps to facilitate the commission or concealment of the crime or the avoidance of the criminal’s capture. See also misprision of felony, accomplice, aid and abet, conspiracy, and principal.
  3. A piece of optional equipment for convenience, comfort, appearance, etc.
An assisting or supplementary group or organization
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  1. An assisting or supplementary group or organization
  2. An individual or group that assists or functions in a supporting capacity:
  3. A vessel, such as a supply ship or a tug, that is designed for and used in instances and services other than combat.
(Usually pejorative) someone who does a job purely for money, rather than out of interest in the work itself
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  1. (Usually pejorative) someone who does a job purely for money, rather than out of interest in the work itself
  2. One who works solely for compensation, especially a person willing to perform for a fee tasks considered menial or offensive.
  3. (Usually pejorative) an employee who is hired, often to perform unpleasant tasks with little independence
(Photography) A duplicate of a photographic image.
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  1. (Photography) A duplicate of a photographic image.
  2. A person who is easily deceived or is used to carry out the designs of another.
  3. (Restaurant industry) A duplicate of an order receipt printed for kitchen staff.
One that acts as an agent between persons or things; a means.
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  1. One that acts as an agent between persons or things; a means.
  2. A person or organisation in an intermediate position in a supply chain of goods or services
  3. Any medium, means, or agency
A person used by another to do dangerous, distasteful, or unlawful work; dupe
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  1. A person used by another to do dangerous, distasteful, or unlawful work; dupe
  2. A light breeze that ruffles small areas of a water surface.
  3. Alternative form of cat's-paw.
A substance that makes possible the transfer of energy from one location to another, especially through waves. For example, matter of sufficient density can be a medium for sound waves, which transfer mechanical energy.
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  1. A substance that makes possible the transfer of energy from one location to another, especially through waves. For example, matter of sufficient density can be a medium for sound waves, which transfer mechanical energy.
  2. (Physics) A substance that propagates energy or signals through space via changes in its own state:
  3. A specific kind of artistic technique or means of expression as determined by the materials used or the creative methods involved:
The concrete or specific word or phrase that is applied to the tenor of a metaphor and gives the metaphor its figurative power, as walking shadow in
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  1. The concrete or specific word or phrase that is applied to the tenor of a metaphor and gives the metaphor its figurative power, as walking shadow in
  2. A play, role, or piece of music used to display the special talents of one performer or company.
  3. A device or structure for transporting persons or things; a conveyance:
(Gram.) The word or words designating the person or thing that performs the action of the verb in a sentence
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  1. (Gram.) The word or words designating the person or thing that performs the action of the verb in a sentence
  2. One empowered to act for or represent another:
  3. A force or substance that causes a change:
  1. An intermediary or middleman.
  2. One who acts as an intermediary or messenger between two sides.
A person employed to carry telegrams, letters, or parcels.
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  1. A person employed to carry telegrams, letters, or parcels.
  2. (Nautical) A light line with which a heavier line may be hauled e.g. from the deck of a ship to the pier.
  3. (Naut.) A light line tied to a heavier one and used in pulling it as from a ship to a pier
An easy target
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  1. An easy target
  2. Someone who is easily fooled or victimised
(Informal) A spy or informer, esp. for the police
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  1. (Informal) A spy or informer, esp. for the police
  2. A pigeon used as a decoy.
  3. (Slang) A person acting as a decoy or as an informer, especially one who is a spy for the police.
An overly talkative person; a chatterbox.
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  1. An overly talkative person; a chatterbox.
  2. Any of various birds of several genera in the family Corvidae, usually brightly colored and often having a loud, harsh call.
  3. A nickname for James, Jason, or for any male name beginning with a "J" ; also used as a formal given name.
Pieces of chaff or straw that fall from hay.
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  1. Pieces of chaff or straw that fall from hay.
  2. (Slang, former) An awkward, unsophisticated person regarded as typical of rural areas; yokel
  3. (only countable) A rustic person; a yokel or bumpkin. [Also used attributively: e.g. a hayseed name.]
(--- Now Rare) A newly arrived immigrant
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  1. (--- Now Rare) A newly arrived immigrant
  2. A person easily deceived; dupe
  3. A newcomer, especially one who is unfamiliar with the ways of a place or group.
(Zoology) An organ or other structure adapted for sucking nourishment or for clinging to objects by suction.
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  1. (Zoology) An organ or other structure adapted for sucking nourishment or for clinging to objects by suction.
  2. One that is indiscriminately attracted to something specified:
  3. (Slang) An unspecified thing. Used as a generalized term of reference, often as an intensive:
A diminutive of the female given name Patricia.
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  1. A diminutive of the female given name Patricia.
  2. (Slang) A person easily imposed upon or victimized
  3. A person easily taken advantage of, cheated, blamed, or ridiculed.
Any person who acts as an underling or puppet of another
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  1. Any person who acts as an underling or puppet of another
  2. The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedian; a straight man.
  3. One who allows oneself to be used for another's profit or advantage; a puppet.
An inviting look or gesture
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  1. An inviting look or gesture
  2. (Slang) A sexual or romantic approach or proposal.
  3. Something offered to allure or attract; an inducement, especially to buy.
The prickly pear, a type of cactus native to Mexico in the genus Opuntia.
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  1. The prickly pear, a type of cactus native to Mexico in the genus Opuntia.
  2. The edible flesh of tuna, often canned or processed.
  3. Any of various often large scombroid marine food and game fishes of the genus Thunnus and related genera, several of which, including albacore and skipjack tuna, are commercially important sources of canned fish.
A means of achieving an end; an instrument or agent.
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  1. A means of achieving an end; an instrument or agent.
  2. Any thing or person used as a means to some end
  3. Any article or device used or needed in a given activity; tool, instrument, utensil, etc.
A tool or implement used to do or facilitate work, especially a small precision tool used by a professional:
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  1. A tool or implement used to do or facilitate work, especially a small precision tool used by a professional:
  2. Any of various devices for indicating or measuring conditions, performance, position, direction, etc. or, sometimes, for controlling operations, as in an aircraft
  3. (Music) A device for playing or producing music:
An implement or tool, as for use in farming
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  1. An implement or tool, as for use in farming
  2. An implement or container used domestically, especially in a kitchen:
A light breeze that ruffles small areas of a water surface.
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  1. A light breeze that ruffles small areas of a water surface.
  2. (Nautical) A knot made by twisting a section of rope to form two adjacent eyes through which a hook is passed, used in hoisting.
  3. Alternative form of cat's-paw.
(Photography) A duplicate of a photographic image.
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  1. (Photography) A duplicate of a photographic image.
  2. A person who is easily deceived or is used to carry out the designs of another.
  3. (Restaurant industry) A duplicate of an order receipt printed for kitchen staff.
A tool or implement used to do or facilitate work, especially a small precision tool used by a professional:
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  1. A tool or implement used to do or facilitate work, especially a small precision tool used by a professional:
  2. Any of various devices for indicating or measuring conditions, performance, position, direction, etc. or, sometimes, for controlling operations, as in an aircraft
  3. (Music) A device for playing or producing music:
A person serving as security; a hostage.
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  1. A person serving as security; a hostage.
  2. (Games) A chess piece of lowest value that may move forward one square at a time or two squares in the first move, capture other pieces only on a one-space diagonal forward move, and be promoted to any piece other than a king upon reaching the eighth rank.
  3. A person used to advance another's purposes; tool
A person whose actions, ideas, etc. are controlled by another
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  1. A person whose actions, ideas, etc. are controlled by another
  2. One whose behavior is determined by the will of others:
  3. A small, often jointed figure, as of a human being or animal, typically designed to be manipulated, as from within by the fingers of a hand or by strings held from above
Any person who acts as an underling or puppet of another
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  1. Any person who acts as an underling or puppet of another
  2. The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedian; a straight man.
  3. One who allows oneself to be used for another's profit or advantage; a puppet.
To drive a blow, ball, missile, etc.
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  1. To drive a blow, ball, missile, etc.
  2. To operate a motor vehicle
  3. (Basketball) To drive through (the lane)
(Informal) To walk or otherwise proceed at a swift or steady pace
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  1. (Informal) To walk or otherwise proceed at a swift or steady pace
  2. To carry by motor vehicle.
  3. To drive or travel in a motor vehicle.
To guide; conduct; lead
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  1. To guide; conduct; lead
  2. To steer or control the course of:
  3. To serve as the pilot of (a plane, for example).
To turn on or as on an axis; pivot, rotate, revolve, etc.
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  1. To turn on or as on an axis; pivot, rotate, revolve, etc.
  2. To furnish with a wheel or wheels
  3. To roll, move, or transport on wheels or a wheel.

Synonym Study

  • Utensil is used of any implement or container for domestic use, esp. a pot, pan, etc.
  • Appliance specifically suggests a mechanical or power-driven device, esp. one for household use
  • Instrument specifically implies use for delicate work or for scientific or artistic purposes surgical instruments and may also be applied, as are tool and implement , to a thing or person serving as a means to an end
  • Implement applies to any device used to carry on some work or effect some purpose agricultural implements
  • Tool is commonly applied to manual implements such as are used in carpentry, plumbing, etc.
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