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A-

prefix (also an- before a vowel sound) not, without (amoral). [greek] ... see more detail on web

Aa

abbr. 1 automobile association. 2 alcoholics anonymous. 3 anti-aircraft. ... see more detail on web

Aardvark

n. Mammal with a tubular snout and a long tongue, feeding on termites. [afrikaans] ... see more detail on web

Ab-

prefix off, away, from (abduct). [latin] ... see more detail on web

Aback

adv.  take aback surprise, disconcert. [old english: related to *a2] ... see more detail on web

Abacus

n. (pl. -cuses) 1 frame with wires along which beads are slid for calculating. 2 archit. Flat slab on top of a capital. [latin from greek from hebrew] ... see more detail on web

Abaft

naut. —adv. In the stern half of a ship. —prep. Nearer the stern than. [from *a2, -baft: see *aft] ... see more detail on web

Abandon

—v. 1 give up. 2 forsake, desert. 3 (often foll. By to; often refl.) Yield to a passion, another's control, etc. —n. Freedom from inhibitions.  abandonment n. [french: related to *ad-, *ban] ... see more detail on web

Abandoned

adj. 1 deserted, forsaken. 2 unrestrained, profligate. ... see more detail on web

Abase

v. (-sing) (also refl.) Humiliate, degrade.  abasement n. [french: related to *ad-, *base2] ... see more detail on web

Abashed

predic. Adj. Embarrassed, disconcerted. [french es- *ex-1, baïr astound] ... see more detail on web

Abate

v. (-ting) make or become less strong etc.; diminish.  abatement n. [french abatre from latin batt(u)o beat] ... see more detail on web

Abattoir

n. Slaughterhouse. [french abatre fell, as *abate] ... see more detail on web

Abbacy

n. (pl. -ies) office or jurisdiction of an abbot or abbess. [latin: related to *abbot] ... see more detail on web

Abbé

n. (in france) abbot or priest. [french from latin: related to *abbot] ... see more detail on web

Abbess

n. Head of a community of nuns. ... see more detail on web