1. For military personnel (especially in a private home).
2. Aan official order directing that a member of a military force be provided with board and lodging (as in a private home)
3. Quarters assigned by or as if by a billet
4. Position, job
5. A chunky piece of wood (as for firewood)
6. A bar of metal
7. A piece of semifinished iron or steel nearly square in section made by rolling an ingot or bloom
8. A section of nonferrous metal ingot hot-worked by forging, rolling, or extrusion
9. A nonferrous casting suitable for rolling or extrusion
ETYM Old Eng. blok; cf. French bloc (fr. Old High Germ.), Dutch and Dan. blok, Swed. and German block, Old High Germ. bloch.
1. A three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides; SYN. cube.
2. A rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; SYN. city block.
3. A number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit.
4. A sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted.
5. Housing in a large building that is divided into separate units.
6. A solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides).
7. An inability to remember or think of something one normally can do; often caused by emotional tension; SYN. mental block.
An idiot; a dolt; a person deficient in understanding.
Stupid person; numskull
1. Adjustable jaws center workpiece in a lathe or center tool in a drill.
2. The part of a forequarter from the neck to the ribs and including the shoulder blade.
ETYM Cf. Icel. kumbr a chopping, Eng. chop.
A person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of; SYN. fish, fool, gull, mark, patsy, fall guy, sucker, schlemiel, shlemiel, soft touch, mug.
Any apparatus for measuring the speed of a ship; also the daily record of events on board a ship or aircraft.
The log originally consisted of a piece of weighted wood attached to a line with knots at equal intervals that was cast from the rear of a ship. The vessel's speed was estimated by timing the passage of the knots with a sandglass (like an egg timer). Today logs use electromagnetism and sonar.
1. A segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches.
2. A written record of events on a voyage (of a ship or plane).
3. A written record or journal of events or transactions
4. A float that trails from a ship by a knotted line in order to measure the ship's speed through the water.
ETYM as. stocc a stock, trunk, stick; akin to Dutch stok, German stock, Old High Germ. stoc, Icel. stokkr, Swed. stock, Dan. stok, and as. stycce a piece; cf. Skr. tuj to urge, thrust. Related to Stokker, Stucco, and Tuck a rapier.
1. The merchandise that a shop has on hand; SYN. inventory.
2. The capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to partial ownership.
3. The handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun; SYN. gunstock.
4. The reputation and popularity a person has.
5. Wood used in the construction of something.
6. The handle end of some implements or tools.
7. A plant or stem onto which a graft is made; especially a plant grown specifically to provide the root part of grafted plants.
8. Persistent thickened stem of a herbaceous perennial plant; SYN. caudex.
ETYM Old Eng. stubbe, AS. stub, styb; akin to Dutch stobbe, LG. stubbe, Dan. stub, Swed. stubbe, Icel. stubbr, stubbi.
1. A short piece remaining on a trunk or stem where a branch is lost.
2. A torn part of a ticket returned to the holder as a receipt; SYN. ticket stub.
3. The part of a check that is retained as a record; SYN. check stub, counterfoil.
Sinonimi: tree stump
ETYM Old Eng. stumpe, stompe; akin to Dutch stomp, German stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. and Swed. stump, and perhaps also to Eng. stamp.
1. Cricket: any of three upright wooden sticks that form the wicket.
2. The base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled; SYN. tree stump.
3. The part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed.
Low outcrop of rock formed by the erosion of a coastal stack. Unlike a stack, which is exposed at all times, a stump is exposed only at low tide. Eventually it will be worn away completely, leaving a wave-cut platform.