1. A usually fatal toxemia especially of young cattle caused by a soil bacterium (Clostridium chauvoei)
2. A cheating gambler; swindler
3 chiefly British; a worker hostile to trade unionism or acting in opposition to union policies; scab
1. A thief who steals goods that are on display in a store; SYN. shoplifter.
2. An additional dose that makes sure the first dose was effective; SYN. booster dose, booster shot, recall dose.
3. The first stage of a multistage rocket; SYN. booster rocket, booster unit, multistage rocket, takeoff booster, takeoff rocket.
First-stage rocket of a space-launching vehicle, or an additional rocket strapped to the main rocket to assist takeoff.
The US Delta rocket, for example, has a cluster of nine strap-on boosters that fire on lift off. Europe's Ariane 3 rocket uses twin strap-on boosters, as does the US space shuttle.
Someone who pays (or otherwise incites) someone else to commit a wrongful act; SYN. suborner.
ETYM Old Eng. burg town, French bourg, from Late Lat. burgus (of German origin) + Old Fren. lere thief, from Latin latro. Related to Borough, and Larceny.
A thief who enters a building with intent to steal.
Burglar, also safecracker.
Sinonimi: shepard's crook
ETYM Old Eng. crok; akin to Icel. kronkr hook, bend, SW. krok, Dan. krog, OD. krooke; or cf. Gael. crocan crook, hook, W. crwca crooked. Related to Crosier, Crotchet, Crutch, Encroach.
A long staff with one end being hook shaped; SYN. shepard's crook.
ETYM Old Eng. gonne, gunne; of uncertain origin; cf. Irish, Gael., and Late Lat. gunna, w. gum; possibly (like cannon) from Latin canna reed, tube; or abbreviated from Old Fren. mangonnel, Eng. mangonel, a machine for hurling stones.
1. A weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel).
2. The discharge of a gun as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies.
Any kind of firearm or any instrument consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is discharged; see also artillery, machine gun, pistol, and small arms.
ETYM Old Fren. mescreant, French mécréant; pref. mes- (Latin minus less) + p. pr. from Latin credere to believe. Related to Creed.
1. One who holds a false religious faith; an atheist.
2. One not restrained by Christian principles; an unscrupulous villain; a vile wretch.
2. One who offends or irritates by observance of proprieties (as of speech or manners) in a pointed manner or to an obnoxious degree
ETYM Old Eng. rascaille rabble, probably from an Old Fren. racaille, French racaille the rabble, rubbish, probably akin to French racler to scrape, (assumed) Late Lat. rasiculare, rasicare, from Latin radere, rasum. Related to Rase.
One of the rabble; a low, common sort of person or creature; a scoundrel.
Thief, one who steals, one who takes another's property without permission
(Amateur wrestling) Being brought to the mat from a standing position; SYN. take-down
ETYM Old Eng. thef, theef, as. theóf; akin to OFries. thiaf, os. theof, thiof, Dutch dief, German dieb, Old High Germ. diob, Icel. thjôfr, Swed. tjuf, Dan. tyv, Goth. thiufs, thiubs, and perhaps to Lith. tupeti to squat or crouch down. Related to Theft.
(Irregular plural: thieves).
A criminal who takes property belong to someone else with the intention of keeping it.