ETYM French accčs, Latin accessus, from accedere. Related to Accede.
1. The right to enter
2. A way of entering or leaving; SYN. approach.
3. The act of approaching or entering.
4. The right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership).
ETYM Latin accessio, from accedere: cf. French accession. Related to Accede.
1. Agreeing with; SYN. assenting.
2. Something added to what one has already; SYN. addition.
3. The act of attaining a new office or right; SYN. rise to power.
4. The act of entering upon or attaining to a position or right.
A flowing towards; that which flows to; as, an afflux of blood to the head
ETYM Latin aggressio, from aggredi: cf. French agression.
In politics, an unprovoked attack often involving an escalating series of threats aimed at intimidating an opponent. The actions of Nazi Germany, under Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, leading to World War II were considered to be aggressive. The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990 was condemned as an act of aggression.
1. A disposition to behave aggressively.
2. A feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack; SYN. aggressiveness.
3. Deliberately unfriendly behavior.
4. The act of initiating hostilities.
5. Violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked; SYN. hostility.
(Informal British usage) Aggravation or aggression
1 British; deliberately aggressive, provoking, or violent behavior
2 British; Exasperation, irritation
ETYM Old Eng. asaut, assaut, Old Fren. assaut, asalt, French assaut, Late Lat. assaltus; Latin ad + saltus a leaping, a springing, salire to leap. Related to Assail.
Close fighting during the culmination of a military attack.
ETYM Cf. French attaque.
1. An assault on someone; SYN. attempt.
2. An offensive move in a sport or game.
3. The beginning of an offensive; SYN. onslaught, onset, onrush.
4. Turning one's attention to a problem or a job etc.; SYN. assault.
5. A sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition.
6. A decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase; SYN. tone-beginning.
ETYM Cf.Icel. bregha to move quickly.
1. A hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair; SYN. plait, tress, twist.
2. Length of entwined threads, cords, or yarns used to decorate clothes or curtains; SYN. gold braid, braiding.
Collection of broken pieces of rock or ice.
Slight sickness; broken pieces of rock or ice; collection of fragments
ETYM Old Eng. brunt, bront, from Icel. bruna to rush; cf. Icel. brenna to burn. Related to Burn.
Main force of a blow etc.
ETYM Latin invasio: cf. French invasion. Related to Invade.
1. Any entry into an area not previously occupied; SYN. encroachment, intrusion.
2. The act of invading; the act of an army that invades for conquest or plunder.
1. A quick thrust or jab (as of a sword) usually made by leaning or striding forward
2. A sudden forward rush or reach
ETYM French, from Latin offensa. Related to Offend.
1. The action of attacking the enemy; SYN. offence, offensive.
2. (Sports) The team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score.
3. (Sports) That part of a team that specializes in offensive maneuvers.
4. (Stress on second syllable) Umbrage or anger; to feel offended.
ETYM French paroxysme, Greek, to sharpen, irritate; para beside, beyond + oxys sharp.
A sudden uncontrollable attack; SYN. fit.
Fit of passion; laughter; coughing; sudden violent action.
Sudden convulsion or fit.
1. The act of putting something in position
2. A group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used:
3. An abstract collection of numbers or symbols
4. An unofficial association of people or groups; SYN. circle, band, lot.
5. Several exercises intended to be done in series; SYN. exercise set.
6. Any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals
7. A unit of play in tennis or squash
8. (Psychology) A temporary readiness to respond in a particular way; SYN. readiness.
9. The descent of a heavenly body below the horizon
The act of shoving (giving a push to someone or something)
ETYM Old Eng. strok, strook, strak, from striken. Related to Strike.
1. A light touch.
2. A light touch with the hands; SYN. stroking.
3. A single complete movement.
4. Any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing.
5. A mark made by a writing implement (as in cursive writing).
ETYM Cf. French touche. Related to Touch.
Sensation produced by specialized nerve endings in the skin. Some respond to light pressure, others to heavy pressure. Temperature detection may also contribute to the overall sensation of touch. Many animals, such as nocturnal ones, rely on touch more than humans do. Some have specialized organs of touch that project from the body, such as whiskers or antennae.
(Irregular plural: touches).
1. The faculty of touch; SYN. sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality, cutaneous senses.
2. The event of something coming in contact with the body; SYN. touching.
3. The sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin; SYN. touch sensation, tactual sensation, tactile sensation, feeling.
4. The act of putting two things together with no space between them; SYN. touching.
5. A small but appreciable amount; SYN. hint, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon.
6. A suggestion of some quality; SYN. trace, ghost.
7. The act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan).
8. Deftness in handling matters.
9. The feel of mechanical action.
10. A distinguishing style; SYN. signature.
11. A slight attack of illness; SYN. spot.