ETYM Old Eng. afere, affere, Old Fren. afaire, French affaire, from a faire to do; Latin. ad + facere to do. Related to Fact, Ado.
1. A usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship; SYN. affaire, intimacy, liaison, involvement, amour.
2. A vaguely specified social event; SYN. occasion, social occasion.
3. A vaguely specified concern
ETYM A different spelling and application of bought bend.
1. As much of an action as is performed at one time; a going and returning; a turn; a round.
2. A conflict; contest; attempt; trial.
ETYM Old Eng. brusche, Old Fren. broche, broce, brosse, brushwood, French brosse brush, Late Lat. brustia, bruscia, from Old High Germ. brusta, brust, bristle, German borste bristle, bürste brush. Related to Bristle, Browse.
1. A dense growth of bushes; SYN. brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket.
2. A minor short-term fight; SYN. clash, encounter, skirmish.
3. An implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle.
4. A clump of fine wires that conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor.
5. Momentary contact; SYN. light touch.
6. The act of brushing one's hair or teeth; SYN. brushing.
ETYM Latin collisio, from collidere. Related to Collide.
1. An accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object.
2. An event in which two or more bodies come together; SYN. hit.
3. The act of colliding with something; SYN. crash, smash.
1. Fight, battle, war
2. Competitive or opposing action of incompatibles; antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons); mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands
3. The opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction
ETYM Late Lat. confrontatio.
1. A bold challenge.
2. A hostile disagreement face-to-face; SYN. encounter, showdown.
3. The act of opposing groups confronting each other; SYN. opposition.
In SE Asian history, term for the policy adopted in Indonesia 1963–65 under president Sukarno of breaking up the new Federation of Malaysia by tactics of military and political destabilization. Australian prime minister Menzies announced military support for Malaysia, with resulting tension in Australia–Indonesia relations. This eased with Sukarno's loss of power to Suharto and the ending of the confrontation policy.
ETYM French contention, Latin contentio. Related to Contend.
A point asserted as part of an argument.
A method of line control in which terminals compete with each other for permission to transmit over a common channel. If the channel is free, the terminal transmits. If the channel is in use by another terminal, the terminal attempting to transmit waits until the channel is free.
Quarrel; strife; opinion; belief.
1. A footrace run at top speed
2. A quick run; SYN. sprint.
3. Distinctive and stylish elegance; SYN. elan, flair, panache, style.
4. The act of moving with great haste; SYN. bolt.
5. The longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code; SYN. dah.
ETYM Cf. French désagrément disagreeable circumstance, disagreeableness.
1. A conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters; SYN. dissension.
2. The speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing.
ETYM Old Eng. discord, descord, Old Fren. discorde, descorde, French discorde, from Latin discordia, from discors, -cordis, discordant, disagreeable.
A combination of notes jarring to the ear. See dissonance.
1. A discordant act; SYN. discordance.
2. Disagreement among those expected to cooperate; SYN. dissension.
3. Lack of agreement or harmony; SYN. strife.
ETYM Cf. French dispute. Related to Dispute.
1. A disagreement or argument about something important; SYN. difference, difference of opinion, conflict.
2. Coming into conflict with; SYN. contravention.
Sinonimi: coming upon
ETYM Old Fren. encontre, from encontrer. Related to Encounter.
A casual meeting with a person of thing; SYN. coming upon.
ETYM Latin scaena, scena, Greek skene a covered place, a tent, a stage.
1. A consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film; SYN. shot.
2. A subdivision of an act of a play.
3. An incident (real or imaginary).
4. The graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept; SYN. view.
5. The place where some action occurs.
In medicine, circulatory failure marked by a sudden fall of blood pressure and resulting in pallor, sweating, fast (but weak) pulse, and sometimes complete collapse. Causes include disease, injury, and psychological trauma.
In shock, the blood pressure falls below that necessary to supply the tissues of the body, especially the brain. Treatment depends on the cause. Rest is needed, and, in the case of severe blood loss, restoration of the normal circulating volume.
1. Any violent blow or collision; SYN. concussion.
2. The violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat; SYN. impact.
3. An unpleasant or disappointing surprise; SYN. blow.
4. (Pathology) Bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; caused by loss of circulating blood or cardiac arrest or obstruction or poor distribution of the blood flow.
5. A bushy thick mass (especially hair)
6. A pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field.
7. An instance of agitation of the earth's crust; SYN. seismic disturbance.
ETYM Old Eng. scarmishe, scrymishe. Related to Skirmish.
1. A slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops.
2. A slight quarrel or violent encounter.
A serious collision (especially of motor vehicles); SYN. smash-up.
1. To argue in an unseemly maner; to wrangle; to quarrel.
2. To debate peevishly; to dispute.
ETYM Old Fren. estrif. Related to Strive.
Bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension.