ETYM Old Eng. afrai, affrai, Old Fren. esfrei, French effroi, from Old Fren. esfreer. Related to Affray.
1. A noisy fight; SYN. disturbance, fray, ruffle.
2. Noisy quarrel; SYN. altercation, fracas.
3. Commotion; fray, small scale riot; fight
ETYM French altercation, from Latin altercatio.
Dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest.
Heated argument; quarrel.
Chiefly British; A lively discussion; Argument, dispute
ETYM French brouiller to disorder, from Late Lat. brogilus, broilus, brolium, thicket, wood, park; of uncertain origin; cf. W. brog a swelling out, Old High Germ. prôil marsh, German brühl, Mid. High Germ. brogen to rise.
Cooking by direct exposure to radiant heat (as over a fire or under a grill); SYN. broiling, grilling.
A serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship).
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.
Appeal, protest; competition
ETYM French, from contre (Latin conta) + temps time, from Latin tempus.
(French) unlooked-for mishap; awkward situation.
An awkward clash.
Embarrassing occurrence; mishap.
ETYM French différence, Latin differentia.
1. A quantity obtained by subtraction.
2. A significant change.
3. The quality of being unlike or dissimilar.
In mathematics, the result obtained when subtracting one number from another. Also, those elements of one set that are not elements of another.
1. The ringing sound produced by repeated strokes especially on a bell
2. Nitwit, kook
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 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.
1. Aversion of the taste; dislike, as of food or drink.
2. Discomfort; uneasiness.
A bitter quarrel between two parties.
1. Idle talk
2. Noisy quarreling
3. A discordant often ringing sound
1. A wide-mouthed vessel (usually cylindrical) without handles.
2. The quantity contained in a jar; SYN. jarful.
1. An angry dispute; SYN. wrangle, row, words, run-in, dustup.
2. An arrow with a four-edged head that is shot from a crossbow.
(Homonym: rho, roe).
1. An arrangement of objects or people side by side in a line.
2. A long continuous strip (usually running horizontally).
3. A linear array of numbers side by side.
4. A continuous chronological succession without an interruption.
1. A noisy fight
2. Disturbance; uproar
1. That which is ruffled; specifically, a strip of lace, cambric, or other fine cloth, plaited or gathered on one edge or in the middle.
2. The ridge formed by being ruffled.
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.
1. A stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging.
2. A stout rounded usually wood or metal piece (as a mast, boom, gaff, or yard) used to support rigging; any of the main longitudinal members of the wing of an airplane that carry the ribs
1. The act of disturbing the mind or body; SYN. derangement, overthrow.
2. The act of upsetting something; SYN. overturn, turnover.
ETYM Latin variantia.
In statistics, the square of the standard deviation, the measure of spread of data. Population and sample variance are denoted by s2 or s2, respectively.
The second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value.
Skirmish; minor argument.
1. An angry, noisy, or prolonged dispute or quarrel
2. The action or process of wrangling