ETYM An onomatopoetic word, expressing quick, jerky motion; Old Eng. bob bunch, bobben to strike, mock, deceive.
1. A hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around.
2. A hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string.
3. A short abrupt inclination (as of the head).
4. A small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line; SYN. bobber, cork, bobfloat.
ETYM Old Eng. led, leed, lead, as. leád; akin to Dutch lood, Mid. High Germ. lôt, German loth plummet, sounding lead, small weight, Swed. and Dan. lod.
1. A position of leadership (especially in the phrase 'take the lead').
2. An advantage held by a competitor in a race.
3. A news story of major importance; SYN. lead story.
4. The introductory section of a story; SYN. lead-in.
5. Evidence pointing to a possible solution; SYN. track, trail.
6. The playing of a card to start a trick in bridge.
7. (Baseball) The position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base.
8. The angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile).
9. (Pronounced) A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray; SYN. Pb, atomic number 82.
10. (Pronounced) A mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil; SYN. pencil lead.
11. (Pronounced) A thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing; SYN. leading.
The metal bob of a plumb line; SYN. plumb, plummet.
A cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravity; used to determine the vertical from a given point; SYN. perpendicular.
The metal bob of a plumb line. plumbob
Plumb; also; plumb line
The metal bob of a plumb line
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ETYM Old Eng. exces, excess, ecstasy, Latin excessus a going out, loss of self-possession, from excedere, excessum, to go out, go beyond: cf. French excčs. Related to Exceed.
(Irregular plural: excesses).
1. A quantity much larger than is needed; SYN. surplus, surplusage.
2. Immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits; SYN. excessiveness, inordinateness.
The ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of another
ETYM Latin superfluité, Latin superfluitas. Related to Superfluous.
1. A greater quantity than is wanted; superabundance.
2. The state or quality of being superfluous; excess.
3. Something beyond what is needed; something which serves for show or luxury. SYN. Superabundance; excess; redundancy.
ETYM French, from sur over + plus more. Related to Sur-, and Plus, Superplus.
(Irregular plural: surpluses).