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come aloft
verb: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) To mount sexually; also, to have an erection.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.x: his louely wife emongst them lay, / Embraced of a Satyre rough and rude, / Who all the night did minde his ioyous play: / Nine times he heard him come aloft ere day, / That all his hart with gealosie did swell; / But yet that nights ensample did bewray, / That not for nought his wife them loued so well, / When one so oft a night did ring his matins bell.
    • 1633, James Shirley, The Witty Fair One, IV.iv: Fowler: I must kiss her:–(kisses her) – thou hast a down lip, and dost twang it handsomely; now to the business. Penelope: This is not all I look for. Fowler (aside): She will not tempt me to come aloft, will she?
come at
verb: come at (conjugates with come)
  1. Used other than as an idiom: come, at The cleaner will come at 4 o'clock.
  2. (obsolete) To come to; to attend.
  3. (obsolete) To enter into sexual relations with.
  4. To get to, especially with effort or difficulty. His precise meaning was not easy to come at.
  5. To attack, to harass. As I backed away, he came at me with a knife.
    • {{ante}} , quoted in 2001, Brett Evans, The Life and Soul of the Party: A Portrait of Modern Labor, [http//|%22comes+at%22%22coming+at%22|%22came+at%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wHsuT6WzOcWXiAeMo7HsDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22come%20at%22|%22comes%20at%22%22coming%20at%22|%22came%20at%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 17], ‘He thought he′d come at the Australian Labor Party from the left. He thought he′d tie up the Catholic Church and the East Timor constituency by coming at Labor from that quarter. That′s what it has been all about.’
    • 2010, Michael Caulfield (editor), The Voices of War: Australians Tell Their Stories from World War I to the Present, [http//|%22comes+at%22%22coming+at%22|%22came+at%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=p1kuT7-jDeSViQfvj_XsDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false unnumbered page], Well I went to the recruiting office in Perth and the navy guy bailed me up first, ′cause they just come at you, like the navy guy comes at you, then the air force, ′cause they′ve got to get a quota I guess, and then the navy guy came at me and I told him about aviation and that I was keen on aviation and he′s off on his spiel about Sea Kings [helicopters] and all this sort of stuff and I think he might have fired guns or watched a radar or something on a boat somewhere, but he didn′t really know very much and then the army guy overheard him. He said ‘Aah. We′ve got all the helicopters, come over here.’
    • 2010, , One Hundred Days of Summer: How We Got to Where We Are, [http//|%22comes+at%22%22coming+at%22|%22came+at%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PnQvT6m7JJHNmAXAu_jrDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false unnumbered page], And if we got through that, they′d come at us again in February or March. Even if we′d got through the parliamentary session, they′d keep coming at us.
  6. (Australia, New Zealand, transitive, slang) To accept (a situation); to agree to do; to try. 1989, Joan Hughes, ''Australian Words and Their Origins''. Nah, mate – I′m not going to come at that again. Too risky.
    • 1922, Australian Parliament, Parliamentary Debates, Volume 100, [http//|%22comes+at+that%22|%22coming+at+that%22|%22came+at+that%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22come+at+that%22|%22comes+at+that%22|%22coming+at+that%22|%22came+at+that%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BHovT4SaD-SjmQXWxJ31Dw&redir_esc=y page 1139], Mr. O'Loghlen: Do you think a factory would come at that?
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    • 2006, Kenneth Stanley Inglis, This is the ABC: The Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1932-1983, [http//|%22comes+at+that%22|%22coming+at+that%22|%22came+at+that%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BHovT4SaD-SjmQXWxJ31Dw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22come%20at%20that%22|%22comes%20at%20that%22|%22coming%20at%20that%22|%22came%20at%20that%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 174], …he would have liked to be a roving correspondent for both the ABC and the BBC, but the BBC would not come at that arrangement.
  • came to
come it
verb: {{head}}
  1. (UK, slang) To pretend
  2. (UK, slang) To exaggerate
  3. (UK, slang) To be impudent Don't come it with me!
  4. (slang) To succeed in a trick of any sort.
come on pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkʌm ˌɔːn/, /-on/, unstressed: /ˈkəm-/
  • (interjection) {{audio}}
  • (US) /ˈkʌm ˌɔn/, /-ɒːn/, /-ɑːn/, unstressed: /ˈkəm-/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of come-on
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: come, on exampleMy birthday will come on a Friday this year.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic, with to) To show sexual or relational interest through words or sometimes actions. exampleShe started coming on to me as soon as my wife left the room.
  3. (intransitive) To appear on a television broadcast. exampleI was going to turn off the TV, but my favorite show came on.
  4. (intransitive) To progress, to develop. exampleThe new garden is coming on nicely.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, , The family was coming on. Only Morel remained unchanged, or rather, lapsed slowly.
  5. (intransitive, idiomatic, colloquial, UK) To get one's period, start menstruating.
    • 2009, Jenny Diski, "Short cuts", London Review of Books, XXXI.20: Overall, menstrual modernity in the form of a more efficient throwaway technology was seized on and celebrated, as was the opportunity to send your man off to the shop to get it if you came on suddenly.
  6. (transitive) To encounter, discover; to come upon. exampleTurning the corner, I came on Julia sitting by the riverbank.
  7. (sports, of a substitute) To enter the playing field.
    • {{quote-news}} Blackburn made their third and final substitution with 25 minutes remaining, with Brett Emerton coming on for Dunn as they looked for ways to stem the Newcastle tide.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. An expression of encouragement. Come on, George! You can win!
  2. An expression of disbelief. Come on! You can't possibly expect me to believe that.
  3. hurry up Come on, we don't want to miss the train.
  4. An expression of exasperation, of impatience. Aw, come on! Get on with it!
Synonyms: (encouragement) carn, c'mon, (disbelief) come off it, c'mon
  • oncome
come on to
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To make a romantic or sexual advance to; to hit on. exampleHe was really coming on to me at the party.
  2. To start to. exampleIt came on to snow after dusk.
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact, drowsily realising that since she had fallen asleep it had come on to rain smartly out of a shrouded sky.
come out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be discover, be revealed. It came out that he had been lying all the time.
  2. To be publish, be issue. My new book comes out next week.
  3. (as a debutante) To make a formal debut in society.
  4. To end up or result. There were a lot of problems at the start, but it all came out well in the end.
  5. (cricket, of a batsman) To walk onto the field at the beginning of an innings.
  6. (idiomatic, informal) To come out of the closet. He came out about being gay to his parents last week.
  7. To be deducted from. That comes out of my paycheck.
  8. To leave (out of), exit from. The mouse came out of the hole.
  • outcome
come out of the closet {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To tell others about homosexuality, bisexuality or any minority or disapproved-of belief, preference, etc., where previously this had been kept secret. She finally came out of the closet to her religious family regarding her atheism.
Synonyms: come out
comestible {{was wotd}} {{was wotd}} etymology From Middle French comestible, or its source, ll comestibilis, from Latin comedō, from com- (English com-) + edo (as in English edible), from Proto-Indo-European (whence also English eat). Attested as adjective in late 15th century, from Middle French, but fell from use in the 17th century, thence reintroduced from Modern French in 19th century.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} Corresponding terms in various Romance languages, more distant cognates include Portuguese and Spanish comida. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /kəˈmɛstɪbl̩/
  • {{hyphenation}}; {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Suitable to be eaten; edible. {{defdate}}
    • Sir T. Elyot Some herbs are most comestible.
    • 1972 March 6, Richard W. Langer, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme: Growing Your Own Fresh Herbs, , page 40, What with freeze-dried chives costing $96 a pound, and those snipped fresh for the omelette from the potted garden on the kitchen ledge almost free, the bountiful begonia has given way in many apartments to more comestible greenery.
    • 1993, , Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring, 2000, page 112, Lestrade raised his mug in a loyal toast while Lady Pauline saw to the more comestible sort for breakfast.
    • 2007, Rene Simo, The Little Gringo: Love and Martyrdom in Cameroon, page 12, From the palm nut we derive palm oil, the most comestible oil in our country and in the whole of Africa.
Relatively formal; edible is the usual term, while eatable is rather informal. Synonyms: (suitable to be eaten) eatable, edible, esculent
coordinate terms:
  • drinkable, potable
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, in the plural) Anything that can be eaten; food. {{defdate}}
    • 1910, Frank Richards, The Greyfriar′s Picnic, Comestibles of all sorts came to view, and a smell of cooking spread itself among the trees.
    • 1986 February, Joan Fox, Restaurants: Just Like Mama Used to Cook, , page 116, Both serve up, with no fanfare, country comestibles.
    • June 4th, 1989, “Pete Granger” (username), Hack Tutorial, Part 03/03, For instance, a food ration can be polymorphed into a carrot, a tripe ration, or any other comestible.
    • 2003, Priscilla Boniface, Tasting Tourism: Travelling for Food and Drink, page 74, Precisely that, for example, homemade food, craft pottery, rough-hewn wood furniture, and consumption of comestibles in a barn, are not the usual daily experience is the reason it is fun, enticing and a contrast for a person when on holiday.
Rather formal; the simple term food is far more common. Similarly, the term beverage often serves as a formal equivalent of the more common drink. In both cases, the more elevated term (comestible, beverage) is of French origin, while the plain term (food, drink) is of Old English origin, and this stylistic difference by origin is common; see list of English words with dual French and Anglo-Saxon variations. Synonyms: (food (similarly relatively formal)) foodstuff, sustenance, victuals, See also food: synonyms
coordinate terms:
  • beverage (relatively formal term for something intended to be drunk)
come the acid Alternative forms: come the old acid
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, obsolete) to exaggerate.
  2. (slang, dated) to make oneself unpleasant, especially by sarcasm.
    • 1970. Richard Llewellyn, None But the Lonely Heart, page 435 Proper scrapper, old Ma. Nobody never come the acid with her.
    • 1988, Raymond Derek The Devil's Home on Leave, page 22 'I know,' I said, 'but don't come the acid with me, friend.'
come the raw prawn etymology From World War 2 military slang. Construction obscure; suggestions are:'''"don′t come the raw prawn"''', entry in 2007, Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, ''The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English'', [|%22comes+the+raw+prawn%22|%22coming+the+raw+prawn%22|%22came+the+raw+prawn%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tH4vT6GlEezTmAWcvdX2Dw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22come%20the%20raw%20prawn%22|%22comes%20the%20raw%20prawn%22|%22coming%20the%20raw%20prawn%22|%22came%20the%20raw%20prawn%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 211].
  • From come + the + raw + prawn — thus, to attempt to deceive by feigning ignorance.
  • From come + the + raw prawn = something hard to swallow.
verb: {{head}} (conjugates with come)
  1. (Australia, informal, intransitive) To attempt to deceive or impose upon.
    • 1951, , , 1957, , [http//|%22comes+the+raw+prawn%22|%22coming+the+raw+prawn%22|%22came+the+raw+prawn%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22come+the+raw+prawn%22|%22comes+the+raw+prawn%22|%22coming+the+raw+prawn%22|%22came+the+raw+prawn%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SogvT6HcIOiSiAeT083SDg&redir_esc=y page 306], “…Coupla bastards come the raw prawn over me on the last lap up from Melbourne and I done me last bob at Swy.”
    • 2003, Glen Conrad, Walk a Mile in My Shoes, [http//|%22comes+the+raw+prawn%22|%22coming+the+raw+prawn%22|%22came+the+raw+prawn%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=AIwvT8bgCOWTiAfQzeXEDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22come%20the%20raw%20prawn%22|%22comes%20the%20raw%20prawn%22|%22coming%20the%20raw%20prawn%22|%22came%20the%20raw%20prawn%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 300], “That′s bullshit Norbert. I brought you in to get the straight dope direct from your mate the General. So don′t come the raw prawn with me, matey.”
    • 2007, Peter Yeldham, Barbed Wire and Roses, [http//|%22comes+the+raw+prawn%22|%22coming+the+raw+prawn%22|%22came+the+raw+prawn%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HJAvT4PzIu2iiAeo18DGDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22come%20the%20raw%20prawn%22|%22comes%20the%20raw%20prawn%22|%22coming%20the%20raw%20prawn%22|%22came%20the%20raw%20prawn%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Until this dag in a shiny new uniform comes the raw prawn and says I didn′t salute him with proper respect.
come to nothing
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To fail completely; to have no result. The Bank of England's anti-inflation efforts will come to nothing if the U.S. Federal Reserve refuse to join in the plan.
Synonyms: die in the ass (vulgar, slang), come to nought, go to shit (vulgar, slang)
come to the scratch
verb: {{head}}
  1. (prizefighting) To step up to the scratch or mark made in the ring to be toed by the combatants in beginning a contest.
  2. (figurative, colloquial) To meet an antagonist or a difficulty bravely.
come undone
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) to become disintegrated, to break into parts or pieces.
Synonyms: fall apart
come up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: come, up I came up the ladder carefully, holding the bucket in my right hand.
  2. To appear before a judge or court.
  3. (intransitive) To come towards, to approach. I was standing on the corner when Nick came up and asked for a cigarette.
  4. (idiomatic, intransitive) To emerge or become known, especially unexpectedly; to come to attention, present itself. Unless anything comes up, I'll be there every day this week. At some point in the conversation my name came up, and I readily agreed to their proposition.
  5. (British, slang, intransitive) To begin to feel the effects of a recreational drug. I could tell from her expression she was coming up already.
  6. (UK, Oxford University) To arrive at the university. (Compare go down, send down.)
  • come down
come with
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To join and come along. We’re going out to lunch. Do you want to come with us? We’re going out to lunch. Do you want to come with? (dialectical)
In standard English come with always takes an object, as in “come with me”. In Upper Midwest American English, however, the object is omitted. This is due to a Germanic substrate, from Dutch, German, Norwegian, or Swedish, from constructions such as Swedish kom med. See for details. Synonyms: come along
  • chowtime
comfies etymology From comfy, from comfortable
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Comfortable casual clothing typically only worn at home, e.g. pyjamas.
comfily etymology comfy + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) comfortably
comfiness etymology comfy + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) comfortableness
comfy pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkʌmfi/
  • {{hyphenation}}
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Comfortable. The robe and slippers were so warm and comfy she just fell asleep in her chair.
comiconomenclaturist {{rfv}} etymology From comic + -o- + nomenclature + ist.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) A connoisseur of humorous names.
etymology 1 co + mix
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative spelling of commix
etymology 2 Phonetic spelling of comics
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) comics
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) All the pundit and commentator of the news media collectively
    • 2000 January 22, , Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, : From Boston, a man who finally joined the commentariat by making his debut on CNBC’s Hardball, Esquire Magazine writer-at-large, Charlie Pierce!
    • 2010, Mungo MacCallum, The Monthly, April 2010, Issue 55, The Monthly Ptd Ltd, page 32: The world, of course, is seen by the commentariat as a side issue, yet another diversion from his real work, which is to answer whatever questions they see fit to pose.
Synonyms: punditariat
commentator's curse
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) The supposed propensity of a player to blunder after having his/her talent pointed out by the commentator.
commercial at
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The symbol @, read "at", used to denote per unit price: 3 apples @ 2¢ (each)'
  2. This symbol used in e-mail addresses to separate the domain name from the rest of the address.
Synonyms: at, at symbol
  • macroclimate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) a Communist.
  2. (slang, pejorative, dated) a Russian.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Communist.
  2. (slang, pejorative, dated) Russian.
etymology 1 From communist + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) A communist; a person with communist sympathies; a supposed communist infiltrator.
    • 1960, Mira Rothenberg, Peter Levine, Children with Emerald Eyes: Histories of Extraordinary Boys and Girls, 2003, [http//|%22commies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hdcvT6esFqqiiAfD5YnNDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22commie%22|%22commies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 49], “Jack Kennedy′s one commie,” he said, “and tonight maybe they′ll elect him President, and we′ll all get killed. You know.”
    • 1966 June, Jack Burris, Fiction: Judah′s a Two-Way Street Running Out, Black World: Negro Digest, [http//|%22commies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=z9QvT_L0C6uaiAee8YHaDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22commie%22|%22commies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 67], “Why, them dirty commies, of course. They′re the ones startin′ all this fuss anyway. Them cotton-pickin′ niggers wasn′t causin′ no trouble until them Yankee commies started in.”
    • 2004, Robert W. Cherny, William Issel, Kieran Walsh Taylor, American Labor and the Cold War: Grassroots Politics and Postwar Political Culture, [http//|%22commies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xdEvT9O_O-WviQedz5HfDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22commie%22|%22commies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 48], The commies claim they are helping the blacks.
Synonyms: commo (Australia)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) Communist.
etymology 2 From Commodore + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, Australia) A .
etymology 3 From
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, army) A .
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) plural of Commie
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang, pejorative, dated) plural of commie (communists).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) commissioner
commitment-phobia etymology commitment + phobia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A reluctance to form a commitment in a romantic relationship.
related terms:
  • commitment-phobe
  • commitment-phobic
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) communication
etymology 2 Shortening with -o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, informal, derogatory) A communist.
    • 2012, Hilary McPhee, Ann Standish, Memoirs of a Young Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall To outsiders the show just looked like a propaganda ramp for the commos.
communifake etymology From {{blend}}.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (neologism, slang) To engage in phoney or pretend conversation on a mobile phone for the purpose of deluding or avoiding others.
    • 2008, David Ortez, Do You Communifake?: Communifake is the act of pretending to initiate and maintain a fake conversation on your mobile phone around other people.
    • 2008, Ki Mae Heussner, ABC News/Technology, Why Do We Communifake? Dominique Gonzales is a chronic communifaker. "Absolutely, I communifake," the 27-year-old told "It's a little rude if you just ignore somebody. But if I see somebody at work who I want to avoid speaking with, I'll just take out my phone and pretend to be making a call."
    • 2008, Communifaking, Right Or Wrong?: Even I have communifaked few times and I admit sometimes it was just the feeling of insecurity.
    • 2008, Communifaking – The Latest Fad!: Welcome to the world of communifaking.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The ideology of political parties that use the term Communist in their names, usually Marxist and Leninist.
  2. The socio-economic system based on such parties' ideologies.
  3. (US, informal) A state of affairs perceived as oppressive, overly arbitrary, or totalitarian.
    • 1953 (pub. 1997), Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy ed., Hinge of Generations-1953 Transcripts ...he shouldn't...just...[say]..."I -- I am responsible for prosperity,"...that's Communism, Sir, you see.
    • 1992, Sylvia Whitman, V Is for Victory: The American Home Front During World War II Although her elder daughter, Jane, complains, “that's Communism,” Mrs. Hilton rents her own bedroom to a retired colonel.
    • 1998, Joseph Martin Hernon, Profiles in Character: Hubris and Heroism in the U.S. Senate, 1789-1990 ...[he] condemned Thurmond's proposal for its “totalitarianism”: “That's Communism....That's China. That's not America.
communist bandit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, politics) A Chinese communist.
Formerly used by the Kuomintang of the Republic of China. The government of the Republic of China has stopped using this term. Private use of this term is also very rare now.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) An organization that is formed by a relationship between a university and a community.
commuter pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who regularly travels from one place to another, typically to work.
  2. (US, informal) A piece of transportation equipment used for the transportation of such persons. He takes the commuter to headquarters at least once a week.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Typically of an aircraft, train etc., designed for use by commuters.
compact disc
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An optical disc used to store audio or other data.
Synonyms: CD, compact disk
  • CD-R
  • CD-ROM
  • CD-RW
compactify etymology From compact and -ify.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (humorous, intransitive) To become compact or more compact.
  2. (humorous, transitive) To render (a thing) compact or more compact.
  3. (mathematics, transitive) To enlarge (a topological space) in order to render it compact.
  4. (physics, transitive) To adjust a theory so as to render finite or periodic (a theoretical space-time dimension).
companion {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English companion, from Old French compaignon (modern French compagnon), from ll (nominative singular compāniō, whence French copain), from com + pānis (literally, with + bread), a word first attested in the frk Lex Salica as a translation of a Germanic word, probably frk *galaibo, *gahlaibo, from *hlaib. Compare also Old High German galeipo, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌷𐌻𐌰𐌹𐌱𐌰 〈𐌲𐌰𐌷𐌻𐌰𐌹𐌱𐌰〉, xcl ընկեր 〈ənker〉. More at co-, loaf. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A friend, acquaintance, or partner; someone with whom one spends time or keeps company His dog has been his trusted companion for the last five years.
    • Shakespeare Here are your sons again; and I must lose / Two of the sweetest companions in the world.
  2. (dated) A person employ to accompany or travel with another.
  3. (nautical) The framework on the quarterdeck of a sailing ship through which daylight entered the cabin below.
  4. (nautical) The covering of a hatchway on an upper deck which leads to the companionway; the stairs themselves.
  5. (topology) A knot in whose neighborhood another, specified knot meets every meridian disk.
  6. (figuratively) A thing or phenomenon that is closely associated with another thing, phenomenon, or person.
  7. (astronomy) A celestial object that is associated with another.
  8. A knight of the lowest rank in certain order. a companion of the Bath
  9. (obsolete, derogatory) A fellow; a rogue.
    • 1599, , , III. i. 111: and let us knog our / prains together to be revenge on this same scald, scurvy, / cogging companion,
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • accompany, accompanying
  • company
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To be a companion to; to attend on; to accompany. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (obsolete) To qualify as a companion; to make equal.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare Companion me with my mistress.
compatriot etymology From French compatriote, from Latin cum + patria
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Somebody from one's own country.
    • Palfrey the distrust with which they felt themselves to be regarded by their compatriots in America
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Synonyms: fellow citizen, fellow countryman, fellow countrywoman
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of the same country; having a common sentiment of patriotism.
    • Thomson She [Britain] rears to freedom an undaunted race, / Compatriot, zealous, hospitable, kind.
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compensation culture
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A culture (set of social customs) based on a sense of entitlement to legal compensation for one's own or others' mistakes.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of comp
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, uncountable) The practice of entering many competition in order to win as many prize as possible.
  2. (informal, countable) musical accompaniment
    • 2013, David Malvinni, Grateful Dead and the Art of Rock Improvisation (page 46) Weir punctuates things with some offbeat compings. Indeed, at around 15:00, it is hard to know if we are still in the song.
    • 2010, Ronny Lee, Jazz Guitar Method (page 111) Compings should never be memorized but should be applied in a completely extemporaneous manner.
related terms:
  • comper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A hot dog with the works.
  2. (baseball, slang) A complete game.
composty etymology compost + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) compostlike
comprendo etymology From the Spanish comprender and Italian comprendere. The word in fact means "I understand".
verb: {{head}}?
  1. (slang) do you understand?
compute pronunciation
  • /kɒmpjuːt/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology (17th century). From French computer, from Latin computare, from com + putare, from putus
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To reckon or calculate. Can anyone here compute the square root of 10201?
  2. (informal) To make sense. Does that compute, or do I need to explain further?
related terms:
  • computable
  • computability
  • computation
  • computational
  • computer
  • computing
  • miscompute
  • recompute
  • count
computer {{commons}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From compute + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /kəmˈpjuːtə/
  • {{audio}}
  • (US) /kəmˈpjutɚ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now, rare, chiefly, historical) A person employ to perform computation; one who compute. {{defdate}}
    • 1927, J. B. S. Haldane, Possible Worlds and Other Essays, page 173 Only a few years ago Mr. Powers, an American computer, disproved a hypothesis about prime numbers which had held the field for more than 250 years.
    • 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA, page 116: One Harvard computer, Annie Jump Cannon, used her repetitive acquaintance with the stars to devise a system of stellar classifications so practical that it is still in use today.
  2. by restriction, a male computer, where the female computer is called a computress
  3. A programmable electronic device that performs mathematical calculation and logical operation, especially one that can process, store and retrieve large amounts of data very quickly; now especially, a small one for personal or home use employed for manipulating text or graphics, accessing the Internet, or playing games or media. {{defdate}}
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Synonyms: (programmable device that performs logical operations) automatic data processing machine, processor, 'puter (informal), box (slang), machine, calculator, portable computer, laptop, See also
  • (programmable device that performs logical operations) desktop, laptop
  • (a person employed to perform computations) computress {{g}}
  • (a person employed to perform computations) computress {{g}} (when "computer" is used to represent the masculine form)
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • compute
  • computation
  • computing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) computer literacy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) computer-literate.
computer code
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) source code
  2. (computing, informal) object code
computerdom etymology computer + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The world of computer and the people associated with them.
    • 1989 National High-Performance Computer Technology Act of 1989: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Science . . . I am not only honored to be here, I am very moved because for so many years I have been consigned to the lunatic fringe of computerdom
computerese etymology computer + -ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon associated with computer.
computeritis etymology computer + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Any ailment relating to or caused by computer, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  2. (informal, humorous) The mistaken belief that computers are the answer to every problem.
    • 1966, Management Services (volume 3, page 43) The sheer volume of detail involved in keypunching and verifying or batch totaling comes as a shock to executives infected with "computeritis" who see only the impressive, instantaneous response at the airline ticket counter.
    • 1981, Betty Friedan, The Second Stage (page 263) … waiting impatiently for eager Joe Beaver to take his year's paternity leave to counteract that rigid, number-bound computeritis he got along with his MBA.
    • 2004, J. L. Berggren, Jonathan M. Borwein, Peter Borwein, Pi: A Source Book (page 408) The existence of such problems [that cannot be solved by computations alone] ought to furnish at least a partial antidote to the disease of computeritis, which seems so rampant today.
computerland etymology computer + land
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The world of computer and the people associated with them.
    • 2009, Kathryn Ma, All That Work and Still No Boys (page 112) Out in computerland, people are talking to each other about how to make a bomb.
    • 2013, Steve Wright, Digital Compositing for Film and Video (page 443) 2K – Literally 2000, but in computerland it is 2048 (211).
computernik etymology computer + nik
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, dated) A computer enthusiast.
    • 1964, Kurt Enslein, Data Acquisition and Processing in Biology and Medicine, page 62 The work done thus far has shown that the achievement of significant results is made possible only by a concerted exploration program during which the computernik must become well acquainted with departmental functions and problems.
    • 1980, Computerworld (volume 14, number 45, 3 November 1980, page 9) Before looking specifically at the microcomputer, let us consider the role of computers and computerniks in general in the increasing isolation of humans. The first point to note is that people who work with computers generally prefer computers to people.
computerologist etymology computer + ologist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mostly, informal or humorous) One who studies or works with computer.
related terms:
  • computerology
computerology etymology computer + ology
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, informal or humorous) The study of computer, or any kind of work with computers; computing.
computery etymology computer + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of or pertaining to computer. I don't understand this computery stuff!
etymology 1 Diminutive of computer with -y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) computer
    • 1998, "Eric Packwood", Installing Win95 when having NT 4.0 (on Internet newsgroup I have NT 4.0 setup{{SIC}} on my compy and would also like to have win95.
Synonyms: comp
etymology 2 As used in the novel (and subsequent motion picture) ; shortened from Compsognathus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A member of the genus Compsognathus or Procompsognathus.
comsymp etymology Coined by (1899-1985), founder of the , from Communist sympathizer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A Communist sympathizer; a liberal.
    • 1965, Niven Busch, The Gentleman from California: Personally, I think he's a comsymp. Or close. That's why I never had much enthusiasm for being on it, great as you all seem to think it is.
    • 1990, Stephen King, The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition: The guard said he wouldn't be surprised to find out that the longhaired comsymp pervos had done it by putting something into the water.
    • 1990 February, "The Coming Race War", Ron Paul Political Report, p. 7: He was also a comsymp, if not an actual party member, and the man who replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.
    • 2005, William Froug, How I Escaped from Gilligan's Island: ...he would not stock any product on his shelves from any company that hired a communist or, as it was called at the time, a comsymp.
con {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /kɒn/
  • (US) /kɑn/
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etymology 1 Middle English connen, from Old English cunnan, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną. More at can.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare) To study, especially in order to gain knowledge of.
    • Wordsworth Fixedly did look / Upon the muddy waters which he conned / As if he had been reading in a book.
    • Burke I did not come into Parliament to con my lesson.
    • 1963, D'Arcy Niland, Dadda jumped over two elephants: short stories: The hawk rested on a crag of the gorge and conned the terrain with a fierce and frowning eye.
  2. (rare, archaic) To know, understand, acknowledge.
    • 1579, , , Iune: Of Muses Hobbinol, I conne no skill
  3. Variant spelling of conn: to conduct the movements of a ship at sea.
related terms:
  • ken
  • unconned
etymology 2 Abbreviation of Latin contra.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A disadvantage of something, especially when contrasted with its advantage (pro). pros and cons
Synonyms: disadvantage
  • pro
related terms:
  • pros and cons
etymology 3 Shortened from convict.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A convicted criminal, a convict.
etymology 4 From con trick, shortened from confidence trick.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fraud; something carried out with the intention of deceiving, usually for personal, often illegal, gain.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To trick or defraud, usually for personal gain.
Synonyms: (to be conned) be sold a pup (idiomatic, British, Australian)
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • con artist
  • con game
  • con man
  • con trick
etymology 5 From earlier cond, from Middle English conduen, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere, present active infinitive of condūcō.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (nautical) To give the necessary order to the helmsman to steer a ship in the required direction through a channel etc. (rather than steer a compass direction)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) The navigational direction of a ship
etymology 6 {{clipping}} or conference.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An organized gathering such as a convention or conference.
  • NCO, NOC
conceit Alternative forms: conceipt (obsolete) etymology Apparently formed from conceive, by analogy with deceive/deceit, receive/receipt etc. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Something conceived in the mind; an idea, a thought. {{defdate}}
    • Francis Bacon In laughing, there ever procedeth a conceit of somewhat ridiculous.
    • Bible, Proverbs xxvi. 12 a man wise in his own conceit
  2. The faculty of conceiving ideas; mental faculty; apprehension. a man of quick conceit
    • Sir Philip Sidney How often, alas! did her eyes say unto me that they loved! and yet I, not looking for such a matter, had not my conceit open to understand them.
  3. Quickness of apprehension; active imagination; lively fancy.
    • Shakespeare His wit's as thick as Tewksbury mustard; there is no more conceit in him than is in a mallet.
  4. (obsolete) Opinion, (neutral) judgment. {{defdate}}
  5. (now rare, dialectal) Esteem, favourable opinion. {{defdate}}
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte: By him that me boughte, than quod Dysdayne, / I wonder sore he is in suche cenceyte.
  6. (countable) A novel or fanciful idea; a whim. {{defdate}}
    • L'Estrange On his way to the gibbet, a freak took him in the head to go off with a conceit.
    • Alexander Pope Some to conceit alone their works confine, / And glittering thoughts struck out at every line.
    • Dryden Tasso is full of conceits … which are not only below the dignity of heroic verse but contrary to its nature.
  7. (countable, rhetoric, literature) An ingenious expression or metaphorical idea, especially in extended form or used as a literary or rhetorical device. {{defdate}}
  8. (uncountable) Overly high self-esteem; vain pride; hubris. {{defdate}}
    • Cotton Plumed with conceit he calls aloud.
  9. Design; pattern. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To form an idea; to think.
    • 1643: , The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce Those whose … vulgar apprehensions conceit but low of matrimonial purposes.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To conceive.
    • South The strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are therebly rendered as inactive … as if they really were so.
    • Shakespeare One of two bad ways you must conceit me, / Either a coward or a flatterer.
conchy Alternative forms: conshie etymology Abbreviation. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɒnʃi/
abbreviation: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A conscientious objector.
    • 1929, Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune, Vintage 2014, p. 103: ‘'arf o' them snivellin' conshies back 'ome 'd fight like rats if they was cornered.’
concrete {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin concretus, past participle of concrescere (com- + crescere). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɒŋkriːt/
  • (US) /ˈkɑːnkriːt/
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  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Particular, perceivable, real. Fuzzy videotapes and distorted sound recordings are not concrete evidence that bigfoot exists.
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  2. Not abstract. Once arrested, I realized that handcuffs are concrete, even if my concept of what is legal wasn’t.
    • John Stuart Mill The names of individuals are concrete, those of classes abstract.
    • I. Watts Concrete terms, while they express the quality, do also express, or imply, or refer to, some subject to which it belongs.
  3. United in growth; hence, formed by coalition of separate particles into one mass; united in a solid form.
    • Bishop Burnet The first concrete state, or consistent surface, of the chaos must be of the same figure as the last liquid state.
  4. Made of concrete building material. The office building had concrete flower boxes out front.
Synonyms: (perceivable) tangible, (not abstract) tangible
  • (perceivable) intangible
  • (not abstract) intangible, abstract
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A building material created by mixing cement, water, and aggregate including gravel and sand. The road was made of concrete that had been poured in large slabs.
  2. A solid mass formed by the coalescence of separate particles.
    • 1661, , , p. 26: "...upon the suppos’d analysis made by the fire, of the former sort of Concretes, there are wont to emerge Bodies resembling those which they take for the Elements...
  3. (US) A dessert of frozen custard with various topping.
    • 2010, June Naylor, Judy Wiley, Insiders' Guide to Dallas and Fort Worth (page 54) Besides cones, Curley's serves sundaes, and concretes—custard with all sorts of yummy goodness blended in, like pecans, caramel, almonds, …
    • John Lutz, Diamond Eyes (page 170) When Nudger and Claudia were finished eating they drove to the Ted Drewes frozen custard stand on Chippewa and stood in line for a couple of chocolate chip concretes.
  4. (logic) A term designating both a quality and the subject in which it exists; a concrete term.
    • John Stuart Mill The concretes "father" and "son" have, or might have, the abstracts "paternity" and "filiety".
  5. Sugar boil down from cane juice to a solid mass.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cover with or encase in concrete; often constructed as concrete over. I hate grass, so I concreted over my lawn.
  2. To solidify. Josie’s plans began concreting once she fixed a date for the wedding.
  3. To unite or coalesce, as separate particles, into a mass or solid body.
    • Arbuthnot The blood of some who died of the plague could not be made to concrete.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, legal, colloquial) a concurrence in an order denying rehearing en banc
    • "Increasing numbers of circuit judges are writing dissents from, and concurrences in, orders denying rehearing en banc—colloquially known as dissentals and concurrals", Alex Kozinski & James Burnham, "I Say Dissental, You Say Concurral", The Yale Law Journal Online
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative, UK) Of or pertaining to the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government. Labour leadership approves the Con-Dem cuts (Dave Reid, Socialist Party website)
condensed milk {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Milk that has been reduced and sweetened to the consistency of syrup.
Alternative forms: sweetened condensed milk
condescension etymology From Latin condescensio pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /kɑndiˈsɛnʃən/
  • (RP) /kɒndiˈsɛnʃən/
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  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of condescend; a manner of behaving toward others in an outwardly polite way that nevertheless implies one’s own superiority to the others; patronizing courtesy toward inferiors. {{jump}} exampleConscious condescension breeds panderers and enemies, not friends.
  2. (usually, uncountable, pejorative) A patronizing attitude or behavior. {{defdate}}
    • 1935, Fortune and Men's Eyes, George Cronyn, He's a snob of the first water and views the lower orders with infinite condescension.
    • 1937, And Points Beyond, Percy Marks, Tommy rarely entered the top social stratum where Tyckman moved by right of wealth and ancestry, but he had found the man pleasant and without condescension.
    • 1941, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Stephen Vincent Benet, Jabez rides through the fields on his sleek new horse, watching his neighbors harvest his crops. He shows a certain condescension toward them which is akin to arrogance.
    • 1954, Third Generation, Chester Himes, He was self-conscious about the brace and wore a jacket even on the hottest days. It held him abnormally erect. His face was tight from the discomfort and frustration. His posture was mistaken for a sign of arrogance, his expression for disdain and condescension.
    • 1984, Rationality and Relativism, I.C. Jarvie, What if the signals are confused and both the doctrines of respect for and condescension towards other moralities is preached?
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related terms:
  • condescend
  • condescending (adjective)
Synonyms: {{jump}} condescendence
condom {{wikipedia}} etymology unknown. Many theories exist. See Italian guantone, from guanto pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈkɑndəm/
  • {{audio}}
  • (RP) /ˈkɒndɒm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A flexible sleeve made of latex or other impermeable material such as sheepskin, worn over an erect penis during intercourse as a contraceptive or as a way to prevent the spread of STD.
Synonyms: dinger (Australian slang), franger (Australian slang), French letter (UK), johnny (slang), rubber (slang), raincoat (slang), protection (euphemism), jimmy hat (slang), See also
  • mod con
cone {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology From Middle French cone, from Latin conus, from Ancient Greek κῶνος 〈kō̂nos〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (geometry) A surface of revolution formed by rotating a segment of a line around another line that intersects the first line.
  2. (geometry) A solid of revolution formed by rotating a triangle around one of its altitude.
  3. (topology) A space formed by taking the direct product of a given space with a closed interval and identify all of one end to a point.
  4. Anything shaped like a cone.''The Illustrated Oxford Dictionary'', Oxford University Press, 1998
  5. The fruit of a conifer.
  6. An ice cream cone.
  7. A traffic cone
  8. A unit of volume, applied solely to marijuana and only while it is in a smokable state; roughly 1.5 cubic centimetre, depending on use.
  9. Any of the small cone-shaped structures in the retina.
  10. (slang) The bowl piece on a bong.
  11. (slang) The process of smoking cannabis in a bong.
  12. (slang) A cone-shaped cannabis joint.
  13. (slang) A passenger on a cruise ship (so-called by employees after traffic cone, from the need to navigate around them)
  14. (category theory) Given a diagram F : JC, a cone consists of an object N of C, together with a family of morphisms ψX : NF(X) indexed by all of the objects of J, such that for every morphism f : XY in J, F(f) \circ \psi_X = \psi_Y . Then N is the vertex of the cone, whose sides are all the ψX indexed by Ob(J) and whose base is F. The cone is said to be "from N to F" and can be denoted as (N, ψ). «Let J be an index category which has an initial object I. Let F be a diagram of type J in C. Then category C contains a cone from F(I) to F.» «If category C has a cone from N to F and a morphism from M to N, then category C also has a cone from M to F
  15. A shell of the genus Conus, having a conical form.
  16. A set of formal language with certain desirable closure properties, in particular those of the regular language, the context-free languages and the recursively enumerable languages.
Synonyms: (geometry) conical surface, (ice cream cone) cornet, ice cream cone
related terms: {{rel3}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (pottery) To fashion into the shape of a cone.
  2. (frequently followed by "off") To segregate or delineate an area using traffic cone
  • econ
  • once
Coney Island whitefish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A used condom on beach; now used interchangeably with whitefish as a generic term for any used condom found in public.
confan etymology con ‘convention’ + fan pronunciation
  • /kɒnfæn/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, fandom slang, sometimes, pejorative) A science fiction fan primarily interested in convention.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-usenet }} Wake up fandom, not everyone here is large. If the equal rights of the slim are not recognized we could find ourselves in a mud-slinging contest that will make the zinefan vs. confan fight look like a sand-box squabble.
    • {{quote-book }}
Where a person is specified as a confan it is often in opposition to being a zinefan (fan of fanzines) within science fiction fandom.
confessional debugging
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) The debug technique wherein a programmer explains a problem to someone else, and in the process realizes the source of it.
    • 1993, Steve McConnell, Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Microsoft Press, ISBN 9781556154843, page 635, Talk to someone else about the problem. Some people call this “confessional debugging.” You often discover your own error in the act of explaining it to another person.
    • 2001, Paul Litwin, Ken Getz, and Mike Gunderloy, Access 2002 Desktop Developer’s Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, ISBN 9780782140095, page 948, There are two more bits of strategy you might want to consider. Many programmers find “confessional debugging” to be one of the most useful techniques around. Confessional debugging works something like this: you grab your printouts and go into the next cubicle, interrupt the programmer working there, and say, …
    • 2004, James P. Cohoon and Jack W. Davidson, Java 1.5 Program Design, McGraw Hill Professional, ISBN 9780073044675, pages 672–673, If you have worked at a help desk, you have probably experienced the phenomena{{SIC}} known as “confessional debugging.” A person is explaining the problem and as they do so, it suddenly dawns on them what the problem is. The act of explaining the code to someone makes you think a little more clearly, not skip steps, and so on. Confessional debugging is surprisingly effective.
    • 2004 May 25, “Mary K. Kuhner” (username), “Re: rec.arts.sf.compostion FAQ”, in rec.arts.sf.composition, Usenet, Programmers call the computer equivalent "confessional debugging." "Hey, Eric, can you look at this code? I can't understand why it doesn't--oh! Never mind."
  • While the concept of confessional debugging is widely recognized among programmers, the term itself is not as common.
config {{rfap}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈkɑnfɪɡ/
etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) configuration
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, computing) A person who continuously adjusts the setting or configuration of a computing system, especially in such a way as to make it stop working
conflab etymology From confabulation pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɒn.flæb/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A discussion
conflict {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin conflictus, past participle of confligere, from com- (a form of con-) + fligere pronunciation Noun
  • (UK) /ˈkɒn.flɪkt/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɑːn.flɪkt/
  • {{audio}}
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /kənˈflɪkt/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A clash or disagreement, often violent, between two opposing group or individual.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleThe conflict between the government and the rebels began three years ago.
  2. An incompatibility, as of two things that cannot be simultaneous fulfil. exampleI wanted to attend the meeting but there's a conflict in my schedule that day.
related terms:
  • conflictional
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, with ‘with’) To be at odds (with); to disagree or be incompatible
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  2. (intransitive, with ‘with’) To overlap (with), as in a schedule. Your conference call conflicts with my older one: please reschedule.
conformist etymology conform + ist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. someone who tries to conform to the mainstream
  • nonconformist
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. conforming to established custom, etc.
related terms:
  • nonconformist
confusticate pronunciation
  • /kənˈfʌstəkeɪt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal, chiefly, US) To confuse, confound{{,}} or perplex.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-book }} I had to come and go, Receive with pomp and show From nations, deputations, Which confusticate one so !
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    • 1973, Rules of Evidence [unintelligible], Hearings before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, [unintelligible] Special Subcommittee on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Ninety-third Congress, First Session, U.S. Government Printing Office, page 12 it is bound to make of medical malpractice trials veritable wars of even more lengthy attrition; with each side employing such a published congeries of conflicting medical views as would thoroughly confusticate any jury...
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Synonyms: confuscate
confuzzle etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (neologism, cute, childish) The state of confusion and/or being puzzled.
    • 1997 May 1, Glenn Hushyn, “Almost done with the semester”, alt.shoe.lesbians, Usenet I was all in a confuzzle last night after the Ellen show, and my mind was going too fast for my typing skills.
    • 2000 July 6, “Lula” a.k.a “Josie” a.k.a. “Archer-bull”, “Re: FMily [sic.] Take Note was Re: Numbness & pain”,, Usenet Always glad to clear up confuzzles since too often I only add to them. ;)
    • 2001 November 20, Remus Shepherd, “Re: um... hello? ”, alt.devilbunnies, Usenet The confuzzle is strong with this one.
    • 2001 December 17, Vince M. “VinceH” Hudd, from, “Re: Blueyonder newserver”, comp.sys.acorn.misc, Usenet Now, I find if there are any posts to send, it seems to get in a confuzzle and never reaches the point of fetching.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, neologism) To confuse or puzzle.
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Synonyms: (to confuse) confuse, discombobulate
Congo {{wikipedia}} etymology After Kongo, believed to derive from Kongo nkongo pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈkɒŋɡəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈkɑːŋɡoʊ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A country in Central Africa with Brazzaville as capital. Official name: Republic of the Congo.
  2. A country in Central Africa with Kinshasa as capital. Official name: Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  3. A large river in Africa which flows for about 4,380 km (2,720 miles) to the Atlantic Ocean in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Synonyms: (country with Brazzaville as capital) Congo-Brazzaville, (country with Kinshasa as capital) Congo-Kinshasa, DR Congo, (formerly) Zaire, Former Zaire
  • cogon
congrats pronunciation
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) A short form of congratulations.
Synonyms: See
congratudolences etymology {{blend}}.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (humorous) Used to express congratulations and condolences simultaneously.
    • 1996 October 31, Dennis Monbourquette, “Re: DemoniK for hire”, in alt.1d, Usenet, : And soon to be an eligible bachelor guy! Congratudolences, or whatever.
  • This term is in principle used in reaction to an event that is presented as both positive and negative; however, it is often used ironically, in reaction to an event that is normally viewed only as positive, in order to hint that the event could also be viewed as negative.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (humorous) Simultaneous congratulations and condolences.
    • 1918–1920, , Come Seven, page 354, The place was crowded. It was crowded with men who knew Cass intimately. A score crowded commiseratingly around him. “Ise sayin’ tha’s a devil of a trick fo’ a feller's gal to do, Cass — run off an’ make ma’iage with another man!” Cass ducked and tried to get away. Bud Peaglar extended earnest congratudolences. “Bet I woul’n’t stan’ fo’ it if’n I was you, Cass.”
    • 2005, Colin Baenziger, quoted in Mark Woods, “New Clay manager has his hands full”, in , 2005 October 12, "When I have friends elected to the city council, I offer them congratudolences," Baenziger said.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, pejorative, slang) A congressperson
    • 1979, Jerry Pournelle, A Step Farther Out, Ace, page 43 There are a number of Congresscritters who'd like nothing better than to convert the Shuttle into benefits for their own districts.
    • 1991, Tom Clancy, The Sum of All Fears Shaw whistled respectfully at that. "All that for one senator and one congresscritter?"
    • 1996, Bruce Schneier, Applied Cryptography, John Wiley & Sons, page 139 Lobbyist Alice can transfer digital cash to Congresscritter Bob so that newspaper reporter Eve does not know Alice's identity.
    • 2003 S.A. Johnston, Trading Options to Win, John Wiley & Sons, page 254 You don't have to be a Fortune 500 firm's chief economist (heck, you don't even need to know any more economics than a Congresscritter, ie, virtually none), to see that these spreads had to change [...]
noun: {{head}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) plural of congresscritter
conifer {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin conifer (bearing cones), compound of conus (cone) and ferre (to bear)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (botany) A plant belonging to the conifers; a cone-bearing seed plant with vascular tissue, usually a tree.
  • See also
  • fir-cone, in force, inforce
conk Alternative forms: konk pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The shelf- or bracket-shape fruiting body of a Bracket fungus (A.K.A. Shelf fungus), i.e., a mushroom growing off a tree trunk.
  2. (slang) A nose, especially a large one.
  3. alternative spelling of conch
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To hit, especially on the head.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
  2. To chemically straighten tightly curled hair.
related terms:
  • conk out
  • nock
conk out Alternative forms: konk out etymology Possibly an onomatopoeic imitation of the sound of a stalling internal combustion engine. Possibly coined by British motorcyclist circa 1910.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) to fall fast asleep; to sleep soundly He wasn't there, just the dog, conked out on the porch.
  2. (intransitive, informal) to stop functioning The old car conked out half way up the hill.
  3. (intransitive, informal) to die He lived to be 90 then conked out in his sleep.
Connecticunt etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) Connecticut
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, uncountable) The state of being connected
  2. (informal, countable) A measure of the connectedness of something
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the female given name Constance or, rarely, of Concepción.
  2. (aviation, informal) The airliner.
conniption etymology Since 1833, from Avestan. unknown origin, perhaps related to corruption or captious. pronunciation
  • (US) /kəˈnɪp.ʃən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fit of anger or panic; conniption fit. When she came downstairs and saw what her children were eating, she had a conniption. ...threatened by the conniptions gripping Wall Street (Businessweek Oct.20, 2008)
  2. A fit of laughing; convulsion. The joke was not that funny, but he went into conniptions laughing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a female connoisseur
  • The word connoisseur applies to both sexes.
conperson etymology con + person
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) a fictional person, especially one supposed to inhabit a conworld and speak a conlang.
related terms:
  • conculture
  • conlang
  • conreligion
  • consociety
  • conworld
  • cornpones, corn pones
conquest {{wikipedia}} etymology Old French conqueste (Modern French conquête). pronunciation
  • (UK) [kɒŋkwɛst]
  • (US) [kɑŋkwɛst]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Victory gained through combat; the subjugation of an enemy.
  2. (figuratively, by extenstion) An act or instance of overcoming an obstacle.
    • Prescott Three years sufficed for the conquest of the country.
    • “Therefore, this dream of the human conquest of selfishness appeared devoid of any strong sense of the necessity of internal struggle to overcome it”, Merle Goldman, Leo Ou-fan Lee, An intellectual history of modern China, 2002, 0521797101, page 21
  3. That which is conquered; possession gained by force, physical or moral.
    • Shakespeare Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?
  4. (feudal law) The acquiring of property by other means than by inheritance; acquisition. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (colloquial, figurative) A person with whom one has had sex.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic) To conquer.
  2. (marketing) {{rfdef}}.
conservatard etymology conservative + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, derogatory) A conservative.
Synonyms: cuntservative (vulgar), rightard (derogatory), wingnut (derogatory)
  • neotard (derogatory)
conservofascist etymology conservo + facist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (politics, colloquial, derogatory, neologism) A proponent of an authoritarian or totalitarian form of conservatism (conservofascism)
    • 2008, InfoSuperHwyRoadKill, Re: BOOK KEEPER's challenge: Count the neo-con muderers and terrorist Group: nashville.general You have in the past discounted the core beliefs of other conservofascist
    • 2009, Dan, Re: Commentary on "Atlas Shrugged" Group: sci.military.naval Rand popular with the conservofascist crowd
consistorian etymology consistory + ian
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic, derogatory) Relating to a Presbyterian consistory. You fall next on the consistorian schismatics; for so you call Presbyterians. — Milton.
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consolitis etymology console + itis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous, video games) A notional condition affecting video game released for game console, making them inferior to computer versions.
consort etymology From Middle French pronunciation
  • (noun)
    • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɒnsɔːt/
    • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɑnsɔrt/
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  • (verb)
    • (RP) {{enPR}}, /kənˈsɔːt/
    • (US) {{enPR}}, /kənˈsɔrt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The spouse of a monarch.
  2. A husband, wife, companion or partner.
    • Dryden He single chose to live, and shunned to wed, / Well pleased to want a consort of his bed.
    • Thackeray The consort of the queen has passed from this troubled sphere.
    • Darwin the snow-white gander, invariably accompanied by his darker consort
  3. A ship accompany another.
  4. (uncountable) Association or partnership.
    • Atterbury Take it singly, and it carries an air of levity; but, in consort with the rest, has a meaning quite different.
  5. A group or company, especially of musician playing the same type of instrument.
    • Spenser In one consort there sat / Cruel revenge and rancorous despite, / Disloyal treason, and heart-burning hate.
    • Herbert Lord, place me in thy consort.
  6. (obsolete) Harmony of sounds; concert, as of musical instruments.
    • Spenser To make a sad consort, / Come, let us join our mournful song with theirs.
Synonyms: (husband, wife, companion, partner) companion, escort, (association, partnership) association, partnership, (group of musicians) band, group
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To associate or keep company.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 457, Being itself inferior and consorting with an inferior faculty it begets inferior offspring.
  2. (intransitive) To be in agreement.
  3. (intransitive) To associate or unite in company with.
    • Dryden Which of the Grecian chiefs consorts with thee?
Synonyms: (associate or keep company) hang out (slang), (be in agreement) agree, concur, (associate or unite in company with) associate, hang out (slang)
  • crotons

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