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4825 Words That Start With A

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a (noun) the 1st letter of the Roman alphabet Synonyms: A
aa (noun) a dry form of lava resembling clinkers
aah (verb) express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah' Synonyms: ooh
aalii (noun) a small Hawaiian tree with hard dark wood
aardvark (noun) nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata Synonyms: Orycteropus afer, ant bear, anteater
aardwolf (noun) striped hyena of southeast Africa that feeds chiefly on insects Synonyms: Proteles cristata
ab (noun) the muscles of the abdomen Synonyms: abdominal, abdominal muscle
aba (noun) a loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth; worn by Arabs
(noun) a fabric woven from goat hair and camel hair
abaca (noun) a kind of hemp obtained from the abaca plant in the Philippines Synonyms: Manila hemp, Manilla hemp
(noun) Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etc Synonyms: Manila hemp, Musa textilis
abacinate (verb) blind by holding a red-hot metal plate before someone's eyes
aback (adverb) having the wind against the forward side of the sails
(adverb) by surprise
abactinal (adjective) (of radiate animals) located on the surface or end opposite to that on which the mouth is situated
abacus (noun) a tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave
(noun) a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in grooves
abaft (adverb) at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane Synonyms: aft, astern
abalone (noun) any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior Synonyms: ear-shell
abamp (noun) a unit of current equal to 10 amperes Synonyms: abampere
abampere (noun) a unit of current equal to 10 amperes Synonyms: abamp
abandon (verb) forsake, leave behind
(verb) give up with the intent of never claiming again Synonyms: give up
(verb) leave behind empty; move out of Synonyms: empty, vacate
(verb) stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims Synonyms: give up
(verb) leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch Synonyms: desert, desolate, forsake
(noun) the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry Synonyms: unconstraint, wantonness
(noun) a feeling of extreme emotional intensity Synonyms: wildness
abandoned (adjective) forsaken by owner or inhabitants Synonyms: derelict, deserted
(adjective) unrestrained and uninhibited
abandonment (noun) the act of giving something up Synonyms: desertion, forsaking
(noun) withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility Synonyms: defection, desertion
(noun) the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
abarticulation (noun) dislocation of a joint
abase (verb) cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of Synonyms: humble, humiliate, mortify, chagrin
abasement (noun) a low or downcast state Synonyms: degradation, abjection
(noun) depriving one of self-esteem Synonyms: humiliation
abash (verb) cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious Synonyms: embarrass
abashed (adjective) feeling or caused to feel ill at ease or self-conscious or ashamed Synonyms: embarrassed, chagrined
abashment (noun) feeling embarrassed due to modesty Synonyms: bashfulness
abasia (noun) inability to walk
abasic (adjective) of or relating to abasia (inability to walk) Synonyms: abatic
abatable (adjective) capable of being abated
abate (verb) make less active or intense Synonyms: slack, slake
(verb) become less in amount or intensity Synonyms: slack, die away, slack off, let up
abatement (noun) an interruption in the intensity or amount of something Synonyms: reprieve, respite, suspension, hiatus
(noun) the act of abating
abatic (adjective) of or relating to abasia (inability to walk) Synonyms: abasic
abatis (noun) a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy Synonyms: abattis
abator (noun) a person who abates a nuisance
abattis (noun) a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy Synonyms: abatis
abattoir (noun) a building where animals are butchered Synonyms: butchery, shambles, slaughterhouse
abaxial (adjective) facing away from the axis of an organ or organism Synonyms: dorsal
abaxially (adverb) in an abaxial manner
abaya (noun) (Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women
abbacy (noun) the jurisdiction or office of an abbot
abbatial (adjective) of or having to do with or belonging to an abbey or abbot, or abbess
abbe (noun) a French abbot
abbess (noun) the superior of a group of nuns Synonyms: mother superior, prioress
abbey (noun) a church associated with a monastery or convent
(noun) a convent ruled by an abbess
(noun) a monastery ruled by an abbot
abbot (noun) the superior of an abbey of monks Synonyms: archimandrite
abbreviate (verb) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements Synonyms: cut, reduce, contract, shorten, abridge, foreshorten
(verb) shorten
abbreviated (adjective) (of clothing) very short Synonyms: brief
(adjective) cut short in duration Synonyms: shortened, truncated
abbreviation (noun) a shortened form of a word or phrase
(noun) shortening something by omitting parts of it
abbreviator (noun) one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work Synonyms: abridger
abcoulomb (noun) a unit of electrical charge equal to 10 coulombs
abdicable (adjective) capable of being discarded or renounced or relinquished
abdicate (verb) give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations Synonyms: renounce
abdication (noun) a formal resignation and renunciation of powers Synonyms: stepping down
(noun) the act of abdicating Synonyms: stepping down
abdicator (noun) one who formally relinquishes an office or responsibility
abdomen (noun) the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis Synonyms: belly, stomach, venter
(noun) the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm Synonyms: abdominal cavity
abdominal (noun) the muscles of the abdomen Synonyms: ab, abdominal muscle
(adjective) of or relating to or near the abdomen
abdominocentesis (noun) centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis Synonyms: paracentesis
abdominoplasty (noun) cosmetic surgery of the abdomen to remove wrinkles and tighten the skin over the stomach Synonyms: tummy tuck
abdominous (adjective) having a large belly Synonyms: paunchy, potbellied
abdominousness (noun) the bodily property of a protruding belly Synonyms: paunchiness
abdominovesical (adjective) of or relating to the abdomen and the urinary bladder
abduce (verb) advance evidence for Synonyms: cite, adduce
abducens (noun) a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye Synonyms: nervus abducens, sixth cranial nerve, abducens nerve, abducent, abducent nerve
abducent (noun) a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye Synonyms: nervus abducens, sixth cranial nerve, abducens, abducens nerve, abducent nerve
(adjective) especially of muscles; drawing away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part Synonyms: abducting
abduct (verb) take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom Synonyms: nobble, kidnap, snatch
(verb) pull away from the body
abducting (adjective) especially of muscles; drawing away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part Synonyms: abducent
abduction (noun) the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife
(noun) (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body
abductor (noun) someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom) Synonyms: kidnaper, kidnapper, snatcher
(noun) a muscle that draws a body part away from the median line Synonyms: abductor muscle
abeam (adverb) at right angles to the length of a ship or airplane
abecedarian (adjective) alphabetically arranged (as for beginning readers)
(noun) a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
abecedarius (noun) a poem having lines beginning with letters of the alphabet in regular order
abed (adverb) in bed
abele (noun) a poplar that is widely cultivated in the United States; has white bark and leaves with whitish undersurfaces Synonyms: Populus alba, white aspen, white poplar, silver-leaved poplar, aspen poplar
abelia (noun) any of various deciduous or evergreen ornamental shrubs of the genus Abelia having opposite simple leaves and cymes of small white or pink or purplish flowers; Asia and Mexico
abelmosk (noun) bushy herb of tropical Asia grown for its yellow or pink to scarlet blooms that resemble the hibiscus Synonyms: Hibiscus moschatus, musk mallow, Abelmoschus moschatus
aberrance (noun) a state or condition markedly different from the norm Synonyms: aberration, deviance, aberrancy
aberrancy (noun) a state or condition markedly different from the norm Synonyms: aberration, deviance, aberrance
aberrant (adjective) markedly different from an accepted norm Synonyms: deviant, deviate
(noun) one whose behavior departs substantially from the norm of a group
aberrate (verb) diverge from the expected
(verb) diverge or deviate from the straight path; produce aberration
aberration (noun) a state or condition markedly different from the norm Synonyms: deviance, aberrance, aberrancy
(noun) a disorder in one's mental state
(noun) an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image Synonyms: distortion, optical aberration
abet (verb) assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
abetalipoproteinemia (noun) a rare inherited disorder of fat metabolism; characterized by severe deficiency of beta-lipoproteins and abnormal red blood cells (acanthocytes) and abnormally low cholesterol levels
abetment (noun) the verbal act of urging on Synonyms: instigation, abettal
abettal (noun) the verbal act of urging on Synonyms: instigation, abetment
abetter (noun) one who helps or encourages or incites another Synonyms: abettor
abettor (noun) one who helps or encourages or incites another Synonyms: abetter
abeyance (noun) temporary cessation or suspension Synonyms: suspension
abeyant (adjective) inactive but capable of becoming active Synonyms: dormant
abfarad (noun) a capacitance unit equal to one billion farads
abhenry (noun) a unit of inductance equal to one billionth of a henry
abhor (verb) find repugnant Synonyms: execrate, abominate, loathe
abhorrence (noun) hate coupled with disgust Synonyms: abomination, execration, detestation, odium, loathing
abhorrent (adjective) offensive to the mind Synonyms: repugnant, repulsive, detestable, obscene
abhorrer (noun) a signer of a 1679 address to Charles II in which those who petitioned for the reconvening of parliament were condemned and abhorred
abidance (noun) acting according to certain accepted standards Synonyms: compliance, conformation, conformity
(noun) the act of dwelling in a place Synonyms: residence, residency
(noun) the act of abiding (enduring without yielding)
abide (verb) dwell Synonyms: stay, bide
(verb) put up with something or somebody unpleasant Synonyms: digest, put up, endure, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, bear, brook, tolerate
abiding (adjective) lasting a long time Synonyms: imperishable, enduring
abience (noun) (psychology) an urge to withdraw or avoid a situation or an object
abient (adjective) characterized by avoidance or withdrawal
ability (noun) the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
(noun) possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done Synonyms: power

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