The world's most comprehensive dictionary: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, and Financial Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms and Abbreviations, Idioms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | View Archive ?
+ Add Content ?

Live Searches

Here's what people are searching for right now:

For Surfers

?×
Mobile Apps
Word of the Day
Missing Idiom Contest
Word Finder
Lists of Facts
English Usage Topics
Help
Feedback

Weather

?

Recent Searches

?×

A - Z

?×
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Customize Your Homepage

?×
TheFreeDictionary.com now allows you to create your own personal homepage by adding and removing, dragging and dropping, and "using or losing" existing content windows. In addition, you can add your own bookmarks, weather information, horoscope, and RSS feeds from anywhere on the web.

Word of the Day

?

liniment

Definition: (noun) A medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain.
Synonyms:embrocation
Usage:The veterinarian instructed me to apply the liniment to the horse's sore leg twice a day. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

?

Rules for Using Prepositions with Nouns

Certain prepositions can be used in conjunction with nouns. There is no clear-cut rule that determines which prepositions connect to which nouns, but we can make an educated guess by looking at what? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

?

Defining the Meter

Adopted in France in the late 18th century, the meter is used today by much of the technologically developed world, making it an extremely successful example of both standardization and cooperation. However, the definition of the meter has changed several times. It was originally based, somewhat impractically, on a fraction of the Earth's circumference and was later defined as the distance between two scratches on a bar of platinum-iridium alloy. What is the most recent definition of the meter? More... Discuss

This Day in History

?

Significant Oil Reservoirs Discovered in Saudi Arabia (1938)

Prior to 1938, Saudi Arabia was not considered an oil-rich nation. Today, the oil industry dominates its economy, making up 90 percent of all Saudi exports. Oil was first discovered there in the mid-1930s by the US-owned Arabian Standard Oil Company, which became the Arabian American Oil Company. However, it was not until 1938 that a commercially viable oil field was found, yielding one of the largest supplies in the world. How large are Saudi Arabia's oil reserves estimated to be? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

?

Charles Ponzi (1882)

Possibly the most famous con man in history, Ponzi is now synonymous with a particular type of ruinous investment scheme. By promising impossibly high returns on a "get rich quick" scheme, Ponzi attracted enough new investors to use their money to pay off old investors, which made his outfit appear successful and solvent. It was not. After a series of trials, he was deported from the US, but in at least one case in 1922, he was found not guilty. Who was his lawyer at that trial? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

?
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving (1783-1859) Discuss

Mismatch

Select word:
legalize
analyze
consecrate
unhallow
blur
focus
synthesize
bind
untie
outlaw

Match each word in the left column with its antonym (opposite) on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck!

 

Ad

Flashcards

?
Please log in or register to use Flashcards and Bookmarks. You can also log in with

My Bookmarks

?
Please log in or register to use Flashcards and Bookmarks. You can also log in with

Hangman

?

Grammar Quiz

?
Which of the following is not a common use for the slash?






Spelling Bee

Difficulty level:
n. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations
Spell the word:

Match Up

?
Select word:
self-seeking
taking hold
wrapper
negligee
excrescence
hump
prehension
fret
lather
opportunism

Match each word in the left column with its synonym on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck!

 

?

Today's Holiday

?

Hina Matsuri

Hina Matsuri is a festival for girls, celebrated in homes throughout Japan since the Edo Period (1600-1867). A set of 10 to 15 dolls (or hina), usually family heirlooms from various generations, is displayed on a stand covered with red cloth. Dressed in elaborate silk costumes, the dolls represent the emperor and empress, court ministers, and servants. In parts of Tottori Prefecture, girls make boats of straw, place a pair of paper dolls in them and set them afloat on the Mochigase River. The custom dates back to ancient times when dolls were used as talismans to exorcize evil. More... Discuss

Horoscope

Idiom of the Day

lay (one's) life on the line

To put oneself in harm's way (to achieve something), especially at the risk of losing one's life. (Sometimes used hyperbolically.) More... Discuss