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anarchy absence of government or law within a state or society. [3 definitions]
anastigmatic free from astigmatism; esp. of compound lenses, being such that each part of the lens corrects the astigmatism in the other part.
anastomose to connect, either by natural branching growth or by surgery (parts of a blood vessel, nerve, or any branching system).
anastomosis an interconnection between branches or tributaries, as in a river or blood vessels. [2 definitions]
anastrophe reversal of the normal sentence structure or word order, as in the sentence "To the battlefield rode they".
anathema something or someone despised or cursed. [3 definitions]
anathematize to utter strong or vehement curses against (someone or something). [4 definitions]
anatomical of or pertaining to the structure of a plant or animal. [2 definitions]
anatomical peculiarity a physical trait or characteristic of one's body that is considered unusual or abnormal.
anatomist a student of or expert on the structures of animals or plants.
anatomize to dissect (a plant or animal) in order to examine in detail the structure or location of various parts. [2 definitions]
anatomy the structure of an organism or of its parts. [4 definitions]
ANC abbreviation of "African National Congress," South African political party founded in 1912, whose struggle to establish majority rule and eliminate apartheid led to the establishment in 1994 of South Africa's first multi-racial, democratically-elected government.
-ance state, condition, or quality. [3 definitions]
ancestor a person from whom one is descended, esp. of several generations ago. [4 definitions]
ancestral pertaining to, inherited from, or descended from an ancestor or ancestors.
ancestress a female ancestor.
ancestry one's ancestors collectively. [3 definitions]
anchor a heavy device, connected by a cable to a boat or ship, that is dropped to the bottom of a body of water to restrict the vessel's motion. [7 definitions]
anchorage a place where vessels can anchor. [4 definitions]
anchorite one who has withdrawn into seclusion for religious reasons or purposes; hermit.