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abalone a large edible marine snail, the shell of which is lined with mother-of-pearl.
aikido a system of self-defense, originating in Japan, in which an opponent's strength and weight are used against him or her by using specific throws and holds.
amour-propre self-love (French); self-esteem.
Anne Sullivan a U.S. educator who pioneered techniques for teaching the blind, deaf-blind, and visually impaired through her work with Helen Keller (b.1866--d.1936).
aplomb great self-confidence, composure, or poise.
arrogant having an attitude of inflated self-importance; haughty. [1/2 definitions]
ascetic one who practices extreme self-denial, esp. of material comforts and pleasures, and esp. for religious reasons. [3 definitions]
asceticism self-discipline and self-denial as a means of spiritual improvement. [1/2 definitions]
assurance freedom from doubt or timidity; self-confidence. [1/3 definitions]
autarky a national policy of economic self-sufficiency, involving not relying on economic aid or on imports. [2 definitions]
autogamy in botany, self-fertilization, as of a flower with its own pollen. [2 definitions]
automatic mechanically self-regulating. [1/4 definitions]
automobile a four-wheeled vehicle with a built-in, self-propelled motor requiring a driver and used on roads to carry people; passenger car.
autonomous free and independent, as a state or an organism; self-governing.
autonomy freedom and independence; self-governance. [2 definitions]
axiomatic of, relating to, or resembling an axiom; unquestionably true; self-evident. [1/2 definitions]
baryon in physics, a heavy subatomic particle of half-integral spin, such as a proton, neutron, or hyperon.
bashful timid or self-conscious in the presence of others; shy. [1/2 definitions]
bathyscaph a small, self-contained deep-sea research submarine with a spherical observation chamber mounted under the hull.
beatnik a person whose values, self-expression, and dress reflect a rejection of conventional norms of thought and behavior; hippie. [1/2 definitions]
biofeedback a method for self-regulation of presumably involuntary bodily functions, such as heartbeat rate, with the aid of electronic monitors that display visual representations of such functions.