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ABC soil a soil made up of three distinct layers, the A or top layer being humus and organic matter, the B layer being clay and oxidized material, and the C layer being loose rock and mineral materials.
abrasive a material or substance used to grind or polish surfaces. [1/3 definitions]
absorbent a material or substance that absorbs. [1/2 definitions]
abstract existing as something without material form or substance. [1/13 definitions]
acoustic intended to modify or improve sound quality, as a building material. [1/3 definitions]
acquisitive having an eager desire to gain or possess, esp. material goods.
acrylonitrile a poisonous and carcinogenic liquid that is made into polymers for use as raw material in acrylic fibers.
adhesive an adhesive substance or material such as glue. [1/2 definitions]
adhesive tape a strip of cotton, plastic, or other tape coated with a sticky material on one side, used esp. for attaching bandages.
adobe a building material of sun-dried clay mixed with straw, usu. made into bricks. [2/3 definitions]
affluence material wealth. [1/2 definitions]
affluent having material wealth. [1/3 definitions]
airing a broadcast, usu. of prerecorded material, on radio or television. [1/3 definitions]
American dream the American ideal that any man or woman may obtain material wealth, equality, freedom, and the like.
ammunition the projectiles detonated from any weapon, such as bullets or shells, or the means of exploding such material, such as gunpowder and fuses. [1/2 definitions]
ampoule a small, sealable glass or plastic bulb used for sterile storage of material, esp. for subsequent analysis or hypodermic injection.
animism the belief that the universe and all of its material objects, beings, and phenomena possess a spirit or consciousness. [1/3 definitions]
appendix a section with additional material, often bibliographical or statistical, attached at the end of a book, article, or other text. [1/3 definitions]
appliqué decorated with cut-out pieces of another material that are stitched on or otherwise applied. [2/4 definitions]
aquiculture the growing of plants, often for their edible fruits, in nutrient water or water-soaked inert material rather than in soil; hydroponics. [1/2 definitions]
arc furnace an electric furnace in which heat is produced by an arc formed between the material being heated and an electrode, or between two electrodes.