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abortifacient a drug or other agent used to cause abortion. [1/2 definitions]
above in an earlier place in a book or other piece of writing. [1/9 definitions]
absent-minded not paying attention to the immediate task or event because one's mind is preoccupied with other matters.
A/C abbreviation of "air conditioning," a system that circulates cooled and dehumidified air in a building, car, or other space.
account an arrangement wherein a bank or other financial institution holds a customer's deposited funds so that the funds are safe but can be accessed at any time by the customer, or the conception of this arrangement as a container for the funds that are kept. [2/15 definitions]
acetate a textile fabric, plastic, or other product made from cellulose acetate. [1/2 definitions]
acetic acid a clear, colorless, sour liquid compound that is the main ingredient in vinegar and is used in solvents, acetate fibers, plastics, and other products.
across from one side or end to the other of. [4/7 definitions]
act a single performance, usu. by a musician, comedian, or other entertainer, sometimes as part of a larger program of performances. [1/14 definitions]
ACTH a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary that stimulates the cortex of the adrenal gland to produce cortisone and other hormones; adrenocorticotropic hormone.
actinomycin any of several antibiotics derived from soil bacteria that work against certain other bacteria and fungi.
activated carbon a form of very porous and thus very absorbent carbon, produced by heating charcoal so as to empty out contained gases, and used to absorb other gases, recover solvents, deodorize, and the like; activated charcoal.
addendum an addition or intended addition, esp. a supplement to a book or other document.
address a formal speech, lecture, or other communication. [1/9 definitions]
adhesive tape a strip of cotton, plastic, or other tape coated with a sticky material on one side, used esp. for attaching bandages.
adv. abbreviation of "adverb," in grammar, a word that modifies a verb, adjective, or other adverb or adverbial phrase.
advance man an agent or aide who takes care of publicity, security, and other arrangements in advance of the appearance of a politician, theater group, or the like.
adventure a journey or other undertaking that involves risk, danger, or excitement. [1/5 definitions]
adverb in grammar, a word that modifies a verb, adjective, other adverb, adverbial phrase, or sentence.
adviser a teacher or other person in an official capacity who gives advice on certain matters, esp. those of an educational or vocational nature. [1/2 definitions]
aerie a nest built high on a cliff or mountain, esp. by an eagle or other bird of prey. [1/2 definitions]