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a1 a grade given for excellent academic work. [1/6 definitions]
absentee a person who is absent, esp. from duty, work, or property. [1/2 definitions]
absenteeism habitual or repeated absence from a place where regular attendance is required, such as work or school.
actinomycin any of several antibiotics derived from soil bacteria that work against certain other bacteria and fungi.
active duty the status of full-time service or work, esp. in the military.
Acts of the Apostles the fifth book of the New Testament, believed to have been written by Luke, that describes the work of Jesus Christ as it was carried on after his death by his apostles.
adding machine a machine, often used by businesses, that is able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, esp. one that prints the work on paper.
advance a monetary payment beforehand, esp. before work is finished. [1/13 definitions]
after-school occurring after school hours, esp. from the time school is over until the end of the work day.
Alex Haley a U.S. author celebrated for his pulitzer prize-winning work of historical fiction, Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976), a publication whose subsequent television broadcast adaptation spawned a national discussion about race and race relations (b.1921--d.1992).
all-nighter a night spent without sleeping, esp. in order to work on something.
altarpiece a work of art that decorates the area above and behind an altar.
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).
annotate to provide (a written work) with explanatory notes or critical commentary. [2 definitions]
anti-novel a novel-like work which does not have the usual characteristics of a novel, esp. regarding plot.
appliqué work decorated in this way. [1/4 definitions]
appraisal an estimate, esp. by an official or expert, of the value of property, such as a house, land, work of art, or jewelry for the purpose of taxation, sale, or the like. [1/2 definitions]
argument the main topic or theme, as of a written work. [1/5 definitions]
artwork pictorial or illustrative work, as for a book or a magazine article. [2 definitions]
assemblage the process or product of assembling unrelated objects or scraps into a single composition to form a work of art. [1/4 definitions]
author the creator of a plan or work. [1/3 definitions]