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11th Amendment an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees a level of sovereign immunity to states by forbidding federal courts from ruling on cases brought against a state by a citizen of another state. The 11th Amendment, ratified in 1795, was passed after the Supreme Court ruled, in Chisholm v. Georgia, in favor of a citizen of South Carolina who was trying to recover debt that was owed him by the state of Georgia. The passage of the amendment overturned this ruling.
3-D a method or medium for producing or showing images in, or as if in, three dimensions. [1/2 definitions]
4WD abbreviation of "four-wheel drive," a car that drives by means of all four wheels rather than the rear wheels only, or the drive system of such, in which both front and rear wheel axles are turned by the drive shaft.
A2 abbreviation of "ampere" or "amperes," a unit of electrical current that refers to the quantity of current that passes through a resistor of one ohm when a potential of one volt is applied, equal to one coulomb per second.
A3 abbreviation of "angstrom" or "angstroms," a unit of length equal to one hundred-millionth of a centimeter, used in measuring light waves.
a1 A is the first letter of the English alphabet. We also write it as a. The English alphabet has 26 letters, but every letter has a large size and a small size. We call each letter by the same name, but we often write the large letter and the small letter a little differently. [3/6 definitions]
a2 any one of a group or kind. [3 definitions]
a.1 abbreviation of "acre" or "acres," a unit of area equal to 43,560 square feet or 4,047 square meters, used in measuring land.
AA abbreviation of "Alcoholics Anonymous," a world-wide recovery program for alcoholics, administered through chapters.
A.A. abbreviation of "Associate in Arts," an undergraduate degree conferred on a person who has completed a curriculum in the liberal arts.
aardvark a nocturnal mammal of southern Africa that has a long snout, long ears, and powerful claws for digging, and that feeds on ants using its extensile tongue.
aardwolf a striped, nocturnal African mammal of the hyena family that feeds primarily on insects.
AB2 abbreviation of "Assembly Bill," in the U.S., a proposed law in consideration by a state assembly.
aba a coarse felted fabric of goat or camel hair. [2 definitions]
abaca a Philippine plant of the banana family that yields a fiber used in making rope.
aback of a sail, positioned so that the wind pushes against the front side. [1/2 definitions]
abacus a device used to make arithmetic calculations, consisting of a frame with parallel rods or grooves that hold movable counters such as beads.
Abaddon in the Old Testament, a place of destruction; abode of the wicked dead; hell. [1/2 definitions]
abalone a large edible marine snail, the shell of which is lined with mother-of-pearl.
abandon a state in which emotions or impulses control one completely. [1/6 definitions]
abandon ship to leave a ship that is in danger of sinking. [2 definitions]