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arm wrestling a contest in which each of two opponents places either the right or the left elbow on a table with the forearm vertical, clasps the opponent's hand, and tries to force the opponent's hand back until it touches the table; Indian wrestling.
arpeggio the playing of each note in a musical chord rapidly, one after the other rather than simultaneously. [1/2 definitions]
arsenic a poisonous chemical element that has thirty-three protons in each nucleus and occurs in brittle, grayish white crystalline masses or in yellow or black allotropes. (symbol: As) [1/2 definitions]
assembly line a set-up in a factory whereby a product being put together passes, in moving along a track, conveyor belt, or the like, a succession of stations with workers, each of whom adds, adjusts, or secures apart to the whole.
astatine a highly radioactive chemical element of the halogen group that has eighty-five protons in each nucleus. (symbol: At)
astraddle having one leg on each side; astride.
astride over or upon and with a leg on each side of; straddling. [2/4 definitions]
astrology the study of the positions of the heavenly bodies in relation to each other with the aim of predicting their influence on human affairs.
at cross purposes so as to misunderstand or act in a way that frustrates each other's purposes.
at-large election an election in which every voter can vote for candidates to fill any and all vacant positions in a representative body. Unlike a single-member election, in which people can vote only for candidates who represent their particular legislative district, at-large elections allow every person to vote on each vacant position within a governing body.
auf Wiedersehen (German) until we see each other again; good-bye for now (used at parting).
au revoir (French) until we see each other again; good-bye for now.
backgammon a board game in which each of two opponents throws dice and tries to move several pieces clockwise around and eventually off the board.
barbell a usu. metal bar with removable weights at each end, used in weightlifting and exercising.
barium a chemical element of the alkaline-earth group that has fifty-seven protons in each nucleus and that is usu. found in compounds such as salts. (symbol: Ba) [1/2 definitions]
barouche a four-wheeled carriage with a folding top, two opposing seats for two people each inside, and a driver's seat outside in front.
barrow1 a flat, rectangular frame used for carrying a load, supported by handles at each end or handles at one end and a wheel at the other; wheelbarrow.
baseball a game played with a bat and ball by two teams of nine players each, the object being to score runs by advancing runners around four bases. [1/2 definitions]
baseborn born of parents who are not married to each other; illegitimate. [1/3 definitions]
basketball a game played by two teams of five players each, with points scored by shooting the ball through a raised metal hoop and net at the opponent's end of the court. [1/2 definitions]
benzene ring the graphic representation of the benzene molecule or its derivatives as a hexagon with a carbon atom at each of its six points, and with attached atoms of hydrogen or other elements.