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biofeedback a method for self-regulation of presumably involuntary bodily functions, such as heartbeat rate, with the aid of electronic monitors that display visual representations of such functions.
blush to become red in the face as an involuntary expression of shame, confusion, or other self-conscious discomfort. [1/7 definitions]
bombardier beetle any of several beetles that spray an acrid, irritating fluid from the abdomen as a method of self-defense.
bootstrap being or pertaining to a self-initiating or self-sustained computer program. [1/5 definitions]
brash rudely self-assertive; bold; impudent. [1/2 definitions]
brass (informal) self-assured impudence. [1/6 definitions]
broomcorn a cultivated grass variety with stiff-branched flower stalks used in making brooms and brushes.
bulimarexia an eating disorder, esp. found in young women, that is marked by the eating of large amounts of food followed by purging, usu. by self-induced vomiting or by taking laxatives, to avoid weight gain. (Cf. anorexia.)
calculating coolly scheming, esp. in a self-interested way. [1/3 definitions]
Caliban a grotesque, brutish, half-human creature in The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
carbon 14 a radioactive isotope of carbon that has a half-life of about 5,700 years and whose presence in rock, fossils, and other archaeological specimens enables them to be dated.
chain reaction in physics, a self-sustaining reaction in which the particles produced by nuclear fission cause the fission of other nuclei. [1/3 definitions]
checks and balances a governmental mechanism of self-regulation provided for in the U.S. and other constitutions, by which the powers of each branch of government are limited by powers vested in another branch of government.
chuckle to laugh softly or in a half-suppressed manner. [2/3 definitions]
city-state a self-governing state made up of a city and its surrounding territory.
cockalorum a small self-important or boastful man. [1/2 definitions]
cocky arrogantly self-confident.
collected in control; self-possessed; calm. [1/2 definitions]
complacent contented with oneself or one's situation to a degree that prevents self-criticism, further progress, or appropriate response to signals of danger or risk. [1/2 definitions]
composure calmness of mind or manner; self-possession.
confess to reveal, admit, or concede as true, esp. something self-incriminating. [1/6 definitions]