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asafetida a gum resin obtained from Oriental plants related to the carrot, with a strong, offensive odor and a bitter taste, formerly used as a medicine.
as a matter of fact actually; in fact (often used when the information that follows will be surprising to the listener or a rejection of what was said previously.)
ASAP abbreviation of "as soon as possible" (sometimes pronounced as an acronym.)
as a whole when regarded in entirety.
asbestos one of two forms of a mineral that can be separated into fibers, is not combustible, and is resistant to chemical action, used to make fireproofing and insulating materials. [2 definitions]
asbestosis a chronic lung disease marked by thickening and scarring of the lung tissue that is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos.
ascarid any of various worms, including intestinal parasites such as the roundworm and the pinworm.
ascend to go upward; climb; rise. [5 definitions]
ascendable combined form of ascend.
ascendancy the state of being in a dominant position; dominance.
ascendant moving upward; rising; ascending. [4 definitions]
ascension the act or process of rising; ascent. [3 definitions]
Ascension Day the fortieth day following Easter, observing the ascent of Jesus Christ into heaven.
ascent the act of going up; rise. [4 definitions]
ascertain to come to know (some information) with complete certainty, especially through a process of investigation; determine.
ascertainable combined form of ascertain.
ascetic one who practices extreme self-denial, esp. of material comforts and pleasures, and esp. for religious reasons. [3 definitions]
asceticism the practices, doctrines, or way of living of an ascetic. [2 definitions]
ascidian any of various marine animals, such as the sea squirts, that have a saclike body enclosed by a thick tuniclike membrane.
ascidium a saclike or pitcherlike part of a plant, such as the leaf of the bladderwort or pitcher plant.
ASCII abbreviation of "American Standard Code for Information Interchange," originally, a standard code using numbers to represent characters used in writing English, allowing textual data to be transferred between computers. ASCII has been expanded to allow character sets from other languages to be similarly encoded.