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Hinduism the predominant religious and social system of India, characterized by a caste structure of society, belief in reincarnation, and many deities that are aspects of the same supreme being.
Hindustani the most important Hindi dialect. [2 definitions]
hinge a device, as on a door or lid, usu. consisting of two pieces connected at a joint so that one piece can open, close, or swing upon the other, stationary piece. [5 definitions]
hinny the hybrid offspring of a female donkey and a male horse. (Cf. mule1.)
hint a subtle or indirect but comprehensible reference, intimation, or suggestion. [4 definitions]
hinterland (often pl.) any area far from a center of population or culture; back country. [2 definitions]
hip1 the portion of the human body on either the left or right side that extends from the thigh to the pelvis and inside which is located the joint that connects the leg to the torso, or a corresponding part of an animal. [4 definitions]
hip2 the ripened fruit of the rose, used as a source of vitamin C and as a flavoring.
hip3 used as a signal to begin a cheer.
hip4 aware of, participating in, or belonging to the latest fashions in music, language, clothing, and the like; cool or fashionable. [2 definitions]
hipbone the three fused bones that form one side of the pelvis.
hip-hop the culture of rap music and its associated styles of dance, dress, behavior, and speech, which originated among young, inner-city African Americans in the 1970s. [3 definitions]
hip-huggers pants designed to be fitted tightly at the hips instead of at the waistline.
hip joint the ball-and-socket joint consisting of the head of the femur and its receptacle in the pelvis.
hipped1 having hips. [3 definitions]
hipped2 (informal) very enthusiastic or obsessed (fol. by "on").
hippie someone, esp. of the late 1960s, who rejects the established values of contemporary society, and who demonstrates that rejection through unconventional dress and behavior, and by advocating pacifism and communal living. (See flower child.)
hippo (informal) hippopotamus.
hippocampus one of two ridges of nerve matter that extend along the lateral ventricles of the brain from the olfactory lobe to the rear of the cerebrum.
Hippocrates a Greek physician (460?-377? B.C.).
Hippocratic oath an oath to follow the ethical codes of the medical profession, usu. taken by new physicians.