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simile a figure of speech in which two dissimilar things are likened, often linked by "like" or "as," as in, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb". (Cf. metaphor.)
similitude similarity or resemblance; likeness. [2 definitions]
simmer to undergo steady cooking near the boiling point. [4 definitions]
simmer down to reduce (a liquid) in volume by simmering. [2 definitions]
Simon a Hebrew name for the apostle Peter. [2 definitions]
simoniac one who is guilty of buying or selling ecclesiastic preferments, benefices, or sacraments.
Simon Legree in the mid-nineteenth-century novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, a cruel overseer and slave dealer. [2 definitions]
simon-pure genuinely pure; authentic.
simony the purchase or sale of pardons, benefits, or the like, considered a sin.
simoom a hot turbulent wind carrying much sand, in the Arabian and Sahara deserts.
simpatico alike in temperament, tastes, or the like; compatible; congenial.
simper to smile in a silly or affected manner. [3 definitions]
simple made of only one part or thing; unmixed. [7 definitions]
simple fraction a fraction having whole numbers for both numerator and denominator.
simple fracture a bone fracture that does not tear through the skin or result in loose fragments.
simple-hearted lacking sophistication, guile, or artfulness.
simple interest interest computed on principal only, rather than on accrued interest plus principal. (Cf. compound interest.)
simple machine a basic mechanical device, such as a lever, pulley, wedge, screw, or inclined plane, that is designed to apply force or power in order to perform a task.
simpleminded not complex or sophisticated. [3 definitions]
simple sentence a sentence that has only one clause, such as "Early in the morning we waited for the bus".
simpleton one who is silly, dull-witted, or easily tricked; fool.