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 any one or some of a certain thing, no matter which, how much, or how many. [1/7 definitions] as if how it would be if. computer science the science and study of computers, including how they are made and how they work. covariance in statistics, a measure of how two variables are related, equal to the product of the deviation of each variable from its mean. In positive covariance, the two variables (such as temperature and air conditioner use) are directly related and follow the same trend. In negative covariance, the two variables (such as temperature and heater use) are inversely related and follow opposite trends. credit history a record of how somebody has repaid loans, credit card bills, and other debts, used as a guide by money lenders. delicacy sensitivity to how others may feel. [1/8 definitions] demo something that shows how something works or how something can be used. [1/2 definitions] demonstration a practical illustration of how something works or how it is made. [1/5 definitions] design a plan or outline showing how something is to be built or carried out, or the resulting set of features of a plan or outline in the finished product. [1/11 definitions] detective story a fictional account of how a crime, usu. a murder, is solved by an amateur or professional detective. diacritic a small distinguishing mark, such as a macron, umlaut, or cedilla, that is added to a letter, esp. to indicate how it is to be pronounced; diacritical mark. diacritical mark a small distinguishing mark, such as a macron, umlaut, or cedilla, that is added to a letter, esp. to indicate how it is to be pronounced. direction (usu. pl.) instruction on which way to go or how to do something. [1/7 definitions] distinguish to correctly discern the identity of (each of two or more things) by recognizing how they are different (often fol. by "from"). [1/5 definitions] divide in mathematics, to carry out a calculation on (a number) to determine how many times that number contains another. [2/8 definitions] division the mathematical process of determining how many times one number contains another. [1/7 definitions] dynamics (used with a sing. verb) a branch of physics that studies how motion and the action of forces affecting motion interrelate. [1/3 definitions] editor in the film industry, a person whose job is to view raw footage and decide, often in conjunction with the director and others, what shots will remain in the final film, what sequence they will be in, and how long each will be. [1/4 definitions] emotional of or relating to the feelings, including how one feels about oneself in relation to others. [1/4 definitions] ergonomics (used with a sing. verb) the study of how to adapt machines or work space to human needs. fitness the study of how the body attains strength, flexibility, and endurance. [1/4 definitions]