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basis point a unit equal to one hundredth of one percent, used in economics and finance to measure exchange rates, interest rates, and the like.
blended whiskey a blend of two straight whiskeys, or of one with neutral spirits in which the hundred-proof straight whiskey constitutes at least twenty percent of the combined volume.
brachycephalic having a short, nearly round head, which is eighty percent or more as wide as it is long. (Cf. dolichocephalic.)
corn whiskey whiskey made from a mash of at least eighty percent corn; corn liquor.
double-digit of, pertaining to, or denoting a rate greater than ten and less than one hundred percent, esp. used to describe a high inflation rate.
electoral vote the tally of the votes cast by the electors of the electoral college in a U.S. presidential election. In most states, the winner of the popular vote receives one hundred percent of that state's electoral vote; therefore, the percentage of the total electoral vote cast for each candidate may not reflect the percentage of the popular vote cast for each candidate. [1/2 definitions]
nitrogen a chemical element that has seven protons in each nucleus and that occurs as a colorless, odorless gas that comprises about eighty percent of the earth's atmosphere, or in important compounds such as nitrates, proteins, nucleic acids, and ammonia. (symbol: N) [1/3 definitions]
pct. abbreviation of "percent" or "percentage."
proof spirit an alcoholic beverage, or mixture of alcohol and water, that contains fifty percent alcohol by volume.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome an atypical pneumonia that has a mortality rate of approximately 10 percent, often referred to by its acronym "SARS." A major outbreak occurred in 2003.
table wine a wine, usu. served with meals, containing not more than fourteen percent alcohol.
time and a half a rate of pay, usu. for overtime work, that is fifty percent higher than that normally paid.
whiskey an alcoholic liquor distilled from grains such as rye, barley, or corn and usu. containing forty to fifty percent alcohol. [1/2 definitions]
wine the fermented juice of any of a variety of fruits, although typically made from grapes. Wine has an alcohol content averaging around 12 to 18 percent. [1/7 definitions]