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acute of a disease, occurring suddenly, then rapidly progressing to a peak and coming shortly to an end. (Cf. chronic.) [1/7 definitions]
and then. [1/3 definitions]
anneal to heat and then slowly cool (esp. glass or metal) so as to strengthen and make less brittle.
apodosis in a conditional sentence, the clause that expresses the result or conclusion, sometimes beginning with "then". (Cf. protasis.)
average the arithmetic mean gained by adding two or more quantities and then dividing by the total number of quantities. [1/9 definitions]
avg. abbreviation of "average," the arithmetic mean gained by adding two or more quantities and then dividing by the total number of quantities.
back and forth moving backward then forward, or forward then backward, often repeatedly. [2 definitions]
bait-and-switch a sales tactic in which a seller attracts customers by advertising at a bargain price one item that is often out of stock, and then diverts their attention by encouraging them to buy another item at a higher price. [1/2 definitions]
baked beans beans that have been boiled and then baked, often with salt pork, tomato sauce, or molasses.
balky inclined to stop short and then refuse to proceed; stubborn; obstinate.
beg the question to assume as true a conclusion to an argument and then present that conclusion as proof.
blindman's buff a game, usu. played by children, in which one blindfolded player tries to catch and identify one of several other players, who then puts on the blindfold.
blow (someone) a kiss to kiss the palm of one's hand or the back of one's fingers and then blow over the palm toward (someone), symbolically giving that person a kiss.
Bluebeard in folklore, a man who married and then killed six wives.
bullfight a ceremonial sport practiced esp. in Spain and Mexico in which banderilleros and picadors first goad and tire a specially bred bull, and then a matador with a cape and sword provokes the bull into charging him several times, and finally kills it.
bungee jumping a recreational activity in which a person harnessed to the end of a long, anchored, elasticized rope, or bungee, steps off a height, rapidly drops hundreds of feet in the air, then bounces up and back down, repeatedly, while the movement gradually slows to a stop.
caber a long wooden pole, resembling a telephone pole, that is hoisted at one end and then thrown end over end to demonstrate strength, esp. in Scottish Highland games.
cable television a form of television in which the sound and picture signals from distant stations are received by a master antenna and then delivered by electrical cable. Cable television typically provides clear reception, access to a large number of channels, and a relatively wide range of programming, whereas conventional television is limited to the reception of signals from local stations.
castle in chess, to move (the king) two squares sideways and then move the rook to the first square passed over by the king. [1/6 definitions]
charlotte a dessert made by lining a mold with cake, which is then filled with custard, cooked fruit, or whipped cream.
cold pack a canning process in which food is placed into containers at room temperature, sealed in, and then sterilized and cooked simultaneously. [1/2 definitions]