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acrostic a sequence of written lines in which particular letters, usu. the first letter of every line, form an independent word or phrase. [1/2 definitions]
act a single performance, usu. by a musician, comedian, or other entertainer, sometimes as part of a larger program of performances. [1/14 definitions]
action (usu. pl.) manner of behaving or conducting oneself. [1/8 definitions]
adenoid (usu. pl.) a mass of tissue between the nose and the throat that, when swollen, can hinder breathing. [1/2 definitions]
adenoma a usu. benign tumor that starts in a gland or has a glandlike arrangement of cells.
ADHD abbreviation of "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder"; a mental disorder, usually beginning in childhood, characterized by impulsiveness and excessive activity.
adhere to stick or cling firmly, as by gluing (usu. fol. by "to"). [3 definitions]
adherent one who supports or follows a person, party, principle, or the like (usu. fol. by "of"). [2/3 definitions]
ad-lib to make up or do something, usu. spoken, sung, or played, without preparation; extemporize. [1/3 definitions]
administer to serve or act in a helpful manner; minister (usu. fol. by "to"). [1/5 definitions]
adobe a building material of sun-dried clay mixed with straw, usu. made into bricks. [1/3 definitions]
advance to give or lend (money or items of value) in order to support a project or provide assistance, usually with expectation of repayment or profit. [1/14 definitions]
advert to direct the attention by comment or remark (usu. fol. by "to"). [1/2 definitions]
advertise to try to locate something by placing a notice or advertisement before the public (usu. fol. by "for"). [1/4 definitions]
advised considered or conceived (usu. used in combination). [1/2 definitions]
affiliate to associate or connect (oneself) as a subordinate member or branch (usu. fol. by "with"). [1/4 definitions]
affix to attach or join physically (usu. fol. by "to"). [1/5 definitions]
Afghan (l.c.) a knitted or crocheted wool blanket or throw, usu. with a striped or geometric pattern. [1/5 definitions]
afterimage a sensory impression, usu. visual, that continues after the stimulus causing it has ceased.
aftertaste a lingering sensation, usu. of taste, sometimes continuing after its cause is gone. [1/2 definitions]
age of consent the age at which a person, usu. female, is legally considered to be competent to consent to sexual relations, used as a standard in determining whether statutory rape has occurred.