The world's most comprehensive dictionary: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, and Financial Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms and Abbreviations, Idioms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one!

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | View Archive ?
+ Add Content ?

Live Searches

Here's what people are searching for right now:

For Surfers

?×
Mobile Apps
Word of the Day
Missing Idiom Contest
Word Finder
Lists of Facts
English Usage Topics
Help
Feedback

Weather

?

Recent Searches

?×

A - Z

?×
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Customize Your Homepage

?×
TheFreeDictionary.com now allows you to create your own personal homepage by adding and removing, dragging and dropping, and "using or losing" existing content windows. In addition, you can add your own bookmarks, weather information, horoscope, and RSS feeds from anywhere on the web.

Word of the Day

?

sycophant

Definition: (noun) A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
Synonyms:crawler, toady, lackey
Usage:The sycophant erupted into laughter before the mayor had even finished the joke. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

?

Defining the Third Conditional

Third conditionals are used to establish a hypothetical situation in the past, followed by a hypothetical outcome that did not really happen. Typically, what is the outcome? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

?

Joseph Jagger: The Man Who Broke the Bank

Before Mick Jagger strutted with the Stones, fellow Brit Joseph Jagger brought fame to the surname in 1873 when he won two million francs at the Beaux-Arts Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Jagger began his scheme by hiring six clerks to record the outcomes of six of the casino's roulette wheels. They discovered that nine numbers came up more frequently than the others on one of the wheels. How did the casino respond when Jagger put his plan into action and began racking up winnings? More... Discuss

This Day in History

?

The Subsequent Nuremberg Trials: Doctors' Trial Begins (1946)

The Doctors' Trial was the first of 12 post-World War II trials collectively called the "Subsequent Nuremberg Trials," which the US held in its occupation zone in Nuremberg, Germany. Of the 23 defendants, 20 were medical doctors, and they faced charges for war crimes that included experimenting on human subjects without their consent. The Nuremberg Code was thus established to protect the rights of humans participating in medical research. How many of the defendants received death sentences? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

?

Grace Murray Hopper (1906)

A math professor, Hopper joined the US Navy during World War II. She was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard, where she worked on the first fully automatic calculator, the Mark 1. Made of 765,000 parts and using typewriters for output, it sounded, she said, like a thousand knitting needles. She later helped develop UNIVAC I—the first US commercial electronic computer—and high-level programming languages. What computer term did she popularize and possibly coin? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

?
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues—faith and hope.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

Mismatch

Select word:
empirically
theoretically
lawlessly
slenderly
above
lawfully
amply
beneath
happily
sadly

Match each word in the left column with its antonym (opposite) on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck!

 

Ad

Flashcards

?
Please log in or register to use Flashcards and Bookmarks. You can also log in with

My Bookmarks

?
Please log in or register to use Flashcards and Bookmarks. You can also log in with

Hangman

?

Grammar Quiz

?
What is the function of the slash in the following sentence?
“We converted the old barn out back into a bungalow/office.”




Spelling Bee

Difficulty level:
n. Boisterous merrymaking
Spell the word:

Match Up

?
Select word:
beseem
befit
denude
bury
enamor
strip
entomb
charm
relent
soften

Match each word in the left column with its synonym on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck!

 

?

Today's Holiday

?

Antigua National Heroes Day

Antigua has four citizens who have been designated as National Heroes, and December 9 is a public holiday to honor and celebrate all of them. The date is the birthday of one of the four, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first prime minister of Antigua, who is considered the father of the nation. The others are King Court, who led a slave revolt in 1736; Dame Ellen Georgian Nellie Robinson, a pioneer in education; and Sir Vivian Richards, one of the world's greatest cricket players. Speeches and ceremonies honor the accomplishments of the National Heroes on this day. More... Discuss

Horoscope

Idiom of the Day

the mind's ear

The imaginative capability to create or recall sound within one's mind; the part of the mind that experiences imagined or recalled sound. (An allusion to the "mind's eye," which is likewise responsible for mental imagery.) More... Discuss