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!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 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

?

erudition

Definition: (noun) Profound scholarly knowledge.
Synonyms:encyclopedism, learning, scholarship
Usage:They, like himself, had been bred in the studious cloisters of a university, and were supposed to possess all the erudition which mankind has hoarded up from age to age. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

?

Using Brackets for Clarification

The most common use of brackets is to enclose information that clarifies or explains an ambiguous element in a quoted sentence. We can also use brackets to replace a word so the quotation fits with the natural flow of the sentence. Why must we use brackets, and not parentheses, to do this? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

?

Posie Rings

Posie rings—also known as poesy or posy rings—were tokens of love in England made popular in Medieval times. Sometimes worn as wedding rings, they were engraved with short, often rhyming expressions of love, friendship, or fidelity. Thousands of French and English posie-ring sayings have been recorded over the years, including "in thee my choyce I do rejoice," "God above increase our love," and "let this present my good intent." What other sentimental inscriptions are found on surviving rings? More... Discuss

This Day in History

?

Isaac Singer Granted Patent for Sewing Machine (1851)

Before the advent of the sewing machine, sewing was a laborious task. Singer's 1851 sewing machine patent made him a very rich man. Several other people laid claim to having invented the sewing machine, notably Elias Howe, who won a lawsuit against Singer for infringement. Nevertheless, Singer's company was already well established and was able to pool its patents with other claimants to avoid litigation. At times, Singer used alternate names to accomplish what scandalous feat? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

?

Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925)

In 1954, a few years after identical twins Norris and Ross McWhirter founded a London fact-finding agency, they met a director of the Guinness brewing company, Sir Hugh Beaver, who commissioned a compilation of world records that was intended to settle bar-room disputes. The first edition of the McWhirters' Guinness Book of Records was given to bars for free as a marketing gimmick, but the book quickly became a phenomenal success. In 1975, Ross was assassinated. Why? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

?
The sky was clear—remarkably clear—and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Discuss

Mismatch

Select word:
small
theoretically
amply
lawfully
above
beneath
empirically
big
lawlessly
meagerly

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

English Language Forum

Flashcards

?
Please log in or register to use bookmarks. You can also log in with

My Bookmarks

?
Please log in or register to use bookmarks. You can also log in with

Hangman

?

Grammar Quiz

?
Which of the following is not a function of a semicolon?




Spelling Bee

Difficulty level:
n. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines
Spell the word:

Match Up

?
Select word:
accursed
common
chintzy
well-read
cannular
vasiform
uncouth
maledict
lettered
cheap

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

?

Santa Fe Opera Festival

The internationally acclaimed Santa Fe Opera Festival began in 1957 and survived the burning of the opera house in 1967. It is now staged in an open-air opera "house" atop a mesa outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Gala Opening Celebration includes an Opera Ball to benefit apprentice programs for young artists, and, on opening night, a festive reception, tailgate parties (with tablecloths and caviar and people in formal dress) and, after the performance, waltzing for the entire audience. More... Discuss

Horoscope

Idiom of the Day

by hell or high water

By any means necessary; regardless of any difficulty, problem, or obstacle. More... Discuss