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Harvard

Har•vard (härvərd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. John, 1607–38, English clergyman in the U.S.: principal benefactor of Harvard College, now Harvard University.
  2. a city in central Massachusetts. 12,170.

University

u•ni•ver•si•ty (yo̅o̅′nə vûrsi tē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. an institution of learning of the highest level, having a college of liberal arts and a program of graduate studies together with several professional schools, as of theology, law, medicine, and engineering, and authorized to confer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Continental European universities usually have only graduate or professional schools.

Press

press1  (pres),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to act upon with steadily applied weight or force.
  2. to move by weight or force in a certain direction or into a certain position: The crowd pressed him into a corner.
  3. to compress or squeeze, as to alter in shape or size: He pressed the clay into a ball.
  4. to weigh heavily upon;
    subject to pressure.
  5. to hold closely, as in an embrace;
    clasp: He pressed her in his arms.
  6. to flatten or make smooth, esp. by ironing: to press clothes; to press flowers in the leaves of a book.
  7. to extract juice, sugar, etc., from by pressure: to press grapes.
  8. to squeeze out or express, as juice: to press the juice from grapes.
  9. to beset or harass;
    afflict: He was pressed by problems on all sides.
  10. to trouble or oppress;
    put into a difficult position, as by depriving: Poverty pressed them hard.
  11. to urge or entreat strongly or insistently: to press for payment of a debt; to press for an answer.
  12. to emphasize or propound forcefully;
    insist upon: He pressed his own ideas on us.
  13. to plead with insistence: to press a claim.
  14. to urge onward;
    hasten: He pressed his horse to go faster.
  15. to push forward.

v.i. 
  1. to manufacture (phonograph records, videodiscs, or the like), esp. by stamping from a mold or matrix.
  2. to exert weight, force, or pressure.
  3. [WeightLifting.]to raise or lift, esp. a specified amount of weight, in a press.
  4. to iron clothing, curtains, etc.
  5. to bear heavily, as upon the mind.
  6. (of athletes and competitors) to perform tensely or overanxiously, as when one feels pressured or is determined to break out of a slump;
    strain because of frustration: For days he hasn't seemed able to buy a hit, and he's been pressing.
  7. to compel haste: Time presses.
  8. to demand immediate attention.
  9. to use urgent entreaty: to press for an answer.
  10. to push forward or advance with force, eagerness, or haste: The army pressed to reach the river by dawn.
  11. to crowd or throng.
  12. [Basketball.]to employ a press.
  13. press the flesh, [Informal.]See  flesh (def. 15).

n. 
  1. an act of pressing;
    pressure.
  2. the state of being pressed.
  3. printed publications collectively, esp. newspapers and periodicals.
  4. all the media and agencies that print, broadcast, or gather and transmit news, including newspapers, newsmagazines, radio and television news bureaus, and wire services.
  5. the editorial employees, taken collectively, of these media and agencies.
  6. (often used with a pl. v.) a group of news reporters, or of news reporters and news photographers: The press are in the outer office, waiting for a statement.
  7. the consensus of the general critical commentary or the amount of coverage accorded a person, thing, or event, esp. in newspapers and periodicals (often prec. by good or bad): The play received a good press. The minister's visit got a bad press.
  8. See  printing press. 
  9. an establishment for printing books, magazines, etc.
  10. the process or art of printing.
  11. any of various devices or machines for exerting pressure, stamping, or crushing.
  12. a wooden or metal viselike device for preventing a tennis or other racket from warping when not in use.
  13. a pressing or pushing forward.
  14. a crowding, thronging, or pressing together;
    collective force: The press of the crowd drove them on.
  15. a crowd, throng, or multitude.
  16. the desired smooth or creased effect caused by ironing or pressing: His suit was out of press.
  17. pressure or urgency, as of affairs or business.
  18. an upright case or other piece of furniture for holding clothes, books, pamphlets, etc.
  19. [Basketball.]an aggressive form of defense in which players guard opponents very closely.
  20. [Weightlifting.]a lift in which the barbell, after having been lifted from the ground up to chest level, is pushed to a position overhead with the arms extended straight up, without moving the legs or feet.
  21. go to press, to begin being printed: The last edition has gone to press.
pressa•ble, adj. 

Desk

desk (desk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an article of furniture having a broad, usually level, writing surface, as well as drawers or compartments for papers, writing materials, etc.
  2. a frame for supporting a book from which the service is read in a church.
  3. a pulpit.
  4. the section of a large organization, as a governmental bureau or newspaper, having authority over and responsibility for particular operations within the organization: city desk; foreign desk.
  5. a table or counter, as in a library or office, at which a specific job is performed or a service offered: an information desk; reception desk.
  6. a stand used to support sheet music;
    music stand.
  7. (in an orchestra) a seat or position assigned by rank (usually used in combination): a first-desk flutist.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to a writing desk: a desk drawer.
  2. of a size or form suitable for use on a desk: desk dictionary.
  3. done at or based on a desk, as in an office or schoolroom: He used to be a traveling salesman, but now he has a desk job.

Copy

cop•y (kopē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  cop•ies,  for 1, 2, 7, 9, v.,cop•ied, cop•y•ing. 
n. 
  1. an imitation, reproduction, or transcript of an original: a copy of a famous painting.
  2. one of the various examples or specimens of the same book, engraving, or the like.
  3. written matter intended to be reproduced in printed form: The editor sent the copy for the next issue to the printer.
  4. the text of a news story, advertisement, television commercial, etc., as distinguished from related visual material.
  5. the newsworthiness of a person, thing, or event (often prec. by good or bad): The president is always good copy.Cf. news (def. 4).
  6. replication (def. 7).
  7. pictures and artwork prepared for reproduction.
  8. (in schools) a composition;
    a written assignment.
  9. [Brit.]a size of drawing or writing paper, 16 × 20 in. (40 × 50 cm).
  10. [Archaic.]something that is to be reproduced;
    an example or pattern, as of penmanship to be copied by a pupil.

v.t. 
  1. to make a copy of;
    transcribe;
    reproduce: to copy a set of figures from a book.
  2. to receive and understand (a radio message or its sender).
  3. to follow as a pattern or model;
    imitate.

v.i. 
  1. to make a copy or copies.
  2. to undergo copying: It copied poorly.
  3. to hear or receive a radio message, as over a CB radio: Do you copy?
  4. Also,  cocky. [Newfoundland.]to leap from one ice pan to another across open water.
  5. copy the mail, [CB Radio Slang.]See  mail 1 (def. 5).

Great

great (grāt),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, adv., n., pl.  greats,  (esp. collectively) great, interj. 
adj. 
  1. unusually or comparatively large in size or dimensions: A great fire destroyed nearly half the city.
  2. large in number;
    numerous: Great hordes of tourists descend on Europe each summer.
  3. unusual or considerable in degree, power, intensity, etc.: great pain.
  4. wonderful;
    first-rate;
    very good: We had a great time. That's great!
  5. being such in an extreme or notable degree: great friends; a great talker.
  6. notable;
    remarkable;
    exceptionally outstanding: a great occasion.
  7. important;
    highly significant or consequential: the great issues in American history.
  8. distinguished;
    famous: a great inventor.
  9. of noble or lofty character: great thoughts.
  10. chief or principal: the great hall; his greatest novel.
  11. of high rank, official position, or social standing: a great noble.
  12. much in use or favor: "Humor'' was a great word with the old physiologists.
  13. of extraordinary powers;
    having unusual merit;
    very admirable: a great statesman.
  14. of considerable duration or length: We waited a great while for the train.
    • enthusiastic about some specified activity (usually fol. by at, for, or on): He's great on reading poetry aloud.
    • skillful;
      expert (usually fol. by at or on): He's great at golf.
  15. being of one generation more remote from the family relative specified (used in combination): a great-grandson.
  16. great with child, being in the late stages of pregnancy.

adv. 
  1. very well: Things have been going great for him.

n. 
  1. a person who has achieved importance or distinction in a field: She is one of the theater's greats.
  2. great persons, collectively: England's literary great.
  3. (often cap.) greats, (used with a sing. v.) Also called  great go. [Brit. Informal.]
    • the final examination for the bachelor's degree in the classics and mathematics, or Literae Humaniores, esp. at Oxford University and usually for honors.
    • the course of study.
    • the subject studied.

interj. 
  1. (used to express acceptance, appreciation, approval, admiration, etc.).
  2. (used ironically or facetiously to express disappointment, annoyance, distress, etc.): Great! We just missed the last train home.
greatness, n. 

Ideas

i•de•a (ī dēə, ī dēə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.
  2. a thought, conception, or notion: That is an excellent idea.
  3. an impression: He gave me a general idea of how he plans to run the department.
  4. an opinion, view, or belief: His ideas on raising children are certainly strange.
  5. a plan of action;
    an intention: the idea of becoming an engineer.
  6. a groundless supposition;
    fantasy.
    • a concept developed by the mind.
    • a conception of what is desirable or ought to be;
      ideal.
    • (cap.) [Platonism.]Also called  form. an archetype or pattern of which the individual objects in any natural class are imperfect copies and from which they derive their being.
    • [Kantianism.]See  idea of pure reason. 
  7. a theme, phrase, or figure.
  8. [Obs.]
    • a likeness.
    • a mental image.
i•dea•less, adj. 

As

as1  (az; unstressed əz),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. to the same degree, amount, or extent;
    similarly;
    equally: I don't think it's as hot and humid today as it was yesterday.
  2. for example;
    for instance: Some flowers, as the rose, require special care.
  3. thought to be or considered to be: the square as distinct from the rectangle; the church as separate from the state.
  4. in the manner (directed, agreed, promised, etc.): She sang as promised. He left as agreed.
  5. as well. See  well 1 (def. 11).
  6. as well as. See  well 1 (def. 12).

conj. 
  1. (used correlatively after an adjective or adverb prec. by an adverbial phrase, the adverbial as, or another adverb) to such a degree or extent that: It came out the same way as it did before. You are as good as you think you are.
  2. (without antecedent) in the degree, manner, etc., of or that: She's good as gold. Do as we do.
  3. at the same time that;
    while;
    when: as you look away.
  4. since;
    because: As you are leaving last, please turn out the lights.
  5. though: Questionable as it may be, we will proceed.
  6. with the result or purpose: He said it in a voice so loud as to make everyone stare.
  7. [Informal.](in dependent clauses) that: I don't know as I do.
  8. [Midland and Southern U.S. and Brit. Dial.]than.
  9. as … as, (used to express similarity or equality in a specified characteristic, condition, etc., as between one person or thing and another): as rich as Croesus.
  10. as far as, to the degree or extent that: It is an excellent piece of work, as far as I can tell.
  11. as for or  to, with respect to;
    in reference to: As for staying away, I wouldn't think of it.
  12. as good as: 
    • equivalent to;
      in effect;
      practically: as good as new.
    • true to;
      trustworthy as: as good as his word.
  13. as how, [Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.]that;
    if;
    whether: He allowed as how it was none of my business. I don't know as how I ought to interfere.
  14. as if or  though, as it would be if: It was as if the world had come to an end.
  15. as is, in whatever condition something happens to be, esp. referring to something offered for sale in a flawed, damaged, or used condition: We bought the table as is.
  16. as it were, in a way;
    so to speak: He became, as it were, a man without a country.
  17. as long as. See  long1 (def. 39).
  18. as of, beginning on;
    on and after;
    from: This price is effective as of June 23.
  19. as regards, with regard or reference to;
    concerning: As regards the expense involved, it is of no concern to him.
  20. as such: 
    • as being what is indicated;
      in that capacity: An officer of the law, as such, is entitled to respect.
    • in itself or in themselves: The position, as such, does not appeal to him, but the salary is a lure.
  21. as yet, up to the present time;
    until now: As yet, no one has thought of a solution.

pron. 
  1. (used relatively) that;
    who;
    which (usually prec. by such or the same): I have the same trouble as you had.
  2. a fact that: She did her job well, as can be proved by the records.
  3. [New England, Midland, and Southern U.S.]who;
    whom;
    which;
    that: Them as has gets.

prep. 
  1. in the role, function, or status of: to act as leader.

Many

man•y (menē),USA pronunciation adj.,  more, most, n., pron. 
adj. 
  1. constituting or forming a large number;
    numerous: many people.
  2. noting each one of a large number (usually fol. by a or an): For many a day it rained.

n. 
  1. a large or considerable number of persons or things: A good many of the beggars were blind.
  2. the many, the greater part of humankind.

pron. 
  1. many persons or things: Many of the beggars were blind. Many were unable to attend.

Books

book (bŏŏk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers.
  2. a number of sheets of blank or ruled paper bound together for writing, recording business transactions, etc.
  3. a division of a literary work, esp. one of the larger divisions.
  4. the Book, the Bible.
  5. the text or libretto of an opera, operetta, or musical.
  6. books. See  book of account. 
  7. [Jazz.]the total repertoire of a band.
  8. a script or story for a play.
  9. a record of bets, as on a horse race.
  10. [Cards.]the number of basic tricks or cards that must be taken before any trick or card counts in the score.
  11. a set or packet of tickets, checks, stamps, matches, etc., bound together like a book.
  12. anything that serves for the recording of facts or events: The petrified tree was a book of Nature.
  13. a collection of facts and information about the usual playing habits, weaknesses, methods, etc., of an opposing team or player, esp. in baseball: The White Sox book on Mickey Mantle cautioned pitchers to keep the ball fast and high.
    • the customers served by each registered representative in a brokerage house.
    • a loose-leaf binder kept by a specialist to record orders to buy and sell stock at specified prices.
  14. a pile or package of leaves, as of tobacco.
  15. a thick block or crystal of mica.
  16. a magazine: used esp. in magazine publishing.
  17. See  book value. 
  18. bookmaker (def. 1).
  19. bring to book, to call to account;
    bring to justice: Someday he will be brought to book for his misdeeds.
  20. by the book, according to the correct or established form;
    in the usual manner: an unimaginative individual who does everything by the book.
  21. close the books, to balance accounts at the end of an accounting period;
    settle accounts.
  22. cook the books, [Informal.]See  cook (def. 10).
  23. in one's bad books, out of favor;
    disliked by someone: He's in the boss's bad books.
  24. in one's book, in one's personal judgment or opinion: In my book, he's not to be trusted.
  25. in one's good books, in favor;
    liked by someone.
  26. like a book, completely;
    thoroughly: She knew the area like a book.
  27. make book: 
    • to accept or place the bets of others, as on horse races, esp. as a business.
    • to wager;
      bet: You can make book on it that he won't arrive in time.
  28. off the books, done or performed for cash or without keeping full business records: esp. as a way to avoid paying income tax, employment benefits, etc.: Much of his work as a night watchman is done off the books.
  29. one for the book or  books, a noteworthy incident;
    something extraordinary: The daring rescue was one for the book.
  30. on the books, entered in a list or record: He claims to have graduated from Harvard, but his name is not on the books.
  31. the book: 
    • a set of rules, conventions, or standards: The solution was not according to the book but it served the purpose.
    • the telephone book: I've looked him up, but he's not in the book.
  32. throw the book at: 
    • to sentence (an offender, lawbreaker, etc.) to the maximum penalties for all charges against that person.
    • to punish or chide severely.
  33. without book: 
    • from memory.
    • without authority: to punish without book.
  34. write the book, to be the prototype, originator, leader, etc., of: So far as investment banking is concerned, they wrote the book.

v.t. 
  1. to enter in a book or list;
    record;
    register.
  2. to reserve or make a reservation for (a hotel room, passage on a ship, etc.): We booked a table at our favorite restaurant.
  3. to register or list (a person) for a place, transportation, appointment, etc.: The travel agent booked us for next week's cruise.
  4. to engage for one or more performances.
  5. to enter an official charge against (an arrested suspect) on a police register.
  6. to act as a bookmaker for (a bettor, bet, or sum of money): The Philadelphia syndicate books 25 million dollars a year on horse racing.

v.i. 
  1. to register one's name.
  2. to engage a place, services, etc.
    • to study hard, as a student before an exam: He left the party early to book.
    • to leave;
      depart: I'm bored with this party, let's book.
    • to work as a bookmaker: He started a restaurant with money he got from booking.
  3. book in, to sign in, as at a job.
  4. book out, to sign out, as at a job.
  5. book up, to sell out in advance: The hotel is booked up for the Christmas holidays.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to a book or books: the book department; a book salesman.
  2. derived or learned from or based on books: a book knowledge of sailing.
  3. shown by a book of account: The firm's book profit was $53,680.
bookless, adj. 
booklike′, adj. 

As

as1  (az; unstressed əz),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. to the same degree, amount, or extent;
    similarly;
    equally: I don't think it's as hot and humid today as it was yesterday.
  2. for example;
    for instance: Some flowers, as the rose, require special care.
  3. thought to be or considered to be: the square as distinct from the rectangle; the church as separate from the state.
  4. in the manner (directed, agreed, promised, etc.): She sang as promised. He left as agreed.
  5. as well. See  well 1 (def. 11).
  6. as well as. See  well 1 (def. 12).

conj. 
  1. (used correlatively after an adjective or adverb prec. by an adverbial phrase, the adverbial as, or another adverb) to such a degree or extent that: It came out the same way as it did before. You are as good as you think you are.
  2. (without antecedent) in the degree, manner, etc., of or that: She's good as gold. Do as we do.
  3. at the same time that;
    while;
    when: as you look away.
  4. since;
    because: As you are leaving last, please turn out the lights.
  5. though: Questionable as it may be, we will proceed.
  6. with the result or purpose: He said it in a voice so loud as to make everyone stare.
  7. [Informal.](in dependent clauses) that: I don't know as I do.
  8. [Midland and Southern U.S. and Brit. Dial.]than.
  9. as … as, (used to express similarity or equality in a specified characteristic, condition, etc., as between one person or thing and another): as rich as Croesus.
  10. as far as, to the degree or extent that: It is an excellent piece of work, as far as I can tell.
  11. as for or  to, with respect to;
    in reference to: As for staying away, I wouldn't think of it.
  12. as good as: 
    • equivalent to;
      in effect;
      practically: as good as new.
    • true to;
      trustworthy as: as good as his word.
  13. as how, [Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.]that;
    if;
    whether: He allowed as how it was none of my business. I don't know as how I ought to interfere.
  14. as if or  though, as it would be if: It was as if the world had come to an end.
  15. as is, in whatever condition something happens to be, esp. referring to something offered for sale in a flawed, damaged, or used condition: We bought the table as is.
  16. as it were, in a way;
    so to speak: He became, as it were, a man without a country.
  17. as long as. See  long1 (def. 39).
  18. as of, beginning on;
    on and after;
    from: This price is effective as of June 23.
  19. as regards, with regard or reference to;
    concerning: As regards the expense involved, it is of no concern to him.
  20. as such: 
    • as being what is indicated;
      in that capacity: An officer of the law, as such, is entitled to respect.
    • in itself or in themselves: The position, as such, does not appeal to him, but the salary is a lure.
  21. as yet, up to the present time;
    until now: As yet, no one has thought of a solution.

pron. 
  1. (used relatively) that;
    who;
    which (usually prec. by such or the same): I have the same trouble as you had.
  2. a fact that: She did her job well, as can be proved by the records.
  3. [New England, Midland, and Southern U.S.]who;
    whom;
    which;
    that: Them as has gets.

prep. 
  1. in the role, function, or status of: to act as leader.

Short

short (shôrt),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, adv., n., v. 
adj. 
  1. having little length;
    not long.
  2. having little height;
    not tall: a short man.
  3. extending or reaching only a little way: a short path.
  4. brief in duration;
    not extensive in time: a short wait.
  5. brief or concise, as writing.
  6. rudely brief;
    abrupt;
    hurting: short behavior.
  7. low in amount;
    scanty: short rations.
  8. not reaching a point, mark, target, or the like;
    not long enough or far enough.
  9. below the standard in extent, quantity, duration, etc.: short measure.
  10. having a scanty or insufficient amount of (often fol. by in or on): He was short in experience.
  11. being below a necessary or desired level;
    lacking: The office is short due to winter colds and flu.
  12. [Cookery.]
    • (of pastry and the like) crisp and flaky;
      breaking or crumbling readily from being made with a large proportion of butter or other shortening.
    • (of dough) containing a relatively large amount of shortening.
  13. (of metals) deficient in tenacity;
    friable;
    brittle.
  14. (of the head or skull) of less than ordinary length from front to back.
    • not possessing at the time of sale commodities or stocks that one sells.
    • noting or pertaining to a sale of commodities or stocks that the seller does not possess, depending for profit on a decline in prices.
    • lasting a relatively short time: "Bit'' has a shorter vowel-sound than "bid'' or "bead.''
    • belonging to a class of sounds considered as usually shorter in duration than another class, as the vowel of but as compared to that of bought, and in many languages serving as a distinctive feature of phonemes, as the a in German Bann in contrast with the ah in Bahn, or the t in Italian fato in contrast with the tt in fatto (opposed to long).
    • having the sound of the English vowels in bat, bet, bit, hot, but, and put, historically descended from vowels that were short in duration.
  15. [Pros.]
    • (of a syllable in quantitative verse) lasting a relatively shorter time than a long syllable.
    • unstressed.
  16. (of an alcoholic drink) small: a short drink.
  17. [Chiefly Brit.](of whiskey) undiluted;
    straight.
  18. (of clay) not plastic enough to be modeled.
  19. [Ropemaking.]hard (def. 39).
  20. short and sweet: 
    • pleasantly brief.
    • pertinent: We're in a hurry, so make it short and sweet.
  21. short for, being a shorter form of;
    abbreviated to: "Phone'' is short for "telephone.''
  22. short of: 
    • less than;
      inferior to.
    • inadequately supplied with (money, food, etc.).
    • without going to the length of;
      failing of;
      excluding: Short of murder, there is nothing he wouldn't have tried to get what he wanted.
  23. make short work of. See  work (def. 16).

adv. 
  1. abruptly or suddenly: to stop short.
  2. briefly;
    curtly.
  3. on the near side of an intended or particular point: The arrow landed short.
  4. [Baseball.]
    • with the hands higher on the handle of the bat than usual: He held the bat short and flied out.
    • in a fielding position closer to home plate than usual.
  5. come or  fall short: 
    • to fail to reach a particular standard.
    • to prove insufficient;
      be lacking: Her funds fell short, and she had to wire home for help.
  6. cut short, to end abruptly;
    terminate: Her nap was cut short by a loud noise from outside.
  7. run short, to be in insufficient supply: My patience is running short.
  8. sell short: 
    • [Stock Exchange.]to sell stocks or the like without having them in one's actual possession at the time of the sale.
    • to disparage or underestimate: Don't sell Tom short; he's really an excellent engineer.

n. 
  1. something that is short.
  2. that which is deficient or lacking.
  3. the sum and substance of a matter;
    gist (usually prec. by the).
  4. shorts: 
    • trousers, knee-length or shorter.
    • short pants worn by men as an undergarment.
    • knee breeches, formerly worn by men.
    • [Finance.]short-term bonds.
    • [Mining.]crushed ore failing to pass through a given screen, thus being of a larger given size than a specific grade. Cf.  fine (def. 29a).
    • remnants, discards, or refuse of various cutting and manufacturing processes.
  5. a size of garment for men who are shorter than average: He wears a 42 short.
  6. a garment, as a suit or overcoat, in such a size.
  7. a shot that strikes or bursts short of the target.
  8. See  short circuit. 
  9. [Pros.]a short sound or syllable.
  10. [Baseball.]shortstop (def. 1).
  11. [Motion Pictures.]See  short subject. 
  12. [Finance.]See  short seller. 
  13. a deficiency or the amount of a deficiency.
  14. [Chiefly Brit.]a small drink of straight whiskey;
    shot.
  15. for short, by way of abbreviation: Her name is Patricia, and she's called Pat for short.
  16. in short: 
    • in summary.
    • in few words;
      in brief: In short, this has been rather a disappointing day.

v.t. 
  1. to cause a short circuit in.
  2. to cheat by giving less than is expected or deserved;
    shortchange.

v.i. 
  1. to short-circuit.
shortness, n. 

Of

of1  (uv, ov; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. (used to indicate distance or direction from, separation, deprivation, etc.): within a mile of the church; south of Omaha; to be robbed of one's money.
  2. (used to indicate derivation, origin, or source): a man of good family; the plays of Shakespeare; a piece of cake.
  3. (used to indicate cause, motive, occasion, or reason): to die of hunger.
  4. (used to indicate material, component parts, substance, or contents): a dress of silk; a book of poems; a package of cheese.
  5. (used to indicate apposition or identity): Is that idiot of a salesman calling again?
  6. (used to indicate specific identity or a particular item within a category): the city of Chicago; thoughts of love.
  7. (used to indicate possession, connection, or association): the king of France; the property of the church.
  8. (used to indicate inclusion in a number, class, or whole): one of us.
  9. (used to indicate the objective relation, the object of the action noted by the preceding noun or the application of a verb or adjective): the ringing of bells; He writes her of home; I'm tired of working.
  10. (used to indicate reference or respect): There is talk of peace.
  11. (used to indicate qualities or attributes): an ambassador of remarkable tact.
  12. (used to indicate a specified time): They arrived of an evening.
  13. [Chiefly Northern U.S.]before the hour of;
    until: twenty minutes of five.
  14. on the part of: It was very mean of you to laugh at me.
  15. in respect to: fleet of foot.
  16. set aside for or devoted to: a minute of prayer.
  17. [Archaic.]by: consumed of worms.

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