ETYM back , n . + bone.
1. The bone running down the back of vertebrate animal; the spine.
2. A computer network that connects other computer networks.
3. (Informal) Fortitude; SYN. grit, guts, sand, gumption.
ETYM French base, Latin basis, from Greek basis a stepping, step, a base, pedestal, from bainein to go, step, akin to Eng. come. Related to Basis, and see Come.
1. A support or foundation; SYN. pedestal, stand.
2. A flat bottom on which something is intended to sit.
3. The bottom or lowest part.
4. Place that runner must touch before scoring; SYN. bag.
5. The place where one is stationed and from which missions start and end; SYN. home.
6. The principal ingredient of a mixture.
ETYM French, from Latin planus flat, level. Related to Plain.
1. A series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished; SYN. program, programme.
2. Scale drawing of a structure; SYN. architectural plan.
3. In architectural drawing, a horizontal plane cut through a building, showing walls, doors, windows, and other features.
1. The story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.
2. A secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); SYN. secret plan.
3. A small area of planted ground; SYN. plot of ground, patch.
4. A chart or map showing the movements or progress of an object.
The storyline in a novel, play, film, or other work of fiction. A plot is traditionally a scheme of connected events.
Novelists in particular have at times tried to subvert or ignore the reader's expectation of a causally linked story with a clear beginning, middle, and end, with no loose ends. James Joyce and Virginia Woolf wrote novels that explore the minutiae of a character's experience, rather than telling a tale. However, the tradition that the novel must tell a story, whatever else it may do, survives for the most part intact.
English novelist E M Forster defined it thus: The king died and then the queen died. The king died and then the queen died of grief at the king's death. The first is the beginning of a series of events; the second is the beginning of a plot.
ETYM Old Fren. project, French projet, from Latin projectus, p. p. of projicere to project; pro forward + jacere to throw. Related to Jet a shooting forth, and cf. Projet.
1. A planned undertaking; SYN. projection.
2. A school task requiring considerable effort; SYN. classroom project.
3. A series of activities with set objectives, designed to produce a specific outcome within a limited time frame.
radix / radix /
ETYM Latin radix, -icis, root. Related to Radish.
1. A primitive form, from which spring other words; a radical; a root; an etymon.
2. A number or quantity which is arbitrarily made the fundamental number of any system; a base. Thus, 10 is the radix, or base, of the common system of logarithms, and also of the decimal system of numeration.
The base of a number system—for example, 2 in the binary system, 10 in the decimal system, 8 in the octal system, and 16 in the hexadecimal system. See also base (definition 2).
Root; root-number or numerical base; root word or stem.
Root; Mathematics, base of a numerical system, as 10 is of decimal system.
stem / stem /
ETYM as. stemn, stefn, staefn.
The tube of a tobacco pipe.
Main supporting axis of a plant that bears the leaves, buds, and reproductive structures; it may be simple or branched. The plant stem usually grows above ground, although some grow underground, including rhizomes, corms, rootstocks, and tubers. Stems contain a continuous vascular system that conducts water and food to and from all parts of the plant.
The point on a stem from which a leaf or leaves arise is called a node, and the space between two successive nodes is the internode. In some plants, the stem is highly modified; for example, it may form a leaflike cladode or it may be twining (as in many climbing plants), or fleshy and swollen to store water (as in cacti and other succulents). In plants exhibiting secondary growth, the stem may become woody, forming a main trunk, as in trees, or a number of branches from ground level, as in shrubs.
1. Check, dam.
2. An act or instance of stemming on skis.
ETYM AS. wearp; akin to Icel. varp a casting, throwing, Swed. varp the draught of a net, Dan. varp a towline, Old High Germ. warf warp, German werft. Related to Warp.
In weaving, lengthwise threads in loom.1. A moral or mental distortion; SYN. warping.
2. A shape distorted by twisting or folding; SYN. buckle.
3. Threads arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof.