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critical
  • a  marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws
    a critical attitude
  • a  at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction
    a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure
    critical mass
    go critical
  • a  characterized by careful evaluation and judgment
    a critical reading
    a critical dissertation
    a critical analysis of Melville's writings
  • s  urgently needed; absolutely necessary
    a critical element of the plan
    critical medical supplies
  • s  forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis
    a critical point in the campaign
    the critical test
  • a  being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency
    a critical shortage of food
    a critical illness
    an illness at the critical stage
  • a  of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
    critical acclaim
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croatian
  • n  a member of the Slavic people living in Croatia
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of Croatia or its people or language
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crocked
  • v  release color when rubbed, of badly dyed fabric
  • v  soil with or as with crock
  • s  very drunk
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crocketed
  • s  (of a gable or spire) furnished with a crocket (an ornament in the form of curved or bent foliage)
    a crocketed spire
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cromwellian
  • a  of or relating to or in the manner of Oliver Cromwell
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crookback
  • n  a person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine
  • s  characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column
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crookbacked
  • s  characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column
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crooked
  • v  bend or cause to bend
    He crooked his index finger
  • a  having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
    crooked country roads
    crooked teeth
  • a  not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
  • s  irregular in shape or outline
    a dress with a crooked hemline
  • s  having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect
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cropped
  • v  cut short
    She wanted her hair cropped short
  • v  prepare for crops
  • v  yield crops
  • v  let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
  • v  feed as in a meadow or pasture
  • v  cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
  • s  (of land or soil) used for growing crops
    cropped soil
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cross
  • n  a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
  • n  a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
  • n  a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry
  • n  any affliction that causes great suffering
    that is his cross to bear
  • n  (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species
    a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey
  • n  (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
  • v  travel across or pass over
  • v  meet at a point
  • v  hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  • v  fold so as to resemble a cross
    she crossed her legs
  • v  to cover or extend over an area or time period
  • v  meet and pass
    the trains crossed
  • v  trace a line through or across
    cross your `t'
  • v  breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties
    cross a horse and a donkey
    Mendel tried crossbreeding
  • s  extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis
    cross members should be all steel
  • s  annoyed and irritable
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cross-cultural
  • a  dealing with or comparing two or more cultures
    a cross-cultural survey
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cross-grained
  • s  difficult to deal with
  • s  of timber; having fibers running irregularly rather than in parallel
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cross-linguistic
  • a  relating to different languages
    cross-linguistic evidence
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cross-ply
  • a  of or relating to an older kind of automobile tire that had a flexible tread and relatively stiff sidewalls
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cross-pollinating
  • v  fertilize by transfering pollen
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of cross-pollination
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cross-section
  • s  representing a plane made by cutting across something at right angles to its length
    cross-section views of the neck
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