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spartan
  • n  a resident of Sparta
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of Sparta or its people
  • s  resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity
    spartan courage
  • s  unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
  • s  practicing great self-denial
    a spartan diet
    a spartan existence
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spasmodic
  • s  affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
    his body made a spasmodic jerk
  • s  occurring in spells and often abruptly
    spasmodic rifle fire
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spastic
  • n  a person suffering from spastic paralysis
  • a  relating to or characterized by spasm
    a spastic colon
    spastic paralysis is a spastic form of cerebral palsy
  • s  suffering from spastic paralysis
    a spastic child
  • s  affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
    spastic movements
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spatial
  • a  pertaining to or involving or having the nature of space
    the first dimension to concentrate on is the spatial one
    spatial ability
    spatial awareness
    the spatial distribution of the population
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spatiotemporal
  • a  of or relating to space and time together (having both spatial extension and temporal duration)
    spatiotemporal coherence
  • s  existing in both space and time; having both spatial extension and temporal duration
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spattered
  • v  dash a liquid upon or against
  • v  rain gently
  • v  spot, splash, or soil
    The baby spattered the bib with food
  • s  covered with bright patches (often used in combination)
    a blood-spattered room
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spatula-shaped
  • s  (of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a narrow base
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spatulate
  • s  (of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a narrow base
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spavined
  • s  (of horses) afflicted with a swelling of the hock-joint
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spayed
  • v  remove the ovaries of
    Is your cat spayed?
  • s  (of a female animal) having the ovaries removed
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speaking
  • n  the utterance of intelligible speech
  • n  delivering an address to a public audience
  • v  express in speech
  • v  exchange thoughts; talk with
  • v  use language
  • v  give a speech to
  • v  make a characteristic or natural sound
  • a  capable of or involving speech or speaking
    human beings--the speaking animals
    a speaking part in the play
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spearhead-shaped
  • s  (of a leaf shape) like a spear point, with flaring pointed lobes at the base
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special
  • n  a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
    they are having a special on pork chops
  • n  a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
  • n  a television production that features a particular person or work or topic
    the last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight
  • s  unique or specific to a person or thing or category
    the special features of a computer
    my own special chair
  • s  for a special service or occasion
    a special correspondent
    a special adviser to the committee
    had to get special permission for the event
  • s  surpassing what is common or usual or expected
    he paid especial attention to her
    a special occasion
    a special reason to confide in her
    what's so special about the year 2000?
  • s  adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
    a special kind of paint
    a special medication for arthritis
  • s  having a specific function or scope
    a special (or specific) role in the mission
  • s  first and most important
    his special interest is music
    she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work
  • s  added to a regular schedule
    a special holiday flight
    put on special buses for the big game
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specialised
  • v  devote oneself to a special area of work
  • v  be specific about
  • v  suit to a special purpose
  • v  become more focus on an area of activity or field of study
  • v  evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
  • a  developed or designed for a special activity or function
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specialistic
  • a  of or related to or characteristic of specialists
  • s  showing focused training
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specialized
  • v  become more focus on an area of activity or field of study
  • v  be specific about
  • v  suit to a special purpose
    this kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches
  • v  devote oneself to a special area of work
  • v  evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
  • a  developed or designed for a special activity or function
    a specialized tool
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specifiable
  • s  capable of being specified
    specifiable complaints
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specific
  • n  a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
  • n  a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease
    quinine is a specific for malaria
  • a  (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
    rules with specific application
    demands specific to the job
    a specific and detailed account of the accident
  • s  stated explicitly or in detail
    needed a specific amount
  • a  relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species
    specific characters
  • a  being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides
    quinine is highly specific for malaria
    a specific remedy
    a specific stain is one having a specific affinity for particular structural elements
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specified
  • v  specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
  • v  decide upon or fix definitely
  • v  determine the essential quality of
  • v  be specific about
  • v  define clearly
  • v  design or destine
  • v  select something or someone for a specific purpose
  • a  clearly and explicitly stated
    meals are at specified times
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