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aardvark a large mammal with a long snout, long ears, a long tail, and almost no hair. Aardvarks are active at night, when they use their powerful claws to dig open ant or termite nests. They catch their food with long, sticky tongues. Aardvarks live in southern and central Africa. Although they are sometimes called anteaters, aardvarks are not closely related to any other kind of mammal.
abuse to use in a way that is wrong or bad; misuse. [2/6 definitions]
access the right or ability to enter, look at, or use something. [1/4 definitions]
adapt to change for a particular use. [1/2 definitions]
adopt to take on and use as one's own. [1/3 definitions]
aerobic able to work the heart and lungs to help the body use oxygen better.
aerobics (used with a singular or plural verb) a form of exercise that works the heart and lungs to help the body use oxygen better. Running, swimming, biking, or dance are forms of aerobics.
aggression The use of force or violence against another in order to dominate or achieve one's own goals. [1/2 definitions]
alcoholism a disease caused by the habit of drinking too much alcohol. Alcoholism is characterized by a strong desire to drink alcohol, difficulties in behaving properly, and troubling effects when alcohol use is stopped.
allegory in art or literature, the use of concrete characters, events, or things, to represent abstract qualities or ideas, often to make a point about good and evil. [1/2 definitions]
alternate to use in turn, one after another; switch between. [1/7 definitions]
ambidextrous able to use both the left and right hands with equal skill.
apostrophe1 a punctuation mark ('). It is used to show where one or more letters or numbers have been left out. "Wouldn't" for "would not" and "'87" for "1987" use apostrophes this way. [3 definitions]
appliance a device used for a particular purpose. Stoves, refrigerators, toasters, vacuum cleaners, and room heaters are some appliances used in the home. Most applicances use electricity.
application the act of putting to use. [1/4 definitions]
apply to make use of or put to use. [2/5 definitions]
army a large group of soldiers trained to use weapons to fight on land. [1/3 definitions]
artificial intelligence an area of computer science that explores the ability of computers to think or have intelligence. Artificial intelligence is concerned with developing computer programs or computers that seem to use reason and make decisions.
aside set apart for future use or need. [1/3 definitions]
assign to set apart or give out for a particular use. [1/3 definitions]
automation the use of machines rather than people to do work.