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incognitum etymology Latin unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An American mammoth whose fossilized skeleton was discovered in 1801
increase Alternative forms: encrease etymology From Middle English, from xno encreistre, from Old French, from Latin increscere, present active infinitive of increscō, from in + crescō. pronunciation
  • (verb) {{enPR}}, /ɪnˈkriːs/
  • {{audio}}
  • (noun) {{enPR}}, /ˈɪnkriːs/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, of a quantity) To become large.
    • Bible, Genesis vii. 17 The waters increased and bare up the ark.
    • Shakespeare The heavens forbid / But that our loves and comforts should increase, / Even as our days do grow!
  2. (transitive) To make (a quantity) larger.
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  3. To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
    • Sir M. Hale Fishes are more numerous of increasing than beasts or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn.
  4. (astronomy) To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax. The Moon increases.
Synonyms: (become larger) go up, grow, rise, soar (rapidly), shoot up (rapidly), (make larger) increment, raise, (informal) up
antonyms:
  • (become larger) decrease, drop, fall, go down, plummet (rapidly), plunge (rapidly), reduce, shrink, sink
  • (make larger) cut, decrease, decrement, lower, reduce
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An amount by which a quantity is increased.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger
  3. (knitting) The creation of one or more new stitch; see Increase (knitting).
Synonyms: (amount by which a quantity is increased) gain, increment, (US, said of pay) raise, rise
antonyms:
  • (amount by which a quantity is increased) cut, decrease, decrement, drop, fall, loss, lowering, reduction, shrinkage
incredibubble etymology Reduplicative form of incredible, perhaps imitating childish speech, and incorporating bubble.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, rare, humorous) incredible
incy wincy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (childish, informal) Very small.
    • 1995, A. S. Byatt, Alan Hollinghurst, New writing, Volume 4 I started to look at our valley, and at our incy-wincy bit of settlement in its tuck of green, like a tiny leaf had fallen. And everything was flat.
    • 1998, Alison Kelly, Man about the House Fourteen incy-wincy pearl buttons that needed to be pushed through a presumably corresponding number of loops. By him.
    • 2007, The Bulletin (volumes 6559-6566) There's an incy wincy amount of fruit sweetness, but chill it down and it drinks tremendously.
Synonyms: itsy bitsy
related terms:
  • eensy
indecent
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. offensive to good taste
  2. not in keeping with conventional moral value; improper, immodest or unseemly
Synonyms: (offensive to good taste): distasteful, in bad taste, in poor taste, offensive, (not in keeping with conventional moral values): immodest, immoral, improper, unseemly
anagrams:
  • incented
indeedy etymology indeed + y
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (humorous) indeed
indef Alternative forms: indef. etymology Shortened from indefinite.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. abbreviation of indefinite
  2. (MediaWiki, slang) Indeffed, used to describe a user, account, or IP address that is indefinite block or ban from edit or other action.
While there's nothing wrong with imposing a topic ban on an indef editor who may one day be allowed back, it is a little unusual even if not unheard of. Synonyms: indeffed, indef-blocked, indef-banned
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (MediaWiki, slang) The action of indefinite block or ban a user, account, or IP address from edit or other action.
An indef seems the only way to stem the flow of disruption from this user. I honestly have never encountered the user before that, so if someone wants to raise the block to an indef, you'd encounter no objections from me, but at the present time, I don't think I've done enough reading the history to comment. Deference should go to only as the blocking admin, but if you disagree with an indef, you should be open to unblocking at the first request for one.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (MediaWiki, slang) To indefinite block or ban a user, account, or IP address from edit or other action.
Powerstorm and Eyephoto have now been indeffed by Berean Hunter based on the SPI report. I indeffed the editor based on the legal threat. Does he do anything useful? If not, indef. They've just been indeffed by Floquenbeam. Synonyms: indef-block, indef-ban
anagrams:
  • fiend
  • finde
  • fined
indeffed Alternative forms: indef'd, indef'ed etymology Shortened from indefinite, adding past tense suffix -ed.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (MediaWiki, slang) Used to describe a user, account, or IP address that is indefinite block or ban from edit or other action. Someone else may want to consider whether the AFDs should be closed as initiated disruptively by a sock of an indeffed user. He's been following me around all over Wikipedia for the better part of two months, doing his best to frustrate anything and everything I do, without regard to reason or sanity. In this case, he's seized upon some edits by this indeffed user, which he then decided to adopt as his very own, clearly for the express purpose of creating a confrontation. The style and content of RockSound's editing (especially the "pro-guilt" stuff and dancing on the edge of NLT) is very reminiscent of two indeffed users, Zlykinskyja and PhanuelB.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of indef
Indian etymology From xno indien, Middle French indien, corresponding to Ind + ian. pronunciation
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  • (UK) /ˈɪndɪən/
  • (US) /ˈɪndiən/
  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to India or its people; or (formerly) of the East Indies. {{defdate}}
  2. (obsolete) Eastern; Oriental.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, volume 10: The morrow next apprear'd with purple hayre / Yet dropping fresh out of the Indian fount, / And bringing light into the heavens fayre ….
  3. (dated) Of or relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. {{defdate}}
  4. (North America) Of foods: made with Indian corn or maize. {{defdate}} Indian bread; Indian meal
  5. (chess) Designating any of various chess opening now characterised by black's attempt to control the board through knights and fianchettoed bishops rather than with a central pawn advance. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: (of or or relating to India or its people) Desi, Hindian, Indish, (of or related to indigenous peoples of the Americas) Aboriginal, Amerindian, First Nations (chiefly Canadian), Native
related terms:
  • Indo-
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from India. {{defdate}}
  2. A member of one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas (generally excluding the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik). {{defdate}}
    • “We stigmatize the Indians, also, as cowardly and treacherous, because they use stratagem in warfare in preference to open force; but in this they are fully justified by their rude code of honor.”, The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Washington Irving, 1819-1820
  3. (now rare, historical) An indigenous inhabitant of Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific islands. {{defdate}}
  4. (UK, colloquial) A meal at (or taken away from) an Indian restaurant. {{defdate}} We're going out tonight for an Indian.
Synonyms: (person from India) Asian Indian, (indigenous person of the Americas) Amerindian, Native American, Red Indian, (indigenous person of the Americas) Native Canadian, First Nations person, See also
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (nonstandard) Any language spoken by Indians.
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
Indian giver {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, offensive) A person who demands the return of or takes back something which he or she has previously give.
    • 1920, , Kindred of the Dust, ch. 41, Mark me, he'll never take those bonds. . . . He gave them to you and he's not an Indian giver."
    • 2001, Jon Ippolito, "Whatever Happened to the Gift Economy?" Leonardo, vol. 34, no. 2, p. 159, He was labeled an "Indian giver"—someone who gives a gift only to ask for it back.
related terms:
  • Indian giving
Indian giving
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, offensive) The act of giving something to someone under the pretense that they get to keep it permanently, and then taking it back later on.
related terms:
  • Indian giver
Indian peacock {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} Alternative forms: blue peacock, blue peafowl; Indian blue peacock, Indian blue peafowl; Indian peafowl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Pavo cristatus, a species of peacock native to the Indian subcontinent.
  2. (colloquial) A member of the aforementioned species
  3. A male Pavo cristatus.
Indian sign
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, dated, mildly offensive) A curse causing loss of will power or persistent bad luck.
    • 1913, , The Little Nugget, ch. 12: "You certainly are my jinx, sonny. You have hung the Indian sign on me all right."
    • 1921, , The Film Mystery, ch. 6: "We have been jinxed with a vengeance. Some one has held the Indian sign on us for sure."
    • 1947, (motion picture), Warner Brothers: Vincent Parry (): Nah, I've got the Indian sign on me. It seems I can't win.
    • 1996, , The Last Don, ISBN 9780345412218, p. 83 (Google preview): "You're the only woman who ever had the Indian sign on me. I married late and I know I'll never marry again."
Synonyms: curse, hex, hoodoo, jinx, spell
indicator {{wikipedia}} etymology From ll indicātor, from Latin indicō; see indicate. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɪn.dɪ.keɪ.tə(r)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pointer or index that indicate something.
  2. A meter or gauge.
  3. The needle or dial on such a meter.
  4. (chemistry) Any of many substances, such as litmus, used to indicate the concentration of a substance, or the degree of a reaction.
  5. (ecology) A plant or animal whose presence is indicative of some specific environment.
  6. (economics) A measure, such as unemployment rate, which can be used to predict economic trend.
  7. (UK, Australia, automotive) A trafficator (dated definition); each of the flashing lights on each side of a vehicle which indicate a turn is being made to left or right, or a lane change etc.
  8. A bird, the honeyguide.
Synonyms: blinker (informal), directional, directional signal, trafficator, turn indicator, turn signal (US)
related terms:
  • index
  • indicate
  • indication
  • indicative
indispensable etymology From Middle French indispensable, from Malayalam indispensabilis, corresponding to in + dispensable. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɪndɪˈspɛnsəbəl/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (ecclesiastical, obsolete) Not admitting ecclesiastical dispensation; not subject to release or exemption; that cannot be allowed by bending the canonical rules. {{defdate}}
  2. (of duties, rules etc.) Unbendable, that cannot be set aside or ignored. {{defdate}} The law was moral and indispensable. -Bp. Burnet
  3. Absolutely necessary or requisite; that one cannot do without. {{defdate}} An indispensable component of a heart-healthy diet.
Synonyms: See also
antonyms:
  • dispensable
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thing that is not dispensable; a necessity. {{defdate}}
  2. (in the plural, colloquial, dated) Trousers. {{defdate}}
Indo-Pak
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Refers to India and Pakistan, and may occasionally include Bangladesh. Indo-Pak War.
induhvidual etymology {{blend}}. In 1995, cartoonist asked readers of the Dilbert Newsletter to come up with a "good derogatory nickname for non- [Dogbert's New Ruling Class, the official Dilbert fanclub] people" that "should sound harmless and endearing but have a clever double meaning", ultimately selecting "induhvidual" (submitted by "Heather of Beantown") as the winning entry.Roger Craig Aden, ''Popular Stories and Promised Lands: Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages'', University of Alabama Press (1999), ISBN 0817309381, [http://books.google.com/books?id=vxvm5oxF1aYC&pg=PA136 pages 135-136][http://www.wordspy.com/words/induhvidual.asp induhvidual] on WordSpy.com Issues of the newsletter since then have included a section called "True Tales of Induhviduals" featuring reader-contributed stories about people doing foolish things.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A foolish person, especially one whose blundering creates difficulty for others.
    • 1999, Kim L. Serkes, "Draconian Plan", The San Francisco Chronicle, 30 November 1999: These are the same induhviduals who can't be bothered to pull their behemoths into the block-long bus zones fiercely defended by $250 fines.
citations:
  • {{seemoreCites}}
industrial etymology From French industriel pronunciation
  • /ɪnˈdʌstrɪəl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to industry, notably manufacturing.
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    exampleThe industrial segment of the economy has seen troubles lately.
  2. Produced by such industry. exampleHandicraft is less standardized then industrial products, hence less artistic or rather flawless.
  3. Used by such industry.
  4. Suitable for use in such industry; industrial-grade. exampleThis is an industrial product—it's much too strong for home use.
  5. Massive in scale or quantity.
  6. Employed as manpower by such industry.
  7. (of a society or country) Having many industries; industrialized.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleItaly is a part industrial, part rural nation.
  8. (music) Belonging or pertaining to the genre of industrial music. examplea track with clashing industrial beats
antonyms:
  • nonindustrial
  • unindustrial
related terms:
  • industrious
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, 19th-mid 20th century) An employee in industry
  2. (business) An enterprise producing tangible goods or providing certain services to industrial companies.
  3. (finance) A bond or stock issued by such company
  4. (informal) industrial music I wish they'd play more industrial in this club.
indyref {{hot word}} etymology abbreviation of independence referendum
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The Scottish independence referendum, 2014
I need a condom {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates that the speaker needs a condom.
I need a drink {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{head}}
  1. A phrase used to indicate that the speaker is thirsty for water or a non-alcoholic beverage.
  2. (colloquial) A phrase used to indicate that the speaker desires an alcoholic beverage.
I need a taxi {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates that the speaker needs a taxi.
I need money {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates that the speaker needs money.
I need your help {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Indicates that the speaker needs assistance from the interlocutor.
ineptocracy etymology inept, from French inepte + -cracy, from Ancient Greek κράτος 〈krátos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, pejorative) A government characterized by incompetent leader.
    • 2011, , The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expeditions, War, Milkweed Editions (2011), ISBN 9781571313058, page 46: "People like to talk about a neoconservative cabal in the White House," he said, referring to the chief architects of the Iraq War, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz. "But what you really have is an ineptocracy: these people can't do anything right."
  2. (uncountable, pejorative) The phenomenon of governance or leadership by the incompetent.
    • 2011, Richard Fry, "Another case of inept action by highways", Wells Journal, 17 November 2011: The road users should at least get some benefit from this waste, another case of Somerset Highways showing ineptocracy.
quotations:
  • {{seemoreCites}}
inexpressibles etymology inexpressible + s; compare unmentionables, "underwear".
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) breeches; trousers {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
inf.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{en-abbr}}
  1. (grammar) abbreviation of infinitive
  2. (lexicography) abbreviation of informal
infantile etymology Mid-15th century, "pertaining to infants," from Latin infantilis "pertaining to an infant," from Latin infans. Sense of "infant-like" is from 1772.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to infant. infantile paralysis
  2. Childish; immature.
Synonyms: (childish) puerile
infectious
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pathology, of an illness) Transmitted from one person to another, usually through the air breathed. Cancer is not infectious. More infectious diseases like the flu are usually less potent.
  2. (pathology, of a person) Able to infect others. Despite feeling better, the patient is still infectious.
  3. (of feelings and behaviour) Spreading quickly from one person to another. Her enthusiasm for work can be really infectious.
  4. (informal) Memorable and invoking excitement or interest. Pop music is more infectious than elevator music.
Synonyms: (transmitted between persons as illness) catching, contagious, (able to infect others) contagious, (spreading quickly between persons) contagious, (memorable and exciting) catchy, contagious
anagrams:
  • countifies
inferiority complex
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. a sense of inferiority; the feeling that one is inferior to others in certain aspects.
infillion {{wikipedia}} etymology See + illion
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, hyperbole) An unspecified large number (of).
Synonyms: See also .
infinite monkey theorem
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The proposition that a monkey hitting typewriter key at random will produce a large amount of meaningful text (such as a work by Shakespeare) given an infinite amount of time.
infinitesimal etymology From Latin infinitesimus, from infinitus + -esimus, as in centesimus pronunciation
  • /ˌɪnfɪnɪˈtɛsɪməl/
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Incalculably, exceedingly, or immeasurably minute; vanish small. exampleDo you ever get the feeling that you are but an infinitesimal speck, swallowed by the vastness of the universe and beyond?
    • 2001, Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, page 221, “Then you could say that the doorway exploded. But the particular verb doesn't do the action justice. Rather, it shattered into infinitesimal pieces.”
  2. (mathematics) Of or pertaining to value that approach zero as a limit.
  3. (informal) Very small.
  • Strictly, this adjective, like infinite, is incomparable, so more infinitesimal and most infinitesimal are proscribed, especially in the mathematical sense. However, these forms do occur in informal usage, where the very small (but measurable) sense is most common.
Synonyms: See also
antonyms:
  • infinite
  • enormous
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics) A non-zero quantity whose magnitude is smaller than any positive number (by definition it is not a real number).
antonyms:
  • infinity
in flagrante delicto {{wikipedia}} etymology From Malayalam, literally “while the crime is blazing”, from Latin in + flāgrō + dēlictō, form of dēlictum.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In the act of committing a misdeed.
  2. While performing sexual activity.
Also used in abbreviated in flagrante. Particularly used of sexual activity, as in “to be caught in flagrante”. Anglicized form in flagrant delict also appears, but is significantly less common. Synonyms: in flagrante (colloquial), in flagrant delict, in the act, red-handed
info pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɪnfəʊ/
  • (UK), (US) /ˈɪnfoʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Short form of the word information.
anagrams:
  • fino
  • foin
  • ONFI
infodemic etymology From information + epidemic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An excessive amount of information concerning a problem such that the solution is made more difficult
infoholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who has an insatiable desire for news and information, especially when obtained online
informal pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not formal or ceremonious.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 3 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , “One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.”
    examplean informal get-together
  2. Not in accord with the usual regulation. examplean informal agreement
  3. Suited for everyday use. exampleinformal clothes
  4. (of language) Reflecting everyday, non-ceremonious usage.
  5. (gardening) Not organized; not structured or planned.
related terms:
  • informality
  • informally
Synonyms: (not formal or ceremonious) casual, (not in accord with the usual regulations) unofficial, (suited for everyday use) casual, (language: reflecting everyday, non-ceremonious usage) colloquial
antonyms:
  • formal
anagrams:
  • formalin
informal fallacy {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (logic) A fallacy whose error cannot be represented by the symbols used in formal logic.
antonyms:
  • formal fallacy
informalism etymology informal + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A word, phrase, behaviour, etc. that is informal.
    • 2003, Alan Partington, The Linguistics of Political Argument (page 213) At other times, in complete contrast, as noted elsewhere (Section 7.3), there is frequent recourse to slang and informalisms. Speech style in this sense is closely connected to footing.
    • 2006, Robert L. Glass, ‎Tom DeMarco, Software Creativity 2.0 (page 236) The reason we don't, he said, is because our educational system has swung too far in the direction of formal methods and has neglected such informalisms as common sense and natural language communication.
informalisms
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of informalism
informalities
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of informality
informality
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The condition of being informal.
    • 1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind These people, drawn from many different places and with many different backgrounds, gave the whole life of the County an informality that was new to Ellen, an informality to which she never quite accustomed herself.
antonyms:
  • formality
informalize etymology informal + ize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make informal.
Synonyms: deformalize
related terms:
  • informalization
informalized
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of informalize
informalizes
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of informalize
informalizing
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of informalize
informally etymology informal + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In an irregular or informal manner; without the usual forms.
information {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English informacion, enformacion, from xno informacioun, enformation, Old French information, from Latin īnfōrmātiō, from the participle stem of īnformāre. Compare Western Frisian ynformaasje, Dutch informatie, German Information, Danish information, Swedish information. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃən/
  • (US) /ˌɪnfəɹˈmeɪʃən/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Things that are or can be know about a given topic; communicable knowledge of something. {{defdate}} I need some more information about this issue.
  2. The act of informing or imparting knowledge; notification. {{defdate}} For your information, I did this because I wanted to.
  3. (legal) A statement of criminal activity brought before a judge or magistrate; in the UK, used to inform a magistrate of an offence and request a warrant; in the US, an accusation brought before a judge without a grand jury indictment. {{defdate}}
  4. (obsolete) The act of informing against someone, passing on incriminating knowledge; accusation. {{defdate}}
  5. (now rare) The systematic imparting of knowledge; education, training. {{defdate}}
  6. (now rare) The creation of form; the imparting of a given quality or characteristic; forming, animation. {{defdate}}
  7. (Christianity) Divine inspiration. {{defdate}}
  8. (information theory) Any unambiguous abstract data, the smallest possible unit being the bit. {{defdate}}
  9. A service provided by telephone which provides listed telephone numbers of a subscriber. {{defdate}}
  10. As contrasted with data, knowledge which is gathered as a result of processing data. {{defdate}} And as you can see in this slide, we then take the raw data and convert it into information.
  11. (computing) […] the meaning that a human assigns to data by means of the known conventions used in its representation.
  • The definition of information in the computing context is from an international standard vocabulary which, though formally accepted, is largely ignored by the computing profession that should be adhering to it.
related terms:
  • inform
  • informant
  • informatics
  • knowledge
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
infra
etymology 1 Borrowed from Latin infra, below
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (legal) Used to refer to something discussed later.
antonyms:
  • supra
etymology 2 Shortened form of infrastructure
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (civil engineering, informal) Infrastructure.
anagrams:
  • frain
infuckingcredible etymology fucking in incredible
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) incredible; unbelievable
in-fucking-credible
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Extremely incredible.
Synonyms: un-fucking-believable
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A statement of amazement or disbelief.
Synonyms: un-fucking-believable
in full feather
prepositional phrase: {{en-prep phrase}}
  1. (colloquial) In full dress or in one's best clothes.
infy etymology Diminutive of infinite with -y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) infinite
    • 1998, "p.s.shipley", Any cheats for Grand Theft Auto??? (on Internet newsgroup uk.games.misc) I have just bought GTA for my PC. Does anyone know any cheats for infy lives or infy weapons or anything??
-ing {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: -in', -in (colloquial) pronunciation
  • /ɪŋ/, /ɪn/, /ən/
  • (Western US and Canada) /iːn/, /iːŋ/
  • (US) {{homophones}} (some dialects)Allan Metcalf, How We Talk: American Regional English, Houghton Mifflin, Boston: 2000, [http://books.google.com/books?id=SsMUCl5j8X4C&pg=PA143&dq=pronunciation+ing+een p 143]
  • (UK) {{homophones}} (some dialects)
etymology 1 From Middle English -ing, from Old English -ing, -ung, from Proto-Germanic *-ingō, *-ungō, from Proto-Indo-European *-enkw-. Cognate with Western Frisian -ing, Dutch -ing, Low German -ing, German -ung, Swedish -ing, Icelandic -ing.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Used to form gerund, a type of verbal noun, from verbs. the making of the film
  2. Used to form uncountable nouns from various parts of speech denoting materials or systems of objects considered collectively. Roofing is a material that covers a roof. Piping is a system of pipes considered collectively.
  3. Used to form nouns of the action or the procedure of a verb; usually identical with meaning 1. in the English language or expressed with -tion instead The forging of the sword took hours. - where forging denotes a planned procedure of work rather than a specific physical action
Synonyms: (activity) -ery, (collection) -age, -ery
etymology 2 From Middle English -inge, -ynge, alteration of earlier -inde, -ende, -and (see -and), from Old English -ende, from Proto-Germanic *-andz, from Proto-Indo-European *-nt-. Cognate with Dutch -end, German -end, Gothic -𐌰𐌽𐌳 〈-𐌰𐌽𐌳〉, Latin -ans, -ans, Ancient Greek -ον 〈-on〉, Sanskrit -अन्त् 〈-ant〉. More at -and.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Used to form present participle of verb. Rolling stones gather no moss. You are making a mess.
    • {{ante}} Brian Hall, “Beej's Guide to Network Programming”, “Using Internet Sockets” If you are connect()ing to a remote machine…you can simply call connect(), it'll check to see if the socket is unworthy, and will bind() it to an unused local port if necessary.
etymology 3 From Middle English -ing, from Old English -ing, from Proto-Germanic *-ingaz. Akin to Old Norse -ingr, Gothic -𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃 〈-𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃〉.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. Forming derivative nouns (originally masculine), with the senseson of, belong to’, as patronymic or diminutive. No longer productive in either sense. Browning, Channing, Ewing bunting shilling farthing
  2. Having a specifed quality, characteristic, or nature; of the kind of sweeting whiting gelding
ing-bing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, dated) A fit.
    • 1943, Raymond Chandler, The High Window, Penguin 2005, p. 238: ‘Merle's at my apartment,’ I said. ‘She threw an ing-bing.’
    • 1949, James Hadley Chase, You Never Know with Women: ‘He threw an ing-bing and I had to slug him,’ I explained to nobody in particular and started to dust myself down.
ingenuitous
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, rare) Having or displaying ingenuity.
    • 1887 December, “Frances H. P.”, under “Home Decoration and Fancy Needlework”, in Arthur’s Home Magazine, Volume 56, T. S. Arthur & Son, page 636: I hope all who try to make easels will meet with success, as I did, but I fear all cannot hope to be cheered, as I was when mine was first exhibited, by the astonished and admiring exclamation of, “O-o-o my ! Isn’t it pretty? How ingenuitous you be!” But never mind; doubtless it will be only because your friends have not sufficient command of pure English to express their unbounded admiration.
    • 1997 December 16, "Kubla Khan" (username), "Re: Is it just me?", in alt.2600 and other newsgroups, Usenet: Thus the reason why the hacker ethos is disappearing is simple: people are doing what they do in the real world here in cyberspace, and the fact is, there are far more petty vandals (wannabes) in the real world than brilliant, ingenuitous intellectuals (hackers).
    • 1998 November 29, "andy r" (username), "Re: parental advisory, explicit...cabinet art? (har)", in rec.games.video.arcade.collecting, Usenet: But I am sure there are some ingenuitous things here or there...
    • 2002 August 27, "GLORIA HUERTA" (username), "'Taco Stand'", in alt.food.mexican-cooking, Usenet: Obviously, Mexicans are very ingenuitous, and adapt them as they see fit.
in glass etymology The saying is based upon the usual custom in modern offices of having senior management in glass-walled offices or cubicles, unlike lesser members of the company.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Someone of a management level, as in a contemporary office hierarchy.
anagrams:
  • signals
in God's name
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Used as an intensifier. In God's name, what do you think you are you doing? What in God's name are you doing?
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde "...And in the meantime, if you can sit and talk with me of other things, for God's sake, stay and do so; but if you cannot keep clear of this accursed topic, then in God's name, go, for I cannot bear it."
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21 "In God's name what does this mean?" Harker cried out. "Dr. Seward, Dr. Van Helsing, what is it? What has happened? What is wrong? Mina, dear what is it? What does that blood mean? My God, my God! Has it come to this!" And, raising himself to his knees, he beat his hands wildly together. "Good God help us! Help her! Oh, help her!"
inguinal etymology From Latin inguinālis, from inguen.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. Of or pertaining to the groin
Synonyms: crotchal (informal), groinal (informal)
related terms:
  • inguen
inhaler {{wikipedia}} etymology inhale + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who inhale.
    • 1963, Consumers Union of United States, Consumer reports (volume 28, page 277) The exposure of the mouse lungs to smoke was, of course, relatively mild as compared with the exposure of the lungs of a human smoke-inhaler who gets true cancer.
  2. (medicine) A device with a canister holding medicine (either in powder or gas form) which is sprayed and inhaled by the patient, often for treating asthma and other respiratory diseases.
anagrams:
  • hernial
initialese etymology initial + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Language that is rendered confusing by many initialism.
    • 1965, Design news (volume 20, issues 10-17) Let me assure you, sir, that I will, in the interests of APANUA, continue the ceaseless fight against senseless acronymity, initialese, indecipherable abbreviation.
injun etymology From Indian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, often, offensive) Native American.
    • : John Smith: We'll kill ourselves an injun, and maybe two or three!
ink etymology From Old French enque, from Latin encaustum, from Ancient Greek ἔγκαυστον 〈énkauston〉, from ἐν 〈en〉 + καίω 〈kaíō〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɪŋk/
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  • {{homophones}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A pigment (or dye)-based fluid used for writing, printing etc.
  2. (countable) A particular type, color or container of this fluid.
  3. The black or dark-colored fluid ejected by squid, octopus etc, as a protective strategy.
  4. (slang, uncountable) Publicity. The TSA has been getting a lot of ink lately.
  5. (slang, uncountable) Tattoo work.
    • 1998, Richard Dooling, Brain storm "I saw it hanging on the wall of a tattoo hut where I went to get some ink done ten years ago," he stuttered, flushing in splotches and squirming in his chair.
    • 1998, The Offspring, Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) (song) Now he's getting a tattoo. / Yeah, he's getting ink done. / He asked for a 13, / But they drew a 31.
  6. (slang) Cheap red wine.
Synonyms: (slang: publicity) ballyhoo, flak, hype, hoopla, plug, spotlight, (slang: tattoo work) paint
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To apply ink to; to cover or smear with ink.
  2. (transitive) To sign (a document) (with or as if with ink).
  3. (transitive) To apply a tattoo to (someone).
Synonyms: (sign) endorse, initial, inscribe, subscribe
anagrams:
  • kin
inked pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Having a tattoo or tattoos.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of ink
anagrams:
  • deink, kendi, kinde
inkfish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) cuttlefish.
inkhorn {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English inkhorn, equivalent to ink + horn.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A small portable container, often made of horn, used to carry ink.
    • Longfellow From his pocket the notary drew his papers and inkhorn.
  2. (used attributively, pejorative, of vocabulary) Pedantic, obscurely scholarly.
inlarges
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of inlarge
anagrams:
  • aligners, engrails, lasering, realigns, resignal, sanglier, seal ring, signaler, slangier
in-law
noun: {{en-noun}} (mainly used in plural)
  1. A relative by marriage (or through affinity). Affinal relative; affine.
  2. Sometimes specifically a parent-in-law of one's child, for which the dedicated terms co-mother-in-law, co-father-in-law are rare
anagrams:
  • Alwin
in layman's terms
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) Phrased simply, without jargon. Okay, let me explain this in layman's terms.
in like Flynn etymology Perhaps referring to Errol Flynn, Australian actor known for womanizing.
adjective: {{en-adj}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang) Having achieved a goal or gained access as desired.
in love
adjective: in love
  1. (of a person or persons) enamored I think John is in love. Isn't it nice to see two people in love?
  2. (followed by with) enamored (of a person, etc) Romeo was in love with Juliet.
  3. (followed by with) (informal) very fond (of an idea, etc) I'm not exactly in love with the idea of having to start again from scratch.
Synonyms: enamoured (alt. enamored)
anagrams:
  • live on
  • love-in
in need
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Lacking basic necessities such as food and shelter; poor; indigent. I donated the clothes my son outgrew to help children in need.
innie etymology in + ie pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A navel that is formed of a hollow in the abdomen (as opposed to one that protrudes from the abdomen).
  2. (slang) A vagina with inner labia minora
antonyms:
  • outie
innit pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
contraction: {{en-abbr}}
  1. (US slang) contraction of isn't it Innit your birthday today?
  2. (British, as a tag question) contraction of isn't it That’s what I said, innit?
  3. (British) Used as a replacement for any negative tag question, irrespective of person, number, and verb. You like listening to pop music, innit?
Synonyms: (isn't it) isn't it, ain't it (slang), (tag question) see
inoffensive etymology in + offensive.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. not offensive {{rfexample}}
  2. harmless
in one's dreams
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Used to express the speaker's belief that a preceding statement expressed a desired rather than an actual state of affairs. "Can't go? Why not? Got a hot date tonight?" / "In my dreams! No, I've got to visit a friend in the hospital." "They said the economy will boost sales next quarter." / "In their dreams! Maybe next year the economy will recover."
Synonyms: one wishes, one is dreaming
in-out
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) sexual intercourse
insect {{ picdic }} etymology From Middle French insecte, from Latin insectum, from perfect passive participle of insecō, from in- + secō, from the notion that the insect's body is "cut into" three sections. Calque of Ancient Greek ἔντομον 〈éntomon〉, from ἔντομος 〈éntomos〉. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six leg, up to four wing, and a chitin exoskeleton.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleOur shed has several insect infestions, including ants, yellowjackets, and wasps.
  2. (colloquial) Any small arthropod similar to an insect including spider, centipede, millipede, etc exampleThe swamp is swarming with every sort of insect.
  3. A contemptible or powerless person. exampleThe manager’s assistant was the worst sort of insect.
Synonyms: bug (Colloquial 1,2)
related terms:
  • insecticidal
  • insecticide
  • insectivore
  • insectivorous
{{-}}
anagrams:
  • incest
  • nicest
  • scient
inside pronunciation
  • /ˈɪnsaɪd/, /ɪnˈsaɪd/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The interior or inner or lesser part.
    • William Shakespeare Looked he o' the inside of the paper?
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 4 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.”
    exampleThe inside of the building has been extensively restored.
  2. The side of a curved road, racetrack etc. that has the shorter arc length; the side of a racetrack nearer the interior of the course or some other point of reference. exampleThe car in front drifted wide on the bend, so I darted up the inside to take the lead.
  3. (colloquial) (in the plural) The interior organs of the body, especially the guts. exampleEating that stuff will damage your insides.
  4. (dated, UK, colloquial) A passenger within a coach or carriage, as distinguished from one upon the outside.
    • The Anti-Jacobin So down thy hill, romantic Ashbourne, glides / The Derby dilly, carrying three insides.
    • Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers So, what between Mr. Dowler's stories, and Mrs. Dowler's charms, and Mr. Pickwick's good humour, and Mr. Winkle's good listening, the insides contrived to be very companionable all the way.
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Within the interior of something, closest to the center or to a specific point of reference. He placed the letter inside the envelope.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Within or towards the interior of something, especially a building. It started raining, so I went inside.
  2. (colloquial) In prison. He's inside, doing a stretch for burglary.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Originating from or arranged by someone inside an organisation. The reporter had received inside information about the forthcoming takeover. The robbery was planned by the security guard: it was an inside job. They wanted to know the inside story behind the celebrity's fall from grace.
  2. (baseball) A pitch that is toward the batter as it crosses home plate. The first pitch is ... just a bit inside.
  3. Nearer to the interior of a running track, horse racing course etc. Because of the tighter bend, it's harder to run in an inside lane.
Synonyms: indoors
antonyms:
  • outside
related terms:
  • insider
anagrams:
  • indies, Indies, in dies
insiderish etymology insider + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Like an insider; familiar with inner knowledge, in-joke, etc.
inside-the-parker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, informal) A home run in which the ball does not leave the field of play; an inside-the-park home run.
insobrietous
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, possibly humorous) insober, not sober, drunk
insobriety etymology in + sobriety, possibly influenced by and punning on inebriation, intoxication, where in- has the sense “in, into”.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous or humorous) The state of being drunk; a lack of sobriety.
Synonyms: See also
antonyms:
  • sobriety; see also
in someone's pocket Alternative forms: be in someone's pocket, be in the pocket of someone, in the pocket of someone
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative) Receiving money from, and under the influence of, a person or group of people, with the expectation that a favour or advantage will be proffered in return. All the leaders here are in the local mafia's pocket.
insta-
prefix: {{head}}
  1. (slang) instant
instadeath
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, slang) instant death
    • It may seem rather harsh, but if one's going to play a cyborg (or the equivalent), the benefits of almost unlimited cyberware counterbalance the risk of dying in pure zones (or InstaDeath due to transformation). - Jacob Bara-Skowronek, 1994, "Re: Space Gods (was Re: Demographics)" , alt.games.torg Usenet
    • It's way too powerful, the point with the inferno SRM-2 was that it needed to close into a range where the infantry might have a chance of firing back before suffering instadeath. - Robert J Chverchko, 1995, "Re: Napalm LRM's", rec.games.mecha Usenet
    • It's still only on the 5-turn timer if you're hit by a monster-thrown egg, though, as opposed to the instadeath from "elementary physics" if you throw one upwards yourself. - Dylan O'Donnell, "Re: New spoiler - instadeath", rec.games.roguelike.nethack Usenet
    • One of the nice things added to Crawl in the dc400 beta days was the removal of typo instadeaths: back in the bad days accidentally moving onto a lava or deep water square was effectively an instadeath. - Mark Mackey, 2007, "Lost char due to bug in Crawl SS 0.7", rec.games.roguelike.misc Usenet
instakill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (gaming, video games, slang) An instant kill
    • 2006, Joe Bednorz, "Re: How do warrior types ever get the hang of spells?", rec.games.roguelike.nethack, Usenet Poisoned projectiles have a 10% chance of an instakill vs non-poison-resistant monsters. (Note that the Tsurugi of Murumasa and Vorpal Blade only have a 5% chance of an instakill.)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (gaming, video games, slang) Having the ability to instant kill
    • 1994, Mike Hall, "Re: Best incarnations of characters..", alt.games.sf2, Usenet Quite true re 3 hit DP instakill combo.
    • 1999, Richard Cortese, "Re: Aren't games supposed to be fun?", alt.games.everquest, Usenet The level of frustration is subjective. As long as everyone has the same instakill mobs there is a level playing field ergo I live with it. The instakill mobs do decrease the amount of adventuring you can do w/o being high level, so that is a personal pain in the butt for me.
quotations:
  • 2006, David Conger and Ron Little, Creating Games in C++, A Step-by-Step Guide, page 166 Designing the game includes tasks such as figuring out where to hide the Singing Sword of Power or what happens when you fire a 1000-MegaHurt InstaKill Thunderbomb at the Disgusting Fangbeast of Blort.
instal pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) alternative spelling of install
  2. (British, rare) To pay by instalments.
quotations:
  • {{seeCites}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Installation.
anagrams:
  • Latins
  • Stalin
install Alternative forms: enstall, instal (less common spelling) etymology From Middle English installen, from Old French installer, from Malayalam installō, from in- + stallum, from frk *stall, from Proto-Germanic *stallaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stelǝ-, *stAlǝn-, *stAlǝm-. Cognate with Old High German stal, Old English steall, Old English onstellan, Middle High German anstalt, German anstellen, German einstellen, Dutch aanstellen, Dutch instellen. More at in, stall.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To connect, set up or prepare something for use.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleI haven't installed the new operating system yet because of all the bugs.
  2. (transitive) To admit formally into an office, rank or position. exampleHe was installed as Chancellor of the University.
  3. (transitive) To establish or settle in. exampleI installed myself in my usual chair by the fire.
antonyms:
  • uninstall
related terms:
  • installation
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Installation. (Usage originated as a truncated form of the word installation.)
  2. (computing) (jargon) A computer software utility that is run to install a software application. Also used attributively. After inserting the disk, you need to run the install. But I can't find the install disk.
insteada etymology Written form of a of "instead of".
contraction: {{head}}
  1. (chiefly, slang) contraction of instead of
institution etymology From Old French institution, from Latin institutio, from instituere, from in + statuo. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃən/
  • (GenAm) /ˌɪnstɪˈtuːʃən/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. An establish organisation, especially one dedicate to education, public service, culture or the care of the destitute, poor etc.
  2. The building which house such an organisation.
  3. A custom or practice of a society or community, marriage for example.
  4. (informal) A person long established with a certain place or position.
  5. The act of instituting.
  6. (obsolete) That which institute or instruct; a textbook or system of elements or rules. There is another manuscript, of above three hundred years old, … being an institution of physic. — Evelyn.
related terms:
  • institute
  • institutional
  • institutionalism
  • institutionalist
instructs
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) form of shortened form
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of instruct
int {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From integer, by shortening
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (programming) An integer.
In many major programming language, an int is a 32-bit signed integer.
coordinate terms:
  • long
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. intelligence
  2. intermediate
  3. international
  4. interior (describing the location of a shot in a film script, etc.)
etymology 2 Unknown(?) Alternative forms: tint
contraction: {{en-cont}} {{tcx}}
  1. it is not; it isn't; 'tisn't; it'sn't
  2. is not; isn't
anagrams:
  • ITN
  • nit
  • tin, TIN
intact dilation and extraction
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A late-term surgical abortion procedure, involving (in order) dilation of the cervix, removal of the fetus from the uterus to the shoulders, and emptying of the fetal cranium to allow for easier passage of the head through the cervix and vagina.
Synonyms: (abbreviation) IDX , dilation and extraction, intact dilation and evacuation, intrauterine cranial decompression, (US, law, colloquial) partial-birth abortion
intarweb Alternative forms: interweb
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Internet slang spelling of interweb. Ha! Ha! I'm using TEH INTARWEB on a mac, cuz imma noob!!!1
Usually used with leetspeak or other Internet slang spellings.
quotations:
  • 2001, Dave Bett, in alt.fan.elite Here's a hint - don't have your kid on your lap as your look on this weird, twisted thing known as the intarweb.
  • 2002, Rob Young, in alt.alumni.warwick And you might be thinking, that's really shite, but don't forget it's teh intarweb, where no matter how bizarre a thing you can think up, there'll be someone who'll masturbate to it.
  • 2003, Hong Ooi, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.rpg, and comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic So how come I have no problems with this fluff on teh Intarweb, but I still got my butt kicked at a trivia night last weekend?
  • 2005, Jay Furr, in rec.sport.football.college The intarweb ain't all it's cracked up to be.
intelligent Alternative forms: entelligent etymology From Middle French intelligent, from Latin intelligens, present active participle of intellegō, itself from inter + legō. pronunciation
  • /ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒənt/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of high or especial quick cognitive capacity, bright.
    • 1927, [http://openlibrary.org/authors/OL2416183A F. E. Penny] , 5, [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL16814587W Pulling the Strings] , “Anstruther laughed good-naturedly. “[…] I shall take out half a dozen intelligent maistries from our Press and get them to give our villagers instruction when they begin work and when they are in the fields.””
  2. Well thought-out, well considered. exampleThe engineer had a very intelligent design proposal for the new car. exampleThe general devised an intelligent strategy for the southern campaign.
  3. Characterized by thoughtful interaction. exampleMy girlfriend and I had an intelligent conversation.
  4. Having the same level of brain power as mankind. exampleThe hunt for intelligent life.
  5. Having an environment-sensing automatically-invoked built-in computer capability. exampleAn intelligent network or keyboard.
Synonyms: See also
antonyms:
  • stupid
Internet {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: internet (see Usage notes below) etymology (1986) Coined by the United States Department of Defense, shortening of internetwork. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɪntəˌnɛt/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈɪntɚˌnɛt/, /ˈɪɾ̃ɚˌnɛt/
  • {{audio}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The specific internet consisting of a global network of computer that communicate using Internet Protocol (IP) and that use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to identify the best paths to route those communications.
    • 2008, Lou Schuler, "Foreword", in Nate Green, Built for Show, page xi …if you think the Internet existed in 1970, I can only guess that the education system has left at least one child behind.
  • Usage in reference to the global network is normally capitalised, reserving internet with a lower-case i for any other set of computer networks connected by internetworking. However, popular usage (e.g. BBC and Timesonline) increasingly spells it with a lower-case i.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • extranet
  • intranet
anagrams:
  • renitent
internet etymology Coined by the United States Department of Defense in 1986, as a shortening of internetwork. Alternative forms: Internet pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈɪntəˌnɛt/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈɪntɚˌnɛt/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) Any set of computer networks that communicate using the Internet Protocol. (An intranet.)
  2. (uncountable) The Internet, the largest global internet.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. (countable) An internet connection, internet connectivity, access to the internet. exampleDo you have internet at your place?  My internet is down and I want to check my email.
  4. (countable, Internet slang, humorous) A fictitious unit of scoring, awarded for making outstanding post.
    • 2008, Anonology, Re: Narconon Exposed tonight on Canadian TV, alt.religion.scientology, Usenet You did a nice job there Patty... you came off as intelligent, well-spoken, and concerned about the well being of the victims, in stark contrast to the self-serving, uncaring, unconcerned attitude of the Narconon spokeswoman. 100 internets for you!
    • 2010, Bilbo, Looking for a Billiard, alt.smokers.pipes, Usenet That's not a must, but 1000 internets go to the first person to find one.
    • 2010, Re: What Did You Watch? 2011-11-10 (Thursday), rec.arts.tv, Usenet You win one internet.
    • 2011, 10 Not So Insanely Great Things Apple Released Under Steve Jobs, rec.sport.pro-wrestling, Usenet I hope this is sarcastic. Otherwise -100 internets for you.
    • 2013, Devon H. O'Dell, , comp.os.plan9, Usenet Do I win an internet?
  • When referring to the global internet, the term is frequently capitalized: Internet. Over time, however, this is becoming less common.
  • The internet, the world wide web, and cyberspace are often considered synonymous.
anagrams:
  • renitent
internetable etymology Internet + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, informal) Capable of being connected to, or used via, the Internet. UNWIRED, the next generation of wireless and internetable telemedicine systems
    • 1995, Vince Emery, How to grow your business on the Internet Or create "Internetable" puzzles that can be played online. (Crossword puzzle books are still a big business.)

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