Macmillan Dictionary for Students

Macmillan Dictionary for Students

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by Ltd. Pan Macmillan, William D. Halsey

From the publishers of the best-selling Macmillan Dictionary for Children, here is the Macmillan Dictionary for Students. Authoritative and easy to use, it is the most comprehensive dictionary geared specifically to the needs of junior-high and high-school students. It contains 90,000 entries, 120,000 definitions, and more than 1,900 illustrations to


From the publishers of the best-selling Macmillan Dictionary for Children, here is the Macmillan Dictionary for Students. Authoritative and easy to use, it is the most comprehensive dictionary geared specifically to the needs of junior-high and high-school students. It contains 90,000 entries, 120,000 definitions, and more than 1,900 illustrations to make meanings absolutely clear. The Macmillan Dictionary for Students also offers such helpful features as 34,000 illustrative sentences, 19,000 notes on word origins, and 2,000 synonym studies.

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From Chapter Dictionary of the English Language

sea front / search warrant

sea front, land bordering on the sea.

sea·girt (sE'gurt') adj. surrounded by the sea.

sea·go·ing (sE'gO'ing) adj. 1. designed, suitable, or used for sea travel. 2. seafaring.

sea green, medium bluish-green.

sea gull, gull¹.

sea horse 1. any of various slender fish, genus Hippocampus, found in warm and temperate seas having a horselike head and neck and a prehensile tail. Length: 2-8 inches. 2. walrus. 3. mythical sea creature, half fish and half horse.

Sea Islands, island chain in the southeastern United States, along the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida.

seal¹ (sEl) pl., seals or seal. n. 1. any of several marine mammals, families Otariidae and Phocidae, having a streamlined body, a muscular neck, and limbs that are modified to form flippers. Some seals, fur seals, are hunted for their valuable pelt. Length: to 22 feet. 2. pelt or fur of such an animal, esp. sealskin. 3. leather made from the hide of such an animal. -- v.i. to hunt seals. [Old English seolh the marine mammal.]

sea1² (sEl) n. 1. impression in relief of a device, as a design, figure, or word, stamped on wax, paper, or other soft material to show ownership or authenticity and intended to represent officially a person, institution, or governing body. 2. representation of such an impression, or a disk or wafer of wax, paper, or othermaterial bearing such an impression, affixed to a document to prove authenticity or to seal it shut. 3. stamp, die, ring, or other object engraved with a device, used to impart such impressions. 4. something that fastens firmly, closes completely, or makes airtight or watertight: to lick the seal on an envelope, to break the seal on a jar. 5. decorative gummed stamp or sticker. 6. something that serves to authenticate, confirm, or secure; pledge; assurance. 7. Archaic. mark or sign indicating ownership or serving as visible evidence of something. -- v.t. 1. to fasten or shut firmly or make airtight or watertight: to seal an envelope, to seal a tomb. My lips are sealed. 2. to fill or obstruct; stop up (often with up): to seal the cracks in a wall. An avalanche of rocks sealed up the cave. 3. to shut in or confine; enclose tightly: They sealed the documents in a strongbox. 4. to prevent or restrict access to (often with off): Police sealed off the area and questioned everyone closely. 5. to confirm, conclude, or assure as if by affixing a seal: to seal a bargain with a handshake. 6. to put beyond question, doubt, or reversal; decide finally or irrevocably: The arrival of reinforcements sealed our victory. 7. to place a seal on, as to prove authenticity, signify authorization, or prevent tampering. 8. to mark or stamp with a seal in order to certify or attest to the size, weight, accuracy, or quality of: to seal a scale. [Old French seel engraved signet for stamping documents in order to authenticate them, going back to Latin sigillum little mark, small figure, diminutive of signum sign, mark¹.]

sea lavender, any of a group of plants, genus Limonium, found in seaside regions of the Northern Hemisphere, bearing small, usually blue or purple flowers.

sea legs Informal ability to walk steadily aboard ship, esp. on rough seas.

seal·er¹ (sE'ler) n. 1. one who or that which fastens, closes, or makes airtight or watertight. 2. substance applied to a porous or unfinished surface in preparation for painting or varnishing. 3. official who inspects and tests weights, measures, or materials and certifies that they have met certain standards. [SEAL² + -ER¹.]

seal·er² (sE'ler) n. person or ship engaged in seal hunting. [SEAL¹ + -ER¹.]

seal·er·y (sE'ler E) pl., -er·ies. n. 1. occupation of hunting for seals; seal hunting. 2. place where seals are hunted.

sea level, mean level of the surface of the sea, esp. halfway between mean high and low water, used as a standard above and below which land elevations and sea depths are measured.

sea lily, crinoid.

sealing wax, mixture usually consisting of shellac and turpentine, which is fluid when heated but quickly solidifies as it cools, used for sealing letters, packages, jars, and other items.

sea lion, any of various large seals found chiefly in the Pacific Ocean, esp. the California sea lion, Zalophus californianus.

seal ring, signet ring.

seal·skin (sE'skin') n. pelt or fur of a fur seal.

Sea·ly·ham terrier (sE'lE ham', -lE em) small, short-legged terrier having a long head, round-tipped ears, and a rough, wiry coat of white hair. Height: 10 inches at the shoulder.

seam (sEm) n. 1. line formed by sewing together the edges of two or more pieces of cloth, leather, or similar material. 2. similar line, groove, or ridge formed by adjoining edges, as of planks or layers of bricks. 3. any mark resembling a seam, as a scar or crack. 4. stratum or thin layer, as of coal or rock. -- v.t. 1. to join together by or as by sewing. 2. to mark (a surface) with a seam or seams; furrow: Years of living in the open air had seamed the old sailor's face. -- v.i. to become furrowed; crack open. [Old English sEam line formed by sewing or joining two edges.]

sea·man (sE'men) pl., -men. n. 1. sailor; mariner. 2. person having or excelling in seamanship. 3. in the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard, an enlisted man of any of the three lowest grades.

sea·man·ship (sE'men ship') n. skill in and knowledge of all that relates to working, managing, or maneuvering a boat or ship.

sea·mark (sE'märk') n. any landmark visible from the sea, as a lighthouse or beacon, that serves as a navigational aid.

sea mew, mew².

seam·stress (sEm'stris) n. woman who is skilled at sewing, esp. one whose occupation is sewing. Also, semp'stress.

seam·y (sE'mE) seam·i·er, seam·i·est. adj. 1. dismal, squalid, or degraded; sordid: the seamy side of life. 2. having or showing seams. -- seam'i·ness, n.

sé·ance (sA'äns) n. meeting in which a group of people attempt to communicate with the spirits of the dead through the help of a medium. [French séance session, from Old French seoir to sit, from Latin sedére.]

sea otter, dark-brown otter, Enhydra lutris, found along the western coast of North America and around offshore islands of the Pacific, having broad, flipperlike hind feet. It is the largest of all otters and the only one that lives in salt water. Length: 50-64 inches, including the tail.

sea·plane (sE'plAn') n. airplane, esp. one equipped with floats, that is designed to take off from and land on water. Also, hy'dro·plane'.

sea·port (sE'pôrt') n. 1. port or harbor for seagoing vessels. 2. city or town having such a port or harbor.

sea power 1. nation that possesses formidable naval stength. 2. naval strength.

sea purse, tough, protective case or pouch encasing the eggs of skates and certain other fish.

sear (sEr) v.t. 1. to burn the surface of; char; scorch. 2. to dry up or wither: The prairie sun seared the fall grass. 3. to have a lasting and injurious effect on, esp. to harden or make callous: To give firmness to sensibility...without searing its feelings (Mackenzie, 1772). -- n. mark made by searing or burning. -- adj. Archaic. sere. [Old English sEarian to become withered, from sEar dry, withered.] -- Syn. v.t. 1. see scorch.

search (surch) v.t. 1. to look through, inspect, or explore carefully and thoroughly in order to find something: to search a suspect for concealed weapons. I've searched all my drawers, but my notebook is still missing. 2. to look into or examine carefully and closely; probe: to search one's soul. 3. to find, uncover, or come to know by exploration or investigation (with out): to search out the truth. -- v.i. to look carefully and thoroughly; make an examination or investigation: He searched through his pockets and still can't find his keys. Philosophers have been seaching for that answer for centuries. -- n. act of searching. [Old French cerchier to seek, from Late Latin circAre to go round, explore, from Latin circum around, about.] -- search'er, n.

search·ing (sur'ching) adj. 1. keenly observant and penetrating: a searching glance. 2. investigating and probing carefully and in every detail: a searching inquiry, searching questions. -- search'ing·ly, adv.

search·light (surch'lIt') n. 1. device that projects a strong beam of light in any direction by means of a concave reflector or a lens that focuses the light in a concentrated stream of rays. 2. beam of light so projected. 3. flashlight (def.1). 4. something that probes, reveals, or sheds light on what is hidden or obscure: Each...turned on some miscarriage ofciviljustice the searchlight of truth (Tallentyre, 1904).

search warrant, court order authorizing the search of a house or other specified premises for wanted persons or stolen or unlawfully held property believed to be on the premises.

sea robin, any of a group of reddish-brown fish, family Triglidae, found in shallow tropical and temperate seas, having a bony, often spiny head, winglike side fins, and several slender, fingerlike feelers under the fins. Length: to 3 feet.

sea room, sufficient unobstructed space at sea in which a boat or ship can be maneuvered easily and safely.

sea rover 1. buccaneer; pirate. 2. pirate ship.

sea·scape (sE'skAp') n. 1. picture depicting a sea scene. Also, marine'. 2. view of the sea. [SEA + (LAND)SCAPE.]

sea serpent, any of various legendary marine monsters, usually represented as a snakelike or dragonlike creature of enormous size and strength,

sea·shell (sE'shel') n. shell of any marine mollusk, as an oyster or clam.

sea·shore (sE'shôr') n. land near or bordering on the sea.

sea·sick (sE'sik') adj. nauseated and dizzy as a result of the rolling motion of a vessel at sea. -- sea'sick'ness, n.

sea·side (sE'sId') n. land near or bordering on the sea; seashore.

sea snake 1. any of a group of venomous snakes, family Hydrophidae, found in the warm inshore seas of Asia. 2. Archaic. sea serpent.

sea·son (sE'zen) n. 1. one of the divisions of the year, as determined by the position of the earth in its orbit around the sun. The four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, are characterized chiefly by differences in weather, average temperature, and number of hours of daylight.2. period or time of the year with reference to the weather conditions that characterize it: the rainy season, the monsoon season. 3. any period or time of the year associated with, allotted to, or marked by a particular activity or thing: the holiday season, the football season, the opera season. 4. period or time of the year during which something flourishes or is best or available: the peach season, the oyster season. 5. period or time of the year during which a particular place is most frequented for social activities, amusement, or recreation: the Newport season. Plane reservations for Bermuda are cheaper when you go out of season. 6.appropriate, natural, or appointed time: This is the season for sleeveless dresses. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). 7. period of time. 8. in season. a. available or in the best condition for eating: Peaches are now in season. b. legally permitted to be hunted or caught: Deer are now in season. c. (of animals) ready to mate or breed; in heat. 9. out of season. not in season. -- v.t. 1. to add seasoning to (food) in order to heighten or improve flavor. 2. to add zest, interest, or relish to: to season a dull lecture with anecdotes. 3. to cure or render more suitable for use, as by drying or aging: Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned (O. W. Holmes, 1858). 4.a. to mature, condition, discipline, or make fit through experience: to season an athlete. b. to make accustomed or injured; harden;

acclimate: to season troops to battle. 5. Archaic. to make less severe; moderate; temper: When mercy seasons justice (Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice). -- v.i. to become more suitable for use. -- adj. valid for a specified period of time and often sold at a reduced rate: a season pass to football games, a season subscription to the ballet. [Old French saison, seson period of the year, from Medieval Latin satio time of sowing, from Latin satiO a sowing, planting.]

sea·son·a·ble (sE'ze ne bel) adj. 1. usual for or in keeping with the time of year: Seasonable temperatures are expected through Friday. 2. occurring or coming at the right or proper time; opportune; timely. -- sea'son·a·ble·ness, n. -- sea'son·a·bly, adv.

sea·son·al (sE'ze nel) adj. affected by, characteristic of, or occurring at a certain season or seasons: seasonal storms, seasonal unemployment. -- sea'son·al·ly, adv.

sea·son·ing (sE'ze ning) n. 1. something used to bring out, heighten, or improve the flavor of food, as a spice, herb, or condiment. 2. something that adds zest, interest, or relish.

sea squirt, any of a small group of saclike marine animals, phylum Chordata, that live attached to the ocean bottom as adults and that, when disturbed, contract their bodies to shoot out streams of water. Also tu'ni·cate.

seat (sEt) n. 1.a. something to sit on: The front seat holds fewer people than the back one. b. place to sit: You'11 have to find seats on the floor. 2. that part of an object on which one sits: the seat of a chair. 3.a. that part of the body on which one sits; buttocks. b. that part of a garment which covers the buttocks. 4.a. membership or official position, as in a legal, commercial, or legislative body: a seat in the Senate, a seat on the stock exchange.

sea robin / seclusive

b. reserved accommodation for sitting: We have two seats for the afternoon performance. 5. part on which something rests; base. 6. center or source: a seat of learning, the seat of the emotions. 7. manner of sitting, as on horseback. 8. place of residence, esp. a country estate. -- v.t. 1. to place on or conduct to a seat; assign a seat to: to seat a child on a stool. 2. to have capacity for: a room that seats 400. 3. to establish in a particular place; settle; locate. 4. to put a seat in or on. 5. to be seated. to sit down. [Old Norse sæti chair, position.]

seat belt, strap or straps that may be buckled to hold a person in the seat of a vehicle. Also, safety belt.

seat·ing (sE'ting) n. 1. pattern or system by which seats have been arranged or assigned. 2. act of conducting to or providing with a seat or seats. 3. material used for upholstering seats.

SEATO (sE'tO) Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, mutual defense agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Pakistan, Thailand, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand, established in 1954.

sea trout 1. any of various trout that migrate to salt water and later return to fresh water to spawn. 2. any of various weakfish.

Se·at·tle (sE at'el) n. port city in western Washington, on Puget Sound. Pop. (1970), 530,831.

sea urchin, any of a group of marine animals, class Echinoidea, having a thin skeleton of limy plates under the skin and, usually, bearing hard, movable spines.

sea wall, strong wall or embankment made to prevent erosion of a shoreline or to act as a breakwater.

sea·ward (sE'werd) adj. toward the sea: a seaward course. -- adv. also, sea·wards. 1. in the direction of the sea: The explorers walked seaward. 2. to seaward. away from the land.

sea·way (sE'wA') n. 1. route over the sea; shipping lane. 2. inland waterway deep and wide enough for ocean shipping. 3. headway of a ship or boat. 4. moderately rough sea.

sea·weed (sE'wEd') n. any of various plants or algae living in the sea, esp. as found floating along the shore.

sea·wor·thy (sE'wur'thE) adj. (of a ship or boat) fit or safe to sail under all conditions. -- sea'wor'thi·ness, n.

se·ba·ceous (si bA'shes) adj. 1. of or relating to oil or fat; oily; greasy. 2. secreting oil or fat. [Latin sEbAceus made of tallow, from sEbum tallow, grease.]

sebaceous gland, any of the glands of the skin that secrete an oily lubricating fluid to the skin and hair.

Se·bas·to·pol (si bas'te pOl') Sevastopol.

sec, secant.

sec. 1. second. 2. secretary. 3. section.

SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission.

se·cant (sE'kant, -kent) n. 1. Trigonometry. a. (of either acute angle of a right triangle) ratio of the length of the hypotenuse to the length of the side adjacent to the angle. b. straight line drawn from the center of a circle through one end point of an arc to the tangent drawn from the other end point of the same arc. 2. Geometry. line intersecting a curve at two or mcre points. -- adj. intersecting. [Latin secAns, present participle of secüre to cut; because the line intersects or cuts the curve.]

se·cede (si sEd') -ced·ed, -ced·ing. v.i. to withdraw formally, esp. as a group, from a larger organization, usually to form an alternative organization. [Latin sEcEdere to go away, withdraw.)

se·ces·sion (si sesh'en) n. 1. act or instance of seceding. 2. also, Secession. withdrawal from the Union by the eleven Southern states that formed the Confederacy. [Latin sEcessiO withdrawal, separation.]

se·ces·sion·ism (si sesh'e niz'em) n. theory or principles of those who advocate secession.

se·ces·sion·ist (si sesh'e nist) n. 1. one who favors or advocates secession. 2. member of a group that secedes. -- adj. relating to or advocating secession or secessionism.

Seck·el (sek'el, sik'-) n. pear of a small, yellowish-brown variety. [From Seckel, the surname of the Pennsylvania farmer who first grew it.]

se·clude (si klOOd') -clud·ed, -clud·ing. v.t. to keep apart or remove from the company of others; isolate. [Latin sEclUdere to shut off.] -- Syn. see segregate.

se·clud·ed (si klOO'did) adj. 1. shut off or screened from view: The yard was secluded from the street. 2. removed from others; solitary: a secluded life. -- se·clud'ed·ness, n.

se·clu·sion (si klOO'zhen) n. act of secluding; being secluded. [Medieval Latin seclusio a setting aside, from Latin sEclUsus, past participle of sEclUdere to shut off.] -- Syn. see solitude.

se·clu·sive (si klOO'siv) adj. fond of or inclined toward seclusion. -- se·clu'sive·ness, n.

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This dictionary is an excellent tool. The definitions are clear and they do not often contain words in the definitions themselves that have to be defined and often looked up. Good derivations and usage notes are provided. For a student to rely only on one dictionary as the 'only' dictionary used would be like sending a carpenter out to build a house with just one hammer. One should have several good dictionaries at one's disposal when studying; and for the money, this dictionary will easily be an excellent and quick reference for accurately defining words in the english language, with easy access to derivations, synonyms, and usage notes. As a trained professional and professionally trained student, I use Mcmillan as my first word source before jumping up to a college dictionary such as Random House or Oxford. I highly recommend Mcmillan. It is easy to read and easy to find what you need. I own several copies: one for each of my study locations.
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I bought this dictionary for my grandson, but luckily I looked over it carefully before giving it to him. It was published in 1984, so its listing of U.S. presidents has Ronald Reagan as our last president. Its history of the computer does not include a mention of the internet. That was enough to convince me that this was not the dictionary I wanted, and I returned it.