[sur-ji-kuh l] /ˈsɜr dʒɪ kəl/
pertaining to or involving or .
used in .
characterized by extreme precision or incisiveness:
a surgical air strike against enemy targets.
not of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
of, relating to, involving, or used in surgery
(of an action) performed with extreme precision: a surgical air attack on the missile complex
1770, alteration of chirurgical; see surgery + -ical. Related: Surgically.
surgical strike: There is no such thing. Don’t use unless in a quote, then question what that means. [Isaac Cubillos, “Military Reporters Stylebook and Reference Guide,” 2010]
surgical sur·gi·cal (sûr’jĭ-kəl)
[suh-sep-tuh-buh l] /səˈsɛp tə bəl/ adjective 1. admitting or capable of some specified treatment: susceptible of a high polish; susceptible to various interpretations. 2. accessible or especially liable or subject to some influence, mood, agency, etc.: susceptible to colds; susceptible to flattery. 3. capable of being affected emotionally; impressionable. /səˈsɛptəbəl/ adjective 1. (postpositive; foll by […]
[verb suh-spekt; noun suhs-pekt; adjective suhs-pekt, suh-spekt] /verb səˈspɛkt; noun ˈsʌs pɛkt; adjective ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt/ verb (used with object) 1. to believe to be guilty, false, counterfeit, undesirable, defective, bad, etc., with little or no proof: to suspect a person of murder. 2. to doubt or mistrust: I suspect his motives. 3. to believe […]
[suh-spen-shuh n] /səˈspɛn ʃən/ noun 1. the act of suspending. 2. the state of being suspended. 3. temporary abrogation or withholding, as of a law, privilege, decision, belief, etc. 4. stoppage of payment of debts or claims because of financial inability or insolvency. 5. Chemistry. 6. Physical Chemistry. a system consisting of small particles kept […]
[swim] /swɪm/ verb (used without object), swam, swum, swimming. 1. to move in water by movements of the limbs, fins, tail, etc. 2. to float on the surface of water or some other liquid. 3. to move, rest, or be suspended in air as if swimming in water. 4. to move, glide, or go smoothly […]