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any of numerous aquatic birds of the subfamily Sterninae of the family Laridae, related to the gulls but usually having a more slender body and bill, smaller feet, a long, deeply forked tail, and a more graceful flight, especially those of the genus Sterna, as S. hirundo (common tern) of Eurasia and America, having white, black, and gray plumage.
any aquatic bird of the subfamily Sterninae, having a forked tail, long narrow wings, a pointed bill, and a typically black-and-white plumage: family Laridae (gulls, etc), order Charadriiformes
a three-masted schooner
(rare) a group of three
gull-like shore bird (subfamily Sterninae), 1670s, via East Anglian dialect, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish terne, Swedish tärna, Færoese terna) related to Old Norse þerna “tern,” cognate with Old English stearn “starling.”
Extreme; unmitigated: Terminal cuteness is the dread disease of too much Southern writing
[1990s+; based on the medical sense ”fatal, incurable”]
noun, Music. 1. a meter or tempo of four beats per measure, with each of four quarter notes receiving a single beat. Symbol: C. noun 1. (music) a time signature indicating four crotchet beats to the bar; four-four time C
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noun 1. the ability to communicate with, appeal to, or inspire ordinary people.
- Common user access
programming (CUA) The user interface standard of SAA. (1997-12-01)