[ten-duh n-see] /ˈtɛn dən si/
noun, plural tendencies.
a natural or prevailing disposition to move, proceed, or act in some direction or toward some point, end, or result:
the tendency of falling bodies toward the earth.
an inclination, bent, or predisposition to something:
a tendency to talk too much.
a special and definite purpose in a novel or other literary work.
noun (pl) -cies
(often foll by to) an inclination, predisposition, propensity, or leaning: she has a tendency to be frivolous, a tendency to frivolity
the general course, purport, or drift of something, esp a written work
a faction, esp one within a political party: the militant tendency
1620s, from Medieval Latin tendentia “inclination, leaning,” from Latin tendens, present participle of tendere “to stretch, aim” (see tenet). Earlier in same sense was tendaunce (mid-15c.), from Old French tendance.
[koun-ter-ten-er] /ˈkaʊn tərˌtɛn ər/ noun, Music. 1. an adult male voice or voice part higher than the tenor. 2. a singer with such a voice; a high tenor. /ˌkaʊntəˈtɛnə/ noun 1. an adult male voice with an alto range 2. a singer with such a voice
[koun-ter-ter-uh-riz-uh m] /ˌkaʊn tərˈtɛr əˌrɪz əm/ noun 1. in reaction to or retaliation for some previous act of . /ˌkaʊntəˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm/ noun 1. activities that are intended to prevent terrorist acts or to eradicate terrorist groups
[thruhst] /θrʌst/ verb (used with object), thrust, thrusting. 1. to push forcibly; shove; put or drive with force: He thrust his way through the crowd. She thrust a dagger into his back. 2. to put boldly forth or impose acceptance of: to thrust oneself into a conversation between others; to thrust a dollar into the […]
[koun-ter-top] /ˈkaʊn tərˌtɒp/ noun 1. a , as in a kitchen, especially when covered with a heat- and stain-resistant material. adjective 2. designed to fit or be used on a countertop: a countertop microwave oven. n. 1878, from counter (n.) + top (n.1).