HyperDic: plural_form

English > 1 sense of the expression plural form:
NOUNcommunicationplural form, pluralthe form of a word that is used to denote more than one
English > plural form: 1 sense > noun 1, communication
MeaningThe form of a word that is used to denote more than one.
Broaderform, word form, signifier, descriptorThe phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
Oppositesingular, singular formThe form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
UsageAugean stables(Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them
Bermuda shorts, Jamaica shortsshort pants that end at the knee
Epsom salts(used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative
Ludi Saeculares, secular gamesThe centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation (100 years representing the longest life in a generation)
Napier's bones, Napier's rodsA set of graduated rods formerly used to do multiplication and division by a method invented by John Napier
Sabaoth(plural) hosts or armies
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Seven Wonders of the Worldimpressive monuments created in the ancient world that were regarded with awe
Stations, Stations of the Cross(Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of fourteen prayers said before a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' passage from Pilate's house to his crucifixion at Calvary
Ummah, Umma, Muslim Ummah, Islamic Ummah, Islam NationThe Muslim community or people, considered to extend from Mauritania to Pakistan
accounts receivableA creditor's accounts of money owed to him
almsmoney or goods contributed to the poor
ambages(archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action
ancientsPeople who lived in times long past (especially during the historical period before the fall of the Roman Empire in western Europe)
appointment, fitting(usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel)
archeological remains, remainsA relic that has been excavated from the soil
arts and craftsThe arts of decorative design and handicraft
assetsAnything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
authority(usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
backstairsA second staircase at the rear of a building
badlandsDeeply eroded barren land
bare bones(plural) the most basic facts or elements
basic, staple(usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
bath saltsA preparation that softens or scents a bath / bath
bedspring(usually plural) one of the springs holding up the mattress of a bed
bellbottom trousers, bell-bottoms, bellbottom pantstrousers with legs that flare
bellowsA mechanical device that blows / blows a strong current of air
bikini pantssmall and tight-fitting underpants
binoculars, field glasses, opera glassesAn optical instrument designed for simultaneous use by both eyes
bleachersAn outdoor grandstand without a roof
bloomers, pants, drawers, knickersunderpants worn by women
boardsThe boarding that surrounds an ice hockey rink
boardsThe stage of a theater
bones, castanets, clappers, finger cymbalsA percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance
boxcars(usually plural) an expression used when two dice are thrown and both come up showing six spots
brace, suspender, galluselastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural)
brass knucks, knucks, brass knuckles, knuckles, knuckle dusterA small metal weapon
breeches, knee breeches, knee pants, knickerbockers, knickerstrousers ending above the knee
brethren(plural) the lay members of a male religious order
briefs, Jockey shortsshort tight-fitting underpants (trade name Jockey shorts)
britchesinformal term for breeches
brussels sproutsThe small edible cabbage-like buds growing along a stalk of the brussels sprout plant
buckskinsbreeches made of buckskin
cafeteria facility(usually plural) facilities for providing food for employees or visitors
calisthenics, callisthenicslight / light exercises designed to promote general fitness
chain tongsA pipe wrench used for turning large pipes
channel, communication channel, line(often plural) a means of communication or access
chap(usually in the plural) leather leggings without a seat
chart(usually plural) a listing of best-selling recorded music
chinos(plural) trousers made with chino cloth
churidarstight trousers worn by people from the Indian subcontinent (typically with a kameez or kurta)
civies, civviescivilian garb as opposed to a military uniform
cleaners, dry cleanersshop where dry cleaning is done
cleatsshoes with leather or metal projections on the soles
clewsThe cords used to suspend a hammock
close quartersA situation of being uncomfortably close to someone or something
coffee groundsThe dregs remaining after brewing coffee
colors, coloursA flag that shows its nationality
colors, coloursA distinguishing emblem
condition, strings, term(usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement
conditionsThe set of circumstances that affect someone's welfare
conditionsThe prevailing context that influences the performance or the outcome of a process
confinesA bounded scope
congratulation, felicitation(usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another
connection(usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship)
consumer goodsGoods (as food or clothing) intended for direct use or consumption
contretempsAn awkward clash
cords, corduroyscotton trousers made of corduroy cloth
crapsA gambling game played with two dice
crown jewelsregalia (jewelry and other paraphernalia) worn by a sovereign on state occasions
curiosabooks on strange or unusual subjects (especially erotica)
deep pockets(plural) a source of substantial wealth
deliberation(usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question
depth(usually plural) a low moral state
depths(plural) the deepest and most remote part
desert(usually plural) a person's deservingness of or entitlement to reward or punishment
devotion(usually plural) religious observance or prayers (usually spoken silently)
diggings, digsAn excavation for ore or precious stones or for archaeology
dirty tricksunderhand commercial or political behavior designed to discredit an opponent
down(usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
drawers, underdrawers, shorts, boxers, boxershortsunderpants worn by men
dregs, settlingssediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid / liquid
dress blues, dress whitesA dress uniform for formal occasions
drusen(plural) an eye disease resulting from small accumulations of hyaline bodies underneath the retina
drygoods, soft goodstextiles or clothing and related merchandise
durables, durable goods, consumer durablesconsumer goods that are not destroyed by use
eavesThe overhang at the lower edge of a roof
exercise(usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches
fancy goodsGoods that are chiefly ornamental
fatiguesmilitary uniform worn by military personnel when doing menial labor
fedayeen(plural) Arab guerrillas who operate mainly against Israel
fire tongs, coal tongstongs for taking hold of burning coals
firework, pyrotechnic(usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames
fixings, trimmingsThe accessories that normally accompany (something or some activity)
flannel, gabardine, tweed, white(usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth
flatsfootwear (shoes or slippers) with no heel (or a very low heel)
flindersBits and splinters and fragments
flying colors, flying colourscomplete success
folksYour parents
footlightstheater light at the front of a stage that illuminate the set and actors
forcepsAn extractor consisting of a pair of pincers used in medical treatment (especially for the delivery of babies)
furnishing(usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home / home / home (or other area) livable
furnishing, trappings(usually plural) accessory wearing apparel
gallowsAn instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging
gasworksThe workplace where coal gas is manufactured
gogglesTight-fitting spectacles worn to protect the eyes
grass rootsThe common people at a local level (as distinguished from the centers of political activity)
greeting, salutation(usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
grocery, foodstuff(usually plural) consumer goods sold by a grocer
head(usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head
headquarters, HQ, military headquartersThe military installation from which a commander performs the functions of command
headquarters, central office, main office, home office, home base(usually plural) the office that serves as the administrative center of an enterprise
headquarters(plural) a military unit consisting of a commander and the headquarters staff
heroicsostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct
hiccup, hiccough, singultus(usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound
hot pantsskin-tight very short pants worn by young women as an outer garment
houselightslights that illuminate the audience's part of a theater or other auditorium
hustingsThe activities involved in political campaigning (especially speech making)
ice tongstongs for lifting blocks of ice
incidental expense, incidental, minor expense(frequently plural) an expense not budgeted or not specified
inningsThe batting turn of a cricket player or team
intention(usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal
interest, interest group(usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
irons, chainsmetal shackles
ironworksThe workplace where iron is smelted or where iron goods are made
jeans, blue jeans, denim(usually plural) close-fitting trousers of heavy denim for manual / manual work or casual wear
jinks, high jinks, hijinks, high jinxnoisy and mischievous merrymaking
jodhpurs, jodhpur breeches, riding breechesFlared trousers ending at the calves
knockout dropschloral hydrate in combination with alcohol
last respectsThe act of expressing respect for someone who has died
last ritesrites performed in connection with a death or burial
leesThe sediment from fermentation of an alcoholic beverage
liabilitiesAnything that is owed to someone else
limbersA channel or gutter on either side of a ship's keelson
links, golf linksA golf course that is built on sandy ground near a shore
lion-jaw forcepsA type of forceps
liquid assets, current assets, quick assetsassets in the form of cash (or easily convertible into cash)
living quarters, quartershousing available for people to live in
locking plierspliers that can be locked in place
long johnswarm underwear with long legs
mannerssocial deportment
military quartersliving quarters for personnel on a military post
mouse-tooth forcepsA type of forceps
needlenose plierssmall pliers with long thin jaws for fine work
nervesControl of your emotions
oatseed of the annual grass Avena sativa (spoken of primarily in the plural as 'oats')
oddsThe likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring
operations, trading operationsfinancial transactions at a brokerage
order(often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
overtone(usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning / meaning or quality
packaged goodsgroceries that are packaged for sale
pajama, pyjama, pj's, jammies(usually plural) loose-fitting nightclothes worn for sleeping or lounging
pantie, panty, scanty, step-inshort underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)
parallel bars, barsgymnastic apparatus consisting of two parallel wooden rods supported on uprights
paring(usually plural) a part of a fruit or vegetable that is pared or cut off
pedal pushers, toreador pantssnug trousers ending at the calves
people(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
peoplesThe human beings of a particular nation or community or ethnic group
pliers, pair of pliers, plyersA gripping hand tool with two hinged arms and (usually) serrated jaws
plus foursmen's baggy knickers hanging below the knees
poor people, poorPeople without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
propsProper respect
pruning shearsshears with strong blades used for light pruning of woody plants
public worksstructures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks / docks / docks) constructed at government expense for public use
pump-type pliersA type of pliers
punch plierspunch consisting of pliers for perforating paper or leather
rabbit earsAn indoor TV antenna
rariora(plural) rare collector's items
ravage, depredation(usually plural) a destructive action
receivablesmoney that you currently expect to receive from notes or accounts
regard, wish, compliments(usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare
regimentalsThe military uniform and insignia of a regiment
relation(usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups
remainsAny object that is left unused or still extant
reparation(usually plural) compensation exacted from a defeated nation by the victors
reserve assetsCapital held back from investment in order to meet probable or possible demands
residual(often plural) a payment that is made to a performer or writer or director of a television show or commercial that is paid for every repeat showing
rib joint pliersA type of pliers
rich people, richPeople who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group)
right(frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing
ringsgymnastic apparatus consisting of a pair of heavy metal circles (usually covered with leather) suspended by ropes
round(often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order)
rudiments, first principles, alphabet, ABC, ABC's, ABCsThe elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)
saltworksA plant where salt / salt is produced commercially
scablands(geology) flat elevated land with poor soil and little vegetation that is scarred by dry channels of glacial origin (especially in eastern Washington)
scissors, pair of scissorsAn edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades
scraping(usually plural) a fragment scraped off of something and collected
secateurssmall pruning shears with a spring that holds the handles open and a single blade that closes against a flat surface
servicesperformance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to others
shades(plural) something that reminds you of someone or something
shearslarge scissors with strong blades
short pants, shorts, trunkstrousers that end at or above the knee
silksThe brightly colored garments of a jockey
skivviesmen's underwear consisting of cotton T-shirt and shorts
slacks(usually in the plural) pants for casual wear
slip-joint plierspliers with a joint adjustable to two positions in order to increase the opening of the jaws
small storespersonal items conforming to regulations that are sold aboard ship or at a naval base and charged to the person's pay
snips, tinsnips(plural) hand shears for cutting sheet metal
snuffersscissors for cropping and holding the snuff of a candlewick
soap flakessoap that has been cut into flakes to make suds faster
spectacles, specs, eyeglasses, glassesoptical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
spoil(usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)
sporting goodssports equipment sold as a commodity
stacksstorage space in a library consisting of an extensive arrangement of bookshelves where most of the books are stored
stairs, stepsA flight of stairs or a flight of steps
states' rightsThe rights conceded to the states by the United States constitution
stepsThe course along which a person has walked or is walking in
stockingclose-fitting hosiery to cover the foot and leg
stocksA former instrument of punishment consisting of a heavy timber / timber frame with holes in which the feet (and sometimes the hands) of an offender could be locked
stocksA frame for constraining an animal while it is receiving veterinary attention or while being shod
stocksA frame that supports a boat while it is under construction
street clothesordinary clothing suitable for public appearances (as opposed to costumes or sports apparel or work clothes etc.)
stretch pantstrousers made of a stretchy fabric
sundriesMiscellaneous objects too numerous or too small to be specified
sunglasses, dark glasses, shadesspectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun
superficiesThe purely external aspect of a thing
suspension point(usually plural) one of a series of points indicating that something has been omitted or that the sentence is incomplete
swaddling clothesrestrictions placed on the immature
swaddling clothes, swaddling bandsA garment (a gown or narrow strips of cloth) for an infant
sweat pants, sweatpantsloose-fitting trousers with elastic cuffs
sweepstakesA lottery in which the prize consists of the money paid by the participants
swimming trunks, bathing trunksswimsuit worn by men while swimming
tail(usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head / head
telecommunication(often plural) the branch of electrical engineering concerned with the technology of electronic communication at a distance
telecommunication, telecom(often plural) systems used in transmitting messages over a distance electronically
thinning shearsshears with one serrate blade
tights, leotardsskintight knit hose covering the body from the waist to the feet worn by acrobats and dancers and as stockings by women and girls
title(usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action
togs, threads, dudsinformal terms for clothing
tongs, pair of tongsAny of various devices for taking hold of objects
topside(usually plural) weather deck
travel expense(frequently plural) expenses incurred by an employee in the performance of the job and usually reimbursed by the employer
trewsTight-fitting trousers
trousers, pair of trousers, pant(usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
underpantsAn undergarment that covers the body from the waist no further than to the thighs
undieswomen's underwear
unemployed people, unemployedpeople who are involuntarily out of work (considered as a group)
waderswaterproof hip boots (sometimes extending to the chest) worn by anglers
water wingsA life preserver consisting of a connected pair of inflatable bags that fit under a person's arms and provide buoyancy
waterworksworkplace where water is stored and purified and distributed for a community / community
weeds, widow's weedsA black garment (dress) worn by a widow as a sign of mourning
white goodslarge electrical home appliances (refrigerators or washing machines etc.) that are typically finished in white enamel
wingsA means of flight or ascent
works, deedsperformance of moral or religious acts
works, workingsThe internal mechanism of a device
writing(usually plural) the collected work of an author
yard goods, piece goodsmerchandise in the form of fabrics sold by the yard
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