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initial letters of words used to make word acronym
word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name acronym
naming a letter of the alphabet by using a word whose initial sound is the sound represented by that letter acrophony
initial letters of lines forming word acrostic
repetition of initial sound in series of words alliteration
initial letter or sound repeating in words alliteration
(poker) the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot ante
form of anthrax infection acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthracis; initial symptoms (chill and cough and dyspnea and rapid pulse) are followed by extreme cardiovascular collapse anthrax pneumonia , inhalation anthrax , pulmonary anthrax , ragpicker's disease , ragsorter's disease , woolsorter's disease , woolsorter's pneumonia
initial letter or sound dropped from word apheresis
gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in `squire' for `esquire' aphesis
initial period of training for new military personnel; involves intense physical activity and behavioral discipline basic training
initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments beachhead , foothold
first wife of Henry VIII; Henry's divorce from her was the initial step of the Reformation in England (1485-1536) Catherine , Catherine of Aragon
(physics) a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions chaos
clause in an insurance policy that relieves the insurer of responsibility to pay the initial loss up to a stated amount deductible
(law) the initial questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness direct examination
initial sketch or piece of writing draft
pronunciation, omission of initial or final sound in elision
attribute of stochastic systems; generally, a system that tends in probability to a limiting form that is independent of the initial conditions ergodicity
initial stage in accomplishing something first base
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