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dextrous

ˈdɛkst(ə)rəs

adjective

showing or having skill, especially with the hands.

a dexterous keyboard player

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dexterous

ˈdɛkst(ə)rəs

adjective

showing or having skill, especially with the hands.

a dexterous keyboard player

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detonations

dɛtəˈneɪʃ(ə)n

noun

the action of causing a bomb or explosive device to explode.

she was in a control building at the time of detonation

explosion,discharge,blowing up,ignition,blast,burst,crack,bang,report

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detonation

dɛtəˈneɪʃ(ə)n

noun

the action of causing a bomb or explosive device to explode.

she was in a control building at the time of detonation

explosion,discharge,blowing up,ignition,blast,burst,crack,bang,report

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defects

noun

a shortcoming, imperfection, or lack.

genetic defects

fault,flaw,imperfection,deficiency,weakness,weak spot/point,inadequacy,shortcoming,limitation,failing,obstruction,snag,kink,deformity,blemish,taint,crack,break,tear,split,scratch,chip,fracture,spot,mistake,error,bug,virus,glitch,gremlin

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defect

noun

a shortcoming, imperfection, or lack.

genetic defects

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decoding

diːˈkəʊd

verb

convert (a coded message) into intelligible language.

he put down the phone and decoded the message

decipher,decrypt,unravel,untangle,work out,sort out,piece together,solve,interpret,translate,construe,explain,understand,comprehend,apprehend,grasp,make sense of,get to the bottom of,find the key to,find the answer to,throw light on,crack,figure out,twig,suss,suss out

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decodes

diːˈkəʊd

verb

convert (a coded message) into intelligible language.

he put down the phone and decoded the message

decipher,decrypt,unravel,untangle,work out,sort out,piece together,solve,interpret,translate,construe,explain,understand,comprehend,apprehend,grasp,make sense of,get to the bottom of,find the key to,find the answer to,throw light on,crack,figure out,twig,suss,suss out

noun

a translation of a coded message.

studying reports, poring over decodes

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decoded

diːˈkəʊd

verb

convert (a coded message) into intelligible language.

he put down the phone and decoded the message

decipher,decrypt,unravel,untangle,work out,sort out,piece together,solve,interpret,translate,construe,explain,understand,comprehend,apprehend,grasp,make sense of,get to the bottom of,find the key to,find the answer to,throw light on,crack,figure out,twig,suss,suss out

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decode

diːˈkəʊd

verb

convert (a coded message) into intelligible language.

he put down the phone and decoded the message

decipher,decrypt,unravel,untangle,work out,sort out,piece together,solve,interpret,translate,construe,explain,understand,comprehend,apprehend,grasp,make sense of,get to the bottom of,find the key to,find the answer to,throw light on,crack,figure out,twig,suss,suss out

noun

a translation of a coded message.

studying reports, poring over decodes

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deciphers

dɪˈsʌɪfə

verb

convert (a text written in code, or a coded signal) into normal language.

authorized government agencies can decipher encrypted telecommunications

decode,decrypt,break,work out,solve,interpret,translate,construe,explain,make sense of,make head or tail of,get to the bottom of,unravel,find the key to,find the answer to,throw light on,crack,figure out,twig,suss,suss out

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deciphering

dɪˈsʌɪfə

verb

convert (a text written in code, or a coded signal) into normal language.

authorized government agencies can decipher encrypted telecommunications

decode,decrypt,break,work out,solve,interpret,translate,construe,explain,make sense of,make head or tail of,get to the bottom of,unravel,find the key to,find the answer to,throw light on,crack,figure out,twig,suss,suss out

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deciphered

dɪˈsʌɪfə

verb

convert (a text written in code, or a coded signal) into normal language.

authorized government agencies can decipher encrypted telecommunications

decode,decrypt,break,work out,solve,interpret,translate,construe,explain,make sense of,make head or tail of,get to the bottom of,unravel,find the key to,find the answer to,throw light on,crack,figure out,twig,suss,suss out

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decipher

dɪˈsʌɪfə

verb

convert (a text written in code, or a coded signal) into normal language.

authorized government agencies can decipher encrypted telecommunications

decode,decrypt,break,work out,solve,interpret,translate,construe,explain,make sense of,make head or tail of,get to the bottom of,unravel,find the key to,find the answer to,throw light on,crack,figure out,twig,suss,suss out

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crevices

ˈkrɛvɪs

noun

a narrow opening or fissure, especially in a rock or wall.

many creatures hide in crevices in the rock

crack,fissure,cleft,chink,interstice,cranny,nook,vent,slot,slit,split,rift,gash,rent,fracture,rupture,breach,perforation,opening,gap,hole,aperture,orifice,pore,space,groove,hiatus,foramen,scission

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crevice

ˈkrɛvɪs

noun

a narrow opening or fissure, especially in a rock or wall.

many creatures hide in crevices in the rock

crack,fissure,cleft,chink,interstice,cranny,nook,vent,slot,slit,split,rift,gash,rent,fracture,rupture,breach,perforation,opening,gap,hole,aperture,orifice,pore,space,groove,hiatus,foramen,scission

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crevasses

krɪˈvas

noun

a deep open crack, especially one in a glacier.

chasm,abyss,fissure,cleft,crack,split,breach,rift,gap,hole,opening,pit,cavity,crater

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crevasse

krɪˈvas

noun

a deep open crack, especially one in a glacier.

chasm,abyss,fissure,cleft,crack,split,breach,rift,gap,hole,opening,pit,cavity,crater

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cranny

ˈkrani

noun

a small, narrow space or opening.

bugs and spiders conceal themselves in crannies of the bark

chink,crack,crevice,slit,split,fissure,rift,cleft,opening,gap,aperture,cavity,hole,hollow,niche,corner,recess,bay,booth,alcove,nook,interstice

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crannies

ˈkrani

noun

a small, narrow space or opening.

bugs and spiders conceal themselves in crannies of the bark

chink,crack,crevice,slit,split,fissure,rift,cleft,opening,gap,aperture,cavity,hole,hollow,niche,corner,recess,bay,booth,alcove,nook,interstice

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crackles

ˈkrak(ə)l

verb

make a rapid succession of short sharp noises.

the fire suddenly crackled and spat sparks

sizzle,frizzle,fizz,hiss,crack,snap,sputter,decrepitate,crepitate

noun

a sound made up of a rapid succession of short sharp noises.

there was a crackle and a whine from the microphone

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crackled

ˈkrak(ə)l

verb

make a rapid succession of short sharp noises.

the fire suddenly crackled and spat sparks

sizzle,frizzle,fizz,hiss,crack,snap,sputter,decrepitate,crepitate

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crackle

ˈkrak(ə)l

verb

make a rapid succession of short sharp noises.

the fire suddenly crackled and spat sparks

sizzle,frizzle,fizz,hiss,crack,snap,sputter,decrepitate,crepitate

noun

a sound made up of a rapid succession of short sharp noises.

there was a crackle and a whine from the microphone

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conversations

kɒnvəˈseɪʃ(ə)n

noun

a talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged.

she picked up the phone and held a conversation in French

discussion,talk,chat,gossip,tête-à-tête,heart-to-heart,head-to-head,exchange,dialogue,parley,consultation,conference,adda,korero,confab,jaw,chit-chat,rap,gas,powwow,chinwag,natter,rabbit,crack,bull session,skull session,gabfest,schmooze,convo,yarn,confabulation,palaver,colloquy,converse

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conversation

kɒnvəˈseɪʃ(ə)n

noun

a talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged.

she picked up the phone and held a conversation in French

discussion,talk,chat,gossip,tête-à-tête,heart-to-heart,head-to-head,exchange,dialogue,parley,consultation,conference,adda,korero,confab,jaw,chit-chat,rap,gas,powwow,chinwag,natter,rabbit,crack,bull session,skull session,gabfest,schmooze,convo,yarn,confabulation,palaver,colloquy,converse

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comprehends

kɒmprɪˈhɛnd

verb

grasp mentally; understand.

he couldn’t comprehend her reasons for marrying Lovat

understand,grasp,take in,see,apprehend,follow,make sense of,fathom,make out,puzzle out,get to the bottom of,penetrate,realize,perceive,discern,divine,unravel,decipher,interpret,piece together,work out,figure out,make head or tail of,get one’s head around,wrap one’s mind round,take on board,get a fix on,get the hang of,get the drift of,catch on to,latch on to,tumble to,crack,dig,get,see the light,get the picture,twig,suss out,suss,savvy

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comprehending

kɒmprɪˈhɛnd

verb

grasp mentally; understand.

he couldn’t comprehend her reasons for marrying Lovat

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comprehended

kɒmprɪˈhɛnd

verb

grasp mentally; understand.

he couldn’t comprehend her reasons for marrying Lovat

understand,grasp,take in,see,apprehend,follow,make sense of,fathom,make out,puzzle out,get to the bottom of,penetrate,realize,perceive,discern,divine,unravel,decipher,interpret,piece together,work out,figure out,make head or tail of,get one’s head around,wrap one’s mind round,take on board,get a fix on,get the hang of,get the drift of,catch on to,latch on to,tumble to,crack,dig,get,see the light,get the picture,twig,suss out,suss,savvy

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comprehend

kɒmprɪˈhɛnd

verb

grasp mentally; understand.

he couldn’t comprehend her reasons for marrying Lovat

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clefts

klɛft

noun

a fissure or split, especially in rock or the ground.

the third peak is divided from the eastern one by a deep cleft

split,slit,crack,fissure,crevice,chasm,opening,rift,break,fracture,rent,breach,gash,cranny,interstice,furrow,indentation,gap,hole,pit,void,crater

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chinks

tʃɪŋk

noun

a narrow opening, typically one that admits light.

a chink in the curtains

opening,gap,space,hole,aperture,break,breach,crack,fissure,crevice,cranny,cleft,cut,rift,split,slit,slot

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chink

tʃɪŋk

noun

a narrow opening, typically one that admits light.

a chink in the curtains

opening,gap,space,hole,aperture,break,breach,crack,fissure,crevice,cranny,cleft,cut,rift,split,slit,slot

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chapping

tʃap

verb

(of the skin) become cracked, rough, or sore, especially through exposure to wind or cold weather.

his skin is very dry and chaps easily

become raw,become sore,redden,become inflamed,chafe,crack,roughen

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chap

tʃap

verb

(of the skin) become cracked, rough, or sore, especially through exposure to wind or cold weather.

his skin is very dry and chaps easily

become raw,become sore,redden,become inflamed,chafe,crack,roughen

noun

a cracked or sore patch on the skin.

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busting

bʌst

verb

break, split, or burst.

they bust the tunnel wide open

break,crack,snap,fracture,shatter,smash,smash to smithereens,fragment,splinter,disintegrate,fall to bits,fall to pieces,split,burst,rupture,tear,rend,sever,separate,divide,shiver

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busted

bʌst

verb

break, split, or burst.

they bust the tunnel wide open

break,crack,snap,fracture,shatter,smash,smash to smithereens,fragment,splinter,disintegrate,fall to bits,fall to pieces,split,burst,rupture,tear,rend,sever,separate,divide,shiver

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bursts

bəːst

verb

break open or apart suddenly and violently, especially as a result of an impact or internal pressure.

one of the balloons burst

split open,burst open,break open,tear open,rupture,crack,fracture,fragment,shatter,shiver,fly open,tear asunder,rend asunder,explode,blow up,detonate,go off,be set off,land,go bang

noun

an instance of breaking or splitting as a result of internal pressure or puncturing; an explosion.

the mortar bursts were further away than before

rupture,breach,split,blowout,explosion,detonation,blast,discharge,eruption,bang,volley,salvo,fusillade,barrage,shower,spray,hail,rain

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bursting

bəːst

verb

break open or apart suddenly and violently, especially as a result of an impact or internal pressure.

one of the balloons burst

split open,burst open,break open,tear open,rupture,crack,fracture,fragment,shatter,shiver,fly open,tear asunder,rend asunder,explode,blow up,detonate,go off,be set off,land,go bang

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burst

bəːst

verb

break open or apart suddenly and violently, especially as a result of an impact or internal pressure.

one of the balloons burst

split open,burst open,break open,tear open,rupture,crack,fracture,fragment,shatter,shiver,fly open,tear asunder,rend asunder,explode,blow up,detonate,go off,be set off,land,go bang

noun

an instance of breaking or splitting as a result of internal pressure or puncturing; an explosion.

the mortar bursts were further away than before

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bumps

bʌmp

noun

a light blow or a jolting collision.

a nasty bump on the head

jolt,collision,crash,smash,smack,crack,thwack,bang,thud,thump,buffet,knock,rap,tap,impact,whack,bash,wallop

verb

knock or run into someone or something with a jolt.

I almost bumped into him

hit,ram,bang (into),collide with,be in collision with,strike,knock (into),knock against,crash into/against,smash into,slam into,crack into/against,dash against,run into,plough into,impact

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bump

bʌmp

noun

a light blow or a jolting collision.

a nasty bump on the head

jolt,collision,crash,smash,smack,crack,thwack,bang,thud,thump,buffet,knock,rap,tap,impact,whack,bash,wallop

verb

knock or run into someone or something with a jolt.

I almost bumped into him

hit,ram,bang (into),collide with,be in collision with,strike,knock (into),knock against,crash into/against,smash into,slam into,crack into/against,dash against,run into,plough into,impact

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breaks

breɪk

verb

separate or cause to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain.

the branch broke with a loud snap

shatter,smash,smash to smithereens,crack,snap,fracture,fragment,splinter,disintegrate,fall to bits,fall to pieces,split,burst,blow out,tear,rend,sever,rupture,separate,divide,bust,shiver

noun

an interruption of continuity or uniformity.

the magazine has been published without a break since 1950

interruption,interval,gap,hiatus,lapse of time,lacuna,discontinuation,discontinuance,discontinuity,suspension,disruption,cut-off,stop,stoppage,cessation,caesura,surcease

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breaking

breɪk

verb

separate or cause to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain.

the branch broke with a loud snap

shatter,smash,smash to smithereens,crack,snap,fracture,fragment,splinter,disintegrate,fall to bits,fall to pieces,split,burst,blow out,tear,rend,sever,rupture,separate,divide,bust,shiver

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break

breɪk

verb

separate or cause to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain.

the branch broke with a loud snap

shatter,smash,smash to smithereens,crack,snap,fracture,fragment,splinter,disintegrate,fall to bits,fall to pieces,split,burst,blow out,tear,rend,sever,rupture,separate,divide,bust,shiver

noun

an interruption of continuity or uniformity.

the magazine has been published without a break since 1950

interruption,interval,gap,hiatus,lapse of time,lacuna,discontinuation,discontinuance,discontinuity,suspension,disruption,cut-off,stop,stoppage,cessation,caesura,surcease

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bravura

brəˈv(j)ʊərə

noun

great technical skill and brilliance shown in a performance or activity.

the recital ended with a blazing display of bravura

virtuoso,magnificent,outstanding,exceptional,exceptionally good,excellent,superb,brilliant,dazzling,first-class,masterly,expert,out of this world,mean,ace,stellar,crack,A1,shit-hot

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boomed

buːm

verb

make a loud, deep, resonant sound.

thunder boomed in the sky

reverberate,resound,resonate,rumble,thunder,ring out,sound loudly,blare,echo,fill the air,crack,crash,roll,clap,explode,bang,blast

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blasts

blɑːst

noun

a destructive wave of highly compressed air spreading outwards from an explosion.

they were thrown backwards by the blast

shock wave,pressure wave,bang,crash,crack

verb

blow up or break apart (something solid) with explosives.

the school was blasted by an explosion

blow up,bomb,blow (to pieces),dynamite,explode,break up,demolish,raze to the ground,destroy,ruin,shatter

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blast

blɑːst

noun

a destructive wave of highly compressed air spreading outwards from an explosion.

they were thrown backwards by the blast

shock wave,pressure wave,bang,crash,crack

verb

blow up or break apart (something solid) with explosives.

the school was blasted by an explosion

blow up,bomb,blow (to pieces),dynamite,explode,break up,demolish,raze to the ground,destroy,ruin,shatter

exclamation

expressing annoyance.

‘Blast! The car won’t start!’

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beats

/biːt/

verb

Strike (a person or an animal) repeatedly and violently so as to hurt or injure them, typically with an implement such as a club or whip.

if we were caught we were beaten

hit,strike,batter,thump,hammer,punch,knock,thrash,pound,pummel,slap,smack,crack,thwack,cuff,buffet,maul,pelt,drub,rain blows on

noun

A main accent or rhythmic unit in music or poetry.

the glissando begins on the second beat

stress,emphasis,accentuation,force,prominence

adjective

Completely exhausted.

exhausted,tired out,worn out,weary,dog-tired,bone-tired,bone-weary,ready to drop,on one’s last legs,asleep on one’s feet,drained,fatigued,enervated,debilitated,spent

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beat

/bit/

transitive verb

Strike (a person or an animal) repeatedly and violently so as to hurt or injure them, typically with an implement such as a club or whip.

if we were caught we were beaten

hit,strike,batter,thump,hammer,punch,knock,thrash,pound,pummel,slap,smack,crack,thwack,cuff,buffet,maul,pelt,drub,rain blows on

noun

A main accent or rhythmic unit in music or poetry.

the glissando begins on the second beat

stress,emphasis,accentuation,force,prominence

adjective

Completely exhausted.

exhausted,tired out,worn out,weary,dog-tired,bone-tired,bone-weary,ready to drop,on one’s last legs,asleep on one’s feet,drained,fatigued,enervated,debilitated,spent

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bangs

/baŋ/

noun

A sudden loud, sharp noise.

the door slammed with a bang

sharp noise,crack,boom,clang,peal,clap,pop,snap,knock,tap,slam,bump,thud,thump,clunk,clonk,clash,crash,smash,smack

verb

Strike or put down (something) forcefully and noisily.

he began to bang the table with his fist

hit,strike,beat,thump,hammer,knock,rap,pound,thud,punch,bump,thwack,smack,crack,slap,slam,welt,cuff,pummel,buffet

adverb

Exactly.

precisely,exactly,right,directly,immediately,squarely,just,dead

exclamation

Used to convey the sound of a sudden loud noise.

party poppers went bang

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banged

/baŋ/

noun

A sudden loud, sharp noise.

the door slammed with a bang

sharp noise,crack,boom,clang,peal,clap,pop,snap,knock,tap,slam,bump,thud,thump,clunk,clonk,clash,crash,smash,smack

verb

Strike or put down (something) forcefully and noisily.

he began to bang the table with his fist

hit,strike,beat,thump,hammer,knock,rap,pound,thud,punch,bump,thwack,smack,crack,slap,slam,welt,cuff,pummel,buffet

adverb

Exactly.

precisely,exactly,right,directly,immediately,squarely,just,dead

exclamation

Used to convey the sound of a sudden loud noise.

party poppers went bang

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bang

/bæŋ/

noun

A sudden loud noise.

the door slammed with a bang

sharp noise,crack,boom,clang,peal,clap,pop,snap,knock,tap,slam,bump,thud,thump,clunk,clonk,clash,crash,smash,smack

transitive verb

Strike or put down (something) forcefully and noisily.

he began to bang the table with his fist

hit,strike,beat,thump,hammer,knock,rap,pound,thud,punch,bump,thwack,smack,crack,slap,slam,welt,cuff,pummel,buffet

adverb

Exactly.

precisely,exactly,right,directly,immediately,squarely,just,dead

exclamation

Used to express or imitate the sound of a sudden loud noise.

firecrackers went bang

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apertures

/ˈapətʃə/

noun

An opening, hole, or gap.

the bell ropes passed through apertures in the ceiling

opening,hole,gap,space,slit,slot,vent,passage,crevice,chink,crack,fissure,perforation,breach,eye,interstice

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aperture

/ˈæpərˌtʃər/
/ˈæpərˌtʃʊr/

noun

An opening, hole, or gap.

the bell ropes passed through apertures in the ceiling

opening,hole,gap,space,slit,slot,vent,passage,crevice,chink,crack,fissure,perforation,breach,eye,interstice

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