One day an unknown youth asked Mozart to explain to him how to start to compose a symphony.
- You are young, - answered Mozart. In the beginning write a ballade, and if you like it, come to me.
- But you! At the age of ten you have composed a lot of music.
- But I did not ask anybody how to do it.
suffix 1 forming adjectives meaning ‘abounding in, characterized by, of the nature of’ (envious; glorious; mountainous; poisonous).
- chem. Denoting a state of lower valence than -ic (ferrous; sulphurous). [anglo-french -ous, from latin asus]
and about adj. Active outdoors (esp. After an illness etc.).
- and out —adj. Thorough; complete. —adv. Thoroughly.
- of doors adj. & adv. In or into the open air.
- of it predic. Adj. - (of a person) not included; forlorn.
- colloq. Unconscious, dazed.
- prefix in senses 1 so as to surpass or exceed (outdo).
- external, separate (outline).
- out of; away from; outward (outgrowth).
- —adv. - away from or not in or at a place etc. (keep him out; get out; tide is out).
- indicating: a dispersal away from a centre etc. (share out). B coming or bringing into the open (call out; will look it out for you). C need for attentiveness (watch out; listen out).
- not in one's house, office, etc. (tell them i'm out).
- to or at an end; completely (tired out; die out; fight it out; my luck was out; typed it out).
- (of a fire, candle, etc.) Not burning.
- in error (was 3% out).
- colloq. Unconscious (is out cold).
- (of a limb etc.) Dislocated (put his arm out).
- (of a political party etc.) Not in office. 10 (of a jury) considering its verdict. 11 (of workers) on strike. 12 (of a secret) revealed. 13 (of a flower) open. 14 (of a book, record, etc.) Published, on sale. 15 (of a star) visible after dark. 16 no longer in fashion (turn-ups are out). 17 (of a batsman etc.) Dismissed from batting. 18 not worth considering (that idea is out). 19 (prec. By superl.) Colloq. Known to exist (the best game out). 20 (of a mark etc.) Removed (washed the stain out). —prep. Out of (looked out the window). —n. Way of escape. —v. Come or go out; emerge (murder will out). out for intent on, determined to get. Out of 1 from within.
- not within.
- from among.
- beyond the range of (out of reach).
- so as to be without, lacking (was swindled out of his money; out of sugar).
- from (get money out of him).
- because of (asked out of curiosity).
- by the use of (what did you make it out of?). Out of bounds see *bound2. Out of date see *date1. Out of order see *order. Out of pocket see *pocket. Out of the question see *question. Out of sorts see *sort. Out of this world see *world. Out of the way see *way. Out to determined to. [old english]
pl. Of *ovum.
comb. Form egg, ovum. [from *ovum]
v. (owing) 1 a be under obligation (to a person etc.) To pay or repay (money, gratitude, etc.). B (usu. Foll. By for) be in debt.
- have a duty to render (owe allegiance).
- (usu. Foll. By to) be indebted to a person or thing for (we owe our success to the weather). [old english]
n. - nocturnal bird of prey with large eyes and a hooked beak.
- solemn or wise-looking person. owlish adj. [old english]
brand n. (often attrib.) Goods manufactured specially for a retailer and bearing the retailer's name.
- goal n. - goal scored by mistake against the scorer's own side.
- act etc. That has the unintended effect of harming one's own interests.
- —adj. (prec. By possessive) 1 a belonging to oneself or itself; not another's (saw it with my own eyes). B individual, peculiar, particular (has its own charm).
- used to emphasize identity rather than possession (cooks his own meals).
- (absol.) Private property (is it your own?). —v. - have as property; possess.
- admit as valid, true, etc.
- acknowledge paternity, authorship, or possession of. come into one's own 1 receive one's due.
- achieve recognition. Get one's own back get revenge. Hold one's own maintain one's position. Of one's own belonging to oneself. On one's own 1 alone, independent.
- independently, without help. Own up (often foll. By to) confess frankly. -owned adj. (in comb.). [old english]