A tough old cowboy told his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a little gunpowder on his oatmeal every morning. The grandson did this religiously, and lived to the age of 93.
When he died he left 14 children, 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren… and a 15-foot hole in the wall of the crematorium.
electricity n. Electricity not flowing as a current.
- —adj. - stationary; not acting or changing.
- physics concerned with bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium. —n. - static electricity.
- atmospherics. statically adv. [greek statikos from sta- stand]
n. Sculptured figure of a person or animal, esp. Life-size or larger. [latin statua]
n. - rank, social position, relative importance.
- superior social etc. Position. [latin: related to *stature]
- quo n. Existing state of affairs. [latin]
- symbol n. A possession etc. Intended to indicate the owner's superiority.
n. Person or animal with great endurance.
state n. Unvarying condition, esp. In a physical process.
- —adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 firmly fixed or supported; unwavering.
- uniform and regular (steady pace; steady increase).
- a constant. B persistent.
- (of a person) serious and dependable.
- regular, established (steady girlfriend). —v. (-ies, -ied) make or become steady. —adv. Steadily. —n. (pl. -ies) colloq. Regular boyfriend or girlfriend. go steady (often foll. By with) colloq. Have as a regular boyfriend or girlfriend. Steady on! Be careful! steadily adv. Steadiness n. [from *stead]
adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 like or full of steam.
- colloq. Erotic. steamily adv. Steaminess n.
adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 of or like steel.
- severe; resolute. steeliness n.
n. Foul smell. [old english: related to *stink]
n. Level grassy unforested plain. [russian]
comb. Form solid; having three dimensions. [greek stereos solid]
- —n. (pl. -s) 1 a stereophonic record-player etc. B stereophonic sound reproduction (see *stereophonic).
- = *stereoscope. —adj. - = *stereophonic.
- = stereoscopic (see *stereoscope). [abbreviation]