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1    the condition of a person, thing, etc., with regard to main attributes  
2    the structure, form, or constitution of something  
a solid state     
3    any mode of existence  
4    position in life or society; estate  
5    ceremonious style, as befitting wealth or dignity  
to live in state     
6    a sovereign political power or community  
7    the territory occupied by such a community  
8    the sphere of power in such a community  
affairs of state     
9    often cap   one of a number of areas or communities having their own governments and forming a federation under a sovereign government, as in the U.S.  
10    often cap   the body politic of a particular sovereign power, esp. as contrasted with a rival authority such as the Church  
11    Obsolete   a class or order; estate  
12    Informal   a nervous, upset, or excited condition (esp. in the phrase in a state)  
13    lie in state   (of a body) to be placed on public view before burial  
14    state of affairs   a situation; present circumstances or condition  
15    state of play   the current situation  
16    controlled or financed by a state  
state university     
17    of, relating to, or concerning the State  
State trial     
18    involving ceremony or concerned with a ceremonious occasion  
state visitd     
      vb   tr; may take a clause as object  
19    to articulate in words; utter  
20    to declare formally or publicly  
to state one's innocence     
21    to resolve  
     (C13: from Old French estat, from Latin status a standing, from stare to stand)  
  statable, stateable      adj  
  statehood      n  

      adj   (of linen and lace fabrics) undyed  
buffer state  
      n   a small neutral state between two rival powers  
      n   a state consisting of a sovereign city and its dependencies. Among the most famous are the great independent cities of the ancient world, such as Athens, Sparta, Carthage, and Rome  
Congo Free State  
      n      a former name (1885--1908) of (Democratic Republic of the)       Congo       2  
critical state  
      n   the state of a substance in which two of its phases have the same temperature, pressure, and volume,   (Also called)    critical point  
Empire State  
      n   nickname of New York (state)  
equation of state  
      n   any equation that expresses the relationship between the temperature, pressure, and volume of a substance  
Free State  
1    a province of central South Africa; replaced the former province of Orange Free State in 1994: gold and uranium mining. Capital: Bloemfontein. Pop.: 2782500 (1995 est.). Area: 129480 sq. km (49992 sq. miles)  
2      (U.S. history)   (before the Civil War) any state prohibiting slavery  
3       short for the       Irish Free State  
      n   modifier   (of a fabric or material) not yet dyed  
ground state   , level  
      n   the lowest energy state of an atom, molecule, particle, etc.  
   Compare       excited       4  
Holkar State  
      n   a former state of central India, ruled by the Holkar dynasty of Maratha rulers of Indore (18th century until 1947)  
Irish Free State  
      n   a former name for the (Republic of) Ireland (1921--37)  
      adj   (of a woven cotton fabric) not yet dyed  
minister of state  
1    (in the British Parliament) a minister, usually below cabinet rank, appointed to assist a senior minister with heavy responsibilities  
2    any government minister  
      n   an independent state inhabited by all the people of one nation and one nation only  
New York State Barge Canal  
      n   a system of inland waterways in New York State, connecting the Hudson River with Lakes Erie and Ontario and, via Lake Champlain, with the St Lawrence. Length: 845 km (525 miles)  
Orange Free State  
      n   a former province of central South Africa, between the Orange and Vaal rivers: settled by Boers in 1836 after the Great Trek; annexed by Britain in 1848; became a province of South Africa in 1910; replaced in 1994 by the new province of Free State; economy based on agriculture and mineral resources (esp. gold and uranium). Capital: Bloemfontein  
persistent vegetative state  
      n     (Med)   an irreversible condition, resulting from brain damage, characterized by lack of consciousness, thought, and feeling, although reflex activities (such as breathing) continue,   (Abbrev.)    PVS  
police state  
      n   a state or country in which a repressive government maintains control through the police  
quantum state  
      n     (Physics)   a state of a system characterized by a set of quantum numbers and represented by an eigenfunction. Each state has energy which has a value that is precise within the limits imposed by the uncertainty principle but which may be changed by applying a field of force. States that have the same energy are called degenerate  
   See also       energy level  
secretary of state  
1    (in Britain) the head of any of several government departments  
2    (in the U.S.) the head of the government department in charge of foreign affairs (State Department)  
3    (in certain U.S. states) an official with various duties, such as keeping records  
Shan State  
      n   an administrative division of E Myanmar: formed in 1947 from the joining of the Federation of Shan States with the Wa States; consists of the Shan plateau crossed by forested mountain ranges reaching over 2100 m (7000 ft.). Pop.: 4416000 (1994 est.). Area: 149743 sq. km (57816 sq. miles)  
Slave State  
      n     (U.S. history)   any of the 15 Southern states in which slavery was legal until the Civil War  
1    modifier   (of an electronic device) activated by a semiconductor component in which current flow is through solid material rather than in a vacuum  
2    modifier   of, concerned with, characteristic of, or consisting of solid matter  
solid-state physics  
      n   functioning as sing   the branch of physics concerned with experimental and theoretical investigations of the properties of solids, such as superconductivity, photoconductivity, and ferromagnetism  
state bank  
      n   (in the U.S.) a commercial bank incorporated under a State charter and not required to be a member of the Federal Reserve System  
   Compare       national bank  
state capitalism  
      n   a form of capitalism in which the state owns or controls most of the means of production and other capital: often very similar to state socialism  
State Department  
      n   the U.S. government department in charge of foreign affairs  
state duma  
      n      another name for       duma       3  
State Enrolled Nurse  
      n   (in Britain) a nurse who has had training and passed examinations enabling him or her to perform many nursing services,   (Abbrev)    SEN  
state function  
      n     (Physics)   a thermodynamic quantity that has definite values for given states of a system, such as entropy, enthalpy, free energy, etc.  
state house  
      n     (N.Z.)   a house built by the government for renting  
state of the art  
1    the level of knowledge and development achieved in a technique, science, etc., esp. at present  
      adj   prenominal  
2    the most recent and therefore considered the best; up-to-the-minute  
a state-of-the-art amplifier     
state of war  
1    a period of armed conflict between states, regardless of whether or not war has been officially declared  
2    a legal condition begun by a declaration of war and ended formally, during which the rules of international law applicable to warfare may be invoked  
state prayers  
      pl n     (Church of England)   prayers for the Sovereign, the royal family, the clergy, and Parliament said at matins and evensong  
State prison  
      n   (in the U.S.) a prison where persons convicted of serious crimes are confined  
State Registered Nurse  
      n   (formerly in Britain) a nurse who had extensive training and passed examinations enabling him or her to perform all nursing services,   (Abbrev)    SRN      See       Registered General Nurse  
state school  
      n   any school maintained by the state, in which education is free  
state services  
      pl n     (Church of England)   services appointed to commemorate days of national celebration or deliverance such as the accession of a sovereign  
State Services Commission  
      n   (in New Zealand) a government-appointed body in charge of the public service  
state's evidence  
      n     (in the U.S.)  
1    the evidence for the prosecution given on behalf of a state in a criminal prosecution  
2    evidence given for the state by an accomplice against his former associates in crime (esp. in the phrase turn state's evidence),   (Brit. equivalent)    queens (or kings) evidence  
state socialism  
      n   a variant of socialism in which the power of the state is employed for the purpose of creating an egalitarian society by means of public control of major industries, banks, etc., coupled with economic planning and a social security system  
  state socialist      n  
state trooper  
      n     (U.S.)   a state policeman  
steady state  
      n     (Physics)   the condition of a system when some or all of the quantities describing it are independent of time but not necessarily in thermodynamic or chemical equilibrium  
   See also       equilibrium       6  
steady-state theory  
      n   a cosmological theory postulating that the universe exists throughout time in a steady state such that the average density of matter does not vary with distance or time. Matter is continuously created in the space left by the receding stars and galaxies of the expanding universe  
   Compare       big-bang theory  
succession state  
      n   any of a number of usually new states that are established in or expand over the territory formerly ruled by one large state  
Czechoslovakia was a succession state of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy     
welfare state  
1    a system in which the government undertakes the chief responsibility for providing for the social and economic security of its population, usually through unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, and other social-security measures  
2    a social system characterized by such policies  
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1    affirm, articulate, assert, asseverate, aver, declare, enumerate, explain, expound, express, present, propound, put, report, say, specify, utter, voice  
2    case, category, circumstances, condition, mode, pass, plight, position, predicament, shape, situation, state of affairs  
3    attitude, frame of mind, humour, mood, spirits  
4    ceremony, dignity, display, glory, grandeur, majesty, pomp, splendour, style  
5      (informal)   bother, flap     (informal)   mind-fuck     (taboo slang)   panic, pother, tiz-woz     (informal)   tizzy     (informal)  
6    in a state        (informal)   agitated, all steamed up     (slang)   anxious, distressed, disturbed, flustered, het up, panic-stricken, ruffled, upset, uptight     (informal)  

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state          [2]  
      n   body politic, commonwealth, country, federation, government, kingdom, land, nation, republic, territory  

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terminal state n.
last days, hours or minutes of life
Medical term

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solid state drive
A solid-state drive (SSD) is believed to be a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store persistent data.
state securities laws
1. Los Angeles or Hollywood, especially with regard to the film and television industry, in their reputed glamour and trendiness 2. a fanciful state or dreamworld [be in la-la land = a state of being out of touch with reality]
[US] [informal] 1. She's very fond of stories about life in la-la land 2. He's unrealistic about these issues and looks like he's in la-la land the whole time
The state of being acceptable or officially true; the statement that is powerful to convince someone something is right.
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
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1. the state of being joined together 2. in logic, the connection of isolated facts by means of a general description or hypothesis which applies to them all
a satisfactory compromise between two opposed things ; a course of action or state that is between two extremes
Ex: There were solid arguments for both sides and after hours of endless discussions, a happy medium that could satisfy each camp was still to be struck
a state of connectivity to the cyberspace through a medium of internet or computer network
humanitarian compassive care for avoiding suffering of a terminal state patient
Medical term
a patient who lost is tracheal reflexes by general anesthesia or Coma ; state whos trache has been protected by a tube that permits artificial ventilation.
Medical term
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
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