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einstein's special theory of relativity

  • noun a physical theory of relativity based on the assumption that the speed of light in a vacuum is a constant and the assumption that the laws of physics are invariant in all inertial systems
    special relativity theory; Einstein's special theory of relativity; special relativity.
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In special

  • specially; in particular. Chaucer.
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  • noun the agency that provides units to conduct unconventional and counter-guerilla warfare
    NSW.
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saturday night special

  • noun a cheap handgun that is easily obtained
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special act

  • noun a legislative act that applies only to a particular person or particular district
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Special administration

  • (Law), an administration limited to certain specified effects or acts, or one granted during a particular time or the existence of a special cause, as during a controversy respecting the probate of a will, or the right of administration, etc.
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Special agency

  • an agency confined to some particular matter.
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special agent

  • noun someone whose authority is limited to the special undertaking they have been instructed to perform
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special air service

  • noun a specialist regiment of the British army that is trained in commando techniques of warfare and used in clandestine operations (especially against terrorist groups)
    SAS.
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special assessment

  • noun an additional tax levied on private property for public improvements that enhance the value of the property
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Special bail, Bail above, ∨ Bail to the action

  • (Law), sureties who undertake that, if the defendant is convicted, he shall satisfy the plaintiff, or surrender himself into custody. Tomlins. Wharton (Law Dict.).
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special branch

  • noun a government police department dealing with political security
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Special constable

  • . See under Constable. Bouvier.
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special contract

  • noun a contract that is signed and has the (wax) seal of the signer attached
    sealed instrument; contract under seal.
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special court-martial

  • noun a court-martial to try soldiers for offenses less serious that than those committed in action; consists of at least three officers
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Special damage

  • (Law), a damage resulting from the act complained of, as a natural, but not the necessary, consequence of it.
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special delivery

  • noun mail that is delivered by a special carrier (for an additional charge)
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Special demurrer

  • (Law), a demurrer for some defect of form in the opposite party pleading, in which the cause of demurrer is particularly stated.
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Special deposit

  • a deposit made of a specific thing to be kept distinct from others.
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special drawing rights

  • noun reserve assets in the International Monetary Fund; designed to supplement reserves of gold and convertible currencies used to maintain stability in the foreign exchange market
    paper gold.
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special education

  • noun education of physically or mentally handicapped children whose needs cannot be met in an ordinary classroom
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special effect

  • noun an effect used to produce scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques (especially on film)
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special forces

  • noun a division of the United States Army that is specially trained for guerilla fighting
    Special Forces; U. S. Army Special Forces.
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Special homology

  • . (Biol.) See under Homology.
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Special injuction

  • (Law), an injuction granted on special grounds, arising of the circumstances of the case. Daniell.
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special interest

  • noun an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor
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Special issue

  • (Law), an issue produced upon a special plea. Stephen.
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Special jury

  • noun a jury whose members are selected for special knowledge for a case involving complicated issues
    blue ribbon jury.
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  • (Law), a jury consisting of persons of some particular calling, station, or qualification, which is called upon motion of either party when the cause is supposed to require it; a struck jury.
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special k

  • noun street names for ketamine
    jet; honey oil; K; super acid; green; super C; cat valium.
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special olympics

  • noun an athletic contest modeled after the Olympic Games but intended for mentally or physically handicapped persons
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Special orders

  • (Mil.), orders which do not concern, and are not published to, the whole command, such as those relating to the movement of a particular corps, a detail, a temporary camp, etc.
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Special partner

  • a limited partner; a partner with a limited or restricted responsibility; unknown at common law.
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Special partnership

  • a limited or particular partnership; a term sometimes applied to a partnership in a particular business, operation, or adventure.
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Special plea in bar

  • (Law), a plea setting forth particular and new matter, distinguished from the general issue. Bouvier.
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Special pleader

  • (Law), originally, a counsel who devoted himself to drawing special counts and pleas; in a wider sense, a lawyer who draws pleadings.
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Special pleading

  • noun an argument that ignores all unfavorable evidence
  • noun (law) a pleading that alleges new facts in avoidance of the opposing allegations
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  • (Law), the allegation of special or new matter, as distingiushed from a direct denial of matter previously alleged on the side. Bouvier. The popular denomination of the whole science of pleading. Stephen. The phrase is sometimes popularly applied to the specious, but unsound, argumentation of one whose aim is victory, and not truth. Burrill.
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Special property

  • (Law), a qualified or limited ownership possession, as in wild animals, things found or bailed.
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special relativity

  • noun a physical theory of relativity based on the assumption that the speed of light in a vacuum is a constant and the assumption that the laws of physics are invariant in all inertial systems
    special relativity theory; Einstein's special theory of relativity; special relativity.
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special relativity theory

  • noun a physical theory of relativity based on the assumption that the speed of light in a vacuum is a constant and the assumption that the laws of physics are invariant in all inertial systems
    special relativity theory; Einstein's special theory of relativity; special relativity.
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Special session

  • noun a session that is held in addition to the regular sessions
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  • an extraordinary session; a session at an unusual time or for an unusual purpose; as, a special session of Congress or of a legislature.
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Special statute, ∨ Special law

  • an act of the legislature which has reference to a particular person, place, or interest; in distinction from a general law.
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special theory of relativity

  • noun a physical theory of relativity based on the assumption that the speed of light in a vacuum is a constant and the assumption that the laws of physics are invariant in all inertial systems
    special relativity theory; Einstein's special theory of relativity; special relativity.
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Special verdict

  • noun a verdict rendered on certain specific factual issues posed by the court without finding for one party or the other
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  • (Law), a special finding of the facts of the case, leaving to the court the application of the law to them. Wharton (Law Dict.).
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special weapons and tactics squad

  • noun a squad of policemen who have been trained to deal with violent and dangerous situations
    Special Weapons and Tactics squad; SWAT team; SWAT squad.
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special weapons and tactics team

  • noun a squad of policemen who have been trained to deal with violent and dangerous situations
    Special Weapons and Tactics squad; SWAT team; SWAT squad.
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u. s. army special forces

  • noun a division of the United States Army that is specially trained for guerilla fighting
    Special Forces; U. S. Army Special Forces.
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united states army special forces

  • noun a division of the United States Army that is specially trained for guerilla fighting
    Special Forces; U. S. Army Special Forces.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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