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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quintessential or all-important element: "Not that the more spectacular athleticism is the be all and end all of free skating. Spins . . . and intricate step sequences are also important” ( Howard Bass).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim


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