from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A decrease; a curtailment.
  • noun A sharp reversal of direction, as of a ball carrier in football.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a reduction in quantity or rate; a reduction in the amount of an activity or the funding for an activity.
  • noun a return to an earlier scene or story line in a novel, movie, etc.
  • noun (Sports) a sudden switching of directions of a running football player, a surfboarder, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A reduction in an existing program of some sort.
  • noun surfing Maneuver where the surfer turns and surfs back towards where the wave is breaking.
  • noun roofing Solvent-thinned bitumen used in cold process roofing adhesives, cements and coatings.
  • noun soccer An offensive pass played into a position further from the attacking goal line.

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

  • verb place restrictions on
  • verb cut down on; make a reduction in
  • verb return in time
  • verb cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
  • noun a reduction in quantity or rate


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