2. degeneration, decline, or decrease, as from disuse: He argued that there was a progressive atrophy of freedom and independence of thought.
a follower of Bacchus. 2. a drunken reveler. 3. an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy; bacchanalia.
1. arousing or satisfying sexual desire: an erotic dance.
2. of, pertaining to, or treating of sexual love; amatory: an erotic novel.
3. subject to or marked by strong sexual desire.
–noun Anatomy . a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the external orifice of the vagina in a virgin.
2. Botany . any plant of the genus Iris, having showy flowers and sword-shaped leaves. Compare iris family. 3. a flower of this plant. 4. ( initial capital letter ) Classical Mythology . a messenger of the gods, regarded as the goddess of the rainbow. 5. a rainbow. 6. any appearance resembling a rainbow. 7. Movies, Television . an iris-in or iris-out. 8. Optics, Photography . iris diaphragm.
–adjective 1. displaying a play of lustrous colors like those of the rainbow.
–noun 2. an iridescent cloth, material, or other substance: new fall dresses of imported iridescents.
–noun a building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed.
–noun Pathology . abnormally excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire in women.
1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc. 2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule. 3. a literary genre comprising such compositions.