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astrophotography (noun) : photography of astronomical objects or bodies

Submitted by: daloy rosano from Philippines on Jan. 13, 2013 02:28

Astrorific (interjection) : What space geeks say instead of teriffic or fantastic (o in astro is pronounced like the o in globe)

"Astrorific!!" " I found a new planet!!"

Submitted by: Zak from Washington on Mar. 22, 2006 00:42


(noun) : the creation by a political group of a false impression of spontaneous grass roots support

Submitted by: daloy rosano from Philippines on Dec. 18, 2012 10:49

(noun) : advocacy that appears to express spontaneous popular sentiment but is organized by a political group: fake grass roots

This is not the first time AHIP has engaged in astroturfing. —Jason Rosenbaum, Huffington Post, April 14, 2009

Submitted by: Dave from Canada on Apr. 14, 2009 13:43


(noun) : a person who seeks asylum

Submitted by: Anonymous on Dec. 07, 2009 10:18

(noun) : An individual seeking asylum

Cuban asylees found safe haven in the United States. —U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/..., 2007

Submitted by: Lisa Jordan from Florida on Jul. 24, 2007 09:44


(adjective) : 1. Continually approaching, as some conditioning factor is continuously increased, a certain location, state of being, or concept, without ever actually arriving at said location, state or concept 2. Eternally approaching

"True happiness is asymptotic with the practice of virtue."

Submitted by: Kenneth M. Pruett from Washington on Jun. 24, 2007 15:53

Ataractic (noun) : In a state of bliss, peacefullness. Freedom from emotional disturbances.

The laid-back boy over there is always in an ataractic state.

Submitted by: Ram from Nebraska on Jan. 23, 2007 21:16

ate-up (adjective) : exhausted from illegal drug use

Submitted by: Max Oplt from Illinois on Jan. 25, 2017 11:45

athleadership (noun) : leadership skills derived from participation in athletics

Submitted by: Adam Diorio from Illinois on Jun. 23, 2012 14:40

athletically challenged (other) : To lack or have no athletic ability;focus more on academics

I do not play any sport well, so I must be athletically challenged.

Submitted by: csi:nylover on Aug. 29, 2007 19:33

atmark (noun) : A new word for the "at" character. Also called the "At Sign", "Commercial At", "Commercial At Sign". Also has numerous nicknames, including snail, arabesque, monkey, curl, cabbage, twiddle, twist, a-twist, strudel, vortex, whorl, whirlpool, cyclone, ape, cat, and rose. The official ANSI/CCITT name is "co...

The atmark is likely a permanent fixture on the Internet.

Submitted by: jonathan keith sheriff from Colorado on Sep. 14, 2006 11:32