thor|ough

thor|ough
thor|ough «THUR oh», adjective, adverb, preposition.
–adj.
1. a) being all that is needed; complete: »

Please make a thorough search for the lost money.

b) that is fully what is expressed by the noun; thoroughgoing: »

a thorough scoundrel.

2. doing all that should be done; painstaking: »

a thorough person. The doctor was very thorough in his examination of the sick child.

3. going, passing, or extending through (now only in special applications, chiefly with nouns of action or position, being a kind of elliptical use of the adverb).
–adv., prep.
Archaic. through. Also, thoro.
[Old English thuruh, variant of thurh through]
thor´ough|ly, adverb.
thor´ough|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • thor´ough|ly — thor|ough «THUR oh», adjective, adverb, preposition. –adj. 1. a) being all that is needed; complete: »Please make a thorough search for the lost money. b) that is fully what is expressed by the noun; thoroughgoing: »a thorough scoundrel. 2. doing …   Useful english dictionary

  • thor´ough|ness — thor|ough «THUR oh», adjective, adverb, preposition. –adj. 1. a) being all that is needed; complete: »Please make a thorough search for the lost money. b) that is fully what is expressed by the noun; thoroughgoing: »a thorough scoundrel. 2. doing …   Useful english dictionary

  • Thor|ough|bred — «THUR oh BREHD», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. of pure breed or stock; bred from pure stock; purebred. 2. Figurative. well bred; thoroughly trained. 3. Figurative. having those qualities that are traditionally associated with a thoroughbred horse;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thor|ough|bred — «THUR oh BREHD», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. of pure breed or stock; bred from pure stock; purebred. 2. Figurative. well bred; thoroughly trained. 3. Figurative. having those qualities that are traditionally associated with a thoroughbred horse;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thor|ough|go|ing — «THUR oh GOH ihng», adjective. thorough; complete: »Perhaps no coronary patient in medical annals ever had more thoroughgoing treatment than that given the President (Newsweek) …   Useful english dictionary

  • thor|ough|paced — «THUR oh PAYST», adjective. 1. (of a horse) trained in all paces. 2. Figurative. thoroughly trained or accomplished (in something): »A hearty thoroughpaced liar (Charles Lamb) …   Useful english dictionary

  • thor|ough|pin — «THUR oh PIHN», noun. a swelling in the sheath of a tendon above a horse s hock, appearing on both sides of the leg as if a pin were passing through, sometimes causing lameness …   Useful english dictionary

  • thor|ough|wort — «THUR oh WURT», noun. 1. a North American composite herb that has opposite leaves, each pair united at the base so that the stem appears to grow through them, and large corymbs of numerous white flowers; boneset; agueweed; trumpetweed. It is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thor|ough|brace — thorough brace, or thor|ough|brace «THUR oh BRAYS», noun. either of a pair of two strong braces or bands of leather connecting the front and back springs and supporting the body of a coach, carriage, or the like …   Useful english dictionary

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