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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Show \Show\, n. [Formerly written also shew.]
1. The act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to
2. That which os shown, or brought to view; that which is
arranged to be seen; a spectacle; an exhibition; as, a
traveling show; a cattle show.
As for triumphs, masks, feasts, and such shows.
3. Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp.
I envy none their pageantry and show. --Young.
4. Semblance; likeness; appearance.
He through the midst unmarked,
In show plebeian angel militant
Of lowest order, passed. --Milton.
5. False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense.
Beware of the scribes, . . . which devour widows'
houses, and for a shew make long prayers. --Luke xx.
6. (Med.) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked
with blood, occuring a short time before labor.
7. (Mining) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame,
indicating the presence of fire damp. --Raymond.
Show bill, a broad sheet containing an advertisement in
Show box, a box xontaining some object of curiosity carried
round as a show.
Show card, an advertising placard; also, a card for
Show case, a gla?ed case, box, or cabinet for displaying
and protecting shopkeepers' wares, articles on exhibition
in museums, etc.
Show glass, a glass which displays objects; a mirror.
Show of hands, a raising of hands to indicate judgment; as,
the vote was taken by a show of hands.
Show stone, a piece of glass or crystal supposed to have
the property of exhibiting images of persons or things not
present, indicating in that way future events.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Show \Show\, v. t. [imp. Showed; p. p. Shownor Showed; p.
pr. & vb. n. Showing. It is sometimes written shew,
shewed, shewn, shewing.] [OE. schowen, shewen, schewen,
shawen, AS. sce['a]wian, to look, see, view; akin to OS.
scaw?n, OFries. skawia, D. schouwen, OHG. scouw?n, G.
schauen, Dan. skue, Sw. sk?da, Icel. sko?a, Goth. usskawjan
to waken, skuggwa a mirror, Icel. skuggy shade, shadow, L.
cavere to be on one's guard, Gr. ??? to mark, perceive, hear,
Skr. kavi wise. Cf. Caution, Scavenger, Sheen.]
1. To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to
display; -- the thing exhibited being the object, and
often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing
seeing or beholding; as, to show a house; show your
colors; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to
Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. --Matt.
Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise
Magnificence; and what can heaven show more?
2. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to
reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs.
Shew them the way wherein they must walk. --Ex.
If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will
shew it thee, and send thee away. --1 Sam. xx.
3. Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence,
to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to show a
person into a parlor; to show one to the door.
4. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or
reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to
evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the
causes of an event.
I 'll show my duty by my timely care. --Dryden.
5. To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor.
Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me.
--Ex. xx. 6.
To show forth, to manifest; to publish; to proclaim.
To show his paces, to exhibit the gait, speed, or the like;
-- said especially of a horse.
To show off, to exhibit ostentatiously.
To show up, to expose. [Colloq.]
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Show \Show\, v. i. [Written also shew.]
1. To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to
look; to be in appearance; to seem.
Just such she shows before a rising storm. --Dryden.
All round a hedge upshoots, and shows
At distance like a little wood. --Tennyson.
2. To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or
unfit; to become or suit; to appear.
My lord of York, it better showed with you. --Shak.
To show off, to make a show; to display one's self.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining; "a
remarkable show of skill"
2: something intended to communicate a particular impression;
"made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a good
show of looking interested" [syn: display, show]
3: a social event involving a public performance or
entertainment; "they wanted to see some of the shows on
4: pretending that something is the case in order to make a good
impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony
is just for show" [syn: appearance, show]
v 1: give an exhibition of to an interested audience; "She shows
her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in
Washington" [syn: show, demo, exhibit, present,
2: establish the validity of something, as by an example,
explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the
instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the
validity of the conjecture" [syn: prove, demonstrate,
establish, show, shew] [ant: confute, disprove]
3: provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the
father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence" [syn:
testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, show]
4: make visible or noticeable; "She showed her talent for
cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please" [ant: conceal,
5: show in, or as in, a picture; "This scene depicts country
life"; "the face of the child is rendered with much
tenderness in this painting" [syn: picture, depict,
6: give expression to; "She showed her disappointment" [syn:
express, show, evince]
7: indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either
spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove
section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he
indicated his opponents" [syn: indicate, point,
8: be or become visible or noticeable; "His good upbringing
really shows"; "The dirty side will show" [syn: show, show
9: indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The
thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge
read `empty'" [syn: read, register, show, record]
10: give evidence of, as of records; "The diary shows his
distress that evening"
11: take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or
auditoriums; "The usher showed us to our seats" [syn:
12: finish third or better in a horse or dog race; "he bet $2 on
number six to show"
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
667 Moby Thesaurus words for "show":
Grand Guignol, Passion play, Prospero, Tom show, accompany, accord,
account for, acting, advertise, affect, affectation, affectedness,
afford, afford proof of, air, airiness, airs, airs and graces,
alibi, allege, allegorize, antimasque, apology, apparent character,
appear, appearance, appearances, approve, argue, arise, array,
arrive, artificiality, ascertain, attest, attitudinizing,
audience success, authenticate, auto show, ballet, bare, bazaar,
be conspicuous, be evident, be indicative of, be noticeable,
be revealed, be seen, be significant of, be symptomatic of,
be visible, bear out, become manifest, become visible, benefit,
bespeak, bestow, betoken, betray, bill, blazon, blind, blow in,
bluff, bluffing, boast, boat show, bomb, brag, brandish, bravura,
break, break the seal, breathe, brilliancy, bring forth,
bring forward, bring home to, bring into view, bring out,
bring to light, bring to notice, broadcast drama, broaden the mind,
burlesque show, catechize, certify, chance, characterization,
characterize, charade, cheating, cinch, cine, cinema, civilize,
clarify, clear up, cliff hanger, clinch, cloak, closet drama,
color, coloring, come, come forth, come forward, come in sight,
come out, come to hand, come to light, comedy drama,
commercial complex, conduct, conduct to, confirm, connote,
contrast, corroborate, cosmorama, cover, cover story, cover-up,
crack, critical success, crop out, cyclorama, dangle, daring, dash,
daytime serial, deal in, debut, deception, decipher, delusion,
delusiveness, demonstrate, demonstration, demythologize,
denominate, denomination, denotation, denote, depict, designation,
determine, develop, device, dialogue, differentiate,
differentiation, diorama, direct, direct to, disclose, disclosure,
discover, disguise, dismask, display, disport, dissemblance,
dissembling, dissimulation, divulge, documentary drama, drama,
dramalogue, dramatic play, dramatic series, dramatics, dramatize,
draw the veil, duodrama, duologue, eclat, eclipse, edify, effect,
elucidate, embarrass, embody, emerge, emporium, enact, enactment,
enlighten, entail, enter, entertainment, epic theater, escort,
establish, etalage, euhemerize, evidence, evince, excuse,
exemplify, exhibit, exhibition, exhibitionism,
experimental theater, explain, explain away, explicate, expo,
expose, expose to view, exposit, exposition, exposure, expound,
express, expression, exteriors, external appearance, externals,
extravaganza, facade, face, fade in, failure, fair, fakery, faking,
fallaciousness, false air, false appearance, false front,
false light, false show, falseness, falsity, fanfare, fanfaronade,
farewell performance, feigned belief, feigning, feint, figure,
film, fingering, fix, flair, flash, flaunt, flaunting, flea fair,
flea market, flesh show, flick, flop, flourish, follow,
follow from, four-flushing, fraud, front, furnish evidence, gasser,
gaudiness, georama, get, get in, gilt, give away, give evidence,
give indication of, give instruction, give lessons in,
give reason for, give sign, give the meaning, give token, giveaway,
glare, gloss, go to show, grandstand, ground, guide, guise, handle,
happening, have a case, heave in sight, highlight, hint,
histrionics, hit, hit show, hold good, hold water, humbug,
humbuggery, hypocrisy, idealization, identification, identify,
illuminate, illumine, illusionism, illusionist, illusiveness,
illustrate, image, immateriality, impart, imply, imposture,
impression, improvisational drama, incarnate, indicate, indication,
indicativeness, inform, insincerity, instruct, involve, issue,
issue forth, lame excuse, lay bare, lay open, lay out, lead,
lead to, legitimate drama, let daylight in, let out, light show,
likeness, locus standi, look forth, look-in, loom, loom large,
magic, magic act, magic show, magician, make clear, make good,
make known, make out, make plain, make the scene, manifest,
manifestation, mannerism, mark, market, market overt, marketplace,
mart, mask, masque, masquerade, materialize, mean, meaning,
meet the gaze, melodrama, mere externals, mere show,
meretriciousness, minstrel show, miracle, miracle play, monodrama,
monologue, morality, morality play, mortify, motion picture, mount,
moving picture, music drama, musical, musical revue, myriorama,
mystery, mystery play, nail down, naming, note, occasion, offer,
open, open market, open the eyes, open up, opening, opera,
ostensible motive, ostent, ostentation, out, outcrop, outshine,
outward appearance, outward show, overshadow, pageant, pageantry,
panel show, panoply, panorama, pantomime, parade, pastoral,
pastoral drama, peep out, perform, performance, phantasmagoria,
photoplay, picking out, picture, picture show, piece, pilot, play,
playacting, playlet, plaza, plead, point out to, point the way,
point to, pointing, pointing out, pointing to, pomp, poor excuse,
popularize, portray, pose, posing, posture, premiere, present,
presentation, presentment, prestidigitation, pretense, pretension,
pretentiousness, pretext, problem play, proclaim, produce,
production, proffer, project, projection, protestation, prove,
prove to be, prove true, prunes and prisms, psychedelic show,
psychodrama, public image, public motive, put on, put right,
put to shame, put-off, put-on, putting on airs, quiz show,
radio drama, raise the curtain, rationalize, reach, read,
rear its head, record, reeducate, refuge, register,
remove all doubt, represent, representation, retrospective, reveal,
review, revue, rialto, ring up, rise, roll out, route, say, school,
screen, see, see the light, seeming, selection, sell, semblance,
sensational play, serial, set at rest, set forth, set out,
set right, set straight, settle, settle the matter, sham,
sharpen the wits, shed light upon, shepherd, shifting scene, shine,
shine out, shine through, shopping center, shopping mall,
shopping plaza, shot, show forth, show how, show off,
show signs of, show the way, show through, show up, showing,
showing-off, sight, signalize, signification, signify, simplify,
simulacrum, simulation, sitcom, situation comedy, sketch, skit,
sleight of hand, smoke screen, soap, soap opera, sociodrama, solve,
sorcerer, sorcery, speak for itself, speak volumes, specification,
specious appearance, speciousness, spectacle, spell out, splash,
splurge, sport, spotlight, spread, squeak, stage, stage play,
stage presentation, stage show, staginess, stalking-horse,
stand for, stand forth, stand out, staple, steer, straight drama,
stratagem, stream forth, street market, strike the eye, strip bare,
stylishness, submit, substantiate, subterfuge, success, suggest,
suggestion, superficiality, supply, surface appearance,
surface show, suspense drama, swagger, swan song, symbolize,
symptomaticness, symptomatize, symptomize, tableau, tableau vivant,
talk show, teach, teach a lesson, teach the rudiments, teleplay,
television drama, television play, tell, tend to show, testify,
theater of cruelty, theatrical performance, theatrics,
throw light upon, time, token, total theater, trade fair, trick,
trot out, tryout, turn up, unactuality, uncloak, uncover, undrape,
unfold, unfolding, unfoldment, unfurl, unkennel, unlock, unmask,
unnaturalness, unpack, unravel, unreality, unroll, unscreen,
unsheathe, unshroud, unsubstantiality, unveil, unveiling, unwrap,
upstage, usher, vain show, variety show, varnish, varnishing day,
vaudeville, vaunt, vehicle, veil, veneer, verify, vernissage, wave,
window dressing, word-of-mouth success, work
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