1. the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining;
- Example: "a remarkable show of skill"
2. something intended to communicate a particular impression;
- Example: "made a display of strength"
- Example: "a show of impatience"
- Example: "a good show of looking interested"
[syn: display, show]
3. a social event involving a public performance or entertainment;
- Example: "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
4. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression;
- Example: "they try to keep up appearances"
- Example: "that ceremony is just for show"
[syn: appearance, show]
1. give an exhibition of to an interested audience;
- Example: "She shows her dogs frequently"
- Example: "We will demo the new software in Washington"
[syn: show, demo, exhibit, present, demonstrate]
2. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment;
- Example: "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"
- Example: "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
[syn: prove, demonstrate, establish, show, shew]
3. provide evidence for;
- Example: "The blood test showed that he was the father"
- Example: "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
[syn: testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, show]
4. make visible or noticeable;
- Example: "She showed her talent for cooking"
- Example: "Show me your etchings, please"
5. show in, or as in, a picture;
- Example: "This scene depicts country life"
- Example: "the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"
[syn: picture, depict, render, show]
6. give expression to;
- Example: "She showed her disappointment"
[syn: express, show, evince]
7. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively;
- Example: "I showed the customer the glove section"
- Example: "He pointed to the empty parking space"
- Example: "he indicated his opponents"
[syn: indicate, point, designate, show]
8. be or become visible or noticeable;
- Example: "His good upbringing really shows"
- Example: "The dirty side will show"
[syn: show, show up]
9. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments;
- Example: "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"
- Example: "The gauge read `empty'"
[syn: read, register, show, record]
10. give evidence of, as of records;
- Example: "The diary shows his distress that evening"
11. take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums;
- Example: "The usher showed us to our seats"
[syn: usher, show]
12. finish third or better in a horse or dog race;
- Example: "he bet $2 on number six to show"
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. [1913 Webster] Just such she shows before a rising storm. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] All round a hedge upshoots, and shows At distance like a little wood. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear. [1913 Webster] My lord of York, it better showed with you. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To show off, to make a show; to display one's self. [1913 Webster]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 customers). [1913 Webster] Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. --Matt. viii. 4. [1913 Webster] Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise Magnificence; and what can heaven show more? --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs. [1913 Webster] Shew them the way wherein they must walk. --Ex. xviii. 20. [1913 Webster] If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away. --1 Sam. xx. 13. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] I 'll show my duty by my timely care. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 5. To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor. [1913 Webster] Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me. --Ex. xx. 6. [1913 Webster] 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.] [1913 Webster]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 sight; exhibition. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] As for triumphs, masks, feasts, and such shows. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp. [1913 Webster] I envy none their pageantry and show. --Young. [1913 Webster] 4. Semblance; likeness; appearance. [1913 Webster] He through the midst unmarked, In show plebeian angel militant Of lowest order, passed. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense. [1913 Webster] Beware of the scribes, . . . which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers. --Luke xx. 46. 47. [1913 Webster] 6. (Med.) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor. [1913 Webster] 7. (Mining) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp. --Raymond. [1913 Webster] Show bill, a broad sheet containing an advertisement in large letters. Show box, a box xontaining some object of curiosity carried round as a show. Show card, an advertising placard; also, a card for displaying samples. 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. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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