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article 1

Pronunciation: /ˈɑːtɪk(ə)l/


1A particular item or object: small household articles articles of clothing
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  • From household articles to children's toys and leather products to paper creations, there are products for every purse and taste.
  • The training activities for women will be expanded from tailoring to beautician training, and the repair of household articles.
  • Inside are a few photographs of Dr. Kalam, some furniture, other household articles and a visitor's book.
object, thing, item, unit, artefact, piece of merchandise, commodity, product;
device, gadget, contrivance, instrument, utensil, tool, implement
informal whatsit, what-d'you-call-it, what's-its-name, whatchamacallit, thingummy, thingy, thingamabob, thingamajig, oojamaflip, oojah, gizmo
British informal gubbins, doodah, doobry
North American informal doodad, doohickey, doojigger, dingus
Australian/New Zealand informal thingo
2A piece of writing included with others in a newspaper, magazine, or other publication: an article about middle-aged executives
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  • Her one-sided piece is written purely from newspaper reports and magazine articles.
  • In my class, instead of the typical reading and writing assignments we read newspaper and magazine articles, and wrote letters to the editor.
  • It was the lead on the television news and was reported in prominent front-page articles in most newspapers.
essay, report, account, story, write-up, feature, item, piece (of writing), composition, column, paper, tract, study, review, commentary, treatise, analysis, disquisition, discourse;
North American  theme
3A separate clause or paragraph of a legal document or agreement, typically one outlining a single rule or regulation: it is an offence under Article 7 of the Treaty
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  • Does article 105 of the Regulation have any application in the present case?
  • The objections focused on specific articles or clauses.
  • These two different approaches draw on two separate articles in the 1951 Refugee Convention.
clause, section, subsection, point, item, paragraph, division, subdivision, heading, part, bit, passage, portion, segment;
provision, proviso, stipulation
4 (articles) British A period of training with a firm as a solicitor, architect, surveyor, or accountant: he is already in articles it may be worth taking articles in a specialized firm
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  • He graduated with a B.Proc and then an LLB from the University of Transkei, taking evening courses so that he could do his articles at the Unitra legal aid clinic during the day.
4.1The terms on which crew members take service on a ship.
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  • It is necessary therefore to refer to the terms of articles VI and VII of the contract.
5 Grammar The definite or indefinite article. See also determiner (sense 2).
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  • Literally translated into English, without articles, definite or indefinite, it becomes ‘return home occasional book’.
  • What I do distinctly recall is the labor of pushing around nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles.
  • English is the only Indo-European language in Europe with no gender marking on articles or nouns - ever notice that?


[with object] British
Bind (a trainee solicitor, architect, surveyor, or accountant) to undergo a period of training with a firm in order to become qualified: he was articled to a firm of solicitors in York
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  • He was articled to the architect G. E. Street, and in 1858 worked with Rossetti, Burne-Jones, and others on the frescos in the Oxford Union.
  • On his return he was articled to the solicitor N. D. Stenhouse, who was at the centre of Sydney's literary community.
  • That same year Ernest Gimson was articled to a local architect.



an article of faith

A firmly held belief: it was an article of faith with this circle that women must free themselves
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  • A creed is meant to summarize the explicit teachings or articles of faith, to imbed and thus protect and transmit the beliefs.
  • One of the ironies of multiculturalism is its inconsistency with the other tenets of the liberal articles of faith, such as feminism.
  • Their conviction rests on seven articles of faith, carefully passed from person to person at all levels of the black community.

article of virtu

see virtu.

the finished article

Something that is complete and ready for use: the ground is beginning to look like the finished article
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  • Jason was outstanding then, and although he would be the first to acknowledge that he is not yet the finished article, I have no doubt that he can go on to become it.
  • Every child had a hand in either designing or painting the finished article, made possible through support from the York Community Pride Challenge Fund and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.
  • You may not be able to see the finished article until later but when you do it is exactly what you wanted.

the genuine article

A person or thing considered to be an authentic and excellent example of their kind: he recognized the genuine article when he saw it
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  • Janice and Alison go to great lengths to ensure they sell the genuine article, which comes with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Before Reverend Horton Heat even settles into answering questions, you quickly realize that he is the genuine article.
  • He said: ‘The public has the right to know that what they buy is the genuine article.’


Middle English (denoting a separate clause of the Apostles' Creed): from Old French, from Latin articulus 'small connecting part', diminutive of artus 'joint'.

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particle, nanoparticle

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Article 15 2

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1A section of the Uniform Code of Military Justice allowing commanders to carry out discretionary punishments without judicial proceedings.
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  • Captain's mast, the Navy's name for the Uniform Code of Military Justice's Article 15 non-judicial punishment, was a commanding officer's duty that he did not relish.
  • The Article 15 punishment was severe: a reduction in pay, 14 days' extra duty and restriction to base, 18 hours of alcohol rehabilitation, a promotion deferment and a year without a driver's license.
  • Under an Article 15 hearing, soldiers forgo legal representation and a trial, instead agreeing to let their commander make the call through a less formal administrative hearing.
1.1A judgment or punishment issued under Article 15: if I agree to accept the Article 15, am I admitting guilt?
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  • I have seen punishment range from receiving an Article 15 under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to letters of reprimand being placed in official files and restriction to post.
  • He was told by his commander to just take the Article 15, dishonorable discharge and six months' confinement.
  • How about telling me exactly what happened and what you did to cause your brigade commander to consider an Article 15?

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Syllabification: Ar·ti·cle 15

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