1. A disadvantage of something, especially when contrasted with its advantages (pros).
    pros and cons

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A convicted criminal, a convict.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. A fraud; something carried out with the intention of deceiving, usually for personal, often illegal, gain.

Noun (etymology 4)

  1. The navigational direction of a ship

Noun (etymology 5)

  1. An organized gathering such as a convention or conference.


  1. To study, especially in order to gain knowledge of.
  2. To know, understand, acknowledge.
  3. to conduct the movements of a ship at sea.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To trick or defraud, usually for personal gain.

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. To give the necessary orders to the helmsman to steer a ship in the required direction through a channel etc. (rather than steer a compass direction)

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