2. self-possessed, self-controlled, composed, poised, collected, SI.together; level-headed, cool-headed, cool, equable, steady, balanced, equilibratory, equilibrious; even-tempered, equanimous, philosophical, moderate, temperate; imperturbable, unperturbable, SI. unflappable, unexcitable; unexcited, unruffled, unflustered, undisturbed, unperturbed; calm, reposed, quiet, quiescent, still, placid, peaceful, tranquil, serene; untouched, unaffected, unmoved.
phobia, n.1. fear, irrational fear, abnormal fear, obsessive fear; dread, horror, panic, terror, angst, fear and trembling, anguish, anxiety; apprehensiveness, apprehension, misgiving, suspicion, distrust, qualm; worry, disquiet, disquietude.
2. aversion, hatred, dislike, distaste, peeve, pet peeve; disgust, odium, detestation, abhorrence, antipathy, repugnance; abomination, loathing, execration, detestation; disrelish, displeasure, repulsion, revulsion, nausea; craze, obsession, neurosis, mania, monomania, paranoia.
3. agoraphobia, claustrophobia, acrophobia; andro-phobia, gynephobia, pedophobia, anthrophobia, xenophobia; theophobia, demonophobia, phasomo-phobia; ailurophobia, cynophobia, musophobia, ophi-ciophobia, ornithophobia, arachnephobia; koniopho-bia oramathophobia, mysophobia, necrophobia, hydrophobia; chromatophobia, chaetophobia ortricho-phobia orpogonophobia; astraphobia, brontophobia, keraunophobia, pyrophobia, eosophobia, achluopho-bia; peniaphobia, tachophobia, triskaidekaphobia, autophobia, karorraphiaphobia; gephyrophobia, ho-dophobia, ergophobia, phagophobia, thaasophobia, katagelophobia, pnigophobia.
phoenix, n.paragon, perfection, consummation, nonpareil, shining example, crowning glory; culmination, pinnacle, height, top, acme, summit, peak; the last word, ultimate, pride and glory; example, standard, pattern, model, ideal, beau ideal, exemplar, classic, apotheosis, cynosure, very model, quintessence, archetype, prototype.
phone, n.1. Informal,
telephone, telephone set, receiver, mouthpiece; extension, extension phone, wall ordesk phone, Inf.intercom; headphone, headset, earphone, radiophone, ship to shore phone; Inf.line, SI. horn, SI. Ameche.
-v. 2. telephone, call, Inf.call on the phone, Inf. call orring ordial up, Inf.give [s.o.] a ring ora buzz, Inf.buzz, put in ormake a call, SI. get [s.o.] on the horn.
phonetic, adj.1. spoken, vocalized, vocal, uttered, intonated, pitched; sounded, voiced, said, noised, phonic; sounded out, enunciated, articulated, pronounced.
2. oral, verbal, unwritten, parole; as pronounced, as heard, by ear, said as written.
-n. 3. symbol, character, sign; logographic symbol, pictograph, idiograph, hieroglyphic, hieroglyph, rune; kana, katakana, hiragana; shorthand symbol.
phonetics, n.study of speech sounds, speechcraft, phonemics. See - phonology.
phonograph, n.record player, recording machine, stereo, phono, Trademark.
Gramophone, Trademark. Graphophone, Trademark.
Victrola; graphonola, pho nogram, phonautograph, audiophile; hi-fi, high-fidelity system, jukebox, nickelodeon; tape recorder, recorder, tape deck, tape player, cassette player.
phonography, n.sound transcription, phonetic spelling, spelling, orthography, phonetics; stenotypy, stenography, tachygraphy.
phonology, n.phonetics, phonemics, speechcraft; acoustics, phonics, diaphonics, acoustic phonetics, articulatory phonetics, auditory phonetics; morphophonemics, morphology, etymology, orthoepy, study of word sounds; linguistics, Obs.glottology, dialectology.
My Account / Test History
Most children in England and Wales follow this route in the state system (= free education).
• You go to school (as a pupil to study) and go to university (as a student to study). You don’t use the definite article ‘the’ here. Other expressions like this are go to bed (to sleep); go into hospital (when you are ill); go to church (to pray / to worship).
• In some areas of the UK there are not many grammar schools.
• There are also public schools. In fact, these are private, and parents pay to send their children there. Some are expensive. About 5% of the population go to public schools.
A school timetable
Maths is an abbreviation of mathematics.
As you can see, the pupils have five lessons every day, and altogether they do (= study) eleven subjects a week plus Physical Education (PE). Every morning they have a twenty-minute break. There are three terms (= periods of continuous work) in a school year, and the timetable changes every year.
Note: Some words in English which end in ‘s’ look plural, but in fact they are singular: Maths isn’t my favourite subject, and physics is very difficult.
Most nouns of this type refer to subjects; other examples are economics and politics.