Monday, 23 May 2011

Altered Instinct

noun /ˈinstiNGkt/ 
instincts, plural
  1. An innate, typically fixed pattern of behavior in animals in response to certain stimuli
    • - birds have an instinct to build nests
    • - maternal instincts
  2. A natural or intuitive way of acting or thinking
    • - they retain their old authoritarian instincts
  3. A natural propensity or skill of a specified kind
    • - his instinct for making the most of his chances
  4. The fact or quality of possessing innate behavior patterns
    • - instinct told her not to ask the question

    al·ter
    verb /ˈôltər/ 
    altered, past participle; altered, past tense; altering, present participle; alters, 3rd person singular present
    1. Change or cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way
      • - Eliot was persuaded to alter the passage
      • - nothing alters the fact that children are our responsibility
      • - our outward appearance alters as we get older
      • - an altered state
    2. Make structural changes to (a building)
      • - plans to alter the dining hall
    3. Tailor (clothing) for a better fit or to conform to fashion
      • - skirts with the hemlines altered a dozen different times
    4. Castrate or spay (a domestic animal)

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