from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural Pains in the limbs and joints of children or adolescents, often attributed to rapid growth but arising from various unrelated causes.
  • noun plural Emotional difficulties that occur during adolescence.
  • noun plural Problems that arise in the initiation or enlargement of an enterprise.

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  • noun generalized pains in the limbs or joints of adolescents (from many causes)
  • noun emotional or social problems associated with adolescence
  • noun by extension difficulties that arise in the early stages of any project

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun pain in muscles or joints sometimes experienced by children and often attributed to rapid growth
  • noun problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages)
  • noun emotional distress arising during adolescence


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