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[n] a public exhibition of entertainment; "a remarkable show of skill"
[n] pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony is just for show"
[n] a public exhibition or entertainment; "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
[n] something intended to communicate a particular impression; "made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a good show of looking interested"
[v] establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
[v] indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'"
[v] give evidence of, as of records; "The diary shows his distress that evening"
[v] indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents"
[v] give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
[v] provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
[v] finish third or better in a horse or dog race; "he bet $2 on number six to show"
[v] show in, or as in, a picture; "This scene depicts country life"; "the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"
[v] show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums; "The usher showed us to our seats"
[v] make visible or noticeable; "She showed her talent for cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please"
[v] be or become visible or noticeable; "His good upbringing really shows"; "The dirty side will show"
[v] make clear and visible; "The article revealed the policies of the government"
[v] show or demonstrate something to an interested audience; "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington"

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Misc. Definitions

\Show\, v. t. [imp. {Showed}; p. p. {Shown}or {Showed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Showing}. It is sometimes written {shew}, {shewed}, {shewn}, {shewing}.] [OE. schowen, shewen, schewen, shawen, AS. sce['a]wian, to look, see, view; akin to OS. scaw?n, OFries. skawia, D. schouwen, OHG. scouw?n, G. schauen, Dan. skue, Sw. sk?da, Icel. sko?a, Goth. usskawjan to waken, skuggwa a mirror, Icel. skuggy shade, shadow, L. cavere to be on one's guard, Gr. ??? to mark, perceive, hear, Skr. kavi wise. Cf. {Caution}, {Scavenger}, {Sheen}.]
1. To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to display; -- the thing exhibited being the object, and often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing seeing or beholding; as, to show a house; show your colors; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to customers). Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. --Matt. viii.
4. Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise Magnificence; and what can heaven show more? --Milton.
2. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs. Shew them the way wherein they must walk. --Ex. xviii. 20. If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away. --1 Sam. xx. 1
3. Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to show a person into a parlor; to show one to the door.
4. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the causes of an event. I 'll show my duty by my timely care. --Dryden.
5. To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor. Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me. --Ex. xx.
6. {To show forth}, to manifest; to publish; to proclaim. {To show his paces}, to exhibit the gait, speed, or the like; -- said especially of a horse. {To show off}, to exhibit ostentatiously. {To show up}, to expose. [Colloq.]
\Show\, v. i. [Written also shew.]
1. To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem. Just such she shows before a rising storm. --Dryden. All round a hedge upshoots, and shows At distance like a little wood. --Tennyson.
2. To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear. My lord of York, it better showed with you. --Shak. {To show off}, to make a show; to display one's self.
\Show\, n. [Formerly written also shew.]
1. The act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to sight; exhibition.
2. That which os shown, or brought to view; that which is arranged to be seen; a spectacle; an exhibition; as, a traveling show; a cattle show. As for triumphs, masks, feasts, and such shows. --Bacon.
3. Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp. I envy none their pageantry and show. --Young.
4. Semblance; likeness; appearance. He through the midst unmarked, In show plebeian angel militant Of lowest order, passed. --Milton.
5. False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense. Beware of the scribes, . . . which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers. --Luke xx. 4
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6. (Med.) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor.
7. (Mining) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp. --Raymond. {Show bill}, a broad sheet containing an advertisement in large letters. {Show box}, a box xontaining some object of curiosity carried round as a show. {Show card}, an advertising placard; also, a card for displaying samples. {Show case}, a gla?ed case, box, or cabinet for displaying and protecting shopkeepers' wares, articles on exhibition in museums, etc. {Show glass}, a glass which displays objects; a mirror. {Show of hands}, a raising of hands to indicate judgment; as, the vote was taken by a show of hands. {Show stone}, a piece of glass or crystal supposed to have the property of exhibiting images of persons or things not present, indicating in that way future events.

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