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companion

1
Astronomy the fainter of the two components of a double star

companion

2
Nautical
a. a raised frame on an upper deck with windows to give light to the deck below
b. (as modifier): a companion ladder

companion

[kəm′pan·yən]
(astronomy)
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A friendly and companionable gesture that softened my attitude towards her, I would scratch her and decide I really did like her.
Chilly, crisp, companionable dark slowly turns to dawn as the horses breeze, this way and that, the Breeders' Cup contenders with their names in bright letters on purple saddlecloths.
The extra money would be a help and if you like them, you can also end up with a new companionable friend.
The volume, for example, gives us a mature Bunyan very sure of his place in two metaphysically unequal, conjugal worlds (one, seemingly, to be suffered with few companionable benefits of"real" value in a fleshly and legal here and now and the other to be enjoyed in the hereafter by way of eternal union with the heavenly Christ) and a younger Bunyan, the subject of a confessedly "speculative" psychoanalytical inquiry, who lacks all semblance of assurance and stability in troubling religious, political, military, and familial domains.
The charming giant of a man, the most westernized, accessible and companionable Russian author of his time, was universally admired for his devotion to literature.
City dwellers can easily locate treasure galore on muffled midwinter walks down snow-hushed sidewalks when the street lights come on at four, or humid summer evenings porch-sitting to the metronome blessing of cicadas, wet streets dazzle-painted with electric reflections after late evening rains, companionable dinners with loved ones in restaurant booths like friendly confessionals, the gee-whiz fulfillment walking home after a July Fourth technicolor fireworks display down at the commons, walks in the fresh air and crisp light of autumn to the music of kids' laughter on playgrounds, browsing past arrays in antique shop windows on Saturday afternoons, those bedazzled nights on the town you just want to go on and on, the energy and bustle of downtown sidewalks on weekday afternoons.
These days the X and Y are a very odd couple, but long ago, before mammals evolved, they were an ordinary pair of identical chromosomes, exchanging DNA in a companionable way through the process of genetic recombination.
The hope is that the civilised setting and companionable contact with others will help great things to hatch.
Using specifically the work of Jane Austin, who never married, and William Wordsworth, who did, Walker argues that the era just after the Napoleonic wars was a time of readjustment in the idea of marriage, from sacramental and inviolate to companionable and, if not, possibly endable.
My Vermont home shares a fence with a cow pasture, whose companionable residents amble over to visit, bringing their multitudes of eager flies with them.
Unexpected loneliness often results when either a once loving, companionable partner dies, or when the money someone has saved no longer stretches to buying such 'treats' as dining out or being able to afford to indulge in regular socialising.
It is Roth's virtuoso skill to couple Marcus's companionable pleasure in part-time butchering with his nightmare that the knives he wields so dexterously will be used on himself.