Wednesday, October 22, 2008



Sunday, February 3, 2008

BASTE

BASTE v. To cover with melted fat, gravy, while cooking.

WEAL

WEAL n. Well-being.

VALEDICTION

VALEDICTION n. A bidding farewell.

UNANIMOUS

UNANIMOUS adj. Sharing the same views or sentiments.

TANGIBLE

TANGIBLE adj. Perceptible by touch.

SALINE

SALINE adj. Constituting or consisting of salt.

RAMPANT

RAMPANT adj. Growing, climbing, or running without check or restraint.

QUARRELSOME

QUARRELSOME adj. Irascible.

PALINODE

PALINODE n. A retraction.

OBLIGATE

OBLIGATE v. To hold to the fulfillment of duty.

NATAL

NATAL adj. Pertaining to one's birth.

MAGNANIMOUS

MAGNANIMOUS adj. Generous in treating or judging others.

LAGGARD

LAGGARD adj. Falling behind.

KINGLING

KINGLING n. A petty king.

JUBILATION

JUBILATION n. Exultation.

IDIOSYNCRASY

IDIOSYNCRASY n. A mental quality or habit peculiar to an individual.

HANGER-ON

HANGER-ON n. A parasite.

GAMBLE

GAMBLE v. To risk money or other possession on an event, chance, or contingency.

FACTION

FACTION n. A number of persons combined for a common purpose.

ECSTATIC

ECSTATIC adj. Enraptured.

DEATH'S-HEAD

DEATH'S-HEAD n. A human skull as a symbol of death.

CALORIE

CALORIE n. Amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree centigrade.

BASS

BASS adj. Low in tone or compass.

ABLE-BODIED

ABLE-BODIED adj. Competent for physical service.

CALLOW

CALLOW adj. Without experience of the world.

BASK

BASK v. To make warm by genial heat.

ABJURE

ABJURE v. To recant, renounce, repudiate under oath.

WEAK-KNEED

WEAK-KNEED adj. Without resolute purpose or energy.

VALE

VALE n. Level or low land between hills.

UNAFFECTED

UNAFFECTED adj. Sincere.

TANGENT

TANGENT adj. Touching.

SALIENT

SALIENT adj. Standing out prominently.

RAMOSE

RAMOSE adj. Branch-like.

QUARANTINE

QUARANTINE n. The enforced isolation of any person or place infected with contagious disease.

PALETTE

PALETTE n. A thin tablet, with a hole for the thumb, upon which artists lay their colors for painting.

OBJECTOR

OBJECTOR n. One who objects, as to a proposition, measure, or ruling.

NASAL

NASAL adj. Pertaining to the nose.

MAGISTRACY

MAGISTRACY n. The office or dignity of a magistrate.

LADLE

LADLE n. A cup-shaped vessel with a long handle, intended for dipping up and pouring liquids.

KIND-HEARTED

KIND-HEARTED adj. Having a kind and sympathetic nature.

JOVIAL

JOVIAL adj. Merry.

IDIOM

IDIOM n. A use of words peculiar to a particular language.

HANDWRITING

HANDWRITING n. Penmanship.

GALVANIZE

GALVANIZE v. To imbue with life or animation.

FACSIMILE

FACSIMILE n. An exact copy or reproduction.

ECSTASY

ECSTASY n. Rapturous excitement or exaltation.

DEARTH

DEARTH n. Scarcity, as of something customary, essential ,or desirable.

CALLOSITY

CALLOSITY n. The state of being hard and insensible.

BARITONE

BARITONE adj. Having a register higher than bass and lower than tenor.

ABJECT

ABJECT adj. Sunk to a low condition.

BANAL

BANAL adj. Commonplace.

CAITIFF

CAITIFF adj. Cowardly.

ABET

ABET v. To aid, promote, or encourage the commission of (an offense).

WANTONNESS

WANTONNESS n. Recklessness.

VAGABOND

VAGABOND n. A wanderer.

ULTRAMONTANE

ULTRAMONTANE adj. Beyond the mountains, especially beyond the Alps (that is, on their Italian side).

TACTICIAN

TACTICIAN n. One who directs affairs with skill and shrewdness.

SAGACIOUS

SAGACIOUS adj. Able to discern and distinguish with wise perception.

RADIX

RADIX n. That from or on which something is developed.

QUALM

QUALM n. A fit of nausea.

PALATE

PALATE n. The roof of the mouth.

OBESITY

OBESITY n. Excessive fatness.

NARRATIVE

NARRATIVE n. An orderly continuous account of the successive particulars of an event.

MADONNA

MADONNA n. A painted or sculptured representation of the Virgin, usually with the infant Jesus.

LACTEAL

LACTEAL adj. Milky.

KILOMETER

KILOMETER n. A length of 1,000 meters.

JOCULAR

JOCULAR adj. Inclined to joke.

ICON

ICON n. An image or likeness.

HAGGARD

HAGGARD adj. Worn and gaunt in appearance.

GALORE

GALORE adj. Abundant.

FACILE

FACILE adj. Not difficult to do.

ECCENTRICITY

ECCENTRICITY n. Idiosyncrasy.

CADENZA

CADENZA n. An embellishment or flourish, prepared or improvised, for a solo voice or instrument.

BALSAM

BALSAM n. A medical preparation, aromatic and oily, used for healing.

DAUNTLESS

DAUNTLESS adj. Fearless.

ABERRATION

ABERRATION n. Deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course.

BAILIFF

BAILIFF n. An officer of court having custody of prisoners under arraignment.

ABDICATE

ABDICATE v. To give up (royal power or the like).

ZEPHYR

ZEPHYR n. Any soft, gentle wind.

WAIVE

WAIVE v. To relinquish, especially temporarily, as a right or claim.

TACITURN

TACITURN adj. Disinclined to conversation.

ULTIMATE

ULTIMATE adj. Beyond which there is nothing else.

RADIANCE

RADIANCE n. Brilliant or sparkling luster.

SACRILEGE

SACRILEGE n. The act of violating or profaning anything sacred.

QUADRUPLE

QUADRUPLE v. To multiply by four.

PACT

PACT n. A covenant.

OBDURATE

OBDURATE adj. Impassive to feelings of humanity or pity.

MACHINIST

MACHINIST n. One who makes or repairs machines, or uses metal-working tools.

NARCISSUS

NARCISSUS n. The son of the Athenian river-god Cephisus, fabled to have fallen in love with his reflection.

LACERATE

LACERATE v. To tear rudely or raggedly.

JEOPARDIZE

JEOPARDIZE v. To imperil.

KERNEL

KERNEL n. A grain or seed.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

WAISTCOAT

WAISTCOAT n. A vest.

ULTERIOR

ULTERIOR adj. Not so pertinent as something else to the matter spoken of.

VACCINATE

VACCINATE v. To inoculate with vaccine virus or virus of cowpox.

TACIT

TACIT adj. Understood.

SACRIFICIAL

SACRIFICIAL adj. Offering or offered as an atonement for sin.

RACY

RACY adj. Exciting or exhilarating to the mind.

QUADRATE

QUADRATE v. To divide into quarters.

PACKET

PACKET n. A bundle, as of letters.

NAPHTHA

NAPHTHA n. A light, colorless, volatile, inflammable oil used as a solvent, as in manufacture of paints.

MACHINERY

MACHINERY n. The parts of a machine or engine, taken collectively.

OAKUM

OAKUM n. Hemp-fiber obtained by untwisting and picking out loosely the yarns of old hemp rope.

JAUNDICE

JAUNDICE n. A morbid condition, due to obstructed excretion of bile or characterized by yellowing of the skin.

ICHTHYOLOGY

ICHTHYOLOGY n. The branch of zoology that treats of fishes.

HABITANT

HABITANT n. Dweller.

LABYRINTH

LABYRINTH n. A maze.

KERCHIEF

KERCHIEF n. A square of linen, silk, or other material, used as a covering for the head or neck.

CADENCE

CADENCE n. Rhythmical or measured flow or movement, as in poetry or the time and pace of marching troops.

BALLAD

BALLAD n. Any popular narrative poem, often with epic subject and usually in lyric form.

ABED

ABED adv. In bed; on a bed.

WANE

WANE v. To diminish in size and brilliancy.

VACUUM

VACUUM n. A space entirely devoid of matter.

ULTRAMUNDANE

ULTRAMUNDANE adj. Pertaining to supernatural things or to another life.

EARTHENWARE

EARTHENWARE n. Anything made of clay and baked in a kiln or dried in the sun.

CABALISM

CABALISM n. Superstitious devotion to one's religion.

TACT

TACT n. Fine or ready mental discernment shown in saying or doing the proper thing.

SAFEGUARD

SAFEGUARD v. To protect.

RADICAL

RADICAL n. One who holds extreme views or advocates extreme measures.

QUALIFY

QUALIFY v. To endow or furnish with requisite ability, character, knowledge, skill, or possessions.

PAGEANT

PAGEANT n. A dramatic representation, especially a spectacular one.

OBESE

OBESE adj. Exceedingly fat.

NARRATION

NARRATION n. The act of recounting the particulars of an event in the order of time or occurrence.

MADDEN

MADDEN v. To inflame with passion.

LACTATION

LACTATION n. The secretion of milk.

KILOLITER

KILOLITER n. One thousand liters.

JOCOSE

JOCOSE adj. Done or made in jest.

ICINESS

ICINESS n. The state of being icy.

GAIETY

GAIETY n. Festivity.

DARKLING

DARKLING adv. Blindly.

BACTERIUM

BACTERIUM n. A microbe.

ABBESS

ABBESS n. The lady superior of a nunnery.

HACKNEY

HACKNEY v. To make stale or trite by repetition.

GALLANT

GALLANT adj. Possessing a brave or chivalrous spirit.

FACIAL

FACIAL adj. Pertaining to the face.

ECCENTRIC

ECCENTRIC adj. Peculiar.

ZEALOT

ZEALOT n. One who espouses a cause or pursues an object in an immoderately partisan manner.

DATUM

DATUM n. A premise, starting-point, or given fact.

CADAVEROUS

CADAVEROUS adj. Resembling a corpse.

BALEFUL

BALEFUL adj. Malignant.

ABDUCTION

ABDUCTION n. A carrying away of a person against his will, or illegally.

YEARLING

YEARLING n. A young animal past its first year and not yet two years old.

WAIF

WAIF n. A homeless, neglected wanderer.

VACATE

VACATE v. To leave.

UBIQUITOUS

UBIQUITOUS adj. Being present everywhere.

TABLEAU

TABLEAU n. An arrangement of inanimate figures representing a scene from real life.

SACRIFICE

SACRIFICE v. To make an offering of to deity, especially by presenting on an altar.

RABID

RABID adj. Affected with rabies or hydrophobia.

QUACKERY

QUACKERY n. Charlatanry

OAKEN

OAKEN adj. Made of or from oak.

NAMELESS

NAMELESS adj. Having no fame or reputation.

LABORIOUS

LABORIOUS adj. Toilsome.

JARGON

JARGON n. Confused, unintelligible speech or highly technical speech.

MACADAMIZE

MACADAMIZE v. To cover or pave, as a path or roadway, with small broken stone.

KEEPSAKE

KEEPSAKE n. Anything kept or given to be kept for the sake of the giver.

ICHTHYIC

ICHTHYIC adj. Fish-like.

HABITABLE

HABITABLE adj. Fit to be dwelt in.

GAUGE

GAUGE n. An instrument for measuring.

FABRICATE

FABRICATE v. To invent fancifully or falsely.

EARNEST

EARNEST adj. Ardent in spirit and speech.

DARING

DARING adj. Brave.

CABAL

CABAL n. A number of persons secretly united for effecting by intrigue some private purpose.

BARRING

BARRING prep. Apart from.

CALCULUS

CALCULUS n. A concretion formed in various parts of the body resembling a pebble in hardness.

ABIDANCE

ABIDANCE n. An abiding.

WAVELET

WAVELET n. A ripple.

VAINGLORY

VAINGLORY n. Excessive, pretentious, and demonstrative vanity.

UNACCOUNTABLE

UNACCOUNTABLE adj. Inexplicable.

TANGENCY

TANGENCY n. The state of touching.

SALIENCE

SALIENCE n. The condition of standing out distinctly.

RAMIFY

RAMIFY v. To divide or subdivide into branches or subdivisions.

QUANTITY

QUANTITY n. Magnitude.

PALEONTOLOGY

PALEONTOLOGY n. The branch of biology that treats of ancient life and fossil organisms.

OBJECTIVE

OBJECTIVE adj. Grasping and representing facts as they are.

NARROW-MINDED

NARROW-MINDED adj. Characterized by illiberal views or sentiments.

MAGISTERIAL

MAGISTERIAL adj. Having an air of authority.

LADDIE

LADDIE n. A lad.

KIMONO

KIMONO n. A loose robe, fastening with a sash, the principal outer garment in Japan.

JOURNALIZE

JOURNALIZE v. To keep a diary.

IDEALIZE

IDEALIZE v. To make to conform to some mental or imaginary standard.

HALE

HALE adj. Of sound and vigorous health.

GALVANISM

GALVANISM n. Current electricity, especially that arising from chemical action.

FACILITY

FACILITY n. Ease.

ECONOMIZE

ECONOMIZE v. To spend sparingly.

DEAD-HEAT

DEAD-HEAT n. A race in which two or more competitors come out even, and there is no winner.

CALCULABLE

CALCULABLE adj. That may be estimated by reckoning.

BAROMETER

BAROMETER n. An instrument for indicating the atmospheric pressure per unit of surface.

ABHORRENT

ABHORRENT adj. Very repugnant; hateful.

BACONIAN

BACONIAN adj. Of or pertaining to Lord Bacon or his system of philosophy.

ULTIMATUM

ULTIMATUM n. A final statement or proposal, as concerning terms or conditions.

ZODIAC

ZODIAC n. An imaginary belt encircling the heavens within which are the larger planets.

WAMPUM

WAMPUM n. Beads strung on threads, formerly used among the American Indians as currency.

VACUOUS

VACUOUS adj. Empty.

TACK

TACK n. A small sharp-pointed nail.

SACRILEGIOUS

SACRILEGIOUS adj. Impious.

RADIATE

RADIATE v. To extend in all directions, as from a source or focus.

QUALIFICATION

QUALIFICATION n. A requisite for an employment, position, right, or privilege.

PAGAN

PAGAN n. A worshiper of false gods.

OBELISK

OBELISK n. A square shaft with pyramidal top, usually monumental or commemorative.

NARRATE

NARRATE v. To tell a story.

MACROCOSM

MACROCOSM n. The whole of any sphere or department of nature or knowledge to which man is related.

LACKADAISICAL

LACKADAISICAL adj. Listless.

KILN

KILN n. An oven or furnace for baking, burning, or drying industrial products.

JINGO

JINGO n. One of a party in Great Britain in favor of spirited and demonstrative foreign policy.

ICILY

ICILY adv. Frigidly.

HABITUDE

HABITUDE n. Customary relation or association.

GAIT

GAIT n. Carriage of the body in going.

FACETIOUS

FACETIOUS adj. Amusing.

EBULLIENT

EBULLIENT adj. Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling.

DASTARD

DASTARD n. A base coward.

CACOPHONY

CACOPHONY n. A disagreeable, harsh, or discordant sound or combination of sounds or tones.

BAIZE

BAIZE n. A single-colored napped woolen fabric used for table-covers, curtains, etc.

ABDOMEN

ABDOMEN n. In mammals, the visceral cavity between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor; the belly.

CANDOR

CANDOR n. The quality of frankness or outspokenness.

BECALM

BECALM v. To make quiet.

WELL-DOER

WELL-DOER n. A performer of moral and social duties.

VAPID

VAPID adj. Having lost sparkling quality and flavor.

ABRASION

ABRASION n. That which is rubbed off.

UNBELIEF

UNBELIEF n. Doubt.

TARNISH

TARNISH v. To lessen or destroy the luster of in any way.

SALVO

SALVO n. A salute given by firing all the guns, as at the funeral of an officer.

RAPID

RAPID adj. Having great speed.

QUAY

QUAY n. A wharf or artificial landing-place on the shore of a harbor or projecting into it.

PALSY

PALSY n. Paralysis.

OBLONG

OBLONG adj. Longer than broad: applied most commonly to rectangular objects considerably elongated

NAUSEOUS

NAUSEOUS adj. Loathsome.

MAGNIFICENT

MAGNIFICENT adj. Grand or majestic in appearance, quality, or action.

LANGUID

LANGUID adj. Relaxed.

KNICKKNACK

KNICKKNACK n. A small article, more for ornament that use.

JUDICIOUS

JUDICIOUS adj. Prudent.

ILLEGAL

ILLEGAL adj. Not according to law.