Monthly Archives: June 2013
lae pih deI ri
1. one whose work is to cut, polish, or engrave gemstones, or the work itself.
2. an expert on or dealer in gemstones.
example: She consulted a lapidary about the value of her engagement ring.
quotation: “People that had lighted on a new thought or a thought that they fancied new, came to Emerson, as the finder of a glittering gem hastens to a lapidary, to ascertain its quality and value.“ (Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Mosses from an Old Manse”)
definition 1: a statement or proposition put forward and supported by proof or argument.
example: It’s an interesting thesis, but you haven’t provided enough evidence to convince me of its validity.
example: Martin Luther put forward the thesis that one can achieve one’s own salvation without the intermediary of a priest.
definition 2: an essay or dissertation, esp. one based on research or critical study, submitted as a requirement for an advanced academic degree.
example: She’s doing research for her Ph.D. thesis in political science.
sihg nI f@ k@nt
definition 1: having consequence or import; important.
example: It was a small but significant victory, as it gave the troops the confidence they needed to battle on.
example: Other than price, there is no significant difference between these products.
definition 2: having meaning; meaningful.
example: The fact that the window was open was not significant to us at first.
pə remp tə ri
1. not permitting refusal or disobedience.
example: A peremptory order from the captain put a stop to our idling.
2. expressive of a command; imperative.
example: a peremptory tone of voice.
3. having an arrogant or imperious quality; dictatorial.
example: He speaks in an offensive, peremptory way.
4. in law, not allowing for debate or argument.
example: a peremptory challenge.
en t@r praIz
definition 1: an undertaking, esp. one characterized by complexity, risk, or wide scope; venture.
example: The expedition to the south pole was a complicated enterprise.
definition 2: a business entity.
example: Their software enterprise made huge profits last year.
definition 3: initiative; ingenuity.
example: Her project showed real enterprise.