Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jun
26
2013

lapidary

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lapidary

lae pih deI ri

noun

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”)

 

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Jun
26
2013

thesis

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thi sihs

noun
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. 
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Jun
25
2013

significant

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sihg nI f@ k@nt

adjective
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.
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Jun
25
2013

peremptory

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peremptory

remp tə ri

adjective

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.

 

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Jun
24
2013

enterprise

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en t@r praIz

noun
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.
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