Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mar
24
2014

display

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dih spleI

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause to be seen; show; exhibit.
example:  The gallery displays the works of two or three painters each month.
example:  He bought a glass case to display his stamp collection.

definition 2:  to reveal.
example:  His answer to the question displayed his ignorance of the subject.
example:  They displayed no interest in my idea.
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Mar
21
2014

undermine

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uhn d@r maIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to weaken the foundations of.
example:  The dike is being undermined by water.

definition 2:  to gradually, secretly, or imperceptibly weaken and destroy.
example:  Her mother-in-law undermined her relationship with her husband.
example:  The rumors undermined the candidate’s credibility.
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Mar
21
2014

fantast

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faen taest
noun
one given to fanciful, impractical dreams; visionary.

“To come down to earth” is, in ordinary speech, to get to reality, to face the facts, and to be practical. On the other hand, “to have your head in the clouds” is to be a dreamer and a fantast, though oddly and curiously, the Christian notion of heaven, the abode of God and therefore the seat of ultimate reality, is traditionally symbolized as a situation where everyone floats in the sky. (Alan Watts, Cloudhidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal)

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Mar
20
2014

entity

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en tih ti

noun
definition:  anything that exists objectively and distinctly, whether nonliving or living; thing or being.
example:  A wife in those days was not viewed as a separate entity from her husband.
example:  As a corporation, the business is a distinct entity and must pay its own taxes.
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Mar
20
2014

basilisk

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bae sə lihsk [or] bae zə lihsk
noun
1. in classical mythology, a lizard, serpent, or dragon with a deadly breath or glance.
2. any of various tropical American lizards characterized by an erectile crest on the head and the ability to run at high speeds.
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