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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Aug
29
2014

capable

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keI p@ b@l

adjective
definition 1:  having the ability to perform as required; competent.
example:  She is a highly capable teacher who accomplishes a great deal with her students.

definition 2:  having the mental or physical ability to accomplish a particular thing (usually followed by “of”).
example:  She is capable of great success if she puts her mind to it.
example:  Two weeks after surgery, I was capable of standing by myself.

definition 3:  having the psychological makeup that allows a particular emotion or the carrying out of a particular act (usually followed by “of”).
example:  We couldn’t believe he was capable of murder.
example:  She did not know she was capable of falling in love again.
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Aug
29
2014

wisp

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wIsp

noun

1: a thin bundle, bunch, tuft, streak, or the like, as of straw, hair, or smoke.
A wisp of smoke from his cigarette twisted upwards to the ceiling.
She tucked the stray wisps of hair under her cap.

2: a thin or delicate person.
We feared this tiny wisp of a child would perish from the cold.

3: a faint or fleeting trace or hint.
She tried to appear unafraid, but a wisp of anxiety crossed her face when the phone rang.

transitive verb & intransitive verb

to twist (something) into, or form, a wisp or wisps.

This odd little yellow-faced woman, with a red handkerchief wisped round her head, and a singed grimness generally pervading her, handed over to him Minnie and Tom, casually remarking, “Bedad, it’s the big heavy lumps they are.”

Jet-black hair coiled in ropes, yet wisped white above the temples.

 



Aug
28
2014

hence

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hens

definition 1:  therefore; for this reason; thus.
example:  I don’t agree with the proposition, and hence I cannot vote for it.

definition 2:  from this moment; from now.
example:  Two years hence, the new building should be completed.
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Aug
28
2014

factotum

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faek to təm

noun
one employed to do a wide variety of tasks.

The three years of his college life, if they had not made him a Newton, or a Bacon, had done him no harm, filling his mind with the germs of ideas that were destined afterwards to become extremely useful to him. The young man was already, indeed, a sort of factotum, being clever and handy at so many things and in so many different ways, as early to attract the attention of the officers.

(James Fenimore Cooper – The Crater)

 



Aug
27
2014

coruscate

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kawskeIt

intransitive verb

to give off flashes of light; sparkle; glitter.

I ran an appraising eye over the staff bike shed and glimpsed a Ridgefinder Gold Bowl Special, coruscating like a jeweller’s window display, and hung about with locks and chains like the front door of Fort Knox. (http://www.bikereader.com/contributors/misc/love.html)

A disco ball coruscates, too.

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