Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nov
24
2014

interstellar

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In tər ste lər

adjective

existing or occurring between or among the stars.

Word Parts

The word interstellar contains the following parts:

inter-  Latin prefix that means between, among
stell     Latin root that means star

synonyms of stell:  astr, aster, astro



Nov
24
2014

prompt

prampt

adjective
definition 1:  done immediately, without delay.
example:  I was impressed by his prompt return of my phone call.
example:  Prompt service is expected in a fast food restaurant.

definition 2:  swift to respond or to be in attendance at an expected place.
example:  Fortunately, the police were prompt and arrived before the thief could flee the area.
example:  She expects her staff to be prompt for meetings.
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Nov
21
2014

attribute

@ trIb yut
transitive verb
definition 1:  to regard as the result of.
example:  Scientists are attributing the increase in the number of violent storms to global climate change.
example:  To what can we attribute this dramatic change in your attitude?

definition 2:  to regard as a characteristic of.
example:  In the novel, the writer attributes innocence and gentleness to the impoverished peasants.

definition 3:  to regard as the maker of.
example:  The museum attributes these unsigned sketches to Leonardo Da Vinci.

ae trih byut
noun
definition:  a characteristic or quality.
example:  Honesty is a famous attribute of President Abraham Lincoln, who was often referred to as “Honest Abe.”
example:  The finest attribute of this restaurant is its elegant atmosphere.
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Nov
21
2014

in extremis

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In ihk stre mis
adverb
in extremity (Latin); under extreme circumstances or at the point of death.

“The eyeballs had rolled up and back somewhat, as they mostly do when a hound is in extremis.” (A.J. Dawson, Jan, a Dog and a Romance)



Nov
20
2014

transition

traen zI sh@n

noun
definition:  a process of changing from one position, stage, or situation to another.
example:  There were painful experiences during his transition from boyhood to manhood.
example:  The nation’s citizens hoped for a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy.
example:  The life cycle of the monarch butterfly includes its transition from caterpillar to pupa and from pupa to butterfly.
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