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

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May
27
2015

cross-grained

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kraws greInd

adjective

1. of lumber, having a grain that runs across or diagonally to the length.
2. (informal) stubborn or hard to deal with.

He was a cross-grained man, oppressed by a large family, and he resented the superciliousness which he fancied he saw in Philip. (Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage)

A and B show cross-grained and partially cross-grained wood

A and B show cross-grained and partially cross-grained wood



May
26
2015

preserve

prih zuhrv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to protect from injury, harm, or mishap.
example:  Using this polish will help preserve the wood.

definition 2:  to keep safe from loss.
example:  We don’t know how many endangered species can be preserved.

definition 3:  to maintain in a relatively unchanged condition, esp. historic buildings or wildlife environments.
example:  They’re doing what they can to preserve the animal’s habitat.

definition 4:  to prepare (food) so that it can be kept for a long period of time.
example:  They often preserved meat by preparing it with salt and smoking it.
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May
26
2015

swath

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swath

noun

1. the width or path cut by one pass of a scythe, mower, or the like.
2. grass, grain, or the like cut and deposited along a line.
3. a long swathlike strip or belt of anything.
From the air, we could see the swath of destruction left behind by the tornado.

Note: The expression “to cut a wide swath” means “to attract considerable attention; make a big impression.”

new-swath-grass-texture



May
25
2015

overcome

o v@r kuhm

transitive verb
definition 1:  to defeat or quell in a conflict; succeed in a struggle with.
example:  With this bold plan of attack, they hoped to overcome the enemy.
example:  We’ll have to overcome many obstacles in order to accomplish this goal.
example:  I think this is a problem we can easily overcome if we work together.

definition 2:  to cause to be weak or inactive, or to lose consciousness.
example:  He struggled to speak, but the drug quickly overcame him.

definition 3:  to emotionally overwhelm or render inarticulate.
example:  We were overcome by the powerful images of suffering in the film.
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May
25
2015

auteur

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o tuhr

noun

a director whose films display a distinctive personal style.
Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson can all be regarded as auteurs.