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

Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sep
25
2015

criterion

kraI tir i @n

noun
definition:  a standard or test by which to judge or decide.
example:  Fast acceleration is only one criterion of automotive excellence.
example:  Unfortunately, he didn’t meet the criteria for acceptance into the school.
example:  The company bases its hiring on several criteria, including the applicant’s willingness to travel.
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Sep
25
2015

bootleg

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but leg

noun
1. alcoholic drink, usu. whiskey, that is made, conveyed, or sold illegally.
2. an illegally made copy of a musical recording or an illegal recording of a musical performance.

transitive verb
to smuggle or otherwise participate in the unauthorized or illegal sale of.

intransitive verb
to deal illegally in the making, conveyance, or sale of something.

adjective
made, conveyed, or sold illegally.



Sep
24
2015

retain

rih teIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to maintain possession or use of.
example:  You should retain a copy of the document for your records.
example:  In the divorce, he retained the house, while his wife got the furniture and the car.
example:  Put storm windows on in the winter to help your house retain its heat.
example:  These exercises will help you retain your muscle tone.

definition 2:  to have in mind; be able to recall.
example:  I can memorize easily, but I don’t always retain the information for long.

definition 3:  to hold back or keep in place or position.
example:  They built a fence around the yard to retain their two dogs.
example:  All measures are being taken to retain the spread of the disease.
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Sep
24
2015

varietal

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raI ə təl
adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or designating a variety.
There are varietal differences in tomatoes that make some more suitable for cooking.
2. constituting a variety, esp. a variety of wine made from grapes bearing the same name.
Chardonnay and Merlot are varietal wines made from, respectively, Chardonnay grapes and Merlot grapes.

noun
a wine made from and named after a particular kind of grape.



Sep
22
2015

feasible

fi z@ b@l

adjective
definition 1:  capable of being done, carried out, or brought about; likely to succeed.
example:  The project seemed quite feasible when they started, but they soon ran into an obstacle.
example:  Finishing by March is a feasible objective in our opinion.

definition 2:  capable of being used; fit or suitable.
example:  Solar energy seems a feasible alternative in this desert region.

definition 3:  likely to be true or to be confirmed; plausible.
example:  His missing the train seemed like a feasible explanation for his lateness.
example:  The hypothesis seemed quite feasible, but the results of the experiment did not confirm it.
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