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

  • Word of the Day
    balmy

    bal mi

    adjective
    1.  gentle, mild, and soothing.
    They prefer the balmy climate of the South Sea Islands.

    2.  fragrant, like a balm.
    The tropical air was balmy with the scent of gardenias.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    dainty

    deIn ti

    adjective
    1.  small and delicate.
    In her hand she held one dainty blossom.
    We drank small amounts of tea in my grandmother’s dainty cups.
    Taking dainty steps, she entered the room without a sound.

    2.  having delicate and refined manners or taste, esp. with respect to cleanliness or food.
    She is always so dainty in the way she eats;  I just shovel food into my mouth and spill things on my shirt.

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Aug
13
2013

framework

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

freIm w@rk

noun
definition 1:  a structure that supports something built on or around it.
example:  The framework is now complete, so we can imagine what the house will look like, but there are no walls yet.

definition 2:  a basic system, form, or outline.
example:  The teacher gave the students a framework on which to base their essay.
example:  The two warring sides have now at least established a framework for negotiation.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun framework (definition 2)

VERB + framework:    provide ~ , establish ~ , develop ~ , create ~ , implement ~ , set up ~ , adopt ~ , devise ~ , agree on ~ , construct ~