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

  • Word of the Day

    bal mi

    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

    deIn ti

    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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pir i @d

definition:  a specific, limited interval or span of time.
example:  He’s been missing for a period of six days.
example:  Years, months, and weeks are periods of time that most of us recognize.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun period 


  • during ~ (e.g., many times during the period between 1861 and 1865)
  • in ~ (e.g., while the artist was in her early period)
  • for ~ (e.g., in prison for a period of five years)

MODIFIER + period:    long ~, short ~ , extended ~ , same ~ ,  -year ~ (e.g., during a twelve-year period),
early ~ ,  prolonged ~ , brief ~ , initial ~ , specified ~ , limited ~ , minimum ~ , transitional ~ , active ~ , busy ~ , consultation ~ , probationary ~ , Roman ~