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

  • Word of the Day
    carouse

    k@ raUz

    intransitive verb
    to revel in a boisterous and drunken manner.
    They’d been carousing in the bar and were now staggering home, still singing and shouting.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    notify

    no tih faI

    transitive verb
    to give notice to; tell or inform, esp. formally.
    The contest judges notified the winners by mail.
    Who should we notify in case of an emergency?
    The landlord notified the tenants that the water would be shut off in the morning.

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Aug
12
2014

rigor

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rI gər

noun

definition 1: strictness, severity, inflexibility, or harshness, as of manner, judgment, or law.
The law was enforced with great rigor.

definition 2: severity or harshness of living conditions, climate, or other circumstances.
These tires are meant to handle the rigors of winter weather.

definition 3: a particular severe, harsh, or cruel act or circumstance.
He could not forget the rigors that he had endured in the hands of his captors.

definition 4: strict or scrupulous accuracy; precision; exactness.
The research was carried out with scientific rigor.

definition 5: a condition of rigidity in muscle tissues, such that they cannot respond to stimuli.
The injection caused rigor.