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  • 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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May
23
2013

specific

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

sp@ sI fihk

adjective
definition 1:  pertaining explicitly to a particular thing or person; particular; definite.
example:  It was just an example; I wasn’t referring to any specific instance.
example:  The word “test” has a specific meaning in the area of statistics.
example:  I asked you to come here for a specific reason.
example:  Did you have a specific person in mind when you bought this gift?

definition 2:  exact and precise; particular.
example:  The specific dates of the workshop will be announced next week.
example:  Her instructions were quite specific, so don’t make any substitutions.

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