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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May
03
2013

spire

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

spaIr

noun
definition 1: a tall, narrow, cone-shaped roof or upward projection on a building or outer wall; steeple; pinnacle.
example: Construction crews at the World Trade Center hoisted a flag-bedecked spire to the top of the site’s signature One World Trade Center building Thursday.
definition 2: a similarly shaped natural growth, as in a new shoot of grass.
An ook comth of a litel spire” (Chaucer, Troilus ii, 1335 [Middle English])
How humble ought man to be, who cannot make a single spire of grass.” (unknown)