Tag: quotations

Sep
03
2013

behemoth

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hi məth

noun

1. a huge beast, perhaps a hippopotamus, mentioned in the Book of Job in the Old Testament.
Behemoth is a type of the devil; but behold how he handleth his tail, even as if a man should swing about a cedar. This is spoken to show the hurtfulness of the tail, as it is also said in another place, Rev. 9:5,10,19. (John Bunyan)

2. any enormous or powerful creature or thing.
Birmingham’s new library is a modern behemoth that encases the past. (The Guardian, Aug. 29, 20131)

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Aug
08
2013

jounce

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jounce

jaUns

transitive verb & intransitive verb
to move or be moved jerkily and unevenly; bounce.
example: The car jounced over a particularly rough piece of road.

noun
a jerky and uneven movement; bounce.
quotation: The Rabbit knew of a dragon-fly who was strong in his feelers; but the Large Doll had an objection to dragon-flies, so she flung herself in with a jounce, and that closed her eyes. Old-Fashioned Tales

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Aug
07
2013

pellucid

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pel·lu·cid

lu sihd

adjective

1. allowing maximum light to pass through; transparent.
quotation: The water in eight fathoms was as pellucid as glass, and we could see the large conger eels twisting about between the stones at the bottom. (Frederick Hoffman, A Sailor of King George)

2. extremely clear in meaning.
example: It’s an invaluable textbook because its pellucid prose makes difficult concepts easy to grasp.

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Aug
02
2013

carbuncle

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car·bun·cle

kar buhng kəl

noun

1. a dark gemstone, especially a ruby sapphire.
quotation: A golden chain hung about his neck, and at his collar was a great carbuncle set in red gold. (Howard Pyle, The Legend of Robin Hood)

carbuncle_gemstone

2. a painful localized abscess of the tissue underneath the skin.
quotation: He was a man well stricken in years, but still strong to do evil: he was one who looked cruelly out of a hot, passionate, bloodshot eye; who had a huge red nose with a carbuncle, thick lips, and a great double, flabby chin, which swelled out into solid substance, like a turkey-cock’s comb, when sudden anger inspired him. (A. Trollope, The Warden)

 

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Jul
30
2013

gall

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gall2

gawl

transitive verb
1. to damage or make sore by rubbing or chafing.
quotation: We walked next day over a more level country but it was strewed with large stones. These galled our feet a good deal.

2. to irritate or make resentful.
example: Their air of superiority galls me.

intransitive verb
to become sore or chafed.

noun
1. a skin sore caused by rubbing, as on an improperly saddled horse.
example: The horse developed a gall behind its elbow because the new tack was stiff.

2. the cause or state of irritation.
quotation: Patrasche [a dog] came of a race which had toiled hard and cruelly from sire to son in Flanders many a century–slaves of slaves, dogs of the people, beasts of the shafts and the harness, creatures that lived straining their sinews in the gall of the cart, and died breaking their hearts on the flints of the streets.

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