Category: Vocabulary

Sep
02
2014

cursory

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kuhr sə ri
adjective
done quickly and without care; superficial.
The symptoms were so clear that even a cursory examination of the patient would have resulted in a confident diagnosis.
He’d only given the report a cursory glance and was therefore not prepared to discuss it.

 

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Sep
02
2014

robust

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ro buhst

adjective
definition 1:  physically strong, healthy, and energetic.
example:  Among the marathon runners were several robust middle-aged men and women.

definition 2:  having or showing vitality or strength; highly functioning or effective.
example:  The real estate market was particularly robust during that period.
example:  The robust argument made in favor of the proposal was difficult to oppose.

definition 3:  requiring strength and endurance.
example:  Containing the flood waters will require robust effort.

definition 4:  hearty or boisterous.
example:  The fans shouted down at the players in their usual robust manner.
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Sep
01
2014

disturb

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dih stuhrb

transitive verb
definition 1:  to bother or interrupt by making noise or causing distraction.
example:  The hotel manager worried that the construction noise would disturb the guests.
example:  Terrible dreams disturbed his sleep.

definition 2:  to upset or cause to be in disorder.
example:  The wind disturbed the calm surface of the pond.
example:  Someone has been in my office and disturbed my papers.

definition 3:  to make nervous or uneasy; trouble.
example:  Witnessing the accident disturbed the child greatly.
example:  It disturbs people when they hear of such grisly incidents.
example:  The message in the letter obviously disturbed her because she rushed out of the room after reading it.
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Aug
29
2014

capable

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keI p@ b@l

adjective
definition 1:  having the ability to perform as required; competent.
example:  She is a highly capable teacher who accomplishes a great deal with her students.

definition 2:  having the mental or physical ability to accomplish a particular thing (usually followed by “of”).
example:  She is capable of great success if she puts her mind to it.
example:  Two weeks after surgery, I was capable of standing by myself.

definition 3:  having the psychological makeup that allows a particular emotion or the carrying out of a particular act (usually followed by “of”).
example:  We couldn’t believe he was capable of murder.
example:  She did not know she was capable of falling in love again.
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Aug
29
2014

wisp

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wIsp

noun

1: a thin bundle, bunch, tuft, streak, or the like, as of straw, hair, or smoke.
A wisp of smoke from his cigarette twisted upwards to the ceiling.
She tucked the stray wisps of hair under her cap.

2: a thin or delicate person.
We feared this tiny wisp of a child would perish from the cold.

3: a faint or fleeting trace or hint.
She tried to appear unafraid, but a wisp of anxiety crossed her face when the phone rang.

transitive verb & intransitive verb

to twist (something) into, or form, a wisp or wisps.

This odd little yellow-faced woman, with a red handkerchief wisped round her head, and a singed grimness generally pervading her, handed over to him Minnie and Tom, casually remarking, “Bedad, it’s the big heavy lumps they are.”

Jet-black hair coiled in ropes, yet wisped white above the temples.

 

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