Category: Vocabulary

Oct
21
2014

peal

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pil

noun

1. a loud ringing of bells, esp. bells of different tones.
At noon the peal of bells fills the square.

2. a loud prolonged noise, as of thunder, laughter, or applause.
The cast was relieved to hear the audience burst into peals of laughter.

transitive verb

to sound or announce, as by ringing of bells.
The church bells pealed a welcome to the visiting dignitaries.

 

 

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Oct
20
2014

trenchant

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tren ch@nt

adjective

1. incisive or penetrating, as perception or wit.
This keenly perceptive remark, both sharp and full of truth, is just one example of the writer’s trenchant wit.

2.vigorous and effective, as an argument or policy.
“Professor Mearsheimer presents a trenchant argument that the United States is unlikely to underwrite with its blood and treasure those European wars in which Europe’s own blood and treasure are equal to the task.” (The Future of the American Military Presence in Europe, p. 129))

3. well-defined; clear-cut.
a trenchant outline

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Oct
20
2014

stipulate

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stIp y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition:  to specify or arrange as a condition of an agreement.
example:  He has agreed to sell the property but has not yet stipulated a price.
example:  The university clearly stipulates the criteria for a student’s acceptance into its honors programs.
example:  The mortgage lender stipulates that there must be insurance on the property before the loan will be granted.
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Oct
17
2014

incidental

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In s@ den t@l

adjective
definition 1:  happening or likely to happen concurrently or in connection with something else but as a subordinate or less important element.
example:  Some incidental weight loss was noted in the patients taking the experimental drug.

definition 2:  of relatively little importance in relation to something else.
example:  The income from her job is her main support, but she brings in some incidental income from the sale of her paintings.
example:  That’s an interesting point, but it’s incidental to the matter we’re discussing.

definition 3:  occurring only by chance rather than by plan or intention.
example:  An incidental meeting with a publisher at a party turned out to be advantageous for the young author.
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Oct
17
2014

flak

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flaek

noun

1. antiaircraft fire, esp. the bursting shells of such fire.
“Now they were greeted by a few bursts of fire, but no heavy flak came at them.” (Rutherford George Montgomery, A Yankee Flier Over Berlin)

2. (informal) irritating opposition, criticism, or dissent.
He received a lot of flak at work for his appearance on a reality show.

Word History: The word “flak” is a much-shortened form of the German word “flugabwehrkanone,” which means “antiaircraft gun.”

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