Category: Vocabulary

Dec
16
2014

sortie

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sor ti

noun

1. an assault made by a besieged military force against its attackers.

2. the flying of an aircraft on a combat mission.

intransitive verb

to go on a sortie.

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Dec
15
2014

confine

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k@n faIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to limit within certain bounds; restrict.
example:  Please confine your questions to the topic of the lecture.
example:  The snowstorm confined us to the house.
example:  His thoughts were confined to how he might solve the problem.
example:  We were on a tight schedule and had to confine our stay in Paris to three days.

definition 2:  to enclose or shut in; imprison.
example:  The dog was dangerous and had to be confined.
example:  
He was confined in that prison for fifteen years.
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Dec
15
2014

loophole

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lup hol

noun
1. a way of avoiding or escaping a requirement, regulation, or the like, esp. by taking advantage of an omission or ambiguity in the written text of a legal contract or other document.
Google used loopholes to cut their taxes by 3.1 billion dollars.

She glanced around her in an agony of despair, saw no loophole of escape, and gathering up the unlucky sketch, she stumbled up the aisle to the desk, still holding her scarlet-tipped paint brush in her hand. (Ruth Brown MacArthur, The Lilac Lady)

2. a small slit, hole, or opening, esp. one in the walls of a fort, for the discharge of firearms.

He pulled away a small sandbag that blocked a loophole, and, holding his rifle by the butt at arm-length, poked the muzzle out slowly. (Boyd Cable, Between the Lines)

transitive verb
to construct or fashion loopholes in.

The Mexicans increased their fortifications, preparing for a desperate combat on the morrow. They threw up new earthworks, and they loopholed many of the houses that they held. (Joseph A. Altshuler, The Texan Star: The Story of a Great Fight for Liberty)

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Dec
12
2014

credible

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kre dih b@l

adjective
definition 1:  believable or plausible.
example:  The teacher allowed him to make up the exam because she thought his excuse was credible.

definition 2:  deserving of belief; trustworthy.
example:  Because he had been drinking at the time of the incident, he was not considered a credible witness.
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Dec
12
2014

garrulous

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gae rə ləs

adjective

1.given to talking excessively.
He was in a hurry this morning and hoped to avoid his garrulous neighbor.

2. exceptionally wordy; verbose.
That garrulous introduction was unnecessary.

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