Category: Vocabulary

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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Oct
16
2014

indolent

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In d@ l@nt

1. inclined to avoid exertion or effort; lazy.
He withdrew his support from his indolent son, saying it was time for him to accept adult responsibility.

2. caused or characterized by laziness.
“A large trout at this moment darted from the reef below, but the angler scarce deigned to cast upon it an indolent look.”

3. of a medical condition, growing slowly or causing little or no pain.
If the tumor is indolent, you may not need treatment for months, or even years.

 

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Oct
16
2014

locale

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lo kael

noun
definition 1:  a place, esp. as the setting of some event; locality.
example:  The couple chose a picturesque locale in the mountains for their wedding.
example:  Southeastern Turkey is the locale of a famous archaeological discovery.

definition 2:  the scene or setting, as of a story, play, or film.
example:  Venice is the locale for the film.
example:  The author has chosen the backstreets of Dublin for the locale of her most recent novel.
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Oct
15
2014

ensue

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ihn su

intransitive verb
definition:  to occur as the result of an earlier event.
example:  The day after the attack, a declaration of war ensued.
example:  Anger and outrage ensued upon the publication of this revealing book about a national hero.
example:  Aren’t you afraid of what will ensue if you pursue this course of action?
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