Category: Word of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information for all who want to increase and hone their vocabulary.

Jul
25
2014

grizzle

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grI zəl
transitive verb & intransitive verb
to make or become gray or somewhat gray.
example: Time grizzled his beard.

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Jul
24
2014

whorl

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worl [or] wuhrl
noun
1: a circular arrangement, as of leaves or petals around a center, or a coiled shape.
2: a circular or spiraling movement, as of a current of air, smoke, or water.
3: a single coil of a spiral shell, as of a snail.
4: a single ridge, forming a complete circle, in the center of a fingerprint.

fingerprint graph

Helianthus_whorl

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Jul
23
2014

stipple

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stI pəl

transitive verb
to render part or the whole of (a painting, drawing, or engraving) in dots, points, or dabs.

noun
1: a method of painting, drawing, or engraving by applying small points, dots, or dabs to a surface.
The artist has used stipple to create the delicate shading in his drawing.
2: a work produced by such a method.

stipple

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Jul
22
2014

“shrive” and “short shrift”

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shrive

shraIv
transitive verb
inflections: shrived, shriven, shrives, shriving, shrove

of a priest, to hear the confession of, assign penance to, or give absolution to (someone).

 

short shrift

short shrIft
noun

1: a brief or perfunctory attention given to a person or topic.
2: a brief time granted a condemned prisoner for confession or absolution before his or her execution.

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Jul
18
2014

sentence adverb: ideally

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aI di ə li
adverb
1: in conformance with an ideal; perfectly.
They were ideally suited to each other.
2: in ideal but improbable circumstances; in theory.
Ideally, we should get a share of the profits.

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