Category: Word of the Day

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

May
29
2015

limpid

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lIm pihd

adjective

1. perfectly clear; transparent.
We could see the rocks at the bottom of the limpid pool.

2. clear in style or meaning; lucid.
He’s known for his limpid prose.

3. calm and unruffled; placid.
The nun’s limpid gaze had a calming effect on us.

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May
28
2015

personable

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puhr sə nə bəl

adjective

pleasing in manner or appearance; friendly; attractive.
She found her boyfriend’s father quite personable, but his mother seemed somewhat cold and humorless.

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May
27
2015

cross-grained

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kraws greInd

adjective

1. of lumber, having a grain that runs across or diagonally to the length.
2. (informal) stubborn or hard to deal with.

He was a cross-grained man, oppressed by a large family, and he resented the superciliousness which he fancied he saw in Philip. (Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage)

A and B show cross-grained and partially cross-grained wood

A and B show cross-grained and partially cross-grained wood

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May
26
2015

swath

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swath

noun

1. the width or path cut by one pass of a scythe, mower, or the like.
2. grass, grain, or the like cut and deposited along a line.
3. a long swathlike strip or belt of anything.
From the air, we could see the swath of destruction left behind by the tornado.

Note: The expression “to cut a wide swath” means “to attract considerable attention; make a big impression.”

new-swath-grass-texture

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May
25
2015

auteur

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o tuhr

noun

a director whose films display a distinctive personal style.
Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson can all be regarded as auteurs.

 

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