Category: Word of the Day

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

Jan
29
2016

gird

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guhrd
transitive verb
1. to surround, bind, or encircle, as with a belt.
A wide sash girded her waist.
The area was girded by barbed wire fences.
2. to make (oneself) ready, as for a situation requiring skill, courage, or energy.
The soldiers girded themselves for action.
3. to supply or equip, as with force or ammunition.
The regiment was girded with cannon.
He faced his enemies girded only with the truth.

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Jan
28
2016

chary

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cher i
adjective
1. wary or mindful; cautious.
Chary investors should avoid this risky stock.
2. selective; fastidious.
He is chary about who reads his work.
3. bashful; timid.
She is chary of meeting new people.
4. not dispensing freely; sparing (often fol. by of).
She is chary of favors to mere acquaintances.

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Jan
27
2016

hobbyhorse

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ha bi hors
noun
1. a child’s toy with an imitation horse’s head at the end of a long stick, which the child pretends to ride.
2. a fixed idea or favorite topic; obsession.
3. a toy horse set upon rockers; rocking horse.

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Jan
26
2016

rime

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raIm

noun
1. a white coating of tiny ice crystals; hoarfrost.
2. a hard layer on a surface; crust; incrustation.

transitive verb
to coat with or as with rime or hoarfrost.

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Jan
25
2016

evangelism

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ih vaenlih zəm
noun
1. the devoted preaching and spreading of the Christian gospel, in an effort to win converts to its doctrine or regain former believers; missionary work.
2. zealous devotion to the mission of converting others to a cause.

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