Category: Word of the Day
Sentence adverbs: evidently
e vih dent li sense 1[or] e vih dənt li
1.as nearly as can be determined; apparently.
Evidently, the news of the coming hurricane never reached the island, or people would have tried to evacuate sooner.
He evidently misunderstood what she asked him because she was surprised at his response.
2. plainly; visibly.
He was evidently relieved to be released from his duty.
1. by adding or doing one piece at a time; gradually.
I acquired my collection piecemeal.
2. done or made one piece at a time.
The government promised reform but we have seen only piecemeal progress.
Word History: The “meal” in “piecemeal” is the same word we use for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Originally, in Old English, “meal,” then spelled “mael,” meant “at a particular time” or “the food served (at a particular time).” This old meaning survives in the word “piecemeal,” which means “one piece at a time.”
ri pər kuh shən
1. (usu. pl.) a result or effect of an action or event, often occurring indirectly or unexpectedly.
The invasion caused repercussions over the entire region.
2. a sound reverberation or echo.
The ground was shaken with the repercussion of distant volleys of artillery.
1. an attempt to get something, esp. money, by threat of violence or of revealing a discrediting secret; instance of blackmail or extortion.
Immigrants were subjected to harassment and shakedowns and restrictive new laws.
2. a complete, intensive search of a person or place.
3. a process or period of preliminary testing, as of a new machine or system.
I rə pre sə bəl
impossible to restrain, suppress, or keep under control.
He was seized by an irrepressible urge to laugh.
She was a lively and irrepressible child.