Category: Word of the Day

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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
15
2014

brood

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brud

intransitive verb

1.to sit on eggs in order to hatch them.

2. to ponder or deliberate, often moodily, a single subject (usually folllowed by on or over).
She brooded over the problem all night.

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Oct
14
2014

depose

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dih poz

1. to deprive of rank or office, esp. from an important position such as that of king.
The rebels deposed the leader and quickly established a provisional government.

2. to testify or give evidence, under oath, that can be used as testimony in a court of law.
The witness deposed that he had arrived home at midnight.

3. to question or gain a sworn statement from (a witness) for use in a trial.

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Oct
13
2014

impound

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ihm paUnd

1: to shut up or confine (an animal) in a pound.
The dog was dangerous and had to be impounded.

2: to confiscate and retain (property or documentary evidence) in legal custody.
The police impounded the vehicle that had been used as the getaway car.

3: to confine or secure (water) in a reservoir.
Bagnell Dam impounds the Osage River in the U.S. state of Missouri, creating the Lake of the Ozarks.

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