Category: Word of the Day

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

Jan
08
2015

percolate

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puhr leIt
transitive verb
1. to cause (a liquid) to trickle or pass through something porous, such as a filter.
2. to trickle or move slowly through.
The excess fluid percolated the soil.
3.  to brew (coffee) by filtering hot water through ground coffee.

intransitive verb

1.  to pass slowly through a filter or other porous substance; filter through something.
2.  to brew in a coffee percolator.
The coffee percolates quickly in this pot.
3. to be or become active or lively.
This office is finally beginning to percolate.

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Jan
06
2015

posthumous

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pas chə məs
1. beginning, occurring, or continuing after one’s death.
The police officer who was shot in the raid was paid a posthumous tribute by his fellow officers.
2. published following the author’s death.
a posthumous autobiography
3. born after the father’s death.
a posthumous daughter

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Jan
05
2015

saga

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sa g@

noun

1. a medieval Nordic or Icelandic prose narrative, esp. one describing the historical or legendary exploits of a single person or family.
The saga told of the extraordinary travels and adventures of their ancestors.
2.  any long detailed narrative, esp. one chronicling the generations of a family or group; epic.
The saga, which covered three generations of an English family, was published in five volumes between 1906 and 1921.

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Dec
30
2014

dogmatist

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dawgtihst
one who asserts opinions or beliefs as though they were facts.
An animal rights dogmatist, she maintains the equality of people and animals regardless of context.

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Dec
29
2014

consternation

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kan stər neI shən

surprise and alarm, leading to panic, deep disappointment, or total confusion.
To the consternation of some conservative groups, it was announced that women would no longer be banned from Navy submarines.

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