Category: Word of the Day

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

Aug
19
2015

deadpan

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ded paen

adjective

1. showing no emotion; blank and expressionless.
As a comedian, he’s known for his deadpan style.
Her usually lively face now wore a deadpan expression.

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Aug
18
2015

dead load

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ded lod

noun

the fixed or permanent weight of a structure that exerts a uniform, constant pressure on the supports. (Cf. live load.)
The roof of your house is a dead load, while people walking around inside it are a live load.

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Aug
17
2015

deadwood

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ded wUd

noun

1.on a tree, branches or sections of trunk that are dead.
We should trim the deadwood on that tree.
2. unproductive persons or burdensome things that hinder the smooth function or progress of an enterprise.
The new manager’s first task was to get rid of the deadwood among the workers.

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Aug
14
2015

imprecation

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Im prə keI shən

noun

a curse, uttered or thought of.
The prisoner muttered imprecations at the guards as they returned him to his cell.

 

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Aug
13
2015

fortitude

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for tih tud

strength, endurance, and patience in the face of adversity or temptation.
He possessed the emotional fortitude necessary to operate on badly wounded soldiers week after week.

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