Category: Word of the Day

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

Apr
13
2015

truckle

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truh kəl

intransitive verb

to act in a servile manner; submit tamely (usu. fol. by to).
The porter receives big tips because he truckles to rich guests.

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Apr
09
2015

galvanize

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gaelnaIz
verb
1. to subject to or stimulate by an electric current.
Dr. Frankenstein galvanized the corpse in order to bring it to life.
2. to stimulate into awareness or activity.
The impending war galvanized the nation’s industries.
3. to coat (iron or steel) with zinc to prevent rust.
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Apr
08
2015

diacritic

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daI ə krI tihk

a small distinguishing mark, such as a macron, umlaut, or cedilla, that is added to a letter, esp. to indicate how it is to be pronounced; diacritical mark.

 

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Apr
07
2015

punctilious

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puhngk tI li əs

adjective

1. strictly adhering to etiquette or formalities.
Her mother-in-law was so punctilious that she was always nervous about making any error of etiquette in her presence.

2. greatly concerned with every detail; precise.
Our punctilious housekeeper will have a fit if you leave your coat draped on a chair for five minutes.

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Apr
06
2015

robust

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ro buhst
adjective
1. physically strong, healthy, and energetic.
Among the marathon runners were several robust middle-aged men and women.

2. having or showing vitality or strength; highly functioning or effective.
The real estate market was particularly robust during that period.
The robust argument made in favor of the proposal was difficult to oppose.

3. sturdy or durable; well-constructed.
The new backpacks are made of a highly robust material.

4. requiring strength and endurance.
Containing the flood waters will require robust effort.

5. hearty or boisterous.
The fans shouted down at the players in their usual robust manner.

6. full-flavored.
I prefer a robust cup of coffee.

Nouns frequently modified by the word “robust”

appetite, australopithecine, capability, cheese, chili, competition, competitor, cooking, debate, design, deterrence, dish, earnings, economy, engagement, estimate, expansion, finding, flavor, growth, health, index, indicator, laugh, market, military, pace, penetrator, platform, predictor, productivity, profit, recipe, recovery, repression, sales, software, soup, spending, system, understanding, variation

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