Category: Word of the Day

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

Mar
16
2015

palindrome

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pae lihn drom

noun

a word, number, phrase, or longer expression with letters or numbers in the same order both backward and forward, such as “level,” 1881, or “Able was I ere I saw Elba.”
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Mar
13
2015

subplot

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suhb plat
a minor or secondary plot in a work of fiction or film.

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Mar
12
2015

figurative

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fIg yə rə tihv

adjective

not meant to be interpreted in a literal way; metaphorical.
“It’s raining cats and dogs” is a figurative expression that means that it is raining very hard and not that animals are falling from the clouds.
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Mar
11
2015

intonation

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InneI shən

1. the pattern of changes in pitch of the speaking or singing voice.
In English, rising intonation at the end of a statement usually signals a question.
2. the act or manner of speaking, esp. with regard to pitch and its reflection of meaning.
3. the act or manner of producing musical tones.

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Mar
10
2015

syntax

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sIn taeks

1. the study of the structure and formation of phrases and sentences.
She is a linguist specializing in German syntax.
2.  the rules in a language that govern the structure and formation of sentences.
“Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” is a famous example of a sentence that is semantically absurd but is in perfect accordance with the syntax of English.
3. the word order or pattern of word order in a phrase or sentence.
The complex syntax often used by Henry James makes reading his novels a challenge.
4. in computer science, the rules governing the way machine language commands are interpreted.
5. any systematic arrangement; order.

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