Category: Word of the Day

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

Dec
03
2014

racket

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rae kiht

noun

1. loud, confused noise; tumult; din.
The people next door were making such a racket that she could not get to sleep.

2. (sometimes pl.) illegal activities, such as extortion and fraud, carried out by an organized group of people, or an organization directing such activities.
The clinic turned out to be a racket that defrauded Medicaid.

intransitive verb

to make a lot of noise.

 

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Dec
02
2014

expressly

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ihk spres li
adverb
1. in an explicit manner.
I expressly asked you to come straight home after school.

2. specifically.

“He had often,” he said, “heard of people knocking out their brains against a wall, but never before knew of any one building a wall expressly for the purpose.” (Thomas Moore, Memoirs of the Life of the Rt. Hon. Richard Brinsley Sheridan)

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Dec
01
2014

telling

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te lIng

adjective

1. having a noticeable or striking effect.
Losing their star pitcher was a telling blow to the team.
2. revealing.
The film footage provides us with a telling glimpse of his true character.

 

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Nov
25
2014

indelible

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In de lə bəl

adjective

1. incapable of being removed or obliterated; permanent.
He was still tortured by indelible memories of the war.
2.making or leaving a permanent mark.
indelible ink

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Nov
24
2014

interstellar

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In tər ste lər

adjective

existing or occurring between or among the stars.

Word Parts

The word interstellar contains the following parts:

inter-  Latin prefix that means between, among
stell     Latin root that means star

synonyms of stell:  astr, aster, astro

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