Category: Word of the Day

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

Jun
26
2014

thrum

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thruhm
transitive verb
1. to play (a stringed instrument or a tune) by plucking, esp. idly or repetitiously.
As he spoke, he thrummed his guitar.
2. to drum the fingers on.
She sat thrumming the table and thinking.
intransitive verb
1. to pluck, or pluck a tune on, a stringed instrument.
She thrummed on a ukelele.
2. to drum with the fingers.
Impatient, he thrummed on the counter with his fingertips.
noun
a muffled, repetitious sound; thrumming.
When her neighbors play loud music, the thrum of the bass makes her head ache.

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Jun
25
2014

stigma

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stIg

noun

plural: stigmas, stigmata

1. a long-lasting mark or stain on one’s character or reputation, esp. of disgrace or reproach.
He was never able to overcome the stigma of having been impeached.
2. a persistent social characterization of a behavior or condition as a sign of immorality or disgrace.
Those with mental illnesses still face stigma and inadequate care.
There was a great stigma attached to divorce in those days.
3. a mark or pore on the surface of the skin or of a plant.
4.  a spot on the skin that bleeds as the result of nervous tension or emotional trauma.
5. part of a plant that receives pollen; pistil.

 

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Jun
24
2014

clinch

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transitive verb
1. to make certain or final; secure; settle.
A week before the end of the season, the team clinched first place.
It was the offer of more money that clinched the deal.
2. to hammer down sideways (the protruding point of a nail) to make more secure.
3. to fasten by means of clinched nails.

intransitive verb
1. of two boxers, to grasp each other so as to impede blows.
2. (informal) to embrace.

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Jun
23
2014

visceral

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vI sə rəl

1. of, concerning, or affecting the viscera.
The patient complained of visceral pain that was felt as an aching in the lower abdomen.

2: stemming from instinct or intuition rather than the intellect.
The detective tended to act on his visceral responses to information.

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Jun
20
2014

unexceptionable

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uhn ihk sep shə nə bəl

without flaw or fault; beyond objection or criticism.

She believed her fiancé was a man of unexceptionable character.
Though the student seemed bored and undisciplined in class, the work he handed in was unexceptionable.

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