Category: Word of the Day

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

Jul
30
2014

Pollyanna

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pa li ae
noun
1. in an early twentieth-century novel by Eleanor H. Porter, the heroine and title character, who is always happy and optimistic.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a naively or persistently optimistic person.
She is too much of a Pollyanna to really help me find my way out of this mess. 

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Jul
29
2014

inchoate

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ihn ko iht

adjective
1.  in an early stage of existence.
example:  The inchoate government dealt with the most pressing problems first.

2.  partially or imperfectly developed.
example:  Their inchoate plan overlooks a number of potentialities.

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Jul
25
2014

grizzle

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grI zəl
transitive verb & intransitive verb
to make or become gray or somewhat gray.
example: Time grizzled his beard.

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Jul
24
2014

whorl

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worl [or] wuhrl
noun
1: a circular arrangement, as of leaves or petals around a center, or a coiled shape.
2: a circular or spiraling movement, as of a current of air, smoke, or water.
3: a single coil of a spiral shell, as of a snail.
4: a single ridge, forming a complete circle, in the center of a fingerprint.

fingerprint graph

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Jul
23
2014

stipple

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stI pəl

transitive verb
to render part or the whole of (a painting, drawing, or engraving) in dots, points, or dabs.

noun
1: a method of painting, drawing, or engraving by applying small points, dots, or dabs to a surface.
The artist has used stipple to create the delicate shading in his drawing.
2: a work produced by such a method.

stipple

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