Category: Word of the Day

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May
07
2015

leaven

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le v@n

noun

1. a substance, such as yeast, that produces fermentation in a dough or batter and causes it to rise.
2. an element that has a subtle, enlivening, or modifying effect; leavening.
the leaven of humor

transitive verb
1. to produce fermentation in.
The dough is leavened with yeast.
2. to enliven or change with a subtle, pervasive influence.
The story is leavened by her sense of comic irony.

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May
06
2015

(Latin root lev) levitate

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le vih teIt

intransitive verb
to rise and float, apparently without hindrance from the force of gravity.
Crowds gathered in the hope of seeing the guru levitate.

transitive verb
to cause to rise and float in such a way, esp. by magical power.
Powerful magnets levitate the elevator.
The magician appeared to levitate his assistant.

 

Levitation in the News

“ThyssenKrupp, a German conglomerate that specializes in automotive technology, has developed an elevator system called Multi, in which cables are replaced with magnetic levitation technology, also known as maglev. Maglev vehicles float rather than roll.” http://www.popsci.com/ground-breaking-elevator-design-allows-both-horizontal-and-vertical-cars

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May
05
2015

(Latin root lev, liev) relieve

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rih liv

transitive verb

1. to ease or reduce (pain, suffering, need, worry, or the like).
Aspirin usually relieves my headaches.
These herbs are said to relieve pain.
Yoga is useful for relieving stress.
It took only a phone call to relieve all our worries.
She leafed through a magazine to relieve the boredom.

2.to liberate from fear, anxiety, distress or other burdensome condition.
It relieves me to hear that they’re all safe.

3. to lower the pressure, weight, or tension of.
When the wind died, the sailor relieved the tension on the sail.

4. to take over the duties of
The fatigued guard hoped his partner would arrive soon to relieve him.

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May
04
2015

(Latin root lev) levity

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le vih ti

noun

a lack of seriousness; light, humorous, or foolish behavior or attitude.
A funeral is no time for levity.

 

Editor’s Note

This week’s Words of the Day all contain a form of the Latin root lev, which means “light (in weight).”

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May
01
2015

alcove

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ael kov
a separate or recessed part of a room that is partly enclosed.
We like to have breakfast in the little alcove off the kitchen.

any similar space, as in a garden.
They sat in the garden alcove and told secrets to each other.

London_bridge_alcove

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