Category: Word of the Day

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

Sep
09
2014

portal

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por təl

1. a doorway or entrance, esp. a large and imposing one.
The prince and his retinue came on horseback through the castle’s portal.

2. an entrance or means of entry to a place.
The hero discovers a portal to an enchanted world.

3. a website that serves as an entry point to the Web or a segment of the Web by offering a range of resources which may include a search engine, topic directories, discussion forums, email, and other services.

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Sep
08
2014

periphery

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pə rI fə ri

1. the outer boundary or edge of an area or surface, or the region directly inside or outside of this.
Trees mark the periphery of our property.

2. the nonessential area or aspect of something.

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Sep
05
2014

wayward

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weI wərd

1. difficult to control; willfully disobedient.
His wayward son had gotten himself suspended from school once again.

 2. swayed by whim; unpredictable; capricious.

That odd sort of wayward mood I am speaking of, comes over a man only in some time of extreme tribulation; it comes in the very midst of his earnestness, so that what just before might have seemed to him a thing most momentous, now seems but a part of the general joke. (H. Melville, Moby Dick)

3. changing unpredictably; irregular.

Nobody learns where luck’s to be found. It comes and goes like a wayward breeze. (Sandy Brownjohn, “Canon”)

 

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Sep
04
2014

tenable

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te nə bəl

 adjective

able to be upheld, affirmed, supported, or defended; logical.
When he finally did his research, he found to his disappointment that his argument was not tenable.
It sounds like something that would benefit us, but we’ll have to make sure it’s a tenable proposition.

able to be defended from armed attack.
If the enemy crosses the river, we will withdraw south to a tenable position.

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Sep
03
2014

intractable

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ihn traek tə bəl
1. not easily controlled, managed, or persuaded.
His niece was the only person who had any influence on that intractable old man.

2. not easily shaped, manipulated, or solved.
This hard, brittle metal is intractable until heated.
No amount of diplomatic ingenuity will resolve the intractable conflict between these two countries.

definition 3: not easily treated, relieved, or cured.
These drugs will only temporarily suppress an intractable cough.

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