Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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May
01
2013

welter

Posted in Vocabulary, Word of the Day by admin

wel t@r

intransitive verb

definition 1: to become involved or entangled, often overwhelmingly.
example: He is weltering in paperwork.
definition 2. to roll about or wallow, as in mud or the open seas.
example: The ship weltered in the waves lashed up by the violent winds.

noun

definition 1: a disorderly mass or turmoil; jumble.
example: Southern Sudan is a welter of tribes and sub-tribes.(MacKenzie Funk, “Will Global Warming, Overpopulation, Floods, Droughts, and Food Riots Make This Man Rich?,” Rolling Stone Magazine, May 27, 2010)
example: I plunged into the internet’s welter of information.

definition 2: a turbulent rolling and tossing, as of the sea.
example: Ideally, one would like to freeze the welter of the sea surface and bring it back to the laboratory for detailed study. (Blair Kinsman, Wind Waves: Their Generation and Propagation on the Ocean Surfaces)