Word of the Day April 28, 2018

catacomb

(ˈkætəˌkəʊm; -ˌkuːm)

n

1. (Building) (usually plural) an underground burial place, esp. the galleries at Rome, consisting of tunnels with vaults or niches leading off them for tombs
2. (Building) a series of interconnected underground tunnels or caves
3. (Physical Geography) a series of interconnected underground tunnels or caves

Word of the Day February 17, 2018

colloidal

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Related to colloidal: colloidal solution, Colloidal silver

n.1. Chemistry

a. A system in which finely divided particles, which are approximately 1 to 1,000 millimicrons in size, are dispersed within a continuous medium in a manner that prevents them from being filtered easily or settled rapidly.
b. The particulate matter so dispersed.
2. The gelatinous stored secretion of the thyroid gland, consisting mainly of thyroglobulin.
3. Gelatinous material resulting from degeneration in diseased tissue.
adj.

Of, relating to, containing, or having the nature of a colloid.

Word of the Day February 10, 2018

dot·age

(dō′tĭj)

n.

A deterioration of mental faculties associated with aging

n
1. feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
2. foolish infatuation

Word of the Day February 3, 2018

vac·il·late

(văs′ə-lāt′)

intr.v. vac·il·lat·ed, vac·il·lat·ing, vac·il·lates

1. To be unable to choose between different courses of action or opinions; waver: She vacillated about whether to leave.
2. To change between one state and another; fluctuate: The weather vacillated between sunny and rainy.
3. Archaic To sway from one side to the other.

[Latin vacillāre, vacillāt-, to waver.]

vac′il·lat′ing·ly adv.
vac′il·la′tion n.
vac′il·la′tor n.

Word of the Day January 27, 2018

croon

(kro͞on)

v. crooned, croon·ing, croons
v.intr.

1. To hum or sing softly.
2. To sing popular songs in a soft, sentimental manner.
3. Scots To roar or bellow.
v.tr.

To sing softly or in a humming way: crooning a lullaby.
n.

A soft singing or humming.

Word of the Day January 6, 2018

forlorn

[fawr-lawrn]
adjective
1.

desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance.
2.

lonely and sad; forsaken.
3.

expressive of hopelessness; despairing:

forlorn glances.
4.

bereft; destitute:

forlorn of comfort.
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Word of the Day December 30, 2017

sluice

(slo͞os)

n.

1.

a. An artificial channel for conducting water, with a valve or gate to regulate the flow: sluices connecting a reservoir with irrigated fields.
b. A valve or gate used in such a channel; a floodgate: open sluices to flood a dry dock. Also called sluice gate.
2. A body of water impounded behind a floodgate.
3. A sluiceway.
4. A long inclined trough, as for carrying logs or separating gold ore.
v. sluiced, sluic·ing, sluic·es
v.tr.

1. To flood or drench with or as if with a flow of released water.
2. To wash with water flowing in a sluice: sluicing sediment for gold.
3. To draw off or let out by a sluice: sluice floodwater.
4. To send (logs, for example) down a sluice.
v.intr.

To flow out from or as if from a sluice.

[Middle English scluse, from Old French escluse, from Late Latin exclūsa, from Latin, feminine past participle of exclūdere, to shut out; see exclude.]
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