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 March 9, 2018

trepidation

(ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən)

n.

1. tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
2. a trembling or quivering movement.
[1595–1605; < Latin trepidātiō, derivative of trepidā(re) to be apprehensive, panic]

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 20, 2018

ed·dy

(ĕd′ē)

n. pl. ed·dies

1. A current, as of water or air, moving contrary to the direction of the main current, especially in a circular motion.
2. A drift or tendency that is counter to or separate from a main current, as of opinion, tradition, or history.
intr.v. ed·died, ed·dy·ing, ed·dies