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(wĭd′ər-shĭnz′) or with·er·shins (wĭ th′-)
contrary or counterclockwise direction: “The coracle whirled round, clockwise, then widdershins” (Anthony Bailey).
[Middle Low German weddersinnes
from Middle High German widersinnes
back (from Old High German widar
in the direction of (from sin
from Old High German; see sent-
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1. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of conscience for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse.
2. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action; qualm.
[1350–1400; Middle English
Late Latin compūnctiō remorse
prick; compare point
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(ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən)
1. tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
2. a trembling or quivering movement.
[1595–1605; < Latin trepidātiō, derivative of to be trepidā(re) apprehensive, panic]
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Related to colloidal: colloidal solution, Colloidal silver
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.
Of, relating to, containing, or having the nature of a colloid.
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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. To Archaic sway from one side to the other.
[Latin vacillāre , , vacillāt- to .] waver
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1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: “There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript” (Irving R. Kaufman).
2. Having a short lifespan or a short annual period of aboveground growth. Used especially of plants.
Something, especially a plant, that is ephemeral.
[From Greek : ephēmeros , ep-, epi- + epi- , hēmerā .] day
, e·phem′er·al′i·ty e·phem′er·al·ness n.
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