(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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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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(prĭ-pŏn′dər-əns) also pre·pon·der·an·cy (-ən-sē)
Superiority in weight, force, importance, or influence.
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prɪˈpɒndərəns) or preponderancy
the quality of being greater in weight, force, influence, etc: . the preponderance of right-handed people
(duˈplɪs ɪ təs, dyu-)
marked or characterized by duplicity.
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