Word of the Day – February 16, 2019

occultation

(ŏk′ŭl-tā′shən)

n.

1. The act of occulting or the state of being occulted.
2. Astronomy

a. The passage of a celestial object across the line of sight between an observer and another celestial object, as when the moon moves between Earth and the sun in a solar eclipse.
b. The progressive blocking and unblocking of light or other electromagnetic radiation from a celestial source during such a passage: a lunar occultation of a quasar; a planetary occultation of a star.
c. An observational technique for determining the position or radiant structure of a celestial source undergoing such occultation or of the object causing the occultation.

Word of the day – February 9, 2019

Hackles

1. Any of the long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a male fowl.
2. hackles The erectile hairs along the back of the neck of an animal, especially of a dog.
3. A feather, usually from the neck of a chicken, used in trimming a fishing fly.
tr.v. hack·led, hack·ling, hack·les

To trim (an artificial fishing fly) with a hackle.

Idiom:

get (one’s) hackles up

To be extremely insulted or irritated.

Word of the Day January 19, 2019

intransigent

also intransigeant  (ĭn-trăn′sə-jənt, -zə-)

adj.

Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.

[French intransigeant, from Spanish intransigente : in-, not (from Latin; see in-1) + transigente, present participle of transigir, to compromise (from Latin trānsigere, to come to an agreement : trāns-, trans- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots).]

in·tran′si·gence, in·tran′si·gen·cy n.
in·tran′si·gent n.
in·tran′si·gent·ly adv.

Word of the Day, January 12, 2019

bucolic

(bjuːˈkɒlɪk)

adj

1. of or characteristic of the countryside or country life; rustic
2. of or relating to shepherds; pastoral
n

3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (sometimes plural) a pastoral poem, often in the form of a dialogue
4. a rustic; farmer or shepherd
[C16: from Latin būcolicus, from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos cowherd, from bous ox]
buˈcolically adv

Word of the Day January 5, 2019

milliner (mĭl′ə-nər)

n.

One that makes, trims, designs, or sells hats.

[Probably alteration of Middle English Milener, native of Milan, from Milanthe source of goods such as bonnets and lace.]
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Word of the Day, December 29, 2018

whimsical

(wĭm′zĭ-kəl, hwĭm′-)

adj.

1. Characterized by, arising from, or subject to whimsy: a whimsical decision.
2. Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way: “The episodic book is memorable for its whimsical animal dialogue” (Peter D. Sieruta).

[From whimsy.]

whim′si·cal·ly adv.

Word of the Day December15, 2018

co·a·lesce

(kō′ə-lĕs′)

v. co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing, co·a·lesc·es
v.intr.

1. To come or grow together into a single mass: the material that coalesced to form stars.
2. To come together as a recognizable whole or entity: the stories that coalesced as the history of the movement.
3. To come together for a single purpose: The rebel units coalesced into one army to fight the invaders. See Synonyms at mix.
v.tr.

1. To cause to coalesce as a single mass: The atoms were coalesced into a larger molecule.
2. To cause to coalesce as a single whole or entity: The survey responses were coalesced into a single document.

[Latin coalēscere : co-, co- + alēscere, to grow, inchoative of alere, to nourish; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

co′a·les′cence n.
co′a·les′cent adj.