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    viscid [ VIS-id ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. viscous, sticky or adhesive
    2. (Botany) covered with a sticky substance
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Its viscid nature made it important for pharmaceutical research.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The development of sticky viscid silk is thought to be an important evolutionary innovation as that silk is more effective at snagging passing insects than the non-sticky variety.
    National Geographic, Dinosaur-Era Spiderweb Found in Amber, by John Pickrell in England, August 7, 2003
     
    acclaimed [ uh'-KLEYM ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     celebrated, acknowledged, renowned or praised
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He was an acclaimed writer who had won many prestigious awards.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     A globally acclaimed folk artist from Northumberland is to be given a prestigious music award.
    BBC, Folk artist awarded Queen's Medal, 26 January 2009
     
    supine [ adj. soo-PAHYN; n. SOO-pahyn ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. (adj.) lying on the back or lying face up
    2. (adj.) inactive
    3. (n.) the simple infinitive when a verb is preceded by to
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He was relaxing by the pool in a supine posture.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     In addition, further efforts to educate child care providers about the importance of supine sleep for infants must be ongoing.
    BBC, Childminders 'raise cot death risks', 9 August 2000
     
    transitory [ TRAN-si-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -zi- ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. lasting for a short while
    2. fleeting or passing
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The doctor told his patient that the transitory, post-operational pain would diminish and disappear after a couple of days.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The suspect made no comment and was remanded in custody at the Transitory Detention Centre.
    The Telegraph, Argentina's Fritzl: Monster of Mendoza accused of fathering seven children by daughter, Aislinn Simpson, 11 May 2009
     
    barefaced [ BAIR-feyst ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. with the face uncovered or without disguise or concealment
    2. shameless
    3. brazen or boldly open
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     She claimed that she did not go barefaced in public places as she feared being mobbed by fans.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended Labour's record on tax after Tory leader William Hague branded the party's promises on the issue a "total, barefaced election lie".
    BBC, Blair defends tax record, 15 March 2000.
     

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    palaver [ puh'-LAV-er, LAH-ver ]
     noun, verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) a long negotiation between enemies or esp. one between primitive tribes and european traders
    2. (n.) long idle talk or chatter
    3. (v.) to parley or negotiate
    4. (v.) to talk idly or profusely
    5. (v.) to coax or flatter
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The lengthy palaver between the Sioux Chief Sitting Bull and American traders led to the white man's takeover of the entire North American continent.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The whole bullying palaver would have been manipulated to get best possible ratings and controversial headlines making whoever was in the frontline to cop the brunt of it.
    News.com.au, Demelza 'took rap for bullying', Tom Ford , July 03, 2008
     
    expiate [ EK-spee-eyt ]
     verb ]
     MEANING :
     to amend one's mistakes; to atone or extinguish the guilt incurred
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     All faiths have devised ways to expiate a man's sins.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Pope Pius XII celebrated a special mass at St. Peter's basilica today "to expiate the crime of the enemies or God"--the Communists.
    Chicago Tribune, POPE SAYS MASS FOR EXPIATION OF RED CRIMES, Apr 4, 1949
     
    assay [ v. a-SEY; n. AS-ey, a-SEY ]
     noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr.v.) to examine, assess or analyse
    2. (intr.v.) to be shown or displayed after conduction of an analysis
    3. (n.) an assessment or examination or a report of such an analysis
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The evidence was assayed by the police.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Towards the end of his life, Sir Arthur Eddington, who died in 1944, assayed a "theory of everything". Experimental evidence ran counter to his work, which today generates only intermittent interest.
    Telegraph, Maths into English, Simon Ing, 27 Sep 2007
     
    capsize [ KAP-sahyz, kap-SAHYZ ]
     intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr. v. & intr. v.) to overturn or turn bottom up or to cause to overturn
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The trawler capsized because of the storm.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The last missing person was rescued a day after a ferry carrying more than 900 people capsized in Philippine waters.
    CNN, All accounted for in Philippine ferry sinking, 8 September 2009.
     
    disarray [ DIS-uh'-rey ]
     noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr. v.) to throw into disorder or confusion
    2. (tr. v.) to upset or lack order
    3. (tr. v.) to undress
    4. (n.) the state of confusion or chaos
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The government's scheme to raise taxes was in disarray following massive agitations promoted by the opposition which resulted in strikes and protest rallies all over the nation.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The Tories have denied their education policy is in "disarray" after a second frontbencher defended grammar schools.
    BBC, Tories deny grammars 'disarray', 31 May 2007.
     

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    lurid [ LOO' R-id ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. marked by sensationalism
    2. glowing or shining in colour
    3. having an unnatural glare
    4. livid or pallid
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The lurid details of his personal life mentioned in his autobiography made it a bestseller.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Earlier this month a private investigator hired by the adviser filed an affidavit making further lurid claims about Mr Najib and the Mongolian, only to retract it a day later, claiming he had made it under duress.
    The Economist, The trials of Anwar, Jul 17th 2008, BANGKOK
     
    carp [ kahrp ]
     noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr.v.) to unreasonably criticize or complain
    2. (n.) an irritable, peevish or fretful complaint
    3. (n.) an Asian fresh-water fish that is often bred for food
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     She carped about the settlement of her divorce all her life.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Public information officers may carp about the burgeoning number of applications that land on their desks every day, but the fact remains that the Right to Information Act is sadly underutilised.
    The Times of India, Keep a watch on govt with Rs 10, Seema Kamdar, 27 December 2004
     
    circumscribe [ SUR-kuh' m-skrahyb, sur-kuh' m-SKRAHYB ]
     transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. to confine, constrict or limit carefully
    2. to encompass or encircle
    3. to define, mark or set the limits of something
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The planting of mango trees was circumscribed to the area surrounding the village.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     You can be circumscribed by your success.
    Telegraph, Juliet Stevenson: 'I would love a completely different life?', 21 Feb 2008
     
    sedulous [ SEJ-uh'-luh' s ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. assiduous, diligent or hardworking
    2. cautiously or persistently maintained
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He was regarded as a sedulous, young man who would do well in life.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Think of the sedulous fashion in which Mr.Brown has cultivated an image of a man of integrity, wisdom and lack of self-interest.
    Telegraph, Gordon Brown's psychological flaws will come back to haunt him, by Simon Heffer, 03 Jan 2009
     
    trickle [ TRIK-uh'l ]
     intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (intr. v.) to flow very slowly
    2.(intr. v.) to pass very slowly
    3. (tr. v.) to cause to flow slowly
    4. (n.) the condition of flowing slowly
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Water trickled out of the faucet.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Men vastly outnumbered women, though a trickle of female voters dressed in bright blue burkas and headscarves lined up throughout the day.
    CNN, Afghan count begins in tents, Ivan Watson, 20 August 2009
     

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    titular [ TICH-uh'-ler, TIT-yuh'- ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. (adj.) of, pertaining to or having a title
    2. (adj.) nominal or existing only in title
    3. (n.) one bearing or holding a title
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He was a titular King, a facade to camouflage the real power behind the throne.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Mr Ahmed, previously only titular head of state, is now the president of the republic, home, defence and foreign ministers, commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
    Economist, Pre-election violence in Bangladesh, Nov 2nd 2006.
     
    tribunal [ trahy-BYOON-l, tri- ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a court of law or justice
    2. one that determines or judges
    3. a position or seat of judgement
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     A tribunal was set up to find the truth in the matter.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     On first day in office Mr. Obama said that he was suspending the military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay.
    Economist, After the dark side, Apr 23rd 2009
     
    submerge [ suh'b-MURJ ]
     intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr. v.) to place below the surface of the water
    2. (tr. v.) to be under water
    3. (tr. v.) to hide from view
    4. (intr. v.) to go below the surface as if underwater
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The buffaloes submerged themselves in the muddy water of the pond.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Police and paramedics arrived to find James lying in a foetal position in the bath with his head submerged in the water.
    The Telegraph, Debt-ridden mother who drowned son detained under Mental Health Act, 2 October 2009
     
    temperance [ TEM-per-uh'ns, TEM-pruh'ns ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. self-control or restraint
    2. complete abstinence from alcohol
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Though he was a hot blooded pugilist, he always urged temperance among his friends.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     It is my hope that Judge Roberts would play a role similar to Justice O'Connor's on the court, and bring with him a voice defined by temperance and open-mindedness, she said.
    CNN, Critics, supporters battle over Roberts, 25 August 2005,
     
    nib [ nib ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. the point of a pen
    2. anything that forms a point or tip
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The nib of his pen broke when it fell off his desk.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     From a distance, the British-designed tower resembles the nib of a fountain pen.
    BBC, Saudi opens first skyscraper, 14 May 2000.
     

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    exacerbate [ ig-ZAS-er-beyt, ek-SAS- ]
     verb ]
     MEANING :
     aggravate; increase intensity, bitterness or violence
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The BJP's move to brand all muslims as potential terrorists is likely to exacerbate the already high social tensions prevalent in our country.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The move was likely to exacerbate the political tensions that have been running high since the opposition made unprecedented gains in the March general elections, eroding the ruling coalition's majority.
    The Age, Anwar arrest triggers call for street protest, July 17, 2008
     
    burlesque [ ber-LESK ]
     noun, verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) a dramatic or literary work that tries to mock or ridicule through grotesque comical exaggeration
    2. (n.) a grotesque theatrical entertainment which features obscene songs, slapstick humour, and sometimes striptease
    3. (v.) to imitate or mock in humorous way
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The gross burlesque act on prime time television failed to generate much viewer interest.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     His comedic schooling came from vaudeville, burlesque and nightclubs.
    CNN, Comedian Joey Bishop dies, October 18, 2007
     
    bolster [ BHOL-ster ]
     noun, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (n.) a pillow or a cushion
    2. (n.) a pad or something used as a support
    3. (tr.v.) to support, uphold or prop up
    4. (tr.v.) to hearten or cheer up
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     She asked for a bolster on the plane as the seats were very uncomfortable.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Now that they have the explicit backing of the authorities, it should help to bolster the housing market which has been the source of so many of the US's economic problems.
    BBC, US rescues giant mortgage lenders, By Greg Wood, 8 September 2008
     
    stupor [ STOO-per, STYOO- ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a state when sensibility has been suspended or greatly diminished
    2. stupefaction, lethargy, daze or apathy
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He was brought out of his stupor by a kick to his shins.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Not neglecting the feet or head, the therapist was thorough and left me in a sort of stupor. says Delaney
    CNN, Pamper yourself: Mandarin Oriental, by Brigid Delaney, July 20, 2007
     
    ludicrous [ LOO-di-kruh's  ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. laughable because of absurdity
    2. hilarious because of being ridiculous
    3. provoking or deserving derision
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He had a ludicrous manner of speaking about a serious topic that made people laugh.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     A Bristol woman, who successfully won a court case against a car clamping firm, says the current rules are ""ludicrous"".
    BBC, Bristol car clamping victim says rules are 'ludicrous', 29 January 2010.
     

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    carnal [ KAHR-nl ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. sensual, bodily or of the flesh
    2. worldly or corporeal
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The carnal nature of the movie is the reason for it to get an 18+ rating.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     There can be no room for carnal impulses.
    The Times of India, Such endeavours require sublimation of desire, 10 May 2004
     
    dross [ draws, dros ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. rubbish, waste matter or impurity
    2. a trivial, inferior or insignificant matter
    3. (metallurgy) the scum that forms on the surface of molten metal during the process of oxidation
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     There should be a proper infrastructure, to deal with the dross, in a city of this size.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     He is the bridge supreme which leads to immortality, and the spirit of fire which burns the dross of lower life.
    The Times of India, Crime & Punishment, 27 October 2006
     
    tarry [ TAR-ee ]
     noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (intr.v.) to loiter, linger or wait
    2. (intr.v.) to stay, sojourn or
    3. (tr.v.) (archaic) to await
    4. (n.) a stay or sojourn
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     As long as they could, they tarried, but in the end they were asked to move along.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     British scientists announced they had evidence that organic compounds could survive atmospheric entry encased in small, tarry meteorites.
    CNN, Test boosts notion that comets brought life, by Richard Stenger, April 6, 2001
     
    winnow [ WIN-oh ]
     noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr.v.) to separate the grain from the chaff by means of a current of air
    2. (tr.v.) to rid or free grain of unwanted or inferior elements
    3. (tr.v.) to fan or blow on
    4. (intr.v.) to sift grain from chaff by fanning
    5. (n.) the machine or device used to sift grain from chaff
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The crop is winnowed in this season.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy and news editor Colin Norman tasked their staff to list the most challenging questions in science today and then winnow the number to 25.
    National Geographic, Journal Ranks Top 25 Unanswered Science Questions, BY John Roach, June 30, 2005
     
    tenacity [ tuh'-NAS-i-tee ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. the quality of being persistent
    2. perseverance
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     His tenacity finally paid off when he passed the exam of the law board on the fifth attempt.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The fact that this is not just a flash in the pan is shown by the unanimity of purpose, tenacity and the discipline of the participants.
    The Telegraph, World War 2: Czechs rise against Nazis, 21 september 2009
     

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    effluvium [ i-FLOO-vee-uh' m ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. emanation or exhalation of invisible vapour having a noxious odour
    2. a waste by-product
    3. an aura or outflow of particles that are impalpable
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     She fainted because she inhaled a high concentration of effluvium from the chemical plant.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     In recent months, many of Dr.Frank Harbinger's patients have entered surgery complaining of effluvium.
    Telegraph, End column, 04 May 2005
     
    superimpose [ soo-per-im-POHZ ]
     transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. to place something over something else
    2. to print one image over another
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     When he superimposed one signature over the other it became evident that they were not the same.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     In addition, he was the first to use "supers" -- captions and other written information superimposed on the lower third of the television screen, Klein said.
    CNN, '60 Minutes' creator Don Hewitt dies, 19 August 2009
     
    swerve [ swurv ]
     noun, verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (v.) to veer off a straight course
    2. (v.) to change direction suddenly
    3. (n.) the act of changing course
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The driver swerved to avoid hitting a careless pedestrian.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Police are eager to hear from a driver who swerved round a pedestrian lying fatally injured after a road crash.
    BBC, Appeal for 'swerve' driver, 7 February 2004,
     
    pendulous [ PEN-juh'-luh's ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. sagging or loosely hanging down
    2. swinging freely
    3. wavering or undecided
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The pendulous clusters of grapes weighed heavily on the vine.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     My personal favorite of the weepers is Picea breweriana, the 'Brewers Spruce', this upright plant reaches 15m, carries level branches with completely pendulous branchlets and oblong purplish cones.
    BBC, A Conifer is not just for Christmas, Brendan Little, 20 February 2010.
     
    thrifty [ THRIF-tee ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. practicing economical management or wisely frugal
    2. prosperous, thriving or successful
    3. growing vigorously
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     A thrifty person will always have enough set aside for a rainy day.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Jean Brown in Keighley has been thrifty and has a few lessons for people on how to live well on a modest budget!
    BBC, Jean in Keighley: Make do and mend! Jane Chesworth, 24 February 2010.
     

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    condign [ kuh n-DAHYN ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     appropriate; well-deserved
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The death penalty would be the most condign punishment for somebody who commits a cold-blooded murder.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     It is condign punishment that Mr Brown will be at No 10 to reap the harvest he has sown.
    The Telegraph, As Mr Brown will find next door, his is not quite the miracle that is proclaimed, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
     
    lexicon [ LEK-si-kon, -kuh' n ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a dictionary
    2. a list of words used in a particular subject
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The term, 'swine flu' is probably the latest addition to the medical lexicon.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     While it is not likely that the listener will understand the lyrics that flow from the speakers, the language of polyrhythm and syncopation transcend the impositions of any systematized lexicon.
    National Geographic, New African Composers
     
    wraith [ reyth ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a spectre or ghost
    2. a ghostly apparition of a person that is supposedly seen as an omen just before his death
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The wraith was seen once every year.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     It was the mangroves he noticed first, reduced to cobwebbed wraiths as far as the eye could see.
    Economist, Arthur Galston, Jun 26th 2008
     
    sunder [ SUHN-der ]
     noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (tr.v.) to severe, split or divide
    2. (intr.v.) to sever, divide, split or part
    3. (n.) division, split or separation
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     At the end of the ceremony, the priest said, "May no man sunder what God has put together".
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The Snowdon marriage was finally sundered early in 1976 when the News of the World published an apparently "intimate" picture of the princess and Llewellyn in Mustique.
    CNN, Like Diana, a twinkle in her eye, February 10, 2002
     
    sumptuous [ SUHMP-choo-uh's ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. lavish or luxuriously grand
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The poor man asked for a morsel of food but was given a sumptuous meal instead.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Don't worry if they collapse when cooked - the look you are aiming for is a sumptuous mess.
    The Telegraph, Seasonal recipes: Creamy grilled tomatoes with basil on flaky pastry, Rose Prince, 27 August 2009
     

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    canny [ KAN-ee ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. prudent, shrewd or cautious
    2. thrifty, careful or steady
    3. snug, quiet or cosy
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     His canny mind found a way out of the trap.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     I suspect that Indian businessmen are canny enough to make the transition with minimal damage.
    The Times of India, Getting around job quotas, by SWAMINOMICS/SWAMINATHAN S ANKLESARIA AIYAR, 24 Oct 2004
     
    wince [ wins ]
     noun, intransitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (intr.v.) to cringe, flinch or draw back
    2. (n.) a start, flinch or recoil
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     He winced but accepted his punishment without a protest.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Mo Williams' left eye was swollen, bandaged with four stitches around it and bruises that caused him to wince with every blow.
    abcNEWS, Cavs' Mo Williams Disappearing Against the Magic, by ANTONIO GONZALEZ, May 25, 2009
     
    synopsis [ si-NOP-sis ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a condensed statement on a topic
    2. a summary or a brief version
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     All the students were told to write a synopsis of the lecture and submit it the following day.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     An eight-page synopsis of the allegations against the 17 men and boys was given to defense lawyers Tuesday.
    CNN, Lawyer: Government says terror plans included beheading, 7 June 2006,
     
    rousing [ ROU-zing ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. exciting, inspiring or stimulating
    2. active or lively
    3. extraordinary or astonishing
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The minstrel always succeeded in producing rousing feelings of ardour whenever he sang his ballads.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Reality Hunger is a manifesto aimed at rousing writers of today to gain inspiration from the real world.
    The Telegraph, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields: review, Philip Womack, 23 February 2010.
     
    dally [ DAL-ee ]
     intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. (intr. v.) to delay, dawdle or waste time
    2. (intr. v.) to trifle, toy with or act in a flirtatious way
    3. (tr. v.) to while away or waste
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The parents told their son that he would miss the school bus if he dallied.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     We didn't dally as we had an appointment with the farrier and the donkey's hooves couldn't wait.
    BBC, Happily Ever After, Jane, 25 November 2009.
     

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    libertine [ LIB-er-teen, -tin ]
     noun ]
     MEANING :
     1. a person who lives without moral restraint
    2. a person who is a freethinker
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     Feudal, conservative societies offer no place to a libertine.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The two brothers, the zealot and the libertine, dominate Coll's epic account of the wealthy Saudi Arabian family whose construction industry fortune was amassed by their father, Mohamed.
    ABC News, Blood Brothers: Could Osama Have Been Tamed?, By MARCUS BARAM, April 3, 2008
     
    voluminous [ vuh'-LOO-muh'-nuh's ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. bulky or having a large size or volume
    2. ample, sufficient or full
    3. winding or having a large number of coils
    4. lengthy or filling a large volume or a large number of volumes
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The voluminous fold of her skirt dragged behind her.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Giggling, he helps me fold and pin my voluminous headscarf under it.
    BBC, Southern Iraq diary: Basra, 17 March, 2004
     
    touchstone [ TUHCH-stohn ]
     noun, adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1.(n.) a criterion, test or standard to measure quality or genuineness
    2. (n.) a black, siliceous stone that was priorly used to test the purity of gold
    3. (adj.) basis or a quintessential or an important feature
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The checks failed as none of the important touchstones were achieved.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     Pay has been the touchstone issue of the financial crisis.
    Economist, The revolution within,May 14th 2009.
     
    subdue [ suh'b-DOO, -DYOO  ]
     transitive verb ]
     MEANING :
     1. to overpower
    2. to overcome by force or persuasiveness
    3. to exercise restrain or moderation
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     When Charles was overcome by an epileptic fit, we subdued him by holding him down.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     The arresting agent told Sutton that Daniel Boyd attempted "to acquire his side arm," and that Dylan Boyd "failed to comply with their instruction and had to be subdued."
    CNN, No bail for 'jihad' suspects despite judge's skepticism, Mike Ahlers, 5 august 2009
     
    tactile [ TAK-til, -tahyl ]
     adjective ]
     MEANING :
     1. pertaining to or characterized by the sense of touch
    2. perceptible to the touch
    3. tangible
     USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
     The author's tactile description of the setting was so vivid and lifelike that the reader would invariably get involved in the story.
     USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
     My background was in making buildings accessible to people with various disabilities, and part of that involved creating tactile diagrams of floor plans and emergency routes for visually-impaired people.
    BBC, Beatrix Potter characters remodelled for blind children, Neil Prior, 1 February 2010.
     

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