- to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal
- to put aside; put an end to.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
- a governor of a province under the ancient Persian monarchy.
- a subordinate ruler, often a despotic one.
- the seclusion of women from the sight of men or strangers, practiced by some Muslims and Hindus.
- a screen, curtain, or veil used for this purpose.
Friday, November 13, 2015
- a box or chest, especially one for valuables.
- coffers, a treasury; funds
- any of various boxlike enclosures, as acofferdam.
- Also called caisson, lacunar. Architecture. one of a number of sunken panels, usually square or octagonal, in a vault, ceiling, or soffit.
- a two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail with square upper sails.
- hermaphrodite brig.
- the laying on of paint thickly.
- the paint so laid on.
- enamel or slip applied to a ceramic object to form a decoration in low relief.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
- a confused mass; a jumble or muddle: a welter of anxious faces.
- a state of commotion, turmoil, or upheaval: the welter that followed the surprise attack.
- a rolling, tossing, or tumbling about, as or as if by the sea, waves, or wind: They found the shore through the mighty welter.
- a cow shed.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
- the act of wagging: a friendly wag ofthe tail.
- a person given to droll, roguish, or mischievous humor; wit.
early 13 c., probably from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. vagga "a cradle," Dan. vugge "rock a cradle," O.Swed. wagga "fluctuate"), and in part from O.E. wagian "move backwards and forwards;" all from P. Gmc. *wagojanan (cf. O.H.G. weggen, Goth. wagjan "to wag"), probably from PIE base *wegh- "to move about" (see weigh). Wagtail is attested from c.1500 as a kind of small bird; 18 c. as "a harlot," but seems to be implied much earlier: "If therefore thou make not thy mistress a goldfinch, thou mayst chance to find her a wagtaile." [Lyly, "Midas," 1592] Wag-at-the-wall (1825) was an old name for a hanging clock with pendulum and weights exposed.
"person fond of making jokes," 1553, perhaps a shortening of waghalter "gallows bird," person destined to swing in a noose or halter, applied humorously to mischievous children, from wag (v.) + halter. Or possibly directly from wag (v.).
"To house his workers Ford built a replica of a middle-class Michigan town, complete with a hospital, schools, stores, movie theaters, Methodist churches, and wooden bungalows on tree-lined streets... Wags immediately dubbed the project Fordlândia."
- Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
- integrity and uprightness; honesty.
- to hand over or deliver formally or officially; commit (often followed by to).
- to transfer to another's custody or charge; entrust.
- to set apart for or devote to (a special purpose or use): to consign two afternoons a week to the club.
- to banish or set apart in one's mind; relegate: to consign unpleasant thoughts to oblivion.
- to ship, as by common carrier, especially for sale or custody.
- to address for such shipment.
- Obsolete. to confirm or ratify, as with a seal or other token.
Monday, November 09, 2015
- Also, hammock. an elevated tract of land rising above the general level of a marshy region.
- a knoll or hillock.
- Also, hommock. a ridge in an ice field.
- of, pertaining to, or having equality of measure.
- of or pertaining to isometric exercise.
- Crystallography. noting or pertaining to that system of crystallization that is characterized by three equal axes at right angles to one another. Comparecrystal system.
- Prosody. of equal measure; made up of regular feet.
- Drafting. designating a method of projection (isometric projection) in which a three-dimensional object is represented by a drawing (i·somet·ric draw·ing) having the horizontal edges of the object drawn usually at a 30° angle and all verticals projected perpendicularly from a horizontal base, all lines being drawn to scale. Compare orthographic projection.
- a cotton or linen fabric of open weave used for bunting, curtains, etc.
- Theater. a piece of such fabric used as a drop, border, or the like, for creating the illusion of a solid wall or backdrop under certain lighting conditions or creating a semitransparent curtain when lit from behind.
- the whole side of a ship above the water line, from the bow to the quarter.
- any strong or comprehensive attack, as by criticism.
- Also called broadsheet.
- a sheet of paper printed on one or both sides, as for distribution or posting.
- any printed advertising circular.
- any broad surface or side, as of a house.
- Also called broadside ballad. a song, chiefly in 16th- and 17th-century England, written on a topical subject, printed on broadsides, and sung in public, as on a street corner, by a professional balladeer.
- a word or short phrase to be communicated, on challenge, to a sentinel or guard; password or countersign.
- a word or phrase expressive of a principle or rule of action; slogan
- a rallying cry of a party, club, team, etc.
A rump state is the remnant of a once-larger government.
- to use the mind; think or think about.
Sunday, November 08, 2015
- trimming of braid, cord, bead, etc., in any of various forms.
- to invoke or call down (evil or curses), as upon a person.
- having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.
- numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold: multifarious activities.
- a member of an armed band of roving mounted bandits.
- a gunman or hired killer.
- Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.
- a gratuity or tip.
- an unexpected or indirect benefit.
Saturday, November 07, 2015
- a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, especially for the dead; dirge; funeral song.
Friday, November 06, 2015
- bragging; bravado; bluster.
—noun, plural sal·vos, sal·voes.
- a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.
- a round of fire given as a salute.
- a round of cheers or applause.
—noun, plural sal·vos. Archaic.
- an excuse or quibbling evasion.
- something to save a person's reputation or soothe a person's feelings.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
- presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud
- exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant
- a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
- a general discharge or outpouring of anything
- a warehouse.
- a commercial center where goods are received for distribution, transshipment, or repackaging.
—verb (used without object)
- to work hard; drudge.
- to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.
—verb (used with object)
- Archaic. to wet or smear.
- hard work or drudgery.
- confusion, turmoil, or trouble.
- Glassmaking. a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation.
- Mining. a short hand tool with a polygonal point, used for breaking or prying out rock.
- a saw for two persons, as a pitsaw, used to divide timbers lengthwise.
—verb (used with object), whip·sawed,whip·sawed or whip·sawn, whip·saw·ing.
- to cut with a whipsaw.
- to win two bets from (a person) at one turn or play, as at faro.
- to subject to two opposing forces at the same time: The real-estate market has been whipsawed by high interest rates and unemployment.
—verb (used without object),whip·sawed, whip·sawed or whip·sawn,whip·saw·ing.
- (of a trailer, railroad car, etc.) to swing suddenly to the right or left, as in rounding a sharp curve at high speed.
Monday, November 02, 2015
- pertaining to an equinox or the equinoxes, or to the equality of day and night.
- pertaining to the celestial equator.
- occurring at or about the time of an equinox.
- Botany . (of a flower) opening regularly at a certain hour.