Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Lack of grammatical sequence or coherence, especially in a sentence.
1. Old-womanish, like a crone, feeble from age or feeble-minded: the feminine counterpart of senile, which originally referred only to old men.
2. Fearful and overly cautious.
Otherness; specifically: The quality or state of being radically alien to the conscious self or a particular cultural orientation.
The writing of alternate lines in opposite directions (as from left to right and from right to left).
To laugh loudly or immoderately.
Misty, dim, dark.
1. A selection of passages used to help learn a language
2. A volume of selected passages or stories of an author.
A disparate if not disheveled collection of things, a confused mass of dissimilar objects.
1. Sharing the same tent.
2. Living together with someone or sharing a companionship or, as a noun, a member of such a companionship.
1. Lying down, crouching, reclining.
2. Heraldry. (Of an animal) represented as lying on its stomach with its hind legs and forelegs pointed forward.
1. Marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking.
2. Sick from excessive indulgence in liquor.
1. Of or pertaining to the common people, popular.
2. Of or pertaining to the ordinary, everyday, current form of a language, vernacular.
3. Of, pertaining to, or noting the simplified form of hieratic writing used in ancient Egypt between 700 b.c. and a.d. 500.
A transition area between two adjacent ecological communities.
A literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art.
1. That is known only by a small, exclusive group of insiders or "in" people.
2. Confined to a clique or small closed group of people.
To chew (food) slowly and thoroughly.
1. Sullenly unsociable or shy.
1 Australian & New Zealand: To search for gold or gemstones typically by picking over abandoned workings.
2 Chiefly Australian & New Zealand; a: To search about; RUMMAGE and b: To search for by or as if by rummaging; ferret out.
1. Rope-like or having a cord, rope, or cable.
2. Operated on or by a cable.
3. Related to a funiculus: the umbilical cord (also called afunis in medicine), the spinal cord, or any bundle of nerve fibers.
1. Serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation.
2. Encouraging a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her own, as by experimenting, evaluating possible answers or solutions, or by trial and error.
3. Of, pertaining to, or based on experimentation, evaluation, or trial-and-error methods.
4. Denoting a rule of thumb for solving a problem without the exhaustive application of an algorithm.
1. A private form of speech invented by one child or by children who are in close contact, as twins.
2. A pathological condition in which a person's speech is so severely distorted that it is unintelligible.
1. An idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.
2. Entomology, an adult insect.
1. The earliest stages or first traces of anything.
2. Extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.
1. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
2. Not to be uttered; taboo.
1. A restless tossing of the body.
2. Boasting; bragging.
1. Lacking nutritive value.
2. Devoid of significance or interest; dull.
3. Juvenile, puerile.
Conspicuous; easily seen or recognized.
To complain habitually.
Using or involving the use of a minimum of words, oncise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious.
1. Savage; ravenous; predatory.
2. Pertaining to or resembling the wolf.
A confection believed to contain an antidote to every poison.
To silently move the lips in simulation of audible speech.
Resembling nacre (mother-of-pearl); lustrous; pearly.
1. A drug or drink, or the plant yielding it, mentioned by ancient writers as having the power to bring forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble.
2. Anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, especially of sorrow or trouble.
1. Supernatural, mysterious.
2. Filled with a sense of the presence of divinity, holy.
3. Appealing to the higher emotions or to the aesthetic sense, spiritual.
1. The contemplation of the navel as part of meditation.
2. Self-absorption, egocentrism.
3. Inertia, lack of activity or motivation.
A miscellaneous collection (as of things or persons).
1. The study of correct pronunciation.
2. The study of the relationship between the pronunciation of words and their orthography.
1. A magic potion for any purpose.
2. A potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love, usually with some specific person.
1. A trusted military leader (as for a medieval prince).
2. A leading champion of a cause.
1. Rebirth, regeneration.
2. In biology, embryonic development that reproduces the ancestral features of the species.
3. Baptism in the Christian faith.
4. The doctrine of transmigration of souls.
Having multiple skills, able and willing to carry out a variety of tasks requiring different sets of skills.
1. To bet in a parlay.
2. To exploit successfully, to increase or otherwise transform into something of much greater value.
1. Having a loud reverberating sound.
2. Having an expressive and especially plaintive quality.
1. The essence or real nature of a thing, that which makes a thing what it is.
2. Something trivial, unimportant, a quibble.
A person who excels in telling anecdotes.
1. A description of a person's appearance, career, personality, etc.
2. A study of a collection of persons or characters, esp. their appearances, careers, personalities, etc., within a historical, literary, or social context.
1. A: Capable of laughing; b: Disposed to laugh.
2. Arousing or provoking laughter, especially laughable.
3. Associated with, relating to, or used in laughter.
1. The movement of the eye when it makes a sudden change, as in reading.
2. The act of checking a horse quickly with a single strong pull of the reins.
In Zen Buddhism, the state of sudden indescribable intuitive enlightenment.
Of, relating to, or suggestive of the labors of Sisyphus; specifically, requiring continual and often ineffective effort.
Full of whispering sounds.
A retort charging an adversary with being or doing what he or she criticizes in others.
An erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action, or notion.
1. Truthful, veracious.
2. Not illusory, genuine.
1. Of, relating to, or resembling a fox.
2. Foxy, crafty.
Proceeding by inquiry, investigating.
Special thanks to POSP stringer Tim Ray for the compilation.