n. manual computing device consisting of a frame holding parallel rods strung with movable counters
E.g. That would be awesome - a typical abacus can count up to something like 11 million.
n. abnormal; markedly different from an accepted norm
E.g. Given the aberrant nature of the data, we doubted the validity of the entire experiment.
n. act of waiting; delay; stay or continuance in a place
E.g. I shall take up my abode in a religious house near Lisle -- a nunnery you would call it; there I shall be quiet and unmolested.
a. detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad
E.g. Mary liked John until she learned he was dating Susan; then she called him an abominable young man.
a. being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native
E.g. Her studies of the primitive art forms of the aboriginal Indians were widely reported in the scientific journals.
v. be full of; be plentiful
E.g. The rooms abound with screaming children.
v. refrain; hold oneself back voluntarily from an action or practice
E.g. After considering the effect of alcohol on his athletic performance, he decided to abstain from drinking while he trained for the race.
n. quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment; logical contradiction
E.g. His story of being kidnapped by little green men is sheer absurdity.
v. border upon; adjoin; touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent
E.g. Where our estates abut, we must build a fence.
a. bottomless; very profound; limitless; very bad
E.g. She spent hours sitting alone, in abysmal misery, because it seemed to be in plain sight, yet she couldn't define it.
v. emphasize; stress; pronounce with a stress or accent; mark with an accent
E.g. John said the overwhelming demand for transportation fuels will again accentuate the need for increased drilling, but that might take months.
v. applaud; announce with great approval
E.g. The NBC sportscasters acclaim every American victory in the Olympics and decried every American defeat.
v. increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth; accumulate over time
E.g. The Premier League awards three points for a win and one for a draw, so in a 38-game season the maximum a team can accrue is 114 points.
v. pile up; collect; mount up; increase
E.g. The tendency of Capital to accumulate is a big threat to the free market.
n. fruit of the oak, being an oval nut growing in a woody cup; cone-shaped piece of wood
E.g. It is a small cup-shaped structure or organ, such as the cup at the base of an acorn or one of the suckers on the feet of certain flies.
n. science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
E.g. Carnegie Hall is liked by music lovers because of its fine acoustics.
n. mental keenness; quickness of perception
E.g. However, her team's political acumen is clearly beyond mine, an Ivy League Medical Science Professor and NOT a Political "Science" Professor.
n. wise saying; brief familiar proverb; expression of popular wisdom
E.g. After reflecting on how I felt a year ago during the election itself and how I feel now, I do have to say that the old adage is true: governing is harder than campaigning.
a. flexible; becoming or being made suitable to particular situation or use
E.g. This sofa has a two tone finish which makes it not only functional but also adaptable to any contemporary interior design.
n. something added or to be added, especially a supplement to a book
E.g. The date on the bottom of the addendum is April 2007.
a. expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
E.g. Mr. Williams was known as an adept improviser who effortlessly switched between classical, jazz and pop styles.
v. warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
E.g. I would again admonish the reader carefully to consider the nature of our doctrine.
n. clay; brick ;sun-dried brick; structure built with this type of brick
E.g. Because of this thickness, the inside temperature of an adobe remains fairly constant and comfortable year-round.
n. act of playing honor to a divine being; worship paid to God; act of addressing as a god
E.g. They knelt in adoration of their gods.
n. coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important
E.g. Reasoning by analogy, we can come to no other conclusion, unless their advent is anticipated by the arrival of ready-made colonists from the more advanced earth, like ourselves.
v. associate; incorporate
E.g. Our Affiliate programs empower our associates to earn commissions and receive ticket discounts.
n. partnership; alliance; association in the same family or society
E.g. This affiliation is a way for us to be able to provide our clients with the full spectrum of services and expertise they need.
n. natural attraction, liking, or feeling of kinship; relationship by marriage
E.g. She felt an affinity with all who suffered; their pains were her pains.
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
E.g. When Mrs. Proudie was not seated beside the Archdeacon at the head table, she took it as a personal affront and refused to speak to her hosts for a week.
n. outcome; consequence, especially of a disaster or misfortune
E.g. The most critical lesson Barbara has learned from her diagnosis and the aftermath is the importance of selecting a good facility and sticking with it.
v. worsen; make worse or more troublesome
E.g. Ridiculous, offensive comments like this do nothing but aggravate the situation.
v. gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
E.g. Before the Wall Street scandals, dealers managed to aggregate great wealth in short periods of time.
n. anxiety; extreme emotional disturbance
E.g. The result of all this agitation is an unsettlement that paralyzes business.
n. sickness; illness; affliction
E.g. And the number closely matches a finding of an earlier international study that estimated some 10.1 per cent of people globally suffer from the ailment.
n. medieval chemistry; magical or mysterious power or process of transforming
E.g. The changing of baser metals into gold was the goal of the students of alchemy in medieval.
n. nook; small, recessed section of a room
E.g. In front of centre window in alcove is a small table on which is a parlour lamp, and some newspapers, including the "New York Sun."
n. suggestion without proof that someone has done something wrong
E.g. The allegation has angered the Brazilian authorities and has been strongly denied.
v. attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive
E.g. Promises of quick profits allure the unwary investor.
n. passage from one form or state to another; change
E.g. Both sides are able to make a pretty plausible argument that the alteration is what they want it to be.
n. state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty
E.g. This ambiguity is also becoming part of US policy toward Israel, we all have to guess the next step.