a. furnished with feathers; able to fly; equipped for flight; winged; developed; matured
E.g. Citizenship is a form of recognition that one is a fully fledged member of the community.
v. bend; move by muscular control; exhibit or show off the strength of
E.g. They had spent six years since the lightning Six Day War to flex their invincibility.
v. flutter; flap the wings without flying; waver unsteadily, like a flame in a current of air
E.g. The generator started to whir; the lights on it began to flicker and sparks shot out from the wires.
a. weak; feeble; limp; slight; vain; without strength or solidity
E.g. It seemed like he was using any hook, no matter how flimsy, to justify the Wall Street bailout that the Washington and New York elite pushed through.
v. draw back, as with fear or pain
E.g. After pausing to fearfully flinch from a quick movement her husband made, she continued.
a. having a tendency to flop or flap
E.g. I don't normally go outside in floppy pants and a sweatshirt.
n. plants of a region or era; plants considered as a group; bacteria that normally inhabit bodily organ
E.g. One of the more remarkable features of the flora is the close relationship at the genera level with certain forests in West Africa.
a. luminous; bright; emitting visible light
E.g. The proposal for genetic modification involves inserting a fluorescent protein into the virus.
v. prevent from being successful
E.g. In the end, Skywalker is able to foil Vader's diabolical schemes.
a. having no attachments or ties; free to do as one pleases; without ties to a particular location; free to roam
E.g. Avoiding long commutes is a growing priority, as is the ability to work virtually from anyplace to enable a more footloose lifestyle.
n. something surrendered as punishment for crime or error
E.g. The soul of the nation was forfeit from the day of its creation.
v. pattern; design; set into a specific pattern
E.g. Please format this letter so it can be printed out.
a. arousing fear; threatening; difficult to undertake or defeat
E.g. What makes it even more formidable is that there is no vaccine yet for the disease though work is going on to develop one.
n. particular skill; special talent
E.g. However, her main forte is the young readers 'novels, where children ride out their own adventures with minimal adult help.
n. fort; castle; fortified place, especially a large military stronghold, often includes a town
E.g. This combined novel and treatise traces the history of an imaginary French fortress from the 4th Century B.C. through the Napoleonic Wars.
n. place to discuss public concerns; meeting or medium for open discussion
E.g. The film opens with a shot of the ancient forum in Rome, where several senators are discussing the strange new sect known as Christians.
n. person who establishes an organization, business
E.g. Some businesses require very little capital and the founder is able to self-finance the enterprise.
a. physically weak; easily broken
E.g. He was 49 years old and in frail health, suffering from diabetes.
a. highly excited with strong emotion; disordered or nervous activity
E.g. The young man went scrambling down into the ward in frantic haste.
v. cause to be uneasy; wear away
E.g. Further reason not to fret is that Obama volunteers have been doing grass roots organizing in Texas for quite some time.
v. move about briskly and playfully; search a person for something concealed, especially a weapon, by passing hands quickly over clothes
E.g. The police officers got out of their car and proceeded to frisk a young man that happened to be crossing the street.
a. playful like a lively kitten; energetic; lively; enthusiastic
E.g. He's described as a frisky, healthy, normal, rambunctious puppy.
a. lacking in seriousness; not serious; relatively unimportant
E.g. Berg's frivolous lawsuit was tossed out for lack of standing shortly before the election by a federal district court.
v. feel or grope about; make awkward attempts to do or find something; play childishly
E.g. We heard the tramp of men coming to the door, and heard them begin to fumble with the pad-lock, and heard a man say: "I TOLD you we'd be too soon; they haven't come -- the door is locked."
a. easily upset; given to bouts of ill temper; full of superfluous details
E.g. It can indeed be fussy, filling with ornament what should be empty space.
n. small specialized mechanical or electronic device; any device or machine, especially one whose name cannot be recalled
E.g. This gadget is the best way I've seen to play your MP3s through your car stereo.
n. boat propelled by oars; large vessel for war and national purposes
E.g. The boy was caught and sold to be a galley slave.
n. male goose; fool and simpleton; look or glance
E.g. Feminists should be delighted by their enlightened commitment to sexual equality, their assumption that what's sauce for the gander is sauce for the goose, too.
n. any article of clothing, as coat or gown
E.g. Twice she put out her hand to take the garment again, and twice she refrained.
v. gather; store up; amass; acquire
E.g. And, of course, that urge to garner is one way in which power ultimately corrupts.
n. turret; watchtower; part of a house which is on the upper floor, immediately under or within the roof; attic
E.g. They are the poor men living in a garret.
n. long deep cut; deep flesh wound; lively and fluent in discourse; talkative
E.g. Glad to hear that it was only a gash and not anything more serious.
n. very thin, slight, transparent stuff, generally of silk
E.g. She bound up the child's bleeding wound with gauze.
v. fix the eyes in a steady and earnest look; look with eagerness or curiosity, as in admiration, astonishment
E.g. He paused in the ninth inning from his mass handcuffing of the Colorado Rockies lineup, to gaze around the ballpark and remember where he was, and what he was doing.
v. bring into being; give rise to; produce
E.g. Their primary concern is not the health of the American people it is to maximize the revenue they can generate from the American people.
a. of an entire group or class; general
E.g. I typically ask whether another suitable drug is available in a generic form.
n. branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
E.g. Oswald Avery was a bacteriologist and laid the foundation for later discoveries that launched the science of molecular genetics.
n. type or class; a kind of literary or artistic work
E.g. Considering this change in genre, is there room for Castlevania to move into other styles of game?
n. gadget; device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick; small object whose name does not come readily to mind
E.g. But while this gimmick is an interesting starting point, Trier and Scorsese would have to find a way to twist the story that makes it worth telling again.
n. something that encircles like a belt; zodiac, also, the equator; circumference
E.g. The young teacher had difficulty in holding the children under her girdle.