a. elaborately or excessively ornamented
E.g. Modern architecture has discarded the flamboyant trimming on buildings and emphasizes simplicity of line.
a. young and inexperienced; having just acquired its flight feathers
E.g. While it is necessary to provide these fledgling poets with an opportunity to present their work, it is not essential that we admire everything they write.
v. rob; strip of money or other property unjustly, especially by trickery or fraud; ask unreasonable price
E.g. Further, Ossie does not have control over Susan's money, so he will not have the opportunity to fleece her.
n. massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with fracture and sharp edge
E.g. Raw materials such as flint were systematically exploited, and mining started to appear.
v. move or act clumsily and in confusion
E.g. Bewildered by the new software, we flounder until Jan shows her how to get started.
n. flowing; series of changes; state of being liquid through heat
E.g. While conditions are in such a state of flux, I do not wish to commit myself too deeply in this affair.
n. coarse food for cattle or horses
E.g. One of Nancy's chores at the ranch was to put fresh supplies of fodder in the horses' stalls.
n. masses of leaves; a cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches
E.g. Every autumn before the leaves fell he promised himself he would drive through New England to admire the colorful fall foliage.
n. traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally
E.g. Mr. Hawke says the term "mate" is also folklore in the Australian labor party because if anyone significant calls you mate you know the knife is about to go in your back.
a. rash; marked by unthinking boldness
E.g. Don't be foolhardy. Get the advice of experienced people before undertaking this venture.
n. holding with the feet; firm standing; something on which one may tread or rest securely
E.g. It may be many years before the new company can gain a secure foothold in the market.
n. vain man; one who want to get admiration by dress; man excessively concerned with his clothes and appearance
E.g. She came to life in London as a real person, not just a fop to make sport of.
v. hunt for; search; the act of searching for food
E.g. The animals forage in the woods.
n. assault; an initial attempt; a sudden short attack
E.g. Scientists are showing an obvious foray into politics.
a. prohibitive; harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
E.g. A rock face, so forbidding from a distance, shows fracture lines from close up: nothing is forever, everything changes.
n. a pair of pinchers, or tongs; an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction
E.g. Grasping it with a set of forceps, he fed the strand into the catheter.
n. predecessor; one who goes before or announces the coming of another
E.g. Doug Engelbart helped launch the Internet's forerunner, the Arpanet.
v. give up; do without; go or pass by without claiming
E.g. Determined to lose weight for the summer, Ida decided to forgo dessert until she could fit into a size eight again.
v. decide upon and express in words
E.g. The deputy prime minister, Abdullah Badawi had to formulate Malaysia's response to the US-led invasion of Iraq, deal with the outbreak of the SARS virus and keep watch while the courts heard an appeal by his jailed predecessor Anwar Ibrahim.
v. leave someone who needs or counts on you
E.g. No one expected Foster to forsake his wife and children and run off with another woman.
n. bravery; force; power to attack or to resist attack
E.g. He was awarded the medal for his fortitude in the battle.
a. accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause
E.g. Though he pretended their encounter was fortuitous, he'd actually been hanging around her usual haunts for the past two weeks, hoping she'd turn up.
n. condition quality of being frail, physically, mentally, or morally; infirmity; weakness of resolution
E.g. If woman be the weaker creature, her frailty should be the more readily forgiven.
a. becoming to brothers; brotherly
E.g. The party sent its fraternal greetings to the trade union meeting.
a. cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud
E.g. The government seeks to prevent fraudulent and misleading advertising.
a. furnished or equipped; sufficient to satisfy
E.g. Since this enterprise is fraught with danger, I will ask for volunteers who are willing to assume the risks.
n. battle, assault, or quarrel with violence; wear away by rubbing
E.g. The three musketeers were in the thick of the fray.
n. small brownish or reddish pigmentation spot on the surface of the skin
E.g. She lies in the sun, Can you see any freckle on her face?
n. cool, refreshing state of air; art of painting on freshly spread plaster, before it dries
E.g. The cathedral is visited by many tourists who wish to admire the fresco by Giotto.
n. originally, a vessel of the Mediterranean propelled by sails and by oars; any small vessel on the water
E.g. In the first sentence, the ship is described as a frigate, which has a pretty strong military connotation.
v. engage in merrymaking, joking, or teasing
E.g. The children frolic in the garden after school.
v. make null; bring to nothing; prevent from taking effect or attaining fulfillment
E.g. We must frustrate this dictator's plan to seize control of the government.
n. support on which a lever rests; prop or support
E.g. If we use this stone as a fulcrum and the crowbar as a lever, we may be able to move this boulder.
n. a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas; emit a cloud of fine particles
E.g. But, the fume gas control techniques of most of them are highly advanced, where dioxins emission is usually controlled within standard.
a. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
E.g. Noticing the furtive glance that the customer gave the diamond, the jeweler wondered whether he had a potential shoplifter on his hands.
n. socially awkward or tactless act; foolish error, especially one made in public
E.g. According to Miss Manners, to call your husband by your lover's name is worse than a mere gaffe; it is a tactical mistake.
n. a flock of geese; a cluster or group
E.g. A gaggle of photographers huddled on the sidewalk beside a swelling crowd of onlookers.
n. merry or joyful activity; festivity; bright color or showiness, as of dress; finery
E.g. She sought solitude, and avoided us when in gaiety and unrestrained affection we met in a family circle.
v. move or run rapidly or carelessly, as by a quadruped, particularly by a horse lifting alternately the fore feet and the hind feet, in successive leaps or bounds
E.g. He is learning how to gallop the horse along the track.
n. entire range; all notes in musical scale
E.g. In this performance, the leading lady was able to demonstrate the complete gamut of her acting ability.