v. stimulate by shock; stir up; stimulate to action
E.g. Perhaps SIV was waiting for some event or announcement to once again galvanize people into marching.
v. dance and skip about in sport; leap playfully
E.g. See children gambol in the park is a pleasant experience.
a. talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
E.g. My Uncle Henry can outtalk any three people I know. He is the most garrulous person in Cayuga County.
a. awkward or lacking in social graces; coarse and uncouth
E.g. Compared to the sophisticated young ladies in their elegant gowns, tomboyish Jo felt gauche and out of place.
n. warmth of disposition and manners; kindliness; sympathy
E.g. This restaurant is famous and popular because of the geniality of the proprietor who tries to make everyone happy.
v. cause to sprout or grow; come into existence
E.g. After the seeds germinate and develop their permanent leaves, the plants may be removed from the cold frames and transplanted to the garden.
v. mock; laugh at with contempt and derision
E.g. As you gibe at their superstitious beliefs, do you realize that you, too, are guilty of similarly foolish thoughts?
n. beam of steel, wood, or reinforced concrete, used as main horizontal support in building
E.g. Discovery astronauts spent six and a half hours today unhooking a huge girder from the backbone of the International Space Station.
v. gather; collect; pick up
E.g. You may misinterpret your cat if you try to glean a message from her eyes alone.
v. sparkle or shine, especially shine with a mild, subdued, and fitful luster; emit a soft, scintillating light; gleam
E.g. Her eyes glisten with tears.
n. brief explanation of words, often placed at back of book
E.g. I have found the glossary in this book very useful; it has eliminated many trips to the dictionary.
v. look at with a fixed gaze; angry stare
E.g. The angry brothers glower at his father.
v. fill beyond capacity, especially with food; swallow greedlly
E.g. The many manufacturers glut the market and could not find purchasers for the excess articles they have produced.
a. twisted; knotty; made rough by age or hard work
E.g. The gnarled oak tree had been a landmark for years and was mentioned in several deeds.
n. person who takes excessive pleasure in food and drink
E.g. John is a gourmand lacking self restraint; if he enjoys a particular cuisine, he eats far too much of it.
a. speaking or expressed in lofty style; using high sounding language; overly wordy
E.g. The politician could never speak simply; she was always grandiloquent.
a. consisting of or resembling grains; having grainy texture
E.g. More granular observations can be found in the photos at left.
v. form into grains or small masses; make rough on surface
E.g. We used to granulate sugar in order to dissolve more readily.
v. give pleasure to; satisfy; indulge; make happy
E.g. Hence an important means towards happiness is the control of our desires, and the extinction of those that we cannot gratify, which is brought about by virtue.
a. free, without charge; costing nothing
E.g. The company offered to give one package gratis to every purchaser of one of their products.
a. sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
E.g. Natural selection in gregarious animals operates upon groups rather than upon individuals.
n. facial distortion to show feeling such as pain, disgust
E.g. Even though he remained silent, his grimace indicated his displeasure.
n. loud, rude burst of laughter; horse-laugh
E.g. A loud guffaw that came from the closed room indicated that the members of the committee had not yet settled down to serious business.
a. repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
E.g. When the reviewer criticized the movie for its hackneyed plot, we agreed; we had seen similar stories hundreds of times before.
a. wasted away; showing wearing effects of overwork or suffering
E.g. After his long illness, he was pale and haggard.
a. idyllically calm and peaceful; marked by peace and prosperity
E.g. Recalling the halcyon days of early 2008, Hedgie momentarily forgot himself.
v. make holy; set apart for holy or religious use; consecrate; treat or keep as sacred
E.g. Sacred memories hallow this area over a long time.
a. hesitant; faltering; imperfect or defective
E.g. Novice extemporaneous speakers often talk in a halting fashion as they grope for the right words.
n. noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
E.g. In her lengthy harangue, the principal berated the offenders.
n. forerunner; an indication of approach of something or someone
E.g. The crocus is an early harbinger of spring.
v. correspond; sing or play in harmony; go together
E.g. As a leader, he must harmonize one's goals with one's abilities.
n. tool of agriculture, usually formed of pieces of timber or metal crossing each other, and set with iron or wooden teeth
E.g. The farmer's harrow was broken during his working.
n. pride; arrogance; highness or loftiness
E.g. When she realized that Darcy believed himself too good to dance with his inferiors, Elizabeth took great offense at his haughtiness.
n. one who harasses others;one who tries to embarrass others with questions and objections
E.g. The heckler kept interrupting the speaker with rude remarks.
n. small European insectivore, and other allied species of Asia and Africa, having the hair on the upper part of its body mixed with prickles or spines
E.g. When she had got its head down, and was going to begin again, it was very provoking to find that the hedgehog had unrolled itself, and was in the act of crawling away.
n. domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
E.g. When Germany claimed hegemony over Russia, Stalin was outraged.
a. grain-eating; plant-eating; feeding only on plants
E.g. Some herbivorous animals have two stomachs for digesting their food.
n. owner or keeper of a herd or of herds; one employed in tending a herd of cattle
E.g. The animals were herded into the fold by the herdsman.
n. one who holds to a heresy; one who believes some doctrine contrary to the established faith or prevailing religion
E.g. He was regarded as heretic by the common people.
a. departing from accepted beliefs or standards; oppositional
E.g. At the onset of the Inquisition, the heretical priest was forced to flee the country.