a. not intentional; not on purpose; careless; negligent; inattentive
E.g. However, articles appearing may contain inadvertent errors that will be corrected in the final editing and publication of this journal.
v. start; initiate; induct into office by formal ceremony
E.g. The airline decided to inaugurate its new route to the Far East with a special reduced fare offer.
a. strikingly bright; shining with intense heat; emitting light as result of being heated
E.g. If you leave on an incandescent light bulb, it quickly grows too hot to touch.
a. recently begun; imperfectly formed or developed; elementary
E.g. Before the Creation, the world was an inchoate mass.
a. beginning to exist or appear; in an early stage
E.g. I will go to sleep early for I want to break an incipient cold.
v. cut; carve
E.g. In light of the above, it is an object of the present invention to provide a device and a method which can superficially incise prepared meat products .
a. penetrating, clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression
E.g. His incisive remarks made us see the fallacy in our plans.
n. cause to lean, slant, or slope; deviate from the horizontal or vertical
E.g. The architect recommended that the nursing home's ramp be rebuilt because its incline was too steep for wheelchairs.
n. quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate
E.g. My other problem with the iPod is that I find them a bit of an incongruity in this age of convergence.
a. not fitting; lacking in harmony or compatibility
E.g. Dave saw nothing incongruous about wearing sneakers with his tuxedo; he couldn't understand why his date took one look at him and started to laugh.
a. lacking self-restraint; lacking sexual restraint; unchaste
E.g. His incontinent behavior off stage so shocked many people that they refused to attend the plays and movies in which he appeared.
a. not consisting of matter, or not having material body; immaterial; insubstantial
E.g. While Casper the friendly ghost is an incorporeal being, nevertheless he and his fellow ghosts make quite an impact on the physical world.
n. process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent
E.g. The new contract calls for a 10 percent increment in salary for each employee for the next two years.
n. hard outer layer that covers something
E.g. In dry dock, we scraped off the incrustation of dirt and barnacles that covered the hull of the ship.
v. teach and impress by frequent repetitions
E.g. In an effort to inculcate religious devotion, the officials ordered that the school day begin with the singing of a hymn.
a. tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
E.g. Although the effort of taking out the garbage tired Wayne out for the entire morning, when it came to partying, he was indefatigable.
a. impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent
E.g. The indelible ink left a permanent mark on my shirt.
v. nick; set in from margin; impress or stamp
E.g. You should indent the paragraphs of a letter.
a. cut in the edge into points or inequalities, like teeth; having an uneven, irregular border
E.g. The first paragraph isn’t indented, which is slightly problematic; it should be as second and third paragraphs.
v. contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term
E.g. Many immigrants could come to America only after they had to indenture themselves for several years.
a. poor; experiencing want or need; impoverished
E.g. Someone who is truly indigent can't even afford to buy a pack of cigarettes.
a. choosing at random; not marked by fine distinctions
E.g. She disapproved of her son's indiscriminate television viewing and decided to restrict him to educational programs.
v. teach with biased or one-sided ideology; teach doctrines to; teach uncritically
E.g. Cuban Americans resisted sending Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba because it would indoctrinate him with Communist principles.
a. lazy; slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive
E.g. Couch potatoes lead an indolent life lying back on their Lazyboy recliners watching Tv.
a. unconquerable; incapable of being overcome
E.g. Focusing on her game despite all her personal problems, tennis champion Steffi Graf proved she had an indomitable will to win.
a. unable to be doubted; unquestionable
E.g. Auditioning for the chorus line, Molly was an indubitable hit: the director fired the leading lady and hired Molly in her place!.
a. unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
E.g. Such ineffable joy must be experienced; it cannot be described.
a. inactive; lacking power to move; unable to move or act
E.g. Potential intelligence, like potential, can remain inert forever.
n. property of matter by which it tends when at rest to remain so, and when in motion to continue in motion, and in the same straight line or direction
E.g. Because of the sheer inertia of the system many badly needed reform is never introduced.
a. incapable of being exhausted, emptied, or used up; unfailing; not to be wasted or spent
E.g. Little girl, a memory without blot or contamination must be an exquisite treasure--an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment: is it not?
a. not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
E.g. The judge was inexorable and gave the convicted man the maximum punishment allowed by law.
v. overrun; invade in great numbers; occupy in large numbers or live on a host
E.g. The Kudzu plant does infest much of the South and is spreading to the North.
n. one who does not hold same religious beliefs as another
E.g. The name infidel is not for us so long as we are faithful to the truth we know.
a. very small; immeasurably or incalculably minute
E.g. In the twentieth century, physicists have made their greatest discoveries about the characteristics of infinitesimal objects like the atom and its parts.
n. weakness; bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age
E.g. Her greatest infirmity was lack of willpower.
v. introduce into the body through a vein; undergo the process of infusion
E.g. Some physiologists infuse sugar solutions into the veins of animals.
a. naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
E.g. The woodsman had not realized how ingenuous Little Red Riding Hood was until he heard that she had gone off for a walk in the woods with the Big Bad Wolf.
a. deeply established; firmly rooted
E.g. Try as they would, the missionaries were unable to uproot the ingrained superstitions of the natives.
v. become popular with; make agreeable or acceptable
E.g. He tried to ingratiate himself into her parents' good graces.
a. unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
E.g. I've always been friendly to Martha. Why is she so inimical to me?.