v. grieve; express sorrow; regret deeply
E.g. Even advocates of the war lament the loss of so many lives in combat.
n. slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff; overwhelming electoral victory
E.g. Roosevelt defeated Hoover in a landslide.
v. any of various small, singing passerine birds of the family Alaudidae; one who wakes early; one who is up with the larks
E.g. A lark is singing over head, and the air is filled with the scent of hay.
n. long rope with a running noose at one end, used especially to catch horses and cattle
E.g. The other lasso is of wire, which not only catches the fugitive, but knocks him senseless or cuts his head off, as the case may be.
n. honors conferred for some notable achievement; credit
E.g. The writers for this episode certainly don't rest on their laurels from the season opener.
a. having a tendency to loosen or relax.
E.g. I regularly drink a laxative tea to cleanse my colon.
v. make laws; create or pass laws
E.g. He did his best to legislate from the bench and we'll be living with his opinions for the rest of our lives.
n. lack of seriousness; lightness of manner or speech, especially when inappropriate
E.g. Stop giggling and wriggling around in the pew: such levity is improper in church.
n. defamatory statement; act of writing something that smears a person's character
E.g. Are we to be told that the prosecution of this libel is an invasion of the liberty of the press?
a. capable of moving, bending, or contorting easily
E.g. Hours of ballet classes kept him limber.
n. humorous short verse; nonsense song or verse
E.g. At this point, I would suggest that the limerick, based on a true story, is the more appropriate poetic form.
a. having form of a line; straight; consisting of lines; lineal
E.g. Most textbooks are a mass of information in linear format: one topic follows after another.
n. humanistic study of language and literature
E.g. At Stanford University, department of linguistics is a language center of research and teaching, with 20 faculty members, over 40 graduate students.
n. inexpensive waterproof covering used for floors; durable, washable material made in sheets by pressing a mixture of heated linseed oil
E.g. She had industrial-strength linoleum installed in her kitchen so her hockey-loving boys could keep their skates on during lunch.
v. settle accounts to pay them off; clear up
E.g. He was able to liquidate all his debts in a short period of time.
a. flexible; moving and bending with ease
E.g. Her figure was lithe and willowy.
n. of or relating to locomotion; a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine
E.g. In September 2002, the vehicle became the first hydrogen fuel-cell-powered locomotive to be operated underground.
n. any one of numerous species of long-winged, migratory insects, of the family Acrididae
E.g. The locust swarm has destroyed all the crops and vegetables.
a. high, tall, having great height; idealistic, implying over-optimism
E.g. Though Barbara Jordan's fellow students used to tease her about her lofty ambitions, she rose to hold one of the highest positions in the land.
n. process of planning, implementing, and controlling flow and storage of goods to satisfy with customer requirements
E.g. I work in logistics for a major media retailer, and we noticed a few weeks ago that we're starting to ship this newspaper again.
n. long life; great duration of life; long duration or continuance, as in an occupation
E.g. When he reached ninety, the old man was proud of his longevity.
v. appear or take shape, usually in enlarged or distorted form
E.g. The shadow of the gallows would loom threateningly above the small boy.
n. legend; wisdom; knowledge acquired through education or experience
E.g. Early peoples passed on plant and animal lore through legend.
n. awkward and stupid person; troublemaker, often violent
E.g. That awkward lout dropped my priceless vase!
a. shining; emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light
E.g. The sun is a luminous body.
v. stealthily lie in waiting; exist unperceived
E.g. Who knows what evil can lurk in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.
a. giving out or shedding light, as sun or fire; reflecting light; having brilliant surface
E.g. Her large and lustrous eyes lent a touch of beauty to an otherwise plain face.
a. exhibiting lust or vigor; stout; strong; vigorous; robust; healthful
E.g. He has a strong and lusty son, who is a great boy in field.
n. short poem of songlike; expressing deep personal emotion
E.g. Please enjoy such a lyric poetry.
n. song for two or three unaccompanied voices; short poem, often about love, suitable for being set to music
E.g. His program of folk songs included a famous madrigal which he sang to the accompaniment of a lute.
n. whirlpool; powerful circular current of water
E.g. The canoe was tossed about in the maelstrom, it had to leave the dangerous water quickly.
n. attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets
E.g. In physics, magnetism is one of the phenomena by which materials exert attractive or repulsive forces on other materials.
v. intensify; increase; make greater in size; enlarge
E.g. If increasing the text size via the browser or Windows options does not make text easy to read, then the next step is to magnify the screen.
v. wound seriously; cause permanent loss of function of limb or part of body
E.g. The hospital was crowded, we believe the railroad accident to maim lots of people.
n. person dissatisfied with current conditions; discontented person
E.g. If Matthew Hoh was some kind of malcontent or incompetent, this would not be the story that it is.
a. having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious
E.g. Lago is a malevolent villain who takes pleasure in ruining Othello.
v. speak evil of; bad-mouth; defame
E.g. Putting her hands over her ears, Rose refused to listen to Betty malign her friend Susan.
n. hammer; a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head; a light drumstick with a rounded head
E.g. The teaching states that the drum mallet should not be referred to as a 'beater' because of the suggestion of aggression contained in the word.
n. state of poor nutrition
E.g. It says malnutrition rates are close to emergency levels and is calling on the public to donate money for clean water, medicine and sanitation.
v. cut or bruise with repeated blows or strokes, making a ragged or torn wound, or covering with wounds; tear in cutting
E.g. The explosions kill them and mangle bodies so badly.