n. craze; madness; an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
E.g. This wasn't some fine print side effect of the medication; I was experiencing a full blown medication-induced mania and I was out of control.
a. wildly disordered; excessive enthusiasm or excitement; insane
E.g. Though Mr. Rochester had locked his mad wife in the attic, he could still hear her maniacal laughter echoing throughout the house.
n. public declaration of principles; statement of policy
E.g. But his advisers said that the detailed response to the issue in the manifesto is a sign that Mr. Brown now understands its significance.
a. various in kind or quality; many in number; numerous; multiplied; complicated
E.g. The same threat is repeated in manifold forms to awaken the careless.
a. of or pertaining to a margin; written or printed in the margin
E.g. Democrats that lost close contests in marginal districts may be willing to seek rematches in 2012 because the demography of their district may be more favorable than now.
n. one whose occupation is to assist in navigating ships; seaman or sailor
E.g. Under such a wind you cannot see one mariner on deck of that ship.
n. bullfighter who performs the final passes and kills the bull
E.g. The target for the matador is a small soft spot at the base of the bull's hump, where the sword can penetrate directly to the heart of the bull.
v. handle someone or something in a rough way; cause serious physical wounds
E.g. What can he do for this country besides serenade us with poetry and not maul the English language like Bush?
a. deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; inadequate; feeble
E.g. As one of 17 siblings he grew up in meager conditions and frequently used cardboard to replace holes in his sneakers when playing basketball growing up.
a. inclined to interfere in other people's business; intrusive in offensive manner
E.g. He felt his marriage was suffering because of his meddlesome mother-in-law.
v. resolve or settle differences by working with all conflicting parties
E.g. King Solomon was asked to mediate a dispute between two women, each of whom claimed to be the mother of the same child.
n. collection of live wild animals on exhibition; enclosure in which wild animals are kept
E.g. Whenever the children run wild around the house, Mom shouts, "Calm down! I'm not running a menagerie!"
n. marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function; major transformation
E.g. He proved that the metamorphosis is a perfectly gradual one, and that no sharply separated stages of development.
n. quality of endurance and courage; good temperament and character
E.g. When challenged by the other horses in the race, the thoroughbred proved its mettle by its determination to hold the lead.
n. germ; minute life form; microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease
E.g. A microbe is any living organism that spends its life at a size too tiny to be seen with the naked eye.
n. growth of minute powdery or webby fungi; state of decay produced in living and dead vegetable matter
E.g. It would be a good idea to treat all the walls in the room because mildew is a microscopic spore and even though it may not be visible, it may still be present.
v. copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression
E.g. Scientists process skin tissue to mimic embryonic stem cells.
v. cut into very small pieces; chop fine; suppress or weaken the force of
E.g. I won't mince the lean meat finely unless making dumplings.
n. loyal servant of another, usually more powerful being
E.g. Why give up freedom only to become a minion for authoritarian makers and shakers?
n. gladness and gaiety, especially when expressed by laughter
E.g. Our mirth is then indeed an ornament to us when we serve God and honor him with it.
a. mixed; mingled; consisting of several things; of diverse sorts; promiscuous; heterogeneous
E.g. A small boy's pockets are likely to contain a miscellaneous collection of objects.
a. causing mischief; harmful; hurtful; troublesome; irritating
E.g. If you refuse to save your country, your morality is mischievous, that is, immoral.
n. limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing
E.g. Although his story is based on a modicum of truth, most of the events he describes are fictitious.
v. alter; change
E.g. If you want to modify an existing listing, make sure the url entered below exactly matches the one that appears in our directory.
v. trouble; disturb; render uneasy; interfere with; vex
E.g. The two dogs that molest the sheep will be killed.
n. king; sole and absolute ruler; sovereign, such as a king or empress
E.g. To this day, the monarch is the “commander-in-chief” of the British armed forces.
a. boring; dull; tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
E.g. Nothing is as monotonous as the sea.
n. wind blowing part of year from one direction, alternating with a wind from the opposite direction; wind system that influences large climatic regions
E.g. Then, in June, comes the monsoon from the south, up from the Bay of Bengal.
n. conventions; moral standards; accepted traditional customs
E.g. In America, Benazir Bhutto dressed as Western women did; in Pakistan, however, she followed the mores of her people, dressing in traditional veil and robes.
n. a little bite or bit of food; a small quantity; a little piece; a fragment
E.g. She did it at last, and managed to swallow a morsel of the left-hand bit.
n. vessel in which substances are crushed or ground with a pestle; machine in which materials are ground and blended
E.g. It is so difficult to hurt anyone actually in trenches; I think a mortar is the only thing that can do so.
n. picture design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into surface
E.g. The mayor compared the city to a beautiful mosaic made up of people of every race and religion on earth.
n. tiny piece of anything; very small particle
E.g. The tiniest mote in the eye is very painful.
n. dominant theme or central idea; repeated figure or design in architecture or decoration
E.g. This simple motif runs throughout the entire score.
a. feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sad; gloomy
E.g. He gazed round the table; he saw they were all waiting for his explanation, and his expression grew mournful.
v. make muddy; mix confusedly; think, act, or proceed in confused or aimless manner
E.g. He tried to muddle the issues, we cannot see the hope that they will be addressed quickly.
n. heavy scarf worn around the neck for warmth; anything used in muffling; part of the exhaust pipe of a car that dampens the noise
E.g. I stop at a light, thinking my muffler is dragging behind the car since this guy is trying so hard to get my attention.
a. warm and extremely humid; moist; damp; moldy
E.g. The air is slightly muggy from the thunderstorm that passed over at lunch, dark and loud without shedding a drop.
n. a great number; many
E.g. It has since expanded to include a multitude of girls, including several recurring regulars.
a. dark and gloomy; thick with fog; vague
E.g. The murky depths of the swamp were so dark that one couldn't tell the vines and branches from the snakes.