n. mineral that contains metal that is valuable enough to be mined
E.g. The supply of this ore is apparently inexhaustible, but no veins have as yet been found.
n. mouth or aperture, as of a tube, pipe; an opening
E.g. A mouse ran out from the dark orifice of the cave.
n. novelty; creativity; capacity to act or think independently
E.g. Focusing on originality is strategic in a culture that respects individual genius.
a. excessively or elaborately decorated; flashy, showy, or florid in style or manner
E.g. With its elaborately carved, convoluted lines, furniture of the Baroque period was highly ornate.
a. not belonging to the real world; unnatural; odd and unfamiliar
E.g. Gretzky knows he can't expect the same kind of otherworldly skill he once displayed, but he can ask for the same work ethic.
a. unconventional; strikingly unfamiliar; located far from civilized areas
E.g. The eccentric professor who engages in markedly outlandish behavior is a stock figure in novels with an academic setting.
n. beginning; start; origin; time at which something is supposed to begin
E.g. At the outset of the November 16 meeting, I will provide some comment on.
n. part or region remote from a central district, as of a city or town; fringe; outer border
E.g. Besides it a handicrafts and local fruit process exhibition show also arranged in outskirt of cattle show.
v. outsmart; trick; beat through cleverness and wit
E.g. By disguising himself as an old woman, Holmes was able to outwit his pursuers and escape capture.
n. enthusiastic, prolonged applause; show of public homage or welcome
E.g. When the popular tenor Placido Domingo came on stage, he was greeted by a tremendous ovation.
n. representation of common ground between two things; extend over and cover a part of
E.g. He warned of the potential for gap, overlap and duplication.
a. open to view; not secret or hidden
E.g. According to the United States Constitution, a person must commit an overt act before he may be tried for treason.
v. defeat; cover completely or make imperceptible; overcome by superior force ; charge someone with too many tasks
E.g. Still, he was sufficiently touched by his aunt's grief too long to rush out from under the bed and overwhelm her with joy--and the theatrical gorgeousness of the thing appealed strongly to his nature, too, but he resisted and lay still.
a. extremely disturbed from emotion
E.g. When Kate heard the news of the sudden tragedy, she became too overwrought to work and had to leave the office early.
n. any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals, as elephant
E.g. The elephant is probably the best-known pachyderm.
n. rubber or plastic nipple or teething ring for a baby to suck or chew on
E.g. Have you had to help a child break a pacifier or thumb habit?
n. one who worships false gods; idolater; person not adhering to any major or recognized religion
E.g. What did he mean by such a pagan idea? I had no intention of dying with him.
a. acceptable; sufficiently agreeable in flavor to be eaten
E.g. Neither Jack's under-baked opinions nor his overcooked casseroles were palatable to Jill.
n. board on which painter mixes pigments
E.g. At the present time, art supply stores are selling a paper palette that may be discarded after use.
a. tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable
E.g. The patient's enlarged spleen was palpable: even the first year medical student could feel it.
a. insignificant; lacking in importance or worth; worthless
E.g. One hundred dollars for a genuine imitation Rolex watch! Lady, this is a paltry sum to pay for such a high-class piece of jewelry.
v. feed to the full; feed luxuriously; glut; indulge with rich food
E.g. As far as I've seen, they don't overly pamper the girls even though obviously they are privileged.
n. distinctive and stylish elegance; a bunch of feathers or plume, especially on a helmet
E.g. Many performers imitate Noel Coward, but few have his panache and sense of style.
n. state of extreme confusion and disorder; very noisy place
E.g. When the ships collided in the harbor, pandemonium broke out among the passengers.
v. offer illicit sex with third party; tempt with or appeal to improper motivations
E.g. The reviewer accused the makers of Lethal Weapon to pander to the masses' taste for violence.
n. short, simple story teaching moral or religious lesson
E.g. Let us apply to our own conduct the lesson that this parable teaches.
n. one that serves as a pattern or model; system of assumptions, concepts, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality
E.g. Pavlov's experiment in which he trains a dog to salivate on hearing a bell is a paradigm of the conditioned-response experiment in behavioral psychology.
v. make powerless and unable to function; disable
E.g. The bureaucracy will paralyze the entire operation.
a. having the nature or habits of a parasite, that takes advantage of others without useful return
E.g. The harm and benefit in parasitic interactions concern the biological fitness of the organisms involved.
n. skin of a lamb, sheep, goat, young calf, or other animal, prepared for writing on
E.g. And near the King was the White Rabbit, with a trumpet in one hand, and a scroll of parchment in the other.
v. remove outer covering or skin of with knife or similar instrument
E.g. My hands are sore after I pare hundreds of potatoes for the banquet.
a. narrow in outlook; related to local church community
E.g. Although Jane Austen sets her novels in small rural communities, her concerns are universal, not parochial,.
n. work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of
E.g. The show Forbidden Broadway presents a parody spoofing the year's new productions playing on Broadway.
v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing
E.g. Unwilling to injure his opponent in such a pointless clash, Dartagnan simply tried to parry his rival's thrusts.
a. one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
E.g. On certain issues of principle, she refused to take a partisan stand, but let her conscience be her guide.
v. divide into parts, pieces, or sections
E.g. Before their second daughter was born, they decided each child needed a room, and so they planned to partition a large bedroom into two small separate rooms.
n. tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings
E.g. The quiet tone of pathos that ran through the novel never degenerated into the maudlin or the overly sentimental.
n. sponsorship; support; state of being a sponsor
E.g. As a cooperative, we can return the profits of our successful operations to our members - the owners - in the form of a patronage refund.
n. very poor person; one living on or eligible for public charity
E.g. Though Widow Brown was living on a reduced income, she was by no means a pauper.
a. inclined to eat; hungry; irritable
E.g. When my wife is in a peckish mood, she claims all I do is hunt, plan hunts, and advise others where to hunt.