n. receding; pull back or move away or backward; withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position
E.g. Everywhere that freedom takes hold, and terror will retreat.
n. act or process of retrieving; recovery; restoration
E.g. I think information retrieval is an important skill that every child should have.
v. recover; find and bring in; get back
E.g. They say the more they talk to these detainees, the more tips and evidence they retrieve from the area.
n. act of revealing or disclosing to others what was unknown before; manifestation of divine truth
E.g. He cannot see that the power of religion, especially belief in revelation, is weaker today than it was in any other epoch in human history.
v. do punishment in return for injury or insult; avenge
E.g. The knight swore he would revenge his father's death.
v. overturn; turn inside out or upside down; turning in the opposite direction
E.g. The Commission has now launched a high-level diplomatic offensive to reverse the ban.
n. one of the curved bones attached to the vertebral column and supporting the lateral walls of the thorax
E.g. One trainee, who broke a rib, is keeping it a secret, fearing he'll be discharged.
n. long, narrow upper section or crest; chain of hills or mountains
E.g. Here's the study's technical explanation of why the location of the western ridge is so important for determining regional rainfall.
n. shoulder firearm with a long barrel
E.g. As long as a rifle is accurate and has a good trigger, Dave will like it no matter how much or little it costs.
v. manipulate dishonestly; make or construct in haste
E.g. The boss was able to rig the election by bribing people to stuff the ballot boxes with ballots marked in his candidate's favor.
v. cleanse with water; flush; wash lightly without soap
E.g. I saw her rinse hands at the stream.
v. tear or be torn violently; criticize or abuse strongly and violently
E.g. The candidates rip into their opponents each other mercilessly.
n. procedure for religious ceremonies; any customary practice
E.g. The Catholic wedding will follow the next day with a final ritual.
n. outer garment; dress of rich, flowing, and elegant style or make; dress of state, rank, office
E.g. I remember her appearance at the moment - it was very graceful and very striking: she wore a morning robe of sky-blue.
n. inexperienced recruit, especially in the police or armed forces; novice; amateur
E.g. He satisfies with the rookie very much, and said he is either very, very talented or has been in the right place at the right time.
n. adult male chicken
E.g. A rooster, cock or cockerel is a male chicken, the female being called a hen.
n. being royal; quality of royal person; kingship; sovereignty; share of product, as a percentage paid to owner of copyright
E.g. The writer gets a 10 percent royalty on each copy sold of his book.
v. destroy property or hinder normal operations
E.g. The Resistance used to sabotage railroad operations during the war.
n. bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases; enclosed space
E.g. There was a fifty-pound sack of corn meal, and a side of bacon, ammunition, and a four-gallon jug of whisky, and an old book and two newspapers for wadding, besides some tow.
a. concerned with religion; worthy of respect or dedication
E.g. The cleric remains in a strong position, with Shia Islam's holiest site under the rule of his militia and US-led forces reluctant to cause any damage to the sacred city.
v. load or burden; put harness onto animal's back to ride
E.g. Rainy days happen, and your mother is wrong to saddle you with the risk.
n. one celebrated for wisdom, experience, and judgment; various plants of the genus Salvia
E.g. In fear of death, the quiet saint or sage is dying all his life.
n. liquid that is produced naturally in the mouth
E.g. Even thinking the word made saliva grow thick against her tongue.
n. several species of fish of the Salmonidae family; reddish yellow or orange color, like the flesh of the salmon
E.g. He planned to go fishing for salmon on Sunday.
v. save from loss or destruction; rescue of a ship; save for further use
E.g. He doesn't want to admit it yet, but the legacy he's so desperately trying to salvage is already broken down.
n. act of saving; preservation or deliverance from destruction, danger, or great calamity
E.g. This salvation is actually bestowed on none but those who obey Christ.
n. place of refuge or asylum; shrine; holy place, such as a church, temple, or mosque
E.g. The cleansing of the sanctuary is a happy token for good to any people; when they begin to be reformed they will soon be relieved.
a. being in a healthy condition; acting rationally; mentally sound
E.g. It's hard to stay sane under such awful pressure.
n. condition or quality of being sane; soundness of health of body or mind, especially of the mind
E.g. The speaker asserts that something exists beneath language -- like bedrock beneath the skyscrapers, a sanity even beneath the dizziness.
v. diminish; undermine the foundations; dig
E.g. The element kryptonite has an unhealthy effect on Superman: it can sap his strength.
n. cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound; stinging rebuke; form of humor by mocking with irony
E.g. Your sarcasm is appreciated but what I'm trying to say is that both campaigns have been painting very dark pictures of each other.
a. ironic; expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
E.g. I don’t know why you feel that being insulting and sarcastic is productive.
a. in a state of nature; wild; untamed; uncultivated; inhuman; brutal; not civilized; lacking polish; rude
E.g. Only the tribesmen increased their clamor, war-drums booming and voices raised in savage folk songs.
v. climb up or over; alter according to a standard; estimate or measure; remove in layers
E.g. We scale the model to be one tenth of actual size.
n. skin covering the top of the human head; top of head; skull
E.g. She was actually quite pretty despite the scars I could see on her scalp and the pale, pale dying skin of her.
n. a small knife with a thin, keen blade, used by surgeons, and in dissecting
E.g. He handed me the scalpel and stepped aside from the patient, offering me the prestigious first cut on the patient.
n. publicized incident that brings about disgrace; damage to reputation by disclosure of improper behavior
E.g. The President is at the center of a recent scandal over revelation about his financial interests.
a. having fear; afraid, frightened
E.g. Running away from our principals because we are scared is not the answer.
n. long piece of cloth worn about the head, neck, or shoulders
E.g. She was dressed in pure white; amber-colored scarf was passed over her shoulder and across her breast, fringed ends below her knee.
n. screenplay; outline or model of an expected sequence of events
E.g. The scenario is the same throughout the West countries, all of whose governments are responding to the collapse in similar ways.