a. vigorous; full of health and strength; vigorous
E.g. Those levels are expected to remain robust this year, said the ratings firm, but be somewhat below 2008.
n. gnawing; biting; corroding; any of various mammals of rodent, such as a mouse, rat, squirrel,
E.g. A cat killing a small rodent is not a cause for alarm as regards the psychological health of the cat.
n. fish eggs; egg mass; female of any species of deer
E.g. Roe is the fully ripe egg masses of fish and certain marine animals, such as shrimp and scallop.
n. list, especially of names
E.g. When a roster is assembled, Patrick expects the team to start practicing in August.
n. rough, disorderly person; boisterous person
E.g. Anti-social behavior covers incidents such as rowdy and inconsiderate behavior, nuisance neighbors, drinking in the street, littering, abandoned cars and youth disorder.
n. broken fragments; irregular pieces of rock
E.g. A Haitian woman covered in rubble is rescued in Port-au-Prince after a huge earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation.
a. reddish color; healthy-looking
E.g. He came down the steps with his jacket flapping and his cheeks still ruddy from the scraping of the razor.
v. feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for; mourn
E.g. Tina seemed to rue the night she met Tony and wondered how she ever fell for such a jerk.
v. make an energetic, usually hasty search
E.g. When we rummage through the trunks in the attic, we find many souvenirs of our childhood days.
n. act of making a sudden noisy break
E.g. A steam rupture occurs within a nuclear power plant when the temperature of the nuclear reactor reaches a certain level too quickly.
a. country; relating to rural areas
E.g. In the last thirty years, more than a thousand rural workers and activists have been killed in land disputes in Brazil, seven hundred and seventy-two of those in Para.
a. typical of country life or country people; awkwardly simple and provincial; lacking refinement or elegance
E.g. Schulz says the team of researchers will spend weeks at a time living and working in rustic conditions in the Mexican village.
n. religious rite; oath of allegiance taken by Roman soldiers; sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation
E.g. He writes: "This service, in which we are made the entire property of another, this giving of what does not come from us, is called sacrament in the language of the Church."
n. overland expedition, especially one for hunting or exploring in eastern Africa; journey or trip
E.g. A former Chicagoan killed the lion on a safari, which is presumably how the specimen came to Chicago.
v. sink, in the middle, by its weight or under applied pressure, below a horizontal line or plane
E.g. The chair would sag down under the fat man's weight.
n. any legend; long detailed report; Scandinavian myth
E.g. In very truth the saga is a prose epic, and marked by every quality an epic should possess.
a. excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious
E.g. What we need to do is not fool ourselves and remain sanctimonious about the issue of doping in baseball.
n. sacred or holy place; private place where one is free from intrusion
E.g. I should not be called upon to quit my sanctum of the schoolroom; "a very pleasant refuge in time of trouble."
a. relating to health or the protection of health
E.g. They should pay attention to sanitary conditions for preparing food.
n. health; hygiene; application of measures designed to protect public health; disposal or recycling of waste
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.
n. a precious transparent stone of rich blue corundum valued as a gemstone
E.g. Sapphire can be found naturally or manufactured in large crystal boules.
n. scarf or band worn about the waist, over the shoulder; belt
E.g. Tom found himself tormented with a desire to drink; the desire grew to be so intense that nothing but the hope of a chance to display himself in his red sash kept him from withdrawing from the order.
v. appreciate fully; enjoy or relish; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality
E.g. I want to savor this great moment of accomplishment.
n. dust or small fragments of wood made by the cutting of a saw
E.g. Which is why there is a whole industry using sawdust and chips already to make various building products.
n. crust discharged from and covering a healing wound; worker who refuses membership in a labor union
E.g. Their hatred for a scab is as terrible as the hatred of a patriot for a traitor, of a Christian for a Judas.
a. giving offense to the conscience or moral feelings; exciting reprobation; calling out condemnation
E.g. The thing made a big stir in the town, too, and a good many come out flatfooted and said it was scandalous to separate the mother and the children that way.
n. psychiatric diagnosis denoting a persistent, often chronic, mental illness variously affecting behavior, thinking, and emotion
E.g. A common sign of schizophrenia is when the person with the mental illness starts referring to themselves as 'we' or starts talking about himself or herself in the third person.
n. extreme and lofty contempt; haughty disregard; expression of mockery, derision, contempt, or disdain
E.g. Of course this time the object of their scorn is a representative of the real America that Democrats pretend to represent.
n. any one of numerous species of pulmonate arachnids of the order Scorpiones
E.g. The sting of a scorpion is a thousand times more hurtful than the scratch of a brier.
v. scrub; clean, polish, or wash by scrubbing vigorously; wear away; search through or over thoroughly
E.g. Hollywood producers scour the globe desperate for TV show ideas, it's not just about Britain anymore.
n. whip used to inflict punishment; severe punishment
E.g. They feared the plague and regarded it as a deadly scourge.
n. unceremonious and disorganized struggle; rushing about hastily in an undignified way
E.g. He also has the ability to recover quickly in scramble situations and control rebounds.
n. mean or miserly person; selfish person
E.g. Also, what kind of scrooge fires someone right before Christmas?
a. shabby; untidy in appearance
E.g. The gunman was described as scruffy looking and fled on foot after the attack, possibly with another man, he said.
a. nice; particular; fastidious; excellent; fine
E.g. However, during the summer harvest season we had scrumptious all-vegetable dinners.
v. go with light running steps; move about or proceed hurriedly
E.g. Do not worry if I scurry from the grill room in a hurry.
a. removed or remote from others; solitary; hidden or isolated
E.g. Female deer leave their fawns in secluded spots while they forage for food.
n. separate religious body; faction united by common interests or beliefs
E.g. A peculiar attribute of this sect is the character of many of its members: bankers, civil service officials, navy officers, army officers and others of the finest professions.
a. composed, and dignified in character or manner
E.g. The years pass and the same figure grown older and more sedate is taking command of an army of peasantry at war with their King.
a. tending to lead astray; apt to mislead by flattering appearances; tempting; alluring
E.g. They have a pleasing, crisp crunch on the outside, and a seductive, slightly chewy interior.