n. space for ship to dock or anchor; allotted place; place to sleep or stay; appointment or job
E.g. They might not have to give cats wide berth for the rest of their lives.
v. soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained
E.g. The scandalous remarks in the newspaper besmirch the reputations of every member of the society.
v. give as gift; present
E.g. He wished to bestow great honors upon the hero.
n. list of works of a specific author or publisher; list of writings relating to a given subject
E.g. Plus, a narrative bibliography is included to provide a discussion of the professional literature and topics covered in the book.
v. engage in a petty, bad-tempered quarrel
E.g. The children bicker morning, noon, and night, exasperating their parents.
n. hypocrite, especially, superstitious hypocrite; one who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics
E.g. And it appears that in many cases, being a hateful bigot is a boost to your chances of being elected.
n. stubborn intolerance; excessive zeal or warmth in favor of a party, sect, or opinion
E.g. Brought up in a democratic atmosphere, the student was shocked by the bigotry and narrowness expressed by several of his classmates.
n. using or able to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency
E.g. The diagram illustrates how the aid of theories provided by monolingual studies was used to investigate reading development in bilingual settings.
v. cause to turn white or become pale; take color from; bleach
E.g. Although age can blanch his hair, he is still vigorous and energetic.
v. mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind
E.g. A newspaper article alleging he had taken bribes may blemish his reputation.
n. shutting up of a place by troops or ships; obstruction to passage
E.g. They are threatening to impose a blockade on the country.
n. serious mistake typically caused by ignorance or confusion
E.g. The criminal's fatal blunder led to his capture.
v. support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
E.g. The debaters amassed file boxes full of evidence to bolster their arguments.
n. boom; rich mine, vein, or pocket of ore; sudden opportunity to make money
E.g. Google's AdSense is a bonanza for some Web sites.
a. rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
E.g. Natasha was embarrassed by her fellow spy's boorish behavior.
n. incorporated town that is not a city; association of men who gave pledges to the king for the good behavior of each other
E.g. That is a borough of northeast-central Pennsylvania with residential population of 15,681.
n. science which treats of the structure of plants, the functions of their parts, their places of growth, their classification
E.g. The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution, includes botany and zoology and all their subdivisions.
n. shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods; anchor carried at the bow of ship; muscle that bends a limb, especially the arm
E.g. We need build a secluded structure, such as a bower, in our garden.
a. invigorating; refreshing; strengthening; imparting vitality and energy
E.g. I'm kind of bracing myself for that album.
n. defiant or swaggering behavior; pretense of courage; false show of bravery
E.g. The bravado of the young criminal disappeared when he was confronted by the victims of his brutal attack.
n. brink; edge
E.g. She shut her book and slowly looked up; her hat brim partially shaded her face, yet I could see, as she raised it, that it was a strange one.
v. introduce; bring up for discussion or debate; announce
E.g. Jack did not even try to broach the subject of religion with his in-laws.
a. abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
E.g. Was Bruce too brusque when he brushed off Bob's request with a curt "Not now!"?
n. one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown
E.g. This buffoon is the most self-centered idiot I have ever seen or heard.
n. gold and silver in the form of bars
E.g. Much bullion is stored in the vaults at Fort Knox.
n. a float, especially, a floating object moored to the bottom, to mark a channel or to point out the position of something beneath the water
E.g. A lot of times, it's a two-loop swim, and the turn buoy is only 300 yards away.
a. able to float; cheerful and optimistic
E.g. When the boat capsized, her buoyant life jacket kept Jody afloat.
v. give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockingly or humorously
E.g. In Spaceballs, we see Rick Moranis burlesque Darth Vader of Star Wars, outrageously parodying Vader's stiff walk and hollow voice.
n. tunnel; hole in the ground made by an animal for shelter; moving through by or as by digging
E.g. They will return to breed in the fall, and the male will reclaim his burrow, waiting to reconnect with his mate.
n. event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; disaster; misery
E.g. As news of the calamity spread, offers of relief poured in to the stricken community.
n. beautiful writing; excellent penmanship
E.g. As we examine ancient manuscripts, we become impressed with the calligraphy of the scribes.
n. human being that eats human flesh; anything that devours its own kind
E.g. The scene the horror film where the cannibal dismembered the missionary left me with my hair standing on end.
n. practice of eating the flesh of your own kind
E.g. Cannibalism is an undeniable occurrence rooted in antiquity and branching forth to the present-day.
n. covering; umbrella
E.g. I flew at a height of about two hundred feet, almost brushing the top of the jungle canopy, in search of diamond mines.
a. fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
E.g. The storm was capricious: it changed course constantly.
n. knitted garment, such as a sweater or jacket, that opens down the full length of the front
E.g. I am of the opinion that a cardigan is by definition a button-front sleeved garment.
n. representation that is deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic effect
E.g. The caricature he drew yesterday emphasized a personal weakness of the people he burlesqued.
a. eating or feeding on flesh; predatory
E.g. The lion's a carnivorous beast. A hunk of meat makes up his feast.
n. any of the hereditary social classes and subclasses of South Asian societies
E.g. The caste refers to social system based on rigid distinctions of birth, rank, and wealth.
n. a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
E.g. Her eyes immediately met those of a large caterpillar, which was sitting on the top with its arms folded, quietly smoking a long hookah, and taking not the smallest notice of her or of anything else.