v. hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion; swing, as something suspended loosely
E.g. After breakfast the king he took a seat on the corner of the raft, and pulled off his boots and rolled up his britches, and let his legs dangle in the water, so as to be comfortable.
a. disagreeably damp or humid; cold moisture; unpleasant humidity
E.g. They're ten thousand miles away, hiding in dank caves and surrounded by hundreds people.
n. sudden downfall; complete disaster
E.g. In the Airplane movies, every flight turns into a debacle, with passengers and crew members collapsing, and baggage popping out of the overhead bins.
n. corruption of fidelity; seduction from virtue, duty, or allegiance; excessive indulgence of the appetites
E.g. The guy gets a moral defeat and plunges into debauchery.
v. to question someone after a military mission in order to obtain intelligence
E.g. He said the United States had the right to temporarily hold and debrief high value terrorist suspects captured overseas.
n. young woman making formal entrance into society
E.g. After her father loses everything, the debutante is forced to flee, pursued by gangsters.
n. attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration or practice, which misleads another, or causes to believe what is false
E.g. His deceit is disgusting; he took everybody in!
v. convert code into ordinary language; read with difficulty
E.g. Lacking his code book, the spy was unable to decipher the scrambled message sent to him from the KGB.
v. convert from code into plain text;
E.g. Perhaps I simply lack the necessary insight to decode your posts.
n. propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior
E.g. Keeping public decorum is an important factor in media credibility.
v. decide; judge; sentence; condemn
E.g. I am simply going to keep looking forward and do what I deem is right.
n. failure to act; an option that is selected automatically
E.g. When the visiting team failed to show up for the big game, they lost the game by default.
v. abandon or turn against; cease or change one's loyalty
E.g. Pakistani terrorists regularly defect to another terrorist group with a totally different political platform.
n. scarcity; lack or shortage, especially of something essential to health
E.g. It has been demonstrated that a blood protein deficiency is the cause of this inherited illness.
n. inadequacy or insufficiency; sum of money falls short of required amount; shortage
E.g. The deficit in trade of all types of goods showed an unexpectedly large increase in the final month of last year.
v. turn aside; draw someone's attention away from something
E.g. No one believed that his life was saved because his cigarette case could deflect the bullet.
v. become worse; decline; fall
E.g. Not to appear to disgrace his family, to degenerate from the popular qualities, or lose the influence.
n. person authorized to act as representative for another; deputy
E.g. Some religious groups are boycotting the event, but one delegate told the BBC that it was vital to work with the Americans to get Iraq up and running again.
v. erase; strike out; remove or make invisible
E.g. Less is more: if you delete this paragraph, your whole essay will have greater appeal.
a. failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty.
E.g. The couple say their mortgage servicer, CitiMortgage, reported to the credit bureaus that they made partial payments that were delinquent.
n. conduct; management; way in which a person behaves
E.g. It'll be interesting to see what her demeanor is and what kind of witness she is.
n. act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying
E.g. One of the major aims of the air force was the complete demolition of all means of transportation by bombing of rail lines and terminals.
n. poverty; removal of rank or office; taking away
E.g. I stand before you today as the citizen of a country that has had nothing but disaster, war, brutality and deprivation against its people for so many years.
a. expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling
E.g. I no longer care what they say of me, but I feel every word derogatory of you.
v. move downward and lower; come from; be connected by a relationship of blood
E.g. You could see a rough path descend like a steep stair into the plain.
a. emotionally removed; calm and objective; apart from others; separate
E.g. A psychoanalyst must maintain a detached point of view and stay uninvolved with his or her patients' personal lives.
n. act of detaching or separating, or the state of being detached; abstraction from worldly objects
E.g. The detachment of the main force was ambushed by the enemy.
v. keep back or from; withhold; restrain from proceeding; stay or stop; delay
E.g. The power to detain people without filing criminal charges against them is a dictatorial power.
n. cleansing agent; substance that acts similarly to soap
E.g. You should try this new detergent to replace soap.
v. become worse; decline
E.g. The humanitarian situation in southeastern parts of the country continues to deteriorate, with increasing livestock deaths, serious shortage of water.
v. dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards
E.g. I know you always detest politicians.
v. explode or cause to explode; explode with great suddenness and with a loud noise
E.g. He is accused of trying to detonate a crude gasoline-and-propane bomb inside an SUV.
n. explosion; violent release of energy caused by chemical or nuclear reaction
E.g. The detonation of the bomb could be heard miles away.
v. ruin; lay waste; destroy; make desolate
E.g. She says the disease has the potential to devastate Sudan, as HIV spreads quickly among the nation's youth.
a. differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society
E.g. They have intention to publish them, so that the parents could recognize sexually deviant persons and protect their children from their impact.
a. completely lacking; barren or empty
E.g. You may think her mind is a total void, but she's actually not devoid of intelligence. She just sounds like an airhead.
v. consume; eat greedily; destroy completely
E.g. He seemed to devour me with his flaming glance: physically, I felt, at the moment, powerless as stubble exposed to the draught and glow of a furnace: mentally, I still possessed my soul, and with it the certainty of ultimate safety.
n. one who dictates; one who prescribes rules and maxims authoritatively for the direction of others.
E.g. The dictator decreed that his birthday would be a public holiday.
n. loud, confused, harsh noise; loud, continuous, rattling or clanging sound
E.g. They were unable to sleep because of the din coming from the bar.
v. throw into disorder; break the array of.
E.g. Then the NASDAQ crash of 2000 left the US equity markets in disarray for more than a year.