n. act of coming or going out; emergence; right to leave; path or opening for going out
E.g. The wounded were transported as tenderly as possible out of the main egress from the bowl, it being impractical to use the other.
n. act of throwing or shooting out; darting or casting forth; uttering of exclamations, or of brief exclamatory phrases
E.g. He could not repress an ejaculation of surprise when he heard the news.
n. production by gradual process; act of working out with great care in detail
E.g. Tell what happened simply, without any elaboration.
n. tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
E.g. In addition to its superior elasticity, bamboo is surprisingly hard.
n. poem or song expressing lamentation; mournful poem
E.g. The other elegy is shorter and less striking in conception, but gives a similar impression of the importance assigned to Louis de.
n. omission of words from text; mark or series of marks used in writing to indicate omission
E.g. Sometimes an ellipsis can lead to a dangling modifier, as in the sentence "Once dressed, you should refrigerate the potato salad.".
v. lengthen; extend; make or grow longer
E.g. Under food shortage, the animals might have a strategy in which they elongate life span to increase the total number of offspring produced.
v. make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
E.g. He was called upon to elucidate the disputed points in his article.
a. very thin especially from disease or hunger
E.g. His long period of starvation had left him emaciated.
v. free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate
E.g. At first, the attempts to emancipate the slaves were unpopular in New England as well as in the South.
v. enclose; place in something; fix firmly in surrounding mass
E.g. The legends embed actual historical figures like King Alfred in tales.
v. adorn; make beautiful, as by ornamentation; decorate
E.g. The costume designer can embellish the leading lady's ball gown with yards and yards of ribbon and lace.
v. mold or carve in relief; decorate with or as if with a raised design
E.g. Your local shoe-repair store can emboss it with his initials.
v. decorate with needlework; add details to
E.g. John asked what made her late getting home, and heard Jo embroider her account with tales of runaway horses and rescuing people from a ditch.
n. elaboration by the use of decorative detail; ornamentation of fabric with needlework
E.g. Please show some of the lovely detail on the coat - the embroidery is gorgeous.
a. in early stage of development; of an organism prior to birth; related to embryo
E.g. The evil of race hatred must be eliminated while it is still in an embryonic state; otherwise, it may grow to dangerous proportions.
v. correct; improve by critical editing; free from fault; alter for the better
E.g. The critic should emend the book by selecting the passages which he thought most appropriate to the text.
n. correction of errors; removal of errors; alteration intended to improve
E.g. Please initial the emendation you have made in this contract.
n. appearance; becoming visible
E.g. In philosophy, systems theory and the sciences, emergence refers to the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.
n. having softening or soothing effect, especially to skin
E.g. The nurse applied an emollient to the inflamed area.
n. acting of a role or representation of a character in a play; passing of a law by a legislative body
E.g. With Congress staying out of the issue, medical marijuana advocates called the enactment of the law a "historic" victory for their movement.
v. encode; convert plain message into code
E.g. One of Bond's first lessons was how to encipher the messages he sent to Miss Moneypenny so that none of his other lady friends could decipher them.
n. high praise; formal expression of praise; tribute
E.g. Uneasy with the encomium expressed by his supporters, Tolkien felt unworthy of such high praise.
v. surround; form a circle or ring around; enclose; envelop
E.g. Although enemy forces encompass us, we are cheerful for we are well stocked and can withstand a siege until our allies join us.
v. intrude; invade; take another's rights gradually; advance beyond proper or former limits
E.g. The protester says Cambodia is using the world heritage status to encroach on Thai land.
n. gradual intrusion; entry into a place that was previously uncommon; advance beyond former borders
E.g. The encroachment of the factories upon the neighborhood lowered the value of the real estate.
v. burden; put a heavy load on; load with debts, or other legal claims
E.g. Some people encumber themselves with too much luggage when they take short trips.
a. prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
E.g. This disease is endemic in this part of the world; more than 80 percent of the population are at one time or another affected by it.
v. weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
E.g. She was slow to recover from her illness; even a short walk to the window would enervate her.
v. admit to rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote
E.g. USA didn't enfranchise Blacks before the Civil War.
v. cause; bring into existence; give rise to
E.g. To receive praise for real accomplishments would engender self-confidence in a child.
v. occupy exclusively; absorb; acquire most or all of; write or print the final draft of; make large or larger
E.g. John and Chris engross in their studies that both don't hear mother call.
v. absorb or swallow up as in a gulf; flow over or cover completely
E.g. We see the bright light engulf him completely.
a. obscure; puzzling; not easily explained or accounted for
E.g. Many have sought to fathom the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa.
v. direct or impose with urgent appeal; order with emphasis
E.g. His cultures enjoin Patel from eating the flesh of a cow, which is sacred in India.
n. ill will; hatred; quality or state of being hostile
E.g. At Camp David, President Carter labored to bring an end to the enmity that prevented the peaceful coexistence of Egypt and Israel.
v. please intensely; fill with great delight or joy
E.g. The freshness of the voices and the excellent orchestration enrapture the audience.
v. settle oneself securely or comfortably; place or conceal in secure place
E.g. Now that you ensconce their children safely in the private school, the jet-setting parents decide to leave for Europe.
n. an intricate trap that ensnares its victim
E.g. But its biggest challenge to the current form of monarchy is to its entanglement with the Church of England.
v. capture; attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence; hold in bondage or subjection
E.g. From the moment he saw her picture, her beauty should enthrall him.