saturnine

Mar. 18th, 2011 09:07 am
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[sat-er-nahyn]

–adjective
1. sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.
2. suffering from lead poisoning, as a person.
3. due to absorption of lead, as bodily disorders.

trenchant

Mar. 17th, 2011 10:45 am
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[tren-chuhnt]

–adjective
1. incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit.
2. vigorous; effective; energetic: a trenchant policy of political reform.
3. clearly or sharply defined; clear-cut; distinct.

*if anyone wants to volunteer to post for a while or even just a day, I'd really really really really appreciate it.

knar

Mar. 14th, 2011 11:58 pm
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knar

   
[nahr]

–noun
a knot on a tree or in wood.

orogeny

Mar. 13th, 2011 09:32 pm
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o·rog·e·ny 


[aw-roj-uh-nee, oh-roj-]

–noun
Geology:
the process of mountain making or upheaval

Also called or·o·gen·e·sis  [awr-uh-jen-uh-sis, or-uh-]


orogenic or orogenetic
-adjective

orogenically or orogenetically
-adverb

enceinte

Mar. 11th, 2011 10:49 pm
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en·ceinte


[en-seynt, ahn-sant; Fr. ahn-sant]

–adjective
pregnant; with child

invidious

Mar. 7th, 2011 09:59 pm
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in·vid·i·ous   


[in-vid-ee-uhs]

–adjective
1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful: invidious remarks
2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious: invidious comparisons
3. causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy: an invidious honor
4. Obsolete: envious

glissando

Mar. 6th, 2011 09:29 pm
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glis·san·do

   
[gli-sahn-doh]

Music
–adjective
1. performed with a gliding effect by sliding one or more fingers rapidly over the keys of a piano or strings of a harp.

–noun, plural: -di  [-dee]
2. a glissando passage
3. (in string playing) a slide

mulct

Mar. 6th, 2011 12:35 am
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[muhlkt]

–verb (used with object)
1. to deprive (someone) of something, as by fraud, extortion, etc.; swindle.
2. to obtain (money or the like) by fraud, extortion, etc.
3. to punish (a person) by fine, especially for a misdemeanor.

–noun
4. a fine, especially for a misdemeanor.

handsel

Mar. 4th, 2011 10:32 pm
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hand·sel

   
[han-suhl]

–noun
1. a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise.
2. a first installment of payment
3. the initial experience of anything; first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will follow; foretaste

–verb (used with object), -seled, -sel·ing or (especially British) -selled, -sel·ling

4. to give a handsel to
5. to inaugurate auspiciously
6. to use, try, or experience for the first time

also, hansel

reticular

Mar. 3rd, 2011 09:59 am
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re·tic·u·lar

   
[ri-tik-yuh-ler]

–adjective
1. having the form of a net; netlike
2. intricate or entangled
3. Anatomy: of or pertaining to a reticulum

(Once I read the third meaning, I remembered the endoplasmic reticulum!

re·tic·u·lum


[ri-tik-yuh-luhm]

–noun, plural: -la  [-luh] for 1-3, genitive -li  [-lahy] for 4
1. a network; any reticulated system or structure.
2. Anatomy
a. a network of intercellular fibers in certain tissues
b. a network of structures in the endoplasm or nucleus of certain cells

3. Zoology: the second stomach of ruminating animals, between the rumen and the omasum.
4. (initial capital letter) Astronomy: the Net, a southern constellation between Dorado and Hydrus)

abstemious

Mar. 2nd, 2011 09:54 am
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ab·ste·mi·ous

   
[ab-stee-mee-uhs]

–adjective
1. sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet
2. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life
3. sparing: an abstemious diet

calamus

Mar. 1st, 2011 06:47 pm
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cal·a·mus

   
[kal-uh-muhs]

–noun, plural -mi  [-mahy]
1. the sweet flag, Acorus calamus
2. its aromatic root
3. any of various tropical Asian palms of the genus Calamus, some of which are a source of rattan
4. the hollow base of a feather; a quill


*another word brought to you by Captive Prince :o)

damascene

Feb. 28th, 2011 07:55 pm
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Dam·a·scene

   
[dam-uh-seen, dam-uh-seen]

–adjective
1. of or pertaining to the city of Damascus
2. (lowercase) of or pertaining to the art of damascening

–noun
3. an inhabitant of Damascus.
4. (lowercase) work or patterns produced by damascening

–verb (used with object)
5. (lowercase) to produce wavy lines on (Damascus steel) (Also, dam·a·skeen  [dam-uh-skeen, dam-uh-skeen])

damascening



art of encrusting gold, silver, or copper wire on the surface of iron, steel, bronze, or brass. A narrow undercut is made in the surface of the metal with a chisel and the wire forced into the undercut by means of a hammer. The name is derived from the city of Damascus, which was celebrated for its damascened wares as early as the 12th century. The armourers of northern Italy used damascening to decorate their products during the 16th century. In the 19th century the art underwent a revival in Europe, particularly in France and Spain. Damascened work of high quality is still produced by craftsmen there and in Egypt and Iran. --dictionary.com

somnolent

Feb. 27th, 2011 08:27 pm
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som·no·lent 


[som-nuh-luhnt]

–adjective
1. sleepy; drowsy.
2. tending to cause sleep.

transom

Feb. 26th, 2011 09:28 pm
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tran·som 


[tran-suhm]

–noun
1. a crosspiece separating a door or the like from a window or fanlight above it
2. (Also called transom light, transom window) a window above such a crosspiece
3. a crossbar of wood or stone, dividing a window horizontally
4. a window so divided
5. Nautical:
a. a flat termination to a stern, above the water line.
b. framework running athwartships in way of the sternpost of a steel or iron vessel, used as a support for the frames of the counter

6. Artillery: a metal piece connecting the sidepieces of the tail or the cheeks of a gun carriage

picayune

Feb. 25th, 2011 11:58 pm
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pic·a·yune

   
[pik-ee-yoon, pik-uh-]

–adjective Also, pic·a·yun·ish
1. of little value or account; small; trifling: a picayune amount.
2. petty, carping, or prejudiced: I didn't want to seem picayune by criticizing.

–noun
3. (formerly, in Louisiana, Florida, etc.) a coin equal to half a spanish real.
4. any small coin, as a five-cent piece.
5. Informal: an insignificant person or thing.

ursine

Feb. 23rd, 2011 09:53 pm
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ur·sine   


[ur-sahyn, -sin]

–adjective
1. of or pertaining to a bear or bears
2. bearlike

etiology

Feb. 22nd, 2011 07:11 pm
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e·ti·ol·o·gy 


[ee-tee-ol-uh-jee]

–noun, plural: -gies.
1. Pathology
a. the study of the causes of diseases
b. the cause or origin of a disease

2. the study of causation
3. any study of causes, causation, or causality, as in philosophy, biology, or physics

vitreous

Feb. 21st, 2011 06:40 pm
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vit·re·ous 


[vi-tree-uhs]

–adjective
1. of the nature of or resembling glass, as in transparency, brittleness, hardness, glossiness, etc.: vitreous china
2. of or pertaining to glass
3. obtained from or containing glass

fiduciary

Feb. 20th, 2011 09:50 pm
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fi·du·ci·ar·y 


[fi-doo-shee-er-ee, -dyoo-]

-noun, plural: -ar·ies

1. Law: a person to whom property or power is entrusted for the benefit of another

–adjective
2. Law: of or pertaining to the relation between a fiduciary and his or her principal, e.g. fiduciary capacity; a fiduciary duty
3. of, based on, or in the nature of trust and confidence, as in public affairs, e.g. a fiduciary obligation of government employees
4. depending on public confidence for value or currency, as fiat money

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