orogeny

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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

yare

Dec. 4th, 2010 10:10 am
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yare

   
[yair or, especially for 1, 2, yahr]

–adjective, yar·er, yar·est.
1. quick; agile; lively.
2. (of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.
3. Archaic:
a.ready; prepared.
b.nimble; quick.

Also, yar

—Related forms
yarely, adverb

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rimose

Nov. 30th, 2010 10:27 pm
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ri·mose

   
[rahy-mohs, rahy-mohs]

–adjective
full of crevices, chinks, or cracks.

(Also, ri·mous  
[rahy-muhs])

—Related forms
ri·mose·ly, adverb

ri·mos·i·ty noun
[rahy-mos-i-tee]
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wid·der·shins

(also: with·er·shins, chiefly in Scotland. Dictionary.com and Wikipedia both say the term is chiefly Scottish)
[wid-er-shinz]

-adverb

In a contrary or counterclockwise direction. Dictionary.com adds: considered as unlucky or causing disaster.

from thefreedictionary.com: "The coracle whirled round, clockwise, then widdershins" (Anthony Bailey).

from Wikipedia: widdersyns start my hair, i.e. my hair stood on end. (cites the OED, which cites this usage in 1513)

according to thefreedictionary: [Middle Low German weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes : wider, back (from Old High German widar; see wi- in Indo-European roots) + sinnes, in the direction of (from sin, direction, from Old High German; see sent- in Indo-European roots).]

according to Wikipedia: It is cognate with the German language widersinnig, i.e., "against" + "sense".

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