Mar. 6th, 2011 12:35 am
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–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.

4. a fine, especially for a misdemeanor.


Mar. 4th, 2011 10:32 pm
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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


Feb. 28th, 2011 07:55 pm
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[dam-uh-seen, dam-uh-seen]

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

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])


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.


Feb. 1st, 2011 07:18 pm
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[sou, suhf]

–verb (used without object)
1. to make a rushing, rustling, or murmuring sound: the wind soughing in the meadow.
2. Scot. and North England: to speak, esp. to preach, in a whining, singsong voice.

3. a sighing, rustling, or murmuring sound.
4. Scot. and North England
a. a sigh or deep breath.
b. a whining, singsong manner of speaking.
c. a rumor; unconfirmed report.

*word courtesy [personal profile] isleodreams! Thanks!


Jan. 31st, 2011 06:26 pm
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[wom-buhl, -uhl, wam-]

-verb, -bled, -bling (used without object)
1. to move unsteadily.
2. to feel nausea.
3. (of the stomach) to rumble; growl.

4. an unsteady or rolling movement.
5. a feeling of nausea.


Jan. 22nd, 2011 07:52 pm
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[ik-skawr-ee-eyt, -skohr-]

–verb (used with object), -at·ed, -at·ing.
1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally, e.g.: He was excoriated for his mistakes.
2. to strip off or remove the skin from, e.g.: Her palms were excoriated by the hard labor of shoveling.


Jan. 19th, 2011 06:27 pm
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-verb, -bled, -bling, (used without object)
1. to act in a foolish or frivolous manner; trifle.

–verb (used with object)
2. to waste foolishly (often fol. by away ): He fribbled away one opportunity after another.

3. a foolish or frivolous person; trifler.
4. anything trifling or frivolous.
5. frivolousness.

6. frivolous; foolish; trifling.

*here we have a word that is a noun, adjective, intransitive and transitive verb. Why it didn't spring for adverb is beyond me
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[in-ter-puh-ley-shuhn, in-tur-puh-]

a procedure in some legislative bodies of asking a government official to explain an act or policy, sometimes leading, in parliamentary government, to a vote of confidence or a change of government


to call formally upon (a minister or member of a government) in interpellation


Jan. 9th, 2011 07:43 pm
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–verb (used with object), -ruped, -rup·ing.
to beat or thrash


Jan. 8th, 2011 10:31 pm
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–verb (used without object), -lat·ed, -lat·ing.
to produce a shrill, grating sound, as a cricket does, by rubbing together certain parts of the body; shrill.


Jan. 6th, 2011 10:48 am
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–verb (used with object), -dled, -dling
to interweave; wattle

raddle (2)

1. ruddle (a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc.)

–verb (used with object)
2. ruddle (to mark or color with ruddle)
3. to color coarsely

Also, reddle.


Jan. 3rd, 2011 09:11 pm
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[in-tal-yoh, -tahl-] [Italian: een-tah-lyaw]
plural: -tagl·ios (Italian -ta·gli  [-tah-lyee])

1. incised carving, as opposed to carving in relief.
2. ornamentation with a figure or design sunk below the surface.
3. a gem, seal, piece of jewelry, or the like, cut with an incised or sunken design.
4. an incised or countersunk die.
5. a figure or design so produced.
6. a process in which a design, text, etc., is engraved into the surface of a plate so that when ink is applied and the excess is wiped off, ink remains in the grooves and is transferred to paper in printing, as in engraving or etching.
7. an impression or printing from such a design, engraving, etc.

–verb (used with object)
8. to incise or display in intaglio.


Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:22 pm
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[biv-oo-ak, biv-wak]
noun, verb, -acked, -ack·ing.

1. a military encampment made with tents or improvised shelters, usually without shelter or protection from enemy fire
2. the place used for such an encampment

–verb (used without object)
3. to rest or assemble in such an area; encamp


Dec. 31st, 2010 07:29 pm
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transitive verb
: to draw or paint on a surface
: to outline in clear sharp detail : delineate
: describe <the novel limns the frontier life of the settlers>

Limn means "to outline in sharp detail" or "to describe." It's a close relative of illuminate.

Middle English limnen to illuminate (a manuscript), probably back-formation from lymnour illuminator, alteration of lumenur, from Anglo-French aluminer, enluminer to illuminate, ultimately from Latin illuminare
First Known Use: 1592

May your New Year be limned by prosperity, love, and joy.


Dec. 27th, 2010 02:15 am
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(ob-NOO-buh-layt, -NYOO-)

verb tr.: To cloud over, obscure, or darken.

From Latin obnubilare (to darken or obscure), from ob- (in the way) + nubilare (to be cloudy), from nubes (cloud). The word nuance is also a derivative of nubes.


Dec. 14th, 2010 11:16 pm
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–verb (used with object) -tized, -tiz·ing
1. to subject to or treat with a narcotic; stupefy
2. to make dull; stupefy; deaden the awareness of: He had used liquor to narcotize his anxieties.

–verb (used without object)
3. to act as a narcotic: a remedy that does not heal but merely narcotizes

Also, especially British , nar·co·tise


Dec. 13th, 2010 10:17 pm
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[bih-dahy-zuhn, -diz-uhn]

–verb (used with object)
to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner


Dec. 11th, 2010 05:50 pm
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[tawr-uh-fahy, tor-]

–verb (used with object), -fied, -fy·ing.
1. to subject to fire or intense heat; parch, roast, or scorch
2. Pharmacology . to dry or parch (drugs) with heat
3. to roast, as metallic ores

Also, torrify.

Sentence: "We have never tried it out but if we had, it would indeed serve to torrify the wood just ahead of combusiton."


Dec. 10th, 2010 10:19 pm
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–verb (used with object), e·lid·ed, e·lid·ing
1. to omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation
2. to suppress; omit; ignore; pass over
3. Law . to annul or quash
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verb, -tized, -tiz·ing.

–verb (used with object)
1. to pronounce an anathema against; denounce; curse

–verb (used without object)
2. to pronounce anathemas; curse


Anyone want to submit cool verbs? It's easy to find cool nouns and adjectives; I find it harder to find verbs.


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