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1

 

Word of the day for May 1
mizzenmast n
  1. (nautical) The third mast from the bow on a ship having three or more masts.
  2. (nautical) The shorter, aftward mast of a ship having two masts, such as a ketch or yawl
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2

 

Word of the day for May 2
alacrity n
  1. Eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm.
  2. Promptness; speed
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3

 

Word of the day for May 3
resile v
  1. To start back; to recoil; to recede from a purpose.
  2. To spring back; rebound; resume the original form or position, as an elastic body
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4

 

Word of the day for May 4
gullet n
  1. The throat or esophagus
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5

 

Word of the day for May 5
stygian adj
  1. Dark and gloomy.
  2. Infernal or hellish.
  3. Of, or relating to the river Styx
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6

 

Word of the day for May 6
lax adj
  1. Lenient and allowing for deviation; not strict.
  2. Loose; not tight or taut
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7

 

Word of the day for May 7
countenance v
  1. To tolerate, support, sanction, or approve of something
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8

 

Word of the day for May 8
polyptoton n
  1. A stylistic scheme in which words from the same root are used together, or a word is repeated in a different inflection or case
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9

 

Word of the day for May 9
malfeasance n
  1. Wrongdoing.
  2. (law) Sabotage that causes damage
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10

 

Word of the day for May 10
howbeit adv
  1. (archaic) Be that as it may; nevertheless
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11

 

Word of the day for May 11
empyreal adj
  1. Pertaining to the highest heaven or the empyrean; celestial; exalted.
  2. Of the sky or heavens.
  3. Fiery, made of pure fire
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12

 

Word of the day for May 12
quasar n
  1. (astronomy) An extragalactic object, starlike in appearance, that is among the most luminous and thought to be the most distant objects in the universe
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13

 

Word of the day for May 13
augur v
  1. To foretell events; to exhibit signs of future events
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14

 

Word of the day for May 14
grue adj
  1. (philosophy) Of an object, green when first observed before a specified time or blue when first observed after that time.
  2. (linguistics) A term sometimes used as a translation of the word used for both "green" and "blue" in certain languages, such as Welsh, that do not distinguish between the two colors
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15

 

Word of the day for May 15
repechage n
  1. (sports) A heat in which competitors who have lost in a previous round compete for a place in a semifinal
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16

 

Word of the day for May 16
draconian adj
  1. Very severe, oppressive or strict.
  2. (in fiction) Of or resembling a dragon
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17

 

Word of the day for May 17
practicum n
  1. A college course designed to give a student supervised practical knowledge of a subject previously studied theoretically.
  2. A science exam in which students are questioned about specimens or other objects placed in front of them
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18

 

Word of the day for May 18
nip in the bud v
  1. To remove a bud from a plant to prevent flower and fruit from forming.
  2. (idiomatic) To stop something at an early stage
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19

 

Word of the day for May 19
bulwark n
  1. A defensive wall or rampart.
  2. A defense or safeguard.
  3. A breakwater
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20

 

Word of the day for May 20
voluble adj
  1. Fluent; having a ready flow of speech; garrulous or loquacious.
  2. Easily rolling or turning.
  3. (botany) Twisting and turning like a vine
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21

 

Word of the day for May 21
propel v
  1. To cause to move very fast in a certain direction.
  2. To make to arrive at a much greater pace to a certain situation or result
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22

 

Word of the day for May 22
esoteric adj
  1. Understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle.
  2. Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application.
  3. Confidential; private
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23

 

Word of the day for May 23
kiosk n
  1. A small enclosed structure, open on one side or with a window, used as a booth to sell newspapers, cigarettes, etc
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24

 

Word of the day for May 24
heuristic adj
  1. Relating to general strategies or methods for solving problems.
  2. Of a method that is not certain to arrive at an optimal solution
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25

 

Word of the day for May 25
chagrin n
  1. Distress of mind caused by a failure of aims or plans, by mistakes, or by want of appreciation
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26

 

Word of the day for May 26
balustrade n
  1. (architecture) A row of balusters topped by a rail, serving as an open parapet, as along the edge of a balcony
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27

 

Word of the day for May 27
quell v
  1. To take the life of; to kill.
  2. To overpower; to subdue; to put down.
  3. To quiet; to allay; to pacify
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28

 

Word of the day for May 28
unsung adj
  1. Not having been lauded or appreciated.
  2. Not sung
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29

 

Word of the day for May 29
labefaction n
  1. The act of shaking or weakening or the resulting state; overthrow, ruination
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30

 

Word of the day for May 30
tittle n
  1. A small amount; an iota.
  2. The dot (or diacritic replacing it) on the Latin letters i and j
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31

 

Word of the day for May 31
ether n
  1. (uncountable, literary or poetic) The substance formerly supposed to fill the upper regions of the atmosphere above the clouds, in particular as a medium breathed by deities.
    1. (by extension) The medium breathed by human beings; the air.
    2. (by extension) The sky, the heavens; the void, nothingness.
  2. (uncountable, physics, historical) Often as aether and more fully as luminiferous aether: a substance once thought to fill all unoccupied space that allowed electromagnetic waves to pass through it and interact with matter, without exerting any resistance to matter or energy; its existence was disproved by the 1887 Michelson–Morley experiment and the theory of relativity propounded by Albert Einstein (1879–1955).
  3. (uncountable, colloquial) The atmosphere or space as a medium for broadcasting radio and television signals; also, a notional space through which Internet and other digital communications take place; cyberspace.
  4. (uncountable, colloquial) A particular quality created by or surrounding an object, person, or place; an atmosphere, an aura.
  5. (uncountable, organic chemistry) Diethyl ether (C4H10O), an organic compound with a sweet odour used in the past as an anaesthetic.
  6. (countable, organic chemistry) A volatile organic compound containing an oxygen atom bonded to two hydrocarbon groups.

ether v

  1. (transitive, slang) To viciously humiliate or insult.
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