February 24, 2006

WOTD - 24 Feb 2006

DEE - English river; River that flows in England and Scotland
ANTIC - CAPER; A ludicrous or extravagant act or gesture done for fun and amusement
TEE - Golf peg; A small peg with a concave top for holding a golf ball for an initial drive
PEG - A small cylindrical or tapered pin, as of wood, used to fasten things or plug a hole
AEGEAN - Greek sea; An arm of the Mediterranean Sea off southeast Europe between Greece and Turkey
CLEMATIS - Plant; Any of various ornamental, mostly climbing plants of the genus Clematis, native chiefly to northern temperate regions and having showy, variously colored flowers or decorative fruit clusters
BANISH - Exile; To force to leave a country or place by official decree
PEN - Enclosure; A fenced enclosure for animals
CATALAN - European language; The Romance language spoken especially in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Andorra, and the Roussillon region of France
LEE - Shelter; An area sheltered from the wind
EGRET - Wading bird; Heron
DRAWL - To speak with lengthened or drawn-out vowels
GYRATE - To revolve around a fixed point or axis

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SAUCE - Impudence; The quality of being offensively bold

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WOOFER - Low speaker; a loudspeaker that reproduces lower audio frequency sounds

February 23, 2006

WOTD - 23 Feb 2006

STASH - Hidden store;A secret place where something is hidden or stored; Something, such as money or an illegal drug, that has been hidden or stored
LOT - Auction item; a single article, a number of units of an article, or a parcel of articles offered as one item
LOCUST - Insect; Any of numerous grasshoppers of the family Acrididae, often migrating in immense swarms that devour vegetation and crops
PERCEPTIVE - Astute; keen in discernment
REMUNERATE - Repay; compensate; To pay (a person) a suitable equivalent in return for goods provided, services rendered, or losses incurred
DASH - PANACHE; distinctive and stylish elegance
BEWAIL - To cry over; lament

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LINER - Passenger ship; A large commercial ship or airplane, especially one carrying passengers on a regular route

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LIMB - Leg; One of the jointed appendages of an animal, such as an arm, leg, wing, or flipper, used for locomotion or grasping
MORON - Fool; Dolt, a person who is not very bright.
STAFF - Rod; A stick or cane carried as an aid in walking or climbing
SPOUT - Nozzle; A tube, mouth, or pipe through which liquid is released or discharged
STRAYED - Erred; wander from a direct course

February 21, 2006

WOTD - 22 Feb 2006

VERONA - Italian city; A city of northern Italy on the Adige River west of Venice
CREPT - Sneaked; To move stealthily or cautiously
RATTY - Bad-tempered; Irritable
FLOURISH - A showy or ceremonious passage
INEPT - Awkward; not elegant or graceful in expression
GAMBOL - play boisterously
GAB - To talk idly or incessantly, as about trivial matters
GIFT OF GAB - Talent for verbal fluency, especially the ability to talk persuasively

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BEAST - Bully; A brutal, contemptible person
MERITED - Deserved
ALIEN - Strange
SLING - Throw; as in with a catapult
FANFARE - Brass fluorish; A loud flourish of brass instruments, especially trumpets; A spectacular public display
CORONA - Halo; A circular band of colored light around a light source, as around the sun or moon, caused by the refraction and reflection of light by ice particles suspended in the intervening atmosphere.

WOTD - 21 Feb 2006

DOUSE - Extinguish; To put out (a light or fire); drench
CLOUT - Influence; special advantage; pull
CRUSTACEAN - Lobster; any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton
BOG - Swamp; An area of soft, naturally waterlogged ground
ITEM - Detail; A bit of information; an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
HEARTY - Vigorous; robust
TUN - Barrel; A large cask for liquids, especially wine
HEROD - Biblical King; king of Judea who (according to the New Testament) tried to kill Jesus by ordering the death of all children under age two in Bethlehem (73-4 BC)
HAREM - SERAGLIO; living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household
TRUISM - Platitude; A self-evident truth; cliche
SCOUR - Search; To search through or over thoroughly
DOPE - Fool; A stupid person
REEL - revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; walk as if unable to control one's movements

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ABUTS - Adjoins;lie adjacent
ZONE - Sector

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RANCOUR - Bitterness; a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
ALLURE - Fascination; the power to entice or attract through personal charm
SLIME - Mud; A thick sticky slippery substance
DURABLE - Hard wearing
EUREKA - Cry of triumph

February 20, 2006

WOTD - 20 Feb 2006

TOP HAT - Headwear Item; A man's hat having a narrow brim and a tall cylindrical crown, usually made of silk. Also called high hat.
TEMP - Office worker;A temporary worker, as in an office; To work as a temporary worker.
PHILISTINE - Barbarian;An insensitive, uncultured person
SMITHY - Forge;a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering;A blacksmith's shop
SAUCY - PERT;Impudently bold
CRETIN - Idiot;a person of subnormal intelligence
WHEREWITHAL - Means; The necessary means, especially financial means
HOLDUP - An interruption or a delay; robbery at gunpoint

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ONLOOKER - Witness; a spectator
TRAIT - Characteristic

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TROT - Horse's gait; The gait of a horse or other four-footed animal, between a walk and a canter in speed, in which diagonal pairs of legs move forward together
HOOP - Circuit;Circle; Round figure
TRAMP - Vagrant; wanderer

February 17, 2006

WOTD - 17 Feb 2006

EDAM - Dutch cheese; A mild, yellow Dutch cheese, pressed into balls and usually covered with red wax
DREDGE - Dig up; unearth
TALLOW - Animal fat; Hard fat obtained from parts of the bodies of cattle, sheep, or horses, and used in foodstuffs or to make candles, leather dressing, soap, and lubricants.
HALIBUT - Fish; Edible fishes of northern Atlantic or Pacific waters.
HADES - Hell; the world of the dead
TARRY - Dawdle
PENCE - Pennies; plural of Penny
SQUALL - A brief sudden violent windstorm, often accompanied by rain or snow
FERRIS WHEEL - An amusement ride consisting of a large upright rotating wheel having suspended seats that remain in a horizontal position as the wheel revolves

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ADHERENT - Fan; A supporter, as of a cause or individual

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HOVEL - Slum; A small, miserable dwelling
CAROUSEL - Merry go around; large mechanical apparatus with seats for children to ride on
BEDEVIL - Plague; To torment mercilessly
BIT - Section
GEN - Information; informal term for information
BELLOWS - Roars; To make the deep roaring sound characteristic of a bull; To shout in a deep voice

February 16, 2006

WOTD - 16 Feb 2006

SPRIG - Shoot; A small shoot or twig of a plant
BUGLE - Brass instrument; A brass wind instrument somewhat shorter than a trumpet and lacking keys or valves
INTONED - Chanted; To recite in a singing tone;To utter in a monotone.
SPINET - Keyboard instrument; A small, compact upright piano
SLIP - Undergarment; A woman's undergarment of dress length with shoulder straps
SCRAWNY - lean

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MARINE - Of the sea
PANEL - Board; A thin wooden board, used as a surface for an oil painting; A board having switches or buttons to control an electric device.
REALM - Empire; A community or territory over which a sovereign rules
CHOSEN - Elite
CROON - Sing; To utter a series of words or sounds in musical tones;To vocalize songs or selections.
LAIR - Den; dwelling of a wild animal
REDEEM - To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of; To make up for

February 15, 2006

WOTD - 15 Feb 2006

TATTER - SHRED; A torn and hanging piece of cloth
LARD - Animal fat; The white solid or semisolid rendered fat of a hog
SLIME - Mud; Soft moist earth
STEAD - Place; the function or position properly or customarily occupied or served by another
DRUID - Ancient priest; A member of an order of priests in ancient Gaul and Britain who appear in Welsh and Irish legend as prophets and sorcerers
BITUMEN - Viscous substance; Any of various flammable mixtures of hydrocarbons and other substances, occurring naturally or obtained by distillation from coal or petroleum
RIND - Peel; the tissue forming the hard outer layer (of e.g. a fruit)
LUG - Drag; To drag or haul (an object) laboriously
CABERNET - Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety of red grape mainly used for wine production

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COL - Mountain pass
BOSS - Chief
INHIBIT - Constrain
DEFINED - Described

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BERATE - Scold
BEMUSE - Bewilder; confuse
LIVID - Furious
TOR - Hill
TOM - Male cat
BRIDLE - headgear for a horse