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  • mackintosh
    a lightweight waterproof (usually rubberized) fabric
  • basic
    a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use
  • neither
    not either; not one or the other
  • regrets
    declination: a polite refusal of an invitation
  • redrafted
    redraft - a draft for the amount of a dishonored draft plus the costs and charges of drafting again;
    redraft - A second or subsequent draft; To draft again
  • tokyo
    the capital and largest city of Japan; the economic and cultural center of Japan


  • zanier
    Comparative form of zany: more zany
  • panegyric
    encomium: a formal expression of praise;
    encomiastic: formally expressing praise
  • latex
    a milky exudate from certain plants that coagulates on exposure to air
  • lastly
    last: the item at the end; "last, I'll discuss family values";
    In a last or final manner; Last in order
  • marquee
    permanent canopy over an entrance of a hotel etc.
  • kalahari
    a desert in southwestern Africa - largely Botswana
  • garibaldi
    Italian patriot whose conquest of Sicily and Naples led to the formation of the Italian state (1807-1882);
    a loose high-necked blouse with long sleeves; styled after the red flannel shirts worn by Garibaldi's soldiers
  • narcissus
    bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers either solitary or in clusters
  • nautilus
    a submarine that is propelled by nuclear power
  • languishing
    lacking of vigor or spirit;
    languish - pine away: lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"
  • babel
    a confusion of voices and other sounds
  • tadpole
    a larval frog or toad
  • sanctimonious
    holier-than-thou: excessively or hypocritically pious; "a sickening sanctimonious smile";
    Making a show of being morally better than others; hypocritically pious; Holy, devout
  • yammer
    howl: cry loudly, as of animals; "The coyotes were howling in the desert";
    whine: complain whiningly
  • rainbows
    A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere. ...
  • valenti
    Valenti was released in 2003 and is BoA's highest selling Japanese album (excluding overseas sales) and sold over 1.2 million copies.Valenti debuted at number on the weekly charts with over 615,000 copies in its first week. ...
  • hatchet
    a small ax with a short handle used with one hand (usually to chop wood)
  • icecaps
    An ice cap is an ice mass that covers less than 50 000 km² of land area (usually covering a highland area). Masses of ice covering more than 50 000 km² are termed an ice sheet.
  • edict
    a formal or authoritative proclamation
  • deplored
    deplore - express strong disapproval of; "We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners";
    deplore - regret strongly; "I deplore this hostile action"; "we lamented the loss of benefits"
  • deadened
    made or become less intense
  • mendelssohn
    German musician and romantic composer of orchestral and choral works (1809-1847)
  • yearling
    a racehorse considered one year old until the second Jan. 1 following its birth
  • rejoin
    join again
  • persistence
    continuity: the property of a continuous and connected period of time;
    doggedness: persistent determination
  • eerier
    Comparative form of eerie: more eerie;
    eerily - in an unnatural eery manner; "it was eerily quiet in the chapel";
    eeriness - strangeness by virtue of being mysterious and inspiring fear;
    eeriness - The condition of being eerie
  • demean
    take down: reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture"
  • beefier
    Comparative form of beefy: more beefy;
    beefy - muscular and heavily built; "a beefy wrestler"; "had a tall burly frame"; "clothing sizes for husky boys"; "a strapping boy of eighteen"; "`buirdly' is a Scottish term"
  • devastate
    overwhelm or overpower
  • meadow
    hayfield: a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay;
    A meadow is a field vegetated primarily by grass and other non-woody plants (grassland). It may be cut for hay or grazed by livestock such as cattle, sheep or goats.
  • celebrate
    have a celebration
  • segue
    the act of changing smoothly from one state or situation to another
  • peripatetic
    a person who walks from place to place
  • threatened
    (of flora or fauna) likely in the near future to become endangered
  • shrouded
    Shroud usually refers to an item, such as a cloth, that covers or protects some other object. The term is most often used in reference to burial sheets, winding-cloths or winding-sheets, such as the famous Shroud of Turin or Tachrichim (burial s
  • zinc
    a bluish-white lustrous metallic element; brittle at ordinary temperatures but malleable when heated; used in a wide variety of alloys and in galvanizing iron; it occurs naturally as zinc sulphide in zinc blende
  • dislike
    a feeling of aversion or antipathy
  • distance
    the property created by the space between two objects or points
  • tirana
    the capital and largest city of Albania in the center of the country
  • pintoes
  • diurnal
    of or belonging to or active during the day
  • night
    the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
  • lingual
    a consonant that is produced with the tongue and other speech organs
  • pioneer
    someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art
  • limb
    one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
  • akimbo
    (used of arms and legs) bent outward with the joint away from the body
  • alliances
    "Alliances" is the fifth episode of the fourth season of the HBO original series The Wire. Written by Ed Burns from a story by David Simon & Ed ...
  • electrocute
    kill by electric shock
  • flourish
    a showy gesture
  • enlistment
    a period of time spent in military service
  • incandescent
    emitting light as a result of being heated
  • anticlockwise
    counterclockwise: in a direction opposite to the direction in which the hands of a clock move; "please move counterclockwise in a circle!"
  • inroads
    Inroads is an album by American banjoist Béla Fleck
  • encoded
    Encoding is the process of transforming information from one format into another. The opposite operation is called decoding. This is often used in many digital devices;
    encode - convert information into code; "encode pictures digitally"
  • unenlightened
    not enlightened; ignorant
  • enthralls
  • potato
    an edible tuber native to South America; a staple food of Ireland
  • poignant
    keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
  • bounded
    having the limits or boundaries established
  • rotisserie
    an oven or broiler equipped with a rotating spit on which meat cooks as it turns
  • kolyma
    The Kolyma (pronounced koh-lee-MAH) region (Колыма) is located in the far north-eastern area of Russia in what is commonly known as Siberia but is actually part of the Russian Far East. It is bounded by the East Siberian Sea and the Arctic Ocean
  • governor
    the head of a state government
  • pontificate
    administer a pontifical office
  • torpor
    a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility
  • dogleg
    angle that resembles the hind leg of a dog
  • boycott
    a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
  • fortissimo
    chiefly a direction or description in music
  • upon
    Being the target of an action; Incidental to a specified point in time or order of action; usually combined with here-, there- or where-; Being ...
  • episode
    a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events
  • spineless
    lacking spiny processes
  • splicers
    Splicers is a role-playing game using the Palladium Books Megaversal gaming system. The game is set in the midst of a war between humans and a world-wide computer intelligence alternately referred to as the N.E.X.U.S. or the Machine. ...
  • spasms
    A spasm is a sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, a group of muscles, or a hollow organ, or a similarly sudden contraction of an orifice. It is sometimes accompanied by a sudden burst of pain, but is usually harmless and ceases after a f
  • spurn
    reject: reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
  • squeezing
    squeeze: the act of gripping and pressing firmly; "he gave her cheek a playful squeeze";
    In physics, a squeezed coherent state is any state of the quantum mechanical Hilbert space such that the uncertainty principle is saturated. ...
  • squeeze
    the act of gripping and pressing firmly
  • ersatz
    an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
  • orator
    a person who delivers a speech or oration
  • areas
    Area is a quantity expressing the two-dimensional size of a defined part of a surface, typically a region bounded by a closed curve. The term surface area refers to the total area of the exposed surface of a 3-dimensional solid, such as the sum
  • orthodoxy
    the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion)
  • dramatic
    suitable to or characteristic of drama
  • prowl
    the act of prowling (walking about in a stealthy manner)
  • transom
    a window above a door that is usually hinged to a horizontal crosspiece over the door
  • trounce
    flog: beat severely with a whip or rod; "The teacher often flogged the students"; "The children were severely trounced"
  • prosaic
    matter-of-fact: not fanciful or imaginative; "local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones"; "a prosaic and ...;
    pedestrian: lacking wit or imagination; "a pedestrian movie plot"
  • arc
    a continuous portion of a circle
  • preceding
    existing or coming before
  • origami
    the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects (e.g., flowers or birds)
  • wreathe
    move with slow, sinuous movements
  • assuage
    pacify: cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer";
    quench: satisfy (thirst); "The cold water quenched his thirst"
  • itaipu
    Itaipu (Itaipu, Itaipu, Itaipú; , ) is a hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.
  • starchy
    consisting of or containing starch
  • straddle
    a noncommittal or equivocal position
  • aura
    a sensation (as of a cold breeze or bright light) that precedes the onset of certain disorders such as a migraine attack or epileptic seizure
  • bulfinch
  • burglar
    a thief who enters a building with intent to steal
  • supermarket
    a large self-service grocery store selling groceries and dairy products and household goods
  • jul
    Yule or Yule-tide is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Germanic peoples as a pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. ...
  • tuition
    a fee paid for instruction (especially for higher education)
  • awry
    away from the correct or expected course
  • external
    outward features


  • obier
    (botanique) arbrisseau aux fleurs blanches en forme de boule, de la famille des caprifoliacées
  • perfectionnisme
    souci exagéré de la perfection
  • perplexe
    indécis, hésitant
  • phosphorescent
    (physique) luminescent
  • émeri
  • omise
  • artisanale
  • ostensoir
    (liturgie) pièce d'orfèvrerie qui sert à exposer l'hostie consacrée, dans la religion catholique

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