Word of the Day Archive
September 2013

  1. auspicate: to initiate with ceremonies calculated to ensure good luck; inaugurate.
  2. pari passu: without partiality; equably; fairly.
  3. serotinal: pertaining to or occurring in late summer.
  4. skedaddle: to run away hurriedly; flee.
  5. habiliment: clothes or clothing.
  6. gingham: yarn-dyed, plain-weave cotton fabric, usually striped or checked.
  7. toile: any of various transparent linens and cottons.
  8. chambray: a fine cloth of cotton, silk, or linen, commonly of plain weave with a colored warp and white weft.
  9. peplum: a short full flounce below the waist, covering the hips.
  10. bauble: a showy, usually cheap, ornament; trinket; gewgaw.
  11. ikat: a method of printing woven fabric by tie-dyeing the yarns before weaving.
  12. bordereau: a detailed memorandum, especially one in which documents are listed.
  13. anfractuous: characterized by windings and turnings; sinuous; circuitous.
  14. dissilient: bursting apart; bursting open.
  15. joggle: to shake slightly; move to and fro, as by repeated jerks.
  16. orrery: an apparatus for representing the planets, satellites, etc., in the solar system.
  17. fleer: to grin or laugh coarsely or mockingly.
  18. monad: a single unit or entity.
  19. humdinger: a person, thing, action, or statement of remarkable excellence or effect.
  20. Parnassian: pertaining to poetry.
  21. lallygag: to spend time idly; loaf.
  22. sobersided: solemn or grave in disposition, attitude, character, etc.; serious-minded.
  23. pilose: covered with hair, especially soft hair; furry.
  24. fermata: the sustaining of a note, chord, or rest for a duration longer than the indicated time value.
  25. albedo: the white, inner rind of a citrus fruit.
  26. sectile: capable of being cut smoothly with a knife.
  27. indubitable: that cannot be doubted; patently evident or certain; unquestionable.
  28. gangle: to move awkwardly or ungracefully.
  29. contrail: a visible condensation of water droplets or ice crystals, occurring in the wake of an aircraft.
  30. instauration: renewal; restoration; renovation; repair.


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