National Spelling Bee - 6th Grade

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biscuit

bis·cuit
[bis-kit]
-noun
1.
a kind of bread in small, soft cakes, raised with baking powder or soda, or sometimes with yeast.

abolitionists

yip·pee
[yip-ee, yip-ee]
-interjection
(an exclamation used to express joy, exultation, or the like.)

yippee

yip·pee
[yip-ee, yip-ee]
-interjection
(an exclamation used to express joy, exultation, or the like.)

preferable

pref·er·a·ble
[pref-er-uh-buhl, pref-ruh- or, often, pri-fur-]
-adjective
1.
more desirable.
2.
worthy to be preferred.

multitude

mul·ti·tude
[muhl-ti-tood, -tyood]
-noun
1.
a great number; host: a multitude of friends.

satchel

satch·el
[sach-uhl]
-noun
a small bag, sometimes with a shoulder strap.

linear

lin·e·ar
[lin-ee-er]
-adjective
1.
of, consisting of, or using lines: linear design.
2.
pertaining to or represented by lines: linear dimensions.
3.
extended or arranged in a line: a linear series.
4.
involving measurement in one dimension only; pertaining to length: linear measure.
5.
of or pertaining to the characteristics of a work of art in which forms and rhythms are defined chiefly in terms of line.

fasten

fas·ten
[fas-uhn, fah-suhn]
-verb (used with object)
1.
to attach firmly or securely in place; fix securely to something else.

procedure

pro·ce·dure
[pruh-see-jer]
-noun
1.
an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct.
2.
a particular course or mode of action.
3.
any given mode of conducting legal, parliamentary, or other business, esp. litigation and judicial proceedings.

nectar

nec·tar
[nek-ter]
-noun
1.
the saccharine secretion of a plant, which attracts the insects or birds that pollinate the flower.
2.
the juice of a fruit, esp. when not diluted, or a blend of fruit juices: pear nectar; tropical nectar.

quarterback

quar·ter·back
[kwawr-ter-bak]
-noun
1.
a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
2.
the position played by this back.
3.
a person who leads or directs a group or activity.

kerchief

ker·chief
[kur-chif, -cheef]
-noun
1.
a woman's square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders.
2.
a handkerchief.

wounded

wound·ed
[woon-did] Show IPA
-adjective
1.
suffering injury or bodily harm, as a laceration or bullet wound: to bandage a wounded hand.
2.
marred; impaired; damaged: a wounded reputation.

cascade

cas·cade
[kas-keyd]
noun, verb, -cad·ed, -cad·ing.
-noun
1.
a waterfall descending over a steep, rocky surface.

ignite

ig·nite
[ig-nahyt]
verb, -nit·ed, -nit·ing.
-verb (used with object)
1.
to set on fire; kindle.

officer

of·fi·cer
[aw-fuh-ser, of-uh-]
-noun
1.
a person who holds a position of rank or authority in the army, navy, air force, or any similar organization, esp. one who holds a commission.

desirable

de·sir·a·ble
[dih-zahyuhr-uh-buhl]
-adjective
1.
worth having or wanting; pleasing, excellent, or fine: a desirable apartment.

giddiness

an impulsive scatterbrained manner

laser

la·ser
[ley-zer] Show IPA
-noun Physics .
a device that produces a nearly parallel, nearly monochromatic, and coherent beam of light by exciting atoms to a higher energy level and causing them to radiate their energy in phase.

maimed

having a part of the body crippled or disabled

celery

cel·er·y [sel-uh-ree, sel-ree]
-noun
a plant, Apium graveolens, of the parsley family, whose leafstalks are eaten raw or cooked.

sensibility

sen·si·bil·i·ty [sen-suh-bil-i-tee]
-noun,plural-ties.
1.
capacity for sensation or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli.
2.
mental susceptibility or responsiveness; quickness and acuteness of apprehension or feeling.
3.
keen consciousness or appreciation.

uncouth

un·couth [ un kth ]

adjective
Definition:

1. ill-mannered: behaving in an ill-mannered or unrefined way

healthy

health·y [ hélthee ]
adjective
Definition:

1. in good condition: in good physical or mental condition

narrate

nar·rate [ ná ràyt ]

transitive verb
Definition:

1. tell story of something: to tell a story or give an account, usually in detail

2. speak on film: to provide the narration for a film or television program

reversible

re·vers·i·ble [ ri vúrssəb'l ]


adjective
Definition:

1. able to be reversed: able to be changed or undone

2. usable inside out: made so that either side can be used as the outer or upper side

wrestle

wres·tle [ réss'l ]


verb
Definition:

1. transitive and intransitive verb fight by gripping and pushing: to fight somebody using special holds and moves in an attempt to force his or her shoulders onto a mat

peekaboo

peek·a·boo [ pkə b ]


noun
Definition:

children's game: a game played to amuse small children, in which the face is hidden in the hands and then suddenly uncovered as "peekaboo!" is shouted

novice

nov·ice [ nóvviss ] (plural nov·ic·es)

noun
Definition:

1. beginner: somebody who is beginning or learning an activity and has acquired little skill in it

cashier

cash·ier [ ka shr ]


noun (plural cash·iers)
Definition:

1. worker taking and paying money: somebody who works in a store or bank and handles customers' money transactions

lawful

cash·ier [ ka shr ]


noun (plural cash·iers)
Definition:

1. worker taking and paying money: somebody who works in a store or bank and handles customers' money transactions

magnate

mag·nate [ mág nàyt, mágnət ] (plural mag·nates)

noun
Definition:

somebody rich and powerful: somebody who has a lot of wealth and power, especially somebody in business or industry

oxygen

ox·y·gen [ óksijən ]


noun
Definition:

element essential for breathing: a colorless odorless gas that is the most abundant element, forms compounds with most others, is essential for plant and animal respiration, and is necessary in most cases for combustion.

crocodile

croc·o·dile [ krókə dl ] (plural croc·o·diles or croc·o·dile)


noun
Definition:

1. large reptile with strong jaws: a large carnivorous reptile that lives near water, and has a long thick-skinned body and a broad head with strong jaws. Native to: tropical or subtropical regions.

dandruff

dan·druff [ dándrəf ]

noun
Definition:

scales of dead skin on scalp: loose dry scales of dead skin that are shed from the scalp

penalty

dan·druff [ dándrəf ]

noun
Definition:

scales of dead skin on scalp: loose dry scales of dead skin that are shed from the scalp

environs

en·vi·rons [ in vrənz, in v ərnz ]

plural noun
Definition:

surrounding areas: the land or area surrounding a place

thorax

en·vi·rons [ in vrənz, in v ərnz ]

plural noun
Definition:

surrounding areas: the land or area surrounding a place

necessity

ne·ces·si·ty [ nə séssətee ] (plural ne·ces·si·ties)

noun
Definition:

1. something essential: something that is essential, especially a basic requirement
food, shelter, and the other necessities

rhinestone

rhine·stone [ rn stn ] (plural rhine·stones)

noun
Definition:

small fake gem: a small piece of paste or glass used as an imitation diamond

notorious

no·to·ri·ous [ nō táwree əss, nə táwree əss ]

adjective
Definition:

1. famous for something bad: well known for some undesirable feature, quality, or act

2. well-known: widely known ( archaic )

stamina

stam·i·na [ stámmənə ]

noun
Definition:

resilient energy and strength: enduring physical or mental energy and strength that allows somebody to do something for a long time

backgammon

back·gam·mon [ bák gàmmən ] (plural back·gam·mons)

noun
Definition:

1. board game involving dice: a board game for two players who move counters according to throws of a pair of dice, the object being to remove all one player's counters from the board

hydrant

hy·drant [ hdrənt ] (plural hy·drants)

noun
Definition:

water source in street: an upright pipe, usually in a street, connected to a water main with a valve to which a hose can be attached, e.g. by the fire department

salary

sal·a·ry [ sálləree, sállree ] (plural sal·a·ries)

noun
Definition:

payment for nonmanual work: a fixed annual sum, paid at regular intervals, usually monthly, to an employee, especially for professional or clerical work

ferryboat

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navigator

nav·i·ga·tor [ návvi gàytər ] (plural nav·i·ga·tors)

noun
Definition:

1. somebody in charge of navigation: somebody who navigates something, especially a ship or aircraft

2. driver's route instructor: a passenger of a car who gives a driver information about a route

fortification

for·ti·fi·ca·tion [ fàwrtəfi káysh'n ] (plural for·ti·fi·ca·tions)

noun
Definition:

1. structure for defense: a structure built in order to strengthen a place's defenses, e.g. a wall, ditch, or rampart ( often used in the plural )

2. building of defenses: the art or practice of strengthening or creating defenses, e.g. by building walls or digging ditches

omission

·mis·sion [ ō mísh'n ] (plural o·mis·sions)


noun
Definition:

1. something left out: something that has been deliberately or accidentally left out or not done
errors and omissions excepted

2. omitting of something: the act of omitting something, or the state of being omitted
The omission of those three words changed the sense of the whole paragraph.

monetary

mon·e·tar·y [ mónnə tèrree ]

adjective
Definition:

relating to money: relating to or involving money or currency

establishment

es·tab·lish·ment [ i stábblishmənt ] (plural es·tab·lish·ments)

noun
Definition:

1. something established: something that is established as a business, institution, organization, or undertaking
worked for this establishment for forty years

2. people in power: a group of people who hold power and control the institutions in a society or a professional group

unkempt

un·kempt [ un kémpt ]

adjective
Definition:

1. needing grooming: tangled and matted and in need of combing or grooming

2. messy and neglected: messy or disorderly as a result of neglect

3. unpolished: lacking in polish or elegance

sashay

sa·shay [ sa sháy ]


intransitive verb (past and past participle sa·shayed, present participle sa·shay·ing, 3rd person present singular sa·shays)
Definition:

1. flounce gracefully: to walk in a way that is intended to attract attention, especially by swaying the hips or swinging the elbows ( humorous )

2. perform steps in square dancing: to dance a sequence of gliding or sideways steps in square dancing

preliminary

pre·lim·i·nar·y [ pri límmə nèrree ]

adjective
Definition:

coming before something: occurring before and leading up to something, especially an event of greater size and importance

onus

o·nus [ ṓnəss ] (plural o·nus·es)

noun
Definition:

1. burden: a duty or responsibility
The onus is on her to make the first move.

2. blame: the blame for something
He'll always bear the onus of having caused the accident.

3. law burden of proof or proceeding: the burden of proof or responsibility for acting in a legal proceeding

feverishly

fe·ver·ish [ fvərish ]


adjective
Definition:

1. having fever: affected by a fever

2. relating to fever: relating to, causing, or caused by a fever
a feverish cold

3. agitated: showing intense agitation, excitement, or emotion

capilary

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writhe

writhe [ rī ]


verb (past and past participle writhed, present participle writh·ing, 3rd person present singular writhes)
Definition:

1. intransitive verb twist or squirm: to make violent twisting and rolling movements with the body, especially as a result of severe pain
writhing in agony

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bombastic

pompous language: language that is full of long or pretentious words, used to impress others

bom·bas·tic [ bom bástik ] adjective

pedicure

ped·i·cure [ péddi kyr ]

noun (plural ped·i·cures)
Definition:

1. session of treatment for feet: a session of cosmetic or medical treatment of the feet

2. cosmetic treatment of feet: cosmetic treatment of the feet, e.g. the application of nail varnish

desolate

des·o·late [ déssələt ]

adjective
Definition:

1. empty: bare, uninhabited, and deserted

2. alone: solitary, joyless, and without hope

3. grim: dismal and gloomy

vintage

vin·tage [ víntij ]

noun (plural vin·tag·es)
Definition:

1. wine production year: the year in which the grapes used in making a specific wine were harvested

2. wine from particular year: wine made from a particular harvest of grapes

sanitary

san·i·tar·y [ sánnə tèrree ]

adjective
Definition:

1. connected with public health: relating to public health, especially general hygiene and the removal of human waste through the sewage system

2. clean and hygienic: clean and free from agents that cause disease or infection

zoology

zo·ol·o·gy [ zō ólləjee, zə wóləjee ] (plural zo·ol·o·gies)

noun
Definition:

1. scientific study of animals: the branch of biology that involves the scientific study of animals and all aspects of animal life

speculate

spec·u·late [ spékyə làyt ] (past and past participle spec·u·lat·ed, present participle spec·u·lat·ing, 3rd person present singular spec·u·lates)

verb
Definition:

1. transitive and intransitive verb conjecture: to form a conjecture on the basis of incomplete facts or information

versatile

ver·sa·tile [ vúrssət'l ]

adjective
Definition:

1. with many uses: able or meant to be used in many different ways

2. moving easily between tasks: able to move easily from one subject, task, or skill to another

3. changeable: subject to rapid or unpredictable change

rhombus

rhom·bus [ rómbəss ]
noun
Definition:

oblique-angled parallelogram: a parallelogram that has four equal sides and oblique angles

counterclockwise

coun·ter·clock·wise [ kòwntər klók wz ]


adverb,

adjective
Definition:

in direction opposite to clockwise: in the direction opposite to the one that the hands of a clock move

engineer

en·gi·neer [ ènjə nr ]


noun (plural en·gi·neers)
Definition:

1. engineering engineering professional: somebody who is trained as a professional engineer

2. rail locomotive driver: somebody who operates a railroad locomotive

semester

se·mes·ter [ sə méstər ] (plural se·mes·ters)

noun
Definition:

period when students are in school: especially in the United States, either of two periods of 15 to 18 weeks into which the academic year is divided in some universities and colleges

exoskelton

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tangential

tan·gen·tial [ tan jénshəl ]

adjective
Definition:

1. almost irrelevant: with only slight relevance to the current subject

2. of tangent: relating to or involving a tangent

misinterpret

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gimmick

gim·mick [ gímmik ] (plural gim·micks)


noun
Definition:

1. dishonest trick: a piece of trickery or manipulation intended to achieve a result dishonestly
It's not a genuine offer, just a sales gimmick.

2. hidden disadvantage: a piece of concealed information that, if known, would make an offer or opportunity less attractive

enzyme

en·zyme [ én zm ] (plural en·zymes)

noun
Definition:

protein controlling biochemical reactions: any complex chemical produced by living cells that is a biochemical catalyst

solicit

so·lic·it [ sə líssit ] (past and past participle so·lic·it·ed, present participle so·lic·it·ing, 3rd person present singular so·lic·its)


verb
Definition:

1. transitive and intransitive verb plead for something: to try to get something by making insistent requests or pleas

2. transitive verb ask somebody for something: to plead with or petition a person or group for something

abominable

a·bom·i·na·ble [ ə bómminəb'l, ə bómnəb'l ]


adjective
Definition:

1. loathsome: extremely repugnant or offensive

2. extremely unpleasant: of very bad quality, or very unpleasant to experience

grievance

griev·ance [ grvənss ] (plural griev·ances)


noun
Definition:

1. reason for complaint: a cause for complaint or resentment that may or may not be well-founded

2. resentment: bitterness or anger at having received unfair treatment

3. formal objection: a formal complaint made on the basis of something that somebody feels is unfair

ultramarine

ul·tra·ma·rine [ ùltrəmə rn ]


noun
Definition:

1. blue pigment: a deep blue pigment or dye, especially one made from lapis lazuli

2. deep blue color: a brilliant deep blue color

thespian

thes·pi·an [ théspee ən ]


noun (plural thes·pi·ans)
Definition:

actor: somebody who acts on the stage

literacy

lit·er·a·cy [ líttərəssee, líttrəssee ]


noun
Definition:

1. ability to read and write: the ability to read and write to a competent level

whisperer

whis·per [ wíspər, hwíspər ]


verb (past and past participle whis·pered, present participle whis·per·ing, 3rd person present singular whis·pers)
Definition:

1. transitive and intransitive verb breathe words voicelessly: to speak or say something very softly, without using the vocal cords

yokel

yo·kel [ yṓk'l ] (plural yo·kels)


noun
Definition:

an offensive term that deliberately insults a country dweller by suggesting that he or she lacks the sophistication, education, or other qualities thought characteristic of city dwellers ( insult )

testimony

tes·ti·mo·ny [ téstə mnee ] (plural tes·ti·mo·nies)


noun
Definition:

1. evidence given in court: evidence that a witness gives to a court of law. It may take the form of a written or oral statement detailing what the witness has seen or knows about a case.

2. proof: something that supports a fact or a claim
This win is testimony to the tactical skill of the coach.

indomitable

in·dom·i·ta·ble [ in dómmitəb'l ]


adjective
Definition:

unconquerable: brave, determined, and impossible to defeat or frighten

despicable

des·pi·ca·ble [ di spíkəb'l ]


adjective
Definition:

worthy of contempt: fully deserving of contempt

raspberry

rasp·ber·ry [ ráz bèrree ] (plural rasp·ber·ries)


noun
Definition:

1. small cup-shaped fruit: a small red cup-shaped fruit with a sweet taste that grows round a pithy stalk and is made up of many tiny juicy globes drupelets

prejudice

prej·u·dice [ préjjədiss ]


noun (plural prej·u·dic·es)
Definition:

1. opinion formed beforehand: a preformed opinion, usually an unfavorable one, based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes

2. holding of ill-informed opinions: the holding of preformed opinions based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes

adorned

a·dorn [ ə dáwrn ] (past and past participle a·dorned, present participle a·dorn·ing, 3rd person present singular a·dorns)


transitive verb
Definition:

1. embellish: to add decoration or ornamentation to something

2. enhance: to add to the beauty or glory of something or somebody

intellectual

a person who uses the mind creatively

abracadabra

ab·ra·ca·dab·ra [ àbbrəkə dábbrə ]

interjection
Definition:

magic word: used to ensure the supposed success of a magic trick ( used by magicians and conjurors )

delicacy

del·i·ca·cy [ déllikəssee ] (plural del·i·ca·cies)

noun
Definition:

1. something nice to eat: a delicious, rare, or highly prized item of food

2. sensitivity: sensitivity to the feelings of others

3. need for tact: the quality of requiring great tact or sensitivity
a matter of extreme delicacy

unanimous

u·nan·i·mous [ yoo nánnəməss
adjective
Definition:

1. agreed on by everyone: shared as a view by all of the people concerned, with nobody disagreeing

2. in complete agreement: with all members in agreement with each other
Board members were unanimous in their rejection of the proposed merger.

impromptu

im·promp·tu [ im prómp t ]

adjective
Definition:

done spontaneously: not prepared or planned in advance
an impromptu speech

supremacy

su·prem·a·cy [ sə prémməssee, soo prémməssee ]

noun
Definition:

position of superiority: a position of superiority or authority over all others

grammarian

gram·mar·ian [ grə mérree ən ] (plural gram·mar·ians)

noun
Definition:

1. grammar expert: somebody who is skilled in grammar

2. writer on grammar: a writer on grammar, especially one who espouses prescriptive rules

unchangeable

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medallion

me·dal·lion [ mə dállyən ] (plural me·dal·lions)

noun
Definition:

1. medal: a large medal

2. large decorative metal disk: a large decorative metal disk worn on a chain around the neck

inoculate

in·oc·u·late [ i nókyə làyt ] (past and past participle in·oc·u·lat·ed, present participle in·oc·u·lat·ing, 3rd person present singular in·oc·u·lates)


transitive verb
Definition:

1. protect somebody against disease: to inject or introduce a serum, antigen, or a weakened form of a disease-producing pathogen into the body of a person or animal in order to create immunity to the disease
inoculated every child against polio

feral

fe·ral
adjective
Definition:

1. gone wild: describes animals or plants that live or grow in the wild after having been domestically reared or cultivated
feral cats

2. savage: similar to or typical of a wild animal, or living wild

Kelvin

kel·vin [ kélvin ]


noun (plural kel·vins)
Definition:

unit of absolute temperature: the SI unit of absolute temperature, equal to 1/273.16 of the absolute temperature of the triple point of water, equivalent to one degree Celsius. A temperature in kelvin may be converted to Celsius by subtracting 273.16.
Symbol K

aborigine

ab·o·rig·i·ne [ àbbə ríjjənee ] (plural ab·o·rig·i·nes)

noun
Definition:

1. original inhabitant: a member of a people who has lived in an area from the earliest known times ( often offensive )

2. native plant or animal: an animal or plant that has existed in a place since earliest times

cistern

cis·tern [ sístərn ] (plural cis·terns)

noun
Definition:

1. water tank: a tank for storing water, especially one connected to a toilet

2. underground tank: an underground tank for storing rainwater

elocution

el·o·cu·tion [ èllə kysh'n ]

noun
Definition:

art of clear speaking: the art of speaking clearly and well, with correct enunciation

succinct

succinct

suc·cinct [ sək síngkt ]

adjective
Definition:

brief and to point: expressed with brevity and clarity, with no wasted words

quotient

quo·tient [ kwṓsh'nt ] (plural quo·tients)

noun
Definition:

1. mathematics result of division: the number that results from the division of one number by another

2. mathematics whole number result of division: the whole number element of the result of dividing one number by another

yeti

ye·ti [ yéttee ] (plural ye·tis)

noun
Definition:

mysterious Himalayan animal: a mysterious hairy humanoid animal said to live in the Himalaya range

monstrosity

mon·stros·i·ty [ mon stróssətee ] (plural mon·stros·i·ties)

noun
Definition:

1. very ugly thing: an object, animal, or person that is very unpleasant or frightening to look at, often because it is large and strangely shaped

2. monstrousness: frightening size, shape, and ugliness

rambunctious

ram·bunc·tious [ ram búngkshəss ]

adjective
Definition:

unruly: noisy, very active, and hard to control, usually as a result of excitement or youthful energy ( informal )

surmountable

sur·mount [ sur mównt ] (past and past participle sur·mount·ed, present participle sur·mount·ing, 3rd person present singular sur·mounts)


transitive verb
Definition:

1. overcome difficulty: to deal with a difficulty successfully

2. get to top of something: to get over the top of a physical obstacle ( formal )

curmudgeon

cur·mudg·eon [ kur mújjən ] (plural cur·mudg·eons)


noun
Definition:

somebody who is irritable or stubborn: somebody considered to be bad-tempered, disagreeable, or stubborn

herringbone

her·ring·bone [ hérring bn ]


noun
Definition:

1. pattern of interlocking "V" shapes: a regular geometric pattern made by placing two contrasting rows of slanting lines or blocks together so that they form rows of "V"s, zigzags, or chevrons. Use: bricklaying, textiles, parquet flooring, weaving, embroidery.

millennium

mil·len·ni·um [ mi lénnee əm ] (plural mil·len·ni·ums or mil·len·ni·a [ mi lénnee ə ])


noun
Definition:

1. 1,000 years: a period of 1,000 years, especially a period that begins or ends in a year that is a multiple of 1,000

2. prophesied rule by Jesus Christ: the thousand-year period of peace that, according to one interpretation of prophecies in the book of Revelation, will follow the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

3. hoped-for utopian age: an imagined future utopian age of joy, peace, and justice, especially one created through revolution

4. thousandth anniversary: a thousand-year anniversary, especially the one in the year 2000

convivial

con·viv·i·al [ kən vívvee əl ]


adjective
Definition:

1. pleasant: enjoyable because of its friendliness
spent many a convivial evening at the club

2. sociable: fond of the company of others
He was famously convivial.

papyrus

pa·py·rus [ pə prəss ] (plural pa·py·ri [ pə p r ] or pa·py·rus·es)


noun
Definition:

1. material resembling paper: writing material used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans that was made from the pith of the stem of a water plant

2. papyrus document: an ancient manuscript written on papyrus

impudent

im·pu·dent [ ímpyəd'nt ]


adjective
Definition:

rude: showing a lack of respect and excessive boldness

legalese

le·gal·ese

noun
Definition:

law jargon: language that is typically used in legal documents and is generally considered by lay people to be difficult to understand

concomitant

con·com·i·tant [ kən kómmitənt ]


adjective
Definition:

happening at same time: happening or existing along with or at the same time as something else ( formal )
parenthood and all its concomitant responsibilities

jalepeno

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zigzaggedness

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lugubrious

lu·gu·bri·ous [ loo gbree əss, lə gbree əss ]


adjective
Definition:

gloomy: extremely mournful, sad, or gloomy

toxicosis

tox·i·co·sis [ tòksi kṓssiss ]
noun
Definition:

harmful effects: the harmful effects of a poison, including any disease caused by toxins

olympiad

O·lym·pi·ad [ ō límpee àd ] (plural O·lym·pi·ads)


noun
Definition:

1. single Olympic Games: an occasion when the modern Olympic Games take place

2. four-year period for calculating dates: the four-year interval between one Olympic Games and the next, used by the ancient Greeks as a way of calculating dates

woebegone

woe·be·gone [ wṓ bi gòn ]

adjective
Definition:

sorrowful: feeling or looking distressed or sorrowful

kanji

kan·ji [ knjee ] (plural kan·ji or kan·jis)

noun
Definition:

1. Japanese writing system: a writing system for Japanese that uses pictorial characters based largely on Chinese ideograms.
See also kana (sense 1)

2. written character: a character used in kanji

supplicate

sup·pli·ca·tion [ sùpplə káysh'n ] (plural sup·pli·ca·tions)

noun
Definition:

1. appeal made to somebody in authority: a humble and sincere appeal to somebody who has the power to grant a request

2. addressing of requests: the addressing of humble and sincere appeals to somebody with the power to grant them

abacus

ab·a·cus [ ábbəkəss ] (plural ab·a·cus·es or ab·a·ci [ ábbə sī, ábbə kī ])


noun
Definition:

1. counting device: a mechanical device for making calculations consisting of a frame mounted with rods along which beads or balls are moved

uvula

u·vu·la [ yvyələ ] (plural u·vu·las or u·vu·lae [ yvyə l ])


noun
Definition:

flap in throat: a small fleshy "V"-shaped extension of the soft palate that hangs above the tongue at the entrance to the throat

peripheral

u·vu·la [ yvyələ ] (plural u·vu·las or u·vu·lae [ yvyə l ])


noun
Definition:

flap in throat: a small fleshy "V"-shaped extension of the soft palate that hangs above the tongue at the entrance to the throat

hexagonal

hex·a·gon [ héksə gòn ] (plural hex·a·gons)

noun
Definition:

six-sided figure: a two-dimensional geometric figure formed of six sides

affectation

af·fec·ta·tion [ à fek táysh'n ] (plural af·fec·ta·tions)


noun
Definition:

1. behavior intended to impress: feigned or unnatural behavior that is often meant to impress others

2. act intended to impress: an appearance or manner assumed as a show or pretense, often to impress others

biscotti

bis·cot·to [ bi skóttō ] (plural bis·cot·ti [ bi skóttee ])


noun
Definition:

anise-flavored cookie: a hard oblong cookie, often containing nuts and usually flavored with anise

effervescent

ef·fer·ves·cent [ èffər véss'nt ]

adjective
Definition:

1. bubbly: producing gas in the form of tiny bubbles

2. vivacious: behaving in a lively, high-spirited, or highly excited way

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cinematographer

cin·e·ma·tog·ra·phy [ sìnnəmə tóggrəfee ]


noun
Definition:

photographing of motion pictures: the art or technique of photographing and lighting motion pictures


cin·e·ma·tog·ra·pher noun

narcoleptic

nar·co·lep·sy [ nrkə lèpsee ]


noun
Definition:

condition with uncontrollable sleeping: a condition characterized by frequent, brief, and uncontrollable bouts of deep sleep, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations and an inability to move

[Late 19th century. After epilepsy]

nar·co·lep·tic [ nrkə léptik ] adjective, noun

quizzical

quiz·zi·cal [ kwízzik'l ]


adjective
Definition:

questioning: expressing a question, puzzlement, or doubt in a mocking or amused way
a quizzical glance

anthropology

an·thro·pol·o·gy [ ànthrə pólləjee ]


noun
Definition:

1. study of humankind: the study of humankind in all its aspects, especially human culture or human development. It differs from sociology in taking a more historical and comparative approach.

tandoori

tan·door·i [ tan dree ]

adjective
Definition:

cooked in clay oven: baked or cooked in a tandoor, usually after being marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices

magnificently

mag·nif·i·cent [ mag níffiss'nt ]

adjective
Definition:

1. beautiful: beautiful and impressive
a magnificent view of Rome from our balcony

2. exceptional: exceptionally good of its kind

lackadaisical

lack·a·dai·si·cal [ làkə dáyzik'l ]

adjective
Definition:

without enthusiasm: without much enthusiasm, energy, or effort

nonnegotiable

non·ne·go·tia·ble [ nòn nə gṓshəb'l, nòn nə gṓshee əb'l, nòn nə gṓshee əb'l ]

adjective
Definition:

1. not open to negotiation: not open to negotiation or arbitration
nonnegotiable demands

2. not transferrable: not legally transferable from one owner to another
nonnegotiable real property

orthographize

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decaffeinate

de·caf·fein·at·ed [ dee káffə nàytəd ]

adjective
Definition:

without caffeine: having had all or most of the caffeine taken out

gigabyte

gi·ga·byte [ gíggə bt ] (plural gi·ga·bytes)

noun
Definition:

1. capacity unit of computer memory: a unit of computer data or storage space equivalent to 1,024 megabytes.
Symbol Gbyte

entrepreneur

en·tre·pre·neur [ òntrəprə núr, òntrəprə nr ] (plural en·tre·pre·neurs)

noun
Definition:

risk-taking businessperson: somebody who initiates or finances new commercial enterprises

froufrou

frou·frou [ fr fr ]

noun
Definition:

1. rustling of silk: the sound made by the rustling of silk, especially women's dresses

2. fancy trimmings: fancy trimmings or elaborate decoration, especially on women's clothes

hypochondria

hyp·o·chon·dri·a [ hpə kóndree ə ]

noun
Definition:

1. imagined illness: an excessive, usually long-term preoccupation with health and bodily sensations, accompanied by a deluded conviction of having a serious disease without objective evidence

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