verb: heap (a substance) into a mass or mound: the rain banked the soil up behind the gate | snow was banked in humps at the roadside.
• [no object] rise or form into a mass or mound: purple clouds banked up over the hills.
• heap (a fire) with tightly packed fuel so that it burns slowly: she could have made a fire and banked it with dirt.
1 the land alongside or sloping down to a river or lake: willows lined the bank.
2 a slope, mass, or mound of a particular substance: a bank of clouds | a bank of snow.
• an elevation in the seabed or a riverbed; a mudbank or sandbank.
• a transverse slope given to a road, railroad, or sports track to enable vehicles or runners to maintain speed around a curve.
• the sideways tilt of an aircraft when turning in flight: flying with small amounts of bank.
3 a set or series of similar things, especially electrical or electronic devices, grouped together in rows: the DJ had big banks of lights and speakers on either side of his console.
noun: • a stock of something available for use when required: a blood bank | building a bank of test items is the responsibility of teachers.
• a site or receptacle where something may be stored: the computer's memory bank.
verb: deposit (money or valuables) in a bank: I banked the check.
• [no object] have an account at a particular bank: he did not bank with the old family banks.
• informal (especially of a competitor in a game or race) win or earn (a sum of money): he banked $100,000 for a hole-in-one.
• store (something, especially blood, tissue, or sperm) for future use: the sperm is banked or held in storage for the following spring.
base one's hopes or confidence on: they can bank on my winning 25 games next year.
break the bank
(in gambling) win more money than is held by the bank.
• [usually with negative] informal cost more than one can afford: Christmas need not break the bank.
noun: a limited or fixed number or amount of people or things, in particular.
noun: a limited quantity of a particular product that under official controls can be produced, exported, or imported.
"the country may be exceeding its OPEC quota of 1,100,000 barrels of oil per day"
a fixed share of something that a person or group is entitled to receive or is bound to contribute.
"the Faeroe Islands' commercial salmon quota"
a person's share of something that must be done.
"they were arrested to help fill the quota of arrests the security police had to make during the crackdown"
a fixed minimum or maximum number of a particular group of people allowed to do something, as immigrants to enter a country, workers to undertake a job, or students to enroll for a course.
"they demanded a quota for women on the committee"
(in a system of proportional representation) the minimum number of votes required to elect a candidate.
a person's share of a particular thing, quality, or attribute.
"an Irishman with a double ration of blarney and a treble quota of charm"
1 a small house at the gates of a park or in the grounds of a large house, typically occupied by a gatekeeper, gardener, or other employee.
• a small country house occupied in season for sports such as hunting, shooting, fishing, and skiing: a hunting lodge.
• a large house or hotel: Cumberland Lodge.
verb: present (a complaint, appeal, claim, etc.) formally to the proper authorities.
- leave money or a valuable item in (a place) or with (someone) for safekeeping.
verb: make or become firmly fixed or embedded in a particular place.
verb: stay or sleep in another person's house, paying money for one's accommodations.
- provide (someone) with a place to sleep or stay in return for payment.
The term romantic first appeared in 18th-century English and originally meant "romancelike"-that is, resembling the fanciful character of medieval romances. But a mood or movement whose central characteristic is revolt, and whose stress is on self-expression and individual uniqueness, does not lend itself to precise definition. Among the characteristic attitudes of Romanticism were the following:
Some of the main characteristics of Romantic literature include a focus on the writer or narrator's emotions and inner world; celebration of nature, beauty, and imagination; rejection of industrialization, organized religion, rationalism, and social convention; idealization of women, children, and rural life; inclusion of supernatural or mythological elements; interest in the past; frequent use of personification; experimental use of language and verse forms, including blank verse; and emphasis on individual experience of the "sublime."
an establishment of a specified kind, especially one where people meet for eating, drinking, or entertainment.
"a burger joint"
noun: a point at which parts of an artificial structure are joined.
provide or fasten (something) with joints.
"jointed lever arms"
adj. shared, held, or made by two or more people, parties, or organizations together.
"the companies issued a joint statement"
- shared, held, or made by two or more people, parties, or organizations together.
"the companies issued a joint statement"
1 wheat or any other cultivated cereal crop used as food.
• the seeds of cultivated cereals: [as modifier] : grain exports.
2 a single fruit or seed of a cereal: a few grains of corn.
• a small hard particle of a substance such as salt or sand: a grain of salt.
• the smallest possible quantity or amount of a quality: there wasn't a grain of truth in what he said.
• a discrete particle or crystal in a metal, igneous rock, etc., typically visible only when a surface is magnified.
4 the longitudinal arrangement or pattern of fibers in wood, paper, etc.: he scored along the grain of the table with the knife.
• roughness in texture of wood, stone, etc.; the arrangement and size of constituent particles: the lighter, finer grain of the wood is attractive.
• the rough or textured outer surface of leather, or of a similar artificial material.
verb [with object]
1 (usually be grained) give a rough surface or texture to: her fingers were grained with chalk dust.
• [no object] form into grains: if the sugar does grain up, add more water.
2 (usually as noun graining) paint (especially furniture or interior surfaces) in imitation of the grain of wood or marble: the art of graining and marbling.
3 remove hair from (a hide): (as adjective grained) : the boots were of best grained leather.
against the grain
contrary to the natural inclination or feeling of someone or something: it goes against the grain to tell outright lies.[from the fact that wood is easier to cut along the line of the grain.]
thorough, genuine, by nature, or downright; indelible
1 a written grant by a country's legislative or sovereign power, by which an institution such as a company, college, or city is created and its rights and privileges defined.
• a written constitution or description of an organization's functions.
2 the reservation of an aircraft, boat, or bus for private use: a plane on charter to a multinational company.
• an aircraft, boat, or bus that is reserved for private use.
• a trip made by an aircraft, boat, or bus under charter: he liked to see the boat sparkling clean before each charter.
verb [with object]
1 grant a charter to (a city, college, or other institution): the company was chartered in 1553.
2 reserve (an aircraft, boat, or bus) for private use: he chartered a plane to take him to Paris.
a part, share, or number considered in comparative relation to a whole: the proportion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is rising.
• the relationship of one thing to another in terms of quantity, size, or number; the ratio: the proportion of exams to schoolwork | the bleach can be diluted with water in the proportion one part bleach to ten parts water.
• (proportions) dimensions; size: the room, despite its ample proportions, seemed too small for him.
• the correct, attractive, or ideal relationship in size or shape between one thing and another or between the parts of a whole: perceptions of color, form, harmony, and proportion.
verb [with object] formal
adjust or regulate (something) so that it has a particular or suitable relationship to something else: a life after death in which happiness can be proportioned to virtue
according to a particular relationship in size, amount, or degree: each region was represented in proportion to its population.
• in comparison with; in relation to: the cuckoo's eggs are unusually small in proportion to its size.
• in the correct or appropriate relation to the size, shape, or position of other things: her figure was completely in proportion.
• correctly or realistically regarded in terms of relative importance or seriousness: the problem has to be kept in proportion.
out of proportion
in the wrong relation to the size, shape, or position of other things: the sculpture seemed out of proportion to its surroundings.
• greater or more serious than is necessary or appropriate: the award was out of all proportion to the alleged libel.
• wrongly or unrealistically regarded in terms of relative importance or seriousness.
sense of proportion
the ability to judge the relative importance or seriousness of things.
the medieval knightly system with its religious, moral, and social code.
• historical knights, noblemen, and horsemen collectively: I fought against the cream of French chivalry.
• the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, especially courage, honor, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak.
• courteous behavior, especially that of a man toward women: their relations with women were models of chivalry and restraint.
1 an ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material.
• a natural border of hair or fibers in an animal or plant.
3 (often the fringes) the outer, marginal, or extreme part of an area, group, or sphere of activity: his uncles were on the fringes of crooked activity.
• (the fringe) the unconventional, extreme, or marginal wing of a group or sphere of activity: the lunatic fringe of American political life | rap music is no longer something on the fringe.
4 a band of contrasting brightness or darkness produced by diffraction or interference of light.
• a strip of false color in an optical image.
not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme: fringe theater.
verb (fringes, fringing, fringed) [with object]
decorate (clothing or material) with a fringe: a rich robe of gold, fringed with black velvet.
• form a border around (something): the sea is fringed by palm trees.
• (as adjective fringed) (of a plant or animal) having a natural border of hair or fiber.