the distal or terminal segment of the wing of a bird consisting of thecarpus, metacarpus, and phalanges; to cut off the pinion of (a wing) or bind (the wings), as in order to prevent a bird from flying.
brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance,or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.
energy; vitality; vigor.
a paperboard sign or notice, as one posted in a public place orcarried by a demonstrator or picketer.
to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatorygestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.
a person who brings suit in a court (opposed to defendant ).
the aggregate of passively floating, drifting, or somewhat motileorganisms occurring in a body of water, primarily comprisingmicroscopic algae and protozoa.
a military unit consisting of two or more squads or sections and aheadquarters.
a fold of definite, even width made by doubling cloth or the like uponitself and pressing or stitching it in place.
overabundance; excess: a plethora of advice and a paucity of assistance.
bending readily; flexible; supple; adaptable: She manipulated the pliant clay.
a small mass of lead or other heavy material, as that suspended by aline and used to measure the depth of water or to ascertain a verticalline.
keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret.
a sharp or tapering end, as of a dagger.
a state of balance or equilibrium, as from equality or equaldistribution of weight; equipoise.
puttering; slow; dull: poky drivers.
the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrastingprinciples or tendencies.
a sharp division, as of a population or group, into opposing factions.
a ghost or spirit supposed to manifest its presence by noises,knockings, etc.
the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, especiallywife, at one time.
the common people of a community, nation, etc., as distinguishedfrom the higher classes.
a member of the People's party.
of the nature of a portent; momentous; a portentous defeat
the act of portraying.
sumptuously furnished or appointed; luxurious: a posh apartment.
of or relating to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
an introductory statement; preface; introduction.
a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, orsuddenly: to precipitate an international crisis.
of, relating to, or characterized by plunder, pillage, robbery, orexploitation: predatory tactics.; predatory animals
to acquire or appropriate before someone else; take for oneself;arrogate: a political issue preempted by the opposition party.
that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive: a confident and prepossessing young man.
a literary, dramatic, or filmic work that prefigures a later work, as byportraying the same characters at a younger age.
having prescience, or knowledge of things or events before theyexist or happen; having foresight: The prescient economist was one of the few to see the financialcollapse coming.
full of, characterized by, or showing presumption or readiness topresume in conduct or thought, as by saying or doing somethingwithout right or permission.
the state or fact of being the firstborn of children of the sameparents.
a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.
the act of procuring, or obtaining or getting by effort, care, or the useof special means: The organ procurement procedure is very complicated.
a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, especially throughthe sale of scarce or rationed goods.
reckless extravagance; overabundance
a descendant or offspring, as a child, plant, or animal.
a preliminary discourse; a preface or introductory part of adiscourse, poem, or novel.
to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally orput into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
nearness in place; proximity.
pertaining to property or ownership : proprietary wealth.
to support, or prevent from falling, with or as if with a prop (oftenfollowed by up): to prop an old fence; to prop up an unpopular government.
to divide, distribute, or calculate proportionately.
commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind.
to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.
the original or model on which something is based or formed.
bulging out beyond the surrounding surface; protruding; projecting: protuberant eyes.
narrowness of mind, ignorance, or the like, considered as resultingfrom lack of exposure to cultural or intellectual activity.
providing or serving for the time being only; existing only untilpermanently or properly replaced; temporary: a provisional government.
the agency, function, or power of a person authorized to act as thedeputy or substitute for another.
another.of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.
serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment: punitive laws; punitive action.
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
the rank or office of a cardinal.
a small piece of material used to mend a tear or break, to cover ahole, or to strengthen a weak place: patches at the elbows of a sports jacket.
the range of operation, authority, control, concern, etc.
a pile or heap of wood or other combustible material.
quantity or amount: the least quantum of evidence.
to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: The troops quelled the rebellion quickly.
a quantile for the special case of five equal proportions.
good-humored ridicule; banter.
smart; jaunty; dashing: a hat worn at a rakish angle.
to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner: They rambled through the shops until closing time.
a branch: ramifications of a nerve.
anything serving as a bulwark or defense.
having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as throughdecomposition, especially of fats or oils: rancid butter.
the act or method of moving down a steepincline or past an overhang by means of a double rope securedabove and placed around the body, usually under the left thigh andover the right shoulder, and paid out gradually in the descent.
deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy.
extremely high or elevated; lofty; exalted: the rarefied atmosphere of a scholarly symposium.
to move by degrees (often followed by up or down): to ratchet prices up; Interest rates have been ratcheting downward.
to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.
A new appraisal or evaluation
to cause (a person) to accept or be resigned to something notdesired: He was reconciled to his fate.
to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy's strength orposition, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for militarypurposes.
to bring a countercharge against an accuser.
to transfer (a unit, a person, supplies, etc.) from one theater ofoperations to another.
that is to be feared; formidable.
a strong, unpleasant smell.
shining brightly; radiant; gleaming: Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house arefulgent setting for the ball.
a regulated course, as of diet, exercise, or mannerof living, intended to preserve or restore health or to attain someresult.
reigning; ruling (usually used following the noun it modifies): a queen regnant.
to cause to surge or rush back; vomit.
to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.): to relinquish the throne.
the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world.
to tear apart, split, or divide: racial tension that is rending the nation.
a person who deserts a party or cause for another.
to restore to a good or sound condition after decay or damage;mend: to repair a motor.
the making of amends for wrong or injury done: reparation for an injustice.
abundantly supplied or provided; filled (usually followed by with): a speech replete with sentimentality.
to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (a condemnedperson); to relieve temporarily from any evil.
"distasteful, objectionable, or offensive: a repugnant smell."
the act of requiring or demanding; a written request or order for something, as supplies.