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are; are, ar; or, our
are (AR) (verb)
Second person singular and plural, and first and third person plural of the present indicative of "be": You are going and we are also going and Alton understands that they are going, too.
are, ar (AR) (noun)
A metric unit of area equal to 100 square meters (119.6 square yards): By careful measurement, Grant determined the size of his property to be 100 square meters (119.6 square yards) or one are.
or (OR) (conjunction)
A grammatical form suggesting an alternative: Blake was told to pay the price or simply leave.
our (OUR) (pronoun)
The possessive form of "we"; used as a modifier before a noun; relating to or belonging to us: We were reminded of our accomplishments in our hometown newspaper.

We kept our promise even though we were criticized for our actions.

Our parents had to decide whether they would purchase an ar and build their house or if they would purchase a pre-fabricated house. They are going to meet with a lawyer tomorrow with their decision.

oar, o'er, or, ore
oar (OR, OHR) (noun)
A long pole that is flat and wide at one end and narrow at the other end as a handle, all of which is used for rowing and steering a boat through the water of a lake, river, etc.: Each of us gripped an oar and started rowing the boat to the shore.

Oars are usually used in pairs with at least one oar on each side of the boat and utilized by one or more rowers.

o'er (OR, OHR) (adverb)
An abbreviation for the word "over": The dance will be o’er soon and it will be time to go home.
or (OHR, UHR [when unstressed]) (conjunction)
1. Used to indicate an alternative, a choice, and an option between two possibilities: "Will you want tea or coffee for breakfast?"
2. To suggest an approximation, an uncertainty, and other options: It will take five or six hours to drive from the city to the vacation site."
ore (OR, OHR) (noun)
1. A mineral of rocks, earth, etc. that can be mined, typically containing a valuable substance; such as, gold, silver, iron, etc.: The iron ore was mined and then shipped to a smelter for processing.
2. A former coinage designation for Sweden, Denmark, and Norway: Lenora had an ore left from her Scandinavian vacation of several years ago which she saved to put in her coin collection.

Well, Jim, should we use an oar or a pole to get o'er the lake to investigate the new ore deposit in the nearby hills?

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(Latin: Medieval Latin amalgama, perhaps from malagma, "poultice" or "plaster")
(Greek: "bowl", or "lamb")
(Latin: harena, "sand" or "arena" in English, became the general term for "shows" and now it refers more to "sports", etc.)
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(Greek: fire, burn, burnt, burner; from kaustikos, "capable of burning" or "burning" and kaukstos, "combustible" and from kaiein, "to burn")
(German: Nickel, name for "Satan"; kupfernickel, meaning "Devil’s copper" or "St Nicholas’s (Old Nick’s) copper"; metal)
(Greek: sheath, scabbard; in medicine, a combining form that means "sheath" or "vagina")
("affliction with little dragons" or "empty granary")
(Greek: abortion, untimely birth; primarily used to mean "congenital absence" or "defect" of a part which is normally present)
(Latin: to build, to erect a building; a building, a sanctuary, a temple; originally, aedes, "building a hearth" or "to build a hearth" because the fire in the hearth was the center of the home in early times since it supplied both heat and light; over time, the meaning expanded from the hearth itself to the home and building that enclosed it)
(Greek > Latin: that which is thrust into something; wedge, stopper; interpolation, obstruction; from "throw in" or "throw into")
(Latin: son, and by extension, "daughter; offspring" or "family member")
(Greek: even, level, smooth; used in the sense of "flat" or "plane")
(Greek: denoting u-shaped [upsilon-shaped]; hyoid bone, literally, "mere" or "simple" y, ypsilon)
(Latin: a suffix that forms English adjectives from Latin adjectives ending with -is or -ius with meanings about "pertaining to, relating to", or "characterized by")
(Greek: moths, butterflies; a combination of lepido-, "flake" or "scale" and ptero, "wing")
(Spanish: diminutive of mosca, "fly" or "little fly" from Latin musca, "fly")
(a group of viruses which are a common cause of gastroenteritis, or "stomach flu")
(Greek: said to be a stem for "all, every, whole", or "complete"; that is, a field of study in biology that refers to the whole set of omics including their -omics and -ome subfields in order to understand life as a holistic existence and organic beings as a whole)
(Greek: to show, to appear, or to display; making evident; literally, "to come to light" or "to bring to light")
(Greek: a combining form confused between three Greek roots and may mean "hunger", "dirt", or "drink"; and there is one Latin form referring to the "pine tree")
(Greek: mind, spirit, consciousness; mental processes; the human soul; breath of life; literally, "that which breathes" or "breathing")
(a Czech word, robota meaning "serf" or "slave" or "forced work" which is now applied to any manufactured device that is capable of doing work ordinarily done by human beings)
(Latin numbers as cardinals, "quantities"; and as ordinals, "showing order" or "designating a place in an ordered sequence")
(Latin: talis, "such like" or "such"; talio, "punishment equal in severity to the wrong that occasioned it" or "exaction of payment or payment in kind")
(Greek: blind, blindness [typhlos, blind]; denotes relationship to the cecum or the first part of the large intestine, forming a dilated pouch; also called the "blindgut" or "blind intestine" [caecum, "blind, blind gut", typhlon, cecum])
(Latin: beginner, novice [also, originally, a "young soldier" or "recruit"])
(Latin: a suffix; expressing capacity, fitness to do that which can be handled or managed, suitable skills to accomplish something; capable of being done, something which can be finished, etc.)
(Latin: abluere, to wash away)
(Greek: irresolution, indecision, loss or defect of the ability to make decisions)
(Greek > Latin: suffix; from French -aque, or directly from Latin -acus, from Greek -akos forming adjectives. This suffix was used to form names of arts and sciences in Greek and it is now generally used to form new names of sciences in English; meanings, "related to, of the nature of, pertaining to, referring to")
(Greek: used either as a prefix or as a suffix; pointed appendages; spine, spiny; thorn, thorny)
(Latin: a sharp edge or point; mental acuity, sharpness of vision)
(Latin: a kind of short sword or scimiter)
(Greek: ray [as of light] or like a ray in form; radiance, radiation; a radiating or tentacled structure)
(Latin: suffix; state, quality, condition, or act of; forming nouns)
(the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma)
(Latin: suffix; forming nouns and verbs; an action done; the product of or a result of some kind of material or a process of doing something)
(Greek: gland or glands, glandular [from “acorn”])
(Latin: fat, fatty; lard; of or pertaining to fat; fleshy)
(Latin: a gland or the glands near the kidneys: ad-, "near" plus ren[es], "kidneys")
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(Greek > Latin: mushrooms or toadstools)
(Latin: suffix; quality of, act of, process, function, condition, or place; forms nouns that denote an action; a product of an action; a place, an abode)
(Greek: in medicine, a painful seizure or sudden-acute pain; as, with gout)
(Arabic > Latin: alcohol, originally an "essence or very fine powder")
(Greek > Latin: depending on chance or luck; pertaining to gambling; rolling of dice; game of hazard or chance)
(Greek: different, other, another; divergence; a combining form denoting a condition differing from the normal or a reversal, or referring to "another")
(Greek: different, of or belonging to another; foreign, strange; abnormal; perverse)
(Greek: ; beginning, first of anything; first letter of the Greek alphabet; used in physics and chemistry to designate a variety of series or values)
(Greek (amphoreus > Latin (amphora): bottle, jar; a vessel with two handles or ears, a pitcher)
(Greek > Latin: @ two-handled; a vessel with two handles or ears; a pitcher or vase)
(Latin: often through French, quality or state of; being; condition; act or fact of _______ ing; a suffix that forms nouns)
(Greek: ankos: a bend or hollow, an angle; a valley; also a crag)
(Greek: man, men, male, masculine; also, stamen or anther as used in botany)
(Greek > Latin: [receptacle], vessel, often a blood vessel; "covered by a seed or vessel", a seed vessel; a learned borrowing from Greek meaning "vessel", "container")
(reconstruction of blood vessels damaged by disease or injury usually performed by inflating a balloon inside the blood vessel lumen (tube) in order to reconstitute the flow of blood)
(reconstruction of blood vessels damaged by disease or injury usually performed by inflating a balloon inside the blood vessel lumen (tube) in order to reconstitute the flow of blood)
(reconstruction of blood vessels damaged by disease or injury usually performed by inflating a balloon inside the blood vessel lumen (tube) in order to reconstitute the flow of blood)
(reconstruction of blood vessels damaged by disease or injury usually performed by inflating a balloon inside the blood vessel lumen (tube) in order to reconstitute the flow of blood)
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(Leo the lion does not want anyone or anything to intrude into his territory)
(Greek: flower, flowers; blossom, blossoms; that which buds or sprouts)
(Greek: cave, cavern; in medicine, of or pertaining to a [bodily] cavity or sinus; a term in anatomical nomenclature, especially to designate a cavity or chamber within a bone)
(Latin: eagle; referring to or like an eagle)
(Greek: spider; the arachnoidea; when used in medicine this Greek element refers to a membrane, veins, or any web-like structure in the body)
(Latin: consider, judge; spectator, listener, witness; originally, "decided by one's own discretion or judgment")
(Greek > Latin: chief, principal leader, first [in position or rank])
(Greek: of the bear, bear [the animal]; or the north, northern)
(a suffix which forms nouns that refer to people who regularly engage in some activity, or who are characterized in a certain way, as indicated by the stem or root of the word; originally, which appeared in Middle English in words from Old French where it expressed an intensive degree or with a pejorative or disparaging application)
(Greek: of, or pertaining to "god of war", Ares or Mars, used primarily in astronomy)
(Latin: a suffix; related to or connected with)
(Latin: a suffix forming adjectives from nouns ending in -ary; a person who, a thing that; a person who is a part of something, pertaining to one's state or condition; a person who has a connection with or belief in the stated subject; a promotor of something; a native or inhabitant of someplace; someone of a certain age)
(Latin: awn or beard of grain; ear of grain)
(Greek > Latin: a suffix; a place for; abounding in or connected with something; a place containing or related to that which is specified by the root)
(Greek > Latin: artery, arteries; blood vessels, veins, or windpipe)
(Greek: joint, pertaining to the joints or connecting bone structures)
(Latin: a suffix; a person who, a place where, a thing which, or pertaining to; connected with; having the character of; apparatus)
(Greek > Latin: a suffix; used in medicine to denote a state or condition of)
(Greek > Latin: a suffix; one who; forms nouns from verbs in -ize; nouns denoting the adherent of a certain doctrine, principle, or custom)
(Latin: something that is inferior, small, or shallow; expressing incomplete resemblance)
(Latin: a suffix; to do, to make, to cause, or to act upon; to do something with)
(Greek: struggle, a contest [in war or in sports], to contend for a prize; physical activity, rigorous self-discipline or training)
(Greek > Latin: a suffix; action, act, process, state, or condition; or result of doing something)
(Greek > Latin: Atlanticus, pertaining to the Atlantic Ocean or to Mount Atlas; from the Atlas mountains)
(Latin: entrance hall or chamber; upper heart chamber; central room)
(Danish or Norwegian: eighteen; a decimal prefix used in the international metric system for measurements)
(Greek authentikos > Latin authenticus: original, genuine, authoritative; one who does something himself or herself)
(Latin: armpit; angle; borrowed directly from Latin ala which meant both "wing" and "the hollow under a wing or an arm")
(Greek: to immerse or to dip into water)
(Greek: weight, heavy; atmospheric pressure; a combining form meaning "pressure", as in barotaxis, or sometimes "weight", as in baromacrometer)
(Greek: a step or degree; rank; by steps)
(Greek: B, β; second letter of the Greek alphabet and the second object in any order of arrangement or classification)
(Greek: germ, bud; shoot, formative cell or layer; of or pertaining to an embryonic or germinal stage of development)
(Greek: look, see; sight, seeing, vision; a condition of sight or vision)
(Greek: eyelid; of or pertaining to the eyelid[s] or eyelash[es])
(of uncertain origin: to spoil; to bungle, to cause something to fail through carelessness or incompetence)
(Greek: fetus; infant; a combining form denoting relationship to the embryo, fetus, or newborn infant)
(Greek: windpipe or one of the two large branches of the trachea, the tube in air-breathing vertebrates that conducts air from the throat to the bronchi, strengthened by incomplete rings of cartilage)
(Greek: grinding or gnashing the teeth; rubbing the teeth together)
(Greek: to eat nosily or greedily; to eat with much noise, to tear or rip into pieces)
(Latin: cheek; the inner or outer sides of the mouth and the face)
(Latin: burere, "to burn up"; from urere, with an inserted or faulty separation of b in amburere, "to burn around"; which stands for amb-urere, "to burn around", but it was misdivided into am-burere and because of this misdivision, the new verb burere was formed with the past participle bustum; so, it really came from urere, "to burn, to singe")
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(French: degree of merit or importance; diameter of a bullet, cannon-ball, etc.; instrument for measuring the thickness, width, or distance through the center of a tube)
(Greek: shell; husk; cup [of a flower], used primarily in the specialized senses of "pertaining to or of a cup-shaped bodily organ or cavity"; also a reference to the "cup-shaped ring of sepals encasing a flower bud")
(Latin: chamber; from Greek kamara, anything with a vaulted or arched cover; a vault, arched ceiling, or roof)
(Latin: flat space, plain; of or pertaining to fields)
(Greek: hemp; of or pertaining to hemp's chemical components or derivatives.)
(Latin: of, pertaining to, or resembling hair; minute [hairlike] blood vessels that connect the arterioles and the venules)
(Latin: head; leader, chief, or first)
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(Latin: a small box or chest; repository, case; enveloping or surrounding a structure)
(Greek: karphos, straw, dry stock, bit, or scrap; from karphein, to wither, to wrinkle, to dry)
(Greek: fruit [or similar reproductive result]; to cut, to pluck)
(Latin: to cut, geld, spay; to remove the testicles or ovaries of an animal, including humans)
(Latin: a chain; bind or fasten together; connected links)
(Greek: to purge, to purify, or to cleanse; purification; cleansing)
(Latin: a storeroom, a chamber, a closet; by extension, of or pertaining to a cell, a microscopic protoplasmic mass made up of a nucleus enclosed in a semipermeable membrane)
(Greek: empty; removal [medical discharge or evacuation])
(Greek: perforation, puncture, or tapping, as with an aspirator or needle)
(Latin: to separate, to sift, to distinguish, to understand, to decide, to determine; separated, separation, to set apart; the glandular extraction or the movement out of a natural substance)
(Greek: a whale, or whales and other whale-like creatures)
((Greek kharakter, Latin character: a distinctive mark or impression))
(Latin: character; Greek: kharakter; originally, "a distinctive mark, a sign, or impression"; then it came to mean "an aggregate of distinctive qualities")
(Greek: lip, lips; edge or brim)
(Greek: hand; pertaining to the hand or hands)
(Modern Latin: chemical element; from Greek and Latin, alumen, a substance having an astringent taste; metal)
(Modern Latin: chemical element; from Greek and Latin, cadmia, earthy or earth; metal)
(German: Kobalt; also Kobolt, a goblin, evil spirit, or malicious sprite; metal)
(Latin: magnes, "magnet"; because of confusion with magnetic iron ores; or magnesia nigri, meaning "black magnesia"; metal)
(Greek: neo, "new" or the "new one"; gas)
(Latin: "forming niter", or “niter producer”; because niter, a mineral properly called potassium nitrate, and contains nitrogen, a compound of nitrogen; gas)
(Modern Latin: from Sanskrit, solvere; or sulvere; and Latin, sulphur; nonmetal)
(Modern Latin: named for the mythical king Tantalus [who in the Greek myths was tortured by being placed in water up to his chin, which he was never able to drink, whence the word “tantalize”]; because of the element’s insolubility or “to illustrate the tantalizing work he had until he succeeded in isolating this element”; metal)
(Modern Latin: from Greek, thallos, "a young, or green, twig or shoot" [based on the color of its spectrum]; metal)
(Modern Latin: from Greek, Thule, the Greek name for land north of Britain or for Scandinavia; rare earth)
(Greek: khimaira, fabled monster; unreal, fantastic, imaginary, fanciful, unrealistic; however, in medical and other scientific fields, characterized by two or more genetically distinct cell types in one organism)
(Greek: Chloris, goddess; the color green, yellow-green, or light green)
(Greek: funnel; a combining form denoting a relationship to a funnel or to a funnel-like structure)
(Greek: choledochos, from chole, "bile" + dechomai, "to receive"; the common bile duct or tube; conveying bile; containing bile, which is a yellow-green fluid that is made by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and passes through the common bile duct into the first section of the small intestine or duodenum where it helps to digest fat)
(Greek: groat, grain, any small rounded mass; cartilage, gristle, granule, or a relationship to cartilage)
(Greek: a suffix: to spread, to disperse; to move, to go; to withdraw, to advance; a means or agency for distribution)
(Greek: dance; involuntary movements; spasm; in medicine, it is used to reveal a nervous disorder either of organic origin or from an infection)
(Latin: tour guide for sightseers or tourists)
(Latin: the eyelid or its outer edge; hairs growing on the edges of the eyelids, eyelashes)
(Latin: city: big town, metropolitan area; citizen: a legal resident or inhabitant)
(primarily the learning of the Latin and/or Greek languages, history, and literature)
(Latin: key; to enclose, to comprise, to involve; to fit together, or to work together; pertaining to the collarbone [so named because of its keylike shape])
(Greek: key; a means of locking or a thing that locks [or unlocks] a door; a key, bar, or hook; a combining form that denotes the clavicle or collarbone)
(Greek: bed; slope, slant; to lean, leaning; an ecological term; in the sense of a slope or gradient)
(Latin: slope, slanting up or down)
(Greek: nettle; a relationship to a nettle or nettle-like structure; nettle rash)
(Greek: kolo- > Latin: colo-, colon or large intestine [that part which extends from the cecum to the rectum])
(Latin: pigeon or dove)
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(Greek > Latin: shell, sea shells; shell-like bone or cavity of the body)
(Latin: to deliberate together, to consider; a magistrate in ancient Rome who sought information or advice from the Roman Senate)
(Greek: crowlike; used in the specialized sense of "pertaining to, or connected to the coracoid, the bony process that forms part of the scapular arch [and is so named because its shape resembles that of a crow's beak"])
(Greek > Latin: trunk of a tree or body)
(Latin: cheat, swindle; to defraud with deceptions or delusions)
(Latin: twilight, dusky, dawn; in the evening or early-morning hours; dim, indistinct)
(Latin: to become greater or larger in amount or size, to grow, to multiply, to increase; to reproduce)
(Greek: to secrete, to come out; such as, a certain gland or glands)
(Greek: cold, very cold, freezing; used to describe the effects of low temperatures or activities carried on at a very low temperature)
(Greek: hidden, secret, secrets, secret writing; by extension, applied to secret code or ciphers)
(Greek: crystal, ice, freeze, congeal, frost; icelike, transparent; [especially in reference to a mineral or glass])
(Latin: to lie [in a horizontal position or posture]; to lie down, to lie asleep)
(Latin: blame; responsible for wrong or error)
(Greek: cup, a goblet, a cup for measuring, or drawing wine out of a bowl)
(Greek: embryo, fetus; pertaining to pregnancy or to a fetus)
(Greek: Kypris, a name for Venus or Aphrodite; a lewd or licentious woman)
(Greek: sac or bladder which contains fluid [or gas, as in pneumatocyst]; urinary bladder)
(Greek: Kytheria; another name for Venus or Aphrodite)
(Greek: cells, cell, hollow; used primarily in the extended sense of "animal or plant cells" [because cells were originally thought to be hollow])
(Greek: tear, tears; as from a tear-gland or the tear-glands in the eyes)
(Latin: from, away from, off; down; wholly, entirely, utterly, complete; reverse the action of, undo; the negation or reversal of the notion expressed in the primary or root word)
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(Greek: devil, demon [evil spirit]; an intermediary spirit between gods and men which could be good or evil)
(Latin: political or geographical division)
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(Greek > Latin: house, home; master or lord of the house)
(Greek: believe, belief; that which is thought to be true by someone who has the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and to enforce his or her opinions, doctrines, praise, or beliefs)
(Latin: to lead, leading; bringing; to take; to draw along or out)
(Erucivory or Feeding on Caterpillars)
(Special kinds of "flesh-eating" or insect-eating plants)
(The special features of folivorous existence)
(Greek: dilatation, dilation, expansion, extension, or distension of an organ)
(Greek > Latin: traveler, trader, merchant; a trading place, market; pertaining to trade or traveling)
(Latin: striving to equal; rivaling or competing with; imitate, imitating; trying to do something as well as or better than another system, person, or other people)
(Greek: in, into, inward; within; near, at; to put, to go into, or to cover with; as, entomb, encamp, enfold; to provide with; as, to enlighten; to cause to be; as, to enlarge; thoroughly; as, enmesh; in, within, into; as enzootic)
(Latin: a suffix that forms nouns; action, process, state, quality, or condition of)
(The Warrior Queen of the Iceni, Boudicca, Bodicea, or Boadicea, meaning "Victory", defied and attacked the Romans with her Iceni warriors, and was the embodiment of a people's hatred of Roman mistreatment)
(references, or bibliography, used as sources of information)
(highlights of illustrated historical events for a better comprehension of the historical periods which contributed to the development of the English language)
(Latin: adjective suffix signifying action or being; performing a particular acion)
(Greek: daybreak, dawn, red of the dawn sky; primarily used in naming chemical compounds, especially pertaining to red stain or dye)
(Greek: denotes the vulva or region of the pubes)
(Latin: suffix from -ensis, of, belonging to, from [a place]; originating in [a city or country])
(from Proto-Germanic -iskaz, Vulgar Latin -iscus, Italian -esco, and then French -esque: a suffix forming adjuectives and indicating "resemblance, style, manner, or distinctive character, etc., of")
(a history of anesthesia or anaesthesia)
(the mandragora, or mandrake, plant was used as an anesthesia)
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(Greek: cause, causation, originating; that which causes or originates something)
(Greek: truth, true meaning, real [the root meaning, true meaning or literal meaning of a word])
(Greek: "I have found!" or making discoveries)
(where does the truth really exist?)
(Latin: a prefix occurring in words of Latin origin used in the senses: out, out of, from; upward; completely, entirely; to remove from, deprive of; without; former [said of previous holders of office or dignity])
(Greek > Latin > French: bind by oath; calling up or driving out of [evil] spirits)
(Latin: root out, to pluck out by the stem or root)
(Anglo Saxon or Teutonic: in Old English times, eye was eage, which is related to a whole range of words for "eye" in other European languages; including, Greek ophthalmos and Latin oculus [with all of its subsequent derivatives])
(Latin: small fiber or filament)
(Latin: from fanum, "temple"; a temple or a place of worship)
(Latin: to plug up or to cram, to stuff; by extension, practical joke, sham; fiasco)
(Latin: band, bandage; bundle, bunch; used in the extended sense of "pertaining to the fascia", a band or sheet of fibrous tissue providing a subcutaneous covering for various parts of the body)
(Latin: animal; a collective name for the animals of a certain region or time)
(Latin: good will or support; to show kindness to; to be inclined toward good will, to befriend)
(Latin: a minute fiber or filament; often a component of a compound fiber)
(Latin: iron; pertaining to, or containing iron)
(Latin: fringe or a border or edging, fringed; thin projections forming a fringe (especially around the ovarian end of the Fallopian tube); fiber)
(Latin: strong, hard, solid; steadfast or unwavering in purpose, loyalty, or resolve)
(Latin: pipe; an abnormal passage or communication, usually between two internal organs, or leading from an internal organ to the surface of the body)
(Latin: to blow, a puff of wind or air; by extension, accumulation of gas in the stomach or bowels)
(Unknown origin: act or habit of showing off)
(Latin: tuft or cluster, as of wool)
(Latin: flower; full of flowers, abounding in flowers; flora, plant life, plants of a general region or period)
(Uncertain origin: treat with disdain or contempt; to jeer)
(Old English: a prefix meaning before in place, rank, or time; in advance)
(Latin: shape, structure, figure, outer appearance, composition, to compose; visual appearance; spacial arrangement; to develop or to acquire; to produce)
(Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the practice of extracting natural gas from underground shale deposits by injecting high-pressure streams of water, sand, and chemicals)
(Latin: fork, diverge, angle, split into two parts or branches)
(Latin: helmet, helmet shaped, to cover with a helmet; cap; used primarily in zoology and botany with phases of sense development that seem to have been: weasel, weasel's skin or hide, leather, and then a helmet made of leather; by extension, it also means "cat, cats" in some words)
(Latin: of or pertaining to Gaul)
(Greek: an eating, or gnawing, sore ending in mortification, necrosis, or the death of bodily tissue; usually the result of ischemia or the loss of blood supply to the affected area, bacterial invasion, and subsequent putrefaction)
(Hebrew > Greek > Latin: hell or hellfire)
(Greek > Latin: race, kind; line of descent; origin, creation; pertaining to sexual relations, reproduction, or heredity; and more recently, a gene or genes)
(drawings on the ground by arranging stones, gravel, or earth)
(GIS or Geographic Information System topics to enhance your knowledge)
(eating dirt or earth is a common practice on a global scale)
(Greek: "giant"; a decimal prefix used in the international metric system for measurements)
(Greek > Latin: a silvery color, or bluish green; gleaming, bright; gray)
(Latin: a round body, a ball; round, a sphere; the earth; "sphere" came from Latin globus, "round mass, sphere"; related to gleba, "clod, soil, land". Sense of "planet earth," or a three-dimensional map of it, appeared first in 1553)
(Latin: great praise or honor; renown)
(Latin: deceitfully flattering, praising or complimenting insincerely or excessively)
(Greek > Latin: to steer or to pilot a ship; to rule; a steersman)
(Latin: walk, step, take steps, move around; walking or stepping)
(Greek: to scratch; to write, to record, to draw, to describe; that which is written or described)
(secretly getting access to files on a computer or network in order to get information, to steal private information in order to illegally transfer money, or to cause damage, etc.)
(Greek > Latin: salt or "the sea")
(Latin: great or big toe, the first digit of the foot)
(Greek: something that is wrong; sin, evil behavior; wickedness in living; misconduct; that part of theology that deals with sin or immoral deeds)
(Latin: blunt, dull; lethargy, lack of energy or interest in doing things)
(having feelings of pleasure or happiness are among the highest achievements of life)
(Latin: heir; "he, or she, who obtains that which is left")
(Latin: protruded viscus; rupture; in the sense of "protrusion of tissue or part of an organ through an abnormal opening in the surrounding walls")
(Latin: winter, wintered, wintry; it also refers to: sleep, sleeping; inactive, inactivity; dormant, dormancy [suspended animation or a lack of activity])
(Greek: tissue [web]; beam or warp of a loom; hence, that which is woven; a web or tissue; used in the sense of pertaining to [body] tissue)
(Latin: human beings, mankind; literally, "man, men"; however, it now also includes, "woman, women" or all of humanity)
(Greek: to rouse or to set in motion)
(Greek: glass, glassy; transparent; pertaining to the vitreous humor or surrounding membrane)
(Greek: above, over; excessive; more than normal; abnormal excess [in medicine]; abnormally great or powerful sensation [in physical or pathological terms]; highest [in chemical compounds])
(Tricho Sales Corporation treated excess hair growth with a "ray of light")
(Greek: the womb or uterus; hysteria)
(Latin: suffix form of -an from -ianus, a modifier of the main word to which it is attached: belonging to, coming from, being involved in, or being like something)
(Latin: from -icalis, a suffix that forms adjectives from nouns; of or having to do with; having the nature of; constituting or being; containing or made up of; made by or caused by; like, characteristic of; art or system of thought; chemical terms)
(Greek: fluid [distinct from blood] that flows through the veins of the gods; by extension, "watery part of blood or milk," used in the sense of "thin, serous or sanious fluid, especially from a wound or sore")
(Greek: image, likeness; form of a person or object; a sacred, holy, or religious representaion)
(Creativity is achieved by focusing and striving with one's chosen objective regardless of what others say or have done! In essence, it is a conception and the completion of the chosen vision.)
(Greek: peculiar, one's own, personal, private; of or pertaining to one's self, distinct, separate, alone)
(Greek: smaller or lesser; little)
(Latin: roof tile, overlapping like tiles or a pattern that looks like this; to lay so as to overlap)
(Latin: unbound, free from, pure; pertaining to protection against or freedom from disease)
(Latin: in, into, within, inside, on, toward [il-, ir-, im-], in, into, etc.: involve, incur, invade; also, used intensively, as in the words inflame and inflammable, or without perceptible force.)
(Old English, Middle English: in, into; within; toward; a prefix used in front of English words, not Latin or Greek elements; as in the words, indoors and inland)
(Latin: internal secretion, especially by the endocrine glands or a gland)
(Greek > Latin: a suffix that is used to form hundreds of words that mean: similar to, resembling, like, characterized by, or of the nature of)
(Latin: oculus used as a reference to "eye" to designate something that looks like or is suggestive of a person's organ of sight including potato "eyes")
(Latin: a bug; literally, "cut into," from insectum, with a notched or divided body; literally, "that which is cut up, segmented" [as the bodies of the first invertebrates to which the term was applied or appeared to be])
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(Greek: iris [relating to the eye]; the rainbow; colored circle, colored portion of the eye [originally, "something bent or curved"])
(Old English: a suffix meaning, characteristic of, like, tending to; of or relating to, from; somewhat, approximately; or a verb ending)
(Greek, ismos; Latin, ismus: a suffix: belief in, practice of, condition of, process, characteristic behavior or manner, abnormal state, distinctive feature or trait)
(Greek: narrow passage or ridge; narrow passage or strip [especially of bodily tissue] connecting two larger entities)
(Latin: suffix used to form abstract nouns expressing act, state, quality, property, or condition corresponding to an adjective)
(Greek: a suffix; scientific names; names of metallic elements; a part, lining, or enveloping tissue, region; little; representing a diminutive force)
(contronyms or words which have definitions that are self-antonyms; that is, which have two meanings that are the opposites of each other)
(listings of logs, or blogs, sharing personal stepping stones and stumbling blocks)
(Jupiter, Iuppiter, Juppiter, or Jove, King of the Roman gods; fifth planet from the sun)
(Greek: containing, or derived from keratin, a highly insoluble scleroprotein that is the main constituent of horny tissues, the nails, and the organic matrix of tooth enamel; derived from Greek kera[s], kerat[os], "horn")
(Greek: one thousand; a decimal prefix used in the international metric system for measurements and representing 103 or 1 000)
(Latin: concise, abrupt; literally, resembling the style of the Lacedaemonians or Spartans)
(Latin: a tear, or tears [from the eyes]; as when crying, etc.)
(Greek: speech, babbling, chattering; abnormal or disordered forms of speech)
(Latin: thin plate or layer)
(Latin: thin plate or layer; the neurophysis of a vertebra)
(Greek: the soft part of the body between the ribs and the hip, flank, loin; denotes the flank or loins and the abdominal wall or a part of the abdomen)
(Latin: theft, robbery, felony; from latrocinium, service of mercenaries; freebooting, robbery; latro-, a mercenary soldier, or a robber)
(Latin: praise, praising; glorify, glorifying; showing or expressing strong approval or admiration for something or someone)
(Greek: thin, small, fine, delicate, mild; from "peeled, husked"; used primarily in the sense of "abnormally thin, narrow, slender, or delicate")
(Latin: left, to the left; toward, or on the left side)
(Greek: word or words, vocabulary; a saying, a phrase; speaking, speech)
(Latin: threshold (level at which something happens), point at which something begins or changes; boundary, limit)
(Latin: limpidus, clear; calm, serene; easy to comprehend or to understand)
(Deep-sea animals have made attempts to light their cold and dark environments by carrying their own lights on their heads and on every other conceivable part of the bodies; including their eyes and tails and the insides of their mouths. The light they shed is living light.)
(Greek elements that create words that mean "lizard")
(Latin: place; from place to place; where something is positioned or situated)
(Greek: talk, speak; speech; word; a person who speaks in a certain manner; someone who deals with topics or subjects)
(Diana, or Luna, Roman goddess of the Moon, animals, and hunting)
(Latin: wolf [pertaining to or connected with a "wolf"])
(Greek: water, yellowish fluid; connected with, or containing, lymph, a transparent fluid that is derived from body tissue and conveyed to the bloodstream by the lymphatic vessels)
(Greek: large, great; long [in extent or duration]; enlarged, or elongated, long [in length]; abnormally large)
(it was originally thought that this disease was caused by foul air or "bad air")
(Greek: a specific mental disorder or obsessive preoccupation with something; madness, frenzy; obsession, or abnormal desire for or with something or someone; also, an excessive enthusiasm or fondness for something)
(Latin: pertaining to a husband or marriage; used as a prefix)
(Latin: specter, witch, mask, nightmare > Italian mascera > French, masque [covering to hide or to protect the face])
(Latin: male, manly, of or relating to men or boys; of the male sex and gender; bold, courageous)
(Latin: to chew; Greek: to gnash, grind, or rub the upper and lower teeth together)
(Greek: breast; used in the specialized sense as "of or pertaining to the breast-shaped mastoid process of the temporal bone)
(Latin: matter, stuff, wood, timber; of or belonging to matter)
(Latin: opening or passageway in the body, bodily opening or canal; to go, to pass, passage)
(Greek makhana, machana > Latin machina: machine, device, tool; an apparatus for applying mechanical power to do work; mekhanikos > machynen, decide a course of action, contrive, plot contrivance; a machine or the workings of machines)
(Greek > Latin: [mekonion to meconium] of or pertaining to the poppy, poppy-juice; opium)
(Greek: melos, limb, body extremity or member; a condition of the limbs or extremities of a body; such as, arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, etc.)
(Latin: memory, remember, thought; retaining and recalling past experiences and information; capacity to store information; ability to recall or to recognize previous experiences; recollection; retention)
(tearing or injuring the meniscus of the knee and possible therapy)
(an advisor or wise counselor)
(Latin: small, little, less; decline, decrease, diminish; become less, reduce, becoming smaller or shorter)
(Old English: a small or tiny insect; acurus)
(Latin: to make mild or gentle; mildness, gentleness, softer)
(Greek mikso > Latin mixtus: mix, mixed, a mixing, a mingling, an intercourse; to combine or to blend into one mass or substance; to combine things; such as, activities, ideas, styles; to balance and to adjust individual musical performers’ parts to make an overall sound by electronic means)
(Greek: memory, to remember; recollection of something or someone; awareness, consciousness of the present and the past)
(Latin: action, result of an action or condition; a suffix that forms nouns)
(Latin: mucus, mucous, or mucosa; a viscid, slippery, slime secretion of the mucous membranes; related to mucor, "mold, moldiness")
(Latin > French: done in exchange; reciprocal; with the same feelings or relationships; shared by two people or groups, in common with each other)
(Greek: lipoid substance (containing or resembling fat) sheathing certain nerve fibers; lipoid substance found in body tissue)
(Greek: uncleanness of body or mind; filth; defilement; anything disgusting)
(names that describe Venery or group names as determined by traditional terms of the hunt and those of more modern creations that attempt to describe group characteristics)
(Greek: dwarf, dwarfish; pygmy; "little old man;" very small or tiny; also, a decimal prefix used in the international metric system for measurements)
(Greek > Latin: volatile petroleum derivative; containing, or derived from the coal-tar derivative naphthol)
(Greek: dead, death, dead body; dead tissue or cells; corpse)
(Latin: nerve fiber or sinew, nerves)
(Latin: Probably from mitulus "mussel", of unknown origin [the change from m to n has not been explained]. It is also said to possibly come from Latin nidificare or nidulari, "to nest"; from nidus "nest", but there is no confirmation for either theory)
(Latin: nest, nesting; nidificare or nidulari, "to nest")
(Latin: to injure, to hurt; injury, harm, harmful; trauma; a noxious or deleterious agent or influence)
(Greek: a meadow; a pasture; an abode; a place for eating; by extension, "distribution of an acute, necrotizing ulcerative process involving mucous membranes of the mouth or genitalia")
(Greek, nomas, nomados, "pasturing, roaming about for pasture" > Latin , nomas, nomdis: wander, moving around for pasture or grazing for herds or flocks)
(Latin: rule, pattern; normalis, "right angled, made according to a carpenter's or mason's square"; then, "conforming to common standards, usual")
(Latin: cloud, fog; shade; dark or obscure, not easy to comprehend)
(Latin: naked, uncovered or without clothing)
(Greek > Latin: "the great river encompassing the whole earth"; hence, the "great Outward Sea" [as opposed to the "Inward" or Mediterranean]; the ocean)
(Greek: the color yellow; pale, wan, or sallow)
(Greek: worship; excessively, fanatically devoted to someone or something; “service paid to the gods”)
(Greek: prefix; scanty, little, meager, tiny, infrequent; abnormally few or small)
(Greek: a suffix meaning: to talk, to speak; a branch of knowledge; any science or academic field that ends in -ology which is a variant of -logy; a person who speaks in a certain manner; someone who deals with certain topics or subjects)
(Greek: rain, rainstorm; showers of rain; aqueous vapor in the atmosphere; precipitation or falling down from the sky of a form of water; such as, rain, snow, hail, sleet, or mist)
(Latin: foreboding; anything perceived or happening that is believed to portend or to suggest that something is going to happen which may be a good or an evil event or circumstance in the future)
(Greek: navel, umbilicus; pertaining to the navel or to the umbilicus)
(Greek: "mass, bulk"; denotes relationship to a tumor, process of cancer formation; swelling, or mass)
(Greek: egg or eggs; used in an extended sense as the ovum)
(Latin: not transparent nor translucent, not clear, unable to shine through; shaded, shady; dark; no luster; not clearly understood or expressed)
(Greek > Latin: poppy juice; from the juice of plants or fruits)
(Latin: a suffix; state of, result of; he who, that which)
(Latin: oris, mouth, face; opening, entrance; talk, speak, say)
(Latin: rut or track made in the ground by a wheel; circle, ring, round surface, disk)
(Greek: an organized structure; pertaining to a specific bodily part with a specific function or set of functions; instrument, tool, implement)
(Greek > Latin > French: excitement or violent action in an organ or part)
(Latin: to rise, arising, to be born, source, original; the rising sun, east; to ascend, to spring up, to become visible, to appear)
(Latin: a suffix; a place or instrument for performing the action of the main element; a place used for something)
(Latin: mouth, face; referring to the "mouth")
(Greek: used as a suffix; rupture of an organ or vessel; a breaking forth, bursting)
(Latin: a suffix of adjectives ending in -ory; of or relating to; like; resembling)
(Greek: scrotum; a combining form denoting relationship to the scrotum or the pouch of skin which contains the testes, epididymides, and lower portions of the spermatic cords)
(Greek > Latin: a suffix; actor, process, condition, or state of; result of; expresses a state or abnormal condition or process of some disease)
(Greek: to smell; pertaining to odor or to the sense of smell)
(Greek: oyster; creatures having or characterized by a type of hard shell)
(Greek: a suffix that means: state or condition of; diseased condition of)
(Latin: full of or having the qualities of; in chemistry, a suffix denoting that the element indicated by the name bearing it, has a valence lower than that denoted by the termination -ic; as, nitrous, sulphurous, etc., as contrasted with nitric, sulphuric, etc.)
(Latin: peace, peaceful, calm, quiet; eased anger or agitation)
(Greek: cold, frost, freezing; fixed or hardened; united)
(Greek: something fixed or fastened together; a suffix that denotes conjoined twins, the first element of a word denotes the parts fused)
(Latin: poppy; used in extended senses to mean "pertaining to, containing, or derived from opium")
(Latin: nipple; nipple-shaped elevation or growth)
(Greek: papyros > Latin > Old French; papyrus, an Egyptian rush [a reed plant] from which material was made for writing or drawing. Used in the sense of "fibrous material on which to write or to draw"; paper)
(Latin: wall [of a house], walls; used in the extended sense of "the walls of a cavity or organ of the body")
(Greek: feeling, sensation, perception; suffering, disease, or disorder; a system of treating diseases)
(Latin: foot, feet; people often see this ped element in other words. When people refer to "pedal extremities", they mean "feet". When anyone pushes the pedals of a bicycle, it is done with the feet. A pedestrian must use the feet for walking. A quadruped has four feet while a centipede has "100 feet"; or a large number of them because it may be impossible to count all of them.)
(Latin: worse; diminish, weaken; inferior in quality or condition)
(Greek [pelagos] > Latin [pelagicus]: sea, pertaining to the sea or ocean)
(Greek: pemphix, "blister"; blistering skin diseases or a swelling of the skin that contains watery fluid and is caused by burning or irritation; a bump or small swelling on or beneath the skin)
(Greek > Modern Latin: abnormal reduction, decrease in, insufficient, deficiency. Originally, the meaning was poverty, need; sometimes it is erroneously or incorrectly rendered as -poenia)
(Greek: space between the scrotum or mons veneris and the anus)
(Greek: in botany, a suffix combining form meaning, "having a certain number or a certain shape of petals")
(Greek: eat, eating; to consume, to ingest; relationship to eating or consumption by ingestion or engulfing)
(Greek via Latin: bone between two joints of a finger or toe; line of battle; from phalanx, heavy infantry in close order [from Greek antiquity])
(Greek: pharynx [the alimentary canal between the palate and the esophagus]; part of the neck or throat)
(Greek: bear or carry; support; go)
(Greek: fear, extreme fear of; morbid, excessive, irrational fear, or terror of something or someone; however, sometimes this Greek element also means a strong dislike, dread, or hatred for something or someone)
(Greek > Latin: bearer, to bear, carrying; producing, transmission; directing, turning; originally to carry or to bear children)
(Greek: mind, brain; the midriff or the diaphragm; mental disorder)
(Greek: breath, wind; pertaining to air or gas; bellows, bladder, bubble; swollen; as seen in many modern scientific terms)
(Greek: a plant; growth; growing in a specified way or place; to produce)
(Italian: very small or from Spanish, "beak, tip, very small"; and from Latin, beccus, beak; also, a decimal prefix used in the international metric system for measurements)
(Latin: a literary thief; "plunderer, oppressor, kidnapper" [one who "abducts the child or slave of another"]; then by extension, to take and use the thoughts, writings, etc. of someone else and represent or claim them as one's own)
(Greek: passively drifting, wandering, or roaming)
(Greek: passively drifting, wandering, or roaming; planet or planets)
(Latin: sole of the foot; to tread down with the sole or the flat bottom or the underside of the foot; and by extension, to level the ground for sowing seeds)
(avoid redundancies or excessive repetitiousness by not using unnecessary repetitions and superfluous words or more word usages than is needed, desired, or required)
(two roads diverged or separated and went in different directions according to Robert Frost)
(Greek: beard; referring to a beard or beard-like structures)
(linguistic terms for words with two or more meanings; usually, multiple meanings of a word or words)
(examples of portmanteau combinations or blended words)
(Greek > Latin: drinking; a word termination [suffix] denoting a relationship to drinking or the intake of fluids)
(Latin: after, behind, following; denoting relationship to the posterior or back part)
(Latin: crooked, crookedness; perverted, vicious, wicked; borrowed through Old French depraver or directly from Latin depravare, "to corrupt"; from de, "completely" + pravus, "crooked")
(Latin: push lower, bear down on or against)
(Greek > Latin: a prefix signifying before; forward, forth; for, in favor of; in front of; in place of, on behalf of; according to; as, to place before; to go before or forward, to throw forward)
(Latin: a spreading; to breed or to multiply; getting more widely known)
(Latin: one's own; to belong to a person, a thing, or a group)
(Latin: [diminutive of pupa, a young girl, doll or puppets] the pupil of the eye; including the larva of insects)
(Greek: rump, bottom; rear end; behind part; the posterior or back part of the body)
(Greek: door, gate, entrance; orifice, an aperture or hole opening into a bodily cavity; indicating the portal vein)
(Greek: pus; purulent, an infection or foreign material that causes a thick whitish-yellow fluid which results from the accumulation of white blood cells)
(Latin: appearing as if, as it were, as though; somewhat like, resembling, seemingly; simulating; in a certain sense or degree)
(Latin: oak; used to designate any of a variety of chemical substances derived from oak bark or acorns)
(fortune telling or paying more attention to the future than the present)
(aspects of the imagination that are usually seen when the eyes are closed or images of mental thoughts)
(what happens after graduation from school, college, or other institution)
(something written by people who were not there at the time; the art of reconciling fact with fiction or making guesses about things that can not be verified.)
(logical fallacy; misrelations between the follow-up and the follow-through or nonsense of non sequence)
(research of ideas or writings from other sources and making them worse—or better)
(a passage repeated or reproduced from a statement by someone; sometimes correctly)
(being alone either by choice or by circumstances)
(a female who is either a hit or a miss)
(Latin: cluster of grapes or berries)
(Latin: branch, branches, or a forked structure; ramus (singular), rami (plural); a general term for a smaller structure given off by a larger one, or into which the larger structure; such as, a blood vessel or nerve, divides)
(Latin: frog or frogs)
(Latin: reciprocus, turning back the same way, alternating; turning backward and forward; to give, to do, to feel, or to show in return)
(Latin: kidney or kidneys)
(Greek: rhetorike tekhne, "the technique or art of public speaking" > Latin: orator; that which is spoken)
(Greek: that which may be turned or spun around; magician's circle; equilateral parallelogram in which only the opposite angles are equal)
(Latin: ritus, religious observance or ceremony; custom, usage)
(links to topics about robots, robotic devices, and the science of robotics)
(chapter listings with subdivision links for easier reading of Those about to Die book by Daniel P. Mannix)
(Latin: a red or pick color; rose colored or pinkish)
(Latin: to chew over again, to chew the cud; to muse or to meditate; that is, to think about something in a deep and serious or dreamy and abstracted way or to think about something carefully, calmly, seriously, and for a long time)
(Latin: poetic medley, satire: the use of irony, sarcasm, or ridicule in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.)
(international students in scientific areas of study need to possess a solid grasp of English to succeed as scientists or even to lay claim to being scientifically literate citizens of the world)
(international students in scientific areas of study need to possess a solid grasp of English to succeed as scientists or even to lay claim to being scientifically literate citizens of the world)
(lists of careers in science with short descriptions)
(Latin: pertaining to, or having scurvy [a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C in the body, characterized by weakness, anemia, spongy gums, bleeding from the mucous membranes, etc.])
(Latin: the pouch that holds the testes; a purse; probably a variant of scortum, "a skin, hide"; or of scrautum, "a leather bag for holding arrows"; akin to scrupus, "a sharp stone")
(Latin: uneasiness, anxiety, doubt, especially, over a moral issue; literally, "small, sharp stone or pebble")
(Latin: shield; a broad piece of metal or another suitable material, held by straps or a handle attached on one side, used as a protection against blows or missiles.)
(Latin: from Old French seculer; from Late Latin sæcularis, worldly, living in the world, not belonging to a religious order; from saecularis, pertaining to a generation or age; from saeculum, saeclum, period of a man's life, generation; period of a hundred years)
(Latin: feeling, perception through physical awareness; to discern or detect by touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing, etc.)
(Latin: a partition; a dividing wall between two spaces, tissues, or cavities; from saepire "to enclose, to hedge in", and from saepes, "fence, hedge")
(Arabic: the gift of finding interesting things by chance; the faculty of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; an apparent talent for making fortunate discoveries accidentally)
(Latin: bristle [short stiff hair on an animal or plant, or a mass of short stiff hairs growing; especially, on a hog's back or a man's face])
(Latin: scrinium, a case, chest, box, or receptacle; especially, one in which are deposited sacred relics, bones of a saint, or sacred books and documents)
(Latin: mark, token, indication; a fact, a condition, or a quality)
(French: an outline portrait or an illustration of one color)
(Latin: left, on the left side; at, toward, or using the left; left-handed)
(Greek > Latin: tube, pipe, or hose; a tube or pipe from which water or fluid springs out)
(Latin: companion, partner, ally, comrade; interpersonal relationships, living with others, allied, associated; characterized by friendliness or geniality)
(Latin: glasswort, saltwort; hence, sodium carbonate [which may be derived from the ashes of burned glasswort or saltwort])
(Latin: base, ground, soil, bottom; the lowest part of something; sole of the foot or a shoe)
(Latin: serious, earnest, sacred, holy; dignified with formality at a ceremonious service or as a religious devotion)
(Latin: to scatter, to strew or to spread here and there, to sprinkle)
(Greek > Latin: that which binds tightly, press together; band, lace; hence, muscle that closes an aperture of the body; a ringlike band of muscle fibers that constricts a passage or closes a natural orifice)
(used to attract ad-clicking visitors, content must be created, begged, borrowed, or most commonly, simply stolen)
(Greek: a trickling; oozing; to drip, dripping; denoting a flow of some kind, or from some source)
(Greek: covering, covered, to cover; roof; by extension, secret, secret writing, applied to a secret code, codes, or ciphers that are hidden)
(Greek: strabizein > Modern Latin: "to squint"; imperfect focus; eyes deviating inwardly, deviating outwardly, or one eye going to the right and the other eye going to the left)
(Greek: a twisting, to twist; easily bent or twisted, like a chain)
(Greek: column; pillar; pillarlike implement or structure, especially the styloid process of the temporal bone)
(Latin: to fester, to form matter; forming or discharging pus)
(Greek > Latin: fig [sweet, hollow, pear-shaped, multiple fruit that has numerous tiny seedlike fruits that are eaten fresh or preserved or dried])
(Latin: Syphil[us], the eponymous main character of Girolamo Fracastoro's poem "Syphilus sive Morbus Gallicus" [Syphilus, or the French Disease], published at Verona, Italy [1530])
(Greek: arrangement, order, put in order, orientation; the movements or directed responses of motile organisms to stimuli, as indicated by the combining roots)
(Greek: marsh, pool, standing or stagnent water; mud of a pool)
(Late Latin: feeler, to feel; a flexible appendage serving as an organ for moving around or for touching)
(Greek: tension, especially a convulsive tension; muscle spasm or tetanus, an infectious disease characterized by muscle spasms)
(Greek > Latin: place for seeing dramas or shows)
(Latin: a suffix forming nouns from verbs of condition and action; an act or process: resumption, absorption; state or condition, redemption, exhaustion; something resulting from or otherwise related to an act or process, assumption, friction)
(Greek > Latin: any person or something of enormous size or power)
(Latin: titulus; inscription on a tomb or altar; a label, a heading in a book or other composition)
(Greek > Latin: a peculiarity in language or special presentations)
(Latin: drag, draw together; a drawing out or pulling)
(also known as trichinellosis, it is caused by eating raw or undercooked pork and wild game products)
(Latin: achievement, a success, procession for a victorious general or admiral)
(Greek: a suffix referring to a device, tool, or instrument; more generally, used in the names of any kind of chamber or apparatus used in experiments)
(Greek: chance, fortune, fate, providence; by accident, an unforeseen or unexpected occurrence)
(Greek: to smoke; smoke, mist, vapor, hot vapor, steam, cloud, fog; stupor [insensibility, numbness, dullness]; used exclusively in medicine as a reference to fever accompanied by stupor or a clouding of the mind resulting from the fever caused by a severe-infectious disease)
(Latin: of, relating to, or resembling; compound of the suffixes -ule, "little, small" and -ar, "pertaining to, of the nature of, like"; and so, -ular is a combining form meaning: referring to something "specified": appendicular, molecular, pedicular; as well as, a combining form meaning "resembling" something specified: circular, globular, tubular)
(Latin: pertaining to the navel, umbilical cord; a protuberance or swelling; related to umbo, the boss [a convex elevation or knob] of a shield)
(Greek: heaven [s], vault of heaven; hence "the sky"; from Uranus, the god of the sky; in medicine, the palate, roof, or top of the mouth)
(Latin: a suffix that denotes an act or result, result of the act of)
(Latin: womb; hollow, muscular organ of the female reproductive system in which the fertilized ovum, or egg, and the fetus, unborn baby, is nourished and grows until birth)
(Latin: of, or pertaining to, a cow; a bovine)
(Latin: originally, "sheath, scabbard, the husk of grain"; in medical science, the vagina or lowest part of the female genital tract, the canal that leads from the vulva to the uterus)
(Latin: wall, rampart; row or line of stakes)
(Latin: a doorlike structure in a passageway that hinders or prevents the reflux or flowing back of its contents)
(Latin: a vessel or vessels; including, tubes, ducts, or canals that convey and circulate fluids; such as, blood, lymph, or sap, through the bodies of animals or plants)
(from Latin vates, seer, prophet; sooth-sayer; prophesy, prophecy; which should not be confused with Vatican, "Pope's palace in Rome" or Vaticanism, "doctrine of papal supremacy and infallibility")
(Latin: animating, enlivening; vigorous, vigor, active; to be alive, activity, to quicken; then a quickening action of growing; a specific sense of "plant cultivated for food, edible herb, or root" is first recorded in 1767; the differences between the meanings from its original links with "life, liveliness" was completed in the early twentieth century, when vegetable came to be used for an "inactive person".)
(terms of Venery or group names from traditional terms of the hunt and some more modern creations that attempt to describe group characteristics of animals, humans, and groupings)
(Latin: [little] belly; hence, "a small cavity; especially of the heart or brain")
(Latin: stomach, belly or a relationship to the abdomen or the front or anterior aspect of the body)
(Latin: to beat, to strike; to drive, to force back; from verber, whip, lash, rod; by extension, to make sounds or noises or those sounds and echoes that are thrown back again or repeatedly)
(Latin: stand in awe of, to be awed at; wonder or admiration of; dread mixed with veneration or great respect)
(Latin: victima, an animal or a human that is offered as a sacrifice to a god; perhaps a religiously consecrated creature)
(Latin: internal organs; all that is under the skin, all parts in the body except flesh or muscles; entrails; any large interior organ in any of the three great cavities of the body; specifically, those within the chest; such as, the heart or lungs; or in the abdomen; such as, the liver, pancreas, and intestines; and in the head; such as, the brain)
(everyone needs to constantly increase his or her word knowledge)
(unit of measurement of electromotive force, or pressure, in an electrical circuit, or 'push', named for Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) renowned for his pioneering work in electricity)
(Greek: from octo-, "eight"; a decimal prefix used in the international metric system for measurements)
(Greek: diseases communicated from one kind of animal to another or to human beings; usually restricted to diseases transmitted naturally to man from animals)
(Greek: diseases communicated from one kind of animal to another or to human beings; usually restricted to diseases transmitted naturally to man from animals)
(Greek: yoke, forming pairs; joined, union; or indicating a relationship to a junction; meaning a yoke or crossbar by which two draft animals; such as, oxen could be hitched to a plow or wagon)
(Greek: bolt or bar)
(Greek: the malar bone or the arch that the malar bone forms with the other bones to which it is connected)
Word Entries containing the term: “or
A.B. or B.A.; Artium Baccalaureus
Bachelor of Arts.

A university or college degree that is usually given after four years of successful course work.

This entry is located in the following unit: Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group A (page 3)
Ad Kalendas Graecas or Ad Calendas Graecas
[It shall be done] on the Greek Calends, i.e. never!

In the Roman calendar, the Calends meant the first day of the month. Since the Greeks did not have this term, the expression was used by the Romans to designate an event that would never occur.

Discussed in Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars: Augustus, chapter 87, section 1; in which Ad Calendas Graecas was explained to mean that the next day after never. Since the Greeks used no Kalends in their reckoning of time, the phrase was used about anything that could never take place.

Another Latin proverb with the same meaning: Paulo post futurum or "A little after the future."

An old English proverb that is similar says, "When two Sundays meet (come together)."

There is a French equivalent: L'arrest fera donné es prochaines Calendes Grecques. C'est à dire: iamais. (from Rabelais, Gargantua) "The judgment shall be given out at the next Greek Calends, that is, never."

This entry is located in the following units: ad- (page 3) Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group A (page 9)
advance reservation or reservations
This entry is located in the following unit: Pleonasms or Tautological Redundancies (page 2)
Afghani Pushtoo or Pushtu, Eastern
Hasan wa huseyn
Gul shakara
Rumbey chor, Wrumbey chor
Dwayema chor
Dreyema chor
Thalorema chor
Do Hadai miasht, Bzerga miasht
Shawkadar, Do shawkadare miasht
Shawkadar, Do shawkadare miasht
Rozha, Do rozha miasht
Warukay achtar
Miyana miasht
Loy achtar
This entry is located in the following unit: Calendar Names of Days and Months in Different Languages (page 1)
Afghani Pushtoo or Pushtu, Western
Hasan hyseyn
Sapara, thapara
Lumrey khor
Dwaheyma khor
Dreyma khor
Thalarema chor
Do hadai taali miasht
Barat, Barate miasht
Rozha, Do rozha miasht Kuchnay akhtar, Do kuchni akhtar
Miyana
Loy akhtar

Since 1968 (1347 Shamsi), the Afghani solar calendar has been identical with the Iranian Solar calendar.

"Modern" Afghanis utilize three calendars: the Gregorian (for commercial uses), a variant of the lunar Hegira, and a variant of the Iranian Solar.

Just as in the Arabic lunar-Hegira calendar, the Afghani variation uses July 15, 622 A.D. as its epoch. It also has 12 months with the odd months (1-11) having 30 days and the even months (2-12) having 29 days. The last month has 29 days in a common year and 30 days in a leap year.

—From The Book of Calendars by Frank Parise, ed.;
Facts On File, Inc.; New York; 1982.
This entry is located in the following unit: Calendar Names of Days and Months in Different Languages (page 1)
Ancestors or Greek origins for the English words referring to child or boy

Any time a student refers to a teacher as a pedagogue he or she is not suggesting that the teacher has feet which are a foot-and-a-half (sesquipedalian) long.

The Greek ped used in English is a shortened form of the Greek pais (paid-), which means a "child"; usually a "boy", because in old Grecian times, boys were considered "more important" than girls.

Actually, pedagogue means "a child's guide" or "guiding a child". In ancient Athens, the pedagogue was a slave who led his master's children (boys) to school or provided private tutoring. In the U.S., the equivalent of "guiding a child" is now "home schooling". In time, the word became known as a "teacher".

This Greek ped is used primarily in technical terms; such as pedagogics, which refers to the "science of teaching". There is more information about pedoagogue, pedagog on this page.

Another derivative from the Greek ped is a word meaning "education" or the results of "education"; such as, "knowledge" or "learning". The Greek element pedia is found in other Greek words; such as, cyclopedia and encyclopedia, "circles of knowledge".

This entry is located in the following unit: pedo-, paedo-, ped-, paed-, paido-, paid- (page 1)
Ancestors or Latin origins of words in English (carpet, scarce, excerpt):
It appears to be impossible that such far-flung words as carpet, scarce, and excerpt all come from the same Latin verb; however, they do, and their histories show the astonishing and unpredictable way some words have developed.

The word carpet, for example, ultimately derives from the Latin carpo, which meant to "pluck" or to "card" wool, and it is believed that the first carpets were of wooly cloth made of unravelled threads.

Then there is the term scarce, which English inherited from the French escars, "scanty", originally from the Latin ex, "out", and carpo, "pluck". It's like "plucking" from the cookie jar until the cookies become "scanty" and scarce.

Another related word is excerpt, from Latin excerptus (ex, "out" and carpo, "pluck") which refers to something that has been "plucked out" of its context.

The result is that the idea of "plucking" streams through the three widely divergent words just as a scarce thread of color can be woven through the carpet with which this excerpt started.

These basic words and their related forms can be seen in this carpo-, carp- (cerp-) unit of "to pluck, to pick out, to gather, to select" words.

This entry is located in the following unit: carpo-, carp- (cerp-) + (page 1)
Aurora Australis or aurora australis; southern lights
A pattern of differently colored lights that are sometimes seen in the night sky in the most southern parts of the world or the Southern Hemisphere.
This entry is located in the following units: aurora-, -aurora + (page 1) austro-, austr-, austral-, auster- + (page 1)
ax or axe (AKS)
1. A tool with a flat, sharp blade fastened on a handle, used for chopping, splitting, and shaping wood: "He used his ax to chop wood for the fireplace."
2. To be dismissed from a job; to be fired (informal): "She got the ax because she would not work beyond the normal daily work schedule."
Benign is what a person becomes after he or she is eight.
This entry is located in the following unit: paraprosdokian, paraprosdokia (page 2)
bruxing appliance or "night guard"
A plastic guard which is usually placed over the lower teeth so the upper and lower teeth will not grind against each other and so it prevents bruxism.
This entry is located in the following unit: bruxo-, brux- + (page 1)
Chance or Fortune: Tyche, Fortuna
Greek: Tyche (goddess)
Latin: Fortuna (goddess)
This entry is located in the following units: fortu-, fortun- (page 1) gods and goddesses from Greek and Latin Myths (page 1)
cheromania or chaeromania
Compulsion toward gaiety or happiness; characterized by exaltation.
This entry is located in the following unit: mania-, -mania, -maniac, -maniacal, -manic, -manically, -maniacally (page 5)
choreomania or choromania
Craze for dancing. A disorder prevalent in the Middle Ages in which weird patterns of involuntary movement (hysterical chorea) superficially resembling chorea occurred. It is also called dancing chorea, epidemic chorea, jumping chorea, jumping disease, dancing mania, choromania, dancing disease, tarantism, jumping sickness, and tarentism.
Completed Units of Special Compositions, Topics, or Subjects that Provide Special Information
Completed Units of Special Compositions.
This entry is located in the following unit: Completed Units of Words and Special Compositions about Words (page 1)
crura of anthelix or antihelix
The two ridges on the external ear marking the superior termination of the anthelix, or antihelix, and bounding the triangular fossa.

The antihelix is the semicircular ridge on the ear anterior and parallel to the helix (winding structure) of the ear.

This entry is located in the following unit: cruro-, crur-; crus (page 1)
dire (adjective); direr, direst or more dire, most dire
1. Descriptive of something; such as, an event or a situation that causes terrible and dreadful consequences; calamitous: Fred's business advisor presented a dire economic forecast.
2. Characterized by severe, serious, or desperate circumstances: The people were in dire need of building materials because of the hurricane which also, naturally, caused dire poverty for many people.
3. Referring to something which is fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless: The situation became direr when Ted's mother saw him slip on the ice.
4. Concerning a circumstance which will result in a future catastrophe or have serious consequences: The terrorists threatened the people with the direst punishments of beatings and death for cooperating with their government.
5. Pertaining to the worst indications of trouble, disasters, or misfortunes: The preacher spoke to his congregation about the dire consequences of living immoral lives.
A reference to a terrible situation.
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Descriptive of a dangerous condition.
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This entry is located in the following unit: dire- (page 1)
Efficiency expert: A person smart enough to tell others how to run their businesses but who is too smart to start his or her own.
This entry is located in the following unit: paraprosdokian, paraprosdokia (page 3)
either ... or, neither ... nor
either ... or (EE thuhr...OR, IGH ther...OR) (conjunction)
A choice between only two alternatives: The decision was to travel either by bus or by train.
neither ... nor (NEE thuhr...NOR, NIGH thuhr...NOR) (conjunction)
A choice between two or more alternatives, suggesting the negative: On the multiple choice questionnaire, neither #1 nor #2 was the correct answer.

Going out for dinner can be stressful; either we go to an inexpensive place where the food is good or we go to a prestigious place where the food is not so good; or maybe we should go somewhere else altogether different.

Neither the second choice nor the third choice was appealing, so we decided to eat at home instead.

electronic heating, high-frequency heating, radio-frequency heating or RF heating
1. Heating which is generated by a radio-frequency power source, that produces a radio-frequency current.
2. Heating with radio-frequency current that is produced by an electron-tube oscillator or an equivalent radio-frequency power source.
3. A method of heating a material by inducing a high-frequency current into it or having the material act as the dielectric (having little or no ability to conduct electricity) between two plates charged with a high-frequency current.
This entry is located in the following units: electro-, electr-, electri- (page 64) -tron, -tronic, -tronics + (page 9)
EPC Global Network or EPC Network
The internet-based technologies and services that enable companies to retrieve data associated with EPCs.

The network infrastructure includes the Object Name Service, distributed middleware (sometimes called Savants), the EPC Information Service and Physical Markup Language.

This entry is located in the following unit: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): Definitions (page 4)
etherial (adjective) (an outdated or archaic form of ethereal
This entry is located in the following unit: ethero-, ether-, aethero-, aether-, aither- (page 1)
Eucalyptus (s) (noun), Eucalyptuses or Eucalypti (pl)
1. Any of numerous tall trees of the genus Eucalyptus, native to Australia and having aromatic leaves that yield an oil used medicinally and wood valued as timber.
2. Etymology: from Modern Latin, coined in 1788 by French botanist Charles Louis L'héritier de Brutelle (1746-1800) from Greek eu-, "well" + kalyptos, "covered", with reference to the coverings on the buds.
This entry is located in the following units: calypto-, calypt- (page 2) eu- (page 1)
exculpatory statement or evidence
A statement or other evidence that tends to justify, excuse, or clear a defendant from an alleged fault or guilt.
This entry is located in the following unit: culpa- (page 2)
Fiat iustitia, or justitia, ruat caelum.
Let justice be done though the heavens fall.

This maxim promotes the conception that the law must be followed precisely (blindly), regardless of any extenuating circumstances including finding out that the convicted person is innocent. It is apparently based on a situation presented by Seneca, "The Younger" (Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4 B.C.-A.D. 65), who tells us about a man who was supposed to be hanged for murder, but he was sent by the executioner to a government official by the name of Piso because the purported victim appeared in public alive.

Piso would not change the sentence of death. Instead, he ordered all three men to be hanged: the convicted criminal because the sentence had been passed, the executioner because he was derelict in his duty by not going ahead with the execution, and the assumed victim because he was considered the cause of the death of other two innocent men.

This entry is located in the following units: jus-, just-, jur- (page 1) Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group F (page 2)
fingerscanning or fingerprint scanning
The process of electronically obtaining and storing human fingerprints.

The digital image obtained by such scanning is called a "finger image". In some texts, the terms fingerprinting and fingerprint are used, but technically, these terms refer to traditional ink-and-paper processes and images.

Fingerscanning is a biometric process, because it involves the automated capture, analysis, and comparison of a specific characteristic of the human body.

There are several different ways in which an instrument can bring out the details in the pattern of raised areas (called ridges) and branches (called bifurcations) in a human finger image.

The most common methods are optical, thermal, and tactile. They work using visible light analysis, heat-emission analysis, and pressure analysis, respectively.

Biometric fingerscanning offers improvements over ink-and-paper imaging. A complete set of fingerscans for a person (10 images, including those of the thumbs) can be easily copied, distributed, and transmitted over computer networks.

In addition, computers can quickly analyze a fingerscan and compare it with thousands of other fingerscans, as well as with fingerprints obtained by traditional means and then digitally photographed and stored. This greatly speeds up the process of searching finger image records in criminal investigations.

This entry is located in the following unit: Biometrics: Useful Terms (page 1)
First or top position, King of the gods and ruler of mankind.
Greek: Zeus
Latin: Jupiter (Jove)

Symbols: Eagle, thunderbolts, and oak.

This entry is located in the following unit: gods and goddesses of the Olympic Council (page 1)
gamomania, gamomaniac; or gamonomania
1. A morbid desire to marry.
2. A form of insanity characterized by any extravagant or outrageous proposals of marriage.
This entry is located in the following unit: mania-, -mania, -maniac, -maniacal, -manic, -manically, -maniacally (page 11)
geothermal or ground source heat pump
Heat pumps which consist of underground coils that transfer heat from the ground to the inside of a building.
Going to church doesn't make a person a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes him or her a car.
This entry is located in the following unit: paraprosdokian, paraprosdokia (page 4)
Graiomania or Grecomania
An excessive passion for things Greek.
This entry is located in the following unit: mania-, -mania, -maniac, -maniacal, -manic, -manically, -maniacally (page 11)
have or to speak, with a forked tongue
To talk deceitfully, to prevaricate, or to lie: When Jake said he had to stay home because he was sick, then went to a movie, he was speaking with a forked tongue.
This entry is located in the following unit: Tongue Idioms (page 1)
histidine or His (tissue) bundle electrography
1. A test that measures electrical activity in a part of the heart which carries the signals that control the time between heartbeats or contractions.
2. The recording of an electrogram from the His bundle (arioventricular bundle or a group of fibers that carry electrical impulses through the center of the heart) usually by an intravenous introduction of an electrode.

Risks of the procedure include:

  • Arrhythmias or any disorder of the heart rate or rhythm during which the heart beats too quickly, too slowly, or with an irregular pattern.
  • Cardiac tamponade or the compression of the heart that occurs when blood or fluid builds up in the space between the myocardium (the muscle of the heart) and the pericardium (the outer covering sac of the heart).
  • Embolism from blood clots at the tip of the catheter.
  • Heart attack which takes when blood vessels that supply blood to the heart are blocked, preventing enough oxygen from getting to the heart.
  • Hemorrhage or the escape of blood from a ruptured vessel.
  • Infection, an invasion by and multiplication of pathogenic microorganisms in a bodily part or tissue, which may produce subsequent tissue injury and progress to an overt disease through a variety of cellular or toxic mechanisms.
  • Injury to the vein or artery.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Stroke or the interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain
Iridomyrmex humilis, Argentine ant or Linepithema humile
A small brown ant also called an Argentine ant or a South American ant, native to Northern Argentina and is now a globally distributed invasive pest in several urban, natural, and agricultural habitats.

Because of unusually low levels of intraspecific aggression, the Argentine ant can establish extremely large colonies.

This contributes to its status as a nuisance pest in homes and its ability to spread rapidly. Other negative effects of this invader include facilitation of plant feeding pest insects (for example, honeydew producing insects) and disruption of native ants, pollinators, and even vertebrates.

The Argentine ant, Linepithema humile, is among the world's most successful invasive species.

This ant has become a cosmopolitan pest, particularly in the Mediterranean climates of North America, Chile, South Africa, Australia, and southern Europe.

They have been very successful in spreading over great geographical areas, in part, because different nests of the introduced Argentine ants seldom attack or compete with each other, unlike most other species of ant.

In their invading ranges, their genetic makeup is so uniform that individuals from one nest can mingle in a neighboring nest without being attacked; so, in most of their introduced ranges they form "supercolonies".

Such ants have a social organization, called unicoloniality, allowing individuals to mix freely among physically separated nests.

These introduced Argentine ants are renowned for forming large colonies, and for becoming a significant pest, attacking native animals and crops.

In Europe, one vast colony of Argentine ants is thought to stretch for 6,000 km (3,700 miles) along the Mediterranean coast, while another in the U.S., known as the "Californian large", extends over 900 km (560 miles) along the coast of California. A third huge colony exists on the west coast of Japan.

While ants are usually highly territorial, those living within each super-colony are tolerant of each other, even if they live tens or hundreds of kilometers apart. Each super-colony, however, was thought to be quite distinct; however, it now appears that billions of Argentine ants around the world all actually belong to one single global mega-colony.

During research with these ants from different geographic areas, whenever the main European and Californian super-colonies and those from the largest colony in Japan came into contact, they acted as if they were old friends when they were observed rubbing their antennae with one another and never became aggressive or tried to avoid each other.

In other words, they acted as if they all belonged to one vast colony, despite living on different continents separated by vast oceans.

—Information for this ant was compiled from
"Taxonomy and Distribution of the Argentine Ant, Linepithema humile" by
Alexander L. Wild; Department of Entomology;
University of California at Davis, Davis, California;
November, 2004; page 1205.

The Ants by Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson;
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press;
Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1990; page 400.

"Ant mega-colony takes over world" by Matt Walker, Editor, Earth News;
July, 2009; Story from: BBC NEWS.
This entry is located in the following unit: myrmeco-, myrmec-, myrme-, myrmic-, myrmi- + (page 1)
irritant contact dermatitis (s) (noun), irritant contact dermatitises or dermatitides (pl)
An inflammation of the skin or a rash resulting from excessive washing of the hands or an irritation caused by sensitization to a substance: "Those who wash their hands many times a day can develop irritant contact dermatitis also known as dish pan hands."

Another example of irritant contact dermatitis is when young children lick their lips repeatedly which can result in an irritant reaction to their own saliva."

lesbian women or lesbian woman
This entry is located in the following unit: Pleonasms or Tautological Redundancies (page 12)
Lex ratio summa or Lex summa ratio.
Law is the highest reason.
This entry is located in the following unit: Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group L (page 2)
local or regional anaesthesia, or anesthesia (s) (noun phrase); local or regional anaesthesias, or anesthesias (pl)
Medication, administered locally or regionally, which is used to eliminate pain in specific parts of the body; such as, the area in which surgery is taking place: In local anesthesia, an agent is injected into the actual surgical site; while in regional anesthesia, the anesthetic agent is injected at a distance from the surgical site near the nerve that supplies that particular area.

The surgeon used a regional anesthesia when operating on Mike's foot, dulling the pain from his ankle and down to his toes.

may possibly or might possibly
This entry is located in the following unit: Pleonasms or Tautological Redundancies (page 13)
meatus (s) (noun), meatuses or meatus (pl)
A tubular opening or a canal through a part of the body: This element usually involves the external auditory meatus or the tube in the outer ear that goes to the eardrum.
This entry is located in the following unit: meato-, meat-, mea- (page 1)
music to his or her ears; music to their ears, etc.
Something that is very pleasant or gratifying to hear or to discover: "An increase in employment opportunities for those without an income was music to their ears."
This entry is located in the following unit: musico-, music- + (page 1)
On the wall of a dentist's office: Alway be true to your teeth or they will be false to you.
This entry is located in the following unit: paraprosdokian, paraprosdokia (page 5)
Pair of docs or two physicians
See paradox for this pun or play on words: Pair of docs
pototromania or pototromomania
Delirium tremens (acute hallucinatory delirium, marked memory impairment, disorientation, and a course, generalized tremor).
This entry is located in the following unit: mania-, -mania, -maniac, -maniacal, -manic, -manically, -maniacally (page 23)
protocol (verb), protocols; protocoled or protocolled; protocoling or protocolling
To write or to form the preliminary draft of an official document, a treaty; the rules of diplomatic and sate etiquette and ceremony, etc.
This entry is located in the following unit: proto-, prot- + (page 2)
Quod jure [or iure].
By what right?

Also, "Why have you done this? Quo jure?"

This entry is located in the following units: jus-, just-, jur- (page 6) Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group Q (page 4)
Retributive Justice or Vengeance: Nemesis
Greek: Nemesis (goddess)
Latin: (no equivalent goddess)
This entry is located in the following units: gods and goddesses from Greek and Latin Myths (page 2) jus-, just-, jur- (page 6)
rhabdomyoma (s), rhabdomyomas or rhabdomyomata (pl)
1. A benign tumor derived from striated muscle. It is extremely rare, generally occurring in the tongue, neck muscles, larynx, uvula, nasal cavity, axilla, vulva, and heart. These tumours are treated by simple excision.
2. A benign neoplasm derived from striated muscle, occurring in the heart in children, probably as a hamartomatous process.
This entry is located in the following unit: rhabd-, rhabdo- + (page 2)
saccharine or sugar
1. Of, pertaining to or of the nature of sugar;.
2. Characteristic of sugar; sugary.
3. Composed chiefly of sugar; of a plant, containing a large proportion of sugar.
4. With reference to urine, containing sugar in excess of what is normal.
This entry is located in the following units: -ine + (page 16) saccharo-, sacchari-, sacchar- + (page 1)
señor (s) (noun), señores (pl)
1. A Spanish term of address equivalent to "sir" or "Mr.", used alone or capitalized and prefixed to the name of a man: "Señor Valentino was a remarkable dancer of the Spanish tango."
2. Etymology: Spanish, from Old Spanish sennor, from Vulgar Latin senior, "lord", from Latin, senior, "older".
This entry is located in the following unit: sen-, sene-, seni-, sir- (page 3)
Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.
This entry is located in the following unit: paraprosdokian, paraprosdokia (page 5)
solemness or solemnness (s) (noun) (no plural)
The quality or formality or serious ceremonies: There was a solemness at the service that marked the 100th anniversary of the murdered U.S. President.
This entry is located in the following unit: solemn-, solemni- (page 1)
Sterquilinus or Stercutus
A Roman agricultural deity, the god of fertilization.
This entry is located in the following unit: stercor-, sterco-, sterc- + (page 2)
strychninomania or strychnomania
A mental aberration due to strychnine poisoning.
This entry is located in the following unit: mania-, -mania, -maniac, -maniacal, -manic, -manically, -maniacally (page 24)
Teenager: An adolescent whose hang-ups do not involve his or her clothes.
This entry is located in the following unit: paraprosdokian, paraprosdokia (page 6)
to pitch or to throw someone a curve (verb) (no other tenses)
To surprise someone, usually with an unexpected and unwelcome question or a sudden response.
This entry is located in the following unit: curvi-, curv- (page 1)
tongue or language

The word "language" literally comes from a Latin word lingua which means "tongue". The Greek stem is glosso- and glotto- which stand for both "language" and "tongue".

Language is used in several thousand forms and dialects expressing all kinds of views, literatures, and ways of life. If we look to the past, we can only see as far back as language lets us see it. As we look to the future, we can only plan through the means of language.

Etymology: Old English tunge, "organ of speech, speech, language"; from Proto-Germanic (a hypothetical prehistoric ancestor of all Germanic languages, including English) tungon, Old High German zunga; German Zunge; comparable to Latin lingua, "tongue, speech, language"; from Old Latin dingua.

tristemania or tristimania
Melancholia [a major depressive condition such as feelings of painful dejection or an irritable mood] or extreme sadness.
twelve o'clock midnight, or twelve midnight
This entry is located in the following unit: Pleonasms or Tautological Redundancies (page 23)
twelve o'clock noon; or twelve noon
This entry is located in the following unit: Pleonasms or Tautological Redundancies (page 23)
voice ID or voice authentication
A type of user authentication that uses voiceprints and pattern recognition software to verify a speaker.

An adaptation of biometrics, voice ID relies on the fact that vocal characteristics, like fingerprints and the patterns of people's irises, are unique for each individual.

The criteria that a voice ID system bases decisions on are created by the shape of the speaker's mouth and throat, rather than more variable conditions.

Because of the relative permanence of the characteristics it measures, the technology is not likely to be fooled by an attempt to disguise a voice, and is not generally affected by changes that can make a voice sound quite different to the human ear; such as, a bad cold or extreme emotion.

During enrollment for a voice authentication system, a user's voice is recorded, creating what is called a voiceprint for comparison with samples taken for user identification.

To foil attempts to fool the system with a prerecorded voice sample, people may be asked to read or repeat a list of words which they can then be requested to repeat in random combinations.

Voice ID systems have been used in a variety of security-related applications. The United States judicial system has used the technology, on a limited basis, for about ten years to ensure that prisoners incarcerated in their homes or out on temporary passes were where they were supposed to be.

Voice-based systems could potentially be used effectively in any situation where secure authentication is especially important. Banks and credit card companies are increasingly turning to voice authentication as a means of decreasing the potential for fraud and identity theft and, at the same time, cutting the costs associated with customer verification.

Voice authentication products are available from a number of vendors, including Vocent, Nuance Communications, Courion Corp., and VoiceVault.

This entry is located in the following unit: Biometrics: Useful Terms (page 1)
War or Battle Techniques that Continue Unabately

Techniques of War Operations

A general must be skillful in preparing the materials of war and in supplying his soldiers; he must be a man of mechanical ingenuity, careful, persevering, sagacious, kind and yet severe, open yet crafty, careful of his own but ready to steal from others, profuse yet rapacious, cautious yet enterprising.

—Xenophon, ancient Greek historian and military leader
If the enemy advances, we retreat.
If he halts, we harass.
If he avoids battle, we attack.
If he retreats, we follow.
—North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap

Although disarmingly straightforward, these rules proved enormously effective. Under Giap's leadership, the North Vietnamese army expelled France in 1954, drove out the United States in 1973 and reunified Vietnam in 1975.

—Compiled from short excerpts in "Giap: The Victor in Vietnam"
by Peter Macdonald-Brian, Newsday, 1993.
This entry is located in the following units: bat- (page 2) -mach, -machy, -machies, -machia, -machist, -machic, -machical (page 4)
When someone is in prison, what is his or her favorite punctuation mark?

A period, because it is at the end of a sentence.

This entry is located in the following unit: paraprosdokian, paraprosdokia (page 7)
Units at Get Words related to: “or
(Latin punctus "a point" or "a mark"; the standardized non-alphabetical symbols or marks that are used to organize writing into clauses, phrases, and sentences, and in this way to clarify meanings)
(Latin origins of words in English characterized by "jumping, leaping", or "springing forward")
(shortened forms of spoken words or written symbols, or phrases, used chiefly in writing to represent the complete forms)
(generally a reference to indigenous people in general; being the first or earliest known of its kind present in a region: aboriginal forests, aboriginal rocks; of or relating to Aborigines or people of Australia)
(the origins and more recent usage as a term used in the performances of prestidigitation or "magic")
(modifying or describing parts of speech)
(descriptions of verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs)
(etymology of words or their original "true meanings"; a rich source of information regarding the earliest meanings of words as they migrated from the past into the present)
(Latin: to give "life to" and so, showing movements)
(scientific terms about the use of vehicles including cars, trucks, or any automobiles including their technology as related to transportation)
(a reverse acronym or a regular word that also doubles as an acronym using the same procedures as with acronyms, except that the letters of a word are presented to form a phrase which defines the word or for humorous reasons)
(a world of Biblical information for everyone who wants to know more about the Bible and its contents and the world from which it became known)
(phrases or Bible quotations that are derived directly from the King Jame's version of the Bible many of which are direct quotations)
(sources of information for the various terms listed in the Index of Scientific and Technological Topics)
(Algenol, an algae strain of microscopic plantlike organisms that feed off sunlight and carbon dioxide; a biofuel greener and cheaper than oil or corn-fed ethanol)
(many blended words have entered English since the 1800's; a significant number of which are corporate brand names)
(the relative locations of sections of the body, or bodily organs, and their actions and activities)
(a radiographic technique that produces an image of a detailed cross section of bodily tissue using a narrow collimated beam of x-rays that rotates in a full arc around a patient to image the body in cross-sectional slices)
(connecting words or groups of words)
(Jekyll-and-Hyde words; words that have two distinctly contrary or even opposite meanings)
(judicial or legal words that may apply to trial processes that determine the guilt or innocence of people which is ascertained by either judges or juries)
(lexicomedy, linguicomedy, or a chuckleglossary consisting of definitions which are markedly different from the accepted dictionary norm)
(dogs are considered to be the companions and best friends of humans and this list of terms will help all of us understand the topics that exist about our canine friends)
(a suffix that forms abstract and collective nouns added to adjectives to show state or condition; added to nouns to show a position, rank, or realm of; all of those who are part of a group or organization)
(an American Indian or an Eskimo; any of the languages of certain American Indians or Eskimos)
(words that have come into English directly or indirectly, from or through, Arabic)
(Greek: eu, "good, well; sounding good" + pheme, "speaking, speech"; mild, agreeable, or roundabout words used in place of coarse, painful, or offensive ones)
(characterized by speed and efficiency, or carried out promptly and efficiently)
(the four gemstones which are most valuable are diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds; and anyone would be impressed with a gift of a diamond, a sapphire, an emerald, or a ruby piece of jewelry)
(a glossary, or dictionary, of terms used in geology; the science of the earth including its origin, composition, structure, and history)
(when visiting old graveyards and examining the epitaphs on gravestones, there are certain words and phrases which could be difficult or impossible to understand without knowing what the words in this unit mean)
(this is an over-all listing of the special groups of topics listed on this site)
(There are estimated to be 10,000 million insects living in each square kilometer of habitable land on earth or 26,000 million per square mile)
(expressing a strong feeling or emphasizing what is shown)
(using logic or "reasoning skills")
(there are certain anatomic terms which present various situations; for example, a body part may be horizontal, as opposed to vertical; in front as opposed to being behind or at the back; above as opposed to being under, etc.)
(terms about the science and technology of metals and metal processing)
(topics about the study of the complex motions and interactions of the atmosphere, including the observation of phenomena; such as, temperature, density, winds, clouds, and precipitation)
(composed of varied things or made up of many different things or kinds of things that have no necessary connection with each other; from Latin miscellaneus, from miscellus, "mixed"; and derived from miscere, "to mix")
(words that don't mean what they look like or what many people assume that they should mean)
(the study of the deep seas or oceans involves the abyss or the "deep seas" which cover almost two-thirds of the earth's surface; showing applicable scientific terminology in this unit)
(solar electricity technical terms applying to electricity, power generation, concentrating solar power, or CSP, solar heating, solar lighting, and solar electricity)
(generally, flowering plants have special parts that make it possible for them to exist)
(based on words from The Washington Post's "Style Invitational" in which readers were given the opportunity to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and then to provide a new definition for the modified word)
(using the creations of pumpkins to illustrate some words)
(this page includes a presentation of the punctuation marks or symbols that are in general use in English writing)
(symbols at the beginning and end of a word or groups of words)
(obscure verbal usages that challenge your comprehension as to what they mean)
(obscure verbal usages that challenge our comprehension as to what they mean)
(A suffix forming nouns meaning: quality or condition: partnership; act, power, or skill: workmanship; relation between: friendship; office, position, or occupation: governorship; number: readership)
(bird goo left on a place; or a person no one likes)
(A poem that expresses misconceived judgements based on incomprehensible, or at least, inadequate information)
(Fiction or Non-Fiction? You decide.)
(theater as we know it was originated by the Greeks and many of their theatrical terms are still in use)
(time waits for no one; use it or lose it)
(Sesquipedalia Verba or Sesquipedalians are references to the use of excessively long words)
(knowledge about special topics that enhance a person's understanding about certain words)
(principal forms or tenses, functions, and conjugation formats)
(to make a careful and critical examination of something or to investigate someone thoroughly)
(sentences that illustrate the manipulations of words with one meaning into different applications)
(a suffix freely used to designate someone who is associated with, concerned with, or characterized by a thing or an expression; sometimes, with a jocular [humorous] or derisive [contempt or ridicule] intent; borrowed from Russian, a common personal suffix)
(there are many words which may be rarely seen by a vast number of people; however, they have been existing and they are still available for one's use or enlightenment)
(phyla rhymes or major taxonomic groups, classifying of living organisms, into which animals are divided and made up of several classes in poetic format)
Word Entries at Get Words containing the term: “or
Ablutions or Bathing, Historical Perspectives
Latin: abluere, to wash away unit.
air mass or air mass ratio
Equal to the cosine of the zenith angle or that angle from directly overhead to a line intersecting the sun.

The air mass is an indication of the length of the path solar radiation travels through the atmosphere. An air mass of 1.0 means the sun is directly overhead and the radiation travels through one atmosphere (thickness).

This entry is located in the following unit: Photovoltaic Conversion Efficiency Terms + (page 1)
Almagest or Mathematike Syntaxis
An astronomical manual written about A.D. 150 by Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus of Alexandria).

It served as the basic guide for Islamic and European astronomers until about the beginning of the 17th century.

It came from a hybrid of Arabic and Greek ("the greatest"); however, Ptolemy's name for it was Mathematike Syntaxis, "The Mathematical Collection" because he believed that its subject, the motions of the heavenly bodies, could be explained in mathematical terms.

The opening chapters present empirical arguments for the basic cosmological framework within which Ptolemy worked. The earth, he argued, is a stationary sphere at the center of a vastly larger celestial sphere that revolves at a perfectly uniform rate around the earth, carrying with it the stars, planets, sun, and moon; thereby, causing their daily risings and settings.

Through the course of a year the sun slowly traces out a great circle, known as the ecliptic, against the rotation of the celestial sphere.

The moon and planets similarly travel backward; hence, the planets were also known as "wandering stars" against the "fixed stars" found in the ecliptic.

The fundamental assumption of the Almagest is that the apparently irregular movements of the heavenly bodies are in reality combinations of regular, uniform, and circular motions.

The Almagest arose as an Arabic corruption of the Greek word for greatest (megiste). It was translated into Arabic about 827 and then from Arabic to Latin in the last half of the 12th century.

Subsequently, the Greek text was circulated widely in Europe, although the Latin translations from Arabic continued to be more influential.


—The word entry was compiled from information located in "Almagest", Encyclopædia Britannica;
Retrieved, May 09, 2010, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online.

This entry is located in the following unit: Astronomy and related astronomical terms (page 1)
angstrom unit, symbol: A or Å
A length equal to 10-10 meters or one-ten-millionth of a millimeter, used for atomic measurements and the wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation.

A unit that measures the wavelength of light and equals 0.00000001 of a centimeter. Blue light has a wavelength of about 4400 angstroms, yellow light 5500 angstroms, and red light 6500 angstroms.

This entry is located in the following unit: Science and Technology (page 1)
ant castes, ant categories, or ant classifications
1. Queens, which are typically the largest ants in a colony.

After selecting a nest site, a queen will begin laying eggs and caring for her brood. The first workers that develop assume brood care, leaving the queen to simply lay eggs.

Ant colonies can have single or multiple queens. The number of queens in multiple queen colonies varies by species, ranging from a few queens to nearly half the population in a colony.

Depending on the ant species, queens may live from months to years.

2. Males, that serve one purpose which is to mate or breed with the queen.

Males typically die soon after mating or are forced to leave the colony and are normally alive solely during the colony's reproductive stage or period.

3. Workers, which are sterile, wingless females that form the main members of the colony.

They perform the tasks necessary for the survival and growth of the colony; such as, foraging for or finding food, caring for the brood (eggs, larvae, plus the queen), and excavating or enlarging the nest.

This entry is located in the following unit: Ant and Related Entomology Terms (page 2)
astronomical unit, A.U. or a.u.
1. The average distance from the earth to the sun, which equals 149,597,870 kilometers or 92,955,800 miles.

For simplicity, an AU is usually rounded off to 93,000,000 miles or 149,637,000 kilometers.

2. An astronomical unit is used to describe planetary distances.

Light travels this distance in approximately 8.3 minutes.

Automobile or Car Terms

Lists of automobile words that are based on technical applications related to cars.

This entry is located in the following unit: Index or Menu of Various Topics (page 1)
auxiliary verbs or helping verbs
These elements of verbs save users the trouble of changing the main verb to show present, past, and future tenses.

Here is a list of helping or auxiliary verbs: can, could, would, should, do, does, did, has, have, had, may, might, must, shall, and will plus the eight forms of the verb to be (am, are, be, been, being, is, was, were).

The auxiliary verbs are those which can't stand by themselves, but are always in combination with a "full verb"; for example, it is not acceptable to say, "We can home", but "We can go home." "Can" being the auxiliary verb and "go" being the full verb.

"Have" can act as both an auxiliary verb in the forms of the present perfect, past perfect, present perfect progressive, and past perfect progressive forms; as indicated by the following examples:

"I have gone to the store." (present perfect)

"She had already set the table before the guests came." (past perfect)

"She has been washing the car for the last two hours." (present perfect progressive)

"She had been washing the dishes before the phone rang." (past perfect progressive)

The verb "have" can stand alone as a full verb, too: "I have a basket of apples."

The verb "do" is about the same as "have". It can be used as a full verb or as an auxiliary verb:

"Jim's wife did the shopping today."

"The bus did stop and it did pick up the waiting passengers on time."

This entry is located in the following unit: verb (s), verbs (pl) (page 1)
Bibliography or Sources of Terms
Bibliography of topics and terms.
This entry is located in the following unit: Index of Scientific and Technological Topics (page 1)
Bibliography or Sources of Terms
Some of the references used to present topics and terms.
This entry is located in the following unit: Index or Menu of Various Topics (page 1)
bilateral or cognatic descent
A rule of descent relating someone to a group of consanguine kin through both males and females.
Body Systems or Anatomy
Body Systems and terms.
This entry is located in the following unit: Index of Scientific and Technological Topics (page 1)
CAT scan or Computerized Axial Tomography scan
Pictures of structures within the body created by a computer that takes the data from multiple X-ray images and turns them into pictures on a screen.

The computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan can reveal some soft-tissue and other structures that cannot even be seen in conventional X-rays.

Using the same dosage of radiation as that of an ordinary X-ray machine, an entire slice of the body can be made visible with about 100 times more clarity with the CAT scan.

The "cuts" (tomograms) for the CAT scan are usually made five or ten millimeters (mm) apart. The CAT machine rotates 180 degrees around the patient's body; hence, the term "axial".

The machine sends out a thin X-ray beam at 160 different points. Crystals positioned at the opposite points of the beam pick up and record the absorption rates of the varying thicknesses of tissue and bone. The data are then relayed to a computer that turns the information into a 2-dimensional cross-sectional image.

CAT scanning was invented in 1972 by the British engineer Godfrey N. Hounsfield (later Sir Godfrey) and the South African (later American) physicist Alan Cormack.

CAT scanning was already in general use by 1979, the year Hounsfield and Cormack were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for its development.

Cognition or Processes of Sensory Input Terms
Cognition Theory and Applications by Stephen K. Reed; Thomson Learning, Inc.: 2004.
This entry is located in the following unit: Bibliography or Lists of Glossary-Term Sources (page 1)
Come up with any three numbers in sequence; for example, 123, or 345, or 456, etc.
Reverse the numbers that you chose and subtract the smaller number from the larger number.

The result will always be 198. For example, 123 would become 321; subtract 123 from 321, and the answer is 198.

Try it and see for yourself.

This entry is located in the following unit: Number Challenges (page 1)
conduction band or conduction level
An energy band in a semiconductor in which electrons can move freely in a solid, producing a net transport of charge.
This entry is located in the following unit: Photovoltaic Conversion Efficiency Terms + (page 5)
copper indium diselenide; CuInSe2 or CIS
A polycrystalline thin-film photovoltaic material (sometimes incorporating gallium (CIGS) and/or sulfur).
This entry is located in the following unit: Photovoltaic Conversion Efficiency Terms + (page 5)
couch potato’s fitness-studio nemesis or something that causes misery
Dreadmill (also known as a treadmill which is an exercise device consisting of a continuous moving belt on which a person can walk or jog while remaining in one place).
This entry is located in the following unit: Definitions in Deviant and Comical Format (page 3)
Criminal Court Words or Judicial Terms

Lists of legal words referring to judiciary or trial courts.

This entry is located in the following unit: Index or Menu of Various Topics (page 1)
Dracunculiasis or Guinea worm infestation
"Affliction with little dragons" or "Empty granary" unit.
Eating: Folivory or Leaf Eaters
The special features of folivorous existence unit.
Economical or Business and Financial Terms

Lists of words about economics, including an extensive range of financial and business areas.

This entry is located in the following unit: Index or Menu of Various Topics (page 1)
Entomology or Insect Terms
  1. An Introduction to the Study of Insects by Donald J. Borror and Dwight M. DeLong; Holt, Rinehart and Winston; New York; 1964.
  2. General and Applied Entomology by V.A. Little; Harper & Row, Publishers; New York; 1957.
  3. Insects of the World by Anthony Wootton; Blandford Press Ltd.; New York; 1984.
  4. Spiders of the World by Rod & Ken Preston-Mafham; Facts on File Publications; New York; 1984.
  5. The Ant Realm by Ross F. Hutchins; Dodd, Mead & Company; New York; 1967.
  6. The Ants by Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson; The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1990.
This entry is located in the following unit: Bibliography or Lists of Glossary-Term Sources (page 1)
expeditious, expedite: foot or feet, free to move unhindered and quickly
Origins of the words expeditious and expedite.
This entry is located in the following unit: Amazing Histories of Words (page 1)
experimental archeology, or archaeology
The replication of ancient technologies in order to better understand ancient production processes and the use of specific artifacts.
This entry is located in the following unit: Archeology, Archaeology (page 3)
f. or fem.
feminine; female
This entry is located in the following unit: Abbreviations Frequently Encountered (page 2)
Horology or Time Terms
Horology by Donald De Carle; Dover Publications, Inc.; New York; 1965.
This entry is located in the following unit: Bibliography or Lists of Glossary-Term Sources (page 1)
interjection or interjections
An interjection is an exclamation; that is, a word which is usually unrelated to the rest of the sentence but which is used to express a feeling or emotion, acts as a signal, or adds a conversational touch and ends with an exclamation mark!

Oh! I have never seen such a lovely garden before!

What! Say that again!

Come on! You are such an idiot!

Hey! Don't say that!

This entry is located in the following unit: interjection ! (s), interjections ! ! ! (pl) (page 1)
leech or physician
A former name for a medical doctor which came from an Old English word originally meaning "to pull".
This entry is located in the following unit: Medicine, Leeching for Health + (page 1)
metallurgical or materials engineers
1. Engineers who develop methods to process and convert metals and other materials into usable forms.
2. Technology is developed to produce ceramic substances, new compounds, and metal alloys for use in computers, spacecraft, and industrial equipment.

These engineers develop new materials for applications that require exceptionally high strength and heat resistance and they also determine how materials fail, using instruments; such as, microprobes, scanning electron microscopes, and X-ray diffraction and examine failed, broken, or contaminated materials.

This entry is located in the following unit: Metallurgy Topics or Metal Technology + (page 2)
Metallurgy Subjects or Metallurgical Topics

The importance of metals in the progress of the modern world.

This entry is located in the following unit: Index or Menu of Various Topics (page 2)
Meteorology or Weather Terms
Weather, Nature in Motion by Anne H. Oman; National Geographic; Washington, D.C.; 2005.
This entry is located in the following unit: Bibliography or Lists of Glossary-Term Sources (page 1)
Meteorology or Weather Terms

Topics about meteorology which plays an important part of everyone's life on a global scale.

This entry is located in the following unit: Index or Menu of Various Topics (page 2)
Mohorovičić discontinuity or Mohorovicic discontinuity
The interface between the earth's crust and mantle. Mohorovičić concluded that the earth consists of surface layers above an internal core.

He was the first scientist to establish, based on the evidence of seismic wave behavior, the discontinuity that separates the crust of the planet earth from the mantle.

According to Mohorovičić, a layered structure would explain the observation of depths where seismic waves change speed and the difference in chemical composition between rocks from the crust and those from the mantle.

Andrija Mohorovičić was a Yugoslav geophysicist for whom the Mohorovicic discontinuity was named (1857-1936).

This entry is located in the following unit: Astronomy and related astronomical terms (page 16)
Punctuation Marks or Punctuations with Symbols
The Punctuation Marks with Symbols and Explanations.
This entry is located in the following unit: Index of Punctuation Marks (page 1)
Schönberg-Chandrasekhar limit or Chandrasekhar-Schönberg limit
1. A mass limit for the isothermal, helium core of a main-sequence star above which the star must rapidly increase in radius and evolve away from the main sequence.
2. A limit on the mass of a main sequence star's core above which the star will leave the Main Sequence to become a red giant.

This takes place when the helium core makes up 10 to 15 per cent of he star's mass.

3. The maximum mass of a star's helium-filled core that can support the overlying layers against gravitational collapse, once the core hydrogen is exhausted; it is believed to be 10 to 15% of the total stellar mass.

If this limit is exceeded, as can only happen in massive stars, the core collapses, releasing energy that causes the outer layers of the star to expand to become a red giant.

It is named after Indian-born (Lahore, India, now Pakistan) American astrophysicist, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) and the Brazilian astrophysicist, Mario Schönberg (1914-1990), who were the first to point out this limit and derive it.

This entry is located in the following unit: Astronomy and related astronomical terms (page 23)
Sesquipedalia Verba or Sesquipedalians Challenge

A reference to the use of long words; especially when verbal construction utilizing less amplification might represent a more naturally efficacious phraseology and as a result, verba obscura.

Enjoy your play with words by translating these into their “simple-English proverb” forms.


  • Verba Obscura #1: Those of deficient intellect usually press forward where members of the heavenly host dread to venture.

  • Verba Obscura #2: The time to smite the ferrous metal is when it is at a super thermic temperature.

  • Verba Obscura #3: A vociferous domesticated carnivorous animal belonging to the genus Canis generally is not prone to put his dental equipment to use when it is busy making a noise.

  • Verba Obscura #4: The feathered creature that appears before the usual time captures the small, creeping, legless animal.

  • Verba Obscura #5: The upsetting of a container of a white, nourishing fluid does not call for expressions of bereavement.

  • Verba Obscura #6: Conduct a careful survey before you commit yourself to a springing, forward movement.

  • Verba Obscura #7: It is one thing to conduct a hoofed, four-legged animal to a colorless and odorless fluid but it is another matter to force it to imbibe.

  • Verba Obscura #8: It is impossible to create a small money receptacle made of a soft, tenacious thread from the auricle of a female porker.

  • Verba Obscura #9: The Creator lends valuable assistance to those who practice self-aid.

  • Verba Obscura #10: An intermixture or succession of different things seasons and flavors a person's existence.

The translations of the “verba obscura” are located at this Translations of the "verba obscura" page.

There are additional sesquipedalian groups at this Sesquipedalia page.

This entry is located in the following unit: Focusing on Words Newsletter #08 (page 1)
Sleep and Sleeping Topics or Subjects

Terms applicable to sleeping for a greater understanding of the sleep process.

This entry is located in the following unit: Index or Menu of Various Topics (page 2)
Theater Terms or Theatre Terms

Lists of theatrical terms and their origins.

This entry is located in the following unit: Index or Menu of Various Topics (page 2)
wanderers or positions of planets
The orbits and positions of the planets or "wanderers" could not be accurately accounted for before the invention of the telescope although star positions were known.

Understanding came with the revolutionary work of Galileo, Brahe, and Kepler which, together with Newton's contributions, finally swept away the Greek concept of an earth-centered universe and established the present model of the solar system.

The Greeks had simplified celestial mechanics according to the simple doctrine that "matter behaves according to nature."

This entry is located in the following unit: Astronomy and related astronomical terms (page 28)