Confusing Words Clarified: Group R; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "R" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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2. A curved shape suggestive of a bird's beak or the snout of some insects: The ornithologist classified the unusual bird based on the rostrum of its nib or bill.
The university president stood on the rostrum and read the roster of students who were receiving special awards at the end of the year.
2. To decay or to decompose: Mirna put the vegetable trimmings on the compost pile to rot so she would have rich soil for the garden in the spring.
When the newspaper wrote about the political rot that was happening at city hall, Annemarie was wrought with anxiety because her brother was working there.
The composer wrote his first symphony before he was twelve years old.2. To have created a book, poem, story, etc. by writing words on paper, on a computer, etc.: Charla's friend wrote hundreds of poems during her lifetime as well as many articles for the local newspaper.
3. To have put information into the storage system of a computer: Elijah wrote the secret formula in code and then he uploaded it onto a separate disk.
Dominick wrote out his new spelling words several times so he could learn them by rote and not be afraid of the spelling test that would be coming later in the week.
2. Turbulent, challenging, or difficult: The stormy seas were so rough that even the sailors were feeling a bit sea sick.
When Melodie met her friends in the morning, they all talked about how rough the college examination was which they had written the day before.3. Concerning something which is unfinished or appears to be crudely executed: The rough sketch of the sunset over the lake was charming and the artist was eager to complete the painting.
2. A frill or collar of fur or feathers characteristic of some animals: Miles could see the male lion had a distinctive ruff around his neck.
The male grouse ruffles his ruff when he is courting a female grouse.
When Lamont was in the rough on the golf course, he could feel that the ruff on his collar had a rough spot on it that was chafing on his neck and which would make a rough spot on his skin if he didn't do something about it.
2. To have caused a sound by striking a surface: After Harlely had rung the doorbell, he waited for the butler to admit him into the spacious hall.
2. A position or level within a group, organization, etc. which is higher than others: Pierre was on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder before he rose to the highest rung on the pay scale.
2. To have twisted one's hands as an expression of worry or anxiety: Roxana wrung her hands in despair because the call she expected didn't take place.
3. To have created a sense of tragedy and grief: The play was so powerful, Pricilla's heart was wrung with sorrow for the lead actor by the end of the first act.
Aretha wrung her hands with worry when she realized that she had accidentally broken the rung on the antique chair on which she had been sitting.
2. An alcoholic drink distilled from the grains of a plant: Royce went to the bar and ordered rye and soda, which was his favorite drink.
3. Bread that is made from the flour of specific grains: Dorene ordered a ham sandwich on bread made from rye for her afternoon snack.
2. Referring to a person's expression which shows both amusement and a feeling of being tired, annoyed, etc.: When Brenna was asked how she felt after winning the marathon, she gave the reporter a wry smile and said, "Tired!".
Grover's very wry sense of humor was enhanced after he had had a glass or two of rye.