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      v[T] make sth more difficult for sb to do
      n[C] sth that makes it difficult for sb to do sth ¶ an advantage given to a weaker player ¶ physical or mental disability
      Quite a number of them would be handicapped by the fact they were left-handed.
      But even in his prime I wonder if his poor health would be a handicap.
      Handicapping, in sport and games, is the practice of assigning advantage through scoring compensation or other advantage given to different contestants to equalize the chances of winning.
      A handicap (or "odds") in chess is a way to enable a weaker player to have a chance of winning against a stronger one
      Within most systems and at most levels, handicap is given to offset the strength difference between players of different ranks in the game of Go.
      Loss of sight was a serious handicap.
      n[sU] an end to a disagreement and the start of a good relationship again ¶ the process of finding a way that two beliefs, facts etc that are opposed to each other can both be true or successful
      "I'm confused. I thought since our reconciliation, I was your friend in this group," said Sheldon.
      He asked for a reconciliation with his wife, saying "I want to come home".
      Then you'll get forgiveness, then reconciliation, and restoration.
      He added that the U.S. is supportive of a reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban even if it's questionable whether a reconciliation is possible.
      Since the House and Senate bills differ, a reconciliation process is required.
      If you conciliate someone, you try to end a disagreement with them.
      v[IT] rot ¶ (state/condition) get worse ¶ decline
      also a noun
      She moved up the alley, slipping and skidding on what felt like decaying leaves. There was an odor of rotten cabbage, and the further up she went, worse filth.
      Photographer Tim Fadek forwards this image from a story he's working on about "decaying Detroit."
      All the issues you have raised such as clanism, decaying standards of education, high poverty levels and corruption are all occurring.
      Sugar, saliva, and bacteria lead to a formidable combination that may lead to tooth decay.
      It is said that all types of sugar can cause tooth decay. The most expected sugars to give tooth decay are sucrose, glucose, fructose, and maltose.
      "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust." Sometimes recited at funerals, the phrase describes the cycle of life and how humans go from birth to death, from growth to decay.
      This wasn't a coincidence, as Asian people and other people of color were (and often still are) conceived as part of social and economic decay.
      n[C] a polygon with three corners or vertices and three sides or edges which are line segments
      In Euclidean geometry any three points, when non-collinear, determine a unique triangle and a unique plane (i.e. a two-dimensional Euclidean space).
      In an equilateral triangle all sides have the same length.
      An equilateral triangle is also a regular polygon with all angles measuring 60°.
      In an isosceles triangle, two sides are equal in length.
      A right triangle (or right-angled triangle, formerly called a rectangled triangle) has one of its interior angles measuring 90° (a right angle).
      A hypotenuse is the longest side of a right-angled triangle, the side opposite of the right angle.
      The length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle can be found using the Pythagorean theorem, which states that the square of the length of the hypotenuse equals the sum of the squares of the lengths of the other two sides.
      A triangle that has all interior angles measuring less than 90° is an acute triangle or acute-angled triangle.
      A triangle that has one interior angle that measures more than 90° is an obtuse triangle or obtuse-angled triangle.
      A "triangle" with an interior angle of 180° (and collinear vertices) is degenerate.
      adj much smaller than normal
      n[C] painting, model, bottle etc that are very small
      She looked like a miniature version of her mother.
      She's her mother in miniature.
      Barry wouldn't even kiss me on a miniature golf course.
      Some guy is auctioning off a miniature time machine prop from the original film, and no one is bidding on it.
      It is like a miniature Austin with the University of Nebraska right downtown.
      v[I] sit on your heels with your knees bent up close to your body ¶ live in a building or on a piece of land without permission and without paying rent
      n[CU] the position ¶ the occupied building/land ¶ anything
      adj short and wide, usu in an unattractive way
      Ross is squatting and reading the instructions.
      Ross is lying on his back, with Phoebe squatting over him, checking to see if he's injured.
      The new law makes it a criminal offence to squat in residential properties.
      Woodgeen art centre was an old carpet warehouse squatted by me, Allan, Bill and animals.
      There are a couple things you need to know about a squat that makes the exercise beneficial to create all sorts of power and strength through your legs.
      This Chinese toilet encourages a squat in lieu of a sit.
      We enter through the glass doors of a squat building near the old Hudson rail yards.
      I'm Joey. I'm an actor. I don't know squat about dinosaurs.
      Let me ask you something, do wedding vows mean squat to you people?
      Rhonda is a squat woman.
      adj ≠dynamic
      n[U] ~ electricity ¶ noise on a radio or tv caused by ~ in the air ¶ continuous and annoying complaints
      The museum is larger than you'd expect, with quite a lot of static displays, and many that you can climb inside to have a look.
      It is highly unlikely to remain static.
      Static electricity is named in contrast with current electricity, which flows through wires or other conductors and transmits energy.
      An antistatic bag is a bag used for shipping (usually electronic) components, which are prone to damage caused by electrostatic discharge.
      There was too much static to hear John Connor's message clearly.
      That was the only radio station that came in without a lot of static.
      Well, anytime you mention the Zionist Jews and their ownership of the printing of our money, and their ownership of the Federal Reserve Bank, you will get a lot of static.
      v[T] spoil the purity of sth or make it poisonous
      He does not want his daughters to become spotted, contaminated, and tainted by the bad and evil things of this world.
      Here is a real solution to the disposal of billions of barrels of contaminated waste water.
      All the rubber in a jet fighter flying over the contaminated area disintegrates.
      It could pose a risk to children playing in yards that may have been contaminated.
      Gaughan suggested that any children who may have been playing in contaminated areas have their blood levels tested, but added that residents should not panic.
      "Hey, do you wanna slip over to the radiation lab and share a decontamination shower?" Leonard asked.
      n[U] a close personal relationship ¶ sex
      n[pl] sth personal or private that you say or do
      Maybe you have intimacy issues. You know, that you use your humor as a way of keeping people at a distance.
      But what you and I have is so much better. Ok, we have tenderness, we have intimacy, we connect. You know, I swear, this is the best I have ever had.
      Ryan's intimacy with Wall Street also extends to his fundraising.
      Sex is a very important part of any relationship. It helps bond you to your partner, and provides a sense of intimacy.
      Most men can be ready for physical intimacy in minutes.
      Most of us live too far from our families to share intimacies with them on a daily basis.
      Connections are made, intimacies shared and friendships formed between people who may live half a world apart.
      adj wild and fierce ¶ very severe
      v[T] attack sb violently ¶ criticize sb/sth severely
      n[C] a primitive person
      She helped him research In Cold Blood, about the savage murder of a wealthy Kansas farmer and his family.
      Cujo is a savage rabid dog.
      Whereas all of Romney's gifts would have required savage cuts to government services, a massive shift in the tax burden and still grown the deficit and the debt.
      Annie was savaged by a smooth criminal in her own home.
      When Oprah started defending fabulist James Frey, she was savaged by the press.
      Crusoe represents the 'enlightened' European whilst Friday is the 'savage' who can only be redeemed from his barbarous way of life through assimilation into Crusoe's culture.
      Lynette Scavo's children can be real little savages.
      n[U] very strong dislike
      Why all the hatred? What has she ever done to anybody?
      You can't point out wrong with bitterness and hatred.
      It was hard to see the hatred they were teaching behind the facade of virtue.
      I felt a personal hatred towards them.
      If Leonard's really my friend, why doesn't he have to support me in my hatred of Leslie Winkle?
      It was at that moment, I vowed eternal hatred for Wil Wheaton.
      adj very impressive and beautiful, good, or skillful
      Other points of interest include the Jewel Box, a beautiful greenhouse filled with magnificent floral displays.
      Small business played a magnificent part in producing thousands of items needed for our Armed Forces.
      The hotel itself is magnificent.
      We were filming some magnificent Hollywood stunt.
      "Oh, Leonard, you magnificent beast," said Leslie.
      A little bird told us. Apparently, you are a magnificent beast.
      v[T] set sb/sth free
      And after the Soviets liberated Poland they invited all the remaining leaders of the Polish resistance to a meeting.
      General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Troy Middleton, commanding general of the XVIII Corps, Third US Army, tour the newly liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp. Ohrdruf, Germany, April 12, 1945.
      The VIII Corps fell under Patton's Third Army, and trained in England from March to late May 1944.
      He was liberated from Japanese custody at Omori Prison Camp on August 29, 1945.
      The People's Liberation Army is the military of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and was established on August 1, 1927 as the Chinese Workers and Peasants Red Army.
      Do you think his love stick can be liberated from its denim prison?
      Love handle is a deposit of fat at the waistline (Often used in the plural).
      n[CU] a sign that how bad or wrong sth is ¶ charge
      It is a damning indictment of society, where people accept the faith that this is how life should be lived.
      Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya offers a scathing indictment of the methods the British used to suppress the revolt, especially the use of torture to extract information and confessions.
      The indictment was unsealed by a grand jury, charging that the Queens teenager was impaired by marijuana and took his friends on a high-speed Columbus Day joyride in his new, high-performance Subaru Impreza.
      In an August 2006 indictment against Snider, federal prosecutors identify eight business aircraft used in the leasing scheme.
      This is a scathing indictment of the American education system.
      It's an indictment of the American education system.
      v[T] remove the parts of a book, movie, letter etc that are considered offensive, immoral or politically dangerous
      n[C] sb who who does that job
      Pass your laws to censor the Internet.
      The book, "The Black Banners", has been heavily censored by the CIA.
      The song was censored on Seeger's first appearance but permitted on a later appearance.
      In George Orwell's '1984', government censors erase all traces of news articles embarrassing to Big Brother.
      During the Civil War both the Union and Confederate governments enacted postal censorship.
      n[CU] sth of the same type that has happened or existed before ¶ tradition ¶ an action or official decision that can be used to give support to later actions or decisions
      Once you answer that work email at 11 p.m., you set a precedent that you're available 24/7.
      This is setting a dangerous precedent for what employers may come to expect from their employees.
      She's without precedent: not as a country star looking for something bigger, but as a pop singer trying hard to maintain an air of innocence.
      Other analysts think the iPhone could defy the odds for a decade or more. There's precedent for that too - from Apple, of course.
      Seeing the war clouds gathering clearly on the horizon, Roosevelt decided to break with precedent and run for a third term in 1940 against the strongly antiwar Republican candidate Wendell Willkie, a corporate attorney from Indiana.
      The case set legal precedent for Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney's decision in the Dred Scott case.
      n[s] the frequency sth happens,esp crime, disease etc
      Sufferers also have a high incidence of depression and physical ailments, including migraines, high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive disorders and chronic pain.
      The random sample group had a low incidence of reported problems at all ages.
      Changing eating habits could explain, for example, why the incidence of multiple sclerosis has increased in Asian countries in recent years.
      The incidence of violent crime, especially carjacking and robbery, has become a serious problem.
      What incident helped trigger the start of World War one?
      n[U] the fact that sth is common at a particular time, in a particular place, or among a particular group of people
      For example, the prevalence of poor communication skills is a common theme.
      Prevalence or prevalence proportion, in epidemiology, is the proportion of a population found to have a condition (typically a disease or a risk factor such as smoking or seat-belt use).
      Prevalence estimates are used by epidemiologists, health care providers, government agencies, and insurers.
      Prevalence is contrasted with incidence, which is a measure of new cases arising in a population over a given period (month, year, etc.).
      The prevalence of physical and sexual violence by an intimate partner was 9.9 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.
      adj ≠useful ¶ weak or incompetent
      Restraining orders are useless as protection.
      Like I tried to tell you in the interview Ross, this grant is not based on your knowledge of pretty useless trivia.
      Joey's parents thought acting was a useless profession.
      A smart employee is useless to me if he doesn't show up to work.
      Let me remind you, while my moral support is absolute, in a physical confrontation, I will be less than useless.
      It would be worse than useless in a swamp.
      Derision is the opinion that someone or something is stupid, unimportant, or useless.
      v[IT] eat grass that is growing in a field, or let cows etc do this ¶ touch or scrape sth lightly while passing ¶ injure your skin by scraping against sth
      n[C] a small injury caused by that
      But with the old church of St. Michael, old water front, its fishing boats, the marshes and grazing cattle, it was beloved of artists.
      A black sheep was grazing on a hillside.
      The first scientist peered out of the window and said,' Look! Scottish sheep are black.' The second scientist said,' No, some Scottish sheep are black.' The third scientist with an irritated tone in his voice said,' My friends, there is at least one field, containing at least one sheep, of which at least one side is black some of the time.'
      Most of the snow-covered Mount Ararat is treeless, but some areas offer quality pasture grass that is used by the local Kurdish population to graze their sheep.
      While at war, some soldiers experienced close combat in which bullets from enemy fire literally grazed by their heads.
      I fell on the gravel path and severely grazed my hands.
      I had a small 1st degree tear needing 2 stitches and a superficial graze that my consultant put 1 stitch in.
      There was a slight graze and a whopping bump growing on the left side of his forehead.
      The other option is to insure your son wears the appropriate safety equipment, in which case anything more than a bad graze will be unlikely and so will a trip to casualty.
      n[U] the period of time at the end of the day just before it becomes dark
      Dusk is the darkest stage of twilight in the evening. During early to intermediate stages of twilight, there may be enough light in the sky under clear-sky conditions to read outdoors without artificial illumination.
      There are also more technical definitions of dusk, including the following: Civil dusk, Nautical dusk, and Astronomical dusk.
      We also left home just before dawn so that we could make it to my uncle's house in Wildwood by dusk.
      What I realized is that the deer only do their dirty work from dusk to dawn.
      Toward the latter part of November, Jupiter will be out from dusk till dawn.
      The photograph was taken at dusk in February 2009.
      v[T] disobey or refuse to respect
      He defied federal Justice Department orders to admit the students, James A. Hood and Vivian J. Malone.
      If something defies description, analysis, belief etc, it's almost impossible to describe or understand.
      Your prejudice defies description.
      The capital, Tripoli, also remains in the grip of Gaddafi, who has defied all attempts to force him to leave.
      If something defies logic, the odds etc, they don't happen according to the principles you would expect.
      But football is a beautiful thing. Sometimes it defies logic and defies the odds.
      House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hopes her Democratic Party defies the odds to recapture the chamber.
      If you defy someone to do something, you challenge or dare them to do it.
      I defy anyone to read this passage without applauding Adam's selfless love for Eve.
      adj showing that you really mean the opposite of what you are saying ¶ unusually, sadly, or amusingly contrary to what was expected or intended
      I thought you were being ironic when I started reading your post but then realized to my horror that you believed what you were writing.
      This is ironic. Of your last two boyfriends, Richard didn't wanna have kids, and from the looks of it, now Pete can't.
      Well, let's just say it's ironic how footage of someone being born, can make you want to kill yourself.
      Wow, isn't it ironic that David would show up on the same day that you and Mike exchange keys?
      When John Hinckley attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, all of his shots initially missed the President; however, a bullet ricocheted off the bullet-proof Presidential limousine and struck Reagan in the chest. Thus, a vehicle made to protect the President from gunfire instead directed gunfire to the president.
      Dorothy travels to a wizard and fulfills his challenging demands to go home, before discovering she had the ability to go back home all the time.
      The wife cuts off her treasured hair to sell it to a wig-maker for money to buy her husband a chain for his heirloom pocket watch. She's shocked when she learns he had pawned his watch to buy her a set of combs for her long, beautiful, prized hair.
      n[s] the period which follows an unpleasant event or accident, and the effects which it causes
      In the aftermath of a failed Delta Force mission that claimed the life of their teammate and best friend Gray, Mace Stevens and Caleb Scott, are put on an extended leave.
      In the aftermath of 9/11 and the subsequent establishment of Homeland Security, previously rigid supporters of civil rights quietly tolerate the piecemeal deconstruction of the U.S. Constitution under the pretext of protection.
      World War II and its aftermath provided another impetus for increased federal intervention.
      In the aftermath of the mass theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., broadcasters still have no answers to the most pressing question: Why did this happen?