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      adj always wanting more and never feeling satisfied
      Investors seem to have had an insatiable appetite for derivatives over the last 6 years.
      Throughout his life, his humility, dedication, and insatiable desire for the truth helped to change the course of church history in England.
      Lithium is the material currently used in the batteries powering mobile electronic devices, but deposits of the commodity are more scattered and scarce than zinc, and increasingly pricey in the face of insatiable demand for the next big thing in electronics.
      I explore. I experiment. I have an insatiable curiosity, so I just go out and try things.
      Enron, Union Carbide, Mobil, Exxon, Disney or General Electric and their insatiable greed?
      adj feeling no shame
      Shocking, shameless, sinful and wicked... the bachelor party reputation can be a bride-to-be's worst nightmare.
      After months of trying to preserve his monopoly with a shameless and misleading ballot proposal campaign called "Let the People Decide," the people did, indeed, decide.
      I figured I'd take a moment to offer a shameless plug (advertisement) - our annual Nautel Users' Group session is being held on April 15th at the Riviera, starting at 9:00 am and running until 1:00 pm.
      This is basically a shameless self-promotion.
      These shameless people are being tolerated by the even more stupid people in this country.
      adj endurable or passable
      If you describe something as tolerable, you mean that you can bear it, even though it is unpleasant or painful.
      A situation that is tolerable is not very good, but you are able to accept it.
      Even as unemployment hovers at 9.1%, median household income decreases, and more people are impoverished than at any time in the last 52 years, Prof Gitlin said life remains tolerable for most Americans.
      It is not tolerable and it has hurt the sentiments of Muslims.
      Before independence in 1962, Jamaica had a tolerable level of crime, and permitted private ownership of guns, subject to having a police permit.
      See, of the handful of women Leonard's been involved with, Dr. Stephanie Barnett's the only one I have ever found tolerable.
      n[CU] a false spoken statement about sb which damages their reputation ¶ the making of such a statement
      also a verb
      There used to be two kinds of common law defamation, libel and slander.
      There wasn't much difference, except that "libel" involved publication in permanent form and "slander" was the spoken word.
      When Buddhists chant, their speech is pure and free of lies, curses, slander, and so on.
      Living beings who shed the Buddha's blood, who slander the Triple Jewel, and who do not respect and venerate sutras, will fall into the uninterrupted hell, and for thousands of tens of thousands of millions of kalpas they will seek escape in vain.
      The Three Jewels are: Buddha (佛陀), Dharma (法), and Sangha (僧).
      Kalpa is a Sanskrit word (Hindi: कल्प) meaning an aeon, or a relatively long period of time (by human calculation) in Hindu and Buddhist cosmology.
      n[C] ≠expert
      By giving a well-balanced mixture of illustrations and simple, succinct text in layman's terms, the book provides valuable, hands-on advice for the most important oral health issues.
      In layman terms, "diabetes" is the inability of the body to process sugars properly.
      When we eat or drink, our "pancreas" produces a hormone called "insulin".
      Insulin is released into the blood and helps to regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream.
      Diabetes is a condition where this process does not function correctly.
      As a layman, I find this quite easy to understand.
      n[C] sb who admires people in the higher social classes ¶ sb who thinks they are much better than other people
      A snob is a person who believes a correspondence between status and human worth.
      The term also refers to a person who believes that some people are inherently inferior to him or her for any one of a variety of reasons, including real or supposed intellect, wealth, education, ancestry, power, physical strength, class, taste, beauty, nationality, fame, extreme success of a family member or friend, etc.
      Often this form of snobbery reflects the snob's personal attributes.
      For example, a common snobbery of the affluent is the belief that wealth is either the cause or result of superiority, or both.
      Both definitions are used as a pejorative.
      The word "snobbery" came into use the first time in England during the 1820s.
      It allegedly originated from the habit of many Oxford and Cambridge colleges of writing sine nobilitate (Latin: "without nobility") or s. nob. next to the names of ordinary students on examination lists in order to distinguish them from their aristocratic schoolmates.
      The French version of the Latin phrase though is much more accepted: sans noblesse, essentially the same but derived from the Plantagenets' rule of England.
      Common – but typically wealthy – students would then acquire symbols of aristocratic status (driver, maid etc.), and were then mocked as "snobs" by the aristocrats.
      After the later changing of the meaning of the term "snob", people who emulate aristocrats are now called "snob victims."
      A lot of music snob types don't like pop because of what they think it is.
      I'm not a wine snob, but I can tell the difference between a boxed wine meant for consumption now, a bad bottled wine, and wine I'll probably like in a few years.
      Snob value/appeal is something that has snob value is liked by people who think they are better than other people.
      n[C] redwood
      Sequoia is a genus of redwood coniferous trees in the subfamily Sequoioideae of the family Cupressaceae.
      The only extant species of the genus is Sequoia sempervirens in the Northern California coastal forests ecoregion of Northern California and Southwestern Oregon in the United States.
      The name Sequoia was first published as a genus name by the botanist and linguist Stephan Endlicher in 1847.
      Most modern sources say that the genus was named in honor of Sequoyah, a Cherokee scholar and inventor of the first Cherokee writing system.
      However, Endlicher left no specific reasons for his choosing that name, and there is no record of anyone stating second-hand that they spoke to him about the origin of the name.
      As far back as the 1860s it has been debated that perhaps instead the name is an alteration of the Latin word for "sequence", since the species is known to be a follower or remnant of massive ancient, extinct species; the next in a sequence.
      Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction film.
      A battle ensues as the ape army fight their way past a police blockade on the Golden Gate Bridge to escape into the redwood forest.
      Buck sacrifices himself to save Caesar by jumping into the helicopter in which Jacobs is riding.
      The helicopter crashes onto the bridge, trapping Jacobs in the wreckage. Jacobs is then killed by Koba, an elder ape who had been a test subject all his life.
      adj without a limit or end
      I admire your ideas as well as your boundless energy.
      I would commend them for their efforts and the boundless love they have for their children.
      Sally's vast wealth of knowledge and genuine boundless enthusiasm for the ever-evolving future of skin care serves as an inspiration for skin therapists and salon business owners across the world.
      I feel like a drop of water in a boundless ocean.
      They are a lucky generation, with boundless opportunities open to them.
      All right, guys, you have to go back. I can't afford you. "No, don't send us away, we love you." I love you, too, but you cost more than my rent. "But, Penny, you look so good in us." Damn it, the shoes are right.
      Good golly, Penny, your whimsy is boundless.
      v[T] ≠prove
      Mr. Overstreet has set out to disprove the Apollo lunar landings at all cost, regardless of the evidence we may present to him.
      CT scan is now the preferred test to prove or disprove the diagnosis.
      So can you provide factual evidence to disprove it?
      "Giving up on those trans-Neptunian objects, are we?" "No, no, it's a very promising area. In a perfect world, I'd spend several more years on it. But, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with you on your tremendously exciting and not yet conclusively disproved hypothesis."
      Hello, Professor Hoskins. Nice to see you, Mindy. Konichi-wa, Dr. Nakamora. Sorry the Swedes disproved your theory.
      I didn't wanna say anything until I knew for sure, but, I've been re-running the tests on your element in my lab and I disproved it. Your element does not exist, Sheldon.
      n[C] an extremely long period of time
      The geological time scale (GTS) is a system of chronological measurement that relates stratigraphy to time, and is used by geologists, paleontologists, and other Earth scientists to describe the timing and relationships between events that have occurred throughout Earth’s history.
      The largest defined unit of time is the supereon, composed of eons.
      Eons are divided into eras, which are in turn divided into periods, epochs and ages.
      I'm sure there have been arguments like this for eons.
      For eons, Sudan has been a notable producer of cotton, with the crop reaching 200,000 bales production in 2009.
      Over the eons of time, effects of herbs were learned by trial and error.
      Aeon is another spelling of eon.
      v[T] appease
      If you placate someone, you do or say something to make them stop feeling angry.
      The sad truth is that the politicians are just pulling out Keynesian tools to placate the public.
      John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, was a British economist whose ideas have fundamentally affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and informed the economic policies of governments.
      Five days later Gorbachev tried to placate them by offering to hold a special session of the Central Committee to discuss state policy toward the nationalities.
      Some doctors would not hesitate to prescribe a CT scan or X-ray, even if the benefit is doubtful just to placate a patient who has health worries.
      Compare placate and pacify.
      adj suffering from rabies ¶ violent or extreme, fanatical
      A rabid rabbit bit a rabbi.
      Dogs, cats, foxes and bats can all carry rabies.
      Their domestic problems are dwarfed by the mortal danger when Donna and her four-year-old son Tad are terrorized by a rabid St. Bernard named Cujo.
      If you hadn't just had a baby with my best friend I swear to Lucifer a rabid dog would be feasting on your danglers right now!
      It's a connoisseurs' game. It has its own, rabid fan base.
      Their opposition is undoubtedly due to more than simply rabid right wing ideology and thirst for revenge.
      Christian is a rabid supporter of the Windows Phone platform, so naturally he was excited when the same concept was brought to the desktop.
      v[T] attack sb violently or criticize sb strongly ¶ make sb feel worried or upset
      They recognized the Captain and so many assailed him that twice they knocked his sallet from his head.
      Anti-abortion advocacy groups had assailed the school trip as an endorsement of Obama's pro-choice abortion politics.
      "Welcome to the club of those who are persecuted!" said Correa, whose government has been assailed by human rights and press freedom activists for using Ecuador's criminal libel law against journalists from the country's biggest newspaper, El Universo.
      He is assailed by doubt, a doubt that turns to despair.
      n[U] great excitement and happiness
      She flung herself upon him, went into raptures.
      Tomas Landa was up first for the Bears and his shot was saved by the knee of Phillips, sending the crowd into raptures.
      The traveler sees this and knows that he must inevitably perish; but while thus hanging he looks about him and finds on the leaves of the bush some drops of honey.
      These he reaches with his tongue and licks them off with rapture.
      In Christian eschatology the rapture refers to the belief that either before, or simultaneously with, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to earth, believers who have died will be raised and believers who are still alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (the resurrected dead believers) in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
      Compare delight, ecstasy, glee, and rapture.
      v[T] touch gently and in a loving way ¶ touch in a sexual way
      Nina sympathetically reaches out to fondle the inner thigh of Chandler's left leg.
      It's awkward if you have to fondle the director's wife.
      As they drank tea, he started to fondle her leg which she welcomed.
      Yesterday, for example, they printed photos of a woman's naked breasts and bottom, both of which were being fondled by a half-naked man.
      Compare caress, fondle, and stroke.
      adj traveling around frequently, esp to work
      also a noun
      A man named Jesus lived sometime around 2000 years ago and was an itinerant preacher.
      Today, as an itinerant evangelist, he preaches the gospel and ministers in songs.
      Nevertheless, I hope to pick up a class here and there as an itinerant teacher.
      I found his adventures as an itinerant worker extraordinary.
      An itinerant is a person who travels habitually.
      v[T] make sb/sth seem small or unimportant
      That, of course, is not to belittle the importance or the value of part-time higher education.
      It's Leslie Winkle, Penny. She belittles my research.
      Did you really have to belittle and insult others in the process of making your point?
      It's easy to criticise and belittle the pressure our children experience, but there is no doubt it is real and it is easy for them to feel powerless in their life.
      And it would also be quite wrong to attempt to belittle or downplay the significance of this act or the courage it must have required to take it.
      v[I] make a hissing or sputtering sound
      When something, especially something that is burning, fizzles, it makes a sound like a long 's'.
      If something fizzles (out), it ends in a weak or disappointing way after starting off strongly.
      I fear it is going to fizzle out, like the Craig Thomson affair.
      I guarantee you half of the people in this list will fizzle out eventually.
      That energetic spark that they once had seems to have fizzled out a little.
      There was one guy I hit it off with and we went out on a few dates. But it fizzled out after a while.
      n[U] forward movement
      If you make headway, you make progress, especially when this is slow or difficult.
      Once again by 1974 it looked like Max was starting to make headway in England when another major problem occurred.
      I think Australian carriers can make headway in Indonesia the way Mandala and AirAsia have.
      Things like Kickstarter are making headway in crowdfunding.
      In this day and age, writers who are making headway in getting published are those that have agents.
      Headway is a measurement of the distance or time between vehicles in a transit system.
      But the attempt to downplay the debacle made little headway in the face of a barrage of critical coverage in the US, which portrayed the Republican presidential candidate as incompetent and undiplomatic, and stinging criticism from American Olympic legend Carl Lewis, who suggested that Romney should not be allowed to travel abroad.
      adj consisting of various kinds of people or things
      Meals should cost about $25-35 per day per person and miscellaneous expenses such as water, fruit, chocolates, coffee will be additional.
      This does not include the cost of managing their offices, travel and miscellaneous expenses, and other allowances.
      I answer the phones, make copies, go on set runs when we are shooting on location or general runs, which consist of picking up equipment or delivering contracts to vendors and actors - basically anything that falls under the miscellaneous category.
      In secondary school, fees are $5 a month and miscellaneous fees are capped at $16 a month.
      They receive a grant of $1000 to cover the cost of miscellaneous expenses.
      v[T] cast overboard or off
      To jettison something that is not needed or wanted means to throw it away or get rid of it.
      The first-stage vehicle is used to launch the rocket and is then jettisoned in the upper atmosphere.
      If you jettison something, for example an idea or a plan, you deliberately reject it or decide not to use it.
      In addition to the lockdown on older models, Microsoft has decided to jettison the ability to download apps through its desktop Zune software.
      Democrats said it did not matter if Republicans decided to jettison their Medicare plan because they had already voted for it as part of the budget.
      n[C] degree of slope, rate of inclination ¶ the rate of change of sth such as temperature or pressure
      In computer graphics, a color gradient (sometimes called a color ramp or color progression) specifies a range of position-dependent colors, usually used to fill a region.
      For example, many window managers allow the screen background to be specified as a gradient.
      The colors produced by a gradient vary continuously with position, producing smooth color transitions.
      The grade (also called slope, incline, gradient, pitch or rise) of a physical feature, landform or constructed line refers to the tangent of the angle of that surface to the horizontal.
      In mathematics, the slope or gradient of a line is a number that describes both the direction and the steepness of the line.
      The derivative of a function of a real variable measures the sensitivity to change of a quantity (a function or dependent variable) which is determined by another quantity (the independent variable).
      For example, the derivative of the position of a moving object with respect to time is the object's velocity: this measures how quickly the position of the object changes when time is advanced.
      In mathematics, the gradient is a generalization of the usual concept of derivative of a function in one dimension to a function in several dimensions.
      n[s] a situation in which there is no movement or activity at all
      Israeli talks with Syria also are at a standstill.
      Did I mention how much I hate this road? Ttraffic was at a standstill.
      Momentarily the cart comes to a standstill and it is at this point that all its kinetic energy has been converted into gravitational potential.
      Even if Apple and Samsung battle each other to a standstill in court, that doesn't leave the market open for Windows 8.
      The centre of Lisbon is at a standstill as at least a thousand demonstrators march towards the parliament building.
      adj often changing, not constant
      However, the low barriers to entry and the fickle nature of technology consumers means that a company that is hot right now may be left for dead as soon as the next big thing comes along.
      Economic theory tells us that it is precisely the fickle nature of confidence, including its dependence on the public's expectation of future events, which makes it so difficult to predict the timing of debt crises.
      Not only is your every tactical move dissected with more assessment than a frog in a biology lab, but also your following legion of fans can be as fickle as the wind when it comes to their opinion on the way the club should be run.
      Every situation is different, and audiences are fickle. What works for one group will not for the next.
      But wine is fickle and can go bad (oxidized) or become corked even under the best of care.
      n[C] a strong board used for helping you to jump high in sports such as diving and and gymnastics ¶ sth that helps you to start doing sth
      A springboard or diving board is used for diving and is a board that is itself a spring, i.e. a linear flex-spring, of the cantilever type.
      Springboards are commonly fixed by a hinge at one end (so they can be flipped up when not in use), and the other end usually hangs over a swimming pool, with a point midway between the hinge and the end resting on an adjustable fulcrum.
      Modern springboards are made out of a single-piece extrusion of aircraft-grade aluminum.
      A springboard is a platform set upon one or usually multiple springs used in artistic gymnastics to propel a gymnast who jumps upon it further than if they had otherwise jumped off a fixed platform.
      Springboard, or Home Screen, is the standard application that manages the iOS home screen.
      In any case, lists such as this can be useful in serving as a springboard for further study.
      Obama had failed to use the economic crisis he inherited in 2009 as a springboard for a progressive economic program.