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      adj thinking about the feelings and needs of other people
      In scheduling all hearings, meetings and conferences we will be considerate of time schedules of lawyers, parties, and witnesses.
      His manner was kindly, courteous and considerate to all, though he was capable of an occasional abrupt explosion of impatience with stupidity of thought or action.
      Although the guides are very considerate about scheduling bathroom breaks and accomodating other needs, I think that the tour could become tedious with a younger child if s/he did not have a special interest in moviemaking.
      Are you kidding. He is so considerate of my feelings and you know I think you'd also like to know that he is a very gentle lover.
      "I'm sorry, I gotta run. If you come up with an adjective, text me." "Inconsiderate. That is the adjective, inconsiderate."
      Thank you so much for this. It was really so thoughtful of all of you.
      None of that compared to how kind and-and gentle and thoughtful he is.
      adj starting to exist or appear
      The degree of interconnectedness of national economies back in 1929 was still incipient, corresponding to the technologies available at the time, especially in transportation and communications.
      If a balancing coalition against China's rising power is both incipient and inevitable, then it is quite possible that the US can retain primacy in East Asia with general support from most countries in the region other than China.
      A Philippine initiative was the inclusion of a provision in the charter calling for the establishment of a human rights body called the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. Still in its incipient stage, this body stands much to gain from U.S. partnership in capacity building.
      Just as the Quraysh in Makkah and Umar bin al-Khattab and some other "hawks" among the Muslims in Medina had interpreted the treaty as the "surrender" of the Muslims, so also did the Jews of Khyber consider it a symptom of the incipient decline of the power of the State of Medina.
      Still other researchers argue that incipient signs of advanced intellect appear early in the archaeological record but then disappear for thousands of years before reappearing.
      adj extremely big
      I completed my project, including a gargantuan task of sifting through invoices, and compiling an annual sales statistics by customers, products, territories.
      He points to the fact that four years after a Wall Street crisis of gargantuan proportions, the Republicans nominated a candidate from Wall Street.
      And it will have an extraordinary appetite for electricity, eventually using about 200 megawatts, enough to power 200,000 homes. The computer will also produce a gargantuan amount of heat, requiring 60,000 tons of cooling equipment, the same amount that was needed to serve both of the World Trade Center towers.
      There are concerns about those leaders alleged to be embroiled in gargantuan corruption and fraud.
      The dismissal of Martin Amidu, from his position as Attorney General, after he revealed to the nation that gargantuan crimes were being committed against Ghanaians by regime-insiders, shocked many in this important group of discerning Ghanaian voters, to the core.
      Compare colossal, gargantuan, and gigantic.
      adj having the texture or appearance of leather
      One that should be on here is the custard apple, one of my favorites! It has a hard, kind of leathery skin, and when you cut it open the inside is white and creamy with lychee-looking seeds in it. It tastes like pear custard. Delicious!
      And I agree with the durian comment. I think it tastes like canteloupe and onion.
      The females usually lay two eggs at a time. The eggs have a leathery skin, like reptile eggs.
      Ackee trees can grow up to 40 feet (12m) tall and have leathery leaves.
      There are plenty of reasons to dislike cockroaches. Their flattened bodies, leathery wings, skittering legs and long, waving antennae give some people the creeps.
      Standing beside a clump of bushes was a wiry, weather-beaten soldier, his leathery face tanned by the tropical sun, his hair uncut.
      They are easily distinguished by their leathery carapace (shell), unlike other turtles which are hard-shelled.
      v[T] cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of ¶ divide into pieces
      Indians were flogged, hanged, drowned, dismembered, and set upon by dogs of war as the Spanish and others demanded more gold and silver than the natives were able to supply.
      Offending slaves were hung, burned at the stake, dismembered, castrated and branded in addition to the usual whippings.
      It will take gangs of oxyacetylene cutters nearly six months to dismember the 42,000-tonne Lara 1.
      In the first week, say its owners, oils, toxic sludges and other waste will be pumped out, parts of the bow and some bulkheads will be removed and the recycling will start.
      The cable, the steel, the generators, funnels, propellers, lifeboats, companionways, sinks, toilets, even the lightbulbs and every nut and bolt of the Lara 1 will be sold on the Bangladesh market.
      Washington destroyed Libya and Iraq, and leave Syria to warring factions to dismember the country.
      One wonders if it was really expedient to dismember the Nigeria Police rather than allow it to evolve as a vibrant and effective agency.
      Secret British official papers from 30 years ago shed new light on the bloody confrontation between India and Pakistan in 1971. The papers show that the US administration believed that India was about to dismember Pakistan.
      v[T] disgust ¶ drive back by fighting ¶ refuse an offer of friendship or help in a way that is rude
      If you are repulsed by something, you think that it is horrible and disgusting and you want to avoid it.
      "What did Joey say? I like you back?" "Joey knows, that I'm very insecure about my back, and you're hugging me, so obviously you are not repulsed by it, yeah!"
      I believe protocol dictates that you wait a minimum of 18 hours before you call so I'm not repulsed by your cloying eagerness.
      Our forces are now entirely ready not only to repulse any aggression, but to initiate the act ourselves, and to explode the Zionist presence in the Arab homeland of Palestine.
      On the night of 30 August Japanese troops launched a major attack to capture one of the airstrips, but the attack was repulsed.
      The same polarity magnets repulse each other.
      Compare rebuff, reject, repel, and repulse.
      adj not relating to the subject or situation you are dealing with, irrelevant ¶ coming from outside
      On the plus side, it was a good kiss. Reasonable technique, no extraneous spittle. On the other hand, no arousal.
      I think a large number of economists still regard sustainable development as extraneous to their core responsibilities for macro-economic management and, of course, it is challenging having on the one hand to increase growth in economic activity so as to help take millions of people out of poverty, whilst at the same time trying to ensure that such growth can be sustainable.
      The complexity of the issues, the ability for extraneous factors to impact the dataset, and the ability for rogue elements to impact the analysis, call into question the value of these assessments.
      If I go to "Edit" > "Output Styles" > "Show all Fields" it does display the abstract. However, I still have to scroll down through a bunch of extraneous information to get to my abstract.
      While some might say this is extraneous material, I consider it vital for students to understand the intrinsic nature of the economic system which means that the implications of power has to be included in the conceptual development.
      He can't filter out extraneous noise in the classroom, which impacts his learning.
      The more expensive the unit, generally, the less susceptible to extraneous noise, plus the higher the sound quality.
      n[C] a structure like a bridge that allows one road to go over another road
      An overpass (called a flyover in the United Kingdom and most Commonwealth countries) is a bridge, road, railway or similar structure that crosses over another road or railway.
      An overpass and underpass together form a grade separation.
      Stack interchanges are made up of many overpasses.
      The world's first railroad overpass was constructed in 1843 by the London and Croydon Railway at Norwood Junction railway station to carry its atmospheric railway vehicles over the Brighton Main Line.
      The first overpass in India was opened on 14 April 1965 at Kemps Corner in Mumbai.
      In North American usage, a flyover is a high-level overpass, built above main overpass lanes, or a bridge built over what had been an at-grade intersection.
      A pedestrian overpass allows pedestrians safe crossing over busy roads without impacting traffic.
      Compare flyover, flypast, footbridge, overpass, and underpass.
      n[U] the state of being married
      The daughter born to Mitterrand and his mistress out of wedlock is now a 37-year-old author and university professor.
      He wanted that son to be born in wedlock.
      We hear today of the vast number of children born outside of wedlock.
      In order to inherit the throne a child must be born in lawful wedlock.
      Really? Your deeply religious born-again Christian mother wants a test-tube grandbaby born out of wedlock?
      Compare marriage, matrimony, and wedlock.
      Mr. Bing always referred to his wife as his ball and chain.
      n[UC] a feeling of hatred towards sb
      It has been followed by an outpouring of support for a girl who earned the enmity of the Taliban for publicizing their acts and speaking about the importance of education for girls.
      And Hezbollah, which is more a puppet of Iran than a mere proxy, has cast its sectarian lot with Assad by helping him kill Syrian protestors and thereby earning it the enmity of the entire Sunni Arab world.
      If you throw in/cast your lot with someone or something, you join or support them, and accept that what happens to them will affect what happens to you.
      Choosing to represent England back in 2000 earned him the enmity of supporters of the Canadian national team he abandoned.
      The enmity between Forrest and Rinehart is well known, as is her aversion to being called a 'mining heiress'.
      When William "the Brown Earl" succeeded to the earldom he was at enmity with his kinsman Walter.
      n[C] money paid illegally to sb in return for work or help, bribe
      I have to wonder if a professor is receiving a kickback from this site, requiring his students to acquire a subscription as part of the syllabus for his on-line class or study group.
      Some are refusing to be included in search indexes. Some are requiring a kickback to be indexed.
      Restaurants also play the commission game: your guide gets a kickback for the lunch you ate.
      Former construction boss Lino Zambito testified that Vaillancourt received a kickback on contracts handed out in Laval.
      n[C] sb who supports an idea or belief or performs an activity ¶ figure or symbol that shows how many times a quantity must be multiplied by itself
      Furthermore, the simplicity of mathematics has long been held to be the key to applications in physics. Einstein is the most famous exponent of this belief.
      Perhaps the most notable 19th-century exponent of wealth as virtue and poverty as the mark of Cain was Russell Herman Conwell.
      She was a masterly and magical exponent of cross-dressing, deliberately using male 'drag' to project power and independence.
      The sensation of loudness grows much more slowly (exponent of 0.6) than the amplitude of the physical stimulus, a reason why rock bands have huge amplifiers and speakers.
      Perceived brightness grows even more slowly than loudness (exponent of 0.33).
      The sensation of electric shock grows at an accelerating rate (exponent of 3.5), quickly shifting from a just detectable tingle to an agonizing jolt.
      Cubic is 3rd order, an exponent of 3.
      Compare exponent and logarithm.
      n[s] a small amount of sth ¶ superficial knowledge
      It benefits from having a good and reasonably fresh piece of fish on fair quality rice with the delightful puncutation of the sweet and saltiness of soy sauce and a smattering of wasabi.
      You can't write off everyone based on a smattering of initial negative information.
      This is just a smattering of the deeply depressing economic statistics that define the age of Obama.
      A top U.N. humanitarian official urged regional powers on Monday to put politics aside amid a worsening food crisis in North Korea, saying the smattering of aid which has reached the isolated country was making a difference.
      I even had a smattering of the Korean Alphabet.
      adj abundant
      Ross proceeds to apply copious amounts of the lotion on his legs.
      Not quite accurate. The Macy's balloons are filled with helium, whereas Leonard produces copious amounts of methane.
      I scoured the documents, made copious notes and lesson plans filled with curriculum knowledge.
      All my life I have avoided copious quantities of sugar, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and do the same for my precious little ones.
      There's copious evidence to suggest that at best a nearby wind farm will knock a good 10 per cent off the value of your home, and at worst render it virtually unsaleable.
      This has been confirmed by the Valuation Office Agency, which has moved several houses affected by wind farms into lower council tax bands on the grounds of noise and visual intrusion.
      n[U] the structure of an object or system or the way it was formed ¶ the study of the form and structure of living things ¶ the study of how words are formed in a language
      Biology of Reproduction's Papers-in-Press announced that eating 75 grams of walnuts a day improves the "vitality, motility, and morphology of sperm in healthy men aged 21 to 35."
      Geomorphology (from Greek: γῆ, ge, "earth"; μορφή, morfé, "form"; and λόγος, logos, "study") is the scientific study of the origin and evolution of topographic and bathymetric features created by physical or chemical processes operating at or near the earth's surface.
      Galaxy morphological classification is a system used by astronomers to divide galaxies into groups based on their visual appearance.
      Urban morphology is the study of the form of human settlements and the process of their formation and transformation.
      Morphology is a branch of biology dealing with the study of the form and structure of organisms and their specific structural features.
      In linguistics, morphology is the identification, analysis, and description of the structure of a given language's morphemes and other linguistic units, such as root words, affixes, parts of speech, intonations and stresses, or implied context.
      v[T] make sth lose its legal effect ¶ cause sth to have no value or effect
      Section 1604 of the Persian Gulf War Veterans Act of 1998 is constitutionally invalid and ineffective insofar as it purports to nullify prospectively certain described legislation that might be enacted in the future.
      She said in a prepared statement that the Supreme Court was correct to nullify most of Arizona's law, but she was disappointed that the "show me your papers" section was allowed to stand.
      It announced that if the Supreme Court failed uphold the 2nd Amendment as an individual right to have and bear arms, then the state of Montana would consider it a fatal breach of the Compact and therefore it would nullify and void its bonds with fellow states.
      It takes the Senate to ratify a treaty, and they're not going to ratify anything that nullifies the 2nd amendment.
      As far as eliminating torture and military detention - Obama certainly has nullified that, but only for as long as he's in office.
      Intel also did some re-working of the P4's internal cache in order to nullify the effects of a mistake in branch prediction that can be a real lag with a 20-stage pipeline.
      Compare invalidate, negate, and nullify.
      adj showing strong disapproval
      Compare belittling, derogatory, disparaging, and insulting.
      Fox News has repeatedly used the derogatory term "anchor babies" to refer to children born in the United States to immigrants who are in the country illegally.
      Veteran U.S. radio personality Don Imus sparked one of the biggest controversies - and got fired by CBS in 2007 - for his derogatory comments, which included a racial slur, when he referred to the members of Rutgers University women's basketball team.
      At the tribunal, Bushra was asked if Sarah had made derogatory remarks about her headscarf.
      The Nationalist government used this term in a derogatory way to identify Black Africans.
      They alleged that Hussain painted Hindu gods in a derogatory manner.
      adj having the specified number of dimensions
      Dimensional lumber is a term used for lumber that is finished/planed and cut to standardized width and depth specified in inches.
      Holography is a technique which enables three-dimensional images (holograms) to be made.
      String theory is a theoretical framework in which the point-like particles of particle physics are replaced by one-dimensional objects called strings.
      "Obviously, you're not well suited for three-dimensional chess. Perhaps three-dimensional Candy Land would be more your speed." "Just reset the board."
      That is my spot. In an ever-changing world, it is a single point of consistency. If my life were expressed as a function on a four-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, that spot at the moment I first sat on it would be zero, zero, zero, zero.
      One of my favorite places to visit is the two-dimensional world described in Edwin Abbott's mathematical fantasy, Flatland.
      You know you should go outside and be with the three-dimensional people.
      All right, people, let's get down to the math. It is only three dimensional thinking that limits our imagination. Can I take my pants off over my head? Of course not. My body's in the way. But if we had access to higher dimensions, we could move our pants around our bodies through the fourth dimension and our days of dropping trousers would be over.
      "You'll never guess what just happened." "You went out in the hallway, stumbled into an interdimensional portal which brought you 5,000 years into the future, where you took advantage of the advanced technology to build a time machine, and now you're back to bring us all with you to the year 7010 where we are transported to work at the telepathically controlled flying dolphins?"
      v[IT] arrange facts or figures in an organized way such as in lists or rows
      "Can I get you guys something to drink while you tabulate?" "No, actually the final vote has been tallied."
      When detailing how much it costs my studio to run every day, I don't tabulate the cost of buying high end sushi for my team every day for lunch, nor do I count driving 3 hours to work in the morning in my Hummer.
      By Thursday afternoon, Florida could only say that 97% of ballots had been tabulated.
      Obama, with almost 4.2 million votes, remained 0.6 percentage points ahead of his Republican challenger Mitt Romney and appeared likely to retain or extend that lead, given that the outstanding votes are in strongly Democratic counties.
      Now the lists have been checked, tallied, votes tabulated, and the results are in! So without further ado, I present the top 20 gaming systems of all time.
      n[UC] the spreading of a disease by people touching each other ¶ a disease that can be spread by people touching each other ¶ a feeling or attitude that spreads quickly between people or places
      Soon after this event Mrs. H was exposed to the contagion of the smallpox.
      Slowly, and seemingly unstoppably, the contagion is spreading across Northwest South Africa.
      Some of the key issues expected to be on the agenda at the G8 will the Eurozone and efforts to stop the contagion of the debt crisis.
      This would bring the entire E.U. into question. Once this happens the contagion effect will worsen for other members.
      The students who joined the sit-ins across the South during the winter of 1960 described the movement as a "fever." But the civil-rights movement was more like a military campaign than like a contagion.
      adj attractive in a sexual way with large breasts and hips ¶ giving you physical pleasure
      Isabela is an exotic, voluptuous, sexually promiscuous pirate queen.
      I try to stagger back to my seat when a very hot, voluptuous stripper grabs me by the belt loops and pulls me towards her.
      He has a fear of flying and is known to travel with a Ukranian nurse described as a "voluptuous blonde" who "knows his routine."
      This time, it is not about flaunting her voluptuous boobs before the cameras or getting some hapless young men drooling with fantasy with a show of laps and cleavages, this time, the sexy MamaGamma is taking her music career to the next level.
      Compare curvacious, voluptuous, and voluptuary.
      I like big butts and I cannot lie; you other brothers can't deny; when a girl walks in with an itty-bitty waist and a round thing in your face...
      adv from this time on
      The new law, it says, can henceforth provide a solution.
      Henceforth, the judge ruled in response to news media requests, no more cameras in the court.
      No more fantasies, he told himself. Henceforth, when he thought about Martha, it would be only to think that she belonged elsewhere. He would shut down the daydreams.
      On September 1, 1939, German armed forces invaded Poland and henceforth Hitler's main energies were devoted to the conduct of a war he had unleashed to dominate Europe and secure Germany's "living space."
      Henceforth, parties which fail to get 5% of the vote will not be represented in parliament.
      n[U] a situation in which a disagreement cannot be settled ¶ a type of lock on a door that needs a key to open or close it
      The last election in January ended in a deadlock as neither Ping nor Dlamini-Zuma could secure the requisite two-thirds majority to make it.
      What's needed is something to break the deadlock so that we can get past the current stalemate.
      In concurrent programming, a deadlock is a situation in which two or more competing actions are each waiting for the other to finish, and thus neither ever does.
      A dead bolt, dead lock or deadbolt is a locking mechanism distinct from a spring bolt lock because a deadbolt cannot be moved to the open position except by rotating the lock cylinder with the key.
      Compare deadlock, standstill, and stalemate.
      n[U] information which you have been told but do not know to be true
      Hearsay evidence is "an out-of-court statement introduced to prove the truth of the matter asserted therein."
      In certain courts hearsay evidence is inadmissible (the "Hearsay Evidence Rule") unless an exception to the Hearsay Rule applies.
      For example, to prove Tom was in town, the attorney asks a witness, "What did Susan tell you about Tom being in town?"
      Since the witness' answer will rely on an out-of-court statement that Susan made, Susan is not available for cross-examination, and it is to prove the truth that Tom was in town, it is hearsay.
      Hearsay is not allowed as evidence in the United States, unless one of nearly thirty exceptions applies to the particular statement being made.
      v[IT] contest/engage in legal proceedings
      We'll continue to litigate the case and defend the lawsuit and move to have it dismissed.
      If you're unwilling to litigate against infringers (which can be very expensive) then the only thing of value you can do with the patent is sell it.
      The State Department has not accepted Marc Rich's renunciation of his citizenship, so he faces serious tax investigations by the state of New York and the I.R.S. for the last 17 years - a sum that could run to hundreds of millions of dollars - should he ever set foot on U.S. soil again.
      He will also probably have to litigate the issue of his citizenship.
      The same former litigator added that the FTC and Google "each know what cards the other one is holding."
      Compare defend, litigate, and prosecute.
      I made a huge fool of myself and I came back, that shows courage. When I thought you wanted sex in exchange for this job, I said no. That shows integrity. When I thought you were making sexual advances in the workplace, I said no and I was not litigious.