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      adj praiseworthy, admirable
      That would be laudable and patriotic, good old conservative-to-the-bone gentleman pinning the medal on your chest.
      We've of course become accustomed to politicians paying lip service to this laudable goal.
      The last government tried the latter and it was basically laudable but questionable whether anyone benefitted much.
      I couldn't agree more and it is a laudable aim to try to do this.
      It is a laudable effort and it will help to reduce our carbon footprint.
      n[C] an animal that only eats plants ^canivore,omnivore
      A herbivore is an animal anatomically and physiologically adapted to eating plant material, for example foliage, for the main component of its diet.
      As a result of their plant diet, herbivorous animals typically have mouthparts adapted to rasping or grinding.
      Horses and other herbivores have wide flat teeth that are adapted to grinding grass, tree bark, and other tough plant material.
      Herbivores form an important link in the food chain; because they consume plants in order to digest the carbohydrates photosynthetically produced by a plant.
      Carnivores in turn consume herbivores for the same reason, while omnivores can obtain their nutrients from either plants or animals.
      Herbivore men (草食(系)男子) or grasseaters are a social phenomenon in Japan of men who shun marriage or gaining a girlfriend.
      They are characteristically described as frugal, and interested in personal grooming.
      adj lasting for only a short time
      Compare transient and transitory.
      It's a very transitory and temporal phenomena.
      In 1994, in Rwanda, I contracted an illness which was transitory and minor in itself, but which triggered an auto-immune system disease which nearly killed me.
      Is death only a transitory phase from one form of Life (organic) to another (informational, spiritual)?
      Moreover, since this is a transitory world where we prepare for the eternal one, I broke out of the self-imposed prisons, such as growing old (such a curse in the Western world, as a result of which, plastic surgeons are having a field day), materialism, ego, what people say and so on.
      n[C] ancestor
      As mentioned before, Hutterisch originates from Austria, the land of our forefathers.
      They have no knowledge of this and neither had their forefathers.
      Morgan's Department Store began initially as drapers and grew into the forefathers of the modern day department store by expanding the range of goods sold as well as their premises.
      Our history tells us our forefathers fought for self-reliance for our dear country.
      adj of the body, sexual or sensual
      "I'm just trying to be a good neighbor." "Oh, of course." "That's not to say that if a carnal relationship were to develop that I wouldn't participate."
      "Once again, Penny and l have begun our little tango." "Our- Our tango?" "The carnal repartee, the erotic to and fro."
      Leonard, you may be right. It appears that Penny secretly wants you in her life in a very intimate and carnal fashion.
      Carnal knowledge is an archaic or legal euphemism for sexual intercourse.
      They are merely following their conjectures and their carnal desires.
      v[IT] burn the edge or surface of sth slightly
      n[C] a black mark made by burning sth slightly
      A singe is a slight scorching, burn or treatment with flame. This may be due to an accident, such as scorching one's hair when lighting a gas fire, or a deliberate method of treatment or removal of hair or other fibres.
      A singe is a treatment available at a barber's.
      A lit taper (candle) or other device is used to lightly burn and shrivel the hair.
      The practice of singeing was popular approximately a century ago; it was believed that hair had "fluid" in it and singeing would trap the fluid in.
      Singeing is supposed to have beneficial effects - sealing cut ends, closing up the follicles, preventing the hair from bleeding (This belief has since been debunked.) and encouraging it to grow.
      Singeing is still sometimes used to bond natural hair to hair extensions.
      Primitive cultures have also used singeing as a means to trim scalp or body hair, as a part of normal grooming or during ritual activity.
      Sir Francis Drake was famously said to have singed the King of Spain's beard when he raided Cadiz and burnt the Spanish fleet.
      Compare scorch, sear, and singe.
      n[C] sb's particular way of thinking, behaving, etc that is clearly different from that of others
      Personality is the supreme realisation of the innate idiosyncrasy of a living being.
      This is a Caribbean idiosyncrasy that evolved from slavery.
      My Nikon D300 is going everywhere with me. Learning the idiosyncrasies of the camera has been great fun.
      Everybody is a freak in one way or another. We all possess those idiosyncrasies and quirks that make us a little strange.
      This is a new page in economic history, a Western idiosyncrasy of greed and deception, that has shifted the center of global economic and commercial gravity from Europe and the Atlantic, eastwards and towards the Pacific.
      Compare idiosyncrasy and mannerism.
      adj boring or ordinary, mundane
      The explanation for the scar was probably more prosaic.
      The truth is much more prosaic.
      Our lives are generally prosaic, not epic.
      The finance committee is more used to the prosaic and exacting minutiae of detailed legislation.
      adj too casual, abrupt
      adv immediately and without checking the details or facts
      For Spiegelman, this is more than an offhand comment; it's the essence of how he thinks.
      I made an offhand remark to my date about being a terrible dancer.
      In interviews following the assassination, Ferrie stated that he may have spoken in an offhand manner of the desirability of having President Kennedy shot, but he denied wanting such a deed actually to be done.
      Sorry to be vague. These are the parts I remember offhand.
      n[C] a news report on film that was shown in movie theaters in the past
      A newsreel is a form of short documentary film prevalent in the first half of the twentieth century, regularly released in a public presentation place and containing filmed news stories and items of topical interest.
      A newsreel was a source of news, current affairs, and entertainment for millions of moviegoers until television supplanted its role in the 1950s.
      Newsreels are now considered significant historical documents, since they are often the only audiovisual record of historical and cultural events of those times.
      Newsreels were typically featured as short subjects preceding the main feature film into the 1960s.
      There were dedicated newsreel theaters in many major cities in the 1930s and 1940s, and some large city cinemas also included a smaller theaterette where newsreels were screened continuously throughout the day.
      Compare newsreel and trailer.
      n[U] a game in which two or four players use rackets to hit a shuttlecock
      Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court divided by a net.
      Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court.
      Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net.
      A rally ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor, or if a fault has been called by either the umpire or service judge or, in their absence, the offending player, at any time during the rally.
      The shuttlecock is a feathered or (mainly in noncompetitive matches) plastic projectile whose unique aerodynamic properties cause it to fly differently from the balls used in most racquet sports; in particular, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly than a ball.
      Shuttlecocks have a much higher top speed, when compared to other racquet sports.
      Because shuttlecock flight is affected by wind, competitive badminton is played indoors.
      Badminton is also played outdoors as a casual recreational activity, often as a garden or beach game.
      Since 1992, badminton has been an Olympic sport with five events: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles, in which each pair consists of a man and a woman.
      When the server serves, the shuttlecock must pass over the short service line on the opponents' court or it will count as a fault.
      Badminton rackets are lightweight, with top quality racquets weighing between 70 and 95 grams (2.4 to 3.3 ounces) not including grip or strings.
      adj extremely unhappy and without hope
      Too many patients treated with the best treatments remained miserable and despondent.
      I sat staring at the screen, my emotions lodged somewhere between dumbfounded and despondent.
      He sounded down and despondent.
      It's easy to become apathetic, uninspired and despondent.
      adj almost impossible to see or notice
      At first, any blurred eyesight may be almost imperceptible.
      Yeats is referring to the movement of thread through bobbin and spool, a movement that is so fast that it is imperceptible to the naked eye.
      She heard a faint, almost imperceptible cry.
      There was an almost imperceptible pause before she spoke.
      His head moved in an almost imperceptible nod.
      v[I] express doubt about or opposition to a plan or suggestion
      n[U] refusal or disagreement
      The US agreed but demurred on Israel's request to use FMS credits for the Lavi in Israel.
      Romney demurred when asked whether he was still satisfied with the law.
      The defendant pleaded in abatement to the jurisdiction of the court, that the plaintiff was not a citizen of the State of Missouri, as alleged in his declaration, being a negro of African descent, whose ancestors were of pure African blood and who were brought into this country and sold as slaves.
      To this plea the plaintiff demurred, and the defendant joined in demurrer.
      The court overruled the plea, and gave judgment that the defendant should answer over.
      A demurrer is a pleading in a lawsuit that objects to or challenges a pleading filed by an opposing party.
      The word demur means "to object"; a demurrer is the document that makes the objection.
      Lawyers informally define a demurrer as a defendant saying, "So what?" to the pleading.
      adj proud and unfriendly
      Compare arrogant, haughty, lofty, and scornful.
      He was a Prussian aristocrat, haughty and overbearing.
      "A man's pride is a haughty and pretentious thing," he sighed.
      Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
      Against whom raised your voice and lifted your haughty eyes?
      We have never had a reply, nothing but haughty disdain.
      v[I] plead on another's behalf
      If you intercede with someone, you try to persuade them to forgive someone or end their disagreement with them.
      My heart aches as I intercede for this little one's life.
      He sought the aid of George Black, Yukon M.P., to intercede on his behalf and appealed to remain in British Columbia for health reasons.
      Atkins fell upon his knees to beg the captain to intercede with the governor for his life.
      The people appealed to Moses and he interceded with Yahweh and the fire died down.
      adj rectangular
      also a noun
      The Earth was distorted into an oblong shape before it gravitationally rebounded.
      A mouse is a small device used to point to and select items on your computer screen.It's small, oblong , and connected to the system unit by a long wire that resembles a tail.
      Put a large oblong baking pan in the oven with the fat.
      Better to order one of the oblong pizzas, which have a decent crust and which everyone at the table will eat.
      An oblong is a rectangle with length greater than its width.
      v[IT] sound shaky, esp because of emotion
      also a noun
      There was a quaver in her voice as she thanked her staff for all their support.
      Her voice began to quaver and I thought she was going to cry.
      'I'll miss you all,' she said, in a quavering voice.
      An eighth note (American) or a quaver (British) is a musical note played for half the value of a quarter note (crotchet) and twice that of the sixteenth note (semiquaver).
      Compare quaver and quiver.
      adj relating to your skull
      The skull is composed of two parts: the cranium and the mandible.
      The brain lies within the cranial cavity.
      The orbital, where the eyes are, is more rounded. And the cranial cavity is larger, men have a larger brain so need a bigger box to put it in.
      The cranial nerves VI - XII leave the brain in this region.
      adj consise
      Agreed Everett. It was such a succinct and simple explanation of Insulin Resistance.
      Really well written and succinct. Thank you!
      Thanks a lot for this post. It is clear and succinct.
      It is always nice when you get a succinct summary of a very large report.
      Articulate that picture in a succinct way and create a vision for the future of the business which will inspire other people to help you bring it about.
      v[I] spend the winter in a state like deep sleep
      The turtle hibernates in a shallow burrow for six months of the year.
      Snakes hibernate in the burrows of other small animals, but they are often seen laying in the sun on rocks,and on the side of roads.
      Western Toads spend most of their lives in the terrestrial environment. They forage until the weather cools and then they look for a good place to hibernate for the winter.
      The grizzly bears of Grand Teton would already be looking for somewhere to hibernate.
      n[U] complete agreement among all the members of a group
      Nor is it necessary to create a global conspiracy of "bought scientists" to explain the unanimity of support amongst a vast range of professional observers.
      American policy can not continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council.
      I ended up finding an extraordinary unanimity: the idea that the drug war has been with us for 40 years, we've spent a trillion dollars on it, we've had 45 million drug arrests, and we have nothing to show for it.
      I think there is complete unanimity on that.
      adj humble and obedient, submissive
      He was before full of pride and wrath; he is now meek and humble.
      It's a great scene. The meek and mild, timid Lamb is the one who diffidently asks the question that blows the whole thing up in their faces.
      Dedicated to a noble cause as he always was, his was always a selfless life - free from all narrowness, truthful in thought, fearless in action, meek as a lamb, but a lion in spirit.
      If people will continue to be as meek as altar boys they'll continue to get shafted.
      n[s] a state in which a person is almost unconscious and their thoughts are very unclear
      Stupor is the lack of critical cognitive function and a level of consciousness wherein a sufferer is almost entirely unresponsive and only responds to base stimuli such as pain.
      A person is also rigid and mute and only appears to be conscious as the eyes are open and follow surrounding objects.
      The word derives from the Latin stupor, meaning insensible.
      If not stimulated externally, a patient with stupor will be in a sleepy state most of the time.
      A trip we named "Hen Fest", and in a giddy drunken stupor thought we were so cool when we ridiculously convinced a tattoo artist to use henna and draw hens on each one of us.
      v[T] remove from a grave, dig up
      Of the original eight mass graves reported at Katyn in 1943, seven were exhumed and the bodies reburied in smaller graves after identification where possible, and a religious service.
      They were exhumed as soon as possible and re-interred at the Berrimah War Cemetery and then at a much later date they were once again exhumed and re-interred at the Adelaide River War Cemetery.
      The story goes that in 1511, a half-blind monk started to exhume the skeletons and stack their bones into pyramids.
      Mrs Rayney's body was exhumed from a bush grave in Kings Park on August 16, 2007, beginning one of the largest manhunts in WA history.
      In 2010, Mr Rayney, a high-profile Perth barrister, was charged with his wife's murder.
      Compare exhume and excavate.