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      v[IT] steal things of small value
      Is ObamaCare going to allow illegal aliens to pilfer the welfare system?
      The study also found that younger and outgoing people are more likely to pilfer from stores or commit minor fraud.
      For example, it can start to pilfer through the user's address book to harvest email addresses.
      The money we're still paying to fund our water has been pilfered by government to pay for bankers gambling debts.
      Many mummified bulls had been pilfered from the temple, but one remained and is now in the Agricultural Museum of Egypt.
      Compare pilfer and shoplift.
      adj curving out or extending outward
      The lens in the human eye is a convex lens.
      This led to the construction, in the 16th century, of a magnifier composed of a single convex lens, and this, in turn, led to the eventual development of the microscope.
      A convex mirror is a curved mirror with the reflecting surface on the outer side (created by depositing silver metal on the hollow side).
      The concave lens and the convex mirror are diverging systems; they both defocus light.
      In mathematics, the convex hull or convex envelope of a set X of points in the Euclidean plane or Euclidean space is the smallest convex set that contains X.
      adj ordinary
      Most T-shirt companies just use run-of-the-mill, off-the-shelf tees and hoodies bought in bulk, sometimes relabelling them to make it look otherwise.
      At first glance it seems like just another run-of-the-mill, harmless website. However, this is not the case whatsoever.
      Try any one of these, or go buck wild with a personalized combo routine. We can guarantee these are not your run-of-the-mill, been there, done that sex positions.
      It is bold, eccentric and different. It's not run-of-the-mill.
      How is there any difference between you, venerable sir, and run-of-the-mill people?
      v[T] permit animals to graze excessively
      Overgrazing occurs when plants are exposed to intensive grazing for extended periods of time, or without sufficient recovery periods.
      It can be caused by either livestock in poorly managed agricultural applications, or by overpopulations of native or non-native wild animals.
      It reduces the usefulness, productivity, and biodiversity of the land and is one cause of desertification and erosion.
      Overgrazing is also seen as a cause of the spread of invasive species of non-native plants and of weeds.
      One indicator of overgrazing is that the animals run short of pasture.
      In some regions of the United States under continuous grazing, overgrazed pastures are predominated by short-grass species such as bluegrass and will be less than 2-3 inches tall in the grazed areas.
      n[C] a sea animal that looks like a large grey fish
      Porpoises are related to whales and dolphins.
      They are distinct from dolphins, although the word "porpoise" has been used to refer to any small dolphin, especially by sailors and fishermen.
      The most obvious visible difference between the two groups is that porpoises have shorter beaks and flattened, spade-shaped teeth distinct from the conical teeth of dolphins.
      The name derives from Old French porpeis, for porc peis (Medieval Latin: porcus piscis), pig-fish.
      Porpoises, divided into six species, live in all oceans, and mostly near the shore.
      adj lacking blemishes or faults
      The IMF and creditor nations have an unblemished record of extracting repayments from countries as a priority as is being forced upon Greece currently.
      I've been a police officer for twenty years and have an unblemished record.
      Seven years ago I was a successful employee at a large financial organization, and if depression hadn't hit me, I would now be retired with benefits and a 32-year unblemished record of outstanding achievement.
      They have impeccable credentials and have the unblemished reputation for integrity, non-partisan conduct throughout their public career.
      Compare spotless and unblemished.
      adj showing your good feelings in a very excited way
      Dr Ahmed's book was endorsed by Bob Carr and given effusive praise by a well-known footballer.
      Andres grew from a kind and genial boy into an effusive and almost relentlessly cheerful man.
      An effusive apology was expected, or at least the appearance of contrition.
      Her effusive thanks embarrassed everybody.
      They gave us such an effusive welcome it was quite embarrassing.
      v[I] laugh quietly, esp in a nervous or embarrassed way
      also a verb
      "Merlot is not a white wine, Josh," he interrupted with a bemused titter.
      The girls began to titter.
      She tried to remember what the speech therapist had told her. "Sing it!" Quick! She must get it out. But already there was tittering and fidgeting behind her. Anne let out her breath in a gasp and felt her cheeks burn with shame and frustration.
      Compare giggle, snigger, titter, and twitter.
      adj excessively nervous or excited
      All the village turned out for the search. Miles remained in the kitchen, overwrought, as if he knew the inevitable result.
      He was choked and tearful on the stand - so overwrought at times he couldn't speak.
      Some think he is a pure hoax, and others think he is the product of overwrought imaginations.
      I dropped a dozen words chiding him for his arrogant misstatement. The response? An order of magnitude more words in protest, in overwrought language.
      Compare distraught and overwrought.
      v[IT] take money etc for one's own use in violation of a trust
      Embezzlement is of dishonestly withholding assets for the purpose of conversion (theft) of such assets, by one or more persons to whom the assets were entrusted, either to be held or to be used for specific purposes.
      Embezzlement is a type of financial fraud, e.g. a lawyer might embezzle funds from the trust accounts of his or her clients; a financial advisor might embezzle the funds of investors; and a husband or a wife might embezzle funds from a bank account jointly held with the spouse.
      Embezzlement usually is a premeditated crime performed methodically, with the embezzler taking precautions to conceal his or her activities of the criminal conversion of the property of another person, because the embezzlement is occurring without the knowledge or the consent of the affected person.
      Mobutu Sese Seko is notorious for the corruption, nepotism, and embezzlement of billions of dollars that took place during his reign, as well as extravagances such as Concorde-flown shopping trips to Paris.
      Magistrates suspect Franco Fiorito, a former top official with Silvio Berlusconi's Freedom People party at the regional council of Lazio, embezzled about 800,000 (640,000) in public funds, spiriting the cash into 12 accounts and buying 10 apartments including one in Rome's historic Via Marguta.
      n[U] the condition of being physically and mentally sound ¶ reliability in withstanding pressure, force, or stress
      They can be the "devil's advocate", testing the soundness and completeness of your arguments.
      In common parlance, a devil's advocate is someone who, given a certain argument, takes a position they do not necessarily agree with (or simply an alternative position from the accepted norm), for the sake of debate or to explore the thought further.
      The Bangladesh Prime Minister displayed great maturity and soundness of judgment in not allowing this issue to mar the entire visit and the consequent progress in the relations between the two countries.
      This president is committed to bringing back economic soundness to this country.
      In order to bring fiscal soundness to this country, there must be a balanced approach.
      Tiger Woods answered all questions about the soundness of his surgically repaired left knee.
      n[U] angry and unpleasant words and feelings
      There was the understandable but ultimately fatal acrimony between the Schindler and Schiavo families.
      We will abstain from disparaging personal remarks or acrimony toward other counsel, parties, or witnesses.
      The incumbent promised "Hope" but has only managed to bring acrimony and bitterness.
      They have openly disagreed on policy issues and political strategy, and the acrimony generated during the 2008 Democratic primaries, when Hillary Clinton ran against Obama for the nomination, has yet to fully dissipate.
      v[I] ignore behavior or an activity that is wrong ¶ work together with sb to do sth wrong or illegal
      In the UK, the Bank of England has deliberately ignored its instructions to keep inflation to 2%. Moreover, Chancellors of this Government and the previous Government have connived with this policy.
      Senior officials of the University who have consented to or connived at an offence being committed by the University can also be imprisoned.
      Scowen found that the USA has for fifty years or more connived to overthrow, even assassinate, popularly elected leaders, to launch wars and insurrections against democratic governments, and to police the world, not to promote democracy, but in its own short-term political and commercial interests.
      It is simply impossible to concede that Karl would have connived in a fraud that could be of no benefit to him either in reputation, power or money.
      Compare connive and conspire.
      adj able to be done or put into action
      If at all practicable , the interrogation should take place in the investigator's office or at least in a room of his own choice.
      The subject should be deprived of every psychological advantage. In his own home, he may be confident, indignant, or recalcitrant.
      To the maximum extent practicable , the PWS should be a stand-alone document, with minimal references to regulatory or other guidance.
      In remote areas, building a first aid facility may not be practicable.
      Compressed air pressure must be kept as low as practicable to complete the cleaning.
      These programs shall be completed and in operation as soon as practicable and in any case no later than December 31, 1983.
      Compare feasible, possible, and practicable.
      n[C] a formal public speech
      Public speaking (sometimes termed oratory or oration) is the process or act of performing a presentation (a speech) focused around an individual directly speaking to a live audience in a structured, deliberate manner in order to inform, influence, or entertain them.
      The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history.
      On July 4, 1851, in a ceremony whose principal oration was delivered by Secretary of State Daniel Webster, the President laid the cornerstone for the northeast corner of the House wing in accordance with Walter's plans.
      His oration eclipsed the remarks of all other speakers that day and is among the most quoted American public addresses. "I Have a Dream" has come to epitomize the aspirations of the modern civil rights movement.
      Compare orator, oration, and oratory.
      n[U] behavior that most people do not consider normal or morally correct
      In sociology, deviance describes an action or behavior that violates social norms, including a formally enacted rule (e.g., crime), as well as informal violations of social norms (e.g., rejecting folkways and mores).
      This is a book which revels in sado-masochistic sexual deviance and abuse, and tens of millions are craving and consuming it as a form of entertainment.
      Not only were tattoos linked with deviance, it was argued that the physical act of getting a tattoo would cause future deviance.
      Workplace deviance, in group psychology, may be described as the deliberate (or intentional) desire to cause harm to an organization – more specifically, a workplace.
      It can be seen as "voluntary behavior that violates institutionalized norms and in doing so threatens the well-being of the organization".
      Workplace deviance may arise from the worker's perception that their organization has mistreated him or her in some manner.
      Employees then resort to misbehaving (or acting out) as a means of avenging their organization for the perceived wrongdoing.
      In statistics, deviance is a quality of fit statistic for a model that is often used for statistical hypothesis testing. It is a generalization of the idea of using the sum of squares of residuals in ordinary least squares to cases where model-fitting is achieved by maximum likelihood.
      adj easily embarrassed in social situations, shy
      Naked in a chair, she is bashful about opening her legs.
      With Internet Marketing, it isn't advisable to be bashful.
      Always bashful, John took a lot of persuading to be interviewed.
      "People have started calling me Delegate Zhu," she said, appearing both bashful and delighted at the elevation.
      adj difficult or impossible to read
      The paper is old and yellow, the letter-press in some places illegible , and several leaves are missing.
      If the question paper is incomplete or illegible, raise your hand to attract attention.
      No expired, defaced, mutilated, illegible or fraudulent label or symbol or token shall be displayed in any motor vehicle and no such motor vehicle shall be used on any road or in a public place.
      Mizour's list is written in nearly illegible handwriting, but it's not her fault - her desk is her lap.
      n[C] sb who is not happy or satisfied
      The princes warn that they will silence the malcontents by force.
      It is not the case that a certain number of people are born as "malcontents or agitators", as you claim.
      But Robert Morris of Pennsylvania thought it too early - "a certain premature declaration which you know I always opposed," he wrote superciliously to Horatio Gates, the military malcontent of the Revolution.
      What about all the people who do want to stay a part of the US? Just because Texas has 68,000 malcontents doesn't mean that the millions of other Texans want to secede.
      adj incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished, unconquerable
      Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.
      One historian described Leo's character as one of indomitable energy, magnanimity, consistency, and devotion to duty.
      Cassy, I admire your indomitable courage. It takes a lot of guts to share your story.
      By his dauntless initiative, unfaltering courage, and indomitable determination during a critical period of action, Sgt. Cole served as an inspiration to his comrades, and his stouthearted leadership in the face of almost certain death sustained and enhanced the highest tradition of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
      n[U] the activity of farming and caring for animals ¶ careful management of resources
      Animal husbandry is the management and care of farm animals by humans for profit, in which genetic qualities and behaviour, considered to be advantageous to humans, are further developed.
      Sheep rearing is the raising and breeding of domestic sheep. It is a branch of animal husbandry. Sheep are raised principally for their meat, lamb or mutton, for their milk, or for wool. They also yield sheepskin and parchment.
      The husbandry of coffee is intense with pruning, selection of strong leaders, the removal of gormandizers and encouragement of lateral growth being the key elements to achieving the magical yield of 100 boxes per acre.
      See Sir John Sinclair's valuable An account of husbandry in Scotland (Edinburgh, 1812).
      adj determined to have one's own way
      I was young, headstrong and independent - and I thought I knew everything.
      My wife is more headstrong and the disciplinarian in the family and I pamper the child.
      In this retelling, she's a headstrong young girl who's more interested in keeping up with her brothers in sword fights than joining her dainty twin sister Clytemnestra in sewing clothes.
      Of the three judges, Asha is the most diva-like. She is headstrong in her views, and she doesn't like it when they, or her verdict, are questioned.
      Walking dogs, especially large or headstrong ones, can be challenging for dainty girl.
      Despite being stubborn and headstrong with her parents, she is kind and courteous to the rest of the world, which is what matters.
      n[U] the ability to be polite, calm, and patient in difficult situations
      No voice was raised to heckle or jeer. No crowd gathered outside the court to flaunt its hatred. Instead, the Norwegians behaved with the forbearance and restraint of an eminently dignified society.
      They saw no need to parade their revulsion, not even after Breivik had given a minute-by-minute account of exactly what he did on Utoya island when it was filled with 500 camping teenagers.
      In the context of a mortgage process, forbearance is a special agreement between the lender and the borrower to delay a foreclosure. The literal meaning of forbearance is "holding back."
      Loan borrowers sometimes have problems making payments. This may cause the lender to start the foreclosure process. To avoid foreclosure, the lender and the borrower can make an agreement called "forbearance".
      According to this agreement, the lender delays his right to exercise foreclosure if the borrower can catch up to his payment schedule in a certain time. This period and the payment plan depend on the details of the agreement that are accepted by both parties.
      Historically, forbearance has been granted for customers in temporary or short-term financial difficulty.
      If the borrower has more serious problems, i.e. where the return to full mortgage payments in the long term does not appear sustainable, then forbearance is usually not a solution.
      n[UC] weakness or illness
      If people are vulnerable, because of their age, ill health or infirmity, then the agencies would encourage them to leave areas of danger on catastrophic fire days.
      If, because of an illness or infirmity, you are incapable of applying for a Canada Pension Plan pension or benefit, your representative can apply on your behalf.
      If you are permanently incapacitated because of physical or mental infirmity, a gift or inheritance taken by you to meet your medical expenses (including, for example, the cost of nursing home care) is exempt from gift or inheritance tax.
      When the revolution broke out on Aug. 30, 1896, the Spanish authorities arrested him. His physical infirmity, however, made the Spaniards believe that they had made a mistake.
      v[I] put off
      If you procrastinate, you keep leaving things you should do until later, often because you do not want to do them.
      In fact, most people do not even get started. They procrastinate. They make up excuses why they will start tomorrow instead of today.
      To those who are still procrastinating, remember your mortality is assured.
      It's a familiar pattern: procrastinate and fall behind then go into manic overdrive, or overestimate what I can do in a given amount of time and run around like a mad thing trying to keep my promises until eventually the mind or body cracks under the pressure and I succumb to sickness or anxiety.
      I find that there's two ways to get myself to not procrastinate: Just do it. Chip away at it a little bit at a time in advance.
      Procrastination is the thief of time.