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Word of the day  for August 1
expurgate v   help, file
  1. To edit out rude, incorrect, offensive, or useless information from a book, CD or other publication.

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Word of the day  for August 2
infix n   help, file
  1. (linguistics) A morpheme inserted in the body of a word.

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Word of the day  for August 3
arachnidism n   help, file
  1. The condition of being poisoned as a result of a spider's bite.

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Word of the day  for August 4
haunch n   help, file
  1. The hips, buttocks and upper thigh of a human or primate.

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5

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Word of the day  for August 5
whippersnapper n   help, file
  1. A young and cheeky or annoyingly presumptious person.

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Word of the day  for August 6
discrepancy n   help, file
  1. A conflicting difference or inconsistency between facts or sentiments.

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Word of the day  for August 7
ace up one's sleeve idiom   help, file
  1. (idiomatic) A surprise advantage of which others are not aware.

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8

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Word of the day  for August 8
egress n   help, file
  1. The action of going out of a place.
  2. A means of going out of a place; an exit.

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Word of the day  for August 9
porous adj   help, file
  1. Having tiny openings through which liquids may pass.

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Word of the day  for August 10
not in Kansas anymore phrase   help, file
  1. No longer in quiet and comfortable surroundings.

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Word of the day  for August 11
anachronism n   help, file
  1. Something which or someone who belongs in the past and doesn't fit anymore in present days.

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12

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Word of the day  for August 12
malevolence n   help, file
  1. Evil disposition or hatred towards another; the intention to harm others.
  2. Behaviour indicating spite and ill will.

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Word of the day  for August 13
of that ilk adj   help, file
  1. Having a surname that is the same as the place where one lives.

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Word of the day  for August 14
wear one's heart on one's sleeve v   help, file
  1. To be extremely transparent, open, or forthright about one's emotions.

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Word of the day  for August 15
defatigable adj   help, file
  1. Easily tired or wearied.

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Word of the day  for August 16
timber n   help, file
  1. Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.
  2. Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction.
  3. A heavy wooden beam, generally a whole log that has been squared off and used to provide heavy support for things such as roof.

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17

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Word of the day  for August 17
what with adv   help, file
  1. (idiomatic) Owing to; because of; as a result of.

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Word of the day  for August 18
chromatid n   help, file
  1. Either of the two strands of a chromosome that separate during mitosis.

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Word of the day  for August 19
irksome adj   help, file
  1. Disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition.

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20

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Word of the day  for August 20
apply oneself v   help, file
  1. To put forth a concerted effort; to try; to focus.

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21

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Word of the day  for August 21
torporific adj   help, file
  1. Inducing torpor; tending to cause apathy or lethargy.

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22

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Word of the day  for August 22
encompass v   help, file
  1. To form a circle around; to encircle.
  2. To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround.
  3. To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.
  4. To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.

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Word of the day  for August 23
incombustible adj   help, file
  1. Not capable of catching fire and burning.

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Word of the day  for August 24
vortex n   help, file
  1. A whirlwind, whirlpool, or similarly moving matter in the form of a spiral or column.
  2. Anything that involves constant violent or chaotic activity around some centre.
  3. Anything which inevitably draws surrounding things into its current.

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Word of the day  for August 25
dingle n   help, file
  1. A small, narrow, usually wooded valley.

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Word of the day  for August 26
nucleus n   help, file
  1. The central part (of something), round which others are collected.
  2. The massive, positively charged central part of an atom made up of protons and neutrons.
  3. A large organelle found in cells which contains genetic material.
  4. A cluster of many neuronal bodies where synapsing occurs.

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Word of the day  for August 27
redshirt n   help, file
  1. In collegiate sports: an athlete who spends a year not participating in official athletic activities, but does not lose his or her eligibility to participate in following years.
  2. In the United States Navy: a person responsible for loading and unloading weapons, artillery, and equipment from aircraft.
  3. In science fiction: an unimportant character introduced only to be killed in order to underscore the peril to the important characters; an expendable character.

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Word of the day  for August 28
salivate v   help, file
  1. To produce saliva.
  2. To show eager anticipation at the expectation of something.

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29

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Word of the day  for August 29
make a mountain out of a molehill v   help, file
  1. To treat a problem as larger than it is; to blow something out of proportion unnecessarily.

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30

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Word of the day  for August 30
bestir v   help, file
  1. To put into brisk or vigorous action; to move with life and vigor.
  2. To become active; to rouse oneself.

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Word of the day  for August 31
neoplasm n   help, file
  1. (pathology) An abnormal new growth of disorganized tissue in animals or plants.

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