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Word of the day  for November 1
winnow v   help, file
  1. To free or separate grain or the like from chaff or refuse matter, usually by means of wind.
  2. To wave to and fro; to flutter; to flap.

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Word of the day  for November 2
rodomontade v   help, file
  1. To boast, brag or bluster pretentiously.

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Word of the day  for November 3
crestfallen adj   help, file
  1. Sad because of a recent event.
  2. Depressed.

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Word of the day  for November 4
illuminate v   help, file
  1. To shine light on something.
  2. To clarify or make something understandable.
  3. To decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs.

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Word of the day  for November 5
aprosdoketon n   help, file
  1. A figure of speech where an expected word in an idiom is replaced unexpectedly by an unusual one.

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Word of the day  for November 6
stochastic adj   help, file
  1. Random; determined randomly.

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Word of the day  for November 7
ivory tower n   help, file
  1. A sheltered, overly-academic existence or perspective, implying a disconnection or lack of awareness of reality or practical considerations.

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Word of the day  for November 8
crystalize v   help, file
  1. To assume crystalline form.
  2. To take definite form.

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Word of the day  for November 9
higgledy-piggledy adj   help, file
  1. In utter order or confusion; mixed up.

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Word of the day  for November 10
percolate v   help, file
  1. To filter a liquid through a porous substance.

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Word of the day  for November 11
aquiline adj   help, file
  1. Of or like an eagle.

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Word of the day  for November 12
logogram n   help, file
  1. A character or symbol that represents a word or phrase.

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Word of the day  for November 13
upstage v   help, file
  1. To draw attention away from.
  2. To force an actor to face away from the audience by staying upstage.

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Word of the day  for November 14
flagship n   help, file
  1. A ship occupied by the fleet commander.
  2. The most important item in a related group.

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Word of the day  for November 15
inebriated adj   help, file
  1. Behaving as though affected by alcohol.

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Word of the day  for November 16
mitigate v   help, file
  1. To reduce, lessen, or decrease.

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Word of the day  for November 17
tremulous adj   help, file
  1. Trembling or shaking.
  2. Timid or unconfident.

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Word of the day  for November 18
eponym n   help, file
  1. A person whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity.
  2. A word formed from a person’s name.

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Word of the day  for November 19
lurid adj   help, file
  1. Ghastly, pale, or wan in appearance.
  2. Shocking, horrifying.

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Word of the day  for November 20
dactylology n   help, file
  1. The use of the fingers and hands to communicate ideas, especially by the deaf.

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Word of the day  for November 21
ruminate v   help, file
  1. To chew cud.
  2. To meditate or reflect.

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Word of the day  for November 22
shekel n   help, file
  1. A currency unit or both ancient and modern Israel.

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Word of the day  for November 23
kowtow v   help, file
  1. To kneel and bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground.
  2. To act in a very submissive manner.

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Word of the day  for November 24
Byzantine adj   help, file
  1. Of or pertaining to Byzantium.
  2. Overly complex or intricate.

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Word of the day  for November 25
watchword n   help, file
  1. A prearranged reply to the challenge of a sentry.
  2. A rallying cry.

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Word of the day  for November 26
careen v   help, file
  1. To heave a ship down on one side so as to expose the other.
  2. To sway violently from side to side.

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Word of the day  for November 27
omnific adj   help, file
  1. Capable of making or doing anything.

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Word of the day  for November 28
quixotic adj   help, file
  1. Acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism or practicality.

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Word of the day  for November 29
penultimate adj   help, file
  1. Of the next-to-last item in a sequence.

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Word of the day  for November 30
glimmer v   help, file
  1. To shine with a faint light.

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