- An office or position that requires or involves little or no responsibility, work, or active service.
- An aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.
- A showy trifle; a trinket; a bauble.
- 1. Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form.
2. Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross; as, palpable imposture; palpable absurdity; palpable errors.
- Using or marked by the use of a minimum of words; brief and pithy; brusque.
- 1. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation.
2. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity.
3. Empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; insincere talk; hypocrisy.
4. A whining manner of speaking, especially of beggars.
- 1. Sparing in eating and drinking; temperate; abstinent.
2. Sparingly used or consumed; used with temperance or moderation.
3. Marked by or spent in abstinence.
- 1. A burden; an obligation; a disagreeable necessity.
2. a: A stigma. b: Blame.
3. The burden of proof.
- Of never ending duration; having beginning but no end; everlasting; endless.
- 1. The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity.
2. A charitable gift or act.
- 1. In an initial or early stage; just begun.
2. Imperfectly formed or formulated.
- The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.
- 1. [Astronomy]. The point of the celestial sphere directly opposite the zenith and directly below the observer.
2. The lowest point; the time of greatest depression or adversity.
- Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; juvenile; childish.
- 1. To proceed without interruption; to make a smooth transition.
1. An instance or act of segueing; a smooth transition.
- Full of or expressing high-spirited merriment; light-hearted; mirthful.
- Not capable of being swayed by pleas, appeals, or reason; not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.
- 1. A kingfisher.
2. A mythical bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was fabled to nest at sea about the time of the winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation.
1. Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy; as, "deep, halcyon repose."
2. Marked by peace and prosperity; as, "halcyon years."
- Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.
- 1. A showy but useless or worthless object; a gewgaw.
1. Tastelessly showy; cheap; gaudy.
- Having an offensive smell; stinking.
- A small or moderate or token amount.
- 1. Added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
2. (Biology) Out of the proper or usual place; as, "adventitious buds or roots."
- To surrender under agreed conditions.
- 1. To melt away or to disappear as if by melting.
2. (Chemistry) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
3. To become fluid or soft with age, as certain fungi.
4. To form many small divisions or branches -- used especially of the veins of a leaf.
- 1. To enclose within walls, or as if within walls; hence, to shut up; to imprison; to incarcerate.
2. To build into a wall.
3. To entomb in a wall.
- 1. (plural, capitalized) The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
2. A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.
- Fear or hatred of strangers, people from other countries, or of anything that is strange or foreign.
- Haughty manner, spirit, or bearing; haughtiness; arrogance.
- 1. Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to transact business.
2. A select group.
- A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
- Marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice where they are neither requested nor needed; meddlesome.
- Excessive or pretentious display; boastful showiness.
- Covered with hair; set with bristles; shaggy; hairy.
- 1. To drink with relish; to drink copiously of; to swallow in large draughts.
1. To drink largely or luxuriously.
1. A drink quaffed.
- 1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
2. A leader of the common people in ancient times.
- A confused mixture; an assortment; a medley.
- 1. To raise trivial or frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason.
1. To raise trivial objections to.
1. A trivial or frivolous objection.
- To laugh at with contempt; to subject to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.
- A person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
- A person who entertains (as by playing music) in public places.
- 1. A kind of net for catching birds, fish, etc.
2. A kind of shackle used for making a horse amble.
3. Something that impedes activity, progress, or freedom, as a net or shackle.
4. An iron hook of various forms and sizes, used for handing kettles and other vessels over the fire.
5. An instrument for drawing ellipses.
6. An instrument for aligning or adjusting parts of a machine.
1. To entangle, as in a net; to enmesh.
2. To hamper; to hinder the activity, progress, or freedom of.
- Able to contain much; roomy; spacious.
- Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.
- Liable to vanish or pass away like vapor; fleeting.
- 1. Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy.
2. Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.
3. Insincerely or excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.
- Richly melodious; pleasant sounding; musical.
- 1. (Music) (a) A melody or counterpoint sung above the plain song of the tenor. (b) The upper voice in part music.
2. A discourse or discussion on a theme.
\DES-kant; des-KANT; dis-\, intransitive verb:
1. (a) To sing or play a descant. (b) To sing.
2. To comment freely; to discourse at length.
- 1. A trifle; a thing of little or no importance.
2. A short, light musical or literary piece.
3. A game played with a cue and balls on an oblong table having cups or arches at one end.