The faculty or phenomenon of making fortunate accidental discoveries.
1. A quick thrust given after parrying an opponent's lunge in fencing.
2. A quick and effective reply by word or act.
1. To make a riposte.
1. Familiar talk; easy, unrestrained, unceremonious conversation.
2. (Psychology) A plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered.
1. Characterized by or full of force and vigor; as, "a trenchant analysis."
2. Caustic; biting; severe; as, "trenchant criticism."
3. Distinct; clear-cut; clearly or sharply defined.
1. The incarnation of a deity -- chiefly associated in Hinduism with the incarnations of Vishnu.
2. An embodiment, as of a quality, concept, philosophy, or tradition; an archetype.
3. A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity.
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1. Spoken low or in an undertone, as not to be overheard.
2. (Music) In very soft tones. Used chiefly as a direction.
1. The time of life before a person becomes legally of age.
2. A period of youth or immaturity.
1. Marked by repeated turns and bends; as, "a tortuous road up the mountain."
2. Not straightforward; devious; as, "his tortuous reasoning."
3. Highly involved or intricate; as, "tortuous legal procedures."
A small decorative object without practical utility; a trinket.
1. Of or resulting from divine direction or superintendence.
2. Occurring through or as if through divine intervention; peculiarly fortunate or appropriate.
Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; tedious by an excess of words; wordy; as, "a verbose speaker; a verbose argument."
A morbid fear of the number 13 or the date Friday the 13th.
Something desired or considered necessary.
1. Early; in good time; before it is late.
2. At times; on occasion.
3. [Archaic] Soon; in a short time.
1. Relating to money; monetary.
2. Consisting of money.
3. Requiring payment of money.
1. While being produced or born.
1. Being produced or born.
1. Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; instructive; teaching some moral lesson; as, "didactic essays."
2. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively; moralistic.
To accustom or become accustomed to a new climate, environment, or situation.
1. Contrary to or differing from some acknowledged standard, especially in church doctrine or dogma; unorthodox.
2. Holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines.
1. A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream.
2. Any constantly changing scene.
1. A rebound following a collision; a glancing off.
2. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball successively strikes two other balls on the table.
1. To strike and rebound; to glance.
2. To make a carom.
1. To make (an object) bounce off something; to cause to carom.
1. Tending to cause trouble; unruly.
2. Irritable; snappish; cranky.
The process of reasoning.
Relating to, occupied with, or fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; merry; festive.
1. To divide into two branches or parts.
1. To branch or separate into two parts.
1. Divided into two branches or parts; forked.
To act in concert; to conspire; to plot.
1. Given to faction; addicted to form parties and raise dissensions, in opposition to government or the common good; turbulent; seditious; prone to clamor against public measures or men; -- said of persons.
2. Pertaining to faction; proceeding from faction; indicating, or characterized by, faction; -- said of acts or expressions; as, factious quarrels.
To treat someone or something with deep respect, reverence or deference; to revere.
Difficult to comprehend or understand.
1. Lacking in nutritive value.
2. Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; childish.
3. Lacking interest or significance; dull; meager; dry.
Marked by, causing, or expressing grief or sorrow.
1. To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to counteract.
2. To compensate for; to offset; to furnish or serve as an equivalent to.
1. To exert force against an opposing, often bad, influence or power.
1. Drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion; weak; weary; heavy.
2. Promoting or indicating weakness or heaviness.
3. Slow; lacking vigor or force.
A struggle or contest; conflict; especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work.
An answer to a reply; or, in general, an answer or reply.
A formal discourse on a subject.
The act of belching; a belch.
1. An abusive expression or speech; a vehement verbal attack.
2. Insulting or abusive language.
1. Of, relating to, or characterized by insult, abuse, or denunciatory language.
1. To climb with difficulty, or on all fours; to scramble.
1. The act of clambering.
1. To induce someone to convert to one's religious faith.
2. To induce someone to join one's institution, cause, or political party.
1. To convert to some religion, system, opinion, or the like.
1. To act or be counter to; to violate.
2. To oppose in argument; to contradict.
1. To issue or utter verbal attacks or censures authoritatively or menacingly.
2. To explode; to detonate.
1. To utter or send out with denunciations or censures.
2. To cause to explode.
Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; inactive.
1. In music drama, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label.
2. A dominant and recurring theme.
1. A sacred place.
2. A place of retreat where one is free from intrusion.
1. To reduce in violence (said of diseases, etc.); to lessen or abate.
2. To cover by excuses and apologies; to extenuate.
3. To reduce in severity; to make less intense.
1. Having the characteristics of both sexes.
2. Effeminate; unmasculine.
3. Sexless; neuter.
4. (Linguistics) Having but one form of the noun for both the male and the female.
1. A person or thing that is epicene.
2. (Linguistics) An epicene word.