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Word of the day for May 1
mizzenmast n
  1. (nautical) The third mast from the bow on a ship having three or more masts.
  2. (nautical) The shorter, aftward mast of a ship having two masts, such as a ketch or yawl.

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Word of the day for May 2
alacrity n
  1. Eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm.
  2. Promptness; speed.

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Word of the day for May 3
resile v
  1. To start back; to recoil; to recede from a purpose.
  2. To spring back; rebound; resume the original form or position, as an elastic body.

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Word of the day for May 4
gullet n
  1. The throat or esophagus.

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Word of the day for May 5
stygian adj
  1. Dark and gloomy.
  2. Infernal or hellish.
  3. Of, or relating to the river Styx.

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Word of the day for May 6
lax adj
  1. Lenient and allowing for deviation; not strict.
  2. Loose; not tight or taut.

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Word of the day for May 7
countenance v
  1. To tolerate, support, sanction, or approve of something.

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Word of the day for May 8
polyptoton n
  1. A stylistic scheme in which words from the same root are used together, or a word is repeated in a different inflection or case.

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Word of the day for May 9
malfeasance n
  1. Wrongdoing.
  2. (law) Sabotage that causes damage.

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Word of the day for May 10
howbeit adv
  1. (archaic) Be that as it may; nevertheless.

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Word of the day for May 11
empyreal adj
  1. Pertaining to the highest heaven or the empyrean; celestial; exalted.
  2. Of the sky or heavens.
  3. Fiery, made of pure fire.

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Word of the day for May 12
quasar n
  1. (astronomy) An extragalactic object, starlike in appearance, that is among the most luminous and thought to be the most distant objects in the universe.

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Word of the day for May 13
augur v
  1. To foretell events; to exhibit signs of future events.

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Word of the day for May 14
grue adj
  1. (philosophy) Of an object, green when first observed before a specified time or blue when first observed after that time.
  2. (linguistics) A term sometimes used as a translation of the word used for both "green" and "blue" in certain languages, such as Welsh, that do not distinguish between the two colors.

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Word of the day for May 15
repechage n
  1. (sports) A heat in which competitors who have lost in a previous round compete for a place in a semifinal.

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Word of the day for May 16
draconian adj
  1. Very severe, oppressive or strict.
  2. (in fiction) Of or resembling a dragon.

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Word of the day for May 17
practicum n
  1. A college course designed to give a student supervised practical knowledge of a subject previously studied theoretically.
  2. A science exam in which students are questioned about specimens or other objects placed in front of them.

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Word of the day for May 18
nip in the bud v
  1. To remove a bud from a plant to prevent flower and fruit from forming.
  2. (idiomatic) To stop something at an early stage.

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Word of the day for May 19
bulwark n
  1. A defensive wall or rampart.
  2. A defense or safeguard.
  3. A breakwater.

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Word of the day for May 20
voluble adj
  1. Fluent; having a ready flow of speech; garrulous or loquacious.
  2. Easily rolling or turning.
  3. (botany) Twisting and turning like a vine.

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Word of the day for May 21
propel v
  1. To cause to move very fast in a certain direction.
  2. To make to arrive at a much greater pace to a certain situation or result.

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Word of the day for May 22
esoteric adj
  1. Understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle.
  2. Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application.
  3. Confidential; private.

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Word of the day for May 23
kiosk n
  1. A small enclosed structure, open on one side or with a window, used as a booth to sell newspapers, cigarettes, etc.

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Word of the day for May 24
heuristic adj
  1. Relating to general strategies or methods for solving problems.
  2. Of a method that is not certain to arrive at an optimal solution.

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Word of the day for May 25
chagrin n
  1. Distress of mind caused by a failure of aims or plans, by mistakes, or by want of appreciation.

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Word of the day for May 26
balustrade n
  1. (architecture) A row of balusters topped by a rail, serving as an open parapet, as along the edge of a balcony.

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Word of the day for May 27
quell v
  1. To take the life of; to kill.
  2. To overpower; to subdue; to put down.
  3. To quiet; to allay; to pacify.

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Word of the day for May 28
unsung adj
  1. Not having been lauded or appreciated.
  2. Not sung.

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Word of the day for May 29
labefaction n
  1. The act of shaking or weakening or the resulting state; overthrow, ruination.

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Word of the day for May 30
tittle n
  1. A small amount; an iota.
  2. The dot (or diacritic replacing it) on the Latin letters i and j.

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Word of the day for May 31
omnishambles n
  1. (UK, chiefly politics) A situation that is bad or mismanaged in every way.

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