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Word of the day for August 1
sphericon n
  1. (geometry) A solid constructed by slicing a 90-degree bicone through a plane containing both apices, rotating one half by 90 degrees, and reconnecting the two halves.

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Word of the day for August 2
akimbo adj
  1. With a crook or bend; with the hand on the hip and elbow turned outward.

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Word of the day for August 3
mastermind v
  1. To act in the role of a person responsible for the highest level of planning and execution of a major operation.

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Word of the day for August 4
gruelling adj
  1. So difficult or taxing as to make one exhausted; backbreaking.

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Word of the day for August 5
calipers n
  1. A device used to measure thickness between two surfaces, especially for small or precise measurements.

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Word of the day for August 6
spackle v
  1. To fill cracks or holes with a plastic paste.
  2. To fill gaps with something; to speckle.

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Word of the day for August 7
badger v
  1. To pester; to annoy persistently.
  2. (British, informal) To pass gas; to fart.

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Word of the day for August 8
hypercorrection n
  1. (linguistics) The use of a nonstandard form due to a belief that it is more formal or more correct than the corresponding standard form.

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Word of the day for August 9
ribald adj
  1. Coarse; lewd; vulgar.

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Word of the day for August 10
fizzle v
  1. To splutter or hiss.
  2. (figuratively) To decay or die off to nothing; to burn out; to end less successfully than previously hoped.

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Word of the day for August 11
propinquity n
  1. Nearness or proximity.
  2. Affiliation or similarity.

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Word of the day for August 12
titubant adj
  1. Stumbling, staggering; with the movement of one who is tipsy.

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Word of the day for August 13
joyride n
  1. An instance of driving a motor vehicle in a carefree or reckless manner, especially a vehicle which has been taken without the permission of the owner.

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Word of the day for August 14
eavesdrop v
  1. To hear a conversation one is not intended to hear.

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Word of the day for August 15
rest on one's laurels v
  1. (idiomatic) To rely on a past success instead of trying to improve oneself further.

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Word of the day for August 16
ample adj
  1. Large; great in size, extent, capacity, or bulk.
  2. Fully sufficient; abundant; copious.

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Word of the day for August 17
quid pro quo n
  1. (law) This for that; giving something to receive something else.
  2. An equal exchange.
  3. Something equivalent.

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Word of the day for August 18
dramaturgic adj
  1. Of or relating to the art of dramatic composition for the stage.

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Word of the day for August 19
landlubber n
  1. A person who lives and works on the land.
  2. (nautical) Someone unfamiliar with the sea or seamanship, especially a novice seaman.

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Word of the day for August 20
hassle v
  1. To trouble, to bother, to annoy.
  2. To pick a fight or start an argument.

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Word of the day for August 21
crux n
  1. The basic, central, or essential point or feature.
  2. The critical or transitional moment or issue, a turning point.

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Word of the day for August 22
gangly adj
  1. Tall and thin, especially so as to cause physical awkwardness.

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Word of the day for August 23
typhoon n
  1. A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane or cyclone, which results in wind speeds of 118km/h or above.

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Word of the day for August 24
scrutinize v
  1. To examine something with great care.
  2. To audit accounts in order to verify them.

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Word of the day for August 25
indecisive adj
  1. (of a person) Not marked by promptness or decision.
  2. Inconclusive or uncertain.

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Word of the day for August 26
proprioception n
  1. The sense of the position of parts of the body, relative to other neighbouring parts of the body.

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Word of the day for August 27
comprehensive adj
  1. Broadly or completely covering; including a large proportion of something.

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Word of the day for August 28
unfurl v
  1. To unroll or release, especially a sail or a flag.
  2. (figuratively) To roll out or debut anything.

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Word of the day for August 29
requiem n
  1. A mass or other ceremony to honor and remember a dead person.
  2. A musical composition for such a mass.
  3. A piece of music composed to honor a dead person.

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Word of the day for August 30
burgundy adj
  1. Of a deep red color, like that of Burgundy wine.

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Word of the day for August 31
articulation n
  1. A joint or the collection of joints at which something is articulated, or hinged, for bending.
  2. The quality, clarity, or sharpness of speech.
  3. (music) The manner in which something is tongued, slurred or bowed.
  4. (accounting) A state in which the elements of financial statements are fundamentally interrelated.

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