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Word of the day for March 1
bork v
  1. (transitive, intransitive, US, politics, often pejorative) To defeat a person's appointment or election, judicial nomination, etc., through a concerted attack on the person's character, background, and philosophy. []
  2. (transitive, slang) To misconfigure, break, or damage, especially a computer or other complex device. []
PointingHand.svg Robert Bork, a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and legal scholar, whose last name gave rise to the word, was born on this day in 1927.

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Word of the day for March 2
montage n
  1. (countable) A composite work, particularly an artwork, created by assembling or putting together other elements such as pieces of music, pictures, texts, videos, etc.
  2. (uncountable) The art or process of doing this.

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Word of the day for March 3
triangulation n
  1. (uncountable, surveying) A technique in which distances and directions are estimated from an accurately measured baseline and the principles of trigonometry.
  2. (countable, surveying) The network of triangles so obtained, that are the basis of a chart or map.
  3. (countable, chess) A delaying move in which the king moves in a triangular path to force the advance of a pawn.
  4. (uncountable, navigation, seismology) A process by which an unknown location is found using three known distances from known locations.
  5. (uncountable, politics) The practice of repositioning one's group or oneself on the political spectrum in an attempt to capture the centre.
  6. (uncountable, qualitative research) The use of three (or more) researchers to interview the same people or to evaluate the same evidence to reduce the impact of individual bias.

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Word of the day for March 4
scene-stealing adj
  1. That steals the scene (dominates a performance through charisma, humour, or powerful acting).
PointingHand.svg The 90th Academy Awards, which honour the best films of 2017, take place today in 2018.

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Word of the day for March 6
bleeding edge n
  1. (technology, idiomatic) Something too new and untested to be reliable or to have any assurance of safety; the figurative place where such things exist.

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Word of the day for March 7
at one blast adv
  1. At once, at the same moment in time.

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Word of the day for March 8
distaff n
  1. A device to which a bundle of natural fibres (often wool, flax, or cotton) are attached for temporary storage, before being drawn off gradually to spin thread. A traditional distaff is a staff with flax fibres tied loosely to it (as indicated by the etymology of the word), but modern distaffs are often made of cords weighted with beads, and attached to the wrist.
  2. The part of a spinning wheel from which fibre is drawn to be spun.
  3. Anything traditionally done by or considered of importance to women only.
  4. A woman, or women considered as a group.
PointingHand.svg Today is designated by the United Nations as International Women’s Day, which commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

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Word of the day for March 9
retrench v
  1. (transitive) To cut down or reduce.
    1. (transitive, specifically) To terminate the employment of a worker to reduce the size of a workforce; to make redundant.
  2. (transitive, military) To furnish with a retrenchment (a defensive work within a fortification).
  3. (intransitive) To abridge; to curtail.
  4. (intransitive) To take up a new defensive position.

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Word of the day for March 10
stronghold n
  1. A place built to withstand attack; a fortress.
  2. (figuratively) A place of domination by, or refuge or survival of, a particular group or idea.

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Word of the day for March 11
dot matrix n
  1. (computing) A two-dimensional array or pattern of dots used (for example, by a display device or a printer) to represent alphanumeric characters and pictures.
  2. (computing) Clipping of dot matrix printer.
PointingHand.svg German inventor Rudolf Hell, who developed a dot-matrix-based teleprinter called the Hellschreiber in the 1920s, died on this day in 2002.

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Word of the day for March 12
keel over v
  1. (intransitive, nautical, also figuratively) Of a vessel: to roll so far on its side that it cannot recover; to capsize or turn turtle.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To collapse in a faint; to black out, to swoon.
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic) To die.

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Word of the day for March 14
Pi Day proper n

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Word of the day for March 15
shock and awe n
  1. (military, also figuratively) A doctrine based on the use of spectacular displays of force.
PointingHand.svg Harlan Kenneth Ullman, who coined the term together with James P. Wade, Jr., in a 1996 work, was born on this day in 1941.

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Word of the day for March 16
glower v
  1. (intransitive) To look or stare with anger.

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Word of the day for March 17
poteen n
  1. (Ireland, countable, uncountable) Illegally produced Irish whiskey; moonshine.
  2. (Ireland, countable, by extension) An unlicensed drinking establishment selling illegally produced Irish whiskey.
PointingHand.svg Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland.

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Word of the day for March 19
pingo n
  1. (geomorphology) A conical mound of earth with an ice core caused by permafrost uplift, particularly if lasting more than a year. []
  2. (Sri Lanka, dated) A flexible pole supported on one shoulder, with a load suspended from each end; a carrying pole or carrying yoke.
  3. (Sri Lanka, dated) A weight equivalent to that which can be carried using a pingo.

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Word of the day for March 20
carious adj
  1. Having caries (bone or tooth decay); decayed, rotten.
PointingHand.svg Today is World Oral Health Day, an annual event organized by the FDI World Dental Federation to raise awareness about oral health.

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Word of the day for March 21
sylvan adj
  1. Pertaining to the forest, or woodlands.
  2. Residing in a forest or wood.
  3. Wooded, or covered in forest.
PointingHand.svg Today is commemorated by the United Nations as the International Day of Forests to raise awareness of the importance of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Word of the day for March 22
long drink of water n
  1. (Scotland, US, slang) A tall person.
PointingHand.svg Today is designated by the United Nations as World Water Day, which focuses on the importance of fresh water and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

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Word of the day for March 24
kersey n
  1. A type of rough woollen cloth.

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Word of the day for March 25
Homeric adj
  1. Resembling or relating to the epic poetry of Homer.
  2. Of or pertaining to Greece during the Bronze Age, as described in Homer's works.
  3. Fit to be immortalized in poetry by Homer; epic, heroic.
PointingHand.svg Today is Greece’s Independence Day, which marks the day in 1821 when the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire was declared.

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Word of the day for March 27
wan adj

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Word of the day for March 28
braggart n
  1. Someone who constantly brags or boasts.

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Word of the day for March 29
wrest v
  1. (transitive) To pull or twist violently.
  2. (transitive) To obtain by pulling or violent force.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To seize.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To distort, to pervert, to twist.
  5. (transitive, music) To tune with a wrest, or key.

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Word of the day for March 30
clerihew n
  1. A humorous rhyme of four lines with the rhyming scheme AABB, usually regarding a person mentioned in the first line.
PointingHand.svg English humourist and novelist Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who invented the clerihew, died on this day in 1956.

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Word of the day for March 31
worshipful adj
  1. Tending to worship; showing reverence.
  2. (chiefly Britain) Used as respectful form of address for a person or body of persons, especially in the name of a livery company.
PointingHand.svg This day in 2018 is Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, in Western Christianity.

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