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Word of the day for August 2
perfusionist n
  1. A trained clinician who operates the heart-lung machine during cardiac and other surgeries.

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Word of the day for August 3
compunction n
  1. A pricking of conscience or a feeling of regret, especially one which is slight or fleeting.

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Word of the day for August 4
cajole v
  1. To persuade someone to do something which they are reluctant to do, especially by flattery or promises; to coax.

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descanso n
  1. A cross placed at the site of a violent, unexpected death, in memoriam.

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anapest n
  1. (prosody) A metrical foot consisting of three syllables, two short and one long (e.g., the word velveteen).
  2. (prosody) A fragment, phrase or line of poetry or verse using this meter, e.g., “Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did NOT!” (Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)).

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green gown n
  1. (now archaic, historical) A dress that has been stained green from rolling in the grass; generally with allusion to sexual activity, especially a woman's loss of virginity.

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Word of the day for August 8
levant v
  1. To abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts.

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Word of the day for August 9
lah particle
  1. (Manglish and Singlish) Placed at the end of a sentence either for emphasis or reassurance.
    • Don’t think so much lah!
    • It’s okay lah (It's all right. Don't worry about it.).

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Word of the day for August 10
inside baseball n
  1. (US, idiomatic, sports) Technical matters concerning baseball not apparent to spectators.
  2. (US, idiomatic, by extension) Matters of interest only to insiders.

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Word of the day for August 11
metaknowledge n
  1. (philosophy) Knowledge about knowledge itself.
  2. (psychology, artificial intelligence) Knowledge about types, domains, functions, or preconditions of knowledge.

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Word of the day for August 12
cicada n
  1. Any of several insects in the superfamily Cicadoidea, with small eyes wide apart on the head and transparent, well-veined wings.

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Word of the day for August 13
oobleck n
  1. A mixture of cornstarch and water with unusual physical properties.

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atend v
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To set on fire; kindle.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To take or catch fire.

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Word of the day for August 15
beeline n
  1. A very direct or quick path or trip.
  2. (mining, chiefly historical) A dynamite fuse made with a small quantity of dynamite powder along its length, so that the spark travels quickly and at a specific known rate.

PointingHand.svg Today is National Honey Bee Day in the USA in 2015.

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Word of the day for August 17
quiddity n
  1. (philosophy) The essence or inherent nature of a person or thing.
  2. (law) A trifle; a nicety or quibble.
  3. An eccentricity; an odd feature.

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Word of the day for August 18
Beowulf cluster n
  1. (computing) A cluster of standard personal computers linked by a local area network, usually of the order of 10 nodes.

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Word of the day for August 19
strumpet n
  1. A female prostitute; a woman who is very sexually active.
  2. A female adulterer.
  3. A mistress.
  4. (derogatory) A trollop, a whore.

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Word of the day for August 20
kitchen-sinky adj
  1. (informal) Inclusive of too wide a variety of features or items, typically with a resulting trade-off in efficiency or usefulness.
  2. Of or pertaining to the kitchen sink drama; depicting social realities in an unstylized and direct manner.

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Word of the day for August 21
water of crystallization n
  1. (chemistry) The water present in the crystals of the salts of certain metals; it is weakly bound by electrostatic forces and may normally be removed by heating.

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Word of the day for August 22
angleworm n
  1. (Northern US) An earthworm, used as or destined to be used as bait to catch fish.

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Word of the day for August 23
budgie smugglers n
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal, plural only) A style of tightfitting men's swimming costume cut like underwear briefs that covers the buttocks and groin but not the legs, especially worn in surf lifesaving and in swimming races.

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Word of the day for August 24
resplendence n
  1. The property of being, or that which causes something to be, resplendent.

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Word of the day for August 26
yeasayer n
  1. One whose attitude is positive, optimistic, confidently affirmative.
  2. (pejorative) One who habitually agrees uncritically.

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Word of the day for August 27
wantokism n
  1. The Melanesian cultural practice of relying on one's wantoks for any need, and of sharing the fruits of one's personal success with one's wantoks.

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Word of the day for August 28
manumission n
  1. Release from slavery or other legally sanctioned servitude; the giving of freedom; the act of manumitting.

PointingHand.svg On this day, the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 of the United Kingdom received royal assent.

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