Wiktionary:Word of the day/Archive/2016/February

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Word of the day for February 1
balconing n
  1. The act of going from one room to another room by jumping from the balcony of one room to the balcony of the other.
  2. The act of jumping from a balcony towards a swimming pool.

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Word of the day for February 2
twang v
  1. To produce a sharp vibrating sound, like a tense string pulled and suddenly let go.
  2. To play a stringed musical instrument by plucking and snapping.

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Word of the day for February 3
twee adj

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Word of the day for February 4
bizbabble n
  1. Meaningless verbiage of business executives.

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Word of the day for February 5
pony keg n
  1. (US) A container for beer holding 7.75 US gallons, equal to half the size of a standard beer keg.
  2. (Cincinnati, colloquial) A drive-through liquor store; by extension, any convenience store.

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handwavy adj
  1. Of a demonstration, proof, or explanation, missing important details or logical steps, perhaps instead appealing to common sense, tradition, intuition, or examples.

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Word of the day for February 7
chuchotage n
  1. The interpretation or translation of speech in a whisper to a single person in proximity to other people.

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Word of the day for February 8
bifurcate adj
  1. Divided or forked into two; bifurcated.
  2. Having bifurcations.

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Word of the day for February 9
Judas goat n
  1. A goat trained to lead other goats to a place of slaughter.
  2. A goat trained to find feral goats.

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Word of the day for February 10
beholden adj
  1. Obligated to provide, display, or do something for another; indebted, obliged.
  2. Bound by external expectations, such as fashion or morality.

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Word of the day for February 11
nosh v
  1. (intransitive, usually with on) To eat a snack or light meal. []

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Word of the day for February 12
gravitational wave n
  1. (physics) A fluctuation in spacetime caused by accelerating mass, which propagates as a wave at the speed of light.
PointingHand.svg The existence of gravitational waves, predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, was confirmed yesterday (11 February 2016) by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

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Word of the day for February 13
trigger warning n
  1. A notice placed before the beginning of media content (usually an online article, e-mail, or post) to warn of potential traumatic triggers it contains.

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Word of the day for February 14
Arizona room n
  1. (US) A room found in homes in Arizona, typically a patio that has been covered and screened so as to create an outdoor feeling while avoiding excessive heat and insects.
PointingHand.svg Arizona was admitted as the 48th state of the USA on this day in 1912.

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Word of the day for February 15
voluntourist n
  1. A tourist who takes part in voluntourism.

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Word of the day for February 16
finitary adj
  1. Of a function, taking a finite number of arguments to produce an output.
  2. (logic) Pertaining to finite-length proofs, each using a finite set of axioms.

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Word of the day for February 17
suzerainty n
  1. A relation between states in which a subservient nation has its own government, but is unable to take international action independent of the superior state; a similar relationship between other entities.
  2. The status or power of a suzerain.

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Word of the day for February 18
quoit n
  1. A flat disc of metal or stone thrown at a target in the game of quoits.
  2. A ring of rubber or rope similarly used in the game of deck-quoits.
  3. The flat stone covering a cromlech.
  4. The discus used in ancient sports.

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Word of the day for February 19
tendentious adj
  1. Having a tendency; written or spoken with a partisan, biased or prejudiced purpose, especially a controversial one.
  2. Implicitly or explicitly slanted.

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Word of the day for February 20
venire n
  1. (law) A writ of venire facias.
  2. (law, chiefly US) A group of persons summoned by a writ of venire facias to appear in court for jury selection.

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Word of the day for February 21
unicameral adj
  1. Of, or having, a single legislative chamber.
  2. (linguistics, of a script) Making no distinction between upper and lower case, but rather having only one case.

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Word of the day for February 22
usurious adj
  1. Of or pertaining to usury.
  2. Exorbitant.

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Word of the day for February 23
apace adj

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Word of the day for February 24
riven adj

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Word of the day for February 25
satisfice v
  1. (social sciences, intransitive) Of human behavior: to make a choice that suffices to fulfill the minimum requirements to achieve an objective, without special regard for utility maximization or optimization of one's preferences.

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Word of the day for February 26
piquant adj
  1. Engaging; charming.
  2. Favorably stimulating to the palate; pleasantly spicy; stimulating.
  3. (archaic) Causing hurt feelings; scathing.

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Word of the day for February 27
vituperation n
  1. The act of vituperating; severely blaming or censuring.
  2. Criticism or invective which is sustained and considered to be overly harsh; abuse, severe blame or censure.

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Word of the day for February 28
unbirthday n
  1. A day that is not one's birthday but is celebrated as though it were.

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Word of the day for February 29
leap day n
  1. The extra day in a leap year, currently February 29th in countries that use the Gregorian calendar and February 24th in the few communities using the Julian calendar.

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