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Word of the day
for July 1
dromedary n
  1. The single-humped camel (Camelus dromedarius).
  2. Any swift riding camel.

PointingHand.svg Today is the Independence Day of Somalia, where most of Africa’s dromedaries can be found.

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Word of the day
for July 2
could care less v
  1. (US, sometimes proscribed) To not care at all; to have no concern or interest; to be apathetic.
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Word of the day
for July 4
freedom ride n
  1. (US, politics, historical) In the United States in the 1960s (chiefly 1961), any one of a number of trips taken by bus or other forms of transport through parts of the southern U.S., made by groups of civil rights activists demonstrating their opposition to racial prejudice and segregation.
  2. (Australia, politics, historical, by extension) A similar excursion undertaken by protesters in Australia in 1965 in opposition to unfair discrimination against Indigenous Australians.

PointingHand.svg Today is celebrated as Independence Day in the United States.

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Word of the day
for July 5
shot across the bow n
  1. (idiomatic) A warning that negative consequences will be faced if something is carried out or allowed to continue.

PointingHand.svg Today, the first Sunday in July in 2020, is Navy Day in Ukraine.

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Word of the day
for July 11
be gathered to one's fathers v
  1. (biblical and literary, dated) To be buried together with one's forebears; hence, to die.

PointingHand.svg Today is World Population Day, which is recognized by the United Nations to raise awareness about global population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, human rights, maternal health, and the effects of poverty.

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Word of the day
for July 12
languor n
  1. (uncountable) A state of the body or mind caused by exhaustion or disease and characterized by a languid or weary feeling; lassitude; (countable) an instance of this.
  2. (uncountable) Melancholy caused by lovesickness, sadness, etc.; (countable) an instance of this.
  3. (uncountable) Dullness, sluggishness; lack of vigour; stagnation.
  4. (uncountable) Listless indolence or inactivity, especially if enjoyable or relaxing; dreaminess; (countable) an instance of this.
  5. (uncountable) Heavy humidity and stillness of the air.
  6. (uncountable, obsolete) Sorrow; suffering; also, enfeebling disease or illness; (countable, obsolete) an instance of this.
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Word of the day
for July 14
nibling n
  1. (chiefly anthropology, rare, often in the plural) Used especially as a gender-neutral term: the child of one's sibling or sibling-in-law; one's nephew or niece.

PointingHand.svg Today is International Non-binary People’s Day, which recognizes people who have a non-binary gender identity – one that is not exclusively female or male.

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for July 16
armful n
  1. The amount an arm or arms can hold.
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Word of the day
for July 17
stand trial v
  1. (law) To be put on trial in a court of law.
  2. (idiomatic) To sustain the trial or examination of a cause; not to give up without trial.

PointingHand.svg Today is the Day of International Criminal Justice, which was instituted by the states parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to recognize the importance of international criminal justice.

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Word of the day
for July 20
cupbearer n
  1. (chiefly historical) One who ceremonially fills and hands out the cups in which a drink is served.
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Word of the day
for July 22
geoglyph n
  1. (chiefly archaeology) A large-scale drawing or image made on the ground by arranging lines of stones, scratching the earth, etc., and often only fully visible from a distance or the air.
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Word of the day
for July 23
reticence n
  1. (uncountable, also figuratively) Avoidance of saying or reluctance to say too much; discretion, tight-lippedness; (countable) an instance of acting in this manner.
  2. (uncountable) A silent and reserved nature.
  3. (uncountable) Followed by of: discretion or restraint in the use of something.
  4. (uncountable) Often followed by to: hesitancy or reluctance (to do something).
  5. (countable, uncountable, rhetoric, obsolete) Synonym of aposiopesis (an abrupt breaking-off in speech)

reticence v

  1. (transitive, rare) To deliberately not listen or pay attention to; to disregard, to ignore.
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Word of the day
for July 24
by dint of prep
  1. By the force of; by means of.
  2. (by extension) Because of; by reason of.
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Word of the day
for July 26
lexicography n
  1. The art or craft of compiling, writing, and editing dictionaries.
  2. (linguistics) The scholarly discipline of analysing and describing the semantic, syntagmatic and paradigmatic relationships within the lexicon (vocabulary) of a language and developing theories of dictionary components and structures linking the data in dictionaries.

PointingHand.svg Scottish lexicographer and philologist Sir James Murray, the main editor of the Oxford English Dictionary from 1879 until his death, died on this day 105 years ago in 1915.

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Word of the day
for July 27
woe betide v
  1. (transitive, idiomatic, humorous or literary) Used to warn someone that trouble will occur if that person does something: bad things will happen to.
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Word of the day
for July 28
merlon n
  1. (architecture, military, historical) Any of the upright projections between the embrasures of a battlement, originally for archers to shield behind while shooting arrows over the embrasures, or through loopholes in the merlons. [...]
  2. Alternative spelling of merlin (a small falcon, Falco columbarius)
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Word of the day
for July 29
netball n (ball games)
  1. (uncountable) A (usually women's) team sport derived from basketball, with seven players on each side who attempt to score goals by passing a ball and throwing it into the opponent's goal, which is a raised hoop with a net at one end of the playing area. Unlike basketball, a player in possession of the ball cannot move until the ball is passed to another player.
  2. (countable) The ball used in this sport.

PointingHand.svg Swedish-born physical education instructor and women’s suffrage advocate Martina Bergman-Österberg died on this day 105 years ago in 1915. She played a pivotal role in the development of netball as she introduced a version of basketball to her students at Hampstead College, London, after returning from the United States in 1893 having seen that sport being played.

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