Wiktionary:Word of the day/Recycled pages/September

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
« August

/Archive/2017/August

September

/Archive/2017/September

October »

/Archive/2017/October

Day: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

{{wotd | theWord | p.o.s. | Definition | month | day }}

{{wotd | theWord | p.o.s. | Definition | month | day | audio=En-uk-{{subst:PAGENAME}}.ogg }}

1

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 1
desire line n
  1. A path that pedestrians or vehicles take informally rather than taking a sidewalk or set route, for example, a well-worn ribbon of dirt cutting across a patch of grass, or a path in the snow.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

2

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 2
wigwag v
  1. To move gently in one direction and then another; to wig or wiggle, to wag or waggle.
  2. To oscillate between two states.
  3. (US, military, historical) To send a signal by waving a flag to and fro.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

3

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 3
amateur hour n
  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) A situation or activity in which the participants show a lack of skill, sound judgment, or professionalism.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

4

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 4
ghit n
  1. (Internet) Contraction of Google hit: a hit obtained using the search engine Google.
PointingHand.svg The American Internet technology company Google was founded on this day in 1998.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

5

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 5
skitter v
  1. (intransitive) To move hurriedly or as by bouncing or twitching; to scamper, to scurry.
  2. (intransitive) To make a scratching or scuttling noise while, or as if, skittering.
  3. (transitive) To move or pass (something) over a surface quickly so that it touches only at intervals; to skip, to skite.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

6

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 6
trope n
  1. (art, literature) Something recurring across a genre or type of art or literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or the use of the phrase ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales; a motif.
  2. (rhetoric) A figure of speech in which words or phrases are used with a nonliteral or figurative meaning, such as a metaphor. []
  3. (music) Musical senses.
    1. A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music.
    2. A pair of complementary hexachords in twelve-tone technique.
    3. (Judaism) A cantillation pattern, or one of the marks that represents it.
    4. (Roman Catholicism) A phrase or verse added to the Mass when sung by a choir. []

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

7

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 7
fester v
  1. (intransitive) To become septic; to become rotten.
  2. (intransitive) To worsen, especially due to lack of attention.
  3. (transitive) To cause to fester or rankle.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

8

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 8
split infinitive n
  1. (grammar) An infinitive with one or more modifiers inserted between the to and the verb.
PointingHand.svg The first episode of the original Star Trek television series aired in the United States on this day in 1966. A voiceover at the start included the phrase “to boldly go where no man has gone before”, which is often cited as an example of a split infinitive.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

9

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 9
reinvent the wheel v
  1. (idiomatic) To do work unnecessarily when it has already been done satisfactorily by others; to attempt to devise a solution to a problem when a solution already exists.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

10

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 10
from A to B prepositional phrase
  1. From one point to the next; from the beginning of a trip to the end.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

11

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 11
detritivore n
  1. (ecology) An organism that feeds on detritus; a saprophage.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

12

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 12
overstuffed adj
  1. Filled beyond capacity.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

13

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 13
contemporaneous adj
  1. Existing or created in the same period of time.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

14

15

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 15
scream queen n
  1. (informal) An actress who appears in many horror films.
PointingHand.svg American actress Fay Wray, regarded as one of the first “scream queens”, was born on this day in 1907.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

16

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 16
hombre n
  1. (chiefly US, in Spanish-speaking contexts, slang) A man, a chap, a guy; especially a Hispanic or Spanish man.
PointingHand.svg Today is Día de la Independencia (Independence Day) in Mexico.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

17

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 17
anneal v
  1. (metallurgy) To subject to great heat, and then cool slowly for the purpose of rendering less brittle; to temper; to toughen.
  2. (figuratively) To strengthen or harden.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

18

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 18
indyref proper n
  1. (Scotland, informal) The Scottish independence referendum that was held on 18 September 2014.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

19

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 19
shiver my timbers interj
  1. A mild oath expressing surprise, disbelief or annoyance. It is stereotypically regarded as being uttered by pirates.
PointingHand.svg Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a parodic holiday invented in 1995 by John Baur (‘Ol’ Chumbucket’) and Mark Summers (‘Cap’n Slappy’), of Albany, Oregon, USA.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

20

21

22

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 22
isimbongi n
  1. (chiefly South Africa) A praise singer, a traditional bard in Zulu culture; an imbongi.
PointingHand.svg ‘Shaka’ kaSenzangakhona, also known as Shaka Zulu, who was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu Kingdom, died on this day in 1828.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

23

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 23
scaffold n
  1. A structure made of scaffolding for workers to stand on while working on a building.
  2. An elevated platform on which a criminal is executed.
  3. (metalworking) An accumulation of adherent, partly fused material forming a shelf or dome-shaped obstruction above the tuyeres in a blast furnace.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

24

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 24
rooibos n
  1. (South Africa) A shrub (Aspalathus linearis) from which a tisane (herbal tea) is made.
  2. The tisane (herbal tea) made from this plant.
  3. (South Africa) Various shrubs of the genus Combretum.
PointingHand.svg Today is Heritage Day in South Africa, a public holiday that celebrates the nation’s culture and diversity of beliefs and traditions.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

25

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 25
booklegging n
  1. The illicit publication and distribution of banned books.
PointingHand.svg Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books, is held in 2016 from September 25 to October 1.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

26

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 26
dissensus n
  1. Disagreement, especially when widespread.
PointingHand.svg The first general election debate of the 2016 United States presidential election takes place today.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

27

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 27
dolman n
  1. A long, loose garment with narrow sleeves and an opening in the front, generally worn by Turks.
  2. A short, close-fitting, heavily braided military jacket, usually worn under a pelisse, originally by hussars.
  3. A woman’s garment with wide capelike sleeves.
PointingHand.svg Today is the start of Paris Fashion Week for womenswear in 2016.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

28

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 28
First Amendment proper n
  1. The amendment to the constitution of the United States pertaining to freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press.
PointingHand.svg Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books, is held in 2016 from September 25 to October 1.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

29

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 29
freedom of speech n
  1. The right of citizens to speak, or otherwise communicate, without fear of harm or prosecution.
PointingHand.svg Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books, is held in 2016 from September 25 to October 1.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback

30

Writing star.svg

Word of the day for September 30
samizdat n
  1. (uncountable, often attributive) The secret copying and sharing of illegal publications, chiefly in the Soviet Union; underground publishing and its publications.
  2. (countable) A samizdat publication.
PointingHand.svg Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books, is held in 2016 from September 25 to October 1.

About Word of the DayArchiveNominate a wordLeave feedback