School Vocabulary

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  1. adversary
    • adversary |ˈadvərˌserē|
    • noun (pl. adversaries)
    • one's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute: Davis beat his old adversary in the quarterfinals.
  2. aplomb
    • aplomb |əˈpläm, əˈpləm|
    • noun
    • self-confidence or assurance, esp. when in a demanding situation: Diana passed the test with aplomb.
  3. apprehensive
    • apprehensive |ˌapriˈhensiv|
    • adjective
    • anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen: he felt apprehensive about going home | [ with clause ] : they were apprehensive that something might go wrong.
  4. aptitude
    • aptitude |ˈaptiˌt(y)o͞od|
    • noun
    • (often aptitude for) a natural ability to do something: he had a remarkable aptitude for learning words.
    • • a natural tendency: his natural aptitude for failure.
  5. attentive
    • attentive |əˈtentiv|
    • adjective
    • paying close attention to something: never before had she had such an attentive audience | Congress should be more attentive to the interests of taxpayers.
    • • assiduously attending to the comfort or wishes of others; very polite or courteous: the hotel has a pleasant atmosphere and attentive service.
  6. banish
    • banish |ˈbaniSH|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • send (someone) away from a country or place as an official punishment: they were banished to Siberia for political crimes.
    • • forbid, abolish, or get rid of (something unwanted): it's perfectly feasible to banish the smoke without banning smoking | all thoughts of romance were banished from her head.
  7. barricade
    • barricade |ˈbariˌkād|
    • noun
    • an improvised barrier erected across a street or other thoroughfare to prevent or delay the movement of opposing forces.
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • block or defend with an improvised barrier: he barricaded the door with a bureau | (as adj. barricaded) : the heavily barricaded streets.
    • • shut (oneself or someone) into a place by blocking all the entrances: detainees who barricaded themselves into their dormitory.
  8. bluff
    • bluff 1 |bləf|
    • noun
    • an attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or will do something: the offer was denounced as a bluff | his game of bluff.

    • verb [ no obj. ]
    • try to deceive someone as to one's abilities or intentions: he's been bluffing all along | he bluffed his way onto an Antarctic supply vessel | [ with obj. ] : the object is to bluff your opponent into submission.
    • • (in a card game) bet heavily on a weak hand in order to deceive opponents.

    • bluff 2 |bləf|
    • noun
    • a steep cliff, bank, or promontory.
  9. brackish
    • brackish |ˈbrakiSH|
    • adjective
    • (of water) slightly salty, as is the mixture of river water and seawater in estuaries.
    • • (of fish or other organisms) living in or requiring brackish water.
    • • unpleasant or distasteful: the lighting in the movie is brackish.
  10. brandish
    • brandish |ˈbrandiSH|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • wave or flourish (something, esp. a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement.
  11. circumference
    • circumference |sərˈkəmf(ə)rəns| (abbr.: cir., circ., or circum.)
    • noun
    • the enclosing boundary of a curved geometric figure, esp. a circle.
    • • the distance around something: babies who have small head circumferences | two inches in circumference.
  12. commotion
    • commotion |kəˈmōSHən|
    • noun
    • a state of confused and noisy disturbance: she was distracted by a commotion across the street | figure out what all the commotion is about.
    • • civil insurrection: damage caused by civil commotion.
  13. concoction
    • concoction |kənˈkäkSHən|
    • noun
    • a mixture of various ingredients or elements: a concoction of gables, shingles, stained glass, and towers inspired by English medieval houses.
    • • an elaborate story, esp. a fabrication: her story is an improbable concoction.
  14. conspicuous
    • conspicuous |kənˈspikyo͞oəs|
    • adjective
    • standing out so as to be clearly visible: he was very thin, with a conspicuous Adam's apple.
    • • attracting notice or attention: he showed conspicuous bravery.
  15. contort
    • contort |kənˈtôrt|
    • verb
    • twist or bend out of its normal shape: [ with obj. ] : a spasm of pain contorted his face | [ no obj. ] : her face contorted with anger | (as adj. contorted) : contorted limbs | figurative : a contorted version of the truth.
  16. counter (verb)
    • counter |ˈkountər|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • speak or act in opposition to: the second argument is more difficult to counter.
    • • [ no obj. ] respond to hostile speech or action: “What would you like me to do about it?” she countered.
    • • [ no obj. ] Boxing give a return blow while parrying: he countered with a left hook.
  17. cunning
    • cunning |ˈkəniNG|
    • adjective
    • 1 having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion: a cunning look came into his eyes.
    • • ingenious: plants have evolved cunning defenses.
    • 2 attractive; quaint: the baby will look cunning in that pink print.
  18. debris
    • debris |dəˈbrē, ˌdā-|
    • noun
    • scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed: the bomb hits it, showering debris from all sides.
    • • loose natural material consisting esp. of broken pieces of rock: a stable arrangement of planets, comets, and debris orbiting the sun.
    • • dirt or refuse: clean away any collected dust or debris.
  19. defiance
    • defiance |diˈfīəns|
    • noun
    • open resistance; bold disobedience: the demonstration was held in defiance of official warnings.
  20. deft
    • deft |deft|
    • adjective
    • neatly skillful and quick in one's movements: a deft piece of footwork.
    • • demonstrating skill and cleverness: the script was both deft and literate.
  21. destination
    • destination |ˌdestəˈnāSHən|
    • noun
    • the place to which someone or something is going or being sent: a popular destination for golfers.
    • adjective
    • being a place that people will make a special trip to visit: a destination restaurant.
  22. diminish
    • diminish |diˈminiSH|
    • verb
    • make or become less: [ with obj. ] : a tax whose purpose is to diminish spending | [ no obj. ] : the pain will gradually diminish.
    • • [ with obj. ] make (someone or something) seem less impressive or valuable: the trial has aged and diminished him.
  23. disdain
    • disdain |disˈdān|
    • noun
    • the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt: her upper lip curled in disdain | an aristocratic disdain for manual labor.

    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • consider to be unworthy of one's consideration: gamblers disdain four-horse races.
    • • refuse or reject (something) out of feelings of pride or superiority: she remained standing, pointedly disdaining his invitation to sit down | [ with infinitive ] : he disdained to discuss the matter further.
  24. dismal
    • dismal |ˈdizməl|
    • adjective
    • depressing; dreary: the dismal weather made the late afternoon seem like evening.
    • • (of a person or a mood) gloomy: his dismal mood was not dispelled by finding the house empty.
    • • informal pitifully or disgracefully bad: he shuddered as he watched his team's dismal performance.
  25. dispel
    • dispel |disˈpel|
    • verb (dispels, dispelling, dispelled) [ with obj. ]
    • make (a doubt, feeling, or belief) disappear: the brightness of the day did nothing to dispel Elaine's dejection.
  26. eavesdrop
    • eavesdrop |ˈēvzˌdräp|
    • verb (eavesdrops, eavesdropping, eavesdropped) [ no obj. ]
    • secretly listen to a conversation: she opened the window just enough to eavesdrop on the conversation outside.
  27. egregious
    • egregious |iˈgrējəs|
    • adjective
    • 1 outstandingly bad; shocking: egregious abuses of copyright.
  28. ember
    • ember |ˈembər|
    • noun (usu. embers)
    • a small piece of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire: the dying embers in the fireplace | figurative : the flickering embers of nationalism.
  29. emerge
    • emerge |iˈmərj|
    • verb [ no obj. ]
    • move out of or away from something and come into view: black ravens emerged from the fog.
    • • become apparent, important, or prominent: Philadelphia has emerged as the clear favorite | (as adj. emerging) : a world of emerging economic giants.
    • • (of facts or circumstances) become known: reports of a deadlock emerged during preliminary discussions | [ with clause ] : during the trial it emerged that she had been suffering from a rare personality disorder.
    • • recover from or survive a difficult or demanding situation: the economy has started to emerge from recession.
    • • (of an insect or other invertebrate) break out from an egg, cocoon, or pupal case.
  30. engross
    • engross |enˈgrōs|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • absorb all the attention or interest of: the notes totally engrossed him.
    • • archaic gain or keep exclusive possession of (something): the country had made the best of its position to engross trade.
  31. exasperation
    • exasperation |igˌzaspəˈrāSHən|
    • noun
    • a feeling of intense irritation or annoyance: she rolled her eyes in exasperation.
  32. exhilarate
    • exhilarate |igˈziləˌrāt|
    • verb
    • make (someone) feel very happy, animated, or elated: the children were exhilarated by a sense of purpose | (as adj. exhilarated) : all this hustle and bustle makes me feel exhilarated.
  33. falter
    • falter |ˈfôltər|
    • verb [ no obj. ]
    • start to lose strength or momentum: her smile faltered and then faded | (as adj. faltering) : his faltering career.
    • • speak in a hesitant or unsteady voice: [ with direct speech ] : “I c-c-can't,” he faltered.
    • • move unsteadily or in a way that shows lack of confidence: he faltered and finally stopped in midstride.
  34. foresight
    • foresight |ˈfôrˌsīt|
    • noun
    • the ability to predict or the action of predicting what will happen or be needed in the future: he had the foresight to check that his escape route was clear.
  35. fragrance
    • fragrance |ˈfrāgrəns|
    • noun
    • a pleasant, sweet smell: the fragrance of fresh-ground coffee | the bushes fill the air with fragrance.
    • • a perfume or aftershave.
  36. furtive
    • furtive |ˈfərtiv|
    • adjective
    • attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive: they spent a furtive day together | he stole a furtive glance at her.
    • • suggestive of guilty nervousness: the look in his eyes became furtive.
  37. grueling or gruelling
    • grueling |ˈgro͞oəliNG|
    • adjective
    • extremely tiring and demanding: a grueling schedule.
  38. gusto
    • gusto |ˈgəstō|
    • noun (pl. gustos or gustoes)
    • enjoyment or vigor in doing something; zest: she sang it with gusto.
    • • [ in sing. ] archaic a relish or liking: he had a particular gusto for those sort of performances.
  39. habitation
    • habitation |ˌhabiˈtāSHən|
    • noun
    • the state or process of living in a particular place: signs of human habitation.
    • • formal a place in which to live; a house or home.
  40. hasten
    • hasten |ˈhāsən|
    • verb [ no obj., with infinitive ]
    • be quick to do something: he hastened to refute the assertion.
    • • [ with adverbial of direction ] move or travel hurriedly: we hastened back to Paris.
    • • [ with obj. ] cause (something) to happen sooner than it otherwise would: a move that could hasten peace talks.
  41. headway
    • headway |ˈhedˌwā|
    • noun
    • 1 (usu. in phrase make headway) move forward or make progress, esp. when circumstances make this slow or difficult: the ship was making very little headway against heavy seas | they appear to be making headway in bringing the rebels under control.
  42. ignite
    • ignite |igˈnīt|
    • verb
    • catch fire or cause to catch fire: [ no obj. ] : furniture can give off lethal fumes when it ignites | [ with obj. ] : sparks flew out and ignited the dry scrub.
    • • [ with obj. ] arouse or inflame (an emotion or situation): the words ignited new fury in him.
  43. illuminate
    • illuminate |iˈlo͞oməˌnāt|
    • verb
    • 1 [ with obj. ] light up: a flash of lightning illuminated the house | figurative : his face was illuminated by a smile.
    • • decorate (a building or structure) with lights for a special occasion.
    • 2 (often as adj. illuminated) decorate (a page or initial letter in a manuscript) with gold, silver, or colored designs.
    • 3 (usu. as adj. illuminating) help to clarify or explain (a subject or matter): a most illuminating discussion.
  44. impending
    • impending
    • adjective
    • imminent, close (at hand), near, nearing, approaching, coming, forthcoming, upcoming, to come, on the way, about to happen, in store, in the offing, on the horizon, in the air/wind, brewing, looming, threatening, menacing; informal coming down the pike, in the cards.
  45. innovation
    • innovation |ˌinəˈvāSHən|
    • noun
    • the action or process of innovating.
    • • a new method, idea, product, etc.: technological innovations designed to save energy.
  46. imperious
    • imperious |imˈpi(ə)rēəs|
    • adjective
    • assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering: his imperious demands.
  47. jabber
    • jabber |ˈjabər|
    • verb [ no obj. ]
    • talk rapidly and excitedly but with little sense: he jabbered away to his friends.

    • noun
    • fast, excited talk that makes little sense: stop your jabber.
  48. jargon
    • jargon 1 |ˈjärgən|
    • noun
    • special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand: legal jargon.
    • • a form of language regarded as barbarous, debased, or hybrid.
  49. jostle
    • jostle |ˈjäsəl|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • push, elbow, or bump against (someone) roughly, typically in a crowd: passengers arriving and departing, jostling one another | [ no obj. ] : people jostled against us.
    • • [ no obj. ] (jostle for) struggle or compete forcefully for: a jumble of images jostled for attention.

    • noun
    • the action of jostling.
  50. jut
    • jut |jət|
    • verb (juts, jutting, jutted) [ no obj. ]
    • extend out, over, or beyond the main body or line of something: a rock jutted out from the side of the bank.
    • • [ with obj. ] cause (something, such as one's chin) to protrude: she put up her head and jutted out her chin with determination.

    • noun
    • a point that sticks out.
  51. kindle
    • kindle 1 |ˈkindl|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • light or set on fire.
    • • arouse or inspire (an emotion or feeling): a love of art was kindled in me.
    • • [ no obj. ] (of an emotion) be aroused: she hesitated, suspicion kindling within her.
    • • [ no obj. ] become impassioned or excited: the young man kindled at once.
  52. knoll
    • knoll |nōl|
    • noun
    • a small hill or mound.
  53. luminous
    • luminous |ˈlo͞omənəs|
    • adjective
    • full of or shedding light; bright or shining, esp. in the dark: the luminous dial on his watch | a luminous glow | figurative : her eyes were luminous with joy.
    • • (of a color) very bright; harsh to the eye: he wore luminous green socks.
  54. malleable
    • malleable |ˈmalyəbəl, ˈmalēə-|
    • adjective
    • (of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking.
    • • easily influenced; pliable: Anna was shaken enough to be malleable.
  55. materialize
    • materialize |məˈti(ə)rēəˌlīz|
    • verb [ no obj. ]
    • 1 (of a ghost, spirit, or similar entity) appear in bodily form.
    • • [ with obj. ] cause to appear in bodily or physical form.
    • 2 become actual fact; happen: the assumed savings may not materialize.
    • • appear or be present: the train didn't materialize.
  56. meander (verb)
    • meander |mēˈandər|
    • verb [ no obj. ]
    • (of a river or road) follow a winding course: a river that meandered gently through a meadow.
    • • (of a person) wander at random: kids meandered in and out.
    • • (of a speaker or text) proceed aimlessly or with little purpose: a stylish offbeat thriller which occasionally meanders.
  57. meticulous
    • meticulous |məˈtikyələs|
    • adjective
    • showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise: he had always been so meticulous about his appearance.
  58. misgiving
    • misgiving |misˈgiviNG|
    • noun (usu. misgivings)
    • a feeling of doubt or apprehension about the outcome or consequences of something: we have misgivings about the way the campaign is being run | I felt a sense of misgiving at the prospect of retirement.
  59. momentum
    • momentum |mōˈmentəm, mə-|
    • noun (pl. momenta |-tə| or momentums)
    • 1 Physics the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.
    • 2 the impetus gained by a moving object: the vehicle gained momentum as the road dipped.
    • • the impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events: the investigation gathered momentum in the spring.
  60. monotonous
    • monotonous |məˈnätn-əs|
    • adjective
    • dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest: the statistics that he quotes with monotonous regularity.
    • • (of a sound or utterance) lacking in variation in tone or pitch: soon we heard a low, monotonous wailing of many voices.
  61. multitude
    • multitude |ˈməltəˌt(y)o͞od|
    • noun
    • a large number: a multitude of medical conditions are due to being overweight.
    • • (the multitudes) large numbers of people: the multitudes using the roads.
    • • (the multitude) a large gathering of people: Father Peter addressed the multitude.
    • • (the multitude) the mass of ordinary people without power or influence: placing ultimate political power in the hands of the multitude.
  62. muster
    • muster |ˈməstər|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • 1 assemble (troops), esp. for inspection or in preparation for battle.
    • • [ no obj. ] (of troops) come together for inspection or preparation: the cavalrymen mustered beside the other regiments.
    • • [ no obj. ] (of a group of people) gather together: reporters mustered outside her house.
    • 2 collect or assemble (a number or amount): he could fail to muster a majority.
    • • summon up (a particular feeling, attitude, or response): he replied with as much dignity as he could muster.
  63. narrate
    • narrate |ˈnarˌāt|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • give a spoken or written account of: the voyages, festivities, and intrigues are narrated with unflagging gusto | the tough-but-sensitive former bouncer narrates much of the story.
    • • provide a spoken commentary to accompany (a movie, broadcast, piece of music, etc.).
  64. obscure
    • obscure |əbˈskyo͝or|
    • adjective (obscurer, obscurest)
    • not discovered or known about; uncertain: his origins and parentage are obscure.
    • • not clearly expressed or easily understood: obscure references to Proust.
    • • not important or well known: an obscure religious sect.
    • • hard to make out or define; vague: figurative : I feel an obscure resentment.
    • • (of a color) not sharply defined; dim or dingy.
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • keep from being seen; conceal: gray clouds obscure the sun.
    • • make unclear and difficult to understand: the debate has become obscured by conflicting ideological perspectives.
    • • overshadow: none of this should obscure the skill, experience, and perseverance of the workers.
  65. ominous
    • ominous |ˈämənəs|
    • adjective
    • giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious: there were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead.
  66. outlandish
    • outlandish |outˈlandiSH|
    • adjective
    • looking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar: outlandish brightly colored clothes | the most outlandish ideas.
  67. persistent
    • persistent |pərˈsistənt|
    • adjective
    • 1 continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition: one of the government's most persistent critics.
    • 2 continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period: persistent rain will affect many areas | persistent reports of human rights abuses by the military.
    • • (of a chemical or radioactivity) remaining within the environment for a long time after its introduction: PCBs are persistent environmental contaminants.
  68. pertinent
    • pertinent |ˈpərtn-ənt|
    • adjective
    • relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite: she asked me a lot of very pertinent questions | the unreleased section of tape was not pertinent to the investigation.
  69. potential (adjective)
    • potential |pəˈtenCHəl|
    • adjective [ attrib. ]
    • having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future: a two-pronged campaign to woo potential customers.
  70. precipice
    • precipice |ˈpresəpəs|
    • noun
    • a very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one: we swerved toward the edge of the precipice | figurative : the country was teetering on the precipice of political anarchy.
  71. pristine
    • pristine |ˈprisˌtēn, priˈstēn|
    • adjective
    • in its original condition; unspoiled: pristine copies of an early magazine.
    • • clean and fresh as if new; spotless: a pristine white shirt.
  72. quell
    • quell |kwel|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force: extra police were called to quell the disturbance.
    • • subdue or silence someone: Connor quelled him with a look.
    • • suppress (a feeling, esp. an unpleasant one): he spoke up again to quell any panic among the assembled youngsters.
  73. recluse
    • recluse |ˈrekˌlo͞os, riˈklo͞os, ˈrekˌlo͞oz|
    • noun
    • a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.
  74. recuperate
    • recuperate |riˈko͞opəˌrāt|
    • verb
    • 1 [ no obj. ] recover from illness or exertion: she has been recuperating from a shoulder wound | Christmas is a time to recuperate.
    • 2 [ with obj. ] recover or regain (something lost or taken): they will seek to recuperate the returns that go with investment.
  75. replenish
    • replenish |riˈpleniSH|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • fill (something) up again: he replenished Justin's glass with mineral water.
    • • restore (a stock or supply of something) to the former level or condition: all creatures need sleep to replenish their energies.
  76. repugnant
    • repugnant |riˈpəgnənt|
    • adjective
    • 1 extremely distasteful; unacceptable: the thought of going back into the fog was repugnant to him.
    • 2 [ predic. ] (repugnant to) in conflict with; incompatible with: a bylaw must not be repugnant to the general law of the country.
  77. restitution
    • restitution |ˌrestəˈt(y)o͞oSHən|
    • noun
    • 1 the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner: seeking the restitution of land taken from blacks under apartheid.
    • 2 recompense for injury or loss: he was ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution.
  78. sabotage
    • sabotage |ˈsabəˌtäZH|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), esp. for political or military advantage.

    • noun
    • the action of sabotaging something.
  79. scarcity
    • scarcity |ˈskersitē|
    • noun (pl. scarcities)
    • the state of being scarce or in short supply; shortage: a time of scarcity | the growing scarcity of resources.
  80. scurry
    • scurry |ˈskərē|
    • verb (scurries, scurrying, scurried) [ no obj. ]
    • (of a person or small animal) move hurriedly with short quick steps: pedestrians scurried for cover.

    • noun (pl. scurries) [ in sing. ]
    • a situation of hurried and confused movement: I was in such a scurry.
  81. serenity
    • serenity |səˈrenitē|
    • noun (pl. serenities)
    • the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled: an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city.
  82. sociable
    • sociable |ˈsōSHəbəl|
    • adjective
    • willing to talk and engage in activities with other people; friendly: being a sociable person, Eva loved entertaining.
    • • (of a place, occasion, or activity) marked by friendliness: a very sociable little village.
  83. somber
    • somber |ˈsämbər| (Brit. also sombre)
    • adjective
    • dark or dull in color or tone; gloomy: the night skies were somber and starless.
    • • oppressively solemn or sober in mood; grave: he looked at her with a somber expression.
  84. specimen
    • specimen |ˈspesəmən|
    • noun
    • an individual animal, plant, piece of a mineral, etc., used as an example of its species or type for scientific study or display.
    • • an example of something such as a product or piece of work, regarded as typical of its class or group.
    • • a sample for medical testing, esp. of urine.
    • • informal used to refer humorously to a person or animal: in her he found himself confronted by a sorrier specimen than himself.
  85. stamina
    • stamina |ˈstamənə|
    • noun
    • the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort: their secret is stamina rather than speed.
  86. subside
    • subside |səbˈsīd|
    • verb [ no obj. ]
    • 1 become less intense, violent, or severe: I'll wait a few minutes until the storm subsides.
    • • lapse into silence or inactivity: Fred opened his mouth to protest again, then subsided.
    • 2 (of water) go down to a lower or the normal level: the floods subside almost as quickly as they arise.
    • • (of the ground) cave in; sink: the island is subsiding.
    • • (of a swelling) reduce until gone: it took seven days for the swelling to subside completely.
  87. swagger
    • swagger |ˈswagər|
    • verb [ no obj. ]
    • walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way: he swaggered along the corridor | (as adj. swaggering) : a swaggering gait.

    • noun [ in sing. ]
    • a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner: they strolled around the camp with an exaggerated swagger.

    • adjective [ attrib. ]
    • denoting a coat or jacket cut with a loose flare from the shoulders.
  88. swarm
    • swarm |swôrm|
    • noun
    • a large or dense group of insects, esp. flying ones.
    • • a large number of honeybees that leave a hive en masse with a newly fertilized queen in order to establish a new colony.
    • • (a swarm/swarms of) a large number of people or things: a swarm of journalists.
    • • a series of similar-sized earthquakes occurring together, typically near a volcano.
    • • Astronomy a large number of minor celestial objects occurring together in space, esp. a dense shower of meteors.

    • verb |swɔrm|
    • 1 [ no obj. ] (of insects) move in or form a swarm: (as adj. swarming) : swarming locusts.
    • • (of honeybees, ants, or termites) issue from the nest in large numbers with a newly fertilized queen in order to found new colonies: the bees had swarmed and left the hive.
    • 2 [ no obj. ] move somewhere in large numbers: protesters were swarming into the building.
    • • (swarm with) (of a place) be crowded or overrun with (moving people or things): the place was swarming with police.
  89. tactic
    • tactic |ˈtaktik|
    • noun
    • an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end.
    • • (tactics) [ also treated as sing. ] the art of disposing armed forces in order of battle and of organizing operations, esp. during contact with an enemy. Often contrasted with strategy.
  90. terse
    • terse |tərs|
    • adjective (terser, tersest)
    • sparing in the use of words; abrupt: a terse statement.
  91. translucent
    • translucent |transˈlo͞osnt, tranz-|
    • adjective
    • (of a substance) allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through; semitransparent: fry until the onions become translucent.
  92. uncanny
    • uncanny |ˌənˈkanē|
    • adjective (uncannier, uncanniest)
    • strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way: an uncanny feeling that she was being watched.
  93. unsightly
    • unsightly |ˌənˈsītlē|
    • adjective
    • unpleasant to look at; ugly: unsightly warts.
  94. versatile
    • versatile |ˈvərsətl|
    • adjective
    • able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities: a versatile sewing machine | he was versatile enough to play either position.
  95. vigilant
    • vigilant |ˈvijələnt|
    • adjective
    • keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties: the burglar was spotted by vigilant neighbors.
  96. vulnerable
    • vulnerable |ˈvəln(ə)rəbəl|
    • adjective
    • susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm: we were in a vulnerable position | small fish are vulnerable to predators.
  97. waft
    • waft |wäft, waft|
    • verb
    • pass or cause to pass easily or gently through or as if through the air: [ no obj. ] : the smell of stale fat wafted out from the cafe | [ with obj. ] : each breeze would waft pollen around the house.

    • noun
    • a gentle movement of air.
    • • a scent or odor carried on a movement of air.
  98. waver
    • waver |ˈwāvər|
    • verb [ no obj. ]
    • shake with a quivering motion: the flame wavered in the draft.
    • • become unsteady or unreliable: his love for her had never wavered.
    • • be undecided between two opinions or courses of action; be irresolute: she never wavered from her intention.
  99. weather (verb)
    • weather |ˈweT͟Hər|
    • verb [ with obj. ]
    • 1 wear away or change the appearance or texture of (something) by long exposure to the air: his skin was weathered almost black by his long outdoor life.
    • • [ no obj. ] (of rock or other material) be worn away or altered by long exposure to the air: the ice sheet preserves specimens that would weather away more quickly in other regions.
    • • (usu. as nounweathering) Falconry allow (a hawk) to spend a period perched on a block in the open air.
    • 2 come safely through (a storm).
    • • withstand (a difficulty or danger): this year has tested industry's ability to weather recession.
    • • Sailing (of a ship) get to the windward of (a cape or other obstacle).
  100. zeal
    • zeal |zēl|
    • noun
    • great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective: his zeal for privatization | Laura brought a missionary zeal to her work.
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