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2014-04-23

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08:30:05: Sebiferous
Sebiferous (?), a. [L. sebum tallow + -ferous.] 1. (Bot.) Producing vegetable tallow. [ Webster] 2. (Physiol.) Producing fat; sebaceous; as, the sebiferous, or sebaceous, glands. [ Webster]
07:30:03: Aurora
Aurora (), n.; pl. E. Auroras (), L. (rarely used) Auror (). [L. aurora, for ausosa, akin to Gr. , , dawn, Skr. ushas, and E. east.] 1. The rising light of the morning; the dawn of day; the redness of the sky just before the sun rises. [ Webster] 2. The rise, dawn, or beginning. Hawthorne. [ Webster] 3. (Class. Myth.) The Roman personification of the dawn of day; the goddess of the morning. The poets represented her a rising out of the ocean, in a chariot, with rosy fingers dropping gentle dew. [ Webster] 4. (Bot.) A species of crowfoot. Johnson. [ Webster] 5. The aurora borealis or aurora australis (northern or southern lights). [ Webster] Aurora borealis (), i. e., northern daybreak; popularly called northern lights. A luminous meteoric phenomenon, visible only at night, and supposed to be of electrical origin. This species of light usually appears in streams, ascending toward the zenith from a dusky line or bank, a few degrees above the northern horizon; when reaching south beyond the zenith, it forms what is called the corona, about a spot in the heavens toward which the dipping needle points. Occasionally the aurora appears as an arch of light across the heavens from east to west. Sometimes it assumes a wavy appearance, and the streams of light are then called merry dancers. They assume a variety of colors, from a pale red or yellow to a deep red or blood color. The Aurora australis () is a corresponding phenomenon in the southern hemisphere, the streams of light ascending in the same manner from near the southern horizon. [ Webster]
06:30:03: Preaccusation
Preaccusation (?), n. Previous accusation. [ Webster]
05:30:05: Tableman
Tableman (?), n.; pl. Tablemen (). A man at draughts; a piece used in playing games at tables. See Table, n., 10. [R.] Bacon. [ Webster]
04:30:02: Appendant
Appendant, n. 1. Anything attached to another as incidental or subordinate to it. [ Webster] 2. (Law) A inheritance annexed by prescription to a superior inheritance. [ Webster]
03:30:05: Reck
Reck (rk), v. i. To make account; to take heed; to care; to mind; -- often followed by of. [Archaic] [ Webster] Then reck I not, when I have lost my life. Chaucer. [ Webster] I reck not though I end my life to-day. Shak. [ Webster] Of me she recks not, nor my vain desire. M. Arnold. [ Webster]
02:30:03: Tittup
Tittup (?), v. i. [imp. p. p. Tittuped (?) or Tittupped; p. pr. vb. n. Tittuping or Tittupping.] [Written also titup.] [Cf. Teeter.] To behave or move in a lively or restless manner, as an impatient horse; to caper; to prance; to frisk. Kipling. [Webster Suppl.]
01:30:07: Gangrenous
Gangrenous (?), a. [Cf. F. gangrneux.] Affected by, or produced by, gangrene; of the nature of gangrene. [ Webster]
00:30:03: Nucleal
{ Nucleal (?), Nuclear (?), } a. 1. Of or pertaining to a nucleus; as, the nuclear spindle (see Illust. of Karyokinesis) or the nuclear fibrils of a cell; the nuclear part of a comet, etc. [ Webster]

2014-04-22

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23:30:04: Relievo
Relievo (r?-l?v?), n. [It. rilievo.] See Relief, n., 5. [ Webster]
22:30:08: Exalter
Exalter (?), n. One who exalts or raises to dignity. [ Webster]
21:30:04: Mantis
Mantis (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. a prophet.] (Zol.) Any one of numerous species of voracious orthopterous insects of the genus Mantis, and allied genera. They are predacious long-bodied large-eyed insects of warm regions, are remarkable for their slender grotesque forms, and for holding their stout anterior legs in a manner suggesting hands folded in prayer. The common American species is Mantis Carolina. [ Webster] Mantis shrimp. (Zol.) The Squilla, a tropical marine burrowing crustacean with large grasping appendages. Also called mantis crab and mantis prawn. [ Webster]
20:30:03: Seismic
{ Seismic (?), Seismal (?), } a. [Gr. seismos an earthquake, from seiein to shake.] Of or pertaining to an earthquake; caused by an earthquake. [ Webster] Seismic vertical, the point upon the earth's surface vertically over the center of effort or focal point whence the earthquake's impulse proceeds, or the vertical line connecting these two points. [ Webster]
19:30:03: Homotaxia
Homotaxia (?), n. [NL.] Same as Homotaxis.
18:30:06: Uncrudded
Uncrudded (?), a. [See Un- not, and Curd.] Not cruddled, or curdled. [Obs.] [ Webster] Her breast like to a bowl of cream uncrudded. Spenser. [ Webster]
17:30:04: Runaround
Runaround, n. a delaying or evasive, and sometimes deceptive, answer to an inquiry or request. [PJC]
16:30:03: Reperception
Reperception (r?p?r-s?psh?n), n. The act of perceiving again; a repeated perception of the same object. [ Webster] No external praise can give me such a glow as my own solitary reperception and ratification of what is fine. Keats. [ Webster]
15:30:05: Readjournment
Readjournment (rdjrnmnt), n. The act of readjourning; a second or repeated adjournment. [ Webster]
14:30:04: Comatula
Comatula (?; 135), n. [NL., fr. L. comatulus having hair neatly curled, dim. fr. coma hair.] (Zol.) A crinoid of the genus Antedon and related genera. When young they are fixed by a stem. When adult they become detached and cling to seaweeds, etc., by their dorsal cirri; -- called also feather stars.feather stars But the headword is singular and its singular altname is feather star, which has its own entry. So we should remove the s. PCP --> [ Webster]
13:30:25: Dracin
Dracin (?), n. [Cf. F. dracine.] (Chem.) See Draconin. [ Webster]
12:30:03: Creature
Creature (krtr; 135), n. [F. crature, L. creatura. See Create.] 1. Anything created; anything not self-existent; especially, any being created with life; an animal; a man. [ Webster] He asked water, a creature so common and needful that it was against the law of nature to deny him. Fuller. [ Webster] God's first creature was light. Bacon. [ Webster] On earth, join, all ye creatures, to extol Him first, him last, him midst, and without end. Milton. [ Webster] And most attractive is the fair result Of thought, the creature of a polished mind. Cowper. [ Webster] 2. A human being, in pity, contempt, or endearment; as, a poor creature; a pretty creature. [ Webster] The world hath not a sweeter creature. Shak. [ Webster] 3. A person who owes his rise and fortune to another; a servile dependent; an instrument; a tool. [ Webster] A creature of the queen's, Lady Anne Bullen. Shak. [ Webster] Both Charles himself and his creature, Laud. Macaulay. [ Webster] 4. A general term among farmers for horses, oxen, etc. [ Webster] Creature comforts, those objects, as food, drink, and shelter, which minister to the comfort of the body. [ Webster +PJC]
11:30:05: Coefficient
Coefficient, n. 1. That which unites in action with something else to produce the same effect. [ Webster] 2. [Cf. F. coefficient.] (Math.) A number or letter put before a letter or quantity, known or unknown, to show how many times the latter is to be taken; as, 6x; bx; here 6 and b are coefficients of x. [ Webster] 3. (Physics) A number, commonly used in computation as a factor, expressing the amount of some change or effect under certain fixed conditions as to temperature, length, volume, etc.; as, the coefficient of expansion; the coefficient of friction. [ Webster] Arbitrary coefficient (Math.), a literal coefficient placed arbitrarily in an algebraic expression, the value of the coefficient being afterwards determined by the conditions of the problem. [ Webster]
10:30:03: Intrudress
Intrudress (?), n. A female intruder. [ Webster]
09:30:03: Committable
Committable (?), a. Capable of being committed. [ Webster]