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slit
noun. a long narrow opening
omnibus
noun. an anthology of articles on a related subject or an anthology of the works of a single author; a vehicle carrying many passengers
scamper
verb. to move about or proceed hurriedly
toil
verb. work hard
ravage
noun. (usually plural) a destructive action
corps
noun. an army unit usually consisting of two or more divisions and their support
caterer
noun. someone who provides food and service (as for a party)
harlequin
verb. covered with spots or marks
bewitch
verb. cast a spell over someone or something; attract strongly
cordial
noun. strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
gaudy
adj. (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display; tastelessly showy
shorn
adj. having the hair or wool cut or clipped off.
innuendo
noun. an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
lurch
move slowly and unsteadily;walk as if unable to control one's movements
prodigality
noun. excessive spending
wanderer
noun. someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
weave
noun. pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric; verb. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
stout
adj. euphemisms for `fat'
canvas
noun. a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents);
erroneous
adj. containing or characterized by error
understudy
noun. an actor able to replace a regular performer when required;
flannel
noun. a soft light woolen fabric; used for clothing;
swirl
noun. the shape of something rotating rapidly; verb. flow in a circular current, of liquids; turn in a twisting or spinning motion
eddy
verb. flow in a circular current, of liquids
agonizing
adj. extremely painful
vehement
adj. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently
slink
verb. walk stealthily
linger
verb. take one's time; proceed slowly; leave slowly and hesitantly
sheer
adj. so thin as to transmit light;
contemptuous
adj. expressing extreme contempt
saunter
noun. verb. walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
gown
noun. a woman's dress
shiver
verb. shake, as from cold
ramble
verb. move about aimlessly or without any destination
homogeneity
noun. the quality of being similar or comparable in kind or nature
staid
adj. characterized by dignity and propriety
nobility
noun. the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct; a privileged class holding hereditary titles
spectroscopic
adj. of or relating to or involving spectroscopy
impetuous
adj. characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
tortuous
adj. not straightforward
costume
noun. the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball;
tinny
adj. thin and metallic in sound;
lull
noun. a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished
convey
verb. make known; pass on, of information
assure
inform positively and with certainty and confidence; make a promise or commitment
florid
adj. elaborately or excessively ornamented
corpulent
adj. excessively fat
wan
adj. abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
echolalia
noun. (psychiatry) mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person (as in schizophrenia)
elude
verb. escape, either physically or mentally
fraternal
adj. like or characteristic of or befitting a brother
hilarity
noun. great merriment
convivial
adj. occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company (friends)
swoon
verb. pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
bob
noun. a hairstyle for women and children; a short haircut all around
overhang
noun. projection that extends beyond or hangs over something else;
inept
adj. generally incompetent and ineffectual
weep
verb. shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
gasp
verb. breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
quaver
verb. give off unsteady sounds
rivulet
noun. a small stream
vinous
adj. of or relating to wine
asunder
adv. into parts or pieces
dissension
noun. disagreement among those expected to cooperate
flank
verb. be located at the sides of something or somebody
wayward
adj. resistant to guidance or discipline
deplorable
adj. bad; unfortunate; of very poor quality or condition
malevolence
noun. the quality of threatening evil; wishing evil to others
salute
noun. an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures
ditch
noun. a long narrow excavation in the earth
shorn
adj. having the hair or wool cut or clipped off as if with shears or clippers
jut
noun. the act of projecting out from something
indignant
adj. angered at something unjust or wrong
hush
noun. (poetic) tranquil silence;
bystander
noun. a nonparticipant spectator
caterwaul
noun. the yowling sound made by a cat in heat
chasm
noun. a deep opening in the earth's surface
shrewd
adj. marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
subterfuge
noun. something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
insolent
adj. casual disrespect
jaunty
adj. having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident actions
tangle
noun. something twisted, jumbled or confused