distribute or disperse widely
Nor would Ebola virus spread
easily through orangutan populations.
—BBC (Dec 7, 2012)
make too low an estimate of
making an important discovery
In 2008, HP scientists announced an incredible breakthrough
in fashioning a circuit that had eluded others for over three decades.
—Forbes (Nov 29, 2012)
rid of objects or obstructions such as e.g. trees and brush
closed or squeezed together tightly
representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
assume a posture as for artistic purposes
so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
Not long ago, I chronicled their staggering
decline in season-ticket sales -- 62 percent over those same 10 years.
—Seattle Times (Nov 28, 2012)
having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
make a proposal, declare a plan for something
an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
They were making little test strips that would change color based on the amount of caffeine detected
—Inc (Dec 6, 2012)
suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious
having an illustrious reputation; respected
short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state
a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
Public Enemy: Still ticked off after all these years, the hip-hop icons
have been waging war on apathy since the ‘80s.
—Chicago Tribune (Dec 5, 2012)
give an incentive for action
Her supporters say the impeachment charges are politically motivated
—BBC (Dec 6, 2012)
reproduce or make an exact copy of
inserted as an integral part of a surrounding whole
Code is embedded
in our phones, ATMs, voting machines, buildings, social interactions, culture.
—Slate (Nov 30, 2012)
filled with a great quantity
In the clubhouse, a table is laden
with flowers and sympathy notes offering "strength and support in these hard times".
—BBC (Dec 6, 2012)
spread or diffuse through
comfort in disappointment or misery
“Some of my patients take solace
in knowing that the pesticide levels are below safety thresholds,” Dr. Bravata said.
—New York Times (Sep 3, 2012)
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
These teachers, professionally trained to deal with cheeky people, tolerated
my impertinent frisking.
—Time (Nov 28, 2012)
unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
of or concerned with or related to the future
But who exactly will end up buying in Andermatt is on the minds of the marketers, as well as a few prospective
—New York Times (Nov 24, 2012)
make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance
Every company in the world has tightened it's belt and many are prospering
—BBC (Nov 13, 2012)
pay back for some expense incurred
(of a policy or person or action) controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond to it after it happens
in full control of your faculties
But Mrs. Arlington, usually cold as ice and perfectly self-possessed
, had quite lost her nerve.
—Standish, Burt L.
a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea
People with schizophrenia can at times have delusions
that they are responsible for crimes they did not commit.
—New York Times (Jun 1, 2012)