the harsh sound of a duck
A family of ducks were slowly paddling about in front of me, making little furrows in the quiet water and giving an occasional placid
Arnim, Elizabeth von
a four-sided polygon
in shape, consisting of four unequal sides flanked by towers and built round a courtyard.
an animal especially a mammal having four limbs
In a moment they were on all fours, hopping about like so many
Patchin, Frank Gee
to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
Gareth gave it to him, and
deeply of the refreshing draught, for he was burning with thirst.
a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
The heavy rain had reduced this low-lying ground to a veritable
, making progress very difficult even for one as unburdened as he was.
Putnam Weale, B. L. (Bertram Lenox)
She lives in a
old-fashioned house with casement windows and deep window seats, old oak staircase and panelled rooms.
Strang, Mrs. Herbert
meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task
All schools need administrators who are highly
, dedicated to the profession and not hired due to political connections.
Washington Post (Aug 22, 2011)
prove capable or fit; meet requirements
The housing bust wiped away $7 trillion in household equity, leaving many homeowners with too much debt to
for new loans.
Wall Street Journal (May 9, 2012)
involving distinguishing attributes
research can help entrepreneurs to understand their customers' or clients' feelings, values, and perceptions of a particular product or service.
Inc (Oct 25, 2010)
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
Kenneth had no
about asking a neighboring table at the country club to stop cussing with his daughters in earshot.
Inc (Feb 1, 2012)
a situation from which extrication is difficult
Colleges and universities are in a
: Spending cuts, combined with a freeze on tuition, mean fewer teachers and the closing of certain programs.
New York Times (Feb 20, 2012)
expressible as an amount that can be measured
Agencies have not traditionally hired for skills like “number crunching, data visualization,
analysis,” Mr. Neumann said.
New York Times (Oct 30, 2011)
how much there is or how many there are of something
in America has become harder, as the authorities have cracked down on bulk purchases of the ingredients.
Economist (Mar 22, 2012)
the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property
isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease
The exact time when it is safe for a person to come out of
and resume ordinary life varies in different diseases.
Cross, American Red
an angry dispute
, the most commonplace street brawl are pretexts for rival factions to come out in battle array.
a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
But what about
from which are taken building stone, salt, kaolin or clay?
Hoskin, Arthur J.
put down by force or intimidation
More than 500 people are thought to have been killed since mid-March as the security forces try to
BBC (May 7, 2011)
wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline
The harbour accommodation is extensive and excellent, large new docks and
having been recently built, and other works being under construction or contemplated.
suppress or crush completely
Burned cars and tires littered a street as police used tear gas to
demonstrators who threw rocks and small explosives, local TV footage showed.
Reuters (Sep 8, 2011)
put out, as of fires, flames, or lights
No fire was visible anywhere; every bit had been
by the flood which came in after Lutchi propped up the sky.
In the first place, she is not rich; I could tell that by the
complaints of her middle‑class mother.
Du Maurier, George
pose a question
the act of searching for something
In the never-ending
to cut costs and increase money paid out of pocket by customers, airline perks have been disappearing for years.
Time (Apr 6, 2012)
form a line or stand in line
up in orderly lines in Taipei and other cities islandwide after polls opened at 8 a.m.
Reuters (Jan 14, 2012)
argue over petty things
being quiet or still or inactive
Under normal conditions, only a fraction of these blood-forming stem cells are active; the rest are deeply
The Guardian (Jan 17, 2011)
a state of peace and quiet
She took the vacant seat with a sort of frozen
, and her limbs seemed to settle themselves rigidly into positions where they remained immovable.
Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt
the most typical example or representative of a type
This composition, in many ways the most wonderful single piece we have from Chopin, is the
of his genius.
Spalding, Walter Raymond
When Turkle said she had been at funerals where people checked their iPhones, Colbert
: "We all say goodbye in our own way."
The Guardian (Jan 22, 2011)
a strange attitude or habit
There are a few annoying
: For example, the PlayBook took a long time when scrolling through long documents or Web pages.
Seattle Times (Apr 16, 2011)
experiences abound: A vintage clothing store in a double-decker bus!
Time (Apr 19, 2012)
someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
Naturally enough, the attitude taken up by the Christians earned them fresh attacks from the
Snoek, Johan Martinus
shake with fast, tremulous movements
His last words had scarcely rung out when my horse began to
under me and sway backward and forward.
Weyman, Stanley John
not sensible about practical matters
Granted, Latin American integration is an elusive if not
goal: the region stretches farther than Africa, and its nations' interests are just as balkanized.
Time (Dec 4, 2011)
playfully vexing, especially by ridicule
Not too long ago, wearing Chicago Blackhawks gear would earn you
looks or jokes about being the last of the team's fans.
Seattle Times (Jun 1, 2010)
a gathering of the minimal number of members of a group
of four, the commission was unable to do even basic things such as approving public funding for presidential candidates.
Slate (Jan 25, 2011)
a passage or expression that is cited
“Better fifty years of Europe Than a cycle of Cathay,” murmured Dick, yielding once more to his chronic habit of
Duffield, J. W.
found in the ordinary course of events