not sensible about practical matters
Google is doubling down on the most
quixotic research project in its Google X research lab: driverless cars.
—BusinessWeek May 28, 2014
make as big or large as possible
Following these successful strategies will help
maximize your profit and minimize your risk.
—Forbes Jun 16, 2014
combined with or having undergone a chemical reaction with oxygen
As water levels dropped, the metal cladding around the fuel reacted with steam and
oxidized, producing hydrogen gas.
—Seattle Times Jun 14, 2014
with a wheeze
But there is also a lightness of touch to his
wheezily conversational delivery, which is punctuated by small shrieks of laughter.
—The Guardian Nov 21, 2010
make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
Mr. Piketty’s preferred mechanism for
equalizing incomes is to institute a global tax on wealth.
—Washington Times May 26, 2014
unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
Hobby Lobby is hoping the Supreme Court will swallow pseudo-science as medical fact, which, put politely, requires some serious
—Salon Mar 25, 2014
expel through adjuration or prayers
If you could reach deep enough into your repressed memories, it was argued, you could
exorcize your demons.
—New York Times Apr 30, 2010
a small high-velocity shell
He was hearing again the heavy "crash" of the trench mortar, the earth shaking "crumph" of the high explosive, the swift rush of the
a shameless impudent scheming woman
According to the biblical accounts,
Jezebel incited her husband King Ahab to abandon the worship of Yahweh and encourage worship of the deities Baal and Asherah instead.—Wikipedia
press tightly between the fingers
Then, suddenly, she
squeezed his knee, right where he had always been most ticklish.
a cabinet containing an automatic record player
He mentioned the cafe where they used to dance to the
jukebox on summer nights.
a flat cake of thin batter fried on both sides on a griddle
It was a good supper,
flapjacks, bacon, bread, and applesauce, but they ate sitting about in the parlor instead of around a table.
with little or no delay
A pipeline to the Pacific could transport large volumes of crude to Asia
quickly and profitably.
—BBC Jun 17, 2014
black-and-red or black-and-yellow orioles of the American tropics
The highest ever recorded score at Scrabble was 392 for the word "
caziques" at a tournament in Manchester.
—BBC Nov 8, 2013
apply quantum theory to
The difficulty of
quantizing gravity has led to radical theories such as string theory, with its bold predictions of higher space dimensions and parallel universes.
—Scientific American Jul 14, 2011
effusively or insincerely emotional
The late newsreader Charles Mitchell, for years the most famous man in Ireland, was paid a
schmalzy tribute.—Sunday Times 2002
take arbitrarily or by force
Jealous ministries have been known to swoop in and
highjack such successful independent ventures and transform them into meaningless self-congratulatory circuses.
—Salon Jun 8, 2013
the basic unit of money in Guatemala; equal to 100 centavos
Just three years ago, one
quetzal — about 15 cents — bought eight tortillas; today it buys only four.
—New York Times Jan 5, 2013
small fruit or meat turnover baked or fried
The savory baked pies known as
pirozhki appeal to me no matter the season.
—Washington Post May 9, 2014
the branch of chemistry concerned with fermentation
Zymurgy magazine, published by the American Homebrewers Association, has released its rankings of the best beers and best breweries in America for 2012.— ohio.com