n. height; status; high level of respect
E.g. He is a man of great stature.
a. enacted by statute; depending on statute for its authority
E.g. The copyright owner can sue them under the current rules and potentially obtain statutory damages of up to 150000 dollars per work -- just as they can now.
n. fixed and unvarying representation; conventional and oversimplified conception
E.g. As a parent of two sons with Tourette syndrome, I have spent 10 years fighting this kind of stereotype while watching my children struggle for acceptance.
n. any of various instruments used for listening to sounds produced within the body, like doctor's tool for listening to sound in heart
E.g. Well my mother would say the first time she knew I was interested in medicine was when she found me at the sheep corral with stethoscope, listening to the lambs' hearts beat.
n. one who insists on something unyieldingly; something puzzling or difficult
E.g. The main stickler is that by the end of the book, the reader is left without a sense of closure.
n. length of time spent in particular way; allotted amount; limitation or restriction; fixed amount of work allotted
E.g. She still plans to work on winning a real Grammy now that her "Dancing" stint is done.
n. wall made up of stone
E.g. Unless something radical changes, it still doesn't appear that this stonewall will be a very effective defense.
a. dependable; stocky; euphemisms for fat
E.g. John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old, large and stout for his age, with a dingy and unwholesome skin; thick lineaments in a spacious visage.
a. difficult; stressful; narrow; not broad; tight; close; closely fitting
E.g. Egypt is a long country, but it is strait, that is to say narrow, for they may not enlarge it toward the desert, for default of water.
n. step; pace; significant progress
E.g. Some people find retiring difficult; but he has taken it all in his stride.
n. a kind or category; band; ribbon
E.g. Businessmen of every stripe joined in opposition to the proposal.
a. leisurely walking; travelling from place to place seeking work or gain
E.g. We are in strolling distance of cows, sheep and the occasional swan.
v. display in order to impress others; swagger; walk with a lofty proud gait
E.g. Don't strut out your resume until you have more accomplishments to list.
v. surprise greatly; amaze; make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow
E.g. The news should stun all of them.
a. robust; strong; substantially made or constructed
E.g. More than 3,600 Filipinos rode out the typhoon in sturdy school buildings, town halls, and churches.
v. hesitate or stumble in uttering words; speak with spasmodic repetition or pauses; stammer
E.g. The Apple iPad version has some performance issues, such as sluggish movement or audio that might stutter on occasion.
a. of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth; characterized by nobility; majestic
E.g. What pushes this matter to the sublime is the reality the world is battling a terror threat which has given license to the authorities to treat ordinary citizens like chattel.
n. act of submitting; act of yielding to power or authority; surrender of the person and power to the control or government of another; obedience
E.g. Tomorrow is the last date for submission of entries for the competition.
v. write underneath, as one's name; sign to a document; give consent to; promise to give, by writing one's name with the amount
E.g. We subscribe to an animal protection society.
a. hidden; secret; situated or operating beneath the earth's surface; underground
E.g. This debate actually has been going on in subterranean form inside the Vatican for some time.
n. perceptiveness; intellectual activity; delicacy; quality or state of being subtle
E.g. That kind of subtlety is all right in print, but in real life it would put you on a false track in nineteen out of twenty cases.
n. leather with a soft napped surface; Swedish glove leather; undressed kid
E.g. If you wear them with an odd jacket, dark brown shoes, preferably suede shoes in brown, you can look ok.
v. kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen; impair the respiration of; asphyxiate
E.g. Big cats always suffocate their prey before they eat.
n. one who sues, petitions, or entreats; petitioner; applicant; man who is courting a woman
E.g. If American is not interested in acquiring US Airways, a different suitor may also come from an unexpected place.
v. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; make dirty, as by exposure to air
E.g. So I demand Mr. Zaal, to never again sully the name of great African American leaders.
a. of unusually high quality; excellent; wonderful
E.g. Miami head coach Eric says all three of his star players showed up to training camp in superb shape.
n. outburst; roll or be tossed about on waves, as a boat
E.g. Provided the mission concludes successfully though, the state media are likely to fuel a surge of triumphant patriotism.
a. remainder; more than is needed; quantity much larger than is needed; remaining
E.g. Bush said the surplus is the people's money not the government.
a. easily influenced; having little resistance, as to a disease; receptive to
E.g. We don't really know how our current immunization schedule might affect certain susceptible populations.
n. joining two surfaces or edges together along a line by sewing; material used in sewing
E.g. I was sweating and exhausted by the time, the last skin suture was inserted and all that could be seen was the line of stitches.
n. dense moving crowd; large group of honeybees
E.g. But in Manhattan, the swarm is always out there, moving in its mysterious but purposeful way.
v. drink greedily; flood with water, as for washing
E.g. Singing "Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of rum," Long John Silver and his fellow pirates started to swill their grog.
n. any animal of the hog kind, especially one of the domestic species; pig
E.g. A swine over fat is the cause of his own bane.
n. whirling motion; eddy, as of water
E.g. Dancers spun in a swirl of skirts.
n. arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity
E.g. A certain symmetry is emerging in Indo-American relations.
n. collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine; meeting or conference for discussion of a topic; drinking together; merry feast
E.g. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Huffington Post and Open Center and will take place in New York City on Friday, February 20th.
a. artificial; involving or of the nature of synthesis as opposed to analysis
E.g. Limnology is essentially a synthetic science composed of elements.
n. ban or inhibition resulting from social custom or emotional aversion; prohibition
E.g. And I understand why this taboo is indeed present in our society.
n. sense of touch; feeling; stroke in beating time; sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty
E.g. The city remains in tact, complete with incredible views and a richness worth seeing.
v. contaminate; cause to lose purity; affect with or as if with a disease; corrupt morally
E.g. One speck of dirt on your utensils may contain enough germs to taint an entire batch of preserves.