TOI Vocabulary 18-11-2014

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Abject Cast down; low-lying.
Abject Sunk to a law condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded;
servile; groveling; despicable; as, abject posture, fortune, thoughts.
Abject To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower;
to debase.
Abject A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a
Ballistic Of or pertaining to the ballista, or to the art of
hurling stones or missile weapons by means of an engine.
Ballistic Pertaining to projection, or to a projectile.
Blinker One who, or that which, blinks.
Blinker A blinder for horses; a flap of leather on a horse’s
bridle to prevent him from seeing objects as his side hence, whatever
obstructs sight or discernment.
Blinker A kind of goggles, used to protect the eyes form glare,
Ebb The European bunting.
Ebb The reflux or flowing back of the tide; the return of the
tidal wave toward the sea; — opposed to flood; as, the boats will go
out on the ebb.
Ebb The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to
a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay.
Ebb To flow back; to return, as the water of a tide toward the
ocean; — opposed to flow.
Ebb To return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to
decline; to decay; to recede.
Ebb To cause to flow back.
Ebb Receding; going out; falling; shallow; low.
Exonerate To unload; to disburden; to discharge.
Exonerate To relieve, in a moral sense, as of a charge,
obligation, or load of blame resting on one; to clear of something that
lies upon oppresses one, as an accusation or imputation; as, to
exonerate one’s self from blame, or from the charge of avarice.
Exonerate To discharge from duty or obligation, as a ball.
Grit Sand or gravel; rough, hard particles.
Grit The coarse part of meal.
Grit Grain, esp. oats or wheat, hulled and coarsely ground; in
high milling, fragments of cracked wheat smaller than groats.
Grit A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; as, millstone
grit; — called also gritrock and gritstone. The name is also applied
to a finer sharp-grained sandstone; as, grindstone grit.
Grit Structure, as adapted to grind or sharpen; as, a hone of good
Grit Firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage;
Grit To give forth a grating sound, as sand under the feet; to
grate; to grind.
Grit To grind; to rub harshly together; to grate; as, to grit
the teeth.
Innuendo An oblique hint; a remote allusion or reference, usually
derogatory to a person or thing not named; an insinuation.
Innuendo An averment employed in pleading, to point the
application of matter otherwise unintelligible; an interpretative
parenthesis thrown into quoted matter to explain an obscure word or
words; — as, the plaintiff avers that the defendant said that he
(innuendo the plaintiff) was a thief.
Leverage The action of a lever; mechanical advantage gained by the
Merger One who, or that which, merges.
Merger An absorption of one estate, or one contract, in another,
or of a minor offense in a greater.
Outrage To rage in excess of.
Outrage Injurious violence or wanton wrong done to persons or
things; a gross violation of right or decency; excessive abuse; wanton
mischief; gross injury.
Outrage Excess; luxury.
Outrage To commit outrage upon; to subject to outrage; to treat
with violence or excessive abuse.
Outrage Specifically, to violate; to commit an indecent assault
upon (a female).
Outrage To be guilty of an outrage; to act outrageously.
Pasture Food; nourishment.
Pasture Specifically: Grass growing for the food of cattle; the
food of cattle taken by grazing.
Pasture Grass land for cattle, horses, etc.; pasturage.
Pasture To feed, esp. to feed on growing grass; to supply grass
as food for; as, the farmer pastures fifty oxen; the land will pasture
forty cows.
Pasture To feed on growing grass; to graze.
Secede To withdraw from fellowship, communion, or association;
to separate one’s self by a solemn act; to draw off; to retire;
especially, to withdraw from a political or religious body.
Sedation The act of calming, or the state of being calm.
Swab To clean with a mop or swab; to wipe when very wet, as after
washing; as, to swab the desk of a ship.
Swab A kind of mop for cleaning floors, the desks of vessels,
etc., esp. one made of rope-yarns or threads.
Swab A bit of sponge, cloth, or the like, fastened to a handle,
for cleansing the mouth of a sick person, applying medicaments to
deep-seated parts, etc.
Swab An epaulet.
Swab A cod, or pod, as of beans or pease.
Swab A sponge, or other suitable substance, attached to a long rod
or handle, for cleaning the bore of a firearm.
Tranquil Quiet; calm; undisturbed; peaceful; not agitated; as, the
atmosphere is tranquil; the condition of the country is tranquil.


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