Category Archive: Vocabulary

Jan 19

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day: Trammel

Trammel means: (1) Something impeding activity, progress, or freedom. Restraint. (2) A net for catching birds or fish. (3) An adjustable pothook for a fireplace crane. (4) A shackle used for making a horse amble. (5a) Ellipsograph. (5b) Beam compass. Machine Briefs: OPTION #1: trammel= TRAM/M*EL OPTION #2: trammel= TRAM/*EL OPTION #3: trammel= TRAM/*L

Jan 13

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day: Stanch

Stanch means: “(1) To check or stop the flow of. To stop the flow of blood (from a wound). (2a) To stop or check in its course. (2b) To make watertight; stop up.” Machine Brief: stanch= STAN/*FP

Jan 03

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day: Sacerdotal

Sacerdotal is defined as, “of or relating to priests or a priesthood. Priestly.” Machine Briefs: OPTION #1: sacerdotal= SAS/*ER/DO*ELT OPTION #2: sacerdotal= SAS/*ER/DOE/TA*L OPTION #3: sacerdotal= SAS/*ER/DOET/A*L OPTION #4: sacerdotal= SAS/*ER/DOET/TA*L

Dec 30

2017 Dictionary Challenge- Finished In The Nick Of Time

2017 Dictionary 1

With about 48 hours to spare, I finished my dictionary goal for 2017. Yesterday, after three years, I was able to finally complete entering all of the words from, “The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary of The English Language” A-Na Volume. This book is the first volume of a two-volume set. After lugging my dictionary …

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Dec 30

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day: Spiel

“Spiel” is a noun defined as follows: “A voluble line of often extravagant talk: A speech delivered especially to sell or promote something.” Machine Brief: spiel= SPAOEL

Dec 22

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day: Vespertine

Vespertine is defined as follows: “(1) Of, relating to, or occurring in the evening. (2) Active, flowering, or flourishing in the evening: crepuscular.” MACHINE BRIEF: vespertine= VES/PER/TAO*IN

Dec 13

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day: Diaphanous

Diaphanous is defined as follows: “(1) Characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through. (2) Characterized by extreme delicacy of form: ethereal. (3) Insubstantial, vague. Machine Briefs: OPTION #1: diaphanous: DAOI/AF/N*US OPTION #2: diaphanous: DAOI/AF/A/N*US OPTION #3: diaphanous: DAOI/AF/FA/N*US

Dec 01

2017’s Word Of The Year

According to, the word of the year is “complicit.” states that its word of the year, “serves as a symbol of the year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.” Complicit is defined as: “Choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing.” Machine …

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Nov 01

Legal Vocabulary: Laches

Laches is defined as: An “inexcusable delay in asserting a right.” Machine Briefs: OPTION #1: laches= LAFPS OPTION #2: laches= LAFP/*ES OPTION #3: laches= LAFP/*EZ

Oct 30

Medical Monday: Laliatry

Laliatry is: “The branch of medicine which studies disorders of speech.” Machine Briefs: OPTION #1: laliatry= LA/LAOI/TR*I OPTION #2: laliatry= LA/LAOI/TRAO*E OPTION #3: laliatry= LA/LAOI/A/TR*I OPTION #4: laliatry= LA/LAOI/A/TRAO*E

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