Word of the Day

Repair

When something’s broken, you put it in repair

Tweak it, fix it, with love and care

But some things take time to repair

Some things need to heal the tear

But no matter if it’s here or there,

it will be repaired

Just be patient while I move the air

and share

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|riˈpe(ə)r|

verb 

with obj. ]fix or mend (a thing suffering from damage or a fault): faulty electrical appliances should be repaired by an electrician.• make good (such damage) by fixing or repairing it: an operation to repair damage to his neck.• put right (a damaged relationship or unwelcome situation): the new government moved quickly to repair relations with the USA.

noun 

the action of fixing or mending something: the truck was beyond repair| the abandoned house they bought needs repairs.• a result of fixing or mending: a coat of French polish was brushed over the repair.• the relative physical condition of an object: the existing hospital is in a bad state of repair.

DERIVATIVES repairable adjective.

repairer noun

ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French reparer, from Latin reparare, from re- back + parare make ready.

repair 2 |riˈpe(ə)r|

verb 

no obj. ] (repair toformal or humorousgo to (a place), esp. in company: we repaired to the tranquility of a nearby cafe.

noun archaic 

frequent or habitual visiting of a place: she exhorted repair to the church.• a place that is frequently visited or occupied: the repairs of wild beasts.

ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French repairer, from late Latinrepatriare return to one’s country (see repatriate.

What have you put in repair?

Word of the Day

Mislead

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

 |misˈlēd|

verb (past and past participle misled) [ with obj. ]
cause (someone) to have a wrong idea or impression about someone or something: the government misled the public about the road’s environmental impact.

DERIVATIVES
misleader noun

Do you mislead people?

Word of the Day

Marquetry

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

 |ˈmärkətrē| (also marqueterie or marquetery)

noun
inlaid work made from small pieces of variously colored wood or other materials, used chiefly for the decoration of furniture.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from French marqueterie, from marqueter ‘to variegate.’

Have you created any marquetry furniture that should be marketed?

Word of the Day

Grave

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|grāv|

noun
a place of burial for a dead body, typically a hole dug in the ground and marked by a stone or mound: the coffin was lowered into the grave.
• (the grave) used as an allusive term for death: life beyond the grave.
• a place where a broken piece of machinery or other discarded object lies: lift the aircraft from its watery grave.

PHRASES
dig one’s own grave do something foolish that causes one to fail or be ruined.
(as) silent (or quiet) as the grave extremely quiet.
take the (or one’s, etc.) secret to the grave die without revealing a secret.
turn (also turn over) in one’s grave used to express the opinion that something would have caused anger or distress to someone who is now dead: Bach must be turning in his grave at the vulgarities of the twentieth century.

ORIGIN Old English græf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch graf and German Grab .

grave 2 |grāv|

adjective
giving cause for alarm; serious: a matter of grave concern.
• serious or solemn in manner or appearance; somber: his face was grave.

noun
|also gräv| another term for grave accent.

DERIVATIVES
gravely adverb.
graveness noun

ORIGIN late 15th cent. (originally of a wound in the sense ‘severe, serious’): from Old French grave or Latin gravis ‘heavy, serious.’
grave 3 |grāv|

verb (past participle graven |ˈgrāvən| or graved) [ with obj. ] archaic
engrave (an inscription or image) on a surface.
• literary fix (something) indelibly in the mind: the times are graven on my memory.

ORIGIN Old English grafan‘dig,’ of Germanic origin; related to German graben,Dutch graven ‘dig’ and German begraben ‘bury,’ also to grave1 and groove.

grave 4 |grāv|

verb [ with obj. ] historical
clean (a ship’s bottom) by burning off the accretions and then tarring it.

ORIGIN late Middle English: perhaps from French dialect grave, variant of Old French greve ‘shore’ (because originally the ship would have been run aground).

grave 5 |ˈgräˌvā|

adverb & adjectiveMusic
(as a direction) slowly; with solemnity.

ORIGIN Italian, ‘slowl.’

What was the last grave event you experienced?

Word of the Day

Faucet

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|ˈfôsit, ˈfäs-|

noun

a device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container can be controlled; a tap.

ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting a bung for the vent-hole of a cask, or a tap for drawing liquor from a container): from Old French fausset, from Provençal falset, from falsar ‘to bore.’ The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.

What was the last thing you washed with your faucet?

Word of the Day

Graffiti

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|grəˈfētē|

pl.noun (sing. graffito |-tō| ) [ treated as sing. or pl. ]
writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place: the walls were covered with graffiti | [ as modifier ] : a graffiti artist.

verb [ with obj. ]
write or draw graffiti on (something): he and another artist graffitied an entire train.
• write (words or drawings) as graffiti.

DERIVATIVES
graffitist |-tist| noun
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from Italian (plural), from graffio ‘a scratch.’
usage: In Italian, the word graffiti is a plural noun, and its singular form is graffito. Traditionally, the same distinction has been maintained in English, so that graffiti, being plural, would require a plural verb: the graffiti were all over the wall. By the same token, the singular would require a singular verb: there was a graffito on the wall. Today these distinctions survive in some specialist fields such as archaeology, but sound odd to most native speakers. The most common modern use is to treat graffiti as if it were a mass noun, similar to a word like writing, and not to use graffito at all. In this case, graffiti takes a singular verb, as in the graffiti was all over the wall. Such uses are now widely accepted as standard and may be regarded as part of the natural development of the language, rather than as mistakes. A similar process is going on with other words such as agenda, data, and media.

What’s your favourite graffiti piece?

Word of the Day

Feature

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|ˈfēCHər|
noun
1 a distinctive attribute or aspect of something: safety features like dual air bags.
• (usu. features) a part of the face, such as the mouth or eyes, making a significant contribution to its overall appearance.
• Linguistics a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit, esp. a speech sound or vocabulary item, that serves to distinguish it from others of the same type.
2 a newspaper or magazine article or a broadcast program devoted to the treatment of a particular topic, typically at length: a feature on Detroit’s downtown fishery.
• (also feature film)a full-length film intended as the main item in a movie theater program.

verb [ with obj. ]
have as a prominent attribute or aspect: the hotel features a large lounge, a sauna, and a coin-operated solarium.
• have as an important actor or participant: the film featured Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.
• [ no obj. ] (often be featured) be a significant characteristic of or take an important part in: this famous photograph is prominently featured in art collections.
• [ no obj. ] be apparent: women rarely feature in writing on land settlement.

DERIVATIVES
featured adjective [ in combination ] : fine-featured women.
featureless adjective

ORIGIN late Middle English (originally denoting the form or proportions of the body, or a physical feature): from Old French faiture ‘form,’ from Latin factura (see facture) .

What was the last feature presentation you saw?

Word of the Day

Energy

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|ˈenərjē|

noun (pl. energies)

the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity: changes in the levels of vitamins can affect energy and well-being.• (energiesa person’s physical and mental powers, typically as applied to a particular task or activity.

power derived from the utilization of physical or chemical resources, esp. to provide light and heat or to work machines.

Physics the property of matter and radiation that is manifest as a capacity to perform work (such as causing motion or the interaction of molecules): a collision in which no energy is transferred.• a degree or level of energy possessed by something or required by a process.

ORIGIN mid 16th cent. (denoting force or vigor of expression): from French énergie, or via late Latin from Greek energeia, from en- in, within + ergon work.

Are you bristling with energy?

Word of the Day

Simultaneous

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|ˌsīməlˈtānēəs|

adjective
occurring, operating, or done at the same time: a simultaneous withdrawal of all troops | simultaneous translation.

DERIVATIVES
simultaneity |ˌsīməltəˈnēitē| noun.
simultaneousness noun

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: based on Latin simul ‘at the same time,’ probably influenced by late Latin momentaneus .

What was your last simultaneous action?

Word of the Day

Blue

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|blo͞o

|adjective (bluerbluest)of a color intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day: the clear blue sky | blue jeans | deep blue eyes.• (of a person’s skin) having turned blue as a result of cold or breathing difficulties: Annie went blue, and I panicked.• (of a bird or other animal) having blue markings: a blue jay.• (of cats, foxes, or rabbits) having fur of a smoky gray color: the blue fox.• (of a ski run) of the second lowest level of difficulty, as indicated by colored markers positioned along it.• Physics denoting one of three colors of quark.informal (of a person or mood) melancholy, sad, or depressed: he’s feeling blue.informal (of a movie, joke, or story) with sexual or pornographic content: the blue movies are hugely profitable.• (of language) marked by cursing, swearing, and blasphemy.informaldated rigidly religious or moralistic; puritanical.

nounblue color or pigment: she was dressed in blue| the dark blue of his eyes |armchairs in pastel blues and greens.• blue clothes or material: Susan wore blue.• (usu. Bluethe Union army in the Civil War, or a member of that army.[because Union soldiers wore blue uniforms.]a blue thing, in particular:• a blue ball, piece, etc., in a game or sport.• (the blueliterary the sky or sea; the unknown: a lark went trilling up, up into the blue.usu. with modifier ] a small butterfly, the male of which is predominantly blue while the female is typically brown.[Numerous genera in the family Lycaenidae.]another term for bluing.

verb (bluesbluing or blueingblued)make or become blue: [ with obj. ] the light dims, bluing the retina | (as adj.bluedblued paper | [ no obj. ] the day would haze, the air bluing with afternoon.• with obj. ] heat (metal) so as to give it a grayish-blue finish: (as adj. blued)nickel-plated or blued hooks.with obj. ] wash (white clothes) with bluing.

PHRASES do something until (or till) one is blue in the face informal put all one’s efforts into doing something to no avail: she could talk to him until she was blue in the face, but he was just not hearing.men in blue informal police officers.once in a blue moon informal very rarely.[because a “blue moon” is a phenomenon that occurs rarely.]out of the blue (or out of a clear blue sky) informal without warning; unexpectedly: she phoned me out of the blue.[with reference to a “blue” (i.e., clear) sky, from which nothing unusual is expected.]talk a blue streak informal speak continuously and at great length.

DERIVATIVES blueness noun 

ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French bleu, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Old English blǣwenblue and Old Norse blár dark blue.

blue 2 |bluː|

verb (bluesbluing or blueingbluedBrit. informal, dated squander or recklessly spend (money).ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: perhaps a variant of blow1.

What does blue mean to you?