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greenmail

noun: The practice of buying a large quantity of a company’s stock as a means of hostile takeover, then selling it back …

snail mail

noun: The physical delivery of letters and other material. Also, a piece of such mail. verb tr., intr.: To send a letter …

asymptote

noun: 1. Something or someone that gets closer and closer but never touches. 2. A straight line whose distance to a curve …

tangent

noun: 1. A line of thought or action that diverges from the main topic or course. 2. A line that touches a …

squarely

adverb: 1. In a straightforward or frank manner. 2. Firmly. 3. Directly. 4. At right angles.

triangulation

noun: 1. Determining the position of a point by measuring angles to it from two points a known distance apart. 2. Positioning …

elliptic

adjective: 1. Marked by extreme economy of expression in speech or writing. 2. Cryptic, ambiguous, or obscure. 3. Marked by ellipsis: the …

gustatory

adjective: Relating to the sense of taste.

amusia

noun: The inability to recognize, reproduce, or appreciate music.

macrosmatic

adjective: Having a well-developed sense of smell.

proprioception

noun: The awareness of location of parts of one’s body.

zoolatry

noun: 1. The worship of animals. 2. Extreme devotion to animals, for example, to one’s pets.

arithmomania

noun: An obsessive preoccupation with numbers, calculations, and counting.

neophilia

noun: The love of what’s new or novel.

sublimate

verb tr.: 1. To divert basic or instinctual impulses to something more socially acceptable. 2. To refine or purify. verb tr., intr.: …

volatile

1. Fluctuating widely and unpredictably. 2. Evaporating easily. 3. Explosive. 4. Capable of flying.

crucible

1. A vessel used for heating substances to a high temperature. 2. A trying experience. 3. A situation or place where forces …

titrate

1. To carefully adjust something in measured increments to achieve a desired balance or effect. 2. To determine the concentration of a …

precipitate

verb tr.: 1. To make something, especially something undesirable, happen prematurely or suddenly. 2. To throw suddenly. 3. To cause (water vapor …

totality

noun: 1. The condition or quality of being complete or whole. 2. An aggregate amount or sum. 3. The phase of an …

umbrageous

adjective: 1. Inclined to take offense easily. 2. Cast in shadow; shaded. 3. Providing shade.