tr.v. 1. To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of. 2. To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of.
n. 1. The quality or state of being brief in duration. 2. Concise expression; terseness.
When a sentence is made stronger, it usually becomes shorter. Thus, brevity is a by-product of vigor.William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style
n. A tendency to lapse into a previous pattern of behavior, esp. a tendence to return to criminal habits.
v. intr. 1. To jostle and push. 2. to work or move rapidly and energetically. 3. To act aggressively, esp. in business dealings.
n. 1. The act or instance of jostling or shoving. 2. Energic activity; drive. 3. slang. An illicit or unethical way of doing business or obtaining money; a fraud or deceipt.
adj. 1. Uncommon; rare. 2. Exquisite; choice. 3. Overrefined; forced. 4. Pretentious; overblown.
58 Gin, like many distilleries, offers gin tuition… She handed each of us a clipboard, on which was a list of twenty-six botanicals. Some of these were fairly mainstream, like pink grapefruit and chamomile; others were more recherché, like aniseed and cassia.”Anthony Lane, “Ginmania,” The New Yorker
adj. 1. Gray or white with or as if with age. 2. Covered with grayish hair or pubescence: hoary leaves. 3. So old as to inspire veneragion; ancient.
n. 1. A slaughterhouse. 2. Something likened to a slaughterhouse.
n. Naut. One who operates or helps operate a ship.
n. 1.a. A reinforced eyelet, as in cloth, through which a fastener may be passed. b. A small metal or plastic ring used to reinforce a grommet. 2. Naut. A loop of rope or metal used for securing the edge of a sail to its stay.
v. To be servile or submissive.