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OfflineMighty Bop
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Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition....
    #4470331 - 07/29/05 07:02 PM (12 years, 26 days ago)

I want to display random words and their definitions on a website so I am looking for interesting ones. I'll start:

noosphere: the sphere of human consciousness and mental activity especially in regard to its influence on the biosphere and in relation to evolution


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4470351 - 07/29/05 07:08 PM (12 years, 26 days ago)

ANFRACTUOSITY
A channel, crevice or passage full of windings and turnings.
Not quite describing a maze, though some mazes certainly take on an anfractuous appearance, one that is sinuous or winding. The noun is rare enough that it is hard to find examples, the adjective almost equally so.
One sense is of a broken or jumbled landscape. T S Eliot used this in his poem Sweeny Erect: ?Paint me the bold anfractuous rocks / Faced by the snarled and yelping seas?. Another comes from the nineteenth-century interest in phrenology, reading character by the shape of the head, supposedly reflecting that of the brain beneath; the anfractuosities in this case were the convolutions of the surface of the brain.
A rare modern sighting is in A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage. Here it refers to a certain kind of opaque and circuitous legal prose, seemingly designed more to confuse than to clarify. Its authors quote this splendid example of literary legal convolution from New York in 1858:
Unless the code, by abolishing the distinction between actions at law and suits in equity, and the forms of such actions and suits, and of pleadings theretofore existing, intended to initiate, and has initiated new principles of law, by which a class of rights and of wrongs, not before the proper subjects of judicial investigation and remedy, can now be judicially investigated and remedied, the facts stated in the plaintiff?s complaint in this action, do not constitute a cause of action, and the demurrer of the defendant to that complaint is well taken. The word comes from Latin anfractus, a bending around, from the verb frangere, to break. So it is a close cousin of the much more recent fractal, as well as fracture, fragile, refraction, and, rather less obviously, infringe and osprey (the latter ultimately derives from ossifraga, bone breaker, originally applied to the lammergeier).


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4470355 - 07/29/05 07:08 PM (12 years, 26 days ago)

Once in high school I was using an ancient dictionary and came across the word hirscine which means smelling like or having the qualities of a goat. I always thought it was hilarious. However that dictionary was soo old I haven't been able to find a definition of the word for a long time.


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4470519 - 07/29/05 07:38 PM (12 years, 26 days ago)

Here's one coming from a vegetarian:

porkchop - chop cut from a hog.

I dunno why I like it as a word so much.
I may give it as a name to one of my future children.


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Adamist]
    #4470544 - 07/29/05 07:42 PM (12 years, 26 days ago)

Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.


Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.


Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.


Karmageddon (n): It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.


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But makes for the heaviest sword"
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Making the noise "penicillin" is no substitute for actually taking penicillin.

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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4470773 - 07/29/05 08:28 PM (12 years, 26 days ago)

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, farout, never, never,land


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4470791 - 07/29/05 08:31 PM (12 years, 26 days ago)

for what it's worth....

nunciate

\Nun"ci*ate\, n. One who announces; a messenger; a nuncio.

I didn't know my screenname actually meant anything beyond a Clive Barker book until I saw it in a news article after the Pope's death.


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: nunciate]
    #4472293 - 07/30/05 02:16 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

caliginous (kuh-LIJ-uh-nuhs) adjective

Dark, gloomy, obscure, misty.

[From Latin caliginosus (misty, dark).]

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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: mycogirl]
    #4472301 - 07/30/05 02:18 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

ex?trap?o?late

v. ex?trap?o?lat?ed, ex?trap?o?lat?ing, ex?trap?o?lates
v. tr.

To infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information.
Mathematics. To estimate (a value of a variable outside a known range) from values within a known range by assuming that the estimated value follows logically from the known values.


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4472302 - 07/30/05 02:19 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

S-duality-
In theoretical physics, S-duality (also a strong-weak duality) is an equivalence of two quantum field theories, string theories, or M-theory. An S-duality transformation maps the states and vacua with coupling constant g in one theory to states and vacua with coupling constant 1 / g in the dual theory. This has permitted the use of perturbation theory, normally useful only for "weakly coupled" theories with g less than 1, to also describe the "strongly coupled" (g greater than 1) regimes of string theory, by mapping them onto dual, weakly coupled regimes.


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4472306 - 07/30/05 02:21 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

Lactomangulation - What happens when you try to open one of those little waxed cardboard boxes of milk and you end up tearing up the little spouty thing


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Ravus]
    #4472311 - 07/30/05 02:22 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

Hilbert space-
In mathematics, a Hilbert space is an inner product space that is complete with respect to the norm defined by the inner product. Hilbert spaces serve to clarify and generalize the concept of Fourier expansion and certain linear transformations such as the Fourier transform. Hilbert spaces are of crucial importance in the mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics, although many basic features of quantum mechanics can be understood without going into details about Hilbert spaces.


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Ravus]
    #4472361 - 07/30/05 02:31 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

ith?y?phal?lic
adj.

1. Of or relating to the phallus carried in the ancient festival of Bacchus.
2. Having the penis erect. Used of graphic and sculptural representations.
3. Lascivious; salacious.


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4472368 - 07/30/05 02:33 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

tintinnabulation
tin?tin?nab?u?la?tion
noun

1 : the ringing or sounding of bells
2 : a jingling or tinkling sound as if of bells


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4472404 - 07/30/05 02:38 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

demagogue
dem?a?gog
n.


A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4472585 - 07/30/05 03:19 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

Main Entry: 1time
Pronunciation: 'tIm
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tIma; akin to Old Norse tImi time, Old English tId -- more at TIDE
1 a : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : DURATION b : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future c : LEISURE <time for reading>
2 : the point or period when something occurs : OCCASION
3 a : an appointed, fixed, or customary moment or hour for something to happen, begin, or end <arrived ahead of time> b : an opportune or suitable moment <decided it was time to retire> -- often used in the phrase about time <about time for a change>
4 a : an historical period : AGE b : a division of geologic chronology c : conditions at present or at some specified period -- usually used in plural <times are hard> <move with the times> d : the present time <issues of the time>
5 a : LIFETIME b : a period of apprenticeship c : a term of military service d : a prison sentence
6 : SEASON <very hot for this time of year>
7 a : rate of speed : TEMPO b : the grouping of the beats of music : RHYTHM
8 a : a moment, hour, day, or year as indicated by a clock or calendar <what time is it> b : any of various systems (as sidereal or solar) of reckoning time
9 a : one of a series of recurring instances or repeated actions <you've been told many times> b plural (1) : added or accumulated quantities or instances <five times greater> (2) : equal fractional parts of which an indicated number equal a comparatively greater quantity <seven times smaller> <three times closer> c : TURN <three times at bat>
10 : finite as contrasted with infinite duration
11 : a person's experience during a specified period or on a particular occasion <a good time> <a hard time>
12 a : the hours or days required to be occupied by one's work <make up time> <on company time> b : an hourly pay rate <straight time> c : wages paid at discharge or resignation <pick up your time and get out>
13 a : the playing time of a game b : TIME-OUT
14 : a period during which something is used or available for use <computer time>
- at the same time : NEVERTHELESS, YET <slick and at the same time strangely unprofessional -- Gerald Weaks>
- at times : at intervals : OCCASIONALLY
- for the time being : for the present
- from time to time : once in a while : OCCASIONALLY
- in no time : very quickly or soon
- in time 1 : sufficiently early 2 : EVENTUALLY 3 : in correct tempo <learn to play in time>
- on time 1 a : at the appointed time b : on schedule 2 : on the installment plan
- time and again : FREQUENTLY, REPEATEDLY
Main Entry: 2time
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): timed; tim?ing
transitive senses
1 a : to arrange or set the time of : SCHEDULE b : to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time
2 : to set the tempo, speed, or duration of <timed his leap perfectly -- Neil Amdur>
3 : to cause to keep time with something
4 : to determine or record the time, duration, or rate of <time a horse>
5 : to dispose (as a mechanical part) so that an action occurs at a desired instant or in a desired way
intransitive senses : to keep or beat time
Main Entry: 3time
Function: adjective
1 a : of or relating to time b : recording time
2 : timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment <a time bomb>
3 a : payable on a specified future day or a certain length of time after presentation for acceptance <a time draft> <time deposits> b : based on installment payments <a time sale>


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: Mighty Bop]
    #4472611 - 07/30/05 03:26 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

discordia concors: : harmonious discord : harmony or unity gained by combining disparate or conflicting elements


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: i_rage_against]
    #4472620 - 07/30/05 03:27 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

Quote:

i_rage_against said:
Once in high school I was using an ancient dictionary and came across the word hirscine which means smelling like or having the qualities of a goat. I always thought it was hilarious. However that dictionary was soo old I haven't been able to find a definition of the word for a long time.




damn, must have been one old ass dictionary
doesnt even come up in google
http://www.google.com/search?q=hirscine&...:en-US:official
correct spelling?


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Re: Post an Interesting Word and Its Definition.... [Re: spud]
    #4472638 - 07/30/05 03:31 AM (12 years, 26 days ago)

booze =

a.lcohol
b.a.c
c.runk
d.runk
e.asy
f.ucked up
g.rand mariner
h.ungover
i.am drunk
j.runk
k.runk
l.it
m.iller
n.aked
o.ops
p.ussy
q.uitting is hard
r.iot
s.tinky
t.its
u.wasted
v.agina
w.asted
x.rated
y.es
z.ippty doo da


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