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n coy
shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offer¸¦ ¹Þ¾ÒÀ» ¶§
n retiring
shy and reserved (of a person); modest; Ex. her retiring personality
diffidence
shyness; lack of self-confidence; timidity; ADJ. diffident
n winnow
sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad; CF. wind
s threat
sign or warning (of coming danger); Ex. threat of rain; V: express a threat; give warning of (something bad); Ex. The cloud threatens rain.
import
significance; importance; meaning
n betoken
signify; indicate; be a sign of
indices
signs; indications; Ex. indices of a student's potential; CF. index: something that reveals or indicates; sign; Ex. cost-of-living index
muted
silent; muffled; toned down; Ex. muted traffic noise
s mute
silent; without speech; not pronounced; unable to speak; N: one who is incapable of speech; V: soften the sound, color, shade of
s sullen
silently showing ill humor or resentment; dark; gloomy
n inane
silly; senseless; Ex. inane remarks; N. inanity
s parallel
similar; analogous; corresponding; N: parallel line; person or thing that is parallel (to another); similarity; Ex. know of no parallel to the case; Ex. without parallel; V: be similar to; make parallel; Ex. Your experience parallels mine; CF. unparalleled
analogy
similarity; parallelism; comparing two similar things
synchronous
similarly timed; simultaneous with; occurring at the same time; V. synchronize
s volley
simultaneous discharge of a number of shots; V.
n fusillade
simultaneous firing or outburst (of missiles, questions, etc.)
s inasmuch_as
since; owing to the fact that
n incantation
singing or chanting of magic spells; magical formula; (the saying of) words used in magic; CF. enchant
n scuttle
sink (a ship) by cutting holes in the hull; scrap; discard; N: small hatch in a ship's deck or hull
subside
sink to a lower level; settle down; sink to the bottom (as a sediment); descend; grow quiet; become less; moderate; abate
s brood
sit on in order to hatch; think deeply or worry anxiously; N: the young of certain animals; group of young birds hatched at one time
dilemma
situation that requires a choice between equally unfavorable options; problem; choice of two unsatisfactory alternatives
s bulk
size or volume (esp. when very large); main part; Ex. The bulk of the work has already been done; ADJ. bulky: having great size
cynical
skeptical or distrustful of human motives; N. cynicism; CF. cynic: person who believes all people are motivated by selfishness
s craft
skill (esp. with one's hands); skill in deceiving people; guile; ADJ. crafty: cleverly deceitful; cunning
s tact
skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offence
adroit
skillful (in using mind or hand)
dexterous
skillful; skill in using hands or mind; N. dexterity
s mange
skin disease (esp. of domestic animals) marked by loss of hair
s acne
skin disease (on the face)
s hide
skin of an animal
n azure
sky blue
obloquy
slander; disgrace; infamy
n slur
slander; insult to one's character or reputation; V.
n vilify
slander; speak evil of; N. vilification
detraction
slandering; aspersion; detracting; CF. detractor
aspersion
slanderous remark; Ex. cast aspersions on
n argot
slang; speech spoken by only a small group of people
n thrall
slave; bondage; slavery; Ex. Her beauty held him in thrall; CF. enthrall
servitude
slavery; compulsory labor imposed as a punishment
servile
slavish; cringing; N. servility
obsequious
slavishly attentive; servile; full of servile compliance; sycophantic
s doze
sleep lightly; nap
hibernate
sleep throughout the winter; N. hibernation
n soporific
sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness; drowsy
dormant
sleeping; temporarily inactive; lethargic; latent
somnambulist
sleepwalker; V. somnambulate; N. somnambulism
n legerdemain
sleight(dexterity) of hand; CF. light of hand
s tint
slight degree of color; V: give a tint to
s shade
slight difference in degree; nuance; degree of color; Ex. shades of meaning/grey
n smattering
slight knowledge; small scattered number or amount; Ex. smattering of German
n peccadillo
slight offense or fault; CF. sin
hazy
slightly obscure; misty; unclear; N. haze: light mist or smoke; confused state of mind
n acidulous
slightly sour (in taste or manner); sharp; caustic
catapult
slingshot; hurling machine; V: fire from catapult
n slither
slip or slide
n ramp
slope; inclined plane or roadway (connecting two levels)
incline
slope; slant; Ex. steep incline
n slipshod
slovenly; careless; sloppy; untidy; shabby; Ex. slipshod work
decelerate
slow down
n canter
slow gallop; V. CF. trot
sloth
slow moving tree-dwelling mammal; laziness; ADJ. slothful: lazy; indolent
n slacken
slow up; loosen; make or become slack
n laggard
slow; sluggish; N: one who lags; straggler
s tardy
slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. tardy arrival
n dolt
slow-thinking stupid person; CF. dull
s commune
small (often rural) community whose members share work and income; V: exchange thoughts or feelings; Ex. commune with nature
n pittance
small amount (of money); small allowance or wage
n whit
small amount; smallest speck; Ex. not a whit of
s scrap
small bit or fragment; discarded waste material; fight; Ex. a scrap of paper/cloth; V: break into parts for disposal; discard as worthless; fight; quarrel
s pinnace
small boat
n dinghy
small boat (often ship's boat)
satellite
small body revolving around a larger one
s wisp
small bunch (of hair); faint streak (of smoke)
n grotto
small cavern
n cubicle
small chamber used for sleeping or work
s chapel
small church (in a prison, college, or hospital)
n vignette
small drawing placed at the beginning or end of a chapter; picture; short literary sketch; short written description of a character or scene
n clique
small exclusive group of people
n cabal
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
n hummock
small hill; hillock
exiguous
small in amount; minute
n skiff
small light sailboat or rowboat
s miniature
small model; small painting; ADJ: small
n vent
small opening; outlet (as of fumes or a gas); Ex. He gave vent to his anger by kicking the chair.
n figurine
small ornamental statuette(very small statue)
s speck
small piece or mark; Ex. speck of dust in the eye
facet
small plane surface (of a gem(precious stone)); a side
asteroid
small planet
n pallet
small poor bed; Ex. straw pallet
microcosm
small representative world; world in miniature; Ex. microcosm of English society
s wrinkle
small ridge on a smooth surface (face or cloth); V.
circlet
small ring; band of gold, silver, jewel, etc. (worn on the head, arms, or neck as decoration)
s shed
small roofed structure for storage and shelter; V: pour forth; lose by natural process; repel without allowing penetration; radiate; cast; Ex. shed tears/light/water/skin/leaves
s tablet
small round piece of medicine; flat piece of stone or metal bearing an inscription; Ex. stone tablet on the wall
n spangle
small shiny metallic piece sewn to clothing for ornamentation
n mote
small speck (esp. of dust)
n rivulet
small stream; CF. rill < rivulet < river
n lancet
small surgical tool for making incisions