To sting means ‘to hurt someone with a pointed part of the body,’ like insects do. It can also mean ‘to hurt by means of contact,’ like some plants do.
Word of the Day August 25, 2016 breach (noun, verb) /britʃ/ LISTEN Many companies worry that hackers will breach their security systems. A breach is the act of breaking a promise or contract or of disobeying or violating a law. It is also a hole made in a wall, fortification, or line of soldiers. Breach is also the ending of a friendly relationship. As a verb, to breach means 'to make an opening' or 'to break a rule, promise, or contract.' Example sentences • Your client will have to pay compensation for any breach of this contract. • […]
Word of the Day August 24, 2016 yield (verb, noun) /yild/ LISTEN A yield sign To yield means 'to surrender to authority,' 'to relinquish,' or 'to give in to something.' It also means 'to give as expected' and 'to cause something to happen.' In agriculture, yield means 'to produce through a natural process or after cultivation,' and, in business, 'to produce profit.' As a noun, a yield is both the act of producing and the quantity produced. In business, a yield is a profit or the income produced by an investment. Example sentences • The rebels […]
Word of the Day August 23, 2016 gut (noun, verb, adjective) /gʌt/ LISTEN We gutted the house so we will be able to completely renovate the interior. Gut, often in the plural form guts, is a synonym for intestines and also for belly or stomach. Figuratively, guts refers to the inner workings of anything and, informally, it means 'courage or determination.' As a verb, to gut means 'to take out the inner organs of an animal' and, by extension, 'to destroy the interior of anything.' It also means 'to steal things from a house or town' or 'to remove the […]
Word of the Day August 22, 2016 slate (noun, verb) /sleɪt/ LISTEN A slate roof Slate is a fine-grained rock that tends to split into thin plates and is used as a material for roofing (a roof is the top of a house) or, before paper was widely available, for writing on. Slate is also a shade of dark-blue gray color. Mainly in the US, slate is also a list of candidates considered for nomination. In the film industry, a slate is a board that shows all the details of a take (i.e., a small segment that is filmed). […]
Word of the Day August 19, 2016 skim (verb) /skɪm/ LISTEN I always skim the newspaper when I'm having my morning coffee. To skim means 'to remove something floating on the surface of a liquid with a spoon' and, figuratively, it means 'to take something good,' usually money, from something else. It also means 'to glide over a surface, usually water,' and 'to throw something smoothly to bounce along a surface, usually water.' (In the US we also say skip for this meaning.) Skim also means 'to cover with a thin layer' and 'to read quickly without paying detailed attention.' Example […]
Word of the Day August 18, 2016 crack (verb, noun, adjective) /kræk/ LISTEN A cracked cell phone screen To crack means 'to break without coming completely apart,' with the break usually marked by a line, and also 'to break open with a sharp sound.' It also means 'to make a sharp sound' or, when talking about a voice, 'to change suddenly.' Crack also means 'to solve a crime or puzzle.' As a noun, a crack is a break, a sharp noise, or a break in the voice. Informally, a crack is a funny remark, or an attempt at […]