Intermediate+ Word of the Day: damper

A damper is a person or thing that damps or depresses. In mechanical engineering, it’s a movable plate for regulating the draft in a stove or furnace and, in vehicles, it’s a shock absorber. Keyboard instruments also have dampers to deaden the vibration of the strings and horn or brass instruments have dampers to…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: don

You might have heard Don used to mean Mr. or Sir when addressing men from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, where it is a title used for lords or gentlemen. In the UK a don is a member of the teaching staff at a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge. Don is also a title given to the head of a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: blaze

A blaze is a bright flame or fire, or a very bright glow of light or color. Figuratively, a sudden outburst of passion or fury can also be called a blaze. As a verb, to blaze means ‘to burn or shine brightly, like a flame’ or ‘to flare suddenly with emotion.’ In addition, a blaze is a mark made on a tree to indicate a path or…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: lunge

A lunge is a sudden forward thrust, with a sword or knife, or any sudden forward movement. As a verb, to lunge means ‘to move with a sudden thrust’ or ‘to thrust forward’. Additionally, a lunge (or: lunge line, lunge rein, lunge lead) is a rope used in training or exercising a horse and the…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: strand

To strand means ‘to drive or run onto a shore’ and it’s used to talk about boats or water creatures such as whales. Figuratively, to leave in a helpless position is also to strand. As a noun, a strand is a shore or a beach, in particular the part of the shore between the tide marks. Unrelatedly, and also a noun, a strand is a a part of a rope or one string or thread that…

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