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Substantiate

Substantiate [ suh’ b-STAN-shee-eyt ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to confirm or prove using evidence
2. to embody or give form or material toUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Any accusation has to be substantiated with hard evidence.

Slander

Slander [ SLAN-der ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) defamation, a false statement that harms the reputation of another or calumny
2. (tr.v.) to defame, malign or vilify
3. (intr.v.) to spread or circulate slanderUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He filed a lawsuit citing slander of his good name.

Scuttle

Scuttle [ SKUHT-l ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a scamper, short run or scurry
2. (n.) an open, broad and shallow basket that usually is used to carry vegetables or grain
3. (intr.v.) to run or scamper away
4. (tr.v.) to sink by, on purpose, making holes or opening in the bottom of a ship or other nautical vesselUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He scuttled ahead and managed to catch the bus.

Travail

Travail [ truh'-VEYL, TRAV-eyl ][ noun, intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) toil or laborious work
2. (n.) anguish, torment, hardship or agony
3. (n.) labour or pain of childbirth
4. (intr.v.) to be in labour
5. (intr.v.) to toil or work laboriouslyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The story made a mockery of the travails faced by the people of the past century.

Tarn

Tarn [ tahrn ][ noun ]MEANING :a small lake or pool esp. one that is in a cirqueUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The tarn was considered dangerous as many people had drowned in it.

Slither

Slither [ SLITH’ -er ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (intr.v.) to glide, slip or slide like the motion of a reptile
2. (intr.v.) to move or walk with a sliding motion
3. (tr.v.) to cause to glide or slide
4. (n.) sliding or gliding motionUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Being cursed, he lost the power to use his legs and often slithered around.

Shrew

Shrew [ shroo ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. an ill-tempered woman known for her scolding
2. a small, mouse-like insectivorous mammal that has a long, pointed snout and soft furUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The shrew screeched the house down.

Spectral

Spectral [ SPEK-truh’ l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. spectral or ghostly
2. pertaining to, resembling or of a spectre
3. related to or of a spectrumUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The detective set up machines to record spectral activity in the vicinity.

Scurry

Scurry [ SKUR-ee, SKUHR-ee ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (intr.v.) to hurry or scamper hastily
2. (tr.v.) to send along in a hurried manner
3. (n.) a scamper or rushUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Mice scurried around the dingy hallway.

Throng

Throng [ thrawng, throng ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) crowd or multitude of people
2. (tr.v.) to jostle, crowd or throng
3. (intr.v.) to assemble, throng or crowdUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :A throng of protestors gathered in front of the Parliament House.