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Eddy [ ED-ee ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a whirlpool or a current of water that moves contrary to the main current 2. (n.) a drift from the main current 3. (tr.v.) to whirl, move or turn in eddiesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The eddy slowed their progress.
Erratic [ i-RAT-ik ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) queer or deviant from normal course or behaviour 2. (adj.) nomadic or wandering 3. (adj.) lacking uniformity or regularityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Her erratic behaviour was the cause of general amusement.
Constrict [ kuh’ n-STRIKT ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr.v.) to compress, squeeze or clamp 2. (tr.v.) to inhibit, restrict or stultify 3. (intr.v.) to get constrictedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The company profits were constricted because of petty in-fighting between the company's board of directors.
Feline [ FEE-lahyn ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) pertaining to or belonging to the cat family 2. (adj.) catlike 3. (n.) an animal of the cat family or FelidaeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :She got the chance to play cat woman because of her feline gait.
Moratorium [ mawr-uh'-TWAR-ee-uh'm ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an authorization to a debtor permitting the temporary delay or suspension of payments 2. a period of delay agreed to by parties who are in the process of negotiating 3. a suspension of the ongoing performance of an obligationUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The finance minister sought a moratorium from the World Bank so that the money could be diverted and spent on disaster management instead.
Homeostasis [ hoh-mee-uh'-STEY-sis ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the tendency or ability of an organism to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes 2. the state of psychological equilibrium attained when tension has been reduced or eliminatedUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The diagnosis was that he suffered from metabolic abnormalities which were caused by impaired homeostasis.
Char [ chahr ][ noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to scorch or burn only the surface of 2. (tr. v.) to reduce to charcoal by partial combustion 3. (intr. v.) to become burnt or reduced to charcoal 4. (n.) material that has been burnt or reduced to charcoalUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :None of the artifacts were recognizable, everything was charred to a cinder by the blaze.