ADVERB

Advantage Verbal


versatile

January 22, 2016
If something is versatile, it means that it can be used successfully in different ways. Versatility is important for people as well, especially in the modern, changeable society we live in. Companies look for versatile employees who can deal with a wide range of different and complex tasks.

festinate

January 22, 2016
1. to hurry; hasten.
2. hurried.

Move—move—move! Put some order on things! Come on, Sarah—hide that bucket. Whose are these slates? Somebody take these dishes away. Festinate ! Festinate !

That night he had the firm belief he would never need to eat again as long as he lived, and he wandered around in the dark, keeping his legs moving in a desperate attempt to festinate digestion…

brickbat

January 22, 2016
1. an unkind or unfavorable remark; caustic criticism: The critics greeted the play with brickbats.

2. a piece of broken brick, especially one used as a missile.

3. any rock like missil

Pluvial

January 22, 2016
1. of or pertaining to rain; rainy.
2. Geology . occurring through the action of rain.

Swimming in the pluvial waters, or inert and caked over by the torrid mud, he would have discovered what he would certainly have regarded as lowly, specially-modified, and degenerate relations of the active denizens of the ocean—the Dipnoi , or mud-fish.

Nothing enters her tomb save a little moisture, pluvial in origin, and, it may be, certain mysterious effluvia of which we do not yet know the nature.

Origin: Pluvial is from the Latin pluvia meaning “rain, water.” It shares the Proto-Indo-European root pleu meaning “to flow, to swim” with Pluto , the name of God of the underworld in classical mythology.

balmy

January 22, 2016
1. mild and refreshing; soft; soothing: balmy weather .
2. having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant: balmy leaves .
3. producing balm: balmy plants; a balmy shrub .
4. Informal . crazy; foolish; eccentric.

On and off and on and off until he was laughing at the magic of the running water and the chicken and bread that lay balmy in his stomach.

Imagine now, while the curtain’s falling, that it’s a fine balmy day and the smell of clams coming in from the bay.

Origin: Balmy is the adjectival form of balm , which originally referred to an aromatic resin and came to mean anything that heals. Balmy entered English in the late 1400s.

Polaris

January 22, 2016
1. Astronomy . the polestar or North Star, a star of the second magnitude situated close to the north pole of the heavens, in the constellation Ursa Minor: the outermost star in the handle of the Little Dipper.
2. a two-stage U.S. ballistic missile, usually fired from a submerged submarine.
How do you find it? There are so many satellites nowadays that I can’t find Polaris anymore.
He sighted through the eyepiece and moved the index arm until Polaris sat squarely on the wire.

Crapulous

January 22, 2016
1.given to or characterized by gross excess in drinking or eating. 2.suffering from or due to such excess. They asked what she did in London and she explained how she helped run an arts festival, and it sounded fey and crapulous . So she told the story of the drunken newsreader they’d booked the previous year…