Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Valency

VALENCY

-noun
1. chemistry a property of atoms or groups, equal to the number of atoms of hydrogen that the atom or group could combine with or displace in forming compounds
2. (linguistics) the number of satellite noun phrases with which a verb combines
3. (immunology)
a. the number of antigen-binding sites on an antibody molecule
b. the number of antigen-binding sites with which an antigen can combine

























Playing with fire
Looking for valency
In old books and

Alchemy burns

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Vilify

VILIFY

-verb (trans.)
1. to revile with abusive or defamatory language; malign
2. (rare) to make vile; debase; degrade



















Vilified in the book

Saved by humanity

Monday, 27 June 2016

Forge

FORGE

-noun
1. a place in which metal is worked by heating and hammering; smithy
2. a hearth or furnace used for heating metal
3. a machine used to shape metals by hammering
-verb
4. (trans.) to shape (metal) by heating and hammering
5. (trans.) to form, shape, make, or fashion (objects, articles, etc.)
6. (trans.) to invent or devise (an agreement, understanding, etc.)
7. to make or produce a fraudulent imitation of (a signature, banknote, etc.) or to commit forgery

-verb (intr.)
1. to move at a steady and persevering pace

2. to increase speed; spurt

























Exhausted, they forge through the night

Focusing on the light in their hands

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Papillote

PAPILLOTE

-noun
1. a paper frill around cutlets, etc.
2. Preceded by “en” . (of food) cooked in oiled greaseproof paper or foil

























Delicate fish and tender greens
En papillote for greater taste

And easy transportation

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Miss

MISS

-verb
1. to fail to reach, hit, meet, find, or attain (some specified or implied aim, goal, target, etc.)
2. (trans.) to fail to attend or be present for
3. (trans.) to fail to see, hear, understand, or perceive
4. (trans.) to lose, overlook, or fail to take advantage of
5. (trans.) to leave out; omit
6. (trans.) to discover or regret the loss or absence of
7. (trans.) to escape or avoid (something, especially a danger), usually narrowly
-noun
8. a failure to reach, hit, meet, find, etc.

-noun
1. informal an unmarried woman or girl, especially a schoolgirl

-noun
1. a title of an unmarried woman or girl, usually used before the surname or sometimes alone in direct address




























Missing in action
Taken up by summer
And asthma

Friday, 24 June 2016

Swaddle

SWADDLE

-verb (trans.)
1. to wind a bandage round
2. to wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes
3. to restrain as if by wrapping with bandages; smother
-noun
4. (mainly US) swaddling clothes

























Swaddled hands
Was all his protection
Copper blood still fresh

On his brow, his lips

Thursday, 23 June 2016

White

WHITE

-adj.
1. having no hue due to the reflection of all or almost all incident light.
2. (of light, such as sunlight) consisting of all the colours of the spectrum or produced by certain mixtures of three additive primary colours, such as red, green, and blue
3. comparatively white or whitish-grey in colour or having parts of this colour
4. (of an animal) having pale-coloured or white skin, fur, or feathers
5. bloodless or pale, as from pain, emotion, etc.
6. (of hair, a beard, etc.) silvery or grey, usually from age
7. benevolent or without malicious intent
8. colourless or transparent
9. capped with or accompanied by snow
10. (sometimes capital) counterrevolutionary, very conservative, or royalist.
11. blank, as an unprinted area of a page
12. (of wine) made from pale grapes or from black grapes separated from their skins
13. (of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
14. (physics) having or characterized by a continuous distribution of energy, wavelength, or frequency
15. (informal) honourable or generous
16. (of armour) made completely of iron or steel
17. (rare) morally unblemished
18. rare (of times, seasons, etc.) auspicious; favourable
19. (poetic or archaic) having a fair complexion; blond
-noun
20. a white colour
21. the condition or quality of being white; whiteness
22. the white or lightly coloured part or area of something
23. (anatomy) the white part (sclera) of the eyeball
24. any of various butterflies of the family Pieridae.
25. chess, draughts
a. a white or light-coloured piece or square
b. (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
26. anything that has or is characterized by a white colour, such as a white paint or pigment, a white cloth, a white ball in billiards
27. an unprinted area of a page
28. archery
a. the outer ring of the target, having the lowest score
b. a shot or arrow hitting this ring
29. (poetic) fairness of complexion
-verb
30. (usually followed by “out”) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
31. (obsolete) to make or become white

























She stirs winds
Her white coat and hair whipping about
Frost in her smile

Blooms dying  in her hand

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Swad

SWAD

-noun
1. a loutish person
2. mining a layer of worthless material at the base of a seam
3. a thick bunch (of grass)
4. a large number (of people)



















Yesterday
Today & tomorrow

Angry swads

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Sumptuous

SUMPTUOUS

-adj.
1. expensive or extravagant
2. magnificent; splendid

























A rather
Sumptuous meal

For a toddler

Monday, 20 June 2016

Martext

MARTEXT

-noun
(obsolete) a preacher who makes many mistakes

























Mark that a martext
Isn’t someone butchering

Orthography with a SMS

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Orthorexia

ORTHOREXIA

-noun
a disorder characterized by a morbid obsession with eating healthy foods only

























She disguises
Her orthorexia
With fine dining


Saturday, 18 June 2016

Mercy

MERCY

-noun 
1. compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offender, adversary, etc., who is in one's power or care; clemency; pity
2. the power to show mercy
3. a relieving or welcome occurrence or state of affairs


























Morning light being too sharp
He cries for mercy

And another ten minutes nap

Friday, 17 June 2016

Alimony

ALIMONY

-noun
law (formerly) an allowance paid under a court order by one spouse to another when they are separated but not divorced.

























At the mere notion
Of alimony

He hid and fled

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Dispute

DISPUTE

-verb
1. to argue, debate, or quarrel about (something)
2. (may take a clause as object) to doubt the validity, etc., of
3. (trans.) to seek to win; contest for
4. (trans.) to struggle against; resist
-noun
5. an argument or quarrel

















This awkward moment when
She turns her despondent lover

Into a statue in the heat of a dispute

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Twin

TWIN

-noun
1. either of two persons or animals conceived at the same time
2. either of two persons or things that are identical or very similar; counterpart
3. Also called: macle . a crystal consisting of two parts each of which has a definite orientation to the other
-verb
4. to pair or be paired together; couple
5. (intr.) to bear twins
6. (intr.) (of a crystal) to form into a twin
7. (intr.) archaic to be born as a twin
8. (trans.)
a. to create a reciprocal relation between (two towns in different countries); pair (a town) with another in a different country
b. (intr.) (of a town) to be paired with a town in a different country

























Held in place by fate
Twins yet different

Looking in the same direction