Sunday, 19 November 2017

Ragu

RAGU

-noun
an Italian sauce made with meat and tomatoes
























Sunday lunch
Tagliatelle with ragu

Shared with the family

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Commend

COMMEND

-verb (trans.)
1. to present or represent as being worthy of regard, confidence, kindness, etc.; recommend
2. to give in charge; entrust
3. to express a good opinion of; praise
4. to give the regards of

























Such gentleness
Such enthusiasm
I commend the guardian
To the museum authorities
Though she shed hair

All over my trousers

Friday, 17 November 2017

Discipline

DISCIPLINE

-noun
1. training or conditions imposed for the improvement of physical powers, self-control, etc.
2. systematic training in obedience to regulations and authority
3. the state of improved behaviour, etc., resulting from such training or conditions
4. punishment or chastisement
5. a system of rules for behaviour, methods of practice, etc.
6. a branch of learning or instruction
7. the laws governing members of a Church
8. a scourge of knotted cords
-verb (trans.)
9. to improve or attempt to improve the behaviour, orderliness, etc., of by training, conditions, or rules
10. to punish or correct




















Materials into light
Light into colours

A discipline fully mastered

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Pass

PASS

-verb
1. to go onwards or move by or past (a person, thing, etc.)
2. to run, extend, or lead through, over, or across (a place)
3. to go through or cause to go through (an obstacle or barrier)
4. to move or cause to move onwards or over
5. (trans.) to go beyond or exceed
6. to gain or cause to gain an adequate or required mark, grade, or rating in (an examination, course, etc.)
the examiner passed them all
7. ( often followed by “away” or “by”) to elapse or allow to elapse
8. pass the time of day with someone
9. (intr.) to take place or happen
10. to speak or exchange or be spoken or exchanged
11. to spread or cause to spread
12. to transfer or exchange or be transferred or exchanged
13. (intr.) to undergo change or transition
14. ( when trans., often followed by “down”) to transfer or be transferred by inheritance
15. to agree to or sanction or to be agreed to or receive the sanction of a legislative body, person of authority, etc.
16. (trans.) (of a legislative measure) to undergo (a procedural stage) and be agreed
17. ( when trans., often followed by “on” or “upon”) to pronounce or deliver (judgment, findings, etc.)
18. to go or allow to go without comment or censure
19. (intr.) to opt not to exercise a right, as by not answering a question or not making a bid or a play in card games
20. (physiology) . to discharge (urine, faeces, etc.) from the body
21. (intr.) to come to an end or disappear
22. (intr.; usually followed by “for” or “as”) to be likely to be mistaken for or accepted as (someone or something else)
23. (intr.; followed by “away”, “on”, or “over”) a euphemism for die
24. (trans.) (mainly US) . to fail to declare (a dividend)
25. (intr.; usually followed by “on” or “upon”) (mainly US) . (of a court, jury, etc.) to sit in judgment; adjudicate
26. (sport) . to hit, kick, or throw (the ball) to another player
-noun
27. the act of passing
28. a route through a range of mountains where the summit is lower or where there is a gap between peaks
29 (capital) as part of a name for a location
30. a way through any difficult region
31. a permit, licence, or authorization to do something without restriction
32. (administration)
a. a document allowing entry to and exit from a military installation
b. a document authorizing leave of absence
33. (British) the passing of a college or university examination to a satisfactory standard but not as high as honours
34. a dive, sweep, or bombing or landing run by an aircraft
35. a motion of the hand or of a wand as a prelude to or part of a conjuring trick
35. (informal) . an attempt, in words or action, to invite sexual intimacy
36. a state of affairs or condition, in particular a bad or difficult one
37. (sport) . the transfer of a ball from one player to another
38. (fencing) . a thrust or lunge with a sword
39. (bridge) . the act of passing (making no bid)
40. (bullfighting) .  a variant of “pase”
41. (archaic) . a witty sally or remark
-exclamation
42. (bridge) . a call indicating that a player has no bid to make

























Clouds and snow
Over the pass

Conflicted zone

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Ballistics

BALLISTICS

-noun (functioning as singular)
the study of the flight dynamics of projectiles, either through the interaction of the forces of propulsion, the aerodynamics of the projectile, atmospheric resistance, and gravity (exterior ballistics), or through these forces along with the means of propulsion, and the design of the propelling weapon and projectile (interior ballistics)

























Looking up
Studying the ballistics
Of  ripe persimmons
And the probability
For a hefty gale

To send them my way

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Range

RANGE

-noun
1. the limits within which a person or thing can function effectively
2. the limits within which any fluctuation takes place
3. the total products of a manufacturer, designer, or stockist
4. (ballistics)
a. the maximum effective distance of a projectile fired from a weapon
b. the distance between a target and a weapon
5. an area set aside for shooting practice or rocket testing
6. the total distance which a ship, aircraft, or land vehicle is capable of covering without taking on fresh fuel
7. (physics) . the distance that a particle of ionizing radiation, such as an electron or proton, can travel through a given medium, like air, before ceasing to cause ionization
8. (mathematics , logic)
a. (of a function) the set of values that the function takes for all possible arguments
b. (of a variable) the set of values that a variable can take
c. (of a quantifier) the set of values that the variable bound by the quantifier can take
9. (statistics) . a measure of dispersion obtained by subtracting the smallest from the largest sample values
10. the extent of pitch difference between the highest and lowest notes of a voice, instrument, etc
11. (US and Canadian) . an extensive tract of open land on which livestock can graze
12. the geographical region in which a species of plant or animal normally grows or lives
13. a rank, row, or series of items
14. a series or chain of mountains
15. a large stove with burners and one or more ovens, usually heated by solid fuel
16. the act or process of ranging
17. (nautical) . a line of sight taken from the sea along two or more navigational aids that mark a navigable channel
18. the extension or direction of a survey line, established by marking two or more points
19. a double-faced bookcase, as in a library
-verb
20. to establish or be situated in a line, row, or series
21. (trans; often reflexive ; followed by “with”) to put into a specific category; classify
22. (followed by “on”) to aim or point (a telescope, gun, etc) or (of a gun, telescope, etc) to be pointed or aimed
23. to establish the distance of (a target) from (a weapon)
24. (intr.) (of a gun or missile) to have a specified range
25. (when intr., followed by “over”) to traverse (an area); roam (over)
26. (intr. ; followed by “over”) (of an animal or plant) to live or grow in its normal habitat
27. (trans) to put (cattle) to graze on a range
28. (intr.) to fluctuate within specific limits
their ages range from 18 to 21
29. (intr.) to extend or run in a specific direction
30. (trans.) (nautical) . to coil (an anchor rope or chain) so that it will pay out smoothly
31. (intr.) (nautical) . (of a vessel) to swing back and forth while at anchor
32. (trans.) to make (lines of printers' type) level or even at the margin
















Saltpetre playing out
Challenging the range
Of my imagination

Silhouettes lost in the frost

Monday, 13 November 2017

Crouse

CROUSE

-adj.
(Scottish and Northern England) (dialect) . lively, confident, or saucy















A slew of graffiti
Laced with crouse interjections
A call to love

Or for help?

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Croute

CROUTE

-noun
a small round of toasted bread on which a savoury mixture is served
























Old bread
Turned to luscious croutes
By the magic of cheese

Sausages and mushrooms

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Gratuitous

GRATUITOUS

-adj.
1. given or received without payment or obligation
2. without cause; unjustified
3. (law) . given or made without receiving any value in return

























Nothing trumps
A gratuitous act of kindness,
Free sunshine and

A silly grumpy cat

Friday, 10 November 2017

Publish

PUBLISH

-verb
1. to produce and issue (printed or electronic matter) for distribution and sale
2. (intr.) to have one's written work issued for publication
3. (trans.) to announce formally or in public
4. (trans.) to communicate (defamatory matter) to someone other than the person defamed


















We run after time
Trying to leave a trace
Publish our existence
As a proof of humanity

All to burn away

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Memoir

MEMOIR

-noun
1. a biography or historical account, in particular if based on personal knowledge
2. an essay or monograph, as on a specialized topic
3. (obsolete) . a memorandum

























Let me sigh over
A tomb of favourite

Marble memoirs

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Candour

CANDOUR

-noun
1. the quality of being open and honest; frankness
2. fairness; impartiality
3. (obsolete) . purity or brightness


















Minutes of silence
A flash of candour
So brutal yet necessary

Nothing will happen

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Peek

PEEK

-verb
1. (intr.) to glance quickly or furtively; peep
-noun
2. a quick or furtive glance

























Morning rain
And passing clouds
Gifted me with yet another peek
At Mount Fuji



Monday, 6 November 2017

Spleen

SPLEEN

-noun
1. a spongy, highly vascular organ situated near the stomach in human beings, forming lymphocytes, producing antibodies, aiding in destroying worn-out red blood cells, as well as filtering bacteria and foreign particles from the blood
2. the corresponding organ in other animals
3. spitefulness or ill humour; peevishness
4. (archaic) . the organ in the human body considered to be the seat of the emotions
5. (archaic) . another word for melancholy
6. (obsolete) . whim; mood

























Loud silence
Hissed between
Clenched teeth
Monsters born
From the spleen

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Swirl

SWIRL

-verb
1. to turn or cause to turn in a twisting spinning fashion
2. (intr.) to be dizzy; swim
-noun
3. a whirling or spinning motion
4. a whorl; curl
5. the act of swirling or stirring
6. dizzy confusion
























Cinnamon
Warm and tender
Lush swirls

Delicate pastry

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Splendorous

SPLENDOROUS

-adj.
Quality of that which is full of splendour





















Make no mistake
She thinks herself
Quite the splendorous creature

The one ruler of all 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Egress

EGRESS

-noun [ˈiːɡrɛs]
1. Also called : egression . the act of going or coming out; emergence
2. a way out, such as a path; exit
3. the right or permission to go out or depart
4. (astronomy) .  another name for emersion (the reappearance of a celestial body after an eclipse or occultation)
-verb [ɪˈɡrɛs] (intr.)
5. to go forth; issue

























Peeking in
Peeking out
Without egress

Through the egress

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Scumble

SCUMBLE

-verb
1. (in painting and drawing) to soften or blend (an outline or colour) with an upper coat of opaque colour, applied very thinly
-noun
2. the upper layer of colour applied in this way
3. the technique or effects of scumbling

























Late dew
Early fog
Scumbling the views


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Frangible

FRANGIBLE

-adj.
breakable or fragile

























Hope is hidden there
In frangible truths
Bearing their own pollen

As they become impossible.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Macabre

MACABRE

-adj.
1. gruesome; ghastly; grim
2. resembling or associated with the danse macabre


























Ghostly masquerade
For a macabre play
Deadly errors followed
In close encounters

Monday, 30 October 2017

Various

VARIOUS

-determiner
1. several different
2. (as pronoun; followed by “of”) . not standard
-adj.
3. of different kinds, though often within the same general category; diverse
4. (prenominal) . relating to a collection of separate persons or things
5. displaying variety; many-sided
6. (poetic) variegated
7. (obsolete) inconstant





















A bargain is a bargain
You need not say a word
About the various lights,
Bonds and insecurities
That so riddle your mind.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Hollowware

HOLLOWWARE

-noun
hollow articles made of metal, china, etc., such as pots, jugs, and kettles
























Crucial application
Favourite interface
For social networking:

Hollowware 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Arride

ARRIDE

-verb (trans.)
to gladden or give pleasure or satisfaction to (a person)
























A cute bundle of
Fuzzy contradictions

That arrides most

Friday, 27 October 2017

Mere

MERE

-adj.
being nothing more than something specified

-noun
1. (archaic or dialect) . a lake or marsh
2. (obsolete) the sea or an inlet of it

-noun
(archaic) . a boundary or boundary marker

-noun
(New Zealand) . a short flat striking weapon

























At a mere glance
Someone trying on
A tiger costume

Before Halloween

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Broad

BROAD

-adj.
1. having relatively great breadth or width
2. of vast extent; spacious
3. (postpositive) from one side to the other
4. of great scope or potential
5. not detailed; general
6. clear and open; full
7. obvious or plain
8. liberal; tolerant
9. widely spread; extensive
10. outspoken or bold
11. vulgar; coarse; indecent
12. unrestrained; free
13. (of a dialect or pronunciation) consisting of a large number of speech sounds characteristic of a particular geographical area
14. (finance) . denoting an assessment of liquidity as including notes and coin in circulation with the public, banks' till money and balances, most private-sector bank deposits, and sterling bank-deposit certificates
-noun
15. the broad part of something
16. (slang , mainly US and Canadian)
a. a girl or woman
b. a prostitute
17. (British dialect) . a river spreading over a lowland
18. (East Anglia dialect) . a shallow lake
19. a wood-turning tool used for shaping the insides and bottoms of cylinders
-adv.
20. widely or fully

























Let’s take a dream
For a walk along a broad
Shedding it along the way
Into tiny refractory gems

A lure for ducks

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Pool

POOL

-noun
1. a small body of still water, usually fresh; small pond
2. a small isolated collection of liquid spilt or poured on a surface; puddle
3. a deep part of a stream or river where the water runs very slowly
4. an underground accumulation of oil or gas, usually forming a reservoir in porous sedimentary rock
5. short for swimming pool

-noun
1. any communal combination of resources, funds, etc.
2. the combined stakes of the betters in many gambling sports or games; kitty
3. (business) . a group of producers who conspire to establish and maintain output levels and high prices, each member of the group being allocated a maximum quota; price ring
4. (finance , mainly US)
a. a joint fund organized by security-holders for speculative or manipulative purposes on financial markets
b. the persons or parties involved in such a combination
5. any of various billiard games in which the object is to pot all the balls with the cue ball, in particular that played with 15 coloured and numbered balls; pocket billiards
-verb (trans.)
6. to combine (investments, money, interests, etc) into a common fund, as for a joint enterprise
7. (business) . to organize a pool of (enterprises)
8. (Australian) (informal) . to inform on or incriminate (someone)
























At night
The pool reflects
Upon ghosts spent and gone
Their feeble lights

Fading

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Twill

TWILL

-adj.
1. (in textiles) of or designating a weave in which the weft yarns are worked around two or more warp yarns to produce an effect of parallel diagonal lines or ribs
-noun
2. any fabric so woven
-verb
3. (trans.) to weave in this fashion


















Lazy morning
Playing with sun-twilled
Shadows

Monday, 23 October 2017

Syndrome

SYNDROME

-noun
1. (medicine) any combination of signs and symptoms that are indicative of a particular disease or disorder
2. a symptom, characteristic, or set of symptoms or characteristics indicating the existence of a condition, problem, etc.

























You are getting lost
In a slew of invented syndromes
Ruining your life
Why can’t you just let go

And be?

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saveloy

SAVELOY

-noun
a smoked sausage made from salted pork, well-seasoned and coloured red with saltpetre

























Unusual slice
Of a more natural
And sustainable

Fish saveloy

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Tiswas

TISWAS

-noun
a state of anxiety, confusion or excitement


















The poor dear
Is in tiswas
About her next meal

Won’t you please help?

Friday, 20 October 2017

Jaunty

JAUNTY

-adj.
1. sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; brisk
2. smart; trim


















He went out one day
On a jaunty sunny walk
To ask one of the Gorgon sisters out

That’s how he met Medusa

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Transition

TRANSITION

-noun
1. change or passage from one state or stage to another
2. the period of time during which something changes from one state or stage to another
3. (music)
a. a movement from one key to another; modulation
b. a linking passage between two divisions in a composition; bridge
4. (Also called : transitional) . a style of architecture that was used in western Europe in the late 11th and early 12th century, characterized by late Romanesque forms combined with early Gothic details
5. (physics)
a. any change that results in a change of physical properties of a substance or system, such as a change of phase or molecular structure
b. a change in the configuration of an atomic nucleus, involving either a change in energy level resulting from the emission of a gamma-ray photon or a transformation to another element or isotope
6. a sentence, passage, etc., that connects a topic to one that follows or that links sections of a written work
-verb
7. to change or cause to change from one state or stage to another

























Here it is
Autumn darkness
Transitioning into light
So slow a lick
It takes forever

To dry

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Awkward

AWKWARD

-adj.
1. lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; inept
2. ungainly or inelegant in movements or posture
3. unwieldy; difficult to use
4. embarrassing
5. embarrassed
6. difficult to deal with; requiring tact
7. deliberately uncooperative or unhelpful
8. dangerous or difficult
9. (obsolete) . perverse

























Think eye
Staring in the dark
Until the burning
Awkward journey
Comes to a stop

With a revelation

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Fleer

FLEER

-verb
1. (archaic) to grin or laugh at; scoff; sneer
-noun
2. (archaic) a derisory glance or grin

























It laughed and fleered
At her hairstyle

But you don’t mock Medusa

Monday, 16 October 2017

inveterate

INVETERATE

-adj.
1. long established, in particular so as to be deep-rooted or ingrained
2. (prenominal) settled or confirmed in a habit or practice, in particular a bad one; hardened

3. (obsolete) . full of hatred; hostile
























Looking into space for answers
An inveterate response
Bringing only more questions


Black Hole Plexiglas painting by Gomez

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Surfeit

SURFEIT

-noun
1. (usually followed by “of”) an excessive or immoderate amount
2. overindulgence, in particular in eating or drinking
3. disgust, nausea, etc., caused by such overindulgence
-verb
4. (trans.) to supply or feed excessively; satiate
5. (intr.) (archaic) . to eat, drink, or be supplied to excess
6. (intr.) (obsolete) . to feel uncomfortable as a consequence of overindulgence

























How fondly
I look back upon
Not a surfeit of deliciousness
But just a marvellous meal


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Remote

REMOTE

-adj.
1. located far away; distant
2. far from any centre of population, society, or civilization; out-of-the-way
3. distant in time
4. distantly related or connected
5. removed, as from the source or point of action
6. slight or faint
7. (of a person's manner) aloof or abstracted
8. operated from a distance; remote-controlled

























She refused a fuss
Preferring to keep herself
Remote from it all

Not trusting strangers

Friday, 13 October 2017

Isolate

ISOLATE

-verb [ˈaɪsəˌleɪt] (trans.)
1. to place apart; cause to be alone
2. (medicine) . to quarantine (a person or animal having or suspected of having a contagious disease)
3. to obtain (a compound) in an un-combined form
4. to obtain pure cultures of (bacteria, in particular those causing a particular disease)
5. (electronics) . to prevent interaction between (circuits, components, etc.); insulate
-noun [ˈaɪsəlɪt]
6. an isolated person or group




















A busy site
But one can always
Isolate oneself
By choosing time

And floor









Thursday, 12 October 2017

Insular

INSULAR

-adj.
1. of, relating to, or resembling an island
2. remote, detached, or aloof
3. illiberal or narrow-minded
4. isolated or separated

























Thoughts lapping at
Insular dreams

A desire for desert

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Backwater

BACKWATER

-noun
1. a body of stagnant water connected to a river
2. water held or driven back, as by a dam, flood, or tide
3. an isolated, backward, or intellectually stagnant place or condition
-verb
4. (intr.) (back water) to reverse the direction of a boat, in particular to push the oars of a rowing boat

























An apparent pond
Backwater at best
Can hold the most surprising

Treasures in its maws

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Illicit

ILLICIT

-adj.
1.  another word for illegal

2. not allowed or approved by common custom, rule, or standard

























Wishing
This type of dreams
Would become illicit

Monday, 9 October 2017

Coerce

COERCE

-verb
(trans.) to compel or restrain by force or authority without regard to individual wishes or desires
























Oh do coerce me
Stop me from leaving
This bruised ocean

Lapping gently at the walls

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Scrumptious

SCRUMPTIOUS

-adj.
(informal) very pleasing; delicious
























Just one of many
Scrumptious morsels
A dreaming stroll

Into the sea

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Dotard

DOTARD

-noun
a person who is weak-minded, in particular through senility

























Maybe crippled by age
But no dotard nevertheless
That cat knows where to wait

For the fisherman and his nest

Friday, 6 October 2017

Thin

THIN

-adj.
1. of relatively small extent from one side or surface to the other; fine or narrow
2. slim or lean
3. sparsely placed; meagre
4. of relatively low density or viscosity
5. weak; poor; insufficient
6. (of a photographic negative) having low density, usually insufficient to produce a satisfactory positive
7. (mountaineering) a climb or pitch on which the holds are few and small
-adv.
8. in order to produce something thin
-verb
9. to make or become thin or sparse
-noun
10. an object (in particular biscuits or confectionary) characterised in that it is thin

























The smile on her lips
Thin and sly
For she knows
Her hand holds not a bottle
Of perfume but a blade

In its sheath

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Thick

THICK

-adj.
1. of relatively great extent from one surface to the other; fat, broad, or deep
2. (postpositive) of specific fatness
3. having a relatively dense consistency; not transparent
4. abundantly covered or filled
5. impenetrable; dense
6. stupid, slow, or insensitive
7. throaty or badly articulated
8. (of accents, etc.) pronounced
9. (informal) very friendly
-adv.
10. in order to produce something thick
11. profusely; in quick succession
-noun
12. a thick piece or part

























Surprising
Shipwrecked Hercules
A little thick at the waist
A little less below


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Indicate

INDICATE

-verb (trans.)
1. (may take a clause as object) to be or give a sign or symptom of; imply
2. to point out or show
3. (may take a clause as object) to state briefly; suggest
4. (of instruments) to show a reading of
5. (usually passive) to recommend or require

























Building under influence
As clearly indicated by
Flying arches, colourful arabesques

Moresque heirloom

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Argue

ARGUE

-verb
1. (intr.) to quarrel; wrangle
2. (intr.; often followed by “for” or “against”) to present supporting or opposing reasons or cases in a dispute; reason
3. (trans.; may take a clause as object) to try to prove by presenting reasons; maintain
4. (trans; often passive) to debate or discuss
5. (trans.) to persuade
6. (trans.) to give evidence of; suggest

























Too
Often
We would
Argue over this
Concept of sin and evil deeds
And she would summon
Hell’s fire
To spite
Me

So

Monday, 2 October 2017

Debar

DEBAR

-verb
(trans. ; usually followed by “from”) . to exclude from a place, a right, etc.; bar


















Debarred from society
From all love and care
And sanity, she watched

Her mind slowly float away

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Chasseur

CHASSEUR
[ʃæˈsɜː]

-noun
1. (French army) . a member of a unit specially trained and equipped for swift deployment
2. (in some parts of Europe – mostly obsolete) a uniformed attendant, in particular one in the livery of a huntsman

-adj.

1. (often postpositive) designating or cooked in a sauce consisting of white wine and mushrooms

























Putting a Tuscan twist
On a classic chasseur sauce
Served on pasta