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Mordant

As an adjective:
1: biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style : incisive

As a noun:

1: a chemical that fixes a dye in or on a substance by combining with the dye to form an insoluble compound
2: a corroding substance used in etching

Or as a verb:
: to treat with a mordant
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Mordant

As an adjective:
1: biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style : incisive

As a noun:

1: a chemical that fixes a dye in or on a substance by combining with the dye to form an insoluble compound
2: a corroding substance used in etching

Or as a verb:
: to treat with a mordant
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Abeyance
 
I recently read a novel in which this word came up a few times, actually.  (Kushiel's Dart, in case anyone was wondering.)

Definition from Merriam-Webster:
1: a lapse in succession during which there is no person in whom a title is vested
2: temporary inactivity : suspension
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Abeyance
 
I recently read a novel in which this word came up a few times, actually.  (Kushiel's Dart, in case anyone was wondering.)

Definition from Merriam-Webster:
1: a lapse in succession during which there is no person in whom a title is vested
2: temporary inactivity : suspension
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Today's word is:

Masquerade

Defined here, it can be used as a noun:

1a : a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costumes b : a costume for wear at such a gathering
2 : an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show

But depending on the context, it may be more interesting as a verb:


1a : to disguise oneself; also : to go about disguised b : to take part in a masquerade
2 : to assume the appearance of something one is not

Halloween's a long way away, but are any of your characters going to a masquerade?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Today's word is:

Masquerade

Defined here, it can be used as a noun:

1a : a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costumes b : a costume for wear at such a gathering
2 : an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show

But depending on the context, it may be more interesting as a verb:


1a : to disguise oneself; also : to go about disguised b : to take part in a masquerade
2 : to assume the appearance of something one is not

Halloween's a long way away, but are any of your characters going to a masquerade?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Hey everyone!  Today's word is:

Platform


This word has several definitions depending on context, including:

2: a declaration of the principles on which a group of persons stands; especially : a declaration of principles and policies adopted by a political party or a candidate

3a (1) : a usually raised horizontal flat surface; especially : a raised flooring

4a : a usually thick layer (as of cork) between the inner sole and outer sole of a shoe

5b : operating system; also : the computer architecture and equipment using a particular operating system
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Hey everyone!  Today's word is:

Platform


This word has several definitions depending on context, including:

2: a declaration of the principles on which a group of persons stands; especially : a declaration of principles and policies adopted by a political party or a candidate

3a (1) : a usually raised horizontal flat surface; especially : a raised flooring

4a : a usually thick layer (as of cork) between the inner sole and outer sole of a shoe

5b : operating system; also : the computer architecture and equipment using a particular operating system
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Well, now that LJ's back up, I can finally post this.  It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for your word of the week!

I was hiking the other day and saw a gorgeous monarch butterfly (at least I think it was a monarch...) fluttering back and forth in front of the waterfall.  So on a related note, today's word is:

Cocoon

Most frequently known as a noun:
1 a : an envelope often largely of silk which an insect larva forms about itself and in which it passes the pupa stage
   b
: any of various other protective coverings produced by animals
2 a : something suggesting a cocoon especially in providing protection or in producing isolation
  
b : a protective covering placed or sprayed over military or naval equipment in storage

It's also seen as a verb: to wrap or envelop in or as if in a cocoon.

When winter comes, I'm a fan of the cocoon of blankets I tend to make for myself... perhaps your characters find some safety or warmth from their own cocoon?  Or if you're writing fantasy, perhaps your new species will go through their own pupa stage.  How will you use "cocoon" in your story?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Well, now that LJ's back up, I can finally post this.  It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for your word of the week!

I was hiking the other day and saw a gorgeous monarch butterfly (at least I think it was a monarch...) fluttering back and forth in front of the waterfall.  So on a related note, today's word is:

Cocoon

Most frequently known as a noun:
1 a : an envelope often largely of silk which an insect larva forms about itself and in which it passes the pupa stage
   b
: any of various other protective coverings produced by animals
2 a : something suggesting a cocoon especially in providing protection or in producing isolation
  
b : a protective covering placed or sprayed over military or naval equipment in storage

It's also seen as a verb: to wrap or envelop in or as if in a cocoon.

When winter comes, I'm a fan of the cocoon of blankets I tend to make for myself... perhaps your characters find some safety or warmth from their own cocoon?  Or if you're writing fantasy, perhaps your new species will go through their own pupa stage.  How will you use "cocoon" in your story?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Hey guys!  Sorry I missed our Sunday Sillies-- I hope you've enjoyed yourselves anyway!

This week's Wednesday Word is:
 

Extreme

As an adjective:
1: a : existing in a very high degree, b : going to great or exaggerated lengths, c : exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected
2 : situated at the farthest possible point from a center
: of, relating to, or being an outdoor activity or a form of a sport (as skiing) that involves an unusually high degree of physical risk

As a noun:
1 : something situated at or marking one end or the other of a range
2 : a very pronounced or excessive degree
3 : an extreme measure or expedient

(definitions adapted from merriam-webster.com)

Will your characters go to extremes to achieve their goals?  Will they suffer extreme pain or poverty?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Hey guys!  Sorry I missed our Sunday Sillies-- I hope you've enjoyed yourselves anyway!

This week's Wednesday Word is:
 

Extreme

As an adjective:
1: a : existing in a very high degree, b : going to great or exaggerated lengths, c : exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected
2 : situated at the farthest possible point from a center
: of, relating to, or being an outdoor activity or a form of a sport (as skiing) that involves an unusually high degree of physical risk

As a noun:
1 : something situated at or marking one end or the other of a range
2 : a very pronounced or excessive degree
3 : an extreme measure or expedient

(definitions adapted from merriam-webster.com)

Will your characters go to extremes to achieve their goals?  Will they suffer extreme pain or poverty?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Time for another Wednesday word!  I'm pretty sure I had an interesting one in mind earlier with lots of different definitions, but I seem to have forgotten it.  Perhaps I'll remember for next week?

In the meantime:

Default


This comes down to two different sets of definitions.  On one hand, there's the computer-related autopilot-type definition:
Noun:  a : a selection made usually automatically or without active consideration due to lack of a viable alternative <remained the club's president by default>
b
: a selection automatically used by a computer program in the absence of a choice made by the user
Verb:   to make a default selection

Or, if you're in the US, you've been hearing a lot about this one lately:
1: failure to do something required by duty or law
2: a failure to pay financial debts
3a : failure to appear at the required time in a legal proceeding,  b : failure to compete in or to finish an appointed contest
(verb): 
: to fail to fulfill a contract, agreement, or duty

So, are your characters in financial trouble?  Or are they filled with so much apathy that they go with the default option?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Time for another Wednesday word!  I'm pretty sure I had an interesting one in mind earlier with lots of different definitions, but I seem to have forgotten it.  Perhaps I'll remember for next week?

In the meantime:

Default


This comes down to two different sets of definitions.  On one hand, there's the computer-related autopilot-type definition:
Noun:  a : a selection made usually automatically or without active consideration due to lack of a viable alternative <remained the club's president by default>
b
: a selection automatically used by a computer program in the absence of a choice made by the user
Verb:   to make a default selection

Or, if you're in the US, you've been hearing a lot about this one lately:
1: failure to do something required by duty or law
2: a failure to pay financial debts
3a : failure to appear at the required time in a legal proceeding,  b : failure to compete in or to finish an appointed contest
(verb): 
: to fail to fulfill a contract, agreement, or duty

So, are your characters in financial trouble?  Or are they filled with so much apathy that they go with the default option?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
It's Wednesday!  Happy Hump Day everyone!

Your word this week is:

Wedge

My housemate's cat is called Wedge, because she likes to fit herself into small places.  (Actually, it's after a Star Wars character, but it fits anyway.)

Wedge can be used as a noun or a verb:
n. : a piece of a substance (as wood or iron) that tapers to a thin edge and is used for splitting wood and rocks, raising heavy bodies, or for tightening by being driven into something
(et al.)

v. : to fasten or tighten by driving in a wedge
2a : to force or press (something) into a narrow space : cram b : to force (one's way) into or through
3: to separate or force apart with or as if with a wedge

So perhaps your characters are wedged between a rock and a hard place?  Or maybe they're driving the wedge between some key pieces of your puzzle.  How will you use this idea?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
It's Wednesday!  Happy Hump Day everyone!

Your word this week is:

Wedge

My housemate's cat is called Wedge, because she likes to fit herself into small places.  (Actually, it's after a Star Wars character, but it fits anyway.)

Wedge can be used as a noun or a verb:
n. : a piece of a substance (as wood or iron) that tapers to a thin edge and is used for splitting wood and rocks, raising heavy bodies, or for tightening by being driven into something
(et al.)

v. : to fasten or tighten by driving in a wedge
2a : to force or press (something) into a narrow space : cram b : to force (one's way) into or through
3: to separate or force apart with or as if with a wedge

So perhaps your characters are wedged between a rock and a hard place?  Or maybe they're driving the wedge between some key pieces of your puzzle.  How will you use this idea?
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Whoops, this was meant to go up this morning!  Oh well.  Your Wednesday Word this week is:


Avatar


A word that has had quite a bit of publicity in past years due to both Avatar: the Last Airbender and Avatar (the 3D movie), it has several meanings (from merriam-webster.com):

1: the incarnation of a Hindu deity (as Vishnu)
2a : an incarnation in human form b : an embodiment (as of a concept or philosophy) often in a person
3: a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity
4: an electronic image that represents and is manipulated by a computer user (as in a computer game)

What does it represent for you?  I challenge you to include the idea of an avatar in your story.
[identity profile] alethessa.livejournal.com
Whoops, this was meant to go up this morning!  Oh well.  Your Wednesday Word this week is:


Avatar


A word that has had quite a bit of publicity in past years due to both Avatar: the Last Airbender and Avatar (the 3D movie), it has several meanings (from merriam-webster.com):

1: the incarnation of a Hindu deity (as Vishnu)
2a : an incarnation in human form b : an embodiment (as of a concept or philosophy) often in a person
3: a variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity
4: an electronic image that represents and is manipulated by a computer user (as in a computer game)

What does it represent for you?  I challenge you to include the idea of an avatar in your story.

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