Word of the day
  1. Noun
    • The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
    • Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation.
    • Herpes; tetter.
    • (mining, in the plural) The worn sides of river banks, where ores, or stones containing them, accumulate by being washed down from the hills, and thus indicate to the miners the locality of the veins.
    • (music) One of the pieces of metal/wood/plastic across the neck of a guitar or other musical instrument that marks note positions for fingering.
    • An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief).
    • (heraldry) A saltire interlaced with a mascle.
    • A strait; channel.
    • (dialectal, North East England) A fog or mist at sea or coming inland from the sea.
  2. Verb
    • (transitive, obsolete/poetic) To devour, consume; eat.
    • (transitive and intransitive) To gnaw, consume, eat away.
    • (intransitive) To be worn away; to chafe; to fray.
    • (transitive) To cut through with fretsaw, create fretwork.
    • (transitive) To chafe or irritate; to worry.
    • (intransitive) To worry or be anxious.
    • To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
    • To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple.
    • To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle.
    • (music) To press down the string behind a fret.
    • To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
Picture of the day

Sentence of the day
  • The very poor will sometimes adorn the graves of those they love with oystershells, or flintstones, or small plaster busts, or tiles [ …]