Words

A place for new, old, or forgotten words. (The list is currently short, but it will soon grow.)

Aberration (n)
1. A deviation from the proper or expected course.
2. A departure from the normal or typical: events that were
     aberrations from the norm.
3. Psychology: A disorder or abnormal alteration in one’s
     mental state.
4.
   a. A defect of focus, such as blurring in an image.
   b. An imperfect image caused by a physical defect in an
        optical element, as in a lens.
5. The apparent displacement of the position of a celestial body
     in the direction of motion of an observer on Earth, caused by
     the motion of Earth and the finite velocity of light.
6. Genetics: A deviation in the normal structure or number of
     chromosomes in an organism.

Abeyance (n)
1. The condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension: held
     the plan in abeyance.
2. Law: A condition of undetermined ownership, as of an estate
     that has not yet been assigned.

Abnegation (n)
1. The act of renouncing or rejecting something.
2. Self-denial.

Acrimony (n)
Bitter, sharp animosity, especially as exhibited in speech or behavior.

Adventitious (adj)
1. Happening or carried on according to chance rather than design or
inherent nature.
2. Coming from outside; not native.

Barbarous (adj)
1. Primitive in culture and customs; uncivilized.
2. Lacking refinement or culture; coarse.
3. Characterized by savagery; very cruel.
4. Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or
     written language.

Betimes (adv)
1. In good time; early.
2. Once in a while; on occasion.
3. Archaic Quickly; soon.

Distributary (n)
1. A branch of a river that flows away from the main stream.
2. One of the channels in a braided stream.

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