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martes, 9 de abril de 2013

what do dictionaries tell us?

WAIST     waist /weɪst/
  1. the constricted part of the trunk between the ribs and hips
  2. the part of a garment covering the waist
  3. the middle part of an object that resembles the waist in narrowness or position
  4. the middle part of a ship
  5. Also called: centre section the middle section of an aircraft fuselage
  6. the constriction between the thorax and abdomen in wasps and similar insects

GLOSSYglossy /ˈɡlɒsɪ/
adj (glossierglossiest)
  1. smooth and shiny; lustrous
  2. superficially attractive; plausible
  3. (of a magazine) lavishly produced on shiny paper and usually with many colour photographs
n ( pl glossies)
  1. Also called (US): slick an expensively produced magazine, typically a sophisticated fashion or glamour magazine, printed on shiny paper and containing high quality colour photography
  2. a photograph printed on paper that has a smooth shiny surface


HOOFS    hoof /huːf/
n ( pl hooves /huːvz/hoofs)
  1. the horny covering of the end of the foot in the horse, deer, and all other ungulate mammals
  2. (in combination)a hoofbeat
    Related adjective(s): ungular
  3. the foot of an ungulate mammal
  4. a hoofed animal
  5. facetious a person's foot
  6. on the hoof ⇒ (of livestock) alive
  7. in an impromptu mannerhe did his thinking on the hoof
  1. hoof it ⇒ slang to walk
  2. to dance
Etymology: Old English hōf; related to Old Norse hōfr, Old High Germanhuof (German Huf), Sanskrit saphás

Principal Translations
principal adj(foremost, in front)principal adj
 The principal idea is good, but we need to change some details.
 La idea principal es buena, pero tenemos que hacer algunos cambios.


muffler /ˈmʌflə/n
  1. a thick scarf, collar, etc
  2. us canadian any device designed to reduce noise, esp the tubular device containing baffle plates in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle
    Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): silencer

STUCK     stuck /stʌk/
  1. the past tense and past participle of stick2
  1. informal baffled or nonplussed
  2. (followed by onslang keen (on) or infatuated (with)
  3. get stuck inget stuck into ⇒ informal to perform (a task) with determination
  4. to attack (a person) verbally or physically

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