Sunday, 21 January 2018

Mill

MILL

-noun
1. a building in which grain is crushed and ground to make flour
2. a factory, in particular one which processes raw materials
3. any of various processing or manufacturing machines, in particular one that grinds, presses, or rolls
4. any of various small hand mills used for grinding pepper, salt, or coffee for domestic purposes
5. a hard roller for impressing a design, in particular in a textile-printing machine or in a machine for printing banknotes
6. a system, institution, etc., that influences people or things in the manner of a factory
7. an unpleasant experience; ordeal
8. a fist fight
-verb
9. (trans.) to grind, press, or pulverize in or as if in a mill
10. (trans.) to process or produce in or with a mill
11. to cut or roll (metal) with or as if with a milling machine
12. (trans.) to groove or flute the edge of (a coin)
13. (intr.; often followed by “about” or “around”) to move about in a confused manner
14. (usually trans.) (rare) to beat (chocolate, etc)
15. (archaic, slang) to fight


-noun
a US and Canadian monetary unit used in calculations, in particular for property taxes, equal to one thousandth of a dollar





















Meet
My nutmeg mill,
Favourite kitchen gadget

Of my often-grated finger tips.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Quare

QUARE

-adj.
1. (Irish dialect) remarkable or strange
2. (Irish dialect) great or good
-adv.
3. (Irish dialect) very; remarkably















He was a quare kitty alright,
Lover of green beans
And a good fight.

Aloof and silly,
Another black star.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Curt

CURT

-adj.
1. rudely blunt and brief; abrupt
2. short or concise

























Mercury is annoyed
On the brink of curt
Even in his gestures

Roman-sport woes

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Gormless

GORMLESS
  
-adj.
(British) (informal) . stupid; dull

























It seems an excess of work
Can drive anyone gormless
And a faucet has been left open

On the bad-dream reservoir

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Drear

DREAR

-adj.
(literary) miserable, dreary





















One more silly cat gone
And all turns drear anew

Ghosts at my window

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Eventuate

EVENTUATE

-verb (intr.)
1. (often followed by “in”) to result ultimately (in)
2. to come about as a result

























Loss of Microbo

Eventuates in broken hearts

Monday, 15 January 2018

Beyond

BEYOND

-preposition
1. at or to a point on the other side of; at or to the further side of
2. outside the limits or scope of
-adv.
3. at or to the other or far side of something
4. outside the limits of something

















Boys will be boys
Beyond the pale
God or not

Flesh turn to marble

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Pith

PITH

-noun
1. the soft fibrous tissue lining the inside of the rind in fruits such as the orange and grapefruit
2. the essential or important part, point, etc.
3. weight; substance
4. the central core of unspecialized cells surrounded by conducting tissue in stems
5. the soft central part of a bone, feather, etc.
-verb (trans.)
6. to destroy the brain and spinal cord of (a laboratory animal) by piercing or severing
7. to kill (animals) by severing the spinal cord
8. to remove the pith from (a plant)
























Bitterness
Pit against winter
Pith-rich sunshine
Fighting a cold


Saturday, 13 January 2018

Sovereign

SOVEREIGN

-noun
1. a person exercising supreme authority, in particular a monarch
2. a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling
-adj.
3. supreme in rank or authority
4. excellent or outstanding
5. of, relating to, or characteristic of a sovereign
6. independent of outside authority

























He goes our sovereign

So mighty and fragile

Friday, 12 January 2018

Mediciner

MEDICINER

-noun
(archaic) a physician

























Enchanted air,
Magic potions and
Mediciner grace

Will not save him

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Instead

INSTEAD

-adv.
1. as a replacement, substitute, or alternative (in stead of…)

























Just two classic
Fornasetti Lina plates
On the black canvas
Of a third one
But sixty years later
We see two women

In hijab instead

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Perplex

PERPLEX

-verb (trans.)
1. to puzzle; bewilder; confuse
2. to complicate

























A mixed metal salad
Of flummoxed indications

To perplex the odd tourist

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Stead

STEAD

-noun
1. (preceded by “in”) (rare) . the place, function, or position that should be taken by another
-verb
2. (trans.) (archaic) to help or benefit


















It could have been you
But he killed her in your stead
So that he could decorate your shield

With the blood of his lust

Monday, 8 January 2018

Nocturnal

NOCTURNAL

-adj.
1. of, used during, occurring in, or relating to the night
2. (of animals) active at night
3. (of plants) having flowers that open at night and close by day
















A nocturnal winter
Fuelled by wine and friendship
A blurry moon (or two)

Veiling its face to better laugh



Sunday, 7 January 2018

Langouste

LANGOUSTE

-noun

another name for the spiny lobster

























Amazing
Langouste
How sweet
The taste