Thursday, 3 August 2017

Break

BREAK

-verb
1. to separate or become separated into two or more pieces
2. to damage or become damaged so as to be inoperative
3. to crack or become cracked without separating
4. to burst or cut the surface of (skin, etc.)
5. to discontinue or become discontinued
6. to disperse or become dispersed
7. (trans.) to fail to observe (an agreement, promise, law, etc.)
8. (followed by “with”) . to discontinue an association (with)
9. to disclose or be disclosed
10. (trans.) to fracture (a bone) in (a limb, etc.)
11. (trans.) to divide (something complete or perfect)
12. to bring or come to an end
13. (trans.) to bring to an end by or as if by force
14. ( when intr., often followed by “out”) to escape (from)
15. to weaken or overwhelm or be weakened or overwhelmed, as in spirit
16. (trans.) to cut through or penetrate
17. (trans.) to improve on or surpass
18. (trans.; often followed by “in”) to accustom (a horse) to the bridle and saddle, to being ridden, etc.
19. (trans. ; often followed by “of”) to cause (a person) to give up (a habit)
20. (trans.) to weaken the impact or force of
21. (trans.) to decipher
22. (trans.) to lose the order of
23. (trans.) to reduce to poverty or the state of bankruptcy
24. ( when intr., followed by “into”) to obtain, give, or receive smaller units in exchange for; change
25. (transitive) mainly military
to demote to a lower rank
26. (intr; often foll by from or out of)
to proceed suddenly
27. (intr.) to come into being
28. (intr.; followed by “into” or “out into”)
a. to burst into song, laughter, etc.
b. to change to a faster pace
29. (trans.) to open with explosives
30. (intr.) (of waves)
a. (often followed by “against”) to strike violently
b. to collapse into foam or surf
31. (intr.) (in particular of fish) . to appear above the surface of the water
32. (intr.) (of the amniotic fluid surrounding an unborn baby) . to be released when the amniotic sac ruptures in the first stage of labour
33. (intr.) (informal , mainly US) to turn out in a specified manner
34. (intr.) (of prices, especially stock exchange quotations) . to fall sharply
35. (intr.) to make a sudden effort, as in running, horse racing, etc.
36. (intr.) (cricket) (of a ball) . to change direction on bouncing
37. (trans.) (cricket) (of a player) . to knock down at least one bail from (a wicket)
38. (intr.) (billiards , snooker) . to scatter the balls at the start of a game
39. (intr.) (horse racing) . to commence running in a race
40. (intr.) (boxing , wrestling) . (of two fighters) to separate from a clinch
41. (intr.) (music)
a. (of the male voice) to undergo a change in register, quality, and range at puberty
b. (of the voice or some instruments) to undergo a change in tone, quality, etc., when changing registers
42. (intr.) (phonetics) . (of a vowel) to turn into a diphthong, in particular as a development in the language
43. (trans.) to open the breech of (certain firearms) by snapping the barrel away from the butt on its hinge
44. (trans.) to interrupt the flow of current in (an electrical circuit)
45. (intr.) (informal , mainly US) . to become successful; make a breakthrough
-noun
46. the act or result of breaking; fracture
47. a crack formed as the result of breaking
48. a brief respite or interval between two actions
49. a sudden rush, especially to escape
50. a breach in a relationship
51. any sudden interruption in a continuous action
52. (British) . a short period between classes at school (US and Canadian equivalent : recess)
53. (informal) a fortunate opportunity, in particular to prove oneself
54. (informal) a piece of (good or bad) luck
55. (especially in a stock exchange) . a sudden and substantial decline in prices
56. (prosody) . a pause in a line of verse; caesura
57. (billiards , snooker)
a. a series of successful shots during one turn
b. the points scored in such a series
58. (billiards , snooker)
a. the opening shot with the cue ball that scatters the placed balls
b. the right to take this first shot
59. (Also called : service break, break of serve tennis) . the act or instance of breaking an opponent's service
60. one of the intervals in a sporting contest
61. (horse racing) the start of a race
62. (in tenpin bowling) . failure to knock down all the pins after the second attempt
63. (music)
a. (jazz) a short usually improvised solo passage
b. an instrumental passage in a pop song
64. a discontinuity in an electrical circuit
65. access to a radio channel by a citizens' band operator
-exclamation
66. (boxing , wrestling) . a command by a referee for two opponents to separate
















After 3245 posts
It is time to take

A well deserved break

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Dust

DUST

-noun
1. dry fine powdery material, such as particles of dirt, earth or pollen
2. a cloud of such fine particles
3. the powdery particles to which something is thought to be reduced by death, decay, or disintegration
4. the mortal body of man
5. the corpse of a dead person
6. the earth; ground
7. (informal) a disturbance; fuss
8. something of little or no worth
9. (informal) .(in mining jargon) . silicosis or any similar respiratory disease
10. ashes or household refuse
-verb
11. (trans.) to sprinkle or cover (something) with (dust or some other powdery substance)
12. to remove dust by wiping, sweeping, or brushing
13. (archaic) .to make or become dirty with dust

























A modern Scarlett
Spurning dust until it is land

Worth fighting for



Iva Basara - Photography workshop with Margarita Kareva in Florence


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Fluff

FLUFF

-noun
1. soft light particles, such as the down or nap of cotton or wool
2. any light downy substance
3. an object, matter, etc, of little importance; trifle
4. (informal) . a mistake, in particular when speaking or reading lines or performing music
5. (informal) (everyday sexism). a young woman
-verb
6. to make or become soft and puffy by shaking or patting; puff up
7. (informal) . to make a mistake in performing (an action, dramatic speech, music, etc.)


























We look on
Mesmerised
By fluff
In her hair





Iva Basara - Photography workshop with Margarita Kareva in Florence

Monday, 31 July 2017

Tuft

TUFT

-noun
1. a bunch of feathers, grass, hair, etc., held together at the base
2. a cluster of threads drawn tightly through upholstery, a mattress, a quilt, etc., to secure and strengthen the padding
3. a small clump of trees or bushes
4. (formerly) a gold tassel on the cap worn by titled undergraduates at English universities
5. (university jargon) . a person entitled to wear such a tassel
-verb
6. (trans.) to provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts
7. to form or be formed into tufts
8. to secure and strengthen (a mattress, quilt, etc.) with tufts

























Sweet summer scents
From the tuft she carries
River traces and dreams



Liza - Photography workshop with Margarita Kareva in Florence

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Freekeh

FREEKEH
[ˈfriːkeɪ]

-noun
a cereal prepared by roasting wheat that has been harvested while the grains are still green

























A smoky bite
Perfect summer salad
Freekeh
Nutty and sweet


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Friday, 28 July 2017

Hearty

HEARTY

-adj.
1. warm and unreserved in manner or behaviour
2. vigorous and enthusiastic
3. sincere and heartfelt
4. healthy and strong
5. substantial and nourishing
-noun
6. (informal) . a comrade, often when a sailor
7. a vigorous sporting man


























His pals found him hearty

The turtle was of a different opinion



Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bohemian

BOHEMIAN

-noun
1. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia, in particular of the old kingdom of Bohemia; a Czech
2. (often not capital) a person, especially an artist or writer, who lives an unconventional life
3. the Czech language
-adj.
4. of, relating to, or characteristic of Bohemia, its people, or their language
5. a gypsy
6. unconventional in appearance, behaviour, etc.

























A romantic
Lover
Of Bohemian style
Flowery
And rococo



Iva Basara - Photography workshop with Margarita Kareva in Florence

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Residence

RESIDENCE

-noun
1. the place in which one resides; abode or home
2. a large imposing house; mansion
3. the fact of residing in a place or a period of residing
4. the official house of the governor of any of various countries
5. the state of being officially present
6. the seat of some inherent quality, characteristic, etc.


























A light
Soft and inviting
A cushioned residence
And the promise of soft music
Angels flapping their wings

In time


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Veranda

VERANDA
[vəˈrændə]

-noun
1. a porch or portico, sometimes partly enclosed, along the outside of a building
2. (New Zealand) . a canopy sheltering pedestrians in a shopping street


























Stones sing and melt
Under the midday sun
And we would fry
But for the grace

Of a cool veranda

Monday, 24 July 2017

Ashlar

ASHLAR

-noun
1. a block of hewn stone with straight edges for use in building
2. a thin dressed stone with straight edges, used to face a wall of rubble or brick
3. masonry made of ashlar


























Decorative ashlar
Adding an exotic touch

To an otherwise boring building

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Heart

HEART

-noun
1. the hollow muscular organ in vertebrates whose contractions propel the blood through the circulatory system. In mammals it consists of a right and left atrium and a right and left ventricle
2. the corresponding organ or part in invertebrates
3. this organ considered as the seat of life and emotions, in particular love
4. emotional mood or disposition
5. tenderness or pity
6. courage or spirit; bravery
7. the inmost or most central part of a thing
8. the most important or vital part
9. (of vegetables such as cabbage) the inner compact part
10. the core of a tree
11. the part nearest the heart of a person; breast
12. a dearly loved person: usually used as a term of address
13. a conventionalized representation of the heart, having two rounded lobes at the top meeting in a point at the bottom
14. a red heart-shaped symbol on a playing card
15. a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl.) the suit of cards so marked
16. a fertile condition in land, conducive to vigorous growth in crops or herbage
-verb
17. (intr.) (of vegetables) to form a heart
18. an archaic word for hearten


























Dear heart
Let me eat you
Because love is fickle

And flesh is hearty

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Mope

MOPE

-verb (intr.)
1. to be gloomy or apathetic
2. to move or act in an aimless way
-noun
3. a gloomy person

























She refuses cuddles
Mopes about
And stays off food

Sick kitty

Friday, 21 July 2017

Lacustrine

LACUSTRINE
[ləˈkʌstraɪn]

-adj.
1. of or relating to lakes
2. living or growing in or on the shores of a lake

























In a natural reserve
Lacustrine creatures

Eye you with suspicion

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Plafond

PLAFOND
[pləˈfɒn]

-noun
1. a ceiling, in particular one having ornamentation
2. a card game, a precursor of contract bridge


























Yes, I suppose
One could admire

The plafond too

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Ruderal

RUDERAL

-noun
1. a plant that grows on waste ground
-adj.
2. growing in waste places

























Maybe a remembrance of
Long disappeared gardens
Or a ruderal refugee
Pushed about by wind

Obstinate and pugnacious

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Stoup

STOUP

-noun
1. a small basin for holy water
2. (Scottish and Northern England dialect) . a bucket or drinking vessel -  also spelled: stowp


























The glory of dawn
Blessing my stoup;

May the day start.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Diegesis

DIEGESIS

-noun
1. (rhetoric) . the presentation of the facts by a narrator to the audience
2. (in narrative film or literature) the fictional setting, events, and characters



















The story unfolds its lies
Through the diegesis of a fox

Speaking wisdom to a blind man

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Ant

ANT

-noun
Any small social insect of the widely distributed hymenopterous family Formicidae, typically living in highly organized colonies of winged males, wingless sterile females (workers), and fertile females (queens), which are winged until after mating

























Not such bare necessities but
Take a “glance at them fancy ants
And then maybe, well, try a few”,
All for the sake of Nordic experience

And a faint lemony taste.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Antsy

ANTSY

-adj.
(informal) . restless, nervous, and impatient

























She is so eager
So antsy for
Her morning cuddles
This cute little
Old thing

Friday, 14 July 2017

Phrygian

PHRYGIAN

-adj.
1. of or relating to ancient Phrygia, its inhabitants, or their extinct language
2. (music) . of or relating to an authentic mode represented by the natural diatonic scale from E to E
3. (music) . (of a cadence) denoting a progression that leads a piece of music out of the major key and ends on the dominant chord of the relative minor key
-noun
4. a native or inhabitant of ancient Phrygia
5. an ancient language of Phrygia, belonging to the Thraco-Phrygian branch of the Indo-European family: recorded in a few inscriptions


















Is this music
In his Phrygian hat
That scares him so?

Of history?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Mumble

MUMBLE

-verb
1. to utter indistinctly, as with the mouth partly closed; mutter
2. (rare) . to chew (food) ineffectually or with difficulty
-noun
3. an indistinct or low utterance or sound

























They gather
Mumbling in the shadows
Complaining about ennui

Or gravity or the heat 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Polity

POLITY

-noun
1. a form of government or organization of a state, church, society, etc.; constitution
2. a politically organized society, state, city, etc.
3. the management of public or civil affairs
4. political organization























This is the future we  are looking at
Warped polities and a dystopian fate
Staring back from our news outlet

Each day

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Arcology

ARCOLOGY

-noun
1. a type of architecture concerned with the design of enormous vertical cities that maximize population density and so preserve the surrounding countryside
2. a city in this architectural system


























Cats at night
Flying over roofs
Arcology gone mad

In the heat of the moon

Monday, 10 July 2017

Parlous

PARLOUS

-adj.
1. dangerous or difficult
2. cunning
-adv.
3. extremely


























Clouds streaming by
Like words from a careless mouth
Parlous and shifty
Shredding through cords

Wet curls against our ears

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Lemon

LEMON

-noun
1. a small Asian evergreen tree, Citrus limon, widely cultivated in warm and tropical regions, having pale green glossy leaves and edible fruits
2. the yellow oval fruit of this tree, having juicy acidic flesh rich in vitamin C
3. Also called : lemon yellow .  a greenish-yellow or strong yellow colour
4. a distinctive tart flavour made from or in imitation of the lemon
5. (slang) . a person or thing considered to be useless or defective

























Ô the cool lemon
Juice drank in the shade

By a hot summer day!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Pace

PACE
[peɪs]

-noun
1. a single step in walking
2. the distance covered by a step
3. a measure of length equal to the average length of a stride, approximately 3 feet
4. speed of movement, in particular of walking or running
5. rate or style of proceeding at some activity
6. manner or action of stepping, walking, etc. ; gait
7. any of the manners in which a horse or other quadruped walks or runs, the three principal paces being the walk, trot, and canter (or gallop)
8. a manner of moving, natural to the camel and sometimes developed in the horse, in which the two legs on the same side of the body are moved and put down at the same time
9. (architecture) . a step or small raised platform
-verb
10. (trans.) to set or determine the pace for, as in a race
11. ( often followed by “about”,” up and down”, etc.) . to walk with regular slow or fast paces, as in boredom, agitation, etc.
12. (trans. ; often followed by “out”) . to measure by paces
13. (intr.) to walk with slow regular strides
14. (intr.) (of a horse) to move at the pace (the specially developed gait)

-preposition
[Latin (ˈpɑːkɛ, ˈpɑːtʃɛ, English ˈpeɪsɪ]
with due deference to: used to acknowledge politely someone who disagrees with the speaker or writer

























Nervous
And eager she paces
Misses her selfie
By a moment
Then rushes off

In search for love

Friday, 7 July 2017

Aware

AWARE

-adj.
1. (postpositive ; followed  by “of”) having knowledge; cognizant
2. informed of current developments

























Busy talking
Not aware of or possibly
Refusing to see

The glances in his direction


(René Redzepi)

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Mindful

MINDFUL

-adj.
(usually postpositive and followed by “of”) keeping aware; heedful

























Just a sign
Asking people
To be mindful
Rather than lock

Their loves away

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Fetter

FETTER

-noun
1. (often plural) . a chain or bond fastened round the ankle; shackle
2. (usually plural) . a check or restraint
-verb (trans.)
3. to restrict or confine
4. to bind in fetters

























Books
Knowledge
So dangerous

They are kept in fetters

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Edental

EDENTAL

-adj.
1. having few or no teeth
2. (zoology) . belonging to the order Edentata, which includes anteaters, sloths, and armadillos

























Modern art
For some opaque but
Not exactly edental


Monday, 3 July 2017

Prepone

PREPONE

-verb (trans.)
(Indian) . to bring forward to an earlier time


























Alessio was unaware
That the party had been preponed
And fell asleep

While everyone else made merry 

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Pulse

PULSE

-noun
1. physiology
a. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of an artery at each beat of the heart, often discernible to the touch at points such as the wrists
b. a single pulsation of the heart or arteries
2. physics , electronics
a. a transient sharp change in voltage, current, or some other quantity normally constant in a system
b. one of a series of such transient disturbances, usually recurring at regular intervals and having a characteristic geometric shape
3. a recurrent rhythmic series of beats, waves, vibrations, etc.
4. any single beat, wave, etc., in such a series
5. bustle, vitality, or excitement
6. the feelings or thoughts of a group or society as they can be measured
-verb
7. (intr.) to beat, throb, or vibrate
8. (trans.) to provide an electronic pulse to operate (a slide projector)

-noun
1. the edible seeds of any of several leguminous plants, such as peas, beans, and lentils
2. the plant producing any of these seeds


























Some of my favourite pulses

A transient delight










Saturday, 1 July 2017

Melancholy

MELANCHOLY

-noun
1. a constitutional tendency to gloominess or depression
2. a sad thoughtful state of mind; pensiveness
3. (archaic) . a gloomy character, thought to be caused by too much black bile
4. (archaic) . one of the four bodily humours; black bile
-adj.
5. characterized by, causing, or expressing sadness, dejection, etc.


























A prisoner
Kept in fetters

Bound by melancholy

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Adept

ADEPT

-adj.
1. very proficient in something requiring skill or manual dexterity
2. skilful; expert
-noun
3. a person who is skilled or proficient in something


























A learner
Not yet an adept

But striving for perfection

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Focus

FOCUS

-noun
1. a point of convergence of light or other electromagnetic radiation, particles, sound waves, etc., or a point from which they appear to diverge
2. another name for focal point, focal length
3. (optics) . the state of an optical image when it is distinct and clearly defined or the state of an instrument producing this image
4. a point upon which attention, activity, etc., is directed or concentrated
5.( geometry) . a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section, used when defining its eccentricity
6. the point beneath the earth's surface at which an earthquake or underground nuclear explosion originates
7. (pathology) . the main site of an infection or a localized region of diseased tissue
-verb
8. to bring or come to a focus or into focus
9. (trans. ; often followed by “on”) . to fix attention (on); concentrate


























A point of convergence
Defining our eccentricity
By its colour and shape
A distinct focus
Slightly blurred by grain

Particles movement

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Potter

POTTER

-noun
a person who makes pottery

-verb
1. (intr.; often followed by “about” or “around”) . to busy oneself in a desultory though agreeable manner
2. (intr.; often followed by “along” or “about”) . to move with little energy or direction
3. (trans. ; usually followed by “away”) . to waste (time)
-noun
4. the act of pottering


























The problems with
Pottering about

A lack of balance

Monday, 26 June 2017

Exactitude

EXACTITUDE

-noun
the quality of being exact; precision; accuracy


























In old age
A steely exactitude
Was all she could summon

To stay alive

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Cup

CUP

-noun
1. a small open container, usually having one handle, used for drinking from
2. the contents of such a container
3. a unit of capacity used in cooking equal to approximately half a pint, 8 fluid ounces, or about one quarter of a litre
4. something resembling a cup in shape or function, such as the flower base of some plants of the rose family or a cuplike bodily organ
5. either of two cup-shaped parts of a brassiere, designed to support the breasts
6. a cup-shaped trophy awarded as a prize
7. (British) a sporting contest in which a cup is awarded to the winner
8. a mixed drink with one ingredient as a base, usually served from a bowl
9. (golf) . the hole or metal container in the hole on a green
10. the chalice or the consecrated wine used in the Eucharist
11. one's lot in life
-verb (trans.)
12. to form (something, such as the hands) into the shape of a cup
13. to put into or as if into a cup
14. (archaic) . to draw blood to the surface of the body of (a person) by using a cupping glass


























The satisfaction
Of a fish in my cup
Going around

In all that saké

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Scraggy

SCRAGGY

-adj.
1. lean or scrawny

2. rough; unkempt
























She never trusts anyone
The scraggy old thing
Possibly for good reasons

Friday, 23 June 2017

Digress

DIGRESS

-verb (intr.)
1. to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
2. to wander from one's path or main direction

























In the mirror
Ghosts digressing
From the tangible world
Following a light

Into oblivion

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Emendation

EMENDATION

-noun
1. a correction or improvement in a text
2. the act or process of emending, i.e. to make corrections or improvements in (a text) by critical editing


















Though it was his duty
He found emendation tedious
And borderline sacrilegious

An assault on an author’s rights

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Deliberate

DELIBERATE

-adj.
1. carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentional
2. careful or unhurried in speech or action
-verb
3. to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over

















Fake spontaneity
All here is deliberate

But for the lack of focus

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Ataraxia

ATARAXIA
[ætəˈræksɪə]

-noun
Calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity (also called: Ataraxy)

















Behold the Etruscan death

Ataraxia in stone or terracotta

Monday, 19 June 2017

Crapulent

CRAPULENT

-adj.
1. given to or resulting from intemperance
2. suffering from intemperance; drunken


























Here he is
A crapulent god
Tottering
Not clear on how
And why or where

He lost his crown

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Bladdernut

BLADDERNUT

-noun
1. any temperate shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea, esp S. pinnata of S Europe, that has bladder-like seed pods: family Staphyleaceae
2. the pod of any such tree


























A curiosity
From Georgia
Pickled bladdernut buds

Milder than expected

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Sedition

SEDITION

-noun
1. speech or behaviour directed against the peace of a state
2. an offence that tends to undermine the authority of a state
3. an incitement to public disorder
4. (archaic) . revolt

























Despite her cute pink nose
Defiance and sedition

Vibrate from her whiskers

Friday, 16 June 2017

Scotoma

SCOTOMA
[skɒˈtəʊmə]

-noun
1. (pathology) . a blind spot; a permanent or temporary area of depressed or absent vision caused by lesions of the visual system, viewing the sun directly, squinting, etc.
2. (psychology) . a mental blind spot; inability to see, understand, or perceive certain things or matters

























Let’s share other people's joys and sorrows
Stick a red rose at the side
Of the fairy palace in our minds
Ignoring the scotoma drapery

That renders us blind to others

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Abridge

ABRIDGE

-verb (trans.)
1. to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
2. to curtail; diminish
3. (archaic) to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc.)

























The occasion will plead excuses.
To put two and two together
Whatever abstract ideas are here
Of an actual killing at once empirical
Abridged and yet unpractical
A comment kept unhurt

For private satisfaction.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Abri

ABRI
ˈbriː]

-noun
a shelter or place of refuge, in particular during wartime or natural disasters


























We pass shadows
With a doorstep for all abri
Trying hard not to see
In case we should feel
A vortex of compassion

Or pity sucking us in