N. width; extent. We were impressed by the breadth of her knowledge.
N. conciseness. Brevity is essential when you send a telegram or cablegram; you are charged for every word.
ADJ. tawny or grayish with streaks or spots. He was disappointed in the litter because the puppies were brindled, he had hoped for animals of a uniform color.
ADJ. rising like bristles; showing irritation. The dog stood there, bristling with anger.
ADJ. easily broken; difficult. My employer's self-control was as brittle as an egg-shell. Her brittle personality made it difficult for me to get along with her.
V. introduce; open up. Jack did not even try to broach the subject of religion with his in-laws. If you broach a touchy subject, it may cause a breach.
N. pamphlet. This brochure on farming was issued by the Department of Agriculture.
N. ornamental clasp. She treasured the brooch because it was an heirloom.
V. bully; intimidate. Billy resisted Ted's attempts browbeat him into handing over his lunch money.
V. graze; skim or glance at casually. "How now, brown cow, browsing in the green, green grass." I remember lines of verse that I came across while browsing through the poetry section of the local bookstore.
N. main impact or shock. Tom Sawyer claimed credit for painting the fence, but the brunt of the work fell on others. However, he bore the brunt of Aunt Polly's complaints when the paint began to peel.
ADJ. blunt; abrupt. Was Bruce too brusque when he brushed off Bob's request with a curt "Not now!"?
N. pirate. At Disneyland the Pirates of the Caribbean sing a song about their lives as bloody buccaneers.
ADJ. rustic; pastoral. Filled with browsing cows and bleating sheep, the meadow was a charmingly bucolic sight.
N. table with food set out for people to serve themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set out. Please convey the soufflé on the tray to the buffet. (Buffet rhymes with tray.)
V. slap; batter; knock about. To buffet something is to rough it up. (Buffet rhymes with Muffett.) Was Miss Muffett buffeted by the crowd on the way to the buffet tray?
N. clowning. In the Ace Ventura movies, Jim Carrey's buffoonery was hilarious: like Bozo the Clown, he's a natural buffoon.
N. gold and silver in the form of bars. Much bullion is stored in the vaults at Fort Knox.
N. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends. The navy is our principal bulwark against invasion.
ADJ. self-assertive. His classmates called him a show-off because of his bumptious airs.
N. small cottage. Every summer we rent a bungalow on Cape Cod for our vacation home. The rent is high, the roof is low-it's a basic bungalow.
V. mismanage; blunder. Don't botch this assignment, Bumstead; if you bungle the job, you're fired!
ADJ. able to float; cheerful and optimistic. When the boat capsized, her buoyant life jacket kept Jody afloat. Scrambling back on board, she was still in a buoyant mood, certain that despite the delay she'd win the race.
N. over-regulated administrative system marked by red tape. The Internal Revenue Service is the ultimate bureaucracy. taxpayers wasted so much paper filling out IRS forms that the IRS bureaucrats printed up a new set of rules requiring taxpayers to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act.
V. grow forth; send out buds. In the spring, the plants that burgeon are a promise of the beauty that is to come.