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Sun, Jun. 5th, 2005, 06:25 pm
redwolf: Challenge: Dissemble, Fetter, Heckle, Ligature, Staid, Unfledged, Wanton

This week's challenges come via Dictionary.com and OneLook.


Dissemble
[transitive verb]
1. to disguise or conceal behind a false appearance
2. to make a false show of; feign
[intransitive verb]
3. to disguise or conceal one's real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance

Fetter
[noun]
1. A chain or shackle for the ankles or feet
2. Something that serves to restrict; a restraint
[transitive verb]
3. To put fetters on; shackle
4. To restrict the freedom of

Heckle
[transitive verb]
1. to try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger
2. to comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel

Ligature
[noun]
1. the act of tying or binding
2a. a cord, wire, or bandage used for tying or binding
2b. a thread, wire, or cord used in surgery to close vessels or tie off ducts
2c. something that unites; a bond
3. a character, letter, or type, such as æ, combining two or more letters
4a. music: a group of notes intended to be played or sung as one phrase
4b. music: a curved line indicating such a phrase; a slur
4c. music: a passage of notes sung by repeating the same syllable
4d. music: a metal band that attaches the reed to the mouthpiece of the clarinet and related instruments
[transitive verb]
5. to ligate

Staid
[adjective]
1. characterised by sedate dignity and often a strait-laced sense of propriety; sober
2. fixed; permanent: "There is nothing settled, nothing staid in this universe" (Virginia Woolf)

Unfledged
[adjective]
1. not having the feathers necessary to fly. Used of a young bird
2. inexperienced, immature, or untried

Wanton
[adjective]
1. immoral or unchaste; lewd
2a. gratuitously cruel; merciless
2b. marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; capricious and unjust: wanton destruction
3. unrestrainedly excessive: wanton extravagance; wanton depletion of oil reserves
4. luxuriant; overabundant: wanton tresses
5. frolicsome; playful
6. undisciplined; spoiled
7. obsolete: rebellious; refractory
[intransitive verb]
8. to act, grow, or move in a wanton manner; be wanton
[transitive verb]
9. to waste or squander extravagantly
[noun]
10. one who is immoral, lewd, or licentious
11. one that is playful or frolicsome
12. one that is undisciplined or spoiled