swarm

swarm

/swɔːm/
noun
1 A large or dense group of flying insects.
1.1 A large number of honeybees that leave a hive en masse with a newly fertilized queen in order to establish a new colony.
1.2 a swarm/swarms of – A large number of people or things.
1.3 A series of similar-sized earthquakes occurring together, typically near a volcano.
1.4 Astronomy A large number of minor celestial objects occurring together in space, especially a dense shower of meteors.

verb
[no object]
1 (of flying insects) move in or form a swarm.
1.1 (of honeybees, ants, or termites) issue from the nest in large numbers in order to mate and found new colonies.
2 no object, with adverbial Move somewhere in large numbers.
2.1 swarm with – Be crowded or overrun with (moving people or things)

Origin
Old English swearm (noun), of Germanic origin; related to German Schwarm, probably also to the base of Sanskrit svarati ‘it sounds’.

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Surrounded by the swarm, Bob did not enjoy his cooling drink.

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etching

etching

/ˈɛtʃɪŋ/
noun
1 A print produced by the process of etching.
1.1 mass noun The art or process of producing etched plates or objects.

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Online imaging offers yet another way to invite someone to see your etchings.

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deteriorate

deteriorate

/dɪˈtɪərɪəreɪt/
verb
[no object]
Become progressively worse.

Origin
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘make worse’): from late Latin deteriorat- ‘worsened’, from the verb deteriorare, from Latin deterior ‘worse’.

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Emmanuel’s accumulated linguistic acumen attracted attention early, but degraded and deteriorated over time. (Hiz skillz got worser.)

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absolve

absolve

/əbˈzɒlv/
verb
[with object]
1 Declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment.
1.1 (in church use) give absolution for (a sin)

Origin
Late Middle English from Latin absolvere ‘set free, acquit’, from ab- ‘from’ + solvere ‘loosen’.

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Okay, Joe, put down that smoking gun next to the dead person you just shot. I absolve you. Go on your way. Have a nice day.

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thicket

thicket

/ˈθɪkɪt/
noun
A dense group of bushes or trees.

Origin
Old English thiccet (see thick, -et).

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The real trick is how a male moose copes with the copse AKA, the thicket. Make your own path!

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