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Gallon (n.)

A large sailing ship


Floe (n.)

Also called ice floe. a sheet of floating ice, chiefly on the surface of the sea, smaller than an ice field.
a detached floating portion of such a sheet.


Galley (n.)

Large ship


Hackles (n.)

one of the long, slender feathers on the neck or saddle of certain birds, as the domestic rooster, much used in making artificial flies for anglers.
the neck plumage of a male bird, as the domestic rooster.
the erectile hair on the back of an animal's neck: At the sound of footsteps, the dog raised her hackles.
anger, especially when aroused in a challenging or challenged manner: with one's hackles up.
the legs of an artificial fly made with feathers from the neck or saddle of a rooster or other such bird. See diag. under fly2.
hackle fly.
a comb for dressing flax or hemp.


Filigree (v.)

delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, especially lacy jewelers' work of scrolls and arabesques.
anything very delicate or fanciful: a filigree of frost.


Geriatrics (n.)

the branch of medicine dealing with the diseases, debilities, and care of aged persons.
the study of the physical processes and problems of aging; gerontology.


Glutinous (adj.)

of the nature of glue; gluey; viscid; sticky.


Germane (adj.)

closely or significantly related; relevant; pertinent: Please keep your statements germane to the issue.
Obsolete . closely related.


Finery (n.)

fineor showy dress, ornaments, etc.


Groove (n.)

a long, narrow cut or indentation in a surface, as the cut in a board to receive the tongue of another board (tongue-and-groove joint) a furrow, or a natural indentation on an organism.
the track or channel of a phonograph record for the needle or stylus.
a fixed routine: to get into a groove.
Printing. the furrow at the bottom of a piece of type. See diag. under type.
Slang. an enjoyable time or experience.


Forswear (v.)

to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit.
to deny vehemently or under oath.
to perjure (oneself).


Gross (adj.)

without deductions; total, as the amount of sales, salary, profit, etc., before taking deductions for expenses, taxes, or the like (opposed to net): gross earnings; gross sales.


Hale (adj.)

free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous: hale and hearty men in the prime of life.


Fitful (adj.)

coming, appearing, acting, etc., in fitsor by spells; recurring irregularly.


Fulsome (adj.)

offensive to good taste, especially as being excessive; overdone or gross: fulsome praise that embarrassed her deeply; fulsome décor.
disgusting; sickening; repulsive: a table heaped with fulsome mounds of greasy foods.
excessively or insincerely lavish: fulsome admiration.
encompassing all aspects; comprehensive: a fulsome survey of the political situation in Central America.
abundant or copious.


Noisome (adj.)

offensive or disgusting, as an odor.
harmful or injurious to health; noxious.


Hap (n.)

one's luck or lot.
an occurrence, happening, or accident.


Gourmand (n.)

a person who is fond of good eating, often indiscriminatingly and to excess.
a gourmet; epicure.


Fulminate (v.)

to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against ): The minister fulminated against legalized vice.


Fulcrum (n.)

the support, or point of rest, on which a lever turns in moving a body.
any prop or support.
Zoology . any of various structures in an animal serving as a hinge or support.


Gossamer (adj.)

a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather, especially in autumn.
a thread or a web of this substance.
an extremely delicate variety of gauze, used especially for veils.
any thin, light fabric.
something extremely light, flimsy, or delicate.
a thin, waterproof outer garment, especially for women.