Monday, September 30, 2019

Words, definitions

  • a battuta, adverb. Music. Return to normal tempo after a deviation (used as a direction in music).
  • anthropoglot, noun. An animal with a tongue resembling that of a human, or able to imitate human speech; spec. a parrot.
  • anthrozoology, noun. The multidisciplinary study of the interaction between humans and other animals.
  • cinéma vérité, noun and adjective. A style of filmmaking characterized by realistic, typically documentary, films which avoid artificiality and artistic effect and are generally made with simple equipment; films made in this style. Cf. ciné verité.
  • cintre, noun. A temporary framework used to support an arch, dome, etc., esp. while it is under construction; (in plural) the pieces comprising this.
  • con forza, adverb. Music. With force (used as a direction in music).
  • demonym, noun. A general descriptive name used by a writer as a pen name, e.g. ‘An Amateur’, ‘An English Gentleman’, etc. Obsolete. rare.
  • fallaciloquence, noun. Deceitful speech.
  • fancy-pants, adjective and noun. Fancy, fine, ornamental. Now usually: overly fancy; posh; snobbish, pretentious.
  • grace note, noun. Music. An additional note introduced as an embellishment and not essential to the harmony or the melody of a piece.
  • solfège, noun. Music. A vocal exercise in which the sol-fa syllables are used. Cf. solfeggio.
  • tableau vivant, noun. A silent and motionless person or group of people posed and attired to represent a well-known character, event, or work of art. In extended use: a person or group of people forming a striking or picturesque scene.
  • tricolate, verb, transitive. To adorn or decorate; to tidy or fix. Also with up.
  • truffery, noun. A thing of no importance; a trifle, a triviality.

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