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Last week was the 52nd Wordsmith Wednesday, marking a full year of my vocabulary-themed posts.  In light of that, they will be undergoing a change. This week’s Wordsmith Wednesday (right before this post) was the first under a more flexible posting order.

In the past, there was no guarantee that I would encounter a word I didn’t know every single week.  And so I found myself on several occasions having to search for a word expressly for the weekly post.  Although not really a problem, I found it somewhat less satisfying than posting a word I had genuinely run into in the course of my regular reading.

What I’ve decided to do is keep Wordsmith Wednesdays going, but rather than sticking to a strict, once-a-week schedule, I will be posting only words that I encounter naturally.  This means that there may be consecutive weeks where no words get posted.  However, when I do add new words to the list, it will still happen on Wednesdays, to keep with the theme.

As always, I’ll be keeping the list solidly up to date on the Wordsmith Wednesdays section of my blog.

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From Dictionary.com:

—adjective

1. lithesome or lithe, especially of body; supple; flexible.

2. agile, nimble, or active.

Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example sentence:

It was a lissome rodent, bounding from branch to branch with incredible accuracy.

 
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—noun

1. a person, especially a child, who has no home or friends.

2. something found, especially a stray animal, whose owner is not known.

3. a stray item or article: to gather waifs of gossip.

Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example snippet:

They’d left him behind. He was certain. He would surely end up a waif left to beg by the roadside.

 
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—noun

1. women’s hats and other articles made or sold by milliners.

2. the business or trade of a milliner.

Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example sentence:

The Queen of England is known by many for her consistent choice of extravagant millinery.

 
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—noun

1. Acoustics, Phonetics . the characteristic quality of a sound, independent of pitch and loudness, from which its source or manner of production can be inferred. Timbre depends on the relative strengths of the components of different frequencies, which are determined by resonance.

2. Music . the characteristic quality of sound produced by a particular instrument or voice; tone color.

Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example sentence:

A conductor must have a refined ear in order to pay attention to a multitude of timbres at one time.

 
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—noun

1. a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.

2. a lover of an art or science, especially of a fine art.

Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example sentence:

They didn’t want dilettantes contributing to the project, insisting that it be left to trained professionals.

 
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—adjective

1. derived from or guided by experience or experiment.

2. depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory, especially as in medicine.

3. provable or verifiable by experience or experiment.

Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example sentence:

The gathering of empirical data is an important step in the validation of hypotheses.

 
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