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  • mention


    oojah, ooja-ka-piv, oojiboo - An oojah or ooja-ka-piv or oojiboo is "a thing whose name one forgets, does not know, or prefers not to mention." More...

    apophasis - Mentioning a subject by saying one is not going to mention it. More...

    infandous - Describing something too horrible to mention. More...

    mention - Its etymological notion is "reminding," from Latin mentio, "remembrance." More...

  • remote


    remote - From Latin remotus, the past participle of removere, "remove." More...

    remote sensing - The scanning of the earth by satellite or aircraft to obtain information about it. More...

    devious - Its literal meaning is "out of the way," from Latin de via—applied to a place that was remote because it was off the main road. More...

    remote control - The term existed by 1904, and the shortened version, remote, was used in print by 1966. More...

  • impact


    fighting fire with fire - Early American settlers had to put out great prairie fires and learned that setting a circle or strip of land on fire could stop the path or lessen the impact of a big fire—giving us the phrase "fighting fire with fire." More...

    freezing rain - Rain that freezes on impact with the ground or objects. More...

    draw - The billiard ball's recoil after impact. More...

    impinge, infringe - To impinge is to come into contact or encroach or have an impact; to infringe is to encroach on a right or privilege or to violate. More...