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This month's Latin word
  • anfractuous  (full of twists and turns; tortuous)

  • chamfer  (to cut off the edge or corner of; bevel)

  • defray  (to undertake the payment of [costs or expenses]; pay)

  • diffraction  (change in the directions and intensities of a group of waves after passing by an obstacle or through an aperture)

  • fractal  (a geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry; fractals are used especially in computer modeling of irregular patterns and structures in nature)

  • fracted  (broken)

  • fraction  (an expression that indicates the quotient of two quantities; a disconnected piece; a fragment)

  • fracture  (the act or process of breaking)

  • fragile  (easily broken, damaged, or destroyed; frail)

  • fragment  (a small part broken off or detached)

  • frail  (physically weak; delicate; not strong or substantial; slight; easily broken or destroyed; fragile)

  • frangible  (capable of being broken; breakable)

  • infrangible  (difficult or impossible to break or separate into parts)

  • infringe  (to transgress or exceed the limits of; violate)

  • ossifrage  (a large predatory bird (Gypaetus barbatus) of the vulture family, ranging from the mountainous regions of southern Europe to China and having a wide wingspan and black plumage)

  • refract  (to deflect [light, for example] from a straight path by refraction)

  • saxifrage  (any of numerous herbs of the genus Saxifraga, having small, variously colored flowers and leaves that often form a basal rosette...found growing in rock crevices)

  • septifragal  (dehiscing by the breaking away of the valves from its partitions; used of a seed capsule)

Definitions are taken from:

The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright Ā© 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Electronic version licensed from InfoSoft International, Inc. All rights reserved.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. (30 Sep. 2006).

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