The Phrontistery



Word Definition
vaalhaaiSouth African shark
vaaljapieinferior wine
vaccarydairy or cow pasture
vaccimulgencecow milking
vaccinalrelating to vaccination
vaccineof, like or pertaining to cows; preparation conferring immunity to disease
vacciniformresembling cow-pox
vaccinogenicproducing vaccine
vacherinsweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream
vacillatefluctuate in opinion or resolution
vacuefyto produce a vacuum
vacuistone who holds that an absolute vacuum is possible in nature
vacuolefluid-bearing cavity in organic tissue
vadableable to be forded
vadelectservant; serving-man
vade-mecumready reference manual regularly carried about
vadimonybond or pledge given before a judge
vadoseof, like or pertaining to underground water above the water table
vafrouscunning; sly
vagantroaming, wandering
vaganteswandering monk-scholars
vagarianwhimsical person
vagarishof the eyes, tending to roam
vagationact of roaming or wandering
vagientcrying like a baby
vagilehaving the ability to move about
vagilityability to succeed in the struggle for existence
vaginatesheathed; having a sheath
vaginulalittle sheath
vagitusbaby's cry or wail
vagousirregular, unsettled
vagulateto wander; to waver
vahanamount or vehicle of an Indian deity
vahineTahitian adult woman or wife
vaingloryidle boastfulness
vairblue-grey squirrel fur; heraldic representation of blue and white rows
vaivodelocal ruler of multiple communities in southeastern Europe
valancedrapery hung along the edge of a bed, table or canopy
valencelinen helmet-cover for armour
valenkiwarm Russian felt boots
valentiadevice for drawing wine or beer out of a cask
valentineof birds, to sing to a mate
valetaillegroup of valets
valetudinarianof, like or pertaining to ill-health; anxious about health
valgusclub-footed; bow-legged
valientonbully, braggard
valihabamboo tubular zither used in Madagascar
vallatehaving a raised rim or rampart; ringed
vallationridge or bank of earth used as fortification
valleculagroove or furrow
vallidomworth, value
vallumrampart; wall of earth thrown up from a ditch
valoriseto set a fixed arbitrary price
valsedance in triple time; waltz
valuativeexpressing a value or evaluation
valutacomparative value of a currency
valvarof or relating to a valve
valviformshaped like a valve
vambracearmour for the forearm
vamplateplate fixed to spear or lance to guard the hand
vandelasstrong coarse canvas
vandolastringed lute-like Spanish instrument
vandyketo cut deep angled indentations into
vangrope used to steady the gaff of the fore-and-aft sail
vangeedevice for working the pumps of a ship
vaniloquencevain or foolish talk
vanitarianismpursuit of vain things
vannerone who tests ore by washing it on a shovel
vansirecarnivorous South African ferret
vapographyeffect of physical emanations on photographic plates
vaporarycollection of herbs used in a steam-bath
vaporettomotorboat used in Venetian canals
vaporiferousmaking steam or vapour
vaporiformhaving the appearance of vapour
vaporimeterinstrument for measuring vapour pressure
vaporosevaporizing easily
vappasour wine
vapulateto flog; to be flogged
vapulatoryof, like or pertaining to flogging
vaquitasmall Pacific porpoise
vaquitasmall porpoise living in the Gulf of California
varaunit of linear measure of between 33 and 43 inches
varanmonitor lizard
vardingaleframework of hoops for a woman's skirts
vardlebottom hinge of a gate
vardogypsy caravan
varecseaweed; kelp
varicellachicken pox
variegateddiverse and varied; having multi-coloured patches
varietalof, like or pertaining to a variety
varietistunorthodox person
varifocalof a camera, having a variable focal length
variformof various forms
varimaxmethod of statistical factor analysis
variometerinstrument for measuring magnetic declination
variorumincluding the notes of earlier scholars or editors
variphoneone of two or more sounds used interchangeably by speakers of a language
varixunusual dilation of an artery or vein
varnacaste system of Hindu society
varsalwhole; entire; universal
varsoviennepolka-like Polish dance
vartabedArmenian clergyman
varvelmetal ring attached to hawk's jess that connects to a leash
vashollow organ or tube that conveys liquid within the body
vasaparrot variety native to Madagascar
vascularof, like or pertaining to fluid-carrying vessels
vasculaturearrangement of blood vessels
vasculiformshaped like a small vase or flowerpot
vasculumbotanist's collecting case
vasifactiveproducing small vessels in tissue
vasiferousbearing a vessel or vas
vasiformshaped like a duct or vase
vasotribeinstrument formerly used to stop bleeding
vastateto make immune
vastationpurification through destroying evil elements
vastidityvastness; a vast extent
vastrapquick South African folk dance
vaticprophetic; oracular; inspired
vaticidekilling or killer of a prophet
vaticinalof or characterized by prophecy; prophetic
vaticinateprophesy; predict
vaticinya prophecy
vausixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet
vauclusianof a spring in which water is expelled by artesian pressure
vaultyhaving the form of a vault
vauntagebragging; boasting
vauntlayin hunting, release of a lead set of hounds before a following pack can catch up
vauriengood-for-nothing; worthless person
vavasourfeudal noble who is both a liege and a vassal
vecordymadness, folly
vectibleable to be carried
vectigalof, like or pertaining to the paying of tribute or rent
vectisobstetrical instrument used as lever to free infant's head
vectitationact of carrying or conveying
vectitorycarrying or conveying
vectorscopeoscilloscope used to analyze television signals
vedaliaAustralian pest-eating ladybug
vedettemounted sentry stationed to watch for enemy
vedroRussian unit of liquid measure equal to 2.7 gallons
vedutapanoramic view of a town
veenaIndian seven-stringed lyre
veepstakescompetition to become vice-presidential candidate
veeryNorth American thrush
veessoft earth in a crack or mining fissure
vegatract of fertile meadowland
veganicof agriculture, not relying on animal products
vegetivorouseating vegetables
vehiculationconveyance by a vehicle
veilleuseshaded night-lamp
veitchberryhybrid of a blackberry and raspberry
velamentousof, like or pertaining to or like a membrane or sail
velarof sounds, produced using the soft palate
velardome terminated by four or more walls
velariumawning over an auditorium
velarypertaining to the sails of a ship
velatehaving a veil; veiled
velationact of veiling; secrecy
veletadance for couples in triple time
veliferousbearing a sail or membrane
velivolantflying with sails
velleitylowest degree of volition; slight wish without any impulse to action
vellicateto twitch; to tickle or pinch
vellicativecausing twitching
velloncopper used in Spanish coins
velocimanhand-propelled tricycle
velocimeterinstrument for measuring velocity
velociouswith great speed
velocipedeswift-footed; swift-footed person; old-fashioned bicycle
velodromebuilding for bicycle races
velodynedevice to keep rotational speed of a shaft proportional to voltage applied
velometerinstrument for measuring speed of air
velourpiled velvety cotton
veloutéwhite sauce made with stock
veloutinevelvety corded wool
velumsoft palate
velutinousvelvety; having a downy covering
velveretsoft velvety cotton and silk blend
velvetinecotton with silk pile
venalof a type that may be bribed
venaticof, like or pertaining to hunting
venationarrangement of veins on a leaf or an insect's wing
venatorhuntsman; hunter
vendacesmall freshwater fish native to Scotland
vendangegrape harvest
vendemmiagrape harvest
vendiblecapable of being sold
vendicateto claim for oneself
venditationoffering for sale
venduepublic sale
veneficacting by poison or potions or by sorcery
venenciainstrument used to sample sherry from a cask
veneniferouscarrying poison
venepuncturepuncturing of a vein
venerativedisposed to veneration
venereologystudy of venereal disease
venerergamekeeper; hunter
venerypursuit of sexual gratification; hunting; pursuit of game
venesectto open a vein for blood-letting
vengolinaAngola finch
venialpardonable; excusable
venigenouscontaining veins of metal or quartz
venoclysisintroduction of liquid into the body by an intravenous drip
venographyinjecting radioactive material into veins for medical examination
venoseveiny; veined
venostasisreduction in flow of blood to a part of the body
venousof, like or pertaining to veins
ventagefinger-hole; small hole
ventailarmour for the neck, attached to the helmet
ventalof or pertaining to the wind
venterone of two or more wives who are mother to the same man's offspring
ventiductventilating pipe or passage
ventifactstone polished by wind-blown sand
ventilvalve controlling the air supply of organ stops
ventilabralpertaining to fans
ventoriouscharacterized by venturesomeness
ventosewindy; flatulent; puffed up with conceit
ventradtowards the front
ventralof, like or pertaining to the underside or the belly
ventricosehaving a swollen or protuberant belly
ventricularof or pertaining to the stomach
ventricumbentlying on one's front or one's belly
ventriductto turn towards the belly
ventripotentwith great capacity or appetite for food; big-bellied
ventrotomyincision into the abdomen; surgery upon the abdomen
venulesmall vein
venvilleland tenure system in Dartmoor granting privileges over forested lands
veracioustruthful; exact
verbalismundue attention to words alone
verbariancoiner of words
verbatimword for word
verberateto beat
verbicidedestroying the meaning of a word
verbidnon-finite part of a verb
verbigerationmorbid and purposeless repetition of certain words
verbileone whose mental processes are stimulated by words
verbomaniacraze for words
verdin heraldry, the colour green
verd-azureblue-green or sea-green
verdererofficer in charge of royal forests
verdigrisgreenish copper coating, as on copper
verdinsmall yellow-headed grey titmouse
verduregreenness; health and vigour
verecundmodest; shy
vergaloovariety of white pear
vergéemeasure of land area equal to two-fifths of an acre
vergencesimultaneous movement of eyes toward or away from one another
vergencystate of bordering something
vergerchurch usher and attendant
vergiformshaped like a rod
verglasfilm of ice on rock
veridicalveracious; genuine; truthful
verificationismdoctrine that emphasizes empirical verification of theoretical principles
veriloquentspeaking truthfully; truthful
verilytruly; certainly; confidently
verismartistic preference of the everyday to the legendary
verjuicesour juice of unripe fruit
vermeilbright red or vermilion colour; gilded silver
vermeologystudy of worms
vermianlike a worm
vermicidekilling of worms
vermicularof, like or pertaining to worms
vermiculatedworm-eaten; having sinuous lines giving appearance of being worm-eaten
vermiculturecultivation of worms
vermiferousbearing or producing worms
vermiformshaped like a worm
vermifugalexpelling worms
vermigerousbearing, containing or infested with worms
vermigradecreeping like a worm
vermilionbright red
verminicidesomething that kills vermin
verminologyscience of vermin
vermiparousbearing young in the form of maggots or worms
vermivorouseating worms
vernaculateto give a name in the vernacular; to use vernacular language
vernalof, like or pertaining to spring
vernalityearly days or 'springtime' of some thing
vernalizationto artificially chill seeds to hasten flowering in spring
vernalizeto make springlike; to freshen
vernationarrangement or formation of leaves in the bud
verniclecloth with image of Christ's face impressed upon it
vernicosebrightly polished or varnished
verniersmall movable scale for finely adjusting divisions of a measuring instrument
vernissagevarnishing-day or preparation day prior to an art showing
vernixgreasy substance covering infant at its birth
verriculetuft of hairs or bristles
verruciformshaped like a wart; wartlike
versabilityaptness to be turned around
versalornamental letter at beginning of section
versantgeneral slope of a mountain
versativeflexible; adaptable
verseleta little poem
versemongerwriter of mediocre poetry
versicleshort verse in church service normally followed by response
versicoloureddiversely or changeably coloured
versicularof or in verse
versiformchanging in form
verstunit of distance equal to approximately 2/3 of a mile
versusagainst; in contrast to
versutecrafty; wily
versutiloquentspeaking craftily
vertthe heraldic colour green
vertto convert religions; a religious convert
vertantin heraldry, curving or bending
vertebralof or pertaining to the vertebrae; spinal
vertebriformshaped like a vertebra
verticitypower of turning, especially of a magnet
vertiginatedizzy; giddy
vertiginousof, like or pertaining to vertigo; dizzy; giddy
vervecineof or pertaining to a sheep
vervelring for a hawk's jess
vervelledecorated connector between helmet and mail of suit of armour
vesaniaderangement of mental and moral faculties
vesicaa bladder
vesicalof, like or pertaining to the bladder
vesicateto blister
vesiclesmall bladder or cavity
vespacidesubstance or person who kills wasps
vespalof, like or pertaining to wasps
vespasiennepublic lavatory
vesperevening; the evening star
vesperingflying westward towards the sunset
vespersprayer service held in early evening
vespertilionizeto turn into a bat
vespertinalof, like or pertaining to the evening
vespiarywasp's nest
vespiformhaving the shape of a wasp
vespineof, like or pertaining to hornets or wasps
vestawax-stemmed match
vestiarianrelating to ecclesiastical vestments
vestiaryrobing-room; cloakroom; of, like or pertaining to clothes
vestitureclothes; covering; coat
vestockclerical stock that extends to the waist
vestrypriest's dressing room
vesturerkeeper of vestments
vesuviansmoker's slow-burning match
vesuviateto erupt; to burst with heat
vetandaforbidden things
vetchplant bearing bean-like fruit
vetitivehaving the power to veto
vetoismuse of the power of veto
vetturacarriage, cab or car
vetustvery ancient
vexillarystandard-bearer; pertaining to regimental colours or flags
vexillologystudy of flags
viaby way of; by means of
viaggiatorytraveling frequently
vialserving as a road
viameterinstrument for measuring revolutions of a wheel
viatectureconstruction of roads and bridges
viaticalof, like or pertaining to roads or travel
viaticummoney or provisions for journey; Eucharist for a dying person
viatortraveller; wayfarer
vibraphonepercussion instrument like xylophone whose bars have variable vibrato
vibraslapmodern percussion instrument with rod and ball
vibratilecapable of vibratory motion
vibratiuncleminute vibration
vibrissatactile bristle such as cat's whisker; bristly hair
vibrissationquavering or shaking in the voice
vibrographinstrument for recording vibrations
vibrometerinstrument for measuring vibrations
vibronicof or caused by electronic vibration
vicarialof, like or pertaining to a vicar or delegate
vicariantof or pertaining to a deputy
vicariantinvolving species or varieties that evolved in discrete habitats from one another
vicespiral staircase
vicein place of; rather than
vicegerentacting in place of another; having delegated authority
vicegodhostile appellation applied to the Pope
vicenarybased on the number twenty
vicennialoccurring every twenty years
vicereinewife of a viceroy
vichyssoisechilled cream of potato and leek soup
vicinageneighbourhood; residents in a neighbourhood
vicinalneighboring; local
vicinismacquisition of a trait of a neighboring variety of a species through crossbreeding
victimologystudy of victims
victorialight open two-seated four-wheeled carriage
victoriacry of triumph
victorinefur scarf or stole fastened at the neck
victrixfemale victor
victuallerone who operates a pub or eatery
vicunafabric made from wool of the vicuna, a small ruminant
vicunasoft-fleeced Andean ruminant
vidameone who holds lands on behalf of a French bishop
videlicetto wit; namely
videndumthing to be seen
videturit seems
vidimusattested copy; inspection of accounts
viduagewidowhood; widows collectively
viduouswidowed; empty
viellefour-stringed instrument played with a small wheel
viertelliquid measure of one-quarter litre of alcoholic beverage
viffof an aircraft, to change direction abruptly
vigarough-hewn roofing timber
vigesimalbased on the number twenty
vigiadanger warning on a chart
vigilousof or pertaining to watching
vigintiquintupleresult of multiplying by twenty-five
vigoniawool of the vicuna
vigorishpercentage of gambler's winnings taken by bookkeeper
vigoroteam sport combining cricket and baseball
viguierone of two administrative delegates in Andorra
vihuelaearly Spanish guitar
vilaEastern European fairy or nymph
vilayetformer Ottoman province
vilipendto despise; to make light of; to disparage mockingly
villancicoSpanish musical form consisting of short verses and a refrain
villanellepoem consisting of five tercets and a quatrain
villarof, like or pertaining to a manor or village
villaticrural; of, like or pertaining to a villa
villeggiaturaa stay in the country
villiformof the form or shape of velvet
villussoft velvety hair or fur
vimenlong thin branch or twig
viminalpertaining to twigs
vimineouswith long flexible shoots
vinalof or due to wine
vinayarules of Buddhist monastic life
vinciblethat may be overcome
vincturesomething that binds
vinculumline drawn above numbers to indicate multiplication by some value
vindemialof, like or pertaining to the vintage
vindemiateto gather grapes or other fruit
vindictivolencedesire to take vengeance
vineaprotective frame for siege weaponry
vinealliving on vines; consisting of wine
vineaticof, like or pertaining to vines
vinegaroonlarge scorpion that emits foul vinegar-like secretion
vinewto make or become mouldy
vinewedmouldy; musty
vinicobtained from wine or alcohol
viniculturecultivation of grapes for wine
viniferousproducing wine
vinificationprocess of fermenting wine
vinolentaddicted to wine
vinologyscientific study of vines and winemaking
vinomadefiedsoaked with wine
vinometerinstrument for measuring strength of wine
vinouslike wine; pertaining to wine; deep red or wine-coloured
vintto make or sell wine
vintrywine shop
vinyasamovement between different yoga poses
violaticflying about
violativecausing violation of something
violonedouble-bass violin
viperiformshaped like a snake or viper
viperineof, like or pertaining to vipers
viperousof, like, or pertaining to vipers; treacherous; venomous
viragesharp bend in a hill or path winding up a road
viraginoussuggestive of a loud overbearing woman
viragomanlike or heroic woman
virasonsea breeze
virelayold French poem with refrain and unusual rhyming scheme
virementprocess of transferring public funds between accounts
vireoolive-gray insectivorous American bird
virescentbecoming green or greenish; of a greenish colour
virgastreaks of precipitation particles attached to the bottom of a cloud
virgalcomposed of twigs
virgateold unit of land area usually equal to 30 acres or 1/4 hide
virgaterodlike; twiggy
virgationsystem of geological faults branching out like twigs
virginalsmall keyed instrument like a harpsichord
virgularhaving letters of the alphabet shaped like twigs or thin strokes
virguleforward slash
virgultumyoung slender branch
virgunculeyoung virgin
viricidekilling of viruses; killing of men or of husbands
viridariumRoman garden
viridianchrome green
viridigenousproducing greenness
viriditygreenness; freshness
virilescencedevelopment of male character in the female
viriliamale reproductive organs
virilismoutdated name for a form of hermaphroditism
virilocalof a system of residence of a woman with her husband's kin after marriage
viripotentfit for a husband; marriageable
virologystudy of viruses
virosepoisonous; foul
virtulove or taste for fine art
virtualismdoctrine that Christ is virtually present in the Eucharist
virucidekilling of viruses
viruliferousbearing or containing a virus
visforce; power
visagistexpert in facial make-up
visardmask or visor
vis-a-vislight carriage with seats facing one another
viscachalarge burrowing South American rodent
viscachaSouth American burrowing rodent
visceralof the organs of the body
viscerationdistribution of raw flesh among dogs or men
viscerotonichaving a comfort-loving, easygoing personality
viscidsemi-fluid; sticky; glutinous; viscous
viscometerinstrument for measuring viscosity
viscontialreminiscent of a viscount
visibiliathings that are seen
visileof, like or pertaining to sight; learning easily by sight
visiogenicsuitable for transmission by television
visionichaving the character of a vision
visitadorofficial visitor or inspector
visitatorialconnected with an official visitation
visiveof, like or pertaining to sight; visual; able to see or be seen
visnafatal brain disease of sheep
visneneighbourhood from which an English jury was formerly drawn
visometerinstrument for measuring focal length of the eye
vissSouth Indian measure of weight of around three and a half pounds
vitalismthe doctrine that there is a vital force behind life
vitativeconcerned with the preservation of life
vitellarybright yellow
vitelligenousproducing yolk
vitellusyolk of an egg
vitiateimpair quality of; make invalid; spoil; make impure
viticetumplantation of vines; vineyard
viticolousliving on vines
vitiferousbearing vines
vitilitigationvexatious wrangling
vitragethin curtain for windows or glazed doors
vitrailstained glass
vitrescenttending to become glass
vitrescibleable to be turned into glass
vitricsglassy materials; glassware; study of glassware
vitrifactionprocess of converting into glass
vitriformof the form or shape of glass
vitrineglass display case
vitrioliccaustic or hostile
vittaband or stripe of colour on an animal or plant
vittatestriped lengthwise
vitularof, like or pertaining to a calf or to calving
vitulineof, like or pertaining to calves or veal
vituperationabuse; rejection
vivandièrefemale camp follower who supplies provisions
vivariumartificial enclosure for keeping live animals
vivatlong live
viverrineof, like or pertaining to civets and mongoose
viversfood; eatables
viviparousproducing live young
vivisepulturepractice of burying people alive
vocabularianof, like or pertaining to vocabulary
vocalionsmall organ whose reeds produce tone like a human voice
vocativeindicating calling or personal address
vociculturalof, like or pertaining to voice training
vociferateto cry out with a loud voice; to bawl
voicespondencecorrespondence by means of recorded oral messages
voidedof a heraldic charge, having the inner part cut away
voilesoft fine sheer fabric
voiturierdriver of a carriage or coach
voivodeleader of an army; provincial governor
volaciousapt or fit to fly
volagegiddy; flighty; fickle
volantflying; able to fly; of a heraldic bird, with wings extended
volarof, like or pertaining to the palm or the sole; of, like or pertaining to flight
volationability to fly
volcanologystudy of volcanoes
volensconsenting to a course of action which requires risk
voleryplace for aircraft repair
voletshort veil worn at the back of the head
volitantflying; flitting; fluttering; moving about
volitationflying; flight
volitiveof, like or pertaining to the will; expressing desire or permission
volitorialable to fly
volplaneto glide through the air
voltaold leaping dance
voltameterinstrument for measuring electrical current indirectly
voltigeurlightly armed skirmisher
voltinismbreeding rhythm; brood frequency
voltmeterinstrument for measuring electrical potential
volublefluent in speech; too fluent or glib
volucrineof, like or pertaining to birds; bird-like
volumenometerinstrument for measuring volume of a solid
volumeterinstrument for measuring volume of a liquid or gas
voluminalof, like or pertaining to volume or cubic capacity
voluntarismbelief that the will dominates the intellect
voluptuarysensualist; person fond of luxury
voluptysexual pleasure
volutationaction of rolling; turning; wallowing
volutedin spiral form
volutionrevolving movement; convolution; whorl
volvelleinstrument like an astrolabe used by doctors for astrology
vomituritionviolent retching
voraginousof, like or pertaining to a whirlpool; voracious
voragogulf; chasm; abyss
vorpalkeen; deadly
vorticalof, like or pertaining to a vortex; whirling
vorticistpainter who expresses complexity of machinery through art
vorticityamount of vortical motion in a fluid
vortoscopedevice using mirrors to produce abstract photographs
votationaction of voting
votivegiven by vow; consisting of a vow or wish
voussoirwedge-like stone forming part of an arch
vugsmall cavity in a rock
vulcanologystudy of volcanoes
vulgocommonly; popularly
vulgusthe common people; schoolboy Latin composition
vulneraryhealing wounds
vulnerateto wound
vulpecularof, like or pertaining to a young fox
vulpicidekilling of a fox
vulpineof, like or pertaining to foxes; cunning
vulsellaforceps with toothed blades
vulturinerapacious; of, like or pertaining to a vulture
vulvarof, like or pertaining to or resembling the vulva
vulviformshaped like an oval or a vulva

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