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  • v. Present participle of describe.


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  • The high-value target team is expected to use any intelligence found at the bin Laden compound in the hunt, although a month after the raid analysts have found nothing "actionable," a term describing intelligence that leads to a strike or operation against a new al-Qaida target, two U.S. officials say.

    The Seattle Times

  • He added that the fault occurred in the "real dynamics of the vehicle" - a term describing the weapon's trajectory and behavior - and could not have been revealed by underground explosive testing or by examining the components.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

  • Notable was the phrasing of a warning to Iran: that any action to block free transit of regional oil shipments and other commerce would be a "redline," a term describing an unacceptable action that would be countered with an American response.

    NYT > Home Page

  • It is a term describing both the personal perception of a lack of social norms, and the actual breakdown of social norms and values.

    The Full Feed from

  • Let's dispense with the argument over the semantics right here: I think we can all agree there is nothing honourable about so-called honour killings, but it is the problem itself, not the correctness of the term describing it, that is at issue in this article.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • Do not create a new term if a term describing a concept already exists.

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  • Yet the word describing the relationship between husbands and wives is respect.

    American Grace

  • Isolette: the word makes me cringe, even now—the prettified, French-sounding “ette” at the end of a word describing a plastic cage that isolated you from me.

    Knowing Jesse

  • "Field capacity" is the term describing soil particles holding all the water they can against the force of gravity.

    Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway

  • Used as both a noun and a verb, the word describing a post made on the online Twitter message service is among more than 100 new terms revealed Thursday for the dictionary publisher's newest edition. rss feed

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