1. (obsolete) The wrong way.
2. Anticlockwise, counter-clockwise.
I came across this while looking at a map of Terry Pratchet’s Discworld.
I also remember watching a show set in medieval times where one jouster ended up with the tip of the lance thrust through his shoulder. The “doctors” stood around debating how to extract it, the problem was they couldn’t agree what direction to twist it, “wise or contra-wise” (widdershins). This is of course before clocks.
adjective: tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels
noun: a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
marked by blithe unconcern
synonyms: casual, nonchalant (which of course is itself a funny word, since there is no chalant).
having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling; “had a dizzy spell”; “a dizzy pinnacle”; “had a headache and felt giddy”; “a giddy precipice”; “feeling woozy from the blow on his head”; “a vertiginous climb up the face of the cliff”
synonyms: dizzy, giddy, woozy
tiresomely long; seemingly without end; “endless debates”; “an endless conversation”; “the wait seemed eternal”; “eternal quarreling”; “an interminable sermon”
synonym: endless, eternal
a block of the earth’s crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range
The word massive is also derived from massif.
1: attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
syn: bootlicking, fawning, sycophantic, toadyish
2: attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
Interesting etymology and derivative words.
I once had a teacher declare that there were no words in the English language with 3 vowels in a row; a very dubious claim.
1: an acute insufficiency
syn: famine, shortage
2: an insufficient quantity or number
Example: When the media finds there is a dearth of information, sensationalism and exageration fill the gap.
1: a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
2: a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation [syn: heathland]
Also according to etymology, the words heathen and heather may have come from the word heath.
1: A complete or ridiculous failure, esp. of a musical performance, or of any pretentious undertaking.
2: a sudden and violent collapse
Not certain where I came across this:
The story here involves the original Italian word fiasco, which means “glass bottle.”
According to one theory, when Venetian glassblowers realized a beautiful piece was flawed, they turned it into an ordinary bottle.
When that happened, a would-be work of art was downgraded to a mere fiasco – which is, according to the theory, how the word came to mean “complete failure.”