Saturday, November 30, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...gossamer via @DefinitionHouse


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gossamer

[gos-uh-mer]

noun
1. a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather, especially in autumn.
2. a thread or a web of this substance.
3. an extremely delicate variety of gauze, used especially for veils.
4. any thin, light fabric.
5. something extremely light, flimsy, or delicate.
6. a thin, waterproof outer garment, especially for women.


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Friday, November 29, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... halcyon via @DefinitionHouse


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halcyon

[hal-see-uhn]

adjective
1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.
2. rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace.
3. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
4. of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.
noun
5. a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.
6. any of various kingfishers, especially of the genus Halcyon.
7. ( initial capital letter ) Classical Mythology, Alcyone ( def 2 ). 

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World War Z, also known as the zombie Bible...

by
Ryan Hill

The zombie genre may have gotten its start with George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 1968, but things didn’t truly peak until 2006 with the publication of World War Z by Max Brooks. The son of legendary comedian Mel Brooks, Max took the zombie genre to new heights with his novel, which used a series of isolated stories to tell the larger story of the war against the zombies. It had absolutely everything people had been longing for in a zombie story: epic action, intimate horror, and everything in between. He literally thought of everything when it came to the z-heads.

Zombies walking along the ocean floor? Check.

A guy jumping from balcony to balcony, trying to escape a building overrun by the dead? Check.

A blind guy in the woods, fighting the dead meat off by himself? Check.

Why they decided to turn the novel into a film starring Brad Pitt — which, while it was entertaining, has nothing to do with the source material — instead of a HBO miniseries where the material could truly come to live is beyond me. Maybe one day it’ll happen, but until then we all have to be content reading the novel, which is my favorite zombie yarn of all time.

*****

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...evocative via @DefinitionHouse


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evocative

[ih-vok-uh-tiv, ih-voh-kuh-]

adjective 

tending to evoke: The perfume was evocative of spring.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin ēvocātīvus, equivalent to ēvocāt ( us ) (see evoke, -ate1 ) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
e·voc·a·tive·ly, adverb
e·voc·a·tive·ness, noun
non·e·voc·a·tive, adjective
un·e·voc·a·tive, adjective


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...fugacious via @DefinitionHouse


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fugacious

[fyoo-gey-shuh s]

adjective
1. fleeting; transitory: a sensational story with but a fugacious claim on the public's attention.
2. Botany. falling or fading early.

Origin:
1625–35; < Latin fugāci- (stem of fugāx apt to flee, fleet, derivative of fugere to flee + -ous
Related forms
fu·ga·cious·ly, adverb
fu·ga·cious·ness, fu·gac·i·ty [fyoo-gas-i-tee], noun


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...eloquence via @DefinitionHouse


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eloquence


[el-uh-kwuhns]

noun
1. the practice or art of using language with fluency and aptness.
2. eloquent language or discourse: a flow of eloquence.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin ēloquentia. See eloquent, -ence
Related forms
non·el·o·quence, noun
su·per·el·o·quence, noun



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Technically Holt's only salvation is Nancy, but he must face his fears to save her. #DeadNewWorld by @J_Ryan


Private Holt, Reporting for Duty

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“Sunlight filtered through the trees, brightening parts of the forest while leaving others in shadow. Birds chirped and chattered serenely. Everything seemed peaceful.

That’s what frightened me so much.” - Holt (hero from Dead New World)

Fresh out of boot camp, sixteen-year-old Holt is thrown into the deep end on a search and destroy mission. No walls to hide behind, no machine guns or bunkers for protection, just the boy next to him and his M-16. Without his best friend Ambrose to look up to, Holt wouldn’t stand a chance in hell. When his platoon is ambushed, his first mission ends in tragedy. Holt loses a leg and Ambrose, well…that’s better left unsaid.

Holt’s only salvation is Nancy, the nurse who helps him recover from his injuries. But when she’s abducted by the Reverend’s Horsemen, Holt will have to face his darkest fears to save her.

*****

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... dalliance via @DefinitionHouse


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dalliance

[dal-ee-uhns, dal-yuhns]

noun
1. a trifling away of time; dawdling.
2. amorous toying; flirtation.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English daliaunce. See dally, -ance


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Muse Monday: One day things were normal, the next the world had gone insane... #DeadNewWorld



The Tribulation

by
Ryan Hill

There’s no written record of the day of Tribulation, when all hell broke loose. Everything happened too fast. People were too terrified. After the fact, people were more concerned with survival than capturing history. Nobody even knows how it started. One day things were normal, the next the world had gone insane. Some people even welcomed the horror, running out into the street, arms wide open, excited for the chance to become a real, live monster.

The Book of Revelations calls the Great Tribulation the beginning of the end. The events that lead to the Second Coming. Well…they got the end part right at least.

Everything came crashing to a halt on the day of Tribulation. Before, this world belonged to the living. After, every day is a struggle not only for survival, but a battle between the living and the dead for control of the world. You were lucky to survive the first week. Odds were better of winning the lottery than living a month. If you made it to a year, you were truly blessed. Or damned, depending on your point of view.

“That’s what I think caused the Tribulation. Doctors were working on a super-vaccine that would keep people from ever getting sick again.” — Colleen (from Dead New World)

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...chatoyant via @DefinitionHouse

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chatoyant

[shuh-toi-uhnt]

adjective
1. changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk.
2. Jewelry. reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon.
noun
3. Jewelry. a cabochon-cut gemstone having this reflected streak, as a chrysoberyl cat's-eye.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French, special use of present participle of chatoyer to change luster like a cat's eye, equivalent to chat cat 1 + -oy- v. suffix + -ant -ant
Related forms
cha·toy·ance, cha·toy·an·cy, noun


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...zombie via @DefinitionHouse

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zombie

[zom-bee]

noun
1. a. the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
b. the supernatural force itself.
2. Informal.
a. a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
b. an eccentric or peculiar person.
3. a snake god worshiped in West Indian and Brazilian religious practices of African origin.
4. a tall drink made typically with several kinds of rum, citrus juice, and often apricot liqueur.
5. Canadian Slang. an army conscript assigned to home defense during World War II.

Origin:
1810–20; apparently < Kongo or Kimbundu nzambi god
Related forms
zom·bi·ism, noun


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Friday, November 22, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...dastardly via @DefinitionHouse





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dastardly

[das-terd-lee]

adjective
cowardly; meanly base; sneaking: a dastardly act.

Origin:
1560–70; dastard + -ly
Related forms
das·tard·li·ness, noun



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Friday Fun: Caught between two worlds... #DeadNewWorld by @J_Ryan


 
A glimpse into Holt and his best friend's life in this Dead New World...

by
Ryan Hill

“I turned to him and grinned, struck again by how he’d changed since basic training. He didn’t look like the kid I’d known practically my entire life anymore. He’d shot up and filled out, his built frame and square jaw making him look older than sixteen. Even though we were the same rank, I couldn’t help looking up to him, and I wasn’t the only one.” — Holt

Best friends for their entire lives, everything changed for Holt and Ambrose — especially Ambrose — the day they crossed paths with the Reverend. The zombie virus, like other viruses, aren’t 100% fatal. Some survive and go on to suffer a fate worse than death. Most survivors are destroyed, but not Ambrose. They spared him. Now, he’s forced to wear biohazard symbols everywhere he goes. He has to use different silverware than the others to eat. His fellow soldiers hate him. Say he should just kill himself. But not Holt. He saw through the patchy, grey skin and knew his friend was still there, underneath that mesh of living and dead flesh. Now he just has to decide: is he still human, or is he more zombie now?



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... languish via @DefinitionHouse




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languish

[lang-gwish]

verb (used without object)

1. to be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade.
2. to lose vigor and vitality.
3. to undergo neglect or experience prolonged inactivity; suffer hardship and distress: to languish in prison for ten years.
4. to be subjected to delay or disregard; be ignored: a petition that languished on the warden's desk for a year.
5. to pine with desire or longing.
6. to assume an expression of tender, sentimental melancholy.
7. the act or state of languishing.
8. a tender, melancholy look or expression.
Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French languiss-, long stem of languir ≪ Latin languēre to languish; akin to laxus lax; see -ish2
Related forms
lan·guish·er, noun


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word... rancid via @DefinitionHouse




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rancid

[ran-sid]

adjective
1. having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as through decomposition, especially of fats or oils: rancid butter.
2. (of an odor or taste) rank, unpleasant, and stale: a rancid smell.
3. offensive or nasty; disagreeable.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin rancidus rank, stinking, equivalent to ranc ( ēre ) to be rotten + -idus -id4
Related forms
ran·cid·ly, adverb
ran·cid·ness, ran·cid·i·ty, noun
un·ran·cid, adjective

 

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...undead via @DefinitionHouse




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undead
[uhn-ded]

adjective
1. no longer alive but animated by a supernatural force, as a vampire or zombie.
noun
2. ( used with a plural verb ) undead beings collectively (usually preceded by the ).
Origin:
1895–1900


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Why the brains? Technically they're high protein. Author @J_Ryan tells all. #DeadNewWorld

 
Zombies: Why the Brains?
by
Ryan Hill

Of all the body parts available to munch on if you’re a zombie, why is it always the brain that seems the most delectable? Does it have some kind of nutritional content I’m unaware of? Maybe brains are high in protein. Regardless, zombies seem to love them.

Isaac Marion, in his wonderful novel Warm Bodies (which also made a very enjoyable film), posits that zombies love brains because it allows them to relive the memories of their victims. It’s the closest to living they’ll ever get in their deathly state. Marion may have a point. They want most what they don’t have life.

Why do zombies predominantly try to eat people, which according to Richard Connell, is the most dangerous game? Just go after cats or something. Maybe its because misery loves company. The zombies are dead, so why not drag down everybody else with them?

Honestly though, I sort of side with Marion on this. Not that I think they want to relive life through their victim’s memories, but the brain is what separates them from the living (well that and a healthy complexion), so that’s what they want the most. And when you’re dead, you don’t really have any responsibilities or, you know, feelings, so who cares if you eat a few brains?



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Monday, November 18, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...stiletto via @DefinitionHouse




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stiletto

[sti-let-oh] noun, plural sti·let·tos, sti·let·toes, verb, sti·let·toed, sti·let·to·ing.

noun
1. a short dagger with a blade that is thick in proportion to its width.
2. a pointed instrument for making eyelet holes in needlework.
verb (used with object)
3. to stab or kill with a stiletto.

Origin:
1605–15; < Italian, equivalent to stil ( o ) dagger (< Latin stilus stylus) + -etto -ette
Related forms
sti·let·to·like, adjective 



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Muse Monday: Guest post by @J_Ryan! Who is the Reverend, Dead New World’s Villain? #zombies




The villain...

“Nobody knew much about the Reverend except what everybody did know—somehow, he had the ability to control the dead and, when the zombie outbreak began, he became the leader of a powerful cult hell-bent on converting every man, woman and child into a walking corpse. The Reverend preached that it was “God’s will.” He believed the zombie plague was the Lord’s new creation. That humanity was obsolete. He’d converted untold numbers to his cause. His Horsemen caused trouble up and down the East Coast, but nobody had seen the man himself in years. Guess this was his comeback.” — Holt

Who is the Reverend and his army of Horsemen? Some say he’s a prophet. Others, a terrorist. Rumor had it he was an actual reverend before the Tribulation. His strange grip over the zombies made him a force to be reckoned with. If the United States still had a Ten Most Wanted list, he’d take up numbers one through four. There is no greater threat to the restoration of the United States than the Reverend. If his plans to remake the world according to “God’s will,” are successful, what little remains of society will be destroyed, and humanity along with it.

He must be stopped at all costs.



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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...plague via @DefinitionHouse




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plague

[pleyg] noun, verb, plagued, pla·guing.

noun
1. an epidemic disease that causes high mortality; pestilence.
2. an infectious, epidemic disease caused by a bacterium, Yersinia pestis, characterized by fever, chills, and prostration, transmitted to humans from rats by means of the bites of fleas. Compare bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, septicemic plague.
3. any widespread affliction, calamity, or evil, especially one regarded as a direct punishment by God: a plague of war and desolation.
4. any cause of trouble, annoyance, or vexation: Uninvited guests are a plague.

verb (used with object)
5. to trouble, annoy, or torment in any manner: The question of his future plagues him with doubt.
6. to annoy, bother, or pester: Ants plagued the picnickers.
7. to smite with a plague, pestilence, death, etc.; scourge: those whom the gods had plagued.
8. to infect with a plague; cause an epidemic in or among: diseases that still plague the natives of Ethiopia.
9. to afflict with any evil: He was plagued by allergies all his life. 


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...morose via @DefinitionHouse


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morose

[muh-rohs]
adjective
1. gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
2. characterized by or expressing gloom.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin mōrōsus fretful, peevish, willful, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs ) will, inclination + -ōsus -ose1

Synonyms
1. moody, sour, sulky, surly. See glum.

Antonyms
1. cheerful.


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...communication via @DefinitionHouse


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communication

[kuh-myoo-ni-key-shuhn]
 noun

1. the act or process of communicating; fact of being communicated.
2. the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.
3. something imparted, interchanged, or transmitted.
4. a document or message imparting news, views, information, etc.
5. passage, or an opportunity or means of passage, between places.
6. communications.
a. means of sending messages, orders, etc., including telephone, telegraph, radio, and television.
b. routes and transportation for moving troops and supplies from a base to an area of operations.
7. Biology.
a. activity by one organism that changes or has the potential to change the behavior of other organisms.
b. transfer of information from one cell or molecule to another, as by chemical or electrical signals.





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Friday Fun: Six Sure Signs You're a Zombie. #DeadNewWorld is officially live on Kickstarter!




1) You walk, sound, and look like everyone else.




2) You can be found in lumbering, slow-moving crowds.



3) You flock together toward loud noises.




4) You can’t pass up “organic” food.




5) Your joints ache and your limbs, lifeless.




6) You eat HUMAN BRAINS.





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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Kickstarter campaign goes live! #DeadNewWorld by Ryan Hill! #zombies #indie


Hello! All of us at Definition House are excited to announce that our first Kickstarter campaign launched today and will be live until December 14. We love Dead New World by Ryan Hill, and with your support we'll be able to bring his zombies to life.

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Is Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse Really That Difficult?

Imaging how we would react if a zombie apocalypse actually happened is fun. Maybe you’d become truly hardcore, kicking zombie ass and taking names along the way. Maybe you'd relish the chance to become a zombie. Me? I’d just want to survive until the whole thing blows over.

The chances are better that there would be a zombie outbreak than a zombie apocalypse, especially if they were of the slow moving variety. Fast ones? Forget about it. If the zombie virus, plague, whatever went unnoticed long enough for the deadies to hit a few major metropolitan areas, a true apocalypse could happen. But with the military, bombs, even nukes, chances may be pretty slim. Though you never know...

Say the true zombie apocalypse did happen. How do you survive? First, you’d have to be lucky. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time could mean game over before you had a chance to say, “Cool! Zombies!” Surviving the initial onslaught would, in my opinion, be the most difficult part. If you had access to open water, hopping on a boat and living off fish for a while wouldn’t be a bad option. However, say you’re stuck inland. You can’t fly away, you can’t row row row your boat to safety. What can you do? 

This is what I would do:

Move only at daytime – Yes, the darkness of night can give you a chance to sneak around, but it also gives zombies a chance as well. And if they don’t groan at all, well…good luck to you.

Have a sweet ride – Sure, having a car like this won’t get you any girls, but once the zombies come, they’ll flock to you. Nothing says style like riding around in a car that will keep you safe from people trying to eat your brains.

Have a quiet weapon – Zombies have ears. Guns make noise. Do the math.

Have a fortified home base – Obviously, the more remote the better, but this can even be your home. Just make sure all entrances are secure, black out the windows with paint or aluminum foil, and bide your time until things calm down. If they ever do calm down.

Wear bite-proof clothes – It can be making a carpet coat a la Rot & Ruin, draping yourself in plastic, or putting on enough layers of clothing that zombies can’t bite through, this is essential. Because you’re going to run into trouble at some point. So what if its 95 degrees out and you’re dressed as if the temperature is 9.5? If the dead meat can’t bite you, you have a chance, even if you’re down on the ground surrounded by 50 of them.

Get some kind of heater, because it gets cold in the winter – Medicine will be in short supply and difficult to come by, so stay warm in the winter. You don’t want to get sick! You’re also going to be living off of canned food for the foreseeable future, and baked beans out of the can just taste gross.

Mostly though, just be smart. Zombies are dumb. They only like brains. It’s all they think about. Use it to your advantage. Survive the initial outburst of zombies and you might – might – just be okay.


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Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...fickle via @DefinitionHouse


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fickle

[fik-uhl]
adjective 

1. likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable: fickle weather.
2. not constant or loyal in affections: a fickle lover.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English fikel, Old English ficol deceitful, akin to fācen treachery, fician to deceive, gefic deception
Related forms
fick·le·ness, noun
un·fick·le, adjective