Skew

What's the meaning of "skew"? As an adjective it means neither parallel nor at right angles to a specified or implied line; not symmetrical and as a noun, it can mean an oblique angle, a slant, or “a bias towards one particular group or subject”. As a verb, it can mean, suddenly change direction or…

Gasket

What's the meaning of "gasket"? A shaped sheet or ring of rubber or other material sealing the junction between two surfaces in an engine or other device. Found in "Think Like a Freak: How to think smarter" by Stephen J Dubner and Steven D Levitt.

Actuator

What's the meaning of "actuator"? To actuate is to make a machine or device to operate; or to make someone act in a particular way Found in "Think Like a Freak: How to think smarter" by Stephen J Dubner and Steven D Levitt.

Cornucopia

What's the meaning of "cornucopia"? A symbol of plenty consisting of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit and corn. It could also be an ornamental container shaped like a goat’s horn; or, it could refer to “an abundant supply of good things of a specified kind". Found in “Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it…

Nadir

What's the meaning of "nadir"? The lowest or most unsuccessful point in a situation and then, relating to astronomy: the point on the celestial sphere directly below an observer, the opposite of Zenith. Found in “Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All” by Jonas Jonasson.

Winceyette

What's the meaning of "winceyette"? "A lightweight napped flannelette, used especially for nightclothes and undergarments, and it’s a British term. " For those of you who are not as indoctrinated in the garment vocabulary, a flannelette is a soft cloth made of cotton. Found in "The Letter" by Kathryn Hughes.