anneal - reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling (metal or glass)

decapitate - behead

receptive - quick or willing to receive (ideas, suggestions, etc.); Ex. receptive to the proposal

elaborate - work out carefully; add more detail or information; ADJ.

slink - move furtively; ADJ. slinky: stealthy; furtive; sneaky (as in ambush)

baffle - frustrate; perplex

communal - held in common; public; of a group of people; of a commune

implode - burst inward; CF. vaccum tube

empirical - based on experience

grate - make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; shred by rubbing against a rough surface; Ex. grated cheese N: framework of metal bars to hold fuel in a fireplace

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