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Polysemes: Words with multiple meanings
Can you name the 10 words with the most meanings (from some generally less used definitions?)?
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Source: "Sesquipedalian English"; Richard Ledered; MENSA BULLETIN, March 2012, pg 19
Three Letter 'B' Words
3 LETTERS: a hole in a stocking; to submit for consideration or review; to compete for an elective office
645 MEANINGS!!!: 'My nylons have a run in them.'' 'I will run the idea by him.' 'Will he run for president?'
3 LETTERS: an option contract giving the owner the right to sell a security at a specified price; to hurl with an overhand pushing motion
'I exercised my put option.' 'He put the shot.'
3 LETTERS: to establish as a model; to put into a stable position
'The older brother set a good example for his siblings.' 'He set the pole into a bed of concrete.'
4 LETTERS: a pair of hawks released by a falconer at one time; to discard or reject
'I saw the cast of hawks hunting for prey.' 'He cast off the wet clothes.'
3 LETTERS: to fail to attend purposely; to lessen the strength of or dilute
'She cut my class today!' 'He cut the whiskey with water.'
4 LETTERS: to receive a card from a dealer or central stack; to suck or take in
'I hope I draw an ace!' 'I slowly draw and release the aromatic smoke from my favorite cigar.'
5 LETTERS: the major idea or essential part of a concept or narrative; a geometric 'object' having no width, length, or height
'That was indeed the point of his speech.' 'Given a line, there is exactly one line through a point not on the original line, that is parallel to the original line--in Euclidean Geometry.
5 LETTERS: to be in prison for a period; to perform a Divine service
'He will serve five to ten.' 'He will serve Liturgy on the Church's patronal Feast Day.
6 LETTERS: to fall upon or shine on; to enter the mind
'A bright light will strike this spot.' 'This idea might strike you as insane.'
7 LETTERS: up to and including; from the beginning to the end of
'List all the prime numbers through 97.' 'After studying through the night, the diligent student posted on FB how nice it is to see the sunrise.'
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