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The Quandary for today, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, consists of:
  • passel
  • flash
  • imbue
  • soupbone
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

A large group or a large number.
  1. To briefly illuminate a scene.
  2. To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
  3. To be visible briefly. […]
  4. (transitive, intransitive, informal) To briefly, and in most cases inadvertently, expose one’s naked body or underwear, or part of it, in public. (Contrast streak.)
  5. (figuratively) To break forth like a sudden flood of light; to show a momentary brilliance.
  6. To flaunt; to display in a showy manner.
  7. To communicate quickly.
  8. To move, or cause to move, suddenly.
  9. (transitive) To telephone a person, only allowing the phone to ring once, in order to request a call back. […]
    The DC Comics title Justice League of America made its debut this month in 1960.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 25, 2016 is:

imbue • \im-BYOO\  • verb

1 : to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

2 : to tinge or dye deeply

3 : to provide with something freely or naturally : endow


The children were imbued with a passion for nature by their parents, both biologists.

"For a 23-year-old newly imbued with national fame, Jacoby Brissett is a man of few vices. One of them is chocolate chip cookies, which in college he baked for his offensive linemen." — Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post, 22 Sept. 2016

Did you know?

Like its synonym infuse, imbue implies the introduction of one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. A nation can be imbued with pride, for example, or a photograph might be imbued with a sense of melancholy. In the past imbue has also been used synonymously with imbrue, an obscure word meaning "to drench or stain," but etymologists do not think the two words are related. Imbue derives from the Latin verb imbuere, meaning "to dye, wet, or moisten." Imbrue has been traced back through Anglo-French and Old French to the Latin verb bibere, meaning "to drink."

soupbone: a pitcher’s throwing arm.

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