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obsidian

Short Definition : black volcanic rock

Definition
(noun) acid or granitic glass formed by the rapid cooling of lava without crystallization; usually dark, but transparent in thin pieces
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obsidian

obsi(obese)+indian(are dark color):so fat indian looks like black volcanic rock

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it can be split into ob(blade like)+sea(which contains valconic mountains in) +indian(black in color). implies black valcanic rock.

OBSessive DravIDIAN architects built grand temples of black volcanic rock across south india.

sid means sidharth means gautam budh and he calm people having black rock heart

sounds like oblivion. may be related to as "an obsidian (black volcanic rock) from oblivion"

ob(absolute)+se+dian(disdain implies black)...so absolutely black volcanic rocks

obsolete

Short Definition : outmoded; no longer used

Definition
(adj) no longer in use
Synonyms : disused
Example Sentence
  • obsolete words
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obsolete

OB+SO+LETE = obviously so late... Something so late is outmoded

ob-so-lete/;(sound as "AB so LATE--ab you are SO late, that whatever you have got is of not of any use..

ob+so+lete....abe, so light lelo.....not in use any more

obsolete - over sold ete movie is no longer used, outmoded.

(ab(now) + sold) it is not sold becoz it is old fassioned and it is no longer used

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obso(late) late and no longer in use

obstetrician

Short Definition : physician specializing in delivery(assisting in giving birth) of babies; N. obstetrics; CF. midwife

Definition
(noun) a physician specializing in obstetrics
Synonyms : accoucheur
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obstetrician

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obstetrician sounds like OBSTRUCTION. So the an obstetrician helps the pregnant woman to clear the obstruction of the female opening and deliver the baby

o baby stretch u leg more to take child out.

obstinate

Short Definition : stubborn; hard to control or treat; Ex. obstinate cough; N. obstinacy

Definition
(verb) persist stubbornly
Example Sentence
  • he obstinates himself against all rational arguments
Definition
(adj) tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
Synonyms : stubborn unregenerate
Definition
(adj) stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing Definition
(adj) resistant to guidance or discipline
Example Sentence
  • Mary Mary quite contrary
  • an obstinate child with a violent temper
  • a perverse mood
  • wayward behavior
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obstinate

obs+tin+ate he ate tin so he is stubborn fellow as he is hard to control

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ob+stin+ate.. stin means to stand.. and a stubborn person will always stand by his view..

obs+tin(ate), obsessive teens,they are stubborn,hard to control

ob-steyn-ate.. remember dale steyn.. hez a very stubborn bowler. keeps staring nd taunting at batsmen

un - abstain (unable to control )

A tin is hard so obs 'tin' ate .. hard headed

sounds like ABSTAIN from change of opinion;unyielding

to b thin stubborn not to ate

obstreperous

Short Definition : boisterous; noisy and uncontrollable

Definition
(adj) noisily and stubbornly defiant
Example Sentence
  • obstreperous boys
Definition
(adj) boisterously and noisily aggressive
Example Sentence
  • kept up an obstreperous clamor
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obstreperous

the word can be broken into ob+STREET+PERU..streets in peru are very noisy because of traffic.

obstetrician is the one who deliver babies...obstreperous sounds like obste+pair ous so pairing all those obstreticians and delivering the babies all at a time then all the babies after deliever they make a lot of noise....

OBSTRE- word is used for small babies in obstretrician. Small babies are very noisy and bossy(they want things done their way).

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strepsil (medicine) cures uncontrolled sore throat or blocked nose

read as 'ob(obviously)+ stereo(stre)+ per(perous) songs sunege ' so it causes noise

ob( oppose) + streper ( stripper) + ous (us-our). = ppl opposed to have strippers as their neighbors by making noisy protest.

obstreperous=obviously strep(sils)removes kich kich...i.e boisterous

Ob(out )+stre(stream)+perous(pore)---give loud noise as it gushes out..

AP+STRIP erous....when u strip, the crowd turns obstreperous

ob+stre+perous obscenely putting on the stereo high which is porous to ears

abe strip karege thn ppl ll roar.make noise

obst(inate) + reper(rapper) is quite noisy and stubbornly defiant

Ma kan mod degi if you disobey

lassitude is an "attitude" which forces us to drink "LASSI".

obs(absolute)+tre(tree)+perous(peru tree)...monkey have climbed the peru tree...its boisterous and noisy

Obstreperous - when you're trespassing you need to be very silent and not boisterous

obstreperous = ob + strep + per +o +us; reversely strip per on us i.e we are going to make more noise for this teachers are doing this to us..

of + strapper + ous ---> Unfortunately the people with psychological disorder are sometimes bound with straps. And they are sometimes very noisy too. :(

noisy and uncontrollable when yu go steeper in mountain or hight

ob-STREP(sils) orous we take strepsils when ve have a noisy cough that is difficult to control

obtrude

Short Definition : push (oneself or one's ideas) forward or intrude; impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others; butt in; stick out or extrude; thrust out; Ex. obtrude A on B; ADJ. obtrusive; N. obtrusion; CF. unobtrusiv

Definition
(verb) push to thrust outward
Synonyms : push out thrust out
Definition
(verb) thrust oneself in as if by force
Synonyms : intrude
Example Sentence
  • The colors don't intrude on the viewer
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obtrude

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Obtrude = Obt + Rude. It is 'Rude' to to impose something such as opinions on other people.

Intrude rhyming for obtrude and intruder is one who enters into middle without permission so interrupt's

obtaining acceptance rude to work on his idea

Obtrude = Extrude ( Thust out ) + Intrude (Interfere)

obtuse

Short Definition : blunt; not sharp; stupid; slow in understanding

Definition
(adj) of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees Definition
(adj) (of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex Definition
(adj) lacking in insight or discernment
Synonyms : purblind
Example Sentence
  • too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior
  • a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin
Definition
(adj) slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Synonyms : dense dim dull dumb slow
Example Sentence
  • so dense he never understands anything I say to him
  • never met anyone quite so dim
  • although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick
  • dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
  • he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse
  • worked with the slow students
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obtuse

obtuse refers to angles between two lines which is >90 degrees.....the line appears like its leaning towards the wall which is inactive and stupid

imagine a pencil tip...the more obtuse the angle between the two edges of the tip...the more blunt the tip is..

obtuse = big/fat so it means moti buddhi ha ha ha

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Obtuse..."of little use"

opposite of ACUTE with respect to all meanings...

an Obtuse angle (>90) takes more time to close than an acute angle;likewise, it takes more time for an Obtuse person to get a hint, idea, etc than for an acute (intelligent) person

Like an obtuse angle, a FOOL's mouth will be always wide open(speaking uselessly)

obtuse-I still remember my childhood time when i was unable to answer the value of the obtuse angle because i was mentally dull

obviate

Short Definition : make unnecessary; get rid of; Ex. obviate the need

Definition
(verb) do away with
Synonyms : eliminate rid of
Definition
(verb) prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Example Sentence
  • Let's avoid a confrontation
  • head off a confrontation
  • avert a strike
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for obviate

obviate - viate sounds like deviate, deviate yourself from studying(happen something)....

ob+viate .. viate can be rhymed with void.. and making void means removing something.. hence getting rid of..

if it is obvious you can obviate it easily (you can prevent it), obvious and obviate sound similar

obviate = ob-'prevent' + viate 'via [=way]' prevent the way ~ we don't go that way

OBVIously i ATE poison bcoz i wanted to GET RID OF my life..!!!!!!............:D

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Obviate : A-void-it

Relate it with "obvious"...

ob = obese ate = eat obese person avoids to eat

ob+viate(sounds like violate) which means get rid off something.

obviate sounds like obliviate spell in harry potter which is used to remove the memory of someone so get rid of

ob+vi+ate--- if we are OBese(fat) then VI(we) should be OB(against) ATE(eating), i.e., we should PREVENT AND AVOID eating too much

obviate=obvious+ate a necessary thing is obvious and to eat it makes it unnecessary

obviate sounds like ob (ab - now ) violate thus avoid

Dont go to iOB bank it is not safe for money transfer avoid it.

OOhhh..Deviate ..and prevent it from happening

Occident

Short Definition : the West

Definition
(noun) the countries of (originally) Europe and (now including) North America and South America
Synonyms : west
Definition
(noun) the hemisphere that includes North America and South America
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for Occident

lets just assume that there are better cars on the roads in the west... hence they have more accidents taking place.. occident rhymes with accident..

it was by "accident" that Americas were "discovered"

The OC's show on star world > The west

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America with better road so lesser Accident in Occident..(place a ryme)

an oxidant is very reactive and vigorous... consider the western nations of north america & south america like that for the world... except that they are occident!

For all those who like metal music: Break it as Occi+dent = Ossy (Osbourne) + Dentist. He is in west.. \m/

occident-the west orient -the east

ox + accidents : in west there are lot of ranches in those oxen are kept. So we hear about a lot of accidents about ox in west.

occlude

Short Definition : shut; close; obstruct; Ex. A blood clot occluded an artery.

Definition
(verb) block passage through
Example Sentence
  • obstruct the path
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for occlude

when you include someone they are welcome and the gates are always open but when you OCCLUDE(rhymes with EXCLUDE), they are unwelcome and hence the gates are SHUT or CLOSED on them.

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Occlude - sounds like conclude. Means close or shut something...

Harry Potter fans may remember occlumency which is the subject that helps to close one's mind.

clude originates from claudere.. which means close..

occlude which is opposite of include.

exclude the forms bcoz we r colsed

Make a chain like this Include::Exclude::Occlude

you conclude when you occlude - shut or close something

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