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::: gyroscope - apparatus used to maintain balance, ascertain direction, etc.
::: preen - make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction or pride; (of a bird) smooth or clean (feathers) with the beak; Ex. preen oneself on; CF. prune
::: leniency - mildness; permissiveness; ADJ. lenient: not severe in judgment or punishment
::: renounce - abandon; give up (by formal announcement); disown; repudiate; Ex. renounce one's claim to the property/one's religion; N. renunciation
::: filibuster - block legislation or prevent action in a lawmaking body by making very slow long speeches; N; freebooter
::: arable - fit for growing crops; Ex. arable land
::: flail - beat with or as if with a flail; move wildly; thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about; N: threshing tool consisting of a stick swinging from the end of a long handle
::: abstain - refrain; withhold from participation; intentionally not use one's vote;
::: repine - fret; complain; be annoyed; Ex. repine over the undone work
::: heterogeneous - dissimilar; mixed; not homogeneous; consisting of dissimilar elements or plants