New York Times Spelling Bee Solution and Answers for May 16, 2020

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Today’s pangrams are ELIGIBILITY,ILLEGIBILITY, and LEGIBILITY.

ELIGIBILITY is defined as the quality or state of being eligible.

ILLEGIBILITY is defined as the quality of writing (print or handwriting) that cannot be deciphered.

LEGIBILITY is defined as a quality of writing (print or handwriting) that can be easily read. It is also defined as distinctness that makes perception easy.

BEETLE is defined as be suspended over or hang over. It is also defined as a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing. It is also defined as jutting or overhanging. It is also defined as beat with a beetle. It is also defined as fly or go in a manner resembling a beetle. It is also defined as insect having biting mouthparts and front wings modified to form horny covers overlying the membranous rear wings.

BELIE is defined as be in contradiction with. It is also defined as represent falsely.

BELITTLE is defined as cause to seem less serious; play down. It is also defined as express a negative opinion of. It is also defined as lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of.

BELL is defined as the shape of a bell. It is also defined as the sound of a bell being struck. It is also defined as a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed. It is also defined as English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961). It is also defined as (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship’s bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o’clock, either a.m. or p.m.. It is also defined as a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905). It is also defined as a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument. It is also defined as United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922). It is also defined as a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck. It is also defined as attach a bell to. It is also defined as the flared opening of a tubular device.

BELLE is defined as a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals.

BELLY is defined as the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis. It is also defined as swell out or bulge out. It is also defined as a protruding abdomen. It is also defined as a part that bulges deeply. It is also defined as the hollow inside of something. It is also defined as the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish.

BELT is defined as a vigorous blow. It is also defined as the act of hitting vigorously. It is also defined as sing loudly and forcefully. It is also defined as a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing). It is also defined as ammunition (usually of small caliber) loaded in flexible linked strips for use in a machine gun. It is also defined as a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist). It is also defined as an elongated region where a specific condition or characteristic is found. It is also defined as deliver a blow to. It is also defined as endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys. It is also defined as fasten with a belt.

BIBLE is defined as the sacred writings of the Christian religions. It is also defined as a book regarded as authoritative in its field.

The word BIGLY has no known definition.

BILE is defined as a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats.

BILGE is defined as water accumulated in the bilge of a ship. It is also defined as take in water at the bilge. It is also defined as cause to leak. It is also defined as where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom.

BILL is defined as a statute in draft before it becomes law. It is also defined as publicize or announce by placards. It is also defined as a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank). It is also defined as an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered. It is also defined as a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement. It is also defined as demand payment. It is also defined as horny projecting mouth of a bird. It is also defined as an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution. It is also defined as a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes. It is also defined as a cutting tool with a sharp edge. It is also defined as advertise especially by posters or placards. It is also defined as a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare). It is also defined as the entertainment offered at a public presentation.

BILLET is defined as a job in an organization. It is also defined as a short personal letter. It is also defined as provide housing for (military personnel). It is also defined as lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home).

BILLY is defined as a short stout club used primarily by policemen. It is also defined as male goat.

The word EELY has no known definition.

ELEGY is defined as a mournful poem; a lament for the dead.

ELIGIBLE is defined as qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen.

The word ELIGIBLY has no known definition.

ELITE is defined as selected as the best. It is also defined as a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status.

EYELET is defined as fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines. It is also defined as a small hole (usually round and finished around the edges) in cloth or leather for the passage of a cord or hook or bar.

The word GELEE has no known definition.

GELT is defined as informal terms for money.

GIBLET is defined as edible viscera of a fowl.

GIGGLE is defined as laugh nervously. It is also defined as a foolish or nervous laugh.

The word GIGGLY has no known definition.

GILL is defined as any of the radiating leaflike spore-producing structures on the underside of the cap of a mushroom or similar fungus. It is also defined as respiratory organ of aquatic animals that breathe oxygen dissolved in water. It is also defined as a British imperial capacity unit (liquid or dry) equal to 5 fluid ounces or 142.066 cubic centimeters. It is also defined as a United States liquid unit equal to 4 fluid ounces.

GILT is defined as a coating of gold or of something that looks like gold. It is also defined as having the deep slightly brownish color of gold.

GLEE is defined as great merriment. It is also defined as malicious satisfaction.

GLIB is defined as artfully persuasive in speech. It is also defined as having only superficial plausibility. It is also defined as marked by lack of intellectual depth.

GLIBLY is defined as with superficial plausibility.

ILLEGIBLE is defined as (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible.

ILLEGIBLY is defined as in an illegible manner.

The word ILLY has no known definition.

LEGGY is defined as having long legs. It is also defined as (of plants) having tall spindly stems.

LEGIBLE is defined as (of handwriting, print, etc.) capable of being read or deciphered.

LEGIBLY is defined as in a legible manner.

The word LEGIT has no known definition.

LIBEL is defined as a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person. It is also defined as print slanderous statements against. It is also defined as the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks.

The word LIBELEE has no known definition.

LIEGE is defined as city in eastern Belgium; largest French-speaking city in Belgium. It is also defined as a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord. It is also defined as a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service. It is also defined as owing or owed feudal allegiance and service.

LILT is defined as a jaunty rhythm in music. It is also defined as articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way.

LILY is defined as any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy pendulous flowers.

LITE is defined as having relatively few calories.

LITTLE is defined as (informal) small and of little importance. It is also defined as lowercase. It is also defined as low in stature; not tall. It is also defined as (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a’) at least some. It is also defined as (of children and animals) young, immature. It is also defined as (of a voice) faint. It is also defined as limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent. It is also defined as a small amount or duration. It is also defined as small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context).

TELL is defined as give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority. It is also defined as give evidence. It is also defined as narrate or give a detailed account of. It is also defined as inform positively and with certainty and confidence. It is also defined as express in words. It is also defined as a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son’s head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap). It is also defined as mark as different. It is also defined as discern or comprehend. It is also defined as let something be known.

TILE is defined as a thin flat slab of fired clay used for roofing. It is also defined as a flat thin rectangular slab (as of fired clay or rubber or linoleum) used to cover surfaces. It is also defined as cover with tiles. It is also defined as game equipment consisting of a flat thin piece marked with characters and used in board games like Mah-Jong, Scrabble, etc..

TILL is defined as a treasury for government funds. It is also defined as a strongbox for holding cash. It is also defined as unstratified soil deposited by a glacier; consists of sand and clay and gravel and boulders mixed together. It is also defined as work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation.

TILT is defined as a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances. It is also defined as move sideways or in an unsteady way. It is also defined as pitching dangerously to one side. It is also defined as heel over. It is also defined as a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement. It is also defined as the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical. It is also defined as to incline or bend from a vertical position. It is also defined as a slight but noticeable partiality. It is also defined as charge with a tilt.

TITLE is defined as a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with. It is also defined as designate by an identifying term. It is also defined as a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it. It is also defined as the status of being a champion. It is also defined as an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.’ or `General’. It is also defined as an established or recognized right. It is also defined as an informal right to something. It is also defined as give a title to. It is also defined as a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work. It is also defined as an appellation signifying nobility. It is also defined as the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.. It is also defined as (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action.

TITTLE is defined as a tiny or scarcely detectable amount.

YELL is defined as utter a sudden loud cry. It is also defined as utter or declare in a very loud voice. It is also defined as a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate). It is also defined as a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition.

2 Comments

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for commenting and asking. The definitions are pulled from a dictionary automatically, which unfortunately, is not as complete as other dictionaries. So, that means, some words don’t end up with definitions, although every word has some sort of definition. It’s something to improve down the line.

      Reply

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