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Cavitate

Cavitate

HAVING BEEN FRIGHTENED INTO A STATE OF MOST REGRETTABLE ERROR

v. — to form cavities or spaces in fluid by the rapid whirling motion of a propeller

(i.e., something submarines do)

fm. back-formation of cavitation, from the Late or Romantic Latin cavus, meaning hollow.

first published. 1909

inspiration. my morning commute, during which I saw a large, multi-axle truck with inner wheel badly oscillating . “Ooh, that’s cavitating,” says I to my empty car, in great alarm. Then, “Hang on, is that the right word?” It is not.

Also, The Hunt for Red October. See page 80.

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