demiurge \DEM-ee-urj\ , noun: 1.Philosophy. A. Platonism. The artificer of the world. B. (In the Gnostic and certain other systems) a supernatural being imagined as creating or fashioning the world in subordination to the Supreme Being, and sometimes regarded as the originator of evil. 2. (In many states of ancient Greece) a public official or magistrate.
cumulus \KYOO-myuh-luhs\ , noun: 1. A heap; pile. 2. A cloud of a class characterized by dense individual elements in the form of puffs, mounds, or towers, with flat bases and tops that often resemble cauliflower.
belabor \bih-LEY-ber\ , verb: 1. To explain, worry about, or work more than is necessary. 2. To assail persistently, as with scorn or ridicule. 3. To beat vigorously; ply with heavy blows. 4.Obsolete. To labor at.
gambit \GAM-bit\ , noun: 1. A remark made to open or redirect a conversation. 2.Chess. An opening in which a player seeks to obtain some advantage by sacrificing a pawn or piece. 3. Any maneuver by which one seeks to gain an advantage.
littoral \LIT-er-uhl\ , adjective: 1. Pertaining to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean. 2. (On ocean shores) of or pertaining to the biogeographic region between the sublittoral zone and the high-water line and sometimes including the supralittoral zone above the high-water line. 3. Of or pertaining to the region of freshwater lake beds from the sublittoral zone up to and including damp areas on shore.