prac·ti·cal (ˈpraktikəl), adj. [obs. Fr. practique, pratique < LL. practicus (see PRACTICE) ; + —al], 1. of, exhibited in, or obtained through practice or action: as, practical knowledge: opposed ot theoretical, speculative, ideal. 2. that can be used; workable; useful: as, practical proposals. 3. designed for use; utilitarian: as, a practical dress. 4. concerned with the application of knowledge to useful ends, as distinguished from speculation, etc.: as, practical science, a practical mind. 5. given to or experienced from actual practice: as, a practical farmer. 6. of, concerned with, or dealing efficiently with everyday activities, work, etc. 7. that is so in practice, whether or not in theory, intention, law, etc.; virtual. 8. matter-of-fact.
National Poetry Month is drawing to a close, but we still have a few poems from dictionary project contributors. Enjoy today’s feature, a poem by Kristi Maxwell:
Kristi Maxwell thinks and writes in Tucson, where she also teaches creative writing, literature, and composition around town and serves on the board of POG, a non-profit literary arts organization. Her books include Re– (Ahsahta Press, 2011), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books, 2009), and Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta, 2008).