Etymology
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gammer (n.)
"old woman," 1570s, contraction of grandmother (corresponding to gaffer, but according to OED representing a different construction).
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macadamization (n.)

"process of laying roads according to the system of John L. McAdam;" 1824, noun of action from macadamize (see macadam).

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pursuant (adj.)

late 14c., "done in consequence of or in prosecution of something," from Anglo-French pursuant, from Old French poursuiant, porsivant, present participle of porsuir, porsivre "chase, pursue" (see pursue). Meaning "carrying out; following, according" is from 1690s. As an adverb, "according, agreeably," 1670s. As a noun, "one who seeks, an aspirant," late 14c.

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enquire (v.)
alternative form of inquire, according to OED mainly used in sense of "to ask a question." Related: enquired; enquiring.
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fluonomist (n.)
said to be a humorous title for a chimney-sweep, 1947 according to OED, from flue + ending from economist, etc.
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sway-backed (adj.)
1670s, according to OED of Scandinavian origin, perhaps related to obsolete Danish sveibaget. See sway (v.) + back (n.).
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canonical (adj.)
early 15c., "according to ecclesiastical law," from Medieval Latin canonicalis, from Late Latin canonicus "according to rule," in Church Latin, "pertaining to the canon" (see canon (n.1)). Earlier was canonial (early 13c.). General sense of "conformed or conforming to rule" is from 1560s. Meaning "of or belonging to the canon of Scripture" is from 1560s; hence "of admitted excellence" (1550s).
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hermetically (adv.)
c. 1600, "according to hermetic practice," especially, chemically, "by means of fusion," from hermetical (see hermetic) + -ly (2).
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dieting (n.)

c. 1400, "act of eating; act of regulating food intake according to regimen," verbal noun from diet (v.).

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ascendance (n.)
1742, from ascend + -ance. According to OED, properly "the act of ascending," but used from the start in English as a synonym of ascendancy.
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