verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to diminish or nullify the significance of by explanation: He couldn't explain away his absence from home at the time the robbery was committed.
- to dispel (doubts, difficulties, etc.) by explanation: She explained away the child's fears.
- expiratory stridor,
- expired gas,
- explain away,
- explain oneself,
Origin of explain
Examples from the Web for explainer
The explainer in chief can easily and eloquently point to all that.Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign|Robert Shrum|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Strugnell took the opportunity and ran with it—shooting, editing, and uploading an explainer video Sunday evening.Facebook Profile Pictures Taken Over by Giraffes: Behind the Invasion|Susanna Speier|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Just as the explainer may pass from cause to effect so may the arguer.Public Speaking|Clarence Stratton
But the explanation of evils is never consoling except to the explainer.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3)|George Eliot
If something graver could but be sifted out from all these journals and letters of frank confession, by the explainer!Ceres' Runaway|Alice Meynell
Word Origin for explain
early 15c., from Latin explanare "to make level, smooth out;" also "to explain, make clear" (see explanation).
Originally explane, spelling altered by influence of plain. Also see plane (v.2). In 17c., occasionally used more literally, of the unfolding of material things: Evelyn has buds that "explain into leaves" ["Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesties dominions," 1664]. Related: Explained; explaining; explains.