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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Aug
27
2013

material

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

m@ tir i @l

noun
definition 1:  anything used for constructing or making something else.
example:  Materials such as limestone, marble, and glass were used in vast amounts to build the cathedral.
example:  A lot of the material purchased for the construction project was never used.

definition 2:  any group of ideas, sources, data, or the like that can be used to create a larger work.
example:  She gathered material for her novel by reading newspapers from the 1920s.
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Aug
27
2013

dell

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

del

noun

a small, secluded vale or valley, usually wooded.

 



Aug
26
2013

escarpment

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es·carp·ment

ih skarp mənt

noun

1. a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or fault line.

2. a similar slope cut into the ground in front of a fortification or rampart.
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Aug
26
2013

approach

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ proch

noun
definition 1:  the act of coming or drawing near.
example:  The approach of a fox woke the chickens.

definition 2:  means or method of dealing with something.
example:  The new principal’s approach to discipline appears to be successful.
example:  Since she was failing tests, the teacher suggested she try a different approach to studying.
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Aug
23
2013

rigid

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rI jihd

adjective
definition 1:  difficult or impossible to bend; not flexible; stiff.
example:  We’ll need more rigid poles to hold up this larger tent.
example:  The general’s face was rigid with determination.

definition 2:  firmly established and unchanging.
example:  She rebelled against the rigid social conventions of her day.
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