Monthly Archives: February 2014

Feb
21
2014

nebula

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

neb yə lə
noun
1. a cloud of interstellar dust or gas or both, that may appear as either a light or dark mass depending on how it absorbs, reflects, or re-emits incident radiation.
2. a similar luminous mass of stars too far away to be seen as individual bodies; galactic nebula.

Word History  Nebula is a Latin word that means “cloud or mist.” It entered the English language in the 1500s as a term for the clouding of the eye we now call a “cataract.” In the 1700s, “nebula” became a term in astronomy.

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Feb
21
2014

assist

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ sIst

transitive verb
definition 1:  to give support or aid to.
example:  You may need a lawyer to assist you with the legal forms.
example:  The resource librarian can assist you in your search.

definition 2:  to act as a helper or subordinate to.
example:  A fellow surgeon at the hospital will be assisting him in the operation.
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Feb
20
2014

industry

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In d@ stri

noun
definition 1:  the activity or process of turning raw materials into finished goods, or a particular business that does this.
example:  The state has little industry in the rural western areas.
example:  Many new industries have been established in this region in recent years.

definition 2:  the companies, regarded collectively, that produce a similar product or service.
example:  The automobile industry employs thousands of workers.
example:  They invested heavily in the steel industry.
example:  The cosmetics industry has shown high profits this year.

definition 3:  the tendency to work hard.
example:  The volunteers were rewarded for their industry.
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Feb
20
2014

interstellar

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In tər ste lər

adjective

existing or occurring between or among the stars.

She was poring over the recipes adapted to the arduous conditions of interstellar flight. (Stanislaw Lem, Solaris)

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Feb
19
2014

domestic

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

d@ me stihk

adjective
definition 1:  of or related to the home or household.
example:  Their son takes care of the domestic chores now that their health has declined.
example:  He was happy for his wife to make all the domestic decisions.

definition 2:  capable of or used to living with humans.
example:  Cats and dogs are domestic animals.

definition 3:  of the home country.
example:  This part of the newspaper is devoted to domestic affairs.
example:  They were surprised that the wine was domestic and not imported.
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