Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jun
26
2014

thrum

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thruhm
transitive verb
1. to play (a stringed instrument or a tune) by plucking, esp. idly or repetitiously.
As he spoke, he thrummed his guitar.
2. to drum the fingers on.
She sat thrumming the table and thinking.
intransitive verb
1. to pluck, or pluck a tune on, a stringed instrument.
She thrummed on a ukelele.
2. to drum with the fingers.
Impatient, he thrummed on the counter with his fingertips.
noun
a muffled, repetitious sound; thrumming.
When her neighbors play loud music, the thrum of the bass makes her head ache.

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Jun
25
2014

socioeconomic

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

so si o i k@ na mihk

adjective
definition:  of, relating to, or characterizing the social and economic aspects of something.
example:  My grandparents came from very different socioeconomic backgrounds, my grandfather coming from a poor, Jewish family from Poland and my grandmother from a wealthy, Irish-Catholic family.
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Jun
25
2014

stigma

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stIg

noun

plural: stigmas, stigmata

1. a long-lasting mark or stain on one’s character or reputation, esp. of disgrace or reproach.
He was never able to overcome the stigma of having been impeached.
2. a persistent social characterization of a behavior or condition as a sign of immorality or disgrace.
Those with mental illnesses still face stigma and inadequate care.
There was a great stigma attached to divorce in those days.
3. a mark or pore on the surface of the skin or of a plant.
4.  a spot on the skin that bleeds as the result of nervous tension or emotional trauma.
5. part of a plant that receives pollen; pistil.

 

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Jun
24
2014

sphere

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sfir

noun
definition 1:  a round, three-dimensional geometric figure in which every point on the surface is an equal distance from the center.
example:  The shape of the Earth is nearly the shape of a sphere.
example:  How do you find the volume of a sphere?

definition 2:  a field, area, or domain that someone or something occupies or in which someone has knowledge, influence, or the like.
example:  Their social sphere included struggling writers, artists, and musicians.
example:  Making speeches is not within my sphere of competence.
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Jun
24
2014

clinch

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transitive verb
1. to make certain or final; secure; settle.
A week before the end of the season, the team clinched first place.
It was the offer of more money that clinched the deal.
2. to hammer down sideways (the protruding point of a nail) to make more secure.
3. to fasten by means of clinched nails.

intransitive verb
1. of two boxers, to grasp each other so as to impede blows.
2. (informal) to embrace.

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