Monthly Archives: July 2014

Jul
26
2014

illustrate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

I l@ streIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to explain or clarify by providing an example or presenting a graphic representation.
example:  My father always used examples from his own life experience to illustrate his point.
example:  The gym teacher illustrated how the move should be done by demonstrating it herself.
example:  The drawing on the opposite page helped illustrate the concept.

definition 2:  to provide pictures or drawings for (a book, story, or other work).
example:  The artist illustrated the book with very detailed drawings.
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Jul
25
2014

grizzle

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

grI zəl
transitive verb & intransitive verb
to make or become gray or somewhat gray.
example: Time grizzled his beard.

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Jul
25
2014

trend

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trend

noun
definition 1:  a general course, direction, or tendency.
example:  The trend toward obesity continues.
example:  Studies show that standards of living are on a downward trend.
example:  A trend toward living together before marriage began some decades ago.

definition 2:  the latest style; mode.
example:  Short skirts are the trend this year.
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Jul
24
2014

whorl

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worl [or] wuhrl
noun
1: a circular arrangement, as of leaves or petals around a center, or a coiled shape.
2: a circular or spiraling movement, as of a current of air, smoke, or water.
3: a single coil of a spiral shell, as of a snail.
4: a single ridge, forming a complete circle, in the center of a fingerprint.

fingerprint graph

Helianthus_whorl

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Jul
24
2014

artifact

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ar tih faekt

noun
definition 1:  any object made by human beings, especially one of cultural, archaeological, or historical significance.
example:  The museum had an exhibit of ancient Mexican artifacts.

definition 2:  in scientific investigation, a false or inaccurate result or effect caused by the introduction of an unintended element or variable.
example:  These results are an artifact of not having chosen the subjects for the study randomly.
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