Monthly Archives: July 2014

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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Jul
23
2014

adhere

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aed hir

intransitive verb
definition 1:
 to stick or cling firmly, as by gluing (usually followed by “to”).
example:  The dust adhered to her skin.

definition 2:  to follow or hold to closely (usually followed by “to”).
example:  You’ll get into trouble if you don’t adhere to the rules.
example:  I adhered to the recipe this time, but the dish is still too salty.
example:  Despite persecution, they adhered to their religion.

definition 3:  to maintain loyalty or support (usually followed by “to”).
example:  Many of the nobles adhered to the deposed king.
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Jul
23
2014

stipple

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stI pəl

transitive verb
to render part or the whole of (a painting, drawing, or engraving) in dots, points, or dabs.

noun
1: a method of painting, drawing, or engraving by applying small points, dots, or dabs to a surface.
The artist has used stipple to create the delicate shading in his drawing.
2: a work produced by such a method.

stipple

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Jul
22
2014

“shrive” and “short shrift”

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shrive

shraIv
transitive verb
inflections: shrived, shriven, shrives, shriving, shrove

of a priest, to hear the confession of, assign penance to, or give absolution to (someone).

 

short shrift

short shrIft
noun

1: a brief or perfunctory attention given to a person or topic.
2: a brief time granted a condemned prisoner for confession or absolution before his or her execution.

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