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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nov
28
2014

catalyst

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

kae tə lihst

noun
definition 1:  a substance that produces or speeds up a chemical reaction without being affected itself.
example:  An enzyme is an organic catalyst.

definition 2:  an agent that causes an interaction between persons or forces without being affected itself.
example:  The incidents of police brutality were the catalyst for the riot.
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Nov
27
2014

harvest

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har vihst

noun
definition 1:  the gathering of ripe crops, the crops or the amount so gathered, or the season in which they are gathered.
example:  Even small children helped out with the harvest of the crops.
example:  It was a small harvest that year.
example:  We met at harvest five years ago.

definition 2:  the product of an action, process, or event.
example:  The movement yielded a harvest of new ideas.

transitive verb
definition:  to gather (ripe crops); pick or reap.
example:  Farmers will harvest their corn soon.
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Nov
26
2014

complex

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@m pleks  [or]  kam pleks

adjective
definition 1:  having a complicated structure; not simple.
example:  Her early designs were simple, but now she combines many patterns, making her new designs quite complex.

definition 2:  difficult to analyze or understand because of being complicated.
example:  His first spy novel was so complex that I found it hard to figure out what was happening when I read it.

definition 3:  having interconnected elements.
example:  They’ve developed a complex system of communication.
example:  A spider’s web is complex and beautiful.
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Nov
25
2014

immerse

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ih muhrs

transitive verb
definition 1:  to put deeply into or cover with liquid; submerge.
example:  Immerse the dry beans in the water and soak them overnight.
example:  He immersed his tired feet in the warm water.

definition 2:  to involve deeply; absorb.
example:  The novel immerses the reader in a brilliantly-imagined fantasy world.
example:  The whole class was deeply immersed in the discussion.
example:  He was immersed in his studies when I entered the room.
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Nov
25
2014

indelible

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

In de lə bəl

adjective

1. incapable of being removed or obliterated; permanent.
He was still tortured by indelible memories of the war.
2.making or leaving a permanent mark.
indelible ink