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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Dec
31
2014

intuition

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

In tu I sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the power of knowing or apprehending something directly, without learning it consciously or submitting it to processes of logic.
example:  She never learned the rules of grammar, but she writes well using her intuition about what is correct.

definition 2:  something known or apprehended in this way.
example:  He had an intuition that the killer was still in the house.
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Dec
30
2014

dogmatist

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

dawgtihst
one who asserts opinions or beliefs as though they were facts.
An animal rights dogmatist, she maintains the equality of people and animals regardless of context.



Dec
30
2014

dovetail

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duhv teIl

noun
definition:  something resembling a dove’s tail in shape, esp. a wedge-shaped part, or tenon, that protrudes from one piece of wood and fits snugly into a wedge-shaped opening, or mortise, in another piece of wood, forming a joint.

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to fit together by means of a dovetail or dovetails.

definition 2:  to fit together precisely or harmoniously.
example:  Your plan to provide part-time work to city youth dovetails nicely with our efforts to beautify the city parks this summer.
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Dec
29
2014

fund

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fuhnd

noun
definition 1:  a supply of money or other resources that is collected and held for a particular purpose.
example:  Some of the money goes into the pension fund every month.
example:  The neighbors created a fund to help out the family in their emergency.

definition 2:  supply; stock.
example:  She seems to have an unlimited fund of ideas.

definition 3:  (plural) money or available on hand.
example:  My funds are running low since I had to pay for the car repairs.
example:  The clean-up project is supported by funds from the government.

transitive verb
definition:  to make funds available in support of a particular project or endeavor.
example:  The foundation funded the research very generously.
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Dec
29
2014

consternation

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

kan stər neI shən

surprise and alarm, leading to panic, deep disappointment, or total confusion.
To the consternation of some conservative groups, it was announced that women would no longer be banned from Navy submarines.