Category: Vocabulary

Jul
30
2014

erode

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ih rod

transitive verb
definition 1:  to slowly wear away, eat into, or destroy by the action of friction or as if by friction.
example:  Wind erodes the unprotected topsoil.
example:  The river eroded the limestone and created a gorge.
example:  Peer pressure eroded her resistance.
example:  Jealousy eroded their friendship.

definition 2:  to form (a geological feature) by wearing away, esp. by the action of water, ice, or wind.
example:  The river eroded a deep channel for itself over the years.
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Jul
30
2014

Pollyanna

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pa li ae
noun
1. in an early twentieth-century novel by Eleanor H. Porter, the heroine and title character, who is always happy and optimistic.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a naively or persistently optimistic person.
She is too much of a Pollyanna to really help me find my way out of this mess. 

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Jul
29
2014

inchoate

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ihn ko iht

adjective
1.  in an early stage of existence.
example:  The inchoate government dealt with the most pressing problems first.

2.  partially or imperfectly developed.
example:  Their inchoate plan overlooks a number of potentialities.

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Jul
29
2014

devise

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dih vaIz

definition:  to invent or make (a plan, device, or solution of a problem), especially by a fresh application of known information; arrange; contrive.
example:  They devised a plan to outdo the opposing team.
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Jul
26
2014

illustrate

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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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