Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jul
30
2014

erode

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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
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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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

artifact

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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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