Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Nov
30
2016

network

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net wuhrk

noun
1.  a system or process that involves a number of persons, groups or organizations.
Their network of spies was operating all over Europe.
The university has a network of libraries.

2.  a group of radio or television stations, usu. a group transmitting the same programs, or the company that controls such a group.
The Columbia Broadcasting System, or CBS, is one of the major U.S. television networks.

3.  any physical system of interconnected roads, lines, canals, or the like that resembles a net.
A vast network of highways crosses our country.

4.  a system of computer terminals that are connected to one or more computers.
The internet is a vast computer network.
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Nov
29
2016

jest

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jest

noun
1.  a humorous utterance or action; joke.
His comment was intended to be a jest, but, unfortunately, it was taken seriously.
She began her speech with a jest that made her audience immediately warm to her.

2.  a humorous or playful manner or attitude.
They punched at each other, but it was only in jest.
The remark was made in jest, but it was offensive to many nonetheless.

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Nov
28
2016

accessory

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ihk se s@ ri  [or]  aek se s@ ri

noun
1.  a nonessential component used for beauty, added pleasure, or convenience.
This pearl necklace is a beautiful and useful accessory.
The car’s CD player is considered an accessory.

2.  in law, someone who helps a criminal before or after a crime, but does not commit the crime.
As an accessory, she received a short sentence in prison for the crime, but her boyfriend, the perpetrator, got a sentence of ten years.
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Nov
25
2016

haunt

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hawnt

transitive verb
1.  to inhabit or frequent as a ghost.
It is said that ghosts have haunted the castle since the fifteenth century.

2.  to come persistently and painfully to the mind or memory of.
The tragic scene still haunts her.
What happened was an accident, but the man’s death haunted him forever.
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Nov
24
2016

uphold

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uhp hold

transitive verb
1.  to support or affirm, esp. in the face of a challenge.
The court upheld his right to free speech.

2.  to keep from sinking or falling; support.
His principles and unfailing optimism upheld his spirit in difficult times.
Our town upholds some of the old village traditions that are disappearing elsewhere.
The concrete columns uphold the building.
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