Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

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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Jul
23
2014

adhere

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aed hir

intransitive verb
definition 1:
 to stick or cling firmly, as by gluing (usually followed by “to”).
example:  The dust adhered to her skin.

definition 2:  to follow or hold to closely (usually followed by “to”).
example:  You’ll get into trouble if you don’t adhere to the rules.
example:  I adhered to the recipe this time, but the dish is still too salty.
example:  Despite persecution, they adhered to their religion.

definition 3:  to maintain loyalty or support (usually followed by “to”).
example:  Many of the nobles adhered to the deposed king.
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Jul
22
2014

imperative

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ihm per @ tihv

adjective
definition 1:  extremely important; urgent; unavoidable.
example:  It is imperative that these peace efforts succeed.
example:  It is imperative that the town be evacuated immediately.
example:  Getting the burn victims to a hospital is imperative.

definition 2:  in grammar, of or denoting the mood of the verb used in making demands, giving orders, or the like.
example:  In the sentence, “Come here!” the verb “come” is in the imperative form.
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Jul
21
2014

strive

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straIv

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to try or work hard; exert oneself.
example:  She’s striving to reach the top in her profession.
example:  The athletes strove to improve their performance before the next Olympics.
example:  Leaders on both sides have been striving for a peaceful end to the conflict.
example:  He continues to strive toward his goal of entering politics.

definition 2:  to struggle, usually against something or someone.
example:  His father and mother had striven against poverty in the old country.
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Jul
18
2014

terminology

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tuhr mih na l@ ji

noun
definition:  the specialized vocabulary and expressions used in a particular field or subject; nomenclature.
example:  This course introduces the student to the most important concepts and terminology of the field of economics.
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