Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jan
27
2016

key

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ki

noun
definition:  something that allows entry, obtainment, or understanding.
example:  Knowing someone in the company was her key to getting a job interview.
example:  His persuasiveness was the key to his success as a politician.
example:  This well-written paragraph was the key to my understanding of the article.

adjective
definition:  main; primary; essential.
example:  She made the key point in the discussion and gave us something we could finally all agree on.
example:  Yeast, flour, and water are the key components of bread.
example:  The rain was a key factor in the tragedy that occurred that night.
example:  Skill at listening is key to being an effective counselor.
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Jan
26
2016

organic

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or gae nihk

adjective
definition 1:  pertaining to or coming from living sources.
example:  Scientists analyzed the material to see if it contained any organic matter.
example:  Oil from the ground is an organic substance, but there is synthetically produced oil as well.

definition 2:  of or pertaining to compounds that contain carbon. (Cf. inorganic.
example:  Methane is an organic compound.
example:  Water is an organic molecule.

definition 3:  producing or produced naturally, as food, without the use of chemical pesticides, growth enhancers, additives, and the like.
example:  Some of the smaller farms in the area have taken up organic farming.
example:  You can get all kinds of organic produce at the farmers market.

definition 4:  developing in a manner akin to living things.
example:  The professor pointed to the organic growth of the poem.
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Jan
25
2016

intrinsic

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ihn trIn zihk

adjective
definition:  being essential to or of the nature of a thing; inherent.
example:  Sparkle is an intrinsic quality of a diamond.
example:  Competition is intrinsic to sports.
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Jan
22
2016

experiment

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ihk sper @ m@nt

noun
definition 1:  a test or trial to discover something unknown, esp. a scientific one to test a hypothesis.
example:  The researchers needed a well-equipped laboratory in which to conduct their experiments.
example:  The scientist believed he knew the cause of the disease, but the results of his experiment did not support his theory.
example:  She did an experiment to see if he would notice the change in the coffee that they were drinking at home.

definition 2:  the process of conducting such tests or trials.
example:  She backed up her theory through experiment.
example: Children often learn simply by experiment.
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Jan
21
2016

opportunity

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a p@r tu n@ ti

noun
definition 1:  a chance that makes something possible or that may bring about some benefit.
example:  Everyone will have an opportunity to speak at the meeting.
example:  This job offer is a wonderful opportunity.
example:  Taking a cooking class will give you opportunities to meet new people.

definition 2:  auspicious or favorable circumstance.
example:  The post-war era was a time of economic opportunity.
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