Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Nov
11
2014

vessel

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definition 1:  a hollow device used as a receptacle, especially for liquids; container.
example:  They put the wine in bottles, casks, and other vessels.

definition 2:  a structure designed for traveling on water; large boat; ship.
example:  In the harbor, we saw a large frigate and several other sailing vessels.

definition 3:  one of the many tube-shaped structures through which blood and other bodily fluids are carried; artery; vein.
example:  The aorta is a large blood vessel that leads from the heart.
example:  Both veins and arteries are vessels through which blood flows.
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Nov
10
2014

administration

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noun
definition 1:  the act of directing or managing.
example:  She has great skill in the administration of her business.
example:  The principal’s job is the administration of the school.

definition 2:  those in charge of directing or managing, considered collectively.
example:  The hospital administration refused to consider the employees’ arguments.

definition 3:  the executive officers of a government, considered collectively, or the term of office of such officers.
example:  Lyndon Johnson was vice president during the administration of John Kennedy.
example:  No one in this administration is in favor of changing the current law.
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Nov
07
2014

accumulate

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transitive verb
definition 1:  to amass; collect.
example:  Now a millionaire, he began to accumulate many priceless paintings from Europe.

intransitive verb
definition 2:  to become greater; increase.
example:  Dust accumulated under all the furniture.
example:  Water accumulated in the leaky basement.
example:  Snow quickly accumulated on the roof.
example:  Evidence of the harmful effects of the pesticide accumulated to the point where its use was banned by the government.

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Nov
06
2014

apparatus

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ae p@ rae tihs

noun
definition 1:  a machine or group of machines designed to accomplish a specific task.
example:  “The iron lung” was a name given to an apparatus that enables patients to breathe.

definition 2:  any system, such as a political organization, that is designed to accomplish a specific purpose.
example:  The leader’s powerful political apparatus ensures that he remains in power.
example:  Our organization needs a more effective fundraising apparatus.
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Nov
05
2014

span

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spaen

noun
definition 1:  the extent, stretch, or reach between two points or limits.
example:  The span of the waterfall at its crest is over one hundred feet.

definition 2:  the length of time during which something exists.
example:  She’d seen many changes in the world during the long span of her life.

definition 3:  the section of a bridge, trestle, or the like between two supports.
example:  On November 7, 1940, the span of the Tacoma Bridge began to bend and sway; soon after, it broke apart and collapsed.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to extend, stretch, or reach over or across (space or time).
example:  The old bridge that spans the river is made of iron.
example:  Her life spanned nearly a century.
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