Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

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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Nov
04
2014

hybrid

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haI brihd

noun
definition 1:  the offspring of two plants or animals that differ genetically as to species, variety, breed, or the like.
example:  The mule is a hybrid of a horse and a donkey.

definition 2:  a car or other vehicle with an engine that can run on two different fuels, usually gasoline and electricity, and can alternate between them.
example:  More and more car manufacturers are now producing hybrids.

adjective
definition 1:  produced by cross-breeding.
example:  Hybrid crops can better withstand adverse conditions.

definition 2:  produced by combining elements from different sources.
example:  The band’s hybrid style is a mixture of reggae and rock.

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Nov
03
2014

mitigate

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mI tih geIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to lessen the force, severity, or impact of.
example:  The politician’s apology mitigated the criticism of him in the press.
example:  All the sympathy of her friends and family could not mitigate the sadness she felt.
example:  The fact that the boys were trying to return what they’d stolen mitigated their punishment to some degree.

definition 2:  cause one to consider (a mistake, crime, or offense) less harshly.
example:  The defendant’s desperate circumstances mitigated her crime in the eyes of the jury.
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Oct
31
2014

phantom

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faen t@m

noun
definition 1:  an unreal or illusory figure, such as a ghost or specter; apparition.
example:  She believed it was a phantom she’d seen at the top of the stairs, illumined by an eerie light.

definition 2:  a mental image that has no physical reality.
example:   She wrestled with these fearful phantoms in her mind.

adjective
definition 1:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a ghost or phantom; unreal.
example:  Many sailors claimed that they’d seen the phantom ship afloat in the moonlight.

definition 2:  seemingly real but actually nonexistent.
example:  The pitiable man was in terror of his phantom persecutors.

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Oct
30
2014

inform

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ihn form

transitive verb
definition 1:  to communicate knowledge to; tell.
example:  The doctor informed us that the surgery went well.
example:  No one informed me of these changes.
example:  Have you informed the landlord about this problem?

definition 2:  to pervade or be instilled in.
example:  Caustic wit informs this new play.

intransitive verb
definition:  to provide incriminating knowledge about someone, usually in secret.
example:  It was the gangster’s girlfriend who eventually informed on him.
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