Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
definition: the first stage; beginning.
example: Everyone was happy and excited at the outset of the trip.
example: We could never have predicted at the outset of our project the obstacles that we were about to face.
example: He’s been unhappy at that school from the very outset.
par tI sh@n
definition 1: the division of something, such as a territory, enclosure, or concept, into parts.
example: The partition of the animal pen separated the chickens from the goats.
example: The partition of India caused the creation of Pakistan as a nation.
definition 2: the state of being divided.
example: The partition of post-war Germany ended in 1990 with the reunification of East and West.
definition: to divide into parts or sections.
example: The farmer partitioned the field into several smaller plots.
re z@ neIt
definition 1: to produce resonance; to produce a full, deep, clear sound that continues for some time.
example: The cellist pulled the bow across the string and caused it to resonate.
definition 2: to resound; echo.
example: The sound resonated within the high walls of the cave.
definition 3: to be filled with particular images or qualities that evoke emotions or contain special significance.
example: The poem resonates with images of springtime and rebirth.
example: To most of the audience, the speech resonated with truth.
definition 4: to evoke a positive or powerful personal response.
example: The politician’s bold proposal resonated with voters that year.
example: The child’s reading problem resonated with the teacher, as she had experienced the same kind of difficulty as a child.
uhn d@r skor [or] uhn de@ skor
definition 1: to emphasize by, or as if by, drawing a line beneath.
example: The fact that this accident occurred underscores the need for stricter safety measures.
definition 2: to draw a line or lines underneath (written text); underline.
example: The child underscored the title of her paper at the top of the page.
streI t@m [or] strae t@m
definition 1: a horizontal layer, esp. one of several parallel layers in a pile.
example: Sliced eggplant forms the lowest stratum of this delicious dish, and then there are several layers of sauce, cheese, and more eggplant.
definition 2: a layer of material of similar composition, depth, temperature, or the like, as in a geological formation or the earth’s atmosphere.
example: The troposphere is the innermost stratum of the earth’s atmosphere.
definition 3: a level in a social hierarchy.
example: Those belonging to the lowest stratum of society were most likely to be convicted of crimes they were innocent of.