Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jul
09
2015

outset

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aUt set

noun
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.
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Jul
08
2015

partition

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par tI sh@n

noun
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.

transitive verb
definition:  to divide into parts or sections.
example:  The farmer partitioned the field into several smaller plots.
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Jul
07
2015

resonate

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re z@ neIt

intransitive verb
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.
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Jul
06
2015

underscore

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uhn d@r skor  [or]  uhn de@ skor

transitive verb
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.
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Jul
03
2015

stratum

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streI t@m  [or]  strae t@m

noun
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.
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