Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
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.
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.
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.
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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mI tih geIt
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.
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.
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.
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.
definition: to provide incriminating knowledge about someone, usually in secret.
example: It was the gangster’s girlfriend who eventually informed on him.