Category: Vocabulary

Mar
18
2015

portmanteau word

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port maen to wuhrd

noun

a word formed by combining the sounds and meanings of two other words, such as “smog” from “smoke” and “fog”.

 

 

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Mar
17
2015

statistic

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st@ tI stihk

noun
definition 1:  a piece of numerical information.
example:  The almanac also gives weather statistics such as record high or record low temperatures.
example:  The census gathers statistics on the population such as the number of children per household.
example:  The percentage of people who voted in the election is an interesting statistic.

definition 2:  any measurable characteristic of a sample drawn from a larger group, such as a mean or standard deviation.
example:  The mean, or average, is an important statistic, but it only gives us one piece of information about a sample.
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Mar
17
2015

pun

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puhn

noun

an instance or a variety of word play, often for humorous effect, that is based on a similarity in sound of two or more words or on various meanings of the same word.
Her favorite pun was about the carpenter who was boring and full of old saws.

intransitive verb

to use or devise a pun or puns.

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Mar
16
2015

unify

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yu nih faI

transitive verb
definition:  to bring together into a single unit or entity; unite.
example:  The enemy attack on the country had the effect of unifying the population.
example:  The two nations were eventually unified under one flag.
example:  This new piece of evidence helps to unify the various parts of the theory.

intransitive verb
definition:  to become a single unit or entity; unite.
example:  Because of strongly opposing views and struggles over leadership, it took years for the workers to unify.
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Mar
16
2015

palindrome

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pae lihn drom

noun

a word, number, phrase, or longer expression with letters or numbers in the same order both backward and forward, such as “level,” 1881, or “Able was I ere I saw Elba.”
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