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eleganta solution that is simpler (and often more comprehensive) than most would anticipate
other common meaning(s) — as in: as elegant equation
It is an elegant solution that will reduce complexity and save material.
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
ratiothe relative magnitudes of two quantities — often expressed as a:b (which could also be expressed as the fraction a/b)
The ratio of the 2nd to 4th finger length predicts spatial ability in men.
assessconsider something and make a judgment
other common meaning(s) — as in: assess the situation
They assessed the property’s value at $500,000.
The national power grid is under almost continuous attack.
radiationparticles emitted by nuclear decay (i.e., particles smaller than an atom that are sent out due to radioactivity)
Ionizing radiation has enough energy to ionize atoms or molecules.
inclusiveincluding stated limits
other common meaning(s) — as in: 10 to 20 inclusive
I was grouped with students who scored 53% to 64% inclusive.
contractwhen something gets shorter or smaller
other common meaning(s) — as in: the metal contracted
When it is cold, the bridge contracts and the joints are further apart.
At $50 a share, it is equivalent to about a billion dollars.
These maps are drawn with north to the top unless otherwise indicated.
symposiuma gathering to discuss a specific subject — generally with shared and breakout sessions in which individual or panels of experts address audiences
I’m excited to attend the symposium on robotics.
We’re considering five primary criteria as we compare job applicants.
She has a gift for breaking a complex task into a simple series of sequential steps.
phenomenonsomething that exists — especially something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
other common meaning(s) — as in: The phenomenon was observed...
It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
meanan average of n numbers computed by dividing the sum of the numbers by n; for example, 3 for the numbers 1,2, and 6
= (1+2+6) / 3
= 9 / 3
more common meaning(s) — as in: the mean score
We have a mean annual rainfall of 23 inches.
The state has approximately as many Republicans as Democrats.
linearrelating to a line
describing a proportional relationship that can be graphed with a straight line (described mathematically as an equation whose terms are of the first degree)
more rarely: a straightforward sequence such as "linear thinking"
a linear measurement
It is published in simultaneous print and electronic editions.
diffuseto spread; or to soften or calm
to be spread out (not concentrated) — sometimes implying a lack or organization or the use of too many words
When the United States focused on terrorism, the movement went further underground and became more diffuse.
staticnot moving or not changing — as in: in a static state
He was raised in a static village community where most people farmed in the same manner as their grandparents.
coefficientmathematics: a number that is multiplies a variable in an expression (such as 2 in 2x)
mathematics: any factor of a term (such as y in y(a+b))
other common meaning(s) — as in: 2x or y(a+b)
Divide by 2 to eliminate the leading coefficient.
coefficientphysics: a constant number that serves as a measure of some property or characteristic (such as the coefficient of thermal expansion)
other common meaning(s) — as in: coefficient of thermal expansion
Determine the coefficient of friction between the two objects.
correspondingconsistent, similar, or accompanying — as in: corresponding time period
Eskimos have many words that correspond to the English word snow. For example, there are different words for "snow on the ground", "fresh snow on the ground", "soft snow on the ground", "a crust of snow on the ground" and so forth.
transparentable to be seen through with clarity
other common meaning(s) — as in: transparent shower door
The transparent shower door shows water spots.
opaquenot able to see through at all
other common meaning(s) — as in: opaque shower door
They are engineering a window that can convert from transparent to opaque with the push of a button.
translucentalmost transparent; allowing light to pass through diffusely — as in: translucent shower door
I could see a vague form through the translucent glass.
other common meaning(s) — as in: propagate the idea
The spread of the Roman Empire helped to propagate the idea throughout Europe.
Her guess was proven right by subsequent developments.
The train uses hydraulic brakes.
flexiblebendable or adaptable in various senses:
The job has flexible working hours.
essentialabsolutely necessary; or of the greatest importance
the defining or most important aspect of something
The essential feature of the pen is that it writes so consistently.
Apple is considered one of the most innovative companies.
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
It has only three major components.
softwarewritten programs stored in computer hardware (physical components of a computer) which instruct the hardware on what tasks to perform — as in: computer software
We spend more on software than hardware.
constraintsomething that limits something’s motion or someone’s actions; or the state of being so limited
Both sides have demonstrated a lack of constraint in the discussions.
frontierthe most recent understandings and achievements in a changing field
other common meaning(s) — as in: the frontier of brain science
She wants to extend the frontiers of voice-controlled computer applications.
The university is comprised of six colleges.
The architect used long vertical lines to pull the eye upward.
Paintings in which horizontal lines dominate, tend to be relaxing.
The couch is covered with synthetic leather.
solventcapable of meeting financial obligations
other common meaning(s) — as in: the company is not solvent
The company is no longer solvent.
deviseto come up with a way of doing something — typically a creative idea or plan — as in: devise a plan
She plans to devise something to launch water balloons.
calculusany system or process used to calculate values or to reason
the branch of mathematics that is concerned with continuously changing values — as used in reasoning or mathematics
She placed out of calculus in college.
We’re in agreement on the main issues. We just have some trivial details to work out.
reciprocalinversely related — especially one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1; e.g., 1/5 is the reciprocal of 5
other common meaning(s) — as in: reciprocal numbers
the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a
plasmaan ionized gas (typically at high temperature) that is a good conductor of electricity and reacts to magnetic fields
other common meaning(s) — as in: a plasma gas
In a plasma, electrons and positive ions are attracted to each other, but are too energetic to stay together.
deriveto get something from something else
(If the context doesn’t otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
She likes to win, but she doesn’t derive pleasure from watching others lose.
derivativesomething developed from something else such as:
a highly derivative prose style
abradewear away by rubbing
other common meaning(s) — as in: abrasion of the rubber
We’re convinced the skid marks are from her car because the rubber abraded from her tires is consistent with the length of the skid marks that lead to the crash.
attributeto credit (a source for something) — such as:
other common meaning(s) — as in: I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
commutative propertymath: the order in which two numbers are added or multiplied does not change their sum or product (2+3=3+2) and (4×7=7×4)
other common meaning(s) — as in: commutative property of addition
As in math, the commutative property works for this recipe. The order in which you add the ingredients doesn’t matter.
acute anglesharp; or an angle measuring between 0 and 90 degrees
other common meaning(s) — as in: an acute angle
Roofs at acute angles are common in snow country.
She suggests placing mirrors in geostationary orbit to harness solar energy.
abrasivea substance that wears down another surface (abrades)
other common meaning(s) — as in: rub with an abrasive
He cleaned it with an abrasive.
We stayed in adjacent hotel rooms.
affectto influence — verb as in: the rule affects you
The new rule will affect you.
Although in the middle of Dallas, the restaurant has a Maui Beach ambiance.
Her art is as amorphous as the culture it reflects.
arbitersomeone who settles disputes — often because of reputation
someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
She was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion.
arbitrarybased on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
It was an arbitrary decision.
At last, they won their long and arduous fight for independence.
My skin dries in the arid desert climate.
biasa personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration
any tendency to move in a particular direction — such as a car that tends to want to swerve toward the right
She has a bias against young people.
I’m not sure they appreciated her speech, but I know they liked its brevity.
bylinea line giving the name of the writer of an article — typically at the top of the article — as in: the byline format
He uses Jonathan in his byline, but everyone calls him Jon.
She calibrated the oscilloscope for better measurement.
She describes his dream as a political chimera.
My ideas are beginning to coalesce into a plan.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe
compendiuma list of items or a collection — especially a publication containing a variety of works
a concise but comprehensive summary of a subject area
RegretTheError.com publishes a regularly updated compendium of mistakes reported in the news media.
After I regained my composure, I thanked her for telling me about the problem.
Her insurance includes comprehensive coverage.
contractan agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
other common meaning(s) — as in: legal contract
She signed the contract.
conventiona large conference or meeting
other common meaning(s) — as in: to convene
She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
The lines converge at this point
corrosivedamaging or harmful — such as when describing a strong acid or bad behavior
or (more rarely):
something causing damage or harm — such as a strong acid
Titanium is resistant to the corrosive effect.
cumbersomedifficult to handle — especially because of size or shape or weight
not elegant or graceful in expression
a cumbersome piece of machinery
I did a cursory search on Google and found several articles.
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
She trusts only what she can measure or can deduce from measurement.
degradereducing human dignity
other common meaning(s) — as in: her comments were degrading
She felt degraded by the way he delivered the criticism.
Inspect the label for deleterious chemical additives.
depositiona pretrial questioning of a witness or the resulting transcript — as in: gave her deposition
The purpose of a deposition is to discover facts and obtain evidence.
deviatediffer or change — as in: deviate from the course
She never deviated from her goal of getting a good education and becoming a teacher.
The study found that video games improve hand dexterity and mental spatial ability.
Airborne radiation dissipates over time and distance.
dissociateend association with
or in the form "dissociate with":
to publicly state one is not associated with someone or something
He dissociated himself from the organization.
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
She’s a little eccentric, but we don’t mind because she’s the best player on the team.
Is her theory supported by empirical data?
It wasn’t just that she copied her older sister’s hairstyle. She tried to emulate her in every way.
We booked excursions at every port where our cruise ship stopped.
Is there a way to expedite the paperwork, so we don’t miss our deadline?
She has a tendency to get distracted by extraneous details.
fabricateto make or manufacture something — especially by assembling components
other common meaning(s) — as in: fabricate metal parts
A full machine shop allows them to quickly fabricate parts and create test fixtures.
founderto fail or break-down
to physically sink below the surface or fall
more common meaning(s) — as in: peace talks foundered
The project foundered
galvanizeto stimulate to action
other common meaning(s) — as in: galvanized into action
The event is intended to galvanize support for the fight against man-made global warming and climate change.
hamperto hinder; i.e., slow down or cause problems for
more common meaning(s) — as in: hampered by
He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather
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