29 May 2014

Vocab 5/29/14

fissiparous (adj.) -- 1. reproduced by biological fission 2. tending to break up into parts or break away from a main body; factious

fission (n/v) -- the act or process of splitting into parts; to cause to undergo fission

antipodal (adj.) -- 1. of, relating to, or situated on the opposite side or sides of the earth 2. diametrically opposed; exactly opposite

diametrically (adj.) -- of, relating to, or along a diameter

apnea (n) -- transient suspension or respiration

transient (adj.) -- passing with time; transitory

transitory (adj.) -- existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary

viviparous (adj.) -- zoology giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body

toxophilite (adj.) -- of or relating to archery

interpolation (n) -- something interpolated

interpolate (v) -- to insert or introduce between other elements or parts

abstract (adj.) -- considered apart from concrete existence
                 (n) -- 1. a statement summarizing the important points of a text 2. something abstract

concatenate (v) -- to connect or link in a series or chain

arcane (adj.) -- known or understood by only a few

metaphysics (n) -- philosophy the branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, fact and value

incommensurate (adj.) -- not commensurate; disproportionate

commensurate (adj.) --  of the same size, extent, or duration as another

et al. -- latin et alia/aliae/alii; and other/other/others

trope (n) -- a figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways such as a metaphor

metaphor (n) -- a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in "a sea of troubles"

apposite (adj.) -- strikingly appropriate and relevant

crib (v) -- 3. a. to plagiarize (an idea or answer, for example) b. to steal

liberal (adj.) -- 2. a. tending to give freely; generous: a liberal benefactor b. generous in amount; ample

benefactor (n) -- one that gives aid, especially financial aid

benefactress (n) -- a woman benefactor

beneficiary (n) -- one that receives a benefit

integer (n) -- a member of the set of positive whole numbers {1, 2, 3, . . . }, negative whole numbers {-1, -2, -3, . . . }, and zero {0}

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