Friday, September 23, 2016

IR Vocab Set 2

Book: National Geographic
Word: Fathom
Sentence:The animated map above, made by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, highlights the river’s huge watershed and every river in it, conveying a magnitude that can be hard to fathom.
Definition: to penetrate to the truth of; comprehend; understand
Part Of Speech: verb
Synonyms: pinpoint, figure out and grasp

Book: National Geographic

Word: Streamflow
Sentence:Using the streamflow data, NASA’s Horace Mitchell traced the path of all the water that runs into the Gulf via the Mississippi.
Definition: the water that flows in a specific stream site, especially its volume and rate of flow
Part Of Speech: noun

Book: National Geographic
Word: Alluded
Sentence: A double meaning, since both FDR and Nixon alluded to their pets to avoid hounding from political opponents.
Definition: to contain a casual or indirect reference 
Part Of Speech: verb
Synonyms: point, suggest and refer 

Book: National Geographic

Word: Ambitious
Sentence: The "Checkers Speech" was Nixon’s attempt to save his political life. Though now he’s most remembered as a one-and-a-half-term president, in 1952 Nixon was a rising star in Republican politics—an ambitious Californian who had been tapped to join Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential ticket after only three years in the U.S. Senate. Shortly after joining Eisenhower, though, Nixon was accused of misusing money from a fund that supporters had set up to pay his political expenses a few years earlier.
Definition: strongly desirous; eager
Part Of Speech: adverb
Synonym: energetic, aggressive and determined 

Book: National Geographic 

Word: Myrmecologist
Sentence: The diablito, a kind of bright orange poison frog, is known for its love of ants, says Christian Rabeling, a myrmecologist at the University of Rochester, New York.
Definition: the branch of entomology dealing with ants
Part Of Speech: noun

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Stereomicroscope
Sentence: A glimpse through a high-powered stereomicroscope at that ill-fated ant, however, has offered a few clues.
Definition: stereoscopic microscope
Part Of Speech: noun

Book: National Geographic
Word: Alkaloids
Sentence: Poison frogs get their namesake chemical defenses from alkaloids found in the ants and other critters they consume, says Jonathan Kolby, a National Geographic grantee and director of the Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center.
Definition: any of a large class of organic, nitrogen-containing ring compounds of vegetable origin and sometimes synthesized, some of which are liquid but most of which are solid, that have a bitter taste, that are usually water-insoluble and alcohol-soluble, that combine with acids without the loss of a water molecule to form water-soluble hydrochlorides,hydro bromides, or the like, and that usually exhibit pharmacological action , as nicotine, morphine, or quinine 
Part Of Speech: noun

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Flourish
Sentence: Bunch tends to pepper his statements with the flourish: “I’m not that smart.” Don’t be fooled. Listen carefully, and it becomes apparent that Bunch is actually a cunning strategist who demonstrates quite a bit of political acumen.
Definition: to be in a vigorous state; thrive
Part Of Speech: verb
Synonym: twist, spiral and plume

Sunday, September 18, 2016

IR Vocab Set 1

Word: Matriarchal
Book: New York Times 
Sentence: The matriarchal group rules their social networks and punishes male aggressors.
Definition: the female head of a family or tribal line
Synonyms: Fatherly, Maternal and Paternal

Word: Macromolecules
Book: New York Times
Sentence: The dwarf planet releases gases that cause its moon Charon’s atmosphere to fill with rust-colored organic macromolecules.
Definition:a very large molecule, as a colloidal particle, protein, or especially a polymer, composed of hundreds or thousands of atoms
Picture:Image result for macromolecules

Word: Subpoenas
Book: New York Times
Sentence: A House panel heard conflicting testimony over whether exceptional subpoenas arising from investigations of Exxon Mobil by state attorneys general can be enforced.
Definition:the usual writ for the summoning of witnesses or the submission of evidence, as records or documents, before a court or other deliberative body
Synonyms: Decree, Mandate and Warrant

Word: Rebuke
Book: CNNSentence: Obama hits 'mean' campaign rhetoric in rebuke of TrumpDefinition: to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimandSynonyms:admonition, censure and snub

Word: Counterpart

Book: The EconomistSentence:A ceasefire went into effect across most of Syria, following an agreement between John Kerry, the American secretary of state, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
Definition: a person or thing closely resembling another, especially in function
Synonyms: duplicate, twin and mate



Word: Rhetoric


Book: CNN
Sentence: Trump rhetoric sparks Latino musicians to speak out.
Definition: the undue use of exaggeration or display;bombast
Synonyms: Hyperbole, Oratory and Bombast

Word: Floodwaters
Book: New York Times 
Sentence: This year’s floodwaters and a history of hurricanes have highlighted the state’s need for a macabre and peculiar undertaking: cemetery recovery.
Definition: the water that overflows as the result of a flood
Picture:Image result for floodwaters

Word: Botanical
Book: New York Times
Sentence: One researcher thinks the drugs of the future might come from the past: botanical treatments long overlooked by Western medicine.
Definition: Also, botanic. of, pertaining to, made from, or containing plants
Synonyms: floral and botanic