Useful Word of the Day 2021

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 Word of the Day
knowing the temperature along this whole convection and plate tectonics chain is fundamental to understanding the planet as a heat engine. - MIT News
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convection   Speak
n.  the movement caused within a fluid by the tendency of hotter and therefore less dense material to rise

tectonics   Speak
n.  large-scale processes affecting the structure of the earth's crust
Added on: 2021-07-31
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30 Words list: 2021-07-29, 2021-06-12
sprawling   Speak
a. spreading out over a large area in an untidy or irregular way
snake   Speak
v. move or extend with the twisting motion
If the Earth’s oceans were drained completely, they would reveal a massive chain of undersea volcanoes snaking around the planet, a sprawling ocean ridge system.
stigma   Speak
n. a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person
uplift   Speak
v. raise the level of; improve
It took achieving the highest grades for him to break through stigmas and have his talents recognized; still, he persevered, with a determination to uplift others.
compelling   Speak
a. demanding attention; forceful
alleviate   Speak
v. make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe
During one debate, after both sides made compelling arguments about how to alleviate poverty, he realized there was no clear winner.
parity   Speak
n. the state of being equal, especially about pay and position
go off   Speak
v. leave a place and go somewhere else
timeline   Speak
n. a line that shows the time and the order in which events have happened
We can’t lose energy when thinking of diversity and inclusion because it would mean going off this already long timeline toward parity.
underrepresent   Speak
v. provide with insufficient or inadequate representation
tenure   Speak
n. the holding of an office
Women and people of color remain underrepresented at every step of the tenure track in every academic field in the United States.
biennale   Speak
n. a large art exhibition or music festival, especially one held every two years
tackle   Speak
v. make determined efforts to deal with
This summer, the Venice Biennale’s 17th International Architecture Exhibition, the world’s premier event of its kind, is directly tackling those types of issues.
light   Speak
n. public knowledge; a particular aspect or appearance presented to view
rampant   Speak
a. flourishing or spreading unchecked
By many lights, these are challenging times: the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and rampant political polarization have all contributed to a sense of outright turmoil.
epistolary   Speak
a. of, relating to, or suitable to a letter; contained in or carried on by letters
bohemian   Speak
n. a person (such as a writer or an artist) living an unconventional life usually in a colony with others
milieu   Speak
n. a person's social environment
Combining the genres of road novel, epistolary novel, and screenplay, it is the record of the mind of a young woman and exploring the bohemian milieu of 1980s New York.
homage   Speak
n. special honor or respect shown publicly
parody   Speak
n. an imitation of the style of an artist or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect
Green’s debut novel is an homage to, and parody of, the historically male-dominated genre of the road novel.
entail   Speak
v. involve something as a necessary or inevitable part or consequence
overrun   Speak
n. a finishing time or a cost that continues past an intended limit
Deploying these nuclear batteries does not entail managing a large construction site, which has been the primary source of schedule delays and cost overruns for nuclear projects.
give way to   Speak
v. be replaced by something, especially because it is better, cheaper, easier
autonomous   Speak
a. having the freedom to govern itself or control its own affairs
Like large and centralized computers gave way to the PCs of today, a new generation of relatively tiny reactors, designed for autonomous plug-and-play operation is on the horizon.
embody   Speak
v. tangible or visible form to
residual   Speak
a. remaining after the greater part or quantity has gone
All objects embody some sort of motion as a result of the many interactions that atoms have; when an object is cooled down close to zero temperature, it still has a residual quantum motion.
magnitude   Speak
n. the great size or extent of something
counteract   Speak
v. reduce or remove the effect of something unwanted by producing an opposite effect
If scientists can precisely measure the magnitude and direction of an atom’s movements, they can apply a counteracting force to bring down its temperature.
savor   Speak
v. enjoy food or an experience slowly, in order to enjoy it as much as possible
miss out on   Speak
v. lose the chance or opportunity to do or experience something