Useful Word of the Day 2021

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 Word of the Day
We found that the empirical effect is clear, some industry activities go up, including labor compensation in these nontradable industries. - MIT News
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empirical   Speak
a.  based on or verifiable by experience rather than theory or pure logic

nontradable   Speak
a.  not traded internationally, such as services where the demander and producer must be in the same location
Added on: 2021-05-15
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30 Words list: 2021-05-12, 2021-03-25
asset   Speak
n. a useful or valuable thing, person, or quality
well-off   Speak
a. being in good condition or favorable circumstances
There are moral debates about whether society has too much wealth tied up in stocks as opposed to other kinds of assets, and workers might spend more relative to well-off investors.
dope   Speak
v. add an impurity to a semiconductor to produce a desired electrical characteristic
antialigned   Speak
a. aligned in an opposite direction, especially of a magnetic domain
The team has found that by doping extra electrons into an antiferromagnetic material, they can turn its collective antialigned arrangement on and off, in a controllable way.
ferromagnet   Speak
n. something having the same kind of magnetism that iron has
synchrony   Speak
n. simultaneous action, development, or occurrence
Where the electrons in ferromagnets spin in synchrony - a property that allows a compass needle to point north, collectively following the Earth’s magnetic field.
disentangle   Speak
v. separate things that have become joined or confused
tease out   Speak
v. try to get information or understand a meaning that is hidden or not clear
This requires the ability to disentangle sounds produced by different events or objects, and the ability to tease out the effects of the environment.
exposure   Speak
n. the act or an instance of exposing
perceive   Speak
v. become aware or conscious of something
McDermott’s lab explores how exposure to different types of music affects people’s music preferences and even how they perceive music.
brittle   Speak
a. hard but liable to break or shatter easily
geometrical   Speak
a. consisting of lines and simple shapes; of or relating to or determined by the geometry
The researchers worked primarily with composite materials that included both soft and brittle components in a variety of random geometrical arrangements.
strain   Speak
n. a force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree
slog   Speak
n. a period of difficult or tiring effort
For centuries, engineers have relied on physical laws to understand the stresses and strains on the materials; but solving those equations can be a computational slog.
microcosm   Speak
n. a small place, society, or situation that has the same characteristics as something much larger
lean into   Speak
v. pursue some task or activity with great effort
strive   Speak
v. make great efforts to achieve or obtain something
In many ways, Kendall Square has been a microcosm for those responses, which has leaned into issues around inclusion, striven to support struggling businesses.
buffet   Speak
v. (especially of wind or waves) strike repeatedly and violently
resilience   Speak
n. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness
The Cambridge-area innovation hub has been buffeted by the events of the past year but also shown great resilience and creativity.
lattice   Speak
n. a structure made from strips of wood or other material that cross over each other with spaces between
swab   Speak
n. a small piece of soft material at the end of a thin stick, used for cleaning something or for putting on medicine
Tiny woven lattices within OPT’s swabs allow them to absorb and release more fluid than conventional swabs.
spin-out   Speak
n. a business company that has developed from another organization
scale up   Speak
v. increase the size, amount, or importance of something, usually an organization or process
The MIT spin-out uses a continuous manufacturing approach that allows it to scale up printer production with demand.
lesion   Speak
n. a region in an organ or tissue which has suffered damage through injury or disease
salience   Speak
n. the fact of being important to or connected with what is happening or being discussed
The paper presents a new method to extract intra-patient lesion salience on the basis of deep convolutional neural network features.
nucleate   Speak
v. begin to form
pressing   Speak
a. requiring quick or immediate action or attention
This work originated as a new project developed in the MIT Catalyst program, a program designed to nucleate projects that solve pressing clinical needs.
deplete   Speak
v. use up the supply or resources of
ozone   Speak
n. a poisonous form of oxygen, a colorless unstable toxic gas with a pungent odor
The system used a refrigerant known as R-32 with zero ozone-depleting potential (ODP) and a global warming potential about three times lower than another common one.
down the road   Speak
ad. in the future