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Vocab Lists 1-10 '13


Noun a word that is the name of something (as a person, animal, place, thing, quality, idea, or action)
Verb a word that expresses an act, occurrence, or state of being, an action word
Adjective a word that modifies a noun by describing what it is like
Adverb a word used to modify a verb, an adjective, another adverb
Pronoun a word that is used as a substitute for a noun
Conjunction a word or expression that joins together sentences, clauses, phrases, or words
Figurative language Words that are used in ways that aren’t purely literal
Personification Describing something not human by giving it human characteristics
Simile a comparison that isn't literal and uses like or as
Metaphor a non-literal comparison that doesn't use like or as.
axis straight line around which something rotates
fragrant sweet-smelling
teeming filled to overflowing
accomplice assistant to a crime
arc curved path
ebb to decrease in force or level
impulse sudden act
indefinitely for an unlimited time
ponderous of great weight
pry to pull by using a lever
Implore To beg
Climate Typical weather of a region
Humid Damp; with a relatively high level of moisture in the air
Temperate Without extremes, has a range of temperatures within moderate limits
Frigid Very cold
Tundra The level or nearly level treeless plain between the ice cap and the timber line of North America, Europe, and Asia that has permanently frozen subsoil
Steppe An extensive, usually treeless plain, often dry and grass-covered
Savanna A flat grassland, sometimes with scattered trees, in a tropical or subtropical region
Marine Relating to, found in, or living in the sea
Tropical Very hot and often combined with a high degree of humidity
Biome A division of the world's vegetation that corresponds to a defined climate and is characterized by specific types of plants and animals
Objective Something worked toward or striven for; a goal.
Rubric A tool to assess work describing different levels of performance.
Evaluation Examining and carefully judging something
Assessment An activity that shows what you know and can do.
Geography Geography is the study of the earth in all its variety—human and natural—focusing on how locations affect all other aspects of a place.
Standard A degree or level of requirement, excellence, or attainment
Strategy A way of doing something difficult
Percent Out of each hundred, per hundred
Grammar Rules of language and how words and punctuation combine to form sentences.
Punctuation The standard marks and signs, besides letters, in writing and printing
canyon a deep and narrow valley with steep walls
cape a point of land that extends into a river, lake or ocean
lake a sizable inland body of water
mesa broad, flat-topped landform with steep sides; smaller than a plateau
mountain land with steep sides that rises sharply (1,000 feet or more) from surrounding land; generally larger and more rugged than a hill
basin an area of land drained by a given river and its branches; an area of land surrounded by lands of higher elevations
ocean one of the 4 major bodies of salt water that surround the continents
pastor a minister or priest in charge of a church or parish
imams Muslim religious leaders
priest Christian religious leader
mouth (of a river) a place where a stream or river flows into a larger body of water
bay the part of a large body of water that extends into a shoreline, generally smaller than a gulf
source (of a river) a place where a river or stream begins, often in highlands
strait a narrow stretch of water joining 2 larger bodies of water
Tributary a small river or stream that flows into a large river or stream; a branch of the river
gulf part of a large body of water that extends into a shoreline, generally larger and more deeply indented than a bay
peninsula a body of land jutting into a lake or ocean, surrounded on 3 sides by water
hill elevated land with sloping sides and a rounded summit; generally smaller than a mountain
island a land area, smaller than a continent, completely surrounded by water
isthmus a narrow stretch of land connecting 2 larger land areas
extravagant excessive, going beyond reasonable bounds
tangible able to be touched or felt
leaden heavy and sad
sullen gloomy, sad, in a bad mood
timorous Scared, reluctant
moderation Not going to extremes.
Discrete data Information with only a finite or specific number of values possible
Continuous data Information with an infinite or unlimited number of values possible
compare tell the differences and similarities
contrast tell the differences
Trace Outline, List in Steps
Analyze Break apart, Study the Pieces
Infer A Good Guess, Read Between the Lines
Evaluate Judge, In Your Own Words
Formulate Put Together, Create
Describe Tell All About
Support Give the Facts, Back Up With Details
Explain Tell How, Put in Your Own Words
Summarize Sum It Up, Give Me the Short Version
Predict Make a Guess, What Will Happen Next
Primly stiffly; daintily
recede to move backward; to withdraw
rueful sad
venture bold or risky act
anguish extreme pain or sorrow
helter-skelter without order; messy
Immense very large
Melancholy Depressed
Pickle difficult situation
Exotic strikingly unusual in appearance or taste
Dread looked upon with great fear or nervousness
Outbreak The sudden or violent start of something unwelcomed
Malady any disorder or disease of the body
Monitor observe and check the progress of something over a period of time;
Immunity the state of being protected from a particular disease.
Scar To leave a permanent mark on someone’s skin as the result of an injury
Primary first or highest in importance
Convalesce recover one's health and strength over a period of time after an illness or operation.
Contender the contestant you hope to defeat.
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