a. easily detected; permitting light to pass through freely
E.g. John's pride in his son is transparent; no one who sees the two of them together can miss it.
n. garbage; rubbish; worthless or discarded material or objects
E.g. The boy got out his wealth and examined it - bits of toys, marbles, and trash.
n. emotional wound or shock having long-lasting effects; serious injury to the body
E.g. Brain trauma is a serious public health challenge.
a. relating to injury caused by violence; adapted to cure of wounds; vulnerary
E.g. They provided toys for children in traumatic situations such as fires, kidnappings, and domestic violence.
n. disloyalty; betrayal of trust or confidence
E.g. Strict, treason is an extremely serious charge, and it should never be made lightly.
n. travel; journey or leg of a journey, especially when slow or difficult
E.g. The next stop on the trek is an art museum in which you use your hands to get a feel for a sculpture's shape.
a. huge; capable of making one tremble; terrible
E.g. After tremendous effort, the Coast Guard called off all search efforts yesterday.
n. canal; deep furrow or ditch; long, steep-sided valley on the ocean floor
E.g. The way he builds up the segments of the trench is really amazing.
n. experiment; act of testing; examination of evidence to determine the charges or claims
E.g. The trial of 21 medical workers, allegedly linked to an outbreak of the HIV virus in southern Kazakhstan, has begun.
n. payment in money made by one ruler or nation; tax; mark of respect; praiseworthy quality
E.g. Winning the scholarship was a tribute to her hard work.
v. cause something happen; set off
E.g. Please skip the remarks that will trigger bitter debates again.
v. clip; cut down to the desired size or shape
E.g. It's part of a restructuring programme intended to trim operating costs by a billion dollars.
a. unimportant; of little significance or value; ordinary; commonplace
E.g. Mr Madhi escaped from Iran in February 2008 after being sentenced to 73 years in jail for what he described as a trivial charge.
n. sign or memorial of victory raised on the field of battle; any evidence or memorial of victory or conquest
E.g. The hunter put the lion's head on the wall as a trophy.
n. suspension of arms of opposing forces; temporary quiet of action, pain, contest; period of no fighting takes place
E.g. To put it in a different context, if the Taliban proposed a long term truce in Afghanistan, would US officials give it serious thought?
n. stem, or body, of a tree; main stem, without the branches; body of animal apart from the head and limbs
E.g. Nothing will save a tree after the main trunk is attacked by large numbers of this beetle.
n. a large open vessel for holding or storing liquids
E.g. He hopped around the cabin considerable, first on one leg and then on the other, holding first one shin and then the other one, and at last he let out with his left foot all of a sudden and fetched the tub a rattling kick.
n. state of extreme confusion or agitation; commotion or tumult
E.g. Clearly, the middle class is bearing the burden of this economy, one in turmoil from the housing and financial crises.
n. man's dress jacket, usually black with satin or grosgrain lapels, worn for formal or semiformal occasions
E.g. But "let me be clear" a pig in a tuxedo, is still a pig no matter how hard you squint.
n. small branch or division of a branch
E.g. Pretty soon I heard a twig snap down in the dark amongst the trees - something was a stirring.
v. taunt, ridicule, or tease, especially for embarrassing mistakes or faults
E.g. Let Pete twit his day away, just makes him look as smart as he is; not very.
a. beyond or outside of immediate interest; coming at a subsequent time or stage
E.g. Nowadays people are alive to certain ulterior consequences that were at first overlooked.
a. final; being the last or concluding; fundamental; elemental; extreme
E.g. As the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution, the Supreme Court occupies a central place in our scheme of government.
a. strange; mysterious; peculiarly unsettling, as if of supernatural origin or nature
E.g. Every night we hear the great owls hoot and laugh in uncanny fashion.
v. weaken by wearing away base or foundation; injure or impair; dig a mine or tunnel beneath
E.g. What we should not allow this moment to undermine, is our commitment to South Africa, to the constitution and the reconstruction.
n. fabulous animal with one horn
E.g. Adding consistency and predictability to magic just means a unicorn is a horse with a horn.
v. support; preserve; hold aloft; raise
E.g. We cannot project our values abroad unless we uphold them at home.
a. being in a tense state; excessively concerned with rules and order
E.g. Where I get a little uptight is when I think about the current job hunt and I'm told I don't have enough experience.
v. introduce; show someone to their seats
E.g. We hope this celebration to usher in the new century.
n. harmless form of the germs that cause a disease to prevent people getting the actual disease
E.g. It's been 25 years since the HIV virus was identified but in that time scientists have struggled to develop an effective vaccine against it.
a. vigorous in body; strong; powerful; performed with valor or bravery; heroic
E.g. The tiger is not what we call valiant, only fierce and cruel.
n. device or structure for controlling the flow of a fluid
E.g. They're done to improve the health and vigor of people with heart valve diseases.
v. patch up something old; refurbish; put together; fabricate or improvise
E.g. With no news available about the summit meeting, the reporters vamp up questions based only on rumor.
n. ghostly beings that sucks blood of the living; person, such as extortionist, who preys upon others
E.g. As legend has it, there's only one way a vampire is able to enter your home - you have to invite him in.
n. genus of climbing orchidaceous plants, natives of tropical America; flavoring extract made from its capsules
E.g. No matter what type of ice cream I try, the vanilla is always a disappointment.
n. quality or state of being vain; emptiness; feelings of excessive pride; conceit
E.g. Faking understanding of a foreign language is a common vanity.
v. conquer; overcome; come out better in a competition
E.g. The time it takes to vanquish is greatly increased by lots of unnecessary backtracking.
n. arched brick or stone ceiling or roof; burial chamber usually underground
E.g. After my mother's death, I wash my hands of you: from the day her coffin is carried to the vault in Gateshead Church, you and I will be as separate as if we had never known each other.
n. flesh of a calf when killed and used for food
E.g. Each dinner, she likes to cook a thin slice of meat, usually veal or lamb, cut from the leg or ribs.
n. automobile; means of conveying; medium
E.g. The vehicle was driven to an underground garage where, say police, the robbers transferred four strong boxes full of cash into a getaway car.