GMAT – 6 – 188 Words

grip

hold fast or firmly

ground

the solid part of the earth’s surface

gruesome

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

gullible

naive and easily deceived or tricked

gymnast

an athlete who is skilled in gymnastics

gynecologist

a specialist in gynecology

gyration

the act of rotating in a circle or spiral

haberdashery

a store where clothes designed for men are sold

habitat

the type of environment in which an organism normally lives

habitation

the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place

hadron

any elementary particle that interacts strongly with other particles

hail

precipitation of ice pellets

hallmark

a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin

hamper

prevent the progress or free movement of

hamster

short-tailed Old World burrowing rodent with large cheek pouches

handicap

being unable to perform due to physical or mental unfitness

hardy

having rugged physical strength

harness

an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal

hatchback

a sloping rear car door that is lifted to open

haven

a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

havoc

violent and needless disturbance

hazardous

involving risk or danger

hedgehog

small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines

hedonist

someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures

hefty

of considerable weight and size

hegemony

the dominance or leadership of one social group over others

height

distance from the base of something to its top

helicopter

an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades

helium

a light colorless element that is one of the six inert gases

hem

the edge of a piece of cloth

hemoglobin

a hemoprotein that gives red blood cells their color

hepatitis

inflammation of the liver caused by a virus or a toxin

herbicide

a chemical agent that destroys plants or inhibits their growth

hereditary

occurring among people descended from a common ancestor

heretical

departing from accepted beliefs or standards

heritage

that which is inherited

herring

a commercially important fish that is often eaten as food

heterogeneity

the quality of being diverse and not comparable in kind

hexagon

a six-sided polygon

hierarchy

a series of ordered groupings within a system

highlight

an area of lightness in a picture

hinder

be an obstacle to

hinterland

a remote and undeveloped area

hitherto

up to this point; until the present time

hockey

a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents’ goal with angled sticks

holistic

emphasizing the organic relation between parts and the whole

homicide

the killing of a human being by another human being

hominid

a member of a family of primate mammals that includes humans

homogeneous

all of the same or similar kind or nature

hone

sharpen with a whetstone

hormone

the secretion of an endocrine gland transmitted by the blood

horrendous

causing fear or dread or terror

hospitable

disposed to treat guests and strangers with generosity

hostility

a state of deep-seated ill-will

household

a social unit living together in a residence

housing start

the act of starting to construct a house

hue

the quality of a color determined by its dominant wavelength

hum

sing with closed lips

humanitarian

marked by devotion to popular welfare

hydrocarbon

an organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen

hydrogen

a nonmetallic univalent element that is normally a colorless and odorless highly flammable diatomic gas; the simplest and lightest and most abundant element in the universe

hyperbole

extravagant exaggeration

hypersensitive

having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility

hypertension

a disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high

hypnotist

a person who induces hypnosis

hypotenuse

the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle

hypothalamus

a basal part of the diencephalon governing autonomic nervous system

hypothesis

a tentative insight that is not yet verified or tested

hysterectomy

surgical removal of the uterus

ibuprofen

a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory and analgesic medicine (trade names Advil and Motrin and Nuprin) used to relieve the pain of arthritis and as an antipyretic

iconography

the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject

identical

being the exact same one

identify

recognize as being

ideographic

of or relating to or consisting of ideograms

idiosyncrasy

a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual

idle

not in action or at work

ignition

the process of initiating combustion or catching fire

iguana

large tropical American arboreal lizard with a spiny crest

illiterate

not able to read or write

illuminate

make lighter or brighter

illusion

an erroneous mental representation

illusory

having the nature of a deceptive trick

immaterial

lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other

immediate

directly before or after as in a chain of cause and effect

imminent

close in time; about to occur

immoral

deliberately violating principles of right and wrong

immune

of the condition in which an organism can resist disease

immunological

of or relating to immunology

immutable

not subject or susceptible to change or variation

impact

the striking of one body against another

impart

bestow a quality on

impartial

free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

impasse

a situation in which no progress can be made

impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

impediment

something immaterial that interferes with action or progress

imperative

requiring attention or action

imperial

relating to or associated with an empire

impersonal

not relating to or responsive to individuals

impetus

a force that makes something happen

impinge

infringe upon

implant

fix or set securely or deeply

implication

something that is inferred

implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

imposition

the act of enforcing something

impoverish

make poor

impressionable

easily influenced

improper fraction

a fraction whose numerator is larger than the denominator

impunity

exemption from punishment or loss

in kind

with something of the same kind

inadvertent

happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

inalienable

incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another

incandescent

emitting light as a result of being heated

incentive

a positive motivational influence

incineration

the act of burning something completely

incipient

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

incisive

demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

incompatible

not in harmonious or agreeable combination

incongruity

the quality of disagreeing

inconsequential

lacking worth or importance

incorporate

make into a whole or make part of a whole

increase

a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous

increment

the amount by which something increases

incriminate

suggest that someone is guilty

inculcation

teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction

incumbent

necessary as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

incursion

the act of entering some territory or domain

indelible

not able to be removed or erased

indenture

formal agreement as to terms of a debt

index

alphabetical listing of names and topics with page numbers

indigenous

originating where it is found

indigent

poor enough to need help from others

indignation

a feeling of righteous anger

indiscriminate

failing to make or recognize distinctions

indomethacin

a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (trade name Indocin)

inducement

a positive motivational influence

indulge

yield to; give satisfaction to

inept

generally incompetent and ineffectual

inertia

the tendency of something to stay in rest or motion

inevitable

incapable of being avoided or prevented

inexorable

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

inexplicable

incapable of being explained or accounted for

inextricable

incapable of being disentangled or untied

infancy

the early stage of growth or development

infectious

relating to the invasion of germs that cause disease

infest

occupy in large numbers or live on a host

infield

the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate

infirmary

a health facility where patients receive treatment

inflammatory

arousing to action or rebellion

inflection

the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

influx

the process of flowing in

infrared

having or employing wavelengths longer than light but shorter than radio waves; lying outside the visible spectrum at its red end

ingenious

showing inventiveness and skill

ingenuity

the power of creative imagination

ingest

take food, drink, or some other substance into the body

ingrained

deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held

inhalation

the act of drawing in air or other gases

inherent

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

inherited

occurring among members of a family usually by heredity

inhumane

reflecting a lack of pity or compassion

iniquitous

characterized by injustice or wickedness

initial

occurring at the beginning

injunction

a judicial remedy to prohibit a party from doing something

innate

present at birth but not necessarily hereditary

inoculate

inject or treat with the germ of a disease to render immune

inordinate

beyond normal limits

inpatient

a patient who is residing in the hospital where he is being treated

input

signal going into an electronic system

inquisitorial

marked by inquisitive interest

insatiable

impossible to satisfy

inscribe

carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

insidious

working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

insight

clear or deep perception of a situation

insomnia

an inability to sleep

installation

the act of installing something (as equipment)

instantaneous

occurring with no delay

instigate

provoke or stir up

instill

impart gradually

insulate

surround with material to protect from heat, cold, or noise

insulin

hormone secreted by the isles of Langerhans in the pancreas

intact

undamaged in any way

intake

an opening through which fluid is admitted to a tube

intangible

incapable of being perceived by the senses, especially touch

integer

any natural number or its negative, or zero

integral

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

integrate

make into a whole or make part of a whole

intense

possessing a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

intention

an anticipated outcome that guides your planned actions

intentional

done or made or performed with purpose and intent
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