GMAT List 13-15 – 223 Words

fluid

continuous amorphous matter that tends to flow

fluorescent

emitting light during exposure to external radiant energy

focus

the concentration of attention or energy on something

fodder

coarse food composed of plants or leaves and stalks

folklore

the unwritten stories and proverbs and songs of a culture

follicle

any small spherical group of cells containing a cavity

forage

collect or look around for, as food

forecast

a prediction about how something will develop

foreclosure

proceedings initiated to repossess the collateral for a loan

foresee

realize beforehand

foreshadow

indicate by signs

foresight

seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing

forestall

keep from happening or arising; make impossible

forfeit

lose the right to or lose by some error, offense, or crime

forge

create by hammering

format

the general appearance of a publication

formidable

extremely impressive in strength or excellence

formula

a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement

forthcoming

at ease in talking to others

fortify

make strong or stronger

fossil

the remains of a plant or animal from a past geological age

foster

providing nurture though not related by blood or legal ties

fraction

a small part or item forming a piece of a whole

fracture

breaking of hard tissue such as bone

fragile

easily broken or damaged or destroyed

fragment

a piece broken off or cut off of something else

frame

the internal structure that gives an artifact its shape

framework

the underlying structure

fraternal

like or characteristic of or befitting a brother

friction

the resistance when a body is moved in contact with another

frontier

a wilderness at the edge of a settled area of a country

frugal

avoiding waste

frustrate

hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire

fuel

a substance that can be consumed to produce energy

function

what something is used for

fungus

an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia

funnel

a conically shaped utensil with a narrow tube at one end

furnace

an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced for a building

futile

producing no result or effect

galaxy

a collection of star systems

garment

an article of clothing

gauge

an instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity

generate

bring into existence

genetic

relating to the study of heredity and variation in organisms

genial

diffusing warmth and friendliness

gentry

the most powerful members of a society

genuine

not fake or counterfeit

geometric

characterized by simple geometric forms in design and decoration

geophysical

of or concerned with geophysics

gimmick

any clever maneuver

glacier

a slowly moving mass of ice

gland

any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream

glean

gather, as of natural products

gloomy

depressingly dark

glucose

a monosaccharide sugar that has several forms

gorilla

largest anthropoid ape

gourmet

a person devoted to and knowledgeable about fine food

gradient

a graded change in the magnitude of something

grant

let have

graph

a visual representation of the relations between quantities

graphite

used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors

gravitational

of or relating to or caused by gravitation

gregarious

temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

grill

a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate

grind

reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

grove

a small growth of trees without underbrush

guarantee

an unconditional commitment that something will happen

gut

the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus

gyroscope

rotating mechanism in the form of a mounted spinning wheel

habitat

the type of environment in which an organism normally lives

hail

precipitation of ice pellets

hamper

prevent the progress or free movement of

handicap

being unable to perform due to physical or mental unfitness

hardy

having rugged physical strength

harmonize

bring into accord

harness

an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal

hatch

a movable barrier covering an entrance

haunt

follow stealthily or pursue like a ghost

haven

a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

havoc

violent and needless disturbance

hazard

an unpredictable phenomenon that causes a certain result

haze

dust or smoke in the air that causes reduced visibility

headquarters

the main office or administrative center of a business

hedge

a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes

hedgehog

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

heed

careful attention

helicopter

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

hemoglobin

a hemoprotein that gives red blood cells their color

herbicide

a chemical agent that destroys plants or inhibits their growth

herbivore

any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants

herd

a group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals

hereditary

occurring among people descended from a common ancestor

hexagonal

having six sides or divided into hexagons

hide

prevent from being seen or discovered

hierarchy

a series of ordered groupings within a system

hieroglyphic

a writing system using picture symbols

highlight

an area of lightness in a picture

hike

walk a long way, as for pleasure or physical exercise

hinder

be an obstacle to

hint

an indirect suggestion

hinterland

a remote and undeveloped area

Hispanic

an American whose first language is Spanish

hitherto

up to this point; until the present time

hoary

having gray or white hair as with age

homeostasis

metabolic equilibrium maintained by biological mechanisms

homing

orienting or directing homeward or to a destination

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

horticultural

of or relating to the cultivation of plants

hospitable

disposed to treat guests and strangers with generosity

household

a social unit living together in a residence

hover

hang in the air; fly or be suspended above

howl

cry loudly, as of animals

hue

the quality of a color determined by its dominant wavelength

hum

sing with closed lips

humane

marked by concern with the alleviation of suffering

humble

marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

humid

containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor

hurricane

a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds

hybrid

a composite of mixed origin

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

hydroponic

of or relating to aquiculture

hypnotize

induce a state that resembles sleep in

hypothesize

believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

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

identity

the characteristics by which a thing or person is known

ideographic

of or relating to or consisting of ideograms

ideology

an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group

idiosyncrasy

a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual

idle

not in action or at work

ignite

cause to start burning

illegal

prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

illicit

contrary to accepted morality or convention

illiterate

not able to read or write

illuminate

make lighter or brighter

illustrate

depict with a visual representation

imitate

reproduce someone’s behavior or looks

immune

of the condition in which an organism can resist disease

impact

the striking of one body against another

impartial

free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

implausible

highly imaginative but unlikely

implement

a piece of equipment or a tool used for a specific purpose

implication

something that is inferred

implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

imply

express or state indirectly

impose

charge and collect payment

impoverished

poor enough to need help from others

impulse

an impelling force or strength

inalienable

incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another

incentive

a positive motivational influence

incineration

the act of burning something completely

inconsistent

displaying a lack of regularity

incorporate

make into a whole or make part of a whole

increment

the amount by which something increases

incur

make oneself subject to

incursion

the act of entering some territory or domain

indenture

formal agreement as to terms of a debt

index

alphabetical listing of names and topics with page numbers

indicate

designate a place, direction, person, or thing

indicative

pointing out or revealing clearly

indifference

the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care

indigenous

originating where it is found

indigent

poor enough to need help from others

indiscriminate

failing to make or recognize distinctions

indispensable

essential

induce

cause to act in a specified manner

indulge

yield to; give satisfaction to

inertia

the tendency of something to stay in rest or motion

inevitable

incapable of being avoided or prevented

inextricably

in a manner incapable of being disentangled or untied

infancy

the early stage of growth or development

infect

contaminate with a disease

infer

conclude by reasoning

inferior

of or characteristic of low rank or importance

infest

occupy in large numbers or live on a host

infirmary

a health facility where patients receive treatment

inflammatory

arousing to action or rebellion

inflate

fill with gas or air

inflict

impose something unpleasant

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

infuse

fill, as with a certain quality

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

ingredient

a component of a mixture or compound

inhabit

live in; be a resident of

inhalation

the act of drawing in air or other gases

inherent

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

inherit

receive from a predecessor

inhibit

limit the range or extent of

initial

occurring at the beginning

initiate

set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

inlet

an arm off of a larger body of water

innate

present at birth but not necessarily hereditary

inoculate

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

inquisitive

given to questioning

inscribe

carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

insecticide

a chemical used to kill bugs

insert

introduce

insight

clear or deep perception of a situation

insomnia

an inability to sleep

inspection

a formal or official examination

install

set up for use

instantaneous

occurring with no delay

instill

impart gradually

institution

a custom that has been an important feature of some group

instruct

impart skills or knowledge to

instrument

the means whereby some act is accomplished

insulate

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

insulin

hormone secreted by the isles of Langerhans in the pancreas

insuperable

incapable of being surpassed or excelled

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

integrate

make into a whole or make part of a whole
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