GMAT S – 147 Words

scintillate

emit or reflect light in a flickering manner

scale

an ordered reference standard

scrutinize

examine carefully for accuracy

secular

someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

seismic

subject to or caused by an earthquake or earth vibration

sabotage

a deliberate act of destruction or disruption

saliva

a clear liquid secreted by glands in the mouth

sanction

official permission or approval

sanctuary

a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

sanitary

free from filth and pathogens

scale

an ordered reference standard

scenario

a postulated sequence of possible events

schizophrenia

a psychotic disorder characterized by distortions of reality

scintillate

emit or reflect light in a flickering manner

scorch

burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color

scour

rub hard or scrub

scramble

move hurriedly

scrap

a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

scrupulous

characterized by extreme care and great effort

scrutinize

examine carefully for accuracy

scurrilous

expressing offensive reproach

scurry

move about or proceed hurriedly

secular

someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

sedentary

requiring sitting or little activity

sediment

matter that has been deposited by some natural process

seductive

tending to entice into a desired action or state

segment

one of several parts that fit with others to make a whole

seismic

subject to or caused by an earthquake or earth vibration

seminal

containing seeds of later development

sensational

relating to elementary awareness of stimulation

sensuality

desire for sensual pleasures

sentient

endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness

sequential

in regular succession without gaps

sequester

keep away from others

sermonize

speak as if preaching or expressing moral judgments

shrewd

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

shrill

having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones

siege

an action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place

sketchy

giving only major points; lacking completeness

skull

the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates

smear

smudge or soil by smudging

sojourn

a temporary stay

solicit

request urgently or persistently

solvency

the ability to meet maturing obligations as they come due

somatic

characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit

sophisticated

having worldly knowledge and refinement

soprano

the highest female voice; the voice of a boy before puberty

spark

a small fragment of a burning substance

spate

a sudden forceful flow

specimen

a bit of tissue or fluid taken for diagnostic purposes

specter

a ghostly appearing figure

spectrum

a broad range of related objects, values, or qualities

speculate

reflect deeply on a subject

splinter

a small thin sharp bit or wood, glass, or metal

spruce

any coniferous tree of the genus Picea

squash

any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits

staggering

so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm

stagnant

not growing or changing; without force or vitality

stale

lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration

stance

a rationalized mental attitude

staple

material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing

stark

severely simple

stationary

not capable of being moved

statute

an act passed by a legislative body

statutory

relating to or created by regulations

steep

having a sharp inclination

stench

a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

stereotype

a conventional or formulaic conception or image

stimulus

any information or event that acts to arouse action

stipend

a sum of money allotted on a regular basis

stipulate

make an express demand or provision in an agreement

stitch

a link or loop made by sewing, knitting, or needlework

stock

a supply of something available for future use

strenuous

taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance

stride

walk with long steps

strife

bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension

stringent

demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

strut

walk with a lofty proud gait

stunt

check the growth or development of

sturdy

having rugged physical strength

subdue

put down by force or intimidation

substantiate

establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

substantive

having a firm basis in reality and therefore important

subterfuge

something intended to misrepresent the nature of an activity

succumb

consent reluctantly

suffice

be adequate, either in quality or quantity

superb

surpassingly good

superficial

of, affecting, or being on or near the surface

supersede

take the place or move into the position of

superstition

an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear

supplement

an additional component that improves capability

supplicant

someone who prays to God

surplus

a quantity much larger than is needed

susceptible

yielding readily to or capable of

sustain

lengthen or extend in duration or space

swell

increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity

symmetrical

exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents

synonymous

meaning the same or nearly the same

scatter

cause to separate and go in different directions

screen

partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space

secure

free from danger or risk

conductor

the person who leads a musical group

sensible

able to feel or perceive

session

a meeting for execution of a group’s functions

shield

armor carried on the arm to intercept blows

sketch

preliminary drawing for later elaboration

span

the distance or interval between two points

spray

water in small drops in the atmosphere

spur

a sharp prod on a rider’s heel used to urge a horse onward

standpoint

a mental position from which things are viewed

strain

exert much effort or energy

stroke

a single complete movement

substantial

real; having a material or factual existence

subtract

deduct; calculate the difference between two numbers

scarcity

a small and inadequate amount

sentiment

a personal belief or judgment

shatter

break into many pieces

shuttle

bobbin that passes the weft thread between the warp threads

slander

words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

sodium

a silvery soft waxy metallic element of the alkali metal group; occurs abundantly in natural compounds (especially in salt water); burns with a yellow flame and reacts violently in water; occurs in sea water and in the mineral halite (rock salt)

spatial

pertaining to the expanse in which things are located

strive

attempt by employing effort

subscription

agreement expressed by signing your name

symptom

a sensation associated with a particular disease

smog

air pollution by a mixture of smoke and fog

sulfur

an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions)

syndrome

a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease

soar

rise rapidly

stockpile

something kept back or saved for future use

subcontract

a contract assigning to another party some obligations of a prior contract

syllable

a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme

saturate

infuse or fill completely

secretion

the organic process of releasing some substance

spew

eject or send out in large quantities (also metaphorical)

scapegoat

someone who is punished for the errors of others

seniority

higher rank especially by reason of longer service

starch

a complex carbohydrate in seeds, fruits, and pith of plants

subsidize

support through government grants

synthesize

combine and form a complex whole

segregation

the act of keeping apart

sequel

something that follows something else

sickle

an edge tool for cutting grass or crops

spleen

a large oval organ between the stomach and the diaphragm

steppe

an extensive plain without trees

subconscious

just below the level of awareness

substrate

the substance that is acted upon by an enzyme or ferment

sulphate

a salt or ester of sulphuric acid
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