GMAT–verbal – 139 Words

plane

an unbounded two-dimensional shape

She had no formal training in music, but her pitch was flawless, her phrasing disciplined and her diction crisp in a natural, unforced way.New York Times (Jan 7, 2016)
bisect

cut in half or cut in two

You can talk beautifully about carpentry but you cannot make something out of wood, then you are rhetorical.
reciprocal

concerning each of two or more persons or things

Mr. Rago is a member of the Journal’s editorial board.Wall Street Journal (Jan 8, 2016)
co-ordinate

a number that identifies a position relative to an axis

If anything, it’s the scenes that attempt to open the story up to other characters and locations that seem superfluous.Slate (Dec 22, 2015)
perimeter

a line enclosing a plane area

Some faculty members said the new policy wasn’t needed and could discriminate against minorities.Washington Times (Jan 9, 2016)
arithmetic

mathematics dealing with numerical calculations

This is, after all, the sport that nonsensically resisted a playoff until last season.Washington Times (Jan 1, 2016)
tandem

an arrangement of objects or persons one behind another

Now young adults, Murphy and Pycior still bear the emotional toll of the deaths of their fathers.Washington Post (Jan 8, 2016)
counterclockwise

in a direction opposite to the direction in which the hands of a clock move

European missionaries rejected Native faiths and converted indigenous people to Christianity, often against their will.Washington Times (Jan 9, 2016)
figuratively

in a non-literal sense

Both city and county officials have been working on parallel plans to address homelessness, with the city’s plan set to be released later Thursday.Los Angeles Times (Jan 7, 2016)
diction

the manner in which something is expressed in words

In America, employers such as McDonald’s and Disneyland have enforced conformity by regulating beards.Los Angeles Times (Dec 17, 2015)
discern

detect with the senses

Bellow you’ll find six recipes for chicken soups and stews.Los Angeles Times (Jan 7, 2016)
masses

the common people generally

A dose of certainty could help investors adjust to China’s perilous predicament.Wall Street Journal (Jan 8, 2016)
batter

strike violently and repeatedly

“Meh”, an interjection expressing lack of enthusiasm, has also been included in the Oxford English Dictionary.BBC (Jun 24, 2015)
pitcher

(baseball) the person who does the pitching

Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners again on Friday as the price of oil sank.Time (Jan 8, 2016)
plunge

dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

The fact that the only modifier the children get is “three.”New York Times (Dec 22, 2015)
plunge

dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

Solitary confinement is obviously inappropriate for all of these groups.Washington Post (Jan 8, 2016)
rhetorical

relating to using language effectively

The agency hopes to attach 60 collars, divided among cow elk and calves, that work for up to three years.Washington Times (Jan 8, 2016)
carpentry

the craft of a carpenter: making things out of wood

That could make technology, for one, a big beneficiary, as well as healthcare and entertainment.Los Angeles Times (Jan 9, 2016)
debilitate

make weak

Without ceremony, she processed corpses through preparation and incineration.The New Yorker (Nov 30, 2015)
editorial

an article giving opinions or perspectives

In recent years, condo boards, faced with cutting back services and filing for bankruptcy, have been cracking down harder on delinquent owners.Washington Post (Jan 7, 2016)
superfluous

more than is needed, desired, or required

She also was ordered to pay $25,981 in restitution.Washington Times (Jan 7, 2016)
discriminate

marked by the ability to see or make fine distinctions

He and McCloughan collaborated well this season and put the team on a path to consistent winning.Washington Post (Jan 8, 2016)
nonsensical

having no intelligible meaning

Vegetation, once burned, can no longer hold back loose sediment.Los Angeles Times (Jan 6, 2016)
toll

charge a fee for using

Children pull each other across the frozen Baltic Sea in the port of present-day Świnoujście, Poland.National Geographic (Dec 31, 2015)
indigenous

originating where it is found

It’s the world of the privileged American upper crust you find in a play or movie like The Philadelphia Story.BBC (Jan 6, 2016)
parallel

being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting

So they recently moved into this lab, which floats atop a system of underground pneumatic piers, freeing it from seismic disturbances.New York Times (Jul 22, 2013)
conformity

correspondence in form, type, or appearance

The complicated rules of the caucus process are inherently tilted toward equalizing the strength of candidates, especially in a two person race.Time (Jan 8, 2016)
stew

cook slowly and for a long time in liquid

electrical appliances
dose

the quantity of an active agent (substance or radiation) taken in or absorbed at any one time

Stock trading long ago moved to a more electronic game marked by speed, low cost, and efficiency.Wall Street Journal (Jan 10, 2016)
interjection

an abrupt emphatic exclamation expressing emotion

This class is geared to healthy seniors and those with joint, mobility or balance issues.Washington Post (Jan 8, 2016)
cedar

any cedar of the genus Cedrus

On Sunday, Clinton slammed Sanders for his 2005 vote that gave gun manufacturers immunity in court.MSNBC (Jan 10, 2016)
serene

not agitated

The change in referent for the physicists’ war — from blackboards to bombs — had serious implications.Nature (Jul 27, 2015)
grimy

thickly covered with ingrained dirt

It’s also the town’s hero, the six-legged savior that put Enterprise on a new path from stagnation to prosperity.Time (Jan 8, 2016)
sink

fall or descend to a lower place or level

For the Saudis, however, it’s not just blundering but betrayal.Washington Post (Jan 7, 2016)
modifier

a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb

Trillions of creatures survive in highly demanding lives, clearly signaling their intentions, with neither adverb nor gerund.Time (Jul 22, 2015)
modifier

a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb

This correlation between race and health is more than coincidental; many of these studies suggest that it is causal.Salon (Jan 8, 2016)
pool

a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid

This is the Games I can really excel at and can bring home two golds.BBC (Jan 8, 2016)
obstructive

preventing movement

This is a long and slowly unfolding story about how well the government can manage the fallout from much slower economic growth.The Guardian (Jan 10, 2016)
aid

the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need

There are a number of antecedents over the past century that put Trump’s candidacy and the responses to it into historical context.Washington Post (Dec 8, 2015)
eradicate

destroy completely, as if down to the roots

Following my escape from John Aycliffe and my night of forest hiding, it was the sound of a tolling bell that woke me.Crispin: The Cross of Lead
confinement

the act of restraining a person’s liberty

calf

young of domestic cattle

beneficiary

the recipient of funds or other advantages

viable

capable of life or normal growth and development

associate

keep company with

incineration

the act of burning something completely

delinquent

a young offender

restitution

the act of restoring something to its original state

incinerator

a furnace for incinerating (especially to dispose of refuse)

consistent

in agreement or reliable

sediment

matter that has been deposited by some natural process

Baltic Sea

a sea in northern Europe; stronghold of the Russian navy

crust

a hard outer layer that covers something

seismic disturbance

an instance of agitation of the earth’s crust

tilt

incline or bend from a vertical position

fault

an imperfection in an object or machine

electrical

relating to or concerned with electricity

electronic

concerned with principles governing behavior of electrons

geared

equipped with or connected by gears or having gears engaged

manufacturer

someone who constructs or produces something

referent

something referred to; the object of a reference

stagnation

a state of inactivity

blunder

an embarrassing mistake

gerund

a noun formed from a verb

coincidental

occurring or operating at the same time

excel at

be good at

unfolding

a developmental process

register

an official written record of names or events

infrared radiation

electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than visible light but shorter than radio waves

intransitive

designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a direct object

dissipate

cause to separate and go in different directions

acoustic

relating to the study of the physical properties of sound

antecedent

a preceding occurrence or cause or event

predicate

affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of

participle

a form of the verb used as an adjective

cumbersome

difficult to handle or use because of size or weight

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

discernible

perceptible by the senses or intellect

fallow

left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season

pulp

any soft or soggy mass

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

kill off

kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many

breed

cause to procreate (animals)

effluent

water mixed with waste matter

gauge

an instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity

adept

having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

forger

someone who makes copies illegally

venture capitalist

a speculator who makes money available for innovative projects (especially in high technology)

stroke

repeated movement of the limbs in swimming or rowing

impairment

a symptom of reduced quality or strength

latent

potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

irrigation

the act of supplying dry land with water by artificial means

strip

take off or remove

scarcity

a small and inadequate amount

predominate

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

pronounced

strongly marked; easily noticeable

mastodon

extinct elephant-like mammal that flourished worldwide from Miocene through Pleistocene times; differ from mammoths in the form of the molar teeth

trace

an indication that something has been present

contaminate

make impure

rinse

wash off soap or remaining dirt

hurriedly

in a hurried or hasty manner

strep throat

an infection of the oral pharynx and tonsils by streptococcus

strike

deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

tactic

a plan for attaining a particular goal

boycott

refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization

jeopardize

pose a threat to; present a danger to

bountiful

producing in abundance

implement

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

weed

any plant that crowds out cultivated plants

orally

through the mouth rather than through injection; by_mouth

hide

the dressed skin of an animal

acreage

an area of ground used for some particular purpose

missile

a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a target

blast

a sudden very loud noise

meteorite

a stony or metallic object from space that hits the earth

explosion

the act of bursting

contingency

a possible event or occurrence or result

disruption

an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

scarce

deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

sparse

not dense

plunge

dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

hike

increase

conservation

careful management of the environment and natural resources

snuff

inhale audibly through the nose

tobacco

aromatic annual or perennial herbs and shrubs

brevity

the attribute of being short or fleeting

vicious

marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

evasion

the act of physically escaping from something

fare

proceed, get along, or succeed

combat

the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

ravage

cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

at fault

deserving blame

exemplify

clarify by giving an illustration of

sporadically

in an irregular or unpredictable manner

toll

a fee levied for the use of roads or bridges

repertory

a collection of works that an artist or company can perform

bulk

the property possessed by a large mass

architect

someone who creates plans to be used in making something

stonemason

a craftsman who works with stone or brick
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