Monday, August 13, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (113)

Flair (adjective) 
an innate or inborn capability; having a natural talent
Director and film producer, Steven Spielberg, has a flair for captivating his audiences
with the special effects and superb acting in his movies.

Flank (noun) 
one of two or more contrasted parts or places identified by its location with respect to a
The slab avalanche is usually easily recognized by its distinct crown and flanks.  Slab
and other avalanches can be hard or soft, wet or dry and can be triggered

Flare (noun) 
signal, bright light, or firework used as a signal
Crew members began to fire flares into the sky when they realized that the ship was
doomed to sink. 

Flashback (noun) 
scene in a movie or book set in a time earlier than the main action
Some movie directors use flashbacks as a way to create a more dramatic story.

Flaunt (verb) 
to display or obtrude oneself to public notice 
It was a sure sign that Embraer can fly as high as its competitor —— a point driven home
at the São Paulo show as Embraer opened a new front in the battle,  flaunting its first
executive jet, the attractively priced $20 million Legacy.   

Fleet (noun) 
number of vehicles or aircraft operating under one proprietor
Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild their entire
commercial air fleet.

Flexibility (noun)
the ability to bend easily without damage
To maintain flexibility stretching must be performed at least every 36 hours.

Flick (verb) 
sudden movement or jerk, especially of the wrist
Warm your arms by swinging them around.  Loosely do boxing style punch drills. 
Loosely flick your wrists. 

Flippant (adjective) 
lacking proper respect or seriousness 
Much of Mark Twain’s writings were flippant, and he used his characters to criticize the
culture and politics of his era. 

Flock (verb) 
a very large number of things grouped together
A flock of geese was seen just south of Orlando, Florida.

Flourish (verb) 
improving, growing, or succeeding steadily
J.C. Penny started a flourishing business in which he offered customers retail products at
wholesale prices.   

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