Monday, August 13, 2012

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Formidable (adjective) 
causing or able to cause fear; imposing a severe test of bodily or spiritual strength
The curved horn protruding from the Rhino’s head is a formidable weapon with which
its competitors will be confronted.

Foremost (adjective) 
most important, influential, or significant
Alan Greenspan, one of the foremost economists in the US, has been chairman of the
Federal Reserve for a number of years.

Formula (noun) 
chemical symbols showing the parts of a substance
The formula for glucose is usually written as C6H12O6. Glucose, once manufactured by
the plant, is used to create many of the more complex carbohydrates.

Formulate (verb) 
to use in ingenuity in making, developing, or achieving
Alternate between your flash cards and notes and test yourself (orally or in writing) on
the questions you formulated.  Make additional flash cards if necessary.

Fossil (noun) 
natural fuel such as coal or gas
Atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxides from coal and oil burning
power plants, cars, and other fossil fuel burning sources have climbed along with the
world population, with as yet unknown effects on the climate system.

Foster (verb) 
to promote and sustain the development of
Hunters, traders, miners, and cattle ranchers, all of whom moved to the frontier areas of
the United States in the 1800's, did little to foster the birth of civilization in those areas.

Fountain (noun) 
jet or jets of water made to spout for ornamental purposes or for drinking 
Water is important for firefighting and for filling fountains and swimming pools.

Franchise (noun) 
the right to be and exercise the rights of a corporation
A businessperson may purchase the rights to a franchise such as Taco Bell, which gives
him/her the rights to a proven system of operation and a trademark, and thus offering
customer’s assurance that the meal will be as expected. 

Frigid (adjective) 
very cold; lacking all friendliness and warmth
The precise composition and relative proportions of that dust and gas hold clues to the
materials and physical conditions present in the frigid outer regions of the solar system
where comets are formed.

Frontier (noun) 
a region that forms the margin of settled or developed territory
Many were attracted to the American frontier by cheap land and a hunger for

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