Monday, August 13, 2012

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Gentle (adjective) 
of small intensity
Jaggar called Kilauea "the safest volcano on Earth" because of its typically gentle

Gesture (verb) 
to make bodily motions to augment or replace spoken expression
She gestured her friend to come over to the counter at which point she served him a

Get-go (noun) 
the very beginning -- used in the phrase from the get-go 
There have been biblical scholars questioning the authenticity of the so-called Jesus box
from the get-go. Yesterday the Israel Antiquities Authority issued a report calling the
box a fake. 

Gizzard (noun) 
a muscular organ which is part of a bird’s stomach
A bird can swallow its food hole because it has a gizzard, whose principal function is to
break up the food into small particles for digestion.

Glacier (noun) 
a mass of land ice formed by an accumulation of snow on high ground  
Scientists collect ice cores by driving a hollow tube deep into the miles thick ice sheets of
Antarctica and Greenland (and in glaciers elsewhere). 

Glucose (noun) 
a simple sugar found in blood, fruit, etc.
Glucose is a type of carbohydrate.

Glamorous (adjective) 
full of an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness; especially: alluring or  
fascinating personal attraction
The public regarded air travel as exciting and glamorous; the airlines worked hard to
add safety, reliability, and comfort to the public perception. 

Go into effect (verb phrase) 
to put into action or use; to carry out the functions, requirements, or terms of something, 
especially laws or regulations
Nitrates didn't begin to climb significantly until after 1950, when cars and oil powered
plants appeared in a big way. Scientists credit the leveling off in sulfates and nitrates in
the atmosphere after the 1972 U.S. Clean Air Act went into effect.

Gorge (noun) 
a narrow passage through land; a narrow steep-walled canyon or part of a canyon
Rich in geological and biological history, the Grand Canyon is a long, narrow gorge in

Gorgeous (adjective) 
marked by extraordinary elegance, beauty, and splendor
We went on a hike through the gorgeous mountains of Colorado. 

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