Monday, August 13, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (120)

Grid (noun) 
network of lines, electrical power connections, gas supply lines  
By 1900 small electric wind systems were developed to generate direct current, but most
of these units fell out of favor when rural areas became attached to the national
electricity grid during the 1930s.

Grim (adjective) 
stern or forbidding in action or appearance; gloomy, somber 
The statistics paint a grim picture. According to the World Resources Institute, more
than 80 percent of the Earth’s natural forests already have been destroyed. 
Groaning (adjective) 
making a deep sound expressing pain, grief, disappoint
After the accident, there were groaning sounds, indicating that there was someone
trapped underneath the vehicle.

Gross (adjective) 
consisting of an overall total exclusive of deductions 
Snow, in prepared comments for Money magazine's Money Summit in New York, said he 
sees annual gross domestic product growth near 3.5 percent by the latter part of 2009.

Groundbreaking (adjective) 
characterized as being a new idea, method, or device: innovative  
The project's centerpiece is groundbreaking computer software that is capable of
automatically identifying vehicles by size, color, shape and license tag, or drivers and
passengers by face.

Groundwork (noun) 
anything on which something immaterial , such as an argument or charge, rests
Trying to escape overwhelming fear and pain by imagining you are somewhere else- or
someone else-seems to lay the groundwork for separating off some parts of your

Groupie (noun) 
diligent follower of music groups, celebrities, or activities
Authors Jones and Dewey are respectively touted as prominent west coast and east coast
psychics. Not being your typical psychic groupie, it should come as no surprise that I
have never heard of either one.

Grueling (adjective) 
trying or taxing to the point of exhaustion 
Sophie, then 36, was airlifted to hospital and undertook a grueling two and a half hour
operation to end the potentially life threatening ectopic pregnancy, where the fetus grew
outside her womb. 

Gush (verb) 
to emit a sudden enormous flow
Fuel gushed from a vandalized pipeline and exploded in southeastern Nigeria, killing at
least 105 villagers as they scavenged gasoline.

Gut (noun) 
the intestine, stomach organs of the body
Our gut can best be described as a very elaborate food "disassemble" plant. 

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