Monday, August 13, 2012

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Gutter (noun) 
shallow trough along the eaves of the house; or a channel at the side of a street to drain off
Used aluminum beverage cans remain the most recycled item in the U.S., but other types
of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, storm window frames and lawn furniture, can
also be recycled. 

Haggle (verb)
to negotiate over the terms of a purchase, agreement, or contract 
Many felt--or were told--that the dealer wouldn’t haggle because of special pricing or
financing on the vehicle. 

Handicap (verb) 
to have an unfavorable condition, circumstance, or characteristic
In searching for a cure for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus,
researchers have been handicapped because of a lacking of funding by the government.
Habitat (noun) 
the natural environment of an animal or plant
Fires help habitats and are important to endangered species of animals that rely on
these plants for survival.
Hail (verb) 
to greet with enthusiastic approval: praise, acclaim
Economists, however, hailed the report, saying it suggested consumer spending could
rise at a 3 percent pace in the second quarter. 

Hallucination (noun) 
an erroneous perception of reality
Certain kinds of illicit drugs are known to cause users to experience hallucinations.

Halt (verb) 
to prevent the occurrence or continuation or a movement, action, or operation
If the neutron star is too large, the gravitational forces overwhelm the pressure gradients
and collapse cannot be halted.

Hammer (verb) 
to make repeated efforts; especially : to reiterate an opinion or attitude
The most effective technique is to start with the dealer's cost and bargain slowly up from
there, rather than starting with the asking price and trying to hammer that

Hamper by (verb) 
the interfere with the progress of
Electric car production is hampered by the limited energy supply of their batteries.

Handicraft (noun) 
an occupation requiring great skill with the hands; the articles fashioned by those engaged 
in handicraft Acting as a sideline to farming and other occupations, traditional handicrafts are
important to many Native American tribes.  

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