Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Hiatus (noun) 
an interruption in time or continuity; break   After a six-year hiatus in human space flight, NASA debuted the space shuttle Columbia
with a radical new idea: a reusable spaceship that would take off like a conventional
rocket and land like a glider. 

Hibernate (verb) 
to spend the winter in a state of temporary inactivity
Snakes hibernate in the burrows of other small animals, but they are often seen laying
in the sun on rocks, and on the side of roads.

Hide (noun) 
the skin of an animal
The Assiniboine, a tribe of Plains Indians, made their clothing from the hides of their
dead prey.

Hieroglyphics (noun) 
written in, or constituting, or belonging to a system of writing in mainly pictorial 
It is agreed by most historians that the English alphabet descended from ancient 
Egyptian hieroglyphics. 

Highlight (verb) 
to draw attention to something, such as marking a text with a yellow pen  
An active reader underlines or highlights important points he has just read. 

Hijack (verb)  
to steal by stopping a vehicle on the highway; to commandeer a flying airplane especially 
by coercing the pilot at gunpoint   
A fourth airplane traveling from Newark to San Francisco was hijacked and, after
turning east from its westerly course across Pennsylvania and Ohio, crashed in rural
Somerset County, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m. 

Hind (noun) 
forming the part that follows or is behind; rear 
When bats sleep, they hang their head downwards from the long curved claws of their
hind limbs.

 Hollow (adjective) 
a space in an otherwise solid mass
The entire digestive system from the mouth to the anal sphincter is a single, long, hollow
muscular tube about 30 feet long.

Home run (noun) 
a hit in baseball that enables the batter to make a complete circuit of the bases and score a 
The controversial supplement used by baseball slugger Mark McGwire during his 1998
record-breaking home run streak has once again struck out. Researchers found that
androstenedione, known as "andro" for short, doesn't live up to its marketers' claims. 
Homologous (adjective) 
having the same relation, relative position; corresponding
Though artificial chimp signaling systems have some analogies to human language (e.g.,
use in communication, combinations of more basic signals), it seems unlikely that they
are homologous.

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