Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Immersion (noun) 
the act of someone or something being absorbed or involved
The learning which occurs in the formal language classroom may be unlike the learning
which occurs during immersion, such that early instruction does not necessarily have
the advantage for ultimate performance that is held by early immersion.

Immortality (noun) 
endless life after death
Alchemists searched for an elixir that would produce immortality.

Immune (adjective) 
having a high degree of resistance to a disease 
This "hygiene hypothesis" also holds that a healthy bacterial balance in the intestines is
especially important in the development of a mature immune system, and the use of
probiotic supplements like Lactobacillus GG can stimulate the growth of beneficial
bacteria in baby's stomach. 

Impairment (noun) 
an act, instance, or consequence of breaking
Multiple Personality Disorder is viewed by some as an extreme level of dissociation,
which may result in serious impairment or inability to function.

Impending (adjective) 
about to occur at any moment
During the 19th century, a few writers who faced impending financial ruin went on to
write some of the greatest books of all time. 

Imperceptible (adjective) 
so small as to be undiscernible 
Because of this shoaling effect, a tsunami, imperceptible at sea, may grow to be several
meters or more in height near the coast.

Imperfection (noun) 
something that mars the appearance or causes inadequacy of failure   
The fewer the imperfections found, the rarer and more valuable the diamond becomes.

Impetus (noun) 
stimulation or encouragement resulting in increased activity
The growth of systematic archaeology in China resulted in numerous datable materials,
provided tremendous impetus to the study of Chinese art, with researchers and art
historians making great strides, discovering, confirming and  re-constructing art in

Implication (noun) 
a subtle quality underlying or felt to underlie a situation or action
Johnson and Newport’s assertions have wide ranging implications for classroom

Imply (verb) 
to convey and idea by indirect, subtle means  
Cooler stars are redder than hotter, bluer stars, implying that bluer stars must be
younger than redder stars.

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