Tuesday, August 14, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (133)

Insight (noun) 
deep, thorough, or mature understanding; the power to discern the true nature or a person 
or situation
Scientists have gained new insight on a type of low pressure weather center that
connects one mesoscale convective vortex to the next.

Insistently (adverb) 
so as to compel immediate action or attention
Why the short story is the most popular form of literature today may be a reflection of
the modern way of living that insistently demands that all current fiction be short.

Insomnia (noun) 
habitual sleeplessness
People may suffer from insomnia because of extreme stress.  

Inspection (noun) 
a close of systematic study; the act of examining carefully
According to World Power Technologies' owner manual, monthly maintenance consists
of visual inspections of the mechanical condition of the turbine, inspecting the tower,
and testing the brake. Annual maintenance consists of battery inspections and an up
close inspection of the turbine.

Instability (noun) 
the quality or condition of being erratic and undependable
They are very dangerous life-threatening disorders which usually intensify emotional

Instant (adjective) 
occurring immediately 
The Brothers Johnson were an instant success releasing such hits as Strawberry Letter
23 and the celebratory dance hit, Stomp. 

Instigate (verb) 
to stir to action or feeling
There have been recent efforts of instigating prescribed burning as a means of forest

Institution (noun)   
the act of founding or establishing
On the other hand, there are those who decry marriage as a sexist and patriarchal
institution that should be avoided at all costs.

Insurgency (noun) 
a condition of revolt against a government that is less than an organized revolution and 
that is not recognized as belligerency  
The search for the missing troops went on amid a rash of confrontations between Iraqis 
and U.S. personnel -- one U.S. military official has called it a "classic phase of 

Instrumental (adjective) 
most important, influential, or significant
In World War II, penicillin was instrumental in keeping wounds from getting infected
and in helping speed the recovery of wounds that did not become infected.

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