Tuesday, August 14, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (137)

Keen (adjective) 
possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity; mentally quick 
A student who writes and rewrites a writing assignment over several weeks has a keen
understanding of the processes involved.

Keynote address (noun) 
an address designed to present the issues of primary interest to an assembly as a political 
convention and often to arouse unity and enthusiasm
In a keynote address, Robert Kennedy Jr. recalled the confrontation between Wallace
and his father, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

Kettle (noun) 
a metallic vessel for boiling liquids 
To purify water for drinking, a camper should put the water in a kettle and boil it for at
least 30 minutes. 

Kin (noun) 
a person connected to another person by blood
There is a clear pattern of lineage endogamy generated by marriages between sons and
daughters of brothers and other agnatic kin, accounting for approximately a quarter of
all marriages. 

Laden (adjective) 
to load, to pile on, as burden or freight
For the next topic of our lecture today, the cost analysis of a proper prescribed burn and
the cost of battling a blaze in the load fuel laden forests needs to be considered to see
which method is more economically feasible given the tight budgetary constraints with
which the government has to operate.

Lament (noun) 
a crying out in grief; complaint
In a world where there is a common lament that there are no more heroes, too often
cynicism and despair are perceived as evidence of the death of moral courage. 

Land (verb) 
gain, secure: land a job
Mary Blake arrived in San Francisco and landed work as a singer at the Paradise Hotel,
a gambling hall owned by Blackie Norton. 

Landing (noun) 
to set or put on shore from a ship 
The landings from the world's wild capture fisheries have continued to decline since
reaching a peak of 112 million metric tons (mmt) in 1995. 

Landslide (noun)  
downward and outward movement of soil and rock
The big earthquake of 1906 set off dozens of large landslides in the Santa Cruz
Mountains, some of which claimed human lives.

Larva (noun) 
the immature, wingless, and often vermiform feeding form that hatches from the egg of 
many insects After mosquito eggs hatch, the larvae hang from the surface film and get air through
tubes that break the water’s surface at the tail ends of their bodies.

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