Tuesday, August 14, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (148)

Municipal (adjective) 
belonging to a city
Although aluminum is less than one percent of the nation's municipal solid waste stream,
it remains one of the most valuable recyclable materials.

Murkiness (noun) 
a heavy dimness or obscurity caused by or like that caused by overhanging fog or smoke; 
the act of being darkly vague or obscure 
But the idea of securing a "critical mass" of underrepresented students, which the court
endorsed, may create more murkiness about limits of race-based school policies, critics

Mushroom (verb) 
to well up and spread out laterally from a central source; to become enlarged or extended; 
to spring up suddenly or multiply rapidly
As the Earth’s population continues to mushroom, can ways be found to manage
natural resources without causing ecological collapse? 

Muster (verb) 
to come together; to assemble, prepare, or put into operation
While in France, he would sometimes go to the café that James Joyce would frequent, but
the interminably shy Faulkner never mustered the nerve to speak to him.

Mutation (noun) 
the process or result of making or becoming different
Driven by dizzying mutations in medical costs, program directors and staff ponder the
disruptive dynamism of these new reforms.

Muzzle (noun) 
a device, as of straps, fastened over the mouth of an animal to prevent its biting or eating
Dogs should wear muzzles when they are certain to have contact with other dogs and

Mystical (adjective) 
difficult to explain or understand 
Coconut trees possess the mystical ability to conjure up a tropical paradise atmosphere
wherever they may be found.

Mythology (noun) 
a body of traditional beliefs and notions accumulated about a particular subject 
In Roman mythology, Mercury is the god of commerce, travel and thievery, the Roman
counterpart of the Greek god Hermes, the messenger of the Gods. 

Nag (verb) 
to scold or find fault constantly 
Nagging another person can cause resentment, ultimately resulting in a destroyed

Naked (adjective) 
not wearing any clothes; without the aid of a microscope or telescope
If the inclusions are not visible to the naked eye, a higher clarity does not really improve
the appearance of a diamond but rather the rarity and price. 

Natal (adjective) 
of or connected with one’s birth
Both villages show a similar level of in-marriage among women currently resident
within the village, 67% for Sakaltutan and 63% for Elbasi, indicating an approximate
ratio of two women marrying and resident within their natal village for every one who
marries out. 

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