Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Nominate (verb) 
to select someone for an office, a position, or an award
Among her volumes of poetry are A Brave and Startling Truth (Random House, 1995),
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994), Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993), Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987), I Shall Not Be Moved (1990),
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? (1983), Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well (1975),
and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Die (1971), which was nominated for the
Pulitzer prize. 

Norm (noun) 
an accepted way or behaving in a certain group
A person who engages in criminal behavior can be differentiated by the quality or
quantity of his/her learning through associations with those who define criminal activity
favorable and the relative isolation from lawful social norms.

Notch (noun) 
a v-shaped indentation of an edge or surface
It is said that the notorious Billy the Kid made a notch on his pistol grip for each of his

Notion (noun) 
something believed or accepted as true by a person
The Battle at Shiloh changed all preconceived notions that the Civil War would be short

Notwithstanding (preposition) 
[notwithstanding their lack of experience, they were an immediate success] — often used 
after its object [the motion passed, our objection notwithstanding]: despite 
Seahorses are no ordinary sea creatures, notwithstanding their monogamy which is
highly unusual for the animal kingdom. It is the male who receives eggs from his female
partner and fertilizes them himself. 

Novelistic (adjective) 
of or pertaining to new and unusual; being the first of its kind    
Los trabajos is the best evidence not only of the survival of Greek novelistic themes but 
also of the survival of forms and ideas of the Spanish novel of the second Renaissance.

Nucleus (noun)
a source of further growth and development
A family is the basic unit in society having as its nucleus two or more adults living
together and cooperating in the care and rearing of their own or adopted children. 

Nuptial (adjective) 
of or relating to marriage or the marriage ceremony; characteristic of or occurring in the 
breeding season 
Winged males and female carpenter ants engage in a nuptial flight in late spring and
early summer. 

Obesity (noun) 
being overweight, very fat
Obesity is a high percentage of body fat, whereas a physically fit individual has a low
percentage of body fat.

Objective (adjective) 
expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal 
feelings, prejudices, or interpretations  
Researcher Lu Wang, of the University of Minnesota, and colleagues say previous studies
have shown that the fatty acid composition of the blood provides an objective estimate
of the dietary intake of saturated fat for weeks to months before the sample is taken.

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