Tuesday, August 14, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (179)

Scarce (adjective) 
not enough to meet a demand or requirement
Recently, wind power has become an appealing alternative to fossil based fuels,
especially in countries with scarce petroleum and ample wind.

Scarecrow (noun) 
an object usually suggesting a human figure that is set up to scare birds
Some farmers put up scarecrows to keep crows from invading their cornfields.

Scatter (verb) 
to cause to separate and go in various directions
Immigrants who have recently moved into the United States are scattered among the
50 states.

Scavenger (noun) 
an organism that feeds habitually on garbage or dead and putrefying flesh
New research casts T-Rex dinosaurs as little more than a scavenger, hunting out the
kills of other carnivores and stealing them.

Scenario (noun) 
a sequence of events especially when imagined; especially: an account or synopsis of a  possible course of action or events 
NASA is likely to launch its first space shuttle since the Columbia tragedy in the first three
months of next year that scenario would mean a one year stand down after the Feb. 1
Columbia crash, compared to a nearly three year wait following the 1986 Challenger

Score (musical) 
an arrangement of music for a specific performance medium
In 1971, she wrote the original screenplay and musical score for the film Georgia,
Georgia, and was both author and executive producer of a five-part television miniseries
"Three Way Choice."

Scrabble (noun) 
a repeated scratching or clawing
Three fossil skulls recovered from the windswept scrabble of Ethiopia's dry and barren
Afar rift valley lend archaeological credence to the theory that modern humans evolved
in Africa before spreading around the world. 

Scribble (verb) 
to write hastily or carelessly without regard to legibility of thought 
Check the meaning of unfamiliar words if they seem to be key words. In that case, if the
author uses them more than once, scribble a brief definition at the bottom of the page or
at the end of the essay.

Scrutiny (noun) 
the act of examining carefully
Despite this fact, the mission had to pass scrutiny from the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration for violations of the space agency's "planetary protection" rules.

Searing (adverb) 
at a manner of having damage by or as if by fire  
As a large group of Keota’s warriors traveling with their families passed the crater of
Kilauea Volcano, there was a sudden explosive eruption of searing hot ash and gas.

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