Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Seaweed (noun) 
a mass of growth of marine plants  Many types of seaweed and other plants that do not appear to be green also have
chlorophyll and therefore can convert the sun's energy into food.

Secretion (noun) 
a product of secretion, i.e. saliva, from an animal or plant
It is here that the final process of digestion and nutrient absorption takes place from the
two gallons of food, liquid and digestive secretions processed each day.

Secular (adjective) 
not religious in subject matter, form, or use
Mozart composed a large number of sacred and secular works.

Secured (verb) 
to render certain
Adams helped draft the Declaration of Independence, secured its unanimous adoption
in Congress, and wrote his wife on July 3, 1776, that "the most memorable Epoch in the
History of America has begun."

Sediment (noun) 
the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid; material deposited by water, wind, or 
The rover, Opportunity, and its sister rover, Spirit, which was launched earlier this
month, will act as robotic geologists during their three months of exploration. They will
send back images of sediment and mineral deposits that can help scientists determine
whether there was ever enough water on Mars to sustain life. 

Seek out (verb) 
to strive toward a goal; to try to find
As effective as the methods I am about to outline in this lecture are, you are still advised
to seek out for yourself other or even devise new methods to help your flexibility.

Segregation (noun) 
the policy or practice of excluding a minority group from full freedom or participation in a 
On December 5, 1955, five days after Montgomery civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused
to obey the city's rules mandating segregation on buses, black residents launched a bus

Selective (adjective) 
able to recognize small differences or draw fine distinctions
Sir Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin, was interested in the measurement of
intelligence because he wanted to increase it through selective breeding.

Self-esteem (noun) 
a sense of one’s own dignity or worth  
Face refers to the respect that an individual has for him or herself, and maintaining
"self-esteem" in public or in private situations. 

Semi aquatic (adjective) 
frequently but not living completely in water
As penguins adapted to marine life, their wings changed to flippers and their feathers to
a waterproof covering, hence suiting the birds to a semi aquatic existence.

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