Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Solder (verb) 
to become united or repaired by or as if by a metal or metallic alloy used when melted to 
join metallic surfaces; especially: an alloy of lead and tin so used 
Responsible for generating all images on your monitor, the graphics subsystem ships in
PCs either as a removable expansion board or as a chip soldered permanently to the

Sooth (verb) 
to bring comfort, solace, or reassurance to
A rise in lodging and housing costs pushed underlying U.S. inflation up in May at the
fastest rate in nine months, the government said on Tuesday in a report that soothed
deflation fears.

Soothsayer (noun) 
a person who predicts the future by magical, intuitive, or more rational means
An agitated Montezuma demanded that his soothsayers explain the meaning of these
dire signs and was told that they prophesied the destruction of his kingdom. 

Sophisticated (adjective) 
experienced in the ways of the world; lacking natural simplicity
Even today's most sophisticated forecast models cannot peg mountain convection well
enough to assess how it might trigger storm complexes downstream.

Soundness (noun) 
the condition of being free from defects or flaws
To cure means to restore to health, soundness, or normality. 

Span (verb) 
a specific length of time characterized by the occurrence of certain conditions or events
His career spans nearly all types of popular music from jazz to rock to dance and all
genres between.

Spark (noun) 
a hot glowing particle struck from a larger mass
If fires are always suppressed, dense underbrush soon becomes so abundant that a
simple spark can start a fire within minutes.

Spawned (verb) 
to give rise to a particular development; to cause to come into existence
A growing trend toward emphasis on neural aspects of various cognitive processes has
spawned what is referred to as the Cognitive Neuropsychology track, with students
studying jointly in cognitive and in clinical neuropsychology.

Specialized (adjective) 
designed or fitted to one particular purpose or occupation 
One should look for an entry level job, gain experience through internships, and watch
for opportunities of specialized training or advanced education.

Specimen (noun) 
one that is representative of a group or class
The live Western Diamondback rattlesnake on display in this aquarium is a perfect
specimen for us to examine in today’s biology class. 

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