Tuesday, August 14, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (190)

Stretching (verb) 
pull an object in different directions
Increasing body heat also reduces the risk of muscular damage when stretching that
can happen to 'cold' muscles.
Striated (verb) 
to mark with a line or band of different color or texture 
To the east of the Amargosa Range is the Amargosa Desert, striated by the wide washes
of the Amargosa River which intermittently flows south from Beatty, Nevada, through
Death Valley Junction, curving to the west and then north to enter Death Valley.

Strife (noun) 
a state of disagreement and disharmony
The late 1780's were years of great strife on the Island of Hawaii. Kamehameha, who
later became the first king of the Hawaiian Islands, was at war with his rival Keoua.

Strike (noun) 
to set upon with violence force  
More important, the records allow researchers to predict the impact of significant events
from volcanic eruptions to global warming that could strike us today. 

Strip (verb) 
to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from; to deprive of possessions
But the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) says the new rules would strip overtime from
millions of other middle-income jobholders.

Stroke (noun)  
sudden diminution or loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion caused by 
rupture or obstruction (as by a clot) of an artery of the brain  
Insufficient angiogenesis can occur following stroke.

Stumble (verb) 
to make an error
Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of
left field. 
Subdivisions (noun) 
one of the parts into which something is divided
Another way of identifying the thesis is to ask, "What is the unifying principle of this
essay"? Or "What idea does everything in this essay talk about"? Or "Under what single
main statement could all the subdivisions fit"?

Subdue (verb) 
to make or become less severe or extreme
Intent on using the land for raising cattle and growing crops, early pioneers did not
subdue nature’s rawness. 

Subliminal (adjective) 
existing or functioning outside the area of conscious awareness
In 1957, a controversy developed in the United States over subliminal stimuli in which a
movie theater over a period of six weeks flashed messages for 1/3,000 of a second:
“Hungry? Eat popcorn!” A sixty percent increase in the sale of popcorn was reported. 

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