Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Symbiotic (adjective) 
the intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial 
relationship; a cooperative relationship 
Giraffes have a symbiotic relationship with tickbirds. These small birds ride on the
giraffe's back, eating pesky insects off of its skin. In return for food, the birds serve as an
early warning signal, alerting giraffes to any approaching predators with a loud chirp. 

Sympathetic (adjective) 
cognizant of and comprehending the needs, problems, and views of others
The latter, at first sympathetic to the Mozart’s, later became irritated by Wolfgang's
prolonged absences and stubborn ways. 

Synthesize (verb) 
to combine and adapt in order to attain a particular effect
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., synthesized ideas drawn from many different cultural
traditions. Born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929, King's roots were in the African
American Baptist church.

Tableau (noun) 
a graphic description or representation
 A small introductory gallery shows 18th- and 19th-century electrostatic apparatus,
including a globe machine probably designed by Benjamin Franklin, several leyden jars for
storing electric charges, and a twin-plate generator of about 1800 in an active tableau of a
parlor game called the electric kiss.  

Tackle (verb) 
to start work on vigorously
After getting detailed instructions from their professor, the students went to the library to
tackle their research project. 

Tactile (adjective) 
discernible by touch
The octopus has two separate areas for storage in its brain: one for visual memories, the
other for tactile memories.

Tagger (noun) 
one who makes an inscription or drawing made on some public surface such as a rock or 
In the graffiti wars in Philadelphia, the city is winning. Taggers are turning their
talents to painting murals -- 1,200 to date -- which not only decorate, but revitalize these
urban neighborhoods. 

Tailored (adjective)
made to individual specifications
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the majority, rejected the arguments made by
the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush that affirmative action policies
should be voided, noting that the U.S. Constitution "does not prohibit the law school's
narrowly tailored use of race in admissions." 

Tamper (verb) 
to interfere so as to weaken or change for the worse--used with “with”
Jackson and Cleveland pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and agreed to testify.

Tangle (noun) 
a complicated situation or problem
That way we avoid all those political tangles that have nothing to do with degrees of
difference between languages. 

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