Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Threshold (noun) 
a level, point, or value above which something is true or will take place and below which it 
is not or will not  Supporters and opponents alike agree the income threshold needs to be raised. 

Thrive (verb) 
to fare well; to grow rapidly and luxuriantly
Many businesses  thrived while William Jefferson Clinton was President of the United
Tide (noun) 
something suggestive of running water
When it finally reaches the coast, a tsunami may appear as a rapidly rising or falling
tide, a series of breaking waves, or even a bore.

Tier (noun) 
a row, rank, or layer of articles; especially: one of two or more rows, levels, or ranks 
arranged one above another; a group of political or geographical divisions that form a row 
across the map
The middle tier is serious candidates who have yet to catch fire: Joe Lieberman (despite
high name recognition in the polls), John Edwards (despite financial support from his
fellow trial lawyers and some creative speeches about specific issues) and Bob Graham. 

Tilt (verb) 
to slant or cause something to slant
Unstable areas may sometimes be identified by trees or telephone poles  tilted at odd
angles, or by curved tree trunks.

Tip (verb) 
to move from true vertical or horizontal; to shift the balance of power or influence
After one of several indecisive battles, probably in 1790, the balance was suddenly
tipped in favor of Kamehameha when a natural disaster struck.

Tissue (noun) 
organic body material in animals and plants made up of large numbers of cells that are 
similar in form and function and their related intercellular substances
They enter the heart of the palms and feed on the tender tissues within. 

Titter (noun) 
the act of laughing in a nervous, affected, or partly suppressed manner
The aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost
business, and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak.

Token (noun) 
something that represents, expresses, or is a symbol of something else
In several famous and controversial demonstrations, chimpanzees have been taught
some hand signs based on American Sign Language, to manipulate colored switches or
tokens, and to understand some spoken commands.

Tolerance (noun) 
the acceptance of the differing views of other people, for example, in religious or political 
matters, and fairness toward the people who hold these different views 
The Constitution guarantees religious tolerance, which is why many people decided to
settle in America.

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