Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Toll (noun) 
a grievous or ruinous price–especially: cost in life or health 
By that time, she said, age and an assassination attempt had taken its toll on the man
who once proclaimed, ''Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.''

Ton (noun) 
unit of weight equivalent to 2,000 pounds
Some of the wagons, on which the early pioneers depended, were capable of carrying up
to eight tons of supplies.

Topography (noun) 
the features on the surface of a particular area of land
Things such as wind, temperature, relative humidity,  topography, and fuel levels all
need to be taken into account.

Torch (noun) 
a stick of wood dipped in wax or with one end wrapped in combustible material, set on fire 
and carried, especially in the past, as a source of light
Forestry officials used drip torches to start the fire, avoiding large logs on the ground
that was home to small animals. 

Torrential (adjective) 
relating to large amounts of liquids such as water or lava
Sometimes a slow moving sequence of mesoscale convective systems will extend over
several days, causing torrential rains over a large area.

Torture (noun) 
excruciating punishment; the act of subjecting another to extreme physical cruelty, as in
The Sun Dance was a type of self torture which included a loss of consciousness.

Totality (noun) 
the state of being complete or total
At its worst, it could cause some to disagree with the totality of the comments.

Tout (verb) 
to praise or recommend somebody or something enthusiastically 
Jones and Dewey are respectively  touted as prominent west coast and east coast

Toxin (noun) 
a poison produced by a living organism, especially bacteria, capable of causing disease and 
also of stimulating the production within the body of antibodies to counter their effects
General causes for primary brain cancer can include a prior head injury, infections,
exposure to chemical  toxins such as insecticides and fungicides and exposure to
radiation such as microwave or radio frequencies.

Tract (noun) 
system of body parts or organs that collectively serve some purpose
Vomiting and diarrhea are dangerous and can cause damage to the digestive tract.  

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