Tuesday, August 14, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (205)

Velocity (noun) 
the speed at which something moves, happens, or is done
As the body is crushed into a smaller and smaller volume, the gravitational attraction
increases hence the escape velocity gets bigger.

Venerable (adjective) 
calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments; broadly: conveying an  impression of aged goodness and benevolence; impressive by reason of age    
Like the steam engine, the internal-combustion engine has a long and  venerable

Venom (noun) 
a poisonous fluid produced by an animal and injected by a bite or sting in order to 
immobilize prey or defend itself.
The venom of the rattlesnake is injected through fangs which fold back when the mouth
is closed.
Venture (verb) 
to take a risk in the hope of gaining advantage
Some businesspersons venture in real estate and the stock market as possible ways of
getting a lucrative return on their investments.

Verdant (adjective) 
green with growing plants 
Locusts prefer warm, damp, verdant places in which they settle, feed, and reproduce. 

Verity (noun) 
the quality of being true or real 
More than simply a renowned Mississippi writer, the Nobel Prize winning novelist and
short story writer is acclaimed throughout the world as one of the greatest writers of the
twentieth century, one who transformed his "postage stamp" of native soil into an
apocryphal setting in which he explored, articulated, and challenged "the old verities
and truths of the heart."

Vertebrate (noun) 
any of the class of animals having a backbone as a distinguishing anatomical feature
Rhipidistian fishes eventually gave rise to all land vertebrates.

Vertically (adverb) 
at a right angle to the horizon or to level ground 
Tsunamis can be generated when the sea floor abruptly deforms and  vertically
displaces the overlying water.

Vibrant (adjective) 
full of or characterized by a lively, emphatic, eager quality
Having a vibrant personality, Gus Sanderson is liked by everyone he knows at work.

Viewpoint (noun) 
a personal perspective from which somebody considers something   
While healthcare strategies abound from diverse viewpoints and divergent professional
groups, no one strategy has all the answers to reform the medical healthcare enterprise. 

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