Tuesday, August 14, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (208)

Wholesale (adjective) 
without discrimination; having no particular pattern, purpose, organization, or structure    
The wholesale evolutionary restructuring of some reptiles over a period of thousand of
years equipped the new animals to escape their predators and to find food more easily.

Widespread (adjective) 
existing or happening in many places, or affecting many people
Earlier studies of firefighter mortality that did not identify brain cancer as a cause of
death were done before the widespread introduction of plastics in the 1950s.

Wield (verb) 
to exert one's authority 
Yet he wielded political power virtually to the end, prevailing upon President Bush to
appoint his 29 year old son, Strom Jr., as U.S. Attorney in South Carolina in 2001.

Windmill (noun) 
a building with a set of wind driven revolving sails or blades attached to the site of its roof 
that drive a grinding machine inside
In more modern times in the United States, windmills were erected as the West was
developed during the late 19th century.

Wipe out (verb) 
to destroy completely: annihilate 
On the other hand, the general public in developing countries has a host of other
problems than the possibility that a large bolides could wipe out mankind

Withdrawal (noun) 
the act of taking money from a bank account, or the amount of money taken out
That a withdrawal of $35,000 was made after his wife’s murder is evidence that the
suspect is a flight risk.

Wizardry (noun) 
the use of supernatural powers to influence or predict events
It was once believed that witchcraft and wizardry was practiced among some of the
citizens of Salem, Massachusetts.

Wobbly (adjective)
lacking stability
Home buying has jumped as borrowing costs plummet, providing support to a wobbly

Woe (noun) 
a condition of deep suffering from misfortune, affliction, or grief
An economist at Fannie Mae, the top source of U.S.  housing finance, said accounting
woes  at the second largest such financing source, Freddie Mac, had little impact on
mortgage lending over the last week.

Wound (verb) 
to cause or inflict an injury to the body (as from violence, accident, or surgery) that 
involves laceration or breaking of a membrane (as the skin) and usually damage to 
underlying tissues
In a surprise attack, Little Turtle's forces killed or  wounded about 900 American

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