Sunday, August 12, 2012

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Aglow (adjective) 
glowing especially with warmth or excitement 
Three years later, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the incandescent light bulb,
and on New Year's Eve in 1879 drew a crowd of 3,000 visitors to his Menlo Park, New
Jersey, complex to see the buildings and grounds aglow in the softer light of his creation.

Alarming (adjective) 
relating to a sudden sharp apprehension and fear resulting from the perception of 
imminent danger Brazil and Indonesia, which contain the world’s two largest surviving regions of rain
forest, are being stripped at an alarming rate by logging, fires, and land-clearing for
agriculture and cattle-grazing. 

Albeit (conjunction) 
conceding the fact that; even though 
Saliva provides another example, albeit less exotic, of taste modification.

Alias (noun) 
a false or assumed name  
Similar to past Russian revolutionaries, Joseph Stalin adopted many aliases to evade

Alien (noun)   
A person coming from another country
During World War II, restrictions were imposed upon many aliens in the US, especially
if they were of Japanese origin.

Alignment (noun) 
the act of adjusting to a line; the state of being so adjusted
Due to the car accident, his back went out of alignment.

Allocate (verb) 
to apportion for a specific purpose or to particular persons or things 
The industries affected -- including oil refineries, steel, cement, ceramics, glass and paper
-- will feel the pinch next March when European Union governments must say how they
will allocate the 2 allowances firms will need to operate from 2005. 

Alternative (noun) 
the power or right of choosing
Recently, wind power has become an appealing alternative to fossil based fuels,
especially in countries with scarce petroleum and ample wind. 

Alter (noun) 
the act of changing some particular aspect of someone (i.e., personality) or 
Various triggers can cause the brains alter to take control of the mental processes of the
victim for periods of time.

Altitude (noun) 
the distance of something from a given level, especially referring to sea level
The summit of Mount Everest is at an altitude of 29,000 feet.

Amateur (noun) 
one lacking professional skill
It is learned that the impact might produce a sudden brightening of the comet visible to
amateur astronomers with small telescopes.

Ambitious (adjective) 
full of strong desire to achieve something
George Washington was well informed, ambitious, and public spirited. 

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