Monday, August 13, 2012

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Crucial (adjective) 
so serious as to be at the point of crisis
The sociological perspective is crucial for working in today's multiethnic and
multinational business environment. 

Crude (adjective) 
in a natural state and still not prepared for use
Crude oil needs to be refined before it can be used for automobile consumption.

Crumple (verb) 
to make irregular folds in, especially by pressing or twisting; to be unable to hold up 
The front and rear ends of an automobile are designed to crumple during a collision.

Crushing (verb) 
pressing forcefully so as to break up into pulpy mass
The core thus begins to fuse helium into carbon to make enough energy to maintain its
balance with the crushing force of gravity.  

Crustal (adjective) 
relating to the outer exterior of the earth consisting of rock 
Tectonic earthquakes are a particular kind of earthquake that are associated with the
earth's crustal deformation; when these earthquakes occur beneath the sea, the water
above the deformed area is displaced from its equilibrium position.

Crystallized (adjective) 
formed with a clear colorless rock
Diamond is the name given to the crystallized form of the element Carbon. 

Cull (noun)
something rejected especially as being inferior or worthless 
Animal activists are angry about the kangaroo cull. 

Cultivate (verb) 
to prepare or prepare and use for something
The proposal focused on a laboratory procedure designed to create embryos to cultivate
their stem cells, which are master cells that can potentially grow into any type of human

Cumulative (adjective) 
increasing, as in force, by successive additions
Scientific knowledge is not absolute, but cumulative in that new facts are constantly
being added while old facts are discarded.

Curio (adjective) 
something such as a decorative object considered novel, rare, or bizarre
A further one million are fished for the curio trade because seahorses retain their shape
and color when dried.  

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