4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 26: Cosmo’s Flight
- behalf [biˈhæf] n.
If something is done on one’s behalf, it is done for that person by another.
→ The original speaker was sick, so his son gave the speech on his behalf.
- flap [flæp] v.
To flap means to move quickly up and down or from side to side.
→ The tiny bird flapped its wings and ate from the flowers.
- glacier [ˈgleiʃər] n.
A glacier is a large piece of ice that moves very slowly.
→ The North Pole is covered by a huge glacier.
- globe [gloub] n.
The globe refers to the Earth.
→ Water covers most of the globe.
- horizontal [ˌhɔ:rəˈzɒntl] adj.
When something is horizontal, it is flat and level with the ground.
→ The Russian flag has three horizontal stripes of white, blue, and red.
- hum [hʌm] v.
To hum means to make a low, continuous noise.
→ The man hummed his favorite song.
- inventory [ˈinvənˌtɔ:ri] n.
An inventory is a supply of something.
→ Gwen was checking the inventory to make sure we had what we needed.
- inward [ˈinwərd] adj.
If a thought or feeling is inward, it is not expressed or shown to others.
→ She had an inward feeling of guilt when she lied to her mother.
- loaf [louf] n.
A loaf of bread is bread shaped and baked in one piece.
→ Could you please buy a loaf of bread for sandwiches?
- oracle [ˈɔ(:)rəkəl] n.
An oracle is person who speaks with gods and gives advice about the future.
→ The king went to the oracle to ask if going to war was a good idea.
- orbit [ˈɔːrbit] v.
To orbit something means to move around it in a continuous, curving path.
→ The moon orbits the Earth.
- overview [ˈouvərvjuː] n.
An overview is a general description of a situation.
→ My brother gave me an overview of the important parts of the book.
- preview [ˈpriːvjuː] n.
A preview is an opportunity to see something before it is available to the public.
→ The band played us a preview of their new song.
- previous [ˈpriːviəs] adj.
If something is previous, then it happened earlier in time or order.
→ He turned back to the previous page to read the paragraph again.
- provide [prəˈvaid] v.
To provide something means to supply it.
→ Each student was provided with a test and three sharp pencils.
- recur [riˈkəːr] v.
To recur means to happen more than once.
→ Burglaries seem to recur over and over in our neighborhood.
- relevant [ˈreləvənt] adj.
When something is relevant, it is important to a certain person or situation.
→ The thirty-year-old book about politics is still relevant to our society today.
- rite [rait] n.
A rite is a traditional ceremony carried out by a particular group or society.
→ Special masks are worn during the rite when a new baby is born.
- stall [stɔːl] v.
To stall means to stop a process and continue it at a later time.
→ If you give the car a push, it won’t stall.
- supernatural [ˌsuːpərˈnætʃərəl] adj.
If something is supernatural, it is not real or explainable by natural law.
→ The dragon had supernatural powers such as flying and breathing fire.