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4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 10: The Avalanche

4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 10: The Avalanche

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  • accumulate [əˈkjuːmjəleit] v. 

To accumulate something is to collect a lot of it over time.

 The mail accumulated in their mailbox while they were on vacation.

  • aerial [ˈɛəriəl] adj. 

When something is aerial, it relates to being in the air or flying.

 The aerial photographer took pictures from the air balloon.

  • apparatus [ˌæpəˈræitəs] n. 

An apparatus is a device used for a particular purpose.

 The campers had an apparatus that showed them their exact location.

  • avalanche [ˈævəlæntʃ] n. 

An avalanche is a large amount of snow, ice, and rock falling off a mountain.

 The avalanche destroyed the mountain village.

  • consistency [kənˈsistənsi] n. 

Consistency is the state of always behaving in the same way.

 Her consistency in archery meant that our team had a chance to win.

  • convection [kənˈvekʃən] n. 

Convection is the flow of hot air through gas or liquid.

 The weather changed because of convection in the atmosphere.

  • discharge [ˈdistʃɑːrdʒ] v. 

To discharge someone is to allow them to leave from a place, usually a hospital.

 I was discharged from the hospital after three days.

  • intact [inˈtækt] adj. 

When something is intact, it is complete and not damaged.

 Despite being over ten years old, my father’s model ship is still intact.

  • mortal [ˈmɔːrtl] adj. 

When a person is mortal, they cannot live forever.

 All people are mortal.

  • omen [ˈɑumən] n. 

An omen is a sign of what will happen in the future.

 He thought that seeing a black cat in the street was an omen of bad luck.

  • overcast [ˈouvərˈkæst] adj. 

When the sky is overcast, it is full of clouds and is not sunny.

 The sky was overcast in the morning, but by noon it was bright again.

  • poignant [ˈpɔinjənt] adj. 

When something is poignant, it causes a very strong feeling of sadness.

 The girls cried at the end of the poignant movie.

  • ranger [ˈreindʒə:r] n. 

ranger is a person who protects the forest or parks.

 Peter wanted to be a ranger because he liked spending time outside.

  • rubble [ˈrʌbəl] n. 

Rubble is piles of broken stone and wood created after a building is destroyed.

 There was rubble all over the city after the earthquake.

  • seclude [siˈklu:d] v. 

To seclude someone means to keep them away from other people.

 She was secluded on an island for over a year.

  • sideways [ˈsaidˌweiz] adv. 

If something moves sideways, then it moves to or from the side.

 Jim turned sideways in order to slow down and stop his snowboard.

  • sob [sɒb] v. 

To sob is to cry loudly.

 I sobbed when my youngest daughter got married.

  • sober [ˈsoubə:r] adj. 

When something or someone is sober, they are serious and calm.

 After the funeral, everybody felt very sober.

  • speck [spek] n. 

speck is a very small mark or amount.

 A speck of blood appeared where the mosquito bit him.

  • upbringing [ˈʌpˌbriŋiŋ] n. 

An upbringing is the way that someone is taught to behave by their parents.

 He had a strict upbringing and was never allowed to watch television.

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