4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 23: The Ice House
- allocate [ˈæləkeit] v.
To allocate something means to put it aside for a certain purpose or person.
→ The government allocated $100 million to aid the disaster relief effort.
- appetizing [ˈæpitaiziŋ] adj.
When food is appetizing, it looks and smells very good.
→ The appetizing plate of cookies was gone in half an hour.
- blizzard [ˈblizərd] n.
A blizzard is a severe snow storm with strong winds.
→ We did not dare to go outside during the terrible blizzard.
- cavity [ˈkævəti] n.
A cavity is a hole or space in something.
→ There was a small cavity in the wall of the cave where an animal lived.
- clockwise [ˈklɒkwaiz] adv.
If something moves clockwise, it moves in a circle in the same direction as a clock.
→ Turn the screw clockwise to tighten it.
- concentric [kənˈsentrik] adj.
When circles or rings are concentric, they have the same center.
→ The target was a series of concentric circles.
- courtesy [ˈkɔːrtəsi] n.
Courtesy is the excellence of manners or social conduct.
→ Jenna always behaves with great courtesy when people visit her home.
- crisp [krisp] adj.
When food is crisp, it is hard or has a hard surface in a way that is pleasant.
→ My favorite snack is a bag of crisp, delicious potato chips.
- discord [ˈdiskɔːrd] n.
Discord is disagreement or fighting between people.
→ There was much discord between the experts on the talk show.
- frigid [ˈfridʒid] adj.
When something is frigid, it is extremely cold.
→ We decided not to go on the hike because the weather was too frigid.
- generate [ˈdʒenəreit] v.
To generate something means to cause it to develop or begin.
→ The mayor promised to generate new jobs and programs to help the poor.
- glacial [ˈgleiʃəl] adj.
When something is glacial, it relates to large masses of ice that move slowly.
→ Penguins thrive in the glacial regions of Antarctica.
- interchange [ˌintərˈtʃeindʒ] n.
An interchange of ideas between people is a discussion of each person’s idea.
→ There was an interchange of ideas between the groups.
- locker [ˈlɒkər] n.
A locker is a small cabinet with a lock where people store their possessions.
→ I keep my school books in my locker.
- multicultural [ˌmʌltiˈkʌltʃərəl] adj.
When something is multicultural, it relates to many different cultures.
→ Everyone was welcomed to attend the multicultural celebration.
- omission [ouˈmiʃən] n.
An omission is something that has been left out or not done.
→ Mike was upset because of the omission of his name during the ceremony.
- oversee [ˌouvərˈsiː] v.
To oversee something means to make sure that it is being done properly.
→ His job was to oversee the progress of the construction project.
- pierce [piərs] v.
To pierce something means to make a hole in it using a sharp object.
→ The arrow pierced the target in the very center.
- replicate [ˈrepləˌkeit] v.
To replicate something is to do it in the exact same way as someone before.
→ I would love to replicate my father’s achievements in school.
- wavy [ˈweivi] adj.
When something is wavy, it is not straight but has a series of curves.
→ The child drew wavy lines all over the piece of paper.