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analog- relating to or using signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity such as spatial position or voltage

astronomy- the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole

geology- the study of the earths physical structure and substance, its history, and the processes that act on it

octagon- a plane figure with eight straight sides and eight angles

portage- the carrying of a boat or its cargo between two navigable waters

diameter- a straight line passing from side to side through the center of a body or figure, especially a circle or sphere

democracy- government by the people

equivalent- equal in value, amount, function, etc

geology- the study of the earth

semicircle- a half of a circle

reverse- going in or turned toward the direction opposite to that previously stated convert- cause to change in form, character, or function

picture- a painting or drawing

influx- an arrival or entry of large numbers of people or things fluctuation- a wave motion

locale- a place where something happens or is set, or that has events associated with it

decade- a period of ten years

agronomy- field-crop production and soil management

eject- to throw out

thermometer- instrument for measuring heat

convene- assemble or cause to assemble for a common purpose venture- a risky or daring journey or undertaking

anthropology- the study of man

invisible- unable to be seen video- the system of recording, reproducing, or broadcasting moving visual images on or from videotape

graduation- the receiving of an academic degree ingress- a place or means of access; an entrance

verify- make sure or demonstrate that (something) is true, accurate, or justified

congenital- present from birth

monoplane- airplane with one wing

psychology- study of the mind in any of its aspects

centimeter- equal to one hundredth of a meter

zoology- the study of animals

adverbial- like or relating to an adverb

convivial- (of a person) cheerful and friendly; jovial vital- absolutely necessary or important; essential, as in vital organs

terrace- a raised platform of earth

manuscript- hand written

manuscript- written by hand

torsion- the action of twisting or the state of being twisted, esp. of one end of an object relative to the other

amiable- having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner

terminal- of, forming, or situated at the end or extremity of something

telephone- a system that converts acoustic vibrations to electrical signals in order to transmit sound, typically voices, over a distance using wire or radio

aquarium- a transparent tank of water in which fish and other water creatures and plants are kept

sensation- a physical feeling or perception resulting from something that happens to or comes into contact with the body

vocal- of or relating to the human voice invoke- cite or appeal to (someone or something) for an action or in support of an argument

epidermis- the outer layer of skin

photograph- a picture made using a camera, in which an image is focused onto film or other light-sensitive material and then made visible

synchronize- occur at the same time or rate

necrophilia- a morbid and esp. erotic attraction toward corpses

universe- all existing matter and space considered as a whole

benevolent- well meaning and kindly benign- gentle; kindly

maintain- keep at the same level or rate contents- the things that are held or included in something

biology- the study of life

hydroponics- growing of plants in water reinforced with nutrients

hemisphere- a half of a sphere

pedestrian- a person walking along a road or in a developed area

extend- expand in scope, effect, or meaning

millimeter- one thousandth of a meter

adjunct- a thing added to something else as a supplementary rather than an essential part

fidelity- faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support

volvox- a green, single-celled aquatic organism that forms minute, free-swimming spherical colonies revolt- rise in rebellion convoluted- intricately folded, twisted, or coiled

audible- able to be heard aural- of or relating to the ear or the sense of hearing

contact- the state or condition of physical touching

incredulous- (of a person) unable to believe something

pendant-a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck

infraction- a violation or infringement of a law, agreement, or set of rules fragment- a small part broken or separated from something

stability- the state of being stable statue- a carved or cast figure

cardiac- pertaining to the heart

astronaut- one who travels in interplanetary space

lucid- expressed clearly; easy to understand luminous- bright or shining illustrate- to make something clear by using examples, charts, or pictures

respiration- the action of breathing

telescope- an optical instrument designed to make distant objects appear nearer

precede- to go before

remember- be able to bring to one's mind an awareness of

inspection- a formal or official examination

repel- drive or force (an attack or attacker) back or away impulse- an impelling action or force, driving onward or inducing motion

bicycle- a vehicle composed of two wheels held in a frame one behind the other

hypnosis- a state of sleep induced by suggestion

solve- find an answer to, explanation for a problem or mystery soluble- able to be dissolved, esp. in water solution- a means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation

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magnify- to enlarge, to make bigger

solo- a thing done by one person unaccompanied

heliotrope- any plant that turns toward the sun

empathy- the ability to understand and share the feelings of another sympathy- feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune

dynamic- characterized by power and energy

novice- a person new to a situation

orthodox- right, true, straight opinion

society- the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community

select- carefully choose as being the best or most suitable collection- the action or process of collecting someone or something

pseudopod- false foot

operate- control the functioning of a machine, process, or system

chromatology- the science of colors

microfilm- film containing microphotographs

sequence- a particular order in which related events, movements, or things follow each other

pyrometer- an instrument for measuring temeratures

indoctrinate- teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs

inscribe- Write or carve on something script- handwriting; written characters

triangle- a plane figure with three straight sides and three angles

nominal- existing in name only homonym- each of two or more words having the same spelling but different meanings :orange

amorous- showing, feeling, or relating to sexual desire

indictment- a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime

manufacture- the making of articles on a large scale using machinery

tractable- easy to control or influence

bibliophile- a person who collects or has a great love of books

nascent- just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential prenatal- before birth

rupture- break or burst suddenly

cognitive- of or being or relating to or involving cognition agnostic- a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God

vacuous- having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence;empty

sentient- able to perceive or feel things: "sentient life forms"

corpulent- (of a person) fat;obese

factory- a building or buildings where goods are manufactured or assembled efface- make oneself appear insignificant or inconspicuous

remit- to transmit or send (money, a check, etc.) to a person or place, usually in payment admission- the process or fact of entering or being allowed to enter a place, organization, or institution

induction- a formal introduction to a new job or position

mobile- able to move or be moved freely or easily remove- take away something from the position it occupies. motion- the action or process of moving or being moved

query- a question request- an act of asking politely or formally for something

cuneiform- denoting or relating to the wedge-shaped characters used in the ancient writing systems of Mesopotamia, and Persia