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TESTfunda Daily Wordlist 16-Dec-09

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16-Dec-09
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arrhythmic [ uh'-RITH-mik ]
 noun, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) a disturbance in the rhythm of the heartbeat
2. (adj.) lacking rhythm or regularity
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He had to retire and move to the peaceful countryside because of his arrhythmic heart condition.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 In the summer of 2007 he was diagnosed as suffering from an arrhythmic heart condition combined with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The Telegraph, Sir Nicholas Pumfrey, 1 January 2008.
 
pilfer [ PIL-fer ]
 intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to steal something small or a small quantity of
2. (tr. v.) to filch
3. (tr. v.) to steal or filch
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Every day the restaurant cashier would pilfer some cash from the till.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The quickest theft was at London Bridge railway station in south-east London, one of the busiest in the country, where an unsecured £130 bicycle was pilfered in just 17 minutes.
The Telegraph, Bicycles will be stolen in under four hours, finds survey of Britain's cycle theft hotspots, Alastair Jamieson, 22 June 2009.
 
gull [ guhl ]
 noun, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) a long-winged, web-toed, aquatic bird
2. (n.) a person who is easily deceived
3. (tr. v.) to deceive or dupe
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The birdwatcher went out onto the rocks to get a better view of the gulls diving for fish.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Their love of gulls is shown in the delightful books for children, written and illustrated by Helena.
The Telegraph, Scilly potter who also turns his hand to birdwatching, Robin Page, 12 November 2009.
 
bugaboo [ buh'g-uh'-BOO ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. an object of fear, worry or anxiety
2. a persistent problem
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The little girl kept awake long past her bedtime because for her darkness was a bugaboo.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Put bedtime bugaboos -- and your kids -- to rest with these expert solutions.
CNN, What to do if your child can't sleep, 30 March 2009.
 
concentric [ kuh'n-SEN-trik ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. having a centre which is common
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 What appeared to be a spiral was actually a bunch of concentric circles.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 When all water, food and ammunition had run out, Koenig decided to lead a breakout through the minefields and three concentric rings of German tanks.
BBC, The only woman in the French Foreign Legion, 24 September 2009.
 
Spelled Pronunciation Key
Stress marks: [ CAPS ] indicates the primary stressed syllable, as in newspaper [NOOZ-pey-per ] and information [ in-fer-MEY-shuh' n ]
CONSONANTS
[b] boy, baby, rob
[d] do, ladder, bed
[f] food, offer, safe
[g] get, bigger, dog
[h] happy, ahead
[j] jump, budget, age
[k] can, speaker, stick
[l] let, follow, still
[m] make, summer, time
[n] no, dinner, thin
[ng] singer, think, long
[p] put, apple, cup
[r] run, marry, far, store
[s] sit, city, passing, face
[sh] she, station, push
[t] top, better, cat
[ch] church, watching, nature, witch
[th] thirsty, nothing, math
[th'] this, mother, breathe
[v] very, seven, love
[w] wear, away
[hw] where, somewhat
[y] yes, onion
[z] zoo, easy, buzz
[zh] measure, television, beige
 
VOWELS
[a] apple, can, hat
[ey] aid, hate, day
[ah] arm, father, aha
[air] air, careful, wear
[aw] all, or, talk, lost, saw
[e] ever, head, get
[ee] eat, see, need
[eer] ear, hero, beer
[er] teacher, afterward, murderer
[i] it, big, finishes
[ahy] I, ice, hide, deny
[o] odd, hot, woffle
[oh] owe, road, below
[oo] ooze, food, soup, sue
[oo'] good, book, put
[oi] oil, choice, toy
[ou] out, loud, how
[uh] up, mother, mud
[uh'] about, animal, problem, circus
[ur] early, bird, stirring
 
FOREIGN SOUNDS
[a*] Fr. ami
[kh*] Scot. loch, Ger. ach or ich
[œ] Fr. feu, Ger. schön
[r*] Fr. au revoir, Yiddish rebbe
[uh*] Fr. oeuvre
[y*] Fr. tu, Ger. über
 
SAMPLE NASALIZED VOWELS
[an*] Fr. bien
[ahn*] Fr. croissant
[awn*] Fr. bon
[œn*] Fr. parfum
[in*] Port. Principe
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TESTfunda - CAT Question of the Day 16-Dec-09

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16-Dec-09
CAT Question of the Day
Which two sentences in the following convey the same idea? Choose from the combinations listed below:

1. He was told that
    mum's the word.
2. He answered saying,
    "Elvis has left the building".
3. He was asked to pipe down.
4. He replied that the employee
   could not cut the mustard.
5. He told them to let
    by bygones be bygones.
OPTIONS
 
 1)1, 5
 2)2, 4
 3)3, 5
 4)2, 1
 5)1, 3
Tip of the Day
Remove stage fright by participating in group discussions with friends. Make your own group, and ask one person to be the moderator.
Last year's Question of the day (16-Dec-08)
A question is followed by two statements, A and B. Answer the question using the following instructions:

Mark (1) if the question can be answered by using the statement A alone but not by using the statement B alone.

Mark (2) if the question can be answered by using the statement B alone but not by using the statement A alone.

Mark (3) if the question can be answered by using either of the statements alone.

Mark (4) if the question can be answered by using both the statements together but not by either of the statements alone.

Mark (5) if the question cannot be answered on the basis of the two statements.


What is the number of terms in a geometric progression?

  1. Sum of first and the last term of the series is 2190 and the product of the second and second last terms is 6561.
  2. Sum of all the terms is 3279.

OPTIONS
 
 1)1
 2)2
 3)3
 4)4
 5)5
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This Week in Health

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David Headley was FBI informer: Report
Headly, charged with conspiracy in 26/11 attacks, was arrested twice on drug charges but was released early as he was a 'good informant' in unearthing major drug cartels.

Telangana MPs protest YSR Jr's united Andhra stand
Y S Jaganmohan Reddy made common cause with TDP, to press for a united Andhra Pradesh, even as Congress MPs clashed in the Lok Sabha over Telangana issue.

20 killed in blast near Pakistan minister's home
At least 20 people were killed in a car bomb blast near the home of a Pakistani provincial government minister in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan.

Cities

Court cancels bail of accused in Russian's rape
The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court cancelled the anticipatory bail of John Fernandes, a local politician accused of raping a Russian woman on December 1.

Road rage claims life at Mumbai airport
A youth died of injuries sustained in a quarrel between the drivers of two cars after a minor accident outside Mumbai airport early on Tuesday.

Business

Sensex loses 220 points, closes below 17000
The Sensex fell for the second straight day on Tuesday to close at 16,877.16 as rising inflation triggered concerns that the RBI may start tightening liquidity soon.

India urges US regulator to waive off fine on Satyam
India has urged the US Securities Exchange Commission not to impose fine on Mahindra Satyam, in view of irregularities as it was also listed at the US regulator.

Sports

1st ODI: India beat Sri Lanka by three runs, lead series 1-0
In spite of Dilshan's swashbuckling 160 runs, Sri Lanka failed to chase India's record score of 414 as Dhoni's men beat the visitors by 3 runs in the 1st ODI at Rajkot.

Indian doping saga 2009: 24 athletes sanctioned, 11 cases pending
The 2009 has been the worst year in terms of doping with 24 athletes, bodybuilders leading the hall of shame, already sanctioned, 11 more waiting for their fate.

Entertainment

Thurman dumped her bossy fiance
Hollywood siren Uma Thurman ended her engagement with ex-fiance because he was too controlling, according to a friend of the actress.

Katrina unwell again
Katrina Kaif was again at a Mumbai suburban hospital to take further tests as her haemoglobin count continued to fall, despite treatment from the best city doctors.

Infotech

LG to roll out 3D TV line-up
LG Electronics Inc, the world's No. 2 TV brand by revenue, set an aggressive sales target for 3D televisions, aiming to build a leadership position in an emerging market.

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