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TESTfunda Daily Wordlist 19-Jan-10

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explicate [ EK-spli-keyt ]
 transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. to explain or make clear the meaning of
2. to develop
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 You should have paid attention when the professor explicated the differences between relativity and the quantum theory.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Dr David Hardman, principal lecturer in learning development at London Metropolitan University, said: "It is very difficult to conduct true experiments that would explicate a causal relationship between IQ and religious belief.
The Telegraph, Intelligent people 'less likely to believe in God', Graeme Paton, 11 June 2008.
 
verdigris [ VUR-di-grees ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a bluish or green sheen which forms on copper, brass or bronze surfaces which are exposed to the atmosphere over a long period of time
2. a bluish or green powder consisting of basic cupric acetate used as a fungicide and a paint pigment
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 His job was to remove the verdigris by polishing the brass buckles and epaulets before the parade.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Verdigris stained statues, of heroes and statesmen, rub shoulders with kings and common, self-made men.
BBC, Where I live: Leeds, 29 September, 2005.
 
insurmountable [ in-ser-MOUN-tuh'-buh'l ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. insuperable or that which cannot be surpassed or overcome
2. impossible to pass over or conquer
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles by determination and hard work.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Mr Brown told the BBC the barriers were "huge" but "not insurmountable".
BBC, Copenhagen climate deal 'faces problems' - Gordon Brown, 16 December 2009.
 
drone [ drohn ]
 noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) a continuous buzzing or humming sound
2. (n.) an unmanned aircraft used for launching aerial attacks and reconnaissance purposes
3. (n.) the male bees which are without stings and do not make honey
4. (tr. v.) to make a continuous sound which is dull and monotonous
5. (tr. v.) to speak in a dull, monotonous tone
6. (intr. v.) to utter in a dull, monotonous tone
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The drone of the machines at the construction site was disturbing the office staff in the neighbouring building.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Public criticism of the use of drones has been muted since the killing of Baitullah Mehsud, who had ordered suicide bombings and fedayeen commando attacks throughout Pakistan in which hundreds of civilians were killed.
The Telegraph, US to escalate drone attacks on Pakistan, Javed Siddiq, 4 December 2009.
 
brink [ bringk ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. the edge of land bordering water or of a steep place like a cliff
2. verge or a critical or crucial point of a situation beyond which either catastrophe or success results
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The two neighbouring countries were on the brink of war because their sovereigns were at loggerheads with each other.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 But the scene here in Macau was far from festive last year, when the financial crisis put the brakes on tourist dollars, suspended construction on several casino projects and forced the American gaming conglomerate to the brink of collapse.
CNN, Las Vegas developer reshapes Macau, Eunice Yoon, 17 December 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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A sentence is given below with a part of it printed in bold type. That part may contain a grammatical error. Each sentence is followed by phrases (1), (2), (3) and (4). Find out which phrase should replace the phrase given in bold to correct the error, if there is any, and to make the sentence grammatically meaningful and correct. If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (5) as the answer.

The primary feature of Mental Ray is the achievement of high performance yet parallelism on both multiprocessor machines and across rendering farms.
OPTIONS
 
 1)high performance though parallelism
 2)high performance within parallelism
 3)high performance as parallelism
 4)high performance through parallelism
 5)No correction required
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Identify your key strengths, and make sure that your bio-data reflects these strengths.
Last year's Question of the day (19-Jan-09)
5 boys and 5 girls sit in a row. Which of the following is true?

  1. If five persons out of these 10 are to be selected at random, the probability that the first is a boy, second is a girl, third is a boy, fourth is a girl and fifth is a boy, is 5/126.
  2. A mixed doubles tennis match is to be organized between these 10 people. The probability that one of the boys Aman and one of the girls Tanushree will be together in one team is 1/25.

OPTIONS
 
 1)A
 2)B
 3)Both A and B
 4)Neither A nor B
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