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      adj having the shape of a cube ¶ used in units of volume
      Third-quarter gas production climbed to 302 billion cubic feet, or 9.8 percent more than in the second quarter.
      Multiply the cubic capacity in gallons by 8.4, the weight of a gallon of water; the result gives the floating capacity in pounds.
      With the use of calculators, finding the cube root may be just buttons away. But perhaps you don't have a calculator, or you want to impress your friend with the ability to calculate cube root by hand.
      The cubicle, cubicle desk, office cubicle or cubicle workstation is a partially enclosed workspace, separated from neighboring workspaces by partitions that are usually 1.5–1.8 m tall.
      n[C] a tax on imports or exports
      The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was a multilateral agreement regulating international trade. GATT was signed in 1947, took effect in 1948, and lasted until 1994; it was replaced by the World Trade Organization in 1995.
      The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) is a treaty of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that entered into force in January 1995 as a result of the Uruguay Round negotiations. All members of the WTO are signatories to the GATS.
      Protectionism is the economic policy of restraining trade between states (countries) through methods such as tariffs on imported goods, restrictive quotas, and a variety of other government regulations designed to allow (according to proponents) fair competition between imports and goods and services produced domestically.
      Defenders within the organic food movement sometimes respond that regulations that increase the expense of imported food always work to the benefit of more local food, and thus expensive storage and transport systems (or punitive tariffs levied to pay for them) will ultimately drive the entire export food industry out of business worldwide.
      A tariff is a list of prices for such things as rail service, bus routes, and electrical usage (historically earlier).
      adj thinking only about yourself and not caring about other people
      Both unselfish and selfless are antonyms of selfish.
      Amy, Rachel's sister, is a spoiled selfish child.
      Frank Buffay Sr. was a selfish, irresponsible, bad, bad man.
      Phoebe Abbott was stupid and selfish.
      This isn't a good deed; you just wanted to get on TV. This is totally selfish.
      adj teaching or relating to the skills you need to do a particular job
      Vocational education (education based on occupation or employment), also known as career and technical education (CTE) or technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a high professional practitioner position in engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, architecture, pharmacy, law etc.
      A vocational school, also called a trade school, is a higher-level learning institution that specializes in providing students with the vocational education and technical skills they need in order to perform the tasks of a particular job.
      Vocational schools are traditionally distinguished from two-year junior colleges and four-year universities by their goal to impart job-specific training and education to students who are typically bound for blue-collar jobs in the workforce, rather than the aim to provide academic education for students pursuing careers in white-collar disciplines.
      The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training is a government body responsible for providing education in Tanzania.
      These are girls who missed a secondary education due to poverty. Our program trains them in vocational skills, enterprise skills and life skills for two years then supports them to set up small businesses ensuring they can live successful and happy adult lives making a positive impact on their families and communities.
      n[U] the ability or right to decide sth ¶ the ability to deal with situations in a way that does not offend, upset, or embarrass people or tell any of their secrets
      In 18th and 19th century music, this was often left to the discretion of the individual player but increasingly in the 20th century composers began to specify up and down bow markings more.
      A judge has complete control and discretion over how he or she is making the rulings as the case progresses.
      Your employer has discretion as to whether to grant your request or not.
      Hospitals can also use their discretion whether or not to withhold treatment if payment is not made in advance.
      The court will then exercise its discretion based on an analysis of these factors.
      The Director of Immigration reserves absolute discretion to refuse any application even if the application meets all eligibility criteria.
      Investigations shall be undertaken with discretion.
      Most primates don't show that sort of discretion.
      "Discretion is the better part of valor" means that it is better to be careful and think before you act than it is to be brave and take risks.
      n[C] a portable lighting device or mounted light fixture used to illuminate broad areas
      Lanterns may also be used for signaling, as torches, or as general light sources outdoors.
      The term "lantern" is also used more generically to mean a light source, or the enclosure for a light source.
      Often associated with festivals, paper lanterns are common in China and Japan and, similarly, in Chinatowns, where they are often hung outside of businesses to attract attention.
      A sky lantern, also known as Kongming lantern or Chinese lantern, is a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended.
      A jack-o'-lantern is a carved pumpkin, or turnip, associated chiefly with the holiday of Halloween.
      v[T] show or suggest that sth is the cause of sth bad ¶ show or suggest that sb is involved in a crime or dishonest act
      The IMF is deeply implicated in advocating policies that created and have extended the crisis.
      Although semen and vaginal secretions have been implicated in the sexual transmission of HBV, HCV, and HIV, they have not been implicated in occupational transmission from patients to health care providers (HCP).
      Another nine U.S. servicemen were also at the party and implicated in the scandal.
      Many suspected that Dudley had murdered her, but there is no evidence to implicate him, nor did he lose influence with the queen.
      n[C] a reproduction of a technical drawing
      A blueprint is a reproduction of a technical drawing, documenting an architecture or an engineering design, using a contact print process on light-sensitive sheets.
      Introduced in the 19th century, the process allowed rapid and accurate reproduction of documents used in construction and industry.
      The blue-print process was characterized by light colored lines on a blue background, a negative of the original.
      The process was unable to reproduce color or shades of grey.
      The term blueprint is also used less formally to refer to any plan.
      The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 has however admitted the failure of the Education Act 1996 to ensure that Malaysia has the world's best education system.
      As all builders know, it's easier to correct a problem at the blueprint stage then it is to try and fix something after the structure is finished.
      n[C] basement
      In an active wine cellar, important factors such as temperature and humidity are maintained by a climate control system.
      In contrast, passive wine cellars are not climate-controlled, and are usually built underground to reduce temperature swings.
      The wine is from the cellars of Ernest and Tova Borgnine.
      "There's nothing to discuss. We're not paying for your wine cellar," said Mr. Geller.
      Chandler saw a wine cellar downstairs.
      A root cellar is a structure built underground or partially underground and used to store vegetables, fruits, and nuts or other foods.
      A salt cellar (also called a salt) is an article of tableware for holding and dispensing salt.
      n[C] jewel ¶ sb/sth that is very good, pleasing or useful
      When diamonds, pearls and other precious gems are used, the price is pushed sky-high.
      Kim Fat III was seated upon a splendid throne of red gold, set with pearls and studded with gems.
      Sunday was the real gem of the trip.
      "Hi, I'm Maria. Our gym is a little gem," a gorgeous woman in spandex walks up.
      Gemstones are rocks or minerals often used for jewelry, ornamentation, or technological application.
      Both darling and doll mean someone who is very nice.
      adj not knowing facts or information that you ought to know ¶ with very bad manners
      If so you have just demonstrated that you are completely ignorant of history.
      That's an ignorant remark.
      Penny you are obviously so ignorant of physics that you do not even know the string theory.
      Your ignorant behavior disgusts me.
      n[C] an open type of outdoor footwear
      Sandals are an open type of outdoor footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer's foot by straps passing over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankle.
      A sandal leaves most of the upper part of the foot exposed, particularly the toes.
      People may choose to wear sandals for several reasons, among them economy (sandals tend to require less material than shoes and are usually easier to construct), comfort in warm weather, and as a fashion choice.
      A clog is a heavy sandal, having a thick, typically wooden sole.
      Thongs or flip-flops are sandals unsecured at the ankles.
      A thong is a thin garment which primarily covers the pubic area.
      A G-string (alternatively gee-string or gee string) is a type of thong, a narrow piece of cloth, leather, or plastic, that covers or holds the genitals, passes between the buttocks, and is attached to a band around the hips.
      "I didn't mean a thong, I meant thongs," Charlie laughed.
      Ho Chi Minh sandals are homemade or improvised footwear, the soles cut from an old automobile tire and the straps cut from an inner tube.
      n[UC] the emotional part of sb's character, esp their tendency to be happy, angry etc
      Orangutans are famous for their long reddish-brown hair and fiery temperament.
      They are quiet with a good temperament, which makes them good workers, easy keepers and wonderful family pets.
      Hormones can affect appearance and temperament.
      I don't have the temperament of a race winner. I just like to run fast.
      He did not appear to me good-tempered, but his temperament was not hasty, and his feelings were held under wonderful control.
      Compare these words: character, disposition, nature, personality, and temperament.
      adj not near a coast
      adv away from the coast
      The Inland Revenue was, until April 2005, a department of the British Government responsible for the collection of direct taxation.
      The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the revenue service of the United States federal government.
      The Inland Empire (I.E.) is a metropolitan area and region of Southern California. It is situated directly east of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
      The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea.
      There were even reports of strange vibrations being felt in the village of Kemnay, almost ten miles inland.
      adj able to produce good crops ¶ able to produce fruit or young ¶ able to produce good ideas or results
      There are three National Parks, which are surrounded by fertile countryside providing fresh produce: berries, olives, apples and pears.
      Men can remain fertile for much longer than women.
      While many men remain fertile into their 50s and beyond, the proportion of men with sperm disorders increases with age.
      Don't engage your fertile imagination to extrapolate into what they are not saying.
      He had a very fertile mind and did not allow bureaucratic fetters to dull his creative instincts.
      Compare these words: fertile, infertile, and sterile.
      v[T] make sth less painful or difficult to deal with, =ease ≠aggravate
      You may need to lace the shoe up just slightly differently in an effort to alleviate some of the pressure on the tendons or bones on top of the foot.
      Kate is a doctor and has helped alleviate the suffering of others in her lifetime.
      According to James, biotech crops can reduce the amount of pesticides used by farmers because they are already resistant to many common pests. They can also help alleviate poverty.
      To alleviate the problem, use eye lubricant.
      Compare "abate" and "alleviate".
      n[C] sb who claims to use extrasensory perception to identify information hidden from the normal senses
      also an adjective
      The psychic Phoebe sees told her that she's gonna die this week.
      I know you guys don't know a lot about psychic readings, but that one is pretty much the worst one you can get.
      "There's no such thing as psychic," said Sheldon.
      The word "psychic" is also used as an adjective to describe such abilities.
      Phoebe's fairly intuitive and psychic.
      He cited a "famous German scientist" who studies psychic powers, making up the name off the top of his head.
      n[UC] property or money that you receive from sb when they die ¶ sth from the past or from your family that affects the way you behave, look, etc
      His grandfather had left him an inheritance of $300.
      Around 2 years ago Jill's father died and Jill received an inheritance of $100,000.
      He became a protestant and in 1729 returned to Westport to claim his inheritance.
      Gina tries to deny her own children of their rightful inheritance.
      The diagram below shows the possible outcomes of genetic inheritance of the disease if both parents are carriers.
      The City of Perth takes an active role in protecting its cultural inheritance, encourages participation in cultural activities, supports the development of cultural values and provides opportunities for the exchange of cultural experiences.
      Compare these words: heirloom, heritage, inheritance, and legacy.
      n[C] the part of sth that remains after the rest has gone or ended
      Besides apples, 11 other fruits and vegetables have alarming levels of pesticide residues.
      In chemistry, residue is the material remaining after distillation or an evaporation, or to a portion of a larger molecule.
      The residue of plants (for example, straw, corn cobs, leaves and similar organic waste produced by the agricultural sector) can be used in a number of ways, including the production of heat, electricity, biofuels and other bioproducts.
      There are two types of agricultural crop residues: field residues (stems, leaves, etc) and process residues (husks, seeds etc).
      Has anyone noticed the white residue after cooking with or boiling tap water?
      Hard water deposits on a kettle usually present themselves as white, flaky deposits. These deposits stem from minerals in the water.
      Limescale is the hard, off-white, chalky deposit found in kettles, hot-water boilers and the inside of inadequately maintained hot-water central heating systems.
      Mary Jones inherits absolutely the residue of the estate of Barry Hickey consisting of 100,000 in stocks and shares on condition that she pays 15,000 to a specified Irish charity.
      v[I] directly relate to sth
      Stay on topic. Your comment should be concise and pertain to the specific post in question.
      If you're going on a long trip, get the insurance that pertains to your area.
      These pertained to the following issues.
      Police are not releasing further information pertaining to this suspect owing to his age.
      adj evil ¶ naughty, mischievous ¶ excellent
      Among Hollywood writers, Disney has the reputation of being a real wicked stepmother.
      I deplore those who made the video - what a truly wicked thing to do.
      He crossed his arms and flashed his teeth in a wicked grin.
      Compare "bitching" and "wicked".
      "There's no peace/rest for the wicked!" means that you must continue an activity although you might like to stop.
      n[C] sb who writes plays, dramatist
      William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.
      Meghan is a Vancouver based actor and playwright, most notably known for her one-woman show, Dissolve.
      An acclaimed poet and playwright, Duffy is the author of numerous award-winning poetry collections, plays, and fairy tales and poetry for children.
      Compare these words: copywriter, playwright, screenwriter, scriptwriter, shipwright, and wheelwright.
      v[T] grip or fasten
      also a noun
      Rachel turns to Monica, clasping the receiver to her bosom so Dr.Green can't hear, while mouthing "You are dead!"
      Monica scooped up Emma into the air and then clasped her to her shoulder, clapping her gently until she emitted a gurgly burp.
      Melissa clasped Ray-ray Green's waist, and together they descended the stairs.
      The novel is set in the Dublin Mountains where a missing schoolgirl is found buried "hand clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair."
      It's the usual formal greeting you'll get when you arrive at your hotel. It's made with hands clasped in front of the chest and you should respond in the same way.
      She clasped her hands around her knees.
      She clasped the children in her arms.
      Clasp the buckles shut and cinch tightly.
      A Swiss company launched what it called a "Frequent Flyer Bra". The bra uses metal-free clasps and underwires made of resin instead of metal that are guaranteed to not set off metal detectors.
      A lobster clasp, also known as a lobster hook, or bocklebee clasp, is a fastener that is held closed by a spring.
      A medal bar or medal clasp is a thin metal bar attached to the ribbon of a military decoration, civil decoration, or other medal.
      n[CU] a bowl used to crush or grind ¶ short cannon that fires shells at a high angle ¶ a mixture of sand, water, lime and cement
      The mortar is a bowl, typically made of hard wood, ceramic or stone. The pestle is a heavy club-shaped object, the end of which is used for crushing and grinding.
      The largest mortars ever developed were the French "Monster Mortar" (975 mm).
      Most modern mortar systems consist of three main components: a barrel, a base plate, and a bipod.
      Mortar is a workable paste used to bind building blocks such as stones, bricks, and concrete masonry units together, fill and seal the irregular gaps between them, and sometimes add decorative colors or patterns in masonry walls.
      The square academic cap, graduate cap, cap, or mortarboard (because of its similarity in appearance to the hawk used by bricklayers to hold mortar) or Oxford cap, is an item of academic head dress consisting of a horizontal square board fixed upon a skull-cap, with a tassel attached to the centre.
      v[IT] decorate cloth with a design of colored stitches ¶ embellish
      Then Prince Ivan unfolded his shirt; it was embroidered with gold and silver threads in intricate patterns.
      The ship's doctor, a Finn, identifies the name embroidered on the man's jacket as Finnish.
      If you embroider a story or report of events, you make it more interesting or exciting by adding details that are not true.
      Embroidery is the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn.