Build Castles in the Air!

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Build Castles in the Air!

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
amphitheaternoun

an open building that is round or oval in shape and has a space in the middle surrounded by several seats, originated in ancient Roman and Greek architecture used for public entertainments such as sports or drama

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auditoriumnoun

a large building or hall where people are gathered to attend a concert, public speech, play, etc.

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refinerynoun

a factory in which a natural substance such as oil or sugar is made pure by removing all other substances from it

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belvederenoun

a small structure, gallery, or summerhouse that usually has an open side and provides an excellent view

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cabananoun

a hut, shelter, or cabin, usually at a swimming pool or beach

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condominiumnoun

a building or a group of buildings in which each apartment or house is owned by the person living in it

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crematoriumnoun

a building for burning the dead bodies of people, often as a funeral ceremony

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planetariumnoun

a building with a dome in which moving images of planets, starts, and constellations are projected for educational or entertainment purposes

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brownstonenoun

a house, particularly found in New York City, which is built of a brown and reddish stone in its front

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duplex
duplexnoun

an apartment with two floors each having its own rooms

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bungalownoun

a house with only one floor

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conservatorynoun

a school or college that people attend to for studying music, theater, or some other form of art

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lodging
lodgingnoun

a room that is offered to travelers for temporary accommodation

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annexnoun

a building later added to a main building in order to provide more space

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baseboardnoun

a long and narrow piece of wood attached to the bottom of the walls of a house

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archwaynoun

a passage or entrance beneath an arch

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chaletnoun

a wooden house with a steep sloping roof, often found in mountainous areas in Switzerland

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cornicenoun

an ornamental border made of plaster or wood, often used around the top of a wall where it meets the ceiling

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en suitenoun

a bedroom, especially in a hotel, which is directly joined to a bathroom

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facadenoun

the front of a building, particularly one that is large and has an elegant appearance

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fixturenoun

a piece of equipment such as a bath that is permanently affixed inside a house or building and people cannot take it out when they move out

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foyernoun

a small area inside the entrance of a private apartment or house, where people walk in immediately after they enter

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to furnishverb

to equip a room, house, etc. with furniture

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igloonoun

a house or shelter in the shape of a dome that is built from blocks of ice or hard snow

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lavatory
lavatorynoun

a room that has one or more toilets

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mezzaninenoun

the first floor above the ground floor in a theater where there are seats for the audience

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moldingnoun

a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing

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pantrynoun

a cupboard or small room, often next to kitchen, used for keeping food in

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porch
porchnoun

a structure with a roof and no walls at the entrance of a house

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veranda
verandanoun

a roofed area with an open front at the ground level, which is attached to the side of a house

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decornoun

the manner in which a room's interior is ornamented

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adjacentadjective

situated next to or near something

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atriumnoun

a large area typically with glass walls or roof in the middle of a building such a shopping center

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bunkernoun

a shelter with strong walls, often built underground, to protect soldiers or guns

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colonnadenoun

a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns

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dilapidatedadjective

(of a building, vehicle, furniture, etc.) old and in a bad shape or poor condition

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to erect
to erectverb

to build a structure such as a wall, building, etc.

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high-riseadjective

(of buildings) having many floors

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insulationnoun

the materials that are used to cover something in order not to let heat, electricity, or sound to enter or escape through it

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decknoun

a porch that resembles the deck on a ship

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