Lesson 48

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SAT Word Skills 5 - Lesson 48

SAT Word Skills 5
stratumnoun

an abstract place usually conceived as having depth

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conundrumnoun

a confusing question or a difficult problem

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addendumnoun

a section of additional material that is usually added at the end of a book

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bacteriumnoun

(microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants

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emporiumnoun

a large retail store selling various goods, or a particular type of goods

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wampumnoun

small cylindrical beads made from polished shells and fashioned into strings or belts; used by certain Native American peoples as jewelry or currency

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pendulumnoun

a device with a long thin bar and a weight at the end that swings side to side to keep a clock working

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prosceniumnoun

the wall separating the audience and the stage in a theater hall, including the arch on its top

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oakumnoun

loose hemp or jute fiber obtained by unravelling old ropes; when impregnated with tar it was used to caulk seams and pack joints in wooden ships

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datumnoun

an item of factual information derived from measurement or research

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compendiumnoun

a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work

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opprobriumnoun

a state of extreme dishonor

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fulcrumnoun

the pivot about which a lever turns

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craniumnoun

(anatomy) the bone structure that surrounds and protects the brain

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effluviumnoun

a foul-smelling outflow or vapor (especially a gaseous waste)

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millenniumnoun

a period of 1000 years, usually calculated from the year of the birth of Jesus Christ

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moratoriumnoun

suspension of an ongoing activity

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encomiumnoun

a formal expression of praise

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asylumnoun

a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

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nostrumnoun

patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable

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