TERM BANK

| A |

  • ac•cent•ing –verb: delivering differential loudness, or pitch, or length, or of a combination of these; a mark indicating stress.
  • al•le•go•ry –noun: a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
  • am•biv•a•lence –noun: uncertainty or fluctuation, esp. when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things.
  • a•mel•io•ra•tion –noun: the making or becoming  better, more bearable, or more satisfactory.
  • am•pli•fi•ca•tion –noun: the matter or substance used to expand an idea, statement, or the like.
  • a•nal•y•sis –noun: the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements as a method of studying the nature of something or of determining its essential features and their relations.
  • an•i•ma•tion –noun: the act, process, or result of imparting life, interest, spirit, motion, or activity.
  • ap•pli•ca•tion –noun: the act of putting to a special use or purpose.
  • ar•ray –adjective: to place in a proper or desired order; marshal.
  • as•sem•bly –noun: the putting together of complex machinery, as airplanes, from interchangeable parts of standard dimensions.
  • au•di•ble –adjective: Capable of being heard; loud enough to be heard; actually heard.
  • as•ser•tion –noun: a positive statement or declaration, often without support or reason.
  • a•vant•garde –adjective: of or pertaining to the experimental expression or treatment of artistic, musical, or literary material.
  • a•ware•ness –noun: having a specific amount knowledge; conscious; cognizant.
  • awe –noun: an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like.

| B |

  • beau•ty –adjective: the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations, a meaningful design or pattern, or something else.
  • blob –noun: a small lump, drop, splotch, or daub.
  • blood•shed –noun: destruction of life, as in war or murder; slaughter.
  • bri•co•lage –noun: a construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things.
  • build•ing –verb: to mold, form, or create.

| C |

  • cal•i•brate –verb: (1) to determine, check, or rectify the graduation of (any instrument giving quantitative measurements). (2) to plan or devise (something) carefully so as to have a precise use, application, appeal, etc.
  • chal•leng•ing –verb: stimulating, interesting, and thought-provoking.
  • chron•o•log•i•cal –adjective: pertaining to or in accordance with time.
  • cli•mac•tic –adjective: of or pertaining to a moment of anticipation.
  • com•pil•ing –verb: the act of putting together (documents, selections, or other materials) in one book, work, entity.
  • com•plex –adjective: composed of many interconnected parts; compound; composite.
  • com•po•nent –noun: constituent parts, elements, ngredients as of a systems.
  • com•po•si•tion –noun: the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole.
  • com•pro•mise –noun: a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
  • con•cep•tion –noun: a notion; idea; concept.
  • con•cep•tu•al –adjective: pertaining to concepts or to the forming of general notions or ideas.
  • con•form –verb: (1) to act in accordance or harmony; to comply. (2) to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc., of society or a group (3) to become similar in form, nature, or character.
  • con•stru•tion –noun: the arrangement of two or more forms including bound forms.
  • con•tem•po•rar•y –adjective: existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time.
  • con•tin•gent –adjective: dependent for existence, occurrence, character, etc., on something not yet certain; conditional.
  • con•tin•u•ous –adjective: (1) uninterrupted in time; without cessation. (2) being in immediate connection or spatial relationship.
  • con•tin•u•um –noun: a continuous extent, series, or whole.
  • con•tour –noun: the outline of a figure or body; the edge or line that defines or bounds a shape or object.
  • cool•ness –adjective: appealing to a popular mass, trendy, and/or in fashion.
  • cop•ing –verb: struggling or dealing, esp. on fairly even terms or with some degree of success.
  • cov•e•nant –noun: an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified. 
  • craft –noun: an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, esp. manual skill.
  • cre•at•ing –verb: to cause to exist; bring into being.
  • cur•rent –adjective: new; present; most recent
  • cut•ting edge –adjective: forefront, lead.

| D |

  • dai•sy –noun: the most beautiful doll on the face of this planet.
  • ded•i•ca•tion –noun: the act of devotion, affection, commitment.
  • den•i•grate –verb: to treat or represent as lacking in value or importance; belittle; disparage.
  • de•sign –verb: to intend for a definite purpose.
  • den•si•ty –adjective: the state or quality of being compact; closely set or crowded condition.
  • de•tailed –adjective: having many individual or minute parts.
  • di•a•logue –noun: an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, esp. a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.
  • dif•fer•en•ti•a•tion –verb: The act or process of varying in characteristics.
  • dig•it•al –adjective: involving or using numerical digits expressed in a scale of notation to represent discretely all variables occurring in a problem.
  • dig•i•tize –verb: to convert (data) to digital form for use in a computer.
  • dis•burse –verb: to distribute or scatter.
  • dis•ci•plined –adjective: having or exhibiting rigor.
  • dis•course –noun: communication of thought by words; talk; conversation.
  • dis•cov•er•y –noun: compulsory disclosure, as of facts or documents.
  • dis•sect•ing –verb: the act of cutting apart or separating.
  • dis•tor•tion –noun: the state of being twisted, deformed, or miss-happened to a relative degree or amount by which is apparent from the original state.
  • doc•u•ment•ing –verb: inscribing information or evidence.
  • draw•ing –verb: producing a graphic representation by lines of an object or idea, as with a pencil; a delineation of form without reference to color.
  • du•al•i•ty –noun: a doubled state or quality.

| E |

  • ed•it –verb: to revise or correct, as a manuscript.
  • em•bod•y –verb: to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form.
  • en•gag•ing –adjective: winning; attractive; pleasing.
  • en•gage•ment –noun: having an encounter, conflict, or battle.
  • en•ti•ty –noun: being or existence, esp. when considered as distinct, independent, or self-contained.
  • en·vi·ron·ment –noun: the aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences; surroundings; milieu. 
  • en•vi•ron•men•tal –adjective: of, relating to, or associated with the aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences; surroundings; milieu.
  • e•qui•lib•ri•um –noun: (1) a state of rest or balance due to the equal action of opposing forces. (2) equal balance between any powers, influences, etc.; equality of effect.
  • es•sen•tial –adjective: (1) absolutely necessary; indispensable. (2) being such by its very nature or in the highest sense.
  • e•volv•ing –adjective: to develop, progress or achieve gradually.
  • ex•per•i•men•tal –adjective: pertaining to, derived from, or founded on a test, trial, or tentative procedure.
  • ex•pla•na•tion –noun: a statement made to clarify something and make it understandable; exposition.
  • ex•plod•ed –adjective: the revealing of all elements that comprise an entity in relation to one another in terms of construction and or assembly.
  • ex•te•ri•or –adjective: situated or being outside; pertaining to or connected with what is outside.

| F |

  • fab•ri•ca•tion –noun: the act or process of fabricating; manufacture.
  • fa•cade –noun: (1) the front of a building, esp. an imposing or decorative one. (2) any side of a building facing a public way or space and finished accordingly.
  • face –noun: the front part; exposed, visible side.
  • fa•cil•i•tat•ing –verb: making easier or less difficult; help forward.
  • fash•ion•a•ble –adjective: current; popular.
  • field –noun: (1) an expanse of anything. (2) any region characterized by a particular feature, resource, activity. (3) the area or region drawn on or serviced by a business or profession.
  • film•ing –verb: the act or period of photographing, esp. of a motion picture.
  • flam•boy•ant –adjective: (1) strikingly bold or brilliant. (2) conspicuously dashing and colorful.
  • fo•cus –noun: a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity.
  • for•mal –adjective: relating to or involving outward appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material; configuration or structure.
  • func•tion –noun: the kind of action or activity proper to a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed or exists; role.

| G |

  • gen•e•sis –noun: an origin, creation, or beginning.
  • ge•o•met•ric –adjective: shapes resembling or employing the simple rectilinear or curvilinear lines.
  • gra•da•tion –noun: any process or change taking place through a series of stages, by degrees, or in a gradual manner. 
  • graph•i•cal –adjective: (1) giving a clear and effective picture; vivid. (2)pertaining to the use of diagrams, graphs, mathematical curves, or the like; diagrammatic.
  • grid –noun:  network of horizontal and perpendicular lines, uniformly spaced, for locating points on a map, chart, or aerial photograph by means of a system of coordinates.

| H |

  • hall•mark –noun: any specific distinguishing features or characteristics.
  • his•tor•i•cal –adjective: of, pertaining to, treating, or characteristic of past events.
  • ho•mo•ge•ne•i•ty –noun: composition from like parts, elements, or characteristics; state or quality of being the same.
  • hy•brid•i•za•tion –noun: the act of fusing two cells of different genotypes into a crossing.

| I |

  • i•de•a –noun: any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.
  • id•i•o•syn•cra•sy –noun: a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.
  • im•pact –noun: the striking of one thing against another; forceful contact.
  • im•ple•ment –verb: (1) to fulfill; perform; carry out. (2) to put into effect according to or by means of a definite plan or procedure.
  • in•de•pend•ent –adjective: not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself.
  • in•fra•struc•ture –noun: the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.
  • in•hab•it –verb: to exist or be situated within.
  • in•scribe –verb: to mark (a surface) with words, characters, etc., esp. in a durable or conspicuous way.
  • in•struc•tion•al –adjective: of or pertaining to the act of furnishing with authoritative directions.
  • in•stru•men•tal –adjective: serving or acting as an instrument or means; useful; helpful.
  • in•teg•ri•ty –noun: the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.
  • in•ter•de•pend•ence –adjective: mutually dependent; depending on each other.
  • in•te•ri•or –adjective: of or pertaining to that which is within; inside.
  • in•ter•lock –verb: to fit into each other, as parts of machinery, so that all action is synchronized.
  • in•tri•ca•cy -noun: The condition or quality of being complex.
  • in•tro•duce –verb: to present a person, thing, or idea to another so as to make acquainted.
  • in•tu•i•tive –adjective: perceiving by feeling, as a person or the mind.
  • in•ves•ti•gate –verb: to examine, study, or inquire into systematically; search or examine into the particulars of; examine in detail.

| J |

  • jazz –noun:  liveliness; spirit; excitement.
  • jour•ney –noun: an experience traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather substantial amount of time.
  • jux•ta•po•si•tion –noun: an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast.

| L |

  • lat•i•tu•di•nal –adjective: of or pertaining to the angular distance north or south from the equator of a point on the earth’s surface, measured on the meridian of the point.
  • lay•out –noun: (1) a plan or sketch, as of an advertisement or a page of a newspaper or magazine, indicating the arrangement and relationship of the parts, as of type and artwork. (2) a plan or sketch, as of an advertisement or a page of a newspaper or magazine, indicating the arrangement and relationship of the parts, as of type and artwork.
  • life –noun: the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
  • lim•pid –adjective: clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air.
  • line –noun: a mark or stroke long in proportion to its breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool, etc.
  • lon•gi•tu•di•nal –adjective: extending in the direction of the length of a thing; running lengthwise.
  • loud –adjective: making, emitting, or uttering strongly audible sounds and or visual aesthetics. 
  • lu•mi•nes•cence –noun: the emission of light not caused by incandescence and occurring at a temperature below that of incandescent bodies. 

| M |

  • main•stream –noun: the principal or dominant course, tendency, or trend.
  • man•i•fes•ta•tion –noun: a public demonstration, outward or perceptible indication; materialization.
  • ma•nip•u•la•tion –noun: skillful or artful management.
  • map•ping –noun: the act of recording contextual information, strategies, and/or relations.
  • mass•ing –adjective: pertaining to a body of coherent matter, usually of indefinite shape and often of considerable size.
  • ma•te•ri•al•i•ty –noun: nature or quality of a substance or substances of which a thing is made or composed.
  • mat•ter –noun: the substance or substances of which any physical object consists or is composed: the matter of which the earth is made. 
  • me•di•a•tion –noun: an attempt to effect an existing settlement between disputing parties through the positive implications of another party.
  • met•a•phys•i•cal –adjective: (1) concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth. (2) concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance.
  • me•tic•u•lous –adjective: taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough.
  • mit•i•gat•ing –verb: lessening in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderating.
  • mne•mon•ic –adjective: assisting or intended to assist the memory.
  • mode –noun: a manner of acting or doing, method, way of something.
  • mod•ern –adjective: of or pertaining to the time/era of Le Corbusier.
  • mor•pho•log•i•cal –adjective: dealing with forms and structures of organisms.
  • mne•mon•ic –adjective: assisting or intended to assist the memory.

| N |

  • net•work•ing –noun: a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.
  • nos•tal•gia –noun: a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days. 
  • no•tion –noun: a general understanding; vague or imperfect conception or idea of something.

| O |

  • ob•ject –noun: anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form. 
  • on•tol•o•gy –noun: the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such. 
  • o·pen –adjective: having the interior immediately accessible, as a box with the lid raised or a drawer that is pulled out.
  • or•gan•i•za•tion –noun: the act or process to form as or into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, esp. for united action.

| P |

  • par•a•dox –noun: a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
  • pa•ram•e•tric- –adjective: in relation to a constant or variable term in a function that determines the specific form of the function but not its general nature, as a in f(x) = ax, where a determines only the slope of the line described by f(x). 
  • par•ti –noun: the basic scheme or concept of an architectural design.
  • pa•thol•o•gy –noun: the science or the study of the origin, nature, and course of diseases.
  • pa•tients –adjective: bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the fondness of.
  • pat•tern –noun: a combination of qualities, acts, tendencies, etc., forming a consistent or characteristic arrangement
  • per•for•mance –noun: a particular action, deed, or proceeding whether it be man, nature or technology.
  • per•spec•tive –noun: (1) a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. (2) the state of existing in space before the eye.
  • phys•i•cal –adjective: of or pertaining to that which is material.
  • pitch –noun: set at a certain point, degree, level, etc.
  • pla•nar –adjective: (1) of or pertaining to a geometric plane. (2) flat or level.
  • po•lit•i•cal –adjective: exercising or seeking power in the governmental or public affairs of a state, municipality, etc.
  • pre•con•cep•tion –noun: a conception or opinion formed beforehand. 
  • pres•en•ta•tion –noun: a manner or style of speaking, instructing, or putting oneself forward.
  • pri•ma•ry –adjective: first or highest in rank or importance; chief; principal.
  • prim•i•tive –adjective: characteristic of early ages or of an early state of development.
  • pri•vate –adjective: pertaining to or affecting a particular person or a small group of persons; individual; personal.
  • pro•duc•tion –noun: the act of producing; creation; manufacture.
  • pro•gram•a•tic –adjective: involving a planned, coordinated group of activities, procedures, etc., often for a specific purpose, or a facility offering such a series of activities.
  • pro•file –noun: an outline of an object, as a molding, formed on a vertical plane passed through the object at right angles to one of its principal horizontal dimensions.
  • pro•to•type –noun: the original or model on which something is based or formed.
  • pub•lic –noun: of, pertaining to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole.

| R |

  • ra•tion•al –adjective: agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible.
  • re•cord•ing –noun: the act or practice of a person or thing noting physical, visual or audible information.
  • re•la•tion –noun: an existing connection; a significant association between or among things.
  • re•search•ing –verb: studying (something) thoroughly so as to present in a detailed, accurate manner.
  • res•o•nance –adjective: of or pertaining to the causing of amplification or sustention of sound.
  • re•veal –verb: (1) to lay open to view; display; exhibit. -noun  (2)the whole jamb of an opening between the outer and inner surfaces of a wall.
  • rev•e•la•tion –noun: the act of making known; disclose; divulge.
  • re•view•ing –verb: the process of going over a subject again in study or recitation in order to fix it in the memory or summarize the facts.

| S |

  • sec•tion•al –verb: pertaining or limited to a particular section; local or regional.
  • sen•si•ble –adjective: practical and logical using educated judgement.
  • sens•ing –verb: (1) utilizing any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body. (2) utilizing all of these faculties collectively.
  • se•quen•tial –adjective: characterized by regular following of parts.
  • se•ri•al –noun: anything published, broadcast, etc., in short installments at regular intervals.
  • serv•ant –noun: employed by another, esp. to perform domestic duties.
  • serv•ice –noun: the supplying or supplier of utilities or commodities, as water, electricity, or gas, required or demanded by the public.
  • sight•ing –verb: the act of catching situating in relation to surveys, proximities, and/or conditions.
  • sim•ple –adjective: not elaborate or artificial; plain.
  • si•mul•ta•ne•ous•ly –adverb: existing, occurring, or operating at the same time; concurrent.
  • sketch•ing –verb: a short play or slight dramatic performance, as one forming part of a vaudeville program.
  • slic•ing –verb: cutting into a division of parts.
  • smooth•ness –adjective: free from projections or unevenness of surface; not rough.
  • space –noun: the unlimited or incalculably great three-dimensional realm or expanse in which all material objects are located and all events occur.
  • span•ning –verb: extending a distance, amount, piece, etc., of this length or of some extent.
  • spa•tial –adjective: of or pertaining to a place available for a particular purpose.
  • spec•u•la•tion –noun: (1) a single instance or process of consideration. (2) a single instance or process of consideration.
  • spine –noun: vertebral column that constitutes a principal strength; resolution; stamina; backbone.
  • stat•ic –adjective: pertaining to or characterized by a fixed or stationary condition.
  • struc•tur•al –adjective: of or pertaining to a mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents.
  • sup•ple•men•tal –adjective: nonscheduled; added to furnish what is lacking or missing.
  • sur•fac•ing –noun: the action or process of giving a finished face, outside, or exterior boundary of a thing; outermost or uppermost layer or area.
  • sus•tain•a•ble –adjective: the ability to undergo, experience, or suffer (injury, loss, etc.); endure without giving way or yielding.
  • syn•tac•tic –adjective: consisting of or noting morphemes that are combined in the same order as they would be if they were separate words in a relating construction.
  • sys•tem –noun: an assemblage or combination of things or parts forming a complex or unitary whole.

| T |

  • tax•on•o•my –noun: the science or technique of classification. 
  • tech•ni•cal –adjective: pertaining to or connected with the mechanical or industrial arts and the applied sciences.
  • tech•nique –noun: the body of specialized procedures and methods used in any specific field, esp. in an area of applied science.
  • tech•no•phil•i•a –noun: the love of or enthusiasm for technology, especially computers and high, advanced technology.
  • tec•ton•ic –adjective: of or pertaining to building or construction; constructive; architectural.
  • tex•ture –noun: the visual and esp. tactile quality of a surface.
  • the•o•ret•i•cal –adjective: (1) of, pertaining to, or consisting in theory; not practical. (2) existing only in theory; hypothetical. (3) given to, forming, or dealing with theories; speculative.
  • thresh•old –noun: any place or point of entering or beginning.
  • time –noun: the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
  • to•tal•i•ty –noun: something that is total or constitutes a total; the total amount; a whole.
  • tra•di•tion•al –adjective: of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the older styles.
  • trans•for•ma•tion –noun: change in form, appearance, nature, or character.
  • trans•la•tion –noun: the rendering of something into another language or into one’s own from another language.
  • trans•verse–adjective: lying or extending across or in a cross direction; cross.
  • truth –noun: conformity with fact or reality; verity (if such thing exists).
  • tun•ing –verb: proper adjustment, as of radio instruments or circuits with respect to frequency.
  • ty•pol•o•gy –noun: the doctrine or study of types or prefigurative symbols, esp. in scriptural literature.

| U |

  • un•der•stand•ing –noun: knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing; skill in dealing with or handling something
  • un•pre•dict•a•ble –adjective: not able to be foreseen or foretold.

| V |

  • vi•sion•ar•y –adjective: given to or characterized by fanciful, not presently workable, or unpractical ideas, views, or schemes.
  • vol•u•met•ric –adjective: of or pertaining to measurement by the amount of space, measured in cubic units, that an object or substance occupies.

| Z |

  • zeit•geist –noun: the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time/era.