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tablet keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tablet/ [t.ae1.b.l.ah0.t]

A tablet has several meanings. First, it can be a small flat cake compressed of something. For example, a tablet of soap. It can also be a dose of medicine in a pill form. The last meaning for tablet that we will talk about is how it is used in the listening passage, a slab of stone or wood suitable for bearing an inscription. Imagine just a small piece of wood that was cut from a tree, and engraved with a simple direction. This is an example of a tablet.

taiga keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/taiga/ [no ipa available]

Taiga is the Russian word for forest and is the largest biome in the world. It stretches over Eurasia and North America. The taiga is located near the top of the world, just below the tundra biome. The winters in the taiga are very cold with only snowfall.

take to keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/take to/ [no ipa available]

Definition: Begin or fall into the habit of; Form a liking for

Example sentences:

  • Children could easily take to the world of 3D excitement offered here.

taxed keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/taxed/ [t.ae1.k.s.t]

Definition: Impose a tax on (someone or something)

Example sentences:

  • Profits from unincorporated businesses are taxed at 15 percent. This can represent a significant tax saving, compared with an ordinary share option scheme where the option is generally exempt, but the gain is taxed at income tax rates.

taxonomy keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tax-on-o-my/ [no ipa available]

Definition: The branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.

Example sentences:

tedious keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/te-dious/ [t.iy1.d.iy0.ah0.s]

Definition: long and tiring

Example sentences:

  • The lecture was pretty tedious.

tempt keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tempt/ [t.eh1.m.p.t]

Definition: provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

Example sentences:

  • Investors may be tempted to do some bargain hunting.
  • The idea of getting rich quickly tempted him to invest his life savings.

termite keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/ter-mite/ [t.er1.m.ay0.t]

Definition: also called white ant

Example sentences:

  • Some termites feed on the wood timber of houses, posing a danger as a roof or ceiling can collapse from the impact of their feeding.

terrain keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/ter-rain/ [t.er0.ey1.n]

The noun terrain is used to refer to an area of land or a type of land when you are considering its physical features. For example:

  • The terrain changed quickly from arable land to desert.
  • Despite the fact that Japan as such has mountainous terrain and poor soils, the climatic conditions have made it possible to grow a variety of crops
tetrahedron keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tetra-he-dron/ [t.eh2.t.r.ah0.hh.iy1.d.r.ah0.n]

Definition: A solid having four plane triangular faces; a triangular pyramid

Example sentences:

  • The new structure consists of 20 small crystalline tetrahedrons - pyramids with four triangular sides - that fit together a bit like sections of an orange. In designing aircraft his use of tetrahedral structural elements inspired him to develop and patent a system of space frame architecture.

therapeutic keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/ther-a-peu-tic/ [th.eh2.r.ah0.p.y.uw1.t.ih0.k]

Definition: Relating to the healing of disease:

Example sentences:

  • It banned a drug which had considerable therapeutic value and was far less harmful than many other medicines.

thought-provoking keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/thought-pro-vok-ing/ [no ipa available]

If something is thought-provoking it is stimulating interest or thought. A thought-provoking book makes you think about what it is about long after you have finished reading it. 

Example sentences:

  • This book is readable, informative and thought-provoking.
  • The film had a thought-provoking message.
  • This is an entertaining yet thought-provoking film.
timbered keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tim-bered/ [no ipa available]

Definition: Having many trees; wooded:

Example sentences:

  • Flat Woods came from the even level of height of oak trees in that heavily timbered area.

titillating keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tit-il-lat-ing/ [t.ih1.t.ah0.l.ey2.t.ih0.ng]

Titillating is an adjective that describes something that is pleasantly and superficially exciting. Titillating is typically used in a sexual reference, so be careful how you use it.

Let’s take a look the way it is used:

  • titillating gossip
  • an intentionally titillating movie
  • Even though she knew this was all an act, it was nevertheless titillating.
  • Honestly, their concealed phone calls and secret texts had been more titillating than the actual acts.

Titillating comes from the word titillate which is very similar in meaning to titillating. Titillate means to interest or excite (someone) in an enjoyable and often sexual way.

trait keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/trait/ [t.r.ey1.t]

Definition: a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

Example sentences:

  • Profundity, simplicity, humanity, fanaticism — these are among the traits that define Apple and its products.
  • There are a few broad traits that characterize the comic book films we’ve come to expect every summer.

tranquility keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tran-quil-i-ty/ [t.r.ae0.ng.k.w.ih1.l.ih0.t.iy0]

Tranquility is the noun version of tranquil. The noun tranquility means "a state of peace and quiet," like the tranquility you feel at the shore of a quiet lake or inside a beautiful cathedral.

Example sentences using tranquility:

  • Cottages nestle on the beach and tranquility is a way of life.
  • People go camping for peace and tranquility and hearing loud music blaring out at night has a way of spoiling this experience.
transmission keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/trans-mis-sion/ [t.r.ae0.n.s.m.ih1.sh.ah0.n]

Definition: The action or process of transmitting something or the state of being transmitted:

Example sentences:

  • Even the most simple information can be forgotten or distorted in the process of transmission.

traumatic keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/trau-mat-ic/ [t.r.ao0.m.ae1.t.ih0.k]

Definition: Emotionally disturbing or distressing;Relating to or causing psychological trauma.

Example sentences:

  • Psychological reactions to traumatic events also affect sexual functioning

tremendous keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tremen-dous/ [t.r.ah0.m.eh1.n.d.ah0.s]

Tremendous means extraordinarily large in size, extent, amount, power, or degree.  We often use tremendous when something is very large but in a good way. For example, “Wow that cake is tremendous!” or “I would like a tremendous amount of money. “

Example sentences:

  • He has a tremendous amount of energy.
  • The engine's power is tremendous.​
  • To become a lawyer, you have to learn a tremendous amount of information by heart
  • Walking along the Great Wall of China was a tremendous experience.
  • She is a writer of tremendous talent.
  • That performance was tremendous!​
  • This is a tremendous opportunity.
trigger keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/trig-ger/ [t.r.ih1.g.er0]

When you use "trigger" as a verb, you are putting something into motion or moving to act. For example, when a movie has a sad scene, the producers are likely wanting to trigger an emotion from the audience.

Example sentences using trigger in the noun form:

  • He pulled/squeezed the trigger.
  • Police officers are trained to not be too quick on the trigger. (meaning eager to fire a gun)
  • These are known as your anger triggers.
  • Stress is among the major smoking triggers.
  • The sleeping position also triggers snoring.
  • The faulty wire was the trigger for the explosion.
  •  

Example sentences using the word trigger in the verb form:

  • Smoke triggered the fire alarm.
  • The timer was set to trigger the bomb in exactly one hour.
  • His remarks triggered a public outcry.
  • Certain foods trigger his headaches.
  • The power outage was triggered by heavy rains.
tundra keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tun-dra/ [t.ah1.n.d.r.ah0]

Tundra comes from the Finnish word "tunturia", which means a barren land. The ground is permanently frozen 10 inches to 3 feet (25 to 100 cm) down so that trees can't grow there. The bare and sometimes rocky ground can only support low growing plants like mosses, heaths, and lichen. In the winter it is cold and dark and in the summer, when the snow and the top layer of permafrost melt.

turmoil keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tur-moil/ [t.er1.m.oy2.l]

Turmoil is a violent disturbance, or a disturbance by form of protest. If all of a sudden, the entire class is throwing their food at each other, you could consider the classroom to be in turmoil. If a country has a civil war, it would be a country in turmoil. Examples used in a sentence:

  • There wasn’t enough food for the country, it was in turmoil.
  • The art resignated from the turmoil amongst the people.
tadpole keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tad-pole/ [t.ae1.d.p.ow2.l]

Definition: The tailed aquatic larva of an amphibian (frog, toad, newt, or salamander), breathing through gills and lacking legs until the later stages of its development.

Example sentences:

  • As the tadpoles become frogs, the gills initially used to breathe are replaced with lungs.

take after keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/take af-ter/ [no ipa available]

Take after can mean to be similar or relative to someone else. This can be in appearance or mannerisms. For example, if a father loves baseball and so does his daughter, some may say “Wow! She takes after her father!”

Example sentences:

  • In looks, she takes after her father.
  • He takes after his mother's side of the family.​
  • I hope the children don't take after their grandfather.
tangible keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tan-gi-ble/ [t.ae1.n.jh.ah0.b.ah0.l]

Tangible and intangible are antonyms. Tangible is something that you can touch or something that can be perceived by your senses. Normally, children are only encouraged by tangible rewards.

If you say, “Wow! You did great” it won’t go very far with a seven-year-old. However, if you say “Wow! You did great!” and also give the child a sticker, they will likely be more excited because the sticker is tangible and something they can look at and feel.

 

On the contrary, intangible things can not be touch, felt, smelt or tasted. Feelings are intangible because even though you can’t feel them with your senses, you can feel them in your heart. For example, if you are sad, you aren’t able to pick up your sadness and throw it away. You also may feel a lot of joy from intangible things, such as a promotion. Even though your desk stays the same, your pride may be bursting at the seams.

 

taxonomy keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tax-on-o-my ( ad-jec-tive: tax-o-nom-ic)/ [no ipa available]

Definition: The branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.

Example sentences:

  • Mind you, these web spinners are not insects, since their taxonomic classification is different.

tectonic keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tec-ton-ic/ [t.eh0.k.t.aa1.n.ih0.k]

Definition: Of or relating to the structure of the earth’s crust and the large-scale processes that take place within it.

Example sentences:

  • In this paper, we discuss the tectonic settings and magmatic processes which allow these magmas to reach the surface

temperamental keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tem-pera-men-tal/ [t.eh2.m.p.r.ah0.m.eh1.n.t.ah0.l]

Definition: subject to sharply varying moods; likely to perform unpredictably

Example sentences:

  • At the best of times, the temperamental rains come for three or four months and turn dusty plains into green pastures, forests and fields.
  • "He can be temperamental, of course ... But when it comes to a crisis, he's the one who is most composed."

tentacle keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/ten-ta-cle/ [t.eh1.n.t.ah0.k.ah0.l]

Definition: A slender, flexible limb or appendage in an animal, especially around the mouth of an invertebrate

Example sentences:

  • With its radiant color and plantlike shape, the sea anemone looks more like a flower than an animal. More specifically, the sea anemone is formed quite like the flower for which it is named, with a body like a stem and tentacles like petals in brilliant shades of blue, green, pink, and red.

terracing keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/ter-rac-ing/ [no ipa available]

Terracing in agriculture is when there are different levels of the fields. It Is best used on a hill or mountain side, with step-like levels are full of crops of some sort.

 

terrestrial keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/ter-res-tri-al/ [t.er0.eh1.s.t.r.iy0.ah0.l]

Definition: Of, on, or relating to the earth

Example senences:

  • Concerns about global climate change and predicted changes in terrestrial ecosystems highlight the need for the accurate quantification of productivity at all scales. Clearly we still have a ways to go before oceans and marine wildlife receive the same level of attention afforded to terrestrial ecosystems.

 

theoretically keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/the-o-ret-i-cal-ly/ [th.iy2.er0.eh1.t.ih0.k.ah0.l.iy0]

Definition: in theory; according to the assumed facts

Example sentences:

  • Her argument was theoretically appealing, but not realistic.
  • He notes that America's currently near-zero interest rates should theoretically encourage firms to borrow money needed for technological or structural expansion.

thorax keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tho-rax/ [th.ao1.r.ae0.k.s]

Definition: The middle section of the body of an insect, between the head and the abdomen, bearing the legs and wings.

Example sentences:

  • Upon emergence, adult female wasps were marked individually with small spots of paint on the ventral surface of the thorax between the wings.

tidal keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tidal/ [t.ay1.d.ah0.l]

Tidal means relating to or produced by tides. 

Example sentences:

  • The movement of water associated with tides can also result in the formation of tidal currents.
  • The tidal stream or current gradually decreases in the shallows.
  • The 20-minute boat ride through a maze of tidal rivers and marshes is wonderful.

 

tinnitus keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tin-ni-tus/ [no ipa available]

Definition: Ringing or buzzing in the ears

Example sentences:

  • Sometimes tinnitus is a symptom of a disease, like an ear infection or Meniere's disease

toll keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/toll/ [t.ow1.l]

Definition: The adverse effect of something

Example sentences:

  • And veterans of all ages continue to die at epidemic rates from suicides and other effects of the mental toll their wartime experiences took.

tranquil keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tran-quil/ [t.r.ae1.ng.k.w.ah0.l]

Tranquil is when a place is peaceful, quiet and serene. Tranquil can also be a state of mind. Tranquil means calm and placid. A pleasant state of mind, with nothing to agitate or cause anxiety, can also be considered tranquil.  “I want to go to the beach because I find it very tranquil.”

Example sentences using the word tranquil:

  • The village lay tranquil in the evening sunlight.
  • The tranquil atmosphere of The Connaught allows guests to feel totally at home.​
  • The place was tranquil and appealing.
transform keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/trans-form/ [t.r.ae0.n.s.f.ao1.r.m]

Definition: to change in form or appearance

Example sentences:

  • What could be more heart-warming than seeing a dowdy caterpillar transform into a beautiful colorful butterfly and take off into the sky?
  • The leader's policies transformed the country in many positive way.

transport keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/trans-port/ [t.r.ae0.n.s.p.ao1.r.t]

Definition: move something or somebody around; usually over long distances

Example sentences:

  • Some areas have had power cuts and transport was disrupted, with many air and train services cancelled or delayed.

treacherous keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/treach-er-ous/ [t.r.eh1.ch.er0.ah0.s]

Definition: (Of ground, water, conditions, etc.) presenting hidden or unpredictable dangers

Example sentences:

  • A holidaymaker was swept away by treacherous currents.

tribe keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tribe/ [t.r.ay1.b]

The word tribe can have several meanings, but either way, it is referring to a group of people. These people can be related by blood or marriage. Or, it can be a social division. Normally, a tribe is referring to preliterate people or people who were not able to read or write. Here are example sentences:

  • The land is occupied by a friendly tribe.
  • Many tribes were able to establish peaceful trade relations with the new colonists during the early stages of the European settlement.
triumph keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tri-umph/ [t.r.ay1.ah0.m.f]

Definition: a successful ending of a struggle or contest

Example sentences:

  • After substantial thought, we decided to stand up and work with others to ensure that freedom of expression triumphs over cyber-terrorism.
  • He serves as an inspiration to thousands, and his triumphs sit at the very heart of the American Dream.

turbulent keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/tur-bu-lent/ [t.er1.b.y.ah0.l.ah0.n.t]

Definition: Relating to or denoting flow of a fluid in which the velocity at any point fluctuates irregularly and there is continual mixing rather than a steady or laminar flow pattern

Example sentences:

  • Boundary layers have to be modelled with particular attention to the possible change from turbulent to laminar flow.

twitch keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/twitch/ [t.w.ih1.ch]

Definition: Give or cause to give a short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement

Example sentences:

  • The dog twitched his ears.

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