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Unit 9: The Feet

Literary Analysis and Composition - Vocabulary
expedient adj.
[ex <L. from, out of] appropriate to a purpose or useful in achieving a goal n. a means to an end
expedite tr.v.
[ex <L. from out of] `. to help or hurry the progress of something 2. of business, to perform business quickly
impede tr.v.
[im = in <L. in] to hinder; to block the way of
pedigree n.
[de <L. from, away from, down from, and grus,gruis <L. crane: from the three-line claw-shaped mark used to show succession in a pedigree] 1. a line or list of ancestors, especially of a distinguished kind 2. a recorded line of descent showing pure breeding of animals
pedometer n.
[metron <G. measure] a device that calculates distance traveled by counting the number of steps taken
antipodes n.
[anti <G. against] 1. any two places on opposite sides of the earth 2. something that is the exact opposite of or contrary to something else
podiatry n.
the study and treatment of foot ailments
podium n.
[podion <G. small foot] an elevated platform for an orchestra conductor or lecturer; a dais (in biology, any foot-like structure)
to step, to walk
aggression n.
[ag = ad <L. to, toward] 1. the act or habit of launching attacks; invasion 2. hostile action or behavior
degradation n.
[de <L. from, away from] reduction in rank or status, especially of office or dignity 2. lowering of moral or intellectual character 3. disgrace or dishonor
digress intr.v.
[di = dis <L. away from, apart] to stray from the main topic in writing or speaking; to turn aside
gradation n.
a systematic progression through a series of stages
gradient n.
an incline or slope; the rate of incline
regress intr.v.
[re <L. back, again] to go back; to return to a former or less developed condition
to walk around
ambulatory adj.
1. able to walk about 2. pertaining to walking n. a place for walking; an arcade; a cloister
preamble n.
[per = prae <L. before] a preliminary statement in speech or writing; an introductory part
to kick
recalcitrant (adj.)
1. stubbornly resistant to authority or guidance 2. hard to manage [re (latin) = back, again]
to stand
a standing, a standing position
to cause to stand, to put, to place
constituent (adj)
serving as a necessary part of a whole n. a voter of a district represented by an elected official [con = cum (Latin) = with]
desist intr.v.
[de <L. from, away from] to cease doing something; to forbear; to abstain (often used with from)
destitute adj.
[de <L. from, away from, down from] 1. altogether lacking 2. poverty-stricken
intervening space; a chink; a crevice [inter (Latin) = between]
obstinate adj.
[ob <L. off, against] 1. very stubborn; inflexible 2. difficult to control or subdue
oust tr.v.
[ob <L. off, against] to force out of a position or place
restitution n.
[re <L. back, again] 1. restoration of a thing to its proper owner or its original state 2. repayment or repair for injury or damage
restive (adj.)
1. uneasy; restless 2. unruly [re (latin) = back, again]
stance n.
1. the position of the body and the feet while standing 2. an emotional or mental attitude
static (adj.)
1. at rest; unmoving 2. pertaining to electric charges n. interference in radio and television signals as a result of electrical disturbances
subsist intr. v.
[ sub<L. under] 1. to exist; to be 2. to be sustained; to live (used with on or by)