43 terms

Science & technology

radical (a)
surprisingly big, or dramatic
legislation (n.u)
the process of making and passing laws
Mechanisation (n.u)
replacing older ways of doing things with machines
-> increasing mechanisation of agriculture
processed food
food that has been highly cooked and packaged
breed (v)
to choose carefully which animals or plants to allow to reproduce, in order to produce a better version.
genetically modified (a)
-> genetically modified foods
resistant to (a)
not damaged or affected by something
assert (v)
say strongly
de-skill (v)
to reduce the skill level required for a job
indicate (v)
to use information or evidence to lead to a conclusion
offset (v)
one action balances another so there is no change in the result
in the wake of sb/sth (idm)
coming after or following sb/sth
-> There has been demonstrations on the street in the wake of the recent bomb attack.
tedious (adj) (acadamic)
-> tedious work
asset (n.c)
a person or thing that is valuable or useful to sb/sth
-> a valuable asset
degradation (n.u)
the process of causing the quality of sth to become worse
-> environmental degradation
degrade (v)
beleaguered (a)
experiencing a lot of critisism and difficulties
stagnate (v)
to stop developing or making progress
ubiquity (n)
everywhere at the same time
-> The ubiquity of the mass media
taciturn (a)
tending not to say very much in away that seem unfriendly
dexterity (n.u)
skill in using your hands or your mind
nomadic (a)
unprecedented (a)
that have never happen, being known before
contingent (a)
adept (a)
good at doing sth that is quite difficult
blur (v) (rr)
to become less clear and sharp
audacious (a)
=bold, daring
collision (n.c.u) (with sb/sth), (between A and B)
collide (v) (with sb/sth)
equivalent (a)
= the same as
-> equal in value, amount, meaning and important
eruption (n.c.u)
crater (n.c)
the large round hole caused by an explosion
facilitate (v) (formal)
to make an action or process possible or easier.
-> Technology has been facilitating communication in terms of telecommunications and transport.
telecommunications (plural)
the technology of sending signals, images and messages over long distances by radio, telephone, television, satellite, etc
-> technological development in telecommunications
-> the telecommunications industry
gadget (n.c)
a small tool or device that does sth useful, such as mobile phones,
-> numerous useful gadgets
genetic engineering (n)
the technology of preparing recombinant DNA in vitro by cutting up DNA molecules and splicing together fragments from more than one organism
nuclear engineering
breakthrough (n.c)
a sudden success
molecular biology
the things which form the structure of living matter
(biology) the field of science concerned with processes of communication and control (especially the comparison of these processes in biological and artificial systems)
modern inventions
an experiment
a scientific test