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catalyst

Short Definition : agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysis

Definition
(noun) (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
Synonyms : accelerator
Definition
(noun) something that causes an important event to happen
Example Sentence
  • the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for catalyst

CATA(LOOK like CATION..ions which has positive charge)like mn+2 which is a cation ,and cations SPEED UP THE RATE OF REACTION,that is how they BRING A CHEMICAL CHANGE IN A REACTION.

My new CAT caused A LIST (lyst) of things that suddenly changed in my life.

cat is a fast moving animal & we all know that catalyst is a chemistry word, v can assume that if we put catatalyst it will work as cat in chemistry..,.

catapult

Short Definition : slingshot; hurling machine; V: fire from catapult

Definition
(noun) a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
Synonyms : sling slingshot
Definition
(noun) a device that launches aircraft from a warship
Synonyms : launcher
Definition
(noun) an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles Definition
(verb) shoot forth or launch, as if from a catapult
Example Sentence
  • the enemy catapulted rocks towards the fort
Definition
(verb) hurl as if with a sling
Synonyms : sling
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for catapult

cata sound like Chata(Hindi) + Pult(pull) Khiche k chata marna or we can say stone or bomb Khiche k maarna .

CATA(KATTe ki) rubber katti PULL chestam...adhi CATAPULT

ca-tap-ult--here tap seems like tope (old type of an artillery) which were used during wars for hurling huge stones and bombs on enemies..

relate it to siege weapon in age of emipires 2. which attacks from certain distance throwing fire

catapult -> In cart stone is pulled to attack

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we know about the gulel neshana lagane ke liye.that is catapult.

cataract

Short Definition : great waterfall; eye abnormality (causing a gradual loss of eyesight)

Definition
(noun) an eye disease that involves the clouding or opacification of the natural lens of the eye Definition
(noun) a large waterfall; violent rush of water over a precipice
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for cataract

when you have any abnormality in ur eyes, you'll start crying as if a big waterfall comes out of ur eyes.

it sounds like cant + interact . If u r having eye disease u cant interact

cataract..cat+rat..when you see a cat ,coz of the eye prob you will wonder if it is a cat or rat..

cataract=antonym of cascade

cat and rat fight u cannot see and if U see it, a large amount of tears roll out as waterfall

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Cut of interact

chaata marne ke act ki vajah se ankho ki roshni kam ho gayi

catastrophe

Short Definition : calamity ; disaster

Definition
(noun) an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
Example Sentence
  • the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity
  • the earthquake was a disaster
Definition
(noun) a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
Synonyms : disaster
Example Sentence
  • lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system
  • his policies were a disaster
Definition
(noun) a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
Synonyms : cataclysm
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for catastrophe

Cut a trophy:: if we loss the trophy then that event will be big loss misfortune , so is the meaning --> event resulting in great loss and misfortune

jab kutte ne KATA on the "TROUGH" then disaster happens!!!

cat+as+trophy..imagine if u had writen cat u would had got a big trophy...bcos u r such an intelligent guy...but wat hapend u r dead bcos of catastrophe

it would be a TRAGEDY if CAT + AS + TROPHY

After winning a game if CAT is given AS TROPHy. calamity and disaster between countries & teams.

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cata s trophe----- cutting the top edge this generally happens when any disaster comes....

catcall

Short Definition : shout of disapproval or displeasure (made at the theater or a sports match); boo; V.

Definition
(noun) a cry expressing disapproval Definition
(verb) utter catcalls at
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for catcall

if someone CALLs me a CAT there will be a shout of disapproval from my side n i would boo at them back

all the cat were calling rats but rats made a "catcall"

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If sexy catwoman calls you for sex, what will you do?

catcalls or booing from the crowd made Symo a cat on hot bricks...(cat on hot bricks means nervous..its an idiom which you s'd be knowing...and andrew symonds is a controversial cricketer..u s'd know this if u follow cricket

if CATs start to CALL eachother in the night, u want them to STOP! so u catcall

even if its sachin tendulkar...he has to face CATCALLS when not in form...!!!

if someone about to deliberately step on to yout pet cat's call(kaalu-telugu)..wat u would do??definitely der wil b a shout of disaproval from u

if we cat(girl)call we will shout with disapproval.

cat+call --> When in circus, if tehy bring cat instead of a lion or tiger..people will say boo...they dont want cat and they disapprove

to call someone like a dog.means to disapprove someone.

catechism

Short Definition : book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form; religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize

Definition
(noun) a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views Definition
(noun) an elementary book summarizing the principles of a Christian religion; written as questions and answers
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for catechism

Catechism (Break it like CAT + MECHISM) Where CAT reminds us of CAT (the exam) and CAT(HOLIC) so Christianity funda... MECHISM reminds us of MECHANISM (Question Answer Pattern of the Exam).

catechism -> cat(holic) + techism. The technique of understanding catholism.

The "cataclysm" (major disaster or war) resulted in a "cataclasm" (disruption) of the "catechism" (instruction in Christian beliefs given in a question-and-answer format) classes.

categorical

Short Definition : without exceptions; made without any doubt in mind; unqualified; absolute

Definition
(adj) relating to or included in a category or categories
Synonyms : categoric
Definition
(adj) not modified or restricted by reservations
Example Sentence
  • a categorical denial
  • a flat refusal
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for categorical

assume that there are two categories A & B and you have to put an object in one of them..now when you put that object in a category..you are ABSOLUTEly sure that it belongs there.

belongs to all CATEGORIES without any exeption

: sounds like category, so things put in category are clear and direct

CATEGORICAL...CATEGORIZE..so you have decided to CATEGORIZE UNQUALIFIED FROM qualified PEOPLE.

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categorical -> category of stones(cal - stones in tamil) Unambiguously explicit and direct types of stones.

cater

Short Definition : provide food and drink (for); cater to: try to satisfy (desires of a bad kind)

Definition
(verb) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
Synonyms : ply provide supply
Example Sentence
  • The hostess provided lunch for all the guests
Definition
(verb) supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for cater

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cater seperated into- cat and tear -cats generally provide their food from people by crying (are they?) hence tear occur in their eyes. After that day cat use that method for providing food called cater :)

a caterer supplies food

The food was supplied in a shopping 'cart'

cater-seems like caterings who provide food for people in specially arranged occassions

it will be written on hotel posters that "catering" is available

provide food and drink to cat by her and satisfy it

cater ( keta) It is a difficult job to meet ( cater) the needs of the youths which are affiliated with the current technology

CARE+Taker-we CATE+Take by providing food and drink....

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