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terminology

Short Definition : terms used in a science or art; study of nomenclature

Definition
(noun) a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
Synonyms : language nomenclature
Example Sentence
  • legal terminology
  • biological nomenclature
  • the language of sociology
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for terminology

Terminology and Etymology both refer to words. Terminology refers to the technical terms of a subject whereas Etymology refers to an account of a word's origin and description.

terminus

Short Definition : last stop of railroad; end

Definition
(noun) a place where something ends or is complete Definition
(noun) the ultimate goal for which something is done
Synonyms : destination
Definition
(noun) (architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome
Synonyms : term terminal figure
Definition
(noun) either end of a railroad or bus route Definition
(noun) station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods
Synonyms : depot terminal
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for terminus

Terminus=terminal+bus. So, terminus is Bus Terminal where bus stops and loads & unloads passengers.

Terminus and Bus which are rhyming words are interrelated, because each and every bus has to end at a terminus (bus stop).

terrestrial

Short Definition : on or relating to the earth

Definition
(adj) of or relating to or inhabiting the land as opposed to the sea or air Definition
(adj) of or relating to or characteristic of the planet Earth or its inhabitants
Synonyms : planetary
Example Sentence
  • planetary rumblings and eructations
  • the planetary tilt
  • this terrestrial ball
Definition
(adj) operating or living or growing on land Definition
(adj) concerned with the world or worldly matters
Synonyms : mundane
Example Sentence
  • mundane affairs
  • he developed an immense terrestrial practicality
Definition
(adj) of this earth
Synonyms : sublunar sublunary
Example Sentence
  • transcendental motives for sublunary actions
  • fleeting sublunary pleasures
  • the nearest to an angelic being that treads this terrestrial ball
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for terrestrial

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Terrestrial which is pertaining to the earth is the opposite of Celestial or Astral which refer to the stars and the constellation.

When we go on the terrace of a building we can see the full surrounding which is nothing but earth.

Darwin Can't Solve the problem :: 'Human and Monkey are similar but why human are terrestrial and why Monkeys are arborial'

terse

Short Definition : concise; abrupt; pithy

Definition
(adj) brief and to the point; effectively cut short
Synonyms : crisp curt laconic
Example Sentence
  • a crisp retort
  • a response so curt as to be almost rude
  • the laconic reply; `yes'
  • short and terse and easy to understand
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for terse

terse...sounds like TERESA..Here all her achievements,efforts everything has been consolidated, confined and put into a single word "MOTHER"..So TERSE means brief,concise

TERSE rhymes with VERSE.jus a verse is always CONCISE and PITHY

write mother teresa as terse....so u r riting concise and brief!

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TEARse....when you tear your cloth it becomes brief,concise...

Terse is when you Converse in a curt or concise manner.

<B>Time</B> spent in a <B>hearse</B> is brief by comparison.

read it as T-erase.... we erase unnecessary lines to make it short and concise

tertiary

Short Definition : third in order or rank

Definition
(noun) from 63 million to 2 million years ago
Synonyms : tertiary period
Definition
(adj) coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position
Synonyms : 3rd third
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tertiary

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Tertiary and Subsidiary have the same sounds. While Subsidiary stands for something second in importance (as Primary means first), Tertiary refers to third in level.

primary,Secondary,tertiary

tessellated

Short Definition : mosaic; inlaid; Ex. tessellated pattern

Definition
(adj) having a checkered or mottled appearance Definition
(adj) decorated with small pieces of colored glass or stone fitted together in a mosaic
Example Sentence
  • a tessellated pavement
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tessellated

Tesselated=tiles+Decorated

Tessellated and Decorated have somewhat similar sounds. The Taj Mahal is tessellated or decorated with mosaic art.

TESSELATED can be split as TESt+ELATED..i was very ELATED to have skipped de TESt.the reason being,i fell on the MOSAIC floor....so TESSELATED means MOSAIC

tessellated has 'essel' in it, Think of 'Essel World' is decorated with each small things.

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latin tessella means diminutive, tiny.. so tessellated means anything combined tiny parts(may be homogeneous may be different)

tile-slated

testator

Short Definition : maker of a will; CF. testatrix

Definition
(noun) a person who makes a will
Synonyms : testate
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for testator

testator (or) testate: here from testate take estate and tor from testator.here tor represents a person so person having estates definetly makes a will so that estate will go to his heirs

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test+at+or(your)own will so do you want to give test its ur own will

Testator - change the word Testat into state and add success to or.. The TEstator States his will to his successOR.

One who TESTS the SUCCESSOR for a fortune - TEST - ATOR

parents will transfer all their properties to their children before death. such an act is called testator = THE + STATOR (stater).

testate (will)from latin root testor means testify.. during that time making will was not a same process like today, they used witness(testis) in place of stamp paper

Testator takes testimonies from the dying person to make the will

you hav a will to become a doctor..so 1st you hav to write a test..

person who make a will to score good marks in a test called testator

testy

Short Definition : irritable; impatient and bad-tempered; short-tempered; N. testiness

Definition
(adj) easily irritated or annoyed
Example Sentence
  • an incorrigibly fractious young man
  • not the least nettlesome of his countrymen
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for testy

If someone has described you as SHORT-TEMPERED in the TESTY(testimonial), then you will get IRRITATED looking at it.

TESTY sounds like TASTY, so if food is not tasty u get irritate, bad tempered

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test+y - tests (exams) are irritable and make a person short-tempered

a IRRITATED person says--Dont TEST my patience

IF SOMEONE HITS U ON UR TESTES U BECOME ANGRY

if the food is not TASTY u become TESTY....!:)

Teasing Tea.

for computer people: the software testers are very short tempered and are very irritable to the developer

TESTY-S if sumone fidgets with it.. d 'proces' becomes short tempered..

TESTY OR FIDGETY have somewhat similar sounds. The words refer to irritability.

Split the word into TEST+TEA. if u could not TEA during TESt u get irritated...

Who does'nt get easily irritated by a surprise TEST!

when you see that your tests are approaching you easily get irritated

giving a test is testy

Someone wrote a bad TESTY about you and hence you got "IRRITATED"

This somehow sounds like "testis". So if someone shows your testis to others you get annoyed.

my testicles are testy,i shall treat them gently!

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