occurring or falling between events or points in time
I explained, “Because the radiant heat traveled in straight lines from the explosion, scientists were able to determine the direction toward the hypocenter from a number of different points, by observing the shadows cast by
have and put to use
The shadows gave an indication of the height of the burst of the bomb, and the diameter of the ball of fire at the instant it was
exerting the maximum charring effect.
a specialist in the investigation of existence and knowledge
I told him, “Richard Buckminster Fuller was a scientist,
philosopher, and inventor who is most famous for designing the geodesic dome, whose most famous version is the Buckyball.
distance travelled per unit time
I didn’t know why he was asking, because I’d brought Buckminster to school for a demonstration only a couple of weeks before, and dropped him from the roof to show how cats reach terminal
velocity by making themselves into little parachutes, and that cats actually have a better chance of surviving a fall from the twentieth floor than the eighth floor, because it takes them about eight floors to realize what’s going on, and relax and correct themselves.
speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
"Could you please repeat yourself and
enunciate a little bit better.”
of worldwide scope or applicability
I pointed a finger in the air, which is the
universal sign for hold on, and then I called down to Mr. Black from the stairwell, “I don’t think she speaks English!”
with restored energy
Mr. Black said, “If anything, I’m
a social scientist specializing in the study of humanity
I’m sitting at the end of a long table surrounded by encyclopedias, sometimes I take one down and read about other people’s lives, judges,
anthropologists, tennis champions, tycoons, politicians, just because you haven’t received any letters from me don’t think I haven’t written any.
fully detailed and specific about particulars
“Well, you won’t read about it in any of the history books, because there’s nothing—save for the
circumstantial evidence in Central Park—to prove that it was there at all.
save from ruin, destruction, or harm
"But once it was clear that the Sixth Borough was receding for good, that it couldn’t be saved or detained, it was decided, by New York City referendum, to
salvage the park.”
the act of yielding
This was considered a
concession, although no one knew why a
concession was necessary, or why it was to children that this
concession must be made.
believing the worst of human nature and motives
"A pessimist is negative and
impossible to deny or disprove
“Well, that’s good, because there’s no
lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
incongruous pH of the reservoir.
a formal public statement
There is no evidence whatsoever of their existence, other than the
proclamation on the tree.
worthy of imitation
speed up the progress of; facilitate
Everything about the building was designed to
expedite its construction—prefabricated materials were used as much as possible—and as a result, work progressed at a rate of about four and a half stories each week.
represent or express something abstract in tangible form
“All in all, the feeling and spirit of New York City is
embodied in the Empire State Building."
the property of showing inventiveness and skill
"From the people who fell in love here, to the ones who have returned with their children and grandchildren, everyone recognizes the building not only as an awe-inspiring landmark which offers one of the most spectacular views on earth, but an unequaled symbol of American
a steerable self-propelled aircraft
dirigible mooring mast, now the base of the TV tower, was part of the original construction of the building."