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Vocabulary Tricks Part 27: Computers

Published on Friday, February 24, 2017
Computers are dominating technology and have entered all walks of life. There is a spurt of development in the software technology. Firms like Microsoft and Infosys have pioneered the IT revolution.
Computers have an influence on every field. In medical diagnosis, computers locate and operate a whole range of diseases. Computers are useful for students pursuing distance education. Computers provide tremendous openings for entrepreneurs who want to work online. New avenues of entertainment have been opened by computers.

Computers also have a negative side. Some teenagers indulge in an indecent discussion. Misuse of computers is detrimental for children.
However, advantages outweigh disadvantages. Through computers, the world has become a global village.



Meaning: Have power and influence over.
Example: The USA dominates the world.
Synonyms: control, influence, exercise control over, command, rule


Meaning: Gush out in a sudden and forceful stream.
Example: Witnesses saw blood spurting from the wound as she ran to them for help.
Synonyms: squirt, shoot, spray, fountain, jet, erupt


Meaning: A person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.
Example: They are explorers and pioneers in the great tradition like Columbus and Cook who sailed across the oceans.
Synonyms: settler, colonist, colonizer, frontiersman, frontierswoman, explorer, trailblazer, discoverer


Meaning: The identification of the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms.
Example: Early diagnosis and treatment are essential.
Synonyms: identification, recognition, discovery, detection, pinpointing, reading, determination


Meaning: Engage in (an activity or course of action)
Example: She was determined to pursue a computer career.
Synonyms: be occupied in, participate in, take part in, work at


Meaning: Very great in amount, scale, or intensity.
Example: There was a tremendous explosion.
Synonyms: huge, enormous, immense, colossal, massive, prodigious


Meaning: A person who sets up a business
Example: Many entrepreneurs see potential in this market.
Synonyms: businessman, businesswoman, business executive, speculator, tycoon, magnate


Meaning: A way of approaching a problem or making progress towards something.
Example: Three avenues of research are possible.
Synonyms: line, path, direction, route


Meaning: Not conforming to generally accepted standards of behaviour, especially in relation to sexual matters
Example: Indecent acts are not acceptable.
Synonyms: obscene, dirty, filthy, rude, coarse, vulgar


Meaning: Tending to cause harm.
Example: Moving her could have a detrimental effect on her health.
Synonyms: damaging, injurious, hurtful, inimical, deleterious


Meaning: Be heavier, greater, or more significant than.
Example: Coffee's pros probably outweigh its cons.
Synonyms: exceed, be superior to, take precedence over, take priority over

Global village

Meaning: The world considered as a single community linked by telecommunications.
Example: Now that most of us are wired up to the global village, we have instant access to what it is going on.

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