adv. the most important or most common
- Houses are made chiefly of wood products.
- Corn is the chief crop of the Midwest.
adj. not fine or smooth; not delicate
- Sandpaper is an extremely coarse material.
- Wool clothing has a certain coarseness in texture.
- In some parts of the world, text messaging is more commonplace than voice calling.
- Female lawyers are commonplace in the United States.
adj. difficult to understand or explain; having many parts
- The businessmen astutely approached the complex production problem.
- The universe has a complexity beyond comprehension.
adj. following accepted rules or standards
- Professor Canfield agreed with the conventional theory about the origin of the Basque language.
- To become integrated into a society, you must learn the conventions of that society.
adj. odd or strange; eager to learn
- A curious object was discovered in the remains.
- Sally was curiously interested in the history of Alaska.
v. to send out; give off
- The raging forest fire emitted a dense, white smoke.
- Modern telescopes can detect the faintest light emitted by distant stars.
adv. very; to an unusual degree
- In tropical zones, it is exceedingly hot and humid.
- It is not safe to exceed the speed limit.
adv. no one else; nothing else; not shared with others
- This room is used exclusively by the faculty.
- They excluded everyone under 21 from the contest.
v. to bring about the end of something
- The firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.
- Modern medicine has extinguished many previously serious illnesses.
adj. extremely large
- From the mountaintop you can see the immense valley.
- She was immensely interested in the idea of teaching a foreign language.
adj. occurring in an instant
- A lightbulb turns on nearly instantaneously when you flip the switch.
- The teacher was instantly met with complaints when he announced the test.
adj. not easy to bend; firm; inflexible
- The teacher was very rigid in his ideas about class attendance.
- He adhered rigidly to his opinions about economic growth.
adv. regularly; usually done
- She routinely gets a physical examination.
- It is routine for students to become homesick at times.
n. lasting physical or mental strength
- The Olympic runner demonstrated incredible stamina.
- The horse lacked the stamina to win the race.
adv. enough; in a satisfying manner
- Jenny is sufficiently mature to make her own decisions.
- Her income is sufficient for her needs.
adv. can be seen
adj. visible *power of imagination or wisdom, especially with
regard to the future
- Ken was visibly upset about his performance evaluation.
- Stars are more visible on a clear fall evening.