Weekly Word Highlights

Welcome to NewsDepth Word Highlight!

Be sure to check back here each week for new vocabulary words from each episode!


Season 48 (2016-2017 School Year)


Episode #30 - May 17, 2018

Crater - A bowl shaped opening to a volcano.

Photorealism - A style of art where it is difficult to tell a painting from a photograph.

Prevention -  Stopping something from happening.

Episode #29 - May 10, 2018

Constitution - The written plan for how government works.

Dust Storm - Strong gusts of air blowing across dry land, picking up dirt and sand (usually blocking our vision).

Mausoleum -  A monument that contains a tomb.

Episode #28 - May 3, 2018

Autonomous - Able to act on one's own.

Kid - A baby goat.

Extremophile - An animal capable of living in extreme conditions.

Episode #27 - April 26, 2018

Autism - A developmental disorder that can make things like communication and social interaction difficult.

Compost - To make something decay into a mixture that can be used as fertilizer or dirt.

Poetry - A form of writing that puts importance on the rhythm of words and the expression of ideas or feelings.

Episode #26 - April 19, 2018

Internet Privacy - The protection of a user's personal information from being accessed by others, or used by companies without a user's permission.

Mint - A place where money is printed or coined.

Pollution - Substances added to the environment that make it dirty or unsafe.

Episode #25 - April 12, 2018

Census - An official count of the people in an area.

Curator - A keeper of a museum who decides what goes on display and where it is placed.

Ordinance - A law created by city leaders, specific to that city.

Episode #24 - March 22, 2018

Physicist - A person who studies Physics - The science of energy and matter.

Term Limit - The number of times someone is allowed to be elected to the same position by law.

Episode #23 - March 15, 2018

Aircraft Carrier - A ship that can act as a runway for military planes to land on or take off from.

Diplomacy - The act of handling relationships between two countries.

Iditarod Trail - An historic path that had been used by Native Americans, and later by fur traders and miners.

Refugee - Someone who left their home country because of war, natural disaster, or persecution.

Episode #22 - March 8, 2018

Biometrics - Measurements of a person's physical features or behaviors.

Braille - A form of language made of raised dots that the blind can read with their fingertips.

Crest - To rise to a river's highest level.

Empathy - The ability to understand and share the feelings of others.

Episode #21 - March 1, 2018

Rotunda - A round room that has a domed ceiling.

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Symptom - Evidence of an illness.

Virtual Reality - A computer-made environment that a user can experience with their senses as if it was the real world.

Episode #20 - February 22, 2018

Kinesiology - The study of the movement of the human body.

Lunar - Related to the moon.

Ultraviolet Light - Light with wavelengths shorter than the light that we are able to see.

Episode #19 - February 15, 2018

Discrimination - The unfair treatment of someone based on their race, age, sex or gender.

FDA (Food and Drug Administration) - The federal agency responsible for keeping our food and drugs (medication) safe.

Perishable - Likely to decay or go bad quickly.

Episode #18 - February 8, 2018

Curling (Sport) - A sport where athletes slide a heavy stone down a sheet of ice and try to get it to land in the middle of a target. 

Geotracking - A way of figuring out where someone is at based on GPS data in their devices.

Tariff - A tax or fee on goods that are brought to America from another country.

Episode #17 - February 1, 2018

Floodplain - The low area next to a river that is likely to flood. 

Seismic - Related to shaking of the earth like volcanos and earthquakes.

Time Lapse - A style of video made up of still photos taken over time to show a change occuring.

Torpor - A mild version of hibernation where animals sleep through a few days of very cold weather, but not for the entire winter.

Episode #16 - January 25, 2018

Trachea - The windpipe that connects the opening of the throat to the lungs. floodplain, seismic, torpor

Trajectory - The path followed by a flying object.

Veto - The constitutional right (of the President) to reject a bill.

Episode #15 - January 18, 2018

Coal - A hard black rock that is burned as fuel.

Influenza - An infection of the respiratory or breathing passages caused by a virus.

Outdated - Old fashioned or behind the times.

Episode #14 - January 11, 2018

Arborist - A doctor for trees.

Ivory - A material from the tusks of elephants, walruses and narwhales.

Net Neutrality - Companies that are in control of getting the internet to your home, or school, must provide the same speed to every website.

Nor'easter - A winter storm that travels up the North East coast of the United States.

Episode #13 - December 14, 2017

Alvar - A flat area of limestone that was exposed by a passing glacier.

Butte - A steep land form with a flat top, typically smaller than a plateau.

National Monument - An area or historic landmark that the President has chosent to protect by law.

Striation - A series of ridges and grooves that all go in the same direction.

Episode #12 - December 7, 2017

Abdicate - To step down from the position as leader in a country.

Figurehead - Someone in a top position, but in reality doesn't make any big decisions.

Pesticide - A chemical used to kill or keep away insects from damaging crops.

Episode #11 - November 30, 2017

Architect - Someone who designs buildings and often oversees their construction.

Graffiti - Words or pictures drawn or painted on walls without permission.

Lake Effect Snow - Snow that comes from cold air blowing over a warmer lake.  Then wind carries it up and over to the land nearby.

Old Master - A skillful painter who worked in Europe before 1800.

Episode #10 - November 16, 2017

Demilitarized Zone - An area where both sides have agreed to keep their military away.

Millennials - A generation group born between the 1980s and early 2000s (today they are between the ages of about 15 and 35).

Prime Minister - The head of an elected government (similar to a President).

Episode #9 - November 9, 2017

Defect - To abandon your own country for another.

Impressment - When one country forces citizens of another to fight in their army.

Sedition - Stirring up a rebellion against a government.

Subsidy - A payment by the government to an industry, to keep costs on production low.

Episode #8 - November 2, 2017

Infrastructure - The basic building or construction projects needed to keep a city or country moving.

Lobbying - To influence a lawmaker or politician on a certain issue.

Segregation - The forced separation of people.

Episode #7 - October 26, 2017

Arachnids - A class of animals with eight jointed legs (includes spiders, ticks, and scorpions).

Sarcophagus - An ancient stone coffin that is highly decorated.

Episode #6 - October 19, 2017

Empathy - The act of understanding and experiencing the feelings of someone else.

Inhalation - Breathing in.

Episode #5 - October 12, 2017

Cryptocurrency - Digital money that uses hard-to-crack codes to keep it safe online.

Hydro (Prefix) -  Related to water.

Secede - To withdraw membership from a union or political organization.

Episode #4 - October 5, 2017

Alloy - A mixture of metals.

Coding - A way of telling a computer or a computer program what to do by writing in the computer's own language.

Prototype - A first sample or example of a product that will help determine what the final product looks like.

Episode #3 - September 28, 2017

Commonwealth - A territory that belongs to the United States.  People who live here are U.S. Citizens, but cannot vote for the President.

Heritage - The ethnic or cultural background that we carry from one generation to the next.

Sorority - A college club for women.

Stagnant - Not moving.

Episode #2 - September 21, 2017

Allergy - A negative response by your body to a specific substance.

Archipelago - A group of islands.

Naturalization - The process of becoming a US citizen.

Episode #1 - September 14, 2017

Botanical - Relating to plants.

Extirpation - Local extinction.

Hurricane - A violent spinning storm with winds greater than 74 miles per hour that forms over tropical waters.

Iceberg - A large floating chunk of ice that has detached from a glacier.

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