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.