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(pronounced par / pa-reh-BAH-lik ah-LOO-meh-nyezd rih-FLEHK-ter)

Both the abbreviation and the term refer to an incandescent lamp (a.k.a. “light bulb” having a tungsten filament) with a built-in silvered reflector that helps focus the light, forming

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(pronounced PARCH-mehnt)

In this day and age we tend to think of parchment simply as paper, but it actually is a thin, paper-like material made from hide — i.e., goat-, sheep- or calfskin —

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(pronounced peh-RI-uh)

When I saw this word mixed up with “piranha” with great comedic effect in an episode of

Example: Jackson’s condescending comments towards his fellow project

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(pronounced PAR-lehn(t)s)

Parlez-vous français" Oui ou non" Even if you don’t speak French, think of their word “parlez” to help you remember the English word “parlance.” It means talk or speech, as in formal debate.

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(pronounced par-TAYR)

You’ve probably heard the term “terra firma” to mean solid ground. Let that help you remember this word, which means an ornamental garden designed with footpaths between the flower beds. Though they are usually very

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(pronounced par-TEE)

Take from the French term prendre parti meaning "to make a decision” or “to take sides,” parti has come to mean the big organizing idea, basic concept, or primary thought behind an

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This word has so many meanings, but the main one we’re concerned about is this: an interior dividing wall. In construction documents, a designer or architect will need to designate “partition types” so that contractors know