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Unit 4 Language Lesson Terms

convenient

adjective

Unit 4 — Language Lesson

Definition
Suitable for your purposes and needs and causing the least difficulty.

Example
Making a search on the Internet is convenient because it's fast and can be done at home or at work.

efficient

adjective

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Definition
Working well without wasting time or effort.

Example
The high-speed Internet connection is more efficient than the dial-up connection.

fancy

adjective

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Definition
Decorative or complicated.

Example
This font is fancy; it comes in different styles and colours.

higher (clock speed)

adjective

Unit 4 — Language Lesson

Definition
A larger number.

Example
Processors are measured by their speed. A higher clock speed is often faster than a lower clock speed.

laptop

noun

Unit 4 — Language Lesson

Definition
A computer that is small enough to be carried around easily and is designed for use outside an office.

Example
It is easy to use a laptop computer because it is small and easy to carry.

metal

noun

Unit 4 — Language Lesson

Definition
A chemical element that is generally hard and strong.

Example
Many CPUs are made of metal, but some are made of plastic.

modern

adjective

Unit 4 — Language Lesson

Definition
Most recent.

Example
Modern computers are much better than the old ones that were made twenty years ago.

network card

noun

Unit 4 — Language Lesson

Definition
A card that is used to connect a computer to a network such as a LAN or the Internet.

Example
In order to have an Internet connection, you will need a network card.

rectangular

adjective

Unit 4 — Language Lesson

Definition
A flat shape with four straight sides that join at 90 angles and with opposite sides of equal length.

Example
Most computer cases are rectangular, not square.

reliable

adjective

Unit 4 — Language Lesson

Definition
Someone or something that can be trusted or believed; behaving in a predictable manner.

Example
My Internet connection is reliable; it always works well.