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Unit 9 Language Lesson Terms

effect

noun

Unit 9 — Language Lesson

Definition
A particular result.

Example
The speed of your cable connection has an effect on the speed of your Internet use.

factual

noun

Unit 9 — Language Lesson

Definition
Something that is known to have happened or to exist, especially something for which proof exists.

Example
Something that is factual is always true. For example, the sentence “You must be connected to a network to check your e-mail” is factual.

habits

noun

Unit 9 — Language Lesson

Definition
Something that you do often and regularly, sometimes without knowing that you are doing it.

Example
We all have daily habits, such as reading online news or checking our e-mail first thing in the morning.

imaginary

adjective

Unit 9 — Language Lesson

Definition
Existing only in the mind; not real.

Example
Many video games involve imaginary characters or places that are invented by the video-game creator. They are not real.

implies

verb

Unit 9 — Language Lesson

Definition
To communicate an idea or feeling without saying it directly.

Example
If a person holds a cellular phone to her ear, she implies that she is talking on the phone.

interchangeable

adjective

Unit 9 — Language Lesson

Definition
Able to be exchanged with each other without making any difference or without being noticed.

Example
Some Mac and PC peripherals are interchangeable, such as certain printers that can be used by either a Mac or a PC.

logical

adjective

Unit 9 — Language Lesson

Definition
Using reason, common sense.

Example
It is logical that businesses use a high-speed connection to save time rather than a slower dial-up connection.

possibility

noun

Unit 9 — Language Lesson

Definition
Something that can be done or achieved, or that can exist.

Example
There is a possibility that we can create our own Web site. We could do it if we want to.

unplugged

verb

Unit 9 — Language Lesson

Definition
To remove a plug for an electrical device from the power source.

Example
I unplugged the computer before I started to take it apart.