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Glossary

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abbreviation (noun): a shortened form of a word or phrase used to represent the whole The abbreviation amp stands for ampere. abrasive (adjective): rough; able to wear away, smooth, or polish by friction Sand is an abrasive material that is used in the production of sandpaper. AC (abbreviation): alternating current AC is the most commonly used voltage source. adjacent (adjective): next to or nearby Nejim and Jamal lived in adjacent houses. alternate (verb): to change back and forth; to constantly reverse from one state to another ay alternates !ith night. amp (noun): ampere; the unit by which an electric current is measured "e bought a thirty#amp fuse. ampere (noun): the unit by which an electric current is measured $ost household circuits carry %& to '&& amperes of electricity. apply (verb): to bring into action; to put to use The effort applied to completing the project on time !as successful. associated (adjective): related with or connected ( total of ')* countries are associated !ith the +nited Nations as member states. attract (verb): to pull towards; to cause to approach or come near The gravitational force of the earth attracts smaller bodies to it.

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ball bearing (noun): a bearing in which the parts are separated by a ring of small metal balls which reduce friction Ball bearings hold the shaft in the motor housing. bimetallic (adjective): made or consisting of two metals ( bimetallic strip consists of t!o different metals !ith different reactions to heat. bimetallic thermometer (noun): a thermometer that uses two strips of different metals which expand at different rates as they are heated Bimetallic thermometers are often used as home heating system thermostats. blockage (noun): stoppage ,e called a plumber to clear out the blockage in the drainpipe. body (noun): a separate physical mass or quantity The most common foreign bodies in the eye are

dust- dirt- and sand. bulb (noun): any round, enlarged part, especially at the end of a cylindrical object such as a thermometer The bulb of the thermometer holds mercury!hich rises as it e.pands.

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cell (noun): a device which converts chemical energy into electrical energy; a battery /hemical reactions that produce electricity ta0e place in the cell. characteristic (noun): a quality or property that identifies or makes something different from other things ( characteristic of Saudi (rabian !eather is lo! rainfall. chase (noun): the act of following rapidly in order to catch The police !ere involved in a high#speed car chase. closed circuit (noun): a complete electrical circuit around which current flows Turning a light s!itch on creates a closed circuit. coil (noun): a length of rope or wire curled to form a series of circles, one above the other ( coil of metal springs attached to a car1s frame absorbs the bumps of the road. combustible (adjective): able to catch fire and burn; flammable ,ood and paper are combustible materials.

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component (noun): one of several parts that make up a whole ( !ater molecule has t!o main componentshydrogen and o.ygen. compress (verb): to reduce in size by pushing or forcing together 2irmly compress the dirt in the pot to hold the plant upright. compressibility (noun): the ability of matter to be reduced in size or volume !ll gases can be compressed, but it is difficult to compress liquids ,ater has a lo! compressibility. concentration (noun): amount of a substance in a given amount of another substance The ead Sea contains the highest salt concentration of any body of !ater on earth. conduct (verb): to serve as a path or channel for ,ater conducts electricity very easily- so you must avoid touching electric !ires !hen your hands are !et. conductor (noun): a substance having weakly bonded electrons and, therefore, low resistance to electron flow /opper is considered to be a good conductor.

core (noun): the central or inner part of something The core of the earth is mostly made up of iron and nic0el. corresponding (adjective): similar or identical in position, number, or form 2or *& degrees /elsius- the corresponding temperature in 2ahrenheit is 34 degrees. current (noun): the flow of electricity in a conductor The current !as measured in amperes.

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DC (abbreviation): direct current Saudi (ramco industrial plants have DC supplies. deposit (noun): matter set down by a natural process; a collected mass /hina ma0es great use of its coal deposits. density (noun): a property of matter defined as mass per unit volume; the relative heaviness of an object occupying a certain quantity of space 5ead has a high density. differential pressure flowmeter (noun): a flowmeasuring device that measures the difference between two pressure values and converts, or changes, them to a flow rate ! differential pressure flowmeters is often used to measure the flow of fluid in a pipeline discard (verb): to throw out; get rid of 6atteries contain strong chemicals and must be discarded !ith care. dissolve (verb): to turn into liquid; liquefy Sugar easily dissolves in hot !ater. drive (verb): to supply force or power to and cause to function Steam drives the engine. dry-cell battery (noun): a battery that does not contain liquid electrolyte Dry-cell batteries are used in appliances such as transistor radios. electric motor (noun): a motor that converts electricity to mechanical work Electric motors are found in household appliances such as fans- fridges- and !ashing machines. electrode (noun): either of two points "the positive and negative terminals# through which an electric current enters or leaves a battery 6attery acid buildup on the cable connections to the electrodes can cause po!er failure. electrolyte (noun): a nonmetallic electrical conductor in which current is carried by the movement of ions; a sulfuric acid solution is one example The electrolyte carries the current inside a battery. electromagnet (noun): a magnet whose magnetic

force is created and controlled by electricity (n electromagnet is easily created by passing electric current through a coil of !ire. electromagnetic induction (noun): the transfer of power between one electric circuit and another caused by changes in the magnetic field linking them $ichael 2araday discovered electromagnetic induction in '4%'.

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electromagnetism (noun): magnetism produced by an electric current Electromagnetism !as discovered !hen it !as observed that a copper !ire carrying an electric current can magneti7e pieces of iron or steel near it. electromotive force (noun phrase): the energy available for a movement or change from nonelectric to electric form, or vice versa; potential energy expressed in volts Sources of electromotive force include batteries and electric generators. embed (verb): to fix firmly into; to enclose firmly in a surrounding mass 8ngagement rings are often embedded !ith diamonds. electron (noun): a negatively$charged particle /urrent is the flo! of electrons along an electrical path.

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filled-system temperature indicator (noun): a device filled with a liquid or vapor which expands with an increase in temperature Filled system thermometers are sometimes seen in home coo0ing ranges. fluctuating (adjective): continually changing 9eople have fluctuating levels of attention. fractionation (noun): the process of separating oil and gas hydrocarbons into different parts, or fractions Fractionation is part of the oil refining process.

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generate (verb): to produce; to create The sun generates the heat !hich !arms our planet. gradually (adverb): taking place by small degrees or little by little The apprentice gradually learned all of the maintenance procedures.

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heli% (noun): a spiral, as the curve of a screw "eating the metal helix causes it to open up or un!ind. housing (noun): protective cover for a piece of

equipment The motor housing holds and protects the internal parts of the motor.

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impeller meter (noun): a flow$measuring device comprising two blades that rotate as fluid flows through it The impeller meter is highly reliable- accurateeasily installed- and economical. inaccurate (adjective): incorrect; not exact The electric cloc0 !as inaccurate due to a po!er failure earlier in the day. indicator (noun): a thing that shows a state or level; a gauge or meter of a specified kind The indicator of the car:s gas gauge sho!s that the tan0 is empty. induce (verb): to bring about, produce, or cause Ta0ing certain medicines !ill induce sleep. ion (noun): an atom that has either lost or gained one or more electrons so that it has a positive or negative electrical charge 9ositively charged 7inc ions are produced in a chemical reaction involving 7inc and the electrolyte of a !et#cell battery. in series (prepositional phrase): a number of objects or events coming one after the other; related or linked together ( set of storage batteries connected in series can serve as an emergency po!er source. insert (verb): to put or place in The carpenter inserted a ne! battery into his portable drill and continued !or0ing. insulate (verb): to cover with a material in order to prevent the transfer of heat, electricity, or sound "omebuilders in cold climates generally insulate their homes !ith fiberglass.

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insulator (noun): a material which electricity, heat or sound cannot go through 9lastics tend to be good insulators.

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magnet (noun): a body that has the property to attract and hold certain substances, such as iron The magnets on my refrigerator hold up photos and a calendar. matter (noun): everything which has mass and takes up space (n atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter. mass (noun): a measure of the amount of material an object contains ( balloon filled !ith air may be larger than your head- but it has less mass. mercury thermometer (noun): thermometer consisting of a mercury$filled tube with a bulb at one end

The most common temperature measuring device is the mercury thermometer.

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non-associated (verb): not related to Natural gas found in gas deposits- separate from crude oil- is called non-associated gas.

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observe (verb): to pay careful attention to 2oreign !or0ers must observe the rules of the country in !hich they !or0. ohm (noun): the unit by which resistance to an electric current is measured; the resistance of a conductor to the flow of electricity ( circuit !ith only '& ohms of resistance !ill have a higher current flo! than a circuit !ith '&& ohms. open circuit (noun): an incomplete electrical circuit where no current flows /ircuits !hich have faulty !iring or missing components are considered open circuits. opposition (noun): the act of going against; an obstacle to movement or flow The opposition of the road to the moving tires of a car creates friction and produces heat. orifice plate (noun): a thin metal plate with a hole in it used for measure the flow rate in pipelines The orifice plate creates a pressure drop !ithin the pipeline.

pointer (noun): something that directs attention to a place; the needle$like hand on a watch, scale, compass, or other instrument The gas gauge pointer sho!s ho! much gasoline is in the tan0. polarity (noun): the direction of a magnetic or electric field; the state or condition of having positive and negative poles or of being oriented toward a particular pole "e got the polarity of the battery reversed. potential (noun): possibility; capacity /leanliness reduces the potential for disease to spread. pressure (noun): force /oo0ing gas is in a cylinder is under pressure. primary (adjective): main; most important Jamal:s primary objective in life !as to provide for his family. principle (noun): a primary or general law or truth from which others can be developed $any temperature gauges are based on the general principle that heat causes things to e.pand. property (noun): one of the things you can see, feel, or measure about a substance that makes it different from another substance

$ercury is a metal that has the special property of e.isting as a li;uid at normal temperatures.

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rather like (adverbial phrase): very similar to The deserts of Saudi (rabia are rather like the deserts of northern $e.ico.

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relative (adjective): in comparison to something else The normal height or !eight of a child is relative to his or her age. repel (verb): to drive back; to force back; to turn away The north pole of one magnet !ill repel the north pole of another. represent (verb): to stand for; to present by signs or symbols The +.S. dollar is represented by the symbol <. resistance (noun): preventing or slowing motion; the force that tends to oppose motion =f you try running in !ater up to your !aist- there !ill be a lot of resistance to your for!ard movement. resistance detector (noun): a kind of thermometer that uses the property of certain metals to change resistance when temperature changes esistance detectors are among the most precise temperature sensors. restriction (noun): a reduced area; something that limits or holds back 2lo! rate decreases as fluid passes through a restriction in a pipeline. revolution (noun): a complete turn or rotation around a central point or axis ( typical car engine turns bet!een >&& and >-&&& revolutions per minute. rotor (noun): the rotating part of an electric motor The helicopter:s rotor generates lift.

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seal (verb): to close or completely cover; to make air$tight ( flashlight battery is sealed in its o!n metal case. shaft (noun): a rotating cylindrical rod, often attached to gears, that transfers power or motion the drive shaft of a car short circuit (noun): a faulty electrical connection which causes the current to flow in the wrong direction, often having the effect of stopping the power supply !hort circuits are dangerous because they can cause a surge in current. solution (noun): a mixture in which particles of one or more substances are distributed evenly throughout another substance Sugar dissolved in a cup of tea is an e.ample of a

chemical solution. specific gravity (noun): the density of a substance relative to the density of water ?old has a specific gravity of ').%. stationary (adjective): having a fixed position; not moving ( stationary bicycle is used for e.ercise- not for transportation. stator (noun): the stationary part of a motor The rotor spins around the stator. subject to (verb phrase): able or likely to be affected by; open to the influence of =f you don:t maintain your car regularly- it may be subject to mechanical problems. surge (noun): a sudden increase of electrical current or voltage 8lectrical po!er surges can damage electronic e;uipment.

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take in (verb phrase): to receive, get, or absorb @n a cold day- it:s nice to stand in front of a fire and take in the !armth. thermal e%pansion (noun phrase): an increase in volume of a liquid or solid substance caused by heat (n e.ample of thermal expansion can be seen !hen you run hot !ater over a jar lid that !on1t open. The hot !ater e.pands the metal lid- and then it opens easily. thermometer (noun): an instrument used for measuring temperature ,e placed the thermometer outside the !indo! so !e could chec0 the outside temperature throughout the day. thermocouple (noun): a kind of thermometer consisting of two wires of different metals connected to a meter that senses changes in voltage when the device is heated "hermocouples are used e.tensively in the steel industry to monitor temperatures and chemistry throughout the steel ma0ing process.

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three-phase supply (noun phrase):three voltages produced at the same time in three stator windings of an !% generator, with each winding serving as the return current path for the other two The three-phase supply produced a rotating magnetic field in the stator. trace (adjective): occurring in very small amounts @nly trace minerals !ere found at the test sitesso the management decided against further e.ploration of the area. trap (verb): to prevent from escaping The !or0ers !ere trapped in a burning building.

turbine flowmeter (noun): a flow$measuring device comprising a rotor with blades that allow a measurable amount of fluid to pass with each revolution of the rotor ( turbine flo#meter is subject to high !ear and must be used !ith clean fluids.

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unite (verb): to combine so as to form a single unit =n '4'&- Aing Aamehameha united all the "a!aiian islands under his authority.

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vapori3e (verb): to rapidly change from a liquid to a gas @nce !ater reaches its boiling point- it vapori$es rapidly into steam. vapori3ation (noun): the process of a liquid becoming a gas %apori$ation occurs in a steaming 0ettle on the stove. variable (noun): something that is likely to vary, or change 9ressure and temperature are t!o variables in the hydrocarbon production process. venturi tube (noun): a cylindrical pipe with a narrow constriction, used to measure fluid flow ,hen the venturi tube is inserted into a pipeline- the fluid is forced through the narro!ed section. viscosity (noun): a liquid&s resistance to flowing ,ater has a lo! viscosity- !hile honey has a high viscosity. volt (noun): a unit of electromotive force $ost flashlight batteries produce about '.B volts of energy. voltage (noun): the electrical force that produces a flow of electricity in a circuit 5o! voltage reduces the current- ma0ing the lights burn dimly.

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wear (noun): the damage or loss of quality due to long or heavy use The hotel1s carpets are sho!ing signs of #ear. weight (noun): the force of gravity acting on an object The ma.imum #eight the bridge can support is 'B tons. wet-cell storage battery (noun): a battery containing liquid electrolyte /ar batteries are #et-cell storage batteries. windings (noun): coiled electrical wires The iron core of the motor is surrounded by copper #indings.