The Hindu Editorial (Storm warnings) – Nov 27, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Storm warnings) – Nov 27, 2020

Cyclone Nivar raised fears of another epic disaster for millions of coastal residents in the south, but its passage overland near Puducherry… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Storm warnings) – Nov 27, 2020.

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Today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Storm warnings) – Nov 27, 2020:

  1. storm (noun) – low-pressure weather system; cyclone.
  2. forecast (noun) – prediction, indication, projection, prognosis, speculation, calculation (of future events or trends).
  3. invest in (verb) – put in one’s time, effort & energy to a specific task.
  4. urban planning (noun) – the process that seeks to control the development of cities through local regulations and direct interventions, to fulfill a number of objectives, such as mobility, quality of life and sustainability.
  5. Cyclone Nivar (noun) – it is a tropical cyclone in the North Indian Ocean. The name ‘Nivar’ has been selected from the list of names given by Iran. In the Parsi language, the name ‘Nivar’ means light. Cyclone Nivar made landfall around Puducherry early on Thursday (26NOV20) as a severe cyclonic storm (SCS).
  6. tropical cyclone (noun) – a very powerful low-pressure weather system which results in strong winds (over 120 km/h) and heavy rainfall (up to 250 mm in one day). Tropical cyclones have different names depending on where they occur in the world. In the US and the Caribbean they are known as hurricanes, in South Asia – cyclones, in East Asia – typhoons and in Australia they are known as willy-willies. They all develop in the same way and have the same characteristics. (Coutesy: BBC)
  7. epic (adjective) – very large, huge.
  8. overland (adverb) – by land.
  9. destructive (adjective) – devastating, ruinous, disastrous, catastrophic.
  10. anticipate (verb) – expect, foresee, predict.
  11. relatively (adverb) – comparatively, proportionately, somewhat, to a certain extent/degree.
  12. toll (noun) – number, count, sum total (of deaths/casualties).
  13. considerable (adjective) – substantial, significant, much.
  14. fierce (adjective) – intense, powerful, strong, forceful.
  15. dump (verb) – pour or lash down heavily.
  16. deluge (noun) – severe flood, torrent; downpour/torrential rain.
  17. fatigue (noun) – tiredness, weariness, exhaustion.
  18. emphasis (noun) – importance, significance; attention, priority, insistence.
  19. periodic (adjective) – regular, repeated, recurrent.
  20. India Meteorological Department (IMD) (noun) – an agency under Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Government of India which is responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting and seismology. It has the responsibility for forecasting, naming and distribution of warnings for tropical cyclones in the Northern Indian Ocean region, including the Malacca Straits, the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf.
  21. forecast (verb) – predict, foresee, estimate, foretell.
  22. linear (adjective) – undeviating, direct, as straight as an arrow, unbending.
  23. deployment (noun) – the act of employing resources (forces) into effective action.
  24. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) (noun) – an Indian specialized force constituted “for the purpose of special response to a threatening disaster situation or disaster” under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The “Apex Body for Disaster Management” in India is the National Disaster Management Authority.
  25. civic (adjective) – municipal, city, town, urban.
  26. suburban (adjective) – suburban area is a mixed-use or residential area, existing either as part of a city or urban area or as a separate residential community within commuting distance of a city.
  27. wrought (verb) – (old) past and past participle of work; cause, effect.
  28. mirror (verb) – reflect, reproduce, imitate, parallel; reiterate.
  29. inland (adjective) – non-coastal.
  30. inundation (noun) – flooding, flood water, covering/flooding with water.
  31. aftermath (noun) – consequences, effects, results, repercussions.
  32. assessment (noun) – evaluation, analysis.
  33. alacrity (noun) – readiness, willingness, promptness.
  34. run-up to (noun) – a period of time just before an important event.
  35. in parallel (phrase) – happening at the same time.
  36. mount (verb) – organize, arrange, set up, initiate (relief operations).
  37. paper over (phrasal verb) – cover up, hide, conceal, gloss over.
  38. paper over the cracks (phrase) – to cover up or hide problems.
  39. sustainable (adjective) – acceptable, reasonable, trustworthy, dependable (at a particular level/rate).
  40. floodplain (noun) – a flat area of land next to a river or stream that is often flooded when the river becomes too full.
  41. peri-urban (adjective) – also called rurban space (blend of rural and urban), outskirts; relating to an area immediately next to a city.
  42. encroachment (noun) – infringementintrusioninvasion, trespass, violation.
  43. exacerbate (verb) – aggravate, worsen, compound.
  44. land grab (noun) – a process of obtaining land unethically & self-seekingly (selfishly).
  45. benign (adjective) –friendly, agreeable, accommodating.
  46. indulgence (noun) – the attitude of being indulgent; understanding, tolerance, forgiveness; catering to someone’s every whim.
  47. successive (adjective) – consecutive, succeeding.
  48. rigour (noun) – attention to detail, diligence; strictness, severity.
  49. neglected (adjective) – disregarded, forgotten, overlooked, ignored.
  50. canal (noun) – inland waterway, channel.
  51. remedy (noun) – solution, answer, antidote/panacea.
  52. appalling (adjective) – shocking, horrible, horrific, terrible, awful.
  53. indifference (noun) – unconcern, apathy, carelessness, disregard.
  54. norm (noun) – standard, convention, regulation.
  55. spawn (verb) – produce, generate, promote/trigger.
  56. amorphous (adjective) – unstructured, indeterminate, formless/vague.
  57. characterise (verb) – identify, specify, describe.
  58. inflated (adjective) – increased, raised, excessively high, unreasonably high.
  59. speculative (adjective) – risky, uncertain, unpredictable.
  60. competitive (adjective) – ambitious, aggressive, combative.
  61. hardwire (verb) – make something as standard, basic/fundamental, essential, constitutional.
  62. disruptive (adjective) – troublesome, unmanageable, uncontrollable.


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