Word Test 338

Improve Your Vocabulary

There is nothing more important in life than being able to master the power of communication. A good vocabulary is a like driving a car with rocket fuel instead of leaded gasoline. Words can power your career into high gear and increase your understanding of others.

From 2002-2014 we posted our Word of the Day and subsequently our Weekend Word Tests for 650 Consecutive Weeks or 12 ½ years, to help our viewers improve and expand their vocabulary. If you are serious about improving your vocabulary, our Word Test Library will challenge you to learn words you may never have known existed.

For the Week ending 08/15/08

Directions: Choose the word that matches with the definition and appropriately fits into the blank space in the sentence.

a quantification of the difference between the solar and lunar calendars

If a solar year has 365 days, and a lunar year has 12 lunar months of 29.531 days (total 354 days), the _______ is 11 days.

the point in the path of a celestial body (as a planet) that is farthest from the sun

Earth's farthest point from the sun, it's _______, is over 94 million miles, and occurs in early July.

the point in the path of a celestial body (as a planet) that is nearest to the sun

At it's _______ in early January, Earth is nearest the sun, over 91 million miles.

the apparent path that the Sun traces out in the sky during the year; more accurately: the geometric plane of the mean orbit of the Earth around the Sun.

The Earth's rotational axis is tipped in relation to it's orbital plane around the sun, with an _______ angle of 23.4 degrees.

either of two points during the year at which the Earth's equator is the greatest distance from it's ecliptic orbital plane

On June 22, Earth's ecliptic angle puts its orbital plane at the greatest distance from the equator in the Northern Hemisphere, giving us the longest day, and the Summer _______.

We would like to thank Dr. Andrew Jamieson, MD, of Vancouver, Washington for his articulate contribution of words he supplied for the many years he served as our "eHappyLife Word Specialist."