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Inventions: Glossary

A

analyze
to study or examine something in your possession so as to understand its meaning
antibiotic
medicine that kills disease-causing bacteria

B

bacteria
one-celled organisms, both harmful and helpful, found throughout the earth
brainstorm
to generate a number of ideas or solutions

C

conclusion
A reasonable judgment or summary of what you learned
consistent
staying the same over time

D

data
numbers and measurements you get from the test in a scientific experiment

E

efficient
functioning well, without wasting time or effort
eventually
after a long passage of time

F

filament
a thin thread-like conductor that is heated to glowing by the passage of electric current
foundation
the basis on which other things are built

H

hypothesis
an educated guess about how things work, an testable explanation

I

improve
to make more useful, valuable, or desirable
incandescent
glowing with intense heat
innovation
new changes to things which already exist
investigation
A quest to find the answer to a question using the scientific method

M

modify
to make small changes or adjustments
mold
a growth of fungi attached to something

O

observation
what you learn when you look closely, see, hear, or touch
original
new, first, not been done before

P

perseverance
continued, sustained effort even when it's difficult
practical
capable of being put to everyday use
productive
successfully perform tasks in timely manner
prototype
a first, functional model of a new design

R

refine
to modify, improve, or change something
research
to find and collect information about a subject
results
the outcomes or consequences of an experiment

S

survive
to stay alive

T

technology
the science of turning the materials of the natural world into objects, tools, and machines
tinkering
adjusting or working with something in an experimental way, without a sure outcome

V

variable
factor that can cause your test results to change

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