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Developing Lexical Resource for Engineering Applications [Useful Vocabulary for Engineers with Examples]

Face it. In delineating technical details of a particular situation or just venting out emotions of jubilation or frustration, effective expression won't be realized without a vast lexical resource under your belt. Ergo, this post aims to address any may-hap weakness or fallibility of the reader in this area. Hopefully, he/she could pick up an unfamiliar word or two below.

1.) Wanton

(adj.) could mean lewd or bawdy; merciless or inhumane; being without check or limitation


"While waiting for the Analog FastSpice Simulation to finish, Bob seethed some scrumptious Wanton noodles on scalding-hot water."

"They happened on pirated floating licenses from Cadence online, so now they all wanton."

"Accidentally opening the feedback loop, the VCO was driven to wanton oscillation."

2.) Servile

(adj.) meanly or cravenly submissive


"She managed to turn all her stubborn male employees servile after snapping the soldering iron in half with her bare hands....   the LED power indicator illuminating."

3.) Sycophant

(noun) a servile self-seeking flatterer


"The sycophant stabbed his colleague menacingly with a soldering iron."

"The wanton sycophant stabbed her colleague menacingly with an oscilloscope probe."

"The psychopath sycophant stabbed his colleague menacingly with his magic wand."

"The sycophant got a prodigious raise from  her boss."

4.) Repudiate

(verb) refuse to accept


"The stud repudiated a date with a Victoria's Secret model for a paradisaical night of OCEAN scripting."

"In spite of having salient technical and mathematical skills, she repudiated an engineering career for a demimondaine profession."

5.) Penchant

(noun) a strong and continued inclination; liking


"Justin has a penchant for irking his associates with corny jokes."

"Ground-breaking research shows women of all nationalities have a penchant for salivating over the author of Schematic Analysis."

6.) Obtuse

(adj.) lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility or intellect


"There is no room for obtuse engineers in the industry, only obtuse triangles."

7.) Obsequious

(adj) marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness


"I do not know how to pronounce the word 'Obsequious'."

8.) Nadir

(noun) lowest point of something


"If the nadir of the bode plot did not cross zero, does it connote a regulator immune to self-oscillation?"

9.) Morose

(adj.) gloomy or sullen


"After falling in love with Rose, he wanted morose."

"The D.U.T. plumed the lab's atmosphere with smoke, turning the eager engineer's mood morose."

"Morose is the fate of the designer whose product yields a failed process capability index."

10.) Modicum

(noun) a small portion, a limited quantity


"The assembly fell apart in the blink of an eye because the assembler had but a modicum of solder."

"As the maxim goes, 'An engineer only has a modicum of time to engage in penchant pleasures.'."

11.) Lithe

(adj) graceful, flexible, supple; easily bent or flexed


"Not much difficulty is involved in wringing lithe copper wires around a magnet."

12.) Jubilant

(adj) extremely joyful


"Jubilant expressions were bursting from his face upon learning he won a brand new DPO from Tektronix *ehem*."

"A jubilant engineer always follows after a remarkable achievement or solved enigma."

13.) Fractious

(adj.) tending to be troublesome


"Lost specs of fractious solder lead were culpable for the irregular readings on the multimeter."

"The whirring sounds from the transformers were fractious at first, but the employees got used to it by concurrently humming a synchronized beat."

14.) Flabbergasted

(adj.) astounded


"The unsuspecting engineer was flabbergasted by the sparks that went flying off the polarized capacitor."

"The way he identified system blocks and components just by looking at the IC layout with the naked eye flabbergasted the audience."

"It is important to be flabbergasted before winter so as to keep the heat in more effectively during hibernation."

15.) Alacrity

(noun) promptness in response; cheerful readiness


"Physicists and engineers look forward to breakthroughs in research and development with alacrity."

"Chiming an affirmative response with alacrity and fervor, the engineer was to be wed to his long time A.I. girlfriend Alexa."

To be continued...


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