Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Ready for CAE p 116. Edinburgh off the Beaten Track. Vocabulary



Off the beaten track: far away from other people, houses, etc.

To wander away: to move away from the place where you ought to be or the people you are with.

Coastline: the land along a coast, especially when you are thinking of its shape or appearance.

Endless: very large in size or amount and seeming to have no end.

Unique: being the only one of its kind.

Steep: (of a slope, hill, etc.) rising or falling quickly, not gradually.

To nestle: to be located in a position that is protected, sheltered or partly hidden.

Leafy: (of a place) having a lot of trees and plants.

Mouth: the place where a river joins the sea.

Whitewashed: covered with whitewash. Whitewash: a mixture of chalk or lime and water, used for painting houses and walls white.

To stroll: to walk somewhere in a slow relaxed way.

Rocky: made of rock; full of rocks.

Causeway: a raised road or path across water or wet ground.

Upstream: along a river, in the opposite direction to the way in which the water flows.

To come across: to meet or find sby/sthg by chance.

To overgrow: covered with plants that have been allowed to grow wild and have not been controlled.

Evidence: the facts, signs or objects that make you believe that sthg is true.

Remains: the parts of ancient objects and buildings that have survived and are discovered in the present day.

Grounds: the land or gardens around a large building.

Seaside resort: a place where a lot of people go on holiday / vacation.

To boast: to have sthg that is impressive and that you can be proud of.

To invigorate: to make sby feel healthy and full of energy.

Within walking distance: very close, so that you can walk there.

Manicured: very neat and well cared for.

Lawn: an area of ground covered in short grass in a garden / yard or park, or used for playing a game on.

Bloom: a flower (usually one on a plant that people admire for its flowers).

Awhile: (formal or literary) for a short time.

Hustle and bustle: busy and noisy activity.

Parkland: open land with grass and trees, for example around a large house in the country.

To range from… to: to include a variety of different things in addition to those mentioned.

Gentle: calm and kind; doing things in a quiet and careful way:.

Slope: an area of land that is part of a mountain or hill.

Craggy: having many crags. Crags: a high steep rough mass of rock.

Windswept: (of a place) having strong winds and little protection from them.

Summit: the highest point of sthg, especially the top of a mountain.

Unspoilt: (of a place) beautiful because it has not been changed or built on.

Track: a rough path or road, usually one that has not been built but that has been made by people walking there.

Trail: a path through the countryside.

Breathtaking: very exciting or impressive (usually in a pleasant way); very surprising.

To sit: to be in a particular place.

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