The definitions that follow clarify terms as they have been used in this rubric building application.
TermUsageDefinition
achievementNounThe action of achieving something; completion, accomplishment, successful execution.
acknowledgeVerbTo accept the authority, validity, or legitimacy of; to accord due recognition to
accomplishVerbTo fulfill, perform, or carry out successfully (an undertaking, desire, request, etc.)
analyzeVerbTo differentiate or ascertain the elements of (something complex) in order to determine its structure or nature, and hence to explain or understand it; to examine closely and methodically for the purpose of interpretation; to subject to critical or computational analysis.
applicableAdjectiveHaving reference to; fit or suitable for its purpose, appropriate
applyVerbTo bring (a rule, a test, a principle, etc.) into contact with facts; to bring to bear practically; to put into practical operation.
approachVerbA way of considering or handling something, esp. a problem.
appropriateAdjectiveFitted, suitable, proper. to, for
arrangementNounStyle or mode in which things are arranged; or the adaptation of a musical composition
aspectNounA particular part or feature of something.
assessmentVerbThe process or means of evaluating academic work.
assignmentNounSomething assigned, as a particular task or activity
assumptionNounThat which is assumed or taken for granted; a supposition, postulate.
attemptVerbTo make an effort, to use one's endeavour to do or accomplish some action
boundariesNounThat which serves to indicate the bounds or limits
claimVerbContend, maintain, assert
coherentAdjectiveRelated logically or in sense; congruent
compareVerbTo mark or point out the similarities and differences of (two or more things)
competenciesNounA set of defined behaviors that provide a structured guide enabling the identification, evaluation and development of behaviors (E.g. patterns; formats; techniques; models; skills)
complexitiesNounThe quality or condition of being complex; composite nature or structure.
componentsNounConstituting, making up, constituent
compositionNounThe forming (of anything) by combination of various elements, parts, or ingredients; formation, constitution, construction, making up.
conceptNounA general idea or notion, a universal; a mental representation of the essential or typical properties of something
conclusionNounJudgement or statement arrived at by any reasoning process; an inference, deduction, induction.
confoundNounTo treat or regard erroneously as identical; mix or associate by mistake
connectVerbTo associate in occurrence or action
consequenceNounA thing or circumstance which follows as an effect or result from something preceding
content areaNounThe material, subject, field of study
contextNounThe set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc. (may refer to historical, social, cultural, political, or other)
contextually diverseNounContext that is broad ranging in character or quality
contradictVerbTo speak against or in opposition to
createVerbTo cause to happen; bring about; arrange, as by intention or design
creative processNounSteps for creative exploration (E.g. research, idea generation, planning, development, reflection, application, expression)
creative thinkingNounThought processes which improve the ability to be creative
culturalNounRelating to the philosophy, practices, and attitudes of a particular society, people, or period
debateVerbTo contend; dispute, in an argument
defineVerbTo state precisely or determinately; to specify
demonstrateVerbTo describe, explain, or illustrate by examples
developingNounGrowing or more advanced
elegantAdjectiveCharacterized by harmonious simplicity in the choice and arrangement of words; free from awkwardness, coarseness, or clumsiness; graceful, refined
embraceVerbAccept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically
evaluateVerbTo judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality of
evidenceNounGround for belief; testimony or facts tending to prove or disprove any conclusion.
exampleNounA typical instance; a thing that may be taken as an illustration of a certain quality.
experimentVerbTo ascertain or establish by trial
explainVerbTo make (an idea, situation, or problem) clear by describing it revealing relevant facts or ideas.
exploreVerbTo investigate, seek to ascertain or find out (a fact, the condition of anything)
extendVerbTo enlarge the scope of, or make more comprehensive, as operations, influence, or meaning
formulaNouna mathematical relationship or rule expressed in symbols; a fixed form of words
fundamentalNounOf or pertaining to the foundation or ground-work, going to the root of the matter.
generateVerbTo produce from other substances or as the result of some process or action
hypothesesNounA proposition or principle put forth or stated as a basis for reasoning or argument, or as a premiss from which to draw a conclusion; a supposition.
identifyVerbTo establish or indicate what something is.
impactNounInfluence; effect
implementVerbTo complete, perform, carry into effect
implicationNounThe relation that holds between two propositions, or classes of propositions, in virtue of which one is logically deducible from the other
incorporateVerbTo put or introduce into a body or mass as an integral part or parts
informationNounKnowledge communicated concerning some particular fact, subject, or event; that of which one is apprised or told; intelligence, news
innovationNounA change made in the nature or fashion of anything; something newly introduced; a novel practice, method, etc.
integrateVerbTo put or bring together (parts or elements) so as to form one whole.
interpretVerbTo expound the meaning of (something abstruse or mysterious); to render (words, writings, an author, etc.) clear or explicit; to elucidate; to explain.
issuesNounA point, matter, or dispute, the decision of which is of special or public importance
listVerbTo set down together a series of names or items written together in a meaningful grouping or sequence so as to constitute a record
methodNounA way of doing anything, esp. according to a defined and regular plan; a mode of procedure in any activity
noveltyNounInnovation in thought or belief
objectNounA material thing that can be seen and touched.
objective positionAdjectiveNot influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased
outcomeNounA state of affairs resulting from some process; the way something turns out; a result (of a test, experiment, measurement, etc.), a consequence; a conclusion or verdict.
perspectiveNounThe state of one's ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship
planVerbTo arrange in advance (an action or proposed proceeding); to devise, contrive, or formulate (a project or manner of proceeding)
positionNounThe action of positing, affirming, or laying down a proposition, thesis, etc.
predictVerbTo state or estimate, esp. on the basis of knowledge or reasoning, that (an action, event, etc.) will happen in the future or will be a consequence of something
presentVerbTo make a formal statement of; to submit
problemNounAny question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty; question proposed for solution or discussion
problem solvingVerb(The process of) finding the answer or explanation for a problem
procedureVerbThe performance of particular actions, esp. considered in regard to method; practice, conduct. Also: the established or prescribed way of doing something.
produceVerbTo bring into existence by intellectual or creative ability
productNounThat which results from the operation of a cause, or is produced by a particular set of circumstances; a consequence, effect.
propagandaNounThe systematic dissemination of information, esp. in a biased or misleading way, in order to promote a political cause or point of view.
proposeVerbTo put forward or present for consideration, discussion, etc.
prototypeNounThe first or primary type of a person or thing; an original on which something is modeled or from which it is derived; an exemplar, an archetype.
purposeNounThe reason for which something exists or is done, made, used; the subject in hand; the point at issue
questionNounThat which is enquired about, discussed, or debated.
reasonVerbTo discuss or argue about (a matter); to explain, support, infer, or deal with by (or as by) reasoning.
recognizeVerbTo acknowledge, consider, or accept (a person or thing) as or to be something.
reflectVerbTo think, ponder, or meditate.
relationshipNounThe way in which two things are connected; a connection, an association
relevanceNounConnection with the subject or point at issue; relation to the matter in hand.
reliabilityNounTrustworthiness, accuracy; the degree to which repeated measurements of the same subject under identical conditions yield consistent results.
reproduceVerbTo produce again in the form of a copy; to replicate (a work of art, picture, drawing, etc.)
risksVerbBe bold or daring; to incur the possibility of unfortunate consequences by engaging in (an action).
scientific claimNounan assertion of something as a fact (by providing scientific evidence).
selectVerbTo choose or pick out in preference to another or others.
skillNounPractical knowledge in combination with ability; cleverness, expertness; an ability to perform a function, acquired or learnt with practice
solutionNounThe action or process of solving; the state, condition, or fact of being solved.
sophisticatedAdjectiveFree of naivety, discriminating, refined, cultured; aware of, versed in, the complexities of a subject or pursuit.
source of errorNounFactors that cause an observed value to differ from its theoretical value. E.g. Systematic error (instrumental, observational, environmental, theoretical); random error (observational, environmental); or blunders (mistakes)
specificationNounA detailed description or assessment of requirements, dimensions, materials
stateVerbTo set forth formally in speech or writing
strategyNounA plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result
styleNounA particular kind, sort, or type, as with reference to form, appearance, or character
synthesizeVerbTo form (a material or abstract entity) by combining parts or elements
useVerbTo employ for some purpose; put into service
Note: These definitions were obtained from the Oxford English Dictionary and Dictionary.com.