This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.
Here’s my WOW for this week:
nas-cent / năs′ənt / nā′sənt
Part of Speech
nouns: nascence, nascency
1) Coming into existence, emerging, beginning to develop.
2) Chemistry of or relating to the state of a chemical element at the moment it is set free from one of its compounds
3) Chemistry (of an element or simple compound, especially hydrogen) created within the reaction medium in the atomic form and having a high activity
1625-25 – From the Latin nāscēns, nāscent-, the present participle of nāscī, meaning ‘to be born’, ‘arise’
beginning, budding, burgeoning, dawning, developing, evolving, incipient
dying, shriveling, withering
Use in a Sentence
1) The garden came alive with nascent plants pushing through damp earth.
2) The nascent kingdoms of fifth and sixth century Britain were in a constant state of flux.
I thought about writing some sentences using the chemistry definitions of nascent, but science is not really an area I’m knowledgeable on! I’d probably get the facts wrong! I did spend quite a while playing spot-the-difference between the two maps, though…