This glossary includes words highlighted in bold throughout the module. Unless otherwise indicated, definitions and glossary entries come from the Maquarie Dictionary.

Definitions have been selected for best fit to context; some entries have multiple meanings in different applications.


1.  of or relating to aerodynamics

2.  able to travel through the air; designed for air travel

3.  of or relating to a shape that reduces drag, as of an aeroplane or sports car: an aerodynamic spoiler


(From Archaeology) the systematic study of any culture, especially a prehistoric one, by excavation and description of its remains

Bow drill

See Bow Drill with Annotations, Wikimedia Commons

Cochlear implant

an artificial hearing device which produces hearing sounds by stimulating inner-ear nerves by means of a pad of electrodes implanted into the cochlea; designed to restore some hearing ability to those with severe damage to the inner-ear nerves


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the largest scientific research organisation in Australia. Although active in a wide field of scientific research, its main responsibility has been to support Australian primary and secondary industry, rather than engage in pure research.


of or relating to a cycle or cycles; revolving or recurring in cycles; characterised by recurrence in cycles


to compare (texts, statements, etc.) in order to note points of agreement or disagreement


mutual relation of two or more things, parts, etc.


(from deficiency)

1.  the state or fact of being deficient; lack; incompleteness; insufficiency

2.  the amount lacked; a deficit


a highly volatile and flammable colourless liquid, diethyl ether, (C2H5)2O, obtained by the action of sulphuric acid on alcohol, and used as a solvent and anaesthetic


wild animals, including birds and fishes, hunted for sport or profit


to sprout; put forth shoots


the quality of being ingenious; inventive talent.


1.  inborn; existing or as if existing in one from birth: innate modesty

2.  inherent in the essential character of something


new and original

Kinetic Energy

the energy which a body possesses by virtue of its motion; the energy which any system possesses by virtue of the motion of its components


the mechanical advantage or power gained by using a lever


to deprive the use of some bodily part, mutilate; cripple


a pattern composed of diverse elements combined together


the flesh of well gown sheep, as distinguished from lamb


acquired a government grant conferring exclusive rights to make, use and sell an invention or discovery


a material made of long, repeating chains of molecules; often used to describe plastics (which are synthetic polymers)

Definition from Live Science: What Is a Polymer?


the original or model on which anything is formed


turning around on an axis; having a part or parts that rotate


to become spoiled, bad, or unfit for use, as food or other perishable substances; become tainted or putrid


the suburbs collectively; the characteristic life of people in suburbs


a fleshy, usually oblong or rounded thickening or outgrowth (as the potato) of a subterranean stem or shoot

Type Metal

an alloy for making printing types, consisting chiefly of lead and antimony, and sometimes small quantities of tin, copper, etc.


a person who studies or deals with virology, the branch of medical science that deals with viruses and the diseases caused by them