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pressure (n.)

the force that is produced when something presses or pushes against something else

(e.g., Check the car's tire pressure. [=the amount of air inside the tires]. Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.)


jam (n.)

when a machine stops working because something inside is stuck

(e.g., There's a paper jam in the printer. The nail won't unscrew because it's jammed.)


snap (v.)

to break quickly with a short, sharp sound

(e.g., The branch snapped and fell to the ground. The earpiece of his glasses snapped off.)


clog (v.)

to block something so things cannot move through

(e.g., The air filter's full of dirt. It's completely clogged. The bathtub sink is clogged with hair.)


leak (n.)

a small hole that lets liquid or gas out of something

(e.g., There's a pool of oil under the car. Something's leaking. There is a leak in the roof.)


wear and tear (n.)

damage that happens to something when it is used for a period of time

(e.g., The apartment showed no damage other than normal wear and tear.)


fault (n.) or defect (n.)

a problem that makes something not perfect

(e.g., There must be some sort of defect/fault in the fuel injection system.)


faulty (adj.) or defective (adj.)

These are adjective forms of fault and defect. The words mean that something has a problem or fault, so it does not work correctly.

(e.g., Our car had defective [=faulty] brakes, so we had them replaced. This computer is defective. I want my money back.)


intermittently (adj.)

starting, stopping, and starting again; from time to time; not constant or steady

(e.g., The patient was having intermittent pains in his side. The forecast is for intermittent rain.)


drain (v.)

to remove liquid from something by letting it flow out

(e.g., The pool has been drained. Drain the canned tomatoes before adding them to the pot.)


dismantle (v.)

to take something apart

(e.g., The mechanic dismantled the engine to repair it. When will they dismantle the old bridge?)


assemble (v.)

to put together the parts; opposite of dismantle

(e.g., Their father helped them assemble their new bicycles in the garage. The cars are assembled on an assembly line.)


survey (v.)

to look at and examine all parts of something

(e.g., The teacher surveyed the room. People were surveying the damage after the storm. Engineers surveyed the property to see what could be built on it.)


service (v.)

to work on something to keep it in good condition

(e.g., I need to get my car serviced. The shop services sewing machines and old typewriters.)


top off (v.)

to fill something completely with a liquid

(e.g., He topped off the glasses of his guests.)