The history of the Cuban Missile Crisis - Matthew A. Jordan

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video

Unsuccessfully means that something doesn't work out the way that you hoped it would. It can also mean that you don't achieve your goals.

  • The experiment was unsuccessful because the results were inconclusive.
  • Her attempt to start her own business was unsuccessful.

To counteract something is to do the opposite of it. If you counteract the effects of alcohol, you're trying to reduce the number of problems that it causes.

  • The doctor prescribed antibiotics to counteract the effects of the alcohol.
  • The teacher tried to counteract the negative effects of the video game by talking to the kids about the consequences.

An airstrike is a military attack that uses aircraft to bomb targets. The planes fly over the target area and drop bombs on it.

  • The airstrike was carried out on the terrorist stronghold.
  • The airstrike was used to destroy the enemy's weapons factory.

When something follows after another thing, it is said to have ensued. The following is a list of some examples of things that may entail:

  • The ensuing argument was unpleasant.
  • The ensuing lawsuit was inevitable.
  • The ensuing problem was due to the faulty design of the product.

When something is piloted, it is operated or controlled by someone. The airplane was piloted by a professional pilot.

  • The car was piloted by a computer system.
  • The project was piloted by a team of experts.

Metaphorical means that something is not really what it seems. For example, when you say that the sky is blue, you are using a metaphor. The sky is not actually blue.

  • The metaphor in the poem is that the sky is like a mother who is always there for her children.
  • The metaphor in the poem is that the sky is like a safe place where the children can play.

Cabled is a word that is used to describe something that is connected by cable. cables can be used for a variety of purposes, from connecting computers to connecting televisions to connecting telephones.

  • The TV was cabled to the internet so that it could be watched online.
  • The phone was cabled to the TV so that the TV could be used as a monitor.

When you say that someone is diplomatically speaking, you mean that they are using words that are polite and kind. They are not actually angry or upset, they are just trying to be polite.

  • He was speaking diplomatically, because he didn't want to get into a argument.
  • She was speaking diplomatically, because she didn't want to hurt his feelings.

To thwart someone is to stop them from achieving their goal. Sometimes the goal that is being thwarted is very important, and stopping it is a very difficult task.

  • The police were trying to thwart the bomber's plan, but they were unsuccessful.
  • The company was trying to thwart the thief's plan, but they were also unsuccessful.