Ambition isn’t always purely about positive goals. There can be overtones of being hell-bent on achieving them: being greedy, self-serving and unscrupulous.
The curve taken under gravity by a thrown object, or a metaphorical upward progression such as a career. Not a generic synonym for a route or pathway.
Would you want to be operated on by a surgeon whose skills are adequate? Or would you rather have one who’s good?
It’s not a word. (Well, just about, deep in the dark depths of the dictionary. But that doesn’t make it correct.)
Major contributions in the field of microbiology… Great commitment to the field of science… When the word count for your paper’s abstract is limited, it can be annoying to discover it’s gone up by 5% in the English.
Controls are mechanisms or procedures for making machines or processes behave as you want, i.e. controlling them, not checking them.