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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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bound   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 12 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
south-bound lanes
"Wher' you bound for, young man?"
bound = a specific location to which someone is traveling

(editor's note:  In addition to referring to a specific location to which one is traveling, bound can also be used to refer to traveling in a specific direction. For example, in this book Twain also describes steamboats as traveling "up-bound" to say they are traveling up the river.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 12
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2  —5 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
If he was bound to have it so, I couldn't help it.
bound = determined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 16
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3  —1 use as in:
bound together
Then I told her my father and mother was dead, and the law had bound me out to a mean old farmer in the country thirty mile back from the river, and he treated me so bad I couldn't stand it no longer;
bound = tied together (in this case, made him like the child of the farmer)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 11
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4  —2 uses as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
Say, I reckon your father's poor, and I'm bound to say he's in pretty hard luck.
bound = required (feel this must be said even if it makes others uncomfortable)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
tied up, prevented, or required
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 16
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5  —1 use as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
I clipped along, and all of a sudden I bounded right on to the ashes of a camp fire that was still smoking.
bounded = jumped or leaped
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 8
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brash
5 uses
So we poked along back home, and I warn't feeling so brash as I was before, but kind of ornery, and humble, and to blame, somehow—though I hadn't done nothing.
brash = bold
DefinitionGenerally this sense of brash means:
bold or self-confident in a manner that seems disrespectful or tasteless
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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cavort
3 uses
By and by the men stopped cavorting around and yelling.
cavorting = playing in a lively, unrestrained manner
DefinitionGenerally cavort means:
to play in a lively, unrestrained manner — often to prance or jump around excitedly — sometimes implying sexual play
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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feud
7 uses
I was powerful glad to get away from the feuds,
feuds = bitter, long-standing quarrels (fights/arguments)
DefinitionGenerally feud means:
a bitter, long-standing quarrel between two parties; or describing such a quarrel
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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fidget
6 uses
Then for an hour it was deadly dull, and I was fidgety.
fidgety = restless (finding it hard to sit still)
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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gaudy
7 uses
Well, there was a big outlandish parrot on each side of the clock, made out of something like chalk, and painted up gaudy.
gaudy = tastelessly showy
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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grindstone
13 uses
There's a gaudy big grindstone down at the mill...
grindstone = a  disk shaped stone used to grind (as when wheat is ground to flour), or used to sharpen or polish — usually very heavy
DefinitionGenerally grindstone means:
a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind, sharpen or polish

or:

work — as in the expressions "back to the grindstone" (back to work) or "keep your nose to the grindstone" (keep working hard)
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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inscribe
9 uses
He'd got all that coat of arms business fixed, so now he started in to finish up the rest of that part of the work, which was to plan out a mournful inscription
inscription = words written on something's surface
DefinitionGenerally inscribe means:
to write in various formal or special senses including:
  • to write, carve, or etch words onto something's surface
  • to write a signed message — as in a book given as a gift
  • to mark with one's signature
  • to write down something when adding it to a list
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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interpret
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
[regarding Jim's dream]  So Jim went to work and told me the whole thing right through, just as it happened, only he painted it up considerable.  Then he said he must start in and "'terpret" it, because it was sent for a warning.
"Oh, well, that's all interpreted well enough as far as it goes, Jim," I says; "but..."
interpreted = understood or explained in a particular way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 15
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meddle
6 uses
...and if anybody ever come meddling around...
meddling = intruding in other people's affairs or business
DefinitionGenerally meddle means:
intrude in other people's affairs or business
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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providence
8 uses
I went right along, not fixing up any particular plan, but just trusting to Providence to put the right words in my mouth when the time come;
providence = luck; or God's intervention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of providence means:
resulting from God's intervention or plan; or lucky — especially with regard to when something happened
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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sober   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
...it WAS pap, sure enough—and sober...
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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2  —1 use as in:
a sobering thought
The crowd looked mighty sober; nobody stirred, and there warn't no more laughing.
sober = serious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sobering means:
serious; or making one serious or calm
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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soliloquy
3 uses
Hamlet's soliloquy, you know; the most celebrated thing in Shakespeare.
soliloquy = a speech made to oneself (in this case, within a play)
DefinitionGenerally soliloquy means:
a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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sublime
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she is sublime
...in their sublime Shakespearean Spectacle...
sublime = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sublime means:
wonderful — often beautiful or morally admirable
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
Misfortune has broken my once haughty spirit; I yield, I submit; 'tis my fate.
yield = give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 20
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