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Fahrenheit 451
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abstract   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
He examined his eternal matchbox, the lid of which said GUARANTEED: ONE MILLION LIGHTS IN THIS IGNITER, and began to strike the chemical match abstractedly, blow out, strike, blow out, strike, speak a few words, blow out.
abstractedly = without thinking about it
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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2  —2 uses as in:
abstract art
And at the museums, have you ever been? All abstract. That's all there is now. My uncle says it was different once. A long time back sometimes pictures said things or even showed people.
abstract = not imitating nature
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
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displace
3 uses
One anger displacing another.
displacing = taking the place of
DefinitionGenerally displace means:
force to move; or to take the place of
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environment
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
conditions in that environment
The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school.
environment = surrounding conditions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of environment means:
surrounding conditions (such as:)
  • conditions in a geographic area
  • conditions that affect a particular activity — such as business, learning, or raising children
  • conditions that create a certain mood — such as one of romance or competition
  • conditions that impact a particular computer system, subsystem, or program
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone.
Stoneman and Black drew forth their rulebooks, which also contained brief histories of the Firemen of America, and laid them out where Montag, though long familiar with them, might read: "Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies."
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create or start
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evaluate
1 use
Eventually, I could put out ears into all parts of the city, with various men, listening and evaluating.
evaluating = thinking carefully and making judgements
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgement about something
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exhalation
3 uses
He smelled the heavy musk-like perfume mingled with blood and the gummed exhalation of the animal's breath,
exhalation = air breathed out
DefinitionGenerally exhalation means:
the act of breathing air out of the lungs; or the air breathed out
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fugitive
3 uses
The fugitive cannot escape if everyone in the next minute looks from his house.
fugitive = person fleeing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who flees from an unpleasant situation — especially fleeing law enforcement officers
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function
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Amazon's new search function
It [the mechanical hound] doesn't like or dislike. It just 'functions'.
functions = computer code
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
computer code that performs a specific task
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luminous
3 uses
Montag saw the luminous dial of his waterproof [watch].
luminous = glowing
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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melancholy
5 uses
That way lies melancholy.
melancholy = sadness
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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meteor
2 uses
They don't know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that some day it'll have to hit.
meteor = a rock from space burning in the earth's atmosphere
DefinitionGenerally meteor means:
a streak of light in the night sky that results from a space rock burning in the earth's atmosphere

or:

a meteoroid:  a small space rock that hit the earth's atmosphere

or:

a meteorite:  a stony or metallic object that is the remains of a meteoroid that reached the earth's surface
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objective
2 uses
He slapped her face with amazing objectivity and repeated the question.
objectivity = lack of personal feeling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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perish
2 uses
But when he was held, rootless, in mid-air, by Hercules, he perished easily.
perished = died
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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positive
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
At the last moment, when disaster seemed positive, he pulled his hands from his pockets and broke his fall by grasping the golden pole.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt)
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sloth
2 uses
And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away.
sloth = a slow and seldom-moving animal

(editor's note:  On standardized tests, you are more likely to see another sense of sloth which means "an unwillingness to work or exert oneself" as in "She is guilty of intellectual sloth.")
DefinitionGenerally sloth means:
laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)

or:

a type of animal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
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subside
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
her anger subsided
Montag did not look back at his wife as he went trembling along the hall to the kitchen, where he stood a long time watching the rain hit the windows before he came back down the hall in the grey light, waiting for the tremble to subside.
subside = go away
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subside means:
become less intense, less severe, or less active — perhaps going away entirely
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
trace the origin or development
He found the audio-capsule, he heard your voice, he was going to trace it.
trace = find out where it came from
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of

This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something

    • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
    • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
    • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
    • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation

  • to research or report on the development of something

    • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
    • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on

  • to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something

    • She traces the progress of at-risk students — monitors information
    • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track

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2  —1 use as in:
trace a picture or outline
Her fingers were tracing the book's outline and as the shape became familiar her face looked surprised and then stunned.
tracing = following along (drawing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern

This sense of trace has to do with drawing, but it's specific meaning depends on its context. Here are some representative samples by category:

  • copying the outline of an image

    • "She used tracing paper to make a copy." — paper you can see through, so that when it is placed on a picture, you can use a pencil to follow the lines of the image being copied
    • She projected the image onto the wall, then hung a sheet of paper there, and traced the projected image onto the paper." — followed the lines with her pencil

  • draw an outline or a specific pattern

    • "She used her toe to trace half the fish symbol in the sand." — draw a simple outline
    • "The child used a stick to trace circles and swirls in the mud." — draw

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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
Something, something .... And on either side of the river was there a tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
yielded = produced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce something wanted; or the thing or amount produced
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