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Lord of the Flies
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asthma
10 uses
Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization in children.
asthma = a common lung disorder characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and sometimes coughing
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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audible
8 uses
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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bastion
3 uses
These rules are a bastion against corruption.
bastion = defense or defensive fortification
DefinitionGenerally bastion means:
defense or defensive fortification — such as people who defend a principle or fortifications that defend people from attack (especially the projecting part of a castle wall or rampart)
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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clamor
10 uses
She ignored the clamor of the crowd.
clamor = loud noise and/or persistent demands
DefinitionGenerally clamor means:
loud noise and/or persistent demands — especially from human voice
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 9
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focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
I find that studying in the library helps me to focus.
focus = concentrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
concentrate or look at
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Book1 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7
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2  —2 uses
technical usage
The satellite dish focuses the signal into a relatively narrow beam.
focuses = concentrates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:

  • physics — a point of convergence such as the point where light rays meet

  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)

  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake



See a comprehensive dictionary for other less common meanings.
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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foliage
6 uses
It's difficult to spot the birds in the foliage.
foliage = plant leaves
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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gesticulate
5 uses
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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grave
8 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book8 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
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incantation
3 uses
She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = creating a magical effect by saying words aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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indignant
11 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book11 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
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nevertheless
2 uses
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 6
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2  —2 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 1
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
parody
3 uses
Did you see Saturday Night Live's parody of people in a fitness class?
parody = imitation of somebody's style in a humorous way
DefinitionGenerally parody means:
imitation of somebody's style in a humorous way

or:

a very poor imitation of somebody's style
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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phosphorescence
3 uses
She loves to swim in the ocean on nights when phosphorescence shines in her wake.
phosphorescence = a dim glowing light
DefinitionGenerally phosphorescence means:
a dim glowing light

or more technically:  a fluorescence (dim light)  created by a chemical reaction within a living organism; or a dim light that continues to shine from something after the bombarding radiation (stronger light that fell upon it) has ceased
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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sustain   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
sustained through the ages
For twenty years, the company has sustained its leading position in creating special effects for films.
sustained = continued through time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
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Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 5
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tacit
3 uses
There was a tacit understanding that Jessica would play good cop and Tyler would play bad cop.
tacit = implied or understood, but not expressed directly
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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