toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Vocabulary

Top-Ranked Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

(click/touch triangles for details)
affectation
1 use
I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his case.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
allude
7 uses
He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some allusion to a rat.
allusion = indirect reference
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
amiable
6 uses
He was still smiling in the most amiable manner.
amiable = friendly and kindly
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
astute
2 uses
I knew that so astute a villain would see that our hands were tied in the matter.
astute = smart & perceptive
DefinitionGenerally astute means:
smart and perceptive
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
conjecture
8 uses
My whole examination served to turn my conjecture into a certainty.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
there is a contrast
To me at least there was a strange contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this sinister quest upon which we were engaged.
contrast = difference (in this case, between the mood or atmosphere created by the two things)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
it is a contrast
... and a pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular contrast to the colour of his hair,
contrast = something notably different — especially when viewed side-x-side
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
deduce
18 uses
Now let us consider the situation and see what may be deduced from it.
deduced = conclude by reasoning
DefinitionGenerally deduce means:
conclude by reasoning — especially reasoning from the general to the particular
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
eccentric
4 uses
After all, if these people had strange fads and expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were at least ready to pay for their eccentricity.
eccentricity = unconventional or strange behavior
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
endeavor
16 uses
I took a good look at the man and endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance.
endeavoured = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
formidable
7 uses
"It is nothing very formidable," he said,
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
hydraulic
11 uses
Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer.
hydraulic = relating to something moved or operated by pressurized liquid
DefinitionGenerally hydraulic means:
relating to liquid — often describing machinery as moved by pressurized liquid
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
Next day I was inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after I was sure of it.
inclined = had a tendency
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
infer
8 uses
Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?
infer = conclude by reasoning
DefinitionGenerally infer means:
to figure out or guess by reasoning
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
inquiry
19 uses
I am staying there while I conduct the inquiry.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
narrative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
Your narrative promises to be a most interesting one.
narrative = story
DefinitionGenerally this sense of narrative means:
a story
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
presumption
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
presumption of innocence
In the first place, we may start with a strong presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for leaving America.
presumption = something thought of as true without proof
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
relevant
1 use
"I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they seem to you to be relevant or not."
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
trifle with
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you should be so warm over such a trifle.
trifle = something of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
whimsical
2 uses
Only one of those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have four million human beings all jostling each other within the space of a few square miles.
whimsical = determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason — often playful
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful or amusing

or:

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
Take Quiz
Return to Book Menu
Go to Large-Screen Version
(more words)