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Through the Looking-Glass
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beckon
2 uses
the soup ladle was walking up the table towards Alice's chair, and beckoning to her impatiently to get out of its way.
beckoning = summoning (in this case, calling her away from the table so as to get her chair)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to summon (call to join) with a gesture, or to be desirable and inviting
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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beseech
1 use
"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:"
beseech = request
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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bewilder
2 uses
said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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despair
2 uses
Alice repeated in despair, 'Oh, that'll never be done!'
despair = desperation (feeling extreme worry)
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Book2 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5
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diligent
1 use
Alice had seated herself on the bank of a little brook, with the great dish on her knees, and was sawing away diligently with the knife.
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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dismay
2 uses
she exclaimed in a tone of dismay, as she put her hands up to something very heavy, and fitted tight all round her head.
dismay = to feel or cause sadness, worry, or discouragement — often in response to something surprising
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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gyroscope
1 use
To "GYRE" is to go round and round like a gyroscope.
gyroscope = a rotating mechanism that looks a little like the children's toy that is called a "top"
DefinitionGenerally gyroscope means:
rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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hobbled
2 uses
at last, a very old Frog, who was sitting under a tree, got up and hobbled slowly towards her:
hobbled = walked with difficulty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hobbled means:
hampered the action or progress of

or:

walked with difficulty (due to injury or physical impediment)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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impertinent
1 use
What impertinence!
impertinence = rude or improperly bold behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impertinent means:
rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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ingenuity
1 use
said Alice, surprised at her own ingenuity.
ingenuity = cleverness (smart creativity)
DefinitionGenerally ingenuity means:
the ability to solve problems in smart creative ways
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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lithe
2 uses
Well, "SLITHY" means "lithe and slimy."
lithe = moving and bending with ease
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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obstinate
1 use
"The prettiest are always further!" she said at last, with a sigh at the obstinacy of the rushes in growing so far off,
obstinacy = trait of being stubbornly unyielding to the wishes of others
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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perplex
1 use
exclaimed Alice, looking about in great perplexity, as first one round head, and then the other, rolled down from her shoulder, and lay like a heavy lump in her lap.
perplexity = confusion due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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plaintive
1 use
...whenever she looked hard at any shelf, to make out exactly what it had on it, that particular shelf was always quite empty: though the others round it were crowded as full as they could hold.

'Things flow about so here!' she said at last in a plaintive tone,
plaintive = expressing sorrow or pleading
DefinitionGenerally plaintive means:
expressing sadness or pleading
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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ponder
1 use
After this, Alice was silent for a minute or two, pondering.
pondering = reflecting deeply on a subject
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pretense
1 use
you never CAN tell, you know, unless our fire smokes, and then smoke comes up in that room too—but that may be only pretence, just to make it look as if they had a fire.
pretence = an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolute
1 use
So, resolutely turning her back upon the house, she set out once more down the path, determined to keep straight on till she got to the hill.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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retort
1 use
"He's dreaming now," said Tweedledee: "and what do you think he's dreaming about?"
  Alice said "Nobody can guess that."
  "Why, about YOU!" Tweedledee exclaimed... "And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you'd be?"
  "Where I am now, of course," said Alice.
  "Not you!" Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. "You'd be nowhere. Why, you're only a sort of thing in his dream!"
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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saunter
1 use
At this moment the Unicorn sauntered by them, with his hands in his pockets.
sauntered = walked leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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wither
1 use
When one speaks, they all begin together, and it's enough to make one wither to hear the way they go on!
wither = shrivel or become weak
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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