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As I Lay Dying
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cease
5 uses
Some time toward dawn the rain ceases.
ceases = stops
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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1st useChapter 17
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cessation
2 uses
For a while yet she looks at him, without reproach, without anything at all, as if her eyes alone are listening to the irrevocable cessation of his voice.†
cessation = a stopping
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1st useChapter 12
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chattel
1 use
"I give a chattel mortgage on my cultivator and seeder," he said.†
chattel = owned property
DefinitionGenerally chattel means:
owned property (in law, tangible property other than real estate)
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1st useChapter 43
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descend
4 uses
They descend the hill in a series of spine-jolting jumps,
descend = move down
DefinitionGenerally descend means:
move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
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1st useChapter 52
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desist
1 use
He tries to smoothe it again, clumsily, his hand awkward as a claw, smoothing at the wrinkles which he made and which continue to emerge beneath his hand with perverse ubiquity, so that at last he desists, his hand falling to his side and stroking itself again, palm and back, on his thigh.†
desists = stops
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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despair
5 uses
his face suffused with fury and despair.
despair = hopelessness or extreme worry or sadness
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 34
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emerge
4 uses
...all that night I wrestled with Satan, and I emerged victorious.
emerged = came out
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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1st useChapter 41
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fluctuate
1 use
On the long flank of it the rain crashes steadily, myriad, fluctuant.†
fluctuant = to alternately increase and decrease in quantity
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foal
1 use
Are is too many for one woman to foal.†
foal = a young horse; or giving birth to a young horse
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grave
1 use
Cash's face is also gravely composed; he and I look at one another with long probing looks,
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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1st useChapter 34
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Vernon holds the board steady while Cash, bevels the edge of it with the tedious and minute care of a jeweler.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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1st useChapter 17
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penury
1 use
It is like a casting of fading bronze upon the pillow, the hands alone still with any semblance of life: a curled, gnarled ineptness; a spent yet alert quality from which weariness, exhaustion, travail has not yet departed, as though they doubted even yet the actuality of rest, guarding with horned and penurious alertness the cessation which they know cannot last.†
penurious = a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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1st useChapter 12
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perishable
1 use
She crowds against me a little so they can pass, Jewel holding the plane high as though it were perishable, the blue string trailing back over his shoulder.†
perishable = things that decay (spoil)
DefinitionGenerally perishable means:
things that decay (spoil) — (often said of foods that need refrigeration such as meats or milk)
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1st useChapter 37
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rein
12 uses
...holding the horse reined back.
reined = restrained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control; or a means of control
The meaning of rein depends upon its context. For example:
  • "keep a tight rein on the new employee," or "rein in a horse" — to control or restrain
  • "give the new employee free rein," or "give the horse full rein" — do not restrain
  • "the reins of government" — means of control
  • "the reins of the horse" — leather straps used with a bit to control a horse
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1st useChapter 27
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sheer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sheered to the left
Then the downstream one vanishes, dragging the other with him; the wagon sheers crosswise, poised on the crest of the ford as the log strikes it, tilting it up and on.†
sheers = change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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1st useChapter 34
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simultaneous
1 use
Their necks were shaved to a hairline, as though the recent and simultaneous barbers had had a chalk-line like Cash's. "Is it the pistols you're laughing at?"
simultaneous = at the same time
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1st useChapter 57
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stagnate
1 use
As though the clotting which is you had dissolved into the myriad original motion, and seeing and hearing in themselves blind and deaf; fury in itself quiet with stagnation.†
stagnation = lack of development or movement
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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1st useChapter 37
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sullen
4 uses
sullenly willing to be disappointed all at the same time.
sullenly = with a gloomy (or bad) mood
DefinitionGenerally sullen means:
showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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1st useChapter 45
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tremulous
1 use
Her voice is strong, young, tremulous and clear, rapt with its own timbre and volume, the fan still moving steadily up and down, whispering the useless air.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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1st useChapter 12
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twilight
4 uses
He looks up at the gaunt face framed by the window in the twilight.
twilight = light from the sky at the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time

or:

a condition of decline following successes
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1st useChapter 12
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