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  • He received the Nobel Prize in medicine for elucidating electrical events in the nervous system.
  • The study elucidates the relationship between impulse control and success in life.
  • Unfortunately, I cannot elucidate either of his statements.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • In the book’s portraits, there is a significant amount of what is sometimes called "internal voice," elucidating the thoughts and feelings of a character as he or she moves through visible actions or encounters in a day.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen

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  • I smile, wait for her to elucidate.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Yossarian found himself listening intently to the fascinating elucidation of details.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But he did haul our water and cut wood, and he elucidated for us the many daily mysteries of Kilanga.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He could not elucidate it any further for her, and they drove on to the big hardware store.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Natalia followed up a moment later with a long message, full of links to articles and images of the Miami area, elucidating the many activities possible in winter—sport fishing, jet-skiing, dancing.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He knew you couldn’t just call a taxi in Jeddah or Riyadh — or so said the guidebooks, all of which were overwrought when it came to elucidating the dangers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to foreign travelers.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • We asked Miss Maudie to elucidate: she said Miss Stephanie seemed to know so much about the case she might as well be called on to testify.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Ellsworth would not elucidate.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It was not a council of war, but, as it were, a council to elucidate certain questions for the Emperor personally.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And when the auditor had asserted his non-comprehension, he would proceed to elucidate by some new proposition, yet more appalling.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The right whale will be elsewhere treated of at some length, with reference to elucidating the sperm whale.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Something in his tone surprised the doctor, but before he could ask for elucidation Poirot had made another dive onto the floor.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The more outre and grotesque an incident is the more carefully it deserves to be examined, and the very point which appears to complicate a case is, when duly considered and scientifically handled, the one which is most likely to elucidate it.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Of the puzzling ones I will give a few more examples, two at least of them notorious, with some account of the elucidation I think they demand.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • From such undeniable testimony did the practised woodsman arrive at the truth, with nearly as much certainty and precision as if he had been a witness of all those events which his ingenuity so easily elucidated.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Only occasionally did his lips move; at other times he raised his head and fixed his gaze upon some point of the wall, as though there existed at that point something which he wished to elucidate or interrogate.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This seems to have been a day of general elucidation, for this very morning first unfolded it to us.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The business, however, though not perfectly elucidated by this speech, soon ceased to be a puzzle.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • How did he elucidate the mystery of an invisible attractive person, his wife Marion (Molly) Bloom, denoted by a visible splendid sign, a lamp?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Another book I have which I call ’The Supplement to Polydore Vergil,’ which treats of the invention of things, and is a work of great erudition and research, for I establish and elucidate elegantly some things of great importance which Polydore omitted to mention.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • We all crowded round Poirot asking questions, elucidating this point and that.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • She could do nothing to elucidate this, and decked herself out with a heavy heart.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • They compose an ardent epistle, a declaration in fact, and they carry the letter upstairs themselves, so as to elucidate whatever might appear not perfectly intelligible in the letter.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He elucidated the meaning of the incense-how it symbolized life and happiness-and spent long minutes recounting legends about Guntera, how the god was born fully formed to a she-wolf at the dawn of stars, how he had battled monsters and giants to win a place for his kin in Alagaesia, and how he had taken Kilf, the goddess of rivers and the sea, as his mate.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Yet he persisted, patiently elucidating the coats of the cell wall that caused a reaction in host tissue and helping to discover the half-dozen toxins secreted by the bacteria to break down tissue, spread infection, and destroy red cells.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • The duties of the priest towards the Eucharist and towards the secrecy of the confessional seemed so grave to me that I wondered how anybody had ever found in himself the courage to undertake them; and I was not surprised when he told me that the fathers of the Church had written books as thick as the Post Office Directory and as closely printed as the law notices in the newspaper, elucidating all these intricate questions.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Among the other pleasing but always strictly moral wonders which must be seen to be believed, Signor Jupe was that afternoon to ’elucidate the diverting accomplishments of his highly trained performing dog Merrylegs.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Towards this end, indeed, he had purposed to introduce, in this place, a dissertation touching the divine right of beadles, and elucidative of the position, that a beadle can do no wrong: which could not fail to have been both pleasurable and profitable to the right-minded reader but which he is unfortunately compelled, by want of time and space, to postpone to some more convenient and fitting opportunity; on the arrival of which, he will be prepared to show, that a beadle properly…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The style of teaching was Socratic in nature; ideas and theories were elucidated through the leaders asking and answering questions.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It still remains to elucidate the Steppenwolf as an isolated phenomenon, in his relation, for example, to the bourgeois world, so that his symptoms may be traced to their source.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • "Well, that’s not so easy as you may think, particularly around here," elucidated the wiseacre who was trimming his hair.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • And he saw other things too in her manner: saw how it had adjusted itself to the hidden intricacies of a situation in which, even after Mrs. Fisher’s elucidating flashes, he still felt himself agrope.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He broke off with a giggle into English: ’Of course, I tell you this unoffeecially to elucidate political situation, Mister O’Hara.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • It was typical of Conway that he let the others waken for themselves, and made small response to their exclamations of astonishment; yet later, when Barnard sought his opinion, gave it with something of the detached fluency of a university professor elucidating a problem.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • She could still think of little else all the morning; but, when her father came back in the afternoon with the daily newspaper as usual, she was so far from expecting any elucidation through such a channel that the subject was for a moment out of her head.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • This utterance, the full significance of which it was not at all likely that Billy took in, nevertheless caused him to turn a wistful interrogative look toward the speaker, a look in its dumb expressiveness not unlike that which a dog of generous breed might turn upon his master seeking in his face some elucidation of a previous gesture ambiguous to the canine intelligence.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Many persons affirmed that the history and elucidation of the facts, long so mysterious, had been obtained by the daguerreotypist from one of those mesmerical seers who, nowadays, so strangely perplex the aspect of human affairs, and put everybody’s natural vision to the blush, by the marvels which they see with their eyes shut.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Admiring what could have wound his friend up to such a pitch of mystery, Nicholas endeavoured, by a series of questions, to elucidate the cause; but in vain.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • My hope is that a comparative elucidation may contribute to the perhaps not-quite-desperate cause of those forces that are working in the present world for unification, not in the name of some ecclesiastical or political empire, but in the sense of human mutual understanding.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • …through that thick, hard rind; if we could sound the depths of that badly constructed organism; if it were granted to us to look with a torch behind those non-transparent organs to explore the shadowy interior of that opaque creature, to elucidate his obscure corners, his absurd no-thoroughfares, and suddenly to cast a vivid light upon the soul enchained at the extremity of that cave, we should, no doubt, find the unhappy Psyche in some poor, cramped, and ricketty attitude, like…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He knew all the ramifications of New York’s cousinships; and could not only elucidate such complicated questions as that of the connection between the Mingotts (through the Thorleys) with the Dallases of South Carolina, and that of the relationship of the elder branch of Philadelphia Thorleys to the Albany Chiverses (on no account to be confused with the Manson Chiverses of University Place), but could also enumerate the leading characteristics of each family: as, for instance, the…
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • …when she visited this widow, or that struggling wife in person with a bag on her arm, and a note-book and pencil with which she wrote down in columns carefully ruled for the purpose wages and spendings, employment and unemployment, in the hope that thus she would cease to be a private woman whose charity was half a sop to her own indignation, half a relief to her own curiosity, and become what with her untrained mind she greatly admired, an investigator, elucidating the social problem.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • …wood, the bushes against which Montjouvain leaned its back, all must bear the blows of my walking-stick or umbrella, must hear my shouts of happiness, blows and shouts being indeed no more than expressions of the confused ideas which exhilarated me, and which, not being developed to the point at which they might rest exposed to the light of day, rather than submit to a slow and difficult course of elucidation, found it easier and more pleasant to drift into an immediate outlet.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He elucidated his meaning and sipped his drink.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • One grows accustomed to sorrows, she elucidated.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • But this is a point which has not yet been clearly elucidated by science.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
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