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  • My phone battery was running low, so I had to truncate the conversation.
  • He was racing along, his truncated tail held high, in the wheel Mr. McDuff had built for him.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Jacob was still chewing over our truncated conversation when we got to Charlie’s.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Perry, who could never find trousers to fit his truncated lower half, wore blue jeans rolled up at the bottom and a leather windbreaker.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood

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  • As I took hold of the handle of the door I heard an exclamation, oddly truncated at the end, and a click and a thud.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • "You must imagine this staircase the way it was once, with the gas lamps burning all up and down the steps, like fireflies in the dark, and the balconies full of people. Not the way it is now, so—" He broke off, searching for a word.
    "Truncated?" Jace suggested dryly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He pointed out that it ["Nikhil"] was relatively easy to pronounce, though there was the danger that Americans, obsessed with abbreviation, would truncate it to Nick.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Mostly, though, I threw all my frustration into building those perfect, truncated pyramids of fruit.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • They had been able to secure a truncated copy of Pickney’s Treaty, but the federal government had yet to provide the defense with any part of the Treaty of 1819.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • ...the future could be turned onto an unlikely path, but a better one. One that would lead to a living land after all, even if it was truncated; one that would lead someday to...
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet

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  • There are pictures of Kim and Mia from high school and one of the two of them posing on top of the Empire State Building—a jolting reminder that their relationship wasn’t truncated, they have a history of which I know nothing.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • The pups’ new home, half a mile from the old den, was a narrow, truncated ravine filled with gigantic boulders which had been split off the cliff walls by frost action.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Halting, truncated, the talk bewildered me and at the same time held me enthralled; in addition, the sexual frankness was so utterly novel that I experienced a phenomenon that I hadn’t felt since I was about eight years old: my ears were burning.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • From there we watch as people dressed like snowflakes, like elves, like rabbits, like sugar plum fairies, march past us, strangely truncated because we’re looking down on them.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Not that it absolves me, but I was a young man, Mr. Markos, eager to take on the world, full of dreams, modest and vague as they may have been, and I pictured my youth ebbing away, my prospects increasingly truncated.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The two arms fell with a sudden force; they heard the hissing of the scimitar and the cry of the victim, then a truncated mass sank beneath the blow.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Mutilated, dismembered, tortured bodies, ripped into grotesque shreds… I had clearly seen the vestigial feelers still attached to the truncated anterior section of a child.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Occasional rents in the besmirched sky allowed pale bars of light to strike the ground, where they remained, like pillars of translucent glass, until they were truncated by the shifting clouds.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He looked back at the truncated stone pyramid on the desk.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The truncated conical crater summit of the diminutive volcano emitted a vertical and serpentine fume redolent of aromatic oriental incense.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A person coming from the Seine reached the extremity of the Rue Polonceau, and had on his right the Rue Droit-Mur, turning abruptly at a right angle, in front of him the wall of that street, and on his right a truncated prolongation of the Rue Droit-Mur, which had no issue and was called the Cul-de-Sac Genrot.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • At dinner that night he decided that it must inevitably be a truncated visit: about his own country Hosain seemed to have observed only that there were many mountains and some goats and herders of goats.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Inside it crouched a humble dome, and inside that, visible through a grille, was a truncated gravestone, swathed in calico.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • filtering audibly through the shattering, overwhelming howl of the plane’s engines, and then there were just Kid Sampson’s two pale, skinny legs, still joined by strings somehow at the bloody truncated hips, standing stock-still on the raft for what seemed a full minute or two before they toppled over backward into the water finally with a faint, echoing splash and turned completely upside down so that only the grotesque toes and the plaster-white soles of Kid Sampson’s feet remained…
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The shaman’s declamations were repeatedly truncated by gusts of wind, but Eragon caught snatches of the ancient language-strangely twisted and mispronounced-interspersed with dwarf and Urgal words, all of which were united by an archaic dialect of Eragon’s own tongue.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • One tentacle was already a truncated stump, and there could be no doubt as to the ultimate outcome of the battle.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • The nine-thousand-meter peaks beyond were only hinted at by gray and white planes soon intersected by low clouds, but even so truncated were powerful to behold.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Leon was fleeing, for it seemed to him that his love, that for nearly two hours now had become petrified in the church like the stones, would vanish like a vapour through that sort of truncated funnel, of oblong cage, of open chimney that rises so grotesquely from the cathedral like the extravagant attempt of some fantastic brazier.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The blindness of their limited lives—lives truncated and impoverished by the oppression they had suffered long before they had ever heard of Communism—made them think that I was with their enemies.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • In the evenings (for that Regional Flavor) the tourists were treated to truncated kathakali performances ("Small attention spans," the Hotel People explained to the dancers).
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Hiro has cappuccino skin and spiky, truncated dreadlocks.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Lives that would be brought together to make a graceful end are abruptly truncated.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • About the only memorial he could spot was the Lincoln, which had been truncated at the base.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The sight of that abrupt and truncated animal padding softly across the quadrangle changed by some fluke of the subconscious intelligence the emotional light for me.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Tommy, with true brotherly sympathy, was amusing himself by turning Dolly’s skirt over her bald head and exhibiting her truncated body to the general scorn—an indignity which cut Totty to the heart.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • "That cairn of stones," she said, and I saw it perhaps a hundred yards away, about eight feet in height, builded of head-sized, gray stones, worn by the wind, the sand, the water, standing in the shape of a truncated pyramid.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • In the solitude of night, Hans Castorp’s thoughts, or intuitive half-thoughts, soared high as he sat before his truncated musical coffin … ah, they soared higher than his understanding, were thoughts enhanced, forced upward by alchemy.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Four other black-robed people joined the man, and those Eragon knew for priests of Helgrind by their truncated forms: one was missing a forearm, two were missing a leg each, and the last of their company was missing an arm and both legs, and was carried by his or her companions on a small padded litter.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • If elsewhere she produces grand artistic effects by piling up huge masses without order or connection—if elsewhere we see truncated cones, imperfect pyramids, with an odd succession of lines; here, as if wishing to give a lesson in regularity, and preceding the architects of the early ages, she has erected a severe order of architecture, which neither the splendors of Babylon nor the marvels of Greece ever surpassed.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Langdon and Katherine watched as the old man’s frail hands examined every inch of the stone—the engraved side, the smooth base, and the truncated top.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Leaping over their truncated bodies, Eragon twisted in midair and landed on the spot he had started from.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Their truncated swimming-pool performances.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • While the Varden and the Urgals set about collecting their fallen comrades, stripping the dead of useful equipment, and beheading the soldiers and dragging their truncated bodies into piles to burn, Eragon, Saphira, and King Orrin returned to the camp, accompanied by Arya and the other elves.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The vivid and valuable passages—the ones which in general I refrained from throwing away—seemed to me later to be the ones having to do with my emasculations, my thwarted manhood and truncated passions.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • One might even found whole empires upon it, earthly, all-too-earthly empires, very coarse, very progressive, and not in the least nostalgic … his truncated musical coffin, inside which the song decayed into some electrical gramophone music.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Within these four walls, Hans Castorp was alone with the wonders of his apparatus—with the lush achievements of this little truncated coffin of fiddlewood, this small, dull-black temple with its doors flung wide, before which he would sit in an armchair, hands folded, head on one shoulder, mouth open, letting the fullness of harmony spill over him.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …teeth, which are also blind courts; thirdly, on his left, the branch of the Mail, complicated, almost at its inception, with a sort of fork, and proceeding from zig-zag to zig-zag until it ends in the grand crypt of the outlet of the Louvre, truncated and ramified in every direction; and lastly, the blind alley of a passage of the Rue des Jeuneurs, without counting little ducts here and there, before reaching the belt sewer, which alone could conduct him to some issue sufficiently…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ……. nighttime …. the same jumpy video footage …. the man was walking down a city street …. strands of blond hair blowing in front of the camera …. turning a corner ….the camera angle lowering to something in the man’s hand …. a dollar bill …. a close-up focusing on the Great Seal …. the all-seeing eye …. the unfinished pyramid …. and then, abruptly, pulling away to reveal a similar shape in the distance …. a massive pyramidical building …. with sloping sides rising to a truncated top.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
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