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The findings were presented in a ponderous three-volume report.
  large or of great weight; or slow and unwieldy — especially because of size

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boring — especially because of  length
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  • The findings were presented in a ponderous three-volume report.
  • We’ve been working through the ponderous regulatory approval process for the last two years.
  • It was a ponderous prehistoric beasts.
  • But soft you, the fair Ophelia: Ope not thy ponderous and marble jaws, But get thee to a nunnery—go!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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  • Then he took off with ponderous flight and circled and lowered, circled and lowered until the others danced in joy and hunger at his approach.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • The steps in the gravel sounded heavy and ponderous, like those of a large man.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • The sun was a ponderous circle without edges, a roar without a sound,
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • As if in the superhuman energy of his utterance there had been found the potency of a spell—the huge antique panels to which the speaker pointed, threw slowly back, upon the instant, their ponderous and ebony jaws.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • He shook his ponderous head.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The walls were hung with gorgeous curtains, which imparted the combination of grandeur and grace that no other species of adornment can achieve; and as they fell from the ceiling to the floor, their rich and ponderous folds, concealing all angles and straight lines, appeared to shut in the scene from infinite space.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark

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  • BRADY re-enters and crosses ponderously to the RADIO MAN.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • He examined it for a long time, tracing the sentences with his pencil, a ponderous reader whose thick black eyebrows kept bunching in the manner of a child having difficulty with a complex puzzle.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • It was like a great main-mast to the voyaging earth; it must truly have been amazed that morning through all its ponderous frame as it felt this determined spark of human spirit wending its way from higher branch to branch.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • It exited the shark as had the lobster, in flakes that fell ponderously to the aquarium floor, joining, and indistinguishable from, those that had come before.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I started the ponderous conversion between currencies, then smiled as I realized it was unnecessary.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I’m nearly afraid to leave this tiny office, for fear of what else I might see, what else might ensue, like any boy who is sure his very observation and presence makes the world hitch and turn; but in my case those turns are real and have come too ponderously, bearing ever heavily on my minor realm.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He moved ponderously across the room and settled into the armchair, filling it completely.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • The board members sat like old Buddhas with their hands resting on ponderous potbellies; their mouths agape with disbelief or incredulity.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He sank his ponderous bulk into a chair beside Father, fixed one eye on me, the other on the ceiling, and said, "Five lumps, please."
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • But as she lay there looking up, trying to return the stranger’s quizzical sad smile, she could feel the ponderous drowsiness and lassitude persisting to her bone marrow.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • In the same room is a cement pool filled with thick-looking greenish water in which large turtles sit and blink or clamber ponderously up onto the rocks provided for them, hissing if we get too close.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He got ponderously to his feet and went to an inner door, where a uniformed soldier stood on guard.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "All right then," she said, in what I thought of as her Mary Poppins voice, "but just till I catch my breath," and we started down toward the crosswalk at Seventy-Ninth Street: past topiaries in baroque planters, ponderous doors laced with ironwork.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • (The human child—so much cannier at times than the stupefyingly ponderous adult.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • A noise of rending and crashing came dully through the ponderous stone.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • He dropped to the floor of the boat with ponderous ease.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The rust on the ponderous iron-work of its oaken door looked more antique than anything else in the New World.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I then considered what I should load it with, it being not able to bear a ponderous burden.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The air was thick and ponderous with humidity.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • "I never fancied men of his dark, ponderous appearance singing with a voice like a woman’s."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He brooded in ponderous speculation over the cryptic message he had just received.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Teabing nodded, heaving a ponderous sigh.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Then Sherlock Holmes pulled down from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he placed his cuttings.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Timur’s father had told them that they would have to "maneuver" through the infamously sluggish, ponderous Afghan bureaucracy—a euphemism for "find the right palms to grease."
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The package of notes not being found when five o’clock sounded from the ponderous clock in the "drawing office," the amount was passed to the account of profit and loss.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • After a pause of a moment, he proceeded, in his stately way, to the door, drew back the ponderous bolts, unhooked the heavy chains, and began to draw it open.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • ’What a ponderous mass of bones!
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • How ignominious to be strapped to this ponderous mass of paper, print and dead man’s sentiment.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • We sat there with the whole heap quivering beneath us as the engine chugged ponderously on.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • There was sudden change from the ponderous infantry of theory to the light and speedy infantry of practice.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • When structures began to rise not in tier on ponderous tier of masonry, but as arrows of steel shooting upward without weight or limit, Henry Cameron was among the first to understand this new miracle and to give it form.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Then on heavy feet, made more ponderous by the guilt of the living viewing the dead, the adult church marched up to the coffin and back to their seats.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Grant braced himself to run, but the animal shifted its ponderous bulk and then it settled back against the tree trunk and gave a long, growling belch.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Consider the whole machinery of the civil law made necessary by these processes; the libraries of ponderous tomes, the courts and juries to interpret them, the lawyers studying to circumvent them, the pettifogging and chicanery, the hatreds and lies!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He was too ponderous and slow.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The upstairs hall seemed to shake as Mammy’s ponderous weight came toward the door.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But the black beetles took no notice of the agitation, and groped about the hearth in a ponderous elderly way, as if they were short-sighted and hard of hearing, and not on terms with one another.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • This was a blessing, bright, vivid, and exhilarating; — not like the ponderous gift of gold: rich and welcome enough in its way, but sobering from its weight.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I felt the pebbles rattling as the waves threw their ponderous weight against the shore; the whole beach seemed racked by their terrific onset, and the air throbbed with their pulsations.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Once or twice, hearing sleigh-bells, Ethan turned his head, fancying that Zeena and Jotham might overtake him; but the old sorrel was not in sight, and he set his face against the rain and urged on his ponderous pair.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
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