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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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bound   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 12 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
south-bound lanes
There was an accident in the south-bound lanes.
bound = travelling (in that direction)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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2  —5 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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3  —1 use as in:
bound together
The pieces of bread are moistened and bound together with eggs and a small amount of flour.
bound = held together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
4  —2 uses as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
bound = tied together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
tied up, prevented, or required
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
Web Links
5  —1 use as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
She's the sort of person who bounds out of bed in the morning and runs five miles before starting her day.
bounds = jumps
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
brash
5 uses
A brash newcomer wants to change the way the club operates.
brash = bold or self-confident in a manner that seems disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of brash means:
bold or self-confident in a manner that seems disrespectful or tasteless
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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cavort
3 uses
The puppies cavorted in the basket.
cavorted = played in a lively, unrestrained manner
DefinitionGenerally cavort means:
to play in a lively, unrestrained manner — often to prance or jump around excitedly — sometimes implying sexual play
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 31
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 37
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disposition
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood, personality, or inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or inclination
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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feud
7 uses
a truce in the long-running feud between the two teams
feud = a bitter, long-standing quarrel
DefinitionGenerally feud means:
a bitter, long-standing quarrel between two parties; or describing such a quarrel
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
Web Links
fidget
6 uses
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
Web Links
gaudy
7 uses
She wore a gaudy costume.
gaudy = tastelessly showy
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
Web Links
grindstone
13 uses
Do you have a grindstone to sharpen the knife?
grindstone = a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind, sharpen or polish
DefinitionGenerally grindstone means:
a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind, sharpen or polish

or:

work — as in the expressions "back to the grindstone" (back to work) or "keep your nose to the grindstone" (keep working hard)
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
Web Links
inscribe
9 uses
The ring was inscribed with these words...
inscribed = written upon
DefinitionGenerally inscribe means:
to write in various formal or special senses including:
  • to write, carve, or etch words onto something's surface
  • to write a signed message — as in a book given as a gift
  • to mark with one's signature
  • to write down something when adding it to a list
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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providence
8 uses
On the eve of battle, he prayed that providence was in our favor.
providence = luck; or God's plan
DefinitionGenerally this sense of providence means:
resulting from God's intervention or plan; or lucky — especially with regard to when something happened
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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sober   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
She was still sober enough to know the situation was dangerous.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
a sobering thought
These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
sobering = making one serious about an issue
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sobering means:
serious; or making one serious or calm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
soliloquy
3 uses
Perhaps the best known soliloquy is written by Shakespeare in Hamlet:  "To be, or not to be: that is the question..."
soliloquy = a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
sublime
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she is sublime
I love good movies, from the silly to the sublime.
sublime = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sublime means:
wonderful — often beautiful or morally admirable
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
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