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acclaim
1 use
Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself.
acclaim = enthusiastic choice without a formal vote
From page 22.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally acclaim means:
to praise enthusiastically and publicly — sometimes choosing without opposition or a formal vote
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.22.6
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asthma
10 uses
"My auntie told me not to run," he explained, "on account of my asthma."
asthma = a common lung disorder characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and sometimes coughing
From page 9.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.9.4
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audible
8 uses
The chant was audible but at that distance still wordless.
audible = capable of being heard
From page 68.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.149.4
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clamor
10 uses
A great clamor rose among the savages.
clamor = loud noise and/or persistent demands
From page 180.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally clamor means:
loud noise and/or persistent demands — especially from human voice
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.56.6
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context
1 use
The shell was interesting and pretty and a worthy plaything; but the vivid phantoms of his day-dream still interposed between him and Piggy, who in this context was an irrelevance.
context = situation (or matter at hand)

(editor's note:  In this context, interposed means "were inserted." Golding (the author) is saying that Ralph is so absorbed in his daydream that he is barley noticing the shell or what Piggy is saying.)
From page 16.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.16.1
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contradict
1 use
He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a tree trunk. "Next time there would be no mercy." He looked round fiercely, daring them to contradict.
contradict = voice disagreement
From page 31.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.31.9
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convey
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
His tone conveyed a warning...
conveyed = communicated
From page 149.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9, p.149.9
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critical
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
critical acclaim
He looked critically at Ralph's golden body and then down at his own clothes.
critically = in a manner that thoughtfully judges what is good and bad about something

(editor's note:  This is Piggy early in the story. Clearly Piggy did not look critically in the sense of showing disapproval of Ralph's body. Though less commonly used, this is another important meaning of critical. This meaning is commonly stressed when reviewing for standardized tests.)
From page 11.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of critical means:
relating to thoughtful judgement of what is good and bad about something — possibly from people whose job is to share their expert opinions in a given industry
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Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.11.1
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direct
3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
  "When they find me, what are they going to do?"
  ...
  The twins answered his question indirectly. "You got to go now, Ralph. For your own good."
indirectly = without specifically responding to the question

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirectly means not and reverses the meaning of directly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
From page 189.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.25.3
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
Attention focused on Jack.
focused = concentrated
From page 114.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7, p.114.2
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2  —2 uses
technical usage
For the first time on the island, Piggy himself removed his one glass, knelt down and focused the sun on tinder.
focused = concentrated sunlight rays by pointing them at the same spot

(in this case, to start a fire)

(editor's note:  Tinder is dry wood or some other burnable material used to start a fire.)
From page 130.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:
  • physics — a point where things come together such as the point where light rays meet
  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)
  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake
See a comprehensive dictionary for other less common meanings.
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.73.5
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gesticulate
5 uses
In a moment the platform was full of arguing, gesticulating shadows.
gesticulating = making gestures (hand or body movements)
From page 88.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.88.8
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grave
8 uses
More grave nodding; they knew about nightmares.
grave = serious and solemn
From page 36.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.43.2
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implication
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
the implication is that...
"There was a ship."
Jack, faced at once with too many awful implications, ducked away from them.
...
"We might have gone home—"
implications = things that can be concluded from knowing something else
From page 70.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implication means:
Something that follows from something else.
The thing that follows could be:
  • something suggested indirectly (not said directly)
  • something that can be concluded (often a logical consequence)
  • something that results from something else
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4, p.70.6
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incantation
3 uses
Percival Wemys Madison, of the Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony, lying in the long grass, was living through circumstances in which the incantation of his address was powerless to help him.
incantation = saying words aloud for a "magical" effect

(editor's note: Percival's name and address indicate that he is from a wealthy, respected family. The author is saying that he has been helped in the past just by stating his name and address, but it won't help him in these circumstances. These words are referenced again towards the end of the book.)
From page 94.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.94.9
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indignant
11 uses
Daring, indignant, Piggy took the conch. "That's what I said! I said about our meetings and things and then you said shut up—"
indignant = angered at something unjust
From page 43.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book11 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.42.3
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irrelevant
2 uses
  "We've killed a pig." ...
  "You let the fire go out."
  Jack checked, vaguely irritated by this irrelevance but too happy to let it worry him.
  "We can light the fire again. You should have been with us, Ralph. We had a smashing time."
irrelevance = something that is unimportant

(editor's note:  In this use, the author is not saying that it was unimportant that the fire went out. He is saying that Jack thought it was unimportant.)
From page 69.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally irrelevant means:
not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.16.1
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tacit
3 uses
Tacitly admitting that he remembered the unmentionable, Ralph nodded to Piggy.
tacitly = in an indirect manner (without directly saying it)
From page 86.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally tacit means:
implied or understood, but not expressed directly
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.65.2
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trace   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
found a trace of
There hasn't been the trace of a ship.
trace = any indication
From page 43.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
a small quantity; or any indication or evidence of
The exact meaning of this sense of trace depends upon its context. For example:
  • a small indication that something was present — as in "The plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace."
  • a very small amount of something — as in "The blood test showed a trace of steroids."
  • any evidence of something — as in "We did not find a trace of the gene."
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3, p.55.4
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2  —1 use as in:
trace the origin or development
None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack.
traceable = able to be followed (to its source)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
From page 22.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trace means:
to find, search, research, or keep track of
This sense of trace usually has to do with information. It's specific meaning depends on its context. For example:
to find or search for something through investigation — often the origin of something:
  • "The police traced the call." — found out where it originated
  • "We are tracing the lost luggage" — searching for
  • "Can you trace the problem to its source?" — find through investigation
  • "She traced her family history to discover that her great-grandmother came to the United States from Lithuania when the Nazis occupied it." — discovered something through investigation
to research or report on the development of something
  • "She traced the history of the automobile in her paper." — researched the development of something
  • "Her presentation traced recent progress in alternative energy solutions." — reported on
to monitor or keep track of the progress or development of something
  • "She traces the progress of at-risk students." — monitors information
  • "I used binoculars to trace her progress up the mountain." — monitor, follow, or track
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.22.7
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