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contrast   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 21 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast.
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 10-12
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2  —19 uses as in:
there is a contrast
In the first place, you are struck by the general contrast between these heads.†
contrast = difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book19 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4-6
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3  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
The schools composing none but young and vigorous males, previously mentioned, offer a strong contrast to the harem schools.†
contrast = something notably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 88-90
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
So that this rib only conveyed half of the true notion of the living magnitude of that part.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 43-45
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2  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
Now, the spouting canal of the Sperm Whale, chiefly intended as it is for the conveyance of air, and for several feet laid along, horizontally, just beneath the upper surface of his head, and a little to one side; this curious canal is very much like a gas-pipe laid down in a city on one side of a street.†
conveyance = transport
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 85-87
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correspond
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
corresponding time period
Corresponding to the crescent in our van, we beheld another in our rear.†
corresponding = matching
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 103-105
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desist
6 uses
"Ahab," cried Starbuck, "not too late is it, even now, the third day, to desist."
desist = to not do something
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 55 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
Supper'll be ready directly.†
directly = in a short time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —27 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Next day, a large ship, the Rachel, was descried, bearing directly down upon the Pequod, all her spars thickly clustering with men.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated)(used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book27 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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3  —17 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Yet, in saying this, I do but indirectly burnish a little brighter the noble merit of the poem and the poet.†
indirectly = incidentally (not the main objective)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book17 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useExtr
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4  —6 uses as in:
directed her question to
Every fact seemed to warrant me in concluding that it was anything but chance which directed his operations;†
directed = guided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book6 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 49-51
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5  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
And when that functionary appeared before him, he bade him without delay set about making a new leg, and directed the mates to see him supplied with all the studs and joists of jaw-ivory (Sperm Whale) which had thus far been accumulated on the voyage, in order that a careful selection of the stoutest, clearest-grained stuff might be secured.†
directed = ordered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 106-108
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6  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
Holding by a shroud, Starbuck was standing on the quarter-deck; at every flash of the lightning glancing aloft, to see what additional disaster might have befallen the intricate hamper there; while Stubb and Flask were directing the men in the higher hoisting and firmer lashing of the boats.†
directing = supervising
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 118-120
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
It touches one's sense of honour, particularly if you come of an old established family in the land, the Van Rensselaers, or Randolphs, or Hardicanutes.†
established = set with a good reputation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —5 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Still, we can hypothesize, even if we cannot prove and establish.†
establish = demonstrate fact
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 43-45
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illustrate
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
The result of this lowering was somewhat illustrative of that sagacious saying in the Fishery,—the more whales the less fish.
illustrative = serving to help demonstrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 43-45
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leviathan
113 uses
For not by hook or by net could this vast leviathan be caught,
leviathan = something exceedingly large (in this case, a whale)
DefinitionGenerally leviathan means:
something that is exceedingly large — absolutely or relative to its kind

or:

older usage:  a sea monster or whale
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Book113 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-27
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sagacious
9 uses
But if these suspicions were really his, he sagaciously refrained from verbally expressing them,
sagaciously = wisely
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 76-78
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
How many barrels will thy vengeance yield thee even if thou gettest it, Captain Ahab? it will not fetch thee much in our Nantucket market.
yield = provide or give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book15 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 31-33
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2  —9 uses as in:
yield to pressure
...his two comrades would not yield, the one to the other, in the matter; and both of them could not be first, for the ladder would but admit one man at a time.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book9 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 133-135
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