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The Hound of the Baskervilles
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alternative
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
an alternative plan
There is no alternative, I assure you.
alternative = other possibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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1st useChapter 4
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding time period
I find that before the terrible event occurred several people had seen a creature upon the moor which corresponds with this Baskerville demon, and which could not possibly be any animal known to science.†
corresponds = matches
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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1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
Did you correspond with Sir Charles?†
correspond = exchange letters through the mail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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1st useChapter 11
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3  —1 use as in:
a correspondence course
Corresponding member of the Swedish Pathological Society.†
corresponding = distant (not generally present—historically communicating through writing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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1st useChapter 1
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corroborate
2 uses
Their evidence, corroborated by that of several friends, tends to show that Sir Charles's health has for some time been impaired,
corroborated = supported
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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1st useChapter 2
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credulous
1 use
It is extraordinary how credulous the peasants are about here!
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 7
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Mrs. Laura Lyons was in her office, and Sherlock Holmes opened his interview with a frankness and directness which considerably amazed her.†
directness = the quality of being straightforward or clear (without adjusting what is said to spare others' feelings)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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2  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
"Certainly, sir," said he, "I had the telegram delivered to Mr. Barrymore exactly as directed."†
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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1st useChapter 5
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dissent
1 use
shook his head in strong dissent.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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1st useChapter 9
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dogged
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dogged by problems
A stranger then is still dogging us, just as a stranger dogged us in London.
dogging = following
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
followed; or persistently annoyed
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
But I think that we shall succeed in establishing a connection after all.†
establishing = creating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book7 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —4 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
I was able to establish the identity of the man and the woman and knew at last exactly how I stood.†
establish = determine (figure out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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1st useChapter 5
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extricate
1 use
And now I pass on to another thread which I have extricated out of the tangled skein, the mystery of the sobs in the night, of the tear-stained face of Mrs. Barrymore, of the secret journey of the butler to the western lattice window.
extricated = pulled out (from entanglement)
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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1st useChapter 9
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hypothesis   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
But we are bound to exhaust all other hypotheses before falling back upon this one.†
hypotheses = explanations that are seemingly reasonable, but unproven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
assume as a working hypothesis
Supposing that anything happened to our young friend here—you will forgive the unpleasant hypothesis!†
hypothesis = something that may or may not happen, but is temporarily treated as though it will happen to investigate possible outcomes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
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1st useChapter 1
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inquiry
13 uses
No, sir; I have made inquiry all over the hotel, but I can hear no word of it.
inquiry = investigation and questions
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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1st useChapter 2
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melancholy
10 uses
To his eyes all seemed beautiful, but to me a tinge of melancholy lay upon the country-side
melancholy = sadness
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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1st useChapter 6
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narrative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
I shall soon be in the position of being able to put into a single connected narrative one of the most singular and sensational crimes of modern times.
narrative = story
DefinitionGenerally this sense of narrative means:
a story
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1st useChapter 13
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presumption   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
presumption of innocence
...presuming that all our conjectures are correct —
presuming = assuming
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumption means:
to think of something as true or likely, even though it is not known with certainty
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1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
she is presumptuous
You will, I am sure, excuse my presumption
presumption = exercise of social privileges to which one might not entitled (in this case introducing himself)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumptuous means:
exercising privileges to which one is not entitled — such as being too familiar or too bossy
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1st useChapter 7
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