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abundant
9 uses
I hesitated, and then, as I looked round me, I saw that the dust was less abundant and its surface less even.
abundant = present in great quantity
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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bronze
19 uses
It was, as I think I have said, of bronze.
bronze = a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally bronze means:
a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin

or:

the reddish-brown color of the metal (such as a bronze tan)

or:

something made of the alloy — such as a sculpture
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Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
I had some considerable difficulty in conveying my meaning.
conveying = expressing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
I, for my own part, cannot think that these latter days of weak experiment, fragmentary theory, and mutual discord are indeed man's culminating time!
discord = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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1st useEpil.
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
I shivered violently, and shouted again—rather discordantly.
discordantly = unpleasantly (with a harsh sound)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
far less discriminating and exclusive in his food
discriminating = concerned with differences or fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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eccentric
1 use
My pockets had always puzzled Weena, but at the last she had concluded that they were an eccentric kind of vase for floral decoration.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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furtive
1 use
I saw a crowd of them upon the slopes, looking furtively at me.
furtively = cautiously
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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futile
4 uses
The Eloi, like the Carolingian kings, had decayed to a mere beautiful futility.
futility = pointless effort
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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gesticulate
1 use
I was continually meeting more of these men of the future, who would follow me a little distance, chatter and laugh about me, and, having smiled and gesticulated in a friendly way, leave me again to my own devices.
gesticulated = made gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
Suppressing a strong inclination to laugh, I ...
inclination = desire (attitude favoring)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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incredulous
3 uses
The new guests were frankly incredulous.
incredulous = not believing
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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indolent
2 uses
How was it related to the indolent serenity of the beautiful Upper-worlders?
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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insidious
1 use
There was scrub and long grass all about us, and I did not feel safe from their insidious approach.
insidious = appearing harmless (or even desirable), but actually very harmful over time
DefinitionGenerally insidious means:
not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time

or:

treacherous  (dangerous due to trickery or from hidden or unpredictable risks)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
At last, more than thirty million years hence, the huge red-hot dome of the sun had come to obscure nearly a tenth part of the darkling heavens.
obscure = block from view
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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2  —3 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
In another moment the pale stars alone were visible. All else was rayless obscurity. The sky was absolutely black.
obscurity = darkness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
a profound sense of desertion and despair
profound = intense
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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resolve
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Weena I had resolved to bring with me to our own time.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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revere
1 use
They were both the new kind of journalist—very joyous, irreverent young men.
irreverent = showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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transitory
2 uses
I thought in a transitory way of the oddness of wells still existing, and then resumed the thread of my speculations.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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