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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
Library10 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 metal — such as a sculpture or a third place medal
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Book19 uses
Library11 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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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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
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1st useChapter 7
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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
Library9 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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however
10 uses
1  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
However great their intellectual degradation, the Eloi had kept too much of the human form not to claim my sympathy, and to make me perforce a sharer in their degradation and their Fear.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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unquizzed meaning  —9 uses
inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
Suppressing a strong inclination to laugh, I ...
inclination = desire (attitude favoring)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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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
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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
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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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plausible
5 uses
The notion was so plausible that I at once accepted it, and went on to assume the "how" of this splitting of the human species.
plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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

(Editor's note:  The prefix "ir-" in irreverent means not and reverses the meaning of reverent. This prefix is sometimes used before words beginning with "R" as seen in words like irrational, irregular, and irresistible.)        
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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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