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beckon
2 uses
the soup ladle was walking up the table towards Alice's chair, and beckoning to her impatiently to get out of its way.
beckoning = signaling (in this case, calling her away from the table so as to get her chair)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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consequence
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
when you've once said a thing, that fixes it, and you must take the consequences.
consequences = results (things that follow from it)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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diligent
1 use
Alice had seated herself on the bank of a little brook, with the great dish on her knees, and was sawing away diligently with the knife.
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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entangled
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
entangled in the branches
The brush has got entangled in it!
entangled = caught (twisted together)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of entangled means:
caught in

or:

twisted together into a confusing mass
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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gyroscope
1 use
To "GYRE" is to go round and round like a gyroscope.
gyroscope = a rotating mechanism that looks a little like the children's toy that is called a "top"
DefinitionGenerally gyroscope means:
rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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hobbled
2 uses
at last, a very old Frog, who was sitting under a tree, got up and hobbled slowly towards her:
hobbled = walked with difficulty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hobbled means:
walked with difficulty (due to injury or physical impediment)

or:

hindered (made the action or progress of something difficult)
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
However, complications may...
However, she didn't see why the Red Queen should be the only one to give orders, so, as an experiment, she called out 'Waiter!†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book25 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things round them never changed their places at all: however fast they went, they never seemed to pass anything.†
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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impertinent
1 use
What impertinence!
impertinence = rude or improperly bold behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impertinent means:
rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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ingenuity
1 use
said Alice, surprised at her own ingenuity.
ingenuity = cleverness (smart creativity)
DefinitionGenerally ingenuity means:
the ability to solve problems in smart creative ways
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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lithe
2 uses
Well, "SLITHY" means "lithe and slimy."
lithe = moving and bending with ease
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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obstinate
1 use
"The prettiest are always further!" she said at last, with a sigh at the obstinacy of the rushes in growing so far off,
obstinacy = trait of being stubbornly unyielding to the wishes of others
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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perplex
1 use
exclaimed Alice, looking about in great perplexity, as first one round head, and then the other, rolled down from her shoulder, and lay like a heavy lump in her lap.
perplexity = confusion due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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plaintive
1 use
...whenever she looked hard at any shelf, to make out exactly what it had on it, that particular shelf was always quite empty: though the others round it were crowded as full as they could hold.

'Things flow about so here!' she said at last in a plaintive tone,
plaintive = expressing sorrow or pleading
DefinitionGenerally plaintive means:
expressing sadness — sometimes with a plea for help
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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ponder
1 use
After this, Alice was silent for a minute or two, pondering.
pondering = reflecting deeply on a subject
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pretense
1 use
you never CAN tell, you know, unless our fire smokes, and then smoke comes up in that room too—but that may be only pretence, just to make it look as if they had a fire.
pretence = a false appearance or action to help one pretend

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolute
1 use
So, resolutely turning her back upon the house, she set out once more down the path, determined to keep straight on till she got to the hill.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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retort
1 use
"He's dreaming now," said Tweedledee: "and what do you think he's dreaming about?"
  Alice said "Nobody can guess that."
  "Why, about YOU!" Tweedledee exclaimed... "And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you'd be?"
  "Where I am now, of course," said Alice.
  "Not you!" Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. "You'd be nowhere. Why, you're only a sort of thing in his dream!"
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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saunter
1 use
At this moment the Unicorn sauntered by them, with his hands in his pockets.
sauntered = walked leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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wither
1 use
When one speaks, they all begin together, and it's enough to make one wither to hear the way they go on!
wither = shrivel or become weak
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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