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breach
10 uses
...the breach in it is wide.
breach = gap (in the wall)
DefinitionGenerally breach means:
break — as in break an understanding or a break (gap) in a wall
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
Since Gandalf's head is now sacred, let us find one that it is right to cleave!
cleave = split (with violent force)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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cower
15 uses
In this evil hole they cowered, hoping in its shadow to escape the attention of the Eye.
cowered = ducked in fear
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.11
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cunning
13 uses
Gollum certainly had that cunning, and needed all of it.
cunning = clever in achieving goals
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
he made a deep rumbling noise like a discord on a great organ
discord = unpleasant 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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
Do any folk dwell in these hills?
dwell = live (make their home in)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.2
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2  —3 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
For he came here two days ago and bore them away to his dwelling far off by the roots of the mountains.
dwelling = a house or shelter in which someone lives
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.2
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
endured the pain
how much more of this would they have to endure
endure = suffer through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book2 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
the spell endured
endured = continued to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.10
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glimmer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
glimmering lights
he returned with the first glimmer of light,
glimmer = dim light
DefinitionGenerally this sense of glimmer means:
a dim, wavering, or reflected light
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.7
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heed
17 uses
...she took no heed of Sam and his cries, until he was close at hand.
heed = notice (paying attention)
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.2
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hideous
15 uses
...hundreds of hideous arms grasped at him from every side.
hideous = ugly and frightening
DefinitionGenerally hideous means:
extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.2
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malicious
12 uses
His eyes glittered. Such malice was in them that men stepped back from him.
malice = desire to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.5
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mortal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
For it is perilous for mortal man to walk out of the world of this Sun,
mortal = human (especially merely human)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.5
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
But he does not yet perceive our purpose clearly.
perceive = see (have awareness of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.5
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ravine
12 uses
The orc-band began to descend a narrow ravine leading down into the misty plain below.
ravine = a deep narrow steep-sided valley
DefinitionGenerally ravine means:
a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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remonstrate
1 use
They heard the gentle remonstrance of a kindly king with an erring but much-loved minister.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.10
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sheer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
From that point there was a sheer drop, for the cliff was slightly undercut, and even Gollum could not find a hold of any kind.
sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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waver
11 uses
The misty lights wavered, dimmed, and went out.
wavered = weakened
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
moving back and forth

or:

to be unsure or weak
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.6
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wrath
12 uses
If the Great Sea had risen in wrath and fallen on the hills with storm, it could have worked no greater ruin.
wrath = intense anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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