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Harry Potter (#1) and the Sorcerer's Stone

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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
Let's think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16, p.283.7
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askew
2 uses
She came out of the water with her glasses askew but still on her head.
askew = not straight (not in proper alignment)
DefinitionGenerally askew means:
not straight (not in proper alignment)

or:

(when used figuratively) not right, or not as planned
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.172.8
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bound
13 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
She's the sort of person who bounds out of bed in the morning and runs five miles before starting her day.
bounds = jumps
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.140.6
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unquizzed meaning  —11 uses
bronze
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.62.6
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centaur
12 uses
Firenze is the name of a centaur character in the Harry Potter stories.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.254.4
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contrary
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.5.4
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.207
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2  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7, p.130.2
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3  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12, p.199.6
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
disgruntled
2 uses
The shooter was a disgruntled employee.
disgruntled = unhappy and angry
DefinitionGenerally disgruntled means:
in a bad mood - typically unhappy and annoyed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.94.2
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Don't dwell on it.
Don't dwell on the past.
dwell = think or talk about something longer than seems appropriate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12, p.214.1
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2  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives 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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7, p.118
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expulsion
13 uses
Her records shows expulsion from two schools.
expulsion = the act of forcing out (in this case, kicking someone out of school)
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out
especially in 2 primary senses:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.59.9
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on the other hand
5 uses
Change can be hard to deal with. On the other hand, it often brings opportunity.
on the other hand = from another point of view
DefinitionGenerally on the other hand means:
from another point of view; or in a way that is different (a phrase used to introduce a different perspective or idea)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.25.1
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ornate
1 use
The hotel is decorated with ornate furniture, lots of carved designs, and gold leaf gilding.
ornate = having lots of decorative detail
DefinitionGenerally ornate means:
of a thing:  having lots of decorative detail

of speech:  more complicated than necessary because of unusual words and phrases (fans might call it flowery or finely finished, but most would call it too complicated or showy)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12, p.207.9
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
Her New Year's resolution is to read deeply at least one hour a day.
resolution = a firm decision to do something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15, p.246.1
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sinister
1 use
They created a sinister plan to recruit terrorists.
sinister = evil
DefinitionGenerally sinister means:
evil or harmful; or making an evil or frightening impression
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13, p.217.5
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tapestry
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
the tapestry hangs in the museum
The Lady and the Unicorn is the modern title given to the six tapestries that are considered to be among the greatest artworks of the Middle Ages.
tapestries = rug-like artworks — often hung on a wall for display
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tapestry means:
rug-like artwork — often hung on a wall for display
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.128.9
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transparent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
transparent shower door
The transparent shower door shows water spots.
transparent = capable of being seen through with clarity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of transparent means:
able to be seen through with clarity
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7, p.115.7
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utter
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
utter stupidity
She suffered utter devastation when her child died in the accident.
utter = complete
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 14, p.240.9
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