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altitude
1 use
The altitude gave her a headache.
altitude = elevation (height above sea level)
DefinitionGenerally altitude means:
elevation (height) — typically above sea level or above the earth's surface

or:

(metaphorically) a desirable height
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cartilage
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a cartilage tear in the knee†
cartilage = tough elastic tissue found in such places as joints
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cede
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will not cede sovereign power to an international institution†
cede = to relinquish or give something up to another — especially after a contest
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coagulate
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The blood began to coagulate.
coagulate = change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
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comprehend
1 use
I don't think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
comprehends = fully understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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despair
1 use
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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detach
1 use
She spoke in a cold, detached manner as though she didn't care about him any more.
detached = emotionally uninvolved (separated from emotions)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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dorsal
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He was cut on the dorsal side of the thumb.†
dorsal = the back (spinal cord) side
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through (or to put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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gaunt
1 use
She looked gaunt from the chemotherapy.
gaunt = very thin and bony
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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immune
1 use
She is immune to chickenpox because she has been vaccinated.
immune = not susceptible to (not in danger of suffering from)
DefinitionGenerally immune means:
not susceptible to something — especially a disease; i.e., not in danger of suffering from it

or relating to disease resistance
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interminable
1 use
Her speech was interminable.
interminable = seemingly endless (and probably boring)
DefinitionGenerally interminable means:
seemingly endless; or long and unpleasant — such as boring or annoying
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mystic
1 use
She is a mystic who believes enlightenment will come from communing with nature.
mystic = someone who attempts to tune into realities beyond scientific understanding
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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paralysis
1 use
She suffers paralysis of her legs.
paralysis = loss of the ability to move
DefinitionGenerally paralysis means:
loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

or:

inability to act or make a decision
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pilgrimage
1 use
A pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
pilgrimage = a journey to a special place — especially a sacred place for religious purposes
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placid
1 use
a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay
placid = pleasantly calm
DefinitionGenerally placid means:
calm and not easily excited
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plankton
3 uses
Plankton are important in marine food chains.†
plankton = tiny or microscopic plants and animals that float in water such as oceans or lakes and are eaten by larger animals such as fish
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shoal
1 use
The rocks,  shoals, and currents make it a treacherous journey.
shoals = sandbanks or other stretches of shallow water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of shoal means:
a sandbank or other stretch of shallow water
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summon
1 use
I was summoned to the principal's office.
summoned = called to come
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
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waver
1 use
Through good times and bad her love for him has never wavered.
wavered = been unsure or weak

or:

moved back and forth
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
moving back and forth

or:

to be unsure or weak
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