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The Old Man and the Sea

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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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annul
1 use
The marriage was annulled.†
annulled = declared invalid; or ended or canceled
DefinitionGenerally annul means:
declare invalid; or end or cancel
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cartilage
1 use
a cartilage tear in the knee†
cartilage = tough elastic tissue found in such places as joints
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cede
1 use
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
1 use
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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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
3 uses
He was cut on the dorsal side of the thumb.†
dorsal = the back (spinal cord) side
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mutilate
2 uses
The murder mutilates his victims bodies before killing them.
mutilates = severely injures or damages
DefinitionGenerally mutilate means:
severely injure or damage — for example by cutting up
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myriad
1 use
The development creates a myriad of exciting possibilities.†
myriad = a very large number — often of things that are not identical
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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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placid
1 use
The sky is clear and the lake placid.
placid = 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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proprietor
2 uses
After 40 years of greeting guests in person, the proprietor is retiring.
proprietor = the owner of a business
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shoal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
run aground on a shoal
The rocks,  shoals, and currents make it a treacherous journey.
shoals = sandbanks or other stretches of shallow water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of shoal means:
an area of shallow water — especially a navigation hazard, and often caused by a deposit of sand (sandbank)
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spinal cord
1 use
Her spinal cord was partly severed, so that she is now paralyzed below the waist.†
spinal cord = nerve cells running from the base of the skull to the lower back and enclosed by vertebrae in adults
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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
The exact meaning of summon can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "summon to court" — officially demand that someone appear in court (call them to court)
  • "summon the team to a meeting" — call upon the team members to attend a meeting
  • "summon help" — call others to come and help
  • "summon her courage" — call forth her courage from within
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a wagon wallowed through the mud
The tractor wallowed through the mud.
wallowed = moved with difficulty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to move with difficulty; or perhaps just to move through water or in a rolling/wave-like manner
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waver
1 use
Through good times and bad her love for him has never wavered.
wavered = faltered (stopped being strong)
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
to move back and forth (shake or quiver)

or:

to change, be unsure, or weak
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