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The Old Man and the Sea

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altitude
1 use
the great chest fin that rose high in the air to the altitude of the man.
altitude = height (elevation)

(editor's note:  This is a very unusual use of the word altitude. Usually it is used to describe height in the context of something like a mountain or a jet—rather than the height of a man.)
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 myriad flecks of the plankton were annulled now by the high sun and it was only the great deep prisms in the blue water that the old man saw now with his lines.
annulled = ended or made ineffective (their dim light could no longer be seen)
DefinitionGenerally annul means:
declare invalid; or end or cancel
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cartilage
1 use
he drove the blade between the vertebrae and the brain. It was an easy shot now and he felt the cartilage sever.
cartilage = tough elastic tissue found in such places as joints
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cede
1 use
He was ceding line but more slowly all he time.
ceding = giving up
DefinitionGenerally cede means:
to relinquish or give something up to another — especially after a contest
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coagulate
1 use
But it coagulated and dried before it reached his chin
coagulated = of blood: thickened (eventually becoming a scab)
DefinitionGenerally coagulate means:
change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
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comprehend
1 use
He is much fish still and I saw that the hook was in the corner of his mouth and he has kept his mouth tight shut. The punishment of the hook is nothing. The punishment of hunger, and that he is against something that he does not comprehend, is everything.
comprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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detach
1 use
the fish eye looked as detached as the mirrors in a periscope
detached = separated (in this case, from the head)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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dorsal
3 uses
he swam fast, just under the surface with his high dorsal fin knifing through the water without wavering.
dorsal = back (indicating the fin that is on the back)
DefinitionGenerally dorsal means:
the back (spinal cord) side
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mutilate
2 uses
He did not like to look at the fish anymore since he had been mutilated. When the fish had been hit it was as though he himself were hit.
mutilated = disfigured (severely damaged)
DefinitionGenerally mutilate means:
severely injure or damage — for example by cutting up
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myriad
1 use
The myriad flecks of the plankton were annulled now by the high sun and...
myriad = many (and slightly different)
DefinitionGenerally myriad means:
a very large number — often of things that are not identical
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mystic
1 use
He had no mysticism about turtles
mysticism = belief in realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience
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
I never had anything wrong with my heel except the time the sting ray stung it when I stepped on him when swimming and paralyzed the lower leg and made the unbearable pain.
paralyzed = made incapable of movement
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
On each calm placid turn the fish made he was gaining line and he was sure that in two turns he would have a chance to get the harpoon in.
placid = calm
DefinitionGenerally placid means:
calm and not easily excited
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plankton
3 uses
...and he was happy to see so much plankton because it meant fish.
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
The proprietor said "There has never been such a fish."
proprietor = owner of the business
DefinitionGenerally proprietor means:
the owner of a business
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shoal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
run aground on a shoal
dark as a shoal in the blue water that was more than a mile deep
shoal = shallower part
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
The line showed clearly on the top of his brown head and back where the brain joined the spinal cord and the old man drove the knife on the oar into the juncture,
spinal cord = nerve cells running from the base of the brain to the lower back in vertebrates
DefinitionGenerally spinal cord means:
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
with all his strength, and more strength he had just summoned,
summoned = called forth; or 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
But the fish did not come. Instead he lay there wallowing now in the seas and the old man pulled the skiff up onto him.
wallowing = moving with difficulty (perhaps rolling with the waves, unable to move itself)
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
he swam fast, just under the surface with his high dorsal fin knifing through he water without wavering.
wavering = moving back and forth
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
to move back and forth (shake or quiver)

or:

to change, be unsure, or weak
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