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Jurassic Park

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accommodate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
hotel accommodations
First, Jurassic Park has all the problems of any amusement park-ride maintenance, queue control, transportation, food handling, living accommodations, trash disposal, security.
accommodations = space to stay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodations means:
space or lodgings — such as a hotel room or office space
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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
Alan Grant was one of the principal advocates of the theory that dinosaurs were warm-blooded.†
advocates = public supporters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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1st useChapter 17
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approach   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 13 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
approached the city
If he stayed north of the main complex of buildings, he could approach the maintenance shed from the rear.†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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1st useChapter 22
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
He tried another approach.†
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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1st useChapter 33
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3  —4 uses as in:
approached her with the proposal
But later, when he was approached by Lewis Dodgson at Biosyn, Nedry was ready to listen.†
approached = engaged in conversation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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1st useChapter 1
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continuous
7 uses
Plants grew, moved, twisted, and turned, fighting for the sun; and they interacted continuously with animals—discouraging some with bark and thorns; poisoning others, and feeding still others to advance their own reproduction, to spread their pollen and seeds.
continuously = continuing in time or space without interruption or irregularity
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1st useChapter 7
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The voice was saying, "-easygoing monsters from a bygone world stand in sharp contrast to what we will see next."†
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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1st useChapter 42
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
And it was a peculiar situation that Wu was trying to convey.†
convey = communicate or express
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DNA
98 uses
With each passing year, the manipulation of DNA had grown easier.
DNA = deoxyribonucleic acid (the molecule that contains the genetic code)
DefinitionGenerally DNA means:
cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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1st useChapter 1
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
Ever since Newton and Descartes, science has explicitly offered us the vision of total control.†
explicitly = clearly and specifically
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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1st useChapter 43
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foliage
39 uses
The river was almost enclosed by dense foliage on both sides.
foliage = plant leaves
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1st useChapter 14
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
There were terpenes, which plants spread to poison the soil around them and inhibit competitors; alkaloids, which made them unpalatable to insects and predators (and children); and pheromones, used for communication.
inhibit = keep from developing or limit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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1st useChapter 15
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
The basic idea of science-that there was a new way to look at reality, that it was objective, that it did not depend on your beliefs or your nationality, that it was rational-that idea was fresh and exciting back then.
objective = fact-based and not influenced by personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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paradigm
9 uses
Paradigm shifts were said to occur whenever science made a major change in its view of the world.
paradigm = conceptual model
DefinitionGenerally paradigm means:
a conceptual model; or a standard example
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1st useChapter 48
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perspective
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Keep it in perspective
"Let's keep it in perspective," Hammond said.†
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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1st useChapter 5
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phenomenon
7 uses
But the phenomenon happens to be particularly well documented in frogs.†
phenomenon = something that exists and is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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1st useChapter 16
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redundant
2 uses
And whenever we faced a critical matter such as this, we designed redundant systems. ... In this case, there are two independent reasons why the animals can't breed.
redundant = having an extra component designed to work if the main one fails
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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relevant
1 use
paleontology, the study of extinct life, had in recent years taken on an unexpected relevance to the modern world.
relevance = significance
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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1st useChapter 5
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virulent
3 uses
The vaccine consisted of live rabies virus, genetically modified to be nonvirulent.
nonvirulent = not dangerous

(Editor's note:  The prefix "non-" in nonvirulent means not and reverses the meaning of virulent. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.)
DefinitionGenerally virulent means:
of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious

or

harsh or hateful
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
As you can imagine, a twenty percent yield is insufficient for our work.†
yield = amount produced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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