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abundant
11 uses
I caught nothing the whole day, not even in the late afternoon, when marine life appeared in abundance.
abundance = large amount or quantity
DefinitionGenerally abundant means:
present in great quantity
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Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-4
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
I would like to add a third, to wit, the rapid and direct approach of a known killer.†
approach = getting near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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Book3 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41-44
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
I decided on a more direct 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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 69-72
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buoyant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
buoyant force or market
In fact, the buoyancy of the life jackets was such that they...
buoyancy = tendency to float
DefinitionGenerally this sense of buoyant means:
tending to float or rise; or making other things float
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53-56
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a direct consequence of
There were sharks too; they also leapt out of the water, not so cleanly but with devastating consequence for some dorados.†
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book1 use
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 61-64
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
People have a notion that animals can eat anything without the least consequence to their health.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5-8
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contrast
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The weird contrast between the bright, striped, living orange of his coat and the inert white of the boat's hull was incredibly compelling.
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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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useA.N.
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copious
1 use
I always made sure I was there before him, copiously marking my territory with urine so that he didn't forget who was who and what was whose.
copiously = abundant (large in quantity)
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 89-92
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
for everything has a trace of the divine in it.
divine = coming from the gods; or god-like
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20
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2  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
Those were drooling epileptic fits brought on by the swaying of his camel, not divine revelation.
divine = to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-24
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Hinduism
36 uses
...the Bank of Karma, where the liberation account of each of us is credited or debited depending on our actions. This, in a holy nutshell, is Hinduism,
Hinduism = the third most common religion; polytheistic (many gods) with most adherents in India
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Book36 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-16
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illustrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Each to him was a triumph of logic and mechanics, and nature as a whole was an exceptionally fine illustration of science.†
illustration = something that helps clarify or demonstrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 5-8
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2  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
I suspect she suspected that I had a different take on the matter, but she never said anything when as a child I devoured the comic books of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and an illustrated children's Bible and other stories of the gods.†
illustrated = accompanied by drawings
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-24
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imam
15 uses
The imam and the priest nodded.
imam = a Muslim leader
DefinitionGenerally imam means:
Islam:  the man who leads prayers in a mosque

or for Shiites:  a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law, and is a spiritual guide
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Book15 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20
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Krishna
16 uses
And in his wisdom and perfect love, Lord Krishna led me to meet one man.
Krishna = important Hindu god incarnated as a handsome young man playing a flute
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Krishna means:
8th and most important avatar of Vishnu; incarnated as a handsome young man playing a flute
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Book16 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-16
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
All hurt and frustration fell away and I positively blazed with joy.†
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book4 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29-32
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
I assigned this tension to the new environment of the island; any change, even positive, will make an animal tense.†
positive = good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 89-92
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sloth
18 uses
As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.
sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
DefinitionGenerally sloth means:
laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)

or:

a type of animal that seldom moves and is typically very slow when it does move
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Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-4
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unremitting
3 uses
It was a building unremittingly unrevealing of what it held inside, with thick, featureless walls pale blue in colour and high, narrow windows impossible to look in through.
unremittingly = continuing without a break
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20
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yield
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
Because of the gnawing feeling that no matter how hard they work their efforts will yield nothing, that what they build up in one year will be torn down in one day by others.†
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 29-32
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