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adapt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
With the torches extinguished, I did not expect my eyes to adapt to the near-total darkness.†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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analysis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
analysis of relevant data
But we do know that there is an anomaly on Hyperion which they have not been able to factor into their predictive analyses.†
analyses = instances or results of detailed examinations

(editor's note:  This is the plural of analysis.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
the process or result of examining and thinking about something to better understand it
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atoll
1 use
Better one of the great sea-simoons blowing up out of the cold belly of the south, lashing before it the motile isles and their dolphin herders until they seek refuge in the lee of our atolls and stony peaks.
atolls = islands (that are made of circular coral reefs)
DefinitionGenerally atoll means:
an island made of a coral reef — often in the shape of a circle
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Big Brother
1 use
If our society ever opted for Orwell's Big Brother approach, the instrument of choice for oppression would have to be the credit wake.
Big Brother = (of an) organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
DefinitionGenerally Big Brother means:
a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
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clone
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
Can we clone it?
My arm and fist quivered with the anticipation of smashing his vat-cloned face.†
cloned = copied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of clone means:
to make a copy of something — especially a genetically identical copy created with technology
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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condescending
2 uses
he screamed at one little specialist who had made the mistake of being both smug and condescending to the patient's father.
condescending = treating others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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correspond   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
The cybrid was controlled by an AI nexus which corresponds to a security force.†
corresponds = connects or fits together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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2  —1 use as in:
a correspondence course
He went on a nine-day drunk, awoke in one of the deeper hive tunnels of Lusus with his military cornlog implant stolen-by someone who apparently had taken a correspondence course in surgery-his universal card and farcaster access revoked, and his head exploring new frontiers of pain.†
correspondence = done from afar
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descend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
descend the mountain
Descending the ancient staircase was far worse than clutching at vines on the cliff face above.†
descending = moving down
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
With all the powers of an AI at your disposal, you can't trace your cybrid's whereabouts and actions for a few days prior to your... accident?†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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factor
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
factor it into your thinking
They've promoted the Ultimate Intelligence Project as a way to avoid rash decisions, to delay until all variables can be factored.
factored = considered (for affect on a result or outcome)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of factor means:
include consideration of
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Knights Templar
71 uses
There were two very short crew clones and one very tall, hooded Templar with him in the windowless ovoid of a room.†
Templar = an order of medieval knights that existed for two centuries after the First Crusade who helped to protect Jerusalem and European pilgrims to Jerusalem
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migrate
11 uses
An Ouster migration cluster of at least four thousand... units... has been detected approaching the Hyperion system.†
migration = movement from one place to another

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally migrate means:
move from one place to another — sometimes seasonally
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
He was a historian and philosopher; any contribution he might make to the expedition's success would be minute, at best.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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mischievous
1 use
But now you are four years wiser and I am still the mischievous, unrepentant boy you remember.
mischievous = naughtily playful
DefinitionGenerally mischievous means:
playfully causing minor trouble; or describing the smile of someone doing so
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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passage
1 use
"In truth," he said, "the entire, evil charade made me think of nothing so much as a passage in a letter I wrote ... he wrote... to his brother George some time before his illness."†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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simulate
13 uses
By then Kassad had learned that the exercises were something more than mere simulations.†
simulations = things that are not real, bur are made to imitate or behave like other things

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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static
1 use
For all of our talk of expansion and pioneering spirit these past five centuries, we all know how stultified and static our human universe has become.
static = not moving or not changing

(editor's note:  Static is more commonly used in this book with other, better-known, meanings.)
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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theme
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
theme of the novel
A theme park then?†
theme park = an amusement park with one or more basic underlying ideas — such as the Magic Kingdom
DefinitionGenerally this sense of theme means:
a basic idea that underlies what is being said or done — especially in a literary or artistic work
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wallow
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a wagon wallowed through the mud
The Ginnie Paul wallowed like the broad-beamed matron she was.
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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 6
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