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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract art
Tally remembered growing up surrounded by Sol's woodwork, abstract shapes fashioned from fallen branches she would collect from parks as a littlie.
abstract = not imitating objects of nature

(editor's note:  Littlie is a word used in Australia to refer to a young child.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
About three hundred years ago, some Rusty figured a way to engineer the species to adapt to wider conditions.
adapt = change to fit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
approached the city
When they reached the closest approach of the hoverpath to his parents' house, David jumped off and dashed down the slope.†
approach = getting near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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2  —2 uses as in:
use the best approach
The final approach began with a huge climb.†
approach = route (way to get somewhere)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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augment
2 uses
They augmented their diet with fish caught from the river, and Tally roasted a rabbit on a fire she'd built herself.
augmented = enlarged (in this case, what they could eat)
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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cacophony
3 uses
His harsh voice cut through the cacophony of the attack.
cacophony = loud noises
DefinitionGenerally cacophony means:
loud confusing disagreeable sounds
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chasm
7 uses
But her first problem was getting across the chasm.
chasm = deep hole
DefinitionGenerally chasm means:
a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface; or (more rarely) any large gap

or:

a very large difference — often of opinion
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
It was there in her dull, metal-gray eyes, a cold, terrible surety unlike anything a normal pretty could ever convey.†
convey = communicate or express
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dehydrated
6 uses
We can't make dehydrated food here, except fruit, and traveling with regular food is a total pain.
dehydrated = dried (by removing natural moisture)
DefinitionGenerally dehydrated means:
suffering from excessive loss of water from the body

or:

dried and/or preserved by removing natural moisture
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
She bent her knees, and her board started to descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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despise
11 uses
Four days later take the side you despise...
despise = dislike strongly and look down upon
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
She raced David halfway around the greenbelt, until the lights of the big hospital sat directly across the river from them.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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2  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
Shay giggled at Tally's heartfelt words, but she wrote them down as directed.†
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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diversion
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a diversion to draw troops away
"We just need a diversion," Tally said.
diversion = distraction
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diversion means:
a distraction — something that draws someone's attention so they don't notice something else
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dubious
2 uses
David sounded dubious.
dubious = doubtful
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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factor
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It was the deciding factor.
We ruled out blood type, gender, physical size, intelligence factors, genetic markers-nothing seemed to account for the negatives.†
factors = things that affect a result or outcome
DefinitionGenerally this sense of factor means:
something that affects a result or outcome
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species
6 uses
They crowd out every other species,
species = types of animals or plants
DefinitionGenerally species means:
a group of animals or plants that are similar — typically identified as a group because they can procreate together (reproduce new members of the group)
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
Somehow, they carried the authority of middle pretties without the firm jaw, the subtly lined eyes, or the elegant clothing.
subtly = slightly noticeable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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symmetry
3 uses
So the first thing the morpho software did was take each side of your face and double it, like holding a mirror right down the middle, creating two examples of perfect symmetry.
symmetry = exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing plane
DefinitionGenerally symmetry means:
balance among the parts of something

or more specifically:

having an exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
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white water
12 uses
Spray struck their faces as they hit the white water.
white water = frothy water (like in rapids)
DefinitionGenerally white water means:
frothy water — especially from rapids (water flowing rapidly downhill)
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