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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
Of all people, why had the captain chosen Lunardi to accompany me?
accompany = travel with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14.
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altitude
10 uses
"Tell me," Kate asked, "at what altitude does the Aurora sail?"
altitude = elevation (height above sea level)
DefinitionGenerally altitude means:
elevation (height) — typically above sea level or above the earth's surface

or:

(metaphorically) a desirable height
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.
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atoll
1 use
This region isn't very well charted, but there are countless little coral atolls dotting the ocean.
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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16.
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benevolent
2 uses
Szpirglas smiled benevolently.
benevolently = with kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8.
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capricious
1 use
Winds are capricious all through there
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.
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collide
7 uses
As we turned and climbed, she turned and climbed with us, keeping herself on a collision course.
collision = to crash together with violent impact

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally collide means:
crash together with violent impact; or come into conflict
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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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conjure
4 uses
It was strange the way I felt about
him: connected was the only word I could conjure up.
conjure = think of (summon into action from his mind)
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11.
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contrite
1 use
Kate looked at the sand, contrite, and I almost regretted my sharpness.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8.
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foliage
12 uses
I felt absurd hiking through the ferns and foliage hefting a carpetbag with a rose pattern on the outside.
foliage = plant leaves
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.
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grave
4 uses
She nodded gravely. "He was in a lot of pain, and he still kept going. I don't like thinking about it."
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9.
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guile
1 use
His eyes were as wide and guileless as those of his boy.
guileless = innocent — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in guileless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16.
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imply
2 uses
I guess technically it's not really a desert island. That would imply very little flora or fauna, which is obviously not the case here.
imply = suggest (say indirectly) (in this case, because of the meaning of desert)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 8.
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indignant
5 uses
"I've heard there's one group already writing a paper claiming the whole thing's a hoax."

"How could they?" I asked indignantly.
indignantly = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11.
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infirmary
10 uses
Anyway, we got him inside and took him to the infirmary, and the doctor tended to him.
infirmary = a small facility where patients receive treatment
DefinitionGenerally infirmary means:
a small facility where patients receive treatment — such as a room or two at a school as contrasted to a busy hospital or medical clinic
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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nimble
7 uses
Tall gleaming black boots stepped nimbly down the rungs.
nimbly = moving quickly with coordination and balance
DefinitionGenerally nimble means:
quick and agile  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking

(someone who is agile does things easily)
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.
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ominous
3 uses
Then Vlad had reached over to his block of big cutting knives and started laying them ominously out on the counter, arranged by size.
ominously = suggestive of bad things to come
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.
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relevant
1 use
He would never have divulged the contents of another captain's log to any but the relevant officers and authorities.
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question (in this case, those who needed the information and had the right to know)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 5.
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reproach
3 uses
She stared down at me, silently reproachful.
reproachful = full of criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 13.
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
After the rigors of last night a bit of sleep might have been in order.
rigors = difficulties (things that are difficult and demanding)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rigorous means:
difficult and demanding
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 10.
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volatile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a volatile situation
"Watch out for that one," Baz had told me on my very first day, three years ago. "Chef Vlad, he's volatile."
volatile = emotionally explosive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of volatile means:
quick to change; or emotionally explosive
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.
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