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The Thundering Herd

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abundant
9 uses
Fresh green grass grew abundantly on the banks and insured reasonably against the horses' straying that night.†
abundantly = with great quantity
DefinitionGenerally abundant means:
present in great quantity
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Book9 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
According to rumor some of them were as bad as the Comanches.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book13 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
He had done so, adding of his own accord an improvised sun shade of canvas.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
It wore on her, ever flinging at her the attributes of the prairie openness, a windy vastness, empty of sound, movement, the abode of solitude, the abode of loneliness.†
attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
But in Tom's morbid mind he attributed vastly more to this strange thunder, which was not the trampling thunder of their hoofs.†
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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augment
9 uses
From the camp-fire talk Milly gathered that both the number of buffalo and of hunters were augmenting.†
augmenting = enlarging or increasing
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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continuous
11 uses
But this was one long continuous roll.†
continuous = continuing in time or space without interruption or irregularity
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Book11 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...the crack of  Winchesters had the discordance of a nightmare.
discordance = bad sound
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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discretion
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It is within her discretion.
Tom saw that he could sell or trade at his discretion, and so for the time was well pleased.
discretion = authority to use his judgment to make a decision
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
the right to make a decision (and perhaps accompanying good judgment)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Hudnall's outfit fell in with the thick of the buffalo-hunters, many of whom had been a year at the game. They were established in name and manifestly proud of that fact. "Raffert's, Bill Stark's," ... and many other names became household words in the Hudnall camp.†
established = familiar (well-known)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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manifest
31 uses
1  —31 uses as in:
manifest destiny
...such greed and selfishness as was manifested by some of the hunters.
manifested = made obvious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book31 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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monotonous
8 uses
Below the uplands, where the plain began, herds of buffalo dotted the patches and streaked the monotony of the gray vastness.†
monotony = lack of variety
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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novel
2 uses
It was novel, strange, somehow exhilarating, and yet disturbing.†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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omit
3 uses
At the camp fire which Tom replenished, Dunn recounted to Hudnall and Pilchuck the same news he had told Tom, except that he omitted comment on the presence of the women.†
omitted = to exclude or neglect something
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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passage
1 use
Tom was strongly stirred by the remarks credited to General Sheridan, and he took the news-paper to the Hudnalls and read the passage: "These buffalo-hunters have done more in the last year to settle the Indian trouble than the entire regular army has done in thirty years.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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precede
2 uses
Then she faced a long aisle where her own shadow preceded her.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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proclivity
1 use
Likewise it roused his latent sentimental proclivities.
proclivities = tendencies
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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retort
12 uses
"Dunn, I won't do anythin' of the kind," retorted Hudnall, bluntly.†
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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somber
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a somber mood
His working, fiercely malignant visage as suddenly set somberly.†
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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yield
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
yield to pressure
What 're you expecting?" queried Tom, yielding to curiosity.†
yielding = giving in, giving up, or giving way (easily moved or soft)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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