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bound   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 13 uses
1  —1 use as in:
south-bound lanes
[of Kotick the seal] That very minute he turned north, swimming steadily, and as he went on he met scores of his mates, all bound for the same place, and they said: "Greeting, Kotick!"
bound = traveling (to a specific location)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
traveling in a particular direction or to a specific location
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7.
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2  —2 uses as in:
bound together
Kala Nag stood ten fair feet at the shoulders, and his tusks had been cut off short at five feet, and bound round the ends, to prevent them splitting, with bands of copper;
bound = wrapped or tied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The pages of the book are bound with glue." — held together physically
  • "The book is bound in leather." — wrapped or covered
  • "The United States and England are bound together by a common language." — connected or united (tied together metaphorically)
  • "She cleaned the wound and bound it with fresh bandages." — wrapped
  • "She is wheelchair-bound." — connected (moves with a wheelchair because she is unable to walk)
  • "The jacket has bound buttonholes." — edges wrapped by fabric or trim rather than stitches
  • "She's the one in the bound-edge hat." — where the edge of the hat is wrapped in a decorative material.
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7.
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3  —1 use as in:
out of bounds; bounded on the east
Shere Khan was always crossing his path in the jungle, for as Akela grew older and feebler the lame tiger had come to be great friends with the younger wolves of the Pack, who followed him for scraps, a thing Akela would never have allowed if he had dared to push his authority to the proper bounds.
bounds = limits (or boundaries)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
a boundary or limit
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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4  —9 uses as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
He made his bound before he saw what it was he was jumping at, and then he tried to stop himself.
bound = leap
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.
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clamor
4 uses
Now that all the seals and their wives were on the land, you could hear their clamor miles out to sea above the loudest gales.
clamor = loud voices
DefinitionGenerally clamor means:
loud noise and/or persistent demands — especially from human voice
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
  "What I want to know," said the young mule, who had been quiet for a long time—"what I want to know is, why we have to fight at all."
  "Because we're told to," said the troop-horse, with a snort of contempt.
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.
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cower
4 uses
Mowgli thrust his dead branch into the fire till the twigs lit and crackled, and whirled it above his head among the cowering wolves.
cowering = showing fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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cultivate
2 uses
He would go down the hillside into the cultivated lands by night, and look very curiously at the villagers in their huts,
cultivated = where crops are gown
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.
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cunning
7 uses
All the Jungle-People admire us for our skill and our cunning.
cunning = cleverness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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despise
3 uses
Kaa was not a poison snake—in fact he rather despised the poison snakes as cowards—but his strength lay in his hug, and when he had once lapped his huge coils round anybody there was no more to be said.
despised = disliked strongly and looked down upon
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
their border dispute
Now, the Law of the Jungle lays down that if there is any dispute as to the right of a cub to be accepted by the Pack, he must be spoken for by at least two members of the Pack who are not his father and mother.
dispute = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
(every ruin in India becomes sooner or later a dwelling place of snakes, and the old summerhouse was alive with cobras)
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.
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grave
3 uses
Mother Wolf threw herself down panting among the cubs, and Father Wolf said to her gravely:  "Shere Khan speaks this much truth. The cub must be shown to the Pack."
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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.
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inclined
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
Do you gentlemen of the screw-gun battery feel inclined to eat when you are being fired at with big guns, and Two Tails is behind you?
inclined = in the mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13.
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ravine
24 uses
...what Mowgli looked at was the sides of the ravine, and he saw with a great deal of satisfaction that they ran nearly straight up and down, while the vines and creepers that hung over them would give no foothold to a tiger who wanted to get out.
ravine = a deep, narrow, steep-sided valley
DefinitionGenerally ravine means:
a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Mowgli, who was very much ashamed of himself, slept between the Panther and the Bear, resolving to have no more to do with the Monkey People.
resolving = deciding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.
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scorn
3 uses
"Do you think a snake-killer kills muskrats?" said Rikki-tikki scornfully.
scornfully = in a disdainful manner (as though too good to do such work)
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.
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shoal
4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
run aground on a shoal
Away to the northward, out to sea, ran a line of bars and shoals and rocks that would never let a ship come within six miles of the beach,
shoals = stretches of shallow water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of shoal means:
an area of shallow water — especially a navigation hazard, and often caused by a deposit of sand (sandbank)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7.
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
sullen
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a sullen mood
"I did not know these things," said Mowgli sullenly, and he frowned under his heavy black eyebrows.
sullenly = in a gloomy manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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twilight
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
...and now and again the tiger carried off a man at twilight, within sight of the village gates.
twilight = the time of day between daylight and darkness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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