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analytical
2 uses
Humphrey Van Weyden, "the cold-blooded fish," the "emotionless monster," the "analytical demon," of Charley Furuseth's christening, in love!†
analytical = relating to logical examination to improve understanding
DefinitionGenerally analytical means:
relating to logical and systematic examination of something to better understand it — often implying some kind of quantitative analysis
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1st useChapter 23
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apprehensive
5 uses
From time to time they stole glances at Wolf Larsen, and I could see that they were apprehensive of the man.†
apprehensive = nervous or worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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1st useChapter 25
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attain
5 uses
For he has what they have not—purpose, something to do and be done, an all-absorbing end to strive to attain, the desire to kill me, the hope that he may kill me.†
attain = gain or reach something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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1st useChapter 11
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cease
30 uses
As we drew nearer, the firing ceased, and we saw that the fight was over.
ceased = stopped
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book30 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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compel
27 uses
The cabin was small, to begin with, and to move around, as I was compelled to, was not made easier by the schooner's violent pitching and wallowing.†
compelled = forced; or (more rarely) convinced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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1st useChapter 4
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
She was in striking contrast to Wolf Larsen.†
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
do not despair
But I no longer despaired in the old way.†
despaired = lost hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 36
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...humming coster songs in a nerve-racking and discordant falsetto.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
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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1st useChapter 6
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endeavor
12 uses
Thus we landed on Endeavour Island, as we came to it, land-sick from long custom of the sea.†
endeavour = to attempt; or a project or activity attempted

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use endeavor.)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 28
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Then speech would suddenly desert him, in the middle of a sentence perhaps, and for hours, sometimes, we would wait for the connection to be re-established.†
re-established = restored

(Editor's note:  The prefix "re-" in re-established means again. This is the same pattern you see in words like reconsider, rearrange, and regenerate.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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grave
3 uses
She was in very good spirits, however, and made quite merry in accepting our plight as a grave one.†
grave = serious and solemn
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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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 37
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melancholy
8 uses
This loneliness is bad enough in itself, but, to make it worse, he is oppressed by the primal melancholy of the race.†
melancholy = a sad feeling or manner
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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1st useChapter 10
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placid
7 uses
For an immeasurable period, lapped in the rippling of placid centuries, I enjoyed and pondered my tremendous flight.†
placid = calm and not easily excited
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1st useChapter 14
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precede
1 use
The five boats went over the side with a rush, spread out like the ribs of a fan, and set a northerly course, as on the preceding afternoon, for us to follow.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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1st useChapter 25
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rectify
1 use
Again Maud rectified the twist with the watch-tackle, and again she lowered away from the windlass.
rectified = fixed or corrected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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1st useChapter 37
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retort
10 uses
"I am not afraid," the sailor retorted, a slight angry flush rising through his sunburn.†
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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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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taut
7 uses
The halyards became instantly taut.†
taut = pulled or drawn tight;
or: subjected to great tension
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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whimsical
6 uses
He greeted me with one of his whimsical smiles.†
whimsical = playful, amusing, or impulsive rather than seriously rational
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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wrath
10 uses
The dark sun-bronze of his face went black with wrath, his eyes were ablaze.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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writhe
9 uses
He wrenched and writhed about convulsively.†
writhed = moved in a twisting or contorted motion
DefinitionGenerally writhe means:
to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
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1st useChapter 26
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