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grave
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This made a grave and persistent noise in the still air, that seemed meditative like the chirping of a solitary little bird.†
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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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
She inclined her head...
inclined = bent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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limber
1 use
Under her small black-freckled hand her cane, limber as a buggy whip, would switch at the brush as if to rouse up any hiding things.†
limber = make flexible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of limber means:
of a person's body:  flexible (capable of moving, bending, and stretching easily)

or:

readily adaptable — especially of someone's mind
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obstinate
1 use
But it's an obstinate case.†
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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persistent
1 use
This made a grave and persistent noise in the still air, that seemed meditative like the chirping of a solitary little bird.†
persistent = continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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ravine
1 use
In a ravine she went where a spring was silently flowing through a hollow log.†
ravine = a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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solemn
1 use
But Phoenix only waited and stared straight ahead, her face very solemn and withdrawn into rigidity.†
solemn = very serious—possibly dignified
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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utter
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
utter stupidity
"No, sir, I seen plenty go off closer by, in my day, and for less than what I done," she said, holding utterly still.†
utterly = completely or totally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
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Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
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wither
1 use
Big dead trees, like black men with one arm, were standing in the purple stalks of the withered cotton field.†
withered = shriveled (wrinkled) or weakened
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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