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A Perfect Day for Bananafish

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accentuate
1 use
With her little lacquer brush, while the phone was ringing, she went over the nail of her little finger, accentuating the line of the moon.
accentuating = emphasizing
DefinitionGenerally accentuate means:
to emphasize or draw attention to — possibly to emphasize by increasing
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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cumbersome
1 use
He picked up the slimy wet, cumbersome float and put it under his arm.
cumbersome = difficult to handle
DefinitionGenerally cumbersome means:
difficult to handle — especially because of size or shape or weight

or:

not elegant or graceful in expression
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate wink
She picked up an ordinary beach shell and looked at it with elaborate interest.
elaborate = exaggerated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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pavilion
1 use
Set loose, Sybil immediately ran down to the flat part of the beach and began to walk in the direction of Fisherman's Pavilion.
pavilion = a large structure separate from a main structure or temporary
DefinitionGenerally pavilion means:
a large structure separate from a main structure
in various senses, including:
  • a large roofed structure without walls — often found in parks
  • a temporary structure — such as a large tent to house exhibits at a fair, to provide sports facilities, or to put on a show
  • a section of a large hospital or office complex adjacent to other parts
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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protrude
1 use
Sybil stared at him, then looked down at her protruding stomach.
protruding = sticking out
DefinitionGenerally protrude means:
to stick out from
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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resume
1 use
"Whirly Wood, Connecticut," she said, and resumed walking, stomach foremost.
resumed = began again
DefinitionGenerally resume means:
begin or take on again
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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