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abridge
3 uses
Hall opened his file. AUTOCLOCK TRANSCRIPT PROJECT: SCOOP VII LAUNCHDATE: ABRIDGED VERSION.
abridged = shortened; or reduced in scope while retaining essential elements
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
Such considerations were not so abstract and academic as they seemed at first.
abstract = unassociated with specific instances
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute pain
...operating-room facilities for acute emergencies.
acute = severe illness with a rapid onset
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (severe or strong) — usually negative
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Congress will appropriate funds
In a single year, Burton watched his grant appropriations jump from $6,000 a year to $300,000.
appropriations = money approved to spend

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to set aside for a particular use
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bacteria
68 uses
In fact, man lived in a sea of bacteria.
bacteria = microorganisms (living creatures so small it takes a microscope to see them)
DefinitionGenerally bacteria means:
microorganisms (living creatures so small it takes a microscope to see them) that can both cause disease and be beneficial. They are different and larger than viruses.
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benign
2 uses
It has apparently mutated to a benign form.
benign = harmless
DefinitionGenerally benign means:
kindly, mild, or harmless
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calibrate
1 use
He infused the radioactive tagging substance, a magnesium isotope, into the monkey and calibrated the scanner.
calibrated = finely adjusted
DefinitionGenerally calibrate means:
make fine adjustments or measurements; or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring;
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diligent
1 use
You needed your luck, and whatever benefits accrued to the diligent, through sheer, grinding hard work.
diligent = hard working
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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enzyme
20 uses
Each enzyme was like a single worker in a kitchen, doing just one thing.
enzyme = a complex protein that is produced by cells and acts as a chemical catalyst (causing a chemical reaction)
DefinitionGenerally enzyme means:
a substance that causes a chemical reaction

(typically a complex protein produced by living cells—which acts as a chemical catalyst without being changed)
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futile
1 use
He could not have known the futility of this action.
futility = uselessness (pointlessness)
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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imperious
1 use
His imperious manner ... did nothing to increase his popularity.
imperious = expectation of obedience (combined with arrogance)
DefinitionGenerally imperious means:
expecting obedience; or arrogant; or domineering
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innocuous
1 use
TO LEVEL II. It was an innocuous, straightforward, almost mundane sign. Hall had expected something more—perhaps a stern guard with a machine gun or a sentry to check passes.
innocuous = unlikely to disturb

(editor's note:  In this context, mundane means "lacking interest or excitement".)
DefinitionGenerally innocuous means:
unlikely to harm or disturb
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
Leavitt had pointed out that all men, no matter how scientifically objective, had several built-in biases when discussing life.
objective = fact-based and not influenced by personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Every time he tried to listen to the heart, the child shrieked, obscuring all heart sounds.
obscuring = making it hard to detect (in this case to hear)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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2  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
the forty volunteers each had died of obscure and horrible diseases no one had ever seen before.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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petulant
1 use
Burton was nervous, jumpy, petulant.
petulant = prone to be unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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redundant
1 use
Redundant sterilization procedures:
redundant = done a second time in a second way in case the first technique did not work
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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relevant
1 use
For their review of relevant chapters of the manuscript, and for their technical corrections and suggestions, I wish to thank...
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question

(editor's note:  In this case, he is referring to chapters that relate to the expertise of the people being thanked.)
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ubiquitous
1 use
Bacteria were ubiquitous.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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virulent
6 uses
Take up a harmless bacteria—such as the organism that causes pimples, or sore throats—-and bring it back in a new form, virulent and unexpected.
virulent = very bad
DefinitionGenerally virulent means:
of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious

or

harsh or hateful
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