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anguish
1 use
There was anguish in her eyes as I told of the great struggle in the cave, the loss of her baby, the disappearance of Lak.
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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assess
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
assess the situation
He kept casting his eyes across me, staring at me, assessing me.
assessing = considering and judging
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assess means:
consider something and make a judgment
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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collide
1 use
I read about the great convulsions of the earth, of the continents shifting away from each other, colliding with each other.
colliding = crashing together with violent impact
DefinitionGenerally collide means:
crash together with violent impact; or come into conflict
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condensation
1 use
Condensation streamed down the windows.
condensation = water formed from water vapor
DefinitionGenerally condensation means:
water that forms from warm air that comes in contact with a cold surface — such as the outside of a glass of ice water; or the process of the liquid forming

or:

an abridgement (shortened version of writing)

or:

anything made smaller, more compressed
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cower
3 uses
The boy cowered, covered his face.
cowered = showed 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
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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cunning
1 use
He gave thanks to the gods for the cunning and strength that had caused him to defeat such an adversary.
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
He descended through the dark with her.
descended = moved downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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distort
2 uses
I looked out of the window, saw Askew far out there, heading away, distorted by the water on the pane.
distorted = altered in an unnatural way
DefinitionGenerally distort means:
to alter something in an unnatural or untrue way
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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entangled
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
entangled in the branches
Stone and soil and the roots of heather and shrubs all entangled.
entangled = twisted together into a confusing mass
DefinitionGenerally this sense of entangled means:
caught in

or:

twisted together into a confusing mass
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fissure
1 use
Ice was everywhere, in the valleys, in the cracks of stones, in fissures of the rock, in his hair, in his eyebrows.
fissures = long narrow cracks
DefinitionGenerally fissure means:
a long, narrow crack; or its creation — especially in the ground or in rock

or:

a crack in the unity of a group; or its creation
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gist
1 use
They tried to keep the tale of Askew's den from Grandpa, but he got the gist of it.
gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter
DefinitionGenerally gist means:
the main point(s) of a more detailed matter

or:

law:  the grounds for a legal action
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
But I simply fail to see the relevance of the subject to a person of my inclinations and ambitions.
inclinations = tendencies (attitudes favoring)

(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 inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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luminous
1 use
The moon shed its light onto the wilderness as we walked to school. ... It made snow luminous.
luminous = glow or shine
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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niche
1 use
Candles burned in niches in the walls.
niches = shallow recessed shelves
DefinitionGenerally niche means:
a smaller market within a larger market — such as the market for scissors designed for people who are left-handed

or:

a role for which someone is especially well-suited

or:

a shallow recess, cranny or crevice
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
We raised our eyes and saw them there, half obscured by the smoke, half hidden by the dark:
obscured = hidden (made less visible)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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ponder
8 uses
I lifted my pen and pondered.
pondered = thought deeply or carefully
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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relevant
1 use
But I simply fail to see the relevance of the subject to a person of my inclinations and ambitions.
relevance = importance (meaningful relation to the issue in question)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen mood
But I stood there sullen and silent with my eyes downcast,
sullen = showing a gloomy or bad mood

(editor's note:  This book also uses a less common sense of sullen when it says "birds in a sullen sky." In that instance the word means gloomy or dark.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
Old people walked tentatively, took careful steps, used rubber-tipped sticks to keep them safe.
tentatively = in an unsure manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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wizened
1 use
He wore a necklace of coal fragments, wizened hawthorn berries, rabbit bones, a tiny animal skull.
wizened = dried and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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