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anatomy
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Over millions of years, the bird has developed an anatomy that enables it to fly.
anatomy = body structure
DefinitionGenerally anatomy means:
the medical study of the structure of the body — as in "to study anatomy"

or more rarely:  the structure of a body — as in "a part of the anatomy"

or still more rarely:  any detailed analysis — as in "anatomy of the disaster"
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1st useChapter 17
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apparent
1 use
She talked about the way spring made the world burst into life after months of apparent death.
apparent = seeming (appearing as such)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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1st useChapter 38
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ascend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
We ascended three stairways, passed three landings.
ascended = climbed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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1st useChapter 13
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beckon
2 uses
She grinned and beckoned me over the wall when she saw me standing there.
beckoned = called (to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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derelict
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
derelict ship
We should never have come to this stinking derelict place.
derelict = in terrible condition
DefinitionGenerally this sense of derelict means:
in terrible condition and/or abandoned
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
Do you believe we're descended from apes?
descended = evolved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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1st useChapter 15
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
Sometimes she gave up in despair and she just lay weeping in the pitch darkness.
despair = hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 38
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dismay
1 use
The little ones spend the day
In sighing and dismay.
dismay = to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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1st useChapter 16
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flexible
2 uses
I touched the baby's shoulder blades, felt how tiny and flexible they were.
flexible = bendable
DefinitionGenerally flexible means:
bendable or adaptable
in various senses, including:
  • easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of a hose or gymnast
  • able to adjust readily to different conditions — as of a plan
  • willing to make concessions — as of a negotiator or a boss
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1st useChapter 10
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hobbled
1 use
She hobbled away, singing "Lord of the Dance" to herself.
hobbled = walked with difficulty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hobbled means:
walked with difficulty (due to injury or physical impediment)

or:

hindered (made the action or progress of something difficult)
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1st useChapter 25
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inflexible
2 uses
"It is linked to another process," she said, "by which the mind too, becomes inflexible."
inflexible = not flexible (not adaptable)
DefinitionGenerally inflexible means:
not bendable or adaptable
in various senses, including:
  • not willing to compromise or make concessions — as when a boss says "Do it my way or you're fired."
  • not able to adjust well to different conditions — as of a schedule that cannot be changed
  • not easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of brittle steel or person with stiff joints
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1st useChapter 20
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
We believe that schools inhibit the natural curiosity, creativity, and intelligence of children.
inhibit = keep from developing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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1st useChapter 15
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nettle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
beware of nettles near the river
There were just nettles and thistles and weeds and half-bricks and lumps of stone.
nettles = a type of plant that often has fine irritating hairs
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nettle means:
a type of plant with stinging or irritating hairs
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oblivious
1 use
I wanted to be all alone in an attic like Skellig, with just the owls and the moonlight and an oblivious heart.
oblivious = unaware
DefinitionGenerally oblivious means:
unaware of
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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ossified
1 use
This process is ossification.
ossification = the process of becoming rigid and inflexible

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally ossified means:
of ideas:  rigid and inflexible

of body tissue:  hardened into bone
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1st useChapter 20
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plunder
1 use
They'll dream about vicious children plundering the nest.
plundering = stealing from
DefinitionGenerally plunder means:
to steal — often after conquering the location with the goods

or:

the goods stolen
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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protrude
1 use
She leaned over and drew a skinny black tongue protruding from Coot's mouth.
protruding = sticking out
DefinitionGenerally protrude means:
to stick out from
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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recoil
1 use
"Gotcha," he said, and his hand recoiled like he'd fired.
recoiled = moved back suddenly
DefinitionGenerally recoil means:
to move backward suddenly (sometimes figuratively)
especially:
  • the backward jerk of a gun or cannon when it is fired
  • when a person flinches (suddenly draws back) from someone or something, as with fear, disgust, or pain
  • when a person is emotionally repulsed, as by disgust
  • when something intended to go in one direction figuratively falls back in the opposite direction; for example, a story told to hurt someone that comes back to hurt the teller
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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remnant
1 use
It was long after dusk when Mina and I went out with the remnants of 27 and 53 and a bottle of brown ale in a paper bag.
remnants = small amounts that remains after the rest is gone
DefinitionGenerally remnant means:
a small amount that remains after the rest is gone — sometimes specifically of cloth
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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transparent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
transparent shower door
Transparent, ghostly, hardly visible, but there they were.
transparent = easily seen through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of transparent means:
able to be seen through with clarity
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 41
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