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Harrison Bergeron

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calibrate
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The picture showed the full length of Harrison against a background calibrated in feet and inches.
calibrated = divided into marked intervals to measure
DefinitionGenerally calibrate means:
make fine adjustments or measurements; or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring;
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collide
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The realization was blasted from his mind instantly by the sound of an automobile collision in his head.†
collision = the crashing of things with violent impact; or coming together into conflict

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally collide means:
crash together with violent impact; or come into conflict
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consternation
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Screams and barking cries of consternation came from the television set.†
consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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gambol
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They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced, capered, gamboled, and spun.†
gamboled = frolicked (skipped, jumped, and/or ran around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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grave
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Harrison and his Empress merely listened to the music for a while – listened gravely, as though synchronizing their heartbeats with it.†
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
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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hideous
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She must have been extraordinarily beautiful, because the mask she wore was hideous.†
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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impediment
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It wasn't clear at first as to what the bulletin was about, since the announcer, like all announcers, had a serious speech impediment.†
impediment = something that interferes with action or progress
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synchronous
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Harrison and his Empress merely listened to the music for a while – listened gravely, as though synchronizing their heartbeats with it.†
synchronizing = at the same time or in a coordinated sequence

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
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Thor
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He flung away his rubber–ball nose, revealed a man that would have awed Thor, the god of thunder.†
Thor = Norse mythology:  god of thunder; pictured as wielding a hammer
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vigilant
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All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.†
vigilance = careful watch
DefinitionGenerally vigilant means:
carefully observant or attentive — often to possible danger
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