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The House of Hades

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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
On the other side, in the narrow path between the river and the cliffs, voices snarled, getting louder as they approached from upstream.†
approached = got nearer
From page 53.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5-8, p.53.1
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bronze
27 uses
1  —27 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
She'd taken to wearing the jagged bronze sword she'd recovered from Zethes the Boread, which was only slightly less intimidating than an assault rifle.†
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
From page 440.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-4, p.3.1
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chasm
17 uses
They'd been holding hands ever since they dropped into the chasm.†
chasm = a large gap or divide
From page 33.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally chasm means:
a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface; or (more rarely) any large gap

or:

a very large difference — often of opinion
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5-8, p.33.4
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demonstrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It demonstrates my point.
That was just a demonstration.†
demonstration = display (showing how something works)

(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.)
From page 211.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 25-28, p.211.4
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 10 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
His face was misty and indistinct, but Frank got the feeling the ghost was looking directly at him.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
From page 500.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20, p.129.6
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2  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
She'd also managed to direct the explosion of the icy sphere, so even though the ship had been pushed halfway across the Mediterranean, it had sustained relatively minor damage.†
direct = focus
From page 426.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 57-60, p.426.2
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
Lash your team to the prow and direct them toward Malta.†
direct = instruct
From page 437.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 57-60, p.437.2
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4  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
That stupid guy had been paroled briefly to serve as director at Camp Half-Blood.†
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
From page 102.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-16, p.102.9
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focus   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 23 uses
1  —18 uses as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
She had to make the maze more dangerous, more spectacular—make Pasiphae focus on the traps rather than the direction the Labyrinth was leading.†
focus = concentrate
From page 546.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1-4, p.12.8
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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
His focus narrowed to the ground in front of him.†
focus = place where attention is directed
From page 345.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 45-48, p.345.8
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3  —3 uses as in:
bring into focus; or out of focus
His vision was out of focus and tinted pink, like the world had been submerged in strawberry jelly.†
out of focus = in a state where something cannot be seen clearly
From page 76.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
a state where something has come into view or can be seen clearly

(Typically this is said of the appearance of an image or picture, but it can also be said of something that get's attention, or of an understanding that become clear.)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9-12, p.76.8
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4  —1 use as in:
The camera focuses automatically
He tried to focus. He was back in human form, retching and stumbling.†
focus = adjust vision to see clearly
From page 131.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20, p.131.4
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
He couldn't read the text, but it had lots of illustrations: scythes, different plants, a picture of the sun, a team of oxen pulling a cart.†
illustrations = pictures

(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.)
From page 93.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9-12, p.93.5
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mortal
29 uses
1  —29 uses as in:
mortal body
All her life, she'd heard about the Mist—the supernatural veil that obscured the world of myth from the sight of mortals.†
mortals = humans (especially merely humans) or people subject to death
From page 15.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book29 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-4, p.15.7
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
He was positive Calypso would strangle him on the spot, or order her invisible wind servants to chop him into a Leo purée.†
positive = certain
From page 395.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49-52, p.395.3
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prophecy
20 uses
He didn't think much of fates and prophecies, but he did believe i n one thing: Annabeth and he were supposed to be together.†
prophecies = predictions of the future
From page 101  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-16, p.101
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relevant
2 uses
He didn't see how any of this was relevant, but if their host could heal Hazel, Frank decided maybe it would be best not to make him angry.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
From page 135.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 17-20, p.135.9
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Titans
2 uses
TITANS, said the voice disdainfully.†
Titans = Greek mythology:  the giant-sized gods who ruled the Earth until overthrown by Zeus
From page 473  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-64, p.473
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
Only then does it yield rewards.†
yield = produce
From page 289.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 25-28, p.213.5
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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
YIELD!†
yield = surrender (give up)
From page 523.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 69-72, p.523.1
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