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recede
used in The War of the Worlds

9 uses
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Definition
to move away or diminish (become less)
The exact meaning of recede depends upon its context. For example:
  • "We can't move back in until the floodwaters recede." — diminish and move away
  • "Her fear receded." — diminished
  • "The waves first advance and then recede." — move away
  • "The news story receded into the background as it was replaced by new stories." — received diminished attention
  • "a receding hairline" — diminished hair (each year the line where hair stops growing is higher)
  • As I watched, the planet seemed to grow larger and smaller and to advance and recede, but that was simply that my eye was tired.
    1.1 — Book 1 Chapter 1 — The Coming of the Martians (63% in)
  • I have a dim memory of the foot of a Martian coming down within a score of yards of my head, driving straight into the loose gravel, whirling it this way and that and lifting again; of a long suspense, and then of the four carrying the debris of their comrade between them, now clear and then presently faint through a veil of smoke, receding interminably, as it seemed to me, across a vast space of river and meadow.
    1.12 — Book 1 Chapter 12 — What I Saw of the Destruction of.... (99% in)
  • The figure of the Martian grew smaller as he receded, and presently the mist and the gathering night had swallowed him up.
    1.15 — Book 1 Chapter 15 — What Happened in Surrey (49% in)
  • Partly stunned, he found himself facing the man who had held the horse's head, and became aware of the chaise receding from him down the lane, swaying from side to side, and with the women in it looking back.
    1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (22% in)
  • So much as they could see of the road Londonward between the houses to the right was a tumultuous stream of dirty, hurrying people, pent in between the villas on either side; the black heads, the crowded forms, grew into distinctness as they rushed towards the corner, hurried past, and merged their individuality again in a receding multitude that was swallowed up at last in a cloud of dust.
    1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (54% in)
  • The figures poured out past the corner, and receded with their backs to the group in the lane.
    1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (56% in)
  • In spite of the throbbing exertions of the engines of the little paddle-boat, and the pouring foam that her wheels flung behind her, she receded with terrifying slowness from this ominous advance.
    1.17 — Book 1 Chapter 17 — The "Thunder Child" (63% in)
  • She was steaming at such a pace that in a minute she seemed halfway between the steamboat and the Martians—a diminishing black bulk against the receding horizontal expanse of the Essex coast.
    1.17 — Book 1 Chapter 17 — The "Thunder Child" (76% in)
  • The little vessel continued to beat its way seaward, and the ironclads receded slowly towards the coast, which was hidden still by a marbled bank of vapour, part steam, part black gas, eddying and combining in the strangest way.
    1.17 — Book 1 Chapter 17 — The "Thunder Child" (92% in)

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