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girdle

  • noun an encircling or ringlike structure
  • noun a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
    cincture; waistband; sash; waistcloth.

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distend

  • verb become wider
    dilate.
    • His pupils were dilated
  • verb cause to expand as it by internal pressure
    • The gas distended the animal's body

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wait

  • noun time during which some action is awaited
    delay; hold; postponement; time lag.
    • instant replay caused too long a delay
    • he ordered a hold in the action
  • noun the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
    waiting.
    • the wait was an ordeal for him

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strung

  • adjective that is on a string
    • keys strung on a red cord
  • verb thread on or as if on a string
    draw; string; thread.
    • string pearls on a string
    • the child drew glass beads on a string
    • thread dried cranberries

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crouch

  • noun the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
  • verb bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    stoop; bend; bow.
    • he crouched down
    • She bowed before the Queen
    • The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse

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expectant

  • adjective satellite marked by eager anticipation
    anticipant; anticipative.
    • an expectant hush
  • adjective satellite in an advanced stage of pregnancy
    heavy; great; with child; gravid; big; enceinte; large.
    • was big with child
    • was great with child

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hunched

  • adjective satellite having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect
    crooked; stooping; stooped; round-shouldered; round-backed.
    • a little oldish misshapen stooping woman
  • verb round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward
    hump; hunch forward; hunch; hunch over.

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gripping

  • adjective satellite capable of arousing and holding the attention
    absorbing; riveting; engrossing; fascinating.
    • a fascinating story
  • verb hold fast or firmly
    grip.
    • He gripped the steering wheel

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listen

  • verb hear with intention
    • Listen to the sound of this cello
  • verb listen and pay attention
    take heed; hear.
    • Listen to your father
    • We must hear the expert before we make a decision

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poised

  • adjective satellite marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
    • a gull in poised flight
    • George's poised hammer
  • verb be motionless, in suspension
    poise.
    • The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked

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whispered

  • adjective satellite spoken in soft hushed tones without vibrations of the vocal cords
    • a long whispered conversation
  • verb speak softly; in a low voice
    whisper.

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awaited

  • adjective satellite expected hopefully
    hoped-for; anticipated.
  • verb look forward to the probable occurrence of
    await; expect; wait; look.
    • We were expecting a visit from our relatives
    • She is looking to a promotion
    • he is waiting to be drafted

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ripple

  • noun a small wave on the surface of a liquid
    riffle; wavelet; rippling.
  • noun (electronics) an oscillation of small amplitude imposed on top of a steady value

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await

  • verb look forward to the probable occurrence of
    expect; wait; look.
    • We were expecting a visit from our relatives
    • She is looking to a promotion
    • he is waiting to be drafted

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crouch

  • noun the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
  • verb bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    stoop; bend; bow.
    • he crouched down
    • She bowed before the Queen
    • The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse

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muscle

  • noun one of the contractile organs of the body
    musculus.
  • noun animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells
    muscular tissue.

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watch

  • noun a small portable timepiece
    ticker.
  • noun a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty

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coiled

  • adjective curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals)
    • a coiled snake ready to strike
    • the rope lay coiled on the deck
  • verb to wind or move in a spiral course
    coil; gyrate; spiral.
    • the muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action
    • black smoke coiling up into the sky
    • the young people gyrated on the dance floor

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clasp

  • noun a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
  • noun the act of grasping
    grip; clutches; clutch; clench; grasp; hold.
    • he released his clasp on my arm
    • he has a strong grip for an old man
    • she kept a firm hold on the railing

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alert

  • noun condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action
    qui vive.
    • bombers were put on alert during the crisis
  • noun a warning serves to make you more alert to danger
    alerting.

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sit

  • verb be seated
    sit down.
  • verb be around, often idly or without specific purpose
    sit around.
    • The object sat in the corner
    • We sat around chatting for another hour

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watchful

  • adjective engaged in or accustomed to close observation
    alert.
    • caught by a couple of alert cops
    • alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came
    • constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty
  • adjective satellite experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness
    sleepless; insomniac.
    • insomniac old people
    • insomniac nights
    • lay sleepless all night
    • twenty watchful, weary, tedious nights"- Shakespeare

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swollen

  • adjective satellite characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    swollen-headed; egotistic; conceited; self-conceited; vain; egotistical.
    • a conceited fool
    • an attitude of self-conceited arrogance
    • an egotistical disregard of others
    • so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty
    • growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary
    • vain about her clothes
  • verb increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
    swell.
    • The music swelled to a crescendo

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perch

  • noun support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)
  • noun a linear measure of 16.5 feet
    pole; rod.

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wait

  • noun time during which some action is awaited
    delay; hold; postponement; time lag.
    • instant replay caused too long a delay
    • he ordered a hold in the action
  • noun the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
    waiting.
    • the wait was an ordeal for him

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grip

  • noun the act of grasping
    clutches; clutch; clench; grasp; hold; clasp.
    • he released his clasp on my arm
    • he has a strong grip for an old man
    • she kept a firm hold on the railing
  • noun the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
    hold; handgrip; handle.
    • he grabbed the hammer by the handle
    • it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip

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waiting

  • noun the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
    wait.
    • the wait was an ordeal for him
  • verb stay in one place and anticipate or expect something
    wait.
    • I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets

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clutch

  • noun the act of grasping
    grip; clutches; clench; grasp; hold; clasp.
    • he released his clasp on my arm
    • he has a strong grip for an old man
    • she kept a firm hold on the railing
  • noun a tense critical situation
    • he is a good man in the clutch

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listen

  • verb hear with intention
    • Listen to the sound of this cello
  • verb listen and pay attention
    take heed; hear.
    • Listen to your father
    • We must hear the expert before we make a decision

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listening

  • noun the act of hearing attentively
    hearing.
    • you can learn a lot by just listening
    • they make good music--you should give them a hearing
  • verb hear with intention
    listen.
    • Listen to the sound of this cello

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sitting

  • noun (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait)
    posing.
    • he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting
  • noun the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position
    • he read the mystery at one sitting

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strained

  • adjective satellite lacking natural ease
    labored; laboured.
    • a labored style of debating
  • verb to exert much effort or energy
    strain; reach; strive.
    • straining our ears to hear

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staring

  • adjective satellite (used of eyes) open and fixed as if in fear or wonder
    agaze.
    • staring eyes
  • verb look at with fixed eyes
    stare; gaze.
    • The students stared at the teacher with amazement

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braced

  • adjective satellite positioned so as to be ready for confrontation or danger
    • he stood to attention with his shoulders braced
  • verb prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
    brace; poise.

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sit

  • verb be seated
    sit down.
  • verb be around, often idly or without specific purpose
    sit around.
    • The object sat in the corner
    • We sat around chatting for another hour

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star

  • noun (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
  • noun someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    mavin; champion; ace; genius; wizard; sensation; virtuoso; maven; adept; whiz; superstar; hotshot; whizz; wiz.

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watching

  • noun the act of observing; taking a patient look
    observance; observation.
  • verb look attentively
    watch.
    • watch a basketball game

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peer

  • noun a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
    compeer; equal; match.
  • noun a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage

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stretched

  • adjective satellite (of muscles) relieved of stiffness by stretching
    • well-stretched muscles are less susceptible to injury
  • verb occupy a large, elongated area
    stretch; stretch along.
    • The park stretched beneath the train line

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stand

  • noun a support or foundation
    pedestal; base.
    • the base of the lamp
  • noun the position where a thing or person stands

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intertwine

  • verb spin,wind, or twist together
    twine; lace; interlace; enlace; entwine.
    • intertwine the ribbons
    • Twine the threads into a rope
    • intertwined hearts
  • verb make lacework by knotting or looping
    tat.

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pace

  • noun the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
    gait.
  • noun the distance covered by a step
    footstep; step; stride.
    • he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig

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anticipate

  • verb regard something as probable or likely
    expect.
    • The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow
  • verb act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
    forestall; counter; foresee.

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clenched

  • adjective satellite closed or squeezed together tightly
    clinched.
    • a clenched fist
    • his clenched (or clinched) teeth
  • verb hold in a tight grasp
    clinch; clench.
    • clench a steering wheel

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silent

  • adjective satellite marked by absence of sound
    still; soundless.
    • a silent house
    • soundless footsteps on the grass
    • the night was still
  • adjective satellite failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to
    mum.
    • the witness remained silent

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smile

  • noun a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement
    grinning; smiling; grin.
  • verb change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure

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nod

  • noun a sign of assent or salutation or command
  • noun the act of nodding the head

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query

  • noun an instance of questioning
    enquiry; inquiry; interrogation; question.
    • there was a question about my training
    • we made inquiries of all those who were present
  • verb pose a question
    question.

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upright

  • noun a vertical structural member as a post or stake
    vertical.
    • the ball sailed between the uprights
  • noun a piano with a vertical sounding board
    upright piano.

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quivering

  • noun a shaky motion
    quiver; vibration; palpitation; trembling; shakiness; shaking.
    • the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe
  • noun the act of vibrating
    quiver; vibration.

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dramatic

  • adjective suitable to or characteristic of drama
    • a dramatic entrance in a swirling cape
    • a dramatic rescue at sea
  • adjective satellite sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
    spectacular; striking.
    • a dramatic sunset
    • a dramatic pause
    • a spectacular display of northern lights
    • it was a spectacular play
    • his striking good looks always created a sensation

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smiling

  • noun a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement
    grinning; smile; grin.
  • verb change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure
    smile.

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erect

  • verb construct, build, or erect
    set up; put up; rear; raise.
    • Raise a barn
  • verb cause to rise up
    rear.

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curled

  • adjective satellite of hair having curls
    curling.
  • verb form a curl, curve, or kink
    curl; curve; kink.
    • the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling

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beside

At the side of; on one side of. "Beside him hung his bow." Milton.

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ask

  • verb inquire about
    inquire; enquire.
    • I asked about their special today
    • He had to ask directions several times
  • verb make a request or demand for something to somebody
    • She asked him for a loan

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arched

  • adjective constructed with or in the form of an arch or arches
    • an arched passageway
  • verb form an arch or curve
    curve; arc; arch.
    • her back arches
    • her hips curve nicely

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breathed

  • adjective satellite uttered without voice
    voiceless.
    • could hardly hear her breathed plea, `Help me'
    • voiceless whispers
  • verb draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
    breathe; respire; take a breath; suspire.
    • I can breathe better when the air is clean
    • The patient is respiring

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keyed

  • adjective fitted with or secured by a key
    • a keyed instrument
    • the locks have not yet been keyed
  • verb identify as in botany or biology, for example
    name; describe; discover; identify; key; distinguish; key out.

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leaning

  • noun an inclination to do something
    propensity; tendency.
    • he felt leanings toward frivolity
  • noun a natural inclination
    propensity; proclivity.
    • he has a proclivity for exaggeration

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outstretched

  • adjective satellite fully extended especially in length
    • a kitten with one paw outstretched

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straighten

  • verb straighten up or out; make straight
    unbend.
  • verb make straight
    straighten out.

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flex

  • noun the act of flexing
    • he gave his biceps a flex to impress the ladies
  • verb contract
    • flex a muscle

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huddled

  • adjective satellite crowded or massed together
    • give me...your huddled masses
    • the huddled sheep turned their backs against the wind
  • verb crowd or draw together
    huddle; huddle together.
    • let's huddle together--it's cold!

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vigilant

  • adjective satellite carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger
    wakeful; open-eyed; argus-eyed.
    • a policy of open-eyed awareness
    • the vigilant eye of the town watch
    • there was a watchful dignity in the room
    • a watchful parent with a toddler in tow

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forward

  • noun the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
  • noun a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team

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knotted

  • adjective satellite tied with a knot
    • his carefully knotted necktie
  • verb make into knots; make knots out of
    knot.
    • She knotted her fingers

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mutter

  • noun a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
    murmuring; muttering; murmuration; murmur; mussitation.
  • noun a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
    murmuring; grumbling; grumble; muttering; murmur.

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clutch

  • noun the act of grasping
    grip; clutches; clench; grasp; hold; clasp.
    • he released his clasp on my arm
    • he has a strong grip for an old man
    • she kept a firm hold on the railing
  • noun a tense critical situation
    • he is a good man in the clutch

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peer

  • noun a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
    compeer; equal; match.
  • noun a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage

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elastic

  • noun a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
    rubber band; elastic band.
  • noun a fabric made of yarns containing an elastic material

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murmur

  • noun a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
    murmuring; muttering; mutter; murmuration; mussitation.
  • noun a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
    murmur vowel.

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gaze

  • noun a long fixed look
    regard.
    • he fixed his paternal gaze on me
  • verb look at with fixed eyes
    stare.
    • The students stared at the teacher with amazement

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await

  • verb look forward to the probable occurrence of
    expect; wait; look.
    • We were expecting a visit from our relatives
    • She is looking to a promotion
    • he is waiting to be drafted

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demand

  • noun an urgent or peremptory request
    • his demands for attention were unceasing
  • noun the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
    • the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips
    • the demand exceeded the supply

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attentive

  • adjective (often followed by `to') giving care or attention
    • attentive to details
    • the nurse was attentive to her patient
    • an attentive suitor
  • adjective taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention
    paying attention; thoughtful; heedful.
    • heedful of the warnings
    • so heedful a writer
    • heedful of what they were doing

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lean

  • noun the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    tilt; list; leaning; inclination.
    • the tower had a pronounced tilt
    • the ship developed a list to starboard
    • he walked with a heavy inclination to the right
  • verb to incline or bend from a vertical position
    tilt; tip; slant; angle.
    • She leaned over the banister

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awake

  • verb stop sleeping
    waken; come alive; arouse; wake; awaken; wake up.
    • She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock
  • adjective not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
    • lay awake thinking about his new job
    • still not fully awake

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standing

  • noun social or financial or professional status or reputation
    • of equal standing
    • a member in good standing
  • noun an ordered listing of scores or results showing the relative positions of competitors (individuals or teams) in a sporting event

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await

  • verb look forward to the probable occurrence of
    expect; wait; look.
    • We were expecting a visit from our relatives
    • She is looking to a promotion
    • he is waiting to be drafted

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wait

  • noun time during which some action is awaited
    delay; hold; postponement; time lag.
    • instant replay caused too long a delay
    • he ordered a hold in the action
  • noun the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
    waiting.
    • the wait was an ordeal for him

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drawn

  • adjective satellite showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
    careworn; raddled; haggard; worn.
    • looking careworn as she bent over her mending
    • her face was drawn and haggard from sleeplessness
    • that raddled but still noble face
    • shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face"- Charles Dickens
  • verb cause to move by pulling
    pull; draw; force.
    • draw a wagon
    • pull a sled

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reply

  • noun a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
    answer; response.
    • I waited several days for his answer
    • he wrote replies to several of his critics
  • noun the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
    response.
    • he growled his reply

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quiet

  • noun a period of calm weather
    lull.
    • there was a lull in the storm
  • noun an untroubled state; free from disturbances
    tranquility; tranquillity.

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tremble

  • noun a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
    shiver; shake.
  • verb move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
    • His hands were trembling when he signed the document

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contested

  • adjective disputed or made the object of contention or competition
    • a contested election
  • verb to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
    contend; repugn; contest.
    • They contested the outcome of the race

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whispering

  • noun a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
    whisper; rustle; rustling.
  • noun speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
    whisper; susurration; voicelessness.

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balanced

  • adjective being in a state of proper equilibrium
    • the carefully balanced seesaw
    • a properly balanced symphony orchestra
    • a balanced assessment of intellectual and cultural history
    • a balanced blend of whiskeys
    • the educated man shows a balanced development of all his powers
  • verb bring into balance or equilibrium
    equilibrate; equilibrise; equilibrize; balance.
    • She has to balance work and her domestic duties
    • balance the two weights

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gaze

  • noun a long fixed look
    regard.
    • he fixed his paternal gaze on me
  • verb look at with fixed eyes
    stare.
    • The students stared at the teacher with amazement

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aware

  • adjective (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
    cognisant; cognizant.
    • was aware of his opponent's hostility
    • became aware of her surroundings
    • aware that he had exceeded the speed limit
  • adjective bearing in mind; attentive to
    mindful.
    • ever mindful of her health
    • mindful of his responsibilities
    • mindful of these criticisms, I shall attempt to justify my action

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laugh

  • noun the sound of laughing
    laughter.
  • noun a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing
    • his face wrinkled in a silent laugh of derision

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knit

  • noun a fabric made by knitting
  • noun a basic knitting stitch
    plain; plain stitch; knit stitch.

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whisper

  • noun speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
    whispering; susurration; voicelessness.
  • noun a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
    whispering; rustle; rustling.

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disciplined

  • adjective satellite obeying the rules
  • verb develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
    discipline; train; check; condition.
    • Parents must discipline their children
    • Is this dog trained?

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answer

  • noun a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation
    reply; response.
    • I waited several days for his answer
    • he wrote replies to several of his critics
  • noun a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
    solvent; resolution; solution; result.
    • they were trying to find a peaceful solution
    • the answers were in the back of the book
    • he computed the result to four decimal places

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excited

  • adjective satellite (of persons) excessively affected by emotion
    emotional; aroused; worked up.
    • he would become emotional over nothing at all
    • she was worked up about all the noise
  • verb arouse or elicit a feeling
    excite.

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lay

  • noun a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
    ballad.
  • noun a narrative poem of popular origin
    ballad.

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polite

  • adjective showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
  • adjective satellite marked by refinement in taste and manners
    civilised; cultured; civilized; genteel; cultivated.
    • cultivated speech
    • cultured Bostonians
    • cultured tastes
    • a genteel old lady
    • polite society

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cry

  • noun a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
    shout; call; outcry; vociferation; yell.
    • the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience
  • noun a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)
    yell.
    • a cry of rage
    • a yell of pain

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articulated

  • adjective consisting of segments held together by joints
    articulate.
  • verb provide with a joint
    joint; articulate.
    • the carpenter jointed two pieces of wood

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cystic

  • adjective of or relating to a normal cyst (as the gallbladder or urinary bladder)
  • adjective of or relating to or resembling a cyst

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listen

  • verb hear with intention
    • Listen to the sound of this cello
  • verb listen and pay attention
    take heed; hear.
    • Listen to your father
    • We must hear the expert before we make a decision

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exciting

  • adjective creating or arousing excitement
    • an exciting account of her trip
  • verb arouse or elicit a feeling
    excite.

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spoke

  • noun support consisting of a radial member of a wheel joining the hub to the rim
    wheel spoke; radius.
  • noun one of the crosspieces that form the steps of a ladder
    rung; rundle.

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contracted

  • adjective reduced in size or pulled together
    • the contracted pupils of her eyes
  • verb enter into a contractual arrangement
    undertake; contract.

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sit

  • verb be seated
    sit down.
  • verb be around, often idly or without specific purpose
    sit around.
    • The object sat in the corner
    • We sat around chatting for another hour

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fold

  • noun an angular or rounded shape made by folding
    plication; crease; bend; flexure; crimp.
    • a fold in the napkin
    • a crease in his trousers
    • a plication on her blouse
    • a flexure of the colon
    • a bend of his elbow
  • noun a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church
    congregation; faithful.

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glance

  • noun a quick look
    coup d'oeil; glimpse.
  • verb throw a glance at; take a brief look at
    peek; glint.
    • She only glanced at the paper
    • I only peeked--I didn't see anything interesting

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charged

  • adjective of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge
    • charged particles
    • a charged battery
  • verb to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
    charge; bear down.
    • he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork

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watch

  • noun a small portable timepiece
    ticker.
  • noun a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty

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rigid

  • adjective satellite incapable of or resistant to bending
    stiff.
    • a rigid strip of metal
    • a table made of rigid plastic
    • a palace guardsman stiff as a poker
    • stiff hair
    • a stiff neck
  • adjective satellite incapable of compromise or flexibility
    strict.

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bent

  • noun a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
    set.
    • the set of his mind was obvious
  • noun grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
    bent grass; bent-grass.

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behind

  • noun the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    bum; seat; stern; keister; tail end; prat; bottom; rear end; buns; tail; tush; rump; fanny; ass; tooshie; hind end; posterior; hindquarters; butt; nates; rear; arse; buttocks; backside; derriere; can; fundament.
    • he deserves a good kick in the butt
    • are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?
  • adjective satellite having the lower score or lagging position in a contest
    • behind by two points
    • the 8th inning found the home team trailing

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swallow

  • noun a small amount of liquid food
    sup.
    • a sup of ale
  • noun the act of swallowing
    drink; deglutition.
    • one swallow of the liquid was enough
    • he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips

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preoccupied

  • adjective satellite deeply absorbed in thought
    deep in thought; bemused; lost.
    • as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class
    • lost in thought
    • a preoccupied frown
  • verb engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively
    preoccupy.
    • His work preoccupies him
    • The matter preoccupies her completely--she cannot think of anything else

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interested

  • adjective having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern
    • an interested audience
    • interested in sports
    • was interested to hear about her family
    • interested in knowing who was on the telephone
    • interested spectators
  • verb excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
    interest.

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respond

  • verb show a response or a reaction to something
    react.
  • verb react verbally
    answer; reply.
    • She didn't want to answer
    • answer the question
    • We answered that we would accept the invitation

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expect

  • verb regard something as probable or likely
    anticipate.
    • The meteorologists are expecting rain for tomorrow
  • verb consider obligatory; request and expect
    ask; require.
    • We require our secretary to be on time
    • Aren't we asking too much of these children?
    • I expect my students to arrive in time for their lessons

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scanning

  • noun the process of translating photographs into a digital form that can be recognized by a computer
  • noun the act of systematically moving a finely focused beam of light or electrons over a surface in order to produce an image of it for analysis or transmission

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stare

  • noun a fixed look with eyes open wide
  • verb look at with fixed eyes
    gaze.
    • The students stared at the teacher with amazement

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