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  • v. To realize; come to understand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. understand, usually after some initial difficulty


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  • Standing beside the spring was a wishing tree, an old hawthorn, Crataegus turkestanica, a tattered thing, decorated with hundreds of ribbons, shreds of bleached, coloured cloth, even a tiny prayer, rolled tightly in a scroll and hung by cotton on a branch.


  • The soft skies, the balmy climate, the richly-scented flowers, the song-birds, the delicious fruits, their own loved home, the band of cherished friends -- these were their South, rather than the hideous machine of human slavery, rolling out its bales of cotton on one side and oozing out its stream of blood and death on the other.

    A Charleston Love Story; or, Hortense Vanross

  • When Senator Hoke Smith made a long speech advocating an embargo on the shipment of munitions as a punishment to Great Britain for stopping American cotton on the way to Germany, the acute John Sharp Williams, of Mississippi, arose in the Senate and completely annihilated the Georgia politician by demonstrating how the Southern planters were growing rich out of the war.

    The Life and Letters of Walter H Page

  • She turned away, the sun-blanched cotton on her shoulders heavy as another skin.



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