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 Meanings and Examples of ELABORATION
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 n.  production by gradual process; act of working out with great care in detail
Classic Sentence: (48 in 4 pages)
1  An ancient Hawaiian war-club or spear-paddle, in its full multiplicity and elaboration of carving, is as great a trophy of human perseverance as a Latin lexicon.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 57. Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in She...
2  It was almost as serious and elaborately thought out as the plans of march made by great generals in time of war.
The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XX
3  When she found the entire fence white-washed, and not only whitewashed but elaborately coated and recoated, and even a streak added to the ground, her astonishment was almost unspeakable.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER III
4  Now appeared Joe Harper, as airily clad and elaborately armed as Tom.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VIII
5  He walked on across the hall with Dixon, leaving Cranly to take leave elaborately of the dwarf.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 5
6  So the lad was looking rather sulky, as with listless fingers he turned over the pages of an elaborately illustrated edition of Manon Lescaut that he had found in one of the book-cases.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 4
7  It was a small Chinese box of black and gold-dust lacquer, elaborately wrought, the sides patterned with curved waves, and the silken cords hung with round crystals and tasselled in plaited metal threads.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 15
8  Its second rising displayed a more elaborately prepared scene than the last.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XVIII
9  She sought to be sensible; she elaborately explained to herself that it was hysterical to condemn Gopher Prairie because it did not foam over the drama.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XVIII
10  Such an elaborately developed, perplexing, exciting dream was certainly never dreamed by a girl in Eustacia's situation before.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: 3 How a Little Sound Produced a Great Dream
11  Zeena, while he spoke, seemed to be following out some elaborate mental calculation.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In VII
12  She knew that his elaborate gallantries and his florid speeches were all done with his tongue in his cheek.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XII
13  She wanted to delay her social activities until the day when the house was finished and she could emerge as the mistress of Atlanta's largest mansion, the hostess of the town's most elaborate entertainments.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XLIX
14  For Scarlett's housewarming, or "crush," as it was fashionable to call such evening parties, half-reception, half- ball, was by far the most elaborate affair Atlanta had ever seen.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XLIX
15  For some time I've been intending to tell you to stop your elaborate pretenses and drink openly if you want to.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER LIV
Example Sentence: (22 in 2 pages)
1  Tell what happened simply, without any elaboration.
2  With its elaborately carved, convoluted lines, furniture of the Baroque period was highly ornate.
3  Before the trial, he mailed off all his court documents to family members in elaborately decorated envelopes.
4  Shakespeare's plays are often elaborately annotated to make them easier to understand.
5  It was clearly an elaborately planned operation.
6  You understand the situation; I needn't elaborate any further.
7  He said he had new evidence, but refused to elaborate any further.
8  This elaborate deception fooled his family for ages.
9  The police played an elaborate game of cat and mouse to trap him.
10  The heat had to be dissipated by elaborate cooling systems.
11  She adopted an elaborate disguise to help her pass through the town unrecognized.
12  Some animals perform elaborate mating rituals before they copulate.
13  It is an elaborate project that answers many purposes.
14  Fulton's strengths are in elaborate detail and delicate construction.
15  A seat in the stalls or in one of the elaborate boxes surrounding the horseshoe-shaped auditorium now costs nearly 700 pounds.