High School Spelling Words

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Grade 10: Word List - List 8

smelt
read  v. melt or blend ores, changing their chemical composition
Crupp, had cut the dispute short, by informing that lady that she smelt of my brandy, and that she would trouble her to walk out.
David Copperfield - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
Biddy was astir so early to get my breakfast, that, although I did not sleep at the window an hour, I smelt the smoke of the kitchen fire when I started up with a terrible idea that it must be late in the afternoon.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
sodden
read  a. thoroughly soaked; expressionless, stupid, or dull, especially from drink
On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass twenty paces across between the edge of the trees and the reeds which lined the lake.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
We continued our systematic survey of the edge of the sodden portion of the moor, and soon our perseverance was gloriously rewarded.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
solitude
read  n. state of being alone; seclusion; lonely or secluded place
After overhearing this dialogue, I should assuredly have got down and been left in the solitude and darkness of the highway, but for feeling certain that the man had no suspicion of my identity.
Great Expectations - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
So much the greater must have been the solitude of her heart, and her need of some one on whom to bestow it.
Hard Times - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
solvent
read  a. able to pay all debts; capable of meeting financial obligations
somber
read  a. gloomy; depressing or grave; dull or dark in color
spasm
read  n. involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or more muscles or muscular fibers
A spasm of pain contorted his features; he threw his hands out in front of him, staggered, and then, with a hoarse cry, fell heavily upon the floor.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Finally, on the top corridor, which ran outside three untenanted bedrooms, he again was seized with a spasm of merriment.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Her rage got the better of her again, for a moment; but it passed over her face like a spasm, and left her smiling.
David Copperfield - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
spontaneous
read  a. arising without external cause; growing without cultivation or human labor
On the contrary, he was burningly, poignantly grateful for a piece of natural, spontaneous kindness: almost to tears.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
It seems, on the contrary, to have been a perfectly spontaneous, untaught feeling on his side, and this surprises me.
Persuasion - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
stability
read  n. balance; constancy
stagnant
read  a. not moving or flowing; lacking vitality or briskness; stale; dull
It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line of fine shops and stately business premises that they really abutted on the other side upon the faded and stagnant square which we had just quitted.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was a stagnant, warm, and misty night, full of all the heavy perfumes of new vegetation not yet dried by hot sun, and among these particularly the scent of the fern.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
It was as if a sweet clear spring had begun to rise in a stagnant pool and had risen and risen until at last it swept the dark water away.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 27
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
stalwart
read  a. marked by imposing physical strength; firmly built; firm and resolute
We had all risen to our feet, our prisoner breathing hard, with a stalwart constable on each side of him.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He banged at the door, and presently the heads of the old man and his two stalwart sons were thrust from windows.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 29
By Mark Twain Context
stance
read  n. attitude or position of a standing person or animal; posture; mental posture; point of view
sterile
read  a. barren; infertile; incapable of reproducing; free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms
stigma
read  n. symbol of disgrace; small mark, as scar or birthmark; mark made with red-hot iron
stimulate
read  v. encourage; motivate; arouse; spur; excite or invigorate with a stimulant
There is a mystery about this which stimulates the imagination; where there is no imagination there is no horror.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was one of the most exasperating attributes of Bounderby, that he not only sang his own praises but stimulated other men to sing them.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
And she used all her aroused cheerfulness and satisfaction to stimulate Clifford, so that he wrote his best at this time, and was almost happy in his strange blind way.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
stolid
read  a. dull; impassive; having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
Then she sat swaying her body to and fro, and making gestures with her unnerved arm, which seemed intended as the accompaniment to a fit of laughter, though her face was stolid and drowsy.
Hard Times - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
stupefy
read  v. make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to
But I was in a manner stupefied by this turning up of my old misdeed and old acquaintance, and could think of nothing else.
Great Expectations - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
He gazed in stupefied astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
He journeyed onward, not quickly or decisively, but in the slow walk of one who has been awakened from a stupefying sleep.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
stupor
read  n. state of reduced or suspended sensibility; daze; lack of awareness
Three dreadful days and nights dragged their tedious hours along, and the village sank into a hopeless stupor.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 30
By Mark Twain Context
After a short return of the stupor in which he had been so long plunged, Oliver: urged by a creeping sickness at his heart, which seemed to warn him that if he lay there, he must surely die: got upon his feet, and essayed to walk.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
After sitting in a stupor of bitter thoughts until midnight, he got suddenly from his chair and reached for his coat and gun.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
subside
read  v. settle down; sink to a lower level or form depression; wear off or die down
As the days went on, I noticed more and more that he would lie placidly looking at the white ceiling, with an absence of light in his face until some word of mine brightened it for an instant, and then it would subside again.
Great Expectations - Chapter 56
By Charles Dickens Context
The thunder, which seemed in fact much nearer, and to shiver and break almost over their heads, having subsided, Monks, raising his face from the table, bent forward to listen to what the woman should say.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
sundry
read  a. various; miscellaneous; separate; distinct; diverse
Besides these, there were sundry immense manuscript Books of Evidence taken on affidavit, strongly bound, and tied together in massive sets, a set to each cause, as if every cause were a history in ten or twenty volumes.
David Copperfield - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
Master Bates backed this advice with sundry moral admonitions of his own: which, being exhausted, he and his friend Mr. Dawkins launched into a glowing description of the numerous pleasures incidental to the life they led.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
These things, said indiscriminately to all and sundry, of course do not help him at all, and the rector, and Finley, and Burroughs all think it would be as well if the man left the place.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
superimpose
read  v. place over something else; place on top of
surreptitious
read  a. secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
symmetry
read  n. arrangement of parts so that balance is obtained; congruity
synthetic
read  a. artificial; involving or of the nature of synthesis as opposed to analysis
taint
read  v. contaminate; cause to lose purity; affect with or as if with a disease; corrupt morally
The sweet perfume of the flowers had already spread into the surrounding air, which, being free from every taint, conducted to her lips a full measure of the fragrance received from the spire of blossom in its midst.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
tantalize
read  v. tease; torture with disappointment; bait someone by showing something desirable but leaving them unsatisfied
Steerforth was considerate, too; and showed his consideration, in one particular instance, in an unflinching manner that was a little tantalizing, I suspect, to poor Traddles and the rest.
David Copperfield - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
On account of your rebellious manner to me I was tempted to go further than I should have done; and when you still would keep playing the same tantalizing part I went further still, and married her.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
tart
read  n. a species of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie
tawdry
read  a. cheap in nature or appearance; tastelessly showy; shameful or indecent
temperance
read  n. restraint; avoiding excesses
On these occasions I have noticed such a dreamy, vacant expression in his eyes, that I might have suspected him of being addicted to the use of some narcotic, had not the temperance and cleanliness of his whole life forbidden such a notion.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
timely
read  a. being or occurring in good time; sufficiently early; seasonable
A timely observation of the sense of power that there was in his face, did more to bring back to my remembrance the entreaty of Agnes, in its full force, than any effort I could have made.
David Copperfield - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
tolerable
read  a. capable of being borne or endured; supportable, either physically or mentally.
The crowd washed back sudden, and then broke all apart, and went tearing off every which way, and Buck Harkness he heeled it after them, looking tolerable cheap.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 22
By Mark Twain Context
I explained with tolerable firmness, that I really did not know where my means of subsistence were to come from, unless I could earn them for myself.
David Copperfield - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
torrid
read  a. passionate; hot or scorching; hurried or rapid
torso
read  n. body excluding head and neck and limbs
transcribe
read  v. copy; write over again in same words
transpose
read  v. substitute one for the other of; reverse or transfer order or place of; interchange
You have only knowledge enough of the language to translate at sight these inverted, transposed, curtailed Italian lines, into clear, comprehensible, elegant English.
Persuasion - Chapter 20
By Jane Austen Context
tributary
read  n. branch that flows into the main stream; tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
Entering at the open door of one of these, and releasing my arm, she beckoned me to follow her up the common staircase, which was like a tributary channel to the street.
David Copperfield - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
tumult
read  n. noise, as made by a crowd; riot or uprising
The howl and roar, the rattling of the doors and windows, the rumbling in the chimneys, the apparent rocking of the very house that sheltered me, and the prodigious tumult of the sea, were more fearful than in the morning.
David Copperfield - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
Bennet perhaps surpassing the rest; though, when the first tumult of joy was over, she began to declare that it was what she had expected all the while.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
ultimate
read  a. final; being the last or concluding; fundamental; elemental; extreme
Its finder has carried it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, while I continue to retain the hat of the unknown gentleman who lost his Christmas dinner.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Norris will be as good for your mind as riding has been for your health, and as much for your ultimate happiness too.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 3
By Jane Austen Context
ultimatum
read  n. last offer; final statement of terms made by one party to another
He, too, in his way, was overwrought; but he had to listen to all Hilda said, to all the doctor had said, not what Michaelis had said, of course, and he sat mum through the ultimatum.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
uncouth
read  a. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
Toller, for that is his name, is a rough, uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual smell of drink.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He ate in a ravenous way that was very disagreeable, and all his actions were uncouth, noisy, and greedy.
Great Expectations - Chapter 40
By Charles Dickens Context
To many persons this Egdon was a place which had slipped out of its century generations ago, to intrude as an uncouth object into this.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
unify
read  v. integrate; make into or become one unit
unkempt
read  a. untidy; dirty; uncared for in appearance
There was a movement and an exclamation from my right, and peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and unkempt, staring out at me.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He was unkempt, uncombed, and clad in the same old ruin of rags that had made him picturesque in the days when he was free and happy.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 35
By Mark Twain Context
urban
read  a. metropolitan; of, relating to, or located in a city
variable
read  n. factor; something that is likely to vary; changeable; inconstant
vigilant
read  a. attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; wakeful; watchful; circumspect; wary
No company, a walk, a family dinner of four, and an evening of looking over books and pictures; Miss Murdstone with a homily before her, and her eye upon us, keeping guard vigilantly.
David Copperfield - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
visualize
read  v. make visual, or visible; see in fancy; form a mental image of
vitality
read  n. energetic style; being able to survive and grow; capacity to live, grow, or develop
That he could have gone on after receiving such an injury said much for the vitality and courage of the man.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The steam of so much boredom, and discontent and anger out of all the people, just kills the vitality in the air.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 8
By D H Lawrence Context
The instincts of merry England lingered on here with exceptional vitality, and the symbolic customs which tradition has attached to each season of the year were yet a reality on Egdon.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
waif
read  n. homeless person, especially orphaned child; abandoned young animal
The Elder to whose care the two waifs had been committed, led them to his waggon, where a meal was already awaiting them.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
wan
read  a. having a pale or sickly color; unnaturally pale, as from physical or emotional distress
The child was pale and wan, but her healthy arms and legs showed that she had suffered less than her companion.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
There was a very dirty lady in his little room, and two wan girls, his daughters, with shock heads of hair.
David Copperfield - Chapter 11
By Charles Dickens Context
Bumble, on whom the earnest manner and wan aspect of the child had made some impression: accustomed as he was to such things.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
Her pretty face was wan and listless; her hair uncurled: some locks hanging lankly down, and some carelessly twisted round her head.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 14
By Emily Bronte Context
whet
read  v. sharpen, as knife; make more keen; stimulate
He saw before him in one of the valleys the gleaming of whetted iron, and advancing, dimly perceived that the shine came from the tool of a man who was cutting furze.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context