High School Spelling Words

Spelling words for grade 9, 10, 11, and 12; 8 lists for each grade; vocabulary, online spelling exercise, thousands of printable quizzes and cards.
Grade 9: Word List - List 1

absence
read  n. state of being absent; state of being away
Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram from the major, imploring me to come at once.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
In the middle of the summer Moses the raven suddenly reappeared on the farm, after an absence of several years.
Animal Farm - Chapter 9
By George Orwell Context
He had established a confidence with her, that absolutely turned upon her indifference towards her husband, and the absence, now and at all times, of any congeniality between them.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
absorption
read  n. process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion; state of mental concentration
It had set me thinking a good deal at the time, as I have mentioned in its place; but my absorption in my own affairs, my experience of the family, and my hearing nothing more, had gradually ended in my dismissing the subject.
David Copperfield - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
abundant
read  a. plentiful; possessing riches or resources
Gradgrind did not take after Blue Beard, his room was quite a blue chamber in its abundance of blue books.
Hard Times - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
Of pictures there were abundance, and some few good, but the larger part were family portraits, no longer anything to anybody but Mrs. Rushworth.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context
accidentally
read  ad. inadvertently; by chance; casually; fortuitously; not essentially or intrinsically
Crawford, as she accidentally did, coming up to the house again, and at an hour as early as the day before.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 32
By Jane Austen Context
Miss Lucas perceived him from an upper window as he walked towards the house, and instantly set out to meet him accidentally in the lane.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 22
By Jane Austen Context
She put her hand accidentally upon the tapestry near her, and then sprang back, feeling quite startled.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 6
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
accommodation
read  n. living quarters provided for public convenience; something that meets a need; convenience
But I had as sound a sleep in that lodging as in the most superior accommodation the Boar could have given me, and the quality of my dreams was about the same as in the best bedroom.
Great Expectations - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
But they are very much alike: they are spoiled children, and fancy the world was made for their accommodation; and though I humour both, I think a smart chastisement might improve them all the same.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 10
By Emily Bronte Context
accompaniment
read  n. act of accompanying someone or something
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
accurate
read  a. capable of providing a correct reading or measurement; performing with care and precision
I availed myself of your obliging hints to correct my timidity, and it is unnecessary to add that they were perfectly accurate.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
The elderly female was a woman of wisdom and experience; she knew what was good for children; and she had a very accurate perception of what was good for herself.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
achievement
read  n. feat; accomplishment; award for completing a particular task or meeting an objective
It had become usual to give Napoleon the credit for every successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
He then went back to the house, and lingered round the door and windows till she should by some means or other learn of his achievement and come out to witness it.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
acquaintance
read  n. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
I thank heaven that my compunction at leaving poor Staunton all alone in this plight caused me to turn my carriage back and so to make your acquaintance.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I felt that I must have something in reserve for my dreadful acquaintance, and his ally the still more dreadful young man.
Great Expectations - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
Gradgrind always mentally introduced himself, whether to his private circle of acquaintance, or to the public in general.
Hard Times - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
administration
read  n. management; supervision; people who are in charge for management; activity of government for powers and duties
The Standard commented upon the fact that lawless outrages of the sort usually occurred under a Liberal Administration.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The administration of mutton instead of medicine, the substitution of Tea for Joe, and the baker for bacon, were among the mildest of my own mistakes.
Great Expectations - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
adolescent
read  n. a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity;
She had been supposed to have rather a good figure, but now she was out of fashion: a little too female, not enough like an adolescent boy.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 7
By D H Lawrence Context
aggressive
read  a. making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
He was a tall, handsome, swarthy fellow, clad in a suit of gray flannel, with a Panama hat, a bristling black beard, and a great, aggressive hooked nose, and flourishing a cane as he walked.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
agriculture
read  n. practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
amateur
read  a. nonprofessional; lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art
It was only by trying begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to base my articles.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
ambassador
read  n. authorized messenger or representative
analysis
read  n. study; investigation; process of breaking down a substance into its constituent parts
Deceit, according to him, was an impossibility in the case of one trained to observation and analysis.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
If there is an afternoon train to town, Watson, I think we should do well to take it, as I have a chemical analysis of some interest to finish, and this investigation draws rapidly to a close.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Clifford was really clever at that slightly humorous analysis of people and motives which leaves everything in bits at the end.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
analyze
read  v. diagnose; examine
If his notions of hidden treasure had been analyzed, they would have been found to consist of a handful of real dimes and a bushel of vague, splendid, ungraspable dollars.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 27
By Mark Twain Context
annual
read  a. occurring or payable every year
Bennet had very often wished before this period of his life that, instead of spending his whole income, he had laid by an annual sum for the better provision of his children, and of his wife, if she survived him.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
apparatus
read  n. a group of parts that work together to perform given function; appliance or device for particular purpose
He seemed a galvanizing apparatus, too, charged with a grim mechanical substitute for the tender young imaginations that were to be stormed away.
Hard Times - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
application
read  n. close attention; work of applying something; verbal or written request for assistance
I pondered on those words, even while I was studiously attending to what followed, as if they had some particular interest, or some strange application that I could not divine.
David Copperfield - Chapter 45
By Charles Dickens Context
On the stairs I encountered Wemmick, who was coming down, after an unsuccessful application of his knuckles to my door.
Great Expectations - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
He had a particular pride in the phrase eminently practical, which was considered to have a special application to him.
Hard Times - Chapter 3
By Charles Dickens Context
appropriate
read  v. acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
approximately
read  ad. about; roughly
arrangement
read  n. composition; order
This arrangement would have worked well enough if it had not been for the disputes between Snowball and Napoleon.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
I felt extremely flattered by this arrangement, and we commenced carrying it into execution that very evening.
David Copperfield - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
Pocket did not object to this arrangement, but urged that before any step could possibly be taken in it, it must be submitted to my guardian.
Great Expectations - Chapter 24
By Charles Dickens Context
ascend
read  v. climb; mount
As we turned to ascend the last flight of stairs between us and the roof, we caught a full view of this figure pausing for a moment, at a door.
David Copperfield - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
Sparsit had come, emerged from the green lane, crossed the stony road, and ascended the wooden steps to the railroad.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
He was preparing to ascend a steep staircase, or rather ladder, leading to another floor of warehouses above: when a bright flash of lightning streamed down the aperture, and a peal of thunder followed, which shook the crazy building to its centre.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
association
read  n. connection, whether of persons of things; union of persons in a company or society for some particular purpose
The events in question occurred in the early days of my association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors in Baker Street.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Her reverting to this tone as if our association were forced upon us, and we were mere puppets, gave me pain; but everything in our intercourse did give me pain.
Great Expectations - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
athlete
read  n. sports man; one who contended for prize in public games
The lower of the three is Gilchrist, a fine scholar and athlete, plays in the Rugby team and the cricket team for the college, and got his Blue for the hurdles and the long jump.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context