High School Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Word List - List 8

situated
read  a. having a site, situation, or location; being in a relative position; permanently fixed; placed; located
It is, as he said, beautifully situated, but it is not beautiful in itself, for it is a large square block of a house, whitewashed, but all stained and streaked with damp and bad weather.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It made her melancholy again; and the knowledge of what must be enduring there, invested even the house, modern, airy, and well situated as it was, with a melancholy aspect.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 46
By Jane Austen Context
solution
read  n. method for solving a problem; successful action of solving a problem
And I even attempted, more than once, for my own private satisfaction, to employ his methods in their solution, though with indifferent success.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
How to discover a solution to this riddle of death seemed a query of more importance than highest problems of the living.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
souvenir
read  n. token of remembrance; memento; something of sentimental value
It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
specific
read  a. stated explicitly or in detail; definite
specimen
read  n. model; sample; an example regarded as typical of its class
So the bud blossomed into a flower, and the year which saw her father the richest of the farmers left her as fair a specimen of American girlhood as could be found in the whole Pacific slope.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
There was a sound upon the stairs, and our door was opened to admit as fine a specimen of manhood as ever passed through it.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was so dark that I could not see the means of exit; and, as I wandered round, I heard another specimen of their civil behaviour amongst each other.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context
spiritual
read  a. not tangible or material; belonging to religion; sacred; supernatural
Believe me, whatever God there is is slowly eliminating the guts and alimentary system from the human being, to evolve a higher, more spiritual being.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 16
By D H Lawrence Context
The dismal spiritual atmosphere overcame, and more than neutralised, the glowing physical comforts round me; and I resolved to be cautious how I ventured under those rafters a third time.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 2
By Emily Bronte Context
strenuous
read  a. arduous; intense; performed with much energy or force;
I felt, as I looked upon that supple figure, alive with nervous energy, that it was indeed a strenuous day that awaited us.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I only know that I found myself, with a perseverance worthy of a much better cause, making the most strenuous exertions to compress it within those limits.
Great Expectations - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
stretch
read  v. extend; pull in opposite directions; lie down comfortably
At present my attention was centred upon the single grim motionless figure which lay stretched upon the boards, with vacant sightless eyes staring up at the discoloured ceiling.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I think Tom may be gradually falling into trouble, and I wish to stretch out a helping hand to him from the depths of my wicked experience.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
substantial
read  a. fairly large; in essentials; material; true or real; not imaginary; solidly built
The outer door would not open to our knock, and nothing more substantial than a torrent of bad language came from behind it.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The Guthries were more or less their own sort, substantial, but boring: and the girls wanted husbands.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
The bonfire was by this time beginning to sink low, for the fuel had not been of that substantial sort which can support a blaze long.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
subtle
read  a. slight; be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind
My sister and I, you will recollect, were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two souls which are so closely allied.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Dick extended to the Doctor, whom he thought the most subtle and accomplished philosopher of any age.
David Copperfield - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
So they had given the gift of themselves, each to the youth with whom she had the most subtle and intimate arguments.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 1
By D H Lawrence Context
sufficient
read  a. adequate; enough; being as much as is needed
It is equally certain, too, that whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than sufficient punishment.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
By late summer a sufficient store of stone had accumulated, and then the building began, under the superintendence of the pigs.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
Bounderby, was sufficient to stun this admirable lady again without collision between herself and any other fact.
Hard Times - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
superintendent
read  n. director; person who has the authority to supervise or direct; janitor or custodian in a building
Ten blue tickets equalled a red one, and could be exchanged for it; ten red tickets equalled a yellow one; for ten yellow tickets the superintendent gave a very plainly bound Bible (worth forty cents in those easy times) to the pupil.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 4
By Mark Twain Context
The return of winter engagements, however, was not without its effect; and in the course of their progress, her mind became so pleasantly occupied in superintending the fortunes of her eldest niece, as tolerably to quiet her nerves.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
suppress
read  v. put down by force or authority; overwhelm; keep from being revealed
Murdstone, was extreme; but I made an endeavour to suppress it, and to be as agreeable as I could in a quiet way.
David Copperfield - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
She gave way to such great grief, that Oliver, suppressing his own emotion, ventured to remonstrate with her; and to beg, earnestly, that, for the sake of the dear young lady herself, she would be more calm.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
surgeon
read  n. one who performs manual operations on a patient
With a glow of admiration I watched Holmes unrolling his case of instruments and choosing his tool with the calm, scientific accuracy of a surgeon who performs a delicate operation.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The van had previously been the property of the knacker, and had been bought by the veterinary surgeon, who had not yet painted the old name out.
Animal Farm - Chapter 9
By George Orwell Context
In the midst of this, Rachael returned; and with her party there was a surgeon, who brought some wine and medicines.
Hard Times - Chapter 25
By Charles Dickens Context
suspense
read  n. uncertain cognitive state; uncertainty
John Ferrier felt that instant death would be better than the suspense which shook his nerves and chilled his heart.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He covered his head with the bedclothes and waited in a horror of suspense for his doom; for he had not the shadow of a doubt that all this hubbub was about him.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 22
By Mark Twain Context
I fancied that I could detect in his manner a consciousness of this, and a purpose of always holding her in suspense.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
syllable
read  n. a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme
I will take my oath he never dropt a syllable of being tired of her, or of wishing to marry Miss Morton, or any thing like it.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 38
By Jane Austen Context
Her features were so sad, they did not seem hers: she evidently regarded what she had heard as every syllable true.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 22
By Emily Bronte Context
symbol
read  n. sign; something visible to represent something else invisible
His features were attractive in the light of symbols, as sounds intrinsically common become attractive in language, and as shapes intrinsically simple become interesting in writing.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
symphony
read  n. large orchestra; harmony, especially of sound or color
technique
read  n. practical method or art applied to some particular task; skillfulness
temperature
read  n. degree of any quality; condition with respect to heat or cold; degree of heat or cold
I never discovered from whom Joe derived the conventional temperature of the four thousand pounds; but it appeared to make the sum of money more to him, and he had a manifest relish in insisting on its being cool.
Great Expectations - Chapter 57
By Charles Dickens Context
tendency
read  n. trend; a general direction in which something tends to move
She was sure that in my every purpose I should gain a firmer and a higher tendency, through the grief I had undergone.
David Copperfield - Chapter 58
By Charles Dickens Context
There was never much laughing in his presence; or, if there is any difference, it is not more, I think, than such an absence has a tendency to produce at first.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
They were of sobering tendency; they allayed agitation; they composed, and consequently must make her happier.
Persuasion - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
An union of a different tendency, and precluding the possibility of the other, was soon to be formed in their family.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 50
By Jane Austen Context
tournament
read  n. contest; sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
tyranny
read  n. oppression; cruel government; office or authority of an absolute ruler; absolute power
As the great day approached, all the tyranny that was in him came to the surface; he seemed to take a vindictive pleasure in punishing the least shortcomings.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 21
By Mark Twain Context
Immediately surrounding Mrs Musgrove were the little Harvilles, whom she was sedulously guarding from the tyranny of the two children from the Cottage, expressly arrived to amuse them.
Persuasion - Chapter 14
By Jane Austen Context
unanimous
read  a. uniform; in complete agreement
No other visitor appeared that evening, and the ladies were unanimous in agreeing to go early to bed.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 26
By Jane Austen Context
undoubtedly
read  ad. unquestionably; without doubt; certainly
To do this, we must try the simplest means first, and these lie undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
Willoughby may undoubtedly have very sufficient reasons for his conduct, and I will hope that he has.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 15
By Jane Austen Context
vengeance
read  n. punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution
There were at least three others whose desire for vengeance upon me would only be increased by the death of their leader.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
A mighty cry for vengeance went up, and without waiting for further orders they charged forth in a body and made straight for the enemy.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context