10th Grade Spelling Words With Definition

 Grade 10: With Definition - 7
pulverizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. pound, crush, or grind to powder or dust
putridspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten; decayed
qualmspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sudden feeling of sickness or faintness; sudden attack of illness
I was surprised to witness how coolly the child gathered himself up, and went on with his intention; exchanging saddles and all, and then sitting down on a bundle of hay to overcome the qualm which the violent blow occasioned, before he entered the house.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 4
By Emily Bronte Context
quandaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. dilemma; state of uncertainty or perplexity
quellspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. extinguish; put down forcibly; suppress; pacify or quiet
Whether an exceedingly small expansion of eye be sufficient to quell paupers, who, being lightly fed, are in no very high condition; or whether the late Mrs. Corney was particularly proof against eagle glances.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
When I first looked into his face, I perceived that he had got intelligence of the catastrophe; and a foolish notion struck me that his heart was quelled and he prayed, because his lips moved and his gaze was bent on the ground.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 16
By Emily Bronte Context
radiatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. spread out; effuse; issue or emerge in rays or waves
From these no appreciable beams now radiated, except when a more than usually smart gust brushed over their faces and raised a fitful glow which came and went like the blush of a girl.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
radicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. drastic; extreme; arising from or going to a root or source; basic
ratifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. approve formally; confirm; verify
Peggotty was not slow to respond, and ratify the treaty of friendship by giving me one of her best hugs.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
It had come to be accepted that the pigs, who were manifestly cleverer than the other animals, should decide all questions of farm policy, though their decisions had to be ratified by a majority vote.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
rationalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. consistent with; based on; using reason
It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the order of the day.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 11
By Jane Austen Context
The greatest degree of rational consistency could not have been more engaging, and they talked with mutual satisfaction.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 9
By Jane Austen Context
Her breath, her skin, her lips, all flattered Elinor with signs of amendment; and Marianne fixed her eyes on her with a rational, though languid, gaze.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 43
By Jane Austen Context
ravenousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. extremely hungry; voracious; eager for prey
As Estella looked back over her shoulder before going out at the door, Miss Havisham kissed that hand to her, with a ravenous intensity that was of its kind quite dreadful.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
ravishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. force someone to have sex against their will; hold spellbound
readjustspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. adjust again after an initial failure
rebuffspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. offer sudden or harsh resistance; turn down or shut out; repel or drive back
She saw in him the peculiar tight rebuff against anyone of the lower classes who might be really climbing up, which she knew was characteristic of his breed.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
reconcilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. correct inconsistencies; become friendly after a quarrel; become compatible or consistent
Yet her bright and happy face reconciled him to the arrangement more than any argument could have done.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Miss Steele was the least discomposed of the three, by their presence; and it was in their power to reconcile her to it entirely.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 36
By Jane Austen Context
We were reconciled; but we cried, both of us, the whole time I stayed: not entirely for sorrow; yet I was sorry Linton had that distorted nature.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 24
By Emily Bronte Context
rectifyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. set right; correct by calculation or adjustment
recuperatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. recover; return to health or strength; recover from financial loss
reformatoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. serving or designed to reform
Even when I was taken to have a new suit of clothes, the tailor had orders to make them like a kind of Reformatory, and on no account to let me have the free use of my limbs.
Great Expectations - Chapter 4
By Charles Dickens Context
reimbursespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. pay back for some expense incurred
reinstatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. place again in possession, or in a former state; restore to a state from which one had been removed
I picked up her hat, and approached to reinstate it; but perceiving that the people of the house took her part, she commenced capering round the room; and on my giving chase, ran like a mouse over and under and behind the furniture, rendering it ridiculous for me to pursue.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
remittancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. transmitting money, bills, especially to a distant place, as in satisfaction of a demand, or in discharge of an obligation
Nothing has, as yet, turned up; and it may not surprise you, my dear Master Copperfield, so much as it would a stranger, to know that we are at present waiting for a remittance from London, to discharge our pecuniary obligations at this hotel.
David Copperfield - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
rendspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. split; tear or split apart or into pieces violently
With a rending, tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed the light of a lantern.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
renovatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. restore to good condition; renew
reorganizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. organize anew, as after a setback
reputablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having a good reputation; honorable
residuespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. remainder of something after removal of parts or a part; balance
Edward was not entirely without hopes of some favourable change in his mother towards him; and on THAT he rested for the residue of their income.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 49
By Jane Austen Context
revelspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. to take great pleasure or delight; make merry
Even in this flash of revelation, she realized vaguely that, foolish though they seemed, theirs was the right attitude.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
reveriespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. daydream; state of abstracted musing; absent-minded dreaming while awake
He looked at her wistfully, then seemed to fall into a reverie, as if he were forgetting what he observed.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
We had walked several times up and down the lawn, neither Miss Stoner nor myself liking to break in upon his thoughts before he roused himself from his reverie.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I had not courage to walk straight into the apartment; but I desired to divert him from his reverie, and therefore fell foul of the kitchen fire, stirred it, and began to scrape the cinders.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 34
By Emily Bronte Context
revertspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. return to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief; backslide; turn back to
Micawber promptly resumed his letter, glad to revert to a performance with which he was so highly satisfied.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
Reverting for a moment to his former refuge, he observed a cautionary movement of her eyes towards the door.
Hard Times - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
Which, never failing to revert to his kind friends, and the opinion they must long ago have formed of him, were sad indeed.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
revokespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. void or annul by recalling, withdrawing, or reversing; cancel; retract
Sparsit was a Powler, or that I myself am related to the Scadgers family; or if I could even revoke the fact, and make myself a person of common descent and ordinary connexions; I would gladly do so.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
rhapsodyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an epic poem adapted for recitation
riftspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. shallow area in a waterway; break in friendly relations; narrow fissure in rock
Tom got into this and held his candle as far under the rock as he could, but said he could not see to the end of the rift.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 33
By Mark Twain Context
A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of the clouds.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
ritualspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. procedure for religious ceremonies; any customary practice
rosterspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. list, especially of names
rostrumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. elevated platform for public speaking; pulpit
ruespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for; mourn
rupturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of making a sudden noisy break
sallyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a sudden rushing forth or activity; an excursion or trip, usually off the main course; witty remark
satirespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. form of literature in which irony and ridicule are used to attack human vice and folly
I had not expected him to be, and was not surprised myself; or my observation of similar practical satires would have been but scanty.
David Copperfield - Chapter 61
By Charles Dickens Context
The moment then came when she could scarcely sit longer, and it was like a satire on her patience to remember that Clym could hardly have reached the inn as yet.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
saturatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. soak, fill, or load to capacity; cause to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
His left arm, rudely bandaged in a shawl, hung heavy and useless at his side; the bandage was saturated with blood.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
Round the doorway the floor was merely sprinkled with rain, and not saturated, which told her that the door had not long been opened.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
I therefore directed my attention at once to the garden path, which was saturated with recent rain, and would certainly show any footmarks.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
scopespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions; extent; bound
scrimmagespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a noisy riotous fight; a confused struggle
scrutinizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. examine closely and critically
Then he carefully scrutinized the broken and frayed end where it had snapped off when the burglar had dragged it down.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I frowned, and then she glanced towards the master: whose mind was occupied on other subjects than his company, as his countenance evinced; and she grew serious for an instant, scrutinizing him with deep gravity.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 33
By Emily Bronte Context
searspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make very hot and dry; become superficially burned
He kept drifting to the rear of the schoolhouse, again and again, to sear his eyeballs with the hateful spectacle there.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 18
By Mark Twain Context
secludedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. removed or remote from others; solitary; hidden or isolated
A short walk brought us to a secluded road fringed with pleasant houses, each standing in its own grounds.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Campbell consigned to him, and felt a strong personal interest in his being well cared for, and living a secluded life.
Great Expectations - Chapter 46
By Charles Dickens Context
sectorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. particular aspect of life or activity; body of people who form part of society or economy
sedimentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. deposit; matter deposited by some natural process
segmentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sector; portion; any of the parts into which something can be divided
It showed the barrow to be the segment of a globe, as perfect as on the day when it was thrown up, even the little ditch remaining from which the earth was dug.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
segregatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. isolate; separate; divide from the main body
silhouettespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a drawing of the outline of an object; filled in with some uniform color; an outline of a solid object, as cast by its shadow
His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against the blind.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
simultaneousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. existing, happening, or done at the same time
On the steps of the church, there was the stooping figure of a man, who had put down some burden on the smooth snow, to adjust it; my seeing the face, and my seeing him, were simultaneous.
David Copperfield - Chapter 40
By Charles Dickens Context
skepticalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by or given to doubt; questioning
skirmishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. minor battle in war; minor or preliminary conflict or dispute
slothfulspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. lazy; disinclined to work or exertion; inactive; sluggish
smeltspeak speak spelling word quiz 
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
soddenspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. thoroughly soaked; expressionless, stupid, or dull, especially from drink
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
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
solitudespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state of being alone; seclusion; lonely or secluded place
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
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