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sophomoricspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. immature; half-baked, like a sophomore
spanspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. duration; distance; cover; extent or measure of space between two points
A deep gulf, she observed, had opened between Dora and me, and Love could only span it with its rainbow.
David Copperfield - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
So tall was he that his hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his breadth seemed to span it across from side to side.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
spasmodicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; periodic
She heard her own breath pass from loud evenness to spasmodic sobbing but her eyes were dry and burning as though there would never be tears in them again.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 22
By Margaret Mitche Context
Nothing disturbed the tranquillity of the Castle, but the occasional tumbling open of John and Miss Skiffins: which little doors were a prey to some spasmodic infirmity that made me sympathetically uncomfortable until I got used to it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 37
By Charles Dickens Context
staplespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. necessary foods or commodities; basic elements; secure or fasten; a short U-shaped wire nail for securing cables
The match went out, and so did we, and shoved in the staple again, and the door was locked as good as ever.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 34
By Mark Twain Context
stenchspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. strong, foul odor; stink; foul quality; offensive odor
The smell of sweat, of blood, of unwashed bodies, of excrement rose up in waves of blistering heat until the fetid stench almost nauseated her.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 21
By Margaret Mitche Context
sternspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character; firm or unyielding
I lay down in the old little bed in the stern of the boat, and the wind came moaning on across the flat as it had done before.
David Copperfield - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
Trabb never removed his stern eye from the boy until he had deposited number four on the counter and was at a safe distance again.
Great Expectations - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
On the one side a great crag towered up a thousand feet or more, black, stern, and menacing, with long basaltic columns upon its rugged surface like the ribs of some petrified monster.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
strategyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. elaborate and systematic plan; plan of action intended to accomplish a specific goal
She seldom schemed, but when she did scheme, her plans showed rather the comprehensive strategy of a general than the small arts called womanish, though she could utter oracles of Delphian ambiguity when she did not choose to be direct.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
strivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. endeavor; struggle or fight forcefully; exert much effort or energy
All Meryton seemed striving to blacken the man who, but three months before, had been almost an angel of light.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 48
By Jane Austen Context
After an interval, Melanie appeared in the doorway but, strive though she might, Mammy could not see past her into the room.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 59
By Margaret Mitche Context
This pain of the mind was much harder to strive against than any bodily pain I suffered; and Herbert, seeing that, did his utmost to hold my attention engaged.
Great Expectations - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
stuffyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. stout; lacking sufficient ventilation; close; dull and boring
There was a close stuffy smell in the room, compounded of the smoking fire, tobacco fumes, leather, damp woolen uniforms and unwashed bodies.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 34
By Margaret Mitche Context
suitablespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. appropriate to a purpose or an occasion
Snowball used as his study a shed which had once been used for incubators and had a smooth wooden floor, suitable for drawing on.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
I then walked slowly down the garden path, which happened to be composed of a clay soil, peculiarly suitable for taking impressions.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 14
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Since he had neglected to do it on first coming to the estate, their quitting his house might be looked on as the most suitable period for its accomplishment.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
supervisorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. director; overseer; one who is in charge of a particular unit, as in government or school system
supplementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. add as something seems insufficient; complement; extension; addition
There were points about this strange business which would, I was sure, have specially appealed to him, and the efforts of the police would have been supplemented, or more probably anticipated, by the trained observation and the alert mind of the first criminal agent in Europe.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
supremespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. most outstanding; highest; superior
My guardian threw his supplicant off with supreme indifference, and left him dancing on the pavement as if it were red hot.
Great Expectations - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
His passion for Eustacia had been a sort of conserve of his whole life, and he had nothing more of that supreme quality left to bestow.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Then with a grand effort she rallied from the shock, and a supreme astonishment and indignation chased every other expression from her features.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
sustainspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. admit as valid; keep in existence; lengthen or extend in duration or space
Linton did not appear to remember what she talked of and he had evidently great difficulty in sustaining any kind of conversation.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 26
By Emily Bronte Context
Bumble to understand that, from the violent and sanguinary onset of Oliver Twist, he had sustained severe internal injury and damage, from which he was at that moment suffering the acutest torture.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
On higher ground, where the wind was brisk and sustained, the rain flew in a level flight without sensible descent, so that it was beyond all power to imagine the remoteness of the point at which it left the bosoms of the clouds.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
sympathyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. compassion; pity; feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune
The old man said that what a man wanted that was down was sympathy, and the judge said it was so; so they cried again.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 5
By Mark Twain Context
She looked up at him and saw that his mouth was pulled down at the corners in mock sympathy, even while he swished the fan.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
Connie felt a sudden, strange leap of sympathy for him, a leap mingled with compassion, and tinged with repulsion, amounting almost to love.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 3
By D H Lawrence Context
symptomspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. sign; indication; any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient
He gnawed his lip, drummed his fingers upon the table, and showed every other symptom of acute impatience.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 7
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
This time he thought he could detect colicky symptoms, and he began to encourage them with considerable hope.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
My left arm, though it presented no bad symptoms, took, in the natural course, so long to heal that I was still unable to get a coat on.
Great Expectations - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
synthesisspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. combining parts into a coherent whole; putting of two or more things togethe
tardyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. late; delayed; moving slowly
tariffspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. tax on goods coming into a country
temporaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not permanent; lasting for only a limited period of time
He was a solicitor and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new premises were ready.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
And as a matter of fact, I suppose your greatest thrill comes from being able to say a temporary farewell to all this.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 16
By D H Lawrence Context
The next step was to get some furniture, which, after serving for temporary use in the cottage, would be available for the house at Budmouth when increased by goods of a better description.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
tentativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. hesitant; not fully worked out or developed; experimental; not definite or positive
terrainspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. piece of ground having specific characteristics or military potential; area of land; ground
terrificspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing extreme terror; very great; extraordinarily good
And that night there came on a terrific storm, with driving rain, awful claps of thunder and blinding sheets of lightning.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 22
By Mark Twain Context
The difficulties under which they had laboured all night, and which had found utterance in the most terrific gasps and snorts, are not to be conceived.
David Copperfield - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
But Charley Bates, at this moment, calling his attention by a perfectly terrific howl, he suddenly altered its destination, and flung it full at that young gentleman.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
territoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. large extent of land; organized portion of country
But the next year, in 1836, the State had authorized the building of a railroad northwestward through the territory which the Cherokees had recently ceded.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
But when he emerged from the towel, he was not yet satisfactory, for the clean territory stopped short at his chin and his jaws, like a mask; below and beyond this line there was a dark expanse of unirrigated soil that spread downward in front and backward around his neck.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 4
By Mark Twain Context
therapeuticspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. curative; having or exhibiting healing powers; relating to healing art
thriftyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. careful about money; economical
tidyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. being in proper time; timely; arranged in good order; orderly; appropriate; neat; kept in proper
He had made the hut tidy, put the little table and chair near the fireplace, left a little pile of kindling and small logs, and put the tools and traps away as far as possible, effacing himself.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
Melanie rustled in from her room, a worried frown puckering her forehead, a brush in her hands, her usually tidy black hair, freed of its net, fluffing about her face in a mass of tiny curls and waves.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
toxicspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. poisonous; caused by a toxin or other poison
tracespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. follow, discover; make a mark or lines on a surface
I could trace out where every part of the old house had been, and where the brewery had been, and where the gates, and where the casks.
Great Expectations - Chapter 59
By Charles Dickens Context
He could trace its shadow in the gloom, supply the smallest item of the outline, and note how stiff and solemn it seemed to stalk along.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
He would trace out A, B, C, D, in the dust with his great hoof, and then would stand staring at the letters with his ears back, sometimes shaking his forelock, trying with all his might to remember what came next and never succeeding.
Animal Farm - Chapter 3
By George Orwell Context
transferspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. shifting; conveyance or removal of something from one place, person, or thing to another
The reason he had applied for transfer to the front, despite his useless arm, was that he realized, as the civilian population did not, the seriousness of the situation.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 17
By Margaret Mitche Context
transportspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. carry from one place to another; carry away; deport
I had the wildest dreams concerning him, and woke unrefreshed; I woke, too, to recover the fear which I had lost in the night, of his being found out as a returned transport.
Great Expectations - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
Having remained silent here, just long enough to recover breath to speak, Master Bates uttered an exclamation of amusement and delight; and, bursting into an uncontrollable fit of laughter, flung himself upon a doorstep, and rolled thereon in a transport of mirth.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 12
By Charles Dickens Context
treacherousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. dangerous; dangerously unstable and unpredictable; disloyal; tending to betray
Then Tom became Robin Hood again, and was allowed by the treacherous nun to bleed his strength away through his neglected wound.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 8
By Mark Twain Context
As the summer wore on, and the windmill neared completion, the rumours of an impending treacherous attack grew stronger and stronger.
Animal Farm - Chapter 8
By George Orwell Context
She looked furtively around her, as the treacherous, blasphemous thoughts rushed through her mind, fearful that someone might find them written clearly upon her face.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
treatyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of treating for the adjustment of differences; negotiation
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
Finally the treaty was entered into; and the parties thereunto sat down to wait, with some impatience, until Oliver should awake.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 30
By Charles Dickens Context
I overheard no further distinguishable talk, but, on looking round again, I perceived two such radiant countenances bent over the page of the accepted book, that I did not doubt the treaty had been ratified on both sides; and the enemies were, thenceforth, sworn allies.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 32
By Emily Bronte Context
trekspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. travel; journey or leg of a journey, especially when slow or difficult
tremorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. shaking or vibrating movement; slight quiver
Everybody was satisfied; and she was left to the tremors of a most palpitating heart, while the others prepared to begin.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
His insistent mouth was parting her shaking lips, sending wild tremors along her nerves, evoking from her sensations she had never known she was capable of feeling.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 47
By Margaret Mitche Context
trespassspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. unlawfully enter boundaries of some else's property; commit an offense or a sin
I told him it was a nuisance to have the woman trespassing: to which he replied that he had no power to arrest her.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
tropicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. relating to region on either side of the equator; hot and humid
Her beginning to dance had been like a change of atmosphere; outside, she had been steeped in arctic frigidity by comparison with the tropical sensations here.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
troublesomespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing difficulty or annoyance; bothersome
Crupp was taken with a troublesome cough, in the midst of which she articulated with much difficulty.
David Copperfield - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
It was very strange that he should come to Longbourn instead of to Lucas Lodge; it was also very inconvenient and exceedingly troublesome.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 23
By Jane Austen Context
Huck was always willing to take a hand in any enterprise that offered entertainment and required no capital, for he had a troublesome superabundance of that sort of time which is not money.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 25
By Mark Twain Context
trudgespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. walk or march with labor; jog along; move wearily
My aunt, the best and most cheerful of nurses, would trudge after us, a moving mass of shawls and pillows.
David Copperfield - Chapter 48
By Charles Dickens Context
But reluctantly she replaced her shoes and stockings and trudged down the bank, spongy with moss, under the shady trees.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 25
By Margaret Mitche Context
tyrantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. absolute ruler; sovereign unrestrained by law or constitution
uneasyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not easy; difficult; restless; disturbed by pain, anxiety
It was evident to me that he was becoming uneasy, and that his plans were not working out altogether as he had hoped.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
He stood about, restless and uneasy, for a while, glancing at the door, every now and then, hoping she would repent and come to find him.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 7
By Mark Twain Context
I have felt uneasy for the consequences of his being so involved, but I have kept these secrets until now, when I trust them to your honour.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
unrulyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule; not according to rule; irregularly
unscathedspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not harmed or damaged in any way; untouched
upheavalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. violent disturbance; sudden, violent disruption or upset
utilitarianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. practical and functional, not just for show
vacantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. void of thought or knowledge; without an occupant or incumbent
The worst of it was, Clifford tended to become vague, absent, and to fall into fits of vacant depression.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 6
By D H Lawrence Context
He stretched out his long arm to turn the lamp away from himself and towards the vacant chair upon which a newcomer must sit.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
After turning over as many as I thought proper, I tied them in a handkerchief and set them aside, relocking the vacant drawer.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 21
By Emily Bronte Context
vaccinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. harmless form of the germs that cause a disease to prevent people getting the actual disease
vanishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. disappear; pass out of sight, especially quickly; die out
He intended to change his name altogether, draw this money, and vanish, starting life again elsewhere.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Presently there came a quivering glow that vaguely revealed the foliage for a moment and then vanished.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 16
By Mark Twain Context
Life in the pleasant brick house on Peachtree Street, the only life he knew, had vanished that night and he would never recover from its loss.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 25
By Margaret Mitche Context
vanityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. quality or state of being vain; emptiness; feelings of excessive pride; conceit
She did not mean, however, to derive much more from it to gratify her vanity, than Mary might have allowed.
Persuasion - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 6
By Jane Austen Context
Lady Middleton piqued herself upon the elegance of her table, and of all her domestic arrangements; and from this kind of vanity was her greatest enjoyment in any of their parties.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
vanquishspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. conquer; overcome; come out better in a competition
I must not only regard myself as being in a very ridiculous position, but as being vanquished at all points.
Hard Times - Chapter 22
By Charles Dickens Context
I guessed, however, by his irregular and intercepted breathing, that he struggled to vanquish an excess of violent emotion.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 3
By Emily Bronte Context
vastspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. large; broad; extensive; very great in size, number, amount, or quantity
It would take many years for the living blood of the generations to dissolve the vast black clot of bruised blood, deep inside their souls and bodies.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 5
By D H Lawrence Context
Day after day, a vast heavy veil had been driving over London from the East, and it drove still, as if in the East there were an Eternity of cloud and wind.
Great Expectations - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
There is a vast deal of difference in memories, as well as in everything else, and therefore you must make allowance for your cousin, and pity her deficiency.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
ventriloquistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who can make his voice seem to come from another person or thing
versatilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. having many talents; capable of working in many fields
vertigospeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. severe dizziness; reeling sensation; feeling about to fall
veteranspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone who has given long service
The officers were elected by the members, for no one in the County had had any military experience except a few veterans of the Mexican and Seminole wars and, besides, the Troop would have scorned a veteran as a leader if they had not personally liked him and trusted him.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 1
By Margaret Mitche Context
victorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person who defeats an enemy or opponent in competition; winner
visualspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible; optical
Blacklock, a poet blind from his birth, could describe visual objects with accuracy; Professor Sanderson, who was also blind, gave excellent lectures on colour, and taught others the theory of ideas which they had and he had not.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
vitalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. full of life; animated; necessary to continued existence; living or breathing
He never held forth; his ideas were really not vital enough for it, he was too confused and emotional.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 4
By D H Lawrence Context
There was no one to tell Scarlett that her own personality, frighteningly vital though it was, was more attractive than any masquerade she might adopt.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 5
By Margaret Mitche Context
vividspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. bright; lively; graphic; having striking color
Yet it was busy, too, with all the remembrances the place naturally awakened; and they were particularly distinct and vivid.
David Copperfield - Chapter 55
By Charles Dickens Context
My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening.
Great Expectations - Chapter 1
By Charles Dickens Context
For the first time, she had consciously and definitely hated Clifford, with vivid hate: as if he ought to be obliterated from the face of the earth.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 13
By D H Lawrence Context
volumespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. capacity; amount of space occupied by an object
Leaning on the table, he rapidly turned over the leaves of this volume until he came to the entry which he sought.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Carelessly at first; but, lighting on a passage which attracted his attention, he soon became intent upon the volume.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
We were very happy; and that evening, as the last of its race, and destined evermore to close that volume of my life, will never pass out of my memory.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
vowspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. solemn promise made to God; promise of fidelity; pledge of love or affection
Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening on the very morning of the wedding.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
waftspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. cause to go gently and smoothly through air or over water
The winds you are going to tempt, have wafted thousands upon thousands to fortune, and brought thousands upon thousands happily back.
David Copperfield - Chapter 16
By Charles Dickens Context
warrantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. guarantee; assurance by seller; authorization or certification
I have been followed from London Bridge Station, and I am sure that they are only waiting for the warrant to arrest me.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
When I told Herbert what had passed within the house, he was for our immediately going before a magistrate in the town, late at night as it was, and getting out a warrant.
Great Expectations - Chapter 53
By Charles Dickens Context
widespreadspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. spread or scattered over a considerable extent; occurring or accepted widely
Worn and exhausted, he leaned upon his rifle and shook his gaunt hand fiercely at the silent widespread city beneath him.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The avenue ran through a noble park, between lines of ancient elms, and ended in a low, widespread house, pillared in front after the fashion of Palladio.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
withdrawspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. remove from; pull back; break from gathering; retreat; depart
In the moment when I was withdrawing my head to go quietly away, I saw a great flaming light spring up.
Great Expectations - Chapter 49
By Charles Dickens Context
He stopped the horses, and beckoned to her to withdraw with him a few yards aside, which she did, wondering.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door behind me.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
worthwhilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. sufficiently valuable; important to be worth one's time, effort, or interest