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bifocalsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. eyeglasses having two focal lengths, one for near vision and the other for far vision
bilingualspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. using or able to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency
binocularsspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a pair of tubes with glass lenses at either end to see things far away more clearly
biologyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. science that studies living organisms
n. all the plant and animal life of a particular region
biscuitspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a small, flat cake that is dry and usually sweet; cookie
The child ate some fruit and biscuits, and being thirsty she drank a glass of wine which stood nearly filled.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 1
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
She felt as young and guilty as when she was ten and had thrown a buttered biscuit at Suellen at the table.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 10
By Margaret Mitche Context
While I did so, he stood at the table drinking rum and eating biscuit; and when I saw him thus engaged, I saw my convict on the marshes at his meal again.
Great Expectations - Chapter 39
By Charles Dickens Context
boulevardspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a wide street in city, usually with trees on each side or along the centre
She was hoping for the time when, as the mistress of some pretty establishment, however small, near a Parisian Boulevard, she would be passing her days on the skirts at least of the gay world, and catching stray wafts from those town pleasures she was so well fitted to enjoy.
Return of the Native - Chapter 28
By Thomas Hardy Context
Sometimes she was happy for a little while in the Boulevards or in the Bois or the Luxembourg Gardens.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 17
By D H Lawrence Context
boundaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. dividing line that marks the edge or limit of something; border
When she reached the corner of the enclosure, where the steps were formed for mounting the boundary bank, she sprang up with a lightness which seemed strange after her listless movement towards the well.
Return of the Native - Chapter 22
By Thomas Hardy Context
The park paling was still the boundary on one side, and she soon passed one of the gates into the ground.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 35
By Jane Austen Context
Rumor had it that there would be heavy fighting up there near the boundary between Georgia and Tennessee.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 17
By Margaret Mitche Context
briefcasespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. portable, often flat case with a handle, used for carrying papers or books
brochurespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. small book usually having paper cover; pamphlet
bulletinspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. brief statement of facts; any public notice or announcement
n. a periodical publication
calculatorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. small machine that is used for mathematical calculations
After some words apart between the last comer and Fagin, they drew their chairs towards the fire; and the Jew, telling Oliver to come and sit by him, led the conversation to the topics most calculated to interest his hearers.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
As to Tom, he was becoming that not unprecedented triumph of calculation which is usually at work on number one.
Hard Times - Chapter 7
By Charles Dickens Context
On the previous night, I had been sent straight to bed in an attic with a sloping roof, which was so low in the corner where the bedstead was, that I calculated the tiles as being within a foot of my eyebrows.
Great Expectations - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
candidatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person who is competing to get a job, prize, or honor
I candidly own that I have modified my views a little, in deference to you; and it should satisfy you.
Return of the Native - Chapter 22
By Thomas Hardy Context
There is great truth, however, in what you have now urged of the allowances which ought to be made for him, and it is my wish to be candid in my judgment of every body.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 15
By Jane Austen Context
I compared her in my mind with Dora, with considerable inward satisfaction; but I candidly admitted to myself that she seemed to be an excellent kind of girl for Traddles, too.
David Copperfield - Chapter 41
By Charles Dickens Context
Capitolspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the government building in Washington where the Senate and the House of Representatives meet
capturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. take someone as a prisoner, or to take something into your possession, especially by force
Charley took it in both his own with a tenderness beyond description, unless it was like that of a child holding a captured sparrow.
Return of the Native - Chapter 15
By Thomas Hardy Context
He had distinguished himself, and early gained the other step in rank, and must now, by successive captures, have made a handsome fortune.
Persuasion - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
It was the other world he wanted to capture, the world of literature and fame; the popular world, not the working world.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
cardiganspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. knitted clothing, such as a sweater or jacket, that opens down the full length of the front
caribouspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a large deer with long horns with branches that lives in North America
caricaturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. representation, like a picture, that is deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic effect
Tom partly uncovered a dismal caricature of a house with two gable ends to it and a corkscrew of smoke issuing from the chimney.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6
By Mark Twain Context
categoryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. group, class, or collection of things sharing a common attribute
cemeteryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. place or ground set apart for the burial of the dead; graveyard
But the thousands of starving animals, left homeless when their masters had been so rudely evacuated, had shocked him almost as much as the cemetery, for Frank loved cats and dogs.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 28
By Margaret Mitche Context
chameleonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. lizard that changes color in different situations
chandelierspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a decorative light that hangs from the ceiling with a number of bulbs or candles
Then the hardwood floors had shone like glass, and overhead the chandelier with its hundreds of tiny prisms had caught and reflected every ray of the dozens of candles it bore, flinging them, like gleams from diamonds, flame and sapphire about the room.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
The old wintry branches of chandeliers in the room where the mouldering table was spread had been lighted while we were out, and Miss Havisham was in her chair and waiting for me.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
chauffeurspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. someone whose job is to drive a car for a rich or important person
But suddenly he came striding into the clearing, in his black oilskin jacket like a chauffeur, shining with wet.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 10
By D H Lawrence Context
chemistspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a scientist who specializes in chemistry
I am of this opinion, because, while I was reading the newspaper, I observed him behind a low wooden partition, which was his private apartment, very busy pouring out of a number of those vessels into one, like a chemist and druggist making up a prescription.
David Copperfield - Chapter 19
By Charles Dickens Context
chimpanzeespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a small, very intelligent African ape with black or brown fur
I had rather that Nancy and my old pals should think of Harry Wood as having died with a straight back, than see him living and crawling with a stick like a chimpanzee.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
civilizespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. educate a society so that its culture becomes more developed
v. improve someone's behaviour
As such, however, they were treated by her with quiet civility; and by her husband with as much kindness as he could feel towards anybody beyond himself, his wife, and their child.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 2
By Jane Austen Context
To the civil inquiries which then poured in, and amongst which she had the pleasure of distinguishing the much superior solicitude of Mr.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 8
By Jane Austen Context
Charles heard it quite by chance; they have not had the civility to give me any notice, or of offering to take anything.
Persuasion - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
cocoaspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a dark brown powder made from the crushed beans of a tree, used to make chocolate
n. a sweet chocolate drink that is made with cocoa powder
coffeespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a dark brown powder with a strong flavour and smell that is made by crushing coffee beans
n. a drink consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
When Joseph quitted the room he took his seat in the place he generally chose, and I put a basin of coffee before him.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 34
By Emily Bronte Context
When coffee was over, Colonel Fitzwilliam reminded Elizabeth of having promised to play to him; and she sat down directly to the instrument.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 31
By Jane Austen Context
The Yankee blockade about the Confederate ports had tightened, and luxuries such as tea, coffee, silks, whalebone stays, colognes, fashion magazines and books were scarce and dear.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 12
By Margaret Mitche Context
collidespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. come into conflict or opposition; conflict
combinespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. join together to make a single thing or group; blend, fuse, or merge
For the combination of both these blessings in the one simple process of picking oakum, Oliver bowed low by the direction of the beadle, and was then hurried away to a large ward; where, on a rough, hard bed, he sobbed himself to sleep.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
They all assumed to be mighty rakish and knowing, they were not very tidy in their private dresses, they were not at all orderly in their domestic arrangements, and the combined literature of the whole company would have produced but a poor letter on any subject.
Hard Times - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
When we had passed the village and the church and the churchyard, and were out on the marshes and began to see the sails of the ships as they sailed on, I began to combine Miss Havisham and Estella with the prospect, in my usual way.
Great Expectations - Chapter 17
By Charles Dickens Context
comedianspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person whose job is to make people laugh by telling jokes and funny stories
commemorationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something officially
They were the bonfires of other parishes and hamlets that were engaged in the same sort of commemoration.
Return of the Native - Chapter 3
By Thomas Hardy Context
THIS is not the place to commemorate the trials and privations endured by the immigrant Mormons before they came to their final haven.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
commissaryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a government official with a particular responsibility
n. a retail store, usually serve for people in the army or in prison
She would never have arrived at this eminence so early in life had not the exigencies of war and the demands of the commissary department on Tara made it impossible for Ellen to spare Mammy or Dilcey or even Rosa or Teena.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 8
By Margaret Mitche Context
commitmentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a promise or firm decision to do something
n. act of binding yourself to a course of action
James Wilder, his secretary, with intimation that young Lord Saltire, ten years old, his only son and heir, was about to be committed to my charge.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 5
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
You will observe that this line of boats calls at Belfast, Dublin, and Waterford; so that, presuming that Browner had committed the deed and had embarked at once upon his steamer, the May Day, Belfast would be the first place at which he could post his terrible packet.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique things are very often connected not with the larger but with the smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for doubt whether any positive crime has been committed.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
commotionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a sudden, short period of noise, confusion, or excited movement
In the midst of all this noise and commotion, there was heard a sweet female voice, which quelled it in an instant.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 28
By Charles Dickens Context
As this sounded mysterious to the children, and moreover was like the beginning of a favourite story Agnes used to tell them, introductory to the arrival of a wicked old Fairy in a cloak who hated everybody, it produced some commotion.
David Copperfield - Chapter 63
By Charles Dickens Context
I did so; and became at once conscious of an extraordinary throbbing and commotion which was going on inside.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
communicationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. activity of communicating; conveying information, like message, letter, or announcement
I then passed through Persia, looked in at Mecca, and paid a short but interesting visit to the Khalifa at Khartoum the results of which I have communicated to the Foreign Office.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Blessington came in from his walk shortly afterwards, but I did not say anything to him upon the subject, for, to tell the truth, I have got in the way of late of holding as little communication with him as possible.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with the police, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very singular business.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
companionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a person you spend a lot of time with, often because of friends or travelling together; partner
He introduced himself as Inspector Martin, of the Norfolk Constabulary, and he was considerably astonished when he heard the name of my companion.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
For a whole day my companion had rambled about the room with his chin upon his chest and his brows knitted, charging and recharging his pipe with the strongest black tobacco, and absolutely deaf to any of my questions or remarks.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely shared with all the readers of the daily press, I knew little of my former friend and companion.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 1
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
comparisonspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. considering something similar or of equal quality to something else
n. act of comparing two or more people or things
The friendliness of his disposition made him happy in accommodating those, whose situation might be considered, in comparison with the past, as unfortunate.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 7
By Jane Austen Context
I assure you, that if Darcy were not such a great tall fellow, in comparison with myself, I should not pay him half so much deference.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
No one had ever come within the Kellynch circle, who could bear a comparison with Frederick Wentworth, as he stood in her memory.
Persuasion - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
competitivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. wanting very much to win or be more successful than other people
He had not a temper to bear the sort of competition in which we stood�the sort of preference which was often given me.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 16
By Jane Austen Context
She could see for herself how quickly the town was rebuilding and anyone who could establish a lumber business now, when there was so little competition, would have a gold mine.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 35
By Margaret Mitche Context
The pupils then entered among themselves upon a competitive examination on the subject of Boots, with the view of ascertaining who could tread the hardest upon whose toes.
Great Expectations - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
complementspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. make something else seem better or more attractive when combining with it
Eustacia went with her head thrown back fancifully, a certain glad and voluptuous air of triumph pervading her eyes at having won by her own unaided self a man who was her perfect complement in attainment, appearance, and age.
Return of the Native - Chapter 24
By Thomas Hardy Context
complimentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a remark that expresses approval, admiration, or respect; praise
Fagin saw, with delight, that this tribute to his powers was no mere compliment, but that he had really impressed his recruit with a sense of his wily genius, which it was most important that he should entertain in the outset of their acquaintance.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
If the same annual compliment would be acceptable there, why, I see nothing to part us, unless you do.
Hard Times - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
If he could have known how nearly the compliment lost him his pupil, I doubt if he would have paid it.
Great Expectations - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
compromisespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. accept that you will reduce your demands to reach an agreement with someone
v. lower or weaken standards, risk harming something
To have lost the godlike conceit that we may do what we will, and not to have acquired a homely zest for doing what we can, shows a grandeur of temper which cannot be objected to in the abstract, for it denotes a mind that, though disappointed, forswears compromise.
Return of the Native - Chapter 7
By Thomas Hardy Context
It was very desirable that the connexion should be renewed, if it could be done, without any compromise of propriety on the side of the Elliots.
Persuasion - Chapter 16
By Jane Austen Context
I noticed that after the funeral Joe changed his clothes so far, as to make a compromise between his Sunday dress and working dress; in which the dear fellow looked natural, and like the Man he was.
Great Expectations - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
concentratespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. bring to or direct toward a common center; unite more closely; gather into one body
She had something of an estranged mien; the solitude exhaled from the heath was concentrated in this face that had risen from it.
Return of the Native - Chapter 3
By Thomas Hardy Context
But if I can be the means of restraining the publicity of the business, of limiting the exhibition, of concentrating our folly, I shall be well repaid.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 16
By Jane Austen Context
He let her shave him nearly every day: her face near his, her eyes so very concentrated, watching that she did it right.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 9
By D H Lawrence Context
concessionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something that is allowed or given up, often to end a disagreement; act of yielding
After all, a man had to make some concessions to his bride, especially about the wedding, for women set such a store by sentimental things.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 36
By Margaret Mitche Context
condominiumspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. an apartment building in which each apartment is owned separately
confiscatespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. officially take private property away from someone, usually by legal authority
She remembered all too vividly her struggles during those first days of Reconstruction, her fears that the soldiers and the Carpetbaggers would confiscate her money and her property.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 58
By Margaret Mitche Context
He made no answer: being occupied mentally bewailing the loss of the flute, which had been confiscated for the use of the county: so Nancy passed on to the next cell, and knocked there.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 13
By Charles Dickens Context
congestionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of gathering, heaping together, or forming a mass
conjecturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. guess, based on the appearance of a situation and not on proof
What her last illness was, I am not certain: I conjecture, they died of the same thing, a kind of fever, slow at its commencement, but incurable, and rapidly consuming life towards the close.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
The worst had once been matter of trembling conjecture; it was now matter of reason only, a limited badness.
Return of the Native - Chapter 45
By Thomas Hardy Context
In short, I could learn nothing but that she was gone; all the rest, for eight long months, was left to conjecture.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 31
By Jane Austen Context
Connecticutspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a state in the northeastern US, a New England state
considerationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. act of thinking about something carefully
The American, Abe Slaney, was condemned to death at the winter assizes at Norwich, but his penalty was changed to penal servitude in consideration of mitigating circumstances, and the certainty that Hilton Cubitt had fired the first shot.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
These were all factors which had to be taken into consideration, and yet none of them got quite to the heart of the matter.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so completely overtopped every other consideration that we both burst out into a roar of laughter.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
constellationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a group of stars in the sky that appear to form a pattern and that have a name
n. a group of famous people all together in one place