9th Grade Spelling Words

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Grade 9: Vocabulary - List 5

intervalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. pause; break; space between two objects, points, or units
The soldiers were in front of us, extending into a pretty wide line with an interval between man and man.
Great Expectations - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between savage fits of passion and gloomy intervals of sulking.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 12
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
It was claimed that same evening, and returned; but in the interval I had taken a moulding of it, and had a duplicate constructed.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
inventivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. marked by independence and creativity in thought or action
Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
irrelevantspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. not applicable; unrelated; having no connection with
irresistiblespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. too attractive and tempting to be resisted; overwhelming; charming
The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible.
Great Expectations - Chapter 29
By Charles Dickens Context
All these considerations led me to the irresistible conclusion that Jefferson Hope was to be found among the jarveys of the Metropolis.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 14
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The next day and the day after, he hung about the courtroom, drawn by an almost irresistible impulse to go in, but forcing himself to stay out.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 23
By Mark Twain Context
islandspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a land mass, smaller than a continent, that is surrounded by water
Thirty or forty years ago, before losses and chancery suits came upon it, it was a thriving place; but now it is a desolate island indeed.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 50
By Charles Dickens Context
He had lived on a sort of desert island all his life and as he had been the king of it he had made his own manners and had had no one to compare himself with.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 23
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
I went up and set down on a log at the head of the island, and looked out on the big river and the black driftwood and away over to the town, three mile away, where there was three or four lights twinkling.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Chapter 7
By Mark Twain Context
jealousyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. envy; jealous attitude or disposition
No doubt my jealousy made an admirer of every one who went near her; but there were more than enough of them without that.
Great Expectations - Chapter 38
By Charles Dickens Context
Miss Bingley was then sorry that she had proposed the delay, for her jealousy and dislike of one sister much exceeded her affection for the other.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 12
By Jane Austen Context
Fournaye, who is of Creole origin, is of an extremely excitable nature, and has suffered in the past from attacks of jealousy which have amounted to frenzy.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 13
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
journalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. magazine; periodical; log; diary; a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred
knickknackspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a small inexpensive mass-produced article; miscellaneous curios
knighthoodspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. aristocrats holding the rank of knight
Sir William Lucas had been formerly in trade in Meryton, where he had made a tolerable fortune, and risen to the honour of knighthood by an address to the king during his mayoralty.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 5
By Jane Austen Context
laboriousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. demanding much work or care; tedious
Yes, there it lay, the fruit of all their struggles, levelled to its foundations, the stones they had broken and carried so laboriously scattered all around.
Animal Farm - Chapter 6
By George Orwell Context
lackadaisicallyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in an idle and lackadaisical manner
There is no doubt whatever that I was a lackadaisical young spooney; but there was a purity of heart in all this, that prevents my having quite a contemptuous recollection of it, let me laugh as I may.
David Copperfield - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
lenientlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a permissively lenient manner
liabilityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something that holds one back; state of being legally obliged and responsible
The victim, from my cradle, of pecuniary liabilities to which I have been unable to respond, I have ever been the sport and toy of debasing circumstances.
David Copperfield - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
libationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a serving of wine poured out in honor of a deity; a serving of an alcoholic beverage
lifelikespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. evoking lifelike images within the mind; free from artificiality
lifelongspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. continuing through life; lasting or remaining in a particular state throughout life
Never once during these last days had he betrayed to Scarlett by one look, one word, anything but the affection a brother might show a sister or a friend, a lifelong friend.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 15
By Margaret Mitche Context
lifetimespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the period during which something is functional, as between birth and death
This unhappy boy, Miss Trotwood, has been the occasion of much domestic trouble and uneasiness; both during the lifetime of my late dear wife, and since.
David Copperfield - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
They did not know when the Rebellion predicted by Major would take place, they had no reason for thinking that it would be within their own lifetime, but they saw clearly that it was their duty to prepare for it.
Animal Farm - Chapter 2
By George Orwell Context
lightningspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere
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
Two or three lamps were rained out and blown out; so, both saw the lightning to advantage as it quivered and zigzagged on the iron tracks.
Hard Times - Chapter 21
By Charles Dickens Context
The little fox and the rook were as happy and busy as they were, and the robin and his mate flew backward and forward like tiny streaks of lightning.
The Secret Garden - Chapter 16
By Frances Hodgson Burnett Context
likelihoodspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. possibility, strong probability; state of being probable
In that case, so liable as every body was to meet every body in Bath, Lady Russell would in all likelihood see him somewhere.
Persuasion - Chapter 19
By Jane Austen Context
Yeobright, as soon as she could calmly reflect, there was much likelihood in this, for she could hardly believe that Wildeve would really appropriate money belonging to her son.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
Bennet had no more to say; and Lady Lucas, who had been long yawning at the repetition of delights which she saw no likelihood of sharing, was left to the comforts of cold ham and chicken.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
locallyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in that area; to a restricted area of the body
The local house agent could tell me nothing about Charlington Hall, and referred me to a well known firm in Pall Mall.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
luxuryspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something that is an indulgence rather than necessity; excessively expensive
She was nice only from natural delicacy, but he had been brought up in a school of luxury and epicurism.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 41
By Jane Austen Context
I passed three days in a luxury of wretchedness, torturing myself by putting every conceivable variety of discouraging construction on all that ever had taken place between Dora and me.
David Copperfield - Chapter 33
By Charles Dickens Context
Having laid out all these luxuries, my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid for and were ordered to this address.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
magnificencespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. grandeur; splendor; grand or imposing beauty
Dragging an old chair to the table, he sat down; and took from it a magnificent gold watch, sparkling with jewels.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 9
By Charles Dickens Context
maintenancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. preservation; support; continuance; court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another
There is already lodged in my hands a sum of money amply sufficient for your suitable education and maintenance.
Great Expectations - Chapter 18
By Charles Dickens Context
Her hope was that Linton might be left with him, as he had been with her: his father, she would fain convince herself, had no desire to assume the burden of his maintenance or education.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 18
By Emily Bronte Context
maneuverspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. plan for attaining a particular goal; deliberate coordinated movement; strategy
mansionspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. dwelling-house of the better class; a large or stately residence
Fritchley, a perfect old Georgian mansion, was even now, as Connie passed in the car, being demolished.
Lady Chatterley's Lover - Chapter 11
By D H Lawrence Context
martyrspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one who makes great sacrifices or suffers to further belief or principle; one who endures great suffering
Whether this romantic martyr to superstition and the melancholy mummer he had conversed with under the full moon were one and the same person remained as yet a problem.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
maturityspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. state or quality of being mature; ripeness; full development; arrival of the time fixed for payment
He thought of Rachael, how young when they were first brought together in these circumstances, how mature now, how soon to grow old.
Hard Times - Chapter 10
By Charles Dickens Context
mediationspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. the act of intervening for the purpose of bringing about a settlement; negotiation to resolve differences
I perceived he was bent on refusing my mediation, so very reluctantly I went up to the library, and announced the unseasonable visitor, advising that he should be dismissed till next day.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 19
By Emily Bronte Context
medicalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. relating to the study or practice of medicine
I felt no inclination to tarry the event; and, resolving to seek medical aid on my own responsibility, I quitted the chamber.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 12
By Emily Bronte Context
Surely your medical experience would tell you, Watson, that weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional strength in the others.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 6
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Now I am aware that he is not only one of the heads of the medical school of the university, but a thinker of European reputation in more than one branch of science.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
merchandisespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. objects for sale; goods
She had a large acquaintance, of course professionally, among those who can afford to buy, and she disposes of my merchandise.
Persuasion - Chapter 17
By Jane Austen Context
meritspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. virtue; admirable quality or attribute; credit
I may claim the merit of having originated the suggestion that the will should be looked for in the box.
David Copperfield - Chapter 31
By Charles Dickens Context
Norris accepted the compliment, and admired the nice discernment of character which could so well distinguish merit.
Mansfield Park - Chapter 4
By Jane Austen Context
My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
merrimentspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. activities that are enjoyable or amusing; a gay feeling
As the wretched creature mumbled and chuckled in her hideous merriment, the undertaker turned to go away.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 5
By Charles Dickens Context
Finally, on the top corridor, which ran outside three untenanted bedrooms, he again was seized with a spasm of merriment.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She looked up at him imploringly, her face crimson with the shame of their last meeting, and met two of the blackest eyes she had ever seen, dancing in merciless merriment.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 9
By Margaret Mitche Context
miniaturespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. very small; model that represents something in a greatly reduced size
It was not a photograph but an ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect of the lustrous black hair, the large dark eyes, and the exquisite mouth.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 10
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Tall ferns buried her in their leafage whenever her path lay through them, which now formed miniature forests, though not one stem of them would remain to bud the next year.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
mischievousspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing mischief; harmful; hurtful; troublesome; irritating
She saw with maternal complacency all the impertinent encroachments and mischievous tricks to which her cousins submitted.
Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 21
By Jane Austen Context
miserspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a stingy hoarder of money and possessions, often living miserably
He never allowed Godfrey a shilling in his life, for he is an absolute miser, but it will all come to him right enough.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 11
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
missilespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. weapon that is thrown or projected; rocket carrying instruments or warhead
He had been wounded with some missiles from the crowd on the day of his capture, and his head was bandaged with a linen cloth.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 52
By Charles Dickens Context
monotonyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. uniformity or lack of variation; continual increase, or continual decrease; tedium as a result of repetition
My health forbade me from venturing out unless the weather was exceptionally genial, and I had no friends who would call upon me and break the monotony of my daily existence.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 2
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
At first, she seemed to wonder at the gentle compassion with which the Doctor spoke to her, and at his wish that she should have her mother with her, to relieve the dull monotony of her life.
David Copperfield - Chapter 42
By Charles Dickens Context
moonbeamspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a ray of moonlight
The house was encrusted with heavy thatchings, which dropped between the upper windows; the front, upon which the moonbeams directly played, had originally been white; but a huge pyracanth now darkened the greater portion.
Return of the Native - Chapter 0
By Thomas Hardy Context
mortgagespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. transferring property title as security for the repayment of a loan
The bank had foreclosed a mortgage effected on the property thus pleasantly situated, by one of the Coketown magnates, who, in his determination to make a shorter cut than usual to an enormous fortune, overspeculated himself by about two hundred thousand pounds.
Hard Times - Chapter 20
By Charles Dickens Context
municipalspeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. metropolitan; civic; having local self-government
narrativespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. story; art, technique, or process of telling story
Rance sat down on the horsehair sofa, and knitted his brows as though determined not to omit anything in his narrative.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 4
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
She would not hear of staying a second longer: in truth, I felt rather disposed to defer the sequel of her narrative myself.
Wuthering Heights - Chapter 9
By Emily Bronte Context
A new fear had been engendered in my mind by his narrative; or rather, his narrative had given form and purpose to the fear that was already there.
Great Expectations - Chapter 43
By Charles Dickens Context
needleworkspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a creation created or assembled by needle and thread; work, such as sewing or embroidery, that is done with a needle
Elizabeth took up some needlework, and was sufficiently amused in attending to what passed between Darcy and his companion.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 10
By Jane Austen Context
From my earliest infancy she seems to have been always employed in that class of needlework, and never by any chance in any other.
David Copperfield - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
Nor had she ever seen her sit down without a bit of needlework in her hands, except at mealtime, while attending the sick or while working at the bookkeeping of the plantation.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 3
By Margaret Mitche Context
neighborspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. a nearby object of the same kind; a person who lives near another
The gruel disappeared; the boys whispered each other, and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbors nudged him.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 2
By Charles Dickens Context
Scarlett knew these hurried preenings were being made with an eye toward meeting his wife with the appearance of a gentleman who had ridden sedately home from a call on a neighbor.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 2
By Margaret Mitche Context
Pocket had a toady neighbor; a widow lady of that highly sympathetic nature that she agreed with everybody, blessed everybody, and shed smiles and tears on everybody, according to circumstances.
Great Expectations - Chapter 23
By Charles Dickens Context
nonchalantlyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. in a composed and unconcerned manner
nuisancespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. something that annoys or gives trouble and vexation; something that is offensive or noxious
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
He asked for it so often that he became a nuisance, and his aunt ended by telling him to help himself and quit bothering her.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Chapter 12
By Mark Twain Context
obstaclespeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. one that opposes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress
In her impatience she endeavoured to pass this obstacle by pushing her horse into what appeared to be a gap.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 8
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
I owe it to you and yours, to prevent you from opposing, in the warmth of your generous nature, this great obstacle to your progress in the world.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 35
By Charles Dickens Context
occasionallyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
ad. now and then; from time to time; infrequently; irregularly
Sparsit sedately resumed her work and occasionally gave a small cough, which sounded like the cough of conscious strength and forbearance.
Hard Times - Chapter 14
By Charles Dickens Context
With these two implements he trotted noiselessly about the room, sometimes stopping, occasionally kneeling, and once lying flat upon his face.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
occupyspeak speak spelling word quiz 
v. inhabit; live in a certain place; be present in; be inside of
It was one of four which stood back some little way from the street, two being occupied and two empty.
A Study In Scarlet - Chapter 3
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Many meetings were held in the big barn, and the pigs occupied themselves with planning out the work of the coming season.
Animal Farm - Chapter 5
By George Orwell Context
Although Oliver had enough to occupy his attention in keeping sight of his leader, he could not help bestowing a few hasty glances on either side of the way, as he passed along.
Oliver Twist - Chapter 8
By Charles Dickens Context
odorspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. scent; property or quality of a thing that affects, stimulates, or is perceived by the sense of smell
offensivespeak speak spelling word quiz 
a. causing anger, displeasure, resentment, or affront
In the first place, he must make such an agreement for tithes as may be beneficial to himself and not offensive to his patron.
Pride and Prejudice - Chapter 18
By Jane Austen Context
It will be obvious that any details which would help the reader exactly to identify the college or the criminal would be injudicious and offensive.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Chapter 9
By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
In a sulky triumph, Drummle showed his morose depreciation of the rest of us, in a more and more offensive degree, until he became downright intolerable.
Great Expectations - Chapter 26
By Charles Dickens Context
oilclothspeak speak spelling word quiz 
n. cloth treated on one side with a drying oil or synthetic resin
Uncle Henry went limping by, hatless in the rain, his head stuck through a hole in a piece of old oilcloth.
Gone With The Wind - Chapter 18
By Margaret Mitche Context