a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude
She screams. This is not the
reaction I expect. She should say something like, I missed you, or, It’s good to see you again.
deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
What? It comes out as a scream. Her hand covers her mouth. Why? That comes out as a
muffled crying moan.
an amount of something available for use
I’m going to bring some
supplies with us and when we get there we’ll break into groups and I’ll tell you what the project is.
twist or pull violently or suddenly
Before we can add anything to the chest Dad first has to put wood filler where the holes are from when he
wrenched out the screws and threw the chest on the floor on The Day Our Life Fell Apart.
one of several parts or pieces that fit with others
He also has to cut out some
sections that he destroyed when he kicked the chest on The Day Our Life Fell Apart.
Similar to the cutting away of infected tissue in order to allow the surrounding area to heal, Dad has to cut away the destroyed sections of the chest in order to rebuild it. Although it is used as a noun here, "section" can also be a verb (the Latin "secare" means "to cut" and can also be seen in "dissect").
causing distress or worry or anxiety
Let me warn you that the video we are about to show of the event has some very
be successful; achieve a goal
At reading buddies time I
manage not to scare my buddy.
make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
mutters a lot of things but I can’t hear them and I don’t care because at least he’s not yelling.
Compare with "murmur" in this list--they are both onomatopoeic words that sound like what they describe (which in this case are sounds too low to be accurately described). But "mutter" is used as a verb here to connect to one person, while "murmur" is used as a noun to connect to a noisy crowd.
natural abilities or qualities
And I can’t play the piano at all or play soccer. We all have different
a broad range of related objects or values or qualities
We all fall on the
spectrum of behavior somewhere.
a polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces
It’s more like a
prism than a line.
Connect this word and example sentence to the previous ones, and the image of a rainbow might appear.
a pause from doing something (as work)
Recess I hate because everyone screams and runs around crazy and grabs you and pushes you and you have absolutely no idea what will happen next.
In school, recess usually involves outdoor play. This should be a time that most children would look forward to, but because Caitlin struggles with autism, she would rather find a recess ("an enclosure that is set back or indented") where she would be out of reach of the screaming bunch of runners, grabbers, and pushers.
not in keeping with what is correct or proper
Emma is complaining loudly about Mr. Mason, saying, That was SO
inappropriate, even though there’s No Talking In The Hall.
When we get to Mrs. Brook’s room she’s on the phone but it doesn’t stop Emma from
blurting out something so fast I can’t even follow it.
lurches out of the driveway and I’m thrown off the backseat.
an inflammatory lesion resulting in decay of tissue
I hear security system and school board and babysitter and nightmares and
ulcer and high fiber.
hold in a tight grasp
Dad clears his throat and his hands
clench and unclench the steering wheel.
turn sharply; change direction abruptly
swerve on the road a little.
Compare with "lurch" in this list--both verbs describe abrupt, unsteady movements that, in the example sentences, apply to a car but actually reflect the emotions of the driver.
to move or force in an effort to get something open
I’m helping him stay up, Josh says as I try to
pry his hands off of Michael.
having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
His face is
swollen and his voice cracks even though he only has one word to say.
The definition does not apply to the example sentence, since the adjective is describing the character's face (the swollen face would actually decrease a person's sense of self-importance). Here, "swollen" is the part participle of the verb "swell" in its meaning of "expand abnormally."
Josh is still
sobbing. He stretches his hands so his palms cover his eyes and his fingers are covering the top of his head.
developed with careful treatment of particulars
It doesn’t look as...
detailed as that eagle you drew that won first prize.
make a logical or causal connection
There are a lot of bad memories
associated with that name.
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting fibers
And a big shape that’s partly covered by the same blue
fabric except its feet and pedals are sticking out so I know it’s a piano.
a formal event performed on a special occasion
The Scouts had all their
a ceremony in which something is given to a goal or purpose
Thank you for coming to this very special
a low continuous indistinct sound
murmuring in the crowd for a moment until it’s quiet again.
give to a charity or good cause
This beautiful Mission-style chest was started by Devon for his Eagle Scout project—his voice stops for a moment—and then finished and
donated to our middle school by his beloved father.
And his little sister whom he
a platform raised above the surrounding level
Mrs. Brook is at the
podium and she talks but I don’t know what she says until I hear her talking to me.