HESI 29 words

Here are 29 words to learn. Click on the box near each word to see a larger WORD MAP.
  1. instigate
    provoke or stir up
    Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
  2. inconsequential
    lacking worth or importance
    For ten seconds let us regard with discreet scrutiny some inconsequential object in the other direction.
  3. cascade
    a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
    So now Della's beautiful hair fell about her, rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters.
  4. parsimony
    extreme stinginess
    Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied.
  5. predominate
    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
  6. necessitate
    require as useful, just, or proper
    And then an ecstatic scream of joy; and then, alas! a quick feminine change to hysterical tears and wails, necessitating the immediate employment of all the comforting powers of the lord of the flat.
  7. illuminate
    make lighter or brighter
    This dark assertion will be illuminated later on.
  8. subside
    sink to a lower level or form a depression
    While the mistress of the home is gradually subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the home.
  9. agile
    moving quickly and lightly
    A very thin and very agile person may, by observing his reflection in a rapid sequence of longitudinal strips, obtain a fairly accurate conception of his looks.
  10. mammoth
    any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks
    Which is always a tremendous task, dear friends—a mammoth task.
  11. nimble
    moving quickly and lightly
    White fingers and nimble tore at the string and paper.
  12. ravage
    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    She got out her curling irons and lighted the gas and went to work repairing the ravages made by generosity added to love.
  13. discreet
    marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
    For ten seconds let us regard with discreet scrutiny some inconsequential object in the other direction.
  14. coax
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could coax a ring.
  15. covet
    wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)
    And now, they were hers, but the tresses that should have adorned the coveted adornments were gone.
  16. crave
    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
    They were expensive combs, she knew, and her heart had simply craved and yearned over them without the least hope of possession.
  17. falter
    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
    Once she faltered for a minute and stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn red carpet.
  18. flutter
    flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
    With a whirl of skirts and with the brilliant sparkle still in her eyes, she fluttered out the door and down the stairs to the street.
  19. garment
    an article of clothing
    It reached below her knee and made itself almost a garment for her.
  20. dim
    lacking in light; not bright or harsh
    But she hugged them to her bosom, and at length she was able to look up with dim eyes and a smile and say: "My hair grows so fast, Jim!" rnrnAnd them Della leaped up like a little singed cat and cried, "Oh, oh!"
  21. proclaim
    declare formally; declare someone to be something; of titles
    It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, properly proclaiming its value by substance alone and not by meretricious ornamentation—as all good things should do.
  22. mortal
    subject to death
    In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could coax a ring.
  23. burden
    weight to be borne or conveyed
    Poor fellow, he was only twenty-two—and to be burdened with a family!
  24. peculiar
    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
    He simply stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face.
  25. sacrifice
    the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
    And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house.
  26. furnish
    provide or equip with furniture
    A furnished flat at $8 per week.
  27. anxious
    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
    With that chain on his watch Jim might be properly anxious about the time in any company.
  28. obtain
    come into possession of
    A very thin and very agile person may, by observing his reflection in a rapid sequence of longitudinal strips, obtain a fairly accurate conception of his looks.
  29. former
    the first of two or the first mentioned of two
    The "Dillingham" had been flung to the breeze during a former period of prosperity when its possessor was being paid $30 per week.