being or suggesting a large dark enclosed space
It’s cold and hard and stiff on the outside and
cavernous on the inside.
a recognition of meritorious service
Another says, Wasn’t it a beautiful
In Latin, "memorare" means "to remember"--a memorial service is held to remember the life of a person who has died; this could often include recognizing what the person has done for the community. What makes this memorial service even sadder is not the memory of what the teacher and middle school students had done as much as what they could have done had they not been victims of a shooting.
more than is needed, desired, or required
I would be
In Latin "super" means "over" and "fluere" means "to flow"--this would apply more to objects than people, but the next example sentence connects to the chosen definition. When applied to a person, "superfluous" could take on a more hurtful tone that means "serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being."
of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement
My Dictionary says superfluous means exceeding what is
sufficient or necessary.
like better; value more highly
I want to tell her that I
prefer TV on mute and I wish she’d cooperate.
reduce to ashes
No parts of his body are left because he was
pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings
It is red and it spreads...
seeping into a crack and bleeding across the unfinished wood.
a feeling of intense anger
He means the Tantrum
Rage Meltdown kind.
joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
And I want Red Dog so I get up and walk down the hall to my room which is thirteen and a half steps—more if you take little tiptoe steps so you don’t step on any of the
seams in the wood.
constituting the full quantity or extent; complete
But that will never happen because I can’t go a whole
entire day without drawing.
"Entire" and "whole" are synonymous adjectives, so the use of "entire" seems superfluous here, but both words emphasize how painfully long a day would be for Caitlin if she could not have the time to draw.
practically falls into me so I step away and Josh lands on the ground.
the large artery carrying blood from the heart to the body
First I pump the blood to the lungs to pick up the oxygen then to the left atrium and ventricle then to the
aorta to go all around his body like it should.
a chamber connected to other chambers or passageways
My arms are
atria and my legs are ventricles and I pump the blood all around the right way because there has to be something I can do.
Since her arms are not literally atria, Caitlin uses the word figuratively--this is because she can't actually control the pumping of her heart but she can control how she moves her arms and legs.
A gunshot wound to the Heart is almost always
at ease in talking to others
This is a synonym for adjectives in the text that come right after: effusive, extroverted, and gregarious.
a step in walking or running
And you don’t need to match my exact
stride or use your left foot when I use mine.
the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
We’re going to keep
pace with each other because we’re talking to each other while we walk
"Stride" and "pace" can be exact synonyms, but they're not used that way here: "pace" can easily replace "stride" in the previous example sentence, but "keep stride" would not sound as smooth as the often-used phrase "keep pace" (note the final and beginning p).
I stop sucking my sleeve but I’ll go back to it later when she forgets because I’m
round one's back by bending forward
He was sitting
hunched over on a pew just the way he’s sitting
hunched over on a bench right now.
(nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
There are rays of light coming in through the blinds and the dust swirls around in the beams and hits the chest and I wonder if any of the dust
particles are Devon and if I can feel him.
preceding or in preparation for something more important
I’m at the courthouse where the remaining killer from the Virginia Dare Middle School shooting has just had his
means by which an alleged matter is established or disproved
The hearing found that there’s enough
evidence against him to be put on trial for the murders of teacher Roberta Schneider and young students Julieanne Morris and Devon Smith.
physically or spiritually destructive
That horrific shooting was a
devastating blow to this small community—oh!
something settled or resolved
She says, We’ll hear more about this story later but isn’t it good that we now have
a final settlement
I look up Closure and it says: the state of experiencing an emotional
conclusion to a difficult life event such as the death of loved one.
Compare this and the previous example sentences with this one: "There’s a solution out there with your name written on it." "Closure," "conclusion" and "solution" are synonymous nouns that describe what Caitlin and her community search for throughout the novel.