Word Masters 2012-2013
• Number each notecard.
• Put your initials on each card.
• On one side of your notecard print the
• On the other side write the part of speech,
definitions, and examples.
• 1. place for collecting water
• 2. something that holds a liquid or fluid The
ink reservoir in the pen was empty.
• 3. a place where anything is collected or
accumulated in great amount
• To violate or dishonor a sacred or hallowed
place Did the archaeologists desecrate the
Indian burial mound when they were
searching for artifacts?
• Precise, thorough, extreme care about minute
details He was meticulous about his
appearance: his hair precisely parted with
every strand in place, his shirt and pants
wrinkle-free and sharply creased, his shoes
spotless and polished.
• 1. color As the boat was tossed on the waves,
he felt the contents of his stomach rise into his
throat, and his face became a greenish hue.
• 2. outcry or clamor When her purse was
snatched, the woman let out a loud hue and
began chasing the thief.
• 1. assault or attack violently
• 2. attack with arguments, criticism, or ridicule
• 3. undertake to master He assailed his studies
with new determination.
• 4. beset or disturb His mind was assailed with
• 1. careless, negligent He had a lax attitude
when it came to completing his homework.
• 2. loose His lax handshake communicated a
• 1. home, refuge Tern Island in the Pacific
Ocean is the stronghold for the black-footed
• 2. fortress The army attacked the enemy
stronghold and slaughtered those who didn’t
• Scold, rebuke He was embarrassed when his
mother berated him in public.
• 1. lazily careless As she walked through the
kitchen, she gave a negligent wave to her
mom who was fixing supper.
• 2. characterized by neglect The authorities
arrested the negligent parents who had
abandoned their children.
• An overhead covering The forest canopy
became a solid green fan of pine needles.
• A metal pin that hold two pieces together
• To hold (the eye, attention, etc.) firmly His
eyes were so riveted to the screen during the
fight scenes that he didn’t notice the other
people in the theater.
• Relevant, related, applicable Please keep your
comments germane during the discussion.
• 1. any extensive record or collection of data
• 2. a place where public records and historical
documents are stored He went to the NC
Department of Archives and History to do
research on his Civil War project.
• Scatter or spread widely Trying to ruin Polly’s
reputation, Belinda strew nasty rumors on
Facebook. The floor was strewn with crumbs.
• 1. out of place, inconsistent The delicate
butterfly perched on the snout of the
dangerous caiman was incongruous.
• 2. inappropriate At cotillion, incongruous
behavior from young men or young ladies will
not be tolerated.
• Tone or the characteristic sound produced by
an instrument The timbre of his voice
changed as he got angry.
17. envelop (in-vel-op)
• To wrap up in or as in a covering Harry was
enveloped in his invisibility cloak.
• Lasting, enduring, able to resist wear & decay
Uggs may be cute “boots” but they are not
durable or suitable for hiking the Appalachian
• 1. the measure around anything The man had
such a large girth that he couldn’t see his feet.
• 2. a band that passes underneath a horse to
hold a saddle in place
• Encircle, to fasten with a girth
• Ask earnestly, implore, beg He entreated his
teacher not to call his parents about his failing
• 1. dependent on Our plans are contingent on
• 2. uncertain They had to plan for contingent
• 3. happening by chance, accidental
Contingent occurrences can’t be foreseen.
• Something or someone that belongs or seems
to belong to another time The sword is an
anachronism in modern warfare.
• To object They tried to nominate Billy to be
the one to go into the cave and fight the
monster, but he demurred.
• Antonym - agree
• Lasting a very short time, brief The joy he got
the time he bungee jumped from the bridge
• Short-lived organism like a mayfly
• Antonym - permanent
• 1. to place in proper or desired order
Napoleon arrayed his troops for battle.
• 2. to dress up She arrayed herself in furs and
• A large number We were all agog when we
say the imposing array of books in Jacob’s