hang, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
During the summer the daytime temperature
hovers around ninety-five degrees in the shade—if you can find any shade.
excluded from use or mention
The campers are
forbidden to lie in the hammock.
characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
The bus wasn't air-conditioned, and the hot, heavy air was almost as
stifling as the handcuffs.
an obstruction that stands in the way
Other times they'd run an
obstacle course, or go bungee jumping off a table, tied to broken rubber bands.
the relative magnitudes of two quantities
Mrs. Bell wrote the
ratio on the board, 3:1, unaware of how much embarrassment she had caused both of them.
a person considered as coming from some ancestor or race
Supposedly, he had a great-great-grandfather who had stolen a pig from a one-legged Gypsy, and she put a curse on him and all his
deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or emotion
In his mind he could hear his father's
gruff voice softly singing to him.
To be a successful inventor you need three things: intelligence,
perseverance, and just a little bit of luck.
leave undone or leave out
At such times she
neglected to mention the bad luck that befell the first Stanley Yelnats.
cut off or left behind
Instead, she robbed him and left him
stranded in the middle of the desert.
land and the buildings on it
Next to it was another sign which declared that it was a violation of the Texas Penal Code to bring guns, explosives, weapons, drugs, or alcohol onto the
in a hurried manner
"Not much," he said, then
hastily added, "Mr. Sir."
an enclosure of residences and other buildings
Two boys, each carrying a shovel, were coming across the
free from filth and pathogens
Theodore spit a thin line of saliva between his teeth, causing some of the other boys to complain about the need to keep their "home"
a small and inadequate amount
Because of the
scarcity of water, each camper was only allowed a four-minute shower.
means by which an alleged matter is established or disproved
It had been taken by the police and was used as
evidence of his guilt in the courtroom.
give a solemn statement in a court of law
testified that they were his sneakers and that he had donated them to help raise money for the homeless shelter.
the ultimate agency predetermining the course of events
Stanley had felt like he was holding
This word is important to the theme, because Stanley's destiny is tied to the curse his great-great grandfather had gotten over a hundred years before.
The judge called Stanley's crime
recover through digging
unearthed several shovelfuls of dirt in this manner, before it occurred to him that he was dumping his dirt within the perimeter of his hole.
Compare with the other vocabulary word in this list, "excavate." They are synonymous in connection to the physical act of digging, but here, the meaning "bring to light" is also suggested in the phrase "it occurred to him."
not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply
He was fifteen, and all he could see was Myra's
This is another word that has symbolic meaning in the story: "shallow" can also mean something not physically deep, such as a hole.
marked by or showing hopelessness
Madame Zeroni hated to see Elya so
recover through digging
It expanded when it was
preposterous!" exclaimed Igor, expelling saliva as he spoke.
contort the face to indicate a certain mental state
grimaced as he sliced off a chunk of dirt, then raised it up and flung it onto a pile.