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376 Spelling Bee Words w/ Definitions

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a part
aside
abstain
choose no to consume
abstention
the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
accessory
a subordinate or supplementary part, object, or the like, used mainly for convenience, attractiveness, safety, etc., as a spotlight on an automobile or a lens cover on a camera.
accompany
perform an accompaniment to
accordion
a portable wind instrument having a large bellows for forcing air through small metal reeds, a keyboard for the right hand, and buttons for sounding single bass notes or chords for the left hand.
accumulate
to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up
acreage
an area of ground used for some particular purpose (such as building or farming)
advocate
a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
aerial
in or belonging to the air or operating (for or by means of aircraft or elevated cables) in the air
aggressive
characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing
altogether
to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent ('whole' is often used informally for 'wholly')
amateur
someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
ambidextrous
marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
analyses
break down a complex whole into its major parts
antibiotic
compound that blocks the growth and reproduction of bacteria
antihistamine
a medicine used to treat allergies and hypersensitive reactions and colds
antiseptic
a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues
antisocial
shunning contact with others
anymore
at the present or from now on
anyway
used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement
apart
not taken into account or excluded from consideration
apprehend
get the meaning of something
appropriate
suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.
archaeology
the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
architecture
the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
armadillos
burrowing nocturnal mammal with body covered with strong plates
assent
agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
asymmetrical
irregular in shape or outline
atrocious
provoking horror
atrocity
an act of atrocious cruelty
attendance
the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.)
auspicious
promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable
available
obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service
baggage
a case used to carry belongings when traveling
banjo
a stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body
barometer
an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure
basically
at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature
batik
a dyed fabric
because
the reason that something occurs
believe
accept as true
biography
an account of the series of events making up a person's life
bocce
Italian lawn bowling (played on a long narrow dirt court)
brief
a condensed written summary or abstract
calligraphy
beautiful handwriting
canasta
a form of rummy using two decks and four jokers
cancellation
the marks or perforations made in canceling.
canvas
heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
canvass
heavy closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents)
capitalism
an economic system based on private ownership of capital
cartographer
a person who makes maps
centimeter
a metric unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter
challenge
a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
chronic
being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering
chronicle
record in chronological order
chronograph
an accurate timer for recording time
chronological
relating to or arranged according to temporal order
circumlocution
an indirect way of expressing something
circumscribe
restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
circumstance
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
collage
a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image
collapse
the act of throwing yourself down
collectible
things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique)
college
a complex of buildings in which a college is housed
colloquial
characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation
colonel
a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general
colossal
so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
commandos
a member of a military unit trained as shock troops for hit-and-run raids
commemorate
to serve as a memorial or reminder of
commiserate
to feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity.
commission
a special assignment that is given to a person or group
commit
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
compassionate
granted in an emergency
composure
serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquillity:
comprehend
get the meaning of something
comprehension
an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)
conference
a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
congratulate
say something to someone that expresses praise
congratulations
an expression of approval and commendation
connoisseur
an expert able to appreciate a field
consensus
agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
consent
permission to do something
constellation
any of various groups of stars to which definite names have been given, as Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Boötes, Cancer, Orion.
construction
drawing a figure satisfying certain conditions as part of solving a problem or proving a theorem
cosmopolitan
of worldwide scope or applicability
counterfeit
a copy that is represented as the original
crises
turning points
criteria
standards used in judging; CF. criterion
critique
a serious examination and judgment of something
croquet
a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops
deceitful
given to deceiving:
define
give a definition for the meaning of a word
definition
clarity of outline
dehydrated
preserved by removing natural moisture
demographic
a statistic characterizing human populations (or segments of human populations broken down by age or sex or income etc.)
describe
identify as in botany or biology, for example
destructive
causing destruction or much damage
detain
cause to be slowed down or delayed
detention
a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home
diagnoses
a physician's opinion of the nature of patients' illness or injuries
diameter
the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference
different
differing from all others
differentiate
become distinct and acquire a different character
dilemma
a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives.
disastrous
(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences
disintegrate
break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity
dismissed
having lost your job
divisible
capable of being or liable to be divided or separated
doesn't
contraction for does not
edible
any substance that can be used as food
effervescence
the property of giving off bubbles
eloquent
expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
embargoes
a ban on trade
embarrassment
extreme excess
emigrants
people who leave a country to live somewhere else
enclosure
the act of enclosing something inside something else
encore
an extra or repeated performance
endurance
the power to withstand hardship or stress
envelop
enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
envelope
any wrapper or covering
epidemic
a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease
exaggerate
to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately
exclaim
utter aloud
exclamation
an exclamatory rhetorical device
failure
an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success
ferocious
marked by extreme and violent energy
ferocity
the property of being wild or turbulent
fertilize
introduce semen into (a female)
flammable
possible to burn
forbidden
excluded from use or mention
foreseeable
being such as may reasonable be anticipated
forfeit
something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty;
geography
study of the earth's surface
geometry
the pure mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces
ghettos
Sections of towns and cities in which Jews were forced to live.
giraffes
a tall, long-necked, spotted ruminant
glimpse
a quick look
going
act of departing
graduate
a measuring instrument for measuring fluid volume
graduation
the successful completion of a program of study
graphic
describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail
great-aunts
your parents aunt
hammock
a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees)
hardy
resolute and without fear
hearty
without reservation
heroism
the qualities or attributes of a hero or heroine
hydrant
a discharge pipe with a valve and spout at which water may be drawn from the mains of waterworks
hydraulic
moved or operated or effected by liquid (water or oil)
hydroelectric
of or relating to or used in the production of electricity by waterpower
hydrogen
a nonmetallic univalent element that is normally a colorless and odorless highly flammable diatomic gas
hydrophobia
an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal)
hypocrite
a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he does not hold
immediately
without delay or hesitation
immigrants
People who settle in a country they weren't born in.
immune
a person who is immune to a particular infection
immunize
perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation
imperceptible
impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses
inconceivable
unbelievable; incredible.
indestructible
not easily destroyed
inference
the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation
inscription
the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words
insensitive
not responsive to physical stimuli
inspect
look over carefully
inspection
a formal or official examination
instinctive
unthinking
instructor
a person whose occupation is teaching
insufficient
of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
interchangeable
of or relating to or suggestive of complementation
interdisciplinary
drawing from or characterized by participation of two or more fields of study
interfere
come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle
intermediate
a substance formed during a chemical process before the desired product is obtained
international
any of several international socialist organizations
interpretation
the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication
intra muscular
within a muscle
intramural
carried on within the bounds of an institution or community
intrude
thrust oneself in as if by force
intrusion
entrance by force or without permission or welcome
intuitive
obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or observation
invade
march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
invasion
the act of invading
invoke
request earnestly (something from somebody)
irrelevant
not relevant; not applicable or pertinent
irrevocable
impossible to retract or revoke
jai alai
a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racket
jealous
showing extreme cupidity
jeopardize
put at risk
journalism
records and presents topics of current interest to the public through news media; journalists present facts and describe situations without attempting to interpret them.
judicious
proceeding from good sense or judgment
jukebox
a cabinet containing an automatic record player
jurisdiction
(law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
kaleidoscope
an optical instrument in which bits of glass, held loosely at the end of a rotating tube, are shown in continually changing symmetrical forms by reflection in two or more mirrors set at angles to each other.
karate
a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat
kernel
the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
legislature
a deliberative body of persons, usually elective, who are empowered to make, change, or repeal the laws of a country or state; the branch of government having the power to make laws, as distinguished from the executive and judicial branches of government.
liaison
a channel for communication between groups
liberal
showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
limousine
large luxurious car
loquacious
full of trivial conversation
luggage
a case used to carry belongings when traveling
machete
a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation
macrame
a coarse lace
magnet
(physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field
mahjongg
a chinese game played with tiles that look like dominoes
mannerism
a habitual or characteristic manner, mode, or way of doing something
manuscript
the form of a literary work submitted for publication
materialism
(philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality
matinee
a theatrical performance held during the daytime (especially in the afternoon)
maybe
by chance
mediocre
of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate
mementos
souvenirs, things to cherish
memoranda
a written proposal or reminder
metabolism
all of the chemical reactions that occur within an organism
metronome
clicking pendulum indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music
metropolis
people living in a large densely populated municipality
mileage
the ratio of the number of miles traveled to the number of gallons of gasoline burned
mischievous
naughtily or annoyingly playful
moccasin
a heelless shoe made entirely of soft leather, as deerskin, with the sole brought up and attached to a piece of u -shaped leather on top of the foot, worn originally by the American Indians.
moisture
wetness caused by water
mosquitoes
A blood-sucking insect that can transmit some diseases.
naive
having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous.
narrate
to tell a story or a detailed account of something
narrative
consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story
neutral
not taking part or giving assistance in a dispute or war between others
noticeable
capable or worthy of drawing attention
nuisance
(law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive
obstruction
getting in someone's way
occasionally
now and then or here and there
optimism
a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
origami
the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects (e.g., flowers or birds)
pageant
a rich and spectacular ceremony
paradigm
a standard or typical example
paragraph
one of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas
passage
the act of passing from one state or place to the next
pastime
a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
perceive
to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses
perception
the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
perjury
criminal offense of making false statements under oath
perseverance
the act of persisting or persevering
perspective
a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface
pertain
to have reference or relation; relate
pertinent
relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand; relevant:
phenomena
observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation
photography
the occupation of taking and printing photographs or making movies
picturesque
visually charming or quaint, as if resembling or suitable for a painting
pistachios
nut of Mediterranean trees having an edible green kernel
pleasure
a formal expression
political
involving or characteristic of politics or parties or politicians
politics
the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
porcelain
ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic
possessive
jealously opposed to the personal independence of, or to any influence other than one's own upon, a child, spouse, etc.
postage
a token that postal fees have been paid
postscript
textual matter that is added onto a publication
preferable
more desirable.
preferential
manifesting partiality
preferred
more desirable than another
preliminary
preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business; introductory; preparatory
preoccupation
the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
preposterous
completely contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd; senseless; utterly foolish
presidency
the office and function of president
pressure
the force applied to a unit area of surface
prestige
a high standing achieved through success or influence or wealth etc.
presumption
a kind of discourtesy in the form of an act of presuming
proclamation
the formal act of proclaiming
progress
gradual improvement or growth or development
promote
make publicity for
protect
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
protection
payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
radius
the length of a line segment between the center and circumference of a circle or sphere
realism
the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
recede
become faint or more distant
recession
the state of the economy declines
reconstruct
cause somebody to adapt or reform socially or politically
reference
a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
referral
the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)
regime
(medicine) a systematic plan for therapy (often including diet)
regiment
army unit smaller than a division
remembrance
the ability to recall past occurrences
rendezvous
a meeting planned at a certain time and place
reprehension
an act or expression of criticism and censure
resentment
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
retrieve
get or find back
revoke
the mistake of not following suit when able to do so
ricochet
a glancing rebound
rodeo
an exhibition of cowboy skills
saccharin
a crystalline substance 500 times sweeter than sugar
safari
an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)
scribble
write down quickly without much attention to detail
sculpture
the art of carving, modeling, welding, or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio, or in the round.
sensational
commanding attention
sensibility
(physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli
sensitivity
the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
sensitize
make sensitive or aware
sentimental
sappy; emotional
sergeant
any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the army or air force or marines ranking above a corporal
silhouette
a drawing of the outline of an object
Sioux
a member of a group of North American Indian peoples who spoke a Siouan language and who ranged from Lake Michigan to the Rocky Mountains
sisters-in-law
sisters of one's husband or wife
slalom
a downhill race over a winding course defined by upright poles
sleuth
a detective who follows a trail
snorkel
air passage provided by a retractable device containing intake and exhaust pipes
soliloquy
a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
sophomore
a second-year undergraduate
species
a specific kind of something
speedometer
a meter fixed to a vehicle that measures and displays its speed
stability
the quality of being free from change or variation
stable
a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
stimuli
information in the environment that activates the nerves in a sense organ
storage
depositing in a warehouse
strategic
highly important to or an integral part of a strategy or plan of action especially in war
strategy
an elaborate and systematic plan of action
structural
concerned with systematic structure in a particular field of study
subcommittee
a secondary committee appointed out of a main committee.
subdivision
a portion of land divided into lots for real-estate development.
subheading
a heading of a subdivision of a text
submarine
a submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes
submerge
fill or cover completely, usually with water
subordinate
rank or order as less important or consider of less value
subscribe
adopt as a belief
subsection
a part or division of a section.
subterranean
lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)
subtraction
the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole)
supercargoes
an officer on a merchant ship in charge of the cargo and its sale and purchase
superficial
being at, on, or near the surface
superimpose
place on top of
supermarket
a large self-service grocery store selling groceries and dairy products and household goods
supernatural
of, pertaining to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal.
supersede
to replace in power, authority, effectiveness, acceptance, use, etc., as by another person or thing.
supersonic
having frequencies above those of audible sound
superstition
an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear
supposed
based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence
surveillance
a watch kept over a person, group, etc., especially over a suspect, prisoner, or the like
sustain
undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
sustenance
means of livelihood.
symmetry
(physics) the property of being isotropic
synchronize
make synchronous and adjust in time or manner
tambourine
a shallow drum with a single drumhead and with metallic disks in the sides
tariffs
Taxes on imports or exports
thermal
rising current of warm air
thermodynamic
caused or operated by heat that has changed into different forms of energy
thermometer
measuring instrument for measuring temperature
thermonuclear
using nuclear weapons based on fusion as distinguished from fission
thermos
vacuum flask that preserves temperature of hot or cold drinks
thermostat
a regulator for automatically regulating temperature by starting or stopping the supply of heat
thoroughly
in an exhaustive manner
through
having finished or arrived at completion
toboggan
a long narrow sled without runners
together
mentally and emotionally stable
tranquil
free from disturbance
tranquility
a state of peace and quiet
transaction
an interaction of an individual with one or more other persons, especially as influenced by their assumed relational roles of parent, child, or adult.
transcript
a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
transfer
move from one place to another
transfusion
the direct transferring of blood, plasma, or the like into a blood vessel.
translate
change from one form or medium into another
translucent
almost transparent
transmit
broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
transoceanic
on or from the other side of an ocean
transparent
transmitting light
transportation
the business of conveying people, goods, etc.
tremendous
extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
trespass
entry to another's property without right or permission
turquoise
a shade of blue tinged with green
ukulele
a small guitar having four strings
umbrella
having the function of uniting a group of similar things
unnecessary
not required
unpronounceable
very difficult to pronounce correctly
vandalism
deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property
vetoes
a vote that blocks a decision
victorious
experiencing triumph
victory
a successful ending of a struggle or contest
vocalize
utter speech sounds
vocation
the particular occupation for which you are trained
weird
involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny
wharves
loading places where ships load and unload goods
wives
a woman joined in marriage to a man; a woman considered in relation to her husband; spouse.
wreckage
act of wrecking