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Sherlock Holmes - The Sign of Four

Vocabulary for the Dominoes Graded Reader Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four
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telegram
a very short letter that you send very quickly
impatiently
not happily, because you are unable to wait for something
elementary
very easy
situation
when things are happening around you and you feel in the middle of them
advertisement
A type of an announcement. You pay to put this in a newspaper.
souvenir
a thing that you buy to remind you of a place
retire
to stop working when you are old
major
an officer in the army
governess
a woman who lives with and teaches children in their home
receive
to get something that somebody sends to you
pearl
a small round expensive stone that is found in a shellfish
envelope
a paper cover that you put a letter in
fingerprint
a mark that is made by the lines on the end of your finger
solve
to find the answer to a mystery
passage
corridor; the space between rooms in a house
servant
a person who works for someone rich
nod
to move your head up and down
accomplice
a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
divide
to give parts of something to two or more people
chest
a large box
bury
to put a dead body under ground
measure
to find out how big something is
expect
to think that something will happen
plot
The pattern of events or main story in a narrative or drama
setting
The time, place, and circumstances in which a narrative, drama, or film takes place
powers of deduction
(例)1. Sherlock Holmes has great powers of deduction.
2. Sherlock Holmes uses the science of deduction to solve crimes.
observe
(Verb form of observation)
(例)Sherlock Holmes also has keen powers of observation.
nervous
a little afraid
terrified
very frightened
acquire
to get
enormous
very big
crouch down
to bend your knees so that your body is close to the ground.
thorn
something small and sharp that grows on a plant and can hurt you
poisoned
with something on it that can kill you if it gets inside your body
laboratory
a room where someone puts things together and examines what happens to them
tar
soft, black and smelly material that we put on roads
narrator
a person who tells a story
mud
very wet ground
breathe
to make air move into and out of your body through your nose and mouth
tread
to walk or step in something
introduce
to bring people together for the first time by saying their names and something about them
candle
it burns and gives light;in the past people used them to see at night
attack
to start biting or hitting someone
sergeant
an important policeman
drainpipe
something long and round that carries water away from the roof of a building
associate
someone that you often spend time with or are in business with
punish
to hurt someone because they have done something wrong
suburbs
the outer parts of a town, where people live
mile
1.61kilometers
for hire
can be borrowed after you pay something for it
steam launch
a fast boat that is powered by steam from burning coal
coal
it is hard and black, and burns very well; people use it to make the fire that moves old ships and trains
leader
the most important one in a group
exhausted
very tired
commit
to do a crime
native
a person that was born and lives in a place
cannibal
a person who eats people
violin
a musical instrument, made of wood with strings across it
disappointed
unhappy because you don't get what you want
delay
a time when you have to wait for something to happen
thrilled
very excited
mutter
to talk unclearly in a low, quite voice
whisky
a strong alcoholic drink that is made in Scotland
remind
to make somebody remember something
give up
to stop trying to do something
certain
sure
cigar
a thick, brown cigarette
wig
false hair
crew
the people who work on a boat
tower
a tall building
repairs
things that are done to make something that is broken work again
race
to move very quickly
yard
0.9 meters
searchlight
strong ship's light
speed
how quickly something moves
fire
to shoot a gun
furious
very angry
companion
someone who travels with you
trouble
to worry; a worry or problem
crocodile
this dangerous animal with short legs and a long tail lives in rivers and lakes in hot countries
at war
when two countries are fighting
rebel
a person who fights against the people who are in control
defend
to fight to save something from attack
fort
a strong building where soldiers live
gate
a big door into a fort
Sikh
a person from a religious group that began in the north of India
disguised
wearing something so that people cannot recognize you
merchant
a person who buys and sells things
cousin
the son(or daughter) of your father's(or mother's) brother(or sister)
plunge
to push a thing suddenly into something
jewel
an expensive stone
guilty
who has done something wrong
financial
to do with money
a fifth
20%
trick
to make people believe something that is not true

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