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Vocabulary from Louis Sachar's "Holes"

July 25, 2011
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
Also check out this lesson plan on using key words from the novel "Holes": http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/lessons/2924/
splatter
Stanley watched the water splatter on the dirt, where it was quickly absorbed by the thirsty ground.
raspy
His voice was weak and raspy.
parch
His mouth was as dry and as parched as the lake.
evict
The landlord is threatening to evict us because of the odor.
snicker
Several people snickered.
excavate
It expanded when it was excavated.
dawdle
He couldn't afford to dawdle.
crumple
His knees crumpled beneath him.
layered
It was layered and streaked with different shades of red, burnt orange, brown, and tan.
contaminate
They didn't dip their socks into the hole, afraid to contaminate the water.
protrude
He was able to lift Zero high enough for him to grab the protruding slab of rock.
indentation
He saw a large indentation in the weeds a little farther down the mountain.
memorize
I just don't have it memorized exactly."
unearth
He 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.
increment
Instead they zigzagged back and forth, increasing their altitude by small increments every time they changed directions.
rummage
Kate could see her rummaging through the cabin, dumping drawers and knocking things from the shelves of cabinets.
wiggle
He had a tattoo of a rattlesnake on his arm, and as he signed his name, the snake's rattle seemed to wiggle "I used to smoke a pack a day.
nozzle
Mr. Sir opened the nozzle, and the water flowed out of the tank, but it did not go into Stanley's canteen.
dangle
Zero's legs dangled in front of him.
grading
Miss Katherine usually stayed in the schoolhouse, grading papers and such, while Sam worked on the roof.
fume
The air was thick with heat, dust, and exhaust fumes.
rotate
He rotated it and only had to chip off a few chunks of dirt, here and there, before it could lie flat across his hole in every direction.
glisten
As he dumped it out, he thought he saw something glisten as it fell onto the dirt pile.
perimeter
He 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.
shimmer
It was a mirage caused by the shimmering waves of heat rising off the dry ground.
humiliate
Maybe he was in a hurry to bring the shoes to his father, or maybe he was trying to run away from his miserable and humiliating day at school.
writhe
His body writhed in agony.
evaporate
The water ran out under the walls and evaporated quickly in the sun.
taped
Mr. Sir made a bandage out of a piece of his sack of sunflower seeds and taped it over Stanley's wound.
holster
He tapped his holster.
gash
He felt his wet blood and a pretty big gash just below his ear.
donate
Clyde Livingston testified that they were his sneakers and that he had donated them to help raise money for the homeless shelter.
snout
Myra's father got down on his hands and knees and closely examined each pig, tail to snout.
hinge
The door hung crooked on its bent hinges.
amaze
"No."
Stanley was amazed.
afflict
In fact, it was the same foot fungus that a hundred and ten years later would afflict the famous ballplayer Clyde Livingston.
recede
For a second, Mr. Sir's pain seemed to recede.
accelerate
Stanley jerked back against the seat and tightly gripped the wheel as the truck accelerated.
predatory
The yellow-spotted lizards like to live in holes, which offer shade from the sun and protection from predatory birds.
mirage
It was a mirage caused by the shimmering waves of heat rising off the dry ground.
zigzag
They called themselves Magnet, Armpit, and Zigzag.
strand
Instead, she robbed him and left him stranded in the middle of the desert.
nectar
It was a warm, bubbly, mushy nectar, sweet and tangy.
retrieve
By the time Stanley retrieved it, he had missed his bus and had to walk home.
pry
He leaned on the shaft and pried up his first shovelful of dirt, then dumped it off to the side.
lurch
The truck lurched forward.
quack
That quack wanted to put leeches on her stomach!
scoop
He glanced at Zero, about fifteen feet away, who scooped out a shovelful of dirt and dumped it on a pile that was already almost a foot tall.
premise
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 premises.
sniff
He sniffed and caught his breath.

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Monday August 1st 2011, 3:46 PM
Comment by: Kelly A.
These are ggod vocabulary because i am reading Holes and it will help my a whole lot.
Thursday November 1st 2012, 7:49 PM
Comment by: Elaine Mae C.
i know its awesome,we have a homework for vocabulary words that is in the holes.........its hard to look because i think everything i know but then kaboom!i got it this is awesomee!

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