Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Vocabulary List Chapters 43-51

Fish in a Tree Vocabulary List

  1. abacus | see definition»

    an instrument for doing arithmetic by sliding counters along rods or in grooves

    "Well, that would make you either a set of fingers or an abacus."

  2. acknowledge | see definition»

    to regard or describe (someone or something) as having or deserving a particular status

    However, they don't really acknowledge her.

  3. analogy | see definition»

    a comparison of things based on ways they are alike

    "I like analogies."

  4. attitude | see definition»

    a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person's behavior

    "It says 'The student delivering this note is our student of the month for hard work and a good attitude.'"

  5. axis | see definition»

    the imaginary straight line that something (such as the Earth) turns around

    "Did the world just fall off its axis or what?"

  6. catalyst | see definition»

    a person or event that quickly causes change or action

    "Ally is a catalyst."

  7. compare | see definition»

    to seem better or worse in comparison to something else : to be good or bad when measured against something else

    "Like a little stick hitting my head compared to a baseball bat."

  8. constant | see definition»

    remaining steady and unchanged

    "Elephants feel a wide range of emotions, but their behavior remains constant."

  9. coward | see definition»

    a person who shows shameful fear

    "You gang up on people like cowards."

  10. declare | see definition»

    to say (something) in a strong and confident way

    "Declare your answer!"

  11. dystopia | see definition»

    an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly

    "Dystopia or whatever."

  12. flutter | see definition»

    to move about excitedly

    "It's kind of like the letters on the page flutter like butterflies."

  13. grit | see definition»

    strength of mind or spirit

    His intelligence and grit kept the Nazis from taking over England.

  14. mission | see definition»

    a task that is assigned or begun

    "They did not have many planes, so they would repaint them every few missions."

  15. narrate | see definition»

    to tell in full detail

    "You know, Albert, you kind of talk like those guys who narrate the movies at school."

  16. opposite | see definition»

    completely different

    "Trying to make them think one thing about you when the opposite was true."

  17. persevere | see definition»

    to keep trying to do something in spite of difficulties

    "And how smart you have to be to persevere."

  18. philosophy | see definition»

    the study of the basic ideas about knowledge, right and wrong, reasoning, and the value of things

    "He is considered the greatest human mind to ever have lived in the fields of physics, mathematics, and philosophy."

  19. physics | see definition»

    a science that deals with the facts about matter and motion and includes the subjects of mechanics, heat, light, electricity, sound, and the atomic nucleus

    "He is considered the greatest human mind to ever have lived in the fields of physics, mathematics, and philosophy."

  20. refuse | see definition»

    to express or show unwillingness to do, give, or allow something

    "He refused to shoot the bear and set it free."

  21. tattered | see definition»

    torn in or worn to shreds

    I hand him the tattered piece of paper that says possible.

  22. tremendous | see definition»

    very good or excellent

    "You know what else is a tremendous achievement?"

  23. usher | see definition»

    to show or be shown to a place

    "He ushered in a new world."

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