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Word Play

Write the Definition

Read each of the following sentences. Underline the context clues that help you figure out the definition of the bolded word. Write your definition of the bolded word on the line provided. The first one has been done for you.

1. Although the boy used to be boisterous when he was in elementary and middle school, he calmed down quite a bit by the time he got to high school.

Rough and noisy
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2. Before Thomas Edison got the lightbulb to work, over ten thousand of his attempts were failures. Luckily, he stuck with the experiment, and because of his tenacity, we now have a way to see things at nighttime.

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3. Ebenezer Scrooge, the famous miser from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is so penurious that he refuses to give even a little money to help the poor.

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4. My goal of remaining inconspicuous was ruined when I tripped over my shoelace and crashed into a table, attracting the attention of everyone in the room.

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5. The darkness of the countryside would have been almost complete if not for the luminous moon that helped light the path.

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6. Rocks and sand grains frozen into glaciers can create glacial striations as the glacier moves, cutting parallel grooves in the bedrock below the ice.

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