My eight-year-old son asked me to help him with example sentences for his vocabulary words. I think I may have caused further confusion with the following sentences. He eventually created his own examples and submitted them.
—launch, v, to throw or propel with force; hurl.
“The mechanical bull launched Jimmy into the wall of horseshoes.”
—double, adj, twice as much in size, strength, number, or amount.
—plunge, v, to thrust or throw forcefully into a substance or place.
“Troy plunged his hand into the public toilet to retrieve the mood ring.”
—tractor, n, a vehicle having a powerful gasoline or diesel motor and usually large, heavily treaded rear tires, used especially for pulling farm implements or machinery.
“The chimpanzee lost control of the tractor in the graveyard, causing monkey mayhem and chaos by plowing down mourners and headstones.”
—single, adj, not accompanied by another or others; solitary.
“The bar was full of single guys like Clay, seeking partners to engage in long, exciting sessions of Scrabble™.”
“The single most erotic thing Dave owned was his collection of Gumby memorabilia.”
—thaw, 1. v, to lose stiffness, numbness, or impermeability by being warmed. 2. n, a period of warm weather during which ice and snow melt.
“The winter was so cold that the squirrel’s nuts did not thaw until May.”
“The spring thaw led Billy to the discovery that his pet dog Spike did not run away after all.”
—prosperity, n, a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition.
“Carl obtained prosperity by studying daily, working hard, and selling drugs on the side to Rush and other addicts.”
—hardships, n, extreme privation; suffering.
“The American pioneers of the 1800s endured the usual hardships in their migration west–food shortages, death, and poor television reception.”
—illustrations, n, visual matter used to clarify or decorate a text.
“The book contained illustrations of primitive mechanical devices used in dentistry, gynecology, and comedy.”
—coastal, adj, next to the sea; the seashore.
“Coastal towns experienced a rash of attacks by sharks equipped with explosives and semi-automatic weapons.”
—amazement, n, a state of extreme surprise or wonder; astonishment.
“Much to the students’ amazement, the teacher came to class wearing clothes.”
—proclaimed, v, to announce officially and publicly; declare.
“With a little help from a blowtorch, Bob proclaimed victory over the school bully.”
—identify, v, to ascertain the origin, nature, or definitive characteristics of.
“When Ray was asked to identify the sick freak who issued the taunt ‘nana nana boo boo,’ he pointed to the principal.”
—gear, n, a transmission configuration for a specific ratio of engine to axle torque in a motor vehicle.
—ponder, v, to weigh in the mind with thoroughness and care.
“Scientists often ponder the causes of aberrations and anomalies that occur in the universe, such as the current US Presidency or the popularity of Hogan’s Heroes.”
—astonishment, n, great surprise or amazement.
“Astonishment turned to fear when the newborn calf demanded a lawyer.”
—folklore, n, the traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally.
—rabbi, n, a person trained in Jewish law, ritual, and tradition and ordained for leadership of a Jewish congregation, especially one serving as chief religious official of a synagogue.
—compass, n, A device used to determine geographic direction, usually consisting of a magnetic needle or needles horizontally mounted or suspended and free to pivot until aligned with the earth’s magnetic field.
“According to folklore, after forty years a rabbi with a compass led the Jews out of the desert and into Hollywood.”