“The Scarlet Ibis” Vocabulary Terms Standard English Test: Friday, October 3 Term Definition Example careen (verb) to lean, sway or tip while in motion. The boat careened from side to side during an intense storm. sullen (adjective) gloomy, unhappy or reserved. The sullen girl pouted in her room, because she was not allowed to watch a movie after her bedtime. burden (noun) carrying a mental weight or something difficult. Every president carries the burden of protecting our country from danger. heave (verb) to lift or move with effort or force. Jack and Jill heaved water up the huge hill on Saturday. imminent (adjective) likely to happen at any moment. During winter in Asheville, snow storms are imminent. serene (adjective) calm or peaceful. Listening to rain beat on the roof is a serene sound. infallible (adjective) incapable of being wrong; never failing. Lucy thought she was infallible, but she ended up failing her vocabulary quiz. reiterate (verb) to repeat or say again. Teachers always have to reiterate due dates to make sure students know when to turn in assignments. descend (verb) to pass from a higher place to a lower place. The sun descends over the horizon each night; it is always so beautiful! uniform (adjective) consistent, the same or without variations of detail. People’s perceptions of other countries, traditions and religions are not always uniform.