Published on July 23, 2013
The Wreckers Vocabulary Chapters 12-15
Chapter 12 1. voluminous 2. marksman 3. sparse 4. gybed 5. regal 6. keening 7. cat-o-nine-tails 8. rue
voluminous • Having great volume, lots of room, large
marksman • A person skillful at hitting a target, usually with a gun or a bow and arrow
sparse • Thinly scattered, scanty
gybed • To have turned to one side, as in a ship
regal • Relating to kings or royalty, stately
keening • Sharp, severe, and piercing wailing
Cat-o-nine-tails • A whip made out of nine knotted cords, fastened to one handle
rue • Regret, sorrow
Chapter 13 1. blithely 2. score 3. uprights 4. rooks 5. bloodcurdling 6. rude 7. rickety 8. amass 9. ajar 10. foreboding 11. blinkers
blithely • Without thought or regard, carefree
score • A group or set of twenty
uprights • Poles or supports which hold a roof in position
rooks • European crows
bloodcurdling • Arousing terror, horrifying
rude • Crude, poorly made, of poor design
rickety • Likely to fall apart or collapse, shaky
amass • To gather for oneself
ajar • Partly open
foreboding • A strong inner feeling of future misfortune or evil
blinkers • Leather flaps on a horse’s bridle, which prevent it from seeing sideways
Chapter 14 1. packet 2. mineshaft 3. muslin 4. clotted 5. poultice 6. file 7. taunting 8. exchanging broadsides 9. tinderbox
packet • A small vessel that carries mail, passengers, and goods on a regular route along rivers and canals
mineshaft • A vertical passageway for finding or mining ore
muslin • A cotton fabric used for sheets and other purposes
clotted • To thicken into clumps
poultice • A soft moist mass of cloth, bread, and herbs applied hot as a medicine to the body
file • A metal tool with ridges and points used for smoothing surfaces
taunting • Insulting, jeering, mocking
Exchanging broadsides • Firing all of the guns on one side of a warship, at another ship
tinderbox • A container used for holding tinder, usually fitted with a flint, steel, and matches
Chapter 15 1. chisel 2. stout 3. pouch 4. thong 5. rutted 6. gibbet 7. skiff 8. bilge
chisel • A tool used to cut wood or stone
stout • strong
pouch • A bag or sack used to carry articles
thong • A strip or strap of leather, used to carry something
rutted • A surface with deep trenches, usually caused by wheels
gibbet • A gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals are hung in chains after execution
skiff • A small row boat
bilge • The rounded area at the bottom of a boat
1. The Wreckers Vocabulary Chapters 12-15 . 2. Chapter 12 1. voluminous 2. marksman 3. sparse 4. gybed 5. regal 6. keening 7. cat-o-nine-tails 8. rue
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