Published on July 16, 2013
The Wreckers Vocabulary Chapters 6-8
Chapter 6 1. brink 2. spindrift 3. corpse 4. embayed 5. specters 6. plunder 7. naught
brink • The edge of a slope
spindrift • Windblown sea spray
corpse • A dead body
embayed • To detain, or keep, in a bay
specters • A ghost or phantom
plunder • Goods taken by force or stolen
naught • nothing
Chapter 7 1. clamor 2. tempests 3. flinched 4. tetched 5. headstrong 6. gallivanting 7. sinkhole 8. phosphorus 9. reek 10. perish
clamor • A loud, sustained noise
tempests • A violent windstorm
flinched • To start or wince involuntarily, as from a surprise or pain
tetched • Somewhat imbalanced mentally, touched or crazy
headstrong • Determined to have one’s own way, stubborn and willful
gallivanting • To roam about in search of pleasure or amusement
sinkhole • A natural depression in a land surface communicating with a subterranean passage, formed by the collapse of a tavern roof
phosphorus • A highly reactive and flammable substance
reek • To give off or fill with a strong, unpleasant odor
perish • To die or be destroyed
Chapter 8 1. clamber 2. Ghosted 3. scowled 4. gunwales 5. chanteys 6. flagon 7. smuggler 8. petty 9. excise men 10. farce 11. smug 12. cromlech
clamber • To climb with difficulty, awkwardly
ghosted • To move noiselessly, like a ghost
scowled • To express with a frowning facial expression
gunwales • The upper edge of the side of a vessel (so called because guns were mounted on it)
chanteys • A song sung by sailors to the rhythm of their movements while working
flagon • A large vessel with a handle and spout, used for holding wine or liquors
smuggler • To illegally bring goods in/out by stealth, without paying customs taxes on them
petty • Minor, unimportant
Excise men • An officer who inspects items and decides what shall be taxed
farce • An empty show, a mockery
smug • Exhibiting or showing a look of great satisfaction with oneself or one’s situation
cromlech • A prehistoric monument circling a mound. Usually a tomb consisting of 2 or more upright stones with a capstone, believed to have been buried in the earth with a central opening.
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