Vocabluary from "To Build a Fire" Flashcards

Feeling
Terms Definitions
Agitation
(n.) Disturbance
Amber
(n.) A clear yellow gemstone consisting of fossilized tree sap
Anesthetic
(n.) A drug that makes you unable to feel pain, or makes you unconscious
Apathetically
(adv.) with little interest or emotion
Appealingly
(adv.) in a way intended to soothe angry feeling, to placate.
Appendage
(n.) something attached to a larger object
Brimstone
(n.) sulfur--- chemical used to match heads
capsized
(v.) overturn
chidden
(v.) scolded
claim
(n.) a tract of public land claimed by a miner
conflagration
(n.) large, destruction fire
conjectural
(adj.) involving guesswork
crypts
(n.) underground chambers; hidden places
cherished
(v.) tended; guarded
ensue
(v.) to occur as result; follow
extremity
(n.) hand or a foot
four-mile gait
(n.) walking pace of four miles per hour
flotsam
(n.) debris
high-water deposit
(n.) debris left on the bank of a steam as the water recedes from its highest level
imperative
(adj.) urgently necessary
intangible
(adj.) difficult to perceive; vague; cannot be gasped or held
old hoss
(n.) "old horse" -- here used as an affectionate term
obtained
(v.) existed
peremptorily
(adv.) in a commanding manner
poignant
(adj.) a sharp or painful feeling of sadness
reiterated
(v.) repeated
sidled
(v.) minicingly (adv.) moved sideways with small steps
smite
(v.) to strike; past tense= smote
speculatively
(adv.) to form opinions without having the facts, to make guesses
spirit thermometer
(adj.) a thermometer in which the temperature is indicated by the heght of a column of colored alcohol
strove
(v.) tried hard; struggled
temperamental
(adj.) involving a characteristic way of behaving. If a person is described as being temperamental, this means that their mood tends to change very suddenly
timber jams
(n.) piled up masses of floating logs and branches
toil slave
(n.) slave who performs hard labor/ labour
undulation
(n.) a wavelike shape, rising and falling
unwonted
(adj.) unusual, out of habit
willy-nilly
(adj.) haphazardly, in a disorganized or unplanned way
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