Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ice Story Vocabulary

Ice Story Vocabulary Words

Chapters 1-4

: page 1 --  adjective -- not softening or yielding in determination
Desolate: page 1 --  adjective -- lacking inhabitants and visitors.
Improbable:  page 2 --adjective-- unlikely to occur
Exploits: page 2 -- noun-- deeds notable especially for heroism
Ebbed: page 6 --verb-- passing from a high to a low point
Frenzied: page 8  violently agitated; frantic; wild: a frenzied mob.
Beset:  page 14 d Nautical . to surround (a vessel) by ice, so that control of the helm is lost.
Buffoon:  page 19  a person who amuses others by tricks, jokes, odd gestures and postures,etc.

Chapters 5-8
Salvage:  page 26 the act of saving a ship or its cargo from perils of the seas.
Anguish: page 34 excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain: the anguish of grief.
Embittered:  page 36 to make bitter; cause to feel bitterness: Failure has embittered him
Impendingpage 39   about to happen; imminent: their impending marriage.
Peninsula: page 45    an area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for anisthmus connecting it with the mainland.
Apprehension: page 47
anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.

Chapters 9-11
Scarcely: page 49 Adverb  barely; hardly; not quite: The light is so dim we can scarcely see.
Presumablypage 51  by assuming reasonably; probably: Since he is a consistent winner, he is presumably a superior player.
Disintegrate: page 52  Verb. Break up into parts, typically as the result of impact or decay.
Jubilantly: page 55   Adjective.    Feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph.
Compensate: page 59  Verb.  Recompense (someone) for loss, suffering, or injury, typically by the award of a sum of money.
Prevailing: page 62  Verb: Be widespread in a particular area at a particular time; be current: "The prevailing winds were to the  northwest. 

Chapters 12-15
Plummet:   page 76  Verb
Fall or drop straight down at high speed.
Dabble: page 81   Verb -- 1to play and splash in or as if in water, especially with the hands.   2. to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner: to dabble in literature.

Optimist: page 85  Noun --   a person who expects the best possible outcome or dwells on the most hopeful aspects of a situation

Fanfare: page 85    Noun
  1. A short ceremonial tune or flourish played on brass instruments.
  2. An ostentatious or noisy display.

Chapters 16-end

Loom:  page  107 to appear indistinctly; come into view in indistinct and enlarged form: The mountainous island loomed on the horizon.
Premonitions: page 113    a forewarning. synonyms: foreboding, portent, omen, sign.