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When recounting their adventures,
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Vocabulary Definitions from TIMEFLIES: The Maiden Voyage*

A - E

Accustom - verb make psychologically or physically used to something

Ajar - adj. slightly open

Alcoholism - noun habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms; an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess

Allure - verb dispose or incline or entice to

Amber - adj. of a medium to dark brownish yellow color; noun a deep yellow color; a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin; used for jewelry

Ample - adj. affording an abundant supply; more than enough in size or scope or capacity; fairly large

Antenna* - noun one of a pair of mobile appendages on the head of e.g. insects and crustaceans; typically sensitive to touch and taste; 

Appease - verb make peace with; overcome or allay; cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

Appliance* - noun durable goods for home or office use 

Appreciation* - noun understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; an expression of gratitude; a favorable judgment

Aroma - noun a distinctive odor that is pleasant; any property detected by the olfactory system

Asylum* - noun a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person 

Bellow* - noun shout loudly and without restraint

Bizarre - adj. conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

Bombard* - verb address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage

Burly - adj. muscular and heavily built

Charade* - noun an absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance

Cobbler* - noun made of fruit with rich biscuit dough usually only on top of the fruit

Commotion - noun the act of making a noisy disturbance; confused movement; a disorderly outburst or tumult

Compassion - noun the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it; a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

Compel - verb force or make someone do something

Concede* - verb be willing to admit, acknowledge defeat 

Concentrate* -adj a substance present in a high proportion

Conclusion* - noun an intuitive assumption; the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning 

Console* - verb give moral or emotional strength to

Contemplate* - verb think intently and at length

Decipher* - verb succeed in understanding, interpreting, or identifying (something)

Detect - verb discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

Digestive - adj. relating to or having the power to cause or promote digestion; noun any substance that promotes digestion

Diligent - adj. characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks; quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness

Discreet - adj. marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint; heedful of potential consequences; unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

Distort - verb alter the shape of (something) by stress; make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story; affect as in thought or feeling; form into a spiral shape; twist and press out of shape

Doggedly - adv. with obstinate determination

Don - verb put on (an item of clothing).

Dramatic - adj. suitable to or characteristic of drama; sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect; used of a singer or singing voice that is marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style; pertaining to or characteristic of drama

Earshot - noun the range within which a voice can be heard

Elaborate* - adj. marked by complexity and richness of detail 

Emanate* - verb originate from; be produced by.Embolden - verb give encouragement to

Emphasize - verb to stress, single out as important; give extra weight to (a communication)

Enriching - verb improve or enhance the quality or value of.

Enthusiasm - noun a lively interest; a feeling of excitement; overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval

Entrant* - noun someone who enters

Epic* - adj. very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)  

Epiphany* - noun a moment of sudden revelation or insight

Exasperate - verb make worse; make furious; exasperate or irritate

Exhilarate - verb fill with sublime emotion

Extinguish* - verb put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

Extraordinary - adj. far more than usual or expected; beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

G - N

Facial* - adj. of or pertaining to the outside surface of an object; of or concerning the face

Filter* - noun device that removes something from whatever passes through it; an electrical device that alters the frequency spectrum of signals passing through it

Flannel* - noun a soft light woolen fabric; used for clothing

Fluorescent* -  noun a lighting fixture that uses a fluorescent lamp

Flutter* - noun the act of moving back and forth; the motion made by flapping up and down;  verb flag the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements

Flyswatter - noun an implement with a flat part (of mesh or plastic) and a long handle; used to kill insects

Formation* - noun a particular spatial arrangement; an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

Forthcoming* - adj. available when required or as promised; of the relatively near future 

Fragment - noun an incomplete piece; a piece broken off or cut off of something else; a broken piece of a brittle artifact; verb break or cause to break into pieces

Frantically - adv. in an uncontrolled manner

Frigid* - adj. extremely cold 

Generation* - noun a set of members of a family regarded as a single step or stage in descent.

Ginormous - adj.  extremely large; enormous.

Grim* - adj. depressing or worrying to consider.

Gullible - adj. easily tricked because of being too trusting; naive and easily deceived or tricked

Halter* - noun either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight

Idiom* - noun an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

Illuminate* - verb make lighter or brighter

Incensed - adj. angered at something unjust or wrong

Incredulity - noun doubt about the truth of something

Initiate* -  verb take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; bring up a topic for discussion

Innate* - adj. not established by conditioning or learning

Innocent* - noun a person who lacks knowledge of evil

Instinctive - adj. unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct

Intensity* - noun high level or degree; the property of being intense

Intercept* -  verb seize on its way 

Involuntarily - adv. against your will

Iridescent - adj. showing luminous colours that seem to change when seen from different angles

Itinerary* - noun a proposed route of travel

Jostle - verb come into rough contact with while moving; make one's way by jostling, pushing, or shoving

Jurassic* - adj. of or relating to or denoting the second period of the Mesozoic era; noun from 190 million to 135 million years ago; dinosaurs; 

Labellum* - noun each of a pair of lobes at the tip of the proboscis in some insects

Liberate* - verb grant freedom to; grant freedom to; free from confinement

Liquefy - verb become liquid or fluid when heated; make (a solid substance) liquid, as by heating; become liquid

Littered - adj. filled or scattered with a disorderly accumulation of objects or rubbish

Lopsided - adj. having one side lower or smaller or lighter than the other; turned or twisted toward one side

Manoeuvre* - noun a movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

Maxillary palp - noun small antenna-like sensory appendage emerging from the maxilla, Jointed, sensory structure found on the maxillae of an insect

Meekly - adv. in a submissive or spiritless manner; in a humble manner

Melodic - adj. of or relating to melody; containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody

Menace* - noun a threat or the act of threatening; something that is a source of danger

Meticulous - adj. marked by extreme care in treatment of details; marked by precise accordance with details

Metronome - noun clicking pendulum indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music

Miniature* - adj. being on a very small scale

Minuscule* - adj. very small;

Minute* - adj.  infinitely or immeasurably small 

Mischievous* - adj. naughtily or annoyingly playful

Misgiving - noun doubt about someone's honesty; painful expectation; uneasiness about the fitness of an action

Momentum - noun the product of a body's mass and its velocity; an impelling force or strength

Morsel - noun a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; a small quantity of anything

Mundane* - adj.  found in the ordinary course of events

Namesake - noun a person with the same name as another

Nearsighted - adj. unable to see distant objects clearly

Neglect - noun fail to care for properly, not pay proper attention to; disregard.

Nonplussed - adj. filled with bewilderment

Obedience - noun behavior intended to please your parents; the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person; the trait of being willing to obey

Oblivious - adj. (followed by `to' or `of') lacking conscious awareness of; failing to keep in mind

Ocelli - noun a small eye of an insect or other arthropod that has only one lens, typically present in one or more pairs.

Occupant - noun someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there

Ominous - adj. giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious.

Omit - verb leave undone or leave out; prevent from being included or considered or accepted

Ottoman* - adj.  a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person

O - Z

Paralyze - verb cause to be paralyzed and immobile; make powerless and unable to function

Parliament* - noun a legislative assembly in certain countries 

Peculiar - adj. characteristic of one only; distinctive or special; markedly different from the usual; beyond or deviating from the usual or expected 

Perception - noun the process of perceiving; knowledge gained by perceiving; a way of conceiving something; becoming aware of something via the senses; the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

Perch* -  an elevated place serving as a seat 

Peripheral* - adj. relating to or situated on the edge or periphery of something

Perplex - verb (of something complicated or unaccountable) cause (someone) to feel completely baffled.

Pervasive - adj. spreading or spread throughout

Phony* - adj. fraudulent; having a misleading appearance Pique* - verb stimulate (interest or curiosity).

Possessive - adj. desirous of owning; having or showing a desire to control or dominate; serving to express or indicate possession 

Predicament - noun a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

Proboscis - noun a long flexible snout as of an elephant; (in many insects) an elongated sucking mouth part that is typically tubular and flexible

Profuse - adj. produced or growing in extreme abundance

Pseudotrachea – noun one of a series of chitinoustubes in the labella of dipterans (suborder Brachycera) through which liquid food is taken into the mouth

Pulvilli- noun pads often covered with short hairs or an organ or process resembling or functioning like a cushion or sucker that occurs on an insect's foot between the claws of the last segment and often forms an adhesive organ

Quench* - verb satisfy thirst 

Query* - verb put a question or questions to (someone). 

Rapid-fire* - adj. (especially of something said in dialogue or done in a sequence) unhesitating and rapid.

Reflective - adj. capable of physically reflecting light or sound 

Regimen - noun (medicine) a systematic plan for therapy(often including diet)

Regurgitate* - verb eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

Reluctantly - adv. in anunwilling and hesitant way.

Reprimand - noun an act or expression of criticism and censure; verb rebuke formally; censure severely or angrily
Resemble - verb appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to

Resume* - verb take up or begin anew

Robotic* - adj.(of a person) mechanical, stiff, or unemotional

Salivate - verb secretesaliva, especially in anticipation of food.

Scam* - verb deprive of by deceit

Servant - noun a person working in the service of another(especially in the household); in a subordinate position

Silhouette* - noun a drawing of the outline of an object;filled in with some uniform color; an outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow);  

Simultaneous - adj. occurring or operating at the same time

Slur* - verb speak (words or speech) indistinctly so that the sounds run into one another. 

Soil* - adj. make dirty with dirt or grime

Solemn* - adj.  not cheerful or smiling; serious.

Somber* - adj. grave or even gloomy in character 

Spontaneous - adj. happening or arising without apparent external cause; said or done without having been planned or written in advance

Stagger* - verb walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall.

Stock-still - adj. absolutely still; adv. without moving or making a sound

Stoic* - adj. seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain;impassive; someone who is seemingly indifferent to emotions

Supportive - adj. furnishing support or assistance

Surly - adj. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace

Surrogate* - adj. providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties 

Suspend* - verb cause to be held in suspension in a fluid 

Swindle*- verb use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions. 

Tarsi* - noun plural form of tarsus the foot or fifth joint of the leg of an insect or other arthropod, typically consisting of several small segments and ending in a claw.

Tempting - adj. very pleasantly inviting 

Tenacious - adj.  stubbornly unyielding

Theory* - noun a belief that can guide behavior; a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world 

Towering - adj. of imposing height; especially standing out above others

Trajectory - noun the path followed by an object moving through space

Trigger* - noun an act that sets in motion some course of events; a device that activates or releases or causes something to happen 

Unison* - noun occurring together or simultaneously; corresponding exactly

Vegetarian - noun eater of fruits and grains and nuts;someone who eats no meat or fish or (often) any animal products

Vehement - adj. characterized by great force or energy; marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid

Veritable - adj. not counterfeit or copied; used as an intensifier, often to qualify a metaphor.

Vigorous* - adj. characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity 

Voracious* - adj. wanting or devouring great quantities of food.

Vow - noun a solemn pledge to do something or to behave in a certain manner

Waft* - verb be driven or carried along, as by the air; blow gently

Wistful - adj. having or showinga feeling of vague or regretful longing.

Witness* - verb have knowledge of (an event or change) from personal observation or experience.


*Indicates words with multiple definitions. The definitions listed are those in context with usage in TIMEFLIES: The Maiden Voyage

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