voc list Essay example

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1 Skiff any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.

I can’t afford a yacht, so I decide to purchase a skiff.

2 humility a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
EXAMPLE SENTENCE “Thank you,” the old man said. He was too simple to wonder when he had attained humility.
Humility is an important virtue.

3 gaunt very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck.

The man looked gaunt because of his lack of sleep.

4 stern the rear part of a ship
The box with the baits was under the stern of the skiff along with the club that was used to subdue the big fish when they were brought alongside.

The teacher gives her a stern look.

5 subdue put down by force or intimidation
The box with the baits was under the stern of the skiff along with the club that was used to subdue the big fish when they were brought alongside.

His army has been subdued.

6 relic something of sentimental value
On the brown walls of the flattened, overlapping leaves of the sturdy fibered guano there was a picture in color of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and another of the Virgin of Cobre. These were relics of his wife. 

He enjoys collecting relics.

7 bodega a small Hispanic shop selling wine and groceries
“Perico gave it to me at the bodega,” he explained.

He bought two cans of beer at the bodega.

8 thole a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
He fitted the rope lashings of the oars onto the thole pins and, leaning forward against the thrust of the blades in the water, he began to row out of the harbor in the dark.

9 phosphorescence a fluorescence that persists after the bombarding radiation has ceased
He saw the phosphorescence of the Gulf weed in the water as he rowed over the part of the ocean that the fishermen called the great well because there was a sudden deep of seven hundred fathoms where all sorts of fish congregated because of the swirl the current made against the steep walls of the floor of the ocean.

The plankton made the moonlit water glow with phosphorescence

10 ineffectual producing no result or effect
He watched the flying fish burst out again and again and the ineffectual movements of the bird.

His solution is ineffectual.
11 iridescent varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
But the bird was almost out of sight now and nothing showed on the surface of the water but some patches of yellow, sun-bleached Sargasso weed and the purple, formalized, iridescent, gelatinous bladder of a Portuguese man-of-war floating dose beside the boat.

12 filament a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)
From where he swung lightly against his oars he looked down into the water and saw the tiny fish that were coloured like the trailing filaments and swam between them and under the small shade the bubble made as it drifted.

13 carapace hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
The turtles saw them, approached them from the front, then shut their eyes so they were completely carapaced and ate them filaments and all.

14 contempt lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
He loved green turtles and hawk-bills with their elegance and speed and their great value and he had a friendly contempt for the huge, stupid loggerheads, yellow in their armour-plating, strange in their love-making, and happily eating the Portuguese men-of-war with their eyes shut.

15 mysticism obscure or irrational thought
He had no