alacrity
brisk and cheerful readiness
alienist
archaic term for psychiatrist, person who treats mental diseases
applepie order
tidy and well-ordered
ascetic
characterised by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons; person who practices such self-discipline
august
inspiring awe, respect, or admiration
benign
having a kindly disposition
calico
plain-woven textile made from unbleached, and often not fully processed, cotton
camp-stools
light folding stools
catacomb
underground cemetery consisting of chambers or tunnels with recesses for graves
circuitous
being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course
confab
casual talk, chat
conflagrations
large destructive fires
crania
the skull, esp. the part enclosing the brain
cravat
a strip of fabric worn around the neck and tucked inside an open-necked shirt
deal table
table made from plain pine or fir wood planks
declivity
downward slope, as of a hill
diaphanous
of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent
ensign
national flag when used at sea
evanescence
the act or state of vanishing away; disappearance
fairway
navigable part of river, through which ships enter and depart
fecund
capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful
filch
to steal
float
automatic water-level regulator opening and closing a water-supply valve
foot-warmer
small wood and metal boxes filled with hot coals for warming cold toes
fusillade
a discharge from a number of firearms, fired simultaneously or in rapid succession
half-caste
person of mixed race or ethnicity
helmsman
person who steers a ship or boat
hovel
small, squalid, or simply constructed dwelling, often dirty or unpleasant
hullabaloo
great noise or excitement; uproar
hummock
low mound or ridge of earth; a knoll
immutability
not subject or susceptible to change
indissolubly
permanent; binding; incapable of being dissolved
inexorable
not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless
insoluble
difficult or impossible to solve or explain
interminable
being or seeming to be without an end; endless
intrepidity
resolutely courageous; fearless
islet
small island
jetty
wharf; or structure, such as a pier, that projects into a body of water to influence the current or tide or to protect a harbour or shoreline from storms or erosion
jocose
given to or characterized by joking; humorous
legionaries
professional soldiers of the Roman army
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
mica
a shiny silicate mineral with a layered structure, found as minute scales in granite and other rocks, or as crystals
mizzen-mast
the smaller, after mast in a yawl or ketch; or the third mast or the mast aft of a mainmast on a ship having three or more masts
mud-flat
mud-covered, gently sloping tract of land, alternately covered and left bare by tidal waters
obsequiously
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
original
eccentric person
pacifically
of a peaceful nature; tranquil
parti-coloured
having sections or patches coloured differently and usually brightly
pensive
dreamily or wistfully thoughtful
pestiferous
constituting a pest or nuisance; annoying
pestilential
pernicious, evil influence or agent
philanthropic
seeking to promote the welfare of others, esp. by donating money to good causes; generous and benevolent
pilot-house
an enclosed structure on the bridge of a vessel from which it can be navigated
portico
porch or walkway with a roof supported by columns, often leading to the entrance of a building
prefect
any of various high officials or magistrates of differing functions and ranks in ancient Rome
prevaricator
a person who has lied or who lies repeatedly
sandbanks
submerged banks of sand in a sea or river, that may be exposed at low tide
satiated
to satisfy (an appetite or desire) fully, or to excess
secular
centuries old
sententiously
moralising in a pompous or affected manner
serried
pressed or crowded together, especially in rows
snag
tree or rock in river-bed impeding navigation
somnambulist
sleepwalker
sounding-pole
pole used to determine the depth of a body of water
stern-wheel
paddle-wheel at stern (back) of steamboat
tawny
yellowish brown colour
teak-wood
hard durable yellowish-brown wood of teak trees
tempests
violent storms
tenebrous
dark, shadowy or obscure
toga
garment worn by citizens of ancient Rome, consisting of a piece of cloth draped around the body
tremulous
shaky, trembling
trenchant
caustic; cutting
truckle-bed
pair of beds, one a twin bed, and the other slightly smaller on rollers or casters so that it may be put beneath the upper twin bed for storage
uncongenial
disagreeable; incompatible
varnished
glossy or glazed appearance
venerable
accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character
vermuth
red or white wine flavoured with aromatic herbs, chiefly made in France and Italy and drunk mixed with gin
worsted
type of woolen yarn