characterized by action or forcefulness of personality
I've tried to be invisible, but just my presence here has changed the
dynamic of the situation.
your usual mood
disposition is one of her best qualities.
(of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence
The unpredictable current and the vast, complex system of wildlife that resides beneath the
churning water gave me hives.
spread by scattering
Comic books and magazines are
strewn next to the bed, which doesn't have sheets or a mattress pad.
lacking distinct or individual characteristics
Pattie has picked out a red Formica table with four
nondescript dining chairs, a stuffed lemon-colored sofa, and a leather lounger that swivels in a complete circle.
It seemed obvious that they were going around the law, or at least
defying some rule or regulation.
the remains of something that has been destroyed or finished
By the time Dell and Quang-ha come up the stairs carrying the box of kitchen stuff, we have mopped the floor (which turns out to be shades of orange, not brown), cleaned the microwave and all of the counters, and filled eight trash bags with more
a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
In a month, I've never seen Quang-ha happy, so his current
scowl is just more of the same.
a broken piece of a brittle artifact
shards go flying and several pieces land on the clear plastic of the newly uncovered skylight.
a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin
He then positions a piece of
amber glass on the surface.
get or find back; recover the use of
He was looking to
regain control, and so he returned to the Dell Duke System of the Strange.
of or concerned with or related to the future
She also told me that
prospective parents always pick the blond kids first.
expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
He hoped it sounded deeply
sarcastic, but she answered: "Me too."
be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
The crazy Nguyen woman had
insisted that he send an e-mail right away and then to his horror his laptop showed an immediate reply.
an actor who communicates entirely by gesture
Because Dell was so tired, he looked appealingly like someone who had been to
move periodically or seasonally
Back home, when I used to sit in my garden, I liked to observe birds, and not just the green-rumped parrots but also the
temporary loss of strength and energy from hard work
Dehydration is the cause of ninety percent of daytime
close observation of a person or group
Since the accident, I feel next to nothing about everything, so it is possible that this
surveillance will be beneficial to me from a psychological standpoint.
a feeling of understanding
I realize that this is a unique opportunity to get
insight into both of these people.
without volition or conscious control
Their behavior appears completely
reflexive and natural.
pass into a solution
I then add one cup of sugar, which easily
dissolves because of the heat.
properly or sufficiently qualified, capable, or efficient
I know that Dell's not a very
originating where it is found
indigenous to the Americas. They came from Mexico."
shake with fast, tremulous movements
Jairo tried his best to make his
quivering mouth form some kind of grin.
done by or characteristic of individuals acting together
The crowd gave a
collective groan, followed by laughter and chatter.
make optimal; get the most out of; use best
When Pattie casually said that she wished she had room to add another manicurist, Willow made a floor plan of the nail salon that
optimized the space, moving the front counter and three of the four manicure stations.
the relative frequency of occurrence of something
The next day, when Willow handed her a detailed report on the
incidence of infection from manicure and pedicure treatment, Pattie got angry.
shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
It was a
gruesome nightmare in which her clients all keeled forward, face-first, onto the manicure desks.
the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
Her eyes glazed over when Willow spoke about new drug-resistant bacteria, but she got the
gist of the whole thing.
a public declaration of intentions
Pattie put Willow's
manifesto on the front window, and she adopted the girl's proposed new slogan:
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collect discarded or refused material
Technically it was an old computer, or at least a machine made from
salvaged parts, but it was faster and more efficient than any other piece of equipment he'd ever owned.
a condition promoting sanitary practices
He'd raised the bar on his personal
hygiene in a lot of areas.
keep an eye on; keep under surveillance
I don't make a chart and
monitor the percentage of germination, because I don't do that anymore.
sprout; produce buds or branches
I put the drawing of the man with the
germinating brain in my room on the wall where I can see it when I roll over.
purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors
I give him a single-page document with a
distillation of what he should know for his upcoming test.
fix or set securely or deeply
After two blocks on the course, I get a pain in my left side that feels as if a knife has been
implanted just below rib 7 (individual ribs do not have names, and are only referred to as one through twelve, left side, right side).
relating to or affecting the lungs
I experience so many different health conditions—rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure, dry mouth,
pulmonary shock, muscle spasm—that it is impossible for me to even chronicle the degree of body breakdown.
the quality of being coherent and easily understood
It is in this moment of
clarity that I understand that I have never danced.
use of physical or mental energy; hard work
I think that the effort put forward in matters of physical
exertion is more important than the outcome.
characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity
I know that
vigorous exercise changes brain chemistry.