They were an exuberant, restless people, wandering across the ocean of the plain.
collect or look around for (food)
During the day she would forage along the highway where the grass was thick and green,
then she would return at nightfall.
a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
Always on the move, like gypsies, always dragging their families around the country like
an unchanging intonation
My nostrils quivered as I felt the song of the mockingbirds and the drone of the grasshoppers
mingle with the pulse of the earth.
tiresomely long; seemingly without end
. . . they had more time to spend in the attic and cut out an interminable train of paper dolls
which they dressed, gave names to, and, most miraculously, made talk.
sink to a lower level or form a depression
My father shook Chávez and the man's sobbing subsided.
having your attention fixated as though by a spell
They stood transfixed, looking down at the mad man waving the pistol in the air.
intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
The cry of a tormented man had come to the peaceful green mystery of my river . . . .
finding a solution to a problem
Again the owl sang; Ultima's spirit bathed me with its strong resolution.
(nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
1) I lay back and watched the silent beams of light radiate in the colorful dust motes
2) Some report his last words thus: "I feel like a mote
in the sunbeam."
—Marvin, Frederic Rowland
admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
1) Also, my mother admonished
us to bow our heads when we passed in front of the house.
2) As these difficult times approach, some people will admonish
governments to stand up to markets.
—New York Times (Jun 21, 2012)
shake with fast, tremulous movements