something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
THE column that had butted stoutly at the
obstacles in the roadway was barely out of the youth's sight before he saw dark waves of men come sweeping out of the woods and down through the fields.
tiresomely long; seemingly without end
The voices of the cannon were clamoring in
to or toward that place; away from the speaker
Presently, men were running hither and
thither in all ways.
extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
The youth began to imagine that he had got into the center of the
tremendous quarrel, and he could perceive no way out of it.
an instance of questioning
The youth, after rushing about and throwing
interrogations at the heedless bands of retreating infantry, finally clutched a man by the arm.
unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
His face was of a clammy
pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain
His dulled senses wished him to
swoon and he opposed them stubbornly, his mind portraying unknown dangers and mutilations if he should fall upon the field.
hidden from general view or use
secluded spots where he could fall and be unmolested.
the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
The soft air was filled with the tremendous
the trait of practicing caution in advance
He held his head very still and took many
precautions against stumbling.
lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
His head seemed swollen to a size that made him think his neck to be
an orderly arrangement
He saw his clothes in disorderly
array upon the grass of the bank.
to agree or express agreement
The youth did not look up, but he
assented with thick tongue.
the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)
In encounters with guards and patrols he displayed the keenness of a detective and the
valor of a gamin.
unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
The forest seemed a
vast hive of men buzzing about in frantic circles, but the cheery man conducted the youth without mistakes, until at last he began to chuckle with glee and self satisfaction.
lacking spirit or liveliness
A warm and strong hand clasped the youth's
languid fingers for an instant, and then he heard a cheerful and audacious whistling as the man strode away.
deal with (something unpleasant) head on
Of a sudden he
confronted a black and monstrous figure.
move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
There was a
faltering in his voice.
yield to the control of another
submitted passively to the latter's directing strength.
void of thought or knowledge
He stared with a
vacant look into the fire.
extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary
The shoes displayed the mud or dust of marches and bits of rounded trousers,
protruding from the blankets, showed rents and tears from hurried pitchings through the dense brambles.
marked by or showing hopelessness
The youth sat in a
forlorn heap until his friend the loud young soldier came, swinging two canteens by their light strings.
an act or expression of criticism and censure
reproof the youth said no more.
enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
The warm comfort of the blanket
enveloped him and made a gentle languor.
not allowing contradiction or refusal
peremptory tenor rang out and quickened the stiffened movement of the men.
consider not very seriously
His friend looked a
grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
He had been out among the dragons, he said, and he assured himself that they were not so
hideous as he had imagined them.
the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
As for himself, he had fled with
discretion and dignity.
From the right came the noise of a terrific
an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
It seemed that the cannon had come from all parts and were engaged in a stupendous
of the most contemptible kind
Inwardly he was reduced to an
abject pulp by these chance words.
He paused, ready to pounce upon any man who might have the
temerity to reply.
have as a meaning
In the regiment there was a peculiar kind of hesitation
denoted in the attitudes of the men.
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
A moment later the regiment roared forth its sudden and valiant
giving or marked by complete attention to
He was so
engrossed in his occupation that he was not aware of a lull.
difficult to understand
Sometimes his voice could be heard in a wild,
a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
THE ragged line had
respite for some minutes, but during its pause the struggle in the forest became magnified until the trees seemed to quiver from the firing and the ground to shake from the rushing of the men.
noisy confusion and turbulence
From all the interwoven forest arose the smoke and
bluster of the battle.
skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands
The general reined strongly at his charger's opened and foamy mouth and guided it with
dexterous horsemanship past the man.
the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines
A moment later the officers began to bustle among the men, pushing them into a more compact mass and into a better