elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
He had never flown in a singleengine plane before and to be sitting in the copilot’s seat with all the controls right there in front of him, all the instruments in his face as die plane clawed for altitude, jerking and sliding on the wind currents as the pilot took off, had been interesting and exciting.
a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
In this case, the study flow is not a fluid, but rather the air or wind.
He had never flown in a single engine plane before and to be sitting in the copilot’s seat with all the controls right there in front of him, all the instruments in his face as the plane clawed for altitude, jerking and sliding on the wind currents as the pilot took off, had been interesting and exciting.
But in five minutes they had leveled off at six thousand feet and headed northwest and from then on the pilot had been silent, staring out the front, and the drone of the engine had been all that was left.
On the dashboard in front of him Brian saw the dials, switches, meters, knobs, levers, cranks, lights, handles that were wiggling and flickering, all indicating nothing that he understood and the pilot seemed the same way.
He had a vague feeling that he was wrong to keep heading as die plane was heading, a feeling that he might be going off in the wrong direction, but he could not bring himself to stop the engine and fall.
of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
Pulling until his hands caught at weeds and muck, pulling and screaming until his hands caught at last in grass and brush and he felt his chest on land, felt his face in the coarse blades of grass and he stopped, everything stopped.
With it came some warmth, small bits of it at first, and with the heat came clouds of insects—thick, swarming hordes of mosquitos that flocked to his body, made a living coat on his exposed skin, clogged his nostrils when he inhaled, poured into his mouth when he opened it to take a breath.