"Hatchet," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-4 30 words

As you read Gary Paulsen's 1987 Newbery Honor-winning survival novel "Hatchet," learn these word lists: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, and Chapters 17-19&Epilogue.
  1. consuming
    very intense
    It was a small plane, a Cessna 406—a bushplane—and the engine was so loud, so roaring and consuming and loud, that it ruined any chance for conversation.
  2. initial
    occurring at the beginning
    There had been the initial excitement, of course.
  3. altitude
    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.
  4. current
    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.
  5. drone
    an unchanging intonation
    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.
  6. seep
    pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
    Instead his eyes burned and tears came, the seeping tears that burned, but he didn’t cry.
  7. indicate
    give evidence of
    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.
  8. overcome
    get on top of; deal with successfully
    He leaned over and lifted the headset off his right ear and put it on his temple, yelling to overcome the sound of the engine.
  9. slew
    move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
    The plane slewed suddenly to the right.
  10. gratitude
    a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation
    But the pilot had put his headset back on and the gratitude was lost in the engine noise and things went back to Brian looking out the window at the ocean of trees and lakes.
  11. lurch
    move slowly and unsteadily
    Now the plane lurched slighdy to the right and Brian looked at the pilot He was rubbing his shoulder again and there was the sudden smell of body gas in the plane.
  12. tundra
    a vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where the subsoil is permanently frozen
    He was working in the oil fields of Canada, up on the tree line where the tundra started and the forests ended.
  13. constant
    uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
    Now there was a constant odor, and Brian took another look at the pilot, found him rubbing the shoulder and down the arm now, the left arm, letting go more gas and wincing.
  14. wince
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    Now there was a constant odor, and Brian took another look at the pilot, found him rubbing the shoulder and down the arm now, the left arm, letting go more gas and wincing.
  15. stout
    dependable
    The head was in a stout leather case that had a brass-riveted belt loop.
  16. grimace
    a contorted facial expression
    Brian turned again to glance at the pilot who had both hands on his stomach and was grimacing in pain, reaching for the left shoulder again as Brian watched.
  17. audible
    heard or perceptible by the ear
    The pilot’s words were a hiss, barely audible.
  18. spasm
    a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
    He stopped as a fresh spasm of pain hit him.
  19. jolt
    an abrupt spasmodic movement
    And now a jolt took him like a ham- merblow, so forcefully that he seemed to crush back into the seat, and Brian reached for him, could not understand at first what it was, could not know.
  20. rigid
    fixed and unmoving
    The pilot’s mouth went rigid, he swore and jerked a short series of slams into the seat, holding his shoulder now.
  21. depress
    press down
    He had seen the pilot use it, had seen him depress the switch at his belt, so Brian pushed the switch in and blew into the mike.
  22. hurtle
    make a thrusting forward movement
    He felt like a prisoner, kept in a small cell that was hurtling through the sky at what he thought to be 160 miles an hour, headed— he didn’t know where—just headed somewhere until...
  23. vague
    lacking clarity or distinctness
    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.
  24. coarse
    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.
  25. abate
    become less in amount or intensity
    When he opened them again it was evening and some of the sharp pain had abated—there were many dull aches—and the crash came back to him folly.
  26. hoarse
    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
    He mumbled it, almost in a hoarse whisper.
  27. graze
    break the skin (of a body part) by scraping
    His forehead felt massively swollen to the touch, almost like a mound out over his eyes, and it was so tender that when his fingers grazed it he nearly cried.
  28. remnant
    a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists
    He pulled the tom remnants of his windbreaker, pieces really, around his shoulders and tried to hold what heat his body could find.
  29. horde
    a vast multitude
    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.
  30. agony
    intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
    In the end he sat with the windbreaker pulled up, brushed with his hands and took it, almost crying in frustration and agony.