"Hatchet," Vocabulary from Chapters 5-8 35 words

Gary Paulsen's "Hatchet" is a story about teaching yourself all the skills you need to manage in an unforgiving environment.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, Chapters 9-12, Chapters 13-16, and Chapters 17-19&Epilogue.
  1. foul
    highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
    His mouth was dry and tasted foul and sticky.
  2. wither
    wither, as with a loss of moisture
    His lips were cracked and felt as if they were bleeding and if he did not drink some water soon he felt that he would wither up and die.
  3. rage
    be violent; as of fires and storms
    But the lake was blue, and wet-looking, and his mouth and throat raged with the thirst and he did not know where there might be another form of water he could drink Besides, he had probably swallowed a ton of it while he was swimming out of the plane and getting to shore.
  4. wreck
    a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)
    In the movies they always showed the hero finding a clear spring with pure sweet water to drink but in the movies they didn’t have plane wrecks and swollen foreheads and aching bodies and thirst that tore at the hero until he couldn’t think.
  5. murky
    (of liquids) clouded as with sediment
    Along the edge there were thick grasses and the water looked a little murky and there were small things swimming in the water, small bugs.
  6. stoop
    bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    He stooped and put his mouth to the lake and drank and drank, pulling it deep and swallowing great gulps of it.
  7. trigger
    put in motion or move to act
    For the first time since the crash his mind started to work, his brain triggered and he began thinking.
  8. relative
    estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete
    It was hot now, but the sun was high and to his rear and he sat in the shade of the tree in relative comfort.
  9. extensive
    broad in scope or content
    When a plane went down they mounted extensive searches and almost always they found die plane within a day or two.
  10. positive
    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
    Brian had once had an English teacher, a guy named Perpich, who was always talking about being positive, thinking positive, staying on top of things.
  11. motivated
    provided with a motive or given incentive for action
    All Perpich would say is that I have to get motivated.
  12. digital
    displaying numbers rather than scale positions
    He had a digital watch still on his wrist but it was broken from the crash—the litde screen blank—and he took it off and almost threw it away but stopped the hand motion and lay the watch on the grass with the rest of it.
  13. asset
    a useful or valuable quality
    Perpich used to drum that into them— “You are your most valuable asset."
  14. tone
    a steady sound without overtones
    In normal tones at first, then louder and louder until he was yelling it “I’m hungry, I’m hungry, I’m hungry.”
  15. mental
    of or relating to the mind
    A mental picture of hamburger, the way they showed it in the television commercials, thundered into his thoughts.
  16. nudge
    push into action by pestering or annoying gently
    Why did that keep coming into his thinking that way, nudging and pushing?
  17. gear
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    Of course they figured they’d have all sorts of goodies like a gun and a knife and fishing gear and matches so they could hunt and fish and have a fire.
  18. diminish
    decrease in size, extent, or range
    He wanted to stay near the lake because he thought the plane, even deep in the water, might show up to somebody flying over and he didn’t want to diminish any chance he might have of being found.
  19. pulverize
    make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust
    Some of the rock that had been scooped out had also been pulverized by the glacial action, turned into sand, and now made a small sand beach that went down to the edge of the water in front and to the right of the overhang.
  20. glacial
    relating to or derived from a glacier
    Some of the rock that had been scooped out had also been pulverized by the glacial action, turned into sand, and now made a small sand beach that went down to the edge of the water in front and to the right of the overhang.
  21. cluster
    a grouping of a number of similar things
    The slender branches went up about twenty feet and were heavy, drooping with clusters of bright red berries.
  22. glisten
    be shiny, as if wet
    They were half as big as grapes but hung in bunches much like grapes and when Brian saw them, glistening red in the sunlight he almost yelled.
  23. recede
    become faint or more distant
    As soon as the cold water hit his stomach he felt the hunger sharpen, as it had before, and he stood and held his abdomen until the hunger cramps receded.
  24. numb
    lacking sensation
    They were still tart, but had a sweetness to them, although they seemed to make his lips a bit numb.
  25. crude
    not carefully or expertly made
    He turned and looked at it, studied the crude work.
  26. merely
    and nothing more
    The branches were empty of birds but still had many berries, and some of those that had been merely red yesterday were now a dark maroon to black.
  27. gorge
    overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
    Soon, as before, his stomach was full, but now he had some sense and he did not gorge or cram more down.
  28. rivulet
    a small stream
    Soon the sand outside was drenched and there were rivulets running down to the lake.
  29. musty
    covered with or smelling of mold
    The smell was one of rot, some musty rot that made him think only of graves with cobwebs and dust and old death.
  30. strain
    to exert much effort or energy
    Now he screamed, with the pain and fear, and skittered on his backside up into the comer of the shelter, breathing through his mouth, straining to see, to hear.
  31. bulk
    the property of something that is great in magnitude
    He felt he could see a low dark form, a bulk in the darkness, a shadow that lived, but now it moved away, slithering and scraping it moved away and he saw or thought he saw it go out of the door opening.
  32. apparent
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    When it was apparent that the shadow wasn’t coming back he felt the calf of his leg, where the pain was centered and spreading to fill the whole leg.
  33. gingerly
    with extreme care or delicacy
    His fingers gingerly touched a group of needles that had been driven through his pants and into the fleshy part of his calf.
  34. segment
    one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
    In the initial segment of the dream his father was standing at the side of a living room looking at him and it was clear from his expression that he was trying to tell Brian something.
  35. brilliant
    full of light; shining intensely
    The first faint light hit the silver of the hatchet and it flashed a brilliant gold in the light Like fire.