Pirates

definitions & notes only words
  1. piracy
    the act of plagiarizing
  2. pirate
    someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
  3. draw and quarter
    pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him
  4. automatic firearm
    a firearm that reloads itself and keeps firing until the trigger is released
  5. William Kidd
    Scottish sea captain who was hired to protect British shipping in the Indian Ocean and then was accused of piracy and hanged (1645-1701)
  6. narrow-body
    a commercial airliner with a single aisle
  7. share-out
    a distribution in shares
  8. privateer
    a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation
  9. flag officer
    a senior naval officer above the rank of captain
  10. letter of marque
    a license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation
  11. standardised
    brought into conformity with a standard
  12. Edward Teach
    an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)
  13. Qing dynasty
    the last imperial dynasty of China (from 1644 to 1912) which was overthrown by revolutionaries; during the Qing dynasty China was ruled by the Manchu
  14. stereotypical
    lacking spontaneity or originality or individuality
  15. Qing
    the last imperial dynasty of China (from 1644 to 1912) which was overthrown by revolutionaries; during the Qing dynasty China was ruled by the Manchu
  16. Barbary
    a region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and Gibraltar; was used as a base for pirates from the 16th to 19th centuries
  17. disorient
    cause to be lost or disoriented
  18. admiralty law
    the branch of international law that deals with territorial and international waters or with shipping or with ocean fishery etc.
  19. warrant officer
    holds rank by virtue of a warrant
  20. Jolly Roger
    a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
  21. piece of eight
    an old silver Spanish coin; worth 8 reales
  22. Baltic Sea
    a sea in northern Europe; stronghold of the Russian navy
  23. cargo vessel
    a ship designed to carry cargo
  24. international waters
    the open seas of the world outside the territorial waters of any nation
  25. Gulf of Aden
    arm of the Indian Ocean at the entrance to the Red Sea
  26. Sea of Marmara
    an inland sea in northwestern Turkey
  27. merchant ship
    a cargo ship
  28. letters of marque
    a license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation
  29. butyric acid
    an unpleasant smelling fatty acid found especially in butter
  30. coloniser
    someone who helps to found a colony
  31. marque
    a name given to a product or service
  32. Marmara
    an inland sea in northwestern Turkey
  33. agonise
    suffer agony or anguish
  34. ship route
    a lane at sea that is a regularly used route for vessels
  35. raiding
    characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding
  36. raid
    a sudden short attack
  37. shared out
    distributed in portions on the basis of a plan or purpose
  38. Sulawesi
    a mountainous island in eastern Indonesia
  39. monetary unit
    a unit of money
  40. Tlingit
    a member of a seafaring group of North American Indians living in southern Alaska
  41. ship
    a vessel that carries passengers or freight
  42. J. M. Barrie
    Scottish dramatist and novelist; created Peter Pan
  43. butyric
    relating to or producing butyric acid
  44. capture
    seize as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  45. citation
    an official award usually given as formal public statement
  46. War of the Spanish Succession
    a general war in Europe (1701-1714) that broke out when Louis XIV installed his grandson on the throne of Spain; England and Holland hoped to limit Louis' power
  47. raider
    someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
  48. Adriatic Sea
    an arm of the Mediterranean between Slovenia and Croatia and Montenegro and Albania on the east and Italy on the west
  49. U.S. waters
    territorial waters included within a distance of 12 nautical miles of the coasts of the United States and its territories
  50. American Civil War
    civil war in the United States between the North and the South; 1861-1865
  51. 1820s
    the decade from 1820 to 1829
  52. khanate
    the realm of a khan
  53. disability insurance
    social insurance for the disabled
  54. territorial waters
    the waters surrounding a nation and its territories over which that nation exercises sovereign jurisdiction
  55. Mediterranean Sea
    the largest inland sea; between Europe and Africa and Asia
  56. Dodecanese
    a group of islands in the southeast Aegean Sea
  57. crime syndicate
    a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
  58. Caribbean
    region including the Caribbean Islands
  59. Sinbad the Sailor
    in the Arabian Nights a hero who tells of the fantastic adventures he had in his voyages
  60. populate
    inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
  61. high sea
    the open seas of the world outside the territorial waters of any nation
  62. maritime
    relating to ships or navigation
  63. Slavic
    of or relating to Slavic languages
  64. authority figure
    someone who is regarded as an authority by someone else
  65. automate
    make independent of external control
  66. hijack
    take arbitrarily or by force
  67. Napoleonic Wars
    a series of wars fought between France (led by Napoleon Bonaparte) and alliances involving England and Prussia and Russia and Austria at different times; 1799-1815
  68. River Thames
    the longest river in England
  69. corsair
    a swift pirate ship (often operating with official sanction)
  70. shipping
    the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
  71. crew member
    a member of a flight crew
  72. malacca
    stem of the rattan palm used for making canes and umbrella handles
  73. speedboat
    a fast motorboat
  74. Haida
    a member of a seafaring group of North American Indians who lived on the Pacific coast of British Columbia and southwestern Alaska
  75. Aegean
    an arm of the Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey
  76. Somalia
    a republic in extreme eastern Africa on the Somali peninsula
  77. Adriatic
    an arm of the Mediterranean between Slovenia and Croatia and Montenegro and Albania on the east and Italy on the west
  78. vessel
    an object used as a container, especially for liquids
  79. Horn of Africa
    a peninsula of northeastern Africa (the easternmost part of Africa) comprising Somalia and Djibouti and Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia
  80. Admiral Nelson
    English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar (1758-1805)
  81. Balearic Islands
    an archipelago in the western Mediterranean off the eastern coast of Spain
  82. trade route
    a route followed by traders (usually in caravans)
  83. sonic
    (of speed) having or caused by speed approximately equal to that of sound in air at sea level
  84. crew
    an organized group of workmen
  85. Modern
    used of a living language
  86. Javanese
    of or relating to or characteristic of Java or its inhabitants or its language
  87. baptise
    administer baptism to
  88. coast
    the shore of a sea or ocean
  89. Ottoman Empire
    a Turkish sultanate of southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa and southeastern Europe; created by the Ottoman Turks in the 13th century and lasted until the end of World War I; although initially small it expanded until it superseded the Byzantine Empire
  90. attack
    (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
  91. disoriented
    having lost your bearings
  92. cognizable
    capable of being known
  93. United States Constitution
    the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states
  94. remote-controlled
    lacking a crew
  95. century
    a period of 100 years
  96. Ottoman
    of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its people or its culture
  97. seaborne
    conveyed by sea
  98. Gilbert and Sullivan
    the music of Gilbert and Sullivan
  99. Anatolian
    an extinct branch of the Indo-European family of languages known from inscriptions and important in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo European
  100. maritime law
    the branch of international law that deals with territorial and international waters or with shipping or with ocean fishery etc.
  101. treasure ship
    a 16th-century ship loaded with treasure
  102. sea
    a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
  103. merchant vessels
    conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry
  104. robotic
    resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine
  105. Mediterranean
    the largest inland sea; between Europe and Africa and Asia
  106. security guard
    a guard who keeps watch
  107. Guangdong
    a province in southern China
  108. fictional
    related to or involving imaginative literary work
  109. Henry Morgan
    a Welsh buccaneer who raided Spanish colonies in the West Indies for the English (1635-1688)
  110. Roman Republic
    the ancient Roman state from 509 BC until Augustus assumed power in 27 BC; was governed by an elected Senate but dissatisfaction with the Senate led to civil wars that culminated in a brief dictatorship by Julius Caesar
  111. sultanate
    country or territory ruled by a sultan
  112. Aegean Sea
    an arm of the Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey
  113. medium of exchange
    anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region
  114. prize money
    any money given as a prize
  115. hajj
    the fifth pillar of Islam is a pilgrimage to Mecca during the month of Dhu al-Hijja; at least once in a lifetime a Muslim is expected to make a religious journey to Mecca and the Kaaba
  116. Galatia
    an ancient country in central Asia Minor
  117. waters
    the serous fluid in which the embryo is suspended inside the amnion
  118. passenger ship
    a ship built to carry passengers
  119. North Africa
    an area of northern Africa between the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea
  120. traffic control
    control of the flow of traffic in a building or a city
  121. cargo ships
    conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry
  122. shipping company
    a company that provides shipping services
  123. body of water
    the part of the earth's surface covered with water
  124. assault rifle
    any of the automatic rifles or semiautomatic rifles with large magazines designed for military use
  125. jurisdiction
    the territory within which power can be exercised
  126. Sumatran
    of or relating to the island of Sumatra or its inhabitants
  127. eardrum
    the membrane in the ear that vibrates to sound
  128. Black Sea
    a sea between Europe and Asia
  129. Somali
    a member of a tall dark people inhabiting Somalia
  130. Baltic
    a sea in northern Europe; stronghold of the Russian navy
  131. international law
    the body of laws governing relations between nations
  132. hijacker
    a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it
  133. kidnap
    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
  134. iron cage
    a cage from which there is no escape
  135. fishing vessel
    a vessel for fishing
  136. looted
    wrongfully emptied or stripped of anything of value
  137. Muslim
    a believer in or follower of Islam
  138. redefine
    give a new or different meaning to
  139. Crete
    the largest Greek island in the Mediterranean
  140. contravene
    go against, as of rules and laws
  141. Singapore
    an island to the south of the Malay Peninsula
  142. insurance premium
    payment for insurance
  143. Cantonese
    the dialect of Chinese spoken in Canton and neighboring provinces and in Hong Kong and elsewhere outside China
  144. rani
    a Hindu princess or the wife of a raja
  145. lump sum
    a complete payment consisting of a single sum of money
  146. Spanish
    of or relating to or characteristic of Spain or the people of Spain
  147. American Revolution
    the revolution of the American Colonies against Great Britain; 1775-1783
  148. egalitarian
    favoring social equality
  149. plunder
    steal goods; take as spoils
  150. cruise ship
    a passenger ship used commercially for pleasure cruises
  151. documented
    furnished with or supported by written information
  152. Venetian
    of or relating to or characteristic of Venice or its people
  153. Kidd
    Scottish sea captain who was hired to protect British shipping in the Indian Ocean and then was accused of piracy and hanged (1645-1701)
  154. operate
    perform as expected when applied
  155. merchant
    a businessperson engaged in retail trade
  156. hit-and-run
    involving a driver of a motor vehicle who leaves the scene of an accident
  157. seafarer
    a man who serves as a sailor
  158. 18th
    coming next after the seventeenth in position
  159. Scandinavia
    a group of culturally related countries in northern Europe
  160. United States government
    the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States
  161. incriminate
    suggest that someone is guilty
  162. futilely
    in a futile and unproductive manner
  163. voraciously
    in an eagerly voracious manner
  164. Anatolia
    a peninsula in southwestern Asia that forms the Asian part of Turkey
  165. Elizabeth I
    Queen of England from 1558 to 1603
  166. Lemnos
    a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea
  167. Athelstan
    the first Saxon ruler who extended his kingdom to include nearly all of England (895-939)
  168. Cold War
    a state of political hostility that existed from 1945 until 1990 between countries led by the Soviet Union and countries led by the United States
  169. share
    assets belonging to an individual person or group
  170. hempen
    having or resembling fibers especially fibers used in making cordage such as those of jute
  171. South China Sea
    a tropical arm of the Pacific Ocean near southeastern Asia subject to frequent typhoons
  172. define
    show the form or outline of
  173. Aden
    an important port of Yemen
  174. utopia
    ideally perfect state
  175. U.S. Constitution
    the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states
  176. contrariwise
    with the order reversed
  177. Sir Francis Drake
    English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)
  178. Illyria
    an uncertain region on the east shore of the Adriatic where an ancient Indo-European people once lived
  179. international
    concerning or belonging to two or more countries
  180. admiralty
    the office of admiral
  181. warship
    a government ship that is available for waging war
  182. pirate ship
    a ship that is manned by pirates
  183. slave trader
    a person engaged in slave trade
  184. quartermaster
    an officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops
  185. coastal
    of or relating to a coast
  186. commerce
    transactions supplying goods and services
  187. 17th
    coming next after the sixteenth in position
  188. estuary
    the wide part of a river where it nears the sea
  189. sonar
    a measuring instrument that sends out an acoustic pulse in water and measures distances in terms of the time for the echo of the pulse to return
  190. criminal prosecution
    the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
  191. Navy
    the navy of the United States of America
  192. Robert Louis Stevenson
    Scottish author (1850-1894)
  193. impoverishment
    the state of having little or no money
  194. legally
    by law; conforming to the law
  195. mobile phone
    a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
  196. frigate
    a medium size square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries
  197. tour of duty
    a period of time spent in military service
  198. include
    have as a part, be made up out of
  199. strait
    a narrow channel joining two larger bodies of water
  200. utilize
    put into service
  201. kidnapping
    (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
  202. Rio de Janeiro
    the former capital and 2nd largest city of Brazil
  203. Sinbad
    in the Arabian Nights a hero who tells of the fantastic adventures he had in his voyages
  204. injure
    cause bodily harm to
  205. Saint Patrick
    Apostle and patron saint of Ireland
  206. cargo
    goods carried by a large vehicle
  207. straits
    a difficult juncture
  208. small ship
    a ship that is small
  209. Peter Pan
    the main character in a play and novel by J. M. Barrie
  210. surprise attack
    an attack without warning
  211. seaman
    a man who serves as a sailor
  212. controlled
    restrained or managed or kept within certain bounds
  213. repaint
    paint again
  214. looter
    someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
  215. Kama
    Hindu god of love and erotic desire; opposite of Mara
  216. Madagascar
    a republic on the island of Madagascar
  217. exchange rate
    the charge for exchanging currency of one country for currency of another
  218. Illyrian
    a minor and almost extinct branch of the Indo-European languages; spoken along the Dalmatian coast
  219. proportionally
    to a proportionate degree
  220. annulment
    the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
  221. United States Navy
    the navy of the United States of America
  222. famous
    widely known and esteemed
  223. weapon system
    any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
  224. Francis Drake
    English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)
  225. date back
    belong to an earlier time
  226. agonising
    extremely painful
  227. Caribbean Sea
    an arm of the Atlantic Ocean between North and South America
  228. machete
    a large knife used as a weapon or for cutting vegetation
  229. ransom
    the act of freeing from captivity or punishment
  230. seize
    take hold of; grab
  231. motorboat
    a boat propelled by an internal-combustion engine
  232. flag
    a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
  233. lethal
    of an instrument of certain death
  234. felony
    a serious crime, such as murder or arson
  235. Indian Ocean
    the 3rd largest ocean
  236. 14th
    coming next after the thirteenth in position
  237. rancid
    having a rank smell or taste
  238. North African
    of or relating to northern Africa
  239. treasure
    any possession that is highly valued by its owner
  240. authorized
    sanctioned by established authority
  241. draw a line
    reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
  242. manner of speaking
    your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
  243. deduct
    make a subtraction
  244. shackled
    bound by chains fastened around the ankles
  245. Maratha
    a member of a people of India living in Maharashtra
  246. cognate
    related by blood
  247. orang
    large long-armed ape of Borneo and Sumatra having arboreal habits
  248. mascot
    a person or animal that is adopted by a team or other group as a symbolic figure
  249. implemented
    forced or compelled or put in force
  250. target
    a reference point to shoot at
  251. Seville
    a city in southwestern Spain
  252. prosecution
    legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
  253. Blackbeard
    an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)
  254. route
    an established line of travel or access
  255. film maker
    a producer of motion pictures
  256. offshore
    (of winds) coming from the land
  257. Mumbai
    a city in western India just off the coast of the Arabian Sea; India's 2nd largest city (after Calcutta); has the only natural deep-water harbor in western India
  258. captain
    the leader of a group of people
  259. Byzantine
    of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium
  260. hijacking
    robbery of a traveller or vehicle in transit or seizing control of a vehicle by the use of force
  261. incriminating
    charging or suggestive of guilt or blame
  262. midshipman
    a temporary rank held by young naval officers in training
  263. Barbarossa
    Holy Roman Emperor from 1152 to 1190
  264. ravaged
    having been robbed and destroyed by force and violence
  265. Frankish
    of or relating to the Franks
  266. operetta
    a short amusing opera
  267. GPS
    a navigational system involving satellites and computers that can determine the latitude and longitude of a receiver on Earth by computing the time difference for signals from different satellites to reach the receiver
  268. pugilist
    someone who fights with his fists for sport
  269. fleet
    group of aircraft operating under the same ownership
  270. interrogate
    pose a series of questions to
  271. Empire
    an eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh
  272. territorial
    of or relating to a geographical area
  273. one-eighth
    one part in eight equal parts
  274. trade
    the commercial exchange of goods and services
  275. marooned
    cut off or left behind
  276. automated
    operated with minimal human intervention
  277. peninsular
    of a mass of land projecting into a body of water
  278. bookkeeping
    the activity of recording business transactions
  279. warlord
    supreme military leader exercising civil power in a region especially one accountable to nobody when the central government is weak
  280. archetype
    something that serves as a model
  281. meted out
    given out in portions
  282. 19th
    coming next after the eighteenth in position
  283. tenuous
    very thin in gauge or diameter
  284. riverside
    the bank of a river
  285. hegemony
    the dominance or leadership of one social group over others
  286. Cappadocia
    an ancient country is eastern Asia Minor
  287. aircraft
    a vehicle that can fly
  288. summary
    briefly giving the gist of something
  289. execution
    putting a condemned person to death
  290. committed
    bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a cause or action
  291. patrol
    the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes
  292. receive
    get something; come into possession of
  293. on average
    typically
  294. detention
    a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
  295. sail through
    succeed at easily
  296. Dalmatia
    a historical region of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea
  297. ship of the line
    a warship intended for combat
  298. launcher
    armament in the form of a device capable of launching a rocket
  299. counterbalance
    a weight that balances another weight
  300. Dutch
    the people of the Netherlands
  301. military action
    a military engagement
  302. Thetis
    one of the 50 Nereids; mother of Achilles by Peleus
  303. caliph
    the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state
  304. modern
    ahead of the times
  305. technically
    with regard to technique
  306. invasion
    any entry into an area not previously occupied
  307. example
    an item of information that is typical of a class or group
  308. Africa
    the second largest continent
  309. prosecute
    conduct legal proceedings against a defendant
  310. involve
    contain as a part
  311. Maltese
    of or relating to the island or republic of Malta or its inhabitants
  312. boarding
    the act of passengers and crew getting aboard a ship or aircraft
  313. ottoman
    a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
  314. rendition
    a performance of a musical composition or a dramatic role
  315. 13th
    coming next after the twelfth in position
  316. Sri Lanka
    a republic on the island of Ceylon
  317. weaponry
    weapons considered collectively
  318. commit
    engage in or perform
  319. Istanbul
    the largest city and former capital of Turkey
  320. Portuguese
    of or relating to or characteristic of Portugal or the people of Portugal or their language
  321. war
    the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
  322. navy
    an organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare
  323. 16th
    coming next after the fifteenth in position
  324. hostage
    a prisoner held to insure that another party will meet terms
  325. ravage
    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
  326. Venice
    the provincial capital of Veneto
  327. outlaw
    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
  328. plundered
    wrongfully emptied or stripped of anything of value
  329. armed
    having arms or arms as specified
  330. needed
    necessary for relief or supply
  331. Yuan
    the imperial dynasty of China from 1279 to 1368
  332. British
    of or relating to or characteristic of Great Britain or its people or culture
  333. Barrie
    Scottish dramatist and novelist; created Peter Pan
  334. water
    compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear liquid
  335. enslave
    make a slave of; bring into servitude
  336. Rio
    the former capital and 2nd largest city of Brazil
  337. haven
    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
  338. loot
    goods or money obtained illegally
  339. officer
    someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust
  340. medieval
    relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages
  341. pontifical
    proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope
  342. attacking
    disposed to attack
  343. warrant
    formal and explicit approval
  344. Spain
    a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power
  345. traditional
    consisting of or derived from a practice of long standing
  346. similar
    having the same or nearly the same characteristics
  347. captor
    a person who captures and holds people or animals
  348. tactics
    a plan for attaining a particular goal
  349. Volga
    a Russian river
  350. known
    apprehended with certainty
  351. rightfully
    by right
  352. Balkan
    an inhabitant of the Balkan Peninsula
  353. harassed
    troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
  354. Polynesian
    of or relating to Polynesia or its people or culture
  355. centralized
    drawn toward a center or brought under the control of a central authority
  356. situate
    determine or indicate the place or limits of
  357. emphasize
    to stress, single out as important
  358. legislate
    make laws or bills
  359. Thracian
    of or relating to Thrace or its people or culture
  360. worth
    the quality that renders something desirable or valuable
  361. Hispaniola
    an island in the West Indies
  362. injured
    harmed
  363. restricting
    restricting the scope or freedom of action
  364. remoteness
    the property of being remote
  365. law of nations
    the body of laws governing relations between nations
  366. junk
    the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
  367. non
    negation of a word or group of words
  368. Baghdad
    capital and largest city of Iraq
  369. sell off
    get rid of by selling, usually at reduced prices
  370. Ukrainian
    of or relating to or characteristic of Ukraine or its people or culture
  371. Marines
    members of a body of troops trained to serve on land or at sea