matter that has been deposited by some natural process
Presently they came to a place where a little stream of water, trickling over a ledge and carrying a limestone
sediment with it, had, in the slow-dragging ages, formed a laced and ruffled Niagara in gleaming and imperishable stone.
the act of searching for something
Becky responded to his call, and they made a smoke-mark for future guidance, and started upon their
a large indefinite number
In one place they found a spacious cavern, from whose ceiling depended a
multitude of shining stalactites of the length and circumference of a man's leg; they walked all about it, wondering and admiring, and presently left it by one of the numerous passages that opened into it.
unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
Under the roof
vast knots of bats had packed themselves together, thousands in a bunch; the lights disturbed the creatures and they came flocking down by hundreds, squeaking and darting furiously at the candles.
extend in a different direction
But he felt less and less hopeful with each failure, and presently began to turn off into
diverging avenues at sheer random, in desperate hope of finding the one that was wanted.
extreme distress of body or mind
Becky clung to his side in an
anguish of fear, and tried hard to keep back the tears, but they would come.
the trait of showing courage and determination
Tom begged her to
pluck up hope again, and she said she could not.
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
Becky cried, and Tom tried to think of some way of comforting her, but all his encouragements were grown
threadbare with use, and sounded like sarcasms.
one of two approximately equal parts
Tom divided the cake and Becky ate with good appetite, while Tom nibbled at his
All that they knew was, that after what seemed a mighty stretch of time, both awoke out of a dead
stupor of sleep and resumed their miseries once more.
an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
She had sunk into a dreary
apathy and would not be roused.
an auxiliary activity
The majority of the searchers had given up the quest and gone back to their daily
avocations, saying that it was plain the children could never be found.
a small boat propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor
He described how he labored with her and convinced her; and how she almost died for joy when she had groped to where she actually saw the blue speck of daylight; how he pushed his way out at the hole and then helped her out; how they sat there and cried for gladness; how some men came along in a
skiff and Tom hailed them and told them their situation and their famished condition;
a period of fourteen consecutive days
fortnight after Tom's rescue from the cave, he started off to visit Huck, who had grown plenty strong enough, now, to hear exciting talk, and Tom had some that would interest him, he thought.
in a manner characterized by incongruity or unexpectedness
The Judge and some friends set Tom to talking, and some one asked him
ironically if he wouldn't like to go to the cave again.
showing effects of planning or manipulation
He had also
contrived to catch a few bats, and these, also, he had eaten, leaving only their claws.
the state of being disregarded or forgotten
It is falling now; it will still be falling when all these things shall have sunk down the afternoon of history, and the twilight of tradition, and been swallowed up in the thick night of
characterized by a firm, humorless belief in one's opinions
"Tom -- honest injun, now -- is it fun, or
a small concavity
They found a small
recess in the one nearest the base of the rock, with a pallet of blankets spread down in it; also an old suspender, some bacon rind, and the well-gnawed bones of two or three fowls.
make or become dirty or spotty
"Got it at last!" said Huck, ploughing among the
tarnished coins with his hand.
satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
Sid chuckled in a very
contented and satisfied way.
uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm
He sprung his secret about Huck's share in the adventure in the finest dramatic manner he was master of, but the surprise it occasioned was largely counterfeit and not as clamorous and
effusive as it might have been under happier circumstances.
a sudden happening that brings good fortune
THE reader may rest satisfied that Tom's and Huck's
windfall made a mighty stir in the poor little village of St. Petersburg.
great in size, force, extent, or degree
Each lad had an income, now, that was simply
prodigious -- a dollar for every week-day in the year and half of the Sundays.
a formal entry into an organization or position or office
We'll get the boys together and have the
initiation to-night, maybe."