fortification consisting of a fence set firmly for defense
The gigs had leaned to their right, but Hunter and I pulled straight in, in the direction of the
stockade upon the chart.
insert an igniter to initiate the burning of a propellant
I jumped out and came as near running as I durst, with a big silk handkerchief under my hat for coolness' sake and a brace of pistols ready
primed for safety.
Another definition of the adjective "primed" is "on the point of or strongly disposed"--this could also fit the example sentence, but the chosen definition fits better, since the doctor is referring to two 18th century pistols that had to be primed with gunpowder in order for it be primed for safety.
surround so as to force to give up
All round this they had cleared a wide space, and then the thing was completed by a paling six feet high, without door or opening, too strong to pull down without time and labour and too open to shelter the besiegers.
army unit smaller than a division
All they wanted was a good watch and food; for, short of a complete surprise, they might have held the place against a
projectiles to be fired from a gun
For though we had a good enough place of it in the cabin of the HISPANIOLA, with plenty of arms and
ammunition, and things to eat, and excellent wines, there had been one thing overlooked—we had no water.
a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground
All three made the first journey, heavily laden, and tossed our stores over the
fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
There was a sudden
scuffle, a sound of blows, and out burst Abraham Gray with a knife cut on the side of the cheek, and came running to the captain like a dog to the whistle.
the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area
"I have thought of that," said I, for I made sure he was thinking of a
bombardment of the fort. "They could never get the gun ashore, and if they did, they could never haul it through the woods."
a rapid active commotion
They exchanged guns, and Trelawney, silent and cool as he had been since the beginning of the
bustle, hung a moment on his heel to see that all was fit for service.
the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
I believe the readiness of our return volley had scattered the mutineers once more, for we were suffered without further
molestation to get the poor old gamekeeper hoisted over the stockade and carried, groaning and bleeding, into the log-house.
acceptance without protest
Poor old fellow, he had not uttered one word of surprise, complaint, fear, or even
acquiescence from the very beginning of our troubles till now, when we had laid him down in the log-house to die.
a glancing rebound
We had no
ricochet to fear, and though one popped in through the roof of the log-house and out again through the floor, we soon got used to that sort of horse-play and minded it no more than cricket.
a storehouse where weapons and ammunition are stored
Silver was in the stern-sheets in command; and every man of them was now provided with a musket from some secret
magazine of their own.
a rattling noise (often produced by rapid movement)
Even as I looked, there came another red flash and another report that sent the echoes
clattering, and one more round-shot whistled through the air.
demolishing something with axes on the beach near the stockade
a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
I was put
sentry at the door
a state of peace agreed to between opponents
"And what do you want with your flag of
truce?" he cried.
given to haughty disregard of others
We could see the man who carried the flag of truce attempting to hold Silver back. Nor was that wonderful, seeing how
cavalier had been the captain's answer.
The adjective "cavalier" describes Captain Smollett's attitude towards a man who had unsuccessfully tried to mutiny and who is now asking for a truce from outside a stockade. The noun "cavalier" can refer to an armed horseman or a supporter of a royal government. These definitions give more punch to Captain Smollett's later proposal to either bring the pirates back to England to be tried and hanged by the king or to shoot Silver in the back the next time he sees him.
aroused to impatience or anger
He had been growing
nettled before, but now he pulled himself together.
the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
Growling the foulest
imprecations, he crawled along the sand till he got hold of the porch and could hoist himself again upon his crutch.
burst or force (a hole) into something
Before an hour's out, I'll stove in your old block house like a rum puncheon.
"Stove" is the past tense of "stave"--this shouldn't grammatically fit the example sentence, since Silver is threatening Captain Smollett with what he will do within the hour, but Silver is a cook and pirate who does not speak in Standard English.
beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
We're outnumbered, I needn't tell you that, but we fight in shelter; and a minute ago I should have said we fought with discipline. I've no manner of doubt that we can
drub them, if you choose.
rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
The report had scarcely died away ere it was repeated and repeated from without in a scattering
volley, shot behind shot, like a string of geese, from every side of the enclosure.
violent action that is usually unprovoked
It was plain, therefore, that the attack would be developed from the north and that on the other three sides we were only to be annoyed by a show of
someone who attacks
Right in front, the doctor was pursuing his
assailant down the hill, and just as my eyes fell upon him, beat down his guard and sent him sprawling on his back with a great slash across the face.
a military action in which besieged troops burst forth
When I had first
sallied from the door, the other mutineers had been already swarming up the palisade to make an end of us.
throw or cast away
A third, as I had seen, the doctor had
disposed of at a blow.
The definition suggests that the doctor threw out the attacking pirate like trash, but the blow came through a sword, so "disposed of" in the example sentence means "killed".
The survivors would soon be back where they had left their muskets, and at any moment the fire might