a person who speaks more than one language
I could hear a lot of words often repeated, queer words, for there were many nationalities in the crowd, so I quietly got my
polyglot dictionary from my bag and looked them out.
a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
I found my
smattering of German very useful here, indeed, I don't know how I should be able to get on without it.
suggesting or suitable for an artistic composition
Some of them were just like the peasants at home or those I saw coming through France and Germany, with short jackets, and round hats, and home-made trousers; but others were very
not perceptible to the touch
As he swept his long arms, as though brushing aside some
impalpable obstacle, the wolves fell back and back further still.
Sometimes, as the road was cut through the pine woods that seemed in the darkness to be closing down upon us, great masses of greyness which here and there bestrewed the trees, produced a peculiarly weird and solemn effect, which carried on the thoughts and grim fancies
engendered earlier in the evening, when the falling sunset threw into strange relief the ghost-like clouds which amongst the Carpathians seem to wind ceaselessly through the valleys.
resembling a snake in form
One of my companions touched my arm as we swept round the base of a hill and opened up the lofty, snow-covered peak of a mountain, which seemed, as we wound on our
serpentine way, to be right before us.
consisting of tendons or resembling a tendon
But just then the moon, sailing through the black clouds, appeared behind the jagged crest of a beetling, pine-clad rock, and by its light I saw around us a ring of wolves, with white teeth and lolling red tongues, with long,
sinewy limbs and shaggy hair.
reluctant to draw attention to yourself
4 May--I found that my landlord had got a letter from the Count, directing him to secure the best place on the coach for me; but on making inquiries as to details he seemed somewhat
reticent, and pretended that he could not understand my German.
having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
It seemed to me that we were simply going over and over the same ground again, and so I took note of some
salient point, and found that this was so.
violent and needless disturbance
Fifty years ago a series of great fires took place, which made terrible
havoc on five separate occasions.