List 3

This list covers "July 4, 1937—Dana’s Story"–"July 5, 1937—Betty’s Story."
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  1. coax
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    She became expert at coaxing food and lodging from complete strangers.
  2. finagle
    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
    Around this time, George also finagled an invitation for her to join the staff of Cosmopolitan magazine as its first aviation editor.
  3. streamline
    contour economically or efficiently
    Looking much like a speeding bullet, the Vega was sleek, streamlined and fast.
  4. unwieldy
    difficult to use or handle because of size or weight
    The teenager declined his offer and wondered how “Miss Earhart would [eventually] cope with the unwieldy plane.”
  5. wane
    become smaller
    "At this point," said Lady Heath, "my friendship for Amelia quickly waned."
  6. countenance
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
    "...One look at her drawn countenance when she flipped up the cockpit hood” told Elinor and the other pilots who had watched the performance that “this was gut courage that transcended the sanity of reasoning.”
  7. transcend
    go beyond the scope or limits of
    "...One look at her drawn countenance when she flipped up the cockpit hood” told Elinor and the other pilots who had watched the performance that “this was gut courage that transcended the sanity of reasoning.”
  8. fuselage
    the central body of an airplane holding crew and passengers
    They strengthened the fuselage with braces so it could support the increased weight of the added fuel.
  9. altimeter
    an instrument that measures the height above ground
    Amelia’s plane was fitted with an altimeter, which displayed altitude, and an altitude gyroscope, which would tell her the plane’s orientation when she could not see.
  10. gyroscope
    rotating mechanism in the form of a mounted spinning wheel
    Amelia’s plane was fitted with an altimeter, which displayed altitude, and an altitude gyroscope, which would tell her the plane’s orientation when she could not see.
  11. orientation
    position or alignment relative to points of the compass
    Amelia’s plane was fitted with an altimeter, which displayed altitude, and an altitude gyroscope, which would tell her the plane’s orientation when she could not see.
  12. dauntless
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
    HAVE DEMONSTRATED NOT ONLY YOUR OWN DAUNTLESS COURAGE BUT ALSO THE CAPACITY OF WOMEN TO MATCH THE SKILL OF MEN IN CARRYING THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT FEATS OF HIGH ADVENTURE.
  13. gauge
    an instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity
    But now the broken weld was shaking badly, and when she turned on her reserve fuel tank, she discovered that its gauge was leaking.
  14. induce
    cause to act in a specified manner
    Six weeks later—having passed the tests—Eleanor sent the permit to Amelia with a note that said, "The question now comes as to whether or not I can induce my husband to let me take lessons.”
  15. inauguration
    the ceremonial induction into a position
    On April 20, 1933, just weeks after Franklin’s presidential inauguration, Eleanor invited the Putnams to dinner at the White House.
  16. livid
    (of a light) imparting a deathlike luminosity
    The soul that knows it now
    Knows no release from little things:
    Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
    Nor the mountain heights where bitter joy can
    hear the sound of wings.
  17. boon
    something that is desirable, favorable, or beneficial
    Nor can life grant us boon of living,
    compensate
    For dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate
    Unless we dare
    The soul’s dominion.
  18. compensate
    make amends for
    Nor can life grant us boon of living,
    compensate
    For dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate
    Unless we dare
    The soul’s dominion.
  19. revelation
    an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
    Amelia thought the radio was a revelation, too.
  20. testament
    strong evidence for something
    Thousands turned out to cheer Amelia’s landing, a testament to George’s publicity skills.
  21. compel
    force somebody to do something
    Amelia felt compelled to fly, and George went along with her wishes.
  22. unseemly
    not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper
    "The fact that she was privately paid this amount to promote Hawaiian interests strikes us as unseemly," complained the weekly journal the Nation.
  23. buff
    an ardent fan or follower
    Her father, a radio buff, had even rigged up a special antenna that stretched across the backyard from the house to a nearby utility pole.
  24. rig
    connect or secure to
    Her father, a radio buff, had even rigged up a special antenna that stretched across the backyard from the house to a nearby utility pole.
  25. ruckus
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    She was interrupted by a ruckus in the background.
Created on February 14, 2020 (updated February 14, 2020)

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