Unit Two

adrift adj. afloat on the surface of a body of water 漂浮着的
agitated adj. troubled emotionally and usually deeply 激动的;焦虑的;表现不安的
amid prep. between 在……中间
diplomatic a. of or concerning the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations 外交的
barge n. a flat bottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals) 驳船
beige n. a very light brown 米黄色
bob v. move up and down repeatedly 上下跳动
canal n. long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation 运河
cataclysm n. a sudden violent change in the earth's surface 灾难
corridor n. an enclosed passageway; rooms usually open onto it 走廊
demolish v. destroy completely 破坏
formaldehyde n. a colorless poisonous gas; made by the oxidation of methanol 甲醛
gigantic adj. so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth 巨大的
halt v. cause to stop 停止
heinous adj. shockingly brutal or cruel 可憎的
incessant adj. occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted 不断的;连续的
inhibited adj. held back or restrained or prevented 抑制的
intermezzo n. a short movement coming between the major sections of a symphony 插曲
jolt v. move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion 摇晃
kimono n. a loose robe; imitated from robes originally worn by Japanese 和服
linger v. remain present although waning or gradually dying 徘徊
lump n. a large piece of something without definite shape 块状
lurch v. walk as if unable to control one's movements 蹒跚
misery n. a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune 痛苦
oblivious adj. lacking conscious awareness of 健忘的
pajamas n. 睡衣
porcelain n. ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic
renown n. the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed 声望
ritual adj. of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals 有礼节的
slain adj. killed; `slain' is formal or literary as in 杀死的
spinal adj. of or relating to the spine or spinal cord 脊柱的
stunning adj. commanding attention 指挥的
usher v. show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums 引导
moor v. come into or dock at a wharf 使停泊
cautious adj. showing careful forethought 谨慎的
erect v. cause to rise up 直立;勃起
gay adj. bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer 快乐的