commandeer v.take arbitrarily or by force 征用,强占
flicker vi.move back and forth very rapidly(通常指灯光)闪烁, 摇曳
interject insert between other elements (突然)插入,插话 打断
smug adj.marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction 自满的, 沾沾自喜的
immemorial adj.long past; beyond the limits of memory or tradition or recorded history 无法追忆的,远古的
docile adj.willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed 容易教的;易驾驶的;驯服的
prelude n.something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows 开端, 序幕, 前奏
dimwit n.a stupid incompetent person 傻瓜
armpit n.the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder 腋窝;胳肢窝
cower submission or fear畏缩,抖缩
totter vi.move without being stable, as if threatening to fall走得或动得不稳;踉跄;蹒跚
teeny adj.very small极小的,极微的
envision vt.imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind想像,展望
lucrative adj.producing a good profit获利多的, 赚钱的
digitize v.put into digital form, as for use in a computer将资料数字化
buzzword n.stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition (报刊等的)时髦术语,流行行话
fake adj.something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be假的,冒充的
grant n.(law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance(尤指正式地或法律上)同意,准予,允许
tout n.someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way 招徕
archive n.a depository containing historical records and documents档案文件 档案馆,档案室
pulse n.the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart 脉搏;(心的)一次跳动
sloth n.apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue 懒散;懒惰
flatboat n.a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (浅水)平底船
tramp vi.walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud 以沉重的步子走
cynical adj.believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others怀疑的, 愤世嫉俗的;只顾自己不顾他人的;见利忘义的
flee away quickly逃走, 逃掉
attest vt.provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes声称…属实, 作为…的见证;使宣誓作证,证明(如在法庭上)
feud n.a bitter quarrel between two parties长期不和;世仇
exhort vt.urge on or encourage especially by shouts劝告,劝说
shrewd adj.marked by practical hardheaded intelligence精明的;敏锐的;有眼光的;精于盘算的 ;机灵的
growl utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds 低声咆哮着说
bigot n.a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own抱偏见的人;执拗的人;心胸狭窄的人
faggot vt.fasten together rods of iron in order to heat or weld them束,捆
enlightenment that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge启发,开导,开明;文明
flotsam n.the floating wreckage of a ship浮货,废料,零碎物,流离失所者
thug aggressive and violent young criminal 暴徒;恶棍;流氓
rebuff vt.reject outright and bluntly粗暴拒绝;冷落
frailty n.moral weakness 脆弱,虚弱;(性格或行为上的)弱点,缺点
prospector n.someone who explores an area for mineral deposits勘探者;探矿者