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"Left for Dead on Everest" Vocabulary

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acquaintance
(n.) a person you know, but usually not a close friend
anaesthetized
(adj.) administered with an anaesthetic so as to induce a loss of consciousness
assault
(v./ n.) to suddenly, violently attack; an onslaught
auspiciously
(adv.) opportunely, advantageously, successfully, fortunately
betray
(v.) to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to: to deceive
bivouack
(n.) encampment made with tents or improvised shelters, usually without shelter or protection
blizzard
(n.) a severe snowstorm or squall with high winds
crescendo
(n./v.) a gradual, steady increase in loudness or force; to increase in loud sound
crested
(n.) the highest part of a hill or mountain range; summit
deliverance
(n.) the action of being rescued or set free
detonate
(v.) to explode with suddenness and violence
dilate
(v.) to make wider or larger; cause to expand
eternally
(adj.) without beginning or end; lasting forever; always existing, endlessly, enduring
expedition
(n.) an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, such as exploration or challenge
exquisite
(adj.) extremely beautiful and delicate; intensely felt pleasure or pain
formulate
(v.) to devise or develop, as a method, system
fulfill
(v.) to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commanded, to complete
grafted
(adj) a portion of living tissue surgically transplanted from one part of an individual to another, or from one individual to another, for growth
grimly
(adv.) surly, forbidding, or morbidly, harshly or cruelly
heartily
(adv.) without restraint; exuberantly; vigorously
hypothermic
(adj.) the artificial reduction of body temperature to slow metabolic processes, as for facilitating heart surgery
lurch
(v./ n.) to awkwardly, sway or stagger in motion or gait; an awkward, sudden movement forward
maelstrom
(n.) a large, powerful, or violent whirlpool
melancholy
(n.) a sharp or painful feeling of sadness and gloomy state of mind
ploughing
(v.) to make a way or follow a course
porcelain
(n.) a strong, shiny, translucent ceramic material such as fine plates are made of
relent
(v.) to become less severe; slacken, to soften in feeling
saline
(adj.) containing, or resembling common table salt; salty or salt-like
sherpa
(n.) a person, usually Nepalese or Tibetan, living in the Himalayas, who serves as a porter on mountain-climbing expeditions
skittering
(v. / adj.) to go, run, or glide lightly or rapidly, to skim along a surface
summit
(n. /v) the highest point or part, as of a mountain; top; apex; to scale, reach the top
ultimate
(adj.) being the best or most extreme example of its kind
"sweat the small stuff"
do not let yourself worry about unnecessary details since the big picture is what really matters, not to worry about things that are not important
"hell-bent"
emphasizing the determined to do something even if this causes problems or difficulties for others; determined to do it at all costs