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Vocabulary

Here is a list of vocabulary words and definitions from the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Please study only the words and definitions that are highlighted. We will have a test over the highlighted words when we finish reading Hatchet. The test will be on Monday, April 23rd.

Hatchet Vocabulary

haunches

Hips and legs

eddied

Whirled and twisted around

snaggly

Rough, sharp, jagged, or bulged

tendrils

Tiny soft curls

regulate

Fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of

flailing

To throw wildly without direction

depression

Imprint or indentation

dormant

Not active

hefted

Lifted something heavy

flue

Pipe in a chimney for carrying flame and smoke to the outer air

bluff

A cliff or hill with a broad, steep face

motive

A reason or cause

 

foul

terrible, nasty, sour, or unpleasant

murky

cloudy

extensive

Large in size or amount

tatters

Ragged clothing or fabric

asset

A useful or valuable quality

slewed

Tilted; slanted; leaned

diminishing

To reduce

ruefully

Regretfully; disappointed

pulverized

To crush, beat, or grind

rivulets

Little stream of water

gingerly

Carefully; gently; cautiously

interlaced

To join together

 

consuming

To destroy; use, eat, or drink up; devour

frustration

A feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something

coma

A state in which a sick or injured person is unconscious for a long time

hurtling

To make a thrusting forward movement

spasm

A painful muscular contraction

massive

Very large and heavy; severe

grimacing

A facial expression that shows disgust, disapproval, or pain

muck

Wet dirt or mud

hordes

A large group of people, insects, animals, etc…

arc

A line or shape that is curved like part of a circle

turbulence

Sudden violent movements of air or water

intervals

A period of time between events

 

Word

Definition