polecat* - a small dark-brown coloured carnivorous quadruped, of the Weasel family, a native of Europe polka
sharpen* - to render more acute (a person's wits, sight, appetite, zeal, etc.)
innermost* - most or furthest within; inmost
spool - a small cylindrical piece of wood or other material on which thread is wound as it is spun, esp. for use in weaving spell
brown job* - a soldier; jog - the act of jogging along; a slow measured walk, trot, or run.
pop goes the weasel* - name of a country dance very popular in the eighteen-fifties, in which these words were sung or exclaimed by the dancers while one of them darted under the arms of the others to his partner; whang - a resounding blow or stroke, or the sound of such a blow; milliner - a person (usually a woman) who makes up articles of female apparel, esp. bonnets and other headgear.
bloodstained* - stained with blood. lit. and fig.
boyne - a flat shallow tub or bowl; boyo - boy, lad; esp. as a jovial form of address.
snapper - a taker of snapshots, a casual photographer; a pistol (rare.)
rumjar - a type of German trench-mortar shell
journal* - a daily newspaper or other publication; hence, by extension, Any periodical publication containing news.
lubbe - obs. form of love (v.)
eye - to keep an eye on; to observe narrowly
oblige - to gratify with or by doing something; to do a service to, confer a favour on.
sympathy* - Physiol. and Path. A relation between two bodily organs or parts (or between two persons) such that disorder, or any condition, of the one induces a corresponding condition in the other.
ebony - As the type of intense blackness
Balaclava* - Crimean village near Sevastopol, the site of an indecisive military engagement of the Crimean War (25 October 1854), best known as the inspiration of the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade." Early in the battle the Russians occupied the Fedyukhin and the Vorontsov heights, bounding a valley near Balaklava, but they were prevented from taking the town by General Sir James Scarlett's Heavy Brigade and by Sir Colin Campbell's 93rd Highlanders, who beat off two Russian cavalry advances. Lord Raglan and his British staff, based on the heights above Sevastopol, however, observed the Russians removing guns from the captured artillery posts on the Vorontsov heights and sent orders to the Light Brigade to disrupt them. The final order became confused, however, and the brigade, led by Lord Cardigan, swept down the valley between the heights rather than toward the isolated Russians on the heights. The battle ended with the loss of 40 percent of the Light Brigade.
tumble* - to fall; esp. to fall in a helpless way, as from stumbling or violence tremble
scythe-sickle* - a reaping-hook with a smooth cutting blade as contrasted with one in which the edge is cut into teeth.
hummer - a person that hums; hammer and sickle - an emblem consisting of a crossed hammer and sickle, used as a symbol of the industrial worker and the peasant, e.g. on the national flag of the U.S.S.R.; hence used allusively of Soviet-type Communism.
wallow - to roll about, or lie prostrate and relaxed in or upon some liquid, viscous, or yielding substance (e.g. mire, blood, water, dust, sand). Often implying sensual enjoyment or indifference to defilement.
olfact - the organ or sense of smell effect
mortar - a short piece of ordnance with a large bore and with trunnions on its breech for throwing shells at high
Marter (d) - hardship, pains, torment.
tartar - the infernal regions; hell
Warter (d) - torture
boule - a French form of bowls, played on rough ground, usu. with metal balls.; bowl (obs.)
skittle - pl. A game traditionally played with nine pins set in a square upon a wooden frame, an angle of which is directed towards the player, who endeavours to bowl down the pins in as few throws as possible.
aged - of advanced age, old
monad - the number one, unity; an arithmetical unit. Now only Hist. with reference to the Pythagorean or other Greek philosophies, in which numbers were regarded as real entities, and as the primordial principles of existence man
venture - an enterprise of a business nature in which there is considerable risk of loss as well as chance of gain; a commercial speculation.
investment - Milit. The surrounding or hemming in of a town or fort by a hostile force so as to cut off all communication with the outside; Comm. The investing of money or capital.
surgent - rising or swelling in waves, or as a flood or spring; surging. lit. and fig.
scimitar - a short, curved, single-edged sword, used among Orientals, esp. Turks and Persians.
ashen - ash-coloured, whitish-grey, deadly pale
piff - an imitation of various sounds, as of that made by the swift motion of a bullet through the air; So piff-paff.
puff puff - an imitation of the sound of repeated puffing by a steam-engine; hence, a nursery name for a locomotive, or a railway train; puff - a representation of the act of blowing in puffs; also, of blowing abruptly from the lips.
corkscrew* - an instrument for drawing corks from bottles, consisting of a steel screw or helix with a sharp point and a transverse handle.
bind - a difficult situation, a predicament
verbo* - - irreg. comb. form of L. verbum (word)
presentment - the act of presenting to sight (or hearing), or something so presented; representation of an object by a picture, image, or graphic description.
renowned* - celebrated, famous
huddled - crowded together without order; all in a heap hundred
steeplechaser* - a horse trained for steeplechasing (a horse-race across country or on a made course with artificial fences, water-jumps, and other obstacles. Formerly, a race having a church steeple in view as goal, in which all intervening obstacles had to be cleared).
fleetfooted - fleet of foot, swift in movement
paddock - Horse-racing. A turf enclosure near the race-course, where the horses and jockeys are assembled in preparation for the race.
dare - challenge here
hip hip hurrah; hippo - - horse.
helioscope - an apparatus for observing the sun without injury to the eye, or a telescope fitted with such an apparatus; the intensity of the light being reduced by smoked or coloured glass, by reflectors, or by other means.
purport - that which is intended to be done or effected by something; meaning, object, purpose, design, intention.
verily - in deed, fact, or reality; really, truly
shriver - one who shrives, a confessor
bonum (l) - good
guffaw* - a burst of coarse laughter, a loud or boisterous laugh
supernatural* - pl. Supernatural things
holler - a shout of hollo! a loud shout; esp. a cry in hunting
metanoia - penitence, repentance; reorientation of one's way of life, spiritual conversion.
exomologesis* - a full confession, a public confession
chestnut - a story that has been told before, a 'venerable' joke (slang.)
flesh and blood* - having actual human existence
collecting box - a box for the collection of contributions of money
triflet - a small trifle (a literary work, piece of music, etc., light or trivial in style; a slight or facetious composition).
to be sure* - as one may be sure, for a certainty, certainly, undoubtedly, of course; now colloq. and often concessive = it must be admitted, indeed.
Slippery Sam - a card-game
hard by - close by, in close proximity to, close to, very near to