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sextant - navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude (by measuring the altitudes of stars)
prefatory - introductory; of a preface
unfetter - liberate; free from chains; V. unfetter
rivulet - small stream; CF. rill < rivulet < river
prohibitive - so high as to prohibit purchase or use; tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; prohibiting; inclined to prevent or forbid; Ex. prohibitive tax
quicksilver - mercury
consecrate - dedicate; sanctify; declare as sacred; Ex. consecrate one's life to helping the poor
repulsion - distaste; disgust; act of driving back; ADJ. repulsive: causing disgust; tending to drive away; V. repel (not `repulse')
tantamount - equivalent in effect or value; Ex. This invasion is tantamount to a declaration of war; CF. amount
incontinent - lacking self-restraint; not continent; licentious