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sextant - navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude (by measuring the altitudes of stars)
cloying - distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental; V. cloy: become unpleasant through too much sweetness or excess
lumen - unit of light energy (one candle's worth)
quixotic - idealistic but impractical; CF. Don Quixote
stoic - stoical; impassive; unmoved by joy or grief; N. CF. stoicism
gerontology - study of the sociological phenomena associated with old age
wanton - unrestrained; gratuitously cruel; willfully malicious; unchaste; sexually improper; promiscuous; Ex. wanton spending/killing; CF. having no just cause
lagoon - shallow body of water or lake near a sea; lake separated from a sea by sandbars or coral reefs
assumption - something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of; Ex. her assumption of power; V. assume
impede - hide; retard or obstruct the progress of; block